Christmas in Goliad presents 28th celebration

Nov. 30, 2011 at 5:30 a.m.

The Goliad County Historical Commission will present the 28th annual Christmas in Goliad celebration Friday and Saturday.

Food, arts and crafts booths featuring a variety of Christmas wares will be set up around the courthouse square starting Friday evening.

The lighted parade will start at 7 p.m. Friday.

"This year, we have more booths than we've had in many, many years. The square has been filled for over a month with vendors and lining the streets," said Myra Heard, a volunteer with the Goliad Historical Commission. "We are strict on this being a totally hand made arts and crafts fair - every item must be hand made."

Entertainment ranging from singing, dancing and poetry reading will be performed on Saturday.

Authors will come to sign their books and visit with the public at "Ms. Ruby's Corral" on the county square between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Authors coming this year will be Louise O'Connor, Emily Buckert, Linda and Henry Wolff, Celia Hayes, Barry Harrin, Esther Ford, Joseph Chance, Dr. Tom Kreneck and Jose Lopez.

The Herman Sons dancers will perform from 9-10 a.m. followed by Cowboy Poets Jeff Gore, Charlie Ellis, Curt Brummett and Dennis Gaines. The cowboy poets are returning for their second year at Christmas in Goliad, performing poetry and music. Their first performance will be on the historic Goliad square from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

They will perform again at the Julie Wimberly building at the Goliad County Fair Grounds at 6 p.m.

"We are very very excited about having the cowboy poets and all the entertainment performed on the square," Heard said.

As per tradition, Santa will arrive in the main square, riding a Texas Longhorn, escorted by the Pony Express riders at noon Saturday.

Children can take pictures with the Longhorn and visit with Santa for free.

The Ballet Folklorica dancers will perform at 1 p.m. followed by Kevin Pruitt and his band at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Goliad Pet Adoption is organizing the best dressed dog contest on Saturday.

The Los Posadas story will be shared at the Presidio LaBahia at dusk.

The Beeville Community Chorus will perform at the Mission Espiritu Santo at 8 p.m.

"I think that Christmas in Goliad just starts a wonderful Christmas season. It brings beauty and excitement to our town," Heard said. "It starts out with a living nativity which is important to us in this part of Texas. We try to make this a nice family time - an old fashioned Christmas in Texas."



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