WEEKLY WRAP UP for Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

A message from your Chamber
     I love lots of things about Taylor but the MLK March and Program coming up on Monday, Jan. 20 is one of my most favorite.
    The Memorial March begins at 9 a.m. with line up beginning at 8:45 a.m. at the Dickey-Givens Community Center in Fannie Robinson Park. Walkers will sing as we march down East MLK to Main Street. Cresting the bridge and remembering those who marched in March of 1965 on what became known as Bloody Sunday is sobering and inspiring. (Learn more about the march in Selma here.)
    If you cannot make the walk, consider joining the celebration at 10 a.m. in Heritage Square (or City Hall if the weather is bad). The program sets time for remembrance but also a time to celebrate young and old in our community. 
    I hope to see you there!

Sneak peek at silent auction items
     The annual Chamber and Community Awards Banquet is in just four days (Jan. 14). New this year is a silent auction of Taylor-made experiences. For the most part, that means PARTIES! Parties where YOU invite YOUR friends for a fantastic time with NONE of the clean-up -- before OR after -- NONE of the cooking and NONE of the stress!
    Which one is the perfect one for you?
  • Child's Tea Party for 4 in at 1968 pink Shasta camper on Heritage Square includes PB&J, apple juice and a special cake
  • Pirate Party & Scavenger Hunt for 10-12 at Pecan Manor includes party food, a competitive scavenger hunt around town following historic and trivial clues, silly pirate games and a pool party
  • Derby Day Brunch for 8 ladies the first Saturday in May at the Jez Farm includes food and an outrageous hat contest
  • Moody, Music & More picnic for 6, private tour of museum with a historical presentation or speaker and a piano concert by Eduardo Benevides
  • Four nights at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Taylor
  • Garden Party on the Farm for up to 8 people includes fishing, a make & take gardening experience, yard games and a southern-style picnic at the Downs Farm
  • Longhorns & Leisure party for 6 on the Hagler Ranch includes fishing and a chili lunch
  • A Country Brunch for 8 at the Jez Farm on April 7, 11 or 18 includes lunch and visiting with members of the Chamber Board of Directors
  • Hayride, Hot dogs & S'More party for 10-12 at the Dowdy's Morning Star Ranch in Shiloh includes a hayride, hot dogs, s'mores, songs around a campfire in the spring or fall
  • Coupland adventure includes dinner and an overnight stay for 2 at Coupland Inn
    To learn more details about each item, click here.
     We look forward to seeing you at the banquet!

Chamber News & Calendar 

  • Tuesday, Jan. 7, noon--Advocacy meeting: Chamber
  • Thursday, Jan. 9, 8 a.m.--Finance Committee: Chamber
  • Thursday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m. -- Governance Committee: Chamber
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6 p.m.-- Chamber Awards Banquet: Wilco Expo Center. 
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22, noon -- Programs & Services: Meeting: Noren Thermal Solutions, 205 S. Edmond
  • Thursday, Jan. 23, 7:30 a.m.--Funding Meeting: Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Monday, Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m. -- Ambassador meeting: Sirloin Stockade -- NEW TIME & LOCATION
  • Monday, Jan. 27, noon--Chamber Luncheon featuring the Taylor Housing Authority: Sirloin Stockade
  • Thursday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m.--Finance Committee: Chamber
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m.--Tourism Committee: Chamber

Member News and Events
  Run for the Roses
    Taylor Garden Club will host the 7th annual 5K and10K to benefit the Taylor Garden Club at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 in Murphy Park.
   Taylor Garden Club provides scholarships for youths who are pursuing careers in ecology , horticulture, landscaping, arbor and forestry studies and other career fields relating to growing things. 
   Awards will be given in various categories including "Top Dog" for the first three canines that cross the finish line and special awards for the first three strollers (with human passengers) to finish the race.    

Tales from Taylor's Storied Past   
      Come for a tour. Stay for the tales. The Dan Moody Museum is hosting free guided tours Jan. 18 from 6-7 p.m. Stay for the storytelling at 7 p.m. Suggested donation of $5. 

Chili supper
    The Taylor Lions Club will host its annual Chili Supper 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Taylor SPJST Hall. Eat inside or take it to-go. Tickets are $10 each, available in advance or at the door. Contact Griffin at 512-680-7525 for advanced tickets. For more information about the Taylor Lions Club and the services it supports, go to  www.TaylorLionsClub.com .

EAT to support Taylor classrooms
    The Taylor Educational Enrichment Foundation provides thousands of dollars every year to local teachers who have innovative ideas for their classrooms. Last year, they gave away $25,000.
    Food Dudes is a fun way to support the TEE Foundation and fill your belly at the same time as men from across the community prepare, serve and compete with their appetizers, main courses, sides and desserts.
    Tickets are $50 available from TEE Foundation board members. 
Volunteer  to help prepare taxes
   The W illiamson County United Way is looking for  volunteer tax preparers, translators and greeters for  their free tax preparation services offered in   Georgetown, Hutto, Leander, Liberty Hill and Taylor.  Please contact Jodee O'Brien at 512-255-6799 or  jodee@unitedway-wc.org  

Volunteers needed
    From 9 a.m. - noon Monday, Jan. 20,   more than 200 volunteers are needed to share their  time and energy. United Way of Williamson County  volunteers will join with hundreds of thousands of  volunteers across the United States to serve their  local community. This planned day of service will  leverage the strength of local citizens to advance  Dr. King's dream of opportunity for all.  For more information, visit www.unitedway-wc.org   or call 512-255-6799.

Hops for Houses Craft Beer Festival and Fundraiser 
    Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County is hosting a craft beer festival and fundraiser 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Leap Day, Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Williamson County Expo Center.
    Early bird tickets are on sale through Jan. 29. Ticket sales are limited so  advance purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets or learn more, go to  https://williamsonhabitat.org/hopsforhouses/ or call  512-863-4344

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:   January'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