Spring Break Programs at Kent County Public Library


Looking for things to do during spring break? Put Kent County Public Library’s free programs for kids on your calendar!

Birds with Beth
Thursday, April 13 | 1:30pm
Chestertown Branch

Flap your wings and fly on over for an afternoon learning about birds with Beth Hill from 4-H. We will look at bird houses, bird food, feathers and a real live bird!

Family Movie – The Secret Life of Pets
Thursday, April 13 | 4pm
North County Branch

Bring a blanket and snuggle up on our carpet as we enjoy a laid-back afternoon movie at the library! Popcorn will be provided.

Monday, April 17 | 11am
Chestertown Branch

Join us for a joint gaming session at the library. Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks in a virtual world where the only limit is your imagination. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned player, join us for a morning edition of multiplayer Minecraft.

Space is very limited and registration is required. Ages 8+

Let’s Get Crafty with Altered Books
Monday, April 17 | 4pm
Chestertown Branch

Altered books can be a great way to turn an old book into a work of art. We will provide books, art supplies, and ideas at this hands-on crafting day. Fun for all ages!

KCPL programs are free of charge. For more information about any of these programs or to register for Minecraft, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Academy Art Museum Presents Lecture on Frederic Church’s Maine Landscapes


On Friday, March 31, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, John Wilmerding, Christopher Binyon Sarofim Professor of American Art at Princeton University, will present a lecture on Frederic Church’s Maine Landscapes.  Wilmerding will concentrate on the two areas Church painted in Maine: Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin. His presentation will touch on the major factors stimulating his visits: the example of Fitz Henry Lane, his mentor Tomas Cole’s trip to Maine, and Thoreau’s writings about Mt. Katahdin. The lecture will also examine three major phases seen in Church’s painting: art history, national history, and personal history. The cost for the lecture is $20 for Museum members and  $24 for non-members.  Pre-registration is suggested. For further information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

Short Story Discussion: “Man of All Work” by Richard Wright


Dr. Alisha Knight, Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Washington College, will facilitate a discussion of the complex themes in Richard Wright’s short story “Man of All Work,” one of eight stories included in Eight Men.  This special meeting of The Book Group is a Museum on Main Street event offered in support of “The Way We Worked” exhibit on display at Sumner Hall March 31-May 18.

Members of The Book Group meet monthly for a continuing exploration and discussion of works by African American authors.  New members are always welcome.

Light refreshments will be served.  For more information or to request a copy of Eight Men, please call 410.778.3636.

The Way We Worked, an exhibition created by the National Archives, is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Maryland Humanities. For more information about Museum on Main Street events taking place in Kent County, visit Sumner Hall at garpost25.org/the-way-we-worked.

Wednesday, April 12 | 5pm
Chestertown Branch

Free Workshop: Privacy, Identity, and Online Security


Your personal information is a valuable commodity. It’s not only a key to your financial identity, but also to your online identity.

Knowing how to protect your information – and your identity – is a must in the 21st century. This program will address various types of identity theft; how to protect your personal information, and what to do if a thief strikes.

Presented by Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator Audrey Orr from the Maryland Extension.

This free workshop is an introduction to making smart choices to protect your personal information. Adults and teens are welcome. Please visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410-778-3636 to register.

Saturday, April 8 | 10am
Chestertown Branch

Working Artists Forum Annual Show Opens at Chesapeake College


On Monday, April 3rd, the Working Artists Forum (WAF) will open their Annual Spring Show at Chesapeake College in the Todd Performing Arts Center. Member artists of WAF will display original paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel, along with works in pen and ink, mixed media and printmaking. The Spring Show at Chesapeake College is a yearly judged event, showcasing talented member artists united in an exhibition that displays an exhilarating diversity of style and technique.

“Better Days Ahead”- oil by Amy Cummins

The Working Artists Forum is a non-profit organization of 90 professional artists who meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum in Easton for discussions, demonstrations and critiques by acclaimed artists. Membership is established by a jury composed of fellow artists. WAF members actively exhibit their work separately and together, and have pieces in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and internationally.

David Diaz, a formally trained, award winning plein air painter and teacher, currently based in Annapolis, Maryland, will be the judge for this show. Mr. Diaz’s works are included in collections within the United States, Europe and Asia.

The Working Artists Forum Spring Show at Chesapeake College is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday and during specially scheduled weekend performances. This show will hang in the lobby gallery of the Todd Performing Arts Center throughout the month of April. For more information about the Working Artists Forum, please see their website: www.workingartistsforum.com.

Maryland Humanities Announces Next Stop of Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition


Maryland Humanities is pleased to announce that its statewide tour of The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, will move to its second stop in Chestertown on March 31. Sumner Hall (G.A.R. Post #25) will host the exhibition and along with its principal partner, Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, will feature companion exhibits and programming across the county highlighting Kent County’s work history.

The grand opening on March 31 will feature a reception and preview party honoring exhibition producers, organizers, sponsors, partners, elected officials, and community volunteers, as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The preview party will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Sultana Education Foundation, located just two blocks away from Sumner Hall. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the front steps of Sumner Hall. After the ceremony, participants will be invited to preview the exhibition in small groups.      

The companion exhibition at Sumner Hall, The Black Labor Experience in Kent County, will feature four displays:  (1) theStory of the Founders of Sumner Hall and the 471 African Americans who served with the Union forces during the Civil War;  (2) an exploration of the contribution of Free and Enslaved Labor in Kent County – from the Revolutionary War-era through the end of the 19th Century; (3) Tools of the Trades:  a display of traditional farm, fishing, household, and office “tools” used in Kent County; and (4) contemporary stories – Oral Work Histories  of Community Members.  There will also be a Kids Corner with hands-on activities for young children. 

The C. V. Starr Center is also offering three special events:  (1) a keynote lecture by Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed:  On (Not) Getting By in America; (2) Choppin’ at the Shop  – an original multimedia work of music, the art of conversation, and photography as it relates to African Americans who work or have worked in Kent County; and (3) A Walk Through Working Chestertown.  In addition, more than fifteen other venues across the county are hosting exhibits, lectures, and programs celebrating workers in the community. 

Nina Johnson, executive director of Sumner Hall, said:  “Hosting this exhibition has given us a unique opportunity to explore the rich history of the way we have worked in our communities across Kent County.   The Museum on Main Street project has allowed our community to come together in creative ways to identify individual stories and to document them. It has been a rewarding experience to see how our collaboration with Washington College, the Kent County Public Schools, the Historical Society of Kent County, the Sultana Educational Foundation, the Museums of Kent, the Kent County Public Library, and other local organizations and businesses has resulted in an exciting menu of educational and cultural programs across the county. While we are proud of all these offerings, our companion exhibition that showcases the contributions of Kent County African American workers from the 1650s to the present is especially important. The Way We Worked initiative has truly been a ‘win-win’ experience for everyone!”

“We’re delighted to bring The Way We Worked to five small communities across the state and celebrate Maryland’s diverse and engaging work history, from the paper and steel mills of the 19th Century to the technology boom of today. We hope you’ll join us in exploring the rich local history unearthed through each community’s companion exhibit and programming,” said Phoebe Stein, executive director of Maryland Humanities.

The Way We Worked will be on view at Sumner Hall March 31–May 20, 2017. Sumner Hall is located at 206 South Queen Street in Chestertown, Maryland. Learn more at sumnerhall.org.

Shakespeare Scholar Phyllis Rackin Visits the Literary House April 4


Phyllis Rackin, the author of numerous books discussing Shakespeare and literary theory through a feminist scope, and a mentor to countless scholars including some of Washington College’s own, will speak at the Rose O’Neill Literary House on April 4. A professor emeritus of English at the University of Pennsylvania, Rackin will close out this academic year’s Sophie Kerr Lecture Series. The event starts at 4:30 and is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing.

Rackin, a past president of the Shakespeare Association of America, mentored Kate Moncrief, professor of English and chair of Washington College’s Department of English, as well as assistant professor Courtney Rydel. She’s the author of numerous articles on Shakespeare and literary theory, and of four books: Shakespeare’s Tragedies (World Dramatists, 1978), Stages of History: Shakespeare’s English Chronicles (Cornell, 1990), Shakespeare and Women (Oxford, 2005), and, with Jean E. Howard, Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare’s English Histories (Routledge, 1997). She co-edited another book, The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays, with Evelyn Gajowski (Routledge, 2014).

A recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Rackin’s landmark accomplishments have been honored with the Phyllis Rackin Graduate Fellowship for Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities and the annual Phyllis Rackin Lecture hosted by the Penn Medieval/Renaissance Seminar.

For more information on this and other English Department and Sophie Kerr events, visit the website at https://www.washcoll.edu/departments/english/events.php. For more information on the Literary House, visit http://www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse/.

Spy Moment: Kenny Award Presented to Red Devil Moon Cast


The Kent County Arts Council and the Hedgelawn Foundation gave the Hedgelawn Kenny Award annually for excellence and service in the arts in Kent County Maryland a few nights ago. The 2016 award goes to the Creators and Cast of Red Devil Moon, which performed highlights at the Garfield Center for the Arts, on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Recipients include: Robert Earl Price (Book & Narrator), Pam Ortiz (Music, Lyrics & Musician), Principal Singers Karen Somerville, Lester Barrett, Jr., and Jerome McKinney, and Musicians of the Pam Ortiz Band, Ray Anthony, Tom Anthony, Nevin Dawson, Philip Dutton, Bob Ortiz, and Ford Schumann.

Leslie Prince Raimond, director of the Kent County Arts Council, and Judy Kohl, director of the Hedgelawn Foundation awarded the Kenny, which this year was designed by Rob Glebe.

Hee is Leslie’s opening remarks:

“I’m Leslie Prince Raimond, director of Kent County Arts Council, and this is Judy Kohl, director of Hedgelawn Foundation

It is our great pleasure and privilege to have been involved in the Arts of Kent County for decades. Our Community continues to support and appreciate all forms of Arts and Humanities, and it is this that strengthens us. It is very exciting to once again present the Hedgelawn KENNY award given for excellence and service in the arts in Kent County, Maryland.

Our program tonight offers, once again, the chance for all of us to celebrate this contribution to our lives by these incredible artists through the universal language of music and poetry.

…. And to quote actor Wendell Pierce, That’s what art is, a form in which people can reflect on who we are as human beings and come to some understanding of this journey we are all on.

As we grapple with the concepts of society’s struggle for freedom, and equality, we can be moved by the ARTS to help us understand. Our amazingly talented cast and creators of Red Devil Moon bring us the story.”

This video is approximately for minutes in length

7th Annual Empty Bowls is Set for Monday March 27


The community is invited to enjoy a meal of soup, bread, and dessert in a keepsake handmade pottery bowl at the 7th Annual Empty Bowls on Monday, March 27. This event raises funds for the Kent County Food Pantry, and is held at the Garfield Center, 210 High Street in downtown Chestertown.
RiverArts Clay Studio artists created the bowls, which are a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The Chestertown Ukulele Club will provide entertainment.
This event is sponsored by the RiverArts Clay Studio, the Garfield Center for the Arts, Kent County Arts Council, Bookplate, MassoniArt, Mimi’s Closet, Peaceful World Enterprise, and Welcome Home.

No one should go to bed hungry.

Reservations are required. There are two seatings, 5 pm and 6:30 pm. For tickets please call the Garfield Center box office at 410 810 2060, or go online at www.garfieldcenter.org and click on all events.