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Feline Fun Fest In Chestertown, MD

Inspired by the greatest musical cat of all time.

A fun, free, family-friendly event featuring musical performances, sing-alongs, art activities, raffle, and more. Visit and play with the 13 cats in residence at the Cat Colloquium. Meet the adoptable kittens from the Animal Care Shelter of Kent County. Watch videos of Nora the Piano Cat making her piano sing, and learn about an exciting new Nora the Piano Cat animated project! Also learn about the exciting National Music Festival (June 2-15, 2024), and enter the raffle for a chance to win tickets to the final performance of the Festival on June 15th, which includes “CATcerto”, written by Lithuanian composer and conductor Mindaugas Piečaitis and featuring Nora The Piano Cat as the soloist via a huge video screen behind the live orchestra. Maestro Piečaitis is flying in from Lithuania to conduct “CATcerto.”

There will also be all kinds of great raffle prizes for kids and adults attending the Feline Fun Fest on June 9th – including chances to win a night at the White Swan Inn, a KidSpot Birthday party, and much more. Stop into Stams for amazing ice cream flavors. Visit the High Street art galleries and fabulous stores, or walk along the beautiful Chester River. Rain or shine, come out for a fun afternoon!

Sponsored by Nora The Piano Cat.

Supporting the National Music Festival, Cat Colloquium, and Animal Care Shelter for Kent County

Coloring page for FFF event.

Nora The Piano Cat Has Died

From Burnell and Betsy:

With a breaking heart I must tell Nora fans all over the world that she passed away on the morning of Monday, February 5th, 2024. She was 19 1/2 years old. For the last few years, she was being treated for Chronic Kidney Disease, and for all but the last two weeks, she was able to lead a pretty normal happy life. We are so grateful to have had nearly 20 years with this beautiful and talented feline. She brought Betsy and I so much joy, and through her we met so many wonderful folks. Over the years, Nora received thousands of messages of love from you, her fans and admirers. We thank you all.

We loved her dearly. She passed peacefully at home on her favorite blanket and surrounded by us. At this moment, we can’t imagine a world without her.


Nora Learns Her ABC’s – ABC, That Is

I and my purrsonal assistants, Betsy and Burnell, were filmed and interviewed recently by ABC News. You can check out the broadcast below. It was so great meeting journalist Matteo Iadonisi, and I played quite a bit for him. Burnell and Betsy did alright, too, answering questions. Myself, I prefer the language of music.

Click the link below to watch the video:


Nora and Jenny

Jenny, on the right, has been trying to be a snuggle buddy with me for years, maybe even a decade. I, however, have a well-earned reputation as a diva who does not seek the company of other cats. But Jenny has been patiently relentless in her attempts to be close to me. About a year ago, I softened to her advances, as you can see from this photo. I am truly adored. The high price of fame!

The Brightest Star

I sometimes get accused of being a diva, of being bossy or, believe it or not, self-indulgent. We media stars all get criticized for taking centerstage and enjoying it. But as a bright star, I was born to shine.

Case in point: the photograph below. Even though I am a gray cat surrounded by color, I stand out. I command attention. I shine.

Photo credit: Burnell Yow!

Getting Ready for the 10th Anniversary of CATcerto

Today I got a Skype call from composer/conductor Mindaugas Piečaitis, the composer of CATcerto – all the way from Lithuania. He needed Betsy to setup and tryout a Skype connection, which will be used so that she and I can interact with the audience in Lithuania on March 6th, 2019 when Maestro Piecaitis conducts the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra in a 10th Anniversary performance of CATcerto. If you have not yet seen CATcerto, and can’t make the March 6th concert in Lithuania, you can check out the premier performance on YouTube at ?<>. And yes, that’s me appearing on the big screen. Hard to believe it’s been 10 years. Enjoy! (That’s Burnell’s iPad in the foreground, and Maestro Piecaitis’ voice on the short video below.)

It’s Calendar Time & Nora has Six Great Calendars to Choose from…

Six Cool Nora Calendars

Now’s the time to order your calendar for 2017, and  I’ve got six to choose from – all about me. Who else, right? Anyway, they’re all beautiful and five of them feature wonderful photos of me shot by my purrsonal assistants, Burnell and Betsy. And one of them features twelve amazing artworks by my fans. That’s the Nora-Inspired Art Calendar. The twelve were the winners in this years Nora-Inspired Art Contest. All ages and all media were allowed. Some really beautiful art, if I do say so myself. And, of course, I do. How could they not be when you start a cat like…well, you get the point. Cool thing is, you can order your calendar to start on any month. So, if you don’t want to wait till January, 2017, you can order it to start in November or December of this year. How cool is that?

Order at