June 29, 2023

Thank You for Your

Continued Support!


June Memberships

  • Barbara Hufford
  • Chesapeake Choral Arts Society Clarence Debrew
  • Dr. Theresa Alo
  • Evans Throne
  • Family Art Show
  • Henry McPherson
  • Ivy and Pearls of Southern
  • Jocelyn Alston
  • Kathryn Simkins
  • Maryland Community Charities
  • Mary Evelyn Dashiell
  • Maryland Writers' Association Charles County Chapter
  • Monate Butler
  • Norma Baretinic
  • Richard and Penelope Gold
  • Rose Burroughs 
  • Roy and Kathleen Jenkins


  • CCAA Call For Artist Community Bank of the Chesapeake
  • ArtsCamp Registration Open Now

Upcoming Events

Performing Arts

  • Twin Beach Players Presents Macbeth
  • The Newtowne Players: "Into The Woods"
  • Port Tobacco Players: "Ragtime".
  • Be Part of an Exciting Movie Production!
  • CTSMD Presents Once On This Island

Visual Arts

  • Twin Beach OpioId Abuse Awareness Call For Artists
  • Summer Open All Media Show – Call For Entry
  • Kawaii & Anime Art Camp 


  • Notable Author Laura Amy Schlitz
  • CCPL 24-Hour Library Kiosk at Nanjemy Community Center
  • CCPL Highlighted Programs


  • Summer Concert at Town Hall!
  • Fireworks in Southern Maryland - See locations


General guidelines for artwork submissions for group shows

  • Each artist may submit a maximum of two 2-dimensional (all galleries) artworks for consideration. There is no submission fee.
  • Two-dimensional art must be properly wired, and ready for hanging.
  • Artworks must be original and created by the submitting artist.
  • A variety of media is encouraged: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, mixed media, and photos.
  • Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as low-resolution, digital images (.jpg) to cindi_barnhart@msn.com or gkladitis@comcast.net

The email must include the following information

  • Artist’s name
  • Artist’s mailing address
  • Artist’s email address
  • Artist’s phone number
  • Artist’s biography (half-page max, in .docx format)
  • Artist’s headshot (.jpg)
  • Title of artwork
  • Medium/materials used
  • Size/dimensions
  • Year created
  • Price, if applicable

Artists who have previously shown in one of the galleries are invited to submit the works to a different gallery, or new works to any gallery.

For more information, contact the Charles County Arts Alliance at 301-392-5900, or email cindi_barnhart@msn.com/ gkladitis@comcast.net





Presented by the Chesapeake Orchestra & St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, along with the Chesapeake Orchestra and its Music Director Jeffrey Silberschlag, are proud to announce dates for the 2023 River Concert Series.

A Southern Maryland tradition now in its 25th season, this family-friendly music festival, and winner of two Governor’s Awards for Arts, Tourism, and Community Economic Development will be held on the St. Mary’s College Townhouse Green. The programs will be on Friday evenings at 7 p.m. starting on June 23, and continuing until July 21.

The concerts and parking are free and open to the public. There are on-site vendors who offer food and beverages for purchase, though you are also welcome to bring your own. Blankets and/or lawn chairs are recommended; but please, leave your pets at home. We love your furry friends, but they are not allowed at the River Concerts.



A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death. Director’s Vision – This production will explore the timeless tale of the corruption of power from a new and modern point of view. The play will be anchored in the traditional eleventh century Scottish Highlands with the set and the portrayal of Macbeth himself. But the rest of elements of the show will be drawn from the pages of history or the big screen. In the true spirit of the Bard himself this will be a show where everyone will feel included and understood. We are not standing on traditions; we will lay out the book of history before the audience and show them all the crushing circumstances that have us all re-reading the same page over and over again and never learning from it.

Buy your tickets here

Into the Woods

June 30 - July 23, 2023

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Orchestration by Jonathan Tunick

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.


Show Times: Thursdays-Saturdays 8:00 PM, Sundays 3:30 PM

Adults $18; Special Discount Groups $15; Children 6-11 $13; Under 5 free (not recommended for young children)


June 30 to July 23, 2023

Book by Terrance McNally

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Director Tessa Silvestro

(DRAMATIC MUSICAL) ​At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing... and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair... and what it means to live in America.


Be Part of an Exciting Movie Production!

Are you a young aspiring actor ready to shine on the big screen? Upward Thrive Academy's Actin' Up Theatre Troupe is thrilled to announce open registration for talented young actors like you to join our upcoming movie production! Don't miss this incredible opportunity to showcase your acting skills and be part of a truly unforgettable experience.

Visit our website at www.upwardthriveacademy.com/actinup to register.

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CCAA Sponsored Galleries

The Charles Regional

Medical Center Gallery

Artwork By:  Basilio Daniel Gonzales and Joseph Wimberly 

February 18 to June 30, 2023

click here to view the virtual gallery

Charles County

Commissioner Building Gallery

Artwork By: Nancy Owens

October 17, 2022- Ongoing

click here to view the virtual gallery

Community Bank of the Chesapeake

Waldorf Branch Gallery

Artwork By: Various Artists

April 7 to August 11, 2023

click here to view the virtual gallery

Download Submission Guidelines

For more information about CCAA sponsored and supported galleries, contact gkladitis@comcast.net and cindi_barnhart@msn.com

Visit our website to see the current gallery shows online!

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Is your child a budding artist with a passion for Kawaii and Anime? Look no further than the Upward Thrive Academy Kawaii & Anime Art Summer Camp! Youth ages 7-17 are welcome to join us for a week of creativity, fun, and adventure as we explore the world of Japanese art and culture through a kawaii and anime lens.

From drawing and painting to sculpture and 3D printing, our camp will introduce campers to a variety of artistic styles and genres. All artwork will reflect positive themes. Campers will have the opportunity to display their work at The UTA Kawaii & Anime Art Exhibit.

For more information and to register visit: http://www.upwardthriveinc.com/store/

Upward Thrive Academy, inc. is a nonprofit 501c(3) human services organization.

Show Call For Entry Click Here




Laura Amy Schlitz was born and raised in the Baltimore area and graduated from Hereford High School in Parkton. She then attended Goucher College, graduating in 1977 with a degree in aesthetics, a major she designed herself. Her dream was to be an actress, but it didn’t work for her so she took a job with the Enoch Pratt Library - Fells Point branch.

There she excelled at telling children’s stories, probably because it was similar to acting. Then a friend asked her to write an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast for the Children’s Theater Association. Schlitz completed the adaptation in 10 days. The compliments she received for the script turned on a light in her and she realized she was a writer, not an actress.


Save the Date - Thursday, July 6, 2023

12 - 2 PM


You’re invited as we unveil our newest project...a 24-Hour Library Kiosk! 


Now open and located at the Nanjemoy Community Center (4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662), the 24-Hour Library Kiosk will not only serve as a satellite location by providing books for checkout, but the kiosk itself will also provide a Wi-Fi signal within a 100-yard radius of the machine, free of charge. The kiosk will allow patrons to check out items, return items, as well as place holds at other library locations, and arrange for pick up at the kiosk…all from an easy-to-use touchscreen! 


Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony as we introduce the kiosk to the community, and provide demonstrations from library staff on how to use the machine. 


The 24-Hour Library Kiosk was made possible by funding approved by the Charles County Board of Commissioners. 

Join CCPL for another Library After Hours featured event! 
Visit CCPL Website

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,

to be put on distribution for meeting notices and events.


Summer Concert at Town Hall!

US Navy Band Commodores

Friday June 30th

7 PM

Jazz is America's music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy's premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for 50 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. The Commodores' mission includes public concerts, national concert tours, ceremonial support in honoring our veterans, jazz education classes and clinics, and protocol performances for high-level military and civilian government officials.  

Please note military concerts are usually about 75-90 minutes due to their regulations.

Food Vendors

Circus Ice Cream

No Sauce Que

Ohana Snow Shaved Ice

Pizza Hotline



Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol, please.

We kindly ask - no smoking and no pets on the grounds of Town Hall during events.

Parking is available at Sacred Heart Church on St. Mary's Avenue, just a block west of Town Hall. When parking at Sacred Heart, please be sure to use the back parking lot only and leave the front and side lots available for parishioners attending services and activities at the church.

If a concert has to be cancelled due to the weather we will post the information in the following locations:

Town of La Plata website - on the home page and concert page

Town of La Plata face book page

Call 301-934-8421 for a recorded message, press #7 for special events

Town of La Plata emails - to sign up please send your email address to cwilson@townoflaplata.org

Southern Maryland Fireworks Locations 2023!


Charles County Public Library

Arts Across


CCAA Arts Insider Newsletter

Maryland Arts Registryy

Maryland Artist Marketplace

Maryland Art Place Resource Bulletin








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

MACKENZIE COULBY - Administrative Assistant

CCAA Membership Organizations

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.

Friends of Old Waldorf School

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.