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ed for the audience, but a ris- fulfilled its original purpose. It ing hill back of the stage af- brought together groups of fords an opportunity for a sec- people and organizations in a ond level, along which proces- common cause and served as a sions may approach, descend- medium for bringing the aims ing to the stage either by a and ambitions of the Recreawinding path or a short flight tion and Playground Associaof steps. A distinctive feature tion before the community, of the plans is a background of arousing and enlisting the innative foliage and flowering terest and cooperation of the shrubs which will furnish spec- citizens in its work. tacular color effects.
Music for Memphis.-Mr. Pageant as a Unifier.The
Arthur Nevin, of New York celebration of the landing of
City, has recently been called the Pilgrims in November by
to Memphis as leader of Comthe staging of Miss Constance
munity Music. Mr. Nevin Mackay's pageant The Pilgrims
will work to bind together exwas one of the first
isting dramatic and musical complishments of the Lan
organizations and get them caster, Pennsylvania, Recrea
behind new ventures. tion and Playground Association.
More Music for PennsylThe Recreation and Play- vania.—Dr. Hollis Dann, forground Association took the merly head of the Music Delead but the entire com- partment in Cornell University, munity took part. Groups from who has recently become State the following organizations
Music Director of Pennsylparticipated: Independent Or- vania under the Department of der of Redmen, Operatic Socie- Public Instruction, is planning ty, Young Woman's Christian for a state-wide development Association, Young Men's Chris- along musical lines. Dr. Dann tian Association, Donegal Chap- says: "A program
program will be ter of D. A. R., McCaskey planned which will include not Camp No. 53, Spanish Amer- only instruction in the schools ican War Veterans, G. A. but through the schools, comR. Posts 84 and 405, Company munity singing in every city, B, Pennsylvania National borough and school district in Guard, High School boys and Pennsylvania. It is the intengirls, Red Cross units, West tion to make music one of the End Children's Club.
greatest agencies in the work The production more than for Americanization."
Selected Hymns.—The following hymns were selected by community song leaders as desirable for general use: Come, Thou Almighty King Nearer, My God, to Thee Abide with Me Lead, Kindly Light Onward, Christian Soldiers Rock of Ages Now the Day Is Over My Faith Looks Up to Thee How Firm a Foundation All Hail the Power of Jesus'
Name I Need Thee Every Hour Holy, Holy, Holy Softly Now the Light of Day God Be with You till We Meet
Again Blest Be the Tie That Binds
What ones would you add to these?
produce even an outline of its salient features within the limits of a review. It must be read, and carefully read, to be appreciated; and those, especially in our smaller cities, who are interested in advancing the cause of either serious or popular music in their community should not be without this useful guide.
Swim-Ezy. – Mr. Clarence H. MacDonald, National Director of Physical Education for the Young Men's Christian Association in Cuba, has prepared a little book called "SwimEzy" published by the SwimEzy Educational Bureau, Urb
Like Our Music Book.The Musical Courier prefaces a long quotation from the Community Music Handbook as follows:
Community Service, Incorporated, at 1 Madison Avenue, New York, has just issued a booklet of one hundred pages entitled Community
Community Music, which contains invaluable suggestions for developing community singing, choruses, orchestras and other forms of community music. It would be an injustice to this careful
In issuing this booklet Mr. MacDonald has endeavored to compile a concise, simplified and non-technical manual which will be a one lesson method of teaching swimming
masse or individually. Swim-Ezy is practically a
a game in which the players end up by learning to swim.
Mr. MacDonald in writing the booklet has had particularly in mind the need of playground workers. The system described in "Swim-Ezy" is based on a ten year experience
Director of Swimming, Athletics and Playgrounds, and an equally long period of experimentation in all methods
Still for Fun-but More communities develop recreaHealthful.—When prohibition tion, a portable victrola, a put an end to the famous bar number of records and a trunk room of the Waldorf-Astoria containing recreational maHotel, in New York City, it terial, such as volley ball and was turned into a library and net, indoor baseball and bat, reading room. The question of soccer balls and similar supwhat to do with the wine cellar plies. With this traveling apstill remained to be solved. paratus she is able to conduct That, too, was soon settled by two-day Chautauquas. its conversion into a modern
For Better Hospitals.gymnasium in which shower
Workers in the health field baths have been installed.
will be interested in knowing When completed it will have a
that the Hospital Library and running track and an indoor
Service Bureau of the Amertennis court.
ican Conference of Hospital Sunday Club.-The Mon
Ontario terey, California, Community
Street, Chicago, is prepared to Service Commission has organ
serve persons interested in the ized a Sunday Club which
construction, equipment and meets at five o'clock each Sun- operation of hospitals, saniday afternoon at the club
toriums, dispensaries, health rooms of one of the churches.
centers and institutions of like There is a fifteen-minute mus
nature. ical program, a ten-minute discussion of some interesting
Rifles and Revolvers at Play.
-To usher in the year of 1921, and worthwhile subject, fol
a “Day of Sport" was held in lowed by a social hour when
Sacramento, California, refreshments are served.
New Year's Day, under the Sixty-Seven Acre Gift.
auspices of the Sacramento Niles, Michigan, has been giv
Playground Department. A en a 67 acre tract of land upon
relay race, entered by nine which will be built a nine hole
teams, rifle and revolver shootgolf links, a playground and
ing, and a soccer game were a gymnasium.
the main events on the proA Trunk Full of Recreation. gram. It was the first time -One of the Community that a rifle and revolver shootService workers in Michigan ing competition had ever been has in her equipment, in going held in Sacramento as a part of from town to town to help any celebration. Small caliber
and short range shooting constituted the events of this competition and much interest was evinced in this new sport.
Our steadfast loyalty
Americanization Bulletin.Ix Training Teachers for Americanization, Bulletin No. 12, 1920, of the Bureau of Education, will be found a valuable outline of Americanization methods and activities containing suggestions helpful not only for teachers but for all community workers concerned with the foreignborn.
The booklet very wisely insists on participation on the part of the foreign-born in community recreation and other community interests and protests against all schemes for compulsory Americanization.
The information regarding industrial classes and home and neighborhood classes which the pamphlet contains adds greatly to the practical value of the booklet.
A Hint to Americanizers. From an article on Glimpses of Siberia, the Russian Wild
, East, by Cody Marsh, in the National Geographic Magazine for December, 1920 :
However dull a Russian city may be by day, it is never dull at night, for the Russian blossoms out at his best after dark. There
cabaret in Vladivostok that did not open until one in the morning. And yet, strange to say, no matter how tough the cabaret, no one ever sees anything lewd on the stage or hears trashy music, unless it is American "jazz," played as the tribute of hospitality to American patrons. Russians have too keen an appreciation for beautiful dancing and real music to tolerate anything unchaste in their enjoyment of these arts.
All for the Girls.-Camp Fire Girls to the number of 1000 hiked from all corners of Seattle to
a recent National Girls'
Day celebration in Woodland Park. Community Service was that day host to 10,000 girls.
Additional Stanza for America.-The following stanza was worked out in connection with work with the foreign-born in Seattle. Our chosen country, thee Thou hast a welcome free
For all who come Guide us forever on Thou canst depend upon
Can You Do Anything About It?-During the last ten years many communities have been troubled because va
cant lots have become a nuis- Superintendent Benson of ance and a menace to health the Decatur schools, who sends and have considered plans for the
thinks it fails to menusing such vacant lots for gar- tion some lovers of play, and dening purposes and for neigh- he adds two stanzas of his borhood playgrounds.
What use can be made of vacant lots in your city?
And the girls, too, need the Playground Urged.
Urged. - The healthy glow City Council of Decatur, Ala
That comes from outdoor bama, recently purchased a
play; tract of land for a municipal
And the old folks need somepark and playground. A propos
where to go of this progressive step The At the close of the busy day. Albany-Decatur Daily publishes the following poem by
And the tiny tots will romp Devis M. McCarthy:
and run When
to nature's Give Them a Place to Play
heart, Proud is the City-she finds a
So open that park and start the place,
fun, For many a fad today,
We all will take some part. But she's more than blind if
she fails to find A place for the boys to play!
A number of the volunteers
attending Miss Burchenal's Give them a chance for inno
Institute held in St. Paul in cent sport,
November have agreed to go Give them a chance for fun
regularly to the St. Paul AssoBetter a play ground plot than
ciation for the Blind to teach a court
folk dancing. Blind people And a jail when the harm is
can do folk dancing if they done!
have partners who can see Give them a chance-if you
and the form of service prostint them now,
posed by the St. Paul volunTomorrow you'll have to pay
teers will bring great happiA larger bill for a darker ill, ness into the lives of St.
So give them a place to play! Paul's blind.