17th Annual Christmas on Texas Avenue Holiday Festival, funded in part by Hotel Occupancy Tax funds.

For information: cotabaytown@gmail.com or call 281-674-5163

Come One, Come All to a Magical Holiday Event on Texas Avenue in Historic Goose Creek, Baytown Texas.

We Appreciate the Security Provided by Constable Ken Jones

Wow! Both Santa and Mrs. Claus at Christmas on Texas Avenue 2013 and they will return again this Holiday Season for kids, adults, and even dogs to have their pictures taken.

Take a look through the website to see what a grand time we had last season, and we are sure it will be better this year.

A Letter to the Editor

Christmas on Texas Avenue

The 2012 festival is now history. Planning for the 2013 festival will begin in a few months. This has been such an exciting experience. One of my reasons to be involved was to reestablish the sense of community that I experienced while growing up in Baytown. I was very gratified to find that this spirit is alive and well, just buried beneath a few layers of modern day hustle and bustle. I found an amazing group of people that jumped in to make this festival a great success. We were able to use the experience of Joe and Judy Wheat and Terry Pressley who made Christmas on Texas Avenue happen for many years. This was a great foundation which all of us involved with this year’s festival greatly appreciated. Thanks to them and all who helped them!

The Art League of Baytown provided most of the volunteers, meeting space, office space, and too many other things to list. This group was completely dedicated to the work that seemed to grow every week. I was totally impressed with the willingness and cordiality of this group. Much of this work took time away from families and friends and I want to thank all of the families, friends, other groups, etc that suffered from the loss of time due to the commitment by these volunteers.

I also want to thank the groups that helped us. Since this was the first year for this group to do the festival, we appreciate the help and support of all we had to lean on. Baytown Little Theater, City of Baytown Administration and Departments, Constable Ken Jones, The Baytown Sun, sign sponsors, elected officials and Waste Management.

The list of volunteers who provided the many necessary hours of work to make this festival a success is long—maybe too long to list, but I will try (in no particular order of importance or amount of work): Gary Erwin, Priscilla Hopkins, Elizabeth Caldwell, Bobbie Sutphin, Marsha Landers, Ann Marie Wewer, Walter Brown, Scott Sheley, Beth Reed, Susan Urban, Carole Fox, Mark Landers, Ben Landers, Zebe Pearsall, Danna Lambert, Joy McAlpine, Jackie Ashford, Susan Urban, Donna Thomas, Janis Junge, Lin Junge, Karen Mudd, Austin Sheley, and others too numerous to list.

Jim Wadzinski who provided much help and many hours as our Master of Ceremonies along with sponsor support with Community Auto Dealerships must be recognized for all of his help and time.

I also want to thank my wife and family for all of their support and help.

Best regards,

Gordon Ginzel

Gordon Ginzel

Chairman Christmas on Texas Avenue

Christmas on Texas Avenue

December 5, 2011

TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH THIS YEAR’S SHOW ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2011:

THANK YOU!   THANK YOU!   THANK YOU!

Only with your help could this show have been the great success that it was. We had a short period of time to make this happen and it was a very good production. We learned a little that will change for next year, but we certainly learned that this group could do ‘a miracle on Texas Avenue’. Already I am receiving new ideas and suggestions for next year. This speaks to how much all enjoyed this year’s festival!

Please see our website for a complete list of all my helpers for this. It is not correct to call them helpers, as they really did the work—I was the helper. I met so many wonderful people and was in the end overwhelmed with the dedication and commitment to this festival by this group of volunteers!

I would like to point out that many departments of the City of Baytown were instrumental in the success of this festival. Each department was there to help us over the hurdles of inexperience. The individual employees gave us help, answered questions, and explained what they needed from us to move us to a completed and successful activity. From the very beginning, I was helped by administration and aided by many departments directly and indirectly. Please, each of you who so patiently helped us, accept my deepest thanks.

I had great volunteers. No one person can claim the success of this year’s Christmas on Texas Avenue, but many can claim a significant part of this and should be proud of their accomplishment.   One group is definitely entitled to claim the BEST, HARDEST WORKING GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS ON TEXAS AVENUE title—The Baytown Art League.   Please see the letter and list on our website: www.Christmas-on-texas-avenue.com for a list of most of the people who made this happen.

 

Best regards,

 

Gordon Ginzel

Chairman, Christmas on Texas Avenue 2011

 

December 5, 2011 

The goal of our nonprofit organization from Baytown is to increase the awareness of our history while preserving the commercial shopping district of days gone by.  Through a collaboration of the merchants in our old downtown area, Baytown has once again proven its close knit personality.  After all, we were isolated for so long, with Buffalo Bayou to the south, Burnet Bay to the west, and the San Jacinto River, Cedar Bayou, and Galveston Bay surrounding us the remainder of our perimeter, we had to rely on each other in times of need, whatever the case.  Well that's something that all us Texans are famous for.  And so it continues.  Texas Avenue may have lost its granduer but not its personality; may have lost some of its buildings and shops but not its lure. 

 

It is our mission to bring life again to Texas Avenue through this holiday event now in its sixteenth year.

 

the Art Center of Baytown, once the F.W. Woolworth Store first built in 1924
Even at Night we brighten up Texas Avenue

Cash Prizes for Vendors! Check out the Contest for Vendors for best Decorated Booth and Best Christmas Costume.

Look on the page for Information and Applications

RAFFLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Raffles Benefitting Special Needs Art Classes and Youth Art Classes
We will again have some raffles for the 17th annual Christmas on Texas Avenue Holiday festival.
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The Art League of Baytown is the official sponsor of Christmas on Texas Avenue.  Housed in our permanent home at The Art Center of Baytown, 110 W. Texas Avenue in Baytown, we are open year round with business hours, Wed-Sat, 10-4 pm.  During the Christmas Season, we are open daily.  We welcome visitors throughout the year and are looking forward to this holiday season and our exciting event coming up on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  We will have entertainment throughout the day, Santa and Mrs. Claus, sidewalk decoration event for the kids, and our baked potato fundraiser.  But there will be other food vendors to give you a choice in cuisine. Please join us for all the fun at this magical holiday event.

 

 

Proceeds from this event help to support the art league's many programs for our citizens and visitors from out of town.

In spite of the rain there was a good turn out
Sidewalk Art Sponsored by the Art League of Baytown
Casey the Crime Dog was a Hit with the Kids
Vendors Filled the Streets
The Kids Loved It Too
Each year we have a Pet Adoption Center