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exas Hill Country parks are in full bloom with an impressive wildflower display of yellows, purple, blue, pink, and orange. We enjoy more than 5,000 species of native wildflowers in Texas, and this spring has seen a proliferation of wildflower populations. The state’s more than 90 Texas State Parks present some of the best and safest places to view and photograph nature’s bounty of wildflowers and blooming shrubs and trees. “Spring wildflower displays have been glorious in East, Central, North

and coastal Texas recently,” says Jason Singhurst, botanist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “As more rain is expected over the next few weeks, we should expect increasing splendor.” In Central Texas we’re still seeing bluebonnets, as well as Indian blanket, greenthread, four-nerve daisy, wine cups, phlox, Missouri primrose, pink primrose, prickly pear blooms, blackfoot daisy, prairie verbena, Mexican hat, spiderwort, Drummond’s skullcap, foxglove, Lindheimer’s daisy, roughleaf dogwood, and paintbrush. And really,

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In Central Texas we’re still seeing bluebonnets, as well as Indian blanket, greenthread, four-nerve daisy, wine cups, phlox, Missouri primrose, pink primrose, prickly pear blooms, blackfoot daisy, prairie verbena, Mexican hat, spiderwort, Drummond’s skullcap, foxglove, Lindheimer’s daisy, roughleaf dogwood, and paintbrush. Photo © Chase Fountain, Texas Parks and Wildlife. y’all, these wildflower displays will just keep on going through the summer and fall as we enjoy fields of sunflowers, showy retama and desert willow, and medians of lantana and purple sage. “When taking annual family portraits with spring wildflowers, please refrain from sitting in or trampling wildflowers,” says Singhurst. “Sitting or stepping on wildflowers to get photos damages them and reduces or eliminates their ability to reseed themselves for next year. Photos can be framed so the wildflowers enhance the photo, but are not harmed during the process.” Pluswhich, be really, really careful of critters who might be nesting, resting, or waiting to pounce – not to be scary, but there are some venomous snakes and ants out there. Government Canyon State Natural Area out of San Antonio has a new children’s nature playscape. The new ADA playscape was celebrated recently with a dedication. “Children visiting the natural area will now have a place to play that offers an alternative to the typical playground you see at a city or county park,” says Chris Holm, superintendent at Government Canyon State Natural Area. “With boulders, ropes, and log features, our new playscape will provide children with an adventure that combines play with the natural world around them.” A companion project to create an allweather, 1.25 mile ADA accessible inter-

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pretive nature trail loop is underway. “Currently when it rains, existing trails can become muddy and has made us close our 40-mile trail system,” says Holm. “The combination of an ADA playscape and an all-weather ADA interpretive trail will provide our visitors with new options for outdoor recreation that fit within the mission of a state natural area.” The playscape project was funded by Friends of Government Canyon through grants and generous donations “We are excited about what the great partnership with our friends group has been able to accomplish,” says Holm. “This new nature playscape is an exciting new offering that fills a long-awaited need of the natural area.” The initial seed money for the nature playscape was provided by a challenge grant through the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation. The friends group’s fundraising challenge was met by several large donors, including donations from Mannapov, LLC, out of Boerne; Zigmund Khersonsky; Tim & Karen Hixon; the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation; and hundreds of individual, private donors. “The support for this playscape project has been overwhelming,” says Holm. “We even had little children putting their allowance money in the donation box to help make this happen.” Government Canyon SNA is open weekly Friday through Monday.


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t will surely be “A Night to Remember” May 20 at the Wimberley Community Center, as St. Mary Catholic Church in Wimberley hosts a special evening from 6 pm to 10 pm. In addition to dinner and dancing to Steve Schoen and the Jazz Messenger Boys, the event will center around a reverse raffle. Dinner includes a three-course buffet, featuring hand-carved, herb-roasted rib eye served with caramelized potatoes and green beans, or a marinated and grilled Ahi Tuna topped with pesto served over fresh pasta tossed in lemon and parmesan. Each entrée will be served with a Mediterranean salad, and guests can choose from a strawberry and cream or a chocolate caramel dessert. An assortment of beverages and table wines will be served. Tickets for the dinner and dance are $50 per person, including the reverse raffle, with drawings throughout the evening. “They’ll start drawing the losers at the beginning. It’s a lot of fun and builds up the momentum,” explains James Svetlik, event chair. Just 250 event tickets will be sold, with reverse raffle cash prizes of $2,000, $500 and $250. The top three cash prize winners do not need to be present to win, but must be over 18 years of age. Additional cash door prizes will also be drawn throughout the night. A public raffle gives contestants a chance to win a 2017 Jeep Patriot (retailing for $22,260). Other prizes include an Apple 128GB Air2 iPad, a 48” Samsung Smart TV and a Fitbit Charge 2. These raffle tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20, and are available at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church office and at King Feed in Wimberley during normal business hours. The public raffle drawing will take place at 9:45 pm May 20 at “A Night to Remember.” Everyone is welcome to arrive at 9:30 pm to see the reverse raffle grand prize of $2,000 (for event attendees) and the 2017 Jeep Patriot prizes awarded. Raffle ticket holders do not need to be present to win, but must be over the age of 18. St. Mary Catholic Church contains more 40 ministries within its church. “I’ve never seen a church so small, but ac-

Take a chance to win this 2017 Jeep Patriot in the public raffle for St. Mary Catholic Church. Photo courtesy A Night to Remember. tive with more ministries. Our parish has the family values and sisterhoods and brotherhoods that I think make Wimberley Valley special,” James explains. “Our ministries help take care of people’s needs in the church and community who don’t have spiritual and family resources.” It is this teamwork of parishioners that has enabled them to host past events such as their Summerfest and Lenten Fish Fry. Their Night to Remember will allow parishioners and community members to come together for fun and fellowship while fundraising for the common good. St. Mary Catholic Church currently has a plan to build a new parish hall to accommodate their growing community. Members hope to break ground in late May 2017 and to have the new parish hall complete in late fall. “It would be wonderful to have space large enough to house more of our ministries without scheduling conflicts, to be able to have a space big enough to host our own fundraisers, and other ministries within our ever-growing community,” says James. “This event will continue to provide for the parish so we can concentrate on extending our parish grounds.” FYI • A Night to Remember is May 20 from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Wimberley Community Center. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at the church office Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm, or at Wimberley ACE Hardware or Brookshire Brothers on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Raffle Tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20 and may be purchased at St. Mary’s Catholic Church which is located at 14711 Ranch Road 12; or at Wimberley King Feed during normal business hours. This event is limited to 250 guests. For more information, call St. Mary’s Catholic Church office at 512-847-9181.

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LAGO VISTA H Kick off the summer on the shore of Lake Travis at Lago Fest, the free music and fine art festival right on the water’s edge in Lago Vista Saturday, May 27, from 1 pm to 9 pm. In conjunction with Austin Yacht Club’s Turnback Regatta, Lago Fest features fantastic beats from award-winning musicians Drew Womack, Hector Ward & the Bigtime and The Eggmen. Shop fine art from nationally-exhibiting artists, enjoy eats by some of Austin’s best food trucks, and bring your dancing shoes, eye for fine art, appetites and picnic blankets. Then cool off in the waves of Lake Travis right on the festival site! The fest is free to the public; purchase tickets to the VIP Lounge including food, craft beers, and musician meet-and-greets. Free shuttles begin at noon for a noon to 1:30 pm happy hour. FYI • For more information visit the web site at www.lagofest.com.


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arch 2017 marked the beginning of the 48 th anniversary of the fun-filled Wimberley Market Days season. Through December, the first Saturday of each month Lions Field will be decorated to represent a certain theme to celebrate popular events like the Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas. More than 470 new and returning vendors offer a wide array of unique “treasures” and functional items ranging from antiques, works of art, hand-made crafts, home decorations, indoor and outdoor furniture, and many more kinds of shopping-finds. New to Lions Field, a ninth concession stand playfully called “Fun L Cakes,” will serve up those namesake sweet treats. Many other concession stands have made a few changes to their menus. Concession 1 adds a “Soup of the Month” using hearty and homemade recipes. Not ones to mess with success, the Lions Club’s famous barbecue and chicken fajitas are still Market Days staples. Introduced in 2016, the “hide and seek” game continues as a dozen especially shaped coupons are hidden around the marketplace and are redeemable for a free meal. For the shoppers’ listening pleasure, live music is performed at three on-site venues, the Pavilion, Hilltop, and Shady Grove stages. Another fun feature at Market Days is the “Café a la Cart,” navigated by a Lions Club member and mascot, Roary, who travels around with a variety of snacks and beverages including hot dogs, cotton candy, chips, fruit and lemonade. The Wimberley Lions Club also implements a new recycling program, with the help of members of local high school Leos Clubs. Each concession stand has two collection containers, one for aluminum and the other for plastic recyclables. Another important community service added this year, the Courtesy Cart provides free mobility assistance for elderly, or disabled visitors (with any gratuities given

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ne sure sign of spring is the much anticipated arrival of the beloved hummingbird. Why, just watching these adorable darters flitting from bloom to bloom after a long, cold winter is always a welcome mood-lightener. With that in mind, attracting these Hill Country hummers (there are 18 species in the state) back into our yards and gardens is, for many, an essential, seasonal undertaking that requires thought, preparation, planting and, above all, a functional feeder or two. One remarkable Kerrville enterprise that’s been manufacturing and marketing feeders since the mid-1950s is the venerable Tejas Hummingbird Feeders company. Producing a now-classic design that currently adorns countless porches and overhangs across the Lone Star State and beyond, Tejas’ time-tested models have

proven for many to be “the preferred” delivery system for that craved and nurturing nectar that all varieties of hummers seek. And amazingly, it all started 80-plus years ago with a discarded hospital I.V. bottle and a punctured tin can! That initial feeder (made in the 1930s) was pioneered by Kerrville native-son Prentiss Swayze, a consummate tinkerer with a love for the hummer. He hit upon the idea of attaching a flat tin can (that originally held adhesive tape) to an inverted glass I.V. solution bottle. Prentiss drilled “sipping” holes in the can’s lid then, by soldering the bottle’s cap to the tin can, connected both together with the bottle on top and the can on the bottom. After filling with a sugar and water mixture, gravity fed the contents into the tin can’s base. The entire unit was then hung and, after discovery by the hummingbirds, quickly became a favorite

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stop on their feathered foraging expeditions. Prentiss gladly made many over the years for countless family members and friends. In the 1950s, Prentiss’ creation went commercial. An old friend of his named Sam Chiodo Marion and Harriet Lewis, owners of Tejas Hummingbird who resided a few Feeders Photo courtesy Tejas Hummingbird Feeders. miles away in Leakey, Texas, saw some economic potential and, with Pren- workshop still boasts those Chiodo-era tiss’ blessing, after adding some home- machines where the company’s one emmade mechanization to the manufactur- ploy (now it’s just Marion. Harriet busies ing process which greatly sped up herself elsewhere) stamps, presses, production and sourcing new materials paints, assembles and packages the feed(while, of course maintaining the integ- ers. He admits to being able to produce rity of the original design), opened for about 90 per week when “working” but, business. It proved to be lucrative with Sam even at that pace, he’s still left with a lot ultimately (and profitably) wholesaling of time for golf. And, that’s one of the things he likes Tejas feeders across Texas through variabout the feeder biz! Another is the posious and assorted retailers. By 1995, with Sam’s eyesight failing, tive feedback he and Harriet constantly the company acquired its present owner- receive from their many delighted (and, ship comprised of husband and wife often repeat) customers. So, if you want a real piece of Texana, (who lived at the time in Rio Frio but have since moved to Kerrville) Harriet you’ll definitely want a “genuine,” alland Marion Lewis. Nearing retirement, metal and glass Tejas feeder. With success have come many (plasthe Lewises were looking for “something to do” and, being long-term customers of tic) imitations, so be careful when buyTejas, liked the product, liked “making ing. And, to ensure you will get your things” and “decided to give it a go” by true Tejas, you’ll have to visit the company’s web site to place an order since buying Sam out. And, 22 years later, they’re still plea- Marion and Harriet have pretty much surably producing (one at a time) and gotten out of wholesaling preferring to selling Tejas Hummingbird Feeders to a sale direct to the public. FYI • For information and to order visit the web site clamoring public determined to keep at www.tejashummer.com or call 210-602-4252. Your their hummers happy. A visit to Marion Lewis’ hillside hummingbirds will be glad you did!

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Celebration of Art League gallery’s 10th anniversary

WIMBERLEY H Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Wimberley Valley Art League’s gallery Friday, May 19, from 5 pm to 7 pm at the opening reception for a member show juried by artist educator Dana Brown. Guests will be treated to a selection of up to 50 works in various media by local artists, displayed in the gallery that held its grand opening in May of 2007. Much thought and care went into creating a successful gallery. Working closely with the board of the Wimberley Community Center to create a mutually beneficial arrangement, the Gallery Steering Committee, under the guidance of (then president) Deborah Elliott and president-elect, Marianne Vieregg, pursued the gallery concept as a means of promoting the arts and in turn, Wimberley tourism. Careful consideration was given to the lighting, hanging system and wall color to enhance the art. Those foundational elements continue to serve the gallery today. The Wimberley Valley Art League was begun in 1990 by Pam Lamoureux, Lois Richards and Gail Stoops to encourage the promotion and production of fine art in the Wimberley Valley. The League has since grown to an approximate membership of 170-plus artists. In addition to hosting bi-monthly juried shows, the League supports artists with workshops, a studio tour, a non-juried show and sale and a student show which features work by area schools. FYI • The Wimberley Valley Art League’s mission is to encourage support and appreciation of art, promote learning for its members, and assist in the development of community-wide interest in art. For more information about the Wimberley Valley Art League, including membership, visit the web site at www.wimberleyartleague.org.

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e’ve all experienced it. We travel a highway prepared to rest our eyes on native landscapes that connect our city with another only to discover that those views are now home to strip malls and housing developments. Or, on our drive to local shops we discover that the field where a Red-tailed Hawk sailed searching for dinner is now bulldozed, future home to a motel and parking lot. Recently I attended a flower and garden show where I had the privilege of listening to talks given by Douglas W. Tallamy, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware and author of the eloquent book, Bringing Nature Home. Tallamy spoke with grace and humor of how as we trade our wildlands for uncontrolled expansion, it’s leading to the day when we may lose the wildlife we wish to enjoy. For when constructions scour the land of its natural vegetation and replace it with businesses and housing, rolling lawns and exotic (alien, not native) plants, there is little to sustain the creatures that once lived there. Much life is lost when alien plants proliferate. If one examines the leaves of Bradford pears, Japanese honeysuckles or muliflora roses for example, they are close to pristine. Insects avoid them. Why? Plants and insects share an evolutionary history; therefore, most insects cannot or will not feed on alien species. Perhaps a gardener’s dream, but in referencing preeminent biologist and naturalist, E.O. Wilson, Tallamy said, “Insects are the little things that run the world.” If insects go away, we would have no

flowering plants. Insects also pollinate one-third of our crops. Additionally, many animals depend partially or entirely on insect protein for food. Although resident birds started nesting in April, throughout May and June most birds are raising young and searching for protein-rich insects to feed them. What many of us might not realize is much of that food takes the form of caterpillars. As Tallamy pointed out, caterpillars are soft and large, and one cat may be the equivalent of 200 aphids! Therefore, cats are the preferred food offered to young by a pair of Black-capped Chickadee parents, for example. To the amazement of much of his audience, Tallamy described how the busy chickadee parents brought a cat to the nest every three minutes. In three hours their young consumed meals consisting of 17 species, and a pair on any given day fed young between 390 and 570 caterpillars—depending on brood size! Not only birds but many other animals, such as frogs, lizards, fish, foxes and bears consume insects. Indirectly, so do humans. As Tallamy summarized, without insects our land would be devoid of most forms of higher life. The way plants and insects interact determines the diversity of animal communities. At least 90 percent of all planteating insects are specialists. They have evolved together with one or a few plant lineages. Probably the most well-known example of this interaction is the monarch butterfly, which requires milkweed, the only plant its caterpillars will eat. Other examples include the red-spotted purple See WILDLIFE, page 9

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Hill country calendar NOTE: Dates or locations for the events listed in the Calendar may change. Some require admission fees or reservations. Please call ahead to confirm information. EVERY DAY GRUENE: Enjoy great, live music at Gruene Hall. There are free music shows Monday through Thursday nights, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Find a complete schedule of performers at 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 Event. Noon to 4 pm at PetSmart. Call 512-4029725 for details. SECOND SUNDAY BANDERA: Cowboy music at Frontier Times Museum. 1 pm - 5 pm. 830-328-0321. JOHNSON CITY: Taste Wine + Art. Kirchman Gallery. 830-868-9290. FIFTH SUNDAY DRIFTWOOD: United Methodist Church Bluegrass Gospel Sing-along Service. 11 am. 512-944-6300. EVERY MONDAY CANYON LAKE: Seniors Bingo. 12:30 pm at Habitat for Safe Seniors, 2174 Old Road, Startzville. 830-899-2256. CYPRESS MILL: The Bunkhouse Gang at Wenmohs Ranch. Paint and enjoy fellowship of artists. 830-825-3465. EVERY TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY WIMBERLEY: Enjoy 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. EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: All Abilities Chair Exercises. Free class includes breathing, gentle strengthening exercises and mild yoga stretches – all from seated position. Wimberley Library, 9:30 am to 10:30 am. 512-847-2188. FIRST TUESDAYS BANDERA: Cowboy Capital Opry. Silver Sage Senior Center. 830-796-4969. WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Community Band Rehearsal. Chapel in the Hills. 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 512-517-3111. SECOND TUESDAYS 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. NEW BRAUNFELS: Veteran Music Group at VFW Post 7110. 5 pm to 8 pm. Open to all veterans, all skill levels. Song writing, guitar, keyboard, more. 600 Peace Avenue. Gary Walter at 512-460-9919. 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.)

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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: 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. HillCountryHerbs.org. 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 WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY WIMBERLEY: Live music at Cypress Creek Cafe. Check the schedule at cypresscreekcafe. com. 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. 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. 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. 7:10 pm at “old” Baptist Church, 501 Old Kyle Road. 512-847-6822. THIRD THURSDAY 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. 512-847-5464. 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. Tex-MexBeer.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 fine art galleries, many offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments and extended hours the first Friday of every month. ffawf.com. 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. Email ktswpr@gmail.com. SECOND FRIDAY UVALDE: Four Square Friday Shopping, food, music, art. 6 pm to 9 pm. Downtown. visituvalde.com.


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BOERNE: Hauptstrasse Quiltfest. Colorful quilts on display, live music, special exhibits, presentation, more. Main Plaza, 100 North Main. visitboerne.org. CONCAN: River Road Market Fest: Fiesta on the Frio. Vendors, petting zoo, face painting, food, kids’ games. a jalapeno eating contest and more at Andy’s on River Road. 830-2324310, www.VisitUvaldeCounty.com. MAY 6 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Wine Tour and Pairing Experience at Bell Springs Winery. www. bellspringswinery.com. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Hill Country Rally for Kids Gala. The year’s opening event for the Hill Country Rally for Kids. Live music, dancing, dinner, auction items, and adult beverages.

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Robert Earl Keen plays the 21st Annual KNBT Americana Jam in Gruene May 21. Photo courtesy Robert Earl Keen.

JOHNSON CITY: Legends and Rising Stars presents Johnny Rodriguez and Braydon Zink. Live music, barbecue, beer and wine. Stone Valley Music Park. Gates open at noon. www.StoneValleyTexas.com. MAY 13-14 BOERNE: Market Days. Artists, crafters and vendors share their creative talents and wares to sounds of homegrown Texas musicians. Main Plaza. visitboerne.org. MAY 14 AUSTIN: Mother’s Day at the Capitol. Austin Symphonic Band performs on south steps of State Capitol. 1100 Congress Avenue. austinsymphonicband.org. GRUENE: Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist. gruenehall.com. MAY 14-15 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Tour the Talent Studio Tour. Visit seven area studios representing 30 artists. artistsalliancehc.com. MAY 18 WIMBERLEY: Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse Concert Series presents Shake Russell and Michael Hearne. Pie, tamales, pizza, coffee, soft drinks. Doors 7 pm, music 7:30 pm. Wimberley United Methodist Church. www. wimberleyumc.org/susannas-kitchen. MAY 19 GRUENE: Tanya Tucker. Live music at Gruene Hall. gruenehall.com. MAY 19-21 FREDERICKSBURG: Trade Days. Shop with more than 450 vendors or relax in the Biergarten while listening to live music. Sunday Farms, 355 Sunday Farms Lane. fbgtradedays.com. MAY 19 GRUENE: Jerry Jeff Walker. Live music at Gruene Hall. gruenehall.com. KYLE: Starlight Symphony Orchestra Concert. Hays Performing Arts Center. starlightsymphony.org. WIMBERLEY: A Night to Remember. Dinner dance with live jazz, buffet, live auction and bucket raffles, cash prizes and chance to win a 2017 Jeep Patriot. Wimberley Community Center. saintmaryswimberley.com. MAY 20 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Redbud Artisan Market. All-handmade artisan show features the unique works of more than 60 Texas artisans. Find pottery, jewelry, wall art, metal

art, home goods, outdoor decor, sewn items, soaps, glass art and much more unique fine art and craft, as well as great local music, food and local wine. Dripping Springs Ranch Park. redbudartisanmarket@gmail.com. MAY 20-21 GRUENE: Old Gruene Market Days. Features more than 100 artisans offering handmade items including packaged Texas foods. Event includes live entertainment, specialty shopping, wine tasting, unique dining and river rides. Gruene Historic District. gruenemarketdays.com. NEW BRAUNFELS: Liberty Gun Show. Convention Center. libertygunshow.com. MAY 21 AUSTIN: New Kids on the Block in Concert with Paula Abdul, Boyz II Men. Frank Erwin Center. uterwincenter.com. GRUENE: 21st Annual KNBT 92.1FM Americana Music Jam. Robert Earl Keen, Randy Rogers (acoustic), Wade Bowen, Cody Canada and Mike McClure, Seth James Band, Bruce Robison, Flatland Cavalry, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, Dalton Domino, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines and more. gruenehall.com. WIMBERLEY: Starlight Symphony Orchestra. First Baptist Church. starlightsymphony.org. MAY 22 WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Community Chorus Rehearsal. Group begins rehearsals for the July 4th season 6:30 pm at the Lutheran Church, 101 Spoke Hill Road. Register online at www. wimberleycommunitychorus.org or call 512517-3111 for more information. MAY 25 BOERNE: A Thirst for Nature. Join Cibolo Nature Center and their team of experts for an evening of themed cocktails and educational programs. visitboerne.org. AUSTIN: Clint Black in Concert. Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre. Tickets on sale now. www.NuttyBrown.com MAY 25 - JUNE 11 KERRVILLE: Kerrville Folk Festival. Texas Hill Country–based international songwriters festival features more than 100 songwriters and their bands. Quiet Valley Ranch. kerrvillefolkfestival.org. MAY 25 - JUNE 25 KERRVILLE: Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show. National competition of some of the best gourd artists in America. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center. kacckerrville.com. MAY 26-28 BANDERA: Pro Rodeo. Three nights of actionpacked PRCA rodeo action featuring the top cowboys in the nation, mutton bustin’ for the little ones and nationally recognized entertainment. banderaprorodeo.org. FREDERICKSBURG: Crawfish Festival. A three-day fest dedicated to music, entertainment, food, beverages and fun inspired by all things Cajun. Marktplatz. fbgcrawfish.com. KERRVILLE: “Dimensions in Quilting” Quilt Show. Hill Country Quilt Guild presents more than 200 judged quilts, more plus a quilt drawing. hillcountryquiltguild.com. MAY 26-28 KERRVILLE: Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft Show. Y.O. Ranch Hotel & Conference Center. texasmasters.com. MAY 27 FREDERICKSBURG: USO Style Memorial Day Hangar Dance. Swing dance lessons and music by Lone Star Swing Orchestra. Pacific Showroom, Hangar Hotel. hangarhotel.com. FREDERICKSBURG: WWII Pacific Combat Program. Bringing history to life with equipment used during WWII and battle re-enactment set on an island in the Pacific. National Museum of the Pacific War. pacificwarmuseum.org.

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MAY 27 LAGO VISTA: Lago Fest—Boats, Beats, Arts & Eats.In conjunction with Austin Yacht Club’s Annual Turnback Regatta. Musicians, fine artists, some of Austin’s top food trucks. 1 pm to 9 pm. Early, free shuttles begin at noon for noon to 1:30 pm happy hour. lagofest.com. MAY 27-28 AUSTIN: Citywide Garage Sale. Vintage, collectible and antique market at Palmer Events Center. cwgs.com. JOHNSON CITY: Market Days. City Park, U.S. 290 at Avenue G. lbjcountry.com. KERRVILLE: May 27-28 Festival of the Arts. Features 100 artists working in a variety of media outside under big tents, with concessions on site and nearby restaurants and shops. Downtown Kerrville. kvartfest.com. NEW BRAUNFELS: Schlittercon XIV. Schlitterbahn’s 35th birthday with discounted member pricing includes two days of admission, breakfast, two dinners, a nighttime float, two evening heated pool parties and evening dessert party. schlitterbahn.com. MAY 29 FREDERICKSBURG: Memorial Day Observance. National Museum of the Pacific War. pacificwarmuseum.org. JUNE 2 - JULY 2 WIMBERLEY: “West Side Story.” EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens. www.emilyann.org. JUNE 2 -3 TAYLOR: Taylor International BBQ Cook-Off. taylorchamber.org. JUNE 3 BANDERA: Market Days. Arts and crafts vendors offer their wares on the Bandera County Courthouse lawn. banderatexasbusiness.com. BOERNE: Family Fish. No one needs a fishing license or stamp endorsement on Free Fishing Day first Saturday in June. Boerne City Lake Park, 1 City Lake Road. visitboerne.org. DRIPPING SPRINGS: RED Arena Round Up. Free family fun, with no charge to park or enter. Cheer on riders of all abilities in 7th annual horse show. Kids’ entertainment. BBQ, snow cones, raffles and silent auction. Dripping Springs Ranch Park. More info at REDarena.org. KERRVILLE: Hill Country Swap Meet. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, kerrmarketdays.org. JUNE 3 SAN MARCOS: Wimberley Glassworks 25th Anniversary Fest. An electric evening of glassblowing, live music and celebration, with music from Marcia Ball and her band, Middleton Brewery craft beers, wine tasting. Free concert at 5 pm, wine tasting by Patio Dolcetto into the evening. RSVP at Eventbrite or WGW.com. 512-393-3316. STONEWALL: LBJ Fishing Day. Annual fishing clinic for children and families on the Pedernales. Equipment provided or bring your own. tpwd.state.tx.us UVALDE: Fishing Derby. Open to kids ages 3-16 (one adult per two kids in attendance). Uvalde National Fish Hatchery. fws.gov. JUNE 3, 24 BOERNE: Hot Rod Night. Soda Pops, 103 North Main Street. visitboerne.org. JULY 7-9 WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Valley Art League (WVAL) Cool Art Show. Reception July 7. Original fine art in many media from local artists on display and for sale at Wimberley Community Center. WimberleyArtLeague.com. JULY 7, 20 BOERNE: Abendkonzerte. Boerne Village Band — longest continuously playing German band in the world outside of Germany — performs at Main Plaza. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. visitboerne.org. JUNE 9-10 BURNET: Burnet County Fair. burnetcountyfair.com

JUNE 10 WIMBERLEY: Book Festival. Authors from around Texas will present their books for sale. Community Center. wimberley.deartexas.info. JUNE 10-11 BOERNE: Market Days. 100 Main Street. visitboerne.org. JUNE 11 BANDERA: Second Sunday Music Fest. frontiertimesmuseum.org. JUNE 16-17 STONEWALL: 56th Annual Stonewall Peach Jamboree. Rodeo and dance with Two Tons of Steel Friday and Mark Chestnutt Saturday. StonewallTexas.com. JUNE 16-18 MARBLE FALLS: 8th Annual Adult Soapbox Derby. Free admission, parade, vendors, more plus racing Friday night, street dance Saturday night and finals Sunday. AdultSoapboxDerby.com. JUNE 17 BURNET: Summer Concert Series Presents Roger Creager in Concert. 301 Garden Trails Drive. cityofburnet.com. UVALDE: Senior Citizens and Veterans’ Fishing Derby at Uvalde National Fish Hatchery. fws.gov. JUNE 17-18 NEW BRAUNFELS: Liberty Gun Show. New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, libertygunshow.com. JUNE 22 BOERNE: A Thirst for Nature. Evening of cocktails and programs at Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road. visitboerne.org. JUNE 23-24 BURNET: Barbecue Cook-Off and Bulldog Thunder Truck and Tractor Pull. Burnet Fairgrounds. More information at burnetchamber.org. GEORGETOWN: Williamson County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo. Mutton bustin’ for the kids, live music and dancing after the rodeo each night, plus vendors, displays, and concessions on site. georgetownrodeo.com. JOHNSON CITY: Market Days. City Park, U.S. Highway 290 at Avenue G. lbjcountry.com. JUNE 24 BANDERA: Riverfest. Plenty of river activities, arts and crafts, children’s activities, music, and more along the banks of the Medina River. Car show and parts swap meet, barbecue contest or the “Bandera Idol” competition. Bandera City Park. banderariverfest.com. LUCKENBACH: 4th Annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival. Food lovers’ paradise of food trucks, wine, beer, and live music in legendary Luckenbach. 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. luckenbachtexas.com. JUNE 30 - JULY 2 LEAKEY: July Jubilee. Independence Day celebration featureing a small-town parade, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and a cowboy rodeo in historic downtown. Frio Canyon Chamber Arena and Downtown Leakey, 146 U.S. Highway 83. friocanyonchamber.com. WIMBERLEY: 72nd Annual VFW Rodeo. Traditional rodeo events include calf scrambles, bull riding, tie-down calf roping, bare back riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, mini bull riding, women’s breakaway roping, and women’s barrel racing. Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 6441, 401 Jacobs Well Road. wimberleyvfwrodeo.com. JULY 1 BOERNE: Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines. Cave Without A Name, Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road. cavewithoutaname.com. JULY 1-2, 15-16 FREDERICKSBURG: Live Pari- Mutuel Horse Racing Fun for the whole family featuring a full slate of live quarter horse and thoroughbred races. Gillespie County Fairgrounds. gillespiefair.com.


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