lodging, events, community


  • 03 Nov 2012 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We had a great Chamber Networking Luncheon Friday and heard from several business owners and community leaders about why Giddings is doing great!  Hope you can come to our next Chamber Luncheon in January!

    This weekend should be interesting for businesses along Hwy 290.  Opening of deer season is tomorrow, the races start Friday night in Paige, and the Giddings Buffaloes will challenge Smithville at Buffalo Stadium. 

    BUSY, Busy, Busy! That is all we can say about that!

    Hope you have a truly wonderful weekend.  See you in the neighborhood!

    Upcoming Events

    Monday, Nov. 5
    11:00am - Giddings Economic Development Corporation in Council Chambers
    5:30pm - Country Music Monday at GHS Cafetorium
    7:00pm - City Council Meeting in Council Chambers

    Tuesday, Nov. 6
    7am-7pm - Election Day
    7am-7pm - Mop & Broom Sale at Classic Bank benefiting the Noon Lions Club
    9am-1pm - Election Day Coffee & Plant Sale at Eleanor’s Cottage benefiting the Giddings Garden Club

    Friday, Nov. 9
    10am - Dime Box Schools will welcome Governor Rick Perry

    Saturday, Nov. 10
    6:00pm - 7th Annual Monte Carlo Nite benefiting St. Mark’s Medical Center at the K.C. Hall, LaGrange

    Monday, Nov. 12- Holiday - Veteran’s Day

    Wednesday, Nov. 14
    6-8pm - Juvenile Diabetes Walk at Buffalo Stadium. The community is invited!

    Saturday, Nov. 17
    7-11am - Sips & Sweets at 290 Grind

    Sunday, Nov. 18
    10am - 5pm - Christmas Merry Marketplace Arts & Crafts Show at the Lee County Youth Center

  • 29 Oct 2012 4:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    It is nice and cool outside, beautiful Fall weather.  We are noticing decorations around town and lots of Halloween events coming up this week.

    We have several community reminders for you-

    • Early Voting Start 22 Oct 2012  8:00 AM End 02 Nov 2012  5:00 PM Location Giddings Public Library, 276 N. Orange St. Early Voting. October 22-November 2, Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm at the Giddings Public Library, 276 N. Orange Street, On election day voters must vote in their precinct where they are registered to vote. The Giddings Times & News has more information in their Wed Oct 10th paper.

    • Immanuel Lutheran Fall Festival When 31 Oct 2012  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location Immanuel Lutheran Church on Hwy 77 Immanuel Lutheran Fall Festival at the ILS Gym. Wednesday, Oct 31, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Games, candy, costume parade, cake walk, full concession stand with pizza and hotdogs & popcorn and cotton candy. Come for a fun evening in a safe, positive environment. Ring Toss - Treasure Hunt - Basketball Throw - Wheel of Fortune - Cake Walk - Golf Putting - Plinko - Bean Bag Toss.  2 blocks north of Hwy 290 on Hwy 77. Sponsored by Immanuel PTL and our great business friends. Thank you!
    • Fall Festival - 31 Oct 2012  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Location First Baptist Church, Giddings Fall Festival at the First Baptist Church in Giddings, Wednesday, Oct 31- 5:30pm-7:30pm   >>>> Inflatables - horse rides - hayrides - s'mores - food - trick or treats!   It's free! Come on out and join us on Halloween night.
    • CHAMBER NETWORKING LUNCHEONS RETURN! We will meet at Los Patrones from 11:30 to 1pm.  Bring your business cards and brochures or information about your business.  Come hear the latest on business growth in our community. Lunch is $10 per person.  We meet in the private dining hall.  Call or email to reserve your seat.
    • Chili Supper - Giddings Noon Lions, 02 Nov 2012, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Giddings High School Cafeteria

    • Giddings Noon Lions Club Chili Supper, Friday, November 2, 2012, at the Giddings High School Cafeteria. Serving begins at 4:30pm til 7:15pm. Take-out orders available. Proceeds to benefit GHS Scholarship Funds and other local needs.
    • Ticket price $6.00
  • 23 Oct 2012 8:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Giddings Food Pantry Celebrated it’s 8th year of service to families in the Giddings Area during September.  The Food Pantry, which incorporated as a non-profit Corporation under the name Giddings Area CARE Center, currently distributes free food to over 325 families per month.  During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season the Food Pantry is able to distribute 10 lbs of Chicken leg quarters to each family in addition to the regular food assistance, as a special Holiday gift.

    • ·         The Food pantry operates 2 weekends per month, the 2nd Friday/Saturday weekend and the 4th Friday /Sat Weekend.
    • ·         On the 2nd Friday/Saturday weekend of the month doors open at 7:30 am for folks to get canned goods, dry foods, fresh fruit and vegetables and bread and pastries.
    • ·         On the 4th Friday door open at 1pm for Free Produce.
    • ·         On the 4th Saturday doors open at 730 am for folks over 50 years of age to get shelf stable food.

    The Food Pantry operates thanks to generous donations from the citizens and businesses of the Giddings Area.   

    The Food Pantry is located at 190 N Harris is always welcomes VOLUNTEER HELP and monetary donations.

  • 23 Oct 2012 8:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We want you to see our newest addition to the Museum collection!  Calvin & Brennice Koether are so kind to donate their Southern Pacific Railroad items to the museum.  We are going to honor them with a ROOTIN’ TOOTIN” ROOT BEER FLOAT party!  Jonathan Socha is providing us with some good ole Triple X Root Beer and I will go get some Blue Bell!  

    It will be great to see him with his train at the Union Station Transportation Museum. Calvin worked on the railroad for many, many years.  He would love to see you!




    Friends of the Depot-Giddings, Texas

    & The Giddings Chamber of Commerce


    Invite you to the

    Union Station Transportation Museum for

    Triple XXX Root Beer Floats!


    October 23, 2012 at 2PM

    289 W. Railroad Ave.


    We are going to have a Rootin’ Tootin’ good time!

    Come see the Calvin Koether Collectible Train.

  • 18 Oct 2012 8:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Reminders about the upcoming events this week.

    Upcoming event information:
    Early Voting begins  - Date: 22 Oct 2012 8:00 AM

    Early Voting
    October 22-November 2, Monday through Friday

    At the Giddings Public Library
    276 N. Orange Street

    On election day voters must vote in their precinct where they are registered to vote.

    Round Top State Bank is celebrating 100 Years. Join them for refreshments and hourly door prizes on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 from 9am to 3pm at their Giddings Branch.

    Concord Christian Center Church is hosting a Hamburger Fundraiser on Saturday October 20th from 10am to 2pm at Classic Bank Parking lot. The meal is $6  for hamburger, chips, drink and trimming.

    Chocolate Lover’s Festival will be held in downtown Lexington on Saturday, Oct. 20th. Check out their website for more details. www.lexingtontexas.com

    Lexington Chamber of Commerce invites you to Lexington, Texas for its eighth annual Chocolate Lovers Festival which will be held Downtown on the Square on Saturday, Oct. 20. The theme of the day will be – Chocolate in all its forms.

    No admission fee for the Chocolate Lovers Festival. Small charges for Chocolate Alley, where you can sample and purchase a variety of chocolate goodies; kids games (Plinko, Slip & Slide, Bounce House), and other activities. For more information, reply to this email or call 979-773-4337 or 979-773-9100.

    All the wonderful things that happen in this community can be attributed to small business owners, civic organizations, local shoppers and travelers that pass through Giddings on their way somewhere else. These groups and individuals are what drives our economy.  Each is completely dependent and interdependent upon the other. The ripple effect of how each one affects the other is amazing. 

    We support local businesses, so they can support the civic organizations, so they can support those in need. 

    Small Businesses are the engine that drive the economy. Keeping our shopping dollars local helps our community, our State and our Country!

    There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
    Sam Walton

    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_business.html#w0JKlYX5E6osgEZz.99

  • 15 Oct 2012 3:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    There is great news to share with you this week. 


    There will be some that say that Giddings is an overnight success… well the ten years of hard work that go into making and overnight success can tell you it has been a challenging road.

    However, the reporter was escorted on a full day of discovery and we should see something around April or May.  Print takes time so magazines usually have a two to six month story lead.

    I don’t care which issue as long as the tell our story!

    Next cool thing is that we had a Japanese film crew staying in Giddings on Friday the 12th. They had originally planned to shoot a bit at the calf roping on Saturday but something came up and they had to cancel. However, we did send some visitor packages to their hotel full of great information about our town as well as a few goodies to welcome them. The Japanese love all things Texas; they know about Giddings and no doubt they'll find reasons to return the next time they want to film about Texas smalltown life.

    Remember we have your "Yes! I Built This Business" sign! Show your STRIPES!  Let me know how many you want!

  • 11 Oct 2012 8:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Our community, especially our Chamber member Board of Directors decided to raise the red, white and blue at their places of business to let the world know that small businesses are the engine the powers our community, our state and our country! It is our obligation as Chambers of Commerce to rally our business owners and let them know that we understand their concern and we applaud their efforts!

    Too many people, groups and organizations have chosen the path of least resistance and to not "anger" the public.  I am sorry but if we do not start stepping forward for our small business owners and making a difference, they will close their doors and go home. 

    Our biggest concern at the Chamber is that necessary tax measures may not get passed in time and other government programs may go through that will strangle every mom & pop business in America.  I am afraid they will make the decision to close the doors before they have to give every dime they make to the government for taxes and fees. 

    It is horrible to think of the ripple effect that this will cause across every small town in America!  I can do the math and the ramifications are apocalyptic.

    Our community is proud to Show Their Stripes! at their place of business.  Your cover says vote for jobs, but the real more important issue is we must vote for entrepreneurs, mom & pops, and every business owner that employees someone! 

    In the future we must remember to elect only people who have owned a business, paid a payroll and worried about customers, community or employees before they serve in any office.

    Yours in service to my community,

    Denice Harlan, Executive Director

  • 11 Oct 2012 8:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Take time from your busy schedule to drop by some of these great events!  You will meet new people, make new connections and develop wonderful business relationships when you spend time networking.

    See you in the neighborhood!

    Thursday – Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Parkside Apartments at 3:30pm. Meet owner/operator Malcolm Fleet and take a tour of this newly renovated property. The apartments are located right next to Veteran’s Park on North Joekel Street.

    Saturday – Golf Tournament at Giddings Municipal Golf Course, benefiting the Beau Diddle Scholarship Fund.


    We are pleased to have the “Yes! I Built This Business!” signs available at the Chamber office.  They come in 12x18 Coroplast for $10 and in the 3x6in sticker for $1.50, for your desktop or notebook.  We will have them for a limited time.  Let us know how many you would like and we will deliver them with the wire to your place of business.

    Quote for the day - The father of electronic gaming, Nolan Bushnell, invented Pong, then founded Atari with a $500 budget in 1972 and sold it to Times Warner four years later for $28 million. As of 1998, Bushnell had founded 18 companies, including popular chain restaurant empire Chuck E. Cheese. His thoughts on entrepreneur motivation and success: "The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer."

    Have a great week!

  • 21 Sep 2012 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings Friends & Neighbors!

    We have a full schedule of events and activities for you to put on your calendar.  You have to only look around this great community to find something to suit your taste!  We are fortunate to live in an active, thriving city that supports many organizations and groups.  We hope you find something fun today as we blast into FALL!  SO EXCITED IT IS COOL!


    September 22 – Lions Club Brain Power Five & Dime 5K/10K Run Walk for Alzheimer’s Research at the Giddings Municipal Golf Course starting at the clubhouse at 8am.

    September 23 – Wendish Fest in Serbin at the Serbin Picnic Grounds. Church service starts at 8:30am and begins the day’s festivities.

    September 25 – the vendors will begin rolling in for the Round Top Arts & Crafts events that will bring 1000’s to Giddings


    October 2 – Walk IN Coffee and SO Much more at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall from 9am to 1pm.  These ladies can cook!

    October 2 – New Horizons Lions Club of Giddings will celebrate their 25th Anniversary at the Lion’s Den. Tickets available from Denice Harlan.

    October 4 – Community Blood Drive will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Fellowship Hall from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Sponsored by the New Horizons Lions Club.

    October 5-6 – Dime Box Mini Marathon and Black Bridge Festival

    October 6-7 – Tough Mudder in Paige

    October 9 – The Pink Ribbon Affair benefiting the Lee County Area Cancer Resource Center will host their annual event at the

    American Legion Hall. Doors open at 5:30pm.

    Shop local and support Giddings & its many unique events & activities!

  • 10 Sep 2012 5:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    It is very busy this time of year! Thank goodness for the cooler weather and a nice breeze.  We have been visited by hummingbirds and butterflies here at the office.  It is so wonderful to look out the window and see the beauty of our world taking time to smell the flowers.

    We will have the Circus this week and the Texas Word Wrangler Festival and then on Sunday there is the Bull Ball in the Fall out at the Rodeo Arena.  There is the Fire Department Golf Tournament and a Water Forum too. 

    Busy, busy, busy.  And don’t forget the Rotary Club of Giddings is sponsoring a golf tournament, we have the Family Crisis Center Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening, and the Brain Power Fun Run.

    September 11th – Patriot Day - GVFD Golf Tournament – Sept. 11th at Giddings Public Golf Course (all day)

    September 12th – George Carden Super Spectacular Circus at the Lee County Fair Grounds(Lee County Sheriff’s Posse Arena) 5pm and 7:15 performances

    September 13th – Texas Word Wrangler Gala at the Giddings Public Library at 7pm

    September 14th – Texas Word Wrangler Festival at the Giddings Public Library from 9am to 5pm. 25 Texas authors will be on hand to visit, talk about books and sign copies.

    September 16th – Bull Ball in the Fall Bull Fighting at the Lee County Sheriff’s Posse Covered Arena, Gates open at 4pm.

    September 18th – Water Forum in Bastrop at 7pm

    September 20th – Rotary Club of Giddings Annual Golf Tournament at the Giddings Public Golf Course.

    September 21st – Ribbon Cutting for Family Crisis Center in their newly renovated facility.(the old sheriff’s office)

    September 22nd – Brain Power 5K & 10K Fun Run/Walk. Sponsored by the New Horizons Lions Club at the Giddings Public Golf Course.

    September 23rd – Texas Wendish Fest at the picnic grounds in Serbin all day long.

    We want to remind you about the upcoming Wendish Fest that is held annually out in Serbin.  The Wendish Fest is a traditional Wendish festival with all the activities that you would have done as a family back in the early days.  Join the Serbin community as they celebrate their history and heritage.


    Texas Wendish Fest



    8:30 am English Service

    9:30 am Bible Class & Sunday School

    9:45 am Noon meal ticket sales begin

    10:00 am Welcome & Table Prayer

    10:00-2:30 Silent Auction

    10:00-3:00 Easter Egg Decorating

    10:30 am German Service

    11:15-2:15 Kovanda’s Czech Band

    12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 pm Church Tours

    1:30 pm Noodle Making at the Pavilion

    1:30 pm Children’s Coloring Contest

    2:00 pm Sausage Stuffing at the Pavilion

    2:00 pm Washer Pitching

    2:30 pm Snack Booths Open

    3:00 pm Special Entertainment

    4:45 pm Cross-Cut Saw Contest

    Other Events & Demonstrations:

    *Quilting *Stone Ground Corn Meal *Sauerkraut Making

    *Old Farm Equipment *By-Gone Years *Blacksmithing

    *Central Texas Old Iron Collector’s Tractor Exhibit

    *Classic Auto Display *Train Rides by SLCVFD

    *Moon Walk *Face Painting

    *’’Kletternpfosten” (Greased Pole Climbing) *Stick Horse Races

    *Sale of Heritage or “pass along” plants

    Hope you have a great week!


Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce                               Phone: (979) 542-3455
Mailing address: PO Box 52, Giddings TX 78942      

Temporary physical location: H&R Block office, 761 E. Austin (Hwy 290), Giddings TX 78942

Chamber email:  chambergiddings@gmail.com            Tourism email:   giddingschamber@gmail.com

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