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Membership drive underway at Mount Vernon Music

Music lovers will not want to miss this season’s performances presented by the  Mount Vernon Music Association at the Music Hall. A membership drive is currently on-going. See the August 13 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

2009 Plaza concert by the Big Woods Band

The third and final 2009 Plaza Concert will feature the popular music of the locally based Big Woods Band.  The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Ambassadors will host the concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 on the downtown plaza. See the August 13 edition of the Optic-Herald for a listing of contestants.

Singing up a storm

Singing up a stormThe entertainers at the second in a series of concerts on the plaza literally sang up a storm on Thursday, July 16 with a weather front blowing into town during the event.  Mayor J. D. Baumgardner not only lent a hand by keeping a speaker from blowing over, he also sang along with Fred Randles and Dana Ladd as they sang “America.”

Third Concert on the Plaza planned

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce will host the third in its Plaza Concert series Thursday, Aug. 20. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on the downtown plaza. Music will be provided by the Big Woods Band, and hotdogs and/or sausage on a stick will be provided free - courtesy of the chamber and other local businesses. See the Aug. 6 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Escher art last series featured at library

The art work of Maurits Cornelis Escher is being featured at the Franklin County Library through Friday, July 24. The banner reproductions are the sixth and final in the series being featured at the library.

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Cromer, Taylor exhibits in Longview

Local area artists Susanne Cromer and Ellie Taylor are among the artists being featured at the Artists in East Texas exhibit at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts.

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RhythmStudents attending the Franklin County Library’s Summer Reading program made rhythm sticks with chop sticks in last week’s reading session. They listened to several songs and kept with the beat in each.

Colorful treasures

Colorful treasuresColorful jewelry was on display at a booth set up by Karen Becton of Mount Pleasant during Saturday’s Farmer’s Market. Thirteen vendors set up around the downtown plaza offering a variety of items including fruits, vegetables, plants, and craft items. The market is open each Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until sell out.


LevetationMagician Daryl Miller shows the crowd his ever so popular levitation act during the library’s Summer Enrichment program on Thursday, July 9. The volunteer participating in his act is Jasmine Gutierrez.