KTAB4U To Feature Albany Merchants

This Friday, November 30, 2012 at 4:00pm, the KTAB4U show will feature our local merchants with a complete episode on shopping in Albany.

This is a great opportunity for folks in the rest of the Big Country to discover the one-of-a-kind stores that feature cool, sometimes locally made, merchandise you just won’t find anywhere else. The Downtown merchants have just completed their most successful ever “Black Friday” weekend of sales, helped in part by the drawing for “Santa script” after the parade on Saturday evening. Black Friday and Saturday shoppers had been collecting tickets from participating merchants, one ticket for every $10 spent. After the parade, a drawing was held to award the Santa script that can now be redeemed like cash in the participating stores.

The merchants of Albany are grateful to KTAB4U for spotlighting us at this time of the year. There are several new books by Albany authors available in the stores this holiday season along with lots of new items that are just waiting to be wrapped up and placed under someone’s Christmas tree.

In fact, if you haven’t been downtown to see what’s new in holiday decor, items to make your holiday entertaining more fun, and gifts for everyone on your list, you definitely should check things out right away.

So be sure to tune in to KTAB4U on Friday afternoon at 4:00pm and find out what you didn’t know about shopping in Albany!

Chuckwagon Cookoff Hosted By Friends Of Fort Griffin

You need to mark your calendar right now, if you haven’t already, and make absolutely sure you will be at the Chuckwagon Reunion and Celebrity Cookoff this weekend.

The Friends of Fort Griffin always plan a fabulous event for their annual fund raiser and Saturday night’s Gala at the T.E. Jackson Warehouse will be no exception. But this year the Gala will be preceded by a chuckwagon reunion and celebrity cookoff that will provide opportunities for fun, learning and great eatin’. So bring your sweetie, the all the kids and Granny and enjoy the good times.

Old Jail Art Center Hosts Encaustic Workshop

As a part of its ongoing Adult Workshop Series, The Old Jail Art Center hosted an Encaustic Workshop on Saturday, July 14, 2012. Ten students and several of the OJAC staff attended.

Encaustic is the technique of painting with pigmented wax. In it, the paints, brushes and often the work itself must be kept warm so the beeswax-based paint can be applied.

The instructor, Linda Fawcett, Professor of Art at Hardin-Simmons University, first introduced the equipment that would be used, then demonstrated several techniques, including transfer, applique, etching and texturizing, and finally turned the group loose to apply their creativity to the project boards. Some truly beautiful works were produced.

The next Adult Workshop will be Ceramics. More details will be provided on the Events Calendar, but if you have any interest in ceramics, you are encouraged to make plans to attend.

Also upcoming November 13th – 16th 2012 is a Docent Trip to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Non-docents can also attend, but you’ll save money by becoming a docent. It’s a lot of fun!

Fort Griffin Fandangle Enters 74th Year of Performances

The Fort Griffin Fandangle is 74 years old this year, and as always there are two very full weeks of activities scheduled.

The Downtown window displays have been judged and Vintage Vanilla took first prize for a collection of Native American wedding attire that is exceptionally beautiful. If you haven’t gone downtown to see all of the displays, be sure to do so.

The Albany Study Club will be holding its Annual Quilt Show at the Whitney Theater. One of the highlights of the show will be the Fandangle Quilt that was made by members of the club this fall and winter. It’s a beautiful quilt and it will be raffled off on the last night of Fandangle. You can purchase your quilt tickets at the Whitney.