Enjoy Autumn in Winnsboro
The lovely town of Winnsboro is a treat to visit any time of the year but as autumn leaves start to turn delicious shades of red and gold along the surrounding country roads the townsfolk take every opportunity to enjoy it while it lasts.
The Winnsboro Center for the Arts offers numerous exhibits this season and The Bowery Stage presents listening room concerts with popular performers from all over Texas and beyond. Visitors enjoy staying over a day or so in nearby historic bed and breakfasts and there are several award-winning places to dine, grab a cup of espresso, experience unique shopping, and even relax at the day spa.
The farmer’s market held from 8 a.m. to Noon every Saturday on Market Street downtown is so much more than the average spread of squash, peas and tomatoes. It’s a weekly celebration of bounty, recipes, home-baked breads, honey, jams, wines, cheeses, music, and more.
Special events take place throughout the season starting with the 56th Annual Autumn Trails. Visitors enjoy the breathtaking country trails surrounding the town and numerous activities throughout the month of October featuring Queen Autumn Trails coronation, tractors, arts and crafts, parade, dominoes, cookout and pie baking contest, barn dance, horses and wagons trail rides, trade days and swap meet, antique and classic cars, sidewalk sales, and more.
On October 11 Winnsboro Main Street and HAWKS Gun Club present the 2014 Winnsboro Classic Car Cruise-In featuring more than 100 cars strolling about town and winning awards. Car enthusiasts of all ages enjoy checking out the retro rides and many a hood gets popped open for a peak inside as stories of the “good old days” fill the air.
November 8 and 9 finds the downtown area filled with one of the best fine art markets in the Upper East Side of Texas. A juried art event, the weekend features fine art from artists all over the country to include paintings, photography, sculpture, metal work, fiber and jewelry. A special “Art of Taste” tent features educational seminars on cheeses, wines and cigars and another, “Our Town First” shares information on Winnsboro attractions, shops, restaurants, and other community services as well as features local talent, singers and songwriters that set the mood with live jazz and classical music. Local growers of organic meats and foods from the farmer’s market are also on hand.
This year the art market introduces their first annual “Holiday Turkey Cook-Off” with prizes going to the Best Turkey and Best Looking Holiday Attire.
Other activities during the art market include an authors’ showcase and art exhibit at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, a silent auction, a wine and cheese extravaganza, live music, local wineries tastings, and more.
Rounding out the season, The Legends of Crossroads present Winnsboro Wild West Days November 15 and 16 at Jack Cross Pavilion in Winnsboro City Park. Throughout the weekend reenactors colorfully show the history of the Old West and the town that originally was named Crossroads. A Reenactment Guild of America (RGA) sanctioned competition takes place along with historic portrayals and shootouts and food and other vendors are on site.
To learn more about Winnsboro and all their autumn offerings, start with www.winnsboroonlineguide.com, explore their individual websites and social networks, and make plans to experience a million kodak moments.