Dogwoods are now in full bloom as the second weekend of the 75th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration continues with a plethora of events spread out across Anderson County this weekend.
There’s a little something for everyone this weekend — community theater, dulcimer and old-time music festival, kids rodeo, bull riding event, the Dogwood Jamboree, a Beat the Heat Fest, a gospel music festival and more.
“Ghost: The Musical”
The Palestine Community Theatre’s production of “Ghost: The Musical” opened Friday at the historic Texas Theater, 213 W. Crawford St., for a two-weekend event. Shows will continue at 7:30 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. Sunday and for the final Dogwood Trails Celebration weekend, March 29-30.
Tickets for “Ghosts: The Musical” are $8 for ages 4-18 (children 3 and under may sit in your lap) and $12 for adults. Tickets also can be purchased online at www.outhousetickets.com.
Hundreds of music lovers have arrived at the Museum for East Texas Culture for the 12th Annual Dulcimer & Old Time Music Festival, which kicked off Thursday. Festivities continue today with workshops and jamming sessions inside and outside on the museum lawn.
Concerts are set for 2:45 to 4 p.m. and 6:45 to 10 p.m. today.
Cost for everything for today only is $35 (two concerts, workshops and jamming) or $25 without workshops (two concerts and jamming). For those just wanting to attend the concerts, the day concert is $10 and the evening concert is $15. Family packages also are available.
“There is going to be a lot of variety. We have some musicians that also do vocals. Basically it’s old time music — very toe-tapping, happy music guaranteed to be a lot of fun,” festival co-organizer Margaret Wright said. “Our concerts are not boring, they will definitely get their money’s worth.”
Country music enthusiasts will be interested in attending the Dogwood Jamboree’s “A Country Connection” show set for 7 p.m. today at the Palestine Civic Center. Slocum natives, the Bishop Sisters, will perform, as well as Steve Carpenter, Mandy Seale, Taylor Heard, Kimmy Hendricks (Jamboree Artist Of the Year for 2011), W.J. Copeland, Mike Kellogg, Bobby Perry, Billy Lane, George Lester, Joe Hancock, Neal Hall, Shelia and Rick Wheat, Sandy “Flo” Singleterry, the Dogwood Jamboree singers and Manuel.
Three young artists Reagan Star, Courtney Lockett and Abby Clark (winners in preliminary competition) will compete in the Dogwood Jamboree Youth Talent Search for March. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges and audience vote. The winner will advance to the December finals.
Tickets for the Dogwood Jamboree will be available at the door for $15 for adults.