February 26, 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

First "Early Bird Discount" Ends March 31!

Click HERE for the Registration Form

Deadline to Register Extended to March 5!

Tantallon Community Players Auditions
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Click HERE to download the registration form.

Adults:  Monday - Tuesday, March 9 - 10 (May 11 may be added), 7:00 - 9:30 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Children (ages 8 thru 11):  Saturday, March 14
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church
9801 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Performances will be held at Harmony Hall on May 22, 23, 29, 30, 31, and June 5, 6, and 7. For more information about registering, children's dress requirements, music, and rehearsal times, go to www.tantallonplayers.org or call 301-843-3987.

College of Southern Maryland
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf
February 26 - 28
Thursday, 7:30 pm.
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 Military/Seniors/Youth

This groundbreaking "choreopoem" is a spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives about and performed by Black women. Capturing the brutal, tender and dramatic lives of contemporary Black women, For Colored Girls... offers a transformative, riveting evening of provocative dance, music and poetry. For more information and to reserve tickets, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
The Newtowne Players
Boeing, Boeing
February 26 - March 8
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:30 pm
Three Notch Theatre
21744 S. Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $15 Adults; $13 Members;
$12 Students/Military/Seniors (65+);
$10 Children (12 and under) 

It's the 1960s, and swinging American bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. For more information and to reserve tickets, go to  http://www.newtowneplayers,org.


10th Annual Korean Lunar Festival
Saturday, February 28
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thomas Stone High School
3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf 
Admission:  $8 Adults; $5 Youth, Students and Seniors

Everyone is invited to share in celebrating the traditional culture of Korea.  Enjoy folk dancers, Samul Nori drumming, Korean food, craft demonstrations (calligraphy, printmaking, origami, masking), lunar games, martial arts exhibition, and photo taking in traditional Korean royal costumes.


The 10th Annual Korean Lunar New Year Festival is being presented by the Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation and Expanding Horizons and Young Researchers Community Project (YRCP) youth clubs at Thomas Stone High School. Support for this event comes from the Korean American Association of Southern Maryland, the National Endowment for the Arts, Charles County Arts Alliance, and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. For more information, call Tammy Pantages at 703-200-9390, or Bonita Adeeb at 240-515-8558, or visit http://kacaf.org.

College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Holly Roadfeldt, Piano
Sunday, March 1, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus, Building B
Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
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 continues to be an active solo pianist and chamber musician performing standard and eclectic recital programs in the United States, Europe, and Asia.  For more information, go to

College of Southern Maryland Cause Theatre
All Out

Thursday, March 5, 2:30 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
Building B, Multipurpose Room
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick

Friday, March 6, 8:00 pm
Leonardtown Campus
Building A, Auditorium
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown

Thursday, March 12, 7:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Friday-Saturday, March 13-14, 8:00 pm
La Plata Campus, Business and Industry Building (BI)
Room 103, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Tickets:  $5 All Ages, Production may not be suitable for younger audiences.

The stage is set for a television game show, but it's to be a game that goes to the essence of morality today. To what extremes will the contestants go to win a prize of $100,000? The show begins as a typical, enthusiastic, laugh-it-up contest. Then, peeling away layer by layer the exteriors of the various contestants, the sometimes debasing price of success begins to be revealed.  For more information and to order tickets, contact the CSM Box Office at bxoffc@csmd.edu. call 301-934-7828, or go to http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/CauseTheatre.html.

College of Southern Maryland Children's Theatre
The Emperor's New Clothes
Friday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 7, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $7 Adults/Seniors, $5 Youth (High School and Below) 

The kingdom of Glump has been taxed to abstraction ever since their emperor became a pampered clothes horse with a lack of taste! Not only is he an egotistical hypochondriac, he has three "lovely" daughters who are quickly becoming chips off the old blockhead. The emperor and his family are so busy mismatching their wardrobe, the rest of the kingdom is in a shambles. Enter two con artists who devise an ingenious plan for fleecing the emperor. Their pitch: a magic cloth which appears invisible to people unworthy of their position. Naturally, everyone chooses to "see" the magic cloth, until the innocent candor of a child "reveals all." The emperor is shamed into reforming his leadership role in society, and his spoiled daughters learn a valuable lesson in humility. Based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen.  For more information and to order tickets, contact the CSM Box Office at bxoffc@csmd.edu or to to www.csmd.edu/Arts.

La Plata High School
International Championship High School
A Cappella Mid-Atlantic Finals
Saturday, March 7, 7:00 pm
6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults, $10 Students 
La Plata's a cappella group, Unplugged, will compete against nine other high schools for the Mid-Atlantic region finalist position.  All first-place winners advance to the final event scheduled for April 17, in New York City.  For more information, go to http://www.freshtix.com/events/ichsa-mid-atlantic-2015.

Grace Christian Academy
Beauty and the Beast
Thursday-Friday, March 12-13, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 14, 2:00 pm
13000 Zekiah Drive, Waldorf
Tickets:  $7 Adults, $5 Children and Seniors

This timeless musical is a delight for all ages. Children are invited to wear their favorite prince or princess costume and get their picture taken with Belle and her friends on any of the nights. For more information, call Melissa Burdin at 301-645-0406, or go thttp://www.graceknights.org.

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society 
Spring 2015 POPS Concert
Music of World War II
Saturday, March 14, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 15, 3:30 pm
College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Fine Arts Center
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults; $12 Seniors, Students and Military with ID 
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of WW II, The Music of WW II concert will feature fun and familiar music, including Apple Blossom Time, I'll Be Seeing You, White Cliffs of Dover, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree. Also featured will be some of the Choral Arts Society's own talented individuals and small groups with special solos, duets and ensemble numbers. Enjoy the beautiful melodies, and be entertained by a spotlight of local veteran talent! Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash/check only), online at www.chesapeakechoral.com, or by calling 301-642-0594.

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.

MCAC Winter Tea

Sunday, March 8, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
(Date changed from March 1)


Enjoy tea and treats while visiting the Gallery!  

For more information, visit www.mattawomanart.org.


MCAC Friday Open Studio

March 6 - May 22, 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!   


All-Media Open Show
Now to March 15

MCAC Workshop - Date Changed from March 9


Monday, May 11, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

(Rain Date:  May 18)

Fee: $40 members / $50 nonmembers

Materials Fee:  $10 or less

Instructor: Pat Spradlin


Expand your painting experience by trying the ancient art of encaustic painting in wax. This workshop will introduce the techniques of this media, which includes beeswax melted to a fluid state on a hot palette and painted, drawn or dripped onto panels. The instructor will provide panels and materials, but bring your palette knives, old white bristle brushes and ideas.  


Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Sandy Scales Seminar
Saturday-Sunday, April 11-12, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Holiday Inn Express, 6860 Crain Highway, La Plata
$65 One Day, $125 Both Days (Tutorial Packets additional charge) 
Registration Due:  Mid-March

Talented, experienced, decorative painting teacher Sandy Scales will teach Maureen McNaughton's Jamaican Hibiscus and Doctor Bird as well as Floral Medley and Flutterbyes.  Both use traditional and contemporary strokes plus vivid colors to create spectacular artwork.  Tutorial packets can be downloaded from the designer's website, www.MaureenMcNaughton.com, or ordered from SMDP for an additional small printing fee.  To register, contact: Southern MD Decorative Painters at LearnToPaint@outlook.com, or call D. Williams at 240-298-6474.  For more information and to view photos, go to www.smdpaint.org

Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery

Erin Wiersma

Liminal Territories

Now through March 20

College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center

8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm  

Erin Wiersma's current work explores what exists beyond the edges of the surface, beyond the image itself. In these new drawings she seeks to address the liminal within her work to reconnect with the performance of making, seeking a confluence between the spiritual and material aspects of being. In doing so, she cultivates a sense of mutual seeing and revelation in the process of creating. "What intrigues me in the notion of looking is this gaze, this emotive interaction, between me and the work, the work and the viewer, the viewer and me."  The results are pieces that could be perceived as ganglions of tiny alien veins and capillaries or other micro organic systems, mapping explicit gestures and patterns. They may also be perceived as minute diagrams of synapses or of the myriad of complex activity going on constantly in the universe and within us.  For more information, go to http://www.csmd.edu/Arts.

You could win a Kindle Fire!
Open to K-12 students enrolled in a Maryland public school

Beginning March 1, 2015, read at least 30 minutes for 30 days to celebrate Read Across Maryland Month. Read with family, friends or by yourself and post your favorite reading experience.  Your submissions make you eligible for a random drawing to win a Kindle Fire.

Click here to download the 2015 Reading Log. To learn more, view the 30/30 Reading Challenge flyer.


Local Author Charles Long
Winner of Mom's Choice Gold Award
Momma Tree

Charles County author and pastor, Charles Long, recently won a Mom's Choice Gold Award for his children's book, Momma TreeMomma Tree is a life-affirming story about a young girl and her mother as they learn about nature and life. The book was illustrated by well-known local artist, Christina Allen.

To find out more about the award, visit www.momschoiceawards.com and search for "Momma Tree." The book can be purchased through Mom's Choice Awards Store, Amazon, or (best of all) through Charles Long directly (www.mommatreebook.com).  For more information, contact Charles Long at longcharlesm@gmail.com


College of Southern Maryland
Connections Literary Readings
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ron Capps
and Author/Poet Fred Foote
Friday, March 6, 7:30 pm
La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI), Room 103, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $3 in Advance; $5 at the Event; $3 with CSM Student ID

Award-winning writers and veterans Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ron Capps (left) and Dr. Fred Foote will discuss their time in the U.S. military and how it has influenced their literary writing. For more information, call 301-934-7864, Connections@csmd.edu, or go to www.csmd.edu/connections.

Life Journeys Writers Club, Inc. 
Celebrates the Literary Arts! 
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, March 212:30 - 4:30 pm
Location to be Announced

Life Jurneys Writers Club Come to the LJWC's Nuts and Bolts Gathering and expect to hear great reads, to join in the rich dialogue and critiques, while networking and learning industry info.  And there's always more.  Members, bring your works to read.  Visitors, come check us out, network and critique.  

Life Journeys Writers Club, Inc.
Write on Saturdays - with a Twist!
March 28, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location to be Announced
Registration Fee:  $59.99
Deadline to Register: Friday, March 20 
Life Jurneys Writers Club
Dedicate just one Saturday to electrify your passion - to journey the road to creating polished writing projects worthy of publication. Bring your works in progress. Expect to write, critique and edit. Gain invaluable writing, publishing and promotional tips, with time to create.  Ten writers maximum. The session also features on-site line and content editing from a professional editor. Refreshments provided throughout the day, and includes lunch. 

For more information about the workshops, call 301-705-8972, email emeddle@aol.com, or go to the website at www.lifejourneyswritersclub.com.

BookNuts BookStore
Customer Appreciation Sale
4459 Crain Highway, White Plains
Store Hours:  11:00 am - 7:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday; 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm, Sunday and Monday

BookNuts BookStore is closing its doors soon, and offering all books for $1 (some are only 25 cents).  Book purchases are also available through their website at BookNutsBookStore.com. Thousands of books are on sale, with new arrivals never offered before.  For more information, call 301-836-6236.

Adult Discussion Book Groups
Jane Austen Book & Film Club
Meets six times a year from 6:30 - 7:30 pm, on the last Thursday of the month at the P.D. Brown Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf. To join, call 301-645-2864, with your library card number to place a copy of the book on reserve for you.

February 26: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.   In a remote Hertfordshire village, far off the good coach roads of George III's England, a country squire of no great means must marry off his five vivacious daughters. At the heart of this all-consuming enterprise are his headstrong second daughter Elizabeth Bennet and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy - two lovers whose pride must be humbled and prejudices dissolved before the novel can come to its splendid conclusion.

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.

March 4:
Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler. 
Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesn't bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new and spare condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged. His effort to recover the moments of his life that have been stolen from him leads him on an unexpected detour. What he needs is someone who can do the remembering for him. What he gets is . . . well, something quite different.

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion Group
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. 
March 5:  Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.   Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. 

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.


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

March 7:  The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.  A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett's coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.

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 301-934-9001, for more information.
March 12:  The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid.  Hetty "Handful" Grimk� , an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimk�'s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.  This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

Chicks for Lit Book Club 
Note time and location change!  Meets on Saturdays from 10:30 - 12:00 noon, at the Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head, MD.  Pre-registration is required; click here to register for this discussion. For more information, call 301-375-7375.
 March 14:  All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner.   Allison Weiss got her happy ending: a handsome husband, an adorable little girl, a job she loves, and a big house in the suburbs. But when she's in the pediatrician's office with her daughter and a magazine flips open to a quiz about addiction, she starts to wonder whether her use of prescription pills is becoming a problem.   All Fall Down is the story of a woman's slide into addiction and the struggle to find her way back up again. With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, this tale of empowerment and redemption is Jennifer Weiner's most poignant, timely, and triumphant story yet.

Writers of Color Book Club
A book club for all who enjoy reading books by authors of the African diaspora who write contemporary fiction. The Club meets bi-monthly at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Click here to register for the next discussion. For more information, call 301-645-1395.
March 24:  The Warmth of Other Suns:  The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.  Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.  From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.  Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history.  She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.  Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an "unrecognized immigration" within our own land. Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research, and the fullness of the people and lives portrayed herein, this book is destined to become a classic.

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.

March 25:  The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.  "My darling Cecilia, if you're reading this, then I've died. . ." Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret, something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive! Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses, and ultimately ourselves.
Charles County Library Schedule
For January/February and March/April

Get a copy of the January/February and March/April 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.

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 February and March newsletters. For more activities and events, get a copy of the February and March 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 301-246-9612301-934-5423, 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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E L Sanders Insurance

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 to the Board
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.