Register for a price of $50 per 12' x 12' space. Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable. Should the weather curtail the outdoor aspects of the festival, the registration fee will NOT be refunded.
When registering online, you can opt to pay online with credit card or to send a check (address is given on registration form). If sending a check, it will be matched up with your online registration form upon receiving it.
NOTE: Tents (if desired), tables, chairs, etc. are the responsibility of the artist/organization.
We sincerely look forward to having you join us at the St. Charles Fall Festival of the Arts!
April 21 - TICKETS GO ON SALE for the Luke Bryan Concert which will take place July 6, 2012... see calendar for more info...
Annual Autumn Craft Fair - Richard R. Clark Senior Center September 24, 2011 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles Street, La Plata, MD This is an indoor event so will be held rain or shine.
Shop for handmade gift items, art and more that will be on display by local crafters and artists. All proceeds benefit the Richard R. Clark Senior Center.
For details, or to learn more about participating as a crafter or vendor, please call the Senior Center Coordinator at 301-609-5703.
Fitness and Conditioning Classes now being offered at Waldorf’s Ballet Arts Academy
Adults and teenagers can improve their flexibility and core strength through fitness and conditioning classes for dancers and non-dancers at the Ballet Arts Academy at the Old Waldorf School.
Two adult/teen-focused classes at the BAA include “Ballroom Dance” and Fitness Classes.
The ballroom dance teachers, Tracy R. Kirkham and Paula A. Kirkham, began their ballroom dance education in 1986 at Brigham Young University, a school recognized nationally and internationally for American Social and International Style Ballroom curriculum as well as their award winning formation ballroom dance teams.
While performing as members of the BYU Ballroom Dance Company from 1987-1990, the Kirkhams trained in Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of American and International styles. They received high honors on all adjudicated medal exams associated with these courses. While touring with the BYU Ballroom Company, they performed in the U.S., Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia. They also competed separately and together in amateur Dancesport events in Utah, California and Idaho.
After an absence from the dance studio (as the parents of seven children), they have begun teaching again and their sessions offer a beginning level experience in Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Waltz and Swing.
New to the BAA's curriculum this fall (2010) is a fitness class for adults and teens. This class which meets on Saturday mornings promotes health and body awareness. A combination of stretch, medium impact aerobics and toning. This is a class that truly gets the heart rate going as well as stimulate the spirit and the mind. It is about reaching your personal goals and than reaching beyond what you thought were your limits.
Interested students may register for classes by downloading a registration form from the BAA website, or by calling 240-377-6390, or e-mailing.
December 9 - Windham Hill Recording Artists come to CSM (La Plata Campus) to present a multi-media event: 'Night Sky Essays: A New Winter Solstice Concert'
Register now for the 1st Annual Oktoberfest hosted by the Friends of Hospice, Inc. on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3 at the Charles County Fairgrounds. The Oktoberfest is a two day community family friendly event featuring German foods, beer, wine, music, children's activities and live entertainment. Registration is now open for crafters, artists, food vendor, non profit organization and much more! For more information or to receive a vendor application please contact Colleen Wilson, Development Manager at Hospice of Charles County at 301-934-1268 or by email. .
PATUXENT RIVER CELEBRATION October 9 and 10
FREE Family fun for all ages
Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD) is celebrating 32 years on October 9 and 10 at the Calvert Marine Museum. The longest running festival in Southern Maryland promises two days of free family fun for all ages from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday the “Green Village” features scores of non-profit groups that celebrate the river in a wide variety of ways. See exhibits, demonstrations, displays, and educational activities about “green” products, recycling, oyster restoration, native plants, wildlife, restoration efforts, and more.
The juried arts and craft fair with over thirty artists and local food vendors will be located in the museum’s parking lot. The music stage will host live performances by Tom Lewis, Fractal Folk, Calico Jack, Captain John, and the Southern Maryland Concert Band. Enjoy free boat rides aboard the Wm. B. Tennison and the Nathan of Dorchester; toy boat building and rowing in the boat basin; and free admission to the Calvert Marine Museum. Across the street is free parking and pony rides for a nominal fee. Back by popular demand is Bounty of the Patuxent on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. in the Corbin Nature Pavilion. Local wineries will offer wine tasting, locally grown produce from the farmers’ market, and other tasty treats will be available to sample and buy.
The annual PRAD Parade with a one-mile route along Solomons Island Road begins on Sunday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m. Non-profit organizations are welcome to join the parade with cash prizes offered for “Best Float” entries. To enter your float, contact Randy Geck .
Get more information about PRAD, including a complete schedule of events. Call 410-326-2042 ext. 41.
Join the Calvert Marine Museum in celebrating 40 years of excellence in 2010. The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $2.00 for children ages 5 – 12; children under 5 are free. For a complete listing of museum activities and programs, visit the website or call 410-326-2042 for more information.
Riverside WineFest at Sotterley 2010! October 2 & 3 ~ Noon until 6pm both days
Hollywood, MD - Come to the place where wine flows freely, music is jamming, kids are playing, artists are selling, food is scrumptious, and everyone is having a blast! Sotterley Plantation will “Celebrate the Best of Maryland in a Breathtaking Setting” at the Riverside WineFest at Sotterley 2010. For two days, guests will have the chance to taste the offerings of 21 highly acclaimed Maryland wineries (with no tasting tickets). For those who have always wanted to learn about wine making and wine testing, you will enjoy the informative demonstrations and exhibits. Hungry? Dash over to the food vendors for delectable Maryland favorites. There is no such thing as a bored child here at Sotterley, as we offer free face painting, crafts, and colonial games. Ready to dance? Go for it! Move and groove to a spectrum of music – from Jazz to Rock & Roll. Let’s talk Art – not crafts, but ART. Artists from The Color & Light Society will be painting, displaying, and selling their treasures in the historic Barn, as well as raffling off a fabulous painting by the entire group. Down on the field, make a point of supporting other Maryland Artists, many of whom sell their creations nationally and internationally. As an added bonus, 98.3 Star FM celebs T-bone & Heather will be here with t-shirts and prizes for the crowd on Saturday. Since we aim to please, diehard football fans will be able to watch the Washington Redskins play (and beat) the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday down on the field on a big screen television.
NEW for 2010: BEAT the Line! BUY Online! Tickets may be purchased in advance for a discounted price of $17 prior to October 1st, and at the gate tickets will be $20. Designated drivers are $15, those between the ages of 6 – 20 years old are $5, and children under 6 are free of charge. To purchase tickets in advance or to find out more information, visit Sotterley's website or call 301-373-2280 or 800-681-0850.
Book Signing with author Sharon Miller, Oct 3
CalvART Gallery, until Oct 3rd
Dinner Theatre at College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Sept 23-Oct 2
Artsfest '10 September 18 & 19 - Annmarie Garden
Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland, will host Artsfest ‘10 on September 18 & 19th, 10am-5pm each day. Set amidst the art and trees of the sculpture garden, Artsfest provides an unforgettable festival experience for all ages. Only an hour from Washington, DC or Baltimore, Artsfest offers more than 150 artist booths to shop and browse, exceptional performances, wine tasting, delicious food, and unusual activities. Annmarie Garden is proud to present award winning children’s performer, Barry Louis Polisar, made possible with a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for The Arts. Polisar will be performing on Sunday, September 19th at 1pm on the Main Stage.
Artsfest will include the work of more than 150 artists’ booths, from painters to potters; sculptors to jewelers; wood turners to photographers; to inventive non-traditional, something to please everyone. Festival-goers can also leave their mark when they paint, glitter, glue and more - decorate yourself like never before in the Discovery Tent or try your hand at paint, clay, or sketching activities and enjoy demonstrations in the Studio School. Returning this year to Artsfest, the Zany Zone welcomes silly play while children with hula hoops, beach balls. Whether you are a serious art buyer or a family looking for fun outing, Artsfest is an inviting experience for everyone. Stroll the beautiful garden while enjoying great shopping, diverse performances, fantastic food and wonderful music. Try a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Italian Sausages, Crab Cakes, Beer Battered Brats, Sweet Potato Fries and enjoy cool beverages such as lemonade, frozen fruit smoothie and frozen coffees. Also available are wine and micro brews. Bands and entertainment acts perform continuously throughout the garden and a variety of hands on activities will engage kids of all ages. Annmarie Garden is an extraordinary venue for Artsfest - a day or weekend excursion you won’t want to miss. Admission is $6 for adults, kids under 11 and members are free. Download a $1 off coupon at Annmarie Garden website. Follow the Artsfest signs to Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Road, in Solomons, Maryland.
Children's Entertainer, Barry Louis Polisar, Sept 19
Annmarie Garden: Artsfest '10 - Sept 18-19
AlphaJazz and Godspeed at Charles County Fair, Friday, Sept. 17, 7 - 10 p.m.
Call for Artists and Crafts People: Patuxent River Appreciation Days (P.R.A.D.)
We are looking forward to the 33rd Annual Patuxent River Appreciation Days (P.R.A.D.) scheduled for October 9 - 10, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We have a few openings remaining for individual booth spaces.
We encourage exhibitors to get their registration in as soon as possible. The application deadline is September 1, 2010.
Grandparents' Day at Annmarie Garden - September 12
Concert in the Woods: Sept 11
Vivaldi's Gloria - Sept 11
September 7th - Learn about the Keepers of the Lights...
Register your organization, business, and/or yourself as an individual artist located in Southern Maryland. Share your Southern Maryland ARTS or CULTURAL event, educational opportunity, website address, venue location with us and let us help you publicize your events. It's FREE!
Hot Buttered Nuggets to perform August 28
Southern Maryland Concert Band performs at La Plata Town Hall, Friday, August 27...
'The Underground Railroad and Quilts' - Sotterley Plantation 2010 Speaker Series presents Raymond Dobard, Ph.D., Friday, August 27...
The Newtowne Players present these two one-act plays in August
August 6 - 21 at Hard Bargain Farm Amphitheatre
National Lighthouse Day... August 7
CalvArt Gallery Exhibit
The Band of the Nation's Capital coming to Calvert Marine Museum, July 2.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays in July... each day a different campus
Spend the night in the Calvert Marine Museum... July 23
Concert in the Woods at Alice Ferguson Foundation's Hard Bargain Farm, July 18th...see calendar
Geoff Kaufman to perform July 16 ... Calvert Marine Museum
Chautauqua Returns to CSM July 6, 7, and 8... each night on a different campus... see calendar
See Calendar of Events for June 24-27
Chesapeake Choral Arts Society to perform, Sunday, June 13... CLICK IMAGE for full-size flyer
Fossil Field Experience at the Calvert Marine Museum... June 12
Sotterley Speaker Series with David J. O'Neill
Friday, June 4, 2010 7:00 p.m. in the Barn at Sotterley Plantation
Girls Scouts enjoy arts opportunites at Mattawoman Creek Art Center (more on 'Talk About Arts & Culture' page)
Flo Stone kicked off the Sotterley Speaker Series with 'Highlights from the 2010 Environmental Film Festival'
US Poet Laureate, Kay Ryan, visited CSM and addressed a standing room only crowd (more on the 'Talk About Arts & Culture' page)
May 7-8, Randy Runyon's Animal Zoo to perform at CSM's Jazz Fest
The Secret Garden
The Port Tobacco Players present the musical, The Secret Garden in La Plata through May 23rd. Read more...
May 7-8 - Guest Artist, Terri Lyne Carrington to perform at CSM's Jazz Fest
May 8 - Own a piece of Sotterley Plantation by purchasing plants from Sotterley’s Colonial Revival Garden
April 23-24, CSM Latin Ensemble to Kick Off Latin Music Festival
SmART EARTh ARTs
Art Smart studio will be a part of the event: Celebrate La Plata in the selfsame town from 12-4pm at the Town Hall on April 17, 2010. Our event, within their event is called SmART EARTh ARTs Celebration! For the past 2 years in April we have been celebrating the weekend before or after Earth day by holding a recycle art contest, thanks to the town of Indian Head and the Black Box Theatre. This year we are expanding to not only having a community wide recycled materials art contest, but also freestyle Lego nature art contest, and we are including a song and poetry component as well.
Do you want to be involved? Read on!
We are still looking for a substantial team of volunteers to help us pull off what promises to be an awesome day! -We will need models for our plein air art lessons -We could use floaters: people available for different tasks that come up -We will need people to be in charge of our globe friendly interactive stations for all ages -Maybe you have an eye for one or more of the arts, and want to join our judges? -Also you may want to compete for great prizes in one of the 3 contests we are holding that day *Are you a Lego master, who can whip up an earth-friendly creation? *Perhaps you see new artsy possibilities in what others might call throw-a-ways? *Maybe you can express with poetry or song your love of our beautiful earth
So please go to www.art-smart-studio.com and contact us with what you would like to do! We will love to have you join our team as we celebrate SmART EARTh ARTs!
Orchestral musicians: COSMIC Symphony is looking for personnel for our upcoming concerts in February. In particular, we need a piano/keyboard player, string players (violinists especially), and trombonists. Rehearsals have just begun for the year and are on Tuesday evenings at the SMHEC in California, MD. Contact Jackie to arrange an informal audition.
APPLICATION DEADLINE ANNOUNCED 2nd Annual Regional Piano Competition for High School Students
2nd Annual Regional Piano Competition Provides Unique Opportunity on Boesendorfer, Awards Application Deadline: January 15, 2010
High school pianists have until January 15 to apply to compete in the College of Southern Maryland and ArtLinks second annual Southern Maryland Regional Piano Competition, to be held April 24 and 25 at the college’s Prince Frederick Campus.
The high-level juried competition is open to any high school student within the region as an opportunity to promote piano performance and reward and encourage young pianists within Southern Maryland.
“This competition has a very special meaning for me,” said Donna Wayson, chair of the piano competition committee. “Several years ago I was part of the Ward Virts Piano Project. Ward Virts was a talented concert trained pianist who grew up here in Southern Maryland. For me, Ward was an example of dedication, excellence and grace. In his life and his music he was an inspiration to those who knew him, and now through the Southern Maryland Regional Piano Competition that legacy continues.”
Committee member and CSM Professor Stephen Johnson said the competition is an opportunity for talented, young artists within Southern Maryland to showcase their level of musical expression and technical excellence as they perform on the college’s “magnificent and absolutely superior, handcrafted Boesendorfer.”
All pianists will audition on Saturday, April 24 on the piano, which is the centerpiece of the college’s Ward Virts Concert Series and located at the Prince Frederick Campus. The piano was gifted to the community by the Ward Virts Piano Project Group as a tribute to the late Ward Virts, a talented concert trained pianist from the region and who died in 1993.
Sunday’s performance on April 25 will feature the competition winners and a guest artist performing on the Boesendorfer. The finalists will also be presented with certificates and cash awards.
From January 9-February 14, 2010, Annmarie Garden’s spectacular Main Gallery will be transformed into artist studios and sales space, allowing visitors the opportunity to appreciate the artistic process as well as the product. Annmarie Garden seeks artists working in any media to submit proposals to set up a working studio space in the Main Gallery for 1-2 week periods. These studios will be set up much like a “booth,” utilizing the artist’s own supplies and equipment. Artists are required to work in their studios for a total of 35 hrs/week, demonstrating their processes and techniques to curious visitors. Artists will also be given space to hang artwork for sale within the gallery for the duration of their studio time. This call is open to all media.
It is our goal to expose visitors to the working process of artists—from concept to finished product. As such, this show is ideal for artists working on a large project or series. Artists must be willing to speak with visitors informally about their work and their process. Overnight accommodations for out-of-town artists are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Through this exhibition, artists are afforded an opportunity to gain exposure, sell artwork, and work in a free studio space in a beautiful setting. This is a nice occasion for a serene retreat to immerse yourself in your artwork. Future group or solo show opportunities may also be awarded.
For the final weekend, all participating artists are invited to hang their artwork in the gallery space for a Valentine’s weekend show and sale. Artists will be invited to this closing reception.