Coupland Farmers’ and Artisan Market
David Harrison, the Manager of the new Coupland Farmers’ and Artisan Market says, “We have several market days under our belt so far, with several vendors participating every week. We operate rain or shine. High winds may cause us to remove our canopies, but we're still open for business every Sunday starting at noon.”
The Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall is now open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. while the market is open and offers lunch, treats and refreshments.
Owner Abbey Road notes, “The restaurant is open for lunch on Sundays. Also, brownies and jerky and cold beer in the dancehall.”
Sometimes there is live music in the dancehall. Customers can eat lunch outside on the new Depot picnic tables donated by Barbara Piper and Becky Sutton.
“Thank you Barbara and Becky, and thank you Coupland Mayor Jack Piper and Russell Schmidt for assembling them.”
David’s Studio Farm donated a $100 grand prize egg for the Easter Egg hunt. The golden egg was found by Valentina and her brother.
On April 18, Wild Things Zoofari came to the market with a petting zoo at noon and a live animal show at 3 p.m.
David, market manager of the Coupland Farmers’ and Artisan Market, comments, “I believe that I speak for all of the vendors when I say we're happy to be here, and we look forward to getting you fresh, creative, and exciting new items, making your outdoor market shopping experience its best.”
The market is sponsored by the Coupland Civic Organization, the Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall, and David's Studio Farm.
The website is www.couplandfarmersmarket.com.
Construction on the new facilities has made quite a bit of progress. Kindergarten and first-grade classes will move into their new classrooms in May, and the new gym is almost complete. Next year the school will have six new teaching positions, pre-K through fifth, plus a new assistant principal.
The PTA is offering personalized bricks that will be installed at the new site. Each brick can have up to three lines of text, with 18 characters per line. Each brick is $50. Please order at http://www.couplandpta.square.site.
The school celebrated the annual Kids’ Jump Rope for Heart Challenge, “Slime Time,” March 25. Mr. Brinkman and Ms. Violette were “slimed” in front of the library by students who met their goal marks. Those students were Callie Cain, Julia Mitri, Callie Luce, Charley Ging, Landry Middaugh and Logan Middaugh. Coach Kyle Rinderknecht sponsored this campaign, and proceeds go to the American Heart Association.
Coupland’s Student Council sponsored a Spring Fling Dance March 26. Eighth grade graduation will be held Thursday, May 27, at 7 p.m. in the gym (COVID permitting).
On March 30, Coupland School’s seventh and eighth grade track team, guided by Coach Stayci Burris and Rinderknecht, competed at the district track meet against Gause and Westphalia. Overall, Coupland Track placed second for the girls and third for the boys.
Teacher Kathy Hill reports, “Coupland’s Fine Arts Department performed the musical, ‘Rock of Ages - Middle School Edition,’ Friday, April 9, and Tuesday, April 13, to sold-out audiences as a farewell to the old main gym.”
Kudos to fine arts director, music director, and choreographer Annie Violette, along with Victoria Wallin-Chaney, Jessica Larson, Kathy Hill and Crystal Ward, who led this troupe to stellar performances.
Coupland Volunteer Fire Department
The Coupland Volunteer Fire Department had a very successful chili supper fundraiser Saturday, March 27, even though it was a drive-thru event with no silent auction.
There were two drive-thru lanes through the fire station bays with the pots of chili in the middle. For donations, firefighters served their homemade chili with cornbread and dessert.
Assistant Chief John Roulston-Bates says, “Thank you to everyone who came to the chili supper drive-thru. We served around 300 portions and sold out in 90 minutes. We hope to see y'all in person in 2022.”
Williamson County ESD#10, which includes Coupland and Thrall, has founded a new fire academy to train local volunteer firefighters. The academy will be operated by Coupland and Thrall volunteers, along with instructors from ESD#6, Weir VFD, city of Taylor Fire Department, and Hutto Fire Rescue. Much of the training will take place at the Coupland Fire Station.
St. Peter’s Church of Coupland
Indoor services have resumed at St. Peter’s, social distancing and masks are recommended. St. Peter’s welcomes all at 10:15 a.m. each Sunday. The services continue to be broadcast to the parking lot on 106.7 FM radio for those who prefer to remain in their cars.
St. Peter’s is saddened to announce that Pastor Martin Garrison and his wife Emily will be leaving St. Peter’s, effective June 30. They will be greatly missed in the church and in the community.
New Sweden Church
New Sweden is resuming its regular schedule. The women's bible study will start meeting again at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday evening in May.
Also starting in May, the Swedish Interest Group will meet the first Monday of the month. New Sweden will celebrate Mother's Day with a breakfast at 9:30 a.m. before the worship service. Also beginning in May is fellowship potluck Sunday, the fourth Sunday following worship services. The church plans to continue this schedule for June and to have a breakfast for Father's Day prior to worship service.
This year marks the 145th anniversary of the New Sweden Evangelical Lutheran Church congregation. Each month, the foundation center has a new historic display.
In April, the display showed how the pipes to the current church organ that is still in use today were hauled by mule and wagon from the Manor train station.
Charlene Hanson Jordan has been working tirelessly to get a historical marker for the old community of Post Oak Island.
She is now able to announce, “The Texas Historical Commission’s newly-cast historical marker for Post Oak Island will be placed near the Type Cemetery marker. They complement each other and it will be easy to stop to read the text on each.” The dedication is tentatively set for April 23, 2022, and the ceremony will probably take place inside the Type Church.
Jordan adds, “There should also be a new book about the societal changes at Post Oak Island.”
Type Church held a workday/spring cleaning day on Saturday, April 10. The church is
starting Sunday Potluck and a new series on the Holy Spirit. The Church meets at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday at 1200 County Road 466, about five miles east-southeast of Coupland. Masks and social distancing are maintained.
Communion is the first Sunday of every month. Bible study is on Wednesdays with fellowship at 6 p.m. and study at 6:30 p.m. To reach Pastor Terrence Kennedy, email email@example.com or phone 512-599-7761. See the Church Facebook: Type,Church.1 to listen to sermons.
Art news in Coupland
Coupland artist Letitia Eldredge notes that Jim Huntington, Coupland sculptor, celebrated his 80th birthday this year.
“Yet,” Eldredge says, “as Jim adds with verve, Huntington Foundation on April 11 installed three new granite carvings in his sculpture garden at Hoxie and Broad Street. With expert help from Tod Griffin of Veterans Landscapes their task went like clockwork.”
Eldredge recommends a stroll among these many enticing sculptures. Huntington also has just received 43,000 pounds of uncut stone from Colorado ready to be turned into more sculptures.
Eldredge also reports that Coupland artist Peter Julian has produced a series of new gouache paintings.
She comments, “These mid-sized full color works explore botanical themes comprising a fascinating series.”
Taylor’s Judy Blundell has announced the opening of "The Colors of Revival 2021" at Gallery 120Art in Taylor, which includes paintings by Adam Davenport, John Malcolm McCrea and Eldredge.
Eldredge says, “A featured display of elaborate beaded jewelry by Katie Gates fills out this exhibit at 120Art Taylor through the first week of June.”
Coupland designer and sculptor Wells Mason has been named to the Board of Directors of the Texas Sculpture Group (TSG), a non-profit arts organization that promotes contemporary sculpture, educates the public regarding the aesthetics of sculpture, and promotes and supports sculptors in Texas and beyond.
According to the TSG announcement, “He has already made a huge impact with his enthusiasm and work for the TSG! You know his work from previous TSG shows (the Umasi tables!).” Wells is a multi-faceted artist who works in wood and metal. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums around the country, and his work has been featured in countless regional, national, and international publications. Recently he was selected for the 2020 Edition of the London International Creative Competition in the Product Category for The Umasi Collection.