Glass Harp Makes Two Other Stops in Waxahachie!

While in town for the Waxahachie Chautauqua on Sat. Sept. 24, Brien Engel will give a musical, historical, and scientific presentation of his glass harp to other audiences on Friday, the previous day. 

Brien's first stop Friday morning will be Life School, where he will present the science of the Glass Harp to 3 high school science classes.  Thanks to Angela Copeland,  AP Chemistry and Physics teacher at Life School,  for helping to arrange these presentations.

The afternoon will find Brien the Country Lane Senior Community where he  will present this ethereal music and demonstrate and interweave the science and history of the instrument. Thanks to Cynthia Garza for arranging this!

Brien is part of an exciting revival of the enchanting art of glass music which  goes back to Renaissance times. 

Link to Hear Brien play. 

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Chautauqua Joins In
North Texas Giving Day September 22!

Gifts of $25+ donated to the Chautauqua Preservation Society will be multiplied by $2.5 million in bonus and prizes when you give through NorthTexasGivingDay .org between 6am until midnight on 9/22.

Make your donation go farther!

Chautauqua Joins WISD         
for Art Competition about "WATER"


Waxahachie elementary school art students will be interpreting WATER in a district-wide art competition in various mediums of painting, drawing, and creating. The art will be judged by:
    1 - Relevance to water theme
    2 - Creativity
    3 - Craftsmanship.

Artists will be submit their art to their art teachers by grade level -
    Group 1 = Grades 2 & 3
    Group 2 = Grades 4 & 5
Each group will have 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners. 

Winning submissions will be announced on Saturday ,
September 24th during the Opening Ceremonies of the
Chautauqua Assembly.  They will also be on display at
the Chautauqua that day!
A huge thanks to WISD art teacher Debbie Davis and all
the other Elementary Art Teachers at WISD who will have
students participating.

And also a special thanks to the 3 judges from the Ellis County
Art Association:  Jana Jennings, Diane Pittard and Shawn Davis.

2017 "Chautauqua Grove" Inspired by
Shaded Assemblies of the Past

The Chautauqua Preservation Society is joining the Waxahachie Parks Department to plan the first "Chautauqua Grove" in Getzendaner Park, beginning with 2 trees to be planted in January 2017.

After the close of the 1901 Waxahachie Chautauqua Assembly, the Waxahachie Enterprise (August 9, 1901)  stated:
"Bless me, what a time we have had under the greatest trees that ever grew in Texas. Like angels of mercy these trees have shaded us, fanned us and spread their great arms above us and pronounced heaven’s blessings upon us by day and night."

Most long-time visitors to Getzendaner Park have noticed the thinning of the shade trees due to various storms and natural old age. Beginning in January, shade trees will be planted to continue the park's shady tradition for future generations.

The first two shade trees will be planted on the east side of the Auditorium. The 2 trees will be dedicated to 2 speakers - the Chautauqua Assemblies' 2015 keynote Fred Haise and 2016 Fabien Cousteau.  These two trees, combined with the two trees already in that area plus a new bench, will create the first "Chautauqua Grove".

The goal will be to create additional Chautauqua Groves with trees dedicated to future Chautauqua speakers.  Hopefully, these trees will also one day "spread their great arms above us and pronounce heaven’s blessings upon us"!

Stamps and Post Office        
Return to Chautauqua

US Post Office posts your letters -  a once a year event!
We're so lucky to have the U.S. Post Office returning to the Chautauqua Exhibit Tent.  This year they'll bring sheets of National Park stamps in this 100th anniversary of the National Parks - many with WATER!
Only on Sept. 24th  will you be able to post a letter from 
Waxahachie Station at Getzandaner Park. These l
etters and cards will have a special water-related Chautauqua cancellation. .And yes - this postmark is a collector's item! So, bring your cards and letters to mail – to your loved one or to yourself!

Astophilatelist Brings Stamps about Water For Viewing!
Ray Cartier, our well-known friend in the stamp world,  brings several frames of  his extraordinary exhibit of water-related stamps and covers from around the world. There are a lot of stamps!

He will also be selling imprinted envelopes he designed specifically for the 2016 Waxahachie Chautauqua.

Ray E. Cartier, is an Astrophilatelist, author and recipient of five Gold medals around the country at “World Series of Philately” competitions as well as many other accolades. He is the co-founder,with his wife Karen, of the Mid-Cities Stamp Club of Arlington, Texas. Karen is author of Tales by Mail - Book 1 and upcoming sequel  Tales by Mail - Book 2.

Come and speak with Ray and Karen about all things regarding stamp collecting. A great hobby for all ages.

Chautauqua Preservation Society
P.O. Box 126
Waxahachie, TX 75168
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