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Julias TidbitsThe weather this weekend was awful. However, even with the rain, it did not damper activities for the Trinity County Veterans. I attended the VFW Veteran’s Appreciation Banquet at the VFW Hall on Caroline Street, and it was lovely.

The tables were decorated with red and blue tablecloths, and patriotic centerpieces aligned each table with adorning flatware. The beef stroganoff was to die for, and the dessert table blessed us with pecan praline cake and a cherry dunk cake with pecans.

The door prizes were generous, and everyone took home a wonderful two hours of fun, food, and frivolity. Thank you, Marilyn Barnes and friend who literally got off a boat earlier, to host this celebration. By the time you read this the last celebration for the Veterans was at River Pointe of Trinity Rehabilitation Center on Monday.

I talked to my “old” friend who said the Wall of Honor generated more than $25,000 from a fundraiser on Oct. 28. What a fabulous job this community does for the Trinity County veterans.

•Unfortunately, the Haley Burk Memorial Foundation Chili Cook-off was aborted due to the rain In the Trinity Community Center. Watch for their next event coming up in March, a baseball tournament for Trinity 2024 senior scholarships.

•Nov. 21 is the Friends and Family Dinner at First Methodist Church of Trinity, 131 N. Elm St., from 4-7 p.m. Games. music, and food is the agenda for the evening, and donations are welcome. For more information call (936) 594-3826.

•In the next few weeks, I will be spreading the news about the 25th annual Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Christmas Show, and if you have not signed up to participate in the show or parade, it is not too late. Generous donations are being offered for the parade winners, and gift certificate drawings are up to (8) for $50 each. First place winners for the six parade categories will receive $250 each. Categories are cars, trucks, emergency vehicles, walkers, students, ATVs, and motorcycles.

Applications for the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Christmas Show have been sent, but if you did not get one (mailed to vendors from last year) and you want to participate in the show, please call or text me at (936) 537-8171. You may also email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Parade Chairman is Matt Budsize at (936) 661-4172.

The venue for the Christmas Show this year is at the Trinity Community Center. The show starts at 10 a.m. and ends with a tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Awards for the best parade entrants and contestants will be announced then, along with gifts cards given for the citizens of Trinity to enjoy shopping from local businesses.

Entertainment starts at noon with the Trinity Lions Club Choir singing on stage at the Pavilion in the park. After this performance the Trinity Barbershop Quartet will sing and third is the Trinity Pentecostal Tabernacle Church Choir at 1 p.m. Our favorite local singers are Kelly Hartsfield and Keren DeBose at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively.

Liberty Christian Center’s dancers will follow the singers and the Sam Houston State University Jazz Ensemble will perform a concert at 4 p.m.

The Children’s Corner is open from noon until 6 p.m. and a visit from Santa will take place in the Annex Room of the Trinity Center Exhibit Hall from 2 until 4 p.m. S’mores for the children will start out by the children’s play area at 4 and end at 6 p.m.

The Parade starts at 6 p.m. from North Robb Street and proceeds south to the Trinity Community Center and disperses at the old Alco Parking lot. The Tree lighting Ceremony starts at 7 p.m. at the Pavilion at the Trinity Community Center Park with awards and prizes announced at 7:30 p.m.

Participation in the Christmas Show has been phenomenal. In addition to the vendors, entertainment, and games, the parade will have lots of entrants. The theme for the Parade is Winter Wonderland — 151 Years in the Park. Please contact Matt and Jennifer Budsize for the parade entry details and application at (936) 594-0621.

River Pointe of Trinity is sponsoring the Santa Claus float again this year, and their theme is the Polar Express. Higginbotham Brothers is presenting the children’s story, Trinity Crime Stoppers is presenting “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” Trinity Brookshire Brothers is doing “Charlie Brown’s Christmas,” and the Trinity High School Band and TISD Bus will be in the lineup with their performances along the way. Please Join and support the Trinity Christmas at the Crossroads Show and Parade this year.

•Another event on planned on Dec. 2 is the VFW Eddie and Maxie Dinner and Dance starting at noon and ending at 4 p.m. The band is Al White and the Chaparral. Also on Dec. 9, the VFW is hosting a Holiday Hoedown from 7-11 p.m.

The DJ is Trubeats Entertainment. The cost is $10 for students, $15 for adults, and $10 for couples. There will be an Ugly Sweater Contest and Kisses under the Mistletoe for entertainment. For more information, contact Marilyn Barnes at (281) 782-8309.

•These are the events for the first two weeks in December:

•Nov. 20-24 is TISD Winter Break.

•Thanksgiving Day is Nov. 23.

•Dec. 1 is Little Miss Snowflake Contest.

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