CHESTERTOWN — Downrigging Weekend found success this year in its pairing of tall ships and bluegrass tunes. 

The festival, hosted by the Sultana Education Foundation, was held Nov. 1-3 with events like book talks and lectures throughout Chestertown and a new bluegrass festival in the newly re-opened Port of Chestertown Marina. 

According to Drew McMullen, president of the foundation, festival organizers had wanted to expand on Downrigging and add to the musical festival element to past festivals. However, the marina's near constant flooding prevented any events from being held at the marina. 

With renovations being complete, Downrigging was able to feature its "village," which offered music, beer, oysters, food and fire pits for people to gather. 

McMullen said given the success of this year's event, he "would be surprised" if next year's Downrigging does not include a musical festival. 

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