'Wizarding Weekend,' Chestertown HP Festival is Oct. 4 and 5

Mary DiAngelo, a volunteer with Kent School, helps Brendan Kelley, 4, perfect his technique for flying on a broom during last year's Chestertown HP Festival. This year's festival is set for Oct. 4 and 5. 

CHESTERTOWN — The Garfield Center for the Arts, working with wizarding fans and community volunteers, is planning a fun HP Festival Wizarding Weekend for Oct. 4 and 5.

This year’s event is being supported by other local nonprofits that include Main Street Chestertown, RiverArts and the Downtown Chestertown Association.

The 2019 Chestertown HP Festival’s Wizarding Weekend invites fans of all ages to convene and enjoy the historic river town’s local arts and activities, a news release states.

Beginning on First Friday, Oct. 4, participants can explore downtown shops and dance the night away at a family friendly wizard-themed street party. All are encouraged to wear their HP and wizarding costumes. RiverArts Clay Studio will be offering a Chest-a-Wizards workshop, where participants will learn how to mix magic spells and potions to take home. Pre-register at chestertownriverarts.com.

Then on Saturday, Oct. 5, activities will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop in at the Garfield Center at 210 High St. to pick up a map and schedule for the day. The HP Festival’s Wizarding Weekend Scavenger Hunt will take visitors through the streets of Chestertown in search of clues to solve the riddle featured on the event map.

Attendees also are encouraged to dress in their wizard best for the costume contest and “parade/procession” for fans of all ages with fun prizes. Back by popular demand are the wand co-op at Bob Ortiz’s studio and the Goblins and Galleons Bank created by Kent School teachers and students.

At 11 a.m. visit the Chestertown branch of Kent County Public Library for a screening of “Order of the Phoenix.” The RiverArts Chest-a-Wizards workshop will be offered throughout the day where young wizards can experience the magic of a potions class with Radcliffe Creek School.

Gunston School students will help attendees discover their house and show house pride with the “Create Your House Banner” activity. Kaleidescope Children’s Art Studio is offering a “Magical Creature Habitat Workshop” for ages 5 to 12. Pre-register at kaleidoscopechestertown.com.

Fountain Park and High Street in Chestertown’s Historic District will host HP and wizarding themed artisans and craft vendors. Food trucks and vendors will be on site for a quick bite, and downtown restaurants and cafés will welcome diners for sit-down meals.

Go to the official festival website, chestertownhpfest.org to join the mailing list to be notified of updates. More information on the HP Festival’s Wizarding Weekend will be added to the website as it becomes available.

With the exception of some workshops that require fees to cover materials, all events and activities for this weekend are free. Donations are always welcome, the release states.

To volunteer for the HP Festival, email volunteers@chestertownhpfest.org.

For further details, directions and suggested accommodations, visit chestertownhpfest.org.

The Chestertown HP Festival’s Wizarding Weekend is organized by the Garfield Center for the Arts and community volunteers as a celebration of the spirit of Harry Potter and an opportunity to promote the local community and its arts, the release states. Warner Bros. Entertainment and JK Rowling are not associated with or responsible for the festival in any way, the release states.

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