Harry Pot­ter Festival a fa­vorite in Kent

Cecil Whig - - WE ATHE R -

— Wizards and mug­gles will cel­e­brate the spirit and ex­cite­ment of Harry Pot­ter fan­dom in this colo­nial river town for the third con­sec­u­tive Ch­ester­town Harry Pot­ter Festival, a fun-filled week­end from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.

With free and tick­eted events to ben­e­fit the Garfield Cen­ter for the Arts and the Kent County Fund through the Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, there is some­thing for ev­ery­body at this event.

The week­end’s events take flight Fri­day, Sept. 30 with a talk by Dr. Pa­trick McCauley, au­thor of “Into the Pen­sieve: The Phi­los­o­phy and Mythol­ogy of Harry Pot­ter” at Ch­ester­town’s Flour­ish and Blotts, com­monly known as the Book­plate, 112 S. Cross St., from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Wands, robes and your house col­ors are ideal at­tire for the festival kick-off party at Hog­warts, oth­er­wise known as the Garfield Cen­ter for the Arts at 210 High St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Fans of all ages can en­joy magic, trivia, wizard rock and cos­tumed fun with a $5 fee at the door for adults;


no cost for chil­dren 12 and un­der.

Bring a broom Satur­day to cover the ac­tiv­i­ties in lo­ca­tions in­spired by the award­win­ning books by J.K. Rowl­ing: a self-guided scav­enger hunt from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in down­town Ch­ester­town’s shops trans­formed into mag­i­cal-themed re­tail­ers, po­tions class, cos­tume con­test and street theatre.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pot­ter in the Park will fea­ture free ac­tiv­i­ties in cen­tral Foun­tain Park for mug­gles of all ages, in­clud­ing du­el­ing, face paint­ing, magic, wizard rock mu­sic, crafts, photo op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as themed food and ven­dors.

The DC Quid­ditch Club will host a tour­na­ment with col­lege and club teams from the re­gion com­pet­ing for the prized Ch­ester­town Quid­ditch Cup on Satur­day and Sun­day in Wilmer Park, on the wa­ter­front. Play­ers of all ages and skills can join Kid­ditch from 9 a.m. to noon Satur­day to learn the game from ex­pe­ri­enced Quid­ditch play­ers.

Nearly Head­less Nick’s 524th Death­day Party will be cel­e­brated at the Garfield Cen­ter for the Arts, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Satur­day for wizards un­der 21. Tick­ets will be $10, avail­able at the door.

Some ac­tiv­i­ties re­quire tick­ets to be pur­chased in ad­vance. These spe­cial events in­clude the Hog­warts Ex­pe­ri­ence, Madam Malkin’s High Tea and the House Party at the Hogshead. Tick­ets are $35 for each. Tick­ets will of­fi­cially go on sale Sept. 1, or Start of Term, when a link will be avail­able on the web­site and Face­book page.

Sun­day’s fi­nal event is a 5K race with Wash­ing­ton Col­lege’s Al­pha Omi­cron Pi at 11 a.m. at Wilmer Park. The Golden Snitch will be awarded to the best Harry Pot­ter cos­tumed par­tic­i­pant. Reg­is­ter on­line at www.trisport­sev­ents.com or 10 a.m. on-site.

For festival up­dates and details, visit www.ch­ester townh­pfest.org.


Young­sters gather around to make their own con­coc­tions dur­ing po­tions class at the 2015 Harry Pot­ter Festival.

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