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Going postal in Caldwell, Texas

In Caldwell, Texas, the term “going postal” has a whole new meaning. The Old Post Office —yes, that’s still its name—has been remodeled into a special events center featuring concerts, dinners, and other community events. In September, the venue will host a book signing by photographer J. Griffis Smith and concerts by the Cristopher Crow Band, Blues Country Band, and Black Cat Choir.

The Old Post Office Caldwell will hold events coinciding with the Kolache Festival on September 12-13, 2014
The Old Post Office Caldwell will hold events coinciding with the Kolache Festival on September 12-13, 2014
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The Old Post Office Caldwell hosts indoor and outdoor events
The Old Post Office Caldwell hosts indoor and outdoor events
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The small central Texas town of Caldwell, known for its Czech heritage and annual Kolache Festival, is home to the converted 1930s structure that originally served as the community post office. In the 1980s, the building was decommissioned by the postal service and sold to a private owner. Now in its third incarnation, The Old Post Office is a venue for outdoor concerts and indoor dinners.

“We’ve held several concerts lately. We call them “Backyard Concerts” since they’re held out by the old receiving dock,” says owner Jessica Armstrong. “We’re especially excited about September, since it’s a big month for Caldwell and for us.”

Saturday, September 13, is the date of Caldwell’s yearly Kolache Festival, a celebration of all things Czech. Especially kolaches, a delicious fruit or cheese pastry. The festival features music, exhibitions, demonstrations, vendors, and more—attracting thousands of people each year.

This year, The Old Post Office will present the Christopher Crow Band at 8:00 p.m. on Friday night, September 12, as a warmup for the festival. On Saturday—the festival proper—The Old Post Office will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for festival visitors to see the facility and purchase lunch. J. Griffis Smith, long-time photographer for Texas Highways magazine and native of Caldwell, will hold a book signing there during the day for his book On the Road with Texas Highways: A Tribute to True Texas.

As the festival winds down for the evening, The Old Post Office will be gearing up for more music. The Blues Country Band will perform from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Black Cat Choir takes the stage at 8:00 p.m. for the “Official Kolache Festival After Party.”

“We’ve had a great response to our music events,” Armstrong says. “We’ll keep them outside as long as weather permits, and then look at moving them indoors. We’ve got a wonderfully creepy Halloween concert already in the works coming up in October.”

Armstrong holds monthly dinners, rents the facility for special events, and plans to continue scheduling concerts. After all, what could ‘deliver’ better events than a post office?