La Escuelita fall cookoff

La Escuelita (the little school) will hold its 10th annual fall cookoff fund-raiser Saturday, Oct. 6 at the La Escuelita grounds off US 79, just east of the KC Hall.

Cookoff categories are menudo, chili, beef, chicken and pork. Entry fee is $15 per category. The cookoff will begin at 8 a.m. but cookers can set up the night before or by 7:30 a.m. Oct. 6.

Horseshoe and washer tournaments will start at noon, with entry fees for both events $10 per team.

A variety of music will be presented throughout the day by Fred Silva. Breakfast tacos will be sold from 8 until 10:30 a.m. Other food for sale beginning at 11 a.m. will be brisket, sausage, fideo, beans, cheese nachos with jalapeƱo peppers, pickles, and water. Sodas will not be sold but attendees are welcome to bring their own (no glass containers allowed).

Vendor booths will be available for $10 per space (no food vendors allowed).

FMI: Dee Lerma, 446-6833.

Chriesman Center music

Jimmie Maze and the Milano Playboys will be at the Chriesman Community Center from 7 until 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 playing traditional country music, according to Royce Barber, publicist.

Admission is free and food will be available. The event is alcohol and tobacco-free. FMI: 446-6644.

Kay Theater Foundation

Kay Theater Foundation, restoring Rockdale’s 1947 downtown movie theater into a community events center and performing arts venue, needs your memories.

The Kay operated from 1947 into the 1960s when it closed.

“The Foundation is preparing an application for a fund grant and needs to hear from people with their memories of the Kay,” said Leanna Applegate, Foundation board member. “There are plenty of people around who have those memories,” she said.

If you have any information or special remembrances—humorous or interesting—about the Kay, email them to Geri Burnett at

Tdale Masons fish fry

THORNDALE—Thorndale Masonic Lodge 978 will hold a fish fry fund-raiser for its scholarship fund Sunday, Oct. 14 at Firemen’s Hall. Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until “sold out.”

Plates, $9 each, will consist of hand-battered, fried Texas catfish and all the trimmings, available for dine-in or to-go. Desserts will be available for a donation.

“Everyone is encouraged to come out to support the local masonic lodge and get yourself a delicious meal,” said Barton Felton, spokesman.

Linwood Acres Club

Linwood Acres Garden Club members will tour the Walker Honey Farm near Rogers on Wednesday, Oct. 10, leaving from the southeast parking lot of First Baptist Church at 9:15 a.m.

The tour will include honey tasting which is free. Wine tasting will be available for $6. After the tour, members will have lunch and their meeting at Cheeves Brothers in Temple. Anyone not a member but interested in joining, call Margo Gilless, 446-4757, or Janice King, 446-4262. Visitors are welcome.

MVFD Aux garage sale

MILANO—Milano Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual fall garage sale Oct. 4-6 at the Milano Civic Center/Fire Station, spokesperson Jane Yoakum said.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4-5 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6.

The building will be open starting Monday, Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. to accept donations for the sale.

FMI: Jane Yoakum, 446-5110; Lois Love, 455-7915; or Carolyn Vinton, 979-224-0227.

Minerva homecoming

The 52nd annual Minerva homecoming will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Minerva Community Center, 378 CR 232 Loop. “Bring your family and friends to enjoy a day of visiting and a covered dish lunch” said Deborah Dean, spokesperson.

There will be a brief update from the Minerva Cemetery Association before lunch which will be served shortly after noon. Attendees are asked to bring old photographs to share.

FMI: Susan Dean, 446-2845; Deborah Dean, 446-3111; or email

Bushdale Cemetery

The annual Bushdale Cemetery meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Peach Lutheran Church fellowship hall in Rockdale, according to Velmalene Williams, publicist.

“You are invited to attend if you have loved ones buried in the cemetery,” she said. “A covered dish luncheon will follow the business meeting, so please bring your favorite dish.”

FMI: 361-293-5662.

Republican women

CAMERON—Republican Women of Milam County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 at Budget Host Hotel, Cameron. Speakers will be Dr. Charles Schwertner, candidate for State Senate District 5, and David Puryear, candidate for 3rd Court of Appeals. The meeting is open to anyone interested.

Rice Cemetery meeting

CAMERON—Rice Cemetery Foundation Inc.’s annual meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the cemetery (SH 36 to CR 241, Cameron).

“Bring a covered dish and lawn chairs,” said Irene Angell, spokesperson. Send donations to Rice Cemetery Foundation Inc., 3965 S. Hwy. 77, Cameron TX 76520.

FMI: 254-697-4119 or 254-697- 1095 or email

Cameron Arts & Crafts

CAMERON—The Cameron Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its 39th Annual Arts/Crafts Fair and Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cameron Park. The fair will include arts, crafts and food vendors. The park is located on Hwy 36/190/77 in downtown Cameron.

The 18th annual Fun Run, supporting Milam County CrimeStoppers, will be held at the Courthouse Square with registration at 7:15 a.m. The children’s 1/2 mile run starts at 8 a.m. with the 5K Run/Walk at 8:30. Entry fee is $15 before Sept. 28 and $18 after. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and cash prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers.

FMI: 254-697-4979 or go to and click on Tourism/ Arts & Crafts.

Matinee Musical Club

Matinee Musical Club held its September meeting in the home of Annette Griesbach with Donnie Rinn as co-hostess.

President Lisa Loewe opened the meeting with roll call and members recited the Collect. Dixie Whitmore accompanied the singing of the song of the month, “Listen to the Mocking Bird.” This tune is said to have been a favorite of Abraham Lincoln.

Leah Thomason presented the program, Poetry in Music. Mona Butala read our first poem, “O Fortuna,” by eleventh century monks and we heard it on a CD in the song “Carmina Barana” by Carl Orff.

Barkley Alford read “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe and we heard the contemporary version, “Mr Raven” by Internet rapper MC Lars.

Annette Griesbach read “Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven” and we heard Aaron Copland’s rendition on CD.

Leah Thomason read “Jazz” by Hayden Carruth while husband, Lee, played his trumpet in the styles of the various musicians.

Donnie Rinn read “Lembranca” by Patricia Cathcart Andres and we heard it on CD sung by Patti Cathcart.

Joyce Ford read, “Sleep” by Anthony Silvestri and we listened to it set to music by Eric Whitacre on a CD.

The meeting was closed with the singing of the NFMC Benediction Song accompanied by Dixie Whitmore.

Matinee Musical Club is a member of the Texas and National Federation of Music Clubs.–Pat Owen, Reporter

Dime Box Festival

DIME BOX—The annual Black Bridge Festival sponsored by the Dime Box Lions Club will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, highlighted by the 35th annual Dime Box Mini Marathon 10K (6.2-mile run), plus a two-mile walk and a barbecue cookoff.

Other events: parade, craft and swap booths, classic cars, quilt display, tractor show, 42 tournament, live music and rodeo play day. A stew supper and street dance will be held Friday.

The Mini Marathon will start at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by food and games. Proceeds benefit the Lions Club and Black Bridge Park.

FMI: 979-884-3227.

Town and Country Club

THORNDALE—Thorndale Town & Country Club has had a busy month. met on Sept. 13 in the home of Susan Drabek in Thorndale. Following the opening and club prayer, bingo was played with prizes awarded.

The business meeting included a review of the club by-laws and discussion on changes.

Following the business meeting, hostess Susan Drabek showed several Wish Rocks she had collected on vacation at the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. She also showed necklaces made by her daughter which are sold to raise money for cancer research. Each type of cancer has a different color to represent it and the necklaces reflect that color. Susan also showed a quilt made by Ruby Achtruth and given to her by Ruby’s family.

On Sept. 27, the club met at the home of Laura Gibson with nine members attending and two guests, Becky Hozak and Kirsten Johnson, daughter and granddaughter of Laura. Bingo was played with prizes awarded.

The business meeting included a reminder of several upcoming events in Milam County including the El Camino Real de los Tejas dedication on Monday, Oct. 8, the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Tomato Clubs in Texas on Tuesday, Oct. 9 and the upcoming Christmas Cottage in Cameron on Nov. 12.

Laura demonstrated a variety of vases she had crafted from unusual items. She also demonstrated a flower plaque made from water faucets and a water faucet necklace. In addition, she demonstrated a blue jean pocket owl and a blue jean eye glass case.

The next meeting of the club will be at the home of Darleen Tucker on Thursday, Oct. 10.—Submitted by Darleen Tucker, secretary

Genealogy Society

Milam County Genealogical Society met Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the meeting room at Rockdale General Store with 16 members present.

Eugenia (Wolf) Newton presented a very interesting program on her Wolf ancestors. The Michael Wolf family came over from Germany on the ship “Richard and Mary,” mastered by John Moore, landing in Pennsylvania in 1754. Wolf family descendants migrated from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, Kentucky, Arkansas, and finally to the Forest Grove area in Texas.

Wolf male ancestors have fought in these U.S. wars: Revolutionary War, War of 1812, World War I, World War II, Korean and Viet Nam wars. Eugenia displayed a notebook containing letters, photos and other documents detailing the lineage of the Wolf family.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, in the conference room at the rear entrance of Citizens National Bank, Rockdale, at 7 p.m.

Members whose surnames begin with Q through Z will be in charge of refreshments. Linda Whorton will provide drinks, ice, plastic/paper goods.—Linda Whorton, publicity

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