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October 29th, 2009
Old Town Gift Emporium plans celebration

Participants at last year’s Dia de los Muertos celebration.


The Old Town Gift Emporium will be celebrating its one year anniversary with a Dia de los Muertos event on Nov. 7 from 2-9 p.m. at the corner of Main and Center streets in Kyle.

Last year the celebration was a gift to the city of Kyle in thanks for the city’s welcome for the new store.

“This year, we  wanted to continue the tradition with a bigger and better festival,” said John Hawn, Manager and Owner of The Old Town Gift Emporium.  “So,  we sought out partners to make that happen.  We appreciate Kyle new comers Seton Medical Center Hays and United Heritage Credit Union for eagerly jumping  on board to make this event possible.”

Said Michele Gonzalez, Director of Major Gifts for the Seton Hays Foundation. “We have felt so incredibly welcomed by the community. So, what better way to recognize that welcoming spirit than give back and support what promises to be a fun, family-friendly event.”

Seton and United Heritage each plan to open their doors just before this year’s street party and are working very hard to make that happen.

“United Heritage Credit Union is proud to be a part of this year’s event and to be a part of such a strong community,” said United Heritage Marketing Director Jenny Laudadio. “We have been so graciously welcomed into the community and are anxiously awaiting a fun day of celebration with fellow newcomer Seton Medical Center Hays.”

The Dia de los Muertos Celebration will feature the music of Spencer Thomas and his band, along with the Hays Middle School All-District Mariachi, and folk dancing. The students of Blanco Vista Elementary will also participate. The event includes education about the tradition of Dia de los Muertos.

Sponsors for the celebration send out an open invitation to non-profit organizations to set up booths to sell food and other items as a fund-raising opportunity for the groups.  There will be a nominal fee for the booth space, $25 for non-profit organizations and $50 for any others, space permitting.  Prizes will be awarded to the “Best Dressed” Booths — $250 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third.

Volunteers are needed to coordinate the festival. Johnell Huebner of Clearly Classy Events is managing the event. All those interested in purchasing a booth or to volunteer should contact Johnell at or call (512) 659-9571.

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