January 10, 2019

Celebrating 31 Years of Service to the Community
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
Call for Artists

Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit: January 18, 2019
Click HERE for Submission Details

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their Spring Art Show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, from February 4, 2019, to June 30, 2019.  The gallery will be presented along the E-Wing Dining Hallway.

Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art for consideration (there is no submission fee).

For more information on the gallery, contact Angela Quade at 301-884-8171, ext. 403; or .
You Are Invited!
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception
Saturday, January 26, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall
Light Refreshments will be Served

The Gallery is located along the E-Wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway. The current show features 40 artists and 70 works of art.  For more information, contact Angela Quade at 240-577-7003, or

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
Early Bird Registration is $25 per Person Until January 31, 2019
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. 

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

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happening in the Arts!
The Newtowne Players Auditions
A Night on Broadway
Thursday - Friday, January 10 - 11, 6:30 pm
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park

The show will include music from Aladdin, Beautiful, Catch Me If You Can, Frozen, Hamilton, They're Playing Our Song and more .    Auditions consist of predetermined selections. Performance dates are May 10 - 19. For more information and the list of songs for the auditions, visit  Audition Information .
Children's Voices of Southern Maryland
Auditions for ages 6 - 16
Thursdays, January 10 and 17
Tuesday, January 15
Ms Georgia's Creative Arts Academy
7454 Woodhaven Drive, La Plata
Click HERE to Sign Up for An Audition Time

CVSM, an all inclusive children's choir, features three levels: Apprentice, Choir, and Chamber. Children are invited to audition to be part of the Broadway and Disney themed May concert. The audition is a relaxed experience meant to meet and ascertain which choir will be appropriate for each child.  Rehearsals are held weekly in  White Plains.  For more information, contact the director, Ms Georgia Bonney, at, or 301-542-9359.

Jay Armsworthy & the Sons of the American Legion
Bluegrass Series
Lonesome River Band
Sunday, January 13, Doors Open at Noon, Show Starts at 2:00 pm
American Legion Post 238, 6265 Brandywine Road (corner MD Rts. 381 & 231), Hughesville
Tickets: $20, Children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult
Dinner, drinks and dessert available for purchase

For more information, contact Jay at or call 301-737-3004.

Tantallon Community Players Auditions
Annie: The Musical
Sunday - Monday, January 13 - 14, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington

Performance dates are May 10 - 19, 2019.  For more information, visit
Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Open to High School Age and Older
Monday, January 14, 6:30 pm, by Appointment
Peace Lutheran Church
11610 Rubina Place, Waldorf
Call Carol at 301-642-0594 to Schedule an Audition

The Choral Society focuses on extended Choral works as well as various choral styles and periods of music.  Auditions will consist of vocal warm-ups, pitch matching and vocal exercises to determine the singer's vocal range.  No prepared piece is necessary! The chorus is especially looking for tenors and baritones/basses, but ALL voices are appreciated.  The choir meets regularly from September - June,   rehearsing  Monday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, at Peace Lutheran Church, and performs three different concerts throughout the season.  For more information visit .  

Port Tobacco Players
Next to Normal
January 18 - February 3
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Seniors (60+), Youth to 18, Military

(Musical Drama) Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and three Tony Awards, "Next to Normal" is a modern musical theatre masterpiece that takes a searing and honest look at mental illness and the personal crises that accompany it. On the surface, the Goodmans seem to be a typical American family, but inside the walls of their suburban home an unspoken heartbreak threatens to tear them apart.  With a powerful rock score that packs a punch, "Next to Normal" takes audiences on an emotional journey of love, loss, anguish, and hope. For more information, visit or call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.
College of Southern Maryland
Auditions for Ages 10 and Up
Tuesday - Wednesday, January 22 - 23, 6:00 pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

(Main Stage Musical) Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. Performance dates are April 25, 26, 27, May 3, plus May 4 and 5, during the Renaissance Festival.  To audition:  Prepare a one-minute monologue and 16 bars of a song with music for the accompanist.  Come dressed to move. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
Port Tobacco Players Encore Kids
Thursday, January 24, 6:30 pm
Sunday, January 27, 11:00 am
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Encore Kids invites children, ages 9-11, to participate in their mission to serve in the community outreach program of the Port Tobacco Players.   Children who have an interest in and a flair for the theater have an opportunity to explore and develop their talent in various terms and aspects of live theater.  This is a year-round onstage opportunity. To audition, prepare a short monologue.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.

Indian Head Black Box Theatre
Ms. Story's Living History
Friday - Saturday, February 1 - 2, 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 3, 3:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Senior, Military, Student; $9 Children 13 and Under

Starring Shemika Berry.  For those who love history and those who don't. History springs forth from the pages, removing the mystery about powerful and fascinating women whose impacts are still felt today, whether you know of them or not. For more information, go to or call 301-743-3040.

The Newtowne Players
She Loves Me
February 1 - 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.

Port Tobacco Players Auditions for Ages 18 and Up
Saturday, February 2, 9:00 am
Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 pm
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.

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.

College of Southern Maryland
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
Saturday, January 12, 9:30 am
Immaculate Conception Church (Hall behind the Church)
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville

Debbie Williams will lead in a project by Jamie Mills-Price titled "Festive McSparkle."  Guests are always welcome and should contact Garnett Joy at 301-884-2835, or for the list of supplies for this project.  For more information about SMDP, visit their website at

Maryland State Arts Council
From The Mountains, To The Ocean - Maryland Landscapes Inspired by Countryside, City and Sea
Exhibit Runs through January 14, 2019
MSAC Office, 175 W. Ostend Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Maryland has a rich and diverse tradition of capturing and expressing the physical and cultural fabric of our state and its people. The range of expression from  plein air painting, to urban photography, to writing and poetry, reveals and communicates the environments of the present influenced by the past. For more information, go to

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Seven-Up High School Exhibit
January 25 - February 10
Reception: Sunday, January 27, 1:00 - 4:00 pm,  Awards Presentation at 2:00 pm
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

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery 
Sukjin Choi: Path
February 4 - March 14
La Plata Fine Arts Center
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
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.


Solo Show with Susannah Lynch, through January 16, 2019
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through January 31, 2019
Meet the Artists Public Reception January 26, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
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

Show with Bill and Suzanne Cassidy, through January 15, 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

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, January 10, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.  In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

Maryland Writers Association, Charles County Chapter
Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Christ Church, 112 Charles Street, La Plata
Open to All

Meet and  greet the group, hear their latest projects and respond to several writers prompts.  For more information, contact Karen D. McIntyre at For more information about the association, visit

Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, January 22, 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

Crazy Rich Asians
by Kevin Kwan.
  When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country's most eligible bachelor. 

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, January 23, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.
New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder. 

Waldorf West Book Club
Saturday, January 26, 10:00 am
10450 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-1395

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.  Janie Crawford, the main character in this 1937 novel, learns and grows from her relationships. Her life lessons are woven into the themes of love and "mislove," power and domination, and inequality and discrimination..
P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, February 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 Little Paris Bookshop
by Nina George.
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

Waldorf Jaycees Senior Center Book Discussion
Wednesday, February 6, 1:00 pm
Meets on the First Wednesday of each Month
Jaycees Center,  3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.  New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder. 

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.

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Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
3rd Annual Blue Dog Saloon Dinner
Sunday, February 10, 3:00 pm
Blue Dog Saloon and Restaurant
7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco
Cost: $55 per person, plus gratuity

Appetizers, salad, dinner, cocktails, dessert, raffle and fun.  For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at 301-934-9056 or

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 

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 January 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.