Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


October 4, 2012

Top 20 ‘Rites of Passage’ for growing up in Jacksonville


JACKSONVILLE —   8) Picnic at Love's Lookout

You can see for 30 miles in the distance.

Tip:  Sunrise breakfasts or sunset dinners with family or impress a date. Right off Hwy 69 N, this historical site is an East Texas treasure, free, and open to the public

9) Attend Jacksonville High School graduation at the Tomato Bowl

Tip: Wear something cool and listen closely to the speeches from the valedictorian, salutatorian, and teachers. Some really smart kids graduate from JHS each year and go off into the world to do amazing things.  Be proud to be a JHS graduate.

10) Visit the Fire Station Manger in December

Gaze up at the "big bright star" and feel like a kid again.  

Tip:  We wouldn’t be a proper ‘Bible-Belt’ Southern small-town if we didn’t mention how special it is to experience a Christmas Eve Midnight Church Service in Jacksonville.  Choose from any of the local churches.

11) Play a school sport, cheer, dance, or play an instrument and become a Jacksonville Indian or Maiden.

Tip:  Teamwork builds great adults and the fondest of memories.

12) Call Time and Temperature 903-586-0884 OR Let’s Talk-903-586-7771

Tip:  Teach the kids how to dial the phone by calling Time and Temperature and you won’t annoy the relatives.  Teach them how to call ‘Let’s Talk,’ great entertainment for the whole family as the children hear their voices on live radio; and buy or sell something while you’re at it.

13) Drive around to look at the  Christmas light displays

Tip:  Make it an annual tradition to tour the city’s lights with your family and pick your favorites.  Christmas lights are way more creative in a small town.

14) Play at Buckner Park as a kid OR an adult.

Tip:  Slide down the big red slide.  Even more fun as an adult, play a game of pick-up basketball, enjoy the vintage playground equipment, concrete tunnels, red bridge, host a family reunion under the pavilion, play Sunday afternoon soccer or cool off in the pool during summer.

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