Coldspring Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Christmas on The Square on Saturday and it was a huge success which unfortunately ended with a thunderstorm which went on all night.
Still, the day went very well with lots of really excellent vendors, singers and musicians and food of all kinds being eaten by hungry shoppers. Children had a wonderful time in the Kids Zone.
I spent more time watching them than shopping, although I did manage to snag a few items for gifts. The Petting Zoo was a new addition. Sponsored by Family Faith Church, this area housed not only sheep and goats, but a donkey and a young camel. There was also what looked to be a longhorn cow, but all animals were very placid and obviously used to being petted.
There were horse rides and a mechanical bull, sponsored by Dawn Hill of Coldwell Banker Realty, which went very gently up and down for the little ones. This bull was from Magallanes Toro Show. Those who liked rides of a different kind could have a small bullet train ride, a very small one that is.
Adults could go for a ride with their children in a lovely white, horse drawn carriage. The was just one of the carriages which can be rented out for special occasions; go to the Houston Carriage website for more information. Kids Zone was hosted by First Baptist Church .
•The Community & Children’s Impact Center in Shepherd also had its Christmas event on Saturday. Santa was there and so was the Grinch. He was kissed by someone. He immediately stopped stealing people’s cookies and turned over a new leaf.
Brenda Myers, founder of the Center, had a team of helpers who made the day special for many people, including a lot of children. There were games and music and great food. Vendors had some lovely items on sale and the Christmas message was portrayed by members of the Center.
•San Jacinto Women’s League had their Christmas lunch, catered by India Love, on Thursday. It was a lovely meal and afterward we had Karaoke with Ken from the Senior Center providing the music. Ladies got up to sing and of course “Jingle Bell Rock” was a favorite. The table decorations were beautiful, Santa Claus in different outfits graced every table.
•The Republican Party Reagan Dinner, to be held on Feb. 4, announced their keynote speaker this week. It will be Michael Berry who is also known as the “Tsar of Talk Radio.” Go to the website for ticket information.
•The VA Debakey Hospital in Houston needs some help for the veterans who will be there over Christmas and beyond. They are very low on sweatshirts and pants of all sizes, for both sexes, jackets and hoodies and bags of toiletries, too.
Carson Anderson, who has an office in the basement of Coldspring Courthouse, is in charge of this drive for “Sweats for Vets.” There is a large box in the Hall of Heroes by her office for your donations.
Please note all items must be new. Toiletries include shampoo and conditioner, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes and please put your selection in a bag.
The Hall of Heroes is a very impressive collection of memorabilia from local families over many years. It is well worth a visit.
For more information call (936) 653-2270.
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.