On Thursday evening, the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library will be the site of a celebration titled “El Camino De Los Tejas in Bee County” (“The King’s Highway of Texas in Bee County”).
Guest speakers Christopher Talbot, Steven Gonzales and Gary Dunnam, educators and historians, and folk singer Robert Ojeda will be featured at 5:30 p.m. at the downtown symposium and fajita festival.
The newly designated El Camino Real del los Tejas National Historic Trail was originally established to connect a series of missions and posts between Monclova, Mexico, and Los Adaes, the first capital of the province of Texas (in what is now northwestern Louisiana) during the Spanish Colonial Period from 1690 to 1821. One portion of the trail, the Lower Road, reportedly came through Bee County.
The event is being sponsored by the library and Bee County Historical Commission with the Bee County Chamber of Commerce assisting.
Also, an El Camino Real photo exhibit will be displayed at the library that evening and continuing until May 26.
Those who love Texas history or who want to gain a better understanding of the cultural and natural history of the area are encouraged to attend.
Then on Friday the focus shifts to Veterans Memorial Stadium at A.C. Jones High School for the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life.
The popular family-style observance kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday with the opening ceremony at the stadium. The survivors lap begins at 7:30 p.m. with the deeply emotional luminarias ceremony planned for 9 o’clock. If previous years are an indication, many tears will be shed and hugs exchanged.
NormaGrace Flores, chairman of this year’s Relay in Beeville, said, “Relay is important for so many people for so many reasons.”
“Everyone has their own story and their own reasons to Relay,” including those who celebrate loved ones who have defeated cancer and others who remember those who have lost their courageous battle.
The 527 registered participants have already raised more than $35,000 for the ACS this year, with more money coming in from on-site fundraisers.
A more worthy cause is difficult to imagine. Someday cancer will be conquered, but until then, our community (and many others) will Relay with love!
– Chip Latcham