Little Cypress-Mauriceville Education Foundation, Inc.’s Susan Swan and Rossie Hughes model a bench that turns into a picnic table, made by LCM High School’s building trades class, taught by Wayne Stephenson. This will be an item up for grabs at the silent auction at the Beary Merry Christmas Market, on Dec. 5, at Little Cypress Elementary.

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Education Foundation’s Breakfast with Santa, which kicks off the Beary Merry Christmas Market, has been expanded this year. The three main choices include a Chik-Fil-A chicken biscuit, McDonald’s sausage biscuit, or homemade pancakes. Breakfast is from 9-10 a.m. and the market is from 10 am-3 pm. Breakfast tickets are $6 and include an early 9:30 a.m. entry into the market area. Tickets for the market only are $3. There is limited seating for the breakfast and those tickets must be purchased ahead of time. Tickets can be purchased at Mauriceville Elementary School in Mauriceville and at the LCM Administration Office, at 6586 FM 1130 in Orange, beginning Dec. 5.

The market will once again be held at Little Cypress Elementary, 5723 Meeks Drive. Children will be able to have their photos with Santa in a real sleigh and have them in hand before leaving the Beary Merry Market. Silent auction items include a red wooden picnic table/bench, constructed by Wayne Stephenson’s Building Trades class, a fire pit, Adirondack chairs, a chicken and sausage dinner for 10, Star of Texas wrought iron items and much more. Vendors are coming from across southeast Texas bringing fudge, peanut brittle, stained glass, wood products, crafts and gifts of all kinds. The Christmas Shop is a place for kids (or adults) to shop for their family or friends. Elves will be on hand to help children wrap their purchases so they will be a surprise for the recipient. The Bake Shop will have good things to eat on site or to take home.

Some vendor spaces are available and can be picked up at the LCM Administration Building or by going to the LCM website (, clicking on the “Community” tab and selecting Education Foundation and downloading the form, or by contacting Robin Milstead at or 409-651-2187.  A 10 by 10 booth area is $50. Table rental in the hallway area is $30. All proceeds from the Market go to the Foundation’s Grants-to-Educators program. Since the group began giving grants in 2004, it has awarded 130 grants totaling over $158,000.

Sponsorships for the event are still available and those can be accessed through the same website or location as above. For additional information or questions, contact Rossie Hughes, 313-7461, or Robin Milstead or 651-2187.

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