September 18, 2020
Volume 20-49
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...
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
Congratulations to the "Purple: The Color of Recovery"
Award Winners
Awards sponsored by the Nora Roberts Foundation.
Purple: The Color of Recovery Artist Focus
Four Retired “Rebels Without A Cause” Exhibit with artists Lee Weaver, Don Viar, Tom Renner, & Jeff Shoaf opens in the Galleries with social distancing & masks on October 1, 2020.

The exhibit can also be viewed “virtually” on the WCC web page at on October 2, 2020.

PARKING: Please use 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.
The second annual Washington Goes Purple exhibit "Purple: The Color of Recovery" is now open. Visitors can view "Purple: The Color of Recovery" in the Main Gallery from August 27, 2020 through September 28, 2020 while wearing masks and socially distancing. The exhibit can also be viewed “virtually.”
Introduction by Emily Keller and Vicky Sterling
Mark your calendars…
support the Washington County Arts Council!

Now more than every it is important to support the arts!

Washington County Gives is a 24-hour, online giving promotion hosted by the Community Foundation of Washington County MD for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Washington County, Maryland. This annual event gives the Washington County Arts Councils and local nonprofits the opportunity to raise unrestricted dollars and receive and prize money!
City Park Fall Fest Adapts for 2020
Virtual & socially-distanced events and activities fill the day!
September 19, 2020!

After considerable discussion, our City Park Fall Fest Committee has decided to cancel the annual City Park Fall Fest as originally planned. This decision was made in the interest of the health and safety of the community, as the festival draws very large crowds to City Park.

However, in an effort to keep the community spirit alive, we are planning virtual and socially distant group activities and events designed to inspire the exploration of the City’s parks and facilities this Saturday, September 19!

All activities and events are FREE. Some require pre-registration. Below is a snapshot of the daylong schedule:

9am, Outdoor Yoga Class in the City Park band shell area #7207
11am, Outdoor Zumba for Kids (and families)
in the City Park band shell area #7208
11am & 1pm, Potomac Tribe Troop 2 Dancers on the Hager House front lawn
Ben's Antique Garden, purchase fresh floral items all day long
(located at the Hager House)
12pm, Virtual Doll Making #7205
2pm, Geocache Scavenger Hunt starting at the City Park west pavilion #6887
3pm, Virtual Have-Fun-with-Paint Class #7204
4pm, Livestream Concert Special with The Wailers,
presented by Bester Community of Hope
6pm, Live Music in the band shell with children’s entertainer, Ray Owen
7pm, Outdoor Movie at the City Park band shell featuring
‘The Goonies’ (rated PG) sponsored by U.S. Cellular
7pm, Family Night Virtual Dance Party with DJ Kopec,
presented by Bester Community of Hope
9pm/dark, Fireworks. Watch safety from home,
presented by Bester Community of Hope

The 5th Annual South Side Community Block Party, brought to you by Bester Community of Hope, our program partner, is going virtual this year also! Enjoy book readings by local “celebrities”, a cooking demonstration with Washington County Free Library, and a concert performance by The Wailers just for the neighborhood! Make sure you stick around for intermission and watch the 30-minute special celebrating the south end featuring residents, students and friends. After the concert, DJ Kopec, official DJ of the Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders, keeps the celebration going with a Family Dance Night. And the evening culminates with a spectacular display by Zambelli Fireworks!! All the details will be posted on the BesterHOPE app. Available on both the App Store and Google Play!

From 10am – 4pm, visit our City Park Museums! Museums are open with a variety of free programs -- please note, public health guidelines and capacity limits apply.

Climb aboard a real steam engine, rail cars, and cabooses. Discover railroad tools and artifacts!  Stop by and explore this historic site.

Visit the refurbished home of Hagerstown’s founder, Jonathan Hager, built circa 1739. Free outdoor activities in the front lawn.

Mansion House Valley Art Association (hours, 11am – 4pm)
View and purchase the works of over twenty local artists. Participate in the “Color the Mansion House Contest” and win prizes.

Stop by to pick up your own Hedgie inspired art project! Meet us virtually for a book reading, LIVE Q/A with a hedgehog rescue, and follow along with children's book illustrator Jan Brett to learn how to create your own Hedgie drawing.

Event communication to our participants will include education and awareness on safe usage of parks and facilities. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines will be followed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure to patrons and staff. Activities are subject to change.

For the most up-to-date info on City Park Fall Fest’s modified event plans, follow us on Facebook at ‘Hagerstown Parks and Recreation’ and visit our website
Washington County Free Library
Reopening to the Public September 21, 2020

Hagerstown, MD— Welcome back! In the next phase of Washington County Free Library’s gradual reopening beginning Monday, September 21, branch libraries throughout the county will welcome patrons back for browsing the stacks to find library materials, public computer use, and other limited in-person services during modified business hours.
The main Fletcher Branch Library in Hagerstown will be open to the public from 2-6 PM Monday through Friday. A full listing of branch library hours is available on the library website, A limited number of patrons will be allowed enter library buildings. Some areas of the library buildings are “staff only” at this time.
Patrons ages five and over must wear face coverings that completely cover the mouth and nose at all times, and practice social distancing in all WCFL branch libraries. Public printing and technology assistance from library staff processes have been adjusted wherever possible to limit exposure to frequently touched surfaces and maintain social distancing.
Library materials are still available for checkout through curbside pickup services. Curbside pickup services at the Fletcher Branch Library will continue Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 AM-2 PM, and Tuesday and Thursday from 2-6 PM.
Returns throughout the county will only be accepted through book drops. All returned items are quarantined for 120 hours before going back into circulation.  
The health and safety of Washington County Free Library customers and staff continue to be of utmost importance. WCFL has been diligent in following the advice of our federal, state, and local public health officials to efficiently and safely serve the Washington County community.
For more information about library services available at this time, visit the Washington County Free Library website at or call your branch library.

Contact Information:
Sarah Nadeau
Community Partnerships Librarian
Washington County Free Library
301-739-3250 ext. 168
Washington County Historical Society Offers
Hagerstown Aviation Museum Tour
Sunday, September 27, 2020

Join the Washington County Historical Society and the Hagerstown Aviation Museum on Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 2-4 PM as it explores Hagerstown’s rich aviation history at the Hagerstown Aviation Museum, 14211 Bascore Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742. The museum features over 23 airplanes. It includes the Flying Boxcar, the PT-26 Trainer, the C-82, the C-119, the A-10 Thunderbolt, and the Kreider Reisner KR-31 biplane. 
Museum Director John Seburn will be the guide. He will share the history of Fairchild Aircraft, whose main facility, located in Hagerstown, produced military aircraft to support the World War II effort. In its heyday, Fairchild employed over 10,000 workers and developed the “Hagerstown System” which subcontracted work to twenty-five local business. Many of our family members either worked at Fairchild or participated in this “System” as it built these historic and important aircraft.
The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is moving forward to preserve Washington County’s aviation history. Learn about the plans to use two large hangars at the airport for a museum and event center. The largest hanger is about 80,000 square feet, while the dome hangar is about 35,000 square feet. Wander around one of these cavernous buildings and see an exhilarating video detailing the future plans for these facilities.
Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase online, the day of the event at the Aviation Museum site or by calling the offices of the Washington County Historical Society. Every $15.00 ticket purchased will be entered into a raffle to ride in a Fairchild PT19 monoplane! Participants under the age of 18 will be admitted free, this is a family friendly event. Social distancing will be observed. Participants are required to wear masks.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Washington County Historical Society, 135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.
Phone: 301-797-8782
Tickets go on sale September 27, 2020
September 13, 2020-January 10, 2021
The World of Jan Brett, opens on Sunday, September 13, 2020. Over 70 original paintings from bestselling books set the theme of the exhibit and take you on a journey around the world to learn about the places and cultures from which Jan Brett gets her inspiration. From tropical rainforests to Arctic igloos, your imagination will fly away into The World of Jan Brett. The World of Jan Brett is organized by the Oshkosh Public Museum (WI) in partnership with Jan Brett. Visit us online at

Museum of Fine Arts—Washington County
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
Working Life: Hands, Mind & Heart
The Mansion House Art Center announces its September 2020 show: Working Life: Hands, Mind & Heart which will run from Friday, September 4, 2020 through Sunday September 27, 2020.

501 Highland Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Open Fridays and Saturdays 11am - 4pm and Sundays 1pm - 5pm.
Admission Free
Maryland Writers’ Association
Encouraging Maryland writers, poets, playwrights, and authors for 30 years.
September’s MWA Notable Maryland Author is John DeDakis an award-winning editor for "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” and a mystery/suspense writer.
View the current Hall Gallery exhibitions, of artists Lesley Whalley and Dana Ebersole through Tuesday, September 29, 2020. The virtual exhibit will remain on the WCAC website.
The Washington County Arts Council July - September 2020 Exhibits....
view the videos.
or visit the Gallery.....socially distancing...wearing facial masks...
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
Time Travelers Alight, an outdoor performance by MAD Dance

Hager House Field, Cultural Trail, Artist Alley (Hagerstown)
10/17/2020 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm

MAD Dance Theatre performs “Time Travelers Alight,” a three-part, outdoor performance in Hagerstown, MD, on Saturday, October 17, 2020. The performance begins at 3:00 pm near Hager House in City Park. In the event of rain, the performance will take place on October 18. The event is free, and no tickets are required. Attendees are asked to maintain 6-foot physical distancing from people outside their households and to wear masks at all times for everyone’s health and well-being. Arriving from the future, two Time Travelers arrive in Hagerstown, explore the environs, see it with fresh eyes, and in turn encourage witnesses to see the sights anew. Section one begins at 3:00 pm in a field adjacent to Hager House in City Park (110 Key Street). There, the travelers first arrive and get grounded in this time and place. At 3:45 pm, at the Mural of Unusual Size (53 West Baltimore Street), the travelers are inspired by its bold colors and shapes, and explore the space between pretense and sincerity, superficiality and depth. At 4:30 pm, the travelers arrive at the intimate Artist Alley (34 South Potomac Street), where they engage in a slow-moving meditation on the passage of time. Composer Cam Millar has been commissioned to compose the original music for this production. The music for “Time Travelers Alight” will be streamed via YouTube, and attendees should bring smart phones and ear buds in order to hear it during the performance. There will be time between each section to allow people to travel by foot, bike, or car to the performance’s next location. Supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (, Time Travelers Alight is conceived and performed by MAD Dance Theatre members Ray C. Shaw and Kit Clark. Founded just over two years ago, MAD Dance Theatre explores what dance art is for older dance artists. Utilizing the genre of modern and post-modern dance, including improvisation, Shaw and Clark express ideas and make movements that are in turns, intimate, humorous, and surreal. MAD Dance was awarded an independent artist award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2020. If the event is postponed due to rain, the announcement will be made on Facebook at MAD.Dance.Theatre. For more information, email or phone 301-331-4398. 
Fee: free

Contact Kitty Clark at 301-331-4398 or
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)
Authentic Community Theatre Inc. Welcomes Broadway Star
Major Attaway

Authentic Community Theatre Inc. (ACT) in Hagerstown Maryland has announced that Broadway Star, Major Attaway, will be conducting 2 Masterclasses for their theatre October 25, 2020
"If anyone out there thought Covid was going to stop us from bringing our theatre and our community amazing opportunities, they were wrong" said Robbie Soto, President of Authentic Community Theatre.

Major Attaway, Best known for his portrayal of The Genie in Broadway's Aladdin, will be making his way down the east coast to Hagerstown MD for two masterclasses on October 25. 10 people will get the opportunity to work with Major and get feedback from him while 60 people will get to sit back, watch, and take notes while Attaway works with individuals.

"This isn’t the first time that we have brought someone of this caliber to ACT. We have had masterclasses with Susan Egan and Wilson Jermaine Heredia. Wilson even came and did a full show with us. This isn’t the first and it's not going to be the last" said Soto.

Major Attaway, originally from Fort Worth Texas, got his call up to Broadway in 2016 to be the standeby for Tony Winner James Monroe Iglehart. In February 2017 with Iglehart moving over to Hamilton, Major got to call the role his own.

"Major coming to Hagerstown is an amazing opportunity" Soto continued. "People loved other classes we have put on and the one question we've gotten is when are we going to bring in someone who is on Broadway right now? It was never easy because they do 8 shows a week. With Covid and Broadway being shut down this gave us an opportunity." Soto took a group of about 50 to see Aladdin on Broadway in 2018 and got to meet Major. What he saw was everything he personally have ever dreamed of. "Seeing Major for me was like being a kid on Christmas. Everything he did on stage was stunning. He was hilarious, heartfelt, and I could have watched him over and over again. He commanded the stage the second he walked on to it". Major coming to Hagerstown makes the 3rd year in a row that ACT has presented a masterclass from Broadway talent and they don’t see themselves slowing down anytime soon. "As soon as I took over as president at ACT I saw that while we were educating our talent, they were hungry to learn from new people and wanted to hear from people who have made it to the big time. So that's what we have been doing. It is important that we continue our mission, more so now than ever before". Soto said.

You will have multiple opportunities to meet Major. He will be in attendance at Authentic Community Theatre's production of Footloose at the Historic Maryland Theatre for a meet and greet. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets for the masterclass can be purchased at Tickets go on sale September 12, 2020. To participate the cost is $100.00 and to observe tickets are just $40. Participants will receive one on one training from Major and will receive pictures and can bring one item to have autographed. Autographed headshots may also be purchased for the event. Everyone in attendance will get a chance to meet and take a picture with Major.

For More information you can contact Robbie Soto, President at or go to
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

“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.
Meet the Artists of Washington County Arts Council’s
“The Gallery Shop”
Revisit past exhibits hosted at the Washington County Arts Council
Regional Arts Summit Save the Date!

The Regional Arts Summits are back and this year we are virtual! Join us for statewide updates from the Maryland State Arts Council, arts content-specific breakout groups, community sharing, and more – with options to connect with staff during daytime virtual office hours!

MSAC’s Regional Arts Summits will be held virtually from 4:00PM - 6:30PM on Tuesdays beginning September 15 through October 20, convening artists and arts organizations from varying regions of the state. For regional schedules, session descriptions, and to register, please visit our website.
Treasure Sale Online Auction
The annual Treasure Sale returns in 2020 as an online auction beginning on November 6. The Museum is accepting donations now!
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741

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

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