October 20, 2022

Serving the Community for 35 Years

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Featured Events


Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance



Oct 21,2022

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance together with Southern Maryland Banjo Project and Bushwood Mill Jam are sponsoring an Old Time Jam at 6 pm on Friday, October 21 at Summerseat Farm in Mechanicsville.

All who love to play old time music or love to listen to it being played are welcome. This is a free, rain or shine, bring your own chair and beverage event.

The farm is located at 26655 Three Notch Rd, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. For more information about the jam, contact Chris Dudley at ccdudley@rocketmail.com. Many thanks to SMTMD member Jean Campbell for arranging the use of the farm for this event!

Check the SMTMD Cancelation Page if there is a hurricane warning. https://www.smtmd.org/#/new-page-1/

Nanjemoy Heritage Day

Saturday, October 22, 2022

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance with participation of Southern Maryland Banjo Project will be putting on a contra dance demonstration with audience participation at 1:30 pm on Saturday, October 22nd at Nanjemoy Heritage Day 


4375 Port Tobacco Rd, Nanjemoy, MD 20662. Nanjemoy has a heritage of banjo dances from before the Revolutionary War (1774!). Come join in the continuing tradition. Participation in this event is free.

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College of Southern Maryland Theater

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Current Show and Auditions

(Musical Comedy) Hello, Dolly! Is a family friendly, cheerful, and irresistible story about the joy of living life to the fullest. Shimmering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes, and alive thanks to the charisma and personality of one of the most fabulous characters ever on the musical stage, Dolly Gallagher Levi! Widowed Dolly is a turn of the century New York City socialite turned fast talking matchmaker, who has a solution to everyone's woes. Her latest clients are Horace Vandergelder, a well known half-millionaire, and a young pennyless artist, who is in love with Horace’s niece. As she tries to cover up her own romantic desires, Dolly’s scheming soon envelopes Horace’s lovable but foolish employees, a beautiful New York milliner, and her flighty assistant. Don’t miss this Golden Age classic filled with splendid singing and high energy elaborate dancing underscored by some of the most glorious orchestrations in musical theatre history! 


November 25th to December 18th

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New Direction Theater

current show

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Tim Kelly

A cyclone carries Dorothy and her dog, Toto, to the magical land of Oz, where they encounter all the famous characters from the pen of L. Frank Baum... the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Woodsman, the rubber-legged Scarecrow, Glinda the Good Witch, and the evil Witch of the West, who is determined to destroy Dorothy and steal the secret of the silver slippers.

Tickets may be pre-purchased on-line or purchased at the door using credit card, check, or cash. 

Show dates:

October 22 @ 2 PM and 7 pm

October 23 @ 2 pm

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Chesapeake Choral Arts Society

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For more information about CCAA sponsored and supported galleries, contact our office at 301-392-5900 or info@charlescountyarts.org
Visit our website to see the current gallery shows online!

Mattawoman Creek Art Center

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What's Starting Up at NCAC?

Join the Neighborhood Creative Arts Center and explore the world of art & music! We also have our Especially for Homeschoolers Co-Op and Rotary Interact!

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October 2022 Notable Author:

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts and, after a tumultuous and personally disappointing life, died October 7, 1849 in a Baltimore, Maryland hospital after being found in a gutter, both drunk and barely conscious, and wearing someone else's clothing.

Poe’s life was full of abandonment. His parents died or left before he was three, he was separated from his siblings for a foster family, his foster father frequently abandoned the family for affairs, and his foster mother (whom he got on well with) died when he was 19. His foster father cut him out of his will and then died when Poe was 25, orphaning him again. His fiance broke their engagement and when he finally married his 13 year old cousin, she made him a widower 11 years later. Poe died a year after that. His sad life probably set the tone for his writing as all of Poe's stories take place at night, or on the “bleakest, foulest” day of the year.

Most consider Poe to be the inventor of the American horror story, science fiction, and the detective story. His The Tell-Tale Heart, Masque of the Red Death, The Black Cat, and The Pit and the Pendulum have set the tone for all subsequent American horror writers. His The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841), The Mystery of Marie Rogêt (1942), and The Purloined Letter (1843) are detective story thrillers whose main character Arthur Conan Doyle cited as the inspiration for creating Sherlock Holmes.

He didn’t receive any money for The Raven, his most famous poem, which he had originally titled, To Lenore. However, at a meal with Charles Dickens they discussed Dickens’ pet raven who had died. Poe rewrote the poem with a raven as the central figure.

Every year on the date of his birthday, a mystery man leaves a bottle of cognac and roses on Poe's grave in Baltimore, MD.

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The Charles County Chapter of the Maryland Writers Association assists new and established writers from the basics of the craft, editing, traditional and self-publication, marketing and many other aspects of writing. The Chapter coordinates book signings at various events throughout the year, and coordinated writing events to the Mattawoman Creek Art Center. The Chapter meets at Christ Church, 112 Charles Street, La Plata at 6 PM every third Wednesday of the month for a Critique Group, followed by a business meeting and writing prompts at 7 PM.
 Contact Lewis McIntyre at mcintyrel@verizon.net,
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Join CCPL for another Library After Hours featured event! 
MSAC is accepting applications for the Creativity Grant!
Click here for the Guidelines and Application Process.
Professional Development Opportunities with MSAC:
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to advance the arts in our State.
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RONALD G. BROWN, Vice-President

CINDY JOHNSON, Secretary/Treasurer

GALE S. KLADITIS, Past President








Honorary Board Member


The Newsflash is published every Thursday. If you would like your event included, send all information to the CCAA office by email at


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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.


ROBERT K. RAUSCH - Executive Director

ISIA WASHINGTON -Program Specialist

CCAA Membership Organizations

African American Heritage Society of Charles County

Century 21 New Millennium Realtors

Charles County Department of Community Services

Charles County Fair, Inc.

Charles County Public Library

Charles County Public Schools

Charles County Youth Orchestra

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society

College of Southern Maryland

Community Bank of the Chesapeake

Edward L. Sanders Insurance Agency, Inc.

Indian Head Center for the Arts / Black Box Theater

Ivy and Pearls of Southern Maryland Community Charities, Inc.

Life Journeys Writers Guild

Masonic Lodge - La Plata

Mattawoman Creek Art Center

Music Teachers Association of Charles County, Inc.

Nanjemoy Community Center, DCS

National Association of American African Dance Teachers

Neighborhood Creative Arts Center

Port Tobacco Players

Southern Maryland Carousel Group

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters

Town of Indian Head

Upward Thrive Academy

Our Sponsors: Thank You!
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 under-served 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. 
CCAA Office Hours: Monday - Friday
Closed Wednesday's Summertime Hours
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM