10 Events and Activities in 2017


January has nearly flown by, and if it’s any indication for the year to follow, 2017 is bound to be a whirlwind year.  We’ve already gotten our feet wet planning out the rest of the Winter season with fun events and a Winter Spa Selection.  As you begin planning your 2017 weekends and vacation days, there are some outstanding events in the Kent County Eastern Shore area you should know about.


1. Washington College Birthday Ball.  The local institution has been in operation since 1782 when its namesake, George Washington, became a pivotal supporter and donator.  To honor this history and his legacy, Washington College puts on a Birthday Ball Annually for George Washington’s birthday.  This year’s event takes place February 25, 2017.


2. Chesapeake Wine Trail. We are thrilled to be amongst a selection of the region’s best vineyards and wineries, like Crow Vineyard, Chateau Bu-de Winery and Vineyards, Cascia Vineyards, and many more. Stop by any of our favorites for a wine tasting or a bottle to enjoy.


3. Murder at Great Oak Manor. Okay, so we’re slipping one of our events into the list, but we simply couldn’t resist.  We’re so excited for this dinner party event! Fun costumes, a mystery, good company, and a delectable dinner—what more could we want?  The mystery commences on February 24-25, 2017.  Join us!


4. Weekends on the Water. Kent County has 13 marinas and 30 landings, which means there are plenty of opportunities to hop on board and enjoy the big blue.  Take a trip with Blue Crap Chesapeake Charter and see the sunset or rent a kayak from Chester River Kayak AdventuresThe Sassafras River Water Trail, the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge Water Trail, and the Captain John Smith Chester River trail are all enticing water adventures. We’re right next door to Mears Great Oak Landing Marina, a 70 acre resort with plenty of activities to fulfill your maritime pursuits.

5. Antique Fly-In. Each year the Massey Air Museum, a niche museum which focuses on grass-roots aviation, hosts the Antique Fly-In event in June.  This past celebration boasted 75 restored aircrafts and 1 helicopter.  It’s a unique show you won’t see anywhere else.


6. Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. This national park is a 2,285-acre island “providing habitat for thousands of wintering waterfowl.” Although they’re most known for the tundra swan, there are plenty of species of birds and mammals which call the refuge home. There are many activities to enjoy here including hunting, fishing, canoeing, and photography.


7. Harry Potter Festival. October, 2016 marked the 3rd annual celebration of this magical festival.  The schedule includes everything from discussions on “The Mythology of Harry Potter,” to a “Death-day” Party for Nearly Headless Nick.  There’s a Quidditch tournament and all the butterbeer you could imagine.


8. Annual Studio Tour. Chestertown’s Arts and Entertainment District is a thing to behold, as are the many talented individuals who contribute to its splendor.  RiverArts in Chestertown hosts the Studio Tour every October.  Stop by in a variety of craftsmen’s studios to learn and observe the artistry of the Eastern Shore.


9. Kent Island. Kent Island is a wonderful day trip for anyone visiting the area and looking for local shops, dining, and attractions.  Kent Fort was founded in 1631 and is the country’s oldest English settlement after Jamestown and Plymouth.

10. Down Rigging Weekend. If you’re a marine or history enthusiast, then this annual Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival is right up your alley. This fall will mark the 17th gathering of schooners, wooden boats, musicians, lecturers, filmmakers and historians.