Goat yoga, anyone?
Here's the tale of a former Temple woman who gave up a New York City career to hang out with a herd of goats.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
“I had no idea how to care for goats, but I fell in love with them and their antics immediately. I wanted to hang out with goats all day instead of going to my 9 to 5 job.”
Whitney Beissner enjoys a moment with two of the goats at her Lockhart ranch. Whitney, a Temple native, has created a fun business combing goats with activities such as yoga, painting and even trick-or-treating.
By DAVID STONE, Our Town exclusive
Having a party? You’ll need music, snacks, decorations and baby goats. Yep, baby goats.
H-E-B and other retailers can help with the first three items, but for the little furry babies you’ll need to call Whitney at Goat Shenanigans.
The story of Whitney Beissner’s business is awesome, but before we continue let’s take a cute goat break.
Nice! OK, back to our story.
Whitney was born and raised in Temple but a decision to pursue a career in education landed her smack-dab in the middle of New York City. That’s not where she developed her love for goats.
“I was living in a shared four-bedroom apartment,” she said. “About five years ago I decided it was time to go. I wanted to move back to Texas and buy a ranch.”
Whitney found a piece of property near Lockhart, and it came stocked with barn cats, a few chickens, and yes, goats.
“I had no idea how to care for goats, but I fell in love with them and their antics immediately,” she said. “I wanted to hang out with goats all day instead of going to my 9 to 5 job. That’s when I decided I needed to start a business focused on these cute goats.”
So Whitney thought up a name — Goat Shenanigans — started a website, and began asking friends if they would like to have goats at their parties. Of course, they did.
Whitney started Goat Shenanigans in 2019 by taking the baby animals to children’s birthday parties, but today that’s a small portion of her business.
“I still do a few birthday parties,” she said with a chuckle, “but now most of the parties are for adults.”
Just as business started to boom, the COVID-19 pandemic caused demand to screech to a halt. But now the goat party business baaaack with a twist.
“I’ve expanded my offerings,” Whitney said. “I originally thought the goats would be a side gig but this is a lot of work. Goat Shenanigans is my full-time job.”
One of the goat-related activities that has become very popular is goat yoga.
“It’s a real thing in many parts of the country, so I decided to give it a try,” she said. “I’ve partnered with yoga studios such as Firefly Yoga & Movement Studio in Morgan’s Point. I supply the goats and location, they supply the instructor.”
While it’s fun to imagine the baby goats in a downward dog pose, it doesn’t always work out that way.
“People just like to hang out with the goats, even during a yoga class,” Whitney said. “It’s fun and relaxing.”
Another fun event is painting with goats. No, you don’t put a fresh coat on the “kid,” it’s another way to integrate goats into an activity people enjoy.
This Sunday at 3 Texans Winery in Temple, goat-lovers will have two opportunities to mingle. From 11 a.m. to noon, there will be Goat Yoga & Wine — a mix of mind-body exercise, small mammals and the bubbly stuff. At 3, grab a goat and a paintbrush and create a masterpiece on a pumpkin.
The cost will be $26 for the yoga class, and $29 for adult pumpkin painting and $18 for children. A family of four can paint pumpkins and cuddle goats for $95. Tickets can be purchased at www.goatshenanigans.com/event-tickets. The adult tickets include a glass of wine after yoga or during the pumpkin painting.
While painting and yoga are big in the goat business world, there’s a lot more to Goat Shenanigans.
“We also do Goat Grams,” Whitney said. “At Halloween, you can dress up a goat and take it trick-or-treating with you. At Valentines, why not send a baby goat for your loved one to snuggle?”
One of the most interesting holiday Goat Grams is Mother’s Day.
“Mom gets a baby goat to cuddle and flowers,” she said. The flowers aren’t really for your mother. Instead, she gets to feed them to the goat.
Fun stuff! But how about another cute goat break?
Perfect! So Whitney, what’s next for Goat Shenanigans?
“This coming spring we are going to expand our reach and involve our large adult goats,” she said. “We are going to offer goatscaping. People can rent our goats to help manage brush. The goats will eat grass, weeds, poison ivy — they love ivy.”
With her business based in Lockhart, the majority of business is in the Austin and New Braunfels areas.
“I’m from Temple and I come back a lot,” Whitney said. I visit family throughout the year and bring the goats for events.”
Goat Shenanigans currently has 12 adult goats and seven kids. Whitney has a team of five Goat Wranglers who help out at events.
“We just love to make surprise visits,” she said. “My Wranglers help me spread goat love to others. It makes everyone’s day.”
SPOTLIGHT MEAN JOE GREENE
Temple ISD will honor former Dunbar standout Joe Greene by retiring his No. 75 jersey during a pre-game ceremony at Wildcat Stadium on Friday night. The ceremony will start at 7:15 p.m. Green, who was born in Elgin but grew up in Temple, was a standout at Dunbar before going on to North Texas State and then the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas High School Hall of Fame.
Area veterans take Dream Flight
Two local veterans made a similar trip today courtesy of Dream Flights, a nonprofit that honors the service and sacrifice of America's senior veterans by taking them on an open-air flight in a WWII-era biplanes. The flight originated at Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport near Temple, and local veterans Anna Reynolds and Lee Mouche’ were on board. Reynolds is a retired commander in the U.S. Navy who served more than 20 years. Mouche’ served as a nurse in the Army, but she took the flight in honor of her husband, a former Air Force pilot.
Manufacturing job fair set for Friday
By DAVID STONE, Our Town
A National Manufacturing Day job fair will be held Friday at Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, located at Santa Fe Plaza in downtown Temple.
The job fair starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.
Temple Chamber of Commerce and Meet Temple — a program created by the Temple Economic Development Corporation to promote Temple to businesses and workers — will sponsor the event.
Manufacturers seeking employees through the job fair include Lock Joint Tube, Panel Specialists, PacTiv Evergreen, Reynolds Consumer Products, Materials Transportation Company, MooreCo., Sunbelt Transformer, Temple Machine Shop and Wilsonart.
During October, the Chamber and Meet Temple will be spotlighting these partnering manufacturers on their respective social media sites.
Temple is home to 130 manufacturing establishments including the world’s leading producers of everything from WilsonArt’s engineered counter surfaces to PPG’s Liquid Nails brand construction adhesives to Reynolds’ Hefty Waste Bags. These companies provide nearly 6,600 local jobs and drive Temple’s growing manufacturing industry.
Employment in Temple’s industrial sector increased 28 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to TEDC.
“We will continue to work toward not only bringing in new manufacturers but also supporting and recognizing those manufacturers who call Temple home,” said Amanda Carlson, director of marketing and communications for TEDC.
The Temple workforce is supported by technically skilled veterans from nearby Fort Hood, robust Career and Technical Education Manufacturing programs at area high schools, and graduates from STEM-focused training or degree programs from eight regional higher education institutions.
“With a booming manufacturing industry, there is increased demand for a skilled workforce,” said Whitney Theriot, vice president of the Temple Chamber of Commerce. “We do have existing pipelines in place to grow talent and tap into transitioning soldiers, and National Manufacturing Day is a way we can help connect the dots to career opportunities locally.”
WHAT’S HAPPENING CENTRAL TEXAS?
TLC’S celebration of Crazy, Sexy, Cool with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony will be tonight at the Bell County Expo Center. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
September 30, Thursday - Funniest Comic in Texas semi-finals. Corky’s.
October 1, Friday - Oktoberfest in Downtown Temple. In conjunction with First Friday. Block parties throughout the entertainment district.
October 1, Friday - Randy Rogers Band, Johnny Steaks and Bar-Be-Que, Salado. 6 p.m.
October 1, Friday - Mark Richey and two-stepping’ fun at Bo’s Barn. 8 p.m.
October 2, Saturday - Transportation Family Day. Experience the largest gathering of Model T cars in the state of Texas and explore the history of the first automobile. Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
October 2, Saturday - Preschool Story Time, Stories, songs, literacy activities. Recommended for children 3 to 5 years old. Temple Public Library, 10:30 a.m.
October 2, Saturday - Sirena Festival & Mermaid Parade, Barrow Brewing Co, Salado. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 2, Saturday - Dave Jorgenson and his unique Texas music at Bo’s Barn. 9 p.m.
October 3, Sunday - Keys for the Kingdom, a concert with four pianists on four grand pianos. First Baptist Church in Temple. Free admission! 6 p.m.
October 3, Sunday - Temple Civic Theater’s annual Bazaar Thrift Sale & Blood Drive. Rummage through racks of clothes and tables packed with fun finds. TCT facemarks, wristbands, mugs and memberships also will be on sale. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 5, Tuesday - Temple’s National Night Out. 6:30 p.m.
October 7, Thursday - The Spazmatics, Schoepf’s BBQ, Belton. 6 p.m.
October 7, Thursday - Teen Dungeons & Dragons: Beginners Program. Temple Public Library. 5 p.m.
October 7, Thursday - Taproom Trivia at Fire Base Brewing Company. Compete for bragging rights and brewery prizes. 7 p.m.
October 7-10 - The ghostly comedy "Blithe Spirit", Temple High School, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. More information at: http://www.ThespiansR.Us
October 8, Friday - Painting with a Twist, 3 Texans Winery. 6:30 p.m.
October 8, Friday - Branded Heart live at Bo’s Barn. 8 p.m.
October 8, Friday - Ethan Smith & The Dirt Revolution will be at O’Briens Irish Pub. 9 p.m.
October 9, Saturday - Pre-Historic Fundraiser, Tiny Hooves Rescue & Petting Zoo. Seaton Star Hall. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 9, Saturday - Dark Explorers Paranormal Team will host a public investigation at The Book Cellar. No open-toe shoes. Bring Your Own Flashlight. 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
October 9, Saturday - Fall Festival Farmer’s Market. Walker Honey Farm. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
October 9, Saturday - John Christopher Way and his crowd-pleasing music live at Bo’s Barn. 9 p.m.
October 9, Saturday - Fall Craft Extravaganza. Make leaf lanterns, fall wreaths, shrinky dinks, more. Temple Public Library, 2 p.m.
October 9, Saturday - Downtown Temple Farmer’s Market. 2 North Main. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
October 9, Saturday - Shinyribs, Texas Music Series,Cultural Activities Center. 7:30 p.m.
October 9, Saturday - Oktoberfest 2021, Barrow Brewing Company, Salado, noon to 10:30 p.m.
October 11-17 - Hocus Pocus, The Beltonian Theatre, Belton. Noon.
October 12, Tuesday - Czech Film Night at The Beltonian. Free admission. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
October 15, Friday - Dancing music with Hyway Traveler at Bo’s Barn. 8 p.m.
October 16, Saturday - Van Cliburn Recital featuring Yekwon Sunwoo. Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center, Belton. 7:30 p.m.
October 16, Saturday - West Temple Oktoberfest. 3 West Alehouse & Grill. 11 a.m.
October 16, Saturday - 35 South burns up the dance floor at Bo’s Barn. 9 p.m.
October 16, Saturday - St. Luke Fest 2021, raffle, petting zoo, live music, carnival games, food vendors, silent auction, bingo and more. St. Luke’s Catholic Church. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 16, Saturday - Oktoberfest 2021, Barrow Brewing Company, Salado, noon to 10:30 p.m.
October 16, Saturday - Cookie Decorating. Blackmon Community Center. 10 a.m.
October 16, Saturday - Michael Salgado at Schoepf’s BBQ in Belton, 6 p.m.
October 18-23 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Beltonian, Belton. 6-8 p.m.
October 19, Tuesday - UMHB Opera/Musical Theatre Scenes. A College of Visual & Performing Arts presentation. Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center, Baugh Performance Hall. 7:30 p.m.
October 22, Friday - Unity Fest on the street in front of Ras Kitchen. Featuring Alex Marley and many other acts. 4 p.m. to midnight.
October 23, Saturday - Don Gregory Memorial Lions Club Golf Tournament. Sammons Golf Course. Contact Jeffrey Thigpen Thigpen.firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for sponsorship opportunities. 4-person scramble begins at 8:30 a.m.
October 23, Saturday - Oktoberfest 2021, Barrow Brewing Company, Salado, noon to 10:30 p.m.
October 23, Saturday - Fall Food Truck Festival, 3524 FM 2484 in Salado. Proceeds benefit Salado VFD. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..
October 26, Tuesday - The College of Visual & Performing Arts presents the UMHB Concert Choir and the Women’s Chorus. Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center, Baugh Performance Hall. 7:30 p.m.
October 29, Friday - Uncasing of the Colors for the 607-member 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the 3rd Squadron, 36th Infantry Division, now headquartered at the Texas Army National Guard on Airport Road in Temple. Santa Fe Plaza, 10 a.m.
October 29, Friday - Season closing event, Domestics vs Imports, Little River Dragway, 7 p.m.
October 30, Saturday - Barktoberfest, Dog costume contest at 5:30; adoptable dogs on site. Barrow Brewing Co., Salado. 1-7 p.m.
October 30, Saturday - Bulls & BBQ, Live bull riding followed by concert with Jake Worthington and Keith Braxton. Schoepf’s BBQ, Belton, Noon.
October 30, Saturday - Tablerock’s Fright Trail. One-half mile walking trail presents thrill, chills and haunting skits. Salado. 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
October 30, Saturday - BooCru at Crusader Stadium. UMHB in Belton. Wear your Halloween costume to the UMHB v. Belhaven game. Trick or Treat at 10 locations inside the stadium during the first half. Halftime parade of costumes on the football field. Noon.
October 30, Saturday - Trunk or Treat. VFW Post 1820, 3302 Airport Road in Temple. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in parking lot.
October 31, Sunday - Halloween! Have fun, be safe.
November 4, Thursday - Spur Classic Sporting Clay Shoot, Weber Shooting Range. 8 a.m.
November 4, Thursday - Brown Bag Bingo, Sammons Community Center Bring a brown bag with a small, non-food Bingo prize inside. 5 p.m.
November 6, Saturday - Chris Hillman, Texas Music Series,Cultural Activities Center. 7:30 p.m.
November 7, Sunday - Temple Symphony Piano Trio featuring Suzanne Jacobson on violin, Cory Blaise on cello and Kiyoshi Tamagawa on piano. Cultural Activities Center. 3 p.m.
November 11, Friday - The College of Visual & Performing Arts presents One Voice in concert. Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center, Baugh Performance Hall. 7:30 p.m.
November 11-14 - "Our Town," a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Thornton Wilder, Temple High School, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. More information at: http://www.ThespiansR.Us
November 13, Saturday - Market in the Vines. Take a walk through the vines and shop with over 50 vendors! Free to the public. 3 Texans Winery. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November 13, Saturday - A Night in Vegas…St. Mary’s Catholic School Casino Night. Live auction, silent auction, games, drawings. Benefits the school’s educational programs. Cultural Activities Center. 6 p.m.
November 18, Thursday - Taste of the Holidays 2021: A Candy Cane Christmas. Mayborn Convention Center. 10:30 a.m.
December 4, Saturday - Barrow Brewing Christmas Market, Salado. Noon.
December 4, Saturday - Temple Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert featuring soprano Priscilla Santana and tenor Brian Joyce. Temple High School. 7:30 p.m.
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