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headlining Saturday night’s dance. Throughout its 24-year history, the efore 1989, most folks in Llano thought the only use for crawfish Llano Crawfish Open has gradually was as catfish bait. But that year, grown from a one-day festival netting hunters from Beaumont helped the Hill about $400 (used to buy a motorized Country town, their home-away from- wheelchair for a local man with multiple home during deer season, sponsor a traditional Cajun crawfish boil/ golf tournament to raise money for charity. Though the locals were a little reluctant about the new food (300 of the 500 pounds of the crawfish that year ended up as fish food in the Llano River), a taste for fun and fundraising for charity stuck with them. This year marks the 24th year in a row for the Llano Crawfish Open, which takes place in City Park April 19-20, and crawfish – Head to Llano April 19-20 for great food, live 12,000 pounds of it - is the most music, family friendly entertainment and more at the 24th Llano Crawfish Open. popular item on the menu. Of course, eating is only part of Photo courtesy Llano Crawfish Open. the fun. The Crawfish Golf Open at the Llano River Golf Course offers prizes sclerosis) to a three-day celebration that for winners, including a free car from in 2012 brought in about $70,000 to help Marble Falls’ Johnson Sewell Ford Lin- charities in Llano County. Now organized as a 501c3 non-profcoln for the first hole-in-one on Hole #5, it, the Llano Crawfish Open, Inc., supplus other prizes. There’ll also be “plenty of fun activi- ports many local charities. The Beaumont ties for the kids,” says Bobbie Lou Gray, contingent has also grown from the few Vice President of the Crawfish Open original deer hunters. Many continue to come yearly to board. And kids can pit crustacean against crustacean at the Saturday after- Llano to cook crawfish and help out. All noon Crawfish Races. Check the web site in all, about 200 volunteers help keep the Llano Crawfish Open going. for complete details. “Dont miss the great food, music and The Gypsies Motorcycle Club will sponsor a Motorcycle Poker Run Satur- fun on the banks of the beautiful Llano day in which participants ride to busi- River. Come out and let the good times nesses all around the Llano area to accu- roll, or in Cajun terms ‘Laissez les bons temps rouler,’” smiles Bobbie Lou. mulate a five-card poker hand. FYI • Admission to the park is free until 7 pm Friday There will be team roping competition in the Llano Rodeo Arena on Friday, and $5 after 7 pm. Admission for adults is $10 until 7 pm Saturday and Sunday. Three live auc- Saturday, and $15 after 7 pm, including the dance Saturday tions offer treasures up for bid and ven- night. Kids under 12 are admitted free. Crawfish, jambadors from across Texas will sell hand- laya, barbecue and all the trimmings will be served Friday from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturday from 11 am until it’s all made arts and crafts. There’ll be live music both Friday gone. Plates are $10 (with crawfish, potatoes, corn, brisket, and Saturday afternoons. Enjoy Eleven sausage, beans and jambalaya); flats of crawfish (with poHundred Springs as they open both tatoes and corn) are $20. No ice chests allowed in the park. nights around 7 pm with a live auction Call the Llano Chamber of Commerce for RV hookup inforaround 8:30 pm —followed by live music mation at 325-247-5354. For more information, call 325by Johnny Bush Friday night. And don’t 247-2270 or visit the web site at www.llanocrawfishopen. miss Jason Boland and the Stragglers com, where you can also find a schedule of events.

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Volume 23 • Number 10 ISSN: 1524-2315 Entire contents copyright © 2013 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 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: (See story, page 2). Photo courtesy Jason Boland, Inset Photos Llano’s 24th Annual Crawfish Open is April 19-20. Photos courtesy Llano Crawfish Open. • Deadline for calendar events 15th of each month. Email

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en years ago Dripping Springs residents couldn’t buy a beer in the local grocery store. Today they can quaff hand-crafted brews in the local beer pub, enjoy regional and international wines in a wine bar two doors down—and now dance to live music two nights a week just down the street at the new Mercer Street Dance Hall. Welcome to Dripping Springs’ own version of 6th Street! Nick and Gay Dotin are the owners and entrepreneurs behind Dripping Springs’s newest entertainment venue. As a musician, Nick spent 35 years on stage in other dance halls and honkytonks playing in rock ‘n roll and country bands. Now the 50-year-old is ready to keep it closer to home by running his own dance hall. Gay, who worked in hospitality at the Hyatt Regency Austin and now is general manager at Whim Hospitality in Dripping Springs, rounds out the perfect dance hall husband and wife management team. “There are lots of people out here who don’t want to have to drive out to Blanco to enjoy an evening of dancing,” Nick observes. “There was just no place to dance regularly in Dripping Springs.” That problem became acute for Nick and Gay a couple of years back when their (then) 14-year-old daughter, Shelby, learned to two-step and wanted to regularly go out to Blanco to dance at Twin Sisters Hall, or to Buda to dance at the Painted Horse Saloon. “We were driving 40-to 80-mile round trips to take her to the nearest dance hall,” Nick bemoans. Then Shelby came up with a great idea: “Hey, Dad – why don’t you open a dance hall here?” It didn’t take Nick and Gay long to locate the perfect building – a former

LEFT TO RIGHT Nick, Shelby and Gay Dotin welcome you to Dripping Springs’ new Mercer Street Dance Hall. Photo courtesy Mercer Street Dance Hall. auto warehouse-turned-baseball academy at the back of the Sunrise Café’s parking lot on Mercer Street. Its pole barn construction with wooden trusses created a large open space perfect for filling with a band stand, a 1400-square foot wooden dance floor and raised platforms for table seating. Nick, an experienced carpenter, and crew added spacious new restrooms along the front wall and a long wooden bar along the rear wall. Repurposed barn wood and rustic old signs lend the new hall an atmosphere reminiscent of traditional dance halls like Gruene Hall, which Nick cites as an inspiration for their design of Mercer Street Dance Hall. The venue will be family-run and family-friendly. Gay will meet and greet at the front door, Shelby will be keeping the dance floor active, along with many of her friends (all ages admitted). Nick will run the sound systems and tend bar. Nick insists on good behavior in the establishment. “I’m well-behaved – if not upstanding,” he confides. House rules include no beverages or See MERCER STREET DANCE HALL, page 5

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MERCER STREET DANCE HALL, from page 4 loitering on the dance floor, kids under control (“They can dance on the dance floor, but not run loose…”) and no dogs (“It’s a dance hall, not a kennel….”). “We’re gonna offer clean restrooms, cold beer and good bands that don’t play too loud, Nick promises. “We’re gonna start on time and end at a decent hour,” he continues. “Some of us have to get up the next morning ...” Each Friday night, music will begin at 8 pm; Saturday nights music gets going at 8:30 pm. And dance lessons—taught by a rotating team of instructors—will be included with admission each night and start an hour before the music begins. Outside, guests can enjoy a tree-shaded side yard offering washer pitching pits

and a smoking area (there’s no smoking allowed inside). A deputy from the Hays County Sheriff Department will be on hand each evening to ensure everything goes smoothly. “As a musician, I’ve spent a lot of time in honky-tonks and bars. I’ve seen it, I know it, and I know what to do,” Nick says confidently. “This is not my first rodeo.” FYI • Mercer Street Dance Hall is located at 332 Mercer Street, next to The Sunrise Café. The Dance Hall will be open Friday and Saturday nights – doors open at 6 pm, band starts at 8 pm on Fridays and 8:30 pm on Saturdays. All ages admitted. Dance lessons are included with price of admission and begin one hour before the band plays. Beer, wine, setups and snacks are available. For more information, visit the web site at

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DRIPPING SPRINGS H Using last year’s wildly successful event as a model, The Heritage Gala planning committee is polishing this year’s event to perfection with some exciting new additions. A second elegantly decorated tent will offer additional space for partying, a well-known local emcee will help keep the evening lively and a popular area band will entertain with favorite dance music. Revisiting last year’s theme of “An Elegant Evening in Old Texas” the yearly fundraiser for the Dr. Pound Farmstead Museum will retain many of the highlights from last year’s outstanding event. “Poundtinis” – signature cocktails created for the event by Dripping Springs Vodka – will make an encore appearance during the opening happy hour. The evening’s sitdown dinner will be served with wine and presented by a variety of Hill Country chefs. Exciting silent and live auction items will include a Horseshoe Bay Resort stay, gift certificates from Segners Jewelers, a travel bag from Pack Monster and a football signed by the 2013 Dripping Springs High School Varsity Tiger Team. FYI • The Heritage Gala is Saturday evening, April 13, on the grounds of the Dr. Pound Farmstead Museum in Dripping Springs. Business and individual sponsorships are currently available and silent or live auction donations are ongoing through early April. Proceeds from the Heritage Gala benefit the Dr. Pound Farmstead and Museum for the continued preservation and promotion of Dripping Springs area history. For more information, visit the web site at or call 512-858-2030.

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he early morning is overcast and, except for the harsh cries of distant crows, the woods are silent. Then comes the soft, steady flow of a breeze gliding through the canopy, music impossible to replicate. One breathes in the gentle beauty of this place and stress falls away. Now, before the trees and understory plants green, one sees deeper into the forest, sees the damage drought has caused. With not enough rain to go around, weakened trees succumb, lean against neighbors till wind and gravity send them to their final resting place. Wind takes a toll on the vulnerable. Branches hang at odd angles, like arms broken at the elbow. Others snap off, leaving pale wounds from where they once waved. Some branches of the old and gnarled will sprout leaves come spring, while other limbs, blackened and reduced to stubs, remain bare, a perch from where a hawk holds vigil, waiting for unsuspecting prey to venture its way. Unable to penetrate the canopy, oncebent saplings lie across the woodland floor. In death they are food for insects and nutrients for soil. Nature leaves nothing to waste. Nor is nature static. A Wood Thrush lands on a birdbath, bathes, shakes feathers vigorously and leaves without sound while tops of oak, sweet gum and loblolly pines—drought survivors all— bask in the sunlight. Life on the cusp of rebirth. It’s not quite spring, and temperatures teeter. Warm spells tease plants to bud and prompt flowers to bloom earlier than normal. Butterflies emerge and insect activity increases. Bird migration is off to an early start and soon trees will fill with

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HILL COUNTRY WILDLIFE, from page 6 Whip-poor-wills call their name. Bird migration peaks in April. Yellow-billed Cuckoos, buntings, and vireos sing from trees greening with fresh foliage. April also brings an increased chance of severe weather, disrupting avian flight, sometimes causing fallouts along the coast. Such weather can tear tender foliage from limbs, down nests and vulnerable trees. Once during a strong and lengthy thunderstorm, I watched a Yellow-bellied Woodpecker cling to the leeward side of a live oak tree trunk outside my window. It remained there for the duration, never moving, its claws gripping the bark, its tail anchoring its body in place. But trees not only offer protection from weather and cover from predators, they provide animals homes. They are sources of food: nuts, fruits and seeds. They are home to many insects, which in turn are food to some bird species and protein for most nestlings. Their root systems help prevent soil erosion and their canopies intercept rainfall, decreasing runoff that carries pollutants to waterways. Most important to all life, during daylight, trees—like all normal plants, though trees do it best—photosynthesize, i.e., absorb carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases and release oxygen. During nighttime hours they produce carbon dioxide through respiration, as do animals. Throughout periods of growth, they take up more carbon dioxide than they let go. Although figures vary depending upon the tree species and its age, a mature leafy tree may produce enough oxygen to sustain anywhere from two to ten humans for a year and it can absorb about forty-eight pounds of carbon dioxide. Imagine the “carbon sink” of an ash tree that can grow to 120 feet and live for a century. Imagine the wildlife it serves: flowers for pollinators, seeds for animals, home for many. Now consider that over 100 million native ash trees have died since June 2002, all due to the voracious appetite of the invasive emerald ash borer. Larvae feed on new sapwood; adults devour leaves. Not only are neighborhoods in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois often bare, but the U.S. Forest Service discovered something less obvious. According to its studies, in counties with borer infestation, mortality rates increased among people with cardiovascular and lower respiratory tract illnesses, drawing a physical relationship between human health and trees. Other studies such as those conducted by University of Michigan

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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. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Farmers Market. 3 pm to 7 pm at the Triangle (Highway 290 and Ranch Road 12) March through December, rain or shine. WIMBERLEY: Farmers’ Market. Fresh produce, fresh breads, and more at the Senior Citizen’s Activity Center. 512-2641637. FOURTH WEDNESDAYS WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Neighbors. 10:30 am. Wimberley Community 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, enjoy the 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). Opportunity for kids

18 and under to perform in an intimate setting. Maui Wowi. 512-847-6215, www. FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAY CANYON LAKE: Noon Lions Meeting at Canyon Lake Golf Club. 830-899-4406. THIRD THURSDAY 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 BLANCO: Tasting Room Open and Brewery Tours at Real Ale Brewing Company. 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. 830-2324755, 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. Cars, trucks, bikes, food, shopping. 6 pm to 10 pm. Lundquist Automotive. www.castroville. com, 830-931-2479. THIRD FRIDAY JOHNSON CITY: Cruise-In. See classic and collectable vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Free admission.

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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 ‘til 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. EVERY SATURDAY AUSTIN: Austin Farmers Market. Republic Square. 512-236-0074. AUSTIN: Sunset Valley Farmers Market. Barton Creek Mall. 512-280-1976. COMFORT: Comfort Area Farmer’s 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, www. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Texas Music and Texas Wine at Solaro Estate Winery. solaroestate. com. NEW BRAUNFELS: Canyon Trail Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Music Show. Evening of cowboy song and hearty dining awaits. 830-626-8200, 888-408-7245. WIMBERLEY: Tours of Jacob’s Well. Hear the stories about famous floods and scuba divers, learn value of native grasses, experience beauty of spring that started this town. 10 am. WIMBERLEY: Arnosky Family Farms Market. Fresh flowers, vegetables, farmstead cheeses, more. Ranch Road 2325 and Highway 165. 830-833-5428. FIRST SATURDAY BANDERA: Market Days. Downtown. 830796-4447. BANDERA: First Saturday Book Sale at the Public Library. 9 am to 1 pm. 830-796-4213.

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WIMBERLEY: Market Days. (March through December). Everything you can’t live without at Lions Field. 475-plus booths, free admission. 7 am to 4 pm. shopmarketdays. com. FIRST AND THIRD SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership Club. 10:30 am. Visitor’s Center. 512-913-4804. SECOND SATURDAY CASTROVILLE: Market Trail Days. Houston Square. 830-539-2316. THIRD SATURDAY MARBLE FALLS: Bluegrass, Country and Western, and Gospel. 6 pm to 10 pm. Boys and Girls Club. 830-898-1784. LAST SATURDAY JOHNSON CITY: Taste Wine + Art Reception. Free exhibit of art, plus Wines of Texas available by the glass, bottle or case at Kirchman Gallery. 830-868-9290. EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ROUND MOUNTAIN: Public Weekend Tours at Westcave. 830-825-3442, info@ SECOND SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AUSTIN: Tours of Bright Leaf Natural Area. MARCH 1-16 FREDERICKSBURG: “The Imagination of Casey Craig.” Artisans at Rocky Hill.

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Hill country calendar art, music, classic car show, more. Free admission. APRIL 27 BUDA: 16th Annual Buda Country Fair and Cook Off. World famous wiener dog races, arts and crafts, bake off, IBCA barbecue cook off, live music and more. Buda City Park. MAY 16 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Ducks Unlimited Banquet. Doors at 6 pm, barbecue dinner at 7:30 pm, auction at 8:30 pm. The Terrace Club. 512-496-8333, 512-694-6585, www.ducks. org/texas/events. JUNE 1 FREDERICKSBURG: 9th Annual Masonic Car Show. Live music, food and silent auctions with free admission. Marktplatz on Main Street. (click on Car Show).

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arts and crafts, music by Bob Schneider. 2 pm to 6 MARCH 30 STONEWALL: Easter at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Celebrate Easter like a traditional 1915 German farm family with natural dyed eggs, lamb cake and grass Easter nests. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. 830-644-2252 ext. 222. APRIL 5 UTOPIA: Utopia Garden Club/ Utopia Art and Craft Guild plant and Bake Sale. Ornamentals, herbs and vegetable plants. birdhouses, feeders and planters made by club members, plus baked goods. 8:30 am to noon next to Town Square, in front of the Fire Hall on Highway 187. APRIL 5-7 LLANO: Fiddle Fest Weekend. Experience the power of the bow with air fiddle contest, Llano Open fiddle contest, free concert, jams, musical instrument/history exhibit, and more. 325-247-5354. APRIL 5-20 AUSTIN: Dr. Seuss Exhibit at ART on 5th Gallery. Never-before-seen hats from Dr. Seuss’s private collection, along with prints & sculpture from the Art of Dr. Seuss Collection. 512-481-1111, APRIL 6 AUSTIN: Texas VegFest. Enjoy live music, speakers, vendors, cooking demonstrations and more to celebrate plant-based diets and sustainable living. Fiesta Gardens, WIMBERLEY: Spring Festival at Old Oaks Ranch Old Oaks Ranch and Fibre Arts Center. Shearing of the alpacas, along with spinning, weaving and felting demonstrations, food, music and vendors. APRIL 6-7 NEW BRAUNFELS: 26th Annual Train Show. Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Adult tickets are $7 and kids tickets are $2. Civic Center. APRIL 12-14 BOERNE: Hill Country Holler at Enchanted Springs Ranch. Featuring the music of Brian Howe and Bad Company, others. www. BURNET: Bluebonnet Festival. 30thannual event features an air show, grand parade, carnival, car show, live music and entertainment, street dances, pet parade, doghouse races, wiener dog races and APRIL 13 CANYON LAKE: MarketDay. Free admission, free parking, plus concessions open for breakfast and lunch. CRRC Recreation Center from 9 am to 4 pm. Vendor application at 830-964-3003, DRIPPING SPRINGS: Heritage Gala to Benefit Dr. Pound Farmstead Museum. Enjoy a sit-down dinner, wine, live music, live and silent auctions and more. www. APRIL 18-28 SAN ANTONIO: Fiesta ® San Antonio. Citywide celebration showcases San Antonio’s rich, diverse culture through more than 100 official APRIL 19-21 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Founders Day Festival. Parade, barbecue cook-off, arts-and-crafts vendors, washer-pitching contest, carnival, food, live music and dancing. Mercer Street. APRIL 19-20 LLANO: Crawfish Open. (See story, page 2.) Enjoy food, live music from Johnny Bush, Jason Boland and the Stragglers and more, golf tournament, 5K Run/Walk and more. APRIL 20 BOERNE: 21st Annual Texas Corvette



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