Don’t Miss “Peter and Wendy” at the Garfield

July 31, 2015

If you were considering going to see the Playmakers Summer Camp production of “Wendy and Peter” at the Garfield Center in Chestertown, consider it no more. Just make plans to see either one of the two remaining productions on Saturday August 1, 2015 at 7pm or Sunday August 2nd at 3pm.

The camp was lead by Tess Hogans and Catherine Bushby and looking at the performance by the players, one would hardly believe that the camp was only 4 weeks. The young actors did an amazing job and could be heard clearly throughout the theater, which had a full house, even in the back row of the balcony.

Playmakers in order of appearance are: Michael – Ben Anthony, John- Joseph Diggs, and Wendy – Delaney McCreary, Nana – Thomas Martinez Mrs. Darling – Cyanea Sloan, Mr. Darling – Will Cammerzell, Tinkerbell – Tessa Schut, Peter Pan Kaylee Raimond. Liza – Sophia Kestell, Curly – Reed Ferguson, Twin 1 – Severin Schut, Twin 2 – Dylan Conner, Slightly – Paulina Panas, Tootles – Sarah Herron, Nibs – Audrey Betley. Starkey – Cole Ferguson, Hook – Connor Quigg, Smee – Zack Goss, Crocodile – Thomas Martinez, Tiger Lily – Sophia Kestell, Neverbird – Claire O’Brien, Jane – Josie Merton, Stars – Merritt Conner, Josie Merton, Devin Merton, Kayce Titus, Brooke McAdory, Danika McAdory. Pirates – Claire O’Brien, Merritt Conner, Josie Merton, Devin Merton, Kayce Titus, Brooke McAdory, Danika McAdory. Mermaids – Merritt Conner, Josie Merton, Kayce Titus, Brook McAdory, Danika McAdory. Indians – Will Cammerzell, Cyanea Sloan, Claire O’Brien, Merritt Conner, Josie Merton, Devin Merton, Kayce Titus, Brooke McAdory, Danika McAdory

Photos: SG Atkinson

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“Raiders of the Lost Ark” in Chestertown for 1st Friday

Chestertown Recreation Commission
August 1, 2015

Chestertown Recreation Commission is continuing its summer Movies in the Park series with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Friday, August 7, 2015!

Do your First Friday strolling, have dinner in town and grab a seat on the Custom House lawn in time for the dusk screening (approximately 8:30pm).

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Turkey Trail Trot for Character is November 14, 2015

Character Counts Kent County
July 31, 2015

Turkey Trail Trot for Character – 5K Run/Walk

The 5K Run/Walk benefits the Character Counts Kent County character education program. Hosted at Crow Farm & Vineyard in Kennedyville, MD, our trail course will take you through the vineyard, past pastures of grazing cows, and over trails throughout fields of crops. Run/walk to experience all that this beautiful farm has to offer. Because of the unique location of our course, runners should expect to experience uneven ground and other cross country trail run course conditions.

Awards will be given to the Overall male & female winners and to the First and Second place winners in each age group. The Tasting Room will be open early for the race. Home – cooked chili and vegetable soup will be available for purchase, in addition to Crow Vineyard wines and Crow Farm beef, with special Turkey Trot event packages!

Event details and schedule

Saturday November 14th, 2015

Registration starts at 9:00am
Race starts at 10:00 am

Crow Farm & Vineyard
12441 Vansants Corner Rd
Kennedyville, MD 21645


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FREE Pickle-ball Demo at Kent County Community Center – August 4, 2015

Kent County Parks and Recreation
July 30 2015

We will be hosting a Pickle-ball demo at the Community Center for anyone interested in learning more about this rapidly growing sport. The demo will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 10am. Please wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. Some paddles will be available. If you are unable to attend this demo, that’s okay. Please continue to send us your information (please see below) to let us know you are interested in Pickle-ball.​

Interested in a new sport called Pickle-ball? What’s Pickle-ball, you ask?

Pickle-ball was created with one thing in mind: fun! It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you’re five, eighty-five or somewhere in between. Similar to tennis but with a few modifications, Pickle-ball is traditionally played on a badminton-sized court with special Pickle-ball paddles made of wood or high-tech aerospace materials, with two to four players. The ball used is similar to a wiffle ball, but slightly smaller. The lower net and wiffle ball allow the game to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, while still allowing for a higher level of play for more competitive players wanting to challenge their opponents. Pickle-ball was invented in the mid-1960s as a children’s backyard pastime but quickly has become popular among adults as a fun game for players of all levels.

We are partnering with local players to plan a series of demo dates in the near future. If you or someone you know would be interested in learning more about this new offering, please call

410-778-1948 or email to be added to our Pickle-ball interest list. Please be sure to include your name, email and mailing address, and phone number for us to contact you when we have more information available.

Should you have questions specific to a program, activity, or event, please email or contact the appropriate staff person listed below. Staff may also be reached by calling 410-778-1948 during *administrative office hours,

8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

*Summer Administrative Hours: 8 am – 5 pm (June 29th – August 14th)*

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Second Annual Legacy Day Celebrates Kent’s Musical Heritage

Historical Society of Kent County
July 30, 2015

The Historical Society of Kent County, in collaboration with Chestertown Music in the Park, proudly presents the second annual Legacy Day, Saturday, August 15, 2015.

This year’s event will be held on High Street next to Fountain Park. It celebrates the many local music venues that were found around the county in the 1960s and ’70s, and the many musicians who played there. The locations ranged from semi-regular yard parties to local bars that offered live music on weekends.

Researchers have been interviewing residents and musicians about the music scene in the middle years of the 20th century. Many of them remember saxophonist and singer Randolph “Jazz” Johnson, who led bands that played gigs in Philadelphia and Wilmington, as well as local Kent County venues, from the 1940s until his death in 1997.

A second theme will be the music of the Motown era, which produced an astonishing number of popular acts including the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha and the Vandellas, Smoky Robinson, the Jackson 5 and many others.

Live music will be provided by the Larry Tucker band, specializing in R & B, oldies and Motown stylings. During band breaks, DJ Stansbury will provide still more music of the era.

Photo by SG Atkinson from 2014 Legacy Day Parade.

Photo by SG Atkinson from 2014 Legacy Day Parade.

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. with a parade down High Street, with classic cars, a marching band and the Buffalo Soldiers motorcycle club. There will be prizes for the outstanding entries in several categories.

Music and dancing in the street will continue to 10 p.m. There will also be food and drink and crafts provided by local vendors. There will also be a dance contest and a trivia game, along with historical exhibits in the Bordley History Center.

Last year, the inaugural Legacy Day event honored the memory of the late Charlie Graves and his Uptown Club, where some of the most important black musicians and singers from the 1940s to the late 1980s performed for local audiences. The event drew a large and enthusiastic crowd for an evening of music and dancing.

The free concert is part of Chestertown’s Music in the Park series, co-sponsored by the Kent County Arts Council and the Historical Society. Audience members should bring something to sit on.

Other sponsors include the Garfield Center for the Arts, the Graves Family, the C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience of Washington College, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Post # 25, Diversity Dialogue Group, the Town of Chestertown and other local businesses.

For more information, contact the Historical Society at 410-778-3499.

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Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition Performs at August 1, 2015 Music in the Park in Chestertown

Saturday, 1 August, 2015 – 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Fountain Park – High Street, downtown Chestertown, MD
Rain location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church – 101 N. Cross St. across from the park.
Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition

Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition during their 2014 Music in the Park Show. Photo: SG Atkinson

Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition during their 2014 Music in the Park Show. Photo: SG Atkinson

Just the best Bluegrass around!
Bring your dancin’ shoes for this evening of hand-clappin’, toe-tappin’ fun.
For more information and other concert dates for them, visit their web site at

Bring something to sit on. Only limited seating is available. Free Admission.

Rain location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church – 101 N. Cross St. across from the park.

These free programs are sponsored by the Town of Chestertown with support from The Kent County Arts Council & Community Contributors. To help make these programs possible, please send donations payable to the Town of Chestertown and designated for “Music in the Park,” to 118 N. Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620

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