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Tyler County Booster - Local News
Stories Added - March 2009
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Annual ‘Toast to Texas’ is March 2 at Heritage Village
Tyler County Booster - March 2009

Plans are developing for our annual Toast to Texas to be held on Monday, March 2nd, at Heritage Village. Mary Nell Rainey is chairman of the event which will include toasts that have been written by students from the five school districts in the county. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. and the actual toast will be given at 2:00 p.m. Members of the Reading Club will serve “branch” water, provided by Jack Whitmeyer, for the toast. We hope you will be able to join us for this event that is open to the public. There will be no charge at the gate; come on out and enjoy this salute to Texas. Tickets are now available for the Dinner on the Grounds that is held on Sunday, March 22nd. You may purchase your tickets are Jarrott’s Pharmacy, Mary B’s Florist, Sullivan’s Hardware, at the Village Gift Shop, or from your board members. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Your ticket gives you admission to the Village grounds and your choice of lots of different foods from a provided “potluck” dinner. Volunteers have already signed up to provide brisket, meat loaf, dirty rice, beans, peas, dressing, various desserts and salads. You get the picture? All the food is great and there will be lots of entertainment for your dining pleasure. As the menu develops I will keep you informed to whet your appetite. If you would like to donate some food or are willing to help with the set up or clean up, please call 283-2272 and let Ofeira Gazzaway, our director, know of your interest. Dinner on the Grounds is part of the Festival of Arts weekend at the Village. On Friday, March 21st, the Village will be filled with quilts of all sizes, colors, and patterns. Some of the quilts on display are part of the collection of vintage quilts that are part of the Heritage Society’s collection. Most of the quilts are ones that have been created by members of the Sassy Scrappers, the quilt guild that is associated with the Village. Also on display will be works of art created by members of the Tyler County Art League. These members work in different media so there will be a nice variety for your viewing pleasure. There is an admission charge of $4 for adults and $2 for children for the Festival of the Arts. Entertainment will also be provided during the day. Maurice Bigham will have an Indian flute concert in the Cherokee Church beginning at 1:00 p.m. Seats are limited so you will want to plan on getting to the Village in plenty of time to see the exhibits and get to the concert. Plans are in the works to spruce up the signs around the Village. A sign committee has been appointed from board members to look at the various signs and make them “beautiful” again. Do we have any sign painters out there who would like to help with this project? Please give us a call at 283-2272 to volunteer to help. Durwood Ling is also looking for a few good volunteer “diggers” to help with getting the site prepared for the slab for the new Fiber Arts Building. All you need is a shovel and some time to help dig the beams. The job cannot be done with a mechanical digging machine because it messes up the line – or something like that! Durwood can tell you all about it when you call to help out. Just call the Village at 283-2272. We really need your help with this project and any time you have will be appreciated. Jack Whitmeyer is working on transcribing Book G of the Commissioner’s Court minutes. This includes the boundary lines for all the school districts in the county in 1909. The finished product will become part of the resources in the Whitmeyer Genealogy Library at Heritage Village for all to use.



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