Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Has Arrived

Today marks the first day of spring.  This season brings you birds singing, warmer weather, and lots of beautiful flowers. Hopefully, we can say goodbye to our winter weather and start enjoying the outdoors and brighter days.  

The Dogwoods are beginning to bloom in Palestine....JUST in time for the 76 year-long tradition that takes place every spring.  The beautiful photo below was taken yesterday by our friends at  Perfect timing (don't you think?)!

Dogwood in Davey Dogwood Park 3.19.14 - Palestine, Texas
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Even though the blooms will not be at their peak this weekend, there are going to be nice blooms to see. As the weather warms and the sun stays out, we are predicting that the dogwoods should be abundant the last two weeks of the Dogwood Trails Celebration (March 28-30 & April 4-6). 

The photos below were taken today in Davey Dogwood Park.  

Davey Dogwood Park 3.20.19 - Palestine, Texas
The 76th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration kicks off this weekend in downtown Palestine. For those planning to attend this weekend's festivities, below is a sample list of things to see and do.  For a full schedule of events, visit

First Weekend (3/21-3/23)

March 21-23 Main Street Architectural Scavenger Hunt - Find the architectural gems of the main Street district. Pick up your “Hunter Tips” at the visitor center, download from, or find them on the Main Street Facebook page. For more info call (903) 723-3014.

March 22- 76th Annual Dogwood Trails Festival 9:00 am until 4:00 pm presented by the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce and Sponsors.   Featuring Arts & Crafts Vendors, A Kids Zone Area, and Live Entertainment.  Gate charge $1.00 with children 12 & under Free.  Proceeds will go to local Non-Profit Organizations.  
Festival Bands - Free Live Music
Old Town in the Hollow (Saw Dust Stage)
Lauren Alexander playing from 1pm-2:30pm
Phil Pritchett playing from 3:30pm-5pm

Don't miss the Doo-Wop Cruise at the Courthouse Square
6pm-10pm; Gather at the Square and show off your antique car of hot rod. 
Listen & dance to the hits of the 50's-60's. 
Anderson County Courthouse - Palestine, Texas
Photo by Stuart Whitaker

March 22  Annual Cars of Palestine Car Show-10am until 3pm Located on Spring St. next to Kroger’s.  Classic and Special Interest Autos  $ 20.00 pre-registration, $ 25.00 on show day. Trophies will be awarded. Cost for Spectators: $3.00 Adults & 11 and under free              

March 22-23 Howard House Museum Tour-12pm-4pm at 1011 North Perry St.  Admission is Free. 
Howard House Museum - Palestine, Texas
Photo by Stuart Whitaker
March 22- Anderson County Master Gardeners Annual Tree Sale–7:30am until 4:30pm. Located in the parking lot behind the Federal Building on 101 E. Oak St.  We will have a variety of trees and shrubs as well as white and pink dogwoods.

March 22, 23 - Sacred Heart Catholic Church Tours-11am–3:30pm on Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 -5:00 pm at 503 N. Queen St. Admission is Free
Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Palestine, Texas
Photo by Jack Coleman
March 23 - Gingerbread and Coffee at Old Pilgrim Church 2pm-4pm on Sunday.  Members of the Pilgrim Cemetery Association will serve gingerbread and coffee at the Old Pilgrim Church, the first Protestant church in Texas.  The reconstructed log church will be open to the public, and visitors can enjoy tours of the historic cemetery and tales of the pioneer family. Free
Pilgrim Church, First Protestant Church in Texas
Elkhart, Texas
We invite you to join us this spring for a great celebration full of history, fun and dogwoods. 

Spring 2013 - Historic District in Palestine, Texas
Photo by Jack Coleman

Stay Tuned....

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