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Denton Dammit: July 14, 2017

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Lucinda Breeding

If you have some office supplies, crafting materials and fabric sitting by the door for your next trip to SCRAP Denton, you'd better go now, or hold off until Aug. 1. The nonprofit creative reuse shop received 2,500 more pounds of reusable material than it normally stocks, so a donation hiatus begins Saturday and continues through July 31. Don't worry. Your donations will keep.

Rabbit Hole Brewing, a Justin craft brewer, picked up two medals in the U.S. Open Beer Competition on Monday. The local brewery earn a gold medal for 10/6 English Pale Ale and a bronze for its Rapture Fusion Brown Ale. Rabbit Hole was among seven North Texas craft brewers to earn medals in the contest.

President Donald Trump recently announced his intent to nominate Anna Maria Farias, chairwoman of the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents, to be an assistant secretary of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Farias is no stranger to this kind of public service. She was at the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2001 to 2008 as senior counsel to former Secretary Mel Martinez, deputy assistant secretary for special initiatives, deputy assistant secretary for grant programs and director for the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. A TWU spokeswoman said Farias will continue to act as the chairwoman of the regents board.

Emmy-winning composer Bruce Boughton ( whose film compositions include Tombstone, The Rescuers Down Under) is joining the University of North Texas College of Music for a 2017-18 residency. Boughton will work in the Division of Composition Studies and Jazz Studies.

Relick has a song in a feature film. The Denton-Dallas band's song "Offering" is in The Year of Spectacular Men. The movie, which is actress Lea Thompson's directorial debut, premiered in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and is due out for release in November.

Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship tweeted about one of its members on Wednesday morning, cheering for Danna Getske and her online business TeaRiffic Tea Shop & Magick Emporium.

There's something true-blue UU about a businesswoman who deals in divination and loose-leaf tea. You certainly wouldn't see a Baptist church tweet out an affectionate message about a tarot-reading member. (We wouldn't turn down a cuppa Brighid's Flaming Roobios Tea, a blend with orange and gingerbread flavors.)

We joined fans of Hares of the Mountain for the band's final show at Dan's Silverleaf last Sunday. The joint was sweltering and packed with fans who shouted along with the band as they burned through their set. We marveled again at drummer Justin Collins, who managed to thrash out the sound of a huge kit with a bass, snare, a ride and a crash. Musicians Tony Ferraro (bass), Ryan Thomas Becker (guitar), Cory Coleman (mandolin), Petra Kelly (fiddle) and bandleader, lead vocalist and guitarist George Neal put on a savage final set.

They rocked the joint with the sapphic song "Matilda Jones," and played "Rosemary Breen" with punk speed and fervor at least four times. "The Man You Don't Meet Every Day" was a drinking song sendoff with a dose of extra meaning. Neal hopped off the stage to exchange sweaty hugs during the atheist anthem "Big Man" (hey, we went to Sunday school and church earlier that day).

But the highlight of the show was the inimitable Hares on the Mountain rendition of the murder ballad "Matty Groves." We respect Fairport Convention's straightforward delivery of this folk song, but Hares lead their version from the righteous rage of Lord Donald in the song. Thanks for the music, Hares. You went out in a slash and burn of fantastic folk music.

Before the DRC moves out of our downtown digs, we still want to solve the mystery of Mulberry Street. We have observed countless drivers westbound on Mulberry swerve hard to the left as they approach the stop sign at Locust Street. It's a two-lane street, and they leave anywhere from 4 to 8 feet of space between their car and the curb, meaning they are at least partially blocking the oncoming eastbound lane. Eastbound drivers and those turning from Locust to go east on Mulberry have to stop because a westbound driver is in their lane. What gives?

Exactly 536 days have passed since Denton resident Susan Vaughan tripped on the cracked sidewalk flanking the downtown Courthouse on the Square. The fall cost Vaughan more than $9,000 in dental surgery. (Yvette Spicer tripped over the same crack in April 2016 and broke her arm.) The crack is still there. Vaughan addressed the Denton County Commissioners Court on Monday, after County Judge Mary Horn introduced her as "Sarah" Vaughan. See Denton Record-Chronicle Reporter Julian Gill's story for more information. 

Parting Shot

"Yes, I can be very cruel. I have been taught by masters."

-- Catherine Sloper in The Heiress, the 1949 film adaptation of Henry James' novel Washington Square

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at