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Tyler County Booster - Local News
Stories Added - March 2009
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Festival of the Arts next big event at Heritage Village
Tyler County Booster - March 2009

When you read this the annual Toast to Texas will be over until next year. I hope you were able to attend. Next week I’ll include the essay winners from each of the school districts that participated and will share more about the program with you. The next big event coming up is the annual Dogwood Festival in Tyler County! Can you believe that it is that time again? Festival of the Arts is the first of the three weekends devoted to the festival and it is held at Heritage Village. This year the Festival is on Saturday, March 21st from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Village grounds will be decorated with quilts of every color and pattern; many of them have been made by members of our own Sassy Scrappers Quilt Guild. Members of the Sassy Scrappers will be on hand to demonstrate their craft and answer questions. Also on display will be vintage quilts from the Village’s collection. Art work by members of the Tyler County Art League will also be on display. This will include paintings, sculpture, photography, and other forms of art. Members of the League will also be on hand to share their knowledge and answer questions. As you can tell there will be a lot of art all in one place. This will be a great beginning for the Dogwood Festival. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12. The Festival of the Arts weekend is also Cherokee Community homecoming weekend. Invitations have gone out to members of the community who have attended past homecomings. If you have any connection to Cherokee Church or Cherokee community you are invited to come on Saturday to the Art Festival and again on Sunday. This would be a great time to renew old acquaintances and see people you have not seen in a while. A service will be held in the Cherokee Church on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The Cherokee Church was the backbone for the Cherokee community for many Henniganyears before it was moved to the Village. We hope you will be able to attend. Sunday, March 22nd, is the day for Dinner on the Grounds at the Village. This “potluck” dinner will give you a choice of different meats, vegetables, salads, desserts, and beverage. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are on sale from any Board member, at the Village Gift Shop, Sullivan’s, Jarrotts, and Mary B’s Florist. In past years we have fed over 300 people and hope to top that this year. It is helpful for you to purchase your tickets in advance so we will have enough food but if you decide at the last minute to attend just come on and purchase your tickets at the door. Several weeks ago I attended a luncheon in Orange and one of my tablemates was from Port Arthur. In the course of conversation she mentioned that she was a docent at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur and what a great place that was to visit. You can’t imagine that I would keep my mouth shut and not talk about Heritage Village, can you? So I proceeded to tell her about all the improvements since she was last up this way – in the late 70’s! She remembered the Pickett House but very little about anything else. I promised I would visit her place if she would come visit us. I made good on my promise last week when I went to Port Arthur with a group of my Red Hat Ladies to have lunch and tour the museum. She was right; it is a nice place to showcase the notables from the area and things that have made Port Arthur what it is today. The day we visited she was on duty and I reminded her about Festival of the Arts because I remembered that she loved quilts. She again promised to come for a visit. Why am I telling you all this? Because you are the best advertising that Heritage Village has. The lady had no idea that I would come – but I did. You won’t have any idea how many will response to your invitation to visit the Heritage Village and all the other attractions the area has to offer, but if you invite everyone you see who is not from around here, some are sure to come. With the Festival coming up and everything cleaned up what better time for you to invite guests?



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