I hope you had a Happy Halloween. I know there were many organizations giving out candy, having costume parties and get togethers.
One was Shepherd Sanctuary on Schraderville Road in Shepherd. They always decorate for every occasion and Halloween is an unforgettable event there. Peach Williamson had a party with all the eerie ghosts and mummies, spooky figures and fun entertainment for Halloween.
Peach also is a great cook, and this venue is perfect for reunions, weddings, workshops or retreats. The website and Facebook page will show you all that is available there, including the campsite or a stay at one of the cabins set in a woodland setting. Call (281) 705-2581 or go on line for more information.
•If you travel through Shepherd on Loop 424, you will notice new developments in the works. Bluegill already has houses being built on land beside Lilley Street. State Rep. Ernest Bailes is planning compact, well-designed homes for the growing population of our area.
He is a local boy, educated at Shepherd High School and getting his bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M. He is a rancher, living locally and has been in office since he was elected in 2016.
Another area being developed is closer to Highway 59. Twenty-four acres have been cleared to build 3D concrete homes, something which is very new to us. Another similar development in Austin was recently shown on TV. This area is in the early stages of development. The recent burn ban has held up clearing the land.
•Coldspring Chamber is moving forward with Christmas Round the Square. Entertainment is complete and vendors are rapidly filling spaces. The theme is Hometown Christmas for both the Coldspring and Shepherd events.
Parade entry forms can be found on the websites of both chambers as well as for vendors. Call Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184 and Shepherd Chamber at (210) 995-2470. You can also text Shepherd Chamber at that number. Both Chambers are on Facebook and have websites.
Shepherd celebrates on Dec. 2 and Coldspring on Dec. 9. Parades start at 6 p.m. for both and vendors are invited to sell their wares at Shepherd Community Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
•On Saturday we had a garden party catered by Sylvia Scott and her sister. This is the fourth time Sylvia has catered for me and everyone is always very happy with her delicious food. Her banana pudding is so popular, she has to make twice as much so guests can take some home. Call her for information at (713) 299-1524.
Contact the Shepherd Chamber of Commerce at (210) 995-7420 or the Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184.
Yvonne Cones is president of the Shepherd Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.