WEEKLY WRAP UP for Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

A message from your Chamber
    Congratulations to the Cliff and Katelyn Olle and Old Taylor High for bringing home the award for the best rehab or restoration project in a town with fewer than 50,000 residents from the Texas Downtown Association.
    OTH faced competition from Cochran Blair & Potts in Belton, the Denison City Hall, the Mustang Cantina in Goliad, Briscoe's Emporium on Lower Main in Mount Vernon and Conrad Lofts in Plainview.
   The Olles purchased the 1923 high school (turned junior high) building on Seventh Street in November 2016. The complex now includes 12 modern apartments, Plowman's Kitchen, the Loose Screw, ON Technology, Meals on Wheels and the Switzer Senior Center.
   The Chamber is proud of this achievement and is grateful to the Olles and their work at OTH for bringing positive attention to Taylor's past and its future.
   Today is your last day to vote early in the Nov. 5 election. The polls are open until 7 p.m. today at City Hall, 400 Porter.  On Tuesday, voting can be done at at Taylor City Hall  from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Every loves a parade!
   ...especially a lighted Christmas Parade!
   Don't miss your chance to get into the fun and represent your business, organization, family or church as Taylor welcomes the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 7. Click HERE for registration information and rules for parade entries.

Know a GREAT woman?
    Taylor Area Businesswomen are looking for a person who has shown dedication to the Taylor community to win this year's Woman of the Year award. Click HERE for guidelines and to learn how to nominate someone. Nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 27.

Citizen of the Year
    The Taylor Rotary Club is searching for its next recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award. Criteria for the award include   
  • Engagement in a variety of community activities over an extended period of time
  • Recognition as a caring and sharing person who donated his or her time and talents for the betterment of the community.
  • Motivation to do for others and secured results that benefited the community at large, not just one particular group, organization, project or segment of the community.
  • Active participation in service or civic clubs, church groups, community committees or other organizations working for the betterment of the community.
If you know someone you would like to nominate, download the form HERE and inform Regina Carlson of your intent. She can be reached at   512-365-0068. Nominations should be sent via email to bgraypcb@sbcglobal.net or by mail to Regina Carlson, P.O. Box 289, Taylor, TX 76574 by Dec. 27.

Chamber News & Calendar 

The Chamber Ambassadors named Sirloin Stockade as October's Business of the Month. The restaurant  was selected for its outstanding support of the annual East WilCo Business Expo and Job Fair and for the hospitality extended to the Chamber, its board and various civic organizations. The business is currently managed by Leo Lopez and formerly by Paul Herrera who were both at the presentation. Sirloin Stockade has served Taylor since 1986.

 Chamber Calendar
  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m.--Finance Committee: Chamber
  • Friday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m. -- Ribbon cutting: Grand re-opening of the Taylor WalMart
  • Friday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.--City of Taylor Recognition of Vencil Mares of Taylor Cafe: Taylor Cafe, 101 N. Main St.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. -- Local Athlete Recognition by the City of Taylor: Heritage Square
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 4 p.m.-- Tourism Committee: Chamber
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 5:15 p.m.--Chamber Board Meeting: Sirloin Stockade
  • Monday, Nov. 18, noon -- Chamber Luncheon: Sirloin Stockade. Tiffany Price from Life Park and Kelli Becerra from Healthy Williamson County
  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m.--Ribbon cutting: Pierce Park, 200 W. 4th St.
  • Wednesday, Nov 20, noon--Ambassador Luncheon: Gatti's Pizza
  • Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:30 a.m. -- Funding Committee: Holiday Inn Express
  • Thursday, Dec. 5, 8 a.m.--Finance Committee: Chamber
  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. -- Christmas Parade of Lights: Want to be in the parade? Download this information.
  • Monday, Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m.--Chamber Board Meeting: Sirloin Stockade
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10, 4 p.m.--Tourism Committee: Chamber
  • Monday, Dec. 16, noon--Chamber Luncheon: Sirloin Stockade
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, noon--Programs & Services: Chamber

Member News and Events
Feast of Sharing
   The Blackshear/O. L. Price Ex-Student Association will be hosting their 19th Annual Feast of Sharing 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Fannie Robinson Park Pavilion, located on the corner of Walnut and Dolan in Taylor. The community of Taylor is invited for this free meal with all the trimmings. For information call 512-296-6109.

Music on the lawn
    The Moody Museum will host music on the lawn 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, featuring the music group Paris Falls. The public is invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the music. A $5 donation can help the Museum continue to host programs like this one. The museum is at 114 W. 9th St.

Honor veterans
    The Moody Museum invites the public to attend a special event at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, that will honor veterans and commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. D-Day is the day (June 6, 1944) in World War II on which Allied forces invaded northern France by means of beach landings in Normandy. The Museum is at 114 W. 9th St.

Veterans breakfast
    Veterans, relatives of veterans and community members who support them are all welcome to the annual Veterans Day Breakfast, on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Graham D. Lund Chapter of the American Legion at  1310 Sycamore St. in Taylor's Murphy Park. The event begins at 7 a.m. with a flag raising and the meal is free.

Dr.James Lee Dickey Day
   The Dr. James L. Dickey Day Parade and Health Fair will be Nov. 16. The downtown parade will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the health fair at the  at the TISD Main Street Event Center 3101 N. Main. Click here to download an application for the parade and here to download an application for a free booth at the health fair. Contact Jennifer Harris at 512-296-6109 for more information. 

Entertainment calendar
    WilCo EXPO: Click here to look at what's going on out at the Expo Center.
    American Legion:  Click here  or here for upcoming events.
    SPJST Post 29:   November's schedule is here.
    Taylor Station Bar: Click here for upcoming events.
    Texas Beer Company: To keep up with everything going on at TBC, click here.
    Marshall's Tavern: Marshall's events are here.
    The Loose Screw: See their events here.

Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
1519 N. Main St.  Taylor TX 76574
512-352-6364          www.taylorchamber.org          president@taylorchamber.org