June 7, 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community
ArtsFest is This Saturday!

Saturday, June 9
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street,
La Plata, MD

Bring Your Friends and Family!


This is our 26th ArtsFest and the seventh year presented in partnership with the Town of La Plata.   ArtsFest is the largest arts festival in Charles County, and one of the largest in Southern Maryland.

There are over 50  arts vendors, plus face painting for children, a Kids Arts Tent, continuous entertainment on both sides of the Town Hall, food for purchase and, new this year, Karaoke!  Get your picture taken with "Lord Baltimore," the hand-carved carousel horse owned by the Arts Alliance.  Shake hands with "Andy," the Texas Roadhouse armadillo, and be on the lookout for the Chick-fil-A Cow!  

Click HERE to see the list of vendors and click HERE to view the site map.

See you this Saturday!

Funding for ArtsFest is provided, in part, by the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland.  For more information, call the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or email at  

Call for Artists
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

Deadline to Submit Extended to June 15
Click HERE for Submission Details

The Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance is accepting submissions through May 31, 2018, for its Summer/Fall Art Show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, from July 11, 2018, through January 31, 2019. The gallery will be displayed along the E-wing dining hallway.

Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to

For more information, contact Angela Quade at 240-577-7003, or

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Town of La Plata
Free Concerts
Friday Nights, Now through September 25, 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 June are listed below. For the complete schedule and updates on inclement weather cancellations, visit

June 8Three Days of Rain - Today's hits, 80s, Dance, Funk, Classic Rock & Country

June 15
Trilogy - Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip Hop & Country Covers with a twist

June 22Bye Felicia - The Ultimate Variety Band

June 29U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact  - Classic/Contemporary Rock & Country

For more information, call 301-934-3870. 

Tantallon Community Players
Last Weekend!
Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
Harmony Hall Arts Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
Tickets: $20 Adult, $18 Students, $15 Children under 10

It's 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, and quirky, plus-sized, teenage Tracy Turnblad has one dream: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When she gets put in detention with the African-American students in the school, they teach her some of their dance moves, and her new found groove wins her a spot on Corny's show. Overnight, Tracy transforms from a nobody into a star, and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show.  For more information, visit their website .

Hard Bargain Players
The Heidi Chronicles
Friday - Saturday, June 8 - 23, 8:00 pm
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $10 Adult; $8 Student, Senior, Alice Ferguson Foundation Member

The fictional story of feminist art historian Heidi Holland takes the audience on the life-shaping journey from young adult to womanhood. The play's themes of feminism, equality, and social injustice are just as important today as they were 30 years ago, proving the vitality of Wasserstein's masterpiece. For more information and to reserve tickets, go to 

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
A Child of Our Time
Saturday, June 9, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 10, 3:30  pm
College of Southern Maryland, La Plata
Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $15 Adult; $12 Students, Seniors (60+), Military

A Child of Our Time is an oratorio written by British Composer Sir Michael Tippett.  This moving work was begun just after Britain entered World War II in 1939 and was completed in 1941. The inspiration was the assassination of a German Official by a 17 year old Jewish boy and the resulting pogroms against the Jewish population. It is performed in a three-part format similar to Handel's  Messiah and utilizes a narration in the form of recitatives.  The work is anchored by beautiful arrangements of several African American spirituals including Steal Away and  Deep River.  For more information, visit or call 301-642-0594.

Tantallon Community Players Auditions
The Addams Family
Sunday - Monday, June 17 - 18, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington

Performance dates are September 21 - 30, 2018.  For more information, contact them through .

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Open Mic in the Woods
Sundays, June 24, July 29, 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

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
B.B.'s Kidventure Theatrer Camp
Open to Ages 5 - 16
June 25 - August 10
Different Weeks for Different Age Groups
Choice of Half or Full Day Sessions
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head

These 1 and 2 week Summer Theater Camps will give new and experienced students performance and backstage skills that will last a lifetime. They will explore improvisation, cold readings, writing, directing, costuming, hair, make-up, and more. At the end of camp, students will show what they have learned and leave having a greater appreciation for the arts. For more information, visit

Town of La Plata Summer Shows for Kids
Tuesday, June 26, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

Flash Max is the Fire Safety Superhero for children and families! Armed with his special smoke-alarm shield, Mr. 'Al-Arm the Smoke Alarm', this duo brings an interactive performance to families that combines the important, year-round message of home fire safety, escape and survival with superhero flare! The show typically lasts about 40 minutes and encourages audience participation, so bring your laughs and smiles and learn about home fire safety with Flash Max, the Fire Safety Superhero! For more information, call Colleen Wilson at 301-934-8421.
The Newtowne Players
9 to 5
Friday through Sunday, July 6 - 29
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8:00
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $18 Adult; $15 Senior, Student, Military; $13 Child
Thursday: All Tickets are $13

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy: giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. For more information, visit

Town of La Plata Summer Shows for Kids
Marsha and the Positrons
Tuesday, July 10, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

Marsha and the Positrons are known for shows that are a ton of family friendly fun! Both playful and educational, they are entertaining for adults as well as kids. Besides getting audiences singing along and dancing to songs that will inspire curiosity about science, they play kid-appropriate pop covers, parodies, and traditional favorites.  Their goal is to send families home with smiles on their faces and plant the seeds for good conversations. For more information call 301-934-8421.
College of Southern Maryland
July 10, 11, 12, 6:45 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission
Artwork by Tom Chalkley
Tuesday, July 10 - Frederick Douglass , a writer, orator, and abolitionist, was one of the most important African-American activists of the nineteenth century.
Wednesday, July 11 - Eleanor Roosevelt, a humanitarian, diplomat, and the longest serving First Lady in American history, was also an important advocate for justice. 
Thursday, July 12 - Thurgood Marshall, was a civil rights activist from Baltimore who broke barriers as the lead NAACP attorney in  Brown v. Board of Education and as the first African American Supreme Court Justice.
For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Port Tobacco Players
Catch Me If You Can
Friday through Sunday, July 13 - August 5
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adult; $15 Senior (60+), Youth to 18, Military

(Musical Comedy) Follow the real life adventures of Frank Abagnale Jr., a runaway teenager who parlays big ideas and brilliant charm, along with millions in forged checks, into a new and fictional life. Frank passes himself off as a pilot, doctor, and lawyer, all while courting the girl of his dreams; but when FBI agent Carl Hanratty catches wind of Frank's crimes, he sets off on a cross-country chase to bring Frank to justice.  For more information, call 301-932-6819.

Port Tobacco Players Auditions, Open to All Ages
A Christmas Carol in Washington
Saturday, July 14, 10:00 am
Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 pm
Thursday, July 19, 7:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata

This world-premier adaptation is a re-telling of the familiar tale of a miserly businessman and his ghostly encounters on Christmas Eve.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the show.  Performance dates are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from November 23 to December 16, 2018. For more information, contact producer, Bill Righter, at 240-682-5503, or by email at

Maryland State Arts Council
2019 Individual Artist Awards
Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, July 25, 4:30 pm EST

Each year, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) recognizes outstanding artistic achievement and honors the contributions artists make to our state through the Individual Artist Awards (IAA) program. IAAs are accompanied by grants of $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000 to help support artists as they advance their craft.  The 2019 IAA application is now open to Maryland artists in the following categories:
  • Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction
  • Media
  • Digital/Electronic Arts
  • Theater Solo Performance
  • Painting
  • Works on Paper
One more webinar is offered to guide IAA applicants through the application process. Advance registration is required.   
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018, 10:00-11:30 am - Register here
For more information, visit, or contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Meeting and Paint-In
Saturday, June 9, 9:30 am
Immaculate Conception Church (Hall behind the Church)
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659 

After the meeting, Garnett Joy will lead a Jeanne Bobish project titled "Patriot Welcome Sign." Contact Garnett at 301-884-2835, or for the list of supplies needed for the project. For more information, visit their website at
Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
Annual Artist Choice Show
Exhibit Runs through June 15
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco

Please stop by the Courthouse to view the artistic talent in Charles County.  The show is presented in partnership with the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco and the Charles County Arts Alliance.  For more information, call the Charles County Government at Stagg Hall, 301-392-3418, or Mary Fenton at 301-375-7892.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Light of the Caribbean
June 8 - July 8
Reception: Sunday, June 10, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Gallery Talk: 2:00 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

Celebrating National Caribbean-American Heritage Month through the artwork and artists of Art Impact International.  For more information, visit or call 301-743-5159.
Southern Maryland Artists Collective
A Fluid Point of View: Art Works by Gina Durgin
Exhibit Extended through June 2018
Quality Printers,10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Come tour the exciting, colorful art exhibit of 64 works currently on display at the SMAC Gallery!  For more information, visit  or call Quality Printers at 240-349-2953.

You Are Invited!
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
"Meet the Artists" Reception
Saturday, June 30, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
E-Wing Multi-Purpose Room
29449 Charlotte Hall Road
Charlotte Hall, MD

Take a walk down the gallery at the Veterans Home and enjoy the 69 works of art by 36 artists.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to Angela Quade at 240-577-7003, or


Solo Show with Norma Baretincic, through July 6, 2018
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show Extended to July 10, 2018
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception: Saturday, June 30, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
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

Mattawoman Creek Art Center's "Express Charles County in Art" 
Exhibit Runs through July 6, 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
Meet the Artists Public Reception: June 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
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

Charles County Public Library
4th Annual Charles County Comic Con
Saturday, June 9, Noon to 4:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

The entire library will be packed with fandom adventures.  Get free comic books, dress up in your favorite cosplay, join the discussion in a comic book debate, try your hand at fandom trivia or "Name that Fandom Tune," win some prizes from the Prize Room and much more.  For more information, call 301-645-1395.

Modern Adventure Novel Book Club
Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the second Wednesday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the  I Ching is as common as the  Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan (Amazon review).

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 14, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.  On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.  Was it by chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something more sinister at work? 
Life Journeys Writers Guild
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, June 16, 2:30 - 4:40 pm
Waldorf West Libray
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Participate and glean from their critiques, get industry news and hear dramatic reads.  E njoy networking, food, and more.  For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-427-5594, or
Charles County Public Library
Call to Authors!
Deadline to Submit: June 22, 5:00 pm
Author's Reception: Saturday, August 18, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Local  authors ages 18+, currently living in Southern Maryland,  who would like to have their work featured at the  Author 's Reception should submit a copy of their book to Sarah Guy, Program Coordinator, at any Charles County Public Library branch.  The book can  be returned to the author  after the event or it can be added to the circulating collection.  All submissions must include contact information and the author must be able to attend the  Reception on August 18.  For  more information, contact Sarah Guy at 3 01-934-9001, ext.134,  or sg  

Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, June 26, 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

No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts.  JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he's startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. Can they reorient their lives to align with their wishes rather than their current realities? Or are they all already resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead? 

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, June 27, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

The Goldfinch by Donna TarttTheo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, July 5, 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month 
For more information, call 301-934-9001

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, July 7, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

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.
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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Mount Aventine at Chapman State Park
A Stitch in Time
Sunday, June 24, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head
Cost: $3 per person
RSVP Required to

The presentation by Pat Brennan will demonstrate antique needlework sewing and the tools and techniques from the 1700s to 1900s.  Learn about pre-industrial revolution sewing tools, explore the innovations of the industrial revolution, experience insights into the daily lives of commoners and gentry from Georgian through Edwardian eras in Europe and America, and view Pat's extensive collection of sewing tools and needlework samples.  For more information, visit

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 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

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 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.