Live Storytelling Event – Deep in the Heart of Taylor

The wheels are in motion to bring backyard storytelling to Taylor on October 13th courtesy of Friends of the Moody Museum. Our inaugural event, Deep in the Heart of Taylor, seeks to capture the town’s history, past to present, from all different angles. Storytellers share their tales under the stars while audience members relax in the museum garden. Museum opens to visitors at 6 PM followed by the main event on the lawn at 7 PM. Bring your chairs, blankets, snacks, and libations. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the main event to claim your spot.

Moody Museum, 114 W. 9th Street, Taylor, TX 76574 – Saturday, October 6, 6 PM – 9 PM

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Moody Museum Pounds of Plenty

Join the Moody Museum as we celebrate Governor Dan Moody’s birthday with our annual Pounds of Plenty Food drive! The Moody Museum is sponsoring the food drive benefiting Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry on June 23. Local businesses and individuals are encouraged to compete for collecting money and non-perishable food items. Boxes will be placed at numerous community locations and delivered to the Museum. This year, trophies will be presented for the most pounds of food and the most money collected…and there are always bragging rights for a whole year!  We have donation boxes all over Taylor! Collection stations include: City National Bank, Liberty’s Consigned Finds, SPJST Assisted Living and SPJST Senior Living, Frills, Trouvaille, Kunisch Wellness Center, Curves, Citizens National Bank, City Auto, Southern Hospitality, Temple College, REMAX, Sweet & Southern Finds, and Scott & White Hospital.

The drive is based on an earlier tradition of stocking the pantries of newlyweds. A 1927 article told how the East Texas Chamber of Commerce held a “pounding” for the newlywed Governor Dan Moody and his bride, Mildred Paxton Moody, when they moved into the Governor’s Mansion. A “pounding” was a common practice in the late 1800s and early 1900s as friends and family stocked newlywed’s pantries with pounds of food staples – a pound of rice, a pound of salt, etc.

The June event is also a celebration of Governor Dan Moody’s birthday, who was born in this Taylor home in1893. Stop by, enjoy a piece of birthday cake and tour the Moody Museum, 10:00-12:00, June 23.

Jimmy Heap Day

Join the Moody Museum on June 2nd, as we celebrate the life and works of Jimmie Heap, along with his wife, Jerry Heap, and his sons, Jimmy Joe and David. Introductions and music will be done by Paul Schlesinger & the Pioneer Boys.

Jimmie Heap was born in Taylor, Texas, March 3, 1922, where he lived and raised his family and is responsible for building over 200 of Taylor’s homes.  

Jimmy led his band, the Melody Masters, for over three decades, with appearances across the country, including headlining several years in Las Vegas. The Melody Masters recorded 32 sides for Capitol Records and 24 for Imperial Records, including the band’s big hit, Release Me.  The song was also recorded by Esther Phillips and Engelbert Humperdinck. the Melody Masters had a continuing spot on Radio Station KTAE in Taylor, Texas from 1948 to1956.

A major release, The Wild Side of Life, was written by band member, Arlie Carter, and performed by the Melody Masters.  It was later recorded by Hank Thompson, Burl Ives, Grady Martin, Freddy Fender, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.  

Garden Work Day

Come join us on Saturday, March 24, from 9AM-12PM, as we prepare the Moody Gardens for spring! This is a great event for the community to come together, as we weed the gardens and plant new flowers. We will be joined by the Friends of the Moody, the Moody Museum Board, and Keep Taylor Beautiful.

Children’s Valentine’s Event

Saturday, Feb. 10 from 1-3 p.m. children from pre-school through fourth grade are invited to the museum to make Victorian Valentines. This free, fun event is designed to introduce children to the museum. Children should be accompanied by an adult. The museum will also offer tours during that time.

Victorian Valentine’s Gala

Get into the spirit of Valentine’s a few days early by attending the museum’s annual Victorian Valentine’s Gala on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. It is an evening of piano music, food and drink that runs from 4-8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and all proceeds benefit the museum. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, City Hall and from museum board members. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Veterans Day Observance, Sunday, Nov.5, 3-5 p.m.

Once again this year the Moody Museum will be honoring local veterans on the Sunday before Veterans Day. Local veterans and/or their families are invited to bring to the museum shadowboxes that tell the story of their military service. For those who do not already have a shadowbox the museum has boxes available for loan. They can be obtained at the museum during regular hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 p.m.

The program will get underway at 3 p.m. with a flag raising ceremony, followed by the National Anthem. The guest speak, Scott Dean, is the new commander of the local American Legion Post. “This seems like an appropriate choice for the Moody Museum because Gov. Dan Moody was the first commander of the local American Legion post,” Susan Komandosky, chair of the museum advisory board, said.

Following the talk guests will be invited inside to view the shadowboxes and other displays and enjoy refreshments.

Essay Contest Winners

Most recent past 10TH graders at Legacy High School! Friends of the Moody Museum need to contact those of you who participated in the recent essay contest titled the “Impact of Race and Ethnicity in Taylor.” The essays are being read and judged and the top three will receive monetary awards for the work. We do not have access to any direct phone numbers or email addresses but we are sure that this message will get around. If you are one of those writers or know any of them, PLEASE share this message ASAP. The awards ceremony will take place Tuesday,  June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Public Library, Community Room.

Artist Chesiel John will give a brief talk about her work at 1:30 p.m. on March 5 focusing on the history and legacy of Taylor’s influential black leaders.