June 25, 2015

Maryland State Arts Council
Individual Artist Awards
Application Deadline is 4:30 pm, July 23, 2015

The Maryland State Arts Council's annual Individual Artist Award (IAA) recognizes the importance of artists and their works of excellence to the cultural vibrancy of Maryland. Each year, awards of $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000 go to Artists from across Maryland who are selected through an anonymous process by an out-of-state jury on the basis of artistic merit alone. The categories are:
  • Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction
  • Media/Digital/Electronic Arts
  • Theater:  Solo Performance
  • Visual Arts:  Painting
  • Visual Arts:  Works on Paper
To download the guidelines, go to  http://midatlanticarts.org/funding/artists_programs/fellowships/md.html .  One webinar remains to assist with the application process (registration is required before gaining access to the webinar):

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 10:00  - 11:30 am

For more information, visit https://www.msac.org/programs/individual-artist-award, or contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at 410-539-6656, ext. 101, or email kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.
Port Tobacco Players
The Westing Game
Thursday, June 25, 7:00 pm;
Saturday, June 27, 9:00 am
Rehearsal Hall, Port Tobacco Players Theater
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Synopsis: The unsuspecting residents of Sunset Towers are summoned to the reading of a mysterious will, only to find themselves locked in a thrilling game, as they must discover who is responsible for killing an eccentric millionaire. Through blizzards, bombings and unlikely alliances, the game is on, and the only people who hold all the clues are one Westing heir and you.

Roles open for 8 men and 7 women. Auditions will consist of a combination of cold readings from the script and a short improv exercise. There are lots of opportunities for experienced and less experienced actors - and the casting is diverse since the potential heirs come from all different backgrounds. Scheduled performance dates are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 25 to October 11, 2015. 

For more information and details on the characters, visit http://www.ptplayers.com/auditions.html or contact the Producer at 240-346-6448.  

Free Evening Concerts
Two Locations!

Thursdays, 7:00 pm
O'Donnell Lake
10400 O'Donnell Place
Fridays, 7:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata

June 25 - Lynn Hollyfield

July 9 - Anthony Swampdog

July 16  - Jennifer Cooper

July 23 - Sin Miedo

July 30 - Marguerite

August 6 - Donegal X-press

August 13 - U.S. Navy 

August 20 - U.S. Air Force
Max Impact

August 27 - Tomorrow's

For more information, go

For both locations, bring lawn chairs or blankets.

For the La Plata Town Hall Concerts 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.

June 26 - Drivin' Muzzy

July 3 - Paul Thomas and MWB

July 10 - Sara Gray Band

July 17 - U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade

July 24 - Roadhouse

July 31 - The Lucky Few

August 7 - 257th Army Band 

August 14 - U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact

August 21 - Eric Scott Band

August 28 - Southern Maryland Concert Band

September 4 - Dance Party with Elite Beatz Entertainment &Chesapeake Country Cruizers

September 11 - Dr. Phill's Big Band

September 18 - U.S. Navy Band The Cruisers

September 25 - John Luskey Band

For more information, go to  www.townoflaplata.org .
Hard Bargain Players
Down the Road
Friday and Saturday, June 26 - 27, 8:00 pm
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets:  $10 Adults; $8 Students, Seniors and Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation
Bill Reach, a convicted serial killer, hires Dan and Iris Henniman, a husband and wife writing team, to help him write an account of his crimes. Over many weeks of interviews, the couple grow more and more uncertain of the ethics of what they are doing. Are they simply relating terrifying events, or are they helping readers consume heinous crimes as they would any other product of our society? Are they, in fact, helping to turn Bill Reach into a celebrity?  To order tickets, send an email to  hbplayersboxoffice@gmail.com.   For more information, go to www.hbplayers.org/index.php.

Tantallon Community Players  Auditions
Friday - Saturday, June 26 - 27, 7:00 - 9:30 pm
St. John's Church
9801 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
This Tony-winning Sondheim musical explores the ups and downs of married life, from newlyweds to those who've "done it three or four times," as the central unmarried character struggles to decide whether it's really all worth it as he turns 35. Performances take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11, 2015, at Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD.  For more information, visit tantallonplayers.org.

Friends of Chapman State Park
Summer Music Fest
Drummers in the Park
Sunday, June 28, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Park Gates Open from 1:00 - 5:00 pm
On the lawn of Mount Aventine
3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head
Free Admission

Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy an afternoon of drum music by the Walidane Drum Group and Abasi.  

Upcoming dates for the free summer music fest concerts at Chapman State Park:

Sunday, July 12 - Lynn Hollyfield Folk Group

Sunday, August 9 - Southern Mix Barbershop Chorus

For more information, call 301-753-6664, or visit  www.friendsofchapmansp.org .

Quality Printers
Open Mic Night
Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains
Free Admission

C ome out and showcase your musical talent, or just come to enjoy music from your local musicians. Whether they are originals or covers, we are looking for all styles of music. All we ask is that you keep the music suitable for family listening. Snacks and coffee will be provided. For more information, call 240-349-2953.

Flute Magic! 2015 Flute Camp!
Monday - Friday, July 6 - 10, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Ages 8-18,  Maximum 20 students
First Baptist Church of Waldorf
10045 Bunker Hill Road, Waldorf
Now in its 7th year! Flutists, aged 8 - 18, share a week of flute fun and challenge in Southern Maryland. Classes include group and private flute lessons, ensemble classes, optional piano class, and arts and crafts. Instructors present recitals, and the students will present the Grand Finale Concert on Friday, July 10, at 2:30 pm.  Staffed by all professional flutists and educators.  Click here to download a Registration Form.  Visit http://lsnell.mtacc.org for more information or call Lucy Snell, director, at 301-751-5029.

Ms. Georgia's Summer Camps
Musical Beginnings
For Children 5 - 12 Years
July 6 - 9, 13 - 17, 20 - 23, and 27 - 30, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
7454 Woodhaven Drive, La Plata, MD
Each camp is $120 for 12 hours of instruction, includes materials and snacks

Call 301-542-9359, email georgiabonney@gmail.com, or go to msgeorgiasmusicalbeginnings.net to register.

Town of La Plata
Kids' Summer Shows
Science Tellers - Super Heroes
Tuesday, July 7, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public
Bring Lawn Chairs or Blankets for Sitting

This summer, come along with us on an epic, laughter-filled journey that proves 'super' heroes really DO exist! Throughout the tale, volunteers from the audience help conduct exciting experiments that make the characters' super powers and heroic deeds come to life!  See how science can make the ordinary... extraordinary!  For more information, visit http://www.sciencetellers.com.   For a complete list of summer kids shows,  go to  http://www.townoflaplata.org , and click on Events, then Kids Summer Shows .

College of Southern Maryland
Free Summer Entertainment
All performances begin at 6:45 pm.
Bring lawn chairs and a picnic dinner!

La Plata Campus
Chautauqua: Sporting Lives
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Tuesday, July 7
Featuring Gwendolyn Briley-Strand as  Wilma R udolph 

Wednesday, July 8
Featuring Gene Worthington as
Babe Ruth

Thursday, July 9
Featuring  Mark Megehee as  Jim Thorpe

Wednesday, August 5 -  CSM Theatre "Sneetches" (Children's Show)

Each performance opens with local musicians.   For detailed information on the Chautauqua series, visit  http://www.mdhc.org/programs/chautauqua .

Leonardtown Campus
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown

Tuesday, July 7 - Jennifer Cooper and Groove Span

Tuesday, July 14 - Bruce Swaim Jazz Quartet

Tuesday, July 21 - Dave Chappell Band

Tuesday, July 28 - With Lying Eyes

Tuesday, August 4 - CSM Theatre "Sneetches" (Children's Show)

Prince Frederick Campus
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick

Thursday, July 23 - "The President's Own" Marine Jazz Combo

Thursday, July 30 -
Navy Band Cruisers (Rock, Pop, Country and Blues

Thursday, August 6 -
CSM Theatre "Sneetches" (Children's Show)

For more information on the summer shows, go to http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html or  contact CSM at 301-934-7828.

The Newtowne Players
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:30 pm
July 10 - August 2
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Seniors (65+), Military, Students; $13 Children 12 and under, and General Admission

Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent, and one of the funniest musicals ever written. It takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from the time-tested 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. This unforgettable, hysterical musical has "something for everyone - a comedy tonight!" For more information, go to https://www.newtowneplayers.org or call 301-737-5447.

Port Tobacco Players
Monty Python's Spamalot
Fridays - Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
July 17 - August 9
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $17 Adults, $14 Seniors (60+), Youth to 18, Military

(Adult musical comedy)  Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Spamalot" is a hilarious musical retelling of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Featuring a cavalcade of cows, killer rabbits, French people, acts of brave (and not so brave) chivalry, beautiful show girls and one very special shrubbery, "Spamalot" will have you rolling in the aisles and humming a merry tune (you can even sing along at the end of the show!). After all, as the Monty Python boys say, "Always look on the bright side of life!"  For more information and to order tickets, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or visit www.ptplayers.com .

Port Tobacco Players
Camp Mockabee Registration is Open!
Summer Theatre  Kids and Teen Camps 
Ages  6 through High School
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Click here to download a Registration Form

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
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 summer programs brochure.
Summer Tea
Sunday, June 28
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Free Admission!

Enjoy hot and iced teas, sandwiches, pastries and other treats, plus music by Kathy Keough on harp!

MCAC Workshop

Watercolor Inks on Yupo

Date Changed to Tuesday, June 30

10:00 am - 3:00 pm  

Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers

Instructor: Jung Lea Smith (www.jungsmith.com)


Yupo is a slick, nonabsorbent surface for painting. The water in the paint evaporates instead of soaking into the paper, which leaves interesting puddles, watermarks & very vibrant colors with transparent watercolors. Users of Yupo appreciate that one can wipe off the paint to get back to the original white which also allows for more experimentation. Watercolor inks are extremely concentrated colors that achieve great brilliance. One can paint abstracts or add realistic focus areas. Bring your watercolor supplies. Yupo paper and watercolor inks will be provided. All levels.  


21st Annual  Juried Show
Now through July 5
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

MCAC Friday Open Studio

Now through August 28, 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!   

ArtSmart Studio
Summer Camps for Ages 7 to 17
Monday - Friday
July 13 - July 17
July 20 - July 24
August 10 - 14
Two Sessions Per Week: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon and 1:00  - 4:00 pm
Cost:  $125 per session, $195 for both sessions per week,
Multiple sibling discounts available upon request.

The  camp is designed to spark visual intelligence by delving into the rich toolbox of the elements of art and design! Skills will be increased and visual IQ's will soar! All three weeks will be a bit different, and cater to the unique participants' needs. If attending both sessions a day, the student should plan to bring a bag lunch.  A r eception will be held on Friday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30, to display the art work. Students can invite guests and will take their art works home afterwards. Minimum number needed to hold a camp is 5, and maximum capacity is 12. Register at http://www.art-smart-studio.com/register.  For more information and directions to the camp, call 240-258-7758, or send an email to art.smart.studio1@gmail.com 


Charles County Public Library
Call for Authors
Deadline to Submit:  June 30
10th Annual Authors' Reception:  Saturday, August 8, 1:00 - 4:30 pm, Waldorf West Library,  10405 O'Donnell Place

Authors interested in participating in brief discussions about their books, as well as in a meet-and-greet with local book lovers, must submit a chapter or passage from their work to Yvonne Medley at emeddle@aol.com.  Email must include the author's contact information. Submissions may also be addressed to Sarah Guy and dropped off at any branch library, with instructions for returning the work to the author. Authors will be selected based on quality of work as judged by a panel of local writers, and will be notified the week of  July 13, if  they have been selected to be showcased at the Author's Reception in August.   For more information, contact Sarah Guy at 301-645-1395 or sguy@ccplonline.org.

Charles County Library Schedule
For May/June and July/August 

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, 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 .

The Charles County Public Library offers book discussion groups at all of their branches and online too!  Click the link to sign up.

Adult Discussion Book Groups
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 1: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.  The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner.  Meet Rosie Jarman.  She's on her own quest to  identify her biological father.   When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie, and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don't find love, it finds you.

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. 
July 2:  The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson and Martin Dugard.   Thrust onto Egypt's most powerful throne at the age of nine, King Tut's reign was fiercely debated from the outset. Behind the palace's veil of prosperity, bitter rivalries and jealousy flourished among the Boy King's most trusted advisors, and after only nine years, King Tut suddenly perished, his name purged from Egyptian history.   Enchanted by the ruler's tragic story and hoping to unlock the answers to the 3,000 year-old mystery, Howard Carter made it his life's mission to uncover the pharaoh's hidden tomb. Now, James Patterson and Martin Dugard dig through stacks of evidence, X-rays, Carter's files, forensic clues, and stories told through the ages, to arrive at their own account of King Tut's life and death. The result is an exhilarating true crime tale of intrigue, passion, and betrayal that casts fresh light on the oldest mystery of all.

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.
July 9: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.   In this critically acclaimed debut novel, Perks follows observant "wallflower" Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show . Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

Waldorf Book Discussion Group
Meets on the first Saturday of every month  (note date changed for July) 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.  

July 11:  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass  by Lewis Carroll.   In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford mathematician with a stammer, created a story about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Thus began the immortal adventures of Alice, perhaps the most popular heroine in English literature. Countless scholars have tried to define the charm of the Alice books with those wonderfully eccentric characters such as the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, and the Mad Hatter, by proclaiming that they really comprise a satire on language, a political allegory, a parody of Victorian children's literature, even a reflection of contemporary ecclesiastical history. Perhaps, as Dodgson might have said, Alice is no more than a dream, a fairy tale about the trials and tribulations of growing up or down, or all turned round, as seen through the expert eyes of a child.

Book to Film Discussion Series
Meets on Saturday for the summer, from 2:00 - 5:00 pm, at the Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head.  For more information, call 301-375-7375.

July 11:   The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.  

Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue.  With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. 


Writers of Color Book Club
Note location change!  A book club for all who enjoy reading books by authors of African descent who write contemporary fiction. The Club mee ts bi-monthly at alternating locations.  The July meeting will be held at the Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Click here to register.   For more information, call 301-645-1395.
July 21:
Jam on the Vine:  A Novel by LaShonda Katrice Barnett.  
Ivoe Williams, the precocious daughter of a Muslim cook and a metalsmith from Texas, first ignites her lifelong obsession with journalism when she steals a newspaper from her mother's white employer. After earning a scholarship to the prestigious Willetson College in Austin, and eventually 
settling in Kansas City, she founds the first female-run African American newspaper,  Jam! On the Vine. In the throes of the Red Summer, the 1919 outbreak of lynchings and race riots across the Midwest, Ivoe risks her freedom, and her life, to call attention to the atrocities of segregation in the American prison system.  Jam! On the Vine is both an epic vision of the hardships and injustices that defined an era and a moving and compelling story of a complicated history we only thought we knew. 

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 or to place a copy of a book on hold.

July 22: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.   On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears.  Under mounting pressure from the police and the media, as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents, Nick, the town golden boy, parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. He is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter--but is Nick really a killer? 
Nanjemoy Community Center

The Nanjemoy Community Center offers a wide variety of programs and services designed to fulfill the needs of the Nanjemoy community for all ages from tots to senior adults. For details of all events, get a copy of their June  newsletter. For more activities and events, get a copy of the  June and July  editions of The Scoop , Charles County's Senior Center News.

The Center is located at 4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662.  For more information, call  301-246-9612 301-934-5423, 301-753-1647, or click here  to go to their website. The Center is open Monday and Wednesday - 8:30 am - 8:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
In This Flash
Thanks to Our Sponsors
National Endowment for Arts

The Maryland State Arts Council
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CCAA members receive the monthly newsletter,  The Arts Insider, on the first of each month.
The Newsflash is published every Thursday.  If you would like your event included, contact the CCAA office by email at info@charlescountyarts.org or phone 301-392-5900, no later than the Monday before your event.

The CCAA is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.  All membership dues and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
CCAA Board of Directors
Robert Rausch, President
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Cindy Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Ronald Brown
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Roy Jenkins, PhD
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Shane Seremet
Mark Walker

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.