- Real Estate
- Paris Flash
- About Us
Hundreds visited the Red River Valley Fairgrounds searching for antiques at the third annual Paris Texas Antique Fair this weekend.
Organizer Janet Green, owner of Two Rivers Antiques, said about 500 cars went through the gates Friday. Mostly pleasant weather brought more Saturday.
“I haven’t left my space,” Green said. “We haven’t even had time to go eat.”
The antique fair is a family affair designed to give people to purchase antique, vintage and repurposed items. The event has 75 spaces for vendors, although many merchants take up more than one space. Green and daughter Sara Norris host the fair, which is held each year on the second weekend of October. She said her husband, Dr. Keith Green, also helps
“We go all over Texas; we hand-pick the vendors,” Green said. “I did it because I was tired of going places and hearing, ‘Where’s Paris, Texas?’”
Which is why she chose the name she did for the annual event.
“It’s not a cute name,” she said. “It’s the Paris Texas Antique Fair.”
A raffle was held to raise money for Project Redo, a project of the Women of Holy Cross Episcopal Church to help graduates of New Hope Center set up their new homes. Part of the gate proceeds also went to the Episcopal day school.
The fairgrounds also saw antique cars. Several unique travel trailers were on hand courtesy of Sisters on the Fly, an outdoors adventure club comprised of more than 4,000 women. “Sister” activities include fly fishing, kayaking, cowgirl college, wine tasting and horseback riding. Each year, the organization pledges $30,000 to Casting for Recovery, an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of women with breast cancer by providing retreats designed to promote and support mental and physical healing.
The antique fair started Friday and included Party on the Plaza, which got off to a slow start but quickly picked up after sunset.
“We were totally slammed,” Melissa Wickersham of Creative Candy Designs said. “We probably made a third of our proceeds between the hours of 6:30 and 9, and it was a good day in our store.”
Party on the Plaza:
Downtown’s staying up late Friday, and everyone is invited to come Party on the Plaza.
The party’s planned set for 5 to 10 p.m., including live music, old cars and vintage and retro clothing.
“It’s an opportunity for our downtown area to shine and draw people like it needs to,” said Melissa Wickersham of Creative Candy Designs. “It came out of the vintage prom that Janet Green did last year. She’s the coordinator and sponsor for the Paris Antique Show. Several small towns she had gone to for antique shopping do something like this. We did it last year, and another town has picked it up from us.
The Paris Antique Fair takes place Friday and Saturday at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. Admission is $3. Children under 12 get in free.
Many downtown businesses plan to remain open for late-night shopping during this year’s party, including Two Rivers Antiques, Lillian Kelley’s, Creative Candy Design, Green Boutique, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Paris Baby, OMG Designs, Smokin’ Hot Make-up, the Antique Mall and LMAO. Free refreshments served in participating stores.
“That could be anything from wine and cheese to lemonade and cookies,” Wickersham said.
The Jamayle Hill Band, a blues, funk and jazz band, takes the stage first from 5 to 7 p.m. Wendy, Cold and Rain follow from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. with both original songs and covers from the 1950s to the 1980s.
“We encourage people to wear vintage or retro or throwback clothes,” Wickersham said. “Somebody might have their mother’s prom dress, and they can wear that. Or you could come as Cindy Lauper from the ‘80s.”
Several unique travel trailers will also make their way to the square courtesy of Sisters on the Fly, an outdoors adventure club comprised of more than 4,000 women. “Sister” activities include fly fishing, kayaking, cowgirl college, wine tasting and horseback riding. Each year, the organization pledges $30,000 to Casting for Recovery, an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of women with breast cancer by providing retreats designed to promote and support mental and physical healing.
Students from the Paris High School Cosmetology co-op program will be set up Friday and Saturday at Creative Candy Designs to raise money for breast cancer programs by selling pink hair extensions and feathers. Wickersham said they raised about $370 last week.
There’s no admission to Party on the Plaza, and Wickersham said the evening will be one to remember.
“It’ll be a really good time,” she said.
The city’s Eiffel Tower is turning pink Monday in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Digital Mammography of Northeast Texas, Paris Imaging Center and Texas Oncology are supporting Light it Pink Paris in support of breast cancer awareness. The tower lights will turn the structure pink from 6 to 8 p.m.
Light It Pink Paris started last year with employees from Digital Mammography of Northeast Texas and Paris Imaging Center looking for an event to help raise awareness for breast cancer, as well as honor patients, family and friends battling breast cancer.Monday. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs to enjoy.
“My friend Ashley Hilliard, the marketing director of Texas Oncology, joined us along with 30 to 40 others,” said Tracy Scudder, director of marketing for Digital Mammography. “Dr. Steve Clifford, our radiologist, came to and spoke at the event. He is very passionate about his patients and also about educating the public about the importance of early detection.”
That was also the genesis of the shoe design contest, known as Awareness: The 1st Step. It’s being held again this year. Simply decorate a shoe with pink flair to show support for breast cancer survivors. Entries must be delivered by 6 p.m. Attendees will place a dollar bill in ballot boxes in front of the shoes to vote for their favorites. The winner will be announced at the end of the night.
“Anything goes this year for the shoe design,” Scudder said. “Feathers, sequins, glitter and anything that sparkles on any type of shoe, like boots, flip-flops, high heels and slippers.”
Scudder credits office manager Janna Davis with helping to make the event something bigger this year.
“She saw a need for a fundraiser to help many people and families battling breast cancer, and we already had the event in place to build on,” she said. “She invited others from the community and formed a committee to help make this happen.”
A silent auction has been added to the fundraising this year. Light it Pink also plans entertainment for attendees. Comedian Daryl Felsberg is emcee for the evening. Danielle Mckee Dance School will plans performances.
All donations go to The Bridge Network for women’s services in Lamar County. The organization provides access to breast cancer diagnostic and treatment services for low income, uninsured and underinsured individuals.
“We can designate the funds we raise and donate to be used for woman in Lamar County,” Scudder said. “The Bridge is a grant, and it has always worked very well with Digital Mammography of Northeast Texas to help women.”
For more information, contact Tracy Scudder at email@example.com or 903-249-0885.
Drivers, you’ve got a chance to service your car and help the homeless the week of Oct. 20.
From 9 a.m. Oct. 20 to 7 p.m. Oct 26, Lamar Lube Express and Express Car Wash will make a donation to New Hope Center for most car washes and services:
The donation does not include oil changes.
Close to a hundred people gathered at Love Civic Center on Saturday in the name of Connecting for a Cause.
The event raises money for breast cancer, which affects nearly everyone, said Rev. Kathy French of Connections, which sponsors the event.
“We have a member of our congregation who has been battling breast cancer for five years now,” she said. “There are so many who are affected by this – a friend, a wife, a sister.”
This marked the third year for Connections to raise money for breast cancer. The last couple of years, the event was primarily a “pink hair party.” This year introduced the Pink 5K run/walk. Participants paid $20 to register. About 80 preregistered, and more showed up later. Connecting for a Cause also included T-shirts, bling for the T-shirts courtesy of Paris Glam, pink hair extensions and free classes courtesy of CrossFit. The funds raised go to Susan G. Komen.
“We’re trying to keep costs low so all the money can go to them,” French said.
As an extension ministry of First United Methodist Church, Connection’s mission is to connect with God, others and the community, French said. The breast cancer event is one way to do that.
“We choose to do things we are passionate about to help the community in the name of Christ,” she said. “We can’t heal like he did, but we can continue the mission.”