Happy Thanksgiving from the Town of Chestertown

Town of Chestertown
November 25, 2015

The Town Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, 2015 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Trash will be picked up as usual on Wednesday and Sunday, but NOT on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 (Thanksgiving Day). Recycling will be picked up on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

On Friday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m., join us for one of our most beloved holiday traditions. Santa’s arrival to Chestertown (on a fire truck!) is heralded with classic Christmas songs performed by the Kent County Community Marching Band. Our Mayor will flip a switch and set the entire Downtown Historic District aglow with lights on buildings and in treetops, setting the scene for the rest of the holiday season.

This Saturday, Nov. 28, enjoy unique shopping and dining, elegant decorations and a traditional Christmas parade, featuring Santa and some of his favorite friends! Marching bands, floats, classic cars, fire engines and more! Parade starts on Dixon Drive at 10:00 a.m. and proceeds down High Street toward the Chester River.

Chestertown’s Winterfest Weekend will be celebrated Dec. 4-6, 2015. Three days of holiday fun for the entire family!!

Construction on Gateway Park, located south of the intersection of Flatland Road and Rt. 20/Upper High Street, is ongoing and should be completed by Christmas. 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 and the Town of Chestertown. Look for a grand opening ceremony this coming Spring!!

Monday and Tuesday, December 14/15, 2015

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

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Join the Fun. Join RiverArts! Holiday Show and Sale Extended Hours Start Friday

Chester RiverArts
Chestertown, MD
November 23, 2015

RiverArts Gallery and Gift Shop is staying open extra hours to give you more time to shop!

Starting on Friday, November 27, 2015 we will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours will be 12:00-4:00 p.m. We have something for everyone. Many of our items are one-of-a-kind so shop early to make sure you find that great gift before someone else does!

Saturday is Small Business Saturday in Chestertown. Come out to support our local artists and businesses. We’d love to see you!

Winterfest Weekend kicks off in Chestertown on December 4, 2015. Join us of for First Friday at the Gallery. We’ll be open until 8!

Happy Holidays!

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Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Offers Year Round Adventures

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee
New Castle, DE
November 23, 2014

Tina was reluctant to leave her youngest son, Kyle, for the first time at Easter Seals Camp Fairlee. Thanks to some gentle nudging from her daughter-in-law, she was finally persuaded to give it a chance. All that worry went away as soon as she opened the car door and saw 27-year-old Kyle’s smiling face.

“My son and his wife worked at the camp for a couple of summers. They always talked about how nice it was and how Kyle would have a great time. I was very nervous leaving Kyle, not just about leaving him at camp overnight for the first time, but also out of state,” Tina says. “Kyle, on the other hand was not nervous at all. He was excited as we got out of the car and he saw all of the other campers and the swimming pool. He was all smiles.”

In fact, the entire family benefited so much from Kyle’s last two years at Camp Fairlee that Kyle, who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair, will be enjoying his New Year’s at his first week-long respite in December. Since Camp Fairlee offers weekend respites from October to May and Kyle has so much fun, Tina decided, this year, there was no need to wait for summer to come, Kyle can enjoy the adventure of Camp Fairlee in the winter.

“Kyle enjoys his Camp Fairlee experience so much that I thought the weeklong winter respite was just perfect for him. Kyle will get his own little winter vacation, which gets him out of the house doing all kinds of fun things,” Tina says. “This December respite weekend will be just what Kyle needs to help him make it through the long cold winter.”

While Kyle is having a blast at the fully accessible camp on New Year’s, Tina will be enjoying a respite period after the busy Christmas season.

“I am so happy that my daughter-in-law convinced me to let Kyle go to camp. I may have dragged my feet because of my fear of leaving Kyle with people I do not know. What a mistake that would have been. Look at all the fun and great times Kyle would have missed out on because of my fear,” Tina says. “Camp Fairlee is a great place; I cannot say enough wonderful things about it.”

For more information about Camp Fairlee’s weekend respites, including the week-long New Year’s respite Kyle will be enjoying, contact Desi Rochester at 410-778-0566 or find us online at www.de.easterseals.com/fairlee.

Easter Seal Camp Fairlee, outside of Chestertown, Maryland, is the only camp in the region that provides a typical residential camp experience for children and adults with disabilities year-round. Fairlee offers week-long camp sessions throughout the summer, Travel Trips throughout the year, and weekend respite/retreat programs from August through May.

Photo: Corey, Kyle and Herman (l-r) had such a blast together at Camp Fairlee this past summer. Kyle is excited to see his friends at the December respite.

Corey, Kyle and Herman (l-r) had such a blast together at Camp Fairlee this past summer. Kyle is excited to see his friends at the December respite. Contributed Photo

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“A Christmas Carol” for the Holidays at the Garfield

Garfield Center for the Arts
November 23, 2015

The inspiring and heart- warming classic, “A Christmas Carol,” opens Friday, December 4, 2015 for Chestertown’s Winterfest Weekend at the Garfield Center for the Arts, and runs for three consecutive weekends. The song-filled adaption, directed by Tess Hogans, will feature classic English carols by the Chester River Youth Chorale.

This tale of redemption was first published in 1843, and is considered one of the main influences in the restoration of the Christmas holiday. The book has never been out of print since then. Ebenezer Scrooge, his encounters with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, the long-suffering Bob Cratchit, and his son Tiny Tim have been portrayed on television, ballet, opera, films, and audio recordings as well as theatrical performances.

The cast of characters include James Diggs- Scrooge, John Mann-Cratchit, Jakob Diggs – Fred, Tom Dorman – Gentleman #1, Howard Messick – Marley’s Ghost, Audrey Betley – Ghost of Christmas Past, Brad Chaires – Ghost of Christmas Present, Bryan Betley – Ghost of Christmas Future & Scrooge-the-Man, Jessika Diggs – Belle & Maid, Melissa McGlynn – Mrs. Cratchit, Ashley Lawton – Niece, Kirby Powell – Topper & Dick, Hester Sachse –Constance & Dancer, David Ryan – Mr. Fezziwig & Scrooge’s Dead Body, Athaline Hall – Mrs. Fezziwig, Jim Landskroener – Old Joe, Older Belle’s Husband & Dancer, Diane Landskroener – Bag Lady & Dancer, Jane Jewell – Mrs. Dilber, Juanita Wieczoreck – Older Belle, She & Dancer, Andy Price – Gentleman #2, Rob Note – Gentleman # 3 & Image of Ali Baba, Jeffrey Warden – He, Poulter & Dancer, Ruby Doyle – Fan, Connor Quigg – Little Scrooge, Kaylee Raimond – Want & Dancer, Shane Saunders – Ignorance, Belle’s Child & Dancer, Maya McGrory – Martha, Hope Price – Martha (for 12/4 only) & Belle’s Child, Delaney McCreary – Belinda, Joseph Diggs – Peter, Brooke McAdory –Edith, Quentin Bergenholtz – Tiny Tim, and Merritt Connor – Belle’s Child & Little Girl.

Production staff and crew are Bryan Betley, assistant director, Jacob Chaires, stage manager and Te’ron Hopkins, stage crew. Assisting with set design and decoration are Butch Clark, James Diggs, Tess Hogans, Bryan Betley, Jim Landskroener, Jeff Warden, Stu Cawley, Stephanie Halliann and Howard Messick. Julie Lawrence directs the Chester River Youth Chorale.

The show runs for three weekends, December 4 – 6, 11 – 13, and 18 – 20. Performance times are 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays, with a 3 PM Sunday matinee. Tickets are available on line at www.GarfieldCenter.org, or by calling the box office at 410 801 2060. The show is sponsored in part by Bill Arrowood. In the spirit of the season, $1 from ticket sales for each of the Winterfest performances will be donated to the Samaritan Group’s emergency winter home shelter. The audience is also encouraged to bring a canned or dry goods donation for the Community Food Pantry.

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

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First Friday at the Historical Society – December 4, 2015

Kent County Historical Society
November 23, 2015

Come celebrate the season with the Historical Society of Kent County, Friday, December 4th, 2015 4pm to 7pm!

Indulge in a Winterfest cup of Wassail at the Bordley History Center, buy a raffle ticket to win a vintage wooden rocking horse, browse the Little Shop on the Corner for unique holiday and hostess gift ideas, and at 6pm enjoy holiday songs and dramatic monologues performed by the Kent County High School Drama Club.

We’ve got fun for everyone this First Friday here at the Bordley History Center, 301 High Street.

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Annual Gingerbread Cookie Workshop Set For December 5, 2015

November 23, 2015

The Downtown Chestertown Association (DCA) is pleased to announce that their popular gingerbread cookie workshop will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, December 5, 2015 in the Kohl Lobby of the Garfield Center for the Arts. The event is part of the Chestertown Winterfest celebration.

The gingerbread cookies are provided by Occasions Catering. Master decorator Stu Cawley will once again demonstrate the proper gingerbread cookie icing technique. Twigs and Teacups is sponsoring the workshop.

The event, for budding pastry chefs aged four through 12, fills up quickly, so Mom and Dad are urged to sign up as soon as possible by calling 443 480 1987, or emailing Andy Goddard at Andysctown@atlanticBB.net,. Please put participant’s name, age and phone number in email. Confirmation will be sent via return email.

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