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Great finds, shopping at Wimberley Market Days
imberley Market Days, the primary fund-raiser for the Wimberley Lions Club, is known as “19 acres of cool stuff that you can’t do without.” This long-running, open-air market has more than 470 vendors, eight concessions stands and three stages featuring live music. Each month at Wimberley Market Days will feature a different theme and guests can celebrate
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Strolling the path at Wimberley Market Days. Photo courtesy Market Days.
with fun decorations and a variety of deals. Wimberley Market Days happens the first Saturday of each month March through December, rain or shine. Shopping hours start at 7 am and end at 4 pm, with live music on each stage from 11 am to 2 pm. The open-air market at Lions Field is located on FM 2325, about a mile from the Wimberley Square. There is ample parking in the three Lions Club lots, plus other nearby privately managed lots. FYI • Visit the web site at www. shopmarketdays.com for more information and Market Days updates.
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Stroll through the Trail of Lights or See a Show in the Studio Theatre
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Trail of Lights ♦ Nov. 26 - Dec. 29 26 -♦Dec. Sun. - Thurs. 6 -Nov. 9 pm Fri.18& Sat. 6 -10 pm
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A Christmas Carol Oct. 28 - Nov. 20 Fri. & Sat. 7:30 pm Sun. 2:00 pm Save the Date!
Nov. 26 - Dec. 18 Sat. 10:00 am Sun. 2:00 pm
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hank you for picking up the Welcome to Wimberley Fall/Winter 2016-17 guide. The articles in this guide can give you an inside look at just a few of the many interesting people, places and things that make Wimberley a special place. So, whether you live here, are moving here, or are just passing through, we hope this guide provides you Kenzie, Luke & Julie Harrington. with a wealth of local information. Please visit our local merchants and be sure to tell them you saw their ad in Welcome to Wimberley. We provide you a Directory of Advertisers on this page so you can quickly locate your point of destination. Thanks to all of the businesses that use the guide to promote their what they do along with the Village of Wimberley. As you thumb through the pages, you will be amazed at the breadth and scope of the truly unique shops, services, restaurants, galleries and places to visit. We also encourage you to pick up our monthly magazine, the Hill Country Sun, featuring interesting, people, places and things all over the Texas Hill Country. You’ll find complimentary copies of our current issue at locations across Wimberley. So get out there, explore, enjoy have a wonderful time in this little “piece of Heaven.” And from all of us, a heartfelt “Welcome” to Wimberley!
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Directory of Advertisers Arts The Art Gallery.......................................................7 d.r. jones (inside Bent Tree Gallery).......................6
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Ply! Yarn, Art & Handwovens..............................16
Gentle Breezes B & B............................................19
Silo Glass Studio & Gallery....................................6 Wildflower Art Gallery............................................7 Wimberley Glass Works...........................................7
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Ball Brothers 1-800-Painting.................................22
EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens................................2 Wimberley Community Center...............................2 Wimberley Glass Works...........................................7 Wimberley Market Days .........................................2 Wimberley Merchants Association (Events)..........5
Dining & Specialty Foods Casa Vindemia (Unique Wines)...........................10 Cigars (at Wall Street Western)............................10 Cypress Creek Cafe .................................................9
Charles Roccaforte’s Hill Country Plans...............24 D & D Insurance Agency(Angie Dahl)................22 Full Circle Salon, Lessa Stafford............................21 Land U Here Concierge Service............................23 The Med Spa, Yvette Strange................................21 Texan Care Automotive Repair............................22 WAG Rescue.........................................................22 Wimberley Day Spa at the Blair House.................21 Wimberley Life Care Assisted Living....................23 Wimberley Medical Clinic (Dr. Ramirez).............23 Wimberley Pharmacy.............................................23
Hill Country Spirits...............................................10
Jobell Café & Bistro.................................................9
St. Stephens Episcopal School..............................28
The Leaning Pear.....................................................8
Zweites Haus School of Wimberley.......................28
Milagro’s Hill Country Tex Mex............................11 Papa Hoo’s Gourmet Popcorn...............................11 Taste Buds Market..................................................11 The Wimberley Way - Amy’s Ice Cream.................8
Shopping Annie James Boutique...........................................13 Aunt Jennys Attic..................................................16 Calley’s Jewelry......................................................14 Cedar Chest...........................................................13 Cigars (at Wall Street Western)............................10
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Hotel Flora and Fauna...........................................31
Wimberley Valley Art League Gallery....................6
WE ARE GRATEFUL to all our sponsors who have supported us over the years. Because of you, the Hill Country Sun magazine is celebrating its 27th anniversary. Thank you to all our readers for picking up this complimentary guide and for shopping with our sponsors. Without you, they would not be here. Don’t miss the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens’ Be sure to tell them 19th Annual Holiday Trail of Lights, open nightly you saw their ad or November 26 through December 29. story in the Welcome to Photo courtesy EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens. Wimberley guide. And thank you to all the folks who provide interesting information and for letting us tell our readers all about you. We appreciate you, for without you, this guide would not exist!
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Dovetails of Wimberley.........................................16
Real Estate/Design Charles Roccaforte’s Hill Country Plans...............24 Gibson Properties Branch Office David Routh......................................................25 Hills of Texas Sky Realty Barbara Latimer.................................................25 Keller Williams Linda Germain...................................................24 RE/MAX REAL PROPERTIES Allison “AJ” Harwood........................................3 Spitzer & Associates Candy Spitzer....................................................25
Eagle Mountain Flag..............................................14 Freedom Defense Tactical......................................17 Gracious Ladies......................................................14 The Herb Room.....................................................17 Imagine…A Fair Trade Craft Gallery....................12
Churches Chapel in the Hills................................................26 Hill Country Cowboy Church...............................26
In Style Accessories.............................................. 15
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection...................27
St. Marys Catholic Church....................................27
Kiss The Cook........................................................17
St. Stephens Episcopal Church.............................26
Knot 2 Shabby.......................................................15
Unity of Wimberley...............................................27
Wimberley Church of Christ.................................27
On A Branch.........................................................13 Ply! Yarn, Arts & Handwovens.............................16 Queen Bee Gatherings & Antiques......................12 River House Elegant Home Accessories................18 Shop the Tree House.............................................18 Wall Street Western..............................................32 The Wild West Store.............................................15
Dripping Springs & surrounding areas Cowgirls and Lace..................................................30 Creek Road Café....................................................29
The Wimberley Way................................................8
Heather Bobb, DDS...............................................29
Wimberley Ace Hardware.....................................14
New Canaan Farms................................................29
Wimberley Glass Works...........................................7
Knights of Columbus, working for local good
By Bonnie Eissler
he Wimberley Knights of Columbus Bishop Louis J. Reicher Council 9151 was chartered in 1985 with 34 members from Wimberley and Dripping Springs, becoming part of a venerable tradition and fraternal order of men that dates back 135 years. Much has changed in the world during the last century, but the Wimberley Knights’ commitment to local charitable projects that defend and benefit faith, fellowship, family, youth, and the community are consistent and true to the principles that guided the fraternal society 100 years ago. The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by an Irish-American Catholic parish priest named Michael J. McGivney with a specific purpose initially to serve the low-income Irish immigrant communities, especially widows and orphans who were usually left destitute. The group’s focus eventually expanded beyond this immigrant group, but the foremost principle has always been charitable work and to support the church. Wimberley Knights are proud of the fact they focus on local charities with the money they raise through events like Hunters Night Out, their principal fundraiser of the year and a major event for Wimberley. Hunters Night Out brings in tens of thousands of dollars to benefit charities primarily in the local area. Over the years, the Knights have donated more than $500,000 with contributions to various worthy organizations that provide food and homes for low-income individuals, scholarships and equipment for schools, medical services, and opportunities/ enrichment for those members of society who are most in need. The Wimberley Knights have donated to Crisis Bread Basket,
Wimberley Lions Club, Wimberley EMS, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. They also provide assistance, funds and materials to seminarians and church activities and festivals. In 2015-2016, they gave scholarship assistance to 12 students. Although most donations stay in the local area, the Knights were happy to be able to to donate $10,000 to help the neighboring community of Bastrop after wildfires devastated that area in recent years. The group’s annual Hunters Night Out — in its 13th year — celebrates hunting, fishing and the outdoor traditions that Texans enjoy. The Knights put in a lot of hard work to produce this wonderful event, where more than 1,000 people come together under a huge tent to eat brisket, along with plenty of delicious side dishes. The evening includes a huge gun raffle, bucket raffle and an exciting live auction as the highlight of the evening. Don’t miss your chance to bid on a live Longhorn! Father McKinney would no doubt be astounded that the small group of men at St. Mary’s Parish in New Haven, Connecticut, he rallied to help poor Irish immigrants is now the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, with chartered councils spanning the globe from the United States and the Ukraine to Poland and Panama. It would surely be even more surprising to him that Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree in 2008 that recognized McGivney’s heroic virtue, advancing the priest’s process toward sainthood. If this does indeed occur, he would be the first priest born in the United States to be canonized as a saint. FYI • Learn more about the Wimberley Knights of Columbus at www.wimberleyknights.org. There is a contact form for those who wish to join or receive information about membership. Also, tickets for Hunters Night Out can be purchased online.
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In the 1850s, Wimberley had a grist mill, tannery, store, shoe shop, and a school that was also used as a church and meeting hall. By the 1870s, it also had a blacksmith. By 1880, the Post Office was set up. By 1900, nine houses were built around the square. By the 1920s, the county finally started to improve roads in and out of the village (the road to San Marcos was paved in 1921). By 1939, electricity was available. The population tripled from 1880 to 1947, based on estimates by the Post Office, to a little more than 400 people.
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Local merchants join together in WMA
By Bonnie Eissler
he Wimberley Merchants Association (WMA), established in 2002, promotes the success of all member shops, restaurants, and businesses through joint efforts, with the belief that they can accomplish more together than separately. Around 40 businesses are WMA members and, other than a few places located farther from the town center – Wimberley Glassworks, Brewsters Pizza
and Hays City Store – all are situated “in and around the historic downtown square, from bridge to bridge,” says Traci Ferguson, owner of women’s fashion boutique, On A Branch, and current president of the five member WMA board. Wimberley isn’t a huge town but it does attract a large number of tourists and visitors each year and it has more B&B’s than any other town in Texas besides Fredericksburg. It’s a charming
and colorful little town with an outsized calendar of annual events. Couples come here to get married or spend their honeymoon, usher in springtime at the Butterfly Festival, sample the best pies in the Hill Country at the Wimberley Pie Social, and ponder the wit and wisdom of Shakespeare at EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens. For locals and tourists alike, there are Market Days the first Saturday of the month (March through December), swimming and summer concerts at Blue Hole and visits to Jacob’s Well. As a tourist destination (and as a consequence of having so many artists and creative and civic-minded people living here), the town of Wimberley has many more shops and art galleries and good places to eat than most towns of its size. It is mind-boggling how many
Don’t miss Winter’s Eve: A Christmas Festival, December 10. Complete with a visit from Santa, the festive event is takes place in downtown Wimberley. Photo ©Mason Photography, courtesy Wimberley Merchants Association.
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The annual Costumed Pet Parade is always entertaining. This year’s event is October 15. Photo ©Mason Photography, courtesy Wimberley Merchants Association. wonderful specialty stores there are in the downtown area and, because the shopping experience is so much fun (and there’s plenty of parking), even more people visit the town for the shopping. Serious shoppers and browsers will enjoy walking around downtown, exploring the area, and seeing for themselves the wide array of merchandise that’s available at the many stores. On the third Thursday of every month, stores in the downtown area stay open late while live music adds a festive ambience. There are stores for shoes and purses, stores that display and sell hundreds of pairs of western boots, stores for vintage or Old West style home furnishings, boutiques with modern retro clothing See WMA, page 7
WMA, from page 6 and others with luxuriously soft and cozy shawls and pajamas. Gadgets and pans for the gourmet cook, scrapbook supplies for the family historian, yarn for the knitter, spinning and weaving classes for the perennial student, exquisite paintings by famous European artists for big spenders that do double-duty as museum art for those who are just looking. All of these stores are within easy walking distance of each other and all are WMA members. The WMA sponsored annual events
– BBQ Battle of Texas in April, Costumed Pet Parade in October, and Winter’s Eve in December – all take place in the downtown area. The BBQ Battle is a competition event, judged by a panel, with cash prizes for winners. Competitors bring their own pit, wood and spices and set up their stations all around the Square. Three categories of meats (pork short ribs, brisket, and chicken) are cooked on the premises and, although the meats aren’t sold, samples are available for visitors to taste.
The costumed Pet Parade benefits the furry friendly canines at Wimberley Adoption Group and Rescue (WAG) and “there’s always something exciting going on at this parade, says Traci, “there are unusual and quite amazing costumes — you may see a superhero or a harem dancer on some of these dogs.” The last WMA annual event of the year coincides with the Christmas holiday season when the town already sparkles like a jeweled tree topper with the buildings festooned with lights. There
will be food, live music, late shopping and even a visit from Santa. Traci says, “Winter’s Eve is the time when a lot of locals come out to shop and enjoy their town decked out for the holidays.” FYI • Wimberley Merchants Association meetings are held the first Monday of each month at the Cypress Creek Cafe. Visitors are welcome to attend. Annual dues for businesses to join WMA start at $150. Member business are listed on the WMA website and are included in shopper’s guides and maps that are updated quarterly. For more information, visit the web site at wimberleymerchants.com.
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WMA member, Jacque Mason SECOND FROM LEFT presents trophies to winners of the WMA BBQ Battle, a competition event judged by a panel, with cash prizes. Photo courtesy Wimberley Merchants Association.
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ypress Creek Cafe on Wimberley Square has been a gathering place for locals since 1937 when it first opened as Forester’s Hotel and Cafe. “It was a dream come true” for owners Randy and Trish Uselton to carry on this tradition when they bought the restaurant/cafe/nightclub and live music venue six years ago. “Randy and Trish are very involved in the community and hands-on as well with the business – they’re here every day,” says officer manager, Sharon Monnett. The exterior of the cafe showcases gorgeous crazy patterned rock work, a visual reminder of the area’s rocky terrain. Randy and Trish completely updated the interior and added a large covered patio with outdoor seating in the back, creating a pet and kid friendly atmosphere and a great place to hang out with family
The Buzzard Bar and a covered patio for outdoor dining are located at the rear of the Cafe. Photo courtesy Cypress Creek Cafe. and friends. Trish, who is a designer, added many of the eclectic decorative See CYPRESS CREEK CAFE, page 9
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Cypress Creek Cafe on the Wimberley Square, a gathering place for locals since 1937 when it first opened as Forester’s Hotel and Cafe. Photo courtesy Cypress Creek Cafe. elements such as the colorful fringe and fur embellished guitars, framed vintage photos and eating utensils, a collection of oversized letter C’s, and myriad curios and souvenirs that deck the walls of the cafe. Good food, casual American fare – prime rib, steaks, chicken, hamburgers and chicken fried steak with jalepeno cream gravy, and beer battered fish – is the theme of the menu that also includes some vegan and gluten free choices. Texas Pasta is a standout dish that’s a rich blend of penne pasta, chicken, shrimp, sausage, several kinds of peppers and onions in a spicy creamy cilantro dressinng. The full bar has a large selection of beers, including local specialties. “It’s the only restaurant in Wimberley that offers late night dining,” Sharon says, and when the cafe closes, later diners can order from the bar menu from 10 pm to midnight.
Music lovers of a variety of genres from country to rock come for the live music onstage in the Buzzard Bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. (Randy gave the bar its evocative name after observing a huge swarm of buzzards over the square one evening while he was sitting on the back patio.) There’s also an open mic night on Tuesdays, “often our busiest night.” says Sharon, “with musicians from all over the area coming in to sign up.” Thursday nights feature singersongwriters and are usually low-key, mellow evenings with one or two performers. Friday and Saturday are a bit more boisterous with a number of local fan favorites like Kim Meeks and her Bad Habits, a rollicking cover band out of Austin that does blues, classic rock and more, and features dynamic front woman Kim on vocals and acoustic guitar.
Wimberley Dining Wimberley Dining Other regulars are Jennifer B. and the Groove singing blues and Americana, Broken Glass performing a lot of country, folk and light rock, the Stratocrackers singing classic rock covers and some originals, the String Slingers, a group of seasoned performers playing classic country, among others. Every year Cypress Creek Cafe hosts a crawfish boil on the third Saturday in May to coincide with Armed Forces Day. This is a 100 percent donation event with many local business as sponsors and proceeds going toward organizations like the Boot Campaign
that benefit returning veterans and their families. There’s music all day, vendors, a silent auction, and delicious crawfish, hot dogs, hamburgers, and cold beer. It’s fun for the whole family, and it serves a good cause. Over 11,000 people attended in 2016. FYI • Cypress Creek Cafe is located at 320 Wimberley Square. Cafe hours are from Sunday through Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm. The Buzzard Bar is open Sunday through Friday from 11 am to midnight and Saturday from 11 am to 1 am. For more information about the menu, music, and upcoming events, visit the web site at www. cypresscreekcafe.com or call 512-847-0030.
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Gerry Burns, making music his own way
By Bonnie Eissler
erry Burns is a talented full-time musician (guitar, upright bass, electric bass guitar) and composer who juggles so many music projects that he has five different business cards for five different music ventures and these don’t even cover everything he does. Lucky for us, he also finds the time each month to deliver the Hill Country Sun and Welcome to Wimberley! When Gerry first moved to Texas from Wisconsin, he quickly connected with Gary P. Nunn, who wrote “London Homesick Blues,” played for years with the Lost Gonzo Band, and is regarded
by many as the father of the progressive country scene that started in Austin in the early ’70s. He played with him for a couple of years (until 1988) as bass guitarist. It was during this time, while on a tour with Nunn in Switzerland, that the simple act of buying boots earned Gerry his nickname, White Shoes, which later became the name of his instrumental compilations and elusive jazz project. “I was looking for some white boots and finally found some that I wore all the time, so they started calling me White Shoes.” The name stuck, and he still likes to wear white shoes. About five years later (after cancer
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issues took him back to Wisconsin for Gerry played some private events and a while), Gerry joined up with a group nightclubs with Graham, who has gone of musicians that on to become one of Gruene called themselves the Hall’s favorite country Wimberley Volunteer musicians. Fire Ants and made the Graham also leads the move from Austin to Gospel Brunch at Gruene, the quaint little artist’s singing his cowboy-style colony, the very hip gospel tunes. These crowdand laid-back town of pleasing musical brunches Wimberley. are held monthly on second “We were kind Sundays, and Gerry plays of a hippie cult band at these shows. that played folk and “White Shoes” by Gerry All along, he had bluegrass,” he says, Burns. Photo courtesy Gerry Burns. been writing original “as a trio with guitar, instrumental music and mandolin, and bass.” The Fire Ants had quite a lot of it. He wanted to recorded played at the lodge bar at Woodcreek some of these songs and fortuitously and had regular Thursday night gigs at connected with Merel Bregante, a Cypress Creek Cafe where they always musician and studio recording engineer, played to an overflow crowd. who said “Let’s do it,” and he recorded Gerry left The Fire Ants after five and produced the first (of four) White years because he wanted to work more. Shoes CD’s. “It’s easier for a musician to stay busy Gerry describes this music as “elusive and to make it if he’s not tied down with jazz.” The instrumental compilations a band,” he says. He started freelancing. touch emotions and elicit both nostalgia “I had a spontaneous style and I and wonder, defy easy description and didn’t like to rehearse, so I always asked transport listeners to a larger, more musicians to send their original music mysterious and beautiful world. Guitar and I’d make my own charts for the great John Inmon, who plays on all of shows,” Gerry says, “it worked out fine.” Gerry’s CDs, says, “Gerry’s got a great It was around this time that he got gift for melody, his songs are so pleasant a call from Tracie Ferguson, who’s been and they’re really sophisticated.” booking bands for more than 30 years, He is an unapologetic, self-described the last 15 almost exclusively for Gruene “Serious Deadhead,” which makes him Hall, the oldest continuously running part of a devoted fan base of the iconic dance hall in Texas. rock group formed in 1965, the Grateful “She told me there’s a new guy in Dead, known for their eclectic style, live town and his name is Bret Graham.” See GERRY BURNS, page 11
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GERRY BURNS, from page 10 Wimberley has four venues for live music and Gerry plays them all. At Linda Allen’s Fine Foods, his shows feature elusive jazz from the White Shoes Project and Gerry does Jerry. He also plays bass with The Ash Family. Gerry’s Kids, with a full band, make Grateful Dead songs live again onstage at the Cypress Creek Cafe on Thursdays a couple of times a month. And the Dead tribute continues on Grateful Saturday, the last Saturday of every month at Middleton Brewery, with Gerry’s scaled down duo (or trio) tribute, Gerry does Jerry. Finally, it’s bluegrass for Ino’z Brew & Chew patrons with the band playing
old ’70’s classics like Paul Simon’s “Mother and Child Reunion” or songs by The Doobie Brothers. With all of this plus the monthly gospel brunches, guitar for hire gigs, and special performances at events like the Wimberley Arts Festival, Gerry says, “I’m very fortunate to be able to perform the kind of music I want to perform in such a unique little town – and besides all of the music, I get to be the guy who delivers the papers for the Hill Country Sun.” FYI • For more information, contact Gerry at 512847-3635 or email@example.com, or visit the web site at www.whiteshoesmusic.com.
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Gerry Burns. Photo courtesy Gerry Burns. performances, and lengthy instrumental jams. Gerry has two projects inspired by the group – Gerry’s Kids and Gerry does Jerry (a reference to the late Jerry Garcia, viewed by many as the group’s leader and spokesman, although he personally disavowed that role.) “So many people don’t understand what the Grateful Dead are all about,” he explains. “If they don’t know a song is by them, they tend to like it. Otherwise, they may have a negative bias because of preconceived notions.” One reason Gerry enjoys their music
is, “It’s so differently structured and improvisational – they didn’t care who recorded their shows because once a show was finished, there wasn’t going to be another one like it.” In addition to freelance work, White Shoes compositions, and two Grateful Dead shows, he has yet another music project – a bluegrass foursome, Lonesome G (that’s G for Gerry). He says, “We have a banjo, two guitars, percussionist (snare with brush), and we play modern pop songs in a bluegrass style, or old standard bluegrass songs.”
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For original designs, it’s Calley’s Jewelry
By Colleen Brooks
hen most people walk into a jewelry store, they expect to be greeted with the standard pieces of jewelry — rows and rows of necklaces, engagement and wedding rings, earrings, and bracelets. At Calley’s, you won’t find anything standard — only unique and original designs that stand out among the crowd! Cheryl and Craig Calley started their business back in 1980 in Waco, just a year after they were married. The couple had been working for two retired Zales executives who had a traditional jewelry store with gift ware, silverware, and china. They continued doing repair work for them, gradually shifting over to design work. Craig explains, “During our early years, most of our business was repairs. We did work for other retail stores in town. And over time, we added custom designs to the repair work.” In 2000, the couple moved to Wimberley and opened Calley’s Jewelry, originally located at the Junction before relocating. Their business is family owned and operated, and Cheryl and Craig believe in taking that a step further and treating their customers like family. Specializing in fine jewelry, Calley’s Jewelry offers pieces primarily in premium materials such as platinum and gold, plus silver repair work and restringing. “We offer designer lines of jewelry as well as one of a kind originals, but what we do most of is either in repairs, fabricating, or manufacturing something unique for everyone that comes into our store,” explains Craig. “And that’s really where our business is.” Calley’s is among the few certified shops to use the laser welder — one of the most unique tools in the jewelry business. At a time when most jewelers are using CAD technology to design, Craig still creates his pieces by hand using a block of wax he carves down to a final product. He feels this gives the finished piece a truly unique appearance. “It’s one of the things that separates us from the average jeweler,” he says with a nod. With more than 35 years of jewelry repair experience, Cheryl and Craig are candid in their approach to customers who need design advice.
Custom ring design by Calley’s Jewelry. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Ray. Both of Craig’s parents were artists, and his creativity combined with his background in repair allows him to “see” the final product and know if it will be pleasing to the customer. He explains, “We focus on a focal point, and then work around that to compliment it. We sell a lot of color. I use diamonds primarily as an accent.” Craig enjoys creating custom pieces from scratch. He also appreciates the opportunity to perform “remodels.” A remodel could be in order when a customer has stones or a setting they’d like to incorporate into a more contemporary See CALLEY’S JEWELRY, page 15
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CALLEY’S JEWELRY, from page 12 piece, while preserving the sentiment of the original. Calley’s has remodeled plenty of heirloom and trust pieces, including wedding rings that have been passed down. Most of Calley’s pieces are truly organic and one of a kind, meaning, you won’t see your design on anyone else. “We can do things the chain stores can’t,” Craig says, “which separates us from the crowd. Jewelers like us are becoming few and far between.” Cheryl and Craig have found jewelry to be very personal, and that customers tend to stay with a jeweler when they find the right one. Because their products are unique, Calley’s doesn’t worry about competing with chain stores. Their work never leaves the store— a benefit to the consumer, especially when heirloom and trust pieces are involved. Jewelry appreciates in value, but there is no place to resell it that accurately returns its worth. Craig suggests not to think of jewelry as an investment, but as an heirloom. In a day where electronics are on most people’s gift lists, heirloom pieces are becoming even more valuable. Calley’s can help you design or update a piece to continue that family tradition — without ever leaving town. In addition to custom work, in-store designer lines include Henri Lou, Dian Malouf, Echo of the Dreamer/Mars and Valentine, and Somers. Craig says, “For what we don’t make, we try to find designers who create like us, preferably one of a kind pieces.” “We have people walk in all the time
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Antique poker chip rings at Calley’s Jewelry. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Ray. and say, this is the coolest store I’ve ever seen,” Cheryl adds with a smile. “We still get customers from Waco.” Cheryl and Craig are also happy to manage what they call “Santa’s Wish Lists” during the holidays. They invite you to come in and pick out a few pieces for your “wish list.” If your loved one doesn’t have gift ideas, he or she can come in and select something off your list. Cheryl and Craig promise they’ll keep your surprise a secret. Craig smiles, “We love Wimberley, it’s a great little town. We are very grateful to the local community for supporting us. The way we have been fortunate to be able to do it for the last 20 years has made it all the more fun.” FYI • Calley’s Jewelry is on the Wimberley Square at 13904 Ranch Road 12 (next to Taste Buds). Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 512-842-2281 or visit the web site at www.calleysjewelrytexas.com.
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Imagine is shopping to make a difference
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ami Turner owned a jewelry studio and enjoyed being able to work from home while her children were young. She cherished this time in her life and realized that not everyone is as fortunate to have this choice, especially mothers in developing countries. As her children grew older, Kami began to think about the ways she might be able to make a difference for these families. In 2011, she took her knowledge of retail and love of handcrafts and opened “Imagine...A Fair Trade Craft Gallery.” She explains, “I went into this business to help others. Social justice is a real passion of mine and something I wanted to work toward.” Imagine carries products from 20 developing countries in which artists are easily exploited because they have no other options. “We are offering them the option to be treated fairly and with respect,” says Kami. Artists who are fortunate to have the chance to participate in fair trade are assured of earning a fair wage in exchange for their goods. They also are provided safe and healthy working conditions, technical and financial support, funding for education and clinics, and better opportunities for their children. Kami explains, “Paying the parents a fair wage means they are able to feed their family and send their children to school instead of to dangerous or harsh work environments. One of the Principles of Fair
Imagine—A Fair Trade art gallery. Photo courtesy Imagine. Trade is that all children have the right to security, education and play.” Consumers who purchase these goods are supporting an improved lifestyle for the artisans, with sales going to fight poverty and child labor, and to promote sustainable farming techniques. “Purchasing fair trade products is a socially responsible way to help reduce poverty and ensure that your money is not supporting exploitative, unfair business practices,” explains Kami. “This is not charity, it’s justice.” All of Imagine’s suppliers are members of the Fair Trade Federation, with the exception of a few local mission projects who instead donate 70 to 100 percent of sales to programs aimed at reducing poverty. See IMAGINE, page 17
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TOP LEFT South African Zulu vessels woven from telephone wire. BOTTOM LEFT Handmade handbags in an array of sizes and colors at Imagine. Photos courtesy Imagine. ABOVE A Cambodian mother prepares reeds for weaving into handbags. Photo courtesy of Saraye, Inc.
Imagine also works closely with the Heidi Search Center of San Antonio, which helps rescue victims of human trafficking here in Texas. Kami says, “This is the most barbaric form of human exploitation, and it’s going on all over the world, including here.”
The Heidi Search Center is in desperate need of volunteers and support to keep their services available. In addition to her in-store work, Kami hosts fundraisers and small shows during the holidays. She is also available to visit local churches with her products. All products in Imagine are environmentally friendly and hand crafted. This is a great place to purchase a gift that will not only bring a smile to the recipient, but also for the crafter.
At Imagine, you can choose from a beautiful selection of handmade jewelry, accessories, handbags, baskets, pottery, carvings and sculptures, home decor, clothing, small children’s toys, and even kitchen items. “Everything in here has a story,” Kami smiles. And the impact of Fair Trade sales is clear. “I have several lines of products made by girls who were rescued from human trafficking in Mongolia, China, and Nepal,” says Kami. “I also have a co-op in Guatemala that has done amazing things with the proceeds from their craft business — they’ve built medical clinics, a pharmacy, a dental office and a lab, in addition to several kinds of education programs including a Montessori school, and they now have a soy processing facility to make sure all the children are getting protein.” “And their crafts are relatively simple, but beautiful,” she adds. Since its opening, Imagine has relocated to a more prominent location on the square between Pitzer’s Fine Art Gallery and The Wimberley Way. Kami says she enjoys visiting with her customers and explaining how their purchase can make a tangible difference in an artisan’s life. She smiles, “I like being part of the solution to the exploitation of people.” FYI • Imagine Fair Trade Art Gallery is located on the Wimberley Square at 13911 Ranch Road 12. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 pm to 5 pm, except on Tuesday’s when they are open from noon to 5 pm, and Sunday noon to 4 pm. For more information, call 512-847-2022 or visit the web site at www.imaginefairtrade.com.
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Fresh new looks at Annie James boutique
By Bonnie Eissler
here’s always something fresh and exciting on the shelves and hangers at Annie James, the hip women’s (and now girls’, sizes 6-14) clothing boutique just off the square in Wimberley. Owner and buyer Kellie Duckett personally selects all of the merchandise and she knows exactly what fashions and accessories will please her stylish customers. “I’ve always been interested in clothes, the latest trends, making people feel good about themselves and what they wear,” Kellie says. Kellie moved to Wimberley in 1999 from Georgetown with her husband, who actually grew up in this scenic artists’ resort town nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. She began her boutique business with a booth at Wimberley’s Market Days, later taking her trailer of colorful trendy clothing and accessories on the road to home shows and rodeos. As her business became more successful, opening a permanent store downtown seemed like the logical next step and Annie James (the store name is a combination of Kellie’s children’s names) was launched in January 2011. Teens and 20-somethings are drawn to the fashions at Annie James like buzzing
bees to marigolds, but there’s a crossover appeal that also brings in their moms and teachers. Dallas-based Ivy Jane clothes are especially attractive to women of all ages because of their flattering fit and modern retro style – offering hints of patterns, bold prints, and elegant embellishments that hearken back to the ’70s and ’80s, for a touch of nostalgic whimsy. Kellie started off buying mostly just what she would like to wear but, after a while, she branched out and took more chances seeking out items that were not necessarily her own personal style. She buys from Ivy Jane and many other companies for an eclectic collection that is always up to the minute. Show Me Your Mumu designs was founded six years ago by a couple of fashionable young women from California, who set out to rescue the mumu from its bad reputation, outside of a traditional Hawaiian luau, as a formless oversized garment worn only by pregnant women and perennial dieters. Rescue it they did, with some figureflattering cuts and fabulous fabrics, and now their mini dresses and tunics are flying off the racks at Annie James. Regular customers know if they see something they like, they’d better buy it, because merchandise moves quickly. The boutique’s customers also snap
Kellie Duckett. Photo by Bonnie Eissler. up Dear John denim, breezy floral tops from Others Follow, cactus print rompers from Peach Love, and vintage-inspired jewelry from Julio that may feature crosses or gemstones and ranges from chunky pieces to daintier ones to suit different tastes. Annie James also offers online shopping. Kellie says, “we carry a lot of name brand fashions and there are some great sales as well.” Purchase $100 or more will get you free shipping. What’s happening right now? Head over to Annie James and let the friendly staff help you answer that question. Some of the latest trends this fall are a plethora of floral patterns and plenty of purple, although “for the upcoming season,” Kellie says, “the signature color is olive.” FYI •Annie James is located on 111 Old Kyle Road in Wimberley. The shop is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm (closed Tuesdays). For more information, call 512-847-7900 or visit the web site at www.shopanniejames.com.
Annie James at 111 Old Kyle Road, just off the Square. Photo courtesy Annie James.
In addition to fun clothing for women (and girls, sizes 6-14) you’ll find plenty of accessories, jewelry, shoes and more at Annie James. Photo courtesy Annie James.
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Hotel Flora and Fauna, home away from home
By Colleen Brooks
f you’re looking for a place to lay your head that is a little off the beaten path, environmentally conscious, and has a vibe all its own, check out Wimberley’s newest boutique hotel, Flora and Fauna. Opened in 2014 by husband and wife team, Albert Valera and Trish Tang, Hotel Flora and Fauna offers 12 studio rooms designed to be your “home away from home.” While it could have been more cost effective to tear down the original structure located on the property, Albert and Trish rehabilitated the building, working around it to preserve the original foundation and structure and minimizing the impact of waste. Albert explains, “We basically took that structure and engineered, designed, and remodeled it into what you see today.” He laughs and adds, “It would have been easier to rebuild from scratch.” During the build, the couple went out of their way to preserve the original oaks in the parking lot and courtyard, adding to the charm of the property today. Albert explains, “We’re environmentally conscious. We’re actually very much a green building, and that was by design.” Hotel Flora and Fauna features retro decor with local art. This setting provides a fun, “Austin” vibe in a tranquil Wimberley setting. “Each suite has its own kitchenette area that is fully tricked out with dishes, wine glasses, coffee maker, teapot, refrigerator, microwave, and a dining area,” says Albert. Each room also offers a private entertainment area that features a record player with retro albums, not to mention the in-room 40” flat screen TV with more than 150 HD channels, free HBO and Movies on Demand, and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi. For the ultimate relaxation experience, guests find a king-size memory foam bed with 400-thread count cotton sheets, as well as a sleeper sofa. All rooms overlook the shady courtyard with a swimming pool, hot tub, and
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This is the place for quiet & solitude. Located on a working goat ranch 8 miles west of Wimberley. The spacious cabin and relaxing porch invite you to sit awhile and watch the animals, sunsets and the stars. Adventurous? Wander the 114 acres and enjoy the hill top views. Pets & Children Welcome Daily - $120 • Weekly & Monthly rates available 512-847-6110 www.gentlebreezes.com 5.25”x6.25” CMYK HCSun A Luxury Bed & Breakfast on Cypress Creek.
grills. This proves a cozy area at night for gatherings or just relaxing. Albert explains, “It’s really cool, because once you actually get in the building and close the gate doors, you’re in a whole different place and it’s really transformed. We have the coolest LED light show that lights up the pool and hot tub and gives it a really festive spirit at night.” Hotel Flora and Fauna is a family See FLORA & FAUNA, page 20
Adjacent to Blue Hole and within walking distance to the Wimberley Village Square. Texas Hill Country elegance is yours at this secluded paradise, lush in natural settings, exquisite décor and gracious hospitality. We are your perfect setting for a romantic getaway, intimate wedding, retreat or meeting. Special treats: • Outdoor hot tub • 600 feet of private access to Cypress Creek • Delicious breakfast buﬀet • Friday evening guest reception • Schedule an in-room massage • Romance packages for that special occasion
Upscale in-room amenities: • 14 Luxurious private guest rooms • Whirlpool baths, Jacuzzis • Private decks or balconies • Wireless internet available • Flat Screen TV's, DVD and MP3 players
Come stay with us and let your stress melt away. Artist Tony Sansevero created a mural on the wall surrounding the hotel as a tribute to Wimberley. Photo courtesy Hotel Flora and Fauna.
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Wimberley Lodging FLORA AND FAUNA, from page 19 business, and Albert and Trish are grateful for family who provided support during the build process, and who are still involved in the business today. Trish’s brother, Jerry, is the general manager, and their daughter, Brittany, is sales manager. They also consider those who work at the hotel part of the extended family. “I truly mean it when I say we have a dream team,” says Trish. “We have a mutual admiration society going on.” Two years after opening, the staff at Hotel Flora and Fauna still continue to minimize their impact on the environment. The swimming pool is solar heated, the facility uses tankless water heaters, and refillable, cruelty-free shower
products are stocked in the rooms. Albert says, “We’re able to provide it in bulk, and we refill them. So, there’s no real waste of little bottles that you find in hotels that they throw out every day.” They also use green cleaning products and try to stay away from synthetic fibers. In each suite you’ll find mostly cotton and organic materials. Linens are washed with environmentally friendly products and energy efficient appliances. Albert adds, “We try to recycle as much as we can, in order to decrease the amount of packaging material sent to the local landfill.” He laughs, “We have more recycling bins than we have trash cans.” Hotel Flora and Fauna is easy to
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find and within walking distance of the Wimberley Square. One of Albert and Trish’s final touches on the property was achieved when they brought in artist Tony Sansevero to create a mural on the wall surrounding the hotel as a tribute to the town. Albert explains, “It’s an actual depiction of the flora and fauna of Wimberley. Everything you see there is indigenous to Wimberley.” Hotel Flora and Fauna partners with Sugar Shack Bakery to provide a complimentary breakfast for guests, so every day can begin with something sweet. They also partner with Taste Buds to provide local wines for add-on packages— from which they have several to choose including romantic getaways, girls’ weekends (these come with all the margarita fixings), guys packages (complete with Shiner beer and nuts), as well as massage packages. The hotel has three massage therapists on staff who offer both Swedish
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and deep tissue treatments. To reserve an add-on package, in-room bottle of wine for your arrival, or a massage, just inquire at time of booking. The grounds of Hotel Flora and Fauna provide an easy gathering place to accommodate groups, wedding, family reunions, even pets. Albert smiles, “Everything we do is about the guest experience.” Taking that just a step further, Hotel Flora and Fauna is happy to offer discounts to Wimberley locals with family who come into town and book with them. To qualify for the discount, just have your relative mention it at the time of booking. Albert says, “We always like to give back to the community that we operate in — and from that standpoint the easiest way to give back is by having their families stay with us.” He smiles, “Your family is our family...we love this community!” FYI • Hotel Flora and Fauna is located at 400 River Road in Wimberley. For more information, call 512-8429110 or visit the web site at www.hotelfloraandfauna.com.
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Local “go-to” kitchen store is Kiss the Cook
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By Colleen Brooks
ren Isgitt and Janet Galloway opened Kiss the Cook in Wimberley in September 2001, having moved the store from Abilene, Texas. Today, Bren solely owns and operates this Wimberley treasure that offers everything you need to feel inspired to cook! Recently celebrating its 15th year, Kiss the Cook carries high-quality products with a focus on Made in the USA brands. Some of those brands include All-Clad, Lodge, USA Pan, Nordicware and Wellness Mat. It’s a great place to find colorful linens, cookware, bakeware, and all the tools, gadgets, and unique kitchen accessories that will have you wondering how you ever lived without them. Also in stock are higher quality imports, like Wusthof cutlery, Swiss Diamond non-stick cookware and Polish Pottery dinnerware. You can find teak cutting boards, storage solutions, measuring tools and whisks of all shapes and sizes, cookbooks, decorative placemats, napkins, aprons, and kitchen towels. Plus, bar accessories, drinkware, barbecue tools, pizza accessories, kitchen thermometers, bread pans and cookie sheets, in addition to gourmet coffee beans and a selection of Republic of Tea. “We try to provide high-quality products tested and endorsed by Cooks Illustrated, choosing to buy USA products as much as possible,” explains Bren. Kiss the Cook is located on the Square in a quaint building, formerly a home built and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Egger. Mrs. Egger was the third telephone operator for Wimberley, operating a magneto switchboard for the central office from her home. Bren credits retired architect, Arlan Conner, with transforming the beautiful old house into the open and airy space it is today. She recalls their grand opening. “Dody Spencer was the first customer be-
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KISS THE COOK, from page 21 up requires the foundation of good cookware and knives. After that, it’s a matter of accompanying tools and small appliances that fit your lifestyle,” she explains. A suggested kitchen essentials list can be found on the web site, where you can also purchase gift cards and unique Texas gifts. If you are looking for cooking inspiration, check out the recipe blog. Open 7 days a week, Kiss The Cook is blessed with friendly, knowledgeable employees: Marcy Boyd, Jan Harter and Janie Reynolds. Each enjoys meeting the customers and loves to share stories about cooking and to tout the great things about Wimberley. Bren feels community support is the reason for the store’s success. She smiles, “Living and working in Wimberley has been the greatest blessing. The relationships that we have enjoyed with our customers mean everything.” FYI • Kiss the Cook is located on the square and open 7 days a week. Follow them on Facebook at “Kiss The Cook Wimberley” or call 512-847-1553. To shop the Texas Shop online or to learn more about the gift registry, visit the web site at www.kissthecookwimberley.com.
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Wimberley’s spirit is strong, resilient
By Ernie Lee
t was nearly midnight May 23, 2015, and water was rising fast. Wimberley City Administrator, Don Ferguson, and staff had been working for hours, trying to get people out of the way of a massive flood they knew was coming. Then, the town leader was “pinned down” on the wrong side of a backwater creek out on Flite Acres Road. With the creek impassable, he was unable to do much more than wait to be rescued himself. It was cold, dark and wet. The resourceful city official ran his command post from an isolated position all night until he could be rescued at dawn. He coordinated, using whatever devices he had in his truck, as areas of the town he loved broke up and floated away around him as he struggled with the stomach churning, helpless awareness that some might not make it out alive. The rumble and roar of the rushing water is a sound Don says he won’t soon forget. “We knew when Fischer Bridge went down that we were in for it.” All evening long, through the streets and neighborhoods, people fought against complacency and disbelief. He heard the same words over and over, “Aw, we’ve had floods before; it’s never gotten this high.” Don and his city staff knew this time was different; thankfully, most occupants listened before 45 feet of water, mud and debris went roaring down the river. “By the time it got to us, it was like lava,” he remembers, shaking his head. Sixteen months later, Don is overflowing with pride at his community. Riding in the same truck he was stranded in that fateful night, he splashes across a few still passable low water crossings and points out spots where the water had risen unbelievably high. As he recalls the stories of his experience, and those he had heard from others, Don cannot contain his pride in the village. “We had people helping people; even victims helping other victims, It was phenomenal.” He looks out on the still visible damage, and smiles. “We didn’t give up!” When asked to describe their role in the Wimberley recovery, Volunteers Justin Edmondson and Mike Burton are humble. Both credit others with the bulk of the work, with groups coming together and working for the greater good, many of those church groups. In fact, Justin got involved through his church group, which adopted the Wimberley flood response as a project. “There is still a lot of need out there,” he says, “but there was a lot of compassion in that community,” he confides. Mike coordinates and advises diverse groups through Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery, whose members are known as “yellow caps.” In a disaster situation, “the yellow caps go in first,” he explains, “then the sustained follow-up support comes
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Barbara is a Broker Associate and Team Leader for Hills of Texas Sky Realty. Her career in Real Estate has transitioned from new agent to top producer to Broker/Owner at Hills of Texas Realty. In August 2015, her company merged with Sky Realty, an independent Austin-based company, to form Hills of Texas Sky Realty. “The merge has freed up my time to take on new clients and to continue providing a high level of service,” she says. Barbara moved to Wimberley in 1997 when she became a full time Realtor® and later received her Broker’s license. She is a local market expert, top producer, and a Texas Monthly Magazine Five Star Real Estate agent. Originally from Houston and a graduate of the University of Texas, Barbara lives in Wimberley with her husband, Gaylan. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, live music venues and having fun with her family and friends. Barbara is a member of the Austin and Central Texas MLS’s and serves on the Public Relations Committee for the Four Rivers Association of Realtors®. She supports several non-profit organizations and is Treasurer for the local Hochheim Prairie Insurance Board that provides scholarships to graduating seniors. Barbara feels blessed to live surrounded by the beauty of the Hill Country and to have the opportunity to serve and support her community.
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inda Germain has been a Realtor here in the Texas Hill Country with Keller Williams Realty for the past 12 years, since starting her Real Estate career in 2004. Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, Linda attended San Francisco State College, majored in Business, and then spent more than 25 years in retail management for major retailers. Outstanding customer service has always been a high priority in Linda’s retail career and remains her number one priority in working with her Real Estate clients. She is a member of the National and Texas Association of Realtors, as well as the Austin and Four Rivers Board of Realtors. Linda and her husband, Gene, moved to Wimberley more than 12 years ago and both are active, involved members of the Wimberley community. Linda serves on the Board of Directors for the Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce and previously served as the Board’s Chairperson for two years, she is past President and current Membership Chair for the Wimberley Community Chorus, the facilitator for the Wimberley Caregiver’s Support Group as a long-time volunteer for Alzheimer’s Texas and has been a partner in establishing the Circles of Friends through the Wimberley Senior Center, a weekly respite program, that just celebrated its one year anniversary of operation. “It is a joy to live here in Wimberley and an honor to serve and ‘give back’ to the Wimberley community.”
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Chapel in the Hills Rev. Jim Denham
everend Denham and Molly moved to Wimberley from South Padre Island where Jim served as resident Chaplain for Chapel by the Sea since 2008. From 1999 to 2008, Reverend Denham served as Senior Pastor for the Chapel in the Hills in Wimberley. Jim has also served as Director of Chaplaincy Services for the Seton Hospital System, Pastor of Austin Heights Baptist Church and Hospice Chaplain for Girling Home Hospice. Jim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Texas in Austin, a Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, KY, and Clinical Pastoral Education from Baptist Hospital, San Antonio. “Let’s jump start the joy and happiness and see what God can do with our efforts to be his followers at our special place to worship, our church, Chapel in the Hills,” says Reverend Denham. Jim and Molly have three daughters and two grandsons. Molly is an Education Consultant.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Rev. Sandy Casey-Martus
andy is in her fourth year at St. Stephen’s and very excited about a new vision for church life this Fall. She tells us, “We are starting a new children’s ministry based on the Orange Strategy and Curriculum and moving our 8 am Sunday service to 9 am. The 9 am will be a traditional Rite II Episcopal Service and the 10:30 am service will now be called ‘An Episcopal Service with a Wimberley Vibe.’” She explains Orange as a new attempt by thousands of churches across the country to partner churches and families to influence the faith and character of the next generation. Rev. Casey-Martus is mom to a son and daughter and grandmother to three little girls. She “makes time” for new recipes in the kitchen, plays a lot of tennis, goes to movies and serves as staff to two cats.
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astor Becky Sogge of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection has more than 25 years of experience as a pastor. She has served small congregations in Southwestern Minnesota as well as large congregations in the Minneapolis area. She grew up in Coon Rapids, Minnesota attending Augsburg College and Luther Seminary. She and her two daughters came together as a family through adoption. As a family they enjoy traveling, playing games and keeping up with each other through texts and Facebook. In Wimberley, Pastor Becky sings with the Wimberley Community Chorus, enjoys walking her dogs, golfing and exploring the area. Pastor Becky and Lutheran Church of the Resurrection gather for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am and welcome all to join them for worship.
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Wimberley Church of Christ Tim Moore
im Moore is a native Texan who grew up in the oil fields of north Texas near Wichita Falls. After attending school in Lubbock, he and his wife, Brooke, spent 15 years in the western Colorado town of Paonia where Tim was minister for the Paonia Church of Christ. Tim and Brooke moved to Wimberley in March of 2003. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. Wimberley Church of Christ meets at 15500 North Ranch Road 12. Sunday morning Bible Study is at 9:30 am, followed by Worship at 10:30 am. Sunday evening Bible Study is at 5 pm, Wednesday evening Bible Study is at 7 pm. For information, please call 512-847-9357.
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Unity of Wimberley Rev. Ellen Debenport
he bluebonnets were blooming when Rev. Ellen Debenport came to join Unity of Wimberley in 2009. She had spent the previous year writing her first book, “The Five Principles: A Guide to Practical Spirituality,” and before that served as senior minister of the 1,000-member Unity Church of Dallas. Here, she found a joyous and energetic spiritual community on 43 acres of beautiful Hill Country property and has never looked back. Unity of Wimberley welcomes all people. The 11 am Sunday service averages about 100, plus the children – babies to teenagers – in the youth programs. The church has a pool that offers memberships each summer, hiking trails and a labyrinth. But most of all, it has a spirit of inclusivity and camaraderie, supporting each other in spiritual growth. For more information about Unity of Wimberley, visit the web site at www.unityofwimberley.com
Hill Country Cowboy Church Pastor Mark Trice
astor Mark Trice has been an ordained minister since the age of 18 and has served in the local church since 1981. He is the Pastor of Hill Country Cowboy Church, a young congregation and vibrant group of ordinary folk right here in Wimberley. Married to his wife, Dena, for more than 35 years, the couple has three children and two grandchildren, and have dedicated their life to serving God and His people. On any given weekend, you will find Pastor Mark competing in Cutting Horse competitions across the state of Texas. On any Sunday you are likely to experience one of his unique, illustrated messages accompanied by stories that will spark laughter even as they challenge you to a closer walk with God. Pastor Mark’s transparency and willingness to share from his own life experiences makes him a truly empathetic minister of the Gospel, one who can reach into your heart and touch you where you live.
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Wimberley out of the mud and water. “Help came from everywhere imaginable,” says Don. Private groups, non-profits, churches— all came together to help. Impromptu neighborhood gatherings began even before the water went down. Don credits the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T) with a tremendous recovery effort. What message would he like to get out about his town? Don doesn’t hesitate. “Wimberley is open for business!” he exclaims. And the community’s spirit has never been dampened. “We’re way ahead of where we would be without that spirit,” Don says. A blue “Wimberley Strong” flag flutters nearby. Don scans the cloudy skies above his town. Another rainy weekend is in the forecast. Despite the tragedy, some good has come from it. “Public awareness is much improved, which is a good thing.” Flood maps have been redrawn and redefined. Warning systems have been improved. More thought is going into building structures now. Restoration and rebuilding is well underway. “Everything you come to Wimberley to do is still here for you to enjoy,” he smiles, rattling off a list of the area’s many beloved activities and attractions. “We didn’t give up!”
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Wimberley ISD provides public education to students in Wimberley and the surrounding areas. Children from pre-K through 12th grade attend classes on four separate campuses. • Scudder Elementary 400 Green Acres Rd., 512-847-3407 Pre-K - 1st grade. • Jacobs Well Elementary 3470 Ranch Road 2325, 512-847-5558 Grades 2-5. • Danforth Junior High 200 Texas Boulevard, 512-847-2181 Grades 6-8. • Wimberley High School 100 Carney Lane, 512-847-5729. In addition to a strong academic program, WHS is known for its prowess in UIL competitions. The theater department has a history of awards. The band is successful in marching and concert meets. Opportunities for involvement in clubs and organizations abound, and a strong sports program includes football, tennis, basketball, track, softball, volleyball, more.
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515 FM 2325, 512-847-6867, kapschool.org. Free, public charter high school serving grades 9-12. KAPS emphasizes individual attention, academic achievement and community service for students. Accelerated curriculum, advanced placement (AP) courses available. Sports include archery, martial arts, volleyball and yoga. Wide variety of electives.
Wimberley Montessori School 45 La Buena Vista Drive, 512-847-6055 Providing a Montessori-based education for students ages three - 13. St. Stephen’s Episcopal School 6000 FM 3237, 512-847-9857, ststeveschool.org For 25 years, St. Stephen’s has been helping students develop a lifelong love for learning. Ages three through sixth grade. Zweites Haus School Of Wimberley 1500 Fischer Store Road, 512-847-7459, learningandlove.com. Christian-based child care and education for children ages 2 months to Pre-Kindergarten. Also offers fun-filled after-school program including pickup from local elementary schools and homework help, daily, for children Kindergarten through 12+ years of age.
Charlie and Cherie Harris, proprietors of Storied firearms. Photo courtesy Storied Firearms.
Sharing stories, preserving history at Storied Firearms
By Bonnie Eissler
toried Firearms, owned and operated by Charlie and Cherie Harris, is located between Dripping Springs and Austin in the sprawling Texas Compound, a project that started in 1986 when a developer acquired a Santa Fe Railroad Depot at San Saba scheduled for demolition. Over the years more depots and structures – supply and fuel warehouses, old stainless steel railroad passenger cars – were saved from the scrap yard and restored, and are now leased to commercial tenants. Charlie and Cherie have set up shop in the cheery yellow and green Dumas Santa Fe depot, built in 1931. The husband and wife team share a passion for shooting and for preserving history. They promote Storied Firearms as “an Austin gun store without the attitude,” where they offer advice, answer questions, and treat customers with respect. Cherie says, “we can be silly and have a lot of fun, but people trust us and know that we are very fair with prices.” They buy, sell, and trade a large selection of modern, collectible and antique rifles, shotguns, handguns, knives, ammunition, cleaning products and accessories, and if they don’t have the item they will do their best to find what the customer wants. It seems fitting that Storied Firearms is surrounded by structures from the 1900-1950 era of the railroad and petroleum industries in Texas, because this quintessential gun store is a reminder that firearms have always been an important part of the American experience, history and culture, from pioneers and soldiers to collectors, hunters, and competitive shooters. An interest in the family stories that are often attached to particular firearms
inspired the store’s name, and Charlie hopes to acquire more firearms with a documented family history. Sometimes the personal stories can be a challenge to track down, but they carry other firearms that could also be considered storied because of their link to historical figures such as Colt, Smith & Wesson, and Remington. Any firearm manufactured before December 31, 1898 is considered an antique even if it fires modern ammunition. The old guns are appealing for their history as well as the high degree of craftmanship. The two oldest guns currently in the shop are an 1858 Colt Dragoon and an 1849 Colt pistol. Designed by Samuel Colt, the dragoon was introduced after the Mexican-American War, and was also widely used during the Civil War. Colt was a successful inventor who revolutionized gun manufacturing especially in the years between 1850 and World War I. Storied Firearms keeps Charlie and Cherie busy, but Charlie still finds time to participate in numerous shooting activities. He is a nationally recognized competitor in Cowboy Action Shooting, where shooters use a combination of pistols, rifles, and/or shotguns in different Old West scenarios, and are judged for time and accuracy. “Clothing is cowboy period with some outfits that are pretty extravagant,” says Cherie, while others just do basic cowboy.” Charlie has also won many state and regional titles as well as finishing in the top 10% in national and world championships. FYI • Storied Firearms is located at 9300 US Highway 290 West, Building 2. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, The shop is closed Sundays and Mondays. For more information and a link to Storied Firearms online store, visit the web site at www.storiedfirearms.com.
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EVERY DAY Wimberley Valley Arts and Cultural Alliance presents “Bootiful Wimberley” a public art project. Fifty giant cowboy boots painted and designed by local artists are installed all around the Wimberley Valley. Stop by the Wimberley Valley Visitor Center, 14100 Ranch Road 12, for a map or find them online at www.WimberleyArts. com, 512-847-2201. EVERY DAY (except Monday) Wimberley Glassworks gallery is open 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Glassblowing demos daily. www.WGW. com. EVERY TUESDAY Hill Country Community Band Rehearsals. Chapel in the Hills. 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 512517-3111 SECOND TUESDAY Linda’s Fat Tuesday. Cajun food, live music at 500 Farm Market 2325. www.facebook. com/LindasFineFoods. 512-847-5464. Art Society Meeting. 6:30 pm. 100 Melody Way, Suite H. email@example.com. EVERY WEDNESDAY Farmers’ Market. Senior Citizen’s Activity Center. 512-847-2201. “Expressions in Collage.” LT Custom Framing and Gallery hosts a weekly workshop by Jan Burley. 715 Farm Market 2325, www.ltcustomframing.com. SECOND WEDNESDAY Wimberley Garden Club Meeting (September through May). Refreshments at 9:30 am; meetings, programs at 10 am. Lutheran Church of Resurrection. 1 West Spoke Hill. www.WimberleyGardenClub.org. THIRD WEDNESDAY The Herb Society of America Hill Country Unit Meeting (August through May). 9:45 am to noon at Wimberley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 956 Ranch Road 2325. HillCountryHerbs.org SECOND THURSDAY Hill Country Bead Society Meets. Wimberley Community Center. 1 pm. For information, Marilyn Pierce at mp@ smpierce.net. EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY Live Music at Linda’s Fine Foods. 500 Farm Market 2325. 512-847-5464. www. facebook.com/LindasFineFoods. Cypress Creek Cafe presents Live Music in the Buzzard Bar. Evenings at 320 Wimberley Square. www.cypresscreekcafe.com, 512847-0030. Live music at Ino’z Brew and Chew (through November 1). Back patio overlooking Cypress Creek. 14004 Ranch Road 12. www.inozwimberley.com, 512-847-6060. THIRD THURSDAY Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse. Hear some of the best in Central Texas’ musical talent. Concerts held at Wimberley United Methodist Church, Corner Ranch Road 12 and County Road 1492. Doors at 7 pm, concert 7:30 pm. Tamales, pizza, pie, coffee, soft drinks available. Tickets at door. For listing of performers, visit the web site at www. wimberleyumc.org. Third Thursdays. Wimberley Merchants Association offers live music, late nights throughout the downtown shopping district. www.wimberleymerchants.com.
EVERY FRIDAY Bingo. Hosted by VFW Hall Post 6441 at 401 Jacobs Well Road. Early bird games start at 7:15 pm, regular games at 8 pm. 512847-6441, texasvfw.net. SECOND FRIDAY Wimberley Community Civic Club Meeting. (September through November, January through May) 11 am at Chapel in the Hills, 14601 Ranch Road 12. millymaxey@ gmail.com or Aurora at 512-847-3595. THIRD FRIDAY Wimberley Paint Splash. BYOB art and social class at LT Custom Framing & Gallery. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage and enjoy while creating art. 715 Farm Market 2325. www. ltcustomframing.com. EVERY SATURDAY Arnosky Family Farms Market. Fresh cut flowers, cheeses, more. Ranch Road 2325 and Highway 165. www.texascolor.com. Jackson Open Air Market. Local artists and farmers, food, fun, more. Opens at 9 am. 6341 FM 32 in Fischer, Texas. 830935-2781. Tour Jacob’s Well. Hear stories about floods, divers, experience beauty of the spring that started the town. 10 am. www. jacobswellspring.org. Blair House Inn’s Saturday Evening Dinners. An evening of Wimberley fine dining, served at 7 pm. Reservations are required. www.blairhouseinn.com, 512-847-1111. FIRST SATURDAY March - December Wimberley Lions Market Days. Oldest and largest outdoor market in the Hill Country. More than 475 booths. Free admission. 7 am to 4 pm. www.shopmarketdays.com. Live music at Ino’z Brew & Chew. Back patio overlooks Cypress Creek. 14004 Ranch Road 12. www.inozwimberley.com. SECOND SATURDAY Wimberley’s Second Saturday Gallery Trail. 4 pm to 7 pm. www.facebook.com/ SecondSaturdayGalleryTrail. SECOND AND FOURTH SATURDAY Toastmasters Club. Learn public speaking and leadership skills. 10:30 am. Wimberley Village Library. 512-913-4804. OCTOBER 1-23 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens presents “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Indoor studio show on Saturdays at 10 am and Sundays at 2 pm. www.EmilyAnn.org, 512-847-6969 OCTOBER 1-31 Scarecrow Contest. Charming scarecrows throughout downtown. 512-842-2281. OCTOBER 9 Starlight Symphony Orchestra. Free admission, all are invited. 7 pm at Wimberley First Baptist Church. www. StarlightSymphony.org. OCTOBER 15 WAG Costumed Pet Parade. Sponsored by Wimberley Merchants Association, Parade begins at Ozona Bank and ends behind Cypress Creek Cafe. www. wimberleymerchants.com, 512-847-1818. OCTOBER 21 Wimberley Community Civic Club Fall Style Show. Community Center. www. wimberleyccc.org. OCTOBER 22 13th Annual Hunter’s Night Out and Gun See CALENDAR, page 31
CALENDAR, from page 30 Raffle. Live music, food, beverages, auctions all “under the big tent” at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. 14711 Ranch Road 12. www.wimberleyKCHunter.org. OCTOBER 23 Wimberley Adoption Group WAGala. Great food, live music, silent and live auctions – all to help the pups. 6 pm to 9 pm at Rancho Mirando. www. Wimberleywagrescue.org. OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 20 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens presents a Christmas musical, “A Taffeta Christmas.“ Performed in the Burdine Johnson Studio Theatre on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. 1101 Farm Market 2325. www.emilyann.org, 512-847-6969. OCTOBER 29 Annual Dia De Los Muertos Food and Fun Run. Fundraiser with proceeds supporting local charities. www. TheHogPound.com, 512-847-3444. Wimberley Wellness Fest. Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center hosts free, family friendly fest celebrating health, fun, food, and community for all ages. Katherine Anne Porter School, 515 Farm Market 2325, noon to 4 pm. www.HCWC.org. OCTOBER 31 Trick-or-Treating on the Wimberley Square. All goblins, large and small, are invited to come in costume and visit the merchants who will be handing out candy and goodies from 4 pm to 7 pm. www. wimberleymerchants.com 512-847-1818. Wimberley Volunteer Fire Department Free Safe Halloween. Safe, fun indoor trick or treating and games at Central Station, 111 Green Acres Drive. 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Wimberley Wine Share at Silo Glass. Bring a glass, a bottle of wine to share and enjoy friendly conversation. 6 pm to 7:30 pm. 7950 Ranch Road 12. www.siloglass.com. NOVEMBER 11-12 Wimberley Community Civic Club presents the 29th Annual Hill Country Home Tour. Tickets are $20 each. Five area homes will be featured, offering visitors beauty, whimsy, style, decorating tips and design trends. www.wimberleyccc.org or follow the club on Facebook. www. wimberleyccc.com, 512-695-5963. NOVEMBER 11-13 Wimberley Alive! Music and Arts Festival. Showcasing live music from local performers and Hill Country Texas favorites. Hosted by the Wimberley Valley Arts and Cultural Alliance. Saturday, original fine art and crafts will be showcased. Empty Bowls lunch Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm by Crisis Bread Basket. Downtown at 13900 Ranch Road 12. www.wimberleyalive.org. NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 4 Wimberley Players present “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang, a comedy. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. 450 Old Kyle Road. www.WimberleyPlayers.org, 512-847-0475. NOVEMBER 12 Wimberley Community Center hosts 11th Annual Holiday Bazaar. 10 am to 4 pm. More than 25 vendors offer jewelry, clothing, books, home décor, gifts and more. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. Admission by donation. 512-847-5162.
NOVEMBER 18-20 Wimberley Valley Art League’s annual Holiday Show and Sale at the Community Center. Select from original paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, pottery and fiber art. Admission is free. For information, Mary McIntosh at 210-3233211. www.wimberleyartleague.org. NOVEMBER 19 Holiday Bazaar at Chapel in the Hills. 9 am to 4 pm at 14601 Ranch Road 12. www. wimberleychapelinthehills.com. NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 18 EmilyAnn Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol.” Indoor studio show Saturdays at 10 am, Sundays at 2 pm. www.emilyann. org. 512-847-6969. NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 29 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens 19th Annual Trail of Lights. Sundays through Thursdays 6 pm to 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 6 pm to 10 pm. Walking path with more than 100 lighted exhibits created by local businesses, churches, organizations and families. Yule Log, entertainment most nights. Free; donations appreciated. www.EmilyAnn.org, 512-847-6969. DECEMBER 1-2 The Wimberley Chamber of Commerce invites you to Wimberley Winter Wonderland. Stroll through the Wimberley Community Center and the amazing array of artfully created Christmas trees and wreaths. Pick out your favorite and place your bid. Live music, refreshments and Santa, too. 512-847-2201, www.wimberley.org DECEMBER 2, 3, 4 Wimberley Community Chorus Christmas Concerts. Performances at 7 pm Friday and Saturday and 3 pm Sunday. Chapel in the Hills, 14601 Ranch Road 12. www. wimberleycommunitychorus.org, 512517-3111. DECEMBER 4 Christmas Open House at LT Custom Framing and Gallery. Lots of goodies and wine and an ornament exchange. 5 pm to 7 pm. 715 Farm Market 2325. www. ltcustomframing.com. DECEMBER 10 Winter’s Eve, A Christmas Festival. Hometown fun on the Square. Live music, great food and lots of holiday offerings. 5 pm to 10 pm. www.wimberleymerchants. com, 512-847-1818. Christmas Gift Ride Benefit. Bring a toy and participate at the Hog Pound, 12111 Ranch Road 12. www.thehogpound.com. DECEMBER 18 Starlight Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert. 4 pm at Wimberley First Baptist Church. www.StarlightSymphony.org. JANUARY 29 - FEBRUARY 21 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens present “The Secret Garden.” Full-length production based on beloved classic by Francis Hodgson Burnett. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2 pm. www.EmilyAnn.org, 512847-6969. FEBRUARY 19 Starlight Symphony Orchestra. 4 pm at Wimberley First Baptist Church. www. StarlightSymphony.org. APRIL 9 Starlight Symphony Orchestra. 4 pm at Wimberley First Baptist Church. www. StarlightSymphony.org.
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