The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

July 27, 2013

Sneaking a peek: Christmas in July continues with gallery, grape stomp and more

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — The 10th day of the City of Palestine’s 12 Days of Christmas in July celebration kicks off today and is continuing with several yuletide-themed events through Monday.

Saturday’s festivities will include Palestine Main Street’s “Christmas in July” shopping specials, a Pop-Up Art Gallery, a Grape Stomp Festival, the second weekend of the Palestine Community Theatre’s production of “Annie” and more.

Among the activities on Sunday is another visit from St. Nick. Santa Claus will be cooling off during his summer daycation at the Splashpark at Reagan Park.

Events will culminate on the final day, Monday, when the holiday event schedule and courthouse lawn Christmas decoration theme will be announced.

Here is a schedule of events:



DAY 10,

TODAY


• 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 Palestine Community Theatre presents “Annie” 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


• 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 Palestine Community Theatre presents “Annie” 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 Splashpark while 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


• 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.