Delmarva Community Transit to Provide Transportation to Community Center Beginning in June.

May 22, 2015

Beginning on Monday June 22, 2015 the Delmarva Community Transit (DCT) will provide a fixed-route summer seasonal public transportation to the Kent County Community Center in Worton.

This is a continuation of a partnership between DCT and the County of Kent. The service will be from the towns of Chestertown and Rock Hall/Baywood Village.

Bus stops are conveniently located at the Kent County Public Library (Calvert Street) in Chestertown, Bayside Foods in Rock Hall as well as the entrances of the Baywood Village communities in Fairlee.

For more information and questions please contact the Kent County DCT Dispatcher between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm at 410-778-5187 or Parks and Recreation at 410-778-1948.

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Coming in June 2015: Health Department Rabies Clinics

Kent County Health Department
June 2015 Flyer for Kent County Health Department Rabies Clinic

Rabies Clinic in Millington, Rock Hall and Chestertown.

Call 410-778-1361 for information or questions.

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Carousel Opens at Church Hill Theatre on June 5, 2015

Church Hill, Maryland – May 22, 2015

Church Hill Theatre’s 2015 musical, on the 70th anniversary of its Broadway opening, is the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, Carousel. Called the best musical of the 20th century by Time magazine, Carousel was the second R&H collaboration, following the enormously popular Oklahoma!. Based on the play Liliom, by the Hungarian author Ferenc Molnar and adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer, the original production was choreographed by Agnes de Mille. The original show ran for almost nine hundred performances. Carousel was made into a movie starring Shirley Jones and Gordon McCrea and has been successfully revived many times on Broadway and around the world.

If Oklahoma! cheered audiences in the middle of WWII, Carousel provided a more thoughtful post-war reflection on good and evil, coming down firmly on the redemptive power of love. Richard Rodgers’ almost operatic music, integral to every aspect of the production, differentiates the characters and their emotions, weaving seamlessly into the plot. Set in late 19th century New England, Carousel tells the stories of carnival worker Billy Bigelow, who falls in love with millworker Julie Jordan, and her friend Carrie, who marries Enoch Snow, a fisherman. When both Billy and Julie lose their jobs, he dies during a botched robbery to provide for their unborn child. But the Starkeeper is looking after Billy and allows him to watch over his daughter Louise and ultimately redeem himself.

Director Sylvia Maloney, co-Musical Directors Judith Miller and Sam Stenecker and Choreographer Cavin Moore have assembled a large and talented cast to portray Carousel’s mix of fishermen, carnival workers, mill hands and townspeople in a seaside New England village. Carousel includes such well-known songs as If I Loved You and You’ll Never Walk Alone, with a stunningly beautiful score.

The cast of CHT’s show includes Liz Clarke, Hannah Zerai, Becca Van Aken, Mark Wiening, Matt Folker, Georgiann Gibson, John Beck, Lee Werth, Ira Nelson, Jakob Diggs, Dan McCreary, Jusden Messick, Elliott Morotti, Brandon Walls, Jim Johnson, Abbey Gilbert, Lisa Webb, Kelly Ostazeski, Allison Silver, Jessika Diggs, Maya McGrory, Grace McCreary, Kylie Sommer, Michael Whitehill, Iz Clemens, Connor Christopher, Lindsay McCowan , Isabel McCreary, and Rebekah McCreary.

The principal roles of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan are played by Mark Wiening and Hannah Zerai, with Carrie Pipperidge and Enoch Snow portrayed by Liz Clarke and Matt Folker.

The Stage Manger is Stacey Faust. Michael Whitehill and Brian Draper designed, constructed and decorated the set, and Nic Carter conceived the light design with Doug Kaufmann serving as lighting consultant. Assistant Stage Managers are Michelle Christopher and Trystan McCarthy with Tina Johnson, Debra Ebersole and Erma Johnson as costumers. The orchestra includes Judith Miller, Sam Stenecker, Tom Anthony, Ron Demby, Matt Davis, Shelby Clendaniel, Jim Pileggi, Joe Diamon, Ray Diedrichs, Jane Godfrey and Alphonso Ramirez.

Carousel runs from June 5 -21, 2015 with performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays. Reservations are strongly advised and can be made by calling the box office at 410-556-6003 or online at

The women folk let by Carrie (Liz Clarke), center, scold  the men folk for their rude behavior in in Church Hill Theatre’s  production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “Carousel” opening  Friday,  June 5 and playing weekends through June 21. Photo by Pat Patterson.

The women folk let by Carrie (Liz Clarke), center, scold the men folk for their rude behavior in in Church Hill Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “Carousel” opening Friday, June 5 and playing weekends through June 21. Photo by Pat Patterson.

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Revolutionary Theatre at the Chestertown Tea Party

Chestertown Tea Party Festival
May 2015

“The Voyage Of The Geddes”, written by local playwright Paul Briggs and directed by Keith Thompson tells the back story behind the fateful trip leading to the Chestertown Tea Party as told both by the ship’s captain and his first mate. The two have very different stories to tell. Featuring Bradley Chaires and Patrick Cribben.

Local playwright and director Earl Lewin says of his play “Flagged”: It’s the real “skinny” on George, Betsy, and the creation of the American flag. It features Jan Eliassen, Jane Jewell, and Howard Mesick.

The performances will be on May the 23rd, Tea Party Saturday, at 11 AM and 3 PM.They will be staged at the Garfield Center for the Arts.

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Benchworks President Melissa Johnston Receives Transformational Leader Award From PM360

May 20, 2015

Benchworks President Melissa Johnston has been presented the Transformational Leader Award in the PM360 ELITE (Exceptional Leaders, Innovators, Transformers and Entrepreneurs) competition. PM360 ELITE recognizes individuals who are the most influential in the healthcare industry and instrumental in achieving results.

PM360 is a trade publication that focuses on marketing in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries. It covers branding, marketing, advertising, patient and professional education, strategies, leadership, trends, and medical device technology.

Benchworks CEO Thad Bench commented on the award, saying “Melissa has created a dynamic work environment that supports risk taking, continuous learning, and career growth opportunities. This has resulted in greater efficiencies, faster turnaround time, and cost savings for our clients. She is truly deserving of this distinction.”

Melissa Johnston said that she is thrilled to be selected as a Transformational Leader. “I am honored that Thad and Renee Bench nominated me for this award. Benchworks is an amazing company with the most dedicated and hardworking team that I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Transforming Benchworks into a leading creative marketing agency has taken a great deal of time and effort from everyone in the company and I am truly grateful to my colleagues who have been on this journey with us.”

Founded in 1991, Benchworks is a multichannel strategy and execution partner, providing end-to-end marketing services from traditional print marketing to cutting-edge digital technology. Benchworks makes marketing happen graciously: by being responsible, accountable, flexible, and tirelessly honest—creating innovative marketing programs that position their client partners for success. The team consists of excellent listeners, methodical strategists, and nimble tacticians…and they use every ounce of those skills to ensure that their clients’ brands grow.

Benchworks is a family of operating units that includes a full-service advertising agency, a product launch logistics center, as well as a consulting group focused on commercialization planning for biotech companies. Clients include a wide variety of companies in the pharmaceutical, beverage, manufacturing, marine, tourism, and education industries in North America and Europe.

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Nevin Dawson, his Viola and Friends at the Mainstay on May 30, 2015

Rock Hall, MD
May 20, 2015

Nevin Dawson, a fixture in Kent County’s thriving music scene, explores his varied musical interests and showcases many aspects of the viola in concert at the Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Saturday May 30 at 8:00 p.m. The concert also features Sammy Marshall on piano, Meredith Davies Hadaway on harp, Tom Anthony on bass and guitar, and Ray Anthony on drums. Admission is $15. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

Photo by SG Atkinson: Nevin Dawson

Nevin Dawson

Nevin Dawson will spotlight the many facets of the viola, the oft-forgotten middle child between the violin and cello in this concert that will move seamlessly from classical music to Celtic to jazz to rock. Dawson will share how he grew from a third grader playing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” into a semi-professional musician comfortable in many genres.

He will start solo, building a one-man backup band on the spot with a looper pedal, and then will be joined by Sammy Marshall on piano (US Army Soldiers’ Chorus and Chester River Chorale), Meredith Davies Hadaway on harp (Harp and Soul), Tom Anthony on bass and guitar (Banjo Man & Bill and The Van Williamson Trio), and Ray Anthony on drums (Mike Buccino Trio and Blues Keepers). Look for some vocal numbers as well.

Dawson studied viola at Penn State University while earning a degree in Forestry and has played with many symphonies and chamber ensembles, including Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.

He currently teaches violin, viola, and cello at Music Life in Chestertown and plays with Shore Strings, the Londontowne Symphony, The Pam Ortiz Band, Harp & Soul, and Ricky Walls and the North County Pickers. He has played on seven recordings. He also sings with the Chester River Chorale and performs in the concert version of “Red Devil Moon,” a forthcoming musical by Robert Earl Price and Pam Ortiz.

Nevin Dawson currently lives in Chestertown with his wife and their three-legged Pomeranian, and serves as Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator with University of Maryland Extension during the day.

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