Christmas is just around the corner. The cold nip in the air reminds us that winter is coming too.
San Jacinto Christmas events start with the Town Lighting in Coldspring on Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. Mayor John Benestante will do the honors in the Courthouse Square.
Then Shepherd Christmas in the Park, next to Shepherd Library this year, will take place on Dec. 3. The park will ring with the music of some of the spectacular entertainers we had at our July event. We will have Jinda “Lady Songbird’ Harris, Brenda Landers, Lateja Skinner, Tamisha Crowley and our own Megan Lewis. DJ Joe LaBlanc will be playing, and a Children’s Christmas Choir is being formed.
Santa will be in the Gazebo and vendors will be in the park. Please send or drop off your form if you wish to be a vendor ($20), food vendor ($40) or want to enter the parade at 6 p.m. If you will have animals, horses, donkeys, etc., you will need to show parade insurance. This is a one-time event insurance and does not cost very much but will be required.
Coldspring ‘Christmas on the Square’ will be on Dec. 10. The Square is almost full of vendors and there will be a fabulous Kids Zone hosted by the First Baptist Church.
In addition to go along with this year’s theme, “A Gingerbread Christmas,” there will be a Gingerbread House Contest. This contest is open to children 5 years to 15 years who may have one helper. This can be a parent or other adult. This is open to the first 10 entries. Contestants must provide all the ingredients and decorations to build their house. Set up is 9.30 a.m. and the houses will be on display for view from 11.45 a.m.- 12-15 p.m. for people to vote for ‘Peoples’ Choice’. Call the office for more information. The parade is at 6 p.m.
•Shepherd Library will have its annual book sale starting November 28 through Dec. 1. If you would like to donate books to this sale you may donate them at any time before then, Shepherd Library is next door to Shepherd City Hall on Liberty St. Call (936) 628-3515.
•If you like working in a good restaurant, call in at Paradise Grille in Coldspring. Servers who can work days and weekends, kitchen help and a trainee prep cook can apply at the location just off the Square in Coldspring.
•The Community & Children’s Impact Center had a fundraiser on Saturday in Shepherd. The weather was excellent for barbecue, courtesy of Constable Sam Houston’s barbecue Team.
The Cornhole Contest was great fun and a lot of people turned out to watch and eat and mix with friends and family. Brenda Myers and her great team of volunteers worked hard to make this event a success and it was.
Termite Watkins, world champion boxer, spoke to the crowd and mentioned the movie that is being made about him and his time in Iraq. Reggie Dixon was there too, and he showed off some of his skills with the basketball. He told everyone that his team, The Harlem Globetrotters, travel the world playing exhibition games for charity and also appeared on TV every Saturday morning.
•If you did not attend the Veterans Day Ceremony honoring Staff Sgt. Ellis J. Williamson, you can view it at San Jac Radio on Facebook. Williamson served in World War II and was a prisoner of war. You can also see photos at sjcradio.com.
•Last but not least, thank you all those who voted in our local elections. I am especially grateful to those who helped me be re-elected to Shepherd City Council.
Contact the Shepherd Chamber at (936) 628-3890 or the Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184.
Yvonne Cones is president of the Greater Shepherd Chamber of Commerce, and secretary of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.