June 1, 2017

You Are Invited!
Come See "The Letter E Leaves the Alphabet"
Watermelon One-Act Festival

Competition, Saturday, June 3,
Beginning at 10:00 am
Finals, Sunday, June 4
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Bruce Davis Theater
Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center
18952 E. Fisher Road
St. Mary's City, MD 20686

$12 per adjudication session ($10 students/seniors)
$20 for finals (includes food/beverages; $15 students/seniors)
$55 festival pass for both days ($50 students/seniors)

WOAF is an excellent opportunity to showcase an original one-act play in a competitive environment and to receive instructional feedback that will help to further develop the play for future productions. There are 15 plays presented on Saturday;  "The Letter E Leaves the Alphabet" will be performed in the first session beginning at 10:00 am. If you miss Saturday's performance, you can see the "Letter E" at ArtsFest, June 10, at 2:00 and 2:30 pm, or at Old Waldorf School on Sunday, June 11, at 3:00 pm.   For more information on the plays and the complete schedule of performances, visit

ArtsFest 2017 is Almost Here!

Saturday, June 10, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata, MD 20646
Vendor Registration is Now Closed

The 25th annual ArtsFest will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017, 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. This is our sixth year to present the festival in partnership with the Town of La Plata.

Over 60 booths will be filled with oil and acrylic artworks, crafts, jewelry, sculpture, baskets, quilts, stained glass art, Native American instruments, photography, home decor, hand-sewn accessories, comics, children's and adult books, scarves, ornaments and much, much more.  All items are original, hand-made and available for purchase! 

Community service organizations will be on hand with information about preserving land, wildlife and water resources; helping the hungry and homeless; settling mediation issues; and tutoring opportunities. Plus, there are several commercial vendors with information on remodeling your bathroom, the proposed arts district in Benedict, and some cool designs in clothing available for purchase.

Get your picture taken with "Lord Baltimore," the hand-carved carousel horse owned by the Arts Alliance.   There's a children's art tent, face painting, and non-stop music and dancing performances on two stages beginning at noon. And, be sure to catch the performance of "The Letter E Leaves the Alphabet" at 2:00 and 2:30 pm on the East Lawn Stage. Also on hand, are five vendors with delicious food for purchase to satisfy every palate.

"Andy," the Texas Roadhouse armadillo, will be there to wave "Howdy" to everyone!

And, Radio Station WMDM 97.7 is broadcasting live at ArtsFest from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm!

There's something for the whole family!  So, please plan to come to ArtsFest 2017 to kick off your summer fun!

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

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happening in the  Arts!
The Newtowne Players
A Night on Broadway: Sight, Sound and Song
Now through June 4
Fridays - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:30 pm
21744 S. Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets:  $18 Adult; $15 Seniors (65+), Students, Military; $13 Children 12 and Under

Come join The Newtowne Players as they take you on a magical journey to the heart and soul of Broadway. Show includes songs from 42nd Street, Funny Girl, Oklahoma, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Wicked, Jekyll and Hyde, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, Avenue Q, Jersey Boys , Cats, Hamilton, Aladdin, Finding Neverland, Bombshell, The Wiz, Grease, Hairspray , Spamalot, Beautiful , South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, Something Rotten, Dear Evan Hansen, Carousel, A Little Night Music, The Wedding Singer , A Chorus Line, and Waitress the MusicalYou're bound to hear many songs you know and love! For more information, call 301-737-5447, or visit

Tantallon Community Players 
A Chorus Line
Now through June 11
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
Tickets:  $20 Adults; $15 Seniors (60+), Students

A Chorus Line examines one day in the lives of 17 dancers, all vying for a spot in the "chorus line" of a Broadway musical. For more information, call Larry Carbaugh at 301-292-2102, or email
Town of La Plata
Free Friday Night Concerts
Now through September 29, 7:00 pm
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata

Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting. 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. With the variety of music styles ranging from country, jazz, oldies, military bands, and classic rock there is something for everyone at the La Plata Summer Concert Series. For more information, contact Colleen Wilson at

June 2:  BackFin  - Classic Hits

June 9: No Last Call - Today's hits, Pop, Country, Hip hop & Rock

June 16:  Three Days of Rain - Today's hits, 80s, Dance, Funk, Classic Rock & Country

June 23: U.S. Navy Band The Cruisers  - Jazz, R&B, Rock, Contemporary & Pop

June 30:  Pork Donut - Classic Rock 70s, 80s & 90s

July 7: Four of a Kind - Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Country, Blues & Oldies

July 14: John Luskey Band - Pop, Country & Rock

July 21: U.S. Naval Academy Band Superintendent's Combo - Jazz

July 28: The Muddy Crows - Americana/Alt Rock

August 4: 257th Army Band - "The Band of the Nation's Capital"

August 11:  U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact - Classic/Contemporary Rock & Country

August 18:   Eric Scott Band - Acoustic Soul/Pop

August 25: Southern Maryland Concert Band - Concert Band Favorites & Showtunes

September 1: Community Groove - Funky rock, Blues originals & covers

September 8:  Dr. Robert Band - Classic Rock with an emphasis on the works of the Beatles

September 15: SWILD - Rock, Pop & Dance

September 22: Trilogy - Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip hop & Country Covers with a twist

September 29: U.S. Navy Band The Commodores - Jazz

Flute Choir of Southern Maryland
and Handbell Choir of Christ Church
Concert to Honor Carol Gentry
Saturday, June 3, 7:00 pm
Christ Church, 112 Charles Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public
Contributions Accepted

Program includes a variety of selections for flute and handbells.  For more information, contact Lucy Snell at or .
Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Brahms: A German Requiem
Saturday, June 10, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 11, 3:30 pm
College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults; $12 Students, Seniors, Military

This work was the first Requiem written in the language of the composer (German), rather than in the language of the church (Latin).  The Choral Arts Society will perform the work in the language of the choir (English)!  They will be joined by a full orchestra consisting of very talented adult instrumentalists from the area, and advanced instrumental students from St. Mary's, Charles and Calvert Counties.  For more information, visit or email, or call  301-642-0594.

Friends of Chapman State Park
Summer Music Fest: Drummers in the Park
Sunday, June 11, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mount Aventine
3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head

The all-women's group, Walidane Drummers, uses Senegalese rhythms to drum for world peace.  Abasi Johnson with "More Than A Drum" will follow with a wide range of rhythmic patterns.  Bring a drum and a picnic, tour Mount Aventine, enjoy children's crafts and refreshments.  For more information, go to
Town of La Plata  Summer Kids Shows
Tuesday, June 20, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission

A fast-paced and funny story about tolerance and individuality  with an adorable main character. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting, no concessions available, but snacks and drinks are welcome. For more information, contact the Town Hall at 301-934-8421.
Alice Ferguson Foundation
Concert in the Woods
Tamara Wellons
Saturday, June 24, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Online Tickets: $15 Regular, $13 Members; $20 at the Door (Cash Only)
Refreshments Available, Performance is Outdoors

Tamara was inspired by a variety of traditional spirituals and revival hymns, blues, funk and soul that soundtracked her youth. She's emerged a stunningly versatile artist whose aesthetic encompasses soul, jazz and soulful house. For more information, visit

Port Tobacco Players
Camp Mockabee
Summer Theatre Camp for Children Ages 6 through Grade 12
Deadline to Apply: July 14
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Click HERE for complete details and to download the application

Camp Mockabee
Camps for elementary, middle and high school students. Workshops offer instruction in multiple areas of acting, choreography, singing, stage design and more.  For more information, call 301-932-6819.
Maryland State Arts Council
2018 Individual Artist Awards
Deadline to Apply:  Friday, July 21, 4:30 pm EST
Each year, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) recognizes outstanding artistic achievement through the Individual Artist Awards (IAA) program. Grants of $1,000-$6,000 honor the unique contributions of Maryland artists to the state's creative economy and help support artists to advance their craft.

Categories Offered for the 2018 Fellowships:
  • Non-Classical Music: Composition
  • Non-Classical Music: Solo Performance
  • Playwriting
  • Visual Arts: Crafts
  • Visual Arts: Photography
Visit and select the "Maryland" tab for complete details, guidelines, online videos and webinar registration. If you need additional assistance, contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at 410-539-6656, ext. 101, or

Charles County Freedom Landing
Open House and Art Exhibit
N ow through June 2, 2:30 - 6:00 pm; and June 3, noon - 5:00 pm
Main Building
400 Potomac Street, La Plata

On display will be various works of photographs transferred to wood that have been created by the participants in the psychiatric rehabilitation program. For more information, call 301-932-2737.

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
First Friday and Wine Tasting
Friday, June 2, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Tickets:  $40 for Wine Tasting; $30 for Designated Drivers
Art Exhibit is Open to the Public for Free, Saturday - Sunday, June 3 - 4, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; and Monday, June 5, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco

Friday's admission is a ticketed-event.  View 41 works of art by 19 local artists, plus floral arrangements created by the Charles County Garden Club. Music by John Lusky and the Port Tobacco Pickers. Wine provided by Port of Leonardtown and a charcuterie board by Rucci's Italian Deli. Tickets can be ordered through their website at For more information, contact Mary Fenton at 301-375-7892 or email

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors! Inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park.
Click HERE for the Summer Brochure. Check out their Early Bird Special Rates for registering for workshops in advance!
Mattawoman Creek Art Center 
Friday Open Studio
June 9 - August 25, 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
Mattawoman Creek Arts Center
23rd Annual All-Media Juried Exhibition
June 9 - July 9
Reception:  Sunday, June 11, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Summer Tea:  Sunday, June 25, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors. Inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park.

Mattawoman Creek Arts Center
Plein Air Workshop
Friday, June 16, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fee: $55 Members / $65 Nonmembers
Instructor: Lynn Mehta (
Thomas Stone National Historic Site, 6655 Rose Hill Road, Port Tobacco
(In case of rain, event will be held at MCAC, Smallwood State Park)

This workshop will focus on how to identify and translate the elements of a scene that is inspiring to you using the plein air tools which you have accumulated. Instruction includes the importance of color notes, light and dark values, and composition. The demonstration will focus on how to paint quickly and coming to a stopping point as the light changes. You will then paint and individual instruction will be offered as you progress.  

Mattawoman Creek Art
Pine Needle Baskets
Monday - Tuesday, June 19 - 20, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $130 Members / $150 Nonmembers
Materials Fee:  $10
Instructor: Becky Butler
Learn the unique and addictive art of coiling pine needles.  Participants will create their own pine needle basket from start to finish. The class will include pine needle varieties, preparation and supplies, stitching materials, starting on a nut slice center, the basic stitch and techniques of creating a coil, adding needles, adding threads, shaping, using the wrap stitch for embellishment, and finishing.   Starts and materials for a second basket or larger first basket are included. Participants will have the opportunity to make style and color choices for their baskets.  Printed information about sources for supplies and opportunities to learn more advanced techniques will be available.  

Call for Artists
Artists without Limits
Deadline to Apply: June 30
Exhibit Runs from July 12 to September 5, 2017
Charles County Government Building
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata
Click HERE for Complete Details on Submitting Art

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 12 to September 5, 2017. The gallery is adjacent to the front lobby entrance. 

The month of July is Americans with Disabilities Month. Celebrate with the Charles County Arts Alliance, The Charles County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities and the Tri-County Council for this event.   Local artists with disabilities are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject.   For more information about the Gallery, contact The Charles County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities at (301) 848-1273 or

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Express Charles County in Art
Call for Artists 18 Years of Age and Up
Entry Fee: $35 for up to 3 pieces through July 31; 
$45 after July 31
Cash Prizes Awarded
Art must have been created in 2017, delivery date is September 8
Show runs from September 22 to October 29, 2017
Reception:  October 1
Click HERE for the Brochure
Click HERE for the Entry Form and Rules
For more information, go to


Solo Show by Roxana Gonzales
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show
E-Wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Gallery Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception:  Saturday, September 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show by Dr. Theresa Alo
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show
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

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, June 1, 1:00 pm
Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month 
For more information, call 301-934-9001

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, June 3, 9:30 - 10:30 am
P.D. Brown Memorial Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864.  

The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter.   India, 1837: William Avery is a young soldier with few prospects except rotting away in campaigns in India; Jeremiah Blake is a secret political agent gone native, a genius at languages and disguises, disenchanted with the whole ethos of British rule, but who cannot resist the challenge of an unresolved mystery. What starts as a wild goose chase for this unlikely pair, trying to track down a missing writer who lifts the lid on Calcutta society, becomes very much more sinister as Blake and Avery get sucked into the mysterious Thuggee cult and its even more ominous suppression .

Waldorf Senior Center Afternoon Book Club
Wednesday, June 7, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Waldorf Senior Center, 3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Meets on the first Wednesday of every month
For more information, call  301-638-4420
After You by Jojo Moyes. How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?  Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can't help but feel she's right back where she started.   For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 8, 7:00 pm
La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001
The Summer Before the War  by Helen Simonson. East Sussex, 1914. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.   When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking and attractive than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. And,  despite Agatha's reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

Life Journeys Writers Guild
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, June 17, 2:30 - 4:40 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

LJWG members - bring your creative works. Visitors come and help them critique!  Expect writing and publishing tips, networking, refreshments, and more!!! Come and see what they do, and how you can join. For more information, email or call 240.427.LJWG (5594).
Potomac Library Book Discussion Group
Monday, June 26 , 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head
"Pushing the Limits" discussion series brings together popular books and videos featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world. This is the last of four discussions.  For more information, call 301-375-7375.

The Land of Painted Caves
by Jean M. Auel.
 The conclusion to Jean Auel's epic 6-part series of survival during the ice age.
Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, June 28, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
Senior Center, 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. 
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

One Summer by David Baldacci.   It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events.  Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie's death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie's childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more.

Charles County Public Library
Click HERE for the Program Brochure of Activities Held at Your Local Library!

Get a copy of  the May/June brochure to see all the programs available. There are art classes, computer classes, book discussions for all ages, movies, 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

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 the June 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

Robert Rausch, 
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Vicki Marckel
Joseph Wimberly

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart

Youth Representative
Greg A. Kenney, Jr.

Student Intern
Benjamin Butler
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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.