The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on September 22, 1968 · Page 66
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 66

Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, September 22, 1968
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PAGE U, e'razospoft Afeft-wtde the Bttzosport Facts. Freeport. Texts. Sunday. Sept.. 22, 1068 BP Music Theater offered popular 'Sound of Music' As Maria's voice fang out. teaching the Von Trapp children their "do re me's," the Brazosport Musical Theater culminated its 19C8 season. More than 2,200 persons witnessed the group's production of the Rogers and Ham* merstein musical, "Sound of Music," which starred Lindsay Campbell as Maria and Jerome Bourgeois as Capt. Von Trapp. Under guidance of director Billy Williams and musical director Karl Kickfang, the Musical Theater once again pleased Brazosport audiences with their choice of plays. The group began its career in 1966, under the chairmanship of Jane Gerdes, with a production of the "King and I," with Gene Markley as director, Don Hood was musical director. "Oliver" was the 19G7 production, with Bill Williams directing and Fred McDonald acting as musical director. Officers chosen for the 1908 season were: Joan Edmorison, chairman; JaniceSeidule, vice chairman; Virginia Hall, secretary; Alvie Merrill, treasurer. Board of Directors: Mrs. Gerdes, Mrs. J. Lee Clarke, and Royce Lumpkin. The Musical Theater is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide education In and an outlet for the expression of interest in all phases of musical theater productions and to stimulate community interest in musical theater. Membership Is open to all persons willing to participate In theater activities and productions, Chairman Joan Edmonson said. Productions under consideration for next year, she said, Include "My Fair Lady" and "Carnival." SOUNDS OF MUSIC rang forth as the group at right were center stage during the Brazosport Music Theater's production of the same name this July. In the scene at right Maria is getting acquainted with her charges In the delightful musical show which has charmed thousands wherever It has been performed. Concert group offers variety LAUGHTER AS WELL AS MUSIC were part of this year's annual summer production of the Brazosport Music Theater, "The Sound of Music." In the scene pictured, the baroness and the impresario KO through a gay song and dance routine. Ticket holders of the Bra- zosport Community Concert Association were presented offerings during 19G7-C8 ranging from chamber music to ballet. This season's attractions Include a well-known popular orchestra, a children's choir, and a concert pianist. SERVING BRAZORIA COUNTY SINCE 1942 H. W. Merrill, one of Freeport's pioneer men came here in 1939. Merrill was one of many men who came to work on the original construction of Dow Chemical Company.How- ever, an idea came to Mr. Merrill early in 1942, and this idea has grown to more than eighty times its original size. Starting out with only one truck H. W. Merrill moved only local residents from one area to another. But as time passed his company became associated with Atlas Van Lines, a nation wide moving service and again in 1955 it took another giant step and became an agent for International Sea Van World wide Distribution. Today Merrill'Moving has many furniture vans, local freight equipment, gasoline and various other heavy duty equipment. Today Merrill Moving and Storage carries a slogan of "Door to Door and Shore to Shore." in 1959, duo to 11. W. Merrill's death. Don Merrill took over as general manager of the company along with his Mother, Mrs. Dixie Merrill. In 1903 Henry Merrill opened a furniture store with Don Merrill and began MerrlllOllCom- pany in 1905, Today the company Is broken down Into three counterparts, Merrill Moving and Storagu, Merrill Oil Company and Merrill Furniture Company. Each counterpart Is headed by one of the three Merrill brothers. Alvie Merrill is General Manager of Merrill Moving and Storage, Don Merrill Is General Manager of Merrill Oil Company and Henry Merrill heads up the Merrill Furniture Company. H. W. MERRILL, FOUNDER I DON MERRILL ALVIE MERRILL HENRY MERRILL MERRILL MOVING A STORAGE, MERRILL FURNITURE A MERRILL OIL COMPANY AS SEEN TODAY f Merrill MOVING and STORAGE, INC 1912 Brazosport Blvd Freeport 233-4131 Varied prui:rani!> ha%e I ecu the history of Comiiiunltv i.'on- cert Association since Us U>- Rlmilng. Its Intent of brliutuiK Internationally acclalmeO musical attractions to Hrazosport audiences has U-en carried out yearly for Us more than 1.000 patrons. Durlnc the 1907-08 season such artists as the Honierus, a cultar quartet; a chamber music group, the Tlptoii Trio; the National liallet of Canada; anil Arthur Gold and Hubert F 1 '!• (I a 1 e . duu-pianists were presented. scheduled (or the 'CB-O'.i season. They are;:Gu> 1 omljanjo and tils Kosal Canadians; the ON'rMrchen Children's Choir; the Until Pane International Mallet; The Hevelers, a male quartet; ami I IH> 1 ut\ulsi. classical pianist. Local ticket holders start- ID a reciprocating arrangement with Wharton atxl 1'a^a- ilena which allows them to view performances in both ol those cities at m»extra charge. Officers of the croup are \'lucent Thorp* 1 , president; Nelson (Jriswold, vice president; Mr*. .1. Let; Clarke, sec- retar;.. an 1 Mason Kvans, Five attractions havi? U-en treasurer. Merger was LWY's key word for '68 Merger was the key word for the League of Women Voters during 1DG7-C8. M«mborshl|)S ol the Frex- port arid Lake Jackson Leagues voted In March to combine Into the League of Women Voters of Brazosi<ort, *lih the hope of serving area-wide rather than In just the two cities. The group adopted :i local program of study o( overlapping governmental districts in Hra/oria County Precinct 1. Mrs. W. F. Mcllhwnny of Lake Jackson was named president of the combined League, Mrs. Tom Kenyon and Mrs. A. W. Ilenson, both of Frue- port, were chosen vice presidents. Since its creation In March the flrazosport League has distributed C, 000 V o i u r s Guldt-s In Freeporl, Lake Jackson and Cliite before the primary elections. It will place more (nan 10,000 Guides, with tho help of the How Chemical Co., in the hands of llrawjsi<ort voters before the general election in November. For the first time some distribution of Guides will be made in Angleton. A public workshop on at- tendlnt; precinct convention: i*-is held aixf the group sjmn- sorwl candidate rallies In hoih i-'reejort und Lake Jackson prior to local elections. More than 2,000 Nuikli-t.ioii jury service -*ere placed In Brarorfa Count) court rooms for the use of prospective jurors. Copies of the Leacuv publication "Choosing tin- 1'rvsi.. fieri!," a liook-Uf-The Month Club selection during 190", 'A ere placed In I)raso.i|<jrt school libraries for student use. The League also conducted a successful finance iJrlve as an area-wide organization. Program units .spon.sormJ by the group ere-* to three. The Monday unit meets the second ami fourth Mondays In tho Freejort First Presbyterian Church at 9:30 a.m. The Lake ./ackson Kecrt-u- lltin Center Is the site of thu Tuesday unit, which meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 0:30 a.m. A night mi 11, new to thu group, will meet the second awl fourth Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Places are announced through the press. THIS SIGN at the Brazosport Art League Building in Freeport reflects the talent and artistic skills in the community lor it marks the site of the exhibits which have become a regular feature of the local art group. fc.feu-~~- Sk*<

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