The Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to wish Lufkin and Angelina County a happy new year.
A new year brings new beginnings, and with that we would like to invite you all to join us for the 2016 Pines Presents series that kicks off Jan. 21 with Melinda Doolittle and her jazz trio. This soul–stirring songstress is known as a flawless vocalist with irresistible artistry and effortless style which has compelled her audiences to keep listening. Doolittle was tone deaf as a child. Her choir teacher would plead with her not to sing, but just silently move her mouth. Undaunted, her love of singing drove her to enter a talent show in the seventh grade where she stunned the audience with her miraculously spot-on vocals and beautiful voice, and she never looked back.
Over the years, she has become a highly sought after background vocalist singing for musical icons including Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Aaron Neville and Jonny Lang, just to name a few. She became a household name during season six of ‘‘American Idol’’ where she was named third place — winning over the hearts of America with her stunning powerhouse vocals as well as her charm and charisma. Come enjoy songs from her first two albums as well as old classic favorites and hear why NY Times calls Doolittle one of the most “phenomenally gifted” singers in years. Tickets can be purchased online at thepineslufkin.com or by calling 633-0359.
Other happenings at the historic Pines Theater this month is a showing of the classic movie, “West Side Story” on Jan. 30. Tickets for the Pines’ movies are just $5 each and can be purchased online at thepineslufkin.com or at the door.
Join us on Feb. 11 as we welcome the incomparable Sandi Patty back to Lufkin. Tickets are almost completely sold out, but because Lufkin is the first stop on her farewell tour we have the privilege of joining her for the soft opening of the tour on Feb. 10. Tickets are now available for purchase for the night soft opening show that will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 633-0359.
Lufkin Parks and Recreation is putting on their first Daddy/Daughter Dance from 5-9 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center, This will be a special evening of music and dancing for fathers, uncles, grandfathers or father-figures to set an example of how their special girl should be treated on a date. Cost is $20 per couple, and $5 for each additional daughter. Tickets can be purchased at the Parks and Recreation office at 125 N. First St. No tickets will be sold at the door and the deadline to purchase tickets is Jan. 19. Dance the night away as you create memories that will last a lifetime.
It’s that time of year again and tickets for the fifth annual Corks & Forks are on sale now. Corks & Forks is a downtown tasting event that promises to be a night to remember. Lufkin’s finest chefs will showcase their tastiest appetizers and desserts paired with great wines and champagnes.
Come enjoy a fun night out in an elegant setting while dancing to live music by Bryan Harkness and his band. Join us from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 6 at Abram’s in downtown Lufkin. Tickets are just $30 each and can be purchased at the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1615 S. Chestnut St., or by calling 633-0359. Only a limited number of tickets are available, so be sure to reserve yours today.
Keep up to date on all the fun the new year has to offer by checking out our website,visitlufkin.com. We have a complete event calendar to help get you involved. If you or someone you know has an upcoming event that you want to share with the community, please submit your event on our calendar.
Taylor Mulnix is an administrative assistant for the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.