Annual Extension “Christmas Joys” Holiday Program

Annual Extension “Christmas Joys” Holiday Program

Time is flying!  School just started yesterday (or so it seems), and fall is officially here.  I love the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, and my thoughts have turned to the annual “Christmas Joys” holiday program.  It appears that many others have also thought about it, judging from the number of individuals who have called to reserve seats!

For those who are not familiar with the event, allow me to enlighten you.  The Extension “Christmas Joys” program began 42 years ago by my former co-worker, Janie Crump.  At that time, it was known as “Christmas Show-and-Tell”.  When I came on board, I continued the tradition with a new title.  For the past five years, we have filled the auditorium to capacity!

The 2015 “Christmas Joys” program is scheduled for Monday, November 9, at the Southwest Dairy Museum, 1210 Houston street, Sulphur Springs.  Two sessions are being offered to accommodate most schedules – 1:30 p.m., repeated at 5:30 p.m.  Seating is limited to 80 per session.  Cost is $5 per person (children under 6 are free).  You MUST call our office to reserve a seat – 903-885-3443.  We need a name and phone number for each attendee.

The theme for the 2015 “Christmas Joys” program is Memories from Christmas Past, and I will be pulling out a few of my favorite crafts and recipes from previous years, as well as introducing lots of new ideas.  I don’t want to give away the secret, but you will be surprised at what you see!  Guest speakers will also include Carrie Brazeal, Collin County Extension Agent, and Melisa Rhodes, Van-Zandt County Extension Agent.  The program will include craft demonstrations, recipes & food gift ideas, and much more.  Each attendee will receive a goody bag, booklet with all the recipes and craft instructions, refreshments, and a chance for some fabulous door prizes.  Our local businesses have been very generous this year, and their contributions will help make this a very festive event.  The Southwest Dairy Museum staff will close out the program with a vast array of cheeses, dips, desserts, fruit, and crackers, and provide a chance to peruse their gift shop.

As I mentioned earlier, both sessions have filled to capacity for the past five years, so be sure to call to reserve a seat!


National 4-H Week Kick-off

National 4-H Week is October 4 thru 10, and our Hopkins County 4-H members invite you to a celebration on Monday, October 5, at Celebration Plaza downtown, at 5:00 p.m.  Judge Robert Newsom will read the 4-H proclamation from the courthouse steps, and we will have cake!  A 4-H exhibit featuring photos, 4-H Gazette newsletter, 4-H registration information, and upcoming events will be available.  Just look for the canopy!

The 2015/2016 4-H year has just started, so now is a great time to enroll in our 4-H program.  You do not have to have an animal to be in 4-H!!  Actually, the most popular projects in Hopkins County and state-wide are food/nutrition and shooting sports.  Come see what 4-H is all about!


Closing Thought

Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears – Barbara Johnson


Johanna Hicks Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Consumer Sciences 1200-B W. Houston P.O.Box 518 Sulphur springs, TX 75483 903-885-3443 – phone 903-439-4909 – Fax

Johanna Hicks
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Family & Consumer Sciences
1200-B W. Houston
P.O.Box 518
Sulphur springs, TX 75483
903-885-3443 – phone
903-439-4909 – Fax
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