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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle Christmas festival a big success

The annual Argyle Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting was a success in spite of the cold, drizzling rain.

The Festival of Trees made more than $600 to benefit Ranch Hand Rescue Counseling Center & Animal Sanctuary in Argyle, and the unsold trees and wreaths are being sold online through the Keep Argyle Beautiful Facebook page.

“We think the festival had a great turnout in spite of the weather,” said Deborah Cottle, president of Keep Argyle Beautiful. “The [Argyle High School and Argyle Middle School] chorus under the direction of William Griswold was amazing and the Liberty Christian [School] choir led by Sharon Miller was breathtaking.”

She said that everyone enjoyed the other great talents at the event, including ventriloquist Stephen McKenzie with his puppets, AJ Fines’ beautiful voice, Garrett Hynes’ talented band, the awesome talent from the Well Church and Larry Fetterman dressed like Charles Dickens reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

In wrapping up the event, Cottle said, “There were 12 vendors who supplied the Christmas shopping needs while Ryan O’Neill from Smokin’ Horns BBQ, Chick-fil-A, Samantha Taylor from Heavenly Taylor Sweets supplied the food, and the Well Church distributed water. Children of all ages enjoyed the children’s craft area with the popular ‘Elf on the Shelf’ scavenger hunt, a color station, letters to Santa Claus, face painting, decorating the ornaments, balloon artists and pictures with Santa.”

The tree lighting entrance fee of canned goods was given to the Argyle Food Bank and the unwrapped toys were donated to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

Sponsors for the event were Point Bank, Real Estate Station, North Star Bank, Argyle Fine Arts Preschool, Argyle Lions Club, Argyle Police Department, Argyle Fire Department, Crime Control & Prevention District, Metroplex Concrete, the Hinton Family, the Bubeck Family, the Well Church, New York Life, Hamilton Agency Farmer’s Insurance, Langston Paint & Handyman, Rapid Med, Denton County Yard Greetings, Sigma Signs, Bold Fitness Bootcamp and photographs by Pam Arrington, Argyle ISD public relations.

Cottle said that the event had many volunteers from several groups and organizations that included the Young Men’s Service League, the Boy Scouts of America, the Well Church, the Real Estate Station, Argyle Police Department, Argyle Fire Department, Argyle Lions Club and Keep Argyle Beautiful.

“Everything was made possible by the generosity of our sponsors,” said Cottle.

Drug disposal station available

Residents can dispose of unused, outdated, or unneeded medical prescriptions, vitamins and unused pills in a drug disposal box in the lobby of the Argyle Police Department, 506 N. U.S. Highway 377.

Organizations

Argyle Senior Center meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St. with exercise beginning at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. The ASC has a monthly luncheon on the third Friday of every month at noon. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Anyone age 55 and older is welcome to attend. For more information, call Stella at 940-464-7438 or Karen at 940-464-0506.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is the founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children’s books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is www.argylebooks.com. She can be reached at lynn@argylebooks.com.