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There is no place like home…or the BnB

July 1st, 2011 by carriagehouse

The Bug

Tom and I ran away for a few days to Natchez, Miss to celebrate our anniversary.  Technically, our wedding anniversary is this Sunday (July 3rd) but this is a busy holiday weekend in BnB land so we took off a few days early.  We are back in Jefferson now and although it is great to go off for vacation.  It is even better to be home.

Already my phone is lighting up with texts from friends checking to make sure we are back.  We will get together this weekend with everyone to catch up on the news of the town and here all of the latest goings on.  It seems that it was a very active week for Jefferson this week.  I can’t wait to hear all of the details.

Dixie and The Bug are both back home as well.  They loved their new boarding place in Marshall but were overjoyed to see us come and pick them up this afternoon.  The Bug literally jumped for joy, she was so happy to see us.  They both got baths and had a lot of play time in the yard.  They were so cute sporting their July 4th bandannas at pick up.  All of the proper dogs will be wearing one this weekend.  

As I write, they are both fast asleep at my feet but if I get up to go anywhere they follow me.  It will take a few days before they let me out of their sight again.

I will post some pictures and musings on the trip over the next few days.  My favorite photographer, Tom, is still post processing all of the photos from our vacation.  He took some really awesome ones and even I dabbled with the camera a little bit. 

The photo above was not one of his.  That one was taken in the car on my phone of a very happy Bug who wanted to climb over the seat and get into my lap for the ride home.  It is a bit blurry but the car was bumping along a country road.

Stay tuned.  More to come.

July 4th Activities in Jefferson Texas

June 29th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Gaston the Green Nose Gator Cake

It was Jefferson’s July 4th celebration where Tom and I fell in love with this wonderful small town.  We were sitting and watching all of the festivities in Ostott Park in downtown Jefferson and marveled at this Mayberry on the Bayou celebration. It was unlike anything that we ever experienced in the big city of Dallas.  The locals were all sitting under the trees with fans fanning themselves, drinking lemonade and sampling home made ice cream.  Unlike the big over the top events in the big city, this small intimate event bred community and civic pride.  There were bicycle parades, duck races, and a firework display so close that it made your ears ring.

It was Jefferson’s July 4th celebration that charmed us, but to be more exact, it was the pie and cake auction that really got our hearts pounding.  You have no idea how competitive this auction is in Jefferson.  That first July 4th, Tom and I sat in awe as pies and cakes went for thousands of dollars.  We kept muttering under our breath, “you have got to be kidding me…how much?”

The good news is that every penny that is raised goes to support the Carnegie Library in Jefferson.  We have the only fully operational Carnegie Library in the state of Texas and one of the few left in the nation.  When you are in town, you must stop by and see the place.  It is gorgeous.

So last year, our first as locals, I proudly entered my cake into the Pie and Cake auction.  I wanted to do something really creative so I made a gator cake.  I thought my cake was appropriate for my new life in the swamps. 

The cake took three tries.  The first one was my practice run and it ended up as a birthday cake for a friend.  Everyone oohed and aahed so I knew I had a hit.

The second was eaten by Dixie, the Golden Retriever.  Tom came into the kitchen.  Looked at the counter where the missing red velvet cake and cupcakes used to be and without ever saying a single word he put Dixie in the car for a trip to the emergency vet.  The Dr gave Dixie some medicine to make her throw up.  He put a trash can under the table, leaned Dixie over the edge while Tom held her ears back.  The Dr was relieved to know it was Red Velvet cake since everything coming out of her was bright red.

The third cake made it to the auction.  I had some VERY tough competition but I am proud to say that my cake brought in $400.  YAY.

I have big plans for this year’s cake auction already.  I will get my favorite photographer to get some pictures of it for me and I will post them next week.

July 4th Celebration at Mayberry on the Bayou

June 15th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Fourth of July 



Enjoy a fresh slice of Norman Rockwell as the 19th anniversary edition of “Jefferson Salutes America” fires off its trademark “Fireworks Fantazmagoria” as the grand finale on Monday, July 4 over Jefferson’s historic Big Cypress Bayou and turning basin. The fireworks display – during which some $12,000 in pyrotechnic charges will be fired off over the river’s natural amphitheatre, caps off an evening of live music and family fun reminiscent of an idyllic America.

The evening starts off at approximately 5:00 p.m. in downtown Jefferson’s Otstott Park, corner of Lafayette and Vale Streets, with children’s games and a decorated bike and tricycle parade around the bandstand. Entrants will be vying for prizes and all children in the parade will receive a ribbon.

A pie and cake auction benefiting the purchase of children’s books for Jefferson’s Carnegie Library will have bidders fighting over dozens of confectionery delights produced by Jefferson and Marion County’s finest cooks. The popular bidding war produces bragging rights for the best baker and has historically raised thousand of dollars each year for the library, one of only five such Carnegie’s in the State of Texas still used as a public reading facility.

The Shreveport Municipal Concert Band returns to the Otstott Park Gazebo for a rousing set of patriotic music that echoes throughout downtown Jefferson. Complete with a variety of flag-waving standards from John Phillip Sousa, the evening’s live entertainment is the perfect set-up to the two-block march down to the riverfront for the fireworks.

Just prior to dark, the thousands on hand for the fireworks display will witness the thrilling finish of the “Quacker State 500” – a down-stream race of 500 plastic ducks that will net one lucky winner the grand prize of $500 cash and an assortment of prizes for those duck sponsors whose entrants finish near the front. The rubber duckies can be sponsored for $5 each and proceeds benefit Jefferson’s youth sports. Duck sponsorships are sold ahead of time but entries are always welcome at the park prior to the race’s start.

The “Fireworks Fantazmagoria” will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. over Jefferson’s Big Cypress Bayou.

This event is FREE to the public and the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast still has rooms available for this family friendly event.  Call us today at 903-665-9511  to book your holiday weekend room.

For additional information, contact:

Marion County Chamber of & Visitor Information Center
101 N. Polk
Jefferson, TX 75657
888-GO RELAX or (903) 665-2672.

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May 19th, 2011 by carriagehouse



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More July 4th Activities in Jefferson, Texas

June 30th, 2010 by

Here are a few more fun activities that you can enjoy while visiting Jefferson this weekend.

  • Riverport Ambassadors of Jefferson, Texas will introduce “persons in character” at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 3, 2010 in downtown Jefferson. The members in period costumes will recreate the atmosphere of Jefferson during the Civil War as guides interpret the mid-1800’s to bring history to life.

    The gathering will take place under the trees at the First National Bank located at 202 N. Polk. A band of merry characters will be on hand for this inaugural experience. You could see Civil War heroes, scalawags, railroad tycoons, clerks, church ladies or steam boat captains. This is a great opportunity to put history in your children’s eyes as the Riverport Ambassadors take you through a stroll of Jefferson history.

    Jefferson is a showcase of the Golden Era with many people still living in restored nineteenth-century homes. It is a town of warm hospitality with a rich past.

  • July 1, 2010 – July 3, 2010: “The Boyfriend” Summer Musical -An East Texas version of an American Parody of an English Spoof on the 1920’s!. July 1, 2 & 3 at the Russell Building, 121 W. Austin St. Tickets available at Blessings Gift Shop, 119 N. Polk St. Adults – $15 — Child under 12 – $10. Limited Seating. Info: 903-665-3895. Any tickets left for purchase may be sold at door but there is limited seating–less than 70 this time, so hurry! Young people shine in this one! And it’s ridiculously silly and lots of fun for the whole family!
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