Chocolate for Food Day!

Share

Hugo Chavez Ayala

October 24 is nationally designated as Food Day—a day to examine how to improve our diets, our foods, and food policies—and Washington College this year is taking on a sweet subject: Chocolate. Hugo Chavez Ayala, co-founder of Agrofloresta Mesoamerica, will discuss cacao cultivation and how the choices we make as consumers of chocolate can affect the people, landscape, and cultures of the countries that grow cacao.

The event at 6:30 p.m. in Hynson Lounge is free and open to the public and will be followed by a chocolate tasting.

Ayala will explain the logistics of cacao cultivation and how the agroforestry system where it grows can have positive social and environmental impacts. He will also discuss the difference between mainstream versus artisanal chocolate, and how the consumer choices can make a difference in the producing countries.

Ayala is an agronomist with a master’s degree in sustainable rural development. After working in academia for several years, he launched Agrofloresta to prove the thesis that it was possible to have a sustainable cacao business in Southern Mexico. Currently, Agrofloresta is working on its second cacao season, exporting fine flavor cacao to the U.S. and Europe, and is exploring the sustainable trade of other products, while benefiting more than 200 farmers with better prices and capacity building.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society and the Student Environmental Alliance.

 

Love Quilting! At Kent Center, Oct. 28-29

Share

Geese Among the Lilies is the Olde Kent Quilters Guild 2017 raffle quilt. Based on a pattern by Minick & Simpson, the quilt is a tribute to the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay region. Proceeds benefit the guild’s community outreach programs, Deborah’s Angels and Hands of Time. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale, six for $5 or $1 each, at the guild’s upcoming Shore Love Quilting! Show & Market at the Kent Center.

The Olde Kent Quilters Guild will present their bi-annual Shore Love Quilting! Show & Market on Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29, at the Kent Center, 215 Scheeler Road, Chestertown. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8, children 12 and under free.

The guild’s members have spent the last two years lovingly and skillfully creating more than 80 quilts that exemplify both the art and the craft of quilting through a variety of styles and techniques, including work by each of the guild’s four “bees” or special interest groups. “We’re really looking forward to having our show at the Kent Center for the first time,” guild president Gail Newman noted. “Its light-filled banquet hall should really show off our quilts beautifully. Plus, there’s plenty of parking!”

Sisters Jean Anthony and Barbara “Bobbi” Pippin are this year’s featured quilters. Among their showcased quilts are several they both worked on as gifts to celebrate various family members’ milestones.

Community outreach is an important part of the guild’s programs throughout the year. Visitors to the show can learn more about both Deborah’s Angels, which has donated more than 2500 small quilts to sick and needy children since its inception in 2004, and Hands of Time, a partnership with the Kent County Detention Center begun in 2016. These programs are supported in large part by the proceeds from the guild’s annual raffle quilt. This year’s quilt, Geese Among the Lilies, is the guild’s interpretation of the Coastal Lilies pattern by Minick & Simpson. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale at the show, six for $5 or $1 each. There are second and third prizes as well, so each ticket has three chances to win. The winners’ names will be drawn at the guild’s final meeting of the year on November 8.

The Market is the perfect opportunity for the show’s visitors to start their holiday shopping, offering unique handcrafted items ranging from lap, throw and baby quilts to zip pouches, purses, table runners, and other small items. Visiting quilters will also find a rich assortment of books, patterns, fabrics and tools for sale.

On Sunday, Bob’s Sharpening Service will be on-site in the parking lot to provide on-the-spot sharpening for scissors, knives and pruners. The Smoke, Rattle & Roll food truck will also be there, offering a variety of delicious barbeque meals.

The Olde Kent Quilters Guild, founded in 1995, meets monthly from January through November at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown. The guild’s activities include monthly programs and workshops with local, regional and nationally known speakers, special interest bees, community outreach programs, an annual exhibit of smaller quilts and a bi-annual show, road trips and shop hops, and two annual retreats. Quilters of all skill levels, including beginners, are welcome. For more information, contact Gail Newman at 410.490.7102.

 

Being in Two Places at Once

Share
On Sunday, October 15, at 10 a.m., will give a sermon entitled “Being in Two Places at Once” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Drive (Crestview), Chestertown. 
If only we could be two places at once. Just imagine being able to accept two invitations. Strictly speaking, it’s impossible to be in two distinct places in the same moment, or is it? Unitarian Universalists are challenged to a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and to hold that our own truth will not be another’s truth; to hold that there is not one perspective or one conclusion. At this service, Rev. Browning will explore the ways we are called to be in two places at once, and the courage it takes to accept this invitation.   
 
Childcare will be available during the service. 
 
All are welcome to our service. For more information, call 410-778-3440.

Friends of the Library November Book Sale Dates

Share

Beat the crowds and avoid Black Friday shoppers! The weekend before Thanksgiving, the Friends of the Kent County Public Library will hold their semi-annual book sale. You’ll find great items and a chance to stock up on some holiday gifts.

The Friends’ sale includes books, DVDs, games, audiobooks, music and puzzles. Items are under $2 – except a few special items! It’s an easy way to fill stockings for the whole family and give back to the community.

The sale will be held at Chestertown Branch of the Kent County Public Library on High Street on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, November 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Members’ Night
    Non-members may join the FOL at the door for only $10 per person / $20 per family.

Light snacks and beverages will be served.

  • Friday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 19, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – $5 Box Day!

You bring the box and fill it up so we don’t have to pack the books away. Special books and items are half price.

Cash or check only. All proceeds benefit the Kent County Public Library by subsidizing the purchase of new items and supporting community outreach programs.

If you’d like more information about the sale, visit www.friendsofthekcpl.org , e-mail saunderscynthia@gmail.com or find us on Facebook!  If you’d like to volunteer or join our board, we’d love to hear from you.

Unitarians to Examine Power of Forgiveness

Share
On Sunday, October 8, at 10 a.m., The Rev. Greg Chute will give a sermon entitled “Whatever Happened to Forgiveness?” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Drive (Crestview), Chestertown. 
Jane Hardy notes in her announcement of the sermon, “We don’t talk much about forgiveness; the word didn’t even make it into our UU Seven Principles statement of values. Is it relevant? Worthy of our attention? How do we feel about the idea? Or is there something better? Come and join the discussion about ‘letting our anger go’ and moving on.”
 
Childcare will be available during the service. 
 
All are welcome to the service. For more information, call 410-778-3440.

It’s a Dog Life! “Sylvia” Opens October 13 at The Garfield

Share

Jennifer Kafka-Smith, Will Robinson, Christine Kinlock

The Garfield Center for the Arts’ fall production Sylvia by A.R. Gurney opens at 8 pm Friday, October 13. Originally produced at the Manhattan Club in 1995 with Sarah Jessica Parker in the title role, this sparkling comedy is about a marriage and a dog.

Empty nesters Greg and Kate move to Manhattan after raising their family in the suburbs. While at the park, Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart stray, and brings her home. With his career in a tailspin, Greg welcomes the distraction of dog ownership, while Kate, whose career is coming to fruition, affirms that “the dog phase of my life is definitely over”. Sylvia promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, straining their marriage with hilarious and touching effect.

Will Robinson as Greg, the husband, and Christine Kinlock as Sylvia the dog.

The show, directed by Bonnie Hill features a strong and talented cast. Will Robinson, last seen in Mr. Roberts at Garfield, will play Greg, a New York businessman whose mid-life crisis involves Sylvia. Jennifer Kafka-Smith, who was last seen in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, plays his sophisticated and long-suffering wife. A newcomer to the Garfield, but not to theater, Christine Kinlock, last seen in Shore Shakespeare’s summer production A Midsummer Night’s Dream, tackles the title role with gusto and charm. Bryan Betley completes the cast, playing the dog park visitor Tom, Kate’s friend Phyllis, and the androgynous marriage counselor, Leslie.

Along with the Director and Producer Julie Lawrence, the Production team includes Butch Clark, technical director and light design; Earl Lewin, set design; Patrick Fee; sound design; Steve Atkinson; stage manager; Meg Lenher, assist. stage manager; and Juanita Wieczoreck, costumes.

“Sylvia” will run two consecutive weekends, October 13 – 15, and October 20 – 22. Performance times are 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 pm matinees on Sundays. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for the military or seniors aged 65 and older, and $10 for students. The show is sponsored in part by Running W Kennels, a safe and convenient dog boarding service for pet owners in Chestertown and the northern Eastern Shore of Maryland. Their staff provides quality pet care at affordable prices, with a personal touch. If Greg had ever had to leave Sylvia with a boarding service, he would have picked Running W!

Tickets are available online on the theater’s website www.GarfieldCenter.org or by calling the box office at 410-810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street, Chestertown.

Jennifer Kafka-Smith as Kate, the wife.

 

Grand Opening of Kent County Arts Council’s New Gallery Space

Share

Join us  on Friday, November 3rd – during Downtown Chestertown First Friday – for the opening of the
inaugural exhibition in the new gallery of the Kent County Arts Council (KCAC). We are christening our new space with artwork from The Arts & The Military ART/ifacts Collection and from The Joe Bonham Project. Our inaugural show – War Front / Home Front: Through the Eyes of Our Military – is created in partnership with curator Tara Tappert, Founder and Principal of The Arts & The Military and Michael D. Fay, Founder of The Joe Bonham Project. It is funded, in part, by The Institute for Integrative Health.

The ART/ifacts Collection is the tangible legacy of art-making as activism, and the nature of the work allows for the exploration of military culture, and the history of war, and its costs. Themes include patriotism, nationalism, and perceptions of duty, suffering, heroism, and loyalty. Several grassroots veteran-art groups are represented in the Collection – Button Field Paper, Combat Paper Project, Peace Paper Project, Veterans in the Arts, as well as the work of individual veteran-artists. The Joe Bonham Project is named after the fictional, limbless, faceless protagonist of the 1939 anti-war novel, Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo. The project’s purpose is to show the real face of war and the aftermath of war with artwork that portrays the realities and human consequences of combat. The project distances itself from politics, preferring instead to be seen as apolitical “witness art.”

There will be three special events during the run of the show. All are free and everyone is welcome.
1) Grand Opening – First Friday, November 3rd, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
2) Poetry Reading – Medic Against Bomb: A Doctor’s Poetry of War, Frederick Foote, M.D. (CAPT, MC, USN, ret.) – Sunday, November 12, 2:00 p.m.
3) Illustrated Lecture – Beyond Stereotypes: War, Warriors, and the Creative Arts, by Tara Tappert, Founder and Principal, The Arts & The Military; and, Michael D. Fay, (CW02, USMC, ret.) Retired Combat Artist, and Founder, The Joe Bonham Project, Sunday, November 19, 2:00 p.m.

Military Working Dog (for Dave Nevis)
by Patrick Sargent (United States Air Force), silkscreen on paper made from pulped military uniforms, 2015

 

 

 

 

Kent County Arts Council Gallery Hours:

Wed – Fri: Noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kent County Arts Council, 101 Spring Avenue / PO Box 330 Chestertown, MD 21620

Hear This! Garfield Installs New Hearing-Assist System

Share

The Garfield Center is able to use their new sound system with a special feature that was recently installed with the help of MidSouth Audio and grants from the Schumann and Grey Family Foundations. Starting this October, there will be a limited number of hearing assist headsets available for use to the Garfield audience members during shows. These devices are small, about the size of a cassette player, and are connected wirelessly to speakers hidden on the Garfield stage. This allows audience members who are hard-of-hearing to be able to hear performers as if they were standing on the stage themselves! The system also integrates with newer hearing aids to play the audio from the stage directly into the patron’s own hearing device, travelling through a receiver that you can wear in a loop around your neck.

The theatre offers these devices for free on a first come, first serve basis, and may decide to order more of them if a greater need becomes apparent. When attending your next Garfield show, simply request a hearing assist device from the box office when purchasing your ticket. These devices can be used anywhere in the theatre, no matter if you are seated downstairs in front of the stage or up in the highest section of the balcony. To reserve a hearing assist device, tickets or handicap seating for a particular event, you may contact the Garfield ahead of time by calling 410-810-2060.

St. Martin’s Ministries Art Dinner Features Lighthouse Models

Share

 

One of the six lighthouses created by Dick Swanson to be auctioned off at this year’s St. Martin’s Ministries event.

“America the Beautiful, From Sea to Shining Sea” is the theme for this year’s 12th annual St. Martin’s Ministries’ Arts Dinner and Auction to be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 in the Chesapeake Room at the Rock Hall Firehouse.  This year’s event will include silent and live auction items donated by local artists and businesses that represent various regions of the United States.

Master craftsman Dick Swanson’s  Wood Lighthouse Series will take center stage at this year’s event as featured live auction items.  Representative of the evening’s theme, Swanson has chosen six American lighthouses, which once functioned as nautical landmarks in six different regions of the United States.  All still proudly standing guard over American’s vast network of waterways and coastlines. These are not your standard lighthouses that feature a tall white column with a light on top; these historic beacons each have their own particular personality.  Swanson’s unique creations are beautifully wrought in a variety of native woods and are truly one-of-a-kind treasures.

Dick Swanson was raised in New York state, in a furniture making family and trained early on in furniture and cabinetry making, though he became an electrical engineer by profession.  However, for the past 40 years he has continued his interest in furniture history, design and construction. Dick currently resides in Chestertown with his wife Nancy.

Swanson’s Wood Lighthouse Series will be on display at the Finishing Touch in Chestertown prior to the event.  Stop by and check out these unique pieces of art.  If you are interested in bidding on one or all of them and/or attending this year’s event you can visit www.smmartsevent.wordpress.com .

All proceeds benefit St. Martin’s Ministries.  St. Martin’s Ministries helps low income mid-shore families meet basic needs of food, clothing and housing.  In its 32nd year in Ridgely, Md. the Ministries is a non-denominational, non-profit organization.  Saint Martin’s House, a 2 year residential program, helps women and their children transition from homelessness to stability.  Saint Martin’s receives support from United Way and United Fund.   Numerous women and children in Kent County have benefited from the work of St. Martin’s Ministries.  For more information about St. Martin’s Ministries and this year’s Arts Auction visit www.stmartinsministries.org.