“God bless this town / It’s so good to be back home / Yeah how you been doing / Lord, I know its been so long / Tell your family hello / I’m sure I’ll see you around …”
— chorus to “God Bless This Town” from Wade Bowen’s “Lost Hotel” album
So we heard this story about a guy who happened to be in town Reunion weekend a few year’s ago, and he actually asked the question, “What’s there to do around here anyway?”
What’s there to do? What’s there to do? Why we can’t even begin to count the “What’s there to do” things going on. It is, thank you very much, the Saturday of the 12th annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration, and we could pretty darn easily list the one or two things that there aren’t to do a lot easier than tell the ones there are.
Want to sit in a tub of corn? Try “Kid’s World” at Reunion. Want to see a helicopter up close and personal like? Reunion’s got those too. Want to ride the Ferris Wheel? Well the midway’s got that covered.
You can climb a rock wall, jump on a Bungee trampoline, ride a pony, shop some of the most unique spots in all of Texas, hear the music and talents of a lot of hometown musicians, watch a parade or two and run in a race.
Hey, we’re just getting started with all the things there are to do and see, we could go on, of course, for another year, but then you’d miss all that’s great about the 12th annual Reunion Celebration.
Where is it? Why downtown Brownwood of course. There’s about 23 full blocks of lots to do and more to see. And you need to head that direction if you’re going to catch it all.
And by the way, folks, tonight’s headline performer on Reunion Stage is Wade Bowen. If you didn’t get the advance tickets, it’ll be $20 at the gate.
Sure, sure, sure, there is more to do than Reunion and we’re getting to that. It’s just like Mom always said, “big stuff first.”
Now, moving right along.
Or maybe not
Just about any Saturday you can see what there is to see in the Brown County Museum of History and at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum, but, seeing as how this is Reunion Saturday, both places have pulled out all (and we’re going to repeat, “all” for emphasis) the stops.
The railroad museum will have the mini train on the tracks and you can climb aboard for a train ride with a $2 ticket, or see all the grand model trains and historical railroad connected items and objects in the museum for another $2. And, that museum is located in the very heart of Reunion activities.
Downtown at the old jail and the annex across the street, the Brown County Museum of History has been making some changes. First of all, the unique “Guns of the Empire” exhibit is on display in Firearms Museum.
That exhibit, featuring ancient British weapons found in a cache in Nepal will only be here through December, and it is an amazingly interesting display.
And, across the street in the “Kid’s Zone” there are delightful on exhibits for children of all ages. The $2 admission covers both the old jail and the annex.
Over in Comanche
Today’s the 100th Birthday Celebration and grand opening of the Comanche Depot, which is the new home of the Chamber of Commerce offices, the Visitor’s Center and railroad memorabilia.
Everybody and their grandmother is surely invited. The party is from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at the Comanche Depot, 304 South Austin St. There’s going to be free hot dogs and hamburgers, musical entertainment and a tour of the depot.
Williams Ranch Cemetery
Saturday is the day for the annual Williams Ranch Cemetery Association meeting and dinner on the grounds. The business meeting will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery, and, as is tradition, will be followed by a covered dish luncheon. The meat, paper goods and plasticware will be provided by the association. Others attending the event are asked to bring a vegetable, salad, side dish or dessert to share. For questions or more information, call Debi Williams at (325) 985-3639. Williams Ranch Cemetery is 4 miles south of Mullin in Mills County.
And the usual, please
• Christ-centered mentoring classes are held from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 1800 Belle Plain. For more information call Paula at (325) 646-1042.
• The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John’s Church, on Main and Depot, for casual dancing –country and western and ballroom. Cost is $3 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for information.
• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m.
• The Chaplain Fellowship Ministries is having a fellowship at 4:30 p.m. the third Saturday, of each month, at High Mesa Cowboy Church, 1101 High Mesa. This event is for all Chaplains in the area and the ones that think they may want to become a Chaplain. For more information contact Chaplain Dale Stearns at (325) 217-5400.
• The in-town mobile recycling trailer is available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month under the Austin Avenue overpass at Avenues A and Brady. Recyclable items include aluminum cans, metal cans, glass bottles and jars, newspaper, white office paper, cardboard, plastic jugs, water/soda bottles and containers coded #1 or #2, ink jet cartridges, magazines and catalogs.
All recyclables must be clean and sorted. Volunteers will be at the site to help unload and locate correct bin, if needed. Keep Brownwood Beautiful and the City of Brownwood Landfill and Sanitation Departments are the sponsors for the recycling trailer.
• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279 will host a country musical from 6 to 10 p.m. Listen to the talents of area musicians and singers. Snack bar will be open serving homemade hamburgers and ice cream.