‘Guardians’ Movie Night Saturday in Abilene; Cisco is hosting a pie festival

A family outing opportunity presents itself Saturday night in downtown Abilene.

A week after the Four Pillars – guardians of the downtown cultural district, if you will – were “blessed” by author-illustrator William Joyce, the public can celebrate near the Southeast one with a movie night at Frontier Texas!

The Abilene Council for Cultural Affairs event begins at 7 p.m.

“Rise of the Guardians,” the film based on Joyce’s “The Guardians of Childhood” book series, will screen at 7:30 p.m. outside the Downtown History Museum, 625 North First St.

Youngsters can meet and mingle with storybook characters, including Sanderson Mansnoozie, whose image was carved into an 8-foot block of limestone by local sculptor Steve Neves. It can be seen next to the pillar of the Southeast Cultural District, which is across from Frontier Texas!

Mansnoozie – also known as The Sandman – is one of Joyce’s Guardian characters. His book “Santa Calls” inspired the construction of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature and the first downtown outdoor sculpture, “Childhood’s Great Adventure”, is based on this book.

The cost is $10 per family, with boxed popcorn and water provided for the movie.

For $35, a family can also attend a patronal feast from 6 to 7 p.m., during which refreshments and sand art activities will be available.

Visit www.abilenecac.org for more information and to register.

The other limestone pillars are located at:

  • North Fifth and Orange streets
  • North First and Hickory Streets
  • North 7th and Pine streets.

A grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and private donations funded the “Be Our Guest” pillar project.

All Pie Fan Roads Lead to Cisco

CISCO – If you love pie, this event is for you.

If you love pie, the all-you-can-eat opportunity may be too tempting to pass up.

The Cisco Pie Festival returns, this year in the fall.

The Cisco Pie Fest is this weekend.

The event begins Friday and continues through Saturday at locations downtown. It’s time for Cisco football players and band members – there’s no game on Friday.

The event includes a pie-making contest, with drop-off from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

That evening, the chicken pot pie will be served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $12 a plate.

There will be vendors, games and other activities on Saturday, with pies open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Conrad Hilton Center. The cost is $15 for the all-you-can-eat option.

If you want to go a few bites further, there’s a pie contest from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The registration fee is $10.

The competition pies will be auctioned starting at 1:45 p.m., just after the winners are announced.

Visit ciscotxpiefest.com for more information.

The ex-Abilenian returns with a band for a free concert on Saturday

Four-person band The Deer's Cry Band will perform Saturday night in Abilene.

The group Deer’s Cry will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Heavenly Rest.

The concert will take place at the church’s Gerhart Hall, 602 Meander St.

The band is based in Nashville and includes former Abilenian Bryan Brock on drums and percussion. He is the son of the late Dr. Price Brock. His mother, Nancy, still lives here.

The quartet offers a mix of Americana/folk, Celtic, world, bluegrass and jazz. They are shooting a new album called “Heal the Heart”.

Amplify Music Magazine calls the album “glorious and beautiful, with a sense of comfort, wonder, love and healing woven throughout each carefully crafted track”.

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

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