Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Texas Independence Day Celebration & Chili Cook-Off

Come join the San Jacinto Chapter, DRT and CRT as we celebrate Texas Independence Day with the Texian Army. It will be a Living History Festival, along with a Flag Retirement Ceremony. There will be a Texas Flag display courtesy of Tom Green, Larry Hoff, Blacksmith will be on hand and Edwin Erwin will sign Land Grants. The Texian Army along with the Sons of the Republic of Texas will present the reading of Travis' letter.

The Celebration is scheduled for Sunday, February 25, 2007 @ 2:00 p.m at the Log House. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 per child under 16. This includes chili, dessert and drink. Please free to come in period dress or your favorite Texana.

If you are interested in having a Chili Team please contact Eron Brimberry Tynes @ 713-851-0520. It is time to dig out Uncle Bob's old chili recipe and start chopping those red-hot chili peppers. Prizes will be given for the: Best Authentic Texian Chili, Best Deer Meat Chili, Best Armadillo Style Chili, Best Roadkill Chili, Best Trailriders' Chile, Best Rattlesnake Rattle Chili, Best Red Hot Pepper Chili, Best Possum Chili, Best Squirrel Chili and more. Last year we had to add two new categories - Best Buffalo Meat Chili and Best Chocolate Chili. Come see how many you can win.

Flag Retirement Ceremony - Last year a Flag Retirement Ceremony was held and a number of the children present participated. This year we are inviting all children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc., to participate in this moving patriotic ceremony. We will hold a rehearsal on February 25 at 1:30 pm. This will allow the children an opportunity to become familiar with the ceremony itself. Last year Marilyn Chapman donated a used Texas Flag. If you have a used Texas Flag that needs to be properly disposed of please let me know.

Last year a number of Chapter members provided desserts, and this year Marilyn Chapman will be the coordinator. If you can bring a dessert, please call Marilyn at 713-522-1876.

Call Eron Brimberry Tynes at 281-820-0676 or Email texan54@houston.rr.com for more information.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Texas' 171st Birthday Celebration

Texas Independence Day will be celebrated across Texas on Friday, March 2, 2007. 171 years ago, delegates from around Texas met in the small frontier town of Washington (later Washington-on-the-Brazos). On March 2, 1836, while Santa Anna and the Mexican army lay siege to the Alamo in San Antonio, the delegates declared Texas an independent country, the Republic of Texas.

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site will hold the official birthday celebration on the weekend of March 3-4, 2007. There will be much to see and do March 3rd and 4th. Experience life in the Republic Period of Texas 1836-1845 with historical re-enactors, historical exhibits, period craft demonstrations, early Texas encampments and live Texas music.

Visit Independence Hall: Tour the replica building which stands on the original site where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed and the government of the Republic of Texas was organized in 1836. Visit the Star of the Republic Museum: View a rare copy of the printed broadside of the Texas Declaration of Independence on loan from the Center for American History at the University of Texas in Austin. Visit Barrington Living History Farm: Experience life on a working 1850's cotton farm and the home of the last President of the Republic of Texas, Anson Jones.

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is located off Texas Hwy. 105 on F.M. 1155 between Navasota and Brenham approximately 1 hour from Houston, Texas. for more details, call 936-878-2214 or visit http://www.birthplaceoftexas.com/