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2018 Bee County Living History follow up

posted Apr 14, 2018, 2:53 PM by Bee County Historical Society

A little late, but a big THANK YOU for everyone who braved the rain and attended the 2018 Bee County Living History celebration. Hoping next year will be much better!!!

Letter to the Editor of the Beeville Bee Picayune:

We worked hard to put on a great event, and “rain” happened. The stage was late, the rain prevented the sound set up outside, the All Aboard Texas Train could not come out, the bounce house could not be put up, but, all in all, I think everyone there had a good time. Thank you to the folks who braved the rain and made the event happen. I personally wished it could have been better, but “nature” has ideas of her own, especially in South Texas. I was sorry for the outside vendors and booths, thank you so much for putting up as long as you did. We had to call it outside about 1pm for some and a little later for others. Inside the Event Center, our sound manager, Manny Segovia, was able to set up a speaker and mike for our MC, Garrett Parker, but we had to cancel the band, due to the weather. Thank you, JARRAT Junction Band for trying. The A. C. Jones Choir performed an awesome rendition of the National Anthem, the Veterans were fabulous, the A. C. Jones Mariachi and Jazz Band came by in the afternoon and performed after our fabulous speakers, Kevin Mackey on Live Oak county history and Ken Stavinoha, from Eagle Lake, Texas spoke about Rail Road History in Texas, both were great! Thank you, gentlemen! The Zumba Dance Group was awesome, they danced in the rain. It was great, thank you ladies and gentlemen. JC Equine demonstrated blacksmithing, Marybeth Boatman demonstrated yarn spinning, Marty Borphy, brought his homemade guitars, these along with the Rail Road Productions Inc who brought their Rail Road “speeders”, and the Beeville locals “Muscle Car” display. The Fire Department came by too!!! There were so many other booths inside, informational and vendors, hard to name them all. Thank you all for being at this event and putting up with the rain. Next year will be better. Thank you to the sponsors who helped to make it happen: HEB Helping Here, Blake Fulenwider Dodge Ram Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Rice Plumbing, Bonilla & Chapa Law Firm, Malinda Cowen, Aztec Chevrolet, Alaniz and Perez Garage. And thank you to the hard-working Bee County Historical Society members who helped put the event on and for the folks behind the scenes. If it weren’t for you, it would not have happened. I especially want to thank our A. C. Jones High School volunteers, they worked very hard to help us make the event as good as we could have due to the weather: Diana Paul, Hailey Edwards, Marlena Sandoval and Lora Guerra, you ladies ROCKED! You did a fabulous job keeping up with me!! Folks, remember to keep sharing your history so it won’t be forgotten. Our history helps to shape the future. Keep history alive. And thank you so much, Armando Musquez, for helping me take some of the photos when I couldn’t be there. 

Sylvia Garcia-Smith, BCHS