La Plata, MD Arts and Culture
PHOTO CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Mary DeMarco-Logue
Arts lovers in Charles County will find a variety of theater performances, live music events and visual arts exhibits to enjoy. Here's a sampling:
Charles County Arts Alliance
The Charles County Arts Alliance formed in 1987 and oversees a number of worthwhile events throughout the year, including its annual ArtsFest that draws close to 2,000 spectators each June onto the scenic greens surrounding La Plata Town Hall. The festival brings together musicians, artists and performers from all over Maryland for a day of entertainment and artistic inspiration.
Fans of live theater have plenty of options for entertainment in Charles County, including the Indian Head Center for the Arts that houses the popular Black Box Theatre. The Black Box is a comfortable venue that provides local artists with a setting for plays, musicals, recitals and other performances throughout the year.
Two community theater groups entertain audiences in Charles County. The Port Tobacco Players in La Plata was founded in 1947 and performs six shows each season on a renovated stage in a 1940s movie theater. The Hard Bargain Players in Accokeek perform in a 1930s outdoor amphitheater at Hard Bargain Farm and are known for presenting unusual plays that ask questions and allow patrons to come up with the answers.
Charles County has a strong roster of concert series, including the Town of La Plata presenting an annual Summer Concert Series on the west lawn adjacent to Town Hall. Free concerts are held every Friday night from Memorial Day through the end of September.
In July and August, free outdoor concerts occur at the College of Southern Maryland's Twilight Performance Series, held on all three of the college's campuses over four weeks. Professional musicians perform specializing in everything from folk music to Motown and jazz.
In Waldorf/St. Charles, Sunset Concert Festival, a summer series of free Friday night performances held on the boardwalk at O'Donnell Lake, spotlights local artists and a variety of music genres.
The Mattawoman Creek Art Center showcases visual arts in Charles County at its location inside Smallwood State Park in Marbury. Mattawoman Creek hosts art exhibits, workshops and lectures about painting, pottery and sculpture. Another venue for viewing art is Waldorf West Library, which features gallery space to routinely spotlight the work of the many talented artists in Charles County.