Join The Revolution!

Celebrating colonial resistance to British rule, Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, will hold its Annual Tea Party Festival

The Tea Will Be Tossed!

Colonial Parade, Street Party, Raft Race, Street Performances, Colonial Crafts, Strolling Musicians, Local Fare, 5k & 10 mile run and more…

Not Your Grandma’s Tea Party!

About the Festival

Celebrating colonial resistance to British rule, Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, will hold its Annual Tea Party Festival Saturday, May 26, 2018. Street Party to be held Friday, May 25, 2018.

In response to British Parliament’s closing of the port of Boston, the citizens of Chestertown, Maryland met in May of 1774 and set forth “Resolves” forbidding importing, selling, or consuming tea in Chestertown. According to local legend, residents then gathered at the town center, marched down High Street to the brigantine Geddes, which was anchored in the Chester River, and tossed her cargo of tea overboard. The annual reenactment of that event is the centerpiece of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival. The re-enactment is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. All Festival events take place along the Chester River and in the historic district of 18th-century  Chestertown, Maryland. There is no admission charge to the Festival.

Start training now for this year’s Classic Distance 10 Mile Run and 5k Run/Walk. Or join the festival-goers that line High Street each year to cheer the passing of colonial militia, marching bands, costume-garbed children and more in the Colonial Parade. A Walking Tour of the historic district is offered to visitors and local residents. The tour is conducted by trained docents who are residents of Kent County. Not only can you purchase many handcrafted Colonial goods at the Festival, but you can also see a live demonstration of how those items are made. On Sunday, challenge yourself and your engineering skills by competing in this year’s Annual Raft Race. You’ll be amazed at the sites and sounds of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival!

Tea Toss Reenactment, Colonial Parade, Street Party, Raft Race, Street Performances, Colonial Crafts, Strolling Musicians, Local Fare, 5k & 10 mile run and more including…
Wine and Craft Beer Tasting held on Sunday at Wilmer Park from noon to 4 p.m. The event will feature local Maryland wineries and craft brewers.

Town ordinance prohibits dogs at the festival.

Sneaker Creeper

The Sneaker Creeper, started by Dixon Valve & Coupling, began back in 1988. It was used as a fundraiser for different organizations over the years.

It recently became the main fundraiser for Henry Highland Garnett Elementary School Parent Teacher Association to help expand the children’s learning experience as they move through the school. Our goal has been and always will be, to enhance and encourage learning, health, and fitness, while having a whole lot of fun along the way. Concessions will once again be available for purchase.

So….. Come Early and Stay Late!

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Edna Ross Award

Dick Goodall to Receive the Edna Ross Award at the Chestertown Tea Party Festival

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:

2016 Edna Ross Award

Jay and Lisa Yerkes to Receive the Edna Ross Award at the Chestertown Tea Party Festival 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...

2015 Edna Ross Award - Margaret and Bob Morris

Margaret and Bob Morris to Receive the Edna Ross Award at the Chestertown Tea Party Festival 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...

2013 Edna Ross Award - Lucia Foster

2013 Recipient Two years ago, the Chestertown Tea Party introduced the Edna Ross Award, to be given out for outstanding service for the community. The award was created to honor Mrs. Ross and all she had done for Chestertown. Last year the award was given to Lanny Parks, known for her years of service at...

2014 Edna Ross Award - Anna Scott Cole

Anna Scott Cole  to Receive the Edna Ross Award at the Chestertown Tea Party Festival   The Edna Ross Award, created by the Chestertown Tea Party in 2011, is given to a local business person for outstanding service to the community . The award was created to honor Mrs. Ross and all she had done...

2012 – Lanny Parks

2011 – Edna Ross

Classic Run

The Chestertown Tea Party Distance Classic has been a part of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival for 40 years. Ten years ago, Radcliffe Creek School took over the management of these runs, with the proceeds benefiting the School’s scholarship fund. The Run is the largest source of funding for this fund.

Radcliffe Creek School changes children’s lives, and by participating in the Chestertown Tea Party Half Marathon and 5K Distance Classic/Run for Radcliffe, you are helping make this possible. Whether a student has a learning difference such as dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, executive function disorders,  or a speech and language disorder, or would just simply benefit from an individualized environment, a Radcliffe education works.

 

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Grand Marshal

Chestertown Tea Party Festival 2017
Thomas Yeager

 

Previous recipients:

2016 Grand Marshal

Chestertown Tea Party Festival 2016 Mark Mumford   Print Page

2015 Grand Marshal - Margo Bailey

Chestertown Tea Party Festival 2015 Margo Bailey Margo Bailey, Chestertown’s five-term mayor, will be grand marshal of this year’s Tea Party Festival. Sabine Harvey, chairman of the Tea Party Festival committee, said in an email Tuesday, May 5, “After having been mayor for 20 years, it seemed that Margo was the absolute obvious choice as...

2014 Grand Marshal - Sylvia Maloney

Chestertown Tea Party Festival 2014 Sylvia Maloney Chosen as Grand Marshall Chestertown, MD, May 2014:  Sylvia Maloney, long-time Chestertown resident, Kent County teacher, and former member of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival will be honored as the Grand Marshall of the 2014 Chestertown Tea Party Festival Parade. Mrs. Maloney began volunteering with the festival in...

2013 Grand Marshal - Curtis Dorsey

Chestertown Tea Party Festival 2013 Curtis Dorsey Chosen as Grand Marshall Chestertown, MD, May 2013:  Curtis Dorsey, lifetime Kent County resident and owner operator of Dorsey Bus Services will be honored posthumously as the Grand Marshall of the 2013 Chestertown Tea Party Festival Parade.  Mrs. Anna Mae Dorsey and Mrs. Ruth Briscoe will represent Mr....

Parade

Thousands of festival-goers line High Street to cheer the passing of colonial militia, marching bands, costume-garbed children and a variety of other participants in the festival’s parade. Boasting a colonial-theme, the parade prohibits automobiles and welcomes the horse-drawn carriage. It steps off at 10:00 am but arrive early to find a good spot.

If you are interested in becoming part of the parade, download and mail in the application or complete our online form. Email parade@chestertownteaparty.org if you have any questions. 

PARADE PARTICIPANTS:

Please note the following:

  • Parade line up will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday May 27, 2017 at the Chestertown Business Park (Dixon Drive and High Street).
  • Entries must have a colonial theme. Motorized vehicles are restricted.
  • Entries need to be in formation by 9:30 a.m. in order to participate.
  • There is a three-minute time limit at the judges’ stand–any group taking longer will be disqualified from judging.
  • Prizes will be awarded at the Judges’ Stand immediately following the flag raising ceremony at the completion of the parade.
  • Deadline for entries is Friday, May 12, 2017.

 

Entries should be in by May 15, 2016.

Please note the following:

  • Entries must have a colonial theme. Motorized vehicles are restricted.
  • Entries not in formation by 9:30 a.m. will not be allowed to participate and will not be judged. There will also be a three-minute time limit at the judges’ stand–any group taking longer then the time limit will be disqualified from judging.
  • Prizes will be awarded at the Judges’ Stand immediately following the flag raising ceremony at the completion of the parade.
  • Deadline for entries is Sunday, May 15,2016.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR:

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Walking Tours

HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF 18TH CENTURY CHESTERTOWN AT THE TEA PARTY FESTIVAL

Learn about what life really would have been like for a merchant, a slave or a child in Chestertown in 1774! As part of the Tea Party annual festivities, guided walking tours of Chestertown’s historic district are offered to the public. The tours bring the 18th century to life by using colonial houses and public buildings as a way to tell funny, exciting, and always true stories, historical accounts and anecdotes about Chestertown’s lively past as an official port of London.

The tour lasts 45 minutes, and is suitable for adults and families with children over 8 years of age. Lead by costumed docents, the tour covers several blocks and addresses topics as varied and compelling as colonial medicine and the healing power of leeches, clothing and the “evil weed” tobacco, Chestertown’s 18th century ‘pig problem’, and what really WAS the secret ingredient in the White Swan Tavern’ s punch.

Ticket sales for the walking tours will be offered the day of the Tea Party Festival at the Festival’s information booth. No pre-registration required.

For more information, contact walkingtour@chestertownteaparty.org

 

Raft Race

Sunday, May 28th, 2017
Starting Gun: 2:30 p.m. Sharp! – Arrive: 1:30 p.m.
Don’t be late, we won’t wait.
Location: Wilmer Park, Chestertown

RULES AND REGISTRATION

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.

Open to the public, this race invites teams of entrants to display feats of engineering and creativity, with rafts ranging from barely-floating to truly incredible. The homemade flotilla makes its way around a short course located just off Chestertown’s Wilmer Park, and spectators can watch the action from the Lelia Lynson Pavilion or the park’s waterfront area.

In this off-beat event, not-so-sleek racing machines compete for different awards acknowledging the buoyancy, construction, beauty, and navigational abilities of the different teams. The coveted Tea Cup, the race’s highest honor, is awarded to the raft with the best synthesis of creativity, engineering, and speed.

 

Awards

TOP AWARD

The Tea Cup:
presented to the raft with the best synthesis of creativity, engineering, and speed – chosen from the first five finishers of the race.

CATEGORY AWARDS

The Fabulous Flotsam Award:
presented to the raft more likely to cause a spectacle than win the race.

The DaVinci Award:
presented to the raft with the most unorthodox form of locomotion.

The Van Gogh Award:
presented to the most artistic raft.

The Flop Award:
presented to the raft with the most impressive failure.

The Junior Cup Award:
presented to the raft with the best synthesis of creativity, engineering, and speed – chosen from the first three finishers of the Junior Division. Rafts with entire crews 15 years or less in age can compete in the Junior Division, but are not excluded from winning in the Adult Division.

The Congressional:
presented to the raft with the Best Bribe.

For more information, contact raftrace@chestertownteaparty.org

 

 
 

The coolest rafts on the Eastern Shore! Probably the coolest rafts anywhere! Had a great time at the Chestertown Tea Party Raft Race.

Posted by Aloft Imaging on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Posted by Aloft Imaging on Sunday, May 24, 2015

 

Photo Gallery

Click here to view the Raft Race photo gallery!

Revolutionary Theatre

AUDITIONS!

Calling all actors for this year’s Revolutionary Theatre show, Naught But Knitting Needles!

Written by Tia Glomb, Naught But Knitting Needles gives us a new look at what happened that fateful evening…

Auditions will be held at the Garfield Theatre at the following dates/times:
4/11 @ 5:30pm
4/13 @ 5:30pm
4/15 @ 11:00am

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. We welcome actors of various ages and levels of experience. Acting not your thing? We’re always looking for help with sets, props, costumes, lighting, and sound.

Showtimes are on May 27th, at 11am and 3pm.

If you have any questions, or wish to be involved with the show but cannot attend auditions, feel free to email Sarah Crump at sarahcevents@gmail.com

See you there!

 

 

A special “thanks!” to Jim Landskroener for inspiring this competition!

Watch a production from the Revolutionary Theatre by visiting our Video Gallery.

 

Craft Beer and Wine Tasting

Join the Kent County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals as we host Tea Party Festival’s Beer & Wine Tasting!

10 Beer Tastings – $20.00
10 Wine Tastings – $20.00
10 Beer & 10 Wine Tastings – $30.00

Sample beers from the following breweries:

Eastern Shore Brewing
Bold Rock
RaR Brewery
Mispillion River Brewing
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Vermont Hard CIder
Victory Brewing Company
Old Dominion
National Brewing

Wineries:
Dove Valley
Crow
Cassinelli
Triple Creek

Schedule

2017 SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE!


JOIN US MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND – MAY 26 – 28, 2017!

Schedule subject to change without notice.




Festival Map

Map & Directions

Parking Advice:
FROM Route 213 from South
Cross Chester River Bridge
Follow Maple Ave/ Washington Ave into town passing gas stations and then Washington College
Turn Left at Route 291 W / Morgnec Road Bypass (Walgreens on right, People’s Bank on left)
Morgnec Road comes to a ‘T’ – Turn Left onto Route 20/ High St
The festival is located on High St approx 10 blocks straight ahead

FROM ROUTE 213 from North
Follow Route 213 South- Augustine Herman Highway into town passing 2 shopping plazas and on the left
Turn Right at Route 291 W / Morgnec Road Bypass (Walgreens on left, People’s Bank on right)
Morgnec Road comes to a ‘T’ – Turn Left onto Route 20/ High St
The festival is located on High St approx 10 blocks ahead

There are no designated parking areas, but shuttles will be available at High St & Dixon Dr (Dixon Valve across the street) & at Kent Plaza Shopping Center-
in the lot immediately behind Walgreens
Return pick up for shuttles will be located at High St & Mill St shuttles will run until 5pm
Please be considerate of residents when parking.
Do not block driveways or trespass.

Boaters:
We do not currently offer a water taxi service. If you are planning on boating in please be sure to bring a dingy. For transient slip inquiries contact:
Chestertown Marina
chesmar1@verizon.net
410 778 3616

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

Please download a copy of the Tea Party Festival Rules and Regulations.

Non-Profit Booth applications can be completed by downloading a copy of our application form.

DOWNLOAD RULES AND REGULATIONS
DOWNLOAD NON-PROFIT BOOTH APPLICATION

Food Vendors

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

Non-Profit food vendor applications can be completed by downloading a copy of our application form.

DOWNLOAD FOOD VENDOR APPLICATION

Artisan Booths

CRAFT REQUIREMENTS

  • All work must be original and that of the exhibitor. Manufactured kits or “buy and sell crafts” are prohibited. Merchants will be asked to remove prohibited items.
  • 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. There will be no exceptions. Merchants will be asked to remove prohibited items.
  • Retail shops and industries will not be permitted.
  • Demonstrating your craft is preferred.
  • Specific guidelines are established by the Chestertown Tea Party Festival, Inc. The Artisans Committee follows the directives of the Board of Directors of the Corporation.  All applications to the Artisans Committee are “Juried as a Craft” on the basis of suitability, and we reserve the right to reject any vendor application.  The decision of the Artisans Committee is final.

Please download a copy of the Tea Party Festival Rules and Regulations.

Booth applications can be completed by downloading a copy of our application form.

DOWNLOAD RULES AND REGULATIONS
DOWNLOAD ARTISAN BOOTH APPLICATION

Chestertown Farmers’/Artisans’ Market Booths

FARMERS’/ARTISANS’ MARKET REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be an approved Chestertown Farmers’ Market or Artisans’ Market vendor by the Town of Chestertown.
  • Farmers’/Artisans’ Market vendors are those people who sell their products (home grown/made fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers; arts and crafts) at the weekly Chestertown Farmers’ and Artisans’ Markets.

Please download a copy of the Tea Party Festival Rules and Regulations.

Booth applications can be completed by downloading a copy of our application form.

DOWNLOAD RULES AND REGULATIONS
DOWNLOAD FARMERS’/ARTISANS MARKET BOOTH APPLICATION

For Volunteers

We are always looking for volunteers for the many Tea Party Festival committees and events. If you are interested please take a minute to complete our volunteer form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible! Thank you!

We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/FBZrhlT
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me at volunteer@chestertowteaparty.org and I can sign you up manually.

 

Friends & Sponsors

The Chestertown Tea Party Festival is always looking for more sponsors! Click here to find out more about our sponsorship opportunities.

Platinum Sponsors

www.cambiowifi.com

eastcoastEast Coast Storage

https://www.washcoll.edu/

 


 

 Gold Sponsors

aplussanitation
A Plus Sanitation
410-708-6281

kellydist

Kelly Distributors
http://www.kellydistributors.com

 wctr
WCTR


Silver Sponsors

Peoples Bank Logo & Name Centered CROPThe Peoples Bank

 cross-street-realtors-chestertownCross Street Realtors

price rentalPrice Rentals and Events

Kent School

 
Taylor Laughry

Yerkes NEW Logo

Yerkes Construction
Chestertown Runners
http://www.yerkesconstruction.com/

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Infinity Recycling


Bronze Sponsors

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Unity Nursery


Grants

kcaclogorecreated


Friends

 

seclogog

Sultana Education Foundation
http://www.sultanaeducatiom.org

Echo Hill Outdoor School
http://www.ehos.org
Kent Amateur Radio Society
http://www.k3ars.org
OPERATIONS ASSISTANCE & SUPPORT

Kent & Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad


Young Professionals of Kent County

Historical Society of Kent County

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Radcliffe Creek School
http://www.radcliffecreekschool.org
Classic Distance Run

garfieldlogo2011FCsmallGarfield Center for the Arts


Revolutionary Theatre

The Humane Society of Kent County
http://www.kenth
umane.org
DOGGY DAYCARE @
Chestertown Fire Hall

logo_CWCChesapeake Wine Trail
http://shorevinesandwines.com

 

 

Community Partners

Atlantic Tractor

Chestertown Police Department – 410-778-1800

Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company

County of Kent, MD

Dick Goodall and KRM

Louis Grasmick

Humane Society of Kent County

George Lehmer

Kent & Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad

Kent County Detention Center

Kent County Historical Society

Kent County News

Kent County Office of Tourism

Kent County Public Library

Kent County  Sheriff’s Department

Maryland Office of Tourism

Maryland State Police

Moo Productions

RiverArts: KidSPOT

Tidewater Trader

Town of Chestertown

Genie Wootton

Non-Profits

  • Chestertown RiverArts
  • Church Hill Theatre
  • CASA of Queen Anne’s & Kent
  • Democratic Club of Kent County
  • The Gunston School
  • KC Chamber of Commerce
  • KC Community Marching Band
  • Historic Society of Kent County
  • Kent County Public Schools
  • Mt Harmon Colonial Estate
  • Master Gardeners of Kent & QA’s
  • National Music Festival
  • Olde Kent Quilters Guild
  • Republican Club of Kent County
  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary

    FOOD VENDING NON PROFITS
  • Bethel A.M.E Church
  • Boy Scout Troop 130
  • Centreville Church of God
  • Chestertown Elks
  • Chestertown Optimist Club
  • Christ U.M. Church
  • Eastern Shore Alano Club
  • Historical Society of Kent County
  • Janes United Methodist Church
  • Jaycees of Cecil County
  • KCHS Music Boosters
  • Kent County Community Marching Band
  • Kent County Young Farmers
  • Kent Ruritan
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Mt. Olive AME Church
  • New Christian Chapel of Love U.M. Church
  • Order of the Eastern Star
  • Rotary Club of Chestertown
  • Thomas H. Kiah #101 Masonic Lodge
  • Union U.M. Church
  • Unitarian Universalists of Chester River

SUNDAY

  • Alano Club of Kent County
  • Centerville Church of God
  • Jaycees of Cecil County
  • KC Community Marching Band
  • Mt. Pisgah UM Church

 

 

Our Organization

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

Organizing Committee:
Bonnie Clark
Butch Clark – Operations
John Dolgos – Operations
Lena Ellwanger – Press
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.

Email:
General Information: contact@chestertownteaparty.org
Street Party: streetparty@chestertownteaparty.org
Costumes: costumes@chestertownteaparty.org
Food Concession: (Local Non-Profits Only) food@chestertownteaparty.org
Artisans: merchants@chestertownteaparty.org
Parade:  parade@chestertownteaparty.org
Programming: programming@chestertownteaparty.org
Distance Run: run@chestertownteaparty.org
Walking Tours: walkingtours@chestertownteaparty.org

 

 

 

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.

Chestertown Tea Party Festival