Doc Holliday: Saints & Sinners Festival


Saturday, April 29, 2017
Doc Holliday had an office in Downtown Denison. Celebrate the boomtown of Denison in the 1870-80's with authentic old west reenactors from the past. Events will include author Victoria Wilcox speaking about her 18 years of research on Doc as well as a panel of local historians, wild west photos, wagon rides, pony rides, petting zoo, western movies at the historic Rialto Theater, antiques fair, gunfights, Hootin' Hollerin' Beard & Mustache Contest sponsored by Texoma Barbers at 2:30, food & lively music are all likely occurrences. Don't miss out on the fun of days gone by!

Next Occurrence:
Saturday April 29
9:00 a.m.

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Cost: Free

Call 903-464-4452 for more information.

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Victoia Wilcox, Wyatt Earp, R.J. Vandygriff, Ted Marum, Legends of the West, Heritage Brass Band, and Red River Dulcimer Group will entertain. Don't miss the Old Fashioned Camp Meeting and Hymn Sing. Lots more to enjoy!

Doc Holliday Schedule

Updated Schedule 4-4: (Watch and Denison Live on Facebook for weather updates) RAIN OR SHINE – Many activities can be moved indoor!

9-Noon Farmers’ Market at 700 W. Main. Visit them for fresh vegetables and more!

9-Noon Church Tours - shuttle will run between churches participants who visit all churches can enter drawing for Dinner for 4 at Tea for 2           The St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 427 W. Woodard. The church was built in 1873.

        St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 314 N. Rusk (parish founded in 1872)

        First Presbyterian Church, 213 N. Burnett  

        First Baptist Church, 601 W. Woodard  

        First Christian Church, 800 W. Woodard  

        Waples United Methodist Church, 830 W. Main

9-6 Narrated wagon rides throughout the day around Downtown

9-6 Vintage Variety Market Vendors on Burnett Avenue

9-6 Antique Faire Sidewalk Sale at Businesses

9-6 Doc’s Adventure (kids scavenger hunt) - pick up game pieces at any info booth   

          Drop completed form off at The Hangin’ T (310 W. Main) for a prize courtesy of the Denison Area Chamber of Commerce

9-6 Lil’ Bitty Corral kids’ activities in Pocket Park, 224 W. Main, ($5 pony rides & $5 petting zoo)

9-6 Frontier Village Encampment with Sons of Confederate Veterans on 700 Block of Main Sponsored by

                   Denison Convention & Visitors Bureau

          Kids Activities supported by Denison Public Library (panning for gold, roping, stick horse races, games,     

                   sack races, etc.) Jed Marum, Celtic Music, on 700 Block of Main

9-6 Depot District Sponsored by Denison Arts Council

          Free Parking at Main and Houston with Free Shuttle to Heritage Park

          Rickey Pittman performs at Katy Park, corner of Main and Houston

          Blacksmith Village at Katy Park, corner of Main and Houston

9:00 Red River Dulcimer Club at Heritage Park

9:30 L.A. Washington Monument Dedication in Oakwood Cemetery

10-2 Local Authors Booksignings: Dr. Mavis Anne Bryant & Donna Hunt at MK Gallery (404 W. Main)          

      o Donna Hunt, “Pioneer Denison, Texas”          

     o Dr. Mavis Anne Bryant, editor – new book “Little Stories of Frontier Denison” by B.C. Murray

10-6 Faro Dealer teaching how to play in Heritage Park, 324 W. Main, throughout the day

10:00 Victoria Wilcox presents "Gone West to Texas: Denison's Doc Holliday" at Denison Public LIbrary          

          Victoria Wilcox is founding director of Georgia’s Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum, the antebellum      

          home of the family of Doc Holliday. Her work with the house led to eighteen years of original research

          and inspired her historical novel trilogy, Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday.

10-3 Red River Railroad Museum 26th Anniversary – Free Museum Admission

          Lil Katy Train rides running from Tupelo Honey Lot, 130 W. Woodard to trackside - free          

          1890s style Birch Beer and Sarsaparilla sodas for sale

          Operating Model Train Layout (Denison Katy Model Railroad Club)

          Photo Ops - Antique type photo booth in hallway of depot

          Free movies every hour - Children's cartoon on safety around railroad tracks and "Crash at

               Crush" Documentary on the 1896 staged steam locomotive crash at Crush, Texas.

          Fundraising raffle - 2 night stay in a Tower Suite for two persons at Tanglewood Resort &  

              Conference Center & 2 rounds of golf at Tanglewood in Pottsboro and other prizes.

10:00 Heritage Brass Band in Heritage Park

10:00 Lick Skillet Story on 700 Block of Main presented by Frontier Village

10:30 Gunfight in Heritage Park, “Calling You Out”, 324 W. Main: Legends of the West is available for meet   

          and greet afterward (includes Wyatt Earp, undertaker, Troxbulle, and cowboys)

10:45 Denison Dance Academy presents Can Can & Charleston at Heritage Park, 324 W. Main

11-12 Victoria Wilcox signing books at The Book Rack, 316 W. Main

11:00 “Tombstone” movie at the Rialto”, 424 W. Main. Free Courtesy of Linda Anderson, Sponsor

11:00 The” Real” Wyatt Earp as “The Gentleman Doc Holliday” at Heritage Park, 324 W. Main

11:30 Ron Wallace, author, reading his poetry from “Native Son” at MK Galley (404 W. Main)

11:30-4 Local Author Booksignings: The Book Rack (316 W. Main)

          Natalie Clountz Bauman, “When the West Was Wild in Pottsboro, Texas” and “Quantrill’s Raiders in North Texas”

Noon-1 R.J. Vandygriff, storyteller and musical performance at Heritage Park, 324 W. Main

1:00 “Deconstructing Doc Holliday: Fact & Fiction Behind Tombstone” Victoria Wilcox at Denison Public  

          Library, Sponsored by the Denison Public Library

1:30 Gunfight in Heritage Park, “The OK Corral”, 324 W. Main: Legends of the West is available for meet and

          greet afterward (includes Wyatt Earp and Brothers, Bat Masterson, and Doc Holliday)

2-5 Victoria Wilcox signing books at The Book Rack, 316 W. Main

2:00 Wagon Parade down Main Street (horses, wagons, carriages, and other period entries) Sponsored by

          Bratcher Funeral Home 2:30 “Tombstone” movie at the Rialto, 424 W. Main. Free courtesy of Linda Anderson, Sponsor

2:30 Hootin’ Hollerin’ Beard and Mustache Contest At Heritage Park, 324 W. Main, Sponsored by Texoma  

          Barber Shop $5 Entry Fee, Categories: Most Unique, Longest, and Best with Audience Favorite

3:00 Heritage Brass Band at Heritage Park, 324 W. Main

3:30 Red River Dulcimer Club musical performance at Heritage Park, 324 W. Main

4:00 Gunfight in Heritage Park, “The Evil Twin”, 324 W. Main: Legends of the West is available for meet and     

         greet afterward (includes Evil Roy and his Twin Evil Roy’el on stage)

4:30 “Camp Meeting Under the Brush Arbor” at Heritage Park with Circuit Riding Preacher (Roger Speers) &  

          Hymn Sing


Carriage and Wagon Rides: Docent-led wagon tours starting from Heritage Park. $10 Shuttle from Heritage Park to Red River Railroad Museum to 700 Block of Main. $5 One Each Leg


Downtown Businesses:

The Hangin’ T will have official souvenirs at 310 W. Main. They will also have a roaming newsboy selling souvenirs. We will have merchandise at wagon stops/info at Heritage Park, Katy Park, and Top of Town Park.

Mary Karam Gallery, 404 W. Main, will have the Lottie Deno Saloon exhibit featuring Shelley Tate Garner and Zach Presley. Authors and Poetry reading will occur throughout the day.

Visit businesses for demonstrations, special promotions, and raffles. (See Coupon Book)

Information/T-Shirt Sales/Wagon Ride Tickets: GET YOU FREE COUPON BOOK (1 per family) WITH SPECIALS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION! Heritage Park at 324 W. Main Katy Depot at the corner of Main & Houston Top of the Town Pak at 700 Block of Main Look for volunteers with a bright yellow Doc Holliday bandana to answer your questions.

Parking: Free parking at Main & Houston with FREE wagon ride to Heritage Park. Along Main Street & Various public lots available on Chestnut Street (access though alley south of Main).

#DocInDenisonTX #DocHolliday



 Preview Events at Denison Public Library: (Tuesdays, at 6 p.m.)


Denison was a boomtown, and Skiddy Street was quite busy. Learn more about the goings on in this area and how the activity was confined to Skiddy Street. Find out about the events that curtailed said activity and subsequently changed the name of the street.

Tuesday, April 11 Donna Hunt and Dr. Mavis Anne Bryant on “Denison’s Night of Terror” Denison's earliest days were exciting and peaceful to a certain extent, but one night in 1892 turned out to be a night of terror when murder and mayhem shook up the citizenry. Two women were murdered and a third was critically wounded, all in separate incidents. It was a long night for Denison police and a story that has never lost the chills that went with it.

Tuesday, April 18 Natalie Clountz Bauman, local historical author The Western Icons Who Made History in Grayson County When one thinks of William Quantrill, Bloody Bill Anderson, and men like the James and Younger Brothers, they may automatically think of Missouri and Kansas. But Quantrill’s Raiders are a fascinating part of Grayson County and North Texas history as well. My new book “Quantrill’s Raiders in North Texas and Grayson County” will attempt to explore their activities in North Texas, both during, and after the Civil War. I have also written other books highlighting such men as Bass Reeves, who came from the Pottsboro area, and the James – Younger Gang as well as other former Quantrill men.

Tuesday, April 25 Railroad Panel Discussion John Akers is facilitating and Roy Jackson of Red River Railroad Museum will share railroad history including facts on the Eisenhower's railroad connection. Steve Armstrong will offer thoughts from growing up along the tracks.

Downtown Denison
324 W. Main, Denison, TX 75020

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