November 3, 2022

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Maryland Art Place Resource Bulletin

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Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance

Contra and Ice Cream Social - Caller: Jordan Kammeyer

Saturday, November 12, 2022

7:30pm - 10:00pm

Come out and bring your comfortable dancing shoes!

  • The dances are held at Christ Church parish hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico, MD.
  • Lessons for new or inexperienced dancers begin at 7PM.
  • Admission $12.00, members $8.00, children age 17 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Water is provided, but feel free to bring a refillable bottle to stay hydrated. There will be an ice cream social during the intermission.
  • Go to for more information. Watch the website for weather related cancellation notices.

NOTE: SMTMD follows the mandates of the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) with regard to COVID-19. Presently there are no mandates for vaccination, masks or social distancing in St. Mary’s County. More information and guidance from the SMCHD on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 can be found on their website HERE. While we would love to see you, we want you to be aware of the dancing conditions ahead of time so that you can make an informed decision. For more information, contact Christian at

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New Direction Community Theater

Current Show

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College of Southern Maryland Theater

Upcoming Show

Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

Tickets: $15 General Admission;

              $10 Military with ID; Seniors age 65 and                   up, Youth age 17 and below

               $5 CSM Students, staff

Location: La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater

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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!

Mattawoman Creek Art Center

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What's Starting Up at NCAC?

Join the Neighborhood Creative Arts Center and explore the world of art & music! We also have our Especially for Homeschoolers Co-Op and Rotary Interact!

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November 2022 Notable Author:


Hulbert Footner (April 2, 1879 – November 17, 1944) was a Canadian born, American writer who was predominantly self-educated and wrote both adventure stories and detective fiction. He loved to live outdoors and canoe, and a trip gone bad made him a Maryland fan. On a trip to paddle the Chesapeake Bay in 1910, he encountered bad weather at Baltimore and ended up taking a steamboat to Solomons, Maryland and was hooked. He married a local lady, Ms. Gladius March, and in 1915 bought Preston on the Patuxent, in Lusby, MD, which he renamed Charles Gift and where he lived until he died in 1944.

He wrote his first novel, Two on the Trail, at Solomons in 1911. It’s a fictional adventure based upon the 3,000-mile canoe trip he made alone through Northern Alberta in 1906. Immediately afterwards, he made another canoe trip through the Northwest Territory going from Portrait by Mabel Welch British Columbia Through Alberta and into the Territory of MacKenzie from which he wrote, Jack Chanty.

A friend, Christopher Morley, suggested Footner shift to crime fiction. As Footner recalled, “Morley steered me past an overdose of northwestern stories into crime stories, adventure and romance.” Footner’s Madame Rozika Storey and her plain assistant, set in the flapper era of the 1920’s, became his most successful detective character. His first romantic novel, Country Love, is set on board Adams Floating Theater, which sailed the Chesapeake Bay bringing plays and vaudeville acts to the isolated villages including Solomons, Maryland during the years after World War I. In 1930, Footner introduced a new detective, Amos Lee Mappin, whose crimes tend to occur in New York's cafe society.

He wrote, Maryland Main and the Eastern Shore, (illustrated by Louis Ruyl), a chapter by chapter study of Maryland through his eyes and impressions as an outsider, as he was dying. Critics consider it an accurate capture of the essence of Maryland. Footner is buried at Middleham Chapel, Lusby, MD.

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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.
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Charles County Public Library

Doors will open at 6:45 PM.

Drop in event, registration is not required. 


Julian Berkowitz is a drummer and educator residing in Washington, DC. Rooted in the deep tradition of American jazz, fusion, funk, and the rhythms of Brazil, Julian has quickly become one of the DC area’s most in-demand drummers. The son of a Jewish-American father and Brazilian mother, Julian was born and raised in the small town of Easton, Connecticut.

His first experience with the drums began at the age of 5, when he discovered the pots and pans in the kitchen doubled as a makeshift drum kit. In sixth grade, middle school band director and drummer Robert LaValle noticed Julian’s talent on the drums and became his first drum instructor, introducing him to funk and jazz music for the first time.

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Arts Education in Maryland Schools

Keynote speaker Ivory Toldson Ph.D., national director of Education Innovation and Research for the NAACP, professor of counseling psychology at Howard University, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education, will give the conference's plenary on using the arts to humanize education data to advocate for and drive systemic change!


Attendees participate in healing and learning sessions in affinity spaces with expert facilitators, collaborate in anti-racism arts education breakouts for each arts discipline, and more.

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La Plata Town Hall

Unique Boutique Southern Maryland



RONALD G. BROWN, Vice-President

CINDY JOHNSON, Secretary/Treasurer

GALE S. KLADITIS, Past President








Honorary Board Member


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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

ISIA WASHINGTON -Program Specialist

CCAA Membership Organizations

African American Heritage Society of Charles County

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.

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

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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