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7th annual Sacred Springs Powwow October 14-15 By Colleen Brooks


he 7th annual Sacred Springs Powwow returns October 14-15. More than 4,500 attendees are expected for this popular celebration of Native American culture set on the shores of Sacred Springs in San Marcos. This year’s powwow includes more than 100 Native American dancers competing for best dancers in 10 categories, plus an Indian Market with 50 Native arts, crafts and food booths. Guests can also enjoy drum groups, the popular Native Culture Tent, and much more. “We’re very excited to finally hold a two-day powwow, our dream has become reality,” Dr. Mario Garza, Board of Elders Chair of the Indigenous Cultures Institute, explains. Performances will showcase flute players, dance demonstrations, storytellers, and a White Shaman panel presentation. Apache storyteller, Grandmother Emma Ortega, returns to demonstrate this lost and treasured art. The Institute’s Sacred Sites program director, Luis Aguilar, will speak on topics including White Shaman rock painting and the history of Coahuiltecans. Dr. Garza explains, “The Coahuiltecans were ancestors of many Texans that identify as Mexican American. The 4,000-year-old White Shaman panel tells the story of how we traveled through the underworld to emerge here in Spring Lake, through our Sacred Springs.”



Sacred Springs Powwow Grand Entry. Photo courtesy Rene Renteria.

The Tonkawa Scout dancers will be in attendance for the festival. Heading up the northern style drum are popular Eagle Point Singers, while Comanche Thunder will head up the Southern drum. Award-winning dancer Cecil Gray (Cheyenne/Kiowa) returns as head-man dancer with his equally-famous wife, Hauli Sioux Gray (Ponca/Tonkawa), as head lady dancer. “We’re also excited to present a ‘first’ at our powwow, the Te Tini a Māui, a Māori cultural dance group based in Vancouver, Canada,” says Dr. Garza, “They dance the ‘Haka,’ which is a strong stomp-dance with fierce facial expressions and dramatic poses, like their indigenous ancestors from New Zealand.” Expanded for this year’s fest, the traditional indigenous foods menu includes favorites like buffalo tacos, turkey legs from Papos, roasted corn, and fry-bread tacos will be available. “This year, we’ve added several new

Making an Aztec headdress. Photo courtesy Rene Renteria.

food booths to showcase Native American foods,” explains Dr. Garza. “One of those is local tamale merchant, Magdalena, who is going to serve her now-famous tamales with chili con carne. A lot of people don’t know that tamales were developed by Native people.” Also on the menu: Peruvian-style empanadas and favorites from local Chunk Deuce BBQ. Dr. Garza adds, “Cindy’s Foods will join the fun to provide indigenous gorditas and corn dogs for the children. Returning with her renowned frybread tacos, Glenda Longhorn (Navajo), will also prepare buffalo stew and frybread with honey.” Kids can enjoy crafting small Native American drums, a complimentary project in the youth art tent. Beloved by many, Sacred Springs

Powwow is often described as the biggest and most spiritual outdoor powwow in Texas.

FYI • The Sacred Springs Powwow will be held Saturday, October 14 from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday, October 15 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Meadows Center (previously the Aquarena Center) at 201 San Marcos Springs Drive in San Marcos. Admission is $5 ($8 for a two-day pass). Kids 12 and under get in free. The Indigenous Culture Institute is partnering with The Day’s Inn for special rates for Powwow attendees. Mention “Powwow rates” when making hotel reservations. Parking is available at Bobcat Stadium, shuttles will be available. For more information about the Powwow, parking, and a complete schedule, visit the web site at or call 512393-3310.



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Hays City Store expands with new Ice House By Melissa Maxwell Ball


cratch made comfort food, hand crafted cocktails, genuine service and a casual, music-filled atmosphere that just makes you feel good. That’s what you’ll find at Hays City Store, the full-service restaurant and bar located at the corner of Farm Market 3237 and Farm Market 150 in Driftwood.

Owners Travis and Tamra Tindol shared years of experience in the restaurant business at establishments such as Z’Tejas, The Salty Sow and Flores Mexican Restaurant before opening Hays City Store. “We knew that we needed our own place… it made sense that it was in (both) our blood and we should branch out on our own,” says Tamra. After moving to Driftwood from

Fish tacos with Tejas rice and charro beans, plus a beer flight. Photo courtesy Hays City Store.


Austin, they drove by and found their corner store closed for business. For close to 30 years, Hays City Store— a gas station and convenience store with a café in the back— had been a gathering spot for locals. “It was that day the idea came to us, but several months before we were able to act on it,” Tamra recalls. They purchased the property in October 2014 and, with a lot of hard work, opened a transformed Hays City Store in March 2015. “We kept the name Tamra and Travis Tindol, owners of the popular Hays City because we knew that’s Store in Driftwood. Photo courtesy Hays City Store. what the locals would call it anyway,” she nitely influenced their menu. “Travis smiles. “Travis did most of the demo of the wanted a margarita, buffalo wings and a original building and anything else he great chicken fried steak. I wanted a glass could, and much of the design was done of wine and fresh seafood or fried shrimp with the budget in mind… leaving the — and chips and salsa — definitely chips kitchen open, and keeping the old break- and salsa,” smiles Tamra. “We also usually prefer sitting at fast counter,” explains Tamra. “The atmosphere is the result of that combined the bar top and visiting with other cuswith great music and the happy vibe that tomers or a friendly bartender. So, in continues to come from our amazing reality, Hays City Store was the answer to what we were looking for in a neighstaff and awesome clientele.” The couple’s dining experiences defi- borhood restaurant. The menu options at Hays City Store are varied, fresh and delicious, and can be enjoyed indoors or out, with a relaxing seating area under the oaks and a See HAYS CITY STORE, Page 5

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stage for the regularly scheduled live music performances. Appetizers include the Home Run (fresh tortilla chips served with house-made queso, guacamole, salsa roja and bean dip), a charcuterie and cheese board, decadent fried onion rings, chili cheese fries and more. Lunch and dinner offerings include a wide array of sandwiches —from pulled pork to Ahi tuna— plus frito pie and chili cheese dogs. The large, juicy burgers receive rave reviews, are cooked to order and served in a variety of styles. A lighter option, the grilled steak salad is always satisfying, with steak seared to order on a bed of mixed greens, with charred tomato and herb vinaigrette topped with fried shallots and bleu cheese crumbles. Entrées include the popular chicken fried steak with homemade gravy, chicken tenders, fried butterflied gulf shrimp, blackened redfish and fish tacos. Try the Truck Stop Enchiladas with charro beans or the King Ranch Chicken Chile Relleno. You won’t be sorry. Specials are offered nightly, along with a selection of grilled steaks, chops and chicken.

And the drinks! The full service bar provides options for all and the Hays City Store bartenders do not disappoint. Not sure what to try? Order a margarita or beer flight to check out your options. Thoughtfully selected beers and wines (many local) are available, as well as classic cocktails and stronger spirits. Yes, there’s something for everyone at Hays City Store, and judging from the packed parking lot, Travis, Tamra and their friendly staff possess the recipe for success. Now, diners can enjoy the new Hays City Ice House (open this month), a 1,500-square-foot open-air expansion, offering a full service bar and additional seating area, with scratch pizzas prepared in a wood burning oven and 40 beers on tap.

FYI • Hays City Store is at 8989 Farm Market 150 in Driftwood. Hours are Monday to Wednesday 11 am to 9 pm, Thursday to Saturday 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday 9 am to 9 pm. Brunch is served Sunday. For more information, including a calendar of live music and menu, visit the web site at Call 512722-3905 for information about daily specials.


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47 songwriters on six stages at annual fest By Laurel Robertson


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dreds of applicants to fill the six festival stages with three days of musical magic. The venues are all within walking distance of each other along historic Mercer Street in downtown Dripping Springs and admission to every daytime performance is free. A few familiar faces from previous years’ festivals will return this year, along with a slate of new songwriters from all over the US and the world. The diverse group of artists represent musi-

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as the Kyle Family. A Grand Finale/ Wrap Party all Sunday afternoon at the Barbershop Bar will be a grab-bag of everyone who’s still around, says Laurie. “It’s probably the highlight of the weekend for me,” she admits. To help navigate the many options available to festival participants, the organizers have set up a mobile app that lists all the artists, venues and performance schedules during the threeday event. The Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival web site also offers extensive information about everything happening at the festival, along with information on local food and lodging.

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similar game plan, with free shows beginning at 11 am at Mazama Coffee House; the remaining five stages open at 12:30 pm and continue ’til 7:30 pm. Angaleena Presley, songwriter and member of Pistol Annies, warms up Saturday night’s Headliner Show at Mercer Street Dancehall. Then, Lori McKenna, author of “Humble and Kind” and co-author of “Girl Crush,” “The Bird and the Rifle,” “I Want Crazy” – takes the stage to share her hit songs that she and other artists have made famous. Tim McGraw’s recording of her

“Humble and Kind” climbed to No. One on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, and won this year’s Grammy for Best Country Song and the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year. McKenna is one of the most soughtafter songwriters in the industry with songs recorded by top artists including Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. Sunday morning’s Gospel Showcase at Hudson’s on Mercer is a special treat for festival-goers, featuring venue owners Chad and Natasha Hudson, along with aunts and uncle, famously known

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FYI • The Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival is October 20-22 in downtown Dripping Springs. Performances on six stages are free to the public. For tickets to Saturday night’s Headliner Showcase, visit the web site at and their Facebook page. Free downloads of the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival phone app, listings of all the songwriters, venues and performance schedules, and merchandise sales are also available on the website. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Songwriters Festival will go to Kids in a New Groove, a charitable non-profit that provides musical instruments and one-on-one instruction and mentorship to children in foster care in Central Texas. To learn more about Kids in a New Groove, to volunteer or to make a donation, visit www.

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Scarecrows, antique show COMFORT H Head to Comfort this month, where you will find plenty of fall fun. October 21-22, enjoy the 31st annual Comfort Village Antiques Show in Comfort Park. There, you can find real antiques — from early country, gardening, architectural, southwestern and Indian to American Oak, stoneware, textiles, baskets and more. Hours are Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $5 (good for return visits) and kids 12 and under get in free. Each year, Comfort has an invasion of scarecrows— just in time to deter any marauding blackbirds that might be coming into town to pester visitors attending the annual Comfort Village Fall Antiques Show. The town and surrounding countryside will be filled with scarecrows and fall decorations. Scarecrows start appearing around the first of October, but prime viewing time begins around October 15. Judging of the creations will take place in the middle of October. One of our infamous winning categories is “Only in Comfort” and another is “Best of Invasion.” Watch for these and other award winners! FYI • For more information, visit the web site at For more information about Comfort’s Scarecrow Invasion and other local events, visit the web site at

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FRONT RIGHT Anita Carrera and Kathryn Chapman of New Braunfels Ghost Tours. Photo by Rick Carrera.

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he quaint Hill Country hamlet of New Braunfels has always been a great place to reside. With its copious amounts of charm, sense of community and comeliness, it’s definitely an easy place to call home. And, once settled, folks make no bones about the fact that they would be pretty hardpressed to ever leave. So, while that’s not particularly surprising to those who know the place, what many may not realize is the extremes that some of the town’s citizenry have gone to with their overriding desire to simply “remain,” even after “their time has come!” In other words, this bucolic burg boasts a remarkable passel of poltergeists who, for their own various reasons, refuse to vacate the premises and pass away like all good ghosts should do. In that regard, for the intrepid in search of the extraordinary, an area (or maybe, eerie), enterprise offers exclusive excursions to some of New Braunfels more “spirited” spots where making a little spectral contact with these assorted hanger-ons just might be achieved. Sound scary? You bet, but an entertaining hoot and a howl as well. So, this October, with Halloween at hand, reach out to New Braunfels Ghost Tours for a little evening amusement that promises to be a haunting goodtime too – boo! Founded on Friday the 13th, in 2014, New Braunfels Ghost Tours was

the brainchild of area educator Anita Carrera, a firm believer in otherworldly things. As she relates, “I’ve had ghostly experiences since childhood that I can’t explain.” One example included “seeing” three deceased former tenants in a rental home her family later occupied. Their story was a sad one and as Anita relates, “In the 1960s, a mother, father and their 12-year-old daughter were returning from church when their car was involved in an accident, killing the mother and daughter. The father was so distraught, he committed suicide. To this day, or night, all three still inhabit their old residence.” And, she admits to having had many other “experiences” that further spurred her interest in the supernatural – an interest that’s continued to grow over the years. After moving with her husband to New Braunfels a decade ago, Anita began learning about local ghosts endemic to her new town. The more she learned, the more she felt how interesting it would be to institute regular, guided tours to the various haunts throughout greater New Braunfels and, that’s exactly what she did. And, after three “spooktacular” years, Anita, now indispensably aided by friend and business partner Kathryn Chapman, and other likeminded “spiritualists” still bravely lead the inquisitive on fascinating and informative 90-minute walking/talking tours that generally hit eight to 10 locations, each boasting See GHOST TOURS, Page 9

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A New Braunfels Ghost Tours group in front of the Comal County Courthouse on a walking tour. Photo by Rick Carrera.

its own alleged ghost(s). Examples include the venerable Naegelin’s Bakery where phantom children frolic playing tricks, the courthouse where Irene, a former long-term county clerk, still makes appearances though she’s been dead for decades and, New Braunfels Coffee, located in the building where the Von Coll Tavern used to be. Even though Herr Von Coll died in a duel while defending his bar’s honor years ago, he’s remained a regular at the site. And, there are many other stops, each with its own exclusive occult occupant coupled to its personally spellbinding story, whether sad or humorous but, always intriguing. For the adult enthusiast, New

Braunfels Ghost Tours also offer a threehour Haunted Pub Crawl which stops at five affected area bars. As Anita attests, “At each location, we ‘drink’ in the history of the establishment and its inhabiting specter. Everyone literally gets into the spirit!” These, for obvious reasons, are very popular and are generally sell-outs. On either tour, while there is no guarantee, an encounter with the otherworldly is always possible, so make sure you come prepared for the unexpected. Boo again!

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nyone who meets singer-songwriter Susan Gibson will know immediately that her family is a core foundation in all she does, from the songs she writes to the tour routes she takes. Whether it’s hearing her stories from the stage at one of hundreds of live shows around the country each year, sitting in on a song writing workshop or coaching session with her, or running into her on the street while she’s walking her five dogs.. you will hear Susan speak of her family. Susan Gibson. It’s her mom, Nancy Gibson, who inspired Photo courtesy Susan Gibson. the title track of Susan’s latest EP, “Remember Who You Are.” Susan says, “My mom said that her mom always used to tell her and her sisters, “Remember who you are” every time they left the house... it’s something that she always told me and my sister as soon as we were old enough to leave the house. I would find it in notes in my lunch and written halfway into journals that I hadn’t written in yet. She would write notes to us on banana peels with a toothpick and the words would turn brown-- like reverse invisible ink. She was an awesome mom. We were lucky to have her as our constant.” Nancy is also the catalyst for another song on the EP, “The Best of You,” written about surviving cancer. While Nancy lost her battle with lung cancer in 2013, Susan wrote it in honor of those who have fought cancer, be it the survivors themselves or the ones left behind. “I decided that instead of feeling sorry for myself, my mom would have wanted me to write this.” Susan won 1998 CMA Songwriter of the Year for “Wide Open Spaces,” was the 2009 West Texas Music Hall of Fame’s Entertainer of the Year, a National Folk Alliance Official Showcase Artist in 2010 and 2011, BMI Writer of the Year in 1999 and has been touring nationally since 1999.

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know I’ve told you before how much my dog, Jack – full disclosure: my grandson’s dog, Jack – and I love our

morning walks in our West Austin neighborhood. Y’all, it was silly how much of nature’s beauty and surprises we saw during the last week of September. First, we walked in the rain a couple of days because Jack is way too skitterish around umbrellas. Pluswhich, it’s hard for me to handle a leash, a go-cup of coffee, a possible bag of you-knowwhat, and an umbrella. So, a couple of days of rain, which was pretty cool. Then with all that rain, we began noticing flowers – datura, queen’s lace, blue morning glories, lots of rock rose, esJuliee Beyt, Alex Lynch, David Lynch, Eagle advisor peranza out the wazoo, Tom Hunter, and Jack. Photo by Suzy Mallard Moehring. blue plumbago, Texas


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sage, yellow lantana, red and white rain lilies. Then the last Saturday in September we were rewarded with the most glorious sunrise ever. Just ever. Hard to top that, but the next morning, we spotted a monarch butterfly caterpillar on tropical milkweed in a neighbor’s sidewalk garden and an armadillo running down a fence line of a parking lot looking for – oh, I don’t know what. Is their hearing bad? Can they not smell? That little fellow acted like he had no idea we were chasing after him, trying to get a better look. Another surprise for Jack and me that last week of September was coming up on a flock of Austin’s Troop 410 Boy Scouts early on Saturday morning. And here, I’ll finally get to the parks part of my column. One of the scouts, Alex Lynch, has, as his Eagle project, planned an amphitheater for a hillside in our neighborhood that overlooks Perry Art Park and a beautiful view of Austin and its sunrises and moonrises. Six or seven huge slabs of limestone had been dropped off, and Alex and his fellow scouts were terracing the hillside, ready for a forklift to come later in the week and place the slabs. This little park in West Austin, Perry Art Park, is the product of a lot of folks who love the outdoors: Friends of Perry Park, Laguna Gloria Contemporary Austin, Austin Parks Foundation, and Austin Parks and Recreation. Perry Art Park, on Balcones Drive, overlooks the wooded part of Perry Park, a place that is a beautiful little jewel of a forest in the middle of West Austin. Neighbors and sponsors unveiled and dedicated Perry Art Park this summer, a culmination of many months of fundraising, organizing, coordinating, and plain old hard work. Plus a lot of lemonade stand sales. Jessica Winslow, Juliee Beyt, and Jan Roberts are our neighborhood movers and shakers in Friends of Perry Park – the ones who got Perry Art Park to happen.

By Suzy Moehring Mallard “It’s Austin’s first art park,” said Winslow at a neighborhood work party to lay limestone blocks and spread decomposed granite around the bases of the three pieces of art. Jim Huntington’s large granite and steel piece, Dayton, was the first work installed in Perry Art Park. Dayton has been exhibited at Laguna Gloria, where my now 24-year-old grandson played around on it, just as his 5-year-old sister does now. Huntington is based in Coupland, north of Georgetown, and he works primarily with large blocks of granite formed through the quarrying process. Dayton is named for a quarryman who helped him. Betty Gold’s Alas #IV is painted steel, and she said that she often begins her oversize steel sculptures with “the simple act of folding paper.” Alas is Spanish for wings, inspired by Gold’s idea of “angels unfolding their wings on the verge of flight,” but you’re also likely to see birds, kites, or paper airplanes in this bright red sculpture. Peter Reginato’s milled steel Blue Float is one of his abstract, almost cantilevered, pieces inspired by Cubist and modernist painters and sculptors of the early twentieth century – Calder, Matisse, Miro. It’s hugely playful, and my little granddaughter and I like to try to get legs and arms and selves into the shapes of Blue Float. I’ve said before how lucky we are to have Perry Park just across the street from our house, and it’s way cool to have an art park close by as well. I’m grateful for those scouts and that limestone seating that we’ll soon have where we can sit a bit and enjoy the beauty and surprises of the outdoors.

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Tracy & Tom Demchuk Crazy beautiful sunrise over Perry Art Park. Photo by Suzy Mallard Moehring.

Utopia Arts & Crafts Fall Fair November 4 UTOPIA H Utopia Arts & Crafts Fair started out small in 1965 with just a few local artists and has grown to more than 80 artisans from around the state. At his year’s 52nd annual event November 4, handmade arts and crafts will be displayed and sold on that same Town Square used during the first fair. The Utopia Arts & Crafts Guild is still going strong today and always on the lookout for new members. A silent auction benefits the local Arts in Education program. The past two years, college scholarships have increased from $1,500 to $3,000 per year. The Utopia Arts & Crafts Fair 2017 Artist of the Year is Utopian Larry Walton, who has sold his amazing hand turned wooden vessels at the fair for 35plus years. Stop by and visit his booth (in the far corner by the EMS building). Shoppers at Utopia Arts & Crafts Fair will find a variety of vendors from wooden signs to wooden furniture, barbecue pits to books (with the authors available to sign), handmade children’s clothing, jewelry, goat’s milk soap, welded art, paintings, raffles and face painting. Plus. live music by Camille Sanders Trio (check them out on iTunes or YouTube), food trucks and the Annual Utopia ISD Senior Class Luncheon….just a small portion of what you can expect to find at the Utopia Arts & Crafts Fall Fair. Plan your road trip to Utopia on November 4, and make sure you take time to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Lost Maples State Park is about 11 miles down the road and you’ll want to stop at Lost Maples Winery. If you’re able to make a weekend of it, check out the many B&B’s

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Fest to benefit pets October 21 SAN MARCOS H Don’t miss Pet Fest Saturday, October 21, at San Marcos Plaza Pavilion Park from 7:30 am to 5 pm. It’s a festival celebrating animals and benefitting PALS, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending pet overpopulation and pet homelessness through educational and spay/neuter programs. Guests can enjoy the Blessing of the Animals, animal parades, a silent auction, live music, a silent auction, merchandise and food vendors, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, a pet costume contest, and a K-9 demonstration. There will also be a meetand-greet for homeless pets from shelters and rescues waiting to be adopted. Admission is free, but it is requested that attendees bring a donation of dry pet food. Cash donations are also accepted and all contributions are tax-deductible. FYI • For more information, visit the web site at

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BEE CAVE: Thundering Paws Pet Adoption. Noon to 4 pm at PetSmart. 512-402-9725.

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. www.emilyann. org, 512-847-6969.

BANDERA: Cowboy music at Frontier Times Museum. 1 pm - 5 pm. 830-328-0321. JOHNSON CITY: Taste Wine + Art. Kirchman Gallery. 830-868-9290. FOURTH SUNDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: WE CARE. Support group for caregivers and senior citizens, meets 4 pm. First Baptist Church. 832-527-5323.

DRIFTWOOD: United Methodist Church Bluegrass Gospel Sing-along Service. 11 am. 512-944-6300.

DRIPPING SPRINGS: Cook Off Club. 6:30 pm. VFW Hall. Email WIMBERLEY: Heart of Texas Genealogy Society meets at Wimberley Village Library. 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm.


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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. WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Chorus fall Season Rehearsals. 7 pm to 9 pm Monday through November. Lutheran Church of Resurrection, EVERY TUESDAY

SAN MARCOS: San Marcos and 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 - May). First Christian Church, 512-808-9156. EVERY TUESDAY - SUNDAY

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WIMBERLEY: Glass Blowing Demonstrations. Wimberley Glassworks. Details at, 512-213-2110. EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY

WIMBERLEY: All Abilities Chair Exercises. Free class includes breathing, strengthening exercises and mild yoga stretches – all from seated position. Wimberley Library, 9:30 am to 10:30 am. 512-847-2188. FIRST TUESDAY

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 TUESDAY

COMFORT: Music in the Park. Free concert series May through October. 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 for information. THIRD TUESDAY

NEW BRAUNFELS: Country Music. Knights of Columbus. 830-629-4547. LEANDER: Low Cost Pet Spay, Neuter, Vaccination. For more information, call 512260-3602, 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. Rain or shine, market offers array of seasonal fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, fish and seafood, meat, farm eggs, honey, fresh baked goods, more. River Star Arts & Event Park. 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, 512-460-9919. WIMBERLEY: Farmers’ Market. Senior Citizen’s Activity Center on Ranch Road 12. 512-264-1637. SECOND WEDNESDAY

WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Garden Club meets at Lutheran Church of Resurrection. 101 West Spoke Hill. (September - May.) Refreshments 9:30 am; meetings and programs at 10 am.


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, friends, families come together to sell best of what area has to offer. Highway 39 & Old Ingram Loop. 2 pm to 7 pm. 830-367-2800. 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 at 7 pm. 512-858-5637. FIRST & 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 & FOURTH THURSDAY

WIMBERLEY: Toastmaster Club. Learn public speaking, leadership. 7 pm to 8 pm at the Community Center,14068 Ranch Road 12. 512-847-6822. THIRD THURSDAY

DRIPPING SPRINGS: Dripping Springs VFW Post 2933 meets in the New Vet Hall. All eligible war Veterans are invited. 101 Old Fitzhugh Road in downtown Dripping Springs, Stephenson Building next to the old two-story Masonic Lodge. 7 pm. 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 - SATURDAY

WIMBERLEY: Live Music at Linda’s Fine Foods. 500 Farm Market 2325. 512-8475464. EVERY THURSDAY - SUNDAY

DRIPPING SPRINGS: Craft Beer Tasting and Free Tour at Twisted X Brewing Company. 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.



BANDERA: Fourth Friday Jam. Enjoy music at the Silver Sage Corral beginning at 6:30 pm. 830-796-4969.

AUSTIN: Tours of Bright Leaf Natural Area.


FREDERICKSBURG: Rockbox Theater. Variety, music, and rock ’n roll show, great family fun. 866-349-6688. 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, gunfighter reenactments. more Western-themed action on Main Street Downtown. 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. BOERNE: 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. 830-238-4441, NEW BRAUNFELS: Canyon Trail Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Music Show. www. 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. Flowers, veggies, flowers, transplants, cheeses, more. Ranch Road 2325 and Highway 165. 830-833-5428 WIMBERLEY: Saturday Evening Dinners at the Blair House Inn. 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 community spirit. Dinner at 7 pm. WIMBERLEY: Market Days. (March through December). 475-plus booths, free admission. 7 am to 4 pm. SECOND SATURDAY

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 & 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.

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KERRVILLE: 24th Anual Guadalupe Watercolor Group Show and Sale. More than 100 high-quality original watercolor paintings. Kerrville Arts and Culture Center., 830-895-2911.

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FREDERICKSBURG: Texas Wine Month Trail. Take a self-guided tour of Texas Hill Country wineries with special tastings and discounts. Tickets available only online., 512-914-5561. OCTOBER 4-7

KERRVILLE: Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event and Wet Paint Show and Sale., 830-895-2911. OCTOBER 6

FREDERICKSBURG: First Friday Art Walk. Extended viewing hours at local galleries., 830-997-6523. OCTOBER 6-8

FREDERICKSBURG: Oktoberfest. Music, food, drink, dancing, arts and crafts, children’s entertainment, and more. Marktplatz,, 830-997-4810. JOHNSON CITY: 25th Annual Pig Roast. Bike games, poker run, live music, bike show, camping, live and silent auctions, a Saturday night barbecue, more. All profits go to the Hill Country Toy Run. Blanco County Fairgrounds., 830-868-7684. OCTOBER 6-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30

MEDINA: Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch at Love Creek Orchards. Great family fun, with unlimited hayrides, a hay bale maze, giant hay stacks, petting zoo, tours of apple orchard and cider mill, pumpkin painting, storytelling and sing alongs, mural painting and more. OCTOBER 7

BANDERA: Frogs for Freedom Run. Rode welcomes two-wheel, three-wheel, and fourwheel riders, with live music, auction, raffle, and barbecue. 11th Street Cowboy Bar. 301-751-4327 BANDERA: Market Days. Bandera Courthouse Lawn. BOERNE: Hot Rod Night at Soda Pops, 103 North Main., 830-331-8799. CONCAN: River Road Market Fest and Pumpkin Patch. Andy’s on River Road, 21488 US 127. 830-232-4310. DRIPPING SPRINGS: 19th Annual Brent Thurman Memorial Bull Riding & Exceprional Rodeo. Dripping Springs Ranch Park. KERRVILLE: Fall Native Plant Sale and Festival. KERRVILLE: Kerr County 4-H Wild Game Dinner and Raffle. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center. WIMBERLEY: Market Day. Walk along a shaded path to discover all sorts of treasures, enjoy food and live music. 601 Farm Market 2325., 512-847-2201. OCTOBER 7-8

CONCAN: Fall on the Frio BBQ Cook-Off. FREDERICKSBURG: Pacific Combat Living History Reenactment. Pacific Combat Zone., 830-997-8600. KERRVILLE: Kerr County Celtic Fest and Hill Country Highland Games. Song, dance, games, food, more. Hill Country Arts Foundation., 713-256-1173. OCTOBER 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 Fall/Winter 2017-18


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FREDERICKSBURG: Texas Mesquite Art Festival, Original mesquite art, sculpture, furniture, turnings, architectural accents, gifts, ornaments, and more. Marktplatz., 830-997-8515. OCTOBER 14

BURNET: Tri-Fest. Three events, full day of fun: Burnet Art Fest, Ft. Croghan Day, Oktober Fest. 512-756-4297. GARDEN RIDGE: Women’s Club 11th Annual Holiday Marketplace. More than 50 vendors offer unique, one-of-a-kind treasures, plus a silent auction, original Knotty Knotter’s “Black and White and Red All Over” handmade quilt raffle and delicious food. 10 am to 4 pm at the Community Center. facebook. com/GardenRidgeWomensClub. KERRVILLE: Hill Country Swap Meet. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center., 830-459-6198. LAMPASAS: Herb and Art Festival. Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden, Campbell Park., 512-556-5172. STONEWALL: 37th Annual Stonewall VFD Fall Fish Fry. Fundraiser includes fried catfish with all the trimmings, prize drawings, live entertainment. Chamber of Commerce Building, 250 Peach Street. 830-644-5571. WIMBERLEY: Join Wimberley Glassworks on the Gallery Trail Wimberley for special glass pumpkin demonstrations all day ’til 5 pm and serving hot cider and mulled wine from 3 pm to 7 pm/ In celebration of WGW’s 25th anniversary, save $250 off Art Glass in October.


BOERNE: Market Days. Main Plaza., 210-844-8193. BOERNE: 31st Annual Key to the Hills Rod Run. Nearly 500 coupes, sedans, and road-

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sters coming from across the country take over Main Street on Saturday, with cars on display on Main Plaza and throughout downtown., 830-755-8226. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Hill Country Ranch: Artisan and Craft Faire. Dripping Springs Ranch Park. KERRVILLE: Chalk Festival. Enjoy chalk art, kids’ chalk zone, community mural, food, and music. Peterson Plaza. SAN MARCOS: Sacred Springs Powwow. (See story, page 2.) Spring Lake Meadows Center. OCTOBER 15

DRIFTWOOD: Second Annual Blessing of the Vineyard. Wine tasting, gourmet dinner and auction at Fall Creek Vineyards. www. OCTOBER 15-31

COMFORT: Scarecrow Invasion. Businesses and residents go all out to create unique and imaginative scarecrows for the enjoyment of all., 830-995-3131. OCTOBER 19

GRUENE: Come and Taste It. Complimentary tastings, food samples, live music and prize giveaways at The Grapevine onHunter Road. OCTOBER 20

DRIPPING SPRINGS: 8th Annual Ronny Smith Memorial Buyers Group Fundraiser FFA/4H Fundraiser. Dance, BBQ Dinner and Live Auction. Peoples Choice Band performs. 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Dripping Springs Ranch Park Event Center. OCTOBER 20-21

FREDERICKSBURG: Fort Martin Scott Frontier Days. Reenactors in period attire share stories of Native Americans, frontier lawmen, soldiers, settlers living on Texas frontier in 1800s.


DRIFTWOOD: Austin String Band Festival. Live acoustic performances, workshops, jams, food. Family friendly. Camping available. Camp Ben McCulloch. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival. (See story, page 6.) Guests can enjoy 45 featured songwriters on six stages. Lori McKenna headlines. FREDERICKSBURG: Trade Days. Shop more than 400 vendors in seven barns, with acres of antiques, a biergarten, live music and more., 830-990-4900. JUNCTION: Oktoberfisch Fly Fishing Tourney. South Llano River RV Park & Resort., 210-286-7041. OCTOBER 21

BLANCO: October Fall Fest. Enjoy barbecue lunch, rummage sale, auction, quilt drawing, more. Trinity Lutheran Church., 830-833-4771. KERRVILLE: 2nd Annual Hill Country Art Feast. Art auction and sale and raffle to rbenefit Christian Assistance Ministry. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. 830-257-4059. SAN MARCOS: Pet Fest. Celebrating animals and benefitting PALS with silent auction, vendors, pet costume contest, more. 7:30 am to 5 pm. WIMBERLEY: 14th Annual Hunter’s Night Out and 30-Gun Raffle. 6 pm at St. Mary Catholic Church. Ticket includes dinner and beverages. OCTOBER 21-22

CONCAN: Neal’s Haunted Hayrides. Narrowly escape spooky encounters with ghosts and spirits, then enjoy live music. Neal’s Lodges. GRUENE: Old Gruene Market Days. Gruene Historic District. OCTOBER 24

KERRVILLE: Baubles and Beads. Annual “Giving Cancer the Boot” emporium with vendors from across the Hill Country. Y.O. Ranch Conference Center. OCTOBER 25

UVALDE: Kiwanis Halloween Parade and Carnival. Costume parade followed by carnival with food, games. Center. OCTOBER 26

BOERNE: Thirst For Nature—Owlers and Growlers. Grab a beer and enjoy an evening of owls, as Craig Hensley, TPWD’s “Wizard of Wildlife,” talks about the fascinating anatomy, diets, and lives of owls., 210-859-9272. BOERNE: The Haunted Show at Cave Without a Name. Expert weaving of tale and song— classical and jazz—played in total darkness. FREDERICKSBURG: Food & Wine Fest. Marktplatz. LAMPASAS: Lampasas Trade Days, STONEWALL: Barbecue on the Pedernales at the LBJ Ranch. Music by Dale Watson, catering by Salt Lick BBQ. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park., 512-344-9338. UVALDE: Cactus Jack Music Festival. Enjoy a petting zoo, helicopter rides, face painting, and train rides. WIMBERLEY: Fall Car Show. Hot dogs, drinks, snacks: $1 each. Wimberley United Methodist Church. 713-410-9595, corvair69@ OCTOBER 28-29

BANDERA: Cactus Rose Ultra Trail Run and Relay. Hill Country State Natural Area. NEW BRAUNFELS: Train Show at the Civic Center. Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. $8 adults, $2 kids 5-13. Free train ride on Landa Park Railroad for kids up to 10.; email jedmondson@ OCTOBER 29

DRIPPING SPRINGS: St. Martin de Porres Fall Festival. Food, games, music, auction, fellowship. St. Martin de Porres Parish Hall at 350 Post Oak Drive. 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. OCTOBER 31

KERRVILLE: Family Fright Night. Trick-ortreating, games, popcorn, and a movie at Kerrville-Schreiner Park. 830-257-7300.

WIMBERLEY: Trick-or-Treating on the Wimberley Square. All goblins, large and small, are invited to come in costume and visit the merchants who will be handing out candy and goodies from 4 pm to 8 pm. 512-847-1818.

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WIMBERLEY: HerbFest 2017. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. 11 am to 2 pm. NOVEMBER 4

DRIPPING SPRINGS: Rainwater Revival & Hill Country Living Festival. Tiny homes, wine, music, food, exhibitors, speakers at Dripping Springs Ranch Park. Free admission. 10 am to 5 pm. UTOPIA: Utopia Arts & Crafts Fall Fair. (See story, page 11.) Handmade crafts, art, original books with artists available to sign, jewelry, metal work, wood turning, signs & so much more. Delicious food, plus entertainment by the Camille Sanders Trio, face painting, Corvette car show. Booths still available. 9 am to 4 pm on the Town Square. Contact Diana Wise at UtopiaFallFair@, 830-966-4159.



WIMBERLEY: 2nd Holiday Bazaar at Chapel in the Hills. Shop for ornaments, decorations, wreaths, centerpieces, decorated table-top trees, handcrafts, jewelry, baked goods, more. 14601 Ranch Road 12 (across from Dairy Queen). 512-847-9762. DECEMBER 30-31

WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Glassworks Annual Slightly iRRegular Art Glass Clearance. Up to 75 percent off glass with tiny blemishes, prototypes, extra shades and more. Doors open at 10 am Saturday., 512-213-2110.

It’s a Texas Hill Country love-fest! Exhibitors, Vendors & Speakers Abound!

• Rainwater Tanks & Supplies • Renewable Energy • Green Building • Land & Wildlife Management • Night Sky Lighting • Native Landscapes • Planting for Pollinators • Land Stewardship • Conservation Practices • Products & Adventures • Hands-On Children’s Activities And More! Don’t miss the online raffle!


KERRVILLE: 38th Annual Kerr County Fair and Carnival Midway. Judged creative arts exhibits, 4-H prospect show, bull riding, carnival and midway, scholarship pageant, downtown parade, dance, vendors, children’s activities and more. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center.



KERRVILLE: Texas Furniture Makers Show. Juried exhibit features the best furniture makers in Texas. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center., 830-895-2911. OCTOBER 27-28

KERRVILLE: Halloween Mystery Dinner.Evening of dinner, mystery, and fun at Kerrville Hills Winery. OCTOBER 27 - NOVEMBER 19

WIMBERLEY: “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Indoor performance at EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens., 512-847-6969. OCTOBER 28

BOERNE: Boo Celebration. Enjoy mule rides, costume contest, and decorated bicycles contest for a Halloween parade with prizes. Patrick Heath Public Library, BOERNE: The All British Car Day. Main Plaza. October 2017 Hill Country Sun   15

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