Friday, November 18, 2011

Victorian Tea of Thanksgiving a Success

Persons from as far as Dallas came to enjoy the Victorian Tea of Thanksgiving hosted by the Brazos Heritage Society on the afternoons of November 12-13, 2011, in the beautifully decorated Clary House, located at 601 East 30th Street in the Bryan Historic District.

The menu for this tea included:

Devilishly Delicious Egg Salad Sandwich
Egg salad with a hint of dill.

English Pear Tea Sandwich
Tea sandwich made with Stilton cheese, pear, and walnuts.

Royal Watercress Roll
Cream cheese roll dipped in watercress and pecans.

Chicken Cranberry Tart
Pastry filled with a delicious blend of chicken-cranberry salad.

Orange Blossoms
A delightful taste of citrus.

Shadowlawn Teacakes
Cookies flavored with almond liqueur.

Decadent Chocolate Truffles
Crushed wafers with dark chocolate.

Thanksgiving Tea Bread
Citrus cranberry bread.

Petite Pumpkin Muffins
A taste of the season.

Tea Served
Prince of Wales

Members of the committee for this event included: Linda Roberts, Beverly Myers, Nat Hilliard, Sheila Fields, Tamara Garza, Glynis Gore, Fran Kimbrough, Cindy Irwin, Fran Lamb, Tommie Sue Powers, and Joy Teague.

Music was provided by classical guitarist and composer Byron Goble, whose selections were perfect for this event.  Additional information about this talented musician may be found at his website:

The Clary House is a transitional style home built by Charlie Jenkins for John H. Moore in 1902.  Since that time the house has undergone considerable renovation.  The current and fourth owner – Linda Roberts – totally renovated this historic house’s interior and now operates it as a bed and breakfast.  For more information about the Clary House, visit:

Persons attending the tea had the opportunity to purchase a book containing recipes from this and previous teas for $10.00.  There are a few more of these books available; persons interested in purchasing one may contact Beverly Myers by phone at 979-229-9414 or by email at

Proceeds from this event will go to fulfilling the mission of the Brazos Heritage Society.  Several photographs taken during this event may be viewed on the Smilebox below.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Historic District Christmas Stroll

Make plans to attend the Historic District’s Christmas Stroll on Saturday, December 10, 2011, hosted by the Brazos Heritage Society.

Activities begin at 6:00 PM at the Matthew Winsper Knobel Memorial Gazebo in Heritage Park at 600 South Hutchins Street in Bryan with musical selections provided by the choir of St. Michael's Academy; this part of the program is free.  The park will be decorated for Christmas with sparking white lights and festive red bows.

Beginning at 7:00 PM and continuing until 9:00 PM, several of the homes in the neighborhood, decorated for Christmas, will have their downstairs open to the public. There will be a charge of $5.00 a person to tour these homes.  Some of the historic homes that will not be open will be providing free refreshment on their porches with views of their Christmas decorations through the windows. 

The Brazos Heritage Society has contracted with Hidden Oasis to provide free horse drawn carriage rides in the neighborhood.

Come and enjoy some old fashion Christmas activities.  Tickets will be available at Heritage Park on the evening of the event.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Veterans Day Ceremony to be Held at Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial

The Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial Board of Directors is honored to host the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony to be held on Friday, November 11, 2011, at 5:00 PM.  This respectful and patriotic event will take place at the Louis L. Adam Plaza, Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial, Veterans Park and Athletic Complex.  The park is .8 miles east of Highway 6 on Harvey Road in College Station.

Each year, names of veterans – living or deceased – are added to the existing Wall of Honor by their families or friends, and their names are read aloud as part of the ceremony.  Currently, there are over 4,400 names engraved in the granite walls of the memorial, and over 130 names will be added this year. The cost of adding a name is $100 and the deadline each year is August 15.

The keynote speaker for this event will be U. S. Congressman Bill Flores of Texas’s 17th congressional district.  A special seating section will be set aside for veterans.  Members of the Texas Aggie Band, the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, the Corps Center Guard, and the Ross Volunteers will participate in helping to make this annual event most memorable.

And save the date for the upcoming memorial dedication of the first of five World War II statues on the Lynn Stuart Pathway.  A Naval aviator statue in the likeness of Lieutenant (JG) George H. W. Bush will be dedicated mid-afternoon on December 7, 2011.  Donations are being accepted for future memorials.

This information was provided by Anne Boykin, Chief Information Officer for the Board of Directors of the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial.  For additional information, contact her at or by calling her at 979-450-3296.