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  • 15 Nov 2021 4:43 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    It's cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon which gives us great hope that winter is not far off and a time of rest and rebuilding will come to us. 

    This week there is so much going on and you don't want to miss any of it! On Tuesday we have the Grand Opening of the Special Services Center located at the Giddings ISD Campus in front of the Administration Building. We will cut the ribbon at 4:15.

    On Thursday evening we will welcome our authors and kick off the Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival with the annual Gala at the Giddings Public Library at 6pm. Tickets available at the Library. On Friday and Saturday head over to the Library to meet the authors, check out all the new books and update your library card!

    Then on Sunday there are several things happening...

    Sip & Shop Christmas Market starts at 10am.

    Lee County First Responder Organization Fundraiser drive thru at the Lincoln Community Picnic Grounds at 11am.

    Community Wide Thanksgiving Service at First Baptist Church of Giddings at 6pm. 

    We are kicking off the shopping season and inviting everyone to shop local and support your local businesses during the Christmas Season. Our businesses look forward to seeing you and helping you find exactly the Christmas gift you have been searching for all year.

  • 14 Oct 2021 3:04 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    We were surprised to wake up to thunder and lightning last night with about 3 - 3.5 inches of rain at our house. I actually slept right through it... 

    But we really did need the rain, and the ground absorbed it like a thirsty sponge. Happy days are here again. 

    On a different note, the Round Top Antiques Show opens this weekend. It is a couple of weeks late this year which will give visitors a little cooler experience than in the past. We know it is Round Top weekend because it rained. HAHA! This weekend through October 30th the vendors, shoppers, and assorted tourists will descend upon the area for the semi-annual show. Be prepared for traffic, lines in the restaurants, and surprises around every corner. 

    Thankfully we are always happy to welcome our veteran shoppers and newbies to our community. We take every chance to hand out a map and visitors guide. We also take time to tell the story of the Schubert Fletcher Home which was built in 1879. This old house has seen a lot... if only walls could talk. 

    Finally, I want to alert you to the following information.

    Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? You may already be too late.

    We have ten weeks until Christmas…      Let me say that again, we have 10 Saturdays until Christmas!

    How is it possible? The time has flown by and we are in the last quarter of this year. Which means if you haven’t started buying your Christmas gifts and decor, then you may be surprised by the many items that have been placed on back order. And, by looking at the shipping industry we may be in for a long wait. One thing that we can be proud of in Giddings is the many businesses who are here to help you fulfill all your Christmas dreams. From personal shoppers, to beautifully wrapped gifts, and even delivery in some cases our local retailers are prepared to help you get Christmas done on time.

    This year will require some planning and executing to get the cards mailed in time, the Christmas tree up and decorated, and of course your favorite meals prepared so that you and your favorite people can be together.

    Take time to create your list and look local first to help achieve a stress-free holiday experience.

    LOOK LOCAL FIRST – 10 Saturdays until Christmas                       

    Have a happy Thursday! Let us know when you are planning your Christmas Open House this year so we can add it to our growing calendar of events.
  • 08 Oct 2021 2:29 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    The weather has been amazingly awesome this week! Good hair days abound when the humidity takes a dive like it did this week. So many things to be thankful for like perfect weather, happy children, funny pets, and friends/family!

    Take time to walk outside and enjoy this beautiful weather and watch the butterflies. They have really put on a colorful display this year. It is amazing that they are so fragile, yet strong enough to migrate all the way across the country. INCREDIBLE!

    Speaking of great weather... this weekend kicks off what has been traditionally in September. Round Top and its hordes of people that come to shop, eat, see, and be seen has started. Get ready for everything to be full, crowded, and rocking. 

    Fun times are coming this weekend with the Shane Hanchey Invitational Roping out at the Lee County Sheriff's Posse Arena.

    Monday is Columbus Day and we will not be in the office. Call if you need us. 

    Last, but not least is a reminder that on Tuesday the Lee County Veterans will have a drive thru luncheon at the American Legion Hall serving Chicken Spaghetti.

  • 22 Sep 2021 12:23 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Woke up this morning to the most glorious cool weather... It makes me smile so much to have such a significant change in the weather and it gives me great hope for the coming days. Yes, I know it will get warm again. But now I have great HOPE that our cooler temperatures are getting ever closer.

    HOPE is what gives every one of us the energy to get out of bed every day and go do that thing we do... If you need a little pep talk, come by my office and we will discuss all the great things we have to be grateful for in Lee County Texas.

    Say a prayer for all of our DPS Troopers who are at the border or being deployed there. 

    We have a lot of upcoming events that you will want to participate in and we are happy to add it to the calendar if it is not too late.

    Our office does have some of the Giddings Breakfast Lions Club tickets for their Annual Fried Fish on the Friday night before the Giddings Buffaloes Football Game. $10 for a ticket, plates to eat there or to go available in the Giddings High School Cafeteria.

    We are also excited to welcome the newest member to our Chamber family - Lee County Amateur Radio Emergency Services! Lee County ARES provide supplemental radio communications for the public, government, and non-government organizations in case regular communications are no longer adequate in case of emergencies, disasters, or events. Watch for their upcoming ribbon cutting soon.


    Also join us in welcoming Giddings NewYou Body Sculpting and Jazmin Salazar to the Chamber! We'll be celebrating with a ribbon cutting at her shop at 1063 N. Orange St. on Monday, September 27th at 10am. Please join us!

    Hope you have a great week and look forward to seeing you out and about. We are getting busy planning all of the wonderful fall events. Send us your information as soon as possible so we can include it in upcoming announcements
  • 03 Sep 2021 3:12 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    The heat and humidity are really starting to get old. The DOG DAYS as we call them are beginning to wear on the nerves. Standing outside for more than a few minutes will make the sweat start rolling...

    But I see some random raindrops and that gives me hope. 

    This week was full of great excitement because we were able to finally start giving out our Chamber Awards that had not been delivered in time for the banquet. It was actually more fun to be able to go visit award recipients and remind them of their wonderful accomplishments.


    It was so fun to deliver the Lifetime Achievement Award to Buddy Preuss at his office with Louise, Sam, and Sloan by his side. It makes me smile to be able to deliver such a memorable gift. Thanks to Frank Smith for coming by and taking this wonderful picture for us. 

    Yesterday the Lee County Amateur Radio Emergency Services team came to speak at the Rotary Club about their emergency radio volunteer organization. Marida del Favia Core Borromeo was the speaker for their new 501C group. This is a great organization and they would love to come to do a program for you at your civic group, church, or youth organization. The ham radio has been around for a long time and it has been in the hobby industry for many years. It has recently become an Emergency Management tool and is very interesting to learn about the different levels of amateur radio communications that are out there... breaker breaker 19! Do you copy? 

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    September is going to be super busy. It is going to be exciting to see what the next few months will be since we are seeing this huge uptick in activities... Stay tuned.
  • 30 Jul 2021 4:06 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    We are sad to see the end of July so soon and these really warm days.
    Not really, this heat is no joke! My tan is really starting to get dark which means more wrinkles... oh well! I'll take the wrinkles. 

    We hope you had a wonderful week, and if you just got back from vacation, we feel your pain. It is hard to come back to an email box full and a stack of work. But if you unplugged completely like all the experts tell us, you will be re-energized and ready to tackle whatever the world or office throws at you. 

    As we have been preparing for all the fun events that are coming up in August we realize that it is the end of summer. School starts soon and of course our 'normal' routines return. AHHHH, the sound of the school bell helps many parents enjoy that ROUTINE. So we can get excited about the SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVES and STUFF THE BUS type events that are coming up. We can find new backpacks, school clothes, and lunch bags everywhere we look. If you are a retired teacher, you are realizing that you don't have to go get ready for the school year... It is amazing!

    Don't stress about it, we all go through it, and if you are having a hard time getting excited about school starting, just go stand in the store close to the school supply aisle. Little children see the wonderment of all the stuff and dream about starting school. We should all have the eyes and hearts of 6 or 7 year olds.

    Lots of stuff going on in August! But tonight the Sheriff's office and the Lions of Lee County are hosting a wonderful movie night on the county courthouse lawn. Bring your lawn chairs! Fans and cool drinks. Family fun for all!

    We will kick off August with some fun back to school activities and then celebrate all of our Community Awards recipients. That same week the Rotary Club of Giddings will have their annual Fun Night Fundraiser that helps to provide funding for the Early Act First Knight Character Program at the Giddings Elementary School and other Rotary charities. And then the next week the New Horizons Lions Club will host the Community Blood Mobile at the Giddings Public Library from noon until 6pm on Tuesday, August 17th. Give blood, save lives, lose a pound!

    That's enough for today. Go out and have a great weekend! Know that we are a great community of givers and that we are better together!

  • 18 Jun 2021 3:15 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    The week flew by and we are happy that it is so beautiful outside. The surprise pop up showers in the late afternoon help to cool the air and make it lovely to spend time in the yard. Those skeeters tho???

    Thank goodness the City of Giddings is so persistent and consistent with the mosquito spray. I feel a lot better when I hear a mosquito truck pass by my house. Thank you to the City of Giddings Employees for taking care of us.

    The summer is going by so quickly and we want to remind you of a few things that are coming up soon.

    This weekend is Juneteenth... enjoy yourselves.

    In two weeks it will be July 4th! This is going to be a great celebration! Starting on Friday night and going all the way until Sunday night.

    Grimes Street Music Fest and the Giddings Sesquicentennial Celebration are all located on the Courthouse Square starting on Friday evening.

    Our new page has a rundown of events and activities. Let us know if you have any questions.

    You can continue to submit someone for Citizen of the Year or Lifetime Achievement Award by following this criteria Our office compiles the information and submits it to a committee of past award recipients for selection.

  • 01 Jun 2021 3:34 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Last week was the week of Happy's

    We were happy to see the official beginning of summer, we wished all the graduates K-12 many moments of happiness and success, and we wished our very own Ricky Jorgensen, Giddings City Manager, very much happiness as he enters his RETIREMENT! He has been here for nine years and all he talks about are his grandchildren or golf, so now he will be forever able to spend time with his grandchildren and maybe play a little golf. Blessings for he and Bernadette in their new life!

    You might have heard about the upcoming Grimes Street Music Fest and Giddings Sesquicentennial Celebration that will be held on July 4th weekend. You are invited to come celebrate with us starting on Friday evening with a street dance and ending Sunday with the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department Annual Fireworks Extravaganza! 

    We are so excited to share the information with you and hope you will let us know about anything you or your organization is planning that weekend. We will add it to our ever growing Calendar of Events on the Visit Giddings webpage. You will get to see your favorite home town musicians on Friday night with the Lost Cause Band(Spencer Schneider aka New City Manager) and Texas Unlimited Band. This is a throwback to the good old days when we brought our lawn chairs and picnic baskets down to the Courthouse Square for evening entertainment. There is plenty of room, we will have vendors with food, drinks, stuff for kids, and adults. We are looking for fun stuff for July 2-4th. 

    Bring your favorite dancing partner, or find one on Friday at the Street Dance. We are dressing up for July 4th and hope you will too!

  • 17 May 2021 1:51 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    The rain is turning everything green, in a good way! We are so excited about the green grass in the yards, the beautiful flowers blooming, and the promise of lots of vegetables in the gardens. 

    Did you hear the big C5 Transport Plane that flew over the Lee County Veterans Honor Park Dedication on Saturday morning? It was huge and loud and amazing. I have videos on my facebook page of the two passes it made while speeches were being made. The attendance at the event was much larger than was expected but very welcome! The Honor Park is the culmination of many volunteer hours, many volunteer contributions, and many patriotic thoughts and memories. Tears flowed as visitors walked by the completed walls and touched the names of people they love. There is no way to describe how nice it was to see and hug so many of our friends and neighbors!

    Take time to go by and visit the Honor Park. You will be glad you did!


    It is hard to believe but we are only six weeks away from the July 4th holiday weekend. We have a lot of fun things for you to see and do that weekend. Our plan is to publish a calendar of events that will include everything fun to do from Friday evening at the Courthouse Lawn with the Grimes Street Music Fest, until Sunday when the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department presents the annual Fireworks Display.

    You will want to make plans to attend all of these events and maybe even a few more. 


    We are also already working on a plan for Christmas this year. Our plan is to create a Christmas Committee to help plan and execute events and activities. Everyone loves food, shopping, and seeing Christmas lights and decorations, so that is the first order of business. Let's Light It UP! 

    We are also looking to replace the Christmas Angels that hang from the street lights throughout town. Our Christmas Angels have lived a good life and need to retire. We will be discussing what is next for Giddings and their Street Light decor! Come to our meeting, make suggestions, volunteer to participate...  Our community is ready!

  • 04 May 2021 12:25 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    April showers bring May flowers…

    As you drive around out in the county you will see lots of water running into the stock tanks and ditches, We are thankful for all the wonderful, life giving rain. We will see the flowers bloom, grass grow, and mosquitoes become a nuisance again, yet we are thankful. We are so happy to have rain in the spring so that later in the summer our yards will be okay. It is a blessing.

    We are also blessed to be able to have the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 6th on the Lee County Courthouse Square. Bring your lawn chair and come, be part of the Ministerial Alliance’s prayer service. Everyone is welcome to come pray together for our city, county, state, and country. It will be awesome!

    In other news around town, you may have seen something going on around the Wolf’s Grocery Store. Lots of people have great memories of Wolf’s Grocery Store and many were sad when they closed. This week the site was being used for filming.

    The City of Giddings received the Film Friendly designation in January of 2008. We became the second city to receive this designation after Smithville, Texas. Over the years there have been many films here in Giddings. Our office has been working with location scouts for this most recent project for about three years. It takes time to find the right location and then to make it all happen. The Texas Film Commission in the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division has attracted $1.66 billion in local spending and created more than 157,000 production jobs across the state from 2007 to 2020.

    Last year we were very excited to be able to work with The Chef’s Table on their barbeque story featuring Tootsie Tomanetz. It is always a thrill to see the finished product!


    National Day of Prayer
    May 6, 12noon at the Courthouse

    Ribbon Cutting at Busted Oak Cellars
    May 6 at 5pm on Round Top Road

    Lincoln VFD Crawfish Boil
    May 7 at 5:30pm at Lincoln Community Hall

    BBQ on Bun Fundraiser Drive thru
    at the First United Methodist Church

    May 11 from 11am-1pm

    Welcome Back to the Community
    May 11 at 5:30pm, St. Mark's Medical Center Campus

    Job Fair at Giddings Library - Primoris
    May 12

    Job Fair at the Giddings Library
    Texas Juvenile Justice Department

    May 15

    Dedication for Veterans Honor Park
    May 15 at Veteran's Park 10am

    Serbin Picnic
    May 30

    Grimes Street Music Fest - July 2nd
    at the Courthouse Square

    Giddings Sesquicentennial Celebration
    July 2-July 4

Giddings Chamber of Commerce
183 E. Hempstead
Giddings, TX 78942
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