It’s May! National Scrapbook Day, Mothers’ Day, College Graduations, Sunset Concert Festival, and so much more! Here’s a sampling of what’s happening in Arts and Culture in Southern Maryland during May. To save space, I decided not to include addresses, prices and other details here. You can find those at www.somdarts.com! Oh, and while at the website, check out the page for Summer Camps in ARTS and CULTURE. You may find a camp or activity that’s just perfect for your child, and many of these fill up quickly! So don’t delay, register today!
• May 11 – SUNSET CONCERT FESTIVAL- The Sunset Concert Series and Farmers Market returns to the St. Charles and Waldorf communities May 11, marking the start of the fourth year of the outdoor music festival with a performance by the popular salsa band, Sin Miedo.
• May 12 - "MY HEART IS IN THE HIGHLANDS" - An evening of Celtic music with the Southern Maryland Concert Band and special guests the Rogues (#1 Celtic Band in the World)
• May 12 and 13 – “MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES” with COSMIC Symphony featuring 1812 Overture by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Selections from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by John Williams
• May 18 – SUNSET CONCERT FESTIVAL- Come on out and enjoy the U.S. Navy Band’s premiere country-bluegrass ensemble “Country Current.”
• May 19 – “A Spring Concert” by the Southern Maryland ENCORE Chorale can be enjoyed while also taking time to enjoy the family-friendly Calvert Marine Museum
• May 25 – SUNSET CONCERT FESTIVAL presents “B.T. Richardson & the Black Coffee Experience”… Relax to the family-friendly, eclectic musical selections by this returning band
• May 27 – “GET YOUR ROCK ON” with BRET MICHAELS, pop culture icon and lead singer of the band, POISON
• June 1 – SUNSET CONCERT FESTIVAL presents “Jennifer Cooper and GrooveSpan,” covering repertoire that includes everything from vintage jazz standards to classic rock
• Visit the calendar for BLUES JAMS and other music events and classes
• Through May 13 – “As Bees in Honey Drown” – The Newtowne Players present this satirical romp. Evan Wyler, a young writer, gets caught up in the conflict between fantasy and reality and is enticed by access to fast fame and fortune. Note: Some language and themes are not appropriate for children.
• May 18 – June 10 – “Into the Woods” – The Port Tobacco Players present this Sondheim musical which is a motley collection of famous fairy tales whose characters don’t exactly wind up living "happily ever after."
• May 19 and 22 – AUDITIONS for “To Kill a Mockingbird” with the Port Tobacco Players
• May 12 – “Ballroom Dancing”- Southern Maryland residents are invited to join hosts Donna and Brian Jordan for an enjoyable evening of Swing and Ballroom dance. Donna and her staff of talented instructors will be on hand to ensure that even first time dancers will enjoy themselves!
• May 19 – “Christ Church Contras” – described by Wikipedia as “several partnered folk dance styles in which couples dance in two facing lines” – better to experience it than to try to describe it!
• There are a variety of area book discussion groups offered through the county libraries and senior centers. Just visit www.somdarts.com and check out the calendar of events to learn more.
• On May 10 participate in “Watercolors with Pat Troiani” or join the “Jazzy Yarns: Crochet and Knitting Class”
• “Habre de Venture: Dwelling Place of the Arts” exhibit continues at Thomas Stone National Historic Site Visitor's Center
• May 12 – The Charles County Community Foundation’s “Potomac River Waterfowl Show” takes place in La Plata. Purchase Wildlife, waterfowl, wildfowl originals and prints, hand carved contemporary, antique, decorative decoys; jewelry, sea glass, note cards, custom-made signs, unique wood carvings and more. FREE Decoy Appraisals, and more
• On Fridays through May 18, take advantage of OPEN STUDIO ART at Mattawoman Creek Art Center – Create, share ideas and techniques, make friends
• "Living Legacies" at The Southern Maryland Creative Cultural Center (through Quality Printers + QP2 Creative) features artwork from local artisans and students of the Jaycees Artist Collective under the creative direction of instructor, Patricia Arnold. Enjoy the exhibit during open hours or attend an Open House on May 19
• “Nancy Owens Exhibit” - The Charles County Arts Alliance presents local artist Nancy Owens with a collection of still lifes and local buildings and landscapes, in the Charles County Commissioner's Gallery, located in La Plata.
• Weekends through May 20 the Mattawoman Creek Art Center presents: “J.S.WOODDY-ROONEY: Then And Now”
• Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center is exhibiting “Home Tweet Home,” a charming outdoor exhibit of artistically decorated birdhouses
OTHER CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES
• May 5 and May 12 – Plant Sales and Gardening Workshops
• May 5 and May 19 - Friendship House Lectures – “The Contact Zone: Europeans, Native Americans and Africans in Early Charles County”; “Clothing of the Colonial Period”; “Carry Me to Yon Kirk Yard” - An Investigation of Changing Burial Practices in the 17th-Century Cemetery at St. Mary’s City; and “A Vain Resistance to an Inevitable Dispensation” - Evolution and Dating of the Brick Lined Graves in the Cemetery at Cloverfield, Maryland
• May 6 – Chapman State Park and Mt. Aventine Open House with ongoing tours, children’s crafts, flute choir concert, and more
• May 30 - The 2012 Speaker Series at Sotterley Plantation presents: "Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: An Insider’s View”
• Tours of Point Farm at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
Enjoy all that the ARTS & CULTURE community of Southern Maryland has to offer you in May 2012 and beyond! Visit www.somdarts.com for continual changes and updates to this schedule!