Events

April 2021

April 15

What could be more fun than reading some wonderful children's books from one of the many porches at Varner-Hogg? Join us on Facebook Live on the 1st and 15th of each month for our virtual story time as we read books inspired by the real stories of our site. (We might even pop-up at some other fun places outside the plantation!)

Our story times cannot be recorded and saved, so be sure...

April 17

Apr. 17th & 18th, 10a-4p:

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional...

April 17

Join on the Visitor Center Lawn for our 4th annual Farmers Market.  Enjoy local vendors, live music and food vendor on-site. 

April 17

Please join the Polk County Historical Commission for a Texas Historical Marker Dedication honoring Lt. Col. James M. Parker, Jr. and his participation in the Doolittle Raid, the United States’ first attack on the Japanese mainland in World War II.

The Dedication will include military honors by representatives of Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars...

April 17

San Jacinto Celebration - Under the Star 

Celebrate the 185th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto! This is a family-friendly event highlighting the events that led up to Texas winning its independence from Mexico at the decisive Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. Enjoy living history demonstrations, entertainment, food trucks, vendors, a beer garden, a petting zoo, family...

April 17

Join us at the museum on Living History Saturday for our Hands-on-History craft!  We're celebrating the beautiful wildflowers that blanket our site by creating a beaded Bluebonnet or Indian Paintbrush.

The craft is free for children with paid admission from 11 am-4 pm or until supplies run out.

April 17

Unleash your inner scientist and experiment with plants like Genevieve Lawler and Mary Ruth Lionberger did in the 1950s. Follow their example and see if seeds or seedlings grow better in the Landmark Inn herb garden. Check out the photo gallery below for a preview of how we will be documenting our observations and our experiment!

While you're here, visit the Museum Store to purchase...

April 18

Apr. 17th & 18th, 10a-4p:

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional...

April 18

Help celebrate the historical designation and marker of Spring Peaceful Rest Cemetery. For more information, please contact the Old Town Spring Heights Community Association at oldtownspringheights@gmail.com.

April 19

In April 1836, the future of Texas hung in a balance. Since independence had been declared on March 2, the Texian Army had suffered two crushing defeats at the Alamo and Goliad, and the government, along with most of the population, was fleeing east.

The fate of the young Republic rested in the hands of General Houston and his small army, and on April 21, 1836, in an abandoned cattle...

April 20

In April 1836, the future of Texas hung in a balance. Since independence had been declared on March 2, the Texian Army had suffered two crushing defeats at the Alamo and Goliad, and the government, along with most of the population, was fleeing east.

The fate of the young Republic rested in the hands of General Houston and his small army, and on April 21, 1836, in an abandoned cattle...

April 21

In April 1836, the future of Texas hung in a balance. Since independence had been declared on March 2, the Texian Army had suffered two crushing defeats at the Alamo and Goliad, and the government, along with most of the population, was fleeing east.

The fate of the young Republic rested in the hands of General Houston and his small army, and on April 21, 1836, in an abandoned cattle...

April 22

Virtually Varner-Hogg returns with a series of monthly programs for ages 12 and younger that introduces the community of people lived, worked and visited the plantation in the years from 1901 to 1920. After a brief program, children can join our educator for a hands-on activity made from materials found in most homes.

Virtually Varner-Hogg programs are free and open to the public....

April 22

In April 1836, the future of Texas hung in a balance. Since independence had been declared on March 2, the Texian Army had suffered two crushing defeats at the Alamo and Goliad, and the government, along with most of the population, was fleeing east.

The fate of the young Republic rested in the hands of General Houston and his small army, and on April 21, 1836, in an abandoned cattle...

April 24

Request an appointment online using our Donor Appointment Request Form. 

To provide a safe event, appointments are required and masks are strongly encouraged. If you need assistance, please call 979-345-4656 ext. 22.

On June 19, 2020, Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site (VHP) in West Columbia received a grant from the 400 Years of African American History Commission in...

April 24

Apr. 24th & 25th, 10a – 4p:

Texans have always enjoyed a catchy tune. Lucky for us, if they really liked a song - they wrote it down! So, come have seat and listen to some of the most popular music of the 1850’s as it is played on period instruments – maybe you’ll join in a verse or two! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

April 24

Join the Landmark Inn for Storytime at the Inn, a fun web-program for the whole family. This month, Storytime at the Inn is considering the ground beneath Castroville, Texas with a special reading of “Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney.

Storytime at the Inn is a free 45-minute program that includes a reading of the illustrated book followed by a short Q&A session. A sing-along...

April 25

Apr. 24th & 25th, 10a – 4p:

Texans have always enjoyed a catchy tune. Lucky for us, if they really liked a song - they wrote it down! So, come have seat and listen to some of the most popular music of the 1850’s as it is played on period instruments – maybe you’ll join in a verse or two! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

April 26

Meeting location and information is still being planned. Check back closer to the meeting for more information.

Paige Neumann  512.463.6100

paige.neumann@thc.texas.gov

April 28

Our April Topic:
What Nature Has Provided
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
7 p.m., via Zoom

The modern concept of environmental wellness promotes having good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments – both natural and built – that support individual and community well-being.  The swimming hole at Varner-Hogg Plantation that was created by Gov. James Hogg for his...

April 29

Celebrate the dedication of a historical marker for Lake Bridgeport. For more information, please contact the Wise County Heritage Museum at wisemuseum@embarqmail.com.

April 30

Celebrate a state historical marker for Dr. Russell Daniel Holt, MD.

May 2021

May 1

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

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May 1

May 1st & 2nd, 10a-4p:

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal...

May 1

Join the Landmark Inn online this year to celebrate 19th century music and learn about the many cultures that came together to produce it.

Musicians from Mission Dolores, Fort Lancaster, and Magoffin Home State Historic Sites will perform on the violin, harmonica, and piano. Listen to popular 19th century music, walk-away with your own song booklet, and ask your burning questions about...

May 1

Join on the lawn of Independence Hall on the evening of Saturday May 1st from 5 to 9 pm for Dinner with the Delegates.  Candlelit tables, period music, Sam Houston and other Convention Delegates welcome you to enjoy a meal of Catfish, scotch eggs, salad, black eyed peas, roasted potatoes, bread and cobbler.  Each coarse of the meal will be offering a different tasting of Mead from Wildflyer...

May 2

May 1st & 2nd, 10a-4p:

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal...

May 8

Every second Saturday of the month, we  open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday of the month; 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open...

May 8

May 8th & 9th, 10a-4p

From an early age, most Victorian women were trained for the worthy profession of caring for a family. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, and childcare comprised the main elements of “The Arts and Mysteries of Housewifery.” Did a woman’s role change when she moved to the rough and tumble frontier of Texas? Hear some stories about the women of the Jones family, and...

May 8

Stretch your legs and honor the memory of the Texas Revolution with a guided bike tour of the battleground.

The second Saturdays are all about cycling at the San Jacinto Battleground. We’re offering two bike tours of one of the most important spots in Texas history. The first tour starts right after Cycling Saturday ends, so come out earlier if you want to get in a little extra...

May 8


There is no denying that hot sauce is a hot commodity these days! This spicy condiment has a long history that stretches across centuries, cultures, and continents.

Join Landmark Inn with Casa Navarro to learn the origins of hot sauce, explore several kinds, and make your own custom sauce.

There will be two separate 1-hour sessions. Session One is from 2p.m.-3p.m.
...

May 8


There is no denying that hot sauce is a hot commodity these days! This spicy condiment has a long history that stretches across centuries, cultures, and continents.

Join Landmark Inn with Casa Navarro to learn the origins of hot sauce, explore several kinds, and make your own custom sauce.

There will be two separate 1-hour sessions. Session One is from 2p.m.-3p.m.
...

May 9

May 8th & 9th, 10a-4p

From an early age, most Victorian women were trained for the worthy profession of caring for a family. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, and childcare comprised the main elements of “The Arts and Mysteries of Housewifery.” Did a woman’s role change when she moved to the rough and tumble frontier of Texas? Hear some stories about the women of the Jones family, and...

May 15

Request an appointment online using our Donor Appointment Request Form. To provide a safe event, appointments are required and masks are strongly encouraged. If you need assistance, please call 979-345-4656 ext. 22.
 

On June 19, 2020, Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site (VHP) in West Columbia received a grant from the 400 Years of African American History Commission in...

May 15

May 15th & 16th, 10a-4p

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on May 14, 1850 - “Finished ploughing and hoeing corn first time.”   The crops are short and the weeds are tall, it’s time to cultivate! Come help us clear between the rows of our field crops using our single ox and walk-behind cultivating plow! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

May 15

Join on the Visitor Center Lawn for our 4th annual Farmers Market.  Enjoy local vendors, live music and food vendor on-site. 

May 15


Learn about the history that is right under your feet at the Landmark Inn! Meet Jamie Ross, Archeological Collections Manager for the Texas Historical Commission and see if you have what it takes to be an archeologist!


This program is free and open to the public.

 


While you're here, visit our Museum Store to purchase a Landmark Inn hat, a 19th...

May 16

May 15th & 16th, 10a-4p

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on May 14, 1850 - “Finished ploughing and hoeing corn first time.”   The crops are short and the weeds are tall, it’s time to cultivate! Come help us clear between the rows of our field crops using our single ox and walk-behind cultivating plow! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

May 22

May 22nd & 23rd, 10a-4p:

Keeping gardens weeded, watered, and in good order was considered part of a woman’s daily duty. It contributed to a varied diet and survival in 1850. Lend a hand to help water, plant, or weed as necessary to help our gardens get ready for summer. Contact Barb King at 936-878-2214 x248.

May 22


Visit the Landmark Inn for a special 1-hour watercolor class with Texas artist, Paula Perry. We are offering a family friendly class at 2 p.m. and an adult only class at 3:30.


Space is limited. Call 830-931-2133 to make your free reservation.


While you're here, visit our Museum Store to purchase a watercolor poppy scarf, "Wildflowers of Texas," or a...

May 22


Visit the Landmark Inn for a special 1-hour watercolor class with Texas artist, Paula Perry. We are offering a family friendly class at 2 p.m. and an adult only class at 3:30.


Space is limited. Call 830-931-2133 to make your free reservation.


While you're here, visit our Museum Store to purchase a watercolor poppy scarf, "Wildflowers of Texas," or a...

May 23

May 22nd & 23rd, 10a-4p:

Keeping gardens weeded, watered, and in good order was considered part of a woman’s daily duty. It contributed to a varied diet and survival in 1850. Lend a hand to help water, plant, or weed as necessary to help our gardens get ready for summer. Contact Barb King at 936-878-2214 x248.

May 29


Explore Texas and American history through the quilt patterns that brightened everyday life. “Patchwork History: American Quilting Patterns” is guest curated by Joan Menard and opens May 29. The exhibit runs through June 25th.


This is open to the public and included with your visit to Landmark Inn.


While you're here, visit our Museum Store to purchase a...

May 29

May 29th & 30th, 10a-4p:

The garden kept by those enslaved at Barrington provided diversity to an otherwise bland diet, and more importantly filled the gaps in nutrition. Join us as explore the heirloom varieties growing in the garden by the Quarters and take home a few seeds to start your own garden! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

May 30

May 29th & 30th, 10a-4p:

The garden kept by those enslaved at Barrington provided diversity to an otherwise bland diet, and more importantly filled the gaps in nutrition. Join us as explore the heirloom varieties growing in the garden by the Quarters and take home a few seeds to start your own garden! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

June 2021

June 5

June 5th & 6th, 10a-4p:

Spring cleaning is a yearly ritual for which modern conveniences have obliterated the need. Preparing the house for warmer weather, chasing out cobwebs and dirt, scrubbing walls and floors, is much more laborious than cleaning today. Help wash windows, beat rugs, and wash and wax furniture as needed. Contact Barb King for details at 936-878-2214 x.248.

June 6

June 5th & 6th, 10a-4p:

Spring cleaning is a yearly ritual for which modern conveniences have obliterated the need. Preparing the house for warmer weather, chasing out cobwebs and dirt, scrubbing walls and floors, is much more laborious than cleaning today. Help wash windows, beat rugs, and wash and wax furniture as needed. Contact Barb King for details at 936-878-2214 x.248.

June 12

Every second Saturday of the month, we  open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday of the month; 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open...

June 12

Request an appointment online using our Donor Appointment Request Form. 

To provide a safe event, appointments are required and masks are strongly encouraged. If you need assistance, please call 979-345-4656 ext. 22.

On June 19, 2020, Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site (VHP) in West Columbia received a grant from the 400 Years of African American History Commission in...

June 12

June 12th & 13th, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on July 19, 1846 – “Ripe peaches from my Orchard at Barrington.” Caring for an orchard takes skill and patience, but it can be highly rewarding! Come help us haul water and cultivate the orchard as you learn about heirloom trees and fruit growing in the 19th century! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-...

June 13

June 12th & 13th, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on July 19, 1846 – “Ripe peaches from my Orchard at Barrington.” Caring for an orchard takes skill and patience, but it can be highly rewarding! Come help us haul water and cultivate the orchard as you learn about heirloom trees and fruit growing in the 19th century! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-...

June 19

June 19th & 20th, 10a-4p:

In their leisure time, Dr. Anson Jones and his sons enjoyed a variety of gentlemanly pursuits, including card playing, hunting, and fishing.  Join us for a day of recreation and relaxation! Try your luck at cards while sitting in the cool of the dogtrot of the house, or head to the field for a demonstration of the 1850’s method for taking wild game with a...

June 19

Join on the Visitor Center Lawn for our 4th annual Farmers Market.  Enjoy local vendors, live music and food vendor on-site. 

June 20

June 19th & 20th, 10a-4p:

In their leisure time, Dr. Anson Jones and his sons enjoyed a variety of gentlemanly pursuits, including card playing, hunting, and fishing.  Join us for a day of recreation and relaxation! Try your luck at cards while sitting in the cool of the dogtrot of the house, or head to the field for a demonstration of the 1850’s method for taking wild game with a...

June 26

Request an appointment online using our Donor Appointment Request Form.

On June 19, 2020, Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site (VHP) in West Columbia received a grant from the 400 Years of African American History Commission in Washington, DC for a year-long project called The Brazoria County 1619 Descendants Project. The purpose of the project is to create a digital repository...

June 27

June 27th, 10a-4p:


Keeping gardens weeded, watered, and in good order was considered part of a woman’s daily duty. It contributed to a varied diet and survival in 1850. Lend a hand to help water, plant, or weed as necessary to help our gardens get ready for summer. Contact Barb King at 936-878-2214 ext.248.
 

July 2021

July 3

July 3rd, 10a-4p:

We’re getting ready for the 4th so we’ll be making some period desserts and talking about picnics like ones Dr. Jones might have attended. Contact Barb King for details at 936-878-2214 x248.

July 4

Join us for a 1850s style Independence Day celebration!  Musket firing, toasts and a reading of the Declaration of Independence will commemorate the day.  Bring your own picnic basket, and enjoy al-fresco dining, just like Dr. Jones writes about in his journal.  Contact Barb King for details at 936-878-2214 x248.

July 10

July 10th &11th, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on July 13, 1854 – “Commenced taking corn blade fodder.” Although very few ears of corn were used to feed livestock, the dried leaves of the corn plants made excellent hay (fodder) that could be fed out to them as needed to supplement foraging. Come pull and make “hands” (bunches) of fodder from our corn crop! Contact Ben...

July 11

July 10th &11th, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on July 13, 1854 – “Commenced taking corn blade fodder.” Although very few ears of corn were used to feed livestock, the dried leaves of the corn plants made excellent hay (fodder) that could be fed out to them as needed to supplement foraging. Come pull and make “hands” (bunches) of fodder from our corn crop! Contact Ben...

July 17

July 17th & 18th, 10a-4p:

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional...

July 17

Join on the Visitor Center Lawn for our 4th annual Farmers Market.  Enjoy local vendors, live music and food vendor on-site. 

July 18

July 17th & 18th, 10a-4p:

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional...

July 24

July 24th & 25th, 10a-4p:

Though free time for those enslaved at Barrington was typically limited to Sundays and occasional holidays, time off provided an opportunity to rest and enjoy a variety of games, music, and entertainment. Come learn how Jerry, Mary, or Willis might have spent their time off. Make and take a clay marble home with you! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more...

July 25

July 24th & 25th, 10a-4p:

Though free time for those enslaved at Barrington was typically limited to Sundays and occasional holidays, time off provided an opportunity to rest and enjoy a variety of games, music, and entertainment. Come learn how Jerry, Mary, or Willis might have spent their time off. Make and take a clay marble home with you! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more...

July 29

Meeting location and information are still being planned. Please check back closer to the meeting for more information.

Paige Neumann   512.463.6100

paige.neumann@thc.texas.gov

July 31

July 31st & Aug. 1st, 10a, 1p, & 3p:

Fancy learning 1850’s style? You can mind your manners and your ABC’s for a period school lesson at the Jones’ home while getting ready to head back for your upcoming school year! For more information please call Barb King at 936-878-2214 x248

August 2021

August 1

July 31st & Aug. 1st, 10a, 1p, & 3p:

Fancy learning 1850’s style? You can mind your manners and your ABC’s for a period school lesson at the Jones’ home while getting ready to head back for your upcoming school year! For more information please call Barb King at 936-878-2214 x248

August 7

Aug. 7th & 8th, 11a-2p:

Taking a break, or “nooning,” in the heat of the day helped 19th century farmers renew their energy on a long day in the blazing Texas sun! A little rest, food, water, and shade goes a long way. Pack a lunch and join us under the cottonwood trees by the crop fields as we take a break from our labors and recover so that we can finish out the day strong!  ...

August 8

Aug. 7th & 8th, 11a – 2p:

Taking a break, or “nooning,” in the heat of the day helped 19th century farmers renew their energy on a long day in the blazing Texas sun! A little rest, food, water, and shade goes a long way. Pack a lunch and join us under the cottonwood trees by the crop fields as we take a break from our labors and recover so that we can finish out the day strong!  ...

August 14

Aug. 14th & 15th, 10a-4p:

Come stay cool with us in the heat of summer and discover what early Texans did to stay cool. Without modern A.C. you might be surprised at how comfortable you can be in a Texas summer. Contact Barb King for details at 936-878-2214 x248.

August 15

Aug. 14th & 15th, 10a-4p:

Come stay cool with us in the heat of summer and discover what early Texans did to stay cool. Without modern A.C. you might be surprised at how comfortable you can be in a Texas summer. Contact Barb King for details at 936-878-2214 x248.

August 21

Aug. 21st & 22nd, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Aug. 4, 1847 - “Thrashed out rye”.  Now that our grain crop has been harvested, it’s time to thresh and winnow it to separate seed from stalk. Come help us make our harvest ready to be ground into flour! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

August 22

Aug. 21st & 22nd, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Aug. 4, 1847 - “Thrashed out rye”.  Now that our grain crop has been harvested, it’s time to thresh and winnow it to separate seed from stalk. Come help us make our harvest ready to be ground into flour! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

August 28

Aug. 28th & 29th, 10a-4p:

There are 1,774 miles between Anson Jones’ hometown in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and where he lived in Washington, Texas. How on earth did he get there? Long distance travelers in 19th century America have quite a commute! Stop by the house and see how folks like Dr. Jones embarked on their travels through Texas. Contact Barb King for details at 936-...

August 29

Aug. 28th & 29th, 10a-4p:

There are 1,774 miles between Anson Jones’ hometown in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and where he lived in Washington, Texas. How on earth did he get there? Long distance travelers in 19th century America have quite a commute! Stop by the house and see how folks like Dr. Jones embarked on their travels through Texas. Contact Barb King for details at 936-...

September 2021

September 18

Join on the Visitor Center Lawn for our 4th annual Farmers Market.  Enjoy local vendors, live music and food vendor on-site. 

October 2021

October 16

Join on the Visitor Center Lawn for our 4th annual Farmers Market.  Enjoy local vendors, live music and food vendor on-site. 

October 28

Meeting location and information is still being planned. Please check back closer to the meeting for more information.

Paige Neumann  512.463.6100

paige.neumann@thc.texas.gov

November 2021

November 20

Join on the Visitor Center Lawn for our 4th annual Farmers Market.  Enjoy local vendors, live music and food vendor on-site. 

November 21

Nov. 21st & 22nd, 10a-4p:

Fall is here! It’s time to clean the house and ready it for the cooler months of the year. Take part in the action as we air out mattresses, sweep floors, chase out the cobwebs, and roll out the parlor rug. Hands-on projects and demonstrations ongoing throughout the day. Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

November 22

Nov. 21st & 22nd, 10a-4p:

Fall is here! It’s time to clean the house and ready it for the cooler months of the year. Take part in the action as we air out mattresses, sweep floors, chase out the cobwebs, and roll out the parlor rug. Hands-on projects and demonstrations ongoing throughout the day. Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.