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Welcome to our Fall Issue!
We've been working in the heat of July and August to bring you an issue about sweater fashions The world of publishing is funny like that Thank goodness our sweater models were agreeable and there was ice for our drinks at the end of the photo shoot
We're proud to say this issue includes more local input, collaboration, and photos of more beautiful faces than any past issue It was fun and so gratifying to have so many friends get excited about being featured
This is our third Fall issue since 2021 and we're renewing our commitment to scare you half to death for Halloween It's hard to do since most of our readers are adults who don't scare easily, but check out our scary sleep-over destinations and see if we did it this year
We're also including our own itinerary for visiting New England just in time for Autumn You need a vacation, right? Go ahead but just be back in time to work through our Fall home "to-do" list, Bastropian approved reading list, plant your fall garden, and hit some of the fun events and live music on our What's Happening calendar.
Cheers!Karen Derr and Jon Ryan Publishers and Editors
A Unique Style
Bastrop has a style all its own and those who make their home here take advantage of being a small town, near the big city, in the middle of Texas's big country Bastropians are dark skywatchers, golfers, ranchers, a little horsey, artsy, outdoorsy, Main Street dreamers, who love local. If you'd like to reach Bastrop County residents, try an ad in Bastrop Town & Country magazine. It's mailed to owner-occupied homes and ranches across Bastrop County. Call Advertising Sales at 512-720-8290 or email BastropMagazine@gmail.com.
Plant This Now...
Chances are you lost your herb garden in the summer heat Start planning and replanting You're going to need fresh sage come Thanksgiving!
Early September: Beans, English and Snap Peas, Summer Squash
Late September: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Garlic, Kohlrabi
Early to Mid October: Arugula, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Garlic, Kohlrabi
Mid to Late October: Carrots, Endive, Lettuce, Spinach, Turnip
All October: Beets, Chard, Garlic, Mustard, Multiplier Onion, Radish, Strawberry Plants, Most Herbs Except Basil Dig sweet potatoes before the first frost
Source: Master Gardner Dolores Leeper, editor of the Garden Guide for Austin & Vicinity and the Secretary/Treasurer for the Bastrop 1832 Farmers' Market Used with permission
FRESH AT A FARMERS' MARKET NEAR YOU
The Bastrop 1832 Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm Bastrop1832FarmersMarket org
Lost Pines Farmers Market is open Sunday - from noon-4 pm
Community Gardens Bastrop 1067 Hwy 71 W - Follow them on Facebook
Elgin's Farmers Market open Thursday - from 4 pm to 7 pm Veterans' Memorial Park ElginFarmersMarket com
The East Eden Farm Stand at 1910 Main Street Bastrop is open 4-7 PM Wednesdays, 9 am-1 pm Fridays & Saturdays. edeneastaustin.com/farm/
Apple Cider Donuts B a k e d
2 cups apple cider
4 tablespoons salted butter, melted and divided
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 honeycrisp apple, chopped in 1/4 inch pieces (about 1/2 cup)
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 cup cinnamon sugar (1-1/2 Tablespoons cinnamon mixed with 1 cup sugar )
A staple in apple country, the challenge is to make a donut that's more than just a spice cake These are spiked with apples three ways.
Preheat oven to 350° F Grease two 6-doughnut pans with spray oil or melted butter
Bring the apple cider to a boil over high heat Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until reduced to about 3/4 cup Remove from the heat Add the chopped apple pieces and 1/2 cup of reduced cider while hot. Reserve the remaining 1/4 cup to cool and add the apple cider vinegar for added tartness. In a large mixing bowl, stir together 1/2 cup boiled cider with apple pieces, 2 T melted butter, eggs, apple sauce, vanilla, and brown sugar until combined Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt, and mix until just combined
Spoon or pipe the batter evenly among the prepared pans, filling 2/3 the way full Bake 12-13 minutes, until just set Remove and let cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edges to release and invert the pan
Brush each warm doughnut, first with the remaining condensed cider, then with the remaining melted butter.
Roll in cinnamon sugar, coating generously on all sides
S w e a t e r w e a t h e r
It's coming...we promise!
Sage on Main Street in Bastrop
As we went to press for this Fall issue of Bastrop Town and Country magazine, temps were still in the 100's daily Bastrop County's fashion influencers braved the heat of August to bring you beautiful Fall offerings available now in local boutiquesDaisy jacquard sweater by Entro $63, embroidered jeans by Magnolia Pearl $600, encrusted headband $49 and geometric dangle earrings by Taylor Shay $34, all available at EH Mercantile, 1509 Dorothy Nichols Lane, Smithville @CottageGatherings on Instagram Modeled by Paige Joost
SCARY TEXAS SLEEP-OVERS
This Halloween, don't just hang out in a cemetery or look for mysterious lights on a spooky backroad Conduct your own ghostly investigation and face your fear of the dark in one of these Texas haunts that offer overnight accommodations
Historically tragic and gruesome, you can stay overnight at the site of the Goliad Massacre, just two hours from Bastrop The Presidio de La Bahia is a state historic site, open to the public year round, and is hallowed ground to Texans
About 300 Texian prisoners were held by Mexican troops, crammed inside the small Our Lady of Loreto chapel (c 1749) awaiting what they thought would be their parole According to the Texas Historical Commission, the prisoners were in good spirits as they were marched out on Palm Sunday,March27,1836 Instead,theywere shot at close range with only a few surviving by playing dead Those unable to march were killed inside the fort including wounded Colonel James Fannin After seeing his men killed, he was blindfolded and seated against the fort wall. He made three requests: that his pocket watch be sent to his family, that he be shot in the heart, and to be given a Christian burial. The soldiers took his belongings, shot him in the face, and burned his body in a mass pyre which was reportedly picked through by buzzards and coyotes Eventually, the remains were given a military burial nearby after Santa Ana's defeat. The chapel still offersCatholicmassonSundayevenings
The officers' quarters accommodate up to four overnight guests for $5325 each and include two bedrooms, a kitchen, and living room with central a/c BT&C editors stayed overnight and were terrified to find no staff remains on site after dark Guests are free to roam the grounds alone, walking in the footstepsofthemassacredbymoonlight
Haunted Hotel Close to Home, the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin has long been known as a paranormal hot spot It was built in 1886 on an artesian well which was probably frequented by Native Americans long before Austin While you can find numerous accounts online of spirits roaming the halls and rooms of the Driskill, the most tragic of the deaths was actually confirmed by hotel management in a 2013 KVUE report In 1887, the four-year-old daughter of a Texas senator, Samantha Houston was chasing a ball when she fell to her death on the grand staircase. These days while staying at the hotel, you may wake to hear a ball bouncing down the stairs or little girl giggles in the middle of the night
BT&C sought out Austin Ghost Tours founder and researcher Jeanine Plumer about the validity of reported deaths at the hotel. "There are many stories about ghosts in the Driskill. Two of those ghosts we have actually documented proof they died at the hotel "
SenatorHouston'sdaughterisone of those deaths Another is a well known story about a bride from Houston who was jilted by her fiancee just days before her wedding
She booked a room at the Driskill and set out to get even by going on a shopping spree with his credit card Alas, she returned to thehotel,stillbrokenhearted, and shot herself You may catch a glimpseofherroamingthehallsor for a closer encounter book the actual room where she reportedly died - Room 525 Read up on the Driskill hauntings before your stay by reading True Haunted Tales of the Driskill Hotel by Monica L. Ballard,availableonAmazon
Did you know the oldest continuallyoperatedhotelwestof the Mississippi is in San Antonio? Itsitsrightinfrontofthegatesof the Alamo The Menger Hotel has hosted numerous presidents, celebrities, and country music starssinceitsopeningin1859 On particular nights the sensitive to the paranormal might be able to feeltheenergyofTeddyRosevelt planning attacks with the Rough RidersintheMengerHotelBar
Often cited as the most haunted hotel in Texas, you'll find many photos online of shadowy figures taken by guests at the Menger Hotel staff have reported strange occurrences also Even a reporter forTexasMonthlywasscaredout ofhisskinbyoneofthetwomaids believed to have died there by eithertheirownhandsorajealous husband Withabout1000killed at the Alamo and having been used as a hospital and morgue during the Civil War, it's really not too surprising The Menger has at the very least a spooky vibe BT&C staff writers didn't experience any ghostly activity during our stay but the location and vintage furnishings definitely gave us cause to expect something extraordinary When making reservations request to stay in one of the original hotel rooms Or request the Teddy Rosevelt, Roy Rogers, King Ranch, or Babe Ruth, suites All are adorned with period-correct furniture MengerHotel com
yORKTOWN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Reportedly one of Texas' most haunted places, the Yorktown Memorial Hospital is open for private tours and overnight ghost hunting experiences, just 1-1/2 hours south of Bastrop Have free rein in a retired hospital which is said to be the site of over 2,000 deaths - murders and crimes of passion included BT&C was given a lively tour by Eddie Mayfield on a weekend afternoon The oppressive feeling of death and the hospital's gruesome history will frighten even nay-saying nonbelievers If being locked in a dilapidated hospital with a totally unvetted tour guide sounds exciting to you, visit their Facebook page or call to book a tour Eddie doesn't wear a name badge or offer a tour company business card but trust him, he knows a lot about the building He's a bit of a potty mouth and he's a little too fixated on the improprieties of the priests and nuns who lived and worked in the building which was built in 1950 He says his wife's nerves are too shot to do the tours anymore If you decide to stay the night, you'll join the ranks of Travel Chanel's Ghost Adventurers' Zak Bagans https://www facebook com/yorktownhospital/ 728 W Main Street, Yorktown TX 78164, Phone 210-748-4475
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Sept 2nd - Grand Opening Yegua Creek Brewery
Yegua Creek Brewery is a brand new brewery opening at Rising Sun Vineyard in Bastrop County Pavilion at Rising Sun Vineyard in McDade, TX Live Music: Allen Mogonye 1-4 pm; Shop Dawgs 5-8 pm Food: We have a brand new commercial kitchen and a whole new food menu! RisingSun-Vineyard.com
Sept 4th Labor Day
Sept 15th First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept 16th Rosh Hashanah
Sept 18th - The Bastrop Cultural Arts Commission
Monday, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Bastrop Beer Company (1008 Main Street) This event is an opportunity for artists, performers, musicians, and more to connect with resources, learn about grant opportunities, and mingle with local artists across all sectors
Sept 21 - 24th Bastrop Music Festival
takes center stage in multiple venues in and around town
This festival is a celebration of the Lost Pines region of Texas and showcases the best of the state: extraordinary natural beauty, remarkable and talented people, an independent spirit, and an amazing culture
Sept 22 - Oct 8th - Willy Wonka the Musical at Bastrop Opera House Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy Purchase Tickets ($25) at BastropOperaHouse org
Sept 25th Yom Kippur
Sept 30th - Oct 1st Lost Pines Knife Show
Presented By: To the Point Blade Sharpening Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center 1408 Chestnut St Bastrop, TX 78602
Phone: (512) 549-0919 Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Price: $12 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, ages 5 and under Free
All October - Octoberfest at Fat Cat Lounge German food menu, special beers and wine 301 Main, Smithvillle
Oct 7th - Semiannual Smithville Community-Wide Garage Sale -We typically have more than 60 garage sales all over Smithville and downtown 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Oct 7th - Smithville Music Festival 2023 - Free! 12:00pm10:30pm, Downtown Bastrop, ExploreBastropCounty com
Oct 7 - Rosanky Fall Fling - Benefitting the historic rural school building 11:am fried chicken meal, 12:30 live auction starts, 135 Main St Rosanky
Oct 9th Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day
Oct 22nd Calvary Episcopal School - 17th Annual Fall Festival Silent Auction ~Raffle Tickets ~BBQ Meal: Donations only - all funds go directly back to the school
Toro Plata Ranch at 771 HWY 304, Bastrop 12:30 - 3:30 PM https://www calvaryschool net
Oct 26 - 28th Elgins 36th Annual Hogeye Festival
Elgin's largest event the annual Hogeye Festival is a downtown street festival held on the 4th Saturday of October Hogeye celebrates community, family, famous Elgin Sausage, and all things swine ElginTXChamber com/hogeye-festival/
Oct 31st Halloween
Live music at Storehouse Market & Eatery - Wednesdays 7-9
Bingo at Bastrop Beer Co. Wednesdays 7-9 PM
Cornhole Tournaments at Community Gardens Wednesdays
Elgin Sip, Shop & Stroll - 2nd Thursday Downtown, 5 -8 PM
Art After Dark Lost Pines Art Center - First Saturday, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - art, live music & refreshments
Trivia Tuesday at Heroes Sports Bar, Wednesdays 7-10 PM
Karaoke Night at Old Town Wednesday and Friday Nights
Karaoke Night at Heroes Sports Bar Thursdays 6-10 PM
Trivia Nights Bastrop Beer Co. Thursdays 7-9 PM
Open Mic Night at Film Alley Tuesdays 7-9 PM
Open Mic Night at Fat Cat Lounge, Smithville - Every Thursday 7-9 pm. Signup starts at 6:00. 301 Main St.
Cornhole Tournament at Bastrop Beer Co Tuesdays 6:30-10 PM
Open Ride Day at Mayfest Park, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
8 AM-10 PM www cityofbastrop org/page/parks home
Farm Street Opry, 1st Thursday 5:30 PM
Singles Mingle at Film Alley - 2nd Thursday 7-9 PM
Game Night - Every 3rd Thursday presented by Bastrop Pride at Bastrop Games & Hobbies 5:00-9:00 PM, 711 Chestnut Bastrop
Information was accurate at the time of printing but subject to change. Call ahead to confirm, please.
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"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness...Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
New England in one week? Yes, it's possible (barely.) Here's Jon's itinerary.
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Check out the Orvis headquarters and maybe take a fly fishing class. Book at Orvis.com. Or just buy some gear and clothes so you look like you did
For dining, we enjoyed breakfast at The Little Rooster, dinner at Thai Basil one night and another ordered Christo's Pizza while gazing at the stunning foliage on Mount Equinox from the hotel porch
Besides leaves, don't miss Robert and Mary Linclon's personal estate and get a glimpse of Honest Abe's real top hat Hildene org
Drive through small town ski resorts, get out to hike a mile or two of the Appalachian Trail, and make your way to the town of Weston Stop at Vermont County Store to stock up on provisions (maple candy, Vermont cheddar, smoked meat & crackers.)
Do not leave the state of Vermont without taking a drive down Highway 100 which winds through mountains and babbling streamsBurr&BurtonSeminary inManchesterVT ViewfromparloratWilburtonInn, ViewofLakeChamplainfromShantyontheShore,BurlingtonVT
Leave the leaves and head for Salem, Boston and the Cape
New Hampshire and Massachusetts
Crossing the New Hampshire border into Walpole NH, you'll have the chance to stop and pick apples at Alyson's Orchard.
Driving through Manchester NH we saw two Frank Lloyd Wright homes (Currierorg/frank-lloyd-wright/ ) Continue another hour and forty-five minutes to Salem MA We stayed at Hawthorne Hotel and got a lobster roll at the Lobster Shanty seen on Diners Drive-in and Dives Take a tour of the house of Seven Gables or better yet, read it before you visit You'll see lots of witches hats on the streets and in the pubs. It's a popular girls' trip destination in October
Downtown Westin Hotel is right next to the historic site of the Boston Tea Party Boston's North End is a prominently Italian neighborhood with great food and architecture Tour Paul Revere's personal residence, get a world-famous cannoli at Mike's Pastry, see Faneuil Hall, and you might as well check out Harvard and Cambridge too
Drive down the Massachusetts coast through Plymouth (see the rock) to Chatham, Cape Cod (2 hour drive) We stayed at Pleasant Bay Resort and were pleasantly surprised since we just pulled into the place on a whim The beautiful Zen garden grounds are just what you need to recharge from the past days of driving. If you can muster the energy, drive up to
Provincetown which closes down for the season later in October. We wished we had an extra day to explore here. Day six, we headed out early on from Chatham to make the triptoConnecticut
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Crème Brûlée Martini
Simple and elegant, this two part cocktail is perfect for your next fall cocktail party or after dinner treat
8-10 caramel squares
1 part Absolut Vanilla Vodka
3 parts white chocolate Irish Cream Liqueur (McCleary White Chocolate)
For one drink, use 1/2 oz Vodka & 1-1/2 oz white chocolate Irish Cream
For a less alcoholic version, add an ounce of milk or almond milk
1 2 3.
In a bowl carefully microwave 8-10 caramel squares in 30second increments until liquid With a silicon spatula, immediately drizzle over parchment paper in a circular motion forming a lacy caramel disk Set disks in the freezer until chilled
Mix all parts in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
Pour into a coup or martini glass and top with the caramel garnish
Autumn Autumn Home Home "To Do" "To Do"
It's not too early to stock up on pipe insulation and hose bib covers while they are in stock.
Have your heating system serviced or assess heaters before the winter rush and lower inventories.
As days start to get shorter, check outdoor lights and replace bulbs
Change your AC filters and also clean vents Mildew around vents can mean the duct isn't properly attached in the attic.
Clean out flower beds and mulch Take down soil/mulch that has become too high against foundation.
Check your chimney for blockages Make sure your damper is working
Prune any overgrown limbs away from your roof so none are touching or scraping to damage shingles or metal
Check windows and screens for damage Mowing may have thrown a rock or two into panes
Don't be scared to dive into Fall DYI's. Cooler temps make projects more enjoyable.
This home maintenance reminder is brought to you by The Lori Tuggle Agency www lorituggleagency com
Your home is your largest investment. Make sure it's protected year round
BOOKISH BASTROP COUNTY
On any given week there's a book club happening somewhere in Bastrop County where you can discuss with like-minded, or maybe debate with unlike-minded friends, books ranging from current bestsellers to classics Our libraries are flourishing, just when you thought libraries might be rendered obsolete by technology We've all heard that it's difficult times for independent bookstores but Bastrop's is a popular destination. We asked a few of your Bastrop County neighbors to share what they're reading now or to share a book that was life-changing for them. Enjoy their recommendations!
Bastrop neighbor and business owner AnneMarie is a self-described personal finance nerd "I recently read How I Invest My Money by Joshua Brown and Brian Portnoy It was an easy read but refreshingly transparent as far as finance books go "
"In 1970 in a large, used bookstore in Washington D C I purchased a book for the sole reason that it was signed by the author, a name unknown to me That book was Fear on Trial, by John Henry Faulk It changed me radically, teaching me the danger of groupthink and censorship that allowed McCarthyism to infect and even flourish in America After we moved to Austin, my wife Cindy and I had the privilege of getting to know John Henry as our friend He was an American hero, and the message in his book is timeless "
"My current read is food for my spirit and soul " Bastrop escrow officer Tara Knox is reading Disruptive Thinking by T D Jakes and she's not alone. It's an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Christian Spiritual Growth Jakes encourages readers to break free of the well-worn paths of those who came before us and evolve our most original and potentially transformational ideas from vision to reality Disruption has always been essential for great change
FICTION OR NON-FICTION, A GOOD READ CAN CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE.AnneMarie Ricks Schindler & daughter Harlow Tara Knox David Bragg
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Deborah Jones' all time favorite book is April 1865 by Jay Winik A fiction favorite is Pride and Prejudice. CS Lewis' Mere Christianity inspired her "The most recent book I've read is Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday I’m still thinking about the conclusion It’s pretty much a must read "
BOTH FICTION & NON
"In a time when it’s so easy to powerful reminder of why read changed our minds and human read, the evolution of reading, withreadingchallenges,creativityandhowthereadingworldischanging I love the balance in this book between examining neuroscience and exploringnuancedprosefrompassagesofliterature It’sagreatbookfor anyone who loves to read or has a little one on the cusp of learning to read"KeepupwithwhatSamantha'sreadingat@PaintedPorchBookshop on Instagram and her husband Ryan Holiday at ThePaintedPorchBookshopcom
A GOOD STORY
"I found "Titan: The Life of John D Rockefeller Sr by Ron Chernow captivating About one of recent history's most influential men, the research into Rockefeller's early life, through the building of his empire and eventual monopoly of the oil refining business, is thorough and fairly unbiased It's a portrait of a complex human being instead of just a ruthless shark eyed capitalist. A great read."
BT&C ambushed local rancher, retired rescue pilot, and chairman of the Smithville Chamber of Commerce Willy Culberson at a ribbon cutting to ask if he'd read any good books lately He was quick to recommend Blood on German Snow: An African American Artilleryman in World War II and Beyond by Emiel W Owens While the book chronicles Owens' experiences in World War II, he also recounts his early life in Smithville "What I found so intriguing as I read his very honest account of growing up in Smithville was that I actually recognized people I knew in his stories."
O N W R I T I N G
A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God. Sidney Sheldon
Writing is like sex First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearingNorman Mailer Virginia Woolf
Robert Espenscheid, Jr., Smithville Texas
The Sentinel Papers
An unlikely family chronicles their blended lives through family newsletters that span from the Vietnam War to the '90s A decade after the war, "The Deck" of battle scarred veterans - Jack, Ten and Heart, set out together to bring ailing Harley Davidson back to it's glory days They get accepted to HD mechanic school, find romance with three sisters and reunite with long lost children Espenscheid is a master at bringing to life characters who are ready to cross boundaries for romance, loyalty and last chances Heartfelt, but never nostalgic Available at Amazon com
Lissa Johnston, Smithville Texas
The Centé Conspiracy Trilogy, The last installment of this trilogy is hot off the press Written to appeal to both young adults and biotech fantasy enthusiasts of all ages, it is fast paced and action packed A fun read, but thought provoking if you care about where our food comes from www LissaJohnston com or Amazon
Recent Releases from Bastrop County Authors
Margie Crisp, Elgin Texas
Duck Walk:A Birder's Improbable Path to Hunting as Conservation
Published in early 2023, Duck Walk is about Crisp's realization that duck hunters create more crucial habitats for birds than birdwatchers Although she'd always been afraid of guns, in 2016 she decided to learn to shoot and hunt, with the help of her elated husband It's a serious book about conservation in Texas but a very entertaining read due to Crisp's humor and endearing style It is illustrated by the author who is also an accomplished artist MargieCrisp comLissa Johnston Rob Espenscheid Margie Crisp