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31st annual Christmas on the Square set Dec. 14
COLDSPRING – Singing, dancing, plays, concerts, music, food, refreshments, gift shopping, photos with Santa, horse and carriage rides, a train ride through Coldspring, a night-time, lighted parade and much more highlights the 31st annual Christmas on the Square celebration scheduled Dec. 14 in Coldspring. Beginning at 9 a.m. vendors will open around the San Jacinto County Courthouse Square selling unique gifts and handmade items along with merchants on the square. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. entertainment under the blinking light on the main stage will begin, featuring the Gold Rush Quartet who has performed here for 24 years. The group is made up of Tyler McCord, Charles Prause, Bob Johnson, Dale Weiman, Jeff Embrey and David Rose. Weiman also serves as master of ceremonies for Christmas on the Square. Singer, song writer, recording artist Terry Davis and the Family Band; local gospel singer Troy Mauney; Stone Gate Gospel Rock Band; Barbara Shelly; country gospel singer and songwriter Jimmy R. Price; Ministry Director at Cook Springs Baptist Church Teresa Hosea; Teresa and Jim Smith; Vicke Shelly; The Southern Revolution Band of Livingston; guitarist and singer Shayne Porter of Tarkington and accomplished pianist Dr. Gregg Hallbauer are all scheduled to perform on the main stage at the blinking light on Hwy. 150 and FM 1514. Straight from the streets of the Lufkin Police Department, the Crimestoppers Band will also perform, as will Granny Evergreen, also known as Carolyn Jefferson, DAEP coordinator at Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD. Granny will be sharing her mantra "Jesus loves you, Sugar, and Granny Evergreen does too." Granny Evergreen's Coldspring's Got Talent stage begins at 11 a.m., and is located on the plaza at the east side of the courthouse across from the Masonic Lodge. The lineup includes The Best of Local Talent, Louis Banister, Eugena Delight, Anolinted Sisters, Gigantic Overland Travelers, WCUMC VIP, Houston Holiday, YCSJC Bells of Christmas, Mt. Zion UMCVIP, Magnolia Youth, New Waverly First Baptist Youth. Also on stage by popular demand will be the Cloggers on the Move. At the First Baptist Church in Coldspring, the San Jac Chorus will perform at 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. The community choir concert features an orchestra and numerous voices and musicians from around the area. First Baptist Church is located at 100 E. Pine Avenue. Other activities include the rare opportunity to ride a trackless train around town, complete with steam engine and four passenger cars made possible jointly by the Coldspring Area Business & Merchants' Association and the Coldspring San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce. The Senior Center will offer breakfast, bake sale, a silent auction and all day activities beginning at 8 a.m. Among other worthwhile fund-raisers, the Coldspring Community Center offers those with a sweet tooth, Ye Olde Sweete Shoppe and Christmas Café, a place to sit back and relax and have a cup of hot beverage and something sweet. Beginning at 11 a.m., take a stroll over to Coldspring United Methodist Church, widely known for their Gumbo Kitchen, but it's only until it's gone and it does go fast. Troop 945 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will be doing double duty, assisting vendors, helping set up, hosting the entertainer's hospitality area, as well as manning their own booth, offering hot dogs, sausage, sandwiches and cold drinks. Since the beginning of Christmas on the Square, 31 years ago, there has never been an admission charge to attend and enjoy all the festivities. This year is no different; however, with the hope of brightening the season for someone in need, you are asked, if you can, bring can goods and nonperishable food items for Care Share. Identified bins will be found downtown and in Old Town. In Old Town Coldspring, entertainment will begin at noon and continue through 4 p.m., featuring on stage the Stone Gate Gospel Rock Band and Southern Revolution Band. Photos with Santa will be available from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and tours of the Old Jail Museum will be available. Parking for Old Town will be limited to those with physical impairment requiring handicapped parking. However, parking is permitted at nearby Jones Educational Facility. You'll have the opportunity to take a hayride or maybe even a free horse drawn carriage ride or walk. Weather permitting, photos with Santa will also be available at the gazebo on the courthouse lawn between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ending the day of entertainment will be the lighted nighttime parade scheduled to begin about 6 p.m. Grand marshal of the parade is Jerry Gibson, Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent.