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Wednesday Workshops

The ACHS Wednesday Workshops, which had been temporarily suspended due to CoVID 19 guidelines, are to be resumed starting 5/27/20 at the Rockport Dairy Queen 2:00 to 3:30 PM.

New Guy Clark Song Available

The Historical Society has rotated a new music video from the Guy Clark Tribute we held in 2019. Hear Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp play Texas Cookin‘ .

Governor’s Mansion Art Program Postponed

The program on the Art Collection of the Governor’s Mansion originally scheduled for March 26, 2020 has been postponed in accordance with guidance from the Government on avoiding large gatherings to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus (AKA Coronavirus).

Wednesday Workshops Suspended

In accordance with government guidance and out of concern for the health and welfare of our members, ACHS is temporarily suspending the Wednesday Workshops that have been scheduled on Wednesday afternoons at the Rockport Dairy Queen. We will resume our regular schedule once the virus threat has passed.

ACHS 2020 Annual Meeting

ACHS had its 2020 annual meeting on February 27, 2020 at the Saltwater Pavilion in Rockport. The business meeting was opened by President Cheryl Livingston and a quorum was declared. Board members whose terms were set to expire in 2020 were re-elected. The Treasury report was read and we moved on to the presentation. This year, the presentation was on the Five Earliest Churches in Rockport. A video of the presentation is available through our video page.

Guy Clark Fans Come From Far and Wide

Guy Clark fans, also known as Guyotes, came from far and wide to attend one or both of the Guy Clark Tribute Concerts with Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp on August 1st and 2nd 2019. Have a look at these maps, created by Tom Watkins. These maps show where the fans were from who purchased tickets online.

Guy Clark Tribute – Joe Specht of Abilene, Texas

The following is an account of the Guy Clark Tribute with Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp as told by Joe Specht of Abilene, Texas:

We wanted to share the text of two emails sent out to a large group of music history buffs by Joe Specht of Abilene, Texas, who, along with his brother-in-law Ken Wilson of Dripping Springs, was in attendance at the Thursday performance of the Guy Clark Tribute show.  Joe is noted music historian and has been collecting information on Guy Clark for many years.  Below is the text of  the two emails combined, slightly edited by David Murrah. It is an excellent summary of the show.

Fellows,

Thursday morning your humble reporter was behind the wheel and our elder brother-in-law was in shotgun seat leaving Dripping Springs and heading for Rockport via Kyle, San Marcos, Luling, Gonzales, Cuero, Victoria, Tivoli, and Rockport.

Upon arriving, we met-up with Dr. Murrah at the La Palma Event Center.  Here David gave us our marching orders: Ken and I were to be responsible for checking tickets for the reserved seating area down front.  The Aransas County Historical Society (ACHS), under the leadership of Cheryl Livingston, had been hard at work putting this event together, and they did themselves proud.

We came back over at 4 o’clock for the sound check as Mr. Thompson and Mr. Camp breezed into the parking lot.  Verlon remembered us from 2011 West Texas Book & Music Festival, and we got to meet Shawn for the first time.  The boys travel lite: two ‘coustic guitars, special mic, and Guy Clark songbook.  As they were concluding sound check, I reminded Verlon that he had sung “Abilene” in Abilene.  And the boys broke into a good natured, abbreviated version with encouragement from you-know-who (see attachment taken by a sneaky Ken).

The doors opened at 6 o’clock with concert starting at 7:00.  Beer and wine was free; bottled water would cost you a buck.  We got to reconnect with our pal Tamara Saviano, who had pre-signed copies of Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark with proceeds from sales going to ACHS.  In checking tickets, I also met Tamara’s father, a Bostonian with accent to match.  Mr. Saviano is, quite naturally, very proud of his daughter’s accomplishments, as are we. Everyone is awaiting the Guy documentary which will premiere at SXSW.

The Clark sisters were present.  Briefly said hello to Caro; had more time to chat with Jan.  I also met John Jackson, Mary Lucille’s younger brother.  John introduced me to Mary Martha Shivers, who is in the classic 1956 photo of the 9th grade class officers (Guy was treasurer) taken in front of the Malt Shop.  And the buzz in the air in La Palma Event Center was festive, much like a class reunion.

Dr. Murrah handled the introductions and recognitions.  Then it was time for Mr. Thompson and Mr. Camp to work their magic.  Kicking things off with “Texas 1947.”  Exchanging verses, harmonizing sublimely, fire on the strings.  We know, of course, that Verlon is a flattop box master, but Shawn more than held his own.  The stories flowed, too, with Verlon sharing most of ‘em.  The fact that Mr. Thompson is an Okie and Mr. Camp an Arkie also made for humorous exchanges.

Just before the break, Shawn left the stage apparently not feeling well.  At the start of second set, Tamara offered comments on writing the biography and thanking the Rockport folks again for all their assistance.  When the boys returned, Mr. Camp explained that he had thrown-up, perhaps suffering from food poisoning … fried red snapper.  A perfect segue into “Texas Cooking.”  And the boys were off again.  Throughout the evening lots of favorites: “Desperadoes,” “LA Freeway,” “Randall Knife,” “Dublin Blues,” etc.  And because we were in Rockport, several of Guy’s south coast/gulf songs: ”Boats to Build” et al.  Verlon even pulled out “Eaman” (a Clark co-write with Rodney Crowell): “Sing fare the well/Calm seas or swell/Red evening sky/Home and dry.”

 And, yes, the boys did include “Let Him Roll” on the play list.  And Shawn did sing three of the Sis Draper songs (“Sis Draper,” “Magnolia Wind,” “The Death of Sis Draper.”  Furthermore, Shawn and Verlon are talking about recording an album of Sis songs, as Guy and Shawn wrote several more, including “The Ghost of Sis Draper.”

Well, you get the idea.  The evening was everything we could have hoped for: a time for reflection, laughter, some tears … a fitting tribute to ol’ Guy Clark.  Towards the end, Mr. Thompson sang his own tribute of sorts, “Sideman’s Dream,” and his testimony was a poignant reminder of his twenty-plus years on the road with Guy.  Then the boys jumped right into a riotous “Home Grown Tomatoes.”  Closing things out with “Old Friends” (written by Guy, Susanna, Richard “Don Ricardo” Dobson). Here Verlon enlisted the audience to join in on the chorus and the room was filled with voices:

Old friends they shine like diamonds

Old friends you can always call

Old friends lord you can’t buy ‘em

You know it’s old friends after all.

Joe

ACHS YouTube Channel

The Aransas County Historical Society now has its own YouTube channel! Check it out. We have uploaded the excellent presentation video by Jerry Brundrett and John Jackson titled “Whatever Happened to Rocky Point?” from our last annual meeting. Make sure you subscribe to the channel so that you can be notified whenever we have a new video for you.

Whatever Happened to Rocky Point

A video of the presentation titled “Whatever Happened to Rocky Point”, about the history of the rocky point for which Rockport was named and the Rockport waterfront is now available for viewing. Please click on this link: Whatever Happened to Rocky Point

This presentation was delivered by Jerry Brundrett and John Jackson on February 26, 2019 at the Aransas County Historical Society Annual Meeting, held at the Aransas County Women’s Club.

Memberships: Buy New or Renew with PayPal

We have added PayPal access to the web site so that you may now purchase new memberships or renewals online using a credit card or PayPal account.