Get ready . . . cuz here they come!
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
Free summertime concerts in the park, the Jim Jeffries Summer Arts Workshop and the Missoula Children's Theatre Workshop, all presented by the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association and other sponsors, promise some sizzling hot entertainment options for Houston County families and tourists. The PWFAA free "Summer Lightnin' Series Thursday Tunes by the Tracks" opens Thursday, June 6 with the Texas blues legend Texas Johnny Brown & the Quality Blues Band taking the stage at the new J. B. and Kathryn Sallas Amphitheater in Arnold Park. Brown is the only living blues legend portrayed on the mural painted by Boy Scout Eagle candidate Robert Morrison on Camp St. That mural will be dedicated just before the Brown concert. On June 13, Two Tons of Steel will hit town. This rockabilly band is known for the 1995 hit "Crazy for My Baby" and 18 years of "Two Ton Tuesday Live from Gruene Hall". The Ezra Charles Band (The King of Texas Blues Piano and His Big-Band Horns), based in Houston, will appear June 20, followed by the Latin-influenced rocker Joe King Carrasco on June 27. The Major Jarrell Beasley Chapter, NSDAR recently presented its Good Citizenship medal to Crockett Boy Scout Troop 419. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution presents this award each year to outstanding youth, either an individual or an organization, who exhibit the qualities of citizenship needed by the nation if it is to retain sovereignty and independence. Those qualities include honor, service, corage, leadership and patriotism. This is just one of several awards presented annually by the NSDAR to encourage young people by recognizing their achievements and accomplishments. Major Jarrell Beasley Chapter, NSDAR National Defense Committee Chairman Jacqueline Banatwala and Regent Bettie Sarver, made the presentation. Courtesy Photo Jacqueline Banatwala, chairman of the Major Jarrell Beasley Chapter, NSDAR National Defense Committee, and Betty Sarver, chapter regent, recently presented the chapter's Good Citizenship Medal to Boy Scout Troop 419 in Crockett. Pictured with Banatwala and Sarver are Jack Meadows, Robert Morrison, Andrew Walker, Carter Crow, Javarious Taylor and Dr. Patrick Walker. Crockett Boy Scouts receive Good Citizenship medal Major Jarrell Beasley Chapter, NSDAR honors youth Bring a lawn chair, blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy these wonderful concerts outside in a beautiful setting at the new amphitheater. All concerts will start at 8 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase with the benefits going to the Houston County Museum (aka Depot Museum). Arnold Park is located next to the Houston County Visitor Center at 303 South 1st St. Up to 60 area children will have an opportunity to learn acting skills and perform on stage when the Missoula Children's Theatre is here June 10-15. The Missoula Children's Theatre will hold auditions Monday, June 10 at the Crockett Civic Center. Selected children then will rehearse the rest of the week for a professionallyproduced theatrical show ("The Secret Garden") for a paying audience on Saturday, June 15. There also will be three theater arts workshops that week. The auditions are open to all-ages and PWFAA encourages everyone to take this opportunity to act in a show. For children interested in drawing, sculpture, watercolor and and photography, the always popular Jim Jeffries Summer Arts Workshop will serve up fun and inspiration at the Jordan School. Professional artists teach the workshops. In addition to new guest artists with new crafts and fun, two favorite guest artists will return. Sam Lawlace, Lego animation artist and award-winning filmmaker, will present his new films and to teach more basics of this amazing high-tech craft. Joe Haden (Art Cars of Houston) also will return. Registration forms can be found at area grade schools, the Jordan School and the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association offices. Children exiting kindergarten through the eighth grade are welcome to attend. For more information on any of these events or to volunteer at PWFAA, call 936-544-4276 or visit www.pwfaa. org.