By CHERIL VERNON
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.
Kids Rodeo & Bull Riding
Kids can get dressed up in their boots and cowboy hats for Boston’s Buckaroos Kids Rodeo at 10 a.m. today and all ages will enjoy the 7th Annual Boston Porter Memorial Bull Riding event at 7:30 p.m. tonight featuring the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour. Both events will be held at the Anderson County Youth Livestock Expo Center, located off U.S. 287 North.
Boston’s Buckaroos Kids Rodeo will start at 10 a.m. Activities will include mutton bustin’, stick horse races, goat dressing, goat tying, goat scramble, dummy steer roping, calf roping and a chuck wagon race. A t-shirt and trophy will be given to every participant. Age groups include: 5 and under, 6 to 8 and 9 to 12.
“It’s a lot of fun things for the kids. They like to run around and play in the dirt,” event organizer Kim Ray said. “The kids compete like little champions with their spurs, boots and hats — all ready to roll.”
Admission to the kid rodeo is $5.
Other events today include the Boston’s Buckin’ BBQ Cook-off. Judging will start at 1 p.m.
Bull riders from all across the country will compete in the event as part of the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour. The UBBI Youth Futurity also will be held.
A Bouncy Bull Riding Pen will be set up to provide a mechanical bull ride that is cushioned by large foam area to make it safe.
Tickets to the Boston Porter Memorial Bull Riding event are $12 in advance at Cavender’s Boot City and $15 at the gate. All proceeds go to the Boston Porter Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Beat the Heat Fest
Tennessee Colony Community Center and Volunteer Fire Department will host a Beat the Heat Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Tennessee Colony Community Center.
There will be several activities including booths for shopping, cake sale, Rennerwood trees for sale, classic/antique cars on display, bounce houses, as well as a drawing for a homemade cedar chest and a Run for the Red motorcycle Poker Run. Tennessee Colony VFD will sell hamburgers.
Gospel Music Festival
A Gospel Music Festival will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. today at North Jackson Baptist Church, located at 1213 N. Jackson St. Those appearing on the program will be Gail Lemay, Patriotic Songs, Troy and Joyce Dancer, The Campbell Family, Wise County Blue Grass, J.B. Matlock and Texas Express.
Read the complete list of events for the second weekend of the Dogwood Trails Celebration in this edition and online at www.texasdogwoodtrails.com