Mineral Wells Index
By Betty Allison | Special to the Index
GORDON – A Gordon Gala was celebrated Dec. 30 at the New York Hill Restaurant. This was an attempt to recognize Gordonites that have contributed to the betterment of Gordon.
So many people give of their time, talents and generosity that Mayor Lillie Petty wanted to honor them in some way. (The problem with having a limited number of people invited was sure to leave out ones that should have been included). Hopefully, this will be annual event as Gordon grows.
Bonnie Dickson was honored by being declared the “Person of the Year.” With her artistic talent, she (and others) painted a beautiful mural on the “old” grocery store wall (now Back Street Bakery). Those of you who have been to our library are amazed at our walls (and ceiling) that Bonnie made to look like a sunset with its colorful rays extending to the front of the building. For the new community center, Bonnie painted a 5-by-6 canvas of Gordon’s “Mama Tree” – a massive work of art. It will grace one of the walls with plaques near by to recognize contributors to this worthy project.
Recognized and praised for their work in keeping the city “on track” and overseeing the new sewer project were Barbara and Kenneth Epperson, Debbie Stowe and Bill James.
Mayor Petty praised Pat Sublett for having served Gordon as mayor so well for 10 years. She thanked him for leaving the city in such good condition.
The city council and Development Corporation Board were recognized for their service to the community along with many guests who have given their time and support to many Gordon projects.
In a previous column, I wrote about our new located bakery. Back Street Bakery, across from the bank, is owned by Bill and Carol Reed. They make and distribute around 6,000 fried pies a week. Their bakery part is located in the back of their building, which left the section “up front.” This has gradually become a restaurant. It has always been a dream of Carol’s that she would someday have a restaurant – now her dream has come to pass. They serve breakfast items as well as lunch. They are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Tuesday.
The room adjoining the restaurant has been set up with a stage. Max Wheeler and a group have been getting together on Thursday nights at Dorothy and Wesley Albright’s and “jamming,” (as they call it.) Recently they started playing “downtown.” Now they are playing at the Back Street Bakery on the second and third Thursday nights and everyone is invited to drop in and tap your foot to the “down home” music. They begin playing around 7 p.m. and play until ? (New Year’s night it was quite late!)
The group consists of Arleta Damman, from Gustine, who plays keyboard, singer extraordinaire Linda Dennis, of Gordon, Richard Swanner, Wes Albright, Billy Jones, Janes James and Max Wheeler, all from Gordon. David Sly sometimes drives from Brownwood, as does Finis Butler from Strawn.
Prof. Michael Handran from Stephenville and Willy Fulfer from Weatherford and Jerry Burger from Fort Worth enjoy this pastime so much that they drive that far just to participate. From time to time others join them, all one has to do is to bring your instrument and “fall right in”! Come earlier and order from the restaurant menu and stay for the music. Gordonites come and go during those enjoyable evenings.