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10th Anniversary Poetry Festival – Friday, March 24, 2017

Please join us on Friday, March 24 to read one of your favorite poems at the 10th Anniversary Poetry Festival at the Bookplate, 112 South Cross Street, Chestertown, Maryland.

We’d love for you to contact us at or 410-778-4167 to reserve a time slot for your reading, sometime between 4:00 and 7:00 pm. OR, drop in on the day of the event and we’ll welcome you to read.

This delightful event brings folks from around the region into The Bookplate to celebrate poetry, enjoy refreshments, and look back at the many years of this gathering with a special showing of videos and pictures from years past. We will also pay tribute to those friends who recently passed away, Howard McIntyre, Bennett Lamond and Susan Argo, who over the years contributed to our Festival.

Robert Earl Price, founder of the Poetry Festival, Tom Martin host at The Bookplate, and Leslie Prince Raimond, Director of Kent County Arts Council will be among the readers.





Red Devil Moon to Receive This Year’s Kenny Award

The Hedgelawn Foundation and the Kent County Arts Council are pleased to announce the creators and performers of Red Devil Moon as the recipient of this year’s Kenny Award. A special program featuring highlights from the show will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Garfield Center for the Arts. This event is free, but reservations are recommended.



Leslie Prince Raimond and John Schratwieser on Arts Council Transition and Saving the Fine Arts Building

The Chestertown Spy February 27, 2017 by Dave Wheelan

There will be a very important transition taking place in Chestertown at the stroke of midnight or thereabouts on December 31, 2017. A significant changing of the guards at the Kent County Arts Council will happen when Director Leslie Prince Raimond will formally step down and turn the organization over to her successor, John Schratwieser.

If this were just a time to celebrate Leslie’s achievements during her tenure in promoting the arts, it would be reason alone to justify a major community celebration of gratitude. But, in many ways, that is only half the story.

For it was Leslie, and her late husband, Vince, that were directly responsible for the creation of the Kent County Arts Council thirty-five years ago. And during their time at the wheel, this county saw an explosion of art creation and performance in the visual arts, community theater, music, poetry, dance, and creative writing. It was the combined forces of the Raimond family that have has lead to the region to an unprecedented level of maturity in arts programming to make it one of the Mid-Atlantic’s “go-to” rural arts scenes.

So it was for that very reason that the Spy was all the more eager to talk to Leslie and John about this important transition, and just as importantly, how they plan to use it as an opportunity to bring back the Fine Arts Building on Spring Street as a hub for the arts in Kent County and over time create studio space for local and visiting artists.



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