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Celebrating Seguin's 174 Years – amazing!

On Saturday, August 11, the Seguin Conservation Society with the help of the City of Seguin will be celebrating Seguin's 174th Birthday. The festivities will begin at 5:30 in the Heritage Village. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips drinks, popcorn and snow cones will be available for purchase and entertainment will be provided by area youth showcasing their musical talents starting at 5:30. If you are a connoisseur of ice cream, we would like you to put your culinary skills to the test and enter our homemade ice cream contest. The categories to be judged are best pecan, best traditional and people's choice. If you want to have your ice cream judged it will need to be at the First Church no later than 5 p.m. Late arrivals will not be in the judging. At 6:15 the Guadalupe County Mounted Sherriff's Posse will arrive on horseback to present the proclamation to the mayor. After this a short business meeting will be held to elect new board members. Hope to see you on the 11th.

Patrons enjoying a prior year's Seguin Birthday celebration.

More at the Moore House

We want to offer more at the Moore House! So we are making some changes.

The first Thursday of each month September through December and February through June will still be our luncheon day. The seatings will still be at 11:30 and 1:00.

The caterers will be different each month and so our menus will be varied according to what they offer. We've appreciated the many years that All occasions Catering has served us however, we wanted to give some versatility to our luncheons. With this change we will be charging a little more. $10 per meal and $12 with desert. You will find an appetizer waiting for you upon arrival and still be served a full plate including salad and tea with desert choices offered.

We will also have entertainment in the form of living history performances, style shows, music and/or displays.

You'll still call Cascades to make your seating reservation by the Tuesday prior to our luncheon day at 379-7173.

All proceeds from the luncheons go towards the maintenance of The Moore House and we want to make sure that this wonderful part of our Seguin history stays in good repair.

Once again we have our wonderful sponsors supporting our efforts and hope that you also will continue the luncheon tradition. We thank the following businesses for again sponsoring this coming year: American Bank, Argent Court, Independence Title, Mickey Ferrell Realtors, Karen McMillan Realtors, First Commercial Bank, Keepers, First National Bank of Beeville and Kathy Nossaman's Edward Jones office.

Our servers are from many of our sponsors but also include Republican Women, the Guadalupe County Democrats, the Seguin Chamber Ambassadors, theHispanic Chamber, Mid-Texas Symphony Guild and Seguin Conservation Society members.

We look forward to another great year! Bring your friends and enjoy a delicious and delightful lunching experience at The Moore House!

Red Hat Ladies enjoy luncheon.

Texas Theatre Hosts Variety of Community Events

A whirlwind of events and activities keep the Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theatre at the center of attention in downtown Seguin.

Upcoming events open to the public include the popular Heart of Texas Road Show on Saturday, Aug. 25 featuring the legendary Johnny Bush, Justin Trevino, Dottsy and Frankie Miller. There will be two shows at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the usual locations around town and by calling the theatre office at 372-6168. For more information or to purchase tickets on-line visit our website at

In September, we will be hosting a new event. We will be bringing in from San Antonio Mariachi Azetca de America. This group has traveled across the state and outside Texas. This upbeat concert will help kickoff National Hispanic Heritage Month. The concert is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21 and ticket information will be released soon. Again you may also visit our website.

A new addition to our schedule as well will be our first "Dining Under the Stars" event on Thursday, Sept. 20. A number of requests were made by participants at other Texas events that we start some type of dining experience. Responding to that, we will feature the culinary talents of the chefs of Sodexo Food Service from Texas Lutheran University. Details of the appetizing menu and costs will be available soon.

Performance at The Texas

You will not want to miss our next dramatic presentation – Steel Magnolias. Our own stage veteran Pat Hoppe will direct this audience favorite. Cast auditions will be 9 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 25 and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the Texas. The show will be presented Oct. 19-21 and 26-29 and ticket and cast information will be released in late September.

In late November we will kick off the Holiday season and Holiday Stroll in Seguin week with a concert at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25. The Almost Patsy Cline Band will return with their beautiful renditions of some classic holiday tunes as well as sharing a little history about those songs.

As you can see, the theatre is a hub of activity. In between these public events we have, at this time, 10 private rentals. And, if you haven't booked your holiday party yet, there are still a number of December dates available.

On the books as well are six private rentals for 2013!

In June we hosted our second drama camp. Working with Tempest Theatre directors, Rebecca Phillips and Lydia Robles, we had an outstanding camp with nearly 25 students involved. The two week camp ended with a beautiful presentation of "Music Man Junior." Plans are already in the works for next year's summer camp.

In coming months you will hear more about the Texas Theatre's involvement with youth programming. The theatre management team is committed to not only providing quality events but also working to get more student involvement in the arts. With the cooperation of several groups we are about to see that become a reality.

We also had another successful recruiting session for our Friends of the Texas. About a dozen new volunteers were present and are eager to help welcome audiences. They join our group of 35 volunteers who have helped in the past year.

"And again, we want to remind everyone - we have No paid staff," says Marty Keil, SCS president, "Everyone working there is doing it for free and because they are committed to seeing the Texas succeed."

The Texas still has a number of needs. One of the most pressing is to get a screen and projector, says Steve Tschoepe, theatre volunteer, "we have raised about $2,500 towards that goal but still need considerably more."

Donations may be made in any amount and can be mailed to The Texas Theatre, 425 N. Austin St., Seguin, TX, 78155.

Message from the President

Dear Fellow Conservanists,

Happy 60th! And we're going strong! This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Seguin Conservation Society! The Society was formed following the saving and refurbishing of a small adobe structure sitting at the corner of S. River and Live Oak, now known as the Los Nogales Museum.

Thanks to a group of people led by Mrs. Virginia Woods the building was saved and it’s significance was researched and shared with Seguin. The mission of the Seguin Conservation Society continues with preserving historic buildings, objects and places in Seguin and Guadalupe County, celebrating historical events, and engaging our community in remembering, understanding and advancing our shared heritage.

Seguin moves into it's 175th year this August. We will enjoy our usual celebration at the Heritage Village site with a cookout and homemade ice cream contest, entertainment and our annual membership meeting. As we prepare for this occasion, we reflect on the many maintenance needs that have been remedied this year preserving our properties for visitations from a variety of people. We are fortunate to have a dedicated Board that works to keep our buildings in good repair. There is always something to be done.

Do you ever notice those large buses in town slowly traveling around the square, down Nolte street or Court Street? We still have groups coming for True Women tours as well as groups from Houston, Georgetown and parts south interested in touring Seguin at large. They love our downtown square, Walnut Creek Park project and the Texas Theatre. Complimentary comments flow on the wonderful way in which our downtown showcases the fountain, gazebo, refurbished buildings, and the proximity to Walnut Creek just blocks away. These visitors are aware of Seguin's growth and notice that special attention is being paid to preserving and protecting the rich history of the town. We can all take pride in this recognition.

The Seguin Conservation Society has proven itself to be a viable and important group for sixty years. We will continue to work hard, and keep focused on our mission. We count on the support of the community and our membership to keep our projects and properties viable. We are always in need of active participants, since there are multiple properties and projects that need volunteers to keep them going. Please contact us if you have an interest in becoming more involved.

Preserving Seguin Together,
Marty Keil

Recent News

Thank You!!!

The Seguin Conservation Society wants to extend a special thank you to several area businesses and an organization that are always so helpful and supportive in taking reservations and selling tickets for various events, especially those at the Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theater.

Those supporters are:

Cascades Gift Shop - Gail Roberson
Gift and Gourmet - Mary Reiley
Keepers - Amber Ehrlich
Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce

These businesses, owners and employees are always so gracious in assisting patrons. We thank you!!!

Consider Us!

We ask that when you are making a memorial or honorarium in rememberance of someone that you consider The Seguin Conservation Society or the The Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theatre.

With your gift you will help preserve Seguin's history and remember someone who was a part of it. We will send a notice to the family of the gift and you will receive an acknowledgement from us as well.

You can mail monetary gifts to the Seguin Conservation Society, P.O. Box 245, Seguin, TX, 78156 or the Texas Theatre, 425 N. Austin St., Seguin, TX, 78155.

Don't Leave Us! Read Your Label

If you received a newsletter by mail, please look at the membership year printed on your mailing label. Due to increased costs, the Conservation Society may need to reduce the size of the mailing list by dropping those who have not shown interest in renewing their membership or making a donation to The Texas Theatre or the General Fund. Please stay with us - Seguin needs you! Renew your membership or make a contribution today.
Moore House Luncheon Committee Needs You

Hosting a monthly luncheon in a historic home is not for the faint of heart. A dedicated group of volunteers works hard to make each Moore House luncheon a delightful experience for all who attend. Can you see yourself joining the Moore House committee to handle one of the many monthly tasks? Could you give an hour or so once a month - and take the summers off?

In the days before each luncheon, could you be the one who calls HEB to reserve flower bouquets? Makes the seating chart from the reservations made at Cascades Gift Shop? Compiles the hostess list? Shops for supplies? Picks up the welcoming poster from Lone Star Printing? Sets up for the luncheon by placing tables and chairs in the correct places? Sets the tables? Arranges the flowers? Takes coolers to Tri-County A/C to fill with donated ice? Cuts up lemons and limes for tea?

On the day of the luncheon, would you come to the Moore House at 9am to make coffee and tea? Sweep the porches? Arrange the welcoming poster on an easel? Set up ice chests in various rooms? Count out plates to be warmed in the oven? Put dishes on tables? Cut up desserts? Serve meals from 11:30am until 1:00pm?

After each luncheon, how would you like to enjoy lunch with that day's helpers and servers? Then clear the tables and clean the Moore House kitchen. Clean the floors, empty the ice chests, and gather equipment to be picked up by All Occasions Catering. Perhaps you'd be the one to collect all the towels and aprons and take them home to wash them for the next month's luncheon.

Moore House luncheons are an important fundraiser for the Seguin Conservation Society to provide the means to maintain one of Seguin's stateliest historic homes. If any of these volunteer jobs appeal to you, please call Mary McDonald at 401-4543 and join the Moore House team.

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