The City of Brenham has given the green light for previously postponed city-wide summer events.
The Brenham City Council at its meeting today (Thursday) authorized staff to reschedule a slate of summer events and resume planning for them. This includes the First Friday Farmer and Artisan Market in September; the Summer Sip and Art Walk, now scheduled for September 12th; Movies in the Park, now planned for October 2nd and 9th; and Hot Nights Cool Tunes, planned for October 10th, 16th, 17th, and 24th, with the concerts on the 16th and 17th being held in partnership with the Texas Arts and Music Festival.
In addition, events at the Barnhill Center can resume starting in October. The city has not found a date to reschedule the community picnic at Henderson Park, previously scheduled for July 19th.
City Manager James Fisher said if COVID-19 cases continue to worsen locally, these events will likely not get a second chance this year.
Fisher was also asked by councilmembers about the continued baseball and softball tournaments being held at city fields. He responded that the level of social distancing and mask-wearing of attendees at tournaments has varied. He said people need to be respectful of others by following city health and safety protocols, but it is difficult to force them to comply should they choose not to. He said city staff will continue to emphasize the city’s protocols to those who attend.
Public Works Director Dane Rau said baseball and softball tournaments are scheduled at city fields up until December, with another tournament this weekend featuring roughly 30 teams. He said the city does not know if the teams participating in any given tournament will actually show up until the Wednesday before, but so far they have been making attendance regularly.