Kent County Arts and Entertainment Events- January 2019


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  • Tech Savvy Librarians Are Here to Help!

  • Thursday,   |  Thursday, 3 pm
  • Location: 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 4107783636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Did you know that librarians are available to help you with questions about technology? Whether you received a new device as a gift and aren’t sure how to get started or you want to learn how to download e-books, tech savvy librarians can provide individualized assistance.

    If you’re ready to start the new year feeling calm and comfortable using technology, bring your device (laptop, smart phone, or tablet) and your questions to Kent County Public Library!

  • Milk and Cookies Reading Club!

  • Friday,   |  Friday, 4 pm
  • Location: 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 4107783636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Join us on Friday afternoons in the months of January and February for a chapter book read aloud. Kids can come and listen each week as we go through a chapter book together and enjoy a snack!

    We will be reading:

    Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
    Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

    Registration Required.

  • RiverArts Members’ Show

  • Friday,   |  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • This event runs January 4 to January 27
  • Location: Chestertown RiverArts - 315 High Street, Suite 106
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 4107786300
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • The annual RiverArts Members’ Show highlights the quality and diversity of our arts community. This popular exhibit includes photography, painting and pastels, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and fiber arts. The show will run from January 2 through 27. The exhibit will be in both the Main and Studio Galleries.

    Open Reception: Friday, January 4, 2019

    Artists’ and Curators’ Talk: Thursday, January 10, 2019

    Image: Bamboo, Marti Hawkins

  • Tech Savvy Librarians Are Here to Help!

  • Saturday,   |  Saturday, 10 am
  • Location: 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 4107783636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Did you know that librarians are available to help you with questions about technology? Whether you received a new device as a gift and aren’t sure how to get started or you want to learn how to download e-books, tech savvy librarians can provide individualized assistance.

    If you’re ready to start the new year feeling calm and comfortable using technology, bring your device (laptop, smart phone, or tablet) and your questions to Kent County Public Library!
    If you're not able to make these dates, you can schedule a 30 minute one-on-one technology help session at a time that works better for you!

  • Mainstay Monday featuring Joe Holt and guest John Thomas

  • Monday,   |  7:00 PM
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • oin us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night and are hosted by our own Joe Holt at the piano, partnering with a special guest. Each week is a unique, one of a kind show. Seating is casual and tables are available (bring your own dinner, if you like), along with a cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7:00. Click on the video link below to see select performances from recent Mainstay Mondays.

    This week&rsquo,s guest is saxophonist John Thomas. ,John is an in demand performer in the Mid-Atlantic, appearing with artists as disparate as the Baltimore Symphony and the Temptations. John performs in both classical and popular idioms, and brings that wide perspective to bear in all of his performances. ,This evening, John and Joe will revisit some of the music most influential to this eclectic taste. From Billie Holliday and Charlie Parker, to modernists such as Joel Frahm and Brad Mehldau, Joe and John will explore it all.

  • The Newseum Presents: E.S.C.A.P.E. Fake News

  • Wednesday,   |  Wednesday, 6 - 7:30 pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Registration is required!

    Tackle buzzwords, bots, and more under the expert guidance of Newseum Ed!

    This 90-minute hands-on program will give you clear definitions of current media terms, practical tools, and practice with real examples. You’ll take away the ability to identify what’s fake, what’s flawed, and what’s trustworthy in today’s sometimes confusing media environment.

    Adults & teens welcome.

  • Milk and Cookies Reading Club!

  • Friday,   |  Friday, 4 pm
  • Location: 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 4107783636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Join us on Friday afternoons in the months of January and February for a chapter book read aloud. Kids can come and listen each week as we go through a chapter book together and enjoy a snack!

    We will be reading:

    Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
    Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

    Registration Required.

  • Cozy Book Social Hosted by The Page Turners Book Group

  • Friday,   |  Friday, 1 - 2 pm
  • Location: 5585 Main Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library, Rock Hall branch
  • Phone: 410639-7162
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • The Page Turners are starting 2019 with a very special get-together!

    Drink hot cocoa, enjoy lively Book Talks given by a special guest librarian, and
    discuss the eternal question, “What should we read next?!”

    We've put together a list of books that will be featured (available here) and invite you to peruse the possibilities so you can add your thoughts to the discussion.

    At the end of the afternoon, we'll take a vote that will determine which books The Page Turners will read and discuss at monthly get-togethers in 2019.

    The Page Turners book group meets monthly on 2nd Fridays. Whether you're interested in coming every month or just occasionally, new participants are always welcome.

  • Mainstay Monday featuring Joe Holt and guest Shannon Whitaker

  • Monday,   |  7:00 PM
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night and are hosted by our own Joe Holt at the piano, partnering with a special guest. Each week is a unique, one of a kind show. Seating is casual and tables are available (bring your own dinner, if you like), along with a cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7:00. Click on the video link below to see select performances from recent Mainstay Mondays.

    Shannon Whitaker is a lifelong Chestertown resident who has been singing and acting all her life, going on to graduate as a Theatre Arts major from University of New Haven, CT. She has appeared in many area shows, including as Carrie, in the 2017 Chesapeake College/Church Hill Theatre production. Shannon joins Joe to sing favorites from stage, screen, and more.

  • Milk and Cookies Reading Club!

  • Friday,   |  Friday, 4pm
  • Location: 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 4107783636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Join us on Friday afternoons in the months of January and February for a chapter book read aloud. Kids can come and listen each week as we go through a chapter book together and enjoy a snack!

    We will be reading:

    Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
    Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

    Registration Required.

  • RESONANCE: Formerly Kent Chamber Music

  • Sunday,   |  3:00 pm
  • Location: The National Music Festival - St Paul’s Church, 7579 Sandy Bottom Rd
  • Contact: The National Music Festival
  • Phone: 443.480.8291
  • Email: info@nationalmusic.us
  • URL:  http://bit.ly/2rqmHlc
  • THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED FROM JAN 13 TO JAN 20 DUE TO SNOW.
    The National Music Festival presents Kassia Music in an intimate, fireside chamber concert of “new music with a traditional twist.” The program will feature a string quartet with piano and clarinet. Its members include NMF violin mentor Elizabeth Adams. http://www.kassiamusic.com/
    Program:
    Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes and String Quartet no. 2
    Sam Post: Clarinet Quintet
    Bernard Vallandingham: Tarantella for Violin, Viola, Clarinet & piano and Sextet for Clarinet, Strings and Piano

    Light refreshments served at intermission.
    Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students with ID and children under 14

  • "Daughters or the Dust": a River Arts Film Society showing

  • Sunday,   |  4:30 - 6:30
  • Location: Sumner Hall - 206 S. Queen Street
  • Contact: River Arts
  • URL:  www.chestertownriverarts.net
  • A film by African American film maker, Julie Dash. Following the film is a talk-back session facilitated by Robert Earl Price and Leslie Raimond. Doors open at 4 P.M.

  • Film: Daughters of the Dust

  • Sunday,
  • Location: Sumner Hall - 206 S Queen St
  • Contact: RiverArts Film Society
  • URL:  http://chestertownriverarts.net/riverartsevent/daughters-of-the-dust/
  • Directed by Julie Dash, 1991
    The first feature film directed by an African-American woman to be distributed theatrically in the United States, Daughters of the Dust is a timeless film that lyrically narrates a unique African-American experience. Set in 1902, the film follows the Peazant family, Gullah Islanders who live in a community of relative exclusion off the coast of Georgia. Because of the island’s isolation, its inhabitants—whose ancestors were brought to the U.S. as enslaved peoples—developed a language, society, and culture all their own.
    Talkback facilitated by Robert Earl Price and Leslie Raimond

  • Martin Luther King Day Celebration featuring the M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio

  • Monday,   |  5:30 PM
  • Location: Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall - Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue
  • Contact: The Starr Center at Washington College
  • Phone: Michael Buckley
  • Email: mbuckley3@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  www.starrcenter.washcoll.edu
  • The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience welcomes the M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio for a special Martin Luther King Day concert. An M.S.G. concert is not just a performance, but an event where everyone can participate and share in musical celebration. The Grammy nominated M.S.G. Trio offers an evening of acoustic blues, roots, and spiritual music in the legendary Piedmont style. The uplifting M.S.G. set list includes original songs steeped in tradition influences. Join us a we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King on the first day of the new semester. Includes reception!

  • Mainstay Monday featuring Joe Holt and guest Sylvia Frazier

  • Monday,   |  7:00 PM
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night and are hosted by our own Joe Holt at the piano, partnering with a special guest. Each week is a unique, one of a kind show. Seating is casual and tables are available (bring your own dinner, if you like), along with a cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7:00. Click on the video link below to see select performances from recent Mainstay Mondays.

    Sylvia is best known for her powerful gospel and soul influenced vocals, and for her inspiring work over the years leading the locally based 100 Voice Choir. Tonight, she joins Joe to sing the music of Aretha Franklin, and much more.

  • Out of the Box: Modern Board Games for Adults & Teens

  • Wednesday,   |  Wednesday, 6 - 8 pm
  • Location: 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Modern board games run the gamut from collaborative storytelling to intense scheming to remembering (or wildly guessing) historical facts. In short, there’s something for everyone.

    Join us to experience the fun for yourself!

    Play a game from KCPL's collection or bring a favorite of your own to share.

    Adults & teens of all gaming experience levels are welcome at this free program.

  • Milk and Cookies Reading Club!

  • Friday,   |  Friday, 4 pm
  • Location: 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 4107783636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Join us on Friday afternoons in the months of January and February for a chapter book read aloud. Kids can come and listen each week as we go through a chapter book together and enjoy a snack!

    We will be reading:

    Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
    Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

    Registration Required.

  • The Hedgelawn Series presents the Bergamot String Quartet

  • Sunday,   |  4:00 PM
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Come join us for the Hedgelawn Classical Series, where The Mainstay presents some of the most exciting young talent at the Peabody Conservatory.

    Founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 2016, the Bergamot Quartet is dedicated to interpreting the music of living composers. They were recently featured at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage performing George Crumb's "Black Angels", which formed the centerpiece of their Spring 2018 season; they have also made appearances on The Evolution Contemporary Music Series, performing works by Julia Wolfe and Bryce Dessner, and will appear on subsequent Evolution Series shows this season featuring Gemma Peacocke and Jessie Montgomery. In 2017 they premiered the revised version of Oscar Bettison's "Presence of Absence" alongside Ensemble Klang, a top new music ensemble from The Netherlands, shortly after participating in a performance of Georg Freidrich Haas's ‘in vain'. This summer, the Bergamot Quartet participated in the Banff Center's "Evolution of the String Quartet" program, where they worked with Chaya Czernowin and performed her piece Anea Crystal, and performed with flutist Claire Chase and members of the JACK Quartet.

    The Bergamot Quartet is Ledah Finck and Sarah Thomas, violins; Amy Tan, viola; and Irène Han, cello.

  • Mainstay monday featuring Joe Holt and guests the High and Wides

  • Monday,   |  7:00 PM
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night and are hosted by our own Joe Holt at the piano, partnering with a special guest. Each week is a unique, one of a kind show. Seating is casual and tables are available (bring your own dinner, if you like), along with a cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7:00. Click on the video link below to see select performances from recent Mainstay Mondays.

    Our featured guests tonight are the High and Wides: Marc Dykeman (guitar, vocals), Sam Guthridge (banjo, mandolin, vocals), Nate Grower (fiddle), and Mike Buccino (bass). Their 2018 debut album, ",Lifted",, reached #10 on Billboard',s bluegrass chart and was called ",quietly revolutionary", in No Depression magazine.

    The High and Wides draw from their members', extensive backgrounds in bluegrass to take the music to a place of their own, recalling an era when old-time, rockabilly, and proto-rock',n',roll coexisted in a murky soup of hillbilly string band music. Tonight, Joe joins the mix, as new spaces are found and existing ones are reimagined. Another unique Mainstay Monday evening.


  • Raissa Katona Bennett, Vocalist

  • Thursday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts, Hotchkiss Recital Hall
  • Contact: Washington College Concert Series
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concert_series@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  washcoll.edu/live/events/20896-raissa-katona-bennett-vocalist
  • As part of its 2018-2019 Premier Artists lineup, the Washington College Concert Series presents Vocalist Raissa Katona Bennett.

    Individual tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (non-WC College Students / Seniors over age 65 / WC faculty & staff). WC students and youth 18 and under are free. Individual tickets can be purchased online with a credit card via EventBrite, or with cash or check at the door. Season tickets can be purchased on the Concert Series website. Inquires and ticket holds can be sent to concertseries@washcoll.edu or 410-778-7839 (Debbie Reed).