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Upcoming Events in Kent County
February 18 @ 12:00 am - March 28 @ 12:00 am
African American Read-In
February 18 • 5-7 p.m.
Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen Street, Chestertown
This interactive, multigenerational program will celebrate black authors, literacy, reading, and diversity in literature. Come just to listen or take part as a reader.
5-5:45 p.m. Stories for children and the young at heart. All ages welcome.
5:45-6:15 p.m. Quick break for a light dinner
6:15-7 p.m. Readings from young adult and adult literature. Mature themes may be included.
Co-sponsored by Sumner Hall, Washington College Department of Education & Black Studies Program, and Kent County Public Library. For details, call 410-778-3636 or visit https://kent-md.libcal.com/event/6249504.
7th Annual Chester Gras
February 22 • 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Peoples Bank, Spring Avenue, Chestertown
Chester Gras is a fun family event hosted by The Peoples Bank that includes an authentic Mardi Gras parade, kids’ activities, live music, great food, a silent auction, and more. All proceeds benefit the Backpack Program of the Kent County Food Pantry. The parade down High Street begins at 11:30 a.m. From noon to 3 p.m. there will be heated tents with food, music, and children’s activities. For more information, call 410-778-3500, email email@example.com or visit www.chestergras.org.
Designer Purse Bingo
February 23 • Doors open 11:30 a.m. Games begin at 1 p.m.
Chestertown Elks Lodge, 8631 Bell Rose Lane, Chestertown
The Soroptimists International of Kent and Queen Anne’s County will host the Designer Purse Bingo to benefit grants for women and girls. Tickets cost $25 at the door. To reserve tickets, contact Louise Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-708-5301. There will be vendors, door prizes, and raffles. Food will be available for purchase.
Chamber Winds Concert
February 23 • 4 p.m.
Washington College, Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Chestertown
Washington College Concert Series
The U.S. Naval Academy’s Chamber Winds Band has been providing music for the Brigade of Midshipmen and the surrounding community since 1852. Located at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, this premier military band offers world-class ensembles that perform a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to contemporary. This is a free concert. Call 410-778-7839 for more information.
“Intimate Generations, Too” Exhibit and Art Crawl
February 15-March 8
Art Crawl, February 22 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
First Friday Reception, March 6 • 5-7:30 p.m.
MassoniArt, 203 High Street, Chestertown
The new gallery director and curator for the Kohl Gallery at Washington College, Tara Gladden, reached out to the local arts community to create an art crawl from the college to local galleries, studios and arts organizations. “Intimate Generations, Too” is the result of Massoniart artists exploring the subject of family relationships. The exhibit will be on display from February 15 through March 8 featuring Simma Liebman, Blake Conroy, Nicole Fall, Eve Stockton, Emily Kalwaitis, Greg Mort, Joe Karlik, Katherine Cox, Anne Leighton Massoni, Elizabeth Casqueiro, Kathryn O’Grady, Susan Hostetler, Grace Mitchell, Lisa Lebofsky and Ken Schiano. Other art crawl stops include Kohl Gallery in the Gibson Center for the Arts at Washington College and Julie Wills Studio, Heron Point, RiverArts, Sumner Hall, Jason Patterson Studio, The Book Plate, The Historical Society of Kent County, Heron Point Art Gallery, Casa Carmen Wine House and The Retriever bar and restaurant. For more information, call 410-778-7330 or email email@example.com.
Chester River Chorale’s Spring Fundraiser
March 7 •7 p.m.
The Mainstay and The Pearl on Main, Rock Hall
Chester River chorale’s Spring Fundraiser features an evening of music, fun, and frolic to support Chester River Chorale and then, perhaps, dance on down Main Street a few steps to the after-show party at The Pearl on Main. Concert tickets are $35, and tickets for both the concert and reception are $60. Seating is limited. Visit www.chesterriverchorale.org for more information.
Sophie Kerr Series
March 17 • 4:30 p.m.
Rose O’Neill Literary House, Chestertown
Casey Cep, a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, will do a reading. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The New Republic, among many other publications. Her first book is Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee (Knopf, 2019). A proud graduate of the Talbot County Public Schools, she has an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. For more information, call 410-810-5768.
Philip Dutton Concert
March 21 • 7 p.m.
Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen Street, Chestertown
Enjoy a night of New Orleans rhythm and blues played by Philip Dutton. Songs from the late Allen Toussaint will fill the room. Call 443-282-0023 for details.
March 22 • 3 p.m.
St. Paul’s Church, 7579 Sandy Bottom Road, Chestertown
Emily Daggett Smith is emerging as one of the most compelling artists of her generation. Her recital and chamber music performances have taken her across the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. She is a National Music Festival mentor. Call 443-480-8291 for more information.
March 28 • 7:30 p.m.
Washington College, Decker Theatre, Chestertown
Pianist Caroline Oltmanns will close out this year’s Piano Festival. Caroline’s impeccable musical phrasing combined with an engaging stage presence have attracted audiences both in the U.S. and abroad. Caroline has recorded six solo CDs on the Filia Mundi label and serves as a jury member of national and international competitions, including the Cleveland International Piano Competition. She is Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University and holds degrees from the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. For more information, call 410-778-7839.