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Black Men: Student Presentations on Contemporary Images

WC black menEvery Picture Tells a Story – Lecture and Gallery Walk – Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m.

Washington College students and associate professor of English Alisha Knight invite the public to Sumner Hall to consider contemporary stereotypes of black men and how literature and images either undermine or perpetuate those stereotypes. This event is free and open to the public.

Knight will give a mini-lecture to provide background about the most pervasive stereotypes of black men. The gallery walk will follow and continue until noon.
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Sumner Hall (G.A.R. Post #25), 206 S. Queen Street, Chestertown.


The History of Praise:
Gospel Music of 19th – 21st Century America

praise_FBspThe Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre

Saturday, April 2, 2016


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From the labor fields to campgrounds, church, and on Broadway; gospel music and its barrier breaking genres is a catalyst to the souls’ expression of faith through praise and worship to God.  The hymns of Thomas Dorsey, Isaac Watts, Elvis Presley, Albertina Walker, the Oak Ridge Boys, the contemporary spirituals of choirs, and the southern gospel of quartets are among the many who set the tone for the next millennium’ praise.  Life’s joys and hardships, laments and confessions of faith become a demonstration on Praise

Host: Craig Gibson
Producer: Karen Somerville
Headliners: Sombarkin’ (Karen, Lester, & Jerome)
Guest Performers:
Friends in Faith
Tamika Hall
Tim Dove
The Simmons Family (Mary, Dave, & John)
Ernie Greene, pianist
Jerome McKinney, Jr., drums
Seth Kibel, woodwinds

Sponsored by Janet Brandon and Kent County Arts Council


Ninth Annual Kent County Poetry Festival April 1, 2016

Tom Martin’s Bookplate and Kent County Arts Council will present the ninth annual Kent County Poetry Festival: A Day of Public Poetry in Celebration of National Poetry Month.


It will be held at the Bookplate, 112 South Cross Street, Chestertown, Maryland on First Friday, April 1, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m.

People from throughout the county will gather to read aloud their favorite lines from the world of verse—a reminder that poetry, rather than being some rarefied specimen, is in fact a vital, living art with widespread appeal.

The public is welcome to simply drop by during the event to listen. Those who want to share a poem can either register in advance by sending an email to, calling 410-778-4167 or simply dropping in with your favorite poem to read.

pinsky2This program is in the spirit of the ‘Favorite Poem Project’ pioneered by Robert Pinsky when he was Poet Laureate of the United States. The goal is to bring together diverse peoples in our community around the poetry people know and love to share and, in doing so, debunk the idea that poetry is just something for academics to study. During National Poetry Month, we want to illustrate the role that poetry can have in enriching our everyday lives.

The organizer of the festival is Robert Earl Price, a poet and playwright who is lecturer and writer in residence in the Drama Department at Washington College and Artistic Director at Sumner Hall, G.A.R.

For more information about the Poetry Festival, contact Leslie Prince Raimond at the Kent County Arts Council or Tom Martin at the Book Plate.

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