Vic Vacuum and the Attachments at Music in the Park August 2, 2014

A Classic Rock-n-Roll Band – Bring Your Dancin’ Shoes!

Vic Vacuum and the attachments at 2013 FallFest. Photo: Steven G. Atkinson

Vic Vacuum and the attachments at 2013 FallFest. Photo: Steven G. Atkinson

Saturday, 2 August, 2014 – 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Fountain Park – High Street, downtown Chestertown, MD

Playing the hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and beyond – The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix. etc.

Mike McBride (Vic) on bass and vocals, with Carl Peters, guitar and vocal; Joe Martone, keyboards and vocals; and Billy Meyers on drums.

These free programs are sponsored by the Town of Chestertown with support from The Kent County Arts Council & Community Contributors.

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

To help make these programs possible, please send donations . payable to the Town of Chestertown and designated for “Music in the Park,” to

Music in the Park
Chestertown Town Hall
118 N. Cross Street,
Chestertown, MD 21620.

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Washington College Shoremen Rowing Announces 2014-15 Captains

Washington College Athletics
July 29, 2014

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Washington College head men’s rowing coach John Leekley has announced that Mark Boissonneault (Bowie, Md./DeMatha),John Gould (Litchfield, Conn./The Gunnery), Ryan Miranda (Farmington, Conn./Farmington), and Ben Sproule (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) will serve as the Shoremen’s captains for the 2014-15 academic year.

Boissonneault, Gould, and Miranda will be juniors this fall, while Sproule will be a senior. The Shoremen have won the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championship four times in the past five years and all four of the 2014-15 captains rowed in the team’s top boat at last year’s championships.

Boissonneault was in the Shoremen’s first varsity eight at each of the last two MARC Championships, sitting in the four seat in 2013 and in the bow seat in 2014.

Gould was the coxswain of the Shoremen’s first varsity eight at each of the last two MARC Championships and also competed for the United States at the U23 World Championships during the summer of 2013.

Miranda was in the six seat of the Shoremen’s first varsity eight at the 2014 MARC Championships after rowing in the five seat the previous year. He earned All-ECAC NIRC, All-MARC, and Team MVP honors in 2014. He was an All-MARC Novice selection in 2013.

Sproule moved up from the second varsity eight to row in the seven seat of the first varsity eight at the 2014 MARC Championships. He was a 2013 Academic All-MARC and ECAC/NIRC All-Academic selection.

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Garfield Center Announces Open Auditions for Inherit the Wind

Garfield Center for the Arts
July 29, 2014

The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre will hold open auditions for it’s Fall production, Inherit the Wind, by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, on August 12th and 14th at 6:30 pm and August 16th at 10:30 am. Director Tess Hogans seeks to cast 21 actors of all ages for this riveting courtroom drama based on the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial.

Inherit the Wind debuted on Broadway in 1955 resulting in a 2 ½ year run. Intended as a critique of McCarthyism, the play is a fictionalized account of the trial that resulted in John T. Scopes‘s conviction for teaching Charles Darwin‘s theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to Tennessee state law. The characters of Matthew Harrison Brady, Henry Drummond, Bertram Cates and E. K. Hornbeck correspond to the historical figures of William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, Scopes, and H. L. Mencken, respectively. According to author Jerome Lawrence, the play was meant to defend intellectual freedom: “We used the teaching of evolution as a parable, a metaphor for any kind of mind control. It’s not about science versus religion. It’s about the right to think.” The contemporary resonance of the play has led to numerous revivals and adaptations over the years making it one of the most-produced plays in American theatre.

Cast requirements include children ages 8-12, male and female young adults (teens-20s), and a number of adults from 20s-70s. Rehearsals will begin in September with performance dates scheduled for October 17th -19th and 24th-26th.

In addition to directing Hey, Wait a Minute for GCA’s Short Attention Span Theatre in 2013, Tess Hogans played 2 roles in this year’s Short Attention Span show and recently led the Garfield’s first Playmakers after-school acting workshop. She’s a graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts where she majored in Theatre and Dance Studies and was the recipient of the college’s 2010 award for ‘Excellence in Acting.’ She is a drama teacher for grades 6-12 at The Maven Academy in Annapolis.

Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee wrote 39 plays together including Auntie Mame (1956) and Mame (1966) (the musical version of Auntie Mame), The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail (1970), and First Monday in October (1975). Their plays have been hailed as contemporary classics and been translated and performed in over thirty languages. Many of their works have received critical acclaim and been honored with numerous awards.

Though many of the characters in the play are based on male figures, Hogans aims to cast the strongest actors for each role regardless of gender. Previous experience is not required; only an enthusiasm for theatre and a willingness to collaborate in bringing this American classic to life are needed. Auditions will take place at the Garfield Center and consist of readings from the play. Scripts and audition sides can be obtained at the Garfield Center box office located at 210 High Street in Chestertown or by emailing

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August’s First Friday at the Library; Pre-School Adventures and Line by Line

Chestertown, MD
July 28, 2014

On First Friday, August 1st, the Chestertown Branch of Kent County Public Library will host Preschool Adventures. This fun-filled program includes hands-on activities, art, and games designed to stimulate the imagination. Families with children aged 3-5 are invited to drop by from 5-8pm to enjoy the fun.

On First Friday, KCPL will also be showcasing its August art exhibit. Join us from 5-8pm for an artist’s reception where you can view Drawing Abstraction: Line by Line and meet the artist, Ken Warwick. In his artist’s statement for this exhibit, Mr. Warwick writes: “The charcoal and ink drawings comprising this exhibition were created over a period of ten years starting in 2004. During this time one thing has remained constant in the work: the importance of the freely drawn line.” This series of pieces shows ways in which the artist has explored his initial question: What is the simplest, most basic thing one can do to make an image?

Artwork showcased at the First Friday reception will remain on display during the month of August.

For more information about these events or to learn about becoming a featured artist at KCPL, please call 410.778.3636 or visit the Chestertown Branch at 408 High Street, Chestertown.

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Jazz Flutist Sherry Winston Headlines Chestertown Jazz Festival on September 6, 2014

Chestertown Jazz Festival
July 2014

Sherry Winston mesmerized the audience at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland on April 14th as she did in 1998 at one of the earlier Chestertown Jazz Festivals. The much admired instrumentalist will return on September 6th as the headliner for the festival.

Jazz Flutist Sherry Winston - Submitted Photo

Jazz Flutist Sherry Winston – Submitted Photo

She has performed in many of the country’s major concert halls including the Kennedy Center & Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center & Carnegie Hall in NYC. She’s performed at the WHITE HOUSE for President & Mrs. Clinton as well as Geroge H. W. Bush.

She has performed with Stevie Wonder, Grover Washington Jr.,Saxaphonist Najee, Guitarist, Norman Brown, Keyboard Wizard Bobby Lyle, Vocalist Jon Lucien, as well as Quincy Jones. Sherry is a multi-Grammy nominee, an educator and performer with a smooth delicate balance. Her performance with her quintet will take place in the middle of the fun filled Saturday.

As done for the past two years, the festival will be opened by the famous Kent County One Hundred Voice Choir.

The array of other performers includes the delightful voice of Lena Seikaly from Washington, Gregor Huebner, The Todd Marcus Orchestra, and The Bratcher Project led by Vaughn Bratcher.

In D.C., Maryland and Virginia Lena is known for her luscious way with harmonies. She’s known for exploring and reviving older tunes from the 20’s and 30’s which she does effortlessly on her recent CD, Looking Back. You’ll be amazed with her scat breaks.

Bass clarinetist, composer and bandleader, Todd Marcus is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus exclusively on the use of the bass clarinet. Todd leads the orchestra comprised of six horns, piano, bass and drums. Todd combines straight ahead jazz with classical influences and more recently has explored and included Middle Eastern sounds.

The Bratcher Project was conceived and started by its leader, Vaughn Bratcher. He ingeniously assembled a ‘rotating group of talented musicians to perform several genres of music, leaning slightly outside of the mainstream. The project intertwines traditional and contemporary Jazz and R & B stylings.

Our final musician for the festival is Mr. Gregor Huebner who is a German Violinist who has made his home in Harlem NYC. He grew up with Gypsy music and has successfully begun composing and playing Cuban and Brazilian jazz violin with the classical Charanga band. His latest album is ‘El Violin Latino.’

Wilmer Park will open at 11:00 am. Again there will be the tent adjacent to the river and plenty of open space for lounge chairs and blankets. Local food vendors will offer, crab cakes, fried fish sandwiches, chicken, ribs and more. Cascia Winery from Kent Island will sell both Red and White varieties of wine and of course there will be a beer truck.

This year represents the third year the producer, Dr. Mel Rapelyea has had the good fortune of producing the event with The Garfield Center for The Arts. The past two years have proven successful by bringing back, “a fantastic music event in one of the best venues one could hope for.” Both years, the park was full of jazz enthusiasts. Area yachting clubs are again renting the slips in the nearby marina and making a full weekend out of their journey to historic Chestertown.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 410-810-2060. Advance ticket price is $20. The payment at the gate is $25. Students with an ID pay $15 and children under 12 are free. Don’t forget to look up the Jazz Festival on Facebook.

Listen for interviews, updates and samples on WPFW in Washington, D.C. and WEAA in Baltimore.
Organizers remind you to bring chairs and umbrellas as it’s a rain or shine event. Please leave your pets at home.

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Two New Exhibitions to Open this Friday at RiverArts

July 28, 2014

Be sure to include a visit to the RiverArts Galleries among your First Friday destinations to be the first to experience our terrific August exhibitions: Fiber Finesse and Fabrications 2014. Opening reception for both shows is Friday, August 1, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Fiber Finesse
RiverArts’ widely acclaimed annual Fiber Show, “Fiber Finesse,” presents a collection of beautifully handmade, original pieces, which run the gamut from items to wear to handwoven pieces to adorn your home. Fiber artists of all mediums – woven, knitted, hooked, hand spun, sewn and molded will display and sell their art.

Fabrications 2014
Fabrications 2014 is highly imaginative, creative, contemporary artwork created by nationally/ internationally recognized and awarded artists whose work is represented in private, public, museum and corporate collections. This guest exhibition presents art from the masterful fabrication of kiln formed glass and steel into indoor/outdoor sculptures and tables by Sabra Richards, porcelain vessels by Rick Bisgyer, Art Quilt and “mirror images” by Jean M. Evans, “New Visions-fused” by Joyce Murrin.

Both exhibitions run through August 30.

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