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Pictures from the 2011 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Jefferson Texas

November 27th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Santa Claus

There is a nice rhythm to life here in Jefferson.   Life is predictable and comfortable.   For instance, you know that if it is the day after Thanksgiving all the town’s folk are going to gather around the gazebo at Lions Park and light the Enchanted Forest.  That is why Friday night, I joined my friends and neighbors for the traditional kick off of the Christmas Season in Jefferson in Lions Park.

Every year the Historic Jefferson Foundation sells over a hundred Christmas trees to local businesses and townsfolk.  These beautiful trees are all decorated and lit for the enjoyment of all in the Enchanted Forest in Lions Park.  It is quite a spectacle to see that many lit Christmas Trees in one place decorated and twinkling in all of their glory.  Just the very sight of all of these trees will turn any Scrooge into a Christmas Elf.

We all gather at dusk at Lions Park for the official Tree Lighting ceremony.  Carols are sung, poems are read, and excerpts from plays are acted out.  It is a jouyous and cozy celebration of Christmas in a small town.  Everyone knows everyone and we all wish each other a Merry Christmas.  If you have never made it to Jefferson during the holidays, then you are missing a wonderful small town (think Norman Rockwell) Christmas.

Here are the pictures from this year’s event.  Enjoy!

Christmas Trees in Jefferson Christmas Trees in Jefferson

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Tee it up for a Good Cause

October 14th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Tee it up for a Good Cause

13th Annual Jefferson Carnegie Library Golf Tournament

October 29, 2011

Hey golfers, tee it up for a good cause – the 13th Annual Jefferson Carnegie Library Golf Tournament to be held at Rusty Rail Golf Club in Jefferson Texas on October 29, 2011.

Call to reserve your spot now.  Tournament is limited to 64 players.  Contact Rusty Rail Golf Club at 903-665-7245.

Don’t golf?  You can still support the Library by becoming a Hole Sponsor for $100.  The sponsorship includes signage at your hole, recognition at the awards banquet and in the Jimplecute newspaper.  Learn more by contacting the Library.

Registration will run from 7:00-8:00 a.m. and they will tee off promptly at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start.  Four person teams.  Don’t have a foursome? Don’t worry, they will pair you up with a team.

Take your best shot at a chance to win a 2012 Chevrolet Volt for the Hole-in-One on hole #2, sponsored by EXCEL Chevrolet of Jefferson.  Hole-in-one prizes on three other par-three holes will also be given away.  This year’s raffle will include a new Odyssey White Hot two-ball putter by Calloway.  Many other great items will be in the raffle.

Registration is $45 per player which includes lunch by Stephen and Vanda Joseph of Riverport Bar-B-Que, chances on the hole-in-one contest, string game, free beverages and awards at the luncheon.  Generally, the event wraps up by 1:00 p.m.

This event is the only annual fundraiser of the Friends of the Library that provides operating funds to the Library.

Just fore fun, come on out for a swinging good time.

Many Americans first entered the worlds of information and imagination offered by reading when they walked through the front doors of a Carnegie library. One of 19th-century industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s many philanthropies, these libraries entertained and educated millions. Between 1886 and 1919, Carnegie’s donations of more than $40 million paid for 1,679 new library buildings in communities large and small across America.  Jefferson’s library, built in 1907, is one of only five Carnegie Libraries serving its original function in Texas today.

Operating as a non-profit organization, the library board is committed to the preservation, maintenance and full usage of this historic landmark.  The library depends on donations and the fund raising efforts of the Friends of the Jefferson Carnegie Library.  All proceeds from the golf tournament will be used to operate the library and to preserve a part of history.

Happy Birthday to the Dixie girl!!

October 11th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Dixie

It is hard to believe but today our sweet Dixie turns 9 years old.  May we all age this gracefully and beautifully.  She is a little grayer around the face but that is just wisdom showing through.

21st Annual Taste of Jefferson

October 4th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Taste of Jefferson

“21st ANNUAL TASTE OF JEFFERSON”

Dine as never before on Sunday, October 16, 2011 on Austin Street in historic Jefferson, Texas as the street becomes East Texas’ largest restaurant during the “21st Annual Taste of Jefferson”.

Local restaurateurs, café owners and non-profit organizations turn out samples of their finest foods for this mouthwatering event.

“Last year we served food to more than 800 visitors”, said Charles Chitwood, President of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce. “Once they bought their tickets, they could wander up and down the street, choose their favorite dishes, then head back for more – if they had any room left.”

The street-long feast serves up every imaginable sample from soup to a full meal. Visitors can start with a soup or salad (or both), pick innumerable entrée samples, and then top it off from a dizzying assortment of desserts.

Austin Street will be closed to through traffic so bring comfortable shoes for the three-block buffet.

Tickets are: Adults, $5 for children ages 5-11.

The Taste of Jefferson is sponsored by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce .

Lunch will be served Sunday, October 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm.

For more information contact:

Marion County Chamber of Commerce

101 N. Polk

Jefferson, Texas 75657

888-GO RELAX or (903) 665-2672

Website: www.jefferson-texas.com

Grand Opening of Beje’s Diner

September 29th, 2011 by carriagehouse

I would like to extend an invitation to all of you to the Grand Opening of Beje’s Diner on Friday, September 30th. Below is a schedule of how the day will run…

FRIDAY 30th
6:00am- open for breakfast
Breakfast Special: Texas Size French Toast with bacon or sausage: $3.99

11:00am-2:00pm: Live on air remote with 103.9 KMHT.
Menu for Lunch: Fried Pork Chops or Grilled Pork Chops, Chicken & Dumplings
(Choice of 2) Smashed Taters & Gravy, Chuckwagon Corn, Blackeye Peas, Mac & Cheese, Glazed Carrots, Salad,
roll or cornbread
Grand Opening Special Lunch Price: Meal, Drink & Tax: $8.00

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies will begin at 5:30pm
Full Menu Items available
Dinner Special

7:00pm – Live Piano Music begins

7:00-9:00: $2.00 from the sale of each burger will go to benifit the Marion County VFD Fund.

Complimentary Pinto beans & cornbread and chips & salsa will be served thru out the day.

SATURDAY:
Open at 6:00 for breakfast..
Breakfast is served every Saturday til 2:00pm….
$5.00 Bowl Dinner Specials

Christmas Rail of Light Tickets Now on Sale

September 17th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Christmas Rail of Lights

Celebrate Christmas Traditions Around the Globe

Rail of Lights Christmas & New Year’s Train – Jefferson, Texas

 Tickets are now on sale for Rail of Lights Christmas and New Year’s Train.  Make this a Christmas to remember aboard the Rail of Lights Christmas Train in Jefferson, Texas.  The unforgettable ride aboard an old-fashioned steam train departs each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving through December 24. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear about “Christmas Traditions Around the Globe”.

Also, ring in the New Year with the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train running on December 30 and 31st. This ride will feature the dropping of the ball in Times Square, complete with beverages, noisemakers and a fantastic fire works show on every train ride.

The excursions will take you by a life-size nativity scene, the German Markets, Jerusalem and the Angel Tree.  Glimpse Christmas trees simply decorated reminiscent of the bare-limbed sourwood of the Appalachian Christmas Tree to the opulence of a re-created 1885 Christmas tree in the Smith-McDowell House in Asheville, North Carolina. View scenes representing Alaska, San Francisco, Australia and the Arizona Hopi Indian nation.

Enjoy an authentic life-sized 90-year old Christmas card as well as the post card sent by soldiers during World War II and other favorites: the aluminum tree, reminiscent of the 1960’s; a whimsical Teddy Bear tree; and Charlie Brown’s forlorn little Christmas tree.

The decorated historic railroad depot, complete with Santa Claus, captures the holiday spirit. The wonderful narrated tour, accompanied by a local vocalist, will also give patrons an opportunity to sing some of their favorite Christmas Carols as they create unique Christmas memories riding along the river.

Ticket Prices:  First Class $21; Coach Class: $14.75 – $16.50. Lap children unde

r 4 are free. First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, heated, enclosed coach. If you are riding Coach Class, be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket, as you will be riding in open cars. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets early. The easiest way to get tickets is to order online at www.RailofLights.com.

Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas. It seems frozen in time and is an elegant reminder of a bygone era. The downtown area will be aglow with lights and greenery during the holiday season. You will want to make Jefferson and the Christmas Train a tradition for your whole family.

Jefferson Texas City Wide Rummage Sale

September 14th, 2011 by carriagehouse

JEFFERSON’S CITY WIDE RUMMAGE SALE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2011

 

“TIS THE SEASON TO SHOP TILL YOU DROP FOR BARGAINS”

Shop for bargains, Jefferson during Jefferson’s “City-Wide Rummage Sale” throughout the neighborhoods, businesses and the Marion County Courthouse Parking Lot (Dallas & Polk Streets) on Saturday, October 1.

Residences will begin EARLY in the morning. 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Everything will be offered, including the kitchen sink, to those lucky enough to be here. Take advantage of this popular shopping spree.

Free maps listing the various locations will be available at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce located at 101 N. Polk.

After 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 30, maps will be placed in a brochure rack outside the office door for convenient pickup.

For additional information call: (903) 665-2672 or write:

Marion County Chamber of Commerce

101 N. Polk

Jefferson, TX 75657

Website: www.jefferson-texas.com

Email: jeffersonchamber@sbcglobal.net

The Red Door at the Carriage House B&B

August 31st, 2011 by carriagehouse

Red Door

When Tom and I were in Natchez Mississippi earlier this summer, we learned the legend around the red front door.  Many fine southern homes have them and I always loved them as a statement.  In fact, I always secretly wanted one.

On a tour of one of Natchez’s grand antebellum homes, we learned that back when these historic homes were built, the red door signified that a major milestone had been hit.  The homeowners would paint their front doors red when they paid off their mortgages.  I guess it was a way to show off to everyone in the neighborhood.

So when we decided to repaint this old house, I absolutely had to have a red door.  Certainly we have not paid off our mortgage but, I love the history behind the red door.  I think it adds a little flair to the house that it did not have before.

Jefferson Texas Weekend Entertainment for August 11-15

August 10th, 2011 by carriagehouse

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JEFFERSON, TEXAS

WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT

AUGUST 11-15, 2011

 

*    “NORTHEAST TEXAS REGIONAL FILM COMMISSION 5TH ANNIVERSARY

BASH”

Saturday, August 13 @ 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location:  Jeffersonian Institute, 120 E. Austin

Information:  (903) 315-0793

 

*    “THE GREAT RECOVERY” DAVE RAMSEY’S FINANCIAL PEACE

UNIVERSITY CLASSES

Monday, August 15 @ 6:30 p.m.

Location:  Jefferson Central Adventist Church, 604 N. Walnut

Information:  (903) 240-0469

 

*       AUNTIE SKINNER’S RIVERBOAT CLUB & RESTAURANT

Thursday,  August 11:  “Karaoke”  @ 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Friday,  August 12:  “Auntie Skinner’s has Talent” Semi-Finals @ 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 13:  “The Pack”  (Classic Rock)  9:00pm-1:00 a.m.

(903) 665-7121

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*        KARAOKE

Saturday, August 13 @ 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight

Location:  The Sandwich Shop, 123 W. Austin

(903) 601-2211

 

*      BINGO!

Location:  Pine Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation, 1307 MLK

Each Monday in August @ 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Prizes & refreshments  -Free-

(903) 472-841

 

*      TURNING BASIN RIVERBOAT TOURS

200 Bayou St.

Tuesday-Friday @ 12:00 noon & 2:00 p.m.

Saturdays @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

(Weather permitting)

Closed:  Sunday & Monday

(903) 665-2222

www.jeffersonbayoutours.com

*      LONE STAR CARRIAGE COMPANY OF JEFFERSON

Historical tours of Jefferson by horse & carriage and Mule Drawn Wagon

Specializing in weddings

Friday-Sunday, August 12-14

(Weather permitting)

Groups and special events available by appointment

Departs from corner of Austin & Market (across from the Jefferson Historical Museum)

(903) 926-8216

www.jeffersontexascarriage.com

Call for reservations

 

*      JEFFERSON PEDAL POWER

122 E. Austin

Bicycles, Trikes, Tandems, Surreys & more

By reservation

(903) 926-5167

*      HISTORIC JEFFERSON RAILWAY

Saturday, August 13 @ 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. (Day Excursions)

8:00 p.m. -  Free Ghost Stories & 9:00 p.m. – Ghost Train

(903) 665-6400 or (866) 398-2038

www.JeffersonRailway.com

 

*       LAFAYETTE STREET VINTAGE VEHICLES CAR MUSEUM

112 W. Lafayette

Friday & Saturday, August 12-13 @ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

(903) 240-6180

Call for additional tours

 

*      CULBERSON HOUSE HISTORIC HOME TOUR

403 N. Walnut

(903) 665-7888

www.culbersonhousebandb.com

*  By reservation.  Call for tour times

 

*    HOUSE OF THE SEASONS HISTORIC HOME TOUR

409 S. Alley

Daily @ 11:00 a.m.

(903) 665-8000

      Reservations required

www.houseoftheseasons.com

*    SINGLETON’S VIRGINIA CROSS HISTORIC HOME TOUR

401 Soda St.

Saturday, August 13 @ 1:00 p.m.

(903) 665-3938  (903) 665-8518 or (214) 725-6232

Call for reservations & additional tour dates and times

 

*   THE GROVE HAUNTED HISTORIC HOME TOUR

405 Moseley

Saturday, August 13 @ 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 14 @ 11:00 a.m.

(903) 665-8018

www.thegrove-jefferson.com

Call to confirm tour

*   EXCELSIOR HOUSE HOTEL & JAY GOULD RAILCAR TOUR

211 W. Austin

Tours:  Monday-Friday @ 2:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.

(903) 665-2513

Call to confirm tour times

www.theexcelsiorhouse.com

 

*   JEFFERSON HISTORICAL MUSEUM

223 W. Austin

Open daily:  9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

(903) 665-2775

www.jeffersonmuseum.com

 

*    H & D EXOTIC DEER FARM AND OTHER EXOTIC ANIMALS

359 P.R. 5730 & Hwy 729

Open:  Sunday-Friday (Closed:  Saturday)

(903) 665-2238

Reservations required

 

*   THE GRACEFUL GHOST PADDLEWHEEL STEAMBOAT ON CADDO LAKE

Tuesday-Friday @ 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Saturday @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Sunday & Monday:  Closed

Pontoon Boat tours at any time with prior  reservation

Location:  Shady Glade Marina, 510 Cypress Drive, Uncertain, TX

(903) 789-2238

www.gracefulghost.com

Call for reservations & additional tours

 

*  BILLY CARTER’S GO-DEVIL TOURS ON CADDO LAKE

Location:  Johnson’s Ranch in Uncertain, TX

(903) 789-3213

Call for reservations

www.caddoguideservice.com

 

*   CADDO OUTBACK BACKWATER TOURS

Personalized Tours of Caddo Lake

Uncertain, TX

(903) 789-3384 or (903) 679-9138

Call for reservations

www.caddooutback.com

 

*   CADDO LAKE PADDLEWHEEL TOURS “THE SWAMP THING”

Uncertain, TX

(888) 325-5459 or (903) 789-2101

Open:  Tuesday-Saturday @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

Closed:  Sunday & Monday

Additional tours by appointment

Call for reservations

 

*   JEFFERSON CARNEGIE LIBRARY

301 W. Lafayette

Monday-Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Friday @ 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Closed:  Sunday

(903) 665-8911

www.jeffersoncarnegielibrary.com

Free internet access

Big Cypress Fish & Wildlife Restoration Project

August 9th, 2011 by carriagehouse

This afternoon Tuesday August 9, a reception in honor of the Big Cypress Fish & Wildlife Habitat Restoration Project will be held from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Excelsior House Hotel Ballroom.
Speakers will include:  Mayor Jeff Fratangelo; U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison; Colonel Richard Muraski, District Engineer USACE Ft. Worth District; Richard Collins, Chairman of Today Foundation.
This event is hosted by the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club and the Excelsior House Hotel.
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