Smithville Wingfest & Chili Cook-A-Roo!! It’s almost time for the 2nd Annual Smithville Wingfest this year on Saturday, September 28th from 10am – 5pm in downtown Smithville! We’ve added a chili cook off and we are, of course, still having our home brew beer contest. The kid’s fest area is a “Water Wonderland” where the kiddos can stay cool in the watery fun! We’ll have chicken “poo” bingo, we’ll have crowd participating in the famous chicken dance, there will be a cornhole competition and, of course, tastings of wings and chili, a food court and a beer tent. There will also be live music all day long from Brianna Adams, the Watts Brothers Band and the Bucksnort Boogie Boys. Sign up to be a cook team as proceeds go to the Smithville Food Pantry, the Smithville Lion’s Club and the Chamber and there will be trophies! Your organization can also come down and sell items – free for non-profits – so come host a food booth or merchandise booth and join us for a fun time! Info online at www.smithvillewingfest.com
SHOP LOCAL! The Chamber was excited to sponsor a GO TIGERS banner at the new SISD stadium, just in time for the homecoming game as well as two of the Tiger flag banners proudly on display at the Railroad Park on Main Street! The Chamber Board, our entire membership and our staff wish all SISD students a great year and we’ll be rootin’ for the Tigers all the way! Remember, local businesses make up our membership and the owners and employees of these businesses are your friends and neighbors. Shopping locally helps support your community.
Mark your calendars for the GRAND OPENING & RIBBON CUTTING of THE END UP, a new bar, music venue and BBQ restaurant located at 205 NE Loop 230 here in Smithville. We are very excited to be hosting a ribbon cutting and grand opening for this new business. This will include live music and BBQ samples and will also serve as our September 2019 MIXER, hosted by Asera Care Hospice & Smithville Heating & Air. Join us on September 19th at 5pm at the END UP for a great time at this monthly networking event.
The Chamber’s monthly Coffee Chat was well attended this month as we heard from City Grant’s Administrator Jill Strube on the 2020 Census. Mark your calendars for next month’s Coffee Chat on October 9 at 7:30am at Olde World Bakery, 112 Main St.
The Chamber of Commerce’s We Support SISD Committee is currently seeking Chamber members who would like to participate in our Campus Visit Program. This program puts you in front of every campus employee at each campus as well as administrative and support staff. We hold these campus visits in October and February and spaces are limited so call us if you’d like to participate. Cost is just $100 and all proceeds go to our Chamber scholarship fund. Call (512) 237-2313 if your business or organization would like to participate. This Committee meets the second Wednesday of the month at 10:45am at the Chamber office if you’d like to be involved.
The Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee hosts a monthly sub-committee on housing. Chamber members and interested members of the community are welcome to attend. Our next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 17 at 2pm at the Chamber, 100 Main Street. We also host a monthly Economic Development Committee meeting on the last Tuesday of the month at 8:30 am.
Community Wide Garage Sale: Are you getting ready for the Community Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, October 5? We certainly are! The Chamber hosts these garage sales twice each year with dozens of sales and hundreds of eager bargain hunters participating all around town. Host your own sale at your home or come downtown and host a sale in the Railroad Park at the end of Main Street. Sign up online at www.smithvilletx.org or call us at 512-237-2313 to get on, the maps. Cost is just $10 to be on the map. Come bargain hunt in Smithville!
The House of Ruth (the new women’s crisis center operated by the Smithville Community Clinic) will have their ribbon cutting on Oct. 13th at 1pm. Be sure to drive by and look at the beautiful mosaic by Stefanie Distefano and her dedicated group of volunteers. It’s beautiful! This is in the former Hart's Chapel building at 203 Prima St.
Tower's Nursing Home will hold their grand opening and ribbon cutting on October 23rd at 5pm. The ribbon cutting will take place promptly at 5pm in front of the building before they open the doors and let folks in for the grand opening. I was given a tour of the facility about 10 days ago and it is simply breathtaking. What an amazing investment in our community and what a resource they will be!
The Chamber will be hosting our Fall SOUNDS OF SMITHVILLE series, with great live music all around town on October 12 & 19 all throughout the day. Check our website at www.smithvilletx.org or our FB page for details on the talented musicians participating. Go out, enjoy music, get a drink or dinner, pick up gifts and SHOP LOCAL! Sponsored by the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee’s SHOP LOCAL program.
The Chamber ladies (Bridgette & April) had a great time judging the high school spirit posters last week. What an amazingly talented group of students we have in our community!
MEMBER EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Join the Smithville Community Gardens on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Smithville Recreation Center for our 11th Annual Fundraiser Dinner! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from the Smithville Public Library or from SCG Members. Thank you for your support! We hope to see you there!
FRONT ROOM WINE BAR: Join us weekly! Monday $2 bottle beer. Tuesday dinner special. Wednesday 50¢ wings (dine in only). Thursday half price on any tequila. Friday Prime Rib night. Saturday bloody mary and mimosa bar. 116 Main Street in Smithville.
Be a census taker. Great pay, flexible hours, weekly pay, paid training. Apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs or call 855-JOB-2020.
Alzheimer’s Texas will hold their 5th Annual Bastrop/Fayette Co. Walk on September 21st in Smithville. Towers Nursing Home, 907 Garwood St. in Smithville. Registration at 8:30am, Ceremony at 9:30, WALK at 10am. Register online at www.txalz.org/walk or call (512) 241-0420 or e-mail email@example.com
Cistern Country Store & Bar, 12604 State Hwy. 95 in Cistern. www.cistern-bar.com – hosting live music every weekend: Thurs., Sept. 19, 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm. DJ Marty-Mar, text song requests to deejay, Fri., Sept. 20, 8 pm - Midnight, DJ Superman, Karaoke, Country - Rock-n-Roll, Sat., Sept. 21, 9pm - 1 am, Brandi & Keith, Live Music, Acoustic Country.
SAVE THE DATE:
Red, White & Blue Veterans of Bastrop County 16th Annual Veteran Appreciation Banquet, November 9, 2019 - Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center. Doors open for registration at 5:00 PM and the formal program including dinner begins at 6:00 PM. Guest Speaker: Dr. Charles W. Edwards, Jr., Brigadier General, US Army/Retired. More info at 512-332-2545 or 512-750-9200.
Airing of the Quilts & Smithville Garden Club Home Tour: November 9, 10am-3pm
Festival of Lights & Lighted Parade: December 7, 10am-8pm