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Schedule of Events

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2017 Schedule of Events!

Schedule subject to change without notice.




Festival Map

Register for Events

 

SNEAKER CREEPER

Children's footrace at Washington College track the Friday evening before the festival Benefits H.H. Garnet Elementary School.   CLICK TO REGISTER
 

CLASSIC RUN

Chestertown Tea Party Half Marathon and 5K Distance Classic/Run takes place early on the Saturday morning of the festival. Benefits Radcliffe Creek School.   CLICK TO REGISTER
 

COLONIAL PARADE

Takes place at 10am the Saturday morning of the festival. Colonial militia, marching bands, costume-garbed children and a variety of other participants in the festival's parade.   CLICK TO REGISTER
 

RAFT RACE

Annually, at 2:30 PM on Sunday of Chestertown’s Tea Party Festival, the Raft Race attracts hundreds of spectators to an unusual event- a race of rafts made of non-nautical materials on the Chester River.   CLICK TO REGISTER

For Vendors

 

NON-PROFIT BOOTHS

Non-Profit Booths are informational in nature. If your organization also wants to sell items, you will need a different registration form. Please contact merchants@chestertownteaparty.org   CLICK TO APPLY
  

NON-PROFIT FOOD VENDORS

Non-Profit organizations are invited to apply for a space in our food vendor area. Please contact food@chestertownteaparty.org for more information.    CLICK TO APPLY
 

ARTISAN BOOTHS

All work must be original and that of the exhibitor. Manufactured kits or “buy and sell crafts” are prohibited. Weapons (toy or otherwise) such as, but not limited to, pop guns, rubber band guns, swords, bows and arrows are prohibited from sale at the Festival. Merchants will be asked to remove prohibited items.    CLICK TO APPLY
 

CHESTERTOWN FARMERS/ARTISANS MARKET BOOTHS

You must be an approved Chestertown Farmers’ Market or Artisans’ Market vendor by the Town of Chestertown.    CLICK TO APPLY

Press & Photo Gallery

Celebrate Chestertown’s Colonial Heritage It’s not your typical street fair! Now in its 39th consecutive year, the Tea Party Festival in Chestertown, MD offers an engaging glimpse into its colonial past in addition to entertainment, children’s activities, crafts, wine and beer tastings, and more. Follow the re-enactment of Colonists and Tories as they march to the Chester River and board Chestertown’s 18th century tall ship, Sultana, to dispatch its cargo of tea overboard. Afterwards, you can take a public sail on the Sultana itself. Walking tours of the historic district, demonstrations of colonial crafts, revolutionary theater by local playwrights and the popular “Tory Toss” into the river all make for a fun and educational weekend. The festivities start on Friday evening with a Street Party in front of the Garfield Center for the Arts. Enjoy BBQ, music and children’s activities. Throughout the weekend, the Festival offers a broad range of music and performances. From accapella gospel groups to bluegrass, from strolling musicians, playing colonial music on authentic instruments, to local music groups, there is something for everyone. Several groups perform 18th century dances and the audience is more than welcome to join. The weekend would not be complete without theatrical performances at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre. Enjoy two “Revolutionary Theatre” performances written by local playwrights. The Festival provides many activities for those who are traveling with children. We start the day with a festive colonial parade. This year we are delighted that the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will be joining us. Afterwards, enjoy story times and Punch and Judy Shows on the lawn of Chestertown’s historic court house. This is also the site where the colonial re-enactors and regiments have set up camp. If you would like to see more of our historic downtown, a treasure hunt will take you and your family past many of our most valued buildings. In addition, the Festival offers docent-led walking tours of the historic district. You can admire Chestertown from the river by taking a public sail on the 18th century tall ship, the Sultana (for reservations please visit www.sultanaeducation.org).The festival would not be complete without a large craft fair and plenty of local food. The festival concludes on Sunday afternoon with a wine and beer tasting event, the popular Raft Race in which teams compete to keep their home-made raft afloat for as long as possible and of course, more entertainment, crafts and food. For more information about the Chestertown Tea Party Festival including a schedule of events, please go to website: www.chestertownteaparty.org. For information about staying in Kent County for the weekend go to www.kentcounty.com.
 

ANNUAL EDNA ROSS AWARD

2018 recipient to be announced! The Edna Ross Award is given annually to a local business person for outstanding service to the community. The award was created by Chestertown Tea Party Festival organizers in 2011 to honor Ross and all she had done for Chestertown.   PAST RECIPIENTS
 

PARADE GRAND MARSHAL

2018 recipient to be announced! The Parade Grand Marshal rides in the parade and greets festival goers!   PAST RECIPIENTS
 

REVOLUTIONARY THEATRE

The Live Playwrights’ Society, in association with the Chestertown Tea Party Programming Committee, is pleased to announce a call for scripts to be considered for inclusion in future Chestertown Tea Party Festivals!   CLICK FOR MORE INFO

Contact Us

Mailing address: Chestertown Tea Party Festival, P.O. Box 526, Chestertown, Maryland 21620
Executive Committee:
  • Sabine Harvey –  President
  • Lamonte Cooke –  Vice President
  • Susan McRae – Treasurer
  • Stephen Lozar – Secretary[/section]

Organizing Committee:
  • Bonnie Clark
  • Butch Clark – Operations
  • John Dolgos – Operations
  • Joe Holt - Artisans
  • Linda Kuiper - Artisans
  • Kate Livie – Walking Tours, Raft Race
  • Mary Simmons - Parade
  • Hope Thomas - Food Vendors
  • Steve Atkinson - Social Media Marketing, Photography
  • Aundra Anderson - Street Party
  • Andy Goddard – Programming
  • Juanita Weiczoreck – Programming, Colonial Village
  • Patsy Whiteley – Information Booth
  • Jane Nevins - Costumes
Please use email to reach the festival committee for any specific questions.
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What we do: Throughout the year, the festival organizers meet a variety of challenges. Some are particular to the Tea Party and many are shared by all non-profit organizations. Among those shared challenges is the need to provide financial stability while accomplishing the group's mission. Over the years, through good times and bad, the organization has maintained an average of just enough money to seed the following year's event. We are happy, therefore, when fellow non-profit organizations also benefit from the festival because we have firsthand understanding of the concern for fundraising. About twenty groups make money by selling food to festival-goers. Together, these groups annually make more than $75,000 in funds that are transformed into community services. Consequently, we take pride from the fact that we indirectly contribute to the quality of life we experience in this wonderful place. Facilitating fundraising, however, is only one facet of the festival. Our mission is to provide a greater understanding of the area's history, which strengthens our local sense of identity and offers a meaningful perspective on our unique past. Throughout the years, thousands of schoolchildren have been inspired to investigate the nation's roots because of the reenactment of the Chestertown Tea Party. Our job is heritage education. We understand that with an ongoing infusion of energy and creativity, there is vast potential. We are excited by the possibilities and welcome your help as well as insight. Producing the festival requires a sacrifice from many, whether money, time, or convenience. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who have given throughout the years and who continue to offer their support in innumerable ways.