The Athens Cain Center are on track to host several new events in the near future.
Over the next five months, the civic center will play host to the first ever bridal show, a “Day of Weddings,” the 25th Annual Athens Triathlon and the first annual Texas Swing Music Festival.
“We do look at ways for the Cain Center to make money,” Marsha Colbert, executive director of the center, said. “But more than that we want to host things that people enjoy and will come out and bring their families to. Events that will bring people to Athens from all over.”
Saturday, Jan. 30, the All Things Bridal Show will be in the multi-purpose room on the upper level of the center. There will be every type of vendor that has to do with the wedding, honeymoon, bridesmaids and wedding party.
Caterers, photographers, cake specialists, dress shops and clothing stores will all be represented at the show. There is scheduled to be a fashion show, door prizes and even a tea room that will serve lunch.
The bridal show is sponsored by Tilo’s Restaurant and Red Hat Rentals.
If you don’t need much planning for your wedding, or don’t like to plan at all, you will want to make your way to the Day of Weddings, on Feb. 13 at the Cain Center.
This is an all exclusive package for you to get married or renew your vows right before Valentine’s Day. The wedding ceremony and reception are included in the package.
Provided for you will be a minister, photographer and cake and punch. All you need to bring with you and your fiancé is a marriage license, and at least two witnesses.
“This will be like the Las Vegas Wedding Chapels,” Colbert said. “We will have everything for them. On one side of the room there will be the wedding area, and on the other side will be the cake and punch for the reception. All they will have to do is show up and get married. No planning involved.”
“We really think this would be good for couples who want to renew their wedding vows right before Valentine’s Day,” Events Coordinator Pat Gresham said. “This makes it great for people who don’t want to plan a wedding.”
Colbert said couples will have to call and reserve their time. No walk-ins will be accepted.
“We need to know how many we are going to have and what times they will be coming so we can have everything ready,” she said.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Athens Triathlon. The event is scheduled for March 6 at the bottom level of the Cain Center pool area.
The race, which puts together a swim, bike ride and run, has had some of the top athletes in the world compete here.
“Lance Armstrong raced four or five times in this race early in his career,” Colbert said. “I think he still holds the record for the best time.”
Gresham said they expect almost 500 for this year’s race — up from last year.
“This race grows every year,” Gresham said. “This is one of the smaller triathlons and it is at the start of the race season, so we attract a lot of athletes.”
The big event that Colbert and Gresham are bragging about is the first ever Texas Swing Music Festival. This will be the day after the Fiddlers Contest and Reunion Memorial weekend.
“This is going to be a huge deal for Athens, “ Colbert said. “We’re going to have the Cain Center grounds covered with everything from painters, sculptors, artists of all kinds that teach their crafts, with plenty of food, music and fun for the whole family.”
There will be two stages of music outside and one inside the main hall, with music going all day long. Texas State Champion Fiddler Dennis Ludiker will be on hand performing as well as giving music seminars on music and fiddle playing.
Some of the bands from the Fiddlers Contest are scheduled to play on the band stands at the Cain Center.
“We are also going to have a dance contest for adults and children alike,” Colbert said. “This is something we want all the Texas Swing fans that come to the square on Friday to stay around and come to the Cain Center on Saturday for more music and fun.”
“We have more planning to do, but we would like for this to grow into a huge festival where people look forward to like they do the Old Fiddlers Reunion.”
Colbert said she is working closely with Mary Ensign, who is in charge of the Fiddlers Contest, to put together old photos and films from the past Fiddlers Reunions on the square to be shown in the lobby of the Cain Center.
For more information on all of these events contact Colbert or Gresham at 903-677-2000.
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