Lois Lacy, Friends of Mission Dolores President

Mark your calendars now for a special family-friendly fun event on Friday, December 13, 6-8 p.m., at the THC Mission Dolores State Historic Site:  the Trail of Lights! This will be the second year for the Trail of Lights, and it will be bigger and better than before!  The lighted nature trail can be enjoyed any evening during December, but this special event will be for one-night only.

Last year, Amanda McVay, the new Site Manager for the Texas Historical Commission (THC) Mission Dolores State Historic Site, provided a little "sparkle" during December for visitors who walked along the nature trail.  She and her staff, Vernon White and Tasha Byrd, hung Christmas lights along the covered entrance to the museum and gift shop, as well as the trail behind the museum.  Since then, the museum has been closed during remodeling -- with plans to re-open in 2021.  Due to construction, the Trail of Lights had to be moved to the other side of Broadway Street. 

The entrance to this year's Trail of Lights will be on the east side of South Broadway.  Visitors who plan to walk the Trail of Lights may choose to have someone drop them off at the gate.  On December 13th, there will be two Friends of Mission Dolores (FOMD) Volunteers, Geoff and Ellen Reeder, at the gate, who will be giving admission tokens. The gate, which opens at 6 p.m.,  will close at 7:30 on that night to allow walkers enough time to get to the pavilions by 8 p.m.

Visitors will then follow a lighted path along the winding nature trail until they reach the pavilions, where a warm fireplace, hot chocolate and cookies await them.  As they walk, they will pass through carolers representing the Reed Chapel Baptist Church, the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, and the St. Augustine Catholic Church Hispanic Community. They will be delighted-- and perhaps inspired-- when they  pass by the nativity scene re-created by the children of the St. Augustine Catholic Church.  The San Augustine High School Bank Ensemble will complete the musical entertainment, near the FOMD pavilion.  An activity for small children will be conducted at THC pavilion, organized by the Historic Site's new Interpreter/Educator, Jameson Moore.    

What a fun night!  And the best part, it is free!  


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