Multiple events dotting Texas Independence Day schedule
by Melissa Federspill, staff writer
On March 2, Texas is marking 183 years of independence from Mexico, and Uvalde will be celebrating in style. Pioneer style, to be exact. A day-long celebration filled with demonstrations and exhibits from the 1800s era of Texas is scheduled to take place at several locations throughout Uvalde from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Plans for this living-history extravaganza encompass a cavalcade, a frontier village complete with a pioneer school, a musicale, horses, and other period demonstrations. To kick off the celebration, there will be a reenactment ceremony Friday, March 1 at the downtown plaza.
There is also an essay contest open to Uvalde seventh-graders on the topic of “The Lone Star: What it means to Texas history and what it means to you and your family.” Entries will be accepted until Feb. 25. The essay should be no more than 350 words, and prizes will be given to first-, second-, and third-place winners.
On Saturday, March 2, the cavalcade will include individuals in period costumes, horses, and wagons. The community is welcome to participate in the cavalcade, however only in costume. No motorized vehicles will be permitted.
The event is contained to a walkable area, yet individuals needing transport will be able to take The Southwest Area Regional Transit District bus. The bus will be in circulation throughout the day, offering rides to each location in 15-minute intervals.
The Saturday schedule of events and locations include: 10 a.m – The Magik Theater is presenting “Kingdom of Texas”at El Progreso Memorial Library, 301 W. Main St.;
11 a.m – cavalcade, leaving from St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 343 N. Getty St., to the downtown plaza;
11:30 a.m: 4 p.m. – frontier village reenactments and musicale at downtown plaza; 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m – artifact spectacle, chuckwagon and dutch oven cooking at El Progreso Memorial Library, 301 W. Main St.;
noon to 2 p.m: Dulcimers, essay contest presentation and high school choir performing at Briscoe-Garner museum, 333 N. Park St.;
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m: Sahawe Winter Ceremonials, at First United Methodist Church, 301 N. High St.
At 7:30 p.m., the Uvalde Grand Opera House will be hosting a performance of “The Lion of Texas, an evening with Sam Houston.” This performance was written by a Texan named Sam Houston. A review reads, “often humorous and chock full of anecdotes which will entertain and amuse, the dramatic story of the birth of Texas is sure to stir the blood of native Texans and invigorate all those who have immigrated.” Tickets for this performance are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 18.
The commemorative event is being organized by the Uvalde Good Eggs, a local non-profit organization that has partnered with many area entities to bring the celebration to life. Current partnering affiliates include Uvalde County, City of Uvalde, Uvalde Main Street Program, The Uvalde Grand Opera House, El Progreso Memorial Library, Cactus Jack Foundation, the Briscoe-Garner Museum and 4-H ambassadors.
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