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Choo Choo Fest a Huge Success!

Coupland’s Choo Choo Fest, the fundraiser to restore the caboose, was a great success, raising over $5,800.


The Coupland Civic Organization (CCO) and the Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall co-sponsored Choo Choo Fest. Thanks to Barbara and Tim Worthy, owners of the Inn and Dancehall, who donated the barbecue dinner, with potato salad, coleslaw, beans, and iced tea.


The Worthys, assisted by CCO members, served an estimated 200 meals. Sodas and bottled water were sold separately, under the direction of Cole Barton.


The bake sale, managed by Ruby Wabbel and Dottie Hahn, gathered a huge amount of baked goods, which sold out.


The silent auction, organized by Becky Sutton and Dottie Hahn, also was a big success, with about 20 tables of items, which included fine art prints, arts and crafts, handmade goods, services, dining coupons, garden items, décor, toys, and more. CCO directors and their families pitched in to help serve the dinner and drinks and to operate the bake sale and silent auction.


The Dancehall provided music throughout the afternoon, both recorded and live band performances. The planned line dance contest did not take place; the person who was to direct it was unable to attend due to illness.


CCO President Barbara Piper says, “The CCO would like to offer a huge thank you to Tim and Barbara Worthy, owners of the Coupland Inn and Dancehall for their enormous contributions to Choo Choo Fest 2013. We would like to thank the Elgin Courier, the Taylor Chamber of Commerce, and the Taylor Daily Press for publicizing Choo Choo Fest.” She adds, “A big thank you also goes to Wright Distributing for the great banners; Jody Krankel, Ella Jez, and Jennifer Dollins for forwarding information about our benefit to their email lists, and to KOKE for adding our fundraising effort to their website.”

Coupland’s Choo Choo Fest on August 11 – Fundraiser to Restore Historic Caboose

On Sunday, August 11, 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 a fundraiser for the restoration of the CCO’s historic caboose, which sits between the Old Coupland Inn and the Coupland Depot.  Choo Choo Fest will be held in the beautiful Inn and Dancehall building.IMG_4174

A barbecue meal will be served beginning at noon and will include delicious barbecue from the Inn and homemade beans, potato salad, and coleslaw.  The meal will include iced tea.  Meals will be offered for donations, minimum $8.  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 with new and collectible items and services being auctioned off.

For your listening and dancing pleasure, Choo Choo Fest will feature live music.  Bands will include Finger Pistol,  classic country from Austin; the Collin Brook Huntley Band, Georgetown; Zach Willard and Country Road Band, Leander; and the 24/7 Band, rock/Southern rock/country from Austin and Victoria.  The 24/7 Band features the Vallejo nephews and was voted top ten nationwide in the 18 and under age group.

A Fest highlight will be the line dance contest, which will be held in the Coupland Dancehall from 2 to 4 p.m.  Dancehall owner Barbara Worthy says, “Attention all line dancers!  We will sponsor a team and individual line dance contest; prizes will be awarded for first to fifth place and all ages are welcomed.  Teams will be voted on for originality and skill.  Teens, get your friends and family together to vote for you.”

The first Choo Choo Fest was held back in 2008, with proceeds going to repair Coupland’s historic Depot.  Now, the Depot is beautifully restored, and Coupland is turning its attention to restoring the caboose.  The Depot and caboose are owned by the CCO, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Barbara & Tim Worthy want to see great things happen in Coupland and are enthusiastic  supporters of the Coupland Civic Organization.

Barbara & Tim Worthy want to see great things happen in Coupland
and are enthusiastic supporters of the Coupland Civic Organization.

This Choo Choo Fest is co-sponsored by the CCO and the Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall.  We invite everyone to come and have a fun day of food, music, and dancing and contribute to the worthy cause of saving Coupland’s historic caboose.

CCO President Barbara Piper says, “This is definitely a relic that visitors enjoy and pose for pictures in front of and on the steps.  These large and heavy railroad cars were once the last thing one would see when a train passed by.  Many of us especially enjoyed waving to the guy perched high in the back of the caboose.  Those days are gone, but we do have the chance to preserve this piece of history and bring it back to its original stature!”

Roy Torres Comes to Coupland This Weekend

From the Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall Facebook page:1358695054_IMG_1812

Ok go to our website and click onto Roy Torres name and then listen to some of his music. I love “Strange Thing” and She shouldhave left me. This guy has a beautiful voice and I have talked to some of the clubs where he plays and they say he is great and puts on a great show. He is coming from a long way so come on out and make him feel welcomed. He is playing both Friday and Saturday nights because he is coming from Alamo Texas . Sat night he will be doing a live recording. Friday night single ladies 21 and up get in FREE until 9 and we have drink specials all night long. Come on out you won’t be sorry!!!! there will be some give aways also like T shirts, hats, etc.

Teen Dance at the Old Coupland Inn & Dancehall Thursday Night!


Spread the word! From the Old Coupland Inn’s Facebook page:

Teen night starts this Thursday from 7 to 11pm, cover is $8.00 and there will be dance lessons available, free of charge!!!!!



The restaurant will be opened to the public on these nights as well. Be sure to support this if you want it to continue!!!! Call 431-9584 for questions. You don’t need your parents to be here on this night. Proper attire is required, no daisy dukes!

Lone Star Model A Ford Club Stops in Coupland!

The Lone Star Model A Ford Club was touring the area today. They stopped in Coupland to have lunch at the Old Coupland Inn & Dancehall. The Coupland Civic Organization opened the Depot Museum from 10 AM to 2 PM and it was a match made in heaven. Two blocks of Hoxie Street and much of the surrounding area were filled with Model A’s. Locals had a great time seeing all those wonderful old cars, so lovingly maintained, and many of the drivers and passengers stopped in to see the Depot Museum.

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Coupland Depot Museum & Caboose News

At its last meeting, the Board of Directors of the Coupland Civic Organization decided to open the Depot Museum on a trial basis on Saturday, June 1 and Saturday, June 8. The Depot will be open and manned by volunteers from 10 AM to 2 PM both days. Barbara Piper, President of the Civic Organization, says that if the response is good, the practice will continue.

Also on June 1, Cole Barton and Nichole Kertis will hold a garage sale at 104 Hoxie Street, just across from the Depot. On June 8, the Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall is hosting a meeting of the Model A Ford Club. Because of these two events, the Directors expect a greater than usual amount of people visiting downtown Coupland.

Besides the items on display in the museum, there will be a few items for sale:

  • Coffee mugs, $5
  • Custom made tote bags with drawing of Coupland by local artist, $10
  • Custom made cookbook with recipes from Coupland residents, $15.IMG_2848


    One side of the tote bag, drawn by local artist Connie Heineke: “Coupland’s Little White Church on the Hill.”
    This is the historic St. Peter’s Church of Coupland. The sanctuary was built in 1906.

The other side of the tote bag: “A Peaceful Simple Way of Life”
This was the home where Ms. Heineke grew up. It isn’t there any more but it is typical of the homes in the area.

According to Ruby Wabbel of the Civic Organization’s Fundraising Committee, the supply of cookbooks is limited.

The Directors also decided to put up a warning sign on the steps and platform of the caboose because of the rotting wood. They were concerned about people who were climbing on the caboose to pose for pictures. They are in the process of getting bids from contractors to replace the wood on the steps and the platform. This is just the first phase. The Directors are exploring options for other improvements on the caboose.

Stewart Dale Spencer