CHESTERTOWN TEA PARTY FESTIVAL
May 26-28, 2017
Memorial Day Weekend
Maryland Eastern Shore Event - Set along the banks of the Chester River, the Annual ChestertownTea Party Festival is a fun event giving a glimpse into Chestertown's colonial past. The main events are held on Saturday with street performances, artisans and crafts vendors, colonial parade, musicians, activities for kids and the main event - the Tea Toss Reenactment on the Chester River. Enjoy great local food, beer and wine. A new addition this year to the food offerings are Orchard Point Oysters - farm raised by our son, Scott Budden. The 18th century tall ship, Sultana, will be offering public sails on the Chester River, while on land - there are docent-led walking tours of the historic district. Friday night is the Street Party and on Sunday there is wine and craft beer tasting and the crazy Raft Race. There is no admission charge to the festival.
History of the Chestertown Tea Party...In response to British Parliament’s closing of the port of Boston, the citizens of Chestertown, Maryland met in May of 1774 at the town center, marched down High Street to the brigantine Geddes, anchored in the Chester River and tossed her cargo of tea overboard. and set forth “Resolves” forbidding importing, selling, or consuming tea in Chestertown. The annual reenactment of that event is the centerpiece of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival, beginning with a ruckus of 'towns people' on the main street and culminating with adventures on the Sultana out on the Chester River.