RiverFest 2016 Another Success

Thanks to our fabulous volunteers another successful RiverFest!

River Orrery, by Patti & Dave Hegland & Breon Gilleran
River Orrery, by Patti & Dave Hegland & Breon Gilleran

Chestertown’s  second annual celebration of art and the river was off to a brilliant start with Friday’s Illumination Ceremony.  Julie Wills, Washington College professor of art and art history at Washington College, judged the sculptures, created specifically for RiverFest, installed on the waterfront bridge between High Street and the marina.  The Hegland/Gilleran collaboration, River Orrery was awarded first place, Rob Glebe received an elegance award for  Just Because, and Cosmic Bloom,  Cindy Fulton’s work, for excellence in use of materials. The sculptures will be on view through the end of October.

Pres Harding put together a group of talented musicians – (The Illuminators), to entertain prior to the ceremony.
The evening culminated with a street dance, and performance by local hip- hop sensation Yvng Swag.

Charlie the Peacock, Lani Seikaly
Charlie the Peacock, Lani Seikaly

Charlie the Peacock, the giant steel light installation created by Baltimore artists Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller who presided over the Foot of High Street Friday and Saturday evenings was a hit with all ages. The second light installation, Diamonds, by Mina Cheon and Gabriel Kroiz are on display along the curve of Cross Street in Chestertown through October 2.
On Saturday, Wilmer Park was filled with plenty of children’s exhibitions and crafts: pony rides, face painting, build a buoy, Scales & Tails and the Philips Wharf Fish Mobile, along with  the  paddle races, poker run, Chester River Rowing Club demonstration,  and the Washington College cardboard boat race. A popular new addition was the History Paddle Tours by Pat Nugent, Deputy Director Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience.

A Happy Festival Goer, Seikaly
A Happy Festival Goer, Seikaly

Live music by the Kent County High School Jazz Band and Steel Revolution, the community and college steel pan ensemble contributed to the festivities.

The party moved back to the foot of High Street that evening, for a Glow Party with Charlie the Peacock,  music with Kotic Couture and DJ Smallwood, and local ice cream treats by Lockbriar Farm.Modern-Art-Technique-IMG_5757