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

Patriot Million Dollar Hole in One

Patriot Million Dollar Hole in OneI had the opportunity to work a shift at the Patriot Million Dollar Hole in One on Monday.  This fundraiser brings money directly into the community, which goes to scholarships for University of Texas at Tyler students.  Anyone who has ever received a scholarship at UTT likely was a benefactor of this fantastic event.

Though the winds were high and the sun was hot on Monday, a few undeterred golfers showed up, eager to show their support.  Basically, balls cost $1 each, and there is no limit to the number of balls golfers can purchase.  Players coming closest to the hole are qualified to compete in the final round on Sunday at the Cascades, where a hole in one can win $1,000,000.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 7, 11:00 am  Press Conference and Media Contest

Saturday, May 8, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Hole in One Contest

Sunday, May 9, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Hole in One Contest

Monday, May 10, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Ladies Day @ the Hole in One

Tuesday, May 11, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Hole in One Contest

Wednesday, May 12, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Seniors Day @ Hole in One

Thursday, May 13, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm UT Tyler Day @ Hole-In-One

Friday, May 14, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Hole in One Contest, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Friday Night Lights Out

Saturday, May 15, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Hole in One Contest, 6:30 pm Finalist Photos

Sunday, May 16, 1:30 pm Hole in One Finals at the Cascades

Patriot Million Dollar Hole in One

Sweet Discoveries

Sweet DiscoveriesSave the date

Monday, April 5th, the Tyler Discovery Science Place is holding the Sweet Discoveries Fundraising Event.  The event, located at Jakes Tyler, will feature wine tastings from across the United States paired with dessert creations courtesy of Jakes.  Tickets for the event are $100 a person, and proceeds directly benefit the Discovery Science Place.  Activities for the evening will include a silent action, a Cole & Co. gem pull featuring a 1 carat sapphire, entertainment, and more!

The Discovery Science Place, named one of the Top 25 Science Centers in the Nation, is a hands-on family science museum that provides cool and exciting educational experiences for kids of all ages.  I think the place is super cool, and I don’t even have kids!  Sweet Discoveries is the major fundraiser for the science center, so as many people as possible are needed to come together for this great cause.  If the tickets are a little steep for your budget but you still want to help, volunteers are always needed at the Discovery Science Place.  More info on that, where to purchase tickets, and other DSP related info can be found on their website,  http://www.discoveryscienceplace.org.

The Discovery Science Place

Jakes Tyler
111 East Erwin Street
Tyler, TX 75702
(903) 526-0225