By March, Mother Nature gently awakens in the rolling forested hills of East Texas. She unhurriedly unfurls a lush green carpet of spring grasses and sprinkles the meadows and fields with bright and happy wildflowers gently dancing in the light spring breezes. Azaleas, Dogwoods, and Redbuds put on a cheerful show to welcome this colorful season of renewal.
Jefferson is awake from the winter slumber as well. Boat tours and train rides start back up from their winter hiatuses and nearly every weekend is a festival or event. The shops and restaurants are bustling with people enjoying the gloriously mild weather and a beautiful East Texas Spring day.
There is so much going on in the Spring. Please make your reservations early so that you can enjoy everything Jefferson has to offer this beautiful time of year.
03/16/13 – St. Patrick’s Day Express - Celebrate the Green aboard the St. Patrick’s Day Express, an antique narrow-gauge train running along the scenic Big Cypress Bayou. The Historic Jefferson Railway depot will be decked out in green. For more information, please call 903-665-6400.
03/16/13 – St. Patrick’s Day at the Carnegie Library – The Friends of the Library will be hosting this year’s St. Paddy’s Day celebration. For a $25.00 ticket price you can enjoy a buffet with Irish cuisine. The evenings entertainment will be provided by Dan Smelser at the piano bar performing live music for singing and dancing. Free green beer and a silent auction. For tickets, please call 903-665-8911.
03/16/13 – 03/17/13 - Rex’s Exes - This sequel to the Red Velvel Cake Wars is a deliriously funny Southern-fried farce. In Rex’s Exes we find the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas—Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette—teetering on the brink of disaster once again. For tickets, please call 847-722-8798.
03/22/13 – 03/24/2013 – 2nd Annual Route 49 Motorcycle Rally - Poker Run, Bike Show, Biker Games and Music Concerts with a portion of the proceeds to go to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Cardiac Care Unit. For more information, please call (972) 226-7205.
03/22/13 – 03/23/13 - Rex’s Exes - This sequel to the Red Velvel Cake Wars is a deliriously funny Southern-fried farce. In Rex’s Exes we find the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas—Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette—teetering on the brink of disaster once again. For tickets, please call 847-722-8798.
03/23/13 – The ART Event at The Bakery - 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. Dinner Included. For more information please call 903-665- 2253.
03/30/13 – Easter Egg Express - Ride the Easter Egg Express, an antique narrow-gauge train running along the scenic Big Cypress Bayou. For more information, please call 903-665-6400.
04/06/13 – City Wide Rummage Sale – Come shop all of Jefferson during the Spring City Wide Rummage Sale. Garage sales will be set up through out the entire historic district and the courthouse parking lot. Maps can be picked up at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce office. For more information, please call 903-665-2672.
04/06/13 – History, Haunts, and Legends – Day long conference with speakers on all topics of the paranormal from ghosts to big foot. For more information, please call (903) 665-6289.
04/11/13 -04/13/13 – Dixie Swim Club - A comedy that deals with five Southern women whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. They set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships at a beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch-up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives – creating a often hilarious and sometimes touching comedy about friendships that last forever. For tickets, please call 903-665-3895
04/13/13 – Enoch’s Clover Stomp - Enoch will prepare a gourmet lunch for you and your loved ones to enjoy while picnicking among the budding grapevines and blooming Crimson Clover. Call (903) 240-1587 for reservations.
04/19/13 – 04/21/13 - Outlaw Nationals Classic & Antique Car Show - Beautiful classic cars, muscle cars and street rods will line the historic brick streets of downtown Jefferson for this annual event. For more information, please call 903-665-2672
04/19/13 – 04/21/13 -11th Annual Diamond Don’s Vintage Motorcross - 11th Annual AHRMA Riverport National Vintage Motocross will be held at the track located at the Big Cypress RV Park. The 2013 event legend will be Jim Gibson. For more information, please call 903-742-2041.
04/20/13 – Twilight Cemetery Stroll – One hour walking tour through our century-old cemetery, Old Oakwood Cemetery reveals a brave and raucous past. All this resting amid elegant Civil War-era monuments and serene tributes. Guided tours are from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (last tour departs). Suggested donation: $10 per person
05/02/13 – 05/05/13 -59th Annual Diamond Bessie Murder Trial - Diamond Bessie Murder Trail will be held at the Jefferson Playhouse. The Five Performances will be: Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 PM Friday, May 3 at 7:30 PM Saturday, May 4 at 5:30 & 8:30 PM Sunday, May 5 at 2 PM Tickets $20. For more information, please call 903-665-6075.
05/03/13 – 05/05/13 – Battle of Port Jefferson Civil War Re-enactment - Skirmishes and battles will be held throughout the Historic Riverfront District as re-enactors in both the blue and the gray re-enact the Battle of Port Jefferson. For more information, please call 903-665-2672.
05/03/13 – 05/05/13 - 66th Annual Historic Home Tours & Spring Festival – Four of Jefferson’s most beautiful antebellum homes will be open for the Spring tour. The Spring Festival will keep you busy with an heirloom plant sale, quilt show, arts and crafts fair and Twilight Garden Strolls. For more information, please call 903-665-2513.
05/03/13 – 05/05/13 - Historic Jefferson Railway Presents: The Great Locomotive Chase – Enjoy a ride on an authentic 1870′s replica steam train and experience the story of The Andrews Raid, the Civil War’s most gripping railroad story. For more information, please call 903-742-2041.
05/11/13 – Mother’s Day Express - Mothers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children on the Historic Jefferson Railway. For more information, please call 903-665-6400.
05/12/13 - Enoch’s Mother’s Day Brunch – Enjoy a brunch with Mom while sipping fine East Texas wines and brunch at a beautiful winery set in the East Texas rolling hills. Call (903) 240-1587 for reservations.
05/18/13 – 05/19/13 – Jefferson Train Days - Jefferson’s 2nd Annual Train Days includes 4 Destinations, One Boarding Pass. Jefferson Historical Museum and the Texas Pacific Train Depot & R.D. Moses train layout; Historic Jefferson Railway; Jay Gould “Atalanta” business car; and Model Train Displays at the Jefferson Transportation Center. For more information, please visit www.JeffersonTrainDays.com
05/27/13 - South African Cookout & Barn Stomp – Memorial Day - Enjoy fine South African cuisine while picnicking on a beautiful winery nestled in the rolling hills of East Texas. Call (903) 240-1587 for reservations.
05/31/13 – 06/01/13 - Kim Lake Memorial Cookin’ for Kids State Championship BBQ – Enjoy mouthwatering BBQ at this state championship cook-off benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Pines – Jefferson Unit. For more information, please call 903-935-2030.
05/31/13 – 06/01/13 – 3rd Annual Big Cypress Corvette Classic – Come and enjoy classic and vintage corvettes lined up along the brick streets of the Historic Riverfront District in downtown Jefferson. For more information, please call 903-665-2672