“A veteran — retired, active, guard or reserve — is someone who at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’ That is honor. There are far too many people in this country who don’t understand it.”

— Anonymous

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

If this were a hamburger joint, not a Saturday, we would be, as they say in the hamburger joint business, “slammed.”

Yep, from sun up to sun down there’s stuff going on all over town. It’s a day with more stuff to do than most folks can get done; a day, the hamburger joint folks would say, “with all the fixin’s.”

H-m-m-m-m. The day’s not started, and some are already wondering where the “g” went. It’s gone from the fixin’s anyway.

But back to the where to go, and what to do today. There are of course the biggies. The annual Texas Pecan Festival at the mall, the arts and crafts show in the coliseum and both Brownwood and Early high schools have stage productions at their respective schools.

Today, is also the 10th day of the 11th month, and the day before Veterans Day. A Veterans Day program is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Park. But if you have the chance today, or Sunday, or any other day, thank a veteran. Remember too, those who are serving now.

Honoring a Ranger

A ceremony honoring the late Caleb Martin Grady, an early settler in Coleman and Brown counties and a former Texas Ranger, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenleaf Cemetery.

Ranger Grady’s family will honor him with the placement of the Texas Rangers Memorial Cross at his grave site. The Texas Rangers Memorial Cross has a large mounted “cinco peso” Ranger star, like the badge Texas Rangers wear. The memorial cross commemorates the service and sacrifice of deceased Texas Rangers.

Texas Pecan Festival

Texas’ favorite nut, and the bounty of her state tree is being celebrated throughout the day at Heartland Mall.

If you bought a ticket, you can begin the day with a Pecan Breakfast at 9 a.m. After breakfast, the day’s chock full of activities. This year’s Texas Pecan Queen pageant is scheduled for 1 p.m. There are pecan cracking and pecan eating contests happening at 3 and 4 p.m. consecutively.

The educational presentations will be at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. There’s Teen Board Freeze Modeling at 2 p.m.; Dearl Hardy musical performance at 5:30 p.m.; and at 7 p.m. is the awards ceremony. More than $6,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at this year’s festival.

One of the most popular aspects of the festival is the recipe contest and judging will be for specialty dishes, side dishes, desserts, bread dishes and main dishes.

Arts and crafts show

The Brownwood Arts and Crafts show, sponsored this year by the Brownwood Rotary Club, runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday at the Brownwood Coliseum. Crafters from all over Texas will be there with there wares, and there’s no admission for a “look see.”

On a stage near you …

Curtain goes up on Brownwood High School’s production of “M*A*S*H” at 7 p.m. today on the new Dorothy McIntosh Fine Arts Center stage at the high school. Final performance is 2 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. The best parking is in the lot off 10th Street across from First United Methodist Church. Students will be available with flashlights to assist audience members to and from their cars and the theater. “Scrooge,” presented by Early High School Concert Choir, opens at 8 p.m. today, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday and a final performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Early High School Student Activity Center. Ticket prices are $7.50 at the door. Students from Early Elementary, Early Middle School and Early High School are involved.

Feel like dancing?

The Lyric Performing Arts Company is offering a free dance lesson to those planning to attend the company’s gala “Night in Casablanca” event next Saturday. The lesson is from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Howard Payne University Theatre stage and tickets to the event will be available there. Reservations must be received by 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, and can be made by calling 646-7167.

Event tickets are $125 each, and may be purchased through PayPal at www.brownwoodlyrictheatre.com or mail a check to the Lyric Performing Arts Company, P.O. Box 68, Brownwood, TX 76804.

Various and sundry

The parent group PRINT, a support group for parents of children with unique needs, will meet at 10 a.m. at the Dance Academy, 2810 Fourth St., Brownwood. For information, call Shanna Packer at 203-0628, Pam Willson at 647-8684 or Sandy Garcia at 643-5686. Girling Hospice will hold a Balloon Lift Off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heartland Mall. The Lions Mother’s Club is hosting a car-hop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sonic Drive-In on Austin Avenue. The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m. The Brownwood Amateur Radio Club’s Volunteer Examiner team hold test sessions at 10 a.m. at the Red Cross building, 600 E. Adams, Brownwood. Texans Inc. Reunion is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at TexasBank in Bangs, 501 E. Hall. The public is welcome and admission is free. Ava Hicks, member of the Brownwood Art Association and Llano Fine Arts Guild, presents a demonstration of china painting at 1 p.m. in the Brownwood Art Center at 215 Fisk. The demonstration is free and open to the public. Emmanuel Chapel UMC is having a hamburger and hot dog sale from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 711 Bailey St. To place an order, call 642-0196, 642-9017, 642-8161 or 998-0126.