Event to benefit Jonesboro Crisis Center
The Treble Clef Music Club is sponsoring a "Christmas Treasurers Bazaar" silent auction on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (corner of Highland and Harrisburg Road in Jonesboro) from 5-7 p.m.
Among the items to be bid on will be lunch for two with ASU head men's basketball coach Dickie Nutt and lunch for two with Arkansas State University's head women's basketball coach Brian Boyler. In addition there will be two gifts cards; a Santa from Bennett's Nursery; two of Monette writer John Steele's books; piano programs by two of Jonesboro's premier pianists -- Harriett O'Neal and Fonda Lofton; two whimsical, children's oil paintings by Little Rock artist Becky Mitchum, and many more items.
Pat Qualls Taylor, formerly of Monette, is a member of the music club and said the activity will include a variety of both Christmas and non-Christmas items including handmade items, baked goods and candy. Refreshments will be served.
Immediately following the bazaar at 7 p.m. a free music program will be presented by Dr. Dan Ross, oboe instructor at ASU and some of his students. The first 50 people to attend the bazaar will receive one of Dr. Ross' Christmas CDs.
"This is a great opportunity for people to do some early Christmas shopping, hear a wonderful music program and help support the worthy projects of the Treble Clef Music Club," Taylor said.
Kathleen Rougeau, president of the Treble Clef Club, and Taylor will appear on the Diana Davis Show at KAIT TV 8 at 4:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29.
The Treble Clef Club is a 100 year old club under the umbrella of the National Federation of Music Clubs which is a 108 year old music club.
"We have monthly meetings from September through May and have a music program at each meeting," Taylor said. "When the Treble Clef Music Club was originally formed, the meetings and programs were held n the homes of the members. As our organization began to decline, we started to think of ways we could create interest and new enthusiasm. The first thing we did was to open our programs to the public. We now meet in the round room at the Jonesboro Public Library where the acoustics are outstanding and gives a wonderful performance setting. We have excellent programs at each meeting."
Taylor said the December meeting is traditionally a "white elephant" sale to raise money for the club's projects. The silent auction Christmas Treasures Bazaar is open to the public this year. The proceeds from the bazaar will be used for one of their community outreach projects. This year the proceeds will be used for the Jonesboro Crisis Center, a home for battered and abused women and children. The Club also sponsors other worthy projects within the community and surrounding area to promote, educate and foster the arts.
"We give scholarships to deserving musicians to music camps," Taylor said.
Ms. Qualls Taylor and club member Dr. Heather Hall Coleman recently performed at the dedication of The Janet M. Huckabee Grand Hall at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock.
"This was a big honor," Taylor said.
Taylor, an accomplished harpist, has performed at the White House on two different occasions. She was inducted into the Arkansas Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2001 and has performed with the Delta Symphony Orchestra.
She is a graduate of Monette High School and received a master's degree in music education from Arkansas State University. She was director of choral activities at Monette High School for 16 years.
She served as mayor of Lake City from 1979-1983. She was appointed to the Arkansas Public Service Commission in 1983 by then Gov. Bill Clinton, and served until 1997.
Dr. Coleman, flutist, is a graduate of Jonesboro High School and received a bachelor of arts degree in music from ASU. She earned both master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from the University of Memphis.
Coleman has performed extensively as a soloist and also with chamber music ensembles and with the Delta Symphony Orchestra. She teaches music for kindergarten through third grade students at Fox Meadow Elementary School.