The Battle of Caulk’s Field is Upon Us

August 22, 2014

Beginning on August 30th the two day celebration of the bicentienal of the Battle of Caulk’s field will begin here in Kent County.

The War of 1812 is one of those forgotten wars. Although from the war came the poem written by Francis Scott Key that became our national anthem.

And had it not be for the Battle of Caulk’s Field, the poem perhaps wouldn’t have been written. The battle came between the burning of Washington, which happened on August 24, 1814 and the bombardment of Fort McHenry on September 13–14, when Key penned his poem.

Early in the morning of August 31, 1814 Capt. Sir Peter Parker, commander of the frigate HM Menelaus, moved toward militia camp near the town of Belle Aire (now Fairlee). The moon was full and he had a slave to guide him. Parker was an English Baronet and an up and rising political figure who was short of his 30th birthday.

The militia leader Lt. Col. Philip Reed had advance information that Parker’s unit was marching and they meet in battle.

The American militia won a victory with only 3 wounded. The British had at least 25 killed, wounded and missing. Fourteen British soldiers and sailors, including Parker, and 13-year-old midshipman John T. Sandes, were killed. All other than Sir Peter Parker is buried in unmarked graves at Caulk’s Field.

An article by Kevin Hemstock found on the County’s 1812 Web site gives a good description of The Battle.

The two day celebration will begin with activities in Chestertown on August 30th. There will be a Period Parade beginning at 10am and a Wreath Laying/Flag Raising ceremony at 11. During the day there will be a number of exhibits and presentation. (See Schedule Below).

Sunday August 31 will have a full day of activities from 10am to 4pm. The be the day of re-enactment will be held at 2pm. Earlier in the day at 11 there will be a Formal Military Ceremony (Wreath Laying and Flag Raising) at the monument. (See Schedule Below)

The Monument at Caulk's Field - Photo: Steven G. Atkinson

The Monument at Caulk’s Field – Photo: Steven G. Atkinson

Schedule for Battle of Caulk's Field in Kent County - August 30&31, 2014

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KCPS Starts on August 25, 2014

August 22, 2014

While we may be hearing that Comptroller Franchot would like to see Public Schools open after Labor Day, Kent County Public Schools begin the 2014-15 year on Monday, August 25, 2014

August 25 – School Begins Grades K-5, 6 & 9
August 26 – All Grade K-12
August 27 – Pre-School Begins

Please keep an eye out for children as they go to meet the bus or are walking to school. It is illegal to pass a school bus that has their flashing lights on to have the children board the bus.

Monday the 25th is also the first day of classes at Chesapeake College and Washington College. 1st year students at Washington College arrived yesterday, August 21 with the upper classes arriving this weekend.

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Chicken and Fish Fry – September 5, 2014

Flyer: CATS Relay Team Fish & Chicken Fry September 5, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014
11 AM- 3 PM
Corner of Calvert and College Avenue
Chestertown, Maryland 21620

Sandwiches: ½ Chicken Sandwich $12.00
Fish Sandwich $12.00

Soda/Bottled Water: $1.00

Fundraiser (In memory of Mrs. Ruth Briscoe)
(Citizens Against Tobacco Smoke)

This year’s Relay for Life, Kent MD is September 20, 2014 at Kent County High from 11am-11pm

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MainstayBlues Series Concludes with Johnny and Zep on August 30, 2014

Rock Hall, MD
August 21, 2014

The MainstayBlues series concludes for this year with Delta blues magic from Johnny and Zep in a free outdoor concert on the back deck of the Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD on Saturday August 30 at 7:00 p.m. Bring a comfortable chair. The concert will move indoors to the Mainstay in case of rain or extreme heat. For information, call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

The Mainstay’s free outdoor summer concert series is sponsored by People’s Bank, The Rock Hall Business Association, The Kent County Arts Council and The Mainstay. This is also the final concert in the free outdoor series.

Johnny and Zep  - Promotional Photo

Johnny and Zep – Promotional Photo

Johnny Never and Zep Harpo (AKA Seth Holzman) are a dynamic duo of the Delta Blues. Johnny’s exquisite finger style guitar work and passionate voice mesh perfectly with Seth’s deep range of harmonica styles and sounds in a mix of soft blues ballads, intense Delta slide moans and driving Little Walter and Muddy Waters riffs.

In 2011, Johnny, along with his band, was one of only three national acts selected by the Philadelphia Folk Song Society to perform in a concert honoring the 100th birthday of blues legend, Robert Johnson. Seth has performed with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, John Mooney, Roomful of Blues, Dave “Honeyboy” Edwards, Magic Slim, Big Jack Johnson, Ronnie Earl, and other dignitaries of the blues.

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Washington College Head Sailing Coach Wins Silver at CORK OCR

Washington College Athletics
August 21, 2014

KINGSTON, Ont. — Washington College head sailing coach Conner Blouin ’10 won a silver medal in the Laser Radial Open at the CORK Olympic Classes Regatta (OCR) held August 15th-20th in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

The CORK OCR is one of North America’s premier sailing regattas. In the Laser Radial Open, Blouin competed against 57 other sailors. In 15 Laser Radial Open races, Blouin he finished in the top five nine times, winning the fourth and seventh races.

Blouin, who is beginning his second year as his alma mater’s head sailing coach, has remained a world-class competitive sailor following the conclusion of his All-American collegiate sailing career.

Blouin’s outstanding finish at the CORK OCR capped off a busy summer for the Washington College sailing coaching staff. In addition to racing, Blouin also spent time this summer coaching Laser sailors in Annapolis, while assistant coach Max Kurland ’11 spent the summer skippering his family’s log canoe, recently finishing third at the prestigious Miles River Log Canoe Regatta. Assistant coach Tom Pierson, meanwhile, was asked to join the Chester River Association’s Board of Directors, a role he will take on beginning September 4th.

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Washington College Women’s Soccer Schedule Changes

Washington College Athletics
August 20, 2014

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Due to the damage sustained to the Kibler Field turf from last week’s historic rain storm, the following changes have been made to the Washington College women’s soccer schedule:

Friday, August 29th v. Wesley – canceled
Wednesday, September 10th v. Penn State-Harrisburg – Moved to Thursday, September 11th, at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 17th v. Rutgers-Camden – Moved from 7:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 1st v. Delaware Valley – Moved from 7:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 29th v. Haverford – Moved from 7:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Home games will be played on the Lower Bermuda Grass Field at the Eastern end of campus (adjacent to Kent Crossing Apartments) while Kibler Field is offline.

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