Category Archives: Seguin, Texas
Yesterday the Delphian Study Club heard a most interesting talk by Dr. Bruce A. Glasrud. We are fortunate in Seguin to have talented writers, artists, craftsmen/women – living amongst us!
Dr. Glasrud spoke about African Americans and the Presidency The Road to the White House which he edited with Cary D. Wintz. Bruce Glasrud resides in Seguin (as I wrote above: we are so fortunate). He is an independent historian and has authored or co-authored more than thirteen books including Black Women in Texas History, The African American West: A Century of Short Stories and Buffalo Soldiers in the West.
Black Women in Texas History was awarded the Texas State Historical Association Liz Carpenter Award for the Best Scholarly Book on the History of Women and Texas, 2008.
Initially (at the beginnings of the Delphian Study Club), members read and studied books (and would be tested on what they read and studied!). Now, club members have the good fortune to hear learned speakers such as Dr. Bruce A. Glasrud. Thus, the members are still always learning!
Shortly after we moved to Seguin, Dear Houston Friends visited and stayed at the Weinert House Bed and Breakfast; that must have been about eleven years ago.
Well, the bed and breakfast is back! Mike Heckmann opened this beautiful home once again as a bed and breakfast. A group of bridge players and bunco enthusiasts have had meetings at this establishment and I think one wedding group also utilized the Weinert House.
The house is so lovely and as those of us in Seguin already know: Heckmann (owner of All Occasions Catering) provides delicious food and service.
This home has historical value (history that is interesting whether one is a native Seguinite or not).
A marvelous addition to Seguin.
The Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign was originally organized by the Austrian Broadcasting Company – ORF (Linx) – and was part of a large charitable relief mission – Light into Darkness, for children in need in Austria and abroad.
The flame was ignited in the presumed birthplace of Jesus and, through the aid of a European company, is being shared with the global Christian community.
“Austrian Airlines — this is a project that they have been doing for over 20 years now — would fly one younger person from upper Austria to Bethlehem and they will pick up the light in a ceremony and it is flown back to Vienna, Austria,” said Pastor Ron Welborn. “It is transported in what is known as a blast-proof miners lamp.”
Each of the European delegations come to the sight in Austria for a lighting ceremony and blessing. From there, they take the light back to their respective countries and communities and the light begins its journey through the continent, Welborn said.
“For the last few years, Austrian Airlines has been flying it across the Atlantic to New York City and there is a ceremony there and again it begins to pass and go,” he said. “In New York, a lantern was lighted in what we call a second lighting and it went to various communities.”
This year, a Boy Scout troop from Columbus, Texas was able to bring a piece of the light home after a trip to Independence, Missouri.
Members of the Seguin First United Methodist Church congregation made the voyage to Columbus, Texas for another lighting ceremony and brought it to Seguin on Sunday, Dec. 13.
“The ORF-Light of Peace from Bethlehem is not a magical symbol which is able to bring peace by itself. It tries to remind us all to bring peace to our world and it tries to raise awareness for peace in our every day life. The small flame which is passed on from candle to candle, from hand to hand should be a sign for peace between us all.
Just like the light is given from one candle to another, peace should be spread as well. On the 24th of December millions of homes will have the ORF-Light of Peace from Bethlehem in their homes as a symbol for global awareness, that peace is the one thing that binds us all together.”
Durango’s Mexican Kitchen was a most pleasant surprise (not that I didn’t think it would be good Mexican food – but it surpassed ‘good’).
The service was personal but not intrusive and the wait persons were efficient and friendly. The appetizer of cheese topped with chilies was marvelous! The entrees were delicious. The Tortilla Soup was oh-so-very-good! We will be coming back to this restaurant again and again to try some of the other dishes – the menu is quite extensive.
This restaurant is most definitely a Winner!
No particular rhyme or reason regarding the order of these snapshots; we didn’t visit all of the homes on the Christmas Tour of Homes.
The ones we saw were stunning. The oldest was built in 1838 (and additions made in later years).
All of the homes were beautifully decorated for Christmas.
This event benefits the Seguin Conservation Society. The Society is dedicated to preserving historic buildings, objects and places in Seguin and Guadalupe County. For fifty years, the Conservation Society has acquired and renovated threatened buildings, celebrated historical events, and engaged our community in understanding and remembering our shred heritage. our properties now include Los Nogales, the Dietz Doll House, the Campbell Log Cabin, the First Church,the Moore House and the Texas Theatre.
When we moved from Denver to Seguin – December 1997 – we began searching for Important People.
These ‘important people’ were doctors and barbers/hair stylists. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?? We get so comfortable with our doctors and those who give us personal care – such as barbers and hair stylists. It hurts to have to change the specialists and professionals with whom we have become so comfortable.
We didn’t want to have to find another doctor . . . or another hair stylist/barber. BUT – moving from Denver, Colorado to Seguin, Texas left us little choice. We weren’t going to drive for 15-16 hours back to Denver to visit our doctor or beauty salon/barber shop (we may not be exceptionally bright . . . but we realized THAT was not a good idea!).
Well, it was only a few months after our move that I fortunately discovered Audra and Hubby discovered Spitzi. Both of these professionals have been cutting our hair since then. In the ensuing years, Audra has increased in beauty and intelligence and I’ve gained 20 pounds; my hair is thinner and grayer and I can’t remember “squat” most days. Spitzi sold his shop and now operates out of Van Bui’s Magic Shears and Dear Hubby is seeing him every three weeks.
That’s how it goes!
Every three weeks I visit Hair Haus (Audra did not own Hair Haus when she started cutting my hair). I enjoy the time spent in the swiveling chair as Audra snips away. I always see someone I know; the interplay between the customers and the hairdressers is fun to observe; Audra is always so welcoming and the conversation is interesting and informative – and I leave looking better than when I entered those doors (doors which happened to be locked this morning because all of the other customers had come in through the back door and no one thought about the front door until I arrived).
I love the Hair Haus!
I love Seguin!
driving around the neighborhood . . . pansies blooming . . . and Christmas decorations
Time seems to move so fast these days.
Tuesday is the Advent Concert [Expectant Waiting] at the church
(which is a great way to begin this Christmas season).
Thursday is the Holiday Stroll and Parade.
and then . . . and then . . . and then . . .
The earth has grown old with its burden of care
But at Christmas it always is young,
The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair
And its soul full of music breaks the air,
When the song of angels is sung.”
~ Phillips Brooks (1835-93), American Episcopal bishop, wrote ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’.
Advent is a winter training camp for those who wish for peace.
Life is a constant Advent season: we are continually waiting to become, to discover, to complete, to fulfill. Hope, struggle, fear, expectation and fulfillment are all part of our Advent experience. The world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole as we know it can and should be. But the coming of Christ and his presence among us–as one of us–give us reason to live in hope: that light will shatter the darkness, that we can be liberated from our fears and prejudices, that we are never alone or abandoned.
May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation and fulfillment into the Advent of our lives.