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August 14
, 2011






Clubs and Such

BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or

Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.

Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.

Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each Wednesday morning at the KC Senior Citizen Center, 405 W. Walnut in Mabank. (903) 887-6549 or (903) 887-1514.

Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.

Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.

Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. (903) 432-3552.

Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce.

Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.

Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. (903) 887-4796.

Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.

Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.

Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kathey Brown email  or (800) 422-2260 or visit

GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. (903) 887-0293.

Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 451-4221.

Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.

Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.

Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.

Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email  for more information.

Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. (903) 887-2781.

Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 887-5252.

Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).

Mabank TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Mabank First Baptist Church. (903) 887-7700 or (903) 451-0126.

Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.

Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. Donna Dean at ddean45@

Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. (903) 887-6201.

RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.

Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. (903) 498-2140.

Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.

Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. (903) 675-6222.

Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.


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Visiting Deepntheharta, Texas
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

CENTRAL TEXAS–It’s easy to get to Deepntheharta, Texas – just head toward the Hill Country around Austin.
With gas near $4 a gallon this summer, the wife and I decided to stay (relatively) close to home with a trip to the Hill Country; specifically Seguin, San Marcos and New Braunfels.
Neither of us had been to Seguin, which has more historic-registered homes and buildings than any other Texas city, and while we had both been (briefly) to New Braunfels, we had only driven through San Marcos on Interstate 35, which is to say, we hadn’t seen anything but freeway.
Since anywhere is a long way off in Texas, we decided to spend most of the first day just getting to the area. We avoided I-35, and Austin traffic, by heading down U.S. 79 and State Highway 95, which runs parallel to I-35.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Lockhart, the county seat of Caldwell County, boasts one of the state’s most beautiful and ornate courthouses, completed in 1894.

SH 95 runs through Elgin – arguably the barbecue capital of the state, with four major barbecue joints – and through Lockhart, home to the Caldwell County courthouse.
While we won’t offend some people by saying it’s the prettiest courthouse in the state, the three-storey, 1894-vintage courthouse is certainly one of the finest and most ornate, featuring a central clock tower and circular porthole windows on the top floor.
A half-block off the courthouse square stands the Dr. Eugene Clark Library, the oldest continually operating library in the state, established in 1899.
Continuing south to Interstate 10, a quick blast to the right (west) gets one to Seguin, named after Juan Seguin, the last defender to leave the Alamo (he carried Col. William Barrett Travis’ last letter) and later a Texas Republic senator.
Originally named Walnut Springs after the area’s huge walnut trees (los nogales in Spanish), the town grew from a Texas Ranger station to a thriving trade center for the German and Czech immigrants heading to New Braunfels and Fredericksburg.
It boasts the longest-used school building in the state, the first business established by freed slaves (Wilson Pottery, established 1869), the first established railway line and many buildings constructed of concrete, formulated using local limestone.
Since 1912, Seguin has been home to Texas Lutheran University.
A walk around downtown includes a courthouse square park, featuring a fountain (lit by colored lights after dark), the Dietz Doll House (built for kids), dozens of historic buildings and the world’s largest pecan.
About 23 miles to the northwest is San Marcos, home to Texas State University and the San Marcos River.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Deusenberg automobiles, such as this example housed in Dick's Classic Garage museum in San Marcos, were big, powerful and fast – twice as fast as an “ordinary” car of the time – and extremely expensive. Automobiles like this one were the source of the phrase, “it's a doozy.”

The San Marcos River gushes up out of the ground – more than 200 springs flow from three large fissures in the limestone – and that fresh, pure water has made the area possibly one of the oldest continually inhabited sites in North America. Archeological digs have uncovered tools and weapons more than 12,000 years old.
Early German settlers built a dam in 1849 creating Spring Lake, which covers the original springs.
Once a tourist destination and theme park, Aquarena Springs introduced generations of visitors to the crystal-clear, cool (72 degrees year-round) water through underwater performances and glass-bottomed boats.
Texas State University now owns Aquarena Springs, but still operates the glass-bottom boats, with guides pointing out various flora and fauna – the springs are home to four endangered species, with three found nowhere else in the world.
Another fascinating stop in San Marcos was Dick’s Classic Garage, a 43,000 square-foot museum featuring about 60 classic automobiles and pickup trucks.
Opened in 2009, Dick’s Classic Garage includes a number of Deusenbergs, primarily Model Js, which were produced between 1928 and 1937.
The Deusenberg Model J was the biggest, fastest and most expensive car produced in the world at the time, some costing as much as $25,000 at a time when the average U.S. physician made just $3,000 a year – leading to the phrase, “It’s a doozy.”
Only the chassis and engine were mass-produced; each car owner had the body and interior custom-built by master coachworks in America and Europe, making each Deusenberg unique.
Other outstanding examples of automotive art include boat-tail Auburns, top-of-the line Packards, a V-16 Cadillac, Cords and many post-war examples, including a Tucker (No. 50 of 51 built), a 1956 Corvette, a Nash Metropolitan, and a pristine 1946 Packard “woody” station wagon, hauling a wooden Chris-Craft speedboat.
About 17 miles almost due west is New Braunfels, home to a sizeable German settlement established in the final year of the Texas Republic, 1845, and home to the state’s oldest continually operating newspaper, the Herald-Zeitung.
New Braunfels is famed as the home of Schlitterbahn, generally recognized as the best water park in the world and source of the first uphill water-coaster rides.
On the north side of town is the Gruene Historic District, the site of an 1845 German settlement headed by Ernst Gruene.
Because there wasn’t much land available in the then-new town of New Braunfels, Gruene purchased land just down the Guadalupe River and established a thriving community, built around cotton and a river-powered cotton gin.
A dance hall-saloon, Gruene Hall, became the community center around 1878, and remains operating to this day, having housed performances by virtually every major country and western music star over the years.
Just downhill from Gruene Hall is the Guadalupe River, where dozens of businesses cater to visitors (typically college students) wanting to spend the day “tubing” downriver.
Surrounding Gruene Hall is a growing community of stores, offering a wide range of handmade art, clothing and collectable to the tourists who flock to the area – like us.
























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