The Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to wish everyone a very happy new year. Things are kicking off right away, and as always, we don’t want anyone to miss out on the great things happening right here in Lufkin, so mark your calendars and save the dates.
On Jan. 15, the Angelina Arts Alliance gets things started with a Family Funday featuring Dinosaurs. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo presents dinosaurs for kids as you’ve never seen them before — up close and personal. Dinosaur Zoo offers the perfect mix of live entertainment, learning, daring and all around fun for all the family. It’s a kid’s show that delivers fun, excitement and some great education.
The young audience is encouraged to interact with the dinosaur puppets from the start, especially those seated in “The Danger Zone” at the very front. Although it’s explained that all of the dinosaurs in the show are puppets, many children forget this fact early on, which only adds to the magic of the show.
Dinosaur Zoo, with interaction and science at its core, is different from any of the other dinosaur shows you’ll see, and at just 55 minutes long, it is perfect for the attention span of even very young children. Any Dino-lover over 3 should not miss this. Tickets can be purchased by calling 633-5454.
The 2017 Pines Presents series starts the new season on Jan. 17 with Tenore, a multi-award-winning group founded by the same woman who discovered The Canadian Tenors. Their powerhouse vocals will unleash a melodic sound that will break down musical barriers and celebrate a repertoire of lyrical sweetness and dramatic strength. Join us Jan. 17 and hear why Tenore has garnered four of GMA’s Covenant Awards, including Traditional Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Seasonal Album of the Year. Tickets can be purchased online at thepineslufkin.com or by calling 633-0359.
The “Designed to Shine” Women’s Conference will take place Jan. 20-21 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center. This is an opportunity for women of all walks of life to come together and experience love, encouragement, deliverance and healing of the spirit, soul and body through ministry. Keynote speakers include Lisa Osteen Comes and Debra George along with local celebrities Demetress Harrell, Ashley Berry and Ellen Charanza. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at designtoshine.org or by calling 465-2697.
Mike Farris will be returning to The Pines Theater Feb. 2 for an acoustic performance with proceeds benefiting ADAC. Farris is a musical renaissance man. He’s toured as lead singer for the Southern rock band Screaming Cheetah Wheelies and, following the demise of blues and rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, as the lead singer for the incomparable blues band, Double Trouble.
In his solo career he began to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul. For his efforts, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist and a Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year. Tickets can be purchased online at thepineslufkin.com or by calling 633-0359. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, call ADAC at 634-5753.
Our annual Corks and Forks event will be held from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 4 at The Regal — a new downtown event venue at 119 N. First St. This is our smaller, more intimate version of Lufkin’s Bistro. Lufkin’s finest chefs will showcase their tastiest appetizers and desserts paired with great wines, champagnes and beer.
Come enjoy a fun night out in an elegant setting while dancing to live music by Bryan Harkness and his band. Tickets for Corks and Forks are available at the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1615 S. Chestnut or by calling 633-0359. A limited number of tickets are available — get yours today.
For more information on upcoming Lufkin events, check out visitlufkin.com or “Like” us on Facebook at Visit Lufkin.
Taylor Mulnix is an administrative assistant for the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her email address is email@example.com.