October 15, 2020
Volume 20-54
Welcome to Artist Alley,
Washington County Arts Council's electronic newsletter. We hope this publication will engage you with the arts in your community.
WCAC welcomes your ideas and support as it continues to take the lead in bringing together the community's art organizations to strengthen our region's arts culture.
For artist information, arts events, calls for art, and more visit WCAC's web page... www.washingtoncountyarts.com.
The Maryland State Arts Council's Regional Arts Summits are back and this year as virtual!

The Regional Arts Summits are virtual this year! Join the Maryland State Arts Council team on (October 20, 2020 from 4:00 PM until 6:3O PM for an afternoon of arts content-specific breakout groups, community sharing, and more! This event is free! Register at marylandartscouncil.eventbrite.com
MSAC to host “office hours” online
Do you have an arts related question, comment or suggestion, and would like to have some one-on-one time with a Maryland State Arts Council staff member? You are in luck! Every Tuesday until October 20th, the MSAC staff will be available for “office hours” online where you can drop by via Google Meet and chat!
Sign up is easy: visit tinyurl.com/SummitOfficeHours and find the staff member you’d like to speak with and choose a time slot!
Four Retired “Rebels Without A Cause” Exhibit with artists Lee Weaver, Don Viar, Tom Renner, & Jeff Shoaf is now open in the Galleries with social distancing & masks and will be available to view “virtually” on the WCAC web page at https://www.washingtoncountyarts.com/ on October 3, 2020.
Four Retired “Rebels without a Cause”:
Lee Weaver, Don Viar, Tom Renner, and Jeff Shoaf
Call for Artists
Annual Community Art Show:
The Best Local Art of 2020
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. invites local artists working in any medium to submit their best new works for WCAC’s “Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2020.” The juried community art exhibit will be on display virtually and in the gallery from December 3, 2020 through January 5, 2021.

Submission Deadline: October 24, 2020
2020 Ghost Tours

Hager House Ghost Tours
Fridays & Saturdays
7pm, 8pm & 9pm
Oct. 16 (#7158)
Oct. 17 (#7159)
Oct. 23 (#7160)
Oct. 24 (#7161)

Experience the dark eerie quiet surrounding the historic home of town founder, Jonathan Hager, for a guided outdoor candle & lantern lit tour. An active residence for over 200 years, the Hager House has legendary secrets that are only shared at night during this spooky time of year. $7.
City Park Walking Ghost Tours
Fridays & Saturdays
8pm & 9pm 
- Oct. 16 (#7162)
- Oct. 17 (#7163)
- Oct. 23 (#7164)
- Oct. 24 (#7165)

The echoes of the sights and sounds of local lore and legend still reverberate through Hagerstown City Park. Begin your journey by checking in at the haunted grounds of the Hager House, then head south into the heart of City Park and hear shocking history and ghost stories of the many buildings, byways, and hide-a-ways throughout the history of the site. Hosted by Heather Holman, of Historic City Park Neighborhoods First group. $7.
Friday marks the long-awaited return of our Culture and Cocktails series! Join the Historical Society of Washington County this Friday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m. for a special Zoom installment of Culture and Cocktails, wherein Mark Brugh of Sharpsburg Civil War Ghost Tours will return to share ghost stories from the Antietam Battlefield...and beyond. This month’s featured cocktail is the Haunted Orchard. Tickets for General Admission are $15, and tickets for members are $10.
Indulge thrills and chills with this deliciously spiced apple cider cocktail!
For a chance to win a free ticket to next month’s Culture and Cocktails, take a picture of yourself with a drink, and post it to Twitter with the hashtag #CultureAndCocktailsMD.
Haunted Orchard recipe:
1.5 oz. silver tequila
1 oz. lemon juice
¼ cup apple cider
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 pinch cinnamon
5 oz. hard cider
Cinnamon stick and apple slices

In a cocktail shaker or glass, mix together tequila, lemon juice, apple cider, ginger, and cinnamon. Strain into a prepared glass and add hard cider. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slices.
Time Travelers Alight, an outdoor performance by MAD Dance

Time Travelers Alight to be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 beginning at 3:00 pm. This original performance by MAD Dance takes place in three outdoor locations in Hagerstown, MD:

There is time between each section for the audience to travel by foot, bike, or car to the next location.

The music for this piece (composed by Cam Millar) will be livestreamed on the MAD Dance YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxGs70h-RgGVvx5RWHAnmSQ). For the best experience, please bring a smart device and earbuds.

The performance is free, and has been supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org).
Join WCMFA for the next program!
Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m.
Please RSVP to drastelli@wcmfa.org.
A Zoom link will be sent out closer to the date.

Let’s Talk Art! A Conservation Conversation: Jasper Cropsey’s Autumn Landscape & Hudson River School Works at WCMFA
Join Director Sarah Hall and Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Curator Daniel Fulco for this special conversation, perfectly timed to coincide with fall foliage season. Sarah and Daniel will be joined by Conservator Heather Smith, owner of Maryland Art Conservation, LLC, Baltimore, to discuss Heather's recent treatment of Cropsey's Autumn Landscape. You will see before and after images of Heather's work, while Daniel and Sarah put the museum's Hudson River School collection into a broader social and artistic context.
Authentic Community Theatre announces
updated dates and times for Footloose
Tickets for Authentic Community Theatre’s performance of Footloose ae now on sale! Make sure you get yours before they're gone!

October 22nd: 7:30pm (100 Live Tickets)
October 23rd: 7:30pm (100 Live Tickets, Unlimited Live Stream)
October 24th: 11am (100 Live Tickets) 6pm (100 Live Tickets, Unlimited Live Stream) 9pm (100 Live Tickets)
Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 4 PM – 6 PM
Hosted by Discovery Station

  1. Chef E Jay Zuspan III of 28 South
  2. Chef Alan Redding of Desert Rose Cafe and Sweet Shoppe
  3. Dr. Brenda Paul of River City Dental
  4. Dr. Salvatore DiMercurio of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

Discovery Station will raffle off each carver’s pumpkin creations and the carver with the most raffle tickets sold will be crowned the 2020 PumpKing or PumpQueen!
Free art classes for students in elementary, middle, and high school. Check it out!
Bob Wantz Memorial Watercolor Workshop at the
Museum of Fine Arts Washington County

Middle and High School Students
Saturdays, October 24 – December 5, 2020
9 – 11 a.m.

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
Authentic Community Theatre Inc. Welcomes Broadway Star
Major Attaway

Master Class tickets are available now!

The Major Attaway Master Class tickets for October 25, 2020
are available now!

Authentic Community Theatre in Hagerstown is super excited to be offering this chance of a lifetime to you in our community!

Observe Major working with individuals on technique and one on one direction and meet the CURRENT Broadway Genie! 

ACT NOW and buy your ticket while they are still available!
Drive Through Trick-Or-Treat at Fairgrounds Park

The City of Hagerstown is partnering with Manning Media this Halloween for a Drive Through Trick-or-Treat at Fairgrounds Park on Thursday, October 29th (5pm-9pm) and would welcome non-profits to participate with them!

In lieu of a fee we just ask you to provide at least 1,500 pre-packaged treats and giveaways for the event. There are only 15 spots available (first come, first serve) so grab your spot soon by filling out an application which is available by contacting Cassie Hershberger at CHershberger@hagerstownmd.org.

“A safe, fun trick or treat event! Grab the family and take a drive through Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown and visit our vendors who will be handing out treats to the kids. RAIN OR SHINE. Just $5 per carload (must be legally belted in the car). Proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Washington County. Gates open at 4:30pm. Please note: there are no restroom facilities available. Only 700 tickets will be sold.
It's BACK!
Don't miss The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the
historic Maryland Theatre!

Friday, October 30, 2020 and Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 6pm
Tickets on sale to the general public Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11am

Tickets available via Ticketmaster, online only.
Let's do the Time Warp Again! Join us for this "fabulously freaky" cult classic on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31! Doors open one hour prior to showtime. Additional showtimes may be added based on demand.

Tickets are $35 and include a Prop Bag and (1) beer or wine.
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
The Washington County Playhouse will resume public performances on Thursday, November 12th, 2020! Ticket sales will resume on October 15th.

The performance calendar is as follows:

  • The Golden Girls 3: The Curse of Jessica Fletcher (New ticket purchases only. No exchanged tickets or Season Tickets may be used) November 12 - 22, 2020

  • Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol December 4 - 20, 2020

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde January 29 - February 21, 2021

Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear
Hagerstown, MD
(301) 739-7469
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the
250th birthday of Beethoven.
Support the concerts and education programs of the MSO
Multiple ticket options are available.

Meet the cast and staff of Authentic Community Theatre’s production of ELF the Musical!

Tickets available soon through www.mdtheatre.org
Grammy Award-Winning Singer, Dwight Yoakam, has officially postponed his performance at The Maryland Theatre from Monday, November 9, 2020, at 8 PM to Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 8 PM.

Tickets originally dated (May 2, 2020) are transferable and will be valid in the same form you have them in currently for the new date & showtime in 2021.

Options if ticket holders are unable to attend the new date:
  • Share your tickets with a friend or family member
  • Re-sell them online at Ticketmaster.com or otherwise or
  • Consider the ticket value a donation to the performance entity

If you have a question for our box office staff, please call 301-790-3500 and leave a message. While a response may not immediate- staff continues to check voicemails and e-mails often. Please continue to check the website www.mdtheatre.org  for the most up-to-date information about hours of operations. The Maryland Theatre thanks everyone their continued support of The Maryland Theatre during this unpredicted time.

The Maryland Theatre
21 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Panelists sought for 2021 Heritage Awards
Picture: The Sensational Royal Lights, who received a 2018 Heritage Award, are the multigenerational gospel ministry of the Elliott family. Their music is rooted in African-American devotional traditions. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking panelists to review to review 2021 Heritage Award nominations. Heritage Awards recognize long-term achievement in traditional arts, or community-based living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth. Awards annually recognize one recipient in each of three categories: Person/People, Place, and Tradition.

Serving as a panelist is a great opportunity to support the traditional arts while also learning about MSAC granting processes.

What does a panelist do?
Panelists play a vital role in the MSAC grants process. Heritage Award panelists will:
·    Attend an orientation in-person or virtually to learn about the Heritage Awards program
·    Review written grant nominations online
·    Attend an in-person or virtual panel meeting to collaboratively evaluate nominations with other panelists

Who can be a panelist?
MSAC relies on a wide array of arts experts and enthusiasts from across the state to serve as panelists. Heritage Award panelists are selected with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in traditional arts. Regardless of your connection to the arts, we encourage you to apply. Panelists must be Maryland residents.

How do I apply to be a panelist? 
Submit your application via MSAC’s online grants management system SmartSimple. 
·    Click the Apply Here button below to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple.
·    Under Funding Opportunities, select "Public Call."
·    Select "Panelist" from the dropdown options and click "Save Draft" to populate the application.
·    Select “Heritage Awards” as the Grant Program.

Panelists receive modest compensation for their services and must have access to an Internet-connected computer to complete reviews.

For questions, contact State Folklorist Chad Buterbaugh at chad.buterbaugh@maryland.gov.

Each Heritage Award supports the vitality of the traditional arts in Maryland. Download Heritage Award nomination guidelines and see a list of past awardees at the arts council website.
Deadline: October 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm
Successful panelists enthusiastically embrace organizational and analytical skills, preparedness, timeliness, communication, collaboration, and their role as an advocate for the arts. Please do not complete this application if this list does not align with your practice.
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