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Beauty In Bloom Wildflower season a warm welcome to Spring and Summer

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29+ events for fun, food and fireworks 19 Activities 12 Major Attractions

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SPRING SUMMER 2013 ON THE COVER Evelyn Scott was 4-years-old when her parents took this picture on Hwy 29 between Burnet and Kingsland on Easter Sunday, 2011. Now, 6, Evelyn lives with her parents in Oklahoma. Grandmother Sylvia Barker of San Antonio and Kingsland submitted the photo to The Picayune Bluebonnet Cover Contest and won! Thanks, Sylvia!

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CEO Dan Alvey Publisher/President Amber Alvey Weems Editor Suzanne Freeman Copy Editor Wendi Wilkerson Writers Daniel Clifton, Jared Fields Contributing Writers Connie Swinney, Jennifer Fierro Production Manager/Art Director/Layout Florence Edwards Asst Production Manager David Bean Sales Mandi Wyatt, Marie Ebeling, Douglas Rudd Administration Kelly Ashbaugh, Barbara Baronas, Sonia Marroquin


Welcome to the Highland Lakes

Snap a picture (win a contest!) Don’t forget the camera when you’re out enjoying the 101-plus fun things to do in the Highland Lakes. You’ll not only preserve the memories, you could win a contest and be the next cover of this magazine. Kristy Barker Scott took this year’s cover photo of her daughter, Evelyn, on Easter Sunday 2011, when Evelyn was 4. She and her family were driving Texas 29 between Burnet and Kingsland when they heard the call of the wildflowers. Grandmother Sylvia Barker of San Antonio entered the picture in the contest

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and won a new iPod Nano. The picture-perfect backdrops of wildflowers, wildlife, water and wonderland are just the beginning of the adventure you’ll find in the Highland Lakes. And the magazine you now hold in your hand is your guide to it all. Whether you want to quilt, shoot a gun, jet ski, fish or relax, it’s all here. You’re already started with No. 1: take a picture! And if you think you have a good one, email it to the editor at suzanne@ thepicayune.com. You never know what might happen after that!

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Having fun in the Highland Lakes? Take a picture and send it to us at suzanne@thepicayune.com

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Fishing guide John Gilbert knows where the fish are in lakes LBJ and Travis.

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Hook a fish in Lake Buchanan Lake Buchanan is a fisherman’s dream for largemouth bass, catfish, white bass and hybrid striped bass. Hybrid striped bass are the most popular fish in the water, mainly because they are restocked on an annual basis. “We’ve released 5.3 million fry and fingerlings since we started in 2006,” says George Bold, director of the Lake Buchanan Conservation Corporation. Of that 6-year total, 4.8 million were fry, or tiny one- and two-day-old fish, and 475,300 were fingerlings. Just last year, 76,000 hybrid striped bass were released in the lake. The Lower Colorado River Authority has three parks on the lake: Cedar Point Recreation Area, Black Rock Park and Canyon of the Eagles. Lake Buchanan is the result of Buchanan Dam, which was built by LCRA. Completed in 1939, the dam is more than two miles in length and was the first of the Highland Lakes to be formed. At 22,333 acres of surface water that stretches over Burnet and Llano counties, it’s also the largest.

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Since it’s a level-controlled reservoir, Lake Buchanan won’t flood because of heavy rains.

Boat or hike at Inks Lake Drought or no drought, one lake that is always filled and ready for sport is Inks Lake. A constant-level lake, Inks  covers 831 acres with a maximum depth of 60 feet. Its 888 feet of water fluctuates by only about one foot a year. At 4.2 miles long and 3,000 feet wide, it is the shortest of the first five lakes on the Colorado River chain, which includes Buchanan, LBJ, Marble Falls and Travis. Inks Lakes is home to one of the prettiest state parks in Texas and a picturesque overhead suspension walking bridge. White bass are the most prominent and popular fish in Inks, and early spring is when to go for ‘em. Spawning season draws the white bass to the upper end of the reservoir as the weather begins to

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High school anglers Austin Ellis (left) and Lyle Schmidt fishing on Lake LBJ.

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Continued from page 10 warm, sometimes as early as February. Live minnows or lures, such as twister tail jigs and small hair jigs, are effective with white bass.

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Lake LBJ Lake LBJ begins in Kingsland and travels along the Colorado River footprint for 21 miles to Horseshoe Bay. Its 6,449 acres of surface water make it perfect for motor and sailboats, jet skis and fishing. It was originally named Lake Granite Shoals when it was first formed by Wirtz Dam in 1951. It was renamed in 1965 to honor President Lyndon Baines Johnson for his work building the dams to bring electricity to the Hill Country. Operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority, Lake LBJ is a constant level lake with a maximum depth of 90 feet. It is occasionally lowered for dam and dock repairs or to prepare for floodwaters from upstream. The lake is regularly stocked with large-

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mouth bass, white bass, crappie (pronounced croppy) and catfish. The best time for fishing white bass are when they begin their annual runs up the Llano River from February to May. Largemouth bass fishing is best in the spring and fall months, says

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Lake Marble Falls might be small, but it packs a powerful punch!

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Continued from page 12 Lake access for boaters is easy with two main public boat ramps in Cottonwood Shores and Kingsland along with several small public ramps in Granite Shoals. The Wirtz Dam/Cottonwood Ramp is located on the south shore near the dam. From Marble Falls, take FM 2147 to the sign on the right. It’s a one-lane concrete ramp, open year-round. Launching from the ramp is free. Kingsland Community Park (formerly Kingsland Lion’s Park) charges a fee to launch from the ramp on the Llano River arm, the north side of the lake. Also a onelane concrete ramp, this one is day use only, year-round.

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Though it is the smallest lake in the upper Highland Lakes chain, Lake Marble Falls packs a lot of fun into its 611 acres. The biggest selling point of the little lake is that its water

Lake Travis One of two reservoirs, Lake Travis spreads across 19,297 acres covering almost 30 square-miles when full. In that space, you can speed across the water or just ease along, whatever floats your boat (pun intended). The lake was formed in 1942 when the Lower Colorado River Authority built Mansfield Dam on the western edge of Austin. It has a maximum depth of 190 feet. While the southeastern section finds favor with the boating crowd, the more river-like portion, beginning below Max Starcke Dam in Marble Falls, has less activity. Anglers love the lake for its largemouth, Guadalupe, white and striped bass. You also can find catfish and sunfish. Up and down the lake, you’ll find local, county and LCRA parks that provide public access to Travis. Many offer boat ramps, though, before heading out, you might want to check the LCRA website at www. lcra.org to find out which ones are open.

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level remains mostly steady at 737 feet above sea level. And though it might not be as large as its upper and lower companions — Lake LBJ to the north and Lake Travis to the south — it is perfect for personal watercraft and fishing. Fishermen angle for the crappie, bluegill and bass that haunt the western part of the lake during the spring months. Year-round fishermen focus on catfish and sunfish. A quarter-mile section of the almost six miles of lake becomes the center of attention in the Highland Lakes during the second weekend of August when the Lakefest dragboat races hit town. This year marks the 22nd annual Lakefest, which is set for Aug. 9-11 on the shores of Lakeside Park.

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The historic Hill Country Flyer takes you on a 66-mile round trip from Cedar Park to Burnet, with a brief layover in Burnet for lunch and shopping. Be careful on Saturday’s train, however. Staff Photo You might just get caught up in a Wild West shootout just off the Courthouse Square in Burnet. Order tickets by calling (512) 477-8468 ext. 2 on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-up tickets go on sale 30 minutes before each train’s departure and can be purchased at the ticket office at 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Suite A-103, in Cedar Park. Walkup ends 10 minutes before departure. Call (512) 925-7570 to check on walk-up ticket availability. The Bertram Flyer is a shorter journey from Cedar Park to Bertram. A 15-minute layover in Bertram gives you just

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Take a ride on the Austin Steam Train

Sheriff Tex Copsetta finds a saloon girl instead of an outlaw at the Burnet Gunfighters Wild West show in Burnet, Texas. enough time to tour the fully restored 1912 train depot there. The Bertram Flyer runs on a seasonal schedule. All seats are reserved and preassigned. The train departs Saturday at 10 a.m. and returns at 1 p.m. On Sundays, it departs at 2 p.m. and returns at 5 p.m. The train runs from March through November. Information on special-occasion trips can be found online at the Austin Steam Train website at www. austinsteamtrain.org.

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Join the show in the Wild Wild West

Gunfighters dressed in period costumes put on a Wild West show almost every Saturday afternoon in Burnet when the Austin Steam Train arrives. Gunfighters are volunteers who pass around a donation bucket and give the proceeds to local charities such as Meals on Wheels. The gunfight starts at about 1:30 p.m. every Saturday just off the square in Burnet. Ladies, look out! You might become part of the show! Gunfights are staged on Saturdays, January-May and September-November, weather permitting and based on the train schedule for the Hill Country Flyer. Gunfighters stage a train robbery on the first two Saturdays in December about 2 p.m. Call for specific shootout times at (512) 756-1872. Also visit www.burnetgunfighters.org

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Escape to Canyon of the Eagles Everything you love about the Highland Lakes can be found at the Canyon of the Eagles Resort at the mouth of the Colorado River on Lake Buchanan at 16942 RR 2341 in Burnet. The 940-acre nature reserve is open year-round for weddings, meetings and vacations. Stay in the resort, park your recreational vehicle or pitch a tent on the campgrounds. The resort has a park store and a first-class restaurant. Canyon of the Eagles is secluded and the perfect place to enjoy nature from the wildlife to the stars. The Eagle Eye Observatory is home to two professional high-tech telescopes available free for use by anyone staying at the resort. You can go on a guided nature hike on 14 miles of designated trails. Entertainment opportunities include movies under the stars, ecological tours, cowboy poets and star parties. For more information on the educational programs and other opportunities, call (512) 334-2070 or toll free at (800) 977-0081. Details also can be found on the website at www.canyonoftheeagles.com.

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See ’em, pet ’em at the Exotic Resort Zoo

Meet Gomar the camel and Sitting Bull and Souix, two of the many bison among the 500 different animals you’ll find at the Exotic Resort Zoo in Johnson City. This extremely kid-friendly animal preserve comes complete with a petting zoo of baby animals. Take your little ones to meet, greet and feed baby deer, llamas and kangaroos! The 137-acre farm operates four trams from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 5:30 p.m. Tours begin when you get there, so come anytime of the day! Your tour guide will fill you in on interesting animal facts as creatures from the wild come right up to you. The tram tour is a relaxing and informative drive through wooded acres around several small lakes and creeks. You can even hold your next birthday party at the Exotic Resort Zoo. Located at 235 Zoo Trail just four miles north on Johnson City on U.S. 281, the zoo is available for field trips, too. For more information, call (830) 868-4357 or visit the website at www.zooexotics.com.

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Go off-road trail riding at Hidden Falls Adventure Park

Rev up that 4-wheeler, Jeep or ATV. It’s time to head for Hidden Falls Adventure Park for some off-road trail riding! Hidden Falls is a nonprofit organization located seven miles east of Marble Falls at 7420 RR 1431. You’ll find trails for any size vehicle and any level driver, along with a variety of other activities. The 3,000-acre Continued on page 17


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Continued from page 16 park has more than 240 miles of trails. You also can camp or park your RV, partake in some paintball and maybe do a little hiking. And if you don’t have your own off-road vehicle, you can rent one from Hill Country Adventure Rentals, an on-site private company. The park has separate trail systems for different vehicles ranging from ATV to motorcycles to 4-wheel-drive trucks. It’s open year-round, Thursday through Sunday. During Spring Break and the Christmas/New Year’s holidays, however, it’s open every day! For more information, visit www.hidden fallsadventurepark.com or call (830) 7989820.

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Take a rugged run or ride at Reveille Peak Ranch

Mountain bikers and joggers looking for adventure will find about 60 miles of well-maintained trails through the Texas

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Hill Country at Reveille Peak Ranch. Located at 105 CR 114 in Burnet, the ranch is open to the public on weekends. There is even an obstacle course for an additional challenge. Reveille Peak hosts a variety of races and competitions throughout the year. Here are a few of the races coming this spring: • April 20, Bluebonnet Adventure Race • May 18-19, Texas Spartan Spring • June 2, Rogue Running Trail Series For details and more races, check out the ranch’s website at rprtexas.com.

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Hop aboard the Vanishing Texas River Cruise

Take a voyage back in time on the Vanishing Texas River Cruise on Lake Buchanan. Although the drought has left the lake too low for the cruise to chart its regular course along the shoreline, the receding waters have opened up other opportunities. Continued on page 18

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Continued from page 17 In 1937, when Buchanan Dam blocked the waters of the Colorado River, the town of Old Bluffton became a historical footnote on the bottom of the manmade lake. The continuing drought and the demands of downstream rice farmers for water from the lake have exposed the town, providing an opportunity for a look back in time. You can see the foundation of the old hotel, the school yard, the gristmill and the graveyard. For more details, visit the Vanishing Texas River Cruise website at www.vtrc. com. You can also call (512) 756-6986 or toll-free at (800) 474-8374. The cruise office is located on the east shore of Lake Buchanan. To get there from Burnet, at the intersection of U.S. 281 and Texas 29, drive west on 29 for three miles to FM 2341. Turn right, which is north, and go 12 miles to Ed Low Drive. Turn left about one-quarter mile, then go left on Waterway Lane for about a third of a mile past the house with a tree in the driveway. Then go immediately left down the hill to the cruise parking area.

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Bounce it out at Inflatable Wonderland

Inflatable Wonderland in Burnet is the perfect place to spend a hot day, a rainy day or any day with the kids. The indoor bounce-house extravaganza offers lots of cool air along with all the jumpy inflatables you can imagine. These aren’t your typical bounce houses. Imagine a moonwalk on steroids, and you’ll get the idea. Children 10 and under can bounce all day — even if they come and go — for one price. Inflatable Wonderland, located at 209 Sure Cast Drive in Burnet behind Cecil Atkission Motors on U.S. 281, offers birthday and other party packages as well. And, as your kids bounce and laugh, you can watch from the safety of a nearby table while sipping on a cool, refreshing drink or enjoying an ice-cream treat. If you’re looking for a few bounce houses or moonwalks for a church, school, organization or family event at a place of your own, Inflatable Wonderland has just about every imaginable inflatable for rent. You

We're about to kick off another awesome season at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours... And you're invited to join in the fun! Have you ever dreamed of flying? Come experience the thrill of the wind in your face while the ground glides below you this spring at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. We offer a fun-filled educational adventure that will also have your adrenaline pumping. Bring your family, friends, or a date and share the wonder and joy of soaring through the tree tops! It's an experience you'll remember for years to come and want to do again and again! Explore the Texas Hill Country at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours this spring and enjoy the abundant array of wild flowers about to bloom! Our guide team is ready to take you through the trees starting March 8th and we will be open the entire next week for spring break and throughout the spring and summer. Also, our new Lofthaven tree house is almost finished! You can book your romantic night in the trees starting mid-March. Reserve your tree top adventure in advance as tours and overnight tree house stays book up early.

You can book online at cypressvalleycanopytours.com or call 512-264-8880. We're happy to help you plan your adventure!

Also, if you're looking for a great activity for team building~ Cypress Valley offers companies large and small the chance to experience the exciting bonding experience of a zipline-canopy tour!

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can pick it up, or, for an additional cost, they’ll deliver and set it up. For more information along with hours, go to www.iwburnet.com or call (512) 756-2700.

Zip line through the trees Fly through the air with a birds-eye view of the beautiful Hill Country at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours in Spicewood. You can soar through the trees on seven ziplines along with two sky bridges and a rappel. Cypress Valley Canopy also features a picnic area and small private lake with a lake zip-line and rope swing. Reserve your tour a week or two in advance during the season, which lasts from Spring Break through late November. Once there, trained guides ensure a great time and answer questions about the local ecology. For more, call (512) 264-8880 or visit www.cypressvalleycanopytours.com. Cypress Valley Canopy Tours is located

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Located on Park Road 4 in Burnet County, Longhorn Cavern is about six miles west of U.S. 281. For more, call (877) 598-CAVE or visit www.longhorncaverns.com.

at 1223 Paleface Ranch Road South in Spicewood.

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Get under it all at Longhorn Cavern State Park

See the Highland Lakes from the inside at Longhorn Cavern State Park. The 645acre park features daily tours with plenty of local legends to go along with the geology. The Austin Paranormal Society even offers ghostly tours. The outlaw Sam Bass and his gang are reputed to have hidden there from the law in the days of the Old West. American Indians held powwows, and Confederate soldiers used the caves for manufacturing gunpowder. During Prohibition, the underground refuge was a speakeasy. A large room in the cavern was used as a ballroom. You’ll find lots to do above ground as well — hiking, bird-watching and picnicking, just to name a few.

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Pick your own lavender at M&J Lavender Farms

If you’re driving along Hwy 281 south of Marble Falls, slow down and smell the lavender. At M&J Lavender Farm you can pick your own lavender, buy great soaps, sachets, wreaths or lotions, all handmade by owners Mitchell and Jane Stephens. You can also buy peaches at the roadside stand and make an appointment for a tour of the farm. “Between May and October you can come out anytime by appointment,” Jane Stephens says. “We encourage you to come and pick your own lavender and see the farm.” The peach stand and lavender farm are located at 12992 U.S. 281 nine miles south of Marble Falls on the east side of the highway. They are open to the public for special festivities the first weekend in October, which is the second blooming of the Provence lavender. First blooming comes in late spring and early summer after the Spanish lavender blooms in April.

To make an appointment, call the Stephens at 830-693-6624. For more, visit the website at www.mjlavenderfarm.com

Explore prehistoric Kingsland Take a guided tour of the Nightengale Archaeological Center in Kingsland for a glimpse of prehistoric Hill Country life. The center is on Lower Colorado River Authority land but is run by the Llano Uplift Archeological Society. A trail winds through the landmark site to two open digs: one shallow and one about four feet deep. Stone tools and artifacts have been left in the site for visitors to see what kinds of items have been found. Also on site is an actual hearth that was unearthed. The society built a grass hut that visitors can enter and inspect. The society gives tours of the two excavation sites 2-5 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, February through November. Tours are free, but donations are welcome! You also can reserve free group tours by calling (830) 598-5261. If there is no answer, call (800) 776-5272 ext. 8001. For TEKs-aligned school program information, call (800) 7765272 ext. 8001. For more information, check out the society’s website at www.texasluas.org.

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Spot an eagle at home in the Hill Country

Many bald eagles call Lake Buchanan home from November to April, including an eagle couple that built two nests along the Llano River about 10 years ago. The nests rest in trees along Texas 29 between Llano and Burnet. You also can take a boat tour on the Vanishing Texas River Cruise to spot eagles along the banks of Lake Buchanan. Not all eagles migrate south, but those that do usually leave when the water sources around them freeze over. They fly wind currents south, following lakes and rivers until they find water that doesn’t freeze in the winter. That would be the Highland Lakes, where our nation’s feathered symbol of strength and freedom has found a happy — and welcome — home.

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Pull out the binoculars for a little birdwatching

Spring is a great time to track the activities of birds along the migratory path that is the Highland Lakes. Activities for birdwatchers include: 13th Balcones Songbird Festival, April 26-29, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Nestled on 23,000 acres on the Edwards Plateau, the refuge straddles

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Burnet, Travis and Williamson counties. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo, both endangered songbirds that nest exclusively six months out of the year in the refuge. For a listing of daily activities during the festival and through the spring and fall, go to www.friendsofbalcones.org/ festival. The park has access areas on RR 1431 midway between Marble Falls and Lago Vista and also on FM 1174 between Smithwick and Bertram. Marble Falls Public Library programs —  Take a Bird Walk the first Thursday of the month at 8:30 a.m. beginning at the library, 101 Main St., and ending at Johnson Park, 230 Ave. J South in Marble Falls. Also, a program on birds, wildflowers and related topics happens at 9:30 a.m. the first Thursday of the month at the library. Breakfast with the Birds Boat Tours — The fee-based tour takes place in the spring, summer and fall every week at Inks Lake State Park, 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet County. For more, call (512) 793-2223.

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Face to face with nature

Come face to face with nature in the Highland Lakes. From fleet-footed squirrels to white-tailed deer to armadillos, they all thrive in the Texas Hill Country. But those are just a few of the many species you can count on making an appearance among the hills. Have you ever seen a ringtail raccoon slipping through the brush? Well if you’re alert (and up late), you’ll probably catch a glimpse. You might also run into a bobcat ducking out of sight, as well as a coyote or two. If you’re out in the country at night, listen closely and you’ll catch the yips and howls of a couple of coyotes talking to the moon. Two great places for wildlife watching are Colorado Bend State Park in Bend and Pedernales Falls State Park outside of Johnson City. Check out the parks section of this magazine for more details. Several Lower Colorado River Authority parks have ample acreages to explore as well. Learn more about those parks at www.lcra.org.

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EXPERIENCE THE ARTS Catch a play If you’re looking for a great theatrical experience, head to Fredericksburg and join the other 8,000 people who have discovered this slice of heaven on stage in the Highland Lakes. Audience members enjoy an intimate viewing experience at the 250-seat Steve W. Shepherd Theater, which hosts several productions a year. The company also offers a youth program. The all-volunteer theater company performs musicals, comedies and dramas year-round at 1668 U.S. 87 South in Fredericksburg. Tickets are available online and at the box office. Visit www. fredericksburgtheater.org or call (830) 9973588.

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You’ll find art of every kind from landscape paintings to bronze sculptures to contemporary photographs in local art galleries.

Highland Arts Guild 318 Main St., Marble Falls. A cooperative gallery with visiting artists who give demonstrations. Call (830) 693-7324 or visit www.highlandartsguild.org. lano Fine Arts Guild 503 Bessemer Ave., Llano Features work by local artists in oils, watercolors, pastels, photography, ceramics and sculptures as well as jewelry and gemstones. Offers art lessons on Thursdays and Saturdays. Art demonstrations are held on the first Monday of the month. Call (325) 247-4839. For more on local art, visit www.artand wine.org for locations of many more galleries in Spicewood, Kingsland, Burnet and Buchanan Dam.

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Have a night at the theater in Marble Falls

Known as a showplace for budding thespians, Hill Country Community Theater is an all-volunteer nonprofit venue where area actors stage a variety of performances, including musicals, dramas and comedies.  Performances are acclaimed for the professionalism of the sets, costumes and, of course, the acting. The modern, comfortable playhouse features a foyer/lounge and nearly 150 seats, each with an excellent view of the stage.  The next production, “Charlie Cox Runs With Scissors,” is set for select days from April 25 to May 5. During that time, the theater will be auditioning for the summer production of “Willie Wonka.” Kids welcome!

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Continued from page 22 D-Box. Located at 2600 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls, Showbiz Cinema 8 is an eightscreen movie theater with stadium seating, thundering digital sound and a full-service snack bar offering homemade pizzas, gourmet coffees and ice cream. For movie times and listings, call the movie hot line at (830) 798-8463 or visit www.show bizcinemas.com.

Listen to a little night music If you’re looking for a bit of toe tappin’ fun when the sun goes down, we have a few suggestions. For a dose of classic country music, check out the Llano Country Opry at the LanTex Theatre, 113 W. Main St. in Llano. The Heart of Texas Country Music Association produces a show each month at the historic theater. Some of the names you can expect to hear include Moe Bandy and the Americana Band (April 13), Robyn Young’s Tribute to Faron Young (May 11), Razzy Bailey (June 1), “Queen of the House” Jody Miller (July 13) and Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band (Sept. 14). For the exact times go to www.hillbillyhits. com or www.lantextheater.com. Also in Llano, check out Fuel Coffee House, 106 E. Main St. The intimate setting provides a great place to experience local and traveling talent up close and personal. On most Saturdays, the community-supported coffee house hosts an informal jam session 6:30-9:30 p.m. If you’re around the Llano square on Tuesday nights, Fuel hosts regular performances starting at 6 or 7 p.m. depending on the entertainer. You can catch the Lake Bottom Jazz Combo the second Tuesday of the month as well as Keenan’s Eclectic Stuff, Harold and Friends and Harriet Myrick on the other Tuesday nights. For more information on Fuel Coffee House, go to www.fuelcoffeehouse.wordpress.com or call (325) 247-5272. In Marble Falls, give a listen to TexAmericana Tuesdays at the River City Grille, 700 First St. Local singer-songwriters Mike Blakely and Larry Nye typically headline the event. On Wednesdays at River City Grille, john Arthur martinez entertains with his selection of songs performed both in Spanish and English. For more, go to www.rivercitygrilletx.com. In Spicewood, you’ll want to check out the Spicewood Arts Society.at www.spice woodarts.org or call (512) 264-2820.

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SUPER SHOPPING Grab the greatest gifts SHOPPING our antique stores and Main Streets Pick up a treasure at an antique shop

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“Picking” — that’s one of the words used today when hunting antiques. Some still call it “antiquing,” but whichever you prefer, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to do it here in the Highland Lakes. Antiques aren’t just collectable pieces or items, they tell the story of our country, our community and our lives. Antiques provide great interior-decorating choices, but they also bring a much deeper meaning. The Highland Lakes is blessed with many antiquing opportunities. Just walk along the Main Streets and town squares

of just about any of the local communities. But don’t stop there! The best deals can be found at garage sales, which are listed in The Picayune classifieds. Before folding up The Picayune, peruse the estate-sale section and auction listings as well. There are several local auction houses that hold regular events.

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shopping destination, it’s the perfect venue for fun festivals in the heart of the city. This spring and summer, events will showcase shopping, competitive cars and man’s best friend.  • The fourth annual Marble Falls Soapbox Classic is scheduled June 14-16 — a Father’s Day weekend tradition. To find out how you can participate or to learn the best place to stand for the race, go to www. adultsoapboxderby.com. • The first-ever Marble Falls Walk-aDog-a-Thon is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 2 on Historic Main Street and Johnson Park, 230 Ave. J South. The event benefits the Highland Lakes SPCA. For more information, go to www.wearemar blefalls.com. • Main Street Market Day, featuring more than 100 vendors, typically occurs three times a year. In 2013, the dates are March 9, May 11 and Sept. 7. The outdoor shopping extravaganza, featuring jewelry, clothing, home decor and the best of vintage collectibles, attracts thousands of visitors and shoppers.

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Do a little farming — at the farmers market that is

Farmers markets are making a comeback as a popular place to pick up the freshest local produce. In Burnet County, the Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association hosts a weekly farmers market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the historic town square in Burnet. You will find all sorts of locally produced items — not just vegetables. You’ll find soy candles, goat-milk soap, native plants, salsas, flowering bulbs and even wine. For more, call (512) 756-5463. Marble Falls hosts a weekly farmers market on Wednesdays starting at 4 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 105 RR 1431 in Marble Falls. For more, call (830) 693-5134.

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Some of the best barbecue in the nation can be found in Burnet and Llano counties. Try Cooper’s, Peete Mesquite, Inman’s or Opie’s just about any day of the week. But barbecue’s not all. You’ll find everything from Thai to good, old American classics.

best chicken-fried steak in the land, stop in at the Blue Bonnet Cafe at 211 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls. Another great chicken-fried steak can be had at the Hill Country Cupboard, 101 U.S. 281 South in Johnson City. They also are famous for their Southwest catfish.

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In Llano, the Badu House, 601 Bessemer Ave has some of the best pizza in the state along with great burgers, halibut gyro and the Guinness-style chicken-fried steak. For Tex-Mex, head on over to 3401 U.S. 281 South in Burnet to The Maxican. Discover a flavor-filled world featuring specialties such as Angels on Horseback and Uncle Dave’s fish tacos. Also in Burnet is Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, 200 S. West St. The local favorite is located on the Riverwalk.

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Hit the links (and a few balls) at a golf course

Whether you just enjoy hacking the ball around or believe you have a shot at the PGA tour, the Highland Lakes has a golf course to suit your style. Blue Lake Golf Club, 214 W. Bluebonnet Road off RR 2831 in Horseshoe Bay — This semi-private course, rated among the best nine-hole courses in Texas is recognized by the National Audubon Society. Visit www. bluelakegolf.com, call (830) 598-5524 or email info@bluelake.org. Delaware Springs Municipal Golf Course, 600 Delaware Springs Blvd. in Burnet —  This 18-hole championship public golf course includes a pro shop, driving range, putting green, snack bar and dining room. Visit www. delawaresprings.com or call (512) 756-8471. Hancock Park Golf Course, 237 Naruna Road in Lampasas — Owned and operated by the city of Lampasas, the course features a natural creek winding through 18 holes. Visit www.cityoflampasas.com or call (512) 556-3202. Hidden Falls Golf Club, 220 Meadowlakes Drive in Meadowlakes —  A championship, 18-hole golf course that features six tennis courts, a swimming pool and a full-service restaurant and bar. Visit www.hiddenfallsgolf.com or call (830) 693-3300. Horseshoe Bay Resort, 200 Hi Circle North off FM 2147 in Horseshoe Bay — These courses are limited to resort members and guests of the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott hotel.

Visit www.horseshoebaytexas.com or call each course for tee times. Apple Rock — This course was recognized by Golf Digest as the best new resort course when it opened. Call (830) 598-6561. Ram Rock — Respected across the United States as one of the toughest courses you’ll ever experience. Call (830) 598-6561. Slick Rock — Recognized in “America’s Greatest Golfing Resorts” and the site of the Texas State Open and numerous USGA events. Call (830) 598-2561. Summit Rock — A Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, this course is open to Summit Rock Club Members. Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course, 341 Golfers Loop in Fredericksburg — Make a lot of birdies at Lady Bird’s 18-hole, par-72, 6,432yard championship golf course. Visit www. golffredericksburg.com or call (830) 997-4010. Legends on Lake LBJ, 105 FM 2342 (Range Way Circle) in Kingsland —  This 18-hole, semi-private course is open to the public. Visit www.legendsgolftx.com or call (325) 388-8888. Llano River Golf Course, located on RR 152 in Llano — This 18-hole public course with a fully equipped pro shop is situated on the banks of the beautiful Llano River. Visit www.llrgc.com or call (325) 247-5100. Lighthouse Country Club, 118 Club Circle located on the corner of River Oaks Drive and Skyline Drive in Kingsland — A semi-private course situated on flat terrain. Visit www. lighthousecountryclub.com or call (325) 3886660.

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WINERIES Have a sip of wine at one of the local wineries

Thanks to the area’s unique climate and geography, you can explore the bouquet and flavors of several wineries from Fredericksburg to Johnson City to Bend. Just a few years ago, Orbitz.com travel experts ranked the Hill Country wine region as second in the nation behind Napa Valley. Here’s a list of some of the wineries in the Highland Lakes and beyond: • Fall Creek Vineyards, 1820 CR 222 in Tow, (325) 379-5361, www.fcv.com • Flat Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery, 24912 Singleton Bend East off RR 1431 east of Marble Falls, (512) 267-6310, www.flatcreekestate.com • Fredericksburg Winery, 247 W. Main St. in Fredericksburg, (830) 990-8747, www.fbgwinery.com • Grape Creek Vineyards, 10587 U.S. 290 East in Fredericksburg, (830) 644-2710, www. grapecreek.com • McReynolds Winery, 706 Shovel Mountain Road in Cypress Mill southwest of Spicewood, (830) 825-3544, www.mcreynoldswines.com • Pedernales Cellars, 2916 Upper Albert Road in Stonewall, (830) 644-2037, www.pedernalescellars.com • Perissos Vineyards and Winery, 7214 Park Road 4 West in Burnet County, (512) 820-2950, www.perissosvineyards.com • Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 CR 409 in Spicewood, (830) 693-5328, www.spicewoodvineyards.com • Stone House Vineyard, 24350 Haynie Flat Road in Spicewood, (512) 264-3630, www. stonehousevineyard.com • Texas Hills Vineyard, 878 RR 2766 in Johnson City, (830) 868-2321, www.texashillsvineyard.com • Westcave Cellars Winery, 25711 Hamilton Pool Road in Round Mountain, (512) 4311403, www.westcavecellars.com • Woodrose Winery, 662 Woodrose Lane in Stonewall, (830) 644-2539, www.woodrosewinery.com A great resource for Hill Country wines and wineries is the Texas Wine Trail website at www.texaswinetrail.com.The site lists area wineries and an interactive map. Log on and get all the details on the Wine & Wildflower Trail on April 5-14.

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temperatures could mean an earlier start to the season, he says. “We’ll see some early blooming bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush, but not as abundant as last year,” Waitt says. “You need sustaining rains throughout the winter to cause the flowers to really bolt.” Bolting refers to when the green rosettes growing close to the ground change from a vegetative state to sending up flowering stalks.

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Continued from page 28 “They’ll probably be a little smaller this year, too, because of the lack of rain,” he predicts. Texas boasts five varieties of bluebonnet. All are considered the official state flower. The most well-known variety is the lupinus texensis, endemic to Central Texas. “Lots of plants have limited distribution, and this is one of those,” Waitt said. The Texas Department of Transportation works to spread the beloved bluebonnet beyond the borders of Central Texas by regularly seeding highways across the state. More than 5,000 species of wildflowers are sown over 800,000 acres of rightof-way that TxDOT then nurtures with carefully planned mowing. Former First Lady Claudia Johnson (known lovingly as Lady Bird), championed the cause of highway beautification in Texas and across the nation. Thanks to her efforts, the Highway Beautification Act became law in 1965. The act established rules and regulations for outdoor advertising and junkyards, landmark preservation including parks and wilderness areas and safe waste disposal among other things.

Although the issue of seeding flowers has been a priority since the act became law, TxDOT has been maintaining wildflowers along the roadways since 1932. Texas is the first state to establish a wildflower seeding policy and currently buys about 30,000 pounds of wildflower seed every year. Despite popular belief, it is NOT illegal to pick bluebonnets or any wildflower, Waitt says, it’s just not a good idea. Many don’t retain their water after being plucked from the mother plant and quickly wilt. It’s best to leave them in the ground and preserve their image with a photo. The Wildflower Center nurtures several picture-perfect patches for photographers, so there’s no need to risk lives on the side of the road. Many flowers are damaged each year by photo seekers tramping down the flowers. Waitt has some advice on how to prevent harming the blooms. “Step in someone else’s footprint if you’re not the first one there,” he says. “Take your photo in an area already sat in by others. Don’t forge your own path. It’s best for the wildflowers.” Carefully preserving this year’s crop could mean an even better crop next year, he says. And that’s big business here in the Highland Lakes.

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See wings of the past at Burnet air museum

Take a look into the past at the Highland Lakes Squadron museum located at the Burnet Municipal Airport, 2302 U.S. 281 South in Burnet. See authentic World War II artifacts and a hangar with authentic aircraft from the era. Exhibits in the museum include a turret from a B-24 bomber, a cutaway engine, an air-to-air missile, guns from the United States, Germany and Japan and other artifacts. Aircraft include the “Bluebonnet Belle” C-47, the SNJ T6 Texan, a PT-19 and a L-17 Navion. The museum is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call ahead to ensure the museum is open at (512) 7562226 or visit www.highlandlakessquadron. com.

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Worship in a historic church in the Highland Lakes

The first churches in the Burnet and Llano county areas were led by traveling preachers who set up under trees, along creekbeds or in schools. The earliest recorded church meetings were held in 1851 by Christians in Sycamore Springs and by 20 Mormon families who settled at Mormon Mills. Burnet County Crownover Chapel in Backbone Valley in Fairland near Marble Falls is believed to be the first church building constructed in Burnet County. It was completed in 1870. The church is named for the Rev. Arter Crownover of Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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In 1859, Mrs. Senia Barton Harvey, an heir of settler Jefferson Barton, left a seven-acre tract for a Methodist church and school. The settlers began work on a stone building but had to stop when the Civil War got under way. After the building was finished following the war, the Rev. Crownover conducted the first service. The lot and house were named Crownover Chapel during the third quarterly Methodist conference for Lampasas, Bear Creek Circuit. The rock building eventually had another wooden room added and was used for a school for many years. The wooden room was later removed. To visit Crownover Chapel, travel six miles north of Marble Falls on FM 1855 to Fairland. Llano County What is now Trinity United Methodist Church of Castell began as a worship service on the north side of the Llano River in 1852. The service was held by the Rev. Charles A. Grote of Methodist Episcopal Church South in Fredericksburg. A parsonage church was built for the Rev. Grote in 1871. The bell was added in Continued on page 33


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The actual Blanco County Courthouse where the county judge presides is at 101 E. Pecan St. in Johnson City. It is known for its Classical Revival architecture. Designed by Henry T. Phelps, it was built in 1916 after the county seat was moved to Johnson City in 1890. The newest of the Highland Lakes courthouses, the Burnet County Courthouse, was built in 1937 out of local granite. It is located at 220 S. Pierce St. in Burnet. Willis Environmental Engineering of Marble Falls expanded the building in 1974. Burnet County has been the site of three courthouses: one that burned in 1854 and its replacement that was torn down in 1874 to make way for the current building. While you’re at the courthouse, look over to Jackson Street to see the old county jail, another piece of local history. Not used as a jail since the 1970s, it now houses local businesses now. The Lampasas County Courthouse, 501 E. Fourth St. in Lampasas is still used today for county government, making it the third-oldest courthouse in the state. Built in 1883, the building was restored to its Second Empire and Italianate styles. Famous architect W.C. Dodson designed the building to include a central clock

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Continued from page 30 1891. The first part of the current church building was constructed in 1900. The current parsonage was built in 1908. The original Castell church joined with Hoersterville Methodist Episcopal Church to form Trinity Methodist Church in 1939. The Hoersterville church, which was built in 1885, was torn down and reassembled in Castell as the current education building and fellowship hall. Trinity United Methodist Church celebrated its 160th year in 2012 by renovating its buildings. You can see the results today when you visit. Services are 9:30 a.m. Sundays with Sunday school at 11 a.m.   “Come as you are,” Pastor Cliff Krcha says. “We have an open conversation in preaching, and I love answering questions from those in worship. If you are an early riser, you can find me in the Castell General Store every Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.”   The church might be old, but it’s not behind the times. Check out the Trinity United Methodist Church Facebook page. Be sure to hit like!  For a personal visit, head to Castell, which is located 18 miles west of Llano. Take Texas 29 West to RR 2768 South. The Highland Lakes boasts many great congregations, young, old and in between. To find the perfect church for you, check out the listings in the The Picayune AreaWide Phonebook.

Visit historic courthouses A historic courthouse road trip is a great way to get to know history and the town squares in the Highland Lakes. A great place to start is in Blanco County, where there are two historic courthouses. The Old Blanco County Courthouse hasn’t been used as a courthouse since 1890. Located on the town square on U.S. 281 in Blanco, it is now serves as a venue for weddings, parties and festivals such as the annual Blanco Lavender Festival June 7-9. In the past, the building also housed a hospital, a school and a barbecue restaurant. The Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society restored it in the mid1990s. The National Register of Historic Places says the Second Empire-style courthouse is “one of the finest examples of courthouse architecture from the late 19th century in Texas.” It was built in 1885-86 by Austin architect Frederick Ernst Ruffini.

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Continued from page 33 tower with a Seth Thomas Clock, arched windows and mansard roof. To make it easier to view, the clockwork was moved to the first floor. A 1871 fire destroyed the first courthouse, while floodwaters took away the next building two years later. The Llano County Courthouse, 801 Ford St. in Llano is one of the few remaining Texas courthouses built before 1900. The fourth building to serve Llano as a courthouse, it is constructed of Texas red sandstone, marble and granite. A.O. Watson and Jacob Larmour designed the building during the “Golden Age” of Texas courthouse design in the Romanesque Revival style. The Mason County Courthouse, 201 Fort McKavitt St. in Mason was constructed in 1909 as a Beaux Arts-style building with a center dome and a clock tower. The courthouse features gable-front porticoes with two-story doric columns and finished stonework with contrasting stone lintels. This is the third courthouse to serve Mason County after the first building burned in 1877 and the second suffered fire damage in 1900.

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Relive frontier history at Fort Croghan Get a glimpse back in time to the days of the early frontier when you visit Fort

Relive the Texas prioneer days at Fort Croghan in Burnet. COURTESY PHOTO

Croghan in Burnet. Home of Company C 8th Infantry, USA until 1853, Fort Croghan was established in 1849 in what is now Burnet, Texas. It is the third of four forts the U.S. government established to protect settlers from hostile Indians. Eventually, Fort Croghan became the headquarters of the Second Dragoon Regiment. Today, it is a museum complete with a blacksmith shop, a stagecoach house, cabins and a schoolhouse. The fort was named for Col. George Croghan, who fought in the War of 1812. Having troops stationed at the fort encouraged settlement in the area. Within two years, enough people had moved near the fort that Burnet County was established. The county seat was situated nearby for safety. Two years later, the federal government left Fort Croghan, reasoning that enough people now lived there to protect themselves from the remaining Indians. You can visit Fort Croghan from April to mid-October, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ThursdaySaturday at 703 W. Buchanan Drive in Burnet. Group tours can be scheduled year-round. Two main events bring history to life at the fort each year. Fort Croghan Day is held on the second Saturday in October from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas at Ole’ Fort Croghan is the second Saturday in December from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission to both events is free. For more, call (512) 756-8281, email info@fortcroghan.org or visit www.fortcroghan.org. Continued on page 37

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The history and heritage of Marble Falls

To uncover the origin of the Marble Falls community, The Falls on the Colorado Museum archives and preserves photos, books, tapes, art, official documents and other media that provide a roadmap for the 125-year-old city. Located in the historic 1891 Granite School, the museum features collections and displays of Hill Country history and artifacts from early Marble Falls Mayor “Birdie” Harwood. Historical signposts of the Colorado River basin are presented in changing exhibits, preserving the history and heritage of Marble Falls as well as protecting the artifacts and relics from the early days of settlement. The museum is located at 2001 Broadway St. on the main floor of the old school. Hours of operation are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because the museum is on the campus of Marble Falls Elementary School, visitors need to bring photo identification during school days before 3:30 p.m. For more, visit www.fallsmuseum.org.

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Find your roots in a local library The Burnet County Genealogical Society meets the third Thursday of the month (except in August and December) at the Herman Brown Free Library, 100 Washington St. in Burnet, at 1:15 p.m. If you’re new to the area or genealogy, society members are always willing to help you begin digging into your roots. The Kingsland/Highland Lakes Genealogical Society provides information and strategies for researching family roots, no matter where you are from. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Kingsland branch of the Llano County Public Library, 125 W. Polk in Kingsland.

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Explore history at the Llano Red Top Jail

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Take a peek into how the sheriff and inmates operated in yesteryear at the

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historic Llano Red Top Jail. Built in 1895 for about $11,000, the jail incarcerated county inmates until 1982, when local authorities moved to a more modern structure. The jail is located one block east of Ford

Street (Texas 16 and Texas 71) off the square in Llano and is rumored to be home to a ghost or two. The Friends of the Red Top Jail now hosts tours and even a “jail break.” For more, go to www.llanomainstreet.com.

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Find your piece of Hill Country heaven

Now that you’ve spent some time enjoying the Highland Lakes, you probably want to live here. Well, quit dreaming and get a move on! Whether you’re looking for a place to call home, a summer or weekend retreat or some property for down the line, you’ll find it right here in the Highland Lakes. If you have a taste for lakefront property, we’ve got it. If you prefer a rustic, Hill Country cabin set on land off the beaten path, we’ve got it. If you dream of a wonderful home with a panoramic view of the hills, meadows or lakes, we’ve got that, too. And you know what else we have? Professional real estate agents who want to help you live your dream. Check out The Picayune every Wednesday for listings and agents, look through The Picayune Area-Wide Phone Book for real estate offices or go to www. highlandlakesrealtors.com for help finding the right professional. We know you’ll love living here. And we’d love to have you, neighbor. 38

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The best recommendations for where to eat and what to do always come from the locals. In the Highland Lakes, The Picayune readers send in their votes each year for the best of just about everything in their community. This year's winners in the Food & Drink, Places to Stay and Things to Do categories are a great place to start when planning your next vacation. PLACES TO STAY BED & BREAKFAST Wallace House Lake Side Lodge Sandstone Inn CAMPSITE Krause Springs Canyon of the Eagles Inks Lake State Park HOTEL/MOTEL La Quinta Inn & Suites Lakeside Lodge The Antlers Hotel RV PARK Sunset Point Big Chief Poppy’s Point

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ART GALLERY Highland Art Guild Buchanan Arts & Crafts BAND Eddie Shell & The Not Guilties Genesis Lutheran Praise Band, Buchanan Dam COMMUNITY EVENT Walkway of Lights Bluebonnet Festival Aqua Boom FAVORITE CLUB/ORGANIZATION Country Cuzzins Square Dance Rotary Club Lions Club GOLF COURSE Hidden Falls Delaware Springs Lighthouse MARINA/WATER ACTIVITY Stand Up Paddle Board Vanishing Texas River Cruise Splash Boat Rental OUTDOOR ACTIVITY Hidden Falls Adventure Park Reveille Peak Ranch Longhorn Cavern State Park

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If you’re looking for a place to hold a reunion or any other large get-together, then look no farther than the Highland Lakes. We definitely have the place and backdrop for you and your family to spend some time laughing, joking, playing and feasting. The Highland Lakes has numerous venues, starting from the Colorado River in the north to the shores of Lake Travis in the southeast, to hold reunions. You’ll find places to stay that range from full-scale resorts to campgrounds to quaint bed-andbreakfast inns. There is plenty to do here for all ages. You might even want to check with some of the many youth camps in the area. During the offseason, they sometimes rent their facilities for family, church and orga-

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Get hitched in the Highland Lakes

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com) for the ultimate fairy-tale wedding and any number of churches if you’re looking at a more traditional route. In between, are many venues that will cater to your wedding wishes, from log cabins in the woods to a winery in an arbor. You can hold a small, intimate wedding or open it up to a much larger crowd. It’s all up to you. And with the numerous bed-and-breakfasts in the area along with hotels and motels, you’ll have enough places for friends and relatives to stay. What about an outdoor wedding? You can walk down the “aisle” among live oak trees draped in white lights or exchange vows on the shore of your favorite lake. As for the honeymoon, well, you don’t need to head to a far-off land when the Highland Lakes creates a great place to begin your journey together. Many of the wedding venues can put you in touch with honeymoon locations right here in the Highland Lakes. For more ideas, contact the local chambers of commerce or pick up The Picayune Area-Wide Phone Book for assistance.

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HIGHLAND LAKES PARKS

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Commune with nature at Enchanted Rock During the night, if you listen closely, you might hear the whispers of spirits telling stories of the past. Those whispers, groans and creaks give Enchanted Rock State Natural Area its mystique. Oh, yeah, and there’s that 425foot, pink batholith jutting out of the ground. Located at 16710 RR 965 between Fredericksburg and Llano, Enchanted Rock casts its spell on modern visitors today just as it did on the Native Americans hundreds of years ago. According to legends surrounding the rock, Tonkawa Indians believed they saw “ghost fires” glowing on granite outcropping. They revered the massive, creaking mountain of granite as a holy place. Geologists attribute the noises to the sounds of rock contracting as it cools during the night.

top. If you’re a bit more adventurous, you might even want to try climbing some of the treacherous drop-offs among the rock outcroppings. There are several Enchanted Rock-certified commercial guide services that offer climbing opportunities. These include: • Rock-About (rock-about.com) • Outpost Wilderness Adventures (owa.com) • Mountain Madness (mtmadness.com) • John Newcombe Tennis Ranch (newk tennis.com) • Austin Rock Gym (www.austinrock gym.com) • Camp Eagle (www.campeagle.org) If you’re not into climbing up the side of a sheer cliff of solid rock, then take a stroll on the seven miles of trails that meander through the wooded natural area. You’ll find numerous bird species to spy upon along with other wildlife native to the area. The park grounds include great picnic facilities, so if you’re looking for a place to enjoy a bite under the Texas skies, stop in for a while. And, of course, the natural area gives you lots of chances to get back to nature through camping, whether you’re into primitive campsites or prefer the ones

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Ancient beauty Enchanted Rock is one of the oldest exposed rocks in North America. Given that it’s more than a billion years old, it’s a good bet the granite has plenty of stories to tell to those who stop to listen. The 1,643-acre park features plenty of activities, including taking the trek to the 42

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Continued from page 42 closer to restrooms and showers. Because of its popularity (especially during spring and fall months), Enchanted Rock State Natural Area can quickly reach capacity, even sometimes before noon. Park staff reopen the facility as parking spaces become available. It’s a good idea to call ahead and check availability. Don’t despair if you arrive and it’s full! Spend some time in nearby Llano or Fredericksburg while you wait. For more information, call (830) 6853636 or go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us.

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Relax and Play at Pedernales Falls State Park

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Continued from page 43 of Johnson City, the 5,211-acre park first opened in 1971. With several trails, you can really stretch your legs. The seven-mile Wolf Mountain Trail leads you through small canyons and around Tobacco and Wolf mountains for a glimpse of the park few visitors experience. If horses are your thing, saddle up and explore the 10 miles of equestrian trails. But this isn’t a place for beginners. Watch out for rocky trails and steep slopes. (And bring your own horse!) While the falls area is off limits to swimming, tubing and wading, you can enjoy all three in the southern stretch of the Pedernales River. For the angler, you can try to land several species including catfish, perch, bass and carp. Birdwatchers will definitely want to make the trip to this park, which has logged more than 150 species of birds. A third of them are permanent residents. If you’re looking for a fun family experience, sign up for the Texas Outdoor Family workshop June 15-16. You and your family can learn about geocaching, birdwatching, stargazing, Leave-No-Trace camping and

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outdoor cooking. You can’t really visit the park without checking out the falls, so if it’s your first trip, take the main park road north until you get to the trail head that leads you to Pedernales Falls and Cypress Pool. The water rolls through the outcroppings and tumbles into numerous pools

providing lots of places to enjoy the soothing sounds. But, don’t climb in because wading, tubing and swimming in this portion of the park are prohibited. For more, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us. Continued on page 45

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Take a nature tour at Inks Lake State Park

Take a ride on an electric boat, fish without a license (and with free loaner gear), hike, bike, boat or just enjoy the flora and fauna of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. You can do it all at Inks Lake State Park, located on Park Road 4 between Burnet and Marble Falls. It’s just a few miles west of U.S. 281. New hiking trails through granite outcroppings, live oak, cactus, and mesquite along the banks of Inks Lake. The water in Inks, which is a constant-level lake in the Colorado River chain that runs from Buchanan — Carol Adams to Bastrop, is what really makes the park special, says Carol Adams, a naturalist at the park. “Having the water in Inks makes for beautiful vistas when you’re on the trails,” Adams says. “It makes for diverse opportunities for activities, too.” For example, she suggests kayaking for an upper body workout, then hiking the trails for the lower body. You can swim in the warmer months and enjoy the birdwatching and fishing year-round. And if you don’t know how to do any of that, Adams and her fellow rangers can help. Every Friday, you can fish with a ranger on one of the park’s two piers using equipment from the tackle loaner program. And because you’re fishing in a state park, you don’t need a license, Adams says. Check the website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us for times, as they change throughout the year. Also, depending on weather and the time of year, electric boat rides around the lake are available for an extra charge. The rangers also offer electric boat sunset cruises, kayaking lessons and tours

Having the water in Inks makes for beautiful vistas when you’re on the trails. It makes for diverse opportunities for activities, too.”

(including a midnight paddle), and organized hikes and birdwatching with a naturalist. Birdwatching treks are on foot and by boat. Hiking can include lessons in geology or plants and animals, take your pick. The Magic of Murmurations is just one example of a nature hike available at the park. “A murmuration is when black birds and grackles fly into a cove to roost,” Adams says. “Thousands of them come from all directions and they make these patterns in the sky called murmurations, where they all turn at the same time, getting ready to land in the reeds.” INKS LAKE STATE PARK - FILE PHOTOS

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The fishing is fabulous year-round in the Highland Lakes

The best fishing in the Highland Lakes begins in February and runs through the spring. It picks up again in the fall but never really stops, say fishing experts of all ages. “We’re getting into the busy season about March, April, May,” says area fishing guide John Gilbert. “That’s the best crappie time.” White bass spawn in February and March,

The secret to good fishing is experience. The more times you go, the more fish you catch.” — John Gilbert

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Continued from page 46 which is what had high school anglers Austin Ellis and Lyle Schmidt busy after school one warm winter afternoon. “Fall and spring are the best time to fish, but I like the summer, too,” Ellis says. “That’s when you can find the fish in big schools in 25 to 30 feet of water. You can really haul ’em in then.” Ellis fishes with lures because they are required in competitive fishing. He and Schmidt are members of the Marble Falls High School Fishing Club, which competes monthly. The Highland Lakes is hosting a state championship in March in which both boys are participating. Gilbert uses both bait and lures, depending on the season. “I use live bait in the spring and fall, artificial in the winter,” he says. “In the summertime, when it’s hot, I don’t go.” As an official “fish-a-holic,” however,

Gilbert spends his summers at the coast fishing offshore with diving gear and spears. During fishing season in the Highland Lakes, he works at his appliance business four days a week and guides or fishes for himself Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “The secret to good fishing is experience,” he says. “The more times you go, the more fish you catch.” And the more you learn about the lake. As a guide and avid fisherman with more than 30 years’ experience, Gilbert has learned where the fish will be at a particular place and time. Whether you eat or toss, use live bait or lures, every angler agrees on why he or she is on the lake with a rod-and-reel. “I like the rush you get when you hook a good fish,” Schmidt says. In the Highland Lakes, that thrill is easy to come by. “The Highland Lakes is special because all the lakes combined make one big giant amazing fishery,” Ellis says.

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Bring you bicycle to the LBJ 100 Cycle Tour

The annual LBJ 100 Cycle Tour is a great chance to pedal through the Hill Country and enjoy the spring eruption of bluebonnets. The event begins March 23 at 9 a.m. on the airstrip of the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch — also the LBJ National Historical Park — before heading out onto the wonderful roads and byways of the Hill Country. The park is located about 15 miles west of Johnson City on U.S. 290. Select from several distances and routes. If you’re looking for a short jaunt to enjoy

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with the kids, you might want to try the 10-mile ride. But if you’re a bit more seasoned, you can cruise for 30, 42, 62 or 85 miles. There’s no competition involved, just a drive to ride. If you insist on a bit of competition, sign up for the LBJ 100 Individual Time Trial on March 24 that takes riders through a 17-mile scenic route along the Pedernales River. Though the LBJ 100 is open to all who want to come, the time trial is reserved to the first 300 who enter. For more or to register, go to www. lbj100bicycletour.org.

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Fiddle around at the Fiddlefest

If you want to play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band, and that’s what you’ll find as some of the best fiddlers in the state hit the stage at the Llano Fiddle Fest on April 5-7. The festival begins each year on the first Friday in April with an art exhibit at the Llano County Museum and an Air Fiddle Contest and Fiddle Jam at Badu Wine Pub. The fiddle contest at the LanTex Theater features the best fiddlers of all ages competing for prizes and recognition. The LanTex is located at 113 W. Main St. in Llano on the square. Other events during the weekend include a twin fiddle contest, Sunday service and a chuckwagon breakfast. All events are free to the public. Donations are welcome and benefit the Llano Food Bank and other nonprofit organizations. For more, visit www.llano fiddlecontest.com. Continued on page 49


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Shuck some crawfish

What started as a simple “thank-you” from Cajun hunters has grown into two jam-packed days of food, music and fun in Llano. The Llano Crawfish Open, April 19-20, includes crawfish, barbecue, jambalaya, potatoes and corn. You can work off your meal by visiting arts-and-crafts vendors or attending the auction. Sign up for the 5K walk/run, the golf tournament, the motorcycle fun run or team roping. If you eat enough, you might need to sign up for it all! The weekend concludes this year with a performance by Jason Boland & The Stragglers at the Llano Park Pavilion. For more, call (325) 247-2270 or visit www.llanocrawfishopen.com.

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See hot-air balloons in Horseshoe Bay

A three-day hot-air balloon festival will brighten the skies over Horseshoe Bay on April 19-21. The private event will open to the public April 20. Visit HSBresort. com for ticket prices and more information. About 20 balloons are expected, including Humpty Dumpty, Buzzy the Bee and CoCo the Clown. The public events April 20 begin with a balloon glow and end with a live concert by Grammy-nominated Texas musicians Sixpence None the Richer. A VIP package to the festival includes room, admission to all three days of festival events and tethered balloon rides. For pricing and reservations, visit the Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort website at balloonsoverhsbresort.com.

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About 40 school districts existed in Gillespie County in the 19th century, and you

can learn about 16 of the schools that are still standing during the Gillespie County Country Schools Trail. The schools are open to the public during the annual Historic Schools Tour the first week of April. Color-coded maps are available at the Fredericksburg Visitor’s Center at 302 E. Austin Street, the Up-Town Visitor Center at East Main Street, the Vereins-Kirche Museum at 100 W. Main St. and each school. Check out photos, read about the history and find all the information you need to pay a visit to the past at the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools website at www.historicschools.org/schools.html.

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It’s a month-long party for wildflowers, and you’re definitely invited. Wildseed Farms is holding its Wildflower Celebration on April 6-21 as a way to welcome

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Drive, Wildseed Farms provides a great opportunity to learn the ins and outs of planting and caring for and raising native wildflowers and other plants. Wildseed Farms is the largest working wild-seed farm (hence the name) in the country. And along with acres of wildflowers and plants, the facility has some of the most knowledgeable people around when it comes to growing things. For more information, go to www.wild seedfarms.com or call 1-800-848-0078.

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Celebrate spring at the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival

The Burnet Bluebonnet Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary April 12-14, and everybody is invited — especially you. The festival draws thousands of folks to the county seat to watch the wiener-dog races, compete in the bike-decorating contest, take in 5K runs

and dog-house racing (yeah, you read that right). You also might find yourself in an Old West shootout. There’s lots of live music and an authentic destruction derby in which people actually try to hit each other’s cars with their own. (Do they practice on the Austin highways?) Don’t forget about the parades and food as well as the carnival. It’s a good bet you’ll find just about anything you want — including a rubber ducky race. For more, go to www.bluebonnet festival.org or call the Burnet Chamber of Commerce at (512) 756-4297.

at Hamilton Creek Park in what the locals call the heart of the city near Jackson Street off U.S. 281. For more, check out the car show webpage at bluebonnetfestival.org/lakes-arearod-classic-car-show.

Start your engines at the Lake Area Rod & Classic Car Show

If you like old tractors and wildflowers, then mark April 13 on your calendar and make plans to attend — and participate in — the 2013 Bluebonnet Tractor Ride in Gillespie County. The Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club sponsors the jaunt, which takes drivers and fans through the Texas countryside during the height of the bluebonnet season. For individuals with a classic tractor, it’s a great excuse to get it on the road and show it off. Any antique vehicle is welcome to join, although the speed limit will be

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The Lake Area Rod & Classic Car Show on April 12-14 is a sight to get your engine roaring. The car show takes place during the annual Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet and features vehicles from the last century. The hot rods illustrate not only the American car industry, but a whole lot of American automobile muscle. The event is

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about 5 mph — the speed of the slowest tractor. Fees range from $15 to $35 per person, which includes the ride, a souvenir cap and meal. You also can ride on the People Mover for $15 with the meal. The cost for the meal alone is $10. For more information, type Bluebonnet tractor ride into your favorite online search engine to find the Web page (url too long to reprint here) or call Regina Weidenfeller at (830) 889-9348.

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Compete on foot or on wheels at the Bluebonnet Adventure Fest

Reveille Peak Ranch celebrates spring and its subsequent wildflower explosion with the Bluebonnet Adventure Fest on April 20-21. The weekend is packed with activities, including an off-road triathlon, live music, kids fishing derby and adventure racing. The folks at Reveille Peak Ranch have linked up with one of the premier adventure racing producers, Terra Firma Racing, to put on the event. Whether you just want to take in the festivities or be a participant, the Bluebonnet Adventure Fest is a great way to celebrate the season of renewal. Though only a few years old, Reveille Peak Ranch has grown into an outdoor adventure hot spot with miles of trails, a great event venue, a private lake and even a mountain-bike pump track. Reveille Peak Ranch is located at 105 CR 114 in Burnet. For more, go to rprtexas. com.

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The fourth annual Hill Country Wine and Music Festival on April 26-27 in Fredericksburg features some of the best food, wine and music the area has to offer. Friday’s wine tasting and food pairing at the National Museum of the Pacific War’s Ruff Haus, 205 Elks St., features a book signing and a silent auction. Admission

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includes signed copies of books by authors Dr. Russell Kane and Chef Terry Thompson Anderson. Saturday’s festival activities at Wildseed Farms east of Fredericksburg features samples from Texas wineries and Hill Country restaurants, along with live music. Saturday’s ticket includes a souvenir wine glass and seven wine-tasting tickets. Once you’ve found a new favorite (or favorites), beverages, bottles and glasses will be for sale. The event supports the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts. For more, visit the event website at ww.hillcountrywineand music.com or call (830) 998-7447. MAY

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for this American delight. This year’s festival is May 4 at Johnson Park in Marble Falls. Chili cooks from across Texas and beyond mark this one down on their calendars as a must do. What sets this cook-off apart is not only the number and quality of cooks who compete, but the overall atmosphere of fun and games. Along with the chili, you can enjoy a battery of bean cooks and a smattering of barbecuers. For more information, go to www.howdyroo.com.

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Become a movie buff at a film festival

The Hill Country Film Festival gives movie buffs and filmmakers a full silver-screen weekend May 2-4 in Fredericksburg. Last year, the festival screened more than 50 independent films both short and feature length. Now going into its fourth year, you can expect to see even more 3D shorts, filmmaker question-and-answer sessions, discussion panels and festival

parties along with the lineup of flicks. The Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 U.S. 87 South in Fredericksburg, hosts films on Fridays and Saturdays. The 2013 lineup will be announced online March 20. For more on tickets and films, check out the Hill Country Film Festival website at www.hillcountryff.com.

Listen to bluegrass with Blue Bell Classic cars, bluegrass music and Blue Bell ice cream on a spring day in Llano —  now that’s how to spend Memorial Day weekend in the Highland Lakes. This year’s Blue Bell/Bluegrass Classic Car Show & Festival in Llano is May 24-27. Located on the town square on Main Street and Texas 16, the event offers plenty of fun and music and gallons of yummy ice cream. For more, go to www.llanoexpo.com or call (325) 247-4137.

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Pick your own lavender at the Blanco Lavender Festival

Blanco celebrates all things lavender during the annual Blanco Lavender Festival on June 7-9. Festivities are centered on the Old Blanco County Courthouse and includes an arts-and-crafts show and plenty of food and music. To get a real feel for the town’s main industry, take a tour of one or more of the 10 lavender farms. You can pick your own and learn about how the alkaline limestone soils around the area are perfect for growing this magical herb. For more, call the Blanco Chamber of Commerce at (830) 833-5101 or go to www. blancolavenderfest.com.

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Let the music move you at the Summer Music Festival

The Summer Music Festival in Marble Falls provides five delicious nights to explore various forms of music such as classical, jazz, folk and Christian. The Harmony School of Creative Arts in Marble Falls lines up top-quality local and nationally known musicians each year to perform.

This year, the Marble Falls Summer Music Festival is June 17-21. The performances typically start at 7 p.m. each night at the Uptown Marble Theatre. (Although the theater is now closed, it is expected to be available for the festival this year.) For more up-to-date information, go to www.harmonyarts.org or call (830) 6931791. Continued on page 54

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Feel the thrill of the race at the Soapbox Classic The fourth annual Marble Falls Soapbox Classic speeds down a hilly Marble Falls street

June 14-16. The race pits driver against driver in a gravity-fueled, maddash to the bottom of the Third Street hill, about 750 feet from the start. While soapbox derby racing is nothing new, it’s typically considered a kids’ sport. Not in Marble Falls. Yes, grownups build their own rides and haul ‘em downtown for a grand show (and a few crashes). The two divisions are single racer and Jamaican. The single racer is pretty self-explanatory. Jamaican resembles an Olympic bobsled event with several crazy adults pushing the vehicle to gather speed before jumping in at the last moment. Along with the racing, you can enjoy plenty of live music, vendors and shopping on Historic Main Street in Marble Falls. There’s no charge for spectators at the Marble Falls Soapbox Classic. If you come to watch, be sure to bring a hat, a lawn chair and some sunscreen. For more information, go to www.adult soapboxderby.com or call (830) 385-9289.

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Start your antique tractor engines and pull

The roar of antique tractors starts early June 29 at the Johnson City Antique Engine and Tractor Pull at the Blanco County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are located at 619 U.S. 281 North in Johnson City. Tractors must be from 1965 or earlier. All engines are welcome. The event includes food vendors, horseshoes and a kid’s tractor pull. Admission is $5 for adults and kids, free for 12 and under. For more, call (830) 8684364 or (830) 868-1117.

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See lakeside fireworks in Marble Falls

July Fourth fireworks will light up the skies over Lake Marble Falls at dusk, but get to Lakeside Park a lot earlier than that for the activities leading up to the big bang. Beginning at about 5 p.m., food vendors open shop and live music begins. Music will continue throughout the evening, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and best buddies for an evening of celebration that ends with a spectacular fireworks display. Fireworks usually blast off sometime between 9 and 9:15 and last about 20 minutes. KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune will provide background music to really get your patriotic blood pumping. For information on becoming a sponsor or making a donation, check out the website at www.marblefallscommunity fireworks.com. Donors are eligible for a chance to win a prize drawing.

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Celebrate July 4 with a boom — an Aqua Boom

One of the Hill Country’s biggest summer parties takes over Kingsland and Lake LBJ for a weeklong July Fourth celebration: Aqua Boom. The Independence Day festivities include a boat parade, scholarship pageant, golf tournament, rubber ducky race, street dance, land parade, barbecue, games and more. The big finale comes with a spectacular fireworks show over the lake. For more on the schedule of events, contact the Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce at (325) 388-6211 or www.king slandchamber.org.

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vendors, parade and, of course, fireworks. You’ll also have an opportunity to pitch washers, eat some free hot dogs and watch a softball game. Live music will begin in early evening leading up to the fireworks display, which usually begins about 9:15 p.m. It’s a 45minute show with 35 minutes of spectacular fireworks, one of the best displays in the Hill Country. The event is free, but you can leave a donation when you enter or exit. Attendees can enjoy the festivities and the fireworks from downtown. For more, call (830) 868-7684.

Parade your pet at Spring Ho The Spring Ho celebration in Lampasas is a weeklong festival set for July 8-14. When it started in 1972, Spring Ho was only a weekend. It’s grown in popularity and now covers a week of events that include a beauty pageant, the Hayloft Party Talent Contest,

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carnival, dance contest, pet parade, artsand-crafts fair, diaper derby and barbecue cookoff. There’s even a special exhibit from the city’s Keystone Square Museum. Athletes can run a 10K or a mile and compete in the washer- and horseshoe-pitching contest. The Dance on the Square is located in downtown Lampasas, which is on the national registry. For more, go to www.springho.com or call (512) 556-5301.

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What can be better than fresh-picked Hill Country peaches, a selection of Texas wines and tasty sausage? If that has your mouth salivating a bit, then circle July 19-20 on your calendar and get ready for the annual Night in Old Fredericksburg. The two-day party celebrates summer with plenty of fun, food and music. You’ll find out just why German polka music gets people up and dancing. Oompa isn’t the only music on the

agenda either. Along with the traditional German sounds, you’ll also find some totally Texas musicians. Of course, music is only part of the show. Food takes center stage in this affair. From the delicious smoked meats and bratwurst to Southern-cooked delights, Night in Old Fredericksburg will keep you fed and happy. And don’t forget the sweettooth favorites such as funnel cakes, baked goods and crepes. It all goes down better when chased by a locally produced wine or a true Texas beer. So, polish up your German (which in this case is as simple as, “Hey, I’ll have a bratwurst”) and head over to the festivities at the Marktplatz on Main Street between Adams and Crockett streets in downtown Fredericksburg. Lederhosen is optional. For more, go to www.nightinoldfrede ricksburg.com. Continued on page 56

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Watch an outdoor summer movie When Lyndon B. Johnson was president, he and Mrs. Johnson often invited friends and neighbors to their ranch west of Johnson City to watch first-run movies in the hanger where they stored Air Force One. Now, in

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honor of their hospitality and connection to their home, the LBJ Ranch sponsors two free movie nights each summer. Called Movies Under the Stars, the ranch will show Disney’s “The Love Bug” on June 1. On July 13, they will show the James Bond flick “From Russia With Love.” Because the hanger is now a visitor’s center, the movies are shown outdoors. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnics and coolers filled with your favorite beverages. Movies start at “dark thirty.” Also at the ranch this summer, the Friends of the LBJ Ranch will hold a ceremonial laying of the wreath on President Johnson’s grave to commemorate his birth-

day on Aug. 27. The ceremony usually begins about 10 a.m. and is open to the public. LBJ Ranch is part of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, located off U.S. 290 near Stonewall about 14 miles west of Johnson City. AUGUST

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Race Lake Marble Falls in a drag boat (or maybe just watch)

Have a need for speed? The Marble Falls Lakefest Drag Boat Races have plenty of horsepower to go around Aug. 9-11. Boats reach speeds of more than 200 mph as the top drivers from the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series test their crafts and themselves on Lake Marble Falls. Watch qualifying runs on Friday under a huge shade awning at Lakeside Park and then stroll over to Johnson Park at 230 Ave. J South to get a closer look at the boats in the pit area. Live music and the annual Show and Shine, a meet-and-greet with the racers and their boats, start the full-throttle weekend. For more, visit www.marblefallslakefest. com or call (830) 693-2815. SEPTEMBER

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Compete in the Burnet BBQ Cook-off

The Burnet BBQ Cookoff and Music Festival is an official State of Texas Championship BBQ Cook-off event. Competitive cooks from around the state will vie for almost $10,000 in prize money when the 2013 event gets underway Sept. 27-28. Judging categories include brisket, ribs, chicken, wild game, cowboy chili, margaritas and dessert. For a $5 entry fee, you’ll have access to a vendor market, firefighter games and challenges and lots more at a venue yet to be determined. Admission to the live concert is $10. For more, visit www.burnetcookoff.com. Continued on page 57

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Shop for fabulous finds at Trade Days Every third weekend of the month, Fredericksburg Trade Days opens the doors of its biergarten and six barns for three days of live music, shopping and food. You’ll find antiques, collectibles, tools (yes, guys there’s something for you), ranch furniture, clothing and jewelry. The choices are unique, unusual and one-of-a-kind. With more than 350 vendors, you’re bound to find the perfect gift, even if it’s for yourself. Don’t forget to stop by the biergarten featuring more than 50 varieties of bier (that’s German for beer). The event is located at 355 Sunday Farms Lane, about seven miles east of Fredericksburg on U.S. 290. It’s open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more and exact dates, go to www. fredericksburgtradedays.com or call (830) 990-4900.

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Do some buckin’ and ropin’ at a local rodeo

Since this is Texas, you can’t say you’ve had a good summer unless you attend at least one, well, let’s make it two, rodeos. Junior and senior competitors along with livestock hands of all ages and sizes, with talents ranging from bull doggin’ to barrel racing, fill the small-town arenas in the spring and summer. These family-style events offer rugged rodeo action, calf scrambles and mutton bustin’ for the kids and, of course, some extra tough fellas who think it’s fun to bother a bull. There will be some clowning around, too. It might get a little dusty, but the riders, wranglers and animal athletes can certainly wow a crowd. JOHNSON CITY • Aug. 15-17 Blanco County Fair and Rodeo at the Blanco County Fairgrounds along U.S. 281, just south of the Pedernales River. It’s more than a rodeo, it’s a celebration of the state’s

rural heritage. The three-day event includes a livestock show and a carnival. This year, the rodeo and fair are celebrating 83 years of fun and entertainment. For more, call the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce at (830) 868-7684 or visit www.bcfra.org. BURNET • June 14-15 Burnet Rodeo at the Burnet County Fairgrounds and Rodeo Arena on Houston Clinton Drive, just off U.S. 281. Sponsored by the Burnet County Fair and Rodeo Association. For more, call the Burnet Chamber of Commerce at (512) 756-4297.   LAMPASAS • June 7-8 The Lampasas Riata Roundup features team roping, live music, pony rides, the crowning of a queen, stick-horse races and a rodeo both nights. A dance follows the rodeo at Lometa Regional Park. To reach the park, go to FM 581 and U.S. 183, then south one mile on 183. For more, call the Lampasas Chamber of Commerce at (512) 556-5172 or toll free at (866) 556-5172. LLANO • June 7-8 The Llano Rodeo is held at Robinson City Park on the banks of the Llano River about two miles west of downtown Llano on RR 152 (Old Castell Road.) The parade starts at 10 a.m. June 8 at the downtown

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took a hiatus in the late 1990s. But in 2010, local residents decided it was an important part of their culture, so they revived the Burnet County Area Fair. The 2013 event likely will be held in June, but for the most up-to-date information, go to www.burnetcountyfair.com. The event is held at the Burnet County Fairgrounds at 800 Ellen Halbert Drive in Burnet. Blanco County Fair The Blanco County Fair on Aug. 15-17 marks 83 years of celebrating the culture, history and people that make the area great. At the Blanco County Fair, you’ll find a livestock-judging contest and a rodeo. But the event also features a carnival and queen contest. For more, go to www.bcfra.org. It will take place at the county fairgrounds, 619 U.S. 281 in Johnson City. Gillespie County Fair The granddaddy of all county fairs, the Gillespie County Fair in Fredericksburg, celebrates 125 years of fair — going Aug. 22-25. Located at the fairgrounds south of Fredericksburg on Texas 16. For more, go to www.gillespiefair.com.

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The Kingsland Slab – Created by a huge outcropping of granite beneath the Llano River, the Kingsland Slab has plenty of natural swimming and wading holes. Drive RR 1431 west through Kingsland then turn west on FM 3404 and stay there for a couple of miles until reaching the Llano River. Devil’s Waterhole – Located at Inks Lake State Park, this is one of the area’s most popular attractions. Inks Lake is located on Park Road 4, several miles west of U.S. 281, in Burnet County. Call (512) 793-2223. Krause Springs – Open year-round, this spring-fed retreat is known for its cold water, abundance of shade and outdoor grills. Get on Texas 71 to Spicewood and turn north on Spur 191 at Hollingsworth’s Corner. To make reservations, call (830)

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Pick your own fruit at Sweet Berry Farm If you go home with hard, green berries from Sweet Berry Farm, then it’s nobody’s fault but your own! You do the picking, say owners Dan and Gretchen Copeland, so it’s up to you to find the best berries. And there’s plenty from which to choose. The Copelands have at least 80,000 strawberry plants growing on five acres along with two acres of blackberries and six acres of peaches. The farm is located on FM 1980 just west of Marble Falls off RR 1431. Picking your own fruit is not all you can do at Sweet Berry Farm. You can get lost in a Texas-shaped maze of maize, test your jumping skills on the Berry Bounce, or ride the barrel train around colorfully decorated, round bales of hay. You never know what else you might find, Dan says, because Gretchen is always thinking up new ways to keep the kids entertained. About 5,000 schoolkids visit each of the farm’s two main seasons: fall and spring. Dan is the son of “Brother Max” Copeland, retired pastor of First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, who also works on the family farm. Dan’s mother, Glenna Copeland, makes the berry jam they sell.

“The farm could not run without those two,” Dan says of his parents. “They are the heart and soul of this place.” Brother Max is the first person you see when you visit Sweet Berry Farm. He hands you your picking basket and points you in the right direction. Dan has the inside scoop on how to get the best berries. “Walk to the end of the row and then work your way back to the store,” Dan says. “That’s where you’ll find the best berries.” Sweet Berry Farm is open 8:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. To get there, take RR 1431 west out of Marble Falls to FM 1980. Turn right at the light and go about one-and-a-quarter mile. You’ll find the entrance to Sweet Berry Farm on the right. The spring season runs from early March to early June. The fall season of pumpkins, hay rides and pick-your-own flowers runs from the last week of September to the second week of November. For more information and admission prices, visit the Sweet Berry Farm website at www.sweet berryfarm.com.

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Includes Chanticleer Log Cabin, a private, restored log cabin on 26 acres on Lake Travis, with a screened porch and fireplace; Villa Celeste e Villa Stellata, two separate restored cabins tucked away on 80 acres, surrounding a private swimming pool and hot tub; Dal Nonno, a cabin secluded in the woods on 80 acres with a private hot tub tucked in the trees, gas grill. All feature line-dried linens and homemade cookies, granola and breakfast options.

Pitch a tent or rent a cabin You can find a place to bask in the natural beauty of the Highland Lakes by camping, in a tent, a recreational vehicle or a rustic cabin. Inks Lake State Park, located just outside Burnet on Park Road 4 a few miles west of U.S. 281, has setups to accommodate the largest RVs, small cabins and rustic campsites. The park hosts several events during spring and summer, including “Go Fishing with a Ranger,” canoe skills clinics, guided hikes and even a family outdoor workshop. The park’s address is 3630 Park Road 4 West. For more, call (512) 793-2223. For primitive-camping excursions, visit Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, located south of Llano and north of Fredericksburg at 16710 RR 965, near the county line. Call (830) 685-3636. Colorado Bend State Park, located near Bend on 5,300 acres, has 15.8 miles of hiking trails and 14 miles of mountain-biking trails. For more, call (325) 628-3240. For camping with a few more amenities, try Pedernales Falls State Park, situated on 5,200 acres with camping, picnicking, hiking, swimming and fishing. Head east from Johnson City on FM 2766. For more, call (830) 868-7304. Visit Blanco State Park just off U.S. 281 in Blanco for camping, swimming, picnicking, hiking, nature study and fishing. For more, call (830) 833-4333.

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Continued from page 60 if you don’t have an RV, many have cottages for rent as well. • Beachcomber Park, 8138 RR 261, Buchanan Dam — Features boat ramps, fish-cleaning station, laundry room and a small bathroom with showers. Also, 50 back-in RV sites, 10 pull-through sites, boat slips and docks in a protected cove. Call (800) 379-3083 or visit www.lakebuchanan rv.com. • Big Chief RV Resort, 1420 FM 690, Burnet — Offers deluxe, premium and waterfront RV sites that average 12 feet wide and 40-60 feet long. On Lake Buchanan waterfront with swimming area, 30/50 amp, general store, laundry/fitness room, TV/ game room, club house, boat ramp, covered pavilion and 24-hour courtesy patrol. Call (512) 793-4746 or 1-866-922-4433 or visit www.bigchiefrvresort.com. • Blanco Settlement Country Cabins and RV Park, 1705 RR 165, Blanco — Ten acres on the Blanco River with riverfront views from each of its 20 pull-through RV sites. Visit www.blancosettlement.com, call (830) 833-5115 ext. 0 or email info@blancosettle ment.com. • Canyon of the Eagles Lodge & Nature Park, 16942 RR 2341, Burnet — Includes Eagle Eye observatory, conference center, restaurant and lodging as well as camping and RV facilities. Its 23 sites are only a short walk from a incredible restaurant in a rustic setting. Call (800) 977-0081 or (512) 334-2070 or visit www.canyonoftheeagles. com. •  Cedar Lodge Waterfront Resort, 1400 Texas 261, Buchanan Dam — Four-way RV sites, two-way pop-up sites and cabins on or near Lake Buchanan waterfront. On-site laundry facilities, wireless Internet, party room/meeting facility and pavilion with

room for 60 or more people. Call (512) 7932820, email cedarldg@gmail.com or visit www.cedarlodge.info. • Edgewater Resort, 224 S. Winding Way, Buchanan Dam —  Features 37 RV sites with four-way hookups, a recreation room, lighted fishing pier and store with bait, tackle, ice and drinks. Includes a boat launch. Also has 13 cottages available. Call (512) 793-2818, email theedge@tstar. net or visit www.the-edgewater.com. • Galloway-Hammond Parks and Recreation Center, 1601 U.S. 281, Burnet —  It’s first come, first served for the 20 RV spots at this facility located just south of downtown Burnet. Includes laundry room, electric, water and sewer hookups as well as cable television. The park is adjacent to hiking trails and Delaware Springs Golf Course. Call (512) 756-6180. • Granite Rock RV Park, 1015 Davis St., Kingsland —  Seven of this park’s eight granite-gravel RV sites are pull-through. Each site has an 8-foot by 16-foot patio. Near a city park with 20/30/50 amp services. sewer and city water. Call (325) 3888900 or visit www.graniterockrvpark.com. • Heart of Texas Lake Resort, 408 Clen Oak Parkway, Burnet — Along with 24 RV sites, Heart of Texas has rental units, cabins, condos, lake house, miniature golf and a lodge. Also a lighted, covered fishing dock, wireless Internet and giant pecan trees. Call (512) 756-7766, fax (512) 7562301, email heartex@moment.net or visit www.heartoftexaslakeresort.com. •  Hidden Falls Adventure Park, 7030 RR 1431 East, Smithwick — Primitive tent and RV sites at Area B (no electric, water or sewer services), improved sites for tents and pop-ups with 120-volt, 20-amp electricity, as well as RV sites with electric, water and sewer hookups. Water is for Continued on page 62

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Continued from page 61 washing and bathing only. RV sites have 30-amp and 50-amp electric service, water and sewer. Call (830) 798-9820 or visit www.hiddenfallsadventurepark.com. • Hi-Line Lake Resort, 1106 Hi-Line Drive, Tow — Located on the western shore of Lake Buchanan. Visit www.hilinelake resort.com or call (325) 379-1065. • Hofbrau RV Park, 102 Alpine Drive on U.S. 281, seven miles south of Marble Falls — Full-service RV park with 25 sites, 20/30/50-amp connections and laundry facilities. The RV sites are up to 20-feet wide and 75-feet long. Call (830) 5962073, email mueller734@yahoo.com or visit www.hofbrau-rvpark.com. • Inks Lake State Park on Inks Lake, Park Road 4 near Burnet and six miles west of U.S. 281 — This is a big one with 137 RV spaces and 50 water-only sites for tents. Wireless Internet available. Reservations required. For more, call (512) 793-2223 or visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us. For reservations, call (512) 389-8900. • Inks Lake RV Park, 6161 Texas 29 West in Burnet —  Can accommodate double

slide-outs, pull-throughs and big rigs. Hookups include water and sewer along with 20/30/50/80-amp electric service. Includes a recreation room with satellite TV. Visit www.inkslakervpark.com or call (512) 756-0101 or (512) 756-9955. • Krause Springs, 404 Krause Springs Road, Spicewood — Boasts 32 freshwater springs, along with a swimming hole. The 24 RV sites have water and electricity. Includes a butterfly garden, all located off Texas 71 in Spicewood. Take Spur 191 south and then turn right on CR 404. The gates are on the left-hand side. Visit www. krausesprings.net or call (830) 693-4181. • Llanorado Lodge, 223 RR 1431, Kingsland — The Lanorado RV sites have four-way hookups and 30/50-amp service with boat slips and several air-conditioned cabins with cable TV. Visit www.highland lakes.com/llanorado or www.tpwd.state. tx.us or call (325) 388-4823. • Llano River RV Park, 37 Keller Velino Road on the Llano River, 10 miles south of Mason —  Offers 46 pull-through sites that include full hookups (water, sewer and electricity) and wireless Internet. Also bathroom and shower facilities. Petfriendly. Call (866) 640-9696 or visit www. llanoriverrvpark.com.

• Llano River Golf Course and RV Park, two miles west of Llano on FM 152 at Robinson Park — The 25 RV sites are within walking distance of the golfing, swimming and fishing. Chose straight RV rates or mix in RV/golf rates. Call (325) 247-5100 or visit www.llanorivergolfcourse.com. • Miller Creek RV Park, 5618 U.S. 281, five miles south of Johnson City — Features 32 big pull-throughs and 22 back-ins with a reverse-osmosis water system, septic and 30/50 amp. Free phone and wireless Internet available. Catch-and-release fishing, spa and dry sauna, log cabins. Visit www.millercreekrvresort.com, call (877) 868-2622 or email at info@millercreekrv resort.com. • Poppy’s Pointe Resort, 400 Emerald Circle in Buchanan Dam —  These 41 RV sites accommodate rigs of all sizes. Includes a playscape, disc golf, giant chess, kayaks. Call (512) 793- 3922 or visit www. poppyspointe.net. • Rio Vista Resort, 234 Rio Vista Drive, Kingsland —  The 41 RV sites join lake houses, villas and cottages. Recreation room has a full kitchen, laundry facilities and restrooms with showers. Call (325) 388-6331 or (800)-846-1864, email rio vistaresort@rio-vista-resort.com or visit www.rio-vista-resort.com. • Riverview RV Park, 200 Old River Road, Marble Falls — Located on Lake Marble Falls at the bridge on U.S. 281, it has 49 paved level sites with 20 pull-through sites. Includes water, sewer and electric hookups, five boat docks and piers, with 650 feet of waterfront. Call (830) 693-3910. • Roadrunner RV Park, 501 U.S. 281 South, Johnson City — Has 44 pull-through sites and 18 back-in sites, as well as club, meeting room and free wireless Internet. Call (830) 868-7449, visit www.roadrunnerrvpark texas.com or email rvpark@moment.net. • Shady Oaks RV Park, 350 Inks Dam Road, Buchanan Dam — Two lighted fishing docks, 57 riverside hookups on 23 acres with 1,700 feet of waterfront below Inks Dam on the Colorado River. Call (512) 793-2718 or (877) 423-9625 or visit www. campingfriend.com/shadyoaksrv. • Sunset Point on Lake LBJ, 2322 N. Wirtz Dam Road, Marble Falls — On Lake LBJ, with more than 50 RV sites on 20 acres. Has three-way hookups including several premier motorcoach sites. Big-rig friendly, boat ramps, docks, swimming and fishing. Full hookups (30-50 amp), wireless Internet, lakefront meeting/activity area, park store, coin laundry and gated entry included. Call (830) 798-8199 or visit www. sunsetpointlbj.com.

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From kayaks to ski boats to paddleboards, you can rent it in the Highland Lakes. Be sure to call ahead to check on availability.

Lake Buchanan • Painted Sky Inn, 1400 CR 128, Burnet. Rents stand-up paddle boards, fishing and recreational kayaks, canoes and accessories. Paddle boarding and windsurfing classes by appointment. Call (512) 715-9896 or visit www.paintedskyinn. com. • Thunderbird Resort, 200 Greenwood Hills Trail, Burnet. Rents a variety of watercraft including pontoons and deck boats. Call (512) 756-4878 or visit www.thunderbirdvacation.com.

Cove, Burnet. Rents ski and wakeboard boats, pontoons, personal watercraft, canoes and pedal boats. Call (512) 756-9132 or visit www.logcountrycove.com. • Lake LBJ Resort & Marina, 667 Sandy Mountain Drive, Sunrise Beach. Rents pontoon boats, runabouts, ski boats, tubes, water skis and wakeboards. Call (325) 3889393 or visit www.lakelbjfun.com. • Splash Boat Rentals, 1924 RR 1431, Kingsland. Rents Bayliner and Larson boats with wakeboard towers. Will deliver and launch on lakes LBJ, Buchanan, Inks and Marble Falls. Call (325) 388-5000 or visit www.splashboatrentals.com.

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Lake LBJ • El Rio Boat Rentals, 14757 RR 1431, Kingsland. Rents Sea-Doos, pontoon boats and a 20-foot ski boat. Has gas by the dock. Call (325) 388-3376 or (512) 755-1118. • Lake LBJ Yacht Club and Marina, 200 S. Wirtz Dam Road, Horseshoe Bay. Rental cottages and watercraft. Call (830) 693-9172 or visit www.lakelbjmarina. com. • Log Country Cove, 617 Log Country

Spin those bicycle wheels Spring is a favorite time of year for bicyclists. As the weather warms up, the wildflowers and trees burst forth in an explosion of color, lifting your spirits as you increase your heart rate. You can pedal through neighborhoods or on country roads or take your mountain bike to wilderness trails in state parks. Reveille Peak Ranch near Burnet is open to the public on weekends. Call (512) 755-4417 or visit rprtexas.com.

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Continued from page 63 vice bowling alley. Provides bumper lanes for younger bowlers, an automated scoring system, pool tables and a video arcade. Visit www.bowllakecountrylanes.com or call (830) 693-4311.

Paddle the lakes and rivers Stand-up paddle boards look like surfboards propelled by paddles rather than waves. Rent a paddle board at: Go Paddle Down,120 Main St., Marble Falls, Wednesday-Sunday. They also deliver. Visit www.gopaddledown. com or call (830) 220-3027. Just Yakin’ Kayaks, (325) 665-1208 or (325) 668-2536. Visit www.justyakin.com. Canyon of the Eagles, 16942 RR 2341 northwest of Burnet, www.canyonofthe eagles.com, (512) 334-2070. Inks Lake State Park, 3630 Park Road 4 West, Burnet, (512) 793-2223. Painted Sky Inn, 1400 CR 128 in Silver Creek (northwest of Burnet). Visit www.

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paintedskyinn.com or call (512) 715-9896.

Take flight Explore the Hill Country heavens as you hitch a ride on the thermals in a sail plane. The Fault Line Flyers operate a field in Briggs, located in northeast Burnet County. Non-pilots and nonclub members can experience the beauty of soaring on Demo Days the first Saturday of each month (weather permitting). The cost is $60 or $80 depending on the sailplane. Call to check on weather and availability at (512) 489-2344. Visit www.faultline flyers.org.

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Hit the hiking trails Get out those hiking boots and hit the trails at: Pedernales Falls State Park on FM 2766 has four major trails begging to be explored. Inks Lake State Park, six miles west of U.S. 281 in Burnet County on Park Road 4. Hike on your own or with a certified Master Naturalist. Call (512) 793-2223. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, south of Llano and north of Fredericksburg on RR 965. One of the most unique hiking experiences around. Call (830) 685-3636. Colorado Bend State Park, north on U.S. 281 to Lampasas. From the U.S. 281 and 183 intersection take FM 580 west 24 miles to Bend. Follow the signs 4 miles to the park entrance. Home of Gorman Falls. Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Doeskin Ranch on FM 1174 north of RR 1431. Encompasses thousands of protected acres and several hiking trails.

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Join members of the Highland Lakes Flyers to try your hand at radio-controlled model airplanes any morning of the week in Kingsland — wind and weather permitting. Flyers gather about 8 to 9 a.m. at Hank Nilsen Field off RR 2545 at 702 Williamette Road, two miles east of RR 1431. Visit www.highlandlakesflyers.org.

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Ride a horse through the hills Visit the Colbert Ranch website at www.ridecolbertranch. com to reserve a ride and find out about their other activities. Camp Peniel offers horseback riding for groups and has programs for youth as well. Call (800) 848-1731 or go to www.camppeniel.org Several of the Lower Colorado River Authority parks have bring-your-own horseback riding trails. Try the trails at Shaffer Bend Recreational Area east of Marble Falls off RR 1431 on CR 343A. For more rules and regulations, go to www.lcra.org. Pedernales Falls State Park, on FM 2766 just outside of Johnson City, also has a horse trail. Visit Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us.

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Continued from page 64 Bend Recreational Area, with more than seven miles of trails. Inks Lake State Park has a network of trails worth exploring at a nice jog. You can even jog the back country of Pedernales Falls State Park and Colorado Bend State Park. A newer addition to the nicely maintained Hill Country running trails is Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114 in Burnet. For details about races, check out the ranch’s website at rprtexas.com.

Sink a putt miniature style

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Find ear-splitting horsepower and great entertainment in a beautiful family-friendly setting on Texas 71 between Llano and Brady. The Hill Country Sand Drag Races on CR 415 17 miles west of Llano are open February through October. Visit www.hillcountrysanddrags.com.

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Copperhead Shooting Club at Hidden Falls Adventure Park, 7030 FM 1431 just east of Marble Falls, features shooting ranges built to National Rifle Association specs. Archery ranges also are available. For more go to www.copper headcreek.com or call (830) 265-4950. Continued on page 66

For golf enthusiasts who have more putt than drive, visit the miniature-golf course at the Heart of Texas Lake Resort on Lake LBJ in the Hoover’s Valley area. The course is 18 holes of colorful statues and creative, challenging holes. Play some outdoor shuffleboard and arcade games while you’re there. Call (512) 756-7766 or stop by 408 Clen Oak Parkway in Burnet. Visit www. heartoftexaslakeresort.com.

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Look out over a beautiful Hill Country landscape while sewing and visiting with fellow quilters at the Cimarron Ranch Retreat Center. Located about five miles east of Marble Falls on RR 1431, the retreat has regular sewing days on Tuesdays and weekend retreats throughout the year. Call owner Mary Clendenon to schedule a visit or to shop in her quilt store at (830) 265-0202. Visit www.quiltswithaheart.com.

Climb some rocks Climbers grab the granite at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, which is south of Llano and north of Fredericksburg on FM 965. Also climb at Reimers Ranch Park, 23610 Hamilton Road between Bee Cave and Dripping Springs. Reimers is a day-use only park, but a favorite of Central Texas rock climbers. Learn about

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Perfect your ollies at 3 skate parks Falls Creek Park Skate Park at the corner of Main and Yett streets in Marble Falls is a 12,000-square-foot concrete-and-granite park with features such as the Noose, the DoubleDorito hip and the Bowless corner. BMX bike riders welcome. p Squared, 4121 Brockwood in Cottonwood Shores, contains lots of elements, including a bowl-style structure. Wallace Riddell Park at Texas 29 and Rhomberg Avenue in Burnet is a wooden structure-based skate park.

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Daily guided tours through Longhorn Cavern on Park Road 4 feature easy walks through the caverns. For more serious caving, check

out the Wild Cave Tour. Visit www.long horncaverns.com. Colorado Bend State Park outside Bend also offers a wild cave tour. To find the park, go north on U.S. 281 to Lampasas. From the 281 and U.S. 183 intersection, take FM 580 west 24 miles to Bend. Follow the signs to the park entrance. Call (325) 628-3240 or visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us for tour times.

Set your sights on the stars The Hill Country Astronomers in Fredericksburg throw a star party once a month around the time of the new moon. Anyone interested is invited to come look into the heart of the final frontier. For dates and times contact Jason Fry by email at heaven watcher2001@yahoo.com. Join a star party at the Eagle Eye Observatory at Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park and Resort on Lake Buchanan. The observatory resides on land owned by the Lower Colorado River Authority and houses two large telescopes owned and maintained by the Austin Astronomical Society. Take Texas 29 three miles west of Burnet and turn north on FM 2341. In 15 miles, you’ll come

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to the park at 16942 RR 2341. Society members also bring their own telescopes and are happy to share their sights and insights. Visit www.austinastro.org.

Take a stroll through town Clomp along the wooden sidewalks of downtown Fredericksburg and discover an old five-and-dime, eclectic furniture stores, art galleries, bakeries, a winery, ice cream and more. In Johnson City, walk in the footsteps of a president at Lyndon B. Johnson’s boyhood home on Elm Street, one block south of U.S. 290. Then stroll on over to the Johnson Settlement, where guides will help you experience life on the farm during Johnson’s childhood. In Llano, explore a variety of art galleries, antique stores, gift shops and restaurants from the Llano River Bridge to the courthouse square. In Marble Falls, Historic Main Street features gift and antique shops, restaurants and an open-air art show of sculptures. In Burnet, after a tour of Courthouse Square, cut across U.S. 281 (watch for traffic and wait on the lights) and make your way to the Riverwalk on Hamilton Creek.

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