Every time the
man next door headed toward Robinsons house,
Robinson knew he was coming to borrow something. "He
wont get away with it this time," muttered
Robinson to his wife. "Watch this."
"Er, I wonder if youd be
using your power-saw this morning," he asked.
"Gee, Im awfully
sorry," said Robinson with a smug look, "but
the fact of the matter is, Ill be using it all
"In that case," said the
neighbor, "you wont be using your golf clubs,
mind if I borrow them?"
My next-door neighbor and I frequently
borrow things from each other. Not long ago, when I
requested his ladder, he told me he had lent it to his
son. Recalling a saying my grandmother used to repeat, I
recited, "You should never lend anything to your
kids, because you will never get it back."
With that, he responded, "Well,
its not even my ladder. Its my
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Dr. L. D. Balfour Says
Carthage Can Get the Blair Line.
For some time past Dr. L. D. Balfour
has been interesting himself actively in a new north and
south railroad which he thinks Carthage has an excellent
chance to get. It is an extension of the well known Blair
line which now runs from Kansas City south to Osceola, a
distance of 140 miles. The Blair line people own large
interests in the Frisco and it is certain they will soon
tap the Frisco at a convenient Southwest Missouri point
for access to Kansas City.
Stockton is making a strong pull to get
the road, and will probably succeed. In that case either
Monett or Carthage will probably be the point at which
the Frisco will be tapped. Carthage could probably get it
by the right effort, and in that undertaking would
probably be seconded by Joplin, as the Frisco branch from
here to that place could be used in a connecting line to
Neosho, Pineville, Bentonville, and Rogers, Ark., parts
being already built.
"If Youve Got the
The Carthage Acoustic Music
Festival will include devoting the first three
hours on Saturday to "open stage."
Beginning at 10 oclock
Saturday morning, the open stage will allow
individual and groups the opportunity to perform
on stage with a professional sound system in a
festival setting. Sign ups will begin at 9 a.m.
The open stage will stop at 1 oclock and
booked bands will begin.
The traditional acoustic theme
for the festival will continue with no
electrified instruments or tapes allowed during
the performances all day.
During the open stage portion
of the program, individuals will be allowed up to
ten minutes on stage and groups of two or more
will command up to twenty minutes of stage time.
According to festival organizer
H. J. Johnson, "anyone with the guts to get
on stage can perform."
The CAM Festival is sponsored
by the Powers Museum with funding assistance from
the Helen S. Boylan Foundation. The event is
produced in cooperation with the Carthage
Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Bluestem Band Featured at 2010
Carthage Acoustic Festival.
The Carthage Acoustic Festival
pre-festival concert will feature the band
Bluestem this Friday at the old High School
Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. Opening the show
will be Alan Young and Joe Smith blending their
Dobro/guitar talents and showcasing Youngs
vocal and songwriting abilities.
The Bluestem group was formed
in 1982 and has performed frequently on stage at
the Winfield Music Festival and is a seasoned and
Advanced tickets for the Friday
show are on sale at Oldies & Oddities Mall on
the Square, or at the door for $7. Children under
12 are free.
The Festival will continue on
the Historic Carthage Square from 10 a.m. until
10 p.m. on Saturday.
The Fesitval is sponsored by
the Powers Museum with funding assistance from
the Helan S. Boylan Foundation. Other
considerations provided by the City of Carthage,
the Jasper County Commission and the Mornin
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Keith Alberding, sings the girl
parts and has all the charm of a banjo player. He
always waits until you mouth is full of coffee to
tell the punch line. Plays banjo, guitar, and
Jim Rood, runs with scissors
and usually talks too much. He is not usually
influenced by quality.Plays fiddle, guitar, and
sings baritone and tenor
Rick Marshall, can recite every
line from Monty Pythons Holy Grail and
likes pie.He has a large collection of our capos.
He even has Elviss capo. thank you very
much.Plays guitar, and sing baritone and tenor
Marvin Pine, is the geezer and
is the owner of the largest boot collection. He
is Cowboy #54 in the state.Plays bass, spurs, and
recites cowboy poetry.
Woody the wonder bass
The real star of the show,
holds Marvin up.
"We hope to see you down
the trail for some tunes and some laughs."
Its always fun to see
the Square with some additional activity.
Onea the things ya always hear from the
"old timers" is how the Square used
ta come alive on Saturdays.
Hopefully activities like
the CAM Fest (Im likin that
abbreviated handle) bring back some of the
feelin of those days gone by.
While youre on the
Square enjoyin the entertainment, take
a few minutes to appreciate the merchants
that still occupy the Square. You might be
surprised at the variety of businesses that
are on and around the district.
Hopefully youll want
to come back and visit when ya have more time
to shop the downtown area.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
NOTES from Hyde House
by Sally Armstrong,
Director of artCentral
Last month a
special event was held by artCentral that left us
all speechless! I have not yet written about the
5X5 Art Auction, as the PRESS ran a nice article
just after and I wanted to wait a bit to blow our
horn, but allow me to do so now. At the outset
the board of directors thought we had a good
idea, germinating after an initial thought voiced
by member Eric Haun that this could be fun, using
a 5x5 inch format and asking all member artists
to donate a piece for auction. Eighty nine
canvases were ordered, and seventy five were
returned completed, a great average. Silent
bidding took place over a three week period,
following a special afternoon opening party on
April 25th, and we had hoped to receive at least
$3000.00 in donations for the various pieces, an
amount we would have been thrilled with. Imagine
our joy at the news of $8,165.00 total in
donations for the seventy five works taken away
the evening of May 15th! Special thanks go out to
my entire board of directors who were present en
masse on that evening to assist with the auction,
both in the collection and auction areas. Thanks
as well to our underwriter for the event and
show, HOMETOWN Bank. And most importantly, our
thanks to the 75 artists who took their time to
create the various pieces, not knowing how much
revenue their particular work would generate, but
agreeing to create these donations. We did know
that artist Andy Thomas painting would draw
a high bid, but little did we expect it to reach
$3,000.00! Thank you, Andy, for this most
generous donation of your time and talent. Many
other pieces drew high bids, and I will note that
Joplin artist Frank Young was second with a piece
bringing 500.00, Lowell Davis piece was
third at 400.00, and Jorge Leyvas small
work received 200.00. But of course, it was the
total of all the remaining works that added up to
the great total that we enjoyed, so each and
every entry played a part in our great success.
"Stay tuned" for other special events
being planned for the remainder of this
anniversary year, and please, do stop by this
weekend and view the beautiful ceramics and
tapestries in our current exhibition, TEXTURE, by
Jack and Lee Ann Sours and Suzanne Sours Israel,
that will only remain in the gallery for this
last weekend. We will be open Friday, Saturday
& Sunday, noon to 5:00.
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