Calling All Runners for Adkins Arboretum Arbor Day Run


Last call for runners! Adkins Arboretum will hold its twelfth annual Arbor Day Run on Sat., April 8. Runners, walkers, families and nature enthusiasts are invited to enjoy an early-spring morning while hustling to support the Arboretum’s goat herd, used for targeted grazing of invasive plants.

Advance registration for the 5K and 10K runs, family-friendly one-mile Fun Run/Walk and 100-yard Healthy Kids’ Dash ends Sun., March 26.

Visit for registration and information.

Photos by Kellen McCluskey

In Memoriam: Kent County Philanthropist Rosalind Havemeyer


Rosalind Everdell Havemeyer, age 99, died peacefully at home in New York City on March 8, 2017. Rossie, as she was known, was born on August 8, 1917 in Watch Hill, RI and was the daughter of Rosalind and William Everdell and the wife of the late Horace Havemeyer, Jr.  She was looked after, these past few years, by a group of wonderful caregivers – the Magnificent Seven.  She went to Foxcroft School and later in life received honorary degrees from Hofstra University and Washington College. She was devoted to her family, opera, the sea and gardening.  She was a great sailor who started a small yacht club in Islip, Long Island; a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood; an historic preservationist in making two 17th century farmhouses into homes with beautiful gardens – first in Dix Hills, NY and then at The Reward in Chestertown, MD.  

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 7.06.53 AMIt was in Chestertown where, in 1997, she helped start the Sultana Education Foundation by supporting the building of the schooner Sultana, a full-scale reproduction of a vessel that sailed the Chesapeake in the years before the American Revolution. Rossie said she had “a love affair” with Union Theological Seminary in NYC where she joined the board in 1965 and then became the Chair of its board in 1970, the first woman to chair the Board of a Seminary in the US and she continued to serve on that board until 1982.  In 1988, she received the Seminary’s highest honor for her service “because she embodied the prophetic role of women in theological education…”

Rossie was predeceased by her eldest son, Horace Havemeyer, III (survived by Eugenie Cowan Havemeyer) and by her youngest granddaughter, Emily Roosevelt Foehl (survived by Peter Foehl), as well as her two brothers, William and Romeyn Everdell. She is survived by her children Rosalind Havemeyer Roosevelt (Christopher duPont Roosevelt), William Everdell Havemeyer (Jane Litzenberg Havemeyer) and Christian Havemeyer, also her grandchildren Kate Roosevelt (Caroline Maillard ), Christopher Havemeyer Roosevelt (Christina Luke Roosevelt) and William MacGregor Havemeyer (Rebecca Schulman Havemeyer) and also her six great grandchildren Noah and Wiley Roosevelt, Mason and Liam Foehl and Nellie and Nate Havemeyer.  

The interment will be private and a Memorial Service is being planned to take place in the late Spring at Union Theological Seminary in NYC.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Union Theological Seminary or to Sultana Education Foundation

New Series: The One Thing

Bill Drazga, with many ukuleles.

Bill Drazga, with many ukuleles.

The Spy decided to take advantage of a warm day by visiting some of Chestertown’s shops and asking “What’s the one thing people should know about your business today.”

Our first stop in this new series was Music Life on High Street where we ran into Bill Drazga who was in the middle of stringing a violin.

So, what’s the one thing people should know, Bill?

Short pause. Lightbulb and widening smile.

“The one thing would be that we are about to head into our Spring semester at Music Life at the Eastern Shore School of Music and we invite any, all ages, with an interest in any instrument to come in and find out more about our classes and even take an evaluation lesson to determine the right instructor for them.”

Sounds good to us.

Check out or call 410-778-7010 to find out more.

Tea Bags Project to Support Chestertown Famed Tea Party Festival


The Main Street Chestertown program invites artists and creative spirits of all ages to participate in a new project in conjunction with the annual Tea Party Festival: transforming burlap bags into oversized art-infused “tea bags.” The painted and embellished bags will be displayed throughout town in the weeks before and during the Festival weekend, May 26-28.

The Main Street Program will supply participants with these basic materials:

· A burlap bag, in one of three sizes: 22 by 24, 24 x 36, or 34 by 40 inches.

· A length of cotton rope/cording to serve as the tea-bag “string.”

· And a corrugated plastic “tag,” with the pre-printed message: “CHESTERTOWN: Steeped in History. Stirred by Art”


Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 7.48.12 PMParticipants can create their art directly on the burlap, or use another material to create the art and then glue or stitch it onto the burlap. They will fill the bag with their choice of material (Styrofoam, bubble wrap, wood shavings, etc.; weatherproof and recycled items preferred) before folding the top over like a tea bag and attaching the string and tag.

The “tea bags” will be displayed inside participating store windows or outdoors in the streetscape throughout downtown. Creators may choose to sell their work to benefit the work of the Main Street Chestertown organization and the Chestertown Arts & Entertainment District; if so, they will mark the sales price on the tag. Main Street will accept payments at its booth during the Tea Party Festival. All unsold bags will be returned to the artists or retained by the Main Street A&E Committee for possible reuse, whichever the artist prefers.

Anyone interested in participating in the Tea Party Tea Bags project should contact Kay MacIntosh, Manager of the Main Street Chestertown program and Arts & Entertainment District, to get more information and reserve or pick up materials (kay.chestertown@gmail, 410-778-2991). The complete “tea bag” kits will be available for pick-up at Chestertown’s Town Hall beginning March 17. The burlap bags are already available for pick up for those who want to get started earlier.

12th Annual Dr. Maria Boria Women Helping Women Concert


The theme for 12th Annual Dr. Maria Boria/Women Helping Women concert is SHINE A LIGHT. The all-star performers who have joyfully entertained the community for the last eleven years invite the public to join in this year’s celebration on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 pm at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre in Chestertown, MD. Tickets cost $25 each.

The event was originally created to assist in funding a free medical clinic for migrant workers in Marydel established by Chestertown’s own Dr. Maria Boria. This year, in addition to our fundraising efforts for the clinic, Dr. Boria wanted to reach out to our local community and SHINE A LIGHT on a serious public health issue – the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic – that is devastating our families on the Eastern Shore.

Beth Anne Langrell has been an integral part of the Women Helping Women concerts as a performer.  She currently serves as the Executive Director, Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons, Inc.  Since 1986, For All Seasons has provided mental health treatment and crisis services to men, women, children and families in the five counties of the Mid-Shore.  Beth Anne brought to Dr. Boria’s attention For All Seasons new partnership with Dr. Eric Ciganek and Corsica River Substance Use Disorder Services that provides mental health, substance use disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment in their Chestertown offices.  Funds raised from the sale of tickets to the Women Helping Women concert will benefit the migrant workers served by Dr. Boria at the Marydel free clinic and help For All Seasons, Inc. provide services to our community – regardless of one’s ability to pay.

The show is produced by Sue Matthews with musical direction by Joe Holt and is hosted by Jen Friedman. Performers are Sydney & Madeleine Berna (Dr. Boria’s granddaughters), Nevin Dawson, Barbara Ferris, Jen Friedman, Meredith Davies Hadaway, Rebekah Hardy Hock, Joe Holt, Beth Anne Langrell, Jodie Littleton, Sue Matthews, Beth McDonald, Melissa McGlynn, Tom McHugh, Bob & Pam Ortiz, Barbara Parker, Caitlin Patton, Mary Phelps, John Schratwieser, Nina Sharp, and Mary Simmons.

As this event always sells out, you are encouraged to purchase tickets now by going online at or by calling the Garfield Center at 410-810- 2060.

The concert and donations are the sole source of funding for the Marydel clinic. If you are unable to join us for the show, please consider making a donation by check to Women Helping Women, 203 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. 100% of private donations are used for the Marydel Clinic.

Food Alert: Plan for First Friday Oysters


Get ready for Barren Island oysters at Cassinelli’s Distillery at this coming First Friday in Chestertown. Buck-A-Shuck! will star John Andrew McCown heading up shucking department and will be in front of Cassinelli’s on High Street starting at 5 p.m. And if you step inside Cassinelli’s there’s beer & wine and mixed drinks are $6.


Spy Moment: Singing to Support the National Immigration Law Center


There is no secret that the Spy loves the Pam Ortiz Band. So when we were sent a short video of their last performance to support the National Immigration Law Center by Spy friend Jeff Weber, we thought our readers would enjoy it as much as we did.

BTW, A concert to highlight climate change & clean energy with special guests Meredith Davies Hadaway, Celtic harp, poetry Andrew McCown, outdoor educator & storyteller Robert Earl Price, and poet Jeff Davis is now set for Friday, March 3 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 5 at 3:00 p.m.

To reserve tickets for these concerts: Visit

Stories in Service: Thomas Edward Boyer


Editor’s Note: The Chestertown Spy, in partnership with the Garfield Center for the Arts, will be honoring Kent County resident veterans over the next few weeks as part of the Garfield’s production of the classic WWII era production of Mister Roberts. The full Stories in Service series will be on display in the Kohl Lobby at the Garfield Center for the Arts during the three weekend run of the play.

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Stories in Service: Charles Frazier, Sr.


Editor’s Note: The Chestertown Spy, in partnership with the Garfield Center for the Arts, will be honoring Kent County resident veterans over the next few weeks as part of the Garfield’s production of the classic WWII era production of Mister Roberts. The full Stories in Service series will be on display in the Kohl Lobby at the Garfield Center for the Arts during the three weekend run of the play.

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