November 14, 2019
Volume 19-29
Welcome!
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 .
November 2019 Exhibit
Benita Keller’s “Looking Through Rose Colored Glasses & Scrapbook #5: Revisiting The Pink Trailer” will be on view at the Washington County Arts Council through December 3, 2019.

Parking is easily accessible through the A&E Parking Deck located at 25 Renaissance Way. The Washington County Arts Council main entrance is off the 3rd level (Potomac Street Level). There is an elevator on each level for your convenience.
Meet photographer Benita Keller ….You will have an opportunity to learn about the specific details of his photography…. artistic style, materials and process.
All Benita Keller’s photographs in this installation, Scrapbook #5, are either torn, damaged, dirty, proofs, experiments/or mistakes. These photographs cover 35 years of her photography. This installation has happened four times and is ever changing and never the same. Each installation is designed to fit into it's particular “space.” Ms. Keller says, “there IS A STORY!”
Start your morning with photographer Scott Cantner and The Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
7:30 - 9:00am - Chamber of Commerce
1 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD
December 2019 Exhibit
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. hosts its “Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2019.” The juried community art exhibit will run from December 5, 2019 through January 7, 2020 with an opening reception on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm.

Parking is easily accessible through the A&E Parking Deck located at 25 Renaissance Way. The Washington County Arts Council main entrance is off the 3rd level (Potomac Street Level). There is an elevator on each level for your convenience.
VALLEY CRAFT NETWORK ANNUAL HOLIDAY STUDIO TOUR
Fifteen artisans at twelve stops will open their studios November 23 and 24, 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm for their annual Valley Craft Network Holiday Studio Tour/ Open House. The public is invited to visit each studio and enjoy the diversified artistic works and the warm friendly hospitality of the member artists who will happily share their talent, their environment and their lifestyles.
Located in southeastern Washington County and Western Frederick County, the studios include:
JRW Creations- Judy Williamson combines expert sewing and needle skills with natural fibers and fabrics to create one-of a-kind accessories designed for individuals and their homes. New and repurposed fabrics are featured.
M4 Studios- Kirke Martin produces a wide range of functional and sculptural wood-fired ceramics including pitchers, bowls, vases, mugs, trays, sculptures and more.
Caprikorn Farms- Artisan goat cheeses- cheddar, Gouda and chevres can be found at Alice Orzechowski’s goat farm. See the “kids” and enjoy lunch as well.
Penguin Forge- While at Caprikorn Farms, check out Dave Dufficy’s traditional and nature inspired iron work and see how he makes his pieces during his onsite demonstrations.
Van Gilder Pottery- Bill van Gilder and Kris Hansen’s offerings include serving and kitchenware for your home. Pots for the table, kitchen and oven; covered casseroles, bowls, platters, mugs and more will be featured.
Distillery Lane Ciderworks- Rob Miller and Patty Power produce hard and sweet ciders from the apples grown on their farm.
Catoctin Pottery- Susan Hanson creates colorful, functional pottery in her studio at historic Lewis Mill (1810). Many of her pieces are inspired by the wildlife and nature that surround her.
WoodEndeavor, LLC- Don’t miss Dan Rudy’s hand crafted cutting boards, furniture and other custom built designs also at Catoctin Pottery.
Contentment Turnings by Dave Swiger- Featuring artistic turned bowls, vases, canes and more.
Catepetl Art Studio- Anne Snyder, a “plein air” painter, paints rural scenes and landscapes  with oils and watercolors.
InBloom Jewelry- Stacey Krantz creates handmade contemporary jewelry and works with you to create custom designs in her studio.
Fine Art Landscape Painting- Kesra Hoffman will feature her gouache and acrylic paintings, drawings, handbound journals and notecards at InBloom Studio.
Jennifer Bernhard Pottery- Terra-cotta clay becomes the canvas for geometric and botanical imagery in the thrown and altered pottery created by Jennifer Bernhard.
The tour is free and open to the public.
For additional information and/or a brochure with map, go to http://ww.vcntour.com.
Dystopia/Hope: An eclectic collection of photographic images of inspiration and despair
Exhibition Dates: October 31-November 24

Our troubled times can seem bleak and foreboding but somehow we manage to find hope amidst the wreckage. Dystopia/Hope will focus on many facets of life that show encouragement or despair, a never-ending struggle.

John Krowka is a self-taught photographer who has found comfort and satisfaction in taking photos for over 50 years. His photo "Playtime" is on display on the Cultural Trail in Hagerstown and his photo "Trump Rally" won the Juror's prize at the Cumberland Valley Photo Competition. His photo "Barred Owl" won first prize in the Boonsboro Greenfest and "Lockhouse #51" will be included in the 2020 C&O Canal Trust Calendar.

Krowka has resided in Boonsboro for the last 18 years and will always be a NYC native. He is actively involved in community organizations, operates Kensho Farms in Boonsboro, and is a retired immunologist / microbiologist who spent ~ 20 years doing AIDS research in the San Francisco Bay area.

Engine Room Art Space
36 N Potomac St
Hagerstown, Maryland
Call (240) 675-5965
Call for Entries---2020 Cumberland Valley
Artists Exhibition and Photographers Exhibition
Deadline: November 15, 2019 @ 3PM
Candlelight Yoga with Michelle Grimes at The Maryland Theatre Ballroom
11/15/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Yoga and Meditation Instructor Michelle Grimes will lead you through a one-hour yoga session to relax you, sharpen your concentration and relieve muscle tension & strain - by candlelight. Afterwards, enjoy a glass of wine and light snacks in the new Maryland Theatre Ballroom. Don't forget to bring a yoga mat - and a clear mind.
Tickets are $30 and include: • 60-minute Yoga Session •Glass of Wine • Light Snacks

Contact Melissa Fountain at 301-790-3500 or msf@mdtheatre.org

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
260 University Drive
Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
Phone (304) 876-3473
Holly Fest hosted by the City of Hagerstown
Department of Community & Economic Development
at the Maryland Theatre
Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 1:30 pm until 3:00 PM

A free holiday show featuring talented youth performers from Ballet and All That Jazz, Boonsboro Dance Academy, Barbara Ingram Dance Department, Seed Dance Company/ Bloom Dance Studio, Fresh Academicz, Hagerstown Community College Dance, Dancin Time Studios, and Washington County Show Kids & Show Co.

This free show is a Hagerstown tradition! Be sure to visit the Main Street Hagerstown Christkindl Markt (10 am-4 pm) and stay for the City Center Tree Lighting (4-6 pm) - all on the same day!

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(L-R: "Dragons" by Maria Holloway. "Magic Mirror" by Barbara Andreadis. "Painter of Dragons" by Gwen Bergey.)
ART EXHIBIT 11/01/2019

Valley Art Association members will exhibit their art work on the theme of “Dragons, Fairies and Fantasies” at the Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown, Md from November 1 to December 1. Hours are Fridays & Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm, Sundays 1 to 4 pm. Free admission. For more information call 301 797-2867 or valleyartinfo@gmail.com
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater presents The Wizard of Oz on its Mainstage beginning November 15th and running through December 22nd. Shows are held on Friday and Saturday evenings and select Sundays. The Broadway show, preceded by a buffet meal, is appropriate for ages five and older.
 
Follow the yellow brick road again! Young Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas where a large tornado picks her house, and her dog up and deposits them in the land of Oz. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. She’s helped by the Good Witch of the North, but she’s also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge for the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, for which she blames Dorothy. While searching her way home she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who needs a heart, and a cowardly lion who needs courage. 
 
Tickets, which include dinner and show, cost $53.50 for adults and $43.50 for children ages 5 - 12 (service fees also apply). Children under age 5 will not be admitted to Mainstage productions. To purchase, visit  washingtoncountyplayhouse.com   or call 301-739-7469 Tuesday Through Friday during telephone box office hours.
Potomac Playmakers - "The Porch"
Zion Lutheran Church, 31 W. Potomac Street, Williamsport, MD 21795

The Potomac Playmakers proudly announce the second show of the 2019-2020 Season, Jack Neary’s comedy, “The Porch!” “The Porch” takes place over Labor Day weekend in 2006. Three friends, all women in their late fifties or early sixties, sit on a front porch and comment—sometimes graphically—on anything and everything in their purview. Over the course of the play, their husbands are introduced into the action. Many topics are addressed, but under the camaraderie is a secret that won’t be revealed until the penultimate scene, which cements the bond established among these lifetime friends. Laughs abound from the very first scene and rarely let up. But then, since it's a comedy about real people, life steps in, plots twist, and lives change. It's a play about the challenge of enduring friendships, and has been compared to “The Golden Girls” and “Steel Magnolias.”
“The Porch,” directed by Cathy James with Rachael Thompson, stars Greg Berezuk, Wanda Dittmann, Tom Doty, Kimberly Jones, and Paulette Lee. â€śThe Porch” is sponsored in part by a grant from the Washington County Arts Council and will run November 15-17 and November 22-24, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church, located at 31 W. Potomac Street, Williamsport, Maryland 21795. Showtime for the Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8:00 pm, while the Sunday matinee performances will start at 3:00 pm. Tickets for each performance are $15 and can be purchased at the door or online in advance at www.potomacplaymakers.org

***PARENTAL ADVISORY – “The Porch” contains suggestive language and adult themes and may not be appropriate for younger audiences. Parental discretion is advised.

$15

240-382-7269

Batik Watercolors with Copper Stamps, Tjaps

Hosted by Joyful Arts Studio
Friday November 15, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
21 E Baltimore St,
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225


Come and learn about the gorgeous copper stamps, tjaps, pronounced chops. Joyful Arts Studio will use these to create the focal area of your painting. You may choose one of my other tjaps such as a daisy, fern, butterfly, peacock and bumble bee, the choice is yours. Colors used will also be your choice. We will be painting in watercolors on Ginwashi rice paper, using hot wax as a resist and then accenting with acrylics once complete.

Bring a friend pricing: 1 for $60, 2 for $115, 3 for $170, 4 for $200

Beginner's welcome, all supplies will be provided.
Batik Watercolor, Birdman

Hosted by Joyful Arts Studio
Saturday, November 16, 2019
from 9 am until 5 pm
21 E Baltimore St,
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225

Join Joyful Arts Studio to paint this bird-loving snowman just in time for your winter art. This snowman is also serving as a birdfeeder, he has seed on his hat, nuts in his eyes and mouth and a carrot nose that is a perfect resting perch for the Downy Woodpecker.

This is a big project and will take us all day to complete. You should have some previous Batik Watercolor experience prior to doing this painting.

Be sure to bring your lunch and snacks.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Will Present “The American Symphony”
at New Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center

The 38th season of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra continues on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. with a musical journey that celebrates America. “The American Symphony” features the music of Antonín Dvořák, Florence Price, and Kimo Williams. During this one night only performance, Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at the newly renovated Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center for a truly memorable concert experience.

When Antonín Dvořák came to the U.S. at the end of the 19th century, he was an immigrant thrown into a new world and new sounds. Out of that experience, he wrote a symphony for America: Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, subtitled "From the New World." It has become one of the world's most beloved orchestral works. It also produced a melody that is both a hymn and an anthem to what American music can be.

Also featured on the program, the Symphony in E minor is the first symphony written by the American composer Florence Price. The work was completed in 1932 and was first performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the conductor Frederick Stock in June 1933. The piece was Price's first full-scale orchestral composition and was the first symphony by an African American woman to be performed by a major American orchestra.

During this performance, the MSO will also premiere a new work by Kimo Williams, a retired US Army Vietnam veteran and local composer from Shepherdstown, WV. “Fanfare of a Flower,” was commissioned by the Maryland Symphony in honor of Music Director Elizabeth Schulze’s 20th anniversary with the orchestra. An award winning and nationally recognized composer, Mr. Williams’ compositions have been performed by the symphonies of Detroit, Atlanta, Savannah, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Alabama and Dallas, among many others.

The 2019/2020 concert season is presented through the generous support of Antietam Broadband. The MSO is also supported by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Tickets for the concert range from $19 to $79 for adults and children. To purchase tickets, call 301-797-4000 or go online at www.marylandsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the MSO Box Office.
The Washington County Playhouse and Dinner Theater presents
The Golden Girls 2 - Another Merry Murderous Christmas
November 17, 20, 21, 22, and November 24, 2019

Dorothy Zwieback, Blanche Delovely, Rose Niblet and Sophia Tiparillo are throwing another of their famous Christmas parties. But where is Dorothy? Apparently, she’s gone to pieces—the victim of a mad bomber. Everyone has a motive, but Lucy Lovett, Blanche’s niece and Dorothy’s literary agent, seems to be the only one with an alibi. Fortunately, obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk and assistant Sharona are on hand to solve the mystery, with the help of the guests!

The Washington County Playhouse and Dinner Theater
14 North Potomac Street, Rear
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office: 301-739-7469
Potomac Playmakers Auditions - "The Shadow Box"
Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742
Event Date: 11/18/2019,11/19/2019
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Potomac Playmakers Announce auditions for the third show of the 2019-2020 Season, the Michael Cristofer drama "The Shadow Box!" In this compelling dramatic triptych, three terminal cancer patients dwell in separate cottages on a hospital's grounds. The three are attended and visited by family and close friends: Agnes and her mother Felicity, estranged further by the latter's dementia; Brian and Beverly, whose marital complications are exacerbated by Brian's new lover, Mark; and Joe and Maggie, unready for the strain of Joe's impending death and its effect on their teenage son. Produced under special arrangement with Samuel French, "The Shadow Box" will be directed by Barry Harbaugh. The script calls for five male and four female performers. Auditions will be held on November 17 & 18, 2019 at Haven Lutheran Church, located at 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742. Auditions will begin at 7:00 pm and will consist of cold readings from the script. "The Shadow Box" is scheduled to run February 21-23, 2020 and February28 - March 1, 2020. The Potomac Playmakers, founded in 1926, is one of the nation's longest running active community theatre groups. For more information, visit The Potomac Playmakers’ website at www.potomacplaymakers.org, email potomacplaymakers@gmail.com or call (240) 382-7269. Potomac Playmakers, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) all-volunteer, non-profit community theater company in business since 1926.
Contact: Potomac Playmakers at 240-382-7269 or potomacplaymakers@gmail.com
Motown Christmas
at The Maryland Theatre
11/19/2019 at 7:00pm

A Motown Christmas features a world-class vocal group, assembled from past and present members of Motown's most legendary groups...The Temptations, The Miracles and The Capitols. A Motown Christmas is a powerful family-oriented show combining Motown's greatest hits with everyone's favorite holiday classics. This show features those famous Motown trademarks...dazzling choreography and unforgettable harmonies all performed in that memorable, soulful Motown style.
Fee: $39-$54
Contact Anne Hunt at 301-790-2000 or  aeh@mdtheatre.org
Tickets: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/1500571494951DB5?Brand=mdthtr

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday the Valley Art Association will hold their monthly meeting a week early November 20th 7 pm at the Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown, Md The speaker will be David Bottini demonstrating his acrylic painting glazing style. Guests are welcome and refreshments served. For more information call 301 797-2867 or valleyartinfo@gmail.com
Acrylic Fluid Pouring

Hosted by Joyful Arts Studio
Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 1 pm until 4 pm
21 E Baltimore St, Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225

Beginner's Welcome! Ages 14 and up!

In this class, Joyful Arts Studio will be teaching a new technique, Pour with Condiment bottles and swiping to get some awesome cell action going. Joyful Arts Studio will be doing a pour on a 6x6 framed gesso panel and an 8x10 frames gesso panel.

Come to learn one of the latest painting trends, poured acrylics. You will learn various techniques and use of different mediums. All supplies will be provided. You will pour several small pieces. Be sure to wear old clothes because this tends to be a messy technique. You will need to return the following week to pick up your dried paintings.

Feel free to bring a beverage of your choice. The bowl of chocolate is always ready and waiting for my students!
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Zoso: The Ultimate
Led Zeppelin Experience
Saturday, November 23, 2019 • 7:30pm

Zoso -The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it's much more than just being a tribute. It's about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly wound talent and authenticity. Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. In eighteen successful years of touring, they have perfected their art. As one of the longest tenured Zeppelin tributes, Zoso's 2400 live shows around the world, including a slot at Bonnaroo in 2003, have established them as the most traveled and successful band in the market.

Zoso's live shows are not about simply playing the right notes, they are about aura and feeling, harkening back to the unique atmosphere Led Zeppelin created. It’s in the way they play: Each band member's mastery of authentic vintage instruments coupled with spot on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, their compelling stage persona and distinct Led Zeppelin sound, with astounding visual imagery recreates the music, magic, and mystery of a Zeppelin concert. The impact is so powerful that band members constantly hear from young rockers that they were the catalyst behind turning them into new, die-hard Zeppelin fans.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Boys & Girls Club of Washington County
presents Tim Hawkins
at The Maryland Theatre
Sunday, November 24, 2019 • 3:00pm & 7:00pm

Tim Hawkins presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County
Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been establishing himself as one of the most in-demand comedians in the country. With 300,000,000 video views online and over 100 sold-out concerts every year, his Jackwagon Crew has grown into a revolution of multi-generational proportions. But don’t take it from us...

Tim's gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted, the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. The perils of marriage, homeschooling, and growing up in the Midwest may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for really good punchlines.

Sure he's funny, but fans are often even more amazed at his singing voice and guitar chops. Tim's hilarious music videos have brought him viral YouTube fame with fan favorites including The Chick-fil-A Song, Yoga Pants, Aging Rockers, Things You Don’t Say to Your Wife, Cletus Take the Reel, A Homeschool Family, and The Government Can. Still, Tim is no rock star: "It's not like I have a choice. Comedy is my only life skill."

Tim reminds us that for life's many difficulties, laughter is always the best medicine – when the medication runs out. He just released his 9th comedy DVD, "Just About Enough". Tim lives in Missouri with his wife and four crud muffins.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Mitch Capel - Stories In The Round
Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown meeting hall
13245 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD
11/25/2019 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Mitch Capel, a.k.a. “Gran’daddy Junebug”, actor, author, poet, stand-up comic and Master Storyteller was born and raised in historic Southern Pines NC, learning the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar as a 3- year old at his grandma’s knee. By the 1980’s he was helping his own children memorize Laurence’s work and sharing his word magic in schools and festivals. Called a “national treasure”, “transformer of lives” and “the national interpreter of Laurence’s work”, he received “The Zora Neal Hurston Award” (highest honor of the National Association of Black Storytellers), co-founded the annual African American Storytellers’ Retreat, since 1994 has emceed the annual Liars Contest for Minnesota Signifyin’ & Testifyn’ Festival, performed for the National Storytelling Festival, Timpanogas Festival, Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival and annually since 1988, the National Black Storytelling Conference. A highlight was his performance at Smithsonian’s celebration for Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Fee: $10 in advance $12 at the door
Contact: Fanny Crawford at 301-730-1638 or  fanitsky@hotmail.com
Hagerstown Community Concert Association presents
Loren & Mark - International Guitar Duo
at The Maryland Theatre
Monday, November 25, 2019 at 7:30pm

This International guitar duo is a perfect combination of virtuosity and sensitive musicality. Their diverse repertoire draws on many influences including Americana, Jazz, Classical, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz and more. The pair are best known for their rhythmic finger-style technique, beautiful renditions of classic melodies, electrifying improvisation and stunning vocal duets. Guitar playing like you have never heard!

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Call for Films!
Regular Deadline: December 1, 2019
Noteworthy Sundays at the Washington County Free Library— Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Balladeer Charlie Zahm returns to the Washington County Free Library for a Celtic Christmas concert! Our old friend, who has performed for the library many times over the years, returns with his big song bag filled with selections from Ireland and Scotland, and this time with some wonderful traditional songs of the season! www.charliezahm.com

This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
Washington County Free Library
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
Celebrating a Modern Renaissance through Education.
Proceeds benefit the USMH Scholarship Fund and support students in their quest to achieve their educational goals!
Valley Art Association members will exhibit their art work on the theme of “Winter Nights; Winter Lights” at the Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown, Md from December 6, 2019 to January 26, 2020. Hours are Fridays & Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm, Sundays 1 to 4 pm. Free Admission. For more information call 301 797-2867 or valleyartinfo@gmail.com
Santa Con in Downtown Hagerstown
A Fundraiser for Toys for Tots
Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 7 PM until 12 midnight

Everyone dresses like Santa (or Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer, etc.) and gets together for a jolly good time.
Bar hop in Downtown Hagerstown for a good cause and good fun.
Bring a new, unwrapped toy for our local Toys for Tots campaign.
Save the date … tell your friends … more details coming soon.
Tiny Tim's Holiday Feast
at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Enjoy a holiday feast with characters from Totem Pole Playhouse's A Christmas Carol in the Maryland Theatre Ballroom! Tickets are $31 and include a traditional holiday dinner buffet (with cash bar), dessert, prizes, photo opportunities with characters from the Dickens classic, plus live music from holiday carolers (Maryland Entertainment Group). “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Ebenezer Scrooge $3 from each ticket will be donated to local organizations for Micah’s Backpack.
Tickets $31

Contact Melissa Fountain at msf@mdtheatre.org

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500






THE WILLIAMSPORT COMMUNITY BAND presents their annual Christmas concert
This free concert will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2019
at 3:00 p.m.

Williamsport High School
5 South Clifton Drive
Williamsport, MD

For more information call 301-223-6823
Local artists Phillip B. Grove and David Bottini selected for the 4th Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition
The Maryland Theatre presents
Eric Byrd Trio Performs
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live!
in the Ballroom
Friday, December 13, 2019 • 7:00pm

Celebrate the Holiday season at The Maryland Theatre. The show begins with a screening of the Peanuts holiday classic followed by a live performance of the Vince Guaraldi masterpiece score, complete with choral accompaniment during "Christmastime is Here".

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Interested in applying for an Independent Artist Award? Have questions on when or where you fit in? See our chart below or contact a Program Director here: https://www.msac.org/programs/independent-artist-award … Applications are due November 15th!
Washington County Museum of Fine Art presents, “In the Style Of” Acrylic Painting Workshop With David Bottini:
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 10 AM – 2:30 PM

$45 for WCMFA Members, $50 for the public

1 hour for lunch (instructor available)

To Register: Contact Jillian MacMaster, Education & Marketing Associate
301-739-5727 x124

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
Weekly Acrylic Painting Studio with David Bottini
Two-hour evening studios from 6 PM to 8 PM on Mondays at the Mansion House, beginning on October 14th. These will be in four-week sessions and will be continued on an ongoing basis. Students will have the opportunity to explore their personal development with professional guidance, input and instruction. The use of glazing techniques in acrylics will be covered Cost is $70 for 8 hours/4-week session for VAA and Museum members ($75 for non-members).Minimum 5, maximum 10. To register, Payment by check, made out to David Bottini, may be mailed or dropped off during business hours to the Mansion House Art Gallery, Attn: Treasurer, 501 Highland Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740. (Payment by credit card is possible if you go to the Mansion House during business hours.) For further details including suggested materials list, please contact Elaine Wolfe at valleyartinfo@gmail.com or call 304-754-5116.

Acrylic Painting Studio Classes with David Bottini
Mansion House Art Gallery, 501 Highland Way, Hagerstown City Park
Weekly open studio sessions will begin on October 14, 2019.
They will consist of 2-hour evening studios, from 6 PM - 8 PM, on Mondays, in 4-week sessions, and will be continued on an ongoing basis.
Maryland Citizens for the Arts

ArtsLab 2019
Friday, November 22, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Horowitz Center
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD
Early Bird Fee: $20 General Admission; $15 for Groups of 3 or More from the Same Organization
Early Bird Special Ends November 1
ArtsLAB is a traveling professional development symposium, presented by MCA each year, in different parts of the state. This year's theme is "Arts Ecosystem." It will feature presentations by, and conversations with artists, lawyers, and organizations that make up the inner-workings of the arts ecosystem. For more information, visit the MCA website .
Maryland State Arts Council
2020 Independent Artist Awards Applications - Performing Arts
Deadline: Friday, November 15, 5:00 pm
Click HERE for Full Guidelines
Click HERE for Application
Maryland State Arts Council's Independent Artist Awards recognizes achievement by Maryland artists working independently of an institution or organization. The awards are accompanied by unrestricted grants that encourage artistic growth and sustained practice. The 2020 awards will only focus on the Performing Arts. For more information, contact Program Directors, Emily Sollenberger at emily.sollenberger@maryland.gov or Laura Weiss at laura.weiss@maryland.gov .
Maryland State Arts Council
Creativity Grants
Click HERE for the Guidelines and Application Process
Applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
Deadlines for the Creativity Grant Program are rolling. MSAC began accepting applications on April 1, 2019, for the FY20 Application cycle (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020).
The purpose of the program is to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. The Creativity Grant also provides opportunities to serve the growing needs of relevant arts projects and collaborations within Maryland communities. For more information, go to Creativity Grants .
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts hosts “The Blues and The Abstract Truth” exhibit from June 8, 2019 - January 12, 2020

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-5727
Authentic Community Theatre presents
West Side Story
Friday, January 17, 2020 • 7:30pm
Saturday, January 18, 2020 • 7:30pm

TONY AWARD WINNER Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel Dumott Schunard in the Original Broadway Cast and the 2005 film RENT) stars in Authentic Community Theatre’s production of WEST SIDE STORY!

Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in one of the most important and powerful musicals of all time.

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents
“Home for the Holidays 2019”
at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, December 21, 2019 and
Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 3 PM

The most highly anticipated holiday show of the season – Home for the Holidays! There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with the music of the season delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Music Director Elizabeth Schulze conducts a program filled with all the magical elements you have come to expect – high energy, familiar carols, and lots of holiday warmth.
We can’t wait to celebrate the season with all of you!

Tickets $19 - $79

For information contact Michael Harp at 301-791-4000 or info@marylandsymphony.org


Rock & Roll New Year's Eve 2019!
Tuesday December 31, 2019 8:30 PM
Washington County Playhouse, Hagerstown, MD

Ring in 2020 at The Playhouse! Catch a floor show featuring hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s. There will also be a live DJ and open dance floor. Enjoy a salad bar, dinner buffet, dessert, midnight champagne toast and continental breakfast. A full cash bar will be available.
Noteworthy Sundays at the Washington County Free Library— Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm

The King (Elvis Tribute Artist Randoll Rivers) is back to ring in the new year with style! As a child, Randoll would hear Elvis tunes around the house and fell in love with the music instantly. After watching several Elvis movies, he was captivated with Elvis' charm and charisma. Becoming an Elvis Tribute Artist has been a dream come true for Randoll. With each performance, he hopes to help keep the memory of Elvis and his music alive.

This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
Washington County Free Library
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
The Maryland Theatre hosts
TUSK The Number One Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Friday, February 14, 2020 • 7:30pm

Tusk, The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, is the #1 Tribute to Fleetwood Mac in the world, bar none.

No wigs, no backing tracks, no gimmicks, just five musicians recreating the music of Fleetwood Mac to perfection with note for note renditions that no other Fleetwood Mac tribute on the touring scene today can come close to duplicating. Tusk covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years. The five seasoned, well-respected musicians comprising Tusk have been making music together in various combinations and styles, in original outfits and in cover bands, for over twenty-five years. It seemed only fitting that they should come together to form the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and pay homage to a group that dominated the charts during the band members' formative years.

Authentic-sounding and always respectful, Tusk leaves no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world’s best-loved, top-selling bands.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Noteworthy Sundays at the Washington County Free Library— Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm

From Cabot, Vermont – Americana-roots and folk duo, Dana and Susan Robinson combine vivid, songwriting and storytelling, with fiddle tunes, clawhammer banjo, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing.

This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
Washington County Free Library
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
Noteworthy Sundays at the Washington County Free Library— Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Members of the Maryland Chamber Winds will perform solos, duos, and trios featuring works by Charles Koechlin, Valerie Coleman, Kaspar Kummer, and others.
This concert features Matthew Angelo on flute, Jeffrey Boehmer on clarinet, and Mason Adams on bassoon.

This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
Washington County Free Library
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
Noteworthy Sundays at the Washington County Free Library— Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
04/19/2020 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Regarded for her beautiful tone and sensitive music-making, classical guitarist Candice Mowbray shares the expressive and communicative qualities of her playing through programs of modern and classic works: from the playful acrobatics in Danse rythmique by French guitar virtuoso, Ida Presti, to the elegance and solemnity of Fernando Sor's Fantaisie élégiaque, listeners enjoy her artful programming and thoughtful interpretations. Her delightful playing once elicited from a celebrated ballerina, “it makes me want to dance,” and guitar virtuoso John Feeley described her as "a beautiful player, so expressive and musical." This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website. This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
Washington County Free Library
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
The City Ballet School and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will collaborate on the world premiere of a full-length story ballet to debut at the Maryland Theatre on May 30th and 31st, 2020.

The Spell features an original 100-minute score by composer Arshak Sirunyan, and choreography and stage design by City Ballet’s Artistic Director, Danielle Horochowski. Horochowski has choreographed Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and The Little Mermaid for City Ballet in recent years in addition to their annual performances of The Nutcracker. She is known for her vibrant storytelling and communicative choreography.

“The creation of The Spell has been an amazing adventure. It has been absolutely magical to hear the music for the ballet being created,” said Horochowski. “I am completely indebted to my incredible composer Arshak Sirunyan for creating this magnificent score. I am so grateful to Elizabeth Schulze for her partnership and her willingness to include the MSO in this journey. The ballet is an inspiration from one of my favorite childhood stories, and I am so excited to see it come to life!”

The Spell is a new fantasy story ballet based on the Grimm’s fairytale tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” The story depicts princess sisters bound by a secret spell to dance all night in the underworld ball. Desperate to discover why his daughter’s dancing shoes are worn out each morning, their father offers a prize to the man who can solve the mystery. A peasant boy falls in love with the youngest princess and sets off to solve the mystery.

Composer Arshak Sirunyan resides in South Carolina and has worked with dancers for many years. Primarily known as a jazz composer, The Spell is Sirunyan’s first full length ballet composition. “From the first conversations and a glance of the script, it was obvious that this was going to be an exciting and delightful journey,” said Sirunyan. “Now my job is almost complete with over a year and a half of work. I
can’t wait to see The City Ballet School and the Maryland Symphony, directed by the most extraordinary Elizabeth Schulze, to bring it to life!”

The Spell will feature a cast of over a hundred local and guest dancers alongside The City Ballet School’s Western Maryland City Ballet Company. Twenty- eight musicians from the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will perform the score for the first time, conducted by MSO Music Director, Elizabeth Schulze.

“Our collaboration with Danielle, Arshak and the City Ballet School is a dream come true for me and an opportunity for the orchestra to work outside the box and explore new ways of expression,” said Schulze. “We are thrilled to be part of this exciting project that will put a much-deserved focus on the exceptional talent right here in our community. Danielle’s brilliant choreography, accompanied by Arshak’s compelling score, promises an incredible weekend of dance and music.”

The performance will serve as many firsts for the community, as a collaboration of this magnitude has never been performed in Hagerstown. With female choreographers, in general, making up less than 20% of all choreographers, Horochowski’s world premiere will make her one of the first women to stage a full-length classical ballet featuring an original score performed with a symphony orchestra. The performance will also feature theatrical animation design by Mitch Stark and new costumes, set design and construction.

The City Ballet School will hold open casting auditions for children’s roles for The Spell on January 18th and all local dance students in the community are invited to audition. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 15th at 11:00 am and can be purchased through the Maryland Theatre Box Office and Ticketmaster.

The City Ballet School is offering sponsorship packages to the event that includes prime seating, advertising opportunities, VIP events and interaction with the artists. Visit WWW.THESPELL.NET for more information about the event.
The Maryland Theatre hosts the
“Celtic Woman Celebration -
the 15th Anniversary Tour”
Friday, June 5, 2020

Feel the embrace of breath-taking music that transports you from your theatre seat straight to Ireland. Celebrating 15 phenomenal years of music-making this year, Celebration brings together our very favorite songs from the journey so far - songs that have created an incredible bond with audiences all over the world. To mark 15 years of harmony, history and hits, and to thank our fantastic fans, we bring you Celebration - The Tour.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
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