May 17, 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community
ArtsFest is Next Month!

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

Time is Running Out!
Call for Artist, Exhibitor, and Food Vendors!

The 26th annual ArtsFest will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, 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 seventh year to present the festival 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. Local commercial organizations are also invited to distribute information on their products and services.  Live entertainment on two stages takes place beginning at 11:00 am on the East side, and a variety of great food will be available for purchase throughout the day. And, new this year: Karaoke!!!

Click  HERE  for the Arts Vendors and Exhibitors Form

Click  HERE for the Food Vendors Form

Click HERE for the Commercial Displayers Form
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  

Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC)
Artist in Residence Grant Applications Available
Deadline to Apply: 5:00 pm, May 18, 2018

The MSAC's Artist in Residence (AiR) program provides grants to Maryland schools that cover half the cost of a teaching artist residency in a particular school. Maryland schools are invited to browse the MSAC's AiR Roster to select an MSAC Artist in Residence. The school then applies for a grant from the MSAC that covers half the cost of the residency.

The AiR Program provides opportunities for hands-on intensive workshops involving a small core group of students and teachers over a number of days or weeks. A larger group benefits from additional activities including the artist's lectures, performances, and demonstrations, and through projects developed by classroom teachers with the artists' assistance. 

Residencies are available in: dance, multi-discipline, music, puppetry, theater, playwriting, poetry, architecture, ceramics, doll making/puppet making, fiber arts, glass, handmade paper/books/artist books, media, mixed media, murals, photography, sculpture, site-specific installation, and two-dimensional art. For more information, contact the AiE Program Director, Chris Stewart, at

Call for Artists
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

Deadline to Submit: May 31, 2018
Click HERE for Completion 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 Rd. 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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Hard Bargain Players
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 17 - 18 - 19, 8:00 pm
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $10 Adults; $8 Students, Seniors, Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation

An abridged version of William Shakespeare's classic comedy is coming to a space where it was always meant to be performed: right under the beautiful canopy of trees and starlight! Come join the royals, the starry-eyed lovers, the rude mechanicals, and the mischievous woodland faeries as they spin their magical tale! Tickets can be reserved online at  

Barking Fish Theatre Project
The Impossibly Possible Unbelievably Believable Journey and Return of Josephine Clark
Friday, May 18, 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 19, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
Indian Head Black Box Theatre
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Children under 16 Years 

The Journey and Return of Josephine Clark follows our heroine over the distant hill from her noisy town and into the unknown beyond. Along her journey, you meet a busload of tourists out on a shopping spree and the empty city they wander into, bicyclists who are racing towards a finish line that has yet to be determined and, finally, into the darkness of the cave of the Brisky Bat. The multimedia production features shadow puppetry created with overhead projectors mixed with traditional hand and rod puppets.  This show is family friendly with colorful costumes and plenty of energy from live actors and dancers gracing the stage. For more information, call 202-361-5300, or visit,

The Newtowne Players
A Night on Broadway: Sight, Sound, and Song
Final Weekend!
Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $18 Adult; $15 Military, Senior, Student; $13 Children under 12

The show returns for a third season with a new musical lineup including:  Anything Goes, Beautiful, Dear Evan Hansen, Finian's Rainbow, Ghost the Musical, Gypsy, Into the Woods, Jersey Boys, Kiss Me Kate, Little Women, My Fair Lady, The Pajama Game, Pippin, School of Rock and more! For more information and to reserve tickets, visit or call 301-737-5447.

Port Tobacco Players
Calendar Girls
Final Weekend! 
F riday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Senior (60+), Military, Youth to 18

A group from the Women's Institute (WI) in Yorkshire, England, prepare and publicize an unusual "alternative calendar" to raise funds for the Leukaemia Research Fund. Based on a true story of eleven brave women, Calendar Girls is a funny, moving show about friendship, courage, passion, and risk-taking. For more information, call 301-932-6819.

Town of La Plata
Free Concerts
Friday Nights, May 25 - 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.

The concerts through June are listed below.  For the complete schedule, visit

May 25
  Drivin' Muzzy - Country

June 1Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Show

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.

Alice Ferguson Foundation Concert in the Woods
The Tom Principato Band
Saturday, May 26, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $15 in Advance, $20 at the Door
Refreshments available for purchase
Performance is outdoors

For four decades now, "Roots Music For Your Soul" has been the mission as Tom and his band deliver passionate performances of funky roots music with scorching guitar. For more information, visit

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Open Mic in the Woods
Last Sunday of the Month, May - 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

Tantallon Community Players
June 1 - 10
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 .

Watermelon One-Act Festival
Saturday - Sunday, June 2 -3
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center's Bruce Davis Theatre
18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary's City, MD
Tickets Per Session on Saturday - Beginning at 9:00 am - $12 Adults; $10 Students/Seniors
Tickets for the Sunday Finals/Awards Ceremony - Beginning at 2:00 pm - $20 Adults; $15 Students, Seniors
Festival Pass for Both Days - $55 Adults; $50 Students, Seniors
All tickets sold at the door; cash or check only
Most of the plays are not appropriate for children     
Seventeen original one-act plays will be presented in four performance sessions on Saturday, with the finals and awards held on Sunday. For more information, visi .

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 .

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
B.B.'s Kidventure Summer 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

Southern Maryland Decorative Paianters
Meeting and Paint-In
Saturday, May 19, 9:30 am
Immaculate Conception Church (Hall behind the Church)
28297 Old Village Road,  Mechanicsville, MD

Following the business meeting, Debbie Williams will lead a painting project by Deb Antonick titled "Frosty Snow Globe."  Guests are always welcome; contact Garnett Joy at 301-884-2835 or for the list of supplies needed for the project. 
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Friday, May 25, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Instructors: Dr. Mary Whitmore and Helen Coy-Gresavage
Registration Fee: $18
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MC AC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

Learn to create beautiful, colorful, meaningful works of art in the Ukrainian style using the traditional wax-resist method. Eggs, pencils and candles will be provided; a "starter kit," which includes beeswax, one stylus tool, a set of unmixed dyes and design templates, is available for $12. For more information, contact Dr. Whitmore by May 24 at

Community Foundation of Maryland
Painting with a Purpose
Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Grille 13
3016 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf
Fee: $45

Explore your inner Picasso while supporting the Community Foundation of Maryland. For more information, go to or contact Sharon Southerland-Smith at or call 240-670-4483.

Two Rivers Art Workshop
Intermediate Alcohol Inks
Saturday - Sunday, June 2 - 3, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park
Fee: $150 (includes lunch)
Deadline to Register: May 19
Click HERE for the flyer and list of supplies

Instructor Pat Troiani will review how to use the inks, then will move on to learning how to paint on different substrates, and how to use various tools: tar gel, heat gun, hair dryer, small air compressor, etc.  Individual help will be provided.  For more information and to register, email or call 703-887-2878.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
24th Annual All-Media Juried Exhibition
Now Through June 3
Gallery Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MC AC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

For more information, visit or call 301-743-5159.

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.


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
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 June 2, 2018
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm; Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm; and Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

Life Journeys Writers Guild
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, May 19, 2:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Open to all lovers of the literary arts, ages 18 and up.  Enjoy networking, reading and critiquing your works, sharing industry information, and more. For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-427-5594.
Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, May 22, 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

Nobody Knows My Name
by James Baldwin.  This collection of illuminating, deeply felt essays examines topics ranging from race relations in the United States to the role of the writer in society, and offers personal accounts of Richard Wright, Norman Mailer and other writers.
Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, May 23, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.  Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, behind the curtains, there were a group of brilliant female mathematicians known as "human computers" because of their mental prowess. Margot Lee Shetterly writes on the racial and genre discrimination that these women had to endure to be part of historical accomplishments.
P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, June 2, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz.  When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages.
Conway's latest tale has Atticus Pünd investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she's convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.
Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday,June 7, 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month 
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford.
1909, Seattle. At the World's Fair a half-Chinese boy called Ernest Young is raffled off as a prize. He ends up working in a brothel in Seattle's famed Red Light District and falls in love with Maisie, the daughter of a flamboyant madam, and Fahn, a karayuki-san, a Japanese maid sold into servitude. On the eve of the new World's Fair in 1962, Ernest looks back on the past, the memories he made with his beloved wife while his daughter, a reporter, begins to unravel their tragic past.
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? 
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  

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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Conoy Creations
Kentkatam Class (For Ages 5+)
Friday, May 18, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
16816 Country Lane, Waldorf
Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Children under 10

Discover more about Piscataway history and culture by learning their social dances. Kentkatam means "let us dance" in the Algonquin language. Class runs from 7:00 - 8:00 pm, with frybread and Native tacos on sale following the class.  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 the May 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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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.