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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

There was a great turnout for the Toast to Texas program presented at Heritage Village on Monday, March 2nd, beginning at 1:00 p.m. After a welcome by Heritage Society president, Elizabeth Toliver, the Lord’s Prayer was signed by Stephanie Williams. Ben Bythewood, mayor of Woodville, led the pledges to the U.S. flag and the Texas flag that were presented by members of the local VFW. Mary Nell Rainey, chairman of the education committee for the Society, introduced the guest speaker, County Judge Jacques Blanchette. Music was provided by the children from St. Paul’s Episcopal School led by Sharon Brown. Students whose toasts were chosen the “best” from their school read their toasts. So with all of that said, I have just a few more facts to share with y’all. We learned about the legislature and the most important the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution was made in 1862. Another fact is that the Radical Republicans were able to take control of Reconstruction because they gained enough votes to override Johnson’s veto. We learned about all of the fourteen amendments. All of the Reconstruction was under military rule. We also learned about Constitution of 1876. But the biggest thing we talked about was the Texans and how they won their independence for us and now we live in Peace. We also learned about who ran and won term of office. We had a lot of tests and pop quizzes. I mostly passed MOSTLY all of them. But I had a lot of experience from Coach Buchanan, and I learned a lot of new facts from him. Thanks to all the students who participated in the contest and their teachers for working with them and encouraging them in this endeavor. Each of the above students received a $50 savings bond in recognition of their work. Jack Whitmeyer led in the actual toast to Texas, using branch water. The Sons of Confederate Veterans group from Heritage Village ended the program with a black powder salute to Texas. “Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.” The entertainment is beginning to shape up for the weekend of Festival of the Arts. Various groups will entertain from the Village Stage during the day Saturday. At 12:00 John Helton, from Houston, will entertain with his accordion, mandolin, or violin (probably all) in a concert in the Cherokee Church. He is the former conductor of the Houston Youth Symphony and is an excellent musician. We are in for a treat! This is his first appearance at any of our events. At 1:00 Maurice Bigham will entertain in the Cherokee Church with a concert on his Indian flutes. Although it is not Maurice’s first appearance, we never get tired of hearing his haunting melodies played as only he can play them. Tickets for Festival of the Arts on Saturday are $4 for adults and $2 for children. Many, many quilts will be on display throughout the Village grounds. Also on display will be art work created by members of the Tyler County Art League. Members of the Sassy Scrappers and the Art League will be on hand to answer any of your questions and to share their knowledge. On Sunday we will be serving our “famous” Dinner on the Grounds from 11-2 p.m. Tickets for this potluck dinner are $10 for adults and $5 for children. This includes more food choices than you can believe including meats, veggies, salads, and dessert plus your drink. There will also be entertainment during the day for your dining pleasure. After you eat or before you eat, your ticket entitles you to walk the grounds of the Village and enjoy the progress we have made since your last visit. Tickets will be available at the door but we encourage you to purchase them in advance so we will be sure to have enough food. Tickets are available from any board member or at the Gift Shop at the Village, Sullivan’s Hardware, Jarrott’s Pharmacy, or Mary Bee’s Florist.



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