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Hopkins County Chamber Connection 11.30.17


Lezley Brown
Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce

The Sulphur Springs Hopkins County EDC and the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce are hosting their annual Economic Outlook Conference. It is at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center on Wednesday (Dec 6) from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. We are so excited to welcome Mr. Richard Froeschle, current Labor Market Economist, as our keynote speaker at the 2017 Economic Outlook Conference. Mr. Froeschle will present Hopkins County the economic outlook for Northeast Texas for 2018. Sponsorships of the conference and tickets are available, with lunch provided. For further information, please call the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce at 903-885-6515.


I’m excited to let you know that we have begun work on the 2018 Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Directory. We distribute over 7,000 of these directories to visitors, relocation hopefuls, and even hometown heroes who are interested in learning more about our local businesses.  They include historical information as well all things to the see and do in Hopkins County.  The best part is, they contain an alphabetical and categorical listing of your business. Echo Publishing creates this book for us. LeeAnn Peugh, with Echo Publishing, will be contacting you in the next few weeks to see if you are interested in placing an ad in the directory. The rates are affordable, and one of the best ways to represent your business. We redesigned the 2017 list to look more like a beautiful magazine, and 2018 will follow suit. I hope you will consider this a wise investment with over 7,000 opportunities for business exposure. You may also contact the Chamber, and I will pass your information along to her.  I’m proud to produce this book telling all about the place we love.  I hope you will join me on the journey!


Health Care Foundation lights the tree!

Hopkins County Health Care Foundation is hosting the Lights of Life Tree Lighting Thursday night (Nov 30) at 6:00 pm in the Gardens at Christus. They will have cookies, hot cocoa, Christmas carols and even Santa! The SSHS Jazz Bank will play, and the K-2nd graders from Water Oak Elementary School will sing. The physician choir will also perform. It will be a fantastic evening and a great way to get you in the Christmas Spirit.


CASA hosts their annual Cookie Walk

CASA is hosting their annual Cookie Walk on Friday (Dec 1) from 9:00 am until noon at First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. They are selling cookies for $5.00 a pound. Go by and load up on Christmas cookies while supporting our local CASA!


Lion’s Club will host the 10th Annual Christmas Parade on Friday, December 1st at 6:30 pm.

The Lion’s Club is hosting the Tenth Annual Christmas Parade presented by Carriage House Manor on Friday (Dec 1) at 6:30 pm. The parade begins at Buford Park and goes East on Connally Street to the square. It turns left onto Church Street and left on Houston Street to end in the Gerald Prim Stadium parking lot. Line-up begins at 3:00 pm on Friday (Dec 1). You may pick up registration forms and rules at the Chamber of Commerce.  The entry fee is one toy, donated to the Blue Santa Program. Charitable cash donations also accepted, and checks should be made payable to the Sulphur Springs Lions Club. Registration forms should be in by noon on Tuesday (Nov 28).


Help Blue Santa Build His Float

Christmas Light Parade spectators are encouraged to bring a toy or financial donation to the parade for the Blue Santa program and placed either at the Hopkins County Courthouse before or during the procession at the Blue Santa trailer. The Blue Santa program is a partnership between the Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association and the Sulphur Springs Law Enforcement Association to provide Christmas gifts and financial support to needy families during the Christmas season.  Thank you for your generosity to this worthwhile program.


Heritage Park will host Christmas in the Park on Saturday, December 2nd at 5:30 pm.

The Hopkins County Historical Society presents Christmas in the Park on Saturday (Dec 2) from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm. Admission is $3.00 and children under seven are free. Visit with Santa, see the light displays, and listen to live music, enjoy hot cocoa, old-fashioned cider, coffee, and cookies, and begin your Christmas shopping in the Country Store.


The Alcove2 hosts a wine and food pairing event

The Alcove2 has teamed up with Los Pinos Winery to offer a wine & food pairing event at The Alcove2 on Monday (Dec 4). They have chosen three incredible wines for the night. Each wine comes with a full course made by their chef. They will offer two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts for each guest to choose. All food is paired perfectly with the designated wine for that course. Tickets are $40 and purchased at The Alcove2 in advance. Tickets are limited, so stop by and grab yours today!


The Reilly Springs Jamboree is hosting a special dance

The Reilly Springs Jamboree is not having their regular third Saturday Jamboree. Instead, they are hosting a special Christmas Jamboree Dance on Saturday (Dec 9) at the Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens Center at 150 Martin Luther King Drive in Sulphur Springs.  Admission is $10 per person or by donation. Make plans to go by, listen to some music, enjoy refreshments and be on your way or stay for the entire evening and dance the night away to favorite country music performed by some of the best country musicians in the area. They include recording artists Don Woods Jr. and Shanna Carter.  What an excellent way to enjoy some country music and support the fundraising efforts of the Senior Citizen Center at the same time!


Chamber Announcement:

We have an announcement regarding stew T-shirts. We have a few of the Come and Taste It T-shirts left unpurchased in each size at the Chamber. We’d like to clear these out, so we are selling them for $8.00 each. If you missed purchasing your shirts on Stew Contest day, give us a call at the Chamber! We’ll get your order ready where you can just pop in and grab them. Call before they are all gone!  (903) 885-6515.


Ribbon cuttings:


Centric Healthcare hosted their ribbon cutting on Wednesday (Nov 29)

Centric Healthcare hosted their ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday (Nov 29) at noon at the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce. Centric Healthcare recently branched into Hopkins County and is excited about offering home health and hospice needs.