Julia's Tidbits - November 9th



On Friday, this past weekend, I attended the Wildwood Sisters Vintage Sale, and it was great. They had so many new items to choose from that were treasures from the past, and also so reasonably priced. I am hoping they will be open on December 2, and be a part of my Christmas Scavenger Hunt to be held that day. The grand prize for the hunt will be a large TV to be drawn at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. You must be present to win.

On Saturday, my next adventure was attending the Trinity Chapter #186 Order of the Eastern Star Spaghetti Dinner. It was so good. Those ladies can cook! My husband was thrilled because he got to gulp down a piece of lemon cake. I met the Worthy Grand Matron of the Trinity Eastern Star Chapter from Onalaska, Texas, and we

knew someone in common from Onalaska. Small world isn’t it?

After the dinner, my next adventure was to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Arts and Craft Show. I love to see what’s new and what’s old in the craft world. The vendors that were there had some awesome handmade items and beautiful handmade jewelry. Homemade aprons, pillows, wreaths, jams, jellies, wooden wall hangings, and candy of all types were the high light of the show. You know me-I was promoting my Christmas show next month, so some of these goodies you will get to see at Old Red on December 2, 2017.

By the time this tidbit is issued I hope you turned your clock back on Saturday night and you were not too early to church. I hoped you attended the Blessing of the Pets on Sunday downtown at the FUMC lot and went to “the Girls Night Out” at the Trinity Florist on Tuesday. What a great time! They really know how to throw a party and

sale. Don’t forget!!!! The Trinity Florist and Gift Shop will host a Christmas Open house on December 2, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM downtown.

Coming up this weekend is the First Presbyterian Church’s Annual Bazaar on November 11, 2017, located at 405 North Elm Street The event starts at 10:00 and lasts until 2:00 PM. The proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the ladies projects and charities of the church. Also, Saturday is Veteran’s Day, November 11. There are many activities planned for this weekend at the VFW Hall and around town. One extra special program will be held on Friday, November 10, at the Landsberry Elementary School at 5:30 on Maple Street. This FINE ART STUDENT PERFORMANCE will be performed by the 3rd and 4th grades in the school cafeteria.

TISD Thanksgiving Holidays will start November 20-24, 2017. Thanksgiving Day is November 23, 2017, and I won’t tell you the whole story about the Indians. However, I will tell you my daughter’s favorite Disney movie growing up was Pocahontas. It was five years later that she learned Pocahontas didn’t get Captain Smith’s love like at the end of the movie. Thank goodness for U.S. History in junior high. However, there are things you should know, but probably don’t!!!! For instance; Money isn’t made out of paper. It’s made out of cotton. This information gives me a whole new understanding about my parents’ admonition that money doesn’t grow on trees. It does not;

it grows on the ground. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana paper). No wonder this document is kept under lock and key so that no one will smoke it.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. He also could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. Hence, another invention started called multitasking. However, it still took him ten years to paint the lips of Mona Lisa. Maybe he couldn’t color in the lines. Lastly, The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

Now for things you know and wish you didn’t know; November 3, was National Sandwich Day, marking the birthday of John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich. Reluctant to leave the gaming tables, he ordered a slab of beef placed between slices of bread for onehanded dining. Little did he know what would become of his modest invention, the sandwich.

November is Peanut Butter Month. Do you suffer from this phobia “arachibutyrophobia,” the fear of having peanut butter stick to the roof of your mouth? I can’t even pronounce that word, much less fear it. November 14, is National Pickle Day; November 27, is National Cider Day; World Kindness Week is November 12-18; and my favorite is November 20, National Absurdity Day.* I need that day.

I have a friend in Mt. Dora, Florida who used to live in Trinity who still writes an article for a store and restaurant in Estes Park, Colorado and I steal her tidbits.* She is so talented. She taught herself all about printing and graphics on the computer after fifty years of age. She does the beautiful flyers for all my events and does the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce website. The Website is being updated as we speak, so check it out at next month, and look for our new businesses and events to come for 2018.

A Special Called Meeting is being held Tuesday at the Trinity Chamber’s new location on Stadium Street about the Christmas show, and the public is invited. I will give all the details of this meeting in the next issue, so watch this space. However, I will list some details that you will want to know about now regarding the time and place to be on December 2, 2017, at the Old Red School Building or downtown. Come rain, snow, or sleet we will have the festival on this day. I will move the show inside if I have to. The decision will be made after Thanksgiving.

• Arts and Craft Show 10 AM to 7 PM

• Santa Claus Pictures from 2-4 PM

• Entertainment from noon to 5 PM

• Lighted Parade at 6 PM (route to be advised)

• Lighting of the Christmas Tree Ceremony is 7 PM after the parade

• Trinity Florist Open House 9 AM-5 PM, downtown 

• First United Methodist Church life- like Nativity Scene downtown

• First annual Christmas Scavenger Hunt starts at Noon to 5 PM.

Call me for more information at 936-537-8171. We have some wonderful groups signed up to sing and to perform. Christmas and other songs are welcome, as well as dancing performances or storytelling. Trinity lets show your talents. 

Julia's Tidbits - November 2, 2017

Well, I know how it feels to have one foot in and one foot out. Next week I will celebrate Halloween, but the next day I will start planning my Thanksgiving Dinner bash and Christmas at the Crossroads’ Festival. In between this, I need to have a grand re-opening for the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce to celebrate our good fortune, and to thank the people who are responsible for it.
However, the celebration will probably take place after the Christmas Show because the committee wants to fix our roof and siding. We are so blessed. So watch this space for details. Refreshments and door prizes will be given away at this time, and the public will be invited. It will make for a wonderful Christmas party.
By the time you read this article, the “Wall of Honor,” the Haunted House, the Pumpkin Patch, and the Treats on the Street will have taken place. Please thank the wonderful people of Trinity who volunteer their time and efforts to make our community a special place. I have talked to a lot of people from other communities who say they have no events like Trinity and express disbelief we have so many!
I will begin with the second weekend of November and come forward, only because I don’t know how to cut and paste. Remember it only took me ten years to be able to reset the blinking light on the clock when the electricity went off. Technology is wonderful if you are under twelve years old.
If you don’t believe me that we have so many events in our community, look what’s coming up next. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Arts and Craft Show, the Eastern Star Spaghetti Dinner, The Wildwood Sisters Vintage Sale, the Presbyterian Annual Fall Bazaar and the 145th Anniversary Year of the establishment of the First United Methodist Church are all taking place in the coming weeks of November.
By next week, people will have notified me about more activities they want to be listed in the Tidbits for November and December. Four events are listed below in detail:
It’s here, my favorite bazaar in November where everything is homemade, from quilts to decorations, to the food. The Presbyterian Women’s Annual Fall Bazaar will be held on November 11, 2017, at 405 North Elm Street from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. There is an art, and craft sale, quilt raffles, donated items, and Christmas raffles along with a bake sale that is held from 10 am until 3:00 pm. The bazaar luncheon of homemade soup and sandwiches will be held from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Raffle tickets are a $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The Luncheon tickets are $7.00 for Adults and $5.00 for children. The ticket price includes one bowl of homemade soup, salad, drink, and dessert. The awesome thing about this lunch is the large variety of soups, salads, and desserts. They are extraordinary. This is the best deal in town. For more information call Bertie Burke.
The first weekend of November is no less extraordinary. Read on! The Trinity Chapter #186 Order of the Eastern Star is hosting their Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on November 4, 2017, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The public is invited to attend, and the Masonic Lodge is located at the corner of Jefferson Street and Highway 19 across from Old Red. The spaghetti dinner costs $7.00 a plate, which includes spaghetti, salad, dessert, and a drink. In addition to the dinner, a silent auction will take place, and for more information, please call Kim Tullos Wheeless at 936-661-1568.
Before or after the Eastern Star Spaghetti lunch, you need to attend the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Arts and Craft Show on November 4, at the VFW Hall. It starts at 10:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. The hall is located at 512 West Caroline Street. The public is invited to attend and support your local veterans organization’s activities.
If you would like a booth space to rent, vendor spaces are $40.00 each. Food and baked goods will be available for purchase also. IF YOU RENT A BOOTH AT THIS EVENT, IT WILL ENTITLE YOU TO A FREE BOOTH AT THE TPCC CHRISTMAS SHOW DOWNTOWN ON DECEMBER 2, 2017. For more information, please call Karlene Chambers at 936-594-9875.
On Thursday, Noldanavember 2, you can hone up on your shopping skills by stopping by the Wildwood Sisters Rummage, and Vintage Sale downtown across from Dairy Queen, and shop from 9 am to 4:00 PM. In addition to Thursday, they will be open on Friday and Saturday, November 3rd and 4th at the same time for our shopping enjoyment.
Last month I high-lighted the 145th Year Anniversary of the First United Methodist Church which will take place on November 18, and 19, 2017. It is an all-day celebration on Saturday, November 18, with a Quilt tour, silent auction, food vendors, live music, and much more. It takes place on Elm Street that will be blocked off for this celebration. For more information call Joyce Reinhart at 281-782-5618.
In the up-coming articles for Julia’s tidbits, I will be promoting the Christmas Show on December 2, 2017, held this year at Old Red. I moved to Trinity in June 1997. My first appreciation of Trinity was the Street Dance held on the 4th of July preceded by a fireworks display. I was shocked to see all the people bring their chairs to listen to the music. Coolers abounded with beverages to enjoy the evening, and it didn’t seem to bother these people, young and old that it was over 90 degrees outside. If that was not enough, you could imagine my delight when I came to the Christmas show downtown at the Crossroads with the weather under 50 degrees, and the people were there again. I was so happy to know I had moved to a community that still liked to have fun and celebrate the holidays and support their friends.
However, the lighted Christmas parade really hooked me into this community. I knew I had to be a part of this community and volunteer to be a part of the activities. I learned from the best, and some have passed on, but allow me to indulge in thanking people who have gone on, my mentors, and others that are still carrying the community torch. Sidney Connell, Lorene McCollum, Lanora Ainsworth, Girlie Mae Simmons, Kimberly Connell, Cindy Wilkinson, Genice Rice, Ron and Jo Conatser, Irene Sanders, Jo Ann Rawlings, Buddy Johnson, Richard Dennis, Susanne Waller, Dee Dee King, Rich Scott, Lois Edwards, Billy Goodin, Jaimie Gentry, Linda Pettit, Butch Gibson, Bill Reeves, Carolyn Baxter, Larry Grant, Neal Smith, Roland and Delores Kane, Lois Sa, Julian Weslow, Mary Anne Tyler, and many other people who have moved on.
My memory fails me when I want to give credit where credit is due, but the next issue I will recall more and more names that you will need to know because these names let you know when and where Julia McMichael became a “Trinity-ite.” Until the next time, Julia.


Another Trinity Historical Society minute ...


By Dan Barnes

Pictured here, at the then local American Legion Hall, is Mr. T.J. Aycock (center), founder and owner of Aycock's Department Store, as he receives the Trinity Chamber of Commerce's 1953 Man of the Year award. The awarder, to Aycock's left, is Mr. Joe Bailey Martin, then owner of a local beer distributorship. To both men's right is the entertainer at that year's Chamber Banquet, one Justin Wilson of Louisiana. Wilson was early in his career as a "Cajun" humorous and later attained national fame. His "day" job at that time was with traffic control in Louisiana and from the podium that night he scolded Trinity for allowing linear parking of motor vehicles in the middle of downtown streets, especially on Main Street. From his professional perspective this practice was deemed highly dangerous. In response to his comments the City Council soon outlawed such parking. Wilson returned to Trinity in the 1970's and performed to a packed house at the high school auditorium.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Steve Alexander


Water Department Lead, Steve Alexander, has stepped up to take on many of the responsibilities of the now defunct role of Public Works Director left open by Shannon Rowe’s departure last month. While the city is trying to save money by eliminating the Public Works Director’s position someone still has to do the job. That someone is Steve Alexander. With ten and one-half years of working for the city under his belt, Steve is ready to take on a more hands-on role and work closely with the mayor and Steve Jones who is taking on responsibilities of the also defunct position, City Manager.
Steve is over the Waste Management and has assisted Shannon Rowe with the Public works. He is confident in his ability to fill this position and has the support of Steve Jones and Mayor Slaughter. He works with the eight-man public works team. As acting City Manager Steve Jones and Steve Alexander coordinate with each other to ensure that priorities are set for the city. When the funds are available again to reinstate the position of Public Works Director, he will be the one to fill it.
Steve Alexander has lived in Trinity all his life and has a heart for the city, and it's needs. He lived here all his life, and married and raised his family here. is the proud grandfather of 5 grandsons and three granddaughters. As well as work to plug leaks and keep our city’s water running smoothly, Steve also drives the city’s garbage truck two days per week. He wants everyone to know that they can contact the city Public Works Department for any repairs or concerns that might need attention.

Julia's Tidbits - Oct 26th

By Julia McMichael

A million thanks to all the local people who attended the Culpepper/ Merriweather Circus Thursday night. The Boys and Girls Club netted about $1200.00 from this circus and $400.00 from the Carson and Barnes Circus. Thank you so much, T.J. Henley, at the Risin’ Sun Cowboy Church. This was a win-win situation. We turned lemons into lemonade.
I hope to give you an awesome report on the SAAFE House Bingo Bash and the Boys and Girls Club Turkey Shoot that took place this past weekend. The Turkey Shoot was at 9:00 am Saturday morning, and The Bingo Bash was at 5:00 pm Saturday evening, so I hope you attended both, had fun, and supported both events.
I can tell you I attended the grand opening of the new Trinity Clinic on October 20, downtown and it was awesome. Dr. Woodrome and Dr. Price have decorated and corrigrafted the waiting room, offices, and patient facilities professionally and comfortably as well as lovely. You must go by and take a tour of the new clinic. The refreshments were provided by family, friends, and local medical service businesses. Many October type plants and ferns were gifted for the grand-opening, and well wishes were abundant. The Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce officiated for the ribbon cutting, and the Trinity Standard Newspaper was there to photograph and welcome the new business.
It is hard to believe that Dr. David Price has been taking care of Trinity’s citizens for over 25 years and has elected to stay in Trinity for I hope another twenty-five years. Also, he has brought us another doctor with different skill sets to tend to our community’s health needs. We are so grateful for him and his wife Connie for how much they do for our community.
Another medical doctor we are grateful for is Doctor Lawrence Quan. He has also been in Trinity for over 20 years and has dedicated his life to medicine and our community. Both men and their wives have volunteered and donated to Trinity in so many ways. Each has started organizations that benefit our older citizens and our younger citizens, and they never say “no to helping anyone” unless they are on duty. We are lucky to have these two individuals and need to say thank you to them whenever we can.
“The Pumpkin Patch Opens Saturday, October 21, 2017, Downtown.”
The Wildwood Sisters will host their vintage rummage sale downtown on November 2, 3, and 4, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The public is invited.
GREAT NEWS!!! The Boys and Girls Club of Trinity is hosting a Haunted House for everyone on FRIDAY, Oct. 27, MONDAY, Oct. 30, and TUESDAY, Oct 31, 2017, at the Boys and Girls Club on 100 San Jacinto Street from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Food, candy, games and scary critters abound. Entry fee to the Haunted House is $5.00. There is a costume contest, and face painting is available. Tickets are used for each activity. 4 tickets = $1.00, 50 tickets = $10.00, and All Access is $15.00. For more Information, please call Andrea or David at 936-594-0778.
GREATER NEWS!!!! The Trinity Police Department’s “Treats on the Street” is Tuesday, October 31, at 6:30 pm on Elm Street. How awesome is it that Trinity, Texas has its own “Elm Street”? The event was started four years ago for children to have a safe place to have fun and receive free candy by Police Chief, Steve Jones. Since Chief Jones started this event, the event has grown bigger and bigger, and now he has had to expand the celebration to another city block and put up additional lights for safety and more vendors.
Trinity businesses and organizations set up booths to give candy to the children of Trinity free, and provide entertainment and fun to the older children. A Haunted House is provided by the Firehouse Pizza Place and free hotdogs are provided by Trinity Café. Each year they hold contests for best-dressed costumes and best-decorated booths. Extra special this year is the prize for these contests and the selection process. First prize for decorated booth is $500.00. First, the second, and third prize for costumes is $100.00 each. The contests will not be judged, but each contestant will receive a raffle ticket to be drawn before the event is over at 8:00 pm. A ticket for each contest will be drawn from registered entries for a chance to win these prizes. You receive only one ticket for each drawing. Only registered participants can win. You may not have the best costume or the best-dressed booth, but if you are lucky, you will have the biggest smile on Elm Street when your name is drawn.
The events that will be highlighted in my tidbits’ column next week are: The Trinity County Veterans “Wall of Honor” Fundraiser on October 28, 2017; The VFW Ladies Auxiliary’s Arts and Craft Show on November 4, 2017; The Presbyterian Women’s annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, November 11, 2017; and the Methodist Church’s 145 year old anniversary celebration on Saturday Nov.18, and Sun. Nov.19, 2017.
As you know, the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has moved from 702 Robb Street to 103 Stadium Street west of McDonald’s drive-through. The Trinity Economical Development Committee voted to move the Chamber to this location and to financially save this 68-year-old organization. Most of the councilmen, committee members and founders of Trinity, Texas have served on the chamber board or been business members at one time or another and have also been integral partners in the growth and development of our community.
Last week electricity and water were restored to the building. We especially need to thank Entergy and the City of Trinity for this in-kind service. Without their help, our re-opening would not have taken place for many months. We will have a grand re-opening ceremony later in November. We hope the public will attend and thank our community-minded servants, as well as our members.
The Buttercup Cottage is now open in Huntsville, Texas at 1117 12th Street. It is located on the Square. Good luck Lisa Haynes. See you, Julia