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Village Is The Place To Be July 4
Tyler County Booster - June 2009
Before I get started with the 4th of July events at Heritage Village I want to wish fathers in the area a very Happy Father’s Day. My own dear Daddy passed away 14 years ago and a day doesn’t go by that I don’t miss him and think of his words of wisdom. I wish he were still here for me to honor him on the 21st. We have a number of items he would have liked in the Gift Shop at the Village. He was a history buff so all the Texana items would have been perfect for him. He loved to read, including poetry, so many of the books would already have been on his shelves. If you are still looking for the “just right” present for your dad you should take a little time to browse the Gift Shop at the Village. It is open daily from 9-5 for your shopping pleasure.
Very soon after Father’s Day we will celebrate our independence day. This year we are planning an Old Fashioned Fourth at Heritage Village. The city and county officials, civic clubs, and churches from the surrounding area are helping out to make this a grand occasion. Sandi Hargrove, chairman of the event for the Heritage Society, has been working the phones and making visits to all parts of the county to get everyone involved. Here is the latest information I need to pass along to you. The gates will be open wide at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, the 4th. There is no admission fee for this event. Bands will entertain beginning at 4:00 from the Village Stage. From 4-4:45 we will be registering participants in the children’s bike, scooter, and wagon parade. The parade will begin from the main parking lot at 5:00 and move down Main Street where the participants will be judged. Prizes will be awarded. The vehicles should be decorated in a 4th of July theme. From 6-6:30 p.m. there will be a short program to recognize the dignitaries from the area communities and allow them a short time to talk about the significance of the day. Following the program the music fest will resume.
Food of different kinds will be available for purchase. Food vendors will be located on the upper level of the Village in front of the Buggy Barn. We will have BBQ sandwiches and plates, sno-cones, cakes by the slice, lemonade, and probably watermelon. If you are a part of a group that would like to be involved by selling a food item, please call the Village at 283-2272 and leave a name and callback number. Anyone interested in selling ice cream? Other drinks? When you are not eating you can get your face painted or try your luck at the horseshoes or washers tournaments. There will be a dunk tank for all you pitchers to try your skill. There will be a pie baking contest. We already have some entries but we need a lot more to make this a real challenge for our judges to decide which pie wins the prize.
We will award prizes and they will be worth your effort to bake and take a pie to be judged. If you haven’t yet entered it is not too late. Call the Village and get your name on the list. A new contest just announced is a quilting contest! I know all you quilters out there have a stash of red, white, and blue material you can draw upon to come up with a wonderful 12 x 12 inch block using a 4th of July theme. Blocks will be numbered and judged with the winning block (quilter) receiving all the entered blocks to make a complete 4th quilt! I’m not much of a quilter but I do have some material in the right colors and think I might enter just because it will be a fun thing to do. I may have saved the best part for last. You will not be able to park in the upper parking lot because WE WILL HAVE A FIREWORKS DISPLAY! beginning at 9:00 p.m. and they will be set up in the upper lot. We will be able to see them from the Village.
Parking will be available along the road and there will be limited parking in the very back of the lower lot, primarily for our handicapped guests, people bringing children with vehicles, and patrons of the Pickett House. To recap – we need bakers, quilters, horseshoe and washer players, and children with decorated vehicles to ensure the success of this event. This means YOU. Call the Village at 283-2272 to get your name on one or more list.