Wow! Where do I start? Thank you, Beeville, for making our first Bee County Living History Celebration a great success! Although the numbers were not spectacular, the people who came as visitors or participants left the area realizing they had been part of something special!
Thank you to the vendors, exhibitors and demonstrators that came; although they were small in numbers, their enthusiasm was tremendous. Thank you, Lou Adele May, for giving of your time so generously to put on a program for the children at the Barnhart library. The silent auction was very unique, from framed photos donated by some of our area photographers, to handmade Native American items, to miscellaneous items donated by other groups and people. The history storytellers always had a crowd of people listening to every word spoken. Everyone who heard any of the speakers came away with some tidbit of history they had not been aware of, or had forgotten over the years.
The Native American group never was without a crowd gathered around them. For those that missed seeing them, make a note not to miss it next year. The talents of Balde Galvan and Lillian Casper along with the rest of the Native American Council of Beeville are tremendous. One their biggest objectives was to involve the kids, and the kids were ready. From simple trading of household items, (or anything brought forward), to the fun Candy Dance, the children embraced it all. I do not think I have ever seen Ballet Folklorico better. All of it was fantastic. And the Jones High Mariachi group gave a stellar finish.
None of this could have been accomplished without all the help the Bee County Historical Society received from the community. Thanks to the Joe Barnhart Foundation for giving us permission to use the pocket park across from the McClanahan House. It was the perfect venue for all the entertainment. Thanks to the county and city for helping clean up the area, the Bee-Picayune for all the wonderful publicity, the radio stations, individual citizen donations, silent auction bidders and buyers – all contributed to the success of the event. Thanks especially to Michelle Wright with the Beeville Main Street Program – her knowledge and know how, who to talk to, what we needed to do, etc., was a huge reason for the success of the celebration.
Especially a huge thanks to all the people that worked so diligently all day long Saturday, and for weeks before, to make sure everything ran smoothly. This project would never have gotten off the ground without their continuing efforts.
And, yes, we are planning to do this again next year – this time, with an earlier start to planning, and hopefully involving more people and groups. A remark Lillian Casper made really stuck: “Although it is a small gathering this year, the energy is so positive!” And that is exactly right, I never felt any negativity through the day, and that makes it all worthwhile.
Once again, thank you, Beeville.
Bee County Historical Society