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Artist Alley 
May 10, 2017
Volume 17-10      
     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.
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May 2017 Exhibits

"Courtney Lee: You Are Here" and "Benita Keller & Audra Martenot's HCC Visual Arts Students: Vision Quest" opened at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery on Friday, May 5, 2017 with a reception to meet the artists. The exhibits will continue through May 30, 2017..

June 2017 Exhibits

Nathan Gorey, 2017 Blues Fest Visual Artist and Children's Blues Fest T-Shirt Contest .

WCAC will host two exhibits during the month of June 2017 to celebrate the 2017 Western Maryland Blues Fest. There will be an opening reception to meet the artists on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 5:30pm until 8:30pm
Nathan Gorey's the 2017 Blues Fest Poster Artist will exhibit in the Main Gallery and the Hall Gallery will show selected works of the 2017 Children's Blue Fest T-Shirt contest.

Taste of the Arts: Downtown Hagerstown 
Thursday, May 11, 2017 5-8pm

Delight all you senses with the sights and sounds of local artists while sampling culinary treats at various downtown venues. Entertainment by Barbara Ingram School for the Arts students and other talented local artists.
Get your passport ticket stamped/marked at every venue and be eligible to win a variety of prizes.  Bring completed passport to the Washington County Arts Council when completed visits at all venues
Tickets sold at the Maryland Theatre box office ---$20.
Event benefits The Maryland Theatre, the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation and the Washington County Arts Council.  Event sponsored by the City of Hagerstown.
Get your passport ticket stamped at every venue and be eligible to win a variety of prizes. Bring stamped passport to the Washington County Arts Council when completed visits at all venues....
Tickets sold at the Maryland Theater box office. $20 if purchased in advance; $25 if purchased the day of event.

Event benefits The Maryland Theatre, Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation and the Washington County Arts Council. Supported by the City of Hagerstown.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra
celebrates its 35th Anniversary!

Saturday May 13 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m.
The 35th anniversary season of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra comes to a close as internationally acclaimed pianist Yuliya Gorenman will perform Beethoven's ("Emperor") Concerto No. 5, with the MSO, Elizabeth Schulze conducting, on Saturday May 13 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre. Tickets range from $15 - $65 and are available at or by calling 301-797-4000.
In addition to Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, the program includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Together, they represent two of the most recognizable pieces of music ever written.
This final weekend is coupled with "A 35th Anniversary Celebration," a special event to celebrate 35 years of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. On Saturday, concertgoers will be treated to a complimentary wine tasting, featuring Big Cork Vineyards, Knob Hall and Red Heifer wineries, hors d'oeuvres, and birthday cake in the courtyard of the Maryland Theatre and on the adjacent block of South Potomac Street. Full pours of wine will be available for purchase. The pre-concert festivities on Saturday will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will continue after the conclusion of the concert. The event is free for all attendees of the Saturday evening concert. The Sunday, May 14 concert does not include pre or post-concert activities.
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
(301) 790-3500 | 
Mother's Day----Sunday, May 14, 2017
The Gallery Shop at the Washington County Arts Council for your Mother's Day gift shopping!

Grand Opening of the Hagerstown Cultural Trail
The community will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Hagerstown Cultural Trail on Saturday, June 17th at 2:00 p.m. Join project partners, local leaders, and artists who have contributed to the trail in a dedication ceremony to be held at the "Mural of Unusual Size" just off of Baltimore Street. Enjoy activities for the whole family along the Trail following the ceremony, including paddle boats on City Park Lake!

Celebrate Tourism in Washington County
No coupons necessary...It's Just Happening! The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the official destination marketing organization for Hagerstown and Washington County, celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week May 7-13, 2017. Considered the annual salute to travel in America, this specially designated week is now in its 34th year. To see all the offers CVB members are promoting this week see...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - Original Spoken Word 

Open Mic Nite concludes with the
May 16, 2017 event and 
will return in September 2017! 

Mother's Day----Sunday, May 14, 2017
The Gallery Shop at the Washington County Arts Council for your Mother's Day gift shopping!

Maryland Entertainment Group presents 2010 Tony Award Winner RED a play by John Logan Directed by Reiner Prochaska May 18, 19, 20 at 8 pm May 20 and 21 at 2 pm
Hagerstown Community College's Black Box Theatre
11400 Robinwood Drive Hagerstown, MD 21742
Tickets are $15 General Admission ~ $10 Students/Seniors 55+ Seating is limited! To purchase tickets visit: or call 240-520-0443 Appropriate for ages 17+
Fee: $15 General Admission ~ $10 Students/Seniors 55+

Here is a taste of what you can expect at this year's Western MD Blues Fest, June 1-4, 2017. We still fondly recall how Quinn Sullivan floored us with the intensity of his mid-day set at Blues Fest 2016 - a performance that belied his chronological age and youthful demeanor. After that display, it was pretty much a given that we had to have him return for an "encore" appearance as our final Saturday stage closer in 2017. Don't miss Quinn and so many other talented performers! Get special discounted combo tickets today at

Dial M for Murder 
  May 5- June 10, 2017
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and 
Children's Theater presents Dial M for Murder.

Alfred Hitchcock based his much-loved thriller on this play about a former tennis star who has married for money. He goes on to plan what he thinks is the perfect murder. Or is it? This hair-raiser thrills you down to the last chilling moment!
Purchase tickets online at or call 301-739-7469. The Playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street, REAR, in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District.
The Runner Stumbles!
The Potomac Playmakers announce the final show of their historic 90th Anniversary Season, Milan Stitt's "The Runner Stumbles!" In this great drama, a young nun has died under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish in northern Michigan, and her superior, Father Rivard, has been charged with her murder. The action alternates between interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past which reveal that Father Rivard, who had been banished to the small, up-country parish, fell in love with Sister Rita; and when circumstances forced her to move into the rectory with him, his anguish became unbearable. Their relationship, inevitably, spelt tragedy, but not until the explosive and surprising climax of the play is the full extent of their sacrifice made clear and the identity of the murderer revealed.
Produced by special permission from Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and Directed by Barry Harbaugh with Nic Sigman, "The Runner Stumbles" features the talented cast of Tom Doty, Larry Doucette, Starlene Hamilton, Kim Jones, Andrew King, Adam Martens, Maverick McKee, Lexi Oliver, and Andrea Robison. 
"The Runner Stumbles" will run May 12-14, 2017 at The Women's Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740.  Show time will be 8:00 pm for the Friday and Saturday night performances, while the curtain will rise on the Sunday matinee at 3:00 pm.  Discounted advance tickets of $11 are available ONLINE ONLY at , while $13 tickets will be available at the door.

Boonsboro Hosts
9th Annual Green Fest
Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Beautiful Shafer Park will be the scene of the Annual Boonsboro Green Fest.
Hosted by the Boonsboro Green Fest Committee, the festival will run from 10AM to 5PM
Admission is FREE
Shafer Park  
37 Park Drive
Boonsboro, Maryland 21713
Wilderness 101
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Come learn the 5 basic skills of wilderness survival, including how to identify some common edible and medicinal plants that you can find in your own backyard! Jason Drevenak, president of the North American Bushcraft School, will teach this free 2 hour seminar.

Hagerstown Library -- Fletcher Branch
100 S Potomac Street, Hagerstown MD 21740
(301) 739-3250 x300 |
Washington County Public Schools Art Exhibition
at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
  • May 13 - May 28, 2017 (Middle and High Schools)
Reception/May 13, 2017/1:00 - 3:00 p.m./FREE

Sponsored by The Hershey Family Foundation, Washington County Arts Council, Antietam Cable, and Volvo Group Trucks

The Great Hagerstown Fair

Smithsburg Library
Tuesday, May 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Remember the monkey races, the tilt a whirl, the hoochie coochies? Walk the Midway and take in exhibits through power point photos and the vivid memories of Raymond Holton who never missed a day of the Hagerstown Fair for many years. The Smithsburg Historical Society is sponsoring this event. Light refreshments will be served. Please call to reserve a seat.
Smithsburg Library 301.824.7722 
Ballet and All That Jazz Dance Studio hosts its
29th Annual Dance Recital
at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, May 20 at 10:00am 2:00pm & 7:00pm
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
Destination ARTS!
Performances and Events for May 10-16, 2017

All events are free unless otherwise indicated. For more information, please visit the website at or contact Amy Stine at 717-655-2915 or at Musical performances at Destination ARTS! are supported in part by the Arts for All Partnership, a collaboration between the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same.
Stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, and more. The film includes more than 60 songs from famous artists, and also has an original song by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande called "Faith", which was nominated for a Golden Globe.
Watch the movie trailer on YouTube
All movies start at 7:00 p.m. with free popcorn and drinks available in the lobby of the historic theater. Bring the kids! Bring the neighbors!

Bridge of Life--14 S. Potomac Street in Hagerstown
Science in the Library
Registration Day
Monday, May 22, 2017 - All Day
Science in the library introduces children entering the grades 4-7 to the wonders of science.  The camp, an hour a day for four days, will be held from July 24-27 and is free.  This year's focus is Oceanography.

Hagerstown Library -- Fletcher Branch
100 S Potomac Street, Hagerstown MD 21740
(301) 739-3250 x300 |

Costumes from the 
Contemporary American Theater Festival
Special Exhibition

Special Exhibition Reception --
Saturday, June 10th at 6:30pm 
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Groh Gallery and Kaylor Atrium 
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741

Tickets: $50 per person
For tickets and more information contact the
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
at (301) 739-5727.

Hagerstown Community Concert Association announces new season -- 2017-18 schedule
* Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 - Two on Tap
* Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 - The Quebe Sisters
* Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 - Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes, a tribute to Hank Williams
* Thursday, March 22, 2018 - Three Redneck Tenors
* Sunday, April 4, 2018 - Side Street Strutters

Tickets for the Hagerstown Community Concert Association 2017-2018 Concert Series are on sale. All concerts take place at The Maryland Theatre, 27 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Cost is $60 for a season series subscription. To purchase tickets online, go to , or mail a subscription form to Hagerstown Community Concert Association, P.O. Box 851, Hagerstown, MD 21741-0851.

The Williamsport, MD Community Band
is proud to host the MD Community Band Festival this year. We will be hosting a two day festival this year. This will allow more bands a chance to perform for our audience.  
Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11
Concerts performed in the historic Springfield Barn, Williamsport, MD 21795 

The 2017 Participating Bands:

Baltimore Symphonic Band                                           Montgomery Village Community Band                          
Bay Winds Concert Band                                              Olney Concert Band                    
Bel Air Community Band                                               Rockville Concert Band                                  
Browningsville Cornet Band                                          Rohrersville Band
Columbia Concert Band                                                Williamsport, MD Community Band                                             
Hagerstown Municipal Band                                          Hunt Valley Symphonic Band                              
*Bands listed in alphabetical order
The Maryland Theatre hosts Vince Gill 
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 7:30pm

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |

The Lego Batman Movie
Saturday, June 17, 2017
There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two. 
Watch the movie trailer on YouTube
All movies start at 7:00 p.m. with free popcorn and drinks available in the lobby of the historic theater. Bring the kids! Bring the neighbors!

Bridge of Life--14 S. Potomac Street in Hagerstown 
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Miss Maryland
and Miss Maryland's Outstanding
Teen Scholarship Pageant

Wednesday, June 21 - Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7:30pm

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 7pm
Final Crowning

Come watch Maryland's best as they vie for the title of Miss Maryland and Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen. The Miss Maryland/Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen Pageants are official preliminaries to Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen competitions, the world's largest scholarship organization for women. For more information please visit us on the web at and on Facebook and
Concert at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts 
June 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. 

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Pandolfi earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees as a scholarship student. The young American pianist is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique in performing the works of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Liszt.  In the "Pops" genre, Pandolfi is considered a leading interpreter of the works of George Gershwin.
Mason-Dixon Barbershop Chorus
at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Sunday, July 16, 2017/2:30 p.m.
Kaylor Atrium
     Barbershop Harmony is a unique art form, with its roots from back during the turn of the century America. The barbershop style of harmony uses close 4 - part acapella referring to no musical accompaniment. Old songs with smooth melodies and natural harmony were written in the heyday of Tin Pan Alley from 1890 to 1920 which were best suited for the barbershop harmony style.
     These songs were about the simple pleasures and emotions of life that an average singer could easily sing. Beginning in the small town barbershops, local country stores and churches throughout America, it was not long before the male quartet became a standard act in Vaudeville shows and other musical entertainments. Recordings of popular quartets in the early decades of the 20th century formed the heart of barbershop music as we know it today, a style that still delights the performer as well as the listener.
     The Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus is one of over 800 chapters comprised of over 35,000 singers worldwide. Living in communities in the surrounding areas such Hagerstown and even some from over the Mason-Dixon Line in Pennsylvania (hence the name), our chorus members come from many different occupations. Some members might be new, while others having been a part of the tradition of singing barbershop for over 60 years or more. Throughout the year the chorus performs at a variety of venues such as nursing homes, hospitals, civic events including the singing "The National Anthem" at the Hagerstown Suns game as well as for private audiences. Some of the songs we sing are familiar classics like "My Wild Irish Rose", "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "Shenandoah". 
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience
Saturday, September 30, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts.

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
The Maryland Theatre presents
The Hit Men
Sunday, November 5, 2017 * 3:00pm
THE HIT MEN are a collection of hit-makers whose friendships and individual recording successes have been interweaving with each other for most of their lives. The band consists of five legendary performers from Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Carly Simon, Tommy James and the Shondells, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Elton John & Kiki Dee, Carole King, Chicago, Barry Manilow and many others.

21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 
(301) 790-2000 |
T he Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by a grant from
the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the
Department of Business & Economic Development.
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Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.

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