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Jinda “Lady Songbird” Harris entertains the crowd. Photo by Tony Farkas
Shepherd held its Christmas event on Dec. 3 in Gazebo Park next to the Library. We had wonderful entertainment from singers and DJ Joe LeBlanc. Jinda Harris sang as she walked around the Park and people got up to dance to the music .
Tamisha Crowley, Lateja Skinner and Megan Lewis sang to the people and ‘Karaoke Joe’ was their backing as well as filling in when singers were resting. Tina LeBlanc was there too, looking wonderful after recovering from her accident when a deer jumped into her as she drove on her motorbike. She said she is starting physical rehab soon.
Santa was popular with everybody, and the weather was perfect. Rain had been forecast for the morning, but it never arrived in Shepherd.
The Intermediate and High School ROTC were very well-represented. Along with the Marching Blue and White Shepherd High School Band, they made a great impression in the Parade and before, as they went through their paces in the park.
New store owner Marvin Green brought some items from his Shepherd Supercenter, which is located on the frontage road at 11403 State Highway 150, Suite A. This is just on the corner of Highway 150 and US 59 South feeder. His store is full of an amazing variety of items most of them new, all in great condition. There is furniture, home decor, clothes, jewelry, tools, toys and much more.
Children loved the bubble wands he had and there were bubbles everywhere. The store is open Wednesday- Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call (832) 579-3800 for more information.
Another interesting vendor was Olivia representing SAAFE House, which provides services to victims of family violence and sexual assault. They have been doing this since 1984 and also provide legal advocacy, licensed counseling, shelters and safety planning and community education.
Their 24-hour hot lines are (936) 291-3369 and (936) 327-2513. You can donate to this very worthy cause at www.saafehouse.org/donate. They serve, beside San Jacinto County, Walker, Polk and Trinity counties.
Food was supplied by Walterine Carr and her team who served fried fish, chicken strips, fries and chili.
The Parade was well attended and went very smoothly, thanks to the law enforcement officers from our county who directed traffic after the parade as well as making sure the streets were closed beforehand. Thank you all who helped here, Sheriff Greg Capers and his officers and Constable Ray Atchley who also helped with the lineup of floats.
We had some very inventive ideas with first place going to the City of Shepherd Float. They had a giant cup of what looked like steaming liquid with a dinosaur sipping it through a straw, and there was a gingerbread house provided the background. The steam of course was dry ice.
Second place went to The Community and Children’s Impact Center. A gingerbread house complete with a Grinch who claimed to be stealing cookies moved in and out of the house holding a sign to this effect.
Many of the Impact Center’s youth held signs to send the crowd Christmas messages. They were a very dynamic bunch.
Third place went to the float of the Shepherd Middle School Cheer Team. This team of very active girls did their cheer dances in front of their float well before parade time. Their float was also a delightfully designed Gingerbread House. When they heard they had won third place they let us all know they could cheer.
Shepherd Primary School was given an honorable mention with their float. The judges thought they were worthy of this mention. Thank you Judges. Linda Bridges arranged for a golf cart for the three of them since the line of floats and vehicles was very long and they were able to move more comfortably on wheels.
Next Saturday, Dec. 10, is Coldspring’s Christmas on the Square. The day is well-planned with entertainment, vendors, kids games and a gingerbread house contest. This entails building a house from scratch and is meant for children who may have one adult as a helper. The finished houses will be judged and then the public may view them for an hour afterwards.
The venue will be the Community Center by the Square. Call the Chamber for details since the entrants will be limited in number.
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.