orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

Events

April 16, 2013

Farewell Patsy

ORANGE — A woman known for her friendly smile and passion for “beautiful things” has officially retired after more than 30 years.

Patsy Herrington, director of the historic W.H. Stark House, celebrated her retirement on Monday afternoon with a celebration of her career while surrounded by family, friends and colleagues inside the Carriage House.

“The W.H. Stark House is such a beautiful place filled with so many beautiful things,” Herrington said. “It’s been my home away from home for so long.”

Herrington began her career with the Stark Foundation in September 1980 when she was hired with the first guiding tour group and to manage the tour. She has been the direct of the W.H. Stark House since 2001.

“There were a total of 25 employees when I started with the Stark Foundation and, now it’s a gigantic family,” she continued. “The thing I’m going to miss most is the people. That’s definitely going to be the hardest part for me.”

Herrington has been an integral part of the W.H. Stark House and has helped transition the beautiful house through some very trying periods in recent years.

“Patsy’s commitment to the Stark House during and following Hurricanes Rita and Ike, her attention to detail and knowledge of care of the house and its collections brought us through very difficult times,” said Walter Riedel III, president and CEO of the Stark Foundation and Stark Cultural Venues. “I am grateful for her seeing us through the restoration and reinstallation.”

Reidel’s praise for Herrington’s hard work and dedication did not end there.

“Patsy has been an integral part and overwhelming influence toward the success of the W.H. Stark House,” he added. “I fully understand she is concerned about leaving her ‘baby’ and its future, but we promise to take care of it and, it is my hope, that we will be able to measure up to her high standards.”

Herrington created one of the most popular year events at the W.H. Stark House, the “Holiday Open House,” in 2003. The annual event brings hundreds of visitors to the home each night during the two-night event in December.

She loves so many aspects of her job and the home, but she still cannot single out any one as her favorite over the rest.

“I don’t have a preference to any one season on how we decorated the house, but I loved it all,” Herrington explained. “I loved setting the table in the dining room, but I always wondered if Mrs. Stark would think it was OK or not.”

Herrington’s retirement from her position at the W.H. Stark House is bittersweet, but she is excited about the future and being able to spend time with her husband, her family and her grandchildren which live out of state.

“I walked through the house on Friday looking at all the things that were special to me,” Herrington said. “And I got a little teary-eyed. But it’s time for someone else to come in and take charge and bring in some new ideas. I really loved being here but I’m excited about the future too.”

1
Text Only
Events
  • Book signing Clint.jpg Reader’s Choice hosts book-signing event

    Clint Talbert, of California and former resident of Bridge City, has experienced the magic of a mystical forest.

    April 14, 2014 2 Photos

  • Jones Fundraiser.jpg WO-S graduate fundraises for study abroad trip to West Africa

    Jacy Jones, of Orange, will spend a month in Accra, Ghana in West Africa as her first trip outside the country.
    The 2011 West Orange Stark gradu

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Business Development Week begins Tuesday

    Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation offers local businesses an opportunity to attend seminars Tuesday, April 8 - Thursday, April 10 at Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza, 3950 Interstate 10 South at Walden Road in Beaumont.

    April 6, 2014

  • Leading Ladies.jpg 'Leading Ladies' a winning act

    The Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Bear Stage Players present its award winning UIL One Act Play, “Leading Ladies,” which claimed the District 20-4A Championship this past weekend, as a dinner theatre for the public on Tuesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 10.

    April 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • North Orange Baptist Church honors 75 years

    North Orange Baptist Church (NOBC) has seen many changes over the years from the humble beginnings of a few citizens meeting in the home of Oliver and Pat Seruntine to discuss organizing on April 7, 1939 to celebrating 75 years this Sunday.

    April 5, 2014

  • Church Calendar 3.29.14

    Church events for the week starting March 29, 2014:

    March 29, 2014

  • Area Calendar 3.29.14

    Events in the area for the week starting March 29, 2014:

    March 29, 2014

  • Plant Sale.jpg Bloomin’ Crazy Plant Fair set for Saturday

    If you have a green thumb and are ready to make your garden grow or your property bloom, then this Saturday’s plant sale may be what you are looking for.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • BC dinner theater.jpg Dinner theater event helps support local organization

    A yearly fundraising event not only provides lots of laughter and entertainment, but it also helps one organization support its business community.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area Calendar 3.26.14

    Events fpr the area for the week starting March 26, 2014.

    March 26, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide