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Artist Alley    October 19, 2017
Volume 17-23
     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...
Community Calendar
Artist Registry
Special Events
Add your local events 
and learn about upcoming events in your area . 
Join the Artist Registry and showcase your work for everyone to see!

Features special 
local events that are 
not to be missed!
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October 2017  Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council presents Beth Carey, Sukey Rankin & Students exhibiting "Silver Bonds Burnished in Artistry" continuing through October 31, 2017.
Washington County Arts Council, 34 S Potomac Street in the heart of the Hagerstown Arts & Entertainment District. 
Lou Scally and Heather Guessford
Sponsorship Opportunities: Contact Mary Anne Burke at 301-791-3132 or
Call for Artists 
Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2017

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 2017." The juried community art exhibit will run from December 1, 2017 through January 2, 2018 with an opening reception on Friday, December 1st from 5pm to 7pm.

The jurors are:
  • Bruce Wilder, photographer and owner of his own photographic studio and Turn The Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland.
  • Philip Lindsey, Professor of Fine Arts at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA whose own art consists of figure and representational painting and drawing.

Adult Classes and Workshops
Washington County
Museum of Fine Arts
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts announces its fall 2017 art classes and workshops. Participants can register online and find further information at or call the museum at 301-739-5727. Students must register prior to the start of class.
Adult Classes and Workshops
Etching/Jewelry Workshop
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Sukey Rankin
November 8 
Indigo-Dye Silk Scarf
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Kelsi Dean
November 19 
Youth Classes
Collaborative HENSE-inspired Mural
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Kim Brown
October 14, 21 
Illuminated Manuscript Foil Letters
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Kellie Mele
November 4 

Classes and workshops are added throughout the year, so those interested are encouraged to follow the museum on Facebook or subscribe to the museum's email at
October 21 & 27, 2017
Hager House Ghost Tour Times: 7pm, 8pm & 9pm
Learn the haunting tales that keep this 18th century residence of town founder Jonathan Hager at the top of Maryland's most haunted sites.  

City Park Ghost Tour Times: 8pm & 9pm
Learn of spooky stories and haunting legends of Historic City Park.
Oculus Paranormal Group will be co-hosting the tours and they will be equipped with all the modern-day ghost-tracking contraptions seen on TV! Recommended for ages 12 and older. 
$7 per tour with pre-registration, space is limited. For more info visit 
or call (301)739-8577 x 170.
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm-6:00pm
Join the Hagerstown Choral Arts for a retrospective concert which kicks off their 25th season. The concert will feature their favorite pieces of music from the past 25 years of concerts. There is no charge for admission but a free-will offering is received.
Church of the Brethren, 15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-733-3565
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm-6:00pm
Join the Cumberland Valley School of Music on Sunday, November 5, 2017 as CVSM celebrate 28 years of music in our community! The concert, featuring performances by current CVSM faculty, staff, students, and community members, begins at 3:00 PM in Thomson Alumnae Chapel.
Highlights include:
Brian Helman, piano, performing a well-known war-time tune "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey" in the style of Liberace 
Lisa Turchi & Autumn Turner, voice, singing "The Prayer" (famously recorded by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli) accompanied by Jerod Harris      
Michael Cameron, cello, and  Valerie Merriman, piano, will delight with a Chopin piece
Joel Newman and  Michael Quinlivan will perform a guitar medley
The CVSM First Place Merit Award Recipients will perform a variety of genres
AND so much more!
Tickets are available to purchase online or by calling 717-261-1220 x 1.
September 16 - November 4, 2017
This signed, spoken, and sung production is created for audiences of all hearing abilities! The classic fairy tale comes to life on The Playhouse stage. An hour long musical, preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven baked cheese pizza or an all beef hot dog. Beverages and gratuity not included.
Fee: $20
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm-6:00pm
Acting is Elementary (ages 8-11) - begins 10/21
Musikgarten My Home Place (ages 4-6) - begins 11/4
Musikgarten On a Trip (ages newborn - 3) - begins 11/4
Interested in individual lessons? Our fantastic faculty will guide you to your goals! Give us a call to arrange a teacher and a time: 717-261-1220 opt. 1.
Event Date: 10/22/2017
Start Time: 2:15pm
Description: The Hagerstown Junior Chamber of Commerce hired a Lancaster, Pennsylvania based film company to produce a film entitled "See Yourself And Your Town In The Movies," in early spring 1941. The videographers ventured all over Hagerstown and parts of Washington County, filming as many people and scenes as they could squeeze into a two-hour motion picture. The resulting movie documented life in Hagerstown and Washington County on the eve of World War II featuring hundreds of local citizens and dozens of churches, schools, factories, and street scenes. 
Contact Name: Tammy
Contact Phone: (301) 790-3500
Contact Email:
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Thursday, October 26th
6:00 - 7:30 pm  
The works of Vina Vaughan Parmesano will be on display and for sale at the Bridge Gallery, 8566 Shepherdstown Pike on Thursday, October 26th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. One evening only - stop in take a look!
Exhibition and Wine and Cheese Reception hosted by Shepherdstown Public Library.
October 26, 2017 - 7:30pm
Two On Tap to Perform In Hagerstown, MD on October 26, 2017
Broadway veterans Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano are bringing their gorgeous vocals, exciting choreography and unique musical arrangements to Maryland Theatre on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.   Advance tickets can be purchased at the Maryland Theatre Box Office or on their website, $25 for adults and $8 for Students under age 18.  Lobby doors open one hour prior to the show.  Open Seating starts 45 minutes prior to the show.  For additional ticket information, visit the association web site at  
Two On Tap marks the creative collaboration of celebrated musical theatre veterans, Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano. Since its debut in February 2010, Two On Tap has entertained tens of thousands at countless theatrical concerts and gala events in the US, and enjoyed headliner status aboard luxury cruise liners. Heralded by presenters and critics alike, Two On Tap aims to breathe new life into classic song-and-dance with clever arrangements, a meaningful connection to the audience, and exciting high-energy routines.
The Hagerstown Community Concert Association was established in 1959. This all-volunteer nonprofit organization is committed to enriching the cultural life of Hagerstown through live performances. Most all concerts are presented at the historic downtown Maryland Theatre.
Saturday, October 28, 11am - 1pm
Dress up Fido to parade around the Dog Park at Fairgrounds Park and win great prizes at the 5th Annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Parade!
Judging categories include: The Barking Dead, Best Friends (Kids 12 & Under), Celebri'dog, DIY Costume, Limo Worthy, Twinsies, Super Villain, Story Book and Too Stinkin' Cute!  Prizes awarded in each category! 
Enjoy vendors, giveaways, and fun contests like a Trick-Off and Bobbing for Hot Dogs.
The first 25 registered get a FREE doggie goodie bag! Pre-register for $5; $7 on site.
October 29, 2017 -1pm to 3pm
Gifts Inn BoonsBoro 
16 N. Main Street 
Boonsboro, MD 21713 
Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater & Children's Theater presents for ONE NIGHT ONLY!
an Interactive Playhouse Murder Mystery Event! ONE NIGHT ONLY. Seating is limited. Saturday November 4th at 6:00 PM. Salad, Plated Meal, and dessert included. Full bar available.
Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater & Children's Theater 
44 North Potomac Street, Rear, Hagerstown, MD, 21740
(301) 739-7469 
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.   
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm
at the Hagerstown Elks Lodge #378,
11063 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Patrons can select their favorite bowl from over 25 area potters, fill it with a variety of homemade soups and take it home afterward. There will also be a live auction and raffle. Cost $50 per ticket. Tickets may be purchased from the Community Free Clinic (301-733-9234) .
November 11 - December 23, 2017 
The family holiday classic comes to life on The Playhouse stage. Frosty The Snowman makes a triumphant return and gets everyone in the holiday spirit! The hour long musical is preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven baked cheese pizza or an all beef hot dog.
Fee: $20
Saturday, November 11
10:30 AM - 12 PM
This workshop will be based on brightly colored leaves related to fall. The project will be created with glue and soft pastels and is a bit messy, so wear suitable clothing! The instructor will be Donna Housel.

All Arts Saturdays programs are held 10:30am-12pm. Ages 7-12. The fee is $5 for Arts Council members and $10 for non-members.

Please RSVP as space is limited. Call the Allegany Arts Council at (301) 777-2787 to register .
Allegany Arts Council, 9 North Centre Street, Cumberland, MD 21502 
Open Mic Nites
for high school and college students
November 14, 2017
Sponsored by The Washington County Arts Council and 28 South
6pm and 8pm at 28 South at 28 S. Potomac St.
Join students in the Washington County school system and Hagerstown Community College at Open Mic Nites. The second Tuesday of each month will be reserved for original music and spoken word.
Please contact the Gallery Manager, Chris Brewer, at 301-791-3132 or to register!
November 4, 2017 -- 1:00-3:00 p.m. Instructor Kellie Mele
To accompany the Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts 13th - 18th Centuries exhibition at the museum, students will view and be inspired by the beauty of hand created illustrations and writing found in books that seem to be "lit up" in gold.  Students will have the opportunity to see these books for themselves before creating their own "Illuminated Manuscripts" using foil embossing techniques. For Grades 3-8.

at The Women's Club
31. S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 
The Potomac Playmakers Announce the latest show of the 2017-2018 Season, Arthur Miller's classic drama, All My Sons! During World War II, Joe Keller and Herbert Deever ran a machine shop that made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the plant turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of twenty-one pilots. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the Kellers' youngest son was reported missing in action dominate the action of the play. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father's partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The climax showing the reaction of a son to a guilty father is a fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity! Produced under special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and directed by Cathy James, All My Sons stars Richard Dobson, April Fox, Christine Miller-Grable, Barry Harbaugh, Jeff Marcum, Mandy Matvia, Danielle Popp, Nic Sigman, and Jim Zuna .
All My Sons will run from November 10, 11, 17, 18, and 19, 2017 at The Women's Club, located at 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Showtime is at 8:00 pm for the Friday and Saturday performances, while the Sunday matinee performance of All My Sons will be at 3:00 pm. Discounted advance tickets of $11 are available ONLINE ONLY at, while $13 tickets will be available at the door.
Contact Potomac Playmakers at 240-382-7269 or email
Potomac Playmakers, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) all-volunteer, non-profit community theater company, in business since 1926.
Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater & Children's Theater 
44 North Potomac Street, Rear, Hagerstown, MD, 21740
(301) 739-7469 
The Potomac Playmakers Announce
the 2017-2018 One-Act Play-writing Competition!
at The Women's Club
31. S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 
The Potomac Playmakers Announce the 2017-2018 One-Act Play-writing Competition! Over the last two years, the Potomac Playmakers have staged one-act plays written by award-winning Maryland playwrights, and now the Playmakers want to give an opportunity for area playwrights see their plays performed on the stage! Winning play-rights will receive an opportunity to have their plays staged by The Potomac Playmakers in a future production. 
The criteria for submissions are as follows: 1) The play must be an original piece written by a playwright or playwrights from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, or Pennsylvania. 2) The play must not have been previously performed publicly. 3) The play must be between 15-45 minutes in length. in length.

A hard copy of all plays submitted for the competition must be sent to The Potomac Playmakers at P.O. Box 3659, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2017.
Contact Potomac Playmakers at 240-382-7269 or email
Potomac Playmakers, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) all-volunteer, non-profit community theater company, in business since 1926.
December 2-10, 2017
Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 (3:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Dec. 5 & 7 (11:00 am - 5:00 pm) 
12 Springfield Lane, Williamsport, MD
Walk through the beautiful Christmas wonderland inside this historic Barn filled with a hundred+ decorated trees, visit with Santa Claus, Buster the 8' tall Bear, admire the electric trains, and take a horse drawn wagon ride through the park (small fee).

FREE ADMISSION! Just bring your holiday spirit! Be aware, this big ol' Barn is NOT HEATED, so dress accordingly! *Due to crowd sizes, please leave your pets at home.

*monetary donations accepted
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:00pm
Join The City Ballet School and the Western Maryland City Ballet Company for The Nutcracker December 9th & 10th at The Maryland Theatre. Experience the magic of ballet this holiday season as you join Clara on her enchanted journey to the land of sweets. Set to Tchaikovsky's stunning score, this magical ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with your family. Featuring guests artists from the Carolina Ballet, The Nutcracker is sure to capture your heart and become one of your favorite Christmas traditions. Featuring a full cast of over 100 dancers, brilliant costume and prop design, and theatrical magic, "The Nutcracker" is a family favorite and a special Christmas tradition.    
The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740
Call: 301-790-2000
Call for Photographers  
2017 Historic Houses of Worship Tour Photo Contest

The Historic Houses of Worship Tour in partnership with and support from The Washington County Arts Council (WCAC) is pleased to invite the public to enter a photo contest to promote the 2018 Historic Houses of Worship Tour.

Photos should capture an image from the Historic Houses of Worship Tour, scheduled to take place on December 26th from 3pm to 7pm with a snow date of December 27th from 3pm to 7pm. One selected original photograph will be commissioned by the tour organizers and will be used to create posters and promotional materials for the 2018 Tour.

Contestants may enter up to three images to the contest. The winner will be announced in February 2018 and will receive $200.

Please email images of the works to be considered and Entry Form to:
Include full name, mailing address, telephone and email address.
Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater & Children's Theater 
44 North Potomac Street, Rear, Hagerstown, MD, 21740
(301) 739-7469 
Saturday, May 5, 2018

10am to 5:00pm 
Peter Burr House, 176 E Burr Blvd, Kearneysville, WV 25430
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! 
Contact Name: Lleona Chew 
Contact Email:
USA Cycling selected Hagerstown/Washington County as the location for its 2018 and 2019 Amateur Road National Championships.
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Department of Business & Economic Development.

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