Welcome to fall!
Summer's over, and that means it's time for festivals and cooler weather. First, Cort's inspiring story, Weird Doughs' weirdos and Oktoberfest.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 — THE FIRST DAY OF FALL
"Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” Lady Bird Johnson
Cort McGhghy stands by her Hey Darlin Plants trailer at a recent pop-up stop.
Growing business delivers hope
By DAVID STONE, Our Town exclusive
Good things take time to grow. Like a plant. Or a business.
For Cort McGhghy, it’s a little of both.
A native of Arkansas who now calls Morgan’s Point home, Cort sells plants and plant merchandise, but she doesn’t have a nursery or a store. Instead, she has a trailer. And, she makes house calls.
“I started Hey Darlin Plants during COVID,” she said this week. “I set up an Instagram account and started posting. I took orders and delivered them to my customer’s front door, and they paid through PayPal or they left money under the doormat.”
Customers often received something a little extra with their orders — a free airplane plant.
“It symbolizes hope,” she said. “We all need hope.”
Cort was inspired to spread that message soon after losing her brother to addiction in 2017.
“When you look at a plant, I hope you see that glimmer of hope. Every good thing takes time and that growth is such a beautiful process.”
In February, she purchased a small trailer and now does pop-up visits around Central Texas.
“I have a calendar on Instagram and on my website to let customers know where I’ll be,” she said. “I have some regular stops, though. Belton Market Days, 3 Texans Winery near Temple, and Barrow Brewing in Salado. I also sell plants at Gooch Family Farm near Troy.”
Hey Darlin sells a variety of indoor plants, along with succulents and cacti. Cort also carries a line of items such as apparel, pins and wine bags, all engraved or imprinted with plant-related graphics.
While the majority of the plants Cort sales are purchased through wholesale nurseries, she has built a greenhouse and is in the process of growing her own inventory.
“I’d love to have a storefront some day,” she said. “Right now, though, I’m busy with school and selling through the trailer.”
Cort is working on a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Texas A&M University of Central Texas, and she plans on getting a master’s degree as well. Her goal is to become a counselor.
“I love hearing other people’s stories,” she said. “I get to do that with the Hey Darlin trailer. It’s been therapeutic. Plants — like life — keep growing. I provide a space with nice, calming music for people to gather around and look at plants — we all need that sometimes.”
“I love what I’m doing and plan to continue,” she said. “Once I become a counselor, I’ll probably hire an employee to help with the trailer.”
“I’m on the right path. I hope it keeps growing and I can grow with it.”
Cort’s pop-up calendar, plants and plant-related merchandise can be found at www.heydarlinplants.com.
The weirdos are coming! Weird Doughs Bakery & Cafe
Amanda Hill and Amber Hinkson will be opening Weird Doughs Bakery & Cafe on 6th Street in downtown Temple. In addition to pies, tarts, bread and other bakery standards, the two self-described weirdos will also feature unique sandwiches.
Things are getting a little Weird
By DAVID STONE, Our Town exclusive
Who wants a peanut butter and jalapeño jelly sandwich? Or perhaps a bulgogi cheesesteak?
Kinda weird, huh?
Welcome to Weird Doughs, a soon-to-be bakery and sandwich shop on the mostly empty east end of Temple’s entertainment district. It’s not a popular area for businesses — OK, there’s a liquor store, but that’s about it.
“We’re being called urban pioneers for going in that direction,” joked Amber Hinkson, one of two owners of the business. “But we think we are going to be in a very good location.”
“Definitely,” added Amanda Hill. “There’s about to be a lot of construction in the 6th Street area. There’s going to be a huge parking garage across the street, new apartments and condos, and other businesses.”
Construction of the parking garage — one of two to be built downtown — is expected to begin in November and be completed in about a year. Renovation is under way at the nearby Professional Building, which is being converted into a 19-unit Central Plaza apartment complex. Also, construction is expected to begin soon on a group of buildings that will be near the parking garage — including the old Hawn Hotel building, the Arcadia Theater, the Sears building and an old auto parts store.
Locating Weird Doughs Cafe & Bakery at 11 N. 6th Street may indeed be a brilliant business move for Amanda and Amber.
The two women worked together in a Salado bakery, loved making treats and enjoyed each other’s company. They decided it was time to go into business for themselves.
So why did they pick the name Weird Doughs? Obviously there’s the cool play on words, but there’s more.
“Both of us are a little on the goofball side,” Amber said as they both laughed. “You could say we are weirdos.”
Weird Doughs will feature a variety of breads, tarts, cakes, cookies, pastries and other items created at a traditional bakery. It’s the sandwich menu where things get a bit left of center.
“We’re going in an artisan direction — fusion sandwiches,” Amanda said. “We’ll add a twist to traditional sandwiches like making Philadelphia cheesesteaks with bulgogi and using jalapeño jelly on the PB&Js.”
“We will have seasonal sides to go with our sandwiches,” Amber added. “For instance, in fall and winter we will have different hot soups, but in the warmer months we might serve pasta salads or garden salads.”
Amber and Amanda hope to make Weird Doughs a reality by late November or in early December.
“We’re already hard at work getting ready for the renovation,” Amanda said. “My husband is going to do the work — replacing walls, adding countertops and creating a nice yard space out back for our guests. He will start as soon as the permits are approved.”
‘We are so excited,” Amber said. “We see a great potential in downtown Temple. “We love this culture.”
A pie topped with fresh apples and berries will be among the baked items available at Weird Doughs Bakery & Cafe. The business will open later this year at 11 N. 6th St.
First Friday to celebrate Oktoberfest
By DAVID STONE, Our Town exclusive
Get ready for some German food, beer and music — Temple’s First Friday is celebrating Oktoberfest!
First Friday is always a good time. Usually there’s a couple of block parties and specials just about everywhere. On Oct. 1, however, there’s going to be plenty to oompah about.
Instead of two block parties, there are going to be at least six. Maybe more.
Many Oktoberfest plans are still in the works so an updated version of this story will run prior to Oct. 1.
Let’s start on 1st Street where there will be three block parties and other activities.
The street in front of Fire Base Brewing Company will be transformed into a party zone complete with a special Oktoberfest beer brewed for the First Friday event.
“Our plans are under way for this incredible night,” said Fire Base co-owner J.D. McBride. “Expect an amazing Central Texas take on the traditional Oktoberfest beer, limited-release mugs, live music, games and axe throwing.”
“Check Point Germany will be serving up authentic German food,” he said. “Schnitzel anyone?”
A short distance south but still on 1st Street, the road will be closed for parties at Treno Pizzeria & Taproom and at Mexiko Cafe.
“We’re going to have DJ Torres playing a mix of upbeat and lively music,” said Diana Zavala of Mexiko Cafe. “We’re working on other entertainment, but we will have vendors set up in the street. Trenos will have some things going on outside on the same block, and I’m sure it will run together.”
Trenos activities have not been finalized but likely will include live music and additional vendors on the street.
There also will be special activities at The Yard Food Plaza, located at the south end of 1st Street.
A large block party will be held on 2nd Street in front of Corky’s, The Hub, Pignetti’s and 2nd Street Emporium.
“The popular local band Jerry Haisler & The Melody Five will be performing from 7 to 9 p.m., and we will have several vendors set up,” said Holley Gosh, a spokesperson for The Hub. “The street will be blocked off, and a local photographer will be taking wonderful family photos with hay bales and pumpkins. I believe proceeds from the photos will benefit the Temple Children’s Museum.”
“Corkys is going to have a German food truck and a taco truck will be set up near Pignetti’s,” she said. “We encourage people to bring lawn chairs.”
Sally Myers of 2nd Street Emporium, an antique shop that specializes in vintage items, said a band that plays 1980s rock will be performing in front of her store.
Also on 2nd Street, Artist 2 Artist will showcase artwork created by new and upcoming artists. Sugar skulls prepared for a Day of the Dead art show in late October will be among the works on display at First Friday.
A sugar skull — known as a calavera — is a representation of a family member’s skull created out of cane sugar and decorated with colored foil, icing, beads and feathers.
A Model T car show will be in full swing during First Friday’s Oktoberfest.
“We will be in Temple five days, and we plan on visiting downtown during First Friday,” said group spokesman Hugh Hemphill. “We’ll probably be parking our cars around Santa Fe Plaza.”
The next day, about 12 of the Model T’s will be on display at the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of the museum’s Transportation Family Day.
“Our focus will be on the Model T’s,” said museum spokeswoman Catherine Dodd. “We are excited so we are opening a half hour early.”
Public invited to Fire Safety Day Event
Temple Fire & Rescue invites residents to its annual Fire Safety Day at Central Fire Station on Oct. 2.
“This is the perfect time for residents to tour a local fire station and learn about fire safety,” said Temple Fire & Rescue public information officer Santos Soto.
The event — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — will offer demonstrations, activities and presentations related to fire safety.
The department will serve a free hot dog lunch with chips and drinks.
No registration is required.
Central Fire Station is located at 210 N. 3rd Street.
Manufacturing plant to open Temple location
Our Town report
A global metals fabricator is opening a new manufacturing location in Temple that will eventually employ about 50 people.
SAF is opening a 60,000-square-foot facility at 10986 NW H.K. Dodgen Loop. Temple’s Economic Development Corporation helped select the location.
"Our new location was chosen for strategic reasons and is part of SAF's ongoing commitment to more efficiently and effectively serve our customers," said Penn McClatchey, CEO of SAF.
"We've done business in the Lone Star state and the surrounding region for some time, so it was only natural for us to plant our flag here,” he said. “With our new facility, we're geographically closer to our customers, which means we can get products to them even quicker than before."
A key partner in finalizing SAF's expansion to Texas, Temple EDC works with companies that seek to move to the region by gathering detailed business cost and economic data and securing competitive incentives for qualifying projects.
"We are excited to welcome SAF to Temple, where the company will join a growing roster of manufacturing companies that select Temple for their operations," said Adrian Cannady, president and CEO of Temple Economic Development Corporation.
September 22, Wednesday - Open Mic Comedy at Corky’s. 8 p.m.
September 22, Wednesday - School-Age Story Time (K-3rd Grade), Short films, stories, constructive play. Temple Public Library. 4:15 p.m.
September 23, Thursday - O’Briens Irish Pub Take-Out Fundraiser for Greater Fort Hood Out of the Darkness Walk. Pub will donate 15% of your meal 5-9 p.m.
September 23, Thursday - Taproom Trivia, Win bragging rights and brewery prizes. Fire Base Brewing Company. 7 p.m.
September 24, Friday - Maxx Carter live at Fire Base Brewing Company, 6:30 p.m.
September 24, Friday - Belton Bacon, Blues & Brews Festival, noon to 9 p.m.
September 24, Friday - Aaron Watson, Cotton Country Club, Granger. 9:30 p.m.
September 24, Friday - Karaoke Night @ Corky’s. Every Friday at 8 p.m.
September 25, Saturday - Littlest Wildcat Cheer Camp, Temple High School. 9 a.m.
September 25, Saturday - Preschool Story Time, Stories, songs, literacy activities. Recommended for children 3 to 5 years old. Temple Public Library, 10:30 a.m.
September 25, Saturday - Name That Tune Bingo: Belt it Out Edition. Fire Base Brewing Company, 7:30 p.m.
September 25, Saturday - Belton Bacon, Blues & Brews Festival, noon to 9 p.m.
September 25, Saturday - Baxley & Acadian with special guests Ghost Republic at O’Briens Irish Pub. 9 p.m.
September 25, Saturday - Fun at the Fair! Join us at the museum to for fun at the fair! View the newest exhibit and take part in fun activities - explore symmetry by decorating a popcorn bucket, build your own mini rollercoaster, race your family in duck races, and visit our petting zoo! Bell County Museum. 11 a.m.
September 27, Monday - Teen Craft Corner at Temple Public Library for ages 12 to 18. 5 p.m.
September 28, Tuesday - Baby Bookworms (ages 0 to 12 months), Book sharing, rhymes, songs, exercises. Temple Public Library. 11 a.m.
September 29, Wednesday - School-Age Story Time (K-3rd Grade), Short films, stories, constructive play. Temple Public Library. 4:15 p.m.
September 30, Thursday - TLC’s Celebration of Crazy, Sexy Cool with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Bell County Expo Center. 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 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 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 8, Friday - Painting with a Twist, 3 Texans Winery. 6:30 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 - 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 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 - 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 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.email@example.com 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 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 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 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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