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Mardi Gras Upriver Celebration

January 26th, 2015 by carriagehouse

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.

Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards

July 9th, 2014 by carriagehouse

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

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.

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.

Spring is on its way!

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.

Horse Drawn Carriage Ride Special for Valentines

January 21st, 2013 by carriagehouse

Carriage Ride
Imagine yourself and your sweetie be whisked away for a romantic horse drawn carriage ride throught the quaint historic district of Jefferson.  The Lone Star Carriage Company of Jefferson will be offering Valentines Day Carriage Rides.  
The Lone Star Carriage Company will offer 30 min or 1 hour romantic rides through the historic district of Jefferson. They are also offering a special package available while supplies last.
Price for 2 people for 30 min. romantic ride-$40
Price for 2 people for 1 hour romantic ride-$80
If you are afraid of caatching a chill on a cold winters night, they have blankets available to use on the ride.
For even more romance, add a Valentines Day Gift Basket $30 available through the Lone Star Carriage Company.
This includes:
Pink heart shaped basket
Two long stemmed heart glasses
Bottle of sparkling cider
Box of chocolates & Other assorted yummy treats to share
Other options available by request:
Must be booked in advance at extra cost!
Upgrade to our stretch limo carriage
Add a beautiful plush blanket to take home with you and use on your ride
Large Box Of Chocolates

The ART Event at The Bakery in Jefferson, Texas

March 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse


The ART Event At The Bakery Restaurant, 201West AustinJefferson, TX903-665-2253

We will be painting a Caddo scene. Stop by the Bakery to see an example of “Ron’s Caddo”!!

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)

Fee:  $45

Must preregister/prepay by March 22.
Some walk-ins will be accepted, but this will be limited.
Arrive at 5:30 pm–get your apron and have some gumbo. Painting begins at 6pm.

Now All I need Are Some Bats for My New House

February 4th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Bat House

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.

Mounted Bat House

Breakfast Photos Before and After The Bug

February 4th, 2012 by carriagehouse












Like everyone else, we have a project list about a mile long.

One of our many projects is to get some awesome breakfast photos for our website.  So I commissioned my favorite photographer, Tom, and we had a photo shoot this morning right after breakfast.  The Pasta Frittata was colorful and really did photograph well!  As is not unusual for us, we were  quickly distracted by cleaning and giving directions to the guests.  When we walked back into the kitchen we had a surprise.  The plate had been licked clean and The Bug was looking very guilty!!

Carnegie Library New Year’s Eve Ball Video

January 5th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Here is a short fun video that I put together of the 2011 New Year’s Eve Ball at Jefferson’s Carnegie Library.  I hope you enjoy!!

Happy Birthday to the Dixie girl!!

October 11th, 2011 by carriagehouse


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.

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.

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