Janice Ann Rowe’s All Around Lufkin: Cattle Baron Gala theme is ‘Leave Cancer in the Dust’

I attended the media lunch kick off for the Fourth Annual Pineywoods Cattle Baron’s Gala.  The theme is “Leave Cancer in the Dust.” We had a cute “save-the-date” with a map of Route 66 on it.  Dr. Jeff and Dessa Glass have opened their grounds at their home for the Gala on Saturday, October 12.  Becca Chance is the chair.  Dana Smithhart is the chair “in waiting” for 2014.  Over 1,000 attended last year with a profit of $300,000 raised for cancer research.  Melissa McKnight, regional Director of American Cancer Society, reminded everyone that this is the 100th year for American Cancer Society.  Mary King is the publicity person this year.
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Easter weekend daughter Julie Jumper-Morris wanted to eat at Milagros Tea House and Gifts.  We invited Carolyn New and Linda Ellis.  It was nonstop talking with Julie and Linda remembering their DAR State Convention in Houston.  After lunch, Mona Hill and chef Elizabeth Bryant fixed me some chicken spaghetti that they had for the lunch special with salad and bread for my dinner meal.  Teresa Chunn waited on us.
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Mona Hill at Milagros has the retail line of Stonewall Kitchen jam and foods and the Wind & Willow packets from Barbara Cavanaugh who closed her Cook’s Corner in the Fashion District and has gone back into real estate.  The kitchen shop had been on her “bucket list” and she tried it for three years.
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When we left Milagros Julie and I went with Carolyn who was looking for tea pots and dessert plates.  We stopped Hicks Antiques and Estate Sales and visited with David Hicks at his new location at 117 E. Frank next to Lufkin Jewelry on the Square.  From there we went into HOP&S and visited with Lillian Armstrong, then we went to the Lufkin Antique Mall.   Carolyn’s granddaughter Cora Howard is having a 7th birthday and the theme is “Tea Party” with their American Girl Dolls.  So, Cora’s mother Hilary wanted demitasse cups and saucers for the dolls and cups and saucers and dessert plates for the attendees as party favors.
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Brenda Sullivan and Kaylee Sullivan have opened the Pink Leopard Boutique on First Street.  Kaylee is taking after her mother Brenda who has Garden Gate Gift Shop and Salon.
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Linda McClain sent me a message that her son, Daren Harding, has opened his business named 5150 PC at 3201 S. Medford, Suite 4, on the loop behind Chestnut Drive Baptist Church. He does PC and laptop repairs and upgrades.  He also offers mobile service.  All repairs $49.99 plus parts.  His telephone is 634-5150.  I had son in law Rocky Morris (my Dallas Help Desk) work on my lap top over Easter.  Linda has poor service with AT&T with her cell phone like several of us in the Brookhollow area.  I have had many “dropped calls” here at home and I “Mark the Spot” and they reply that they got it but nothing happens.  If any of you have ideas on how we can “force” them to upgrade our side of town, let me know.
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Brian Moore and Amanda Napier are engaged.  They have set the wedding date for June 28 with a small family wedding.
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The SPJST Lodge is having dance lessons for the first four Tuesday nights in April.  The remaining dates are April 9, 16 and 23. The cost is $6 per lesson. The time is 6:30 p.m. for registration and the lessons are 7 to 9 p.m. Pay for all four lessons and you will receive a pass to get into the next regular dance free. The dances are:  Waltz, Polka, Two-step, East Coast Swing, Cha-Cha.  If time permits – Cotton-eyed Joe, Schottische, Beer Barrel Polka and Line Dances. Dancing is a lot of fun and very good exercise.  The regular dances are the third Friday of each month. The cost is $5 for members and $6 for non-members; the time is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.  You do not have to be a member of the lodge to attend the dances.  Come on out for a good time.  For more information please call 936-875-2867.
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Happy Birthday:  Evelyn Forrest, Thomas Gibbs, Leslie Day Ball, Emily Grimes, Ruby Moore, Hunter Russell, James  Parish, Buddy Rush, Meredith Smith, Cora Howard, Marshall McCarroll, Carsyn Roach, Loye Martin, Ronnie King, Judy George, Alberta Johnson, Suzy Durham.
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Happy Anniversary:  Jack and Edna Watson.
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I won the auction basket from Another Broken Egg Café at the Mosaic Center Dinner and we went there for lunch on Saturday.  Dorothy Temple, Marian and Maya Corley were eating as were Jewel and Elmer Anderson.
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Syll Holt is working on her LHS Class of 1958 reunion to be October 26 at Kurth Lake.  Contact her at:  syllholt@yahoo.com for more details.
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Mack Carnes had a big auction on Saturday, and we were up early to check out the things that were Jayne Floyd’s and Marguerite Nutt’s.  I saw Janie McCann helping her niece, Laurel Hendrick, with her purchases.  She is the daughter of Sandy and Don Hendrick and just bought a home on Tanglewood from realtor Barbara Cavanaugh with Gann-Medford.  Also there bidding were:  Joann Roquemore, Linda Smelley, Syll Holt, Julie Jumper-Morris, Rocky Morris, Ernest Rowe and Roger Brock.  We all came home with “keepsakes.” Mack’s next auction will be April 20.

Contact Janice Ann Rowe at
roweja@suddenlink.net.