August 4, 2022

Serving the Community for 34 Years

Robert Rausch

Thank You for Your
Continued Support!
This Newsflash is published every Thursday. If you would like your event included, send all information to the CCAA office by email at no later than the Monday before your event.

Upcoming Theatre Productions in Charles County
Port Tobacco Players Presents:

Beauty and The Beast

from July 8 - Aug 7, 2022
(MUSICAL) ​Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. Time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. 
New Towne Players Presents:

A Midsummer Night's Dream

from August 11 - 20, 2022

Four Athenians run away to the forest only to have the fairy, Puck, make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl. The four run through the forest pursuing each other while Puck helps his master play a trick on the fairy queen. In the end, Puck reverses the magic, and the two couples reconcile and marry.

CCAA-Supported Galleries

Open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
30165 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall MD
CCAA-Sponsored Galleries

The Commissioners Gallery
Artwork by: Theresa Alo
From July 5 to October 11, 2022

The Charles Regional Medical Center Gallery
Artwork By: Cecelia Dunay
From July 13 to October 12, 2022

Community Bank of The Chesapeake Waldorf Branch Gallery
Artwork by: Various Artist
June 10 to October 7, 2022

For more information about CCAA sponsored and supported galleries, contact our office at 301-392-5900 or
Visit our website to see the current gallery shows online!
July 2022 Notable Author:

George P. Pelecanos

George P. Pelecanos (February 18, 1957) is a Maryland author whose detective fiction is set in and framed by Washington, D.C. He worked as a line cook, dishwasher, bartender, and woman's shoe salesman before publishing his first novel in 1992.

He is now the author of eighteen novels set in and around Washington, D.C. The Big Blowdown was the recipient of the International Crime Novel of the Year award in both Germany and Japan. In addition to his considerable success as an author, he has also worked as producer, writer and story editor for the award-winning US crime series, The Wire. His writing for the show earned him an Emmy Photo-Andre Chung for Washington Post nomination. Esquire magazine called him "the poet laureate of the D.C. crime world." In Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King wrote that Pelecanos is "perhaps the greatest living American crime writer."

When George was 19, he quit college to run his family’s coffee shop on 19th Street, after his dad got sick. He did a decent job, opened on time every day, and, six months later, handed the keys back to his father. He said he was more grateful, than proud, to have had the opportunity to prove himself to his dad. He credits his career success to following the advice of his longtime literary agent who advised against becoming obsessed with the business aspect of publishing and told him to “put his head down and keep working.” George took that opportunity to work on his craft. He tried things that he otherwise would not have. George is convinced it’s the best way for an author to build their career (slowly and patiently) because he makes a good living, loves his job, and is still here.

George can also claim credit for involvement in the production of feature films and miniseries, notably the World War II miniseries The Pacific, produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and HBO.
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,
to be put on distribution for meeting notices and events.
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:
Learn how the Maryland State Arts Council is working
to advance the arts in our State.
Click the button below to see what's available!

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

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.

ROBERT K. RAUSCH - Executive Director
MARCELA CACACE - Administrative Director
ISIA WASHINGTON - Administrative Assistant
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