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Annual Christmas celebration kicks-off Saturday in Coldspring
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING – The 28th annual Christmas on the Square begins Saturday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. when shops and visiting vendors open their businesses around the San Jacinto County Courthouse Square. At 11 a.m. Coldspring United Methodist Church begins serving their famous gumbo lunch, a fundraising project. For seniors, the local Senior Citizens Center will provide a warm place where refreshments will be served and a variety of musical entertainment can be enjoyed, including country, gospel, popular and karaoke. At noon, the main stage under the blinking red light comes to life with the Gold Rush Quartet. This is their 21st year to entertain at Christmas on the Square and their bass singer Dale Weiman is serving once again as master of ceremonies. Gospel music continues for an hour and a half with the Harris Family sharing Southern Gospel and then Keith Caldwell. Keith is a singer/songwriter and will continue with inspirational and Christmas music from his latest CD, “Where is the Birthday Boy?” Due to a last minute scheduling confl ict country music artist Kevin Black will perform from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Black has expressed his sincere regret in having to ask for the change but with two later appearances, he didn’t have a choice. In an effort to further assist us in promoting Christmas on the Square, Kevin agreed to do radio interviews. Coldspring’s own bright shining stars, the very popular Justin Fulcher Band will make their appearance at 2:30 p.m., sharing their own rendition of Texas style country music. Joseph Fuller takes the keyboard at 3 p.m., playing both traditional and Christmas music. Joseph has been playing since age 6 and you don’t want to miss this. Pasadena High School’s very talented Rhythm and Blues Drum Corp performs their magical sounds at 3:30 p.m., followed by Teague Middle School Choir, returning by popular demand at 4 p.m. The choir will perform from the steps of the courthouse. Debuting at 4:30 p.m. is Cut and Shoot’s Stone Gate, a Christian rock band with its loud far reaching sound, that young people will enjoy. This band was chosen by Texas Tourism to feature their music in ads encouraging others to visit and experience what Texas has to offer. At 5:30 p.m., Gold Rush Quartet wraps up the main stage entertainment … and if we’re lucky you might hear, “Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer” among other favorites. At 6 p.m. the Lighted Christmas Parade is scheduled to appear in downtown as parade entry winners are announced. When Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on their float, they will make their way over to the courthouse gazebo for visits with the children. There will be photo opportunities at a minimal charge with proceeds going to charity. During the planning stages for this years Christmas on the Square there was discussion about having another headliner entertainment event following the parade. Planners would like to have public feedback on this topic so they can plan next year’s event. All suggestions will be taken into consideration and once again country music star Willie Nelson will be invited. Nelson is recovering from a shoulder injury and could not join us this year. By 9 p.m. the 28th Annual Christmas on the Square will all be history. Feel free to tell the chamber what you think, what you like and how the event can improve for the 2011 Christmas on the Square. Call the Coldspring/San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce office at 653-2184; Glenda Dean at 653-4395 or Gerald Deeter 653-4092.