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A WORD FROM THE PUBLISHER The holidays are upon us. What a wonderful and special time of year! Make this holiday season one to be remembered. Life passes us by so very quickly and we need to enjoy what God has given us and blessed us with. From the friends and loved ones who are a part of our lives, to the beauty that surrounds us all around our stunning Hill Country, there is a lot to celebrate! Enjoy those folks, love them up and include them in your journeys this holiday season. As you look through this issue of the Hill Country SUN you will find many people, places and events to help you make a make it happen! We are blessed to have you as a part of our Hill Country SUN family. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support over the years. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and happiest of holidays to you!


IN THIS ISSUE Josh Grider Meet the talented troubadour ................................................. 6

San Antonio Man Tells Tall Tales Accessible, fun hunting read for great holiday gifting ............... 8

Night Sky Festival Save the date for this naturally exciting event ..........................10

Wildlife A column by C.J. Wright........................................................... 12

S.T.A.G.E. Theatre Local theater creates community.............................................. 14

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or those of us lucky enough to have heard Josh Grider performing his music (live or recorded for that matter), the immediate impression garnered is an overwhelming “wow!” The heart-felt lyrics coupled with his deep, melodic voice, then both supported ably through traditional, expertly rendered instrumentations, all classically combine (in a cool Country/Western sort of way) to soothe, stir and especially, satisfy, on multiple emotional levels. Yep, this guy’s got talent and, that’s definitely spelled with a capital “T!” But, to achieve in the highly-competitive music biz, having a natural gift is only part of the story. What’s also needed is tenacity – and that also requires a capital “T.” Fortunately for New Braunfel’s Josh Grider (to the benefit of all of his adoring fans), this songster teems with both “Ts” ensuring that we’ll continue to be well supplied for years with many additional Grider tunes and, each of those will undoubtedly

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be worthy of a capital “T,” too. Teeeerrific! Amazingly, for one so currently well established in Texas, Josh originally hails from New Mexico. Growing up in a family where Classic Country was standard fare, Josh, always musically gifted, was nurtured by the sounds of some of the genre’s greatest practitioners. These became his heroes. And, given a guitar at an early age, the focused, and fearless, youngster was soon accompanying himself to the delight of others – friends, parents, teachers, etc. – who all encouraged his overriding desire to emulate (as a writer and performer) those past and present “legends” whose music graced the airways, tape decks, turntables and live venues during his formative years. Thanks to this early support, a personal commitment was made. Music would become Josh’s life. He would devote his substantial energies to writing and singing while continSee JOSH GRIDER, page 7

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ually further honing the skills that would be needed to ensure success in the pursuit of this chosen, albeit difficult livelihood. But really, as he undauntedly admits, “That’s what I always felt I was born to do.” However capable he was, Josh’s path to admittance within an, at times, unforgiving industry didn’t come without sacrifice. Thanks to his obvious abilities, Josh earned a full musical scholarship to Waco’s Baylor University. And, beyond his rigorous academic requirements, which brought many welcomed technical insights, while enrolled the determined (and seemingly tireless) Josh also formed and fronted his first real band, “Riverside.” Throughout his four years at Baylor, an indefatigable Josh began playing gigs in “any and all” bars and honkytonks to test his acceptance before a “paying” crowd. And, he wasn’t disappointed. Folks loved the plucky, affable young man who could charm and sway with his guitar while smoothly delivering his always pertinent compositions. Basically, this was a time of gaining invaluable experience along with a lot of confidence further assuring that he really could “make it as a professional musician.” And with that realization finally firmly in hand, after graduation, for Josh, there was “no looking back.” He headed purposely to Austin where he felt greater connectivity opportunities awaited. Establishing the Josh Grider Trio while there, between the heavy live-performance obligations, he logged countless hours in the studio carefully laying down track after track of some of his newest creative efforts. One of his first entitled “Mama” became a top ten single on the Texas Music Chart that brought a broader, much appreciated (and propelling) recognition across the state. Not a bad start for a 24-year-old with a big dream. His earlier achievements eventually set the stage for an impressive ensuing 12 years as a more mature, seasoned and much better known Josh, still constantly writing, working and reaching. He went on to record an additional seven, very well received, full-length, quality albums along with a number of highly-ranked industry-rated singles while still somehow finding the time and energy for a life almost constantly on the road (traveling nationally and internationally). And remarkably, in between the seemingly endless bookings, Josh is still constantly networking with producers, scouts, media representatives and others always with the aim to keep his music “front and center.” Now, that’s tenacity. But, he accurately admits that with so much continually on his plate, “It’s not a life for everyone. When it all comes together however, like a good song, it’s totally worth it.” (For us and him!) So, is Josh Grider really an incredible, creative combo of musical tenacity and talent? You bet. Google him up, give him a listen and, you’ll also agree that, regarding Josh and his compositions, that’s just capital – capital “Ts” that is!

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s fall blows in each year, we South Texans begin girding ourselves anew for another hunting season fired up in equal measure by high expectations, a lot of promised excitement and of course, a few essential expenditures – can you say ammo? Yep, to the initiated, there’s just no better time when camaraderie, competition and even a little occasional consternation coalesce as the young and old, male and female all fever-up with the scent of the awaiting prey. And, when you think about it, one of the most motivating factors fueling this annual fervor are our memories of past hunts where remembered successes, or at least near successes, keep us eagerly awaiting that next anticipated opening day. Kaboom! With that in mind, one lifelong area sportsman overflowing with a plethora of personal stories has penned the perfect book for the passionate hunter. Entitled “San Antonio Man Tells Tall Tale,” the Alamo City’s John T. Saunders, Jr. offers a rack of relatable recollections that, when read, will stir your own memorable moments when you were on the trophy trail. For any hunter, reading this account will be nothing short of a blast. His “tales” begin in childhood when, as a six-yearold, John was given his first firearm – a lever-action Daisy BB gun. And, with the acquisition of that Daisy, an impressive hunting career ensued that has continued unabated for the last six decades taking John across South Texas, the Western United States and even South America and Africa in pursuit of various quarry. After amassing so many stories (some expected, some surprising, all wonderful) gleaned from these outings, John (an oilman, not a writer) was ultimately encouraged to compile, then share his personal experiences. Reluctant at first, but then accepting the challenge, the result is his much lauded, beautifully written and illustrated book, “San Antonio Man Tells Tall Tale.” Throughout 135 pages, John recalls and recounts a diverse range of remembrances that not only include mechanical details (weapons used, climatic conditions, geography and species) but also, the emotional responses generated from each telling experience. To the hunter (or, those who are close to a hunter), these accounts See TALL TALES, page 9

TALL TALES, from page 8

will “hit home” with an abundance of understanding and empathy causing responses that cover the gamut from raucous laughter, to a racing heart. Especially in Texas where hunting is an established tradition, this book is simply a must-have for all who share this natural passion. In appearance, the oversized book itself is a top-tier production rendered in full color and fit for display and enjoyment on any and all coffee tables or ammo lockers, whether at the lease, ranch house or urban domicile. But, it’s the stories that make this “read” a real keeper. After a compelling preface, 17 narratives follow about John’s time in the wild, rattling-up wary bucks, pursuing elusive mountain sheep, fighting (for hours) fierce marlin, laying-in-wait for grain-hungry geese and more feral adventures. But the human side is not ignored. The author’s family and friends—all participants— are included, rounding out each tale and building a complete picture of the joys found in this shared sport between grandfathers, fathers and sons, with wives, even in-laws and especially, the “old buddies.” Visually supporting the text are numerous commissioned watercolor paintings of the described events rendered by respected Texas artists, Clay McGaughy and Pat Safir.

So, for this Christmas, scope out a copy of San Antonio Man Tells Tall Tale. It will make the perfect gift for those like-minded Texans who, as John is, find the hunt a thrilling, satisfying and essential part of his or her existence. You won’t “miss” with this book because it’s definitely a “hit!” “San Antonio Man Tells Tall Tale” is published by Hamilton Books, available for purchase on Amazon and other quality booksellers.

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Save the date! 2019 Night Sky fest


he Texas Night Sky Festival® returns to Dripping Springs Ranch Park March 30-31, 2019. This free, family-friendly celebration of the Texas night sky occurs bi-annually and offers something for everyone— from kids to nature lovers to astronomers. The fest features star-studded activities, booths, renowned speakers and entertainers for people of all ages. Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines headline the musical line-up. Families will delight at the opportunity to step inside one of three mobile planetariums, or to peer into special solar telescopes for a closer look at the sun. Stay for lunch and dinner — delicious food will be available from several food vendors.Bring your lawn chair or yoga mat because when night falls, the fun continues as festival goers engage in yoga under the stars, a lesson in night sky photography, tales of the constellations, and of course, a good, old-fashioned star party. All of the activities and live music entertainment happen on Saturday noon to 11 pm. Sunday, March 31, from 10:30 am to 5 pm, a night sky advocates conference will be led by the International Dark-Sky Association at the festival location. Admission, including all the activities and parking, is free. The Texas Night Sky Festival® is co-hosted by the Hays County Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, the City of Dripping Springs and TNSF Association (an affiliate of the International Dark-Sky Association).

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Head to Comfort November 24 COMFORT H Christmas in Comfort brings visitors from near and far to the Hill Country for holiday shopping and family fun November 24, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The fun, family event offers more than 125 vendors, as well as shopping at merchants in the downtown historic district and along Highways 27 and 87, plus a full day of holiday activities. You’ll find vendor booths on High and 8th Streets open from 10 am to 5 pm, with vendor and food booths on Seventh Street from 10 am to 9 pm. Stages featuring live music will be located at 7th & High Streets and on 8th Street. The Boys and Girls Club of Comfort perform “The Nutcracker” with dancers from Releve Studio and DNA Arts at noon, 2 pm and 4 pm in the newly renovated Lobby Theater. Performances are free. Kids can have photos taken with Santa and his elves from 11 am to 3 pm. Family activities include a petting zoo, face painting and gingerbread decorating. Other activities include the Comfort Library gently-used book sale from 9 am to 3 pm, live entertainment at the stage at High and 7th Streets from 10 am to 7 pm and holiday treats at the food court. A second stage with live music will be located on 8th Street from 10 am to 5 pm. Spectators gather on High Street for Christmas carols and lighting of the town Christmas tree at 6 pm, with live music until 7 pm, followed by the Weinachten Lichter, a magical lighted night parade. The parade begins at 7 pm and ends with the arrival of parade founders Garry and Janis Schwab as Santa and Mrs. Claus. The best place for parade viewing is in the historic district—bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. A glittering fireworks display immediately after the parade ends the event. Admission is free for Christmas in Comfort.Because of the popularity of the event and the number of people attending, no pets are allowed at the event. For more information, visit

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Powwow November 17 & 18 SAN MARCOS H Don’t miss the 8th annual Sacred Springs Powwow November 17 and 18 on the shores of the headwaters of the San Marcos River. Crowds will gather at what locals call the “sacred springs” to witness the morning opening of powwow festivities featuring a blessing ceremony performed by elders from several indigenous communities. The springs are considered sacred by some Coahuiltecan Native Americans because they believe that during creation, they traveled the underworld as spirits and finally emerged from the springs onto Mother Earth as “the People.” Enjoy 100 Native dancers, 50 vendors in a Native American Market selling arts, crafts and indigenous foods, guest performances by visiting Native tribes’ musicians and dancers, presentations on Native American history and more. The Taino dancers will present drumming and dancing indigenous to the Puerto Rico area.The Taino people were among the first Native Americans encountered by Christopher Columbus when he came to the Americas. Powwow and Aztec dancers will compete for championships as best dancers in several categories. Powwow men will compete in the categories of “Traditional,” “Straight,” “Grass,” and “Fancy.” Powwow women will compete in “Cloth,” “Buckskin,” “Jingle,” and “Fancy Shawl.” Aztec dancers will compete for “Most Honored Man” and “Most Honored Woman.” Preliminary dancing will take place on Saturday, with the best dancers elevated to final competitions on Sunday. This year’s Native American Market will draw many more vendors from New Mexico, Arizona, and Oklahoma who have heard about the expanding powwow and want to bring their wares to this new marketplace. Each year the Sacred Springs Powwow brings new and compelling attractions that vibrate with excitement and inspire with the heartfelt spirit of Native culture. This event is an experience that will be remembered forever – a unique and extraordinary powwow on the shores of the sacred springs. For more information, visit

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s this column takes shape, an occasional smattering of foliage hints of colors that will later cloak the trees. Cloudless sulphur butterflies dance among Turk’s cap. Whitetail deer wear dark coats and bucks’ antlers are honed to ivory points. Trees are silenced save for the call of a Carolina Wren, the winged flight of a Mourning Dove and the twik calls of Cardinals among beautyberry. A female monarch butterfly visits butterfly bush. Soon more of these iconic beauties will pass through on their annual fall migration, to winter among oyamel fir trees in the mountains of Michoacán state in central Mexico. Thus far, 2018 has been an exciting year for all who monitor monarch activity, who plant milkweed and nectar plants to offset the reduction of their traditional breeding habitat, lost to agribusiness. Throughout spring and summer, reports to Journey North, where citizen scientists report monarch migrations, were of more monarchs spotted then in any of the past several years. These numbers are born out with fall reports—one of a 500-mile wide flow of millions of monarchs leaving the Great Lakes region! Speculation is that favorable temperatures, rainfall and fronts played a key part in providing optimal conditions for population growth. By the time you read this, most monarchs will have migrated through Central Texas and wintering birds will be arriving. Monarchs are one of a long list of living things to suffer from habitat loss, including many that dwell in temperate grasslands. These biomes are found in every continent save Antarctica and cover almost twenty-five percent of the earth’s landmass. They are the most altered and endangered ecosystems in the world, thanks to increased crop production, intensive grazing, forest plantations, urbanization, and energy and mining development. North American grasslands or prairies include the Great Plains of Canada and the United States and the Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands of Mexico. Before Europeans settlement, these grasslands extended in an unbroken expanse from Canada to Central Mexico. Today only a few large intact grasslands remain and, like grasslands throughout the world, much of their plant and wildlife populations are threatened. Grassland birds rely on this land for nesting, away from trees that would shelter predators. While loss of habitat is the greatest factor in their decline, add Brown-headed Cowbird brood parasitism, increased use of pesticides and other toxic chemicals and migration mortality, and the result is that one third of all grassland bird species are on a Watch List. Since 1970 about seventy percent of birds that breed in the Great Plains of the U.S. and Canada and winter in Mexico’s Chihuahuan grasslands have encountered steep declines. Other grassland birds have declined by thirty-three percent. The Greater Prairie-Chicken (the male well known for its mating dance) is a grouse of open grasslands with an estimated global breeding population of 400,000—all within the U.S. Although its population appears stable, it’s listed as Vulnerable on the ICUN Red List of Threatened Species, is a U.S.-Canada Stewardship Species and a Tri-National Concern Species. The eastern subspecies of the Greater Prairie-Chicken, the Heath Hen, went extinct in 1932, but the Texas form, the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken, that over a century ago numbered up to a million birds and roamed a range that extended for some six million acres across the Texas and Louisiana coasts, disappeared from Louisiana by 1919 and by 1927 the Texas population totaled 8,700, terminating its game bird status. In 1967 it was listed as endangered and with the passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973, it garnered immediate protection. In 2003 fewer than fifty birds remained in the wild. Six years later, despite hurricanes and other challenges, their numbers from three populations totaled ninety. Today Attwater’s Prairie Chickens are considered one of the most endangered birds of North America and with good reason. Two years ago the captive breeding program at the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge had a population of 126 prairie chickens— the highest count in twenty years. Following the Tax Day flood in April 2016, the refuge was saturated; a third of it under water, and the count in spring 2017 fell to 42 birds. Next came

See WILDLIFE, page 15

WILDLIFE, from page 14 Hurricane Harvey and their count this past spring dropped to 12. Estimates of prairie chickens in captive breeding programs and wild birds totaled around 200. Those in programs live in two Texas locations, one at the Refuge, the other on a private ranch in Goliad County. Because most of Texas is under private land ownership, it’s essential for the Attwater’s that—if it’s ever to be removed from endangered species status—the private sector play a key role. What’s important to these birds, healthy tall grass prairie, is also good for cattle ranchers and is a win-win for all. Globally, impressive gains have been made in the past few decades to improve conservation in tropical rainforests, coral reefs and mountain landscapes, but temperate grasslands garnered little attention. This led to the creation of the Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative (TGCI) that acts as the focal point for international communications and collaboration to improve conservation and protection of all indigenous temperate grasslands. In Mexico a pilot sustainable rotational grazing program has improved grass cover, with some ranchers seeing an increase of eighty percent in cover, heavier cattle and better bird habitat. Hopes are to expand this program and increase the region’s grasslands.Canada has the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration and in the U.S., biologists work one-on-one with farmers and ranchers to increase sign-ups for Farm Bill conservation incentive programs. All of these programs need support and strengthening. As we transition from fall to winter, we welcome our wintering birds, many of which are grassland species. The Horned

Lark, usually found in groups on bare ground or in short, grazed pastures, is a common bird in steep decline. Watch for its yellow face, black mask and tiny black “horns” that wave in the breeze. With a preference for moist grasslands, the Sedge Wren is a small, short tailed, warm brown wren and a weak flyer, traveling short distances just above grass level. Because it moves its nesting habitat from one year to another, it’s considered one of the most nomadic territorial birds in N.A. and rates seven of twenty on the Continental Concern Score. * Catch a Grasshopper Sparrow in direct sunlight and enjoy its rich, buffy color. It’s reputably hard to find and waits— perched in small brush or tall grass until approached before flushing. A weak flyer, it prefers to disappear into grasses where it runs along the ground to make its escape. It’s a common bird in steep decline and rates a Continental Concern Score of 12 out of 20. Many opportunities exist to volunteer as a citizen scientist to not only enjoy our many winter visitors but to help monitor and track the health of our bird populations including grassland species. Project Feederwatch begins in November. It’s a joint project between Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada. In December there’s the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Check with local Audubon to find a count near you. And it’s not too early to plan for the Annual SparrowFest held at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge on February 2, 2019. Registration opens November 22. *For information on the Species of Continental Concern scores, visit

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ulverde’s S.T.A.G.E. Theatre kicked off their milestone 40th anniversary in October 2018 with “Ring of Fire,” a jukebox musical based on the music of the legendary Johnny Cash and a perfect fit for this cozy theater. Lou Garza, longtime S.T.A.G.E. member, actor, director, and current Managing Director says, “The atmosphere out here is wonderful. We provide good wholesome entertainment and everyone is treated like a family member.” Community theater has a knack for bringing people together, whether they’re on the stage or behind the scenes, in the audience or in the surrounding community. Being a part of live theater along with friends, or people who soon will be, is a wonderful and reassuring experience. Like the neighborhood bar “where everyone knows your name” featured on the long-running television series “Cheers,” there’s a place for everyone in the warm and welcoming environment at Krause House. S.T.A.G.E. fosters community interest in the dramatic arts through educational programs and different levels of classes for both children and adults. Twice a year, the ELFS children’s theater classes present plays and recitals that showcase their acting skills. Besides entertaining audiences with four high quality plays each season, S.T.A.G.E. also has the distinction of being the only dinner theater in the San Antonio area. As for the selection of the plays, “We have a little something for everyone,” Lou says. In any season, there will be music, drama and comedy with a wide-ranging variety of productions from a tense thriller like “Wait Until Dark” in 2017 to the hysterical farce “Drinking Habits 2” (coming in May 2019) featuring the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing. In 1978, the fledgling group was fortunate to have the guidance of a former high school speech and drama teacher, along with 25 or so talented individuals with an abundance of enthusiasm. However, they had no space for rehearsals, performing, or storing equipment. They didn’t have a manager, they stored props in members’ homes, performed in community centers, and once they even reserved a bowling alley for rehearsals and prop storage. Generous benefactors and community volunteers are the foundation of the theater’s growth and success and no one has been more instrumental in ushering in these accomplishments than Zada and Earl Jahnsen. Zada first encountered this performance group when her teenage son, who was already a member, “threw a script at her” one day and told her she should audition for a part. No stranger to the stage even as a child, when she had speaking parts in German plays, Zada always enjoyed entertaining people. So she took her son’s advice, threw herself into first one project and then another. She has made an indelible mark in

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THEATER, from page 16 every aspect of theater management and production – reading scripts and paying bills, finding props, baking cookies and sewing costumes, acting, directing and serving as the Managing Director of the Board. Recognizing the need for S.T.A.G.E. to have a permanent home, Zada convinced her husband, Earl, to build a theater on land that had been in her family since the 1800s. Named in honor of her ancestor, George Krause, The Krause House Theatre opened its doors in 1985. In 2016, Zada and Earl were honored by the American Association of Community Theatre for their significant valuable and lasting service to community theater. In addition to everything else she does, Zada is the force behind the delicious home-cooked food. Zada started cooking when she was only nine years old and credits her grandmothers as inspirations. “They both were really good cooks,” she says, “they used whatever ingredients they had on hand.” Favorite entrees are meat loaf, king ranch casserole, chicken enchiladas, and turkey tetrazzini. Although she is training some helpers, Zada is still the top chef and the one who keeps theater-goers lining up for the sumptuous buffet and struggling with decisions like whether to have lemon meringue pie or key lime cake (or both!) for dessert. Lou worked as a disc jockey and acted in plays when he was in high school in Eagle Pass (he was Motel the Tailor in Fiddler on the Roof), but his sister Sandra says that, like Zada, his interest in performing began when he was much younger. “He was in second grade and his first audience was Mom and Dad,” she says, “he would throw linens over the clothes line for his stage curtain.” Lou’s first acting role with S.T.A.G.E. was Hector the handyman in Squabbles, a comedic play by Marshall Karp. “We like to introduce audiences to new or lesser known playwrights,” Lou says. One of these was a Western play, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, based on 1954 short story by the same name. “Most people know about the movie,” he says, “but I think the play is even better than the movie.” They have presented so many different shows that in forty years only one production, “Ring of Fire,” has been brought back for a second run. The Encore Players are another community outreach group that merits special mention. They are senior citizen volunteers who sing and perform plays, mostly written and directed by Tom Balmos, at assisted living centers in the Comal County area. “They also occasionally perform their plays on our stage,” Lou says. Making theater accessible to the people in the community is at the heart of what S.T.A.G.E. Theatre is all about. This is a place where anyone can walk in to an open audition and have a chance to be a part of the show. Someone who has never acted before may be a “diamond in the rough” who soon finds his own place at the center of the stage. Krause House Theatre is located at 1300 Bulverde Road in Bulverde. Reserve tickets online or by calling 830-4382339. Visit for more information about the history of the organization, season and patron memberships.

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Holiday Lights & More! Visit Main Street Bethlehem in Burnet, as the ancient city of Christ’s birth comes alive again with costumed actors and animals recreating the birth of Jesus. December 7-9 and 14-16, from 6 pm to 9 p pm m each evening. 300 E Washington Street, Burnet TX 78611.

Burnet Take the family for a drive through more than a mile of winding country roads at Santa’s Ranch, see beautiful lights, animated Christmas displays, and enjoy homemade hot cocoa, and snacks. November 2 - December 30, Open 6 pm-9 pm Sunday through Thursday (‘til 10 pm Friday and Saturday).

New Braunfels The beautiful Blanco courthouse will be draped in lights and the town square surrounding fully lit with twinkling lights for the delight and pleasure of all. And don’t miss visits with Santa in the courthouse. For more information, call the Blanco Chamber of Commerce at 830833-5101. 101 East Pecan Street.



Light, motion and holiday spirit create the Light the Night parade down historic Main Street, illuminated for the holiday season December 7 at 6:30 pm, followed by Afterglow celebration and more. 130+ entries are expected to take part.

Fredericksburg Lights Spectacular in Johnson City is surely worth the drive! More than a million lights fill three city blocks including the Courthouse, City Park and P ​ edernales Electric Co-op headquarters. Don’tmiss it! November 23 - January 6, 2019.

Johnson City More than two million lights and 400 lighted sculptures sparkle on the banks of Lake Marble Falls. The Walkway of Lights is a free event in Lakeside Park, donations welcome. Open through January 1, 2018. 305 Buena Vista Drive. Find Walkway of Lights 2018 on Facebook.

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s we age and our lives inevitably evolve, one pleasure that remains a constant is in our ability to fondly look back over the past and recall the many separate aspects that have defined our existence. Family and friends, careers and accomplishments, all contribute to the uniquely personal reminisces comprising the “who, what and why” of our individual selves. Memory is sweet but actually re-experiencing the same, no matter how badly desired, usually remains out of reach. For 89-years-young Doris Parker of San Antonio, one treasured facet harking back to her much earlier days was recently reawakened and amazingly, recaptured. Through the heart-felt efforts of her loving husband, daughter and many others who insisted on being involved, a series of original songs penned by Doris decades earlier were professionally “brought to life” again and, the result is a long overdue CD entitled “My Turn” that emotionally showcases a very special side of this one lady’s being – a side thought lost and never to be revisited. Doris Parker is not a native Texan. Born in Kentucky, she spent most of her youth as the single child of a hardworking mother. The twosome relocated to Southern California where Doris’ mom worked as a seamstress while her daughter, as a teen, waitressed to financially help the family while also putting a little away for college. Life wasn’t always easy but they were a happy pair and, what contributed to that happiness was music. With her mother’s encouragement, Doris took up the piano, often accompanying herself with her delightful voice.She sang in church and, since WWII was in full sway, even occasionally performed at the USO. Also, at this time, she began writing songs. Always naturally gifted creatively, and, thanks to the constant exposure to the Swing and Big Band music of the era, a young and inspired Doris penned the first two songs featured on “My Turn” – “It’s Because of You” and “Almost Everything.” Both are Jazzy, somewhat steamy ballads loyally paying tribute to that magical music of the 1940s. And, while written decades ago, delightfully, both tunes remain extremely relevant (and enjoyable) today. But, let’s go back again. Doris’ love of music had the young lady initially dreaming of a career as an entertainer but, reality ultimately pushed her into another direction – that of nursing. After putting herself through college Doris worked at a county hospital and eventually married (a doctor) and started a family. The final song featured on her CD and entitled “My Little Girl is an Angel” perfectly reflects the joys and tenderness of moth-

erhood. No parent can listen to this song and not be touched. Unfortunately, that melody would prove to be the last she would author as she reluctantly put her writing pad away, focused on nursing, mothering and other pursuits and went on to lead the very full life that she still enjoys today – now residing in San Antonio (to be near her daughter) where she’s comfortably been for the past 13 years. So, why a CD now? Well, as her 89th birthday neared along with an important wedding anniversary, Doris’ husband, Dr. Norman Parker struggled with what to get his beloved bride. He wanted something “special” but was stumped. Enter Doris’ daughter, Chris Harbach, also a songwriter (like mother like daughter!). She knew about those earlier “forgotten” songs of her mother’s, was familiar with the recording studio scene and thought “how wonderful it would be to produce an album as a gift.” Norm agreed whole heartedly and the process began. Chris enlisted the help of entertainer and producer Bobby Flores of San Antonio. After transcribing the songs, a crackerjack group of studio musicians was assembled including a vocalist who possessed the tonal qualities that Doris, in her younger years, once boasted. Working as a team and guided by the original songwriter’s close hands-on direction, the result proved to be, as a moist-eyed Doris attests, “The best present I’ve ever received.” Kudos to all involved for producing this labor of love which Doris Parker continues to share with countless others who not only love the back-story but, the music as well. The response has been gratifying for the former songwriter who now realizes that by “reawakening the songs of her youth” it’s now “Her Turn” to revisit what she thought she never would again. The CD is available on ITunes and Amazon.

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EVERY DAY GRUENE: Live music at Gruene Hall. EVERY SUNDAY HELOTES: Family Night and Free Dance at John T. Floore Country Store., 14492 Old Bandera Road. 6 pm. SECOND SUNDAY BANDERA: Second Sunday Music Fest. Afternoon of music, food, and fun at Frontier Times Museum. 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 SAN MARCOS/WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Glassworks gallery open 10 am to 5 pm daily and Sunday noon to 5 pm. See the artists create in a live glassblowing demo. EVERY MONDAY CYPRESS MILL: Bunkhouse Gang at Wenmohs Ranch. Paint and enjoy fellowship of artists. 830-825-3465. EVERY TUESDAY SAN MARCOS: Area Community Bible Study. 6:30 - 8 pm. First Christian Church, 3105 Ranch Road 12. 512-808-9156. EVERY WEDNESDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Farmers Market. 3 pm to 6 pm at Highway 290, Ranch Road 12. NEW BRAUNFELS: Veteran Music Group at VFW Post 7110. 5 pm to 8 pm. Open to all veterans, all skill levels. Song writing, guitar, keyboard, more. 600 Peace Avenue. Gary Walter, 512-460-9919. SAN MARCOS: Kent Finlay’s Songwriter’s Circle. Cheatham Street Warehouse. 8 pm. WIMBERLEY: Farmers’ Market. Senior Citizen’s Activity Center, Ranch Road 12. 512-264-1637. THIRD WEDNESDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Cook Off Club. 6:30 pm. VFW Hall. Email ryoncrew@ WIMBERLEY: Heart of Texas Genealogy Society meets at Wimberley Village Library. 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. FOURTH WEDNESDAY WIMBERLEY: Meeting of the Hill Country Neighbors. 10:30 am. Community Center. 512-847-2849. EVERY THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Coffee House with Light Dinners, Desserts, Open Mic. 6 pm to 9 pm. Thyme and Dough. 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. 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. Canyon Lake Golf Club. 830-899-4406. SECOND THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Bead Society. Wimberley Community Center. 1 pm. Marilyn Pierce, mp@ SECOND & FOURTH THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Toastmaster Club. Learn public speaking, leadership. 7 pm to 8 pm. Community Center,14068 Ranch Road 12. 512-847-6822. THIRD THURSDAY BANDERA: Third Thursday Cowboy Camp. Pickers who play cowboy, Texas, or Western swing music are welcome to sit in. 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. Pie, tamales, pizza, coffee, soft drinks available. Doors 7 pm, music 7:30 pm. WIMBERLEY: Third Thursday. Shops open ’til 8 pm. EVERY THURSDAY - SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Live Music at Linda’s Fine Foods. 500 FM 2325. facebook. com/LindasFineFoods. EVERY THURSDAY - SUNDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Craft Beer Tasting, Free Tour at Twisted X Brewing Co. EVERY FRIDAY BLANCO: Tasting Room Open & Brewery Tours at Real Ale Brewing Company. 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. FREDERICKSBURG: First Friday Art Walk. MARBLE FALLS: Art Walk. 5 pm to 8 pm. SECOND FRIDAY BANDERA: Medina Community Jam Session. Bring a covered dish, snack, dessert. Community Center. UVALDE: Four Square Friday. Shopping, food, music, art. 6 pm to 9 pm. EVERY SATURDAY BANDERA: Flying L Chuckwagon Dinner Enjoy barbecue, wagon rides, roping lessons, gunslingers, line dancing, and more. BOERNE: Farmer’s Market. 9 am to 1 pm.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS DRIPPING SPRINGS: Texas Music and Wine. FISCHER: Jackson Open Artisan and Farmers Market. 9 am to 5 pm. 6341 Farm Market 32., 830-935-2781. NEW BRAUNFELS: Farmers Market. WIMBERLEY: Tour Jacob’s Well. Hear stories about floods, divers, and experience beauty of the spring that started the town of Wimberley. 10 am. WIMBERLEY: Arnosky Family Farms Market. Ranch Road 2325 and Highway 165. 830-833-5428 WIMBERLEY: Saturday Evening Dinners. UTOPIA: Lunch and Dinner at Laurel Tree. FIRST SATURDAY BANDERA: Market Days on the 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. BANDERA: Cowboys on Main. See and interact with a sample of the Old West cowboy lifestyle on Bandera Main Street. DRIFTWOOD: Community Club. Group meets to enhance community spirit. Dinner 7 pm. KERRVILLE: Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet. Youth Exhibit Center. Free admission, WIMBERLEY: Market Days. Oldest outdoor market in the Hill Country and second-largest in the state fea- tures 475 -plus booths of art, crafts, antiques and treasures. Lions Field. SECOND SATURDAY CASTROVILLE: Market Trail Days. Houston Square. 830-539-2316. WIMBERLEY: Gallery Trail. 15 galleries around Square open late offering art, wine, appetizers. EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Craft Beer Tasting and Free Tour at Twisted X Brewing Company, live music and food. ROUND MOUNTAIN: Tours at Westcave Preserve. FIRST/LAST SATURDAY-SUNDAY LAMPASAS: Trade Days. Meet artists and craftsmen who create oneof-a-kind items, from antiques, collectibles, quilts, and crafts, to folk/ fine art, home furnishings. SECOND SATURDAY-SUNDAY AUSTIN: Tours of Bright Leaf Natural Area. FOURTH SATURDAY-SUNDAY JOHNSON CITY: Market Days. NOVEMBER 9 - DECEMBER 2 WIMBERLEY: “The Lion in Winter.” Betrayal, treachery, and a knife fight: Every family has its ups and downs. Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Road. 512-847-0575, NOVEMBER 16-17 WIMBERLEY: Winter Wonderland. Visit the wonderland of Thanksgiving and Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces created by local artists and talented, crafty people. Enjoy holiday music, refreshments, and a visit with Santa. Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12., 512-847-2201. NOVEMBER 16-18 NEW BRAUNFELS: Wiehnachtsmarkt. Enjoy Gemutlichkeit and fun at this three-day market, shop more than 60 merchants and artisans offering unique German collectibles, foods and ornaments, holiday decorations, apparel, jewelry, and gifts. Civic & Convention Center, 375 South Castell Avenue., 830-629-1572. NOVEMBER 16-18, 23-25 FREDERICKSBURG: Fredericksburg Trade Days. Shop twice in November from more than 400 vendors in seven barns, featuring acres of antiques, a biergarten, live music, and more. 355 Sunday Farms Lane. Hill Country SUN   22 November/December 2018

NOVEMBER 16 - DECEMBER 14 INGRAM: ArtMart Christmas Gift Showcase Shop handmade items. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. NOVEMBER 16 - JANUARY 1 MARBLE FALLS: Walkway of Lights Celebrate the holidays with more than two million lights, 400 sculptures, photos with Santa, more. Free admission.Lakeside Park, 305 Buena Vista Drive. NOVEMBER 17 FREDERICKSBURG: Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner. Fairgrounds, NOVEMBER 17-18 FREDERICKSBURG: WWII Pacific Combat Zone. Battle re-enactment set on an island some-where in the Pacific. National Museum of the Pacific War, 311 E. Austin. GRUENE: Market Days. Gruene Historic District, 1601 Hunter Road., 830-515-1914. KERRVILLE: Holiday Lighted Parade & Courthouse Lighting Ceremony. After the parade, enjoy a Christmas program, caroling, and 39th annual lighting of the Courthouse and 45-foot tree ceremony. Kerr County Courthouse, 700 Main Street., 830-258-1151. KERRVILLE: Texas Gun & Knife Show. texasgunandknife SAN MARCOS: 8th Annual Sacred Springs Powwow. A beautiful Native American festival culturally rich in music, art, dancing, and food. 100 dancers, traditional drums and singers, Indian market with arts and craft booths, Native foods, family art tent, more. Meadows Center, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive., 512-393-3310. NOVEMBER 17-18, 23-25 GRUENE: Holidays in Gruene—Photos with Cowboy Kringle. Create a Christmas memory with photos with Gruene’s own brand of Santa. Gruene Historic District, 1612 Hunter Road. NOVEMBER 17-18, 24-25 CEDAR PARK: North Pole Flyer Children of all ages enjoy the North Pole Flyer—Austin Steam Train’s own Christmas story. A two-hour excursion features Santa and Mrs. Claus, storytelling, sing-along, hot cocoa, cookies, more. NOVEMBER 18 AUSTIN: Balcones Community Orchestra Presents Ying Zhang, performing Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major. 4 pm. Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2111 Alexander Avenue. NOVEMBER 22 - DECEMBER 30 BOERNE: Old West Christmas Light Fest. Drive-thru displays and an Old West town sparkling with lights, kids’ activities, Santa, more. Thursday through Sunday, 6 pm to 10 pm. NOVEMBER 22 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Thanksgiving with Bob Appel. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road FREDERICKSBURG: Annual Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and German Pyramid. Marktplatz. GEORGETOWN: Annual Holiday Lighting of the Town Square., 800-436-8696 NOVEMBER 23 DRIPPING SPRINGS: 3 Chord Rodeo. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road NOVEMBER 23 -25 JOHNSON CITY: Market Days. Local artisans sell handmade items, bakery goods, jewelry, plants, and food. Enjoy fireworks and a street dance; town is illuminated with twinkling lights that can be seen from space. Blanco County Courthouse., 830-868-7684. NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 31 LLANO: Starry Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park. Sip hot chocolate and stroll along the Llano River enjoying displays that light up Badu Park. 300 Legion Drive. NOVEMBER 23 - JANUARY 6 FREDERICKSBURG: Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating. Annual seasonal

CALENDAR OF EVENTS outdoor ice skating. Marktplatz. JOHNSON CITY: Lights Spectacular. Lighting of the historic courthouse square, Memorial Park, and Pedernales Electric Cooperative. Opening festivities include street dance, a food court, craft fair, fireworks, and Lighted Hooves & Wheels Parade. NOVEMBER 24 BLANCO: Blanco Cowboy Church presents Raise the Roof Team Roping. 281-468-5407. BLANCO: Blanco Settlement Open House. Treats, libations and shopping 9 am to 5 pm. 1705 Ranch Road 165 COMFORT: Christmas in Comfort. Arts and crafts festival lines several blocks in the historic district full of shopping pleasure. Food, live music, and fun activities for the kids. Nighttime lighted parade followed by fireworks. Historic Downtown., 830-995-3131. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road JOHNSON CITY: Art Walk. All galleries open for visitation and enjoyment from 4 pm to 8 pm. LEAKEY: Christmas on the Square. Arts and crafts, Santa, food vendors and more, plus lighted courthouse. Downtown. 830-232-5222, NOVEMBER 24 - DECEMBER 16 WIMBERLEY: “A Christmas Carol.” Childrens’ theatre in indoor studio at the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens. NOVEMBER 24 - DECEMBER 28 WIMBERLEY: Trail of Lights. Walking path, more than 100 lighted exhibits, live entertainment, marshmallow roasting. EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens, 1101 Farm Market 2325. 512-847-2201, NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 31 LLANO: Starry Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park. Sip hot chocolate, stroll along the Llano River, enjoy the displays that light up Badu Park. 300 Legion Drive., 325-247-5354. NOVEMBER 26-27 NEW BRAUNFELS: Liberty Gun Show. New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 South Castell Avenue. liberty, 210-708-6645. NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 8 SAN MARCOS: Sights and Sounds of Christmas Enjoy eight full evenings over two weeks of holiday festivities. Carnival rides, arts and crafts, pictures with Santa, local school performances, a live nativity scene, and a food court. San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Parkway. 512-393-8400; NOVEMBER 29 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Grouchy Like Riley. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road NOVEMBER 30 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Bobby Mack. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 1 NEW BRAUNFELS: Christkindlmarkt. German-inspired food, craft beer, live entertainment. Shop for Christmas ornaments, toys, books, and more. Face painters, a rock climbing wall, more. Free admission. New Braunfels Conservation Plaza., 830-542-8448. DECEMBER 1 BLANCO: 4th Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling Dance at Twin Sisters Dance Hall. BOERNE: Weihnacht Parade. Up to 100 lighted entries travel along Main Street at 32nd annual tradition. 830-248-1635, FREDERICKSBURG: Christmas Home Tour. DRIPPING SPRINGS: David Lee with the Humdingers. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road KERRVILLE: Kerr County Market Days. Indoor marketplace with vendors of original handcrafted goods, artwork, and homegrown plants and produce. Hill Country Youth Event Center. LEAKEY: Frio Canyon Chamber Christmas Gala - “Casino Royale.”

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Enjoy music, silent auction, grand prizes and more fun at Frio Pecan Farm. WIMBERLEY: Market Days. More than 400 booths aligned along shaded paths offer treasures of all kinds for your holiday shopping needs. Live music, lots of food, and beverage options make a unique shopping experience. Lions Field, 601 Farm Market 2325. 512-8472201, WIMBERLEY: Metaphysical and Holistic Fair. Energy workers, Reiki practitioners, Tarot readings, holistic products, essential oils and much more at Community Center. DECEMBER 1-2 BOERNE: Oma’s Christmas Craft Fair. Texas hand-crafted wood items, homemade jellies, clothing, wall hangings, ceramics, knitted and crocheted goods, hand-embroidered items, hand-painted bird feeders. bird houses. Kendall County Fairgrounds. BUDA: Budafest. Art market, Santa’s Artisan Workshop, plus a night parade and fireworks sparkle with thousands of lights and more. Main Street. 512-295-7170, DRIPPING SPRINGS: Redbud Artisan Market. Indoor holiday show features the unique, handmade art and fine craft of more than 60 Texas artisans. Dripping Springs Ranch Park. 512-858-7892. GRUENE: Christmas Market Days. Christmas gifts, crafted items, packaged Texas foods. DECEMBER 1-2, 8-9,15-16, 21-22 GRUENE: Photos with Cowboy Kringle. The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Road. DECEMBER 1-16 FREDERICKSBURG: Christmas Wine Affair. Tickets include a Tasting Passport for complimentary tastings and wine discounts at dozens of participating wineries on this self-guided tour. DECEMBER 1-25 COMFORT: Townwide Christmas Lighting Contest and Viewing. Locals go all-out to decorate for Christmas. DECEMBER 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 BANDERA: Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters. Award-winning gunfighters recreating shootouts. BANDERA: Cowboys on Main. Interact with the Old West lifestyle. Bandera County Courthouse. DECEMBER 5, 19 BLANCO: Old 300 BBQ Presents Neal Ford and Friends in the Back 40. 6 pm to 8 pm. 318 4th Street. DECEMBER 6 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Tassy Lou and the Shotgun Stars. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road NEW BRAUNFELS: Wassailfest. Music, fun, food, shopping, thousands of twinkling lights, and free wassail. Main Plaza. DECEMBER 6-7 BOERNE: Boerne Christmas Market Days. Live local music, handmade arts and crafts, woodwork, antiques, collectibles, clothing and accessories, vintage items, jewelry, more. Main Plaza. DECEMBER 6-8 UVALDE: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” Beloved American holiday classic comes to life as live 1940s radio broadcast. Story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Uvalde Opera House. DECEMBER 6-8,13-15 CANYON LAKE: North Pole Village. Christmas fun for the whole family, with elves’ house, hayride, bakery, post office, ice fishing, and more, plus live nativity and pictures with Santa. CRRC Recreation Center. 830-964-2324, DECEMBER 7 BANDERA: Cowboy Capital Christmas and Shoppers Jubilee. Enjoy beautiful lights and music from children’s choirs during a living nativHill Country SUN   24 November/December 2018

ity and a visit from Cowboy Santa. DRIPPING SPRINGS: Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road FREDERICKSBURG: Light the Night Christmas Parade and AfterGlow. Lighted night parade. FREDERICKSBURG: Pearl Harbor Day Observance Memorial. National Museum of the Pacific War. DECEMBER 7-8, 14-15 BOERNE: The Christmas Town. Live Christmas music, hayrides, the town of Bethlehem, shopping with handmade gifts, an entire interactive area just for kids, food, and more. Vanguard Institute, 43360 I-10 West. DECEMBER 7-9 WIMBERLEY: Christmas Concerts. The Wimberley Community Chorus performs holiday favorites. Chapel in the Hills, 14601 Ranch Road 12. 512-847-6056, DECEMBER 7-9, 14-16 BURNET: Main Street Bethlehem. Wind your way through a vil-lage alive with peasants, royal guards, shepherds, and wise men all on the trek to see the baby Jesus. First Baptist Church. DECEMBER 8 BANDERA: Cowboy Capital Christmas Parade Bring a lawn chair and look for Santa in a parade down Main Street. 830-796-3045, BLANCO: Christmas Parade. 830-833-5101. DRIPPING SPRINGS: The Pearl Snaps. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road DRIPPING SPRINGS: Arrowhead Ranch Bazaar. 10 am to 4 pm. Photos with Santa 2 pm to 4 pm. 121 Topaz Circle. GRUENE: Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Gruene Hall. MARBLE FALLS: Christmas Market on Main. Festivities include live music and plenty of Christmas activities for the kids. Historic Downtown, Main Street. WIMBERLEY: Holiday Bazaar. Gifts for everyone for the holidays, including jewelry, clothing, candles, handmade items, gourd art, toys, home decor, metal, glass and wood art. Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12. 512-847-5162, WIMBERLEY: Winter’s Eve. Enjoy holiday shopping plus live music, food, drinks, raffles, prizes, and photos with Santa on the Wimberley Square. 512-757-3158, DECEMBER 8-9 WIMBERLEY: The Hope of Christmas. Concert featuring soloists, choir and orchestra. First Baptist Church. DECEMBER 9-23 AUSTIN: Trail of Lights. Zilker Park. DECEMBER 13 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Bob Appel. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road DECEMBER 13-24 AUSTIN: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Iconic cultural event features more than 175 contemporary touring artists and local favorites, plus great shopping. Palmer Events Center. DECEMBER 14 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Gary P. Nunn. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road SAN MARCOS: Wine and Wassail Walk Weekend. Retail businesses serve a variety of wines, homemade wassail, and paired hors d’oeuvres. Participants receive a commemorative wine glass and can enjoy live entertainment. 512-393-8430, DECEMBER 14-15 FREDERICKSBURG: The Christmas Journey. Free drive-through presentation of Christmas story in nine scenes, with live animals and

CALENDAR OF EVENTS actors, magnificent backgrounds, special lighting effects, Christmas music. Bethany Lutheran Church. DECEMBER 14-16 FREDERICKSBURG: Trade Days. Shop more than 400 vendors in seven barns to see acres of antiques, and enjoy the biergarten, live music, and more. DECEMBER 15 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Dale Watson. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road WIMBERLEY: Blue Christmas. Annual event features carriage rides, an ugly sweater contest, carols, hot chocolate, great food, Santa, and sparkling blue lights everywhere. Blue Hole Regional Park. 512-6609111, DECEMBER 15-16 BOERNE: Cowboy Christmas Market Days. Have your photo taken in old jailhouse with period cowboys and Old West characters. Arts, crafts, collectibles, music, more. Boerne’s Main Plaza. DECEMBER 16 STONEWALL: 49th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting. Carolers, live nativity, Santa Claus, refreshments, and tree lighting. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. 830-644-2252. WIMBERLEY: Christmas Concert. The Starlight Symphony Orchestra performs holiday classics. Wimberley First Baptist Church, 15951 Winters Mill Parkway. DECEMBER 20 BANDERA: Cowboy Camp. Enjoy the pickers’ circle, and join if you wish. Bandera Beverage Barn RV Park, 1407 State Highway 16.

DRIPPING SPRINGS: The Merles. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road DECEMBER 22 BOERNE: Concert in the Cave: Winter Solstice. Eclectic concert of holiday music celebrating the winter solstice inside Cave without a Name, 325 Kreutzberg Road. 830-537-4212; DRIPPING SPRINGS: Kenny Orts. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road LUCKENBACH: Christmas Ball. Annual holiday dance in historic hall featuring musician Gary P. Nunn. Luckenbach Texas Dance Hall, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 830-997-3224,

SATURDAY December 1 11 am-5 pm Wimberley Community Center

Energy Workers Reiki Practitioners Tarot Readers Cosmic Zee Readings Life Coaches Holistic Products Psychic Mediums Crystals & Stones Essential Oils Much More

Wimberley Metaphysical & Holistic Fair 35th Annual

Oma’s Christmas Fair

December 1-2 • Saturday 9-5 & Sunday 9-4

3 halls full of one of a kind merchandise hand crafted by skilled artisans Pictures with Santa • Coloring Contest $1000 Visa Card Raffle $5 Adults / Kids 12 and under get in free • 1307 River Road, Boerne, TX November/December 2018 Hill Country SUN   25

CALENDAR OF EVENTS DECEMBER 28 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Skyrocket. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road DECEMBER 29 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Asleep at the Wheel. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road DECEMBER 31 DRIPPING SPRINGS: Weldon Henson. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 23490 Ranch Road LUCKENBACH: Luckenbach New Year’s Eve Celebration. Usher in the new year with one heck of a party in historic dance hall with music by the Almost Patsy Cline Band. Luckenbach Texas Dance Hall, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 830-997-3224, FREDERICKSBURG: USO-Style Hangar Dance. Big band music, swing dance lessons, a Champagne toast, costume contest, photo booth, black-eyed peas, and cornbread at midnight. The Hangar Hotel, 155 Airport Road. 830-997-9990, GRUENE: New Year’s Eve at Gruene Hall. Ring in the New Year at Texas’ oldest dance hall. 1281 Gruene Road. MARCH 13-16, 2019 CONCAN: Rio Frio Fest. Roger Creager, Shane Smith and the Saints, Koe Wetzel and more perform. Crawfish boil, washer tourneys, fish fry, free shuttles. MARCH 30, 2019 DRIPPNG SPRINGS: Texas Night Sky Festival. Biggest night sky celebration in Texas. Dripping Springs Ranch Park. 812-565-9989,

Seiler Christmas Tree Farm

Choose & Cut Virginia Pine, Leyland Cypress & Loblolly Pine - 3 feet to 10 feet tall WREATHS • PECANS • HAYRIDES South of Seguin on Hwy 123 Turn right on Elm Creek Road at Kountry Korner and follow signs on Jakes Colony Road

830-401-4590 830-379-3468

Open 9 am - 6 pm Sat-Sun & 4 pm - 6 pm Weekdays Concert featuring soloists, choir & orchestra

First Baptist Church Wimberley 15951 Winters Mill Parkway •

22nd Anniversary for the CRRC

North Pole The Biggest Night Sky Celebration In Texas

MARCH 30th, 2019 Night Sky Advocates Workshop March 31 Dripping Springs Ranch Park Dripping Springs, Texas



Thursday, Friday & Saturday Evenings December 6-8 & 13-15, 2018 • 6-9 pm CHRISTMAS FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

Bakery • Post Office Toy Land • Ice Fishing Elves’ House • Hayride Pictures with Santa $5 Live Nativity CRRC Recreation Center 125 Mabel Jones Drive, Canyon Lake, TX (off the South Access Road) • 830-964-2324 November/December 2018 Hill Country SUN   26


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