New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, June 7,1995 ■ Heraid-Zeitung ■ 5
THE ART OF THE MATTER
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to blame Hollywood!
Despite Senator Dole’s undoubted sincerity, when he Masted the film industry recently, it must be noted that his words were certain
ly “politically correct.” I find that phrase too irritating to hear, and its concept too inane to con-sider. It implies that
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“way to think, speak, conduct oneself.” Let’s all march in line, fellow sheep! And forget Thoreau’s “different drummer”! Well, it seems to me the Golden Rule didn’t need replacing as a guide to live by...it gives much broader parameters of individuality while encouraging a sensitive caring for one another.
But I’ve digressed. The point is that Dole’s attack on Hollywood (on Times Warner and “gangsta rap” recording studios) blamed them for “polluting our society, and corrupting our children.” Gosh, I wish that were true!
If it were, we’d know who to outlaw, and then become Utopians, living in our “perfect” world. Thanks for the excuse!
We knew it couldn’t possibly be OUR fault! After all, don’t we teach ethical behavior to our children, and set standards of character-building? And we certainly don’t give in to their excessive demands, like designer-label clothes, expensive electronic toys, and whatever other New Wave indulgence...do we? And don’t we work hard enough (at least 2 or 3 jobs between parents) to pay for those college careers? No, we couldn’t possibly assume the responsibility for the mess our nation is in. The politicians did it...or the corporate giants did it...or the communications media did it...or the entertainment world did it. But not us.
Let’s get real I agree with Senator Dole that the films ami recording industries have made LARGE contributions to violence, promiscuity, and hardened attitudes of opportunism and greed. But let’s take off the blinders! The big boys at the top of those industries are there for ONE reason...MONEY! And they’re not stupid. You don’t produce a commodity, if there’s NO MARKET for it! Our society (in general) seems to crave more and more sensationalism. Does that ring any bells? Wasn’t there an empire, many centuries ago, that became so affluent, so caught up in “things,” that its excitement-driven decadence cheered while animals ripped human beings apart in the Roman arenas? And like Humpty-Dumpty, it “had a great fall ”! Don’t look now, but... Pollyanna isn’t home today The low-profile, astute new managing editor of this paper gave me permission a short time ago “to stir the air a little," so today, this is the “opinionated lady” talking to you. Yes, I know that Webster says that means I’m stubborn. But only about a few things. And assuming responsibility for one’s own world is one of them! And I realize how frightening that can be...but it’s the only solution to the ethical health of our country.
We crave sensationalism and danger when we feel “empty.’ The cure for that emptiness is a return to the courage of living with character, and a belief in the Ultimate Holiness in each human being.
(Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist for the Heraid-Zeitung, writing on the arts and humanities. .. and sometimes, on the art of being human.)
Schertz, with the population of almost 11,000, known as “The Friendly City,” is becoming renowned for its Fourth of July Jubilee which is sponsored by the Schertz Business Association and the city of Schertz. Since this is the 20th Jubilee, the themes this year are: Parade— ’Schertz: Memories of Yesteryear,” and Opening Ceremonies—’’Best of the Past.”
The show includes the local award-winning Samuel Clemeas High School Band; up-and-coming country and western singer Billy Feehan ( a Schertz resident); fiddler Rex Heckle; and the Cadence doggers.
There is no gate fee nor a charge for any of the dances.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
* June 30-July 4-CARNIVAL— Armbands $10, good each night from 6 to IO p.m.
* July I, 2 & 4—ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
* July 2—FAMILY NIGHT— Cross Country D.J., 8 to 12 p.m. (Coolers allowed)
* July 3—CIBOLO CREEK KUK SOOL WAN (Martial Arts demonstration), 7 p.m. TEXAS MUSIC COMPANY, free dance, 8 to 12 p.m.
* July 4—PARADE, “Schertz: Memories of Yesteryear,” IO a.m.; OPENING CEREMONY, “Best of the Past,” Schertz Park Pavilion, featuring Billy Freehan,12 noon; WIEDERSTEIN SHOW CHOIR, I p.m.; HILLERT ORCHESTRA (Waltz & Polka contest), 2 to 5:30 p.m.; WH OS I TS GOOD TIME BAND, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; THE NASHVILLE SOUNDS, free dance, 8 to 12 p.m.; RAFFLE DRAWING, 9 p.m.; FIREWORKS, Schertz Park, 9:15 p.m.
Rhythm On Parade
JoAnn Lemmon, of New Braunfels, won the framed, personally signed Dalhart Windberg print at the recent Spring Art Show sponsored by the New Braunfels Art League. Granddaughter Catherine Lemmon is with her.
Louise “Pat” Smith and Colleen McCalla Mann are the featured artists this month at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio. Smith has oil paintings, and Mann has oil and watercolor paintings.
Parisian Can Can is part of the entertainment Saturday at this year’s Rhythm on Parade production.
Curtain opens on family variety show
The biannual family variety show is nearing curtain time at the New Braunfels High School auditorium. This year’s production will be held on Saturday, June IO. Curtain time is 7 p.m.
This $20,000 dollar extravaganza has something for everyone to enjoy—from Broadway-style production numbers to the youngest little adorables.
There is everything from the beautiful and graceful ballet to the action-packed jazz and acrobatic numbers.
Flapping Tappers intertwine with a spectacular Parisian Can-Can to assure you an evening of enjoyment. There will be guest entertainers to enhance the variety, including belly dancers and karate experts.
Vocal artists will add the final touch to a fun-packed evening.
The cast from the New Braunfels Dance Studio, under the direction of Joan Slocum Hannan, consists of performers from all around the local area, including New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Smithson Valley, Schertz, Cibolo, Universal City, Garden Ridge. Bulverde, San Antonio, Seguin, and McQueeney, #
Seating is limited so come early Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $4 each and will be sold at the door while they last.
The 1995 “Rhythm on Parade" is a true family variety show you won’t want to miss.
Boy Scout brings love of caverns to local museum
What’s inside a cave? Visitors to the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels find out in the museum’s newest exhibit, “Caves and Caverns of Texas and the United States.”
The cave and all the supporting materials are the end result of months of work for Brian Brown of San Marcos. Brown is a member of Boy Scout Troop 1954 and the cave is his Eagle service project.
“Brian approached me last fall with the idea of doing his Eagle service project with us,” said Executive Director Susan Williams.
“We are always ready to assist that kind of project, and I told Brian how other projects with scouts had been accomplished. The scouts usually came to the museum and worked at whatever tasks were needed, from painting and cleaning to dismantling and installing exhibits. I told him we could always use good muscle and willing workers.”
Brian wanted to do more than assist the museum with work on hand. “I’d like to make an exhibit. I was thinking about building a cave,” he said. “Our troop does a lot of caving.
“I want it to look like a real cave, but I’m not sure how yet. I intend to write to the caves around here for brochures and stuff, and build it with the help of my troop.”
“I was delighted, and probably a little skeptical, but it certainly sounded interesting,” said Williams. “We
Brian Brown explores the cave he built as his Eagle service project at the Children’s Museum.
talked a few more times; he came over and measured a space we thought suitable for the project, and then in January he came in with his paperwork. Once I saw his project description on paper, I thought, ‘He’s really going to do this!”’
And he really did.
“The cave itself is about four by eight feet, but the visitor only goes a few feet into the cave to stand at a clear window. It’s pretty realistic, especially when one stands in the entry. One comer seems to drop off into a deep black hole.”
Once inside, visitors see stalactites hanging from the ceiling and can touch walls that are textured in good imitation of a real cave. It’s dark.
Visitors turn on the head lamps attached to their hard hats for a look way back into the depths of the cave.
Lots of creatures—rats, snakes, snails and such—’creep’ all over the floor.
Bats hang from the formations, an owl nests in the comer and a skunk noses the ground in search of bugs.
The visitor can listen to a cassette tape which describes features and animals.
“It’s definitely going to be the hit of the summer,” added Williams. “We are proud of it and really proud of Brian. The exhibit will really give the kids a feel for caves and they and their parents can learn a lot.”
A wall map locates every sizable cavern in the U.S., and information is provided on many of the sites. Books, games, and pictures complete the exhibit.
On several occasions during the summer, Brian will gather his troop at the museum where they will provide visitors with more opportunities to learn even more about caving and to see equipment used by spelunkers.
The Children’s Museum is open every weekday from 9 a.rn.-5 p.m. Saturday hours are IO a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays are noon-5 p.m. Admission is $2.50 per person.
Don Maxwell presents the Children’s Museum board president, Patty Pfost, with a check for $500 from the New Braunfels Rotary Club.
Club gives boost to program
The New Braunfels Rotary Club gave a boost to The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels with a $500 donation in support of Free First Tuesday P.M. for June.
“We’re glad to be able to do it,” said Don Maxwell, the club’s president-elect. “We had a good year and we like to support the community.” “We appreciate it so much,” said board president Patty Pfost in thank ing Maxwell. “We really see that the Free Tuesday P.M. idea is meeting a need in the community, and we want to continue it. It helps to have the recognition from civic groups such as the New Braunfels Rotary Club that we, too, are serving the community, and that when we offer a free admission program, it still costs the museum money.”
The Free First Tuesday P.M.
began last June and has continued on the first Tuesday afternoon of each month. Sponsors for the monthly events help cover costs of daily operations and provide funds for special programming on tile free day.
“The sponsor’s support is really a gilt that helps us get people into the museum who can not afford our admission price. We started with a small crowd on our first free afternoon, but it built steadily through the year, and now we have about 2(X) people coming on the free afternoon,” said Pfost.
In addition to providing admission to the museum’s regular exhibits, the free Tuesdays feature a special event. June’s Free Tuesday P M. featured the opening of the museum’s newest exhibit, a cave.