January 4, 2024

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December/January's Memberships

Charles County Youth Orchestra, Inc.

Richard and Margery Coppola

Mary Mangino

Neighborhood Creative Arts Center


  • Dance, Shall We? January 2024 - Registration closes January 8th!

Table of Contents

Performing Arts

  • Chesapeake Choral Arts Society Auditions 2024
  • Charles County Youth Orchestra - Mid Year Auditions
  • Charles County Youth Orchestra - Winter Concert
  • Southern Maryland Bluegrass at the Elks Kicks Off 2024
  • Port Tobacco Players: Wait Until Dark


  • Artists Competition 2024
  • CCPL Highlighted Programs Updated


  • Scholarships 2024 DEADLINE EXTENDED!




Southern Maryland Bluegrass at the Elks Kicks Off 2024 with the famous Lonesome River Band

Celebrating 40 years of touring, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in bluegrass music.

California, MD 12/19/2023: The Southern Maryland Bluegrass at the Elks series will host the Lonesome River Band on Sunday, January 14, 2024, at the Calvert Elks Lodge #2620 in Prince Frederick, MD. The doors will open at Noon and “LRB” will start their performance at 2:00 PM. They are a band that are sure to please and have been the most requested band by fans who attend the monthly series.

Since its formation decades ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in bluegrass music. Five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Jesse Smathers (guitar) and Adam Miller (mandolin), and the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Kameron Keller (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace. 

This year marks 40 years that Lonesome River Band have been a professional touring Bluegrass act. We’re proud that they included the Southern Maryland Bluegrass at the Elks in their milestone tour. It will take place on Sunday January 14 at 2 PM. The Calvert Elks Lodge is located at 1015 Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick, MD. Tickets will be $23.00 per person and sold at the door beginning at Noon. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. Food will be available for sale by the Calvert Elks Lodge beginning at noon. As always there will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.


The remaining shows in the series will include the return of The Grascals on February 11, High Fidelity and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out in March and Dave Peterson & 1946 closing out the series in April. For more information, please call 301-737-3004 or go to www.somdbluegrass.com.



Wait Until Dark

Jan. 19 to Feb. 4, 2024

Wait Until Dark weaves together the story of a mysterious doll, an innocent woman, theft, thugs, blackmail, drugs, and murder. This psychological thriller finds Susy, blind, and alone at home and being conned by three men who insist a doll from her husband, Sam, is in the house. They try to manipulate Susy, expecting her to be an easy target. When they threaten to bring harm to Sam, though, Susy reveals she is a great deal more resourceful and clever than imagined. She just needs to wait until dark to end the terror.

Wait Until Dark opened in 1966 and ran for nearly 400 performances. Lee Remick was nominated for a Tony Award. The original movie adaptation (1967) earned Audrey Hepburn an Academy Award nomination.  



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.


The Charles Regional

Medical Center Gallery

Artwork By:  Sally Goldsmith

January 9 to April 19, 2024

Charles County

Commissioner Building Gallery

Artwork By: Celia Dunay

January 10 to April 10, 2024

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

Visit our website to see the current gallery shows online!


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],

to be put on distribution for meeting notices and events.

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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

[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

ALEXANDRIA GONZALEZ - Assistant Admin Director

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.