by Lezley Brown
I have had elders counsel me that decades before this one were in fact scary and unforeseen. Words like this have encouraged me to understand that when in the moment, time can be scary. I’m unhappy about the world we are living in because so often it seems the bad overpowers the good. The election is a nightmare. Violence is shocking and ever present. Words are abundant and hurtful. But I witnessed something this weekend that paused all bad in the world, even if just for a day. Saturday came. Saturday my Facebook feed was bubbling over with happiness… weddings, pumpkins patches, baseball victories, and the Stew. The Stew! Over 7,000 people attended the 47th Annual Stew Contest in the most perfect weather imaginable. We couldn’t have ordered better weather. I watched the day unfold like it was drawn as a Normal Rockwell scene. Toddlers clutched balloon strings in their hands and ran through the dewy green grass allowing their balloons to chase them. Children slid down antique slides with shrills of excitement into the arms of their parents. A husband smiled sweetly at his wife while stirring his stew pot, and she in return gave him a quick wink. Friends, gathered together on picnic blankets, threw their heads back in laughter and seem to let time escape them for a bit. Grandparents cradled their grandbabies and walked through the stew grounds taking in the smells and sights and feelings ever present on Saturday. Volunteers worked so tirelessly and yet still seemed to laugh and smile and kid with each other. The day was beautiful. I was so thankful to be a part of it. Thank you to everyone who attended the stew, cooked in the stew, worked during the stew, and loved the stew. We all needed Saturday! What a wonderful day!!! I’ll see you back there next year on October 28th!
Cross Country Cowboy Church to host 7th Annual Fall Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, October 29th at 7 p.m.
Cross Country Cowboy Church is hosting their 7th Annual Fall Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, October 29th at 7 p.m. at the Hopkins County Civic Center. Tickets are $5, and the first 500 ticket holders receive a free meal of hamburger or hot dog, fries, and a drink. Kids four and under may enter for free. There is fun for the whole family including free kid scrambles, wild cow milkin’s, and a team bucket race. There is a $600 entry fee to be a contestant in the rodeo. Proceeds benefit local residents fighting cancer through the Hopkins County Health Care Foundation. Contact Rowdy France for more information, (903) 243-2524.
The Circus is coming to the Civic Center on Thursday, November 3rd
The Great Benjamin’s Circus will be in Sulphur Springs on November 3. Show times are 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Hopkins County Civic Center. Tickets are available at a discount online at www.benjaminscircus.com.
Janeen’s Country Cottage celebrates 25 years on Tuesday, November 8th
Janeen’s Country Cottage will host a ribbon cutting and open house at 630 N. Davis Street in Sulphur Springs on Tuesday, November 8th from noon to 2 p.m. to celebrate 25 years of business! Please make plans to come by the open house to congratulate Janeen and her staff, to eat some refreshments, and to visit with friends. What an exciting time for Janeen’s Country Cottage!
AgriLife Extension is hosting the 2016 Earthkind Living Conference on Friday, November 18th
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is sponsoring the 2016 Earthkind Living Conference on Friday, November 18th at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. Registration is open from October 10th to November 10th with admission prices being $25. After November 10th, and on site, tickets will cost $35. This conference will introduce consumer, producers, and volunteers to Earth-Kind Living, a balanced system using university research proven techniques for quality living, environmental stewardship, and overall well-being. For more information and to register, visit https://agrilife.org/earthkindliving.
Divorce Care held weekly at First United Methodist Church at 6:00 p.m.
Divorce Care is a weekly seminar and support group that will help you heal from the hurt of divorce or separation. It’s a warm, caring environment led by people who understand what you are going through. You will learn practical information that will help you deal with the challenges of being divorced. Best of all, you will gain hope, healing, and help for your future. Divorce Care Meets every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 beginning on October 5th at the First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs in the Open Door Sunday School Classroom. This is found in the basement of the main building. There is childcare if needed. They will meet for 14 weeks with one week of a special session entitled “Surviving the Holidays”. This is scheduled for November 16th. Contact information is Tom Young at [email protected], (903) 413-1673 or Debbie Young at [email protected]; (903) 243-1235.
The Senior Citizens Center is honoring local Veterans during the month of November
Karon Weatherman from the Senior Citizens Center is planning to honor local veterans during the month of November. If you are a veteran and would like to have your photo on the wall at the Senior Citizens Center, please bring in or mail a photo of yourself in your military uniform. These photos will be returned in excellent condition. You may submit 5×7 photos, but nothing larger. The address to mail the photos is: Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens Center, 150 Martin Luther King Blvd, Sulphur Springs, Texas, 75482. Photos need to be submitted by Friday, October 21st. The Senior Citizens Center is eager to say thank you to veterans for their service.
I hope you all have a great weekend! Trick or treating will happen Monday night!