At last, we have some cooler weather. How wonderful it is to be outside without thinking about heat stroke. This month it’s time for Halloween events around our area.
I have mentioned two before but in case you missed them, here they are again. The Historical Commission of our county hosts the Haunted Jail in Old Town Coldspring. This jail was in use till the 1980s. The cells, which are upstairs face each other and the trap door in the ceiling was for executions, although there is no record that it ever was used for that purpose.
Now a museum, the building was also home to the jailer and his family. The museum is open on some weekends. Go to the Historical Commission website for more information.
The Haunted Jail will be open Oct. 27-29 from 5-10 p.m. Entry fee is $10 adults, $5 children 5-17 years-old, and children under 5 enter free. It is recommended that very young children come for the first hour since the performances becoming scarier after that. There will be snacks on sale. This is always a very popular event.
•The Impact Center in Shepherd will host a fundraiser for the future Impact Crisis Center on Oct. 21. There will be contests for barbecue and chili and a Dracula’s Kiss cocktail contest. Joe LeBlanc and Jon Dameron, along with the Bootleg Country Band, will supply the entertainment.
This is going to be a fabulous night with celebrity guests joining in the fun, including Termite Watkins and Derrick Woods, world-famous champions for boxing and football,l respectively. Three-times world boxing champion Reggie Johnson and former Harlem Globetrotter Reggie Dickson will be there too.
There will be a cornhole contest, youth and adult costume contest and a pet dress-up contest. Call Brenda at (936) 499-2632 for more information or to register.
•Shepherd Chamber has forms for vendors and parade entries on its website. Dec. 2 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Shepherd Community Center followed by the Parade from Liberty Street by the Library at 6 p.m.
Line-up starts for the parade at 4 p.m. when judging starts. Santa will be in the Community Center for Photos and games for children will be outside under the Pavilion. Music will be provided by Joe LeBlanc, our wonderful DJ.
•Coldspring Senior Center has organized a trip to the Naskila Casino outside of Livingston on Nov. 14. Arrive at the Center at 8:30 a.m., pay $25 then receive $25 in free play at the Casino. Call the Senior Center at (936) 653-417 5to register and for more information.
FYI, both Senior Centers in our County publish the menus for the upcoming week.
•The Adopt a Dog service from the SJC Rescue Shelter on Highway 2025 has been very grateful for the donations of puppy food. Several dogs were adopted on Adoption Saturday, the fourth Saturday of the month.
The Overstreet family adopted Gretchen, the one in the bandana. She is a companion to their rescue dog also shown. Judy Chatham, who is president of the Coldspring Senior Center, adopted Bandit the week before.
You don’t have to wait to adopt or foster a dog and each one is given their shots, neutered or spayed and chipped before they are allowed to be adopted.
•This week I want to introduce you to Mindy Blankemeyer. If you are a member of Coldspring Chamber or have been a vendor at an event, you will have met Mindy. She is in charge of the Chamber Office.
Not only that, she effectively organizes and keeps everything running, an invaluable help to the Board members. Recently, to recognize her value the board, made her executive director, since she was directing many of the elements involved in our events.
Having been with the Chamber since 2018, she knows how things work. Mindy is a native of our area, born in Cleveland, educated there and later earned a degree in Business Ethics.
She is married to Vincent. In March they will celebrate their 30th anniversary. They have two sons and a daughter, Dalton, Amber and Dustin.
Mindy and Vincent love to explore new places which they do in their camper. One of Mindy’s favorite memories, one she intends to repeat, is to see the fields of sunflowers which spread to the horizon in Nebraska.
Both she and Vincent love the peace and beauty of nature when they can get away from their very busy lives. They love to ride their motorbikes too, so organizing the upcoming Wolf Creek Car, Truck and Bike Show is something Mindy knows all about.
You will see her there if you visit this popular event Oct. 21-22.
Contact the Shepherd Chamber at (210) 995-7420 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.