Out and About: Tracy Byrd concert fills up the Julie Rogers Theatre

Albert Nolen

Sold-out concert … Local country singer star Tracy Byrd and band Book of Days were a huge draw for our fair city last Friday evening, July 20. The Julie Rogers Theatre was packed and guests seem to enjoy themselves thoroughly with both of the musical entertainers. In the audience were Marci and George Brown, Dona Johnson, Elizabeth Waddill, Mary Jane Benning, Doug Fair, Stephanie and Eric Flatten, Eric Meadows, and Becky and Jerry Conn in from Austin, to name a few.

So tasty … Sponsoring and supporting congregations of A Tasting for Some Other Place and other supporters of Some Other place will each host a booth and provide “tastings” of favorite recipes to ticket holders Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 5-7 pm at the Beaumont Civic Center. Over 50 booths will offer foods ranging from shrimp, stuffed peppers, St. Mark’s famous chili to ice cream and strawberry short cake. Tickets are $10 a person and are available at Some Other Place, through participating congregations and booth sponsors and at Jason’s Deli in Gateway and on Dowlen Road. Entertainment will be provided by The Mid-Life Crisis Band, a 16-year tradition. Again this year, a shuttle service will be provided. Parking is free and available at all city of Beamont parking lots as well as all downtown churches, with a free shuttle beginning at 4:30 p.m. and running until 7 p.m. to deliver attendees to he front door of the Civic Center. Parking is available at First Methodist and St. Mark’s parking lots. This service is being provided by Sun Travel. Booths will also be decorated. This year’s judges are Roy West Jr., Jim Love and Ericka Harris. The last 15 years of events were HUGE successes. Thousands of dollars have been raised each year to help to ensure the continuation of the work of SOP. This is the only fundraising endeavor sponsored by Some Other Place for SOP programming. Participating in the 16th annual tasting are West Tabernacle Baptist Church, Westgate Church of Christ, Temple Emanuel, Stewart Title, Sub Zero Beaumont, Starlight Baptist Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, St. Michael’s Orthodox Church, St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Peaceful Rest Baptist Church, Lanell’s Peace House, Julie Rogers Gift of Life, Henry’s Place, First United Methodist Church, First Christian Church, Dugood Federal Credit Union, DJ’s Boudain, Clifton Steamboat Museum Complex, Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home, Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital, Christian Fellowship Worship Center, Christ Covenant Church, Cheddar’s, Calder Woods, Broussard Mortuary, Baptist Beaumont Hospital and Apartment Association of Southeast Texas. See you there!

Storkmarketing … Congrats to Lindsay and Josh Sanders on th new addition to their family with the birth of Stevie Bloom Sanders, who entered the world on July 18 weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces at 19 and 3/4 inches. Older siblings Beau Sanders, and Quin and Lila Oxford are thrilled with their new younger sister. Congrats!

Candles and cakes … Belated best to Jadeanne Hayes, John Steinman, Charlee Hanna-Rule, Jan Allred, Cile Childress, and Greg Gregory. B-day wishes to Melany Adler, Kevin Hales, Joanna Clark, Roni Stephenson, Lauren Thieme, Jack Pieper, Ellen Ohmstede, Jennifer Phelan, Ed Snowden, Katie Celli, Mandy Oliverio, Larry Clayton, Beth Rogers, Lou Huber, Rosa Croley, Pat Parsons, Stephanie Flatten, Corey Toms, Tanya Cavness, Grace Cordts, Claire Day, Chip Ferguson, John Yearwood, Mary Rhea, Susan Martin, Lan Phelan, Terry Morris, Slate Babineaux and Mike Petit.

Until the next RSVP!