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!

From colonial to quirky!

About the Festival

Celebrating colonial resistance to British rule, Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, will hold its Annual Tea Party Festival Saturday, May 27, 2017. Street Party to be held Friday, May 26, 2017.

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.

Street Party

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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

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 Chestertown.

 

Past Recipients:

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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...
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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 for...

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 2016
Mark Mumford

 

Previous recipients:

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2016 Grand Marshal

Chestertown Tea Party Festival 2016 Mark Mumford
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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 line up will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday May 28,2016 at Dixon Drive and High Street.

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.

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Photo Gallery

Click here to view the Raft Race photo gallery!

Revolutionary Theatre

PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR 2017!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tia Glomb
Tel:  410.810.2060
Email: plays@chestertownteaparty.org

SCRIPTS SOUGHT FOR REVOLUTIONARY THEATRE – PART OF CHESTERTOWN TEA PARTY FESTIVAL 2016

The Chestertown Tea Party Colonial Festival, in association with the Live Playwrights’ Society, is pleased to announce a call for scripts to be considered for Revolutionary Theatre 2016. Revolutionary Theatre is going into its 7th year as part of the festival. The Tea Party Festival commemorates Chestertown’s involvement with the Revolutionary War.

Playwrights should focus on creating plays with some connection to the Colonial-era and, if possible, Chestertown. However, scripts do not have to reference the Tea Party itself. Plays should run between 10 to 30 minutes, and longer scripts will not be considered. For logistical reasons, plays with small casts (5 or fewer people) are preferred. Playwrights can submit one or two scripts, so please submit your best.

Plays must be submitted via email to plays@chestertownteaparty.org by January 31, 2016 and the selected play (or plays) will be announced in March. If a play is selected, it will be produced and staged at the Garfield Center for the Arts on either First Friday, May 1st or on Saturday May 23rd during Tea Party weekend.

If you have any questions please contact plays@chestertownteaparty.org. For more information visit http://www.liveplaywrightssociety.org/ or http://www.chestertownteaparty.com/

Tia Glomb – Producer

 

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

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

Chesapeake Wine Trail Event

Planning for the Wine Trail events at Tea Party are being developed. In the meantime visit Chesapeake Wine Country http://chesapeakewinecountrymd.com/ to learn more about our growing wine country and the wineries on the Chesapeake Wine Trail.

For more info please contact Judy Crow – Crow Farm and Vineyard crowfarmmd@gmail.com
For more info on the Chesapeake Wine Trail visit the Maryland Wineries Association website

Schedule

2017 SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED IN THE SPRING! PLEASE CHECK BACK!


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

2016 Schedule

Schedule is subject to change without notice! Please check back!

 

Friday, May 27

STREET PARTY!

Location: Outdoors – the foot of High Street, near the Chester River

Cost: Admission to the event is FREE and Open to the Public

Visit the Street Party Page for more info!

Historical Society Lecture Series

4:00 p.m. “The Articles of Confederation:  America’s First Constitution” Bordley History Center (301 High Street) Seating limited to 50 persons. With special guest Ben Franklin. More info.

Saturday, May 28

Wilmer Park

6:30 AM         Shuttle service for Distance Run Begins – Radcliffe Creek School to Wilmer Park   See program or website for map

8:00 AM         Annual Tea Party Classic Run – Vehicular traffic on Quaker Neck Rd. will be stopped during the start of the race.                       Wilmer Park

8:00 AM        Shuttle Service Starts for Festival attendees – Serves park and ride and other locations        See program or website for map

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service for festival area begins at 8am

Information Booth

Information Booth opens at 9am

Main Stage

10:00 AM      Colonial Parade kicks off from Upper High St.

11:00 AM      Prizes and Awards – Classic Run, Colonial Parade, Edna Ross Award

11:15 AM      Flag Raising Ceremony – Kent County Community Band at Cross and High Sts.

11:30 AM      Dover English Country Dancers – 18th Century dancing

12:00 PM      Spiced Punch – Humorous songs and ballads of the 18th Century

12:30 PM      Driven Women – Old time music

1:00 PM        Rock Candy Cloggers -Clogging, flatfooting, with music by Slim Harrison, Jonathan Simmons, Stephen Christoff, and Gabe Stone

2:00 PM        TEA PARTY RE-ENACTMENT

2:45 PM        Banjo Man and Bill with Tom Anthony -a blend of music, stories, and nonsense

3:30 PM        Sombarkin – Traditional a capella Gospel Music ( Karen Somerville, Lester Barrett Jr., & Jerome McKinney)

4:15 PM        Pam Ortiz Band – Original acoustic music

Children’s Activities

9:15 AM          Miss Jackie – Storytelling & Children’s Folk Music        Courthouse Lawn Children’s Stage

9:00 AM          RiverArts -KidSPOT– Colonial Crafts 9am-12

10:00 AM       Colonial Parade kicks off from Upper High St.

11:00 AM        Miss Natalie – Stories for very young children               Courthouse Lawn Children’s Stage

11:00 AM        Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre – Punch and Judy Puppet Show     Courthouse Portico

11:30 AM        Wireharp Marionnettes-Robert Mouland

12:00 PM         Slim Harrison and Rock Candy Cloggers– Children’s participatory Jug Band and clogging workshop                        Courthouse Lawn Children’s Stage

12:30 PM         Tucker’s Tales Puppet Show – Punch and Judy Puppet Show        Courthouse Portico

1:00 PM           Tea Party Re-enactment Rehearsal – Join local citizens as they make final preparations for the 2:00 re-enactment                        Cross Street at the park next to the Sandbox

1:00 PM           Face Painting by Steven Mumford, the Town Crier until 3:00 PM   Courthouse Lawn Children’s Stage

1:15 PM           CAWS Animal Puppet Show                                      Garfield Center for the Arts

2:00 PM           Tea Party Re-enactment                                             High St. in front of the Main Stage

Garfield Center for the Arts

9:00 AM        Exhibit opens

11:00 AM      Revolutionary Theatre ­

12:00 PM      Chester River Chorale

12:45 PM      The New Gospelites – A cappella gospel music

1:15 PM        CAWS Animal Puppet Show

1:30 PM        Gabe Stone-Colonial Music on period instruments

2:00 PM        TEA PARTY RE-ENACTMENT

2:45 PM        Stephen Christoff and Gabe Stone– Colonial Music on period instruments

3:45 PM        Revolutionary Theatre ­- “Tea For Madness” written by Howard Mesick and directed by Sarah Crump

Foot of High Street / Custom House

9:30 AM         Colonel Leonard’s Irregulars – Wandering musician

10:00 AM       Wine Village Opens

11:15AM        Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes and Drums

11:45 AM       Dovetail-Pres Harding, Jodie Littleton and Penny Weintraub

12:45 AM       The Lions Of Bluegrass-Deb Campbell, Harry Packard, Paul McDonald and Herb Wilkerson

1:30 PM         Dover English Country Dancers – 18th century dancing

2:00 PM         TEA PARTY RE-ENACTMENT

3:00 PM         Soldiers, Weapons, and Tactics of the Revolutionary War – British Marines, 1st Battalion Maryland Loyalists, 6th Maryland Regiment, 1st Maryland Regiment

5:00 PM         Wine Village Closes

Colonial Village on the Court House Lawn

                 Around the Village

9:00 AM        British Flag Raising

Colonial Village Opens

10:00 AM      Colonial Parade

11:00 AM      Play Games with Ben Franklin and John Jay and Photo Opportunities

                 Portico Stage

11:00 AM      Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre – Punch and Judy Puppet Show

12:30 PM      Tucker’s Tales Puppet Show – Punch and Judy Puppet Show

1:30 PM        Drill Demonstration – British Marines-military preparations for re-enactment.

2:00 PM        Tea Party Re-enactment

2:45 PM        Spiced Punch – Humorous Colonial music accompanied by strings, recorders, tin whistle, and concertina

                   Children’s Stage

9:15 AM          Miss Jackie – Storytelling and children’s folk music

11:00 AM        Miss Natalie – Stories for very young children

11:30 AM        Wire harp Marionnettes-Robbert Mouland

12:00PM          Slim Harrison and Rock Candy Cloggers– Children’s participatory Jug Band and clogging workshop

12:30 PM         Miss Jackie-Story telling and children’s folk music

1:00 PM           Face Painting by Steven Mumford, the Town Crier until 3:00 PM

1:15 PM           CAWS Animal Puppet Show in the Garfield Center for the Arts

Colonial Village Demonstrators – British Marines, 1st Battalion Maryland Loyalists, Kimberly Walters-colonial food and cooking, Lady Aimee’s Fine Sewing & Sutlery ( clothing demonstrator), 1st Delaware Regiment, Swordmasters, Boy Scouts –knot tyin, Goat Milking, Noah “ Ned Hector” Lewis-African American Soldier, Wire Harp Productions-Marrionettes and music ­Robert Mouland, Joan Adams-Storyteller

Wandering Musicians

9:30 AM Slim Harrison (Queen & High Streets)
9:30 AM Stephen Christoff (Cross & Spring Streets)
9:30 AM Col. Leonard’s Irregulars (Foot of High)

Sultana Public Sails

Sat. May 28 4:30-6:30pm(Tea Party Weekend) – ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Click here.
 

Historic Walking Tours of Chestertown

Tours will be conducted by costumed guides on the following schedule. Tickets are $8.00 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the information booth near the flagpole in Memorial Park, where the tours begin.

Saturday Tour times: 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM

Historical Society Lecture Series

5:00 p.m. “The 14 Presidents Before George Washington” Town Hall, second floor (118 N Cross Street) With special guest Ben Franklin. Please reserve your seat in advance by calling 410 778 3499. More info.

Sunday, May 29

Beer and wine Tasting – click here for more info!

Sultana Public Sails

Sun. May 29 10:00am-12:00pm (Tea Party Weekend) – ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Click here.

Sun. May 29 1:00-3:00pm (Tea Party Weekend) – ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Click here.
 

Interfaith Service & Flag Raising

(near the Information Booth at High and Cross Streets)
12:00 PM       Non-denominational, Ecumenical service conducted by Reverend Mary Walker. The national anthem will be sung as the flag is raised. Rev. Mary Walker will be at the flagpole about 11:40 to meet and greet attendees. People may also listen from their cars.

Wilmer Park Main Stage

12:00 PM       Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Begins – Wine from local vineyards (includes souvenir wine glass)       Wilmer Park

12:00 PM       Lions of Bluegrass – Bluegrass music                                                        Bandstand at Wilmer Park

12:15 PM       Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre – The Bookaneers                                Near the L. Hynson Pavillion

12:30 PM       Driven Women                                                                                       Bandstand at Wilmer Park

1:00 PM         Slim Harrison – Mountain music & children’s instrument making                Near the L. Hynson Pavillion

1:00 PM         Philip Dutton & the Alligators-Cajun music                                            Bandstand at Wilmer Park

1:30 PM         Philip Dutton & the Alligators-Cajun music                                            Bandstand at Wilmer Park

2:00 PM         Raft Race Coverage Begins                                                                     Wilmer Park Waterfront

3:00 PM         Stephen Christoff and Gabe Stone– Not the colonial music you heard on Saturday

3:30 PM         Slim Harrison and friends-Children’s Jug Band & Hootenany            Bandstand at Wilmer Park

4:00 PM         Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Ends                                                         Wilmer Park

Historic Walking Tours of Chestertown

Tours will be conducted by costumed guides on the following schedule. Tickets are $8.00 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the information booth near the flagpole in Memorial Park, where the tours begin.

Sunday Tour times: 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM

Historical Society Lecture Series

12:30 p.m. “Annapolis, The Bridge Between the Revolution and the Constitution” Bordley History Center (301 High Street) With special guest Ben Franklin. Seating limited to 50 persons. More info.

Town ordinance prohibits dogs at the festival.

SLIM HARRISON - SUNNYLAND MUSIC & MULTICULTURAL ARTS: For over 40 years, Slim has performed at Schools and Festivals, Hoedowns & Throwdowns all over North America and around the world. Slim has had the privilege of performing with Pete Seeger, ...
Brian Patrick Mulligan is "DR. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN”

Brian Patrick Mulligan, a Franklin Historian and seasoned Television Actor, is celebrating his 26th year performing as "Dr. Benjamin Franklin".

You've seen Mr. Mulligan portraying Ben Franklin on ...
Interfaith Service and Flag Raising with Rev. Mary Walker Sunday May 29, 2016. 12 Noon Corner of Cross and High Streets.
Philip Dutton and the Alligators appearing Sunday May 29, 2016.
Traditional flatfoot clogging is an Appalachian Mountain style of percussive dance. Rock Howland, of Mt. Airy (Carroll County), began his clogging career at the age of 50 when he fell in love with the old-time dance style with his first lesson in ...
Stephen Christoff has been performing at Colonial Williamsburg for Twenty years.  Stephen performed for the Jamestown 2007 “Godspeed Sail and Landing Party Festival” Tour.  From 2006 to the present, he has performed his one-man show called “Seller of ...
The New Gospelites appearing Saturday May 28 at the Garfield Center for the Arts.
Driven Women are performing both Saturday May 28, and Sunday May 29. Photo by Steve Atkinson
Meet us  Locals  at the River!  , Saturday May the 28th on High Street at the waterfront . “ Dovetail” has been performing together for more than 10 years ! Penny Weintraub on keys, Pres Harding on guitar, vocals and fiddle, Jodie Littleton on lead vocals ...
What is SPICED PUNCH? Imagine a Dickens' era quartet with traditional tunes, tales and toasts bringing a taste of old fashioned Yuletide to your event or site. How about a Colonial Era group singing songs of love and lust or four merry seamen (seapersons?) ...
Come and join us in one of the most popular social activities of colonial America.

The style of dance was brought by the colonists from England where it was known as "country dance".
We now call it "English Country Dance" and include people of all ...
Pam Ortiz Band appearing Saturday May 28, 2016.
Robert Mouland of Wire Harp Productions appearing Saturday May 28 in the Colonial Village

Festival Map

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Map & Directions

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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

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!

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Friends & Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

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Steve Frohock


 Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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For Children’s Activities:
Julio A. Ramirez, M.D., P.C.


Bronze Sponsors

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Infinity Recycling

For Entertainment:
JoAnn Fairchild

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Unity Nursery

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Friends

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Garfield Center for the Arts


Revolutionary Theatre

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Sultana Education Foundation
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Classic Distance Run
  H.H. Garnett Elementary School PTA
http://hhges.kent.k12.md.us
SPONSOR OF
SNEAKER CREEPER
Echo Hill Outdoor School
http://www.ehos.or

Kent Amateur Radio Society
http://www.k3ars.org
OPERATIONS ASSISTANCE & SUPPORT

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Washington College

http://www.washcoll.edu/

parking, student intern, use of grounds around the Custom House and Hynson Pavillion

 


The Humane Society of Kent County

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DOGGY DAYCARE @
Chestertown Fire Hall



 

Admiral Cleaners
http://www.admiralcleaners.com

Costume Support

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 Chesapeake 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
Colin 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
Susan McRae
Mary Simmon – Programming
Hope Thomas – Food Vendors
Barbara Vann – Marketing
Aundra Weissert – Block Party
Juanita Weiczoreck – Programming
Patsy Whiteley – Information Booth

Please use email to reach the festival committee for any specific questions.

Email:
General Information: contact@chestertownteaparty.org

Block Party: blockparty@chestertownteaparty.org

Costumes: costumes@chestertownteaparty.org

Food Concession: (Local Non-Profits Only) Sabine Harvey food@chestertownteaparty.org

Artisans: Joe Holt or Linda Kuiper merchants@chestertownteaparty.org

Parade:  parade@chestertownteaparty.org

Programming: Juanita Wieczoreck: programming@chestertownteaparty.org

Distance Run: run@chestertownteaparty.org

Walking Tours: Kate Livie: 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.