Veterans to be honored Friday at WCHS

Area veterans will be honored Friday morning during the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Webb City High School.

Cardinal Battalion JROTC cadets and other students will be applauding for the veterans as they enter Cardinal Dome. They are to get there early to register before the ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m.

Nicholas Harmon, a world history teacher and the soccer coach, will be the guest speaker. He’s also a veteran.

There will be band and choir performances. In particular, veterans are asked to stand as the band plays their branch’s theme song.

This year, the school is obtaining biographical information from each veteran to display with their photos.

Principal Jeff Wilkie credits Assistant Principal Amanda Eggleston for organizing the ceremony. “It’s one of my favorite things to do,” he says.

The ceremony will end in time for veterans to also attend the annual Elks Club Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. in Memorial Park.

Downtown readies for Holiday Merry Market

Webb City Public Works has hung the Christmas decorations on Main Street in time for the Downtown Holiday Merry Market Friday and Saturday … and so have merchants, such as Twisted Oak.

Farmers market to hold dinner to benefit WIC program

4 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Mining Days Community Building

The Webb City Farmers Market is offering a tasty way for everyone to help fund the market’s program to improve the nutrition of Women Infants and Children.

A $20 ticket will buy a salad and bottomless bowl of soup, which will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Mining Days Community Building in King Jack Park.

Debating from WCHS internationally are Evan Garrison, McKenzie Jones and Bria Brattin.

Debate team competes internationally

This year the Webb City High School Speech and Debate Team is making history by competing internationally for the first time.

A team of three seniors, Bria Brattin, Evan Garrison, and McKenzie Jones, entered the International Public Policy Forum Competition and at last check had advanced to the top 64 policy debate teams in the world, out of 22 nations and 31 states.

Theirs is the only team from Missouri to qualify and will continue to fight for a chance to compete in New York in May as one of the top eight teams worldwide.

“We are beyond proud of these hardworking groundbreakers!” says coach Tiffany Bolin.

Cornell Complex opening celebration Saturday

Noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at 212 W. Seventh St., Joplin

The Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts invite the public to the opening celebration of Joplin’s new home for the arts! 

The free event will be from noon to 5 p.m. noon Saturday at the complex, in front of the Joplin Memorial Hall on Seventh Street.

Activities will include self-guided tours, giant interactive puppets from Kansas City’s StoneLion Puppet Theatre, an exclusive free t-shirt giveaway sponsored by Mercy Hospital Joplin, art activities, food trucks, and more. Entertainment in the Beshore Performance Hall, featuring local performers, will be held throughout the day:

  • 12–12:30pm | Midwest Regional Ballet
  • 12:30–1pm | Missouri Southern State University Chamber Singers
  • 1–1:30pm | Briley Performing Arts
  • 1:30–2pm | Pinocchio School of Dance
  • 2–2:30pm | Heartland Opera Theatre
  • 2:30–3pm | Joplin High School Strolling Strings
  • 3–4pm | Joplin Piano Teachers Association Students
  • 4–4:30pm | Karen’s Dance Studio

“Going West,” 1934, lithograph by Thomas Hart Benton

Traveling exhibit of Thomas Hart Benton lithographs opens Saturday

Among the Cornell Complex celebration events will be the opening of an exhibition of Thomas Hart Benton’s lithographs. The State Historical Society of Missouri has arranged for the exhibition to be on loan here through March 5.

The exhibition, “Thomas Hart Benton: The Complete Editioned Lithographs,” brings the Missouri master’s artwork back home to the southwestern region of his native state. Benton was born in Neosho in 1889, and his editioned lithographs date from 1929 to 1974. The broad-range imagery reflects the artist’s complex aesthetic and philosophical approaches to the concept of American identity, and many of the prints are variations of famous Benton paintings. 

Benton sometimes described his images as explorations of “America’s mythologies,” according to Joan Stack, art curator of the State Historical Society of Missouri. “In this exhibition, many of the lithographs represent mythic tropes associated with the United States’ evolving understanding of its social, cultural, and economic character. Going West, for example, represents a locomotive engine powering its way forward across an American landscape.” 

The State Historical Society of Missouri holds one of the few complete collections of the editioned lithographs that Thomas Hart Benton published during his lifetime. These prints were displayed in two installments in 2019 as one of the inaugural exhibitions in the Society’s new Center for Missouri Studies building in Columbia. Now, for the first time, visitors can see the entire collection in a traveling exhibit at Spiva Center for the Arts.

Reserved (free) seats recommended for Pro Musica’s first concert in the Cornell Complex

Pro Musica will hold its first concert in the Cornell Complex at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The Schumann String Quartet and pianist Jon Nakamatsu are expected to present an exciting program including works for string quartet and piano quintet.

“We can’t wait to welcome these fabulous artists to Joplin for an evening of passionate, dramatic, and engaging chamber music and celebrate our first concert at the Cornell Complex,” says Pro Musica Executive Director Emlyn Johnson.

With limited capacity in the Beshore Performance Hall, the presenters encourage patrons to make a free online reservation in advance of the concert to save their seat here.

Patrons may also call Pro Musica at (417) 625-1822 to make their free advance reservation. Pre-registered patrons will have first priority for seating, and additional seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.