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Cowboy Mardi Gras comes to Bandera


By Ernie Altgelt

ouisiana’s “Naw’Leans” might seem a long way (as the crow flies and culturally) from the Texas Hill Country’s acclaimed “Cowboy Capitol,” but come one thunderous three-day stretch each February, something magical happens. Distances seem to shrink and differences start to blur as Bandera hosts a genuine “Mardi Gras” celebration with a decidedly frontier feel. Patterned after the Delta City’s historic fête, for the past 11 years, the legendary 11th Street Cowboy Bar has transformed itself (inside and out onto the street) into a kicker/Cajun blend of fun and fantasy where cayennespiced gumbo and a Zydeco beat temporarily take center stage over the traditional Western-swing, Tex-Mex chili and jalapenos in a delightful celebration of all things Acadian. So, with February here again, it’s once more time for the much anticipated Cowboy Mardi Gras and best of all, everyone is invited, “Aeeee!” The 11th Street Cowboy Bar, a story

unto itself, has been attracting locals and tourists alike for years with its authentic “Old West” ambiance, icy-cold beer, delicious chow and spacious dance floors powered by a cavalcade of first-string performers. These include such C/W hall-of-famers as Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Moe Bandy and other greats and near-greats. Sprawling across two and a half appropriately appointed acres (open air and enclosed including two stages, multiple serving bars, the eclectic Harley and Horses Marketplace — an event sponsor, and ample seating), the 2,300-occupant venue lends itself to a variety of entertaining uses where the customers’ comfort and well-being are paramount and good times are almost always guaranteed. As owner James McGroarty expresses, “There may be larger, more trickedout dance halls and saloons than my 11th Street, but none with bigger ambitions, hence our motto, ‘The biggest little bar in Texas.’ ” This year’s Cowboy Mardi Gras celebration (the 12th annual) explodes

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again into a multi-day extravaganza encompassing a cash-prize gumbo cookoff, parade (featuring 137 eye-popping entries including floats, antique cars, trucks, Harleys and, of course, cowboy’s and their horses), competitions, lots of great food and, especially music, music, music! And, it all starts at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar on Thursday, February 16th beginning with a not-to-be-missed crazy canine costume contest at 7 pm. Later that evening, the event’s first dance gets underway. Stepping up to the mike at 8:30 pm, high-energy Rusty Metoyer and his Zydeco Krush band take the stage and promise to get everyone in a Creole state of mind. Friday (February 17), commencing at 2 pm, Rusty and the guys get back on stage for another toe-tapping set followed at 6 pm by the legendary Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners with the evening winding up, not down, with a 10 pm show featuring the one and only Jake Hooker and the Outsiders. Now, that’s Cajun cool. But, the fun really kicks into gear Saturday, February 18. At 8 am on the bar’s premises, eager competing cooks offer their custom gumbos to salivating, sharp-tongued Mardi Gras judges. Visitors will be welcome to partake of a taste or two as well. A later awards presentation will be held at 4 pm to see who will take this year’s crown as the Gumbo King. Then, saddling up at noon, the must-see Cowboy Mardi Gras parade gets underway raucously rolling down Bandera’s Main Street before heading west past the 11th Street Bar where much needed refreshments will, of course, be at the ready. But, the Saturday fun doesn’t end there. Commencing at the parade’s conclusion and ending “whenever,” the bar will again host a cavalcade of top-notch, authentic bayou-blasting entertainment including Wayne Singleton and the Same Ole Two-Step, Jamie Bergeron and

Celebrate Mardi Gras Cowboy-style in Bandera February 17-19. Photo courtesy 11th Street Cowboy Bar. the Kickin’ Cajuns and closing with Jeff Woolsey and the Dancehall Kings. And don’t fret, thirsty and hungry party-goers, because icy-cold beverages and fiery food aplenty will be available for purchase throughout the entire, three-day happening. In closing, what makes this annual event so truly wonderful are the 10,000 or so who attend each year so, as James stresses, “Come one, come all and wear your beads, bring your masks and go Cajun.” FYI • The 11th Street Cowboy Bar is located in Bandera at 307 11th Street, one block west of Main Street. For information about the upcoming Cowboy Mardi Gras and other 11th Street events, including ticket pricing and directions, visit the web site at or call 830-796-4849. Information is also available at Parking at all of the Cowboy Mardi Gras events is free. Applications to participate in the contests, cook-off and parade can be downloaded on the web site.

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hen most people walk into a jewelry store, they expect to be greeted with the standard pieces of jewelry — rows and rows of necklaces, engagement and wedding rings, earrings, and bracelets. At Calley’s, you won’t find anything standard — only unique and original designs that stand out among the crowd! Cheryl and Craig Calley started their business back in 1980 in Waco, just a year after they were married. The couple had been working for two retired Zales executives who had a traditional jewelry store with gift ware, silverware, and china. They continued doing repair work for them, gradually shifting over to design work. Craig explains, “During our early years, most of our business was repairs. We did work for other retail stores in town. And over time, we added custom designs to the repair work.” In 2000, the couple moved to Wimberley and opened Calley’s Jewelry, originally located at the Junction before relocating. Their business is family owned and operated, and Cheryl and Craig believe in taking that a step further and treating their customers like family. Specializing in fine jewelry, Calley’s Jewelry offers pieces primarily in premium materials such as platinum and gold, plus silver repair work and restringing. “We offer designer lines of jewelry as well as one of a kind originals, but what we do most of is either in repairs, fabricating, or manufacturing something unique for everyone that comes into our store,” explains Craig. “And that’s really where our business is.” Calley’s is among the few certified shops to use the laser welder — one of the most unique tools in the jewelry business. At a time when most jewelers are using CAD technology to design, Craig still creates his pieces by hand using a block of wax he carves down to a final product. He feels this gives the finished piece a truly unique appearance. “It’s one of the things that separates us from the average jeweler,” he says with a nod. With more than 35 years of jewelry repair experience, Cheryl and Craig are candid in their

Custom ring design by Calley’s Jewelry. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Ray. approach to customers who need design advice. Both of Craig’s parents were artists, and his creativity combined with his background in repair allows him to “see” the final product and know if it will be pleasing to the customer. He explains, “We focus on a focal point, and then work around that to compliment it. We sell a lot of color. I use diamonds primarily as an accent.” Craig enjoys creating custom pieces from scratch. He also appreciates the opportunity to perform “remodels.” See CALLEY’S JEWELRY, page 5


CALLEY’S JEWELRY, from page 4 A remodel could be in order when a customer has stones or a setting they’d like to incorporate into a more contemporary piece, while preserving the sentiment of the original. Calley’s has remodeled plenty of heirloom and trust pieces, including wedding rings that have been passed down. Most of Calley’s pieces are truly organic and one of a kind, meaning, you won’t see your design on anyone else. “We can do things the chain stores can’t,” Craig says, “which separates us from the crowd. Jewelers like us are becoming few and far between.” Cheryl and Craig have found jewelry to be very personal, and that customers tend to stay with a jeweler when they find the right one. Because their products are unique, Calley’s doesn’t worry about competing with chain stores. Their work never leaves the store— a benefit to the consumer, especially when heirloom and trust pieces are involved. Jewelry appreciates in value, but there is no place to resell it that accurately returns its worth. Craig suggests not to think of jewelry as an investment, but as an heirloom. In a day where electronics are on most people’s gift lists, heirloom pieces are becoming even more valuable. Calley’s can help you design or update a piece to continue that family tradition — without ever leaving town. In addition to custom work, in-store designer lines include Henri Lou, Dian Malouf, Echo of the Dreamer/Mars and Valentine, and Somers. Craig says, “For what we don’t make, we try to find designers who create like us, preferably one of a kind pieces.” “We have people walk in all the time and say, this is the coolest store I’ve ever seen,” Cheryl adds with a smile. “We still get customers from Waco.” Cheryl and Craig are also happy to manage what they call “Santa’s Wish Lists” during the holidays. They invite you to come in and pick out a few pieces for your “wish list.” If your loved one doesn’t have

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Boutique’n on a budget in Boerne W By Maxine Mayes

hen she was 10 years old, Jody Yoder had her own business, a paper route, hauling newspapers on a sled in snowy Moline, Illinois. As a young adult she moved to sunny California, primarily to escape those brutal Midwest winters. She became a sales associate at a prominent menswear chain, with no inkling the job would lead to a highly successful career in retail fashion. Through the years Jody held positions like Buyer and Director of Merchandise at major stores all over the U.S., including Saks 5th Avenue and Foley’s. About three years ago, as she approached a milestone birthday, the entrepreneurial spirit of her childhood resurfaced, so Jody followed her heart and opened her own store — Recents Resale, in a charming Victorian house, where she’s given free reign to her passion for fashion. First-time customers may walk into Recents expecting the drab decor, outdated styles, and dull displays of typical resale shops. Instead they are dazzled by the sheer volume and variety of eyecatching merchandise showcased in dramatic ways on every surface in the shop. Jody is constantly rescuing seemingly “useless” items from friends‘ burn

piles or curb sides and re-purposing them for displaying her merchandise. A metal grain sifter holds a pile of wallets and small purses. A cast iron pig wears a faux pearl necklace. A rustic hand-made wooden sawhorse is draped with western belts. A weathered painter’s stool, a cabinet out of a saloon in Bandera, an antique twin size wooden bed frame — all serve as stages for Jody’s fun inventory. “I haven’t bought anything new for the shop’s decor or displays,” notes Jody. “Everything is vintage.” Jody also combs estate sales for great vintage accessories like jewelry, velvet capes from the 1940s, and pill box hats from the ‘20s and ‘30s. Although some of the shop’s clothing is pre-owned, much is actually new, purchased from boutiques going out of business. The standout exception is her “Gone Gypsy Custom Couture,” and even that line recycles pre-owned garments and fabrics. “Gone Gypsy is our in-house one-ofa-kind clothing and jewelry line. We upcycle old goods into treasures created right here in the Hill Country,” Jody explains. “You can buy something already made or we can customize it from the ground up using your clothing or even a family heirloom.”

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A popular Gone Gypsy outfit is gaucho pants created by pairing denim shorts with full, wide pants fashioned from, well, from anything: a tablecloth, curtains - whatever. Jody calls them “sassy britches.” Catch phrases capture the fun and fanciful ambience of her shop: “Where your Cowgirl meets your Hippie Chic.” “Where your Gypsy meets your Cowgirl.” “We sure ain’t your Mama’s consignment shop!”

Speaking of fanciful, February is the perfect time to invest in a one-of-a-kind funky hat created for Recents by a local artisan. You’ll be the hit of every Mardi Gras party! Or maybe the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is your thing. “I’ve got the best selection of gentlyloved boots in the Hill Country,” Jody brags. “Just look at these metallic cobalt blue Larry Mahan boots from the ‘70s. The original owner only wore them while dancing!” From cocktail dresses to western duds, cool tees to slinky tops, glitzy heels to cowboy boots, Recents Resale has it all, and Facebook fans sing her praise. “I’m so glad to have discovered your store! I would have bought everything if I could because you have great taste!” “Love this concept! Daughter bought a dress that was re-purposed from a tablecloth. Absolutely love it. Great prices and great collections.” “Got four awesome pieces of clothing. Going home to clean out my closets so I can do a trade-in! Such a cool store!” (Jody does buy and trade, in addition to selling.) Jody likes the quote “Life unfolds in proportion to your courage.”By her own admission, “Choosing to take on the owner role...was the scariest job decision See RECENTS RESALE, page 9



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Squeals and spills at Bandera’s Wild Hog Explosion March 18 BANDERA H For a one-of-a-kind rollicking family experience, head to the 15th annual Wild Hog Explosion March 18 in Bandera. It’s sure to be a fun-filled weekend with a hilarious Wild Hog Catch, the always crowd pleasing BBQ Cook-Off, plus Bacon Bingo and plenty of arts and craft vendors. Just what is a Wild Hog Explosion? Well, start with about 150 wild hogs of varying sizes and age, then take a group of willing humans that also vary in size and age. Match up the size and weight, put one hog in the ring with two nervous people and challenge the humans. The object is to catch the hog, put him in a feed sack and get him to the finish line, with just one minute before the whistle blows. More times than not, the hog wins… but the contest is not without a lot of action, adventure and tons of laughs. Kids can enter the Hog Catch for runts (ages 3-4), piglets (ages 5-6) and shoats (ages 7-9). Cute, baby hogs are released into a ring and the kids just have to touch them to win a ribbon. Adults can compete for a chance to win a great belt buckle at the Hog Catch or enter the BBQ Cook-Off, Bloody Mary or Best Margarita competition. Bacon Bingo offers a top prize of $1,000. Arts and crafts vendors, commercial booths and a Lone Star Bar B Que Society sanctioned Cook-Off competition are also part of the fun, plus plate lunches


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Spring break Concan style at Rio Frio Fest I By Ernie Altgelt

f you’re tired of crashing the same old beach-based Spring Break destinations year after year, it might be time to wave farewell to the sand, sunburns and sea weed and literally, head to the hills – or, more precisely, the beautiful and verdant Texas Hill Country. Yep, since 2012, thousands of likeminded fun seekers have gathered each March along the Cypress-lined banks of the cool and refreshing Frio River in and around Concan to splash in the season with music, merriment and, maybe even a little mischief. Dubbed the Rio Frio Fest, this threeday happening in the hills guarantees non-stop fun, feasting and floating to the continuous strains of some of the state’s most beloved balladeers. So, break the beach habit and wade on over to Concan’s Rio Frio Fest this March where the water’s fresh and the only thing salty are the margaritas. Originally staged in 2005 as the Luckenbach “Sake of the Song” festival, while a “hit,” as the event grew and evolved, new venues were sought in more accommodating areas. Five years ago the celebration, soon renamed the

ABOVE AND RIGHT Joe Jimmy’s in Concan will host the “Big Crawfish Boil” Thursday, March 16, beginning at 11:30 am. Rio Frio Fest, moved to Concan and, as Photos courtesy Rio Frio Fest. John Dickson, the event’s founding producer recalls, “Adding the river to the mix along with the area’s ample amenities provided a perfect balance for the music and other entertainments. Attendees love it so, we’re here to stay!” The following years’ festivals were even more successful and, as John adds, “With the 2017 line-up we’ve scheduled so far, this upcoming undertaking should prove to be the best yet.” So, just exactly what is the Rio Frio Fest? The answer is, many things and all of them great. First and foremost, it’s a Texas-style music festival where quality performers showcase their stuff on multiple stages throughout each day and deep into each night. On the marque this year are the al-

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ways popular Cody Johnson Band, Cory Morrow, the Flatland Cavalry, Kevin Fowler and many other fine, and very recognizable acts. The two-stepping will be contagious! Classic Lone-Star yard games including washers, hog sacking, horseshoes and other participatory diversions will be hotly competed between and during the toe-tapping sets. And then there’s the river. Swimming, tubing and/or just hanging bankside will definitely be on everyone’s agenda. Can you say “aaahh?” Throughout the grounds, savory food and ice cold beverages will also be purchasable. Regarding edibles however, it’s definitely the crawfish boil that will light up the taste buds. And, if that’s not enough, See RIO FRIO FEST, page 11


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EVERY MONDAY CANYON LAKE: Seniors Bingo. 12:30 pm at Habitat for Safe Seniors, 2174 Old Road, Startzville. 830-899-2256. CYPRESS MILL: The Bunkhouse Gang at Wenmohs Ranch. Paint and enjoy fellowship of artists. 830-825-3465. EVERY TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY WIMBERLEY: Glass blowing demonstrations at Wimberley Glassworks. Details at wgw. com, 512-213-2110. EVERY TUESDAY SAN MARCOS: Community Bible Study (Interdenominational). Tuesdays through May 9. 6:30 pm to 8 pm. “Red Sea to the Jordan River.” Classes for men, women and couples. First Christian Church, 3105 Ranch Road 12. 512-808-9156. 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 WIMBERLEY: Art Society of Wimberley (ASW). 6:30 pm. Art Room, 100 Melody Way, Suite H. Email 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. 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 and more. VFW Post 7110, 600 Peace Avenue. Gary Walter at 512-4609919. WIMBERLEY: Farmers’ Market. Senior Citizen’s Activity Center on Ranch Road 12. 512-264-1637. WIMBERLEY: AARP Tax Preparation (February 1-April 12). Free tax prep by trained volunteers. Sign up for dates and times in person at the Wimberley Library. SECOND WEDNESDAYS WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Garden Club meets at Lutheran Church of Resurrection. 101 West Spoke Hill. Meets September through May. Refreshments at 9:30 am; meetings and programs at 10 am. THIRD WEDNESDAYS DRIPPING SPRINGS: Cook Off Club. 6:30 pm. VFW Hall. Email for more information. WIMBERLEY: The Herb Society of America Hill Country Unit Meeting (August through May). 9:45 am to noon at Wimberley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 956 Ranch Road 2325. WIMBERLEY: Heart of Texas Genealogy Society meets at Wimberley Village Library. 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. FOURTH WEDNESDAYS WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Neighbors.

10:30 am. Community Center. 512-847-2849. EVERY WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY WIMBERLEY: Live music at Cypress Creek Cafe. Check the schedule at EVERY THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Coffee House with Light Dinners, Desserts, Open Mic. 6 pm to 9 pm. Thyme and Dough. 512-894-0001. WIMBERLEY: Cafe’ Susanna. Serving lunch 11 am to 1 pm. $9 for entree, two sides and decadent desserts. Wimberley United Methodist Church, FIRST THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: First Thursday. Participating businesses offer events, food and music plus special sale items. 5 pm to 9 pm. FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAY CANYON LAKE: Noon Lions Meeting. Canyon Lake Golf Club. 830-899-4406. SECOND THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Bead Society. Wimberley Community Center. 1 pm. Marilyn Pierce, SECOND AND FOURTH THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Toastmaster Club. Learn public speaking, leadership. 7:10 pm at “old” Baptist Church, 501 Old Kyle Road. 512847-6822. THIRD THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse presents some of best in Hill Country music. WIMBERLEY: Third Thursdays. Shops stay open until 8 pm. EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Live Music at Linda’s Fine Foods. 500 Farm Market 2325. 512-847-5464. EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Craft Beer Tasting and Free Tour at Twisted X Brewing Company. 23455 West Ranch Road 12. EVERY FRIDAY BLANCO: Tasting Room Open and Brewery Tours at Real Ale Brewing Company. GRUENE: Friday Afternoon Club at Gruene Hall. Broadcast live KNBT-92.1 FM Radio. 4 pm to 7 pm. 830-629-5077. WIMBERLEY: Bingo. VFW Hall on Jacobs Well Road. 512-847-6441. FIRST FRIDAY FREDERICKSBURG: First Friday Art Walk. Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments and extended viewing hours the first Friday of every month. SAN MARCOS: Laugh Tracks. Subtle DJ set broken up between two local comedian acts. Texas State University’s Student Center. 8 pm to 11 pm. SECOND FRIDAY UVALDE: Four Square Friday Shopping, food, music, art. 6 pm to 9 pm. Downtown. WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Community Civic Club Meeting. (September - November, January - May) 11 am. Chapel in the Hills. Milly Maxey ( or

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HILL COUNTRY CALENDAR Aurora LeBrun at 512-847-3595. 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. EVERY SATURDAY AUSTIN: Austin Farmers Market. Republic Square. 512-236-0074. AUSTIN: Sunset Valley Farmers Market. Barton Creek Mall. 512-280-1976. BANDERA: Flying L Ranch Chuck Wagon Dinner. Barbecue, wagon rides, roping, branding, more. BOERNE: Tejas Pro Rodeo Series Live Rodeo. Gates 5 pm, rodeo at 7:30 pm. Live music and dancing 9 pm. Adults $12, kids 6-12 $6. BOERNE: Farmer’s Market at the Cibolo. 9 am to 1 pm. COMFORT: Area Farmer’s Market. 8 am to 1 pm. Comfort Park, Highway 27. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Texas Music and Wine. FISCHER: Jackson Open Artisan and Farmers Market. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm. 6341 Farm Market 32. jacksonopenairmarket. com, 830-935-2781. NEW BRAUNFELS: Canyon Trail Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Music Show., 830626-8200. WIMBERLEY: Tour Jacob’s Well. Hear stories about floods, divers, and experience beauty of the spring that started the town of Wimberley. 10 am. WIMBERLEY: Arnosky Family Farms Market. Find flowers, veggies, transplants, cheeses, much more. Ranch Road 2325 and Highway 165. 830-833-5428 WIMBERLEY: Saturday Evening Dinners. UTOPIA: Lunch and Dinner Served at Laurel Tree. FIRST SATURDAY BANDERA: Market Days. Courthouse Square. 830-796-4447. BANDERA: First Saturday Book Sale. Public Library. 830-796-4213. DRIFTWOOD: Driftwood Community Club. Group meets to enhance community spirit. Dinner at 7 pm. WIMBERLEY: Market Days. (First Saturday March through December). Shop more than 475-plus booths, enjoy free admission. 7 am to 4 pm. SECOND SATURDAY AUSTIN: Gain Peace, NOW: A Study in ‘Divine Love Consciousness’ with Vrinda Devi. 9 am to 11:30 am. $20 (first class free)., 858-722-5474 or CASTROVILLE: Market Trail Days. Houston Square. 830-539-2316. WIMBERLEY: Second Saturday Gallery Trail. 15 galleries around Square open late offering art, wine, appetizers. Facebook. com/SecondSaturdayGalleryTrail. THIRD SATURDAY MARBLE FALLS: Bluegrass, Country and Western, and Gospel. 6 pm to 10 pm. Boys and Girls Club. 830-898-1784. EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Craft Beer Tasting and Free Tour at Twisted X Brewing Company, live music and food. 23455 West Ranch Road 12. ROUND MOUNTAIN: Tours at Westcave Preserve.

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SECOND SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AUSTIN: Tours of Bright Leaf Natural Area. FOURTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JOHNSON CITY: Market Days. Food, artisans, more. Information at FEBRUARY 1-5 KERRVILLE: Starving Artist Sale. Local original art at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center. 830-895-2911,

FEBRUARY 2-18 AUSTIN: “Three Zisters.” Enjoy an amalgamation of adaption of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” a translation of Russian text and dramatic criticism of Chekhov. FEBRUARY 3 FREDERICKSBURG: First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg. Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments and extended viewing hours., 830-992-2044. FEBRUARY 3-26 WIMBERLEY: “The Secret Garden.” Enjoy a full-length production based on the beloved classic by Francis Hodgson Burnett. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 Farm Market 2325., 512-847-6969. FEBRUARY 7 BANDERA: Cowboy Capital Opry Grand Old Opry-style entertainment is hosted by Gerry and Harriet Payne. Silver Sage Community Center, 803 Buck Creek. FEBRUARY 9 - MARCH 26 KERRVILLE: February Gallery Exhibits. View works by Andy Villarreal, Johann and Kristin Halldorsdottir Eyfells, Monika Lovelace, and Saundra Kattawar. Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. FEBRUARY 10-11 LUCKENBACH: Hug-In and Valentine Ball. Get back to the basics of love during this annual camping event with plenty of


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with chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, including a chocolate dipping station, chocolate buffet, chocolate contest, live entertainment and a silent auction. 1 pm to 3 pm. Advance tickets $20 adults, $10 kids 17; $25 at the door. Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett Street. MANCHACA: Fruit Tree Planting: Pruning and Care. Join Yard to Market Co-op and fruit tree guru Zach Halfin, learn best planting techniques, including site selection and variety selection, plus pruning of trees for optimal production and pest control techniques. 3 pm to 5 pm. Scissortail Microfarm, 12806 Scissortail Drive. FEBRUARY 16 KERRVILLE: First Annual Hill Country Economic Summit. Discussions of current and future Texas, presented by Representative Murr, US Representative Lamar Smith, and local panel discussions. Schreiner University. www., 830-832-2799. WIMBERLEY: Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse Concert Series presents Gary P. Nunn. Live music in an intimate smoke- and alcohol-free venue. Doors open at 7 pm. Tamales, pie, soft drinks and coffee available. Wimberley United Methodist Church, 1200 County Road 1492., 512-847-3109. FEBRUARY 16-18 BANDERA: Cowboy Mardi Gras. (See story, page 2.) Enjoy live Cajun and country music, Cajun food, gumbo cookoff, costume contest and canine costume contest. Parade with floats, horses, cowboys, feathers, masks and plenty of beads is Saturday. Hosted by 11th Street Cowboy Bar., 830-796-4849. FEBRUARY 17-19 FREDERICKSBURG: Trade Days. Shop more than 400 vendors with acres of antiques, and enjoy the beer garden, live music and more. 7 miles east on U.S. Highway 290 across from Wildseed Farms. KERRVILLE: Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp. Three days of classes and jams for all levels of musicians wanting to improve on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, wash tub bass, voice, songwriting, and mountain dulcimer. World-class instructors teach styles that include bluegrass, country, roots, Celtic and old time music. Mount Wesley Conference Center., 830-459-2120. FEBRUARY 17 - MARCH 5 FREDERICKSBURG: “Hello, Dolly!” Tony Award-winning musical features a story and a score that has entertained audiences for more than 50 years. FEBRUARY 18 KYLE: Take a musical journey through time with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra as it presents “Wonder” at 7 pm at the Hays Performing Arts Center, 979 Kohler’s Crossing. Concerts are free and open to the public. www. JOHNSON CITY: 290 Texas — A Concert Series presents Art and Lisa accompanied

by John Inmon. A private house concert to benefit Texas Heritage Music Foundation Program Fund. 7 pm. RSVP to 290Texas@ FEBRUARY 18-19 AUSTIN: Texas Early Music Project presents “Love’s Grand: The Sweet Delights of Baroque Opera.” Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm. First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive. Tickets available via cash, check, and credit card at venue or online at temp.ticketbud. com/love-is-grand. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Saxet Gun Show. Find guns, knives, ammo, coins, militaria and shooting supplies at Dripping Springs Ranch Park Event Center. Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. GRUENE: Old Gruene Market Days. More than 100 artisans offering handmade items. Gruene Historic District in front of Adobe Verde. or FEBRUARY 19 AUSTIN: “Once.” Enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. AUSTIN: Indoor Concert by the Austin Symphonic Band. AISD Performing Arts Center. FREDERICKSBURG: Alamo Metro Chorus. Enjoy award-winning barbershop music. Fredericksburg United Methodist Church., 830-990-2886. GRUENE: Come and Taste It. Eleven wineries and breweries showcased on the patio of a tasting room in the Historic District. Event features live music and prize giveaways. GrapevineInGruene. com. WIMBERLEY: Take a musical journey through time with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra as it presents “Wonder” at 4 pm at Wimberley First Baptist Church, 15951 Winters Mill Parkway. Concerts are free and open to the public. www. FEBRUARY 25 KERRVILLE: Johnny Lee Dinner Show. Enjoy an intimate dinner and performance with Johnny Lee at Buckhorn Lake RV Resort, 2885 Goat Creek Road. www., 830-895-0007. FEBRUARY 24-26 JUNCTION: Freezer Disc Golf Tournament. Courses located along Llano River, providing a beautiful setting, lots of shade and plenty of space. 402 Main Street. FEBRUARY 25-26 BOERNE: 37th Annual Hill Country Antiques Show. Collectors come to find real antiques—no reproductions or imports. Country furniture, baskets, stoneware, glassware, jewelry, textiles, paper, silver, pewter and much more at Kendall County Fairgrounds Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. KERRVILLE: Texas Gun & Knife Show. New and used guns, knives, gold and silver coins, jewelry, camping gear, military supplies and more. Kerr

Hill country calendar County Hill County Youth Event Center, 3785 Highway 27. www. FEBRUARY 26 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Pouring Over Books — 6th Annual Meet the Author Wine Tasting. Guest speaker and New York Times bestselling author, Susan Wittig Albert, music, wine, auction and more. Prospect House. 3 pm to 5:30 pm. friendsofdslibrary@, FEBRUARY 26-28 NEW BRAUNFELS: North American Jewelry & Gift Show. New Braunfels Civic & Convention Center. FEBRUARY 28 COMFORT: Friends of the Library Mardi Gras Dance. Includes food and entertainment. MARCH 4 WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Market Days. Shop the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state, with more than 475 booths of everything you can’t live without. Stroll the tree-shaded paths, listen to music and shop.

MARCH 18 BANDERA: 15th Annual Wild Hog Explosion. Enjoy a wild hog catch, BBQ cook-off, bacon bingo, arts and crafts and a plate lunch at Mansfield Park. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Texas Night Sky Festival. Live presentations, hands-on activities, displays, Austin Planetarium Discovery Dome show, solar observations, night sky observing party. Ranch Park Event Center. 2 pm to 10 pm. APRIL 21-23 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Founders Day Festival. Celebration kicks off with Grand Parade and includes free music and entertainment on two stages, Mighty Thomas Carnival, food, beer, street dances, cook-off competitions, over 150 arts and crafts booths and vendors. APRIL 22-23 WIMBERLEY: 2017 Arts Fest at the Waters Point at Rio Bonito. 115 juried artists, live music, classic car show, plus free admission and shuttles to the Wimberley Square.

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