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INDEX Austin J5 Bandera B10 Bergheim D9 Bertram I2 Blanco F6 Boerne D9 Buchanan Dam F2 Buda J7 Bulverde G10

Burnet G2 Camp Verde B8 Canyon Lake G9 Castroville C12 Center Point B8 Clear Springs H11 Comfort C8 Concan A11 Driftwood H7 Dripping Springs H6 Fischer G8

Fredericksburg C5 Georgetown K2 Granite Shoals G2 Gruene H10 Hancock G8 Helotes G6 Henly G6 Highland Lakes F2/3 Hondo B13 Hunt A7 Hye E6

Ingram B7 Johnson City F5 Kendalia F8 Kerrville B7 Kingsland F2 Kyle I8 Lampasas G1 Leakey A9 Llano D2 Liberty Hill I12 Luckenbach D6

Luling K10 Marble Falls G3 Martindale J9 Mason B2 Medina A9 New Braunfels H10 Oak Hill I6 Oatmeal H2 Pipe Creek C10 Round Rock K3 San Antonio F12

San Marcos I9 Sattler H9 Seguin I11 Sisterdale D8 Spring Branch F9 Startzville G9 Stonewall D6 Utopia A10 Vanderpool A9 Wimberley H8

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Mercer Dance Hall

... meant to be

By ERNIE ALTGELT

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f there was ever a traditional-style Texas dancehall that was meant to be it’s Dripping Springs’ uber-popular Mercer Dance Hall. Yep, this enjoyable old-school emporium of the booted two-step was simply (or not so simply) destined for being because of what its founding father, mother and daughter all brought to the floor – dancefloor, that is. And the happy result, thanks to their combined strengths, desires and values, was no less than making their “joint” creation one of the area’s most visited venues where each weekend music, merriment and motion all magically meld. And, it’s all very up-beat too! The Mercer Street Dance Hall (named for its original location in Dripping Springs, it’s since moved right up the road) first opening its doors to the public in 2013 but, its story starts much earlier when Nick Dotin, a respected professional musician, sound engineer and recording studio operator experienced a “life-changing” physical affliction. As he recalls, “My doctor said I needed to alter my lifestyle – playing non-stop gigs was killing me.” But what to do? The native San Antonian had moved to the area with his wife, Gay, and daughter, Shelby, in 2002 and, it was their enthusiastic input that provided the answer: “Let’s open a dancehall right here in Dripping Springs!” Surprised, Nick thought it over and realized, “It made sense.” With his 45-year background in music, Gay’s extensive work within the hospitality industry

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The Dotin family, owners and proprietors of Mercer Dance Hall. L-R Shelby, Nick and Gay.

and Shelby’s substantial people-skills along with her love of Country/Western dancing, establishing and operating such a business seemed not only doable but, “almost fated to be.” And that definitely seems to be the case. Opening first in a refurbished (and leased) “barn” on Mercer Street with the Dotin family shouldering most of the duties (as they still do), the hall soon “found its legs.” Then later, the decision was made to relocate a few miles away on Ranch Road 12 on property the family owned and build from scratch a brand new, self-designed, even better facility. Wow! The new Mercer Dance Hall opened for business four years ago and, as the locals will attest, “The town’s been hopping and happening even more since.” A visit today to the “new” Mercer (the Dotins have kind of dropped the “street” from the name) Dance Hall pays tribute to the family’s success in creating, as Shelby attests, “Something wonderful.” Located on 3.5 scenic acres, the spacious, welcoming and completely climatecontrolled 5000-square-foot hall boasting a 22-foot ceiling and 1,000 square-feet of open hickory-wood dance floor dominates the property. Inside, besides See MERCER DANCE HALL, page 8


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MERCER DANCE HALL, from page 6

the musician-friendly performance stage, visitors will find lots of comfy and accommodating seating and tables perfect for listening, relaxing and sipping a longneck or two (provided by the venue’s very well-stocked bar. There’s also some great chow available as well.). The interior atmosphere is further enhanced by the many performance posters and neon beer signs that adorn the walls. Couple all that with the unsurpassed acoustics (Nick usually acts as the guest band’s sound man) and you’ve got a real get-down, get-it-on Texas music hall. Yee-ha! But there’s more: Outside, an adjoining 1,600 square-foot patio allows even more room for chilling. The essential services (restrooms) are housed in their own separate (and spotless) facility a short walk away. The attractive grounds further invite strolling and, parking is plentiful and close. So, who gets booked at the Mercer? Well, there have certainly been some big names (Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel has been a repeat performer) but what attracts many is the area’s local talent that has found a home at the dancehall. Included are such as Weldon Henson, Bob Appel, Fingerpistol, David Touchton, The Golden Roses and Jake Penrod, to name a few. Famous or just starting out, rest assured that whoever graces the stage has been vetted by the Dotins and is more than worthy for an appearance. Most performances last about three hours and, that allows for a lot of dancing. Lastly, as an adjunct business, the property also has four cozy guest cabins rentable to overnighters who just don’t want to leave. The entire hall is also bookable for private parties, weddings, family reunions and other group gatherings. So, you see what we mean when we say the Mercer Dancehall was “meant to be” because, with folks like the Dotins who love music, dancing and making people happy, just what else could they do? Or, as the saying goes, “If the boot fits, you got to wear it!” FYI • Mercer Dance Hall is located just outside of Dripping Springs at 23490 Ranch Road 12 in Driftwood. The hall is generally open Friday through Sunday. For more information on hours of operation, upcoming events and performances, call 512-858-4314. visit the website at www.mercerdancehall.com.

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Hill Country Wineworks

... melding a love of location with libation

Chris and Kelly Baber

By ERNIE ALTGELT

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or successful business executives (and very happily married couple) Kelley and Chris Baber, finding escape from their shared Abilene-based corporate world revolved around two things – regularly seeking respite in the relaxing and welcoming Texas Hill Country while also pursuing their lifelong passion for all things wine. Yes sir, by 2020, the Babers had gone beyond their weekend excursions, moved to bucolic Comfort and opened their muchlauded Hill Country Wineworks, an aspirational business built around the development, sales and enjoyment of quality wines all in an atmosphere reflecting the laid-back, always hospitable, slower-paced lifestyle the Hill Country is famous for. What a logical and appropriate outcome! So, read on and you’ll discover how these two oenophiles have melded their loves of location and libation into one of the area’s most refreshing destinations. Chris’s affinity for wine goes back decades. He always enjoyed a glassful and being the curious type, began tinkering with winemaking as well. His efforts in this area, entirely supported through self-study, eventually yielded some surprising results. Not only did his friends (and Kelley) relish sharing in his output but he even won a gold in a prestigious international amateur competition.Throughout this time Kelley, while offering support, stayed out of the production process but did assist with other aspects such as the labeling and bottling (and of course, the tasting testing too). Yep, wine had definitely been in their mix for quite some time. The Hill Country connection came after the two had met (at work) in Abilene – Chris’ hometown. She’s from St. Louis. Neither had initially spent much time in the Hill Country but, after encountering the same, both quickly “fell in love” with what they experienced. While dating, they explored large portions at every opportunity. And, when they married, they did so in Fredericksburg. A move was inevitable. See WINEWORKS, page 12

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WINEWORKS, from page 10

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So, why create the Hill Country Wineworks? As Chris explains, “It just made sense. We both enjoy wine, we both love the Hill Country and especially, we enjoy meeting folks with similar likes and tastes. What better way to bring everything together than opening a fun business here in our adopted Comfort where people and product can, and do, come comfortably together?” Well, let’s take a look at their undertaking. Once committed to the idea, Kelly and Chris were fortunate to find “the perfect location” for their HCW. Just outside of Comfort on Highway 87 near I 10 on a pretty piece of property, they found a reconstructed 1865 cabin. After expanding the same, the structure now boasts an inventory-displaying tasting room with beckoning fireplace as well as three cozy, adjoining (somewhat private) sitting rooms. All encourage relaxation, conversation and sampling. Even with the expansion, the entire structure remains an intimate 1,700 square-feet and, as Kelley offers, “Many of our visitors have commented that the overall feel within is like being a welcome guest in a home.” That feeling of invitation pervades the exterior porch and picnic areas as well. But what about the wine? Regarding this very important aspect of the biz surprisingly, Chris and Kelley aren’t actually “making wines” – yet! Rather, they’ve formed partnerships with several top-quality, well-established commercial wineries – one in north Texas, one in California and one in the Hill Country – that, as Chris relates “Were willing to work with us on creating special wines that are approachable and unique.” To that end, HCW now stocks an amazing assortment of ten custom “house wines” including white and red blends, a sangria, a Mourvedre, a Viognier and a Roussanne, among others. All are excellent, all bear the Hill Country Wineworks label and all are available on site (by the glass or bottle) and/or via the internet. The focus has primarily been on dry reds and whites but they do stock some off-dry varieties for customers who want a little sweetness. Lastly, add to any of these several a la carte charcuterie offerings that pair perfectly with the vino and as Kelley admits, “A visit can end up lasting for hours.” Cheers! So seekers, come and experience what success means when superb wines are graciously offered in a treasured environment. Or in other words, where a love of location and a love of libation meld. Kudos Babers! FYI • Hill Country Wineworks is located at 16 US Highway 87 in Comfort. Tasting Room hours Thursday 2 pm to 6 pm, and Friday through Sunday, noon to 7 pm. Private parties are welcome. For more information, call 325-370-6278 or visit www.hcwineworks.com. 12 Hill Country SUN

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Tim de Jong, the owner and head gaffer of Wimberley Glass Works, creates. Photo courtesy Wimberley Glass Works.

WIMBERLEY H Tim de Jong, owner and head gaffer of Wimberley Glassworks, invites you to join Wimberley Glassworks for a Pearl of a Party Saturday, June 11, from 10 am to 5 pm. Celebrate to the steel drums, then shimmer and sway into an afternoon of reggae with Roland & The Roots Riddim. Sip cocktails and grab lunch from an island-inspired food truck. See the team of artisans create works of art before your eyes in a live glassblowing demonstration. Go on a hunt for your own treasure and giveaways, as you voyage through an art reveal adventure that opens a chest of memories and new collections. Tim de Jong was born in Canada. He studied glass at Alfred University in New York after his father made him work his way home cross country for over a year, in deciding to go to college. Tim holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in glass art from Tyler’s School of Art at Temple University located in Pennsylvania. In 1991, he came to Texas on vacation and fell in love with the Hill Country, then decided to set up shop. Since that time, the studio has grown from a one-man operation to a seven-person team, creating art glass collections, lighting designs, and art installations featured in luxury and commercial properties nationally, most notably Keurig/Dr. Pepper. FYI • Wimberley Glassworks gallery and studio is located at 6469 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos, Texas 78666. For more information, visit wgw.com or call 512-393-3316. TIckets for the Pearl of a Party event are available online at wgw.com/pages/ pearlofaparty.


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Frio Bat Flight

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rom March through September on a ranch near Concan, you can watch in delight as 10- to 12-million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from Frio Cave at Frio Bat Flight. The beautiful and private 10,000-acre property on which the cave is located has been continuously owned by the same family since 1874. Bain and Kirstin Walker run Frio Bat Flight tours, each season hosting a whopping 3,000 to 4,000 visitors, all who come to see the second largest bat population in the world (that’s open to the public). Bain takes questions from audience members as the crowd waits in anticipation for the bats to begin emerging from the cave about 30 minutes before sunset. These bats will travel up to 35 miles from the cave every night, covering several hundred miles in one evening. They are insectivores, preferring to dine on agricultural pests. “Scientists

have discovered the bats eat, on average, their body weight nightly. That amounts to about 100 tons of insects a year!” says Bain. FYI • Bats emerge from Frio Cave March through Bain Walker educates the crowd gathered at Frio Bat Flight as they September. Frio Bat Flight wait for bats to emerge. entry is $12; $10 for kids Photo by LeAnn Sharp. 10 and under; and $11 for seniors. Kids 5 and under get in free. Tour times vary by season. For more information and specifics about tours, call 888-502-9387, email info@friobatflight.com or visit the website at www.friobatflight.com.

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Clint Orms

exquisitely defining the cowboy culture in precious metal

By Ernie Altgelt

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tched into the ethos that comprises the cowboy culture runs a deep commitment to hard work, integrity, strength and pride of accomplishment. This philosophy might be embodied in numerous ways – respect for others, honesty in all things, an appreciation for quality and above all, the insistence on doing, “a job well done.” And, for Ingram’s gifted resident artist and superb metalsmith Clint Orms, all of the above aptly apply as demonstrated by every exceptional creation bearing his name, each perfectly reflecting his definition of what it means to be a cowboy. Born in Wichita Falls but in the Texas Hill Country since 2003, Clint has spent a life that only a real Texan could. Raised in a loving family where values and work ethics were emphasized, as a youngster Clint admired his father for his rough-stock skills (especially his competitive bareback riding) and also the many true cowboys who close to the Orms’ clan. It was their influences that ultimately shaped the man. Admittedly, Clint learned much from those who roped, rode and rodeoed but, always having an artistic side, it was another family friend, respected Western artist Buck Brumley, who would offer inspiration, encouragement and advice that would result in Clint’s decision to turn creation into a livelihood. And, from all who are familiar with Clint’s prodigious output since, we say “Thank you, Buck!” Professionally speaking, it was as a high schooler when Clint first sold one of his works – a handsome tooled leather belt. Primarily self-taught, he had been skilled in traditional leather carving for some time. However, under Buck’s tutorship, he soon expanded his talents to include jewelry designing, making and engraving. Always influenced by the beautiful, oversized rodeo “trophy” belt buckles and other silver adornments he had been exposed to since childhood, he began to replicate, and build on the (Western-style and even art deco) patterns that were pioneered in the early 20th Century while always adding that special “Orms’ touch.” See ORMS METAL, page 20

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Artist and metalsmith, Clint Orms,


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ORMS METAL, from page 18

Selling himself while continuing to grow at different silver engraving firms across the nation (and world), Clint finally embarked on a more personal path and established his own company in 1992 – Clint Orms, Engravers and Silversmiths. Desiring a “more relaxed and rural” setting, he and his family relocated to Ingram 11 years later where his business continues to flourish. Today, his ever-expanding company not only produces a large variety of custom and stock traditional trophy-style buckles but also the popular buckle and tip sets for exquisite ranger and/or more standard Western belts. Actual belts finished in cowhide and exotic leather are available as well completing the “package.” But beyond must-have cowboy-style buckles and belts, his inventory also includes delightful money clips, heavy Texas-chic bracelets and myriad other amazing objects all expertly wrought in silver and gold with many sporting diamonds, sapphires, rubies, turquoise and garnets. Clint and crew are happy as well to “take on” the unexpected too. As he recalls, “We were even asked to make a Rolls Royce hood ornament with a snowboarding angel. Now that was a bit different – but fun.” In a more normal vein, his company has also been tasked with designing and fabricating many special commemorative creations commissioned from national and international (sporting and business) organizations. Whatever the assignment, explaining the intricacies each handmade piece exhibits is impossible since how the metal is worked, decorated and finished varies from piece to piece. Some may have more than 100 individual component parts and require up to 100 hours to complete. No matter the complexity, the one thing all have in common is that each is undeniably a unique work of art – art that says “Texas, the greater Southwest and of course, cowboys.” Lastly, aside from the obvious quality of the workmanship coupled with the exceptional materials used, the first and foremost ingredient to ensure success (especially where commissioned work is concerned) is Clint’s ability to discern exactly what the customer 20 Hill Country SUN

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desires. This is accomplished early on by close, personal discussions with the client to determine individual tastes and especially, expectations so that when a project is completed, all are pleased. And, as Clint attests, “It’s rare when satisfaction isn’t achieved.” Photos courtesy Clint Orms. FYI • For more information about this remarkable man and Clint Orms Engravers and Silversmiths, visit his comprehensive website at clintorms.com. On the site you’ll find not only contact information including phone number 830-367-7949, but many photographic examples of his work. Additional information is available through Instagram @clintormsbuckles and, via Facebook @clintormsengravers. Wherever, if you’re a Texan you will be impressed. Buckle up!


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Celebrating 61 years Old Settlers Reunion

Peach Jamboree & Rodeo

CAMP WOOD H Enjoy a family-friendly event in downtown Camp Wood at the 61st Annual Nueces Canyon Old Settlers Reunion. The annual event also features a parade, live music, a rodeo and dance. Friday, August 6, Nueces Canyon ex-students and teachers will enjoy a reunion at Lindbergh Park at 7 pm, with live music by Shane Stumpf. Saturday at 10 am starts with a parade in downtown Camp Wood. Following the parade, event highlights include the king and queen coronation, the annual pie and salsa contests, and a decades-old washer and horseshoe tournament (fee for washers and horseshoes) in Lindbergh Park. Several live music and entertainment groups, including Shane Stumpf, will be on stage until 4 pm. Vendors offer a wide selection of artwork, crafts, woodwork, leatherwork, jewelry, candles, paintings, hats, baked goods, stonework, taxidermy, new clothing, handbags, and more. Plus, enjoy game booths, a bounce houses for the kids, and an excellent variety of food vendors. A rodeo and dance follow at Bruce Park on Texas Highway 55, one mile north of Camp Wood.

STONEWALL H Stonewall’s Peach Jamboree June 16-18, 2022 is the 61st celebration of the annual peach crop including peach judging, crowning of the Peach Queen, a parade, peach eating, pit spitting, food vendors, mutton bustin’, music and a rodeo. A free slack rodeo on Thursday night is followed by a free dance featuring The Wagon Aces. The Friday night CPRA Rodeo will feature a calf scramble, mutton bustin’, and more, followed by a dance with music by Granger Smith. Saturday events kick off with a morning parade at 10 am, followed by a full day of events - including a washer pitching tournament, 42 tournament, salsa and baking contest, and more - and an evening CPRA rodeo and dance featuring Muscadine Bloodline . Tickets for the Peach Jamboree are available at the event ticket window and online. Concessions also available. Daytime activities on Saturday are free. Please visit the website for a complete schedule of events.

Admission to the Old Settlers Reunion is free. Tickets are required for the rodeo and dance. Lindbergh Park is at Highway 55 at 5th and 6th Streets at in Camp Wood. For more information, visit the website at nuecescanyonchamber.org.

The Stonewall Chamber of Commerce grounds are located at 250 Peach Street. Gates open Thursday at 8 pm, Friday at 6 pm and Saturday at 10 am. There is no admission charge for the day-time activities. General admission prices for the rodeo/evening events are $40 for a Weekend Pass, $25 - Friday or Staurday General Admission and $ 5 - Saturday Admission for Ages 2 to 12 (under 2 get in free). For a complete schedule of events and to buy tickets, visit the website at stonewalltexas.com/peach-jamboree.

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Honey Festival in Uvalde June 10-11 UVALDE H Uvalde Honey Festival, Inc. announced official dates and plans for the Uvalde Honey Festival, to be held in downtown Uvalde June 10-11, 2022. The festival, in its third year, will include street food from local vendors, a 5K race, live music from several Texas-based bands, kid-friendly activities and late-night shopping, among many other fun-filled attractions. The event was originally held in 2019, and was created to celebrate, honor and embrace Uvalde’s long, rich history as the Honey Capital of the World. In the 1870’s, pioneer settlers found an abundance of hollow trees and caves filled with honey in the modern-day Uvalde area. The area was also found to be rich in guajillo bushes, a key source of the nectar needed for the honey that Uvalde now famously produces. Legend has it, during the 1905 World’s Fair, Uvalde was honored as the Honey Capital of the World, the last time that title was given. With that title never challenged, and the vast production of honey in the area, the annual Uvalde Honey Festival

embraces, honors and celebrates that rich history with a weekend of food, music, activities, shopping, and all things honey! The Uvalde Honey Festival, held primarily at the city’s Downtown Plaza, kicks off on Friday, June 10 at 6 pm, to once again coincide with Four Square Friday. The Uvalde Honey Festival 5K is Saturday at 8 am. Sign up information for the 5K is available on the website. The event will also be filled with live music from Will Bannister, Slim Bawb & The Fabulous Stumpgrinders, the Texas Trio, Bri Bagwell and other local and regional artists. A full band lineup will be released on the event’s social media channels leading up to the festival. Other entertainers include the Sahawe Dancers, Ballet Folklorico de Hilda Navarro, and Mariachi Encino. FYI • For more information, visit the website at uvaldehoneyfest.org or find the event on Facebook and Instagram @uvaldehoneyfestival.

Leakey takes July Jubilee to new level LEAKEY H The 46th annual July Jubilee celebration is set for this year’s 4th of July weekend, July 1-3, 2022. Celebrating America’s Independence Day in good ol’ fashioned Main Street style is something Leakey prides itself on. Visitors should not miss the annual 4th of July Parade (Saturday), the Leakey Rodeo (Friday and Saturday nights), or the Vendor Market on the Courthouse Square (Saturday and Sunday). And this year, multi-Grammy award winning Asleep At the Wheel, will close out the festivities at the July Jubilee Concert & Street Dance on Saturday night! Ray Benson, Founder and lead singer of Asleep At The Wheel, offered a statement this week, “Looking forward to having a big ol’ time with folks dancing in the streets, in beautiful Leakey, celebrating America! Doesn’t get any better than that!” Last year, after eight years without a street dance, Leakey’s July Jubilee Concert and Street Dance (a beloved community event as far back as anyone can remember), returned to the courthouse square and Leakey welcomed iconic Texas artist Gary P. Nunn & Sons of the Bunkhouse and it was a huge success! This year’s Concert and Street Dance will be the largest concert in downtown Leakey’s history, thanks to generous contributions by sponsors, led by Cavender Auto Family. Saturday, July 2, Asleep at the Wheel headlines at 10 pm along with rising country star, Jesse Daniel, who opens the street dance at 8:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite.com for $15 in advance ($25 at the door). A few 8-person tables are still available for $1,000 each. And the family-friendly tradition of bringing blankets and chairs and coolers to the square continues! The organizers are working on dates for dance lessons leading up to the event so that the community, young and old, enjoy the occasion to the fullest. Please refer to the website for updates. “We want everyone on the dance floor!” says Kim McElhinney,

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Head Wrangler for Dude Girl Events, the organization responsible for producing the concert and street dance. FYI • Tickets for July Jubilee are available at Eventbritecom (search for July Jubilee Leakey). To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, call Kim McElhinney at 415-690-0633. For more information,including updates on how and where to purchase tickets around Leakey, visit the website at visitleakeytx.com or julyjubileetx.com and follow on Facebook and Instagram @visitleakeytx.

Grammy Award winning Texas band, Asleep at the Wheel, will headline street dance. Photo courtesy Asleep at the Wheel.


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Calendar

Every Night

Driftwood: Live music every night (except Fridays) at Hays City Store. hayscitystoretx.com.

Every Tuesday

Gruene: Two Ton Tuesdays. Gruene Hall. gruenehall.com. Johnson City: Food and Wine Pairing Dinners at Bryans on 290. bryanson290.com.

First Tuesday

Bandera: Cowboy Capital Opry. Artists donate their time and talents to benefit Meals On Wheels. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Popcorn, soft drinks, and water are available for $1. silversage.org.

Every Wednesday

Dripping Springs: Farmers Market. Pound House Farmstead at Founders Memorial Park. 3 pm to 6 pm.

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Second Friday

Saturdays June 4 - September 3

Third Friday

May 17-29

Uvalde: Four Square Friday. Enjoy late-night shopping, food, live music, and art. Historic Downtown Uvalde, Getty Street.

Hunt: Crider’s Rodeo and Dancehall. Seasonal rodeos, live music, and dancing on Saturday nights. cridersrandd.com

Kerrville: Concerts by the River. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and come to the park to enjoy free summer concerts along the banks of the beautiful Guadalupe River on the third Friday of June and July. Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive. kerrvilletexascvb.com.

Kerrville: Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft. An exhibition of some of the finest professional artists and craftspeople from around the state, in its 19th year. texasmasters.com

BANDERA: Market Day. Arts and crafts vendors sell their wares and merchandise on Main Street. banderacowboycapital.com. Kerrville: Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet. Featuring original handcrafted items from artists and crafters. The Hill Country Swap Meet is a community garage sale/ flea market. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27. kerrmarketdays.org. Wimberley: Market Day (March-December). More than 450 vendors at Lions Field. wimberleymarketday.com.

Boerne: The Great Divide in concert. theroundup.com.

Blanco: Market Day. Courthouse Square. blancochamber.com. Leakey: Market Days. (March through December) 9 am to 5 pm. At Pearls, 441 US Highway 83 South.

May 26-June 12

First Saturday

Third Saturday

Saturdays Thru July 30

Bandera: Chuckwagon Dinner and Show. Take a wagon ride to Ghost Town and enjoy western entertainment the Flying L way. Every Saturday starting in March till the end of July, activities include live country music and dancing, a barbecue dinner with all the fixings. flyingl.com.

Every Weekend

Bandera:Live music. Friday 4 pm -2 am, Saturday and Saturday noon to 2 pm, redhorsebandera.com Dripping Springs: Music at Fox 12 Brewing. 12foxbeer.com

Saturdays June 4 - August 27

Bandera: Cowboys On Main. Every Saturday, see gunfights at Rattle Snake Ridge (located in the backyard of the Bandera Convention and Visitor’s Bureau) and different performances and demonstrations each week starting with strolling singers, chuckwagons, trick ropers, horses, and wagon rides in front of the courthouse and other parts around town. Main Courthouse Area. banderacowboycapital.com. 28 Hill Country SUN

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May 20

Boerne: Ramon Ayala in concert. theroundup.com

May 21

May 20-22

Fredericksburg: Trade Days. Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, primitives, ranch furniture, hunting accessories, candles, clothing, jewelry, food,a biergarten and live music. fbgtradedays.com.

May 26-29

Austin: Hot Luck Festival. Honor the soul, sweat, and DIY diversity of the food and music world at this eat-with-your-fingers picnic and party experience highlighting open-pit feats of culinary know-how. Downtown. hotluckfest.com. Kerrville: Folk Festival. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, it is the longest continuously running music festival in the United States. 18 days and nights of music by songwriters of national and international acclaim plus activities for all ages in a family-friendly environment. Quiet Valley Ranch. kerrvillefolkfestival.org.

May 26 - July 9

Kerrville: Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show. The nation’s finest gourd artists compete in a variety of categories. Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett Street. kacckerrville.com

May 27-29

Fredericksburg: Crawfish Festival. Enjoy great Cajun food, live music, and a kid’s carnival. Marktplatz, 100 block of West Main Street. fbgjaycees.com

May 27-29

Bandera: Memorial Day Weekend Stampede Parade and Rodeos. Bandera ProRodeo presents three nights of PRCA-sanctioned rodeos with bull riding, team roping, bareback riding, and other competitions. Annual Stampede Weekend Parade on Main Street May 28. Mansfield Park, 2886 SH 16 N. banderaprorodeo.org See CALENDAR, page 29


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Bandera: Stampede Weekend Arts and Crafts Show. on the courthouse lawn. Come early before it’s all gone. banderatex.com.

June 1-30

Ingram: Texas Watercolor Society Exhibit. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. hcaf.com.

June 2-5

Fredericksburg: Hill Country Film Festival. Screens more than 85 independent films (short and feature length) as well as revealing Q&As, filmmaker panel discussions, and opportunities for attendees to rub elbows with filmmakers. hillcountryff.com.

June 3-Aug. 5

Bandera: Riding on Faith Rodeo Summer Series. Every Friday in June through first Friday in August. Steer riding, bull riding, barrel racing, mutton busting. Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena, Park Road. banderacowboycapital.com.

June 4-5

Austin: Austin Pond Society Pond and Garden Tour. Self-guided tour of ponds and gardens in and around the Austin area. On view are waterfalls, streams, fountains, koi, and aquatic plants at more than 20 locations, some certified wildlife habitats. austinpondsociety.org

June 4

Boerne: Chad Prather in concert. theroundup.com. Fredericksburg: 17th annual Car Fest. Open car show with food, beverages, a raffle, silent auction, and lots of fun for everyone. Marktplatz, State Highway 16 and Main Street. fredericksburgcarfest.com. See CALENDAR, page 30

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June 4

Stonewall: Fishing Day at LBJ State Park. Fish along the banks of the Pedernales. Cane poles and bait provided with a demonstration. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. tpwd.state.tx.us/ state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson.

June 7, 21 and July 5, 9

Boerne: Abendkonzerte. Boerne Village Band in concert on Main Plaza. ci.boerne.tx.us/1104/concerts-in-the-park.

June 7

Bandera: Cowboy Capital Opry See some Grand Ole Opry-style entertainment, hosted by Gerry and Harriet Payne, and enjoy refreshments and door prizes. silversage.org.

June 7 - August 16

Gruene: Swing Dance Lessons at Gruene Hall. Learn simple, fun East Coast Swing steps in one-hour class before the Two Ton Tuesday show. This class is perfect for beginners or those wanting to polish their wraps, tunnels, turns, and spins. gruenetexas.com.

June 10-11

Fredericksburg: Thomas Michael Riley Music Festival. For the 15th year, Thomas Michael Riley hosts this music festival that features the best in Texas music by showcasing Lone Star State country artists on two stages. luckenbachtexas.com. Uvalde: Honey Festival. As the Honey Capital of the World, Uvalde promotes bee conservation and celebrates its honey history with vendors, great food, shopping, and live music. Uvalde is a farming and ranching community, and pollinator education is vital to the town’s economic and agricultural development. facebook.com/ uvaldehoneyfestival.

June 10-12

Blanco: Lavender Festival. The Lavender Capital of Texas celebrates 17 years as one of the Hill Country’s premier festival venues. Artisans, food, local and regional beer and wine, live music, and lots and lots of lavender are available. The first commercial lavender farm in the state of Texas, Hill Country Lavender, is open for tours. Admission is free. blancolavenderfest.com.

June 11

Wimberley: Wimberley Glassworks’ 30th Anniversary Pearl of a Party. Celebrate to the steel drums, then shimmer and sway into an afternoon of reggae with Roland & The Roots Riddim. Cocktails, lunch from an island-inspired food truck, live glassblowing demonstration, and more! 10 am to 5 pm. wgw.com.

June 16-18

Stonewall: Peach JAMboree and Rodeo. The 61st celebration of the annual peach crop includes peach judging, the crowning of the Peach Queen, a parade, lots of peach-eating and pit-spitting, baking contests, a variety of food, live music, and a rodeo. stonewalltexas.com/peach-jamboree.

June 17-19, 24-26; July 1-3

Fredericksburg: Disney’s “Mary Poppins.” Fredericksburg Theater Company presents this production of the musical that’s based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, with all the familiar songs, exciting dance numbers, and enchanting stagecraft. fredericksburgtheater.org.

June 17-19

Fredericksburg: Trade Days. Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic, primitives, ranch furniture, hunting accessories, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, food, more. fbgtradedays.com. 30 Hill Country SUN

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Don’t miss the 76th Annual VFW Rodeo in Wimberley July 1-3. More information at vfw6441.com.

June 18

Boerne: Music in the Cave: Summer Solstice, Rudi and the Rudiments. Unique musical experience in the Queen’s Throne Room at the Cave Without A Name. cavewithoutaname.com. Boerne: Sir Mix A Lot in concert. theroundup.com.

June 18-19; July 16-17; Aug. 20-21

Gruene: Old Gruene Market Days. Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods at this monthly market. gruenemarketdays.com.

June 21

Gruene: Pop-Up Yoga Class in Gruene. Celebrate International Day of Yoga at Gruene Hall. Class is one hour and 15 minutes, designed for adults. Kids 12 and older welcome to attend with their parent or guardian. Bring a yoga mat and any props. All experience levels welcome. gruenehall.com.

June 24

Boerne: Music in the Cave: Forbidden and Forgotten. Enjoy the best of Throne Room music while surrounded by nature’s beauty and natural acoustics presented by members of our CMI Faculty performing works composed in 1915 by Joseph Holbrooke and Alexander Zemlinksy. cavewithoutaname.com.

June 25

Boerne: George Ducas in concert. theroundup.com.

June 26

Fredericksburg: PCAA Concerts in the Park. Enjoy a free Sunday evening concert featuring Western Swing and Big Band music. You’re welcome to bring your chairs, eats and drinks. Marktplatz, State Highway 16 and Main Street. visitfredericksburgtx.com.

June 26

Bandera: Frontier Times Jamboree. Live music at a free outdoor music circle. 510 13th Street. frontiertimesmuseum.org.

July 1-3

Wimberley: 76th Annual VFW Rodeo. Hill Country summer tradition. CPRA-sanctioned rodeo thrills with exciting competitions, food, vendors. 401 Jacobs Well Road. vfw6441.com. Leakey: July Jubilee. Concert and street dance Saturday featuring Asleep at the Wheel. Plus, enjoy a rodeo Friday and Saturday, a morning parade Saturday, vendors on the square Saturday and Sunday. visitleakeytx.com. See CALENDAR, page 32


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July 1-4

Llano: Rock’N Riverfest. Grab your lawn chair and sunscreen and enjoy your weekend in Hill Country. If you have a jet ski, bring it and participate in the jet ski races on the Llano River. There are amateur and professional divisions on a pattern course. Check out the Oldies But Goodies Car Show full of sleek, classic cars, and don’t leave before music and fireworks begin. A new addition to the event this year is a Ferris wheel. Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive llanorocknriverfest.com.

July 2-3, 16-17

Fredericksburg: Live Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing. Come out during the summer season for exciting live horse racing at the fairgrounds’ Class 3 track. Pick your favorites for quarter horse and thoroughbred racing as well as special races, trials, and futurities. gillespiefair.com.

July 2

Boerne: Music in the Cave: American Stories. Enjoy a rousing exploration of American patriotic music and the stories of American composers from Independence Day through modern times.Cave Without a Name Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road. cavewithoutaname.com.

July 2-4

Bandera: 2nd Annual Red Horse 4th of July Blowout. Live music all day, professional fireworks show at dark. redhorsebandera. com.

July 4

Bandera: Fourth of July Parade and Barbecue American Legion 410 Post, 147 Legion Drive. alpost410.com See CALENDAR, page 33

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Bandera: Pet Parade. The Cowboy Capital Pet Assistance League organizes the 26th annual Bandera Pet Parade. The free event takes place along the Medina River. Bandera City Park, 173 Main Street. ccpal.info. Comfort: Celebrate America! Kids’ bike parade followed by parade, barbecue, music, games, face painting, silent auction and apple pie contest, shopping and more! www.comfort-texas.com. Hutto: Fourth of July Celebration. Bring the family for live music every hour, food trucks, children’s activities, and fireworks. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Brushy Creek Amphitheater, 1001 County Road 137. huttotx.gov. Kerrville: Robert Earl Keen’s Fourth on the River. Enjoy food, vendor booths, family fun, bounce houses, face painting, the Louise Hays Park splashpad and playgrounds, and cooling off in the Guadalupe River. The free concert features Robert Earl Keen and other musical acts. Then at dusk the largest fireworks display in the Texas Hill Country fills the sky. Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive. robertearlkeens4th.com. Fredericksburg: July Fourth Community Parade. Originally started in 1991, small-town patriotic parade has grown to one that is loved by locals and visitors from all over. Bring lawn chairs or use the tailgate of your truck. fbgtxparade.org. Fredericksburg: July Fourth Fireworks Display. Bring lawn chairs and eats and drinks Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive. fbgtx.org. Wimberley: Fourth of July Parade. Join over 5,000 people and attend celebration of America’s Independence Day. Find the perfect spot to pop up a tent, put down some chairs, and watch the parade roll by. Lion’s Field, 14100 RR 12. wimberley.org.

July 5

Bandera: Cowboy Capital Opry. See some Grand Ole Opry-style entertainment, hosted by Gerry and Harriet Payne, and enjoy refreshments and door prizes. silversage.org.

July 8-9

Mason: Roundup Rodeo, Parade, and Festival. Parade Saturday morning downtown, followed by arts and crafts festival at Heritage Park. Saturday evening rodeo events out at the arena. masontxcoc.com.

July 9-10

Kerrville: Texas Gun and Knife Show. Vendors sell new and used guns, knives, ammo, coins, jewelry, camping gear, accessories, and merchandise for outdoorsy activities. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center. texasgunandknifeshows.com. Kerrville: Summer Market. Vendors come from all over the state to show their art, jewelry, gourmet food, gift items, and other handiwork. texasmarketguide.com

July 14 - August 13

Kerrville: Kerr Arts and Cultural Center Art Exhibits. Three separate art exhibits in three separate galleriesspanning 6,500 square feet and supporting a wide variety of installations and media. kacckerrville.com.

July 15

Kerrville: Concerts by the River. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and come to the park to enjoy free summer concerts along the banks of the beautiful Guadalupe River on the third Friday of June and July. Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive. kerrvilletexascvb.com.

July 22-23

Uvalde: Robinhood and the Heroes of Sherwood Forest. Uvalde Grand Opera House. tickets.uvaldeoperahouse.org.

July 23

Bandera: National Day of the American Cowboy. Celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy in Bandera, the “Cowboy Capital of the World.” See gunfighters, picking circles, vendors, blacksmiths, and other frontier fun. banderacowboycapital.com.

August 5-6

Camp Wood: Nueces Canyon Old Settlers Reunion. This familyfriendly event in downtown Camp Wood features a parade, live music, a rodeo, and a dance. Plus, enjoy a king and queen coronation, annual pie and salsa contests, and a decades-old washer and horseshoe tournament. Vendors are on hand, selling artwork, crafts, woodwork, leatherwork, jewelry, candles, paintings, hats, baked goods, stonework, taxidermy, new clothing, handbags, and a variety of food. nuecescanyonchamber.org.

August 11-14

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