Earth Stewardship Days 2016

“Nested Earth” by Greg Mort

Earth Stewardship Days: Rev Up The Planet is a month-long series of events designed to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of the Earth. Earth Stewardship Days is sponsored by Chestertown RiverArts, the Carla Massoni Gallery, the Art of Stewardship Project founded and led by Greg Mort,  and the many organizations throughout the greater Chestertown area that are committed to the concept that we all have a role to play in promoting active stewardship of our planet.

Greg Mort gave permission to use one of his beautiful Stewardship images, “Nested Earth” to promote the Art of Stewardship show. You can find more information about the Art of Stewardship projects around the world on their  facebook page.

Earth Stewardship Days Calendar of Events 

Friday, APRIL 1
Art of Stewardship Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
5:00 to 8:00 pm | RiverArts Gallery
The Art of Stewardship exhibition will feature works that express a personal connection to nature and our role as stewards. The Awards Ceremony, hosted by acclaimed artist and founder/director of the Art of Stewardship Project Greg Mort, will be from 5:00 to 6:30 on First Friday, April 1, during which winners of The Art of Stewardship Juried Show will be announced.   Learn more

THE UNSETTLED EARTH:  The Art of Stewardship Opening Reception
5:00 to 8:00 pm | Carla Massoni Gallery, 103 High Street
Featuring work by Karen Hubacher, Heidi Fowler, Elizabeth MacDonald, Grace Mitchell, and Deborah Weiss. The exhibit runs from March 26 through April 30.    Learn more

Beeing Up Close with Sam Droege
A photography exhibition at SANDBOX, cosponsored by the Center for Environment & Society, SANDBOX and the Department of Environmental Science and Studies.         Learn more

Thursday, April 7
Vanishing Of The Bees
6:30 pm | Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen Street
Sponsored by Chestertown’s Environmental Committee, the movie Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy. Bees pollinate a third of the food we eat but they are vanishing from their hives at an alarming rate.

Saturday, April 9
River Friendly Yard Workshop
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. | Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen Street
Learn about natural plants that need less water and fertilizer, how to reduce runoff, and how the Fertilizer Use Act of 2011 affects home owners. Hosted by Chester River Association.

Saturdays, April 16 and 23
Environmental Art Projects at KidSPOT
9:00 to 12:00 | KidSPOT

Thursday, April 19 | 5:30 | Hynson Lounge
Beeing Up Close with Sam Droege
A lecture on the 430 native Maryland bee species.  Cosponsored by the Center for Environment & Society, SANDBOX and the Department of Environmental Science and Studies.      Learn More

Thursday, April 21
State of the Chester 
5:00 pm Reception | 6:00 Presentation | Hynson Lounge, Washington College
Learn about the state of the Chester River as the Chester River Association unveils the 2015 Chester River Report Card. There will be a brief presentation and an opportunity for questions.  Cosponsored by Chester River Association and the Center for Environment & Society.

Friday, April 22
More Than Honey Film Screening and Mead Tasting with Charm City Meadworks 
6:00 pm Mead Tasting | 7:00 Film |Custom House Lawn
A tasting with Charm City Meadworks will begin at 6:00.  The showing of the documentary will begin at 7:00  In honor of Earth Day, bring your beach chairs or a blanket and come enjoy a night under the stars watching the documentary More Than Honey.  Rain Location: Litrenta Lecture Hall

Saturday, April 23
Chestertown Earth Day Festival
9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Memorial Park in downtown Chestertown
The Sixth Annual Earth Day Festival includes eco-friendly services and goods, conservation and recycling info, a recycled art show, live music with Kent County favorites and family friendly activities. Bring your one-use batteries, cfl bulbs, fluorescent tubes, vhs/dvds/cds to recycle. Free paper shredding will also be available.

Saturday and Sunday, April 23 & 24
Mutt Strut Extravaganza
The Humane Society of Kent County (HSKC) is honoring 15 years of Mutt Strut with the biggest doggie celebration Chestertown has ever seen! The weekend includes a free family festival on Saturday with a pawrade, doggie games and contests, pet friendly vendors, exhibitors, food trucks, and live music with Philip Dutton and the Alligators and the High and Wides. Sunday there will be a 5K walk/run to benefit the pets of the Humane Society.

Saturday, April 23
Mutt Strut Registration 10:00 am | Court House Lawn
Mutt Strut Parade 10:30 am | Downtown Chestertown
Festivities in Wilmer Park 10:30 am – 4:00 pm | Wilmer Park

Sunday, April 24
5k Run/Walk
8:00 am   Registration in Wilmer Park
9:00 am   Race Begins at Wilmer Park
Learn more

Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1
Paint the Town
Artists from all along the East Coast come to Chestertown to capture the beautiful surroundings in RiverArts’ annual plein air festival.    Learn more

Saturday, April 30
Paint the Town Wet Paint Show and Sale
6:00 to 8:00 pm | RiverArts Galleries | Patrons Tickets $25 | Patrons Only – 5:00 to 6:00
The Wet Paint Show and Sale is an exhibit of the paintings completed the first three days of Paint The Town. Good food and drink and beautiful art to buy.   Learn  more

Sunday, May 1
Paint the Town Quick Draw Competition
11:00 am to Noon | Fountain Park
Plein air artists compete in a quick draw. Artist’s art will be on display at Fountain Park for judging.     Learn more

Taste of the Town
Noon to 3 pm | Fountain Park
Spend an afternoon sampling signature dishes from Chestertown & Kent County’s finest restaurants and caterers. Pair the food with some local beer or wine. Watch chefs in action as they create dishes from a “mystery basket” of foods sourced from local farms. Sponsored by Downtown Chestertown Association.   Learn more