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Schulenburg has so many hidden treasures, you will want to spend days searching just to make sure you haven’t missed any.
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Schulenburg is the Heart of the Painted Churches of Texas. With six rural churches spread across the countryside, you will want to roll down the windows and take plenty of pictures while traveling to each of them. Spend the night, take the Two-Day Painted Church Tour so you can also visit one of our three museums or even a winery. We have nearly a dozen area bed and breakfast locations to experience the relaxing country atmosphere. For those of you who prefer the hotel amenities, we have those as well, positioned perfectly along Interstate 10. While in town take a stroll around the Main Street area. You will find a variety of mom and pop businesses that will cater to the German/Czech heritage that has helped to build the Schulenburg community. If you are looking for a venue to host a wedding or a company picnic, we have a few to choose from. Each one is uniquely designed to surely provide the perfect backdrop to your special day.
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For whatever occasion that has brought you to Fayette County, on behalf of the Schulenburg citizens and businesses, we extend to you a big Texas welcome to the Schulenburg area. Shop, dine, play and stay -- in our community beaming with small town personality. Come visit us and get to know all the hidden treasures our charming community has to offer. “Halfway to everywhere,” Schulenburg’s convenient proximity to our state’s metropolitan areas keeps you connected to the big cities while still affording the benefits and charm of small town living.
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There is no better time than now! Whether you are a future visitor looking to escape the urban daily grind, a growing family looking for a new place with small town values to call home, or that small business looking for one of the best places to start out, we look forward to meeting you and showing you first hand our friendly and welcoming environment. There’s something here for everyone. Get to know historic Schulenburg, you’ll be happy you did.
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Explore Historical Schulenburg Schulenburg, Texas is called a “railroad town,” “halfway to everywhere,” the “musician town,” “home of the painted churches,” “gateway to the rolling hills” and many others. It was founded when the Galveston, Houston and San Antonio Railway reached here in 1873. At that time the many people in the communities of Lyons and High Hill moved to the new railroad town of Schulenburg.
SCHULENBURG WAS NAMED AFTER LOUIS SCHULENBURG, WHO DONATED THE LAND FOR THE CITY. Schulenburg was named after Louis Schulenburg, who donated the land for the city. The community was granted a post office in 1874 and incorporated in 1875. Before the town of Schulenburg was born, English, German, Czech and other European citizens settled this area, bringing with them their religion beliefs, tools and way of life. Another land donor, John Christian Baumgarten Sr., was one of the original “Forty-eighters” from Germany. Baumgraten built a cottonseed-crushing plant in the community and also operated a lumberyard, planing mill, sash and door factory, and cotton gin. In 1883, he opened the Schulenburg Oil Mill, which manufactured Baumgarten Process Allison Flour from cottonseed.
In 1884, the community had 1,000 inhabitants, two churches, a bank, schools, thirteen general stores, and four saloons. Schulenburg had electric lights by 1896, and in 1900 the community had 1,149 inhabitants. By 1914, it had Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, and Methodist churches and the G. E. Ruhman plant, which manufactured steel furnaces and wire goods. The population of the town rose to 1,246 in 1920, 1,640 in 1930, and 1,970 in 1940. In 1945 Schulenburg had 112 businesses, including two manufacturing companies, three cotton gins, a machine shop, and the Stanzel Company—a model airplane factory. Today you can learn more about the Stanzel Company at the Stanzel Museum in Schulenburg. The population of the town continued to increase in the postwar period, reaching 2,207 in 1960, 2,347 in 1980, and 2,455 in 1990. The population was 2,699 in 2000 and 2,945 in 2015. Schulenburg has a rich musical heritage, especially polka music, and has had several orchestras. You can learn more at the Texas Polka Music Museum.
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The photo takes a look at Schulenburg’s Main Street in February 1895.
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Must see sites in Schulenburg VISITORS WILL WANT TO EXPERIENCE ALL OF THESE SCHULENBURG GEMS SCHULENBURG HISTORICAL MUSEUM
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Historic artifacts of the development of Schulenburg are on display. The Schulenburg Historical Museum was established by John and Karen Wolters. John is the great-grandson of Robert A. Wolters who started a mercantile business in Schulenburg and became one of its more prominent citizens. The building housing the current museum exhibits was the old Wolters Mercantile built in the early 1900s. The museum has been housed in this building since 1988 at the largesse of the Wolters family, but in December 2014 the Wolters estate gift-deeded the current building, and the building next door, to the museum. 631 N. Main St. | 979-743-2403 schulenburghistoricalmuseum.com
Fall fun for the whole family every October and November. Over 2.5 miles of paths in an eight acre field of corn. Everyone will also enjoy games, food, activities, and a petting zoo. It’s good farming fun for kids, parents and grandparents. The family also operates a dairy farm, offering artisan cheese and fresh yogurt all made with their own milk. 784 CR 251, Moulton | 361-287-2828 rockycreekmaze.com
Top, Schulenburg Historical Museum; top right, Rocky Creek Corn Maze; middle right, Texas Polka Music Museum; bottom right, Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum; bottom left, Tenth Frame Bowl. Photos by Lori Olivarez-Ligues.
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TEXAS POLKA MUSIC MUSEUM The Texas Polka Music Museum is dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of polka music in Texas by honoring Texas polka bands and musicians of Czech, German and Polish ancestry. Texas polka DJ’s are also honored for their contribution to preserving polka music. 712 Lyons Ave. | 979-743-4752 texaspolkamuseum.com STANZEL MODEL AIRCRAFT MUSEUM Guided tours give schools and visitors insight into the world of Stanzel Model Aircraft. Docents gladly share their knowledge of the exhibits in the three museums. The tour begins with a multimedia presentation showing the history of flight and how it passionately influenced Victor and Joe Stanzel. The factory wing of the Museum gives visitors an opportunity to experience the development and manufacturing of model aircraft in an era when aviation and rocket technology was in its infancy. Adjacent to the Museum is the historic home of Victor and Joe Stanzel’s grandparents, restored and furnished as it appeared in the late 1800s. 311 Baumgarten St. | 979-743-6559 TENTH FRAME BOWL This bowling alley, conveniently located within the city of Schulenburg, offers everything required for both beginners and expert bowlers. Contact them about the leagues in which you can participate and the equipment they provide. At the same location, you’ll find DJ’s Bar & Backyard featuring frequent live music and entertainment. 233 College St. | 979-743-6585 www.facebook.com/tenthframe
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MADE IN SCHULENBURG, TEXAS
Schulenburg’s Meat Markets BY MICHELLE BANSE STOKES PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY HENDERSON 9 || SCHULENBURG, SCHULENBURG,TEXAS TEXAS
It’s been decades since the old-fashioned meat market and butcher shop was a fixture in every small town in Texas. Rows of prepackaged meats at the local grocery store have taken misguided customers away from skilled meat cutters. Fortunately for Schulenburg, two specialty meat markets are thriving by offering products and selections that draw customers back time and time again. CITY MARKET Founded in 1945, City Market at 109 Kessler Avenue in Schulenburg is on its third generation of family ownership. Today, it is a father and son operation comprised of Roy Smrkovsky and his son, Lukas. “In high school, I wanted to do my own thing,” said Lukas. “I worked at City Market for my dad during the summer and after school but I didn’t discover an interest in it until after college. My wife and I are happy to be back in Schulenburg and raise our kids here. I never thought sausage making would be a passion of mine, but I take a lot of pride in making a good product that people enjoy. We focus primarily on sausage making and we are proud to make sausage for other meat markets and barbecue joints all over Texas. I like to describe City Market as mostly a sausage company that has a little barbecue restaurant attached to it.” At City Market, barbecue customers are welcome to go out to the pit room to order and watch their meat cut right in front of them on a butcher block that Lukas says is probably older than he is.
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Page 9, Lukas Smrkovsky of City Market prepares their signature smoked sausage; above, the market sign at Willie Joe’s ; bottom, the team at Willie Joe’s processes custom meat orders for their customers.
“The barbecue side is something my grandpa and dad did for years,” added Lukas. “Back in those days, barbecue wasn’t that popular – it was a way to sell undesirable meat. Now barbecue is all the rage but the way we prepare it hasn’t changed. We’ve done it like this a very long time and we have fun with it. It’s something we can do to give back to the community that has done so much for us.” In addition to sausage and barbecue, City Market also offers their own bacon and jerky, as well as fresh meats, raw steaks - prime and choice grade. Customers will also enjoy their marinated items that include rib eyes, fajitas and chicken. Ask for their homemade wieners made from a recipe that goes back to the 1940s. WILLIE JOE’S PROCESSING
Paddy is proud to offer a lot of custom cuts that a lot of other places don’t offer. They also vacuum pack all of their meats for freshness. Willie Joe’s distributes jerky all around the US but offers customers a walk-in meat counter, grass-fed and grainfed beef, custom processing, deer processing, and smoked meats. “Everything we make here is smoked in our plant,” added Judy Thompson, plant manager at Willie Joe’s. “We’ve been growing so fast,” said Paddy. “People keep finding this little shop in High Hill. We’re going to keep serving our customers the best way we know how.” “It’s all about the smiles on our customer’s faces,” said Judy.
Paddy and Kaaren Magliolo are the husband-and-wife team at Willie Joe’s Processing at 2218 Krischke Road in Schulenburg. Butchering is in Paddy’s blood – his grandfather was a butcher and ran a meat market in South Dakota in the 1940s. “I was an animal science major at Texas A&M,” said Paddy. “I was also in the restaurant business for 12 years before this, mostly with barbecue. I’ve always been interested in meat and cattle and worked as a ranch manager for a big ranch here in Schulenburg. Growing up, I spent a lot of time working on my grandfather’s cattle ranch. The meat industry really caught my attention after going into the restaurant business and I wanted to go further. When Willie Joe Svetlik approached me that he was ready to retire, it was a perfect fit. My wife and I are raising our kids in Schulenburg and this has been great for us.”
Bottom left, husband and wife team Paddy and Kaaren Magliolo; top right, the storefront of City Market; bottom right, father and son team Roy and Lukas Smrkovsky.
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HONORING THEIR HERITAGE
Svetlik Farm BY EMILY HENDERSON
Svetlik Farm is a rustic and elegant wedding and event venue located in High Hill, Texas. This special place holds cherished family history, dating back over 70 years. The beautifully renovated venue you see today used to be a full-functioning barn, where the Svetlik family lived and worked. The Wick sisters, Jackie, Shelly and Debbie, granddaughters of Willie and Louise Svetlik, had a vision of transforming their grandfather’s old hay and livestock barn, into an event venue that exudes elegance - all while honoring the Svetlik name and heritage. “From the beginning, our hope for this venue was to preserve the Svetlik name,” said Erica Strickland, Debbie’s daughter-in-law and social media manager for Svetlik Farm. “We want to share this special place with newly married couples and their families so they, too, can have memories that they will cherish for a lifetime. What better way to honor our beloved family than to have an abundance of love and celebration under one roof for years to come?” The barn was built in the 1950s after their family purchased the property. “Grandpa and Grandma Svetlik lived off the land, raising cows, chickens, pigs, and turkeys,” shared Debbie. “The field adjacent to the once lived-in farmhouse, now a bridal suite, boasted a three-acre private garden which fed the family. When there was a surplus, locals came to pick for their own tables. The back pastures were used for cash crops, which the family worked together.” Mother of the sisters, Delores Wick, was the oldest of five children. One of Shelly’s favorite stories, as told by her mother, reveals why they chose the windmill as their logo. “It’s a symbol of bringing their family together,” Shelly said. “Mom told us they would be working in the fields and grandma would cut Top, a couple enjoys a dance at Svetlik Farm; bottom, the Svetlik sisters stand proudly in front of their remodeled family farm.
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the windmill on when it was time to eat. That’s how they knew lunch was ready.” The sisters fondly recalled stories of spending weekends on the farm with their grandparents while growing up. Grandpa Svetlik was a family-centered man and wanted to live within walking distance to a church. This way, they could always get to Sunday service even if he had to stay behind to work the farm. That was the motivation behind buying this specific plot right down the road from Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, in High Hill. The sisters chuckled as they recalled wearing their grandpa’s boots to go feed the pigs, whose pens were where the parking lot is now located. “They came all the way up to our hips and we would get stuck in the mud, so we would tumble out and stomp all the way back to the house barefoot – covered in muck,” shared Debbie.
Grandma Svetlik was a wonderful baker, and the family has great memories of enjoying her delicious kolaches, cookies, homemade noodles, and bread. Their grandmother was a classic matriarch, and the sisters’ fondness of her poured out as they spoke of her.
From the beginning, our hope for this venue was to preserve the Svetlik name. “Our grandma would milk the cows, and she would squirt the barn cats,” Jackie stated while laughing, endearingly. “After her five children were grown, she would always bring the family together again for Christmas on the farm.”
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While updating the barn, the family aimed to keep the structure’s original details, highlighting its history and sentimental significance. The beams overhead, as well as the visible tin roof, are its authentic mid-century materials. All of the design choices were handled by the family, truly making it a product of love. There are many folks behind the scenes who help keep the Svetlik Farm wheels spinning and they are the definition of a real family-owned business. To give you some perspective – from the electrical work, to lawn-mowing, and even building the farmhouse tables and silo bar – all of this work is done by the family. Svetlik Farm is located at 2616 FM 2672 in Schulenburg and online at www.svetlikfarm.com. Top, the Wick sisters : Jackie, Debbie and Shelly.
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FRESH BAKED GOODNESS
Original Kountry Bakery BY MICHELLE BANSE STOKES PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY HENDERSON
There’s a hub of activity at Original Kountry Bakery in Schulenburg every morning, all the way through lunch. The rich scent of baked goods radiates to the welcoming front porch - you’d be hard pressed to find anything that smells better than fresh baked kolaches. Lynn Heller is carrying on a family tradition started by her parents, Clarence and Evelyn Besetsny, in 1979. “Mom was Czech and she started baking at home,” said Lynn. “Growing up in the country, I recall taking her baked goods into town to people. My dad, who is of German descent, was a farmer but that really wasn’t going well. They decided to purchase this house and turn it into a bakery. Mom and Dad both mixed the dough and baked, along with the help of the Schoeneberg ladies. I was nine years old when they opened the bakery up and so my first job was making boxes. In high school, I went to school half a day and then I would come here and work. After I
graduated, I ended up staying here and working up front. When Mom retired, we got into baking pies and birthday cakes.” Conveniently located right along Highway 77 in Schulenburg, Original Kountry Bakery is easy to find and a known hot spot amongst travelers. “People from all over were quick to find us,” added Lynn. “We get a lot of travelers from Houston on their way to San Antonio and, to this day, people will come in and say, ‘You know, we can’t pass Schulenburg without stopping here.’” Today, Lynn is hands on, running the bakery and working alongside her tenured employees.
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Top, Lynn Heller displays her kolaches, just the way her mother used to make them.
“We really appreciate our customers,” said Lynn. “We hear so many good things from the customers and we just want to keep it going. We plan to update the inside soon, but nothing major. I want to keep it the same because why mess up a good thing? Original Kountry Bakery is a legacy to my parents and we wouldn’t be here without them. We will be serving fresh baked goods and lunches to our customers for years to come.”
Original Kountry Bakery is located at 110 Kessler Avenue (Business Highway 77) in Schulenburg and online at theoriginalkountrybakery. com.
You know, we can’t pass Schulenburg without stopping here.
Top, customers can hardly resist the yummy goodness in the case; bottom left, Lynn stands in front of the bakery’s porch; bottom right, Lynn’s mother Evelyn Besetsny.
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GENERATIONS OF SUCCESS
Schulenburg Printing a Office Supplies BY MICHELLE BANSE STOKES PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY HENDERSON
With an estimated population of nearly 3,000, Schulenburg is far from being considered a metropolis. Although some people leave small town life for big city dreams, Roland Proske decided to return to the area he called home and take his trade, along with his family, to settle in Schulenburg. With his hard work and perseverance, the iconic Schulenburg Printing was established in 1978 with partners Adolph Proske and Jerome Pavliska. Today, Schulenburg Printing is still a family affair. Roland’s son, Jeff Proske and Adolph’s sons, Randy and Chris Proske, sit at the helm, along with their wives, Terry, Phyllis and Emma and extended family who all work alongside their long-tenured employees. As a team, they offer the experience of dealing with virtually every aspect of the printing, office supplies, office furniture, promotional item and janitorial products business. “My father moved us back here in the ‘70s when I was a freshman in high school,” shared Jeff. “It was a hard move but also
actually a pretty good time – it was the best move. Dad and his partners started the business in a central location and Schulenburg is conveniently located between Houston, San Antonio, and Austin … and close enough to Moulton, where he and Adolph grew up. I actually ran a press for him, cleaned up around the place and did whatever he needed.” The rest is family history. Randy joined Roland in the move to Schulenburg to be a pressman, and after Jerome left the business, Randy became a partner, eventually climbing to president. Chris joined the business in 1982, and Jeff in 1984 after graduating from college. Both became partners in 1984. And it didn’t take more than a nudge to convince Jeff’s son, Doran, to come home after college and settle in Schulenburg three years ago. He already works for Schulenburg Printing and it looks like he’ll
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Left to right, Doran Proske, Jeff Proske, Randy Proske, Chris Proske.
It’s always been a family affair. likely take over the reins one day. Well, that’s if he can convince his dad to reluctantly retire. “We’re very fortunate to have a generation behind us,” said Jeff. “I’m very fortunate that my son decided to come back and I know he did it for my father. He was really close to him and I know he didn’t want to see what he built go away. Plus, he wanted to live around here and loves being in a small town, which is unusual for most these days. Within the next 10 years I would hope to retire but with my son coming along, that has given me more energy. I want to help him build something that can sustain him, his family, and their employees. I’ll work here until I feel like I don’t want to. I give a lot of credit to my father for building this company the right way and instilling in all our employees, myself, and my two cousins the work ethic and what’s important about taking care of your customers.” Recognizing his community, Jeff is quick to voice an appreciation for their support. “I love what I do,” shared Jeff. “I don’t know what else I’d do. Our employees are a very dedicated and outstanding team, an extension of our family. They are customer friendly, hardworking, and just great to be around. And I love Schulenburg and being active in the community. We couldn’t do what we do without our loyal customers and community. We offer top notch customer service and our customers appreciate our hands on approach to serving them. We’re going to keep doing business our way with personalized service to each and every customer. That’s what Dad instilled in us.” Home base remains in the original location in downtown Schulenburg but they’ve also expanded their sales territory to cover an 80-mile radius. Schulenburg Printing and Office Supplies is located at 705 Upton Avenue and online at www.schulenburgprinting.com.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Schulenburg FFA General Ag-Mechanics Show & Livestock Show
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Picnic
Veteran’s Memorial Service - Praha
Knights of Columbus Dinner
St. John The Baptist Church Picnic Ammannsville
St. Mary’s Parish Turkey Dinner High Hill
Shark’s Swim Team Dinner
Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Schulenburg Volunteer Fire Department Dinner
Schulenburg Little League Dinner
Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce Wine Walk
Catholic Daughters Dinner Knights of Columbus Dinner & Tarok Tournament MARCH Schulenburg ISD PTO Dinner St. Rose Church Spring Festival
Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce 90 Miles on 90 JULY St. Cyril & Methodius Feast-Dubina St. John’s Annual 4th of July Picnic Moravia Church Feast
Knights of Columbus Dinner
Miss Schulenburg Pageant (Jr. Miss, Young Miss, Little Miss & Mr.)
Altar Society Dinner
Garden Club Annual Flower Show
Prazska Pout – St. Mary’s Catholic
Knights of Columbus Dinner
Church Picnic in Praha - Always the 15th
American Legion Dinner
St. Mary’s Catholic Church Picnic in High Hill
MAY Schulenburg Bull Bash Knights of Columbus Mother’s Day Dinner
OCTOBER Knights of Columbus Dinner VFW Ladies Auxiliary Dinner
VFW Post #5623 Memorial Day Service
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Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce Shop Local Days DECEMBER St. Rose Catholic School Christmas Around The World Santa’s Party In The Park & Lighted Christmas Parade Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce Shop Local Days Christmas Tree Decorating Contest Residential and Commercial Decorating Contest
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Schulenburg Sausagefest FIRST SATURDAY IN APRIL - UNLESS THAT’S EASTER WEEKEND, THEN WE CHANGE THE DATE! Fun Run • Sausage-Making Contests Wine, Pickles & Sauerkraut Contests American Legion Riders Motorcycle Ride Children’s Activities • Arts & Crafts Wine Ring Toss • Texas’ Shortest Parade Hog Calling Contest • Sausage Toss
90 Miles on 90 What is 90 Miles on 90? More than 90 miles of yard and antique sales along Highway 90 and throughout Schulenburg, Sealy, Columbus, Glidden, Weimar, Flatonia, Waelder, Harwood, Luling, Seguin, Geronimo and McQueeney. Always held the second weekend in June.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Schulenburg Festival Whether you seek culture, community, or comfort food, the Schulenburg Festival proves that small Texas towns know how to throw big celebrations. Come out and bask in cutting edge entertainment with some of the top musical acts in Texas, CPRA/UPRA Rodeo presented by Cadillac Rodeo Company, arts and crafts show, food contests, parades, sporting events, softball, golf, fun run, baseball, pageants, and even tricycle races … and so much more. Don’t miss the National Party of Texas! Always the first weekend in August and always at Wolter’s Park in Schulenburg. Visit www.schulenburgfestival.org for more information.
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Emily and Michael Castillo are experienced chefs catering to the Central Texas area. From simple comfort food to extravagant culinary experiences, the chefs will work with your budget to make your next event unforgettable. Offered services include:
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HISTORIC SCENIC & DRIVING TOUR
Home of the Painted Churches The Painted Churches are located in the communities of Dubina, High Hill, Praha, and Ammannsville. They appear unassuming as you approach them, but as you enter the front doors prepare to have your breath taken away by the incredible beauty found inside.
A tour unlike any other. Schulenburg’s Painted Church Historic Tour is one of the top destinations in the world! The churches are all active and do conduct services on Saturdays and Sundays. You may tour the churches Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but please be respectful of any events or services that you may encounter. In addition, the church at Praha requests that all visitors be out of the church by 3 p.m. on Saturdays. To book a Tour of the Painted Churches or for more information, please call (979) 743-4514. 26 | SCHULENBURG, TEXAS
Pictures above, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville. All photos by Emily Henderson.
Top photos, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Praha; bottom photos, Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Dubina. Photos continue on page 28. All photos by Emily Henderson.
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St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in High Hill. All photos by Emily Henderson.
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Vintage Charm in Schulenburg
Rosie’s Homestead is an early 1900’s family farmhouse that has been newly and meticulously remodeled in the Schulenburg area. It comfortably sleeps 16! The home’s location is perfect for hosting guests planning to visit: Svetlik Farms (9.5 miles), The Oaks of High Hill (11 miles), Swiss Alp Hall (12 miles), Majek Vineyard & Winery (12 miles), Moravia Vineyard and Winery (12 miles), Moravia Store (13 miles), Jack & Mary’s (8.7 miles), Twin Oaks Ranch (17 miles), St. Mary’s Church Praha (on cover of magazine, 5 miles).
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Crossroads of the Texas Hill Country
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EXPERIENCE THE RUSTIC SIDE OF SCHULENBURG
The Farmhouse & Cabin at Freyburg BY MICHELLE BANSE STOKES PHOTOGRAPHY BY BART BENTON
Romantic rooms in a vintage farmhouse and rustic cabin, aglow with the patina of lovingly restored collectibles, welcome guests and invite them to get cozy. The front porches offer breathtaking views of wide open pastures that give way at night to a sky full of sparkling wonder. It’s the picture most people conjure when they imagine renting a place to escape the big city lights. And it’s an accurate portrait. You’d be hard pressed to find a more peaceful place to stay on your next visit to Schulenburg. “Both places are peaceful and quiet,” said Joey Gooch of The Farmhouse and Cabin at Freyburg. “We have a lot of repeat customers who have enjoyed staying here for the tranquility, giving people a serene getaway. And we’ve
been at it awhile. My mother and I started doing this over 30 years ago.” Keeping the traditions that his mother, Lucille Gooch, originally instilled in him, Joey takes great pride in making sure his guests have a comfortable place in the country to enjoy. “The Farmhouse boasts a big, back deck with plenty of privacy,” added Joey. “There’s also a propane barbecue pit, a large fire pit with firewood supplied, and a walking trail where guests can enjoy viewing wildlife in their native habitat along with a variety of birds and butterflies. And the best part? There’s no wi-fi, only a regular TV. It’s an opportunity to unplug and unwind.
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“The cabin overlooks a large area where guests can enjoy cattle in the pasture, as well as deer and sometimes wild turkeys. At night, when the stars come out, guests will want to sit out on the porch and take in the cool breeze. This location does have wi-fi and a regular TV, as well.” Repeat guests brag on both locations, for good reason, and find themselves returning again and again. “We have one couple from Freeport that have been coming for years and said if they ever retire, they want to come live here,” said Joey with a smile. “Another man came from Fredericksburg for the Round Top Antique Weekend and stayed 16 days with us, not minding the short drive every day to the festival.” Close to the painted churches tour, as well as venues such as Svetlik Farm, you’re encouraged to call 979-561-8753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your next stay in Schulenburg.
Enjoy rustic Schulenburg at The Farmhouse & Cabin at Freyburg. Left facing page, the kitchen at the Cabin; top, the Cabin; bottom, the bedroom at the Farmhouse.
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SCHULENBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER DIRECTORY ADVERTING/PUBLIC RELATIONS
McDaniel & Co. 4116 FM 2672, Schulenburg 979-561-8600
Audio-Video Plus 250 Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4485
Goose’s Roost Ranch Cottages 815 Scotts School Road, Flatonia 361-772-0310
Bumper Crop Texas 804 Bohlmann Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4157
Arts For Rural Texas 114 North Live Oak Street, Fayetteville 979-378-2113
Guest House at Twin Oaks Ranch 8289 US Highway 77 North, Hallettsville 512-810-9813
BWI Companies 100 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-4581
Hallet Oak Gallery 115 North Main Street, Hallettsville 361-217-7030
Hattie’s Haus 12020 FM 1383, Schulenburg 979-250-1735
Farmers Co-Op Mill & Feed 811 Bohlmann Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-3153
Twisted Steel Design 113 Post Office Street, Weimar 979-484-2122
Middle Creek Place 2301 Demel Road, Schulenburg 979-743-4907
AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING
Leon’s Electric & Plumbing, Inc. 719 Upton Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-3056
Don Blansitt 523 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-3629
Olle Hotel 218 S Market Avenue, Flatonia 361-772-0310
Sustr’s Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC 130 Bird House Hill Road Schulenburg 78956 979-561-8360
Ryan & Dawson 716 Upton Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4128
Winkler’s Air Conditioning and Electronics 1513 North US Highway 77, Schulenburg 979-743-9098
Schulenburg Paradise Hill Rental 2700 Bruno Road, Schulenburg 979-743-0570
Cavender Auto Country 1700 I-10 East, Weimar 800-783-1746
Summit House 508 Summit Street, Schulenburg 559-280-8344
Rocky Creek Maze 784 County Road 251, Moulton 361-772-4718
Chuck Brown Ford 315 East I-10 Frontage Road, Schulenburg 979-743-4111
The Gathering at Mulberry Creek 5718 Kainer Road, Schulenburg 210-831-7171
Tenth Frame Bowl 233 College Street, Schulenburg 979-743-6585
The Ranch Retreat 1826 County Road 283, Flatonia 210-831-7171
ANTIQUES Country Manor House 108 Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 713-306-1653 Czech’rd Dog 701 Lyons Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-7147 The Engle Emporium 402 Anderson Street, Schulenburg 979-743-7000
Original Kountry Bakery 110 Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4342 BED AND BREAKFASTS Blackbird Farm 1488 FM 2503, Ellinger 713-818-9766 Blue Haus on High Hill 1649 US Highway 77, Schulenburg 281-701-1085 Das Meyer Haus 527 Anderson Street, Schulenburg 832-726-2286
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Farmhouse and Cabin in Freyburg, Texas 9243 Abbotts Grove School Road, Schulenburg 979-966-7182
Rosie’s Homestead 1111 Freyburg-Engle Road, Schulenburg 713-315-1743
BOOKKEEPING SERVICES Mintage, LLC Schulenburg 979-561-6018 Novak & Co. 720 Lyons Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-3213
SCHULENBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER DIRECTORY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
Schulenburg Garden Club 979-253-2224
Cajun Cookers on the Geaux 701 South Main Street, Schulenburg 713-561-1679
Blinn College-Schulenburg Campus 100 Ranger Drive, Schulenburg 979-743-5200
Faith’s Barbeque 609 Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-309-9196
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School 405 Black Street, Schulenburg 979-743-3080
Garden Company Café & Marketplace 217 Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4648
Schulenburg Library Foundation 310 Simpson Street, Schulenburg 979-743-3345 Schulenburg Lions Club P.O. Box 88, Schulenburg Schulenburg Literary Club 310 Simpson Street, Schulenburg 713-628-9513 Turtle Wing Foundation 723 Upton Avenue, Schulenburg 979-505-5090
Momma’s at Sengelmann 531 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-2300
Personnel Services 503 Lyons Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-2604 ENTERTAINMENT
Oakridge Smokehouse Restaurant 712 North US Highway 77, Schulenburg 979-743-3372
Bugle Boy Foundation 1051 North Jefferson Street, LaGrange 979-968-9944
CompuCleanser 501 North West Street, Weimar 979-743-1199
Original Kountry Bakery 110 Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4342
Darrel Appelt Music 979-732-4777
Michalke Consulting, LLC 891 North Street, Schulenburg 979-743-5617
Pilot Travel Centers 709 North US Highway 77, Schulenburg 979-743-2547
Real Deal Soul Food 30 East Avenue, Schulenburg 979-725-8100
Allied Contractors 711 Summit Street, Schulenburg 979-743-1183 Leon’s Electric & Plumbing, Inc. 719 Upton Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-3056
Red Vault Bistro & Gallery 124 E South Main, Flatonia 361-865-3663
Fayette County Country Music Opry 640 South Madison Street, La Grange 979-966-3568 Mike Stroup Entertainment 713-598-6331 Round Top Festival Institute 248 Jasper Road, Round Top 979-249-3129 Schulenburg Festival Association Wolter’s Park Schulenburg
Tillie’s Café 621 North Main Street, STE C, Schulenburg 979-743-4505
Songwriter Serenade 713-598-6331
Tom’s BBQ 1306 Lyons Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-1352
Texas State Championship Fiddlers’ Frolics, Inc. Hallettsville 361-798-5934 EVENT PLANNER
Vicenza’s Italian 746 East Hwy 90, Schulenburg 979-743-3226
Schulenburg Family Dental 715 Upton Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4138
Whataburger 40 North Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-9166
M. C. Fence & Deck 3600 West US Highway 90, Schulenburg 512-581-8818 Schulenburg Glass Company 409 Summit Street, Schulenburg 979-743-4378
Events by Kitty Schulenburg 832-372-1008
DRY CLEANING Country Fresh Cleaners 270 Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4668
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SCHULENBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER DIRECTORY EVENT VENUES
Herring Hall 1488 FM 2503, Ellinger 713-818-9766
Patriot Fuel Distributors LLC 2340 North US Highway 77, Hallettsville 361-772-8658
Aflac 123 North Water Street, La Grange 979-202-1083
Sengelmann Hall 531 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-2300
FUEL AND TRUCK STOP
Bubela Insurance Partners 714 Lyons Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4148
Svetlik Farm LLC 2616 FM 2672, Schulenburg 979-743-3219 The Oaks at High Hill 1800 Bruno Road, Schulenburg 512-228-1351
Pilot Travel Centers, LLC 709 North US Highway 77, Schulenburg 979-743-2547 Shorthorn Express 308 Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-3884
Farmers Insurance - Lad Trojacek 501 Summit Street, Schulenburg 979-743-2120
Hollas-Duncan Insurance Agency 1033 North US Highway 77, Schulenburg 979-561-7169
Twin Oaks Ranch 8289 North US Highway 77, Hallettsville 512-810-9813
Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home 701 South Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-4151
Woodmen Life 742 South Jefferson Street, La Grange 979-968-8600
MANUFACTURED HOME SALES
Edward Jones 602 Lyons Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-5187
Senator Lois Kolkhorst 2000 South Market Street, Brenham 979-251-7888
Fayette Country Homes 751 Huser Boulevard, Schulenburg 979-743-6192
Fayette Savings Bank 87 North Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-6541
Mintage, LLC Schulenburg 979-561-6018
Dairy Farmers of America 801 James Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-8700
Trips Publications, LLC 406 West Main Street, STE 105, Weimar 979-725-3080
Perdue Foods 1315 Russek Street, Schulenburg 979-505-8011
Prime Industries 633 Oakland Road, Schulenburg 979-743-6577
Fayetteville Bank 200 North Kessler, Schulenburg 979-743-4576 Prosperity Bank 301 Bucek Street, Schulenburg 979-743-2500 Wells Fargo Bank 707 Lyons Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4143
Arlan’s Market 236 College Street, Schulenburg 979-743-3159
Shorthorn Express 308 Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-3884
Anytime Fitness 501 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-505-5055
Schulenburg Family Fitness Center 145 Regency Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-2864
Best Western 101 Huser Boulevard, Schulenburg 979-743-2030
Executive Inn 800 North US Highway 77, Schulenburg 979-743-4590
The Flower Box 615 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-3219
Holiday Inn Express 200 Heinrich Street, Schulenburg 979-307-5555
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Prime Products, Inc. 601 South Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-6555 MEAT MARKETS AND PROCESSING City Market 109 Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-3440 Willie Joe’s Processing 2218 Krischke Road, Schulenburg 979-561-8272
SCHULENBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER DIRECTORY MEDICAL
OFFICE SUPPLIES AND PRINTING
St. Mark’s Medical Center One St. Mark’s Place, La Grange 979-242-2200
Dewitt Poth & Son 102 West Street, Yoakum 361-293-3791
Hollas Real Estate 1033 North US Highway 77, Schulenburg 979-561-7169
Tejas Health Care 890 East Travis, La Grange 979-968-2000
Schulenburg Printing & Office Supplies 705 Upton Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4511
ResLand Realty Group 102 North Kessler, Schulenburg 979-224-6234
E.A. Arnim Archives & Museum 101 East North Main, Flatonia 361-865-3455
Bugman, Inc. 1138 Highway 90 West, Weimar 979-725-8139
South Central Real Estate 135 Regency Drive, Schulenburg 979-743-1737
Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery Historic Sites 414 State Loop 92, LaGrange 979-968-5658
Team Bubela Real Estate 603 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-221-6679
Apothecary 38 East Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-3265
Tri-County Realty, LLC 260 North Kessler, Schulenburg 979-743-2159
Your Hometown Pharmacy 104 North Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-7100
Schulenburg Historical Museum 631 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-2403 Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum 311 Baumgarten Street, Schulenburg 979-743-6559 Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center 250 W Fairgrounds Road, La Grange 979-968-9399 Texas Polka Music Museum 712 Lyons Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4752 NIGHTLIFE Cistern Country Store & Bar 12604 North State Highway 95, Flatonia 361-865-3655 DJ’s Bar & Backyard 233 College Street, Schulenburg 979-743-6585 Moravia Store 11501 FM 957, Schulenburg 979-562-2217 NURSING CENTER FACILITIES Colonial Care Center 507 West Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4150
PHOTOGRAPHY A Thousand Words Photography 512-994-9181
God’s Embrace Ministries 1601 High Hill Road, Schulenburg 979-561-8883 RENTALS
Mica Rentals/Outhouse Company 2662 Nickle-Mica Road, Flatonia 361-865-3871
Shimmering Waters Pool Service 1870 North Highway 77, Schulenburg 979-966-5026
Houser Roofing 201 2nd Street, Sealy 979-472-9176
Tex Propane 100 South Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-3351
RV PARKS AND CAMPGROUNDS
Schulenburg RV Park 65 North Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4388
Fayette County Record 127 South Washington Street, La Grange 979-968-3155 Schulenburg Sticker 405 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-3450 Trips Publications, LLC 406 West Main Street, STE 105, Weimar 979-725-3080
Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center 111 College Street, Schulenburg 979-743-6537
Schulenburg 3 Oaks RV Resort 55 East Avenue, Schulenburg 979-505-0650 Waldo’s Camp 1192 G Miller Road, Columbus 936-661-8766 Whispering Oaks RV Park 2965 Highway 90, Weimar 979-732-9494
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SCHULENBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER DIRECTORY SALONS, NAILS AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS Eric and Meg’s Essential Oils 6543 Guettermann-Ehler Road, Muldoon 607-592-0421 H & P Nails 725 Upton Avenue, Schulenburg 713-815-9302 Main Street Salon 505 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-4442 SENIOR CENTER/SERVICES Navidad Valley Community Connections 1111 Bohlmann Avenue, Schulenburg 979-309-9592
The Flower Box 615 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-3219
Colorado Valley Communications 4915 South Highway 77, La Grange 979-242-5911
TX Creations Boutique 55 East Avenue, Schulenburg 979-505-0650
SCT Broadband 125 Kellar Road, Smithville 512-360-4273
TreHouse Embroidery & More 107 East Main Street, Weimar 979-725-8844
Sparklight 840 East Travis, La Grange 877-687-1332
Twisted Steel Design 113 Post Office Street, Weimar 979-484-2122
H & R Block 609 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-3656
Apothecary 38 East Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-3265
Novak & Co. 720 Lyons Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-3213
Crystal Threads 102 North Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-561-6606
Garden Company Marketplace 217 Kessler Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4648
Clear Title Company 230 West Colorado, La Grange 979-968-5885 TRANSPORTATION
Grahmann’s True Value 515 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-4332
CARTS 5300 Tucker Hill Lane, Cedar Creek 512-505-5623
Hallettsville Market Days 361-772-0084
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Jack and Mary’s 610 Lyons Avenue, Schulenburg 979-505-4061 Le Petite Gourmet Shoppe 226 West Colorado, La Grange 979-968-4000 Oakridge Smokehouse 712 North US Highway 77, Schulenburg 979-743-3372 Potter Country Store 716 North US Highway 77, Schulenburg 979-743-2600 Schulenburg Liquor Store 317 Summit Street, Schulenburg 979-743-4042
TRAVEL AGENCY Lucky Tours 361-772-1345 TROPHIES Trophy Tech, LLC 130 East South Main Street, Flatonia 361-865-2721 UTILITIES City of Schulenburg 535 North Main Street, Schulenburg 979-743-4126
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Schulenburg Veterinary Hospital 108 Upton Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-3147 WINERIES AND DISTILLERIES Majek Vineyard & Winery 12508 FM 957, Schulenburg 210-413-8912 Moravia Vineyard & Winery 12564 FM 957, Schulenburg Whistling Duck Vineyards & Winery 1213 CR 273, Weimar 979-733-7582 YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS Boys & Girls Clubs of Champion Valley 101 West Jackson, Weimar 979-725-8208 Children’s Advocacy Center 1002 Chestnut Street, Bastrop 512-321-6161
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City of Schulenburg, Texas
Small-town living may not be for everyone, but for those of us who have lived here their entire life, there’s no better place. We’re a quiet, friendly little town where everybody knows everybody. The people who call Schulenburg home are here because they prefer small-town living and small-town values.”
Schulenburg, Texas is a friendly, vibrant community and the perfect stopping point during that trip from Houston to San Antonio on I-10 or when you travel State Highway 77, the shortest route north or to the Texas Valley. Thanks to a railroad depot that was built in 1873, Schulenburg was quickly put on the map. Since then, the population has more than doubled and the town is now surrounded by the many open fields within Fayette County where you can easily spot cattle and wildflowers. Being the home of the Shorthorns, Schulenburg has a public school system, a Catholic elementary school and a Blinn College campus. Education is a top priority in this community, especially since Schulenburg means “school town” in German. City of Schulenburg 535 N. Main Street, Schulenburg, Texas 78956 979-743-4126 | schulenburgtx.org | email@example.com City Hall is open Monday - Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm Mayor Elaine Kocian | City Administrator Tami Walker
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The Beautiful Churches of Schulenburg PHOTOGRAPHY BY LORI OLIVAREZ-LIGUES
Crossroads Christian Fellowship 621 Lyons Avenue, Schulenburg (979) 743-9040 Worship Sunday 10:40am
St. Corinth Baptist Church 2321 Vacek Loop, Schulenburg (832) 260-4992 Worship Sunday 10am
First Baptist Church 110 N Upton Avenue, Schulenburg (979) 743-3621 Worship Sunday 10:45am
St. James Missionary Baptist Church 1103 James Avenue, Schulenburg 979-743-4022 Worship Sunday 8am
First United Methodist Church 209 N Upton Avenue, Schulenburg (979) 743-3333 Sunday Worship 10:30am
St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church 712 Summit Street, Schulenburg (979) 743-3426 Worship Sunday 10:30am
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St. Rose Catholic Church 1010 Lyons Avenue, Schulenburg (979) 743-3117 Worship Sunday 7:30am and 10am, Spanish Sunday noon Temple Israel 211 Baumgarten Street, Schulenburg 979-562-2199 Zion Lutheran Church 103 Keuper Avenue, Schulenburg (979) 743-3842 Worship Sunday 10am
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
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Mission statement: To provide a multipurpose organization that initiates, sponsors, and promotes projects, events and activities that enhance the quality of life for Senior Citizens in Fayette County and the surrounding area. Navidad Valley Community Connections
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Meet the Neighbors WEIMAR - Weimar’s picturesque downtown bustles with businesses, shops, great eateries, antique shops and a tavern where locals play dominoes and German card games. Be sure and check out Hatari! Wildlife Park where unparalleled adventure awaits the entire family. “We don’t utilize small cages,” shared Dean Robicheux, one of the owner/operators at the park. “Our animals are running free and interacting with each other in their own unique environments and habitats over four separate ranges. We have the Dunes that is rocky and arid, Lower Grasslands Range that is like the African savannah, Sahel which is a transition in Africa between the Sahara and the Sudanian savanna where our giraffes reside, and Lowland Forest where you’ll find a swampy, forested area. In the Lowland Forest area, you can walk among the animals along a three-quarter mile elevated wooden boardwalk for a unique experience unlike any other.” Hatari Wildlife Park is located at 1145 CR 218 in Weimar or online at HatariPark.org.
Top photo, get outside at Weimar’s Hatari Wildlife Park; right facing page, top, La Grange’s Mounument Hill State Historic Site; middle, kolaches at Hallettsville’s Kolache Festival; bottom, golfers enjoy a round at Flatonia’s notable golf course.
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FLATONIA - A charming town proud of their Czech and German heritage with beautiful landscapes, ranches and countryside surrounding the town. There are a wide variety of antique and gift shops, a pharmacy, and an old-world museum. Flatonia is still a well known and scenic spot for train watchers, boasting one of Texas’ longest standing, manually operated railroad switching towers with North-South, East-West cross rails. The 9-hole course at the Flatonia Golf Course facility features 3,056 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The fairways are narrow and the greens are elevated. Flatonia Golf Course is located at 1245 East US Highway 90. HALLETTSVILLE - Their annual Kolache Festival every September offers a full day of family entertainment. The day starts off with the Kolache Fest Parade on the town square, then moves to the Hallettsville Knights of Columbus Hall for the domino tournament, kolache bake-off, polka music, arts and crafts booths, kolaches and more! LA GRANGE - La Grange is nestled along the Colorado River and features history, beauty, festivals, museums, concerts, antiques, air shows, feasts, and an annual county country fair. Drive only 22 scenic miles to visit Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites, 414 State Loop 92. Open daily; the park is free to the public. Photo courtesy of Tara Stech.
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Bruce & Joann Lebeda MON-FRI 8:30am to 5:30pm • SAT 8:30am to 2pm
979-743-4485 SPEED QUEEN
250 Kessler Avenue Schulenburg
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HAPPY CAMPERS 3 Oaks RV Resort is nestled on 6.2 acres with wooded area and a creek running through, right off of I-10. Schulenburg is “halfway to everywhere” with many activities in the surrounding areas. Come out and enjoy this slow-paced, peaceful resort in the country! EXTRA LARGE (back in and pull thru) RV Spots • Tiny Home Spaces • Picnic Tables 30/50 Electric, Water and Sewer Hook-Ups • Grills/Fire Pits • Restrooms with Showers Playground • Laudromat • Covered Pavillion with Full Kitchen
COMING SOON: Swimming Pool/Hot Tub • Catch and Release Fishing Pond • Camp Store
Where relaxing in the pool with a cold drink is mandatory ... The Paradise Hill vacation rental house is on a beautiful estate that is not only exceptionally unique, but also has every modern luxury necessary to feel more than comfortable. With an open floor plan, abundant amenities and wonderful details in every corner, you won’t want to miss out. Relax on the outdoor deck before taking a swim in the most impressive pool in the county! With your own hot-tub, waterfall grotto, outdoor kitchen, and swim-up bar, this is the perfect place to accommodate small to large groups.
3,000 sq. ft. HOUSE FOUR BEDROOMS TWO FULL BATHS
AUTOMATIC GATES SLEEPS UP TO 19
979-743-0570 | paradisehillvacation.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Shop, dine, play and stay - in our community beaming with small town personality. Schulenburg is “Halfway to Everywhere!” MAYOR ELAINE KOCIAN
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City of Schulenburg 535 N. Main St. Schulenburg, TX 78965
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