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needed a trip to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in far South Austin. The truth is I needed some inspiration. These freezes have played havoc with my gardens. I gave up carpet grass a couple of summers ago – what with the drought and two dogs who love to run in the backyard – so my backyard is full of native plants: bushes, berries, ornamental trees, grasses, year-round bloomers loved by the birds, bees, and butterflies. But now, in the deep of what is called in song and poem “the bleak midwinter,” the gardens are not all that garden-y. I have a pile of pulled up passionflower vines that looks like a bale of hay. The chile pequin is a sea of dead yellow against the wood fence. The Texas lantana is huge arching boughs of dried, brown leaves. The American beautyberry has a few dried berries on its leafless limbs. And the coral berry is working hard to keep a few lively looking leaves among its bright berries. I spent an hour wandering the grounds of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center recently – a cold, blustery, semi-sunny afternoon – and was rewarded with glimpses of what was to come in the spring and the

beauty of what is in this coldest, bleakest part of our Central Texas year. Much of what I saw at this magical place is what we see all over the Texas Hill Country right about now. Grasses are the most beautiful things on the grounds right now. As I came through the entryway, the low, bright sun made seed heads in a little meadow looked as though they were glowing. And a huge, deep-ringing chime hanging in the entryway tolled the windy day along with the grasses swinging in the wind. That chime was just about my only companion at the Wildflower Center on that late Sunday afternoon. My favorite place is the Display Garden between the Hill Country Stream and the Butterfly Garden. Every plot is a different theme in the Display Garden, and I was rewarded on this visit with lots of ideas for my gardens – ideas that would stay green in a re-do of this Hill Country weather that has bounced us day-to-day from parkas and gloves to flip flops and T-shirts. Agarita and its pointy leaves and red berries, damianita with its strong cedar smell and long-lasting yellow blooms.

My visit became a challenge to find growing green, and in doing that I realized that I have a lot of the same growing green in my backyard and front yard gardens: asters and goldenrod going to seed but with a corona of new green leaves at ground level; little leaflets of winecup and bluebonnet spreading out flat on the ground as their roots get a good strong hold over winter; woolly ironweed and purple coneflower still offering their seedpods to birds while new growth peeps above the ground for summer blooms. Maybe my gardens aren’t as bad as I thought. Maybe they are just what they are supposed to be in this season: quiet, waiting for new growth, gathering strength underneath, poised for their next season. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is at 4801 La Crosse Avenue in South Austin, just south of the intersection of Loop 1 and Slaughter Lane. Llano native Nettie Plueckhahn will show her watercolors and acrylics of Hill Country landscapes, colorful florals, and still life pieces at the center starting in February through May 26 in a show called “Art of Nature.”

Young jazz pianist Dylan Meek returns in concert February 6 WIMBERLEY H Native son Dylan Meek returns from New York City for a reunion concert Thursday, February 6, at Wimberley United Methodist Church. Since his last concert in Wimberley three years ago, Dylan has had the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s best living jazz musicians and at a multitude of diverse venues such as Jazz Cruise 2012, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Dylan has worked with legendary bassist Reggie Workman (former bassist of John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey, Cedar Walton, Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, Roy Haynes) and has shared the stage with drummer Thelonious Monk Jr., Roy Hargrove, Richard Bouldger, Alex Foster, Alex Han, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Marcus Printup and others.  Now 23, Dylan is releasing his official debut album “And When” with great jazz veterans drummer Gregory Hutchinson and bassist Ben Wolfe. “Dylan Meek is one of the up and coming talents of the modern music scene. He’s a virtuoso pianist, fresh sounding composer and soulful singer.


His first album illuminates all his talents and is the first shot across the bow of his upcoming long and successful career,” says Michael Wolff, jazz pianist, composer and producer. FYI • Dylan Meek will perform in the main sanctuary, across the hall from Susanna’s Kitchen at Wimberley United Methodist Church Feb- Dylan Meek. ruary 6. Doors open at Photo courtesy Dylan Meek. 7 pm, music at 7:30 pm. Early arrival is encouraged, as Dylan’s prior Wimberley shows have been standing room only. Tickets are $15 donation at the door (free for students). Dylan’s CD “And When” will be available at the Wimberley reunion concert and Dylan will sign copies following the show. The CD is also available on iTunes and For more information, email You can follow Dylan at www.facebook. com/dylanmeekmusic. 

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lexandra’s House, a traditional Bed-and-Breakfast situated midway between the shopping malls and university in San Marcos and the art galleries, antique stores and boutiques in Wimberley, attracts visitors from near and far and has quickly become a fivestar favorite retreat for anyone who has ever spent a night in one of the three guest suites. Reed and Rosemary Lyday’s master plan always included having a B&B in their home, which was custom built in 2008 with that future goal in mind. This year marks the four year anniversary since Alexandra’s House opened for business in February 2010. Named after Rosemary, whose middle name is Alexandra, the B&B accommodates a total of six guests in three individual suites that are named after the couple’s granddaughters and niece – Diana, Ashley and Emma. Before moving to Wimberley, Rosemary owned a restaurant in Houston where she honed her culinary and business skills. Along with that valuable experience, her artistic talents and natural hospitality are put to good use in the daily operation of a successful B&B. “I enjoy meeting new people and making them feel welcome,” she says. The number of B&Bs in this country began to rise dramatically in the late 1970’s with greater interest in historic preservation; however, the custom of opening one’s home to travelers goes back to the earliest days of colonial America when inns were few and wayfarers depended on the kindness of strangers for a meal and bed for the night. While times have certainly changed since the horse and carriage era, the lure of the B&B as a more personal alternative to the standard motel experience harkens back to those early days. Many guests enjoy the personal touches in décor and din-

Rosemary and Reed Lyday, proprietors of Alexandra’s House B&B, located between San Marcos and Wimberley. Photo courtesy Alexandra’s House. ing that distinguish the B&B from the more predictable chain lodgings. For cozy ambience updated with 21st century amenities like internet and cable, Alexandra’s House provides just the right mixture of old and new. “Those who seek out this type of B&B want that personal connection and expect it,” says Rosemary, “and they come prepared to be engaged.” The charming Craftsman house and barn are surrounded by over five acres of rustic woodland, a picturesque natural habitat with an abundance of live oak, cedar elms and wildflowers that’s a haven for local wildlife such as deer, grey fox, wild turkeys, roadrunners and other small critters. A running stream with pond, falls and lichen covered rocks provides a tranquil spot for guests to leave their cares



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TOP LEFT and TOP RIGHT The lovely exterior of Alexandra’s House. BOTTOM LEFT Alexandra’s House’s well appointed interior. BOTTOM RIGHT Rosemary’s perfectly delectable pancakes. Photos courtesy Alexandra’s House. behind and meditate to the relaxing sounds of babbling water. The interior of the house features an open design, wood floors, numerous windows, and a long wide center hall lighted with hand-crafted blown glass sconces from the nearby Wimberley Glass Works. Every room is beautifully furnished with original art, antiques, rugs, photographs, heirloom quilts, and books. Rosemary is a talented artist and her paintings are displayed throughout the house. Her great grandfather, Abbott H. Thayer (1849-1921), was an eminent American artist and naturalist noted for landscapes and portraits, especially his idealized winged “angel” portraits. Although Thayer’s original paintings are now in museums from Chicago to Washington DC to New York City, Rosemary honors her famous ancestor and enhances the décor at Alexandra’s House with framed prints of his sketches and paintings. The week after Christmas finds

Rosemary in the kitchen preparing lemon sauce for the ricotta pancakes that she will serve for breakfast the following morning. The pancakes, one of the specialties at Alexandra’s House and the second course of the gourmet breakfast, following freshly baked scones and fruit compote. Everything is delicious. The pancakes are feather-light and topped with the lemon sauce and blueberries, served with crisp savory bacon strips. One guest takes a picture of the elegant presentation to send to the relative he’s visiting for the holidays. The photo captures the essence of a stay at Alexandra’s House – wonderful food, beautiful house, friendly hosts – and the wish that we could stay just a little while longer. FYI • Alexandra’s House is just off Ranch Road 12, between San Marcos and Wimberley, on 250 Hugo Road. Call 512-667-0107 or email info@AlexandrasHouseTx. com. For more information, and to see photographs of the house and grounds, check room availability and prices, visit the website at


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pia, Bluebird Hill is truly private, and still only five minutes from Garner State luebird Hill on Indian Blanket Park, and close to Lost Maples State NatRanch is a special place and a perural Area and other attractions in Leakey, fect getaway. You know it as soon Rio Frio, Vanderpool and Concan. as you turn up the drive and you can 250 acres of pristine Hill Country, Infeel it as you enter the warm and invitdian Blanket Ranch has been in the faming home with a beautifully designed ily for more than 100 years. Both of Lora open floor plan, lots of windows and B.’s grandfathers — Alexander Kenhigh ceilings. The expansive retreat was nedy Auld and John Davis — were area originally the family home of Lora B. pioneers in the late 1800s. According to and Roger Garrison. Lora B. — a distinguished local histoIdeally located 10 miles west of Utorian and writer — the two men owned neighboring ranches north of Leakey. Their children, Annie Auld and Bob Davis, married and bought the land that became Indian Blanket Ranch in 1903. The two had eight children, of which Lora B. was the second youngest. Lora B. left home, married Roger and the couple had five children of their own. Follow250-acre Indian Blanket Ranch. Photo courtesy LeAnn Sharp. ing Roger’s 1972 re-

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ABOVE LEFT and RIGHT New trails at Indian Blanket Ranch (off FM 1050 10 miles west of Utopia and 5 miles east of Garner State Park) provide a beautiful escape for hiking, biking, jogging and exploring. Enjoy the trails at your leisure during your stay at Bluebird Hill or the Hideaway, two inviting vacation properties on the ranch. Day passes are also available for adults and children. Pick them up at Hill Country Nature Center, next door to the ranch. Photos by TJ and Carla Jones. view of the great outdoors. And though there’s much to see and do nearby, there’s no need to leave the ranch when you’re looking for options.

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Bluebird Hill’s comfortable room. Photo by Melissa Maxwell Ball.


Step outside to find porches with ample seating, an upstairs deck (great for stargazing), a hammock, fire ring, barbecue grill, picnic table and even a hot tub. Plans are in the works to add a pool to the property this winter. A deck overlooks the wet weather Blanket Creek — LeAnn and Anthony were married in this very spot 21 years ago. A rustic cedar picket fence surrounds the home, adding to its charm. “My dad built the cedar picket fence around the yard,” LeAnn explains. “ It was an old fence someone in Leakey took down and he salvaged it. The pickets were more than 100 years old in 1974.” Hideaway, a nostalgic 1800s style cabin furnished with antiques (just 400 yards from Bluebird Hill, across the creek and through the trees), provides another relaxing getaway and sleeps up to seven guests. New at Indian Blanket Ranch are nature trails cut through the valleys and hills providing a beautiful path for hiking, jogging and mountain biking. Another unique feature at Indian Blanket Ranch is the Bluebird Nestbox

Nature Trail, which Lora B. and Roger started back in 1985 after reading about how the bluebird population was declining due to lack of habitat. “Dad built nine nestboxes, and put them on trees and fence posts. A few years later he and Mom started their Bluebird Hill bed and breakfast to give people from cities a place in the country to come stay

and go birding,” explains LeAnn. The Bluebird Trail now has 30 nestboxes and six viewing stations with benches where you can see small cavity nesters including Eastern Bluebirds, Black-crested Titmouse, Bewick’s Wren, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Carolina Chickadee with nests, eggs or baby birds. Tours are available March through June — make arrangements with LeAnn. And there’s plenty more spectacular birdwatching on the ranch — you just might see a Goldencheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo, Vermillion Flycatcher, Zone-tailed Hawk, Hummer and more. Bring your camera — photo opportunites abound. FYI • Bluebird Hill and The Hideaway at Indian Blanket Ranch are located 10 miles west of Utopia and five miles east of Highway 83 on Farm Market 1050. Amenities at Bluebird Hill include wi-fi. Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance. For more information, call 830-9662320, email or visit the web site at Nature trails at Indian Blanket Ranch are open to the public. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Stop in at Hill Country Nature Center, located right next to the ranch, for a map and information. Hill Country Nature Center will host Nature Quest April 23-27, where participants learn from experts through field trips, workshops and programs. For more information about Nature Quest, visit the web site at For information on Bat Flights, Nature by Kayak tours and lots of other outdoor activities, visit Lora B. Garrison’s book “My Stomping Grounds,” featuring oral histories from the area will be published later this year.

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NOTE: Dates or locations for the events listed in the Calendar may change. Some require admission fees or reservations. Please call ahead to confirm information. EVERY DAY GRUENE: Live music at Gruene Hall. Enjoy free music shows Monday through Thursday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. WIMBERLEY: (every day except Monday) Wimberley Glassworks gallery is open 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Glassblowing demos daily. SECOND SUNDAY BANDERA: Cowboy Camp. Live cowboy music at Frontier Times Museum. Free. 1 pm to 5 pm. 830-328-0321. JOHNSON CITY: Taste Wine + Art Music Events. Rockin’ gospel to Latin music at the Kirchman Gallery. 830-868-9290. EVERY MONDAY CANYON LAKE: Seniors Bingo. 12:30 pm at Habitat for Safe Seniors, 2174 Old pm Road, Startzville. 830-899-2256. WIMBERLEY: Toddler Story Time at Wimberley Library. 10:30 am. 512-8472188, CYPRESS MILL: The Bunkhouse Gang at Wenmohs Ranch. Paint and enjoy fellowship of other artists. 830-825-3465. WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Community Band. First Baptist Church. 512-858-7960. FIRST TUESDAYS BANDERA: Cowboy Capital Opry. Silver Sage Corral Senior Center. 830-796-4969. THIRD TUESDAYS NEW BRAUNFELS: Country Music Show. Knights of Columbus. 830-6294547. LEANDER: Low Cost Pet Spay, Neuter and Vaccination. 512-260-3602, ext. 101.

EVERY WEDNESDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Farmers Market. 3 pm to 7 pm at the Highway 290 and Ranch Road 12. March to December, rain or shine. WIMBERLEY: Farmers’ Market. Fresh produce, fresh breads, much more at the Senior Citizen’s Activity Center on Ranch Road 12. 512-264-1637. THIRD WEDNESDAYS DRIPPING SPRINGS: Cook Off Club meets at 6:30 pm in the VFW Hall. FOURTH WEDNESDAYS WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Neighbors. 10:30 am. Community Center. 512-8472849. EVERY THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Coffee House with Light Dinners, Decadent Desserts and Open Mic. 6 pm to 9 pm. Thyme and Dough. 512-894-0001. FIRST THURSDAY BUDA: First Thursday. Stroll through the downtown antique and specialty shops, enjoy the food from downtown restaurants. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Thursdays with Doug Moreland and the Flying Armadillos at Mercer Street Dance Hall. www. SECOND THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Bead Society Meets. Wimberley Community Center. 1 pm. For information, Marilyn Pierce at FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAY CANYON LAKE: Noon Lions Meeting at Canyon Lake Golf Club. 830-899-4406. THIRD THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Susanna’s Kitchen Coffee-


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WIMBERLEY: Arnosky Family Farms Market. Fresh flowers, veggies, more. Ranch Road 2325 and Highway 165. 830833-5428. BANDERA: Market Days. 830-796-4447. BANDERA: First Saturday Book Sale. Public Library. 830-796-4213. FIRST SATURDAY DRIFTWOOD: Driftwood Community Club meets monthly to enhance the community spirit of Driftwood. Dinner and fun. First Saturday at 7 pm. www. 512-829-5101 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Low Cost Pet Vaccinations. At Tractor Supply on Highway 290. 512-858-7229. FIRST AND THIRD SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership Club. 10:30 am. Visitor’s Center. 512-913-4804. SECOND SATURDAY CASTROVILLE: Market Trail Days. Houston Square. 830-539-2316. THIRD SATURDAY MARBLE FALLS: Bluegrass, Country and Western, and Gospel. 6 pm to 10 pm. Boys and Girls Club. 830-898-1784. EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ROUND MOUNTAIN: Tours at Westcave Preserve. SECOND SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AUSTIN: Tours of Bright Leaf Natural Area. FEBRUARY 1 BOERNE: Hill Country Family History Seminar. Convention and Community Center. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Nick Gatwood and Grinders at Mercer Street Dancehall. WIMBERLEY: Sunny Blossom’s Silly

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Magic Show at Wimberley Village Library. The show is full of physical comedy, crazy costuming, and large doses of audience participation. 3:30 pm. 512847-2188. WIMBERLEY: Blair House Inn’s Vintner Dinner Series. Five-course dinner paired with wine from Hye Meadow Winery. 512-847-1111, FEBRUARY 1-23 WIMBERLEY: “Robin Hood.” EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens. FEBRUARY 6 NEW BRAUNFELS: Taste of the Town. Local restaurants offer samples. www. WIMBERLEY: Dylan Meek in Concert. Jazz pianist/composer/singer plays reunion show at Wimberley United Methodist Church. Doors open at 7 pm, music begins at 7:30 pm. Early arrival encouraged. More information at FEBRUARY 6 - MARCH 2 KERRVILLE: American Plains Artists Juried Show. FEBRUARY 7 FREDERICKSBURG: First Friday Art Walk Various locations around town., 830-997-6523. WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Village Library presents Wimberley Home Health Care. Learn about home health care services, fall prevention and how to create a safer home environment. Noon to 1 pm. 512847-2188 FEBRUARY 7-8 SAN MARCOS: Hill Country Jazz Fes-

tival and Concert. Evans Auditorium at Texas State University. www.txstate. edu/jazzstudies/hillcountryfestival. html, 512-245-3020. FEBRUARY 7-9 AUSTIN: Jonathan Biss with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River or call 512476-6064. FEBRUARY 7-16 FREDERICKSBURG/JOHNSON CITY: Wine Lovers Trail. Self-guided tour features special events, tours, tastings and live music. FEBRUARY 7 - MARCH 2 WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Players present “Charley’s Aunt.” FEBRUARY 8 NEW BRAUNFELS: Hill Country Doll Show and Sale. 9 am to 4 pm. New Braunfels Civic Center. 830-606-5868. WIMBERLEY: Blair House Inn’s Vintner Dinner Series. Five-course gourmet dinner paired with selections from Dry Comal Creek Vineyards. 512-847-1111, FEBRUARY 9 SAN ANTONIO: Buffalo Soldier Day. Free Second Sunday features programming on African-American soldiers that scouted the Texas Frontier. Explore how African American soldiers built the Texas frontier. Discover life in the 1870s and witness how forts became communities. Noon to 5 pm. Institute of Texan Cultures

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UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César East Chávez Boulevard. 210-4582300, BOERNE: The Step Crew. Champion High School Auditorium., 830-331-9079. FEBRUARY 12 WIMBERLEY: Passion for Paper. Free Craft Program at the Wimberley Village Library. Bring your passion for paper crafting to our gathering on the second Wednesday of every month. This month, Kathleen Goodson leads a tutorial on gift-card holders with a Valentine’s Day theme. Supplies provided, bring tool kit if you have one. 512-847-2188. FEBRUARY 13 - MARCH 6 AUSTIN: kidsActing presents “Les Misérables.”  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at  7 pm, Sundays at 3 pm at Center Stage Texas. AUSTIN: Guitars Under the Stars: L.A. Guitar Quartet. One World Theatre. 512300-2247, FEBRUARY 14-15 MARBLE FALLS: Stars of Texas Quilt Show. Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 4 pm. Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista. FEBRUARY 14-16 FREDERICKSBURG: Trade Days. Shop more than 350 vendors in six barns, plus acres of antiques and collectibles and live music in the Biergarten. www., 830-990-4900. LUCKENBACH: Hug-In and Valentine’s Ball. Weekend full of campfires, picker circles and cooking camps Celebrate the Dale Watson plays Friday and Gary P. Nunn plays Saturday. Tickets available for individual shows or the whole weekend, including camping. Kids 12 and under free. NEW BRAUNFELS: Troutfest. Fly fishing expo includes talented fly tiers, kids’ fishing pond, classes, a casting contest, vendors, speakers, more. Rio Raft and Resort, 14130 River Road. 512-413-3301, www. FEBRUARY 15 AUSTIN: Austin Marathon. Race attracts nearly 20,000 participants. Downtown. BOERNE: Chocolate Walk. Ticket includes a map and bag to collect chocolate treats. Tickets online January 15. www. FISCHER: FSSCC Olde Tyme Movie Nite. Join us at Fischer Community Center for an Old Tyme Movie, with Old Tyme prices on admission, hot dogs, popcorn. 6 pm to 9 pm. 832-935-4702 or STONEWALL: Jazz on the Lawn. Enjoy wine and live jazz. Pedernales Cellars. FEBRUARY 15-16 GRUENE: Old Gruene Market Days. Nearly 100 vendors offer crafted items and Texas foods. Gruene Historic District. 10 am to 5 pm. FEBRUARY 20 WIMBERLEY: Susanna’s Kitchen presents Will Taylor and Strings Attached. Doors at 7 pm; show at 7:30 pm; $15 adults; $5 students. Free childcare. Tamales, piz-

za, pies, coffee and soft drinks available Wimberley United Methodist Church. For more information, call 512-722-3316 or visit FEBRUARY 20-23 BANDERA: Cowboy Mardi Gras. Country-style Mardi Gras activities with parade and Cajun-style music Saturday morning. Downtown. FEBRUARY 21-23 JUNCTION: Disc Golf PDGA Tournament. In the park along Llano River. 325446-5356, email FEBRUARY 22 SAN MARCOS: 5K Stampede. Take part in the 5K, a 1-mile Doggie Trot, 1-Mile Stroller Mosey, or a Lil Wrangler Mile run. McCoy’s Corporate Headquarters, 1350 IH-35 SanMarvelous5KStampede. WIMBERLEY: Blair House Inn’s Vintner Dinner Series. Five-course dinner paired with wine from Bell Springs Winery. 512-847-1111, BOERNE: Hill Country Optimists Antiques Show. Real American antiques— no reproductions or imports—offered by collectors at Kendall County Fairgrounds. FEBRUARY 28 DRIPPING SPRINGS: 11th Annual Suits & Boots Community Awards Banquet. Celebrate the community, walk the red carpet and have your photo taken in front of the “Academy Awards” wall. Dripping Springs Ranch Park Ballroom. FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 8 FREDERICKSBURG: Texas Star Trail

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Ride. Annual trail ride goes from Fredericksbyug to Driftwood, with daily rides of 15 miles to complete about 122 miles of trail. Starts at Gillespie County Fairgrounds. MARCH 1 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Keith Tuck Memorial Football Game. Dripping Springs takes on Lake Travis High at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff at 7 pm. Tickets and more information online at www. WIMBERLEY: Blair House Inn’s Vintner Dinner Series. Five-course gourmet dinner paired with selections from Llano Estacado Winery. 512-847-1111, WIMBERLEY: Mardi Gras and Gumbo Cookoff. An evening of fun includes Zydeco music, food, drink, a parade, King and Queen costume contest and more. 21 and up only. Historic Pioneer Town. MARCH 9 DRIPPING SPRINGS: 10th Annual Brittany Tuck Scholarship Memorial Benefit. Includes a barbecue cookoff. Dripping Springs Ranch Park Event Center. brittanytuckbenefit. MARCH 10-12 AUSTIN: Sixth Annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour®. Self guided tour is an event of the Urban Poultry Association of Texas, Inc. Hosts open their gates and allow a view into unique versions of urban poultry keeping. Plus, Bicycle Tour de Funky Chickens, with guided rides. BOERNE: Spring Break Day Camp at

Hill country calendar Cibolo Nature Center. 9 am to 3 pm for kids ages 5 to 12. Activities will include catch-and-release fishing, bug-catching, tie-dying, hiking, singing, learning survival skills, outdoor cooking, building shelters, birding, dancing, more. Registration open now. For more information, visit MARCH 15 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Fancy Feathers 7th Annual Chicken Show at Dripping Springs Ranch Park. A professionally judged poultry show set up and run by features adult and youth classes plus backyard class for both bantam and standard sized birds. More than 40 varieties of chickens originating from all parts of the world, a cluck-off (contestants perform their best imitation of a chicken), raffle/silent auction, egg show, Kid’s Corner, more. MARCH 29 WIMBERLEY: Dragon 5K Walk, Run & Roll. Celebrate spring at this family friendly, dog friendly community event, with all proceeds going the classrooms at Katherine Anne Porter School. Discount family rate available. Find the Dragon 5K registration link online at 512-847-6867. APRIL 26 FISCHER: FSSCC Fischer Follies. Join us at Cowboys for Jesus for dinner and talent presented by the community. 5:30 pm. Not to be missed! Reservations a must. Call Judy 830-935-2568 or

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