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Artist Alley  June 28, 2018
                                          Volume 18-14
     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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July 2018 Exhibit

The Opening Reception will be held at the WCAC Gallery on Thursday, June 28, 2008 from 5-7 pm. The Exhibit continues through July 31, 2019.
34 S Potomac St | Hagerstown, MD 21740 
(301) 791-3132 or

Committee Hangs Show

The Hagerstown Artists working committee organized, arranged, and displayed their art! The exhibit is ready!

The Maryland Theatre Expansion Project
Hagerstown, Maryland Decorative Light Fixture

The Maryland Theatre seeks an artist to create a permanent indoor light fixture to be installed on the top floor event space within the expansion of the historic theatre. Work should be completed or well underway by Winter 2019. The total budget for the work is to be determined with artist input. The call is open to all artists living within a 100-mile radius of The Maryland Theatre.  This artist call is presented in partnership with the Washington County Arts Council .

The full call, submission form and Information can be found at

Congratulations to Leadership Washington County Class 31 on its graduation and completion of a 10-month program during which they " develop or strengthen their network of contacts and actively engage in issues around topics like economic development, history, art and culture, education, religion, politics, and social service needs."
Thank you to Leadership Washington County Class 31 whose members raised money to establish the new Business and Economic Development Grants which were awarded to The Maryland Theatre and the Washington County Arts Council. Class 31 took a particular "interest in the economic development of downtown Hagerstown," believing that "the Arts and Entertainment District is the anchor to a thriving downtown."
Urban Improvement Project to Begin in July
The City of Hagerstown announces the beginning of construction for the anticipated Urban Improvement Project. This project consists of enhancements to portions of downtown that will expand art, events, and education venues. During the eighteen-month construction schedule, the community should anticipate traffic congestion and delays.
The UIP involves the expansion of the Maryland Theatre and of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts (BISFA) on S. Potomac Street. The Theatre's current box office will be demolished to make way for a four-story addition across the front, creating an improved lobby, concession stands, restrooms, and better handicap accessibility. The project includes demolishing 13-17 S. Potomac Street in order to adjoin a new, five-story building to the BISFA. Behind the school and the Theatre, the City will develop a 20,000 sq. ft. outdoor plaza for events, leisure, and other uses.
Due to limited space for contractors' equipment, the right lane of S. Potomac Street will be closed to traffic between Washington Street and Antietam Street. This closure is anticipated to last from the beginning of demolition on July 2, 2018, until completion of construction by the end of 2019. There will also be times in which this block will temporarily close to all vehicular traffic in order to allow deliveries of large construction materials. The City will post Traffic Advisories and detour routes in advance of these total closures. The sidewalk on the eastern side of the street will remain open at all times so patrons and customers can visit businesses located on this block.
Upon completion of the Urban Improvement Project, Downtown Hagerstown will have transformed to create an impressive performing arts complex, a space for the community to gather, and more opportunities for a plethora of students. 
For more information on the closures, please contact the City's Department of Parks and Engineering at 301-739-8577 extension 125.
Department of Community and Economic Development
City of Hagerstown, 14 N. Potomac St., Suite 200A
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
301-739-8577 x 111
L to R "Crabby" by Donna Mason and "Let's Eat" by Carol Miller.

Valley Art Association
"Let's Eat"

Valley Art Association member exhibit themed "Let's Eat" will be on display at the Mansion House Art Gallery from June 1, 2018 through July 29, 2018. Free admission. For more information call 301 797-2867 or
Mansion House Art Gallery
501 Highland Way, City Park | Hagerstown, MD 21740
Friday & Saturday 11 am-4 pm, Sunday 1 - 5 pm

Destination ARTS!

All events are free unless otherwise indicated. For more information, please visit the website at or contact Kathyrn Gratton at 717-655-2500 or at

Augustoberfest Sponsorships

Augustoberfest is accepting sponsors for their annual festival celebrating Washington County's German Heritage. Aug. 18-19, 2018 - two days of music, food and beer and family activities in Downtown Hagerstown. Consider sponsoring this charitable event that supports local nonprofits, including the Arts. Find more information and the sponsorship packet HERE .
Wind Down Hagerstown at The Maryland Theatre 
featuring The Profits
Friday, June 29, 2018 * 6-9pm 
Wind Down Hagerstown will host a mini beer fest with local craft beer to sample and purchase! Plus, the Alsatia Club is hosting a "Thunder in the Square" style car show with hot rods, classic and antique cars. The Profits is performing live. Grab dinner from Bella's Bites or Pretzel and Pizza Creations Hagerstown . Our vendor fair has Dad in mind with plenty of shopping options to find that special gift. For the kids there's a bounce house, coloring and corn hole. 
The Maryland Theatre 
21 S Potomac Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740 
Call: 301-790-2000

Destination ARTS!

June 29, 2018 - Live Music Fridays : 5:30 to 8 p.m. Music Makers - 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Join Music Makers as we welcome Across the Pond. Wine and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 717-655-2500 or visit .
June 29, 2018 - Wine Down Fridays: 5:30 to 8 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op - 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Patric Schlee will entertain visitors with a variety of musical instruments, including the didgeridoo, flute, and drums. Wine and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the co-op at 717-762-8394.

Authentic Community Theater Summer Institute Of The Arts presents "We Got The Beat"
at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, June 30, 2018 * 2:00pm  
This year the theme is "We Got the Beat." From songs such as Build Me Up Buttercup This is me, I've Got Rhythm, and many more, you can be sure you will be dancing and singing along in your seat! Make sure you register today as spaces are limited.
General admission only.
The Maryland Theatre 
21 S Potomac Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740 
Call: 301-790-2000
A fun, flashy, and fabulous night out! The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater is pleased to announce that the AMERICAN ICONS will be making their third appearance on The Playhouse stage, located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District and City Center. ICONS 3 will be showing for one night only!
AMERICAN ICONS is a Las Vegas Style Celebrity Impersonation Revue. ICONS 3 features celebrities such as Bette Midler, Boy George, Cher, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Elvis, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, and Pink.
Director Scott Ruble says "It's Las Vegas in your backyard. When you're feeling down, there's nothing like a drag queen for a pick me up! So close to the real thing, you'll be singing along."
Ticket price includes dinner and show (beverages and server's gratuity not included). Just as at a Drag Brunch, performers accept gratuities during the floor show. This single performance will be held at The Playhouse on Saturday, June 30. Doors open at 6:00pm.
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
and Children's Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear | Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-7469 (Theater)
The Washington County Historical Society hosts, "Create a Sundial."
Saturday, June 30, 2018 * 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

How did people tell time before phones and watches? With a sundial, of course! Learn more about how sundials work, and make your own beautiful garden sundial to take home with you! Each participant will be given clay, mosaic tiles and other decorations, and instructions to make one sundial to take home. $5 per participant

The Washington County Historical Society
135 W Washington Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 797-8782
  Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 7:30-9pm

Join the Hagerstown Municipal Band to pay tribute to Independence Day including Euphonium soloist, Dr. Neal Corwell.
Free outdoor concert at the bandshell featuring the Hagerstown Municipal Band
Hagerstown City Park
501 Virginia Ave | Hagerstown, MD 21740
2018 Contemporary American Theater Festival
July 6, 2019 through July 29, 2018

"This summer, CATF is bringing you a collection of six new plays, six fresh powerful stories that offer you a portrait of contemporary America." Ed Herendeen

Box Office: 800-999-CATF or 304.876.3473
Pre-Season Box Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday from 12 pm to 5 pm

Center for Contemporary Arts
Shepherd University
92 West Campus Drive | Shepherdstown, WV 25443

The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the Six-String Soldiers of the U.S. Army Field Band as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series, on Saturday, July 7, at 6:15 p.m., in HCC's Alumni Amphitheater.
Part of The U.S. Army Field Band, Six-String Soldiers is a five-member acoustic group. Under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Wood, the group performs Americana, folk, bluegrass, and Irish music in an informal setting. With its focus on audience interaction and sharing its members' stories and experiences as American Soldiers, Six-String Soldiers offers one of the most personal musical experiences found in the U.S. Army.
"We honor the fallen and recognize all veterans who served their country," said Col. Jim Keene. "As we present patriotic favorites, we know Americans will be filled with pride in our soldiers and in our nation."
Sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 312, Joint Veterans Council, and Forty & Eight Voiture 651, this concert is free and open to the public. Concessions will be available for purchase. Please note that no outside food is permitted on the amphitheater grounds and concerts are subject to change by the U.S. Military.   For more information about the Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series, visit or call 240-500-2346. To learn more about the Six-String Soldiers, visit
Maryland Symphony Orchestra to Present
33rd Salute to Independence Concert at
Antietam National Battlefield; Announces Sponsors
Saturday, July 7, 2018 * 7:30pm 
The 33rd Annual "Salute to Independence" concert, presented by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, will be held on Saturday, July 7 at the Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Music Director Elizabeth Schulze has programmed a concert that will honor, through words and music, the men and women who have served our country in the past, and those who are currently members of the United States Armed Forces. The MSO will be performing such crowd-pleasing favorites as Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," the Armed Forces Salute, Sousa's "Liberty Bell March" and "Stars and Stripes Forever", and John Williams' "Liberty Fanfare" and music from "Born on the Fourth of July."
Additionally, the MSO will perform "Fanfare for Life" by Kimo Williams. Mr. Williams is a nationally recognized composer and Vietnam War veteran who hails from Chicago, IL and recently relocated to Shepherdstown, WV. "Fanfare for Life" was commissioned by AT&T and premiered May 6, 1994 by the Chicago Sinfonietta at Orchestra Hall in Chicago under the baton of Paul Freeman. Mr. Williams composed this work in direct response to the outgrowth of gang violence during that same year.
The "Salute to Independence" has become one of Maryland's most patriotic outdoor events and Washington County's largest, one-day tourism event, attracting nearly 30,000 people each year. In recent years it has been recognized by the American Bus Association as one of the "Top 100 Events in North America."

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater present
"Mary Poppins Jr. - WCP Summer Theater Camp"
Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."
Tickets available at:
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
and Children's Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear | Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-7469 (Theater)
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
and Children's Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear | Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-7469 (Theater)

Second workshop on glazing techniques in acrylics with David Bottini at the Mansion House Art Gallery, Hagerstown City Park; on Wednesday July 18th 9:30 to 4:30.  $50 for Valley Art Association & MFA members and $60 for non-members.  Please register by July 11th.  For more information e-mail or call the Mansion House at 301 797-2867.
Mansion House Art Gallery
501 Highland Way, City Park, Hagerstown
Friday & Saturday 11 am-4 pm, Sunday 1 - 5 pm

The Maryland Theatre

Built in 1915, designed by renowned architect Thomas Lamb, the theatre is the anchor to the Arts & Entertainment district in the city which comprises a new high school for the visual and performing arts, offices of the Washington County Arts Council and numerous new businesses and retail enterprises. The Theatre provides comfortable seating for 1300 at performances of country artists, comedians, orchestra concerts, children's shows, musicians, recitals, plays, including serving as the home of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, City Ballet School and the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant. Additionally, The Theatre hosts a variety of private events including business lectures and seminars, weddings and birthdays, memorial services, holiday gatherings, fundraisers and networking events. The Maryland Theatre welcomes approximately 100,000 people through her doors annually.
The box office will be relocating to 40 South Potomac Street - inside the Bulls & Bears Restaurant atrium - during the construction of the expansion project. Moving will occur the week of July 2, 2018. The box office will be in transition this week.
Call for Art - Wind Down     
Friday, July 27, 2018 * 6-9pm  

Please note the Wind Down change of location...
USMH Plaza  
50 West Washington Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740 

Wind Down Hagerstown
at The Maryland Theatre
Staff Infection  
Friday, July 27, 2018 * 6-9pm  

Artisan vendors for July's Wind Down! Staff Infection is back performing live. Grab dinner from Bella's Bites or Pretzel and Pizza Creations Hagerstown and dessert from Antietam Dairy. For the kids there's a bounce house, coloring, corn hole and balloon animals with UncleBean! - "The Life of the Party".

The Maryland Theatre 
21 S Potomac Street | Hagerstown, MD 21740 
Call: 301-790-2000

1964 The Tribute
at Big Cork Vineyards 
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm  

Big Cork Vineyard celebrates "Big British Invasion: 1964 The Tribute."
July 28, 2018 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Big Cork Vineyard is celebrating all things British this summer. With the recent win at the London Wine Competition , taking a silver medal for our 2015 Nebbiolo, it seems fitting to celebrate the only way the vineyard knows how - BIG.
Join Big Cork for the BIG British Invasion as they bring 1964 The Tribute band to the vineyard for a special evening filled with music and fireworks from 6:30 - 10:00 pm.
Tickets go on sale June 1 at 11:00 am at Gates open at 6:30 pm for general admission seating. VIP ticket holders get advanced entry at 6:00 pm. The band performs at 7:30 pm.
Ticket prices are as follows:
General admission advanced ticket price: $35.00
General admission at the gate ticket price: $45.00
Big Corker advanced ticket price: $30.00
Big Corker at the gate ticket price: $40.00
VIP tickets: $75.00
Includes entry at 6:00 pm and one glass of wine. Sorry, no Big Corker's discount is available for this ticket level.
Guests are strongly encouraged to bring chairs and picnic blankets for seating.
Fireworks by Zambelli will follow the performance at approximately 9:15 pm.
This performance is sponsored by Family Heritage Trust Company and presented by   The Maryland Theatre .
This is a rain or shine event. No dogs permitted at this event, or outside alcohol. Coolers will be checked.

Get Up -to-Date Info on the USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championship, July 26-29, 2018! Keep Checking - the site will be updated as information is available!
Nominations are open for the
Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards!

Maryland Traditions is the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council. We are a team working to identify, document, support, and present living cultural traditions - or folklife - in Maryland.
Since 2007, the Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards have been presented to a Maryland person, place, and tradition that epitomize the state's folklife.

We invite you to nominate a Maryland person, place, or tradition
that should be recognized with a Maryland Traditions Heritage Award!
Please submit the   nomination form via email to either of the Heritage Awards staff members listed below or mail the nomination form to Maryland Traditions at 175 W. Ostend St., Suite E, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230.
Chad Edward Buterbaugh, Director, Maryland Traditions
Ashley Minner, Folklorist, Maryland Traditions or 410 245 4303
Submission deadline is July 30, 2018 at 5pm.
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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County Arts Agencies of Maryland,
Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts.

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