August 9, 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community
Attention All Organizations and Businesses 
Charles County Fair is September 13 - 16
Help Us Fill the CCAA Arts Bags!

Arts Bag 2013 The Charles County Arts Alliance has been a proud partner with the Charles County Fair Board for many years. We help supervise the P.D. Brown Fine Arts Building, and staff a CCAA booth to promote the arts in our county and membership in our organization.

Each year we assemble arts bags filled with interesting flyers, pens, bookmarks, coupons, water bottles, rulers, brochures, business cards, press releases, event announcements and other promotional materials to hand out to Charles County Fair-goers. We want to advertise the broad diversity of the arts we offer here in Charles County: music, visual art, drama, dance and literature, and the businesses that support them. 
This year, again, we plan to stuff 500 arts bags. We need your stuff, so we can fill these bags. The bags are 12" wide and 15" tall. Please deliver 500 of your promo items to our CCAA Office, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. Deadline for delivery is noon on Wednesday, September 5. The office is located at 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646, near the corner of Rts. 488 and 6, in the United Way House. Please call the office at 301-392-5900, if you have any questions. Thank you!

Arts Alliance Grant Season is Now Open!
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Grant Application Deadlines:
Community Arts Development - October 1, 2018
Arts in Education - October 31, 2018

Over the past 31 years, the Charles County Arts Alliance has awarded more than $750,000 in grant funding to nonprofit organizations and schools in Charles County to support activities in the performing, visual and literary arts. Last year, the Arts Alliance provided nearly $49,000 in funding to 20 nonprofit organizations and schools.  This has helped enhance our county's arts and culture, and inspire our fellow residents to explore the diverse arts community and arts offerings present in our own backyard. 

As in previous years, our CCAA Arts Grant Program offers two types of grants: Community Arts Development (CAD) grants for nonprofit organizations, and Arts in Education (AIE) grants for schools. Schools may request up to $500, while nonprofit organizations may be eligible for grants up to $7,000. 

Go to or click on the links below to download the applications:

Click  HERE for an AIE Grant Application for Non-Public Schools

Click HERE for an AIE Grant Application for Public Schools

Click HERE for a CAD General Operating Application

Click HERE for a CAD Special Project Application

For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or

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Jay Armsworthy
"L'il" Margaret's Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival
Thursday, August 9, 2:00 - 9:50 pm
Friday, August 10, 1:00 - 9:50 pm
Saturday, August 11, 11:00 am - 9:50 pm
Goddard Farm,  21810 Clay Hill Road, Leonardtown
Tickets at the Gate:  $65 for All Three Days
Thursday Only: $25;  Friday Only: $30; Saturday Only: $35
Children Under 12 Free with a Paid Adult

Three days (27 hours) of Bluegrass music! Food will be available for purchase.  For more information and the complete schedule, visit, 
Alice Ferguson Foundation
Theater in the Woods: The Guys
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, August 9 - 18, 8: 00 pm  
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $10 Online, $15 at the Door
Refreshments Available for Purchase

Based on a true story. Less than two weeks after the September 11 attacks, New Yorkers are still in shock. One of them, an editor named Joan, receives an unexpected phone call on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who lost most of his men in the attack. He's looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services. Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the fallen men through recounting their virtues and their foibles, and fashioning the stories into memorials of words. For more information, go to 

Town of La Plata
Free Concerts
Friday Nights, Now through September 28, 7:00 pm
On the Lawn of the La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata

La Plata Concerts
Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the music under the open sky. Concessions are available from the Town's food trailer located in the back of the parking lot; an ice cream truck is 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.

The concerts through August and September are listed below. For the complete schedule and updates on inclement weather cancellations, visit  For more information, call 301-934-3870. 

August 10 The Muddy Crows  -  Americana/Alt Rock

August 17Band of Gold  - Country, Soul, 50's to 90's Rock & Roll

August 24Southern Maryland Concert Band  - Concert Band Favorites & Showtunes

August 31BackFin - Classic Hits

September 7 U.S. Navy Band The Sea Chanters -  Traditional choral music, including sea chanteys & patriotic fare,  to opera, Broadway & contemporary

September 14 Funkzilla -  Hits from the 60's to modern rock

September 21 Pork Donut -  Classic Rock 70s, 80s & 90s

September 28 John Luskey Band -  Pop, Country & Rock

The Newtowne Players
Romeo & Juliet
Friday - Saturday, August 10 - 11, 7:30 pm
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, August 16 - 17 - 18, 7:30 pm
Historic St. Mary's City on the State House Lawn
Old State House Road, Saint Marys City, MD 20653
Tickets: $15 Adult; $12 Seniors, Military, Students; $10 Children 6 - 11; Free for Children 5 and Younger;  Thursday: All Tickets are $10
Event is Outdoors, Dress Accordingly and Bring Blankets or Chairs
Food is Available for Purchase, or Bring Your Own

One of Shakespeare's most famous works, this is the story of two star-crossed lovers who are caught in the ongoing conflict of their feuding families. In their quest for eternal love, their choices and twists of fate lead them to tragedy. For more information, go to
College of Southern Maryland
Auditions for Ages 10 and Up
Monday and Tuesday, August 13 and 14, 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Register for Each Production by Clicking on the Links Below

Open auditions will be held for these productions: To Audition: P repare a one-minute monologue. You may be asked to perform a song. Come dressed to move. For more information, go to 

Town of La Plata Summer Shows for Kids
Tuesday, August 14, 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

Join this award-winning "kindie" band from Brooklyn, NY, for a high energy, interactive show that's a mix of funk, rock and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active! For more information call 301-934-8421.

Town of La Plata Summer Shows for Kids
Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano
Tuesday, August 21, 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

Grab your spurs and journey to the Wild West, where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is back in town, about to strike again! After the Sheriff mysteriously vanishes, two young kids must saddle up to foil the great heist - but not before stopping a runaway train, escaping an abandoned mine shaft and discovering how a mysterious piano can play an 'instrumental' part in putting a rotten cowboy back behind bars. Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more. For more information call 301-934-8421.

Port Tobacco Players Auditions for Ages 15 and Up
Next to Normal
Tuesday and Thursday, August 21 and 23, 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 9:00 am
Callbacks: Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and three Tony Awards, "Next to Normal" is a modern musical theatre masterpiece that takes a searing and honest look at mental illness and the personal crises that accompany it. To audition: prepare 16 - 32 bars of a musical theater song (not one  from this production) and bring the sheet music to the audition.  Performance dates are January 18 - February 3, 2019. For more information, go to or call 301-932-6819.

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Open Mic in the Woods
Sundays, August 26, September 23, October 21
7:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Free Admission
Come down to the Hard Bargain Amphitheater and participate in OPEN MIC in the Woods. This event is open to performers and spectators of all ages. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians and others are all welcome. Audience seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information on performing, contact Trey Thomas at 240-766-8830 or

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Auditions for the 2018 - 2019 Season
Open For High School Age and Older
Mondays, August 27 and September 10, 6:30 pm by Appointment
Peace Lutheran Church, 11610 Rubina Place, Waldorf

A uditions consist of vocal warm-ups, pitch matching and vocal exercises to determine the singer's vocal range. No prepared piece is necessary. The choir meets on Monday evenings from September to June, and produces three diff erent concerts throughout the season. C all Carol at 301-642-0594 to set up an audition appointment.  For more information about the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society, visit .

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Meeting and Paint-In
S aturday, August 11, Meeting at 9:30 am
Immaculate Conception Church (Hall behind the Church)
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville

Starting at 10:00 am, Michelle Pollhein will lead a Susan Boerman project titled "Starfish on the Beach," from Paint World Magazine, February 2018.  Guests are always welcome and should contact Garnett Joy for the list of supplies for the project.  Call 301-884-2835, or email
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Summer Open All-Media Show
Now through August 12
Gallery Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

Come to the Art Center, located on the shore of the beautiful Mattawoman Creek, and enjoy artwork celebrating the fun of summer! For more information, call 301-743-5159, or go to
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Beauty in Beeswax
August 17 - September 16
Reception: Sunday, August 19, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Artist Demonstrations Saturdays During this Exhibit, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

Enjoy the wax artworks by Renee Nelson.  For more information, visit
Howard County Arts Council
Art Maryland 2018
Exhibit Runs from November 2 - December 14, 2018
Deadline for Entries: August 31, 11:59 pm
8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City
Entry Fee: $25

This is a multi-media juried exhibit, o pen to artists 18 years or older, residing within a 100-mile radius of Ellicott City, Maryland.  For more information, go to
Washington County Arts Council and the Maryland Theatre
Call for Artist for Theatre Expansion Project
Deadline to Submit: 5:00 pm, September 14, 2018 

The Maryland Theatre seeks an artist to create a permanent indoor light fixture to be installed on the top floor event space within the expansion of the historic theatre. The total budget for the work is to be determined with artist input. The call is open to all artists living within a 100-mile radius of The Maryland Theatre, 21 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.   For more information and complete submission details, go to   

"Artists without Limits," through September 5, 2018
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through January 31, 2019
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 August 24, 2018
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show with Gina Durgin, through October 10, 2018
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show through October 13, 2018
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

For more information about the Galleries, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 9, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner.   This is the tragic story of  the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character's voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner's masterpiece and  one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, August 11, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month (note change for August)
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez.  When fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it's not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved. 

Waldorf West Library
Local Authors' Reception
Saturday, August 18, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Free and Open to the Public

Meet and celebrate our local authors and hear the latest on their literary creations. Their works will be featured and available for purchase. For more information, call 301-645-1395.
Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 22, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.   Set in present day Appalachia, the story is a parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths. A young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee experiences something she cannot explain, and her discovery energizes various competing factions --religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians -- trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world. 

Charles County Literacy Council
Adult Spelling Bee
Saturday, September 8, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Deadline to Register: August 24
Old Waldorf School
3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Admission: $30 per Person

Come have some old-fashioned fun! Admission includes food, water, sodas, entertainment and cheering!  Represent yourself, your business or organization, or form a team with 3 or 4 friends.  Become the Local Adult Spelling Bee Team Champions!  For more information and to register, call Linda Heimpel at 301-934-6488, or email,

Waldorf West Book Club
Saturday, August 25, 10:00 am
10450 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Meets on the fourth Saturday of each month.
For more information, call 301-645-1395

How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt.  Journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a North Carolina compact-disc manufacturing plant where factory worker Dell Glover leaked nearly two thousand albums over the course of a decade, to the high-rises of midtown Manhattan where music executive Doug Morris cornered the global market on rap, and, finally, into the darkest recesses of the Internet.  Through these interwoven narratives, Witt has written a thrilling book that depicts the moment in history when ordinary life became forever entwined with the world online, when, suddenly, all the music ever recorded was available for free.

Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, August 28, 6:30 pm
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864

I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi.  Social commentary delivered as a guide to modern manners. Luvvie dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives. With a lighthearted, rapier wit and a unique perspective, it's the handbook the world needs now, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some "act right" to our popular culture, social media, and our lives.
Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, September 6 , 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month 
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.   Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Attention Teachers!
Maryland Poetry Out Loud 
Registration is Open
Deadline to Register: October 5, 2018

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national poetry recitation competition for high schoo l students co-created and cosponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation. POL encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Teachers register on behalf of their school. Registration ends October 5, with a cap of 60 schools so get in early! Maryland State Arts Council will mail program materials in August - October. The deadline to report school winner is December 14. For more information, go to or contact Program Director Christine Stewart at 410-767-6476.  

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Community Senior Centers
Get the SCOOP on What's Happening!
The Department of Community Services operates each of the County's Senior Centers, where citizens 60 and older may access a variety of programs and services, including: Social/Recreational activities, Clubs, Special Events, Trips, Nutritious Lunches, Health and Screenings Programs, Health Scope/Visit the Nurse, Educational programs, Physical Fitness programs, Creative Arts, and Computer Lab/Classes.  For more activities and events, get August copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 

Charles County Public Library
Stream TV, Movies and Music for FREE 
Click HERE to start your hoopla experience today!

CCPL is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. Hoopla is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of Movies, TV Shows, Music, eBooks, Audiobooks and Comics. With hoopla, you can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content with your library card, and the best part... no late fees! Each cardholder is allowed six checkouts per month. All content is accessible via hoopla's mobile app and online at

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CCAA Board of Directors

Gale Kladitis, President
Robert Rausch, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Cindy Johnson
Joseph Wimberly

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Cindi Barnhart
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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.
Mailing Address: PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646

About the Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.


The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is to stimulate, promote, encourage, and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit.  Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes ALL the arts in Charles County: music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.

The CCAA is the official arts council of Charles County and is recognized as such by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) of the State of Maryland.  In this capacity, the CCAA serves as the "umbrella" organization for the arts community in Charles County.  The CCAA promotes Charles County arts organizations and individuals, provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and the schools through its annual arts grant programs, sponsors the creation and presentation of new, diverse cultural activities and special events for the community, provides arts scholarships, and ensures the Charles County's underserved population, people with disabilities, residents with limited income, minorities, and senior citizens have access to the arts. The CCAA builds partnerships with local government, the business community and the educational community, in an effort to enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens of Charles County.