Mardi Gras Upriver Celebration

First Mardi Gras community celebration.

Next month all around the country, Americans will be celebration Mardi Gras. Along with New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama, Jefferson, Texas also has a cultural link to the Mardi Gras Celebration.

From 1845 to the late 1870s, Jefferson was a steamboat trading partner with the city of New Orleans. New Orleans’ steamboats traveled North on the Mississippi and veered off onto the Red River traveled across to Caddo Lake and then up Big Cypress Bayou to the Port of Jefferson. The New Orleans influence is still recognizable in the architecture and heritage of Jefferson.

Jefferson’s first Mardi Gras celebration was held in 1871. By 1876, Mardi Gras In Jefferson, Texas had grown into a city wide celebration that still carries on the tradition of the Mardi Gras Upriver Celebration where revelers dress in purple, green and gold, dance in the parades, eat cultural foods, and catch beads off of the many floats and balconies that line the streets.

We here in Jefferson, Texas hope to see you at the celebration. Put on your green, gold and purple and come and join in Jefferson’s Mardi Gras Upriver Celebration. The celebration will consist of three parades, carnival, food vendors, arts and crafts, live music along with fun, frivolity and zany events during this three day celebration. Friday evening begins with a Doo Dah Parade. Saturday features a Grand Parade with colorful floats, marching bands and more. Sunday allows the kiddos to get in on the action with a Children’s parade.

The bed and breakfasts are all decorated with the spirit of the celebration. The local restaurants will have specials and music playing everywhere. Plenty for all to do.

Until then, Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday”lie in the Christian calendar as the “last hurrah” before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Some see Mardi Gras as a late-winter celebration welcoming the coming of Spring. February 6th, 7th & 8th join in the celebration.

Updated WiFi

One by One we are making improvements at the Carriage House in Historic Jefferson Texas, many of our guests had spotty internet reception from our WiFi. This is a short post to let everyone know that we have installed WiFi boosters so all the rooms will have a solid connection to the internet. Now you can enjoy all the history Jefferson has to offer and still have connection to the web for business or pleasure while staying with us at The Carriage house.

Things are coming together

Hello World,

My first blogging post. Hmm-mm, what to say? If and when you ever meet me, I promise you this problem of what to say will never occur. I’m a chitty-chatty one. This world of running a bed and breakfast is a new experience for me even though I have been serving people and entertaining guests for over 30 years, I do feel quite comfortable here at the Carriage House. I have so many plans for the future of this amazing house. I hope you all stay tuned to see what I come up with.

I have been collecting ideas for about five years now. You should see the binders and binders of notes I have. Now just to compile them into one big ole plan and decide what to actually put into place. There are so many great things on the way. Stay tuned. As I learn how to work this thing called a computer and a camera and figure out how to download stuff, I will entertain you with all of my antics, new recipes, gardening tips, pet friendly treats and the wonderful ways of people that will now influence my life and yours.

So many people I have met in the last 3 months have filled me with joy and made me realize that this dream I have had for so long is actually a reality and it is everything I had ever imagined it would be. My guests have introduced me to their families, sent me their favorite recipes, ran around town with me, sat in my kitchen, roasted marshmallows and toasted wine with me. One guest even let me drive their car ( I have a very small hard top convertible that is not very satisfactory to my new grocery shopping needs). What a glorious life in front of me.

I hope in time everyone that visits the Carriage House comes to love this place as much as I already do.My door is always opened. I look forward to meeting and chatting with all.

Talk with you soon,

Jessi

 

First Annual Antiques Appraisal Fair

Join us at the Carriage House In Jefferson. The First Annual Antiques Appraisal Fair will be held on Saturday October 25th from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. After the Fair, come back to the Carriage House and enjoy your favorite beverage wrapped in one of our comfy blankets next to the warm fire located in the courtyard.

https://www.jefferson-texas.com/events/#!event/2014/10/25/1st-annual-appraisal-fair

Halloween Thrills on the Bayou

Halloween Thrills on the Bayou

Tickets are now on sale for the ultimate Halloween experience, in Jefferson Texas.  Be sure to goblin’ up tickets to the 13th Annual Runaway Fright Train and Halloween Festival each Friday and Saturday, October 4-31, 2014.

Steam hissing, whistle blowing and pistons chugging, the Historic Jefferson Railway’s live steam train returns to operation in October 2014 for the Runaway Fright Train and Halloween Festival.

The Runaway Fright Train will feature “Monsters from the Deep”.  As you ride through the dark woods, you’ll see the monsters emerging from the swamplands of East Texas as they reach out for you.  Keep a wary eye toward the cypress-filled woods and swamps.  You never know what lurks in the shadows. The train rolls right by the Alligator Pit, filled with alligators ranging from six feet to over twelve feet long.

What are some of the highlights of this theater on wheels?  Chain saws, toxic wasteland, land of rats, spiders and snakes, skeletons and ghouls.  Something sinister is hiding there.  You’ll be spooked by more than Halloween ghosts!

The scenes and haunters along the track will keep you at the edge of your seat and give you a laugh now and then, too.  This Halloween Theater on wheels is professionally directed by East Texas Performing Arts.  This is a family-friendly event for ages 2 to 92for a howling good time.

The Fun Brothers bring their alligator bounce house to the Halloween Festival each evening of the event.   Admission is free with the purchase of a Halloween train ride.   Other free activities will include mini-maze, mini-haunted house, children’s crafts and games. Glow sticks and other Halloween products and concessions are available for sale in the Haunted Historic Depot. Give your little monsters some wholesome Halloween fun this season.

On Halloween evening, come participate in Best Costume Contest for CASH PRIZES.  Prizes awarded after each train ride.

The event will take place at Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E. Austin, Jefferson, Texas.  The easiest way to order tickets is to visit the website, www.JeffersonRailway.com.  You can also buy tickets at the Historic Jefferson Railway depot during event hours. Train seating is limited so get your tickets early!  Come out for a rip-roaring good time.

Runaway Fright Train Schedule and Pricing

Friday $14.50, plus applicable sales tax

Saturday, $16.50, plus applicable sales tax

Lap Children under 4 are free

Group discounts available

Depot opens at noon each day of the Event

Halloween Festival opens at 6:00 p.m. each day of the Event

Saturday, October 4 @ 7:00, 8:00

 

Friday, October 10 @ 7:00, 8:00

Saturday, October 11 @ 7:00, 8:00

 

Friday, October 17 7:00, 8:00

Saturday, October 18 7:00, 8:00, 9:00

Friday, October 24 @ 7:00, 8:00

 

Saturday, October 25 @ 7:00, 8:00, 9:00

Friday, October 31 @ 7:00, 8:00

The Historic Jefferson Railway Salutes National Day of the Cowboy

Historic Jefferson Railway Salutes National Day of the Cowboy

Day of the Cowboy

Historic Jefferson Railway salutes “National Day of the Cowboy”, July 25 and 26, 2014 as they recognize pioneering men and women who helped establish America’s frontiers. Enjoy the rough and ready cowboys of the Lonely West Traveling Gun Show complete with cannons, gunfights and a train robbery. Limited seating, so get your tickets now at www.JeffersonRailway.Com or call 866-398-2038.

Start Friday at 7:00 p.m. with free cowboy ghost stories at the air-conditioned depot, and then jump on the Cowboy Ghost Train at 8:00, an antique narrow-gauge train that traverses the Piney Woods along the Big Cypress Bayou in the deep dark woods. The open-canopied observation cars offer a perfect view from every seat. Be careful out there. Everything you see might not be part of the show – if you feel a cold chill, that’s a ghost, for sure.

On Saturday, the Historic Jefferson Railway and the Lonely West Traveling Gun Show do repeat performances of the Cowboy Train at 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 and 8:00 at 400 E. Austin, with free cowboy ghost stories at the air-conditioned depot at 7:00 p.m. Come out for a ride on a restored gas-powered Plymouth Locomotive built in 1964. The excursion train circles the Piney Woods on a five-mile track along the Big Cypress Bayou where you see the beautiful views of the wetlands and wildlife as well as remains of many sites from the 1880′s still visible along the track. Don’t let those cowboys drag you off the train!

Jefferson, Texas is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time. It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations. Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants. So come Dine, Shop & Stay, in Jefferson, Texas.

Friday, July 25, 2014
7:00 pm, free cowboy ghost stories in the air-conditioned depot
8:00 pm, Cowboy Ghost Train, complete with cowboys, cannons, gunfights and a train robbery, presented by
Historic Jefferson Railway and Lonely West Traveling Gun Show

Saturday, July 26, 2014 -
12:30, 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm, narrated day tours
Historic Jefferson Railway and Lonely West Traveling Gun Show present
Cowboy Train complete with cowboys, cannons, gunfights and a train robbery
7:00 pm, free cowboy ghost stories in the air-conditioned depot
8:00 pm, Cowboy Ghost Train, complete with cowboys, cannons, gunfights and a train robbery, presented by
Historic Jefferson Railway and Lonely West Traveling Gun Show

Historic Jefferson Railway
400 E. Austin
Jefferson, TX 75657
Adults $15, Children 6-12 $12, Seniors 65+ & Active Military, 10% discount, plus tax
www.JeffersonRailway.com
info@JeffersonRailway.com
866-398-2038

Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards

Country music artists from nine nations will come to Jefferson, Texas this summer to perform in concert as well as compete for the title of Texas Sounds International Country Music Performer of the Year. Produced by East Texas Performing Arts, Inc. (ETPA), top country music bands and solo artists from Australia, Canada, France, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S. will perform in concerts daily.

In August 2012 ETPA was part of a two weekend theatre, music and art event. Last year ETPA produced a nine day theatre and music festival that included the musical Bye Bye Birdie, two one-act dramas, and music from Richard Bowden and John Early, Lacie Carpenter, Shane Mathews, and Sarah Griffin. For 2014, ETPA is expanding to four weekends with top international country musicians.

Event producer and ETPA board member Preston Taylor explained, “I started searching the web for unusual acts and ran across a band called East Texas. They play rockabilly and western swing and advertise as being from the Deep South… of Australia. Their home, Adelaide, is at the very southern edge of the Australian continent, truly the world’s Deep South. We wrote them a tongue-in-cheek email with several reasons why a country band called East Texas should play in Jefferson. I also cited several reasons why it might not be a slam-dunk idea, starting with, we can’t pay you.

After more email and several telephone calls, they decided to come and perform! This success sparked our energies and we started inviting top country artists from around the world. So far, eight have said yes. We are legitimately an international event, right here in little old Jefferson. The possibilities for next year and beyond are limitless and as with most good things in life, it all began with East Texas.”

Musical groups already committed include:

East Texas BandAustralia
Dynamic rockabilly and western swing with a highly polished 50’s flavor.

Karen Lee BattenCanada
2003 – Beat out over 16,000 competitors to be in the top 11 Canadian Idol
2004 thru 2006 – British Columbia Female Vocalist of the Year

InBlaukSpain
Spain’s most popular country artist, with a hard acoustic rhythm all his own.
Reverbnation ranked #1 in Spain and featured in Route 66 Magazine

Sarah Lacy DoleUnited Kingdom
The UK’s fastest rising star, Sarah has shared the stage with Chip Taylor (Angel in the Morning), Al Perkins (The Band, The Eagles, Bob Dylan), Gail Davies (the first female record producer in country music), and many more.

Britta T. - Switzerland
Has recorded two albums in Nashville, joined with Glen Frey of the Eagles and performed at the renowned
Montreux Festival. Britta has toured in Ireland, France, Sweden, and Italy.

Chrissie Rossouw IIISouth Africa
South Africa’s top female country artist, having released albums in Afrikaans and English, Chrissie is coming to Jefferson for her first U.S. performance.

LoveflowersSweden
Pure, sweet acoustic country sounds from Sweden. Every note is a delight. Great voices, original lyrics and wonderful instrumentation make this a group not to be missed.

Jenna McDanielTemple, TX
Featured trending artist on Reverbnation from Temple, Texas.

Jillian KohrNashville, TN
Intensity and an exorbitant personality from Nashville.

Negotiation continues with 40 more acts from 18 nations. For more information please call ETPA at 925-497-3915.

All concerts are at the Jefferson Visitor Center, 305 E. Austin St. Tickets are $15 for an individual concert. Special discount packages for multiple concerts are available. For lineup updates and performance times, please visit the ETPA website.

Jefferson Train Days

The Jay Gould Rail Car "Atalanta"

ALL ABOARD for Jefferson Train Days, May 17th and 18th.  Tickets are now available online at www.JeffersonTrainDays.com or call 866-398-2038. One boarding pass admits you to four destinations. You will want to get your tickets early as seating is limited on the train.

Ride the Historic Jefferson Railway and experience The Lonely West Traveling Gun Show, including cowboys, guns and a train robbery.  Visit the R.D. Moses model train layout at the Jefferson Historical Society and Museum.  Tour the resplendent business car, Atalanta, that belonged to the rail baron, Jay Gould. See the model train show, layouts and vendors at the Jefferson Transportation Center.

Hear the sounds of yesterday at the Whistle Toot where more than thirty whistles will sound off.  Patrons can blow the whistles and whistle enthusiasts can bring their own. There will be educational clinics for model railroaders, too.  Come out for the day or for the weekend. There is a lot for the family to do in Jefferson Texas.

67th Jefferson Civil War Days & Pilgrimage Schedule

Pilgrimage

Jefferson Civil War Days & Pilgrimage

May 1-4, 2014

Jefferson Civil War Days & Pilgrimage

May 1-4, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Event

Location

Start Time

End Time

Cost

60th Annual Diamond Bessie Murder Trial Jefferson PlayhouseCorner of Market & Henderson streets903-665-6075  7:30 pm $20
Tours of AtalantaJay Gould’s Private Rail Car Tickets available at The Excelsior House Hotel 903-665-2513 or 800-490-7270www.theexcelsiorhouse.com  Daily $5

 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Event

Location

Start Time

End Time

Cost

Civil War Living HistoryMarion County Chamber of Commerce Diamond Don RV Park1602 State Highway 49 Easthttp://www.jefferson-texas.com/903-665-2672

 

9:00 3:00 $3 per student
The Great Locomotive ChaseThe Andrews RaidHistoric Jefferson Railway Diamond Don RV Park1602 State Highway 49 Easthttp://www.jeffersonrailway.com/http://www.jeffersoncivilwardays.com/

903-665-6400 or 866-398-2038

 

9:30 am11:30 am 

1:30 pm

 

$5 per student
Craft Fair andHeirloom Plant Sale William Perry ParkNext to The Excelsior House Hotelwww.theexcelsiorhouse.com  9:00 am 5:00 pm Free
“Stitch, Woven and Hooked”Quilts & Heritage Fiber Arts Jeffersonian Institute120 E Austin Street 9:00 am 5:00 pm Free
The 67th Annual PilgrimageTour Five Historic Churches Tickets can be purchased atThe Excelsior House Hotelhttp://www.jeffersonpilgrimage.com/903-665-2513 or 800-490-7270

 

11:00 am 4:00 pm $20, children 12 and under, $3
Twilight Garden Stroll Various locations 5:30 pm 7:00 pm Free
60th Annual Diamond Bessie Murder Trial Jefferson PlayhouseCorner of Market & Henderson streets903-665-6075  7:30 pm $20
Street Dance Austin Street, in front ofThe Excelsior House Hotelhttp://www.battleforjefferson.com/903-200-5787 or 866-319-5470

 

9:00 pm 11:00 pm Free
Tours of AtalantaJay Gould’s Private Rail Car Tickets available at The Excelsior House Hotel903-665-2513 or 800-490-7270www.theexcelsiorhouse.com  Daily $5
Sutler’s Emporium Dallas Streethttp://www.battleforjefferson.com/903-200-5787 or 866-319-54670 Daily Free

 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Event

Location

Start Time

End Time

Cost

The Great Locomotive Chaseand Naval Battle of Port Jefferson – the largest Naval Civil War re-enactment west of the Mississippi 400 E. Austin Streethttp://www.jeffersonrailway.com/http://www.jeffersoncivilwardays.com/903-665-6400 or 866-398-2038

 

12:00 pm1:00 pm2:00 pm7:00 pm $15 adults$12 children under 1210% Senior & Active Military Discount 
Craft Fair andHeirloom Plant Sale William Perry ParkNext to The Excelsior House Hotelwww.theexcelsiorhouse.com  9:00 am 5:00 pm Free
“Stitch, Woven and Hooked”Quilts & Heritage Fiber Arts Jeffersonian Institute120 E Austin Street 9:00 am 5:00 pm Free
Pilgrimage Parade andTown Skirmish Downtown Jefferson 10:00 am Free
The 67th Annual PilgrimageTour Five Historic Churches Tickets can be purchased atThe Excelsior House Hotelhttp://www.jeffersonpilgrimage.com/903-665-2513 or 800-490-7270

 

11:00 am 4:00 pm $20, children 12 and under, $3
Luncheon BuffetThe Excelsior HouseGrand Ballroom/Courtyard  The Excelsior House Hotel903-665-2513 or 800-490-7270www.theexcelsiorhouse.com  11:30 am 2:00 pm $14 (inclusive)
Ladies Tea”Lady Spies for the confederacy”Period Dress Encouraged  Jeffersonian Institute120 E. Austin St 1:00 pm 3:00 pm $10
Battle for JeffersonRe-enactment Sanders RanchFM 2208http://www.battleforjefferson.com/903-200-5787 or 866-319-5470

 

4:00 pm $10
Twilight Garden Stroll Various locations 5:30 pm 7:00 pm Free
60th Annual Diamond Bessie Murder Trial Jefferson PlayhouseCorner of Market & Henderson streets903-665-6075 5:30 pm $20
Old South BallPeriod Dress or Black Tie Jeffersonian Institute120 E. Austin Streethttp://www.battleforjefferson.com/903-200-5787 or 866-319-5470

 

8:00 pm $15 each or$25 Couple
60th Annual Diamond Bessie Murder Trial Jefferson PlayhouseCorner of Market & Henderson streets903-665-6075  8:30 pm $20
Tours of AtalantaJay Gould’s Private Rail Car Tickets available at The Excelsior House Hotel903-665-2513 or 800-490-7270www.theexcelsiorhouse.com  Daily $5
Sutler’s Emporium Dallas Streethttp://www.battleforjefferson.com/903-200-5787 or 866-319-5470  Daily

 

Route 49 Motorcycle Rally

Motorcycle Rally

The 3rd Annual Route 49 Biker Rally is a family friendly rally and will be held June 6-8, 2014 at the Diamond Don RV Park in Jefferson, Texas.

The weekend will begin on Friday evening with a meet and greet BBQ for Pre-registered guests, and concerts by Ms. Laci Carpenter and Chris LeBlanc.  Laci Carpenter has been performing since she was 4, but on the violin/fiddle for 16 years. She studied classical music from Dr. Jane Saber, Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, and Dr. Isador Saslav.  Although she is classically trained, she enjoys playing Celtic, Bluegrass, Western Swing, Old Time, and Texas Swing fiddle and don’t forget Rock!  In fiddling, she has learned from the greats like Johnny Gimble, Randy Elmore,Valerie O’Brien, Mark Wood, Jim Ivy, Buddy Spicher, Judy Hyman, Bruce Molsky, and many more!

Chris LeBlanc has been a mainstay on the Louisiana music scene for over 20 years.  He’s recorded and released 4 CD’s since 1995 on his own label Sweetroll Records and sold over 25,000 copies combined.  In 2012 Chris played a whopping 244 shows to crowds from all over.  He plays regional shows traveling the U.S., including Alaska as well as going to Europe 6 different times.  Chris has been billed with such artist as:  ZZ Top, Hank Williams Jr., Buddy Guy, Dr. John, BB King, Vince Gill & Brett Michaels to name a few.

Saturday evening we will have Jake Gill from NBC – “The Voice”. His music is best described as a red dirt / rock fusion… He is a 3rd Round Finalist for NBC’s The Voice from Auditions held in Dallas in August 2012… Jake’s influences arise from many artists, most recently singer/songwriters like Eric Church, Josh Thompson, and Brantley Gilbert. You can hear the influence in his music from these talented musicians. A few of his songs will bring a hint of Kenny Chesney to the forefront.

Come and enjoy some great music, vendors and friends for the evening.  The Beer Garden will be open to provide refreshments during the concerts. Everyone is welcome and The Beer Garden is open to 21 over only.

Saturday Evening Concerts will feature Mr. Jake Gill & Chris LeBlanc Band – The vendors and concerts will be located inside and around the beer garden, close to all of the activities.

The major events will start on Saturday morning and run throughout the day and evening with a Poker Run, Bike Show, Biker Games and Concerts. Other bands still to be determined.  Concerts will run back-to-back for a full afternoon and evening of enjoyment.  This year, a day pass will be offered for $15 per person (DAY PASS WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:ACCESS TO THE BEER GARDEN, CONCERTS & VENDOR ROW ONLY; the weekend ticket is $25 per person. (Only the pre-register people will be part of the meet and greet BBQ on Friday Evening.) The “VIB” Very Important Biker Pass is available again for $100.00.  This package will be well worth the money and will have benefits that others will envy. Sponsorships and advertising opportunities are also available.

The RV Park is a perfect venue for this Rally, just one mile from downtown Jefferson. Participants will enjoy some great concerts and food under a large pavilion. There will be a variety of music during the weekend, sure to bring people together.  Meet some new friends or catch up with old ones.

Route 49 has invested in a bus that will be used during the rally for transportation to and from locations in Jefferson for those that would like to park and ride.

On Sunday Morning, a devotion and Blessing of the Bikes will be part of the events to be held at 9:00  a.m. led by Steve Wise Ministry (www.SteveWise.com). Wise succeeded in motorcycle racing beyond his wildest dreams. He has traveled around the world sharing his faith in Christ at various churches, racetracks and special events.

A portion of the proceeds from the Rally will benefit Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.  The Center in Dallas, TX is ranked nationally in ten pediatric specialties.  The Rally donation will support the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Cardiac Care Unit for children born with heart defects.   There will be many ways for attendees to make contributions during this event to make a difference in the lives of deserving children.

The support of City of Jefferson Office of Tourism and Merchants makes this weekend a success. Save the date for the Rally on June 6-8, 2014 at Diamond Don’t RV Park in Jefferson.  This event will offer something for everyone, whether you come on a bike, in the Rally bus or in your car.

Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time.  It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations.  Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants.

For more information visit: www.route49rally.com or email: info@route49rally.com.

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