Garfield Center executive director resigns

The Garfield Center for the Arts board of directors has announced the resignation of the theater’s executive director Tess Jones.

CHESTERTOWN — The Garfield Center for the Arts accepted the resignation of Tess Jones as executive director, effective Aug. 29, according to a news release from the board of directors.

Scheduled Garfield Center productions and events will go on as planned, the release states, including the annual Chestertown Jazz Festival in Wilmer Park on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Efforts are underway to determine the future of the Chestertown HP Festival.

“A group of volunteers led by the Garfield Center for the Arts is working to create a fun wizarding weekend for Oct. 4 and 5, 2019 as they look forward to the return of the full HP Fest in 2020. Other nonprofits collaborating with GCA on the weekend activities include Main Street Chestertown, Chestertown RiverArts, Kent School, Inc. and more to be announced,” the Garfield Center posted on Facebook Sunday, Sept. 8.

According to the release from the Garfield Center, the cast of “Annie” has begun to rehearse. Opening weekend is November 22-24.

At this time, all theater inquiries should be directed to Nic Carter, theater manager, at or Meghan Ferster, director of development, at, the release states.

“We continue to strive to accomplish our mission to invigorate the cultural life of our community by nurturing, celebrating and supporting arts and artists through performance and education,” the board of directors said in the release. “We look forward to seeing you at the Garfield!”

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