Annual Dinner with the Arts on
The 33rd Annual Dinner with the Arts again provided Dinner, a Show, and Annual Awards.
Prior to the Dinner a Reception provided an opportunity for those in attendance to view an art exhibition by members of the New Braunfels Art League as well as displays provided by the various organizational members of the Arts Council
Winners of the Art League’s Artist of the Month and Artist of the Year were recognized in the program. They are: January: Warren Nogle; February: Carol Erwin; March: Georgia Stok; April: Pat Deltz; May: Carolyn Pittman; June: Yaeko Coburn; July: Mary K. Hammond (Artist of the Year); August: Barbara Blaschke; September: Linda Yates; October: Angie Banta Brown; November: Robin Roberts Walker; and December: Gina Cumberland.
The Buffet Dinner was enjoyed by all. Members of the New Braunfels High School Key Club provided service to the diners and their help was much appreciated.
Set against a backdrop of the German Countryside (generously provided by the Wurstfest Association) the show started with a rendition of The Sound of Music sung by Ysenia McNett, the 2012 Winner of the Brauntex Has Talent competition. Performing artists from the New Braunfels Theatre Company, Circle Arts Theatre, Compania de Danza Folklorica, S.T.A.G.E, Inc., and the Inner Circle regaled us with singing, dancing and acting.
The winners of the 2012 Poetry Contest: Maggie Lestourgen (5th & 6th grade); Zoe Lovelady (7th& 8th Grade); Abby Congdom, (High School); Don Burquest (Adult); and Jacob Waldman (Lynne M. Elliott Memorial Award) read their winning poems to an appreciative audience.
Airts pictured are Left to Right: Bill Kretzmeier; Ann Young, Mary Irwin; and Kay Reinke. Also Pictured is President Sheila Jeffrey
The Annual Awards presentations were interspersed with the show. The Business Award is an award given to a business for exceptional support of the Arts in the Greater New Braunfels area through monetary or in-kind contributions in the past year. The recipient of the Business Award was Dancing Pony. Individual Arts Awards are given in recognition of leadership and service by currently active members of arts organizations in the Greater New Braunfels Area or to a person who has made a significant monetary or in-kind contribution in support of the Arts. Those receiving Individual Arts Awards were: Mary Irwin and Kay Reinke. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to persons who have dedicated their lives to the arts and have made a significant impact on the lives of others in the Greater New Braunfels Area. This year the winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award were: Bill Kretzmeier and Ann Young.
By the time you read this it will be too late to submit an entry to our 31st Annual Poetry Contest. But you attend the awards presentation and reception on Tuesday, April 23rd, at Circle Arts Theatre. The event will begin at 7 p.m. The winners will read their winning poems and receive their awards. Awards will be presented to students in fifth and sixth grades, seventh and eighth grades, and high school. There is also an adult category. After the awards, the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council will hold a reception for the winners, their families and other attending. Following the Poetry Contest Events, the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council will hold its Annual Meeting and all members of the Council are invited to participate.
Last Chapter of the Over the Tavern trilogy to be presented by Circle Arts Theatre
The Last Mass at St. Costumer’s is a play about the end of an era in a working class Catholic neighborhood. The Pasinski’s have sold their childhood home and have gathered there to say goodbye to it. An unexpected blizzard shuts down the streets throughout the city and they are unable to leave. Because they’re trapped in their old home they must confront and resolve lingering family issues. By the time the streets are cleared the family finally realizes the gifts of real love. Performances run from April 5th through April 28th, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m For reservations call 830-837-6172.
Memoir transformed into Comedy/Drama to be presented by S.T.A.G.E., Inc.
FBI Girl: How I learned to Crack My Father’s Code was adapted for the stage by Tammy Ryan from a Memoir by Maura Conlon-McIvor. This play tells the story of Maura Conlon growing up in a large Irish Catholic family in Los Angeles in the 1960's and 1970's. She is fascinated by mysteries and the world of her FBI Agent father. She dreams of following in his footsteps. The play is a moving account of personal growth and family trials and triumphs. The play opens on May 2nd and runs through May 23rd at Krause House Theatre in Bulverde. Times are: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. For reservations call 830-438-2339.
New Braunfels Theatre Company to Stage Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
New Braunfels Theatre Company is taking on another Disney Classic. Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Features the music and songs of the Academy Award winning Animated Film. Performances are set for June 14th through 23rd at the New Braunfels High School Performing Arts Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m on Sunday. You can purchase tickets at www.newbraunfelstheatrecompany.com.
Poet Laureate of Texas to present at Comal County Unitarian Universalist Society.
The 2012-2013 Poet Laureate of Texas, Jan Epton Seale, will be making a special presentation in New Braunfels on Sunday April 7th. She will speak at the regular service at 10:30 a.m. There will be a buffet lunch at 11:45 a.m. at which she will be present. And, at 12:30 a.m she will present The Power of our Family Stories. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Judy Godinex at (210-)771-8635 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Outdoor Art Museum continues its Mission.
Wow! The Historic Outdoor Art Museum recently completed their 7th peice of Historic Public Art. The wonderful thing about public art is that you don’t have to go inside a building, it can be viewed and enjoyed at anytime. Its free, and it becomes a beautiful part of the landscape. Work on the 8th project is in the beginning stages and will be a tribute to the Mexican-American Heritage of our community.. They ask us to join them. Their meetings and workshops are open to the public and are a fun learning experience. Meetings are on the first Monday of the month at the Faust Hotel at 6 p.m. Call 830-609-1369 for information