32nd Annual Mistletoe & Magic

mistletoeandmagicUnwrap the Magic

The Junior League of Tyler’s annual Mistletoe & Magic holiday fundraiser brings holiday cheer, unique shopping, and the spirit of community service to Tyler each November, and this year’s event was no exception.

The event takes place at Harvey Hall which completely transforms into a holiday themed shopping wonderland.   Anyone familiar with Harvey Hall knows what a challenge it can be to make the venue look decent, much less good, but during Mistletoe & Magic the event is undeniably and unexpectedly beautiful.   Obviously, this is no easy task and the credit goes to the many Junior League members who donate their time and money to the cause, putting hundreds of hours into the half-week long event, making sure no detail is overlooked.

Mistletoe & MagicEach year Mistletoe & Magic begins with the Preview Party, where admission gets you access to view the vendors’ merchandise before doors open to the public, along with unlimited food, drinks, and front row seats to some of the best people watching Tyler has to offer.  After the Preview Party, it’s open range and every man (or woman) for himself as people scramble to purchase everything from jewelry to toffee to home decor to childrens’ toys.   I like to think of Mistletoe & Magic as high-end Canton.  Amidst all the shopping, there was a fashion show, pajama party breakfast, and a raffle drawing for a Rolex watch and a Volkswagen Bug.

Mistletoe & MagicMistletoe & Magic 2010 is over and done, but I am already looking forward to next year.  The event truly is one of Tyler’s finest, put on by amazing people for a wonderful cause.  I better see everyone there come M&M 2011!

Harvey Convention Center
2000 West Front Street
Tyler, TX 75702-6854
(903) 531-1349

Tyler Jaycees

Tyler JayceesThe Tyler Jaycees are a group of civic-minded Tylerites, looking to enhance their lives and the lives of others through leadership training and community service.  The Jaycees focus on what they believe are the five areas vital to becoming a well-rounded individual.  These areas are Community Development, Management Development, Individual Development, Membership Development and International Involvement.

I will admit, really the only thing I was previously aware of the Tyler Jaycees doing was hosting a really cool Halloween haunted house every year.  However, the Jaycees are active in many more community projects and activities, including an Easter Egg hunt for special needs children, the Lindsey Park 4th of July Fireworks show, and the Tyler Christmas parade just to name a few things.
Anyone ages 21 through 41 can join, and being a member of the Jaycees comes with several perks, including social and networking opportunities, both personal and professional growth through leadership training, free subscriptions to magazines such as Newsweek and Self, and the recognition that comes from being involved with a group as large as the Jaycees which is recognized in 82 countries.
Please check out the Tyler Jaycee’s website for a wealth of information on the Tyler Jaycees and the entire Jaycees organization.  Any Tylerites readers out there who are Jaycees, please comment and tell us why we should join!