New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
6A g Herald-Zeitung g Wednesday, March 19, 1997 _Arts & Entertainment
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A tribute to a unique gentleman who came our way
On March 5, 1997, we lost a very good friend, liven those who never knew him. Because, like C’yrano de Bergerac, he carried high his "white plume.” In other words, Integrity was his first name ... although, you may have called him Jim. His patients called him Dr. Mercer. That code of ethics he took as a natural way of being was like a pebble in the pond, making ripples of positive waves that touched many, whether or not they knew it.
I didn’t know him well enough or long enough to suit me. But, sharing two years time with him on the Arts Council board, it was not difficult to see the measure of this man. He was IO feet tall, and managed to keep it a
secret from a vast number of people. Because it didn’t matter to him what others thought of him. He kept his
It’s odd that, when I started thinking about this tribute to Jim, some words from a long-forgotten poem suddenly emerged from memory, a little dusty from being discarded for years. But after a few whisks of the cerebral broom, I remembered at least the beginning and end of "Discovery,” the parts that certainly apply to Jim Mercer. They go like this:
"I thought I knew At least a thimbleful Of ones and ones
That make unsatisfactory twos....”
Then the poem goes on to say the poet has discovered unimagined heights and depths of a young writer, and concludes with these lines: "I read his
words And then I knew The sum of man Is rarely one plus one.”
FAR FROM TWO Jim’s numbers add up, too many to count, like the facets on a diamond. He was a dedicated dentist, he was an ardent tree grower, he was a knowledgeable analyst of people and politics, and, happily for those of us who struggle in the field, he was a staunch advocate of the arts. He invested so much time, energy, and yes, money too, in the Mid-Texas Symphony; he and wife Dorothy have been faithful contributors to Circle Arts Theatre; his office was frequently turned into a mini art gallery, with hangings from the New Braunfels Art League. And his leadership attitude when he served on the Arts Council always proved the
incentive to "get the job done!” He was crisp, as when the air is fresh, with a bit of a nip in it. He cut to the chase. Kind but declarative, there wasn’t any need to waste time. That’s how he gave so much to the community. Maybe he sensed his days with us wouldn’t reach the golden years, so he gave as hard and fast as he could. And he expected everyone he worked with to give their best. In his presence, you certainly wanted to!
ON SECOND THOUGHT....
Maybe we haven’t lost him at all. There’s a very good chance that cloud hopping and harp playing may not intrigue Jim. There’s another
good chance that he’s lobbying heaven for many blessings on his earthly projects. It sure doesn’t hurt to know People in High Places!
Another interesting idea: loving his Christmas trees as he did, I can imagine Jim scattering seeds all over the earth, just as he quietly scattered his service and good example in our community. Watch out for a bumper crop next year.
Good planting, Jim!
(Elizabeth Elliott is an arts advocate, writing for the Herald-Zeitung on the arts and humanities.)
Chorale concert on tap Sunday
The New Braunfels Community Chorale will present its spring concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church.
I This group of singers was Organized in 1979 as New Braunfels Heritage Chorale and entertained many audiences through the years ; The group has grown to 60 members and enjoys singing a Variety of music. The chorale has sung this year for Dinner With The Arts and tile Music Study Club.
Jo Ann Lemmon will accompany and Pat Prichard will direct the chorale in this concert of Broadway tunes including medleys from "Oklahoma," "Show Boat,” "On Broadway” and "Lcs Miserablcs.” Also selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Phantom of the Opera," "Evita" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" will be presented.
The chorale will be showcasing some of our local young singers as soloists in this concert
Let the chorale treat you to some of your favorite music this Sunday.
Tickets may be purchased from any member Chma-n-Things, Johnson Fumiture/lnnerworks or at the door.
Adult tickets are $5 and senior/student tickets are $4
(Submitted by the New tiraunjels Community Chorale)
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Southwest Texas State University Arts Schedule
Today — Guest artist Ed Miller, folk singer, 7:30 p m , Music Building Recital Hall. Free admission. For more information, cfll the Music Department at (512) 245-2651.
Monday Opening reception for Graduating Senior Exhibit, 5-7 p.m.. University Art Gallery. The exhibit vyill be displayed through noon, April 4. For more information, call the Department of Art and Design at (512)245-2611.
Tuesday to March 30 — SW F Theatre Department presents "Emperor Toad” by Chuck Paseos, main theatre, Speech and Drama Building, nightly performances at 7:30 March 25 to 29 with a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. March 30. Tickets are $8 for adults.
$5 for students. For information or reservations, call the University Theatre Box Office at (512) 245-2204.
March 28 — SWT Orchestra’s Children's Concert, 7 p.m., Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 general admission, $1 for students. For more information, call the Music Department at (512) 245-2651.
March 31 — SWT Wind Octet and Faculty Quintet, 8 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall. Tickets are $2 general admission, SI for students. For more information, call the Music Department at (512) 245-2651.
April 3 Guest artist Linda Hirst, soprano, 8 p m , Music Building Recital Hall. Tickets are $2, general admission, SI for
students For more information, call the Music Department at (512) 245-2651
April 6 —- SWT Honors Recital, 4 pm, Music Building Recital Hall. Free admission. For more
information, call the Music
Department at (512) 245-2651.
April 7 — Opening reception for Graduating Senior Exhibit III, 5 to 7 p m , University Art Gallery The exhibit will be displayed through noon, April 18. For more
information, call the Departmen of
Art and Design at (512) 245-2611.
April 7 — SWT Music Faculty Potpourri, 8 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall. Tickets are $2 general admission, SI for students. For more information, call the Music
Department at (512) 245-2651.
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Goldilocks — from the bear’s point of view
Have you ever wondered what the three bears thought when they came home and found the mess Goldilocks had made? A group of preschoolers and their parents found out at the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels. Mama Bear, portrayed by Jane Libengood of Canyon Lake, shared the bear's perspective of Goldilocks with 50 parents and preschoolers who gathered for story time at the museum.
Libengood, a retired preschool teacher, draws on 15 years of experience to enliven the stones she tells to children. "I’ve always enjoyed storytelling,” said Libengood, whose interest began in an early childhood class at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Since the time of her initial studies, Libengood has returned to the college to present student workshops on storytelling, however, she most enjoys sharing her stories with kindergarten and first-graders and such groups as CMNB's Monday morning "Hand in Hand" program for parents and preschoolers.
For her presentation at the museum, Libengood dressed as Mama Bear, complete with furry face and paws, apron and earrings. She shared her story while sitting in a rocking chair on the museum stage. Afterward, she and the children danced to "The Boogie Woogie Bear” and created bear masks. The masks were made cut from paper plates, and the children glued on facial features cut from construction paper.
"It was good,” said Logan Machalec, 5, who listened to the
story and then joined the throng of preschoolers who hugged Mama Bear
Logan said that he had the book, "The Three Bears,” at home, but that it was fun to hear somebody else tell the story.
“We try never to miss Monday mornings here,” said Logan’s mother, Elizabeth. Machalec brings Logan and 2-year-old Elizabeth to CMNB for Hand in Hand. “Both children really enjoy the museum,” she said.
"Hand in Hand is an informally structured experience intended to provide a meeting place for preschool aged children and their parents,” said museum exhibits/education coordinator Julie Swift, who plans the programs. Children gather for a story and songs followed by a simple art activity. The children can explore the museum, freely since no group visits or school tours are scheduled during Hand in Hand time.
“This year we’ve had two volunteers helping in the program. Jane and Cari Knapp,” Swift said. "Both are experienced preschool teachers. Cari is staying at home with her two children, but enjoys volunteering her services at the museum.”
Hand in Hand is a time set aside 10:30 a.m. to noon every Monday for preschoolers and their parents or another adult. Cost for Hand in Hand is $2 per family for non-members and is a free service to members of the museum.
(Submitted by the Children's Museum in New Braunfels)Lions Club Country Music Show on tap
The next Country Music Show sponsored by the Lockhart Evening Lions club will be 7:30 p m. Monday at the Lions Club Building at 220 Bufkin Street in Lockhart
Featured along with a fine house band will be John Buehler of Columbus (guitarist and vocalist and owner/operator of Columbus Opry), Debbie Johnson of Austin (excellent vocalist and guitar player) and Frankc Schulze of Lockhart (professional actress and vocalist). All proceeds from the $2 admission and concessions go to the Evening Lions Club Civic Projects. Come join us for a fine evening of entertainment.
(Submitted by the Lockhart Evening Lions Club)
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