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TEXAS CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU VISITS THE VILLAGE
As part of their recent conference, this group made an Allen Historical Tour visiting the Old Stone Dam with Tim Dentler, the Allen Heritage Village and the Allen Depot Museum with Heritage Guild members. At the village they were given an introduction Power Point program and viewed the Christian Church. Then they broke into groups to tour the Lynge and Wetsel houses. From there they moved on to the depot to view the exhibits displayed there. Some took advantage of the photo op with the luggage.
Storytime at the Depot
In partnership with the Allen Public Library a story time was held at the Depot. What a crowd of 3-5 yr. old children with their parents attended. We counted about 28 children. Another story time will be held April 28th.
Christmas on the Prairie
Visitors were invited to step back in time while enjoying “Christmas on the Prairie” held at Allen Heritage Village in December. The houses and historic Allen Christian Church were decorated for Christmas in the time period of each building.
In the ca 1880s Wetsel house, the native cedar tree held simple homemade ornaments while red gauze bags containing fruit and nuts for children appeared in the bedroom. A coffee serving set and cookie preparations displayed holiday treats.
In the 1920s Lynge house, a tree with colored lights and an inviting dining table were set along with decorations in the other rooms.
In the Bolin house set up as 1940s, many decorations could be seen including the tabletop Christmas tree. The beautiful windows in the 1918 Allen Christian Church shone in the sunlight and illuminated the lovely quilt display from the Allen Quilters Guild. Also on display were pages from the Allen American 1974 special supplement titled “Santa shops Allen”.
The wonderful weather made the outdoor activities enjoyable: Santa’s Brass Quintet, a group of Community band members and high school students, played Christmas music; the Allen Garden Club contributed birdseed ornaments for children to hang in the nearby trees; children also roasted marshmallows for s’mores and magic snowman soup (hot chocolate) was available for all.
2017 ALLEN ROTARY CHRISTMAS PARADE
The Guild entry in the Allen Rotary Christmas Parade this year was a float depicting the well loved book and movie “A Christmas Story”. It was accompanied by two classic 1939 cars; a Pontiac Coupe owned and driven by Gene Hair and a Chevrolet Sedan owned and driven by Dwayne & Karen Rockwell. David and Tammy Sudduth pulled the trailer with their truck. Guild member Maureen Honeycutt designed and implemented the float. Riding on the float was the Papadopoulos Family from Allen: Dad Bobby, Mom Jennifer, sons George and Christian.
MYSTERY AT THE DEPOT
A recent event at the depot was the result of a partnership with the Allen Public Library. Emily Plagens from the library developed the murder mystery which involved guests using clues to solve the murder staged aboard a Houston and Texas Central train going through Allen in the 1920s. Many of the guests dressed in period costume. Fifteen people solved the case correctly which left the library staff to draw a winner who received a special edition of “Murder on the Orient Express”. Tasty refreshments were served courtesy of the Food for Thought Café from the library.
Eagle Scout Project
Boy Scout Andrew McCaslin headed up a split rail fence project at St. Mary to earn his Eagle Rank. The group of guys he directed cleared out the growth in the area chosen, dug holes, set the posts and placed the rails. The good looking fence runs along the creek side of the church.