First Friday in Chestertown

First Friday in Chestertown on July 6, 2012

“Independents’ Celebration”
Presented by the Downtown Chestertown Association will take place Friday, July 6 in Fountain Park from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with downtown’s monthly First Friday event.

“Independents’ Celebration” features live music by Chris Cerino, followed by Mary Ashley and Rebecca Pitre and Friends, along with complimentary cotton candy, popcorn and sno cones sponsored by local, independent businesses and merchants, along with $1 hot dogs and 50 cent soft drinks. There are also giveaways including flags, star necklaces, patriotic rubber duckies, pinwheels and Hawaiian leis, both in Fountain Park and throughout downtown.

Art at the Kent County Public Library
This month’s exhibit features the artwork of Trisha Sawicki and Jane Bellows. First Friday Reception 5 – 8 p.m

Friends of Kent County War of 1812
Unveiling of the new educational kiosk, located next to the Visitor’s Center, as part of other bicentennial activities planned for First Friday.

The unveiling will take place at 4 p.m., July 6, at the site of the educational kiosk that features three panels offering information about the War of 1812. Local and state officials along with representatives of the National Park Service have been invited to attend and participate.

After the unveiling, which is open to the public, an exhibit by the Historical Society of Kent County, will open at Fountain Park as part of First Friday festivities. The table will include information about the war and how Kent County was involved. Period artifacts will be on display and bicentennial merchandise will be available for purchase.

Former Chestertown Arts League Celebrating 66 Years of History
The former Chestertown Arts League, which has now merged with Artworks to form Chestertown RiverArts, is celebrating its 66 year history and paying tribute to its early leaders with a reception on First Friday, July 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the CAL Gallery. The reception will feature art by some of CAL’s early leaders including the well respected and talented Gretchen Wood Call, Libby Kerr, Barbara Finneson, Anne Klinefelter, Shin Ja Whiteley, , Jane Hackett, Jack Fancher, Barbara Vann, Lorraine Fry and Marj Morani.

The Arts League is now doing business under a new trade name, Chestertown RiverArts, as part of its merger with Artworks. RiverArts will be closing its doors at 312 Cannon Street at the end of July and relocating across the street at 315 High Street, Suite 106.

Abstracts Featured at River Arts in July
Visitors to Chestertown RiverArts’ Park Row location on First Friday will have privilege of experiencing abstraction as imagined by Greg VandeVisser of Denton.

An Eastern Shore native, VandeVisser served four years in the U.S. Air Force after which he received his BA in Graphic Design from Salisbury University and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Since his graduation in 1993, he has worked within the design and advertising field. He currently runs his own graphics firm in Denton.

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