For those not ready to begin decorating for Thanksgiving, this weekend provides different opportunities to celebrate fall. Dia de Los Muertos was Nov. 1 and the city of Denison will be celebrating on Saturday. Also this weekend, both the Sherman and Denison VFWs will be honoring veterans in preparation for Veterans Day. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge will be selling barbecue, Austin College will be looking at the stars, and Prophets and Outlaws will be performing at Gilley’s Durant. Here are five events embracing the fall:
1. Taking time for the vets
Both Sherman and Denison VFWs will be taking trips to Bonham this weekend. The Denison annual ride for the vets will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at VFW 2773, 531 W. Crawford St., Denison and there will be a police escort. Then at 10 a.m., VFW 2772, 1707 Baker Rd., Sherman, will begin its ride for the vets event to Bonham. The Sherman event kicks off with breakfast at 10 a.m. and the ride will start at 11:15 a.m. This event will also have a police escort. Both groups will be delivering funds and toiletries to those living at the VA hospital in Bonham. Lunch will be provided to riders at the Bonham VFW after items are taken to the hospital.
2. Honoring the dead
The Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Denison. The annual event will take place at Heritage Park, 320 W. Main St., in Denison. There will be a lot of live performances, music and food. The puppet parade will be at 2 p.m. and Aztec dancers can be seen after. There will be about 40 artists displaying work during the Denison Arts Council event. For more information on the day, visit www.smalltownbigart.com
The “High on the Hawg” barbecue dinner hosted by Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge will be held Saturday. The event is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 6456 Refuge Road in Sherman. This is the eighth annual friend and fundraiser wild hog and pulled pork barbecue dinner hosted by the refuge. There will be entertainment provided by Greg Guymon and Little River, This is the first year that the event will include a silent auction. Tickets only at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. There will be a hot dog option for kids.
4. Staring at the stars
The Austin College Community Star Party will be held from 9-10:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will be held at the Adams Observatory at the IDEA Center at 1108 E. Richards in Sherman. The event is free, but advance registration is requested. For more information or to register, visit http://www.austincollege.edu/college-hosts-public-star-party-november-4.
5. Concerts all weekend
The Prophets and Outlaws will be performing from 10:30 p.m. to midnight Friday at Gilley’s Durant at Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. At the same location, area residents can watch the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University state rivalry football game Saturday. There will be a swag giveaway and drawings after every score. Jason Boland and the Stragglers, who performed at Music on Main this year, will be performing from 10:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. For more information on weekend Gilley’s events, visit https://www.choctawcasinos.com/choctaw-durant/entertainment/upcoming-events.