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Events Around Kent County in May

May 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Open Auditions: Short Attention Span Theatre

Thursday, May 3 • 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5 • 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 8 • 6 p.m.

Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High Street, Chestertown

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in community theater at the annual 10-minute play festival. Seeking actors of all ages, shapes, sizes, colors, and experience levels. No preparation is necessary. For information, call 410-810-2060 or email boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org.

“Sweeny Todd”

Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High Street, Chestertown

May 4-5, 11-12 • 8 p.m. May 6, 13 • 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors 65+and members of the US Military, and $10 for students. They are available online at www.garfieldcenter.org or by calling the Garfield Center box office at 410-810-2060.

Director Shelagh Grasso and musical director Julie Lawrence are proud to present Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical thriller, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” This will be the second musical that the Garfield Center has produced since they collaborated with the Tred Avon Players and the Oxford Community Center on “Little Women, the Musical” in 2010, and the classic “My Fair Lady,” which the Garfield produced in 2016.

History Happy Hour

May 4 • 4 p.m.

Bordley History Center, 301 High Street, Chestertown

Historical Society of Kent County hosts an informative history lecture while attendees enjoy a glass of wine. For details, call 410-778-3499.

Chestertown First Friday

May 4 • 5-8 p.m.

Chestertown Historic District

Each month on First Friday, the Downtown Chestertown Association hosts this progressive open house. Businesses keep their doors open later so everyone can enjoy gallery exhibits, unique shopping, special performances, kids’ activities and a variety of dining options. This is one of Chestertown’s most beloved social events. For more information, email downtownchestertown@gmail.com.

Working Artists Forum Exhibit

May 4 • 5-8 p.m.

Chestertown RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown

The Working Artist Forum will have work displayed in the Main Gallery from May 4 through 26. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, May 4 from 5-8 p.m. Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday (11 a.m.-4 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), Sunday (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). Contact the gallery at 410-778-6300.

African American Tradition Bearers

May 4 • 5-8 p.m.

Chestertown RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown

The African American Tradition Bearers Exhibit will be on display in the Studio Gallery from May 4-26. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, May 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday (11 a.m.-4 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), Sunday (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). Contact the gallery at 410-778-6300.

Movie On The Lawn: “Inside Out”

May 4 • 8 p.m.

Hope Fellowship Church, 892 Washington Avenue, Chestertown

Enjoy a free family event with popcorn and a drink provided. Bring a chair or blanket. Rain date is May 11 at 8 p.m. For information, call the Hope Fellowship Church Outreach Team at 410-778-3577.

Dogwood Festival of Galena

May 5 • All day

Main Street of Galena

The festival kicks off with the Dogwood Dart 5K. Admission to the festival and parking is free for this fun-for-all-ages event. The parade begins at Dogwood Plaza and ends at the Galena Town Park, which will be bustling with crafts, games at the kids’ corner, kids bounce house and inflatable amusements, beautiful baby contest, live music and beer garden. Available for purchase will be crab cakes, soft shell crabs, shrimp and clam strips, chicken tenders, french fries, pulled pork and beef brisket, fish fry, funnel cakes. For more information on the festival, call 410-648-6899.


Public Paddles

May 5, 12, 19 • 10 a.m.

Sultana Education Foundation, 200 South Cross Street, Chestertown

Join Sultana Education Foundation’s staff naturalists for a unique kayak paddle on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore. Kayaks for these trips are provided; bring water, a snack, and binoculars. To make a reservation, call 410-778-5954.


May 11 • 7:30 p.m.

Emmanuel Church, 101 North Cross Street, Chestertown

The Emmanuel Episcopal Church Concert Series presents internationally known and respected Ken Cown, who 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. For information, call 410-778-3477.

Book Talk and Signing

May 11 • 5:30 p.m.

Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown

Spend an evening with author Kate Clifford Larson as she speaks on her book Bound For the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero. A reception and book signing will follow. Call 410-778-3636 for a reservation.

Garden Club Plant Sale

May 12 • 9 a.m.-noon

Main Street, Rock Hall

The Rock Hall Garden Club offers high-quality plants, freshly potted from members’ gardens, at well below market prices. The goal is to encourage gardening and beautification throughout the county. Items for sale under the “big top” include locally grown perennials, herbs, garden treasures, vintage jewelry, and baked goods. Garden club members will be available to provide information on the plants and their habitats. The proceeds from the plant sale support the community activities of the club. Call 410-639-9008 for more information.


May 12 • Noon-5 p.m.

American Legion, Rock Hall

The Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue will host the second annual “Hop-a-Thon” on Saturday May 12 at the American Legion. The Hop-A-Thon includes a workshop for rabbit owners who want their bunnies to learn hurdle jumping. Then, enjoy a demonstration and competition. Call 410-639-7535.

Youth Choir Concert

May 18 • 7 p.m.

Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High Street, Chestertown

Julie Lawrence leads her crew of talented young singers in the Chester River Youth Choir concert. For more information or tickets, call 410-810-2060 or email boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org.

Artist’s Reception

May 18 • 5-7 p.m.

Massoni Gallery, 203 High Street, Chestertown

Massoniart presents Marcy Dunn Ramsey’s annual exhibition, entitled “Tangles & Knots,” which will hang from May 18 through June 16. There will be an Artist’s Reception on Friday, May 18 and June 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 410-778-7330 or visit http://massoniart.com.

Washington College’s 235th Commencement

May 20 • 10:30 a.m.

Washington College, Campus Lawn, Rain: JFC Fieldhouse, Chestertown

On Sunday, May 20, Washington College will hold its 235th commencement starting at 10:30 a.m. Congratulations, Graduates! For information, call 410-778-7888.

Chestertown Tea Party Festival

May 25 – 27

Downtown Chestertown and Wilmer Park

In response to British Parliament’s closing of the port of Boston, the citizens of Chestertown met in May of 1774 and set forth “Resolves” forbidding importing, selling, or consuming tea in Chestertown. According to local legend, residents then gathered at the town center, marched down High Street to the brigantine Geddes, which was anchored in the Chester River, and tossed her cargo of tea overboard. The annual reenactment of that event is the centerpiece of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival. The re-enactment is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. For more information, call 443-480-8576 or visit chestertownteaparty.org.

Spring Fling

May 25 – 28

Washington College, Chestertown

Enjoy great cycling on low-traffic, scenic roads, and flat to rolling terrain at this 36th annual event. Ride by the Chesapeake Bay and its scenic byways with rides to Betterton Beach, Rock Hall and lunch on the pier, Centreville, Galena, and more. Ride through Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge, too. Includes great food, live music and dancing after the rides. To learn more, contact the Baltimore Bicycling Club at 410-828-8604, bikebob@comcast.net or visit www.baltobikeclub.org.

Sultana Public Sails

May 26 • 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 27 • 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Sultana Education Foundation, 200 South Cross Street, Chestertown

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. Call 410-778-6954 to make a reservation.

Open House

May 26 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain Date: May 27

Rock Hall Yacht Club, 22759 McKinleyville Road, Rock Hall

The Rock Hall Yacht Club (RHYC) and Rock Hall Yacht Club Sailing School (RHYCSS) are hosting an Open House and Open Sail and Nautical Flea Market and invite the public. Tour the clubhouse and waterfront or take a dip in the pool while enjoying one of the most beautiful waterfront venues in Kent County. There will be free sailboat rides, free use of SUPs, a nautical flea market, music and games.

Guests will also be able to purchase food and refreshments on site as guests of the Commodore.

The Rock Hall Yacht Club’s membership drive is underway in May 2018; there is no initiation fee to join RHYC. For information, call 410-639-2182.

Beach Party

Rock Hall Public Beach, Rock Hall

May 27 • 6 p.m.

Enjoy music, a bonfire, games, and good fun while enjoying the beautiful Rock Hall sunset with friends and family. Call 410-639-7719 for details.


May 12, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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