Monday, May 21, 2012

Painting Classes in Jefferson Texas

The Art Events Painting

You may know the Bakery Restaurant in Jefferson as an eatery. But the last few months it has become a hub for painting classes. Signing up for one of these classes may seem like a leap of faith and for some people it might just be. The evening begins with picking your spot and putting your name on an easel. Then it’s time to grab a dish of gumbo, rice, cornbread muffin and a drink or your own wine if you’d like.
Blank canvases waiting for our artwork

Because this was my first class, I will share my experiences and when you take the class you’ll have a fun evening just like I did. To begin the team from the Art Event explained the inspiration for the “Historic Old Oak Tree” which is a real tree in South Carolina called the Angel Tree with huge limbs that touch the ground today. So we started off with their patent pending painting techniques and proceeded to putting the lines of the tree on the canvas.
Lynn Fratangelo captured me drawing. Thanks Lynn.

The use of paper rolling and twisting was definitely different and I have to say very interestingly creative and a fantastic idea. I am not going to tell you exactly what we did; you’ll just have to sign up for a class to learn for yourself. I am going to share my painting with you though.
The White Oak Manor's namesake coming to life.
Lynn caught me adding some paint to my canvas.
My painting starting to take shape.

Watch for the next class schedule and call the Bakery Restaurant at 903-665-2253 for you reservation, you won’t be disappointed with the fun you’ll have. You can even paint half of the original with your partner like two couples did in our class.
The group photo at the end of the evening. May 19, 2012

My painting looks different than the others in the class because I wanted it to look like our tree in the front yard at the White Oak Manor Bed and Breakfast. I think it looks pretty close. I am surely going to sign up for another class maybe I’ll see you there too.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Music Festival in Linden

If you love music and especially Blues music this is the festival you should be attending. The dates are set for June 22nd and 23rd 2012. The tickets are already selling fast for the 7th Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest just a short drive from Jefferson in the town of Linden.

Visit the Music City Texas Theater website for more information and to purchase your tickets before they are gone.
The 2 day festival has 2 stages with a fantastic line up on both stages. First and foremost the festival is a living memorial to the music icon that was a primary influence to most postwar blues guitarists and early rock and roll greats. T-Bone Walker’s most enduring legacy was taking the guitar from a rhythm instrument to a lead instrument in a band. Honored by his peers with membership into the Blues Heritage Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The festival this year is headlined by Keb' Mo and Bill Lynch and the Western Icons. The Fourteen performing artists and bands will present a variety of blues styles, and include a number of IBC performers and Guitar Center King of the Blues winners, The festival will also showcase some of the rising stars in blues and standouts from the 2011 IBC Youth Showcase- The Peterson Brothers Band of Austin, Texas and Matthew Davidson Band of Shreveport, Louisiana.

The outside stage is free on Friday June 22, 2012 so bring your lawn chair and blanket and get comfortable for the most enjoyable time listening to the bands playing. Just don’t bring your coolers they’re not allowed.
The Indoor Stage at the Music City Texas Theater (MCTT) has 250 seats available each day, all are reserved seating. I’m told there are no bad seats anywhere in the theater. Call 903-756-7774 to purchase you tickets now, they are going fast.
Friday’s first performance starts at 5:30pm and the last performance start at 10:15pm On Saturday the first performance is at 5:00pm with the last performance starting at 10:00 pm.
So mark your calendars and make your reservations for a room at the White Oak Manor B&B while we still have some rooms open.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother’s Day Event in Jefferson TX May 11-12, 2012

Front view of the KnightLight Theater with all its fun colored bricks.

The KnightLight Theater is hosting a comedy & magic event featuring Rob Jenkins with Lee Marvin Jones Friday and Saturday at 8 PM.  You’ll be laughing with your friends as you sit back and enjoy the setting in the newly remodeled Theater.
Comedian Lee Marvin Adams
Comedian Lee Marvin Adams.

Magician Rob Jenkins
Magician Rob Jenkins

Advance tickets on sale. Tables of 4, 6 & 10 available with advance ticket purchase of $18 which includes "The dessert Table" in honor of Mother's Day! BYOB, wine glasses and ice buckets are available for a small fee. Concession bar open with soft drinks, and coffee.  Select a cheese tray to go with your wine, friends and fun.
Desserts such as cheesecake with cherries, Red velvet cake and mudpies.
A few of the desserts featured at the theater.

The comedy and magic is good clean fun but for adults only so no one under 21 allowed for the shows this weekend. So grab you favorite sweetheart and a bottle (or two) of you tastiest wine and enjoy a fun evening out.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

House Finches have nested in our hanging fern.

When you think about a B and B in Jefferson Texas you probably don’t even think about the other creatures that might also like to spend some time there, do you. Well I can tell you that there are many that love our flowers and ferns too.
He is sitting on the porch swing chain getting ready to leap into the nest. This male has quite a bit of rosy red on both his head and chest.
Male House Finch

She is clutching the porch swing chain making sure it's safe to visit the nest. Her coloring is grey with lighter grey striping on her wings and head.
Female House Finch

Five little baby finches in the nest. They are just fuzzy right now with big black looking eyes that are still closed.
Five little baby House Finches in their nest.

I first notice a bird sleeping in the eve of the front porch a few weeks ago. I thought it was an odd place to see a bird at night, and then I noticed two of them kept landing on our porch swing chain. I was telling David about them and he pops out with, “Oh I just noticed a nest in the fern hanging by the swing”. So now I know why they are there. Well I just had to see the nest so I got out the step ladder and was completely surprised by this perfect little nest and the five beautiful tiny blue eggs inside. I can tell you this really made me happy to give them a home.
The Finch pair on the front porch. One on the porch swing chain and the other on the ledge under the eve.
The pair of House Finches on our porch.

The nest with 5 blue eggs and my finger in the picture shows the size perspective of the eggs.
Nest with the eggs, my index finger to show the size perspective.

The baby wrens with their mouths open waiting for food.
Hungry babies.

Three baby wrens with their mouths open waiting for some food to be put in their mouths.
And a third baby birds awakens.

The baby birds quickly go back to sleep, I put my index finger in the picture frame to show the perspective of the size difference.
The babies and my finger showing the size.

Now I can sit on the other end of the porch and just quietly watch the pair come and go all day long if I want to. I have been trying to get pictures of the birds to share. But they are so small and colored such that as soon as they land in the trees they just disappear. Then it happened and I was able to get a good picture of both of them early in the morning.
This afternoon while I was writing this post I thought about how long it had been since I first saw the nest and I wondered if the eggs had hatched yet. So I got out the step ladder again and much to my delight I found baby birds in the nest. They were sleeping when I first looked then they opened their little mouths to eat, once they realized I didn’t have any food they went back to sleeping peacefully.

Now I know they are House Finches and they may stay and have more babies this year. I am very excited because I just love to bird watch, the cardinals flitting about, the vultures landing in the trees drying their wings and now wrens to watch grow.
I ask you who could ask for more than that.

Note: Originally I thought the nest was from a pair of Carolina Wrens. I posted some pictures on our Facebook Page of the birds I was able to get on May 7, 2012 and a very nice local man gave me a link that shows they are actually House Finches.  We had been hearing a lot of birds singing at night and wondered what the birds were; well low and behold it is from these House Finches. Here are some recording of their songs.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Jefferson, Texas Weekend Entertainment May 3-6, 2012

Men fighting in historic outfits in a farmers field with smoke from the gunfighting enveloping quite a few of the characters.
Picture of Battle of Port Jefferson from
Everywhere you look you’re liable to see many people in historic dress you’ll truly believe you’ve stepped back to 1864 in Jefferson Texas. And this year we are using 21st century technology to enhance your experience. Learn more about this from the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, May 4: "Living History" @ 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: Tuscumbia Ranch (3 miles - Hwy 134 at Cypress River Airport)

Friday, May 4 @ 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. "An Illumination"
Location: Oakwood Cemetery, North Alley St.

Saturday, May 5: Parade @ 10:00 a.m. (Parade route - Henderson/Market/Austin/ Polk/Broadway Streets)
Saturday, May 5: Skirmish immediately following parade (Austin & Vale St.)
Saturday, May 5: 1st Battle @ 4:00 p.m.
Location: Tuscumbia Ranch (3 miles - Hwy 134 at Cypress River Airport)
Saturday, May 5: Grande Ball @ 8:00 p.m.
Location: Jeffersonian Institute, 120 E. Austin

Sunday, May 6: "Presentation of Colors" @ 10:00 a.m.
Location: Christ Episcopal Church, 703 S. Main
Sunday, May 6 @ 1:30 p.m. 2nd Battle
Location: Tuscumbia Ranch (3 miles - Hwy 134 at Cypress River Airport)
Information: (903) 665-2672

Thursday-Sunday, May 3-6: Diamond Bessie Murder Trial Play
Tickets: (903) 665-6075
Friday & Saturday, May 4-5 @ 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: HOME TOURS
(903) 665-2513

Friday & Saturday, May 4-5 @ 8:00 p.m.
Location: KnightLight Theater, 202 Walnut (Corner or Walnut & Lafayette)
Tickets & information: (903) 665-8546 or (903) 445-3966