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Peek into Panola -Carthage Music Club (September 2012)

Peek into Panola -Carthage Music Club
By Vina Lee

The Carthage Music Club celebrates its 75 th Anniversary September 30, 2012. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration at 2:00 PM, Sunday at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame on Panola Street in Carthage.

Charles Reid will perform. He is a great tenor and has performed at the Metropolitan Opera and recently at Theater Hagen in Germany. His mother, Carolyn Reid is a member of the Carthage Music Club which began in 1937 with 24 members. The purpose was to "stimulate individual effort and elevate the musical standard of the community." The club joined the Texas Federation of Music Clubs.

At that time in history, ladies dressed up in all of their finery, hats and furs to attend the music function. The first meeting was in the home of Mrs. Sid Baker Turner. This year's program is dedicated to the music of 1940's.

The club President, Sandra Chamness says that in May they will celebrate National Music Week by performing at the banks, nursing homes and other public places in the community. They also give a scholarship to a music major in Panola County each year and have purchased pianos for the Chamber of Commerce, Panola College and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.