High and Wides Close Out Riverfront Series July 9, 2015

Riverfront Concert Series
July 3, 2015

The High and Wides will perform their rollicking mix of country, swing, and rockabilly Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. on the Custom House lawn, 101 South Water Street, as they close out the 2015 Riverfront Concert Series. Sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College, the Concert Series explores America’s musical traditions through song and commentary. The concerts are free, and so are the cookies and lemonade. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and a picnic-supper.

The High and Wides at Chestertown's Music on the Park, June 6, 2015. Photo: SG Atkinson

The High and Wides at Chestertown’s Music on the Park, June 6, 2015. Photo: SG Atkinson

Local favorites, the High and Wides hark back to an era when the genres of bluegrass, country, swing, blues, and rock were still unsettled—a time when jazz groups had banjos and country bands had horns, bluegrass bands ventured into rockabilly, and every country group had a boogie song. The band features Sam Guthridge (banjo/mandolin) and Marc Dykeman (guitar), veterans of the bluegrass band Chester River Runoff, and upright bass player Mike Buccino. Nate Grower, a member of Chester River Runoff and the David Bromberg Band, rounds out the foursome with a mean fiddle chop.

The concert is hosted by Michael Buckley, program manager and oral history instructor at the Starr Center. A 30-year veteran of the American roots music scene, Buckley has an award-winning radio show on WRNR.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at Hynson Pavilion, Wilmer Park, Chestertown. For more information and weather-related updates, call 410-810-7156 or visit www.washcoll.edu/starr. The concert series is supported in part by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council.

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RiverArts Sponsors Farm and Winery Tour on July 25 and 26, 2015

Chestertown, MD
July 2, 2015

RiverArts is sponsoring a Farm and Winery Tour for the weekend of July 25 and 26, 2015 as an extension of their July exhibit, “The Art of Wine.” Three wineries on the Chesapeake Wine Trail along with three farms involved in produce, dairy and flowers will be open for special tours, wine tasting and other farming experiences during the weekend. The goal of the tour is to further celebrate the beauty of the rural upper Eastern Shore area and to educate our non-farming friends and tourists about the sophistication, complexity and innovations that are part of modern farming today.

Six farms and wineries listed below will be open to the public on July 25 and/or July 26, and are all wonderful places to visit. They will be sharing their expertise in winemaking, farming and dairy; emphasizing the importance of buying local foods and supporting local farms; and offering opportunities to sample and buy local wines, flowers and food. The three wineries are all part of the Chesapeake Wine Trail.

Cassinelli Winery
Cassinelli Winery is a Winery and Distillery located on a 110 acre home farm in Church Hill, MD. Visitors on July 25th and 26th between noon and 5:00 will be able to taste five wines and three spirits and can also do a product tour and hear about other products they are working on. Cassinelli actively plants and maintains vineyards including Chardonnay, Merlot, and Viognier grapes as well as hundreds of apple, peach, pear and plum trees that families will soon visit to pick and enjoy. They are currently working on opening a full distillery at 323 High Street in Chestertown, MD.

Clovelly Winery
At a beautiful bend in the Chester River, you will find the bountiful lands of CLOVELLY ~ a third-generation, Maryland Eastern Shore farm established in 1959. Their vineyard is situated on the south-facing hillside of Clovelly Farm overlooking the Chester River. On Saturday at 2:00, vineyard manager Mark Patrick will give a special talk and a walk through the vineyard to discuss growing practices, the types of grapes they grow, and the basics of vineyard management. Between noon and 4:00 on both July 25 and 26, tours of the vineyard include a tasting of their available wines. Tours and tastings are $5 per person or $8 including a souvenir Clovelly Vineyards glass. For $12 per person, tours may also include cheese and bread pairings with the wine tasting. Please note that tours may involve some walking and last about 30 minutes.

Colchester Farm
Colchester Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a nonprofit, small-scale farm that grows fresh local produce for shareholders and community members, and offers apprenticeships and education programs. Visitors will tour the farm to learn about their CSA operation and see how they incorporate sustainable practices for small-scale, bio-diverse production to support a healthy community. Saturday morning visitors can catch a glimpse of the CSA operation from 8am to 10am during their market-style share distribution. The CSA promotes an alternative model of farming that strengthens the relationship between farmers, community members, food, and the land. CFCSA operates on 10 acres of land, part of a 345-acre farm on the Sassafras River near the town of Galena. They will be open to tourists on July 25 and 26 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Crow Farm and Vineyard
Crow Farm owners Judy and Roy Crow both grew up on farms and both have a passion for maintaining the agricultural authenticity of the area and Crow Farm. Visitors on July 25 and 26 between noon and 5:00 will see firsthand a diverse working family farm, tour the winery and taste award winning dry premium wines. Visitors will learn about the herd of grass fed Angus Beef and the importance of rotational grazing. To further sustain the profitability and natural environment of the farm, the family’s 3rd generation established a vineyard business including wine-making and a wine tasting room. The tasting room offers a full array of hand crafted Crow Vineyard wines, and you can add a pairing tray made from our local grass fed Angus Beef and other farm grown items.

Galena Blooms Farm
Galena Blooms is an organic specialty cut flower and herb farm. They grow a wide variety of perennials and annuals over spring, summer and fall — primarily native plants. They also offer a complete line of body care products, all produced on the farm. Galena Farm will host a flower-arranging workshop on Sunday, July 26. Cost is $25, and pre-registration before July 19th is necessary. Sign up by emailing galenablooms@live.com. Each person will receive a quart size mason jar, as well as a bucket of fresh cut flowers and herbs to work with. Two 45 minute tours of the farm will also be available on Sunday, the first at 10:00 and the second at 4:00. There will be a 10% discount on all body care products following both tours.

St. Brigid’s Farm
Established in 1996, St. Brigid’s Farm started with 69 registered Jersey heifers. The herd has grown to 200 animals consisting of milking cows, replacement heifers, steers and veal calves. The 62-acre farm is planted in permanent pasture, comprised predominantly of perennial rye grass and clover where the seasonally calved herd intensively grazes from April through November. On July 25 and 26 between 10:00 and 5:00, St. Brigid’s Farm will offer guided tours, wagon rides, grass fed beef for sale as well as a chance to view their restored antique tractors and the milking of the cows at 4:00.

Information for the farm and winery tour can be found on the RiverArts website at Chestertownriverarts.org/home/farm-and-winery-tour/. Additional farms and wineries may still participate in this year’s tour by calling RiverArts at 410 778 6300.

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Garfield Center Announces the Hedgelawn Summer Performance Series

Garfield Center
July 2, 2014

Each year a portion of the Playmakers experience at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre includes three interactive performances in addition to putting on their own production. These shows, sponsored by The Hedgelawn Foundation, feature multicultural artists who introduce Playmakers to a variety of theatrical arts. Past performers have included dancers, musicians, storytellers, and puppeteers.

photo: Mary Martin as Peter Pan.

Mary Martin as Peter Pan.

This year the Playmakers are putting together “Peter Pan and Wendy”, and the Hedgelawn series ties directly into that theme. On Wednesday, July 8th at 2pm, the Garfield Center will be hosting a presentation by Heller Halliday, who spent her childhood on the stage with her mother, Mary Martin. The talk includes a guided tour through the Kohl Lobby photo and memorabilia display of Martin in her famous role as Peter Pan. Halliday has generously lent the Garfield Center part of her own personal collection for this occasion.

Wednesday, July 15th at 2pm, the Garfield is proud to present a performance by a Native American Pride Dancer, who will be performing music and movement passed down by his ancestors for centuries. The Playmakers will be studying the dance, in order to replicate it in their own interpretations of the Native characters in Peter Pan. They hope to show respect for Native Peoples and their heritage.

A Japanese Swordsmanship Workshop led by sword master Shizumi Mandale concludes the series on Wednesday, July 22nd at 2pm. Playmakers will use these skills to help them with their stage combat scenes between Captain Hook’s pirates and Peter Pan’s lost boys. This workshop has limited space; if a non-Playmaker would like to participate, please sign up soon by contacting the Garfield Center Box Office. Those not wishing to participate are invited to observe from the balcony free of charge.

These shows are family-friendly and open to everyone. Tickets are $5 and group rates are available (no charge to current Playmakers). Please call the Box Office at 410-810-2060 or email Tess Hogans (thogans@garfieldcenter.org) for more information. In addition, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the “Peter Pan and Wendy” shows, scheduled for Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1.and Sunday, August 2.

The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD, 21620. For more information please vist www.GarfieldCenter.org.

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Entertainment Galore for the Kent County Fair – July 16-18, 2015

July 2, 2015

After the activities of the 4th, the next big event for Kent County is the Kent County Fair. And this year it comes early, July 16-18, 2015.

Along with the 4-H exhibits, the cows, the chickens, the goats, the pigs and all kinds of other livestock, this year fair is full of entertainment for all ages.

Thursday, July 16th is Senior Day. And they are planning on having a Senior Bingo beginning at 10:30am.

At 5pm singer/songwriter John Bunts performs. Hypnotist Jason Linett will have his show at 7:30.

Thursday’s Night is Pit Beef night.

140718 Fair Greased Pig-2133Friday is also the night of the Greased Pig Contest and for the 2nd year the Pie Eating Contest. But that’s only a small portion of the day’s activities.

Ben Risney returns to demonstrate his talents as a Wood Sculpture via Chain Saws. He at the fair on both Friday and Saturday. Friday he begins at 3pm and on Saturday at 2pm.

AT five there is Music by Asheworks followed at eight by the Fabulous Grease Band.

It’s Pork Barbeque for dinner that night.

Saturday is the final day and full of activities, the Dairy Cattle Show, Antique Tractor Pull, Petal Power Tractor Pull, Kiss the Pig Contest, the livestock and cake auction and much more.

Apex Revolution at last year's fair.

Apex Revolution at last year’s fair.

Also on hand is the teenage band Apex Revolution. They were a favorite during last year fair and comes back for an encore performance beginning at 3:30pm.

More information about this year’s Kent County Fair at www.KentCountyFair.org

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Notice: From Town of Chestertown, Maryland

Notice: from Town of Chestertown, Maryland


The Town Office will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.


Trash will be picked up as usual on Sunday, July 5, but there will be no recycling pickup on Friday, July 3. Recycling pickup will continue as normal on Friday, July 10.

Your local independent businesses invite you to an old-fashioned Downtown “Independents’ Day” Celebration featuring music by local luminaries Bill Drazga and Mayor Chris Cerino, and free cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn and Sno-Cones! 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Fountain Park. Free giveaways for kids!!!

Fireworks will take place on Saturday, July 4 at dusk and will be visible from Wilmer Park and the Chester River.

Construction on the Kent County Middle School field will likely start in August pending final review by the Maryland Board of Public Works. The project includes three new tennis courts, a basketball court, paving the walking trail, six exercise stations, and native trees and bushes. Funding is provided by the DNR Community Parks & Playgrounds Program.

Construction on Gateway Park, located south of the intersection of Flatland Road and Rt. 20/Upper High Street, will start this month. The new park will include a basketball court, walking path, picnic tables and native landscaping. Funding for the project is provided by the DNR Community Parks & Playgrounds Program.

The Chestertown Recreation Commission will show movies every other Friday on the Custom House lawn at the foot of High Street. Shows are free and start at dusk. The next movie in the series is Night at the Museum 3 on Friday, July 10.

Monday and Tuesday, July 20/21
Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 17/18
Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 21/22
Tuesday, Oct. 20
Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 14/15

The MVA Mobile Office is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Pam Ortiz Band at Chestertown’s Fountain Park on the 4th

July 4th 2015 – A Free Concert
Pam Ortiz Band
7 to 8:30 PM
Fountain Park in Historic Chestertown

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