Chicken Farm Art Center celebrates 46th Open House for Thanksgiving 

Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – For 46 consecutive years, Roger Allen has been inviting his friends and others over to his house, The Chicken Art Farm Center, 2505 Martin Luther King, Dr. for the Thanksgiving holidays not just for “eatin, but good-old fashion music.” 

Allen, who started out in this get together in 1971, stated that prior to the Open House three-day holiday event, he gets his staff: Ashley Casey, Kassie Dilworth, Lillian Allen, new employee, Cody Clinton, plus vendors (25) this year, to gather as a family and have Thanksgiving indoors and in the courtyard.

Then Friday, November 24, it is the first day for the community to come out to shop during the Thanksgiving Open House holiday extravaganza. Some of the vendors in attendance were: Little John’ Native American Jewelry business. Little John has been at Allen’s Open House for the past five years.

Another vendor was Lori Manship who started six years ago her candle business at home. This was Lori’s fourth year to attend Open House.

Among the 12 or so vendors was the newest business owner to the community, Polina Bradham, of Polina’s Beads & Jewelry LLC. “My business is about making beautiful jewelry (beads) for the beautiful women of San Angelo.”

Bradham, who is originally from the Ukraine, set up shop at the Chicken Farm Art Center in September 2016 after her husband retired from the military.  

it wouldn’t be complete without the traditional lineup of talented, local musicians.

As for the live music entertainment segment, the man behind the scenes was coordinator, David Alexander. Alexander stated it has only been in the past 10-12 years that local musicians were added to the traditional, holiday Open House event. Alexander outline the following schedule which started off Friday with:

Chicken pickers, a storyteller, himself, Don and Lowell Gabbert, Lori Jo Thomas and Friends, Kyle Wusterbarth, Bob Simpson, Lori Jo/Chicken Farm Pickers Jam.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Daniel Makins opened up, followed by Rae Denton/Gary, Leislie Healy, Michael Rauch, Lorrie Keating, Patrick Venne, randall, Matt & Joe (Trading Company), Richard Ramirez and Friends; and, Richard Ramirez hosts Chicken Farm Jam.

As for Sunday when it concluded, prior to the entertainment, there was the Chicken Farm Musical Church Service with Chicken Pickers at 11 a.m. At 12 noon it was Kay Ellis with TGoz and TomWachtel, Rick and Caryn McGraw, Backbeat Alex with Greg, TGoz and Michael and Shady Grove Old Time Music. Shady Grove concluded Sunday’s with the song, Circle Be Unbroken, with TGoz and Tom Wachtel.

On Saturday afternoon at 12:45 p.m. when Lorrie Keating’s turn came to play, she was scheduled for a 50-minute music set of which included: Christmas songs, a song by Don Williams, “Listen to the Radio,” “Country Carole” and Marvelous Toy.

“It’s been a good thing for the music community,” said Alexander. 

"I’m thankful we’ve lasted 46 years doing this and we’re gonna keep going,” concluded, Allen.

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