Kent County Events Calendar -  This Weekend


  • 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.
  • Learn to Paint the Tall Ships
  • Friday, October 31   |  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Stephanie Somers
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: chestertownriverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/classes/paint-the-tal
  • Take advantage of the parade of Tall Ships visiting Chestertown during Downrigging Weekend, and learn to paint them by getting up close and personal. Ray Ewing leads this four-hour class held at the foot of High Street. Ray has been an art instructor, active juror and guest lecturer in the Washington, DC are for over 30 years.
  • Spooky Candy Houses
  • Friday, October 31   |  4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email:
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • Ready for a special treat? Start your Halloween adventure off by making a spooky candy house at the library! Wear your costumes and build your very own mini candy house to take home. All ages welcome. Please register. For more information, please call the library at 410-778-3636.
  • Sultana Projects Downrigging Weekend Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival
  • Saturday, November 1   |  Various
  • This event runs October 31 to November 2
  • 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.
  • Garden Puppet Theatre Mini-Museum Exhibit
  • Saturday, November 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.
  • Downrigging Weekend Public Sails
  • Saturday, November 1
  • Location: The foot of Cannon Street
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL: www.sultanaeducation.org
  • Two-Hour Sails on the Schooner SULTANA $40/$20 for adults/$15 under 12 free for Captain’s Table Members Sorry, no children under 5 Reserve online or by calling 410-778-5954 (M-F) Sat. Nov 1, 10:00 am-12:30 pm Sat. Nov 1, 2:00-4:30 pm Sun. Nov 2, 11:00 am-1:30 pm
  • Downrigging Weekend Public Sails
  • Saturday, November 1
  • This event runs November 1 – November 2, 2014
  • Location: The foot of Cannon Street
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL: www.sultanaeducation.org
  • Two-Hour Sails on the Schooner SULTANA $40/$20 for adults/$15 under 12 free for Captain’s Table Members Sorry, no children under 5 Reserve online or by calling 410-778-5954 (M-F) Sat. Nov 1, 10:00 am-12:30 pm Sat. Nov 1, 2:00-4:30 pm Sun. Nov 2, 11:00 am-1:30 pm
  • Barbara Snyder Art Show
  • Saturday, November 1   |  10am-5pm daily
  • This event runs November 1- December 31st
  • Location: Administration Gallery, Heron Point, 501 E. Campus Ave, Chestertown
  • Contact: Barbara Finneson
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneon@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • Barbara Snyder is a local artist who lives in Chestertown and paints the landscape of Kent and Queen Annes County. Her technique done in Pastel and Oils is unique and very beautiful. She captures the essence and vibrance of the area with striking simplicity. Don't miss this show.
  • RiverArts 15th Annual Studio Tour
  • Saturday, November 1   |  10am-5pm
  • This event runs November 1-2, 2014
  • Location: Chestertown and surrounding 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.
  • Lions Club of Chestertown, Halloween Parade
  • Saturday, November 1   |  10am
  • Location: Stating at Dixon Valve, High Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Bob Knapp
  • Phone:
  • Email: rknapper19@verizon.net
  • URL: chestertownlions.org
  • This parade is co-sponsored by the Chestertown Lions Club and Washington College SGA. It is open to any/all who wish to participate. Cash prizes will only be awarded to the following (6) categories: PreSchool, Elementary, Middle, High School/Adult, Groups and Floats. Rain date—Sunday Nov.3rd - 3pm. For weather updates and the most current info. on this event, please reference the Chestertown Lions internet site listed above.
  • Maryland Emancipation Day Celebration
  • Saturday, November 1   |  4pm
  • Location: Janes Church
  • Contact: Karen Emerson
  • Phone: 410-778-3499
  • Email: director@kentcountyhistory.org
  • URL: www.kentcountyhistory.org
  • Proclamation, Poetry, Prayer, and Music to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation Day. Program will feature presentations by children of our community, poetry by Robert Earl Price, music by our talented musicians and tributes to local historical figures, including Henry Highland Garnet. All are welcome
  • Maryland Emancipation Day Exhibits
  • Saturday, November 1   |  10am–4pm
  • Location: Charles Sumner Post #25 – Chestertown
  • Contact: Leslie Prince Raimond
  • Phone: 410-778-1149
  • Email: kentcountyartscouncil@verizon.net
  • URL: www.kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • Charles Sumner Post #25, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Exhibits and presentations celebrating the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation Day. Even though Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation issued on January 1, 1863 proclaimed freedom to slaves in the 10 states in rebellion, it did not apply to Maryland as one of four slave states which had not rebelled. In April 1864, delegates drafted Maryland’s 3rd Constitution containing its own Emancipation Proclamation, which passed by 400 votes and was ratified October 13, 1864. It took effect November 1, 1864.
  • Downrigging Concert: Songs of the Sea and Water
  • Saturday, November 1   |  5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Robert Ortiz Studios, 207 So. Cross Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Bob Ortiz
  • Phone: 410-810-1400
  • Email: ortizstudios@verizon.net
  • URL: www.pamortizmusic.com/performances/
  • The Pam Ortiz Band known for their fine musicianship and performance of songs written by Pam Ortiz will present an evening of songs of sailing, water, and ships. The concert will take place at the Robert Ortiz Studio a woodworking shop filled with works in progress, industrial machinery, and eclectic objects.
  • Free Band Concert: Mysterious Musical Moments
  • Sunday, November 2   |  4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Emmanuel Church, Cross & High Streets, Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2829
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • In keeping with the Halloween season, the Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble will present a program of music with themes of suspense, mysteriousness, and horror. Directed by Dr. Keith Wharton, the ESWE is the all-ages community concert band based in Chestertown. It gives four concerts during its Sept.-May season and welcomes new members at any time, without audition or fee. The next concert will be a holiday concert on Dec. 14. The band is partially supported by the Kent Co. Arts Council.
  • The Mainstay Comes to Downrigging: Banjo Man & Bill with Tom Anthony
  • Sunday, November 2   |  7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Music Life Music Store, 214 High Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • In Chestertown for Downrigging, Mainstay founder Tom McHugh (banjo, blues harmonica and vocals), Bill Matthews (guitar and vocals) and Tom Anthony (bass) will sing “Songs of the River, Songs of the Seas.” Expect a blend of classic old jazz, obscure blues, a sprinkling of folk classics and some of Tom McHugh’s great Chesapeake songs. Call the Mainstay for reservations. Admission is $15. Call the Mainstay for reservations.