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Choo Choo Fest 2014 Highlights and Images

Submitted by Susan Garry:

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Choo Choo Fest is a Coupland Civic Organization (CCO) fundraiser.  The very first Choo Choo Fest was in 2008 and was held outside, in downtown Coupland, and the funds raised went to restoring the Depot.  Then, after skipping a few years, Choo Choo Fest was held again in 2013, this time inside the Old Inn and Dancehall, in partnership with Tim and Barbara Worthy, with the funds raised allowing the CCO to begin restoration of the caboose.

So this 2014 event was the Second Annual Choo Choo Fest.  These two Fests that have been held inside the Inn have kept attendees out of the August sun in air-conditioned comfort.  Also, serving the meal has been much more convenient inside.  Attendees enjoyed the barbecue dinner.  For a minimum $10 donation, the dinner included barbecue chicken, pulled pork, beans, cole slaw, potato salad, bread, and iced tea.

This year’s bake sale featured a huge array of homemade desserts, sold whole or by the serving.  Also at the bake sale booth, Fundraising Co-Chairs Ruby Wabbel and Judy Downing sold the new Choo Choo Fest T-shirts.

The silent auction was so big, it overflowed its space.  During the Fest, people were still bringing in auction items, and some ended up being displayed on the bar.  The auction included original artwork, crafts, collectibles, toys, and more.

On the Dancehall stage, volunteer bands provided live music throughout the event, which raised about $6,800!

The CCO thanks all the directors, their families, and other community members who volunteered.  And a special big “thank you” to Barbara and Tim Worthy whose generous donation of food, the use of their facility and the help of their staff made Choo Choo Fest 2014 possible.

Choo-Choo Fest Returns to Coupland!

You know you're going to want one of these cool t-shirts!

You know you’re going to want one of these cool t-shirts!

Coupland’s Choo-Choo Fest On August 17 — Fundraiser to Restore Historic Caboose

On Sunday, August 17, beginning at noon, the Coupland Civic Organization (CCO) will partner with Barbara and Tim Worthy, owners of the Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall, to hold the second annual Choo-Choo Fest, a fundraiser for the restoration of the CCO’s historic caboose.

Choo Choo Fest will be held in the beautiful Inn and Dancehall building. The barbecue meal will include delicious barbecue from the Inn and homemade beans, potato salad, coleslaw, bread, and iced tea. Meals will be offered for donations, minimum $10. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer will be offered separately.

A bake sale will offer homemade desserts whole or by the serving. There will be a silent auction and live bands.

Last year’s Choo-Choo Fest allowed the CCO to restore three exterior sides of the caboose. Hopefully, this year’s proceeds will allow the CCO to restore the fourth exterior side, the windows, and possibly start on the interior. Both the historic Coupland Depot and caboose are owned by the CCO, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Meet Your Neighbors During National Night Out This Tuesday!

Meeting new folks at National Night Out in 2013.

Having fun at National Night Out in 2013.

Submitted by Barbara Piper, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator:

National Night Out Is August 5th

First, turn on your porch light!  Second, pack your lawn chair!  Third, join the Coupland Civic Organization (CCO) in recognizing the nationally celebrated National Night Out event!  The festivities will be on Tuesday, August 5, at the Depot beginning at 6:30 p.m.  CCO will be serving hot dogs (with all of the trimmings including homemade chili), chips, homemade cookies, sodas, and water.

This is a great time to meet neighbors who have recently moved into our community.  Of course we all enjoy chatting with those who have been here for quite some time.  Worried about the heat?  We set up on the east side of the Depot (shaded) and there is always a nice breeze to keep things cool.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Department always informs us of the most recent crimes occurring in our area.  They also provide us with many crime prevention guidelines.   All of the children (young and old) enjoy seeing the Coupland Volunteer Department fire fighting trucks, seeing their bright lights, and listening to the loud sirens.


A neighborly group of folks at National Night Out 2013.

Coupland Civic Organization April 28 Supper and Meeting

Submitted by Jennifer Dollins:

TEXAS STAR-RoseThe Coupland Civic Organization (CCO) will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 28, in the Fellowship Hall of St. Peter’s Church of Coupland. Representatives from community organizations will present news from their groups.

Speakers will include Coupland Mayor Jack Piper, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Barbara Piper, and representatives from Manville Water Supply Corporation.

The CCO will host a barbeque-on-bun supper at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7.

Coupland Civic Organization March 31 Meeting Will Be on Gardening

Submitted by Jennifer Dollins:

The Coupland Civic Organization will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 31, in the Fellowship Hall of St. Peter’s Church of Coupland. Bonnie and Leroy Sladek, organic gardeners and owners of Old Thyme Gardens, will discuss the spring garden and answer questions. Bonnie and Leroy presented an informative and entertaining program on organic gardening to the Civic Organization last April, and we are happy to welcome them back.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7.



Coupland Civic Organization General Meeting – Tonight at St. Peter’s Fellowship Hall

TEXAS STAR-RoseThe Coupland Civic Organization will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, February 24, in the Fellowship Hall of St. Peter’s Church of Coupland, not at the fire station. Dr. Dana Boehm, a veterinarian in this area, will discuss her recent mission trip to Kenya where she helped villagers become more self-sufficient in their agricultural practices.

The Civic Organization will host a pulled pork sandwich supper including chips, tea, and dessert at 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 7.