Lynn Sheffield Simmons/The Place is Argyle

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A newspaper ad from 1950 depicts the Colonial Drive-In Theater.

Schools abuzz with activities

Hilltop Elementary School Library will celebrate Read Across America week March 3-7 with the grand finale on Friday, March 7, when students and teachers dress up like characters from Dr. Seuss books, listen to guest speakers read during lunchtime, play book-related games during recess and eat green eggs and ham in the cafeteria.

For its seventh year, Argyle Middle School celebrated Career Day last week. Volunteers from different professions spoke to the seventh- and eighth-grade students about their line of work and the education needed to accomplish it. Students rotated to different speakers every 30 minutes and afterward had the opportunity to speak to the ones they didn’t hear.

The professions represented were: firefighter, police officer, restaurant owner, engineer, surgeon, anesthetist, pilot, attorney, Pilates instructor, art director, physical therapist, dentist, home builder, marketing, emergency services in crisis and response and salon owner.

The Argyle Middle School Student Council, National Junior Honor Society and Art Honor Society recently sponsored the Souper Bowl for Caring, a national food drive scheduled for the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. Members of the organizations collected money at the Argyle Middle School and High School basketball games.

The students in the middle school activity (homeroom) classes competed against each other as to which class could collect the most canned goods and money with Mrs. Leija’s class winning. Her students will be rewarded during lunch with a tailgate party in the spring. Argyle Middle School collected $1,820 in cash and more than 1,600 pounds of food. The proceeds were donated to the Myrtle Lee Lynch Food Pantry at First Baptist Church Argyle.

Colonial Drive-In Theater

The Colonial Drive-In Theater on U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle was considered a showplace with its brightly colored neon lights and twin screens.

When the drive-in was built in 1949, it had only one screen, with the second one added later. At the front gate, the backside of the screen had a large, multicolored neon sign of a gentleman in formal attire facing and holding the hand of an antebellum lady dressed in a hoop skirt, holding a parasol. The elegant couple in bright lights faced U.S. Highway 377. Many of Argyle’s teenagers worked at the drive-in while attending high school and college. Among them were longtime Argyle residents Pat Brown and former Mayor Yvonne Jenkins.

In 1954, high winds blew down the screens of the drive-in, falling on top of the theater’s owner, killing him. In The Dallas Morning News article “Man’s Life Taken in State Tornado,” with a subtitle “Wall Falls on Denton Countian” dated March 25, 1954, it stated that, “Drenching rains and tornadoes struck North and West Texas Wednesday night and took the life of at least one man.”

Upcoming events

The Argyle Senior Center offers activities each Wednesday and Friday at the Argyle Town Hall Community Room. An exercise class begins at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. For more information, call Stella at 940-464-7438 or visit the Argyle Senior Center website, www.ArgyleSeniorCenter.com.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of nine children’s books and two history books on Argyle. She can be reached at lynnsheffieldsimmons@gmail.com or 940-464-3368.


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