The Denton Animal Support Foundation deserves some kudos. The foundation built the animal shelter. It made Denton a better place for abandoned and stray companion animals and gave them a better chance to find a home. The foundation is still working for Denton animals. Recently, it honored select donors with appreciation awards. The recipients were Ann Stuart, Sharon Draper, Kasina Zangerl, Lisa Dicke, Allan Needles, Frank Zangerl, Kimberly Truax and Susan Horne. Hannah Davis of WFAA-TV (Channel 8) was a special guest at the appreciation ceremony.

The Denton County Republican Party is expecting lots of heavy hitters in the party for its 2018 Victory Kickoff Party: Attorney General Ken Paxton, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton, U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess, state Rep. Tan Parker, state Rep. Lynn Stucky, state Rep. Ron Simmons and state Rep. and Republican nominee for state Senate District 30 Patrick Fallon. The party is from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept 23 at the Doubletree Ranch Park in Highland Village.

The Denton Bach Society recently introduced its guest conductor, Charles Rives (pronounced “Reeves”) last month. Now the ensemble — made up of a choir and musicians who play period instruments — has announced the time and place of the fall concert. Rives will conduct the choir and musicians in concert at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 1114 W. University Drive.

We’re still impressed with University of North Texas football player Keegan Brewer faking out the Razorbacks with that little trick (we thought there was a flag on the play when Brewster caught the ball and stopped cold) to gain a glorious 90-yard run to a touchdown.

Some of us never watch football at all, but watched that brilliant feint a dozen times online.

We’re surprised to see signs for U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke cropping up in Forrestridge Estates, a Denton neighborhood that represents the Denton County GOP with gusto. Wonders never cease. And can we rib Senator Ted Cruz for just a second? Cruz jabbed O’Rourke for having California values, and then said Texans don’t do hair dye or silicone. Has the good senator never been to Dallas? There’s no shortage of hair dye or breast implants (if that’s what he’s alluding to with the silicone statement) in Big D.

Oh, hey. You know how you’re still swatting mosquitoes and sweating buckets any time you step outside? Well, dancers are rehearsing for The Nutcracker and listening to Tchaikovsky in preparation for the Festival Ballet of North Central Texas’ annual staging of the classic. Just thought we’d give you a little shot of panic about how close we are to Christmas.

We’re putting our Stetsons over our heart in honor of Weldon Burgoon, who died Tuesday at age 88. Years ago, a photographer for the Denton Record-Chronicle named Hiroyuki Komae, puzzled over items at Burgoon’s shop to photograph. Burgoon strolled down an aisle in his shop and selected a pair of men’s boots. He handed the boots to Komae. They were espresso brown, with exquisite stitching and a tapered toe. “You get the right light on those, and that’s all you need,” Burgoon said. It was the most beautiful cover photo ever shot for the North Texas Fair & Rodeo, those boots, silvered by the shadows around that rich leather. And Komae never failed to mention how kind Burgoon was to help him find a treasure in a store packed with Texas gems. Happy trails, Weldon. You always did us right.

Parting shot

I shut my eyes, and the music broke over me like a rainstorm.”

— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton.

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