David Billings on “Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy” November 18


Rev. David Billings, author of the book Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United State History and Life, will preach a sermon at the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown (Crestview subdivision), on Sunday, November 18, 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

At a special congregational meeting earlier this fall, the UUCR congregation adopted three-year goals, one of which was a church-wide focus and community activism regarding racism and racial equality. Rev. Billings’ visit to UUCR underscores that commitment; his sermon will examine the deeply entrenched notion of White Supremacy in the U.S., which persists despite the Civil Rights movement and our election of an African American president. He will answer questions from the audience after his sermon.

Karen Somerville will provide special music for the service.

Religious Exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

Rev. Billings will be making other appearances in Chestertown through November 20; his visit is being coordinated by the Chestertown Social Action Committee.

For questions about Rev. Billings’ visit to the Unitarian Church, please call 410-778-3440.

Santa to Arrive in Chestertown Nov. 23, with Holiday Parade Nov. 24


Chestertown’s holiday season officially kicks off on Friday, Nov. 23 as the Mayor turns on the holiday lights in Fountain Park and members of the Kent County Community Marching Band herald Santa’s arrival by fire truck.  The lighting ceremony is set for 6:30 p.m.

Santa is scheduled to arrive at 7:00 pm and then visit with children in his house until 8:00 pm. Boy Scout Troop 130 will take pictures of children with Santa (donation encouraged), and sell hot chocolate in the park.

Santa presides over the Annual Kent County Christmas Parade the following day, Saturday, Nov. 24, beginning at 10:00 am (rain, snow or shine). This popular holiday event features marching bands, classic automobiles, various floats, and familiar characters such as Rudolph, Olaf, and the Grinch.  Parade judges will award cash prizes to entrants in each category. Participation in the parade is open to everyone. If you are interested in entering a float or group, please call Kristen at 410-778-1600.

Santa will be in his Fountain Park house seeing children after the parade, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and on the following three Saturdays: December 1, 8 and 15, also from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Children will receive gift bags from Santa courtesy of Twigs and Teacups.

Also on Saturday, Nov. 24, the community can celebrate Small Business Saturday by shopping in Downtown Chestertown. This nationwide event spotlighting local, independently owned shops and businesses provides an opportunity to reinvest your holiday shopping dollars in your local community and find some unique gifts, too. This year to celebrate Small Business Saturday, members of the Downtown Chestertown Association are offering shoppers the opportunity to win raffle baskets, and all community members are invited to participate in an Elf on the Shelf selfie promotion with prizes. Visit the DCA Facebook Page or ask local shops for information.

For more information about holiday activities, visit the Main Street Chestertown Facebook page, email Manager@mainstreetchestertown.org, or call 410-778-2991.

Emmanuel Church Set for Christmas Bazaar on November 17


Emmanuel Church, Cross St. in downtown Chestertown will hold its ever popular Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov 17. Entrance is free. The bazaar features a wide variety of goods for sale, including food preserves, jewelry, elegant elephants, knitted goods, silent auctions, and Christmas and Thanksgiving gifts, all proceeds going to local charities. The bazaar will feature a Christmas Table, and a new book by Jane Scott “Samantha, The Soft Hearted Gull” about a gull that mercifully hatched osprey eggs. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This year, proceeds will go to Janes UM Church Roof Project, Kent County Medical Adult Day Care Foundation, and KidSPOT.

All are invited to a preview party the night before, Friday November 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Entrance fee is $15 per person, which includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Here is an opportunity to get first pick on items for sale.

Location is 101 North Cross St. Contact the Church office at 410-778-3477 for further information.

TALK CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER – Will Reschedule – Kent County Democrats Present Talk on the Midterm Election


Due to snow and slippery road conditions, this presentation has been postponed.  Look for rescheduled date and location soon.  Thursday, Nov 15, 1:00 pm

The public is invited to an informative presentation of an analysis of the just-completed Midterm elections. Dr. Dan Nataf, Director of the Center for the Study of Local Issues in Annapolis, will offer detailed insights into the results of the 2018 election, looking in particular at MD’s First Congressional District, as well as statewide outcomes, and a look ahead to 2020. Join us at the Chester River Yacht and Country Club, 7738 Quaker Neck Rd., Chestertown, this Thursday, November 15. Doors open at 5:30 for a social time; food and beverages available for purchase. At 6:45 there will be brief business meeting; the main program starts at 7:00 pm.

For more information about the club and this event, visit the DCKC website: dckcmd.com

Talbot Special Riders to Host Fall Horse Show


Talbot Special Riders will host its second show of the Jaime Lee Hutchison Memorial Horse Show series on Saturday, November 17, 2018 starting at 9 a.m. at Timber Grove Farm, 6292 Statum Road in Preston, Maryland.

The series is held in loving memory of Jaime Hutchison who tragically lost her battle with cancer in 2017. “She was truly one of our special riders,” said Kim Hopkins, Executive Director of Talbot Special Riders. “She taught everyone how to live and love in the moment.”

Talbot Special Riders has been serving Shore area children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional needs since 1981. Over thirty of its program riders are expected to compete in a trail class and a barrel race. A rider recognition ceremony will be held at noon.

The public is invited to attend free of charge. Donations are welcomed and appreciated. Food will be available for purchase on site.

About Talbot Special Riders
Talbot Special Riders is a registered nonprofit organization and a member of PATH. Its mission is to build confidence, self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment for individuals with physical, cognitive, and emotional needs by utilizing equine assisted activities and therapies. Talbot Special Riders has been providing this service to residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne and Talbot counties for more than 37 years. Learn more at www.talbotspecialriders.org.

Kent County Early Voting Hits New High!


There were seven paper ballot booths and one electronic voting booth in the voting center at the Kent County Library for Early Voting. – Photo by Jane Jewell

Early Voting in Maryland ended yesterday, and official records indicate that the turnout topped all expectations.

According to Cheemoandia Blake, Kent County Director of Elections, 2,999 county voters, 22.8% of those registered, had cast their ballots as of the close of voting at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Nov. 1.

For comparison, in the 2014 gubernatorial election, 1,969 county voters took part in early voting, for a 15.47% turnout. This year’s total nearly matches that in 2016 — a presidential election, when turnout is almost always higher — when the county saw 3,364 early voters, nearly 26% of those eligible.

Alice and Garnett Demby of Chestertown were the last two voters in Kent County Early Voting at 7:58 pm on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. – Photo by Jane Jewell

As of the close of polls on Tuesday, the early voting totals included 1,249 Democrats, 756 Republicans, and 295 others — including Green, Libertarian, and unaffiliated voters. The total accounts for 20% of registered Democrats, 15.5% of Republicans, and 12.7% of other voters. On the final day of voting, 442 voters appeared at the polls, of whom 242 were Democrats, 146 Republicans, and 54 other parties or unaffiliated. These figures represent party registration only; how they actually voted won’t be known until the complete vote is tabulated after the close of polls Tuesday.

As of the end of September, there were 13,139 voters registered in the county. The total does not include new voters who registered during early voting, although that number is not expected to be large. Under Maryland law, 17-year-olds are allowed to register and vote in early voting, as long as their 18th birthday occurs before Election Day, Nov. 6.

New voters needed to register by Nov. 1 to vote on Election Day. A proposed amendment for Maryland’s state constitution on this year’s ballot would allow voters to register and vote on Election Day in future elections.

Early Voting poll workers finish up for the day.  

Early voting was reportedly heavy throughout Maryland, with more than twice the number who cast early ballots in the 2014 gubernatorial election having voted by Thursday, according to an article in the Baltimore Sun. National reports indicate a similarly large turnout in other states.

Tameka Johnson, Kent County Elections Technician stands by the daily totals of posted on the wall in the library. – Photo by Jane Jewell

Poll worker Allen Christy was in charge of the scanner, helping voters scan their ballot and troubleshooting any problems. – Photo by Jane Jewell

Chief Election Judge Sam Johnston with the official locked folder. – Photo by Jane Jewell








Kent County Public Library Book Sale November 15 to 18


Beat the crowds and avoid Black Friday shoppers! The Friends of the Kent County Public Library will hold their semi-annual book sale November 15-18. Find great deals and opportunities to stock up on holiday gifts, many in new condition and under $2.

Items donated for this sale include a special collection of music (including sheet music) and Civil War books in addition to the expected books, DVDs, games, audiobooks and puzzles!

The sale will be held at Chestertown Branch of the Kent County Public Library (408 High Street) on:

Thursday, November 15, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Members’ Night
Non-members may join the FOL at the door for $10 per person / $20 per family.
Snacks and beverages will be served.
Friday, November 16, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – $5 Box Day!
You bring the box and fill it up with books so we don’t have to pack them all away. Special 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 friendsoftheKCPL@gmail.com or find us on Facebook!  If you’d like to volunteer or join our board, we’d love to hear from you.

Community Thanksgiving Service November 14


Chester Valley Ministers’ Association (CVMA) will host a Community Thanksgiving Service of worship, praise and music at the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River (UUCR) on Wednesday, November 14, at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome. Tea and cookies will be served in the hall as people begin to gather at 4:30 p.m.

This year’s event is being coordinated by Rev. Mae Etta Moore, Dr. Gary Schiff and JoAnn Fairchild Wood, with musical direction by Philip Dutton. It is free and open to the public. The Rev. Dr. Helen Lockwood will deliver the Thanksgiving homily. Any donations will benefit the Good Neighbor Fund.

The UUCR sanctuary is located at 914 Gateway Drive in Chestertown.  Contact 410-758 1088 or jfairchild2@washcoll.edu for more information about the event, or CVMA president Rev. James Van de Wal (revjames@juno.com) to make a tax-deductible donation to the Good Neighbor Fund. This fund provides emergency assistance to local families to help pay rent, utilities, or other one-time expenses.

WC Invites Local Trick-or-Treaters to the Hynson-Ringgold House


Washington College’s Hynson-Ringgold House will be all decked out to welcome local trick-or-treaters on Halloween!

The house will be open for trick-or-treaters from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31. Members of the Campus Events staff and the Student Government Association will be in costume and happy to provide treats and warm beverages.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.