November 16, 2023

Thank You for Your

Continued Support!


November Memberships

Andrew Blumhardt

Timothy Bodamer

Michael & Marcela Cacace

Gwendolyn A. Fleming

Jaden Hendricks

Gale Kladitis

Lew McIntyre

William and Dianne Shisler


  • November's Second Saturday - Two Local Book Author Interviews!

Table of Contents

Performing Arts

  • Groove Spam Schedule
  • CSM Theater Production: 'The Addams Family - A New Musical'
  • Port Tobacco Players - An Evening of Song - 75th Anniversary

Visual Arts

  • CCAA Sponsored Galleries (New Gallery!)
  • Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery 'MOONSHOT' by Heather Monaghan


  • Maryland Writers' Association
  • CCPL Highlighted Programs Updated


  • MCAC Holiday Art Market
  • New Orleans Brass Joins Forces with DC GoGo




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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24th, 6:30p

CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE (Cooper Voice Studio – 5 vocalists)  Leonardtown, MD  

Five of our Cooper Voice Studio vocal soloists will light up the stage with favorite holiday songs at Leonardtown Square!  Our performance begins at 6:30 (only 20min in length) and welcomes the arrival of Santa Claus to the Square!  Arrive early, as this event draws quite a crowd!


Date: November 17-19, 2023

Times: 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Location: La Plata Campus, Hank Willoughby Foundation Center for the Arts (FA Building), Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater


Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice

Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Directed by AnnMarie Saunders

November 17 | 7:30 p.m.

November 18 | 7:30 p.m.

November 19 | 3 p.m.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY A NEW MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036.

Free admission to celebrate the 40th anniversary and naming of the Hank Willoughby Foundation Center for the Arts (FA Building).


The Port Tobacco Players 75th season celebration, "An Evening of Song", promises to be a delightful musical review for the whole family. With a diverse selection of show tunes from beloved musicals from our past like "The Sound of Music", "Company", "Annie", "Hairspray" and many others, there will be something for everyone. In addition to these classic tunes, we will also feature songs from White Christmas, bringing some holiday cheer to the occasion. It will be a treat to see the Port Tobacco Players showcase such a wide range of musical theatre repertoire.  

Proudly serving the Southern Maryland community, the Port Tobacco Players have provided quality productions and entertainment for many, many years. This event is a testament to our commitment to engaging and entertaining audiences. Whether you're a long-time fan of the theater or new to the world of musicals, "An Evening of Song" is sure to be a memorable experience. We hope you can join us as we celebrate this remarkable milestone at the Port Tobacco Players.



CCAA Sponsored Galleries

The Charles Regional

Medical Center Gallery

Artwork By:  Addison Likins

July 29 to January 9, 2024

Click here to view the virtual gallery

Charles County

Commissioner Building Gallery

Artwork By: Dianne Shisler

September 20 - January 10, 2024

Click here to view the virtual gallery.

Shore United Bank

Waldorf Branch Gallery

Artwork By: Various Artists

August 11 to December 29, 2023

Click here to view the virtual gallery

For more information about CCAA sponsored and supported galleries, contact [email protected] and [email protected]

Visit our website to see the current gallery shows online!

Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery

'MOONSHOT' by Heather Monaghan

October 28 – December 15

Gallery Talk - November 14 | 2:30 p.m.


Heather Monaghan is a senior graphic designer and illustrator at NASA creating artwork for some of humanity's most ambitious scientific endeavors including the International Space Station, the Artemis missions, and the James Webb Space Telescope. "MOONSHOT" is an exploration of Monaghan's artistic journey from her early student work to some of the professional work she produces today.

This event is free and open to the public.


Roland Flint – Maryland Poet Laureate 1995-2000 Author: Roland Flint Genre: Poetry "My poems are accessible at the first level of understanding. They're user friendly." – Roland Flint Roland Henry Flint, born February 27, 1934, was an American poet, professor of English at Georgetown University for 29 years, and Poet Laureate of Maryland.

He was born in Park River, North Dakota, flunked out of the University of North Dakota, and joined the United States Marine Corps. While serving in post-war Korea he decided college would give him a better life and returned to and graduated from the University of North Dakota. This was followed by an M.A. in English from Marquette University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. It was here he began to publish his poetry. When asked about his poetry he said, "My poems are accessible at the first level of understanding. They're user friendly." He tried to put on paper "common feelings, captured in uncommon language." Colleagues said Flint "loved to explore the frailties and surprising strengths of characters most would call 'losers,' noting the capacity for nobility in unexpected places.” Flint was Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1995-2000. Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening said of Flint, "For five years, he traveled to schools in every area of the state, especially those that could not afford a full-time poetry program, and helped students understand the value of poetry." Flint’s school visits were powerful due to the vast store of poems he had memorized and could recite at the drop of a hat as well as his speaking ability that mesmerized his audiences. He resigned from the position due to poor health and died of pancreatic cancer on January 2, 2001 at the age of 66 in his home in Kensington. Genre: Poetry – Poetry is a form of literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm. Sample Reading List: And Morning; Say It; Resuming Green: Selected Poems 1965-1982; Stubborn; Pigeon; Easy; The Honey and Other Poems for Rosalind. Fun With Words - Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) invites you to have fun being a poet like Roland Flint. Using up to 100 words, write a poem showing the common feelings and surprising strengths of characters most would call ‘losers’. Title your work and submit to: by the 22nd of the month to receive an MWA Fun With Words submission certificate. Selected responses will be published with next month’s article and on the MWA Website. Howard County Poetry and Literary Society The MWA is a 31-year-old state-wide association (501c3) dedicated to encouraging and mentoring Maryland writers, poets, playwrights, and authors. Go to for more info.

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 [email protected],

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The Experience Band & Show Announces Historic Musical Fusion at The Howard Theatre! Get Ready for an Unforgettable Night as New Orleans Brass Joins Forces with DC GoGo

DMV music enthusiasts, prepare for a groundbreaking event that's set to reverberate throughout the region! For the first time ever, the Brassaholics' vibrant brass sound will merge with the dynamic rhythm of The Experience Band & Show. This unique collaboration is poised to create an unparalleled musical experience at the iconic Howard Theatre.

Envision an evening where the soulful melodies of New Orleans Brass intertwine with the energetic beats of DC GoGo – a celebration of music, culture, and rhythm that promises to be nothing short of electrifying.

"The fusion we're creating is a first for the DMV," says The Experience Band & Show. "It's a mix of musical genres, a cultural synthesis that's bound to leave a lasting impression. This concert will be a vibe, an experience unlike any other. Are you ready to feel the energy we're bringing?"

The Howard Theatre, known for its historical significance in the music world, serves as the perfect setting for this monumental collaboration. More than just a concert, this event is a musical journey from the heart of New Orleans to the soul of DC, all in one unforgettable night.



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RONALD G. BROWN, Vice-President

CINDY JOHNSON, Secretary/Treasurer

ROBERT K. RAUSCH, Past President







GALE KLADITIS - Gallery Specialist

CINDI BARNHART - Gallery Assistant

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

[email protected]

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 - Program Specialist


CCAA Membership Organizations

African American Heritage Society

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

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

Shore United Bank

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.