Texoma Squares Dance Club

Texoma Squares Dance Club

The Texoma Squares Dance Club will hold its Christmas square/round dance this Saturday at the club house, 929 Desvoignes Road, in Denison. Wayne Baldwin will be the caller and Karen Gloodt the cuer. Round dance begins at 7:30 p.m. and the grand march at 8 p.m. Visitors are welcome.

The group will be hosting a Holiday Fair on Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the club house. The event will be open to the public. Crafts vendors will be participating and vendor space is still available. For information, call 903-267-3260.

To learn more about the Texoma Squares, call Katrina Vandergriff at 903-267-3320 or Gayle Guthrie at 903-421-4251.

Texoma Newcomers and Neighbors

December activities begin this week for the Texoma Newcomers and Neighbors group. For information about the group or any of its activities, call 903-813-5592.

The following events are scheduled for this month: Dec. 4 - lunch at the College Street Diner, 11:30 a.m; Dec. 7 - Dinner Club, 6 p.m., Napoli’s in Pottsboro; Dec. 12 - Christmas party, 7 p.m., each attendee to bring two gifts, a "white elephant" gift and a real gift (price limit is between $10 and $15); Dec. 12 - Breakfast Bunch, 9 a.m., Panera Bread, Sherman; Dec. 17 - Gad-a-Bouts will travel to Grapevine to view ice exhibit at Gaylord Texan; Dec. 19 - Bunco/potluck dinner, 6:30 p.m; and Dec. 6, 13 and 20 - lunch at noon at Kathleen’s Kitchen in Sherman.

Texoma Woodcarvers

Officers were elected at the recent meeting of the Texoma Woodcarvers.

Leading the group as president will be Pete Patterson of Sherman. Serving with Patterson are: Wanda Reichert of Sherman, vice president; Karen Rude of McKinney, secretary and newsletter editor; Richard Duval of Mead, Oklahoma, treasurer; and Tom Brittain of Cartwright, Oklahoma and Cal Stewart of Fairview as co-show chairmen.

The group’s annual Christmas party will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Buck Snort Barbecue in Van Alstyne. The club will be paying for the meal for members and their spouses. A carved ornament exchange and an auction will be held. Auction items will be placed in brown paper bags so keep the items’ identity hidden and the items will be woodcarving-related things such as unfinished projects, pattern books or woods.

The group meets every Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Sherman Senior Center. A monthly business meeting is held at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, and a project meeting is held at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month. At the project meetings, various members bring a small carving cutout for all members to carve. The member leading the project will teach attendees the technique used in carving the item. There is no cost for these projects.

Members have also already begun carving a nativity scene as a fundraiser for 2014.

Anyone interested in learning about woodcarving is encouraged to attend any of the monthly meetings. Membership is $10 per year.

Sherman Shakespeare Club

The Sherman Shakespeare Club recently met in the community room of the Texas Star Bank with 13 members and one guest attending. Hostesses were Annette Miller and Lee Main. President Jaquita Albin led the session.

Linda Gattis, a club member, brought the day’s program, an audio lecture focusing on William Shakespeare’s "Richard III." This is the last of his plays dealing with the Wars of the Roses and is the longest of Shakespeare’s plays other than Hamlet. The play includes 38 named characters and 11 ghosts and centers on Richard, a cruel ruler who one night dreams that his murdered victims visit him and bid him an ill fate. He is killed in battle the next day by the man who eventually becomes Henry VII. Following the presentation, members held a discussion on the work.

During a brief business session, Pat Smith, secretary, presented minutes from the last meeting. Barbara Denton gave the treasurer’s report.

The January meeting will be held in the community room of Texas Star Bank. Nancy Larson and Kathy Roberts will present a program entitled "Sheakespeare’s Theater."