More berry fun stuff at Texas Blueberry Festival

It’s a blue note of epic proportions at the 25th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers and produced by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. The silver anniversary event will offer a ton of sweet activities, events, treats and entertainment.
“We’re launching the Friday Night Blueberry Blast at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 13 in Festival Park,” festival Chair Grace Handler said. “It’s free admission to enjoy a concert with performances by Cowboy Max, Miki Lynn and KBT Choir,” she said. “Affordable food from non-profit vendors and a kids’ bounce park make this a true family friendly event.”
Handler said that the Friday evening show will “get folks ready for the delicious Texas Blueberry Festival that goes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 in downtown and Festival Park. Our festival planning committee – the Blueberry Crew – has worked months to prepare a fantastic day for you.”
Presenting sponsor Brookshire Brothers will have a big presence all around the festival. Go to The Place to “B” in the 400 block on E. Main for fresh blueberries for sale by the pint and the flat. “All who purchase blueberries will also get free Blue Bell ice cream,” Brookshire Brothers representative Sally Alvis said. “In Festival Park, children will want to take a free pitch in the Wee Ones Washers, because they will get a ticket for some yummy Blue Bell ice cream at the festival, too!”
Brookshire Brothers will take entries at the booth in front of the Visitors Center until 10 a.m. for their famous Blueberry Pie Baking Contest. Registration forms and contest rules are available at your local Brookshire Brothers store.
Kids and Pets Executive Officer Maury Littleton is impressed with the amount of activities in her festival area. “There’re so many different things to do,” Littleton said. “Families love the True Blue Pet Parade, petting zoo and pony rides, the craft corner, the Big Blue Mural and the Cool Zone with Teddy Bear Check Up. Space Walk of East Texas will have the Bounce Zone that incorporates both wet and dry bouncers for kids. Parents will appreciate the family pass for $25. They can bring a blanket and sit and watch their kids enjoy all-day bouncing fun.”
Littleton said the park gives festival guests a place to leisurely stroll, listen to music, watch stage performances, eat tasty goodies and browse the many vendors. “Especially if you spent the morning in the Running of the Blueberries 5K!” she laughed.
The Food & Frolic area led by Executive Officer Olivia Kling will host other contests including the Blue Pies Smiling at Me Pie Eating Contest, and the CASA Blueberry Cupcake Battle, both open to children and adults.
Blueberry Cupcake Battle event organizer Susan Robertson expects a good showing of creatively-decorated cupcakes. “Each year we have grown in the number of participants,” she said. “Our goal is to have 50 participants, enabling us to raise $250 for CASA programs in the community. It’s a fun way for children and adults alike to support a great cause while having the chance to win prizes and bragging rights as the berry best cupcake bakers!”
Handler said she appreciates all the work from an army of volunteers who create the Texas Blueberry Festival. “We are thrilled to add a Garden Capital of Texas Tours with shuttles running along with the Blueberry Pick and Peek pick your own blueberries event,” she said. “You’ll find the Kiwanis Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, tons of unique item and food vendors, the live entertainment stages, the Deja Blue Classic Car Show with Master of Ceremonies Brad Maule and the CMA Motorcycle Show. Commercial Bank of Texas will have Cowboy Max shows and the Cookin’ Up the Blues. Get blueberry treats at the Regions Bank Blueberry Hill Soda & Sweet Shoppe with Elvis serving up some entertainment, too. Bob Murphey Stories of Nacogdoches is in the Regions Bank Community Room, and don’t forget that The Festival of Quilts is back this year at Fredonia Hill Baptist Church.”
If you need more blueberry after the festival, be sure to go by the Visitors Center during the festival and buy tickets to A Berry Vine Evening with Nacogdoches Main Street. “Only 200 tickets will be sold for $15 each,” said Main Street Manager Sarah O’Brien. “Eight downtown merchants will have blueberry food and wine samplings that guests can enjoy from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.”
Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful makes the festival a litter-free event.
Get the scoop on all the activities at www.TexasBlueberryFestival.com, the festival’s Facebook page or contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce at 936-560-5533. The Chamber will have an information booth at the festival in front of the Visitors Center where attendees can buy the official 25th anniversary festival t-shirt and poster.

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Brown named SFA student regent

Kelsey Brown of Flower Mound has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve as student regent for Stephen F. Austin State University during the 2014-15 academic year.

Brown received a bachelor’s degree in history from SFA in May 2014 and is currently a graduate student in the Department of History.

“I wanted the opportunity to continue developing my leadership skills while serving the university I love,” Brown said. “As student regent, I will be able to use what I’ve learned in my various roles to assist the board in making important decisions.”

As an undergraduate, she served on the SFA Traditions Council from 2012 to 2014 and served as a history tutor in the Academic Assistance and Resource Center. Brown also was an officer of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, a member of the School of Honors and president of Gamma Kappa Omega service sorority.

“I think it is important to be visible and available to the student body. It is all about letting the students know there is someone who genuinely cares about their diverse interests and is able to accurately relay their opinions to the administration,” she said.

“I have had many great experiences at SFA, and I want to make sure that other students have their own great experiences at the university, as well.”

Brown will receive training for her new role as student regent in July. Her first official duty will be participating in the quarterly meeting of the SFA Board of Regents July 28-29.

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May 29, 2014: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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May 29, 2014: NPD Crime Report

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May 29, 2014: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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Nacogdoches City Council Agenda for June 3, 2014

Notice is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the Nacogdoches City Council to be held June 3, 2014, beginning
at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 202 E. Pilar Street, Nacogdoches, Texas, for the purpose of
considering the following agenda items. All agenda items are subject to action.

PLEASE LIMIT PRESENTATIONS TO THREE MINUTES
(UNLESS PRIOR APPROVAL IS OBTAINED)

1. Call to order.

2. Invocation.

3. PRESENTATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS:

4. Items to be removed from Consent Agenda.

5. CONSENT AGENDA: Items included under the Consent Agenda require little or no deliberation by the
Council. Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the City Manager or his designee to proceed with
conclusion of each in accordance with staff recommendations as reflected in the minutes of this meeting.

A. Consider approval of minutes from the regular session of May 20, 2014. (City Secretary)
REGULAR AGENDA:

6. Consider adoption of an ordinance establishing construction zone speed limits on South Street. (City Planner)

7. Consider request of the Nacogdoches CVB for a budget amendment for sponsorship of the Nacogdoches Music
Festival scheduled for March 2015. (CVB Director)

8. Consider annual appointment of Mayor Pro Tempore and Vice Mayor Pro Tempore. (City Manager)

9. Receive FY 2014-2015 budget presentation. (City Manager)

10. EXECUTIVE SESSION: — Deliberation regarding Economic Development negotiations under Local Government
Code Section 551.087 as follows:

A. Discuss or deliberate regarding commercial or financial information that the City has received from a business
projects that the City body seeks to have locate in the City of Nacogdoches and with which the City is
conducting economic development negotiations; and

B. Deliberate the offer of a financial or other incentive to business prospects described by Subdivision A above.

11. Open for action, if any, on Item 10.

12. Adjourn.

This agenda is posted as required under G. C. Section 551.041. For more information or a copy of the Open Meetings Act, please
contact the Attorney General of Texas at 1-800-252-8011; the City Secretary at 936/559-2504 or visit the City of Nacogdoches web
site at www.ci.nacogdoches.tx.us.

The Nacogdoches City Council Chambers are wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available. Requests for
accommodations or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to this meeting. Please contact the City Secretary’s office at
(936) 559-2504 or FAX (936) 559-2912 for further information.

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SFA students travel abroad to study Irish theatre

An old red and black speckled brick sits among the papers and notebooks on the desk of Stephen F. Austin State University Professor of Theatre Rick Jones.

It’s a great conversation piece, but more importantly, it serves as a reminder for Jones that teaching students the historical importance of Irish Theatre has greater impact in Ireland than in a classroom in Nacogdoches. It also reminds him of the significance of being in the right place at the right time.

Rick Jones, SFA theatre professor, holds a brick from the original Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, one of many historic sites he and 11 SFA theatre students will visit during an upcoming tour of Dublin and Galway in a study of Irish theatre. Participating students are, from left, Molly Dyer, Jennifer Bush, Sloan Frierson, Gary “Chipper” Morris, Tanner O’Neal, Destiny Duhon, Michael Spencer, Ashe Vernon, Samantha Friedrich, Sarah Hendrix and Katy Rutherford.

The 352-year-old brick is from the original Smock Alley Theatre, constructed in 1662 in Dublin, Ireland, and it was given to Jones four years ago while he was taking a group of SFA theatre students on a tour of Ireland as part of a theatre course he teaches.

Jones was standing outside Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre, the oldest brick building in Ireland and the first purpose-built theatre in the English-speaking world that’s still standing. A number of significant events in Irish theatre took place there. Jones was explaining to students its history of becoming a warehouse, then a Catholic Church, then a Viking “adventureland” before its rescue by a cultural trust wanting to restore it back to its theatrical grandeur, when a man who had been seated at a nearby café approached him.

The man happened to be Kristian Marken, the director of the Smock Alley Theatre Studio at the time and manager of the building’s renovation. He offered to give Jones and his students a tour of the magnificent building, which was off-limits to the public at the time. The group was so awestruck and appreciative of this one-on-one attention that Marken, who is now director of the Smock Alley Players, gave Jones one of the original bricks.

Those kinds of once-in-a-lifetime experiences make cultural immersion courses invaluable to students, and as a result, another Ireland trip is in store for 11 SFA theatre students in June.

Every other summer since 2006, Jones has taken a Summer I theatre class to Ireland where students see Irish plays performed in famous theatres, tour historic sites, and participate in workshops and seminars with noted artists, scholars and theatre administrators.

“It’s an opportunity for the students to see where things happened as opposed to me just telling them,” Jones said.

The course begins with two weeks in the classroom where students read plays and Jones lectures on them and Irish history. After that, the group will leave for Dublin and Galway June 8 and return June 25.

“We will see a lot of shows, predominantly Irish plays, as a group,” said Jones, whose specialty is Irish theatre, having completed his doctoral dissertation on that subject. “But the students are also required to experience other cultural events on their own time, such as going to art galleries. We will be learning everything we can about the entirety of the culture.”

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May 28, 2014: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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May 28, 2014: NPD Crime Report

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May 28, 2014: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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