Texian Heritage Festival Announces Beneficiaries for 2015

Photo Left to right:  Michael Hayles-Coat of Many Colors (Executive Director), Billy Ray Duncan-Montgomery Historical Society (Board Member), Allison Hewlett-Meals on Wheels (Executive Director), Wayne Keller-Caiden’s Hope (Executive Director), and Larry Despit -Fernland Historical Park (Board Member).

Photo Left to right: Michael Hayles-Coat of Many Colors (Executive Director), Billy Ray Duncan-Montgomery Historical Society (Board Member), Allison Hewlett-Meals on Wheels (Executive Director), Wayne Keller-Caiden’s Hope (Executive Director), and Larry Despit -Fernland Historical Park (Board Member).

Five Montgomery County nonprofit organizations were recently selected as beneficiaries of the 2015 Texian Heritage Festival to be held Saturday, Oct. 17. Festival board members have indicated they anticipate much larger crowds and greater sponsorship participation this year which will enable them to raise more funds to benefit these nonprofit groups.

In 2014, $14,000 was given to three charitable organizations serving Montgomery County. This year, five nonprofit organizations will each receive 20 percent of the proceeds, including Caiden’s Hope Foundation; Coat of Many Colors Ministries, Inc.; Meals on Wheels Montgomery County; Fernland Historical Park; and Montgomery Historical Society.

“We are very excited to be chosen as a beneficiary of the Texian Heritage Festival this year. I have enjoyed this festival for years and am grateful to bring additional awareness to Caiden’s Hope” Wayne Keller, Executive Director, said.

The Festival is a family fun outdoor event that depicts the era of the 1800s with shoot-outs, cannons, reenactments, Chikawa dancers, and much more. Old-fashioned children’s activities, depiction of lifestyles typical of early Texas, demonstrations of pioneer crafts, pioneer/frontier musical entertainers, etc., show guests what it was like for the Texians back in the 1830-40s.

Various dedicated groups of historic reenactors, including Daughters & Sons of the Republic of Texas, the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, the Texas Army and Texas Navy set up an encampment and perform military skirmishes and an equestrian riding demonstration, in addition to visiting with the public and sharing Texas history information. Visitors also enjoy the wares of craft and food vendors.

The festival will open at 10 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. with free parking and only $5 admission for the entire day! (Children 12 and under get in FREE) This festival has become the premier pioneer/frontier event in this county, enjoyed by over 3,000 visitors for this one-day event.

“We believe the festival will continue to grow and be a fun way to learn about Texas history while giving back to our local non-profit organizations,” said Committee President Margie Taylor of Taylorized PR.

Sponsors, Vendors and Volunteers Needed

Sponsors are needed to help fund the festival and Volunteer opportunities can be found at www.TexianHeritage.org. Vendor booths are also available. Preference will be given to handcrafted, home-made and original items. Historical/Period dressed vendors will be located in a special area of the festival. This event was created to educate, inform, and increase awareness of Texas history through reenactments and community engagement with the majority of the proceeds serving low income families in Montgomery County, Texas.  This mission conforms to the Community Reinvestment Act guidelines and The Texian Historical Festival is a 501(c)(3), making your donation tax deductible

About our beneficiaries

Caiden’s Hope Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in Montgomery County and provides parents of critically ill infants with free hotels and free gas cards, enabling parents to personally care for their premature child.

Meals on Wheels Montgomery County (formerly the Friendship Center) has served the community since 1974, and has been providing nutritious meals, daily safety checks, and compassionate smiling faces to homebound senior’s doorsteps every day. “Our vision is to have a community that feeds every homebound senior in need,” Executive Director Allison Hulett said.

Coat of Many Colors Ministries, Inc. helps individuals gain independence through education and employment by offering job readiness, workforce basics, life-skills and basic employment training. “It is not enough to help ourselves, but it is imperative that we are always willing and ready to help others,” CEO Michael Hayles said.

The Montgomery Historical Society was formed in 1954 to help preserve and promote the history of Montgomery and the surrounding area and to educate the public in our rich heritage.  The Society owns seven historical properties in Montgomery and relies on donations and fundraisers to help maintain these properties.

Fernland Historical Park is a joint venture between the City of Montgomery and Sam Houston State University to offer a unique, hands-on educational preservation park with houses that depict early Texas architecture and early Texas life from the 1820’s-1840’s.

For additional information, please visit www.TexianHeritage.org. Watch the video and see highlights of last year. Join us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TexianHeritage Volunteers, Sponsors, and Volunteers needed!