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Texas singer-songwriter Bobby Pounds


obby Pounds estimates that he’s written 100-plus songs in his more than 20 year-long career, “but only a handful of really good ones.” “I want people to laugh, and then I want them to relate,” he says, opening up about what he wants people to take away from his music. The singing, songwriting, father of three is the first to admit that writing songs is his strong point over belting out tunes at the mic, but he does enjoy getting vocal in local Texas haunts. “I guess I’m an alright singer. People come out and they like to dance to my voice,” he reveals modestly. “I really enjoy the songwriting and watching them dance to something I

wrote -- that’s really cool.” But songwriting was something that just came naturally to Bobby, who penned his first tune way back in 1991 when he was a student at the University of Texas at Austin. “I don’t know, it was really cool,” he explains of how he felt turning his first song into something tangible. “When I got together with some musician friends of mine and put a demo together, it was like, ‘This is really cool.’ You know, something you thought of and now it’s music and I’m listening to it on my stereo. Kind of got me into the whole songwriting thing.” Now a seasoned and successful commercial songwriter, the Austin native

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didn’t grow up a musical prodigy. He was a baseball player in high school, but took a musical path in his college years, and when his grandfather bought him a chord book to study, he used his newfound talent and learned some staple George Strait tunes. He found some early country success as the frontman for a band that was doing what most bands have to do to get their name out there in the beginning -- play Top 40 cover songs in local clubs. Bobby says while he was happily following the cash flow and enjoying opening for major acts like Ray Price and Martina McBride, that approach to music just wasn’t fulfilling him in the way he felt he needed to be fulfilled. “So I just started writing my own stuff,” he says simply. It was just a few years later that he pitched a song to a friend who was working with some of George Strait’s bandmates, one of whom had a publishing company. He heard one of Bobby’s original songs and just like that, the hopeful had his foot in the door — they’ve been working together consistently for 17 years. And he’s seen his hard work pay off. Bobby had in his pocket the beginning verse to ‘Don’t Touch My Willie’ -- an admittedly tongue-in-cheek tune well known in Texas as sung by Kevin Fowler -- when he stumbled into a bar with his buddies one night several years back. Fowler was playing there that night, and Bobby was stuck on a second verse for the tune, so one of his friends spoke up on his behalf. “They introduced me to him and said, ‘Man, this dude’s got a killer song he started,’” Bobby recalls, retelling the story of how he first met the chart-topping singer. After telling him the title, he remembers, “Kevin was like, ‘Dude, we gotta sit down and finish writing that.’ I guess it was probably a month later we sat down and finished writing that, and he put it on his first Nashville record.” Fowler was such a huge fan of Pounds’ funny, witty songwriting that he took another song -- and then another. ‘Best Mistake I Ever Made,’ which appeared on Fowler’s 2007 album, turned out to be the best choice either of them could ever make. After its release, the song peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard charts and was the second-most played hit on the Texas Music Chart back in 2008, which Bobby says is likely his biggest achievement to date. But unlike many who have been brushed by the hands of major success, he stays humble, telling stories as if any stranger were an old friend and lighting up when asked about his family. With

Bobby Pounds. Photo courtesy Bobby Pounds. two daughters and a young son at home, the singer-songwriter seems happy to be settled down south in the capitol Texas city. No, his kids aren’t musical and his house isn’t flowing with music -- in his words, “It’s just something that dad does” -- but Bobby has solid advice for his children which will carry into any path they choose, much like it did with his own. “Find something you’re good at, something that makes you happy, and be the best you can be at it,” he says as if he were standing in front of them. After taking time off to be nearby when his now three-year-old son was born, Bobby is ready to dust off his old songwriting saddle, so to speak, and get back out there in whatever way he can. “I think if 10 years ago you told me I’d have a song chart on Billboard, I’d have told you you’re crazy,” he admits. He acknowledges that it’s been a long road to even get there, and he doesn’t expect that a George Strait cut is right around the corner, like he once naively believed. “It absolutely positively does not work that way. And that was a big eyeopener for me,” Bobby shares. Above all, it’s his goal to continue penning traditional, original country songs which will resonate with listeners in a relatable and “danceable” way. He adds honestly, “This time next year, I want to be cashing in a lot more royalty checks. It’d be great to try to continue to hone the songwriting, and write great songs, and just take that next step up in getting some recognition for the songs. At this point, I don’t care who sings it, you know? I’d like to make a little money and get a little notoriety from it and I’d be happy.” FYI • For more information about Bobby Pounds, visit

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Volume 23 • Number 6 ISSN: 1524-2315 Entire contents copyright © 2012 by TD Austin Lane, Inc., 100 Commons Rd. Suite 7, Number 319, Dripping Springs, Texas 78620. Writers and photographers retain copyrights to individual work. No portion of this magazine may be reproduced in any fashion without the written consent of the publisher. • The Hill Country Sun is published monthly. For advertising rates or information, call Julie Harrington at 512-484-9716 (email or Ralph Harrington at 512-484-9715 (email Credit cards accepted. • Circulation: 24,000. Distributed monthly to more than 450 popular Hill Country locations (see list on front cover) and home delivered to all 5,181 Wimberley homes and 8,240 Dripping Springs homes by the US Postal Service. • Cover: Musician performs at Christmas in Comfort. This year’s charming holiday event is November 24. (See story, page 4). Photos courtesy Comfort Chamber of Commerce. • Deadline for calendar events 15th of each month. Email •



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Celebrate the season in charming Comfort COMFORT H Christmas in Comfort, one of the area’s most popular holiday events, will draw visitors to the Hill Country for holiday shopping and family fun November 24, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The popular holiday event began with just a handful of local residents manning a few booths in the historic district, and has grown to include more than 100 vendors and a full day of holiday activities from 10 am to 9 pm. “Christmas in Comfort captures the spirit of the holidays with small town ambiance, including mom-and-pop stores, one-of-a-kind gifts, and cozy bed-and-breakfast accommodations decked out for the season,” says Regina Alexander, manager of the Comfort Chamber of Commerce. “Merchants attract the attention of shoppers with festive holiday decor, and the town will be aglow in holiday lights throughout the historic district. The highlight of Christmas in Comfort is our lighted Christmas parade.  Organized by local residents, the parade puts everyone in the holiday spirit.” With a population of 2,500 and a rich history, Comfort brims with character and charm and provides the perfect setting for a small town Christmas. 

Comfort has nearly 100 pre-1910 buildings within walking distance of the town center and a large part of the town has been designated a National Historic District. Amid this historic setting, Comfort offers great shopping, antiques, wineries, restaurants, and unique bed and breakfasts and other types of lodging. Traditionally, shoppers arrive at See CHRISTMAS IN COMFORT, page 5



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A lighted parade ABOVE, PREVIOUS PAGE is part of the holiday family fun during Christmas in Comfort Saturday, November 24. Also enjoy shopping, photos with Santa food and much more. Photos courtesy Comfort Chamber of Commerce. Christmas in Comfort early to begin visiting local stores and the many merchants at booths in the downtown area. Stores are located in the downtown historic district and on Highway 87 and Highway 27.  Family activities include photos with Santa from 11 am to 3 am and a petting zoo.  A food court also offers tasty treats for busy shoppers and a variety of musical entertainment throughout the day. A lighted night parade will begin at 7 pm, as more than 100 festive entries roll through the downtown area. Garry and Janis Schwab began the parade in 1985 and this year will provide the grand finale to Christmas in Comfort

Enjoy nearly 100 pre-1910 buildings within walking distance of the town center. Photo courtesy Comfort Chamber of Commerce. when they arrive as Santa and Mrs. Claus at the end of the parade. FYI • There is no admission fee for Christmas in Comfort Saturday, November 24. Because of the popularity of the event and the growth in the number of people attending, event organizers are asking the public to leave pets at home this year for their own comfort and safety. For more information about the event, visit the web site at, on Facebook or call 830-995-3131.

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t’s like cooperative housing for works of art at the new Wimberley Fine Arts Center, an artists’ collaborative in which a friendly community of 12 emerging artists serve as joint owners and operators. Visitors can enjoy an expansive array of art, from intricately beaded jewelry to fused glass, photography, and mosaics. “One of the requirements is you can’t just come and hang your art on the wall,” explains Rob Pitzer, owner of Pitzer’s Fine Arts, located just next door. “You have to participate and put in time working in the gallery. Lynn brings marketing expertise to the table. Jim is a great leader and organizer. One man is building the web site, while another woman designs the layouts for signs and advertisements.” Watercolor artist Jim Street adds, “In most places, the artist produces their work, and then the gallery owner presents that work to the public. But our gallery allows the artists to get involved in the business of art.” Jim’s current collection showcases intriguing close-ups of old, abandoned trucks and car parts in vivid reds, oranges, browns, and greens. “I tend to paint what I’m around,” says Jim. “And when I moved to Texas, I started noticing all the rusty vehicles parked in people’s yards. I also find it fascinating how many men, in particular, relate to life through the cars they’ve owned. I love it when people look at one of my paintings and say, ‘My grandpa had a tractor like that,’ or ‘That was my first car.’” The current 12 members of the collaborative include Jim Street (watercolor), Shelley Esser (jewelry), Michelle Bauer (jewelry), Cleve Ragan (oils and mixed media), Julie Underriner

Wimberley’s new FIne Arts Center, right next door to the well-established Pitzer’s Fine Arts on the Square. Photo courtesy Wimberley Fine Arts Center. (poured acrylic), Beatrice Brown (acrylic), Lynn Myers (acrylic and mixed media), Pamela T. Sullivan (oils), Larry Boecker (oils), Lisa Kohn (fused glass), Darryl Patrick (photography), and Carolyn Pittman (mosaics). “It’s pretty unique to have a gallery of emerging artists that is also connected with a well-established fine art gallery like Pitzer’s, where the artists are known on a national level,” says painter Lynn Myers. “In one location, we have both.” She has a knack for incorporating bold highlights and accent colors into her paintings to create an eye-catching blend of real and surreal. “I’m becoming known as the dog lady,” Lynn says with a laugh, pointing to a couple awww-inspiring portraits she has painted of her dogs. “I wanted to get some real detail in there, like the veins in the flowers and leaves, so I started using a black Sharpie,” explains Lynn. See WIMBERLEY FINE ARTS CENTER, page 7

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Twelve artist members currently collaborate at the Wimberley Fine Arts Center on the Square. The center boasts a wide variety of original art, with a greater degree of participation from the artists than most galleries. Photo courtesy Wimberley Fine Arts Center. “I liked the way it looked, and then I saw a video on YouTube of these ladies drawing on silk scarves with Sharpies and then spritzing it with alcohol. It makes the colors run almost like batik, but simpler. So we had a little event during our grand opening where we invited people to paint with Sharpies and alcohol on hankies.” In the months it has been open, the Wimberley Fine Arts Center has already formed a sort of coalition with most of the other art galleries in town. “We’re all interested in bringing more art to Wimberley,” says Rob. “And from my perspective, we couldn’t have picked a better 12 artists. The more we promote the arts, the better it is for all the galleries.” Every second Saturday of the month, nine local galleries stay open from 4 pm to 7

pm and host special events, along with wine and appetizers. “Rob’s advice and mentoring have been invaluable, and I think that’s a piece of the puzzle that a lot of co-op galleries probably don’t have,” says Jim. “Most artists aren’t that involved in the marketing of their own art. I know I can talk up Lynn’s paintings or Shelley’s jewelry or Darryl’s photography better than I can talk up my own art — and I think that’s something that is inherent in most of us. The experience of running this gallery gives all of us the chance to learn how to do that.” FYI • The Wimberley Fine Arts Center is located at 13909 Ranch Road 12, in front of Pitzer’s Fine Arts. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays from noon to 4 pm. For more information about upcoming events, call 512-722-6015.



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BUDA H Texas H2Oasis® presents the fourth annual Mustang Mare-y Christmas Barn Tour Sunday, December 2, from 1 pm to 5 pm, followed by the Rocking-Horse Fandango from 5:30 pm to 7: 30 pm. Five barns decorated for the Christmas season (following Interstate 35 from Kyle to Buda) are included on the tour. Appetizers, food, and live music, entertainment, demos, and mini-clinics are all included. The County Line Polo Club kicks off the tour at 12:30 pm, with polo demos, Rudy-theReindeer Rides, and Polo-Santa hosting the will-call ticket tables, with brunch by Shipley The fourth annual Mare-y Christmas Barn Tour feaDo-Nuts and Starbucks. Then, tures five barns decorated for the holidays December County Line Polo Club, Little 2, with demonstrations, mini-clinics, live music and America Miniature Horses, more. Don’t miss the rocking-Horse Fandango followand Sterling Hunter/Jumpers ing the tour. Photo courtesy Texas H2Oasis®. share the 1 pm to 3 pm phase of Then, from 3 pm to 5 pm, Kali-Kate the Barn Tour. Visit hundreds of the world’s smallest miniature horses at Equestrian Center and Mancito Ranch Little America Miniature Horses and see host the Barn Tour. Mancito Ranch showFancy Feathers 4H show the world’s tini- cases Reining demos, a Natural Horseest chickens. Watch the Kyle Pony Club manship mini-clinic, mounted drill-team and Equestrian Team perform mounted, holiday story, and equine photo ops body awareness/rider fitness demos at – with music by Ivory Gear. Kali-Kate Sterling Hunter/Jumpers. Gabby and Equestrian Center will offer Christmas Lilly play Christmas carols on cello and photo ops and carriage rides with Gypsy Vanner mares. See the Lone Star Vaultviolin. ers leap through the air from horseback. Hear TC Taylor perform and the Varsity Girls Choir of Wallace Middle School serenade with Christmas carols. As a VIPP (Very Important Pony Person), following the Barn Tour, wear your country-chic duds and join the RockingHorse Fandango at the enchanting KaliKate Event Pavilion, with rustic, Christmas magic amidst twinkling lights and a roaring fireplace. There, you can enjoy the magical sounds of Gypsy Moon, take your photo with a Gypsy Cob horse dressed as Santa, ride the Equicizer/meTurn your guns into cash! chanical horse, or schmooze with friends We will buy your guns! over wine and savory hors d'oeuvres. FYI • Mare-y Christmas Barn Tour tickets are $25 BUY AND TRADE for adults and $15 for kids. VIPP tickets (which include adYou Need to See Our mission to the Barn Tour and the Rocking Horse Fandango Collection of Firearms! following) are $35. Texas H2Oasis® is a 501c3 non-profit Great Prices • Unique Selection organization that rescues, ground-trains, and homes musnow a CLASS III DEALER tangs. All proceeds benefit the mustangs. For more informaHunting Season’s coming... tion, visit the web site at


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Fredericksburg H Runners, joggers, walkers and stroller riders will start with a bang Saturday, November 24, as they begin the Fredericksburg Turkey Trot, sponsored by the Fredericksburg Elementary and Middle School Parent Teacher Organization. Turkey Trot Chairman, Amy Slaughter, says distances including 10K, 5K and a one-mile Fun Run will attract participants of all levels. FYI • The 5K and 10K begin at 8:30 am ; early registration is $20. The Fun Run begins at 11 am; registration is $10. To pre-register, visit the web site at For m o r e information, call 830-992-0672.

25th Wimberley home tour WIMberlEY H The Wimberley Civic Club hosts the 25th annual Hill Country Home Tour November 9-10 from 10 am to 5 pm, featuring six outstanding homes within the Wimberley Valley. In addition, the historic Winters-Wimberley Home will be open to visitors. A gift shop, homemade baked goods, a free wine tasting, and a delicious lunch by the Leaning Pear will be available at the Winters-Wimberley Home. Lunch will be served from 11 am to 2 pm., and is $12 per person. The home of internationally renowned artist, Edward Povey and his artist wife, Donna Tolar, is among this year’s homes. As unique as its owners, this home features temple rubbings from the Orient, Carnevale masks from Venice, a stained glass window from an old English church, the artists’ paintings, and numerous works of art fill the home. A home theatre reminiscent of the gilded age of old Hollywood will offer a documentary of the life and art of Povey. The artists’ studio will be open and set to display many of their paintings, as well as illustrate the artists’ work environment. The remaining five homes represent a variety of styles—from very contemporary to traditional—many with breathtaking views of the Wimberley Valley. Old Oaks Ranch, another home in the tour, houses an eclectic art collection and beautiful antiques. This home includes a sculpture garden featuring works by Josh Tobey, Kevin Box, Carol Savid, Casey Horn, J. C. Moore, Tim Cherry, Walt Horton, Paul Rhymer, Marco Oviedo, Craig Lehman, John Masiano, Warren Cullar, Don Rambladt, Destiny Allison, Jimmy Harwell, Martha Pettigrew, and Gene and Rebecca Tobey. FYI • Tickets for the tour are $20 and may be purchased on both days at the Wimberley Visitors’ Center at 14090 Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley. For more information, call the Wimberley Chamber at 512-847-2201 or visit the web site at to read a description of the home and view photos under the Civic Club link. All proceeds from the event are donated to local charitable organizations and provide scholarships to college-bound high school seniors.

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en years ago this month, Frank Bass opened Santa’s Ranch in hopes of creating a magical Christmas wonderland that would become a holiday tradition for Hill Country families. Now as he and his crew of Santa’s helpers put in long hours building some 50 scenes, running more than 75 miles of cords and testing the 1.5 million twinkling lights to prepare for their 10th season, he takes joy in knowing his dream has passed the test of time.

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where similar parks are common. While drive-through Christmas light parks are not a new concept for the Hill Country area, they are hard to find. “We realized several years ago that this area needed a place where people could bring their families and friends to see Christmas lights,” Frank says. “We knew we could make this park one of the best in Texas.” In the meantime, other parks have come and gone while Santa’s Ranch opens season after season, slowly expanding the number of scenes and lights to enhance the experience for visitors. Located on Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and San Marcos, Santa’s Ranch fills 12 wooded acres with holiday

spirit. During a 20-minute drive through the park, visitors can enjoy a 50-foot tall Christmas tree, a village scene and toy mill, Santa tubing on a blue “river” filled with 800 feet of twinkling lights, and numerous scenes from the bible, including a 60-foot-long Noah’s Ark and the complete town of Bethlehem. Also, “Texasstyle” Christmas scenes, including the Alamo and other surprises. FYI • Santa’s Ranch is located between New Braunfels and San Marcos, at 9561 I-35, two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall. From. The park is open every night, November 2 through December 30; hours are 6 pm to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and 6 pm to 11 pm Friday and Saturday. Admission is $24 per vehicle; season passes are available for $44. For more information, visit the web site at or call 830-743-1293.

Hear Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and sons Wimberley H Head to the Hill Country for great live music from legendary musicians Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock (sons Colin Gilmore and Rory Hancock perform along with their fathers), plus singer-songwriter Adam Carroll and bluegrass from The Bottom Dollar String Band at Java Jive Music Fest November 11 from 5 pm to 9 pm. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market®, the evening will be hosted by renowned author Joe Nick Patoski and Austin DJ Larry Monroe at Lions Market Pavilion in Wimberley. Also on the bill: a huge silent auction, delicious chef-prepared foods, gourmet coffee, baked goods and plenty of family friendly fun with lots of kids’ activities for only $1, including face painting, a bouncy castle and a jiggle train. You can purchase tickets for great raffle prizes, including an XBox 360, Kindle Fire, $250 Whole Foods Market® Gift Card or a family getaway to Port Aransas. Proceeds from the 13th annual event benefit Katherine Anne Porter School, a free open-enrollment Wimberley charter school serving students from Travis, Hays, Comal and Blanco Counties. The school offers an educational curriculum designed to nurture individual interests, foster an appreciation for learning, enhance community responsibilities, and advance peace and human rights, and is founded on the belief held by renowned Texas writer, Katherine Anne Porter, that “knowledge of great art and great thought is a good in itself, not to be missed for anything.” FYI • Java Jive Music Fest fundraiser is November 11 from 5 pm to 9 pm, rain or shine, at the covered Lions Market Pavilion at 601 Farm-to-Market 2325 in Wimberley. Tickets are $20 General Admission, available online at javajive. Kids 5 and under get in free.For more information, please call 512-847-6867 or visit the web site at www.

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: Live music at Gruene Hall. Enjoy free music shows Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. WIMBERLEY: (every day except Monday) Visit Wimberley Glassworks. Gallery open daily 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm. Glassblowing demos daily except Monday (except Tuesday on holiday weekends) 800-929-6686 EVERY SUNDAY AUSTIN: Sunday Jazz Brunch. Nutty Brown Café. SECOND SUNDAY JOHNSON CITY: Taste Wine + Art Music Events. Entertainment ranging from rockin’ gospel and jazz to Latin music at the Kirchman Gallery. 830-868-9290. EVERY MONDAY CANYON LAKE: Seniors Bingo. 12:30 pm at Habitat for Safe Seniors, 2174 Old Sattler Road in Startzville. 830-899-2256. EVERY TUESDAY AUSTIN: Kid’s Night. Nutty Brown Café. CYPRESS MILL: The Bunkhouse Gang at Wenmohs Ranch. Paint and enjoy the fellowship of other Hill Country artists. 830-825-3465. FISCHER: Youth Archery Program. Cowboys for Jesus, 8400 FM 32. 830-935-2920. GRUENE: Two Ton Tuesdays at Gruene Hall. Rock-a-billy band Two Tons of Steel takes the stage at 8:30 pm. 830-606-1281. WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Community Band. Meets at First Baptist Church. 512858-7960. FIRST TUESDAYS BANDERA: Cowboy Capital Opry. Professional entertainers perform to benefit Meals on Wheels. Silver Sage Corral Senior Activity Center. 830-796-4969. THIRD TUESDAYS NEW BRAUNFELS: Comal Country Music Show. Knights of Columbus Hall, 111 Landa Street. 830-629-4547. LEANDER: Low Cost Pet Spay, Neuter and Vaccination. 512-260-3602, ext. 101. EVERY WEDNESDAY AUSTIN: Austin Farmers Market at Triangle Park. 4600 Guadalupe at Lamar and 46th Street. 512-236-0074. AUSTIN: Open Mic Night. Nutty Brown Café. WIMBERLEY: Farmers’ Market. Fresh produce, fresh breads, much more. Senior Citizen’s Activity Center. 512-264-1637. FOURTH WEDNESDAYS WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Neighbors. 9:30 am. Visitor’s Center. 512-847-2849. EVERY THURSDAY AUSTIN: Karaoke at the Nutty Brown Café. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Coffee House with Light Dinners, Decadent Desserts and Open Mic. 6 pm to 9 pm. Thyme and Dough. 512-894-0001. FIRST THURSDAY AUSTIN: Austin Air Coolers VW Gang. Meet at 7:30 pm at Deep Eddy Pool, cruise down Congress to Austin Pizza. BUDA: First Thursday. Stroll through the

downtown antique and specialty shops, while you enjoy the delicious food from downtown restaurants. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Dripping Springs American Legion meets at 27500 Ranch Road 12. 7 pm. 512-858-1907. WIMBERLEY: YAPI (Young Artist Perfor mance Incubator). Great opportunity for kids 18 and under to perform in an intimate setting. Maui Wowi. 512-847-6215, FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAY CANYON LAKE: Noon Lions Meeting at Canyon Lake Golf Club. 830-899-4406. THIRD THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Dripping Springs VFW. 27500 Ranch Road 12. 7 pm. 512858-1907. WIMBERLEY: Susanna’s Kitchen Coffee House Concert Series. The best in live music. 7:30 pm, Wimberley UMC, Corner RR 12 and CR 1492, $15, wimberleyumc. org/susannaskitchen.htm EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Live Music at Linda’s Fine Foods. 500 FM 2325. 512-847-5464. EVERY FRIDAY GRUENE: Friday Afternoon Club at Gruene Hall. Happy hour, prize giveaways and the best in Texas tunes, broadcast live by KNBT-92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels with Mattson Rainer. 4 pm to 7 pm. 830-629-5077. LEAKEY: Fridays at the Buckhorn Bar and Grill. House band and local talent. 830-232-4755, WIMBERLEY: Happy Hour at Taste Buds on the Square. Special drink prices and free appetizers. 512-847-7771. WIMBERLEY: Bingo. VFW Hall. 512-8476441. WIMBERLEY: Celebrate Recovery. First Baptist Church Youth Building. 7 pm to 9 pm, with pizza at 6:30 pm. 512-847-9035. SECOND FRIDAY CASTROVILLE: Friday Night Fever. An evening of cars, trucks, bikes, food, shopping. 6 pm to 10 pm. Lundquist Automotive., 830-931-2479. THIRD FRIDAY JOHNSON CITY: Cruise-In. See classic and collectable vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Free admission. FOURTH FRIDAY BANDERA: Fourth Friday Jam. Musicians jam at the Silver Sage Corral starting at 6:30 pm. 830-796-4969. EVERY FIRST FRIDAY and SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Late Night Shopping on the Wimberley Square. Stores remain open until at least 8 pm for your shopping pleasure. EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY FREDERICKSBURG: Rockbox Theater. Renowned variety, music, and rock ‘n roll show, great family fun. 866-349-6688. FIRST SATURDAY


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Market. 8 am to 1 pm (or until sold out). Comfort Park on Highway 27. COMFORT: Wine Tastings at High’s Café. 4 pm to 7 pm. 830-995-4995, NEW BRAUNFELS: Canyon Trail Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Music Show. An evening of cowboy song and hearty dining awaits. For information, call 830626-8200, 888-408-7245. WIMBERLEY: Tours of Jacob’s Well. Hear the stories about famous floods and scuba divers, learn value of native grasses, experience stunning beauty of spring that started this town. 10 am. EVERY SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Arnosky Family Farms Market. Fresh flowers, more. Ranch Road 2325 and Highway 165. 830-833-5428. FIRST SATURDAY BANDERA: Market Days. 830-796-4447. BANDERA: First Saturday Book Sale at the Bandera Public Library. 9 am to 1 pm. 830-796-4213. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Low Cost Pet Vaccinations. In the parking lot of Tractor Supply. 512-858-7229. KYLE: Market Days. 512-268-4220. WIMBERLEY: Market Days. Everything you can’t live without at Lions Market Day Field. 475-plus booths, music, free admission. 7 am to 4 pm. shopmarketdays. com. FIRST AND THIRD SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership Club Meets. 10:30 am at Visitor’s Center. 512-913-4804. SECOND SATURDAY BUDA: Artists of the South Corridor

Meeting. Artists meet at Hobby Lobby in Southpark Meadows. 10 am. CASTROVILLE: Market Trail Days. Houston Square. 830-539-2316. THIRD SATURDAY MARBLE FALLS: Bluegrass, Country and Western, and Gospel. 6 pm to 10 pm at the Boys and Girls Club. 830-898-1784. LAST SATURDAY JOHNSON CITY: Taste Wine + Art Reception. Free exhibit of contemporary art, plus Wines of Texas available by the glass, bottle or case at Kirchman Gallery. 213 North Nugent Avenue. 830-868-9290. EVERY SATURDAY and SUNDAY ROUND MOUNTAIN: Public Weekend Tours at Westcave. Public tours of Westcave Preserve, ecological jewel in the crown of the Texas Hill Country are offered every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. Tour takes visitors from an arid savanna through a limestone crevice and into a spectacular sheltered canyon of lush plant life. 830-8253442, SECOND SATURDAY and SUNDAY AUSTIN: Tours of Bright Leaf Natural Area. Guided hikes of beautiful wooded area four miles and two hours in length. NOVEMBER 2 – DECEMBER 30 NEW BRAUNFELS: Santa’s Ranch Holiday Lights Park. (See story, page 10.) Drive-through Christmas tradition features more than 1.5 million twinkling lights. NOVEMBER 2-4 AUSTIN: Fun Fun Fun Fest. Indie genre music festival draws thousands to Auditorium Shores.

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NOVEMBER 2-11 NEW BRAUNFELS: Wurstfest. 10-day salute to sausage features music from more than 40 groups, dancing, food and more. Wurstfest Grounds. NOVEMBER 3 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Wesley Gallery’s 4th Annual Arts Festival. Fifty artists exhibit inside and outside the gallery, plus live music, food, refreshments, more., 888-806-0678. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Christmas Open House at Cowgirls and Lace. NOVEMBER 3-4 GRUENE: Tour de Gruene Fall Bicycle Classic. Includes time trials, a celebrity race and classic bicycle show. 210/828-6856 NOVEMBER 5 MEDINA: Volunteer Fire Department Hunter’s Game Dinner, Dance and Raffle. Washer tournament, 5 pm dinner (featuring fresh sausage, barbecue and all the trimmings), 8 pm dance with Charlie Montague and a raffle. Hill Country RV Resort. 830-589-3206. NOVEMBER 5-9 NEW BRAUNFELS: Kaffee Haus. Tour a restored German village and enjoy lunch in an 1865 restored general store. New Braunfels Conservation Society. www., 830-832-9699. NOVEMBER 7 KERVILLE: Texas Music Coffee House Series. 7 pm, Lion’s Den in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center. Celebrating American Indian Heritage Month presents Sideshow Tragedy, a new punk group from Austin named after a Rimbaud poem. Call Dr. Kathleen Hudson at 830-792-7409. NOVEMBER 8-18 WIMBERLEY: “A Christmas Carol: The Musical.” Indoor studio show at EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens. www. NOVEMBER 8 – DECEMBER 9 KERRVILLE: Texas Furniture Makers’ Show. Kerr Arts and Cultural Center. 830-895-2911. NOVEMBER 9 BLANCO: First Annual Cowboy-Veterans Golf Tournament. Sponsored by wimberley VFW Post #6441 at Vaaler Creek Golf Club. 214-250-8003. WIMBERLEY: Second Friday WineShare at Olde Towne Plaza. Bring a bottle of Zinfandel and your own wine glass, meet new people and new wines. 6 pm to 7:30 pm, 512-588-2919. NOVEMBER 9-10 WIMBERLEY: 25th Annual Wimberley Civic Club Home Tour. (See story, page 9.) Features six outstanding homes. Tickets are $20, available at Wimberley Vistors Center both days. 512-847-2201. NOVEMBER 10 FREDERICKSBURG: Texas All Star Big Band Bash. Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park., 830/997-7182. KYLE: Angels and Mistletoe Holiday Market. Jack C. Hays High School, 888225-3427. SAN MARCOS: Veterans Day Parade

and Celebration. 8 am breakfast and 10 am parade. Downtown., 512-393-8420. NOVEMBER 10-11 FREDERICKSBURG:Fall Antiques Show Gillespie County Fairgrounds., 830-995-3670. FREDERICKSBURG: Pacific Combat Living History Program National Museum of the Pacific War Combat Zone. www., 830-997-8600. NOVEMBER 11 WIMBERLEY: Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Adam Carroll at Java Jive Music Festival. Plus, Colin Gilmore, Rory Hancock and the Bottom Dollar String Band. Huge silent auction, kids’ activities and chef-prepared food. Rain or shine. Lion’s Club Market Pavilion on Ranch Road 2325. 5 pm to 9 pm. $20 general admission, kids under 5 free. 512-8476867 or for information, tickets online at NOVEMBER 15 WIMBERLEY: Susanna’s Kitchen presents Slaid Cleaves In Concert. Concert at 7:30 pm, doors at 7 pm. $15. Free childcare, plus Wimberley Pie Company pie, tamales and soft drinks. Smoke- and alcolholfree venue. susannaskitchen.htm. BURNET: Hill Country Christmas. Holiday market offers unique gifts. Galloway Hammond Recreation Center., 512/756-6180 NOVEMBER 16-18 AUSTIN: Formula 1 United States. Grand

Prix Drivers compete in the inaugural Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix. Circuit of the NEW BRAUNFELS: German Christmas Market. Civic Center. NOVEMBER 16 – DECEMBER 24 FREDERICKSBURG: Rockbox Theater Christmas Show. NOVEMBER 17 FISCHER: Thanksgiving Feast. Board furnishes turkey, dressing and drinks. Bring side dishes and desserts. Donations to Food Pantry. Corner of Farm Markets 32 and 484. 830-935-2328. KERRVILLE: Holiday Lighted Parade, Festival and Courthouse Lighting. Downtown. WIMBERLEY: WAG Rescue’s Dog Adoption Day at King Feed. 10 am to 2 pm. Dogs are heartworm negative, micro chipped and they have been spayed or neutered. Puppies have had their shots. 512-3948619, NOVEMBER 17-18 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Ag Boosters Annual Fall Classic Prospect Show. Blanco County Show Barn. GRUENE: Old Gruene Market Days. 100 artisans featuring handmade items in Historic District. GrueneMarketDays. com, 830-832-1271. NOVEMBER 17 – JANUARY 1 JOHNSON CITY: Hill Country Christmas Lights Display. 830-992-7646. NOVEMBER 22 SAN MARCOS: Tanger Outlet Turkey Trot.

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NOVEMBER 23 FREDERICKSBURG: Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Marktplatz. NOVEMBER 24 COMFORT: Christmas in Comfort. (See story, page 4.) FREDERICKSBURG: Turkey Trot. 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run to benefit Fredericksburg Schools. 830-992-0672. LEAKEY: Christmas on the Square. Arts and crafts, food, Santa Claus and more on the Square. LUCKENBACH: Thanksgiving Dance. NOVEMBER 24 – DECEMBER 31 WIMBERLEY: 15th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights. Opening ceremonies aNovember 24 from 4 pm to 6 pm. Sunday through Thursday 6 pm to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 6 pm to 10 pm. NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 1 SAN MARCOS: Sights and Sounds of Christmas. San Marcos Plaza Park. www., 512-393-8400. DECEMBER 1 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Christmas on Mercer Street. Arts and crafts vendors, carriage rides, pony rides, Santa and his elves and more. 10 am to 6 pm along Mercer Street. Tree lighting at 6 pm., 512-858-9912. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Photos with Santa at Cowgirls and Lace. Bring your camera! DECEMBER 1- 2 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Hill Country Holiday Gift Tour. Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. 512-858-7000.

DECEMBER 2 BUDA: Mare-Y Christmas Barn Tour and Rocking Horse Fandango. (See story, page 8.) Texas H2Oasis®. Five barns decorated for holidays, plus music, demonstrations, mini-clinics, refreshments and more from 1 pm to 5 pm. Rocking-Horse Fandango follows at Kali-Kate Event Pavilion from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. WIMBERLEY: Holiday Extravaganza presented by Wimberley High School Project Graduation 2013. Community Center from noon to 6 pm. DECEMBER 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15 CANYON LAKE: 16th Annual CRRC North Pole Village. Includes ice fishing, hay rides, photos with Santa, a live nativity and more. 6 pm to 9 pm. 830-964-2324, DECEMBER 7 AUSTIN: Seton Volunteers’ Holiday Bazaar. Enjoy wine while strolling festive holiday market. $20, 512-324-9018. DECEMBER 8 CANYON LAKE: Christmas Parade in Downtown Sattler. Flyover, Shriners and Santa. 11 am. SAN MARCOS: “Memories of Love.” New Year’s musical celebration featuring Kirk Griffith and Lee Coleé. Price Center. 512-522-3288. WIMBERLEY:Winter’s Eve Festival on the Square. Entertainment, Santa, food, plus shops open late. JANUARY 3, 5 WIMBERLEY: “Memories of Love.” A New Year’s musical celebration featuring Kirk Griffith and Lee Coleé. VFW Hall. 512-522-3288.

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Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce • 512-858-7000 • 509 Mercer St • Dripping Springs PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS The Art Garage* (512) 852-9900 ª Dripping Springs Pharmacy Closes at 3pm 11190 Circle Dr, Austin (512) 858-7935; 100 Commons, Suite 1, DS Bell Springs Winery* Opens at 11am Hill Country Thrift Store (512) 858-4663 (830) 483-9463; 3700 Bell Springs Road, DS 1310 W Hwy 290, DS Big Drip (512) 971-3282 310 Mercer St, DS Lone Star Gifts (512) 858-9912 Carved Stone (512) 858-5665 301A Mercer St, DS 5300 Bell Springs Rd, DS Mazama Coffee Co* (512) 363-2183 Cowgirls & Lace (512) 894-0350 301-B Mercer Street, DS 1111 W Hwy 290, DS Navidad Farms* (512) 288-1196 Dan Tay’s Flowers & Gifts* 9914 W Hwy 290, Austin (512) 858-7625 New Canaan Farms* (800) 727-5267 222 W Hwy 290, DS 5916 W Hwy 290, DS

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