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Back ‘on the boards’ at the Kay

Tejas marks ‘semi-official’ debut for newest venue


The Kay Theatre is officially a performing arts venue again. Rising Star Baptist Choir gave one of three performances Saturday. 
Reporter/Mike Brown The Kay Theatre is officially a performing arts venue again. Rising Star Baptist Choir gave one of three performances Saturday. Reporter/Mike Brown The 2013 Tejas Fest in downtown Rockdale was memorable for a lot of reasons Saturday, not the least of which was the milestone it represented for the Kay Theatre.

You can now take the “former” out of its long-standing description as a “former theatre undergoing renovation.”

It’s now officially Rockdale’s newest cultural and civic venue. The Kay hosted three performances Saturday, complete with lighting, a stage and even popcorn.

Thorndale High School’s One-Act Play cast presented “After Midnight, Before Dawn,”before a crowd of over 100, Rising Star Baptist Church’s choir sang gospel and the Communities in Concert Band topped off the day with a concert.

That was appropriate. Communities in Concer t Band actually played the first unscheduled event in the renovated theatre last October when rainy weather forced the musicians to move inside for the annual Kay Theatre Run/ Walk/Unrun.


Milano native Ann Hashem Kraft, one of the many authors on hand Saturday at the library, visits with Sue Davenport. Milano native Ann Hashem Kraft, one of the many authors on hand Saturday at the library, visits with Sue Davenport. AUTHORS—About two dozen authors were downtown and at local schools Friday and six of them spoke.

Charles Garrett, author of a photographic book on petrified wood houses, including two in Rockdale, filled in for previously announced “headliner” Joaquin Jackson at the I&GN Railroad Depot-Museum. Jackson had a scheduling conflict.

Dr. J. Parker Lamb, the nation’s premier railroad photographer, spoke at the depot for the second straight year.

Speaking at the city library were children’s author Sherry Garland, illustrator Bernice Coleman, historian Milton Jordan and Rockdale’s own Dr. Lucile Estell.


Abrahm Doss mans the working forge at the I&GN Depot’s re-created blacksmith shop during Tejas demonstration. Abrahm Doss mans the working forge at the I&GN Depot’s re-created blacksmith shop during Tejas demonstration. There was also a day of music at Wolf Park, the Linwood Acres Garden Club’s a nnua l pla nt excha nge at the Henry Garage, children’s activities and a ton of volunteer help from the Rockdale ISD iTigers program.

CAR SHOW—The annual Rockdale Downtown Association’s car-motorcycle show drew 66 entries.

Chris Dyess, RDA president announced results as follows:

Best of Show—1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air, Joe Wilson.

Best Street Rod, closed—1934 Ford Coupe, Eddie Bell.

Best Convertible, 1960 and older—1956 Thunderbird, Bobby Pelzel.


Authors speaking Saturday at the city library included prolific children’s writer Sherry Garland. Authors speaking Saturday at the city library included prolific children’s writer Sherry Garland. Best Convertible, 1961 to 2013—2003 Ford Thunderbird, Donald & Kathy Sheppard.

Best Antique Car, 1946 and older—1931 Ford 5 window Coupe, Donald Burklund.

Best Antique Truck, 1946 and older—1939 Dodge TC ½ Ton Pickup, Ken Janicek.

Best Antique Car, Post 1946—1952 Willis Aero Coupe, Billy Backmayer.

Best Muscle Car—1964 Dodge Charger, Larry Drozd.

Best 1983 and older car— 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air, Joe Wilson.

Best 1983 and older truck —1947 GMC Pickup, Bill Crawford.


Go Tigers! Caitlyn Henderson gets face art at the depot. Go Tigers! Caitlyn Henderson gets face art at the depot. Best Post 1983 Car—2000 Ford Mustang Saleen, Brenden Adams.

Best Post 1983 Truck—2005 GMC H-2 Hummer, Curtis Walker.

Best Corvette—2013 Chevrolet Corvette 60th Anniversary Edition, Mickey Nobles.

Best Mustang—1969 Ford Shelby GT500, Darrell Paris.

Best Camaro—1969 Chevrolet Camaro, Paul McCann.

Best Antique Motorcycle— 1950 Tr iumph, Howard Winchester

Best Custom Motorcycle— 2007 Ha rley Dav id son Road King, Butch Fox.


Rockdale’s own Dr. Lucile Estell (seated) was one of the authors speaking. Here, she visits with Tejas volunteer Geri Burnett. Rockdale’s own Dr. Lucile Estell (seated) was one of the authors speaking. Here, she visits with Tejas volunteer Geri Burnett. Best Original Motorcycle— 1984 Honda Goldwing, Deb & Scott Justice.

Best Special Interest—1962 M37 Military Truck, Billy Bachmayer.

Best use of chrome—1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, Joe Wilson.

Best Custom Paint­— 1948 Chevrolet Coupe, Danny Paulk.

Best Chevrolet—1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Wagon, Reuel & Connie Hoelscher

Best Ford—969 Ford Shelby GT 500, Darrell Paris.

Best Mopar—1964 Dodge Charger, Larry Drozd.

Ladies Choice—2008 Ford Mustang GT 500, JD Rudd.

WINNER—Kyle Cass won the 50/50 fund-raiser.

Organizers expressed appreciation to those who assisted with the show and listed sponsors as follows:

Jack Hilliard Distributing, Budweiser, Elements at Main, Lee’s Landing, Dyess Insurance Agenc y, Farmers Insurance Group.

Lumpkin Agency, Rockdale Federal Credit Union, Walmart, Keefer’s Kreations, The Rockdale

Reporter. Citizens National Bank.

Rockdale Signs & Photography, Perry & Perry Builders, Inc. S & S Auto, Raymond James Financial Services,Stanley-Lynd Autoplex, Toby Johnson, Rockdale Country Ford, D.R. Loans.


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