Celebrate the arts at DCA

Ashley Watkins, photo by Charles Bilconish

Ashley Watkins, photo by Charles Bilconish

Dorchester Center for the Arts provides a variety of rental spaces for celebrating your special events. On June 29, the George B. Todd Performance Hall will be the site of “Platters that Matter and Dishes with Wishes” — the Eastern Shore Hospital Center Auxiliary Patient Art Sale and Gala.
This special event is the culmination of a project that included an arts activity at DCA, with patients of the Eastern Shore Hospital Center (ESHC) creating ceramic ware in the clay studio. At the Gala, these finished pieces of art will be paired with a gift card to a local eatery and auctioned together, with the total income going to each patient/artist. The evening will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and cash bar, plus karaoke and dj entertainment. Have fun with the photo booth, and purchase a centerpiece created by ESHC Horticultural Therapy patients. The public is invited to attend – tickets are $30 per person, and may be purchased by mail, in person, or by charge at the ESHC Auxiliary at ESHC Volunteer Services Office, 5262 Woods Road, Cambridge, MD 21613. Phone: 410-221-2357, 410-221-2358.
Upcoming Performances
July 20, 7 p.m., Cambridge native Ashley Watkins returns to the Gallery Stage at DCA for an enchanted evening of music. “A Musical Evening with Ashley Watkins” features the masterful sounds of this brilliant flutist. Ashley currently offers performances that cross many music genres, and continues to share her love for music with her community and beyond. Tickets are $8 for DCA members, $10 for general admission. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Opera returns to the Gallery Stage on Aug. 5, 2 p.m., with The Old Maid and the Thief, a one-act opera by Gian-Carlo Menotti. The Old Maid and the Thief was originally conceived as a radio-opera. The opera enjoyed so much success that Menotti reworked it for the stage. The Philadelphia Opera Company presented the first stage performance on Feb. 11, 1941. The opera is presented by the Young Artists of WOW!, the Wye Opera Workshop, a division of the Wye Conservatory of Music based in Queenstown. The director is Cambridge resident Bonnie Forgacs and the accompanist is Becky Zinser. Admission is free and open to the public, with donations welcome. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Friday Night Live: Coffeehouse Open Mic Nights will be held on Final Fridays July 27 and Aug. 31, hosted by Maris Wicker. Each show brings new talent and surprises to the Gallery Stage; no two shows are alike. Come experience the fun, friendly, supportive atmosphere for acoustic musicians, poets, storytellers, and other folkies. Interested in sharing your talent? Just call 410-228-7782. Slots are usually 10 minutes, depending on the size of the crowd. Order of appearance will be randomly assigned with the first performer going on at 7:15. Admission is free, with refreshments for purchase. A piano is available onsite.
For more information on programs, events, and exhibits at DCA, visit 321 High Street in Cambridge, online at www.dorchesterarts.org, or give us a call at 410-228-7782. Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, celebrating 50 years of service to the arts.
Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Barbara J. Seese, executive director.

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