Millions of Americans will pause to observe Veterans Day this weekend, and they will do so in different ways. Since the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month falls on Sunday this year, community celebrations are being delayed either until the afternoon — as is the case in Brownwood — or until Monday, the designated federal holiday for its observance. But for Brown County residents, the 1 p.m. program at Riverside Park is only one entry in their weekend appointment book that features a host of opportunities.
Consider this lineup:
The Texas Pecan Festival will be held in Early Friday through Sunday, with Heartland Mall as its headquarters. The Brownwood Arts and Crafts Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Brownwood Coliseum. The Celtic Tenors will perform for members of Brownwood Area Live On Stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Victory Life. Brownwood High School is staging “M*A*S*H” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Early High School’s Concert Choir will present the musical, “Scrooge,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Early High School Student Activity Center. The third annual Texans Incorporated Reunion will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at TexasBank in Bangs, and the public is invited. The trench art collection will go on display at the Firearms Museum of Texas, located on the first floor of the Brown County Museum of History. The “Not In My Backyard” volunteer group will hold a cleanup day, beginning in the area around the Bennie Houston Community Center. A memorial for former Texas Ranger Caleb Martin Grady, a pioneer county settler, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Greenleaf Cemetery. Howard Payne University’s prospective student preview, Stinger Daze, will be held Saturday, and the Yellow Jacket’s game against Mary Hardin-Baylor is part of that busy day. Any number of other events have been scheduled by churches and civic organizations — fund-raisers, community projects and similar activities. And the usual schedule of high school football games is on tap, at least for one more week, before the playoffs begin.
All of it may be more than any one person will be able to take in, but the bottom line is this: there’s plenty to do here this weekend. The weather promises to be great.
Let’s make the most of it.