Kent County Events Calendar - September 2013


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  • Caulk's Field Remembered at the Inn at Mitchell House
  • Sunday, September 1
  • This event runs August 31- September 1
  • Location: Inn at Mitchell House 8796 Maryland Parkway Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-0416
  • Email: tourism@kentcounty.com
  • URL: kentcounty1812.org
  • War of 1812 Weekend:
    Saturday
    10am-4pm Eastern Shore Militia Encampment - musket demonstrations, drills, and camp life, re-enactors, crafts and exhibits - emphasis on early 19th Century, local and regional food, beer, and wine, musicians, and vendors will fill the woods and fields of this historic retreat, near the site of the Battle of Caulk’s Field. Horse and wagon shuttle from Ag Center parking. There will be guided tours of the Inn at Mitchell House throughout the day.
    Sunday
    11am-3pm Eastern Shore Militia Encampment - musket demonstrations, drills, and camp life, re-enactors, crafts and exhibits, Bar-B-Q and fish fry with regional beer and wine. Music: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. by Chester River Run Off and 2 - 3 p.m. Karen Somerville and Sombarkin' with Tom Anthony, bassist, and 1 p.m. re-enactment of Joseph T. Mitchell taken prisoner. Horse and wagon shuttle from Ag Center parking. There will be guided tours of the Inn at Mitchell House throughout the day.
  • Featuring artist, Bonnie Howell
  • Sunday, September 1   |  5-8pm First Fri. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun. 12:30-4:30pm.
  • This event runs September 1 to 30
  • Location: Artists’ Gallery, 239 High St., Chestertown.
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • Email:
  • URL:
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  • Art Show - Pat McHold
  • Sunday, September 1   |  10 am to 5pm daily
  • This event runs September 1 to October 31
  • Location: Heron Point of Chestertown
  • Contact: Barbara Finneson
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneson@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • Annapolis artist, Pat McHold will show her paintings in the Administration Gallery of Heron Point. She paints in many media including water color, mixed media, pastel, and oils.
  • Max's Mainstay All-Stars Reunion
  • Thursday, September 5   |  7:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • An All-Star evening of jazz standards featuring all of the All-Stars for an evening of spontaneous, highly improvisational jazz with Chuck Redd on vibes and drums; Robert Redd on piano; John Doughten on sax and clarinet; Steve Abshire on guitar and Tom Anthony on bass. They will be joined by vocalist Sue Matthews and pianist Dick Durham for some of that famous Mainstay magic. Call for reservations. Admission is $20.
  • Chestertown's 1st Fridays
  • Friday, September 6   |  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.
  • Annual Juried Show
  • Friday, September 6   |  5 -8pm
  • Location: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 410 778-6300
  • Email: Riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • An open Juried Art Show with cash awards for winning entries in multiple categories.
  • Closing Reception - MassoniArt Summer Exhibition
  • Friday, September 6   |  5 -8pm
  • Location: Carla Massoni Gallery, 203 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: Carla Massoni
  • Phone: 410-778-7330
  • Email: info@massoniart.com
  • URL: www.massoniart.com
  • Special surprises and discounts on all work in the Gallery. Celebrate September First Friday and close out the summer with a final look at the MASSONIART Summer Exhibition.
  • Brazilian Guitarist: Rogerio Souza
  • Friday, September 6   |  8pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, 210 High St, Chestertow
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • Virtuoso artist showcases his exciting interpretations of choro & samba. Sponsored by Kent County Arts Council.
  • Two Hour Public Sail-Schooner Sultana
  • Saturday, September 7   |  11am-1pm (Ecology Sail), 2-4pm
  • Location: Cannon Street Pier, Chestertown
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaprojects.org
  • URL: www.sultanaprojects.org
  • Departing and returning from Sultanaís home port of historic Chestertown (and occasionally other ports around the Chesapeake), Sultana's two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using Sultana's seven-foot long tiller and explore the authentically reproduced crew's quarters below-decks.
  • Public Paddle-Chestertown
  • Saturday, September 7   |  10am-12:30pm
  • Location: Wilmer Park/Chestertown
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaprojects.org
  • URL: www.sultanaprojects.org
  • Join Sultana Projects staff naturalists for a unique kayak paddle on Maryland's Upper Eastern Shore. Kayaks for these trips are provided so all you need to bring is water, a snack, and your binoculars! Paddle a hidden creek only minutes away from historic 18th century Chestertown.
  • The Philadelphia Jug Band
  • Saturday, September 7   |  7pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • ìIf this music doesnít make you smile, nothing will!î Thatís the slogan of the PJB who play a wide ranging mix of country blues, rags and folk with vocals and guitar, harmonica, flute, blues kazoo, washboard, jug and washtub bass. Theyíve performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in both official and unofficial capacities for 50 years. Bring a comfortable chair. Indoors if it rains or is too hot. Admission is free.
  • Taste of the Sassafras
  • Friday, September 13   |  7-9pm
  • Location: The historic Kitty Knight House Inn & Restaurant
  • Contact: John Carroll
  • Phone: 410-708-0247
  • Email: john@villageagents.com
  • URL: srbcinc.org
  • Sponsored by The Sassafras River Business Council. Food from area member restaurants and caterers will be featured, along with beer and wine samplings. In addition, there will be live entertainment by Kristen Thein Band, a cash bar and a raffle. Tickets will be $45 couple, $25 single. Tickets go on sale 7/15 and ticket sales close 8/31. Tickets must be purchased online at www.srbcinc.org prior to the event.
  • Two Hour Public Sail-The Lions of Bluegrass
  • Friday, September 13   |  5 -7pm
  • Location: Cannon Street Pier, Chestertown
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaprojects.org
  • URL: www.sultanaprojects.org
  • Departing and returning from Sultana's home port of historic Chestertown (and occasionally other ports around the Chesapeake), Sultanaís two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using Sultana's seven-foot long tiller and explore the authentically reproduced crew's quarters below-decks. All of the fun of a regular Sultana trip with the added treat of hearing great music by local artists or Sultana's own Chris Cerino.
  • A Childrenís Book Reading with Marcy Ramsey, Part of the Chestertown Book F
  • Friday, September 13   |  10am
  • Location: Bookplate: 112 S. Cross Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: owenrussellbailey@gmail.com
  • URL: www.chestertownbookfestival.org/
  • Marcy Dunn Ramsey has always been an artist in some way, shape or form, in the fields of graphic design, portraiture, printmaking, teaching, painting or illustrating. She came to childrenísí book illustration about 25 years ago and spent many years doing textbook art and educational materials. Since then she has illustrated dozens of books, from all branches of publishing; picture books, YA jackets, black and white interior art for series books.

    Other guests appearing today can be found at the URL above.
  • River Rock 4th Annual Fishing Tournament
  • Saturday, September 14   |  All Day/daily
  • Location: Bayside Public Landing & Bulkhead, Rock Hall, Md.
  • Contact: River Rock
  • Phone: 410-778-2561
  • Email: friendsofriverrock@gmail.com
  • URL:
  • Fishing Tournament
  • Two Hour Public Sail-Schooner Sultana
  • Saturday, September 14   |  11am-1pm (Ecology Sail), 2-4pm
  • Location: Cannon Street Pier, Chestertown
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaprojects.org
  • URL: www.sultanaprojects.org
  • Departing and returning from Sultana's home port of historic Chestertown (and occasionally other ports around the Chesapeake), Sultana's two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using Sultana's seven-foot long tiller and explore the authentically reproduced crewís quarters below-decks.
  • Frank Vignola's 'Let's Jam' Guitar Workshop
  • Saturday, September 14   |  3pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Bring your guitar and $15 (Cash or Check made out to Frank Vignola). Students under 18 or college students with ID are $5. The first half of this 2 hour workshop will concentrate on exercises and fingerboard study. In the second half Frank and Vinnie Raniolo will teach some songs and then all will play together. Frank says, 'We'll discuss, demonstrate, question, improvise and have a heck of a time!'. All levels of expertise welcome!
  • Frank Vignola & Vinnie Raniolo
  • Saturday, September 14   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • One of the world's great guitarists, Vignola is a Mainstay favorite for his high octane performances, incredible technique, sly sense of humor, mix of high-energy originals, unique renditions of popular standards, new takes on contemporary tunes and lively classical arrangements. Frank and his guitar sidekick Vinnie Raniolo are at their best as a duo, creating an unforgettable evening of guitar that bridges the worlds of jazz and popular music. Call for reservations. Admission is $20.
  • Literary House Series Chicano/a & Latino/a Voices
  • Tuesday, September 17   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College, Chestertown MD
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/live/events/
  • An Evening of Fiction with Justin Torres.
    Justin Torres is the author of the novel We the Animals. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, Harper's, Tin House and have been featured on NPR.
  • The Unforgettable War, the War of 1812
  • Tuesday, September 17   |  Noon-2pm
  • Location: Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, Washington College
  • Contact: Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning
  • Phone: 410-778-7221
  • Email: wc_all@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all/
  • WC-ALL Learn at Lunch. Speaker: Stephen Frohock Reservations required. Members - $15, Non members - $20.
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Monthly Meeting
  • Tuesday, September 17   |  7pm
  • Location: 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, MD
  • Contact: Linda Dutton
  • Phone: 443-480-3138
  • Email: pflagchestertown@gmail.com
  • URL: www.pflag.org
  • PFLAG meetings actively promote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
  • A Poetry Reading by James Allen Hall
  • Thursday, September 19   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College, Chestertown MD
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:
  • Hall's poems have appeared in American Poetry Review and Best American Poetry 2012. His first book, Now You're the Enemy, won awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. This fall, Hall will begin teaching poetry and creative writing at Washington College.
  • The Beautiful Music All Around Us
  • Thursday, September 19   |  6pm
  • Location: Decker Theatre, Washington College
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:
  • Musician/Author Stephen Wade's book The Beautiful Music All Around Us presents the extraordinarily rich back stories of thirteen performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from Southern Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta and the Great Plains. Wade will talk about "song catching" and researching the stories of famous folk songs.
  • Rock Hall Cruise Night
  • Friday, September 20   |  5:30–8pm
  • Location: Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Smilin' Jake's
  • Phone: 410-639-7280
  • Email: smilinjakes@gmail.com
  • URL:
  • 6th Cruise Night for 2013. So...clean up that rod and cruise on down. Don't have one, then just come and join in the fun and check out the cars, music, and relive the 60's.
  • Relay For Life
  • Friday, September 20   |  6pm-6am
  • Location: Kent County Community Center
  • Contact: Whitney Quinn
  • Phone: 443-480-2309
  • Email: quinnwhitey@yahoo.com
  • URL: www.relayforlife.org/kentmd
  • Teams camp out at the community center and take turns walking or running around a track. Our event is overnight because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times. Each team participates in fundraising during the months leading up to the Relay For Life event.
  • The Spitfire Grill, a musical
  • Friday, September 20   |  Fri and Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm.
  • This event runs September 20 to October 6
  • Location: Church Hill Theatre
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-758-1331
  • Email: office@churchhilltheatre.org
  • URL: churchhilltheatre.org
  • Music & Book by James Valcq, Lyrics & Book by Fred Alley based on a film by Lee David Zlotoff.
  • Literary Crossroads: Paul Hendrickson and Jon Segal
  • Friday, September 20   |  7pm
  • Location: Bookplate
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: chesbookfest@gmail.com
  • URL: www.chestertownbookfestival.org/
  • Paul Hendrickson's most recent book was 'Hemingway's Boat'. It was a national best seller and a finalist in biography for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Chicago Tribune awarded it its annual Heartland Prize. Jonathan Segal was the editor of Hemingway's Boat. On this night the two will discuss the current state of the publishing world, sharing their experiences.
  • 2013 Chestertown Book Festival
  • Saturday, September 21   |  10am-4pm
  • This event runs Fri. Sep. 20th, 2013
  • Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church Hall, 101 Cross St., Chestertown
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone:
  • Email: kcowperthwait@kent.lib.md.us
  • URL: www.chestertownbookfestival.org
  • The 2013 Chestertown Book Festival Book Makers and Writers Exhibitors will display their work.
  • Two Hour Public Sail-Schooner Sultana
  • Saturday, September 21   |  11am-1pm (Ecology Sail), 2-4pm
  • Location: Cannon Street Pier, Chestertown
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaprojects.org
  • URL: www.sultanaprojects.org
  • Departing and returning from Sultana's home port of historic Chestertown (and occasionally other ports around the Chesapeake), Sultana's two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using Sultana's seven-foot long tiller and explore the authentically reproduced crew's quarters below-decks.
  • Gala Celebration-Sultana Projects
  • Saturday, September 21   |  6-10pm
  • Location: Chestertown
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaprojects.org
  • URL: www.sultanaprojects.org
  • Join Sultana Projects' as we celebrate at our Annual Gala. Dine under the stars on the beautiful Chester River, Bid on exciting auction items and dance the night away to : The World Famous Glenn Miller Band! Tickets and tables are available for purchase by contacting the Sultana office listed above.
  • A Fiction Reading with A.S. King, Part of the Chestertown Book Festival
  • Saturday, September 21   |  1pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church Hall, 101 Cross St., Chestertown
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone:
  • Email: chesbookfest@gmail.com
  • URL: www.chestertownbookfestival.org
  • King is best known for her award-winning YA novels, though she writes novel-length and short-fiction for adults as well. She has been a rare poultry breeder, master printer, summer camp counselor, pizza delivery driver and after more than a decade in Ireland restoring her farm, teaching adult literacy, and writing novels, she returned to the US in 2004. She is the 2013 winner of the LA Times Book Prize for her novel Ask the Passengers.
  • Cliffs Schoolhouse Museum Open House
  • Saturday, September 21   |  1–4pm
  • Location: Quaker Neck Road, Chestertown
  • Contact: Carol Cordes
  • Phone: 410-778-9173
  • Email: cbcordes@verizon.net
  • URL: www.kentcounty.com/attractions/museums.php
  • Located 8.5 miles south of Chestertown the one-room schoolhouse opened in 1878 to children of a farming and watermen's community. Visitors can see the potbellied stove, lessons on the blackboards for the seven grades taught there, schoolbooks and other artifacts of that era. Closing in 1939 it remains in its original configuration. No admission fee.
  • Waterfront Festival
  • Saturday, September 21   |  Noon-4pm
  • Location: Wilmer Park/Chestertown
  • Contact: Katherine Thornton
  • Phone: 410-810-7162
  • Email: kthornton2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/centers/ces/waterfront-festival.p
  • Cruises aboard the 46-foot Callinectes, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and the Cardboard Boat Regatta on the Chester River. Local fish fry & funnel cake, pit beef, ice cream, Oystering Exhibit, pony rides, Scales & Tales, Fish Mobile, model boat pond, and live music by the Michael Butler Band. Organized by the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College. Festival is free and open to the public.
  • Scott D. Livie Memorial Blue Crab Grand Master's Lacrosse Tournament
  • Saturday, September 21   |  All Day
  • This event runs September 21-22, 2013
  • Location: Worton Park, Worton, Maryland
  • Contact: Rick Coffin
  • Phone: 410-778-1948
  • Email: info@KentParksAndRec.org
  • URL: KentParkAndRec.org
  • The "Scott D. Livie Memorial Blue Crab Grand Masters Lacrosse Tournament" is a lacrosse tournament for players 45 and older. The tournament is named in honor of Scott Livie, former Kent County Commissioner, who was a founder of the tournament, and instrumental in promoting lacrosse not only in Kent County, but on the entire Eastern Shore. Games will begin at 10 am each day, concluding with the championship game at 2 pm on Sunday.
  • Pam Ortiz Band
  • Saturday, September 21   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Singer and songwriter Pam Ortiz along with Bob Ortiz on percussion and guitar, Ford Schumann on guitar, Nevin Dawson on viola and violin and Philip Dutton on piano and keyboards. Songs and stories with signature clear voice, elegant turn of phrase and melody and songs that speak of who we are, what weíve won and lost and how we love and live. Admission is $15 Call for
  • Sophie Kerr Lecture Series American Shakespeare Center presents Henry IV, P
  • Sunday, September 22   |  7pm
  • Location: Decker Theatre, Washington College
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/live/events/3307-sophie-kerr-lect
  • The American Shakespeare Center On Tour specializes in riveting, heart-pounding performances of early modern plays. If you've ever visited their home stage at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia, you know how much energy and fun this 11-actor troupe packs into each show. In this thrilling and poignant coming- of-age story, Shakespeare gives us the whole world: the fabulous fat knight, the troubled king, the hot-blooded warrior, the prodigal prince, and the crew of big-hearted Eastcheap rabble rousers.
  • Speaker on Common Core Standards for KCPS Parents
  • Tuesday, September 24   |  6pm
  • Location: Kent County Middle School
  • Contact: kentforward@gmail.com
  • Phone: 410-778-1771
  • Email: kcmsevent@gmail.com
  • URL:
  • KCMS PTSA and Kent Forward invite parents of all KCPS students to enjoy a free spaghetti dinner followed by a presentation on the Common Core Standards by Dr. Sandra Alberti.
  • Speaker on Common Core Standards for KCPS Parents
  • Tuesday, September 24   |  6pm
  • Location: Kent County Middle School
  • Contact: kentforward@gmail.com
  • Phone: 410-778-1771
  • Email: kcmsevent@gmail.com
  • URL:
  • KCMS PTSA and Kent Forward invite parents of all KCPS students to enjoy a free spaghetti dinner followed by a presentation on the Common Core Standards by Dr. Sandra Alberti.
  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, September 25   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, 210 High St, Chestertow
  • Contact: Lucia Foster
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: lfoster@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • 'Open Mic Night' is free and open to all ages! Hosted by Ford Schumann - To request a time slot, Email Ford at fordo1@aol.com
  • Annual GCA Community Block Party
  • Friday, September 27   |  6pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, 210 High St, Chestertow
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • Free! Hours of live bands, children's games, face-painting, juggling, free food, cash bar and merriment on the street into the dusk!
  • Chester River Crab Chase
  • Saturday, September 28   |  Race Reg. 8 a.m., Race 9.m., Crab Feast 11 - 3:30
  • Location: Wilmer Park
  • Contact: Maryann Ruehrmund
  • Phone: 410-810-5660
  • Email: mruehrmund@chesterriverhealth.org
  • URL: www.chesterrivehealth.org
  • 5K Run/Walk and all-u-can-eat crab feast to benefit community hospice services. Race is also a Team TriSports Ultimate Challenge Series event, novices are welcome too! Crab Feast with BBQ Chicken and more - is a separate event $35/adults; $10 under 12; from 11 - 3:30 p.m. Entertainment provided by DJ Price.
  • Time Stands Still
  • Saturday, September 28   |  8pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: www.motivationaltheatre.com/
  • Tickets $15 general / $5 students. This event is a partnership production with Motivational Theatre. This is a play about PTSD in honor of national Disabilities Month.