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North Texas

August/September 2018

best times

For the best times in life...

Steel Guitar Jam

Expert pickers keep Western Swing alive pg. 4

Built With Love

Couple builds instruments with local lumber


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North Texas

August/September 2018

best times


For the best times in life...






ADVERTISING Delaney Pierce Sherrie Nelson

STAFF WRITERS Leslie Campbell Dan Eakin Juwan Lee

Published by North Texas Best Times PO Box 68 * Whitesboro, Texas * 76273 903.564.3565 * 940.759.4311

INSIDE 3 Hot rods

fall season

headed to Muenster

15 Hearty recipe

4 Steel guitars

for the fall season

play at Lake Kiowa


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13 Chorale plans

for artists

Make Music when you can!

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Car show planned for a good cause by Sherrie Nelson Klement Ford in Muenster, Texas has been serving generations since 1946. They would like to invite all car clubs and auto enthusiasts to come to their 1st Annual All Ford Car Show benefitting the Muenster Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD). The car show will be held at Heritage Park in Muenster on Saturday, Sept. 8. A check presentation will be made to the MVFD the day of the car show. Parking and admission is free into the car show. A multitude of vendors will be onsite to stoke your Ford dreams, quench

your thirst and fill your belly. AER (Authorized Engine Rebuilders), Ford Mustang Race Car & Trailer and Power Stroke will be there, along with truck and component displays. Hershey’s Chocolate will have three ice cream trailers, along with Bayer’s Kolonialwaren and several other vendors. The MVFD will be cooking hamburgers, hot dogs and German sausage. Trophies Awarded, will include: -Top 30 Classes will receive plaques. -Special Class: Best 1946 Ford, the year Klement Ford was founded will receive a chrome grill framed 1946 coupe mounted on wooden plaque. -Firemen’s Choice is a vintage brass

fire extinguisher with a special presentation from the MVFD. -People’s Choice: A custom wooden bench made with a ford tailgate built in. This award is given by the participation of the spectators who vote by donation to the MVFD in the bucket by their vehicle choice. -Best Overall: A custom made glass conversation piece table with a ford tailgate. Ben Bindel, General Manager at Klement Ford is expecting a large turn out with this being the largest indoor car show outside of the Metroplex and the first car show of it’s kind with all Ford cars and trucks!

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NTBT photo by Leslie Campbell

From left, Curtis Hogue, Luther Thompson and Paul King play their steel guitars along with Bobby Stout on acoustic guitar and Austin Lewter on drums.

Steel guitar and­— steel guitar

Veteran pickers keep the steel guitar alive in North Texas... by Leslie Campbell On Saturday afternoon, July 21, the outdoor thermometer at Lake Kiowa read 113 degrees. Inside Lake Kiowa Lodge, four steel guitar players were lined up on stage and putting out some heat of their own. Calling themselves the North Texas Steel Guitar Jam, Mark Greenway of Lake Kiowa, Curtis Hogue of Valley View, Luther Thompson of Denison and Paul King of Gainesville gathered to play country music together. They were accompanied by two electric guitars, an acoustic guitar, a drummer and a few vocalists. But the steels were the stars of the show. King said the group has been meet-

ing occasionally for at least six years so far, drawing players from North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. The last North Texas Steel Guitar Jam was about three years ago. King has been playing steel guitar almost 40 years. He is completely selftaught. He won the Texas Steel Guitar Association Player of the Year in 2015, which organization has over 600 members across the state. Mastering the steel guitar is popular in Texas, despite its complicated demands on a player’s hand, knee and foot coordination. Besides organizing the North Texas Jams, King said, “I play gospel music with The Vessels.” It’s a well-known gospel group out of Denton, also

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known as Lee and the Boys. Hogue has been playing steel guitar over 25 years. He said, “I played guitar and banjo and the sound of it lured me in.” He also plays with the Honkateers out of Ponder, and at his cowboy church twice a week. Thompson is steel guitar royalty. He’s been playing for 70 years. In 2014 he won the Texas Steel Guitar Association Player of the year; in 2015 he was inducted into the Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest Hall of Fame; and in May 2018 he received a Living Legend Award from the Cowtown Society of Western Music. Every Thursday for the last 17 years Thompson’s steel guitar playing is

heard at the Pacesetter Ballroom in Madill, Oklahoma and every Sunday at Hebron Baptist Church in Bells, Texas. The fact that he’s 83 years old doesn’t slow him down. Thompson said, “If somebody calls and I’m available, I’ll play.” When all four steel guitar players slid into Bill Anderson’s classic tune, “City Lights,” a hit in 1958, 1975 and again in 2016, each player took an instrumental solo, showcasing his personal style and skill. That’s the unique feature of a jam session, setting it apart from a recording or a performance. King is putting together another North Texas Jam, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lake

Kiowa Lodge. It will feature a different group of professional steel players. The public is invited to attend. The group is not meeting for a public performance, but as King said, “We don’t mind people showing up to hear us.” To attend, visitors must enter at the main gate into Lake Kiowa off FM 902, and let the security guard know they’re headed for the Steel Guitar Jam at the Lodge.

At right, Mark Greenway playing his Legend steel guitar, with Austin Lewter on drums. NTBT photo by Leslie Campbell

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Love to create art? Then GAVA want you! by Joe Connor

the right to exclude any item deemed inappropriate. Art submission is Sept. 9 - 10 from 10am to 2pm at the Santa Fe Depot in Gainesville. GAVA members pay $15 per entry, non-GAVA members $20 per entry – only 4 pieces can be submitted per artist. Students are encouraged to enter their art. For entry forms and additional information please visit the GAVA website www. Gainesville Area Visual Arts will be presenting awards in four categories – Traditional, Contemporary, 3D & Photography/Digital Art and local businesses have stepped up and contributed with their own unique awards & prize money. We are honored that First State Bank is once again presenting our Best of Show Award. Over $3000 in cash awards will be presented at this year’s Fall Art Exhibition. There will

The Gainesville Area Visual Arts Fall Art Exhibition is looking for artists in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma to join us for a great show. True to the Colors is the theme for this year’s annual show was chosen because Gainesville is the only Medal of Honor Host City in the USA and the theme also reflects the new branding for the City of Gainesville “Totally Texan, All American”. The theme is open to a wide interpretation which should provide for some interesting and beautiful work. Artists in all visual mediums are encouraged to submit their art from traditional to ‘way out there’ - 2 or 3 dimensional - it’s all welcome! This is an open juried show. Original art only - that has not been shown in the GAVA Fall Art Show in the last four years. GAVA reserves

be a People Choice Award too! The True to the Colors Fall Art Exhibition will be in the Historic Santa Fe Depot located at 605 E California St. in Gainesville. The show is free to the public and runs from September 15-23. The free Public Reception is Sept. 15 and will be the perfect time to experience all the art and meet the artists. Join us from 6:00pm until 8:00pm for art, light hors d’oeuvres and libations. Lots of the entered art will be for sale and there will also be an original art raffle with four gorgeous pieces of art for you to win. GAVA will announce more details on the True to the Colors Raffle very soon! Be sure to like the Gainesville Area Visual Arts on Facebook for more updates on the True to the Colors Fall Art Exhibition.

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Stay Tuned for ‘Weemstock 2019’ Couple builds guitars out of love and local lumber... by Leslie Campbell Ronnie and Cathy Weems live and work at their home place south of Whitesboro. They live in a house Ronnie

NTBT photo by Leslie Campbell

At left, Ronnie and Cathy Weems have turned their lifelong passions for music into a thriving guitar shop and busy schedule of jam sessions.

built himself over 30 years ago, following his career as a professional bass player and a finish carpenter for cabinet shops and homeowners. Woodworking led Ronnie to guitar-making, which he pursues, according to Cathy, “12 hours a day, every day.” Building Weems Guitars is his passion and

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his mission at Out of The Woods Workshop, located in a shop building and showroom beside their home. Cathy’s mission is making sure Ronnie gets to collect special lumber and to build guitars to his heart’s content. She also organizes potlucks for customers, friends and other musicians. Always family-friendly, the occasional gathering is called an “Out of The Woods Workshop Jam” and it’s announced on Facebook and local posters at music stores. One special gathering in 2016 was called “Weemstock,” a take-off on the famous Woodstock Music & Art Fair held in New York in 1969.

NTBT photo by Leslie Campbell

To date, the Oit in the Woods Workshop has produced 27 electric guitars, 78 accoustic guitars and 12 ukeleles.

Now, Weems have begun planning another Weemstock for 2019. It will bring

together friends and fellow musicians from Ronnie’s days as a bass player on the

road with his band, Texas Moon. When asked how he got

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NTBT photo by Leslie Campbell

Ronnie Weems plays one of his signature accoustic guitars made of native North Texas cedar.

started building guitars, Ronnie said, “I was doing carpentry work and needed some cedar posts. So, I went to a sawmill and picked up a slab of 12” by 4” walnut along with the posts and made my first electric guitar from it.” To date, Weems has built 27 electric guitars, 78 acoustic guitars and 12 ukuleles. Some were made of wood saved by the customer as a family heirloom, or from commercial applications (such as old barrel staves from the former Best Maid Pickle Factory in Fort Worth) and lucky finds at lumber yards. “All these guitars sound good. They all have their own voice,” said Ronnie. Many of the instruments are named, and all are individually numbered. Cathy is a former school teacher, administrator and college professor. She loves to collect musicians’ stories as much as Ronnie loves to collect rare woods. “The fun part is the stories. We’d love to have more jam sessions as well as another Weemstock. We want to share our good fortune and our music with the world,” said Cathy. One story involves a Weems guitar that was shipped to Romania, and after the long trip it needed adjustment for

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proper tuning. Ronnie and Cathy got together with their customer on a web chat and talked him through it. They both want to continue encouraging people to create their own stories in music and song. Fueled by Cathy’s cornbread and a big pot of beans, Weemstock 2019 will welcome covered dishes, slow cookers and, as Ronnie puts it, “drinking, but no rumbling.” Family-friendly is always the rule at Weems’ place. Cathy said, “We tell people to bring food to share and their favorite chair. Our theme is always Come Play!”

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NCT Chorale plans 2018 fall season by Phil Schenk The North Central Texas Chorale is looking to add more singers for the 2018 fall season. The Chorale is a community-based chorus that has been in existence for over 38 years and has presented quality music in Texas, New York, and abroad. The fall season will feature the very popular Vivaldi Gloria. The Gloria will be performed with an orchestra and organ in early December. The Gloria is a joyful hymn of praise and worship and is one of sacred music’s most uplifting choral works. The Gloria will be paired with Christmas classics to round out the concert. New singers are always invited. Mr. Clint Kelley is our Director. He has been the Junior High and High

School Choir Director at Sacred Heart School for many years. He received his Bachelor of Music from The University of Texas at Tyler. From 2006 to 2007 he worked with the University of Nevada Reno Community Chorus prior to coming to Texas. Mr. Kelley is a creative concert planner who excels at motivating and inspiring singers. Shirley Hatfield will be our accompanist this season. She has been the Organist-Choirmaster of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Gainesville since 2009, and has recently relocated to our community from Oklahoma.  Shirley is also the accompanist for the Weekday Masses at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster, and the accompanist for the Sacred Heart High School Choral Department.  Prior to coming to Gainesville, she served as Organist-

Choirmaster of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore, Oklahoma for 40 years. Although a majority of Chorale members are from Gainesville, many other cities including Decatur, Denton, Lake Kiowa, Lindsay, Muenster, Pilot Point, Sanger, Saint Jo and Valley View have been represented. There is no audition required to sing with the Chorale. We do ask that singers have experience singing in choirs. The ability to read music and sing on pitch is also very important. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 7–8:30 p.m. in the Choir Room at the First State Bank Center For The Performing Arts. This building is on the NCTC campus in Gainesville. Rehearsals will begin on Aug 28.

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Tastes of Autumn... Vegetarian Chili

Yields: 6 - 8 Prep Time: 0 hours 10 mins Total Time: 1 hour 0 mins

Ingredients 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeĂąo, finely chopped 1 tbsp. tomato paste

1 (15.5-oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15.5-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15.5-oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 (28-oz.) can fire roasted tomatoes 3 c. vegetable broth 2 tbsp. chili powder 1 tbsp. cumin 2 tsp. oregano kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Shredded cheddar, for serving Sour cream, for serving Cilantro, for serving

Directions 1 In a large pot over medium heat, heat olive oil then add onion, bell pepper, and carrots. SautĂŠ until soft about 5 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeĂąo and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.

2.Add tomato paste and stir to coat vegetables. Add tomatoes, beans, broth, and seasonings. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 3. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer, 30 minutes. 4.Serve with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro.

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North Texas Best Times Magazine - August 2018  
North Texas Best Times Magazine - August 2018