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here was a big debate in the 85th Texas Legislative Session about the need for 100-percent purity in Texas-made wines. Supporters who got Rep. Jason Isaacs (R-Dripping Springs) to propose a bill claimed if you want to use the Lone Star state in your marketing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Texas wineâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it needed to use only grapes grown in Texas. Supporters, including celebrated area wineries William & Chris in Hye and Pontotoc Vineyards near Mason claimed that authenticity is at stake and, as it stands now, consumers have no way of knowing if any of their grapes are grown in a wine marketed as being from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Texas.â&#x20AC;? But the consensus, for now at least, was that the Texas wine industry is too young to start arguing over purity laws. In California, they have an 85 percent rule, about 150 times as much acreage in grape crops and a huge head start on Texas. The Lone Star state now has about 400 permitted wineries, but the acreage to support them with strictly Texas grapes is not yet there. This is not to say Texas shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work toward this rule. +$59(677KLVEXQFKRI6DQJLRYHVH There are good folks on both ZDVKDUYHVWHGDW.OHQN)DPLO\ sides of this debate. Many are, 9LQH\DUGVLQ)UHGHULFNVEXUJWKLVIDOO understandably, Texas proud and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want bandwagon riders jumping on with little connection 67,//*52:,1**UDSH to the land. But most winery owners and SURGXFWLRQE\DFUHDJH operators thought at this point, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to hamstring a regional industry 7H[DV that is still in its infancy. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;R&Vâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;

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finally stopping!â&#x20AC;? Next door to A Smith Gallery is Texas Art House. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our mission is to support and promote Texas artists. My objective is to support exceptional artists who I believe in,â&#x20AC;? said owner Mars Woodhill. Woodhill hosts solo exhibitions, usually one in the main gallery and another in the smaller project space. At Art Walk, she usually offers an artist talk with a curator, perhaps an expert from the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio or the Umlauf Sculpture Garden in Austin. Woodhill credits the Science Mill for Johnson Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic growth. (See related story in this issue.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re contributing to the art feel around here,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m highlighting artists influenced by scientific discoveries or involved in science and the arts.â&#x20AC;? Fredericksburg connections Across the street is Lee Casbeer Fine Art. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to Fredericksburg and visited Crossroads, Java Ranch, Mamacitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Parts Unknown or Treaty House, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen his murals. He will

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isitors are drawn to Johnson City because it represents the best of the state. “All the world is welcome here.” Those words, which the National Park Service has used from the earliest days of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, come from a welcome mat at the LBJ Ranch. “It shows the international dimension of the Texas White House and the hospitality of the Johnsons,” said David Schafer, chief of interpretation and resource management at the park. “Mrs. Johnson liked to call the LBJ Ranch ‘our heart’s home.’” During his presidency, Johnson took 74 trips back home — a total of 490 days, Schaefer says. “It was where he worked, where he recharged his batteries in a place where he was very comfortable,” he said. Johnson’s story is in two cities. The Stonewall District has the ranch, the Texas White House and the family cemetery. The Johnson City District encompasses four sites, including the Boyhood Home, where Johnson lived from age five until he married. Down the road, the Johnson Settlement honors Johnson’s grandparents as well as James Polk Johnson, for whom the town is named. The Visitor Center focuses on Johnson’s presidency. “You can make a full day of LBJ things,” Schaefer said. “It’s the most comprehensive park in terms of having so many sites related to Johnson’s ancestry, his early life, his presidency and his last years, including his burial site.” The Withers & Spauldings General Store is also the location of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce. Its exhibits highlight the town Johnson called home for most of his life. Whether visitors come to Johnson City for the art, the wine or the history, they want to see Texas, especially the international tourists. “We have lots of visitors looping the Texas Hill County,” said Frances Giron, executive director of the chamber. Sometimes her job is to warn guests from Scotland or Kazakhstan or Western Europe how large the state actually is. “I had some people say, ‘We’re gonna head to Fort Stockton for dinner,’” she recalled. “I said, ‘Not tonight!’”

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most small, non-urban communities, so Hill Country patrons of the Mill are extremely lucky to have such a science â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;goldmineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; available to them.â&#x20AC;? Nye is a retired educator who has visited the Science Mill twice, each time with her two granddaughtersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fifth grade class field trips. In the outdoor space beyond the main entrance, a tortoise habitat is home to African Spurred Tortoises and )RUKRXUVDQGPRUH mates, Speedy and LQIRUPDWLRQYLVLW Tortilla. Visitors ZZZVFLHQFHPLOORUJ can view feedings and their underground burrow with the 360-degree tortoise cam. Interactive activities such as a fossil dig, wave pendulum and tug-of-war lever game are available in the same outdoor space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the museum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all the learning about new stuff and all the science you get to learn,â&#x20AC;? said Nakiah Granadoz, 8, of Marble Falls, who was working in the fossil dig area. The summer campers had completed a unit on robots and programming. Photos by ANNIE BLAKELY

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Science Mill is a place of discovery where all kids can explore and experiment in a non-threatening environment their own curiosity,â&#x20AC;? said Founder Bonnie Baskin. Wimberley artist McKay Ottoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is featured at the Science Mill in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silo of McKays.â&#x20AC;? McKay asked Baskin if he could create an installation in one of the 40-foot silos. McKayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibit focuses on the seven chakras of Eastern medicine and includes Tibetan singing bowls for an interactive experience of light, sound and color. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For us, art and science come from the same origin, which is innovation and creativity,â&#x20AC;? Baskin said. Another silo features a cell phone disco that shows in red lights what happens when you make a phone call or get on the internet from your cell phone. Tiny sensors in this exhibit detect and convert the invisible electromagnetic waves from a cell phone into another frequency, the range of visible light. The museum also features a play area specifically for toddlers, a 3D theater and access to Lady Bird Lane CafĂŠ. A kid-centric gift shop of science-related toys and games is located at the front entrance.

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At the end of the week, customers have two options: buy and keep or send them back. I decided to keep the yellow dress and cotton white slip. Magnolia Pearl wants everyone to experience its closet, share its clothes, and leave feeling renovated in exclusive apparel. I left Magnolia Pearl beaming like a sweet sunset at the end of a Texas summer day. At Magnolia Pearl, enjoy artwork clothing that is designed to make all of us feel beautiful in our skin.

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290, a relatively new tasting room is based on an unusual business model — with roots that go back to the 11th century. Vinovium Partners operates a wine cellar, but it also is focused on becoming the premier seller and marketer of fine wines packaged in consumer-oriented recyclable commercial kegs and aseptic packages. Vinovium’s business model starts with the “negociant” aspect of its business. It’s a French term dating back about 1,000 years, which involves partnering with local winemakers to help them get their wines to markets far beyond the Hill Country — such as downtown settings in Texas and beyond. “We’re a partner to the Texas wine industry, not really a competitor. We feel one of our roles is to represent it,” Daniel Kelada, Vinovium vice president said. “You’ve seen places that have 100 beers on tap. There’s going to be a time where you can be in any major Texas city and walk into a place — hopefully named Vinovium — with 100 wines on tap,” he said. “And what if all those wines are Texas wines? How cool would that be?” Vinovium’s Johnson City tasting room,

called the “Growler Lounge,” is adorned with 12 wine taps on the lounge’s wall, with room for six more, according to Kelada. The selection extends beyond the Hill Country; usually, there are several wines from the West Coast (Oregon and Washington, as well as California) and Europe. During a recent week, for example, a Vinovium customer could compare samples or glasses of two dry roses — one from Texas, another from the Napa Valley. “Visitors want to try wines from the Willamette Valley (in Oregon), Paso Robles (in California) and Washington state. They like to try international wines,” he said. “This differentiates us from other wineries in this area.” “Don’t get me wrong — I support Texas wine 100 percent,” Kelada continued. “It’s my passion and love. But to be realistic, we operate within the larger wine industry and it’s in our business’ best interest and our customers’ best interest to do so.” Another Hill Country establishment, Flat Creek Vineyard & Winery east of Marble Falls, offers some of its wines on tap, too. Photos by CHUCK WEHNER


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At a restaurant, for example, a weekend customer can order a glass of a particular wine and the next order may not come until the following weekend. But since oxidation is inevitable within an opened bottle, even with the cork tightly replaced, restaurants often toss the leftover wine within a few days because the quality is compromised. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Internally, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve experienced wine kegged in 2014 that drinks better today than three years ago,â&#x20AC;? Kelada said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still very fresh and bright.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;My goal is to serve Michelin-rated food at the Trattoria,â&#x20AC;? Howe said. A lobster risotto and steak filet on a bed of mushrooms are two of the menu highlights, and cheese and charcuterie trays have been upgraded with Howeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings. The Trattoria also has a â&#x20AC;&#x153;wine library,â&#x20AC;? filled with past vintages for Grape Creek members. Grape Creek has changed its focus to quality over quantity on both its own offerings and its customers. No more will serious wine fans have to compete with large, inebriated crowds on the grounds. Heathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own financial research indicated that a single wine club membership was worth more in annual revenue than 40 typical partygoers seeking to drink as much as possible. But Heath said Stoutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trattoria is not exclusive. It is available to anyone, save for wine club pickup days, when members are given preference. The remodeled and upgraded Trattoria includes an enclosed and air-conditioned space that brings the outdoors in, with windows overlooking the vineyards on the grounds and outdoor seating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We learn from the best practices all over the country,â&#x20AC;? Heath said. Stoutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trattoria is a welcome upgrade to fare in an area where top wines shine.

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to create a taste I’ve never experienced before. And Monet is my favorite artist.” Gillenwater’s artistic flair comes from training at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in New England as well as through working under several James Beard award-winning chefs. “They influenced my style of food,” he says. “As a result, I keep certain regional items on my menu — I call that my thumbprint.” These dishes include customer favorites such as crispy veal schnitzel, grilled rack

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Sirena Festival & Parade Pace Park, Salado, TX 76571 sirenafest@gmail.com

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Oompah, bratwurst und bier, with cries of â&#x20AC;&#x153;prosit,â&#x20AC;? herald the arrival of Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, Oct. 6-8. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fritztownâ&#x20AC;? festival is in its 37th year of celebrating the spirit of Texas gemĂźtlichkeit. Oktoberfest features the best in German and Texas Bier, bands, a domino tournament, sing-a-longs and music in the various halles around Marktplatz. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss OktubaFest on Friday afternoon, as well as the Haupstrasse (Main Street) Chicken Dance at 9 a.m. Saturday. Four covered stages host a continuous parade of entertainers. The focus is the German favorites of oompah, polka, and waltzing, with exhibitions, contests, and plenty of opportunities for dancing. Gear up your stomach for sausage on a 2.72%(5)(67IHDWXUHVGDQFLQJ stick and plates with kraut, potato pancakes, GULQNLQJGLUQGOVDQGPRUH plus other goodies. And wash it down with more than 50 varieties of German, American, Texan and other imported beers. There also are kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities, artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; booths, craft vendors and much more. Admission is $8, $1 for children 7-12, and children 6 and under are free. Two-day passes are $14; three-day passes are $18. Advance ticket sales are available on the website. www.oktoberfestinfbg.com

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recycle glass into a wine bottle than it costs to make a new wine bottle. Another factor is that the most popular curbside recycling programs allow residents and businesses to toss all their recycling — cardboard, cans, paper and more — into a single container, which means different colors and types of glass (such as windows, mirrors, crystal) can be mixed together. There’s little demand for mixed glass, in part because businesses that use glass containers demand they meet certain color standards. Sorting glass by color or type can substantially hike recycling costs. As a result, Texas has few businesses that will purchase used glass, much less pay for it, Fredericksburg Mayor Linda Langerhans said. “There’s no way to sell it,” she said. “Some will take it and haul it elsewhere, but it would cost us to do that, and it may just be going into someone else’s landfill.” Perhaps a glass recycler can be paid a subsidy to accept glass, with the money covering at least a portion of business costs, but that cost can’t be covered by the city, which once made a small profit from recycling but now loses nearly $100,000 annually at its drop-off recycling center at the corner of East Ufer and South Lincoln streets, Langerhans said. Falling prices for all recyclable materials

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promising discovery because tarantula venom is not harmful to humans and the toxins can be produced using bacteria or yeast in fermentation tanks and the insecticidal genes could be engineered into crops. ÂśThe oldest cotton fibers and boll fragments, dated from around 5000 B.C. were discovered in Mexico. Cotton has been worn in Egypt and India for over 5,000 years. Native Americans grew cotton as early as 1500. It was in the late 1700s that Samuel Slater, an Englishman, built the first American cotton mill. These mills converted cotton fibres into yarn and cloth. In 1793, Eli Whitney developed the cotton gin, which mechanically separates the seed from the lint fiber. ÂśTawny crazy ants have unseated the fire ant as the Lone Star Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most tenacious pest. These reddish-brown colored invaders teem out of electrical outlets and short-circuited electronics. Crazy ants, known as Nylanderia fulva, are displacing their fire ant cousins because of a chemical they produce and then rub over themselves. The chemical is an antidote to fire ant venom. The same chemical doubles as a chemical weapon they spray at enemies, allowing them to defeat competitors that would otherwise help keep them in check. In some places they are so densely packed that they are mistaken for dirt.

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