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

Photo: Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition

Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition

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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History Happy Hour at the Bordley History Center on August’s 1st Friday

Historical Society of Kent County
July 30, 2015

On May 7, 1915, the Lusitania was torpedoed by the Germans and 1,198 lives were lost. That is a piece of history of which most people are aware; however, many do not know that there were quite a few citizens from Maryland on board that day. Come hear John V. Quarstein tell some of their stories.

John V. Quarstein is an award-winning historian, preservationist, lecturer and author. He is the author of fifteen books including CSS VIRGNIA: SINK BEFORE SURRENDER. After thirty years as director of the Virginia War Museum, and as a consultant to the Mariners’ Museum’s MONITOR Center, he now serves as historian for the City of Newport News.

John Quarstein is uniquely qualified to lead us to a better understanding of the ways in which this historic event hit close to home. Join us for History Happy Hour, 4PM Friday, August 7, 2015 at the Bordley History Center, 301 High Street in Chestertown and learn more about our early history!

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The Scientific Method for Home Schoolers Begins September 15, 2015 at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD—July 30, 2015

Uncover the fascinating origins of modern science with a glimpse into the past when Adkins Arboretum offers The Scientific Method for Home Schoolers, an eight-week program beginning September 15, 2015.

In this series, homeschool students ages 7 to 14 will journey from the birth of science in ancient Mesopotamia to science in the 21st century, with stops along the way in ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Scientific Revolution and The Age of Reason. Delving into the components of the scientific method, students will learn key scientific vocabulary and conduct experiments. They will use their newfound knowledge in the field, working in teams to create and test hypotheses related to the Arboretum’s forest, wetland, meadow and stream habitats. The program will culminate in a science fair showcasing team projects. Reading activities will be part of each class. Classes will meet on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., September 15 to November 3, 2015.

The series is $55 for members and $70 for non-members. Advance registration is required at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

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Lacey Cox Photo Exhibit at the Mainstay – August 7-9, 2015

July 29, 2015

From Friday August 7 to Sunday August 9th the Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland presents a photo exhibit, “A Variety of Character” by Lacey Cox. The exhibit will be open to the public Friday August 7 from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday August 8th from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday August 9th from 12 noon to 4 pm.
The public is invited to a reception with light refreshments and a cash bar with the photographer at the Mainstay on Friday August 7 from 6 pm to 8pm. Admission is free. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

Lacey Cox works for the Town of Rock Hall and is a fine photographer. Her subjects are drawn from local themes, people and animals. She says the photos in the exhibit “represent a little bit of everybody’s taste in life, from wildlife, portraits, and a few things in between.”

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region. It is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. The Mainstay’s space also lends itself to exhibits of the visual arts and they occasionally mount shows by local artists such as this one.
The Mainstay is supported by ticket sales, fundraising including donations from friends and audience members and an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.


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