Relay For Life – WASHINGTON COLLEGE 2015 is March 28, 2015

Join the students, faculty and friends of Washington Arts College on Saturday, March 28 starting at 7pm

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people around the world to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals, schools and communities to fight back against a disease that takes too much.

-Survivor activities begin at 5:30pm

-Children’s activities begin just after opening ceremonies (7pm)

-Luminaria ceremony is at 9pm

Registration fees are waived for visitors before 8:30pm but donations are appreciated
All are invited! To register or for more information, visit:

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2015 Sheriff’s RX Round-up Schedule

Flyer; 2015 Kent County Sheriff's RX-Roundup Schedule
2015 Kent County Sheriff’s RX-Roundup Schedule

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Kent School Students Complete Two Community Service Projects

Kent School
February 25, 2015

In December and February, Kent School students coordinated and completed two service projects to benefit members of the Chestertown community. The first project was the creation of a Mitten Tree and was led by Sarah Bowyer, seventh grade student and treasurer of Kent School’s Student Government Association. Students were urged to bring in new or gently used winter apparel. In all, the students collected over 250 items including boots, gloves, hats, light weight and winter jackets. The items were donated to the Deep Roots at Clairvaux Farms, an organization that works with children who are disconnected through homelessness or other similar marginalization.

The second project was in support of The Backpack Program and in conjunction with The Peoples Bank Chester Gras celebration. The Backpack Program supports children in need in our local school system. The Student Government Association coordinated a school-wide food drive and collected items suitable for The Backpack Program. The SGA presented the donations as part of the Chester Gras Parade. They successfully filled three wagonloads of much needed food items.

Chris Gorycki, Kent School’s headmaster said, “I am always proud of our students but never more proud than when they engage in actions and ideas that serve our community in a meaningful way. Service projects like these bring to life Kent School’s four pillars of integrity, respect, responsibility and friendship. It is gratifying to witness our students’ willingness to act.”

Kent School is a pre-k 2 through grade 8 independent school serving boys and girls. Kent School’s mission is to guide students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. The school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information about Kent School visit or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.

Photo:  Students representing Kent School with food collected for the Backpack Program. Pictured from left to right: Reed Ferguosn, Will Cammerzell, Grayson McKenzie, Sarah Bowyer, Flynn Bowman, Isabelle Leech, Allie Butler, and Cole Ferguson.

Students representing Kent School with food collected for the Backpack Program.
Pictured from left to right:
Reed Ferguosn, Will Cammerzell, Grayson McKenzie, Sarah Bowyer, Flynn Bowman, Isabelle Leech, Allie Butler, and Cole Ferguson. Contributed Photo

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Oyster Court Farmers Market – Beginning in April

Flyer: Oyster Court Farmers Market
Oyster Court Farmers Market

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Peter and Will Anderson Play Jazz at the Mainstay

Rock Hall, MD
February 2015

Twin brothers Peter and Will Anderson who are each virtuosos on sax and clarinet will bring their toe-tapping, heart lifting jazz to the Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Friday March 6 at 8:00 pm. Admission is $20. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

Peter and Will Anderson - Contributed Photo

Peter and Will Anderson – Contributed Photo

Peter and Will Anderson were born and raised in Bethesda, MD, toured the UK at the age of 15, studied at Julliard and now in their early 20s, they call New York City home. They’ve headlined at NYC’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, D.C.’s Blues Alley, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Sarasota FL Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s Jazz Corner, Seattle’s Triple Door, Iowa’s Bix Beiderbecke Festival, the Central Illinois Jazz Festival, Pennsylvania’s Deer Head Inn, Long Island’s Guild Hall, and Alfie in Tokyo. They’ve led several month-long running jazz concerts at 59E59 Theaters; ”Artie Shaw at 100,” “The Fabulous Dorseys,” and “Le Jazz Hot,” which broke box-office sales records and was nominated for a 2014 Drama Desk award.

They will be joined at the Mainstay by Chuck Redd on vibes and drums and by their regular guitarist Alex Wintz.

On their most recent recording, “Reed Reflections,” they do a dazzling version of “Cherokee” based on the classic Bud Powell recording. When one brother is soloing, the other supports with spare staccato lines, trills or counterlines. The way they interact and toss in sudden surprises of harmonic color is reminiscent of vintage small groups led by Nat Cole Trio and Phil Moore. Wintz’s guitar fleshes out the sound, creating a lush, large sound.

A previous recording. “The Music of the Soprano Masters” released in 2013, featured Bob Wilber and their debut recording, “Correspondence” was listed by Vanity Fair magazine in “Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz.”

Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, they were mentored by Texas-native saxophonist Paul Carr, before attending Juilliard in New York City, where they currently reside. Their expertise has made them saxophonists of choice for Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Wycliffe Gordon and the Village Vanguard Orchestra.

Though they play in vintage styles reminiscent of Artie Shaw, Dexter Gordon and Buddy DeFranco, everything they play sounds fresh, creative and in the moment. Paul de Barros wrote in the Seatle Times, “Like tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, they favor a smooth, elided, swinging approach on their instruments, which makes everything they do sound easy –which of course it isn’t. But whether it’s the angular accents of Thelonious Monk’s “Bye Ya” or the impossibly fleet licks of “Cherokee,” these guys flood the room with joy.”

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Lena Seikaly and the Music of Billie Holiday at the Mainstay

Rock Hall, MD
February 23, 2015

Vocalist Lena Seikaly brings her quintet with a tribute to the music of Billie Holiday to the Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Saturday February 28 at 8:00 pm. Admission is $20. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

Lena Seikaly - Contributed Photo

Lena Seikaly – Contributed Photo

Lena Seikaly is a masterful vocalist, a swiftly rising star on the Washington jazz scene, whose captivating interpretations and exquisite voice have made her a favorite at the Mainstay in her two appearances in “The Art of the Song.” The Washington Post has called her “one of Washington’s preeminent jazz singers.”

For the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth, she has created a show honoring Holiday and her remarkable body of song recorded in the 20s, 30s and 40s. She will be joined by Lyle Link on sax, Chris Grasso on piano, Max Murray on bass and Frank Russo on drums.

Seikaly’s most recent recording, “Looking Back,” includes several songs recorded by Holiday who Seikaly credits as a major influence on her jazz style. She says, “When I first started listening to and learning about jazz, Billie’s voice was so intriguing to me. I was immediately drawn in by the tone and quality of her voice, but like many singers before me, what did me in was her impeccable phrasing. Her voice may not have been technically ‘perfect,’ but she captivated me more than any other singer for a long while — her style has so heavily influenced, if not, sculpted my ability and sense for interpretation.”

In speaking Holiday’s influence on her choice of material, Seikaly says, “her repertoire is quite unique — she recorded so many gems from the 20s, 30s and 40s that are seldom heard today, and were hardly recorded by any of her contemporaries. Those are some of the songs I want to shine light on at this concert, as well as pay homage to some of her more well-known numbers (notably, the ones that made her a household name). I feel I get to pay modest tribute to Billie Holiday in many concerts I do, but I very rarely get an opportunity to dedicate an entire concert to her and her music. I’m so excited to be joined by some of D.C. and Maryland’s top musicians for what I know will be a very memorable night.”

Duke Ellington’s biographer Dr. John Hasse called Lena Seikaly a “major league young talent in jazz.” Seikaly is making her mark as both a revivalist of traditional jazz vocals, as well as an innovator in contemporary vocal jazz styles. Classically trained, with a Bachelors in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland School of Music, Seikaly discovered a strong passion for jazz while in college, and embarked on a fervent education of jazz history, styles, theory and composition before pursuing a jazz career in the Washington D.C. area.

She has been a participant at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center, studied at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass program directed by Christian McBride and was selected as a Strathmore artist-in-residence for the 2009-2010 season at Bethesda, Maryland’s renowned Strathmore Music Center. She plays frequently in the DC area and has sung at several international jazz festivals.

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