’Round Town


Today a good day. Some of you have received rain, at times this week the weather has been a little cooler. Most importantly, few of us in our town have experienced the overwhelming ravages of the past hurricanes or the devastation of a demented man in Las Vegas. We have so much to be thankful for so no matter our problems, today a good day so make it count.

It’s about to be a busy time ’round town. The weekend of Oct. 14 and 15 is a popular one overflowing with activities.

First, is our world-famous Texas Mushroom Festival. Of course, there is the dinner and auction Friday evening. If you’re attending don’t forget your checkbook. There’s going to be some need things in the auctions. Then Saturday morning the runners will be hitting the pavement at 8:30. This year besides the Shiitake 5k there is even a kid’s mile. That’s great. And it all goes to support our local youth scholarship fund which makes it even better.

Opening ceremonies are then held at 10 a.m. and what a great bunch of activities to enjoy Saturday. There’s the Auto Showcase, the Taste of Texas area where you can sample some of the finest Texas craft beers and wines, and the cooking demo area featuring those wonderful mushrooms. Then check out the art in the Kimbro Center and browse a square full of craft booths and food booths.

•Also in our town on Oct. 14 at the Bluebird Haven is a “Regional Gathering of Kingdom Hearts.” The Bluebird Haven, located at 605 Collard St. and owned by Sallie Reid, is hosting a special art gallery viewing from 1 until 5 p.m. Afterwards a live concert by Uniting Lights will be held from 5 pm-7 pm. Take your lawn chair.

Besides the art gallery and the concert there will be an array of booths to visit including crafts, face painting for the children dream interpretations and several more.

•The Madisonville Arts Center is a nonprofit organization for budding artists and artists of all types of mediums to combine their talent and their Christianity with the purpose of building an artists’ community of faith.

•Then out at Crossroads Cowboy Church you’ll definitely want to drop by and see the Couples Rodeo. The Saturday festivities begin with the books opening at 11 a.m. The Rodeo itself begins at 1 p.m. It’s not your usual rodeo and it’s going to be fun, Grab a lawn chair and come watch. Sunday, following the 10 a.m. service the Best of Texas Ranch Rodeo will be held. Want more info? Call Kodi at (936) 615-7469.

•This past year the North Zulch Volunteer Fire Department has been busy helping others and of course that requires dipping into the funds. Those coffers are in need of re-filling, so a Fish Fry Fundraiser will be held Sunday, Oct. 22. The event, which will be held at the volunteer fire department on Fifth Street, will kick off at 11 a.m. and last until the food is gone. You’ll enjoy some good fried fish and all the trimmings of French fries, coleslaw, beans hush puppies drink and dessert.

Neither do you have to leave empty-handed, the NZVFD Auxiliary will be holding a bake sale that day as well. Mark your calendar and take money.

•One more thing. Don’t forget to stop by our Madison County Museum while in town. Presently the museum coordinators are putting together an exhibit of the works of local authors. Are you one? Take some samples of your work by the museum and if that includes you, please bring us something.

•How about some birthdays? Happy birthday to Joy Swanson, whose birthday is Thursday, Oct. 5. That’s the same day Bobby Rogers celebrates his 80th birthday. Bobby, by the way, has worked with our volunteer fire department for 45 years. I bet that’s a record.

 Kay Owens celebrates her birthday Saturday, Oct. 7, as does Casee Davis. Clay Andrews blows out candles Sunday, Oct. 8, which is the same day Delores Williams celebrates her special day. Winding out this week’s birthday is Bertie Sue Dutton and Lacey Schilling, whose birthdays are Oct 11.

And finally, evidently, I’m lacking in some sales technique because I did not receive one phone call, one email, one letter one visit from anyone wanting to sign my petition for the Fishing Pole law. I’ve been so disappointed, I really think we could start small, convince Gov. Abbot to pass the law in Texas. Heck, to get press coverage we could even present him with a fishing pole.

On a more serious note, today really is a good day to have a good day. If for some reason you can’t find the sunshine, then be the sunshine for someone else. It’s a guaranteed way to make your day better.