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D«ck the halls with HBAL art
It's almost time to deck the halls and walls. The New Braunfels Art League has several events scheduled to help prepare for the Christmas season.
A sidewalk sale of gently used holiday decorations, crafts and other items is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in front of the Gallery, 239 West San Antonio St. Proceeds will go toward new decorations for the gallery.
A Deck the Halls and Walls sale of art works $50 or less in under way in the side gallery and will continue through Dec. 30.
A nativity set including the holy family and the three wise men is one of two items being raffled to benefit the building fund. The second item is a pouty “time-out" doll. The drawing w ill be Dec. 16, and the winner need not be present.
The Art League will also be a wassail stop at the Wassailfest Dec. 4, and the gallery will be open for refreshments after the Caroling (>n the Plaza Dec. IK. The Greater New Braunfels Arts Council will co-host the two events.
On Saturday, thousands of people around the world will gather in small towns and big cities to enjoy an evening of storytelling. The annual event is known as I ellabration, and since its beginning in 19XK. it has grown into one of the most impressive collective events in the history of the modem storytelling revival
This year, S;ui Antonio w ill join in the global Tellabration spirit with the Institute of Texan Cultures, the San Antonio Story Idler’s Association and the National Storytelling Association producing the local event,
I ellabration 97! An havening of Storytelling for Grownups at 7:30 p in. in the Institute s Auditorium. Admission charge is $5, and parking is an additional $5. However, vine free admission will be granted with ITC parking receipt Refreshments will be served.
I iv mg histtwy re-enactors associated with the fexiun Heritage Society will participate in a I exian rhanksgiv mg during this coining t hanksgiving holiday. Nov 27 to 3ft Hie encampment w ill be constructed tm the Hat ( reek ( rosing Ranch, two mikseast of the Pedemales f alls State Park entrance at the intersection of Blanco ( ounty Roads 27(g> and 32 *2
I his annual event, now iii its second year, is .•xpected to draw up to fit) participant camps I hose “period" camps, inhabited by re-enactors and traders, will demonstrate traditional lifesty les in I exas during the period ct 1X20 to 1X40 ( kithing, cooking, weaving, spinning, woodworking blacksmithing, early games and storytelling, music, cannon firing, black powder firearms, flint anti steel fire starting, l and sewing, soup making anti other skill* used in early I exas w ill be emphasized during the event
Mexican shepherds’ play
A mini-performance of the Mexican shepherds' play “I os Pastures" will be performed in Spanish by the Guadalupe Players from 2 30 to 3 p rn Nov 2ft at the VV Ute Museum, *X()I Broadway in San Antonio. Hie special performance will be part of a 2 to 4 pm family event that includes children's hands-on Activities anti refreshments An Lnglish-language synopsis of the play, a sting book for sing-along. and bat Aground information on the play s content w til be provuled, so all wilt) attend may participate
TLU Christmas Vespers
free tickets now are available for the annual celebration of Christmas Vespers, Texas I utheran University's advent gift to the community \ capers will be presented Dec 5 to 7 rn tile university s Jackson Auditorium Presentations Dec 5 and 6 will Iv performed at ft) p in The Dec 7 presentation is scheduled for 4 p m
Mail orders may Iv sent to C hrtstmas Vespers, I exas Lutheran University. Seguin,
I \ 7X155. All null orders should include the names of all persons for whom tickets are being requested and a stamped self-addressed envelope
Persons needing more information may call the Jackson Auditorium box office at 830-372-XI KO on Mondays, Wednesdays and fridays between 1-5 p m Those telephoning from San Antonio should call 65X4)222. ext. XI SO
Seguin Tuleta st arts and crafts
It’s fall again and time for Thanksgiv mg and Christmas is close behind, and that means a’s A uldest tune again A ulefest is the tuine to the annual arts and crafts sale sponsored by the Seguin League of Arts and Crafts. This y ear it w ill be from 10 a.m. to 6 p m. Dec. 7 at the Seguin-Guadalupc Coliseum.
The league is now accepting registrations for this sale, one of the most popular in this area at Christmas tune To exhibit at the Yulefest, call Jackie Jandt at 830-379-3638 or Geraldine Jordan at 830-303-3513, and they will send a registration form with al! the information about the sale.
Some answers may need more than a spoonful of sugar
Three Wednesdays ago, the opinionated lady had the temerity to tell you that making certain your child knew that he/she "mattered” was the basic solution to the dangers of promiscuous sex, drug abuse and criminal violence ... all of which have vastly increased numbers of youth involved today. Well, let's fact it, every now and then the O.L. suffers from oversimplification ... the use of it, that is. And I want you to know I argued with her! What about having only one parent .’* But before I could get any more “what abouts” out, she said, “What about Abraham Lincoln?" I had a funny feeling she’d pull that one on me.
capabilities. And I know, if you had time, you could figure out the "how.” But there seems to be so little of that, these days. So I started putting down some of the insights that my “milling" process produced.
activities, recreation, etc., who’s had time for introspection? Who’s had time few quiet, loving talks? In other words, cut yourself some slack; you may be doing tire best you
Then, you asked questional
It didn’t help mc feel any better about the O.L.’s generic, nebulous solution to young people’s ills when I received letters and phone calls from you, asking (in the cliched nutshell) “How? ... specifically, how do I make my children know that they matter?”
Do you have any idea how my brain mill has been grinding away since you asked that question? This is no Dr. Spock here! And the O L. was quite content to say, “Let them figure it out for themselves.” I suppose, in a way, she’s expressing confidence in your
“Let’s start at tha vary beginning.'*
That’s what the song says, and adds, “That’s a very good place to start." Maybe it is good ... but not easy. Maybe we need to start with a scary question — for ourselves: Do I love my child? Ah, don’t say, “Of course!” so quickly. Many of us aren’t in touch with our true feelings until it’s too late. That’s a tough pilhto swallow. You may have to say to yourself, “I don’t know.” And, if you don't know, how will your child?
Here comes the “spoonful of sugar.” You’ve been st) busy providing a roof over your child’s head, beans on the table, clothes, education, piano lessons, sports
At the risk of having you discover that this is no expert talking to you, I’ll spell out some points for your consideration:
1. If your introspection tells you that you don t love your child, get help: I) in trying to understand why and 2) in building that love. Recognize that (love the child or not) the Universe has paid you the awesome compliment of entrusting a human life to your care.
2. Set standards of behavior and moral values, being certain they are free of judgmentalism and religious bigotry; then make certain these standards are carefully explained to your child.
3. Make certain your child knows that there are always consequences to our actions (loving or fearful) and though we may not be able to connect them to our deeds, there is always a ripple effect that is positive or hurtful.
4. Don’t run around ragged, giving your child “the world!” i.e., soccer* gymnastics, dance lessons, etc., and then, be grumpy about it. No joy rn the giving means no joy received.
•5. Without overburdening them, make your children know how much their help is needed and appreciated... how much difference they make in your life.
6. Play with them! Laugh, have pillow fights, do silly things; teach them how to give simple, happy surprises* by doing that yourself.
7. Above all, really listen to them. Hear their concerns, as well as their (to be expected) self-centeredness. Quiet the “wheels” in your own mind, so that instead of being prepared to shoot down their reasoning, you gain insight as to what will be effective communication with them.
Now you have all Ae O.L.’s answers, but she won’t let you question her on Ae job she did raising her children! Blessings on your daunting task. May it bring you and yours wisdom and love.
(Elizabeth Elliott is an arts advocate, writing for the Herald-Zeitung on the arts and humanities.)
Festooned for Festtage
Planners add book signings to this year’s Weinachtsmarkt
Adding to the excitement of the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) will be authors signing copies of their fxx>ks from Friday to Sunday.
The Christmas shopping fair IxtieflH the Sophlenhurg'Museum and Archives.
Scheduled to appear during the three-day event at the Civic Center are Rita Kerr, with her numerous children’s Nxvks. Roger Nuhn and Herb Skoog, with the “New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Minutes". Roger Nuhn. Rose Marie Gregory and Myra Lee Goff with the “New Braunfels Pictorial History” and "The First Protestant Church’ and A. V. Goyne with Minetta Aitgelt Goyne’s book. “Tales from the Sunday House."
Copies of all books will be available for purchase al the Sophienburg Gift Shop booth, or authors will sign copies brought from home
The $.3 admission cost to Weinachtsmarkt is good for all three days.
(Submitted by the Sophienburg Museum and Archives)
Stocking the Wassail stops
Now Braunfels New Caf PMlon Association nraalcfent Waa Stoddard, felt. presents a chack to Jeff Thompson In support of Wassailfest. Tha NBNCA Wassail Truck Stop wM be in front of the New Braunfels Utilities building.
Sunday, Ae stage at Circle Arts will be captured by the students of the theater’s school of acting. The
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'Romeo and Juliet’ run extended
“Romeo and Juliet ’ will be staged for an extended run in the main theater on tha Southwest Texas State University campus. Performances ara nightly at 7:30, today through Tuesday (except Nov. 23) with additional matinee performances on Nov. 22 and 23. Tickets are St for the public, $5 for students. Call 512-246-2204 for information.
Angels to gather
at S.T.A.G.E., Inc.
S T A.G.E., Inc., is again participating in the Hill Country Christmas Lighting Tour by hosting A Gathering Of Angels Christmas Open House from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at Krause House, 1300 Bulverde Road.
Admission is free.
Refreshments will be available during Aat time, and the So-plus member Comal County Community Band will be playing on the main stage.
Santa Claus has confirmed that he will return to S T A G E, this year. A Polaroid snapshot of each child visiting with Santa will be available.
S T A.G.E. invites one and all to visit, enjoy the music of the Comal County Community Band and bring children to visit Santa.
(Submitted by S. T A.G E., Inc.)
“They’ve worked hard to put their show together, and had a good time in Ae process,” said artistic director Roberta Elliott, supervisor of the school. * “We try to instill the idea that there’s a special c theater discipline required but that the work itself ‘ can be fun.” *T
Ready to prove that statement are 47 young people presenting four different short plays. Performing at the 2:30 p.m. recital will be the 7-, 8-and 9-year-olds, taking the audience on a “Stage ti Trek.” The students are Jessica Dockal, Jenna Gedraitis, Ashley Hall, Katie Henry, Kirbey Krawczyk, Sidney Krawczyk, Emily Leczer, Kate J Miller, Christina Pace, Jason Rodriquez, Nikole 1 Thompson, Samantha Simmons, Madeline Walker and Heather Williams.
Also at the 2:30 recital, the 12- and 14-year-olds,, , presenting “The Wizard Of Wurst,” will be j Dominic Alvarez, Jennifer Gandy, Melanie Groves, Abby Hafner, Shauna Koebke, Robert McAfee, Sarah O’Neal, Kasey Ryan, Casey Williams and Kelley Willingham.
At the 7 p.m. performance, “Trunk of Tales” will be presented by the following IO- and 11-year-olds: J Lilly Allison, Bobby Anderson, Christina Dinenzo, Andy Drugg, Jessica Erben, Enrique Fernandez, v Bailey Krawczyk, Jacqueline Laraensky, Jason t. Leezer, Knstin Meehan, Kelcy Mueller, Kirat Patel, , Ashley Romo, Rob Schonhoff, Aaron Smith and Robby Timmermann. *’
Performing at both the 2:30 and 7 p.m. shows ^ will be advanced class, presenting a cutting from .% the musical “Quilters.” Those students are Laurel Green, Sheens Hannan, Jessica Hughes, Amanda Johnson, Stephanie Rhoades, Taylor Thompson and Katie Williams.
Paul Padilla, graduate of American Musical and Dramatic Academy and the newest member of the Acater staff, has instructed all but the advanced class.
Between the class presentations, the audience will be entertained by members of The Inner Circle, the theater’s touring youth company. The recital^ performances are open to the public. Admission is
(Submitted by Circle Arts Theatre) g
Author Andrei Codrescu to speak at Jackson Auditorium I
Author and National Public Radio columnist Andrei Codrescu w ill present a public lecture in Jackson Auditorium on the Texas l utheran University campus at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. C odrescu’s presentation, “An Evening wiA Andrei Codrescu,” is tree and open to the public.
Codrescu’s most recent fiction works include the national best-seller, "The Blood Countess," and "The Repentance of Lorriane.” Codrescu also has written and starred in the feature documentary “Road Scholar,” wluch premiered on PBS in the tail
of 1994 and was named best documentary by the San Francisco Film Festival and Ac Seattle International Film Festival. He is a frequent contributor lo ABC’s “Ntghthne” with Ted Koppel. The Baltimore Sun and the New York Tunes, and has made national appearances on NBC’s “Today Show,” “Late Show with David Letterman" and C-SPAN.
The public lecture will coincide with Codrescu’s visit to Ae campus as the fall semester guest writer for the university’s General Educating Curriculum 134 courses. Codrescu will be visiting classes to interact
with students about his work, which includes numerous essays, fiction novels, poetry and film.
Bom rn Sibiu, Romania in 1946, Codrescu emigrated to the United States in 1966 and became a U.S citizen in 1981. He currently lives in New Orleans, where he is a professor of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
For more information on the lecture, contact Dr. Mark Gilbertson, professor of philosophy at 830-372-6068.
ISubmitted by Texas Lutheran Unix unity).
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