Community & Culture

My Drift

photo by Matt Cornelius
Sing a Song of ChristmasMy friend Randy has an app on his phone that counts down the days until Christmas. All year long, starting the day after Christmas, he keeps track. If you go to a baseball game with him in July, he’s likely to mention during the seventh inning stretch that Christmas will arrive in 157 days. He just loves Christmas. … I have to admit to not sharing his enthusiasm. I remember as a child feeling giddy delight as the holiday season loomed seductively around the corner.

Nancy Hinshaw Curtis

Soprano Nancy Curtis enjoys a multifaceted career as a singer of opera, oratorio, symphonic repertoire and recitals. … She has been invited to sing for many of our nation’s leaders including former Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Texas Governor Greg Abbott. … Curtis is also a member of the internationally acclaimed choral group, Conspirare.

Little Orphan Annie Comes to Texarkana

When someone hears the word “Annie,” especially in a musical setting, our minds remember the little orphan with red hair and the ever so famous red dress. She was a child icon who went from a cartoon comic character to live theatre, Hollywood movie stardom and television fame.

A Life with Reservations

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I wear a modern dress because we are still here. I wear shells to honor my ancestors. I wear squash blossom to honor my mother. I wear red in honor of all the missing and murdered Native American women. … “If not me, who? If not now, when?” This was the sage wisdom of Susan Warmack’s then first grade son, David; they were words meant to move her to action and lead her to start her foundation, The Native American Advancement Foundation (NAAF). The challenge was demanding, but Susan’s passion for her Native American community and for the place she was raised was and is still greater!

Higher Purpose

photo by Matt Cornelius
November 11 is a special day in the United States as it commemorates the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, when in 1918, the first World War ended. Since that time, Americans have used this special day to honor all the brave men and women of this country who have answered the call as freedom fighters and who have given us the invaluable gift of security we sometimes take for granted.

Giving Guide 2021

When we give, it touches so many people. Nonprofits have always been an essential part of our local economy and culture. The assistance and support they offer is crucial to the well-being of our entire region. Each one makes the area a better place to live and work. … These organizations across the region are still reeling from the impact of the coronavirus, yet they have continued providing vital services and resources and are fulfilling needs.

John David Blagg

photo by Seth Dortch
Partner in FowlCo Premier Waterfowl Outfitters, a Garber, Oklahoma guided dove and waterfowl hunting lodge, Texarkana native, John David Blagg is living his best life and creating unmatched hunting experiences for seasoned hunters as well as newcomers to the sport. With his team of experienced guides, he leads groups through bountiful landscapes at the heart of the Central Flyway. Along with FowlCo’s beautiful and inviting hunting lodge, John David and his team create a once in a lifetime experience for their clients. … fowlcooutfitters.com … What is your favorite Texarkana memory?

Touchdowns and Tastings

Opportunities, Inc. will hold a brewery benefit on October 17, 2021, to support its programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. … The benefit, “Touchdowns & Tastings,” is Opportunities’ third annual brewery benefit. The “Angels of Opportunities Guild,” a group of women dedicated to volunteering, serving, and raising awareness for Opportunities, sponsors the event in partnership with Pecan Point Gastropub and Brewery. This event will allow people to enjoy craft beer and delicious food while watching the New England Patriots vs.

A Sarine Thought… or Two

photo by Matt Cornelius
How Music Shapes a MemoirHave you ever noticed when a certain song comes on the radio or streams through your Spotify it can transport you back to a moment in time you would never otherwise recall? … Maybe a past team won a big game and a particular song was playing at the restaurant where you went to celebrate? Or maybe there was a song playing in the background the moment you laid eyes on your future spouse, and something just clicked! We all have songs that hold special places in our hearts because music is a powerful thing.

So Much More

photos by Matt Cornelius
Disability activist Robert Hensel, who holds the Guinness World Record for a six-mile wheelie in his wheelchair, has said, “There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more.” While it has been seen and proven that people with disabilities bring success, diversity and increased motivation to any workplace, they sadly are still fighting against decades of stigma and discrimination.

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