New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Continuing its month-long celebration, The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels on Sunday, June 27, will host a Birthday Party in honor of its seventh anniversary. From noon to 3 p.m., the public is invited to The Museum in the Courtyard. Shopping Center to have fun in the sun at a Beach Party featuring a huge sand boa, bubbles, hot dogs and pony rides.
The traditional "birthday cake quilt" is popular with all ages at the annual open house, and everyone is invited to bring a decorated sheet cake (with the number 7 theme) to add to the mosaic of icing-topped goodies.
Earlier this month, The Museum sponsored the Fifth Annual New Braunfels Triathlon, which drew nearly 400 athletes to the area; and benefitted from the annual Magical Child Creative Workshop hosted by Dee and Terry Buck at Buck Pottery, attended by more than 200 people.
Also this month, The Museum hosted Watercolor and Afternoon Art classes and began other classes in karate and Art Cafe.
The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels has experienced phenomenal growth in its seven-year history. Founded in 1986 by local parents and educators, The Museum has grown from presetting temporary six-week exhibitions to having a permanent collection of hands-on exhibits on geography, literature, puppetry, television, medicine, art, water and mote. Attendance has grown ftom 2^00 for the first six-week exhibit in 1986 to an estimated 75,000 this year.
The Children's Museum has expanded its hours to include a 9 p.m. closing time on Friday nights to allow even more visitors the opportunity to experience some hands-on fun.
A philosophy of operation for The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels has evolved throughout its years of serving Central Texas children and their families. "We create hands-on exhibits to give adults a place where they can do things with their children. As programs and exhibits are developed and redesigned, staff and volunteers are vigilant in their adherence to certain principles and beliefs about why The Museum exists- the focus is ittter-genera-tional,” said Carolyn Burrow, executive director. "Here, adults and children are both teachers and
learners.’’ Burrow explains
The Museum’s exhibit philosophy has evolved through the years: exhibits are to be hancfe-on - there must be something to do; exhibits must be of interest to a broad range of ages - manipulatives for the inquisitive 2-year-old and challenging activities for the doubting 15-year-old; and exhibits must be of an enduring nature - both physically and intellectually.
"They must stand up to the rigors of use by many hands and the subject matter must be timeless, while still being timely," Burrow said. "Though many of
Ptcturad abow la tha beginning of a ‘cake quilt.’ Thoee planning to attend thle year’a party are encouraged to bring a decorated cheet cake with the number 7 theme.
our exhibits have been redesigned or updated, few have actually been ‘retired.’ We continue to expand our collection of permanent exhibits because it is our visitors who are changing. There are always new people coming to visit, but even the child who comes once a month is seeing things from a different perspective each time," she said, adding, "the need for familiar places to return to is strong in children these days."
A new exhibit opening this year was the popular McKenna Children’s Hospitable, which features a trauma room, waiting room, semi-private room, nurse’s station and nursery. The hospital exhibit was made possible with the help of the New Braunfels Fire Department, McKenna Memorial Hospital and its staff, Lands Pharmacy and Witting & Miller Insurance. Recently, The Children’s Museum expanded its other main gallery - now called "The Art of Language." Aided by KMOL-TV staff members,
The Museum recerttly unveiled its updated television studio, complete with control room, realistic news anchor and weather set, and computers for
writing advertisements and news stories. CMN-TV Studio was made possible with the assistance of numerous volunteers, KMOL, The Potter Company, AS Electronics, and the many people who donated cameras and other items. Also included in The Ait of Language is "Once Upon a Time” and the "Puppet
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The Museum’s center gallery continues to be the location of Grandma’s Attic, Where in the World is the United States, Where in the World is Texas, Where in the World is New Braunfels, Water Works, the Toddler Comer and Games We Used to Play.
A Monday support group continues to be a popular time for parents and their pre-schoolers. "Baby and Me" is ftom ll a.m. to noon for parents and I -and 2-year-olds, and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for 2- and 3-year-olds. The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays (except school holidays). Exhibits planned for the coming year include "The Spirit of Crazy Horse,” which will focus on the cultures of Native Americans and how they survive today. Along with hosting daily tours and family visits, the folks at The Museum are busy planning other fun, hands-on activities for the coming year, including an activity at Greene Music Fest in October, the second annual "Where in the World is Germany?” during Wurstfest, and Shop Alone during the Christmas holidays.
The Sixth Annual Tastes of the Town is set for the spring. The Children’s Museum is in Courtyard Shopping Center on Interstate 35 in New Braunfels with ample parking and easy accessibility from outlying communities. Admission is $2 per person; children under I are free. The Museum is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from IO a.m. to 5
Coral Nelson at the 1992 Children’s Museum Birthday Party. The museum’s seventh birthday party la Sunday, June 27 at the museum, located at 183IH 35 West, from noon to 3 p.m. There Is no admission to the party.WnnS
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In Essentials, Unity; In Non-essentials, Liberty; In All Things, LoveLife-Changing Books
THE winter I was** sophomore in college, I worked in a department store during the Christmas holidays. There wasn’t much time for lunch and I usually ate in the employees’ cafeteria. After the first week, an older woman asked if she could sit at my table. She said she needed to talk to someone and began telling me about some of the difficulties she was facing at that time. Her marriage was in turmoil, she was ill and very concerned about her children.
Normally this kind of conversation would have made me uncomfortable, as I wouldn't know what to do or how to respond. But during that year my life had undergone some significant changes as I had discovered that God is, as the Bible teaches in Psalms, “a very present help in trouble.''
God no longer seemed to be simply a religious concept or theory, or something lo talk aluml. God had become a life-transforming and life-enriching presence in my life. I had always gone to Sunday School, but I was surprised now to find that the Bible wits speaking to me in a whole new way. It wasn’t just literature or history. It was relevant. More than that, its wonts practically hurst off the page with the ideas and direction I needed so much.
I was also reading another book, Science (mil Health ii itll Keo In the Si ninnies by Man y Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. This was opening up lite Bible to me. It s hard to explain the difference between talking about Ccid and actually t‘X|H*rtt»iuing His love in your daily life. But these two books brought about this change, and I read them hungrily each day. Like my lunchtime companion, I had been in need of answers. I found ii hard lo believe that I needed spiritual answers: an understanding of God, some sense of what ii means lo bt* His ehild. an awareness of the significance of tile life and work of ( Iii Isl Jesus and of the spiritual laws lie revealed. But that was the case.
The Bible teaches that God is Love. Si ience ami lleallh bellied me lo understand lilt* Habile of divine Love and its impact on my own lilt*. In Jeremiah, lilt* prophet reports: “The Lord liaih appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved I hee with an everlasting love." I had glimpsed lilt* fact that God wits all-knowing. Therefore God had bi know me through anti through, ai all limes, in every way. Yet all that He found and knew brought forth His everlasting love.
This gave me pause*. As I quietly thought alima this, ii Itccanic clear thai lilt* "me* that God knows is different from how I was thinking of myself. (For there were many clements til myself thai I knew God could not hive.) So I found myself wanting to know* the real "me. the inc God know* aud loves. I pored over Science anil lleallh and the Bible daily. Anti step by su*|>—continuing still today—the unlovable elements claiming lo ta* pan of me tit my character have liecn falling away.
In Science anil Health Mrs. Eddy writes, "The great truth in the Science til taing, that the real man was, is, and ever shall ta* perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God. he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike." Our health, our character, our lilt*, cannot Ik* subverted. Jesus’ healing of disease and sin gives ample proof of tins. Science anil Health brings lo light that hi* was not simply a miracle worker, but the revelator of the eternal laws of Gist sustaining and maintaining man s perfection and goodness.
So in my heart, I knew why tins woman had sat at my table aud poured out lier story. She was searching for the very help that I had found. And there was only one thing to do. She already owned a Bible, so I gave her my copy in Science anil lleallh Reprinted from The Home Forum page of The Christian Science Monitor ^Copyright 1993 The Christian Science Publishing Society
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