The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

July 11, 2013

12 Days of Christmas in July events to kick off in Palestine next week

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Santa will spread “summer” holiday cheer when he arrives next week in Palestine for the Christmas in July celebration.  

The Christmas in July celebration will be 12 days of food, shopping, fun and holiday preparations.

The festivities will kickoff with two celebrity design experts from Dallas and Houston. Stephen Dankesreiter, Creative Director of Polly Dupont, and Melissa Snow, Melissa Snow Designs, will share their holiday trends for 2013 on Thursday, July 18.

Polly DuPont was named the Best Tabletop and Kitchen Accessories store in the September/October 2012 issue of D Magazine. The Dallas-based store has been in business since 1946 and carries more than 400 patterns of formal and fine china.

During the 12 days, a variety of activities and entertainment will be available including holiday shopping on Palestine Main Street, “Women who Wine for Holiday Food & Wine” at Red Fire Grille and a “Hawaiian Christmas” for children at O’Sweet Pea.

“Main Street focuses on our history and traditions, but we keep an eye on the future,” said Laura Westgate, Palestine Main Street Manager. “With that in mind, we have partnered with local artists to create a Pop-Up Art Gallery on West Oak (Street). This gallery will be open July 26 to July 28 only and will feature work from local and regional artists, in a mix of mediums and styles.”

Santa will arrive for his summer daycation at Splash Park on July 28 and the City of Palestine will unveil the 2013 holiday schedule on July 29 on the historic, courthouse square.

“We are excited to unveil our 2013 holiday theme and schedule in July,” said Breezy Lake-Wolfe, City of Palestine Marketing Director. “Visiting Palestine with the family is special any time of the year, but without a doubt the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are magical.”

The 12 Days of Christmas in July events will include:



DAY 1, THURSDAY, JULY 18

Home for the Holiday with Celebrity Design Experts — 4 to 6 p.m. Join Stephen Dankesreiter, Creative Director for Polly Dupont, and Melissa Snow, Melissa Snow Designs, for holiday trends, food and fun.

Tickets are $20 (include heavy hors d’oeurves, 1 holiday cocktail or 2 beers/2 glasses of wine).  For tickets and information please call: 903-729-4100. Location: Denby’s Restaurant & Bar, 201 W.  Crawford St.

Beer Pairing Dinner at Red Fire Grille —  6 to 10 p.m. Red Fire Grille’s, Executive Chef Christian Mailloux, will prepare a four-course dinner that perfectly pairs with four selections of Dogfish Head craft brewed beer. Cost is $65 per person. Reservations are required, due to limited seating. For reservations info@redfiregrille.com or 903-723-2404. Location: Red Fire Grille, 400 N. Queen St.

Christmas Movies at The Cuckoo’s Nest — The Cuckoo’s Nest will feature a different Christmas movie each afternoon (3 p.m.).  Children will receive a Christmas cookie, admission is free. Location: The Cuckoo’s Nest, 213 E. Crawford St.

Jamie's Therapeutic Touch and Day Spa "Backpack for Kids" event  — For every guest who brings in a backpack and school supplies for the Cornerstone Worship Center's Backpacks for Kids program, Jamie’s will give you a gift and enter your name into a drawing for fabulous spa goodies. Prizes include: mini facial with Sarah Pederson, free color with Rona or free haircut, free pedicure with Hope, free conditioning treatment from Karen, free color with Sondra Bell, free month of tanning, and a free month of sauna sessions. Location: Jamie's Therapeutic Touch Day Spa, 1730 Crockett Rd.



DAY 2, FRIDAY, JULY 19

Holiday Shopping on Palestine Main Street — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown, Old Town and the Courthouse Square offer historic architecture, shopping, antiques, restaurants and more.  Enjoy “Christmas in July” specials at select retailers.

• Piney Woods Steam Excursion on The Texas State Railroad — 11 a.m. departure from the Palestine Depot. For tickets contact the Texas State Railroad at 877-726-7245. Location: Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70.

• Granny Time at Granny Muffin Wines — 5 to 7 p.m.  Join Granny Muffin for Happy Hour at the winery, located in historic, downtown. Location: Granny Muffin Wines, 301 W. Oak St.

Stephanie Hale Live at Sweet Dreams Winery — 5 to 7 p.m., Sweet Dreams Winery, 2549 ACR 441.

“Annie, The Musical” — The Palestine Community Theatre’s “Annie, The Musical, live at the Texas Theater. Opening wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 903-723-8383. Location: Texas Theater, 213 W. Crawford St.



DAY 3, SATURDAY, JULY 20

Holiday Shopping on Palestine Main Street — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown, Old Town and the Courthouse Square offer historic architecture, shopping, antiques, restaurants and more.  Enjoy “Christmas in July” specials at select retailers.

• Piney Woods Steam Excursion on The Texas State Railroad — 11 a.m. departure from the Palestine Depot. For tickets contact the Texas State Railroad at 877-726-7245. Location: Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70.

Grapes of Wrath Live at Sweet Dreams Winery — 5 to 7 p.m. Kick back and enjoy wine and wine-a-rita’s in a relaxed country setting while listening to live music. Location: Sweet Dreams Winery, 2549 ACR 441.

Harvest Dinner at Sabor a Pasion — 7 p.m.  Tuscan-style dinner, Vineyard Blessing, Lomanto and Blanc du Bois label unveiling by artist, Janet Staples. Five-course dinner featuring authentic Italian recipes from Chef Simon Webster. $60 per person,includes tax & service (BYOB). Reservations required: 903-729-9500. Location:  Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro, 110 CR 406 in Palestine. Visit www.saborapasion.com for directions.

• “Annie, The Musical” — The Palestine Community Theatre’s “Annie, The Musical, live at the Texas Theater. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 903-723-8383. Location: Texas Theater, 213 W. Crawford St.



DAY 4, SUNDAY, JULY 21

Holiday Pastries with Chef Jackson York at the Texas State Railroad — 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Join Chef Jackson York, 2010 Chef of the year & 2012 Pastry Chef of the Year, at the Texas State Railroad for a free Holiday Pastry Demonstration. Chef York is currently the Executive Chef of Lakeview Methodist Conference Center. Location: Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70.

• Piney Woods Steam Excursion on The Texas State Railroad — 11 a.m. departure from the Palestine Depot. For tickets contact the Texas State Railroad at 877-726-7245. Location: Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70.

“Annie, The Musical” — The Palestine Community Theatre’s “Annie, The Musical, live at the Texas Theater. Show starts at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 903-723-8383. Location: Texas Theater, 213 W. Crawford St.



DAY 5, MONDAY, JULY 22

Holiday Hospitality in Palestine —  Tour our Hotels and B&B’s to experience the warm hospitality of Palestine. Come-and-go at each property. For directions, please contact the Visitor Center 903-723-3014.

— Open house for hotels from 1 to 5 p.m.: Best Western, Comfort Suites, Executive Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, La Quinta and Super 8 Motel.

— Open house for bed & breakfasts from 2 to 4 p.m.: Dogwood Inn and Magnolia Street Inn

— Open house for bed & breakfasts from 3 to 5 p.m.: Fig Tree Manor & Spiritual Retreat and Redlands Historic Inn.



DAY 6, TUESDAY, JULY 23

Cheese, Wine & Holiday Design at the Hoxie House — 2 to 4 p.m., DIY Holiday Tablescapes, presented by Linda Dickens (Certified Wedding Planner & owner of Charles E. Dickens Fin Jewelry & Gifts.  Wine tasting by Sweet Dreams Winery. For more information contact: 903-729-4100. Location: Hoxie House, 110 W. Hoxie St.

Sounds of Sunset Music in the Vineyard — 6 to 8:30 p.m. Live music in the vineyard with acoustic guitarist, Alex Graser. Enjoy sunset on the deck with cheese & charcuterie platters.  $15 per person, BYOB.  For more information call: 903-729-9500. Location:  Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro, 100 ACR 406.



DAY 7, WEDNESDAY, JULY 24

Mele Kalikimaka, A Hawaiian Christmas for Children — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy Hula Hoop Lessons, Shopping & Snacks for Children. Location: O’ Sweet Pea, 105 W. Oak St.

Story Time with Santa — 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Santa and his elves will be at Blaser’s Books for “Christmas Story Time.” Enjoy classics like The Polar Express, The Night Before Christmas and other Blaser Family favorites. Free. Location: Blaser’s Books,  211 W. Oak St.

Sounds of Sunset Music in the Vineyard — 6 to 8:30 p.m. Live music in the vineyard with acoustic guitarist, Alex Graser. Enjoy sunset on the deck with cheese & charcuterie platters. $15 per person, BYOB. For more information call: 903-729-9500. Location: Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro, 100 ACR 406.



DAY 8, THURSDAY, JULY 25

SewWhat! Christmas in July Banner Project — 9 a.m. to noon. Come make a “Dear Santa” door banner! Finished size is 26"x46" Class is $50 and includes all supplies and material. For reservations: 903-729-2889. Location: Sew What!,  619 W. Oak St.

Trim The Tree — noon, specialty tree display at the Palestine Mall, featuring community organizations. Location: Palestine Mall, 2000 S. Loop 256.

Cooking Under The Tuscan Sun — Italian Cooking Class — 6 p.m.  Chef Simon Webster and Tyler Morning Telegraph Food Editor Christine Gardner transports you from East Texas to Tuscany with authentic Italian recipes and wines. Reservations required. $50 per person, advance payment required. Reservations: 903-729-9500. Location: Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro, 100 ACR 406.



DAY 9, FRIDAY, JULY 26

Holiday Shopping on Palestine Main Street — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown, Old Town and the Courthouse Square offer historic architecture, shopping, antiques, restaurants and more. Enjoy “Christmas in July” specials at select retailers.

• Piney Woods Steam Excursion on The Texas State Railroad — 11 a.m. departure from the Palestine Depot. For tickets contact the Texas State Railroad at 877-726-7245. Location: Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70.

Women who Wine for Holiday Food & Wine — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  A varied selection of the wine of the month (Sparkling and Champagne) will be provided as well as Chef Christian's exceptional holiday themed hot and cold hors d'oeuvres paired to perfectly complement the wine. Tasting notes and a brief overview of the featured wine will be provided. Cost $35 per person. Reservations required:  903-723-2404. Location: Red Fire Grille, 400 N. Queen St.

•  Pop-Up Art Gallery — noon to 6 p.m. An innovative gallery that will “pop-up” for one weekend, featuring local and regional artists, and then disappear until Christmas. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For more information contact the Visitor Center at 903-723-3014 (Opening Reception from 4 to 6 p.m.). Location: 112 W. Oak St.

Granny Time at Granny Muffin Wines — 5 to 7 p.m.  Join Granny Muffin for Happy Hour at the winery, located in historic, downtown. Location: Granny Muffin Wines, 301 W Oak St.

 • Logan Strong Live at Sweet Dreams Winery — 5 to 7 p.m. Location: Sweet Dreams Winery, 2549 ACR 441.

• “Annie, The Musical” — The Palestine Community Theatre’s “Annie, The Musical, live at the Texas Theater. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 903-723-8383. Location: Texas Theater, 213 W. Crawford St.



DAY 10, SATURDAY, JULY 27

Holiday Shopping on Palestine Main Street — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown, Old Town and the Courthouse Square offer historic architecture, shopping, antiques, restaurants and more.  Enjoy “Christmas in July” specials at select retailers.

  Pop-Up Art Gallery — noon to 6 p.m. An innovative gallery that will “pop-up” for one weekend, featuring local and regional artists, and then disappear until Christmas. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For more information contact the Visitor Center at 903-723-3014 (Opening Reception from 4 to 6 p.m.). Location: 112 W. Oak St.

 Piney Woods Steam Excursion on The Texas State Railroad — 11 a.m. departure from the Palestine Depot. For tickets contact the Texas State Railroad at 877-726-7245. Location: Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70.

Withrow Cooley & Friends Live at Sweet Dreams Winery —  5 to 7 p.m. Live music, award winning wines, and a relaxed country setting. Location: Sweet Dreams Winery, 2549 ACR 441.

Grape Stomp Festival – Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro — 3 to 10  p.m. Grape Stomp, food and wine vendors, live music and lots of fun. $20 advance tickets, $25 on-site (903-729-9500). Advance tickets available at Sabor a Pasion, Texas Art Depot in Palestine & Sweet Gourmet in Tyler. Portion of the proceeds benefit the Montalba and Elmwood volunteer fire departments. Location: Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro, 100 ACR 406.

• “Annie, The Musical” — The Palestine Community Theatre’s “Annie, The Musical, live at the Texas Theater. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 903-723-8383. Location: Texas Theater, 213 W. Crawford St.



DAY 11, SUNDAY, July 28

Pop-Up Art Gallery — noon to 6 p.m. An innovative gallery that will “pop-up” for one weekend, featuring local and regional artists, and then disappear until Christmas. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For more information contact the Visitor Center at 903-723-3014 (Opening Reception from 4 to 6 p.m.). Location: 112 W. Oak St.

• Piney Woods Steam Excursion on The Texas State Railroad — 11 a.m. departure from the Palestine Depot. For tickets contact the Texas State Railroad at 877-726-7245. Location: Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70.

“Annie, The Musical” — The Palestine Community Theatre’s “Annie, The Musical, live at the Texas Theater. Show starts at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 903-723-8383. Location: Texas Theater, 213 W. Crawford St.

Santa’s Summer Daycation at Reagan Park — 4 to 6 p.m. Cool off at Splashparkwhile you enjoy Christmas music, food vendors and a great family time.  There will be photo opportunities with Summer Santa so come prepared with your early Christmas wish list! Event is free. Location: Reagan Park, Crockett Road and Park Street.



DAY 12, Monday, July 29

Holiday Traditions 2013 at the Courthouse Square — 10 a.m. Join the celebration as we kick off our Holiday Schedule and announce our Theme for 2013 from the courthouse lawn. The Beaux-Arts Style courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 and is a featured destination for our holiday fun! Location: Anderson County Courthouse Square, 500 N. Church St.

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For more information about The 12 Days of Christmas in July events, visit www.visitpalestine.com or contact the Palestine Visitor Center at 903-723-3014.