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Straw-filled funny faces topping floppy bodies announce that it's time for the 35th Annual Scarecrow Festival on October 8-9 in the quaint, historic town of Chappell Hill. The Scarecrow Festival boasts more than 300-juried exhibitors offering home accents, holiday items, clothing, jewelry, and so much more. Enjoy the live entertainment and music lining the streets of Chappell Hill. Delight in the magical land of scarecrows with a charming pumpkin patch and a special Children's Activity Corner which provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train rides and more. You won't go hungry either. Sample the many booths featuring delicious country-style food. It's hearty and filling, perfect for an autumn day.
For the steak and wine connoisseurs, Bryan is the place to be October 7-8. Admission is free on Friday and will include all the regular First Friday Downtown Bryan activities in addition to the festival. Admission on Saturday is $5 per person for ages 13 and up; ages 13 and under are free.
Texas Reds features fine Angus beefsteaks, which will be provided by Bryan’s Ruffino Meats and Food Service. Twenty Texas wineries are featured annually at the festival, chosen by the Festival committee from their applications based on awards, pricing and varieties offered. Once inside the festival, guests can purchase steak, wine tasting and Kid Zone tickets. Prices and packages are available at Texas Reds.
On Saturday, October 8, beginning at 4pm, enjoy classical music brought to life by the fabulous piano-violin-voice performances of St. Michael's Episcopal School alumni Nathalie Schweikert, violin; Ian Scarfe, piano; and Melissa Shell Hronek, mezzo-soprano. Works by Beethoven, Copland, Rachmaninoff and Brahms will be performed in the school chapel. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling (979) 822-2715 or at the door. Saint Michael's is located at 2500 South College Avenue in Bryan.
Schweikert attended St. Michael's for 12 years, graduating in 1993. She began her violin studies at the age of three, and as a student performed with numerous ensembles including the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. During summers she studied and performed at the Bowdoin, Musicorda, and Encore music festivals, and for two summers participated in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Schweikert earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
Just in time for the 2012 election, “Headed to the White House,” a new exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will help current and future voters understand what it really takes to become president.
“I think people will be able to gain more of an appreciation for current and past presidents if they are able to understand what they went through to get the position,” says Public Relations Director Will King.
The Muslim Community of Brazos Valley "Muslims for Peace" is hosting a blood drive Saturday to honor and commemorate the victims of 9/11 by collecting blood donations that will save lives.
September 3 beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m., the blood drive will be conducted at Easy Shop, 1910 Labrisa Drive in Bryan (77807). The blood drive is being held in conjunction with the "Commit for Life" program of The Blood Center of Brazos Valley.
Garrison Keillor – author, storyteller, radio personality and host of the Minnesota Public Radio Show A Prairie Home Companion – is returning to Rudder Auditorium during his Summer Love Tour, and he’s bringing his signature red sneakers. Tickets sold out early when Keillor last came to Aggieland.
“We are obviously very excited to have Mr. Keillor back again,” says Anne Black, MSC OPAS’s executive director. “He came a couple of years ago for an evening of storytelling, and tickets sold out. We have been trying to get the whole show to come to Rudder for about five years now. People who are public radio listeners who are also A Prairie Home Companion listeners should be excited to know that Fred Newman will also be here.”
Spectators, family and friends are all invited to come out to cheer on athletes who are working toward representing the United States in the 2012 Olympics. The Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Archery Trials will be at 8:15 a.m. Thursday at the Penberthy Rec Sports Complex on the Texas A&M Campus.
Texas A&M University is hosting the 2011 USA Archery Olympic Team Trials right here in Aggieland, September 28 through October 1. The event is expected to attract 150 high-caliber contestants who are all taking aim at joining the USA archery team.
Whether you want to learn how to collect heirloom flower bulbs, plant a fall vegetable garden or create floral designs from natural and unexpected materials, you'll want to sign up for the Brazos County Master Gardeners 2011 Fall Gardening Seminar on Saturday, August 27, at the Brazos Center in Bryan.
Bulb collecting adventures have turned into a life-altering quest for Chris Wiesinger, president and owner of The Southern Bulb Company. Chris tells of searches for heirloom bulbs across the south in "The Bulb Hunter & Heirloom Bulbs" seminar where he will share bulb collecting stories, horticultural information and landscaping ideas using these beautiful, but not forgotten, elements of days and places gone by.
Saturday's first ever MUDD Volleyball Tournament benefitting Hospice Brazos Valley was GREAT! The Insite Mud Daubbers were undefeated in the first three games, but sadly, were pulled under the mud in the first championship round. Next year -- beware the Insite Mud Daubbers -- we'll be back!
The first Hospice Brazos Valley & Slovacek Sausage “Hog Splash” will be volleyball at its finest this Saturday, August 20, in the MUDD! The tournament pits will rotate 48 co-ed teams (8-10 players per team), playing against each other knee-deep in MUDD. More than 600 participants are expected to play in the tournament and spectators are encouraged to come support the teams and Hospice Brazos Valley.
Come out Saturday, 9am to 5pm, to Snook, Hwy. 60, just behind the Slovacek Sausage store. It’s possible to have an outrageously good time in support of an organization that provides a serious and vital mission.