Kent County Events Calendar - May 2015


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  • Chestertown's 1st Fridays
  • Friday, May 1   |  5-8pm
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone:
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  • URL: www.kentcounty.com/artsentertainment
  • Meander the red-brick, tree-lined sidewalks of Historic Chestertown, while enjoying extended shop hours and arts and entertainment throughout Downtown. For a list of activities, please check this calendar for specific listings.
  • Garden Puppet Theatre Mini-Museum Exhibit
  • Friday, May 1   |  Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm
  • This event runs May 1 - 31
  • Location: Kent County Visitor Center, 122 N. Cross St. Chestertown
  • Contact: Patsy Hornaday
  • Phone: 410-778-5841
  • Email: tph203@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • Ongoing exhibit throughout the year. Promoting the arts of puppetry and gardening in Kent County, and the Martha Washington garden at the Visitor Center located in Chestertown, at Cross & Maple Streets.
  • Featured Artist, Sally Clark
  • Friday, May 1   |  5–8pm
  • Location: The Artist Gallery
  • Contact: The Artists Gallery
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • Email: lindahall@atlanticbb.net
  • URL:
  • Sally clark is one of the five partners at the Artists' gallery. She works primarily in watercolor and mixed media. she also does beautiful painted furniture.
  • Linda Walls Photo Show
  • Friday, May 1   |  10:00 a.m. to 5::00 p.m. daily
  • This event runs through May 31, 2015
  • Location: Heron Point of Chestertown, Maryland
  • Contact: Barbara Finneson
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneson@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • A beautiful show of recent photographs by Eastern Shore local artist Linda Walls. Not to be missed.
  • Enchanted April
  • Friday, May 1   |  8:00 p.m.
  • This event runs through May 2, 2015
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • 3 Weekends $15 / $5 Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. Mrs Arbuthnot and Mrs Wilkins become acquainted after reading a newspaper advertisement for a small medieval Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April. They decide to seek other ladies to help share expenses, they reluctantly take on the waspish, elderly Mrs Fisher and the stunning, Lady Dester.
  • Prelude to the Burning of Georgetown
  • Saturday, May 2   |  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • This event runs through May 03, 2015
  • Location: Knocks Folly Visitor Center - Turners Creek
  • Contact: Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Phone: 410-820-1668
  • Email:
  • URL: www.dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/sa
  • The Chesapeake Independent Blues will encamp on the grounds of the historic Knocks Folly and interpret a Kent County Militia Company just prior to the British attach and burning of Georgetown and Fredericktown on May 6, 1813. The soldiers will demonstrate military drill and firearms, as well as the daily life of a citizen soldier on campaign during the War of 1812. Free admission and parking.
  • Savage Race Mid-Atlantic
  • Saturday, May 2   |  9:00 a.m.
  • Location: Hopkins Game Farm, 13003 Turners Creek Road Kennedyville, MD 21645
  • Contact:
  • Phone:
  • Email: info@savagerace.com
  • URL: www.savagerace.com/locations/mid-atlantic-spring-2
  • Savage Race is a 5-6 mile run with 25 of the world's best obstacles. Completion requires teamwork, courage, and the will to push your limits farther than you ever have before. Run individually or create a team!
  • Galena Dogwood Festival
  • Saturday, May 2   |  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Galena, Maryland
  • Contact: Galena Town Office
  • Phone: 410-648-5151
  • Email:
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  • This is our 10th annual festival and it will take place throughout Galena
  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 2   |  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • Open every Saturday free of charge to kids accompanied by their parents, grandparents, or other adult, KidSPOT provides an opportunity for children ages 2-12 to expand creative expression and creative problem-solving — two skills that will benefit them in academic studies as well as in their journey through life.
  • Enchanted April
  • Sunday, May 3   |  3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • 3 Weekends $15 / $5 Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. Mrs Arbuthnot and Mrs Wilkins become acquainted after reading a newspaper advertisement for a small medieval Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April. They decide to seek other ladies to help share expenses, they reluctantly take on the waspish, elderly Mrs Fisher and the stunning, Lady Dester.
  • Wine Seminar, Session 2: Grapes to Glass
  • Sunday, May 3   |  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Crow Vineyard & Winery
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 302-304-0551
  • Email: crowfarmmd@gmail.com
  • URL: crowvineyard.com/wine-events
  • Great wines begin in the vineyard and end in the winery. It is a marriage between field, flavor, and long-standing traditions. Participants will spend time in the vine- yard with a guided presentation of the techniques for premium grape growing on the Eastern Shore. Then go to the winery to explore winemaking techniques and how they are used to express terroir. The presentation will end with a guided tast- ing. Please RSVP
  • Life Drawing
  • Wednesday, May 6   |  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/classes/life-drawing/
  • Cost: $10 per session (w/ purchase of ticket book); $15 at the door. Featuring professional models of both genders, the sessions are valuable to fine and commercial artists, both professional and amateur, who want to improve their sense of proportion, line quality, understanding of anatomy and overall drawing skill.
  • Organ Concert by Ken Cowan
  • Friday, May 8   |  7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Emmanuel Chruch, Chestertown
  • Contact: Parsih Office
  • Phone: 410-778-3477
  • Email: emmanuel778@verivon.net
  • URL: www.emmanuelchesterparish.org/
  • Always popular Ken Cowan returns for his 20th consecutive year to play Emmanuel's Harrison organ. Remarkably he plays all of his music from memory. Tickiets $20 ($5 for students) Reception will follow the concert.
  • Rock Hall Cruise Night by Smilin' Jake's
  • Friday, May 8   |  5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Main Street, Rock Hall MD 21661
  • Contact: Jack Heffner
  • Phone: 443-480-3615
  • Email: smilinjakes@gmail.com
  • URL: www.rockhallcruisenightsbysmilinjakes.blogspot.com
  • Time to turn back the clock, dust off those old rides and cruise on down to Main Street. See street rods, muscle cars, customs, antiques and classics. DJ Prestone will be spinnin’ your favorite oldies and admission is free to spectators and visitors alike. Til’ then “Keep on Cruisin”.
  • Chestertown Garden Club May Mart Boxed Lunch
  • Friday, May 8   |  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cross & High Streets, Chestertown
  • Contact: Holly Bramble
  • Phone: 410-778-1857
  • Email: dor@dmv.com
  • URL:
  • Lunch Includes: Chicken Salad on Multigrain Bread and Ham & Swiss with Red Pepper Mayo on a Petite Kaiser Roll, Potato Chips, Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Cookie & Candy Mint, Canned Beverage or Bottled Water Available for a $1.00 Purchase $ 8.50. Prepaid - Money & Prepaid order sheet picked up Wednesday, May 6th.
  • Chester River Youth Choir Spring Concert
  • Saturday, May 9   |  7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre
  • Contact: Julie Lawrence or Prince Theatre
  • Phone: 410-778-0718
  • Email: Moosicmom@aol.com
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  • Chester River Youth Choir takes us on a musical JOURNEY around the world. CRYC takes center stage following collaborations with both the Chester River Chorale and the National Music Festival.
  • Second Saturday
  • Saturday, May 9   |  6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Crow Vineyard & Winery
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 302-304-0551
  • Email: crowvineyardwines@gmail.com
  • URL: crowvineyard.com/wine-events
  • Join us for Wine, Food, and Music. Admission includes Crow Angus Beef & 2 sides and rolls, ice tea & water and a glass of our featured wine. We will also have local musicians for entertainment. Wine can also be purchased by glass or bottle. Please register online or call us to register. Music provided by local artists. Cost: $25 pp, (wine club) $20pp
  • Rock Hall Garden Club Plant Sale
  • Saturday, May 9   |  8:30–11:30am
  • Location: Main Street – Rock Hall
  • Contact: Connie Metcalf
  • Phone: 410-639-2965
  • Email: conniemetcalf8@gmail.com
  • URL:
  • Annual sale of home grown plants plus garden treasures and tasty baked goods. Proceeds are used for the beautification of Rock Hall.
  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 9   |  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • Open every Saturday free of charge to kids accompanied by their parents, grandparents, or other adult, KidSPOT provides an opportunity for children ages 2-12 to expand creative expression and creative problem-solving — two skills that will benefit them in academic studies as well as in their journey through life.
  • Life Drawing
  • Wednesday, May 13   |  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/classes/life-drawing/
  • Cost: $10 per session (w/ purchase of ticket book); $15 at the door. Featuring professional models of both genders, the sessions are valuable to fine and commercial artists, both professional and amateur, who want to improve their sense of proportion, line quality, understanding of anatomy and overall drawing skill.
  • Rules of the Road: The Road to Financial Independence
  • Wednesday, May 13   |  6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email:
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • Are you trying to find your way to financial independence? Join us to learn the rules of the road to achieve your goals! William J Caughey IV, Accredited Asset Management Specialist and Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, will lead a workshop to teach you: *Common investing mistakes and how to avoid them *Investing strategies to help reach your long-term goals *How to start preparing for retirement at any age All are welcome at this FREE program.
  • 232nd Commencement
  • Saturday, May 16   |  10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Washington College, Campus Green
  • Contact: Campus Events Office
  • Phone: 410-778-7888
  • Email: Campus_events@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/calendar/commencement.php
  • The 232nd Washington College Commencement exercises will begin at 10:30 am on the Campus Lawn. The rain location will be the Johnson Fitness Center.
  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 16   |  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • Open every Saturday free of charge to kids accompanied by their parents, grandparents, or other adult, KidSPOT provides an opportunity for children ages 2-12 to expand creative expression and creative problem-solving — two skills that will benefit them in academic studies as well as in their journey through life.
  • Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue Open House
  • Saturday, May 16   |  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: 5718 Main Street. Rock Hall
  • Contact: Cora Dickson
  • Phone: 410-639-7535
  • Email: info@esrrec.org
  • URL: www.esrrec.org
  • Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue and Education Center (ESRREC) is celebrating the opening of our new shelter at 5718 Main Street. We will hold a kick-off party at the Rock Hall Village Gazebo at the corner of Main St & Rock Hall Ave with live music and kids’ activities (facepainting, games, toy making, etc). You can tour the new ESRREC facility and shop at Usagi's Place, a store for bunny lovers that benefits the shelter.
  • Gourds for Birds
  • Saturday, May 16   |  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: North County Branch, Kent County Public Library, 111-B1 N. Main Street, Galena, MD
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-648-5380
  • Email:
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • Get Creative and Decorate a Gourd Bird House for Your Yard! All ages are welcome at this family program. Space is limited. Please register.
  • Free Band Concert by the Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble
  • Sunday, May 17   |  4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cross & High Streets, Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2829; 410-810-183
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • Directed by Dr. Keith Wharton, the ESWE is the all-ages community concert band based in Chestertown. This is the last of the band's four concerts during its annual Sept.-May season; please check closer to the concert date for details about the nature of the program. The band welcomes new members at any time, without audition or fee. The band is partially supported by the Kent Co. Arts Council.
  • Summer Camp Tour Day
  • Sunday, May 17   |  1:30 p.m.
  • Location: YMCA Camp Tockwogh
  • Contact: Rhonda Poux
  • Phone: 410-348-6000
  • Email: registration@ymcade.org
  • URL:
  • Tour Day for families and individuals interested in seeing and hearing about our Summer Camp Programs. Meet the Directors and enjoy a walking tour of camp on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay.
  • Life Drawing
  • Wednesday, May 20   |  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/classes/life-drawing/
  • Cost: $10 per session (w/ purchase of ticket book); $15 at the door. Featuring professional models of both genders, the sessions are valuable to fine and commercial artists, both professional and amateur, who want to improve their sense of proportion, line quality, understanding of anatomy and overall drawing skill.
  • An author visit with WILLIAM PEAK
  • Wednesday, May 20   |  6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • Author William Peak will talk about his experiences as an author and share readings from his debut novel, "The Oblate's Confession". Published in December 2014, The Oblate's Confession received a starred review in Kirkus and was awarded the Independent Book Publishers Association's 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for"Best New Voice" in the category of fiction. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. FREE and open to all.
  • 34th Annual Kent County Spring Fling
  • Friday, May 22   |  Noon May 22nd to 4:00 p.m. to May 25th
  • This event runs May 25, 2015
  • Location: Washington College
  • Contact: Robert Carson
  • Phone: 410-828-8604
  • Email: bikebob@comcast.net
  • URL: www.Baltobikeclub.org
  • Join the Baltimore Bicycling Club and enjoy four days cycling the lightly traveled roads of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore. Rides of 11 to 100 miles meander along flat to rolling roads — through rural towns and along scenic rivers.
  • Block Party
  • Friday, May 22   |  6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact: Sabine Harvey
  • Phone: 410-810-3890
  • Email: greenbien@hotmail.com
  • URL: www.chestertownteaparty.org/
  • The kick-off celebration of the Tea Party Festival, the Block Party is sure to be a hoppin’ good time! Come for the food, live music, other entertainment. There will be fun for all ages!
  • Memorial Day Family Camp
  • Friday, May 22   |  Friday - Monday
  • This event runs May 25, 2015
  • Location: YMCA Camp Tockwogh Worton, MD
  • Contact: Rhonda Poux
  • Phone: 410-348-6000
  • Email: registration@ymcade.org
  • URL:
  • Enjoy camp with your family over Memorial Day weekend on the Chesapeake Bay. Pricing includes cabin, meals and activities. Please see our website for more details.
  • Chestertown Tea Party Festival
  • Saturday, May 23   |  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact: Sabine Harvey
  • Phone: 410-810-3890
  • Email: greenbien@hotmail.com
  • URL: www.chestertownteaparty.org/
  • Celebrate the history of Colonial Chestertown with a parade and the re-enactment of tea being thrown into the Chester River. Throughout the day, enjoy walking tours of the historic district; craft vendors and demonstrators; childrens’ games and activities; food; music and performances at the local Revolutionary Theatre.
  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 23   |  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • Open every Saturday free of charge to kids accompanied by their parents, grandparents, or other adult, KidSPOT provides an opportunity for children ages 2-12 to expand creative expression and creative problem-solving — two skills that will benefit them in academic studies as well as in their journey through life.
  • Beer, Wine Tasting and Raft Race
  • Sunday, May 24   |  Noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Wilmer Park
  • Contact: Sabine Harvey
  • Phone: 410-810-3890
  • Email: greenbien@hotmail.com
  • URL: www.chestertownteaparty.org/
  • Enjoy a crazy race of home made rafts while sampling craft beer and local wine. The day would not be complete without music, food and craft vendors.
  • Life Drawing
  • Wednesday, May 27   |  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/classes/life-drawing/
  • Cost: $10 per session (w/ purchase of ticket book); $15 at the door. Featuring professional models of both genders, the sessions are valuable to fine and commercial artists, both professional and amateur, who want to improve their sense of proportion, line quality, understanding of anatomy and overall drawing skill.
  • Golf Tournament fundraiser
  • Friday, May 29   |  8am–1:30pm
  • Location: Chester River Yacht & Country Club
  • Contact: Maryann Ruehrmund
  • Phone: 410-810-5660
  • Email: mruehrmund@chesterriverhealth.org
  • URL:
  • 21st annual golf tournament fundraiser to benefit the people served by UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown (formerly Chester River Hospital Center). Proceeds will help fund the purchase of a new inpatient quality, safety and satisfaction technology. Two tee times: 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 30   |  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • Open every Saturday free of charge to kids accompanied by their parents, grandparents, or other adult, KidSPOT provides an opportunity for children ages 2-12 to expand creative expression and creative problem-solving — two skills that will benefit them in academic studies as well as in their journey through life.
  • Rock Hall Triathlon - International
  • Saturday, May 30   |  8:00 a.m.
  • Location: Rock Hall Landing Marina
  • Contact:
  • Phone:
  • Email: races@vtsmts.com
  • URL: www.vtsmts.com/rockhallinternational/
  • The Rock Hall Triathlon is nestled on the edge of the Eastern Shore of Maryland in picturesque Kent County. Only 18 miles from Baltimore “as the fish swims” (put your bike rack on a boat!) and 90 miles from Philadelphia, Rock Hall is one of the friendliest, most laid back towns anywhere…and is full of history.

    International Distance: 1500 Meter Swim (bay); 24.5 Mile Bike (flat); 10K Run (flat)
  • National Music Festival
  • Sunday, May 31
  • This event runs June 13, 2015
  • Location: Washington College
  • Contact: National Music Festival
  • Phone: 410-778-2064
  • Email: info@nationalmusic.us
  • URL: www.nationalmusic.us
  • The National Music Festival at Washington College brings together world-class mentors and gifted apprentice musicians on the cusp of their professional careers. All apprentices receive full scholarships. For two weeks each June, these musicians live and work together, presenting over 35 concerts — ranging from solo recitals to large symphony orchestra performances with chorus — and 200 free open rehearsals for music lovers from all over the world.
  • Rock Hall Triathlon - Sprint
  • Sunday, May 31   |  9:00 a.m.
  • Location: Rock Hall Landing Marina
  • Contact:
  • Phone:
  • Email: races@vtsmts.com
  • URL: www.vtsmts.com/rockhallinternational/
  • The Rock Hall Sprint Triathlon is nestled on the edge of the Eastern Shore of Maryland in picturesque Kent County. Only 18 miles from Baltimore “as the fish swims” (put your bike rack on a boat!) and 90 miles from Philadelphia, Rock Hall is one of the friendliest, most laid back towns anywhere…and is full of history.

    Sprint Distance: 750 Meter Swim; 15 Mile Bike (flat); 5K Run (flat)
  • Wine Seminar, Session III: Pairing Food & Wine
  • Sunday, May 31   |  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Crow Vineyard & Winery
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 302-304-0551
  • Email: crowfarmmd@gmail.com
  • URL: crowvineyard.com/wine-events
  • Crow wines are excellent paired with a variety of foods and we pride ourselves in pairing with local cuisine. Learn the art of wine and food pairing through guided tastings and presentation. RSVP for event