Italy’s own perform in Bye Bye Birdie

Image: Father and daughter, Gary and Tess Clark are busy getting ready for the big performance.

Picture yourself back in the 1950’s when the military draft was in full swing. You are crazy about the rock-and-roll singer Conrad Birdie who just got drafted. Conrad is coming to your town of Sweet Apple, Ohio to give one lucky girl from his fan club a real “last kiss” on the Ed Sullivan Show before going into the Army.

Italy’s own in the Waxahachie Community Theatre production of Annie


Waxahachie Community Theatre will present “Annie” starring Meredith Johnson as Annie, Jerry Ellis as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, Deborah Pappas as Miss Hannigan, and Randy Preston as “Rooster.” Italy will be represented in the production by the entire Clark family, Gary and Nan and daughters Sydney Lowenthal (3rd grader at Stafford Elementary) and Erika Larsen.

Looking for Summer Fest vendors and volunteers


The 2011 Tour d’Italia and Summer Fest is right around the corner and will be here before we know it. Every year, the Tour d’Italia raises funds which benefit Italy High School, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and other North Texas charities. This year, the Tour d’Italia enters its 26th year and it will be bigger and better than ever!

Mayor’s Egg Hunt a success

Image: Special Delivery — The Easter Bunny (E.B.) took a minute from his busy egg coloring schedule to help the Mayor at the egg hunt.

The Easter Bunny made an appearance at the Upchurch Field on Saturday much to the delight of over 125 children of Italy. Special Delivery in the Italy Fire Department’s fire truck, E.B. came to help with the festivities. Hiding eggs is his specialty and this time was no different.

Tour d’Italia Bike Ride and Summer Fest


Every year, the Tour d’Italia raises funds which benefit Italy High School, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and other North Texas charities. This year, the Tour d’Italia enters its 26th year and it will be bigger and better than ever!

Invitation to Easter egg hunt at Dunlap Library

I would like to invite the children of Italy and their parents to the 28th Annual Dunlap Library Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23 at 9 o’clock. Children up to ten are invited to join us for a morning of family fun. We’ll have three groups; tiny tots in the children’s room, ages 3-5 in the front yard, and ages 6 to 10 in the back yard.

Plans underway for 2nd Annual Milford Arts & Crafts Fair

Saturday, June 4, 2011, Milford will have its 2nd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair. The event will be held at the Milford Park off of Hwy 77 in downtown Milford. Hours will be from 9:00am to 5:00pm. There will also BBQ Cook-Off sponsored by the Police & Fire Department held in conjunction with this event.

How about some spring activities?

Image: Bluebonnets grow next to the water — The bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes nestle up to the bank of Bardwell Lake at Mustang Park.

Driving up and down the highway, your eye moves to the right and left looking at the brilliant Bluebonnets, spots of red Indian Paintbrushes and patches of Primrose. Spring in Texas is beautiful. Do you want to see some sights?

Relay For Life Planned

The Relay For Life of Central Ellis County is set for May 20-21, 2011. Last year’s event raised $130,000 for the American Cancer Society and there were 701 participants on teams. This year’s goal is 750 participants and $150,000. At present there are 232 participants and $23,055 raised.

Italy Masonic Lodge benefit raffle underway

I recently discovered that the Italy Masonic Lodge is having a raffle. The purpose of the raffle is to raise funds for renovations to their historic downtown Italy building. With the great prizes being offered and a worthwhile purpose, supporting the Italy Masons is a must do.

3rd Annual Lions Club BBQ Cook-off scheduled for February 25 & 26


The third annual Italy Lions Club BBQ Cook-off in scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 25th and 26th. This event is sanctioned by the Lone Star BBQ Society. As in years past, the cook-off will be staged at the Upchurch Ball Park at 201 E. Dilworth Road in Italy. New this year will be a kids cook-off on Friday evening.

February Activities in Texas

Image: Hearts, Flowers and Little Bit of Dust — Traveling in February could be romantic if you find the right place to go in Texas.  Take a moment and look at the various ideas you can choose from for a fabulous weekend getaway.

In and amongst the young lovers, heart throbs and twitterpated couples wandering starry-eyed in our midst, there are many activities listed in Texas for the 28 days of February. Here are a few ideas to get you started on the planner.

Quadrantid meteor shower early January 4, 2011

The Quadrantid meteor shower is one of the year’s best, producing more than 100 meteors per hour from a radiant near the North Star. In 2011 forecasters expect the shower to peak sometime between 21:00 UT (3:00 pm EST) on January 3 and 06:00 UT (01:00 am EST) on January 4. The peak is brief, typically lasting no more than an hour or so. Observers who wish to try to catch it are advised to look during the hours before local dawn on Tuesday, Jan. 4th, when the shower’s radiant is high in the sky.

Time is ticking away

The sands of time are pouring through the hourglass…that sounds like a soap opera but totally true. The end of 2010 is coming and 2011 will begin-all this week! Hard to believe. Do you have your evening set up? How will you bring in the new year? Here are a few suggestions.

Rare Solstice Lunar Eclipse Tonight!

Image: From north shore of Long Island at Makamah Beach, Northport, NY.

Everyone knows that “the moon on the breast of new-fallen snow gives the luster of mid-day to objects below.” That is, except during a lunar eclipse. For the first time in many years, northern winter is beginning with a total lunar eclipse.

The Christmas spirit is evident right here

Image: One of the best — Texas Monthly says the Uptown Cafe is “one of the 40 best small-town cafes in Texas”.  Italy thinks so too.

Doris Mitchell and her crew are helping the community on Christmas Day and have done the same for years. Doris said, “We had 93 people come eat with us last year.” Italy residents that don’t have a family to share dinner with or just want to see a friendly face, can come to the Uptown Cafe on Main Street in downtown Italy and share in the potluck dinner being served.

Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight and tomorrow night


The Geminid meteor shower peaks this year on December 13th and 14th. Forecasters say meteor rates could exceed 100 per hour for observers under dark rural skies. For best results, start your meteor watch on Monday night, December 13th, around midnight.

Victron Energy lighting contest

Image: Christmas Spirit

When you look around our pretty little town you realize that Christmas is just around the corner. So many houses are all decked out for Christmas with beautiful lights and Christmas scenes. You don’t have to look too hard to find Santa and Frosty the Snowman.

Journey through Texas

Image: Bethlehem Revisited — The Wisemen visit the Tax Collector in Bethlehem Revisited.  The journey back in time is the first two weekends in December-a wonderful family time event.

The fall of leaves and frost on the pumpkin reminds you the temperature is changing and the holidays are coming. Heat up the hot chocolate, light the fire and put carols on the stereo. There might even be a little time for traveling in the mix. Where could the winding paths of Texas take you?

The Haunted Streets of Texas

The clock is ticking and the hour is late. As you travel down the dark and winding streets looking for adventure, you are suddenly struck at the shear horror of trying to find a haunted house to see before the month is over. Don’t worry. The ghouls and gals at have put a list together for you. Read on to find your favorite trail of terror, you still have time…

IHS Class of 2000 Hosting 10 Year Reunion Friday

The Class of 2000 Reunion is this Friday, October 22, with activities before and during the football game. Please join us in the high school cafeteria at 6 p.m., and then during the football game, look for the tent with the banner where we’ll be gathered.

You are invited to the party

Image: Even the turtles enjoy — Two turtles enjoy the pond behind 2 domes.

Monolithic will be open on Saturday, October 16 from 10am-4pm for the 10th Annual National Monolithic Dome Home Tour-and it’s free!

Fall Festival planned at First Baptist Church

Saturday, October 30, 2010 the First Baptist Church of Italy will have their annual Fall Festival. This free, fun event for the entire family will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be a bounce house and games along with treats and eats. The entire community is invited!

Bethel UMC to host 59th Annual Lord’s Acre Sale

Image: Bethel Community Center under construction

The congregation of Bethel United Methodist Church in conjunction with the Bethel Cemetery Association invites everyone to attend it’s 59th Annual Lord’s Acre Sale on Saturday, October 16th. Festivities will kick off at noon with a free barbecue lunch, followed by the auction that will raise funds for the church, cemetery and the completion of the new Bethel Community Center.