ArtsFest 2016 is Almost Here!
Saturday, June 11, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata, MD
to read the insert from the
Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Maryland Independent!
Over 50 vendors have registered, displaying a wide variety of original, hand-made art, literature, carvings, sculpture and more. There are dance, community service and conservation organizations providing valuable educational information, plus two commercial vendors: Mid Atlantic Bath Solutions (Bath Fitters) to assist you with your home improvement, and Sweet Escapes Travel to help plan your dream vacation. A Kids Art Tent will keep the younger ones busy creating their own works of art. Six food vendors will be on hand, with an assortment of delicious offerings to satisfy every palate. And, there's non-stop musical performances on both stages of the Town Hall with 12 groups performing bluegrass, jazz, barbershop, choral, folk, popular and classic selections!
Historic St. Mary's City is represented with two "Time Travelers," who will stroll around the grounds portraying Maryland's First Governor, Lord Leonard Calvert, and his trusted advisor, Hugh Nash.
"Lord Baltimore," the Alliance's carousel horse, will again be on display near the entrance to the Town Hall. Be sure to stop by and take your picture posing with this wonderful work of art, hand carved by the Southern Maryland Carousel Group.
This year, "Barrels by the Bay," a community environmental awareness group, is conducting a workshop. Paint your own rain barrel and take it home with you. All supplies are provided by the Potomac Project.
Help us raise funds by entering into the Fishing for (Scholarship) Funds contest.
The Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation is featuring the art of flower making with the Venerable Sukyong, a Buddhist monk skilled in constructing life-like jihwa flowers made from hanji (Korean mulberry) paper.
ArtsFest is a colorful, fun-filled, family-oriented festival. Plan now to spend the day savoring the local talents and services of Charles County.
Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
First Friday Grand Opening
Friday, June 3, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Call Mary at 301-375-7892, to Reserve Your Ticket
Wine and Light Hors d'oeuvres will be Served
Public Exhibit: Saturday - Sunday, June 4 - 5, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free Admission, Donations Accepted
Visit the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse as local artists of all media display and sell their works. Members of the Charles County Arts Alliance and the Charles County Garden Club will exhibit their creations and many will be available to share their inspirations and techniques.
For additional information, call
Acapella Vocal Ensemble
Call for Voices
Do you like to sing challenging choral music from composers Eric Whittacre, Rene Clausen, Ola Gjeilo, Anton Brukner, Philip Stopford and Bobby McFarren? AVE (the Acapella Vocal Ensemble) is looking for new voices to be a part of their group. There is a need for Sopranos and Tenors, but they also need additional Altos and Basses. The group performs in Southern Maryland (Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert Counties) and anticipates 2-4 concerts a season. To schedule an audition,
FREE EVENING CONCERTS
BRING LAWN CHAIRS OR BLANKETS FOR SITTING
Thursdays, 7:00 pm
10400 O'Donnell Place
Bands perform on the boardwalk, which is in the center of the community. Plenty of free parking is available. Coolers are permitted, but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited. Concerts will end at dusk.
June 2 -
June 9 - Bucket List
June 16 - US Navy Band, Country Current
June 23 - Marguerite and NexXzit
June 30 - Eric Scott
July 7- US Naval Academy Band, Electric Brigade
July 14 - I and I Riddim
July 21 - Franklin Square Acoustic
July 28 - Earl Carter
August 4 - Peterson Brothers
August 11 - Groovespan
August 18 - Sin Miedo
August 25 - US Navy Band, Sea Chanters
September 1 - Tomorrow's Time
Fridays, 7:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street
Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. Concessions are available from the Town's food trailer located near the back of the parking lot, an ice cream truck is also stationed there for your enjoyment. A play area for children, the Kids' Zone, allows parents to enjoy the concert while keeping an eye on the little ones.
July 8 - The Lucky Few
September 30 - Robbie Boothe
Tantallon Community Players
June 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
Tickets: $20 Adult, $15 Student/Senior
Set to the beat of the rise of Motown, this dynamic musical pits the bonds of love and friendship against the pressure cooker of fame, image, and prejudice.
Port Tobacco Players
June 3, 4, 5
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adult, $15 Senior, Youth to 18, Military
(Adult Drama & Language) Becca and Howie Corbett suffer a soul-shattering loss that takes them from the perfect family to a family adrift, searching for a way back. David Lindsay-Abaire's drama, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, is a study in loss, grief, pain, comfort, and hope.
holds up a mirror to the displacement suffered by a grieving family. More than a "tear jerker," it tells the story with intelligence, candor, wit, and subtlety. After the loss, comes the journey. For more information call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or go to
Watermelon One-Act Festival
Saturday, June 4, Beginning at 10:00 am
Sunday, June 5, 2:00 pm
St. Mary's College of Southern Maryland
Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center, Bruce Davis Theater
18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary's City, MD 20686
Tickets (Available at the Door):
$12 per adjudication session ($10 students/seniors)
$20 for finals (includes food/beverages; $15 students/seniors)
$55 festival pass for both days ($50 students/seniors)
Warning: An Asterisk * Indicates the Content or Language is Not Suitable for Children Each Saturday session will include performances of at least three plays and the adjudication period after the conclusion of the plays. Audience members with tickets may vote in the Saturday sessions for their favorite play. Votes will be used to determine the "Wild Card" finalist - a play that received high audience votes but did not get selected by the judges for the finals.
Saturday, June 4, Performances:
Almost Opposites Attract
*Etched in Stone
The Museum at Clifton Park
*The Wright Others
*The Ticking Clock
*The Queen of Sodom
*The Fall of Man
Sunday finals will include performances from three to five finalists followed by a 30-minute break where food and beverages will be served as the judges determine the winners. Audience members with tickets may vote in the Sunday finals for their favorite play, which will determine the "Audience Choice Award," independent from the judges' selections.
A short awards ceremony will follow where winners of the best overall script (determined before the festival), production/director, ensemble, and performance awards along with the audience choice award will be presented.
Ms. Georgia's Summer Camps
Musical Beginnings For Children Ages 3 - 12
7454 Woodhaven Drive, La Plata, MD
Little Kids Camps (for ages 3-5)
June 6 - 9, July 18 - 21, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Big Kid Camps (for ages 5 - 12)
June 13 - 16, 27 - 30, July 11 - 14, 25 - 28, August 1 - 4,
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
for the flyer with details of each exciting camp and fees.
Camps include archery, swimming, miniature golf, table tennis, open art and more. Each week focuses on a different theme.
Call 301-542-9359, email email@example.com, or go to
Hard Bargain Players
The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon
June 10 - 25
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $10 Adults, $8 Students, Seniors and Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation
Contains mature content and themes
The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like
Snow White, Cinderella,
Hansel and Gretel
to more bizarre, obscure stories like
The Devil's Grandmother
The Girl Without Hands.
A wild, free-form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun. For tickets, go to
Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
Murder at Low Tide: A Swashbuckling Murder Mystery
Saturday, June 11, 7:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Attention Pirates and Privateers! Its time for the annual meeting of the lowliest scum on earth, and you're counted among them. At their summer summit well swap stories of the best booty, and regale each other with tales of swashbuckling savvy. Join them for the meeting, where nothing whatsoever will go wrong... they hope. Oh, and dinner and booty are included! A murder mystery, you ask? Well, what would their annual pirate meeting be without sending a few of their own to meet Davy Jones? For more information, go to http://www.indianheadblackbox.org.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Music Supports Art
Presented by 3rd Degree
Saturday, June 18, 8:00 pm, Doors Open at 7:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD
Light Refreshments Served
Come listen to your favorite music from the 60s and 70s up to the present by 3rd Degree, f
eaturing vocalists Alan and Lisa Colvin and Tom Rupert with guitars and flute; plus special guests for your evening's entertainment. Enjoy the music and learn something about art as you view MCAC's 22nd Annual Juried Show. Purchase tickets at MCAC or call MCAC at 301-743-5159, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Plata Town Hall Kids' Summer Shows
Tuesday, June 28, 10:00 am
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public
puppet presentation on healthy diet, exercise and doctors' visits for preK-5th grade, and is
approximately 45 minutes long. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting. No concessions will be available, but you are welcome to bring drinks and snacks along. For more information, visit
Flute Magic! 2016
For Flutists Ages 8 - 18
Monday - Friday, July 11 - 15, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
First Baptist Church of Waldorf
10045 Bunker Hill Road, Waldorf
for the Brochure and Registration Form
The week offers new musical challenges for all levels in a friendly environment. Activities include performances, group lessons, master classes, private lessons, mock auditions, flute choir, and arts and crafts. Parents are invited to the 3:00 pm concert every day, and students will present the Grand Finale on Friday at 2:30 pm. For more information and to register, call 301-751-5029, or visit
Maryland State Arts Council
Individual Artist Awards
Deadline to Apply: Friday, July 22, 2016, 4:30 pm
The Individual Artist Awards are grants awarded to practicing Maryland artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to encourage and sustain their pursuit of artistic excellence.
Categories offered for the 2017 Awards are:
- Classical Music: Composition
- Classical Music: Solo Performance
- Dance: Choreography
- Dance: Solo Performance
- Visual Arts: Sculpture
- World Music: Composition
- World Music: Solo Performance
All applications must be submitted online. The Maryland State Arts Council and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation have scheduled several webinars to assist artists with the application process.
Applicants can access the guidelines, application, webinar registration links, and other application assistance resources by clicking the "Maryland" tab
on Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's website. Please review the program guidelines and contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Arts Alliance "Special Call for Artists"
for the Summer Art Show
at the Charles County Government Building
Theme is "Artists Without Limits"
Deadline to Submit Extended to June 10, 2016!
The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for a Special Summer Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, Maryland, from July 13 to September 26, 2016. The gallery is adjacent to the front entrance lobby. The exhibit will recognize local artists with disabilities. The month of July is
Americans with Disabilities Month. Celebrate with the Charles County Arts Alliance and the Commission on Individuals with Disabilities for this event.
Local artists with disabilities are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject, to the Charles County Arts Alliance for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to
Please include Special Summer Art Show in the subject line.
The email must include:
- Artist's name
- Artist's mailing address
- Artist's email address
- Artist's phone number
- Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
- Artist's headshot (jpeg)
- Title of artwork
- Medium/materials used
- Year created
- Price, if applicable
Selections will be made by the Charles County Arts Alliance and the Commission on Individuals with Disabilities, and the artists will be notified in mid-June. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.
On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Charles County Government Building to honor all the "Artists without Limits" participating in the summer show.
HERE'S WHAT IS HANGING NOW!
CCAA-SPONSORED ART GALLERIES
Multi-Artist Show, through June 15, 2016
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 June 25, 2016
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm; Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm; and Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Solo Show by Nadira Nunez, through July 7, 2016
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Solo Show by Dr. Theresa Alo, through July 12, 2016
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Multi-Artist Show, through August 18, 2016
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
For more information about the galleries, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Exhibits, Workshops, Open Studio
Smallwood State Park,
5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
Click HERE for their summer brochure!
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
June 3 - August 27,
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Come create: paint, draw, take photos, sculpt, knit,
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! For more information, go to mattawomanart.org.
MCAC 22nd Annual All-Media Juried Exhibition
June 3 - July 3
Reception: Sunday, June 5, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Summer Tea: Sunday, June 26, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 4, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers
Instructor: Maria Estevez
If you've always meant
to try watercolor painting,
now is the time to get
started! This class will cover brush strokes, color choices, simple glazes, and basic wet and dry techniques. As you build your confidence with this classic medium, you'll learn how to make its surprise and spontaneity work to your advantage. Demonstrations and handouts are provided, and students receive individual attention as needed. The class will emphasize the importance of good materials, but students should bring whatever paints, brushes, palette and watercolor paper they have on hand.
National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, June 12, 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
and click on Visit. For more information, go to
and click on Calendar or contact Lorena Baines at email@example.com or 202-842-6905.
National Gallery of Art
Picture This! Leisure for Pleasure!
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind
Saturday, June 25, and Wednesday, June 29 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-842-6905. Verbally described tours are also available by request with 3 weeks' notice by
For more information, go to
The Charles County Literacy Council
Teach Adults to Read
Volunteer Tutor Training Workshop
June 18, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Christ Church, Old Durham Parish
8700 Ironsides Road, Nanjemoy
FREE; $30 Fee is WAIVED
Pre-registration required by June 8, and 4 hours online preparatory work required prior to the workshop
f you can read this you can teach an adult to read!
Tutor notebooks and resources as well as light lunch fare will be provided. Once trained, volunteer tutors will be ma
tched one-on-one with adults who need help improving their reading, math and English-speaking skills, along with GED and ASVAB help. To register, visit the News page of CCLC's website at
, email the Literacy Council at
, or call the office at
Charles County Public Library
Summer Reading Program: Sports & Games
June 18 - August 20
Register at ccpl.beanstack.org
The summer reading program offers three levels of participation: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Choose any or all, with drawings for prizes in each level. Go to
for complete details.
Charles County Public Library
Semi-Annual Author's Reception
Saturday, August 20, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Deadline for Authors to Apply: Thursday, June 30, 8:00 pm
Local authors who would like to have their work featured at the Author's Reception need to submit a copy of their book to Sarah Guy, Program Coordinator, at any Charles County Public Library branch. Authors must include contact information and must be able to attend the Author's Reception on
. Authors will present a brief (2 minute) overview of their book and will be able to sell copies to the public. Submitted books will be returned at the author's request after the event or the books can be added to the library's circulating collection. CCPL reserves the right to restrict which authors' works will be included at the Author's Reception. For more information, contact Sarah Guy at
Charles County Library Programs
For May/June and July/August 2016
Get a copy of the
May/June and July/August
brochures to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are computer classes, book discussions for all ages, craft programs, preschool story times, games, writing classes, and lots of other activities for every interest and age!
For more information, call
301-645-1395 or go to
Adult Discussion Book Groups
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.
June 2: The Forgotten by David Baldacci.
Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case--but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.
The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.
What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.
P.D. Brown Adult 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. For more information, call 301-645-2864
June 4: Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brien.
This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.
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
for more information.
June 9: The Martian by Andy Weir.
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive-and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
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. Call 301-375-7375 for more information.
June 22: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.
"Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet." So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing,
Everything I Never Told You
is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
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.
July 6: Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.
In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world" moves in across the street and wants to be her friend.
They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer's end they've become inseparable.
For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship---jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.
Waldorf West Library
NEW Adult Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, July 12, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
The first speaker is Deepa Iyer, author of
We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future.
A discussion follows on social inclusion with a special emphasis on how to dialogue about racial equality in your community.
For more information, call 301-645-1395.
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 the June copy of The SCOOP,
Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli
to go to their website.
CCAA Board of Directors
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Greg A. Kenney, Jr.
Honorary Board Member
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