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Village needs docents for tours
Tyler County Booster - April 2009
I think there is nothing like Dogwood Time in Tyler County to make your spirits soar. The weather was great; the flowers blossomed out; everyone was in a festive mood. Congratulations to our new Dogwood Queen, Rossi Gardner, who represented Colmesneil. Like all queens, she is radiant and carries her crown high. Congratulations to all the other royalty who represented their respective communities so well. Thanks to the Dogwood committee who worked many long hours to ensure the success of this year’s festival which now becomes part of the Dogwood history. And, speaking of Dogwood history, thanks to Fred Sullivan for filling in these past two weeks. How many of the trivia questions did you answer correctly? I confess that I didn’t do very well; my excuse is that I am a late-comer to the area but I really learned a lot from the quiz and I bet you did too. Fred is a good source for this information since he has been associated with the Festival committee for so many years and served as the Festival president for a number of those years. Congratulations to Erline Ingle, Eleanor Holderman, Grady Holderman, and Susan Milam who were awarded the James E. Wheat Award in recognition of their long-time work with the Dog wood Festival. Erline is also currently serving as secretary for the Heritage Society Board of Directors so she is a very busy lady. The Village has also been very busy now that the weather has improved and people want to get out and travel. We have had several senior groups: the Garden Club from Pasadena, the Golden Group from St. Paul’s Church in Houston, Young at Heart group from the Woodlands, and the New Age Adults from Houston. One especially interesting group, Mountain Outin’, came from California to look at Texas wildflowers. The group of 24 included people from California and Florida. They toured, ate at the Pickett House, and best of all, promised to make a return trip. School tours are also beginning and there are many scheduled between now and the end of the year. Shepherd ISD will bring students on the 21st and Kountze Elementary is scheduled for the 24th. We love our school groups because that gives us the opportunity to tell the stories of the past so that our younger generations will know what life was like for their ancestors. We love to host groups at the Village. We love to show them around talk about pioneer days in Tyler County. The problem with this is that we are in need of people interested in being trained to help with these tours. We have a loyal group of docents who are there when called upon but we could use 10 more so that everyone could have a “rest” some of the time. The job is rewarding and you will be greatly appreciated. If you can help in this please give us a call at 283-2272. Gloria Newsome will be glad to give you the training you will need and it doesn’t take long. We need you! We are also in need of volunteer carpenters and electricians. You can make your own schedule of times. Again, please call the Village at 283-2272, talk to Ofeira Gazzaway, and get involved with your Village.