Wishing Everyone a Very Artful December

The First Friday of December is just around the corner, and is full of wonderful activities for any Arts-Loving patron.

December 2, Chestertown’s celebration will be in full gear to begin the Holidays.  We will list some of the events held from 5:00 to 8:00.  For further information on this entire list, go to the December calendar at www.kentcounty.com.

The many downtown Chestertown art galleries will be featuring works by some of our wonderful local artists.  There will be gift-giving ideas galore:

Artworks- 306 Park Row
Chestertown Arts League- 312 Cannon Street
Artist’ Gallery- 239 High Street
George’s Weekend Gallery- Queen and High Street

Kent County Public Library has begun a series of monthly art shows, with a reception on First Fridays: the featured artist for December is Angela Ranzoni.

The Bookplate-112 South Cross Street- will be hosting two literary events:

4:00 to 6:30 pm, Robert Earl Price, Washington College instructor, poet and stage director brings his poetry classroom for a reading. The public is invited to listen and read their own works as well. The Fifth Annual Kent County Poetry Festival is still a few months away. We need some poetry for the holidays.

From 7:00 pm- until- Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson, the husband-wife team of Idiots’ Books come to celebrate five years of creative writing, artistic accomplishment and two and a three-quarter children. There will be cake, lots of books and a lot to talk about, as they will cover all that has happened between Book #1 and Book #35.

The Chester River Chorale will present “A Chester River Holiday” December 2 at 8:00 pm and December 4 at 3:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church on Washington Avenue. This is a gala Holiday Concert highlighted by Washington National Opera Young Artist, baritone Thomas Beard, Chestertown’s own Cantor Gary Schiff, and various soloists from the Chorale. The program of traditional Christmas and Hanukkah music will also feature accompaniments by organ, piano, and a small chamber orchestra.

The Holiday Production at The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre will perform “Live from WVL Radio theatre, It’s a Wonderful Life” in its final weekend Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:00 pm.

Saturday, December 3, Downtown Rock Hall will feature Christmas activities
Boat Parade and Santa’s Arrival at Rock Hall Harbor. 5:30pm
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade on Main Street. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Santa will be collecting Canned Food and Toys to be given to Children and Families in Rock Hall.
Free Refreshments provided by Durding’s Store!
Free Photo with Santa provided by Smilin’ Jakes!

Friday, December 9 at 8:00pm
Kent County Arts Council presents Ray Fenner at Cabaret Soul Night, at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre. Bring your dancin’ shoes and be prepared for an enjoyable evening. Featured singer Ray Fenner backed up by Ernie Green’s band will perform the soul-sounds of the 50’s and 60’s.   Performers will also include Pam and Bob Ortiz, who will open the show, and Sunny Fassett and Robert Earl Price, poets. Tickets are $8.00