OK, it's Monday, but we realize this is the Christmas season, and many of you checked out last week. It's OK. We get it. However, there's stuff to get done this week. As far as the weather is concerned, we face another pleasant forecast, but rain could come on Friday. We're highly skeptical at this point.
CHECK OUT OUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
We've been out to 135 homes now across Kerr County and we'll be heading out tonight to check out a few more. We've been at it for eight consecutive days with a goal of doing 12 straight — we'll see if our endurance holds. Check out our updated map here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=19RrkwYeYMfa53G8jYerdQh9K5CqD3IYU&usp=sharing
HERE'S A FEW OF OUR FAVORITES FROM THE WEEKEND
INGRAM CHRISTMAS PARADE WAS A BLAST
The city of Ingram played host to a small but lively Christmas parade along the old Ingram Loop. The Tom Moore High School band performed, there were plenty of lighted floats. Unlike the Kerrville Lighted Christmas Parade, the Ingram parade tosses candy out — a lot of candy. For more on the parade visit our Facebook photo gallery: https://www.facebook.com/thekerrcountylead/posts/571593844056425
ON TODAY'S THE LEAD LIVE
We've got a spectacular week of shows lined up for you this week, and we start this morning at 9 with Kamaria Woods and Monica Allen of BCFS Family Services and then Jeff Talarico will finish out the show. But we've got a great week of programming this week:
- Gold Cup Live and Tome will host a little fashion show and last-minute Christmas gifts on Tuesday. We know that Natalee Peppitt, Tome O'Hern and Rachel Fitch will likely join us, but we could have a few surprises.
- On Wednesday, Tom Jones of Christian Men's Job Corps will chat with us about some life-changing stories he's seen through this program that helps men transition from prison to the workforce.
- On Thursday, Delayne Sigerman will interview Kim Richards about Kerrville's emerging short-term rental market.
- On Friday, Florida-based food and restaurant writer Larry Hoffman will join us to discuss what trends he sees as we head toward 2022. Hoffman writes a newsletter called Sarasota Bites, and he's covered food and dining for 20 years. Others from Kerr County'll also join us in the conversation.
WHAT ARE WE FOLLOWING THIS WEEK?
The Commissioners Court discussing Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing
At today's Kerr County Commissioner's Court meeting, there's an agenda item about the incentives laid out to Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing — the North Dakota-based aerospace firm building a plant in Kerrville. The discussion is unclear, and Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing Vice President Kristin Hedger said she was unaware of the agenda item.
However, Hedger pointed out that KMM hires and has North Dakota staff setting up operations. She said they have been impressed with the quality of the Kerrville workforce and look forward to continuing to grow here. The Killdeer portion will be at 11 a.m.
Kerrville Independent School District board of trustees set to meet
The board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. with an agenda that will discuss the district's ongoing challenge with staff retention. It's been a point of concern for the district, compounded by the lack of affordable housing. The trustees will also honor the Tivy High School volleyball team for their outstanding 2021 season.
Kerrville City Council set to meet on Tuesday
The Kerrville City Council will hold its final meeting of 2021 at 6 p.m. Tuesday. It's not a long agenda, but the Council will consider appointing members to the Planning and Zoning Commission and other boards and committees.
OUR FAVORITE STORY FROM THE WEEKEND
The gingerbread decorating event at the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library was a lot of fun and we met lots of great young storytellers. The good news is that we've got some very bright and talented children in our community. Read the story here: https://kerrcountylead.com/kerrville-s-future-is-bright-especially-when-it-comes-to-creative-gingerbread-houses
OTHER STUFF TO CONSIDER — COOL STUFF
Arcadia Live, Kerrville
Here's what Arcadia Live Executive Director Mike Kelliher said: "It's going to be a real fun show. If you've seen them at a normal event it's a really fun time. Lead singer Kevin Russell he used to be with "The Gourds." He plays a lot of funky instruments, and he's got the Shiny Soul Sisters backing him." https://www.thearcadialive.org/show/shinyribs-2/
Christmas at the Kroc
The Kroc Center, Kerrville
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Celebrate the Christmas season. Join The Salvation Army for Christmas at the Kroc. Enjoy selfies with Santa or shop at the family store booth. Families can enjoy free food & drinks, gingerbread house contests, bounce houses, cakewalks, face painting, carnival games and much more.
Asleep at the Wheel, Merry Christmas Y'All
Cailloux Theater, Kerrville
Fans can expect a wonderful evening that combines Asleep at the Wheel's most popular songs with holiday favorites. Don't miss a fun-filled evening with these Texas legends performing holiday music inspired by the Lone Star State. https://caillouxperformingarts.com/cailloux-theater/asleep-at-the-wheel-merry-christmas-yall/
Southern Sky Music Cafe, Ingram
The owners of Southern Sky say this group may be the next iteration of Eagles. Pretty heady praise! This is Wilder Blue's second appearance at Southern Sky. This event has a $20 cover charge.
Beyond the Magi's Gift
Zion Lutheran Church, Kerrville
A family-friendly narrated play with skits and music, open to the community.