New Hope Community Church in Round Rock snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat this past Saturday. The clouds, rain and the cold rolled in, and the Market of Hope street fair looked like it might be in trouble. When I checked in with Ashley Ruhl on Friday to see what the plans were with all of this bad weather coming in, she was optimistic but you could tell that the issue was not settled yet. Well, it got settled and ended up being a huge success, if the visitor head-count means anything. When I got there it was wall-to-wall people, and it got even more crowded and loud before I left.
Originally planned for the Prete Main Street Plaza in Round Rock, the uncooperative weather was making that venue seem very unlikely. It looked like the event might be called off, when out of the cloudy, gray skies came the perfect alternative. A large, unused, enclosed, and heated space opened up for the Market of Hope, and only a few short steps from the plaza. Funny how that stuff just “happens.” [Read more…]