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Artist Alley     February 21, 2018
Volume 18-04
     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...
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Features special 
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February 2018 Exhibit

8th Annual Art Educators Exhibit continues through
February 27, 2018...
Vote for "People's Choice."

March 2018 Exhibit

St. Maria Goretti High School Student Art Exhibit with
Art Teacher, David Bottini
opens Thursday, March 1, 2018 with a reception at the gallery from 5 pm until 7pm.
The exhibit continues through April 3, 2018.

2018 Western Maryland Blues Fest Poster Artist
The City of Hagerstown has announced that painter and printmaker Susan Carney of St. Mary's County, Maryland, has been selected as the 2018 Western Maryland Blues Fest poster artist.  The 23rd annual event will be held June 1-2, 2018 in Hagerstown, Maryland. Her original artwork, entitled "Guitar Girl," will form the basis of all of the marketing and promotional materials for the 2018 event, including posters, merchandise, and event advertisements.
Ms. Carney will be featured at a month-long gallery exhibit at the Washington County Arts Council at 34 South Potomac Street in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts & Entertainment District. The exhibit will open on Friday, June 1, 2018 with a reception from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The show will remain on display until Tuesday, June 26, 2018. 
A photo from the artwork unveiling is attached. Pictured from left to right are: Mary Anne Burke, Executive Director of the Washington County Arts Council; Mayor Bob Bruchey; Susan Carney, artist; and Kitty Clark, Community Events Coordinator.
For more information about the Western Maryland Blues Festival please visit or the event's Facebook page:
2018 Museum of Fine Arts Washington County--Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition

Congratulations to Rhonda Smith of Keedysville, MD for "A scrap of remembrance, 2015" winner of the Washington County Arts Council Award -- Outstanding Entry for a Washington County, Maryland Artist.

2018 Museum of Fine Arts Washington County--Cumberland Valley Photographic Exhibition

Congratulations to John Krowka of Boonsboro, MD for "Trump Rally, Hagerstown, 2016" winner of the Washington County Arts Council Award -- Best Photograph by a Washington County, Maryland Photographer 2018 Photographic Salon.

Cabin Fever Blues Bash!
Tickets on Sale

The City of Hagerstown is proud to kick off the 23rd Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest with the Cabin Fever Blues Bash, a fundraising concert featuring The Nighthawks. The performance takes place on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Maryland Theatre, located at 21 South Potomac Street in Hagerstown. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Opening for The Nighthawks is the South Hagerstown High School Commercial Music Ensemble, under the direction of Scott Benford. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students; seating is general admission. Tickets to the Cabin Fever Blues Bash are available by calling the Maryland Theatre box office at 301-790-2000 or by visiting the Maryland Theatre website, or
The Western Maryland Blues Fest and Cabin Fever Blues Bash are supported in part by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Washington County Arts Council. Major sponsors include Antietam Broadband, Herald Mail Media, Citi, and M&T Bank.

For more information on the Western Maryland Blues Fest and the Cabin Fever Blues Bash, call 301-739-8577 ext. 116 or visit .
The Maryland Tourism Coalition (MTC), presented Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) President Dan Spedden its coveted Tourism Advocate award during the annual Tourism Day in Annapolis.
According to the CVB, "Spedden was nominated for the award by his tourism colleagues after leading a 2017 legislative initiative that brought awareness to the heritage tourism industry and increased its funding, which will allow for a greater economic impact throughout the state. As a result of his initiative, legislation passed in the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly that provides for the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) to be funded annually at up to $6 million, twice the amount previously capped by statute. When MHAA is fully funded, $5.4 million will be invested directly in grant projects designed to enhance heritage tourism in the state."

Pictured from left to right:
Delegate Mike McKay, Delegate Paul Corderman,
CVB President Dan Spedden,
and Delegate Neil Parrott.
Saturday February 24, 2017 at 7:30pm
The Addams Family A New Musical Comedy Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa The Addams Family, known from those Charles Addams cartoons, the 60s TV show, and the movies, is back in this new musical comedy. But now Wednesday has grown into a teenager and fallen in love. And she is in love with a normal guy from Ohio, of all places. Wednesday is not sure if Lucas and his family will feel comfortable with the Addams Family brood Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Fester, Grandma and Lurch. She arranges a dinner for the prospective in laws to meet, hoping against hope for one normal night. But when things go horribly wrong, can Fester and a host of Addams Family ancestors put two very different families back together again?

The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000 or 301-790-3500
DEADLINE: March 7, 2018 by 5pm EST*
*Please note: This is NOT a postmark deadline!

The City of Hagerstown seeks an artist to create permanent outdoor sculpture(s) for an audience of all ages on the new Hagerstown Cultural Trail. Works should be completed or well underway by Fall 2018. The total budget for the work is $10,000. The call is open to artists living in Maryland only. This artist call is presented in partnership with the Washington County Arts Council.

DEADLINE: March 14, 2018 by 5pm EST*
*Please note: This is NOT a postmark deadline!
The City of Hagerstown seeks an artist to create permanent interactive wall art in the University Plaza. Works should be completed or well underway by Fall 2018. The total budget for the work is $7,500. The call is open to artists living in Maryland only. This artist call is presented in partnership with the Washington County Arts Council.

Doleman Black Heritage Museum

Congratulations to the Doleman Black Heritage Museum which has received the support of Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council to establish a permanent location for its collection by acquiring the former Coca-Cola bottling plant at 465 Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown.
According to a Herald Mail article, Alesia Parson-McBean, the museum's projects director believes "that having a physical museum for people to tour will bring in more tourism throughout Hagerstown, while educating the community about black heritage."

Did you know there is a local based group of creative people of all media and skill levels, aiming to meet likeminded creative people for friendship and support; to raise awareness of the talent in our area and to be prominent in the community by volunteering on local art projects?
Although the Hagerstown Artists has a FACEBOOK presence, it is more than a FACEBOOK group! The Hagerstown Artists, only ask that a member aim to promote a strong community and attend monthly meetings and events. The group has only two rules 1. No self-promotional business posts on the FACEBOOK page unless you're an active member attending meetings and 2. No snobbery.
All abilities and forms of art are welcome; this is about community and support not judgement. If you embrace your crazy creativity and want to meet others who feel the same the Hagerstown Artists group is for you!
For information, contact is or follow the Hagerstown Artists onFACEBOOK at
Sunday, December 17, 2017
2:30 PM in the Bowman Gallery
The contest includes five age divisions: Children in Grades 2-3; Grades 4-5; Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult.

* Entrants must be a resident of Washington County, MD or have a valid Washington County Free Library Card.
* Writers may enter up to two poems (up to 1 page in length per poem) & one short story (up to 750 words in length).  
* All entries must be original work and may be on any topic. 
* All entries must include author name, age division, address, phone number, and email if available. 
* No email submissions accepted.
* Remember to keep a copy of your work. Originals will not be returned.
* There will be first & second place winners and an honorable mention for each division. 
* Watch our website for winner's announcement.

Entries may be submitted between January 2 and March 15, 2018 to any library branch throughout the county or they may be mailed to: 
Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest
Attn: Jeff Ridgeway
Washington County Free Library 
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740  

Note: Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2018

Call Mr. Jeff @ 301.739.3250 x 255 for information
Sunday, February 25 * 3:00 PM
Enjoy an afternoon of Rhythm & Blues inspired folk anthems that celebrate Americana rhythm, powerhouse vocals, & a better world with the Caroline Ferrante trio. This concert is free to attend! Visit the events calendar at for a complete list of upcoming concerts. Noteworthy Sundays @ Your Library is sponsored in part by the City of Hagerstown, the Friends of the Library, the Washington County Arts Council, Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Hoeck and the Western Maryland Regional Library.  
100 S. Potomac St.,
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-739-3250 x 163
Demo & Classes

Feb. 21, 2018 - Oil Painting Class with Donna Bingaman. 12-3 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 21, 2018 - Clay Sculpting Demo with Denny Bingaman. 12:30-2:30 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 22, 2018 - Miniature Books with Pamela Soaring Raven. 12-4 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 22, 2018 - Painting Sessions with Marjorie Tressler. 1-4 p.m. at Gallery 50
Feb. 23, 2018 - Corks and Clay. 7-9 p.m. at Ceramic Arts Center
Feb. 24, 2018 - Oil Painting Demo with Donna Bingaman. 12-2 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 24, 2018 - Sculpting the Human Face with Tom McFarland. 1-3 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 26, 2018 - Painting Class with Marjorie Tressler. 1-4 p.m. at Gallery 50
Sunday, February 25, 2018
at 2 pm
Looking for a way to stay warm this winter? Come to the Miller House for our Sunday concert series!

Held on the last Sunday of the month, January - March, our winter concert series brings you good food and good music live in the drawing rooms of the Miller House Museum. Tickets are $15/person, and WCHS members receive discounted admission. All tickets include your first drink.

Our special guests this February are 100 Proof and are what some would call a "Blues Grass" band. They like to push the boundaries of what people think is possible with a guitar and a banjo. They play everything from blues, blue grass, country, pop, and rock music. They like to keep our shows lighthearted and enjoyable for all age groups as well!
Miller House, 135 West Washington Street,
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Call (301) 797-8782
Winter Session 2 begins the week of
February 26th and ends the week of April 9th.
Spring Session begins the week of
April 23rd and ends the week of June 4th.
The next 7-week session at the studio, begins the week of February 26th and runs through the week of April 9th. Adult classes meet weekly and are offered Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 5:30 - 9:00 and Tuesday and Wednesday days from 10:00-1:30. The cost for the seven-week adult session is $210.00. Cost includes one 25-pound bag of clay and glazing and firing cost. Also, regular Open Studio times will be offered. The Kids Clay Class will be offered on Saturday mornings from 10:00-12:00. Cost for this 7-week class is $140.00. Registration for this class is ongoing.  
Steve Wright, 571 Jefferson St., Hagerstown, MD. 21740 | 800-990-HAND or 

Feb. 21, 2018 - Open Mic Night with Brad Munn. 7-9 p.m. at Music Makers
Feb. 23, 2018 - Live Music Friday! with Across the Pond. 5:30-8 p.m. at Music Makers
Feb. 23, 2018 - Musical Demo with Patric Schlee. 5:30-8 p.m. at 42 West Arts
Feb. 25, 2018 - Waynesboro's Got Talent Auditions. 2-4 p.m. at Music Makers
Schmucker Art Gallery
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Maryland Theatre
In conjunction with Cristin Millet: Coronal Plane, an exhibition in Schmucker Art Gallery inspired by Renaissance-era anatomy theaters, Nadine Meyer, Associate Professor of English at Gettysburg College, will be reading from her first book of poetry The Anatomy Theater. A winner of the 2005 National Poetry Series Open Competition, The Anatomy Theater is described by esteemed poet John Koethe as a "powerful and harrowing book. In it the human figure is reduced to its primary elements-musculature, organs, bone-yet remains palable and present. The transcendent is completely exorcised, 'as thoughts decompose under anesthesia / then cease to exist.'" Meyer and Millett take similarly anatomical subjects to create uniquely compelling works of visual and literary art.
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm  
Take a journey back in time to the life and music of "The Man in Black" performed by Cash Unchained. The band has been national sought after while touring all over US bringing the sights and sounds of the legendary Johnny Cash.

Johnny Cash may not have been the greatest singer or musical technician, but his sound was unforgettable. Steady like a train, sharp like a razor, with the perfect blend of country, rock 'n' roll, and folk music, Cash paved the way for artists of all genres for years to come. Without Johnny Cash, we wouldn't have some of the finest music we've all enjoyed over the past 6 decades. Performed by some of the finest musicians in the state of Virginia, James Tamelcoff III captures Cash's trademark baritone voice, while his band delivers the infectious, driving rhythm of the Tennessee Three.

Have you ever imagined experiencing ALL of Johnny's iconic songs in concert just the way you remembered them? From the early days with Sam Philips at Sun Records, to the later years with Rick Rubin and American Recordings, Cash Unchained delivers a complete catalog of breath taking music from one of the greatest country artists of all time. Experience it LIVE for one night only!

The Maryland Theatre
, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000 or 301-790-3500
The TONY Award winning comedy BOEING BOEING lands at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater on Friday, March 2nd and continues through Saturday, April 15th, 2018.

This 1960's farce features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent "layovers." He keeps "one up, one down, and one pending" until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard's apartment, at the same time.

Performances are held Fridays and Saturdays at 6:00 PM and select Sundays at 1:00 PM. The live stage show is preceded by a salad bar, hot buffet, and dessert. There is a full cash bar available. Tickets include dinner and show. Beverages and gratuity are not included.

Boeing Boeing stars Diana Abrecht, Chelsea Bondarenko, Karen Heyser-Paone, Shannen Banzhoff, Matthew Crawford, and Nate LaDow. Directed by Shawn R. Martin.

For tickets ($48 Adults/$38 Children 5 - 12, Children under 5 not admitted) visit or call 301-739-7469 for more information.

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District. BOEING BOEING is the theater's second production of its 34th Season. The Playhouse has been operated by Owners/Producers Shawn and Laura Martin since January of 2015.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 11 am
This bright and colorful #STEAM activity is a great way to introduce children to density! This hands-on program is recommended for children 7 and up - and is free with the price of admission into the museum.

This program is supported by the Washington County Arts Council, Inc.!

Discovery Station, 101 W Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-0076
Monday, March. 5 at 7:00 PM
Andrew Clemens is the guest speaker for this lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held in rooms 308 and 309 beginning at 7:00 PM.
Launching nationwide advertising campaigns like "Sixty Dollars a Second" and "The Business That Makes Millionaires", the officers of the Potomac Refining Company attempted to sell stock in their Dargan Bend mines. After a questionable advertising campaign and dubious financial dealings, the company could raise funds and construct one of the most modern lime plants in the country. However, the advertising campaigns led to federal fraud charges and the company went bankrupt. Andrew Clemens will explore this little-known story from Washington County history in an illustrated lecture.
Andrew Clemens - is an avid bird and nature photographer, amateur historian, researcher, and retired teacher/librarian. He is a former President of the Baltimore County Historical Society and has written several articles for their publication. Andrew has a fascination with old foundations, ruins and abandoned buildings. His discovery of the Potomac Refining Company foundations, lime kilns and property while walking on the C & O Canal led to his research on the company
100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-739-3250 x 350
7:30 p.m. March 9, 2018 

Sign up for Draw and Design with our Museum Educator Don Viar! This class will examine the concepts and nature of visual image making and is perfect for learning 2-D composition for a variety of visual arts. This class meets Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, and 10 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Click the link for more information and to sign up!

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
, P.O. Box 423 · 401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown MD 21741
Call: 301-739-5727
7:30 p.m. March 9, 2018 
With an array of the world's greatest acrobatics, contortionists, aerial artists, jugglers and entertainers, Cirque D'Or has entertained fans around the world for ten years. Each Cirque D'Or performance integrates many circus styles from around the world, with its own central theme and storyline. Shows employ continuous live music, with performers rather than stagehands changing the props throughout the event.

Cirque D'Or travels with over 30 performers from around the world, and is a thrill-a- minute spectacle. The electrifying and mesmerizing Cirque D'Or is one of the most spellbinding shows you will ever see. It has fast become one of the hottest tickets in show business with sold out shows and standing ovations.

The Maryland Theatre
, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-3500
Directed by Laura Martin and Lindsay Owen, this classic tale is told through the talents of local children ages 8 to 17.

Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance.  Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

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 to 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.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11 am
This sensory program gets kids messing around with different types of slime! The program will be led by North High's Zach Brooks and is great for children 5 and up!.

This program is free with the price of admission into the museum. This program is supported by the Washington County Arts Council, Inc.!

Discovery Station, 101 W Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-0076
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:00pm
Join the Washington County Free Library with the Maryland Theatre and After Five Productions for the 2018 Teen Idol Reboot: Teens Have Talent on Saturday, March 10 at the Maryland Theatre.
Teen Idol has been a celebration of young singing talent for over ten years. This year's Teens Have Talent reboot (in the style of America's Got Talent) will highlight the many remarkable skills and exciting talents of teens from Washington and surrounding counties. Whether they are singing, dancing, playing an instrument, or acting, these teens are sure to impress!
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
Sunday, March 11, 2018 * 1:30pm  
     Friends Meeting School presents a family-friendly community event to benefit the Maryland Food Bank, Into The Woods, Jr., in partnership with actors from the Maryland School for the Deaf. Don't be misled, stay straight ahead and never talk to strangers; Be Careful What You Wish For... 
     Join Friends Meeting School and the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) in a benefit and community production of Into The Woods Jr., a musical of intertwined fairytales. MSD actors will perform in Into the Woods Jr., and present other stories for the enjoyment of the audience. All proceeds go to the Maryland Food Bank, and audience members are asked to bring canned and boxed food donations to the performance. American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters will be provided for this event. Ticket prices range from $17 to $30 plus applicable Ticketmaster fees. AND a Canned or Boxed Food Item for the Maryland Food Bank. There is no service charge for tickets purchased in person at the Maryland Theatre box office or over the phone at 301-790-2000.
     This family-friendly version of Into The Woods Jr. is part of the Students Acting for the Community program of Friends Meeting School. You can find more information at: And remember: Don't be misled, stay straight ahead and never talk to strangers; It takes two to get through; Keep your children safe, but is a tower really necessary? How far would you go, to reach your goal? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you; and Be Careful What You Wish For... 
     Into The Woods Jr. is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

The Maryland Theatre
, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-3500
March 14, 2018 at 7pm
IMAGINE an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments.
With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting audience interaction - Artrageous takes you on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun!
The Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The result? A one of a kind crossover experience!
The signature of the Artrageous Troup is interaction and engagement, so be prepared to be a part of the show! 
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
Saturday, March 17, 2018 10 am -3 pm
St. Patrick's Day is always a fun one for the kiddos! Discovery Station will have lots of craft activities for children to do in our STEAM Machine Art Exhibit this St. Patrick's Day!

-Pot of Gold Finger Painting
-Clover Art & Necklace
-Over The Rainbow 3d Craft
-Leprechaun Masks
and More!

Discovery Station, 101 W Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-0076
Michael Brown will join the Maryland Symphony Orchestra on March 17-18, 2018 at the Maryland Theatre to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2.

The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-3500
Saturday, March 17 from 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, March 18 from 10 am to 4 pm  
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will hold its 24th Annual Flower & Garden Show on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the ARCC.

More than 150 vendors will take part in the show, named as one of the area's premier events. Show participants include experts in nurseries, lawn and garden equipment, pottery and statuary, landscaping, tree services, stone products, pools, spas, outdoor furniture, flowers, wild bird products, and natural gourmet gifts from the garden.

Seminars and demonstrations on a variety of gardening topics will be held continuously throughout both days of the event.

Saturday seminars include:
  • 10 a.m. - "Landscaping with Small Fruits," with Ed Higginbottom, master gardener
  • 11 a.m. - "Big Dreams, Small Garden," with Marianne Willburn, author and garden columnist (book signing to follow)
  • 12:30 p.m. - "Wildflowers," with Dr. Larry Stritch, botanist, U.S. Forest Service, retired
  • 1:30 p.m. - "Gardening for Hummingbirds," with Annette Cormany, University of Maryland horticulture educator
  • 2:30 p.m. - "Functionality of the Plants in a Garden," with James Dillon, Pennsylvania certified horticulturist and owner, Native Haven
  • 3:30 p.m. - "Finding Your Own Garden Style," with Elin Haaga, garden designer and educator

Sunday seminars include: 
  • 11:30 a.m. - "Smartphone Photography in Your Garden," with Lena Rotenberg, master gardener and photographer
  • 12:30 p.m. - "The Dysfunctional Landscape - Transitioning from Conventional to Regenerative," with Jason Swope, master gardener and landscape management consultant
  • 1:30 p.m. - "Bees and Beekeeping," with Louise Capezuto, bee keeper
  • 2:30 p.m. - "Remembering a Beekeeper's Garden," with Denny Warrenfeltz, owner Roostervane Gardens
Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Proceeds benefit the HCC Alumni Association. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase at the Garden Café. Free parking and garden themed children's activities will be available.

For information about the Flower and Garden Show, contact Lisa Stewart at, or call 240-500-2346.
March 23, 2018 at 7pm
Erth's DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE™ is an experiential theatre production which takes audiences on a prehistoric journey into a new dimension where they get to meet a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs that once roamed the planet millions of years ago. Featuring a large-scale cast of life-sized dinosaur puppets brought to life by sophisticated design and theatrical presentation and puppet mastery, these amazingly life-like dinosaur recreations connect children to paleontology in a fun and informative setting. This new production will feature nineteen dinosaurs on stage, including the awesome Triceratops which Erth created uniquely for the North American tour. Children can watch and learn, but can also interact with the creatures in this fun, educational and unique presentation.
VIP Meet and Greet
VIP ticket holders should arrive to the Theatre at 5:30 pm. The meet & greet experience allows the ticket holder to go up on stage and "meet" some dinosaurs and the handlers prior to the start of the show. There is also an opportunity to take photos next to the dinosaurs on stage. Don't worry, the dinosaurs aren't real!
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
Art in Bloom hosted by the Hagerstown Garden Club raises financial support for the museum and provides a unique setting for people to view the amazing floral designs in conjunction with works of art.

Explore Science: Impact Craters

Hosted by Discovery Station
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11 am
Discovery Station, 101 W Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-0076 or 
March 24, 2018 * 7:30pm
March 25, 2018 * 3:00pm
With an infectiously unforgettable score from the four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden), Pippin has been successfully produced on stages ranging from High School to Broadway. Sweeping the New York Awards circuit (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle) in 2013, Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world.

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
A Discovery Station Benefit Fundraiser
Saturday, April 7. Doors open at 6:30 PM
This evening features a trivia challenge with teams competing for the coveted title of 'Washington County Free Library Trivia Champions 2018.' For inquisitive  thinkers not participating in the trivia contest, we invite you to enjoy some of the other activities available this evening - a giant jenga game, escape the room challenge, selfie photo center (complete with a green screen) and our fabulous silent auction while continuing to cheer on our trivia players. Enjoy great food by Antietam Brewery/Benny's Pub and a variety of local wines. Cash bar.
Music by the Danny Webber Jazz Trio.

Funds raised support the library's educational classes, lectures and cultural programming

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased through Eventbrite online at, or by visiting and following the classes/events link to annual fundraisers link.
Call 301-739-3250 x 163 for additional help.
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater is proud to present HOW I BECAME A PIRATE as Theatre for Young Audiences for ages 3 and older April 7 through May 26, 2018.

Sail off on a fantastic musical excursion when a band of comical pirates lands at North Beach looking for an expert digger to join their crew. Braid Beard and his mates enlist young Jeremy Jacob, as they try to find the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds that adventuring can be lots of fun, but also learns that love and home are treasures you can't find on any map! The whole family will love this delightful and swashbuckling musical adventure!

Shows are held Saturdays at 11:30am and include lunch (oven baked cheese pizza or an all beef hotdog). Beverages and gratuity are not included. Children under age 3 will not be admitted.

Tickets cost $18 and may be purchased at or by calling 301-739-7469.

The Playhouse, now in it's 34th season, is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District.

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is now accepting Cushwa Internship and Scholarship applications! Applications for the paid summer internship are due to the Museum by Friday, April 13. Scholarship applications are due by Tuesday, May 1. Visit for more information and to download an application.  
The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts announces their 9th Annual All School Musical for 2018, Hairspray the Musical. The Show will run April 13,14 & 20, 21 @ 7:30 and April 15 & 22 @ 2:30. Six Performances Only!
Mark your calendars now. Don't miss this stage full of BIG HAIR and 1960's FUN.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-3500
The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-3500
Call for Student Artists!!
Teachers sign your students up!
Best Of Maryland Arts Education Festival. (presented in collaboration with Maryland State Department of EducationAEMS AllianceMaryland State Arts Council, and more!!

The event is April 2018 and students will perform at Peabody ConservatoryBaltimore Center StageThe Walters Art Museum, and more!
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10 AM - 5 PM
Annual Arts and Craft festival spotlighting our incredible local talent. Come visit our family friendly event being held on the beautiful grounds of the historic Peter Burr House in Kearneysville, WV. Nestled amongst the trees in a lovely clearing, the property is convenient to route 9 and has tons of parking adjacent to it. We have plans in the works for an onsite photographer, live music in the most charming historic barn you can imagine, kids activities, historic reenactors, and a meandering path of talented artisans offering truly unique, handcrafted goods including: jewelry, pottery, bath and beauty products, canned and fresh farm goods, glass art, needle felted sculptures and clay items, beaded serving sets, chain mail items, adult coloring items, furniture, quilts, candles, and a blacksmith! Plus many more, including live demonstrations of our artists throughout the day. We'll have goodie bags and giveaways, and lots of opportunities to find the perfect gift for Moms, Dads, or anyone that loves handmade items. Entry is free as always-we hope to see you there!.
Peter Burr House, 176 E Burr Blvd, Kearneysville, WV 25430 
Contact: Lleona Chew
Saturday May 19, 2018 at 11 am
This hands-on program gets children exploring the Earth's strong, protective magnetic field. At the end of the program, children will be able to explain how the magnetic fields on Earth are different than those of the Sun. It is recommended for children 7 and up.

This program is part of Discovery Station's participation in the 2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space Science program in collaboration with NISE.

Discovery Station, 101 W Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-0076
Saturday, June 16, 2018 * 7:30pm
From 1966 to 1971 Tommy James and The Shondells released 19 consecutive chart singles. Nine of which were certified gold and three that went to number one in the country. And now, 50 years later, Mike Vale, Ron Rosman, and Ed Gray , former, original members of that great group have reunited to form "The Crystal Blue Band".

Vale, Rosman, and Gray not only recorded the litany of hits they released from 1966 on but in many cases co-wrote the songs such as Crystal Blue Persuasion, Ball Of Fire, Sugar On Sunday, She, Loved One, Cellophane Symphony and many more. This group of legends have appeared on The Ed Sullivan show (twice), Bandstand (5 times), The Dating Game, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffith, Joey Bishop and a host of others and recently were recipients of the prestigious 2017 Pittsburgh Rock Legends Award.

Their great hits have been covered by some of Rock's biggest stars like Billy Idol (Mony Mony), Joan Jett/Prince ( Crimson And Clover), Santana (Crystal Blue Persuasion), Tiffany (I Think Were Alone Now), Tom Jones (I'm Alive) and have also been featured in great motion pictures such as Expendables 2, Forest Gump, We Are Marshall, The Nannie Diaries, Zodiac, Monster, Walk On The Moon and many more.

According to multiple industry sources they were part of the biggest selling singles group in the world from 1968 through 1969, including The Beatles. 
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater announces its 2019 Holiday Show will be THE WIZARD OF OZ! Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of THE WIZARD OF OZ at The Playhouse. Live On Stage November 15th through December 21st, 2019. 2019 Season Tickets go on sale April 27, 2018.

For tickets go to or call 301-739-7469.

The Washington County Playhouse is located at
44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District.
T he Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the
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