Kent County Arts and Entertianment Events- April 2017


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  • The Way We Worked

  • Saturday,   |  T-Th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Friday, noon -7:00 pm; Saturday, 9:0
  • This event runs April 1 to May 20
  • Location: 206 S. Queen Street
  • Contact: Sumner Hall
  • Email: info@sumnerhall.org
  • Sumner Hall will be open to the public for 30 hours per week during the exhibition. The Smithsonian's The Way We Worked traveling exhibition will be displayed on the second floor of Sumner Hall along with a "Hands On" Kid's Corner. The first floor will feature locally produced exhibition, The Black Labor Experience in Kent County; Free and Enslaved; Founders and Soldiers; Tools of the Trades and Contemporary Work Stories.

  • Rick Whitehead-Jazz Concert

  • Saturday,   |  7pm
  • Location: 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 4108102060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • "…if you haven't seen Whitehead perform live, you're missing one of Washington's Jazz Treasures.
    Eric Brace"
    The Washington Post

    $20 General Admission

  • Japanese Music: Shakuhachi and Koto

  • Saturday,   |  2pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts, Hotchkiss Recital Hall
  • Contact: Washington College Concert Series
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concert_series@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  http://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/13528-japanese-music--shakuhachi-and-koto
  • This concert of traditional Japanese music will include Yodo Kurahashi II playing the shakuhachi and Miyuki Yoshikami playing the koto. They will be performing with Dr. Jon Kenzen McCollum of Washington College who will also be playing the shakuhachi.

  • Black Baseball -Post World War II in Kent and Queen Anne's Counties.

  • Monday,   |  Weekdays: 9:00 am-3:00 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am-3:00pm
  • This event runs April 3 to April 20
  • Location: Amy Ferris Lynn Senior Center
  • Contact: Ralph Deaton
  • Black Baseball -Post World War II in Kent and Queen Anne's Counties.

  • Scenes Around Kent County-Past and Present

  • Monday,   |  Weekdays: 9:00 am-3:00 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
  • This event runs April 3 to April 20
  • Location: Amy Ferris Lynn Senior Center
  • Contact: Jane Tunis, Home Schooling Program
  • Scenes Around Kent County-Past and Present

  • Sophie Kerr Lecture Series: Feminism is Everywhere—A Lecture by Dr. Phyllis Rackin

  • Tuesday,   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House, Washington College
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 4108105768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/12059-sophie-kerr-lecture-series-feminism-is-everywherea
  • Phyllis Rackin is Professor of English Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania. A past President of the Shakespeare Association of America, Dr. Rackin has mentored countless scholars and is the author of numerous articles on Shakespeare and literary theory, and of four books: Shakespeare’s Tragedies; Stages of History: Shakespeare’s English Chronicles; Shakespeare and Women; and, with Jean E. Howard, Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare's English Histories. She co-edited another book, The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays, with Evelyn Gajowski.

  • Literary House Series: The Personal & the Political—An Evening with Chris Abani

  • Thursday,   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House, Washington College
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 4108105768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/11882-the-personal-the-political-an-evening-with
  • Chris Abani’s books of fiction include The Secret History of Las Vegas, Song For Night, The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail, GraceLand, and Masters of the Board. His poetry collections are There Are No Names for, Feed Me The Sun: Collected Long Poems, Sanctificum, Hands Washing Water, Dog Woman, Daphne’s Lot, and Kalakuta Republic. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the Hurston Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. His work has been translated into thirteen different languages.

  • Art of Stewardship

  • Friday,   |  11am - 4pm
  • This event runs April 7 to April 29
  • Location: 315 High St Suite 106
  • Contact: Chestertown River Arts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • URL:  http://chestertownriverarts.org/2017-exhibition-schedule/
  • Juried show open to all media. Art that expresses and exemplifies the importance of being good stewards of the earth. Main and Studio Galleries. Curators: Ellie Altman & Margo Tilghman.

  • Chestertown First Friday

  • Friday,   |  5 - 8pm
  • Location: Historic District
  • Contact: Kristen Owen
  • Email: downtownchestertown@gmail.com
  • URL:  www.downtownchestertown.org
  • Enjoy late shopping hours in unique shops, gallery exhibit openings, special tastings and a variety of dining options during Downtown Chestertown's monthly progressive open house.

  • Broadway by the River-WIth Marti Gould Cummings

  • Friday,   |  8pm
  • Location: 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • An evening with Brandon Hudson (Hamilton) and Michelle Dowdy (Hairspray), hosted by Marti Gould Cummings!

    More info and ticket prices TBA

  • Washington College Music Department Showcase

  • Friday,   |  8pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts, Hotchkiss Recital Hall
  • Contact: Washington College Music Department
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concert_series@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  http://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/13093-music-department-showcase
  • Washington College’s diverse musical expertise will be on display in a performance featuring a variety of world music and chamber ensembles and some of the Department of Music’s finest student soloists.

    Free and open to the public, the Music Department Showcase on April 7 starts at 8 p.m. in Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Gibson Center for the Arts.

  • Privacy, Identity, and Online Security

  • Saturday,   |  10 - 11am
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Your personal information is a valuable commodity. It's not only a key to your financial identity, but also to your online identity. Knowing how to protect your information - and your identity - is a must in the 21st century. This program will address various types of identity theft; how to protect your personal information, and what to do if a thief strikes. Adults and teens are welcome at this free workshop. Please register.
    Presented by Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator Audrey Orr from the Maryland Extension.

  • African-American One Room Schoolhouse Museum

  • Saturday,   |  April 8th: noon-2:00 pm; April 29th: noon-3:00 pm; May 6th:
  • Location: Worton Point
  • Contact: Irene Moore, Elizabeth Hynson and Edna Phillips
  • African-American One Room Schoolhouse Museum

  • The Book Group: Man of All Work

  • Wednesday,   |  5- 6pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • All welcome to join The Book Group for continuing exploration and discussion of works by African American authors. This month, in partnership with the Museum on Main Street "The Way We Worked" exhibit, Dr. Alisha Knight, Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Washington College, joins The Book Group to facilitate a discussion of the complex themes in Richard Wright's short story "Man of All Work." Open to all. Light refreshments. The Way We Worked, an exhibition created by the National Archives, is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian

  • Birds with Beth Hill

  • Thursday,   |  1:30- 2:30pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • The library is going to the birds!
    Join us for an afternoon learning about birds with Beth Hill from 4-H. We will look at bird houses, bird food, feathers and a real live bird!

  • Family Movie - The Secret Life of Pets

  • Thursday,   |  4pm
  • Location: 111-B1 N. Main St., Galena,
  • Contact: North County Branch, Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-648-5380
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Bring a blanket and snuggle up on our carpet as we enjoy a laid back afternoon movie at the library! Popcorn will be provided.

  • Love, Loss and What I Wore

  • Friday,   |  Fridays and Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 3pm
  • This event runs April 14 to April 30
  • Location: 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL:  http://www.garfieldcenter.org/gcaevent/women/2017-04-14/
  • APR 14 – 30
    $20 General
    $15 Senior
    $10 Student

    Written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron
    Based on the book by Ilene Beckerman
    Directed by Diane Landskroener

    Based on the best-seller by Ilene Beckerman as well as the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends the show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to, creating one of the most enduring theatergoing experiences.

  • Minecraft at the library

  • Monday,   |  11am
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED! AGES 8+
    Join us for a joint gaming session at the library. Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks in a virtual world where the only limit is your imagination. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned player, join us for a morning edition of multiplayer Minecraft.
    Space is very limited.

  • Let's Get Crafty with Altered Books

  • Monday,   |  4pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Altered books can be a great way to turn an old book into a work of art. We will provide books, art supplies, and ideas at this hands-on crafting day. Fun for all ages!


  • Everywhere, Wonder: A Visit with Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr

  • Wednesday,   |  5:30pm
  • Location: 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Chestertown’s own husband/wife, author/illustrator duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr will read their new picture book Everywhere, Wonder, talk about how they make books together, and run a workshop in which kids will create their own “Books of Wonder,” illustrated journals of the large and small beautiful and interesting things in their world.
    They will be joined by flower arranger (and former Chestertonian) Angela Ingram Bryant, whose floral sculpture inspired by Everywhere, Wonder will be on display at KCPL during the week leading up to the event.

  • 2017 Senior Reading

  • Thursday,   |  7pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House, Washington College
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 4108105768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/11883-senior-reading
  • Come hear graduating senior writers read from their original pieces! The Literary House will also announce the winners of the Literary House Genre Fiction Prize, the William W. Warner Prize for Creative Writing on Nature and the Environment, and the Jude & Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize.

  • Grupo Gato, Cuban Music and Dance

  • Friday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts, Decker Theatre
  • Contact: Washington College Concert Series
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concert_series@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  http://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/12239-grupo-gato-cuban-music-dance-9-piece-band
  • As part of its 2016-2017 Premier Artists lineup, The Concert Series presents Grupo Gato, a 9-piece Cuban Music & Dance ensemble on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Decker Theatre. The featured singer and bandleader, Ernesto “Gato” Gatell, is one of the most recognized and beloved Cuban singers alive today. The group comprises several percussionists, singers, sax/trumpet, and rumba dancers. Advance Tickets are available through the Concert Series website:
    washcoll.edu/concert

  • Resonance: Formerly Kent Chamber Music

  • Saturday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church
  • Contact: The National Music Festival
  • Phone: 410-778-2064
  • URL:  www.NationalMusic.us/Resonance
  • George Mason String Orchestra
    Elizabeth Adams, leader

    Program TBA
    Please check our website
    www.nationalmusic.us/resonance

    Tickets: $20 ($5 students). Series Pass $100

  • To Learn about Gamebooks, Turn to Page 45: A Quick History of Stories Where You Choose What Happens

  • Saturday,   |  11am
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • You might know them simply as Choose Your Own Adventures, but the gamebook format of storytelling, which mixes prose and gameplay mechanics, has a surprisingly vast history -- and some unexpected ancestors. Join Baltimore-based web developer, game designer, and writer Chris Klimas as he presents a quick history of stories where the reader gets to choose the narrative. Teens and adults welcome at this free program. Chris Klimas finds the intersection of words and interactivity irresistible. In 2009, he created Twine, an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories,

  • Washington College Student Honors Recital

  • Monday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts, Hotchkiss Recital Hall
  • Contact: Washington College Music Department
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concert_series@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/13094-student-honors-recital-music-department
  • The Washington College Department of Music presents the Student Honors Recital. Student soloist and chamber ensembles are selected for this concert via competitive audition. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information:
    washcoll.edu/music

  • Paint the Town 2017

  • Thursday,   |  All Day
  • This event runs April 27 to April 30
  • Location: Chestertown, MD
  • Contact: Chestertown River Arts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • Coordinators TBA

  • Chester River Chorale Salutes Hollywood

  • Thursday,   |  7:30pm
  • This event runs April 27 to April 28
  • Location: Decker Theatre in Washington College's Gibson Center for the Arts
  • Contact: Chester River Chorale
  • URL:  chesterriverchorale.org
  • Come on a sound-track trip as the Chester River Chorale presents “Hooray for Hollywood!” at the end of April. The Chorale’s 18th annual spring concert will take you to Tinsel Town with songs such as “Singing in the Rain,” which will introduce guest artist Greg Minahan, whose Broadway chops will keep your toes tapping. The 90-plus-voice Chorale will present 7:30 p.m. performances on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th at Decker Theatre in Washington College’s Gibson Center for the Arts. Tickets are $15 at the door. Check chesterriverchorale.org for updates.

  • Chester River Chorale, "Hooray for Hollywood"

  • Friday,   |  7:30 pm
  • This event runs April 28 to April 29
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts, Decker Theatre
  • Contact: Washington College Music Department
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concert_series@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  http://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/13036-chester-river-chorale---hooray-for-hollywood
  • Sponsored by the Washington College Music Department, this program will explore the wide spectrum of music that has been brought to the mass audience through the medium of film. Repertoire is still in the planning phase, but will include a few familiar classical excerpts as well as many unforgettable songs by popular artists.

  • Kenneth Walley Funeral Home

  • Saturday,   |  10am - 4pm
  • Location: Library Annex
  • Contact: Joyce and Elise Walley
  • Kenneth Walley Funeral Home


  • Black School Bus Drivers of Kent County: Past and Present

  • Sunday,   |  April 30th: 1:30 pm -3:00 pm; May 5th: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Location: New Christian Chapel of Love, Big Woods, Worton
  • Contact: Anna Mae Dorsey and Mary Fisher
  • Black School Bus Drivers of Kent County: Past and Present