Reilly Springs News
By Bobby McDonald
Well this is hoping that you survived Black Friday and have at least some of your Christmas shopping done.Ready or not, Christmas is just about three weeks away.
In Reilly Springs, we've even had some colder weather, that makes one think a little about Christmas. However, along with the colder temperatures, we've had the wind and that makes everyone aware of just how vulnerable the area is for grass fires. Make certain that you don't burn anything out of doors, if there is a chance of any kind of spark getting away. It could burn up the entire country with tall, dead grasses almost everywhere.
I visited with Marilee Fisher on the phone Tuesday and she related that Bryant would be leaving on Wednesday for Kansas City, Mo., where he will be attending a Dairy Farmers of America meeting.
Meanwhile, word is the hunting was good in Reilly Springs this weekend. Dustin Hammargren, Dylan Dannheim and Jim Bowman all got deer over the weekend in the Southern area of Reilly Springs.
Marilee also reported that the Country Store building is coming along nicely and has been brought into service a time or two in the last week.
Thanks are extended to Blake Fisher, who removed a dead tree for me off my fence. The high winds on Sunday afternoon blew the tree across my front fence. I went to get the chain saw and couldn't ever get it to start. I called a nephew into service, and by the time he got there, Blake had already gotten the tree removed. Thanks again, Blake.
Vera Harrington, Mitzi Harrington and Mary Harrington Burns and her three daughters went to Elk City, Okla., on Friday to visit with John McNeil. Of course, Little John and his family have moved to Oklahoma and operate the ranch that his father had in Oklahoma, leaving behind many friends and family members in Hopkins County. Vera reported a wonderful time and an even more wonderful visit with John and his family.
The Muleshoe Clan all arrived in Hopkins County for Thanksgiving last week. David, Michael, Danny and Cody all left right after Thursday dinner, headed for the hunting lease near Childress. Word is that they got a few hogs, but didn't make good on any deer.
Meanwhile, Jan, Abby, Kobi and Jacy made the most of Black Friday. Personally, I really think they put the black, in Black Friday, as they shopped on both Friday and Saturday and probably went in every store in the Dallas area.
By Saturday night, Jan and crew arrived back in Hopkins County in a daze from all that shopping and spent the night with Joyce McDonald again. Then on Sunday, they were hosts for a shower honoring Brandi Wood, bride-elect of Logan Caddell. Word is the shower was very nice and loads of family and friends from the Como area attended.
Jan and her entourage arrived back in Muleshoe around midnight Sunday night. They were greeted with a few snowflakes in the air, but nothing severe.
Chris Kultgen was also a Thanksgiving guest at the McDonalds and he was headed out for a hunting trip near Knox City. He and Jacy Lawrence will be headed to Kansas this weekend to visit with his family there.
Folks, if you are bored in Hopkins County this weekend, you've got a problem. It seems like there is something happening every minute.
It begins with the CASA Cookie Walk on Friday morning, which is always a treat to attend. It isn't enough that you get to visit with Gina Deaton Law, but there are some of the most fantastic cookies and treats available and they are sold by the pound. You can rationalize the sugar attack by the proceeds going for such a worthy cause.
Then by mid-afternoon Friday, it's time to assemble at the high school for a perfect send-off for our Sulphur Springs Wildcats, set for 3 p.m. Then you must hurry, if you're going to be at Texas Stadium for the kick-off at 7:30 p.m. How about them Wildcats. ... You're certain to want to be there to support them and make certain you do your part in them achieving the next step in their play-off quest. Go Wildcats ...
If you can't make the play-off game, then you're certain to want to be on the downtown square for the official lighting of the Christmas tree, the snow mountain and the arrival of the beautiful white tigers. This all begins at 5:30 p.m. and is sure to be a spectacular event.
Meanwhile, the Holiday in the Park at the Hopkins County Heritage Museum, will be having their second showing on Friday night. I went last Saturday night and this is an event that you won't want to miss. The historic buildings are all aglow with lights and surrounded by lighted Christmas trees. Then, in each building there are Christmas displays celebrating Christmases of the past. The First United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir performed on Saturday night to the delight of the crowd, assembled in the Chapel amidst beautiful decorations. The Vaden Cabin depicts a long-ago Christmas that our pioneer ancestors would have experienced, and the Country Store is full of handmade items that would have once been a Christmas treasure. Mark this as a must see this holiday season. Saturday night is the final night.
By Saturday, you're off to the Lion's Club Christmas Parade, and the first showing of the Northeast Texas Choral Society's Christmas Concert. The concert depicts music from the 1940s and offers a selection of songs that will take you back for a White Christmas that you're sure to enjoy. If you can't make it on Saturday night, they have a matinee performance on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, sometime during the holiday season, you need to mark your calendar for a trip to Main Street Theater, to see The Plaids. The popular quartet has returned with a humorous and entertaining take on their previous performances. If for no other reason, you must go and see their take on the “Ed Sullivan Show” that was popular in the 1960s. You're sure to leave laughing and leave at least some of your holiday stress behind. Great show, guys.
With all of these activities, who has time to decorate the Christmas tree, shop and do some Christmas baking? Your schedule is sure to be full between now and Christmas.
Please remember Joyce McDonald in your thoughts and prayers, as she is headed to Dallas on Thursday for an appointment with her surgeon. We should know some details of the scheduling following this appointment.
Additionally, please remember those who have lost loved ones and who really aren't in the mood for a celebration this holiday season. They need your special attention and would benefit from a call or possibly an invite to something that they otherwise wouldn't attend without a little coaxing on your part. You'll be glad you made the effort.
I was fortunate enough last Friday to attend the decorating of the neighboring Pickton United Methodist Church. Those ladies know how to decorate. The church is absolutely beautiful and brings Christmas charm to their small community. Such displays are throughout Hopkins County, so take an afternoon or night and visit the neighboring communities and share the Christmas cheer.
The neighboring Yantis Owls Basketball Teams are in full force with a busy schedule, so make an opportunity to go support them or the neighboring Como-Pickton Eagles. You will be refreshed by the dedication and work ethic of these individuals and uplifted by some extra-competitive basketball.
One more good job is extended to our own Cole Cable for his outstanding performance in the high school musical “Grease.” Cole did an outstanding job and we look forward to seeing him in other productions. Way to go, Cole.
Until next week, continue to enjoy the Christmas spirit, making certain that you share the season with others and allow for the goodness in your heart to touch someone who needs to be uplifted. Remember our troops who defend our freedoms and ask for them an extra measure of safety and comfort. Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins County and America. Happy holidays.