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Shop & Stroll W i m b erle y 5 pm - 8 pm THURSDAY

April 27 Fiesta! July 27 Summer Luau October 26 Moonlight Madness Experience Wimberley’s Eclectic Shops, Galleries and Dining! Another Fabulous Wimberley Merchants Association Event!


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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.


19th Annual

Butterfly Festival

Saturday, April 22 ♦ 9 am - 5 pm

Outdoor Shows West Side Story

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


Aug. 3 -12 Nightly (except Sun.) 8:15 pm

Indoor Show

The Winter’s Tale

Sept. 1 - 24 ♦ 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

Three Little Pigs ♦ July 15 - 30 Thumbelina ♦ Sept. 30 - Oct. 22 Performed in the indoor studio theatre.

Gardens open daily! Creative Play Areas ♦ Musical Garden

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Welcome to Wimberley The Hill Country Sun


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Celebrating Our 27th Anniversary 1990-2017 512-484-9176 •

FRONT COVER Female Eastern Bluebird. © Stevebyland|

Art on 12....................................................7 The Art Gallery.........................................8 Casa de Linda Art Studio........................8 d.r. jones (inside Bent Tree Gallery).....10 Dunis Fine Tilemakers.............................7 Pitzer’s Fine Art........................................9 Silo Glass Studio & Gallery..................10 Texas Rock Art........................................10 Wandering Oaks Fine Art Gallery.......10 Wimberley Glass Works..........................9 Wimberley Valley Art League Gallery...... 6

Event & Attractions

Julie Harrington

Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival.................6 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens................2 The Corral Theatre...................................5. Wimberley Community Center..............5 Wimberley Glass Works..........................7 Wimberley Market Days ........................2 Wimberley Merchants Association Girls Night Our Shop ‘n Stroll...............2 Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce (July Jubilee).........................6


Melissa Maxwell Ball Editor/Design

Gerry Burns Distribution

Colleen Brooks Bonnie Eissler Oda Lisa Roberts Laurel Robertson

Dining & Specialty



hank you for picking up the Welcome to Wimberley Spring/Summer 2017 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 Luke, Julie and Kenzie Harrington. information. Please visit our local merchants and be sure to tell them you saw their ad in Welcome to Wimberley. We provide you a Directory of Advertisers on this page so you can quickly locate your point of destination. Thanks to all of the businesses that use the guide to promote their what they do along with the Village of Wimberley. As you thumb through the pages, you will be amazed at the breadth and scope of the truly unique shops, services, restaurants, galleries and places to visit. We also encourage you to pick up our monthly magazine, the Hill Country Sun, featuring interesting, people, places and things all over the Texas Hill Country. You’ll find complimentary copies of our current issue at locations across Wimberley. So get out there, explore, enjoy have a wonderful time in this little “piece of Heaven.” And from all of us, a heartfelt “Welcome” to Wimberley!

- Julie

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Directory of Advertisers

Cigars (at Wall Street Western).............15 Cypress Creek Cafe ...............................13 Cypress Creek Reserve Rum................15 Hill Country Spirits...............................15 Jobell Café & Bistro................................ 11 The Leaning Pear................................... 11 Marco’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria........12 Milagro’s Hill Country Tex Mex..........13 Taste Buds Market..................................14 Wimberley Cafe...................................... 11 The Wimberley Way Amy’s Ice Cream......................................9


4 Sisters Shop..........................................22 Aunt Jennys Attic...................................19 Calley’s Jewelry......................................23 Cedar Chest.............................................17 Chulita’s..................................................21 Cigars (at Wall Street Western).............15 Dovetails of Wimberley.........................16 Eagle Mountain Flag..............................23 Gracious Ladies......................................23 In Style Accessories & Shoes............... 18 Jean’s Antiques.......................................19 Kiss The Cook Kitchen Essentials........16 Life Inspired............................................22 On A Branch............................................20 Queen Bee Gatherings & Antiques......23 River House Home Accessories...........21 Shop the Tree House..............................21 Wall Street Western................................40 The Wild West Store...............................19 The Wimberley Way................................9 Wimberley Ace Hardware....................20 Wimberley Glass Works..........................9

Lodging & Event Facilities

Bandit’s Hideaway.................................25 Cottage on the Square...........................25 Creekhaven Inn......................................24 Gentle Breezes B & B.............................24 Wimberley Inn........................................24


Aloe Skin & Body Spa...........................29 Ball Brothers 1-800-Painting.................26 D & D Insurance (Angie Dahl).............27 Full Circle Salon, Lessa Stafford...........28 Land U Here Concierge Service...........26 Live Oak Health Partners Dr. Price & Dr. Hernandez....................30 Orange Moon Yoga................................27 The Med Spa, Yvette Strange................30 Texan Care Automotive Repair............29 WAG Rescue...........................................27 Wimberley Day Spa at Blair House.....28 Wimberley Life Care Assisted Living.......29 Wimberley Medical Clinic (Dr. Ramirez)...........................................27 Wimberley Pharmacy............................26


St. Stephens Episcopal School..............36 Zweites Haus School of Wimberley....36

Real Estate/Design

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Betty & Steve Giannone...................35 Century 21 Gibson Properties Branch Office David Routh.......................................35 Hills of Texas Sky Realty Barbara Latimer..................................35 Keller Williams Linda Germain....................................35 RE/MAX REAL PROPERTIES Allison “AJ” Harwood.......................3 Spitzer & Associates Candy Spitzer....................................33


Chapel in the Hills.................................31 Lutheran Church of the Resurrection... 31 Wimberley United Methodist Church....31 St. Marys Catholic Church....................32 St. Stephens Episcopal Church.............32 Wimberley Church of Christ................31

Dripping Springs

Cowgirls and Lace.................................37 Heather Bobb, DDS................................38 New Canaan Farms...............................38 Ranch Road Family Medicine..............37 Storied Firearms.....................................37

Wimberley Market Days innovates for new season


By Oda Lisa Roberts

arch 2017 marked the beginning of the 48th anniversary of the funfilled Wimberley Market Days season. Through December, each month, Lions Field will be decorated to represent a certain theme to celebrate popular events like the Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas. More than 470 new and returning vendors offer a wide array of unique “treasures” and functional items ranging from antiques, works of art, hand-made crafts, home decorations, indoor and outdoor furniture, and many more kinds of shopping-finds. New to Lions Field, a ninth concession stand playfully called “Fun L Cakes,” will serve up those namesake sweet treats. Many other concession stands have made a few changes to their menus. Concession 1 adds a “Soup of the Month” using hearty and homemade recipes. Not ones to mess with success, the Lions Club’s famous barbecue and chicken fajitas are still Market Days staples. Introduced in 2016, the “hide and seek” game continues as a dozen especially shaped coupons are hidden around the marketplace and are redeemable for a free meal. For the shoppers’ listening pleasure, live music is performed at three on-site venues, the Pavilion, Hilltop, and Shady Grove stages. Another fun feature at Market Days is the “Café a la Cart,” navigated by a Lions Club member and mascot, Roary, who travels around with a variety of snacks and beverages including hot dogs, cotton candy, chips, fruit and lemonade. The Wimberley Lions Club also implements a new recycling program, with the help of members of Wimberley High School and Katherine Anne Porter School Leos Clubs. Each concession stand has two collection containers, one for aluminum and the other for plastic recyclables. Another important community service added this year, the Courtesy Cart provides free mobility assistance for elderly, or dis-


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Tickets $6 Concessions $1

Plants, bird feeders, yard art items and much more at Market Days. Photo by Amy Cartee Cox. abled visitors (with any gratuities given going to charity). All profits generated by Wimberley Lions Club Market Days go back into the community through projects and activities. It is projected that, in 2017, the Lions will reach a considerable donation milestone. Some of these include scholarships for 32 Wimberley students, assistance for 10 students to participate in the Lions Club Youth Exchange program, Special Olympics and the Hays County Youth Shelter. The Lions Club also gives grant money to a variety of non-profit organizations such as Crisis Bread Basket, the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, and KWVH 94.1 FM, Wimberley Valley Radio. Even local animal rescue organizations, namely WAG, PAWS, and ARF receive grant money. Your purchase of food and drink at any of the concessions stands or parking in the Lions attended parking lots, help to support many worthy area organizations and projects, as well. FYI • Shop Wimberley Market Days on the first Saturday of each month, March through December, rain or shine. Shopping from 7 am to 4 pm., with live music at three stages, beginning at 11 am. Find this festive marketplace at Lions Field, off FM 2325, about a mile from the Wimberley Square. There is ample parking in three Lions Club lots, plus other nearby privately managed lots. For more information, visit the web site at and follow on Facebook at

Check our info Visit for more FACEBOOK about how to rent page for updates & The Corral Theatre additional info! for events!

From May 6 - September 3, 2017 Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday Gates open at dusk, show starts at dark On the Corner of FM 3237 & Flite Acres rd 512-847-5994

Within walking distance of the Wimberley Square, restaurants and shops. To book your next meeting, visit or call (512) 847-2510. • 5,000+ sq feet of conference space • 3 versatile meeting rooms

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Stroll the tree-shaded paths and shop the wares of more than 470 vendors at Wimberley Market Days the first Saturday of the month March through December. Photo courtesy Wimberley Lions Club.

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Wimberley EVENTS

Wimberley’s natural swimming holes attract crowds


By Bonnie Eissler

imberley is home to three natural spring-fed swimming holes open to the public for seasonal or year round swimming. Jacob’s Well, the source for all three pools, is an artesian spring that pushes water up from 140 feet below the surface, and its depths contain the longest underwater cave in Texas. Nearby Blue Hole, consistently rated as one of the best swimming holes in the state, is fed by the Jacob’s Well spring that feeds Cypress Creek, and Cypress Falls was created when the dam was built on Cypress Creek forming the waterfall and the swimming hole.

All three swimming holes are renowned for their beauty and clear cool water. The 126-acre Blue Hole Regional Park is home to natural forests, wildflowers, native grasses, and gigantic slabs of limestone, and the famous swimming hole that is the focal point is shaded by towering old growth cypress trees. Cypress Falls, formerly known as the swimming hole at Eagle Rock, showcases the Eagle Rock natural rock cave formation that runs along beside the creek. Jacob’s Well is a constant 68 degrees and, because Cypress Falls and Blue Hole are fed from that same spring, their waters are similarly cool. Sometimes this cool or

cold blast of water, depending on one’s perspective, is described as invigorating (just this side of too cold), but most of the time it’s a welcome respite from the Texas heat. Jacob’s Well and Blue Hole are wildly popular destinations, not the hidden treasures they used to be, and as such can

be crowded during the swim season. Blue Hole summer visitors number more than 30,000, according to a park employee. To protect these natural areas and provide a more enjoyable and safer experience for visitors, the parks limit the See SWIMMING HOLES, page 7

Wimberley’s JULY JUBILEE Friday-Sunday June 30, July 1 & 2 72nd Annual VFW Rodeo Saturday, July 1 Market Day Tuesday, July 4 Parade at 10 am Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce

(512) 847-2201

Jacob’s Well. Photo courtesy Jacob’s Well Natural Area, Hays County Parks.

Saturday, July 1, 2017 Wimberley Community Center 1 pm - 7 pm Admission $10 Children 12 and Under Free

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SWIMMING HOLES, from page 6

Cypress Falls swimming hole. Photo by Melissa Maxwell Ball.

Beat the heat at the beloved Blue Hole. Photo by Doug Carter.

number of people who can swim at one time to 60 at Jacob’s Well, which is only 12 feet in diameter, and 250 at Blue Hole where there is a three-acre swimming area. When the maximum number of swimmers is reached, no one else is allowed in the water for a minimum of two hours. Cypress Falls can get crowded in the summer, say event center workers, but so far there has been no need for capacity limitations. Also, as an added appeal to those who like to avoid the summer crush, swimming is allowed year round at Cypress Falls. Certain characteristics of natural swimming areas require visitors to exercise a little extra caution. At Jacob’s Well the path to the well narrows as you approach the water and surfaces can be slippery. It’s a good idea to wear swim shoes because of the rocky creek bottoms at Jacob’s Well, Blue Hole and Cypress Falls. As an added warning, there are no lifeguards at any of these three swimming holes. Although the foremost appeal of Jacob’s Well, Blue Hole and Cypress Falls is the natural setting of each swimming hole which might include little fishes between your toes, slippery rocks, and really cold water, there are facilities and amenities made and tended by human hands — restrooms, walking trails, picnic areas, rope swings (at Blue Hole), a nature center (at Jacob’s Well) and nearby bar and restaurant (at Cypress Falls) – that make the overall experience

much more pleasurable. FYI • Jacob’s Well main entrance is at 1699 Mount Sharp Road. The 2017 swim season begins on May 1, and continues through Labor Day with hours from 9 AM - 6 PM. Reservations can be made for the 2017 swim season now at For more information, call Parks Information at 512-214-4593 or go to . Blue Hole is located at 100 Blue Hole Lane. The swim season begins on weekends in May, 10 AM – 6 PM,

and Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 AM – 6 PM every day. Visit for details about costs which range from free for children under three to $9 for adults, special season passes, capacity restrictions and other policies, and special events, or call 512-660-9111 for the latest information. The swimming area at Cypress Falls is located in the Cypress Falls Event Center at 1 Woodcreek Circle. Wristbands are $6, with free entry for children eight and under. Call 512-847-6595 for more information.

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Wimberley ARTS

Wimberley Valley Art League brings art to community


By Colleen Brooks

he Wimberley Valley Art League (WVAL) has several events planned for Spring and Summer which promise to be fun for the whole family. Arts Fest returns April 22-23 at The Waters Point Retreat at Rio Bonito. This is the League’s ninth annual festival, and this year will be bigger than ever with 115 selected artists and close to a dozen musicians. Participating artists will show works in a variety of media, including jewelry, sculpture, glass and metal, pottery, photography, oil and watercolor - to name a few.

Continuous live music is sure to keep things hopping, with performances from bands like Gypsy Moon, Three Hands High, The Jazz Messenger Boys and Gerry Burns, among several others. The Wimberley Classic Car Club and local dog adoption group, WAG, will be also be on-site during Arts Fest. This is the organization’s biggest event of the year and promises to be a relaxing day along the scenic banks of the Blanco River. Admission is free, dogs are welcome. Wimberley Valley Art League artists will present a “Cool Art Show” July 7-9, a great opportunity to see fresh art not yet submitted into other shows. Each league member will exhibit up to four paintings or small pieces of art and jewelry. Guests can cool off with cold drinks, snow cones and ice cream and admission to the show is free. The League will host a Studio Tour September 22-23. Six to eight participating artists host an open house at their studio (with many guest artists) and the public can see them work and purchase art. Admission to the studio tour event is free, maps are provided by the League. The Wimberley Valley Art League is made up of about 172 members (and counting). The group has grown considerably since its was started more than 20 years ago by a small group of

The Wimberley Valley Art League hosts monthly juried shows at the Wimberley Community Center. The group’s biggest event of the year is Arts Fest, this year April 2223 at The Waters Point Retreat at Rio Bonito. Photo courtesy of WVAL. local artists. Jefferis Peterson, president of WVAL, explains, “About 61 percent of the members come from Wimberley; the rest from Austin, Driftwood, Dripping Springs and other cities within 100 miles of Wimberley. With such a large group, the League represents a wide variety of art styles and media, and the quality of the work keeps escalating.” In addition to the events listed above, the Wimberley Valley Art League also hosts monthly juried art shows at the

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On the Square at 100 Oak Dr, Suite 200 • Wimberley (Across from Kiss the Cook) TERRY GRISHAM, DIRECTOR 8 • Welcome to Wimberley • Spring/Summer 2017

Wimberley Community Center. A student art show will be on display May 27 to July 22 and group members will exhibit their work July 22 through September 16. “About every two months, WVAL hires a professional artist to jury incoming art and select only the best – about 40-50 pieces for display,” Jefferis explains. “This has become a prestigious show and only art league members can exhibit.” Stop by the Wimberley Community Center Monday through Friday to enjoy the display from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The center is also open some evenings and weekends. Through the Wimberley Valley Art League’s Art in Public Places program, you’ll find displays at Ozona Bank, Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, the Wimberley Valley Visitor Center, Wimberley Village Library, the Wimberley Dental Center and Hackett Financial Group. Make plans to attend the Second Saturday Gallery Trail the second Saturday of each month from 4 pm to 7 pm, when more than a dozen galleries stay open late, often serving small appetizers and wine. Maps are available for download from the WVAL web site, or pick one up in any art gallery. “Even though Wimberley has a dozen art galleries,” explains Jefferis, “the WVAL members enjoy partaking in the many functions the League offers so that they can exhibit their work in more places and stay in the public eye.” In 2015, the Wimberley Valley Art League held a special art show and sale to benefit the Memorial Day flood survivors. It was received with overwhelming public support. More than $40,000 was raised at this benefit, thanks to the member artists who donated their work. FYI • To learn more about the Wimberley Valley Art League, visit the web site at www.wimberleyvalleyartleague. org, or follow on Facebook at wimberleyvalley.artleague. Artists interested in joining the WVAL can find an application on the web site.

Year-round fun for families at EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens


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. Or hike to the top of the hill to the Veterans Memorial Plaza, and 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 spring season officially begins April 22 at the 19th 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, displays of butterfly art, games, concessions and music. June 2 - July 1, enjoy an outdoor production of the classic “West Side Story.” An indoor children’s series production of “The Three Little Pigs” runs July 15-30 on Saturday at 10 am and Sunday at 2 pm in the Burdine Johnson Theatre. Two sessions of “Shakespearience,” a Shakespeare day camp for kids age five

to 11 will be offered this summer June 12-16 and June 19-23. Tuition is $200 per week per camper. Shakespearience sessions run from 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday, culminating in a final performance for friends and family. Shakespeare Under the Stars, “a six-week high school Shakespeare intensive.” Students design and create sets, costumes and props; design and execute lighting and bring the works of Shakespeare to life on stage. Auditions are Saturday, May 20. Students will perform “Macbeth” August 3-12 (no show Sunday, August 6) every night at 8:15 pm. September 1-24, enjoy an indoor production of “The Winter’s Tale,” followed by “Thumbelina” September 30 - October 22, “The Diary of Anne Frank” October 27 – November 19 and “A Christmas Carol” November 25 – December 17. 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 For more information, call 512-847-6969. 

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Take in a movie under the stars at the Corral


By Bonnie Eissler

atching a movie under the starry skies is a Wimberley summer tradition that started nearly seven decades ago when twin brothers, Ray and Roy Avey, decided to build an outdoor walk-in theater and bring a little Hollywood movie magic to their home town. Most people in those days didn’t want to travel 30 miles or more over narrow, winding country roads to see a show in Austin, so a local theater showing first run movies was a crowd-pleaser from the start. The eight foot tall stockade constructed of cedar logs inspired the theater’s name. In the early days, admission was affordable at nine cents for children, 24 cents for adults. The Corral has gone through many changes over the years – from changing technology and the

The beloved Corral Theatre, on Ranch Road 3237. Photo courtesy Corral Theatre.

new location and management of the theater to replacing the original saplings with sawn cedar fencing and finding family-friendly films in an R-rated era – but, admission and and concession costs (six dollars to see the show and a dollar for popcorn, candy or soft drinks) are still a bargain. The Avey brothers and their wives managed the theater for about 20 years before selling it in 1966 to the first owner of Rocky River Ranch, Carol Knolk, who moved the fence enclosure and other structures, movie screen and antique carbon arc projector to the present location on the grounds of the 26-acre summer camp for girls. Mary Anderson is the current owner of both the ranch and the theater. Corral Theatre owner Mary Anderson with singerWith rows of bleachers songwriter Jack Ingram following his performance at See THEATRE, page 11 the theatre. Photo courtesy Corral Theatre.

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Wimberley’s unique outdoor theatre has been entertaining locals and visitors alike for nearly seven decades. Photo courtesy Corral Theatre. and a supply of metal chairs, the theater But Wimberley didn’t want to lose has enough seating for 200, but with an The Corral, so townspeople embarked expanse of open space for BYO-lawn on a fundraising campaign (sing-alongs, chairs, blankets and pillows, the area can bake sales, hot dog and lemonade pack in a lot more people. The record concession booths at Market Days) number of attendees so far is 500 a night eventually raising even more money for a screening of “Jurassic Park.” than they needed. The ambience of being outside under They got the new projector and a a moonlit sky on a warm summer night complete system upgrade. Now, instead is as much a part of the movie-going of a reel, The Corral uses a digital experience as the movie itself. memory stick plugged into a main frame The kids hang out with their friends computer in the projection room. The on the gymnasium style bleachers in the sound is great and the picture quality is back. The movie for the night is often better than ever. secondary importance to socializing. FYI • The Corral Theatre is located just outside of Since an evening at The Corral is very town, about a mile northeast of the Wimberley Square on much a family affair, screening movies Ranch Road 3237 at 100 Flite Acres Road. The summer with appropriate content is a priority to season runs May 6 - September 3, 2017, with movies on Mary as it was to the previous owners Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting at “dark-thirty,” Finding first-run movies that are PG or sunset. For more information call 512-847-5994 or visit or PG-13 is more of a challenge today, the web site at when even PG-13 shows are likely to have objectionable material. Even so, the schedule of movies for the summer of 2016 included kid-friendly shows such as “Ice Age Collision Course,” “Finding Dory” and “The Jungle Book. Several years ago, The Corral’s ability to screen first-run movies was threatened when the movie industry switched from using 35 mm to digital. The theater needed to come up with $55,000 (or about 10 times more than their annual profit for the Enjoy an outdoor movie at the Corral Theatre Friday, Saturday year) for a digital and Sunday nights May 6 - September 3, 2017. projector. Photo courtesy Corral Theatre.

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By Colleen Brooks estled a bit off the beaten path along the banks of the serene Cypress Creek is Wimberley’s newest restaurant, The Back Porch. Jay Bachman is responsible for this oasis in our “little bit of heaven,” where guests can enjoy all the components of a perfect Texas day – gathering friends and family, a good home cooked meal, and the ability to splash and play in Wimberley’s beloved creek. “Chef Jay” is well known in the Wimberley community as someone who has been providing for others through his catering company, “Chef Jay Events.” It was also through this company that he took on the task of donating more than 13,000 home cooked meals to those in need following the 2015 Memorial Day flood. Once the community was stable, he then deployed to Houston and Louisiana as part of Mercy Chefs to assist others in flood-ravaged communities. It’s easy to see that utilizing his skill set to provide for others is where his passion lies. Jay started in the kitchen when he was just five years old, working under the mentorship of his mother and grandmother in the family bakery. He studied music after high school while managing several restaurants and high-end nightclubs in Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth - but ultimately, music could not compare to his love of being in the kitchen. He opted for the small-town charm of Wimberley in 2008 to raise a family and has not looked back since. Restoration of the Lodge at Cypress Falls was the perfect opportunity for him to bring his dream to fruition. The creek here was used as a sacred ceremonial site by Native Americans; numerous artifacts were found when it was dredged in the late 1930’s that had been placed as offerings in much earlier days. Jay explains, “It is important to me that the community has a place that reflects the spirit of Wimberley - friends, family, natu-

Stop by The Back Porch for Chef Jay’s fine Texas barbecue, burgers and more. Photo courtesy The Back Porch.

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flat top (which gives the exterior a slight crispiness). To complete it, he then adds a splash of sauternes, truffle oil, and stacks it with Wimberley Valley Gourmet’s sweet & sassy pickles on a toasted ciabatta bun. It’s definitely a luxury item, but those who have tried it proclaim its worth! The Back Porch has outdoor and “indoor” seating, and the 10’ farm tables are sure to remind you of simpler times. Guests can get their wristband for river access at the front desk at The Lodge at Cypress Falls for $6.00. Available for rental are canoes, paddleboats, paddleboards, and kayaks. The Back Porch does not have a liquor license but does allow patrons to bring in wine or beer. “It’s such an honor to see friends and families gather in this ancient, sacred setting,” Jay says. “We’ve been entrusted with a great responsibility - representing much of what is good and unique about Wimberley to the world, and we don’t take anything for granted. It’s such a blessing to get to do this for a living.” FYI • The Back Porch is located at 50 Marina Circle in Wimberley. They are open from 11 am to 8 pm Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit the web site at or Facebook page at www. To inquire about event catering, visit the web site at

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f you’d like to enjoy a taste of Texas without leaving the Wimberley Square, stop into Taste Buds Market. Here, you can sample local Texas gourmet products, enjoy a wine tasting, and relax with a craft brew, wine, or Wine-A-Rita. Select some of your favorite products and create a gift basket of Texas food and wine to enjoy in your room at the B&B, or for your loved ones back home. They also have a great selection of Texas-themed gifts and souvenirs available. Taste Buds is owned by husband and wife team Tammy and David Steen, and has been on the square since 2009. Tammy explains, “We wanted a total Texas wine, food and gift shop, and Wimberley was just the place to open it.” Their wine shop has the largest selection of Texas wines in the state of Texas, with more than 40 vineyards and 200 varietals available. They also have craft brews available, many from local Texas breweries. Tammy smiles, “Wine tastings are available every day, all day. Occasionally, wineries will drop-in and offer tastings to showcase their wines.” Be sure to swing by at the start of the weekend for their $5 Fridays, from 3 pm to close, where wine and small Wine-ARita’s are only $5, or you can purchase two beers for $5. “Our Wine-A-Rita’s (or Adult Slushies as we like to call them) are the bomb on a hot Texas day,” says Tammy. “You can even get them in a Taste Buds refillable koozie bottle and take them shopping with you!” Their specialty gourmet foods include labels like Fredericksburg Farms, Texas Olive Ranch, Truly Texas, New Canaan Farms, Oliver Pecan, Fischer & Wieser, Salt Lick BBQ, and Gourmet Texas Pasta.

Taste Buds Market on the Wimberley Square. Photo courtesy Taste Buds Market. Taste Buds also has their own private label, with approximately 150 products. Their private label includes pickled products (jalapenos, carrots, asparagus, and okra, just to name a few), preserves (including fig, strawberry, and raspberry), butters (which include apple, pumpkin, and cherry), a large selection of flavored honey pecan butters, a large selection of pickles, (including habanero, dill, and farmhouse), jams and jellies (including peach, cherry, jalapeno strawberry, and hot pepper), and an assortment of salsas and salad dressings. You’ll also see a large selection of hot sauces that you just won’t find anywhere else. Their candy selection includes gourmet items like dark chocolate almonds, milk chocolate-covered pecans, Lemoncello almonds, chocolate bacon toffee, and jalapeno pecan brittle. For the ultimate in pampering, check out the body line that includes handmade Texas goat milk soaps, creams, and lotions. Be sure to inquire about their Texas and wine-inspired gifts and custom gift baskets. They are happy to coordinate See TASTE BUDS, page 15

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imberley Institute of Cultures (WIC) preserves the natural, historical, and cultural resources of Wimberley. Beginning in 1986 with $500 and just a few members, WIC has since grown to more than 500 members who dedicate their time, diverse skills and talents to promote an appreciation and celebration of the area’s archeology and rock work, historic sites, ranches, camps and resorts, rodeos, cowboys, artists and founding families. WIC is committed to preserving local historic sites. Their first restoration project was the Winters-Wimberley house, built before the Civil War, the town’s oldest documented stone house, and now designated recipient of a State of Texas Archaeological and Historic Landmark and a National Register of Historic Places marker. In 2016, another completed WIC renovation project, the Wimberley Hughes house (also known as the Zach House) received a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark, a testament to the diligent research and hard work of WIC volunteers. Professional quality exhibits in the Winters-Wimberley House have charted important milestones in the town’s history. Enhanced by WIC’s large collection of historic photographs, these exhibits have illustrated the village’s milling heritage, cattle and goat ranching, and early summer camps as precursors to tourism that were and are so important to the development and character of the town. William Winters built a gristmill on Cypress Creek in 1856. For the next 70

The Winters-Wimberley House. Photo courtesy Wimberley Institute of Cultures. years until it ceased operation in 1925, the mill was a central feature of the local economy, and the mill owners among the town’s most influential residents. After Winters’ death, his son-in-law John Cude took over the operation until he sold it to Pleasant Wimberley, and at various times the original gristmill was expanded, razed, and rebuilt to process lumber, shingles, flour, molasses, and cotton. One of WIC’s favorite programs is the living-history educational experience they produce every year at the Winters Wimberley House for local students in the fourth grade (the year they study Texas history) that connects them to their state and hometown in an enjoyable and memorable way. Scott Johnson, the current WIC President, says “our plan now is to use the Winters Wimberley house for a Wimberley Valley Museum, with rotating exhibits of the large collection of photographs, digitized images, oral histories and other See WIC, page 23

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aul Burleson has been collecting things all his life — in fact, he doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t collecting things. His passion for the past is what led him to open the first Broadway Paul’s Collectibles shop 30 years ago, in Colorado. He currently owns Broadway Paul’s Collectibles in the Old Town Plaza in Wimberley, as well

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as a shop in Fredericksburg. Paul jokes, “I’ve been known as Broadway Paul for so long, that most people don’t know my last name.” As a young boy living in Houston, Paul would drag things in from the bayou, clean them up, and peddle them. He started his own coin collection when he was 10 or 12, and he still has every one of those coins today. “I built a box when I was 13, and I still have the box today,” Paul explains. “It’s full to the top.” Since he was the second to youngest of six children, he outfitted his coin box with a lock so his siblings wouldn’t get into his collection. Paul says “My youngest son who is now 24 has pushed me to get into that box. I told him ‘No, you’re going to get that one day.’” He laughs, “The key that went to the lock is probably 20 years gone.” In Broadway Paul’s Collectibles, you will find a large selection of auto memorabilia (including gas pumps, oil cans, and coke machines), political memorabilia, trinkets, die cast cars and Hot Wheels, a Star Wars collection, and late 1800’s memorabilia which currently includes a turn of the century dress and a hanging dinner lamp. He also occasionally has stamps and stamp collections. “Signs are my number one seller,” Paul says. If he doesn’t have something you’re looking for, stop in and let him know what

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“Broadway” Paul Burleson, proprietor of Broadway Paul’s Collectibles, examines a 1940s pocket watch for a customer. Photo by Colleen Brooks. you’d like to find. He keeps a wish list registry that contains customer requests. “Every now and then I thumb through my registry and I’ll see what someone is looking for and think, hey, I just picked that up,” Paul says. “It’s fun to thumb through and call them eight months later and let them know I acquired one. Or, I’ll shoot them a picture on my phone, and they’ll respond back and ask, ‘Who is

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The Star Wars collection at Broadway Paul’s. Photo by Colleen Brooks. from his original store that was located on South Broadway in Denver. It’s still called that today. Paul explains, “We opened up in Wimberley because there was nothing else like that here.” Paul attends several swap and trade shows a year, and really enjoys going out “picking” and returning with truckloads of merchandise, to which he selects his favorites to add to his personal collection. “I’ve been collecting all my life, Paul says. “That’s what drove me to open a store — to support my own habit, I guess.” Paul also restores old treasures and has a deep knowledge of heirloom pieces. His Wimberley store has grown tremendously in the three and a half years since he opened— to 2,500 square feet (plus inventory in storage). Because he’s always adding to his collection, his inventory is

never stagnant, and customers can always find new treasures in his store. “I have fun with the customers, sometimes too much fun. Customers have come in and shared my lunch with me,” Paul laughs. “To me, it’s never been about the satisfaction of the money, but the satisfaction at the end of the day. I enjoy people, I really do. I’m a people person. These items are our history; everything has a story.” Stop in to see his extensive collection of antiques, or ask to be placed on his wish list for that hard-to-find item. Paul smiles, “You never know what I’m gonna bring in next — I’m still actively picking.” FYI • Broadway Paul’s is located at 13801 Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley, in the Old Town Plaza by the Boot Whisperer. You can reach him at 512-470-2276, or find him on Facebook under “Broadwaypaul.”

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tepping into Billie Lorraine Jewelry Store is a bit like getting a glimpse of South Texas. Owner Billie Lorraine Lopez opened her doors in October of 2016, after designing jewelry for ten years. Her arrival to the Wimberley Square was well received, but a month after opening, she was affected by the 2015 Halloween flood and forced to start over again. After reestablishing her store but feeling uncertain about her location on the banks of Cypress Creek, Billie decided to relocate to her current location on Old Kyle Road. This more spacious location holds a certain charm. Here, you can see the influence of a girl who grew up on the South Texas ranches. Nestled among her beautiful creations are antlers deer have shed, feathers her father has lovingly collected for her, and arrowheads found on her family ranch that’s situated along the Mexican border. “When I was a little girl I would hang out with my Dad on the ranch,” she says. “When I told him I wanted to open the shop, he went into the barn and gave me my grandmother’s antique pieces to use around the store.” These include many of Billie’s current display tables. Billie’s jewelry is comprised of three lines — classic, vintage, and collegiate. She feels much of her inspiration comes from her family’s influence in her life. Growing up, her mother and grandmother tried to guide her toward classic wardrobe pieces that were of good quality. “As a little girl, I thought I wanted to do fashion,” Billie says. Since her grandmother was raised during the Depression, she collected and re-purposed things, and Billie has inherited this ability to an art. When the electrical company changed out the insulators in their small town, Billie’s grandmother went along and picked up the old glass pieces lying along the road. “When my Grandma downsized her home, we found more than 300 of them in

Amethyst Geode Slice necklace designed by Billie Lorraine. Photo by Colleen Brooks. the attic,” Billie smiles, “I’ll eventually do a lighting installation with them.” Billie’s jewelry pieces are best described as unique, classic, and interchangeable. Most are hand-crafted with semi-precious stones, including opals, mother of pearl, and Keshi pearls. Her creations include necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets. “My jewelry are all my designs, so you won’t find them anywhere else. My stones are custom cut to my specifications,” she explains. Billie’s jewelry designs range from elegant and dainty to artistically bold statement pieces. Billie also offers local pieces that include Texas necklaces (one of her best sellers), and she’s licensed to produce any Texas State University logo product. “I am a Texas State alumni and saw the opportunity to create jewelry for the fans. When your favorite team looks good, so should their fans,” she says. Billie is a traveler at heart and loves See BILLIE LORRAINE, page 21

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BILLIE LORRAIN, from page 20 you can walk around, it’s safe and quiet.” She laughs and adds, “And then you have shopping in it.” And, while she’s always loved design work, she is now enjoying the freedom to create her own jewelry designs and make one-of-a-kind gifts. She explains that she arrived at this point in her career through a culmination of soul searching, inspiration from years of seeing the creations in Anthropologie magazine, and an appreciation of her younger days in South Texas when she was working with her father’s saddles and tooled work. Billie smiles, “It’s funny how life puts you on that journey where you really start reflecting more and more.”

Stepping inside her shop, it’s clear to see how the time on her South Texas ranch was instrumental in making Billie the designer she has become. Her father’s nature influence compliments her mother’s classic style beautifully through Billie’s jewelry designs. “It’s like I’m caught between two different worlds,” she laughs. And, somehow, it works. Her jewelry makes a beautiful and unique gift with a price point for everyone. Visit Billie at her shop on Old Kyle Road to see for yourself. FYI • Billie Lorraine is located at 110 Old Kyle Road in Wimberley, with ample parking behind the store. Hours are Friday through Monday from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information call Billie at 512-589-7287 or visit the web site at

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Billie Lorraine is open Friday through Monday from 11 am to 6 pm. Photo courtesy Billie Lorraine.

to explore attics, closets, and abandoned buildings. She has brought back many pieces of vintage jewelry, art deco, sterling silver jewelry, and Victorian jet glass jewelry from Europe. You’ll see these, along with her collection of vintage mirrors, framed prints, clothing, accessories and vintage wall décor. “My vintage finds are also a source of inspiration – they remind me to strive to make unique but quality pieces that will last throughout the years,” she explains.” Check out Billie’s collection of vintage clothing, and be sure to ask her about her garden rosaries and plans to add some high-quality wears to her shop, which will include Wimberley and Texas t-shirts, in addition to her own graphic design. Billie says she feels right at home in Wimberley. She explains, “Wimberley was always my getaway. It’s kind of been my small town that reminded me of home. How everyone knows everybody,


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hile you’re in town, be sure to stop into On A Branch. Here you will find cute ladies’ sundresses, tops, jeans, pajamas, and accessories. Owners Lynda Pyle and Traci Ferguson opened this cheerful space in 2012, just five months after starting up a booth at Market Days. They wanted their merchandise to reflect positivity and cheerfulness, and that’s exactly what you will find as soon

In addition to fun women’s apparel, On A Branch offers great gift ideas — like these decorative bowls — and a large selection of fashionable jewelry. Photo courtesy of Colleen Brooks.

as you enter this “Style that makes you smile” boutique. On A Branch is a true family business — Traci’s four daughters help run the shop, and Lynda is Traci’s mother. “Everything in the shop passes our muster,” Traci says with a smile. “We source everything, and we have a lot of opinions on what should be on here. We like to keep it in our wheelhouse; our comfort zone.” The apparel at On A Branch is best described as trendy, high-quality and unique. Check out their selection of Kate Spade New York, and a popular signature line, Yala, which is made of bamboo. Accessories include cute bags and wristlets, stylish socks, shoes and sandals, along with Natural Life bandeaus, and much more. Traci smiles, “We can outfit you from head to toe.” On A Branch also offers a large selection of fashionable women’s jewelry including beaded necklaces and bracelets, Texas-inspired necklaces, and sterling silver and 14 karat goldfilled earrings and necklaces from Waco jewelry designer, Summer Ellis. On A Branch is the perfect place to pick up a last-minute gift. For the person who has everything, check out the seasonal pieces – decorative kitchen bowls, plates, serving utensils, aprons and tea towels — many with creative sayings adorning them. To compliment a piece of jewelry,

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On A Branch, a women’s boutique with merchandise that reflects the creativity and cheerfulness of its owners. Photo courtesy On A Branch. you can pick up a trinket dish with a quote on it. On A Branch also offers a large selection of uplifting signs and pictures, journals, small knick-knacks, and decor ensures you won’t ever leave empty handed! Uniquely scented candles are another big seller at the boutique. “The square candles are one of our customer’s favorite things,” Traci says. “Fried green tomato and Texas bluebonnet are our number one sellers.” To compliment the candles, On A Branch has a line of colorful match boxes bearing positive and humorous quotes. They also sell stationary and are happy to offer a complimentary gift bag for your purchase, complete with tissue paper and ribbon. Be sure to inquire about the “bird customization” area, where

monogramming of tee shirts, hats, mugs, jewelry, and key chains is available while you wait. You can also bring in your own items for mongramming. Lynda, Traci, and her daughters are enjoying working together as a team to spread their cheer to Wimberley and beyond. “The feedback we get from our customers is that the store is always bright and airy, we have something they haven’t seen anywhere else, and our staff is friendly and helpful,” says Traci. “Half the fun is visiting with these people that come to Wimberley from all over the world.” FYI • On a Branch is located on the square at 14015 Ranch Road 12. Hours are 11 am to 5 pm daily. For more information, visit the web site at or call 512-722-3668. You can also follow OnABranchTX on Instagram and Facebook .

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WIC, from page 16 artifacts collected over the last 30 years by WIC.” Special seasonal events sponsored by WIC have crossed into the realm of timehonored local traditions. The celebration and blessing of the Blanco River reminds us that the Blanco, Cypress Creek and numerous creeks have shaped the area’s geographical features and are an integral part of the community’s heritage. As a source of high quality water and aesthetic beauty, the river is beneficient, but it can also be treacherous, with the devastation in the wake of the 2015 flood as the most recent example.

The annual WIC Pie Social held on the grounds of the Winters-Wimberley house showcases the best of small town homemade scrumptiousness and community spirit, with musical entertainment, tours of the Zach House, a pie-judging competition and auction of prize-winning pies. At this year’s festive event April 8, 2017, Texas singer-songwriter, Tracie Lynn, will provide the musical entertainment. FYI • For more information anout the Wimberley Institute of Cultures, visit the web site at www.wimwic. org to download the Pie Contest entry forms (April 8, 2017) and find information about membership, programs, and special events.


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Relax on the porch of your private cabin • One bedroom w/Queen Bed • Living room w/Queen bed sofa • Jacuzzi tub & large shower • Full kitchen • Continental breakfast

• Central Air & Heat • Large porch • Rocking chairs • Bar B Que grill • Privately fenced yard

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 5.25”x6.25” CMYK HCSun A Luxury Bed & Breakfast on Cypress Creek.

imberley Inn feels like a quiet and cozy country inn, despite its location less than half a mile from the lively music venues, cafes and shops lining the historic downtown square. The inn, like the town, utilizes the area’s abundant natural resources – trees and native plants, limestone, and clear sparkling water – to create a hill country hideaway that makes guests feel as if they’ve discovered a treasure when they find it. Owner and innkeeper Peggy Crakes says, “I love the outdoors, so the outdoor setting – the decks, paths, fountains, and patios – are very appealing to me.” The natural landscaping includes many shrubs, flowers, live oak, elm, and cedar trees. Nine outdoor seating areas are tranquil retreats where guests can slip away alone to read or watch the squirrels and birds, or gather in larger groups for socializing somewhere other than in their rooms. The two original buildings on property’s five and a half acres were built in the 1990s, with more added later for a total of six buildings, in the Hill Country style of native limestone with a metal roof. 19 rooms available to guests are in four separate buildings. Four larger, deluxe rooms with choice of two queens or a king bed feature large picture windows overlooking the forested back acreage and Sleepy Hollow Creek. A spacious common area is also available for use as a meeting space or game room. Peggy grew up in Austin where her father was a professor in the business school at the University of Texas, but she is well aware of the charms of life in Wimberley since her parents later moved to Woodcreek and she often visited the area. With a busy career in the medical profession, life as an innkeeper is a

Wimberley Inn features plenty of outdoor seating areas and tranquil retreats where guests can slip away. Photos courtesy Wimberley Inn.

new adventure for her, but she says it is something she has wanted to do for a while. “I was looking at B&B’s in Austin when this inn came on the market.” Peggy made the decision to buy the inn and take a leap into the exciting and, sure to be demanding, new venture after her son, Dan, and his fiancee, Sophie, expressed interest in helping her in the venture. The past several months have been busy for Peggy, Dan and Sophie as they made their respective moves from Austin and Seattle, set up for business at the inn, renovated landscaping and began to install walking trails on three and a half acres of the property. Peggy’s friendly chocolate Labrador, Nessie, appears to have adjusted easily See WIMBERLEY INN, page 25

Wimberley Inn Adjacent to Blue Hole and within walking distance to the Wimberley Village Square. Texas Hill Country elegance is yours at this secluded paradise, lush in natural settings, exquisite décor and gracious hospitality. We are your perfect setting for a romantic getaway, intimate wedding, retreat or meeting. Special treats: • Outdoor hot tub • 600 feet of private access to Cypress Creek • Delicious breakfast buffet • Friday evening guest reception • Schedule an in-room massage • Romance packages for that special occasion

Upscale in-room amenities: • 14 Luxurious private guest rooms • Whirlpool baths, Jacuzzis • Private decks or balconies • Wireless internet available • Flat Screen TV's, DVD and MP3 players

200 FM 3237 • Walking distance to Wimberley Square & Blue Hole • Comfortable rooms in beautiful, serene setting • Perfect for family gatherings or a romantic getaway • Home-cooked breakfast on weekends

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WIMBERLEY INN, from page 24 Peggy says. “I wanted a place where people come together, and that happens here at the inn. People who don’t know each other will come in for breakfast and start visiting with each other.” Peggy says that, although a large percentage of their guests so far have been from Houston, others have traveled here from out of state and even out of

the country. “Just this week in March, we had people from Ireland, a reunion with family members from Massachusetts and Tennessee, and a wedding party from California.” FYI • Wimberley Inn is located on 200 Ranch Road 3237, Wimberley, TX 78676. For additional information, email, call 512-847-3750 or visit the web site at


Vintage accommodation established in 1988 Wimberley Inn. Photo courtesy Wimberley Inn. to her new role of greeting visitors and patrolling the grounds. On Saturdays and Sundays, guests have a homemade breakfast that includes an egg dish, sweet pastry, fresh fruit, yogurt and granola. “We all love to cook,” Peggy says, “my specialty is homemade

cinnamon rolls – they’re a big hit with guests.” Breakfast sandwiches, breakfast tacos, buttermilk biscuits from scratch, scones, and quiche are also favorite dishes to prepare. “I’m from a large family and have always been around a lot of people,”

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Like us on Facebook /HillCountrySun Wimberley Inn offers 19 well-appointed guest rooms. Photos courtesy Wimberley Inn.

Cottage on the Square

Charming one-room cottage sleeps 2-3. Situated on Cypress Creek and the Wimberley Square. Amenities include a kitchen, deck, high speed internet, outdoor furniture and more!

Welcoming guests to the Wimberley Inn are LEFT new owner, Peggy Crakes, and her son, Dan, and his fiancee, Sophie. Photo courtesy Wimberley Inn.

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kin care has come a long way since nearly every family in America had a blue jar of Noxzema medicated facial cleanser in the medicine cabinet. Invented by a physician in 1911 as a sunburn remedy, the brand once attracted intense customer loyalty and still generates nostalgia for some people, possibly due to its unforgettable strong scent of camphor, eucalyptus and menthol, but there’s less demand for it these days. Advances in technology, the changing times, expectations and attitudes have introduced today’s women (and men) to a level of skin care and reparative treatments that in previous generations were reserved only for celebrities and the wealthy. In perfect step with these modern high-tech times, the Med Spa in Wimberley provides individual consultations and a wide variety of treatments – lasers, permanent makeup, injectables, and hydrafacials – for optimum skin care from trained, experienced specialists who work under the directive orders of Dr. Ivan Ramirez, who oversees injection procedures. Last year the Med Spa was recognized as the best in the “best spa in Wimberley” category. Yvette Strange, owner of the Med Spa, has been in the skin care and treatment business for nearly 30 years. Trained in advanced clinical skin care treatment and medical grade chemical peels, with advanced training in injectables and laser skin rejuvenation, Yvette is a certified laser technician and permanent makeup technician. She worked for a plastic surgeon in San Marcos for six years and for 15 years in Wimberley with another med spa. Yvette took a break from doing spa services for a while to work with a skin care products company but says,

Yvette Strange, owner of The Med Spa Wimberley. Photo courtesy Med Spa Wimberley. “I missed connecting with people on a personal level, so I left that behind, bought this building on three acres in Wimberley and opened Med Spa in January 2016.” The Med Spa is a beautiful modern facility with multiple treatment rooms for many different kinds of procedures: permanent makeup or cosmetic tattooing, laser treatments for hair or spider vein removal, calming facials, injections like Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, and other injectables that help to restore a more youthful appearance by minimizing crow’s feet, frown (or laugh) lines, and even deeper wrinkles caused by smoking or sun damage. There’s also a make-up, skin care and retail room with products designed to protect and heal your skin. Treatments at the Med Spa begin with an hour long consultation to determine the best approach for each individual, and offers a good opportunity to demystify some of the more enigmatic See MED SPA, page 27

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MED SPA, from page 26 technical terms such as microblading (for eyebrows), collagen stimulation, or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photo facials which are supposed to be one of the most effective treatments for dark shadows under the eyes. Yvette not only administers laser treatments and injectables, she has also personally undergone treatments, including Botox injections and laser hair removal. She tells customers, “I’m a patient who sits in the chair, too, just like you.” Regarding some of the bad press that Botox has received in the past, Yvette considers Botox treatments today as just another way to take care of your appearance, and says, “Part of the problem is the Hollywood standards that are unrealistic and have resulted in overuse of Botox or other injectables.” At the Med Spa, the approach is moderate and tailored to the individual. It’s as much for secretaries and teachers and the girl next door as it is for the wealthy socialite or star standing in the spotlight. “Our motto is: be your own kind of beautiful.”

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Professional makeup application at The Med Spa Wimberley. Photo courtesy The Med Spa Wimberley.


FYI • The Med Spa is located at 210 Masonic Lodge Road, about half a mile from the Wimberley Square. For more information, call 512-847-9000 or email For information about membership, services, costs, or to book an appointment, visit the web site at

Orange Moon welcomes students of all ages & abilities. Check out class times & descriptions at 201 Stillwater, Ste. 2, Wimberley • 512-614-YOGA(9642)

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The Med Spa is a beautiful modern facility with multiple treatment rooms for many different kinds of procedures. Photos courtesy The Med Spa Wimberley.

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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. EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY All Abilities Chair Exercises. Free class includes breathing, gentle strengthening exercises and mild yoga stretches – all from seated position. Wimberley Library, 9:30 am to 10:30 am. 512-8472188. 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. 512-8475464. Art Society of Wimberley (ASW) Meets. 6:30 pm. Art Room, 100 Melody Way, Suite H. Email for information.

EVERY WEDNESDAY Farmers’ Market. Senior Citizen’s Activity Center. 512-847-2201. SECOND WEDNESDAY Wimberley Garden Club meets at Lutheran Church of Resurrection. 101 West Spoke Hill. (September through May.) Refreshments 9:30 am; meetings and programs at 10 am. THIRD WEDNESDAY The Herb Society of America Hill Country Unit Meeting (August through May). 9:45 am to noon at Wimberley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 956 Ranch Road 2325. Heart of Texas Genealogy Society Meeting. Wimberley Village Library. 6:30 pm 7:45 pm. FOURTH WEDNESDAY Hill Country Neighbors. 10:30 am. Community Center. 512-847-2849. EVERY WEDNESDAY - SATURDAY Live Music in the Buzzard Bar. Cypress Creek Cafe, 320 Wimberley Square. 512847-0030.

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Wimberley EMS Duck Race. Don’t miss this year’s annual event —good fun for a good cause— May 21 at Rio Bonito Resort. Photo courtesy Wimberley EMS.

EVERY THURSDAY (in June, July, August) Café Susanna. Delicious, family-style lunch served 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@ THIRD THURSDAY Susanna’s Kitchen Coffee House Concert Series features local and nationally known performers in concert. Intimate alcohol- and smoke-free environment. Doors open at 7 pm. Wimberley United Methodist Church Corner of Ranch Road 12 and County Road 1492. 512847-3109, EVERY THURSDAY - SATURDAY Live Music at Linda’s Fine Foods. Delicious food, beautiful music at 500 Farm Market 2325. 512-847-5464. EVERY THURSDAY - SATURDAY (March-November) Live Music on the Outdoor Deck.

Overlooking Cypress Creek at I’noz. 14004 Ranch Road 12. 512-847-6060, 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, transplants and much more. Look for the big blue barn at the corner of Ranch Road 2325 and Highway 165. 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. Shop the oldest and largest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country, where you will find more than 475 booths filled with everything you can’t live without. Enjoy live music on three stages, red tag specials and coupons along with monthly themes. Free admission. 7 am to 4 pm. See EVENTS, page 36

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Shakespeare Under the Stars at the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens is a not-to-be-missed experience. Photo courtesy EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens.

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Fun cooking classes at The Blair House Inn


By Colleen Brooks

he Blair House Inn Owners Chris and Lois Mahoney, along with Executive Chef Chris Huffman, have planned an irresistible line-up of cooking classes that will be sure to

Guests of the cooking school enjoying the dinner they prepared. Photo courtesy The Blair House Inn.

Camaraderie and fun go hand in hand at a Blair House Inn cooking class. Photo courtesy The Blair House Inn.

transform anyone’s cooking skills. Each series of three-day cooking classes runs Monday through Wednesday and includes approximately 16 hours of instruction. Owner Chris Mahoney explains, “Our cooking schools are a very active, hands-on experience. Our goal is for students to be able to go home and confidently recreate everything they did in the class for their friends and family.” Nine themed classes are offered. Students will participate in all aspects of the meal making process, then enjoy the meals with fellow students in a dinner party atmosphere. “BBQ Camp” will school participants on how to prepare summertime favorites on the grill, such as Texas brisket, St. Louis Style baby back ribs (with a cherry cola glaze), cedar-planked wild King salmon with jerk spice and mango salsa and chicken fajitas. Dessert will include a Fredericksburg peach cobbler topped with homemade vanilla bean ice cream. “BBQ Camp” dates are June 19-21, August 7-9, September 4-6 and November 13-15. A“Classic French” class gives students opportunity to prepare roasted duck, beef bourguignon, coq au vin, steak au poivre, shrimp scampi and French onion soup. Dessert instruction will include a chocolate torte with raspberry coulis and crème caramel. “Classic French” class is offered April 3-5, July 1719 and October 30-November 1. Register for the “Taste of New Orleans” class to learn how to prepare Creole and Cajun favorites such as gumbo, a Louisiana brined roasted loin of pork, cajun barbecued shrimp, blackened snapper, king cake, and of course, beignets. This class is offered May 1-3 and September 18-20. “Spanish Cuisine,” offered April 1719 and August 21-23, promises instruction on cocido (a traditional stew prepared with pork, chicken, vegetables, chick

peas, and smoked paprika), in addition to potato and chorizo trinxat, tortilla espanola, and salmorejo. Students can learn to create classics such as Fresh basil marinara, roasted garlic alfredo, fresh pasta and potato gnocchi, in addition to osso buco milanese, roasted red pepper risotto with pine nuts, and Italian espresso tiramisu

June 5-7 and October 2-4. Salut! A “Mediterranean Cuisine” class will include instruction on making risotto, calamari, hummus pita bread, pasta, classic greek salad, focaccia, polenta and crema catalana, fruits de mer, and baklava July 3-5. Learn how to prepare a maple See COOKING CLASSES, page 30


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a holistic day spa skincare massage acupuncture energy work 512-722-3625 111 River Road 200 C Wimberley, TX 78676 Chef Chris RIGHT teaching students how to prepare quail. Photo courtesy The Blair House Inn.

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COOKING CLASSES, from page 29

Students working together at The Blair House Inn cooking school. Photo courtesy Jumping Rocks Photography.

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and herb brined pork roast with sauce moutardé, garden-fresh carrot soup with mint chiffonade and edible flowers, herb infused oils, cilantro pesto, french lemon basil cream sauce, and your own signature vinaigrette in the “BBQ with Fresh Herbs” class May 29-31. Dessert, if you still have room, is a jalapeno mint sorbet. Herbs will be harvested straight from the Blair House Herb Garden. Plan to raise a pint or two as you learn how to prepare sauerbraten (German pot roast), pork schnitzel, bratwurst (with sauerkraut and potato pancakes), and braised red cabbage in the Oktoberfest “German Cuisine” class. Dessert will include a German Black Forest cake and apple strudel. This fun class is offered May 15-17 and October 16-18. Get ready for the holidays with the “Hill Country Holiday Feast and Baking” class November 27-29 and December 1113. Learn to make local holiday dishes, such as mesquite smoked turkey, sweet potato bruleé, pecan and sage cornbread

dressing, sausage-stuffed pork tenderloin (with a cranberry port glaze), chocolate truffles, pumpkin cheesecake, ginger cookies, and of course, a classic pecan pie. “Chef Chris has a natural ability for instruction, which is what makes our cooking schools such a memorable experience,” says Blair House Inn owner, Chris Mahoney. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional cook or have hardly picked up a spatula – you’re guaranteed to learn something new and have a great time.”  FYI • The Blair House Inn was recognized as one of the top ten cooking schools in the country by USA Today. Rates for the cooking school are $300 per student (plus tax and $65 gratuity). If you prefer not to participate in handson instruction and would just like to observe, admission is $170 (plus tax and $31.50 gratuity). Local residents and Blair House Inn guests may participate, and room rates are not included in the cooking school admission charges. The Blair House Inn is located at 100 West Spoke Hill Drive in Wimberley. For more information, visit the web site at or call 512-847-1111.






The Med Spa, Yvette Strange

210 Masonic Lodge Road, Wimberley, TX • 512-847-9000 Dr. Ramirez, Medical Director

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Wimberley CHURCHES

Tim Moore Wimberley Church of Christ


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, call 512-847-9357 or visit the web site at www.

Pastor Rebecca Sogge Lutheran Church of the Resurrection


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. For information, visit the web site at

Chapel in the Hills Interdenominational Church

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

Wimberley United Methodist Church Open Hearts Open Doors Open Minds Join us for weekly services and classes for all ages

512-847-3109 Please see website for details WimberleyUMC.Org RR12 @ 1492 Wimberley, TX 78676

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All Are Welcome 101 Spoke Hill at RR 12 • Wimberley

9 am Christian Education for all ages 10 am Worship

Pastor Rebecca Sogge


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

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Wimberley CHURCHES

St. Mary Catholic Church Weekend/Weekday Mass Schedule Saturday ..................................................5:30 pm (Vigil Mass) Sunday English ....................................... 8:00 am & 10:00 am Sunday Spanish ........................................................ 12:00 pm Tuesday - Friday Communion Service........................ 9:00 am

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions)

Rev. Jim Denham Chapel in the Hills


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. For information, visit

Saturday ................................. 4-5 pm and by appointment phone 512-847-9181 • fax 512-847-5573 email: 14711 Ranch Road 12 • Wimberley, TX 78676

Rev. Sandy Casey-Martus St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church


andy is in her fourth year at St. Stephen’s and very excited about a new vision for church life this Fall. She tells us, “We are starting a new children’s ministry based on the Orange Strategy and Curriculum and moving our 8 am Sunday service to 9 am. The 9 am will be a traditional Rite II Episcopal Service and the 10:30 am service will now be called ‘An Episcopal Service with a Wimberley Vibe.’” She explains Orange as a new attempt by thousands of churches across the country to partner churches and families to influence the faith and character of the next generation. Rev. Casey-Martus is mom to a son and daughter and grandmother to three little girls. She “makes time” for new recipes in the kitchen, plays a lot of tennis, goes to movies and serves as staff to two cats. For information, visit the web site at

Wimberley United Methodist Church


imberley United Methodist church welcomes you. We hope, from the first time you visit us, you feel the warmth of genuine kindness. Jesus is the core of all our efforts. Our mission is to Invite, Make and Nurture disciples for Christ through a community of Love and Encouragement. This means we endeavor to follow Jesus in all aspects of life. We cherish an ecumenical (unifying) tradition and seek to work together with other Christian churches as well as other religions. You will find a place where Tradition meets Today. We also value community. Our weekly services and classes are designed to build fellowship as well as your faith. Social consciousness has always gone hand in hand with faith. We believe, as John Wesley wrote, “the world is our parish.” Hence, we support mission and justice work locally, regionally and around the world. We encourage you to come explore with us as we all seek to grow a deeper more authentic faith. For information, visit the web site at

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Linda Germain, REALTOR, ABR, GRI, SRES, SRS Keller Williams Realty

Barbara Latimer, BROKER ASSOCIATE Hills of Texas Sky Realty

inda Germain has been a Realtor here in the Texas Hill Country with Keller Williams Realty for the past 13 years, since starting her Real Estate career in 2004. Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, Linda attended San FranciscoState 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 onepriority 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 13 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 the past President and current Membership Chair for the Wimberley Community Chorus, Secretary for the Wimberley Valley Arts & Cultural Alliance (WVACA), facilitator for the Wimberley Caregiver’s Support Group as a longtime volunteer for Alzheimer’s Texas and has been a partner in establishing the Circle of Friends through the Wimberley Senior Center, a weekly Respite Program, that just celebrated its second anniversary of operation in January of this year. “It is a joy to live here in Wimberley and an honor to serve and ‘give back’ to the Wimberley community.”

arbara is a Broker at Hills of Texas Sky Realty, a locally-owned real estate company. She moved to Wimberley in 1997 when she became a full-time Realtor®. A few years later she earned her Broker’s license. Her career has transitioned from new agent to top producer to Broker/Owner at Hills of Texas Realty. In August 2015, her company merged with Sky Realty to form Hills of Texas Sky Realty. “The merge has freed up my time to take on new clients and to continue providing a high level of service,” she says. A local market expert and a Texas Monthly Magazine “Five Star Real Estate Agent” for the last 7 years, it is obvious Barbara loves her career and is eager to help people buy or sell property. “I feel blessed to live and work in the Texas Hill Country and to have the opportunity to serve and support my community”, she says. Originally from Houston and a graduate of the University of Texas, she lives in Wimberley with her husband, Gaylan. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, live music venues and having fun with family and friends.



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Local Churches 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 Church 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

Wimberley Schools PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Wimberley ISD, 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 - 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. Katherine Anne Porter School

515 FM 2325, 512-847-6867, Free, public charter high school serving grades 9-12. KAPS mission: “We educate and empower our students with knowledge, skills, and practices to be successful and compassionate in school and life.” Accelerated curriculum, advanced placement (AP) courses available. Wide variety of electives.

Candy Spitzer, REAL ESTATE BROKER Spitzer & Associates


andy Spitzer is a long time Wimberley resident and has been a real estate broker in the Hill Country area for 20+ years. In 1999, she formed Spitzer & Associates to bring together a group of quality real estate professionals to provide concierge brokerage services in Texas. She specializes in sustainable green homes, custom properties, 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, Four Rivers MLS, 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, house concerts, and good friends. Candy can be reached by phone at 512-633-7349.

Betty & Steve Giannone,

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teve and Betty Giannone have lived in Wimberley and worked in Real Estate in the Texas Hill Country for more than 28 years. Steve’s background is in the mortgage industry, which equips him with outstanding value analysis and negotiating skills. Betty’s experience is in real estate marketing where she honed her skills at reaching out to buyers for national development companies. With their combined talents, specializing in marketing and transaction management they offer both buyers and sellers a distinct advantage in the real estate marketplace. Steve attended St. Thomas in Houston, and he enjoys watching professional sports and chasing a small white ball in Texas wide open spaces. Betty grew up in Chicago but moved to Austin for the music in the late ’70s. She also enjoys chasing the white ball, just from several strokes behind. Together they have raised three fine young men in Wimberley. Trust, integrity, stability and longevity are the hallmarks of Don Johnson REALTORS, the area’s oldest real estate brokerage. Founded by Don and Ann Johnson more than 50 years ago, the company currently has four offices and 150 Realtors. State of the art technology and an unyielding commitment to customer service are the tools and ideals we think give our clients an advantage in the real estate market place. Betty and Steve’s production is rated in the top 4% nationally!

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Wimberley Montessori School 45 La Buena Vista Drive, 512-847-6055 Providing a Montessori-based education for students ages three - 13. St. Stephen’s Episcopal School 6000 FM 3237, 512-847-9857, 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, Christian-based child care and education for children ages two 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 fifth grade.

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he Owner/Broker of RE/MAX REAL PROPERTIES, AJ 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. Call AJ today at 512-847-SOLD (7653) or drop by our new office location at 201 Stillwater, Suite #1 in the South River Business Park.

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The annual 4th of July Rodeo is a highlight of the summer season in Wimberley. Don’t miss the 72nd annual event June 30 and July 1-2, featuring traditional rodeo events. Photo courtesy VFW Post #6441.

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Visit us and see for yourself. Call Today! 512-847-9857 St. Stephen’s Episcopal School • 6000 FM 3237 • Wimberley, TX 36 • Welcome to Wimberley • Spring/Summer 2017

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. SecondSaturdayGalleryTrail. EVERY FRIDAY IN APRIL Concerts at Blue Hole Regional Park. Bring a picnic, blanket or chair and enjoy music in the park. 6 pm to 8 pm. www., 512-847-0025. APRIL 8 Wimberley Institute of Cultures 27th Annual Pie Social. 11 am to 2 pm at the Wimberley-Winters House. Free admission, pie contest, pie auction, live music and tours of the historic Zach House. BBQ Battle of Texas. Noon to 6 pm around Wimberley Square, from Ranch Road 12 bridge to Cypress Creek bridge. Live music and great food for the whole family. Wimberley Education Foundation’s 2nd Annual Community Bash. The Waters Point. 21+ event with live music. APRIL 9 Starlight Symphony Orchestra Performs. Wimberley First Baptist Church. www. APRIL 14 - MAY 7 The Wimberley Players present “By the Water.” Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm. 450 Old Kyle Road. 512-847-0575, APRIL 22 19th Annual Butterfly Festival at EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens. 9 am to 5 pm. Enjoy butterfly art, flight house featuring Texas native butterflies, nature activities, pirate and princess tents, games, concessions and live entertainment. Free admisson, but donations are greatly appreciated. 1101 Farm Market 2325. 512-847-6969, The Wimberley Community Civic Club hosts “Fun, Food and Fatality.” Enjoy a murder mystery complete with heavy hors d’oeuvres and spirits, 6:30 pm to 10 pm. The event will be held at 11030 Mount Sharp Road. APRIL 22-23 9th Annual Wimberley Arts Fest at The Waters Point. More than 100 juried

artists, live music, food and drink, free parking and shuttles. Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. The Waters Point, 13401 Ranch Road 12. www. APRIL 29 Birdies for Business Golf Tournament hosted by Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce. Quicksand Golf Course in Woodcreek. Wimberley Garden Club 22nd Annual Garden Tour. Featuring seven spectacular gardens around Wimberley. Unique gardens, magnificent views, live art demonstrations, a native plant and garden art sale. MAY 4 Wimberley Business Expo hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Visit with dozens of local business owners all under one roof at the Community Center, 11 am to 7 pm. Enjoy free admission, free samples, give aways, prizes live music and special performances. Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12. www. MAY 6 - SEPTEMBER 3 See the Stars Under the Stars at the Corral Theatre. See what’s showing at www., or call 512-847-5994. MAY 21 Starlight Symphony Orchestra performs“Colors,” part of the Pop Series. Enjoy many representations of color: colors in music, colors in mood, and colors in life. Wimberley First Baptist Church, 15951 Winters Mill Parkway. MAY 21 Cypress Creek Cafe Crawfish Boil. Come out for food and live music. 512-8470200, Wimberley EMS Duck Race. Fun filled and family oriented day. Sponsor your very own rubber racing duck, top three ducks and one “lame duck” awarded cash prizes. MAY 30 Memorial Day. Veterans Memorial Plaza on EmilyAnn Theatre grounds at 10 am. JUNE 2 - JULY 2 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens presents “West Side Story.” Friday, Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2 pm. See EVENTS, page 37


Calendar of Events from page 36 OCTOBER 1-31 Scarecrow Contest. Charming scarecrows in downtown Wimberley. 512-842-2281. OCTOBER 27 - NOVEMBER 19 EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens presents “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Indoor studio show. Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. OCTOBER 31 Trick-or-Treating on the Wimberley Square. NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 3 The Wimberley Players present “I Hate Hamlet.” When an up-and-coming TV star decides to take on the iconic role of Hamlet, who could have expected he would have the ghost of John Barrymore along for the ride? Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. NOVEMBER 17-18 Visit a wonderland of Thanksgiving and Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces created by local artists and talented, crafty people. Free admission. Holiday music, refreshments, Santa at the Community Center. NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 17 EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens presents “A Christmas Carol.” Saturdays at 10 am and Sundays at 2 phowm. www. NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 28 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens Holiday Trail of Lights. 6 pm to 9 pm Sunday through Thursday and 6 pm to 10 pm Friday and Saturdays.

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JUNE 3 Wimberley Glassworks 25th Anniversary Celebration. Free event featuring live music by Grammy nominated blues pianist Marcia Ball. Free beer and wine. 6469 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos. 512213-4148, JUNE 12 - JULY 28 Blue Hole Nature Camps. Week-long outdoor fun and adventure for kids 6-12. Registration opens April 1. 512660-9111. JUNE 30, JULY 1, 2 72nd Annual VFW Rodeo. Nightly rodeo competition events include: bull riding, tie down calf roping, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, mini bull riding, women’s breakaway roping, and women’s barrel racing. Wimberley Valley Veterans Park. 512-847-6441, JULY 1 Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival. Hosted by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at the Community Center noon to 7 pm. Frozen treats, old fashioned summer fun benefitting Camp Good Sam Wimberley. 512-847-9956. JULY 4 Annual Independence Day Parade. The “Best Little Parade in Texas” begins at 10 am on Ranch Road 12 at Green Acres through the Square to Farm Market 3237. JULY 7-30 The Wimberley Players present Cabaret, Kander & Ebb’s Tony award winning musical with iconic favorites “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Fridays, Saturdays 7:30 pm and Sundays 2:30 pm. JULY 8-9 Winberley Valley Art League presents Cool Art Show. Hundreds of works of original art. Community Center. 512-826-4286, JULY 15-30 EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens presents “The Three Little Pigs.” Saturdays at 10 am and Sundays at 2 pm. 512-847-6969, AUGUST 3-12 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens presents Shakespeare Under the Stars, “Macbeth” Nightly except Sunday at 8:15 pm. www. SEPTEMBER 1-24 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens presents “The Winter’s Tale.” Indoor studio show. Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. SEPTEMBER 8 - OCTOBER 1 The Wimberley Players present “Making God Laugh.” Sean Grennan’s dramedy takes us through 30 years with the same family as we watch them celebrate the holidays, squabble over family issues and avoid eating the dreaded fantasia dip. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. www. SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 22 EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens presents “Thumbelina.” Saturdays at 10 am and Sundays at 2 pm.

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ob and Tracey Wilson started Dripping Springs Chocolate Company to sweeten up life for people – on both sides of the equator. In 2014, when the couple traveled to Nicaragua on a mission trip with the Hill Country Bible Church, they were struck by the poverty they found there and wanted to do something to help. Charity would b e good, they thought, but what the people there really needed was jobs, they realized. The Wilsons, who have owned and run a globally-marketed business for years, researched likely exports from tropical regions and were interested to discover that cacao (the chocolate plant) grows only within 10-15 degrees of the equator. They also learned that the worldwide chocolate industry is notorious for

using child slave labor. Buying chocolate beans from small farmers who ethically grow their crops seemed the perfect answer for their objective. After conducting multiple taste tests and quality checks and researching supply availability, Bob and Tracey chose organic chocolate beans from Ecuador. All of the beans they use are certified by the Rain Forest Alliance to be organically grown, ethically sourced and raised on plantations that don’t disturb the rainforest to produce them. Learning to transform those raw beans into chocolate bars of exceeding quality has been an adventure, says Bob. “Yeah – tasting all that chocolate was some really difficult research we had to do!” chimes in Tracey. Through research, trial and error, and lots of tasting with (very willing)

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Husband and wife team, Bob and Tracey Wilson, are owners of Dripping Springs Chocolate at work in their kitchen. LEFT Bob tempering the chocolate. RIGHT Tracey molds chocolate bars. Photos courtesy Dripping Springs Chocolate Company. family and friends, they arrived at a 65% dark chocolate made in five varieties: Plain, Almond and Sea Salt, Dried Cherries, Coffee, and Spicy. More recently, Bob and Tracey have added a new Tactical Line with 75% cacao, plain and with added cocoa nibs. They’ve also come up with seasonal varieties, such as the Pumpkin Spice and Pecan bar they premiered this fall. At Dripping Springs Chocolate Company, the raw chocolate beans go through six different processes to transform them from “bean to bar.” First, they’re roasted, then cracked. The husks are winnowed

with a rueful laugh. Since much of the final tempering depends on weather (humidity/ambient temperature) and the ratio of ingredients in each chocolate, they do a lot of tinkering to come up with final processes for each variety of bean and bar. Once their product was ready, the Wilsons tested the market at a booth at the Dripping Springs Farmers Market last August. That evening, they posted on Facebook: “Thank you…to everyone that came out and supported us today. You all exceeded our expectations and we enjoyed talking with everyone, sharing our love of chocolate and getting some feedback and experience.” They also sell their gourmet chocolates at local fairs and events. The Wednesday afternoon Farmers Market, however, remains their primary sales location. Local wedding venues and wineries are clamoring to get their own customlabeled, small-batch chocolates made by Dripping Springs Tracey and Bob Wilson of Dripping Springs Chocolate Chocolate Company. Company. Photo courtesy Dripping Springs Chocolate Company. In recent experiments to pair their away, then the remaining nibs are coarse- chocolate with a local wine, the Wilsons ly ground and put in a melanger ma- custom-matched a muscat wine with a chine to conch (outgas) and refine for 18- ginger chocolate. “It was delightful!” 45 hours, until they’re transformed into says Tracey. a smooth chocolate. Lastly, the refined At present, the Wilsons are producchocolate is tempered and poured into ing all their chocolates from home, but molds. they’ll soon move Dripping Springs Some of the chocolate-making equip- Chocolate Company to a large facilment they purchase; others the Wilsons ity they’re building on Sportsplex Drive. innovatively engineer to meet their spe- The new space will feature a commercial cific needs and avoid the high costs of kitchen, along with a (future) retail area. importing specialty equipment. The meFYI • For more information about Dripping Springs langer machine is an industry standard; Chocolate Company, visit their booth at the Dripping Springs Bob spent months designing his own Farmers Market Wednesdays from 3 pm to 6 pm at the City cracking machine, winnower and con- Triangle (Highway 290 at Ranch Road 12) or find them tinuous flow tempering machine. on Facebook. Dripping Springs Chocolate Company offers “We’ve now figured out at least 35 discounts to police, firefighters, active duty military and ways NOT to temper chocolate,” he says veterans to thank them for their service.




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