Legacy Day 2016

The Historical Society of Kent County is pleased to sponsor the Third Annual Legacy Day on Saturday, August 13, from 4:30 pm10:00 pm.

The inaugural Legacy Day in 2014 was a huge success with nearly 1500 people dancing in the street to celebrate Charlie Graves and the Uptown Club where many legendary soul artists performed. Last year 1500 people celebrated the rich history of rhythm and blues as we reminisced about talented local artists, such as Jazz Johnson, the Highlanders, the New Breed, the Rotations, and Black Soul, and local beer gardens. This year’s festivities will honor African-American businesses of the recent and more distant past, reaching as far back as the 1820s. We also will celebrate the rich legacy of a distinguished African-American leader and one of Kent County’s great gentlemen, the Reverend Clarence Hawkins.

The celebration will begin at 5:00 with a parade from uptown to the site of the block party on High Street between Cross Street and Spring Avenue. This year’s parade will feature Chestertown’s own Community Marching Band as well as the usual array of classic cars. Beginning at 6:00 we will enjoy the music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s as performed by Chestertown’s own Bratcher Project band, consisting of seven instrumentalists led by Vaughn Bratcher and featuring vocals by local legends Sylvia Frazier, Karen Somerville, Lester Barrett, and Wendy Johnson Mitchell. To further recall that era we will dance to music played by the DJ Stansbury. To complete the evening you may choose from a wide variety of food and beverages. The entertainment will last until 10 p.m., and we expect a crowd of approximately 1500 people. A new feature of this year’s celebration will be a workshop on African-American genealogy on the morning of August 13.

The Historical Society of Kent County is honored to salute the generous contributions of numerous co-sponsors, including Chestertown’s Music in the Park, the Kent County Arts Council, the C.V. Starr Center, the Hedgelawn Foundation, the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, the Corner Print Shop, Doug Ashley Realtors, Joey’s Auto Repair, the Finishing Touch, Chesapeake Bank and Trust, and many other local organizations. Please join us on August 13 to enjoy great music, catch up with friends and family, and celebrate an important part of our shared cultural heritage.

Legacy Day 2016

Photo by Don Fowler from last year.

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Books for Father’s Day 2016

Father’s Day is a great time to read and share meaningful works of literature.

1. Herman Wouk’s Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author
2. Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War
3. Herman Wouk’s War and Remembrance

4. Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
5. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
6. Richard Zoglin’s Hope: Entertainer of the Century

7. David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers
8. Thomas Mallon’s Watergate: A Novel
9. Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street

10. John Williams’s Stoner
11. D. M. Thomas’s The White Hotel
12. Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire

Books for Father’s Day 2016

Your Summer 2016 Reading List

1. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
3. Forever by Judy Blume
4. Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

5. The Long Secret by Louise Fitzhugh
6. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
8. Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk

9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
10. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson
11. My Antonia by Willa Cather
12. A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

13. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
14. My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
15. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg
16. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Your Summer 2016 Reading List

June 2016 Book Recommendations

Calvin Coolidge’s, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CALVIN COOLIDGE; the 30th President’s life story.

Thomas J. Craughwell’s, THOMAS JEFFERSON’S CREME BRULEE; During his five year diplomatic sojourn in France, the future president discovers sophisticated wines and food, which he introduces to America.

Maya Angelou’s, HIS DAY IS DONE; a poem in memory of Nelson Mandela, and the author’s last work.

Maya Angelou’s, ON THE PULSE OF MORNING; the poem recited at Bill Clinton’s first inauguration.


June 2016 Book Recommendations