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October 2017 Events in Kent County

October 1, 2017 - October 29, 2017

Car Show

Sunday, October 1 • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Betterton Volunteer Fire Co., Betterton

Trophies will be awarded at 2 pm. Dash plaques awarded to the first 50 registered vehicles. There will also be food, music and a raffle. Proceeds benefit the Betterton Volunteer Fire Co. Rain date is Sunday, October 8. Call 443-480-6017 for details.

Sultana Public Paddle – Full Moon Paddle

Thursday, October 5 • 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 15 • 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

200 South Cross Street, Chestertown

Join Sultana Education Foundation’s staff naturalists for a unique kayak paddle on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore. Kayaks are provided. Call 410-778-6954 to reserve a spot.

Festive Friday

Friday, October 6, 13, 20, 27 • 6 p.m.

The Gazebo at the Village – Main and Rte. 20, Rock Hall

Musical entertainment provided at this fun event. On October 20, enjoy a car show starting at 5:30 p.m. Call 410-639-7719 for more information.

History Happy Hour

Friday, October 6 • 4 p.m.

Bordley History Center, 301 High Street, Chestertown

Learn more about Kent County and Maryland history while enjoying a glass of wine and the company of other history lovers. For more information call 410-778-3499.

An Elsworthy Evening on the Chester River

Fridays in October • 5 – 7:15 p.m.

Canon Street Docks, Chestertown

October 6 and 13 – River Stories, Songs and Lore – A musical evening with Captain Andrew McCown and Captain Annie Richards. Come aboard the historic Skipjack Elsworth for a sunset sail and enjoy oysters, songs and lore of the Chesapeake.

October 20 – Orchard Point Sail. Spend the evening with Scott Budden, as he shucks his Orchard Point Oysters, grown in the Chester River. Sail the river while listening to the musical stylings of James Stankowitz.

October 27 – An evening with guest speaker Kate Livie, notable author and Director of Education at Chesapeake Maritime Museum, with songs and stories performed by Captain Annie Richards.

Hosted by Echo Hill Outdoor School in Worton. Call to make a reservation at 410-348-5880.

Ed Athey Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, October 13 • 8:15 a.m.

Chester River Yacht & Country Club, Chestertown

The Ed Athey Golf Tournament benefits Washington College Athletics Department. Visit

www.washcoll.edu/alumni/hall-of-famers for details.


October 13 to October 22, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.

Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High Street, Chestertown

Director Bonnie Hill has assembled a talented cast for the upcoming A.R. Gurney show, “Sylvia.” Greg, played by Will Robinson, is a man of middle age, a restless empty-nester, tired of his job in finance, looking for meaning in his life. Christine Kinlock plays Sylvia, an exuberant and beautiful lab/poodle mix, astray in Central Park, looking for a new home. When they meet, it is love at first sight. But his wife Kate, played by Jennifer Kafka Smith, a busy rising star in the public school system, is looking forward to some independence now that the couple no longer has children to care for and is less than thrilled by the clever and coquettish canine who jumps, slobbers, sits on her couch and takes Greg’s attention away from his marriage. Bryan Betley completes the cast, playing Kate’s friend Phyllis, marriage counselor Leslie and dog park visitor Tom. “Sylvia” is a smart, silly, sophisticated and occasionally salty comedy about relationships, nature and growing older. Call 410-810-2060 for tickets.

Emmanuel Church Concert Series

Emmanuel Church on the Fountain Square, Chestertown

Friday, October 13 • 7:30 p.m.

An organ concert by Clive Harries of the United Kingdom, who was the first musician when the concert series began, will mark the opening of this, the 25th anniversary of the series. Series tickets are available through the church and individual concert tickets will be sold at the door. Call 410-778-3477 for tickets.

20th Annual Rock Hall Fallfest

Saturday, October 14 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Main Street, Rock Hall

Free family fun with music, craft vendors, a free Kids’ Kourt and food, including oysters. For additional details, call Jim Rich at 410-639-7779.

Community Crab Feast

Saturday, October 14 • Noon – 5 p.m.

Wilmer Park, Chestertown

Enjoy crabs, live music by Wheelhouse, children’s activities and much more. Call 410-348-2055 with questions.

Sculpture Dedication

Saturday, October 14 • 4 p.m.

Entrance to Wilmer Park, 400 South Cross Street, Chestertown

Come celebrate the first installation in Chestertown’s Public Arts Master Plan, a bold interactive sculpture by David Hess entitled “Broad Reach.” The two-piece steel sculpture, consisting of a 20-foot-tall sail and a curling wave, will rise from grassy knolls at the entrance to Wilmer Park. “Broad Reach” will be dedicated in honor of designer, artist, arts advocate and teacher Alex Castro and the contributions he made to Chestertown’s artistic and cultural life during the seven years he and his wife, Kelly, lived and worked here. A reception will follow the dedication at the site. Call 410-778-2991.

Osprey Triathlon

Sunday, October 15 • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kent School, 6788 Wilkins Lane, Chestertown

This family friendly event includes mixed surfaces, including pavement, gravel paths and some grassy areas. It is USTA sanctioned. Entry fees includes performance shirt, post-race lunch and live music. RSVP to Jen Matthews at 410-778-4100 x350 or RSVP@kentschool.org.

Brown Bag at the Bordley

Wednesday, October 18 • Noon

Bordley History Center, 301 High Street, Chestertown

Bring a lunch and a thirst for Kent County history. Learn about local history, books and archival materials. For more information, call 410-778-3499 or visit www.kentcountyhistory.org.

Historic Ghost Walk

October 20, 27, 28 • 6-9 p.m.

Bordley History Center, 301 High Street, Chestertown

Guides lead ticket holders through the darkened streets of Chestertown by candlelight, sharing strange accounts collected from historic district home and business owners. Behold true tales of murder and mayhem; and folklore that still lingers from the region’s British and African heritage. For information, visit www.kentcountyhistory.org or call 410-778-3499.

The Mashups Concert

Wednesday, October 25 • 7:30 p.m.

Gibson Center for the Arts, Washington College, Chestertown

The Concert Series presents The Mashups, a trio of musicians specializing in genre bending. Their passion lies in mixing Beyonce with Bizet and coupling Porter with Puccini. They break all the rules while taking the audience on an adventure through opera to jazz to musicals to Motown and back again. Call 410-778-7839.

Downrigging Weekend

October 27 – October 30

Foot of Cannon and High Streets, Chestertown

Sultana’s Downrigging Weekend Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival has evolved into one of the largest annual Tall Ship gatherings on the East Coast. Visitors to the festival can expect to see a waterfront packed with ships, schooners and wooden boats; performances by world-class musicians; lectures by nationally recognized authors and filmmakers; plenty of opportunities to go sailing as part of a fleet of Tall Ships. For more information, visit www.sultanaeducation.org.

Annual Halloween Parade

Saturday, October 28 • 10 a.m.

Line up at Dixon Drive, Chestertown

Co-sponsored by Chestertown Lions Club and Washington College SGA. All those interested in participating are requested to begin gathering at Dixon Drive at 8:30 a.m. All marchers and groups are required to assemble by 9:45 a.m. Parade will make its way down High Street with large crowds of onlookers who come out to see the creative costumes and enjoy this annual community event. Cash prizes. Costume categories for all ages. Floats and Groups are great, too. Contact Bob Knapp at 410-708-5238 or bay2bay04@hotmail.com.

Pam Ortiz Band Concert

Saturday, October 28 • 8 p.m.

Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High Street, Chestertown

The band will perform a set celebrating songs of water, sea and sailing and a set of original tunes and stories written by songwriter Pam Ortiz. Call 410-810-2060 or email boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org.

Monster Dash and Halloween Costume Parade

October 28 • 3 p.m.

Main Street, Rock Hall

Monster Dash 5K Race (3 p.m.) is to raise money for the Kent County Abroad Program at Nantucket High School. Runners/walkers follow route from Main Street to public beach and return, then host activities and carnival-type games at the Civic Center. Halloween Parade starts at Main and Route 20 at 5:30 p.m. and ends at the Civic Center for games, food and Halloween costume contests for different age groups with prizes. For details, contact 410-639-7719 or mparry@rockhallmd.gov.

Shore Love Quilts! Show and Market

October 28 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. October 29 • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Kent Center, 215 Scheeler Road, Chestertown

Olde Kent Quilters’ biennial show and market. Quilts of all colors, shapes and sizes on exhibit. Last chance to buy tickets for a beautiful 2017 raffle quilt, Geese Among the Lilies. There’s a second and third prize as well, so each ticket has three chances to win. The Market is the perfect place to begin holiday shopping, with items made by members. For more information, call 410-490-7102.


October 1, 2017
October 29, 2017


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