The Rockett Ranch Café and Club in Milford held its first annual barbeque cook off last Saturday, Oct. 5. The turnout was less than expected. Speculation suggested the rain prediction could have been the reason or the 60% payout for prize money. It was decided next year would deliver an 80% payout and pray for better weather.
National Night Out downtown Italy at the Pavilion Tuesday night was quite the success! There were over 200 people there eating hotdogs, line dancing, visiting and just having a great time. Mayor Hobbs was even spotted dancing in the line dance!
The Italy Police Department would like to invite the community in participating in “National Night Out.” The Italy Police Department will host a family friendly event at the downtown Italy Pavilion. There will be face painting, bounce houses, music, free food, drawings and more! Ronald McDonald will be there too!
Tuesday, October 1 — 6pm-9pm — Downtown Italy Pavilion
Save the date for the Barry Byers Appreciation Dinner on Friday, September 27th (a bye week for the Gladiators) at the famed Uptown Cafe in downtown Italy, Texas. Baked potatoes, baked potatoes stuffed with BBQ or just a plain ole’ BBQ sandwich will be served from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. To-go plates will be available!
It is that time again! Time for the Annual Milford Arts & Craft Fair on Saturday, October 12, 2013. This year the Fair will be held at the Rocket Ranch Café & Music Hall. Located at 900 W. Water Street in Milford, Texas. We will have live music, hand made crafts, food and fun for all. If you are interested in being a vendor contact Jeannie Richardson at 972-493-2151.
The Music Minister of Central Baptist Church has planned a Children’s and Youth Music Camp. Camps will last three days and will conclude with a presentation of what they learned. The camps are free! Register by calling (254) 723- 0840.
The 2nd annual Guns vs. Hoses softball game will be Saturday, July 6th, at the Italy ISD softball field benefiting the Italy Police Department’s Shop with a Cop Program.
Is everybody ready for the big game on Saturday, July 6th? What game you may ask, well, Italy’s 2nd annual Guns vs Hoses softball game of course! The Italy Police Department will try to make it two in a row against the Italy Fire Department who are determined to tie the series. Remember, all the proceeds go to benefit the Italy Shop with a Cop program.
AVALON – June 8, 2013 is the date for Avalon’s Biennial Homecoming at the beautifully renovated J. P. Griffith Gymnasium located on Hemphill Street in Avalon. The event is sponsored by the Avalon Ex-Students Association.
The City of Italy is hosting their 1st Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration this Friday, May 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. All activities will be held in downtown Italy.
Join Señor Mayor Frank Jackson for the 1st Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at the newly constructed downtown Italy Pavilion.
The holidays have arrived in Italy. The kick off was a community wide Thanksgiving feast held at the Italy High School dome. The whole city was invited to participate in a non-denominational church service, BBQ and all the fixins, activities for the children and fellowship.
Mark your calendars! December 1, 2012 is the day that Italy will have a fun hometown event for everyone! The 5th annual Christmas Festival will have a few new twists this year. In addition to the event being centered around the soon to be completed Italy City Pavilion, the Italy Park board has added a Christmas dessert contest as well as a homemade tamale contest—both with cash prizes!
Fellowship 5 sends out a community wide invitation to all for their First Annual Formal Winter Banquet. The elegant evening of dining and entertainment will be held Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm at the Red Oak Civic Center, 200 Lakeview Parkway in Red Oak.
On Saturday, November 17, Hobbs Feed, located next door to Mansell’s Grocery on the corner of Main St. and Hwy 77, will honor their customers with their 4th Annual Appreciation Day.
Come one, come all to the Fall Festival on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m at Italy High School, sponsored by the Italy High School FCCLA benefiting the North Central Texas Food Bank.
If you have ventured into Waxahachie on Saturday mornings, you might have come across the Farmers Market two blocks away from the courthouse (410 S. Rogers Street). Vendors from Ellis County offer fruits and vegetables, quilts, handmade crafts, jewelry, fresh baked bread, spices, photos, knives/swords and jewelry. In other words, a great assortment of holiday gift items.
Friends of Heath Sims will host an open house Sunday, Nov. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Waxahachie.
The Italy Ministerial Alliance is planning a community wide Thanksgiving Bar-b-que on Sunday, November 18th. The event will be held at the Italy High School Dome and will begin at 12:30. Come one, come all and join in this community fellowship event.
On Wednesday, October 31 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm the Italy First Baptist Church will have their annual Fall Festival. There will food, fun and games for children of all ages. The entire community is invited!…and its free!!
The Italy High School freshman class will be sponsoring a Halloween Dance for 6th through 8th grade students of Italy Junior High and Stafford Elementary. The dance will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the old gym at the Italy High School campus.
The Italy Police Department would like to invite the community in participating in “National Night Out.”
Tour d’Italia that is. Over 900 cyclist are expected to converge on our town on Saturday, June 16th to not only participate in this annual tradition but also to help raise money. Proceeds from this ride will fund a scholarship for Italy High School as well as support the North Texas Food Bank, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and other charitable organizations.
On Saturday, May 12 the Batten Disease Support & Research Association is putting on a 5K run, 2 mile walk, and a 1K fun run event in order to raise funds for the ongoing research to find a cure for the Batten disease. This event will take place at the Reverchon Park located at 3505 Maple Avenue in Dallas and is in memory of Italy’s own Donovan Lusk and in honor of Eric and McKenna Lowden.
The Italy High School junior class has worked countless hours raising money for the 2012 prom. They will enjoy the fruits of their labor this Saturday evening, April 28 at the Midlothian Conference Center. The prom, themed The City of Lights, will be a night to remember for these students.
This Saturday night thar’ll be some big goings on at the Italy First Baptist Church (200 Clark Street, Italy) and the whole town is invited. This’ll be tha day fer a hillbilly weddin that ya won’t wanna miss!
I’d like to invite the children of Italy and their parents to the 29th Annual Dunlap Library Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7, at 9 o’clock. Children up to nine are invited to join us for a morning of family fun.
The Italy Church of Christ (601 College Street) will sponsor an area wide singing this Saturday, March 31st at 6pm. Everyone is invited.
On Sunday, April 1st, the Central Baptist Church Worship Choir will present The Crucifixion by John Stainer. There will be two performances, one at the 10:45 am worship service and one at 6:00 pm. A reception will follow the evening performance.
The Italy Ministerial Alliance would like to invite everyone to the Community Easter Sunrise Service. This year it will be held at the Italy Downtown Plaza on April 8th at 7:00 a.m.
Italy Mayor Frank Jackson said the annual Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 7. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at Upchurch Field for children throughout the city.
The fourth annual Italy Lions Club BBQ Cook-off in scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th. 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 Cooks Choice category.
It was very, very cold the night of Dianne Jaynes fundraiser. But the citizens of the small community of Italy, Texas was not going to let a little bad weather bother them and as usual came out in full to support one of their own, Dianne Jaynes and her family.
A listing of a few of the upcoming events at the Sokol Activity Center in Ennis. They are located at 2622 E Hwy 34 just east of Ennis. For more info www.sokolennis.com or 972-875-7959.
The junior class is hosting a Valentine’s Dance on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 9:00 – 12:00 for the 7th, 8th and 9th grade students of Italy ISD. The dance will be held in the George Scott Gym. The cost is $3.00 per person. Concession stand will be open.
There will be a benefit concert for Dianne Jaynes this Saturday, February 4th. Live music will be provided by the Justin Guthrie Band, Moonshine Band, David Harness with Jason Herrin, DJ TOO COOL and an appearance by Tres Medlock. In conjunction with the concert there will be food, raffle items and auction items. The benefit will be held at the Upchurch Ball Fields at 200 Dilworth Street, Italy, from 5:00pm to midnight.
During the 80th legislative session, SB 393 declared the second Tuesday in January as “Volunteers for Democracy Day” to recognize the tens of thousands of Texans “who make valuable contributions to the nation’s democratic system.”
The second annual Men and Boys Community Chili Dinner took place at the Cornerstone on Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. Several churches throughout the town were represented. Family Fellowship Church, First Baptist Church of Italy, and Central Baptist Church all had church members attend the dinner. Murray Wainscott was in charge of putting it together and he did a great job.
The Central Baptist Prime Timers meal will not be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at noon. The entree will be fried chicken. Everyone that is attending is asked to bring a side dish or dessert. For more information, please contact Jo Ivy at (972) 483-6482.
You might have a dilemma. Where will you go to ring in the new year? You could stay home or you could travel. There are many activities from which to choose for the beginning of 2012. The only problem you will have is deciding which way to drive.
Tonight, December 28, 2011, Central Baptist Church of Italy will sponsor a Chili Supper. All men and boys of the community are invited to attend. The menu will feature Murray Wainscott’s famous chili along with Curtis Riddle’s delicious beans. There will be a guest speaker along with music and fellowship. Come join in on the fun tonight at 6:30pm at the Cornerstone Building of Central Baptist Church (205 E. Main Street, Italy).
It may have been a little cold and wet on Saturday, but that did not stop the parade from barreling down Main Street of Italy Texas. There were elves, floats and even a special visit from a jolly old friend from the North Pole.
On Sunday, December 4, the Italy Ministerial Alliance will host different activities that includes all faiths, all people and all walks of life. The following is the schedule for that day:
The 4th Annual Italy Christmas Parade and Festival will be Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The parade will begin at 10:00am and will travel down Main Street, Italy. Vendors will be located along Main Street and inside the McConnell Building (101 E. Main Street, Italy). Vendor booth and parade float forms are available with this article or at City Hall.
The Italy Lions Club kicks off the Christmas Festival and Parade with an all you can eat breakfast. For just $5.00 you can have a great breakfast and hang around for the parade and festivities.
On Saturday, November 19 at 8:00am the Italy Church of Christ will have a pancake breakfast in honor all of the Italy City employees. The church is located at 601 S College Street in Italy. Everyone is invited to come and thank our city employees and enjoy a great breakfast.
The Italy Ministerial Alliance in partnership with the Italy ISD has planned a community Thanksgiving Barbecue for Sunday, November 20th. This event will be held at the Stafford Elementary sports field from 12:30pm to 2:00pm. It will be complete with bounce houses, fun children’s activities and of course, lots of food!
Local businesses along Main Street in Italy will have Trick or Treating on Monday, October 31, 2011. Take time to stroll the downtown streets from 4:00pm to 5:00pm and allow your little goblin to get some goodies for our local vendors. One business will even be “treating” with free hot dogs!
The Italy High School junior class is having a Halloween Party for 6th, 7th and 8th grade Italy ISD students. There will be lots of activities, food, games, and music. Costumes are not required but welcomed as there will be a costume contest in the mix of all of the other activities planned throughout the evening.
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.