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CONTENTS Publisher/Designer: Karyn Lyn Publisher/Editor: Greg Forest Design & Layout: Lonesome Dove Design Studio Columnists & Contributing Writers: Karyn Lyn, Greg Forest, Kathleen Hudson, Joe Herring, Phil Houseal, Jil Utterback, Gary Lockte, Mary Schenk, Genie Strickland, Betty Sharp, Homer Stevens, Colleen Brooks, Carlotta Schmittgen & Jack Armstrong Proof Readers: Jil Utterback, Guy Barzetti Layout & Web Site: The Music Office Photographers: Greg Forest, Karyn Lyn, Nancy EssarySales: Karyn Lyn, Greg Forest, Colleen Brooks, Jennifer Nimmrichter, Gary Smith, Guy Barzetti, Richard Redmond

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Dalis Allen Folk Festival Gearing Up The 46th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival is coming up this Memorial Day weekend and, as always, has a great lineup of some of America's best and most beloved songwriters. Dalis fills us in on some of the highlights during the 3-week festival.

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Kathleen Hudson Lee Ann Womak Robert Earl Keen performed at a benefit for the Hill Country Youth Orchestra and country music star Lee Ann Womak joined him for a great show. Lee Ann has had a great ride in the music business and Kathleen has the whole scoop.

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The Heart Beat of the Texas Hill Country is published quarterly by Heart Beat Publishing PO Box 1204, Bandera, Texas 78003. Opinions expressed in articles may not be those of the publisher and editor of the The Heart Beat of the Texas Hill Country, its advertisers, writers or contributors. All content is copyrighted by The Heart Beat of the Texas Hill Country and may not be reprinted without the express written consent of the publisher. The Heart Beat of the Texas Hill Country is not liable for editorial content, typographical errors and any statements or claims by advertisers or columnists. Subscriptions are $25 per year payable to The Heart Beat of the Texas Hill Country at the above address.

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SUMMER 2017 Allyce's Attic Signs, Signs, Everywhere There's Signs Signs are everywhere directing you to many places but if you can't read the sign, it doesn't do you much good. I imagine there is an art School of Signage, but much of the "signage" you see these days has little or no aesthetic.

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Carlotta Schmittgen Requiem For Rex Carlotta isn't the only sports fan in her family. In fact until his passing her dog Rex was front and center as a primary FDQLQH VSRUWV IDQ  UHSOHWH ZLWK RXW¿WV WR VKRZ WKDW VSRUWV aren't only a "human thing." As all dog owners know, our furry friends aren't just pets but members of the family. Check out the height of canine sports fashion and team dedication.

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Joe Herring The Rialto Theater Kerrville at one time had more movie theaters than you could shake a stick at. With renovation planning underway for the Arcadia Theater, many folks don't remember the Rialto Theater just a few doors down during Kerrville's silver screen heyday .

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Phil Houseal Food Truck Heaven - Münch Food Park There is now a great way to cure the "münchies" in )UHGHULFNVEXUJ7KHQHZ0QFK)RRG3DUNQRZRႇHUVD variety of cuisine at their one-stop food truck venue. The park revolves around their "beverage barn" where they serve craft beers and wine and is the center of activity. Suitable as a live music venue or a great location for a wedding or private party, a great new eatery is born.

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Greg Forest CD and Live Concert Reviews Four great artists and one great event are on station this month with CD reviews for Bob Dylan, Bob James, The Time Warp Cowboys, The Hellecasters and a look at the 1st Annual Kerrville Renaissance Fair. texasheartbeat.com

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THE KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL 46 YEARS AND COUNTING By Dalis Allen

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Kerrville Folk Festival 46th annual Festival is May 25 - June 11, 2017, continuing in the tradition of presenting original, excellent songwriters from around the world. The Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk competition concerts are our way of discovering 32 new ones every year. These concerts are on Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28. The 32 Finalists will perform the 2 songs they were chosen for at the Threadgill Theater for a panel of 3 MXGJHV $P\ 6SHDFH -Hႇ %ODFN DQG Dan Navarro. The 6 Award Winners will perform in concert on Sunday June 4th. Our 2016 New Folk Award Winners did a series of concerts around the country since winning at the Festival and showcased at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City in February. The interaction between the artists is stellar and a great deal of Fun. SO‌‌‌.we are presenting all six Award Winners on Mainstage for the 2017 Festival on June 9th. This is only the second time we have featured a round of all six at the Kennedy Theater. The artists are Rachel Laven (San Antonio TX), Joe Shields (Alto, MI), Emily Scott Robinson (Chattanooga, TN), Addie Brownlee (Brooklyn, NY), Ben de la Cour (Nashville, TN), Justin Farren (Sacramento, CA). First Weekend (Thursday, May 25 - Sunday, May 28) Billy Crockett Trio, Trout Fishing in America, The Rifters, Shake Russell & Michael Hearne, Del Barber, Kenny White, Cheryl Wheeler, Brother Sun, Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys, Cosy Sheridan, Tertexasheartbeat.com

ri Hendrix, Suzie Vinnick, The Peterson Brothers, The Railhouse Band. Second Weekend (Friday, June 2 Sunday, June 4) Kathy Mattea, The Don Juans, Tom Paxton, Roy Book Binder, Rev Robert B Jones, Harpeth Rising, The Stray Birds, Johnny Nicholas, Los Texmaniacs, Drew Nelson w Madcat Ruth, Ryanhood, James Hill. Third Weekend (Friday, June 9 - Sunday, June 11) Guy Clark & Townes Van Zandt Remembrance Weekend - Radney Foster, Eric Taylor, Buddy Mondlock, The Welch Family w/ Warren Hood, Verlon Thompson, High Plains Jamboree, Claudia Nygaard, Melissa Greener, Wood & Wire, New Folk in the Round. Check out http://www.kerrville-music.com. In addition to the concerts we have schools and workshops for Songwriters, Blues Guitar, Harmonica and Ukulele Faculties and they are ready to accept registrants. Tickets are still at a discount so just go to http://www.kerrville-music.com and click on BUY TICKETS and join us for the 2017 Kerrville Folk Festival!!! You can join our mailing list for updates and specials by going to the website and entering your name and email in the box that appears as you click through the site. Thanks for reading about the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas Heartbeat Magazine

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In the parking lot between my family’s print shop and Grape Juice there once stood a movie theater called the Rialto. The Rialto opened on February 11, 1938, 79 years ago, and showed “Hollywood Hotel,â€? starring Dick Powell and Frances /DQJIRUGDVLWVÂżUVWIHDWXUH A front-page story in the February 10,  .HUUYLOOH 0RXQWDLQ 6XQ RႇHUHG WKLV schedule: “One-day runs will be shown on 6DWXUGD\V DQG WKH WKHDWUH ZLOO RႇHU IRXU bills each week, three of them on two-day VFKHGXOHV7KHÂżUVWRIDUHJXODUVHULHVRI Saturday night matinees is set for 11:30 us two, really: Grape Juice and Herring Printpm Saturday.â€? ing. The Rialto was owned by Hall Industries, headed up by Henry W. Hall of Beeville, Some remnants of the Rialto Theater still which also owned the Arcadia Theater a exist. Grape Juice’s northwest wall (the wall block away on Water Street, and the Rio closest to the print shop) is actually a wall of the theater. If you stand in the parking lot and Theater, one block farther. look at the Grape Juice wall, you’ll see several I believe Henry W. Hall is from the same smooth places in the plaster: these are hints family of Halls which own the Rio 10 The- of the stairway to the movie theater balcony, ater in Kerrville today. and the risers of the theater’s balcony. There were a lot of movie theaters here in The Rialto was empty for many years, though the late 1930s! for a brief time in the late 1960s it was a sort of dance/ music venue called the Casket. My In fact, the businesses in the 600 block of memories of the building are from this period, Water Street took out an ad to celebrate when it was empty. We neighborhood children the new Rialto Theater. “The Theatre Dis- found a way to get inside the place and extrict is Extended into the 600 Block on Wa- plore; it was dark and spooky in there. WHU 6WUHHW 7KH IROORZLQJ ÂżUPV :HOFRPH the Modern, New Rialto Theater: F. F. Nyc The Rialto Theater was eventually torn down (public accountant), Miesch Optical Co., in the 1970s by the Charles Schreiner Bank, Norge Appliance Co., Roland Insurance, and the land was used to construct a parking Campbell’s Lunch Room, the Modern lot. In 1990, my family purchased the parking Beauty Salon, Kerr County Motor Co., the lot from what was left of the Charles Schreiner Cone Car Co. (and service station), the Bank after it failed. Sunshine Laundry, and Peterson’s GaSometimes, late at night, you can still hear the rage (and service station).â€? old projectors running up in the Rialto Theater I mention this because the 600 block was projection booth, and occasionally the laughRQFH ÂżOOHG ZLWK EXVLQHVVHV 1RZ LWÂśV MXVW ter of an audience.

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Signs are everywhere. We love ‘em - we curse ‘em. Some signs are for advertising everything from “Welcome To Our Townâ€? to local businesses and events. Even in a small town like Bandera, there are businesses devoted to making signs, both artistic and purely prosaic. There are pesky ordinances regulating signs in most towns, where signs are preordained according to size, styles, and types. This annoys some folks and pleases others. For the most part, the advertising types of signs are not the ones that get me. What makes me crazy is what developers and city planners insist on calling “signageâ€?. I shudder just typing the term. Again, I’m not trashing storefront signs. If held to some good and well thought out guidelines, they can really dress up a town, actually add to the ambience of a place. Add a clever name along with an attractive sign and you’ve got a winning combination to draw customers. The signs I’m taking aim at are WKHRQHV\RXQHHGWRKHOS\RXÂżQG\RXU way around a strange place. Yes, I know most of us have access to a GPS and they are wonderful – most of the time. When I was doing survey work for the government from Texas to New Mexico, my GPS became a trusted friend and RQO\PLVÂżUHGZLWKZLOGO\LQDFFXUDWHGLUHFWLRQVDFRXSOHRIWLPHVLQÂżYH\HDUVDQG it was usually easy to pick up the error. But I just don’t understand the folks who design and govern the readability of these directional signs. I get the reasoning behind the “signageâ€? in planned real estate developments. Sort of. Seeing cute lantern lights with graceful “signageâ€? adds consistency, value and prestige, at least according to developers who spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the phenomenon. (I know, I texasheartbeat.com

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LIVE MUSIC IN THE HILL COUNTRY KERRVILLE Kerrville Festivals 3876 Medina Highway, Kerrville, TX (830) 257-3600 Texas Heritage Music Foundation 2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, Texas (830) 792-1945 Cafe on the Ridge 13439 S Ranch Road 783, Kerrville, TX (830) 896-0420 Azul 202 Earl Garrett St, Kerrville, TX (830) 896-9338 Callioux Theater 910 Main Street, Kerrville, TX (830) 896-9393 Ol Watering Hole 1109 Broadway, Kerrville, TX (830) 257-4653

Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar 308 Main Street, Bandera, TX (830) 796-8826 Flying L Ranch Saturdays - Chuck Wagon Dinner & Show PO Box 1959, Bandera, TX Jake’s 12246 TX-16, Pipe Creek, TX (830) 535-6699 Wildhorse Saloon 134 River Bend Rd, Bandera, TX ( 830) 796-9930

BOERNE/BLANCO Cave Without A Name Frequent Concerts in the Cave 325 Kreutzberg Rd, Boerne, TX (830) 537-4212 Blanco Riverside Bar 18 Main Street, Blanco, TX 78606, USA (830) 833-0208

Pier 27 1521 Junction Hwy, Kerrville, TX (830) 896-7437

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Inn of the Hills 1001 Junction Hwy, Kerrville, TX (830) 895-5000

Cocky Rooster 7 US Hwy 87, Comfort, TX (830) 996-5501

1011 Bistro 1011 Bistro, 1011 Guadalupe, Kerrville, TX (830) 895-1169

Tucan Jim’s 5814 Texas 27, Center Point, TX (830) 634-2640

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Luckenbach 412 Luckenbach Town Loop Fredericksburg, TX (830) 997-3224

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Hondo’s on Main 312 W. Main St. Fredericksburg, TX (830)-997-1633

Billy’s Ice House 1193 Loop 337 New Braunfels, TX

The Rockbox 109 N Llano St, Fredericksburg, TX (830) 997-7625

Conway’s Dance Hall 262 W Jahn St New Braunfels, TX

Silver Creek 310 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX (830) 990-4949

Freiheit Country Store 2157 FM1101 New Braunfels, TX

El Milagro Twenty Twelve 249 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX Phone:(830) 307-3051

Oma Gruene’s Secet Garten 1263 Gruene Road New Braunfels, TX

Auslander Restaurant 323 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX (830) 997-7714

Phoenix Saloon 193 W San Antonio Street New Braunfels, TX

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Pour Haus Patio Bar 343 W San Antonio Street New Braunfels, TX

Roddy Tree Ranch 820 Texas 39 Ingram, TX 830-367-2871 Crider’s Dancehall 2310 hwy 39 Hunt TX (830) 238-4441 Our House BBQ Old Ingram Loop Old Ingram Wine Room Old Ingram Loop

Tavern in the Gruene 830 Gruene Rd New Braunfels, TX The Brauntex 290 West Seguin New Braunfels, TX Watering Hole Saloon 1390 McQueeney Rd New Braunfels, TX

Encore Restaurant 122 Pointe Theatre Rd

Phoenix Saloon 193 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX (830) 643-1400

The Hunt Store 1634 Highway 39, Hunt, TX (830) 238-4410

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NEW BRAUNFELS GRUENE Gruene Hall 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX (830) 606-1281

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QUICK CD REVIEWS

Bob Dylan "Fallen Angels"

Bob Charles Band "Blue Sky Black"

Produced by Jack Frost Columbia Records Review by Jack Armstrong This is Bob Dylan's 37th album on Columbia and it's following his recent trend for releasing cover songs from the 1930s-50s. Its hard to believe that Dylan is a real crooner but this latest release of torch songs from a bygone era underline the rare fact that Bob Dylan has a very good voice. Plunging into a deep pool of classic songwriters ranging from Johnny Mercer to Hoagy Carmichael and Sammy Cahn, this could almost be tribute album to Frank Sinatra as old "Blue Eyes" recorded every song on this CD at one time of the other except, "Skylark." A clean but relatively stark production by Dylan's road band sets the foundation for this easy-listening gem. A voice famous for its abrasiveness is now smooth as cream and an intimate addition to your CD collection. Recorded over a year i"Fallen Angels" was nominated for a 2016 Grammy this year in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal category. Great songs from a great artist.

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The Hellecasters "The Return of the Hellecasters

The Time Warp Cowboys "No Peddlers Alllowed"

Produced by Dan Fredman 3DFLÂżF$UWV$XGLR Review by Greg Forest

Produced by Tom Morrell WR Records Review by Greg Forest

Mike Nesmith (you remember, the Monkey who could actually play an instrument) wrangled three of the world's best guitarists and producer Dan Fredman into this studio to produce this Guitarmageddon of scorching guitar work. Jerry Donahue, Will Ray and John Jorgenson are three of the recording industry's "1st Call" session players. Each is a master of the instrument and while their VW\OHVDUHUHPDUNDEO\GLá&#x201A;&#x2021;HUHQWWKH\EOHQG together nicely without stepping on each others feet (or frets). Nesmith and Fredman should take pride in having pulled together some of the best blistering guitar licks ever put to tape (or more accurately hard drive). Although most of the songs on the CD are penned by the Hellecasters, there are a few covers that really stand out "Sweet Dreams (of You)" and a damn-the -torpedoes-full-speed-ahead version of the "Orange Blossom Special" that will have ÂżGGOH SOD\HUV GURSSLQJ WKHLU MDZV DUH P\ favorites. texasheartbeat.com

The pedal steel guitar is one of the base ingredients in country music but to take the instrument a step further and delve into the lap steel guitar's place in music history. Tom Morrell and the Time Warp Tophands have done this bring some of the world's best steel players together on this CD that prohibits knee levers and peddles. The entire CD is some of the best Western Swing out there played by the A-team of lap steel players including Bob White, Tom Morrell, John Ely, Herb Remington, and Bobby Koefer, This CD is the 7th in the WR Record Series, "How the West was Swung," adding to an already great collection of swing recordings. If you are a fan of the lap steel or steel guitar, this CD is for you. There is also a sequel available, "Son of No Peddlers Allowed," the 9th CD in the series that features more of the the same great swing and is available at Amazon.com

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Game of Thrones and Black Sails have sparked a great deal of interest in medieval times. On the TV show you see a lot of beheadings but at the Renaissance Festival you RQO\VHHIRONWKDWEHKHDGLQJIRUDFROGĂ&#x20AC;DJRQRIDOH7KH 1st Festival was blessed with almost perfect weather and a wide variety of entertainment was on hand falconers, troubadours and story tellers - something for the whole family. River Star Arts and Events Park Hill Country Youth Event Center, Hwy 27, Kerrville Texas http://www.kerrvillerenfest.com/

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Âł:H KRSH WR Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU D YHQXH WKDW UHDOO\ promotes gourmet food out of food trucks,â&#x20AC;? Armes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to give the opportunity for chefs who want to start a new business to come showcase what they can do, while at the same time give SHRSOHDSODFHWRJRDQGWU\GLá&#x201A;&#x2021;HUHQWWKLQJV at the same spot.â&#x20AC;?

0Â QFK)RRGWUXFNVÂżQG)UHGHULFNVEXUJ Justin Armes and his wife, Kara, consider themselves foodies. While traveling from Fredericksburg to larger cities on business, they noticed the rise of a new phenomenon: the food truck. It seemed to be a great concept for both the adventurous diner and the inventive chef, so they started brainstorming ways to bring the trend to Fredericksburg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought food trucks would be a good concept in this community,â&#x20AC;? Armes said. Âł,WÂśV D GLá&#x201A;&#x2021;HUHQW HDWLQJ H[SHULHQFH EHLQJ outdoors with the chance to try unique foods.â&#x20AC;?

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Justin Armes believes Fredericksburg is ready for food truck fare and craft beer and wine at his new MĂźnch Food Park. $W ÂżUVW WKH &LW\ RI )UHGHULFNVEXUJ ZDVQÂśW quite ready for an invasion of meals on wheels. So the Armes put their idea on hold for several years while local ordinances caught up with the idea of serving food from mobile restaurants. But by the start of 2016, the Armes were breaking ground on a site at the entrance to Seitz Fundraising, their family business that is a fruit and meat wholesaler for national fundraising projects. Last November, MĂźnch Food Park opened. 60

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;People were asking if it was a new winery, grain storage, park, and so on,â&#x20AC;? Armes VDLG Âł7KH\ ZHUH GHÂżQLWHO\ LQWULJXHG %XW they like that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well done.â&#x20AC;? The real answer to â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is MĂźnch?â&#x20AC;? is just as interesting. MĂźnch Food Park is a public space and event venue. The main permanent structure is their â&#x20AC;&#x153;beverage barn,â&#x20AC;? where they serve craft beers and wine. Along one edge, a lineup of food trucks cook up a diverse menu. Current vendors include Mahaleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the Park, serving burgers and tacos (including breakfast tacos); Maui 6KDYH,FH 'RJ]VHUYLQJĂ&#x20AC;DYRUHGVKDYH ice and Nathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous hot dogs; and Fredericksburg Mini-Donuts, serving hot SPRING 2017


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With its steel structures and distinctive tower, Münch Food Park presents DGLႇHUHQWDUFKLWHFWXUDOORRNIRU Fredericksburg. The menus can change, as the site will accommodate six food trucks with full hookups, with even more on the parking lot. When the weather warms, Armes plans to add live music. In addition to the beverage barn, the site includes a fenced kids play area, shaded picnic tables, and a stage. It’s family and pet friendly. He sees the project as a win for everyone: diners have an easy way to experience new cuisine, while chefs can experiment with fresh menu ideas. “We want people to come and try new foods, have a glass of wine, and enjoy the outdoors,” he said. “You can sit here, or grab it and go. We are open to anybody. If you want to get out for a quick lunch, or enjoy the day, and don’t want to PHVVZLWKWUDႈFDQGSDUNLQJGRZQWRZQ´ People seem to like the ability to munch and sip outdoors. “The majority of people walk out with a smile on their face,” he said. “They say ‘it’s the coolest thing in town’ and ‘totally GLႇHUHQWWKDQDQ\WKLQJHOVH¶´

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Lace, Grace and Gears 2nd annual rally In the span of just ten years, the number of IRFXVLQJRQZRPHQULGHUVRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HUVDXQLTXH women riders doubled, according to a 2015 opportunity in Bandera, Texas from Sep- Motorcycle Industry Council survey. tember 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; October 1, 2017. Wind sisters Why do 7.5 million American women riding all motorcycle makes and models across the U.S., and traveling from over- ride motorcycles? Freedom, independence, seas, will come together as one sister- and empowerment are a few important reahood-- and all for the love of riding. In 2017, sons. And these women tell deeper stories. LGG rally participants share a common Many are survivors of cancer or domestic goal: breaking the world record for the most abuse. Many others are U.S. military veterlady motorcycle riders in a single event. ans. Often female passengers simply screw The 2017 Lace, Grace & Gears up the courage to get behind the wheel them2nd Annual Rally will include the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selves. ride, self-guided Hill Country rides, scavenger hunt, live entertainment, adventure outings, Sistersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Parade, and more. Participation is open to women and men as well as riders of any experience levHO /DFH *UDFH  *HDUV D QRQSURÂżW organization, will raise money for charities supporting women and children. In 2016, 806 rally participants succeeded in breaking the U.S. record for the most women riders in one location. Lace, *UDFH  *HDUVÂś ÂżUVW DWWHPSW YHU\ QHDUO\ missed the world record of 1,003 women They all faced fears and chose riders set in Australia. The women riders to pursue the thrill of living. Motorcycles at LGG 2016 proudly represented millions of wind sisters across the world with one Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU RQH DYHQXH DQG EHFRPH DQ H[SUHVunited message, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did! And you can!â&#x20AC;? sion of that thrill. Still, for women in some Women today represent 25% of countries, riding is not merely a hobby, Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30 million motorcycle riders. but an act of political and social freedom. 62

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This diverse group cuts across every profession, spans all ages, welcomes all races and cultures, and represents all levels of education and income. Women on motorcycles are daughters, wives, mothers, and grandmothers. Not surprisingly, when women riders gather, they share a strong sense of adventure. They also discover an environment of mutual support and establish lifelong bonds they call â&#x20AC;&#x153;sisterhoodâ&#x20AC;?. LGG 2017 promises to be an unforgettable, record-setting weekend! Early registration begins March 2017.

We turned a corner where a rather large building took up space. It had a large parkng lot. To the left. We entered and found ourselves at loading docks and a ticket gate that insisted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ticket Is 3ULQWLQJ´)RUÂżIWHHQPLQXWHV7KH*36ÂśV chimed in with, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arriving at destination.â&#x20AC;? Not likely. A kindly soul took pity on us and instead of blasting through the prepaid pass gate, stopped and directed us back out to the street and around the corner. As we drove through the proper gate, a huge sign only fully visible once we were already in the right place proclaimed the name of the building, also proudly announced in lovely lettering on the face of the building, and you guessed it, the address number "12345" appeared in the lower left corner of the sign in small, extremely tasteful, understated numerals. Wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to make it too easy. You get the idea. My plea to municipalities, planners and other such powerful folk is this: Make your signs UHDGDEOH0DNHÂľHPSUHWW\GLJQLÂżHGXQLform â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whatever you want, but please, make them readable with the human eye! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to soar like an eagle, but I sure canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see like one. Happy Spring, yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;all!

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History tells us that back in the early by a second level of species most of which had l800â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Texas Hill country and much some type of thorn, grass burrs, three awns, of the rest of the state was covered mesquite, prickly pear, or Texas Mountain with tall grasses-- Little Bluestem, Big Cedar that has its own adaptive techniques. Bluestem, Yellow Indian grass, Eastern Fortunately some of our government entities gama , Switch grass to name a few. recognized the value of encouraging land Subsequent articles of this publication owners to restore the tall grass culture. may deal with each of these species individually, in fact Eastern gama has already had its position of individual attention. Most of the early Bandera history books mention men on horseback riding through grasses stirrup high, and these are the species that are capable RIIXOOÂżOOLQJWKDWGHVFULSWLRQ+RZHYHUDV might be expected this group of grasses has deep penetrating root systems which allow them to have abundant tall leaf areas. This constitution requires years to establish, and all forms of herbivore animal life whether it be The Ag Extension Service provides GHHUEXá&#x201A;&#x2021;DORRUGRPHVWLFFDWWOHVKHHS educational materials and makes research and goats have strong preferences results available. The Soil Conservation Service for these broad leafed species. evaluates and gives engineering advice on The species mentioned were VSHFLÂżFVLWXDWLRQV7KH$JULFXOWXUDO6WDELOL]DWLRQ prevalent in the pre wire era of Texas Service actually distributes government ZKHUH KXJH KHUGV RI EXá&#x201A;&#x2021;DOR ZHUH WKH funds for such practices as clearing cedar. dominant range species that would Clearing brush species mechanically is a graze the grasses to the ground but step forward, but unless followed by controlled would move on and allow months even grazing, and some other form of land care, its years before coming back to the same value can be negated rapidly. Research at the grounds. This would give the primary Kerr Wildlife Management Area has shown species of grass time to recover. that land cleared free of cedar even though Another important controlling factor the tall grasses may reestablish themselves in maintaining the tall grass ecology was temporarily, the brush species will take over in ÂżUH 6XFK HYHQWV DV OLJKWQLQJ VWRUPV due time if no other follow-throughs are initiated. or possibly human action accidental      +HUH RQ WKH )DUP $ WZHQW\  DFUH ÂżHOG RU LQWHQWLRQDO RFFDVLRQDOO\ WRXFKHG Rá&#x201A;&#x2021; that was formerly used as cropland has ZLOGÂżUHV WKDW FRQVXPHG YDVW DUHDV RI lain fallow for several years only subject to the tall grass prairie. These sequences occasional grazing by cattle. For the most of events, short grazing and prairie part tall grass conditions did reestablish. ZLOGÂżUHV SUHYHQWHG WKH HVWDEOLVKPHQW However, a smattering of cedar trees of invasive species such as prickly pear, and prickly pear patches have appeared. mesquite, or Texas mountain cedar.  )RXU \HDUV DJR WKH ÂżHOG ZDV In the late l800â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and early 1900â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shredded using a 40 Hp John Deer tractor with the advent of wire fences grazing and a PTO shredder in the hope that this kind DQLPDOVZHUHFRQÂżQHGWRVSHFLÂżFDUHDV RI SUDFWLFH ZRXOG VXá&#x201A;&#x2C6;FH ZLWKRXW WKH GDQJHU and most of the land was grazed almost RI ÂżUH $W ÂżUVW DSSHDUDQFHV WKH SUDFWLFH to ground level. Nature, however, is seemed to have been successful. However, persistent in seeking to maintain plant recent examinations have shown that the life, and the tall grasses were replaced 64 Heart Beat of the Texas Hill Country SPRING 2017


cedar that was not cut completely to the ground has grown bigger trunk bases and spread closer to the ground. The prickly pear is an even bigger problem. The shredder scattered pieces of the plant over a wide area and many of them formed new plants increasing WKH VL]H RI WKH SHDU SDWFK VLJQL¿FDQWO\ Not only did the shredding process increase the amount of pear it apparently PO’ d the plants so that the new growth has bigger and longer thorns than its predecessors. The recommended practice that is planned for this spring is a controlled burn. Any cedar that has DOO RI LWV JUHHQ UHPRYHG E\ WKH ¿UH ZLOO not resprout, the prickly pear will react in the same manner, and the burned pear will be eaten by deer and antelope. Obviously the practice of controlling grassland ecology by burning requires careful attention, but is a time honored proven practice.

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Lately, Bandera regulars have noticed a new sign above the shop space next to OST on Main Street. The Remington Fine Art Gallery and Studio is the new home of local award winning artist and author Roger Evans. Originally from Houston, Roger moved to Utopia in 2004 then recently migrated to nearby Pipe Creek. There he shares a home overlooking the beautiful Medina River with high school sweetheart, Jaimie, their dogs of questionable intelligence, as well as a variety of useless cats. Roger credits Jaimie for believing in his art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had been turned down by every gallery from Austin to Fredericksburg,â&#x20AC;? lamented Roger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They loved my work but I had no name recognition. Jaimie saw my frustration and insisted my Há&#x201A;&#x2021;RUWVZHUHDVJRRGRUEHWWHU than she had seen in any local gallery. When this space became available, I made the decision to open a private gallery to showcase my work. I named the gallery after my daughter, Remington, who is an art history major at UNT in Denton.â&#x20AC;? Roger added, proudly, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a pretty darned good artist.â&#x20AC;? After taking over the location that long housed the Fickle Pickle, Roger redesigned the interior into a striking but intimate gallery that also doubles as his studio space. I recently caught up with Roger after he opened just in time for Banderaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Mardi Gras celebration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to open until March but wanted to take advantage of the crowds that Mardi Gras always seems to attract. So, there were a lot late hours and long weekends getting the space ready.â&#x20AC;? Getting the space ready included building faux-brick partitions to divide the space into gallery and studio areas.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The partitions are on wheels so they FDQ EH HDVLO\ UHFRQÂżJXUHG LQWR D GLá&#x201A;&#x2021;HUHQW layout, as needed,â&#x20AC;? he explained. In one IURQW FRUQHU \RX FDQ ÂżQG 5RJHU ZRUNLQJ at his easel on his next piece; across the URRPLVDÂżUHSODFHDQGIRUPDOVLWWLQJDUHD with a comfy love seat and chairs where visitors can relax with a complimentary cup RI FRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HH Âł:H VHH D ORW RI RYHUĂ&#x20AC;RZ IURP OST while people wait for a table,â&#x20AC;? noted 5RJHU ÂłVR WKH WUDá&#x201A;&#x2C6;F DW WKLV ORFDWLRQ LV great. People are welcome to watch me paint, if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something they ÂżQGLQWHUHVWLQJRUMXVWNLFNXS their heels and chill or chat.â&#x20AC;? As we toured the space, Roger showed me the adjoining photographic studio that takes up the other half of the building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I looked around and, to my knowledge, there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a rentable photo studio within 300 square miles. I use this studio to produce the photos that I work from for commissioned portraits but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s available to any local artist or photographer that needs a studio. I KDYH Dá&#x201A;&#x2021;RUGDEOH KRXUO\ KDOI GD\ DQG GD\ rates. The studio is roughly 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; with high ceilings and includes a full set of cool LED lights, stands, restroom, kitchen area and full service make/up dressing room. All you have to do is bring your camera and your talent.â&#x20AC;? The Remington Fine Art Gallery and Studio can be reached at 830328-5085. The gallery is normally open Wednesday through Sunday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re usually, but not always, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays,â&#x20AC;? explained Roger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I may be out on location shooting photos for a commission, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to call before coming by on those days. But basically, if you see the open sign, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here painting. 6RFRPHRQLQKDYHDFXSRIFRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HHDQG relax at the Remington.â&#x20AC;?


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EASTER TEJANO FEST TEXAS HILL COUNTRY RIVER REGION OFFERS PERFECT MIX OF RELAXATION AND FUN WITH FIRST ANNUAL EASTER TEJANO FEST

Texas Hill Country River Region, just an hour and a half scenic drive from San Antonio, is a place of simple pleasures â&#x20AC;&#x201C; home to chalk FOLá&#x201A;&#x2021;VWKUHHFU\VWDOFOHDUULYHUVDFDQRS\RI Cypress trees and some of the best festivals in Hill Country.

%%4 Ã&#x20AC;RDW GRZQ WKH )ULR 5LYHU LQ D inner-tube, kayak or take a dip in the Nueces and Sabinal Rivers, gaze up DV  PLOOLRQ EDWV Ã&#x20AC;\ RYHUKHDG DW WKH famous Frio Bat Tour or spot the Milky Way while star-gazing with the ones you love. Then, settle in to one of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s luxurious cabins-style resorts or rental vacation properties. Easter Tejano Fest Friday, April 14, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets on sale at housepasture.com or call 830-232-4310; General Admission: $20 (children 10 and under are free) Visitors can unlock the magic of uninterrupted time with loved ones in this secluded oasis that truly lets you get away from it all while experiencing some of the best entertainment WKDW7H[DVKDVWRRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU,W¶VDSHUIHFWSODFHWR refresh, recharge and celebrate the coming of spring. In fact, this spring, Concan, Texas LVKRVWLQJLWV¿UVWDQQXDO(DVWHU7HMDQR)HVW ZKLFKNLFNVRá&#x201A;&#x2021;ZLWKD¿VKIU\RQWKH)ULR River, followed by a concert headlined by AJ Castillo and Grupo Massore thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be fun for the entire family. While in town, enjoy the many charms of the Texas Hill Country River Region â&#x20AC;&#x201C; hike at Garner State Park, dine on authentic Texas

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss these other Texas Hill Country River Region celebrations and festivals â&#x20AC;&#x201C; March 4-5: Freedom )HVW%%4&RRN2á&#x201A;&#x2021;0DUFK RioFrio Fest and March 31-April 2: Sabinal Wild Hog Festival and Crafts Fair. To make your Uvalde plans today, log on to:

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I avoid the July 4th classic auto pa- the Scout aged. Every once in a while rade every year because I still miss her. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t she just wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start. After obvious but want to be reminded that I let her go. Still unsuccessful replacement parts, I put the not over it after 24 years. She wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t my RFFDVLRQDOQRQVWDUWLQJRá&#x201A;&#x2021;WRMHDORXV\RI ÂżUVWVKH ZDVQÂśW HYHQ P\EHVW%XWVKH ZDV my new GMC pickup. I kept the Scout with me from 1978 to 1993, from the fading running, when she chose to, until I sold of my youth into the blooming of middle age. her. I wore out the GMC commuting She was a green International Scout 90 miles round trip so I could live in the pickup with a white camper top bought in country, and next made the worst buy of  DQG VDFULÂżFHG LQ  IRU FROG FDVK my life. The new pickup I bought bareShe brought good money because Interna- ly outlasted the skimpy warranty. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d tell tional pickups were extinct by then. Tired of you the make but I know some may take boarding my horses, I was driving around in Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;HQVHZKHQ,FDOOLWDKRUURU7KH*0& D QHZ *0& ORRNLQJ DW SODFHV ÂżJXULQJ RXW was serviceable, not great, but this new what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d need for a down payment. Two old- pickup--well, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just say it was so poorly HU IHOORZV ZHUH SXOOHG Rá&#x201A;&#x2021; WKH URDG DQG RQH made if you tied a rope to the trailer hitch, of them had an International. I stuck my you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pull a calf out of the mud head out the window and asked if they had before the transmission squealed. I got any interest in buying my Scout. They did. tired of breaking down on the freeway. It I negotiated a good price, and made had to go D IULHQG RI WKH EX\HU  , KDQGHG KLP P\ ÂżOH of notes and subsequent invoices and got a lecture about telling a mechanic too much. Mansplaining. But he let me keep everything I stored in the camper at his place till I moved. He cured a few problems the Scout had developed and resold her to the guy who . uses her in parades, still, as far as I know. Before I had the Scout, I bought P\ ÂżUVW SLFNXS D KDOI WRQ ,QWHUQDWLRQDO UHG and strong in heart. Widowed early, I needed to feel powerful and in control. In 1972 that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an accepted attitude for young I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready to buy a car even ZLGRZV  3OXV LQĂ&#x20AC;DWLRQ KLW OLNH D FRPHW DQG gas soared from 29 cents to over a buck. with the commute--good grief, I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Lots of money for someone attending col- WKDWROG%XW,ÂśGEHHQODLGRá&#x201A;&#x2021;WRRNDMRE lege, earning a living and running weekend IRU KDOI VDODU\ DQG , FRXOG Dá&#x201A;&#x2021;RUG RQO\ D trail rides. But I was sick of driving a used plain work truck in 2002. I bought a halfCrown Victoria, which was out of sync with ton Dodge Ram with push button locks. my personality and had a nasty habit of ac- No extra gee-gaws. Fifteen years and celerating suddenly. Driving the Interna- 223,225 miles later, we still do pretty well tional gave me a sense of adventure during for two old gals. Who says senior citizens economic chaos and long, hard days. Six donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have fun! Last week I hauled a half years later an accident on ice caused ton of gravel to put down between passome damage, and I traded for the Scout. ture gates. Never have broken down on I did minor maintenance on the the road. The check engine light came Scout, like replacing the gear shift cable, but RQDERXWIRXURUÂżYH\HDUVDJREXW,JRW soon job responsibilities left less free time as KRPHMXVWÂżQH,GRQÂśWSODQRQVHOOLQJKHU 80

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ever. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just bury her in the north forty when the time comes. In 2014 around 220,000 miles, I semi-retired the Ram to country duties and short trips. The AC gave up the ghost after twelve years and I was too FKHDS WR KDYH LW Âż[HG $FWXDOO\ , ZDV scared to let anyone mess with her inner parts unnecessarily. I gave in and bought a car, but, hey, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called an Outback! All wheel drive thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great on hilly WHUUDLQ2QHGLá&#x201A;&#x2021;HUHQFH,QRWLFHLVWKDWQR one tailgates the Ram, but a few drugstore cowboys in pickups that never get dirty try to herd me when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in my Outck. So far, they ve just given up and back. theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve oved on. moved

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