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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, April 28,1996 O 6 Outdoor Gallery of Art to preserve our history The air in New Braunfels is filled with oh, so many minors about the Outdoor Gallery of Ait which encompasses mural art and sculpture. Mural Ait as a way of communication is as old as the human race itself. Evidence are the cave paintings, aboriginal painting, the pyramid decorations and probably the most spectacular of all, those by Michelangelo. There are many kinds of murals — single ones, community murals created by several individuals who practice ait as a hobby, group ait painted by students, as well as political and historical murals art. Our project will concentrate on wall paintings and sculpture by Masters of the Craft. Painting in the street is a totally different environment and concept than painting in a studio. The interaction with the public and the community; and painting in front of an audience is a traumatic and highly educational experience for not only the artist, but also the public exposed to watching the creation of a dream and reenactment of histoiy. Historic street art demands an enormous amount of discipline and talent by way of realistically interpreting histoiy in the eyes of tire artist and creator. In this case, die artists paint and create paintings to be seen and enjoyed by as many people as possible. Everyone, from every walk of life, can then benefit from street art, which is not possible when art is displayed in private galleries, corporate collections, or even in private homes. The purpose of an Outdoor Gallery of Art in New Braunfels is multifaceted. We want to preserve and depict our early history in an artistic, accurate and realistic way. By so doing, this project enhances the quality of life and the environment of its citizens while at the same time creates a brand new industry of Arts dirough the magic of an Outdoor Art Gallery. This also creates the opportunity to expose excellent, realistic museum-quality art to as many people as possible and in so doing increases the awareness and appreciation of Art in general. The outdoor gallery also attracts a new element of tourism — one which is environmentally sensitive to our beautiful land and rivers and community — not dependent upon their use for enjoyment, but the appreciation of their beauty for nature’s sake. And too, we want to give something to the citizens living in die community — their early history depicted in ART so that they can enjoy it daily and have a con stant reminder of how proud we should and can be of our earlier settlers and forefathers. The internationally renowned Mr. Karl Schutz, the visionary and futurist of the Outdoor Art Gallery created in Chemainus, British Columbia, will be in our community May 15 through 19,1996. Karl has been the driving force of Chemainus becoming an international tourist destination. Kart was bom in Heidelberg, and is described as a German romantic. lf you want to dispel all previous rumors, please come and hear this dynamic speaker tell us the amazing benefits of having our own Outdoor Art Gallery and help us create that special magic right now in New Braunfels. Donations are being accepted to defray the expense of bringing Mr. Schutz to town. Mark your calendar now to be present on Saturday, May 18, at the Schumann Family Life Center at First Protestant Church, 172 N. Coll at Seguin Avenue. It will be a dessert reception and free to all who attend. lf you have any comments or concerns, please feel free to contact the steering committee, i.e. Wayne Rahe, Sandy Kelley, Anna Margaret Alexander, Clyde Blackman or Paul Tadlock. We look forward to visiting with you the evening of Saturday, May 18. (Wayne Rahe is a New Braunfels resident.) Folkfest: A Celebration o f Pioneer Jmdjtions Folkfest, a celebration of die pioneer traditions in New Braunfels, will once again be held on the grounds of Conservation Plaza and the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture in early May. The eleventh annual Folkfest will feature demonstrations of pioneer artistry and craftsmanship in and around this collection of New Braunfels’ most well-preserved homes and buildings, on May 4 and 5. The event is held under the joint direction and for the benefit of the Heritage Society of New Braunfels, the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, and the New Braunfels Conservation Society. Together these organizations have a membership of almost 800 individuals who are dedicated to the preservation of the heritage and history of this community. American Airlines and Rennert World Travel will give two free tickets to anywhere American Airlines flies, except Hawaii or Japan, as die grand prize for the weekend. Each Folkfest ticket purchased is a chance to win. Folkfest ‘96 corporate sponsors Corporate sponsors tor Folkfest *96 ars (seated, from left) Amo Becker of Becker Motor Co., Diane Smith and Tail Simon of Rennert World Travel, Bob Smith of Texas Commerce Bank, (standing, from left) Wayne Braize of Pit Stop Food Marts, and Clay Collins of New Braunfels Smokehouse. Other corporate sponsors for the event are Becker Motor Co., New Braunfels Smokehouse, Pit Stop Food Marts and Texas Commerce Bank. Visitors can enjoy learning about the lost arts of basket making, black smithing, candle making, flintknap-ping, wine making and chair caning. Nearly IOO different demonstrations will be offered during the weekend, with many designed for special appeal to children. Continuous entertainment will be ongoing throughout the grounds by such groups as the New Braunfels German Folk Dancers, Mariachi Cardenas, the Comal Community Band, and the New Braunfels Village Brass Band. Food and drink will be in ample supply with homemade German soups, sandwiches and desserts being served in the old Forke Store. “Pickers Paradise” will feature a choice selection of antiques and collectibles for sale. This year’s Folkfest will be held from IO arn until 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Admission is $3 and children under 17 are admitted free. Parking is available at no charge. For more information, call the Sophienburg Museum at 210/629-1572. ■.■I* Seniors to try “Transit Week” • - , Lately it seems that we are hearing The Senior Center is one of those a great deal about transportation. I stops. If die bus ride works for you as think it has to do with die new bus a round trip — that’s great. If, by system in town, and it may well have chance, it will rally work fra you one .tm Letters tfYMd" doesnt mean “Speed up I” Editor, I would like to commend Mr. Bob Peterson for his informative article in the Herahp-Zeitung of April. 17. i would like tq abd a bit of my own advice if I may. According to my research, one of the leading cause* of auto accidents in New Braunfels and surrounding areas is the incomprehension of traffic control sign on which is written “YIELD RIGHT OF WAY.” Some states’ signs such as this simply read “YIELD.” I have a certificate for over I million miles of driving in IO southern states. The Texas DPS puts out a large manual entitled ‘TEXAS TRAFFIC LAWS” (over 500 pages). On page 228, Sect 73, VSC Art. #670-lD is a very clear legal definition of a “YIELD RIGHT OF WAY” traffic control sign! Being as New Braunfels has more than its share of these signs, I think it would behoove the drivers of New Braunfels to read this section! Especially, the local high school students who are supposed to have completed a tax-supported student drivers course! The law does not say to speed up when an approaching car has the through traffic right-of-way and try to beat him to the intersection! The law states you are supposed to STOP -YIELD • to approaching through traffic when you are entering the intersection at any angle! to further clarify the law, if you do or do not completely stop at the yield sign and are involved kl a collision of any kind with another vehicle which IS the “through traffic,” you shall be faulted by law, prima facie, even if the other vehicle increases his speed in order to beat you. The accident is still your fruit This legally means if you do not or cannot pay, a lien can be placed on you or your guarder’* property. Get real! Recently, in front of the local radio station cm Loop 337 late at night I was forced by a local woman into the oncoming lane of traffic when die failed to yield. A speeding oncoming driver had just passed tins intersection which is on a blind curve! I followed this person to her home. Her husband and teen-age daughter were in the driveway waiting for her. I asked her what on earth she was diinking of when she turned her face toward me while I was in the oncoming lane trying to gain control of my car and laughed at me? She admitted she saw me coming and then in front of her daughter remarked, “What’s the big deal? So I made a simple mistake.” When this daughter starts driving she will probably wonder why teen-age auto insurance is higher than her parents. Jim A Mooney New Braunfeb ■(•cycling •irons paying on Editor, Here is some good news! After 14 months of recycling, we have diverted 2,522,994 pounds or approximately 1,300 tons of recyclable materials from the Comal County Landfill. We did not have to pay this landfill $80 per load for the equivalent of 181 truck loads you diverted by recycling Our most recycled commodity was newspaper, weighing in at 1,794,189 pounds. The paper you are reading now is printed on recycled paper, perhaps on paper you recycled! How do we measure up to the rest of the nation? The national average participation rate fra curb-side recycling is between 30 and 40 percent. Our neighborhoods are participating at a rate of almost 40 percent Your participation will help us reach our goal of 50 to 6-percent participation by the end of the second year of recycling. Why should we increase our participation in recycling? Start-up costs fra new landfills run a half million dollars per acre according to B.F.I. Recycling can delay the need fra additional landfill space. It’s so easy — toss all your aluminum cans, tin cans, glass and plastic (I and 2) in your “blue" bin, then set it on fee crab on yourtecycling collection day. It’s the right thing to do! Susan Curtis Recycling Committee Member Mast participation encouraged Editor, I am writing this lerter to thank you for you kindness on the telephone conversation. The track/field meet will be held on May 18, 1996, starting at 9 a.m. and coaches will have a meeting at 8 a m. Please challenge your youth to represent Comal County and have good clean fun. All youth will be receiving ribbons fra participating. Please ask sponsors to pay the $30 and sponsors to purchase T-shirts so that they all have the same color. Please call me at 303-1000 if you have any questions. Pamela Vann Tri-County Striders A ratponsa to the KKK Editor, In consideration of the upcoming event of the KKK rally, let us recognize and celebrate the rights we enjoy in this country to express our beliefs. It is one of tire rights that so many fought and died for, one feat we should not take for granted Our primary concern must be fra the well-being of New Braunfels. We have weathered every tumultuous challenge that growth has produced. We have greeted and waved good-bye to every passing event. New Braunfels has proven its worthiness, its stability. We have passed the torch from pioneers to settlers, to men of commerce and noli- tics. Change is inevitable; the time fra a more mature perspective is overdue. Let us then pass through once again and not fight through protest but through a more passive-aggressive approach to the KKK. Resist the temptation feP^vb credibility to this group. Your curiosity and protests only serve to provide a stage for the xenophobia and the attention that it seeks. LeAnne Wright New Braunfeb to do with fact that the Comal County Senior Citizens Center has acquired a new 15-passenger van which is already being kept pretty busy. We were able to get this van through the help of Texas Department of Transportation and the Alamo Area Council of Governments. Now, with this emphasis on transportation and cooperation and coordination, the week of May 13 to 17, 1996, has been proclaimed ‘Try Transit Week.” In particular, Thursday, May 16 has been chosen as “Try Transit Day.” Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) and VIA Metropolitan Transit are pleased to announce they will coordinate to celebrate “How to Ride the Bus” from rural areas into San Antonio. The purpose of this day is not only to celebrate “mobility” but also, to share the experience of getting from rural communities into San Antonio by way of local rural public transportation which is available upon request. You are cordially invited to participate in this experience. Persons wanting to participate will need to be at die Comal County Senior Center early enough on the 16th to catch the van and be in San Antonio at the Alamo by IO a.m. There they will ride the VIA bus along a scheduled scenic route to the Botanical Gardens. Food and entertainment will be planned. It will be a very festive occasion — a fiesta. The price is $10 per person all inclusive. Return approximately 3 p.m. It is necessary to call the Senior Center, 629-4547, in order to make reservation for this special event. All interested persons, please call by May I, 1996, and reserve your place on the van and on the bus. It is then hoped that the participants will share their experiences on the bus and at the celebration with others, so they may see that a trip into San Antonio by our local vans can pair up with the metropolitan system there and allow persons to go almost any place in the city. Bus schedules and routes will be furnished. Now, locally our N*Bus makes numerous stops throughout New Braunfels. Marie Dawson way, and you need transportation die ' other way, please call the Center. We. will arrange fra your transportation (625-1800). But, do try to ride the ^ new bus in town. You may pick up a schedule at the Senior Center, Municipal Building, Chamber of Commerce, and most businesses. It might be fun to ride it just to see where all it goes. Now, for the Center’s van, special May trips are planned. Thursday, May 2, a wildflower tour to Floresville and to the Promised Land Dairy is planned. Depart 8:15 arn, tour Dairy Bam and Petting Barnyard, lunch of hick-ory smoked chicken, a visit to die ice v cream parlor, and return to Center 2 p.m. The cost is $20 including transportation, tour, lunch and ice cream. May 9 is a trip to the SAS Factory km Shoe Store in downtown San Antonio, is! IO am, lunch and shop, and return 3 p.m., cost $5 round trip transporta-tion only.    o) May 22 a trip to the Shiner area is no planned. Leave Center at IO a.m., lunch at Kloesel Steak House in Moulton, tour brewery, Casper Wire ni Works, a beautiful old Catholic tm Church, and the Shiner Museum. Cost ni $15 fra transportation, tour and lunch. May 29, San Antonio Tour, IO arn. v departure, Witte Museum, lunch and yd the Sunken Gardens. Return 3 pm ;it Cost is $5 round trip transportation only. These are all very popular trips, m and it is necessary to call the Center (625-1800) for reservations as soon if as possible. Everyone has a good jig time. Now you know why there is so 4k much whoop-de-doo over transporter rn tion. Lots of dungs are going en that * seniors, as well as others, may partic- na ipete in if they are aware of the oppor- nu amities. (Marie Dawson is a New Braunfels resident.) dr aa aa rn Sts. Peter cmd Paul School brings you... THc Mighty THRILLING RIDES! MIDWAY! SAMES OF CHANCE! Unlimited Rides with $8 Wristband, purchased in advance at: Sac-N-Pac Stores, H.E.B., Wuest Supermarkets and Sts. Peter and Paul School. COMAL COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS-MAY 1-5 Offer ends April 30fhI Quality and price are the reasons to choose Kraft Mobiletel NEW! Motorola Piper. .and. . . 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