WEEKLY WRAP UP for Friday, Oct. 4, 2019

Above (L to R) are Matthew Synatzske, Mary Lefner, Denise Solbach, Ben Lefner, Deborah Parker, Michael Krueger, Jordan Grier, Emory Stromberg, Ashley Schroeder and Williamson County Grain's Dustin Owen.

In the photo, above, are (L-R) Deborah Parker, Michael Bachmayer,  Billy Carlson, Denise Solbach and Jordan Grier.

A message from your Chamber

    The Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce is proud to continue a long-standing tradition of honoring and thanking local farmers for all they do for our community, state and nation. We do that by recognizing the farmers and their families who bring in the first legal loads and bales each year.
   This year's recipients are Billy Carlson for the first bale of cotton, Emory Stromberg by the first load of corn, Matthew Richter for the first load of wheat and Michael Krueger for the first load of milo.
   There is nothing we can do to repay farmers for their contributions but the Taylor Chamber, Williamson County Grain and Taylor Compress are please to award this year's winners with $150 as a token of our gratitude and with  our best wishes for your continued success in your farming and agricultural endeavors.
   Farmers in our community are essential to maintaining the farming tradition that is such a large part of our community's heritage.

It's time for  a scare on the square!
   Spooktacular returns to Heritage Square 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
    The City is currently seeking organizations, businesses or groups to host free trick-or-treat or Halloween game booths or vendor booths for $25. Click here to learn more about those opportunities.
     As part of that event, Friends of the Taylor Public Library will host a costume contest at 7 p.m. for children in various age groups and a contest for the best themed family group.
    Children and families are urged to register for the contest at the amphitheater 6-7 p.m.
     Judges are also needed for the contest. If you are willing to help, please email Friends of the Taylor Public Library President Tia Rae Stone at president@taylorchamber.org with Spooktacular Judge as the subject line.
    Click HERE to download a copy of the poster (pictured) to put up at your business or to share with family and friends.

Haunted Taylor
   Join guides from the Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society on a nighttime stroll through the murderous and macabre, the frightening and fascinating, history of Taylor. 
   Tours are offered at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 for $20 available here.
    Tickets usually sell out well before the tour dates so don't miss your opportunity to r evel in tales of Taylor's rough and tumble past and the stories behind many familiar buildings (and the structures that preceded them) in our historic downtown.
   Tours begin in the Louie Mueller Barbecue parking lot,  last up to 1.5 hours and are about 3/4 of a mile long. Please wear comfortable shoes. While there is no age requirement, please know that some rather gruesome material will be discussed during the tour that may not be appr
opriate for young children.

LEAD Taylor
     The City of Taylor is looking for citizens who want to learn more about their city for the 2020 LEAD Taylor Program. The program is a community-focused, collaborative program that provides participants an in-depth look at government operations, community planning and awareness, and the opportunity to learn about civic culture from the inside. The first class will be Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. For more information and application, visit  https://www.ci.taylor.tx.us/838/LEAD-Taylor . Applications are also available at City Hall, 400 Porter St.

Chamber News & Calendar 

  Chamber Calendar
  • Monday, Oct. 7, noon -- Marketing & Communications : Chamber, 1519 N Main St.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9, noon -- Advocacy: Chamber, 1519 N. Main St.Tu
  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 8 a.m. -- Finance: Chamber, 1519 N. Main St.
  • Monday, Oct. 14, 5:15 p.m. --  Chamber board : Sirloin Stockade 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m.-- Ribbon Cutting Anniversary: Providence Funeral Home, 807 Carlos G. Parker NW  
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m. -- Tourism: Chamber, 1519 N. Main St.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, noon -- Programs & Services: Chamber, 1519 N. Main St.
  • Monday, Oct. 21, noon --  Luncheon: Pct. 4 Commissioner Russ Boles is our speaker at Sirloin Stockade
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 a.m. -- Funding: Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Friday, Oct. 25, 11:30 am-- Ribbon Cutting:  2nd & Main Lofts, 100 E. 2nd St.
  • Friday, Oct. 25, 3 pm-- Ribbon Cutting: Phillips 76, 1702 N. Main
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, noon--Ambassadors: Gatti's

Member News and Events
Breakfast with Boys & Girls Club
   The Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County invites you to Breakfast and a Pitch 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at 5th and Vance Events Center, 301 W. 5th St. 
   Guests will enjoy breakfast while they hear an update on the Club's first two months of operations and how your can help. They welcome help of all types including funding and talents. RSVPs are requested to abain@bgctx.org

Click here to learn more.

More at the Moody
    The Moody Museum will host "A Bit of Taylor History" through photos and interviews at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. Barbara Yerby will give the presentation at the museum, 114 W. 9th St.

Run for a Good Life
    Good Life Taylor, Texas will host its annual fair and 5K Saturday, Oct. 12, at Bull Branch Park.
    The run begins at 8 a.m.  Early Bird registration ends Sept. 30 and costs $25. Registration is $30 after that and $35 on race day. Teams are encouraged to register by Sept. 30 for the team rate of $20 per person for a team of at least four. Pre-registration includes the run and a t-shirt.
    The Fair runs
 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a free Kids K, a poultry petting zoo, chicken splat bingo and interactive displays. The free Super Epic Confetti Egg Battle is scheduled for 11 a.m.
   Chubby Knuckle Choir will perform at 9:40 and 11:30 a.m. with plans for some special interactive music.
   To register as a racer or vendor and to learn more go to  http://www.goodlifetaylor.com/

Pints for Polio
    To raise awareness and critically-needed funds to fight the crippling disease polio, Rotary Club of Taylor will host Pints for Polio, 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Texas Beer Company.
        Glasses are on sale now from Taylor Rotarians. A $20 donation gets you an "End Polio Now" pint glass and a beer to go in it at the event. The Club will also host a raffle with several chances to win some fun items. The Texas Beer Company is at 201 N. Main St.
       To donate a prize, buy a glass or learn more, contact Rotary Club of Taylor President Regina Carlson at 979-732-4692 or 512-352-4321 or email regina.carlson@tayloredc.org.

Washer & Horseshoe Tournament
     Toss some metal, win some prizes and help Taylor Lions support the Leader Dog program.
    The 21st annual Walter Gonzales Foundation Washer and Horseshoe Tournament will be Saturday, Oct. 19,  at the Taylor SPJST Hall, 5025 FM 619. Register under the tent from 8 to 10 a.m. It costs $20 per team and spectators are welcome. Food will be available.
     For tournament information, callthe Walter Gonzales Foundation:  J.J. Sanchez at 254-217-1993.  For Leader Dog / Lions Club information, call  Greg Teggeman at 512-925-9735.

 LifePark Center will host a family fall festival 10 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct.  19 at Heritage Square Park. The event will feature a bounce house, petting zoo, Zumba demonstration, farmers market and more. Learn more at  www.lifeparkcenter.com

Thanksgiving Celebration
   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.

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:   October'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