“Mr Peabody and Sherman” at the Foot of High Street

Chestertown Recreation Commission
September 1, 2015

Chestertown Recreation Commission announces that this Friday September 4 concludes our season of family friendly films to be shown outdoors in downtown Chestertown with “Mr Peabody & Sherman”.

The movies will be shown at the Foot of High Street on the Custom House lawn.
All Shows start at dusk, (approximately 8pm) and are free to the public.

Bring blankets and lawn chairs, (low seated are preferred).

The CRC will be on hand most nights to offer popcorn.

Next up we will have a special Halloween showing of “Young Frankenstein“ on October 24 following the 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Patch in Downtown Chestertown. Rain dates will be the following Friday evenings.

The Chestertown Recreation Commission is an official branch of the Mayor & Council’s office charged with improving recreational opportunities, programming and facilities in the town. Anyone interested in being involved can reach them, at chestertownrec@yahoo.com for more updates, residents are encouraged to check the CRC’s Facebook page for updates and events.

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Blues Guitar Workshop with Mamie Minch at the Mainstay

Rock Hall, MD
August 31, 2015

Beginning and intermediate guitarists are encouraged to bring their instrument to a fingerpicking blues guitar workshop with Mamie Minch the afternoon of Saturday September 12, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD. Admission for the workshop is $15 cash or check payable to Mamie Minch. Reservations are requested. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website www.mainstayrockhall.org.

This workshop is for beginning and intermediate guitar students interested in entering the world of fingerpicking blues. Blues guitarist Mamie Minch will take you through the process of learning to put an alternating bass line under a melody and claims “no head rubbing and stomach patting experience necessary.”

She says, “ By way of some Mississippi John Hurt and some traditional tunes, you’ll learn how to isolate parts of a song for a deeper understanding and we’ll talk about how to put what you’ve learned into muscle memory through the right kind of practice. You’ll be picking in no time!”

Mamie Minch is a blues guitarist and singer who has found her niche reviving – and writing antique blues songs. In addition to performing, she is also co-founder and co-owner of Brooklyn Lutherie, a NYC business that builds and repairs all kinds of stringed instruments.

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Bordley History Center Reopens

Historical Society of Kent County
August 31, 2015

When the Historical Society of Kent County had part of the basement of the Bordley Building excavated prior to installing the wheelchair lift, the footings of earlier buildings were discovered. The present structure at the corner of High and Cross Streets was erected by Thomas S. Bordley after Chestertown’s devastating fire of September 1910. Bordley’s men’s clothing store reopened for business in September 1911, presenting a “splendid appearance” on the most prominent retail corner in town. But what of the earlier buildings? Who built them and under what circumstances? Did one date from the 18th century? What happened to them? Deeds, maps, newspapers and photographs reveal the earlier history of what was called “Bordley’s Corner” even well after the clothing business closed in 1958.

Dr. Bayly Janson-La Palme is Professor of History Emerita, CCBC Catonsville, in Catonsville, Maryland. A specialist in Maryland history and architecture, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1980. Since 1997, she has been teaching courses on Maryland history and American architecture for Washington College’s Academy of Life Long Learning. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on Maryland history. For the past decade she has been researching the business history of downtown Chestertown in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Four articles on Chestertown have been published in the Historical Society’s publication The Key to Old Kent and she is currently writing about the 200 block on High Street from 1875 to 1929.

Join us for History Happy Hour, 4PM Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Bordley History Center, 301 High Street in Chestertown and your historical society launch the Bordley History Center.

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SANDBOX Sponsored RiverFest Sculpture Underway

Chestertown, MD
August 31, 2015

Construction of the RiverFest sculpture has begun. With less than thirty days until RiverFest, a group of talented and dedicated volunteers have been spending their weekends at the workshop of designer Vicco von Voss. They have begun the process of assembling the massive 25 foot tall floating sculpture, which will be unveiled and illuminated at the conclusion of the festival.

RiverFest Sculpture - Contributed Photo

RiverFest Sculpture – Contributed Photo

Envisioned as an organic piece that appears to be emerging from the Chester River, the sculpture consists of three spires rising from the water that will be illuminated by solar LED lights at sunset. The piece will also include a perimeter of floating lighted lotuses that will be lighted with the intentions of the community. Members of the community are invited to sponsor a lotus to have their wish included on a lotus by contacting RiverArts.

In addition to volunteers, John Spetrinol will be lending his engineering and sculptural experience to the below water rigging to help ensure the structural integrity of the sculpture. Spetrinol is a veteran of Burning Man, and has experience in large-scale sculptural engineering and design.

RiverFest is a daylong celebration of Chestertown’s scenic waterfront, our history, heritage and our vibrant community of art and artists. Races and Expo festivities will take place in Wilmer Park and along the waterfront in Chestertown’s Arts & Entertainment district from Noon to 5:30 p.m. Capping the day will be the Lighting Ceremony of RiverFest’s 25 foot tall, floating solar-powered sculpture at the end of High Street at sunset. RiverFest is sponsored in partnership by Washington College’s SANDBOX and Center for Environment and Society, and Chestertown RiverArts.

For more information about RiverFest, visit www.chestertownriverarts.org/events and click on the RiverFest link, or call 410-778-6300.

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Mainstay Blues Series Continues with Mamie Minch

Rock Hall, MD
August 31, 2015

Blues guitarist and vocalist Mamie Minch will bring her low gritty voice and her National steel guitar to the Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Saturday September 12 at 8:00 p.m. as part of the MainstayBlues series. Admission is $15. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Mamie Minch is a young old-school blues guitarist and singer strongly influenced by blues masters Mississippi John Hurt and R.L. Burnside as well as by Bessie Smith, Sarah Martin, and Memphis Minnie whose unabashed sensuality and the winking, confessional nature of their songs are a major influence.

Minch has found her niche reviving – and writing antique blues songs. She plays songs of her own devising that sound like they’ve been stored in her 1930s National steel guitar for decades. She’s performed around New York and the world, both solo and with fantastic collaborators including LAVA, Dayna Kurtz, the Roulette Sisters, and her own blues outfit Mamie Minch and Her Business. At The Mainstay, she’ll be joined by New York based percussionist and singer Dean Sharenow.

In addition to being a performer, Minch is also co-founder and co-owner of Brooklyn Lutherie, a New York City business that builds and repairs all kinds of stringed instruments.

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HALOS suicide support group begins second year

August 31, 2015
Compass Regional Hospice

Compass Regional Hospice begins its second year of hosting a support group for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide. HALOS – healing after a loved one’s suicide –meets at Compass Regional Hospice, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. There is no cost for this support group. Anyone 18 and older is welcome to drop in as needed.

HALOS is co-facilitated by Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief counselor for Compass Regional Hospice, and Patricia Kotzen.

“We offer the HALOS support group through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center,” explains Knotts. “We are committed to helping people face the many emotions associated with grief. HALOS focuses on a particular kind of loss that carries with it guilt, shame and many other emotional responses to a loved one’s suicide.”

Kotzen, who lives on Kent Island, lost her son to suicide in 2010. “Our son took his life shortly after his 40th birthday,” she remembers. “This happened out of the blue; we had seen no signs that he was depressed or thinking about taking his life.”

Kotzen adds, “My husband and I looked for a support group and couldn’t find one locally. We did our best to make it through on our own.”

In 2013 Kotzen joined the board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and was trained to facilitate support groups. After participating in the AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk in Columbia, Maryland, Kotzen decided to organize the first Mid-Shore MD walk. The Out of the Darkness Walk raises awareness about depression and suicide, and provides comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide.

The second Mid-Shore MD Out of the Darkness Walk will be held on Saturday, October 3,2015 at Ferry Point Park near the Chesapeake Exploration Center at Kent Narrows in Grasonville. To register for this year’s walk, visit afsp.donordrive.com/event/midshore.

For more information about the HALOS support group, contact Rhonda Knotts, Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4109 or rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org. Contact Patricia Kotzen, 410-643-7674 or pskotzen@atlanticbb.net with questions about HALOS or the October 3 Out of the Darkness Walk. Learn more about other grief support programs available through the Hope & Healing Center by visiting www.compassregionalhospice/hopeandhealing.

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