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Dogwood Trails Celebration begins today

PALESTINE, March 15, 2013—The 75th annual Dogwood Trails Celebration begins today. The Celebration runs through three weekends, full of fun and events for the whole family.

The Dogwood Trails Celebration schedule of events is as follows:

March 16:“75th Annual Dogwood Trails Festival”

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Presented by the Palestine Chamber of Commerce and Sponsors. Featuring Arts and Crafts, Kids Zone, and Live Entertainment. Gate charge $1, children 12 and under free. Proceeds go to local non-profits. Visit the Dogwood Trails website at: www.texasdogwoodtrails.com

FESTIVAL BANDS- Free Live Music

Old Town in the Hollow (Saw Dust Stage)

Craig Wayne Boyd: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Brandon Rhyder-2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Ben E. Keith Beverages

Be sure to check out the Bud Light Bar: An outdoor bar with seating, TV’s and green beer

Family Stage in Downtown

Deep South Band 11-4

Professor QB, shows at 12, 1:15 & 2:45

Dogwood Trails Parade- March 16, at 10:00 a.m; Theme: Diamonds & Dogwoods: A Dynamic Duo. Parade begins at the Anderson County Courthouse at 10 a.m., and travels down Crawford, left onto Sycamore, right onto Main, right onto Tennessee and right onto Lacy. Applications at: www.texasdogwoodtrails.com

March 15-31- Scavenger Hunt- Find the treasures of Main Street on this self-guided hunt. Pick up your Palestine  Hunter Hints during Dogwood Trails and if you find 5 of the 6 you can enter for a prize drawing of a special 75th Anniversary Dogwood Trails item. Pick up your “Hunter Hints” at the Palestine Visitor Center, Redlands Hotel, Dickens’s Fine Jewelry and Oxbow Bakery. Like us at www.facebook.com/PalestineMainStreet (903) 723-3014 palestinemainstreet@palestine-tx.org

March 15 -31-Purchase your piece of Dogwood Trails History-For a limited-time. Produced from hand-crafted glass molds at the Palestine glass plant in 1985, these historic jars are limited in quantity and steeped in history. Cost is $10 each, and all proceeds support downtown revitalization. For more information contact the Palestine Visitor Center at 903-723-3014.

March 15-31-Palestine Farmers Market-Spring Fling at the Farmers Market - Spring veggies and fruit just for you. Featuring fresh seasonal produce, jams, jellies and other artisanal foods the farmers will be set up from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day of the celebration. 813 W. Spring. For more info call the Visitor Center at 903-723-3014.

March 15-17-Piney Woods Steam Excursion-11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Palestine Depot, Park Rd 70, Palestine, TX 75801 and Rusk Depot, Park Rd. 76 , Rusk, TX 75785.  Roundtrip Excursions with one of our historic steam engines departs from the Palestine and Rusk depots at 11:00 a.m., and return at 3:30 p.m. The trip is 1 ½ hours each way with 1 ½ hour layover at the opposite depot for a total of 4 ½ hour experience. Box lunches are available for pre-order, or you may bring your own. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase in the concession car. Half-way trip-Passengers interested in a shorter excursion may board at either depot at 11:00 a.m., or 2:00 p.m., and halfway through the trip switch trains when they pass at the Mewshaw Sliding. Total trip is 1 ½ hours.  Cost $ 75- $ 20 for reservations Phone: 877-726-7245 or visit the website: www.texasstaterr.com

March 16-Anderson County Master Gardeners-Annual Tree Sale–7:30 am until 4:30 pm. We will be located in the lot behind the Federal Building on 101 E. Oak St.  We will have a variety of trees and shrubs as well as white and pink dogwoods.  Contact (903) 729-8501 or (903) 723-2214 for more information.

March 16- Sacred Heart Catholic Church 5th Annual Spring Festival, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., in the church parking lot at 503 N. Queen St. We will be having a bake sale, a kid’s zone, burgers and chips, fish fry, Mexican food, and folkloric dancers that will perform at 12:00. For more information please call 903-729-2463.

March 16- Order of the Eastern Star – 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Masonic Temple Grounds located at 401 W. Debard St. Good Eating; grilled sausage on a stick with southern style potato salad, pickle spear, bread and a drink for only $ 7.00.

March 16- Cars of Palestine 28th Annual Car Show–10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Located on Spring St. located next to Kroger’s. Classic and Special Interest Autos $20.00 pre-registration up to March 8 and $ 25.00 on show day. Trophies will be awarded. Spectators:$3.00 Adults, 11 and under free. Contact: Sherry 903-729-0403, or sherry22@embarqmail.com, website: www.carsofpalestine.com

March 16-“Bunnies on Main” 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Large ears combed and shiny vest all pressed, the Easter Bunny is hopping into Main Street Saturday, March 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., for an appearance at Lee Loveless Photography located at 101 W. Oak. Bring in the family for a professional photo with the Easter Bunny. Cost is $ 5.00 per picture. For more information contact 903-723-3014 or email palestinemainstreet@palestine-tx.org

March 16 & 17-Sacred Heart Catholic Church Tours-11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., at 503 N. Queen St. For more information please call 903-729-2463

March 16-First Presbyterian Church-12:00-4:00 p.m., free guided tours of the beautiful stained glass windows. The church is located on the parade route at 410 Avenue A. Several authentic Tiffany windows are included.

March 16 & 17 Howard House Museum Tour-12-4p.m., at 1011 North Perry St. Admission is free. Contact Jack at 903-723-0268 or jdcote2000@yahoo.com

March 16- Dogwood Trails Gospel Music Festival-2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., at North Jackson Baptist Church 1213 N. Jackson St. Free Admission 903-729-7419 or 903- 723-2177

March 17-Museum for East Texas Culture Open House-1:00-4:00 p.m.. We are celebrating the Museum’s 30th Anniversary as the” Keeper of Our History.” Refreshments will be served and the Museum will be open to the public at no charge. For more information contact Dan at 903-723-1914

March 17- Pilgrim Church-2p.m.–4p.m., (Weather permitting).Gingerbread and coffee will be served under the arbor of trees at old Pilgrim Church by members of the famous Parker family and their friends. The church is the first Protestant church in Texas, having been brought into Texas in 1834 by Daniel Parker. The original log church building has been reconstructed and is open to the public. The Parker family is perhaps best known as a result of the Indian attack on Fort Parker in 1836, and the kidnapping of Cynthia Ann Parker. She later became the wife of a Comanche chieftain, and their son, Quanah Parker, is a well-known figure in Texas and Southwest history. The adjoining cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Texas. Daniel Parker, born in 1781, is buried here, along with scores of his descendants and relatives.  James Parker, from whose exploits came the classic movie, The Searchers, starring John Wayne, is buried near his brother, Daniel. Tours of the historic cemetery–along with tales of the pioneer family–will be available. Directions: From Palestine, take 287 South to Elkhart; right on 294, into Elkhart; cross RR tracks, and turn left on 861 (sign points to Pilgrim Church), which loops around to Church on the left

March 17-Anderson Co. Roughnecks vs. Curry County Colts-3-6 p.m. We are the new minor league football team here in Anderson County. Our goal is to provide some family fun events here in town, especially for the football fans in the area. We are a spring league, playing February – May, and members of the PAFL (Professional American Football League). You can find us on Facebook and the website: www.andersoncountyroughnecks.com    Costs: $10 Adults /$5 Children / Ages 5 and under free.  Palestine High School Stadium.

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