June 9, 2016  

ArtsFest 2016 is this Saturday!
June 11, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata, MD
Click  HERE  to read the insert from the
Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Maryland Independent!

Help make ArtsFest 2016 the best ever! Be a VOLUNTEER and assist with set up, take down, or greeting participants and guests!  Call the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900 to sign up. 
Thank you!

Nearly 60 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 three commercial vendors: Mid Atlantic Bath Solutions (Bath Fitters) to assist you with your home improvement, Sweet Escapes Travel to help plan your dream vacation, and SunTrust Bank.  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.

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

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 20, 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
    • Size/dimensions
    • 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.
For more information about the Gallery, contact the CCAA Office at  301-392-5900, or

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,  contact AVE  at .

Tantallon Community Players
June 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.

For more information, go to


Thursdays, 7:00 pm
O'Donnell Lake
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 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

For more information, go St. Charles Sunset C oncert Festival. .

Fridays, 7:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata

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 17 -  Three Days of Rain 
July 1 -  Pork Donu t
July 8 - The Lucky Few
July 29 -  Dr. Robert Band 
August 5 -  257th Army Band
August 12 -  Eric Scott Band 
August 19 -  The Muddy Crows
September 2 -  John Luskey Band 

September 9 -   Paul Thomas and The M W B Band
September 16 -  BackFin

September 23 -  Port Tobacco Pickers
September 30 - Robbie Boothe 

For more information, go to  La Plata Summer Concert Series. 

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,  and  Hansel and Gretel  to more bizarre, obscure stories like  The Devil's Grandmother  and  The Girl Without Hands.  A wild, free-form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun. For tickets, go to,  or email m.
Ms. Georgia's Summer Camps
Musical Beginnings For Children Ages 3 - 12
7454 Woodhaven Drive, La Plata, MD

Big Kids Camps (for ages 5 - 12)
June 13 - 16, 27 - 30, July 11 - 14, 25 - 28, August 1 - 4, 
9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Little Kids Camps (for ages 3-5)
July 18 - 21, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Click HERE 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, or go to  to register.

Newtowne Players
Auditions for Ages 15 and Up
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Friday, June 17, and Sunday, June 19, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Three Notch Theatre Lobby
21744 S. Coral Drive, Lexington Park

The roaring 20s are in full swing and Lorelei, a dazzling blonde, and Dorothy, her sensible brunette friend, are planning to complete their educations by going to Europe for the summer. They'll "improve their minds" all day, but for their evenings their main interest is in dates!  Lorelei greets each new adventure with a carefree smile often leaving catastrophe in her wake . A frivolous and witty show; good clean fun for the entire  family! Performance dates are September 30 - October 16, 2016.   This is not a musical; no song preparation is required for the audition. 
Visit  for more information and the complete list of characters.

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
Tickets: $10.00
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
La Plata Town Hall Kids' Summer Shows
Tuesday, June 28, 10:00 am
West Lawn,  305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

Bananas is a  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
Click HERE 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
  • Poetry
  • 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 HERE on Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's website.  Please review the program guidelines and contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at, if you have any questions.

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
Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Saturday, June 11 , 11:30 am
Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall

Come and paint a project together! Guests are always welcome and should contact Garnett Joy for supplies needed for the project.  Email or call Garnett  at  301-884-2835,  for more information.

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 or 202-842-6905.  

Art Smart Studio
Visual Intelligence Art Camp 
Monday - Friday
June 13  - 17, July 18 - 22, August 22 - 26
Two Sessions Per Day:  9:00 am - Noon, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Except June 13: First Session is 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Second Session is 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Bryans Road, MD 20616
Fees:  Single Session - $125/week, Both Sessions - $195/week 

Art Smart studio is having its annual Visual Intelligence Art Camp. It is a wonderful opportunity for young people to engage in some new and old art techniques and sharpen their observational skills, all while allowing their creative selves to flourish. They will love coming away with some art they can be proud of.  To register and for location details, send an email to, or call 240-258-7758. For more information, visit the Art Smart studio   Facebook page.

The Cobb Island Yacht Club
Treasure Island Painting Party
Saturday, June 18, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Ledo's at the Rivah Restaurant
12364 Neale Sound Drive, Cobb Island
Fee: $30, Includes Canvas, Paints, Supplies and One Drink
Open to the Public

The Cobb Island Yacht Club is honored to have local artist, Vicki Marckel, host their Treasure Island Painting Party at Ledo's Restaurant. Vicki will lead as participants paint their own (to keep) "Treasure Island" masterpiece while enjoying a glass of Pirate's Grog.  Contact Vicki Marckel at, or phone 240-233-6331, to reserve your spot.
National Gallery of Art
Picture This! Leisure for Pleasure!
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Wednesday, June 22, and Saturday, June 25, 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)

"The Swing" 
c.1775/1780, by Jean-HonorĂ© Fragonard
Picture This tours incorporate vibrant verbal description with information about works of art. Tours meet at 1:00 pm in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery and last about an hour. Everyone is welcome! For more information or to receive web links to works that will be described on the tour in advance, contact Lorena Baines at or 202-842-6905. Verbally described tours are also available by request with 3 weeks' notice by  e-mailing   For more information, go to .

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,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  For more information call 301-743-5159. or go to
Click HERE for their summer brochure!
MCAC 22nd Annual All-Media Juried Exhibition
Now Through July 3
Summer Tea:  Sunday, June 26, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Monotypes Using Layering Techniques
Saturdays, July 9 & 16, Noon - 4:00 pm
Fee: $70 Members / $80 Nonmembers
Additional Lab Fee: $15 to Cover Cost of Materials
Instructor: Harriett Lawler

This is a two-day workshop featuring monotypes produced by using various layering techniques.  Demonstrations include  layering monotypes on transparent rice papers, and other collage effects, including layering preprinted monotypes for texture and color contrast.  These techniques may include the use of natural materials like feathers, grasses and pressed flowers, or ribbons and other items to give the feeling of movement or to add color. The first day of the workshop will, for the most part, be used to prepare the materials, and the second day to assemble the final product.  All materials will be provided, but students are welcome to bring such things as pressed flowers, feathers, special papers, etc.  (All levels)
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Fridays, Now through August 27,  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!  For more information, go to
Life Journeys Writers Guild
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, June 18, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Contact Yvonne Medley for Location Details

Bring your creative works for critiques, and more. Now's the time to s tart your project and keep it flourishing with the guidance of the Life Journeys Writers Guild!  For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-545-5594, email, or visit

Charles County Public Library
Summer Reading Program:  Sports & Games
June 18 - August 20
Register at

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  August 20 .  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  301-645-1395, x417,

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
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.
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.

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 .  

July 2:  Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.  Neverland is home to Peter Pan, a young boy who has never grown up. On one of his visits to London, Peter makes the acquaintance of young Wendy Darling, whom he invites to travel with him to Neverland and become the mother of his gang of Lost Boys. Flying through the night sky to Neverland, Wendy and her brothers, John and Michael, soon become caught up in marvelous adventures with the Indian Princess Tiger Lily, the loyal fairy Tinker Bell, and Peter's nemesis, the sinister hook-handed pirate known as Captain Hook. 

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.

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 7:  The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The hero-narrator is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield and a dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies, capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation. 
Waldorf West Library
NEW Adult Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, July 12, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf    

We Too Sing America:  South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future by Deepa Iyer.     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 ck here   to go to their website. 
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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.