I hope you had a wonderful July 4. Shepherd held its event on July 1 at the Community Center and it was a day of music and food, fireworks and fun.
Our DJ Jaccen Lee was also our MC, standing in for DJ Joe LeBlanc who had a wedding to play for. Thanks to Bayou Sounds, the Zydeco Band, who played a variety of music and had people dancing under the Pavilion roof.
Thanks to Mike L, our soloist, who also sang the National Anthem and of course, thanks to American Legion Post 629, who, as always, opened up our celebration with the moving Flag Ceremony and prayer. Fireworks were done by Sonny Guzman who always creates a spectacular show for us. KETX, The Eagle, came to join our event, thank you.
Brenda Myers of the Impact Center created games for the children and youth. I saw adults trying out the Limbo Game. Brenda and her team brought boxes of gifts for prizes for the games and also for the Patriotic Costume Contest. Thank you, The Impact Center.
We appreciated our law enforcement officers visiting with the crowd, thanks to Clint Headley and all. Thank you, vendors and Commissioner Donnie Marrs, who attended with the hundred watermelons he donated for the melon eating contest. Well, it seemed like a hundred.
Most of all thank you Shepherd Chamber of Commerce Board members. Without their help in the organization and presentation we would not have had an event to celebrate.
•The Community & Children’s Impact Center is acquiring a building in Shepherd for a Crisis Center. If you are interested in helping by donating supplies, volunteering to help with the painting, landscaping etc, please call Brenda Myers for information. Her Facebook page also has photos and information. Call (936) 499-2632.
•If the hot weather is getting to you, think of Christmas in five months or so. You can shop in Coldspring on July 29 for Christmas with the Christmas in July. Santa in his summer outfit will be there and vendors, music and more courtesy of CABMA will let us pretend it is cooler.
If you want to be a vendor, applications are on the web site or call Paul at 713-471-3460. Plan to be there on Aug. 5, 9 a.m.-noon, for the next Cars, Coffee and Donuts. Both events are held around the Courthouse Square.
•Shepherd Library is almost ready for their Summer Program ‘Journey Through Time’. Sign your child up for this incredible trip through the past from Dinosaurs to Ancient Rome, from Wild West to the Victorian era and then to 100 years ago, back to 1923. The program runs from July 24-28 from 2 to 4 p.m. Call (936) 628-3515 or look online at Facebook.
•Looking ahead to August we have a SAAFE House benefit on 26th. Lures & Lace Bingo at SJC Shelter will run from 6 p.m. till 10 p.m. Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table for 8 people.
Call Tammy at (936) 284-5547 or go to saafehouse.org/events.
•We have some ribbon cuttings for new members coming up and more events being planned for the future. Go to both Chambers of Commerce for information and also www.sanjacintocountybulletinboard.com, Linda Deeter’s excellent site for all that is coming up in our area. This is a free advertising outlet for all local events.
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 a member of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.