Porchfest Returns to Chestertown’s Arts & Entertainment District May 14

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Downtown Chestertown Association invites you to join us for a spring afternoon of music and merriment on Saturday, May 14 at our second annual Porchfest. Eleven different musical acts will play on residential front porches and in front of shops between noon and 5:45pm. Visitors can enjoy the sounds of bluegrass, folk, as they discover new shops, galleries and restaurants. The unique variety of historic homes and buildings, along with our tree-lined brick sidewalks, serve as the perfect stage for showcasing our local talent.

Once you finish shopping at the Chestertown Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market, wander over to the front porch of Chesapeake Bank & Trust Company for jazz at noon, courtesy of the Van Williamson Trio. The music continues throughout Chestertown’s Historic District all afternoon, with performances by a cappella trio Sombarkin; Salvadoran singer-songwriter Fredy Granillo; FishCastle, who describe themselves as “a man, a woman, a boatload of instruments, a tumbling sea of sound;” and the Chestertown Ukulele Club, to name a few.

In the event of rain, indoor venues will be used. Regardless of the weather, take the time to explore Downtown Chestertown, as shops and galleries will be featuring new spring items, and restaurants will be serving up delicious local dishes.

Follow Downtown Chestertown Association on Facebook for updates on scheduling leading up to the event. For additional information about Downtown Chestertown Association and its members, visit www.downtownchestertown.org; and for more information about Chestertown, visit www.townofchestertown.com.

About Porchfest
The first Porchfest was held in Ithaca, NY in 2007. Since then, Ithaca’s Porchfest has grown and the concept has taken hold in 29 other cities and towns, including Napa, CA, Tuscon, AZ, Montreal, Canada, Portland, ME and Washington, DC, to name a few.

PORCHFEST 2016 SCHEDULE

12:00 – 1:00 — Van Williamson Trio, Chesapeake Bank & Trust, 245 High Street
12:30 – 1:00 — Clark Bjorke, Linda Roy Walls Studio, 320 Cannon Street
1:00 – 1:30 — Fredy Granillo, Create art.craft.design, 113 S. Cross Street
1:30 – 2:00 — Tom Fogarty, Bennett Residence, 106 Cannon Street
2:00 – 3:00 — FishCastle, 106 S. Queen Street
2:30 – 3:15 — Chestertown Ukulele Club, Pritchard Residence, 119 High Street
3:00 – 4:00 — Ampersand, Cassinelli Distilling, 323 High Street
3:30 – 4:00 — Chris Owen, Mat Warrington & Tim Kerr, Garfield Center, 210 High Street
4:00 – 4:30 — Sombarkin, Sumner Hall, 206 S. Queen Street
4:30 – 5:00 — Jay & Lisa Yerkes, Bookplate, 112 S. Cross Street
5:15 – 5:45 — Andrew Wade, Chester River Wine & Cheese, 117 S. Cross Street

May Day Brings a Culinary Feast to Fountain Park

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On Sunday, May 1, food lovers will converge on downtown Chestertown’s Fountain Park for the 9th Annual Taste of the Town & County, featuring chefs from all corners of the county.

Culinary treats this year include cream of crab soup, rosemary focaccia, fried green tomatoes, braised short ribs with red orange marmalade, pork belly, crab stuffed chicken, honey lavender cupcakes and home made ice cream. A selection of Crow Vineyard wines and local beers will be available. Why not experiment with pairing wine and food…or perhaps a 16 Mile Ale with a crab pretzel?

Don’t miss Chefs Kevin McKinney from K-B Market & Kitchen School, Jordan Lloyd from the Bartlett Pear Inn and Doug Stewart of Stewart’s Catering as they prepare a dish created from a “mystery basket “ of produce donated by local farmers in Diced! A Local Food Challenge.”

Advance pass tickets are $15, and are available at The Finishing Touch, 311 High St Chestertown or on line at www.TasteofChestertown.com.through April 29. Admission at the door is $20.

Taste of the Town is presented by the Downtown Chestertown Association, which is committed to maintaining a viable historic business district as an integral part of preserving the quality of Kent County life. Sponsors of the event include Chesapeake Bank and Trust, Chestertown Natural Foods, and Sysco. For additional information, visit www.TasteofChestertown.com or call 443 480 1987.

Save the Date: Taste of the Town Set for May 1

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One of Chestertown’s signature events, the 9th Annual Taste of the Town & County, will take place Sunday, May 1, noon to 3 pm in Fountain Park. Organized by the Downtown Chestertown Association, the affair pairs restaurants and diners, farm and chefs from throughout the county.

Chef Jordan Lloyd of Barlett Pear Inn will participate in the cooking demo, Diced! at Taste of the Town.

Chef Jordan Lloyd of Barlett Pear Inn will participate in the cooking demo, Diced! at Taste of the Town.

Attendees can sample a tantalizing variety of dishes prepared by local chefs and caterers who are encouraged to partner with local producers in sourcing ingredients. Prior offerings include cream of crab soup, gnocchi, pulled pork, beef brisket, oysters, beet napoleon, lemon pie and chocolate bread pudding. People’s Choice awards will be given to Most Creative, Best Use of Local Ingredients, and Most Flavorful.

While sampling the food, watch Chefs Kevin McKinney from K-B Market & Kitchen School, Jordan Lloyd from the Bartlett Pear Inn and Doug Stewart of Stewart’s Catering participate in “Diced! A Local Food Challenge,” patterned after the popular cable TV show “Chopped.” Each chef will prepare a dish from a “mystery basket” made up of ingredients donated by local farmers. The chefs have no idea what is in the basket until just prior to show time!

Crow Vineyard and Winery in Kennedyville will be on hand with a selection of wines to purchase by the glass; local beers will be for sale as well. Proceeds from a raffle and auction benefit two local groups dedicated to maintaining the flowers, planters and trees in downtown Chestertown: Curb Appeal and the Chestertown Garden Club.

Come early to view entries from the annual Paint the Town Quick Draw competition. Paintings will be displayed along Cross Street prior to the opening of Taste of the Town. Artist from across the East Coast are participating in this year’s four day plein air event culminating in the Sunday morning competition.

Advance pass tickets are $15, and are available at The Finishing Touch, 311 High St Chestertown or on line at www.TasteofChestertown.com.through April 29. Admission at the door is $20.

The DCA is committed to maintaining a viable historic business district as an integral part of preserving the quality of Kent County life. For additional information, visit www.TasteofChestertown.com or call 443 480 1987.

Annual Gingerbread Cookie Workshop Set For December 5

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The Downtown Chestertown Association (DCA) is pleased to announce that their popular gingerbread cookie workshop will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, December 5 in the Kohl Lobby of the Garfield Center for the Arts. The event is part of the Chestertown Winterfest celebration.

The gingerbread cookies are provided by Occasions Catering. Master decorator Stu Cawley will once again demonstrate the proper gingerbread cookie icing technique. Twigs and Teacups is sponsoring the workshop.

The event, for budding pastry chefs aged four through 12, fills up quickly, so Mom and Dad are urged to sign up as soon as possible by calling 443 480 1987, or emailing Andy Goddard at Andysctown@atlanticBB.net. Please put participant’s name, age and phone number in email. Confirmation will be sent via return email.

Santa to Arrive in Chestertown Friday, November 27

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The Chestertown holiday season officially kicks off on Friday, November 27 at 6:45 p.m. in Fountain Park when members of the Kent County Community Marching Band herald Santa’s arrival by fire truck at 7:00 p.m. After he arrives, Santa will see children in his house from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., as Boy Scout Troop 130 takes pictures of children with Santa, and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be selling hot chocolate, cider and cookies in the park.

The Annual Kent County Christmas Parade takes place the following day, Saturday, November 28th at 10:00 a.m., rain/snow or shine!! This popular holiday event features marching bands, the Rough Riders, classic automobiles, various floats, Santa, Rudolph, the Grinch and of course Santa’s elves. Participation in the parade is open to everyone. If you are interested in marching or entering a float; email downtownchestertown@gmail.com, call 410-778-1600, ask for Kristen, or 443 480 1987.

Santa will be in his Fountain Park house seeing children after the Parade, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and every Saturday thereafter through December 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Children will receive goodie bags from Santa courtesy of the Downtown Chestertown Association.

“Small Business Saturday,” November 28 is a nationwide event celebrating local, independently owned shops, and is an opportunity to keep your dollars local and do some of your holiday shopping in town. Downtown Chestertown offers a variety of unique businesses, offering small to large items, and Small Business Saturday is a great time to get to know them.

Chestertown’s holiday festivities continues the following weekend, December 4, 5 and 6, with Winterfest, a town wide celebration including carolers, the Festival of Trees, a gingerbread workshop, a Chester River Chorale concert, a toy train exhibit, and the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.

For information about holiday activities, and other projects of the Downtown Chestertown Association visit www.downtownchestertown.org.

Chestertown Celebrates the Season with Winterfest 2015 

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"Curb Appeal" Photo by Bob Ramsey

“Curb Appeal” Photo by Bob Ramsey

Chestertown will sparkle with holiday spirit and entertainment during the second annual Winterfest Weekend,December 4-6. The fun begins with December’s First Friday, when sidewalks will be lit by luminaria, carolers will serenade, and galleries and shops will brim with gift ideas. Weekend entertainment will include the Garfield Center’s staging of A Christmas Carol, the Chester River Chorale’s annual holiday concert, the Soroptimist Club’s Festival of Trees at Kent Center, a toy train exhibit at the library, and children’s activities such as cookie decorating and crafts offered at several venues. Of course, St. Nick will be in residence in his Fountain Park “Santa’s House” to greet children and discuss their wish lists.

The Chester River Chorale will perform Friday evening at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. at Chestertown Presbyterian Church.  The annual concert, which draws packed houses, will again offer both sacred and secular music of the Christmas and Hanukkah seasons.

Produced by Tess Hogans and featuring carols by the Chester River Youth Choir, the Garfield Center’s production of Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol will be offered during Winterfest and the following two weekends, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  (Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students.)

Winterfest is organized by The Downtown Chestertown Association, which provides event updates on its Facebook page.  A detailed calendar of events for the weekend will be available soon and will be shared through local and social media.

“This weekend has evolved into a wonderful opportunity for friends and families to enjoy meaningful holiday traditions together,” says Mayor Chris Cerino. “The town will be sparkling with holiday lights, the streets will be alive with performers, and it will be a perfect atmosphere for shopping local and celebrating the holidays in an authentic way. I encourage everyone to join us downtown that FirstFriday and to avail themselves of all the events and performances this incredible small town has to offer throughout the weekend.”

 

Crazy Days Ahead!

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pie eating contest-2Chestertown’s annual shopping bonanza, Crazy Days, is right around the corner. This sidewalk sale begins on Thursday, July 28 and runs through Saturday, July 30, with many stores carrying the specials into Sunday as well. This mid-summer tradition is sponsored by the Downtown Chestertown Association.

Who doesn’t like agreat deal? Shoppers can find everything from men’s and women’s designer fashions, jewelry, childrens’ toys, home décor, wine and cheese accessories, books, art supplies, floral arrangements, and even musical instruments. Bring the kids along for free face painting,on Friday and Saturday, 10am to 1 pm, plus the Garfield Playmakers willbe in Fountain Park Saturday at 10 am, with interactive activities.

Don’t miss the chance to cheer on participants in the fourth annual Crazy Days Pie Eating Contest at 11 am in Fountain Park.Call 443 480 1987 to sign up for the contest. Grab a bite to eat from one of the downtown restaurants, and listen to Dovetail, featuring Pres Harding and Jodi Littleton, who perform noon to 2 pm in the park.

Bring the whole family to Downtown Chestertown for a fun filled day – or weekend!
The parking is always free.

DCA Hosts 7th Annual Old Fashioned “Independents’ Day” Celebration July 3

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The Downtown Chestertown Association (DCA) invites everyone to their 7th annual “Independents’ Day” Celebration Friday, July 3 in Fountain Park from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This family friendly event features complimentary cotton candy, popcorn and sno cones sponsored by local, independent businesses, $1 hot dogs and 50 cent soft drinks. Downtown merchants will be handing out free pinwheels, glow in the dark bracelets and other festive accoutrements. Bring your lawn chairs and settle in for the live entertainment, beginning with Music Life students and owner Bill Drazga followed by Mayor Chris Cerino and some special guests.

Event sponsors include Chesapeake Bank & Trust, Chestertown Natural Foods, the Chestertown Recreation Committee, Chester River Packet, The Finishing Touch, Gabriel’s of Chestertown, the Garfield Center for the Arts, Lemon Leaf Café, Mimi’s Closet, Occasions Catering and River City Upholstery.

“Downtown Chestertown is more than a shopping destination,” event co-chair Andy Goddard says. “It is also a center for many activities that enhance our lives –the farmers’ market, festivals, theatrical and musical events, art shows, parades, the municipal and county offices, Washington College, historic, arts and non-profit organizations. Our downtown business district is the backdrop for all those things, and by extending our hospitality and inviting people to come experience downtown we hope they will feel an ‘ownership’ in its future.”

The Downtown Chestertown Association is a voluntary non-profit membership organization of businesses, non-profit groups and people interested in preserving and promoting the well-being of downtown Chestertown.

Plan for Porchfest Next Weekend!

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Downtown Chestertown Association invites you to join us for what we hope will be a sunny spring afternoon of music and merriment on Saturday, May 2 at our inaugural Porchfest. Nine different musical acts will play on residential front porches and in front of shops between noon and 5pm. Visitors can enjoy the sounds of bluegrass, jazz and even celtic music as they discover new shops, galleries and restaurants. The unique variety of historic homes and buildings, along with our tree-lined brick sidewalks, will serve as the perfect stage for showcasing our local talent.

porch2The festival begins at noon just as you’ll be finishing up your shopping at the Chestertown Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market. Walk over to Chesapeake Bank and Trust at the corner of High and Cross Streets for the first Porchfest act, the Van Williamson Trio. Clovelly Vineyards will also be at Chesapeake Bank and Trust from 12 – 4pm selling their Riverside Red for you to sip and enjoy while you stroll. The Chester River Packet will be docked at the foot of High Street for an open house from 12 – 2pm so you can step aboard to meet the crew and learn more about their spring cruises.

Visual arts will also abound this May First Friday Weekend. Art@Chestertown, a collaboration of eight nationally recognized artists and galleries, will be hosting a pop-up gallery on the second floor of 113 South Cross Street from 10am – 6pm. The artists are staging a re-creation of their successful exhibit at February’s American Craft Council Show in Baltimore. This is for one week only and not to be missed!

Our shops and galleries are filled with new spring arrivals, and our restaurants are serving fresh seasonal dishes.

A new event calls for a new logo, and Downtown Chestertown Association is pleased to announce that Evyson Beasely submitted the winning design. Mr. Beasley is the principal of Evyson Advertising & Design, based in Chestertown, Maryland. Learn more about his work and view his portfolio at http://evyson.com/.

Follow Downtown Chestertown Association on Facebook for updates on scheduling leading up to the event. For additional information about Downtown Chestertown Association and its members, visit www.downtownchestertown.org; and for more information about Chestertown, visit www.townofchestertown.com.

About Porchfest

The first Porchfest was held in Ithaca, NY in 2007. Since then, Ithaca’s Porchfest has grown and the concept has taken hold in 29 other cities and towns, including Napa, CA, Tuscon, AZ, Montreal, Canada, Portland, ME and Washington, DC, to name a few.

 

PORCHFEST 2015 SCHEDULE

12:00 – 12:45 — Van Williamson Trio, Chesapeake Bank & Trust, 245 High Street

12:30 – 1:15   — Paul McDonald & John Gillespie, Bennett Residence, 106 Cannon Street

1:00 – 1:45     — The Ukulele Club, Pritchard Residence, 119 High Street

1:30 – 2:15     — Dovetail (Pres Harding, Jodie Littleton & Penny Weintraub), Bloomin’ Wild, 335 High St

2:00 – 2:45     — Clark Bjorke, Gabriel’s, 207 S. Cross Street
2:30 – 3:15     — Driven Women, Pam Foss Gallery/Houck’s Menswear, 200 High Street

3:00 – 3:45     — Jay Yerkes, Kirkpatrick Residence, 234 Cannon Street

3:30 – 4:15     — Tom Anthony & Debbie Leahey, Coldwell Banker, 114 S. Cross Street

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