Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It’s February; you know what that means! A Jefferson Texas Valentines

February is the month we all know has a happy holiday called Valentine’s. There are so many ways to celebrate this holiday. For instance our Jefferson Texas bed and breakfast celebrates all month long.

There are so many ways to celebrate your love for each other it just takes a little creative thought. One of my favorite stories was really creative I can’t help but share.

We had a young lady show up for her reservation, when we asked if she needed help unpacking she politely said no and that her husband would be showing up later. Then she told us what she had done! She left a note for her husband on the table with driving instructions to a restaurant; there she left a note to drive to the next place where another note was waiting for him. As she drove ahead of him she would text him directions to the next place which had a note for him. I really enjoyed hearing her tell the tale and seeing her face light up thinking about this little devilish journey she had sent him on. I will never forget this story.

Jefferson Texas Carriage Rides

While the creative juices are flowing how about a trip to a cozy bed and breakfast in Jefferson, TX for the weekend getaway and a romantic carriage ride around town knowing that neither of you will have to lift a finger to clean or cook the whole time.  Create a memory that lasts a lifetime. If you’d like an extra special wow factor we’d be happy to put together a bouquet and chocolate package just for the occasion waiting in the room upon your arrival; all you need do is ask.

Here’s another idea; pack your bags and hide them in the car, don’t tell the other where you’re going. Hit the road and keep the destination a secret enjoy the journey together.

The point is it doesn’t really take a lot of money to make an impression on the one you love; it is really about a little thought and creativity. Whatever you do, spend the time together laughing and loving each other.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Quilts on the Bayou, Jefferson Texas Quilt Show 2012

This weekend I went to the 9th Annual Jefferson Texas Quilt Show called Quilts on the Bayou.
I was pleasantly surprised at how many wonderful quilts were on display. As an avid quilter I was in heaven when I looked at all the creativity put into these lovely quilts which were really works of art.

I asked for a few demonstrations of some of the new tools that have been designed specifically for cutting and piecing. There were so many it’s hard to decide which ones I may want for future projects. One of my favorites was a needle threader because these old eyes just don’t see the tiny hole in a straw needle any more.

While walking around visiting with the vendors I met today I was really in awe at how some things have changed and how some are the same great techniques I know well and love to do. It also really made me want to get my supplies out and play with the fabric and thread.

We have been moving so much over the past 8 years that I had packed away my beloved supplies and have not been able to pull any of it out to work on. We’ve been busy here too so I’ll need to wait just a bit longer before I have a place to be creative again. It won’t be long now. The last place I remember really quilting we were living at an RV park in Needles California. There was a large game room that I could use any time I wanted, there I spread out and quilted the afternoon’s away while Dave was drilling away at work.

Perhaps next year I’ll even have something ready for the show.  Join me at the Jefferson Texas Quilt Show “Quilts on the Bayou” January 25-27, 2013.
Oh, I don’t know if you’re aware of it but our Bed and Breakfast here in Jefferson has handmade quilts on all of our beds.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Jefferson Texas, Wildlife Habitat Restoration Project

This week trucks rolled into town to begin work on the Port Jefferson Wildlife Habitat Restoration Project. This is a big event in Jefferson Texas.They are starting in an area across the street from the Jefferson Visitor & Information Center.

For over 15 years this project has been in the works. Last summer dignitaries came to town, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was the featured speaker at a celebration memorializing the start of construction for the Big Cypress Bayou Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Project on August 9, 2011 in Jefferson.  The event was held at the historic Excelsior Hotel and was hosted by the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club and the City of Jefferson.

Mayor Fratangelo called the day a special occasion to celebrate a new opportunity for a stronger and more resilient future for Jefferson. Dick Collins’ closing remarks thanked all who have been involved over the 15 year history of planning and development. “This project had stalled and would not be over the finish line without Jefferson’s mayor, Jeff Fratangelo.”

According to Mayor Fratangelo’s explanation of the benefits we will end up with the following lasting improvements:

1.    3 wetland cells totaling 2.9 acres,
2.    Selective thinning and removal of invasive vegetation and low quality trees,
3.    Replacement of invasive vegetation and low quality trees with native plant and tree communities,
4.    Bald cypress and water tupelo planting,
5.    Nesting boxes for wood ducks,
6.    Grading of the old roadway to match the topography of the landscape, and
7.    1,566 linear feet of raised walkway.

Clearly, the planned improvements will upgrade the ecology of this degraded area. In addition, the restored natural system will attract and hold wildlife that visitors desire to see including migrating neo-tropical birds, which draw well-to-do birders and experienced nature photographers. Water levels and durations in wetland cells will be monitored and controlled to meet the environmental requirements of the native plant and animal communities. And everyone will have permanent and safe access to this new community asset.”
The prothonotary warbler is an exotic migrant that may be seen in the West section. Our historic problem with mosquitoes from standing water located there will be addressed with mechanical and biologic measures. The water control structures will allow attendants to mechanically control flows and pool durations while biologic measure such as the increased presence of bats, predator insects such as dragonflies, and small fish such as the mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis, have been effective methods of controlling mosquitoes for over eighty years. Mosquito fish do not lay eggs, but rather give birth to live young. These fish, therefore, require no special environment, as most other fish do, for depositing and hatching their eggs. They breed throughout the summer and new broods are ready to begin the work of destroying mosquito larvae at once.

The ecosystem restoration alternatives planned for the western 38 acres of the project will restore environmental integrity, diversity, and stability. By taking advantage of natural drainages, the careful placement of low weirs (compacted earthen embankments) will retain water in existing low areas. Water control structures will allow the manipulation of water levels and retention times to promote the growth of native vegetation, improve habitat, and provide opportunities for the regeneration of bald
cypress and tupelo trees.

The City of Jefferson Texas and the Collins Academy strongly support the incorporation of history and nature education purposes and features into the design plan. These features are compatible with the Jefferson Open Space Master Plan, which calls for serving the surrounding region with new educational opportunities created by this project. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), there is an inadequate supply of these type facilities in our region.
Notice the trees behind the sign yesterday.

Today the trees on the hill are gone.

The tree removal men and equipment hard at work.

We will keep you posted with updates to the project as it progresses. For more information Please visit Port Jefferson Restoration

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Jefferson Texas Events, Girlfriend Weekend

Why come to Jefferson Texas for Girlfriend Weekend in January? Because if you like to read great books, party like a teenager, get together with friends and have a ball you’ll love this event.

Kathy of Beauty and the Book has the magical power to bring together wonderful authors, both famous and up and coming to Jefferson. On this weekend everyone comes to town to become friends while learning about the newest books. There are author panels where the authors speak a bit about their new book and maybe you’ll learn about what they may be working on for the future. This year John Berendt shared with us his new adventure in New Orleans and he spoke of his progress on a book he is working on. It sounds fantastic!

The Magnitude of authors this year was phenomenal. Everything from Westerns to Humorous books, Love stories to dealing with Alzheimer’s. I’d bet there was something for every taste in that room. And getting a chance to talk to that beloved author and getting a personalized autograph is one of the biggest thrills of a lifetime.

This year the book “Love on the big screen” written by William J. Torgerson was the theme for our 80’s night where everything and anything pink or 80’s rocked the house.

On Saturday night The Greatest Book Show on Earth was the theme so we partied with the circus in mind. There were pink lions with a lion tamer, a bearded lady, performers from the Night Circus, a trapeze artist, ringmasters, clowns of all kinds and even some refreshment vendors! The costumes were incredibly creative and fun.

Next year’s tickets are already on sale and going fast so if you feel the need get yours soon. Contact Kathy at Beauty and the Book today. The theme for next year’s Girlfriend Weekend is already being talked about and will be held in Jefferson Texas as always. It’s the literary event not to be missed.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Jefferson Texas Weekend Getaway, Events of January 6-8, 2012

Looking for the best Texas Weekend Getaway? Jefferson has plenty of fun and or romantic events for the weekend of Jan. 6-8, 2012.

A romantic carriage ride awaits you!

     Thursday, January 6: "Dwayne Bettis Country Revue" (Country) @ 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
     Friday, January 7: Karaoke @ 8:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
     Saturday, January 8: "The Casey Martin Band" (Classic Rock) @ 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
     (903) 665-7121
The Sandwich Shop  KARAOKE   Saturday, January 7 @ 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight


       Historical tours of Jefferson by horse & carriage and Mule Drawn Wagon
       Friday-Sunday, January 6-8
      Departs from corner of Austin & Market (across from the Jefferson Historical Museum)
       (903) 926-8216              Call for reservations

JEFFERSON PEDAL POWER        By reservation        (903) 926-5167
        Bicycles, Trikes, Tandems, Surreys & more

HISTORIC JEFFERSON GHOSTWALK       Meet at the Corner of Austin & Vale St.
        Friday & Saturday, January 6-7 @ 8:00 p.m. Information & additional tours: (903) 665-6289
       Friday & Saturday, January 6-7
       (903) 240-6180    Call for additional hours of operation

CULBERSON HOUSE HISTORIC HOME TOUR        403 N. Walnut       (903) 665-7888
       By appointment. Call for tour dates & time

       409 S. Alley                  Daily @ 11:00 a.m.       Reservations required
       Saturday, January 7 @ 1:00 p.m.
      Call for reservations & additional tour dates and times
       (903) 665-3938 or (214) 725-6232

        Saturday, January 7 @ 2:00 p.m.        Sunday, January 8 @ 11:00 a.m.
        (903) 665-8018         

       Tours: Monday-Friday @ 2:00 p.m.  Saturday & Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
       (903) 665-2513         Call to confirm tour times

      Open daily @ 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.          (903) 665-2775

     Pontoon Boat Tours @ Tuesday-Friday @ 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
     Saturday @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
     Sunday & Monday: Closed

Graceful Ghost Paddlewheel Steamboat: CLOSED during Winter Season
     Location: Shady Glade Marina, 510 Cypress Drive, Uncertain, TX
     (903) 789-2238          Call for reservations & additional tours

     Location: Johnson's Ranch in Uncertain, TX
     (903) 789-3213        Call for reservations       

CADDO OUTBACK BACKWATER TOURS        Personalized Tours of Caddo Lake
     Uncertain, TX        Call for reservations         (903) 789-3384

     FM Rd #2198        Uncertain, TX            (903) 789-2100
     Open: Tuesday-Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

     Monday-Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.       Friday @ 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
     Closed: Sundays         (903) 665-8911       

Call us for reservations if you need a room. 903-665-8185