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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 6A a HeraldZeltung g Wednesday March Arts Entertainment A tribute to a unique gentleman who came our way On March 5 1997 we lost a very good friend Even those who never knew him Because like Cyrano dc Bcrgcrac he carried high his white In other words Integrity was his first name although you may have called him Jim His patients called him Dr Mercer That code of ethics he took as a natural way of being was like a pebble in the pond making ripples of positive waves that touched many whether or not they knew it I didnt know him well enough or long enough to suit me But sharing two years time with him on the Arts Council board it was not difficult to see the measure of this man He was 10 feet tall and managed to keep it a Chorale concert on tap Sunday The New Braunfcls Community Chorale will present its spring concert at 4 Sunday at the First United Methodist Church I This group of singers was Organized in 1979 as New Braunfcls Heritage Chorale and entertained many audiences through the years I The greup has grown to 60 members and enjoys singing a Variety of music The chorale has sung this year for Dinner With The Arts and the Music Study Club I Jo Ann Lcmmon will accompany and Pat Prichard will direct the chorale in this concert of Broadway tunes including medleys from Show On Broadway and Les Also selections from Andrew Lloyd Phantom of the JEvita and Jesus Christ Superstar will be presented The chorale will be showcasing some of our local young singers as soloists in this concert Let the chorale treat you to some of your favorite music this Sunday Tickets may be purchased from any mcmberi ChinanThings Johnson or at the door Adult tickets arc and tickets are Submitted by the New Braunfcls Community Chorale secret from a vast number of people Because it didnt matter to him what others thought of him He kept his own counsel DISCOVER Y Its odd that when I started thinking about this tribute to Jim some words from a longforgotten poem suddenly emerged from memory a little dusty from being discarded for years But after a few whisks of the cerebral broorrr I remembered at least the beginning and end of the parts that certainly apply to Jim Mercer They go like this I thought I knew At least a thimbleful Of ones and ones Elizabeth Ellliott That make unsatisfactory Then the poem goes on to say the poet has discovered unimagined heights and depths of a young writer and concludes with these lines I read his words And then I knew The sum of man Is rarely one plus FAR FROM TWO Jims numbers add up too many to count like the facets on a diamond He was a dedicated dentist he was an ardent tree grower he was a knowledgeable analyst of people and politics and happily for those of us who struggle in the field he was a staunch advocate of the arts He invested so much time energy and yes money too in the MidTexas Symphony he and wife Dorothy have been faithful contributors to Circle Arts Theatre his office was frequently turned into a mini art gallery with hangings from the New Braunfcls Art League And his leadership attitude when he served on the Arts Council always proved the Can we talk y J jHAiW V i 1 U A The proper socialite Maude Cathy Clark right turns her back on all the Texae warmth exuded by her new neighbor Hannah Mae Joy Llndsey In thla scene from A Coupia White Chicks Sitting Around The comedy opens at Circle Arts Theatre April 3 with a champagne party following the performance The 7 April 6 show will benefit Habitat for Humanity no passes redeemable at that time Tickets for all performances are available at ChlnanThlngs For reservations call 6093092 from 3 to 7 Monday through Saturday Southwest Texas State University Arts Schedule Today Guest artist Ed Miller folk singer Music Building Recital Hall Free admission For more information call the Music Department at 512 2452651 Monday Opening reception for Graduating Senior Exhibit 57 University Art Gallery The exhibit be displayed through noon April 4 For more information call trie Department of Art and Design at JTuesday to March 30 SWT TJieatre Department presents Toad by Chuck Pascoe main theatre Speech and Drama Building nightly performances at 730 March 25 to 29 with a special rriatinee performance at 2 March 30 Tickets are for adults for students For information or reservations call the University Theatre Box Office at 512 245 2204 March 28 SWT Orchestras Childrens Concert 7 Evans Auditorium Tickets are general admission I for students For more information call the Music Department at 512 2452651 March 31 SWT Wind Octet and Faculty Quintet 8 Music Building Recital Hall Tickets are general admission for students For more information call the Music Department at 512 245 2651 April 3 Guest artist Linda Hirst soprano g Music Building Recital Hall Tickets are general admission for students For more information call the Music Department at 512 245 2651 April 6 SWT Honors Recital 4 Music Building Recital Hall Free admission For more information call the Music Department at 512 2452651 April 7 Opening reception for Graduating Senior Exhibit III 5 to 7 University Art Gallery The exhibit will be displayed through noon April 18 For more information call the Departmen of Art and Design at 512 2452611 April 7 SWT Music Faculty Potpourri 8 Music Building Recital Hall Tickets are general admission for students For more information call the Music Department at 512 2452651 Lions Club Country Music Show on tap The next Country Music Show sponsored by the Lockhart Evening Lions club will be Monday at the Lions Club Building at 220 Buflcin Street in Lockhart Featured along with a Tine house band will be John Buehler of Columbus guitarist and vocalist and of Columbus Debbie Johnson of Austin excellent vocalist and guitar player and Franke Schulze of Lockhart professional actress and All proceeds from the admission and concessions go to the Evening Lions Club Civic Projects Come join us for a fine evening of entertainment Submitted by the Lockhart Evening Lions Club Three EZ Steps 1 Come in and Pick out your home 2 File your taxes 3 Move into a new home next week wae bdt 191 New Braunfdi 711 N Walnut New Braimfels Texas 78130 2106253634 incentive to get the job done He was crisp as when the air is fresh with a bit of a nip in it He cut to the chase Kind but declarative there wasnt any need to waste time Thats how he gave so much to the community Maybe he sensed his days with us Wouldnt reach the golden years so he gave as hard and fast as he could And he expected everyone he worked with to give their best In his presence you certainly wanted to ON SECOND Maybe we havent lost him at all Theres a very good chance that cloud hopping and harp playing may not intrigue Jim Theres another good chance that hes lobbying heaven for many blessings on his earthly projects It sure doesnt hurt to know People in High Places Another interesting idea loving his Christmas trees as he did I can imagine Jim scattering seeds all over j the earth just as he quietly scattered his service and good example in our community Watch out for a bumper crop next year Good planting Jim Elizabeth Elliott is an arts advocate writing for the Herald Zeltung on the arts and Goldilocks from the bears point of view Have you ever wondered what the three bears thought when they came home and found the mess Goldilocks had made A group of preschoolers and their parents found out at the Childrens Museum in New Braunfcls Mama Bear portrayed by Jane Libengood of Canyon Lake shared the bears perspective of Goldilocks with 50 parents and preschoolers who gathered for story time at the museum Libengood a retired preschool teacher draws on 15 years of experience to enliven the stories she tells to children Ive always enjoyed said Libengood whose interest began in an early childhood class at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson Texas Since the time of her initial studies Libengood has returned to the college to present student workshops jn storytelling however she most enjoys sharing her stories with kindergarten and firstgraders and such groups as Monday morning Hand in Hand program for parents and preschoolers For her presentation at the museum Libengood dressed as Mama Bear complete with furry face andpaws apron and earrings She shared her story while sitting in a rocking chair on the museum stage Afterward she and the children danced to The Boogie Woogie Bear and created bear masks The masks were made cut from paper plates and the children glued on facial features cut from construction paper It was said Logan Machalec 5 who listened to the story and then joined the throng of preschoolers who hugged Mama Bear Logan said that he had the book The Three at home but that it was fun to hear somebody else tell the story We try never to miss Monday mornings said Logans mother Elizabeth Machalec brings Logan and 2yearold Elizabeth to CMNB for Hand in Hand Both children really enjoy the she said Hand in Hand is an informally structured experience intended to provide a meeting place for preschool aged children and their said museum coordinator Julie Swift who plans the programs Children gather for a story and songs followed by a simple art activity The children can explore the freely since no group visits or school tours are scheduled during Hand in Hand time This year weve had two volunteers helping in the program Jane and Cari Swift said Both are experienced preschool teachers Cari is staying at home with her two children but enjoys volunteering her services at the Hand in Hand is a time set aside to noon every Monday for preschoolers and their parents or another adult Cost for Hand in Hand is per family for nonmembers and is a free service to members of the museum Submitted by the Childrens Museum in New Braunfels Helping hand Carrie Lee AHbrttton helps Unda Qsrrett with her watercolor painting at the recent Artistic Qulrfaeh Tht Ntw BraunfeJs Art League sponsors several yew and provldee the I wtthsupplieest the current Wetercotof Month exhibit currently on dlepleyta the side gallery at the Art League Gallery 239 W 9tn Amonto through March Dr Wes Stamps Chiropractor Natural Health through Chiropractic 0l I IS8 N Unloit Si
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