To the Editor,

This year’s Gingerbread Trail fundraiser for the Ellis County Museum was a very successful event for the museum and for the city. A large number of people came to Waxahachie to explore and enjoy the many things going on during the weekend. We are thrilled with the support of the community!

It is important to thank everyone who helped make this possible starting with the homeowners themselves: Brad and Lorinda Yates, Keith and Paula Cole, Curtiss Thompson, Jane Wedding and Bruce Rust. All of the homes were very special, and they were very generous to open them to the public.

In addition to a tour of five fabulous, historic homes, we had the 80-year celebration of Ferris Heights United Methodist Church, Midlothian Classic Wheels, Downtown Farmers Market, courthouse tours, a beautiful quilt donated by Common Threads to offer chances for, WDMA sponsored children’s tea party and music at the courthouse. Many downtown merchants extended their business hours for all the visitors.

Many individuals, companies and groups helped immensely. Sponsors were Living Magazine, The Waxahachie Daily Light, Now Magazine ,HEB, Fresh Market, Boze Mitchell McKibbon Funeral Home, Ellis County Abstract, Jim Pitts, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Simpson, Town Square Title, Common Threads, Donnie and Holly Willig, Heidi and Matthew Perkins, Tina Bohlman, KBEC Radio and CNB of Texas. Thanks also to Merchants Inn for donating a free weekend to a lucky Trail guest winner.

Others who helped were the Southwest Assemblies of God University, the Salvation Army, the Ellis County Art Association, Historic Waxahachie, Inc., The Chamber of Commerce, Eubanks Florist, Fresh, The Farm Girls, Blooms & More, Out of the Box, College Street Pub, The Dove’s Nest, WISD bus drivers, Quickway Signs, and the Friends of Old Time Music.

In addition, museum curator Shannon Simpson, Ellis County Museum Board Members, John Hamilton, The Charmers under the direction of Erica Wilcox, Laurie Mosley of the Convention & Visitors Bureau and all of the volunteers during the home tour.

The city of Waxahachie provided support and help with city manager, Paul Stevens, the Police and Fire Departments, John Smith of the Parks & Recreation Department, Street Department and Wally Mendez of the Downtown Department.

A very special thanks to David and Paula Hudgins, who opened their home for the trail preview party. To Vicki Parker and Deb Rupp, who made the trail party a huge success. To my support group, Heidi Perkins and Linda Henry…thank you! A special nod to the President of the Museum, Glinda Felty, she makes it all work!

It was a great time and this trail boss is already working on our 50th anniversary of Gingerbread Trail 2018. It is already shaping up to be the best yet with a few special surprises!

Beth Young, Waxahachie