New Location, New Activities for 2012 including Auction – Tickets are now on sale

Southern Maryland artist J. Sutton Wooddy to be featured, honored

La Plata, Maryland – Come out and watch the wild come to life as award-winning artists showcase their world class wildlife art, and hand – carved decoys at the Community Foundation of Charles County’s 6th Annual Potomac River Waterfowl Show on May 11 and 12 at the Grace Lutheran Family Life Center, La Plata, MD.

Tickets are now on sale for Friday evening’s Cattails and Cocktails Reception and Dinner, 6 – 9 p.m. For $50 per person, enjoy a sit down dinner by Outback Steakhouse and open bar (wine and beer). The purchase of your ticket (s) reserves your seat. Tables of eight are $400. Also, spotlight your business through a sponsorship while supporting this great event. Individual tickets, tables or sponsorships may be purchased online at or mail a check payable to the Community Foundation of Charles County.

Join us in honoring artist J. (Joan) Sutton Wooddy, a long-time resident of southern Maryland, whose award-winning art has been shown throughout Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Wooddy’s art spans from impressionist to expressionist. Her paintings skillfully mix color, texture and line to invite the viewer to come with her into the outdoors. Wooddy earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Shepherd College and pursued graduate work at the University of Maryland, The Maryland Institute of Art and the Rinehart School of Sculpture in Baltimore.

In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to mingle with other artists including several World Champion decoy carvers, purchase art work directly from them, view and purchase antique duck decoys, and bring their decoys in for a free appraisal and identification. There will also be a silent auction on Friday evening.

Saturday, the Show re-opens at 10 a.m. and admission is $5.00 per person. Experienced and novice decoy carvers may enter their creations in the Show’s decoy competition – registration is between 10 a.m. and Noon; entry fees are $10 for the first decoy and $4.00 for each additional entry, judging begins at Noon. Shop for art, decoys, jewelry and other related art items, bring decoys in from home for free appraisals, preview live auction items. Food will be available for purchase on site.

New this year, a LIVE AUCTION at 2 p.m. on Saturday! Consign or donate your old decoys (call for details), bid on a world-class Dove Hunt in Argentina for four people and more!

To purchase tickets, call 301-885-0108 or visit us on the web at Our partners for this year’s event include: Grace Lutheran Family Life Center, Outback Steakhouse, Potomac Decoy Collectors Association and the Rappahannock Decoy Carvers and Collectors Guild. In addition, our growing list of sponsors include: Chaney Enterprises; Community Bank of Tri-County; Paul Facchina, Sr./Facchina Group of Companies, LLC., and Old Line Bank, and PNC Bank.

The Community Foundation of Charles County’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for the community of Charles County by aligning philanthropic interests with community needs through stewardship, collaboration and charitable giving.


May 11, 6 – 9 p.m. $50 per person, Cattails and Cocktails Reception and Dinner (Tickets purchased in advance) Cocktails, Sit down Dinner by Outback Steakhouse, Introduction of honoree, artist, J. Sutton Wooddy, mingle and Wildlife art, contemporary decoys, antique decoys and related collectibles for sale, free decoy appraisals, silent auction

Saturday, May 15 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $5.00 Admission (kids 12 and under free) 10:00 a.m. – Registration opens for the decoy competition (judging begins at noon), Wildlife art, contemporary decoys, antique decoys and related collectibles for sale, free decoy appraisals, kid friendly activities, LIVE AUCTION, 2 p.m. Consign or donate old decoys and related items; DOVE HUNT FOR FOUR TO ARGENTINA.

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