Mountain Springs Community Center


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Hello Mountain Springs Community!

As we brace ourselves for the intense summer heat, we want to share past and upcoming events with you. Our June market proved that we can come together as a community! Many people donated toys for children who were left with little or nothing after the tornado. We thank you all! Glenn and Marqueta King delivered the toys to Whaley Methodist Church where they will be stored and distributed by the Cooke County Volunteer Organization. 

We want to give a big thank you to the vendors who participated in the June market and to Doyce Whitworth and Dave Hollowell for playing their music. These guys add an upbeat atmosphere for the vendors and for visitors who love to browse markets! Our next market will be in September when it will still be hot, but with a hint of fall approaching. Many of our vendors participate in various North Texas markets in the surrounding areas: Pilot Point, Gainesville, Valley View, Sanger. If you attend any of the summer markets, look for the following vendors and tell them, “Hey, I heard you were at the June market at the Mountain Springs Community Center!”

Chaparral Creek Ranch – Vann and Rhonda Shasteen

Designs by Will

Cathy’s Customs

Kathy’s Creations

Loaves and Twists

Philip’s Design Company

Michael Thomas - 1st place winner for his homemade jams at the Texas State Fair

JSM Designs – Jessica Morin

Sharon Bridges Crochet

imageFor July, you are invited to attend the ice cream social we have planned this summer on Saturday, July 13,, 2024. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. Can’t you just taste the sweet, creamy, smooth sensation of ice cream? And best of all, we get to visit and catch up with neighbors in an air-conditioned gathering spot surrounded by years-old post oak trees!

Spotlight on our President, Marqueta King

Marqueta has been involved with MSCC for many years, serving with a past president, the late Beverly Mordecai. Marqueta has been married to Glenn for 54 years this August. They are blessed with two sons, two grandsons and two granddaughters. If you see Marqueta at the community center, you will usually see her with any number of her grandkids. She puts them to work at the center often! Or she will bring along a craft for them to create while she takes care of presidential duties. You might also see her at times with her goat, Lily. Marqueta brings Lily to the markets and Lily greets the market-goers! Marqueta is a ball of fire! Currently, she is leading a prayer that the community center will gain the funds needed to update its facilities: HVAC, electricity, structure of the building and many other much needed repairs! In fact, at this time, Dave Isbell, one of the Mello drummers, who is an architectural engineer, has volunteered to assess the building and the repairs it needs. We are looking to the future, folks!

Garden Club

image Ten excited Garden Club members met on June 25 at Chana Shelton’s beautiful home and gardens. She graciously allowed us garden ladies to tour her twenty eight raised beds where she is growing strawberries, cucumbers, basil, marigolds, zinnias, tomatoes and more.

image Don’t tell Chana, but I did sneak a cherry tomato and ate it! Despite the heat (hey, 95 degrees at 11:00!), we walked around her house where she has many more plants such as beauty berry, lantana, elderberry, hostas; we viewed all her beautiful plants under the shady post oak trees. She even has an herbal kitchen garden right outside of her back door!


The highlight was her growing shed where she had large fans mounted. The fans provided a breeze as Chana explained her seed growing methods. Hey Chana! We will be happy to return in the cool fall months to see how your gardens blend into winter. It was a joy to visit her place.

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Book Club

A lively discussion took place on the evening of June 25 as the book club members dove into The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. It was set mostly during the early twentieth century when Dr. Murray and his lexicographers scrutinized and researched words for the first Oxford English Dictionary . Esme, whose mother had died, grew up and worked with her father and Dr. Murray, but learned that there were many common words not being included. We all agreed that language and words have drastically evolved over the years. Our discussion led to texting, the surprising ways we now communicate, and the words we use. Our July book is Verity by Colleen Hoover.

The Garden and Book Club meetings are both held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The Garden Club meeting is at 10:00 a.m. and we have changed the book club meeting to 6:00 p.m. New members are always welcome! 

In the months of May and June, the community center was used by four families of the Mountain Springs community.

Another family is scheduled in July as is the Elm Fork Beekeepers.

The quilters met every Wednesday in May, but will not begin meeting again until September.

The last market was in June and will start back up in September.

Our board meeting is the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. We invite community input! We are currently working on updating our rental policies.


The board is so pleased that the center is being used as much as it is. We want to increase its usage; please spread the word that we have an incredible meeting place! The center is a historic building originally built in the 1920s for the Mountain Springs school, but has been maintained throughout the years. A kitchen was added and we have tables and chairs ready to set up for events. A church from Pilot Point was moved in the 1980s and added to the original building. It contains pews and a stage and is a perfect setting for a small wedding or a drama club! (As a side note, we are continually looking for a director for the Mello Drummers. The piano needs to see some action!) My favorite part of the Mountain Springs Community Center? The majestic post oak trees that have graced the center for years. Years ago, an Easter Egg hunt was held annually at the center for children when I was a young adult. Since Easter was my favorite holiday and I loved to hunt eggs, I would go down there on Monday, the day after Easter weekend, and I would always find stray eggs! Candied of course.

Links of Interest (to reserve the center)

(Presents historical information about the Mountain Springs School)

Thank you for reading and for being a part of the Mountain Springs community!