Weatherford Democrat

November 17, 2013

MILLSAP MATTERS: Millsap’s Christmas tree lighting, celebration plans taking shape


Weatherford Democrat

— By SHARRON HUDSON

MILLSAP – Even though we have not yet celebrated Thanksgiving, there are many plans in the works for area Christmas celebrations. Millsap’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is shaping up very well under the direction of our city council and dedicated volunteers.

There are many facets to the celebration which will be Dec. 14 at Heritage Park, with the log cabins and city hall being opened for the happenings. Heritage Park will be the site for the craft bazaar, with vendors setting up beginning at 10 a.m. There will be a chili cook off with prizes awarded. Chili needs to be at city hall by 3:30 p.m., as it will be judged at 4 p.m. After the 5 p.m. parade, in which everyone is invited to participate, there will be complimentary refreshments of hot dogs, chili, cookies and drinks.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be greeting guests during the evening hours, as will Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The Council and Volunteers are expecting this to be the biggest year of visitors yet, so they are asking the community to bring cookies and chili. More chili than what comes from the chili cook off will be needed. Volunteers are needed for serving the refreshments and helping clean up. This is going to be a great time for everyone so plan on helping, if possible, and attending.

The City of Cool will be hosting its Second Annual Christmas Party at its Community Center on Dec. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The city council did a great job last year of hosting with top-notch entertainment, food and lots of festive fun. The center is a place that will look great fully decorated for the season, and this city council and Cool’s citizens always offer wonderful hospitality. This is sure to be a great time of Christmas fun and many are already looking forward to it.

The Millsap High School Band recently competed in two contests at Glen Rose High School with wonderful results. They first competed at the Paluxy Valley Marching Contest, where they were judged on marching execution and musical performance. They competed against schools that are classified 1A-5A, and won 11th place out of these 27 bands. They also competed in the Region 7 UIL marching contest. The band earned a second division rating in this competition. Congrats to the band, Band Director Phil Carpenter and Color Guard instructor Stephanie Greenway on these achievements.

Nov. 2 was a very special day for Millsap VFD as they dedicated a memorial bell to honor past, present and future firefighters who protect and have protected our area. There were 18 men and two women memorialized during the ceremony. The bell was rung by a family member, or Chief Neal Doss, for each of these heroes. It was a very poignant, respectful time. The department gives special thanks to Mrs. Dorothy Guess for the donation of the bell. Her late husband, O.C. (Bill) Guess, was one of the founding members of the department. May we always be grateful for past, present, and future Millsap firefighters, as we know those in other places are thankful for theirs.

Folks from our area are making plans to attend the Mineral Wells Ministerial Alliance’s Community Thanksgiving Service on Nov. 24. This will be hosted by Mineral Wells First Baptist Church. The worship service will begin at 5 p.m., and a traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served at 6 p.m. This will be a very edifying way to begin the Thanksgiving holiday celebration.

The Millsap Neighborhood Ladies Home and Garden Club had a good time at its November meeting with Thanksgiving and turkeys the theme of the day. After a delicious lunch they had a very fruitful business meeting with the appointing of Linda Whitehouse as their publicity chairperson. It was also brought to the attention of members that tax-aide volunteers will be assisting local residents with their income tax returns free of charge Feb. 1-April 15. The locations for this help will be the Weatherford Public Library, Boyce Ditto Public Library (Mineral Wells) and the Mineral Wells Senior Center.

The Garden Club’s next meeting is Dec. 4 at the Millsap Community Center beginning at 11 a.m. Students from Garner School will be performing a play for them. All women are invited.

Thanks for reading!

Send Millsap-area news to Sharron Hudson at millsapmatters@weatherfordddemocrat.com.