Calvert Fall Fest Returns with an Incredible Array of Activities
for All Ages October 18-20
It’s a tea party! It’s a hayride! It’s a BBQ cook-off! It’s a Ball! It’s an invitation to take a step back into the past in celebration of history via a smorgasbord of activities, arts, culture--and it’s all about having fun! Gear up and pack up for one amazing weekend in this historic community. This year’s Calvert Fall Fest, scheduled for October 18-20, 2013 promises to be one incredible weekend kicking off with an I.B.C.A. sanctioned BBQ cookoff beginning on Friday evening, continuing on Saturday with a parade, carnival, family-friendly games and activities, the cookoff judging, children’s art activities, vendors, monthly Trade Days, and free live entertainment by the Full House Blues Band Saturday afternoon. Children and youth groups are invited to set up booths for games and other activities as part of their fundraiser. Advance registration is required. And the kiddos can have a tad more fun as they delve into the “artistic” side of their nature (no experience required).
Expect to see loads of interesting characters in the parade, which kicks off Saturday, October 19 at 9:30 am. Participants may be on a float, walk, as a band, or on horse. Additional categories are pick-up truck, tractor, and auto and there will be room available to display that special vehicle after the parade—parking is limited to the first 20 “collectibles”. One never knows who they may see! Between special events, local merchants and restaurants will be open for that special shopping/dining as well.
Saturday evening (beginning at 7 pm) is “crowned” by The Harvest Ball. This event is presented by the Downtown Merchants Association in conjunction with The Chamber of Commerce. Experience a true celebration of the bountiful harvest of fall with great music, dancing, fabulous Southern cuisine, door prizes, and a fun auction! There will be a variety of music including period music. Suggested dress for The Harvest Ball is mid to late 1800s or evening attire (guests are invited but not required to wear period attire). For more details on The Harvest Ball, call Jan Walston, Chairperson, at (713)252-9433 or email .
You may see some very serious acting by those in costume. Look for a portrayal of Her Royal Highness, Queen Victoria, who has created quite a “stir” among the royal family by forgoing her usual summer holiday in Balmoral Scotland to visit Victoria, British Columbia. “She was in her namesake city for the dedication of a stained glass window celebrating Her golden jubilee. Her Majesty will continue her tour of North America by visiting the Republic of Texas. While we are not allowed to reveal which family homes she will be visiting on the tour, we can reveal that Her Majesty will be attending an afternoon tea in Calvert, Texas on Sunday, October 20 giving her an opportunity to visit with local lords and ladies. A Royal invitation should be expected soon.” Looking for the “rogues and royalty” alone will be an adventure in itself!
Sunday morning (October 20) kicks off with a very popular Hayride Tour of the Historic District beginning at 11 am. This casual “not to miss” tour is another highlight of the weekend that evolves through blocks of architectural history depicting the cotton plantation owners, Western-moving entrepreneurs, and railroad workers of the era. A tour guide may be obtained from many of the local merchants for a nominal $5.00. It will lead you up and down the tree-lined residential streets describing (in detail) each historic landmark.
The 13th Annual Calvert Garden Tea will be held Sunday afternoon, October 20th, on the lawn of the fabulous Calvert Inn, the historic Gibson-Hudson home (outdoors weather permitting). This year classic English Afternoon Tea will be served. Have a blast with the ever-popular Hat Contest, live classical music by the Renaissance Gypsies, door prizes, and, as always, lots and lots of fun and laughs! This is traditionally one of the most popular events of the year. For more information on the English Afternoon Tea, please call Sandy Hudson, Chairperson, at (979) 492-3302 or email . Reservations required.
The fee for The Harvest Ball is a nominal $50.00 per person including dinner. The English Afternoon Tea is $35.00 per person. Reservation forms are available at or by calling (512) 468-8317 to get forms mailed to you. Return the completed form with payment to the Calvert Chamber of Commerce at PO Box 132, Calvert, TX 77837.
Spotlighting the entire weekend October 18-20 is a chance to stay in one of Calvert’s magnificent historic bed and breakfasts for the complete Victorian experience. Rooms are very limited so early reservations are strongly suggested at: Pin Oak B&B - 979-364-2935, 888-367-8096 ----Parish House – 979-574-5603, Mae’s–979-219-9235, firstname.lastname@example.org ---Hammond House – 979-364-2201, www.thehammondhouse.com ---Cyndi B’s – 979-364-2582,. These are all historic and unique bed & breakfasts. Motels in Hearne (approximately 9 miles away) include the Budget Inn & Suites - 979 279-6200 and Holiday Inn Express – 979-279-6600. And, if rooms are sold out, please contact VictorianCalvert@gmail.com or call 512-468-8317 for alternative suggestions.
For additional information on the Calvert Fall Fest from October 18-20, parade forms, bar-b-que cook off forms, vendor opportunities, shopping, or lodging reservation information, visit , contact , or call (512) 468-8317.
Calvert is located in the heart of Texas between Dallas, Houston, and Austin. It is 30 miles north of Bryan-College Station and 60 miles south of Waco. For the history “buffs” it has the 3rd largest contiguous Historic District listed in the National Register in Texas and a treasure of antique structures.