Arts in the Woods

The arts that Henry and Alice Ferguson so loved are continued today in the collections of paintings and sculptures by Alice and fellow artists at Hard Bargain Farm; and live plays and concerts at the outdoor Amphitheater. “Theater in the Woods” productions by the local theater troupes and performances by local musicians in the “Concert in the Woods” series carry on that Ferguson tradition.

On many summer evenings, the Amphitheater at Hard Bargain Farm shoots light beyond branch and leaf. Under this canopy of bark, local music and theater come alive, and after a brief stroll down a lit path, the best kept secret in Southern Maryland reveals itself. Built in the early 1930’s by Alice and Henry Ferguson, the original stage was merely a half-circle of concrete set in a natural amphitheater in the woods of their Hard Bargain Farm. For many years, the Fergusons used the amphitheater as a place to gather with their friends and neighbors on summer evenings. They would entertain themselves by dressing up in elaborate costumes and putting on amateur plays. It became a Hard Bargain tradition.

In 1956, the amphitheater was leased by Henry to the Alice Ferguson Foundation, a non-profit organization that was established after Alice’s death to guarantee that the Hard Bargain Farm would be used for the educational and cultural activities that so fascinated Mrs. Ferguson. Today, the Foundation’s mission to connect people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship and advocacy.. It is the Foundation that sponsors the Hard Bargain Players.


Theater Season

Each year, the the Alice Ferguson Foundation present an exciting season of theater and a t in Hard Bargain Farm’s wonderful outdoors amphitheater. Keep an eye on this space for upcoming shows:
Featured theater performances include shows staged by the Hard Bargain Players, an all-volunteer theater troupe, and other community theater groups. 

Theater Admission: We begin seating at 7:30 p.m. and the production begins at 8:00 p.m. – we suggest arriving by 7:45 p.m. For more information about these shows and tickets, please visit

Performances are held at Hard Bargain Farm Amphitheater (an outdoor amphitheater). Comfortable clothing and bug spray are highly recommended. Please follow signs. Directions

The Hard Bargain Players welcome anyone interested in volunteering on and off stage. For more information contact [email protected] and

Concert Season

Join us for live music in the scenic and historic Hard Bargain Farm amphitheater. This concert series is supported by the Alice Ferguson Foundation and is part of our cultural heritage program, Arts in the Woods. Proceeds benefit our education programs, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Full event lineup can be seen below, and tickets are available here.

Sept 7 at 8:00 – Broadway in the Backwoods Act II – Buy tickets now!

Sept 14 at 7:30 – Good Gravy & Lynn Hollyfield and friends – Buy tickets now!



For more information, contact Trey Thomas (240-766-8830 or email).

Refreshments are available. Performances are held at Hard Bargain Farm Amphitheater (an outdoor amphitheater). Comfortable clothing and bug spray are highly recommended. Please follow signs. Directions