Kent County Events Calendar - November 2012


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  • Art Show by Joanne Scott
  • Thursday, November 1   |  10am–5pm
  • This event runs November 1 – December 31
  • Location: Heron Point
  • Contact: Barbara Finneson
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneson@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • This will be a show of original artworks by this well-known artist of Maryland, Delaware, and Maine. The show will be in the Administration Gallery Hallway.
  • Sophie Kerr Living Writers Series: A Fiction Reading by Ron Hansen
  • Thursday, November 1   |  4pm
  • Location: Tawes Experimental Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts at Washington Colleg
  • Contact: Kathryn Bursick
  • Phone: 410-778-7899
  • Email: kbursick2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.english.washcoll.edu/sophiekerrlegacy/lectures
  • Ron Hansen is the author of eight novels, two collections of stories, and a book of essays. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha and went on to the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and Stanford University. His novel Atticus was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. His novel The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck.
  • Sally Clark: New Works in watercolor and Mixed Media and painted furniture
  • Friday, November 2   |  Opening reception 5-8pm
  • Location: The Artists' Gallery 239 High St. Chestertown, MD
  • Contact: The Artists' Gallery
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • Sally is very creative. No two shows are alike. She paints very decoratively and uses mixed media as well as doing very creative painted furniture and paper mache' sculpture. Her show will hang through Dec. 30, 2012
  • Annual Member's Judged Show
  • Friday, November 2   |  5-8pm
  • This event runs November 2 to November 25, 2012
  • Location: Chestertown Arts League
  • Contact: Chestertown Arts League
  • Phone: 410-778-5789
  • Email: artsleague@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownartsleague.org
  • The annual Judged Photography Show represents the best work of Arts League members and will have cash prizes awarded for the best art. The show opens on First Friday, November 2 with a reception at the Arts League from 5-8pm.
  • Chestertown Book Festival
  • Friday, November 2   |  Friday, 7pm, Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Location: Washington College & Emmanuel Church Hall
  • Contact: Gerard Cataldo, James Dissette
  • Phone: 410-810-3880
  • Email: chesbookfest@gmail.com
  • URL: www.chestertownbookfestival.org
  • The Chestertown Book Festival begins at 7pm Friday evening, Nov. 2, with a keynote talk by Adam Goodheart, author of "1861, The Civil War Awakening" at Hynson Lounge, Washington College. The festival runs Saturday, Nov 3, from 10am - 4pm at Emmanuel Church Hall, downtown Chestertown, with over 35 authors, publishers, illustrators, and a featured talk by Pulitzer winner Richard Ben Cramer, at 1pm. Both events are free to the public.
  • Rock Hall Elementary School Basket Bingo
  • Friday, November 2   |  6pm Doors Open, 7pm Games Start
  • Location: Rock Hall Fire House
  • Contact: Krista Batchelor
  • Phone: 410-810-2622
  • Email: rockhallelementarypta@gmail.com
  • URL: www.facebook.com/events/421774707888072/
  • Rock Hall Elementary School PTA Presents a Basket Bingo! Featuring filled Longaberger Baskets and Thirty-One Gifts. There will be 20 Games as well as special games and raffles. Food will be available for purchase.
  • Artworks Studio Tour
  • Saturday, November 3   |  10am-5pm
  • This event runs October 28-29 and November 3-4, 2012
  • Location: 306 Park Row, Chestertown, Maryland
  • Contact: Artworks
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: artworkschestertown@verizon.net
  • URL: www.artworkschestertown.org
  • Take this free self-guided tour of some 50 art studios, featuring artists of note working in many different media from fiber to paint to jewelry, clay, metal, glass, and wood. You will meet friendly artists, happy to answer your questions, and have the chance to buy original work at studio prices. The tour will include studios in Chestertown, Rock Hall, Galena, Betterton, Church Hill, and Arts at Still Pond Station in Worton.
  • Chestertown Book Festival
  • Saturday, November 3   |  10am-4pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church Hall, Chestertown, Maryland
  • Contact: Chestertown Book Festival Committee
  • Phone: 410-810-3880
  • Email: chesbookfest@gmail.com
  • URL: www.chestertownbookfestival.org
  • Over 30 authors, publishers, illustrators will present their work. The event is free to the public. Saturday speakers to be announced, as well as Friday evening, Nov. 2 keynote.
  • Ethos Percussion Group/ Washington College Community Concert Series
  • Sunday, November 4   |  4pm
  • Location: Decker Theatre, Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts, Washington College
  • Contact: Kate Bennett
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: kbennett2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.wascoll.edu
  • Ethos Percussion Group concert
  • Free Band Concert - "Of Heroes & Heroines"
  • Sunday, November 4   |  4pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, High & Cross Streets, Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2829; 410-810-183
  • Email: cliokent@yahoo.com
  • URL:
  • The Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble, the community concert band that is based in Chestertown and is directed by Dr. Keith Wharton, will give the first concert in its 2012-2013 season. The theme will be "Of Heroes & Heroines," especially appropriate because of the observance of Veterans Day the following weekend. Service veterans and their families and friends are especially invited to attend.
  • Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen
  • Sunday, November 4   |  4pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall, MD
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen combine rich harmonies, compelling songs and humor with a love of traditional folk music and a wealth of original songs. Steve's songs, including 'Darcy Farrow' have been sung by major artists, but his warm baritone and unique guitar make his versions some of the best. Cindy has a wonderful ear for harmony, a sly wit and is known for her traditional ballad style. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.
  • Live Playwrights' Society
  • Monday, November 5   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre
  • Contact: Lucia Foster
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: lfoster@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • The Live Playwrights' Society for Play Writers, Readers, Observers & Critics aims to foster a community of playwrights, actors and critics. This group meets the first Monday of every month at 7:30pm and is open to all ages. New plays are read and critiqued each month!
  • Free Movie Night
  • Friday, November 9   |  7pm
  • Location: Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Rock Hall, MD
  • Contact: Brandee Vaughan
  • Phone:
  • Email: wesleychapelsuper@gmail.com
  • URL:
  • The Rock Hall United Methodist Charge Sunday Schools will be sponsoring a FREE Movie Night, with the showing of Disney's "The Secret World Of Arrietty". In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. But when Arrietty is discovered by a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure. A movie for ALL ages!! Popcorn, Candy, and Beverages will be provided for free. We invite you to come joins us for this family fun night!
  • 7th Annual Goose Bump Jump
  • Saturday, November 10   |  11am
  • Location: Betterton Beach
  • Contact: Bonnie Brady
  • Phone: 410-778-7303 ext. 20
  • Email: bonniebrady@kentcenter.org
  • URL: www.kentcenter.org
  • Take a gander to the wild side and jump into the Chesapeake Bay to support our community's adults who have developmental disabilities. Costumes Encouraged! Minimum contribution of $25 per jumper. Money donated will go to Kent Center, a local nonprofit focused on enabling adults with developmental disabilities to live, work and contribute positively to their communities. Melt down Party will follow the Jump at the Betterton Volunteer Fire Company. Transportation to/from beach provided.
  • Karen Somerville with the Blue Night Quintet
  • Saturday, November 10   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall, MD
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Known for her vocal veracity and versatility, Karen Somerville takes jazz standards, some classic R&B, a little bossanova, a side order of rock-me-baby blues, a pinch of original composition and stirs in the contemporary grooves of an award-winning young quintet (ages 15 to 17) from D.C for a full serving of the time-honored, fresh sounds of jazz including songs by Nina Simone, Smokey Robinson and Etta James. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.
  • Jewish Voices: An Evening of Words & Music with Anna Solomon & Clare Burson
  • Tuesday, November 13   |  4:30pm
  • Location: The Egg, Hodson Dining Commons First Floor
  • Contact: Kathryn Bursick
  • Phone: 410-778-7899
  • Email: kbursick2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.lithouse.washcoll.edu/
  • Anna Solomon is the author of the novel, The Little Bride. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, One Story, Harvard Review, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere, and have twice been awarded the Pushcart Prize.
    Clare Burson's latest album, Silver and Ash, is a concept album that explores Burson's maternal grandmother's life in Germany, from her birth in 1919 to her escape in 1938, as well as Burson's own struggles with rupture, silence, guilt, empathy, and continuity.
  • PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Monthly meeting
  • Wednesday, November 14   |  7pm
  • Location: 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown MD 21620
  • Contact: Linda Dutton
  • Phone: 443-480-3138
  • Email: pflagchestertown@gmail.com
  • URL: pflagchestertown.org
  • The program will include a preview of new media in our resource library, a recap of the Marriage Equality vote outcome and opportunities for support. Feel free to join us a the monthly meetings, email or inquire.
  • Tom Rush
  • Thursday, November 15   |  7:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall, MD
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • A brilliant musician & performer, Tom Rush helped shape the folk revival in the '60s and introduced the music of artists like Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him a legend. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of stunning songs and the passion of gritty blues. Reservations are a must. Please call. $25
  • Opening - Artworks Holiday Gift Sale
  • Friday, November 16   |  5-8pm
  • This event runs Nov. 16-Dec. 29, 2012
  • Location: Artworks, 306 Park Row, Chestertown
  • Contact: Artworks
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: artworkschestertown@verizon.net
  • URL: www.artworkschestertown.org
  • The Artworks' gallery and gift shop will be full of inspired and creative artwork to help making finding that perfect gift easier. With most items priced under $100 and pieces from metal to clay, paper to textiles, paintings to pastels, there will be something for every taste and style.
  • Fall Beer Dinner
  • Friday, November 16   |  6:30pm
  • Location: The Kitty Knight House
  • Contact: Meg Hanna
  • Phone: 410-648-5200
  • Email: inn@kittyknight.com
  • URL: www.kittyknight.com
  • The Kiity Knight House is hosting a five course dinner prepared by Chef Weir that will be paired with beer from the 16 Mile Brewing Co. Come enjoy some of the finest crafted beer and food the Eastern Shore has to offer at our Historic Restaurant & Tavern which overlooks the beautiful Sassafras river. We are the best kept secret on the Eastern Shore. Tickets $40 per person.
  • Thanksgiving/Christmas Bazaar
  • Saturday, November 17   |  8:30am–2pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross St. Chestertown
  • Contact: Hanson and Linda Robbins
  • Phone: 410-778-3477
  • Email: emmanuel778@verizon.net
  • URL: www.emmanuelchesterparish.org
  • Handmade gifts, decorations, bake table, jewelry, collectibles, silent auction. Lunch 11am–1:30pm.
  • Kent Chamber Music Concert
  • Saturday, November 17   |  7pm
  • Location: St. Paul's Parish, Kent, 7579 Sandy Bottom Rd. Chestertown
  • Contact: Faith Souders
  • Phone: 410-810-2805
  • Email: fsouders@atlanticbb.net
  • URL: www.kentchambermusic.com
  • Eclatante: a harp duo featuring Melissa Tardiff Dvorak and Michelle Lundy.
  • 5K Turkey TrailTrot for Character Counts
  • Saturday, November 17   |  10am
  • Location: Crow Farm, Kennedyville
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 410-648-5687
  • Email: crowfarmmd@gmail.com
  • URL: www.crowfarmmd.com
  • Proceeds benefit Character Counts of Kent County. Cost is $20.00 if registered by 11/16/2012. $25.00 race day registration. Enjoy a run through lovely farm land. This is a cross country run.
  • The Blue Rhythm Boys
  • Saturday, November 17   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall, MD
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • With swinging acoustic guitars and rootsy vocals, The Blue Rhythm Boys blend the blues of Mississippi John Hurt and the hot club swing of Django Reinhardt with the jazz of Louis Armstrong. Tom Mitchell and Jim Stephanson on guitars and vocals with John Previti on bass and Vince McCool on trumpet bring authenticity and originality to a smoky mix of hot jazz, blues and hokum. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.
  • Dr. Robert Selig
  • Saturday, November 17   |  6:30pm
  • This event runs November 17
  • Location: Rock Hall Town Hall
  • Contact: Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin
  • Phone:
  • Email: mmgvel@verizon.net
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  • Dr. Robert Selig will be at the Rock Hall Town Center to talk about the Tench Tilghman ride to Congress in Philadelphia to take the news of the Yorktown victory to them. Tilghman sailed up the Bay, came to the ES at Rock Hall, got a horse, rode to his father's home (near Chestertown) and slept there for the night. He then left for Elkton, and on and Dr. Selig will tell the entire story as well as the story of getting the French troops (Rochambeau) to Yorktown through Maryland. He is one of the most compelling, fascinating speakers on early America. Once you have heard him speak you will never see the Revolutionary War, nor 1812, in the same way again!

    Rock Hall is a great place to be on any Saturday night, but never like this!
  • Fat Cat Hackett
  • Saturday, November 17   |  8pm
  • Location: The Garfield Center For the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org/
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  • Sophie Kerr Lecture Series: 'Spiritual Committee-Work: The Yeatses and A Vi
  • Monday, November 19   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House, Washington College
  • Contact: Kathryn Bursick
  • Phone: 410-778-7899
  • Email: kbursick2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.english.washcoll.edu/sophiekerrlegacy/lectures
  • Margaret Mills Harper is Glucksman Professor of Contemporary Writing in English at the University of Limerick. She specializes in Irish literature, literary modernisms, and poetry of the long twentieth century.
  • Thanksgiving Buffet
  • Thursday, November 22   |  Seating's Noon , 2, 4 and 6pm
  • Location: The Kitty Knight House
  • Contact: Meg Hanna
  • Phone: 410-648-5200
  • Email: inn@kittyknight.com
  • URL: www.kittyknight.com
  • Please come & join us for dinner this Thanksgiving.$29.99 Adults $15.99 children 6-16 . Children 6 and under eat free. Come and Relax and enjoy Our Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet of Roasted Turkey, Bourbon glazed Ham, Carved Prime Rib, Mustard Crusted Salmon, Butter Milk Mashed Potato's, Ginger Brown Sugar Sweet Potato's, Traditional Stuffing, Oyster Stuffing, Honey Fall roasted vegetables, pumpkin pie and much much more. Make your reservations today.
  • Country crafts Guild Fall Arts & Crafts Show
  • Friday, November 23   |  10am-4pm both days
  • This event runs Fri.23–Sat. 24. Nov.
  • Location: Rock Hall Fire House
  • Contact: Kathy Redman
  • Phone: 410-778-1432
  • Email: predman@atlanticbb.net
  • URL: countrycraftsguild.com
  • Unique handmade arts & crafts including: fresh greens, plants, wreaths, miniatures, house plaques, wood crafts, paintings, photography, dolls, woodworking, pottery, knitting, crocheting, tole painting, potpourri, herbs, teas, folk art, santas, Christmas decorations, paper crafts, cutting boards, bottle stoppers, wreaths, sewn vests and purses, stuffed animals, bulletin boards, candy, cheeses, weaving, bead, glass, silver jewelry, statuary, quilts, wall hangings, placemats, American Girl doll clothes, etc. Lunch served.
  • Annual Festival of Trees
  • Friday, November 23   |  Fri.10am–8pm, Sat.10am–5pm, Sun.10am–3pm
  • This event runs Fri. Nov. 23-Sun.Nov. 25, 2012
  • Location: The Weinberg Building at The Kent Center. 215 Scheeler Rd., Chestertown, MD
  • Contact: Carol Walls
  • Phone: 410-708-0850 cell
  • Email: 47speedracer@gmail.com
  • URL:
  • Soroptimists Int. of Kent County presents annual Festival of Trees. Trees are decorated by local businesses, clubs and youth organizations. Old fashion garden, refreshments, free admission, handicap accessible. free parking.
  • Santa Arrives in Downtown Chestertown
  • Friday, November 23   |  7pm
  • Location: Fountain Park
  • Contact: Andy Goddard
  • Phone: 443-480-1987
  • Email: andys.ctown@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • The Kent County Marching band will welcome Santa as he arrives via firetruck to Fountain Park, playing from 6:45 to 7pm.
    Santa will throw candy (supplied by DCA) from truck as he arrives. He will then see children in his house until 9 pm. Boy Scouts will take pictures & sell cider, hot chocolate & coffee; Girl Scouts will give away cookies.
    Andy has asked several groups if they are interested in caroling that evening. No one has committed thus far.
  • Open Mic NIght
  • Wednesday, November 28   |  7:30pm
  • Location: The Garfield Center For the Arts
  • Contact: Ford Schumann
  • Phone:
  • Email: ford01@aol.com
  • URL:
  • Open Mic Night is the last Wednesday of the month and is priceless. Contact Ford for more info or to secure your performance spot.
  • First-Year Reading
  • Thursday, November 29   |  7pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House, Washington College
  • Contact: Kathryn Bursick
  • Phone: 410-778-7899
  • Email: kbursick2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.lithouse.washcoll.edu/
  • Come hear the best and brightest Washington College First-Year writers read from their original work!
  • A Chester River Holiday
  • Friday, November 30   |  Fri. 8pm and Sun. 3pm
  • Location: Presbyterian Church of Chestertown
  • Contact: The Chester River Chorale
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • URL: www.chesterriverchorale.org
  • The Chester River Chorale, joined by a small chamber orchestra and the PCC Handbell Choir, presents a Holiday Concert including works by two Maryland composers and a newly commissioned setting of the African-American spiritual, Follow That Star, by Robert L. Jefferson, and the Jewish Shabbat song, Shalom Aleichem, by Sholom Kalib. The concert will also feature a new Christmas carol medley by John Curtis Browning, based on the short works of contemporary American composer, Alfred Burt.