“Christmas in Orangefield” will be celebrated Dec. 9-10. Festivities will take place on the grounds of the Orangefield Cormier Museum. The museum was a gift of the Paul Cormier Family to the Orangefield Independent School District and resides alongside the high school campus on FM 105. It will be a celebration of life in the Old Orange Oil field.

Festivities will start with an old fashion Hootenanny at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 in the Orangefield Elementary gymnasium. The Hootenanny is being produced by Linda Granger Crawford of Dallas.

On Saturday the festival will begin with the Christmas Parade starting at 9 a.m. Following the parade there will be activities for young and old with the main attraction being the museum itself. Food and craft vendors, face painting for children, Uncle Jesse’s Farm, a cake sale, and much more will be available throughout the day on the festival grounds. A highlight of the afternoon will be a Civil War re-enactment.

Art contests will be held for elementary, middle school, and high school students. The art will be on display in the museum. Southeast Texas artists are invited to display their art.

Although a project to move the two remaining oil derricks to the museum grounds will not be completed before this festival, there will be a Christmas lighting Saturday evening to culminate the event.

Anyone interested in participating as a vendor, volunteer or special projects, should contact the appropriate individual:

• Vendors– Deena VanPelt at 409-988-5931 or e-mail: dvanpelt@esc5.net.
• Participation or donate to the Christmas Festival–Chad Jenkins at 409-735-2034 or e-mail– cjenkins@esc5.net.
• Volunteer at Orangefield Cormier Museum–Jesse Fremont at 409-293-7340.
• Derrick Relocation project–Bo Henley at: bobcatbo@hotmail.com
•Museum Reservations–Brian Ousley at 409-735-2285; or Harvey Wilson at 409-670-8992 or e-mail– hawilson@esc5.net.

If you have not seen the Orangefield Cormier Museum, come out and see this wonderful gift that was left by Paul Cormier for the community to enjoy.