photos courtesy of Geoffrey DeMeritt
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Celebrating colonial resistance to British rule, Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, will hold its Annual Tea Party Festival Saturday, May 25, 2013. Cocktail Party to be held Friday, May 24, 2013.
NEW THIS YEAR!
May 23, 2013 @ 6:30pm
Fighting Old Nep: The Food Culture of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders
Beginning with Mathias de Sousa, the first African to arrive in Maryland in the 1600s, this presentation traces three centuries of African American culinary history from specific West and Central African civilizations to colonial Maryland. Incorporating music, historical narratives, and authentic foods, Twitty illustrates the vast influence of both enslaved and free black people on the cuisine and culture of the New World. The presentation also explores the influences Native Americans and Europeans had on Maryland foodways that were later adapted by other parts of the country. Adult and high school audiences. Michael Twitty is Director of Interpretation for the Menare Foundation and a Hebrew School instructor for four congregations in Montgomery County. He has given presentations on African American and Jewish food traditions at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Library of Congress, American University, and at museums and historic sites in the Washington, DC area. Michael also published a blog, Afroculinaria, which explores cultural traditions of Africa, African Americans, and the African Diaspora. He is completing his B.A. in African American Studies and Anthropology at Howard University. He is the author of Fighting Old Nep: The Foodways of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders 1634-1864.
Kent County Historical Society, Bordley Building
301 High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620
Chestertown Tea Party Festival
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. Admission is free but purchases of Toss the Tory ballots are appreciated. Proceeds help fund children’s educational programming and one ballot buyer will win a valuable prize.
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, Cocktail Party, Raft Race, Street Performances, Colonial Crafts, Strolling Musicians, Local Fare, 5k & 10 mile run and more including…
Wine Tasting The Chestertown Tea Party will host a wine tasting. The event will be held at Wilmer Park from noon to 4 p.m. The event will feature ten local Maryland wineries. The cost is $10, which includes ten wine samples along with a commemorative wine glass.
Town ordinance prohibits dogs at the festival.