Two for the road
by Chip Latcham
Dec 20, 2013 | 333 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Still not in the Christmas spirit?

For about the last month we have shared opportunities in this region guaranteed to fill one with cheer and appreciation for the holiday season.

However, Bee Countians, there’s at least two last, bright, shiny examples. And they’re both quite memorable.

First, show up on Saturday morning at Beeville’s First United Methodist Church and see how you can become involved in the 24th annual Community Christmas Dinner being served in the gymnasium and fellowship hall.

Although no takeout plates will be allowed, everyone is welcome to dine in at this popular gathering, which begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. or the food runs out.

Pastor Larry McRorey said, “Everything is coming together for this meal,” adding that volunteers are always welcome. Last year about 1,200 plates were served.

Many members from FUMC and other churches and civic organizations have called and are providing desserts and coming to assist.

From the delicious food and smiling faces of the diners and volunteers to the live musical entertainment provided by The Forgiven, FUMC’s own praise and worship band, it’s almost impossible to leave that place with a bah humbug.

Still not satisfied? Then hop in the car with the family and head out to the North Pole, a long-standing tradition in Bee County which is coming to a close this year.

The Ron Jones home on Chaparral Trail in the High Country Estates subdivision off FM Road 2824 has been a delightful destination for several generations of Bee children.

Yet, after 35 years, the extensive amount of time to set up and take down the decorations has become too much for the family.

Beginning in 1978 as an attraction for their son Jimmy, who suffered from severe cerebral palsy, this event grew through the years with numerous animated displays built with motors from old washing machines and fans.

“My dad loves to see the kids’ faces light up,” Ronnie Jones said, but his father’s waning health necessitates the spectacle’s cessation.

So, sadly for both the community and Jones family, it’s time for the lights to be turned off.

The last day for the display is New Year’s Eve. So take one last sentimental journey out north of town, and thanks, Jones family, for all the fond memories.
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