'Parade of American Music' theme for Matinee meeting
Matinee Musical Club held its November meeting in the home of Jo Randall with Annette Griesbach as co-hostess. Fourteen members were present.
President Leah Thomason gave roll call. The Hymn of the Month was sung, accompanied by Mary Ray, followed by the collect.
Gloria Thrasher presented new member Mona Butala with a club pin and explained its meaning.
A note from Austin thanked the club for an outstanding concert by the East Texas Hand Bell Ensemble. Much interest was expressed in Marie Gest's peanut butter bar recipe, part of the refreshments served.
Mrs. Griesbach presented data on NFMC publications. Music Club Magazine is published three times a year. Junior Keynotes magazine editor is Jean Moffett. Musical Messenger is a Texas magazine. TFMC magazine is published four times each year.
Chairman Lisa Loewe presented a program entitled "Parade of American Music" with a patriotic theme: 1750-1800, "Yankee Doodle" sung by Denise Starnes; 1800-1850, "Star Spangled Banner" sung by members accompanied by Gloria Thrasher; "My Country 'Tis of Thee" sung by members accompanied by Marie Gest; 1850-1900, "America The Beautiful" sung by members with Lisa Loewe at the piano; 1900-1950, "God Bless America" sung by Mary Ray accompanied by Dixie Whitmore; 1950-2000, "God Bless The U.S.A." by Lee Greenwood on CD; 2000-present, "It's America" words read by Lisa Loewe.
Mary Ray announced the high school band will present a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. The junior high bands and junior high and high school choirs will be in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Sunday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church, a community choir will present songs from the Messiah with Lee Thomason directing. Everyone is invited to participate.
The meeting was closed with members singing the NFMC benediction accompanied by Mary Ray. The hostesses served refreshments. Matinee Club is a member of the Texas and National Federation of Music Clubs.—Dixie Whitmore, reporter