December 10, 2015

PERFORMING ARTS  {top}
The Newtowne Players
It's a Wonderful Life: Radio Play
Now through December 20
Friday, 8:00 pm
Saturday, 3:30 and 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets:  $15 Adult; $12 Senior (65+), Military, Student; $10 Children (12 years and under)



This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.  For more information, go to  http://www.newtowneplayers.org.

Port Tobacco Players
A Christmas Carol
Now Through December 20
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adult, $15 Senior (60+)/Youth (to 18)/Military

As miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge falls asleep in his dingy quarters on Christmas Eve, three ghosts appear, each revealing to Scrooge the wrong doings of his life and what will happen if he continues in his evil ways. He is racked with fear and remorse and sets out on Christmas Day to bless with his newfound generosity all those whom he has neglected and abused. Charles Dickens' timeless tale of "grinchiness" transformed into generosity returns to PTP. This adaptation with musical elements will be the highlight of your holiday season.  Get your tickets now - Holiday shows will sell out!  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or visit  http://www.ptplayers.com.

College of Southern Maryland
Music Student Honors Recitals
Thursday, December 10, 2:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission
 
CSM's best students will perform. The recital features a variety of styles from classical instrumental and vocal solos to contemporary vocal and guitar performances that represent the highest level of musicianship.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828 or go to  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/recitals/index.

College of Southern Maryland
Barbershop Chorus Concerts
Friday, December 11, 8:00 pm, Leonardtown Campus
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

Southern Mix is a men's barbershop chorus that rehearses and performs on CSM's La Plata Campus. Membership is open to community members throughout Southern Maryland and music majors studying for credit. For ticket information, call the box office at 301-934-7828, or go to http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/box-office-information/index.html.
2015 Charles County Third Annual Holiday Trail
Friday, December 11,  to Sunday, December 13
18 Historic and Cultural Sites Open to the Public
College of Southern Maryland
Latin Ensemble Concert
Saturday, December 12, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

CSM's Latin Ensemble Ritmo Caché, directed by Dr. Stephen Johnson, specializes in Salsa, Mexican, Afro-Cuban, Merengue, Latin Jazz, and other musical styles of Latin America. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301- or visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/latin-ensemble/index. 
 
Candlelight Christmas Concert
Christ Church
Saturday, December 12,  7:00 pm
112 Charles Street, La Plata
Free Admission


The concert features carols old and new, traditional and nontraditional  with unusual settings of familiar tunes.  Artists include Tak Mato, clarinet; Dennis Murphy, violin; Lucy Snell, flute; Sue Davis, soprano; Michael Peerless, baritone; and Eileen Peerless, piano.  Cookies and punch will be served immediately after the concert.  For more information, call Christ Church at 301-392-1051.


Mount Aventine
Antebellum Christmas
Saturday - Sunday, December 12, 13,  Noon - 5:00 pm
Chapman State Park
3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head
Suggested Donation:  $5 per Vehicle



Traditional decorations, live music, fresh greens, gift shop, mansion tours, food, antique dresses, mini-Mt. Aventine display, crafts and more.  For additional information, go to www.friendsofchapmansp.org or www.charlescountyholidaytrail.com.
 
Hickory Dickory Dark Productions
A Dickens of a Mystery
Sunday, December 13, 3:00 pm
Indian Head Center for the Arts
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $12.00

It's Christmas time in Victorian London, and you are invited to attend Fred and Edwina Sawyer's annual party. But what's become of dear old Uncle Ebenezer Scrooge, who was magically transformed just one year ago into someone who "knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge?" Join some of Charles Dickens' most beloved characters and help Sherlock Holmes solve the case!  Visit www.HickoryDickoryDark.com for more information.

College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Brian Ganz, Piano
Sunday, December 13, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission

Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Mr. Ganz is on the piano faculty of St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he is artist-in-residence, and is a member of the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828 or visit http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/ward-virts-series/index.
Indian Head Center for the Arts
Almost, Maine
Friday - Saturday, December 18 - 19, 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 20, 3:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $15

Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that's so far north, it's almost not in the United States, it's almost in Canada. And it almost doesn't exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it's just Almost.   One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.   ALMOST, MAINE: It's love. But not quite. Go to http://www.indianheadblackbox.org for more information.

VISUAL  ARTS  {top}
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Smallwood State Park
5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
For more information about events, workshops and discounts for early registration, call 301-743-5159 or go to  www.mattawomanart.org.   Click here to download the fall programs brochure.
MCAC FRIDAY OPEN STUDIO
Fridays, Now through December 11 
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come create: paint, draw, take photos, sculpt, knit,  quilt, etc.  Bring your own materials and your lunch.  Bring your friends (both members and nonmembers).   Share ideas and techniques.  Critique each other's work.  Enjoy the creative process!    
MCAC HOLIDAY SALON 
Multimedia Holiday Art Show
Now through December 13
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

All the artworks are available for purchase!  

 
College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Alexandra Silverthorne Group
Drift
Now through December 11
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm



What happens when we focus less on our travel destinations and more on the actual act of journeying? How can photographers use the camera as a means of showing movement through landscape?  This exhibit brings together the work of four photographers, Caleb Charland (Maine), Candace Gaudiani (California), E. Brady Robinson (Washington, DC), and Alexandra Silverthorne (Washington, DC), to explore these questions. While each photographer tackles the journey through landscape with different constraints and styles, the viewer is ultimately presented with a unified series that prompts consideration of movement whether through landscape or even activities of daily life.
For more information, go to  http://www.csmd.edu/community/index.html.

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, December 13, 1:00 pm
West Building, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

The tours take place on the second Sunday of every month and last about an hour.  Meet the guide in the Rotunda of the West Building for the public tour. The program is interpreted into spoken English. Assistive listening devices are available for use on any public tour with 3 weeks' advance notice.  To plan your trip and view hours and maps, go to www.nga.gov  and click on Visit. For more information, go to www.nga.gov  and click on Calendar or contact Lorena Baines at access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905.  

National Gallery of Art
Picture This!  Stuff of Everyday Life: Material Culture in the Italian Renaissance
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Wednesday, December 23, and 
Saturday, December 26, 1:00 pm
6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

Picture This tours incorporate vibrant verbal description with information about works of art. Tours meet at 1:00 pm in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery and last about an hour. Everyone is welcome! For more information or to receive web links to works that will be described on the tour in advance, contact Lorena Baines at access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905. Verbally described tours are also available by request with 3 weeks' notice by  e-mailing access@nga.gov.   For more information, go to www.nga.gov .

LITERARY ARTS  {top} 
Arts Alliance Student Arts Scholarship Application Program is Now Open!

Deadline to Apply is March 4, 2016

Each year the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) awards $1,000 scholarships to  one outstanding graduating senior from each high school in Charles County to further his or her study of the arts (performing, visual or literary) at a four-year college or  university.
 
Applications are available for downloading by going to the CCAA website at  http://charlescountyarts.org/program/scholarships.   C harles County Public School Seniors may also see their high schools'  College and Career Advisors for a copy of the application.  

The completed application and all required documentation must be received in the CCAA office by  noon March 4, 2016.  Mailing address is PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695; physical location is 10250 La Plata Road (Rt. 488), La Plata, MD 20646. 

For more information, contact scholarship.ccaa@gmail.com or call the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or  info@charlescountyarts.org .
 
Charles County Library Schedule
For November/December 2015

  

Get a copy of the November/December brochure to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are computer classes, book discussions, craft programs, preschool story times, games, writing classes, and lots of other activities for every interest and age!    For more information, call 301-934-9001 or go to  http://www.ccplonline.org .

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Adult Discussion Book Groups
Writers of Color Book Club
Mee ts every month on the second Thursday at 6:30 pm, at alternating locations. The December meeting will be held at Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf.  For more information, call 301-375-7375.

December 10:  Only the Strong by Jabari Asim . Against a 1970s backdrop of rapid social and political change, Only the Strong portrays the challenges and rewards of love in a quintessential American community where heartbreak and violence are seldom far away.   With prose that's sharp, humorous, and poetic, author Asim skillfully renders a compelling portrait of urban life in the wake of the last major civil-rights bill. Massive change is afoot in America, and these characters have front-row seats.

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Meets at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of every month at the La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata. Call 301-934-900 1,  for more information.
 
December 10:  Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.   Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.   As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.   Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life-answers that will ultimately free them both.

Potomac Book Discussion
Meets on the second Saturday of each month from 10:30 am - noon, at the Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head.  For more information, call 301-375-7375. 



December 12:  The Gift by Cecelia Ahern.  The Gift is a magical, fable-like Christmas story of Lou Suffern, a successful executive frustrated by the fact that he spends more time in the office than with his doting wife and two young children
Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, at the Senior Center, 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head.   Note date change for December!  Call 301-375-7375 for more information or to place a copy of a book on hold.


December 16:  A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.  The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America--majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you're going to take a hike, it's probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you'll find. He introduces you to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way--and a couple of bears.
Waldorf Book Discussion Group
Meets on the first Saturday of every month from 9:30 - 10:30 am, at the P.D. Brown Memorial Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf.  To join, call 301-645-2864,  and reserve a book with your library card.  



January 2:  Self-Selected Poetry. Bring a poem or two to share with the group.

Waldorf Senior Center Afternoon Book Club
Meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, at the Waldorf Senior Center, 3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf. For more information, call 301-638-4420.

January 6:  The Husband's Secret by  Liane Moriarty.   My darling Cecilia.   If you're reading this, then I've died...Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret--something with the potential to destroy not only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive...
Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Meets at 1:00 pm, on the first Thursday of each month at the Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles Street, La Plata.  For more information, call 301-934-9001. 
  
January 7:  The Round House by Louise Erdrich.  One of the most revered novelists of our time and a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life, Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.
The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction--at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.

COMMUNITY ARTS  {top} 
Community Senior Centers

The Department of Community Services operates each of the County's Senior Centers, where citizens 60 and older may access a variety of programs and services, including:  Social/Recreational activities, Clubs, Special Events, Trips, Nutritious Lunches, Health and Screenings Programs, Health Scope/Visit the Nurse, Educational programs, Physical Fitness programs, Creative Arts, and Computer Lab/Classes.  For more activities and events, get a copy of the The Scoop,  Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here  to go to their website. 
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CCAA Board of Directors
Robert Rausch, President
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown , Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Emily Ferren
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Vicki Marckel
Cryz Proctor

Youth Representative
Greg A. Kenney, Jr.

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart
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About the Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.

 

The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is to stimulate, promote, encourage, and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit.  Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes ALL the arts in Charles County:  music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.

The CCAA is the official arts council of Charles County and is recognized as such by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) of the State of Maryland.  In this capacity, the CCAA serves as the "umbrella" organization for the arts community in Charles County.  The CCAA promotes Charles County arts organizations and individuals, provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and the schools through its annual arts grant programs, sponsors the creation and presentation of new, diverse cultural activities and special events for the community, provides arts scholarships, and ensures the Charles County's underserved population, people with disabilities, residents with limited income, minorities, and senior citizens have access to the arts. The CCAA builds partnerships with local government, the business community and the educational community, in an effort to enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens of Charles County.