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Treasure trove of geologic discovery
By Bonnie Eissler
he Canyon Lake Gorge is a testament to the tremendous power of water and a dramatic revelation of geological processes that formed the Texas Hill Country over millions of years. The gorge was created within a few weeks during a catastrophic 2002 flood that damaged thousands of homes in dozens of counties. The extensive flooding of the Guadalupe River rushed torrents of water over the spillway from the Canyon Lake reservoir and literally reconstructed the landscape — toppling trees, washing out roadways, tossing huge boulders about like pebbles, and carving through the limestone a gorge that is about one and one-quarter miles long and 45 feet deep. “It was the fastest moving flow ever recorded on Guadalupe, one-third the
flow of Niagara Falls,“ says Josie Gonzales, a guide at Canyon Lake Gorge and a Texas Master Naturalist. “When the flood hit, all the parks were packed for the Fourth of July, and for the first time in 45 years the water went over the spillway and everyone had to evacuate. Instead of fireworks we had flooding.” Since its formation, the Canyon Lake Gorge has been a treasure chest of geologic discovery. Numerous fossils (more than 80 types), shell flats, geodes, dinosaur footprints, pools, falls, and the Hidden Valley Fault are just some of the sights that make this three-hour trek one of the most unique tour experiences in the country. The guides and docents are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. They clearly love the gorge and sharing it with visitors. They’ve made the hike numerous times and know
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which rocks to step on and how best to navigate the trickier sections of the trail, which is reassuring for those new to the gorge. The Gorge Preservation Society (GPS) is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the enjoyment and conservation of this unique natural phenomenon. The GPS partnered with the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) to manage the site and provide guided tours. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the 65-acre gorge, leases it to the GBRA, and they sub-lease it to the GPS. All the guides and docents are volunteers — currently, there are 84 including trail workers and the GPS board of directors. Since the tours began in the fall of 2007, more than 15,000 people have visited the gorge. “We’ve had people from all over the state and the country and from as far away as Australia, Great Britain and South America,” says Josie. Jaynellen Ladd, manager of the Canyon Lake Gorge and the Natural Resource Specialist for GBRA, tells about GBRA’s plan to build a “gorge-ous” new learning center on 21 acres below Canyon Lake Dam. The center will feature classrooms, an exhibit area, conference room and office, gift shop, and landscaped outdoor amphitheater classroom. “A series of buildings will be built into the hillside lot in an environmentally sensitive way,” Jaynellen says, “and used to teach students and members of the public about such things as water conservation, the river basin and the Glen Rose segment of the Trinity aquifer, a slice of which was revealed when floodwaters overtopped Canyon Lake’s spillway and cut the gorge.” A Senegalese conservationist and poet, Baba Dioum, noted the importance of educating people to care about the environment with these words in a speech in 1968 in New Delhi, India to the general
Fossils, shell flats, geodes, dinosaur footprints, pools, falls, and the Hidden Valley Fault make the three-hour trek at Canyon Lake Gorge one of the most unique tour experiences in the country. Photos courtesy Canyon Lake Gorge. assembly of the International Union for Conservation of Nature: “In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” Dioum’s philosophy and challenge surely inspire the GPS as they foster future protection of our precious natural resources by returning again and again — with high school biology students, tourists, budding botanists and geologists, and those who are simply curious or want the exercise— to the vast outdoor classroom of Canyon Lake Gorge. FYI • “Moonlight in the Gorge” Gala, the annual fundraiser, is Saturday, September 21. For more information about the gorge and upcoming events, or to schedule a tour, please visit the web site at www.canyongorge.com. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. The office is located at 2075 FM 2673, Suite D, in Canyon Lake.
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ill Country Accommodations trades in more than just places to stay. They offer vacation guests memorable experiences – of sipping wine on a stone patio while savoring a rosy sunset, of chasing fireflies with your cousins at the favorite family reunion spot, of relaxing into a deep claw foot tub after a day at the market. Wayne and Mary Kochenderfer know what guests want in a vacation rental. Not that long ago, they were visitors to the Wimberley area themselves, travelling from corporate jobs in Houston for weekend getaways in the Hill Country whenever they could. After retiring from Exxon in 2000, they moved to Wimberley and in 2004 bought Hill Country Accommodations, which came complete with office manager and Girl Friday Karen Dawson, who had been with the previous owners for years. Karen and the Kochenderfers list over 175 privately-owned rental units within a 15-mile radius of Wimberley, ranging in price from $90 a night to more than $1,000 a night. They know each property personally and can custom-fit an individual or a group to a place with the skill of Mr. Ollivander sorting wands. (What! You still haven’t read Harry Potter?) Karen has spent most of this morning on the phone helping a woman on
a self-described “social security budget” find the perfect (and affordable) place to spend her precious vacation time this summer. “We spend a lot of time talking with each guest, helping them determine what’s most important to them in a rental,” says Mary. “We give streamlined advice tailored to their own needs – because we know that happy guests are repeat guests.” The office of Hill Country Accommodations in The Quarter just off the Wimberley Square is like a little retreat itself. The view out the large picture windows overlooking Cypress Creek is pure Hill Country classic: a grassy slope leading down to the spring-fed creek shadowed by bald cypress trees just putting on their spring leaves. Georgie Girl, favorite office dog adopted during a WAGS event in The Quarter last year, feels at home in the cozy sitting room. “We’re like a little visitors’ center,” beams Mary, and waves her hand at a wall full of brochures and maps detailing everything to do in the area. “We love to help people have a good time!” Guests can count on them for informed recommendations on local restaurants, shops, entertainment and points of interest. She reports that some of their most frequent guests are family reunions, See ACCOMMODATIONS, page 4
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ACCOMMODATIONS, from page 4 wedding parties, and girls’ getaway weekends. Wimberley, she points out, has been a vacation destination since the early part of the last century, and hidden-away retreats are pleasurable and plentiful. The busiest weekend of the year in Wimberley, according to Wayne, is Fourth of July, with its parade, VFW rodeo, and fireworks. Hill Country Accommodations reguWayne and Mary Kochendorfer (with Georgie Girl). larly book reservations for Photo courtesy Hill Country Accommodations. rentals a year in advance for that holiday, he advises. Most of their business is conducted ple enjoy theirs. Their business motto reover the internet and by phone, report the flects the pleasure they find in their work: Kochenderfers. Each rental is listed with “The best place to find the right place to photographs and a description of the ac- stay!” commodations and amenities. There is an FYI • For more information, call Hill Country Aconline rental request form and a communi- commodations at 512-847-5388 or visit the web site at ty link that connects the visitor to complete texasvacation.com. Their office is located in The Quarter, information about the Wimberley area. between the Wimberley Square and Cypress Creek. BusiThe next best thing to being on vaca- ness hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm tion, say the Kochenderfers, is helping peo- and Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm.
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WIMBERLEY H Wimberley’s July Jubilee starts Wednesday, July 3, when the gates open at the VFW Rodeo Grounds. Mini bull-riding and live music will highlight the evening, which culminates with early fireworks. Art and craft vendors, carnival- style games and food and beverage booths will also be featured. July 4th Jubilee activities begin with a parade winding through the downtown area. At 3 pm, the Wimberley Community Chorus and the Hill Country Community Band delight music enthusiasts with their Patriotic Concert at the First Baptist Church. That evening, action returns to the VFW Rodeo Grounds for the opening night of Wimberley’s popular VFW Rodeo. A CPRA-sanctioned event, the rodeo attracts an average of 3,000 fans each evening. July 5, activities continue at the Rodeo Grounds, with bronc-riding, team-roping, barrel-racing and bull-riding. After the rodeo, fans can enjoy live music from the Ranch Rock Band and a boot-scootin’ cowboy dance. Jubilee activities on July 6 begin at Lions Field, with one of the most popular market days in the state. Wimberley Market Day attracts shoppers, bargain hunters and treasure seekers from around the state. That evening, the VFW Rodeo will conclude with another night of livestock action. FYI • For more information, call 512-847-2201 or visit the web site at www.wimberley.org.
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s Texas Parks and Wildlife Department marks its 50th anniversary this year, it got me wondering about the first Texas state park I ever visited. I’m going to guess it was Inks Lake State Park, and it was probably before the merger of the State Parks Board and the Texas Game and Fish Commission, which created Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Both of my folks are from Central Texas – Round Rock, to be exact – but after graduating from Round Rock High School in 1941 (26 classmates!) and marrying in 1943, they lived in Dallas where Daddy was stationed as an Army Air Corps pilot fresh out of flight school. He came home from North Africa and Europe after his stint in WWII flying B-25s, and his Air Force career took our family to California, Washington, South Dakota, Japan, Kansas, and back to Texas – but always with summers in Round Rock.
Just before we went to Japan in 1955, my Mother, baby brother Bob E., and I spent some time with all our grandparents and aunts and uncles in Round Rock, and I recall a boat ride on a huge, huge lake – Lake Buchanan, I’m guessing. Sometime along that same time we also went to another lake nearby. Inks Lake? To my parents’ credit, they always hauled us – even later when it was four of us kids – around to local places, wherever we lived. And many of those places were parks. In Texas, and in other places we lived. In South Dakota we regularly visited the brand-new national monument, Mt. Rushmore, and the wide-open buffalo prairie of Custer State Park. In Japan we often picnicked and rode a water ride at UNESCO Village, kind of an international park. We’re lucky to live in a country and
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particularly in a state that values park spaces, especially since Texas has grown to a population of 25 million. The dramatic urbanization of our state makes our parks more and more important to us as opportunities to get out and experience the outdoors. This year, TPWD marks its 50th anniversary using technology not even imagined 50 years ago, including a web site called “lifesbetteroutside” where people can share stories and photos of their visits to parks. And while folks are online, the agency hopes people will sign up to become a Texas Parks and Wildlife ambassador and pledge to do things like visit state parks, take a kid hunting or fishing, and watch and share a video showcasing what’s made life better outside in Texas. “With all the bounty and beauty of our natural places, our parks, our wildlife, See HILL COUNTRY PARKS, page 7
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parks and wildlife and to inspire a new generation of supporters. “We’re a successful organization in large part because of those who support us,” Smith said, “and we can’t fulfill our mission without help. If you love wildlife and parks, step up to be a TPWD ambassador and join us in shaping the Texas outdoors we want to see in the next 50 years.”
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ecord Buck Ranch is just what its name implies—one of the top hunting destinations in the Hill Country, perhaps all of Texas. You’ll believe that before you ever don your camo and grab your weapon of choice. On the drive to the ranch headquarters (a few miles from the main gate), don’t be surprised to see aoudad, axis deer or bison grazing on the side of the caliche. The ranch has more than 20,000 acres and more than 50 species of native and exotic game animals. It’s not just the broad expanse that gives the ranch its deserved reputation; it’s the nature of what is one of the largest game preserves in the state. The land is nearly evenly divided between tall hills and brush country, mimicking the native habitats of animals like impala and oryx (brush) and elk and ibex (hills). Tom Hammond of Michigan owns the ranch. He opened the acreage to guided hunting nine years ago. “He wanted to produce the finest hunting ranch in Texas,” says Eric White, the ranch manager. “No question. We have bigger and better deer.” He’s not exaggerating. Those living
in the Hill Country have seen more than their share of whitetail deer, but when you see the whitetails on this ranch they will take your breath away. They are large, healthy animals and much more mature than you’ll see grazing along the side of road in places like Sandy or Wimberley. Nice rack? Oh, yeah, the phrase was coined for these deer. Most of animals on the ranch were born and raised there by experts enhancing their genetics and paying close attention to water, food, and supplemental feeds, Eric points out. “With our acreage, we can manage our resources much better,” he says. Guests may hunt with a rifle, bow, muzzleloader or handgun. But they won’t be just dropped off at a blind. Guides take one or two hunters out at a time and find the game a customer wants. “We pattern the population,” Eric explains. “We determine where they are and our guide will find the specific size and species a guest wants.” Having such large and mature animals sometimes presents a problem. “Once a deer gets to be about four years old, he gets very leery and it’s hard to find them. You won’t see them much See RECORD BUCK RANCH, page 9
Elk crossing a stream at Record Buck Ranch, south of Utopia. The ranch has more than 20,000 acres and more than 50 species of native and exotic game animals. Photo courtesy Record Buck Ranch.
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Eric White, manager of Record Buck Ranch. Photo by Allan C. Kimball. in daylight,” Eric says. “We had one buck that we hunted for two years before we finally got him. He was checking out a doe.” It’s not all Hill Country whitetail hunting. The ranch is also home to thriving herds of aoudad, axis deer, bison, blackbuck antelope, eland, elk, fallow deer, lechwe, nilgai, red stag, scimitar horned oryx, water buffalo, and wildebeest. Armenian mouflon, black wildebeest, blesbok, gemsbok, impala, markhor, Pere David deer, sitatunga, and waterbuck herds are growing. And don’t think you are limited to hunting the fall months. If you need some adventure in the summer, go hunting for axis deer. Axis are becoming more popular, Eric says.Sometimes called nature’s perfect deer, their antlers are huge with main beams as long as three feet. They have a beautiful spotted coat, and the meat rivals
any meat in the world in texture, flavor, and healthfulness. Eric grew up hunting and he lives and works where others pay to hunt. He’s not here on vacation for a couple of days. This, he says proudly, is a lifestyle and his favorite part of his job is dealing with people. “Our facilities here are large and comfortable,” Eric says. “That makes it easier to involve the entire family.” The ranch has a restaurant offering gourmet and ranch fare and two lodges with spacious, superb accommodations. “I have more fun taking someone out to get his trophy than I do pulling the trigger,” Eric says. “As a guide you make it all come together and when I see that smile on a hunter’s face, that’s my reward.” FYI • Record Buck Ranch is located off County Road 354 south of Utopia. For more information, call 830-9662301 or visit the web site at www.recordbuck.com.
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DRIPPING SPRINGS H Lady Bug’s Second Annual Tomato Festival Fundraiser (benefitting Helping Hands Food Bank of Dripping Springs) is Saturday, June 8, from 9 am to 2 pm. Local vendors will be selling farm fresh produce, homemade tamales, hand crafted wares, beautifully grown plants, jewelry and much more. And gardeners, enter your tomatoes and compete in the following categories: prettiest, ugliest, tastiest, biggest, smallest, salsa and tomato sauce. Entry fee per tomato per category is one non-perishable food item. FYI • Lady Bug is at 160 McGregor Lane in Dripping Springs. Tomatoes must be entered by 11 am. Judging ends at 1 pm. Prizes will be awarded. For more information, call 512-858-9090.
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LEAKEY H Don’t miss Leakey’s July Jubilee July 5-6, featuring old time street dances on the Downtown Square. Friday evening, you can dance to The Electric Cowboys at 8 pm and Saturday, get those boots scootin’ to Camille Sanders at 8 pm and The Rough River Band at 10 pm Saturday morning, July 6, a 10 am parade kicks off downtown, commemorating Real County Centennial. This hometown patriotic parade will be followed by arts and crafts and food vendors on the courthouse lawn ‘til 4 pm. An 8 pm Rodeo Friday and Saturday evenings will feature competitors in bareback, calf roping, bull riding, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, ladies’ barrel racing and more. FYI • For more information, call 830-232-5222, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the web site at www.friocanyonchamber.com.
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Road, Startzville. 830-899-2256. WIMBERLEY: Toddler Story Time at Wimberley Library. 10:30 am. 512-847-2188, www.wimberleylibrary.org EVERY TUESDAY 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 Hall. 830-629-4547. LEANDER: Low Cost Pet Spay, Neuter and Vaccination. 512-260-3602, ext. 101. EVERY TUESDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY CONCAN: Family friendly dances at Historic Neal’s. Live music at Joe Jimmy’s. www. nealslodges.com.
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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. www.cityofdrippingsprings.com. WIMBERLEY: Farmers’ Market. Fresh produce, fresh breads, more at the Senior Citizen’s Activity Center. 512-264-1637. FOURTH WEDNESDAYS WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Neighbors. 10:30 am. Community Center. 512-847-2849. EVERY THURSDAY AUSTIN: Karaoke at the Nutty Brown Café. www.nuttybrown.com. 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. www. discoverbuda.com. WIMBERLEY: YAPI (Young Artist Perfor mance Incubator).Kids 18 and under perform. Maui Wowi. www.brendafreed.com/yapi. FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAY CANYON LAKE: Noon Lions Meeting at Canyon Lake Golf Club. 830-899-4406. THIRD THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Susanna’s Kitchen Coffee House Concert Series. The best in live music. 7:30 pm, Wimberley UMC, Corner RR 12 and CR 1492, $15, www.wimberleyumc.org/susannaskitchen.htm EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Live Music at Linda’s Fine Foods. 500 FM 2325. 512-847-5464. EVERY FRIDAY BLANCO: Tasting Room Open and Brewery Tours at Real Ale Brewing Company. www. realalebrewing.com. very Friday CEDAR VALLEY: Free Wine Tasting and Art Gallery. 5 pm to 8 pm at Cedar Valley Spirits (across from Nutty Brown Cafe). www.cedarvalleyspirits.com GRUENE: Friday Afternoon Club at Gruene Hall. Broadcast live by KNBT-92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels. 4 pm to 7 pm. 830-629-5077. LEAKEY: Fridays at the Buckhorn Bar and Grill. House band, local talent. 830-232-4755, www.friobuckhornbar.com. WIMBERLEY: Bingo. VFW Hall. 512-847-6441. WIMBERLEY: Preschool Story Time at Wimberley Village Library. 10:30 am. 512-8472188, www.wimberleylibrary.org. WIMBERLEY: Celebrate Recovery. First Baptist Church Youth Building. 7 pm to 9 pm, with pizza at 6:30 pm. 512-847-9035. SECOND FRIDAY CASTROVILLE: Friday Night Fever. Cars, trucks, bikes, food, shopping. 6 pm to 10 pm. Lundquist Automotive. www.castroville.com, 830-931-2479. WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Area Parkinsons Association Meeting. Chapel of The Hills Church, 11 am. Gae Koen, 512-847-7953. THIRD FRIDAY JOHNSON CITY: Cruise-In. See classic and collectable vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Free admission. www.3fjc.com. FOURTH FRIDAY BANDERA: Fourth Friday Jam. Silver Sage Corral starting at 6:30 pm. 830-796-4969. EVERY FIRST FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Late Night Shopping on the Wimberley Square. Stores remain open ‘til at least 8 pm. www.wimberleymerchants.com. EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FREDERICKSBURG: Rockbox Theater. Renowned variety, music, and rock ‘n roll show, great family fun. 866-349-6688. EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Live Music “On the Porch.” Linda’s Fine Foods. www.lindaallencatering.com. EVERY SATURDAY AUSTIN: Austin Farmers Market. Republic Square. 512-236-0074. AUSTIN: Sunset Valley Farmers Market. Barton Creek Mall. 512-280-1976. COMFORT: Comfort Area Farmer’s Market. 8 am to 1 pm. Comfort Park on Highway 27. COMFORT: Wine Tastings at High’s Café. 4 pm
Riders with disabilities ride alongside able bodied riders and compete in rodeo style events for prizes. Silent auction, fair booth games, miniature horses, a dog obstacle course, more. www.REDArena.org. FREDERICKSBURG: 9th Annual Masonic Car Show. Music, food and silent auctions free admission. www.FredericksburgMasons.com (click on Car Show). GRUENE: Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison. Gruene Hall. www.gruenehall.com. JUNE 1-9 KERRVILLE: Kerrville Folk Festival. International songwriter’s festival features more than 100 songwriters and bands with concerts, competition, seminars, workshops, arts, crafts, food, camping. www.kerrville-music.com. JUNE 1-17 FREDERICKSBURG: Oil Painters of America National Show. Exhibition of more than 200 works of art. InSight Gallery. www.insightgallery.com. JUNE 1-23 KERRVILLE: Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show. See amazing works of talented gourd artists from around the country on display at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. www.kacc kerrville.com. JUNE 3-7, JUNE 10-14 WIMBERLEY: St. Stephen’s School Camps. For kids 3 through kindergarten and 1st through 6th grades. www.ststeveschool.org. JUNE 6 SAN MARCOS: Summer in the Park Concert Series presents Incendio. San Marcos Plaza Park, 7:30 pm. 512-393-8000. JUNE 6-7 AUSTIN: Art Garage Unbirthday Art Camp. Art camp inspired by “Alice in Wonderland.” www.theartgarageaustin.com. JUNE 7 WIMBERLEY: Friends of Blue Hole Fundraiser. $45 donation. Complimentary hors’ oeuvres; beer & wine available, silent auction. Featuring performances by Elizabeth Lee, Susan Gibson, Hal Ketchum and Sahara Smith. www.friendsofbluehole.org. JUNE 7-8 FREDERICKSBURG:Tractor and Engine Club
Hill country calendar Show. Exhibits of antique tractors and engines, a tractor parade, tractor pulls, fence making and more. Gillespie County Fairgrounds. www.rustyiron.org. JUNE 7-9 SAN ANTONIO: Texas Folklife Festival, Three-Day Celebration of Texas Heritage. Music, food, dance, cultural groups, Texas artisans and more at The Institute of Texan Cultures, www.texasfolklifefestival.org JUNE 8 AUSTIN: An Evening of Conscious Country. Music by Sue Young and Rusty Nelson. Yoga for You Studio. Call 512-914-8406 or email email@example.com for reservations. BOERNE: Second Saturday Art and Wine. 877833-0621. CANYON LAKE: Carnival at Tye Preston Memorial Library. 10 am to noon. 830-964-3744, www.tmpl.org. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Lady Bug’s 2nd Annual Tomato Festival Fundraiser. Enter your
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Burnet County Fairgrounds. 512-798-4018. SAN MARCOS: Juneteenth Celebration. Picnic, parade, cake walk, cook-offs and kids’ activities. San Marcos Park Plaza. 512-738-2583. JUNE 14-16 FREDERICKSBURG: Trade Days. www.fbgtradedays.com. JUNE 15 HARPER: Sesquicentennial Celebration. Founded as a Confederate town in 1863, Harper celebrates 150 years with cowboy breakast, 10 am parade, Civil War cannon salute, Dutch oven cook-off, beard contest, antique car show, music, food and much more. Harper Community Park. 830-864-4416, 830-739-8512. WIMBERLEY: Photography exhibit and book signing. “Wimberley Women, Perfecting the Art of Aging,” by Winifred Simon, a project featuring 23 Wimberley women aged 65 - 90 who are actively pursuing a variety of interests. Winters-Wimberley House. 11 am to 5 pm. email@example.com JUNE 15-16 GRUENE: Old Gruene Market Days. 100 artisans featuring handmade items on the grounds of Adobe Verde in Historic District. GrueneMarketDays.com. JUNE 16 AUSTIN: Father’s Day Concert in the Park. 7:30 pm at Zilker Hillside Theater. www.austinsymphonicband.org. JUNE 17 - JULY 28 KERRVILLE: Hometown Crafts Teachers Show. Tribute to active and retired Hill Country art educators at Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. www.kacckerrville.com. JUNE 18 BOERNE: Abendkonzerte. Boerne Village Band plays oom-pah-pah music in Main Plaza Park. www.boernevillageband.org. JUNE 19 CANYON LAKE: Last Chance Forever Birds of Prey Conservancy. Flying demonstration and information about raptors. Tye Preston Memorial Library. www.tmpl.org. JUNE 20 SAN MARCOS: Summer in the Park Concert Series presents Terri Hendrix. San Marcos Plaza Park, 7:30 pm. 512-393-8000. JUNE 20-22 STONEWALL: Peach JAMboree and Rodeo. CPRA Rodeo, calf scramble, mutton bustin’, dancing, fun run, parade, peach auction, queen’s contest and games. 250 Peach Street. www.stonewalltexas.com. JUNE 20-23 KERRVILLE: Fest Out West. Music festival at the Y.O. Ranch Hotel. www.festoutwest.com. JUNE 21 GRUENE: Merle Haggard. Live music at Gruene Hall. www.gruenehall.com. JUNE 21- 30, JULY 12-21 WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Players present “The Taming of the Shrew.” Wimberley Playhouse. www.wimberleyplayers.org. JUNE 22 KERRVILLE: Kerr County Market Days. www. kerrmarketdays.org. JUNE 26 GRUENE: Leon Russell. Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductee performs at Gruene Hall. www. gruenehall.com. JUNE 27 SAN MARCOS: Summer in the Park Concert Series presents Those Nights. San Marcos Plaza Park, 7:30 pm. 512-393-8000. JUNE 28-30 SAN MARCOS: BigFest. More than 100 musicians and bands in historic Cheatham Street Warehouse. www.bigmusicfest.com. JUNE 29 BANDERA: Riverfest 2013. Celebrate summer with a river rodeo, kids’ activities, a giant slip ‘n slide, watermelon eating contestwheel barrel races, arts and craft vendors, food, drinks and much more. And don’t miss the “Anything that Floats Regatta.” Banks of the Medina River. www.banderariverfest.com. GRUENE: Todd Rundgren’s Official State Visit. Gruene Hall. www.gruenehall.com. JULY 3 WIMBERLEY: Live music, Pee Wee Bull riding, fireworks, more at Wimberley VFW Rodeo Grounds. Gates at 4 pm. www.wimberley.org.
JULY 4 KERRVILLE: Fourth on the River. Music by Robert Earl Keen and special guests with the largest fireworks display in the Hill Country. Downtown. www.kerrvilles4thontheriver.org. LUCKENBACH: Walt Wilkins Family Fourth of July. Live music and activities from noon to 6 pm. www.luckenbachtexas.com. NEW BRAUNFELS: Fourth of July Patriotic Parade and Program. 9 am parade and 8:45 pm fireworks. www.sophienburg.com. SAN MARCOS: SummerFest. San Marcos Plaza Park, 7:30 pm. 512-393-8000. STONEWALL: All-American Chili Cookoff. Becker Vineyards. www.visitfredericksburg. com. WIMBERLEY: July Jubilee. Downtown patriotic parade at 10 am. Wimberley Community Chorus and Hill Country Community Band perform at 3 pm at First Baptist Church. www. wimberley.org. JULY 4, 5, 6 WIMBERLEY: 68th Annual VFW Rodeo. Calf scramble and mutton bustin’ each night. Rodeo events, bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing vendors, mini bull riding and more. Plus Friday night dance. Veterans Park, Ranch Road 12 North. www.texasvfw.net. JULY 5-6 LEAKEY: July Jubilee. Street dances and a rodeo both Friday and Saturday nights, Saturday morning patriotic parade at 10 am, arts and crafts vendors and more. 830-232-5222, www. friocanyonchamber.com. JULY 8 - AUGUST 23 AUSTIN: Camp Fire USA Weekly Camps. Camp Kids will connect to nature through
daily adventures. Weekly themes include Putting Down Roots, x Marks the Spot, Wild about Wildlife, H2O!, Pioneers for Science, and more. www.camp-fire.org or call 512-3492111. STONEWALL: Movies Under the Stars at the LBJ Ranch presents “From Russia With Love.” Bring a picnic, refreshments, chairs and blankets. Free admission. 830-868-7128, ext. 231, www.nps.gov/lyjo. JULY 11 SAN MARCOS: Summer in the Park Concert Series presents Soul Track Mind. San Marcos Plaza Park, 7:30 pm. 512-393-8000. JULY 18 SAN MARCOS: Summer in the Park Concert Series presents Brave Combo. San Marcos Plaza Park, 7:30 pm. 512-393-8000. JULY 25 SAN MARCOS: Summer in the Park Concert Series presents Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros. San Marcos Plaza Park, 7:30 pm. 512393-8000. AUGUST 1 SAN MARCOS: Summer in the Park Concert Series presents Graybone. San Marcos Plaza Park, 7:30 pm. 512-393-8000. AUGUST 8 SAN MARCOS: Summer in the Park Concert Series presents Two Tons of Steel. San Marcos Plaza Park, 7:30 pm. 512-393-8000. AUGUST 9-11 NEW BRAUNFELS: The Peddler Show. Find a vast selection of exclusive items including personalized designs, home décor, hand crafted jewelry, fashionable clothing, gourmet treats, creative gifts, more. 512-358-1000 ext. 204.
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