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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW Water Restrictions i itiiities customers wNh addresses today before 9 iatlon cair6088925 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 231 14 pages in 2 sections September 21 2000 THURSDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Be it ever so Hummel NB Museum of Art retains past while taking leap of faith into future BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Get Mr DeMille because the New Braunfels Museum of Art is ready for its closeup On Friday night the museum formerly the Hummel Museum plays host to a champagne reception from 7 to 10 at 199 Main Plaza Forget the old museum that was content housing those endearing little statuettes crafted by Sister Hum mel The new building has an urban contemporary feel that does not drown out its roots On the first floor visitors can try to find the meaning in an eclectic mix of prints pho tographs and statues upstairs is reserved for the Hummel collection Not only do you see a new museum but a new exhibit a new store and the largest col lection of Hummels in the said Charles Teeter president of the museum board of directors For seven years the old Museum showcased Hum mels work but shrinking rev enues forced the board of directors to make some changes What were doing now is evolving from where we were Financially we were having severe Teeter said Charlie Gallagher chaired the development committee and helped piece together an ambitious plan to turn the museum into a downtown cen terpiece and eventually a cul tural center in the tricounty corridor between San Antonio and Austin But it took a complete phys ical and spiritual overhaul of the Hummel to transform it into what it is today a spa cious gallerystyle museum built on a business plan that relies on a constant ordered upheaval Were here to sup port local musicians as well as local Gallagher said If they follow the plan museum caretakers will inte grate music and visual art into constantly changing exhibits We want to create some thing people will want to come to New Braunfels for when the river is low and the weather is Teeter said The first exhibit titled Uniquely Texas high lights the work of living artists K JESSIE Charles Teeter Charlie Gallagher and Chartene Rathbum stand ready to greet their critics Friday evening at the Museums grand opening The event introduces a new look to New Braunfels Museum of Art which will welcome support from the community Exhibits now will change frequently in the museum but the Hummel art exhibit will remain on the second floor from New Braunfels and around the state and was pulled together in less than four months by independent curator Charlene Rathbum This is the premiere exhibit of the New Braunfels Muse um of Art and it reflects what we want to Teeter said Future exhibitions will tar get folk art Texas music and Texas songwriters and craft artists Gallagher said the museum also wants to host workshops and would introduce younger patrons to art Both Teeter and Gallagher stressed a need for more mem bers and sponsorship They hope to sign up at least new museum members by the end of the year One we need the cash Two we must demonstrate to foundations and corporate entities that we have commu nity Teeter said Also museum strategists hope a threeday music arts and crafts festival will tanta lize the city into freeing up some bed tax money Meanwhile they will focus on becoming an anchor in the downtown district If we can involve the community and become a vital part of what makes New Braunfels a spe cial place to visit and live then were doing our Gallagher said ABOUT IT New Braunfels Museum of Art 199 Main Plaza 6255636 or 800 4564866 Fax 6255966 Opening Reception From 7 to 10 Friday the champagne reception will cele brate opening with music by Bret Graham and Michael OConnor Artists from Uniquely Texas Icons will attend Hours MondaySaturday Sunday 125 Closed Thanksgiving Day Christmas Eve Christmas Day New Years Eve New Years Day and Easter Sunday Admission Adults Seniors Students 618 Under 6 Free Members free Hummel Collection Exhibits the worlds largest collection of figurines inspired by the art of Sister Hummel Located on the second floor the collection captures the innocence of childhood Historical photographs and video documentary also tell the story of her art Music Program Focusing on the rich talent of singer and songwriters in the Texas Americana music tradition Programing sur veys documents and records the roots music that makes this region unique INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Stocks 5A Key Code Wursthalle gears up for auction BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer They sold the Batmobile They sold cars that belong to sports stars rock stars and movie stars They sold the fastest and most exotic production cars in the world and they even sold cars that won the Indianapolis 500 This weekend Kruse Interna tional is coming back to Wursthalle in New Braunfels to sell 250 rare classic and exotic automobiles that run the gamut from a white 1957 porthole Ford TBird featuring the very rare ECode 312 V8 engine topped by dual Holley 4bbl carbu retors to the ultramodern ultra sophisticated and ultra fast 2000 Panoz Esperante Included for sale will be Rolls Royces Jaguars Porsches Packards and Ferraris along with sports cars hot rods trucks and American muscle cars The threeday auction begins at 6 Friday Hours will be 6 to 9 Friday 10 to 7 Sat urday and 10 to 5 Sunday A bidders card costs and includes two general admission tickets General admission tickets are for adults and for children For anybody who might not have seen a Kruse auction it should be quite a spectacle said Cliff Wal lace advertising and promotions director for Kruse We sell them Wallace said Wednesday You name it we do it Kruse the San Antoniobased international auctioneer of classic collector and exotic autos conducts 50 or so auctions each year includ ing two here The New Braunfels auctions are very good for Wallace said See FOR HELP If you see an animal behaving strangely or find a dead bat do not touch it and call animal control officials immedi ately In Comal County 6082016 In New Braunfels 6082183 Rabid bat found in NB garage Officials urge caution BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A bat found in a New Braunfels garage tested positive for rabies public health officials report The Texas Department of Health issued a rabies bulletin for New Braunfels and Comal County Wednes day Justin Henesey a pubj lie health technician wiuij a dead bat found in New Braunfels on Sept 14 tested positive for the bat strain of rabies It is the first reported case of rabies in Comal County this year A lady walked into her garage and noticed there was a dead bat lying Henesey said She called animal control they sent it off and it came back positive for Rabies is a virus that attacks the nervous system and is usually transmitted through a cut scratch or bite or through mucous membranes of infected animals Henesey said strains of rabies infect bats dogs foxes and skunks Skunks are highrisk for rabies he said Rodents See RABID United Way aims to continue funds for local Scouts BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The United Way of Comal County is leaving decisions about who belongs in the recipe for American pie to politicians Executive director Joe Rogers said the local arm of the United Way would continue giving money to the Boy Scouts of Comal County regardless of the controversy sur rounding the groups ban of gay troop leaders Rogers group kicked off its fall fundraising on Sept 13 and hopes to raise For at least 20 years the United Way has given money to the Boy and Girl Scouts of Comal County This year it will give the Comal County Boy Scouts We dont want to get involved in political things The United Way fund helps our kids period as well as our seniors and Rogers said Civil rights and gay and lesbian groups accused the Boy Scouts of discrimination because their policy forbids homosexuals from being scout leaders A former troop leader sued the Boy Scouts In a 54 vote this past June the Supreme Court upheld that policy See UNITED ROGERS mil iinira Photo Submitted This canary yellow 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is among the 250 autos to go on the auction block this weekend at Wursthalle Kruse a subsidiary of will conduct the event
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