Schedule

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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.

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 ...
Driven Women are performing both Saturday May 28, and Sunday May 29. Photo by Steve Atkinson
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?) ...
Pam Ortiz Band appearing Saturday May 28, 2016.
Interfaith Service and Flag Raising with Rev. Mary Walker Sunday May 29, 2016. 12 Noon Corner of Cross and High Streets.
Robert Mouland of Wire Harp Productions appearing Saturday May 28 in the Colonial Village
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 ...
The New Gospelites appearing Saturday May 28 at the Garfield Center for the Arts.
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 ...
Philip Dutton and the Alligators appearing Sunday May 29, 2016.
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...

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