Taste of the Town Chefs Receive People’s Choice Awards

Taste of the Town
May 31, 2016

Taste of the Town Chefs Receive People’s Choice Awards

Guests attending the 9th annual Taste of the Town were tasked with a difficult decision; choosing which dishes were the “Most Creative,” “Most Flavorful,” and whose food showed the “Best Use of Local Ingredients.” The event was held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 in downtown Chestertown’s Fountain Park, and featured 13 restaurants from Chestertown and all corners of Kent County.

“Most Flavorful” dish was awarded to The Kitchen at the Imperial for their Barbacoa beef tacos and spicy sriracha slaw. Runner up was the braised short rib, with red onion marmalade from Chef Larry Ortmann, Chester River Yacht & Country Club. Barbara’s On the Bay was voted “Best Use of Local Ingredients” for the Crab Pretzel, with The Lemon Leaf’s Crab Bisque a close second. Chef Bruce Wetterau from the Kitty Knight House received “Most Creative” for his Crab Stuffed Chicken, with the Little Village Bakery’s Honey Lavender Cupcakes and Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Strawberry Champagne Filling just one vote behind.

The Taste of the Town is sponsored by the Downtown Chestertown Association, (DCA) with generous support from Chesapeake Bank and Trust, Chestertown Natural Foods, DE Nicholson, Yerkes Construction, Peoples Bank, Twigs and Teacups and Dixon Valve & Coupling.

The DCA is committed to maintaining a viable historic business district as an integral part of preserving the quality of Kent County life. For additional information, visit www.downtownchestertown.org.

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Environmental Series Presents Talk on Farm Diversification with Niche Crops –June 2

Town of Chestertown
May 31, 2016

Farm diversification opens opportunity and increases potential profitability! Adding specialty fruit and vegetable crops to your farm can increase profit margins several ways. Like diversifying in the stock market, engaging in more than one enterprise and adding value to what you already grow will spread profit risk, not to mention “growing” interest in locally produced foods. On Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 6:30 pm at Sumner Hall, Dr. Andrew Ristvey, a University of Maryland Extension Specialist for Commercial Horticulture will introduce attendees to some new potential specialty crops, including aronia, a small purple fruit packed with antioxidants.

Photo: Dr. Andrew Ristvey

Dr. Andrew Ristvey – Contributed Photo

Dr. Ristvey is also an affiliate faculty member with the Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Maryland College Park. He earned his Doctorate in Horticulture in 2004 studying nutrient dynamics in container operations. Andrew’s present extension and research programs are in nutrient and irrigation management, plant nutrition, growing-media for both the horticultural industry and green roof systems and sustainable alternative crop production, including the small fruit Aronia.

The Chestertown Environmental Series lectures and films are free and open to the public. They are held the first Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm at Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen St. The next scheduled lecture, July 7, is a discussion on Eight Essentials of Conservation Landscaping, and aesthetic and ecological principles of woodland gardening with Lyle Almond. The series is curated by Margo Bailey, and is sponsored by the Town of Chestertown. For more information, go to www.chestertown.com/environment.

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Shore Shakespeare Company at Wilmer Park This Weekend

Shore Shakespeare
May 31, 2016

Shore Shakespeare Company continues its 2016 Tour Production of Macbeth, directed by Shelagh Grasso, with two performances this coming weekend at Wilmer Park in Chestertown. This most infamous of plays explores the darker side of the human soul as the title characters confront ambition, prophecy, temptation, and murder.

Performances are Friday June 3rd and Saturday June 4th 2016 at 7:00 pm. Wilmer Park is located on the Chester River just downstream from downtown, at 400 S. Cross Street. Tour performances are free and open to the public and are held outside, weather permitting. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawnchair or blanket, a picnic and a bottle of wine, and to enjoy one of the classic tales in literature and Shakespeare’s famous and timeless poetry.

Weather updates and complete information about Shore Shakespeare Company and it’s 2016 production of Macbeth is available at www.shoreshakespeare.com or by calling 410-690-3165

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June Programs at Kent County Public Library

Kent County Public Library
May 31, 2016

All Kent County Public Library programs are free of charge and open to everyone. For more information about these featured events or KCPL’s regular monthly programs, please visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Robert Day for President: An Evening with Author Robert Day and Publisher Jim Dissette
Wednesday, June 8 | 6pm | Chestertown Branch
Spend the evening with author Robert Day and publisher Jim Dissette to enjoy lively selections from Robert Day for President: An Embellished Campaign Autobiography and a discussion about the creative and logistical processes of turning a manuscript into a book.

The talk will be followed by a book signing. Limited copies of Robert Day for President will be available for sale. The book can also be purchased in advance at The Bookplate. Light refreshments will be served.

James Joyce’s Dublin: A Literary Biography
Thursday, June 16 | 1pm | 2pm | 3pm | 4pm | Chestertown Branch
Drop by for a screening of James Joyce’s Dublin: A Literary Biography, presented in partnership with the Chestertown Bloomsday II events taking place in downtown Chestertown. This fascinating 50-minute documentary exploring James Joyce’s native city will be shown four times, on the hour from 1pm-4pm.

KCPL North County Branch’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 18 | 12pm | North County Branch
In 2006, after years of having a “twig” in Galena, Kent County Public Library opened a full service North County branch. Join us for a celebration of its first ten years of service to the community! We’d love to hear your library memories as we share cake and look forward to the next ten years.

The Nature of Money

Wednesday, June 29 | 6pm | Chestertown Branch
What is the nature of money? How has it changed over centuries? Is that old coin you have worth more than its face value? Coin appraiser and numismatic broker G. “Doc” Smith will answer these questions and give you insight into the role of money through the ages. The talk will be followed by an opportunity to have your old coins identified and appraised, so feel free to bring a few coins with you!

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Memorial Day- In Memoriam: PFC Lawrence R. McGinnis

May 30, 2016

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On Memorial Day morning, May 30, 2016 under a grey sky, the Frank M. Jarman Post 36 American Legion, with assistance from The American Legion Riders, The Maryland Patriot Guard and the Knights of Columbus, held a grave side In Memoriam service for Vietnam War Veteran Lawrence R. McGinnis.

PFC McGinnis was a decorated combat veteran who was critically injured in Vietnam.

Former 36th District delegate Michael Smigiel gave remarks on Memorial Day beginning his remarks with a quote made by General George S Patton, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

Smigiel continued, “We Gather today, not to mourn, but to honor.” As we all should do on this holiday. A day not for sales but for memory and honor.

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Later in the morning was the annual Memorial Day Parade. Photos of the Parade can be seen on the Local in Kent Facebook page.

Photos: SG Atkinson

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Jay and Lisa Yerkes are 2016 Edna Ross Award Recipients

May 28, 2016

Each year since 2011 the Chestertown Tea Party has given the Edna Ross Award to a local business person for outstanding service to the community. This year’s recipients are Jay and Lisa Yerkes.

Photo by SG Atkinson: Jay and Lisa Yerkes

Edna Ross Award – Jay and Lisa Yerkes

The award was created by Chestertown Tea Party Festival organizers in 2011 to honor Ross and all she had done for Chestertown.

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