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WELCOME At home
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his region of the Lone Star State has been experiencing a population boom in recent years — partly because it has the Highland Lakes that are so admired by both new residents as well as long-timers and also because there is much to offer in this part of the Texas Hill Country overall.
FUN FACTS Tallest Dam: Lake Travis, 278 ft Longest Lake: Travis, 63.75 mi. Shortest Lake: Marble Falls, 5.75 mi. Widest Lake: Buchanan, 5 mi. Narrowest Lake: Marble Falls, 1,080 ft Oldest Lake: Buchanan, 72 years Deepest Lake: Travis, 210 ft
There’s no “down time” in the region. Every season brings a variety of activities, some of which revolve around the region’s five lakes— Buchanan, Inks, Marble Falls, LBJ and Travis. The summer months are especially busy for the region. In June is the Marble Falls
Soapbox Classic (for grownups with a need for speed and creativity); July brings the Marble Falls Rodeo and a triathlon in the city. The LakeFest Drag Boat races and Fall Creek Vineyards’ Grape Stomp festival are big draws in August. Falling leaves bring Market Days and Sculpture on Main in Marble Falls. Don’t forget the Citywide Garage Sale in Marble Falls and the Texas Wine & Dine in Horseshoe Bay. When folks feel the (slight) chill of a Texas winter, get ready for the Christmas Light-up Parade that precedes the Walkway of Lights, where 2 million bulbs illuminate Lake Marble Falls.
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he Marble Falls lakeside community draws visitors and new residents to a small town atmosphere with big city entrepreneurialism and resort-level recreation. Nestled on the banks of the Colorado River and named for the waterfall that once cascaded over massive limestone boulders, the 130-year-old town has colorful Texas history and natural beauty. In the downtown Historic District, Main Street retains the grandeur of iconic structures and Falls on the Colorado Museum on Broadway Street occupies the granite academy that
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became the town’s public school. The modern Marble Falls Library and new commercial office development are their counterpoint. The city offers major chain grocers, stores, restaurants in a gamut of nationalities and ambiance and nightspots for live music. The historic Blue Bonnet Café still offers down-home cooking and its famous “pie happy hour.”
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Founded in 1887 by Adam Rankin Johnson, a former Comanche fighter and Confederate general, Marble Falls grew quickly with the construction of a rail yard to transport the unique Sunset Red pink granite from nearby Granite Mountain. The stone moved out across the state to construct the Texas Capitol building, among others in Austin, and Gulf Coast jetties. Completion of Max Starcke Dam in 1951 created Lake Marble Falls and the visage in the narrows of the Colorado River was transformed as the background music of rushing falls submerged. The growing economy evolved from industrial-based granite mining to tourism, commerce and leisure. Today’s city limits extend south all the way to Texas 71 and the new Baylor Scott & White (BS&W) Hospital and Wayne & Eileen
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Kids enjoy the new playground equipment at Johnson Park, a Lone Star Legacy Park. Hurt Regional Medical Center. The rugged beauty of the Hill Country as it meets the lakes and rivers continues to inspire artists, authors, musicians and artisans, so a multitude of art galleries and live music venues serve a cultured community. Paint
the Town is a spring plein air competition that captures its scenes. And, every year, the works of noted sculptors are displayed downtown in a 12-month art exhibit-Sculpture on Main. The “constant level” status of Lake Marble Falls provides endless opportunity
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features include a skate park designed by a local sculptor, and the disc golf course, both popular with teens; Ruff Dog Park, sports fields, tennis courts, a municipal pool and boat launch access to Lake Marble Falls and Backbone Creek. The Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce mans a new Visitor Center at the intersection of US 281 and Second Street. Its members host the free MayFest carnival and concert, LakeFest drag boat races in August and the quarter-mile holiday Walkway of Lights display by the lake in December. Children flock to the Parks & Recreation Spring Break event and the Children’s Day Celebration. The city provides police, fire, water and wastewater service. A Burnet County Courthouse Annex offers access to the offices of a Justice of the Peace and
tax assessor. Burnet County Central Appraisal District offices are nearby on Avenue H and Department of Public Safety offices have just moved to a new home on Mormon Mill Road. In addition to the new BS&W hospital and specialty clinic, another of their clinics is part of central town medical resources, along with Seton Marble Falls Healthcare Center, Hill Country Memorial Surgery Center and Specialty Clinic, the new Austin Heart Cardiac & Vascular Care offices, the Marble Falls Minor Emergency Center, numerous physicians and dentists, two skilled nursing home/ rehabilitation centers and an two assisted living facilities. The Marble Falls Independent School District and the Texas Tech University at Highland Lakes Campus that shares a facility with Central Texas College
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are public educational resources. However, nearby Faith Academy (grades K-12), First Baptist Christian School (Infant-8), Harmony School of Creative Arts, fitness gyms and physical education resources add to the picture. Housing and home development are burgeoning and compare favorably to many parts of the state. Although motel accomodations are plentiful, plans coordinated by the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation (MFEDC) are underway for a downtown hotel/conference development. The $26 million project is to offer 150 rooms in five-level structure with 80,000 square feet of the 130,000-square-foot center devoted to restaurant, lobby, office and meeting space, including a ballroom.
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he Highland Lakes offer a great diversity of houses of worship. This includes all major Protestant denominations, Catholic, a Torah study group and even a Buddhist temple. Many of them, beyond regular worship services, offer a variety of special programs and activities for youth, for choirs and religious music, community events and more. A number of houses of worship offer religious schooling for various grade levels, as well. Due to its picturesque beauty, the Highland Lakes area is also the site for number of summer church camps for youths and retreat centers for adults. Available religious services have strong ties to the community, with frequent bake sales, fundraisers, charity events and activities, and support and study groups. See the church calendar and briefs in The Highlander and Burnet Bulletin. BERTRAM Burnet Main Street Baptist One Desire Church- 102 West Church- 401 North Main Street Farm-to-Market Road 2434 Burnet Presbyterian ChurchFirst Cowboy Church of Burnet Texas 29 at Pierce Street County- Texas 29 and County Burnet Primitive Baptist Road 252 Church- 2944 Texas 29 East Ambassadors for Christ Church at The Epicenter- 2401 Church- 4030 Texas 29 East North US 281 Bertram Church of Christ- 535 East Lake Fellowship- 13218 North West Street Ranch to Market Road 2341 Cumberland Presbyterian Episcopal Church of the Church of Bertram- 430 Texas Epiphany- 601 North Wood 29 West Street First Christian Church- 410 First Baptist Church- 108 South North West Street Vanderveer Street First Baptist Church of First Christian Church Bertram- 325 South Gabriel (Disciples of Christ) of BurnetStreet 204 East Graves Street First United Methodist ChurchFirst Lutheran Church- 133 115 East North Street Apollo Drive Holy Cross Catholic ChurchFirst United Methodist Church 520 Texas 29 East of Burnet- 301 East Graves Joppa Church- 8425 County Street Road 210 Hill Country Fellowship- 200 Houston Clinton Drive BRIGGS The Tabernacle- 2802 South Briggs Baptist Church- 505 Water Street Loop 308 Jesus Cristo La Roca Viva656 Park Road 4 BUCHANAN DAM Lake Victor Baptist ChurchBuchanan Dam Church of 3030 Farm to Market Road 2340 Christ- 901 Lillian Dean Living Word Missionary Buchanan West Baptist Church- 813 Buchanan Drive Church- 850 Lillian Dean at New Life Church of BurnetTexas 261 303 Bluebonnet Drive Chapel Of The Hills Baptist Oaks West Church of ChristChurch- 19135 Texas 29 East 204 Second Street Cross and Spurs Cowboy Our Mother of Sorrows Church- 100 Lillian Dean Catholic Church- 507 Buchanan First Union Church Drive Interdenominational- 1500 Vanderveer Street Church of Texas 261 Christ- 102 South Vanderveer Genesis Lutheran ChurchStreet 15946 Texas 29 East Victory Baptist Church- 4150 Highland Lakes United Texas 29 East Methodist Church- 8303 West Ranch to Market Road 1431 COTTONWOOD SHORES Birth of Hope Baptist ChurchBURNET 621 Magnolia Lane Burnet Assembly of God- 807 East White Street GRANITE SHOALS Burnet Church of Christ- 2805 Granite Fellowship- 8102 Water Street Ranch to Market Road 1431
West Highland Lakes Seventh Day Adventist Church- 6642 Ranch to Market Road 1431 West Christ Redeemer Fellowship of Granite Shoals- 2001 Phillips Ranch Road First Baptist Church of Granite Shoals- 505 South Phillips Ranch Road Grace United Methodist Church- 4007 Valley View Lane Harvest Time Worship Center722 Ranch to Market 1431 West Primera Iglesia Bautista Calvario of Granite Shoals3406 Prairie Creek Road HOOVER VALLEY Hoover Valley Baptist Church8320 County Road 116 HORSESHOE BAY Church at Horseshoe Bay600 Hi Ridge Road Hill Country Bible Churchof Lake LBJ - 24101 Texas 71 St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Chapel- 201 Dalton Circle KINGSLAND Christian Worship Center- 879 Ranch to Market Road 3404 Packsaddle Fellowship- 508 Ranch to Market Road 2900 First Baptist Church of Kingsland- 3435 Ranch to Market Road 1431 West Highland Lakes Baptist Church- 716 Ranch to Market Road 2900 Highland Lakes Church of Christ- 2310 Ranch to Market Road 1431 West Kingsland Community Church1136 Ranch to Market Road 1431 St. Charles Catholic Church205 Trinity Drive Smoking for Jesus Ministry1804 Farm to Market Road 2342 MARBLE FALLS Anchor of Hope Church- 906 King Road Central Texas Cowboy Church1107 Ranch to Market Road 1431 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- 200 Via Viejo Cross Stone Church- 2400 Commerce Street Elevate Church- Lakeside Pavilion-307 Buena Vista Drive Fellowship Baptist Church2702 Mormon Mill Road First Assembly of God- 96 Main Street First Baptist Church of Marble Falls- 901 La Ventana Drive First United Methodist of
CHURCHES Marble Falls- 1101 Bluebonnet Drive Gospel Light Baptist Church1107 Avenue K Granite Mountain Baptist Church- 500 Ranch to Market Road 1980 Hope Lutheran Church (LCMS)3411 US 281 North Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses- 1607 Mormon Mill Road Lake Country Church of Christ102 Ranch to Market Road 1431 Lake Shores Church- 704 US 281 North Living Word Lutheran Church918 Second Street Marble Falls Church of Christ711 Broadway Street Mustard Seed Ministries118 Starhorn Drive Providence Reformed Baptist Church- meeting at the Harmony School of Creative Arts- 1503 Mormon Mill Road St. Frederick Baptist Church301 Avenue N St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church- 105 Ranch to Market Road 1431 East St. Peter’s Lutheran Church1803 Ranch to Market Road 1431 West St. Andrew Presbyterian Church- 201 Ranch to Market Road 1431 Smithwick Church of Christ10804 Ranch to Market Road 1431 East Trinity Anglican Church19039 Adrian Way Trinity Episcopal ChurchCorner of Avenue D at Ranch to Market Road 1431 United Pentecostal Church407 Avenue N Victory Church of Highland Lakes- 900 Avenue Q Wat Nitadsasanakhun Buddhist Temple- 300 Double Creek Road SUNRISE BEACH VILLAGE Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church- Ranch to Market Road 2233 Sunrise Beach Federated Church- 117 W Lakeshore Drive First Baptist Church of Sunrise Beach- 606 Ranch to Market Road 2233 SPICEWOOD Pedernales River Fellowship22800 State Highway 71 Spicewood Baptist Church7903 County Road 404 Spicewood Church of Christ312 Bailey Lane
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urnet County can make a credible claim to being the best part of the Hill Country, which in turn is the thought by many to be the best part of Texas. While Burnet County is well known for the growth of bluebonnets, the Texas state flower, it is not as well known that the county has experienced magnanimous financial, commercial and residential growth as well. Lakes, championship golf courses, fabulous vistas, outdoor activities, good food and wine, first-class medical and health care facilities and great Texas music combine for some of Burnet County’s best points of interest for those visiting, as well as those making a new home here.
It’s one of those places that sells itself with its abundance of tourism, pleasant and affordable retirement living and appealing recreation options. It continues to grow and change at a rapid pace. While agriculture and a rural lifestyle still largely define the culture here, more and more, commuters, retirees, lake enthusiasts and others who want to escape from bigcity living for a weekend or a lifetime are coming to this part of the Texas Hill Country. This growth has been managed by Burnet County
leadership, including Judge James Oakley, and Commissioners Pct. 1 Jim Luther Jr., Pct. 2 Russell Graeter, Pct. 3 Billy Wall and Pct. 4 Joe Don Dockery. Their leadership is accompanied by that of County Attorney is Eddie Arredondo, and four Justices of the Peace; Pct. 1 Roxanne Nelson, Pct. 2 Lisa Whitehead, Pct. 3 Peggy Simon, and Pct. 4 Debbie Bindseil New multi-family, medium income housing is sprouting up in the cities of Marble Falls and Burnet, the latter of which has been seeing increase of success with the MyTown Housing initiative, which builds medium income homes in the place of dilapidated structures in the city. A single-family development is in the early stages on the south side of the City of Burnet, as well as a large multi-family and
single-family development south of Marble Falls near the Blanco County line. While the ghosts of communities like Oatmeal, Joppa, Lake Victor and Fairland loom on winding roads, other small towns in the county like Bertram, Granite Shoals and Cottonwood Shores are starting to prosper. Several residential developments have begun around the city of Bertram. The county’s two population centers are Marble Falls, the commercial hub, and Burnet, the county seat. Both have experienced exceptional growth in the past decade. On the southern end of the county a new Baylor Scott & White hospital saw completion in the summer of 2015, giving Burnet County multiple medical centers in its two major cities. A variety of factors make continued
growth inevitable. Although granite and other bedrock underlie much of the county, some of the state’s finest vineyards have sprung from its soil while challenging golf courses have been coaxed from arid locations elsewhere, notably in affluent Horseshoe Bay. Inks Lake State Park, one of two distinguished state parks in the county, has seen a regular increase of visitors and plans to expand its facilities. Burnet County is the home of rich history and long-told legends dating back to the frontier days following the annexation of Texas to the United States in 1845. Some of its recognized landmarks bear witness to its early founders and settlers. After Texas became a state, federal government became responsible for the protection of settlers from Native American
raids. Several companies of Texas Rangers were stationed along the frontier and in December of 1847 a company commanded by Henry E. McCulloch established what became known as McCulloch’s Station, later to be named Fort Croghan, the third of four frontier forts established in the region. The site was named for Col. George Croghan who was a hero at the battle of Fort Stephenson in the War of 1812. The area along with a creek flowing through the area was commonly called Hamilton or Hamilton Valley for John Hamilton, who had a large plot of land there. The town was founded as Hamilton in 1852, when Burnet County was established. Because another town north of Lampasas was named Hamilton, the new settlement was renamed in 1858 for David Gouverneur
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Burnet, the first provisional president of the Republic of Texas. The City of Marble Falls was named for its natural falls situated in the Colorado River, which were submerged by Lake Marble Falls when Max Starke Dam was built in 1951. Marble Falls was founded in 1887 by Adam Rankin Johnson, a former Indian fighter and Confederate general and Captain Brandt Badger, a Georgia native who had served in the Confederate Army from Texas during the Civil War. The county’s unique geologic formations are central to two of its most popular landmarks Longhorn Cavern State Park, south of Burnet just off Park Road 4, contains awesome formations formed centuries ago when water ground levels began to drop, dissolving solid limestone and cutting great
underground stream beds from the rock. It is this unusual combination of dissolving and cutting that makes Longhorn Cavern one of the most unique caves of the world. The cave has been used as a shelter since prehistoric times and later by Civil War Soldiers and Prohibition era businessmen. Two miles south of Marble Falls on County Road 401 is Dead Man’s Hole, a deep well-like fissure cloaked in controversy and infamy. The 15-story sinkhole got its name in the 1860’s, when rumors spread that Confederate fanatics had murdered Union sympathizers, and dumped their bodies into the hole’s black maw. Today, Dead Man’s Hole is listed as a State Historical Site. Seven feet wide at the lip, the sinkhole gradually flares to a width of 50 feet at the bottom.
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Multiple medical facilities, physicians and caregivers
he Highland Lakes has become a regional medical hub with an ever-growing medical community and facilities. Baylor Scott & White (BS&W) Medical Center – Marble Falls, the new acutecare hospital at 800 Texas 71 West opened its doors on Aug. 3, 2015. With the adjacent BS&W Specialty Clinic – Marble Falls, completed in 2013, they make up the Wayne & Eileen Hurd Regional Medical Center. The 46-bed hospital offers 30 medical-surgical beds, an eight-bed intensive care unit (ICU), two operating suites, and eight women’s services beds to include three labor/
delivery/recovery rooms. The current 188,000-square-foot construction is designed for future expansion to include two additional operating suites, four additional ICU beds and 30 additional general medical-surgical beds. The BS&W Healthcare System extends locally in its Central Texas Region in other resources. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Llano, 200 West Ollie Street, was known as Llano Memorial Hospital for 50 years prior to a merger with Scott & White Healthcare in 2011. In addition to medical specialties such as obstetrics, orthopedics,
urology, podiatry and cardiology, the facility has surgical, laboratory, diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine and rehabilitation resources, and is a local source for hospice and home care. Baylor Scott & White Clinics – Newest among outlying BS&W Central Texas Region Clinics is the Kingsland facility, which opened in August 2012 on Farm to Market Road 2341 and Ranch to Market Road 1431. The 15,000-squarefoot clinic has two treatment rooms, an occupational therapy room, on-site X-ray and laboratory services. The location also houses the Kingsland Emergency
Medical Services (EMS) station. Others include the primary care clinics in Marble Falls, 706 Avenue G; Llano, 102 East Young Street; Burnet, 101 E. Jackson Street; Johnson City, 208 Haley Road, and San Saba, 2005 West Wallace Street. Seton Highland Lakes Hospital, 3201 South Water Street, Burnet, has been part of the Seton hospital family since 1997. Modern Healthcare magazine named it as the top-ranked health system in Texas. The hospital features a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite with the most modern equipment. The hospital offers nephrology
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services, an emergency room, laboratory testing, radiology services, a medical/ surgical unit, physical therapy and a special care unit. Clinics of the Seton Burnet Healthcare Center around the hospital around the hospital offer cardiac and pulmonary rehab services as well as neurology. The Seton Children’s Care-a-Van is a mobile treatment center to help with minor illnesses, immunizations or physical exams directly in school, day care centers and other locations. Seton Healthcare Clinics – Marble Falls Seton Helathcare is in a new facility this year at 1800 Mormon Mill Road. It includes the Women’s Resource Center for gynecology, digital mammography, stereotactic biopsy and bone density testing; its Center for Physical Therapy, Sports
Medicine and Wound Care and services in diabetes management. Seton Kingsland, 525 Ranch to Market Road 2900, opened in 2013. The 6,000-square-foot facility has 12 exam rooms for primary and specialty care. Outpatient care is offered also through clinics in Bertram, 160 North Lampasas Street, and Lampasas, 1205 Plum Street. Hill Country Memorial Hospital opened in 1971 at 1020 Texas 16 in Fredericksburg. The 86-bed facility is the region’s largest hospital. Medical services and specialties include an emergency room, the HCM Breast Center, HCM Cancer Resource Center, baby and women’s health services, home care, hospice, orthopedic services and a sleep lab. HCM houses a
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Seton Highland Lakes Hospital is part of the top-ranked health system in Texas and provides a modern MRI suite, nephrology services, ER, lab and radiology, medical/surgical and therapy. rehabilitation clinic for physical therapy, occupation and speech therapy, cardiac and pulmonary rehab and wound healing. The Hill Country Memorial Specialty Clinic, which moved to Marble
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Marble Falls Seton Helathcare is in a new facility this year at 1800 Mormon Mill Road. It includes the Women’s Resource Center for gynecology, digital mammography, stereotactic biopsy and bone density testing; its Center for Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine and Wound Care and services in diabetes management. Hill Country Memorial Surgery Center, 204 Gateway North, Marble Falls, opened in 2013 and offers a variety of surgical options without going to a large hospital. Austin Heart opened its Marble Falls regional office in
1997 and moved in 2015 to newly constructed facilities to house also cardiovascular imaging at 103 Max Starke Dam Road. It has begun a second phase of construction of the facility that interfaces with the cardiac and vascular care of its central Heart Hospital
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NextCare Urgent Care at 1701 US 281 in Marble Falls is a seven-day-per-week minor emergency clinic with in-house labs and X-rays.
Estes Audiology’s Lakeview Hearing, 304B Highlander Circle, Marble Falls, has experienced audiologists committed to ensuring patients benefit from the latest technology.
Other resources A variety of specialty practices and individual and group physician practices in the region and ancillary healthcare services supplement the hospitalaffiliated groups. Synergy Advanced Imaging Center, 2511 US 281, Marble Falls, is a specialty imaging center providing mammography, nuclear medicine, video x-ray, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and bone density studies services. Vitalogy Skincare offers dermatology services throughout the Highland Lakes, with locations in Burnet, Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay and Westlake Dermatology has constructed an all new 24 • 2017 Newcomers’ Guide | HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS
Dental care resources include specialists such as Hill Country Pediatric Dentistry and Treehouse Children’s Dentistry in Marble Falls, and Parrish Dental in Llano. Vision care is available from opticians and optometrists in the area such as 20/20 Express in Marble Falls.
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Our cover art for this year’s Newcomers’ Guide is a cropped version of the latest painting by Bernie Sachs Ph.D, “A New Day Dawning.” To learn more about Bernie and his art, see page 25.
Mustang Lube home to one of Marble Fall’s most unique galleries
rt is everywhere in the Highland Lakes. It is displayed in art guild and private galleries. It beckons from boutique walls, restaurant venues and frame shops. Take the lobby and bays of Mustang Lube in Marble Falls. There you find works of Bernie Sachs, PhD. Sachs was once a newcomer to the area. He brought with him a love of painting, cultivated since wife Loraine gave him his first set of watercolors on the second anniversary of a marriage coming up on 55 years. He had a 37-year career as an educator and was just winding up tenure as headmaster of a Christian school in College Station when a chance meeting that brought him west. “Robert Carter was a car enthusiast like myself,” said
Sachs. “When he asked what I was going to do next with my life, he said, ‘I have a little lube shop in Marble Falls that would be just right for you.’ That shop has multiplied to a second in Kingsland under Sachs’ management and his art has grown also— in numbers as well as size. His mustang mural at the shop at 1604 Ranch to Market Road 1431 is an homage to Trigger, the faithful palomino steed of his childhood hero, Roy Rogers, with Enchanted Rock in the background. He created a baptistry for Iglesia del Dios Vivo on Fifth Street that takes the faithful to the banks of
the River Jordan. Sachs produces smaller commissioned works and paintings that are reproduced as prints and sold on www. BernieSachsArt.com. The ideas may come from something right in front of him or inspired by a small discovery that grows into a complete work. Many come with poetry that flows from his pen as easily as paint from his brush. A tangle of Rose of Sharon blossoms in the fence of the Wallace House on Third Street became “Talk of the Town.” Expressed poetically: “People can’t help starin’ at the old picket fence arm in arm with the lovely Rose of Sharon; Neither one carin’
who sees them.” His latest work, “A New Day Dawning,” grew from the discovery of a single bluebonnet standing forth in the crevice of a rock. He drew together other landscape, flora and fauna, including a Longhorn cow and calf, communing in the early morning light. As the poem goes: “The old oak has succumbed to a slow and silent death; And the rocks reveal An even older age; But, life goes on . . . There’s a NEW DAY DAWNING.” Visit Sachs down at the lube shop or on his website and discover how comfortable a newcomer can become.
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Golf course challenges are plenty in Highland Lakes
he Highland Lakes has plenty of golf courses with a mixture of challenges and beauty offered for those wanting to spend a great day golfing. Prices vary among the public courses. A portion of Legends Golf Course in Kingsland sits along the banks of the Colorado River, while the Lighthouse Country Club, also in Kingsland, meanders through the Packsaddle development. Hidden Falls Golf Club rolls through Meadowlakes, while Delaware Springs Golf Course in southern Burnet has Delaware Creek running
through it. The Llano River Golf Course lies on the banks of the Llano River, while the Blue Lake Golf Club hugs part of Lake LBJ. Blue Lake is a nine-hole course featuring extra sets of tees for each hole. Blue Lake peaks the talent of a golfer’s mid-iron shots with its small greens. The Point Venture Golf Club in Lago Vista is perched above Lake Travis on the
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north side. Point Venture offers a quality 9-hole course at reasonable rates. Golfers can play either nine or 18 holes. Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Lago Vista Golf Club combines breathtaking scenery with incredible golf. This par 72 18-hole championship golf course, designed in 1971 by Leon Howard, offers over 6500 yards of challenging play. Spicewood has Lakecliff on Lake Travis. Private courses include Summit Rock, a Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the Horseshoe Bay Resort, along with three Trent Jones courses in Slick Rock, Ram Rock and Apple Rock. The public has access to some of the courses through the resort’s hotel. Escondido, an exclusive course designed by Tom
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Largemouth bass flourish in Highland Lakes
ishing the Highland Lakes always provides plenty of big ones.
There are 13 major lakes in the Hill Country area and five in the Highland Lakes. Fishing Lake Marble Falls and LBJ are always steady because of the constant lake level, kept by the dams up and down the Colorado River. In the summer months, the best fishing comes from hitting the lake early and fishing in the shallows. The predominant fish caught in Marble Falls and Lake LBJ are largemouth bass, black bass, crappie and channel catfish. The fishing is so good in the Highland Lakes that Marble Falls High School has been the host for the state high school tournament for several years. The experienced anglers in the area know the hot spots and the methods for luring out the big ones.
Fishing along the old fault line in the lake that forms Marble Falls works. The falls are submerged, but can been seen from a boat. The fish hang around in that area. There is a drop that goes from like three feet to nine feet that they like. Lake Marble Falls is one of the best lakes for largemouth bass along with LBJ. The grasses in the lake have made for some obstacles for boaters. Catching the fish early in the day is also recommended. When the sun comes out the fish head for deeper waters. The fishing is great here. There are some better lakes, but as a group the Highland Lakes has some really good fishing.
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‘Geo wonders’ are on the horizon, down the next road The Highland Lakes area is home to many geographic wonders, some difficult to miss, and others that seem a secret known only to area residents. The first inkling of those wonders often strikes visitors at Lookout Mountain, a stop on Ranch to Market Road 1431 between Marble Falls and Kingsland. A cut for the roadway reveals a perfect geologic history that makes the overlook a frequent stop for university field trips and tourists alike. The summit stands at an elevation of 1,585 feet above sea level, nearly 150 feet higher than the surrounding countryside with a view of
the Colorado River valley winding east and west and Packsaddle Mountain to the south. Packsaddle Mountain rises to 1,628 feet, 650 feet above SH 71, but offers no public access to its summit. Still, a visit to the environs is rewarding. The mount was the site of Texas’ last major Indian battle in 1873 and the location of legend of the Los Almagres mine for which Jim Bowie searched. Records do suggest the Spanish operated a mine in the region and gold panners on the Llano River below still dream the dream sparked by flashes in their pans.
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Granite landscapes to the east and west along Texas Ranch to Market Road 1431 and north to south along Texas 29 provide travelers constant evidence of the igneous and metamorphic rocks of Precambrian age that comprise the Llano Uplift. Granite outcroppings cradle the Llano River as it moves through the City of Llano and forms the low water crossing of the Kingsland “Slab,” County Road 307/Farm to Market Road 3404. Stone quarried in Granite Shoals is seen in the city hall building and the remains of Granite Mountain that provided the building blocks of the Texas Capitol building and the jetties of Galveston Bay are still mined in Marble Dead Man’s Hole, south of Marble Falls on County Road 401, is a deep well-like fissure cloaked in Falls controversy and infamy, named for the bodies of murdered Union sympathizers once dumped there. Devil’s Water Hole, located in Inks Lake State as a natural landmark,1971. the City of Marble Falls was County west FM 963. Park, 3630 Park Road 4, is ancient species of wildlife named is now hidden below Balcones Canyonlands one feature to explore among have adapted to an energythe U.S. 281 bridge over Lake National Wildlife Refuge, the granite knobs that dot the efficient life in permanent Marble Falls. located east of Marble Falls countryside south of Burnet. darkness in caves and However, view of a and just west of Lago Vista The Devil’s Waterhole humans have sheltered there spillway over limestone on Ranch to Market Road Overlook on the south side since prehistoric times. shelves—Pedernales Falls – 1431, meanders through of the road provides distant Legends say Texas awaits visitors to Pedernales canyons deeply etched into views to the waterfall of Rangers rescued a girl there State Park. Guests can the limestone of the Edwards Spring Creek over pink gneiss stolen by Indians and that it swim, tube and wade in a Plateau by river tributaries. rock outcroppings into Inks. hides a $2 million treasure 3.5-mile designated river Deep, clear-water pools Rocks up to 35 feet above cache of outlaw Sam Bass. recreation area. there are important sources the water’s surface attract Confederates are said to The park, open year of water for wildlife during cliff jumpers and swimmers have made gunpowder there round, is nine miles east a drought and the refuge with more pedestrian tastes during the Civil War and it of Johnson City on Blanco harbors 245 bird species reach the water with a brief harbored a speakeasy during County Farm to Market Road for part or all of the year, hike inside the park. prohibition. 2766. including the rare goldenThe Highland Lakes give The year-round Another landmark that cheeked warblers and blackeasy access to the limestone temperature of 66 degrees is difficult to miss is Round capped vireo. Hikers are wonders of the Edwards makes Longhorn Cavern a Mountain, the hill after which welcomed in the refuge, but Plateau. welcome retreat in summer. the neighboring town is camping is prohibited. Longhorn Cavern Walking tours take about an named. Another location to find State Park offers the most hour and twenty minutes to The hill was the site of beautiful water scenery is prominent of some 3,000 traverse one and a quarter many an Easter sunrise the privately owned Krause caverns in the labyrinth miles round trip. Abbreviated church service in midSprings in Spicewood which created in Cretaceous era tours are available on request twentieth century, and can can be reached via CR 408 or limestone that stretches east and special wildlife and be recognized by the two CR 413. The natural springand south from the Highland paranormal tours also are oaks on its peak. The hill fed grotto, surrounded by Lakes. scheduled. rests on private land, but can cypress trees and ferns, is a The cavern is located on The limestone that formed be viewed from a distance magical escape for those of 645.2 acres of land dedicated the cascade falls of the by those traveling eastward all ages. as a state park, 1932, and Colorado River after which down SH 71 and Blanco 32 • 2017 Newcomers’ Guide | HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS
WINERIES & BREWERIES
Burnet County a mecca for beer, wine connoisseurs Vinicultures and draught beer aficionados have shifted their focus from the rolling hills of Napa Valley and Spain to the rugged, rural Hill Country to seek out worthy wines and brews. Whether you’re in the mood for an earthy Mourvedre, a bold Cabernet, a spicy Syrah or a crisp, easy-drinking Viognier, you will find unique wines fermented with Texas grapes grown in spicy, peppery soil at a fraction of the cost of similar vintages in California and the Pacific Northwest. Grapes grow well in the Texas High Plains and the Hill Country, where the temperature and moisture is said to be similar to that of France, Spain and Italy, where many of the world’s
most expensive and soughtafter varietals are produced. Tempranillo, grown by the local Spicewood Vineyards as well as others in the area, is one of many types of grape that have successfully taken root in the area. If you’re more interested in a stocky stout or a pale ale, you’re still in the right place. Beer is produced locally at establishments like Double Horn Brewing Company in Marble Falls, which rotates its taps daily with offerings ranging from low-alcohol session beers to bready stouts and hoppy pale ales – some of which are produced on site. Pecan Street Brewing in Johnson City also produces craft beer that it pairs with its famous pizzas. Save the World Brewing in
Fall Creek Vineyards-Established in 1975 in Tow, where the sandy loam soil, warm days and cool breezes off Lake Buchanan provide an excellent microclimate for growing premium wine grapes. Farm to Market Road 2241 and County Road 222, Tow, 325-379-5361 Flat Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery— Established in 2000 between Marble Falls and Lago Vista, offers fine dining at The Bistro on site and at the Flat Creek Enoteca tasting room in Marble Falls proper (112 US 281), 24912 Singleton Bend East Road, Marble Falls, 512-267-6310 Perissos Vineyard & Winery, established in 1995, uses 100 percent Texasgrown grapes in its wines,
Marble Falls, which opened its doors in 2014, produces over six varied beers and donates all of its proceeds to charitable causes. On a large scale, Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco makes beer for a variety of palates, including Devil’s Backbone, a Belgian Tripel with a Texas twist. Hard liquor is even distilled in the Hill Country. Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye took the “American Micro Whiskey of the Year” award in the 2014 Whiskey Bible with its Cowboy Bourbon, one of several sampled on the “Sit and Sip” guided tour of the ranchdistillery. The following might feature in your own beverage tour of the area:
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Fall Creek Vineyards holds an annual grape stomp every August at the winery, located in Tow, inviting people to help participate in the wine-making process. 7214 Park Road 4 West, Pilot Knob Winery—a Burnet, 512-656-8419 newcomer founded in 2011
is named for the prominent volcanic formation southeast of the vineyard, 3125 County Road 212, Bertram, 512-4892999 Stone House Vineyard— produced its first vintage in 2000 and already garners awards from just 6.5 acres, 24350 Haynie Flat Road, Spicewood, 512-264-3630 Pontotoc Vineyard – located on SH 71 near the Llano and Mason county line, produces several vintages primarily of Tempranillo, and has been recognized with numerous awards. 512-6580023. Spicewood Vineyards— founded in 1992, has made its large meeting and event facility a community venue for the arts and celebrations, 1419 Burnet County Road 409, Spicewood, 830-6935328 Texas Hills Vineyard, established in 1995, features Italian-style wines, 878 RR
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Something for everyone among area festivals
arble Falls and the Highlander Lakes are filled with fun throughout the spring and summer. There is always the smell of barbecue, the sound of good music and festivals of all kinds to fit visitors passion for a getaway. Wildflower season peaks in April with one of Texas’ largest and oldest bluebonnet festivals in Burnet, drawing the curtain on a long spring calendar of Highland Lakes Area events. Jonestown holds its annual Cajun Food cook off in late March, and the Llano Crawfish Open attracts thousands of visitors from miles around for a taste of the season’s fresh mudbugs. April is the month of flight, beginning with the Balloons
Over Horseshoe Bay Resort festival in Horseshoe Bay, a three day event featuring hot air balloons, an air show and stunt sky divers. The balloon festival is followed by a different type of airborne beauties; The Balcones National Wildlife Refuge celebrates the spring passage of some very unique species of birds with the Balcones Songbird Festival in late April. Cook-offs hosted by state chili and barbecue leagues
Bri Bagwell performs on the main stage at one of the Burnet Bluebonnet festivals. The event brings the best in music, food and fun to the Highland Lakes.
are held in the spring time in Marble Falls and Burnet, including Howdy-Roo, which will be held Saturday, May 6. The local VFW and Reverend Jim’s on Lake Buchanan are popular spots for cookoffs. As the summer heats up, so does the action - rodeos take place in Burnet, Llano, Marble Falls, Lampasas and Johnson City, and for more of the cowboy experience, get a taste of old style ranch life at the October Chuck Wagon Cook-off and Heritage Days in Llano. Marble Falls has its own version of the May festival with MayFest, several days of carnival activities and live music. In June, the Adult Soapbox Derby takes over the Downtown Historic
District for the weekend to celebrate Father’s Day weekend. There are three days of racing for the popular event. Also beginning in May and running to late August, the Burnet Summer Concert Series is a summer-long lineup of live music performances in Haley Nelson Park. Area Independence Day celebrations include Llano’s Rockin’ Riverfest, Kingsland’s Aqua Boom and fireworks and a parade in Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay. Drag boats roar down Lake Marble Falls at LakeFest in August, and Bertram makes its ode to Oatmeal – the town and the food – in September with a parade, carnival and market festivities.
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Folk music lovers and fiddlers alike gather in Burnet in September for the Bluegrass Festival & Fiddler’s Fest. The Highland Lakes own up to the Hill Country music reputation with several large music festivals. In August, Beer by the Bay music festival hosted by Horseshoe Bay Resort is a series of concerts suited for beer and music lovers. September brings the Demolition Derby in Spicewood for some wreckin’ good fun. A relatively new festival created by local musician John Arthur Martinez, FiestaJAM, takes place in October and brings fun to beer, wine and music lovers with an all-day lawn concert, while simultaneously benefiting area student music and art programs. As the holiday season kicks off, several area communities are part of the Hill Country Trail of Lights,
Mr. Potato Head looks surprised at the trajectory of Third Street during the annual Soap Box Derby in downtown Marble Falls. This fun event is held every June as regular Joes and Jills build and race their own soapbox derby vehicles. including Walkway of Lights in Marble Falls, Johnson City Lights Spectacular, and Starry, Starry Nights in
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Cars collide at the Spicewood VFD Demolition Derby, held every September. It raises funds for the Spicewood VFD.
Fans come from all around and even as far as Austin to see the mayhem of the Spicewood VFD Demolition Derby.
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May Howdy-Roo CASI Chili Contest, Marble Falls Marble Falls MayFest, Marble Falls Burnet Summer Concert Series begins, Burnet Blue Bell – Bluegrass Classic Car Show, Llano Lampasas Riata Roundup Rodeo June Lonestar Adult Soapbox Derby, Marble Falls Llano County Open Pro Rodeo and Parade, Llano Burnet County Fair and Rodeo, Burnet 13th Annual Blanco Lavendar Festival, Blanco July Llano Rockin’ Riverfest, Llano Aqua Boom, Kingsland August Beer By the Bay Music
Festival, Horseshoe Bay LakeFest Drag Boat Races, Marble Falls Blanco County Fair, Rodeo and Big Carnival, Johnson City Oatmeal Festival, Bertram September Bluegrass Festival & Fiddler’s Fest, Burnet Demo Derby, Spicewood October FiestaJAM, Marble Falls Chuck Wagon Cook-off and Heritage Days, Llano Sculpture on Main, Marble Falls November – December Walkway of Lights, Marble Falls Starry Starry Nights, Llano December Main Street Bethlehem, Burnet
urnet combines a proud rail heritage for those who favor its simple but fulfilling allure with a lifestyle filled with attractive and family-friendly places.
The sparkling facelift to the former GallowayHammond Recreation Center that’s now operated by the YMCA of neighboring Williamson County which brought its wildly successful and acclaimed programs for everyone from kids to senior citizens, has been enthusiastically receivedThe 51-acre Haley-Nelson Park opened in 2013 and has been a sterling addition to Burnet’s roster of fun and exciting places for active kids and adults and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy fresh air, sunshine, kids soccer and music concerts at its pavilion. At the nexus of US 281
and SH 29, just down the road from the top of the Highland Lakes, Burnet continues to attrract people who want the convenience of nearby Austin without its accompanying hassle. Burnet remains the kind of Texas town where you can still drop by the local newspaper to show off the fish you caught and replay Friday night’s high school football game with someone you meet on the sidewalk downtown. Its people are friendly and they’re proud of their town, which began life in 1849 as Hamilton Valley, just across the creek from an Army outpost.
Today, Fort Croghan is preserved as a museum with several restored buildings and annual re-enactments of frontier life. Just to the east, business is still done in buildings that have occupied the Burnet County Courthouse square for more than a century. Guests sleep at a bed and breakfast once a stage stop, and restored steam engines chug into the train depot each weekend. Excellent public schools and a 25-bed Seton Highland Lakes Hospital are among outstanding community facilities, which also include a public golf course and the YMCA recreation center
offering everything from games and swimming to fitness programs. Its airport serves private aviators and is the base for the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, whose vintage air show is one of the year’s big events along with the Bluebonnet Festival in the spring and the fair and rodeo. Although the Austin metropolis is creeping nearer, optimists believe it won’t disturb Burnet’s small town values centered on family life, schools, church and civic activities. By the way, it’s pronounced BURN-it, not Burr-NET!
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Spurs and cotton candy: Rodeo season in the Hill Country
here are not many places in the country left where someone can wear their boots and spurs into the grocery store.
In the Highland Lakes, cowboy culture is alive and well, and that is made evident by the variety of community rodeos during the summer. The rodeo season begins in Lampasas with the Riata Roundup Rodeo on Friday, May 12 at the Bar 17 Arena. The Riata is a PRCA sanctioned event and will include goat roping, bull riding, and mutton busting will be available for children. In addition, youth ages 13-17 can enter the bucking pony contest. Also, at the festival, the 2016 Miss Riata Roundup
Queen and “Little Miss” princess will be crowned. In addition, a concert is planned from about 10 p.m. to midnight. For more information, please contact the Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce at 512-556-5172. The 82nd Llano County Open Pro Rodeo and Parade will be held the first week of June. See bronc bustin’, bull riding, barrel racing, mutton bustin’, and team roping at the James L Kuykendall Arena and Events Center at 2200 West RR 152, across from Robinson Park. For tickets
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and more information, call the Llano Chamber at 325-2475354 or go to llanochamber. org. The Burnet County Rodeo will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, this year. The rodeo will take place at the Burnet County Fairgrounds on Houston Clinton Drive, and will feature bull riding, mutton busting, calf roping, and a rodeo dance. This year’s fair will include a classic car show by Lake Area Rods and Classics
Car Club, a performed quickdraw gunfight by the Burnet Gunfighters, and competitions in the following divisions: arts and crafts; baked goods; clothing; fine arts; metal arts; needlework; photography; porcelain arts; potted plants; preserved foods; quilting; A Holiday Affaire; vegetables, fruits and herbs; and woodworking. The Marble Falls Rodeo takes place annually at the Charley Taylor Rodeo Arena on US 281. The Marble Falls
Rodeo Association will be hosting youth rodeo on July 12, slack rodeo on July 13, and the Open/Pro rodeo July 14-15. Events will include bareback and saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, ladies breakaway roping, Muttin Bustin, steer wrestling, team roping and a performance by trick riders. Visit www. marblefallsrodeo.org for more information. The rodeo season is hemmed up on the third week of August each year with the 87th Annual Blanco County Fair, Rodeo and Big Carnival, taking place Aug. 19-21 at the Johnson City fair grounds on US 281. The rodeo includes a youth rodeo, rodeo dance, and Big Street Parade, as well as a number of other activities. More information is available through the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce; 830-868-7684.
Live music diverse in Burnet County
If you cannot get your fill of live music in Burnet County then let us help you. Quality live music can be found in every nook, cranny and corning of the Highland Lakes Region. Music fans have plenty of opportunities to hear modern and traditional Texas country, as well as blues, Tejano and good ol’ rock n’ roll. Burnet’s Haley Nelson Park’s pavilion is home of the exciting summer concert series that features some of the top acts on the Texas music scene like Stoney LaRue, who closed up
Charlie Robison rocks the stage at Brass Hall during a Labor Day weekend show. Burnet County and the surrounding area is chock full of music venues featuring country, rock, blues, Tejano and more. last year’s Summer Music Concert. This year the Summer Concert Music series has The Texas Talent Showcase kicking off the series on May 27 with Andrew Ham, supported by The Steel Belts and the Sam Williams Band. Other dates include June 17 with Roger Creager
and Cameran Nelson; July 27 with Reckless Kelly and opening act Flatland Cavalry; and closing out the series on Aug. 20 will be Aaron Watson and special guest Randall King. In addition, you can find live music at the newly renovated Globe Theatre in Bertram with bands like
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Cottonwood Shores; On The Rocks, Cottonwood Shores; Angel’s Ice House, Spicewood; Poodie’s Roadhouse, Spicewood; West Cave Cellars Winery, Round Mountain; Buchanan Dam Beach Club, Buchanan Dam; Fuzzy’s Corner, Buchanan Dam; Pat’s Bar, Buchanan Dam; Pardner’s Nightclub, Buchanan Dam; Cafe 2300, Burnet; Trailblazer Grille, Burnet; Gum Springs, Briggs. These venues play live music on a regular basis but you can also catch some fine acts during the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival in April, The Burnet Blue Grass Festival in July and The Marble Falls Music Festival in June. Acts playing at major venues in the Highland lakes can be found in our Live Music Listings in the Highlander and Burnet Bulletin.
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