2006 Chautauqua
September 30, 12:30-8:30pm


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12:30pmOpening Ceremonies

1:00pmA Conversation with Film Director Ken Harrison
Writer Jackie Larson interviews the noted film director.

Film director and writer Ken Harrison has directed several feature films shot on location in Waxahahcie, including On Valentine's Day and 1918, both written by Academy Award winner Horton Foote. Harrison also directed 17 episodes of Wishbone, the Emmy Award winning PBS children's program.

2:00pmVoices of Freedom-Voices of Destiny
Pianist Felicity Coltman and Actress Mary Margaret Buss present a vibrant musical and dramatic portrayal of women who shaped America.

Felicity Coltman, founder and former Artistic Director of the Austin Chamber Music Center, accompanies actress Mary Margaret Buss who will perform dramatic portrayals of stories and songs that will range from Plymouth Rock to Ellis Island and are sure to "stir the flame of freedom in your heart as you reflect on America's patriotic past."


3:00pm"Bridging the Chasm Between Conversation and Communication" with Texas Author Jim Ainsworth
Texas author Jim Ainsworth talks about the important role of stories in our lives.

With publication of his first novel, In the Rivers' Flow, Ainsworth discovered a passion for writing fiction based on real experiences. His second novel, Rivers Crossing continues the story of the Rivers family. Both novels are based on Texas characters and settings from his own life.


4:00pmDr. Bluefield's Attoyac Valley Medicine Show
The Attoyac Valley String Band presents an old time medicine show and string band music.

The music is a mixture of original and traditional tunes which are focused on the "lost culture" of earlier times in East Texas. This "medicine show approach to music" is designed to transport the audience to those earlier times. This is an act that can be fun for the whole

5:30pmPicnic Supper

No need to go searching for delectable edibles. Box dinners by Rose Cameron will be available for purchase at the assembly during the break between afternoon programming and the evening entertainment. Dining tables will be set up near the auditorium, or you may want to bring a blanket for a more authentic picnic experience. Soft drinks and water will also be sold.


6:30pmPie Social (benefiting Waxahachie CARE Food Bank)

Back this year by popular demand, Waxahachie CARE will be hosting an old fashioned pie social with all proceeds benefiting the Waxahachie CARE Food Bank. Local restaurants will bake and donate a variety of delicious pies to be sold by the slice. Or take home a whole pie if you like!


7:00pmNew Arts Six presents "Black Diva-The Voice of Angels"
Nationally recognized vocal ensemble New Arts Six pays a musical tribute to black opera singer, Sissieretta Jones.

"Black Diva-the Voice of Angels" is a biographical opera-drama that explores the achievements of African-American opera singer Sissieretta Jones. At the height of her career from 1892 through 1910, black female singers were an exotic curiosity. They sang in concerts, minstrel and vaudeville shows, and wherever they could. In this exciting drama, you will share the struggles and achievements of Sissieretta Jones as she overcomes artistic, social and racial barriers.



"Black Diva" will be presented by New Arts Six, a Dallas performing arts ensemble devoted to the preservation of African-American music, poetry and literature. Individually and collectively, the ensemble members come with extensive musical training in classical opera, musical theatre, education and theology.


8:30pmClosing Ceremonies