People, Places & Events



  ‘Taste of Cedar Creek Lake’ Banquet set for March 24
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Annual “Taste of Cedar Creek Lake” awards banquet is slated for Monday, March 24, at the new Mabank High School. This popular event is in its 13th year.
With a theme of “A Night at the Oscars,” ticket holders can expect glamour and fun surprises along with fabulous food.
Food vendors and dining tables will be set in the commons area, and the program portion will take place in the state-of- the-art auditorium, just a few steps away.
Dinner will be served from 6:30 until 8:p.m.
The program will begin at 8:p.m. and last until approximately 9 p.m.
Participating chamber of commerce member restaurants provide a wide array of delicious samples for attendees’ dining pleasure.
Veteran “Taste” chair Bruce Easley of Capt’n “B” Florist is once again heading up the volunteer committee for the this event, with Kathy Kendrick of Lone Star Maps calling on chamber member restaurants to ask for their participation.
Members of the Cedar Creek Lake Pacesetters Club, a group of area fund-raisers and event planners, are Easley’s back-up team and help ensure that all the many details are attended to.
In addition to participating restaurants, lake area businesses are donating table decorations and other amenities and services vital to the success of the 13th annual “Taste of Cedar Creek Lake.”
Traditionally, the beautiful floral arrangements that decorate the tables are given as door prizes during the event, adding to the excitement and fun of the evening.
Member businesses are invited to sponsor the table arrangements for $60 each (limited number available).
The much anticipated awards presentation will once again be on the agenda for the evening, as the “Citizen of the Year,” “Jean Nichols Lifetime Service Award” and “Ambassador of the Year” are announced.
Recognition will also be given to winners of awards from the various branches of the Chamber, including “Teachers of the Year” from the Mabank Branch.
The awards are given annually to volunteers in the community who donate their time to worthy causes benefiting the entire Cedar Creek Lake Area.
Look for some new awards and other surprises from the planning committee.
Jo Ann Hanstrom, president of the chamber of commerce, is encouraging all citizens of Cedar Creek Lake to participate by nominating deserving individuals for the “Citizen of the Year” and the “Jean Nichols Life Time Service” awards.
“Please keep in mind that these awards are not reserved just for volunteers that are active in the chamber of commerce. Volunteerism is alive and well all over the community and it’s important that no individual who meets the criteria be overlooked,” Hanstrom said.
To nominate a deserving community volunteer, please call the chamber of commerce at (903) 887-3152, e-mail  or stop by 604 S. Third St., Ste. E in Mabank to pick up nomination forms.
Tickets for “A Night At The Oscars” are $15 each.
Tickets purchased in advance are for reserved seating.
When an advance sale ticket is presented at the door, the holder will be given a card in exchange that can be placed on the specially designated tables to “hold” their seat while they visit or get food.
Tickets sold at the door will also be $15, but purchasers will be seated in the general seating area.
Those guests who purchase their tickets in advance will also be given premier seating in the auditorium for the awards program.
Watch your local newspapers for announcements of ticket sale locations, participating restaurants and entertainment details for “A Night At The Oscars.”


Palestine sets Dogwood celebration
Special to The Monitor
PALESTINE–As sure as the Easter Bunny does its hippity-hoppity boogie each spring, the Dogwood trees bloom, and Palestine celebrates with its annual Dogwood Festival the weekends of March 22-23, 29-30, and April 5-6.
The festivities are hosted by the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce.
The three-weekend celebration includes a Dogwood Trails Parade and arts and crafts fair March 22, live theater, a bike ride event, the Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival, Historic Views and Hard Hat Tours, art exhibits and self-guided nature tours.
The multi-faceted event kicks off 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, with the Dogwood Queen Pageant at the Palestine Civic Center.
This year’s winner receives a $1,000 scholarship. The public is invited to attend.
Palestine Community Theater premieres “Once Upon a Mattress” in the restored Texas Theater downtown at 7:30 p.m. March 21.
By March 22, the city is in full-blown festival mode with a downtown parade starting at 10 a.m. An all-day arts and crafts fair in Downtown and Old Town includes live music, great food, and children’s events and at 6 p.m. an old-time gospel concert begins at the Palestine Civic Center.
After the March 21 premiere, performances of “Once Upon a Mattress” continue on March 22, 28-30 and April 4-6. Great theater and great fun are guaranteed.
Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival takes place March 27-29 at the Museum for East Texas Culture, where hundreds of musicians converge, offering concerts, jam sessions and lessons, all open to the public.
Call the museum at (903) 723-1914 for details.
The “Gatherin’ Steam Dogwood Bike Ride” hits the road March 29, starting at the Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot.
In addition, the Texas Land Conservancy hosts nature tours at the Ivy Payne Wildlife Refuge in southwest Anderson County with guided tours beginning at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., March 29-30. Self-guided tours are encouraged as well.
Also on March 29, enjoy an exhibit of acclaimed Civil War Artist John Paul Strain at Texas Art Depot in downtown Palestine. Strain will be on hand from 1-3 p.m. to meet fans, sign his work and discuss his art.
Historic Views and Hard Hat Tours of historic buildings will be available the weekends of March 27-29 and April 5-6, benefiting the Main Street Program.
The Palestine Convention and Visitors Bureau monthly “Embrace the Arts” progressive art walk takes place from 5-8 p.m. April 5, with exhibits at Judith Summerville Arts, the Museum for East Texas Culture, Palestine Public Library and Texas Art Depot.
Just go from one to the other and don’t forget to register for the quarterly door prize, an original artwork.
Exhibits are also on display during regular business hours, and the month of March brings a Children’s Art Exhibit titled “March Winds” to Judith Summerville Arts, along with a variety of artworks and mediums at participating venues.
Adding to the Dogwood celebration, the Texas State Railroad is up and running with a year-round schedule, giving visitors one more reason to visit Palestine.
Call (888) 987-2461, (903) 683-2561 or go to  for train schedules and ticket information.
Please call the Chamber, (903) 729-6066, or go to  for additional Dogwood Trails details and for parade, arts and crafts fair and bike ride applications, and to purchase theater tickets.
Call the Palestine Convention and Visitors Bureau toll-free at (800) 659-3484 for information on events, tourism information, and assistance with tour groups, or go to

Dogwood Trails Event Schedule

March 13
• Dogwood Queen pageant, 7 p.m., Palestine Civic Center

March 21
• “Once Upon a Mattress,” premiere, 7:30 p.m., Palestine Community Theater, continuing March 22, 28-30, April 4-6.

March 22
• Parade 10 a.m., arts and crafts fair, gospel concert, 6 p.m. at Palestine Civic Center.

March 27-29
• Old-time Music and Dulcimer Festival, Museum for East Texas Culture. (903) 723-1914.
• Historic buildings tours, benefiting Main Street program, also April 5-6

March 29
• “Gatherin’ Steam Dogwood Bike Ride” Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot.
• Civil War artist John Paul Strain at Texas Art Depot, 1-3 p.m. to meet and greet fans.

March 29-30
• Nature tours at the Ivy Payne Wildlife Refuge hosted by the Texas Land Conservancy at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Self-guided tours also available. Call (800) 659-3484 for directions.

April 5
• Embrace the Arts walking tour, 5-8 p.m., call (800) 659-3484 for details.

March 13-April 6 (and ongoing)
• Train rides on the Texas State Railroad with a year-round schedule. Call (888) 987-2461, (903) 683-2561 or go to

For tickets, applications, and/or details call (903) 729-6066, or go to 


The Library at Cedar Creek Lake seeks support pledges
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–In 2007, The Library at Cedar Creek board of directors kicked off a fund-raising campaign to garner monthly pledges from businesses and individuals.
We set an optimistic goal of 100 pledges of $100 per month for a total of $120,000 per year.
The campaign met with a favorable initial response and generated about 20 pledges plus several one-time donations, then sort of fizzled.
Obviously, the goal was not met. Currently, we have 16 monthly pledges totaling $1,250 per month or about $15,000 a year.
To put this in perspective, 14 of the current pledges are from individuals and two come from businesses.
With the large number of people and businesses in Seven Points and the nearby cities, this is a disappointing show of support, particularly from businesses.
The library serves the greater lake population and has about 11,500 card holders.
It is heavily used (more than 100,000 visitors per year) and generates economic support for the greater lake area.
It seems that all local business owners would have a vested interest in seeing the library flourish and grow to help sustain and promote economic growth .
We recognize that not all small businesses can afford a donation of $100 per month; however, all but the smallest businesses can afford $10 or $20 per month.
Individual donations of even $10 or $20 dollars per month are manageable for most area residents.
Your library board is grateful for the continued support of the Seven Points Economic Development Corporation without which there would be no The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.
We are also grateful for the help West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District has given us through its billings.
We are also grateful for the pledges on the books now which help us achieve a monthly, predictable income.
But, it is still an ongoing struggle to keep the library operating month to month.
Please consider coming into the library and filling out a pledge form and make a monthly pledge for a bank transfer each month.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Nelson. I am a beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever home.

My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new home.

We are a whole litter of Shepherd mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so we have no history. We have been started on our first set of shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.

I am a beautiful Border Collie, who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful kid looking for a new home.

Pictured are just a few animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals. The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220 County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

For further information visit our website at


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