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MSAC Hosts 2nd Annual Regional Arts Institutes

At seven different locations across Maryland, MSAC will be hosting its second annual Regional Arts Institutes as part of our professional development series this fall for all arts constituents (independent artists, arts organizations/programs, County Arts Councils, A&E Districts, etc.). More info visit MSAC website.

The event in Chestertown takes place on September 20, 2019 at Washington College. Register here.

















– Maryland State Arts Council
– MD State Department of Education
– Maryland Citizens for the Arts
– Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance
– Maryland Nonprofits
– Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Contact Amelia Rambissoon, Marketing & Communications Manager,


DREAMWEAVER – Langston Hughes – One Performance Only, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019

The Kent County Arts Council (KCAC) is excited to present DREAMWEAVER – a theatrical and literary journey across five decades of the life of poet/playwright Langston Hughes. One Performance only, Friday, September 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD. Call 410-778-3700 to make a reservation or email the KCAC at

What better way to celebrate Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes—affectionately known as Shakespeare in Harlem–than a one-hour-and-twenty- minute, one-person dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’ poems and short stories. The show is no mere recitation of Hughes’ work. Actor and writer David Mills’ performance takes the audience on an odyssey spanning five decades—from the 1920s-through the 1960s– of Hughes’ writings, where Mr. Mills portrays Hughes’ notable characters, such as Madam Alberta K. Johnson and Jessie B. Simple. Mr. Mills enacts excerpts of Hughes’ iconic, poetry collection “Montage of A Dream Deferred,” too. Hughes’ work lends itself to dramatic interpretation because Langston frequently wrote persona poems (poems in the first-person voices of people such as the aforementioned Alberta K.)

Mr. Mills brings to life Hughes’ black characters–individuals who migrated to Harlem during the early 20th century. Mr. Mills’ performance highlights Hughes’ unending love for Harlem–with its foibles and fantasies, its beauty and brutality. Mr. Mills plays both white and black Americans, young and old, and male and female characters whom Langston created. While bringing all these voices to life, Mr. Mills also sings snippets of songs from the different eras Hughes wrote about.

The show explores Hughes’ penchant for both humor and pathos. And Mr. Mills dramatically interprets Langston Hughes’ contribution to modernist poetry–the blues poem. Hughes’ classic pieces such as “I’ve Known Rivers,” “Mother to Son,” “Theme for English B” and “I, Too” are enacted alongside lesser-known, but equally powerful Hughes poems such as Merry Go Round, and Advice, giving the audience a nuanced look at Langston. Mr. Mills also performs the short-stories “Thank You Ma’am and ‘There Ought to Be a Law’—where he portrays Hughes’ iconic character, Jesse B. Simple. The hilarious, ironic and little known Hughes short story, “Rock, Church.” is one of the show’s centerpieces.

For more information contact John Schratwieser, Director Kent County Arts Council, 410-778-3700


Sunset on the Choptank: Honoring our Heritage Heroes

Leslie Prince Raimond

On June 15, 2019, the certified heritage area for Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties, Stories of the Chesapeake will announce its 2019 Heritage Hero Awards at its 6th Annual Heritage Heroes Celebration – Sunset on the Choptank. Heritage Heroes are those individuals, organizations, or projects that advance the heritage area’s goals to preserve, promote, and interpret the natural, cultural, historic, and archaeological resources that define this special place.

The 2019 Heritage Heroes are the Frederick Douglass 200th Anniversary Committee, Phil and Vicki Liske of Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farms, Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin, and Leslie Prince Raimond. The Frederick Douglass 200th Anniversary Committee convened over 35 community organizations and churches to plan for a yearlong schedule of events to celebrate and honor the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass and to highlight for our community and especially young people, his legacy, values and inspirational messages that is still resilient today.

Ten years ago, Phil was one of the first farmers who agreed to be a part of Tourism’s group tours and a heritage area travel site. Phil and Vicki were instrumental in building Caroline County Agritourism and hold a large event every fall that is free to the public. This event has grown steadily and is now one of the main attractions for visitors to Caroline County.

Long-time director of the Kent County Arts Council has been instrumental in incorporating heritage into the arts. Under her leadership, the Arts Council stepped in to help save Sumner Hall, one of only 2 remaining Grand Army Republic Halls in the United States. She and her late husband Vince saved and restored several historic houses. Ms. Raimond has been an integral part of almost every arts project in Kent County for the past 30 years. She has instilled a love of the arts and heritage in countless children and adults alike.

Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin is currently the Queen Anne’s County historian and founder of the Mary Edwardine Bourke Emory Foundation that is taking the restoration of Bloomfield as the home of the Maryland Women’s Museum. Mary Margaret has been instrumental in numerous historic interpretation and presentations on Queen Anne’s County history including the War of 1812, the Centreville Walking Tour, and Queen Ann’s History Day.

We are honored and excited to present this year’s keynote speaker, journalist, and radio documentarian Michael Buckley. For the past 20 years, Buckley has hosted a weekly radio program that airs Sunday mornings on 103.1 WRNR-FM Annapolis. His show includes an eclectic mix of music and a widely acclaimed oral history interview series, “Voices of the Chesapeake Bay”. For this series, Buckley has crisscrossed the six-state, 64,000 sq. mile Chesapeake Bay watershed, interviewing over 500 of its residents: farmers, Native Americans, watermen, writers, politicians, and many others.

In addition to sampling local foods and libations, guests can participate in a silent auction to raise money for Heritage Area grants, workshops, and marketing.

Contact: Gail Owings
Executive Director
Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area
(410) 778-1460

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