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Texas Hill Country Locator Map

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The “Goofy Gang.” Camryn, Madi, Katie, Molly, Kenzie, Jessica, Ziva, Kayleigh and Brooke. Photo by Jennifer Dodson. Is this really happening? Graduation is here! My baby girl is graduating from Dripping Springs High School this month and moving on to a whole new chapter of her life in this big world. When we moved here in 2005 and started with the Hill Country Sun, Kenzie was only 4 and starting preschool. Now she is 18 and has made amazing lifelong friends and memories that will forever be in her heart… and mine. The Hill Country is her home. A place she and her “Goofy Gang” and other friends will always have to come back to and feel welcome and loved. We have been truly blessed to live our lives here in the Hill Country and we say thank you from the bottom or our hearts to so many who have been supportive and have brought great happiness and love into our lives. So for all of you graduates, as you move on to the next chapter of your lives… just like Rascal Flatts sings, “My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to. May your dreams stay big, your worries stay small, you never need to carry more than you can hold. And when you’re out there getting where you’re getting to, I hope you know somebody loves you …and wants the same thing, too.” This says it all. Please remember these words. As parents we want the very best for you…always and forever. Go out there and live your very best life!

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National Museum of the Pacific War by ERNIE ALTGELT To the vast majority of us living in 2019, World War II, with its multiple theaters of involvement and millions of participants, subsists only as a distant and hazy history that was briefly touched on in school and/or has been fictionally revisited in various films and novels. Yes, with so much time elapsed, our connection to this Earth-altering event is tenuous at best, as those with first-hand experience of the magnitude of this epic conflict continue to diminish. But efforts have been made to preserve and share the war’s remarkable story for the benefit of subsequent generations and one such exceptional example amazingly (and appropriately) exists in the Texas Hill Country’s small community of Fredericksburg. Focused solely on the vast confrontation’s Far Eastern fronts, the unsurpassed National Museum of the Pacific War presents a compelling, cogent and comprehensive telling of all aspects involved – the combatants, the battles, the equipment, the geographies and more – that defined this distant and costly struggle of yesteryear. To the remaining “those who were actually there,” a visit will reawaken memories seared so long ago. For the rest of us, of any age, exposure to the sacrifices made to ensure a greater peace and, the ultimate success of those endeavors, are guaranteed to patriotically awe and inspire. This is an important instillation for all Americans and should not be missed. But why is such an essential remembrance located in a small, Hill Country hamlet? Quite simply, because of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. As the leader of the United States Pacific Fleet, a position he assumed after Pearl Harbor, Nimitz masterfully oversaw all aspects of this major WWII front. And, he was born and grew up in Fredericksburg where his family operated a hotel on the town’s Main Street. The 130-year-old building that housed the former inn currently comprises a portion of the museum, but more on that later. With Nimitz’s blessing, in 1967 his many friends, including a large number of ex-service men and women, decided a museum on this topic was mandatory and that the Admiral’s hometown was where it needed to be. Originally much smaller, the entire facility has grown to comprise more than six impressive acres encompassing multiple, state-of-the-art galleries, all entirely dedicated to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and Admiral Nimitz’s distinguished career. As visitors will discover, the majority of the museum’s extensive collection and the many, supporting explanatory exhibits are located in the massive (33,000 square-foot) George H. W. Bush Gallery, named for the former president who was also a decorated pilot during the Pacific War. Within the modern, climate-controlled structure, guests comfortably stroll through the sectionalized facility moving chronologically from the war’s earliest beginnings and culminating with the capitulation of Japan in 1945. Along the way, the stirring stories of participants (on all sides)

PCZ Carl Duncan. Photo by Dudley Harris.

are dramatically (audibly and visually) portrayed using actual (and many quite personal) artifacts supported with film taken during the battles as well. Recreations punctuate the overall narrative depicting battleship bridges, submarine interiors (where guests can scan the horizon for enemy vessels), weapons emplacements and much more. For those with family members who were actually involved, all of the major conflicts are covered – including the fierce actions at the Coral Sea, Midway, Tarawa, Okinawa and other equally important locales – helping later generations come to understand the hardships experienced by their fathers and grandfathers. Adding to the authenticity are multiple, macro-artifacts spread throughout the exhibition such as an entire Japanese submarine See MUSEUM, page 7

The National Museum of the Pacific War in Frederciskburg. Photo by Leo Aguirre.

MUSEUM, from page 6 used during the attack on Pearl Harbor, a B-25 bomber much like the ones that saw action on the Doolittle Raid, a Japanese Float fighter plane, a genuine PT Boat similar to the one captained by President John F. Kennedy and other amazing examples of equipment and weaponry from that telling time. Outside, on the meditative (memorial) courtyard adjoining the gallery, more than 500 veterans are honored, their names listed on plaques and pavers. Abutting the area is the Plaza of the Presidents, where 10 monuments pay tribute to those who not only assumed our highest office but also served during the Pacific conflict. Lastly, an authentic Japanese Garden of Peace (a gift to the museum from the people of Japan) beckons, stressing today’s shared desire for amity. A short walk away from the Bush Gallery is the museum’s notto-be-missed Pacific Combat Zone. Here, visitors will see additional aircraft and transport equipment but the real highlights are the thrilling weekend reenactments which simulate true-to-life battle conditions. It’s quite a show filled with explosions, rifle fire and the storming of an enemy entrenchment. The final installment is the Admiral Nimitz Gallery, ensconced in the original Nimitz Hotel, which is currently being updated. When it reopens in 2020, the gallery will continue a focus on the Admiral’s career, as well as his life in Fredericksburg. In total, all of the museum’s parts comprise an astounding and deeply emotional testimony to a world at war and those who fought. FYI • The National Museum of the Pacific War truly is something that all Americans should experience. Two-day tickets are priced at a modest $15 for adults with special rates (or free) for military, children and, of course, veterans of WWII. The Museum is located off Main Street at 311 East Austin Street in Fredericksburg and is open seven days a week. For more information visit the website at www.pacificwarmuseum.com.

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Herb’s Hat Shop by ERNIE ALTGELT

Herb’s Hat Shop in Blanco. Photos by Brittany Stover.

It’s an internationally-recognized given that we Texans know the importance of a good hat. Yep, whether for a little cooling shade, protection from an icy storm, or simply to make a personal statement, our choice of headgear shows us to be acutely attuned to the many advantages bestowed by our beloved Stetsons. Life is simply better when wearing a high quality hat. To that end, for the past 42 years savvy sombrero shoppers have made the trek to the legendary Herb’s Hat Shop, still located on San Antonio’s venerable Eastside on Rigsby Avenue but, thanks to an ever increasing demand for quality, selection and expertise, now just off the courthouse square in bucolic Blanco, as well. Both locations are full service, customer-friendly, old-schoolstyle emporiums that feature anything and everything hat related. And, as the name implies, that’s primarily all this outfit handles – hats! (Both stores offer many other fun, related items, too.) As those in the know can attest, for your noggin, Herb’s — in Blanco or San Antonio — has definitely got you covered. For a little background, the founder, part-time cowboy Herb Carroll, had retired from the local telephone company in the late 1970s but still “wanted to do something.” That something was establishing “Herb’s Hat Shop.” He liked wearing hats and soon discovered he liked selling them even more. Staffed with talented craftsmen and women and stocking only the finest inventory, his biz thrived. After many years happily overseeing his hattery, Herb passed away leaving the company to family members. It was from his stepdaughter that the current owner, Kay Maynard, acquired the shop in 2015. And this energetic and entrepreneurial hat-loving lady has skillfully managed to preserve and protect what Herb had lovingly created while incorporating some new (perhaps overdue), and well received twists, bends and rolls. For hat enthusiasts (cowboys and cowgirls), a visit to the San Antonio location is still like a trip down memory lane. Small but seemingly overflowing with tempting, ready to be steamed, bent and shaped merchandise (more than 2,000 Stetson, Resistol, Rodeo King, American and Charlie One Horse hats to choose), the establishment exudes quality and know-how. Past customers may note the much needed remodeling and redecorating to the infrastructure, which Kay undertook after the store’s purchase, as well as the more feminine lines now available. But they are quickly reassured by the familiar faces of the longterm staffers, as well as the exceptional brand names, styles and services still professionally offered. Once inside, first and foremost it quickly becomes obvious that these folks still know hats and, based on the large amount of on-going generational repeat patronage, the customers continue to appreciate this aspect of melding the new with the old. And, even though it’s only been a year, the same applies to the Blanco outlet. With its convenient and charming Hill Country location, Herb’s Hat Shop has already become a valued part of the community, servicing locals and traveling tourists alike. Housed in an old, historic building near the square and overseen by Kay’s husband, Bryan Maynard, its traditional and stylistic offerings are perfectly suited to the small town environment. And, again, myriad hats (thousands on hand) appropriately dominate the bright, refurbished and welcoming interior supported by knowledgeable employees whose sole task is to advise and guide in the cranial enhancing selection process. When compared to its older counSee HERB’S HATS, page 9

HERB’S HATS, from page 8

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Kay Maynard. Photo by Ernie Altgelt.

terpart in San Antonio, Blanco’s Herb’s Shop is like a gifted child that “naturally” took after its loving parent and in that, Herb Carroll would surely be proud. But beyond the differences in location and venue, thankfully all of the important similarities prevail. Those include the exceptional and extensive products available coupled with the unmatched (before and after the sale) personal attention lavished, as well. Also, while selling new hats is definitely the mission, preserving and maintaining existing felts and straws plays a big part too. Cleaning, reshaping and re-blocking as well as replacing worn sweatbands and hat bands all remain an essential part of the service ensuring that existing and new customers can continue to enjoy their treasured toppers for years to come. Both Herb’s Hat Shop locations specialize in expert product revitalization and that keeps many loyal patrons coming again and again. You might just say that this part of the business is simply, “old hat” to Herb’s Hat Shop’s dedicated crew. Herb’s Hat Shop is more than just hats. Under Kay’s proprietorship, an expanded assortment of other neat merchandise is on hand including quality knives, sunglasses, belts and more leather items, fashionable scarves, jewelry and, of course, myriad hat bands of all stripe. Customers will enjoy the conversation, too. So really, ladies and gentlemen, need a hat? Well, then head on over to Herb’s, because after four decades in the business, this place will leave your noggin’ feeling pretty well covered! FYI • Find Herb’s Hats in San Antonio is at 4922 Rigsby Avenue (210-648-9242) and in Blanco at 313 East Fourth Street (830-833-3104). For more information, visit the website at www. herbshats.com.

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Wild Birds Unlimited


Stores like Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Dripping Springs that support a particular hobby or interest naturally bring in customers with similar concerns and passions. Either they love wildlife in general and birds in particular, or they want a gift for someone with whom they want to share an appreciation of the natural world. There’s something about those feathery little creatures that stirs memories and connects us to others. Bird lovers become an extended family bonded by their shared enjoyment of observing, feeding and caring for wild birds. Wild Birds Unlimited offers high-quality bird seed, feeders, and many other bird feeding supplies, as well as a variety of nature related gifts. Jim Carpenter opened the first store in 1981 in Indianapolis with the goal of providing products and services to help people bring wild birds into their backyards. Two years later, he started franchising his concept, and in September 2017, Manuel and Anna Peña opened a store in their home town of Dripping Springs, fulfilling a longtime dream of having a family business with their daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Hector Bustillos. Manuel, a retired Austin police officer, and Anna, a retired pharmacist, have lived here for more than 35 years. Birds have always been important to Manuel and his family. “Feeding the birds was a respite from his work as a police officer,” Amanda says. Creating a safe and inviting environment for the birds, whether year round residents, seasonal or even rarely sighted surprise visitors, seems to come naturally to Manuel. People would always ask him, “How do you have so many birds in your yard?” and he would advise them about feeders and food and how to create a habitat that attracts a wide variety of wild birds. Amanda says, “We’re blessed to get to work together full time as a family on something we all love.” Each person brings talents and skills to the enterprise. Amanda, the store’s manager, has a background in marketing and Hector taught school in Austin. Their three year old daughter, Mila, adds joy and enthusiasm to the ambience of Wild Birds Unlimited whenever she’s on site. She even sweeps the floor from time to time. Last year, the City of Dripping Springs proclaimed October 9, 2018 “Wild Birds Unlimited Day” in appreciation of their community outreach. This included partnering with the city to host guided bird walks and children’s activities for Parks and Recreation Month, and connecting people to nature by donating and volunteering at the Dripping Springs Bird Blind at Charro Ranch Park. Other honors they received in 2018 were the Outstanding Customer Service Award and the “Most Creative” display winner at the Emily Ann Trail of Lights in Wimberley. “We are especially proud of our quality bird food and feeders,” says Amanda. There’s no filler in their seed mixes, and the Hill Country SUN   10 May/June 2019

number one seller is the No Mess Blend with no shells. Their well-designed and very sturdy feeders have a lifetime guarantee. The pole system is one of the top sellers, and the standing tray feeders, with a baffle on the base to keep those pesky but persistent squirrels and raccoons away, are a favorite feeder style for viewing birds and their behaviors. With this design, you can place various kinds of food (from seeds and fruit to mealworms) in one location. “We have the world’s best customers who support our family business and take great care of the birds in our community,” says Amanda. “We know them and they’re like family to us.” One of these regular customers is Shannon Woodruff, who lives west of town. Shannon is delighted there’s now a Wild Birds Unlimited store in Dripping Springs, much closer to where she lives, and says, “I’m so grateful for this place. It feels like family here – it’s like I’ve died and gone to heaven.” Anna says their goal is to provide excellent customer service, information and solutions to potential problems, and a high energy experience with each visit. “We want our customers to get the maximum joy from their bird feeding and bird watching experience,” she says, “our goal is to be the highlight of each of our customer’s day.” FYI • Wild Birds Unlimited is located at The Shops at the Springs, Suite 405, at 333 East Highway 290 in Dripping Springs. For more information, call 512-829-4782, email wbudstx@gmail.com or visit the website at www.drippingsprings.wbu.com.

Hector, Mila and Amanda Bustillos. Photo courtesy Wild Birds Unlimited.

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Hill Country Wildlife

a column by C.J. Wright

What’s all the buzz about birds?

As thoughts turn to words on page, it’s early April and white-tailed bucks in their prime are growing fresh antlers, large nubs that will soon lengthen, for antlers can grow a quarter inch a day. Fuzzy “velvet skin” will cover them, carrying nutrient-rich blood to the calcium and phosphorus bones we call antlers. Dogwoods are blooming, their branches white garlands lacing through the woods. A painted lady flits from blossom to blossom, its proboscis probing the flowers’ golden centers. A male Diana fritillary glides by. Stealthy in their search for insects, a pair of Eastern Phoebes spruced up their old nest, and the female is incubating eggs. First one, then two male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds arrived, each resting on feeders, drinking eagerly. Soon more males touch down, followed by females. These hummers make the trip from Central America flying just above tree level, keeping sharp eyes out for flowers and insects, fuel to continue their voyage. It strikes me as sad that they’re such loners. Although each follows the same migratory route, they fly solo, sort of like people traveling a highway, each driving alone to his own destination. Why alone? It’s thought that because hummers are so small and fast, predators miss seeing them, whereas a flock would draw notice. In addition, they hardly create enough air current to leave a wake for another. Warm days soon opened coral honeysuckle blossoms to shine in the morning sun, drawing a hummer to drink. Although bees are important pollinators, this tiny bird is also key. Its long bill and longer tongue glide into a tubular flower. While it sips the sweet nectar, sticky pollen clings to the hummer’s bill. When the bill enters another flower, it transfers pollen grains to the ovary of that flower. By fall, red berries replace flowers, succulent food for fruit-eating birds, such as Northern Cardinals and Tufted Titmice, and wintering Hermit Thrush and White-throated Sparrows. In the trees, a small bird flits rapidly from branch to branch. Quick as a kinglet, it’s small but with blue back—then the white eyering, and the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher shows itself. The only really migratory gnatcatcher (Most gnatcatchers reside in Central and South America.), the Blue-grays have moved their nesting range northward about 200 miles in the last quarter of the 20th century due to increases in average temperatures. Soon another male joins in. They flutter among the trees, tails cocked and white underparts showing. Their energy intoxicates as they snap up insects, sometimes diving a few feet into the air to catch a fleeing morsel. Not much bigger than a hummer, these bundles of energy feed on far more than gnats. They enjoy spiders, leaf beetles, weevils, grasshoppers and leafhoppers. The latter is considered an agricultural pest for it punctures the undersides of leaves and sucks the sap, injecting toxins, causing leaves to yellow and fall and, in the process, transmitting a variety of viruses and bacteria to the plant. Apparently these tiny gnatcatchers’ energy isn’t all about foraging. A pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are said to build as many as seven nests in a breeding season! Resourceful, they sometimes retrieve nesting materials from one nest to build the next, action to speed up the process—action necessary for breeding success, for mite infestations, predation and nest parasitism often cause brood failures. Although the two males shared foraging space, with only one confrontation, these guys are fiercely territorial, often chasing a rival for up to seventy feet. They proclaim their territories with early nesting serenades, complex songs, punctuated with high-pitched whistles, including mimicked bits of repertoires from jays, warblers, tanagers and other species. Hill Country SUN   12 May/June 2019

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

As April draws to a close, bird migration winds down, males mark their territories and breeding season begins. Throughout May and June, dedicated and experienced birders will conduct Breeding Bird Surveys (BBS). These surveys are a cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey and the Canadian Wildlife Service. They along with the UK Breeding Bird Survey collect data that evaluates the increasing and decreasing ranges of bird populations—information used in preparing bird field guides. Information key to bird conservation. BBS data between 1966-1987 indicated that the Eastern Bluebird population declined dramatically in the 1970s. Though declines can be attributed to House Sparrow and European Starling competition for nest sites, pesticide use, decline in winter food supplies, decreases in nest cavities, there was a definite correlation between severe winter weather and bluebird declines. As a result, management programs were developed. They supplied birdhouses, placed on poles to detract ants, rats and other critters. Nests were monitored, cleaned when appropriate and treated when needed. Metal baffles or other barriers placed around poles discouraged predators. If House Sparrow nests or eggs were discovered, they were removed. Through these efforts, Eastern Bluebird populations rebounded. On May 4, bird enthusiasts around the globe take part in Global Big Day, a day when folks worldwide watch for and record the birds they see and here. From midnight to midnight local time folks get to count and record their findings and submit their checklists, information to help scientists better understand birds. Last year’s count set a record, with 7,025 species reported from over 150 countries. For more information, visit ebird.org/globalbigday So what’s all the buzz about those little things with feathers? Follow a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher for a clue. Birds eat 400-500 million tons of insects a year. During outbreaks of Spruce Budworms, Evening Grosbeaks consume $1,820 worth of biological control within one square kilometer. And did you know that throughout Europe, bird nest boxes are a form of pest control? Like the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, many birds are pollinators. About five percent of the plants they pollinate, we use for food or medicine. And when it comes to clean up, breathing the air or taking a nature hike wouldn’t be the same without vultures. Before the scent of death permeates the air (usually within an hour of death) vultures circle overhead, locating the carcass way before other scavengers. During its lifetime, a single vulture could earn $11,600 in waste disposal services. When Asia’s vulture population collapsed, India’s feral dog populations exploded to 5.5 million. Rabies spread resulting in an estimated 47,300 deaths. FYI • The list goes on. Check it out. Google: “Why we need birds (far more than they need us).”

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The accordionist’s resourceful resource

Gus Escobar by ERNIE ALTGELT

Gus (right) plays Bajo Sexto guitar with Mingo Salvidar (center) and Max Baca. Photo courtesy Gus Escobar.

Gus at work, tuning an accordion reed block. Photo by Ernie Altgelt.

Gus Escobar.

Photo by Ernie Altgelt.

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he ability to make remarkable music is comprised of multiple facets – a good tune, a gifted technician and of course, a quality instrument. All are key when considering execution. And as we all know, without this essential “trio” working in harmony, the results (along with the listener) can truly suffer. Each contributes equally to an aural achievement that, when successful, can then be audibly appreciated. Sound good? Well, just south of New Braunfels resides the respected Augustin (Gus) Escobar, a “musician’s musician” who not only is an accomplished player in his own right, but more importantly to those who rely on his extensive expertise, is also a respected, sought-after “resourceful resource” for instrument repair, reconditioning and even, customization – especially where accordions are concerned. Amazingly adept when creativity and technical know-how are required, Gus has kept the regional Conjunto and Tejano scenes “salsa hot” and, that’s the flat-out (no sharps, either) truth. Born in the Rio Grande Valley township of Escobares (where lots of Escobars lived then and, still do), Gus came to music early. As he recalls, “I was always entranced by the melodies I heard on the radio stations coming out of Mexico during the 1950s. To me, these lively polkas and emotional rancheras represented a cultural connection that was joyfully shared throughout the area.” Even now, Gus still regularly tunes into the local stations that play the traditional favorites he grew up with. However, regarding actually “making” music, it was at the age of 13 when he kindly volunteered to escort his blind cousin to the cousin’s accordion lessons – given by none other than the legendary Pedro Ayala (“El Monarca Del Accordion”) – that gave him his start. While these sessions were ostensibly only for his cousin’s benefit, as the always eager to learn Gus, a keen observer, attests, “By watching, I soon begin to also acquire the knowledge and ability to play the instrument as well.” And, it wasn’t long before a proficiency set in as Gus, over time, practiced (while listening to and emulating others) and soon developed into an accomplished musician on his own. And, that accomplishment amazingly later extended into mastering the standard guitar and its rhythmic, bassy relative, and the bajo sexto too. With these instruments in his gifted hands, a now seasoned Gus has since performed countless times on stages across South and Central Texas, always delighting the appreciative audiences gathered. But, aside from his recognized abilities as a player, what especially sets Gus apart from the many other exceptional Hispanic musicians within Texas is his talent with the technical side of instruments. While always naturally inquisitive, as a young student learning to play he also began self-teaching himself about the repair and tuning of the accordion and the guitar. Picking up tips from other older established “tuners” and, as he admits, “through a lot of trial and error,” Gus, over time, acquired the essential knowledge that has made this remarkable renovator today’s respected “go-to” person upon whom so many within the Conjunto community currently rely. He is so good, in fact, that in 2015, he became one of the few area Hohner Factory Certified Technicians in accordion repair. See GUS ESCOBAR, page 15

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For the past 15 years Gus has been operating out of his modest, but well equipped, garage workshop located behind his comfortable home. Within are banks of new and vintage accordions, all lovingly touched, tuned and/or modified per each customer’s request. And, those customers include some of Conjunto’s most famous (and demanding) performers including the legendary Flaco Jimenez, Joel Guzman, Max Baca, Eddie “Lalo” Torres and many other regional and national, genre superstars, not to mention hundreds of amateur players. Whatever is required (and then some) to personalize and make an instrument exceptional is within Gus’ skill-set. Custom tuning, cosmetic treatments, extensive repair, even creating hybrid versions are all doable. And, with an extensive inventory of new and old parts coupled with his self-gained knowledge of the history and workings of the various models and manufacturers of accordions, this imaginative and often ingenious master of the mend seems capable of any task required to make, in many cases, an instrument, even better than new – really. As a side note, Gus has also built more than 50 “bajos” from scratch in his adjoining woodshop. It’s rare to encounter such a melodic master who not only ably displays the skills necessary to perform with his/her chosen instrument(s) but, goes beyond by delving into and reshaping the actual physical mechanics of what’s needed to produce truly remarkable music. But, that’s just Maestro Gus Escobar, the accordionist’s undisputed resourceful resource. Now, let’s go polka! FYI • To contact Gus regarding accordion repairs and tuning, call 210-658-3137.

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TDPW’s Outdoor Outreach Grants This is the time of year that Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife gives a huge, huge helping hand to local organizations that want to help get kids outside — outside and loving nature and what can do in nature. Every year TDPW’s Community Outdoor Outreach Program gives sizable grants to support community-based outdoor rec programs such as camping, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, hunting, kayaking, all that. This year’s grants amount to $1.5 million across Texas, with a portion going to Texas Hill Country areas. Just look at all these ways kids and families are going to get outside and enjoy parks in Texas:


Austin Sunshine Camp — $50,000 will support eight sessions of free, overnight summer camps for low income youth, including canoeing, wildlife learning, orienteering, and aquatic life – all in Zilker Park City of Austin — $50,000 helps the Camacho Activity Center and Austin Park Rangers Cadet Program bring outdoor adventure and natural science summer camp programs at 20 Austin PARD Recreation Centers where 600 youth will kayak, fish, hike, rock climb, and learn about the aquatic ecosystems. Explore Austin — $50,000 allows Explore Austin to engage 300 youth with more than 200 hours of outdoor, nature-based adventures this year, including Mentor-Led Saturday Challenges and Summer Wilderness Trips, with week-long back-country camping at Colorado Bend State Park. Families in Nature — $49,498 to the Schools to Parks Campout Program equips families in Title I schools camping training and experience, including camping workshops and campouts on school grounds and Texas State Parks. National Wildlife Federation — $35,824 for Monarch Heroes engages 2,500 K-12 students in Austin ISD and San Antonio ISD to create milkweed habitat and complete citizen science investigations to assist the monarch butterfly. Five hundred students will be able to take field trips to McKinney Falls State Park and Government Canyon State Natural Area as part of their Texas Pollinator BioBlitz explorations. Partners for Education Agriculture and Sustainability — $50,000 for a Connecting with Nature program to lead environmental education lessons for three economically disadvantaged schools in Austin, a pilot program for archery in schools, and a Camp Teach Outside program for teachers to learn environmental science curriculum while camping. Travis County — $50,000 will help the Youth Outdoor Ambassador Program at 4-H CAPITAL provide 200 urban youth with hands-on, after-school science activities, field trips to the outdoors and guest speaker enrichment opportunities. A two-week Aquatic Science and Sportfishing Summer camp for 50 Del Valle Elementary youth also teaches aquatic science and basic fishing skills. Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center — $41,950 for the Girls Outside program will add overnight campouts at McKinney Falls and Pedernales State Parks for 250 girls and their families. Girls Outside is a collaboration between Westcave and Austin ISD to provide environmental science, mentorship and career development.


El Comite Cultural del Pueblo, Inc. — $36,418 helps the Nature and Me program to teach fishing, kayaking, ecosystem assessment, camping, archery, and bat viewing to more youth ages 8-17 at Devils River State Natural Area and Kickapoo Cavern.


Williamson County — $30,139 for the GO! Program helps 250 youth in Williamson County juvenile justice system to visit State, City

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Communities in Schools of South-Central Texas — $50,000 helps Project Success give wilderness leadership experiences to students via campouts in Texas State Parks. East Central Independent School District — $50,000 for Park Place gives high school students extensive leadership training centered on outdoor recreation, environmental education, and conservation activities to allow them to serve as mentors for elementary and middle school students during overnight camping trips at parks. Northside Independent School District — $30,526 to Project ACORN improves environmental literacy for students at 18 elementary and middle schools through hands on, inquiry-based science explorations and birding activities, with bird-banding research and participating in the Great Texas Birding Classic. San Antonio River Authority — $33,796 for SARA Recreation enhances community appreciation of the San Antonio River via a variety of recreation activities at local parks, including kayaking, archery, fishing, bird watching, and camping.


Texas State University — $49,969 to Spring Lake Outdoor Education Program will provide after-school and summer outdoor experiences led by TSU students, including a mountain bike program and a six-day expedition along Texas rivers. In TPWD’s 23 years of funding these outdoor outreach grants, Texas communities have received more than $20 million to introduce kids and families to outdoor recreation, conservation, and environmental education programs.

Lee Coleé Studios to host final Summer Theater Bootcamp by BONNIE EISSLER Lee Coleé Studios’ Summer Theater Bootcamp program will conclude its epic run of 19 years this summer. The first camp in 2001 culminated in a live performance of “Annie” at Old Glory Ranch. One young actor from that first show was Calen Cabler, now director of the Wimberley High School Theater Department. Lee’s boot camps became a hallmark of Texas Hill Country summers as she and her staff mentored aspiring young performers, encouraging them to step into the spotlight with enthusiasm and confidence. Isabelle Hodge began studies with Participants experienced the thrills Lee Coleé at age 11 and appeared in many boot camp productions. and rigors of a professional summer Photo courtesy Lee Coleé Studios. stock theater environment, with many of them going on to have successful careers in the entertainment field. “All of my camp performers and parents will always be part of our camp family,” Lee says. “I love receiving their graduation notices, reviews, wedding announcements, career advancement emails, birth announcements and photographs!” From 2002 through 2012 at Wimberley Players venues and from 2013 at the Price Center in San Marcos, campers performed musicals such as “Grease,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” The final production, “Childsplay! Shine It On!,” showcases young

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Calendar of Events NOTE: Event location/times listed may change. Some require admission fees or reservations. Please call ahead to confirm. EVERY DAY GRUENE: Live music at Gruene Hall. gruenehall.com. EVERY SUNDAY HELOTES: Family Night and Free Dance at John T. Floore’s Country Store., 14492 Old Bandera Road. 6 pm. liveatfloores.com. SECOND SUNDAY BANDERA: Second Sunday Music Fest. Afternoon of music, food, and fun at Frontier Times Museum. banderacowboycapital.com. 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 EVERY MONDAY CYPRESS MILL: Bunkhouse Gang at Wenmohs Ranch. Paint and enjoy fellowship of artists. 830-825-3465. 0 EVERY TUESDAY SAN MARCOS/WIMBERLEY: Community Bible Study. Interdenominational Bible Study. Men, Women, Couples, Spanish, Youth & Children. 6:30 pm to 8 pm. First Christian Church, 3105 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos. Register at 512-808-9156, paula.king206@yahoo.com. EVERY WEDNESDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Farmers Market. 3 pm to 6 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, 512-460-9919. SAN MARCOS: Kent Finlay’s Songwriter’s Circle. You never know who’ll drop in to join the circle at the historic Cheatham Street Warehouse. 8 pm. cheathamstreet.com. WIMBERLEY: Farmers’ Market. Senior Citizen’s Activity Center, Ranch Road 12. 512-264-1637. EVERY WEDNESDAY through SUNDAY SAN MARCOS: Wimberley Glassworks. Watch art being created in a live glassblowing demo. Gallery is open 10 am to 5 pm daily and Sunday noon to 5 pm. wgw.com THIRD WEDNESDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Cook Off Club. 6:30 pm. VFW Hall. For more information, 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 WEDNESDAY WIMBERLEY: Meeting of the Hill Country Neighbors. 10:30 am. Community Center. 512-847-2849. EVERY THURSDAY INGRAM: Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market. Highway 39 & Old Ingram Loop. 2 pm to 7 pm. 830-367-2800. FIRST THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: First Thursday. 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 7 pm. 512-858-5637. FIRST & THIRD THURSDAY CANYON LAKE: Noon Lions Meet at Canyon Lake Golf Club. 830-8994406. SECOND THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Bead Society. Wimberley Community Center. 1 pm. Marilyn Pierce, mp@ smpierce.net. SECOND & FOURTH THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Toastmaster Club. Learn public speaking, leadership. 7 pm to 8 pm. Community Center. 512-847-6822. THIRD THURSDAY BANDERA: Cowboy Camp. Pickers who play cowboy, Texas, or swing music welcome to sit in. banderacowboycapital.com. BOERNE: A Thirst for Nature. Learn about the plants and wildlife of Boerne and the Hill Country’s surrounding areas. Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road. 830-249-4616. Hill Country SUN   18 May/June 2019

DRIPPING SPRINGS: Dripping Springs VFW Post 2933 meets at 7 pm. 512-858-5637. WIMBERLEY: Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse presents some of best in Hill Country music. Intimate, smoke-free venue makes for great listening. Pie, tamales, pizza, coffee, soft drinks available. Doors 7 pm, music 7:30 pm. wimberleyumc.org. WIMBERLEY: Third Thursday. Shops stay open in downtown area ’til 8 pm. WimberleyMerchants.com. EVERY THURSDAY - SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Live Music at Linda’s Fine Foods. 500 FM 2325. facebook. com/LindasFineFoods. EVERY THURSDAY through SUNDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Craft Beer Tasting, Free Tour at Twisted X Brewing Co. Tex-MexBeer.com. EVERY FRIDAY BLANCO: Tasting Room Open & Brewery Tours at Real Ale Brewing Company. realalebrewing.com. WIMBERLEY: Bingo. Family friendly fun at the VFW Hall on Jacobs Well Road. 512-847-6441. FIRST FRIDAY BANDERA: Knights of Columbus Fish Fry. 5 pm at St. Joseph’s Hall. www.banderacowboycapital.com. FREDERICKSBURG: First Friday Art Walk. ffawf.com. MARBLE FALLS: Art Walk. 5 pm to 8 pm. marblefalls.org. SECOND FRIDAY BANDERA: Medina Community Jam Session. Bring a covered dish, snack, dessert. Community Center. banderacowboycapital.com. UVALDE: Four Square Friday. Shopping, food, music, art. 6 pm to 9 pm. visituvalde.com. EVERY SATURDAY BANDERA: Flying L Chuckwagon Dinner Enjoy barbecue, wagon rides, roping lessons, gunslingers, line dancing, more. flyingl.com. BOERNE: Farmer’s Market. 9 am to 1 pm. cibolo.org. 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, 830-935-2781. NEW BRAUNFELS: Farmers Market. nbfarmersmarket.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. Ranch Road 2325 and Highway 165. 830-833-5428 WIMBERLEY: Saturday Evening Dinners. www.blairhouseinn.com. UTOPIA: Lunch and Dinner at Laurel Tree. utopiagourmet.com. FIRST SATURDAY BANDERA: Market Days on Courthouse Square. 830-796-4447. BANDERA: First Saturday Book Sale. Public Library. 830-796-4213. BANDERA: Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters. Re-creating shootouts and life of the Old West. High noon and 2 pm. banderacowboycapital.com. BANDERA: Cowboys on Main. Interact with a sample of Old West cowboy lifestyle on Main Street. banderacowboycapital.com DRIFTWOOD: Community Club. Group meets to enhance community spirit. Dinner 7 pm. driftwoodtx.org. KERRVILLE: Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet. Youth Exhibit Center. Free admission, kerrmarketdays.org. SECOND SATURDAY BOERNE: Kuhlmann-King Museum Tour. See what a historic Boerne home looked like “way back when.” Open every Second Saturday of each month. Kuhlmann-King House, 402 East Blanco Road. 830-3311033, visitboerne.org. CASTROVILLE: Market Trail Days. Houston Square. 830-539-2316. WIMBERLEY: Gallery Trail. 15 galleries around the Wimberley Square open late offering art, wine, appetizers. www.Facebook.com/SecondSaturdayGalleryTrail. EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Craft Beer Tasting and Free Tour at Twisted X Brewing Company, live music and food. TexMexBeer.com. ROUND MOUNTAIN: Tours at Westcave Preserve. westcave.org.

Calendar of Events FIRST/LAST SATURDAY-SUNDAY LAMPASAS: Trade Days. Meet artists and craftsmen who create one-ofa-kind items, from antiques, collectibles, quilts, and crafts, to folk/fine art, home furnishings. marigoldsantiques.com SECOND SATURDAY-SUNDAY AUSTIN: Tours of Bright Leaf Natural Area. brightleaf.org. FOURTH SATURDAY-SUNDAY JOHNSON CITY: Market Days. JohnsonCityTexas-Chamber.com. MAY 1-31 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Dripping with Taste Trail and Passport. Visit wineries, breweries and distilleries. www.DrippingWithTaste.org. MAY 4-JUNE 29 KERRVILLE: American Plains Artists Signature Show. Museum of Western Art, 1550 Bandera Highway. museumofwesternart.com. MAY 16-18 FREDERICKSBURG: Waltstock and Barrel — A Texas Wine and Music Festival. Hosted by Texas troubadour, singer-songwriter Walt Wilkins and his band, The Mystiqueros, with Johnny Nicholas, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, Drew Kennedy, Josh Grider, Zac Wilkerson, Susan Gibson and more. Fine art silent auction, Texas Hill Country wine garden, food trucks, family fun. At Jellystone Texas Wine Country, 10618 US Highway 290. waltstockandbarrel.com. MAY 18-19 GRUENE: Old Gruene Market Days. Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Gruene Historic District, 1601 Hunter Road. 830-629-5077, gruenemarketdays.com. MAY 23-JUNE 6 KERRVILLE: 48th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival. 18 days and nights of songwriters with national and international acclaim. Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Highway. kerrvillefolkfestival.org. MAY 24-26 FREDERICKSBURG: Crawfish Festival A festival dedi- cated to music, entertainment, food, beverges, fun inspired by all things Cajun. Marktplatz, 100 block of West Main. fbgjaycees.com/crawfish-festival.html. MAY 25 FREDERICKSBURG: USO-Style Memorial Day Hangar Dance. Dress in your best 1940s-inspired outfit and help support the USO in Fort Hood. Swing dance lessons and music by the Lone Star Swing Orches- tra provided. Hangar Hotel Pacific Showroom. hangarhotel.com. HUNT: Crider’s Rodeo and Dancehall Opening Night. 8 pm rodeo, 9 pm dancing, live music. 2310 State Highway 39. cridersrandd.com. KERRVILLE: “Memorial Memories.” The Sentimental Journey Orchestra performs at the Cailloux Theater. 3 pm. www.CaillouxTheater.com. MAY 25-26 FREDERICKSBURG: WWII Pacific Combat Program at the National Museum of the Pacific War. History comes to life with equipment and weapons used during WWII and a battle re-enactment set on an island in the Pacific. Pacific Combat Zone, 508 East Austin. 830-997-8600, pacificwarmuseum.org. MAY 26 KERRVILLE: Memorial Memories. Annual Memorial Day tribute concert features big band and patriotic music. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. 830-896-9393; caillouxtheater.com. MAY 27 FREDERICKSBURG: Memorial Day Program. Ceremony to honor those who lost their lives serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. National Museum of the Pacific War. 830-997-8600, pacificwarmuseum.org. MAY 31-JUNE 1 FREDERICKSBURG: The Gatlin Brothers in Concert. Rockbox Theater, rockboxtheater.com. MAY 31-JUNE 30 WIMBERLEY: “Into the Woods.” Outdoor musical at EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens, 1101 FM 2325. emilyann.org. JUNE 1 BANDERA: Market Days. Arts and crafts vendors in downtown Bandera. Courthouse Law. banderacowboycapital.com BOERNE: Hot Rod Night. Live music and classic cars, event is reminiscent of old-fashioned Americana street parties—a gathering place for old and new friends. C-Rock Band performs music of the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. Soda Pops, 103 North Main. 830-331-8799.

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Calendar of Events BOERNE: Texas Two Step—2-Ring Miniature Dairy Goat Show The public is welcome to the 2 Ring MDGA-sanctioned show. Kendall County Fairgrounds. hillcountryminimilkers.org. FREDERICKSBURG: 15th Annual Masonic Open Car Show. Features classic cars, live music, food, vendors, and more. Marktplatz, 126 West Main. fredericksburgmasons.com/ carshow.html. KERRVILLE: Hill Country Swap Meet. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 State Highway 27. kerrmarketdays.org. ROUND ROCK: The Eating2Well and Health Fit Foodie Festival and 5K. Tastes from restaurants, beer and wine gardens, mini-workout classes, demonstrations. Old Settlers Park. fitfoodierun.com/austin-texas. JUNE 1-JULY 6 KERRVILLE: Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show The nations finest gourd artists compete in a variety of categories in this popular annual show. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. kacckerrville.com. JUNE 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 BANDERA: Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters Experience gunfight re-enactments at noon and 2 pm. Bandera Visitors Center, 126 State Highway 16 South. 830-796-3045, banderacowboycapital.com. BANDERA: Cowboys on Main. See and interact with a sample of the Old West lifestyle on Main Street. banderacowboycapital.com. BOERNE: Farmers Market at The Cibolo. 33 Herff Road. 830-249-4616. BULVERDE: Saturday Night Rodeos. Live music and dancing to mechanical bulls, mutton’ bustin, and calf scrambles. Tejas Rodeo Company, 401 Obst Road. tejasrodeo.com. JUNE 2 BLANCO: Blanco Performing Arts presents Michael Schneider, Piano. 3 pm. Uptown Blanco Ballroom. BlancoPerformingArts.com. KERRVILLE: Painting with Piz-zazz. Enjoy a glass of wine and chocolate treats while creating a personalized wine glass. Kerrville Hills Winery, 3600 Fredericksburg Road. 830-895-4233, kerrvillehillswinery.com JUNE 4, 18 BOERNE: Abendkonzert. Boerne Village Band is the longest continuously playing German band in the world outside of Germany. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. Main Plaza. 830-248-1635.

JUNE 4-JULY 30 SAN MARCOS: Movies in Your Park. Bring blanket and chairs and pick the perfect spot to enjoy a movie and festivities. toursanmarcos.com. JUNE 6 - AUGUST 29 SAN MARCOS: 30th Annual Summer in the Park Concert Series. Every Thursday night. Bring friends, family, lawn chairs, blankets, and an ice chest of your favorite beverage. Plaza Park, 206 North CM Allen Parkway. toursanmarcos.com. JUNE 7-8 KERRVILLE: Shakespeare in the Park. Bring a chair, blanket, and food, and watch a free play under the stars: “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive. playhouse2000.com. LLANO: 84th Annual Open Pro Rodeo. Enjoy a full weekend of bronc bustin’, bull riding, bar- rel racing, mutton bustin’, and calf scramble. John L. Kuykendall Arena and Events Center, 2200 West Ranch Road 152. 325-247-5354. LLANO: Volunteer Fire Department Barbecue Cookoff. Fundraiser includes a $10,000 payout to make it worthwhile for the cookers and their support. facebook.com/llanovfdannualbbqcookoff. LUCKENBACH: 12th Annual Thomas Michael Riley Music Festival. Activities include camping, campfire pickin’, and chicken bingo. 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 830-997-3224, luckenbachtexas.com. JUNE 7-9 EARLY: Central Texas Cowboy Gathering. This event features performers from International Western Music Association along with cowboy poetry, storytelling, and vendors, Western re-enactment skits and kid’s activities. 400 Old Comanche Road. stagecoachstationvenues.com. JUNE 7, 14, 21, 28 BANDERA: Summer Rodeo. Bull riding, mini bulls, team roping, tiedown roping, open roping, break-away, mutton bustin’ and more! 2886 State Highway 16 North. banderacowboycapital.com JUNE 8 BOERNE: Second Saturday Art Beat. Shops and galleries are teaming up to bring you a heart-racing fine art experience. Hill Country Mile, 100 North Main. 210-954-6659, visitboerne.org.

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Calendar of Events JUNE 8 KYLE: Market Days. City Square Park, 101 South Burleson Street. 512262-3939, cityofkyle.com/recreation. MASON: Sweet Pickin’s Vintage Fair. Mason Community Building, 1015 San Antonio Highway. facebook.com/ sweetpickinsvintagefair. SAN MARCOS: Texas Water Safari. 260-mile long canoe and kayak race from Spring Lake in San Marcos to the city of Seadrift on the Texas coastline. texaswatersafari.org. JUNE 8-9 BOERNE: Market Days. Boerne Main Plaza, 100 North Main. 210-8448193, visitboerne.org. JUNE 9 CASTROVILLE: Artisans, Antiques and Edibles Market Days. Shop a selection of arts and crafts, foods, goods from local growers. 1306 Angelo Street. castroville.com/events-festivals. JUNE 11 COMFORT: Music in the Park. Bring a lawn chair, enjoy the music, and dance, too. Comfort City Park. 830-995-3813. JUNE 14-15 UVALDE: Honey Festival. Family events like a bake-off, music, street dance, relay race, crafts, plus a focus on bee and honey conservation education. Main Street. uvaldehoneyfestival.com. JUNE 14-16 BOERNE: Berges Fest. Miss Berges Fest pageant, Saturday parade, carnival, family-friendly games. Herff Park. bergesfest.com. FREDERICKSBURG: Trade Days. 355 Sunday Farms Lane. 830-9904900, fbgtradedays.com. JUNE 15 KERRVILLE: Kerrville Skateboard Competition Singing Wind Park, 2112-2116 Singing Wind Drive. 830-257-7300, kerrrvilletx.gov JUNE 15-16 GRUENE: Old Gruene Market Days. Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Gruene Historic District, 1601 Hunter Road. gruenemarketdays.com. JUNE 21-22 STONEWALL: 58th Annual Peach JAMboree and Rodeo. Enjoy peach judging, the crowning of the Peach Queen, a parade, food, music, and a rodeo. Downtown Stonewall. stonewalltexas.com. JUNE 22 BOERNE: Concert in the Cave. Enjoy mixture of uplifting, songs, ancient instrumentation, improvisation, contemplation celebrating Summer Solstice. Cave Without A Name. 830-537-4212, visitboerne.org. BOERNE: Hot Rod Night. Live music and classic cars—a gathering place for old and new friends. The Lonestar Pickerz perform classic country. Soda Pops, 103 North Main. 830-331-8799. KERRVILLE: John Schneider. Cailloux Theater. 7:30 pm. www.CaillouxTheater.com. JUNE 22-23 JOHNSON CITY: Market Days. City Park, US Highway 290 at Avenue G. 830-868-7684, lbjcountry.com. JUNE 23 GRUENE: Frank Schlather Day. Also known as Frank’s Tranquilizer Hour, this event commemorates the legendary former “mayor” of Gruene with special offers at Gruene Hall, including 50-cent beers from noon to 2 pm. 1281 Gruene Road. 830-629-5077, gruenehall.com. JUNE 28-JULY 21 WIMBERLEY: “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” The Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Road. 512-847-0575, wimberleyplayers.org. JUNE 29 BANDERA: Riverfest. Bring your tube, swimsuit and river shoes. Activities include kayak races, exhibits, water games, river rodeo, car show, music, food booths, arts and crafts, paddle boats, and cookoff. Bandera City Park, 1102 Maple Street. banderacowboycapital.com. KERRVILLE: The Shoji Tabuchi Show. Cailloux Theater. 7:30 pm. www. CaillouxTheater.com. WIMBERLEY: Metaphysical and Holistic Fair. Wimberley Community Center. www.heavenpathwaysearth.com/fair-wimberley. JUNE 30 BOERNE: Independence Day Concert. The Boerne Concert Band celebrates with plenty of patriotic music. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets

and picnics. Free admission. Main Plaza, 100 North Main. 830-2481635, visitboerne.org. JULY 4 WIMBERLEY: Independence Day Parade. 10 am. www.Wimberley.org. JULY 4-6 WIMBERLEY: 74th Annual VFW Rodeo. texasvfw.net/vfw-rodeo. JULY 6-7 LEAKEY: July Jubilee. Rodeos Friday and Saturday evening 8 pm. Saturday parade begins at 10 am downtown , Rope Wyld at 2 pm. Vendors 8 am to 8 pm Saturday and 9 am to 2 pm Sunday. friocanyonchamber.com. JULY 26-27 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Fair and Rodeo. Dance, rodeo, mutton bustin’. 8 pm. Dripping Springs Ranch Park. drippingspringsfairandrodeo.com.


Saturday June 29, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019


Wimberley Metaphysical & Holistic Fair



dripping springs ranch park

July 26, and 27th 2019 FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8:00 PM DANCE RANCH RODEO MUTTON BUSTIN’ May/June 2019 Hill Country SUN   21

Hill Country SUN   22 May/June 2019

14th Annual

Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show May 23 - July 6, 2019

Reception — Saturday, May 25 2-4 pm Regular Gallery Hours Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

“Tres Amigos” by Judy Richie

Kerr Arts & Cultural Center 228 Earl Garrett Street Kerrville, Texas 78028

830-895-2911 • www.kacckerville.com


3 PM JUNE 2 2019 MICHAEL SCHNEIDER, PIANO www.blancoperformingarts.com




May/June 2019

Post Office Box 1019 Dripping Springs, TX 78620



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