July 11, 2019
Volume 19-18
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 .
July 2019 Exhibit

“Kellie Mele: Light and the Lack Thereof” and “Luc Fiedler: The Nature of Things” continue through July 30, 2019.
August 2019 Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council features two exhibits for the month of August 2019L Lori Niland Rounds’ “Simply Santa Fe” and Kathleen Hansen-Wiebel’s “L’Art Du Bois” open with a reception in the Gallery on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 5 pm to 7pm. The exhibits run through August 27, 2019.
Washington Goes Purple is an awareness movement to educate our community and youth about the dangers of prescription painkillers and other drugs. By focusing on education, prevention and mental health we know we can heal through this opioid crisis, which has become the deadliest health crisis in US history. We are thankful for this partnership with the Washington County Arts Council. Art can show things that people are afraid of expressing and make connections that words cannot. We believe that by using art to build awareness we can inspire the community to continue coming together for a common goal - to prevent addiction.  
                                                                              Washington Goes Purple
The Washington County Arts Council is honored to host former Chief of Disguise for the CIA, Jonna Mendez at the Gallery on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5 pm until 7 pm. Ms. Mendez will discuss and sign her newest book THE MOSCOW RULES that she co-authored with her late husband Tony Mendez.
The Board of Directors of the Washington County Arts Council announces that the 2020 Community Arts Development Grant Guidelines and Application are now available at https://www.washingtoncountyarts.com/grants or by calling Mary Anne Burke at 301-791-3132.
 
Awards are made possible through the Maryland State Arts Council’s Community Arts Development program which “provides funds and technical assistance to the local arts councils of the 23 counties of Maryland and Baltimore City. The purposes of the program are to better serve artists, arts organizations and audiences throughout the State and to encourage local decision-making, arts activity and funding for the arts at the local level.”
 
Applications are due July 31, 2019
The Final Report for FY 2019 must be returned to Mary Anne Burke, Executive Director, Washington County Arts Council, Inc., 34 South Potomac Street, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740 by July 31, 2019 to be eligible for FY ’20 Community Arts Development Grant Funding.
The Washington County Arts Council is accepting proposals for the 2020 gallery exhibits.
Procedures , Hanging Specifications and the WCAC Galleries Floor Plan are now available at https://www.washingtoncountyarts.com/procedure or by calling Gallery Manager Chris Brewer at 301-791-3132.
Culture & Cocktails:
The Ransom of Hagerstown
with Steve Bockmiller
Friday, July 12, 2019   6 PM to 8 PM

Enjoy a drink and have a think! At Culture & Cocktails, a lecture program at the Miller House Museum, we tackle a historical topic with the help of a little liquid fortitude.

In the summer of 1864, the city of Hagerstown was one of several locations held for ransom by Confederate troops. Author and historian Steve Bockmiller will recount this dangerous time in local history alongside a pop-up exhibit of our artifacts from the ransom.

The featured drink will be: the Sangria Flora! This exotic take on a summer classic is sure to fortify you in case of sudden Confederate invasion.

Your ticket price will include your first drink, and refills will be available for a small fee. This event is for adults ages 21 and older, please! For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Admission: $15.00/General and $10/WCHS Member

Miller House Museum
135 W Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 797-8782
The Potomac Playmakers present
One-Act Festival
The Women's Club, 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
July 12-14, 2019
For the last several years, the Playmakers have given area playwrights the opportunity to see their original plays performed live on stage. For the second year in a row, a playwriting competition was held for playwrights from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
 
Three original plays will be presented: “Sisters Of The Locker Room” by Nancy L. Funk; God and Other Well-Intentioned Strangers” by Greg Berezuk; and “Affair At The Hotel Opal” by Jeffrey N. Johnson
 
The Fourth Annual One-Act Play Festival By Area Playwrights will be held July 12-14, 2019 at The Women’s Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Showtimes for the festival will be 8:00 pm for the Friday and Saturday performances, while the Sunday matinee will start at 3:00 pm. The festival is a "pay what you can" show with no set ticket price, but donations are gratefully accepted at the door to help defray the costs of the production. For more information, visit The Potomac Playmakers’ website at www.potomacplaymakers.org , email potomacplaymakers@gmail.com or call (240) 382-7269.

*PARENTAL ADVISORY - The show contains adult language and themes, and may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

Fee: Donation
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
The Flying Camel will host a live reading by Maryland Poet Laurreate Grace Cavaleiri, at 5 pm on Saturday July 13, 2019 with musical accompaniment by Cam Millar. Stay afterward for live jazz with the Cam Millar Trio!

Poets, are invited to The Flying Camel at 5pm Sunday July 14, 2019 for a FREE poetry workshop with Ms. Cavalieri. Stay for live jazz with Michael DeLalla.

Grace Cavalieri was appointed Maryland Poet Laureate on November 7, 2018 by Gov. Larry Hogan. Grace Cavalieri is the author of 20 books and chapbooks of poetry, she produced and hosted "The Poet and the Poem" weekly on WPFW-FM presenting more than 2,000 poets to the nation. She now presents this series to public radio from the Library of Congress via NPR satellite and Pacifica Radio, celebrating 42 years on air. Grace Cavalieri was appointed Maryland Poet Laureate on November 7, 2018 by Gov. Larry Hogan.

The Flying Camel Literary Cafe & Piano Bar
28 South Potomac Street, Level B, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
Art in the Woods would like to host local artists that will come and do a demonstration and/or bring pieces of their work to share with our students (Grades 1-8) during camp! All art forms are considered encouraged. Demonstrations/discussions should last 20-30 minutes.
When: July 15-19 between 12pm and 1pm
Where: Doubs Woods Park, Hagerstown
Contact Britney with Authentic Community Theatre at  info@actforall.org  with a few samples of your work to confirm your interest in appearing.

Acrylic glazing workshop
July 15, 2019

David Bottini will hold a 6-hour acrylic glazing workshop at the Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown on Monday July 15th 10 am to 4 pm. Cost is $50 for VAA & MFA members and $60 for non-members. For details and to register email valleyartinfo@gmail.com or call Elaine at 304-754-5116.
Miller House After Hours

Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Wish you could get out to the museum but work during our open hours? We've got you covered with our new extended hours!

One night a month, explore the Miller House Museum after hours at your own pace. There will be a cash bar, so you can take a tour while enjoying an adult beverage.

It's the perfect way to unwind after a long day at the office!

$7/person adults (18+)
$5/person students (13-17)
$3/person children (7-12)
Free for WCHS members and children under 6
 
Miller House Museum
135 W Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 797-8782
Washington County Historical Society
Farm to Table Dinner - July 2019 
Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Explore Maryland's rich culinary heritage at our one of a kind farm to table dinners! Each unique dinner sources its ingredients from some of the area's premiere farms, bakeries, and dairies, crafted by expert local chefs.
Each course is paired with a complementary wine. Enjoy your meal in the intimate setting of the beautiful Miller House Gardens as we pair local history and local dining for the summer's finest dining experience. Each of our farm to table dinners offers several courses: an appetizer, a light first entree or salad, a main entree, and dessert. The courses are paired with your choice of wine or beer.
We work to provide alternatives for those with food allergies and sensitivities, so please notify the staff of any food requirements at the time when you purchase your tickets. Reservations are required.

Reservations are required.

July's special guest chef is John Wassil of Maddieann's Catering. The menu will be as follows:
Amuse
Watermelon gazpacho | lime | chili
Salad
Avocado crab salad | radish | english cucumber | carrot | tobiko | thai chili vinaigrette
Main
Braised short ribs | yellow beet gnocchi | baby carrot | kale | pomegranate seed | hoisin bbq sauce
Dessert
Panna cotta | kiwi coulis | fruit compote | berry jus

$75/person
$65/WCHS members
 
Miller House Museum
135 W Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 797-8782
Stories In The Round with Donald Davis
Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown meeting hall
13245 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD
July 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Appearing for the first time ever in Western MD, the beloved Dean of American Storytelling brings forth his family and Southern Appalachian traditions in iconic, personal and original tales that lay bare the great human mysteries. Famous for his advocacy of the importance of story wisdom in our technological age, Davis is featured annually at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough TN in addition to performances for the Smithsonian Institution, World’s Fair, National Public Radio, and regional story festivals from California to the far ends of the Atlantic seaboard.
Fee: $10 in advance $12 at the door
For information contact Fanny Crawford at 301-730-1638 or fanitsky@hotmail.com
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater presents Disney's The Little Mermaid on its Mainstage beginning June 21st and running through August 24th. 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 up.
Tickets, which include dinner and show, cost $49.50 for adults and $39.50 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.
 
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater is in Downtown Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District at 44 North Potomac Street (Rear).
Destination ARTS!
Performances and Events for July 15–21, 2019
July 20, 2019 from 11am – 1 pm

Celebrate 23 years of Turn the Page with authors including Nora Roberts /J.D. Robb, Anna Bennett , Nicole Helm , Lori Foster , Sherry Knowlton , Kristy Woodson Harvey and local authors Jonna Mendez, N.R. Hart and Miranda Mittleman
July 20 , 2019

"Footsteps" is a lively interactive first-person interpretive program. Eddie Roberts portrays two of his great-grandfathers who fought in the Civil War -- one an Infantry Private for the Union and the other a Brigadier General from North Carolina.

Presentations at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm

The Newcomer House is open from 11 am to 5 pm.
Book signing with S.P. O'Farrell author of
Simone LaFray and the Chocolatiers' Ball

Four Seasons Bookstore
114 West German Street, Shepherdstown WV
July 27, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
When an infamous thief comes to Paris, genius middle-schooler Simone LaFray must use the connections she inherited from her spy mother to track him down and prevent him from stealing a famous painting—on top of taking care of her younger sister, working in the family pastry shop, and helping her father prepare for the world-renowned Chocolatiers’ Ball!
For information contact Christina Kann at (804)-644-3090 or brandylanepr@gmail.com
Matt Mauser and Sinatra Big Band
at Big Cork Vineyard
Saturday, July 27, 2019 • 7:00pm

The Maryland Theatre and Big Cork Vineyard present a Summer Concert Series
Matt Mauser and Sinatra Big Band
The Sinatra Tribute Band captures Frank at the height of his career when singing with The Count Basie Orchestra at The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. 
The concert will take place at  Big Cork Vineyards  located at 4236 Main Street Rohrersville, MD 21779 and will run from 7-9:30 pm and will include Fireworks by Zambelli’s Fireworks! This event is rain or shine!
Ticket holders are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs & blankets! Children 5 and up must have a ticket.
Ticket information
Or call
The Maryland Theatre
Box Office 301-790-2000
Robinwood Players
to perform
“The Fox on the Fairway”
 
Hagerstown Community College’s Robinwood Players will present Ken Ludwig’s comedy, “The Fox on the Fairway,” on August 2, 3, and 4, in the Kepler Theater on HCC’s main campus.
 
Show times are 8 p.m. on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3, with a matinee performance on Sunday, August 4 at 2:30 p.m. The show is rated PG-13. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors, but HCC students, faculty, and staff can attend for free with a valid HCC ID.
               
Production made possible by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. New York. For more information, contact director David Dull at dbdull@hagerstowncc.edu .
Mike DelGuidice Celebrating the Music of
Billy Joel and More at Big Cork Vineyard
Saturday, August 31, 2019 • 7:00pm

The Maryland Theatre and Big Cork Vineyard present a Summer Concert Series 
Mike DelGuidice Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel and More
Mike DelGuidice, one of Long Island's most celebrated performers. In 2013, Billy Joel heard Mike sing, and personally hired Mike to join his band. Mike's encyclopedic knowledge of the Billy Joel catalog made him a perfect fit as background vocalist and guitarist for BILLY JOEL. 
The concert will take place at  Big Cork Vineyards  located at 4236 Main Street Rohrersville, MD 21779 and will run from 7-9 pm. This event is rain or shine!
Ticket holders are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs & blankets! Children 5 and up must have a ticket.
Ticket information
Or call
The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of
the new Performing Arts Center at
the Maryland Theatre!

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Open House - 11am to 2pm
Ribbon Cutting - 4:30pm

The Maryland Theatre board, staff, and supporters are excited to share the much-anticipated opening of the crown jewel of downtown Hagerstown's Arts & Entertainment District! The public is invited to the unveiling of this amazing facility. Tour the new event spaces including the Grand Lobby, Cocktail Lounge, VIP Suite, The View Studio and the Ballroom. The official ribbon cutting and a champagne toast will follow at 4:30pm.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Jay and The Americans
Sunday, October 27, 2019 • 3:00pm

Jay and The Americans first record was "Tonight" (from the Broadway Musical West Side Story), and their breakout hit song was "She Cried". Jay and The Americans next chart hit was "Only In America", followed by top ten hits "Come A Little Bit Closer" and later "This Magic Moment".

Where were you when you first heard "Cara Mia"? Jay and The Americans pay tribute to the late Roy Orbison with "Crying", and no other band in history has sold more copies of the song "Some Enchanted Evening" than Jay and The Americans!!! 

Jay and The Americans were a major force in starting the Rock and Roll revival with their album "Wax Museum", where they paid tribute to many great Rock and Roll artists with their versions of such great songs as "Hushabye", "Walkin' In The Rain", and a song that reached the top ten "This Magic Moment". You will hear all of these songs, which are featured in the new Jay and The Americans show.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Authentic Community Theatre presents Beauty and the Beast at The Maryland Theatre

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Friday, November 1, 2019 • 7:30pm
Saturday, November 2, 2019 • 7:30pm

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Maryland Theatre presents
One Woman Sex and the City:
A Parody on Love, Friendship and Shoes
Show Date - Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00pm

Join actress and comedian Kerry Ipema as she portrays all 4 of our favorite women Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda in this 90 minute love-letter and hilarious tribute through six seasons of this mad-cap series. Kerry portrays Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda as they eat brunch, banter, argue and swoon over men and Manolos.

Ipema and co-creator and director T.J Dawe (One Man Star-Wars/One Man Lord of the Rings) bring all of our favorite moments to life. The naked dress, the "post-it note" and the "tantric sex demonstration" all weave their way into this fantastic send-up. Who can forget how the Cosmopolitan drink swept into our lives? Mr. Big may even make an appearance.

One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody on Love, Friendship and Shoes reminds us all of the power of friendship and why this show so firmly remains in our hearts and minds. We "can't help but wonder" what waits in store for YOU at this perfect girls-night out.
OPTIONAL VIP PRE SHOW BRUNCH WITH THE GIRLS
Unleash your inner Carrie Bradshaw and treat yourself to a VIP brunch in the Maryland Theatre Ballroom before the off-Broadway performance of Sex and the City!
Doors open at 12 pm
Tickets to the brunch are $39.00 and includes:
·        Complimentary Mimosa or Cosmo
·        Buffet Brunch
·        Photo Opportunities
·        Entertainment by DJ Sidekick
·        Giveaways & Prizes
Additional drinks are available for purchase. And for the ladies - a specialty shopping area!
PS - Don't be afraid to bring your own Mr. Big - men are allowed.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Russian Ballet Theatre presents
Swan Lake
Thursday, November 7, 2019 • 7:00pm

If you think you have seen Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, think again! Russian Ballet Theatre’s new production bestows the splendor of tradition with new magical trimmings! Original sets are hand painted following century old traditions of set making and over 150 magical costumes are hand sewn! Nadezha Kalinina’s (Mariinsky Theatre, Omsk Theatre, Teatro Lirico) choreography is brought to life in all of its whimsical grandeur.

The Russian Ballet Theatre have partnered with PLUS1, an initiative that connects artists with causes, so that $1 from every ticket sold will support local public school teachers and their classroom projects in Hagerstown and surrounding areas through  DonorsChoose.org.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The New York Bee Gees Tribute Show is comprised of some of Long Island New York's most versatile and exceptionally talented players. The band includes present or former members of well known, world renown acts including The Alan Parsons Project, Happy Together Tour, Meatloaf, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, Riot, Herman's Hermits, Enrique Iglesias, The Rippingtons and more. Based in New York the show has played to sell out shows at The Paramount Theater and BB King NYC.

Performances are regularly at The NYCB Theater at Westbury, Resorts World Casino, Empire Casino, The Suffolk Theater. B.B. King NYC wrote, "The NY Bee Gees Tribute Show presents the most extravagant Bee Gees show a fan can experience. The band offers all of the classic 70's disco hits from Stayin' Alive to Night Fever while embracing their early works such as To Love Somebody, I've Got To Get A Message To You and Massachusetts. The New York Bee Gees delivers songs from every decade of the Bee Gees catalog with a stunning production, powerful vocals and the professional stage presence to fill any club or casino."

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Willy Barry, just back from playing Las Vegas, and His Chaperons perform the greatest hits from your favorite Rock-A-Billy artist. Nothing like listening to Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis and others to get your toes a-tapping and your heart a-racing. Come on out for a good old fashion Rock-a-Billy night of music.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
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
Sunday, November 24, 2019 • 3:00pm & 7:00pm  

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
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