September 7, 2023

Thank You for Your

Continued Support!


August Memberships

Patricia Duncan

Tanika & Roderick Mance

Mervin Posey

Robert K. Rausch

Frannie A. Stoltzfus



  • CCAA Theater Dance Class
  • Grant Season Is Open!

Table of Content

Performing Arts

  • Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira w/ Richard Osban
  • CCYO Got Talent? Audition!
  • Port Tobacco Players: Death of a Salesman
  • CSM Theater Audition Call
  • New Direction Community Theater: Audition Time!
  • SMTMD CONTRA DANCE & Ice Cream Social

Visual Arts

  • CCAA Sponsored Galleries
  • ADC Fine Art - Call For Artist.
  • ACLT A Land Conservancy - Call For Artists
  • Mattawoman Southern Maryland Makers Exhibit
  • Mattawoman Call to Artist


  • CCPL Highlighted Programs Updated


  • ArtsFest '23 Fine Arts Festival
  • SMTMD Events for September & October




Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira w/ Richard Osban

37497 Zack Fowler Rd, Chaptico, MD

September 15 from 7:30 - 10 PM (doors open at 7 PM)

Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira are a dynamic fiddle & cello duo, seamlessly interweaving traditional melodies with innovative original compositions. Richard Osban is a talented guitarist based in Baltimore. Learn more here at the Southern Maryland Traditional Music & Dance website.


September 22nd to October 8th

Produced by Kathy Mead

​Directed by Suzanne Donohue

Willy Loman is a salesman. For more than three decades, he has traveled the roads between his home in New York City and the cities and towns of New England, plying a route for the same company more or less successfully. Now, late in his life, Willy’s sales are flagging, and the firm is trying in a not-very-subtle way to push him out the door. Meanwhile, relationships with his two sons, Biff and Happy, are being affected by the fact that they are not as successful as he hoped they would be – although he strives to convince them and himself that they are all doing just fine.


What’s the show about?

Get ready for a night of mishaps, mischief, and madcap mania! It’s the opening night of the Cornley Drama Society’s newest production, “The Murder at Haversham Manor,” and things have quickly gone from bad…to utterly disastrous. The troupe’s ambitious 1920s whodunit has everything you never want in a show: falling props, collapsing scenery, an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything…including their lines. How will this eager ensemble battle against all of the disastrous odds? Will they make it to the final curtain call?




SATURDAY, September 9th • 7 PM

The 2nd Saturday of the month September through June at the Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd, Chaptico, MD. The evening starts at 7 pm with a half hour beginner’s dance workshop followed by live music performed by the SOMD Open Band and dancing from 7:30 to 10 pm. Check the website calendar for the lineup of dances and callers! Admission is $12 for non‐SMTMD members; $8 for members. Children 17 and under, when accompanied by an adult, and band members are free. Info:  



CCAA Sponsored Galleries

The Charles Regional

Medical Center Gallery

Artwork By:  Addison Linkins

July 29 to November 1, 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

August 11 to December 29, 2023

Click here to view the virtual gallery

Download Submission Guidelines

For more information about CCAA sponsored and supported galleries, contact and

Visit our website to see the current gallery shows online!


The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) is pleased to announce "Art for All Seasons at ACLT" - a year-long plein air event with a twist! 


Artists from Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties are invited to paint (or sculpt) the beautiful landscapes of ACLT. The “event” will last for an entire year and will take place throughout ACLT’s 3500+ acres of preserved lands along 25 miles of trails that run through dense forests and along gurgling streams, as well as farm fields, a flower garden, and meadows ... not to mention the many structures sprinkled throughout, and the center of attraction – Parkers Creek, which has been described as “one of the last remaining pristine watersheds on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay” – Find Your Chesapeake


We’re calling it “Plein Air with a Twist” because while Plein Air artists normally produce art from life (as opposed to in the studio), many of the sites at ACLT are challenging to access. Therefore, we will allow artists to start their artwork onsite and complete them in their studios. In addition, artists are free to set their own schedule. We only ask that you share your location when you're onsite so that we can alert our followers in case they would like to observe you. We also have several "paint-out" days planned.


This is not a competition nor is it a fundraiser. Our objective is to welcome the Southern Maryland art community to share the beauty of ACLT through their creations. Artists are encouraged to paint through all four seasons of the year, culminating with a 16-day exhibition (Sept 28-Oct 13, 2024) at the prestigious Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland (AMG).


Registration Now Open!

For More Info and to Register, visit:



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,

to be put on distribution for meeting notices and events.


Indigenous Heritage Day

18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary's City, MD

September 9 from 10 AM - 4 PM

The annual event will be filled with ongoing demonstrations at the Woodland Indian Hamlet that highlight traditional methods in hide tanning, pottery, cooking, and more! Full details available hereImage from:

Artsfest '23 Fine Arts Festival

13470 Dowell Road, Solomons, MD

September 16 and 17 from 10 AM - 5 PM

Artsfest is a fabulous weekend of the visual and performing arts with 170+ artists booths, 35 performers, activities for children, food, wine, beer, and much more! Learn more here. Find the SMC Arts Council staff there! (The SMC Arts Council office & gallery will be closed on Saturday, September 16th as our staff will be present at this event.)

SMTMD Fall Concert: Jocelyn Pettit and Ellen Gira with Richard Osban on Guitar


FRIDAY, September 15th • 7 PM

Jocelyn Pettit and Ellen Gira with Richard Osban on guitar will be performing live at the Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd, Chaptico, MD. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. Complimentary refreshments will be offered. Admission is $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and children under 17 are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. See the website for more details. Info: smtmd2@gmail.com

SMTMD HomeSpun CoffeeHouse Open Mic


FRIDAY, October 27th • 7 PM

4th Friday of the month September through June at the Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd, Chaptico, MD. Acoustic musicians of all skill levels are warmly welcomed to perform their favorite tunes. Doors open at 7 pm with performances beginning promptly at 7:30 PM. Admission is $8; performers are admitted free of charge. Contact Chris Dudley in advance ( to sign up as a performer. Info: smtmd2@gmail.com  


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

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

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

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.