January 21st, 2013 by carriagehouse
December 17th, 2012 by carriagehouse
Finally the new Christmas Mugs are here!!!
Although they are a month late, 2 of our 4 Christmas colors are here just in time to make Christmas presents. I have a beautiful Plum with a Lilac top and a Forest Green with a Dijon top in a tankard style mug available and ready to ship.
All of these mugs are hand thrown by a potter at Deneen Pottery in Minnesota. In a world where all of our manufacturing is outsourced to China, this is a American craftsmanship at it’s absolute finest. These even feel better in your hand then a cheap Chinese mass produced coffee mug.
Our coffee mugs sell for $18 a piece ($19.48 w/ tax) plus shipping. Call me at 903-665-9511, if you would like to purchase one.
December 16th, 2012 by carriagehouse
Christmas is one of my favorite times of year in Jefferson. Every weekend there is something new going on to celebrate the season. The first two weekend’s of the year are always the Candlelight Tour of Homes and the Christmas Carols at the local churches. The Rail of Lights Steam Train goes on every weekend from Thanksgiving to New Years. The Enchanted Forest with a hundred decorated and lit Christmas Trees in Lions Park is sure to put even Scrooge in the Christmas Spirit but my favorite event of the year is the Old Fashioned Christmas Parade which wanders through the streets of Jefferson the third Saturday of December.
This year, I was promoted to Chief Elf and got to ride on top of the fire truck with Santa Claus throwing candy out at the Kids. I had so much fun and hope I get to keep my position next year even though I will be off the Marion County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Enjoy this little video I put together of our Santa having a little fun while waiting for the parade to start. I hope it brings a smile to your face and some Christmas Spirit to your day.
March 12th, 2012 by carriagehouse
COME ONE, COME ALL, FOR A GREAT TIME, SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012, 6:00-10:00 PM TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY!
AS ONLY JEFFERSON CAN DO, AN OLD FASHIONED IRISH SING ALONG, AUTHENTIC IRISH MUSIC, IRISH BUFFET, AND GREEN BEER! LIVE MUSIC THROUGHOUT THE EVENING WITH A SILENT AUCTION, THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY BALLROOM.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
5:45-6:30 – IRISH MUSIC FOR GATHERING FEATURING
TOM MOSS AND JOHN NANCE
6:30-7:00 – AUTHENTIC IRISH MUSIC FEATURING
TOM MOSS AND JOHN NANCE
7:00-7:30 – TRADITIONAL IRISH SING-ALONG
7:30-8:30 – IRISH BUFFET, DINNER MUSIC BY DAN SMELSER
8:30 – CLOSE SILENT AUCTION
8:30-10 – MUSIC FOR DANCING & RELAXING BY DAN SMELSER
PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND FOR A FUN FILLED EVENING. THIS IS ALL FOR A CHARGE OF $25.OO PER PERSON. YOU MAY ALSO BRING YOUR OWN REFRESHMENT OF YOUR CHOICE.
March 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse
St. Patrick’s ”A Celtic Celebration Tasting Event“
Come on down to the KnightLight Theater and enjoy some Irish Mead from both the Enchanted Manor Winery and Red Road Vineyard & Winery. Not sure what Mead is? Mead is an old Irish Traditional Wine and is one of the wines and it is being offered to taste only at the Knight Light Theater on St Patrick’s Day.
Tickets for the St. Patrick Day Party are $5.00 and can be purchased from 1PM to 7PM.
While you are enjoying your Irish Mead, sit back and enjoy the original comedy skit featuring “Lucky the Leprechaun” from 7pm to 8pm. Later, dance the night away with live music from Borderline.
Don’t forget to put on your green for the costume contest!
$15.00 at the door for first available seating or show your wristband from earlier that day for $10.00.
Concession bar is open with desserts and food available.
March 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse
THE ART EVENT
A team of art instructors will guide you using a “patent pending” teaching method which streamlines classical and traditional techniques allowing novice painters to have a good time and be amazed at what they can accomplish in just a few hours.
All supplies furnished.
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo will be served.
Bring your own wine or drink of choice (tea provided)
March 6th, 2012 by carriagehouse
‘Tis no blarney. The Friends of the Library are putting on a great show to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Join us for a fun-filled evening on March 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. for authentic Irish music and an old-fashioned sing-along. Irish music will be performed by Don Clampitt, Tom Moss, Johnny Nance, Don Oatman and Don Smelser. Bring your friends for a night of fun including an Irish Buffet and Green Beer provided by Historic Jefferson Railway.
You’ll enjoy the warm Irish hospitality, fun and laughter at the best Irish bash in town. The party will take place at the Jefferson Carnegie Library Ballroom, 301 W. Lafayette, Jefferson, Texas. Tickets are $25 per person and seating is limited so advance purchase is recommended. Reserve your own table for 8-10. BYOB. Tickets are available at the library.
With a little bit o’ Irish luck, you could be the big winner in the door prize drawing. Bring along some Irish Green to participate in the silent auction, benefiting the Friends of the Library. There will be plenty of time for conversation and dancing to the music of Dan Smelser.
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.
The Library ballroom is a great place to dance in the New Year. The Original Greek Revival architecture was awarded a Texas Historical Commission plaque and a National Trust Register of Historical Places plaque.
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 party will be used to support the library and to preserve a part of history.
Corned beef, soda bread, Irish stew and GREEN BEER. Buy your tickets now and catch the Irish spirit.
February 9th, 2012 by carriagehouse
The Black Swan
210 West Austin Street
Jefferson, Texas 75657
MARDI GRAS !!!
OPEN FOR LUNCH & DINNER
February 18, 2012
Red Beans & Rice
Offering Wine, Beer
New Orleans’ Famous
Bloody Marys & Hurricanes
Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler !!
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February 6th, 2012 by carriagehouse
Historic Homes & Ghosts
Richard Collins, author of The House of the Seasons and Cheryl MacLennan, author of Historic Homes of Jefferson will be speaking at the Jefferson Carnegie Library at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2012. The public is invited to attend, free of charge. Complimentary dessert and beverages will be offered.
Come meet the authors and learn more about these two books featuring local Jefferson historical landmarks.
Cheryl MacLennan is a Texas native and has been practicing photography for more than 25 years. John Scheyd of Pelican Publishing says “Her enthusiasm for history, architecture and culture serves as inspiration for her work. Historic Homes of Jefferson features the finest landmarks of Jefferson. Through stunning photography, MacLennan captures the architectural details of more than 25 historic homes and buildings, built between the years of 1850 and 1880”.
The House of the Seasons is a children’s book based on historical facts, characters and GHOSTS taking place at House of the Seasons during the Civil War. Collins is president of the House of the Seasons, a historically prominent manor located in Jefferson. Illustrations for the novel were produced by Dan Kuenster, Emmy-award winning animator who worked on popular animation films. Co-author, T.J. Kuenster, is the Musical Director of the Glen Campbell Band. Ms. Shirley Reiman, General Manager of House of the Seasons, says “their input has really added to the creativeness of the novel.”
This event will take place in the upstairs ballroom at the Jefferson Carnegie Library. 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.
The Original Greek Revival architecture of the library was awarded a Texas Historical Commission plaque and a National Trust Register of Historical Places plaque. Operating as a non-profit organization, the library board is committed to the preservation, maintenance and full usage of this historic landmark.
February 4th, 2012 by carriagehouse
One of the challenges you have when you live in the swamps and wetlands of East Texas are Mosquitoes. We grow ‘em big here and when when they bite, you know it. It is a shame too! So many pretty nights our guests here at the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast have been ran back inside from the pests.
We have tried everything to combat them. We have burned citronella candles. We ran the little Off fans and finally we just started putting cans of bug spray around the property for the guests to use. Nothing says a romantic evening, then the smell of DEET.
So last summer, I began a campaign to get a bat house.
We have 32 native species of bats here in Texas, and as we all know, they LOVE to eat mosquitoes. In fact, the Little Brown Bat can eat between 500 and 1000 mosquitos an HOUR!!
So for Christmas, Santa brought me a bat house and today Santa put it up for me. It is outside the Ruth Lester room in the Garden Courtyard. We positioned it in a place where the bats would be happy roosting and our guests can watch them at dusk.
So, now all I need are some bats.