March 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!

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

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

Time is of the essence, so please register for your booth space today and save money!  This year, we have two "early bird discounts" that end on  March 31, and  April 30.  The final deadline for registration is  May 31.

Click HERE  to download the ArtsFest 2015 Registration Form for all visual and literary Artist Vendors (sales) and Nonprofit Organization Exhibitors (no sales).

Click HERE to download the ArtsFest 2015 Food Vendor Registration Form.

Both forms are also available on the CCAA website at

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

Quality Printers
Open Mic Night
Friday, March 27, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains
Come out and showcase your musical talent, or just come to enjoy music from your local musicians.  Whether they are originals or covers, we are looking for all styles of music.  All we ask is that you keep the music suitable for family listening. Snacks and coffee will be provided.  For more information, call 240-349-2953.

Port Tobacco Players
Auditions for all, ages 14 and up
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am
Callbacks as necessary, March 28, 12:00 noon, 
and March 31, 6:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Singing and non-singing roles and featured dancing roles available.  Prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theater song.  An accompanist is provided; bring sheet music in the correct key.  No singing a cappella or with recorded music.  Cold readings will follow.  Dress comfortably and be prepared to move and play.   For more information, contact Ann Marie Watson at, or visit their website at .

College of Southern Maryland
Barbershop Extravaganza
Saturday, March 28, 4:00 pm
La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road
Tickets: $5 in Advance; $7 Day of Event


Southern Mix, directed by Paul Douglass, will be joined by professional ensembles for an afternoon of barbershop harmony. V isit 
or t o reserve tickets, contact the Box Office at, or call 301-934-7828.

Ballet Arts Academy
The Oscar HawkinsTalent Show
Saturday, March 28, 7:00 pm
3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Tickets: $20 Adults, $10 Children under 18

Tickets can be purchased at the Academy or online at . For more information, call 301-932-4002, or email
Port Tobacco Players Encore Kids
Auditions for the 2015 Season
Open to Children in 1st - 8th Grades
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 pm
Port Tobacco Players Rehearsal Hall
508 Charles Street, La Plata (Entrance located behind the white fence off Kent Avenue)

Encore Kids! is being revitalized and re-imagined with a new vision and direction.  The objective of the new curriculum will incorporate classes in music, voice, dance, acting and stage craft (make-up, costuming, set/props building) and will culminate in a full scale production on the main stage at Port Tobacco Players.  To audition, prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theater style song that highlights vocal range and personality.  For complete information on auditioning, visit, or contact Ben Simpson at

Port Tobacco Players
Now through April 12 
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm 
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $17 Adults, $14 Youth to 18, Seniors 60+, and Military

(Family Music al) "Oklahoma.... where the wind comes sweeping down the plain" was the first collaboration by Rodgers & Hammerstein, and opened on Broadway in 1943. It's still just as lovable 70 years later. This classic musical, set in the Western Indian territory in the early 1900s, tells the story of the handsome cowboy Curly and the winsome farm girl Laurey. Alas, the road to true love never runs smooth and in this classic, it is a bumpy ride down a country road in a "Surrey with the Fringe on Top"! To order tickets, go to or call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.

Westlake High School 

Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical

Thursday - Saturday, A pril 16 - 18, 7:00 pm 

3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf

Tickets: $8 Adults; $7 Senior Citizens; $6 Students; School system staff can receive two free tickets with their identification badge. 

The musical celebrates the life and music of Ellie Greenwich, a popular artist well known for teenage pop songs during the 1960s. Songs featured in the musical include "Chapel of Love," "Be My Baby" and "Do Wah Diddy."  For more information, call 301-645-8857.


North Point High School

Into the Woods

Thursday - Friday, April 16 - 17, 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 18, 1:00 and 7:00 pm

2500 Davis Road, Waldorf

Tickets:  $8 General Admission; $5 Students and Senior Citizens; CCPS staff also receive one free ticket with their identification badge.


The musical is inspired by the Grimm Brother's fairy tales Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk, and follows the story of a husband and wife as they try to start a family and encounter a witch who puts a curse on them. Elementary and middle school students can attend the matinee showing on April 18 for half-price admission.  For more information, call 301-753-1759.


St. Charles High School

Once Upon a Mattress

Friday, April 17, 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 18, 2:00 and 7:00 pm

Sunday, April 19, 2:00 pm 

5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf

Tickets:  $8 General Admission; $6 Students, Senior Citizens, Military, and Thespians; CCPS staff receive a free ticket with their identification badge


The show is a musical comedy that was written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. The story follows Princess Winnifred and her desire to marry Prince Dauntless the Drab. His mother, Queen Agravain, creates a test for all princesses interested in marrying her son and the princess has to comply  For more information, call 301-753-2090.


Henry E. Lackey High School

William Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors

Thursday - Friday, April 17-18, 6:30 pm

Saturday, April 19, 2:00 pm

3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head

Tickets:  $8 Adults; $7 Students, Senior Citizens, Military; 

CCPS staff receive a free ticket, along with one guest, by showing their identification badge.

The play highlights the story of two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth. Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's earlier plays and includes rules for drama introduced by Aristotle.  For more information, call 301-743-5431.


College of Southern Maryland
Barbershop Concert
Monday, April 20, 7:30 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
Multipurpose Room, Building B
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Tickets:  $5 in Advance; $7 Day of Concert
Southern Mix Barbershop, conducted by Paul Douglass, promises an evening of harmony and fun. 

or to reserve tickets, contact the Box Office at, or call 301-934-7828.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
For more information about events, workshops and discounts for early registration, call 301-743-5159 or go to

MCAC Friday Open Studio

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


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!   

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Spring Art Show
Featuring Art by Nancy Owens
Now through April 19
Gallery Hours:
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mattawoman Creek Art Center Workshops

Pastel Portraits

Monday, March 30, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Fee: $40 MCAC Members / $50 Nonmembers

Model fee additional

Instructor: Andree Tullier (


This workshop will cover aspects of using hard and soft pastels to get an accurate likeness of a child. Instructor demonstration will offer a step by step approach. Anatomy, proportion and light and shade will be covered. Bring your own pastel supplies. Prior experience using soft pastels is a plus. 

Intro to the Art of Painting on Silk

Wednesday - Thursday, April 15 - 16, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fee: $210 MCAC Members / $220 Nonmembers

Instructor: Diane Tuckman,


Apply the brush to silk once and you are hooked for ever!  You will learn the basic silk painting techniques and vocabulary, painting eight technical pieces that you will be able to take home. The techniques taught are stretching, diluting, resisting, spotting, salting, double loading, wet-on-wet, fabric setting and more. There will be an in-depth discussion with many visual samples of hand painted fabrics.  Diane is an accomplished silk painter and has co-written several books about this art form. Materials used during the workshop are included in the cost: silk, dyes or special liquid paints, a stretching frame and tape for frame protection, push pins to stretch the silk, plastic cups and lids, dilutant for dyes, resists and the applicators, designs, water cup, assorted brushes, salts, pens, plus several products for different techniques.  Bring latex gloves.  No art experience is necessary to take this workshop. 


China Painting for Beginner and Intermediate Students

Tuesdays, April 21 - May 26, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (6 Sessions)
Fee: $180 MCAC members / $210 nonmembers 
($30 off registration if received by April 6)
Fee for materials and supplies: $95, paid to the Instructor
Instructor: Brenda Bush


The beginning student will learn the process and techniques of painting on fine china (porcelain). Students will learn about mixing the paints and gain an understanding of painting materials, layout techniques, supplies and their uses. The intermediate student will have a refresher class and then a specialized class on the application of liquid gold (both bright & roman gold) to unpainted pieces of china. This 6-week course will allow the student to complete one to three pieces of china. Firing of the china is included in the price. Plans are in the works for a field trip to the Maryland China Company. 


College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
April 8 - May 4
Artwork Submission Deadline: April 1
Award Reception: April 14, 2:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

"Gas Station" by Katharina Fleming, 2014 Faculty 
Purchase Prize
Paintings in broad brush strokes, photos in captivating focus, and sculptures molded with playfulness are among the types of artwork showcased each spring as part of the College of Southern Maryland's Annual Juried Student Exhibition presented in the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery. Artist Laurel Kukazewski will be the Juror for this year's exhibit.   For more information, call the box office at 301-934-7828 or go to
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) 

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, , or ordered from SMDP for an additional small printing fee.  To register, c ontact: Southern MD Decorative Painters at, or call D. Williams at 240-298-6474.  For more information and to view photos, go to

Life Journeys Writers Club
Write on Wednesdays - with a Twist
April 8, April 15, April 22
5 :00 - 8:00 pm
Location information provided with registration
Registration Fee:  $59.99
Registration D eadline: Friday, March 27
Life Jurneys Writers Club

An intimate setting conducive to expanding your prose!   Register online through PayPal or contact Yvonne Medley at

For more information about the workshops, call  301-705-8972,  email , or go to .

BookNuts BookStore
BOGO Clearance 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 on April 7.  All books are buy one-get one free! That's 50 cents a book! There are over 15,000 books in the store, in all genres. For more information, visit their website at, or call  301-836-6236.

La Plata Public Library Book Bazaar
Saturday, April 11, to Saturday, April 18
Lower Level, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm;
Friday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Members Only Day: Friday, April 10

Become a Member on the spot, and get 5 free books! Hundreds of books, audiobooks, and movies for sale at bargain prices! For more information call 301-934-9001 or visit
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.

March 26: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.  Sense and Sensibility was Ms. Austen's first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady." A work of romantic fiction, better known as a comedy of manners, the novel is set in southwest England, London and Kent, between 1792 and 1797, and portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. The story follows the young ladies to their new home, a meager cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak. The philosophical resolution of the novel is ambiguous: the reader must decide whether sense and sensibility have truly merged.

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.

April 1: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall.  In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla's destination is Nashville, where her mother went to become a famous singer, abandoning Starla when she was three. Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. Now, on the road trip that will change her life forever, Starla sees for the first time life as it really is--as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be.

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. 
April 2:  Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.  
Cambridge student Serena Frome's beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for M15. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England's legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named "Sweet Tooth." Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves the stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one.

Waldorf Adult Book Discussion Group
Note:  Date Change for April!  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.  

Light between Oceans
April 11:  The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.   After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, this childless couple discovers a boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.   Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a "gift from God," and against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own--with devastating results . 

Chicks for Lit Book Club  
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.

April 11:  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.    The circus arrives without warning.  It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.  Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night. Behind the scenes is a fierce competition between two young magicians, Celia and Marco. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing.  Events are set in motion with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

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.

April 22:  Six Years by Harlan Corben.
Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. So when Jake comes across Todd's obituary, he can't keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd's wife he's hoping for...b ut she is not Natalie.   Soon Jake's search for the woman who broke his heart puts his very life at risk, as he uncovers the secrets and lies that love can hide.

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Note Date Change for April!  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.
April 23: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary.  Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River.  Is her husband a killer? Where is the wife?  With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller.

Writers of Color Book Club
Note location change!  A book club for all who enjoy reading books by authors of African descent who write contemporary fiction. The Club mee ts bi-monthly at alternating locations.  The May meeting will be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.  For more information, call 301-645-1395.
May 21:  Till You Hear from Me by Pearl Cleage.   Just when it appears that all her hard work on Barack Obama's presidential campaign is about to pay off with a White House job, thirty-five-year-old Ida B. Wells Dunbar finds herself dealing with her outspoken father, the Reverend Horace A. Dunbar, Atlanta civil rights icon; and childhood friend and smooth political operator Wes Harper, also in town to pay a visit to the Reverend Dunbar, his mentor. 

Charles County Library Schedule
For March and April

Get a copy of the March/April brochure to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are computer classes, book discussions, craft programs, preschool story times, games, writing classes, and lots of other activities for every interest and age!    For more information, call 301-934-9001 or go to .

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

Nanjemoy Community Center

The Nanjemoy Community Center offers a wide variety of programs and services designed to fulfill the needs of the Nanjemoy community for all ages from tots to senior adults.  For details of all events, get a copy of their March newsletter. For more activities and events, get a copy of the March and April  editions of The Scoop , Charles County's Senior Center News.

The Center is located at 4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662.  For more information, call  301-246-9612 301-934-5423, 301-753-1647, or click here  to go to their website. The Center is open Monday and Wednesday - 8:30 am - 8:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
In This Flash
Thanks to Our Sponsors
National Endowment for Arts

The Maryland State Arts Council
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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 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.