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Because of expected freezing rain, ice and frigid temperatures in Paris and Lamar County, Christmas in Fair Park has been pushed back one week.
As in the past, Christmas in Fair Park will be at the Paris-Lamar County Fairgrounds, 570 E. Center St., Paris.
Hours remain the same — from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
It’s all free — no admission cost, and no fee for parking.
The Community Exhibit Center, Building “B”, West Side Building, and the Coliseum will feature booths and exhibits from local businesses and craftsmen with holiday gifts and decorations.
Set-up times for all exhibitors are Thursday, Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Community Exhibit Center, Building “B”, and the West Side Building have central heat. The booths are 8 feet by 10 feet and are divided with red drapery. One six-foot table and two chairs will be provided.
The Coliseum booths are 10 feet by 10 feet, divided with red drapery and furnished with one six-foot table and two chairs.
Outside booth spaces are 10 feet by 20 feet with no tables or chairs provided. All booth spaces — inside, outside, and food concessions — are $75 each.
Santa Claus will be at Christmas in Fair Park to hear what children want for Christmas and to have his picture taken with them.
There also will be entertainment on the grounds, with activities for children.
A number of concession booths will be available.
Any organization desiring to participate in Christmas in Fair Park is encouraged to go to www.rrvfair.org/2013 CIFP Contract.pdf and return the form. A contract will be mailed for an exhibit space
Anyone with questions may call 903.785.7971 or email email@example.com.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
This friday night LMAO Comedy hosts their first ever Showcase with the “12 Comics of Christmas”. All on one stage one night, 12 new faces from all over converge on LMAO for the first time.
Like normal stand up shows, the 1 1/2 – 2 hour long show will be the first ever at LMAO Comedy. Daryl Felsberg from XM comedy will host the evening and keep the show moving.
“It’s really neat to have a showcase here in Paris. Audience members will get to see 12 comics they likely have never seen before of nearly 12 different styles.” Felsberg said.
Showtime is at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.lmaotexas.com or by calling 903-785-LAFF or in person at Girls and Cake in DTN Paris. They are just Just $12 a ticket ($1 per comic).
LMAO Comedy is a talent and event production agency headquartered in Paris Texas with a
Comedy Club at 12 First St NE in DTN Paris. LMAO Comedy produce comedy shows, concerts,
festivals, private events, and magic shows, nationwide.
The first Joe Howard Memorial Volleyball Tournament is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 7 at Chisum Middle School
“We chose to put on this fundraiser in order to aid the family with medical expenses and funeral costs,” said Chelsea Steelman, who is hosting the tournament with Kaleb Jackson. “A softball tournament was also considered, but it was decided that a volleyball tournament would be more appropriate for the winter season.”
The two have participated in many such tournaments to raise funds for things like scholarships, mission trip funding and memorials.
The Joe Howard tourney will have two brackets, one competitive and one non-competitive. Each co-ed team must have four to six players, and there must be at least two females on the court at all times. Registration is $100 per team. Rosters should be submitted as soon as possible so that brackets can be completed.
“We are still seeking workers, including referees, and teams,” Steelman said.
Howard was a paramedic with Emergency Medical Services in Paris who died in an accident in early October when a van pulled in front of him on Loop 286 as he rode his motorcycle to a World War II event. He lived in Sumner with wife Cathy, and the couple had several children and grandchildren.
Paris native and NBC’s America’s Got Talent runner-up, Cas Haley, will be performing a special Thanksgiving show at Three Brothers Drafthouse on Friday, November 29.
Joining Cas are three local favorites of the music scene for one great night of entertainment and original music.
Starting the night off is rock n’ roll, Americana band Pearl Street Riot, followed by the blues rock, jam band sounds of The Draggin’ Man Band and reggae rock trio The Tambourine Machine, taking the stage as main support for Haley and his band.
With this diverse line-up of different styles, talented local musicians and the elite vocals, songwriting and musicianship of Cas Haley, this is likely to be one of the best shows of the year for Paris. Don’t miss it. The show will start around 9 p.m.
Haley, who was named runner-up on season 2 of America’s Got Talent, has released three full length albums and a number of original EP’s, including a Christmas special, titled Gifts to Give, released in 2011.
His first full length album, self titled Cas Haley, was the #8 Best Selling Reggae Album on the Billboard charts, while his next record, Connection, debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Best Selling Reggae Albums. Haley’s most recent work, titled La Si Dah, was released in May 2013. The latter two albums were released by Easy Star Records.
These albums are available on iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets, as well as many stores and his live shows.
Visit Cas’ website at www.cashaley.com for music, videos, tour dates, contact information and his full biography.
Tickets to the show on Friday are $10 for adults and $13 for those under the age of 21.
Below is the official video for Cas Haley’s single La Dah.
The Paris Public Library will hold a special book signing, featuring Grammy award-winning opera singer, Jay Hunter Morris, on Saturday, November 30, according to library director Priscilla McAnally.
Morris was born in Paris and attended Paris High School and Paris Junior College, continuing his education at Baylor University and then the Julliard School of Music.
“Mr. Morris is a singer with the Metropolitan Opera,” McAnally said. “He is a Grammy-winning tenor whose roles have included Captain Ahab in Moby Dick, Siegfried in Wagner’s the Ring, Lennie in Of Mice and Men and Lohengrin in Lohengrin.”
He will be signing his newly published book Diary of a Redneck Opera Zinger, which is, according to Morris from the Amazon.com book disclaimer, part autobiography, part inspiration and part unrepentant potty humor.
If you’re wondering why it’s opera ‘zinger’ with a ‘z’ instead of opera ‘singer’, you’ll have to read his very entertaining and hilarious book to find out.
From 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Morris will be at the Paris Public Library — 326 South Main Street — to sign and discuss his book for his hometown fans, who will have the chance to meet him and ask questions about his career and the book.
The event is hosted by the Library Advisory Board, Paris Public Library and friends of the library.
By Josh Allen, eParisExtra