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Brazos Valley Update: KEOS Volunteer Jam is Sunday at Fitzwilly's

Eagle Staff Reports

The third annual Volunteer Jam Benefit Concer t for KEOS-FM (89.1) community radio will be Sunday at Fitzwilly’s.

Doors open at noon, music starts at 1 p.m. Admission is $15, all of which benefits KEOS.

The lineup includes: Larry Joe Taylor; Randy Pavlock & Twenty- Four Seven; Mark Jungers & the Whistling Mules; Kitty Spankworthy; Hayes Carll; Cosmic Dust Devils; Jay Sims; the Jay Johnson Band; the Sidehill Gougers; the Geoff Spahr Band; Gabe Schroeder; Owen Tiner; Mike Ethan Messick; and Gabe Wooten.

Wendish Festival celebrates history

The Texas Wendish Heritage Society will hold the annual Wendish Fest on Sunday at the Texas Wendish Heritage Society Museum and St. Paul Lutheran Church picnic grounds in Serbin, on F.M. 2239 southwest of Giddings in southwestern Lee County.

The festival celebrates the departure of the first group of the community’s ancestors from Germany in September 1854. That group traveled as a congregation and, upon arrival, founded St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Events throughout the day include tours of the church, demonstrations of noodle-making, sausage stuffing, blacksmithing, cross-cut sawing and corn shucking, train rides, children’s coloring contest and washer pitching.

Kovanda’s Czech Band will provide live music from 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The Stroebitzer Trachtentanz Gruppe, a dance group from Cottbus, Germany, will provide the featured performance, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at Cushing

Cushing Memorial Library and Archives on the Texas A&M University campus will open an exhibit titled “The Longer Road: Reporting the Lewis & Clark Expedition” today.

C.O. “Pat” Patterson, associate professor of biology at Texas A&M, will discuss the history of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s expedition, which began in 1804, and share insights about his private collection of Lewis and Clark material.

Drawing heavily on Patterson’s collection, the exhibit features contemporar y newspaper accounts of the expedition, the first edition of the first published book about the expedition, as well as many items of related interest.

The lecture and the exhibit begin at 4 p.m. in the Wendler Gallery on the second floor of Cushing Library. The lecture and exhibit are open to the public.

The exhibit will be on display through February. David B. Mellor and the John H. Hinton Endowment provided funding for the event.

For more information, call the Cushing Librar y at 979-845- 1951 or e-mail cmorrow@tamu.edu.

Scarecrow Festival set in Chappell Hill

The Scarecrow Festival will be Oct. 9-10 in downtown Chappell Hill, Texas 290 and F.M. 1155. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

The historic town of Chappell Hill is transformed with imaginative scarecrow displays, live entertainment and a pumpkin patch. More than 250 arts and crafts booths, food court, children’s activity court, live scarecrows and tours of National Register historic proper ties will round out the entertainment.

Arlington author signing at Hastings

Arlington author Dave Gauvey will be at the Bryan and College Station Hastings Books and Music stores on Oct. 1. Gauvey has written a Christmas children’s story about the spirit of giving and sacrifice. He will be at the Bryan Hastings at 725 Villa Maria from 3 to 5 p.m., and from 6 to 8 p.m., he will be at the College Station Hastings, 2004 Texas Ave.

Senior World Passport Program

Senior World Passport Program has been launched by College Station Parks and Recreation Department and Texas A&M University International Programs Office. The first workshop on Panama was Sept. 21.

The second workshop on Africa will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 27. Sessions are at the EXIT Teen Center on Rock Prairie Road, College Station.

To register or for details, call 862-6700.

LaBahia Antique Show planned

The LaBahia Antique Show will be Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 in Burton on Texas 237.

An eclectic collection of antiques will be presented by more than 50 dealers from across Texas and the country. Booths will feature furniture, pottery, sterling, depression glass, clocks, linens, books, signs and other collectibles. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call 979-289-2684 or e-mail to info@labahiaantiques.com.

Round Top Antiques Fair scheduled

The Round Top Antiques Fair is scheduled Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 on Texas 237 in Round Top.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission is $10, good for all three days.

The Round Top Antiques Fair is considered one of the “10 Best Antique Fairs in the Country” by Better Homes & Gardens magazine. More than 350 antique vendors will participate.

For more information, go to: www.roundtopantiquefair.com.

Fanthorp Inn plans Stagecoach Days

Stagecoach Days and Texian Days will be Oct. 9 at the Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site in Anderson. Stagecoach hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the inn. Texian hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Visitors may experience a day at an 1850s stagecoach inn, hear the hammers of the blacksmith ring out against the anvil, watch spinners and weavers, observe leatherworkers creating magic with a piece of rawhide and hear musicians coax melodies from strings and wood. And a cowboy poet will spin yarns and weave tales out of thin air.

Messina Hof takes Grapefest honors

More than 240,000 people attended Grapefest, the largest wine festival in the Southwest, earlier this month in Grapevine. Texas has 87 wineries and is the fifth-largest wine-producing state.

Bryan’s Messina Hof claimed eight champions, four reserve champions and the grand champion of the competition. Paulo, the grand champion, raised $17,000 for a single nine-liter bottle — the highest price paid for a bottle of Texas wine.

The People’s Choice was the culmination of the recent collection of awards. Messina Hof swept with best Merlot, previously awarded Best of Show at the New Orleans Wine and Food Extravaganza; best vintage White Johannesburg Riesling, its standout per former on Pappadeaux’s wine list and previously voted Texas’ Finest White Wine; best vintage Red Paulo 2001, grand champion of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition. In addition, the winery’s Chardonnay won silver and bronze for Angel, the late harvest Johannesburg Riesling.

Winemaker Paul Bonarrigo said, “The wines of Texas are world-class. It is wonderful to see Texans making Texas wine the fastest growing sales region out of all the great wines of the world.

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