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Around Town May 2017


(L-R): Pat Spackey (Vice President); Maureen Chegin (secretary); Emily Mathieson (Charles B. Stewart Chapter of the Children of the Republic of Texas); Paula Dossett (CRT co-sponsor); BACK: Carolyn Walker, Carol Hicks (treasurer); Jaye Hendon; Eugenia Letbetter; Elaine Collings, Virginia Murray (chaplain); Suzanne Reese (registrar); Deanna Mathieson (CRT co-sponsor); Sheran McCants; Julia Cartwright (historian); and Shelly Lane (president)

(L-R): Pat Spackey (Vice President); Maureen Chegin (secretary); Emily Mathieson (Charles B. Stewart Chapter of the Children of the Republic of Texas); Paula Dossett (CRT co-sponsor); BACK: Carolyn Walker, Carol Hicks (treasurer); Jaye Hendon; Eugenia Letbetter; Elaine Collings, Virginia Murray (chaplain); Suzanne Reese (registrar); Deanna Mathieson (CRT co-sponsor); Sheran McCants; Julia Cartwright (historian); and Shelly Lane (president)

THE DAUGHTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, JUDGE NATHANIEL HART DAVIS CHAPTER, FIELD TRIP

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis Chapter recently enjoyed a field trip to Montgomery. President Shelly Lane conducted the tour of the historic town. The tour began at Fernland Historical Park with the story of the homes and their rich history.

The ladies walked through the town and visited all of the Historical homes and churches, and buildings so important to the town’s history, including the home where the Gandy family lived. They visited the Charles B. Stewart Statue as part of the future “Pioneers of Montgomery,” where descendant Pat Spackey told of the unveiling of the statue at Cedar Brake Park, and drove to other sites.

The last stop on the tour was the Nat Hart Davis Museum and Pioneer Complex, the “namesake” for their DRT chapter. The law offices and cottage honor the First Mayor of Montgom­ery, Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis. The Davis family lived in the house from 1851until 1981 when it was given to the Montgomery Historical Society by the Davis relatives. Martha Gandy, president of the Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis DRT chapter (1970-1971), is his great granddaughter.

The tour of Montgomery was very timely for the Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis chapter members. The chapter will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 29 at the Lutheran Church in Montgomery. The ladies are descendants of many Texans dedicated to Texas history. The 50th anniversary celebration will be a time to remember these patriots and how their dedication formed the history of Montgomery County and all of the State of Texas. For information, contact Shelly Lane at shellygiesinger@netscape.net or 936-581-4801.

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(L-R): Carol Hicks, (president); Pat Spackey (vice president); Moira Smith (chaplain); Judy Weidner (secretary); Virginia Murray (treasurer); Gail Utley (registrar); Margie Malone (historian); Karen Hall (librarian) and Lady Dalton (parliamentarian).

(L-R): Carol Hicks, (president); Pat Spackey (vice president); Moira Smith (chaplain); Judy Weidner (secretary); Virginia Murray (treasurer); Gail Utley (registrar); Margie Malone (historian); Karen Hall (librarian) and Lady Dalton (parliamentarian).

NEW OFFICERS INSTALLED FOR UNITED STATES DAUGHTERS OF 1812 THOMAS BAY CHAPTER

The United States Daughters of 1812 are dedication to “Keeping the spirit of 1812 alive, Remembering America’s Second War for Independence, and Celebrating the American Spirit.” The purposes of the society are to promote patriotism, to preserve and increase knowledge of the history of the American people by preservation of documents and relics, the marking of historic spots, the recording of family histories and tradition, the celebration of patriotic anniversaries, teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds if the civil, military and naval life of those who molded the government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812, to urge Congress to compile and publish authentic records of men in civil, military and naval service from 1784-1815 inclusive, and to maintain at National Headquarters a museum and library of memorabilia of the 1784-1815 period.

For information on membership in the Thomas Bay chapter, USD 1812, contact Carol Hicks at chicks12005@yahoo.com.

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Master Director Betty Clipman with Show Chorus members.

Master Director Betty Clipman with Show Chorus members.

THE WOODLANDS SHOW CHORUS WINS REGION 10 COMPETITION

The Woodlands Show Chorus (TWSC) competed in the Great Gulf Coast Region 10 Convention and Competition in April and won with the highest scores in the region’s history. Region 10 is comprised of choruses in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Since its inception in 2012 as the largest and fastest -chartering chorus in Sweet Adelines International (SAI) history, TWSC has competed and won in numerous international competitions and is now working toward their next international competition in St. Louis in October 2018.

TWSC chose The Woodlands as home due to the area’s well-known support of the arts and is the only chorus of this type in the area. The majority of members were drawn to the chorus because of director Betty Clipman, who came out of retirement to reclaim her spot in the Sweet Adeline directing world as the Master Director of TWSC. Her global SAI experience spans 40-plus years with top level achievements and honors in almost every category across the organization. She is committed to continuous musical growth for all quartets and choruses through better educational opportunities.

Since its inception, the chorus has performed at many venues in The Woodlands and surrounding areas. The upcoming calendar includes:

  • July 2 – Bernhardt Winery Performance
  • July 3 – The Woodlands Pavilion, Star Spangled Extravaganza
  • July 15 – “Revival!” Show and Supper, Christ Church UMC, Conroe

TWSC offers entertainment and membership options to area residents. Their music includes special arrangements of today’s ballads, classic songs, popular show tunes and mainstream music. Women interested in joining should have a desire to perform and must possess the ability to accurately sing a song and hold her part while singing with other parts. To learn more , visit thewoodlandsshowchorus.org, email info@thewoodlandsshowchorus.org or call 713-208-0863.

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Nancy Parsons.

Nancy Parsons.

NANCY PARSONS’ WORK FEATURED ON RISING STARS & LEGENDS OF TEXAS’ PUBLICITY POSTER

Organizers for the Rising Stars & Legends of Texas, a celebration of arts and culture in the Lone Star state, did not have to look far for a piece of art that captured the spirit of the event’s festivities. They already knew about a painting that would be the perfect fit for the event’s poster – a canvas, created by Nancy Parsons, that was previously on display at the Conroe Art League.

When she received a request to use the image, Parsons gladly accepted. “It’s so nice when you create a piece and other people respond to it,” she said. “It’s very rewarding. I thought it was quite an honor.”

The painting is actually the center of a triptych – each panel measuring 12 inches by 12 inches – depicting a street scene. “I just thought it was a cool image, especially the fact that all the musicians were women,” she said. “It was unique – and it inspired me.”

While Parsons paints realistic scenes, her style is more impressionistic. “My goal is not so much to get all the realistic details, but more to capture the spirit of what’s happening, the soul of it,” she said. “It’s more of a spiritual approach to painting.”

Parsons started painting at a young age and continued throughout high school. She studied commercial art in junior college in her hometown of St. Louis before switching to a major in fine arts at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She later married poet Dave Parsons, moved to Houston and started a family. She briefly worked in international banking and then returned to school to study advertising design at the Art Institute of Houston.

Parsons formed Graphic Design Group in 1984. Although her focus remained on graphic design, a road trip a few years ago inspired her to pick up a paintbrush. Each day of the trip she completed a small, plein-air painting and started a blog in which she explained her work. When Parsons returned home, she had a one-woman show. “That’s what started me painting again and then I just couldn’t stop,” she said. Learn more at NancyParsonsArt.com.

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Texas Torque Robotics championship team.

Texas Torque Robotics championship team.

TEXAS TORQUE ROBOTICS WINS REGIONALS, PREPARES FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Texas Torque Robotics Team 1477 won big on March 18 at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lone Star Central Regional in Houston.

Texas Torque, a student-led team of Conroe/Woodlands area high school students supported by mentors Scott Rippetoe, Sherry Coats, Matt Davies and Karen Humes, built a robot for this years “Steamworks” theme challenge and took flight in their airship race. The robot battled to score the most points by gathering and shooting balls, scoring gears and climbing a rope. Texas Torque’s alliance partners were The Robonauts from NASA and the tCATS from Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico.

After a fierce battle in the quarterfinals the team advanced to semifinals and moved on to clinch the Lone Star Central Regional win. In addition to winning the regional competition, they took home the acclaimed Chairman’s Award for the third time, which recognizes the team that best demonstrates the greatest commitment to spreading science and technology practices in their respective communities as well as best exemplifying the true meaning of FIRST.

The team will be hosting the Lone Star North Regional April 1-2 at The Woodlands College Park High School, which is a free event open to the public. Texas Torque has advanced to compete in the 2017 FIRST Robotics World Championship to be held April 19- 22 at Minute Maid Park, The Toyota Center and The George R. Brown Convention Center, also open to the public. Texas Torque was part of the alliance that won the 2013 FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) World Championship.

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(L-R): Rebecca Khount, Texas State chair of the NSDAR Historical Preservation Committee; Martha Foerster; Larry Foerster, recipient of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Historical Preservation award for Texas; Judy Ostler, DAR State Regent of Texas; and Carol Hicks.

(L-R): Rebecca Khount, Texas State chair of the NSDAR Historical Preservation Committee; Martha Foerster; Larry Foerster, recipient of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Historical Preservation award for Texas; Judy Ostler, DAR State Regent of Texas; and Carol Hicks.

LARRY FOERSTER AWARDED NSDAR HISTORICAL PRESERVATION AWARD

During the recent TXDAR State Conference held in Dallas at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Larry Foerster was presented with the NSDAR Historical Preservation Award, which is one of the top three national awards presented by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Foerster was nominated by Carol Hicks, Coushatti Trace chapter, NSDAR.

Foerster serves as chairperson for the Montgomery County Historical Commission. The MCHC follows the Texas Historical Commission’s on-going purpose of surveying, recording and promoting the appreciation of local history, as well as marking those historic sites and structures deemed worthy of preservation for either historical or architectural reasons. Through the efforts of the Montgomery County Historical Commission, over forty historical markers (including subject, grave and building markers) have been researched, applied for and received for Montgomery County. Under Foerster’s leadership, the Montgomery County Youth Advisory Board was created of junior and senior students, representing public and private schools in Montgomery County. The purpose is to harness youth power in our communities.


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