New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, June 28,1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 7Entertainment
Borrowed finery was a better choice
It’s like this...for the past two weeks I’ve been feeling a little, shall we say, frazzled...what with the heat, a big summer musical to xoduce, and, oh yes, the ridiculous amount of idiotic (and destructive) irresponsibility being practiced (to jerfection!) across the board in our gloved country! Whew! that was a mouthful, wasn’t it?
Oh, I know a lot of good things are going on,
too, but somehow, it feels like ignorance, greed, and cowardice have the edge, at least for the time being. You’re having a hard time believing one Elliott of my favorite
songs is Cockeyed Optimist,” aren’t you? Well, I’ve looked everywhere for Pollyanna, and she seems to have gone into hiding temporarily. Don’t worry, though...I’ll find her, again. But even we tough guys get a bit discouraged now and then. I’m sure glad I have you to talk to! Anyway, since I couldn’t find cheerful” in my dictionary today, and since it’s too hot to stand on a soap box, and since you deserve every good thing I can give you...I borrowed some wise and wonderful words from some dear friends (whom I’ve never met).
Richard Bach says...
In his amazing book, Illusions: “You are led through your lifetime
by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.
Don’t turn away from possible futures
before you’re certain you don’t have anything to learn from them.”
Message to Bosnia
And every other place, where brother fights brother. This message comes from the Tao Te Ching:
“High winds do not blow all morning,
Heavy rain does not fall all day. Are not these made by heaven and earth?
If the power of heaven and earth Cannot make violent activity last,
How can you?”
From Joseph Pintauro:
“If you look back you can almost see the wall of time. The moss on it is still wet. You can smell it. Looking forward there are no walls.
so get on your mark, get ready, get set...
(once, we didn’t know how to believe in a rocket ship or even a> lawn mower.)
Make space in your brain for tomorrow’s things.”
That’s what I’m trying to do But I have to get today’s clutter out of the way, first.
(Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist for the Herald-Zeitung, writing on the arts and humani ties.)
Carrie Allbrltton and Sarah Wetz watch aa Carol Light, of Georgetown, contemplates her next brush stroke at a watercolor workshop held last week for the New Braunfels Art League. Light was the instructor for the workshop and also demonstrated for the Art League meeting. A full house at the meeting included members from Houston, Gonzales, Coppell and nearby cities and guests from Salt Lake City. Ursula Brinkerhoff, of Houston, commented, “I’m impressed to see what a great building the Art League has bought. The Houston art groups would love to have their own building but don’t.”
Members of the board of directors are: Joe and Irma Alvarado, Dick Buhl, Edward Dedeke, Fred Frueholz, Betty Lou Rushing, Olga Wilson, Ken Daniels, Terri Brotze, Hellen Reese, Katie and Vie Sponenberg, Bill and Genevieve Tart, Robert Orr, Frank Streightoff and Caroline Weston, all of New Braunfels.
Board members from Seguin are: Tim Fox, Jane Horn, Carole McCullough, Mal] Peters, Bettye Lindenberg, Sandra Moline, Ruth Thompson, Carl McCauley, Warren Nossaman and
The Mid-Texas Symphony is a professional symphony orchestra which is supported jointly by the citizens of New Braunfels and Seguin.
The 1995-96 season will begin on Sunday, Sept. 17 with a concert at Jackson Auditorium in Seguin.
Three concerts will be held at the Civic Center in New Braunfels.
For information on season tickets, call the symphony office at 629-0336 in New Braunfels or 372-8089 in Seguin. Kathy Folbre is orchestra man-ager of the Mid-Texas Symphony.
Health & Happiness Show, the hot new band backing up Butch Hancock on his nationwide tour, will be appearing Sunday, July 2 at Gruene Hall. Rolling Stone said Health A Happiness Show plays “music that confesses Its sins while slipping out the back gate to part.” Their latest CD Is entitled Instant Living.
“Now see here, young lady...!” roars Horace Vandergelder, scolding his niece, Ermengarde, as her sheepish boyfriend Ambrose, and Dolly, wearing a "He’s-running-true-to-form" expression, look on. The scene is from Circle Arts Theatre’s summer musical, “Hello, Dolly!,” opening July 6. From left are Gary Schumann, Robin Williams, R.C. Thor and Cathy Clark. Benefit performances will be given on July 13 for the New Braunfels Music Study Club, and on July 20 for the Children’s Museum. No passes are redeemable on those nights. Tickets for all shows are available at Chlna-n-Things. For reservations, call 609-3092, Tuesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. (for this production only).
Mid-Texas Symphony Society gets new officers for 1995-96Full slate of bands to play at Music Slam
The Stretch Williams Band will headline the River Fever Music Slam I this Sunday from 2 p.m. to midnight on the Guadlupe River at Hwy. 306 and Sadler Rd.
Also appearing at the Music Slam are Guy Forsyth & The Real Deal, Jack and The Rippers, Monty “Guitar” Tyler and Dionysus & Special Guest.
Advance tickets are on sale for $6 at JAK’S Junction, and they will be $8 at the gate.
Entry forms for the Itsy-Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Contest (1st Place $250, 2nd Place $125, 3rd Place $50) to be held Sunday can be picked up at JAK’S.
New Braunfels native joins Willie at Picnic
Race Car Carpenters
Hobbyist creates car kits for Children’s Museum summer classes
Mix one grandfather, 15 boys and girls, a handful of nails, bottles of glue, hammers, rubber bands, sandpaper, paint and a bag of assorted wood shapes. What do you have? “Race Car Carpenters”—one of the summer classes offered at the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels (CMNB).
“Thank you, PaPa. This is the coolest thing I’ve ever made,” said Christopher Williams at the end of his two-day effort to produce the car.
“You’re welcome. I enjoyed having you in class; you did really well,” said PaPa, aka Richard Tucker, retired executive, woodworking hobbyist, grandfather and great-grandfather. The wooden cars were built using factory-made wheels, steering wheels, axles and hubcaps. Tucker hand-crafted the other 21 body parts for each car, creating a kit for each
“I originally created 16 kits and then I got a little nervous and made more for spare parts, just to be sure. It’s a good thing, because we needed a few replacements here and there.”
Tucker had taught two previous classes for CMNB, and realized that the car would be the most difficult project. He took on an assistant for the class—his wife, Nelle.
“I guess I volunteered,” said Mrs. Tucker, “even though he said I didn’t have a choice, that I had to be there to help. I really didn’t mind; we both like working with children. We think it’s important for them to be successful and proud of themselves. Richard did a lot of work to make the kits ‘kid-friendly.’ Also, we like to be active and involved, and this is an opportunity to visit our daughter (Museum Director Susan Williams)
and keep up with what is going on at the Children’s Museum.”
“The kids all did well,” noted PaPa. “It’s so interesting to see the differences in how they work. Some of them look at the model and just go— sometimes, too fast—and others want to have every little step checked and rechecked. I was surprised to have girls in the class. I don’t know why— my own daughters always like building things. I guess I just thought a car class would appeal more to boys.” One girl, Melanie McDermott, thought along the same lines as PaPa about the class being for boys, and did not sign up when her brother Dustin registered for the class.
“But then I saw his car, and I watched, and I knew I could make one, and I wanted to do it because it looked like fun and it was a real nice car. Although the next class was filled
Proud new car owners from race car carpenters class at CMNB: (back row, I to r) Andrew Rust, Christopher Williams, Matthew Lindley and Kyle Shepherd; (in front) Brendan Shepherd and Claire Lindley.
to capacity, the Tuckers made a special appointment with Melanie to make a car.
“The best part was...well, it was all the best. | liked the whole thing,” said Melanie.
“Me, too,” said PaPa. “I’ll have to think up another p. jject for another
Summer classes at CMNB continue through the first week of August. Call 620-0939
The Mid-Texas Symphony Society has recently elected JoAnn Aniol, of New Braunfels, president for the 1995-96 season.
Other recently elected members of the executive committee are: Yale Kalmans, bylaws and rules; Arlene Buhl, guild; Richard and Carol Glanville, marketing; Gloria de la Cerda, planning; and Kathie Ninneman, public relations.
All are from New Braunfels and are vice presidents of the symphony society.
Seguin members of the executive committee are: Terry Keith, development; Eithne Goetz, education; Bill Dean, treasurer and finance; Jerry Weers, corresponding secretary; Martha Rinn, recording secretary; and Kathy Nossaman, past president.
Anita Windecker is the symphony’s founder.
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Singer and songwriter Aaron Allan will be performing two songs and serving as a co-Master of Ceremonies at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic in Luckenbach.
Allan, who graduated from New Braunfels. Independent School District in 1947, is the son of Mrs. Hugo E. Crenwelge and the late Hugo Cren-welge. His sister, Mrs. Sherry S. “Jean” Hill also resides in New Braunfels.
Allan went straight into radio after graduation at KITE with 30-minute singing show sponsored by Mission Valley Mills.
He is presently working at KCTI AM/FM in Gonzales. He has had three different radio shows, including one called Writer’sOay, in which songwriters, including Willie Nelson, have made guest appearances to discuss their work.
Some of Allan’s work has been recorded by artists such as Nelson, Stoney Edwards (on Capital Records), Claude Gray, the Osborne Brothers, Charlie Walker and Country Roads on RCA in Sweden.
A preparatory school choir in Africa and Linda Cass, a country singer from
England, have also performed his songs.
Some of the radio and television stations Allan has worked for include WOAI TV and radio (now KMOL), KMAC, KENS and KBER in San Antonio, and WLVN in Nashville and KI XX in El Paso, among others.
Some of the performers scheduled to appear with Nelson and Allan at the July Fourth Picnic include Steve Fromholtz, the Geezinslaws, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kris Kristofferson, Ian Moore Band, Gary P. Nunn, Ray Price and Leon Russell.
Gates open at noon and the music starts at 2 p.m., continuing until IO p.m. Tickets are $20 each and are available through Ticketmaster in San Antonio (210-224-9600), Blockbuster music locations, Foley’s Department Store and Star Tickets (512-416-STAR) in Austin.
STAGE reps attend festival
STAGE representatives Bobbye and Frank Streightoff, of New Braunfels, Zada and Earl Jahnsen and Tom Balmos, of Bulverde, and Monty Truitt, of San Antonio, attended the National Festival of American Community Theatres in Midland, Texas, June 20-25. This is the first time the national festival has been held in Texas. Hundreds of volunteers and the staff of the Midland Community Theatre worked over three years to accomplish this.
First place at the festival went to the Oak Ridge Community Playhouse of Oak Ridge, Term., for their production of “Falsettoland.” Second place went to Out North, of Anchorage, Alaska, for “The Mommy Dance,” and the Kalamazoo Civic Players, of Michigan, captured third place with “Dancing at Lughnasa ”
STAGE will host a meeting of the south-central region of community theatres at Krause House on Saturday, July I. All interested individuals are also invited to the lunch, meeting and afternoon workshops. An RSVP is necessary for lunch.
Theatre arts students of STAGE instructors Krizan Byxbee and Skip Summers will complete their summer classes with a recital at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 9. The public is invited to this free recital.
The next STAGE production, “Jenny Kissed Me,” opens on Thursday, July 20 at 8 p.m. (dinner available at 6:30 p.m.). More information about “Jenny Kissed Me” will follow next week. Please call 210-438-2339 for more information now.