May 21, 2015

ArtsFest 2015 is Coming!

 Call for Artists, Authors, Exhibitors!

Saturday, June 13, 2015
(Rain Date:  Sunday, June 14)
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata, MD

Registration Ends May 31!

The Charles County Arts Alliance is pleased to announce our 23rd annual ArtsFest, to be held on  Saturday, June 13, 2015, from  11:00 am - 5:00 pm, on the beautiful grounds of the La Plata Town Hall, in La Plata, Maryland.  ArtsFest is the largest arts festival in Charles County, and one of the largest in Southern Maryland.  We are pleased to be presenting ArtsFest for the fourth year in partnership with the Town of La Plata.

Visual and literary artists of all media are invited to display and sell their works. In addition, nonprofit arts organizations are invited as exhibitors to display information and encourage participation in their performing, visual and literary arts activities. Also invited as nonprofit exhibitors are cultural, historical, heritage and environmental organizations.

Time is of the essence, so please register for your booth space today!   The final deadline for registration is May 31.

Click HERE  to download the ArtsFest 2015 Registration Form for all visual and literary Artist Vendors (sales) and Nonprofit Organization Exhibitors (no sales).  The f orm is also available on the CCAA website at .

For more info or if you have any questions, please contact our CCAA Office at, or call 301-392-5900.

Island Music Company
Thursday, May 21, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Taylor Guitars Road Show
403 Charles Street, La Plata

Try playing the new acoustic Taylor guitars and enter to win 
one! Free admission, but you must register to enter the drawing. For more information, call 301-392-3960.

Tantallon Community Players
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
May 22, 23, 29, 30, 31; June 5, 6, 7
Fridays - Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Ft. Washington
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Students, Seniors (60+); $10 Groups of 10 or more

Follow this classic tale of betrayal and forgiveness through the lands of ancient Egypt! The Biblical story of Joseph and his brothers is brought to life through vibrant song and dance in this delightful family musical. For more information and to order tickets, go to


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
May 21 - U.S. Navy Band Country Current

May 28 - Sara Grey
June 4 - Eric Scott

June 11 - U.S. Naval
Academy Electric Brigade

June 18 - John Lewis

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.

May 22  - 25th Hour Band

May 29 -  Federal Brass of The U.S. Army Field Band

June 5 -  Franklin Square Band

June 12 -  Four of a Kind

June 19 - The Sea Chanters

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 .
Port Tobacco Players
Much Ado About Nothing
May 22 - June 7
Fridays - Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $17 Adults; $14 Seniors (60+), Youth, Military

As the title suggests, there's a lot of fuss over nothing in this Shakespeare comedy! Claudio and Hero fall in love and plan to get married, but the villainous Don John slanders Hero with false evidence. The wedding is ruined and Hero faints. Her family soon suspect slander and decide to pretend that Hero died from shock. Eventually, Hero is revealed to be alive, the marriage goes ahead as planned, the villain is caught, the audience is kept in stitches and all is well!   A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Charles County Literacy Council.   For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or go to .

Port Tobacco Players
Ball In The House
Monday, May 25, 7:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults, $8 Yout h

Enjoy an evening with an a cappella R&B/Soul/Pop band, performed live with the Spartones from St. Charles High School, under the direction of Brian Kuhn,  Ball In The House is a Boston based group that specializes in great harmony, thundering rhythm, and making some music that will move ya! You may have seen this 5-piece band on The Today Show , The CBS Early Morning Show , or America's Got Talent .  Over the years, they have performed with several artists including The Beach Boys, Gladys Knight, Kool & the Gang, KC & The Sunshine Band, Jessica Simpson, Patti Labelle, and Smokey Robinson. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or go to

Charles County Youth Orchestra
Free Masterclass
T uesday, May 26, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
North Point High School
2500 Davis Road, Waldorf

The guest clinician, Olivia Gutoff, will work with students on how to prepare for auditions. All interested students are welcome to observe, though only CCYO/Encore Strings students will be invited to perform. Ms. Gutoff was the conductor of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra in Montgomery County for many years, and has extensive experience in working with both string and wind instrumentalists, so the masterclass will be helpful for all musicians. No reservation is necessary to observe; contact Anne Marie Patterson at if you would like to perform in the masterclass.  For more information, go to

Quality Printers
Open Mic Night
Friday, May 29, 6:30 - 9:00 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.

College of Southern Maryland
Francesco Attesti, Piano
Friday, May 29, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $10 in Advance, $12 Day of Concert

CSM's Communication, Arts, and Humanities Division is proud to present renowned Italian pianist Francesco Attesti in an evening of piano classics, featuring the world premiere of From Afar and In the Meanwhile by composer Raffaello Amabile, in collaboration with the Ballet Arts Academy at the Old Waldorf School.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828,, or visit

Regency Furniture Stadium
Spring Kids Festival and Concert

Sunday, May 31, 2:00 - 7:00 pm

11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf

Tickets:  $15 per Person, General Admission, Good for the Entire Day

Bring your family and friends to the Spring Kids Festival and Concert for music, activities, and fun. The day features a concert by "The Dream Jam Band," and "The Dirty Sock Funtime Band" (both bands have appeared on Nick Jr.). Children can enjoy face painting, raffles, balloon artists, ballpark fare, clowns, and other family-friendly activities. The Kids Park will be open throughout the day.  For more information, call the Stadium at 301-638-9788, or visit


College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Holly Roadfeldt, Piano
Sunday, May 31, 3:00 pm
(Doors open 2:30 pm, seating is limited)
Prince Frederick Campus,  Building B
Multipurpose Room 104, 1 15 J.W. Williams Road
Free Admission

Holly Roadfeldt holds degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. As a soloist, she made her orchestral debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13, and has performed standard and eclectic recital programs in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She is currently teaching at Lafayette College, has a private studio in New York City, and serves as master piano faculty with distinction at The Music School of Delaware. For more information contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or go to


The Flute Choir of Southern Maryland
Mostly Americana
Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Free Admission

Enjoy an hour of relaxing live popular, classical and patriotic music performed by the Flute Choir of Southern Maryland.  F eaturing American composers and themes, the music is suitable for all ages. For more information, contact Lucy Snell at

Schubert Singers

Spring Concerts

Saturday, June 6,  4:00 pm
Whitehall Baptist Church
1205 Farmington Road East,  Accokeek


Sunday, June 7, 4:00 pm

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
4535 Piney Church Road,  Waldorf
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated

The program includes Renaissance rounds, spirituals, repertoire pieces as well as pieces celebrating the season of spring, animals and lullabies Contact Stephen Hunt, 240-838-9459, email or visit


Ballet Arts Academy
Saturday, June 6, 7:00 pm
Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High  School
12650 Brooke Lane, Upper  Marlboro, MD
Tickets:  $25 Adult, $15 Youth Under 18

The spring performance features the return of  Firebird .  For more information, contact the Academy at 301-932-4002, or go to

Hard Bargain Players
Down the Road
Fridays and Saturdays, June 12 - 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   For more information, go to

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 for more information or call Lucy Snell, director, at 301-751-5029.

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

MCAC Friday Open Studio

Now through May 22, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

(Friday Open Studio Resumes June 5 - August 28)


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!   

Romanticism Revisited
Invitational Show by Robert Wayt Smith
Now through May 24
Gallery Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

21st Annual  Juried Show
June 5 - July 5
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Reception:  Sunday, June 7
MCAC Workshop
Palette Knife Color Study in Oil
Monday, June 15 (Rain Date June 22)
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fee:  $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers

Learn how to see and paint color using a palette knife, infusing your paintings with light!  The class starts with a materials and technique demonstration, followed by a color mixing exercise (returning students may do a morning painting, if they choose). In the afternoon, you will paint still life arrangements in the outdoor light. Bring gear for oil painting outside and a palette knife with a diamond- or tear-shaped head. The instructor will have some extras to loan out, as well as other sizes and shapes for students to try out. Also bring a hat with a brim. Gessoed boards will be provided. A suggested materials list is available from MCAC or by request from the instructor,  All Levels.


Adult Discussion Book Groups
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 May meeting will be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. For more information, call 301-645-1395.
May 21: Till You Hear from Me by Pearl Cleage.  Just when it appears that all her hard work on Barack Obama's presidential campaign is about to pay off with a White House job, thirty-five-year-old Ida B. Wells Dunbar finds herself dealing with her outspoken father, the Reverend Horace A. Dunbar, Atlanta civil rights icon; and childhood friend and smooth political operator Wes Harper, also in town to pay a visit to the Reverend Dunbar, his mentor. 

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.

May 27:   Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles.  Suddenly she is a Sassenach-an "outlander"-in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. 
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.

June 3: 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. 
June 4:  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.  Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner discovered the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol. This simple act takes Henry Lee back forty years to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when he met Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student and they forged a bond of friendship and innocent love. And after Keiko and her family were swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry were left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment, enduring hope, the power of forgiveness and the human heart.


Waldorf 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.  To join, call 301-645-2864,  and reserve a book with your library card.  

June 6:  Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.  "If you build it, he will come." These mysterious words, spoken by an Iowa baseball announcer, inspire Ray Kinsella to carve a baseball diamond in his cornfield in honor of his hero, the baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson. What follows is both a rich, nostalgic look at one of our most cherished national pastimes and a remarkable story about fathers and sons, love and family, and the inimitable joy of finding your way home.

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 11: The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls.
It is 1970 in a small town in California. "Bean" Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that's been in Charlotte's family for generations.   Money is tight, and the sisters start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Then something happens to Liz that changes their lives.   Jeannette Walls has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.
New!  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.

June 13: 
White Oleander by Janet Fitch. 
White Oleander 
tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes--each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned--becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.
Charles County Library Schedule
For May and June

Get a copy of the May/June brochure 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 .

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

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 May  newsletter. For more activities and events, get a copy of the   May  and June  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 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.