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Today’s Fare at Jefferson’s Farmers Market

June 17th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Fruit and vegetables

 Jefferson’s Farmers Market will be open today from 4pm to sundown. Here is a partial list of what you will find there today.

Potatoes
Squash
Tomatoes (OMG! I love farm fresh maters!)
Peppers
Peaches (On Sunday’s menu)
Blueberries (I am freezing these for winter!)
Blackberries
Locally produced honey (Get rid of those allergies!)
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Homemade jams (Ever had Mayhaw Jelly? No…then you don’t know what you are missing.)
Fresh herbs (Boy, are these wonderful for cooking. You never knew plants could add so much to a meal!)
Chicken
Pork
Grass-fed Beef (Steaks make a great Father’s Day gift!)
Natural pet foods and treats (Dixie and The Bug are big fans and they deliver for free to Jefferson!)

T Bone Walker Blues Festival at Music City Texas

June 16th, 2011 by carriagehouse

T-Bone Walker

5th Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest
June 17-18, 2011, Linden, Texas

Music City Texas Theater in Linden, Texas is hosting the 5th Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest – June 17 & 18. The festival is being presented by MetroPCS and other key sponsors: Don Henley, Linden Economic Development Corporation, MidSouth Engine & Machine, the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast, and the Linden Drug Company. The event will bring in 16 top blues artists from across the nation, including a stellar lineup of Texan headliners – Johnny Winter, Zac Harmon, Guitar Shorty, Malford Milligan, Diddley Squat, and Emily Elbert. The 5th annual festival is a fundraiser for two Linden non-profit corporations: Music City Texas Theater, a music venue, and the Fairview Community Center which offers free literacy and computer training to the community.

This two-day, two-stage festival is a living memorial to the music icon that was a primary influence to most postwar blues guitarists and early rock and roll greats. T-Bone Walker’s most enduring legacy was taking the guitar from a rhythm instrument to a lead instrument in a band. Honored by his peers by membership in the Blues Heritage Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was first, and foremost, a loving father, a humanitarian, and a friend to so many.

Friday, June 17 will feature a Free outdoor concert focused on students learning about the Blues. The Pleasant Hill Quilting Group will present the history of the Underground Railroad Quilt Code; followed by the 20 year-old rising jazz star – Emily Elbert. Emily won the 2007 Texas Music Project Texas 10 Under 20 contest with a scholarship to the Boston Berklee School of Music. The free concert also presents Malford Milligan and Guitar Shorty. Guitar Shorty performed with T-Bone Walker in his youth, and is a multi-recipient of honors from the Blues Music Awards. Milligan headed the dynamic band – Storyville – and was with the Stephen Bruton-Delbert McClinton performance in the 2008 blues fest.

David “Honeyboy” Edwards is an icon in the world of Blues. A member of the Blues Heritage Hall of Fame, multi-honoree as Blues Acoustic Artist of the Year and multi-Grammy winner, “Honeyboy” represents the best of traditional blues.

The simple mention of Johnny Winter conjures up images Woodstock. Known for his prodigious guitar virtuosity, everyone in the music business has a Johnny Winter Story and he remains a true crowd pleaser.
Zac Harmon won The Blues Foundation’s 2004 International Blues Challenge as “best unsigned blues band.” Since then there’s been no looking back appearances at US festivals and international tours to Canada and France.
Like a bare knuckled boxer, Guitar Shorty strikes with his blistering, physical guitar playing and his fierce vocals, connecting directly with body and soul. This multi-winner of Blues awards always finds his way into the audience during his performance.

The lineup is rounded out by a stellar group of regional blues bands that includes a number of International Blues Competition bands: The Bluebirds (Shreveport), Buddy Flett (Shreveport), Malford Milligan (Austin), Diddley Squat (Marshall), Emily Elbert (Boston), Dorothy Ellis (Norman, OK), 19th Street Red (New Orleans), Bruton & Price Swingmasters Revue (Fort Worth), and Kayla Reeves (Honey Grove).
The festival will also feature a Guitar Hero Competition for the younger set.

For Times and Ticket Information: www.tbonewalkerbluesfest.com or call 903-756-7774.

July 4th Celebration at Mayberry on the Bayou

June 15th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Fourth of July 

“JEFFERSON SALUTES AMERICA”
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION ON JULY 4TH

 

Enjoy a fresh slice of Norman Rockwell as the 19th anniversary edition of “Jefferson Salutes America” fires off its trademark “Fireworks Fantazmagoria” as the grand finale on Monday, July 4 over Jefferson’s historic Big Cypress Bayou and turning basin. The fireworks display – during which some $12,000 in pyrotechnic charges will be fired off over the river’s natural amphitheatre, caps off an evening of live music and family fun reminiscent of an idyllic America.

The evening starts off at approximately 5:00 p.m. in downtown Jefferson’s Otstott Park, corner of Lafayette and Vale Streets, with children’s games and a decorated bike and tricycle parade around the bandstand. Entrants will be vying for prizes and all children in the parade will receive a ribbon.

A pie and cake auction benefiting the purchase of children’s books for Jefferson’s Carnegie Library will have bidders fighting over dozens of confectionery delights produced by Jefferson and Marion County’s finest cooks. The popular bidding war produces bragging rights for the best baker and has historically raised thousand of dollars each year for the library, one of only five such Carnegie’s in the State of Texas still used as a public reading facility.

The Shreveport Municipal Concert Band returns to the Otstott Park Gazebo for a rousing set of patriotic music that echoes throughout downtown Jefferson. Complete with a variety of flag-waving standards from John Phillip Sousa, the evening’s live entertainment is the perfect set-up to the two-block march down to the riverfront for the fireworks.

Just prior to dark, the thousands on hand for the fireworks display will witness the thrilling finish of the “Quacker State 500” – a down-stream race of 500 plastic ducks that will net one lucky winner the grand prize of $500 cash and an assortment of prizes for those duck sponsors whose entrants finish near the front. The rubber duckies can be sponsored for $5 each and proceeds benefit Jefferson’s youth sports. Duck sponsorships are sold ahead of time but entries are always welcome at the park prior to the race’s start.

The “Fireworks Fantazmagoria” will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. over Jefferson’s Big Cypress Bayou.

This event is FREE to the public and the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast still has rooms available for this family friendly event.  Call us today at 903-665-9511  to book your holiday weekend room.

For additional information, contact:

Marion County Chamber of & Visitor Information Center
101 N. Polk
Jefferson, TX 75657
888-GO RELAX or (903) 665-2672.
Website: www.jefferson-texas.com
Email: juanitawc@sbcglobal.net

Summer Savings at the Carriage House B&B

May 19th, 2011 by carriagehouse

 

 

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It’s a Bug’s Life!

May 13th, 2011 by carriagehouse

The Bug  
 
 
I stood there and proudly surveyed my work…piles of sorted laundry.  With a sense of accomplishment, I gazed at my piles, whites and unmentionables, dark colored clothes, The Bug, towels, light colored cloths.  My head snapped back…The Bug.  Gleefully and with joyful purpose, the puppy was busy scattering my piles. Grrr!  I angrily stomped my foot and sternly said “OUT” and pointed in an arbitrary direction.   Not to be out done, The Bug grabs one of Tom’s smelliest socks and takes off for the door to our quarters.  She quickly pops the door open with her snout and merrily takes off through the main house. 

Let the games begin!

What happened next was the Carriage House’s version of the 2011 Puppy Olympics with all of the usual events, Track and Field (The Bug), Cross Country (The Bug), the High Jump (The Bug), Gymnastics (me).  Into the dining room we went, with the Bug in front and me in a not so hot pursuit.  Under the tables, around the server, through the chairs and then into the parlor.  The Bug defiantly stops between two guests sitting in the parlor and grins at me from ear to pointy ear with a twinkle of mischief in her eye.  A gentleman, who had been trying to quietly enjoy his morning coffee,  reaches over and tries to grab The Bug, the sock, anything, but comes up with only air.

I, however, have the advantage.  She has to get past me to get back into the dining room and then into the back of the house.  She tries to dart past me.  My reflexes kick in and I grab at her.  I am able to get one finger around her collar.  Game over.   I get the sock from her mouth and then escort her back to our quarters embarrassed that I had disturbed our guests perfect morning peace.

It is not easy raising a puppy in a Bed & Breakfast.  The Bug wants a life with no limits and I want a room with no toys scattered.  She wants free reign of the property and I don’t want her in the guests room.  She wants the freedom to do what she wants, when she wants, and I don’t want her underfoot when the guests are checking in.  We can both be stubborn but I have wisdom and cunning over her.  She has speed and agility over me.

It is not a that tough of an existence for her though.  She has a large piece of property to play on and plenty of squirrels to chase.  Every day, new friends check in and they always have a willing hand to scrunch an ear or rub a belly.

It is the end of another busy day.  All of our guests have checked in and are out enjoying their evenings.  Breakfast has been prepped and the morning table has been set.  Dixie and The Bug have been out for their evening walk and had their dinner.  Tom and I are finally settling in for the night.

Tom sits down in his recliner and without any encouragement, The Bug jumps in next to him.  She nuzzles up close and gazes at him with heavy lidded, sleepy eyes. 

It is a Bug’s Life!

A Bed and Breakfast for All…Even the Hummingbirds

May 11th, 2011 by carriagehouse

   Hummingbird at Feeders   

The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast’s very own crazy Italian Chef Tom, also known as our crazy photographer Tom, spent hours over the last few days trying to capture a hummingbird at one of our five feeders.  It was quite a spectacle to see the big guy dressed all in red (hummers like the color red) trying to sit perfectly still to get the money shot. What do you think?  I think he did pretty good!

Hummingbird at Feeders

Hummingbird at Feeders

Hummingbird at Feeders

 

If you love photography as much as Tom does, then check out our upcoming Photography Weekend, June 10th through 12th held here at the Carriage House B&B in Jefferson Texas.  This weekend is geared for photographers of all skill levels and for photographers interested in outdoors/ nature photography and architectural photography.  For more information check out our website or call us at 903-665-9511.  We have only a few spots left!

Do You Have a Pain in the Gas?

April 18th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Do you have a pain in the gas?  I do!

This morning on the news, one of the TV reporters for the morning show stated that gas had topped $4 a gallon now in 6 different states.  With gas prices so high, we thought we would do our part to help.

So how about this for a swift kick in the gas.  Our 2nd Quarter promotion is all about helping you pay for the gas out here to the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast.  Here is the deal.  The Carriage House B&B is offering a $25 gas card for a group of four adults traveling in one car and staying a minimum of two weekday nights in two rooms.

Because the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast is so close to all the downtown shops and attractions, you will be able to reduce your carbon footprint even further by being able to walk wherever you want to go. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Enjoy your “Kick in the Gas”

A Better Way to Stay on my Birthday

February 23rd, 2011 by carriagehouse

This past weekend, I celebrated another birthday.  It seems to happen once a year no matter what.  I actually don’t mind getting older.  Life is just a series of adventures and a birthday just signals that another year of exciting activity on this crazy journey is about to begin.  Who could hate that?

My wonderful husband always takes me on a weekend getaway trip for my birthday.   We can do this because I am a February baby and February is still the low season around here in Jefferson.  I can’t reciprocate the favor because Tom is an Easter baby and family obligations require us to go back to Dallas and spend the Easter weekend with our families.  By the way, Tom really is an Easter baby.  He really was born on Easter Sunday.  Some babies come by stork.  Tom came by the Easter Bunny.

This year, Tom took me to Hot Springs, Arkansas for my birthday.  It was a wonderful!  It was two and a half days of relaxation and fun.  I loved it!  We went to the Quapaw on Bath House Row and not only had a bath both Friday and Saturday but we both enjoyed a deep tissue massage which just felt incredible.  We hiked up in the mountains and Tom, the photographer, got some amazing shots of a beautiful waterfall.  After all of the hard work that we put in week in and week out here at the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast, we had earned this treat.

We also put our money where our mouths are.  I know that we preach about how there is a Better Way to Stay and encourage every one to try a Bed & Breakfast at least once.  We always stay at a B&B when we travel for fun.  We know that we are going to be treated so much better then we would at a hotel or a motel.  We know that the innkeepers are really going to care that we enjoy our stay and they will do everything they can to make us comfortable.  You don’t usually get that at a Holiday Inn or a Marriott.   We know that the breakfasts are going to be amazing and the house no matter whether it is a historic home or a brand new structure will be both beautiful and relaxing.

Jefferson is the B&B capital of East Texas and is second only to Fredricksburg in the number of B&Bs.  Next time you come to East Texas, give a Bed & Breakfast a try.  In fact, give the Carriage House a try.  I promise.  You will be hooked.

Check the Carriage House B&B out on KTBS Channel 3 News

February 12th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Yesterday, the folks from KTBS, Channel 3 news, were here in Jefferson filming a couple of different news segments.  One of the reporters stopped by here to talk to us about the Lanier B&B.com award that we won.  We are hoping that we can be  featured on the news in a few weeks.  Here is a piece that they did on tourism in Jefferson.  You will notice that every one’s favorite B&B was featured heavily in this piece

A Better Way to Stay in Jefferson Texas

February 8th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Do you know the number one reason people don’t stay at a bed and breakfast when they travel is they don’t think of them?  Hotels and motels dominate the market and when travelers look for a place to stay, they unfortunately think of a hotel or a motel.  However, there is a better way to stay!! 

When was the last time you went to a hotel and were treated like family?  Bed & Breakfasts are small family owned businesses where the owners/ families are involved in every facet and every detail of the business.  Do we care about you and your comfort?  You bet we do!  Owning a B&B is a lifestyle and most innkeepers are living out their dreams every day.  The most important thing to us is you having an enjoyable stay and we will do just about anything to ensure you have a memorable experience.  Pick a B&B and read their reviews.  Inn-goers rave about the fabulous hospitality and friendship that innkeepers offer during their stay.  In fact, for many B&B travelers, the innkeeper was what made the stay special.  We love what we do and it shows!

Many of the myths that people think of when they think of a Bed & Breakfast are just not true anymore. 

Myth #1- I will have to share a bathroom. You will NOT have to share a bathroom with your neighbor.  Trust me, we don’t want to share a bathroom with a stranger and we won’t ask you to either.  Most B&Bs including the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast have private bathrooms in each room. 

Myth #2Old houses equals no amenities.  Many travelers assume that because many bed & breakfasts are in old historic homes that they will not have the amenities that they are used to at home.  Not true at all.  Hey we live and work here too!  Most bed and breakfasts offer everything that you would have in a hotel such as Internet and cable TV.  In fact, at the Carriage House B&B, we have replaced all of our old box TVs with brand new flat panel TVs.  So now you can be as comfortable in your room here as you would be at home watching your favorite shows or game.

Myth #3Bed and Breakfasts are only for couples.  Don’t get me wrong, Bed & Breakfasts can be very romantic places.  That is how Tom and I got hooked on B&Bs, but Bed & Breakfasts can be many things to many people.  In fact, bed and breakfasts can be a perfect place for a girl’s weekend or a single guy or girl just trying away from the hustle and bustle of their lives.  I would go so far to say that we can make your stay be whatever you need it to be.  Just let us know and we will do our best to make it happen.

So next time you are looking for a place to stay on your travels.  Remember, there is a better way to stay!  Skip the hotels and motels and stay at a bed and breakfast.  I promise, you will be glad that you did.

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