Thursday, April 17, 2014

Calvert Texas, an Artsy Sort of Town…

 

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A former co-worker and good friend of Sharon’s, Cindy, called us one afternoon and told us that she was going to be part of an art show in the sleepy little town of Calvert, Texas. It  is about 40 miles west of where we are staying and the only things we remembered about this little town were that it was a good place to shop for antiques and it was one of the worst speed traps in Texas. But we knew we might not see Cindy and her husband Jim unless we went to show and we also wanted to see her most recent artwork.

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So off we went down Highway 6 through the town of Hearne and on to Calvert. The wildflowers were still in peak display which made the drive over rather enjoyable. We intentionally arrived in town about an hour or more before the art show since I also remembered that the old buildings in Calvert were interesting and I wanted to look them over more closely.

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As we strolled around town Calvert’s history was unveiled in its architecture and historical plaques. It was founded in 1868 by a large plantation owner that brought the railroad through town. The city of Calvert was initially known for cotton farms and their splendid southern plantations. The town grew as many businesses moved into town and by the late 1800’s it was bustling with activity. During the 1900’s, though, the town began to shrink and now Calvert has a population of less than 1200. Today the old businesses house mostly antiques and collectibles stores and art galleries as it has now become known more as an antique and artist center.

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Since it was after 5:00 p.m. most shops were closed but we enjoyed a stroll around the town reading about the history of Calvert on the historical plaques posted in front of numerous buildings. Each building reflected the ravages of time on their exteriors resulting in some very photogenic opportunities. We even stumbled upon a newly opened pub, The Rusty Duck, displaying its open sign so we wandered in to check out this little establishment. The owner served us a cold beverage along with some great conversation.  He told us a little more history of Calvert and his experiences living there. The owner confirmed that Calvert is still a speed trap and told us that some of the stores in town will, with the proof of what you paid for your ticket, extend that same discount to whatever you buy in the store.  We really enjoyed meeting the owner and his wife who arrived late. This particular evening was also pickers night as a fellow was warming up his guitar so we spoke with him a while too. We imagine this bar is definitely the place to be for relaxing after work and on weekends in Calvert.

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College Station TX part 5 022As it neared 6:30 we crossed the busy road, state highway 6, that bisects the downtown in half. The Gallery was hosting the art exhibit and the gathering of people outside the door told us the show was going strong. We entered and found our friend's artwork and while perusing art Cindy was spotted so we were able to rekindle our friendship with her and Jim with hugs. We had fun quickly catching up on each other's news since we last met. It is always great to see old friends especially when they exude happiness. With snacks and wine provided by the art show we chatted and mingled at the event. Cindy’s art was the best in the show in our opinion and right before we left she sold one of her more expensive pieces. We wished her continued success in her art but it was time to leave…

Calvert is still a sleepy little town but there are those residents that continue to give it a great little buzz…

10 comments:

  1. Finally getting caught up on folks blogs... Love the wildflowers from a blog or two back... we're seeing much the same over here at Glen Rose. I love those old artsy-fartsy towns... so much character! Hope you're not getting rained on today... good weather has to come soon!

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    1. rain came late here just after dark...

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  2. We'll have to check Calvert out and maybe Dan can jam!

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    1. oh yeah... Dan would have fit in just fine...

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  3. Never heard of Calvert. But gotta love those blue bonnets in this area of the country. We are currently gate guarding in Centerville (about 80 miles north of Conroe). Not seeing a whole lot of blue bonnets here. But working as we do, no time to site see anyway.

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    1. it is funny that the sandier soils in east Texas just don't seem to be good for the bluebonnets...

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  4. Looks like a really interesting little town.

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  5. Looks like a very interesting place to visit. Your photos are great.

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  6. I like sleepy little towns. This one looks like a nice little place to visit.

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  7. First of all, this is a lovely image. Found it looking for sleepy little towns and took to it as soon as I saw it, and I was wondering if I could use it, linking back here of course, for a roleplay I'll be doing online with some friends?

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