February 7, 2019

Celebrating 31 Years of Service to the Community
Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Maryland Arts Day
Thursday, February 14, 8:15 am - 2:00 pm
Francis Scott Key Auditorium
St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland
Park and Get the Shuttle at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium
Registration: $40 per Person
Maryland Arts Day is the largest annual gathering of arts professionals in Maryland. With more than 500 participants, representing every county in the state and Baltimore City, this statewide arts advocacy event connects artists, educators, administrators, volunteers and trustees with lawmakers from every legislative district in Maryland. Maryland Arts Day needs your participation to show strong support for the arts in Maryland and the impact they have on the economic and cultural vitality of the state. For more information, go to or call 410-467-6700. 

Call for Artists
Waldorf West Library
Spring 2019 Art Show
Click HERE
for More Information

Waldorf West Library 
The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2019 Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD. The Library consists of four separate gallery spaces on two floors. Exhibit dates will be determined after the walls in the Library are re-painted.
A maximum of two works of 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional art on any subject can be submitted. Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to Please reference "Waldorf West Spring 2019 Show" in the subject line.

For more information, contact Gale Kladitis at

27th ArtsFest is Coming!
Saturday, June 8, 2019
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
The Charles County Arts Alliance is pleased to announce our 27th annual ArtsFest, to be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, on the beautiful grounds of the La Plata Town Hall, in La Plata, Maryland.  ArtsFest is the largest arts festival in Charles County, and one of the largest in Southern Maryland.  This is our eighth year to present the festival in partnership with the Town of La Plata.

Visual and literary artists of all media are invited to display and sell their works. In addition, nonprofit arts organizations are invited as exhibitors to display information and encourage participation in their performing, visual and literary arts activities. Also invited as nonprofit exhibitors are cultural, historical, heritage and environmental organizations. Local commercial organizations are also invited to distribute information on their products and services.  There's live entertainment on two stages, and a variety of great food will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Click HERE to download a Vendor/Exhibitor Form

Click HERE to download a Food Vendor Form

Click HERE to download a Commercial Organization Form

For more information, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or

ArtsFest is sponsored in partnership with the Town of La Plata.  Funding for this project was provided (in part) by the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland. 

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Henry E. Lackey High School
U.S. Navy Band Commodores
T hursday, February 7, 7:00 pm
3000 Chicamuxen Road,  Indian Head
Free Admission

The Commodores are the premier jazz band of the United States Navy.  They are a world class jazz ensemble. This concert has become a yearly event at Lackey, and any jazz lover will want to be in attendance for this event.  For more information, contact Alan Freeman at, or 301-753-1753, ext. 153617. 
Port Tobacco Players Auditions for Ages 18 and Up
Thursday, February 7, 7:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a "dry" spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting.   Auditions consist of cold readings from the script.  Performance Dates are May 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, and June 1 and 2, 2019.  Visit Auditions for more information and the list of characters, or c ontact the producer, Mike Gahan, at or 301-609-1969.

The Newtowne Players
She Loves Me
Now through February 17
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $18 Adult; $15 Senior, Student, Military; $13 Child
Thursday Performances (February 7 and 14), All Tickets are $13

She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old-world elegance. Georg works at a modest Hungarian parfumerie and spends his free time pouring out his heart in anonymous letters to Dear Friend, the love of his life. Amalia gets a job at the shop and it's immediately clear how much they hate each other. It's also immediately clear (to the audience), that Amalia is Georg's Dear Friend. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 301-737-5447.

Jay Armsworthy & the Sons of the American Legion
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Sunday, February 10, 2:00 pm (doors open at noon)
American Legion Post 238
MD Rts. 381 and 231, Hughesville
Tickets: $20, Children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult
Dinner, drinks and dessert available for purchase

Fronting one of the most popular bands in bluegrass history, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are also one of the genres most awarded and influential groups in modern day bluegrass, having set an industry standard for over 27 years. Joined by four talented musicians with Wayne Benson on mandolin, Keith McKinnon on banjo, Jerry Cole on bass, and Nathan Aldridge on fiddle, this band continues to bring fresh music to the ears, while staying true to the tradition that has made them an industry favorite for a quarter century. For more information, call 301-737-3004, or visit

College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Sahun Hong, Piano
Sunday, February 10, 3:00 pm
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick 
Free and Open to the Public
At the age of 16, Hong graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, studying with John Owings. He is currently a student of Leon Fleisher in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Hong was most recently the winner of the 2017 Vendome Prize at Verbier, and also received Second Prize at the 2017 International Beethoven Competition Vienna. He was a finalist in the 2017 American Pianists Awards. For more information, contact the CSM Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Watermelon One-Act Festival
Call for Original Scripts
Deadline to Submit: Thursday, February 14

Playwrights, here's your chance to showcase your original one-act plays! You will receive instructional feedback from the adjudication panel and have a chance to win a variety of cash prizes.  Up to three scripts per playwright may be submitted.  The Festival will be held on June 2 - 3, 2019, in the Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center at St. Mary's College of Maryland.  For more information and to download the rules and submission form, visit
College of Southern Maryland
African American Folk Tales: The Tails of Br'er Rabbit
Thursday - Friday, February 14 - 15, 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 16, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road
Tickets: $7 Adults, $5 Youth of High School Age and Below
Mr. Eugene Remy, a school teacher, comes up with the brilliant idea to teach during Black History Month. Remy's mother would tell him folk tales when he was a child. Through this method of storytelling, he wanted to share with his class the stories of Br'er Rabbit! He divides his class into groups of three and assigns each group a story to act out and perform. The children's imagination comes to life as Br'er Rabbit and his crew jumps off the page and onto the stage!  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Alice Ferguson Foundation Arts in the Woods
Yes, But I have To
Friday - Monday, February 15 - 18, 7:30 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets:  $20
Performances are outdoors, dress accordingly

hard bargain farm Som ething has gone horribly wrong. We know only that there has been fear and travel and loneliness and death and now winter. But it is enough to understand that Emily and Grafton, a young couple temporarily stranded in an abandoned cabin in the mountains, are in the process of being distilled down to their barest selves. Unfolding over the course of three days, Yes, But I Have To is about the struggle of Grafton and Emily to divine and navigate each other, and themselves, under claustrophobic circumstances. But it also raises the most universal of questions. Who are we, exactly? Are we immutable? Can we be re-imagined? How do we cope with sadness and fear and anxiety?  And even if we can be true to one another in such a world, must we? For more information, call 301-292-1070.

Charles County NAACP Youth Council
Movie Night: The Hate U Give
Friday, February 22, 7:00 - 10:00  pm
Full Life Ministries
2215 Pinefield Station, Waldorf
Free and Open to the Public

Based in the novel by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give looks at police brutality and sheds light on the Black Lives Matter movement from the perspective of a young black woman.  To RSVP, contact Wanda Wills Woodland at or 240-585-2963. For more information, contact George Brooks at or 301-728-0635.

College of Southern Maryland
Benny C. Morgan Series
Keith Wright, Flute
Saturday, February 23, 3:00 pm
Building A Auditorium, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Free Admission

Keith Wright Keith Wright teaches applied flute, music appreciation, history of jazz, American popular music and music theory. He was second flutist/piccolo with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Lexington Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Choral Arts Society.   Wright holds a doctoral of musical arts degree from the University of Kansas, and master of music and bachelor of music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College, Conservatory of Music.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
College of Southern Maryland
7th Renaissance Festival
Call for Crafters and Performers
Click HERE to Download the Application
Deadline to Apply: February 28
La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

CSM will host its 7th Renaissance Festival on Saturday, May 4, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday, May 5, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Do you make jewelry, candles, soap, or leather pouches? Apply to be a vendor and sell your wares at the festival. Booth fees are nominal and you get to enjoy both days of the festival while you work. All applicants must be approved by the Renaissance Festival Committee.   Maybe acting is more your thing or you want to take your flute playing on the road. You could wander the festival with your talent and entertain the people! Town Folk and Wandering Talent will be trained in the basics of street performance and improvisation by someone with 20 years of experience performing at Renaissance festivals. Evening and weekend rehearsals will be required. Performer worksheets must be submitted by February 28. Contact the Renaissance Festival Director, Erin Timmermann, at, for more information or call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Meeting and Paint-In
Corrected Date: Saturday, February 9, 9:30 am
Immaculate Conception Church (hall behind the Church)
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville

Starting at 10:00 am, Garnett Joy will lead a Susan Kelley project titled "All Dressed Up."  Guests are always welcome and should contact Garnett at 301-884-2835, or for the list of supplies needed for this project.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Seven-Up High School Exhibit
Now through February 10
Gallery Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

A showcase of the best works of art students from the seven Charles County High Schools.  For more information, visit

Sagepoint Senior Living Services
Call for Entries
4th Annual Photo Contest: Images of Aging
Deadline to Submit: February 28
Free and Open to Residents of Southern Maryland
Go to for complete contest rules

To enter, submit a photo of a senior(s) and their favorite pet. Entries must be submitted electronically via Sagepoint's website during the month of February. There is no entry fee, however individuals may only submit one (1) entry into the contest. The contest ends Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST (U.S.) and voting will take place the first week of March. For more information, call 301-934-1900.

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery 
Sukjin Choi: Path
Now through March 14
La Plata Fine Arts Center
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Artist Lecture: Thursday, March 14, 2:30 pm
Community Education Building (CE), Room 101; Reception to Follow
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

"We cannot stop our journey here in life. When we wake, we cannot deny having another morning and then another night. And we cannot deny our memories. The wheel also, then, is who we are, our identity cycling like the oceans caught in the tidal dance between the moon of memory and the earth of our living day." For more information, go to  Tony Hungerford Exhibit or call 301-934-7828.

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Chris Haughey Seminar
Saturday and Sunday,  March 30 and 31
Doors Open: 8:00 am, Seminar: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Immaculate Conception Church
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville
Cost:  $50 per Day (Includes breakfast and lunch)
Sign up for one or both days
Click HERE to Download a Registration Form
Deadline to Register: March 10

For more information, contact Anne at 301-659-0758, or

2019 Congressional Art Competition
An Artistic Discovery
Open to all High School-Age Students, Including Home-Schooled Students
All art must be delivered to one of Congressman Hoyer's offices in White Plains or Greenbelt by April 17, 2019

congressional art competition
Students residing in Maryland's Fifth District (Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's and parts of Prince George's and Anne Arundel Counties) are invited to submit their art for consideration. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.  For more information, contact Stefanie Carey Barone at 301-843-1577,,  or visit  Congressional Art Competition .


Solo Show with David Zippi, through April 10, 2019
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through June 30, 2019
E-Wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Gallery Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show through April 19, 2019
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show with Dorothy Crown, through April 17, 2019
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

For more information about the Galleries, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, February 7 , 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson.
East Sussex, 1914. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is v isiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, February 14, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Less by Andrew Sean Greer.  A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half,"

Waldorf West Book Club
Saturday, February 23, 9:30 am
10450 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-1395

Song of Solomon by Toni MorrisonMilkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. We follow him as he strikes out alone, drawn away from home South, to the place his father came from, by the promise of buried gold. Moving first toward adventure and then - as the unspoken truth about his family and his own buried heritage announces itself - toward an adventurous and crucial embrace of life.
Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza.
As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia: their headstrong, eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister's footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride. What secrets and betrayals have caused this close-knit family to fracture? Can Amar find his way back to the people who know and love him best?

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 pm
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, March 2 , 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Hetty "Handful" Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke's daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty-five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

College of Southern Maryland 
Connections Literary Readings
Novelists Molly McCloskey and Krista Keyes: Reflections on Ireland
Friday, March 8, 7:30 pm
Tickets:  $3 in Advance, $5 at the Event
Building A, Auditorium, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
For advance tickets, e-mail your request to  

Molly McCloskey  was born in Philadelphia and grew up in North Carolina and Oregon. In 1989, she moved to Ireland, spending ten years on the west coast before moving to Dublin. She currently lives in Washington, DC, where she recently served as a judge for the DC-based PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.   Krista Keyes  is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Southern Maryland. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin in 2018, and an MA in English from the University of California, Davis in 2007. She is currently an associate editor of the college's Connections Literary Magazine. For more information, visit  CSM Literary Connections .

Waldorf Jaycees Senior Center Book Discussion
Wednesday, March 20, 1:00 pm (Note date change)
Meets on the First Wednesday of each Month
Jaycees Center,  3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

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Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
Women of the Civil War
Friday, March 1, 6:00 pm (Doors Open at 5:30 pm)
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Refreshments Served;  $5 Donation Welcomed

Presented by Donna Peterson from the Dr. Mudd Museum.  For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at 301-934-9056, or keechjoyce@
Charles County Arts Alliance 2019 Scholarship Program
is Open!

Deadline to Apply: Noon, March 8, 2019 
Each year the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) offers a $1,000 scholarship to one outstanding graduating senior from each of the seven public high schools in Charles County who plans to major in the Arts (performing, visual or literary) at a four-year college or university toward a career in the Arts. Click HERE to download an application or go to CCAA Scholarship Program. Charles County Public School Seniors may also see their College and Career Advisors for a copy of the application.

For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or email or 

Maryland State Arts Council
Creativity Grants
Click HERE for the Guidelines and Application Process
Applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
Deadline: April 1, 2019, for the  FY 2020 cycle

The purpose of the program is to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. The Creativity Grant also provides opportunities to serve the growing needs of relevant arts projects and collaborations within Maryland communities. For more information, go to Creativity Grants.

Community Senior Centers
Get the SCOOP on What's Happening!
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 the February copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or click  here   to go to their website. 

Charles County Public Library
Stream TV, Movies and Music for FREE 
Click HERE to start your hoopla experience today!

CCPL is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. Hoopla is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of Movies, TV Shows, Music, eBooks, Audiobooks and Comics. With hoopla, you can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content with your library card, and the best part... no late fees! Each cardholder is allowed six checkouts per month. All content is accessible via hoopla's mobile app and online at

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Gale Kladitis, President
Robert Rausch, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Cindy Johnson
Joseph Wimberly

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Cindi Barnhart
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Mailing Address: PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646

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.