by Lezley Brown
The tickets are going fast, but they are still available!!! The Chamber of Commerce is hosting An Evening of Speed Networking! Because networking is just a fancy word for making friends! Our event will be held on Tuesday, August 30th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cedar Canyon in Sulphur Springs. This is the perfect opportunity for local business owners to network with other business owners in a non-pressured environment, meet new people, promote and describe their businesses, and enjoy delicious food and beverages provided by Lyndsay’s Plates + Provisions. Many door prizes will be given away throughout the evening. There are limited spaces available, so tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Tickets are $25, so call the Chamber of Commerce at (903)885-6515 to reserve your ticket right away! It’s going to be fantastic!
The deadline is quickly approaching to submit your entries into the first annual Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest! Let me review the basics. Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category. The picture must be newer than January 1, 2014, and must have been taken in Hopkins County. The contest will be open from August 1st to August 31st. There are seven categories you may enter: Natural World, Travel, People, The Hopkins County Experience, Altered Images, Mobile, and Children’s Category. Only digital images are accepted (no prints). To submit your photograph, email the picture to WeTheChamber@gmail.com Rules and releases are available on the Chamber of Commerce website. I cannot wait to see your beautiful photos!
Let’s talk about something I know you have been waiting for… It’s STEW time! The Chamber of Commerce sent out letters to sponsors and cooks this week inviting them to the 47th Annual Stew Cook-off. These letters contained all the information you will need to sign up to sponsor or cook stew. If you have moved and did not receive your letter, please call the Chamber at (903)885-6515 to update your address and get your letter. If you are interested in cooking stew or sponsoring stew for the first time, please call the Chamber to request information. We need more cooks and more sponsors, so don’t hesitate!
In regards to stew pots, sometimes individuals are not using their stew pots any longer and would like to sell them. If this describes you, please let the Chamber know. We have people calling all the time wanting to purchase used stew pots, so we can pass your information along to the appropriate contact.
Finally, the Chamber allows a non-profit organization to sell drinks at the Stew Cook-off. There are several rules and regulations to follow, but if you are interested in placing your organization’s name in the hat, please call the Chamber. You will be asked to come in and sign an understanding agreement in regards to rules and expectations. Deadline for volunteers is August 26th. Once we have all of our volunteers in place, we will literally pick one out of a hat and award drink sales to that organization.
Just a reminder… effective August 1st we have new business hours. The Chamber of Commerce is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed on Mondays from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. as well.
Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Beauty Grace Boutique was held on Wednesday, August 17th at noon
The Beauty Grace Boutique hosted a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, August 17th at noon. The new boutique is located at 101 Bill Bradford Road Suite 21, and specializes in women’s fashion and accessories. The owner, Ana Velasco, has spent time selling her merchandise at Canton, and she is thrilled to be opening a shop right here in Sulphur Springs! Her opening day for customers is Monday, August 15th, and her hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please go by… her boutique is beautiful!
The Hopkins County Fall Festival presents Emerald City Band on Friday, August 19th
Change of VENUE!!!!! The Emerald City Band will be performing on Friday, August 19th, at The Hopkins County Civic Center. Admission is free of charge, but you will still need to bring your lawn chairs. For VIP ticket information, contact a Fall Festival Board member or by calling (903)243-1925.
SSCC/Mitchell Family Fitness will host a Fun Run on Saturday, August 20th at 8 a.m.
The SSCC/Mitchell Fitness Fun Run will benefit the CanHelp Pack the Bus campaign. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Sulphur Springs Country Club Fitness Center. For more information, contact Matt Mitchell at (903)348-5265.
You’re invited to a Back to School Bash by Cricket Wireless on Saturday, August 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cricket Wireless is hosting a Back to School Bash on Celebration Plaza on Saturday, August 20th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cricket Wireless will have free food and drinks, free school supplies, free haircuts, giveaways, popcorn, music, and a dunk tank. Cricket Wireless wants you to come out and finish Summer 2016 with a bang!
Reilly Springs Jamboree hosts Don Woods on August 20th at 7 p.m.
Reilly Springs Jamboree, a Hopkins County Original Music Venue since 1956, presents Don Woods on Saturday, August 20th, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. For more information, visit ReillySpringsJamboree.com. The Reilly Springs Community Center is located at 109 County Road 1439 in Sulphur Springs.
Hopkins County will welcome home Del Frances on Monday, August 22nd at 5:15 p.m.
Del Frances, our local veteran who cycled all the way to Washington D.C. will arrive home on Monday, August 22nd. Del started his bike “Ride for Recognition” here in Sulphur Springs at noon on June 3rd, 2016, and arrived at noon on the East steps of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. 74 days later. We will be welcoming him home at Muddy Jakes at 5:15 p.m. Please plan to come out to Muddy Jakes to congratulate him and visit about the progress and success his “Ride for Recognition” has made.
The Venue at Two Nineteen will host its Ribbon Cutting Celebration Wednesday, August 24th at noon
Please make plans to attend the ribbon cutting celebration for The Venue at Two Nineteen on Main Street at noon. We have all watched this building with anticipation wondering how beautiful this venue would become. Well, now is the time to see for yourself. Put the ribbon cutting on your calendar, and we’ll see you at noon!
Senior Citizens Center will host the Senior Summer Olympic Games on Thursday, August 25th
The Sulphur Springs Senior Summer Olympics Games hosted by the Senior Citizens Center will be held on Thursday, August 25th at the First Baptist Church ROC facility. The 1K Race will begin at 9:30 and the Olympic Games will begin at 10:00 a.m. Contact Karon Weatherman at (903)885-1661 or go by the Senior Citizens Center to Pre-register for the events.
Fireside BBQ will host their ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, August 25th at 10:30 a.m.
Fireside BBQ & Catering will host their ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, August 25th at 10:30 a.m. They are located in Birthright at 9457 Tx Hwy 19. Glen Norfleet, the owner of Fireside BBQ, explained their location is north of the Water Plant but South of Joe Bob’s on the west side of Hwy 19. Can’t wait to see everyone there!
First United Methodist Church will host Divorce Care every Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Divorce Care continues every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. through September 13th in the administration building at First United Methodist Church. All who are dealing with separation or divorce are invited to attend.
Lone Star Quilt Guild currently selling raffle tickets for the 17th Annual Quilt Show
The Lone Star Quilt Guild is currently selling raffle tickets for the 2016 Raffle Quilt called Autumn Stars. Autumn Stars was designed by Joy Gregory, made by guild members, and quilted by Debra Hager. Tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5. The 17th Annual Quilt Show will be held September 16th and 17th at The ROC, First Baptist Church Outreach Center at 115 Putman Street in Sulphur Springs. We have tickets available here at the Chamber of Commerce, or you may purchase tickets from Quilt Guild members.
The Lights of Life Style Show is scheduled for Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m.
The HC Health Care Foundation is hosting its annual Lights of Life Style Show on Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Entry fee is a $25 donation and there will be door prizes and a raffle. Dinner and Fashions will be provided by Lou Nells. For ticket information contact the Foundation office at (903)438-4799 or Lou Nell’s at (903)885-0664.
Workforce Solutions will host its annual LEAP Conference on September 23rd from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Workforce Solutions of Northeast Texas is hosting its annual LEAP (Learning Endorsements and Professions) Youth Expo on Friday, September 23rd. This event is very much like a job fair except that it is geared to educate eighth graders and help guide them as they make their endorsement selections heading into high school. Workforce Solutions is seeking a wide variety of companies and businesses to attend the LEAP Youth Expo to describe your business and expose eighth graders to all career avenues after graduation. Since students now choose their high school endorsements while in eighth grade, the Expo is perfect for them. Please consider attending this Expo and taking visuals and information to give away. They will be so thankful to have you there! Please call Bart Spivy at (903)794-9490 ext. 513 with any questions.
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Don’t forget the Fall Festival’s presentation of the Emerald City Band Friday night at 8 p.m.. The concert is free, so bring your lawn chairs and head to the Civic Center! Then, Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 1200 B W. Houston Street in Sulphur Springs, will offer a Free Marriage Education Workshop for married, engaged, and seriously dating couples. Yoga on the Square will be offered from 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Bookworm Box will host a book signing featuring Ryan T. Petty at 2 p.m. The Celebration Market will be held on Celebration Plaza from 6-10 p.m. and Michael Booth and Amanda Pruitt will provide your entertainment starting at 6 p.m.
Goodness! There is plenty to do, so I hope you all have a great weekend!
Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Beauty Grace Boutique was held on Wednesday, August 17th at noon
The Beauty Grace Boutique hosted a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, August 17th at noon. The new boutique is located at 101 Bill Bradford Road Suite 21, and specializes in women’s fashion and accessories. The owner, Ana Velasco, is thrilled to be opening a shop right here in Sulphur Springs. Her opening day for customers is Monday, August 15th, and her hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.