Free Hurricanes, axe throwing, music and more at First Friday.
Tit’a Charleston (above), owner of Total Elegance Creations at 7 N Main, is throwing an epic Mardi Gras party tonight featuring Zydeco music, a second line and free Hurricanes. There will be massive parties throughout Downtown. Expect mild tempertures, beads and tons of specials.
Story & Photos | DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
Hmmm … Live music, art, tasty food and great deals — it must be time for some Downtown fun.
After a frigid February event that was mostly cancelled, First Friday is back in full force. Your favorite places will be serving up heaping helping of good times, and a couple businesses are making their First Friday debuts.
Not only will Cha Community be celebrating its first First Friday, March 4 also marks opening day for the new business.
“I have good news,” said Devin Li, owner of Cha Community. “We will soft open this weekend during First Friday. We’re going to be open 11 a.m. to 8 Friday and 11 to 6 Saturday.”
This new boba tea shop is located at 7 N. Main right across from City Hall. Li and his staff will offer many flavors of boba tea with or without tapioca balls. Cha will ultimately offer pan-fried dumplings, cold noodles and other Taiwanese-style dishes, but some food items may not be available for a week or so while equipment is being installed and fine-tuned.
Li said regular hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Another new business that will participating in First Friday is FoxDog, located at 209 N 7th Street.
FoxDog will be open all evening offering the finest coffee, craft beer and wine. They will have Bahler Street Pizza food truck on site Friday.
Total Elegance Creations events center will be presenting its version of Mardi Gras 2022 with free Hurricanes.
Total Elegance is located at 15 S Main. They will have a 360-degree photo booth for $10, sweets and treats for sale by Nanci Kelly and Candy Creations, and beads, beads and more beads. DJ Dav will be playing Zydeco favorites.
The Academie Musique’s Virtuoso Violins ensemble, under the direction of Alex Sellers, will be making the rounds playing classics such as Violin Duo No. 1, Allegro Moderato, Andante Grazioso and The Swan from Carnival of Animals.
The Violins first stop will be at The Hub at 6:15, followed by visits to Nami’s at 6:35, Main Street Courtyard at 6:55, Bird Creek Burgers at 7:15 and Treno’s at 7:35.
Sellers said her group is looking for additional performance opportunities outside of First Friday if any local business is need of quality entertainment.
Bubba Bear is coming to First Friday. At least his creator is.
Bubba is the leading “bear” in a children’s book series created by former Temple resident Charre Sisk Smith, and the author will be featured at a First Friday book signing at Precious Memories Florist & Gift Shop’s Downtown location. The signing starts at 5:30 p.m.
There’s literally a ton of other First Friday events:
Green Door will offer 20 percentoff an appetizer when you mention First Friday, and visitors can enjoy a live piano show by Russell Boyd.
The Parlour Antiques & Oddities will offer a Mardi Gras party with free snacks and beverages, and all customers will be given a chance to spin the wheel for cool prizes.
Mexiko Cafe will offer an indoor-outdoor Mardi Gras block party with live music from Astron+ 55, food and drink specials and lots of colorful, cool vendors such as Replay Sporting Goods, KC Creations and Vista Real Estate. Elizabeth Garcia will be back with all of her traditional Mexican apparel, accessories and light-up toys.
Fire Base Brewing – After a brief winter break, Fire Base Brewing will renew their practice of staging their First Friday block parties in the street. This time they’ll offer a Mardi Gras & St. Patrick’s Day party with the KCD Band performing live from 6:30 to 9:30. The Flexin’ Texan food truck will be serving up tasty eats and Black Axe Company will be there. Several veteran-affiliated vendors will be at the street fair.
Tour Temple & Corky’s Wine Bar will offer a 4-hour brewery tour, and Corkys Beer & Wine Bar will put on a karaoke night with DJ Bryan Hogue. (Be sure and read this Saturday’s Our Town Temple for a story about Saturday night’s show at Corkys!)
Bird Creek Burger Co will offer half-priced appetizers (excluding chili), and happy-hour all day with $2.50 domestics, $3 draft beer and $4 select glasses of wine.
‘Artist 2 Artist Showcase’ will hold an art and vendor sale at Main Street Courtyard. This month, they will feature vendor booths including ‘Obscurely Wicked Oddities & Antiques; Alicia Morales, featuring beautiful hand-poured candles made using organic soy wax, oils, dried flowers and herbs, assorted crystals; Vicarious Visions Art and Design; Tamara Munoz (Lane), the mad maker of incredibly uncommon creations; and many more.
Temple Public Library invites everyone to their Hobby Fair from 5 to 7 at the Library. The fair will include ukulele lessons, cross-stitch, the new Seed Library, a Tool Library, painting, photography and a Cricut demonstration.
O'Briens Irish Pub will offer 20 percent off an appetizer when you mention First Friday.
Darling Décor and More is already celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, so save some green by taking 10 percent off any one item.
Mo’s Railyard Saloon will offer $3 frozen margaritas and $4 strawberry daiquiris throughout the evening.
Treno Pizzeria & Taproom will offer discounts on selected beers and wines, and as always, Treno’s pizza chefs will be baking up tasty pies.
Artist Noel Johnson will hold an art sale on the sidewalk next door to O’Briens Irish Pub.
The Hub will be open until 8 p.m. and will offer free Mardi Gras cocktails and cookies.
Ras Kitchen will celebrate Mardi Gras with Nikki Nicole from IHeart Media’s KIIZ 92.3 & House of Nicole. She will host a “Speed Dating” evening with live entertainment by Sounds by Selectah SpidaTech, social icebreakers, specialty drinks, treats, games, prizes and more. Ras Kitchen is located at 17 S Main Street.
BJ’s Brewery and Tasting Room will be open all evening serving cold craft brews on tap to First Friday guests. They will also have Lupita’s food truck on-site and will hold a special Beer Club Signature Bottle sale.
Cheeves Brothers Steak House will let you take your pick of appetizers from their menu which will be half off from 5-7 in their bar and lounge. They will also offer half-priced specials on selected beers, wines by the glass, and call-level liquors
La Dalat will offer 10 perent off appetizers and $3 for coffee or hot tea to anyone who mentions First Friday.
Kowboy Wine Bar will be open all evening serving First Friday guests.
Pignetti’s – Will feature Lobster Night and Osso Buco.
T Town Energy & Nutrition will be open all evening to serve First Friday guests,
Nami Japanese Steak & Sushi will offer the following First Friday happy-hour specials and discounts on select appetizers and sushi rolls.
The Yard-Food Truck Plaza will feature some great food trucks offering tasty eats, and will provide discounts to guests who mention First Friday.
Devin Li was all smiles Thursday while completing the final touches for today’s opening of Cha Community, 7 N Main. The new bubble tea — aka boba tea — shop will open at 11 a.m. today and will be open until 8 to help celebrate First Friday. The shop will start selling pan-fried dumplings, cold noodle dishes and other Taiwanese specialties in about two weeks. David Stone photo
FRIDAY | MARCH 4, 2022
Temple High School Thespians traveled to Waxahachie last month for their first One-Act Play clinic of this season. Clinics are held around the state where an adjudicator can watch and give feedback to help the team prepare for competition. Temple attended a second clinic, this one in Bastrop, last week. Temple opens One-Act Play season with a district contest Thursday in Harker Heights. Courtesy photo
One-Act Play competition begins March 10; THS to perform Men on Boats
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
Temple High School plans to set sail toward another One-Act Play championship next week in Harker Heights.
This year’s play is Men on Boats by Jacklyn Backhaus.
Temple has been district champion for 29 consecutive years, and the local Thespians are aiming to add to that total this year.
According to Natasha Tolleson, director of Theater Arts at Temple High, the One-Act Play season opens Thursday, March 10, at Harker Heights High School against seven other schools.
The contest opens with Copperas Cove at 10 a.m. performing Defying Gravity. Bryan will take the state at 11:10 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, followed by Ellison at 12:20 with The Curious Savage, Harker Heights at 1:30 with The Last Days of Judas, Belton at 2:40 with Suite Surrender, Killeen at 3:50 with The Actor’s Nightmare, Temple at 5 p.m. and Shoemaker at 6:10 with A Monster Calls.
Temple’s production, Men on Boats, is set in 1869, Tolleson said.
“Ten explorers set off to chart the Green and Colorado Rivers under the guidance of John Wesley Powell, a Civil War veteran and personal friend of President Grant,” she said.
“This is a government-sanctioned journey following in the footsteps of deserters, lone adventurers and countless indigenous people who had previously braved the wild rapids leading through Colorado, Utah and New Mexico, and through the most dangerous waterway of all — the Grand Canyon.”
The play stars Natalie Greenfield as John Wesley Hunter, the group’s one-armed leader. Alivea Johnson portrays hunter and trapper William Dunn, and Saniyah Galbreath will be John Colton Summer, a former soldier and explorer.
Men on Boats also features Rochelle Lopez as Old Shady, Brinley Belson as Lt. Bradley, Skyler Gordon as O.G. Howland, Michelle Boyles as Seneca Howland, Hanna Prince as Frank Goodman, Ash Hauersperger as Hall the mapmaker, and Emily Perkins as Hawkins the cook. Avery Tarbet, Kyra Williams, Tanijah Cody and Macy Ziehr will serve as UIL alternates.
On-site crew members are Danae Hardister, Aracely Placencia, Allisandria Randle, Rania Ahmed, Angel Santiago, Alyssa Olivares, Bianca Rios, Victoria Stanley, Thomas Painter, Hayden Korsmo, Melody Oradesky and Antonio Gordon.
The UIL crew includes Kelsi Selter, Janice Cody, Mekena McVean, Holden Rounds, Colin Fowler, Terry Austin, Alyssa Maggitt, Sydney Fisher, Sophia Pacheco and Jayden Maiani.
Directing Men on Boats are Tolleson, Kayla Stewart and Spencer Tolleson. Stage manager is Kelsi Seiter.
Three of those competing in Harker Heights will advance to the Bi-District round on March 24 at Temple High School. Area will be held April 2 at Midway, and the Region contest is April 23 at Waco University. The State event is May 5-7.
AROUND TOWN: Tarrant Lake ducks
Ducks have been enjoying mild mornings this week at Tarrant Park, located on VA Center property in Temple. This weekend’s weather will be cloudy but temperatures are expected to hit the mid to upper 70s. David Stone photo
‘Camp Rock’ opens Saturday at CAC
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
The Academie Musique’s production of Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and may be purchased online at www.cacarts.com.
“This is going to be a biggie,” said Shelley Dennis, the academy’s executive director. “Camp Rock: The Musical is a one-act musical comedy based on The Disney Channel’s Camp Rock and its sequel, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. It will feature the music and characters from the two movies.”
“We will be using a live band with three instrumentalists, and the students will be playing instruments as well,” she said.
The story revolves around a band called Connect 3, which in the Disney Channel movies is played by the Jonas Brothers. Connect 3 members work at Camp Rock, which is owned by their uncle, Dennis said.
The band works at the camp to teach kids to sing, dance and play instruments.
A rival music camp — Camp Star — invites those attending Camp Rock for a visit, and the new camp even lures Camp Rock staff to work at Star. Short-handed, Camp Rock suddenly faces the possibility of a shut down. To keep the doors open, Camp Rock students challenge the Star campers to a musical showdown.
AROUND TOWN: enjoying the weather
Bently and his mom enjoy a walk on a beautiful day at Oak Creek Park in South Temple. The park, located off Forest Trail, is quite popular among dog walkers living in the neighborhood. David Stone photo
AROUND TOWN: interactive Temple map
Updated public information panels have been placed on Downtown kiosks. One of the panels includes a QR code that sends those who scan it to an interactive Downtown map. Here's that map link: Downtowntemple.com/downtown-map Dan Kelleher photo
Belton Lake: Good
Water lightly stained; 48 degrees; 3.05 feet low. When possible, fish on days with optimal weather scenarios. With cooler water temperatures the fish are deep, cold, and sluggish. Fish are holding to about 40 feet of water biting on 5/8 ounce Bladed Hazy Eye Slabs worked slowly upwards off bottom in conjunction with Garmin LiveScope. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service.
Catfish are moving to the mouth of major creeks and rivers, as the day warms up the fish will move to shallower water. Blue catfish are good on fresh cut bait or live perch 10-20 feet on wind blown banks, and wind blown points. Channel catfish are good on commercial baits. Yellow catfish are still slow. Report by Jason "SPUD" Barton, Cattin' Around Adventure's Professional Guide Service.
Crappie are in their spawning grounds using hand ties. Report by Zach Minnix, Jig N’ Jerk Guide Service.
Stillhouse Hollow: Good
Water lightly stained; 45 degrees; 3.14 feet low. Crappie are in the pre-spawn pattern up river. Report by Zach Minnix, Jig N’ Jerk Guide Service.
Requested lake reports
Water lightly stained; 45 degrees; 0.23 feet high. Crappie are fair at night up the river under lights using minnows. White bass are fair up river spawning around Dickerson’s using road runners and twister tails. Blue catfish are good using juglines with ZOTE. Yellow catfish are slow. Black bass are fair up river using jigs. Report by Tommy Tidwell, Tommy Tidwell’s Granger Lake Guide Service.
Lake Limestone: Great
Water clear; 55 degrees; 0.64 feet low. Water temperatures are climbing each day, and are expected to hit 60 degrees by the weekend. Largemouth bass are good in 1-7 feet of water on chatterbaits and Texas rigs, and weightless senkos. We should see them on beds as the spawn has begun. Crappie are good in 1-14 feet of water on minnows. White bass are good in 7-17 feet of water on silver jigging spoons. Report by Colan Gonzales, DFW Fishing Guide Booking.com.
County judge issues burn ban
Bell County Judge David Blackburn issued an order Thursday prohibiting outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of the county. The ban kicks in at 6 a.m. Saturday.
“We’ve had regular conversations with the Bell County Fire Marshall,” Blackburn said. “Dry conditions have created a public safety hazard that can only be made worse by outdoor burning.”
The order will be in effect until March 12, but could be extended. Violating a burn ban order is a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500.
What were some of Temple’s early nicknames?
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On this day in 1904, the Batson-Old oilfield, located on Pine Bayou in southwestern Hardin County, reached its peak daily production. That day the field yielded more than 150,000 barrels of crude. Along with the Spindletop, Sour Lake, and Humble fields, Batson helped to establish the Texas oil industry. Batson field was first drilled in 1903 and was still producing in its 10th decade when its cumulative production reached more than 45 million barrels in 1993.
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On this day in 1933, “Cactus Jack” left his position as speaker of the House to become vice president of the United States. John Nance Garner was born in 1868 in a log cabin near Detroit, Texas. He was admitted to the bar in 1890 and moved to Uvalde, where he joined the law firm of Clark and Fuller. Garner served as a county judge and as a state senator before heading for Washington as a congressman in 1903. During his early years in Congress he adhered to his number-one rule for success: get elected, stay there, and gain influence through seniority. By 1909 Garner had become party whip, and he became speaker of the House in 1931. He campaigned for president in 1932 and, after throwing his support to Franklin D. Roosevelt, became FDR's running mate. Garner was a master of congressional politics and helped get much of the early New Deal legislation enacted, but he ultimately split with Roosevelt and the liberals over the court-packing plan and the direction of the Democratic party. Garner became a leader of the conservative Democrats, and, though he was reelected vice president in 1936, he worked against further New Deal legislation. After retiring from public life in 1940, Garner spent the rest of his years in Uvalde in relative seclusion. He died in 1967, a few days before his ninety-ninth birthday.
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TODAY’S TEMPLE TRIVIA ANSWER: Temple had many nicknames in its earlier days. It was named Mudville for its thick blackland prairie soil; Tanglefoot for both its mud and for its reputation as a wild frontier town; and Ratsville for its abundant supply of those four- legged creatures. However, the face of Temple was soon to change. Arriving trains brought women, children, china, crystal, and all the touches of modern society. Whole families loaded their furniture, tools, animals and sometimes even themselves onto boxcars and came to Temple to settle. Temple grew very fast, and became "Progressive Temple" and the "Prairie Queen." It also became known as the "City of Trees" due to Mr. Goodrich Jones, a resident who is the father of Arbor Day in Texas and the Texas Forestry Association.
RECORD POST! Thursday’s issue about the TMED Neighborhood Plan, and possible Temple Mall redevelopment, had 1,888 views by 8 a.m. — the issue was released at 7:24 a.m. By the end of the day, Thursday’s issue became Our Town Temple’s most-read edition ever!