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The Texas Heritage Music Foundation, established in Kerrville in 1987, has tasked itself with preserving and perpetuating the Lone Star state’s extraordinary composiitional and melodic legacies. Photo courtesy Texas Heritage Music Foundation.

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or the past 29 years, the very laudable Texas Heritage Music Foundation, established in Kerrville in 1987, has tasked itself with preserving and perpetuating the Lone Star state’s extraordinary compositional and melodic legacies. By encouraging a greater awareness through the exposure and practice of these homegrown and heartfelt art forms, thousands have been audibly (and emotionally) touched ultimately instilling a deep pride in what truly belongs to all of us who call this land home. Yep good friends, where the Foundation is concerned, we’re talking about celebrating the songs and stories of Texas so, how about a blue yodel? Commemorating its 30th anniversary this September, the Foundation will be expanding on its normal, yearly offerings of concerts, classes and cultural encounters with its culminating Texas Heritage Music Day, a multi-event celebration featuring tunes, tales, historical reenactments and other not-to-be-missed entertainments. Scheduled Friday, September 29, on the welcoming, pastoral grounds of Schreiner University, more than 50 performers will be singing, dancing, demonstrating, exhibiting, teaching and generally, just being Texan to the delight of the anticipated crowd, young and old, who will be there. But, more on that later. Regarding the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, it originally was the brainchild of Kathleen Hudson, a tireless English Ph.D. with a background in creative writing. After the publication of her first book, “Telling Stories, Writing Songs: an Album of Texas Songwriters,” Kathleen became committed to the concept of expanding the recognition of the state’s many artists and their lyrical contributions. To this end, her foundation came into being thanks to a lot of initial (and ongoing) hard work and gratefully, the eventual receipt of some very appreciated grants that together, allowed her vision

Lloyd Maines and Terri Hendrix. Photo courtesy Lloyd Maines and Terri Hendrix. to take root and decisively flourish. Today, what she instigated not only stages wonderful musical shows throughout the year that entertain and educate within nursing homes, area schools and at other, “just plain fun” venues, but also collects and archives native recordings while awarding meaningful scholarships to appreciative young students wishing to pursue careers within the music industry. As Kathleen relates, “It’s been a very personal calling but, very rewarding as well. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. Thanks to the continued support from other charitable foundations bolstered by lots of private donations, our mission continues to expand.” And, for those who have and continue to benefit from its many worthwhile efforts, that’s a very good thing. But what about the actual Texas Heritage Music Day event? Well, on that subject, there’s a lot to say. The gates open at 9 am to the warming sounds of some inspirational Gospel emanating from within the shady Robbins Lewis Pavilion. Local practitioners Willow City will bring stirring harmonies in praise of the Lord. And, they will get you clapping and tapping. Hallelujah! See TEXAS HERITAGE MUSIC, page 5


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ith days growing noticeably shorter and daytime temperatures moderating, there’s a certain restlessness in the air as birds ready for their journeys south—all ushering in autumn, “the year’s last, loveliest smile” according to poet, William Cullen Bryant. Hummingbird feeders will soon hang without purpose as hummers— having dueled, swooped and soared throughout the spring and summer, keeping fit their aerial skills—depart on their autumnal journey. Moonflowers will cease to fill the night with their satiny white blossoms and delicate fragrance, and the whitelined sphinx moth will no longer startle me with its buzz as it zooms in to nectar. A large moth with a wingspan as broad as 3.5 inches, its dark, olive brown forewings blend with the night and the reddish pink bands on its hind wings go unnoticed in the twilight air. Although they generally fly from dusk to dawn—when

their sudden appearance seems almost magical—they sometimes fly during the day, too. When thinking of moths, the image of a small brown insects swarming about screen doors and outdoor lighting comes to mind, but there’s much more to their world than that. With more than 11,000 species in the U. S. (That’s more than all bird and mammal species in North America combined.), they provide great ecological benefits. Their caterpillars are food for everything else. About 95 percent of nesting birds feed their young insects, much of it being caterpillars. Packed with minerals such as potassium, calcium, zinc and iron, moth and butterfly caterpillars are on the menu in some African countries. Moths’ hairy bodies allow them to carry pollen from flower to flower making them great pollinators. Because bats constantly prey upon them, a few have evolved an interesting defense to avoid capture. Some tiger

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Hummingbird Clearwing Moth. Photo © Dreamstime. hind wings have long curving tails. Like many moths, they are attracted to lights with mating taking place after midnight. Come morning they are often found hanging on a screen door. Entomologists have theorized but have not solved the puzzle of why it is that moths are so attracted to nighttime lights. So, for now, this remains a mystery. But, gather they do and some mornings may find one on an outside door frame beneath a light where it had been the night before. One such moth was the rosy maple moth. A small bug, with a wingspan of up to 2 1/16 inches, this lovely little gem hanging on our garage door had a fuzzy yellow body and yellow to cream band on its otherwise pink wings. Colors of this species can vary from yellow to cream to white, and the amount of pink can range from covering most of its wings to being completely absent. The Imperial moth is another colorful insect, its upper side painted with yellow patches set off by brown to purple-brown patches. Then there’s the giant leopard moth, an interesting-looking individual that wears distinctive, hollow bluish black spots, all against a white background. Among the list of tiger moths is the Isabella tiger moth, the one with a caterpillar called the banded wooly bear, a cat the subject of folklore. This fuzzy caterpillar is black with a brown band around its middle. Because it is found among dry leaves in autumn as it seeks a winter shelter against the harsh cold, lore has it that the amount of brown on its band determines the length of the forthcoming winter. There is no scientific basis for this claim; however, it is true that the wooly bear can freeze in entirety and survive to thaw, that is if the length of its freeze is short term. Another moth of lore is the black witch moth, an insect that in European folklore is a witch. After all, just as witches are flying denizens of the night that transform themselves, so, too, do these See WILDLIFE, page 5


TEXAS HERITAGE MUSIC, from page 2 Following at 10 am, the muy-talented Stephanie Urbina-Jones takes center stage presenting her tribute to the state’s Hispanic heritage. Singing in Spanish and English, everyone will thoroughly enjoy her bicultural performance. Que bueno! The next hour (11 am) salutes the legendary “Blue Yodeler” himself, Jimmie Rodgers, via a number of octave-enabled, guitar-picking warblers who love the old brakeman. And don’t worry, trains will be mentioned in this set. Then, at 12:30 pm, the entertainment closes with an hourlong set featuring the vocally-strong Schreiner University Choir, whose coordinated musical interpretations are guaranteed to impress. And, during all of this exceptional, non-stop, on-stage musical entertainment, the grounds will be continually filled with trick roping exhibitions, wandering poets, functioning chuck wagons, teepees with dancing Comanche and other assorted singers, storytellers and a general assortment of characters, in character. And the neatest thing is that this (with the exception of the purchasable, icy-cold sodas, water and tasty box lunches from local eatery Chartwell’s) is free. Altogether, it promises to be a full morning and early afternoon but, after a much needed siesta, the activities will commence again. And that “later” starts at 6:30 pm in the accommodating Cailloux Student Center, as the Foundation, the University and Texas Public Radio host a reception serving cheese, wine and beer followed by an

WILDLIFE, from page 4 moths. And, of course, they are dark: a mottled shade of gray and brown, although the female has a white, often iridescent stripe across its wings when open. The largest moth in North America, the black witch moth has a seven-inch wingspan. Sometimes mistaken for a bat has earned it the name “bat moth”. In Mexico, it is known as “mariposa de la muerte” or “butterfly of death”. Despite the lore, it is without teeth or stingers, is harmless and is not an agricultural pest. Two final and brighter notes: in the Caribbean, the black witch moth is considered the “money moth” for if, as some believe, it visits one’s home, one can expect cash; in South Texas some believe if the black witch moth roosts over one’s door, one will win the lottery. One of the most common myths regarding moths is that they eat clothing. In fact, only two do. The webbing clothes moth, a small bug with a ½ inch wingspan is a pale gold bug and a weak flier that hovers in dark areas. It’s the larva that feed and cut holes in clothes. The other culprit is the larva of the case bearing clothes moth, a worm-like insect with a hard shell. It carries this flattened case and is from ¼ to ½ inch long. The adult moth is small and seldom seen. Most moths do not pose a threat to vegetation or crops unless there is a large outbreak; however, a few do pose a serious threat to trees, shrubs and crops. Among these are the caterpillars of the Asian gypsy moth, European gypsy

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rent Cullen Thurman. He’s known as a gentleman who never met a stranger, the guy who made you feel like you were his best friend. The one you wanted to hang out with, who always had a grin on his face. Brent was one of the good guys, and a hero to many. He is not to be forgotten…not ever. His legacy as a compassionate and driven young man has left many treasured memories and a permanent reminder of what goodness and selflessness is all about. Brent truly cared about and loved people and life beyond measure with a real enthusiasm. “He lived everyday of his life exactly like he wanted. Brent lived more in 25 years than I could if I lived to be 100,” says his mother, Kay Thurman. Brent graduated from Dripping Springs High School in 1988 where he played football & ran track. He was even on a speed skating team as a child at “Hotwheels” (for our old school South Austin friends who remember that jewel of a place). But Brent’s true passion in life was bull riding. By the age of eight, he was fearless — possessing a unique style of riding (in which he carried his free arm lower than other riders and used his feet more than his upper body) which distinguished him even as a child. He was extraordinary and eventually ranked among the top 30 bull riders in the world. That amazing kid from Dripping Springs was headed to the top! Brent qualified for his first National Finals Rodeo in 1993, finishing fifth in final standings and 13th in the 1994 Crown Royal World standings. Little did we know that December 17, the tenth and final round of the 1994 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas would be the final ride of his career. Brent sustained an injury and never regained consciousness. Among the original founders of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), Brent was recognized for contribution to the sport of bull riding when he was inducted into the PBR Ring of Honor in October 2011. Helping others was another of his passions. “He volunteered at Covington Junior High that at that time they had a program for special needs children,” explains Denise Henley. “When the Brent Thurman Memorial Bull Riding first started, that program was still active so we were able to have them participate in the Exceptional Rodeo for many years.” “What sticks in my mind was a trip to take the class to the Travis County Livestock Show and Rodeo…. he was as taken with them as they were with him. Hours of fun rides, funnel cakes, touring ‘the car that Bonnie and Clyde were shot in,’ made the top of the list,” remembers Kay.

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f all the future scenarios Sarah and Danny Donhauser may have envisioned, owning an amusement park never crossed their minds. From high school sweethearts to college, marriage, parenthood, a Ph.D. and work in counseling (for Sarah), and owner of an auto body shop (for Danny), the journey to ZDT’s Amusement Park in Seguin has been a wild roller coaster of a ride. This small-town amusement park is designed with the whole family in mind. It offers an affordable day at the park with rides and attractions that appeal to all ages. ZDT’s is a favorite venue for family outings, birthday parties, summer day camps, and church groups. It’s a frequent destination for locals, although “many of the park’s visitors come here from San Antonio and other towns in Texas,” Sarah says. Part of the appeal that draws in outof-towners is the reasonably priced “Extreme Wristband,” which includes unlimited access to all rides, attractions and video games in the park. Families can bring in coolers with their own food and have a picnic at one of the outside tables. There’s also an on-site restaurant that serves pizza, burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and other favorite foods. After purchasing the property in 2005, Danny spent the next five years renovating the century-old buildings that were originally an agricultural, meat

processing, and grocery center, complete with warehouses and several large outdoor grain silos. “We wanted the renovations to celebrate the history of the property,” Sarah says. The 60-foot climbing outdoor wall is on the facade of one of the old grain silos, the go-karts are in one of the old warehouses, and the arcade, jungle playground, and restaurant occupy the space that was once a grocery store. The interior walls of the main buildings are covered with magnificent murals – intricately detailed landscapes, local landmarks, animals, flowers – painted by Gary Borremans. “He’s retired now, but comes around from time to time to touch up the paintings,” Sarah says. Sarah and Danny named the park after their three children, using the first initials of each name from oldest to youngest – Zac, Danielle, and Tiffany. The children were also a good resource of ideas for park attractions. Zac wanted a rock climbing wall, Danielle wanted a trampoline with a bungee jump, and Tiffany wanted a really big slide. When the park opened in 2007, there were five attractions, including the bungee jump, a 25-foot vertical rock climbing wall, and a large indoor playground with a really big slide. Sarah says, “Danny likes a lot of projects, so he’s always either planning new attractions or improving the ones we already have.”

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Every year there’s something new to enjoy at the park. The largest attraction, and the focal point of the park, is the Switchback Roller Coaster. It’s a wooden shuttle style roller coaster, meaning it goes both backwards and forwards, that was custom designed for ZDT’s Amusement Park. All three children spent time during middle and high school working at ZDT’s, either with the rides, or selling tickets, or in the kitchen. Danielle enjoyed working in the kitchen when she was in the eighth grade, and this early experience may have even inspired her current profession as a manager of one of the Blue Dahlia restaurants in Austin. Tiffany is currently attending school at the University of Texas at Austin. Zac, 25 years old now and a University of Texas graduate with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and Business, is a partner and manager of operations at ZDT’s Amusement Park. “Having someone younger around is an asset,” Sarah says, “and Zac is always finding more efficient ways to do things.” Every November, Sarah and Danny

attend the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) for the trade show, classes, and to hear about new ideas in the industry. Also, their family vacation destinations always have an amusement or theme park somewhere nearby. From Knotts Berry Farm in California to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and dozens more parks in Florida, Virginia, and Texas — they have visited them all. “Busch Gardens (in Williamsburg, Virginia) was the last park we went to,” Sarah says, adding that it was the most beautiful park they had seen so far. Owning and operating an amusement park may have come as a surprise to Sarah and Danny, but it changed their lives, and they are enjoying the ride. “My favorite part of this life is watching people making happy memories together. I love to see people having fun,” Sarah says. FYI • ZDT’s Amusement Park is located on 301 West Kingsbury Street in Seguin, Texas. Hours are 11 am to 6 pm for everything except the silo climb and water rides, which open at noon. (Water rides are closed October through February.) For more information, call 830-3860151 or visit the web site at zdtamusement.com for information about prices and hours (which are subject to change), descriptions of rides and attractions, photos, and answers to frequently asked questions such as “What attractions require socks?”

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The largest attraction and focal point of the park is the Switchback Roller Coaster. It’s a wooden shuttle style roller coaster, custom designed for ZDT’s Amusement Park. Photo courtesy ZDT’s Amusement Park.


Step back in time at the venerable Specht’s Store

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ot so geographically far (but not too close either) from the teeming urban center that is modern downtown San Antonio exists a beckoning “throw-back” to a simpler era when life was appreciably slower, neighborliness was first and foremost and the spirit of a community often resided around one particular property. First erected in 1890 and currently comprised of a charmingly ramshackle collection of weathered structures, this venerable and oft-visited vestige of yesteryear amazingly remains the preferred gathering place for generations of loyal patrons and, upon consideration, that’s pretty darn cool. As it’s been known throughout most of its extended, eclectic and evolving existence, the seemingly timeless and much loved Specht’s Store, with its sprawling, aged environs located in (very) far North San Antonio near Bulverde, has been warmly welcoming (almost non-stop) any and all seeking a little rural respite along with, at one time, even their mail! Today, after a wee bit of revamping, a family-friendly Specht’s remains even more intent on serving up lots of cold

Specht’s Store. Photo courtesy Specht’s Store. beer and soda, juicy burgers and chicken-fried steaks, heartfelt back-porch harmonizations and especially, tons of really neat history. And all agree, after 127 years, it’s still uber Specht-tacular! As any visitor will tell you, Specht’s Store oozes authenticity earned over its century-plus existence as an area business that served the local citizenry in numerous, important and diverse ways. Over the decades, it operated as a vaudeville house, mercantile establishment, saloon, post office, telephone company and, in more recent times, as a popular eatery. Much of the physical rememSee SPECHT’S STORE, page10

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Specht’s guests find a spacious covered area perfect for musical entertainment. Photo courtesy Specht’s Store.

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came from the first annual Brent Thurman Memorial Bull Riding. Marbridge was asked to be part of Brent’s Special Day and each and every one of them stole our hearts — many of the same athletes still compete today. They have an Equestrian Program at Marbridge and that is what our donations fund each year,” Kay shares. Your heart will be overwhelmed at the happiness you see in the faces of participants. And that is exactly what Brent would have wanted. The Memorial Bull Riding starts Saturday night at 7:30 pm. The Sam Bentley Band performs at the dance immediately following the Bull Riding. Proceeds benefit Marbridge Ranch, Jason Walford Foundation, Red Arena and Special Olympics Area #13. FYI • For more information about the Brent Thurman Memorial Bull Riding , visit the web site at www. brentthurman.com.

SPECHT’S STORE, from page 9 brances still remain in the interior like the old wall-mounted letter boxes and the primitive, party-line, operatormanned phone equipment. Its rustic walls also testify to its past as a popular watering hole with lots of vintage posters, photos and assorted miscellany. The entire atmosphere is all Texas and genuinely, all real! The current ownership, comprised of a couple of locals named Maria Davis and Scott Gruendler, were horrified to discover a few years back, a “for sale” sign posted out front. Both had many happy memories of patronizing the old concern and, even though neither had any restaurant experience, decided to buy the place, lock, stock and barrel, from the then owner, Kate Mangold, the proprietor since 1985. As Maria explains of the purchase, “Not wanting to see it disappear, we initially called in some experts to help us rehab the structure, from top to bottom, then likewise found a couple of seasoned restaurant managers to run the food operations. It’s been quite a learning experience but I think we’ve succeeded in blending the neat, old stuff with some much overdue modernizations.” Before further going into what Specht’s is today, here’s a quick history lesson about the property. The building that currently houses the restaurant was built in 1890 by German settler, Fridolin Hans who, among other things, used it to present vaudeville shows. The location was such that patrons from the immediate area as well as travelers could, and did, frequent the establishment. In 1908, William Specht bought the place, started selling groceries, dry goods and other sundries and then, being something of an entrepreneur, also opened a bar and dancehall. He named it Specht’s Store and, it’s been that way ever since. The Specht family ran the store and

saloon until the late 1950s while also providing additional services to area residents. After the last Specht retired, several others, including Kate, kept the place going. Today, a visit to Specht’s thankfully retains much of what it’s always offered along with some very neat updates. Can you say air conditioning? Ahh. The eats still deliciously revolve around classic American roadhouse favorites like burgers and steaks and the beer, wine and soda selections are impressive. The original booths and bar remain in service contributing to the cozy interior ambiance while externally, the porch and Texas flag-painted roof likewise continue their welcoming role as they’ve been doing for so many years. But there’s more. Behind the restaurant visitors now find a spacious, breezy and covered area perfect for the regularly-scheduled, dance-inducing musical entertainments. Kids (and dogs) love the generous back yard where horseshoes are often tossed in heated competitions. Across the large lot, one finds the “cotton gin,” another spacious venue perfect for private parties and events. This was a working gin in the 1930s until the boll weevil hit the area. After a visit, you’ll agree it’s all wonderfully “real” and as Scott relates, “While preservation of the entire property was, and definitely remains part of our plan, it’s the food and fun atmosphere that keep folks coming!” So, if you’re looking for some true Hill Country authenticity, Specht’s Store is your place. Come hungry but not in a hurry because you’ll want to hang a while. It’s that special. FYI • Specht’s Store is open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner at 112 Specht Road in San Antonio, a few rustic miles off Blanco Road. For more information, visit the web site at www.Specht.com or call 830438-1888.


HILL COUNTRY CALENDAR NOTE: Dates or locations for the events listed in the Calendar may change. Some require admission fees or reservations. Please call ahead to confirm information. EVERY DAY GRUENE: Enjoy great, live music at Gruene Hall. There are free music shows Monday through Thursday nights, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Find a complete schedule of performers at gruenehall.com. WIMBERLEY: Gardens Open Daily at EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens. Musical garden, creative play area. www.emilyann. org, 512-847-6969. EVERY SUNDAY BEE CAVE: Thundering Paws Pet Adoption. Noon to 4 pm at PetSmart. 512-402-9725. SECOND SUNDAY BANDERA: Cowboy music at Frontier Times Museum. 1 pm - 5 pm. 830-328-0321. JOHNSON CITY: Taste Wine + Art. Kirchman Gallery. 830-868-9290. FOURTH SUNDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: WE CARE. Support group for caregivers and senior citizens, meets the at 4 pm. September 24, North Hays County EMS will present “What to Do in an Emergency,” plus a discussion of many Senior Discounts available. First Baptist Church, 203 West Highway 290. 832527-5323. FIFTH SUNDAY DRIFTWOOD: United Methodist Church Bluegrass Gospel Sing-along Service. 11 am. 512-944-6300. EVERY MONDAY CANYON LAKE: Seniors Bingo. 12:30 pm at Habitat for Safe Seniors, 2174 Old Road, Startzville. 830-899-2256. CYPRESS MILL: The Bunkhouse Gang at Wenmohs Ranch. Paint and enjoy fellowship of artists. 830-825-3465. WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Chorus fall Season Rehearsals. 7 pm to 9 pm Monday through November. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 101 Spoke Hill Drive. Register at www.wimberleycommunitychorus.org. EVERY TUESDAY SAN MARCOS: San Marcos/ Wimberley Community Bible Study. An interdenominational Bible Study for men, women and couples in English and Spanish. Course of Study: Romans. 6:30 pm to 8 pm Tuesdays (September 5, 2017 - May 8, 2018 ). New Members Reception Tuesday, August 29, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm First Christian Church, 3105 Ranch Road 12. Register at 512-8089156, paula.king206@yahoo.com. EVERY TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY WIMBERLEY: Enjoy Glass Blowing Demonstrations. Wimberley Glassworks. Details at wgw.com, 512-213-2110. EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: All Abilities Chair Exercises. Free class includes breathing, gentle strengthening exercises and mild yoga stretches – all from seated position. Wimberley Library, 9:30 am to 10:30 am. 512847-2188. FIRST TUESDAYS BANDERA: Cowboy Capital Opry. Silver Sage Senior Center. 830-796-4969. WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Community Band Rehearsal. Chapel in the Hills. 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 512-517-3111. SECOND TUESDAYS COMFORT: Music in the Park. Free concert series May through October. Sponsored by Gaddis United Methodist Church in partnership with the Comfort Chamber of Commerce. 7 pm. Bring your own lawn chairs. Free music, water and sodas. kcoopersart@gmail.com.

WIMBERLEY: Art Society of Wimberley (ASW). 6:30 pm. Art Room, 100 Melody Way, Suite H. Email msalaun@austin.rr.com for information. THIRD TUESDAYS NEW BRAUNFELS: Country Music. Knights of Columbus. 830-629-4547. LEANDER: Low Cost Pet Spay, Neuter, Vaccination. For more information, call 512260-3602, extension 101. EVERY WEDNESDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Farmers Market. 3 pm to 7 pm at Highway 290, Ranch Road 12. cityofdrippingsprings.com. KERRVILLE: Kerr County Produce Market Day (The Big Red Barn). Local Hill Country wholesale warehouse distributor for the finest fruit and vegetables. Open to the public. 215 A Street. 830-896-7330. KERRVILLE: Kerr County Farmer’s Market. Open year round, rain or shine, the market offers an array of seasonal fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, fish and seafood, meat, farm eggs, honey, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and gifts. River Star Arts & Event Park, 4000 Riverside Drive. 830-4565942, www.theexit505farmersmarket.com 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 WEDNESDAYS WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Garden Club meets at Lutheran Church of Resurrection. 101 West Spoke Hill. (September through May.) Refreshments 9:30 am; meetings and programs at 10 am. WimberleyGardenClub. org. THIRD WEDNESDAYS DRIPPING SPRINGS: Cook Off Club. 6:30 pm. VFW Hall. Email ryoncrew@yahoo. com. WIMBERLEY: Heart of Texas Genealogy Society meets at Wimberley Village Library. 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. wimberleylibrary.org. FOURTH WEDNESDAYS WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Neighbors. Meet at 10:30 am. Wimberley Community Center. 512-847-2849. EVERY THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Coffee House with Light Dinners, Desserts, Open Mic. 6 pm to 9 pm. Thyme and Dough. 512-894-0001. thymeanddough.com. INGRAM: Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market. Community of farmers, ranchers, artists, business owners, friends and families come together to sell the best of what the area has to offer. Highway 39 and Old Ingram Loop. 2 pm to 7 pm. 830-367-2800. EVERY THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Cafe’ Susanna. Serving lunch 11 am to 1 pm. $9 for entree, two sides and decadent desserts. Wimberley United Methodist Church, wimberleyumc.org. FIRST THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: First Thursday. Participating businesses offer events, food and music plus special sale items. 5 pm to 9 pm. drippingspringstx.org. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Vince F. Taylor American Legion Post 290 of Dripping Springs meets at the New Vet Hall. All eligible Veterans are invited to attend. 101 Old Fitzhugh Road, Stephenson Building (right next to the old two-story Masonic Lodge). 7 pm. For information, please call 512-858-5637.

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FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAY CANYON LAKE: Noon Lions Meeting. Canyon Lake Golf Club. 830-899-4406. SECOND THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Bead Society. Wimberley Community Center. 1 pm. Marilyn Pierce, mp@smpierce.net. SECOND AND 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. 512858-5637. WIMBERLEY: Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse presents some of best in Hill Country music. wimberleyumc.org. WIMBERLEY: Third Thursdays. Shops open ‘til 8 pm. WimberleyMerchants.com. EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Live Music at Linda’s Fine Foods. 500 Farm Market 2325. 512-8475464. facebook.com/LindasFineFoods. EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Craft Beer Tasting and Free Tour at Twisted X Brewing Company. 23455 West Ranch Road 12. TexMexBeer.com. EVERY FRIDAY BLANCO: Tasting Room Open and Brewery Tours at Real Ale Brewing Company. realalebrewing.com. 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. ffawf.com. SECOND FRIDAY UVALDE: Four Square Friday Shopping, food, music, art. 6 pm to 9 pm. Downtown. visituvalde.com. FOURTH FRIDAY BANDERA: Fourth Friday Jam. Enjoy music at the Silver Sage Corral beginning at 6:30 pm. 830-796-4969. EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FREDERICKSBURG: Rockbox Theater. Variety, music, and rock ‘n roll show, great family fun. 866-349-6688. WIMBERLEY: Movies Under Stars at the Corral Theatre. First run movies at Wimberley’s beloved outdoor theatre. Gates open at dusk, show starts at dark. Tickets $6, concessions $1. Farm Market 3237 and Flite Acres Road. www.CorralTheatre.com (or find on Facebook). EVERY SATURDAY AUSTIN: Austin Farmers Market. Republic Square. 512-236-0074. AUSTIN: Sunset Valley Farmers Market. Barton Creek Mall. 512-280-1976. BANDERA: Cowboys on Main. See cowboys, steers, horses, wagons, strolling cowboy musicians, and gunfighter reenactments and more Western-themed action on Main Street in Downtown Bandera. banderacowboycapital.com. 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. flyingl.com. BOERNE: Tejas Pro Rodeo Series Live Rodeo. Gates 5 pm, rodeo at 7:30 pm. Live music and dancing 9 pm. tejasrodeo.com. BOERNE: Farmer’s Market. 9 am to 1 pm. More information at www.cibolo.org. COMFORT: Area Farmer’s Market. 8 am to 1 pm. Comfort Park, Highway 27. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Texas Music and Wine. solaroestate.com. FISCHER: Jackson Open Artisan and Farmers Market. 9 am to 5 pm. 6341 Farm Market 32. jacksonopenairmarket.com, 830935-2781. HUNT: Rodeo, Live Music and Dancing at Crider’s Rodeo and Dance Hall. 2310 Highway 39. 830-238-4441, www. cridersrodeoanddance.com NEW BRAUNFELS: Canyon Trail Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Music Show. Find complete details at www. theenglishbrothers.com. WIMBERLEY: Tour Jacob’s Well. Hear stories about floods, divers, and experience beauty of the spring that started the town of Wimberley. 10 am. jacobswellspring.org. WIMBERLEY: Arnosky Family Farms Market. Flowers, veggies, transplants, cheeses, much more. Ranch Road 2325 and Highway 165. 830-833-5428 WIMBERLEY: Saturday Evening Dinners at the Blair House Inn. www.blairhouseinn. com. UTOPIA: Lunch and Dinner Served at Laurel Tree. utopiagourmet.com. 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. driftwoodtx.org. WIMBERLEY: Market Days. (March through December). More than 475plus booths, free admission. 7 am to 4 pm. shopmarketdays.com. SECOND SATURDAY AUSTIN: Gain Peace, NOW: A Study in ‘Divine Love Consciousness’ with Vrinda Devi. 9 am to 11:30 am. $20 (first class free). radhamadhavdham.org, 858-722-5474 or Laura@RadhaMadhavDham.org. CASTROVILLE: Market Trail Days. Houston Square. 830-539-2316. WIMBERLEY: Second Saturday Gallery Trail. 15 galleries around Square stay open late offering art, wine, appetizers. Facebook. com/SecondSaturdayGalleryTrail. THIRD SATURDAY MARBLE FALLS: Bluegrass, Country and Western, and Gospel. 6 pm to 10 pm. Boys and Girls Club. 830-898-1784. EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Craft Beer Tasting and Free Tour at Twisted X Brewing Company, live music and food. 23455 West Ranch Road 12. TexMexBeer.com. ROUND MOUNTAIN: Tours at Westcave Preserve. westcave.org. SECOND SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AUSTIN: Tours of Bright Leaf Natural Area. brightleaf.org. FOURTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JOHNSON CITY: Market Days. Food, artisans, more. Information at JohnsonCityTexasChamber.com. SEPTEMBER 1-3 BOERNE: 112th Annual Kendall County Fair and Rodeo. Carnival, rodeo, and livestock show as well as homestead heritage exhibits, plus food, crafts, live


HILL COUNTRY CALENDAR music, and much more. Kendall County Fair Grounds. visitboerne.org. SEPTEMBER 1-15 INGRAM: “Color, Value, and Hue.” Exhibit focuses on understanding uses of color in art. Open to all media. Hill Country Arts Foundation. hcaf.com. SEPTEMBER 1-24 WIMBERLEY: “The Winter’s Tale.” Performed in the Burdine Johnson Indoor Studio Theatre. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 Farm Market 2325. emilyann. org, 512-847-6969. SEPTEMBER 2 BERTRAM: 40th Annual Oatmeal Festival. Enjoy food and craft vendors, games, a fun run, a horse trail ride, pet and grand parades, an oatmeal drop flyover, a bake-off, music, dance and a vintage movie theater. Downtown. oatmealfestival.org. COMFORT: Sidewalk Sales in Downtown Comfort. ComfortChamber.com. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Redbud Artisan Market. Handmade items at Dripping Springs Ranch Park at 29401 Ranch Road 12 in Dripping Springs. 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is $1. Follow the Redbud Artisan Market on Facebook. WIMBERLEY: Market Day. Walk along a shaded path to discover treaures of all sorts and enjoy lots of food and live music. Lions Field, 601 Farm Market 2325. shopmarketdays.com, 512-847-2201. SEPTEMBER 2-3 BANDERA: Celebrate Bandera. Event includes arts and crafts, music, reenactments, parade and a ranch rodeo. Main Street. banderacowboycapital.com. 830-796-4447 WIMBERLEY: Gunner Thames Memorial Rodeo. Chester Franklin Arena at Veterans Park. www.GunnerThames.com.

SEPTEMBER 8 INGRAM: Troubadour Nights Presents Texas Heritage Music Foundation 30th Birthday and Jimmie Rogers Birthday. Celebration features Jimmie Dale Gilmore in concert at Blue Sage Hall. Tickets $45 at www.bluesagehall.com. SEPTEMBER 8 - OCTOBER 1 WIMBERLEY: “Making God Laugh.” Wimberley Playhouse. wimberleyplayers.org, 512-847-0575 SEPTEMBER 8-10 FREDERICKSBURG: Fall Planting Days. wildseedfarms.com, 830-990-8080. SEPTEMBER 9 BOERNE: Lost Mule Band at Cibolo Nature Center. visitboerne.org. BURNET: Bluebonnet Air Show. World War II aircraft performances run from noon to 4 pm, followed by children’s activities and aircraft rides afterward. bluebonnetairshow. com. BURNET: Kids’ Day Out. Archery, steerhead roping, casting with rod and reel, a fish tank, gemology, and face painting. YMCA of the Highland Lakes. burnetchamber.org, 512-756-2963. COMFORT: Disco Dance at Comfort Park, 7 pm to 11 pm. Tickets $10; BYOB. ComfortChamber.com. CONCAN: Frio River Trash Bash. Help the Texas Hill Country River Region preserve its beauty for years to come. Kayak, swim, inner tube, or walk along upper Frio River while picking up trash, followed by a free barbecue cookout (with prizes for volunteers). visituvaldecounty.com/events, 830232-4310. DRIPPING SPRINGS: 10th Annual Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival. www.DrippingWithTaste.com.

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SEPTEMBER 13 COMFORT: Music in the Park features the Almost Patsy Cline Trio. 6:30 pm. ComfortChamber.com. SEPTEMBER 15 SAN MARCOS: 2nd Annual Mermaid Society Ball. Glass bottom boat tours, dining, dancing, cocktails, live music, crowning of the Mermaid Queen and her court, local artists. mermaidsocietysmtx.com. WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Valley Art League (WVAL) Gallery Show. Opening reception 5 pm to 7 pm. Exhibition of 30 local artists at the Community Center. wimberleyartleague.org. SEPTEMBER 15-16 JOHNSON CITY: We Got Yer Goat Barbecue Cookoff. Washer tournament, food and merchandise booths, and games for children at the Kids Corral. Blanco County Fairgrounds. lbjcountry.com, 830-868-7684. SEPTEMBER 15-17 BOERNE: 4th Annual Texas Hydro-Geo Workshop. Workshop is excellent introduction to aspiring geology, hydrology, and environmental science students, refresher for professionals. Cave Without A Name. caves.org/grotto/bexargrotto/hydrogeo.

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FREDERICKSBURG: Trade Days. Shop more 400 vendors in seven barns, with acres of antiques, a Biergarten, live music, and more. Sunday Farms, 355 Sunday Farms Lane. fbgtradedays.com. SEPTEMBER 16 BULVERDE: Jubilee. Self-proclaimed “Freedom Festival” patriotic celebration full of music, arts, crafts, eats and parade. Downtown. facebook.com/bulverdejubilee. COMFORT: Annual Fall Art Festival. Area artists featured at local merchants throughout Comfort. Gaddis Methodist BBQ & Country Store, at the church. ComfortChamber.com. FREDERICKSBURG: Nimitz Foundation Symposium. “Behind the Wire: POWs and Internees” features internationally recognized scholars, authors, historians, and veterans. pacificwarmuseum.org. KERRVILLE: “The Party” at the Museum of Western Art. 34th annual art sale and exhibition offers fun, food, art, live auction, and music.1550 Bandera Highway. museumofwesternart.com. SAN MARCOS: Mermaid Parade and Aqua Festival. Enjoy a downtown parade with floats, music, the newly crowned Mermaid Queen and her court, and pictures with mermaids. Festival follows at San Marcos Plaza Park offers environmental and conservation presentations, local art market and hands-on art-inspired workshops for all ages. mermaidsocietysmtx.com. SEPTEMBER 16-17 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Saxet Gun Show. Guns, knives, ammo, coins and more at Ranch Park Event Center. Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. GRUENE: Old Gruene Market Days. Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. gruenemarketdays.com. KERRVILLE: Hill Country Gun Show. Shop approximately 70 vendors. Hill Country Veterans Center, 411 Meadowview Lane. 830-315-3101. SEPTEMBER 16, 30 BOERNE: Hot Rod Night. Reminiscent of old-fashioned Americana street parties— gathering place for friends. Soda Pops, 103 North Main. visitboerne.org. SEPTEMBER 22 AUSTIN: The Flatlanders in Concert with Dan Penn. Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock —friends for almost 40 years, and members of that not-really-aband, life-of-its-own musical entity known as The Flatlanders nearly as long. Joining them show is songwriting icon Dan Penn. Paramount Theatre. austintheatre.org. SEPTEMBER 22-24 UTOPIA: 9th Annual Utopiafest. This three day music and camping festival features performances by the Wheeler Brothers, Elephant Revival, Mobley, Sid Fly and more. Family friendly, camping, disc golf, BYOB and music on two stages on the beautiful Four Sisters Ranch. 1555 Lemond Road. utopiafest.com, 512-496-2798. SEPTEMBER 23 BANDERA: 37th Annual Cajun Festival and Gumbo Cookoff. Enjoy live Cajun and zydeco music on two stages, a gumbo cookoff, homemade Cajun food, dancing, arts and crafts, games, and souvenirs. Lakehills Civic Center. cajunfestival-medinalake.com. BOERNE: Fall Equinox—Underground Sounds. Concert of contemporary acoustic songs, soaring vocals, ancient instrumenta-

tion, improvisation, and contemplation celebrating the autumnal equinox. Cave Without A Name—Throne Room. cavewithoutaname.com, 830-537-4212. BOERNE: Paddle Battle. From the Fun 5K to the Elite 10K race, cheer competitors on then enjoy awards, food trucks, drinks, vendors, live music, a raffle and more at Random Beer Garden. visitboerne.org. BOERNE: Science In Nature. Free event shows elementary-age children how to use nature to learn science. Cibolo Nature Center. visitboerne.org, 830-331-8596. JOHNSON CITY: Art Walk. Nugent Avenue. lbjcountry.com. KERRVILLE: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Texas Hill Country. 2017 Home Run Derby. Kerrville Little League Fields. 11 am to 4 pm. zvandyke@bigmentor.org or 830-257-2447. LAKEHILLS: Medina Lake Cajun Festival. cajunfestival-medinalake.com. UVALDE: Dove Expo. Includes a fishing tank for kids, vendors, and a shotgun raffle. Oasis Outback, 2900 East Main Street. visituvalde.com, 830-278-4115. SEPTEMBER 23-24 JOHNSON CITY: Market Days. Local artisans and craftsmen sell their wares. City Park, US Highway 290 and Avenue G. lbjcountry.com, 830-868-7684. KERRVILLE: Kerrville Triathlon Festival. Run, bike, and swim. Event features eight different distance events, including a free kids run. Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive. kerrvilletri.com. WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Valley Art League (WVAL) Studio Tour. This year’s event will feature 16 artists exhibiting in nine area studios. Find locations, hours, and a list of artists on the web site at wimberleyartleague.org. SEPTEMBER 26 - OCTOBER 1 NEW BRAUNFELS: Comal County Fair. Largest county fair in Texas. Barbecue cookoff weekend prior, parade through downtown, rodeo, bull riding, pig racing, livestock show, carnival rides. Comal County Fairgrounds. comalcountyfair.org. SEPTEMBER 28 AUSTIN: Radney Foster: Sycamore Creek Album / Book Release. austintheatre.org. BOERNE: Thirst For Nature—Cider on the Cibolo. Soak in Cibolo Creek and enjoy a short hike with a refreshing Cypress Cider. Cibolo Nature Center. visitboerne.org. SEPTEMBER 29 BOERNE: Oktoberfest. Celebrate with good food, German-Texas craft and domestic beer, special events and live music. Olde Town. visitboerne.org. KERRVILLE: Texas Heritage Music Day and Community Concert. (See story, page 2.) Free community event featuring singersongwriters, a tribute to Jimmie Rodgers and an evening concert. Schreiner University. texasheritagemusic.org, 830-792-1945. SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 1 BURNET: Day Out with Thomas the Train. Take a 25-minute ride with a full-size Thomas the Train Tank Engine and meet Sir Topham Hatt. austinsteamtrain.org. NEW BRAUNFELS: River Revival Music Fest. A collaboration between Splice Records and St. Arnold’s Brewery, music by the Guadalupe River. splicerecordstx.com/ events/river-revival. SEPTEMBER 30 AUSTIN: Texas Craft Brewers Festival.Beer festival for and by Texas brewers. texascraftbrewersfestival.org AUSTIN: Austoberfest. Celebrating Cen-


Hill country calendar tral Texas German heritage with sausage, lots of beer, contest stage, bowling and live music. www.Austoberfest.com. COMFORT: Comfort Public Library’s Taste & Treasures of the Hill Country at Happy H Ranch. xComfortChamber.com. SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 1 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Artists Alliance of the Hill Country presents The SHOW of Drippings Springs. Features more than 50 artists from all over the country and live music 11 am to 5 pm. Free admission. www. theSHOWspotlight.com. SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 28 KERRVILLE: 24th Annual Guadalupe Watercolor Group Show and Sale. Event will offer more than 100 high-quality original watercolor paintings. Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. guadalupewatercolorgroup. com, 830-895-2911. OCTOBER 1-31 COMFORT: Scarecrow Invasion. See fun and creative scarecrows throughout the town. Best viewing October 10-31. www. ComfortChamber.com. OCTOBER 7 CONCAN: River Road Fall Market Fest and Pumpkin Patch. Seasonal fun at Andy’s on River Road from 10 am to 5 pm. 830-2324310, info@visituvalde.com. COMFORT: Sacred Heart Fall Festival. Comfort Park. ComfortChamber.com. DRIPPING SPRINGS: 19th Annual Brent Thurman Memorial Bull Riding & Exceprional Rodeo. (See story, page 7.) Dripping Springs Ranch Park. BrentThurman.com. OCTOBER 7-8 CONCAN: Fall on the Frio BBQ Cook-Off. www.friofest.com. OCTOBER 10 MARTINDALE: 13th Dam Chili Cook-Off. More than 40 entries in cook off, silent auction, live music, more. Enter through October 1. Contact Shaun Shaver at shaunshaver@gmail.com, 512-396-5437. OCTOBER 14 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” hand-made quilt raffle and delicious food. 10 am to 4 pm at the Community Center. facebook.com/ GardenRidgeWomensClub. LAMPASAS: 23Rd Annual Herb & Art

Festival Jammin’ With Art In The Park. 10 am to 5 pm. Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden in Campbell Park. 512-556-5172. OCTOBER 15 DRIFTWOOD: Second Annual Blessing of the Vineyard. Wine tasting, gourmet dinner and silent auction at Fall Creek Vineyards hosted by St. Sophia Orthodox Church. www.StSophiaChurch.us. OCTOBER 21-22 COMFORT: Fall Antique Show. Comfort Park. www.ComfortChamber.com. OCTOBER 28 WIMBERLEY: Fall Car Show. Vintage/ Classic/Unique Free registration- pre or on-site Hot dogs, drinks, snacks: $1 each. Wimberley United Methodist Church.Dave at 713-410-9595, email corvair69@gmail. com. www.wimberleyumc.org. 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 28-29 COMFORT: Volksmarch – Halloween Walk. www.ComfortChamber.com. 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. www.nbrrm.org; email jedmondson@satx.rr.com. NOVEMBER 3 WIMBERLEY: HerbFest 2017. Enjoy lunch, tastings, Herb Shoppe, silent auction and speakers. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. 11 am to 2 pm. www. hillcountryherbs.org. NOVEMBER 4 UTOPIA: Utopia Arts & Crafts Fall Fair. Handmade crafts, art, original books with artists available to sign, jewelry, metal work, wood turning, signs & so much more. Food, entertainment by Camille Sanders Trio, face painting, Corvette Car Show. Booths available. 9 am to 4 pm on the Town Square. Contact Diana Wise at UtopiaFallFair@gmail.com, 830-966-4159 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. WGW.com, 512-213-2110.

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