— By SHARRON HUDSON
MILLSAP – As Christmas Day approaches, it’s wonderful to look back on events that have recently taken place in celebration of this special time.
For our community, Dec. 14 was a day full of festivities for everyone.
With Heritage Park fully decked out in decorations, vendors set up there for a cold day of meeting the public and passing out hot chocolate. At the Community Center there was a party going on all day and into the evening. Some of the fun there included a brunch, crafts, movie time and snacks. As 5 p.m. approached streets were lined with folks who enjoyed a wonderful parade. Highlights included appearances by the Grinch, Donald Duck, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. One of the most unusual sights was a classic Cadillac painted in camouflage and one of its riders appeared to be an impersonator from the Duck Dynasty clan. The parade wrapped up at Heritage Park with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The fireplaces were lit in the park cabins and there was a multitude of children waiting to greet and meet with the jolly old elf. Excitement ran high as everyone was warmed by a delicious supper of hot dogs and chili, compliments of the City of Millsap. Neighbors greeted neighbors and all was very merry as Christmas music played in the background. This evening took a lot of planning and work and thanks go out to all who helped and donated with special thanks to the City of Millsap, Michael Kinman, Melvin Davis, Diane French and Stella Casey. A wonderful time for our community!
Word has come from the Millsap Heritage Society that they still have 2014 historical calendars for sale. The calendars feature area photos of many buildings and businesses that no longer exist such as the Millsap train depot and Strains Mercantile. These would make a great gift or a unique decorative focal point in your home for the next year. The cost is $10 per calendar, and it costs less than $2.60 to mail one of them. If you would like to buy one, they are available at Millsap City Hall or call 940-682-4402 and leave a message. These will be very enjoyable for any history buff.
The Millsap Cemetery Association is making great progress on funding for building a pavilion at the graveyard. People have been very gracious in purchasing the homemade tamales that are a specialty of Urlinda Ortiz, and everyone agrees that they are absolutely delicious. These are made by special order for $10 a dozen and would make a great item for holiday menus. To order call 940-682-4871, your appetite will thank you! To send a donation to the building project mail to Millsap Cemetery Association Treasurer, 1156 Wilson Bend Road Millsap, TX 76066. This pavilion is sorely needed, so please help if possible.
With so many homeless pets, Walden’s Farm and Ranch Supply Stores in Mineral Wells and Weatherford are taking a role in helping find homes for cats and dogs. Walden’s in Mineral Wells (196 Garrett Morris Parkway) has partnered with the local humane society and animal shelter and has cats available in the store for adoption at all times, and dogs on a more limited basis. The store sponsors a pet adoption day one Saturday each month, with the next slated for Jan. 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
While new owners always receive a free five pound bag of food for the pet, if you adopt in January the free bag will be 15 pounds. So far 88 animals have been adopted out through the store, and the goal is to make it 100 by Jan. 11. The Weatherford store (2551 S. Main St.) sponsors a Saturday adoption day every four-to-six weeks, as well as both stores sponsor vaccination days.
Weatherford Waldens has also been taking donations for the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter to help fund building an isolation house for sick and debilitated animals. This is a very worthwhile venture by this business, and a great way to help animals’ health and find them a forever home.
While school will be closing down for the holidays, one program that has had a very successful first semester is the Millsap Afterschool Program. We are very proud of this program as it comes from a grant funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. This is a truly enriching program for students in a rural school setting and brings the students involved endless opportunities. There are also parent engagement opportunities available, with Monica Clifton coordinating this aspect of the program.
Students have many classes offered in the program that are enjoyable while providing them educational enhancement and broadening their horizons for a successful future. A couple of the more than 20 classes for the beginning half of this school year are Trash Can Band and Tumbling. There are also special programs provided, for example, firemen giving information on safety and their job as a career choice. This program has enhanced families lives since being brought in through the school district, and we look forward to seeing all of the great things to come from MAP during the second semester of this school year. Millsap Methodist Church invites everyone to a Candlelight Service on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary with communion. A beautiful way to celebrate Christmas Eve.
May you and yours have a very blessed Christmas as the world celebrates. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
Thanks for reading!