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MARCH 2011 2011 Board of Directors Chairwoman CATHY BOEKER Blinn College First Vice Chair BRICE MILLIORN Edward Jones Investments

Washington County Day at the Capitol

Second Vice Chair KURT PODESZWA Camp For All Treasurer TREY HARDY Germania Insurance Secretary MIKE BAKER MIC Group Immediate Past Chair JULIE RENKEN Washington County Attorney BARRY BRASS Parcel Plus LAVERNE KRUMREY Horseshoe Junction Family Fun Park JOY NELSON Brenham ISD Krause Elementary LOWELL OGLE City of Brenham CHRIS CANGELOSI Washington County Abstract CONNIE HALL Ingleside Bed & Breakfast MARK PATRANELLA Blue Bell Creameries

Wildflower Season Off to Late Start

DR. SHAWN KHAN Central Texas Eye Institute

The year’s wildflower season may be getting off to a late start. The lack of rain has had a negative impact, but there is still optimism that when the bluebonnets bloom, they will still look beautiful, and they will not have to compete with tall grasses. Each year the beloved state flower ushers in the season that brings not only a wide variety of blooming wildflowers, but also scores of wildflower-lovers, too. These visitors translate into dollars for all of Washington County. Visitors come to gaze at the wildflowers as they take leisurely drives, and they also take part in our local festivals, shopping, dining, recreation and lodging options. For businesses that have been operating in Washington County over the past few decades, the saying is, “When the bluebonnets bloom, business booms!” The extent of this year’s wildflower blooming season is still unknown, and just how many visitors will come is also unknown. What is known, however, is that some great festivals are planned for the coming weeks. Take a look at the Calendar in this issue for dates and details and take advantage of all the wonderful activities in your own “back yard.”

JOEL ROMO American Heart Association

See WILDFLOWER, Page 2

KURT PODESZWA Camp For All JARVIS VAN DYKE Van Dyke Rankin & Company WENDY YATES Moorman Tate Law Firm JIM BAKER Brenham Fitness JENNIFER BEAUDET Pure Elegance and Germania Insurance CAROL BROOKS Seidel Schroeder & Co. and B&C Victorian Antiques ROBERT HAM Brenham State Supported Living Center DEBBIE HAVERS RR Donnelley

On February 22, even though important bills and budget issues were being discussed at the State Capitol, the focus that afternoon changed to salad dressing, plants and ice cream. At this year’s Washington County Day at the Capitol, organized by the Washington County Chamber, several hundred state lawmakers and staff members got a chance to cool off from the hotly debated legislation with some ice cream, generously provided by Blue Bell Creameries in the prestigious setting of the Lt. Governor’s Reception Room. In addition, Del Sol Food Company provided gifts of Briannas Salad Dressing for every guest at the reception. They also donated two gorgeous gift baskets and Ellison’s Greenhouses donated two potted plants for a drawing among the House and Senate offices. The day began with all citizens from Washington County visiting both the House and Senate Chambers where Representative Lois W. Kolkhorst and Senator Glenn Hegar read resolutions about the many features and virtues of Washington County. Later, volunteers delivered special invitations to the 175th Texas Independence Day Celebration to each and every office in the State Capitol building, along with the 2011 Washington County Visitor’s guide, bluebonnet seeds, and other souvenirs. “This was an important day for Washington County in terms of exposure to state lawmak-

Washington County officials Joe Al Picone and Cathy Boeker from Blinn College and County Commissioner Zeb Heckmann (center) served Blue Bell ice cream to hundreds of legislators.

ers and officials,” said Cathy Boeker, Chamber Board Chair. “We very much appreciate all the sponsors and volunteers that made the day possible.” See CAPITOL, Page 3

“BUSINESS AFTER HOURS” WASHINGTON COUNTY’S FAVORITE NETWORKING EVENT Hosted by:

Hyundai of Brenham 1710 Hwy. 290 West, Brenham

Thursday, March 24 — 5-7 p.m. Enjoy great networking, delicious food and refreshments Bring plenty of business cards and enter for door prize drawings! Free for Chamber members and all employees. * Special beverages provided by Mike Hopkins Distributing * Learn more about Hyundai of Brenham at www.hyundaibrenham.com

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Ribbon Cuttings

Verizon Wireless – Grand Opening Manager: John Fambrough Location: 300 Hwy. 290 West, Brenham Phone: 979-830-1496

Super 8 Brenham Inn – Grand Opening Manager: Hardip Singh Location: 2831 S. Market St., Brenham Phone: 979-830-8885

Mission Brenham Executive Director: Mike Haywood Location: 1003 Hasskarl, Suite D, Brenham Phone: 979-337-9469

Round Top - Five Businesses in Bybee Square Independence Antiques & Etc Owners: Thelma Zwiener & Margaret McCrory Location: 205 W. Alamo Street, Downtown Brenham Phone: 979-836-5055

Wildflower (Continued from Page 1) Spotters Needed The staff at the Washington County Chamber will be answering thousands of inquiries this month from people wanting to see wildflowers. We always appreciate the assistance of local residents as “spotters,” and we may need your help this year more than ever. If you spot an area where wildflowers are particularly appealing in a location suitable for safe, drive-by viewing, please call the Visitor Center at (979) 836-3696 to let us know. The Chamber hands out highlighted maps, updated on a daily basis, to guide people to the best blooming spots. We also post regular “Wildflower Watch” updates on our web site, www.BrenhamTexas.com (along with information to educate visitors about respecting both the flowers and private property), and on the Facebook page: www. facebook.com/Brenham.Texas. Visit online and get great information!

Wild Women Wise Women & Farmhouse A La Carte — 204 East Mill St. (979) 249-3618 The Stone Cellar — 204 East Mill Street #3 (979) 249-3390 Beth Anderson Art — 105 Live Oak, Bybee Square (979) 249-5962 The Gallery at Round Top — 203 E. Austin Street (979) 249-4119 Pandora de Balthazar — 201 E. Austin Street (979) 249-2070

RRG Exclusive Taxi Services Owner: Greg Correa Location: Brenham and beyond Phone: 713-367-9755

Chamber Staff Page Michel, President & CEO Jane Hinze, Member Services Manager Lu Hollander, CVB Adv. & PR Manager Seneca McAdams, CVB Mktg. & Sales Mgr. Jeanne Luedemann, Visitor Center Manager Megan McCoy, Communication Coordinator Marge Runge, Support Staff Lanette Pledger, Support Staff Judy Grimm, Support Staff

Merle Norman Cosmetics Spa & Wigs Owner: Gloria Rauch Location: 2638 Hwy 36 South, Brenham Bluebonnet Shopping Center Phone: 979-836-2663

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Renewing Members (Feb.. 1-28) Thanks to the following members for continuing your investment in the Chamber. You are long-term “partners” in our mission to promote and preserve this great community, and we appreciate your confidence in the Chamber’s ability to promote your business.

A1AC Comfort Specialists — 7 years Advanced Urethane Technologies — 16 years Allen Honda — 3 years Animal Friends of Washington County — 6 years Antique Rose Emporium — 27 years AT&T Retail Store — 10 years Barnhill House Toys & Books — 11 years Bluffview Villas — 4 years Boys & Girls Club of Washington County — 12 years Brenham Banner Press — 27 years Brenham Heating & Air Conditioning — 27 years Brenham Oaks — 9 years Brenham Ready Mix — 30 years Brenham Wholesale Grocery — 26 years Brookshire Bros. Grocery — 27 years Buffalo Creek Winery — 2 years Clearing Retreat — 3 years Collier Construction — 21 years Colonial Life Insurance - Joliee’ L. Faour — 1 year Comfort Suites — 9 years Copper Shade Tree — 4 years Dominos Pizza — 14 years Downtown Art Gallery — 2 years Faske’s Jewelry — 27 years Geick, Arthur A. — 27 years George Bush Presidential Library & Museum — 7 years Goss Communications — 14 years Hi-Line Industries II — 23 years Jimmie Hahn, Inc. — 26 years K & M Grocery — 11 years Knights of Columbus — 8 years Lampe Surveying — 11 years Lester Brothers Automotive Service — 2 years Liberty Dialysis - Brenham — 2 years Lutherhill Ministries — 2 years Martha’s Bloomers — 10 years Master Plumber — 2 years Mobius Coffeehouse — 2 years Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast — 10 years O’Malley Engineers — 11 years Peter Emerson Silversmith — 13 years Phillips Painting Contractor — 22 years Pooltex American — 11 years RR Donnelley — 38 years Scott & White Hospital–Brenham – Presidential Level Member — 27 years Seidel Schroeder & Company — 33 years Sonic Drive Inn #2 — 4 years Southern Rose Ranch — 12 years St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church — 13 years Stagecoach Inn Antiques & Fine Lodging — 11 years Subway Sandwiches & Salads — 7 years Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies — 11 years Time Well Spent — 7 years Total Storage — 11 years Van Dyke Rankin & Company — 45 years Washington County Habitat for Humanity — 2 years Washington County Peace Officers Assco. — 11 years Westwood Travel Center — 11 years Windy Winery — 9 years Woltmann’s Welding & Fabricating — 11 years

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Take Your Membership to the Next Level As a Washington County Chamber member, you have the opportunity to get involved in the work of the organization, to help affect change and to become an asset to the community. You are invited to join one or more of these committees and help us in building businesses and relationships in our local economy. This list summarizes the 2011 Program of Work established by the current Board of Directors. Please call or email by the end of this month to indicate your interest in serving or to receive more details. Buy Local Awareness Plan and conduct awareness projects involving members and local me-

dia partners. Government Affairs Determine legislative priorities and be an advocate for members at the local, state and federal level. Tailgate Party & Golf Tournament Coordinate this annual fundraiser to be entertaining and inclusive for all Chamber members and the community. Beautification Task Force Develop programs and projects to enhance the scenic beauty of the community. Education & Workforce Development Work on programs to build partner-

ships between businesses and educators, and boost the size and quality of the local workforce. Chamber Building & Facilities Develop plans for addressing improvements & repair of the building and grounds. Leadership Program Continuously improve this program that cultivates and trains new leaders for the community. Technology & Small Business Seminars Plan and host a series of business education workshops that are local and affordable, focusing on new technology and other subjects.

Capitol (Continued from Page 1)

Courtney Benson, Jeff Sadler and Carin Simmons of Del Sol Food Company handed out free gifts of Briannas Salad Dressing.

Darrell Schulte and other representatives from Blue Bell Creameries provided the generously donated ice cream reception for state lawmakers to enjoy.

Burton Mayor Peggy Felder and County Commissioner Luther Hueske were joined by State Representative Lois Kolkhorst at the reception.

Brenham ISD School Board members Vance Hamilton and Ray Weiss along with Jon Hill (center) from the Economic Development Foundation board were busy serving the long line of legislators.

Thank you to our Presidential Level members ...

Bluebonnet Electric

Brenham Clinic

Scott & White Hospital - Brenham

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Welcome New Members CHAPPELL HILL EXXON & BAKERY & DELI Owners: John & Carolyn Kopycinski Hwy 290 at FM 1155 Chappell Hill, Texas Phone: 979-836-2560 Convenience Store GLISSMANN’S GIFT GALLERY Owner: Gloria Nix 106 W. Main Street, Downtown Brenham Phone: 979-830-9100 [email protected] Gift Shops HALO CONSTRUCTION INC. Owner: Billy James Sweeten II P.O. Box 519 Brenham, Texas 77834 (Mailing Address) Phone: 979-451-0142 [email protected] www.haloconstructioninc.com Construction Contractors RODNEY & BECKY HANATH 4455 FM 1155 South Chappell Hill, Texas 77426 Phone: 979-836-4340 [email protected] Individuals

Social Media Marketing Made Simple Are you interested in learning how you can turn social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter into powerful business tools? Learn how at this workshop on April 5 from 2-4 p.m. in the Blinn Student Center. “Social Media Marketing Made Simple” is a valuable two-hour workshop that will cover the strategies and best practices needed to get the most out of your social media activities, including time management, measuring the return of your activities, and learning the essential elements of growing your business using the power of social media marketing. In this workshop, you will: • Learn about what social media marketing really is. • See how to incorporate social media into your business without losing productivity. • Discuss real-life examples of how other businesses are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships and drive sales and response. Workshop instructor Amy Oliveri, Regional Development Director for Constant Contact, will discuss the various social media outlets that are available, how they interact together, ways to leverage their inherent strengths and tools to evaluate them for best use for your business or organization. This workshop is suitable for all experience levels. You do not need to bring a laptop, but you are welcome to do so. Cost for Washington County Chamber members: $10 per person, ($25 for non-members). Call (979) 836-3695 to register by Wednesday, March 30.

WASHINGTON COUNTY CHAMBER BLUE BLAZER OF THE MONTH

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics Spring Games

PERFORMANCE HEALTH & WELLNESS Owner: Dr. Rheagan Mulder 204 S. Park Street, Downtown Brenham Phone: 979-451-9111 [email protected] www.phwbrenham.com Chiropractic Care

RRG EXCLUXIVE TAXI SERVICE Owner: Gregory Correa P.O. Box 1343 Brenham, Texas 77834 Phone: 713-367-9755 [email protected] www.RRGtaxiservices.com Taxi/Cabs

WALLER COUNTY PLUMBING Owners: John & Tracy Frank 611 Bowler Road Waller, Texas 77484 Phone: 936-372-2943 [email protected] Plumbing-Services & Repairs

Washington County Chamber of Commerce 314 S. Austin Street Brenham, TX 77833

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

February 2011 Tammy Jaster The Blue Blazers are a group of 15 volunteers who act as official greeters and hosts of our community. Their objectives include promoting Chamber programs and increasing membership, and conducting ribbon cuttings and special ceremonies for local businesses. The Chamber thanks these volunteers for their service and hospitality, and also their employers for allowing them the time to dedicate to the organization. A “Blue Blazer of the Month” is recognized at each club meeting for the highest total of achievements the prior month.

Blue Blazers DOUG BAKER City of Brenham

TAMMY JASTER City of BrenhamBlue Bell Aquatic Center

DR. HENRY BOEHM JR. AMA Home Care and B&L Tire

FLORENCE JULIAN Blue Bell Creameries

JOYCE DICKSCHAT Brenham National Bank

BRICE MILLIORN Edward Jones Investments

JOHANNA FATHEREE RE/MAX Advantage

SUE MUZZY Mike Hopkins Distributing Co.

COY FONTENOT Kruse Village

LINDA PIPES Individual Member

PAM GREEN RE/MAX Advantage

JULIE TIEMANN Thrivent Financial

EDDIE HARRISON Individual Member

RANDY WEIDEMANN Van Dyke Rankin & Company DON WILHELM Individual Member

You, your business and family are invited to join the Area 6 Spring Games for Special Olympics Texas. Brenham is hosting the Spring Games for the first time on April 8 & 9 at Cub Stadium and would love to have your support. The Heart of East Texas, Area 6, consists of the following counties; Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Polk, Robertson, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker and Washington. We are expecting 350-400 athletes to compete in Athletics (track & field), Cycling, and Tennis (individual skills). There are many ways you can support Special Olympics Area 6 Spring Games: volunteer, donate items and/or sponsorships, and educate. To volunteer, you can get a group together or come by yourself for a few hours. You can even stay all day! Please contact Robyn LaSagna at (979) 277-3800 or [email protected] to get on the volunteer list. To sponsor or donate items, contact Wes Shephard at (979) 277-3800 or [email protected] or Angela Schulz at (979) 277-3886 or [email protected] to get a sponsor packet. We hope to see you at Cub Stadium for the Special Olympics Spring Games! Be the next member in the “Spotlight!” Send submissions to [email protected] Your “Spotlight” can be about a recent award, event, business expansion or new employee, or simply a couple paragraphs to increase community awareness about your products/services. (100-150 words maximum)

Be the next member in the “Spotlight!” Send submissions to [email protected] Your “Spotlight” can be about a recent award, event, business expansion or new employee, or simply a couple paragraphs to increase community awareness about your products/services. (150 words maximum)

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Leadership at the Local Level In February, the 2011 Leadership Washington County class members were given an up close and personal look at the infrastructure and inner workings of our city and county governments. Facilitators for the session were City of Brenham staff Wesley Brinkmeyer- Director of Community Services (LWC Class of 2007), Jamie Maurer-Recreation Superintendent (LWC Class of 2005), and Crystal DahlquistRecreation Coordinator (LWC Class of 2010). The day began with an extensive tour of the Wastewater Treatment plant and it really doesn’t get much more personal than that. Dane Rau (LWC Class of 2004) Assistant Director of Public Utilities, guided the group through the lab facilities and intake areas, and explained how the waste is continuously analyzed and held to very strict local and state regulations during

the treatment process. A by-product of the treatment process is a natural fertilizer that is available to local farmers and ranchers. Rau informed the class that past upgrades assure the facility is large enough for Brenham’s future growth projections. The group was treated to lunch at the Southern Flyer Café inside the Brenham Municipal Airport. Following lunch, members returned to City Hall and met with Mayor Milton Tate and City Manager Terry Roberts. They spoke about various projects and developments underway. Councilmen Charlie Pyle (LWC Class of 2002) and Keith Herring both addressed the class. They shared their backgrounds and what they have come to appreciate most about serving the citizens of Brenham. Councilman Pyle praised the Washington County Leadership program and credits his participation in the program

with placing him on the path to serving on the City Council. All the city officials reported Brenham is in a strong position even in the current economy and believe the cooperation between the City and County and the many inter-local agreements which have been negotiated contribute to the positive reports. Next came a tour of the Blue Bell Aquatic Center led by Jamie Maurer, Crystal Dahlquist and current Leadership class member, Brenda Stelwagen. The remainder of the afternoon was dedicated to County Government and began with a tour of the new County Annex building. County Treasurer Peggy Kramer spoke to members about the duties of her office. Following the Annex tour, the group moved over to the County Courthouse and visited Commissioner’s Court. Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4, James McCune,

Jr., and Precinct 3 Commissioner Kirk Hanath discussed their responsibilities in county government. The final session of the day was the County Clerk’s office. Washington County Clerk, Beth Rothermel serves as records management officer for the office. Land grants and deeds dating to the mid 1830’s were shown to the group. The county records are now available to be searched online. The March session of Leadership Washington County will focus on Agriculture & Agri-Business in Washington County. Leadership Washington County is a program of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce designed to train and motivate current and future leaders for our community. The next class will form in July. For more details please call the Chamber at (979) 836-3695.

Councilman Charlie Pyle shares his experiences as a City Council member.

Dane Rau explains how “good bugs” are introduced in the wastewater treatment process.

LWC class member Brenda Stelwagen describes her duties at the “hub” of the Blue Bell Aquatic Center.

County Clerk Beth Rothermel explains the record management responsibilities of her office.

County Commissioner, Kirk Hanath shares how his family’s interest in politics led him to seek a position on the Commisioners Court.

Mayor Milton Tate and Councilman Keith Herring explain Brenham’s city government roles.

www.brenhamtexas.com

Leadership Alumni Association Quarterly Meeting Wednesday, March 30 at 11:30 a.m. Chamber Conference Room (314 S. Austin Street) Guest Speakers & VIP Tour: Teresa Beckers & James Bianchi, Unity Theatre

Everyone who has been through Leadership Washington County is invited! A catered lunch will be available for $8 per person. Make your reservation by Friday, March 25 (979) 836-3695 or [email protected]

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Tourism News Sesame Street comes to Market Street The Brenham Heritage Museum is proud to present David Stephens’ award-winning “All Hands Productions!” Stephens, the 2007 Jim Henson Award recipient and Sesame Street alumnus, will offer “Billy Goats Gruff & Other Stuff,” a family musical puppet variety show open to the public on Saturday, March 26, at 11am. Enjoy popcorn concessions. Laugh, dance, take photos, munch on popcorn and sing along to his banjo delights. (He’s promised to close with Deep in the Heart of Texas!) This program is appropriate for PreK-4th grade children. Run time is 40 minutes including puppet demonstration. Limited folding chairs available; wood floor seating is provided.

True Texas Women at Barrington Living History Farm

Celebrate Women’s History Month and Texas History Month at Barrington Living History Farm March 26-27 from 10am - 4:30pm with the program “True Texas Women.” As men tamed the Texas frontier, the women and girls of the family often endured difficult and extreme hardships, but their determination earned them the title “gentle tamers and sun-bonneted helpmates.” Visit Barrington Farm on this special weekend and hear the sagas of these women’s lives using authentic letters and diary entries, spoken by costumed interpreters. Try your hand at making items necessary for day-to-day living, including spinning, crocheting, quilting, tatting and crafting items that pioneer women would have been proud to display in their homes. See a variety of fashions, jewelry and cosmetics that were just as essential to early Texas women as they are to women today. Learn about the significant aspects of their lives, including courting, marriage, giving birth, motherhood and mourning customs. Barrington Living History Farm is located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students, and children six and under are free. State Park Pass holders can get in free. Discount tickets are available to tour Independence Hall and the Star of the Republic Museum. For additional details, call (936) 878-2214, ext. 246.

“Charley’s Aunt” Comes to Visit By George, it’s splendid and coming to Unity Theatre! People have been laughing at this play for over a century. Some think it’s the funniest ever written. It’s about what happens when two Oxford under-grads plan to have tea with their sweethearts. A chaperone is required. Unfortunately, Charley’s aunt sends a message that she has been delayed. Horror! What to do, what to do? Why not have their good friend put on a dress and a wig and pose as the absent aunt? Who’s to know? All goes well until the real aunt shows up. Performance Times at Unity Theatre: Thursdays 7:30 pm, Fridays & Saturdays 8 pm; Sundays 4 pm. Tickets $25 (all seats are reserved). “Meet the Director” on Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 pm. For reservations, call (979) 8301460 or visit www.unitybrenham.org.

At the Texas Unity Dinner held in Austin in conjunction with “Converge on the Capitol” to educate legislators on the importance of tourism to the state, were Seneca McAdams, Washington County CVB; Edith Fischer, Brazosport CVC; Lee Towns, Texas Independence Trail Region; Sarah Page, LCRA; and Adena Lewis, Smithville Chamber.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Blood Drive Friday, April 8 Texas Home Health will be sponsoring its First Annual Blood Drive on April 8, from noon-6pm at their office located at 526 West Main Street in Brenham. They will have give-aways along with refreshments. This will be a fun event, because along with the Texas Home Health employees will be several community leaders that will be placed in a donor “jail.” In order for them to be released from the donor jail, they have recruit enough donors to justify their release. So please come out and help your community and Texas Home Health employees to get out of jail by donating! Hours of the blood drive are from noon-6 pm. Please call Janie Branham at 979-530-8918 (local number) for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome. Please come and give the Gift of Life.

One of the South Korean potters prepares pottery for the 13th annual International Macsabal Woodfire Workshop 2011 held in Brenham in mid-February.

Be the next member in the “Spotlight!” Send submissions to [email protected] Your “Spotlight” can be about a recent award, event, business expansion or new employee, or simply a couple paragraphs to increase community awareness about your products/services. (100-150 words maximum)

Working for YOU! As a Chamber member, your promotional information is seen by thousands of people every month.

WALK-IN’S Visitors Center Relocation Center January — 1,409 February — 1,649

January — 600 February — 800

WEBSITE www.BrenhamTexas.com Unique Visitors Total Pages

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At the podium, Deanna Alfred welcomes an enthusiastic crowd during ceremonies at Washington-on-the-Brazos to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Texas independence.

January — 6,221 February — 6,506

Lu Hollander recently spoke to the Fortnightly Club Education Department lunch group about Brenham’s growth and the economic boost tourism brings to the area.

January — 26,145 February — 29,806

www.VisitBrenhamTexas.com Unique Visitors Total Pages January — N/A February — 3,257

January — N/A February — 4,038

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A Great Time For Chamber Membership

In the midst of the economic recession it may seem like a challenging time to gain and retain customers. Some businesses may be hesitant to spend money on marketing and advertising, if they feel it is not a “necessity.” While moderation and wise judgment must not be thrown out, research has shown that those that keep themselves visible during economic recessions maintain and even increase their sales after the recession is over. Chamber membership may be the perfect return on their investment during these hard times.

An article published by the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, cited a McGraw Hill Research study that looked at over 600 companies from 19801985. They found that “those businesses that chose to maintain or raise their level of advertising expenditures during the 1981 and 1982 recession had significantly higher sales after the economy recovered. Specifically, companies that advertised aggressively during the recession had sales 256% higher than those that did not continue to advertise. Companies that consistently advertise even during recessions perform

better in the long run.” Chamber membership provides not only special member benefits — access to other members, networking, events, consumer referrals, business information, etc. — but also targeted advertising opportunities. Advertising value is found in not only listing your name in the Business Directory, but the ability to include a detailed business description, hours of operation and driving directions online. This info may be modified at any time. “Free” advertising, with unlimited updates.

In addition, members can promote their business through Hot Deals, Job Postings and Events, all of which are included with your membership dues (“free”). You can gain world-wide exposure just by listing your info on the Chamber website. Little effort, widespread exposure. If you are not using the features of ChamberMaster available to you to provide these website advertising benefits, please contact us at the Chamber, so we can assist in helping you “sell” your business/organization to the world.

Keep Washington County Beautiful

Are you tired of litter along the roadways and want to do something for your community? Well, then let’s join forces and keep Washington County from becoming trashy by participating in Keep Washington County Beautiful. This local non-profit organization is seeking great minds and dedicated individuals who want to help keep our County clean by educating, organizing and participating in events with the overall goal of Keeping Washington County Beautiful. New projects and activities are being planned for this year. Please join us for an informational meeting on Wednesday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce (314 S. Austin Street, Brenham). Plan to attend, and bring a friend! This may be one of the most rewarding groups you will ever join.

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Live Music at Pig and Whistle Gene Hackemack performs every Friday at Pig and Whistle of Burton, 12607 W. Washington (979-289-2319, www. pigandwhistleof burtontexas.com). April 1-2 “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids” and Spring Concert Brenham Broadway Kids and the Brenham Children’s Chorus production of this popular junior Broadway musical and Cinemania choral music, $8 advance tickets, $10 at the door, children 12 and under $5, 7pm, O’Donnell Center, Blinn College (979-2773897, www.brenhamchildrenschorus.org).

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Brenham Farmers Market Vegetables, eggs, home-canned foods, plants, trees, crafts, locally made birdhouses. Eat-in and visit with friends or takeaway breakfast burritos, tamales, cakes, pies, bread, cinnamon rolls, kolaches and fresh-brewed coffee. Every Saturday, just off the square in Downtown Brenham, 307

Calendar (Continued from Page 8) S. Park, free (vendors call 979-836-9466). April 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 Independence Historical Society’s Spring Tours Tours and folk-life demonstrations in Independence, Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm (979-836-2825). Spring Bluebonnet Wine Trail A wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of Texas wildflowers and area wineries, including Pleasant Hill Winery and Windy Winery in Brenham and the Saddlehorn Winery near Burton (713-569-8114, [email protected] saddlehornwinery.com). April 2 Camp for All Hilltop Ride Cyclists of all levels will enjoy a springtime ride through Washington County, proceeds benefit Camp for All, 8am, $50 per rider, lunch provided (979-289-3752, www.campforall.org). A Day in the Country at Miracle Farm Miracle Farm’s annual open house with

BBQ lunch, a petting zoo, music, tours and more, 10:30-3pm, lunch reservations appreciated, Miracle Farm on FM 2621, Brenham (979-836-0901, www.miraclefarm. org). April 8-9 “The Kitchen Witches” Blinn College Theatre Arts presents “The Kitchen Witches,” part of the student showcase, $5, 7pm, MRW Studio Theatre, Blinn College (979-830-4024, [email protected] blinn.edu). April 9-10 Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas Browse among over 300 craft booths, food, live music and fun in the heart of bluebonnet country, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm, Downtown Chappell Hill (979-836-6033, www.chappellhillmuseum.org). April 9 Blue Bell Fun Run Benefits the Brenham High School Athletic program, kids 1-mile run, 5K and 10K runs, $20, check-in begins at 7am, see web-

site for more (www.bluebellfunrun.com). 4th Annual Percussion Galore Discover the wonders of percussion instruments with 3 concerts, 1:30pm, 4pm, and 8pm, $25 adults, $10 students, Round Top Festival Institute, 248 Jaster Rd, Round Top (979-249-3129, www.festivalhill.org).

April 10 Golden Dragon Acrobats The premier Chinese acrobatic touring company performs at 7pm, fun for the entire family, $25/tickets, O’Donnell Center, Blinn College (979-830-4024, [email protected] blinn.edu).

April 16 Burton Cotton Gin Festival 22nd annual festival with acres of family fun, parade, tractor pull, antique cars and engines, craft booths, kids zone, petting zoo, entertainment, food, auctions and more, 9am-midnight, free, Burton Cotton Gin Museum (979-289-3378, www. cottonginmuseum.org).

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Now–March 13 The Art in Fiber 2011 The popular Art in Fiber show returns with 22 juried fiber artists with the theme of “Interpretation”, free admission, Copper Shade Tree, 206 E. Mill Street, Round Top (979-249-4127, www.coppershadetree. com).

Now – March 20 The Tree, A Living Icon Celebrating the strength, beauty and symbolism of the tree, The Gallery at Round Top (979-249-4119, www.thegalleryatroundtop. com). March 11, 18, 25 Wine Down at Pleasant Hill Winery “Wine Down” on the deck and watch the sun set, enjoy wine by the glass or share a bottle with friends, cheeseboards available, 3pm–sunset every Friday in March, April and May, Pleasant Hill Winery, Salem Rd., Brenham (979-830-VINE, www. pleasanthillwinery.com).

Live Music at Pig and Whistle Gene Hackemack performs every Friday at Pig and Whistle of Burton, 12607 W. Washington (979-289-2319, www. pigandwhistleof burtontexas.com).

March 12, 19, 26 Brenham Farmers Marchket Vegetables, eggs, home-canned foods, plants, trees, crafts, locally made birdhouses. Eat-in and visit with friends or takeaway breakfast burritos, tamales, cakes, pies, bread, cinnamon rolls, kolaches and fresh-brewed coffee! Every Saturday, just off the square in Downtown Brenham, 307 S. Park Street, free (vendors call 979-8369466).

March 12 Stagecoach Day Ride a red replica stagecoach, tour the 1850s inn, enjoy cowboys, musicians and period characters, listen to the sounds of the Star of Republic Mountain Dulcimers, and the funny and sad cowboy poetry of Kenny Lewis, 11am-3pm, donations accepted, Fanthorp Inn, Anderson (936-8732663, www.birthplaceoftexas.com).

7th Annual International Guitar Festival Performances at 1:30pm, 4pm, and 8pm at Festival Hill Concert Hall, 248 Jaster Rd., Round Top, call for admission and reservations (979-249-3129, www.festivalhill. org).

What’s Happening in March March 15 Preschool Story Time at Star of the Republic Museum “Texas Tots” is a monthly story time on the 3rd Tuesday of the month for children ages 3-5, cost $3 per child, 10am-11:30am, reservations required, seating limited, Star of the Republic Museum at Washington-onthe-Brazos State Historic Site (936-8782461, www.starmuseum.org). Monthly Grief Luncheon Monthly pot-luck luncheon to help you learn healthy grieving methods, join others who have experienced the death of a loved one, share how grief affects you and what helps, bring a covered dish, beverages provided, 3rd Tuesday of the month, 11am1pm, free, please RSVP (979-277-9525, www.hospicebrazosvalley.org). March 17 Friends of Bluebonnet Opry Featuring Lynn Landry, Jeff Woolsey, Arnold Parker, plus the Bluebonnet Opry House Band, food and music every 3rd Thursday of the month, food 6pm, show 7:30pm, $5, Silver Wings Ballroom, 4100 Hwy 105, Brenham (979-836-4347). Movie in the Park Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy “How to Train Your Dragon,” free, concessions available, 6:30-8:30pm, Hohlt Park (www.ci.brenham.tx.us/parks.index.cfm). March 18-19 16th Annual Herbal Forum Getting Down to the Roots: Herbal Roots and Organic Gardening, 2 days of presentations, workshops and shopping, Festival Hill, 248 Jaster Rd., Round Top (979-2493129, www.festivalhill.org). March 19 Cajun Fest Gumbo cook-off, bean bag tournament and live zydeco music, free, noon-8pm, gumbo sampler armband $7, Washington County Fairgrounds, 1305 E. Blue Bell Rd. (979836-4112, www.washingtoncofair.com).

& crafts booths, kids swamp and more, 6pm Friday, 10am Saturday, $15 weekend pass, Big Creek Marina, Somerville (979-8308221, www.bigcreekcountrycajunfestival. com). March 26-April 2 La Bahia Spring Antiques Show and Sale 70-plus booths of antiques and collectibles, free admission and parking, LaBahia Hall, Burton (979-289-2684, www. labahiaantiques.com). March 26-27 True Texas Women Learn about the women of the Texas frontier and try your hand at spinning, quilting, tatting and crafting, 10am-4:30pm, Barrington Living History Farm, Washingtonon-the-Brazos State Historic Site (936-8782214, x 246, www.birthplaceoftexas.com).

Dance Hall and Continental tent, $10 good all days, all locations, Highway 237, Round Top (512-237-4747, www. roundtoptexasantiques.com).

March 31-April 17 Unity Theatre presents “Charley’s Aunt” Delicious fun and romance ensues in this enduring comedy, performances Thurs 7:30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 4pm, call for reservations, Unity Theatre, 300 Church St, Downtown Brenham (979-830-8358, www.unitybrenham.org).

A few April highlights…

April 1- 2 La Bahia Spring Antiques Show & Sale 70-plus booths of antiques and collectibles, free admission and parking, LaBahia Hall, Burton (979-289-2684, www.labahiaantiques.com).

Pleasant Hill Winery’s 14th Anniversary Tour, taste and celebrate Pleasant Hill Winery’s 14th anniversary, relax and share a bottle with family and friends, Sat 11am6pm, Sun 12-5pm, Pleasant Hill Winery, 1441 Salem Rd, Brenham (979-830-VINE, www.pleasanthillwinery.com).

Marburger Farm Antiques Show Groups welcome, free parking, proceeds benefit Texas Children’s Hospital, $10 good all week, Marburger Farm, Round Top (800-999-2148, www. roundtop-marburger.com).

Independence Historic Sites Spring Tours Tours and folk-life demonstrations in Independence, Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm, also the fi rst three weekends in April (979-8362825).

43rd Annual Round Top Spring Antiques Fair Three locations including the Big Red Barn and tent, Carmine Dance Hall and Continental tent, $10 good all days, all locations, Highway 237, Round Top (512-237-4747, www.roundtoptexasantiques.com).

March 26 7th Annual Head for the Hills Bicycle Ride Three routes through beautiful Washington County, refreshments and rest stops, 8am, $30 thru 3/18, $35 after 3/18, register on-line by 3/24 (979-836-4226, www. wcrotaryclub.org/H4H.pdf).

March 24 Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting: Hyundai of Brenham 1701 Robert C. Appel Dr. (on Hwy 290), Brenham, 4:30pm.

March 29-April 2 Marburger Farm Antiques Show Early buying on Tuesday, advance tickets available, groups welcome, free parking, proceeds benefit Texas Children’s Hospital, $10 good all week, Tue 10am-2pm, Wed-Fri 9-5pm, Sat 9-4pm, Marburger Farm, Round Top (800-999-2148, www. roundtop-marburger.com).

March 25-26 Big Creek Country Cajun Festival Enjoy zydeco music, Cajun and creole food, jambalaya & gumbo cook-off, crawfish, arts

43rd Annual Round Top Spring Antiques Fair Three locations of antiques including the Big Red Barn and tent, Carmine

April 1- 17 Unity Theatre presents “Charley’s Aunt” Delicious fun and romance ensues in this enduring comedy, performances Thurs 7:30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 4pm, call for reservations, Unity Theatre, 300 Church St, Downtown Brenham (979-830-8358, www.unitybrenham.org). April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Wine Down at Pleasant Hill Winery “Wine Down” on the deck and watch the sun set, enjoy wine by the glass or share a bottle with friends, cheeseboards available, 3pm–sunset every Friday in April and May, Pleasant Hill Winery, Salem Rd., Brenham (979-830-VINE, www. pleasanthillwinery.com).

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