From Staff Reports

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April 23 – Cassaro Winery hosts Olive Oil and Wine Pairing from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – The Cassaro Olive Oil and Wine Pairing Tasting event features four imported olive oils paired with award-winning Cassaro wine, and guests will enjoy olive oil-based dishes to complete the pairing. Bottles will be available for purchase – no need to go to Italy!  Tickets are available on Eventbrite here:

April 24 – Storefront, in collaboration with the Corsicana Public Library, also welcomes children’s author and illustrator Kaz Windneaa to share her insights on how to get published, with helpful tips and hints, and sign her book, Worm and Caterpillar Are Friends. This is a free event. – 4 p.m. – 200 W. Commerce Street at Fifth Avenue.

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April 27 – Kerens Library 11th Annual Author’s Luncheon – 12 p.m. – Kerens Ex-Student Association building, 201 SW Second Street in downtown Kerens. Speaker is Kay Seamayer also know as Granny Globetrotter. She co-authored a book with her husband, Rudy Seamayer, of his courageous fight for survival during and after World War II on coming to America from Yugoslavia. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased by calling the Kerens Library, 903-396-3025, paying with credit card and ticket will be at “will call” at the door. Tickets may also be purchased from Library board members. No tickets will be sold at the door. Lunch will be catered by KESA Cooking Team. Her book will also be for sale at $15 a copy. Door prizes also. Any additional questions, please call Sue Armstrong at 214-232-2192

Derrick Days Sip & Stroll – 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Downtown Corsicana

April 28 – Derrick Days Block Party – 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – Corner of Twelfth and Collin Street in Downtown Corsicana

City of Rice Farmer’s Market – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Rice

April 29 – Derrick Days – All Day – Downtown Corsicana – For full schedule of events, check out this article.

Braniff International Flight 352 Texas State Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony – The historical marker site in Dawson

There are two events beginning with the Family and Staff Luncheon at the First Baptist Church in Dawson, beginning at 12 p.m. – This complimentary lunch is hosted by the Lion’s Club of Dawson. At the conclusion of this event at 1:30 p.m., everyone can board the Dawson ISD school bus for transport to the site, which is less than a mile east of town. Attendees can also drive their vehicles to the site, but will have to park on the roadside. 

The second event, hosted by Braniff International and Braniff Airways Foundation, is the Texas Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony, beginning at 2 p.m. and will last about an hour. Several guest speakers and presenters will be in attendance.

For more information, visit the Braniff International website. Tickets can be purchased here.

Storefront art and bookstore will feature authors for conversation and book signings surrounding Open Studios and the 10th Anniversary of Independent Bookstore Day Saturday, April 29.  Authors Elissa Altman (Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing)  and Leigh N. Gallagher  (Who You Might Be) will read from their latest works at 1 p.m. at a reception in their honor. This is a free event.

100 West will host Open Studios. – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – 100 W. Beaton Street – Featured artists are:

ELISSA ALTMAN Newtown, Connecticut
JOHNNY DEFEOArroyo Hondo, New Mexico
LEIGH N. GALLAGHERPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Mathilde Lavenne, Sunspots, watercolor, 2023. – Courtesy photo

Anteroom – 12 p.m. to 4p.m. – 411 N. Beaton Street – Installed 1/16th scale model by Ron Maxfield of the now 100 West / then Odd Fellows Lodge as it stood 1890s in Corsicana celebrating 175 years this year.

Sculpture of the Odd Fellows Lodge as it stood 1890s, created by Ron Maxwell – Courtesy photo

Derrick Days Adoption Event – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Located in the grassy area next to Chase Bank drive-thru.


May 2How to Protest Your Property Appraisal lecture – 6 p.m. – Lone Star Cowboy Church of Navarro County, located at 4495 W. State Hwy 22 in Corsicana. The free event is hosted by Chris Woolsey, Corsicana City Councilman, Pct. 3.

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May 5 – Food Truck Friday (Cinco de Mayo celebration) – Downtown Corsicana – A special Cinco de Mayo themed Food Truck Friday is coming may 5 with live music, games, face painting and more. Special appearances from CISD programs, Fannin Art Department and CHS World Dance Class, will also be part of the event.

Oakwood Odyssey, Historically Speaking, seated performance 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, Corsicana Public Library. Saturday, May 6, walking tours at Oakwood Cemetery starts at 5:30 p.m. and continues at 15-minute intervals until 7:00 p.m.  Call 903-654-4808 for ticket information.

This year the Genealogy Department is celebrating 175 years of Corsicana Historically Speaking. Entities it takes to make a community grow will be highlighted. Its people, medical, education, religion, government, architect, businesses, and special to Corsicana, oil stories will be brought to life through first-person presentations. 

May 6 – Free Comic Book Day – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Presented by OilTown Comics, located at 520 W. First Avenue in Corsicana. For more information, check out the official Free Comic Book Day website.

May 10 – Mommy and Me Storytime Event – 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 10 – William Marsh Rice Public Library, located at 305 N. Dallas Street in Rice. In honor of Mother’s Day coming up, the library is having a special Storytime event.

May 19Golf Classic presented by Community National Bank & Trust of Texas

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