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Kent County Events in May

May 1, 2019 @ 12:00 am - May 29, 2019 @ 12:00 am

Spring Walking Tour

May 1 • 2:30-3 p.m.

Bordley History Center, 301 High Street, Chestertown

This new tour will focus on what life was like in Chestertown prior to the Revolution. Kent County was heavily involved in the war by sending support to Washington’s Army, and Chestertown was home to several naval heroes. The last stop will be for tea at the White Swan. The tea will be included in the walking tour price of $15 per person. Call 410-778-3499.

State of the Chester

May 2 • 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Washington College, Chestertown

All are welcome to ShoreRivers’ 4th annual State of the Chester. Learn about the health of the Chester, recent water quality trends, and hear about ways the public can help preserve and restore our home river. Question and answer session will follow. Refreshments provided at 5:30 p.m.; presentation at 6 p.m., featuring Chester Riverkeeper, Tim Trumbauer. Call 443-385-0511 for more information.

May First Friday

May 3 • 5-8 p.m.

Downtown Chestertown

First Friday is a free event sponsored by Chestertown’s downtown merchants, community organizations, and art galleries along Park Row, High Street, Cross Street, and Cannon Street. This event is held the first Friday of every month. Call 443-282-0246 for details.

Visual Storytellers Exhibit Opening Reception

May 3 • 5-8 p.m.

Chestertown Riverarts, 315 High Street, Chestertown

What does it take to tell a story? Storytelling is vital to making compelling images. Great feats of visual storytelling appear all around us; church windows, works by Norman Rockwell and the published sketchbooks of Leonardo Di Vinci. Visual storytelling tells a story. It uses the power of the visual image to ignite imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths and aspirations. This compelling exhibit will be on display from May 1 through June 2, with an opening reception on May 3 at 5 p.m. A gallery talk will be held on May 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call 410-778-6300 for more information.

“Where the Wild Things Are”

April 26-27, May 3-4, 10-11 • 7 p.m.

April 28, May 5, 12 • 2 p.m.

Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre, 210 High Street, Chestertown

In April, director Bee Betley will present “Where the Wild Things Are,” adapted by Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze from the beloved children’s book by Maurice Sendak. Bring the whole family to see what happens when a boy named Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another. Call 410-810-2060 for tickets.


May 4 • 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Washington College

WACappella is a Washington College’s Student A cappella group. This is a free concert. For more information, call 410-778-7839.

Saturday Mornings at KidSPOT!

May 4, 11, 18, 25 • 9 a.m.-Noon

KidSPOT is a hands-on creative learning center for children aged two to 12 open every Saturday free of charge to kids accompanied by an adult. The center is a destination for area children where they can look forward to interacting with a variety of stimulating activities that expand their horizons. Located right next door to the RiverArts galleries, KidSPOT invites children to play, create and explore the arts and sciences. Kids participate in activities that incorporate visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music, science and technology. Call

410-778-6300 for details.

Museums of Kent Driving Tour

May 4 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Throughout Kent County

A self-driving tour of the 11 museums in Kent County. The various museums exhibit the culture, lifestyles and history of Kent County. Special events will be held at select museums. Pick up a museum pass for a chance to win fabulous prizes. There is free admission. Pick up a driving map in Chestertown at Kent County’s Visitors Center, 122 North Cross Street; Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street; Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen Street; and the Bordley Building, 305 High Street.

Militia Muster at the Mitchell House

May 4 • 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Inn at Mitchell House, 8796 Maryland Parkway

Join the Chesapeake Independent Blues, representing the 21st Regiment of Maryland Militia, for a day full of history, demonstrations, interpretations and fun. Enjoy the Fort McHenry Guard and their Fife and Drum Corps. There will be a special appearance from retired National Parks Service historian Scott Sheads, who will shed new light on Joseph T. Mitchell and the 21st Regiment. There will be food, soft drinks, beer and wine available. Call 410-778-6500.

Live Playwrights’ Society

May 6 • 7:30-9 p.m.

The Garfield Center Presents Live Playwrights’ Society for Play Writers, Readers, Observers and Critics that aims to foster a community of playwrights, actors and critics. This group meets the first Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. and is open to all ages. For more information, visit http://liveplaywrightssociety.org.

Chili Fiesta Fly-In

May 11 • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Massey Aerodrome, 33541 Maryland Line Road, Massey

Good weather will attract over 100 general aviation aircraft, many taildraggers, biplanes, antiques and classics to enjoy Grassroots Aviation. Share a favorite chili recipe and/or covered dish item; tour the Massey Air Museum, DC-3 and hangars, watch take-offs and landings, take photos in the excellent photo and viewing area. Free admission. Call 410-928-5270 for details.

Second Saturdays in Chestertown

May 11 • 3-7 p.m.

Bad Alfred’s Distilling, Cannon Street Parking lot between Cross and Mill streets, Chestertown.

Live music, amazing food and drink, and fun for everyone. This event is held rain or shine.

Guests of all ages are welcome to attend. There is plenty of free public parking. For more information, call 443-282-0246.

Karen Somerville in Concert

May 11 • 7 p.m.

Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen Street, Chestertown

This is the sixth concert in the Tom McHugh-produced African American Legacy & Heritage in Jazz, Blues, & Gospel concert series. Local talent, Karen Somerville, will take the stage for an evening to remember, as her smooth sounds of all three genres fills the room. Tickets are $20. Call 410-778-3321.

Garfield Improv Group

May 14, 28 • 8-10 p.m.

Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, Chestertown

The Garfield Improv Group offers actors, writers, and creative thinkers the opportunity to develop and grow their individual voice and technique through improvisation. Each week the group will focus on elements such as initiating a scene, how to approach a character, making strong character choices, establishing and recognizing character status, and heightening a scene. There will be many opportunities to perform (or watch) each week and the bar will be open. Email improv@garfieldcenter.org or call 410-810-2060.

State of the Sassafras

May 17 • 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Betterton Fire Hall, Betterton

All are welcome to ShoreRivers’ annual State of the Sassafras where the 2018 Report Card will be presented. Learn about the health of the Sass, recent water quality trends, and hear about ways everyone can help preserve and restore this home river. Question and answer session will follow. Refreshments provided at 5:30 p.m.; presentation at 6 p.m. featuring Sassafras Riverkeeper, Zack Kelleher. Call 443-385-0511.

Chester River Youth Choir Concert

May 17 • 7:30-9 p.m.

Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, Chestertown

Come hear the talented young singers of the Chester River Youth Choir as they perform “I Hear America Singing,” a musical celebration of our American melting pot. The director is Julie Lawrence and accompanist is the talented Michelle Sensenig. Call 410-810-2160 for details.

All Seasons Garden Club Flower Show

May 20 • Noon-3 p.m.

Sacred Heart Church Parish Hall, 510 High Street, Chestertown

The All Seasons Garden Club 2019 Flower Show, with the theme “Through the Garden Gate” will be held. The public is invited to attend free of charge. For more information, call 410-778-4830.

Ona Judge and the Spirit of Freedom

May 25 • Noon-2 p.m.

Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, Chestertown

Exciting, interactive, musical theatre: Revolutionary War era history onstage. A 30-minute program for all ages, the audience will be introduced to Ona Judge. Through Ona’s story, each will try to answer questions about what freedom really means, both throughout history and today. For details, call 443-282-0023.

Open Mic Night

May 29 • 7:30-10 p.m.

Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, Chestertown

Enjoy Open Mic Night on the last Wednesday of the month. Play music on your own or with a band, read some poetry, do a stand-up routine; the options are limitless. Email Ford Schumann at fordo1@aol.com to sign up, or for more information. It’s free to attend, and there’s always a cash bar. Donations are always appreciated.


May 1, 2019 @ 12:00 am
May 29, 2019 @ 12:00 am


Kent County, Maryland
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States + Google Map
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