Another Mardi Gras weekend has come and gone. Much fun was had by everyone who attended. After three parades, many bands, and countless beads thrown, another carnival season has come and gone. Please enjoy these pictures!!
February 10th, 2013 by carriagehouse
February 5th, 2013 by carriagehouse
Although it is only the first week of February, it is obvious that spring is on its way!! The Tulip Trees are all blooming. The Azaleas are setting their buds and there is new growth on all of the rose bushes.
I have already started to work on cleaning out the gardens to get them back in shape for you to enjoy. As a preview of what is to come, please enjoy this video taken from last year’s blooms.
January 29th, 2013 by carriagehouse
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has opened ten new kayak and canoe paddling trails on the Big Cypress Bayou and Caddo Lake. Trail markers have been placed along all of these trails to help you navigate these mystical and ethereal waterways.
Five of the new trails follow the Big Cypress Bayou with the put ins and take outs located at Backwater Jack’s RV park. The other five paddling trails are on Caddo Lake with the put ins and take outs located at various locations on the lake
For more information, please visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Website.
January 23rd, 2013 by carriagehouse
Jefferson will celebrate the 2013 Mardi Gras Season, February 8-10th. Come enjoy all of the festivities at one of Texas’s oldest Mardi Gras celbrations. There will be bandstands set up all over the Historic Riverfront District, beer gardens, Mardi Gras parties and vendors. The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast is on both Saturday’s Grand Parade and Sunday’s Children’s Parade route. Come watch all of the celebrations right from our wrap-around porch. We’ll save you a piece of King Cake!!
If you are still looking for a room, call us at 903-665-9511
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
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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