The Waxahachie Chautauqua Preservation Society will hold its annual Chautauqua Assembly on Sept. 24. The opening ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the traditional ringing of the assembly bell.

The assembly program activities will take place in the Chautauqua Auditorium located in Getzendaner Park and is open to the general public. The theme for the Assembly is “Oil and Gas In Our Region. The program will include a presentation by Dr. Tommy Stringer, vice president for Institutional Advancement and director of Navarro College Foundation, who will present a short history of oil and gas in the Navarro/Ellis county area. 

In addition, there will be several speakers from Texas Christian University addressing the geology of Ellis and surrounding counties including the Barnett Shale gas field. A panel discussion will be held after the speakers conclude their presentations. 

Music will be provided by the Waxahachie Jazz Band and will conclude with an evening performance by the Southwestern Assemblies of God University Jazz Band. 

The Waxahachie Community Theater will present a short melodrama  “Mischief in the Magnolias” at 4:30 p.m. 

Admission to the melodrama is $5 and is included with an all-day ticket for the Chautauqua Assembly, which can be purchased at the door for $20. 

All day student tickets to the assembly are $2.  For more information, visit the website at http://www.discoverculture.org.