“Jam with Pecan” Labor Day Street Dance this weekend | Columnists

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PECAN PLANTING WICKS

Originally from Mississippi, transplanted to Texas for 28 years, Diane Long is a wife, mother and English teacher who wrote Pecan Plantation Bits for a total of 15 years. She spends her time gathering neighborhood news and teaching students how to avoid the passive voice.

Labor Day marks the end of summer and the Pecaners will celebrate the change of season with a rally on Sunday, Sept. 4 on the clubhouse grounds.

The festivities will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will include food (prepared by clubhouse staff) served in the ballroom, halfway games, snow cones, popcorn and live music provided by the Brazos River Strangers (as well as other Pecan musicians) played on the clubhouse’s outdoor stage.

All meals and games must be paid for with tickets, and ticket sales will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the clubhouse lobby. Early risers can also purchase tickets before Sunday evening by visiting the clubhouse reception. All Memorial Day or 4th of July Street Dances tickets this summer are valid during this event.

People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for a night of fun, fellowship and music.

COMMUNITY GARDENS

Members of the Pecan Community Gardens will be at the Labor Day Street Dance (look for people in green shirts) hosting carnival game booths where children of all ages can toss balls into baskets and rings on bottles, as well as colorful balloons with well-targeted darts. All security measures will be in place and everyone will be a winner.

For more information on games at the street party or community gardens in general, email ppoacommunitygardens@gmail.com.

In addition, the garden volunteers enjoyed a “lunch and learn” last week, hopefully the first of such occasions. More details will come.

POOL HOURS

This weekend brings the last days of operation of the clubhouse pool. Swimming will take place today, Saturday, September 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., tomorrow, Sunday, September 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the pool will be open for business on Labor Day Monday from from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. before closing for the season on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

GOLF NEWS

The Pecan Golf Course will operate on Labor Day Monday with a random lottery for players, and the course will be closed on Tuesday, September 6. 11 are being received in the golf pro shop. Players will receive tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. on both days.

NEWS FROM THE NET

Fall Junior Tennis begins Wednesday, September 7 and runs from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sign up at the Tennis Pro Shop: 817-579-9412.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

It’s not too early to start planning for the holiday season, and Pecan Ladies are encouraged to mark their calendars and start preparing for the PPWC’s 2022 Christmas Home Tour, the workshop of the Santa Claus and the Christmas Candy Shop by attending the planning meeting on Friday, September 29. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the clubhouse ballroom. Ladies will be invited to share ideas and volunteer time and talent for the event. For more information on the preliminary meeting or the December event, contact Rhonda Humphreys at rhonda.ppwc@gmail.com.

DANCE TIME

Ballet, tap, hip hop and jazz are some of the offerings available at PAC from Monday, September 12. Dance Dreams Academy will provide instruction and classes are divided by age. Call PAC reception for more information or to register: 817-573-7952.

AUXILIARY MEETING

The Pecan Plantation Volunteer Fire Department/Emergency Medical Services Auxiliary will meet Monday, September 12 at 7 p.m. at the Emergency Services Complex on Monticello Drive, and members will make plans for the Pecan Bazaar scheduled for Saturday, October 1. Ladies and gentlemen interested in raising funds for emergency service groups in our community are invited to attend.

ARTS GUILD

The Pecan Plantation Art Guild will meet again on Tuesday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the PAC when guild member Ken Kunzman will present a demonstration titled “Digital Art” on using a computer with photography. The session promises to be informative and useful for the artists in attendance.

BIG SUCCESS

Pecan’s Casino Night event last weekend found people enjoying both the food and the festivities. Chef Jordan Ray did a great job with the meals and Pecan’s Events Coordinator Brenda Palmer choreographed a fantastic party. Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to the success of the evening.

BREAKFAST CLUB

Pecan’s Breakfast Club had a “plus capacity” crowd at its last gathering when general manager Rick Lantgen and executive chef Jordan Ray joined the event. The two gentlemen talked about their vision for Pecan and answered many questions. The next Breakfast Club Gathering will be on Wednesday, September 14.

SYMPATHY

Our deepest condolences go out to the family of former Pecan resident Lindon Cannon, who passed away August 10, and to the family of Michael Moffitt, who passed away August 17.

dianedlong@yahoo.com | 817-579-9360

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