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Classic ‘Berenstain Bears’ at TPAC


Currently engaged in a critically-acclaimed, sold out off-Broadway run in NYC, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! is hitting the road. The show comes to the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Come on down to Bear Country where Brother Bear, Sister Bear, Papa Bear, and Mama Bear sing and dance in this colorful new musical filled with fun for the whole family.

Adapted from the classic children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! brings everyone’s favorite bear family to life in a thrilling theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear’s grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can’t stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right. The Berenstain Bears LIVE! will give boys and girls of all ages the chance to fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up.

Show tickets are $9.For more information and tickets, please call the box office at 410-827-5867 or email


Sammy Sent Me: A Speakeasy to Benefit the Chester River Chorale


Put on your glad rags Saturday, February 18, and sashay over to a Chester River Chorale fundraiser with a roaring ’20s theme.

“Sammy Sent Me” is the title of the event and the password to get into the Speakeasy at 323 High Street—otherwise known as Bad Alfred’s Distilling.

The Speakeasy action includes tastings, distillery tours, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and jazz featuring the debut performance of the Chester River Chorale Jazz Ensemble. The event runs from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Vintage attire will be welcomed and admired, but is not required.

Tickets are $75 each and can be reserved by mailing a check to Chester River Chorale, P.O. Box 461, Chestertown, MD 21620. Please RSVP by February 3.

The password pays homage to the Chorale’s beloved accompanist, Sammy Marshall.

The Chester River Chorale Jazz Ensemble will present four jazz standards by Duke Ellington: “Satin Doll,” “Solitude,” “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”, and “Mood Indigo.” The nine-voice ensemble is drawn from the membership of the Chorale’s auditioned chamber chorus, the Chester Chamber Singers, and is directed by Michelle Sensenig, with musical coaching from Artistic Director Douglas Cox.

A tasting of Bad Alfred’s products will tempt the palate (non-alcoholic beverages will also be available), along with hors d’oeuvres by Occasions Catering. If you like what you taste, bottles will be available for purchase from Bad Alfred’s, with a portion of proceeds to benefit the Chorale. Silent auction items include boat trips, restaurant gift cards, concert tickets and more.

The Chester River Chorale is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by Yerkes Construction Co., the Hedgelawn Foundation, the Mid Shore Community Foundation-Artistic Insights Fund, the Kent County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

The CRC’s mission is to provide opportunity and inspiration for amateur singers to strive for artistic excellence. CRC performances entertain diverse audiences and enrich the cultural life of the community. For more information visit our website at , email,  or check out the Chorale on Facebook.

Mid-Shore Arts: The National Music Festival Finds Its Sea Legs


When Maestro Richard Rosenberg and his partner and wife, Caitlin Patton, informed Chestertown in late 2011 that the National Music Festival (NMF), with about one hundred musicians and dozens of planned public performances, would move to their town, one could almost hear the whole of Chestertown say collectively, “who, us, really?”

With a population close to 5,000, and at least forty to fifty miles away from urban centers that would traditionally do a better job in hosting such a large undertaking, Chestertown seemed an unlikely candidate for such a honor. Nonetheless, for a community that prides itself for its love of the arts, and particularly music, there was also a feeling that their small town had just won the lottery. 

Now entering its sixth year of operation on the Mid-Shore, Richard and Caitlin sat down with the Spy last month to talk about the remarkable success the NMF has been in Chestertown and how well suited it has become in bringing together some of the best student talent in the country to learn and perform throughout the region. They also talk about NMF’s year-long educational programming with local schools, and their aspirations for the Festival in the years ahead.

This video is approximately five minutes in length and made in cooperation with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. For more information about the National Music Festival, please go here.  

“Mainstay Monday on a Saturday” at The Mainstay January 28

Joe Holt

Joe Holt

Five outstanding jazz musicians who were featured on different Mainstay Mondays in 2016 come together with pianist and Mainstay Monday host, Joe Holt for a very special Saturday night “Mainstay Monday” concert at the Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Saturday January 28, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website and reservations to pay at the door can be made by calling 410-639-9133.

Mainstay Mondays, the weekly Mainstay events where host and pianist Joe Holt invites new special guest each week for a collaborative evening of eclectic music, have been so popular that Mainstay Executive Director Rory Trainor had Holt put together a one-time jazz band featuring some of his special Monday guests from 2016. This will be a swinging evening of jazz to heat up a January night, as Trainor says, “a bigger and badder version of Mainstay Monday.”

This special Saturday night jazz concert will feature five of the guest artists who helped make the evenings so special in the series’ first year: Joe Midiri on clarinet and saxophone, Danny Tobias on trumpet, David Sacks on trombone, Paul Midiri on drums and vibes, Max Murray on bass and of course, Joe Holt on piano.

Joe and Paul Midiri perform together with various combinations as The Midiri Brothers. They are in demand on throughout the Mid-Atlantic and are regular performers at jazz festivals across the nation. Joe Midiri is a virtuoso on clarinet and saxophone and is a noted jazz educator. His twin brother Paul Midiri’s varied talents include vibraphone, drums, and trombone.

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Midiri Brothers

Danny Tobias is a traditional jazz cornetist from the Trenton, NJ area. He plays the Philadelphia and New York regional jazz scenes, with a reputation for being as tasteful as they come.

David Sacks, on trombone, toured and recorded with the “Girl from Ipanema,” Astrud Gilberto. He also lived in Brazil, and recorded bossa nova with Antonio Carlos Jobim and others. On the New York scene, he played jazz and salsa music with Tito Puente, Hector  Lavoe, and Celia Cruz. He currently plays and sings jazz and Brazilian music widely in the greater DC area.

Bassist Max Murray, played for 15 years with the US Naval Academy Band.  A studio veteran, he has recorded with many nationally known artists from Henry Mancini, and Mose Allison to Jimmy Witherspoon, Neil Sedaka, Louie Bellson and Javon Jackson. As a member of Afro Bop Alliance he received a Latin Grammy Award in the “Best Latin Jazz Recording” category, for the 2008 release, “Caribbean Jazz Project – Afro Bop Alliance.” He is also a regular at the Mainstay, appearing there with many different groups.

Joe Holt is a professional pianist, best known for his imaginative improvisations and the joy he finds in performing. He is a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) who performs for the connections that music makes and the shared experiences with his audiences. He is active in recording, having appeared on over 25 albums, including 8 on his own label, including his groundbreaking solo improvisation CD: “Stories Without Words”. He has hosted Mainstay Mondays since the series’ inception in May 2016, gathering the talented guests and collaborating with them in various genres of music.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region. It is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Wine, beer, sodas and snacks are available at the bar.

David Sacks

David Sacks

The Mainstay is supported by ticket sales, fundraising including donations from friends and audience members and an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Mainstay now sells advance tickets online through Instant Seats, a Washington based firm. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website Follow the Buy Tickets link to buy tickets at the advance price. If you would rather pay at the door, you can still make a reservation by calling 410-639-9133.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:
Jan. 30 Mainstay Monday: Host Joe Holt on piano welcomes The Washington College Jazz Ensemble
Feb. 6. Mainstay Monday: host Joe Holt welcomes Amy Shook on bass
Feb. 12 Runa: A Celtic Valentine
Feb. 13 Mainstay Monday: Host Joe Holt welcomes vocalist Lena Seikaly
Feb. 20 Mainstay Monday: Host Joe Holt welcomes guitarist Guthrie Matthews
Feb. 25 The Todd Marcus Quintet

WC’s Kohl Gallery Opens 2017 With a Group Exhibition


Kohl Gallery at Washington College begins 2017 with the group exhibition What’s Next?. Opening on the heels of the presidential inauguration, this show presents works that engage—either directly or obliquely—with issues that were in high circulation during the recent election cycle. Featuring Larry Cook, Ben Marcin, Carolina Mayorga, Christie Neptune, and Rachel Schmidt, the exhibition will run from January 26 to March 10. The participating artists will take part in a panel discussion on Jan. 26 in Litrenta Lecture Hall at 4:30 p.m., followed by an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 in Kohl Gallery.

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Ben Marcin, Silver Run

What’s Next? seeks to highlight the ability of artists to articulate and respond meaningfully to some of our historical moment’s most pressing problems. Through photography, video, installation, and performance, the works on display grapple with politically salient issues and topics including climate change, the economy, identity, immigration, and race. Collectively, the selected works prompt us to think critically about the urgent and multifaceted question, “what’s next?”

Larry Cook received his MFA from George Washington University in 2013. A 2016 Sondheim finalist and former Hamiltonian Fellow (2013-2015), he has been included in various group shows including It Takes A Nation at the Katzen Arts Center (Washington, D.C., 2016); To Be Black in White America at GalerieMyrtis (Baltimore 2016) and Artist Citizen at Hemphill Fine Art (2013). Cook has also had solo presentations at Hamiltonian Gallery (2015), (e)merge art fair (2014), Stamp Gallery (2014) and Pleasant Plains Workshop (2013). In 2014, he had a large-scale public artwork on view as part of Ceremonies of Dark Men, part of the 5 X 5 Project Public Art, curated by A.M. Weaver and organized by the DC Commission on the Arts. A native of Landover, Maryland, Larry has taught photography at The George Washington University and American University, and is currently a visual art teacher at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville. He is represented by GalerieMyrtis in Baltimore.

Ben Marcin was born in Augsburg, Germany. Many of his photographic essays explore the idea of home and the passing of time.“Last House Standing” and “The Camps” have received wide press both nationally and abroad (The Paris Review, iGnant, La Repubblica, Slate, Wired magazine). More recently, he has been exploring the myriad structures of the urban core in series like Towers, Street and Deconstructions. His photographs have been shown at a number of national galleries and venues including the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Delaware Art Museum; The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts; The Center For Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado; The Photographic Resource Center in Boston; and the Houston Center for Photography. “Last House Standing (And Other Stories)” was featured in a 2014 solo exhibit at the C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore. His work is also in several important collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Carolina Mayorga, a Colombian-born and naturalized American citizen, has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for the last 15 years. Her work is part of national and international collections and has been reviewed in publications in South America, Europe and the US. Mayorga’s artwork addresses issues of social and political content. Comments on migration, war, and identity translate into video, performance, site-specific installations, and two-dimensional media in the form of photography and drawing. The artist lives and works in Washington, D.C.

Christie Neptune, Pulling At My Labels, 2016

Christie Neptune, Pulling At My Labels, 2016

Christie Neptune is a graduate of Fordham University and has been featured in publications including Les Femmes Folles, HYSTERIA: What Was Taken, Psychology Today, JUX- TAPOZ , AFROPUNK, The Washington Post and VICE. Recent shows include a solo exhibition at the Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, D.C (2016); and Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (2015). She has been included in group exhibitions at the Queens Museum of Art (2016); A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn (2016); Yeelen Gallery, Miami, Florida (2015); The Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2015); UnionDocs, Brooklyn, (2015); the Momentum Technology Film Fest at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey (2014); and 440 Gallery, Brooklyn (2011).

Rachel Schmidt explores how the rapidly increasing rate of urban growth has forced the hand of evolution, generating urban versions of animals and plants and modifying whole ecosystems. Rachel is currently an independent museum professional and works with local D.C. arts organizations, non-profits, and museums. From 2011-16, she was an artist in residence at the Arlington Arts Center, and from 2012-16 she was an exhibition specialist and exhibition coordinator at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum. Rachel earned a Masters in Fine Arts from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007.

Kohl Gallery is located on the first floor of the Gibson Center for the Arts at Washington College. It is open Monday through Wednesday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please email:

Academy Art Museum February Events


Robert Tandecki, A Steller Symphony, 2016, Watercolor.


The American Society of Marine Artists 17th National Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Through April 2, 2017
The Academy Art Museum is proud to co-host the 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Since the 1970s, ASMA has worked with professional artists and illustrators to prepare exhibitions on America’s maritime heritage and to further promote American marine art and history. America has a long history as a seafaring nation. Whether our last affair with the sea was a stroll on a sandy beach or an offshore sail, we all share a special fascination for the sea and ships. Of course, the special world of marine art is not limited to “a painted ship upon a painted ocean.” The exhibition travels from Williamsburg, VA, to Easton and St. Michaels, and continues to various other museums in the US. Curators Anke Van Wagenberg (AAM) and Pete Lesher (CBMM) have worked closely to get the best selections in their respective museums.

Nanny Trippe: Trees, Majesty and Mystery
December 3, 2016 – February 26, 2017

Nanny Trippe has had a love for photography since a young age. What began as recording of pets and nature developed into a love of composition. Trippe, a many-generations native of the Eastern Shore, studied and created photographs through high school at St. Timothy’s School in Baltimore, and next at Denison University in Ohio and Richmond College in London, England. She joined the Tidewater Studios in 2009 and has exhibited in Lexington, VA, as well as in regional art shows. In December 2010, she and painter Don Hilderbrandt opened Trippe-Hilderbrandt Studios on Harrison Street in Easton. She won the “Best Black and White,” “Best Amateur” and “Best in Show” in the 2009 Plein Air Easton Photography Contest and has been published in “Best of Photography” each subsequent year. The exhibition is sponsored by Peg Keller and Catherine Collins McCoy.


Nanny Trippe, Pasture Line, 2013, Digital photography, Collection of the Artist.

The Washington Portfolio
Through February 26, 2017
The Washington Portfolio, which features 10 large prints, provides a context to the artist Jacob Kainen and his contemporaries working in Washington, DC in the 1990s. David Adamson Gallery printed the edition of 50 prints in 1994. Artists Rob Evans, Jacob Kainen, Kevin MacDonald, Tom Nakashima, William Newman, Robin Rose, Renee Stout and Andrea Way, along with photographers William Christenberry and Joyce Tenneson, were invited to work on the computer in Adamson’s shop. In 1994, the set of prints marked the debut of David Adamson’s first portfolio of artist-made, limited-edition Iris art prints. The Washington Portfolio is a recent acquisition made possible with funds provided by the Collection Society.

The Myth Makers in Maryland: The Mighty Merganser
Through 2017
Artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein (aka the Myth Makers) built one of their iconic sapling sculptures on the Museum’s grounds. The 16-foot high bird sculpture, made from natural materials with the help of volunteers, is based on the hooded merganser, a bird which is common in Maryland. Although monumental in scale, the ephemeral works of the Myth Makers are temporary in nature, meaning to last three to five years. Based in Boston, the Myth Makers have worked in Peru, Switzerland, Canada and China and have shown their monumental sculptures, the Avian Avatars, on Broadway in New York, NY; Muskegon, MI; New Orleans, and in many museums in New England. The exhibition is sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, the Star-Democrat, Katherine and David Allen, Maurits Van Wagenberg, Willow Construction and Atlantic Security.

Avian Inspirations: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein (the Myth Makers)
Through February 26, 2017
The collaboration between Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson is born from a mutual love of the wild. Moerlein, an internationally-exhibited sculptor, takes inspiration from events in the natural world that leave visual marks which strike a narrative chord in the artist. Dodson, an American sculptor, takes inspiration from the mysterious nature of animals that spark her imagination. The exhibition is sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, and the Star-Democrat.


Joyce Tenneson, Two Women, 1994 Digital print AAM 2016.027.

Jacob Kainen: Washington Colorist
Through February 26, 2017
Jacob Kainen (1909-2001) was for several decades one of the most internationally respected of Washington artists. This exhibition, featuring the paintings and prints of Jacob Kainen, reveals his gradual shift from figural to abstract forms. Kainen’s early artistic development coincided with the maturation of American abstract painting. Kainen distinguished himself not only as a painter and printmaker, but also as a curator, overseeing prints for the U.S. National Museum from 1944 to 1966 and prints and drawings for the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum) from 1966 to 1970. The exhibition is sponsored by Mary Ann Schindler and Tom and Alexa Seip.


Magnificent Movie Music (Films include: The Best Year of Our Lives, The Heiress, and Ben-Hur)
Presented by Dr. Rachel Franklin
Thursday February 23, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Series Ticket (4) Lectures: $100/$120
Individual Lecture Tickets: $28/$33


Telling Stories Through Poetry
February 4, 2017, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Presenter: Sue Ellen Thompson
Cost: $50/$60


The Mighty Merganser sapling bird sculpture built by The Myth Makers.

Thursday Studio—A Weekly Mentored Painting Session
Mentor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
Thursdays: Full Day 9:30 a.m. –3:30 p.m. Half day 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. February 2, 9, 16, 23
Cost: Full Day is $150/4 weeks for members
Half day is $95/4 weeks for members
Drop in rate: Full day 10 a.m.– 4 p.m., $45; Half day 10 a.m.–1 p.m. or 1–4 p.m., $25 (Pay instructor that day – drop in rate)
All levels and mediums. Join Diane to do some serious mentored painting in a classic museum studio setting. Each week presents a great opportunity to start a new painting, to try new ideas and techniques, or to solve problems with works in progress – all under the guidance of a gentle, knowledgeable mentor.

Monthly Coffee and Critique Mentors: Katie Cassidy, Diane DuBois Mullaly
Friday Morning: February 3, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person per session payable at the door (no online registration). Bring one or two recently completed pieces or works in progress, relax in the informal camaraderie of fellow artists, talk about your work, and join in a group critique led by Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly. Many artists find it very beneficial to view their work through someone else’s perspective. Complimentary coffee and snacks. All mediums and skill levels are welcome! Don’t miss this very popular event!

Tame Your Camera – Fundamentals of Photography
Instructor: Sahm Doherty-Sefton
3 weeks: February 9, 16, 23, Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $100/$120

iPhone Class
Instructor: Scott Kane
2 Days, Wednesdays February 8 and 15, Wednesdays: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $50/$60


Donna Dodson, Bantam, 46″ tall, cherry, paint, 2011.

Run Your Smart Home on Your Android or iPhone Smartphone
Instructor: Scott Kane
Wednesdays February 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $30/$36

Movies, Music and Smart TV – – Your Entertainment Your Way
Instructor: Scott Kane
Wednesdays March 8 and 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $50/$60

Storing and Sharing Photos with Your Smart Phone
Instructor: Scott Kane
Wednesdays, February 22 and March 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $50/$60

YOGA for Creativity
Instructor: Kelli Remo
February: Mondays — 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 9–10 a.m.
Wednesdays — 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 7–8 p.m.
10-Visit Pass: $148/$185
Register online Drop in Fee: $18/$20 (Pay the Instructor on day of class)
Contact the instructor for additional information:

Voice & Piano Lessons
Instructor: Erika Knepp (443) 254-0157
Exploring techniques, performance skills, and even stress therapy can be a part of each individualized program. Contact the instructor directly for lesson schedule and cost.


Jacob Kainen, Agincourt, 1988, AAM 2016.013.

Adult Ballroom & Latin Dance
Instructor: Amanda Showell (302)-377-3088 or
Contact the instructor directly for lesson schedule and cost.

Cartooning Using Adobe Illustrator (for students in grades 5–12)
Instructor: Chris Pittman
Mondays and Wednesdays: February 6, 8, 13, 15, 22 and 27th, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $85, $102

Ages 10+
Susan Horsey
Late Winter Session: February 17 – March 24
Ages 6 to 9 years Constance Del Nero (Please do NOT register 5 year-olds in this class.)
Late Winter Session: February 17–March 24
Ages 10+ Susan Horsey
Cost: $90/$108 (Siblings attend for $60/$72)

For additional information, visit or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.

New “Roots” Concert Series Announced at the Garfield


byrd wakenMusic lovers rejoice! 2017 brings a new five-concert series to the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown. “Roots at the Garfield” will explore all of the great music genres that touch the soul and set your feet to tapping; early blues, bluegrass, folk, r&b and rock. Over the last 3 years, the Garfield has been host to the “Blues at the Garfield” series; six blues concerts per year that brought some incredible talent to the Chestertown stage. The Nighthawks, Damon Fowler, Debbie Davies, Sue Foley, Corey Harris, Sherman Holmes, Deanna Bogart and Bill Kirchen were just a few of the blues acts that the series showcased over three years.

This year, “Roots at the Garfield”continues to bring great musical acts to Chestertown, while exploring a wider variety of genres. The first concert takes place on January 28th, with Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboy.

“Byrd is a preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd “one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years.”

Multi-instrumentalist Johnny Waken cut his teeth on electric guitar in Pittsburgh with rock legend Norm Nardini, opening for The Blues Brothers Band on their Red, Hot & Blue tour in 1992. On stage and after hours, he jammed with members of Bon Jovi and the legendary Steve Cropper. At the age of 24, Waken left music to pursue primitive skills and through-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2000 with an eleven-pound pack. Returning to music years later Johnny joined theatre troupe Paperhand Puppet Intervention, contributing to scores for nine shows and winning 4 Indy Awards for best original music.

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboy are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. Between heartbreaking ballads and hell-raising sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show. “

Concert tickets are $30 general admission and $20 for students. However, you can also purchase a subscription to the entire five-concert series and save $25! Subscribers enjoy preferred seating options and a discounted ticket price while supporting the series and helping the Garfield continue to bring outstanding music to Chestertown. Single subscriptions are $125 and a couples subscription is $250.  The entire series is generously sponsored by Andrew and Leslie Price.

Other concerts include The Leyla McCalla Trio on March 18th, The Steel Wheels on June 9th, David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience on July 22nd and Hannah Gill & The Hours on September 9th.

Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online at, by calling 410-810-2060 or in person at the Garfield box office, located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

Church Hill Theatre Accepting Applications for Kids Workshop


It’s still too cold to play outside, the Christmas toys have lost their appeal, and active kids are itching to do something creative, constructive, and fun. Enter center stage: one affordable, entertaining, and educational theatre workshop at CHT!


Stretching is an essential part of warm-ups for these young actors!

Building on its celebrated Green Room Gang summer theatre camps, Church Hill Theatre is once again offering students a chance to B.A.S.K in the glow of the footlights in a series of Saturday workshops. Basic Acting Skills for Kids, now open for enrollment, will allow 3rd through 8th graders to use games and exercises to learn about character development through voice and body, scene preparation, movement, and more.

Taught by experienced youth theatre director Becca Van Aken and CHT Executive Manager Nina Sharp, the group will meet from 9 am – noon on Saturdays, February 4, 11, 25, and March 4 & 11. The students’ theatrical development will conclude with a performance for family and friends at the end of the final class. The cost for the five sessions is $100, which includes a keepsake t-shirt for your young actor! A 10% discount applies to all CHT members!

B.A.S.K. registration is open now through Friday, January 27th. Space is limited, so apply early! Please contact the Church Hill Theatre office at 410-556-6003 or via e-mail at to register your child or for questions about this program and other upcoming events.

Final Notice: 6th Annual “Lift Up Our Voices in Song” Concert is Tonight

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The Late Reverend Clarence Hawkins

Final Notice: The “Lift Up Our Voices Concert will be held tonight (Saturday the 14th) at the Garfield at 5PM. his annual performance will recognize the power that music and poetry played in the Civil Rights movements, while celebrating the culture that continues to work for social justice. It is dedicated to the memory of Reverend Clarence Hawkins, a beloved member of our community and fierce advocate of social justice who passed away last year.

The program will include performances by Lester Barrett, Jr., The Mt. Olive Praise Team, Andre Sisco, The New Gospelites, The Brian Black Family, and the Gospel Shepherds. There will also be poetry read by Robert Earl Price, comedy from Rakeem Hicks and Rakeem King, and a performance by the praise dancer Alberta Johnson. The emcees for the evening are Reverend Sheila Lomax and George Lomax.

This event is co-sponsored by the Chester Valley Ministers Association Breakfast Celebration, the Kent County Arts Council and the Garfield Center for the Arts. For more information please visit or call the box office at (410) 810-2060.

The commemoration in honor of the birthday of Dr. King begins at 5 pm. Admission is free with donations encouraged to the charities supported by the MLK Breakfast Celebration.