“Old Mother Hubbard / Went to the cupboard, / To fetch her poor dog a bone. / But when she got there, / The cupboard was bare, / And so the poor dog had none.”

— An early 19th century

nursery rhyme

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

Don’t want to give up any secrets here, but the standard operating procedure for producing the Saturday Happenings story, is, first, find the quote. Second check the calendar.

Not today, “Saturday Happening” fans. In fact we had a fine quote, selected maybe two weeks ago. It was such a great quote, we’ve filed it away, and, barring some other schedule altering criteria, will post it Dec. 29. Today, when we went to check out the calendar, we found the listed events a little, well, a little like Mother Hubbard’s cupboard, forcing a quote change late in the game.

What a dilemma? What would faithful readers think with no Saturday Happenings anchoring our Saturday paper offering suggestions for them to plan their lives by?

“We’ll need to come up with something,” advised Bulletin Editor Gene Deason. “Otherwise, people will think we’re taking a holiday.”

“We are.”

“We are what?” You’re probably asking. “Taking a holiday or coming up with something?”

“Both.” That’s the Bulletin’s answer, and we’re sticking to it.

This is what we’ve come up with, and until today, the reporter whose name appears at the top of this column was on a holiday.

Now we’re not saying nothing’s going on, because that would be using a double negative. We’re saying we’re not sure that nothing’s happening, because we’re not sure if the standard “same old same old” listed in the calendar is there because it’s always listed, and someone forgot to call and cancel the holiday listing, or if it’s really going on.

Here’s what we’ve got.

Arts and crafts at De Leon

The De Leon Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce invites the public to its Art and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the De Leon City Hall Auditorium. Admission is free. A lunch of beef stew, cornbread, dessert and tea will be served for $4. Children’s pictures can be taken with "Shrek" and a bake sale will be held.

Standard operations

Every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Bangs residents who present a copy of their water bill can dump excessive trash into the roll-off container at the water plant on North 3rd Street. The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on Main and Depot, for open dance practice. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for more information. The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday. For group tours and information call 641-1926. New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. daily at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777. The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m.