There’s nothing in the world quite like a bonfire on a crisp summer evening where friends and family can share scary stories and indulge in roasted marshmallows. Check out these tips to help you host an awesome summer bonfire party.
Provide Bug Spray
Keep bugs at bay for you and your guests. A lot of guests may forget to bring their own insect repellant, so it’s a good idea to set out some communal bug spray and light a few citronella candles.
Cozy Blankets and Paper Lanterns
Provide blankets so your guests can ward off the evening chill, and set up strings of simple paper lanterns to provide some mood lighting. Having lights will also help people find their way around after it gets dark.
Hot Dogs, S’mores, and Popcorn, Oh My!
Marshmallows aren’t the only thing you can cook over a fire, even though s’mores are a fan-favorite that should definitely be included. You can also cook hot dogs over the open flame or even pop popcorn wrapped in tinfoil.
Refreshing (Kid-Friendly) Beverages
It’s important to stay hydrated! Coolers full of water bottles and pitchers of homemade lemonade are a welcome addition to any outdoor activity, especially in Texas.
We at Wiesner of Huntsville wish you and your family a happy, safe summer.
Texans, don’t go into hibernation just yet! Our fair state remains the perfect place for outdoor exploration all year round thanks to the many lovely parks to visit in the Lone Star State. In between your frantic sprees of present shopping and gift wrapping this season, be sure to spend a relaxing weekend visiting one of these amazing Texas winter wonderlands.
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
This beautiful little wildlife refuge plays host to a wide range of birds from across the continent in the wintertime. Plan ahead and you just might be able to take a tour with an experienced ornithologist.
Big Thicket National Preserve
The kids don’t need to stop learning just because they’re on winter break. Big Thicket National Preserve offers ranger-led walks and educational programs in this amazing, multi-tiered ecosystem.
Sam Houston State Park
Here’s one that’s close to home in Huntsville. Sam Houston State Park is home to thousands of species of trees and pines for your gazing pleasure. While you’re there, stop by the Houston Family Christmas event at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum to for a merry-and-bright time.
With all these gorgeous wildernesses and parks to visit in Texas this winter, you need a car you can trust. Visit Wiesner of Huntsville, and one of our experienced sales representatives will help you find your perfect ride.
Our hometown gets holly-jolly every year with a host of seasonal festivals and events. Don’t let the most wonderful time of the year pass by without getting your fair share of good cheer! To celebrate the holiday season, consider taking part in as many of these holiday events in Huntsville as you can.
Houston Family Christmas
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 2, visit the Houston Family Homestead in all its decked-out, Christmas glory. This special event highlights how the Houston family celebrated the season with fun demonstrations, tasty refreshments, and family-friendly activities.
Main Street Christmas Fair
One of our favorite holiday events in Huntsville also falls on Dec. 2 this year. On the first weekend in December, head to downtown Huntsville for the annual Christmas Fair. Shop for art, gifts, and enjoy delicious treats from dozens of vendors. Watch your kids delight in playing in real snow, and get your annual Santa’s-lap snapshot while supporting Huntsville’s local businesses.
Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo
Make the drive down to the big city for the annual Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo, running from Nov 18 through Jan. 14. Zoo Lights combine beautiful, animal-themed holiday decorations with delicious dining and drinks, so whether you’re going on a romantic date or taking the whole family, you’re bound to have a merry time!
If you need a new sleigh for rounding up those pretty packages and carting around all those little helpers, visit Wiesner of Huntsville today. We have a wide selection of family vehicles, from full-size and compact SUVs to mid-size sedans.
Huntsville, Texas is filled with tons of cultural activities that hearken back to the city’s rich history. Historical Huntsville attractions include everything from memorial museums and old, preserved architecture to a historic cemetery that hosts ghost tours. Are you ready to experience the blast from the past this city has to offer? Take your friends and family out to the following awesome activities.
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Huntsville Cultural District: This is the place to go when you’re looking for historic attractions, no matter what it is. The homes of many old, wealthy families are here, along with several art centers and galleries showcasing Huntsville’s heritage.
Gibbs-Powell House Museum: Also referred to as the Walker County Historical Museum, this house was formerly owned by businessman Thomas Gibbs and has grown into a recognized historical landmark of Texas. It also features many donated historical artifacts.
Huntsville Ghost Tours: Starting at 9 p.m. in the summer and 7 p.m. in the winter, ghost tours occur every Thursday and Friday and begin at historic Oakwood Cemetery. It’s just $5 per child and $12 per adult.
There are many more historical Huntsville attractions besides these. Why not head down to the cultural district to explore? We at Wiesner of Huntsville stand by the rich heritage of our community and encourage everyone to explore what it has to offer.
Since 2006, Chevrolet’s youth sports programs have been encouraging young people and helping communities. The Chevy Youth Baseball program started in 2006 and the Youth Soccer program followed in 2010.
This year, both programs will get a boost from world-class athletes. Supporting the baseball program will be MLB All-Star and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. The soccer program will get the benefit of gold medalist and soccer champion Alex Morgan.
“At Chevrolet, we celebrate the power of play and the positive effect it has on kids, families, and communities,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Partnering with Andrew McCutchen and Alex Morgan allows us to share their expertise and passion for their individual sports and demonstrate to children everywhere that with perseverance and dedication anything is possible.”
In the baseball program, participating leagues can receive equipment and sponsorship grants from Chevrolet to help their programs grow and succeed. Chevrolet has donated more than 135,000 equipment kits and supported more than 6.7 million young children all over the United States in the past 11 years.
For the soccer program, Chevrolet also donates equipment as well as providing access to instructional clinics. Since 2010, Chevy has donated more than 6,200 equipment kits.
Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we love seeing Chevrolet reach out to our youth to help them succeed.
Fall is the time of year when monarch butterflies pass through Texas on their way to Mexico. They’ll remain there for the winter until they return north in the spring. The Master Gardeners of Walker County welcome all of Huntsville, Texas and surrounding areas to join them in celebrating this annual event at the upcoming Walker County Butterfly Festival. Aside from educational looks at the beautiful monarch butterflies, visitors will also find tons of fun activities for the whole family. Best of all – it’s a free event!
The festival will take place on October 22nd from 8 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon, so make sure you get up early to make the most of your day. The main event will be the monarchs themselves, which will be captured, tagged, and released so they can continue their long journey, but other activities on the schedule include educational speakers, crafts for the kids, and more.
Additionally, if you have a green thumb, the Walker County Butterfly Festival will be a great place for you to go. The Master Gardeners are experts on all things green and can give you advice on when and what to plant in your own garden. Plus, lots of plants will be going on sale at noon, so make sure you get your hands on a new, leafy friend before you leave.