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West Frio River Ranch

Two Beautiful Locations!

Between Leakey & Concan off Highway 83

50 large full hookup RV sites with lots of room and shade, 1500+ foot of river frontage, nature trails. Seven 2 BR/2 BA cabins sleep 8!

1876 FM 1120, Leakey

Boutique RV park with 13 full hookups, pavilion with full kitchen & double vanity bath for private parties/ events. 400+ feet of private river access with a waterfall. Perfect for large family groups & reunions.

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Austin J5

Bandera B10

Bergheim D9

Bertram I2

Blanco F6

Boerne D9

Buchanan Dam F2

Buda J7

Bulverde G10

Burnet G2

Camp Verde B8

Canyon Lake G9

Castroville C12

Center Point B8

Clear Springs H11

Comfort C8

Concan A11

Driftwood H7

Dripping Springs H6

Fischer G8

Fredericksburg C5

Georgetown K2

Granite Shoals G2

Gruene H10

Hancock G8

Helotes G6

Henly G6

Highland Lakes F2/3

Hondo B13

Hunt A7

Hye E6

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Ingram B7

Johnson City F5

Kendalia F8

Kerrville B7

Kingsland F2

Kyle I8

Lampasas G1

Leakey A9

Llano D2

Liberty Hill I12

Luckenbach D6

Luling K10

Marble Falls G3

Martindale J9

Mason B2

Medina A9

New Braunfels H10

Oak Hill I6

Oatmeal H2

Pipe Creek C10

Round Rock K3

San Antonio F12

San Marcos I9

Sattler H9

Seguin I11

Sisterdale D8

Spring Branch F9

Startzville G9

Stonewall D6

Utopia A10

Vanderpool A9

Wimberley H8

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Volume 29, Number 11 ISSN: 1524-2315.

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COVER PHOTOS: Texas Heritage Vineyards in Fredericksburg. See story, page 20. Photos courtesy Texas Heritage Vineyards. Inset top and bottom photos by Julie Harrington.

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While there are many schools of art comprising the greater American scene perhaps there is only one that is solely dedicated to capturing the rough and tumble culture that evolved from our not-to-distant pioneering past. And, while there are certainly subsets within, the currently accepted, all-inclusive designation for this indigenous discipline is simply “Western Art.” But, the remarkable output is far from simple in the diversity of its various media, styles, technical expertise and range of subject matter all employed to achieve a similar goal – to beautifully illustrate the thrilling narrative of our nation’s unique western heritage. And, fortunately for those of us in and about the Texas Hill Country, one of the nation’s premier institutions dedicated solely to this treasured art form is none other than Kerrville’s nationally respected and very comprehensive Museum of Western Art. See MUSEUM, Page 8

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“A Hard Day’s Work” by Fred Fellows. “Help Needed” by Fred Harman. The 14,366 square-foot, multi-galleried facility is composed almost entirely of native stone and woods found in the region.
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It was originally founded 40 years ago as the Cowboy Artists of America Museum by a group of practicing Western artists living across the Southwest who needed a “home” to showcase their work. Their second decision was, “where to put it.” And, because Kerrville is considered to be situated in the “heart of the old cattle drives,” it seemed appropriate that it be there.

Construction began in 1982 on an elevated 10-acre site and the result a year later was the completion of an incredible 14,366 squarefoot, multi-galleried facility made almost entirely from the native stone and woods found in the region.

Really, the building itself could be considered a “work of art,” albeit constantly in flux due to the fluidity of its inventory but whatever, it’s proven to be the ideal repository for the viewing of myriad outstanding examples (inside and out) of the genre.

And, as a result of its evolution over time as a gallery, learning center and more, by 2003 the current all-encompassing name of the Museum of Western Art was appropriately adopted.

Once on the grounds, visitors are greeted by several soaring statues guaranteed to awe that set a theme later reinforced within the interior spaces. Exterior walkways lead in multiple directions allowing guests to discover and explore.

But, it’s inside the main edifice that really wows! Enhanced by the beautiful décor, multiple viewer-friendly art and artifact galleries abound, each featuring astounding works by some of the country’s most respected Western artists – past and present. Names such as Frank McCarthy, Robert Pummill, Bill Nebeker and Jason Scull adorn many of the masterworks on display that include paintings, statuary and other creations.

Additional supporting items such as vintage saddlery, a stage coach and other Western-oriented memorability add authenticity to the artistic renditions. Because of its diversity, guests will delight in the quantity of art, whether it’s part of the museum’s permanent collection or, for a special exhibit. And, beyond the art, there is also a research library containing 6,000 books and periodicals, all covering the “Old West” as well as multiple common areas where regularlyscheduled workshops are comfortably hosted.

Quite frankly, with so much offered on-site, the museum (for the professional and layperson alike) has become much more than just an interesting and enjoyable viewing gallery but rather an invaluable community, and beyond, resource. And, did I mention the fun and full gift shop?

The Museum of Western Art operates as a non-profit organization reliant on gifts and endowments. One of its most popular fund-raising events is the Annual Roundup Exhibition and Sale which took place in early September. As part of that undertaking, more than 60 acclaimed Western artists participated and the entirely of their submitted work was put up for sale proceeds ultimately benefiting the museum. Even though the event itself has passed (until next year), this stellar exhibition will remain up for general viewing through October 28, 2023, where any unsold artwork can still be purchased. Photos courtesy Museum of Western Art.

FYI • To find out more about the incredible Museum of Western Art visitmuseumofwesternart.com, where you’ll also find an amazing virtual tour of the facility, plus can access a schedule of upcoming events, workshops and exhibitions. For more information, call 830-896-2553. The Museum is located conveniently in Kerrville at 1550 Bandera Highway, and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm or by appointment.

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“Winning the Iron Shirt” by Fritz White. Don’t miss a stop at the gift shop when visiting Kerrville’s Museum of Western Art.
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Discerning ladies who trade at Chulita’s on the Wimberley Square are some of the easiest to pick out of the crowd. Invariably, they’re the ones smiling and laughing, making a fun and fashionable impression on others and obviously just loving life! Yep, these multi-hued stand-outs definitely come across as very colorful in a culturally cool sort of way and uber-cute as well but, after a visit to Wimberley’s premier imported (almost entirely handcrafted) clothing and accessory outlet that particular take-away is just unavoidable. Really, it’s always been part of the package and maybe that’s the reason Chulita’s remains so darn popular. Why, what a bright idea!

Chulita’s, which in Spanish translates to “little cutie,” is the natural outgrowth of the boutique’s founder and owner, Donna McKennon, a South Texas native who always loved traveling to the Mexican border dining, sight-seeing and especially shopping. It was in the “tiendas” where, as a keen-eyed youngster, she developed an appreciation for the styles and workmanship she encountered that often led to personal purchases. And, these purchases inevitably generated complements from friends and, even strangers who would often ask, “Where did you get that?” Later, at a point in her life when she was “looking to make a fresh start,” the idea of going into the business of actually selling some of those authentic fashions and styles seemed very appealing.

Donna McKennon, owner of Chulita’s in Wimberley. See CHULITA’S, Page 12
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Deciding to take the plunge, Donna appropriately dubbed her new enterprise Chulita’s – Now how cute is that?First opening in Dripping Springs in 2009 but struggling a bit, after five years, the savvy proprietress made the decision in 2014 to relocate to Wimberley with its visitor-friendly ambiance.

Starting new can be tough but, after almost two decades of steady growth coupled with having recently relocated to the convenient town square, the store is now poised to reach an even larger consumer base that will only add to the existing repeat-clientele she’s enjoyed serving over the years.

And, after a visit to Chulita’s you’ll understand why her lovingly-nurtured undertaking continues to be such a “destination.” Inside the cozy merchandise-filled establishment, guests are delightfully surprised by the colorful diversity and amount on display and, how it’s all so “very neat!”

The decor and the inventory harken back to those lively Mexican markets she loved so much. And, that “look and feel” is further reinforced by the racks and shelves featuring an array of beautiful Puebla dresses and blouses, San Antonino dresses and blouses (these are the exquisite hand embroidered and crocheted “Mexican wedding dresses” that can take up to two months to complete), Alpaca ponchos (in season) hats, rebozo wraps, table runners, oilcloth grocery totes, purses, pillows,

Taxco jewelry, leather works, even a large inventory of Guayabera shirts (for the guys) and more.

It’s all personally selected by Donna and, almost all imported, not only from Mexico, but also Peru, Guatemala and Ecuador. Again, just about everything is handmade, the craftsmanship is always superb and, depending on the product, sized to fit adults, children and, in some cases, infants too. Whatever, most think “fiesta” when encountering the breathtaking assortment and amazingly, it’s all right here in Wimberley! Viva Chulita’s!The last surprise is the pricing. With such quality, shoppers delight when discovering that most of the merch range between an affordable $35.00 up to a modest $75.00. Gift items start at $10.00. You definitely won’t feel guilty making a purchase so, buy “dos,” one for you and one for a friend – they’ll thank you. Gracias!

Well senora or senorita, if you want to be noticed like all the other attractive “chulitas” who garner so much attention then, there’s only one place to go (especially when in Wimberley) and, that’s the wonderfully unique Chulita’s on the Wimberley Square! Photos courtesy Chulita’s.

FYI • Chulita’s is at 112 Wimberley Square in Wimberley. Open seven days a week 10 am to 5 pm, except Saturday when it’s open until 6 pm. For more information, call 512940-6514 or find Chulita’s on Facebook.

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The Great British Baking Company

Culturally speaking, we share a lot in common with our British cousins across the Atlantic – language, history, traditions and of course, a love of good food. But over time, especially regarding edibles, differences in taste and style have occurred separating us from our distant brethren in what we’re used to consuming. Yep, we like our tacos and burgers but, have you ever wondered what’s popular on the isles? Well mate, if you’re in Dripping Springs for breakfast and/or lunch, wonder no more thanks to the incredible Great British Baking Company, a restaurant serving up an authentic taste of the United Kingdom where the food is simply, jolly good!

The Great British Baking Company, menu-wise, is steeped in tradition. Offerings are the “Real McCoy,” where British fare is concerned and since opening last year, have proven to be a hit with the Texas palette. This isn’t just another “fish n’ chips” imitation but rather, a real culinary bake shop where even a true Brit might believe (by aroma, taste and presentation) he or she was back on the “old sod.”

Founded by father and son, Andy and Jonty Scriven, these natives of South Yorkshire both are well versed in cookery and brought their talents to Dripping Springs five years ago looking for a little change and perhaps some adventure as well. And, while the pair certainly found things a “bit different,” life in the “colonies” was admittedly pretty neat. Andy pursued various interests while Jonty worked within the Austin restaurant scene. All was good but both admitted to missing


LEFT TO RIGHT Jonty, Andy and Nick Scriven welcome you to the Great British Baking Company in Dripping Springs. Photo by Julie Harrington.

the delicious foods they grew up consuming. Really, each longed for a little “taste of home.” Sadly for the Scrivens however, there just weren’t any area establishments that offered UK chow. Well, what to do? Why, open their own eatery of course. Right-o!

With Jonty’s extensive background in the food industry, Andy’s self-taught expertise around an oven and then, additionally, the inclusion of Andy’s other son, Nick, a Cordon Bleu-trained chef who is considered kitchen royalty, coupled with the decision to open in Dripping Springs in a convenient location surrounded by a receptive consumer base and, all the ingredients for success seemed at hand. Was it a perfect recipe? You betcha.

And as proof, since day-one locals and visitors alike have come clamoring for the casual and cozy boutique cafe’s savory assortment of breakfast, lunch and snack offerings. For early birds, the perfect way to start the day is with the classic Scotch Egg, a hard-boiled egg coated in sausage meat then fried in Panko breadcrumbs. Or, others prefer the “OG” Sausage Roll, a puff pastry filled with seasoned grassfed pork. Meat pies (called “slices”) and pastries dominate the lunch rush where the baking company’s year-round favorites include such traditional, hearty fare as its Chicken Curry Slice, a slow roasted chicken thigh combined with tomatoes and spices all wrapped in a very hand-friendly pastry crust, and its Steak Slice featuring diced prime beef in a rich gravy finished with black pepper, also sporting a flaky bread exterior. Both “pies” are truly two of the most popular street foods found across the United Kingdom. But there’s more including a vegetarian slice stuffed with broccoli and cheese and even (as a nod to the Lone Star state) a Texas Chili Cheese Slice. Yum!

Soups and sweets round out the menu. Homemade French onion, leek and tattie, tomato basil and roasted cauliflower are all excellent soups on their own but wonderful as a complement to any of the

slices as well. And, what’s a meal without dessert? Cookies, tarts and muffins satisfy nicely. Also, dating back for centuries, you’ve got to try the Flapjack (not a pancake!), the original energy bar made with brown sugar and oats. Most importantly for the discerning diner is that everything at the Great British Baking Company is made daily from scratch often from fresh, locally-sourced quality components. Seasonal variations add additional surprises throughout the year. Take-out and off-site catering are available too.

Photos courtesy Great British Baking Company.

FYI • The Great British Baking Company is located in Dripping Springs at 104 West Mercer Street. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 7 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. For more information, call 737-336-0725. For directions and the full menu visit the website at thegreatbritishbakingco.com.

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Cranberry’s ANTIQUES

Acertain sight, maybe a sound, even a slight touch – really, almost any personally-relatable stimulus can prompt a fond remembrance. And, when that happens, it truly can be a feel-good moment almost always guaranteed to bring a smile! Well good reader, if you like that feeling then Cranberry’s Antiques in downtown Blanco is your new must-experience destination where taking “a trip down memory lane,” quite frankly, is unavoidable. Yep, this wondrous expansive “Land of Was” that overflows with an incredible (and acquirable) array of recollection-inducing items from our yesteryears has it all and, the neatest thing about it is that after a fun visit, you can even take a little (or a lot) home with you.

First opened in 1992 by a San Antonio couple who came to Blanco desiring a fresh start in the Hill Country, everything quickly “came together” after the entrepreneurial pair with a professional background in antiques discovered the large, accommodating vacant building situated on the southern end of the small town’s courthouse square. The structure’s generous size as well as its location within in the city’s center and convenience to Highway 281 seemed ideal for a quality, multi-vendor emporium to flourish. And boy, were they were right! Cranberry’s quickly proved to be the not-to-be-missed stop for shoppers in search of all things ancient, venerable and unique.

Remarkably, three decades later Cranberry’s — if anything — has just gotten better. Currently, under the proprietorship of savvy and committed Heidi Savory (who has been with the emporium for the past 12 years), offerings have continued to expand in variety and authenticity. The vast split-level interior is overflowing with, as Heidi attests, “Just about everything.” And, she’s not kidding. Adhering to a strict rule that all offerings have to have a pedigree dating before 1970 (many are much, much older) ensures that Cranberry’s inventory is truly “antique.”

Reproductions are definitely discouraged. As Heidi explains, “That’s just what everyone wants – customers as well as our 40-plus participating vendors – no cheap knock-offs.” Throughout the shop’s 10,000-square-foot display space, multiple “showrooms” represent individually-assigned areas where the various vendors each show their wares. The range and quality are both impressive including

Heidi Savory, owner of Cranberry’s Antiques in Blanco.
See CRANBERRY’S, Page 18 Blanco

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Thirteen highly-accomplished artists have donated this work. Proceeds from the sale will enhance the visitor experience at the park and fund a future Artist-In-Residence program at the Texas White House.

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thousands of offerings of furniture, primitives (tools, crockery, etc.), toys, knives, signage, jewelry, beer memorabilia, comics, books, LPs, house wares, glassware and so very much more. The majority of it is “100 percent American.” All of it will delight any and all who “grew up” in the good “old” USA – whether in a city or the country. To many, the entire package comes across more like a museum than an eclectic collection dedicated to the past but all agree, being able to purchase a memory or two, makes a visit even more special. Serious collectors won’t be disappointed, either.

So, if you’ve got then yen for yesteryear, Cranberry’s Antiques is definitely the place to go. Whether you buy something or not, you’ll find yourself swept back as you joyfully come across many of the things that once comprised the ordinary and extraordinary cherished parts of our former existences. Cranberry’s really is a “Land of Was” that, when encountered, just might bring a happy tear or two or, at least, generate a delightful “memorable” experience!

Photos courtesy Cranberry’s Antiques.

FYI • Cranberry’s Antiques is located at 405 3rd Street in Blanco on the Courthouse Square. It is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 830-833-5596 or find them on Facebook.

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Texas Heritage VINEYARD

The rural road that winds down historic Old San Antonio and Grapetown Roads traces its origins back to the Old Pinta Trail, first used in the 17th century by Native Americans and later by Spanish priests, adventurers, Texas Rangers, as well as the early German Texans who followed sections of it into what was at that time mostly uncharted Texas Hill Country.

This storied region is a fitting site for Texas Heritage Vineyard, a family-run vineyard and winery established in 2015 by Bill and Susan Johnson. With deep roots in the Lone Star State and ancestors who settled in Texas before the Civil War, the Johnsons strive to honor the state’s history by developing 100 percent Texas wine “from grapes that thrive in our culture and climate.”

The results of their vision and efforts so far have been an impressive number of award-winning wines, including six gold medals in 2018, a Souzao that won the 2021 Texas Monthly Vintners Cup, and the 2018 Stella Solidaria, a “super Tuscan” blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, and Sangiovese that won a “Double Gold” medal at the San Francisco Chronicle and the Houston Rodeo Wine Competitions.

After Susan retired from State Farm Insurance in 2013 after 31 years, Bill encouraged her to take a viticulture course. Viticulture is the study of grapes and includes how to care for a vineyard, from planting through harvest for a specific purpose, such as wine making. “I didn’t have any experience in this area, other than enjoying a glass of good wine,” Susan says. She was more familiar with the world of finance than with the chemistry of wine, but after completing a two year study at Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg, she was eager to apply what she had learned, so “we ordered an acre of grapes (800 vines) and planted the vines on our home property.”

After that, things moved quickly. Bill and Susan bought the land on Grapetown Road for the vineyard and planted the first grapevines in 2015-2016. The next year they completed the winery production facility, that is now home to more than 400 barrels of wines used for special wine club events. Finally, the tasting room, featuring


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Texas Heritage Vineyard owners Susan (SECOND FROM RIGHT) and Bill Johnson (FAR RIGHT) with daughter and son-in-law, Jason (LEFT) and Jessica Allen and grandkids.
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tributes to several of their Texan ancestors, a great outdoor patio and live music most weekends, opened in May 2018 and is operated by the Johnsons’ daughter, Jessica Allen. How is the humble grape transformed into so many varieties of wine, each with its own distinctive flavor, color and aroma?

Turning water into wine is a genuine miracle. Turning grape juice into wine, especially award-worthy wine to savor and share, may not require divine intervention; however, it is a delicate balance of science and artistry. Winemaker and vineyard manager Tyler Buddemeyer is indispensable to the Texas Heritage story and to the winery’s success. With unique style and creativity, he and Susan make wine making decisions together and chart the progression from vineyard to bottle.

Temperatures that are too hot or cold, droughts and floods, high winds or other extreme weather can disrupt the growing season. “Last year the winds blew the flowers off early,” Susan says, “and the increased production we saw this year was probably because we got more rain than usual in the spring.”

There are thousands of trace amounts of chemicals that affect the sweetness, alcohol, body and intensity of the final product. Some grapes are just juicier than others and this too varies every year. There are so many potential seasonal obstacles that can impact grape yield, all those things you can’t control, but this has been a very good year for Texas Heritage Vineyard. Early August is the middle of harvest season and there are lots of fermenting grapes in the winery. “This year we’ve had more fruit than we’ve ever had,” Susan says, “51 tons so far from 15 acres, over 100,000 pounds of grapes.”

Managing a vineyard is hard work, but the joy of working outside among the grapes and vines is incredibly rewarding. Susan says, “For me and for everyone in my family, this winery has been a dream come true. It has brought so many new people into our lives, so many cool people that we would have never met otherwise.”

Photos courtesy Texas Heritage Vineyard.

FYI • The Texas Heritage Vineyard Tasting Room is located at 3245 East Highway 290 in Fredericksburg. Open seven days a week from noon to 5 pm, call 830-992-3323 to make reservations. Keep up with the scheduled events and musicians on Facebook. For more information about the vineyard and the award-winning wines, visit the website at texasheritagevineyard.com.

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Bill Johnson with the grape harvest. Since its opening, Marti Perkins has been welcoming guests to the Texas Heritage Vineyard tasting room.

HILL COUNTRY H The 2023 eclipse path of annularity will begin on the coast of Oregon and sweep northwest to southeast across the United States. In the Hill Country, it will be seen as far north as Fredericksburg, as far south as Uvalde, to the west in Rocksprings, and New Braunfels in the east. People near the middle of the path of annular solar eclipse will see the dramatic view of the Sun as a brilliant ring for nearly five minutes. Rio Frio (near Leakey) is at the center point where the paths will cross. Other scenic locations to view the eclipse inside the path in Texas include Garner State Park, Enchanted Rock State National Area, Lost Maples State Natural Area, the Caverns of Sonora, Rockport Beach near Corpus Christi, South Llano River State Park near Junction, the San Antonio River Walk, Medina River Natural Area near San Antonio, and the Alamo in San Antonio. The eclipse leaves the United States at Padre Island National Seashore.

FYI • See our calendar of events for plenty of Eclipse-related activities!

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Healing Uvalde Murals Project

In the wake of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, 21 portrait artists came together to transform Uvalde’s downtown, covering buildings with bright colors and smiling faces to create 21 murals. The murals, part of the “Healing Uvalde Mural Project,” honor the lives of the 19 children and two teachers who were killed on May 24, 2022: Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo, Jackie Jaylen Cazares, Makenna Lee Elrod, Jose Manuel Flores Jr., Eliahna “Ellie” Amaya Garcia, Irma and Joe Garcia, Uziyah Sergio Garcia, Amerie Jo Garza, Xavier James Lopez, Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, Tess Marie Mata, Maranda Gail Mathis, Eva Mireles, Alithia Haven Ramirez, Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, Alexandria “Lexi” Aniyah Rubia, Layla Marie Salazar, Jailah Nicole Silguero, Eliahna Torres, and Rojelio Fernandez Torres.

The idea for the project came from Uvalde resident, Abel Ortiz, artist, art professor at Southwest Texas Junior College, and founder of Art Lab, a local art space. Abel was joined by psychologist and art collector Dr. George Meza and Monica Maldonado, founder of MAS Cultura, to complete the project, which centers on healing and remembrance.

Photos courtesy Abel Ortiz.

FYI • A walking map of the Healing Murals project is available on the City of Uvalde’s website. Go to uvaldetx.gov and search “murals” to be directed to a downloadable file. Visit the website at latino.si.edu/exhibitions/mural-gallery for detailed information about individuals represented from

Jayce Carmelo Luevanos mural by Ruben Esquivel. Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo mural by Britt Johnson. Maite Yuleana Rodriguez mural by Ana Hernandez LEFT and Amerie Jo Garza mural by Cristina Noriega. See UVALDE HEALING MURALS, Page 26


February 9 & 10, 2024

Proceeds to benefit the Concan Volunteer Fire Department Join us for the 3rd annual Chili on the Frio event. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Concan Volunteer Fire Department. While the Frio may be chilly this time of year, it is a great time to visit and make memories in the Texas Hill Country. The Department operates with 1 Paramedic, EMTs, and EMRs based in one station. The core services include structural firefighting, First Responders, wild land firefighting, vehicle extrication, fire prevention, and public education.

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Layla Marie Salazar mural by Alvaro Deko Zermeño. Alithia Haven Ramirez mural by Juan Velázquez. Makenna Lee Elrod mural by Silvy Ochoa & Courtney Jimenez. Uziyah Sergio Garcia mural by Richard Samuel. Jailah Nicole Silguero mural by Albert “Tino” Ortega. Eliahna “Ellie” Amyah Garcia mural by Abel Ortiz, organizer of the Healing Uvalde Murals Project.


March 1 & 2, 2024

Proceeds to benefit Uvalde Morale, Welfare and Rec – our local Border Patrol agents. Kickoff the spring BBQ season with a trip to the Frio River while supporting the US Customs and Border Patrol nonprofit organization. This event features teams from across the state, vendors, live music, cornhole and activities for children of all ages. Come as a competitor or judge – everyone is welcome. Freedom Fest is an established Champions Barbecue Alliance sanctioned event.

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BANDERA: Frontier Times Jamboree. Afternoon jamboree with live music, storytelling, and fun for all. frontiertimesmuseum.org.


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


GRUENE: Two Ton Tuesdays. Gruene Hall. gruenehall.com.

JOHNSON CITY: Food and Wine Pairing Dinners at Bryans on 290. bryanson290.com.


BANDERA: Cowboy Opry. Silver Sage community and senior center hosts this Grand Ole Opry-style show on the first Tuesday of most months. Refreshments and door prizes. SilverSage.org.


DRIPPING SPRINGS: Farmers Market. Pound House Farmstead at Founders Memorial Park. 3 pm to 6 pm.


WIMBERLEY: Friday Night Bingo. Doors open 6:30 pm, Early Bird Bingo at 7 pm, Regular Bingo at 8 pm. BYOB. VFW Post 6441, 401 Jacobs Well Road. vfw6441.com/bingo


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


BANDERA: Market Day. Arts and crafts vendors sell their wares and merchandise on Main Street. banderacowboycapital.com.

KERRVILLE: Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet. Featuring original handcrafted items from artists and crafters. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27. kerrmarketdays.org.

ROCKSPRINGS: Homesteaders Swap Meet. Canned items, baked goods, goat milk soaps, leather work, feed sack totes, jewelry, plants, balms, lotions, freeze dried goods and so much more! Edwards County Senior Activity Center, 104 Kerr Street, 830-499-0925.


WIMBERLEY: Market Day (March-December). The Hill Country’s largest outdoor market! Shop more than 490 booths on 20 shaded acres at Lions Field. 7 am to 3 pm. wimberleymarketday.com.


BANDERA: Live music. Friday 4 pm -2 am, Saturday and Saturday noon to 2 pm, redhorse-bandera.com

DRIPPING SPRINGS: Music at Fox 12 Brewing. 12foxbeer.com.


BOERNE: Black Rifle Block Party. Enjoy live music, great food and drink, and the annual Tug the Truck event. facebook.com/blackrifleboerne.

DRIPPING SPRINGS: Goat Couture. A fashion show in which participants dress goats up to compete. Plus games, a goat adoption center, crafts, and shopping. christopherlawfirm.com/goat-couture-2023.


BOERNE: Market Days. Main Plaza. eventsoffmain.com/market-days.

KERRVILLE: Texas Gun and Knife Show. Vendors sell new and used guns, , more. texasgunandknifeshows.com.


SAN MARCOS: Art Squared Arts Market. Find art, live music, a free kids’ arts and crafts booth, demonstrations, more. artsquaredmarket.com.


BUDA: Arts Festival. Live painting competitions, musicians, film screenings, art demos, markets, kids’ activities, and performances. budaartsfestival.com.


KERRVILLE: Paint Kerrville: Plein Air Painters. Members of the Outdoor Painters Society visit Kerrville and compete. kacckerrville.com.


COMFORT: Empty Bowls. Choose a beautiful artisan bowl in exchange for your ticket purchased in advance. comforttablepantry.org.

KERRVILLE: Chili Cook-off and Car and Bike Show. kstarevent.org.

SPRING BRANCH: Country and Western Dance with Jody Nix and The Texas Cowboys. anhalthall.com.


AUSTIN: Fall Pecan Street Festival. Free juried festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass, and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds. pecanstreetfestival.org.


BLANCO: Market Day. Shop from about 80 vendors offering homemade crafts, apparel, home decor, plants, baked goods, art, embroidery and crocheted items, jewelry. Admission is free. On the Blanco Square. historicblanco.org/market-day.

STONEWALL: Seed Stomp. Celebrate the life and legacy of Lady Bird Johnson by planting wildflower seeds at LBJ State Park. Learn about flowers, help reseed fields, and more. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson.


KERRVILLE: Kerr Arts and Culture Center Art Exhibits. Tuesdays through Saturdays, visitors can experience three art exhibits. kacckerrville.com.


BANDERA: Third Thursday Cowboy Camp with Lew Peterbaugh. Bring your guitar to play along, or simply come to listen. Pickers who play cowboy, Texas, or Western swing music are welcome to sit in. banderacowboycapital.com.


AUSTIN: Fantastic Fest. The largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and more. fantasticfest.com.


CEDAR PARK: Dallas Stars Training Camp and Preseason Game. Watch your favorite players hit the ice, catch a preseason game on Sunday. hebcenter. com/events/detail/dallas-stars-training-camp-1.


MEDINA: Quilt Fest 12. Medina Quilters host their 12th annual QuiltFest, which showcases around 50 beautiful quilts, plus activities and contests. medinacommunitylibrary.us.


BANDERA: Cajun Festival and Gumbo Cook-off. Enjoy Cajun and zydeco music, a gumbo cook-off, homemade Cajun food, arts and crafts, a silent auction and kids’ activities. cajunfestival-medinalake.com.

BOERNE: Bierfest. Sample more than 30 of the best craft breweries in Texas and beyond. Boerne BierFest also serves up great food, live music including headliner Gary P. Nunn, more. boernebierfest.com

LAKEHILLS: 42nd Annual Medina Lake Cajun Festival. Festival rolls out the good times by bringing food, music, and Cajun culture to Texas Hill Country. cajunfestival-medinalake.com.

SAN MARCOS: 7th Annual Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest. Enjoy a mermaid promenade and parade and street fair. mermaidsocietysmtx.com.

SAN MARCOS: Gourdgeous Glass Pumpkin Patch at Wimberley Glassworks Hundreds of glass pumpkins, live glass blowing demos, live music, Roughhouse beer, scavenger hunt, giveaways throughout the day. WGW.com.


INGRAM: Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair. Two days of juried art, gourmet food, craft beer, live music, activities, and demonstrations. hcaf.com.

JOHNSON CITY: Market Days. Open-air market features artisans selling handmade or locally produced products. johnsoncitytexas.info.

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Head to the Gourdgeous Glass Pumpkin Patch at Wimberley Glassworks September 23, where you can feast your eyes on hundreds of glass pumpkins, see live glass blowing demos, enjoy live music, Roughhouse beer, a scavenger hunt and giveaways throughout the day. WGW.com.


April 26 & 27, 2024

Women of all ages gather along the banks of the Frio River in Concan, Texas, for a weekend designed to be exactly what you need it to be. WOTF is a great chance to travel with your best gals or to get adventurous and travel solo. Whether you need some self-care, want to learn something new, or simply want to enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Women on the Frio is your chance to disconnect and relax.

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DRIPPING SPRINGS: Pumpkin Festival. Enjoy food and beverages, games, activities and live music. drippingspringspumpkinfestival.com.


BANDERA: Barrel Racing. Watch as talented youth show the adults how it’s done. facebook.com/ridingonfaithrodeoseries.


NEW BRAUNFELS: Kids’ Fun Day. Kids of all ages can have fun with Lego© trains, model trains. newbraunfelsrailroadmuseum.org/nbrr/kids-fun-day.


COMFORT: Scarecrow Invasion. The entire of month of October, the Comfort community is invaded with scarecrows made by local residents and business owners. Optimal viewing October 10-31. comfortchamber.com.


GRUENE: Gruene Music and Wine Festival. Celebration of Texas and Americana music and wine made in the Lone Star State.. gruenemusicandwinefest.org.


LAGO VISTA: Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament and Inaugural Pickleball Tournament. northlaketravischamber.chamberspace.net/calendar.


FREDERICKSBURG: 43rd Annual Oktoberfest. Three days of singing, toasting, dancing, and “gemutlichkeit.” oktoberfestinfbg.com.


AUSTIN: Austin City Limits Music Festival. More than 140 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends. aclfestival.com.


BANDERA: Ranching Heritage Day. Exhibits, crafts, games, demonstrations. Hill Country State Natural Area. tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/hill-country.

BANDERA: Frogs For Freedom. Motorcycles rides, music, dancing, a live auction, and barbecue plates. banderacowboycapital.com.

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BOERNE: Music in the Cave: “From J.S. Bach to Appalachia.” Musical trio melds a contrast of music. cavewithoutaname.com.

DRIPPING SPRINGS: Oktoberfest at Ghost Note Brewing. Craft beer, live music, good food, good times. ghostnotebrewing.com

JOHNSON CITY: Pedernales Falls Fest. Hikes, demonstrations, speakers, stargazing and activities. tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/pedernales-falls.

NEW BRAUNFELS: Old Town Christmas Market. Gift baskets galore, gift items, and various treats. facebook.com/events/1709224979449832.

SAN MARCOS: Sacred Springs Pow Wow. Native American festival rich in music, art, dancing, and food. sspowwow.com.


BOERNE: Hill Country Gun Show. Find sales of new and used guns, knives, coins, cutting boards, ammo, and other items. gunshowtrader.com.


NEW BRAUNFELS: Hollydays Market. More than 100 merchants to shop with. homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com/new-braunfels-hollydays.

SAN MARCOS: Lost River Film Fest. Multiple days of indie cinema combine cutting-edge films with live music and parties. thelostriverfilmfest.org.

KERRVILLE: Welcome Home Fest. Performers include Adrianne Lenker, Sir Woman, Lomelda, and Kinky Friedman. kerrvillefolkfestival.org.


BOERNE: Annular Solar Eclipse Experience. Arrive Friday to set up your RV or campsite for the big event Saturday morning. cavewithoutaname.com.

UTOPIA: Eclipse Utopia Festival. Intimate campout with unparalleled views and an excellent eclectic musical lineup. eclipseutopia.com.


JUNCTION: Texclipse Pre-Party. A Includes a chili cook-off, live music, a washer-pitching contest, armadillo races, a margarita mix-off, chainsaw carving, a salsa competition. texclipsemusicfestival.com.


UVALDE, CONCAN, GARNER STATE PARK: Uvalde County Stellar Fest: The Pre-Party. Solar viewing, STEM activities, star parties, live music, food, craft beer and wine, more. visituvaldecounty.com.


BANDERA: Hill Country Mile Rod Run. All-day family activities with live music, local craft beer, food, vendors, and cars. hcmrodrun.com.

BANDERA: Moonshine & Moonpie Eclipse Party. frontiertimesmuseum.org.

BRACKETVILLE: Welcome to the Dark Side of State Parks. Experience the eclipse from Kickapoo Caverns State Park. Watch evening bat flight and then join a stargazing party. tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/kickapoo-cavern.

BUDA: Annular Eclipse Viewing. 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. The library is providing a limited solar eclipse glasses and astronomers offer solar protected telescopes and family-friendly crafts. More information at budalibrary.com.

COMFORT: Solar Eclipse Viewing. The annular eclipse passes directly over Comfort. Community festivities at Comfort Park, including live music, barbecue, and fun activities. Proceeds are donated to the Comfort Volunteer Fire Department for a new fire truck. comforteclipse.com.

INGRAM: Annular Eclipse at Stonehenge II. Live music and food trucks, a beer tent, RV sites for rent, and hygiene stations on the closed campus. hcaf. com/eclipse-events/eclipse-2023.

KERRVILLE: River Festival and Annular Solar Eclipse. Includes a kids’ area, food, drinks, and live music. kerrvilletx.gov.

UVALDE: Spooktacular 4 Square Friday. Ghost stories, libations and more! UvaldeOperaHouse.com.


BUDA: Chalk Festival. Visitors can enjoy a kids’ chalk zone, family activities, great food, and music. kerrvillechalk.org.

FREDERICKSBURG: Gun and Knife Show. New and used guns, knives, ammo, camping gear, more. Fairgrounds. texasgunandknifeshows.com.


BANDERA: 3rd Annual Bandera Brewery Beerfest. Featuring four days of fun games, craft beer, music, and great food. banderabrewery.com.


AUSTIN: Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. This year’s event includes the first F1 Sprint race on American soil and concerts by The Killers and Queen + Adam Lambert. circuitoftheamericas.com.

AUSTIN: Gem Capers. Hosted by the Austin Gem and Mineral Society, this gem and mineral show offers over 30 vendors selling jewelry, beads, gemstones, minerals, crystals, fossils, and spheres. agms-tx.org/gem-capers.

BANDERA: Cactus Rose Endurance Trail Race. tejastrails.com.

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DRIPPING SPRINGS: Songwriters Festival. An exciting weekend of singersongwriter showcases. DrippingSpringsSongwritersFestival.com.

NEW BRAUNFELS: 7th Annual Fall Into Art Festival. This year’s event is moving indoors, and vendors from across Texas and even out of state join in to showcase their artworks. gnbac.org/festival2023.

SPRING BRANCH: Oktober Classic Country and Western Festival. Bands. including the Jason Roberts Band, Billy Matta and The Texas Tradition. Old-time German festival with polka music and dancing on Sunday, plus a German meal. anhalthall.com.


BOERNE: Barktoberfest. Beer vendors, music, food truck eats, a raffle, prizes, pet adoptions, a petting zoo, doggy dash races. hcaltx.org/barktoberfest.

BOERNE: Harvest Festival and Antique Tractor Pull. Hayrides, music, food trucks, craft vendors, and a wholesome fun atmosphere. theagricultural.org.

BOERNE: Music in the Cave: The Haunted Show. Just before Halloween, come hear haunting stories, music and humor with some haunting surprises thrown in as well. It’s spooky fun for all ages. cavewithoutaname.com.

COMFORT: Kendall County Wild Game Dinner. Past events have had bacon-wrapped quail, fried alligator and axis, and wild boar chili verde. kendallcountywildgamedinner.com

LLANO: PBR Bull Riding. llanopbr.com.


UVALDE: Mystery at the Opera House. An escape room experience. UvaldeOperaHouse.com.

KERRVILLE: Haunted Ghoul Pool. The Olympic Pool, transformed into a ghoulish haunted house. Tours for older kids and adults. kerrvilletx.gov.


NEW BRAUNFELS: Fall Train Show. Traveling model railroads, silent auction, store, food, more. newbraunfelsrailroadmuseum.org/nbrr/train-shows.

PIPE CREEK: Dancehall Market Days. Live music, food, shopping, pony rides, and other festivities. banderacowboycapital.com.


NEW BRAUNFELS: Dachshund Races. Medals for best-dressed wiener dog and race winners, food and donations accepted for Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area. krausescafe.com/events/category/ticketed-event.


BANDERA: Frontier Times Museum presents Texas artist Joan Estes’ elaborate “Día de los Muertos” altar on display. Family Activity Day October 28, with activities for kids, more. frontiertimesmuseum.org.


AUSTIN: Oktoberfest. The German-Texan Heritage Kid-friendly activities with live music and authentic German food. germantexans.org/oktoberfest.


AUSTIN: Film Festival. Event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike. Various locations, Downtown. austinfilmfestival.com.


KERRVILLE: “Undead: Haunted House of Dances.” Immersive, adults-only Halloween show. Halloween costumes welcome. ventanaballet.com/undead.

KERRVILLE: The Bizarre Bazaar. Features local artists and crafters selling one-of-a-kind items. kacckerrville.com.


BOERNE: Texas Fleece and Fiber Festival. Products and art, classes and pioneer demonstrations. texasfleeceandfiber.com.


BOERNE: Trick-or-Treat Trail. Trick or treat all day long in and around the Hill Country Mile. Come in costume. hillcountrymile.com.

FREDERICKSBURG: Celebrate Bats, Trains and Astronomy. Tour of night sky using telescopes. tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/old-tunnel.

KERRVILLE: A Night at the Museum. Family-oriented event includes music, food trucks, and spooky entertainment. museumofwesternart.com.

LLANO: Llano River Pumpkin Float. See lots of carved and lit pumpkins gliding across river. Costumes encouraged. facebook.com/llanoriverpumpkinfloat.

STONEWALL: 100 S’more Years of Campfire Cooking. Sauer-Beckmann Farm. tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson.


GRUENE: Texas Clay Festival. texasclayfestival.com.

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BANDERA: Nightmare on Maple Street. Costume contests, best trunk contests, bounce houses, music and kids’ activities. cityofbandera.org.

KERRVILLE: Family Fright Night. Evening of safe and traditional family fun. Trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest. kerrvilletx.gov.


LAMPASAS: Hunters Welcome. Grab a barbecue lunch and support the community as Lampasas welcomes hunters. lampasaschamber.org.


AUSTIN: Texas Hemp Harvest Festival. Enjoy live music, food trucks, games and vendors. texashempharvestfestival.com.


NEW BRAUNFELS: Wurstfest. Food, music, dancing, carnival and games, beers, special events, Bavarian-style entertainment. wurstfest.com.


KERRVILLE: Texas Furniture Makers Show. Annual statewide competition of the finest custom furniture makers in Texas. kacckerrville.com.


HARPER: Fish Fry benefiting Harper Volunteer Fire Department.. 11 am to 4 pm. The Station on 290.TheStation290.com.


JOHNSON CITY: Texas Wine Jam. Celebrating love for great Texas wine and music. Details at txwinejam.com.

ROUND ROCK: Fossil Fest. Meet scientists, dig for fossils. austinpaleo.org.


WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Community Civic Club Style Show & Market. Sip bubbly, enjoy hors d’ouevres, see fall and winter fashions, shop local vendors from 4 pm to 6 pm. Wimberley Community Center. wimberleyccc.org.


BASTROP: 17th Annual Heroes and Hot Rods Veterans Day Cruise-In and Car Show. Come hang out and watch classic cars roll into town. Car show takes place on Saturday. visitbastrop.com

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SAN MARCOS: Commemorative Air Force Veterans Dinner and Big Band Dance. hangardance.org.


LEAKEY: Songs on the Frio. Radney Foster headlines three days of singersongwriter performances. Find details at songsonthefrio.com.


COMFORT: Christmas in Comfort. Celebrate the season with shopping, food, live entertainment, lighted night parade. comfortchamber.com.

FEBRUARY 9-10, 2024

CONCAN: 3rd Annual Chili on the Frio. Proceeds benefit the Concan Volunteer Fire Department. friofest.com.

MARCH 1-2, 2024

CONCAN: Freedom Fest. BBQ Cook-off at Frio Country Resort. Proceeds benefit the US Customs & United States Border Patrol friofest.com.

APRIL 26-27, 2024

CONCAN: Women on the Frio. Annual event designed to bring women together with events and activities. friofest.com.

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