First Friday “One Minute Plays”


On June 2nd, director Tia Glomb presents a sneak peek of the 4th annual Hey, Wait A Minute one-minute play festival at 5 pm in the Kohl Lobby at the Garfield Center for the Arts. The one-minute plays are showcased each year in conjunction with Short Attention Span Theatre, the Garfield’s annual 10-minute play festival. Now in its’ 13th year, Short Attention Span Theatre brings local actors, playwrights, and directors together for an evening of theatre designed to hold your attention for just. long. enough. Admission during Hey, Wait A Minute is free, the bar will be open and the box office will be selling tickets for the 10-minute play festival that runs for three weekends starting on June 23rd. The Hey, Wait A Minute plays will be performed again at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights and Sundays at 2:00 pm on each weekend of the Short Attention Span Theatre, that is, one hour before the SAST plays begin. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown. For more information, call 410-810-2060.

“Short Attention Span Theatre” 10-Minute Play Festival Opens at The Garfield Center This Weekend!


Short Attention Span Theatre 10-Minute Play Festival Opens At The Garfield Center This Weekend!

Howard Messick, Jen Friedman, and Mark Weining

Join us for an engaging evening of 10-minute plays, designed to hold your attention for just. long. enough. The Play Fest will showcase a range of actors, directors, and authors – featuring original works by local playwrights! Starting this weekend, Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24, at 8:00 pm and Sunday, June 25, at 3:00 pm.  The Festival will continue for two more weekends.

The locally-written works selected for this year’s SAST production are:

Singing in the Shower – written by Howard Mesick*, directed by Jim Landskroener

The Philosophy of Dogs – written by George Smart, directed by Diane Landskroener

John Schratwieser in “How to Talk to a Girl Wearing Headphones”

How to Talk to a Girl Wearing Headphones – written by Adrienne Dawes, directed by Bryan Betley

Spirits – Written by Steven J. Arnold, directed by Sarah Crump

And That’s How I Met Your Mother – written & Directed by Mark Sullivan*

Somewhere Tonight, The Washington Senators’ Last Game Plays On – written by Dwayne Yancy, directed by Keith Thompson

Guru of the Alps – written by Keith Thompson*, directed by Hester Sachse

The Maltese Walter – written by John Minigan, directed by Diane Landskroener

*Many of this year’s selected playwrights are members of the Garfield’s Live Playwrights’ Society, a group that meets monthly with the goal of fostering a community of playwrights, actors, and critics, but the competition is open to all aspiring playwrights in the area. For more info on LPS visit the website.

Featured actors in this year’s play fest are:

Ian Ellison and  Mark Wiening in Singing in the Shower; Dan Guidice, Brad Chaires, Jim Landskroener and Diane Landskroener in The Philosophy of Dogs; Georgia Rickloff, Kirby Powell and Bryan Betley in How to Talk to a Girl Wearing Headphones; Paul Cambardella, Brad Chaires, Mark Wiening, Amanda Fry, Robert Note, John Schratwieser and Jennifer Kafka Smith in Spirits; Mark Wiening, Jen Friedman, Dan Guidice, Robert Note and Tessa Schut in And That’s How I Met Your Mother; Jim Landskroener and Paul Cambardella in Somewhere Tonight, The Washington Senators’ Last Game Plays On; Kirby Powell, Zachary Ryan, Jennifer Kafka Smith and Dan Guidice in Guru of the Alps; Jim Landskroener, Brad Chaires and Melissa McGlynn in The Maltese Walter.

Joining SAST for the 4th year is Hey, Wait A Minute! our one-minute play fest directed by Tia Glomb. HWM will be performed in the Kohl Lobby at 7 p.m. before the Friday and Saturday night performances of Short Attention Span Theatre. The HWM cast features Ian Ellison, John Feldman, Tia Glomb, Jane Jewell, Gracie Jordan, Zachary Ryan, Severin Schut, and Juanita Wieczorack.

With one exception (Rosa’s Eulogy) all works selected for this year’s HWM production are locally written:

Dan Guidice

Behold the Valindoraptordon – written by Mark Sullivan

Rosa’s Eulogy – written by Richard Strand

When in Rome – written by Tia Glomb

Some People Just Like to Look – written by Dwayne Yancy

Blackbeard the Pirate, Superstar – written by Howard Mesick

Ezopen – written by Howard Mesick

Short Attention Span Theatre opens Friday, June 23, and runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through July 9.

Performances are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 and $5 for students with ID (plays include some adult content, and may not be suitable for children under 13). Take advantage of the Garfield’s recurring opening night discount and get $5 off when you wear your Garfield t-shirt!  Call 410-810-2060 or visit  Garfield website

RiverArts’ June Exhibits: The Journey & One Woman’s Journey


It’s often been said that “it’s the journey, not the destination.” For artists, however, both are important– the process of creating a piece of art by exploring new ideas, subjects, and mediums. and knowing when it is complete. The RiverArts’ Main and Studio Galleries are currently exhibiting work of artists expressing what the theme, ‘The Journey”, means to them.

“Legendary” by Bonnie-Howell – Peoples Choice Award

The works in the Main Gallery show reflect the varied meanings of the word journey, both literally and figuratively. For some, it was a physical journey by car, plane, bike or boat, or on foot or in a saddle, that opened their eyes and rejuvenated their senses.   Some are images of a place they had never been to before, discovering new lands, new languages and a world outside their own.  In some cases, artists returned to a familiar place only to see it with fresh eyes after many years away. For others, the journey may have represented a stage of emotional or spiritual growth or growing older.

“Lincoln Sunset” by Cindy Holden, Runner-Up People’s Choice

At the show’s opening reception, visitors voted for the “People’s Choice” award. Bonnie Howell won for, “Legendary,” a stunning landscape organized around a road. Runner-up was Cindy Fletcher Holden for her large acrylic painting, “Lincoln Sunset,”  where the Annapolis marina environment is reflected on a car. Both pieces certainly bring to mind the journey, both literally and figuratively.

In the Studio Gallery is “One Woman’s Journey” which is a retrospective exhibit of works by Sihnja An Whiteley that date from 1990’s to the present. Sihnja is originally from South Korea where she studied art in private studios and was also a member of a prestigious artists’ club. When she came to Chestertown she continued studying at Washington College. She has taught classes at the Academy of Art in Easton for the past twenty years and has judged many, many shows. Her eclectic work ranges from traditional Oriental painting to representational to abstracts using water media, reflecting the importance of composition and her interest in personal expression and innovation.

Don’t miss these shows, on view through July 1. Upcoming exhibits are Abstract and Woodworking, opening July 7, and our annual Judged Photography show in August. Come by the RiverArts Gallery at 315 High Street (in the breezeway). Regular hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11-4, Saturday, 10-4, and Sunday, 11-3.

For more information visit RiverArts website call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 4 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

Academy Art Museum Announces July Events


Reni Gower, Fragments Entwined.


Exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat.

Through July 9, 2017
The exhibition FABRICation is making its way around the country, coming to the Academy Art Museum by way of Art Museum of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Co-curated by Reni Gower, professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University and Kristy Deetz, professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, FABRICation features seven artists (Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith) who incorporate a textile sensibility in their artwork through elements of fabric and fabrication. Funding for FABRICation was made possible in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the Painting and Printmaking Department (

Parts and Labor: A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford
Through July 9, 2017
Steven Ford layers colors via simply carved linocut blocks and collagraph plates. The linocut blocks are often re-inked and reprinted with the paper shifted to create layering and cross hatched patterns. The collagraph plates print “real” textures from items such as popsicle sticks and lathe from old plaster walls. Ford works quickly, rolling ink onto the blocks and cranking them through an etching press. At times the thin, strong Asian papers are folded like an accordion bellows and printed, then flattened and printed some more. Steven Ford is represented by Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia.

Steven Ford, Brick Wheel 1, 2009 Linocut & collagraph with chine collé, Collection of the artist.

Luminous Forms: Marble and Bronze Sculpture by Shelley Robzen
Through July 16, 2017
Shelley Robzen’s sculpture is amazing in its purity and its celebration of beauty and craftsmanship. Robzen has a sophisticated sense of form, volume and line. Her sculptures are sensual and sensitive. They are pared down to an essential simplicity. Her sculpture is included in private collections in the United States, Italy, France, England, Canada, Norway, Hong Kong, Israel and Japan. Robzen is represented by Carla Massoni Gallery. The Academy Art Museum is presenting her marble and bronze sculpture in her first solo museum exhibition in the U.S.

Diana Kingman: Easton Abstract June 3–July 19, 2017
Todd R. Forsgren Northern Saw-whet (Aegolius acadicus), 2013 Collection of the Artist
Diana Kingman was born in Philadelphia (1940) and knew at an early age that she wanted to be an artist. Kingman majored in Art History, including a Junior year in Paris in 1960. Upon return she moved to New York, where she graduated with a degree at Columbia University School of General Studies, then worked at the Bettmann Archive. After travels in East Africa, marriage to a Canadian and two children she enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for their four-year program in painting. During art school and for a number of years afterward she worked in a realistic style, painting still lifes, landscapes and the human figure. In the mid-1980s her style evolved into abstract, eventually dropping all references to subject matter, painting in acrylics on paper. Her work has been shown at galleries in New York, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Lyon, France, and Kingman is represented in a number of corporate and private collections. Since 2004 she and her husband moved to Easton from the Philadelphia area where she actively continues to paint in her home studio.

Shelley Robzen, Anima #2, Carrara White Marble.

Annual Members’ Exhibition July 29–September 4 (Labor Day), 2017
Members’ Reception and Judge’s Awards: Friday, July 28, 5:30–7 p.m.
The Academy Art Museum is pleased to present its Annual Members’ Exhibition. This exceptional tradition represents the best of the region’s artists and offers an opportunity to view the creative talents of colleagues and friends. It should be noted that in the last five years, several members have been offered solo exhibitions after having participated in the Members’ Exhibition. The Annual Member’s Exhibition remains one of the Museum’s most popular offerings, providing a venue for our many talented artist members to showcase and sell their works. While updated guidelines are in place to streamline the process, this year’s Annual Member’s Exhibition continues the honored tradition of making the Museum available to all of our members for the exhibition of their artwork.

The Myth Makers in Maryland: The Mighty Merganser Continuing
Artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein (aka the Myth Makers) built one of their iconic sapling sculptures on the Museum’s grounds. Literally speaking, the bird sculpture is based on the Hooded Merganser, a bird which is common in Maryland. Figuratively, however, the artists’ intent is to create a bird sculpture which represents a proud monument to independent thinking and bravery, referencing Eastern Shore native Frederick Douglass.


Diana Kingman, Sunny Cove, 2002 Acrylic on paper Collection of the Artist.

Open MIC
2nd Monday of each month including:
July 10 (Rebellion) and August 14 (The Future)
Open MIC is a supportive space for our community to share and cultivate the creativity and talents that thrive here. A variety of performances, demonstrations and presentations are welcome. It is open to all ages. Each month will have a topical (and optional) theme to which contributors are encouraged to relate as directly or abstractly as desired. The Museum will provide a PA system, sound engineer, Steinway grand piano and reasonably-priced refreshments. Email for more information.


July 31-August 5, 2017
The Museum will travel to Maine from and visit the state’s leading museums, including the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum of Art (where former AAM Director Christopher Brownawell serves as Executive Director), the Colby College Museum of Art, the Bowdoin College Art Museum, and more. Led by Director Benjamin Simons and Senior Curator Anke van Wagenberg, participants will enjoy private visits to some of the leading private collections in the region, take in Winslow Homer’s studio at Prouts Neck, and explore the region’s other cultural offerings and fine dining. For further details, or if you are interested in participating, please contact Damika Baker, Director of Development, at


Pictured are guests enjoying the Academy Art Museum’s Members’ Exhibition.


Pastel Summer Workshop: Boats and the Bay
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
1 day Workshop: Saturday July 15, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $75 Members, $90 Non-members
The Eastern Shore is rich in beautiful scenes on and about the water. This class will go right to the heart of the fundamentals of pastel painting – perceiving and recording the values and color; understanding the properties of light; and drawing skills – with a concentration on this specific subject matter. There will be personal attention to help with each student. Class will work from photos and, if needed, photos will be provided by the instructor.


Workshop: Fundamentals of Drawing
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
2 Days: Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $110 Members, $132 Non-members, plus $15 Materials Fee payable to instructor
This adult class provides first-time/beginning students with a solid foundation in drawing. Working with pencil and charcoal, students learn to use line, value, composition, and perspective. Students also learn to develop the ability to see as artists. Students often repeat Katie’s drawing classes to refine their control of the medium. A good class for all levels including beginners. Minimum of 6 students, maximum of 10.

Private Lessons in Photography or Photoshop
Instructor: George Holzer
Time and number of weeks: variable
Cost: per hour fee
Private lessons in digital photography, Photoshop (Full Version or Elements), and general digital imaging; Shooting pictures and photography principles, Photoshop enhancements and creative uses, specific individual digital projects. Lessons can be tailored to individual needs and time frame. Contact: George Holzer or 410.310.2604 (cell)


Pictured is Michael Allen, a participant of AAM’s new Open MIC (Music, Ideas Culture).

Animal Art Adventures (Including a visit from the Salisbury Zoo!)
Ages 7-13
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Wednesday-Friday July 5–7, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $175 Museum members; $185 non-members
This fun and exciting camp offers young artists opportunities to draw, paint and sculpt while discovering the wonders of the animal world. Children will learn realistic art techniques, learn about animal artists of the past, and study a variety of animals through art. Projects will include animal illustrations, mask-making, animal sculptures and much more. On Thursday, July 6, an animal handler from the Salisbury Zoo will bring some exotic live animals for the children to draw.

Puppet-Making Workshop
Ages 6–8
Instructor: Alanna Berman
Monday-Friday, July 10–14, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
Cost: $125 Museum members; $135 non-members
Puppets are part of our lives. Students can learn how they are made at this interactive camp. The camp will get behind the scenes to see how storytelling works and campers will get hands-on experience in creating a puppet and puppet theater and in learning voice acting. On the final day, there will be a grand performance! Campers will take home their puppet and a video of the performance. All materials provided.

Medieval Castles, Art, and All the King’s People
Ages 6–8
Instructor: Alanna Berman
Monday-Friday, July 10–14, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $115 Museum members; $125 non-members
Do you love stories of brave knights, crazy kings and bold princesses? This camp will show children how to role play their favorite characters by creating flags, hats and 3-D castles. Campers will even create the monster their character must vanquish or the mythical creature it will befriend. Parents are invited to the final day where students will present their characters and their stories! All materials provided.

Winslow Homer’s studio at Prouts Neck, Maine.

Fun with Tie Dyeing
Ages 11–15
Instructor: Katy Trice
Monday-Thursday, July 10–13, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $135 Museum members; $145 non-members
Students will experiment with resist dyeing, spray and scrunch dyeing, and fold dyeing. On the first two days, they will practice folding, binding and tying small squares of fabric and on the last two days, they will create their own design and dye their tee shirts. Students should wear old clothes or bring a smock. All materials provided. Price includes tee shirt. Shirt size needed from each student.

Papier Mâché Sculpture
Instructor: Theresa Schram
Monday-Friday, July 17–21, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $120 Museum members; $130 non-members
This dynamic and creative class focuses on 3-D papier mâché sculpture. Teaching artist Theresa Schram will show students how to manipulate the materials and create unique pieces of art. Students will complete two projects—a papier mâché animal head using molding templates and a sculpted 3-D animal of their choice. The projects will alternate each day to allow the previous day’s work to dry. The final day will be spent adding paint, fun details and decorations. All materials provided.

Play with Clay
Ages 8-13
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Monday-Friday, July 24–28, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
Cost: $120 Museum members; $130 non-members
Students will explore sculpting with different types of molding materials. Aspiring sculptors will learn how to work with different types of clays and sculpting tools, while creating whatever interests them and pushing their creative limits. Various types of ceramic clay, Sculpey polymer clay, salt dough, and paper clay will be explored in this exciting 3D art class. All materials provided.

Sumi-e Painting
Ages 8–14 (Adults welcome)
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Monday-Friday, July 31–August 4, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
Cost: $115 Museum members; $125 non-members
Students in this workshop will learn a unique method to meditate and relax, while painting the “chi” of the nature around them, as Buddhist monks called the Chan did 1000 years ago. This class will teach a simplified version of the traditional meditative Eastern approach and style to nature painting. Participants will learn about traditional Eastern painting media, such as the bamboo brush, sumi-e ink, rice paper and suzuri inkwell. All materials provided. If the weather is nice, we may be able to go outside to do some ink paintings in the Talbot Historical Society Gardens. Signed permission slips will be necessary for this option. Please bring a hat and sunscreen.

Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp
Ages 6+
Week #1 Monday-Friday, July 24–28
Instructors: Maria Sage and Theresa Schram
Week # 2 Monday–Friday, July 31–August 4
Instructors: Maria Sage and Theresa Schram
12:30–3:30 p.m. daily each week
Cost: $105 Museum members; $115 non-members per week
This signature multi-media camp will feature opportunities each week to explore and develop projects from observation and imagination. Drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and printmaking may be included. Each week is different. All materials provided. Grand viewing of the week’s projects and party on the last day. Parents are invited!

Fun with Photoshop
Grades 5-9
Instructor: Garnette Hines
Monday-Friday, July 31-August 4, 1 – 3 p.m.
Cost: $140 Museum members; $150 non-members
Easton High School’s digital media specialist, Garnette Hines, teaches students the basics of digital storytelling using the industry-standard Adobe Photoshop. In this class, students will try their hand at Photoshop painting, create mythological creatures, learn how to create animated gifs, and transform photos of themselves to create surreal special effects, such as flying and other superpowers.

Band Camps
Instructor: Ray Remesch Ages: 7-10 years
Dates: June 19-23, July 10-14 and July 31-Aug 4
Ages: 10+ Dates: June 26-30, July 17-21 and August 7-11, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. each day
Fee: $155 Members, $186 Non-members per week
Band Camp is an opportunity for young musicians to practice effective teamwork and creative expression. The daily schedule will include musicianship masterclasses, group improvisation games and rehearsals for a short Friday afternoon concert. This camp is open to singers and all types of instruments including, but not limited to, the guitar, piano/keyboard, violin, percussion, clarinet, sitar and kazoo. Ray Remesch (410) 829-0335 or

Katie Cassidy

Recording Arts Camp
Instructor: Ray Remesch Ages: 9+ Dates: July 24-28 and August 14-18, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. each day
Fee: $155 Members, $186 Non-members per week
The Recording Arts Camp is designed for kids who have an interest in DIY music production and want to professionalize their sound. Campers will learn practical strategies they can use whether they’re recording with a phone, a home computer or in a professional studio. The week’s itinerary includes creative group and individual projects, focused workshops and fun challenges/games. Ray Remesch (410) 829-0335 or


Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesh (410) 829-0335
Whether your goal is to audition for a conservatory, lead your family in song during holidays or learn to play the music you love, a personalized music education is one of the most rewarding and enduring investments a person can make for themselves or their child. Contact the instructor directly for lesson schedule and cost.


Adult Ballroom & Latin Dance

Amanda Showell (302)-377-3088.

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

Space Still Available in the Week-Long Garfield Center Musicamp


You are cordially invited to “The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever,” this year’s Musicamp performance at the Garfield Center for the Arts. Join us as we celebrate Skyler’s 12th Birthday… but sometime after the pizza is served, the world goes wacky and every adult vanishes! Watch as the kids figure out how to organize and operate on their own, how Skyler’s brother declares himself King Charlie and how Skyler fights back!

Musicamp is open to kids ages 8 to 15. Our goal is to provide a musical theater experience in one intensive week! Camp runs July 10 to 14.
Scholarships are available through support from United Way of Kent County.

Register now by visiting or by emailing Tess Hogans at

RiverArts Cuts Ribbon on New Education Center


On Wednesday, June 7, about 25 members of RiverArts gathered at 200 High St for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new RiverArts Education Center.  The building, on the corner of High and Queen, is the former location of the Houck’s Menswear store.

Andy Goddard, executive director or RiverArts, said the center has already been in use for a couple of months, with life drawing and photography classes using the facilities. However, the space needed sprucing up — the former occupant had painted a plaid pattern on the walls, and the artists repainted it to a more congenial flat white. And curtains on the front display windows were judged a necessity for sessions involving nude models.

The space is also available for individual artist members of RiverArts when it’s not in use by a class. Goddard said Chestertown artist Holly Geddes likes to paint in the space, and when she leaves the curtains open, passers-by often stop and watch her painting. Some of them have come in to strike up a conversation with the artist, Goddard said.

Plans for the space, which has two rooms, are still in flux, Goddard said. It’s possible the back room may be set up as a photography studio. And a movable partition is in the works, to allow the main room to be divided so two classes can use it at once.

The space fills a definite need, Goddard said. Previously, RiverArts had to hold classes either in the KidSpot space adjacent to its galleries or in the instructors’ home studios. The Education Center, which is adjacent to the RiverArts clay studio, brings the teaching component of Riverarts into a dedicated space the center of downtown Chestertown.

Ready to cut the ribbon!

Members of RiverArts stand poised to officially open the new RiverArts Educational building on the corner of High and Queen streets in Chestertown, MD.

Jack Fancher, Barbara Fancher, RA board member, Lani Seikaly, past president, RA board, Charles Sjoquist, RA Treasurer, Linda Kramer, RA board member, Mary Sjoquist, RA board member, Stu Seitz, President, Kent County Chamber of Commerce

Mary Sjoquist, RA board member, Stu Seitz, President, Kent County Chamber of Commerce, Sally Camp, Kernt County Chamber of Commerce board member,Mary Jo McCulloch, RA President, Sandra Jackson, RA board member Mary Pritchard, RA board and Education Chair, Andy Goddard, RA Executive Director, Mike Heffron, outgoing RA Treasurer

Andy Goddard, RA Executive Director, Mike Heffron, outgoing RA Treasurer, Pam White, RA Vice President, Megan Efland, RA board, Ronnie Edelman, RA Secretary, Tim Fields, RA board, and Raven Bishop, RA board member.

Essentially a large open space, the new educational center provides flexibility and can be used for small groups, large classes, or even individual artists.  The open plan allows multiple configurations for multiple uses – lectures, demonstrations, atelier, workshops.  It is the perfect complement to RiverArt’s Gallery and KidSpot on High Street. (Photos by Jane Jewell)



























Riverfront Concert Series Kicks Off June 22 with Honey Dewdrops


A highlight of summer in Chestertown, Washington College’s Riverfront Concert Series debuts on June 22 at 6:30 p.m. with the Baltimore-based Americana folk duo the Honey Dewdrops. Bring your own picnic, blankets, and chairs, and enjoy a magical evening with friends, family, and neighbors on the shores of the Chester River. The free concerts take place at the Custom House lawn on the corner of High and Water Streets.

The Honey Dewdrops

The Honey Dewdrops’ Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share a hunger to explore and document America and its music. With tight harmonies and a musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin, and guitars, they leave listeners with a beautiful and engaging take on modern American roots music. Their 2012 release Silver Lining is a Top Ten record on national folk and Americana stations. After a year-and-a-half of living on the road, Wortman and Parrish settled in Baltimore where in 2015 they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country. The album is peppered with songs both raw and engaging that evoke characters and images from across time and place.

The concert series continues on Thursday, July 6, with “Guitaras Americana: Music of the Americas, Salvadoran to Samba” featuring Fredy Granillo and Jonathan Stone. A Salvadoran musician, painter, and ceramicist, Granillo played with the band Yarabi and recorded his first album ‘Todo Esta Normal’ in 2012. He has performed in El Salvador, California, New York, Chestertown, and the D.C. area. Fingerstyle guitarist Jonathan Stone is dedicated to performing Brazilian sambas and Brazilian jazz.

On Thursday, July 22, local favorites the Gospel Shepherds along with the Mighty Men of Mount Olive A.M.E. Church will conclude the series with “Down by the Riverside: A Glorious Evening of Eastern Shore Community Gospel Music.”

Produced by the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the 2017 Riverfront Concert Series highlights America’s diverse musical heritage. At each performance, Starr Center program manager and concert series host Michael Buckley will provide brief commentary and some cultural context. A 20-year veteran of the music world, Buckley’s eclectic weekly radio program on Annapolis-based WRNR, 103.1 FM includes the popular interview series “Voices of the Chesapeake Bay.”

In case of inclement weather, the Honey Dewdrops will take the stage at the Norman James Theatre, Washington College.

For more information, visit or call Michael Buckley, 410-810-7156. Additional support for the 2017 Riverfront Concert Series is provided by Yerkes Construction.

The Chuck Redd Quartet at The Mainstay June 24


The Chuck Redd Quartet featuring Chuck on vibes and drums and his brother Robert Redd on piano bring classic jazz and a new composition to The Mainstay in Rock Hall, Saturday June 24, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Robert and Chuck Redd.

This sterling jazz quartet fronted by vibraphonist Chuck Redd and featuring his brother Robert Redd on piano will play a broad selection of old and new songs. Chuck and Robert are favorites at The Mainstay but The Brothers Redd haven’t played together for a while as Robert has been touring with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

The Redds reunion at The Mainstay will include a selection of classics by Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Frank Loesser, Cole Porter and of course, Duke Ellington! They will also perform Chuck Redd’s new original composition ” A Groove For Gail” that he premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center in April.

Chuck Redd is known internationally as a performer on drums and vibraphone. He began recording and touring the globe when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21 and was a member of the Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Byrd and Herb Ellis). To his credit are 25 European tours and six tours of Japan. He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC from 2004-2008.

He was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996. Ira Gitler of Jazz Times said of his in New York with Torme,: “Redd’s vibes were equally notable for vigor and melodiousness.” Jazz Times also has praised Redd’s vibes work as “Exquisite!” The Washington Post and Hot House magazine recently admired his “melodic sparkle.”

Chuck is featured on over 75 recordings including “When Redd is Blue” a collaboration with Robert Redd, featuring saxophonist Harry Allen. Chuck’s recent release, “The Common Thread” features Mickey Roker, Bob Cranshaw, Houston Person and Rossano Sportiello.

Redd frequently performs in New York City and tours nationally at festivals and clubs. He is on the faculty at The University of Maryland School of Music and presents master classes, workshops and lectures around the country.

Robert Redd is a current member with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, performing throughout the U.S. and abroad. He was a member of the late Keter Betts’ trio for 13 years and continues to be pianist and leader for the Wolf Trap Jazz Trio which was started by Betts.

From 1995-1998, he was pianist and musical director for singer/songwriter Kenny Rankin. He worked frequently as a member of the Charlie Byrd Trio, and appears on Charlie’s last recording, “For Louis”. Other recent recordings include “Bouquet Chorale” (Summit Records) featuring Marty Nau and legendary saxophonist Phil Woods and “When Redd is Blue”, co-led with his brother, Chuck.

He performs often with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and is a featured artist every year at the W.C. Handy Music Festival in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Robert also plays with the Brooks Tegler Trio, which performs every Sunday evening at The Irish Inn in Glen Echo, Md., one of the longest running jazz gigs in the D.C. area.

Admission is $20 if purchased in advance and $23 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website.  If you would rather pay at the door, you can make a reservation by calling 410-639-9133 and pay by cash or check at the door.


Auditions for “Doubt” at Church Hill Theatre


Church Hill Theatre will hold auditions for Doubt, a Parable on Saturday, June 24 (1:30 to 3:00 pm), Monday, June 26 (6:00 to 8:30 pm), and Wednesday, June 28 (6:00 to 8:30 pm). Directed by Michael Whitehill, Doubt opens on September 9, 2017 and will run for three weekends.

Doubt, a Parable, written by John Patrick Shanley, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The memorable film version starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep was nominated for several Academy Awards. Set in 1964 at a Church School in the Bronx, the play examines faith and how far one is willing to go in the name of Truth. As director Whitehill notes, it is a life lesson for the pious and a warning against unfounded moral certainty.

The roles and approximate ages in Doubt are:
Father Brendan Flynn—late 30s
Sister Aloysius Beauvier—50s, 60s
Sister James—20s
Mrs. Muller—African American, mid 30s

Doubt, a Parable will challenge actors to look inside themselves for the performances they know they can give, and CHT auditions are a safe place to explore these strong roles. Director Whitehill will ask actors to do cold readings from the script, take some direction and practice movement exercises. As always, CHT invites both experienced and new actors to audition, and also encourages volunteers interested in production and back-stage positions to attend. Whitehill is currently seeking a stage manager, an assistant to the director and a dramaturg.  Contact him by phone at (443) 988-1947 or email at if you any questions about the play or his production.