January Events in Kent County, MD

  • The Garden Puppet Theatre–Mini-Museum
  • Tuesday, January 1   |  Month of January 1-31
  • This event runs January 1–31
  • Location: Kent County Visitor Center
  • Contact: Patsy Hornaday
  • Phone: 410-778-5841
  • Email: tph203@verizon.net
  • URL: www.kentcounty.com/tourism/
  • Ongoing exhibit throughout the year. Promoting the arts of puppetry and gardening in Kent County and the Martha Washington garden at the Visitor Center located in Chestertown at Cross & Maple Streets.
  • Marc and Ken Castelli Art Show
  • Wednesday, January 2   |  10am-5pm daily
  • This event runs January 2 to February 14, 2013
  • Location: Heron Point, 501 E. Campus Ave. Chestertown
  • Contact: Barbara Finneson
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: 아메리칸 룰렛finneson@verizon.net
  • This is a spectacular father and son show of paintings of the Chesapeake Bay and its watermen. Marc works in watercolor and Ken works in oils. Some of Ken's ship models will also be on display

December Events in Kent County, MD

  • Garden Puppet Theatre Mini-Museum Exhibit
  • Saturday, December 1
  • This event runs December 1-31
  • Location: Kent County Visitor Center, 122 N. Cross St. Chest
  • Phone: 410-778-5841
  • Email: tph203@verizon.net
  • Ongoing exhibit throughout the year. Promoting the arts of puppetry and gardening in Kent County and the Martha Washington garden at the Visitor Center located in Chestertown at Cross & Maple Streets.
  • Santa's Workshop
  • Saturday, December 1   |  1-4pm
  • Location: Kent County Community Center
  • Contact: Stacey Clough
  • Phone: 410-778-1948
  • Email: info@kentparksandrec.org
  • Children and families will love to participate in this seasonal gathering featuring Santa! Come enjoy crafts, refreshment and don't forget your list! All crafts, refreshments, and pictures with Santa are included in the cost. $7 ($9 if registered late) Registration November 1st - 22nd, 2012. For more information call 410-778-1948 or email info@kentparksandrec.org. Snow Date December 2, 2012

November Events in Kent County, MD

  • Garden Puppet Theatre Mini-Museum Exhibit
  • Thursday, November 1
  • This event runs November 1-30
  • Location: kent County Visitor Center, 122 N. Cross St. Chest
  • Phone: 410-778-5841
  • Email: tph203@verizon.net
  • Ongoing exhibit throughout the year. Promoting the arts of puppetry and gardening in Kent County and the Martha Washington garden at the Visitor Center located in Chestertown at Cross & Maple Streets.
  • Art Show by Joanne Scott
  • Thursday, November 1   |  10am–5pm
  • This event runs November 1 – December 31
  • Location: Heron Point
  • Contact: Barbara Finneson
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneson@verizon.net
  • This will be a show of original artworks by this well-known artist of Maryland, Delaware, and Maine. The show will be in the Administration Gallery Hallway.

October Events in Kent County, MD

  • Chestertown's 1st Fridays
  • Friday, October 5   |  5-8pm
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • URL: www.kentcounty.com/artsentertainment
  • Meander the red-brick, tree-lined sidewalks of Historic Chestertown, while enjoying extended shop hours and arts and entertainment throughout Downtown. For a list of activities, please check this calendar for specific listings.
  • Jonathan Shaw, Wildlife Artist
  • Friday, October 5   |  Opening Reception, 5-8pm
  • Location: The Artists' Gallery
  • Contact: The Artists' Gallery 239 High St. Chestertown
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • Jonathan is known worldwide for his meticulous renderings of wildlife in acrylic and oil. He hunts with his falcon on horseback as in days of old. He will bring his falcon to the opening reception. He will also be featured at our gallery for Wildlife Weekend on October 13-14, 2012

Internationally Acclaimed Chamber Musicians and Talented Newcomers Perform at 2012 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival’s Week Two

Chesapeake Chamber Music’s 27th annual Festival continues through June 17, 2012, featuring 19 artists, including internationally acclaimed chamber musicians and talented newcomers to the Eastern Shore Festival scene.  On Saturday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville will welcome newcomers violist Hsin-Yun Huang and flutist Mindy Heinsohn, who will join Festival veterans in a program entitled “Quint-Essential,” featuring chamber works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.  The concert will include a Boccherini string quintet, the Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Argento’s Six Elizabethan Songs.  Huang recently founded the Variation String Trio and has performed with such distinguished artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Joseph Suk and Menahem Pressler.  Heinsohn grew up in Talbot County and had her Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of Kryzstof Penderecki.  She has worked with other notable conductors such as Marin Alsop, Reinbert de Leeuw, and Peter Oundjian. 

Other musicians new to the Festival this year include Lydia Brown on piano, David Jolley on French horn, Julia Lichten on cello, and Thomas Fleming on bassoon, all of whom will perform during the Festival’s second week.  Brown, who is an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera, and also a member of the vocal program of the Marlboro Music Festival, will perform in Beethoven’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 11 on Sunday, June 10 at 4 p.m. at Heathland Manor House at Hunters Oak in Queenstown.  

Jolley is a member emeritus of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and he currently performs with the virtuoso wind quintet Windscape and the Fleisher-Jolley-Tree-O with Leon Fleisher and Michael Tree. He will appear in a recital on Tuesday, June 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Christ Church in Easton with pianist Diane Walsh and violinist Daniel Phillips.  Jolley will also perform in the St. Michaels concert on Saturday, June 16 at 4 p.m., where works of Scottish-American composer Thea Musgrave will be featured, as well as at the Angels Concert in Trappe on June 17.  Jolley recently served as one of three final judges for the just-completed Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition.


The National Music Festival will fill Chestertown with music from June 3-16, 2012. This annual orchestral training festival has relocated permanently to Chestertown.

The Festival brings together world-class musicians (mentors) and gifted young musicians on the cusp of their professional careers (apprentices).  About 110 apprentices will join almost 30 mentors for the 2012 season.  The musicians come from all over the world, and all apprentices attend on full tuition scholarship. In addition to the apprenticeship program, the Festival offers guitar and saxophone workshops, which are open to students of all ages and skill levels.  A total of 190 musicians is expected.

The Festival was founded by Caitlin Patton and Richard Rosenberg in late 2010, and had its debut season last year in Floyd, Virginia.

“We are so excited about moving to Kent County and working with all of the great organizations that are already here. We have been blown away by the enthusiasm we have seen from this community,” says Patton, the Festival’s executive director. Patton grew up on the Eastern Shore, is a Washington College alumna and spent much of her life as a Chestertown resident. “It’s good to be back home,” she says.

In December 2011 she moved back to Chestertown with her husband, Richard Rosenberg, who is the Festival’s artistic director and co-founder, and their dogs, cats, and horse. In addition to her duties with the Festival, Patton teaches violin and is a freelance writer. In the fall she will teach “Introduction to Arts Leadership” at Washington College, and she has just published her first e-book, “How to Build Capacity in Your Small Nonprofit.”

Join ESLC for Spring Guided Bird Tours

Join a bird tour led by ESLC's own lifelong birder Jared Parks. The tours will be held on Saturday, April 28th in Talbot County and Saturday, May 5th in Kent County. These tours are part of ESLC's ongoing efforts to allow the public to get up close and personal with some of the beautiful places ESLC has preserved on the Eastern Shore.

The Talbot County walk will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 28, on a preserved, private property about 15 minutes from Easton.  Registrants will be given the address and directions to the property.  Habitat to be explored will include woodlands, field edges and newly constructed waterfowl impoundments. A conservation easement was recorded on the property in 2011.

Want to get MORE out of a Race?...

Then consider Running for Radcliffe
during the Chestertown Tea Party Distance Classic on May 26th


Run for Radcliffe TEAMS!

Fact Sheet about TEAMS:

* Teams must sign up with Radcliffe Creek School by April 30th in order to be officially
recognized. To register, click here: 아메리칸 룰렛TEAM REGISTRATION LINK

* All Team members will receive bonus run items!!!! These items include:

  • A technical t-shirt
  • A water bottle 
  • A running safety light 
  • A commemorative 5 gallon bucket with 2012's Run sponsor logos for each team 
  • A professional team photo

* All team members must register for the Race via active.com, click here: ACTIVE CHESTERTOWN TEA PARTY DISTANCE CLASSIC REGISTRATION for the page, or by clicking on the following: PDF OF RACE REGISTRATION for pdf of the race registration.

*  Radcliffe Creek School will help each team BUILD their own fundraising website
for each team member to share out with their friends/family. To see an example of
this, click on SAMPLE FUNDRAISING PAGE to see an example!

*  Teams must commit to raising a specific amount of money. The tiers are as follows:

Benchworks Appoints Director

Benchworks is pleased to announce that Caitlin Hawthorne has been appointed to the position of Director. Her role at Benchworks will include market development and senior level consulting leveraging her pharmaceutical marketing expertise.

Ms. Hawthorne brings a wealth of expertise to Benchworks, having nearly thirteen years of product management and sales experience with Sanofi, one of the world’s most respected pharmaceutical companies.

The Schooner Sultana Prepares for Her 12th Season Under-Sail

Talented New Crew Arrives in Chestertown

Captain Tanya Banks-Christensen and Chief Mate Forrest Richards rig the schooner SULTANA in preparation for her 2012 sailing season.

   Chestertown, Maryland:  The crew has arrived, the sails are bent on, and by this time next week the schooner SULTANA will be sailing out on the Chester River, beginning her twelfth season of education under-sail. The six members of SULTANA's 2012 crew gathered in Chestertown earlier this March, and have been hard at work rigging and prepping the schooner ever since - all under the watchful eye of fourth year Captain Tanya Banks-Christensen. This year's crew is an impressive bunch, with undergraduate degrees ranging from Colonial History and Environmental Science to English Literature and Film Production.   In addition to their previous experience and academic knowledge, the crew is also participating in extensive training to prepare them for the unique opportunities and challenges of teaching onboard SULTANA.


. . . And once the schooner is up and sailing, and the crew is fully trained, there will be plenty of work to do.   SULTANA's 2012 programming calendar is completely full, with scheduled programs for students in Calvert, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties. SULTANA is also scheduled to appear in this June's OpSail 2012 festivities in both Virginia and Maryland. By the time SULTANA's season is complete in November, more than 5,000 elementary and middle school students will have sailed on her decks to learn more about the history and environment of the Chesapeake Bay.

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