BY RUSSELL HUFFMAN
There’s a lot of fun and festivities planned in Stephenville Oct. 13 as the annual Sundown on the Square gets underway with four-hours of action-packed activities, food, drink and music around the Earth County Courthouse Square.
The event raises funds for Stephenville Historical Museum to benefit the Stephenville Historical Museum which is badly in need of $70,000 to work on the Chapel on the Bosque.
The main activities for the day will get started at 5 PM but Texas Home Grown Radio’s Jody Caudle will start spinning tunes on location during the setup and initial phases of the fun at 3:30PM.
Local favorite CB Sutton and the Outcast Band are opening for headliner Asleep at the Wheel which is the final act in the TexStar Ford Summer Concert Series.
Of course, there are plenty of activities for the kids to in the Kid Zone and tickets are required for all food, drink and activity purchases.
Kids Zone: – 4 tickets
• Justice League Bounce House & Obstacle Course
• Oscar P Duck Pond
• Color Station
• Western Showdown
• Knock It Off
• Mini Soccer
• Toxic Meltdown
• Hoops & Monkey Coconut Madness
Fire Prevention Educational House (Sponsored by ECVFRD) Free
Face Painting – 2 tickets
Golly Jolly Balloons – 3 tickets
Bungee Jumper – 6 tickets
Zorb Ball – 5 tickets
Mechanical Bull – Adults 5 tickets; Children 2
Photo Bus – 3 tickets
Corn Hole and Texas Tumbler – Free
o Adult – 5 tickets
o Children – 3 tickets
• Sundown Wine Glasses – 2 tickets
• Sundown Toto Bags – 2 tickets
• Flashing Tambourines – 3 tickets
• Lighted Balloons – 5 tickets
• Children’s Western Hats – 2 tickets
• Phone Fans – 2 tickets
• Texas Flags – 1 ticket
• Lighted Necklaces – 1 ticket
Wine Tasting (sponsored by KSTV) – 15 tickets
• Brennan Vineyards – Comanche
• Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyard – Chalk Mountain
• Torr Na Lochs – Burnet
• Wedding Oak Winery – San Saba
• Veldhuizen Cheese – Dublin
Art Exhibit featuring local artist: Kathy TateFood/beverage & activities will require ticket purchases
Meal/beverage, & activity tickets will be sold for $2.00 each.**
Each vendor/business will have their menu & prices listed at their booth.
A percentage of the proceeds from vendor and business sales will be donated to the Stephenville Historical Museum!
• Soup & More/ Goin’ Nuts
• Jake & Dorothy’s
• Rodeo Grounds
• Greer’s Ranch Cafe
• Rockin’ P
• Gary Joe’s
• J Finn’s Fun Foods
• Hard Eight BBQ
• Hambone Catering
• Vero Gelato
• Brennan Vineyards
• Bull Lion Ranch Vineyard
• Torr Na Lochs
• Wedding Oak Winery
• Veldhuizen Cheese
• Ben Franklin
• Blue Eyed Buffalo
• Frames Etc.
• Scott’s Flowers
• Silver Wings
• SlimPickins Outfitters
• Thousand Miles
• Willow’s Scarlet Ribbon
CHAPEL ON THE BOSQUE
The Chapel on the Bosque was moved to the Stephenville Historical House Museum in 1976 as a community-wide bicentennial project. It was rededicated on July 4, 1976, at the museum. Originally the First Presbyterian Church, was located at Mason and Barton Streets in Stephenville. The Gothic-style church was built in 1899 with the cornerstone laid on December 10, 1899. The building was designed by W.J. Wilson, who oversaw the construction. Mr. Wilson had directed the construction of the original John Tarleton College building as well as many residences in Stephenville. Two of the carpenters who worked on the church were Hilliard B. Smith and Daniel Fielding Smith.
The opening church service was held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 10, 1900. The Rev. John William Evards presided over the church as the first pastor. His sermon was titled “The Grandeur of the House of the Lord,” from Isaiah 66:1-2. The original pews are still in use in the chapel. The original pulpit is located there, as well. In the pastor’s study is the bookcase donated by J. Collin George to the first public library in Stephenville. New stained-glass windows were installed several years ago. Repainting and reroofing have been done in the last several years; however, no other major renovations have been made since the chapel was moved to the museum. There are several interior and exterior repairs that need to be made within the next two years. The current estimated cost is $70,000.00.
The current estimated cost is $70,000.00
• Repair or replacement of the air conditioning/ heating unit and ductwork
• Repair the ceiling fans
• Repair the steeple spire
• Repair the beadboard ceiling in the study and foyer where moisture has entered
• Refinish the floor in the foyer and replace carpeting in the chapel
• Repair cracked plaster on the interior walls
• Repair the beadboard wainscoting in the sanctuary.
• Repaint the interior
• Repair the floor separation at the cutline from moving the chapel
• Scrape, sand and repaint the exterior walls.