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Visit the EmilyAnn

See a show on the outdoor main stage or in the studio theatre, attend a festival, or enjoy our interactive grounds.

Gar

18th Annual

Butterfly Festival

Saturday, April 16 ♦ 9 am - 5 pm

Outdoor Shows

Shrek: The Musical

June 2 - July 3 ♦ Fri./Sat. 8:15 pm + Jul. 3

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Aug. 4 -13 Nightly except Sun. 8:15 pm

Indoor Show

Measure for Measure

Sept. 2 - 25 ♦ Fri./Sat. 7:30 pm & Sun. 2 pm

Butterfly Releases Nature Activities Flight House Butterfly Art Games

Children’s Theatre

Interactive 40-Minute Shows for Ages 2 - 99

Saturdays 10 am & Sundays 2 pm

Cinderella ♦ July 9 - 31

Jack & the Beanstalk ♦ Oct. 1 - 23 Performed in the indoor studio theatre.

Gardens open daily! Creative Play Areas ♦ Musical Garden

1101 FM 2325 ♦ Wimberley, TX ♦ www.EmilyAnn.org

Within walking distance of the Wimberley Square, restaurants and shops. To book your next meeting, visit

www.wimcc.org or call (512) 847-2510. • 5,000+ sq feet of conference space • 3 versatile meeting rooms

• Full Catering Kitchen • Free Wi-Fi • Free Parking

The Affordable Place to Meet!

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Welcome to Wimberley Staff

Directory of Advertisers

Julie Harrington Publisher/Advertising

Arts

Melissa Maxwell Ball

The Art Gallery.......................................................8

Editor/Design

d.r. jones (inside Bent Tree Gallery).......................7

Gerry Burns

Pitzer’s Fine Art........................................................9

Distribution

Ply! Yarn, Art & Handwovens..............................19

Colleen Brooks Bonnie Eissler Laurel Robertson

Silo Glass Studio & Gallery....................................8

Writers

Kenzie, Luke & Julie Harrington.

Welcome to Wimberley The Hill Country Sun Winner of 21 TCNA Awards including General Excellence

Contents copyright ©2016 Reproduction of any portion of this publication in any form requires written permission of the publisher.

Celebrating Our 26th Anniversary 1990-2016

512-484-9716 • www.hillcountrysun.com FRONT COVER Photo by Marilyn Gould. THANK YOU for picking up the Welcome to Wimberley Spring/Summer 2016 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 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 businesses that use the guide to promote their business and 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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EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens’ 18th Annual Butterfly Festival April 16 is fun for all ages. Photo courtesy EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens.

hanks to all our sponsors who have supported us over the years. Because of you, the Hill Country Sun magazine is celebrating its 26th 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. Be sure to tell them you saw their ad or story in the Welcome to 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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Lodging & Event Facilities Bandit’s Hideaway..................................................21 Creekhaven Inn.....................................................21 Freedom14 Camp...................................................22

Under One Roof....................................................18

Gentle Breezes B & B............................................22

Wimberley Glass Works...........................................7

Lotus Ranch...........................................................21

Wimberley Valley Art League Gallery....................6

Wimberley Inn.......................................................22

Event & Attractions Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival..................................5 Corral Theater.........................................................6 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens................................2

Services Ball Brothers 1-800-Painting.................................26 Blink Optical.........................................................24 Charles Roccaforte’s Hill Country Plans...............23 D & D Insurance Agency(Angie Dahl)................25

VFW Post 6441 Bingo.............................................6

Land U Here Concierge Service............................24

Wimberley Chamber of Commerce.........................6

Latchford Bachardy Architects..............................24

Wimberley Community Center...............................2

Michele’s Salon & Boutique..................................26

Wimberley Glass Works...........................................7

Texan Care Automotive Repair............................26

Wimberley Market Days .........................................2

WAG Rescue.........................................................25

Wimberley Merchants Association.........................5

Wimberley Day Spa at the Blair House.................26 Wimberley Life Care Assisted Living....................25

Dining & Specialty Foods

Wimberley Medical Clinic (Dr. Ramirez).............23

Cypress Creek Reserve ..........................................12

Schools

Hill Country Spirits...............................................12 Jobell Café & Bistro.................................................9 The Leaning Pear...................................................11 Marco’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria....................11 Milagro’s Hill Country Tex Mex............................10 Wimberley Cafe.....................................................10 The Patio on the Square........................................10 The Wimberley Way - Amy’s Ice Cream.................9

Shopping Annie James Boutique...........................................14 Aunt Jennys Attic..................................................19 Calley’s Jewelry......................................................15 Cedar Chest...........................................................18 Chulita’s.................................................................17 Cigars (at Wall Street Western)............................13 Dovetails of Wimberley.........................................17 Eagle Mountain Flag..............................................13 Gracious Ladies......................................................13

Wimberley Pharmacy.............................................23

St. Stephens Episcopal School..............................27 Zweites Haus School of Wimberley.......................27

Real Estate Century 21 Randall Morris & Associates............................35 Gibson Properties Branch Office David Routh......................................................29 Hills of Texas Sky Realty Barbara Latimer.................................................29 Keller Williams Linda Germain...................................................28 RE/MAX REAL PROPERTIES Allison “AJ” Harwood........................................3 Spitzer & Associates Candy Spitzer....................................................28

Churches

The Herb Room.....................................................19

Chapel in the Hills................................................30

Imagine…A Fair Trade Craft Gallery....................15

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection...................31

In Style Accessories.............................................. 16

St. Marys Catholic Church....................................31

Jean’s Antiques.......................................................18

Wimberley Church of Christ.................................31

Kiss The Cook........................................................19 Life Inspired...........................................................17 On A Branch.........................................................15

Dripping Springs

Ply! Yarn, Arts & Handwovens.............................19

& surrounding areas

Queen Bee Gatherings & Antiques......................14 River House Elegant Home Accessories................20 Shop the Tree House.............................................20 Under One Roof....................................................18

Cowgirls and Lace..................................................33 Creek Road Café....................................................32 Heather Bobb, DDS...............................................34

Wall Street Western..............................................36

Full Circle Salon (San Marcos).............................24

The Wild West Store.............................................13

New Canaan Farms................................................33

Wimberley Glass Works...........................................7

Storied Firearms.....................................................34


EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens provides plenty of family fun

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he EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, where founders Ann and Norm Rolling and their team warmly welcome visitors daily, is truly a Wimberley treasure. Oh, the fun of the EmilyAnn...where you can bring a picnic, stroll the paths, play in the musical gardens and enjoy a game of chess or checkers on the oversized board. Hike to the top of the hill to the Veterans Memorial Plaza, where you can enjoy 360-degree views around the Wimberley Valley. In addition to providing a relaxing retreat, the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens offers a wealth of family entertainment and theatre, as well as a special place of remembrance of loved ones. The EmilyAnn Theatre’s spring season officially begins April 16 at the 18th Annual Butterfly Festival from 9 am to 5 pm. 3,000 butterflies will take flight during the fest, with releases every 30 minutes all day long. The event also features fun, educational activities for the family, displays of butterfly art, carnival games and concessions and live music. Admission to the festival is free; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is available at Wimberley High School

and Danforth Junior High. Visitors can take a free shuttle from parking lots or walk the short distance to the EmilyAnn. Parking at EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens will be limited to handicapped parking only during the Butterfly Festival. “Shakespearience,” a Shakespeare day camp for kids age five to 11 is offered in two sessions: June 13-17 and June 20-24. Camp days run from 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday. Theatre productions at the EmilyAnn this season include: the outdoor musical, “Shrek,” June 3 through July 3; the indoor production of “Cinderella” July 9-31, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Shakespeare Under the Stars August 4-13; and indoor productions “Measure for Measure” September 2-25, “Jack and the Beanstalk” October 1-23 and the musical “White Christmas” October 28 through November 20. The season rounds out with the EmilyAnn Theatre & Garden’s beloved Holiday Trail of Lights, a favorite community event, opening the Saturday after Thanksgiving. FYI • The  EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens is located at 1101 Farm Market 2325 in Wimberley. For a complete schedule of events, including Children’s Theatre productions, Shakespeare Under the Stars and all other productions at the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, including tickets, please visit the web site at www.emilyann.org.

Dining WimberleyWimberley Events/Entertainment

Wimberley Fun... Third Thursdays in Wimberley Shops will be open until 8 pm on the Third Thursday of each month. Come spend the evening with us!

BBQ BATTLE of Texas Sat, April 9

10 am to 5 pm

Around the Shops & Between the Bridges Proceeds benefit Barnabas Connection and MYNK

Mustang CAR SHOW Sat, May 14

12 pm to 5 pm Up and down Ranch Road 12

COSTUMED

Pet Parade Sat, October 15 Starts at 10 am

$5 per pet donation. Parade starts at Cypress Falls Park by lower Ozona Parking lot, ends behind Cypress Creek Cafe.

WINTER’S EVE Saturday, July 2, 2016 Wimberley Community Center Noon - 7 p.m. Admission $10 Children 12 and Under Free Benefiting Camp Good Sam Wimberley For more information contact St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 512-847-9956

A Christmas Festival

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Shop late! Santa & Photos, Live Music, Food Vendors, Face Painters & raffle tickets for fabulous prizes!

Find more information online at

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4 Early Bird Games 7:15 pm - 50/50 Split H 10 Regular Games 8 pm VFW Hall @ Veterans Park, 4 mi. no. on RR 12 to Jacobs Well Rd Non Smoking • Plenty of Parking • Air & Heat • Food Available

VFW Post 6441 meets the first Thursday of every month.

The hall is available for rentals. For more info call

More info online at

512-847-6441

www.texasvfw.net

Wimberley’s JULY JUBILEE Friday-Sunday July 1, 2 & 3 71st Annual VFW Rodeo Saturday, July 2 Market Day Monday, July 4 Parade at 10 am Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce

www.wimberley.org

(512) 847-2201

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Wimberley’s Walk-In Outdoor Theatre

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The Corral Theatre for your event Visit the website at

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OPEN

Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Check our Facebook page for updates & additional dates

At the Corner of FM 3237 & Flite Acres Road

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Calendar of Events 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. First Baptist Church. 512-858-7960. SECOND TUESDAY Linda’s Fat Tuesday. Enjoy gumbo, crawfish pies, crawfish nachos, beans and rice made from scratch. Linda Allen’s regular menu served along with Cajun menu. lindaallencatering.com 512-847-5464. EVERY WEDNESDAY Farmers’ Market. Senior Citizen’s Activity Center. 512-847-2201. EVERY WEDNESDAY - SATURDAY Live Music in the Buzzard Bar. Cypress Creek Cafe, 320 Wimberley Square. 512847-0030. EVERY THURSDAY (in June, July, August) Café Susanna. Delicious, family-style lunch served from 11 am to 1 pm. $8 includes entrée/casserole, side dish, drink and fabulous dessert. Takeouts available. Wimberley United Methodist Church, 1200 County Road 1492. 512-847-3109. FIRST THURSDAY VFW Post 6441 meets. VFW Hall at Veterans Park. 512-847-6441. SECOND THURSDAY Hill Country Bead Society Meets. Wimberley Community Center. 1 pm. For information, Marilyn Pierce at mp@ smpierce.net. THIRD THURSDAY Susanna’s Kitchen Coffee House Concert Se-

ries features local and nationally known performers in concert. Doors open at 7 pm. Wimberley United Methodist Church Corner of RR 12 & CR 1492. 512-847-3109, www.wimberleyumc.org. EVERY THURSDAY - SATURDAY Live Music at Linda’s Fine Foods. Delicious food, beautiful music at 500 Farm Market 2325. 512-847-5464. www.facebook.com/ LindasFineFoods. EVERY THURSDAY - SATURDAY (March-November) Live Music on the Outdoor Deck. Overlooking Cypress Creek at I’noz. 14004 Ranch Road 12. 512-847-6060, www.inozwimberley.com. EVERY FRIDAY Bingo. VFW Hall. 512-847-6441. Celebrate Recovery meets at Cypress Creek Church. 6:30 pm to 9 pm, with pizza at 6 pm. www.cypresscreekchurch.com/ministries/celebrate-recovery. EVERY SATURDAY Arnosky Family Farms Market. Fresh cut flowers, cheeses, more. Ranch Road 2325 and Highway 165. www.texascolor.com. Jackson Open Air Market. Shop wares of local artists and farmers; enjoy food, fun and more. Open at 9 am. 6341 FM 32 in Fischer, Texas. 830-935-2781. Tours at Jacob’s Well Natural Area. 10 am. 1699 Mount Sharp Road. 512-214-4593. FIRST SATURDAY March - December Wimberley Lions Market Days. Oldest and largest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country. More than 475 booths filled with See CALENDAR, page 7


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Calendar of Events everything you can’t live without. Music on three stages, red tag specials and coupons along with monthly themes. Free admission. 7 am to 4 pm. www.shopmarketdays.com. SECOND SATURDAY Wimberley’s Second Saturday Gallery Trail. 15 galleries around the Wimberley Square stay open late for Second Saturday Gallery Trail offering great art, wine and appetizers. www.Facebook.com/SecondSaturdayGalleryTrail. EVERY FRIDAY IN APRIL Concerts at the Blue Hole Regional Park. Bring a picnic, blanket or chair and enjoy music in the park. 6 pm to 8 pm. www. cityofwimberley.com, 512-847-0025. APRIL 1 Bubbles on the Blanco. Enjoy heavy hors d’ouevres, drinks, beer and wine while listening to rock & roll tunes of Little Beverly and the Shades. Reservations required. www.wimberleyccc.org. APRIL 1, 2, 3 Wimberley Community Chorus Performs “Wimberley Strong a Spring Concert of Faith, Hope, and Healing.” Wimberley Presbyterian Church, 956 FM 2325. www.wimberleycommunitychorus.org. APRIL 8 St. Stephen’s Episcopal School presents Extravaganza 2016: An Enchanting Evening at Texas Old Town. Enjoy cocktails, dinner by Chef Jay Events, dancing to Groove Knight, live and silent auctions, and casino. Sage Hall at Texas Old Town in Kyle at 6

pm. www.ststeveschool.org for

tickets.

APRIL 9 BBQ Battle of Texas. 10 am to 5 pm around the shops and between the bridges. Great food, family fun. Benefits MYNK and Barnabas Connection. More at www.wimberleymerchants.com. APRIL 10 Starlight Symphony Orchestra Performs. 4 pm at Wimberley First Baptist Church. www.starlightsymphony.org. APRIL 11 Wimberley Valley Art League Meeting. WVAL invites all artists and art lovers to attend this monthly meeting featuring Betty Rhodes, oil painter with her amusing commentary. Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley. 6:30 pm. wimberleyartleague.org, 512-826-4286. APRIL 15 - MAY 8 The Wimberley Players present “Good People.” Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. www. wimberleyplayers.org. APRIL 15 Cheers on the Cypress. Catered dinner with live music at the home of Peter and Mary Faye Way. . Reservations required. www.wimberleyccc.org. APRIL 16 18th Annual Butterfly Festival at EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens. Memorial butterfly release, food, live music, entertainment, art, kids’ activities, commemorative flyover and much more. 9 am to 5 pm. www.emilyann.org, 512-847-6969.

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DEMONSTRATIONS

APRIL 16 KAPS 3K Color Run and Java Jive Festival. Fun color run followed by live music from Bluewater Highway Band, Shelley King Band and George Devore, plus silent auction, food and drink at Central Texas Speedway in Kyle. www. kapsjavajive.org. 512-847-6867. APRIL 22 St. Stephen’s Episcopal School 5th Annual Community Earth Day. Event for area preschoolers and families from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Guests are also invited to bring a picnic lunch for afterwards. There will be creative crafts and nature activities for busy little hands, plus, playground play

and exploring nature trail. St. Stephen’s Episcopal School 6000 FM 3237, www. ststeveschool.org, 512-847-9857. 1st Annual Heart of Texas Herb Symposium. Celebrate the multi-faceted power of plants, as pillars of the herbal and plant community come together to share their knowledge through lectures, plant walks, and workshops for beginners to advanced. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Register at www. heartoftexasherbsymposium.com. APRIL 23-24 8th Annual Wimberley Arts Fest at Blue Hole Regional Park. 75 juried artists, live See CALENDAR, page 27

d.r. jones New West Expressionism www.red-hand-art.com drjones@red-hand-art.com Local representation by Bent Tree Gallery 101 Henson Road, on the Square

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Central Texas Returning Heroes

Group works to make a difference for veterans

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By Colleen Brooks

A Distinctive collection of

Fine Art in the Hill Country

BenCarter Twin Sisters 60” x 40,” Oil

512-847-7278

George Kovach Spring Promenade 60” x 40,” Oil

TheArtGalleryAtWimberley.net

On the Square at 100 Oak Dr, Suite 200 • Wimberley (Across from Kiss the Cook) TERRY GRISHAM, DIRECTOR

entral Texas Returning Heroes is making tremendous contributions in helping local veterans and their families in times of need. Officially formed just 30 days before the Memorial Day flood, this non-profit organization was able to step in immediately to provide assistance after the flood waters receded. What began as members distributing cash cards to veterans and first responders in Wimberley, quickly evolved into serving more than 50 families in Wimberley and surrounding communities for three months following the flood. Central Texas Returning Heroes, or CTRH, was formed by several members of the Wimberley VFW who felt a need to provide more assistance to veterans and their families locally, regardless of place of residence. “We’re helping everywhere we can. We try to provide support directly to the veterans and first responders as much as we can, including widows, and orphans of veterans,” explains James Clements, Vice President of Community Outreach with Central Texas Returning Heroes. After the Memorial Day flood, members of the organization were able to coordinate with a Hays County Veterans Service Officer to establish a warehouse.It quickly became the distribution center as arrangements were made for donations of furniture and appliances from various organizations in Austin. Members of the group were able to catalog the needs of families, identify a source to donate items, and transport a trailer full of donations every week into the warehouse for distribution, providing assistance to more than 50 veteran families in Wimberley, San Marcos, Martindale and surrounding areas. A few months later, the Halloween weekend flood impacted more than 70 veteran families. Again, CTRH immediately responded, providing assistance to these flood survivors. Made up of veterans, first respond-

ers, and community leaders, in addition to the assistance CTRH provide directly to veterans and their families, the group also works closely with the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio. CTRH recently made their yearly donation to the Warrior and Family Support Center in the amount of $6,500 — net proceeds from their 2015 Bob Horrigan Memorial Golf Tournament. CTRH tries to help veterans and families of veterans in any way they can. Currently, the group is working to acquire funding to purchase a property in Mason to develop a Veterans Rehabilitation PTSD Transition and Ministry Center. A 600-acre retreat atop the Llano river built by a minister and his wife in the late 1980s with barracks, additional buildings and dormitories, it’s estimated that the location could house about 150 veterans. Jim explains, “This is a great property, and it’s something that could be built to provide our veterans coming back from combat a transition opportunity.” This property also offers abundant wildlife, a chapel and 30 RV hookups, plenty of space for camping, river rafting, fly fishing, and even hydroponic farming. Jim says members of CTRH also envision providing equine therapy, cattle and goats, therapy dogs, and a job placement program. Members are excited about the possibility of developing this center, having identified a pressing need for additional support for veterans after release from the Warrior and Family Service Center. While these veterans may be physically healed or improved, they are not quite ready to re-enter society. James explains, “This would provide guidance and meaning, with people who have done what they’ve done, and can understand what they are struggling with.” Several qualified professionals are already lined up to provide services if CTRH can acquire the funding to create this Veterans Rehabilitation PTSD TransiSee RETURNING HEROES, page 9

5 miles south of Wimberley on Ranch Road 12

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Members of Central Texas Returning Heroes present a check to The Warrior Family Support Center. Photo courtesy Central Texas Returning Heroes.


RETURNING HEROES, from page 8

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Wimberley Fine Arts Center Central Texas Returning Heroes’ advisory board. Photo courtesy Central Texas Returning Heroes.

offering National Artists’ Works You’ll Love to Live With

Stop by to browse our art gallery and sculpture garden showcasing numerous artists from across the U.S.

Just off the Wimberley Square Central Texas Returning Heroes’ Michael Harthcock and Lisa Shine, sister of Msg. Bob Horrigan. Photo courtesy Central Texas Returning Heroes. tion and Ministry Center in Mason. Central Texas Returning Heroes also manages the Veterans Memorial Plaza at the EmilyAnn Theatre. Fundraising efforts continue to raise money to build a handicap-accessible restroom at the Veterans Plaza for disabled veterans who attend the events. Commemorative bricks may be purchased to place in the walkway for service members or loved ones. The group also hosts fundraising events throughout the year, including the annual Patriot of the Year Award Dinner each September 11, and the Bob Horrigan

Golf Tournament on Veterans Day. “Ninety percent of what we bring in goes out to someone immediately,” James says. Upcoming events include the Texas State Veterans Alliance Annual Golf Tournament April 9, and the Wimberley Valley Chamber 5th Annual Golf Tournament May 14. FYI • To learn more about Central Texas Returning Heroes and how you can help, please visit the web site at www.CTRH.us. You can also follow Central Texas Returning Heroes Making a Difference with Local Veterans on Facebook to learn more about their upcoming events.

13909 Ranch Rd 12 • Wimberley, Texas

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58 flavors at Papa Hoo’s Popcorn

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By Laurel Robertson

Wimberley’s newest dining experience in the Square! We proudly serve Artisan sandwiches featuring only the best local and organic ingredients. Authentic New York Bagels. Local hand made sausages and hot dogs & the best Italian Gelato Ice Cream and Sorbeto you’ve ever tried! 512-393-9849

100 Oak Drive (Between the Square Inn and Queen Bee)

Open 10 am-5 pm Wednesday - Sunday FIND US ON:

The Johnsons and their new busiell, “Whooo doesn’t love pop- ness have quickly become a vital part of corn?” asks Papa Hoo’s owl. the Wimberley scene. Christi marvels at Especially when it comes in 58 the way the community pulled together varieties, is flavored with real cheese, but- after the Blanco River flooded last May. ter and homemade caramel, and comes “Everybody gave whatever they could to with a lot of love from the Johnson family. meet everyone’s needs,” she recalls. “After being a part of that, you couldn’t Neal and Christi Johnson quit pay me to move anywhere else!” their corporate jobs in Dallas Noah, along with high two years ago and moved school students Tamarind to Wimberley to “have a Halstrom and Weston family life” with their Pruski have the young son, Noah, sweetest jobs now nine years in town, helpold. ing customers The trio took choose flavors a wild leap of from the dozfaith on their gut ens of clear tubes instinct that gourdisplaying all the met popcorn would be popcorns available. “They a hit with residents and tourare SO polite and helpful to ists in their new hometown the tourists that come in,” says — and the intervening two Christi. “We are so lucky to have years have proven that instinct them.” was right on target. “It’s a God Photo courtesy Not a franchise or a chain, thing,” Christi concludes. Papa Hoo’s Hill Country Papa Hoo’s Popcorn. Papa Hoo’s is a one-of-kind business the Johnsons created themPopcorn shop, at the back of the Wimberley Square just across from Kiss selves. Before moving to Wimberley, the the Cook, has all the bright colors of a couple trained with a successful flavored kalidescope and smells like your fondest popcorn business in Dallas, and learned memories of childhood. A steady stream how to make 25 flavors, from Strawberry of visitors and hometown regulars comes Cheesecake to Bacon Cheddar. Neal has since gone on to experiment to enjoy popcorn and community camwith new ingredients and has come up eraderie each day.

Stop by Papa Hoo’s and find your favorite flavor. Photo courtesy Papa Hoo’s Popcorn. with 23 new flavors, like Cheesy Ranch, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Root Beer. Noah invented Noah 2.0 - a mix of Cotton Candy, Caramel and Cheesecake. Sea Salt Caramel and Dill Pickle remain the top two sellers, Christi reports. Papa Hoo’s popcorn stands out for more than just its flavorings. The Johnsons use four different kernels to make their products - including butterfly and mushroom shaped popcorns. They start with the highest grade kernels and make all the toppings from scratch in Papa Hoo’s kitchen, using real cheese, butter, coconut oil and other prime ingredients. See PAPA HOO’S, page 11

Tex Mex food with a Hill Country Twist!!!

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PAPA HOO’S, from page 10

Bring your own wine!

on the Wimberley Square

512-847-0742

The Johnsons— LEFT TO RIGHT Christi, Noah and Neal— The trio took a wild leap of faith on their gut instinct that gourmet popcorn would be a hit and opened Papa Hoo’s Popcorn on the Wimberley Square two years ago. Photo by Laurel Robertson. To wash down the myriad flavors and colors of popcorn, Papa Hoo’s carries retro sodas hailing from Dublin (Texas), Canada, Australia and the US. There are a dozen choices of root beer, a selection of cream and taffy sodas — even a banana flavored soda! The popcorn sells so quickly that they have no trouble keeping it fresh, Christi says. They start with at least 450 gallons of popped corn each Friday - and always need to make more as the weekend progresses. Store purchases account for most Papa Hoo’s sales - but they also keep up a lively mail order business. For some reason, muses Christi, they seem to get a lot

of orders from Buffalo, New York! Papa Hoo’s owns a travelling Popcorn Bar they can bring to special events: weddings, birthday parties, corporate gatherings, showers, etc. “Gourmet popcorn also makes a great gift,” Christi adds. Papa Hoo’s ships popcorn pails (available with sports team logos and other themes) for holidays, coporate gifts, and birthdays. FYI • Papa Hoo’s Hill Country Popcorn is located at 103 Henson in Wimberley, at the back of the Square. Hours are Monday through Thursday, from 11 am to 6 pm; Friday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday, noon to 6 pm. For more information visit the website at wwwpapahoospopcorn.com, find them on Facebook, or call 512-722-3772.

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Cypress Creek Reserve Handcrafted Rums from the heart of Texas

avid Watson went all the way to Mauritius in 2000 to dive for ancient sunken treasure — but what he found of most worth on the island paradise was their fine rum. He returned home to Wimberley empty-handed, but with a head full of ideas for starting his own rum distillery in the Texas Hill Country. Using fresh spring water that feeds Cypress Creek and blackstrap molasses from the cane fields of East Texas and Louisiana, David experimented for years to work out the right recipe and distillation process for his Cypress Creek Reserve Rum. He admits his first batch was awful — but after four years of research (and lots of taste tests with friends and neighbors) — he’s developed an award-winning crystal rum, vanilla rum and a gourmet vanilla extract. David, a professional welder and allaround tinkerer, eschewed buying manufactured distilling equipment, preferring instead to build his own still, starting with a manufactured stainless steel tank. After spending a lifetime welding on offshore oil platforms and making competition barbeque pits, figuring out rum distilling equipment came to him pretty naturally. “I saved enough money creating my own still to cover the startup costs for my whole business,” he claims. Cypress Creek Reserve has the light body and dry taste that David was after, with just a touch of sweetness for character. For his Vanilla Rum, David ages Cypress Creek Reserve with Tahitian vanilla beans (more aromatic that common Madagascar variety) just long enough to enhance the flavor. “People who think they don’t like flavored rum taste it and are always pleasantly surprised,” he says. Leaving the Tahitian vanilla beans steeping longer at a higher concentration yields Cypress Creek Reserve Vanilla Extract, developed by David’s wife and business partner, Laura. She also manages the

Award-winning Cypress Creek Reserve rum. Photo by Jim Allen.

Cypress Creek Reserve vanilla extract. Photo by Jim Allen. office and shipping/bottling room (which smells deliciously of vanilla!) Located on Dave and Laura’s acreage near Jacob’s Well, Cypress Creek Reserve (aka D.E. W. Distilling, LLC) offers a covered patio area with a serving bar and tables, overlooking lush green hills rolling down to Cypress Creek. It’s a favorite spot for locals and tourists to gather on a beautiful Saturday afternoon — to sip rum, talk and enjoy watching the deer and chickens on the lush lawn under spreading live oaks. See RUM, page 13

CypressCreekReserve.com Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere on our cocktail patio! Tastings, Cocktails & Bottle Sales Available Tuesday-Thursday 11:30 am-5:30 pm • Friday & Saturday 11 am-6 pm

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Casks for aging Rum at Cypress Creek Reserve. The typical aging period for rum is six months. Photo courtesy Cypress Creek Reserve.


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“Go for a consultation with the Boot Whisperer, who reads feet like a psychic reads palms.” Texas Monthly, August 2010 Open by appointment. Please call in advance 512-293-4890. David and Laura Watson behind the bar at the outdoor patio of Cypress Creek Reserve, a favorite spot for locals and tourists to gather on a beautiful afternoon. Photo by Laurel Robertson. Dave and Laura lineup special events during the season, including barbeque cookoffs and touring antique car shows. The patio is also available for private special events. Cypress Creek Reserve rum is available in liquor stores throughout Texas, and by the glass or the bottle at the distillery and outdoor patio. They market a cute 750 ml wooden barrel filled with raw rum that will age to perfection in 80 days instead of the usual six months required in a 55-gallon barrel. Dave reports selling a lot of those for gifts, especially around the holidays. After traveling the entire world with his oil company job for so many years, Dave retired last year and now devotes more time to building and tinkering around the distillery and grounds. He installed the cedar-lined bar on the cocktail patio and expanded the seating area. Next up is a horseshoe court and expanded lawn area for customers’ enjoyment. FYI • D.E.W. Distilling, LLC, owner of Cypress Creek Reserve rum, is located at 1400 Jacobs Well Road in Wimberley. Hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30 am to 5:30 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. $5 tours include a rum tasting. For more information, visit www.cypressreserve. com, call 512-847-6874, or find them on Facebook.

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Step into relaxing style at Gracious Ladies boutique

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soothing palette of white, brown, gray and black colors and soft textures greet visitors the moment they walk through the door at Gracious Ladies. This relaxed living boutique specializes in comfortable wraps, pullovers and pajamas for women, home décor ranging from rugs and towels to cheese boards and wine glasses, clothing and gifts for children, and indulgent products for your pampered pup. Their slogan – “homebaby-pup”-- conjures up myriad warm and cozy images. Jessica Bennett designed her store with such comfort in mind and her desire is to offer customers an alternative to “driving all the way to Austin for special gifts or lovely things for their homes.” Jessica has a wide range of experience in marketing development and consulting for spas, hotels and home stores. She worked as a buyer for Boulders Hotel and Spa, a 5-star resort hotel near Scottsdale, Arizona, a consultant for Wyndham International Hotels and Resorts, and Vice-President of a home store in Phoenix. “I’ve experienced both sides of interest in the corporate world,” she says. Jessica chose the name for her store as a tribute to her mother and aunts. Her mother, Vestal, and her two sisters, Dorothy and Betty, lived in Fort Smith, Arkan-

Jessica Bennett, owner of Gracious Ladies. Photo courtesy Gracious Ladies. sas, and the three sisters all epitomized the qualities of grace, elegance, style and ease of living. “My mother, with five children, always dressed impeccably, had a sense of self, and appreciated the finer things,” Jessica says. “Because of her influence and style, it was always easy for me to know what to buy since she represented my demographic.” See GRACIOUS LADIES, page 15


GRACIOUS LADIES, from page 14 Jessica’s mother is her muse, or one of them at least, so it is fitting that a picture of Vestal, standing outdoors in a summer dress, is displayed prominently on a mantel at Gracious Ladies.. The style at Gracious Ladies is Modern French Country Home – Jessica’s family roots are Italian and French and she’s always been drawn to this décor – and everything in the store reflects this style. The washable bamboo wrap from Barefoot Dreams perfectly encompasses the aesthetic of relaxed and gracious living. It’s made of sustainable fabric and has a beautiful drape and length. “It’s good for lounging,” Jessica says, “and can be worn as a morning wrap around the house or to dress up any outfit for an elegant look.” And, as mandatory for any truly relaxed living item of clothing, the wrap is machine washable. The clothing, accessories, baby and household items from Barefoot Dreams, a Malibu-based company that began its business in 1994 with a line of children’s products, are in high demand at Gracious Ladies. In a store full of soft cuddly things, the hand-knitted baby blankets and chic lounge wear for women are some of the softest and most luxurious. For more easy to care for, comfortable and stylish clothing, there are scarves from Pom Pom Linens, linen tunics from Claridge & King and cotton slub tops and dresses from Wilt. Cotton slub has slight lumps and imperfections either left in the fabric on purpose or created intentionally by knotting or twisting the fabric as it is woven or spun. The house section of the store offers

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Gracious Ladies. Photo courtesy Gracious Ladies. high quality table linens, bedding and pillows from Pom Pom Linens, Dash & Albert rugs, ceramics and glassware from Europe2You, including wooden cutting boards and cheese boards from Hungary and recycled glass wine glasses from Italy. In March 2016, Jessica will participate in Wimberley Community Civic Club’s Spring Event as one of the decorators of “Tablescapes.” She will use items from her boutique – Pom Pom linens, exposed edge pottery, cake stands and silverware from Europe2You – for her European Spring Wedding themed table. Completing the vision will be one of local bakery Sugar Shack’s tasty Naked Cakes and white floral arrangements consisting of ranunculus, freesia and white roses. FYI • Gracious Ladies is located on 101 Old Kyle Road in Wimberley. The shop is open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 11 am to 4 pm (closed Tuesday). For more information, call 512-557-7415 or visit the web site at www.graciousladiesliving.com. Follow Gracious Ladies on Instagram at graciousladiesliving.

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Ply! relocates to larger, higher, dryer location

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athy Utts relocated her shop, Ply!, in November, after the Memorial Day Floods damaged the original building along Cypress Creek. The subsequent Halloween weekend flood practically washed away what remained of the previous structure. Thankfully, she had already moved into her new location and was just days away from her grand

re-opening! Ply!’s new location — with an outside seating area and a beautiful country porch, is bigger and better. With just 300 square feet in her former location, Kathy had long had hopes of expanding, and she has utilized her new extra space well. “We now have a large seating area with comfy chairs and a table for our knitters, weavers, and crocheters to enjoy,

The cozy porch at Ply! Yarn, Arts & Handwovens. Photo courtesy Ply!

during groups or classes,” Kathy explains. “Our new space has a lot of natural light and a lovely front porch with rockers and a swing, plus we have a gazebo and a spacious courtyard for events.” And there’s more. “Beginning in March, I’m offering a weaving series called ‘Intuitive Weaving’ followed by renewable times in the ‘Weaving Studio.’ We have room for that now,” she smiles. Ply! specializes in natural fibers such as mohair, cashmere, wool and locks from long haired sheep, and alpaca, silk, bamboo, and blends of those fibers with an eye for hand-dyed, small batch yarn. The alpaca yarn at Ply! comes from Kathy’s own herd, where each April she and her family take to the ranch to shear the alpacas. Every delicate bundle of alpaca yarn bears a photo of the alpaca who “donated” it. Ply! also carries cotton, linen and flax. What fibers she doesn’t provide herself, Kathy says she tries to source locally with small yarn businesses and individual artisans. She has been knitting, weaving, and spinning for years, and was inspired to create her own shop after attending the Santa Fe Folk Art Festival in 2013. Kathy is also currently enrolled in an extensive Saori weaving program, with future hopes of becoming a Saori dealer and instructor. She explains the Japanese

Ply! owner Kathy Utts’ beautiful alpaca yarn. Photo courtesy Ply! art of weaving: “It’s a really beautiful method of weaving cloth and the looms are just gorgeous and intuitive. Anyone can weave using the Saori method, and I look forward to the possibility of being able to share this with others.” Just shy of three years in the business, Ply! has grown into a tight knit fiber arts community, where women of all ages, See PLY!, page 17

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PLY!, from page 16 backgrounds, and experience gather together to learn, create and enjoy each other’s company. And Ply’s new location makes the shop even more accessible to guests. “Since we are now closer to the Square, literally behind it, we have more curious visitors than ever. With that in mind, our goal this year is to also cater to the ‘non-maker’ as well,” she smiles. “That means, we will sell many of our store samples, and have Kathy Utts, owner of Ply!, at her new location. handmade fiber arts items Photo courtesy Ply! that visitors can pick up. Our felted soaps have been a big hit, as where Mom can shop for handcrafted have been our hand-felted alpaca and items from local fiber artists for sale in Texas wild bird ornaments and bird the gazebo. FYI • Ply! Yarn, Art & Handwovens is located on the houses.” square next to Papa Hoo’s at 101 Henson Rd. They are open You can find upcoming events at Ply! 7 days a week, Monday through Wednesday and Friday and listed on their web site. These include new Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Ply! is open late for “Thirsty weaving classes, in addition to upcoming Thursday” from noon - 8 pm and open Sunday noon to 5 pm. knitting classes for kids and teens this For more information, call 512-406-1719 or visit the web site summer. at www.ply-yarn.com. You can also follow Ply! on Pinterest, Ply! will also host a Mother’s Day Facebook and Instagram. special event with mimosas for Moms,

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Ply!’s new location on the Wimberley Square. Photo courtesy Ply!

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Fun, unique shopping finds at Chulita’s

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By Bonnie Eissler

he term “chulita” comes from Spanish slang that translates loosely as “sexy mama” or “a lady who has the looks that catches the eye.” Sporting one of Chulita’s unique embroidered blouses or purses will undoubtedly lift the wearer’s mood, as bright colors and cheerful patterns often do, and she just may appear more fetching, as well. Owner Donna McKennon sells highquality handcrafted Guatemalan clothing, purses, boho bags, coin purses, scarves, pillows and table runners, some of which are fringed with elaborate tassels.

With her background in art and art education, Donna especially appreciates the colorful cotton fabrics and the exquisite embroidery. Donna grew up in Beeville, Texas, where her dad was a pharmacist. She remembers weekend trips to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a border town about two and a half hours from her home town. She recalls buying a lot of peasant blouses and says, “I fell in love with the clothing there because it wasn’t something we could buy at home, there were so many different colors and the cotton fabric was so comfortable. The

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jewelry was very unique and artistic.” After earning her degree in art education, Donna taught art to elementary students in Fort Worth for four years. She taught first grade for a while in Dripping Springs. She says, “I started painting with a small group of women in Dripping Springs and one of the women in the group was from Mexico City. Her husband, a clothing entrepreneur, bought clothing from two different villages located deep in the interior of Guatemala.” When Donna started her business, she purchased most clothing and other items from this entrepreneur because of his large selection of beautiful colors and styles of blouses, some with pin tucks, with different kinds of necklines, sleeve length, and embroidery. Almost all are machine washable with no ironing required, although some of the solid white shirts need to be ironed. Blouse sizes run large so that an extra small is about a size 6, and the largest size, extra large, is a bit larger as well. Many of the purses and bags are made from recycled huipil blouses, thus incorporating intricate Guatemalan textiles into the design. Unlike many parts of the world, Guatemala is a place where women still proudly wear their traditional dress.

Chulita’s charming shop on Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley. Photo courtesy Chulita’s. The huipil is a square-cut blouse that’s woven by hand and heavily decorated with embroidered designs, that vary from village to village. Each work is unique and usually take three or four months to make. Donna says, “People who are familiar with huipil often recognize the village by the type of embroidery, also when the woman weaves a huipil, she puts a little of her personal history into it.” Embroidery is a thriving art form in Guatemala. The distinctive designs and coloring embellish everything from clothing to purses to home linens. Some garments are made from weaving and embroidering. See CHULITA’S, page 19

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Find colorful purses and bags Chulita’s, too. Photo courtesy Chulita’s.

Chulita’s offers a selection of beautiful colors and styles of Guatemalan blouses, some with pin tucks, with different kinds of necklines, sleeve length, and embroidery. Photo courtesy Chulita’s.

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The two types of embroidery that decorate the clothing and other items sold at Chulita’s are coiling and rose patterns, and the Guatemalan women who make the blouses and bags generally specialize in one or the other. A portion of the profit (10%) before taxes from sales of the products is donated to the workers at the factory in Guatemala and to the Amigos de Santa Cruz to support programs for health care and education for the women and children of this small Mayan village. FYI • Chulita’s is located at 13710 Ranch Road 12, Suite 2, in Wimberley. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. For more information, call 512-940-6514.

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Hill Country Wine Shoppe on the Wimberley Square

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By Bonnie Eissler

ince August 2008, Jill Frazier and Beth Mitchell have been sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm about Texas wines from behind the beautiful historic 19th century bar at Hill Country Wine Shoppe on Wimberley ‘s Square. Beth is a fifth generation Texan and Jill is a first generation transplant from St. Louis, but they are equally adept at sharing the history and interesting anecdotes related to the booming Texas wine industry. Although Texans still love their beer, barbecue, big hair and boots, they’ve come a long way from those stereotypical roots, with a wine industry that is fifth in the nation for wine production and second only to Napa Valley for wine tourism. The best way to learn about Texas wines is by drinking them. At Hill Country Wine Shoppe, a mere seven dollars will buy six tastings selected from dry reds, dry whites, sweet and fruit wines, and served in a wine glass you’ll want to keep. “You need a souvenir and we don’t do dishes,” says Jill. Vitaculture (from the Latin word for vine) deals with the cultivation and study of grapes, especially for wine making, and there are eight federally approved vitacultural areas in Texas, ranging from western regions near El Paso,

ABOVE The massive wooden bar with brass foot rail, built for a saloon in Ottine, Texas, in 1894, is the undisputed focal point of the Hill Country Wine Shoppe. BELOW The bar in its original location at the Bob Ryan Saloon on Main Street in Ottine. Photos courtesy Hill Country Wine Shoppe.

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Jill Frazier and Beth Mitchell, owners of Hill Country Wine Shoppe. Stop by for a tasting at their charming shop on the Square. Photo courtesy Hill Country Wine Shoppe. the Texas Davis Mountains, and Fort Stockton across the state to clusters in the central and northeast regions. The second largest vitacultural area in the United States, covering 15,000 square miles and part or all of 22 counties, is in the Texas Hill Country. Beth and Jill represent small boutique wineries in the Lone Star State. “These are wineries that don’t work through a distributor,” Jill says, “you know, like the guy with a dog in a truck who brings around 15 cases of wine.” Hill Country Wine Shoppe offers a wide selection of wines with about twenty vineyards currently represented, including one in Wimberley and

others located in neighboring Dripping Springs, Driftwood, Blanco, and San Marcos. Gary McKibben, owner of Red Caboose Winery and Vineyards in Meredian, is another favorite vendor. “Red Caboose wines are well known in high end restaurants in the Dallas area,” says Jill, “we carry all of his reds in our shop.” The massive wooden bar with brass foot rail, built for a saloon in Ottine, Texas in 1894, is the undisputed focal point of the shop. A small brass plate indicates a Brunswick patent, issued for the lip used for sliding drinks down the length of the 18 foot long bar. Besides being See WINE SHOPPE, page 26


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Wimberley Ace truly a place for community BANDIT’S HIDEAWAY

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imberley ACE Hardware and Gift owners Christy and Tad Degenhart recently celebrated their one year anniversary as sole owners of ACE. Both graduates of Wimberley High School, Tad has been with ACE for almost 30 years, and began working there when he was just 15 years old. The couple met at the break tables at ACE the summer after Christy graduated from high school. They fell in love, got married and started a family. And as their children began attending school, Christy returned to working at ACE, developing the gift shop. She smiles, “I kind of feel in love with it.” ACE sells all the typical things you would expect of a hardware store, but with added merchandise to suit the needs of Wimberley residents and tourists, such as basic toiletry essentials, office supplies, and river gear. The store also offers an extensive gift shop and a popular souvenir area. Also popular are the events Christy hosts, such as Happy Hour (a popcorn and fountain drink Happy Hour during the Wimberley Texans’ football season), a street dance, and a Christmas stocking stuffer shopping event. Some of Christy’s events offer generously filled gift bags to the first 20 people in the door or who make a purchase. ACE is a big contributor to local organizations and heavily supports the schools in town, but it’s their generosity during the Memorial Day Floods that has really left a lasting impression. Christy and Tad were there for the Wimberley community in the difficult time, with open hearts and doors. On the morning after the flood, as word began circulating of the devastation, Christy and Tad rushed to their store with their children (and their children’s friends who had spent the night). They

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ACE is home to the Degenhart family. Photo courtesy Wimberley Ace. opened ACE’s doors at 6 am to provide shelter for the survivors. Christy reached out to her contacts to request clean-up help for the community. By the time she finished sending out a massive text to everyone she thought might be able to help, there were already 30 volunteers at her store asking where they were needed. Christy recalls, “People just started flooding in, I couldn’t believe it. I could not believe the amount of people that were ready to just go out and help.” See WIMBERLEY ACE, page 22

After the flood, we are back & Wimberley strong! Thank you for your support!

Wimberley Ace owners Tad and Christy Degenhart and their children. The couple met when they were teens working at Wimberley Ace. Photo by Colleen Brooks.

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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

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WIMBERLEY ACE, from page 21 With a natural ability for event planning, Christy began throwing together a cookout to provide food for these survivors, volunteers and the busy first responders. She also took her plea to Facebook and within days, ACE’s parking lot was so full of food tents with donated food, tables, trucks and contractors, that her own Mother couldn’t get into the parking lot. Christy laughs, “I received a text from my Mom saying she needed lightbulbs but my parking lot was full, so she went to Brookshire Brothers instead!” Christy also contacted Team Rubicon after a respected member of the community suggested they might be able to help. Team Rubicon arrived within days and was highly instrumental in Wimberley’s recovery.

Christy says, “Wimberley could not have been what it was without Team Rubicon. “When they arrived here, they commented that we were so much further along in the recovery efforts than they had ever seen,” she adds. “They were impressed that this little town could take care of itself.” For the three weeks that followed, volunteers in ACE’s parking lot served more than 1,500 meals a day. ACE was the staging center for much volunteer activity, matching up able volunteers with survivors who needed help. Christy recalls, “It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever been a part of.” She credits the support staff during this time made up of her employees, friends, first responders and fellow business owners and adds “I couldn’t have done it without all the people that were helping. Not one person ever said no.” Christy and Tad have also felt the support of the Wimberley community during their own tough times. In 2013, an electrical fire sparked in the ceiling at the original Wimberley ACE and the entire building was lost in a fire. The current building was completely rebuilt from the foundation up. “When the store burned down, everyone said, ‘you have to get the break table out of the store.” The couple salvaged this special item, the metal frame —all that remains— of the break table where they originally met. They plan to use cypress wood from a downed tree to restore it. While rebuilding the store, Christy says they had to rely upon the memory and honesty of their customers as their invoicing system was not functioning. One payment received had a note attached with the words “Wimberley ACE is still the place!” Christy smiles, “We were thankful for the daily support in lifting us up and keeping our spirits up. That’s what got us through that year.” With the new store layout, Christy was able to expand ACE’s gift area to allow space for decorative home accents and seasonal decor, jewelry, candles, women’s accessories and fashionable clothing, Wimberley shirts and souvenirs, in addition to children’s toys and birthday cards. Christy laughs, “I made it my mission to never have to go out of town to buy a birthday present.” Wimberley ACE is the also the official store for Wimberley Texans Gear – 25 percent of what they sell goes to the athletic booster club. You can also find just about any type of river accessories you might need to get into the water, including river shoes, floats, coolers, and sunglasses. Christy and Tad also own Canyon Lake ACE. Both locations will match any competitor’s advertised or verified price on any item they carry in stock. FYI • Wimberley ACE Hardware and Gift is located at the intersection of RR 12 and 2325. They are open Monday - Saturday from 7 am to 7:30 pm, and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. Follow them on Facebook or visit their website at www.wimberleyace.com. You can contact them at 512-847-2356.


Holistic approach at The Herb Room

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By Bonnie Eissler

obyn Clark, owner and proprietress of The Herb Room, provides a large selection of signature handcrafted botanical soaps, organic herbs and spices, teas, tinctures, and essential oils. The shop is a delight to the senses, with sweet, sharp and spicy fragrances and row upon row of glass canisters filled with herbs simultaneously tantalizing and mysterious. Robyn opened The Herb Room in May of 2014, but she’s been creating handmade herbal soaps and body products for more than 10 years. She discovered her vocation early on and traces her love for plants and gardening back to her childhood. “I owe all my enthusiasm and knowledge to my grandparents,” she says. Robyn was born into an agriculture and plant-loving family. “My grandfather was an organic gardener before many other people were doing this,” Robyn says, “and my grandmother grew roses, she had such a spark and energy – my memories are tangled up with beautiful red ripe tomatoes and other vegetables and flowers planted alongside the vegetables, and all of the happy times spent with my grandparents.” Robyn is originally from Northern California, born and raised in Sonoma County. She attended California School of Herbal Studies, one of North American’s oldest centers for herbal education, while still in high school and later earned a degree in botany from Sonoma State University. “While still in California, I had a basement root cellar, made my own soaps, harvested herbs form the garden, and made teas,” Robyn says. She moved to Texas 10 years ago, first to Austin then to Wimberley, after she and her husband made a day trip to the “west of weird” town for their anniversary. “It reminded me of home,” she recalls, “the rushing Blanco, the streams and hills and trees, and I knew I wanted to live here.” Robyn uses local wild harvested native Texas plants, sustainable and organic products as much as possible. “I go to the local farms for some of the spices and I make soaps on site at The Herb Room, using whole plant botani-

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102 Joe Wimberley Blvd. Robyn Clark: botanist, herbalist and proprietress of The Herb Room. Photo by Bonnie Eissler. cals, aroma therapeutic essential oils and herbs that naturally color and scent every handmade bar.” She also uses fair trade packaging that’s biodegradable and artisan crafted from plant-based materials. As a botanist and an herbalist, Robyn appreciates the value of modern medicine but also knows that for many ailments and complaints, “herbs work!” She takes a holistic approach to healing that encompasses using herbs as well as other therapeutic methods such as yoga, acupuncture, improving nutrition. People sometimes forget that “healers in the past were community herbalists and all of our modern drugs were derived at some point from plants – aspirin was originally derived from willow bark – now everything is done in the lab.” Every herb in the shop has a fascinating story and learning about them isn’t simply knowing their modern medicinal value, but discovering the scientific, historical, literary and cultural references to plants and herbs like Agrimony, Boneset, Eyebright, Horehound, and many others.. The Herb Shop also carries a large selection of mortar and pestles, incense, books, local gifts, jewelry and accessories for the body, bath and home. FYI • The Herb Room is located at 13710 Ranch Road 12. Hours are Wednesday 1 pm to 6 pm, Thursday 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Friday 12:30 pm to 5 pm, Saturday 10:30 am to 6 pm. The shop is closed Sunday and Monday.On Tuesdays, Robyn offers wellness consultations by appointment. For more information, email her at robyn@theherbroom.com or call 512-847-2375.

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imberley Pharmacy is not your typical pharmacy. Then again, Wimberley is not your typical community. Owners John and Ela Anderson have owned the Pharmacy since 2005. Having lived in Wimberley for more than 20 years, this unique little place tucked away on Joe Wimberley Boulevard held a special place in their hearts. A step inside the pharmacy is enough to show you it’s different. This isn’t a place that’s merely dispensing prescriptions like some pharmacies, but actually helping customers achieve wellness. You’ll see aisles and aisles of healthy supplements and vitamins that work in conjunction with, or instead of, prescribed medication. This team of pharmacists and consultants are on standby to address your concerns and happy to take the time to assist you in selecting a

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protocol that works best for you. Amy Cortez, Wellness Manager, explains, “Our daily vision is helping the public to maintain health not only through prescriptions, but through prevention. Our goal is to provide insight for a healthy path to overall wellness. Being that both the prescription and wellness world are not one size fits all, we strive to make personal, individualized recommendations.” Amy smiles, “We consider ourselves problem solvers, finding the root of the problem and addressing it through diet and lifestyle modifications.” Wimberley Pharmacy carries respected brands that are well known in the supplement industry such as Xymogen, Standard Process, Nordic Naturals, and Ortho Molecular Products. They also carry custom fit orthotics, diabetic supplies, medical equipment, and nebulizers and accessories. Amy says, “With over 30 years of experience, John is highly skilled in compounding prescriptions for individual needs. He’s renowned for the ability to find a personalized dose, particularly with hormone replacement therapy” They can even make tailored compounds for your pet. “We’ve made compounds for cats, dogs, ferrets, lizards, parrots, rabbits, emu’s, and even snakes,” laughs John. For those who aren’t familiar with compounding, John explains, “Compounding is the art and science of creating personalized medications.” Individuals may compound for a variety of reasons, including ingredient sensitivities, desire for preservative-free formulations, tailored topical pain medications, and specialized pediatric dosage for preemies, just to name a few. Some need unique dosage forms, such as those who are unable to swallow a pill. Compounding is also beneficial for those with an intolerance to gluten, dairy, or corn. From everyday illness to chronic disease, there isn’t anything the staff at Wimberley Pharmacy can’t address. They also perform wellness consultations See PHARMACY, page 25


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The staff at Wimberley Pharmacy. Photo courtesy Wimberley Pharmacy.

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that utilize natural remedies including micronutrient testing, neurotransmitter testing, genetic testing, and hormone and endocrine testing. One of John’s favorite things is what he calls a “brown bag meeting,” when a customer comes in with every medication and supplement they currently take in a brown bag. John looks everything over and helps the client toward a healthier path. He smiles, “It’s one of my favorite things to do — to educate and see someone become enlightened and understand their medication and their supplements.” Ela laughs and adds, “They always leave about half here of what they bring.” Stress is often the most overlooked issue on the path to wellness. Amy explains, “We listen to the personal struggles of the individual to address ways to manage stress. Stress is a major destroyer in the body that is often overlooked in managing hormones, menopause, thyroid, adrenal, neurotransmitter dysfunc-

tion and much more. By solving the issue we can help people maintain a more balanced body from the inside out.” Amy smiles and adds, “This is certainly where John’s true passion lies, as well as my own, in the world of functional medicine; finding ways to heal the body with a lesser reliance of pharmaceuticals with a bigger focus on nourishing the body through stress management, environmental and lifestyle changes, so that we are not just a pill society.” The Wimberley community is fortunate to have this valuable resource. Stop by the Wimberley Pharmacy and ask how they can assist you. FYI • Wimberley Pharmacy is located at 120 Joe Wimberley Boulevard, across the street from the Wimberley Post Office. Learn about their mobile app by visiting their web site, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Their sister pharmacy, B&J Pharmacy, is located at 2111 Hunter Road in San Marcos (by the San Marcos Post Office). Wimberley Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday 9 am to 1 pm. For more information, call 512847-2288 or visit the web site at www.hillcountryrx.com.

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beautiful, practical (this is where the tastings happen) and a conversation piece that adds character to the room, the bar is a genuine piece of Texas history. It hearkens back to the old western frontier when the saloon was a gathering place for townsfolk (well, the menfolk at least), gamblers and outlaws, and the mirrors hanging behind a bar much like this one might be shattered any moment from a stray bullet or a barroom brawl. Another claim to fame is that this bar was featured in The Red-Headed Stranger, a 1968 western film starring Texas icon and country musician Willie Nelson. Of the three signature wines made exclusively for the wine shop, Saloon Sippin’ Strawberry from Winery on the Gruene in New Braunfels, pays tribute to the historic bar with a photograph of a simi-

lar bar on the label. Texas Rodeo Red Malbec was created by Wimberley Valley Winery for the 50th Wimberley Rodeo anniversary. This dry red wine has a bronco riding cowboy on the label and a short history of Wimberley on the back. And in the sweet and fruit wine category, Rudy’s Red honors Jill’s adorable little Yorkie, Rudy, who passed away four years ago in March. Rudy was a regular fixture at the wine shop and could often be seen sleeping in the window. In addition to wine, there’s a nice selection of gifts – kitchen/bar towels emblazoned with assorted witticisms, Texas Wine Bottle Cheese Trays, Morenci Candles, and wine accessories made from salvaged wine barrels at Barrel Necessities. With so many wonderful wines, a

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Calendar of Events music, food and drink, free parking and shuttles. Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. www.wimberleyartsfest. com. APRIL 28 Double Your Pleasure at the beautiful Rustic Ranch. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and live music by the Rankin Twins. Reservations required. www. wimberleyccc.org. MAY 1 - LABOR DAY See the Stars Under the Stars at the Corral Theatre. See what’s showing at www. corraltheatre.com, or call 512-847-5994. MAY 9 Wimberley Valley Art League Meeting. WVAL invites artists and art lovers to attend monthly meeting featuring Dana Brown of Ampersand. Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12. wimberleyartleague.org, 512-826-4286. MAY 13 Birdies for Business Golf Tournament hosted by the Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce. Quicksand Golf Course in Woodcreek. 7:30 am registration, 9 am shotgun start. (Rain date May 20) www.wimberley.org. MAY 14 Wimberley Garden Club 21st Annual Garden Tour. Featuring six spectacular gardens and one newly renovated public garden. Native plants and water-wise gardening will be featured. The tour will include refreshments, a native plant sale, and the sale of unique, hand-made garden art. wimberleygardenclub.org.

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Wimberley EMS Duck Races May 21. Photo courtesy Wimberley EMS. Mustang Car Show. Noon to 5 pm up and down Ranch Road 12 downtown. www. wimberleymerchants.org. MAY 19 Wimberley Adoption Group and Rescue (WAG) Hound Dog Happy Hour. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Rocky River Ranch, 100 Flite Acres Road (next to the Corral Theatre). Proceeds benefit WAG’s dog rescue efforts. www.wimberleywagrescue.org. MAY 21 Cypress Creek Cafe Crawfish Boil. Come out for food and live music. 512-8470200, www.cypresscreekcafe.com. Wimberley EMS Duck Race. Fun filled and family oriented day. For “$5 bucks a duck” you can sponsor your very own rubber racing duck. Every year hundreds of these rubber racing ducks are released the top three ducks and one “lame duck” awarded cash prizes. www.wimberleyems.com. See CALENDAR, page 32

Providing individualized child care and education in a nurturing, home-like, Christ-centered environment

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Public Schools

KATHERINE ANNE PORTER SCHOOL 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 including Female Empowerment, Gardening, Film, Entrepeneurship, Marketing and more. WIMBERLEY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT wimberley.txed.net, 512-847-2414 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 through 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.

Private Schools

WIMBERLEY MONTESSORI SCHOOL 45 La Buena Vista Drive, 512-847-6055 Providing a Montessori-based education for students ages three through 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.

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Wimberley Real Estate

RE/MAX REAL PROPERTIES

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AJ is the Owner/Broker of RE/MAX REAL PROPERTIES and offers extensive knowledge in Marketing, Finance, Contract Negotiations and Real Estate Law. He offers professional representation for both Buyers and Sellers in Real Estate transactions including Fine Homes, Recreational Ranches, Waterfront, Commercial and Investment Properties. He is consistently ranked as a “Peak Producer” by the Austin Board of REALTORS® (HW area) and RE/ MAX of TEXAS. RE/MAX offers the most comprehensive collection of online information in Real Estate, so call AJ today to put his experience, the best technology and the very best brand name in the industry to accomplish your Real Estate goals. “I will make a constant effort to provide you with excellent service and I value the confidence you’ve placed in me and look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks again for your support and the opportunity to be the trusted real estate resource for you, your family, friends and associates,” AJ says. AJ and his wife, Devrie, are proud parents of Heather and Holly.

Candy Spitzer is a long time Wimberley resident and has been a real estate broker in the Hill Country area for 26 years.  In 1999, she formed Spitzer & Associates to bring together a group of quality real estate professionals to provide brokerage services in Texas.  She specializes in sustainable green homes, unique properties, farm and ranch acreage, waterfront settings, and commercial properties. Candy is a University of Texas graduate and has graduate work in business administration and psychology. A certified mediator in two-party and multi-party dispute resolution, she is a member of the Austin Board of Realtors and is currently working on a development of “off the grid” beautiful homes on acreage in our area.   She loves wide open spaces, animals, bright starry nights, and good friends. Candy can be reached by phone at 512-633-7349.


Wimberley Real Estate

Hills of Texas Sky Realty

Barbara Latimer, BROKER ASSOCIATE Barbara is 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 Wimberley. 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. I am proud of the excellent team I’ve built at Hills of Texas. The merge with Sky Realty has given our agents the marketing and branding tools to excel far above what any other Real Estate firm can offer. It’s not about the Broker/Owner of the company. It’s about each individual agent and how their knowledge and experience will benefit their clients and the company as a whole,” 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, and son, Austin. She 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®. Barbara supports several non-profit organizations and is Treasurer for the local Hochheim Prairie Insurance Board that provides scholarships to graduating seniors. As she truly believes and gladly shares, “I feel blessed to live in the Texas Hill Country, and to have the opportunity to serve and support my community.”

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Keller Williams Realty

Linda Germain, REALTOR®, ABR, GRI, SRES, SRS

Linda 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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Great finds, shopping at Wimberley Market Days

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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 with

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Strolling the path at Wimberley Market Days. Photo courtesy Market Days.

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. Vi FYI • Visit the web site at www. shopmarketdays.com for more information and Market Days updates.

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Wimberley Churches

Unity of Wimberley Rev. Ellen Debenport

Chapel in the Hills Interdenominational Church

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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

Chapel in the Hills Rev. Jim Denham

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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.

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Worship Services 9 am & 11 am • Christian Education 10 am • Childcare Provided Rev. Jim Denham • 14601 Ranch Rd 12 North (next to the new HEB) • 512-847-9762

Chapel In The Hills 14601 Ranch Rd 12 512-847-9762 Hill Country Cowboy Church 120 Green Acres Drive 512-847-9526 Cowboys for Jesus 8400 FM 32 • Fischer, Texas 210-389-6235 Cypress Creek Church 211 Stillwater 512-847-1222 First Baptist Church 15951 Winters Mill Pkwy. 512-847-9035 Freedom Valley Fellowship 10691 Ranch Road 12 512-680-9765

St Mary Catholic Church 14711 Ranch Rd 12 512-847-9181 St Stephen’s Episcopal 6000 Ranch Rd 3237 512-847-9956 Unity Church of Wimberley 455 White Wings Road 512-847-6587 Wimberley Church of Christ 15500 Ranch Rd 12 512-847-9357 Wimberley Christian Church 13706 Ranch Rd 12 512-847-3853

Jehovah’s Witness 443 Jacobs Well Road 512-847-8129

Wimberley Presbyterian 956 Ranch Rd 2325 512-847-5292

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Spoke Hill at Ranch Rd 12 512-847-3386

Wimberley United Methodist Church CR 1492 & Ranch Rd 12 512-847-3109

The Wimberley Square in the 1930s. Photo courtesy Dorothy Wimberley Kerbow.

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.

Wimberley Weather

Welcome to Wimberley. If you’re new to these parts, here’s some weather information that will help you plan ahead.

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Wimberley Churches

Wimberley Church of Christ Tim Moore

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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.

Lutheran Church

Sunday Morning Bible Study 9:30 am Worship 10:30 am Wednesday Bible Study 7 pm

of the Resurrection

Pastor Rebecca Sogge

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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.

St. Mary Catholic Church Fr. Richard Tijerina

Join us for our Annual Summerfest June 25, 2016 at Wimberley Community Center!

St. Mary Catholic Church Weekend/Weekday Mass Schedule

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ev. Richard Tijerina, the new pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, has been a priest for the Diocese of Austin for 30 years. He is originally from Houston. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. degree in Geology. After working for six years as a geologist, he entered the seminary to begin his theological studies.

Saturday ...........................................................5:30 pm (Vigil Mass) Sunday English ................................................ 8:00 am & 10:00 am Sunday Spanish ................................................................. 12:00 pm Monday - Communion Service ............................................9:00 am Tuesday Mass ........................................................................ 5:30 pm Wednesday - Friday Mass ......................................................9:00 am

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) Saturday ................................. 4-5 pm and by appointment

Fr. Richard Tijerina

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All Are Welcome 101 Spoke Hill at RR 12 • Wimberley

9:30 am Christian Education for all ages 10:30 am Worship

phone 512-847-9181 • fax 512-847-5573 email: office@saintmaryswimberley.com 14711 Ranch Road 12 • Wimberley, TX 78676

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Calendar of Events from page 27 MAY 30 Memorial Day. Veterans Memorial Plaza on EmilyAnn Theatre grounds at 10 am. Reception follows at VFW Post on Jacob’s Well Rd. www.emilyann.org. JUNE 2 - JULY 3 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens presents “Shrek: The Musical.” Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. www.emilyann.org JUNE 25 St. Mary Catholic Church Annual Summerfest. Wimberley Community Center. 512-8479181, saintmarywimberley.com. JULY 1, 2, 3 71st Annual VFW Rodeo. Nightly events include: Bull Riding, Tie Down Calf Roping, Bareback & Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Mini Bull Riding, Women’s Breakaway Roping, and Women’s Barrel Racing. Wimberley Valley Veterans Park. www.texasvfw.net. JULY 2 Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival. Hosted

by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at Community Center from noon to 7 pm. Frozen treats, old fashioned summer fun. 512-847-9956. JULY 4 Annual Independence Day Parade. Celebrate the Fourth at the “Best Little Parade in Texas!” 10 am on Ranch Road 12 at Green Acres through the Wimberley Square to Farm Market 3237. 512-8472201, www.wimberley.org. JULY 8-31 The Wimberley Players present “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. www.wimberleyplayers.org. JULY 9-31 “Cinderella.” Indoor children’s theatre performance at EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens. www.emilyann.org. AUGUST 4-13 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens presents Shakespeare Under the Stars, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Nightly except Sun-

day at 8:15 pm. www.emilyann.org. SEPTEMBER 2-25 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens presents “Measure for Measure.” Indoor studio show. Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. www.emilyann.org. SEPTEMBER 9 - OCTOBER 2 The Wimberley Players present “Lost in Yonkers.” Winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 1991 Tony Award for Best Play. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. www. wimberleyplayers.org. OCTOBER 1-23 “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Indoor children’s theatre performance at EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens. www.emilyann.org. OCTOBER 1-31 Scarecrow Contest. Enjoy charming scarecrows in and around downtown Wimberley. 512-842-2281. OCTOBER 15 WAG Costumed Pet Parade. Starts at 10 am at Cypress Falls Park by lower Ozona

parking lot. $5 per pet donation. More at www.wimberleymerchants.com. OCTOBER 8 - NOVEMBER 20 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens presents “White Christmas.” An indoor studio show. Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. www.emilyann.org. OCTOBER 31 Trick-or-Treating on the Wimberley Square. www.wimberleymerchants.com. NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 4 Wimberley Players present “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Enjoy a production of a new Broadway play. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. www.wimberleyplayers.org. NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 29 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens Holiday Trail of Lights. www.emilyann.org. DECEMBER 10 Winter’s Eve, A Christmas Festival. Hometown holiday celebration on the Wimberley Square. www.wimberleymerchants.com.

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HHILL COUNTRY STATE NATURAL AREA One of the more secluded state parks where you can camp or hike or even explore the area on horseback or mountain

bike. 830-796-4413, www.tpwd.state.tx.us.

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HHAMILTON POOL PRESERVE & WEST CAVE PRESERVE These spots are actually about 18 miles west of the tiny town of Bee Cave, the

closest city, and are beautiful examples of

collapsed grottos. Hamilton Pool (512-2642740) is a county park and quite popular. West Cave (830-825-3442, www.westcave. org) is a nature preserve with access only

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Country’s most impressive sights. Great hiking and camping and picnicking. 915247-3903, tpwd.state.tx.us.

HNATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PACIFIC WAR Admiral Chester

Nimitz’s home is a museum dedicated to Pacific Theater of World War II, where he was allied commander in chief. 830-9974379, nimitz-museum.org. HPIONEER MUSEUM Several old buildings full of historic items. 830-9972835, www.pioneermuseum.com.

HWILLOW CITY LOOP

One of the Hill Country’s most scenic drives in the spring with wildflowers galore in a very rustic setting.

johnson city

(40 miles—830-868-7684) HPEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK Hiking trails, canoeing, camping, and a rolling waterfall make this a special place. 830-868-7304, tpwd.state.tx.us.

kerrville

(75 miles—830-792-3535) HKERRVILLE ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER Premier Hill Country arts destination offering rotating exhibits at 228 Earl Garrett Street. 830895-2911, www.kacckerville.com.


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subtle flavor nuances in different coffee roasts and blends. Working her way through college as a barista, Khanh learned a good bit about coffee. After college, she worked long hours as a professional photographer and got even more closely acquainted with coffee, Trey says with a trace of humor. When the couple decided to start Greater Goods Coffee, Khanh studied with a renowned coffee roaster and received what Trey describes as “a coffee version of sommelier training.” Trey, with his background building a successful business from the ground up, focuses on the production side of the operation at their coffee shop and roasting See GREATER GOODS, page 34

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hen your morning cup of coffee kickstarts not only your day, but gives a lift to your entire community — that’s a Greater Good, believe the owners of Greater Goods Coffee Roasters in Dripping Springs. Husband and wife Trey Cobb and Khanh Trang opened their coffee roasting business in Dripping Springs last year to fulfill two passions: roasting some of the world’s best coffees and trying to do some good in the communities they serve. The self-described “philantropreneurs” had recently sold an auto parts manufacturing business they’d built over 38 years and wanted to create a new enterprise that meant more to them personally. “We thought - let’s base it on something people do everyday anyway, so everyone can do good,” reasoned Trey. They created a business model for their new enterprise that allows them to donate part of each sale to four regional charities. Austin Pets Alive receives one day of support for a rescue animal for each 12 ounce bag of A.M. Rescue, Life Saver, or Take Me Home coffee purchased. A purchase of Bright Minds, Spark, or Stimulate coffee also buys a day for a child in need at the Boys and Girls Club of Austin. Greater Goods provides three meals at the Capital Area Food Bank for every purchase of Kickstart, Pick Me Up, or Rise and Shine. And for every bag of Ethiopian or Cold Brew Blend, they’ll donate $1 to the Autism Society of Central Texas. In just their first six months of operation in 2015, Greater Goods was able to donate 10,000 meals to the Capital Area Food Bank and 3,000 days of canine rehabilitation at Austin Pets Alive. Khanh serves as the chief coffee taster and blender. Growing up in a family of chefs, she developed a very well-trained palate, Trey says, and can distinguish

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Dripping Springs GREATER GOODS, from page 33 facility on MacGregor Lane. Next to the coffee serving bar in the front room is an area that resembles a chemist’s lab, with specialized equipment and machines to brew test batches of coffee for blending and quality control. With a sharp whooshing sound reminiscent of a wine taster, Khanh and Trey “cup” the brewed coffee into their mouths to thoroughly judge its unique body and flavor. “Every coffee is roasted differently. There are even seasonal differences in roasting the same bean,” Trey explains. On the wall is a Coffee Tasters Flavor Wheel chart, with listings from floral and

fruit to chocolate and spice - even vegetal and cereal. “Coffee tasting has a lot of similarities with wine tasting,” Trey points out. “Like the craft beer movement, people are now learning to appreciate specialty coffees.” Once they’ve determined the optimum roast time for each bean and dissected the balance of ingredients for each blend, Trey gets to work roasting raw beans into commercial-sized batches in the massive stainless steel roasters lining the large roasting room. Exact temperature, roasting time and quick cooling are critical to achieving the eleven distinctive

Khanh Trang ABOVE and her husband, Trey Cobb, opened Greater Goods Coffee Roasters. Growing up in a family of chefs, Khanh developed a very well trained palate, Trey says, and can distinguish subtle flavor nuances in different coffees and blends. Photo courtesy Greater Goods Coffee Roasters. Greater Goods roasts and blends, he says. The public is invited to come by the roastery or their Greater Goods booth at the Dripping Springs Farmers Market to sample their brews and maybe even pick up some to take home, Trey says. It’s also available for purchase at Rolling in Thyme and Dough (Dripping Springs), Bee Cave Coffee (Hill Country Galleria and the Domain), Thom’s Market (Austin) and will soon be on the shelves at five Austin area Whole Foods stores. Later this year, the couple plans to open Greater Goods coffee shops at two

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