2014 Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Maxey House

Maxey HouseThe Sam Bell Maxey House will be having a stuffed animal sleepover on Friday, July 25th.

At 6:30pm, children can bring their stuffed animals, dolls or action figures to the Sam Bell Maxey House, located at 812 Church Street, for a sleepover. After introductions, everyone is invited to stay for an early bedtime story and a snack. At the end of the story, good-byes will be said as the children leave the toys overnight.

On Saturday, July 26th from 9am-4pm the children can come pick up their favorite teddy bear or doll and find out what they were up to in the historic home overnight.  Children will receive their toy back along with pictures of the fun that was had at the sleepover.  Children can then participate in some of the same activities and games will be set up outside.

This event is free.

The Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site is run by the Texas Historical Commission. The House built in the High Victorian Italianate style in 1868 was the family residence of Sam Bell Maxey, a Mexican War Veteran, Confederte general and two-term US Senator.  Regular tours are given Tuesday -Saturday.

Final Summer Workshop for Kids at PCT

PCT-paper-mache-2The final summer workshop for kids at PCT is a Papier Mache Workshop, taught by Ashley Pickering. The workshop will meet this week, July 21-25 from 10:30am-11:30am.

The class is for kids ages 6-12 and the fee for the week is $50.  Kids will be creating their very own hanging, 3D papier mache fish.

You can register you child online at pctonstage.com (click on PCT Summer Workshops) or register the first day of class.

The workshop, and all the children’s classes, are held at the PCT Brown Centre for Creative Arts located at 115 Clarksville Street in downtown Paris.

Registration for fall theatre and art classes for children and adults will be held on Saturday, September 5th at the Centre from 11am-1pm. Fall classes begin Monday, September 8th.


Weekend Events for the Family

ExtraNewLogo640This weekend there are many family activities to choose from here in Paris.

For those who enjoy monster trucks, there is a Monster Truck Rally at the Paris Rodeo Arena. The gates open at 6pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children.

Those looking for a bit of culture can attend “The White Liars/Black Comedy” at the Paris Community Theatre. The 2014-15 season opener is actually two plays both equally hilarious and entertaining. Performances are Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19th at 7:30pm and a Sunday matinee at 2:30pm. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the box office or online at pctonstage.com.

The 30th Annual “Tour de Paris” bicycle rally is on Saturday morning beginning at 8am at the Love Civic Center. Even if you are not a rider, it is fun to go downtown and line the square to wave and cheer the riders on!

Also downtown on Saturday is the Toys for Tots Christmas in July Toy Drive from 11am-5pm. Join several of the Downtown stores as they support gather toys. Boxes will be located in Paris Baby and Itsy Bitsy Spider. Look for the flags and Christmas wreaths.


Theatre Workshops this Week at PCT

The PCT Brown Centre of Creative Arts

The PCT Brown Centre of Creative Arts

The Paris Community Theatre is continuing its offering of summer workshops for kids next week.

trunk-theatre-225x300First, is TRUNK THEATRE for ages 5-8 taught by Laura Hutchings and Victoria Rhodes. This workshop encourages children to “open” their trunks and imagination to create costumes, become characters and act out stories. It runs July 14-18 from 10:30am-11:30am. The fee is $50.

Next, for older kids – ages 8-13, is the MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP taught by Amy Burrows. This high energy and fun filled workshop will explore creative movement, acting, singing, and dancing. There will be an informal mini showcase on the last day with songs performed from various children’s musical theatre numbers. It runs July 14-18 from 1pm-3:30pm and the cost is $80.

dancerThe last workshop of the summer will be a PAPER MACHE Workshop for ages 7-12 and taught by Ashley Pickering. This final workshop will run July 21-25 from 10:30am-11:30am and is $50.

You can pre-register for either workshop online at pctonstage.com or by emailing Jenny Wilson, PCT Children’s Theatre Coordinator at jenny_3155@yahoo.com. Walk-ins on the first day of the workshop are also accepted.

All workshops and classes are held at the PCT Center for Creative Arts, located at 115 Clarksville Street in downtown Paris.

Film Making Workshop for Older Kids Next Week at PCT

Brandon Michael, Ethan Branch, Brock Dority and Chase Ramsey work on Ramsey's short film. (Courtesy photo)

Brandon Michael, Ethan Branch, Brock Dority and Chase Ramsey work on Ramsey’s short film. (Courtesy photo)

The Paris Community Theatre has been holding art and theatre workshops in the summer for years. This summer, however, older kids (grades 6 and up) can participate in a Film Making Class.

Film Making classes will be taught by Chase Ramsey, assisted by Cody Head on July 7-11 from 1-3 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to learn the ‘ins and outs’ of the movie making process — script writing, directing actors and producing and editing film.  Tuition is $100, which includes all software and equipment.

Chase Ramsey was a senior this year at North Lamar High School and was recognized this past year as one of the top young filmmakers in the state.

Ramsey was one of the first UIL film-making semifinalists, placing him in the top 10 in Texas.

This was the first year the University Interscholastic League offered a film category. Ramsey competed against filmmakers in 1A, 2A, and3A schools. He made his film, The Perfect Day, with borrowed equipment and no budget.

Ramsey has been making films since he got his first webcam at the age of 11 and found film a good way to express his artistic side.

Other PCT Summer Workshops include:

Trunk Theatre; July 14-18 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Designed for the younger age group of 5-8 years old, Trunk Theatre is where pretend play becomes real, as students will learn to create a costume, become a character and act out a story. The teachers of this class are Laura Hutchings and Victoria Rhodes. The tuition fee is $50.

Musical Theatre; July 14-18 from 1-3pm with Amy Burrows.

Paper Mache ; July 21-25 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ashley Pickering will be teaching this paper craft class, which is for kids 7-12 years old. The fee is $50.

All classes and workshops are held at the PCT Brown Centre of Creative Arts–115 Clarksville Street, in downtown Paris, just off the square.  For further information please contact PCT at 903-784-0259 or by Email at:  pct@1starnet.com.

You can register online at pctonstage.com or by emailing Children’s Theatre Coordinator, Jenny Wilson at jenny_3155@yahoo.com.  ALL Fees are Due in Full on the first day of the Workshop.