Kent County Arts and Entertianment Events- May 2018


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  • Kohl Gallery Exhibit: The Breadth Between

  • Tuesday,
  • This event runs April 19 to May 11
  • Location: Kohl Gallery - Gibson Center for the Arts, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue
  • Contact: Washington College Kohl Gallery
  • Phone: 410-778-6499
  • URL:  washcoll.edu/calendar
  • The Breadth Between: WC Art Students Present Their Senior Capstone Projects in an Exhibition Opening April 19 at Kohl Gallery

    CHESTERTOWN, MD—The Kohl Gallery is pleased to announce the Senior Capstone Exhibition 2018, which features the work of graduating seniors in the Department of Art and Art History and opens with a reception on April 19.

    “The Breadth Between” features the Senior Capstone Projects of seven seniors, whose art presents topics ranging from gender politics to cityscapes, and from visualizing inner emotions to investigating the absurd.

    Seniors Morgan Bench, Annie Grosscup, Julie Lazer, Austin Maddux, Andrew Poe, Anna Watts, and Qinxuan Zhang, will be on hand from 4-6 p.m. on April 19 to welcome guests to the Kohl Gallery and to talk about their work. The public is welcome.

    Breadth is often considered a range or area of knowledge or ability held by a person, but it may also be varied qualities spread between different individuals. This is certainly true for the diversity of gestures and objects made in this exhibition. The title for this exhibition was left unfinished as a gesture of inclusion toward viewers who are considered active participants, extending new meanings and interpretations of what each person has presented.

    For more information, please contact Renee van der Stelt, interim director, Kohl Gallery, at rvanderstelt2@washcoll.edu.


  • The Biggest Sporting Event on Planet Earth: The History & Future of the World Cup

  • Wednesday,   |  Wednesday, 6 pm
  • Location: Kent County Public Library - Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Bring your enthusiasm and your questions to this interactive presentation about the BIGGEST sporting event on the planet! Every four years, over 200 countries compete to win soccer's greatest prize: the FIFA World Cup.

    Whether you're a soccer nut or simply curious to know more about the sport, join Graham Ramsay, executive director of The Soccer School, at this informational and interactive program for teens and adults.

  • The Illustrative Works of Laurie Cumpton

  • Wednesday,   |  Wednesday, 5 - 7 pm
  • Location: Kent County Public Library - 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Laurie Cumpston's fine illustrative works have been well-received since she was a teenager. At 17, Laurie drew a border for Vernon Goode's Famous Houses of Kent, which was presented to Queen Elizabeth. In the decades since, she has found inspiration in nature and mythology. No detail is too small for her crow quill pen!

    On May 2nd from 5-7pm, Laurie will host an opening reception for her exhibit at Kent County Public Library's Chestertown Branch. All are welcome to meet the artist, be among the first to view the exhibit, and enjoy the company of other art enthusiasts.

    The exhibit will remain on display through the month of May.

  • Washington College Symphonic Band with Brass and Saxophone Ensembles

  • Thursday,   |  7:30pm
  • 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/19122-symphonic-band-with-brass-saxophone-ensembles
  • The Department of Music presents the Washington College Symphonic Band (Keith Wharton, Director), with Brass (Davy DeArmond, Director) and Saxophone (John Thomas, Director) Ensembles. This event is FREE and open to the public.

  • OPEN AUDITIONS: Short Attention Span Theatre

  • Thursday,   |  6pm
  • Location: 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • Our annual 10-minute play festival perfect for new actors! No experience or theatre knowledge necessary. Come one, come all!



  • The Artists' Gallery Features Bonnie Howell in "Water Level"

  • Friday,   |  First Friday, May 4, 2018, reception from 5-8 pm
  • Location: 239 High Street
  • Contact: The Artists' Gallery
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • URL:  www.theartistsgalleryctown.com
  • On First Friday, May 4th, Bonnie Howell will be the featured artist for The Artists' Gallery. In "Water Level", Bonnie's work in oil reflects the peaceful nature of the beauty that surrounds us. She has a BA from St. Andrews University and a teaching certificate from Washington College. She taught art publicly and privately over the years before forming The Artists' Gallery partnership in 2003. Bonnie works primarily in oil and regularly features paintings of life- portraits and nature - at The Artists' Gallery.



  • An Evening with Saxophonist John Thomas

  • Friday,   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  mainstayrockhall.org
  • The Mainstay invites you to an evening with John Thomas, Programming Manager of The Mainstay. John is an acclaimed saxophonist and The Mainstay hosts him along with his modern jazz quartet for an evening of standards, original compositions and arrangements. Tickets are $17 online in advance and $20 phone reservations/door.

    Protean artist John Thomas spans the chasm between the concert and jazz saxophone worlds. Equally adept at the arts of improvisation and interpretation, he insistently explores the bounds of genre and idiom.

    From his beginnings as a jazz saxophonist, to appearing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and composing his own electro-acoustic music, he has refined and expanded his horizons as a performer and educator- a model of the 21st Century musician.

    As a classical performer, he has premiered new solo and chamber works both in the US and abroad. He actively performs the standard repertoire of the saxophone, as well new works by young composers and electro-acoustic compositions.

    As a jazz musician, Mr. Thomas has appeared with such artists as Bob Mintzer, Kevin Mahogany, Slide Hampton, and Michael Formanek. Pop music engagements include appearances with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Glen Miller Orchestra, Ben Vereen, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. Mr. Thomas is a busy performer in the Mid-Atlantic and has performed at venues including Meryerhoff Symphony Hall, Wolf Trap, the Strathmore, and Bethesda Blues and Jazz.

    In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. Thomas is heavily engaged in jazz education. Having previously held teaching positions at East Carolina University, the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Christian University, John is currently teaching jazz and saxophone at The Baltimore School for the Arts, Washington College, and the Peabody Conservatory.

  • Emmanuel Church Concert Series

  • Friday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church - Across from the Fountain Park on Cross Street
  • Contact: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chester Parish
  • Phone: 410-778-3477
  • Email: emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com
  • Ken Cowan, the world renowned organist will play his twenty-third concert on the Emmanuel Series. Mr. Cowan is regarded as on of North America's finest concert organist. Praised for dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, he maintains a rigorous performance schedule playing in church and concert halls across America, Canada, Europe and Asia. Mr. Cowan earned a Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute and a masters degree from Yale. Currently he is head of the organ program at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University,

  • May the Fourth Be With You: Celebrate Star Wars Day

  • Friday,   |  Friday, at 4 pm
  • Location: Kent County Public Library - 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Young padawans, join us this day you must. Celebrate all things Star Wars with some drop in crafts! Wear your costumes.
    May the fourth be with you.
    All ages welcome.

  • Blue Heron Public Paddle-Sultana Education Foundation

  • Saturday,   |  10am
  • Location: Kent County
  • Contact: Sultana Education Foundation
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • URL:  http://sultanaeducation.org/public-programs/public-paddles/
  • Join Sultana Education Foundation’s staff naturalists for one (or more!) of our unique kayak paddles 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!

    $30 per person (except as marked) / no children under 12
    Reserve online or by calling 410-778-5954 (M-F)
    Online registration is available until midnight of the day prior to the program.

  • OPEN AUDITIONS: Short Attention Span Theatre

  • Saturday,   |  11am
  • Location: 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • Our annual 10-minute play festival perfect for new actors! No experience or theatre knowledge necessary. Come one, come all!

  • "Do The Right Thing," RiverArts Film Society

  • Sunday,   |  4pm
  • Location: Sumner Hall - 206 S. Queen St.
  • Contact: River Arts Film Society
  • A movie presented by River Arts Film Society. Open to members and guests, this film will be followed by a "Talk-Back Session" facilitated by Pat Nugent. Refreshments available for purchase. Reservations through RiverArts.

  • The Hedgelawn Series: Peabody at The Mainstay presents Teodora Adzharova

  • Sunday,   |  4pm
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street - The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  mainstayrockhall.org
  • $15 online advance AND by phone reservation/door price

    Welcome to Peabody at The Mainstay! This new concert series presents some of the most exciting young musicians attending the Peabody Conservatory and is sponsored by the Hedgelawn Foundation. This afternoon we present powerhouse pianist Teodora Adzharova.

    Born in the ancient Bulgarian city of Plovdiv, pianist Teodora Adzharova began her musical studies at age 7. By the time she graduated high school, she had won international competitions across Europe. She then joined the Bulgarian National Academy of Music where she threw herself into her studies, determined to succeed. With news of her abilities spreading, she was given a full scholarship to come to the United States to study with world-renowned concert pianist Neil Rutman. After completing her studies with Rutman, she was once again offered a full scholarship, this time at the Peabody Conservatory, where she is completing the Doctorate in Piano Performance under revered pedagogue Ellen Mack.

    Ms. Adzharova is one of the most in-demand collaborative pianists in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Her powerful sound and rhythmic drive have supported sopranos, cellists, harpists, and even classical saxophonists. An avid proponent of modern music, Ms. Adzharova performs regularly with genre-stretching saxophonist John Thomas. This afternoon she will present keyboard works by Robert Schumann and Dimitri Shostakovich. From the most introspective and quiet moments Schumann to the bombast and power of late Shostakovich, this is a program for lovers of the piano. Don’t miss this finale concert to the first spring cycle of the Hedgelawn Classical Series at the Mainstay!

  • Free Popcorn and a Movie, too

  • Monday,   |  Monday, 2 pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Monday Movies at Kent County Public Library are free and open to all.

    Our public performance license for film restricts us from advertising the name of the movie here, but you can find more details on the library's website or by calling 410-778-3636

  • OPEN AUDITIONS: Short Attention Span Theatre

  • Tuesday,   |  6pm
  • Location: 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • Our annual 10-minute play festival! The perfect opportunity to get involved in community theatre!
    Seeking actors of all ages, shapes, sizes, colors, and experience levels! No preparation necessary!

  • Yacine Boulares and Ajoyo

  • Thursday,   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  mainstayrockhall.org
  • $17 online advance, $20 phone reservation/door.

    AJOYO is the vision of multi-reed player Yacine Boularès, a mystic brew blending African tradition, jazz and soul. More than music, it's a joyful ceremony, a fuller experience bringing musicians and audience close together. AJOYO chants in the name of Tony Allen, Oum Khalsoum, Charlie Parker and Donnie Hathaway. Stomping towards you in the eye of the dancer, arms open, horns, bell and bass interwoven like the fabric of a ceremonial dress, AJOYO speaks the language of the talking drum with a New York accent.

    Originally from Tunisia in North Africa (by way of Paris), Yacine Boularès has played sax, composed and arranged music for Cameroonian musicians such as former Fela Kuti drummer Jojo Kuo, for the late Martino Atangana, for the Haitian Kompa legends Tabou Combo, and for Placido Domingo’s latest album Encanto Del Mar.

    The project originated in these encounters and influences, as Yacine assembled a band that reconciles his North African and Western heritages. AJOYO celebrates life, love and justice through music: music for the heart, the mind and the body, the kind that is soulful, sophisticated and that makes people want to dance

  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church Concert Series

  • Friday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church on the Fountain Square,
  • Contact: Emmanuel Church Concert Committee
  • Phone: 410 778 3477
  • Email: emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com
  • URL:  www.emmanuelchesterparish.org
  • International known and respected Ken Cown will make his 23rd appearance on this concert series. He is Associate Professor of Organ at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas., He made several recording which are available.


  • Poems of Resistance: The Heroism of Survival in an Oppressive Society

  • Saturday,   |  Saturday, 10 pm
  • Location: Kent County Public Library - Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • African-American poet and playwright Robert Earl Price returns to Kent County Public Library to continue to the conversation started during his February program. With poetry and thoughtful observations, Mr. Price invites the audience to engage with the theme of the heroism of survival in an oppressive society.

    Robert Earl Price is a poet and playwright whose work often incorporates the lyricism and rhythm of Jazz and Blues. He is black cultural worker and a veteran of the Black Arts Movement that influenced and was influenced by the recent Civil Rights movement. His poetry strives to capture the visceral impact of the heroism of survival in an oppressive society

  • Free Popcorn and a movie, too!

  • Monday,   |  Monday, 2 pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Monday Movies at Kent County Public Library are free and open to all.

    Our public performance license for films restricts us from advertising the name of the movie here, but you can find more details on the library's website or by calling 410-778-3636

  • Chester River Youth Choir Spring Concert

  • Friday,   |  7pm
  • Location: 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • Julie Lawrence leads her crew of talented young singers in the Chester River Youth Choir concert!

  • Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet

  • Friday,   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  mainstayrockhall.org
  • The dynamic father-son duo Ken & Brad Kolodner are joined by Rachel Eddy on fiddle, guitar and vocals and Alex Laquement on bass. They weave together a mesmerizing soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles and push the boundaries of the Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs. They perform tight and musical arrangements of original and traditional old-time music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” In concert, they regularly perform as a trio with bassist Alex Lacquement who locks everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices and as a quartet they add multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy (fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals), a former member of the Old-Time supergroup Uncle Earl.

  • MassoniArt presents - MARCY DUNN RAMSEY | TANGLES & KNOTS

  • Friday,
  • Location: 203 High Street
  • Contact: MASSONIART
  • Phone: 410.778.7330
  • Email: info@massoniart.com
  • URL:  http://massoniart.com/
  • Annual Exhibition
    May 18 – June 16, 2018
    Opening Reception – Friday, May 18th, 5-7 pm
    June First Friday Reception – Friday, June 1st, 5-7:30 pm

  • Summer Rosé Tasting

  • Saturday,   |  5 - 8pm
  • Location: 117 S. Cross St.
  • Contact: Chester River Wine & Cheese Co.
  • Phone: 443.282.0220
  • Email: info@chesterrivergourmet.com
  • URL:  www.chesterrivergourmet.com
  • As the weather heats up there is nothing more refreshing than chilled glass of crisp, dry, rosé. Join us for a party in the garden behind the wine & cheese shop to celebrate the start of summer as we introduce our 2018 rosé collection.

    Our wine tastings are designed as social events. We're excited to welcome local jazz and bluegrass musicians, the Williamson Trio, who will perform between 5:30 - 7:30. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served.

    All friends of legal sipping age are welcome to join us. Our cut-to-order cheese case is closed during the event; however, we are happy to offer a half case discount on wines we're sampling during the event.

  • Upper Chester River Public Paddle-Sultana Education Foundation

  • Saturday,   |  10-12:30pm
  • Location: Kent County
  • Contact: Sultana Education Foundation
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • URL:  http://sultanaeducation.org/public-programs/public-paddles/
  • Join Sultana Education Foundation’s staff naturalists for one (or more!) of our unique kayak paddles 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!

    $30 per person (except as marked) / no children under 12
    Reserve online or by calling 410-778-5954 (M-F)
    Online registration is available until midnight of the day prior to the program.

  • Happiness Hour: Creative Time for Grown-ups in Rock Hall

  • Saturday,   |  Saturday, 11 am
  • Location: Municipal Building, 5585 Main Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library, Rock Hall Branch
  • Phone: 410-639-7162
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Happiness Hour is a time for grown-ups to explore their powers of creativity!

    Featured project: Paper Flowers

    Swap ideas, give encouragement, and leave a little happier than you arrived.

    Space is limited. Please register.

  • Cityscapes: Free Band Concert by the Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble

  • Sunday,   |  4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church - 101 N. Cross St. (near High St.) - handicapped-accessible)
  • Contact: Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble
  • Phone: 410-810-1834; 410-778-2829
  • Email: ESWEemail@yahoo.com
  • URL:  https://www.facebook.com/EasternShoreWindEnsemble
  • The Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Keith A. Wharton, will take its audience to cities near and far in its final concert of the season. The program features medleys that celebrate two American cities in particular: "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)" and "Salute to New York." The spirit of other American cities and towns is conveyed in "Quad City Stomp," "River City," Bridgeview," "Delmar Celebration," and "Nightflight." European cities are represented by "Un Petit Cafe a Paris" and the Finale from "The Pines of Rome."

    The ESWE is an all-ages community band founded in 2001. New members are always welcome, without audition or fee.

  • Free Popcorn with a Movie

  • Monday,   |  Monday, 2 pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Monday Movies at Kent County Public Library are free and open to all.

    Our public performance license for films restricts us from advertising the name of the movie here, but you can find more details on the library's website or by calling 410-778-3636.

  • Introductory Session, National Music Festival

  • Wednesday,   |  6:30 - 8pm
  • Location: Sumner Hall - 206 S. Queen St.
  • Contact: National Music Festival
  • Learn all about this year's program from Artistic Director, Richard Rosenberg.