Kent County Events Calendar - October 2014


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  • Garden Puppet Theatre Mini-Museum Exhibit
  • Wednesday, October 1
  • This event runs Ongoing monthly
  • 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.
  • Sophie Kerr Lecture Series: Living Writers Series — A Reading by Julie Mari
  • Thursday, October 2   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House – Washington College
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/departments/english/
  • Julie Marie Wade is the author of Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures (Colgate University Press, 2010; Bywater Books, 2014). A recipient of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir, an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, she teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami.
  • RiverArts 15th Annual Studio Tour Exhibit Opening
  • Friday, October 3   |  5–9pm
  • Location: RiverArts Studio Gallery
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • In preparation for the RiverArts Studio Tour, examples of each artist's work will be on display providing a chance to plan an itinerary that matches one's interests. See painting, photography, sculpture, metal work, pottery, fiber, woodcraft, jewelry,furniture and glass works.
  • Chestertown's 1st Fridays
  • Friday, October 3   |  5-8pm
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • 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.
  • 12@Hotchkiss - Nikita Borisevich, violin
  • Friday, October 3   |  12pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts–Washington College
  • Contact: Ken Schweitzer
  • Phone: 410-778-7836
  • Email: kschweitzer2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: concertseries.washcoll.edu
  • 12@Hotchkiss is a noon-hour concert series featuring acclaimed artists from the Mid-Atlantic region. Held on the first Fridays of Sep, Oct, Nov, Feb, & Apr, admission is FREE. Concerts are sponsored by the Department of Music of Washington College. Violinist Nikita Borisevich swept onto the Russian stage as one of today’s most promising young virtuosos. At fifteen, he won a Russian National Competition for Violinists and Cellists called “The Magical Bow” in Perm, Russia.
  • RiverArts 15th Annual Studio Tour Exhibit Opening
  • Friday, October 3   |  5–8pm
  • Location: RiverArts Studio Gallery
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • In preparation for the RiverArts Studio Tour, examples of each artist's work will be on display providing a chance to plan an itinerary that matches one's interests. See painting, photography, sculpture, metal work, pottery, fiber, woodcraft, jewelry,furniture and glass works.
  • Waterman's Triathlon Festival
  • Saturday, October 4   |  Oct 4 at 8am / Oct 5 at 9am
  • This event runs Oct 4-5, 2014
  • Location: Rock Hall Landing Marina, Rock Hall, MD
  • Contact: Greg Hawkins
  • Phone:
  • Email: greg@setupevents.com
  • URL: www.setupevents.com/mts
  • The Maryland Triathlon Series is excited to bring another event to Kent County! We've relocated our Waterman's Triathlon, with a Half distance on Sat and a Sprint on Sun. Close out the 2014 tri season with us in Rock Hall!
  • Colchester Farm 2nd Annual Oktoberfest
  • Saturday, October 4   |  4-8pm
  • Location: Colchester Farm, 31285 Georgetown Cemetery Road, Galena
  • Contact: Colchester Farm CSA
  • Phone: 443-553-4179
  • Email: manager@colchesterfarm.org
  • URL: www.colchesterfarm.org
  • Join us to celebrate the fall harvest with a buffet of CSA vegetable dishes, a pig roast, local beer tastings, live music, and lots of activities for the children including hayrides and a farm petting zoo.
  • R/C Laser Championship
  • Saturday, October 4   |  8am
  • Location: Rock Hall Yacht Club, 22759 McKinleyville Rd, Rock Hall
  • Contact: YC Manager
  • Phone: 410-639-2182
  • Email: manager@rockhallyachtclub.org
  • URL: www.rockhallyachtclub.org
  • "Old Guys Rule" well turn out to see some small boat racing by the guys with some experience. Brisk winds, cold water and a lot of fun to watch.
  • Apple Butter Fall Festival
  • Saturday, October 4   |  9am-3pm
  • Location: Kent Musuem, 13689 Turners Creek Road, Kennedyville
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-688-3793
  • Email: herronj45@gmail.com
  • URL: www.facebook.com/kentmuseum
  • Fifth annual apple butter festival. Live demonstration of cooking apple butter over an open fire, apple cider pressing, crafts, food, antique tractor show, small steam engine demonstrations, kids' activities, assorted other activities. Apple butter sales and apple cider sales. Museum exhibits of agricultural equipment and tools as well as other exhibits of rural farm life.Admission is free.
  • Historical Society of Kent County Chestertown House Tour
  • Saturday, October 4   |  1-5pm
  • Location: Chestertown's Historic District
  • Contact: Karen Emerson
  • Phone: 410-778-3499
  • Email: director@kentcountyhistory.org
  • URL: kentcountyhistory.org
  • The day Chestertown opens it's doors! Come walk through Chestertown's historic district visiting privately owned homes. This year's theme is Painted Ladies of Chestertown. Along with our favorite colonial homes, never before seen grand victorians will be open. A can't be missed day!
  • Kent Museum Applebutter Festival
  • Saturday, October 4   |  9am–3pm
  • Location: Kent Museum
  • Contact: James Herron
  • Phone: 410-688-3793
  • Email:
  • URL: www.facebook.com/kentmuseum
  • Come see apple butter being cooked over an open fire, apples being pressed into cider, kids activities,bake sale, pumpkins, antique tractor show, food available, apple butter, apples, and cider for sale, nature trail, and more. Free admission, donations always appreciated!
  • Kent School Osprey Triathlon
  • Sunday, October 5   |  9am
  • Location: Kent School
  • Contact: Tricia Cammerzell
  • Phone: 410-778-4100
  • Email: tcammerzell@kentschool.org
  • URL: www.kentschool.org/osprey-triathlon
  • The race will consist of three legs: a 7-mile bike race, a 2-mile kayak course and a 3-mile run. (Exact distances may vary.) The course will cover mixed surfaces, including pavement, gravel paths and some grassy areas. The race will start and finish on the Kent School campus at 6788 Wilkins Lane in Chestertown.
  • Live Playwrights' Society
  • Monday, October 6   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre 210 High St, Chestertown
  • 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. (Free!) New plays are read and critiqued each month!
  • Literary House Series: The Book of Scented Things — A Literary House Press
  • Tuesday, October 7   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House – Washington College
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse/
  • Join us for a poetry reading and book signing as the Literary House Press releases its first trade paperback, an anthology of brand-new poems from 100 American poets called The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume.
  • Sultana Education Foundation–Full Moon Paddle
  • Wednesday, October 8   |  6–8:30pm
  • Location: Sassafras River
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL: www.sultanaeducation.org
  • When the sun goes down and the moon comes out, the river is transformed. Join us for this unique opportunity to explore the Sassafras in "a whole new light".
  • Full Moon Paddle
  • Wednesday, October 8   |  6–8:30pm
  • Location: The foot of Cannon Street
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL: www.sultanaeducation.org
  • When the sun goes down and the moon comes out, the river is transformed. Join us for this unique opportunity to explore the Sassafras in "a whole new light $30/person no children under 12 Reserve online or by calling 410-778-5954 (M-F)
  • St. Martin's Ministries Arts Dinner and Auction
  • Friday, October 10   |  6-10pm
  • Location: Chesapeake Room/Rock Hall Fire House 21500 Rock Hall Ave, Rock Hall
  • Contact: St. Martins Ministries
  • Phone: 410-639-7779
  • Email: huntingfieldcreek@verizon.net
  • URL: www.stmartinsministries
  • 8th annual Arts Dinner and Auction to benefit Eastern Shore neediest families. Auction (silent and live) features works of the finest local artists and other interesting, desirable offerings.
  • Harvest Dinner with Chef Robbie Jester
  • Saturday, October 11   |  5pm
  • Location: Crow Farm, 12441 Vansants Corner Rd, Kennedyville
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 302-304-0551
  • Email: crowfarmmd@gmail.com
  • URL: www.crowfarmmd.com
  • As the 2014 harvest wraps up at Crow Vineyard, learn about this year’s harvest & wine making from the Crow Vineyard Team and the plans for our 2014 wines. Chef will prepare a 5 course meal to celebrate our harvest. Cost: $60 single or $55 wine club member
  • 16th Annual Rock Hall FallFest - Celebrate the Oyster
  • Saturday, October 11   |  10am -5pm
  • Location: Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Jim Rich
  • Phone: 410-639-7779
  • Email: huntingfieldcreek@verizon.net
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org/fallfest/
  • In our 16th year of celebrating FallFest in Rock Hall, the time has come to celebrate the great heritage of Rock Hall by paying homage to the mighty oyster. Rock Hall Fallfest will remain true to its roots as a fun family festival with a fantastic kids kourt, craft booths and the best music this side of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Sultana Education Foundation–Waterfowl Paddle
  • Sunday, October 12   |  10am–12:30pm
  • Location: Cheter River
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL: www.sultanaeducation.org
  • Witness the fall migration of waterfowl as you explore a tributary of the upper Chester River.
  • Waterfowl Paddle
  • Sunday, October 12   |  10am–12:30pm
  • Location: The foot of Cannon Street
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL: www.sultanaeducation.org
  • Witness the fall migration of waterfowl as you explore a tributary of the upper Chester River. $30/person no children under 12 Reserve online or by calling 410-778-5954 (M-F)
  • Rock Hall Cruise Night by Smilin' Jake's
  • Friday, October 17   |  5:30-8:30pm
  • This event runs Oct. 17, Rain date Oct. 24
  • Location: Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Jack or Linda
  • Phone: 410-639-7280
  • Email: smilinjakes@gmail.com
  • URL: www.rockhallcruisenightsbysmilinjakes.blogspot.com
  • Display of hot rods, classics, street rods and custom cars. Oldies music til' 8:30. No charge to enter or to view. So, dust off that old ride and come on down.
  • Galena's AutumnFest
  • Saturday, October 18
  • Location: Galena, MD
  • Contact: Steve Atkinson
  • Phone: 410 708-3653
  • Email: srbc@shoretobefun.com
  • URL: www.SRBCinc.org
  • Galena businesses will celebrate autumn with their 2nd Annual AutumnFest
  • Cliff's School Open House
  • Saturday, October 18   |  1–4pm
  • Location: Rt. 289 S. Quaker Neck Road
  • Contact: Carol Cordes
  • Phone: 410-778-9173
  • Email: cbcordes@verizon.net
  • URL: www.kentcounty.com/cliffs_schoolhouse
  • Cliffs School Museum is open to visitors at no charge the third Saturday each month through October. Located 8.5 miles from Chestertown on Rt. 289 South, this one room school served children of watermen's and farmers' families from 1878 to 1939. Preserved and restored by Port of Chester Questers and Kent Retired Teachers, it is in its original location and configuration. Lessons for grades 1-7 on chalk boards, potbellied stove, schoolbooks and Weekly Readers used during its 136 years. Bring the kids!
  • Literary House Series: Poets Writing the Lyrical Essay — An Evening with Ma
  • Tuesday, October 21   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House – Washington College
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse/
  • Maggie Nelson is the author of four books of nonfiction, most recently The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (WW Norton, 2011) which was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim in Nonfiction, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, an Arts Writers grant from the Warhol Foundation, and most recently an Innovative Literature grant from Creative Capital.
  • Galena Lions Club Halloween Parade
  • Friday, October 24   |  6pm
  • Location: tba
  • Contact: Steve Schaech
  • Phone: 410-755-6037
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • Will join with Galena Elementary School Annual Fallfest.
  • Ghost Walks of Historic Chestertown
  • Friday, October 24   |  6:30-9pm
  • This event runs October 24 and 25th
  • Location: Starting from Bordley History Center 301 High Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Karen Emerson
  • Phone: 410-778-3499
  • Email: director@kentcountyhistory.org
  • URL: www.kentcountyhistory.org
  • There's more to history than meets the eye! Join costumed guides as they lead you through the streets of historic Chestertown by lantern light and tell true stories of the area's spooky past. Call for ticket information.
  • Fall Fun Night
  • Friday, October 24   |  6-8:30pm
  • Location: Community Center, 11041 Worton Rd, Worton
  • Contact: Antoninette Campbell
  • Phone: 410-778-2083
  • Email: info@KentParksAndRec.org
  • URL:
  • Register by 4:30pm, October 11th and pay just $6, the day of the event ($9 late/walkin registration) Don’t forget to wear your favorite costume! Parade of costumes begins at 7:15 pm Winners announced 7:45 pm at event Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult throughout the event Moon Bounce, Pumpkin Decorating, Rock Wall, Games, Crafts, Treats, Face Painting or Balloon Sculptures, Costume Parade & Contest, Pony Rides until 7:30 pm, Guess the Number of Candy Corn.
  • RiverArts 15th Annual Studio Tour
  • Saturday, October 25   |  10am-5pm
  • This event runs Oct. 25-26 and Nov 1-2, 2014
  • Location: picturesque Kent and Queen Anne's Counties
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • This fascinating, free, self-guided journey will lead visitors to discover amazing artwork and meet many of the 57 artists, many of whom are known and recognized throughout the art world. From traditional to avante-guard, you will get to appreciate paintings, pottery, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, metal, glass, wood art and furniture.
  • WC Concert Series - Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Saturday, October 25   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts–Washington College
  • Contact: Ken Schweitzer
  • Phone: 410-778-7836
  • Email: kschweitzer2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.concertseries.washcoll.edu
  • As part of 2014-2015 Premier Artist lineup, The Washington College Concert Series presents the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ). Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. Individual tickets are $30 (adults) and $25 (seniors). Children 12 and under are free. Season tickets are also available.
  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, October 29   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre 210 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: info@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • Come out and join us for food, drink and some great local music - The last Wednesday of the month! Open Mic Night is hosted by Ford Schumann, is open to all ages and performance styles. To sign up for a time slot, or to request information, email Ford at fordo1@aol.com.
  • Learn at Lunch: Phillip Walsh: Remaking College: “Love of Learning is the G
  • Wednesday, October 29   |  12–2pm
  • Location: Hynson Lounge – Washington College
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-7221
  • Email: wc_all@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all/
  • Washington College Professor Phillip Walsh, a favorite past luncheon speaker, returns in his role as President of the Washington College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa to remind us what is vital and enduring about the Liberal Arts at Washington College. This is the second Learn at Lunch of the year for Washington College's Academy of Lifelong Learning. Reservations required. Members - $15, Non Mmebers - $20
  • Sultana Projects Downrigging Weekend Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival
  • Friday, October 31   |  Various
  • This event runs October 31- November 2, 2014
  • Location: Chestertown, Md.
  • Contact: Sultana Projects
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: dmcmullen@sultanaprojects.org
  • URL: www.sultanaprojects.org
  • Visit historic Chestertown for the Mid-Atlantic's largest annual gathering of Tall Ships, schooners, and historic wooden boats. Sultana Projects' Downrigging Weekend features concerts, lectures, forums, fireworks, and opportunities to tour and sail on a fleet of historic ships representing over 400 years of maritime history.