Pine Tree Garden Club invites all to Round Top

Janice Ann Rowe

The ladies of the Pine Tree Garden Club are planning their annual fall trip and you are invited to go.  This year’s destination is the Round Top Antiques Fair.  The date is Thursday, Oct. 3.  The fair has vendors from all over the world and offers antiques for your home and garden, silver, jewelry, linens, clothes, art and much more.  The bus will leave 6:30 a.m. and after a full day of shopping, they will stop in Brenham to have dinner at Ernie’s American Bistro, arriving home around 10 p.m.  If you are interested in going or just want more info, please call Gail Courtney at 634-3646.
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Nell Sessions fussed at AT&T so much like I did, that they sent her a Microcell to boost her cell phone signal. After her daughter hooked it up, they were sitting at her breakfast room table with no signal, then all of a sudden she got a text message, looked, and had full signal. This is the first time in two years that she had been able to use her I Phone other than to text. She wished me “Good luck with mine.” So far I have more bars than before since I have the microcell.  I still think that AT&T could use some of their Jerry Jones Cowboy Stadium money to put a tower in Lufkin on our side of town.
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Ernest is the proud owner of an Al Meyer Ford Lariat F250 Diesel crew cab, four-wheel drive with back-up camera (so maybe he will quit backing into things) and leather, heated seats.
Thanks to Jesse, Israel and Ismael for painting the camper top and spraying the bed liner.  Mike Ivins was his salesperson, and Ernest found out that Amber Lewis had been promoted to service manager.  He spent a week dealing with all of them and came home with “Pearl” that has some brown trim.  He says that he went wild because this “will be his last diese.l” I heard that on the last one.  If he is happy, I am happy.  Thanks to all of you Al Meyer personnel that put up with him to get his phone system and other technical things in order.
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Ann Watson and Tara Watson-Watkins recently went to New York and helped judge the New York State pageants.  Tara judged the Miss New York Pageant, which is a preliminary to Miss America, and Ann judged the Teen New York Pageant which is a preliminary to America’s Outstanding Teen Title.  They never got into the city, but instead were on Staten Island where the pageants were held at the beautiful St. George’s Theater.  This year’s past Miss New York, Mallory Hagan, was chosen as Miss America 2013.  Tara and Ann enjoyed getting to know Mallory, who will be giving up her Miss America title in September when the Miss America Pageant goes home to Atlantic City.  Tune into ABC on Sunday, Sept. 15,  and cheer on the new Miss Texas, Ivana Hall.
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Happy Birthday: Janet Read, Kelli Wayland, Bettye Platt, Cooper Castleberry, Mary Jule Tatum, Pat McCann, Bettie Ivie, Kelly Thomas, Olivia Spradley, Mack Coward, Little Bill Brandenburg, T. J. Wheat, Helen Forrest, Sharon Wark, Tiege Greening, Mona Hill, Lisa Griffin, Sherri Brandenburg, Tom Brose, Sam Johnson, Brandy Brandenburg, David Walker, Clayton Medford, Hudson Henderson, Nancy Reily, Kandis Brashear and twin Jordan Brashear and Hannah Arnold.
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Happy Anniversary:  Donna and Jerry Hill, Pat and Keith Brittain, Joy and Arthur Brooks.
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Ernest and I had a date and went to see movie classic “Some Like It Hot” at the Pines on Saturday night.  It was a cheap date since the tickets were $5 each and nothing was good on TV.  We enjoyed Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon in the 1959 movie that was black and white.  I learned that Autumn McDaniel is the new administrative assistant for the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau under Tara Watson-Watkins.  The 2014 Pines Presents series will be announced in September.  Their phone numbers are 633-0359 or 633-0279 or email autumn.mcdaniel@cityoflufkin.com  for more info or to get your name on the list for next season.  “Elvis” is coming on Saturday, Sept. 14, to the Pines.  Kraig Parker and the Royal Tribute Band will perform songs by Elvis.
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The Mary Hall Mantooth Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will be the hostesses for our District IV Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 10.  One of the tours the group will take is the Texas Forestry Museum.  I met the new Executive Director, Rachel Collins.  She has many degrees. She and her husband Jason Collins will be working in Lufkin.  He is at the City of Lufkin.  I did not know that the building across from the Museum has a big library of books on Forestry and the sawmill towns in our area. Rachel had Summer Sylvans that morning.  Their Treemendous Celebration will be Oct. 3. Sorry to see Mary Alice Cook leave the Director position.
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Alta Slack wanted her friends to know that she is a country girl now.  She has moved into an apartment attached to daughter Sally and Terry Clifton’s home in Huntington.
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Let me hear your news. Catch you around town.

Contact Janice Ann Rowe at
roweja@suddenlink.net.