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hree Texas Hill Country projects received funding recently from Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council recently, protecting thousands of acres of working lands from development and subdivision. The projects have a perpetual conservation easement held by a land trust. Krause Ranch in Real County now has 1,640 protected acres held in trust by The Nature Conservancy. Krause Ranch is a working cattle operation and includes springs and headwaters of the Frio River, karst features, rare plants and birds listed on endangered lists. Collins Ranch in Williamson County is 614 acres with 1.2 miles of the North Fork San Gabriel River. These lands are also held in trust by The Nature Conservancy. Half the ranch is improved pasture with grain crops to support livestock operations. Inspiring Oaks is 1,000 acres in Hays County, a mosaic of Hill Country wood-

lands, savannah, and grassland with a reach of Wanslow Creek. Inspiring Oaks management includes restoring fish and wildlife habitat. The 1,000 acres will be held in trust by Hill Country Conservancy. Other conservancy projects include Spread Oaks Ranch in Matagorda County on the Colorado River; Bartush Ranch in Cooke County on the Red River; Longleaf Ridge in Jasper County with riparian strips and sensitive habitats; and Spoonbill Farms, also in Matagorda County and adjacent to an existing conservation easement, with heavy use by wading birds and waterfowl. “On behalf of the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council, I want to commend the Texas legislature for reaffirming the value of this program by appropriating $2 million for the coming biennium,” said Council chair Reed Morian. “Our conservation partners have submitted a roster of truly outstanding


projects for the Council’s consideration. While we were unable to fund all of the very worthwhile proposals, we are proud of our role in helping to conserve some of the very best of Texas’ working lands.” $1.8 million in grants funded the seven areas chosen for conservancy trusts, and the projects include 16,000 acres of working lands across Texas. Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program chooses easements to aid conservation on private working lands with valuable natural resources, such as water, fish, wildlife, and agricultural land. The program also prioritizes land threatened by encroaching development. Through these easements, the conservation program protects Texas working lands and raises awareness among landowners to pave the way for more conservation actions. The funds are appropriated by the Texas Legislature. I don’t think these kinds of conser-

vation and protection projects are hohum things, y’all. I spend a lot of time on the Frio River in Leakey each summer, including this one, and I always wonder about upstream from us. That’s precious water, and the more we can protect our natural resources the better. I’m in Washington D.C. as I write this, and I’ve been lucky these several days to spend some time at monuments, and galleries, and museums, and office buildings, and parks – all public places.Places set aside for protection and so we the people will have an opportunity to share in the beauty, history, culture, and future of this great place of ours. So I’m pretty darn happy that back home in Texas the Legislature, Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program, The Nature Conservancy, and Hill Country Conservancy have worked together to protect water and wildlife in the Texas Hill Country.

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aul Burleson has been collecting things all his life — in fact, he doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t collecting things. His passion for the past is what led him to open the first Broadway Paul’s Collectibles shop 30 years ago, in Colorado. He currently owns Broadway Paul’s Collectibles in the Old Town Plaza in Wimberley, as well as a shop in Fredericksburg. Paul jokes, “I’ve been known as Broadway Paul for so long, that most people don’t know my last name.” As a young boy living in Houston, Paul would drag things in from the bayou, clean them up, and peddle them. He started his own coin collection when he was 10 or 12, and he still has every one of those coins today. “I built a box when I was 13, and I still have the box today,” Paul explains. “It’s full to the top.” Since he was the second to youngest of six children, he outfitted his coin box with a lock so his siblings wouldn’t get into his collection. Paul says “My youngest son who is now 24 has pushed me to get into that box. I told him ‘No, you’re going to get that one day.’” He laughs, “The key that went to the lock is probably 20 years gone.” In Broadway Paul’s Collectibles, you will find a large selection of auto memorabilia (including gas pumps, oil cans, and coke machines), political memorabilia, trinkets, die cast cars and Hot Wheels, a Star Wars collection, and late 1800’s memorabilia which currently includes a turn of the century dress and a hanging dinner lamp. He also occasionally has stamps and stamp collections. “Signs are my number one seller,” Paul says. If he doesn’t have something you’re

Music lovers delight! Here, a small sampling of the vinyl records area at Broadway Paul’s Collectibles. Photo by Colleen Brooks. looking for, stop in and let him know what you’d like to find. He keeps a wish list registry that contains customer requests. “Every now and then I thumb through my registry and I’ll see what someone is looking for and think, hey, I just picked that up,” Paul says. “It’s fun to thumb through and call them eight months later and let them know I acquired one. Or, I’ll shoot them a picture on my phone, and they’ll respond back and ask, ‘Who is this?’” Paul laughs, “Maybe they haven’t seen me in six months. But I’ll text them back and tell them that it’ll be in the back room until they get here. If they want it great, if not, no obligation.” See BROADWAY PAUL, page 5

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Broadway Paul frequently visited the Hill Country in the ‘70s and decided to return to Texas from Colorado 17 years ago. The name Broadway Paul comes from his original store that was located on South Broadway in Denver. It’s still called that today. Paul explains, “We opened up in Wimberley because there was nothing else like that here.” Paul attends several swap and trade shows a year, and really enjoys going out “picking” and returning with truckloads of merchandise, to which he selects his favorites to add to his personal collection. “I’ve been collecting all my life, Paul says. “That’s what drove me to open a store — to support my own habit, I guess.” Paul also restores old treasures and has a deep knowledge of heirloom pieces. His Wimberley store has grown tremendously in the three and a half years since he opened— to 2,500 square feet (plus in-

ventory in storage). Because he’s always adding to his collection, his inventory is never stagnant, and customers can always find new treasures in his store. “I have fun with the customers, sometimes too much fun. Customers have come in and shared my lunch with me,” Paul laughs. “To me, it’s never been about the satisfaction of the money, but the satisfaction at the end of the day. I enjoy people, I really do. I’m a people person. These items are our history; everything has a story.” Stop in to see his extensive collection of antiques, or ask to be placed on his wish list for that hard-to-find item. Paul smiles, “You never know what I’m gonna bring in next — I’m still actively picking.” FYI • Broadway Paul’s is located at 13801 Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley, in the Old Town Plaza by the Boot Whisperer. You can reach him at 512-470-2276, or find him on Facebook under “Broadwaypaul.”

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Lessons in healing on the San Marcos River


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Olympic games in Kayaking, he and felhe San Marcos River is beautiful low athlete/coach Mark Poindexter, and its clear warm water is the ide- helped start the USA Canoe/Kayak Jr. al environment for paddling and Olympic program. One of the consequences of the rekayaking. These waters are also healing waters, as founder Ben Kvanli has seen cent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has countless times, for paralympic and bi- been an unprecedented number of reathlon competitors, wounded warriors turning soldiers with missing limbs and who have lost all hope, and for anyone in traumatic brain injuries. Ben had heard from his parents need of some outdoor adventure therapy. Since 2001, the Olympic Outdoor about wounded veterans who benefited Center has offered year round kayak in- from snow skiing programs in Colorado, struction and paddling, exciting trips both in the United States and out of the country, and other river adventures for all ages and abilities. Ben says that nine out of 10 calls he gets these days are asking about the cabanas, which are a relatively new attraction. Seven cabanas feature screened-in picnic tables, grills by the water, zip lines, swings, a tree house and slide. Ben’s twoyear-old daughter, Miah, loves the place. “It’s like a birthday party every day for her,” he says. It’s also the best way to introduce her at a young age to the wonders of the great outdoors, and to foster a lifelong appreciation for nature and outdoor activities. When Ben started out, his primary Ben Kvanli, the founder of Olympic Outdoor Center on the mission was to steer beautiful San Marcos River. Photo by Bonnie Eissler. troubled youngsters, specifically those who were using drugs, and he immediately thought that kayaktoward a higher quality of life and to en- ing could be an equally great help to incourage them to aim higher. He believed jured veterans here in Texas. In the following years, Ben saw that outdoor activities, such as kayaking and canoeing, were good outlets for many successes and changed lives as he bored or depressed kids looking for ex- became very involved with the Paralympics, which are major international citement. Ben spent the early years of his life as multi-sport events for athletes with a missionary kid living in Guatemala. In physical disabilities, first developed af1980, when that country was in the mid- ter World War II in response to the needs dle of a civil war, conditions became so of injured ex-service members. In 2014, for the first time, kayaking dire that his family had to flee the country. Back in the United States, away from was included as a competition in the his friends and familiar way of life, Ben Paralympics. There are so many people with infelt restless and displaced. He says, “My dad got me in a boat and we started ca- spiring stories that it’s impossible to noeing, just as something to do with the mention them all, but Ben recalls two who made a particular impression on family.” He got quite good at this, graduated him. The first, Kelly Allen, was just a to kayaks, and eventually, when he was young girl when he met her at a competi12 or so, connected with a coach at a race tion. “She had a missing leg, but she kaywho saw his potential and gave him ad- aked with her family regularly and already had a good sense of the water from ditional instruction. After Ben competed in the 1996 See OLYMPIC OUTDOOR CENTER, page 7



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Ben saw many successes and changed lives as he became more involved with the Paralympics — major international multi-sport events for athletes with physical disabilities. Photo courtesy Olympic Outdoor Center. this. Kayaking was new to the Paralympics and I was looking for people to compete in different categories.” Some time later, after Kelly had graduated from high school, Ben contacted her and explained the opportunity she had to get in on the ground floor with this competition and she agreed to try. “Competition boats are much narrower and harder to handle than the recreational ones she’d been used to,” Ben says, “ at first, she couldn’t get into the boat, but by the end of the week, she made it to that po int.” She moved in with Ben and his wife, Katie, continued her training, made the team, and competed in Poland at the world championship. “She has the kindest gentle spirit, but she is a fierce competitor, and was an inspiration to some of our wounded warriors who were watching this young girl work so hard.” She came in eighth place in Rio de Janeiro and she is still the #1 boat in the United States. She has won

every year except one that she competed. Ben shares another success story about a wounded veteran, Andy, who lost both legs above the knee in Iraq. “When I first met him, he never looked up or talked to you, he was so depressed, and kind of pudgy.” But he turned his life around, came to the center and paddled the streams every day, got fit.” Andy trained with kayaks and later competed in a biathlon in Vancouver. The biathlon competition includes sledding – which requires the same basic type of training as kayaking – and rifle shooting. Andy won a bronze medal in 2010 and he was the first person to beat the Russians. “I get to see miracles happen,” Ben says, “situations that seem hopeless, but they aren’t.” FYI • The Olympic Outdoor Center is located at 602 North Interstate 35 in San Marcos. For more information about classes, cabanas, trips, and rentals, email ben@, call 512-203-0093 or visit the web site at

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appy 10th birthday to Dripping With Taste, a wine festival and so much more. This year’s event is slated for Saturday, September 9 from noon to 6 pm at Dripping Springs Ranch Park Event Center. The festival was the brainchild of a small group from the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce, who thought the event would be a good way to showcase the up-and-coming wine industry of the Texas Hill Country, DripDripping With Taste Wine & Food Festival offers ping Springs in particular. hand-picked artisans, delicious foods, music, beer, In 2007, a collection of distilled spirits, classes, door prizes and more Sep16 Texas wineries was extember 9. Photo courtesy Dripping With Taste Wine & Food Festival. pected for the first annual Dripping With Taste event, along with some food and music. Little cess, and the rest is history. did anyone know that the biggest hurAnd what a difference a decade ricane of the season would have a big makes! The 2017 Dripping with Taste effect on the initial festival. Festival is much more than wine and Three wineries from southeast Texas food. The event offers hand-picked artiwere forced to cancel, as Hurricane sans, a variety of music, beer, distilled Humberto was destined to come ashore. spirits, classes, door prizes and even a With lots of rain and flooding all the party Airstream with cigars and big way to Central Texas, the damp skies screens televising the day’s games. caused lower than expected attendance, Roughly 75 vendors will be on hand but the initial event was deemed a suc- to help about 2,000 attendees get a “taste” of what is happening in Texas. Enjoy a variety of music performed on two intimate stages, with tables and benches so you and your friends can sit, sip and listen. And there’ll be plenty of room to move around in the spacious Dripping Springs Ranch Park Event Center, where parking is free. This year guests can even enjoy a Texas Beer MuTherapeutic and seum exhibit. Dripping with Taste is a treat for loRelaxation Massage cals since most of area wineries, brewerin the beautiful Austin Hill Country ies and distilleries are included in the line-up and under one roof, in addition to participants from across the state James Sherrill and his family have come to the fest from Friendswood for six years. James says, “I have attended wine festivals in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and Texas. Your festival is the best. It is riON VACATION diculously affordable, offers a wonderful selection of Texas wines, and the amAugust 7 - September 10 bience is just about perfect for wine Reopening for lovers.” appointments Sept 11 Pre-purchasing tickets online for a Hot tub pre-soak with fruit tray always $10 savings at the gate. Each adult tickincluded. Come get pampered. et includes food and drink tasting tickIndoor or outdoor sessions including ets, a souvenir glass and a wristband to hot tub pre-soak surrounded by take part in the festivities. Additional Koi ponds and waterfalls. The tasting tickets are $1 each. ultimate in stress relief. FYI • Proceeds from Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival go to the Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau to Joe Peterson, LMT (MT113103) help continue promoting tourism in our part of the Texas 512-413-0636 Hill Country. Come join us on September 9. For more infor8110 Bluff Trail • Austin, TX mation and to purchase tickets, visit the web site at www.

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Hill country calendar 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: Enjoy great, live music at Gruene Hall. There are free music shows Monday through Thursday nights, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Find a complete schedule of performers at WIMBERLEY: Gardens Open Daily at EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens. Musical garden, creative play area. www., 512-847-6969. EVERY SUNDAY BEE CAVE: Thundering Paws Pet Adoption Event. Noon to 4 pm at PetSmart. Call 512-402-9725 for details. SECOND SUNDAY BANDERA: Cowboy music at Frontier Times Museum. 1 pm - 5 pm. 830-328-0321. JOHNSON CITY: Taste Wine + Art. Kirchman Gallery. 830-868-9290. FIFTH SUNDAY DRIFTWOOD: United Methodist Church Bluegrass Gospel Sing-along Service. 11 am. 512-944-6300. EVERY MONDAY CANYON LAKE: Seniors Bingo. 12:30 pm at Habitat for Safe Seniors, 2174 Old Road, Startzville. 830-899-2256. CYPRESS MILL: The Bunkhouse Gang at Wenmohs Ranch. Paint and enjoy fellowship of artists. 830-825-3465. EVERY TUESDAY SAN MARCOS: San Marcos/

Wimberley Community Bible Study. An interdenominational Bible Study for men, women and couples in English and Spanish. Course of Study: Romans. 6:30 pm to 8 pm Tuesdays (September 5, 2017 May 8, 2018 ). New Members Reception Tuesday, August 29, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm First Christian Church, 3105 Ranch Road 12. Register at 512-808-9156, paula. EVERY TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY WIMBERLEY: Enjoy Glass Blowing Demonstrations at Wimberley Glassworks. Details at, 512213-2110. EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: All Abilities Chair Exercises. Free class includes breathing, gentle strengthening exercises and mild yoga stretches – all from seated position. Wimberley Library, 9:30 am to 10:30 am. 512-847-2188. FIRST TUESDAYS BANDERA: Cowboy Capital Opry. Silver Sage Senior Center. 830-796-4969. WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Community Band Rehearsal. Chapel in the Hills. 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 512-517-3111. SECOND TUESDAYS COMFORT: Music in the Park. Free concert series May through October. Sponsored by Gaddis United Methodist Church in partnership with the Comfort Chamber of Commerce. 7 pm. Bring your own lawn chairs. Free music, water and sodas.

WIMBERLEY: Art Society of Wimberley (ASW). 6:30 pm. Art Room, 100 Melody Way, Suite H. Email msalaun@austin. for information. THIRD TUESDAYS NEW BRAUNFELS: Country Music. Knights of Columbus. 830-629-4547. LEANDER: Low Cost Pet Spay, Neuter, Vaccination. For more information, call 512- 260-3602, extension 101. EVERY WEDNESDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Farmers Market. 3 pm to 7 pm at Highway 290, Ranch Road 12. KERRVILLE: Kerr County Produce Market Day (The Big Red Barn). Local Hill Country wholesale warehouse distributor for the finest fruit and vegetables. Open to the public. 215 A Street. 830-896-7330. KERRVILLE: Kerr County Farmer’s Market. Open year round, rain or shine, the market offers an array of seasonal fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, fish and seafood, meat, farm eggs, honey, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and gifts. River Star Arts & Event Park, 4000 Riverside Drive. 830-456-5942, www. NEW BRAUNFELS: Veteran Music Group at VFW Post 7110. 5 pm to 8 pm. Open to all veterans, all skill levels. Song writing, guitar, keyboard, more. 600 Peace Avenue. Gary Walter at 512-4609919. WIMBERLEY: Farmers’ Market. Senior

Citizen’s Activity Center on Ranch Road 12. 512-264-1637. SECOND WEDNESDAYS WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Garden Club meets at Lutheran Church of Resurrection. 101 West Spoke Hill. (September through May.) Refreshments 9:30 am; meetings and programs at 10 am. THIRD WEDNESDAYS DRIPPING SPRINGS: Cook Off Club. 6:30 pm. VFW Hall. Email ryoncrew@ WIMBERLEY: Heart of Texas Genealogy Society meets at Wimberley Village Library. 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. FOURTH WEDNESDAYS WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Neighbors. Meet at 10:30 am. Wimberley Community Center. 512-847-2849. EVERY THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Coffee House with Light Dinners, Desserts, Open Mic. 6 pm to 9 pm. Thyme and Dough. 512-894-0001. INGRAM: Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market. Community of farmers, ranchers, artists, business owners, friends and families come together to sell the best of what the area has to offer. Highway39 and Old Ingram Loop. 2 pm to 7 pm. 830367-2800. KERRVILLE: Nature Night (through June). Free family fun at Riverside Nature Center. Discover bats, dragonflies, snakes,

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Hill country calendar butterflies and so much more. 6 pm to 7 pm. 150 Francisco Lemos Street. 830-2574837, EVERY THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Cafe’ Susanna. Serving lunch 11 am to 1 pm. $9 for entree, two sides and decadent desserts. Wimberley United Methodist Church, FIRST THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: First Thursday. Participating businesses offer events, food and music plus special sale items. 5 pm to 9 pm. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Vince F. Taylor American Legion Post 290 of Dripping Springs meets at the New Vet Hall. All eligible Veterans are invited to attend. 101 Old Fitzhugh Road, Stephenson Building (right next to the old two-story Masonic Lodge). 7 pm. For information, please call 512-858-5637. FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAY CANYON LAKE: Noon Lions Meeting. Canyon Lake Golf Club. 830-899-4406. SECOND THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Bead Society. Wimberley Community Center. 1 pm. Marilyn Pierce, SECOND AND FOURTH THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Toastmaster Club. Learn public speaking, leadership. 7:10 pm at “old” Baptist Church, 501 Old Kyle Road. 512-847-6822. THIRD THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Dripping Springs VFW Post 2933 meets in the New Vet Hall. All eligible war Veterans are invited to attend. 101 Old Fitzhugh Road in downtown Dripping Springs, Stephenson Building and is right next to the old two-story Masonic Lodge. 7 pm. For information, please call 512-858-5637. WIMBERLEY: Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse presents some of best in Hill Country music. WIMBERLEY: Third Thursdays. Shops open ‘til 8 pm. EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Live Music at Linda’s Fine Foods. 500 Farm Market 2325. 512-8475464. EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Craft Beer Tasting and Free Tour at Twisted X Brewing Company. 23455 West Ranch Road 12. EVERY FRIDAY BLANCO: Tasting Room Open and Brewery Tours at Real Ale Brewing Company. GRUENE: Friday Afternoon Club at Gruene Hall. Broadcast live KNBT-92.1 FM Radio. 4 pm to 7 pm. 830-629-5077. WIMBERLEY: Bingo. VFW Hall on Jacobs Well Road. 512-847-6441. FIRST FRIDAY FREDERICKSBURG: First Friday Art Walk. Tour galleries, enjoy demonstrations, refreshments, extended hours. SECOND FRIDAY UVALDE: Four Square Friday Shopping, food, music, art. 6 pm to 9 pm. Downtown. FOURTH FRIDAY BANDERA: Fourth Friday Jam. Enjoy


HILL COUNTRY CALENDAR music at the Silver Sage Corral beginning at 6:30 pm. 830-796-4969. EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FREDERICKSBURG: Rockbox Theater. Variety, music, and rock ‘n roll show, great family fun. 866-349-6688. WIMBERLEY: Movies Under Stars at the Corral Theatre. First run movies at Wimberley’s beloved outdoor theatre. Gates open at dusk, show starts at dark. Tickets $6, concessions $1. Farm Market 3237 and Flite Acres Road. www.CorralTheatre. com (or find on Facebook). EVERY SATURDAY AUSTIN: Austin Farmers Market. Republic Square. 512-236-0074. AUSTIN: Sunset Valley Farmers Market. Barton Creek Mall. 512-280-1976. BANDERA: Cowboys on Main. See cowboys, steers, horses, wagons, strolling cowboy musicians, and gunfighter reenactments and more Western-themed action on Main Street in Downtown Bandera. BANDERA: Flying L Chuckwagon Dinner Enjoy barbecue, wagon rides, roping lessons, hat and pistol branding, archery, old-time photos, cowboy stage show, gunslingers, line dancing, and other entertainment. Flying L Hill Country Resort. Tejas Pro Rodeo Series Live Rodeo. Gates 5 pm, rodeo at 7:30 pm. Live music and dancing 9 pm. BOERNE: Farmer’s Market. 9 am to 1 pm. More information at COMFORT: Area Farmer’s Market. 8 am

to 1 pm. Comfort Park, Highway 27. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Texas Music and Wine. FISCHER: Jackson Open Artisan and Farmers Market. 9 am to 5 pm. 6341 Farm Market 32., 830-935-2781. HUNT: Rodeo, Live Music and Dancing at Crider’s Rodeo and Dance Hall. 2310 Highway 39. 830-238-4441, www. NEW BRAUNFELS: Canyon Trail Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Music Show. Find complete details at WIMBERLEY: Tour Jacob’s Well. Hear stories about floods, divers, and experience beauty of the spring that started the town of Wimberley. 10 am. WIMBERLEY: Arnosky Family Farms Market. Find flowers, veggies, transplants, cheeses, much more. Ranch Road 2325 and Highway 165. 830-8335428 WIMBERLEY: Saturday Evening Dinners at the Blair House Inn. www. UTOPIA: Lunch and Dinner Served at Laurel Tree. FIRST SATURDAY BANDERA: Market Days. Courthouse Square. 830-796-4447. BANDERA: First Saturday Book Sale. Public Library. 830-796-4213. DRIFTWOOD: Driftwood Community Club. Group meets to enhance

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Hill country calendar community spirit. Dinner at 7 pm. WIMBERLEY: Market Days. (March through December). More than 475-plus booths, free admission. 7 am to 4 pm. SECOND SATURDAY AUSTIN: Gain Peace, NOW: A Study in ‘Divine Love Consciousness’ with Vrinda Devi. 9 am to 11:30 am. $20 (first class free)., 858-7225474 or CASTROVILLE: Market Trail Days. Houston Square. 830-539-2316. WIMBERLEY: Second Saturday Gallery Trail. 15 galleries around Square stay open late offering art, wine, appetizers. Facebook. com/ SecondSaturdayGalleryTrail. 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 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Craft Beer Tasting and Free Tour at Twisted X Brewing Company, live music and food. 23455 West Ranch Road 12. ROUND MOUNTAIN: Tours at Westcave Preserve. SECOND SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AUSTIN: Tours of Bright Leaf Natural Area. FOURTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JOHNSON CITY: Market Days. Food, artisans, more. Information at AUGUST 1 BOERNE: Abendkonzerte. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. Main Plaza, 100 Main St. AUGUST 3-5, 7-12 WIMBERLEY: “Macbeth.” Shakespeare under the stars at the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens. AUGUST 4-5 NEW BRAUNFELS: Miranda Lambert in Concert. Whitewater Amphitheater. AUGUST 5 AUSTIN: Girlstart’s Back-to-School STEM Saturday. Hands-on activities for the whole family at the Girlstart STEM Center between 9:30 am and noon. Free event with labs and activity spaces open with hands-on STEM activities. RSVP at BANDERA: Market Days. Arts and crafts vendors on the courthouse lawn in downtown Bandera. BOERNE: Moondance Concert Series. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, food and drinks, family, and friendly dogs on leashes for evening full of music, dancing. Cibolo Nature Center. WIMBERLEY: Market Days. More than 475 booths along a windy, shady path featuring treasures of all sorts. Live music and great barbecue, too. Lions Field. AUGUST 5-6 FREDERICKSBURG: Pacific Combat Living History Reenactment. See


equipment and weapons used during World War II and a battle reenactment set on an island in the Pacific. National Museum of the Pacific War Pacific Combat Zone. AUGUST 5, 19 BOERNE: Hot Rod Night. Soda Pops, 103 North Main St. AUGUST 11-12 JUNCTION: HCFA Rodeo and Dance. Hill Country Fair Association hosts summer classic featuring a parade, rodeo, dancing, bull riding. AUGUST 11-13, 18-20., 25-27 STONEWALL: Grape Stomp at Pedernales Cellars. Celebrate the grape harvest grape stomping, live music and award-winning wines. pedernalescellars. com. AUGUST 11-20 FREDERICKSBURG: “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Musical features more than 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits—musical trip down memory lane. Fredericksburg Theatre Co. AUGUST 11-26 INGRAM: “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.” Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic into a murderously funny adventure. AUGUST 12 AUSTIN: Ice Cream Festival. This annual event is fun for the whole family with games, activities, contests, live entertainment, and, of course, ice cream to keep you cool and happy. Fiesta Gardens. JUNCTION: The Martin Car Show. Annual event features old, unique, customized hot rods and many other categories of vehicles, which allows anyone to show off their automobiles. Courthouse Square. KYLE: Market Days. Farmers market, homemade arts and crafts, live music, and fun activities. City Square Park. AUGUST 12-13 BOERNE: Market Days. Artists, crafters, and vendors share their creative talents and wares to the sounds of homegrown Texas music. Main Plaza, AUGUST 12-13, 26-27 FREDERICKSBURG: Live Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing. Fun for the whole family featuring a full slate of live quarter horse and thoroughbred races at Gillespie County Fairgrounds. AUGUST 17 JOHNSON CITY: Kinetic Ball Sculpture at the Science Mill. 101 South Lady Bird Lane. 10 am - 5 pm. AUGUST 17-20 JOHNSON CITY: Blanco County Fair and Rodeo. Rodeo events, music, vendors, rides, and food at Blanco County Fairgrounds. AUGUST 18-20 FREDERICKSBURG: Trade Days. More than 400 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, biergarten, music, more. 355 Sunday Farms Lane. NEW BRAUNFELS: Lone Star Gourd Festival. See award-winning gourd art at

Hill country calendar this American Gourd Society sanctioned competition, plus demonstrations, more. Classes available August 16 -17. AUGUST 18 - SEPTEMBER 15 INGRAM: “Color, Value, and Hue.” Exhibit focuses on understanding uses of color in art. Open to all media. Hill Country Arts Foundation. AUGUST 19 AUSTIN: Bat Fest. Celebrate as the world’s largest urban bat colony (the 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats who take up seasonal residence beneath the Ann Richard’s Congress Avenue Bridge) take to the skies for their nightly flight. Live music, kids’ activities, costume contest, more. Congress Avenue Bridge, 100 S. Congress Avenue. KERRVILLE: Kids’ Off-Road Triathlon. Swim, bike, run for ages pre-K through 18. Singing Wind Park. AUGUST 19-20 GRUENE: Market Days. Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Historic District. AUGUST 20 AUSTIN: Quesoff. Annual food competition of Texas-size proportions, where the city’s best queso-makers come together to share their best dips and spread the queso love. The Mohawk, 912 Red River Street. AUGUST 24-27 FREDERICKSBURG: Gillespie County Fair and Parade. Agricultural, livestock, and home skills displays at the 129th annual event, including horse racing, concerts, dances, carnival and midway all at the longest continuously running fair in Texas. Parade starts at 10 am Friday on Main Street. AUGUST 26 STONEWALL: Grape Stomp at Chisholm Trail Winery. STONEWALL: Movies Under the Stars: “All the Way.” Enjoy a film on the LBJ Ranch— like friends of President Lyndon Johnson experienced on a large outdoor screen. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments. Free admission. LBJ National Historical Park. TAYLOR: Kid Fish Registration begins at 8:30 am and fishing starts at 9am. Free to children ages 15 and younger. Bull Branch Park, 904 Dellinger Drive. AUGUST 26-27 JOHNSON CITY: Market Days. Local artisans and craftsmen sell their wares. City Park, U.S. 290 and Avenue G. STONEWALL: Grape Stomp at Becker Vineyards. AUGUST 27 STONEWALL: 109th Anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Birthday. In honor of President Johnson’s birthday, tours of Texas White House are free. LBJ National Historical Park. SEPTEMBER 2DRIPPING SPRINGS: Redbud Artisan Market. (See story, page 10.) Handmade items at Dripping Springs Ranch Park at

29401 Ranch Road 12 in Dripping Springs. 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is $1. A portion of the proceeds will go to local food bank, Helping Hands. Follow the Redbud Artisan Market on Facebook. SEPTEMBER 2-3 WIMBERLEY: Gunner Thames Memorial Rodeo. (See story, page 9.) Chester Franklin Arena at Veterans Park. SEPTEMBER 9 DRIPPING SPRINGS: 10th Annual Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival. (See story, page 8.) LAMPASAS: Wine Tour. feature tastings at Fiesta Winery, Pillar Bluff Winery, Torr Na Lochs Vineyard and Winery, Texas Legato Winery and Chadwick Olive Groves. SEPTEMBER 16-17 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Saxet Gun Show. Guns, knives, ammo, coins and more at Ranch Park Event Center. Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. SEPTEMBER 30 AUSTIN: Austoberfest. Celebrating Central Texas German heritage with sausage, lots of beer, contest stage, bowling and live music. SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 1 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Artists Alliance of the Hill Country presents The SHOW of Drippings Springs. Features more than 50 artists from all over the country and live music 11 am to 5 pm. Free admission. OCTOBER 7 CONCAN: River Road Fall Market Fest and Pumpkin Patch. 10 am to 5 pm at Andy’s on River Road. 830-232-4310, DRIPPING SPRINGS: 19th Annual Brent Thurman Memorial Bull Riding. Dripping Springs Ranch Park. OCTOBER 7-8 CONCAN: Fall on the Frio BBQ CookOff. OCTOBER 28-29 NEW BRAUNFELS: Train Show at the Civic Center. Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Admission $8 adults, $2 kids 5-13. Free train ride on Landa Park Railroad for children up to 10 years of age.; email NOVEMBER 3 WIMBERLEY: HerbFest 2017. Enjoy lunch, tastings, Herb Shoppe, silent auction and speakers. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 101 Spoke Hill Drive at Ranch Road 12. 11 am to 2 pm. www. NOVEMBER 4 UTOPIA: Utopia Arts & Crafts Fall Fair. Handmade crafts, art, original books with artists available to sign, jewelry, metal work, wood turning, signs & so much more. Food booths, live entertainment by Camille Sanders Trio, face painting, Corvette Car Show. Booths available. 9 am to 4 pm on the Town Square, Highway 187. Contact Diana Wise at UtopiaFallFair@, 830-966-4159

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