Tour of Historic Downtown Buildings Set for December 13th

DoakieDayArtCenter450Downtown Brownwood, Inc. will once again host a tour of historic downtown buildings with their annual Past, Present and Future tour.   Participants will get an inside look at four historic properties to appreciate the rich history that Brownwood has to offer. 

The tour will include a visit to Howard Payne University's Doakie Day Art Center which is the former Coca-Cola plant, the Rogers home on Center Avenue,  the former Banner Printing building, and the home and garden of Hank Hunter on Adams Street, where refreshments will be served.

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Christmas Under the Stars Festival Full Schedule of Events

logo 2012 300Christmas Under the Stars Festival
Schedule of Events
December 7 & 8   -     4 PM - 8 PM

Activities, Attractions & Food Vendors - Dec. 7 & 8 from 4 - 8 PM Unless Noted

Depot Complex (Outdoors)

Ice Skating Rink
Mon., & Tues., Dec. 3 & 4 - 10 AM - 5 PM
Wed., Dec. 5 - 10 AM - 7 PM
Thur., Fri. & Sat., Dec. 6 - 8 - 10 AM - 8 PM
$2/ 15 minute session

Rock Climbing Wall

Photo Characters
Near Pavilion

Soft Drink Trailer
Hosted by Southside Church Youth Group


Depot Complex (Indoors)

Depot Ballroom

Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus

Christmas Karaoke
Hosted by Gobo Entertainment

Wii Winter Sports

Letters to Santa
Hosted by Family Service Center

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Christmas Festival and Ice Skating Rink Hours

logo 2012 300Ice Skating Rink Information

Days and Hours

Monday, December 3 - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4 - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5 - 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, December 6-8 - 10 a.m.-8 p.m.


$2 per person for 15 minute session (skates included)



Skating Rink for the Christmas Festival Sponsored by

Presenting Sponsors
Howard Payne University

Gold Sponsors
Coldwell Banker, Mark Campbell & Associates
Lee Hoffpauir Chevrolet Buick

Lighted Christmas Parade

Thursday, December 6 - 6 p.m.

in Downtown Brownwood

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Treats for Santa Bake-off Announced for Christmas Under the Stars Festival

logo 2012 300The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host the “Treats for Santa Bake-off” competition at the 4th annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival.

Santa likes his treats, and area bakers can enter the contest to show off their skills in several categories including pies, cakes, bars/brownies, cookies, bread/rolls, and muffins.

The contest will take place on the second day of the festival, Saturday, December 8th in the Bertrand Technology Solutions meeting room at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce offices. Baked goods will only be accepted on December 8th from 3-4pm and judging will begin at 4:30pm.

Scoring for each treat will be based on taste, appearance, and originality.

Cost is $10 per entry and cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Entry forms are available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce or click HERE.

The 4th annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival will feature holiday games, crafts, food and attractions for kids of all ages. The event will take place on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th from 4-8 p.m. at the Depot Complex, Adams Street Community Center, and the Lehnis Railroad Museum. Key attractions will include Mr. and Mrs. Claus, ice skating, rock climbing wall, and several holiday themed contests.

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The Tex-Mex Grill Joins Brownwood Chamber

texmex450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on November 20th to welcome their newest member, the Tex-Mex Grill.

The Tex-Mex Grill is the newest restaurant in the Brownwood/Early area offering both American and Mexican menu items. They also offer delivery service for those who want to eat at home but don't want to get out of the house.

For more information call 325-643-2802 or visit their location at 515 E. Commerce (inside Budget Inn). Their hours are 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Sunday.

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Chamber Seeking Local Talent for Christmas Under the Stars Festival

logo 2012 300The stage is set for the 2012 Christmas Under the Stars Festival, and the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking local talent to help entertain during the event.

Singers, dancers, and other entertainers will have the chance to perform on the live stage during the festival. The live stage will be open at Adams Street Community Center during the annual event on December 7th & 8th from 4-8 p.m. each day.

Those interested in performing can register by calling the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for VFW Post 3278

vfw450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the VFW Post 3278 Ladies and Men's Auxiliaries on November 14th as new members of the Chamber.

In operation over 77 years, the VFW Post 3278 is a service organization that honors veterans and their families. Monthly meetings are held the second Wednesday each month at 6 PM at 2300 Stephen F. Austin in Brownwood.

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Christmas Tree Auction to Raise Money for Non-Profit Organizations

logo 2012 300Non-profit organizations are decorating Christmas trees this year to help raise money for their organization during the 4th annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival.

Non-profits will be displaying fully decorated trees at the Lehnis Railroad Museum from December 1st - 8th, and each tree will be up for auction.   Silent auction bid sheets will be placed at each tree, and all proceeds will benefit the non-profit agency that decorated the tree.   To help the cause, the non-profits have recruited local businesses to sponsor their tree to pay for setup and decorations.

One tree will be selected for the "Best Decorated" award to be given to the sponsoring non-profit and business. An award for the "Silent Auction Winner" will also be given.

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Cleartalk Wireless Joins the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce

Cleartaalk450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, November 1st for Cleartalk Wireless to celebrate their membership with the Chamber.

Cleartalk Wireless is the newest wireless service provider in the Brownwood/Early area. They offer unlimited cell phone service at affordable flat rates without surprises.

For more information visit the Cleartalk Wireless kiosk located inside Heartland Mall across from Chic-fil-A Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Sunday’s 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, visit or give them a call at (325) 300-9963.

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