Christmas concerts set, 2B
Soup Kitchen Social Dec. 13, 2B
Wilson County News
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Occasions, 4B • Help Sheriff Santa, 5B
SECTION B Business, 6B • Reminiscing, 7B
Christmas celebrations will light up
South Central Texas with holiday joy on
along the corridor
Saturday, Dec. 5.
Sponsored by local city governments,
businesses, and organizations, these
events will kick off Christmas in a num-
ber of area communities, with parades,
festivals, Christmas craft sales, visits from
Santa, and much more.
Elmendorf Columbus Hall on Third Street. Dinner
tickets are $6, and photos with Santa are
•City ofﬁcials will host “Elmendorf $2 each. They will also accept donations
Christmas in the Park” from 10:30 a.m. to of canned goods for local families in need.
2 p.m., beginning with a parade down Old Entries in the gingerbread-house decorat-
Corpus Christi Road to the city park. The ing contest will be displayed; free child-ID
festival will feature appearances by Bexar kits and ﬁngerprinting will be available. A
County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, silent auction will be held from 3:30-7:30
the San Antonio Police Department, the p.m. Proceeds will support Wilson County
Charro Association, Santa, and more. foster children. Call Patty Barber at 830-
There will be a free sausage meal served 477-1071 for more information.
at 11 a.m. Attendees can also enjoy crafts •The Wilson County Jailhouse Museum
booths, music by a disc jockey, a chil- will be open to visitors to take a stroll
dren’s area with a moon walk, and more through the past from 4-9 p.m. Admission
for the whole family. For more informa- Downtown Floresville will be aglow with Christmas lights Dec. 5 as a lighted parade
is $2 per person; children 12 and under are will wind through downtown during the Festival of Lights.
tion, contact Linda Hall at 402-770-9926 free with paid adult. Call 830-216-2225
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or email@example.com. for more information. annual Christmas in Goliad Friday and lowed by a juried arts and crafts show that
Floresville •The Floresville eighth annual Festival
of Lights Night Parade will begin at 6:30
Saturday, Dec. 4-5, at the Goliad County continues Saturday morning.
•The Floresville Chamber of Courthouse located at 127 N. Courthouse The celebration continues at 9 a.m.
Commerce Christmas Along the Corridor p.m. at the Railroad Depot. Serving as Square in Goliad. Saturday with music, dancers, and choral
event will take place on the courthouse grand marshal is the Floresville High Festivities begin Friday night groups entertaining the public. “Miss
lawn beginning at 2 p.m. and will fea- School volleyball team. The honorary with a lighted parade at 7 p.m., fol- Ruby’s Corral” book signing will take
ture arts and crafts booths, food vendors, grand marshal place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., as well
music, a visit from Santa, and more. will be Pedro as the Market House Museum’s “Goliad
Downtown shops will be open all day. Devora. County Celebrates the Texas Longhorn.”
The Festival of Lights, sponsored by the After the Santa Claus, astride a Longhorn steer, will
Floresville Economic Development Corp., parade ends, the make his arrival at noon. A best-dressed
will also feature a Pony Express rider at 4 courthouse will dog contest will be held at 3:30 p.m.
p.m. and the Floresville Elementary Choir be lit with thou- A Las Posadas will begin at dusk at
performing on the courthouse square at sands of holiday the Presidio La Bahia and the Beeville
5:30 p.m. in advance of the night parade. lights framing Community Chorus will entertain at 8
For more information, call 830-393-0074 the building and p.m. in the Mission Espiritu Santo (Goliad
or 830-391-1814. highlighting State Park.)
•A rummage sale to beneﬁt local the surround- For more information, call 361-645-
animal-welfare organizations will be held ing grounds, 8767.
from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Floresville signaling the
Independent School District Central beginning of Gonzales
Administration parking lot across U.S. 181 the Christmas •Winterfest Lighted Christmas Parade
from H-E-B, and will feature pet apparel, season in will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec.
Christmas items, clothes, and more. Bowls Floresville. 4, in downtown Gonzales, followed by
a gathering around the Christmas tree to
of chili, baked goods, and hot chocolate
will also be sold. For more information,
Goliad ofﬁcially switch on the Christmas lights.
•The There will be carolers, music, arts and
call Cody Brewton at 830-581-9947. Goliad County
•The Wilson County Child Welfare crafts vendors, and refreshments, along
Historical This home will be part of a tour of historic homes Dec. 4-5 in Gonzales. with a visit from Santa for everyone’s
Board will host a chili dinner from Commission will Tickets to tour the ﬁve historic homes, complete with holiday decora-
4-8 p.m. in the Floresville Knights of sponsor its 26th tions, can be purchased from the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce. SEE Christmas, 8B
Bring Christmas home with a fresh-cut tree
By Nannette Kilbey-Smith farms within easy driving distance. Most on Jake’s Colony Road. Choices include
Wilson County News have several varieties of trees from diminu- Virginia and loblolly pines or Leyland cy-
tive grace-the-hallway table height to soar- press, from 3 feet to 18 feet tall. Open 9
Perhaps it’s beginning to look a lot like ing 18-feet-put-it-in-the-park height. a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call 830-303-4130 or
Christmas — especially if you’ve been to Some farms also offer other decora- 830-379-3468.
the malls recently. But is it looking or smell- tions and activities, such as hayrides. Plan •Duck and Dog Christmas Tree Farm
ing like Christmas at home? If not, maybe a day out, in the style of the Waltons or the (formerly Jolly Elf), 310 Warncke Rd., La
it’s time to gather the family and head out Ingalls, and bring home the sight and smell Vernia, off F.M. 775. Open Saturday and
to a Christmas tree farm to choose and cut of the holidays. Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through
your tree, a holiday tradition for many fami- Tree farms in the area include: Thursday, Dec. 24. Proceeds beneﬁt the
lies. •Seiler Christmas Tree Farm, located Michael Raetzsch Art Scholarship at Texas
There are a number of Christmas tree north of Stockdale. Take S.H. 123 north, Lutheran University. Suggested donations
turn left on $35 for up to 5 feet tall; $50 for taller trees.
Caring for your tree Elm Creek
•Vogel’s Tannenbaum Farm East, 500
Tannenbaum Lane, Seguin. Trees include
Eldarica and Afghan pines, and Leyland and
With proper care, you can maintain the quality of your
displayed trees. Here are some tips on the care of dis- Country Arizona cypresses. Eldarica pines may be
played trees, courtesy of http://www.christmastree.org: Store, and chosen early and cut later. Open 10 a.m. to Al F. Kolodziej and his grandchildren, James
The most effective way to maintain freshness and mini- follow 5 p.m. daily. Call 830-372-4335 for more Paul and Julia Weaver, check out the trees at
mize needle loss is to display the tree in a reservoir-type the signs information. Seiler Christmas Tree Farm near Stockdale.
stand. firstname.lastname@example.org WCN/ELAINE KOLODZIEJ
Make a fresh cut to remove about a 1/2-inch thick disk
of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree
in the stand. Don’t cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-
shape, which makes it far more difﬁcult to hold the tree in See
the stand. Video Clips
Place the tree in water as soon as possible. Most trees
can go up to 8 hours after cutting the trunk and still take The Angeleri ONLINE
up water. family wilsoncountynews.com
Trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool prepares to
location; put the trunk in a bucket that is kept full of water. take their
As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water fresh-cut
per inch of stem diameter. Use a stand that ﬁts your tree; tree back to
don’t whittle the sides of the trunk to ﬁt a stand. Keep the
tree away from ﬁreplaces, heaters, and other light or heat San Antonio.
sources. If possible, lower the room temperature to slow
the drying process.
Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of wa-
ter does not go below the base of the tree.
Use lights that produce low heat, such as miniature
lights, to minimize drying of the tree. Always turn off the
tree lights when leaving the house or going to bed.
Monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the
tree is dry, remove it from the house.
Recycle the tree after the holidays. Type your ZIP code
in the search box at http://www.realchristmastrees.org to
ﬁnd a recycling program near you.
WCN/AL KOLODZIEJ • Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
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