Pythian Poster Contest 2018

Since 1960, the Pythians have had a poster contest for students grade 9 to 12, in the past mostly with public schools. This contest is now open to students of similar ages and experience who are in private schools and home schooled students. Great cash prizes, too!

Deadline is April 24, 2019

Rules on the images below.
Contact local Pythias lodge for more information.
Lanana Lodge, Knights of Pythias in Nacogdoches

Pythian main site here.
The Order of Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian fraternal order, established in 1864 in Washington, DC, by Justus H. Rathbone and was the first fraternal order to be chartered by an Act of Congress. The Order bases its lessons and builds it ritual largely on the familiar story of the friendship of Damon and Pythias, who were historical characters living about four hundred or more years before the beginning of the Christian era.

Library Events – August 2016


All events are subject to change.
Please call the Library for updated info and any recent changes.
More info: Call 936-559-2970

August 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
All Ages.
More info & register: 936-559-2970

In keeping with our summer reading program theme “On your mark, get set, read!” and in preparation fo rthe summer Olympics, we will be hosting our on set of competitions, relay style.

August 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Walk-in workshop for anyone who needs some help with learning to use your tech device, such as digital
camera, tablet, laptop, etc. Please bring the device with you.

August 9, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Pre-reg required by August 8, 2016. Why wait? Call today!
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Celebrate the games of the XXXI Olympiad. Establish your own country, design your own flag, and then compete in the official Judy B. McDonald Public Library Olympic Games. Please be aware – pre-reg is required for this event, so be sure to sign up by August 8, 2016.

August 11, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Pre-reg is required. Why wait? Call today!
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Bring your own team or join with new friends on the spot to take each other on in general trivia. Winners get bragging rights and a special prize. Pre-reg is required. Please call today.

August 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
More info & register: 936-559-2970

What if you were locked in the Library with only your wits to help you find your way out? Find out how you’d do at the Puzzle Room event at the Library.

August 15, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Drop-in workshop for adults (18+) for a creative outlet in an adults-only environment. This is an ongoing series and each session will focus on a different technique. Please call the Library to find out the technique for a particular session.

August 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
(Regular event on the 3rd Tuesday)
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Join your friends for some friendly competition in Spades, Dominos or whatever you’d like.

August 17, 2016 at 5:30
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Help us build a giant vortex air cannon and learn how to build a smaller one at home. Great crowd-pleasing fun!

August 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
More info & register: 936-559-2970

For all you chocolate lovers out there, exercise your taste buds and learn about the different types of chocolate as well as ways to incorporate it into your favorite recipes.

August 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Chocolate! Games! Drawings! Prizes!

The Summer Reading Prize Winner will also be announced.

August 20, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Learn the basics of setting up your fall garden. Beginners welcome!

Halloween & Fall Festival Listings

More details at the Nacogdoches Events Calendar.

“Fall Festival”
Calvary Baptist Church
October 31
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

“Trunk or Treat”
Austin Heights Baptist Church
October 31
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

“Trunk – n – Treat”
First Church of God
October 31
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

“Ghosts of Millard’s Crossing”
Millard’s Crossing Historic Village
(old-fashioned neighborhood trick or treating)
October 31
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

“Edible Decorations Workshop for Teens”
Nacogdoches Public Library
October 31
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

“Dia de los Muertos Fiesta”
Downtown Nacogdoches / Cole Art Center
November 1st
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

More details at the Nacogdoches Events Calendar.

Fall Fling at Farmers Market


Click here to find printable version of poster.

September 20, 2014 (Saturday) will be the annual Fall Fling hosted by the Nacogdoches Farmers Market.

This fabulous event is free (with shopping opportunities available) and includes great entertainment for all ages.

Musical acts include the young violinists, the Rhythm Rockers cloggers, Cindy Grayson, Emily Williams, El Camino Real and Miki Lynn.

There will also be free music lessons, a petting zoo, and so much more.

The children’s activity area will be open from 9 am to 1 pm.

The Nacogdoches Farmers Market is one of the best and most exciting markets in the state. You can get almost everything you need or want at the market, including fresh groceries, fruits, vegetables, eggs, candles, baked goods, bread, cheese, flowers, herbs, spices, honey, baby items, furniture, jewelry, dishes, home furnishings, meat, cornmeal, soap and so much more.

Visit the Nacogdoches Farmers Market online HERE and tell them you saw it at Shangriladoches!

Cutie and the Boxer

Free movie tonight! “Cutie and the Boxer” is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, disappointment and aging, against a background of lives dedicated to art.

Here is the link to the IMDb page about this movie.

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Cutie and the Boxer” at 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 11, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Directed by Zachary Heinzerling, “Cutie and the Boxer” is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, disappointment and aging, against a background of lives dedicated to art. Heinzerling’s debut documentary is a portrait of art, companionship and the 40-year turbulent love story between Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, two Japanese artists who meet and marry in New York in the early 1970s. This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Night Film Series. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St.

I recommend you plan to arrive a few minutes early, because there is limited parking which is usually filled quickly.

Thank you to Buckley at the Nac Farmer’s Market for this info.

12 x 12 Art Show

Where’s the best 12 x 12 square in Nacogdoches? Come find out at the annual “12 x 12” art show and fundraiser for the Stephen F. Austin State University Art Department. This is a fun fundraisers and is one of the best events all year, so don’t miss out. If you have never attended before, why not give it a try this year?

Artists from Nacogdoches and other areas in east Texas have been working all spring to create special pieces of art . . . with the constraint that they must fit on the 12 x 12 piece of wood that is provided. This gives the artists just enough structure to be successful but still leaves them plenty of room to be creative and the results are always interesting and clever, ranging from simple photographs or drawings to elaborate sculptures, mysteries and all sorts of other media.

On July 19th, there will be an “end of show” special event, with refreshments, auction and raffle. This is a fun time and makes for a really great date night for adventuresome folks who are tired of the same old “dinner and movie” every time.

Here’s how it works:

Until the 19th, you can visit the Cole Art Center in downtown Nacogdoches to view all the artwork and place your silent auction bid. Keep in mind that the artists have been asked to NOT sign their name on the front of their piece, so it’s a mystery who made which one.

Then, on July 19th, every one comes to the gallery and pieces that have not sold at silent auction are available for $100 each for a few minutes at the beginning of the evening. Don’t be late, if you want to get a piece for the $100, because they will go quickly.

During the last hour, the best part begins, with a raffle to give away all the remaining items that have not been sold yet. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each or $20 for five tickets. Any work that remains unsold later in the evening will be raffled off.

Bruce Partain (Nac County Chamber of Commerce President) will serve as the master of ceremonies during the raffle. You’ll want to be aware that you do not get to pick out which artwork you want to win. They start at one end of the room and work around, one by one, and if your number is called, that’s the piece you get. However, it’s quite acceptable to offer to trade with someone, or even to give away your winning item to a friend or anyone else who wants it more than you do, and these types of negotiations and trades are part of the fun, so don’t be shy.

This can be a free event for you, as there is not an admission fee, refreshments are included, and you are not required to purchase any artwork. However, why not bring at least $5.00? It’s for a good cause (scholarships for art) and you can get at least one raffle ticket . . . . you only need one to win, as long as you get the right one!

All in all, the “12 x 12 Show” is a wonderful time!

As a special highlight this year, the last artwork created by the late Gary Frields, former professor of art at SFA, will be featured in a special auction.

For more info, please call The Cole Art Center at 936-568-6557.