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Hill Country Current is a free, monthly publication covering the Texas Hill Country. 14,000 copies published the first week of every month and distributed around the Hill Country. Hill Country Current features the businesses unique to the Texas Hill Country. We’re here to help people find where to eat, sleep, and play. It’s a spotlight on the Hill Country Lifestyle. Scott Wesner Publisher scott@hillcountrycurrent.com Charles Willgren Editor editor@hillcountrycurrent.com (830) 833-4812 Jill Hunter Ad Sales Director jhunteradsales@gmail.com (512) 799-5455 Amy Bolin Ad Sales beaconads@nctv.com (830) 598-6740 Casey Briscoe Ad Sales Heather Wagner Writer Rachelle Willgren Writer / Proofreader Jennifer Paradis Distribution

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Nathan Stevens is executive chef at Uptown Blanco Restaurant, part of an arts & entertainment center with courtyard, ballroom, theater, and art center.

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See page 4 to read about Uptown Blanco Arts & Entertainment and what’s planned for Mardi Gras. Photo by Charles Willgren.

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Blanco

Mardi Gras in the Courtyard: Presented by Blanco’s Premier Fine Art & Dining Center

Johnson City Marble Falls Boerne

Come Spend the Weekend with Us

Tejas Outdoors Can Make Your Outdoor Dream Come True

Art, Wine, and Chocolate!

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Hill Country Map Johnson City

Find Hill Country towns with our handy map.

Wildflower Days — A Month-Long Celebration

Fredericksburg

Red Baron an Antique Lover’s Paradise

Antiquing Calendar
Antique Shop Directory

Check here for events to help in your antique search.

Antiquing in the Hill Country Bandera
Mardi Gras in the Cowboy Capital @ 11th Street Cowboy Bar

Hill Country Events Calendar Blanco
Visit Blanco in the New Year — Dates for Market Days

Spring Branch Get Hungry!

Favorites for All Walks of Life at Shade Tree

Build up an appetite with these events.

On the Menu

Restaurant Directory

Fredericksburg / Arts in the Hill Country
Fredericksburg Theater Company Presents its Winter Musical “Little Women: The Musical” — February 18-March 6, 2011

Off the Bookshelf

33 Bits By Jane Bush (from Comal County, Texas) A curious charm bracelet came into her possession and now rests in Goldmasters Jewelry’s vault waiting for the owner to claim it. 33 Bits is a fictional novel chronicling how the 33 charms may have come to be assembled on the bracelet. Chapter by chapter, charm by charm, we witness Etta growing into the spotlight, only to recognize a betrayal so deep, she shuts the bracelet out of sight. Clues in the novel will allow us to verify the claimant and bring the treasured artifact home.

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By Heather Wagner Bringing a little New Orleans style flair to Blanco this Mardi Gras, Uptown Blanco Arts & Entertainment is hosting a fabulous party in their Courtyard. There will be magicians, fortunetellers, face painting, great Creole food and music by the Austin Cajun Aces it promises to be spectacular. The Mardi Gras party will begin at 6 pm, and the celebration will last until 10:30 pm. Attendees can expect awesome food, great entertainment and fun for the whole family. Tickets are available for purchase from the

Uptown Blanco Arts & Entertainment Office or Uptown Blanco Restaurant. Uptown Blanco, located in the heart of Blanco, is doing their part to revitalize and beautify the city. Restoring one city block of historic buildings, Uptown Blanco has successfully turned one side of the square into a vibrant, happening place. Uptown Blanco currently features a fine dining restaurant, a ballroom, a courtyard, and an art center. The original restaurant building dates back to around 1880 and is believed to be the oldest commercial building

on the square in Blanco. It was built by John M. Comparet and housed the family’s general merchandise business for several generations. At the turn of the century, the post office was also housed there, and Comparet was the postmaster. It has now been completely renovated into a beautifully designed restaurant; featuring a 19th century storefront with an upper façade of ornate pressed metal and fieldstone sidewalls. Inside, the dining area is elegant, yet maintains the historic feel of the town.

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Uptown Blanco Ballroom

Uptown Blanco Restaurant

Uptown Blanco Theater

Nathan Stevens, Executive Chef, brings over 15 years of experience with him to the Uptown Blanco Restaurant. Born and raised in San Antonio, Chef Stevens spent the last 15 years in the small town of Terlingua, where he owned and operated his own restaurant, The Phat Café. It was a fine dining venue that put an emphasis on Asian Flavors. The Phat Café and Chef Stevens received many accolades and reviews, including a feature story in Texas Monthly. Nathan is thrilled to be in Blanco, saying, “...I love the feel and people of a small town. People tend to be friendlier, what I call ‘salt of the earth’ kind of folks. As for my plans at Uptown Blanco Restaurant, I especially love using local items and meeting with ranchers and farmers one on one. I have an emphasis on proper classic technique; my style tends to be simple flavor with bold delivery. Every morsel should be like a circus on your palate. It’s like comfort food with a bit more refreshment and finesse.” Adjacent to the main dining area, is the more intimate patio dining room with window views of the courtyard and the old historic Blanco Jail. It is fully equipped with state of the art audio/visual equipment, and is handicapped accessible, The unique dining room seats 70 and is available for meetings or private parties. The Uptown Blanco Ballroom is located on the second floor of the old Masonic Lodge building, which was originally constructed in 1907. That building was destroyed by fire in 1929 but was rebuilt and the Masons continued to meet in the new building until 1974. Today, the Ballroom now boasts state of the art audio/visual equipment, crystal chandeliers, hardwood floors, mirrored and exqui-

site fabric covered walls; it is perfect for any medium sized function. The Ballroom can be set up to accommodate either buffet style or formal sit down dinners, and is adjoined by a large upstairs patio that can be used for a cocktail reception area. The Uptown Blanco Courtyard is located within the interior of the entire city block. Once run down and littered with tin sheds and vacant lots, it is now like a park, resplendent with a koi pond and a Victorian style gazebo. It is the perfect gathering place for weddings, ceremonies and receptions; a catering kitchen is available and for cool nights, there is a concrete fire pit. With many extras available, the Courtyard is the best place to host your next affair. Art also plays a major role in the atmosphere of Uptown Blanco Arts & Entertainment. The Art Center offers many creative outlets for adults and children, and has instructors with years of professional experience. Hill Country artist Dottie Moon offers beginner’s Jewelry-Making, local artist Suzette Connell instructs Mixed Media/Collage, & Maggie Goodman; a local actress in the Oscar nominated True Grit, teaches Creative Dramatics for children. In addition, Art Center Director, Mary Johnston instructs Painting Basics for after school and home school students. On Saturdays, Mary teaches Clay Sculpture for children. Artist and art educator Diane Hudson continues to teach her very popular oil painting class on Wednesday evenings, watercolors and acrylics on Saturday’s beginning in March. On February 5 (Saturday) the Art Center will host a St. Valentine’s Day card making workshop, and don’t miss the Uptown Blanco Art Center Gallery’s exciting Sweetheart Art show featur-

ing the work of Hill Country artists Wren and Joe Winfield. Sweetheart Art opening reception is February 10th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. All are invited! In conjunction with Uptown’s Mardi Gras Celebration, the Art Center is offering a mask making workshop on Saturday, February 26. For children, the annual Spring Break Camp, held in March, features The Egg –Nature’s loveliest shape! Also in the plans and the next phase to be completed will be the Tavern, located on the bottom floor of the old Masonic building. It is envisioned as a meeting place for locals and visitors alike complete with karaoke, board games, ice cream, cocktails, espresso and appetizers. The Textile Studio will offer lessons in all forms of textile with special emphasis on quilting for students and members. The final phase of the project to be completed will be the theater. The building was originally built in 1938 and was home to Cage Brothers general merchandise stores from the 1870s to the mid 1920s. The new Uptown Blanco Theater will be a beautiful performing arts venue available for talent contests, plays, musicals, poetry, piano recitals and even an occasional film, to name a few. If you haven’t visited Uptown Blanco Arts & Entertainment, plan a visit today. There is no better way to get acquainted with all aspects of Uptown Blanco than celebrating Mardi Gras in the Courtyard! The event will bring together a little bit of the best from each part of Uptown, from magnificent food to brilliant art to dramatic performers and wonderful music. It is sure to be a magical evening!

Uptown Blanco Restaurant — Dining Room

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Johnson City

By Belinda Nagy, Johnson City Chamber of Commerce Johnson City is located in the heartland of the Texas Hill Country, 48 miles west of Austin, 60 miles north of San Antonio, and 30 miles east of Fredericksburg. Johnson City provides the perfect weekend getaway, where you can spend a few days visiting our historic areas, enjoying our art galleries, visiting our local vineyard where you can partake in wine tasting, or shop in one of our many stores and boutiques. Looking for somewhere to stay while you’re here? No problem, we have a Best Western as well as the Hill Country Inn. Thinking more of a Bed & Breakfast? We have many to select from including the Chantilly Lace Country Inn, Country Cabins Bed & Breakfast, Lighthouse Hill Ranch, The Pickett House Bed & Breakfast, The Sandy Road Guest Haus, or Spring Creek Bed & Breakfast. We also offer several conveniently located RV Parks and Resorts, including Miller Creek RV Resort, Road Runner RV Park and Pedernales Falls State Park. Looking for something unique? We have that too -- check out the Exotic Resort Zoo where you can choose from one of 5 cabins, all of which have covered porches overlooking the large lake with over 80 species of wild animals roaming the ranch, as well as phenomenal hill country views. If you choose to stay here, you will also receive a free tour of the zoo as well as other amenities. There is something for everyone in Johnson City! We are home to many fabulous contemporary artists and several extremely high quality Fine Art Galleries. Many nationally and internationally recognized artists show in our galleries. You can also visit The Benini Sculpture Ranch, or enjoy the galleries on Nugent Street, including Taste Wine + Art (Kirchman Gallery), A. Smith Gallery and LMC Murals and

Fine Art. If you want to take a short drive to Blanco, you can also check out what’s going on at Uptown Blanco Art Center during your visit, as they have many special events, shows, and classes. Be sure to take time to visit our historical area, the LBJ National Historical State Park, which includes LBJ’s boyhood home and the Johnson Settlement. Guided tours are provided at the boyhood home at no cost. You can also explore our state parks, including Pedernales Falls State Park, located along the banks of the scenic Pedernales River and featuring picturesque waterfalls, abundant animal and bird life, fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking and horseback riding. Maybe you would like to hunt exotics during your visit: that too, is possible. Benson Farm and Ranch offers guided hunts, as well as fishing and lodging. If you like to stay fit and desire a place to walk, Johnson City has a newly constructed 1.8 mile round-trip hiking trail from the Johnson City Community Park, past the Courthouse Square to the LBJ Park Visitor Center. You can extend the hike on both ends by walking through the parks and sidewalks. Walking and roller skates only- no bicycles or skate boards. Water fountain and memorial park benches are located along the way. The path is not yet lighted at night. If you enjoy water recreation, be sure to visit the Johnson City Water Sport Area, located on the Pedernales River at the bridge on Highway 281 just north of town and next to the Blanco County Show Barn. It offers an easy launching area- ideal for kayaking, canoeing, picnicking, and fishing. There’s convenient parking at the launch area and there is no charge for use of the water area or parking. Shopping is abundant in Johnson City, and there’s something for everyone, from Suzy Q’s gift shop, Mainstreet Boutique (ladies apparel and accessories), Whittington’s Jerky, Black

Spur Emporium and Gallery, Deleon’s Outpost (cedar furniture & décor), The Pearl Antique Mall, Pieces of the Past, and numerous others. While enjoying all the activities available, you’re sure to work up an appetite! There are several places for you to fill up including AJ’s Pizza Shoppe, the Chrome Cactus, Friendly Bar Bistro (open evenings Thursday through Sunday, including live entertainment), Hill Country Cupboard, Silver K Café, Texas 290 Diner, Dairy Queen, and others from Mexican to famous Texas BBQ. Also located in Johnson City is the Texas Hills Vineyard, providing a tasting room to sample their award-winning wines, a gift shop, and a delightful setting in the Hill Country just a few miles from town. If you head towards Stonewall, you can also take in Becker Vineyards who also have a tasting room, gift shop, and a fabulous outdoor porch where you can enjoy the views overlooking their vineyard and lavender farm while you enjoy wine and cheese available for purchase inside. Speaking of lavender, there are several lavender farms in Johnson City who welcome your visit: some also sell lavender products at the farm. Want to do something different while you’re here? Contact Los Senderos Studio, and make an appointment to record your own high quality CD at the best prices anywhere! If you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or special day, we also have a florist who can deliver an arrangement of your choosing- just contact AJ’s Flower Shop. We also have several different denominations of churches for you to attend while visiting, as well as non-denominational. Did you know that we have the “only” Bourbon Distillery in the great state of Texas? Just down the road in Hye Texas is Garrison Brothers Distillery. Not only are they purveyors of bourbon, but according to several reliable sources, it’s the best bourbon they’ve ever

tasted. Garrison Brothers is not only dedicated to making the best bourbon available, they are also committed to using Texas products such as corn and grain etc... Tours are available at the distillery- all you need to do is call in advance. So, give Dan a call and stop by. Once you visit, you just might decide you want to come back to stay. If you do, we have several realtors ready to assist in the purchase of your piece of the Hill Country. Feel free to contact Anders Realty Group, Carol Bigott, Century 21 Town Creek Properties, Janice Fox, Home Ranch Realty, or Star of Texas Real Estate. Their information can be found at the chamber website noted below. On Thursday, February 10th, Johnson City Chamber of Commerce will host Old West Casino Night. This event will be held at the Blanco County Fairgrounds Show Barn, where you can put on your best western attire and head back to the Old West for the evening. The tickets are only $25 per person in advance, and include a catered dinner by Silver K Café, drinks, and casino style gambling including black jack, poker, craps and roulette. If you plan to be in town, you won’t want to miss this event! Tickets can be purchased with credit cards by phone through the Chamber of Commerce, (830)868-7684, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Also on March 26th, Johnson City will host the Annual Texas Men’s State Chili & BBQ Championship Cook Off. An event that draws folks from all over Texas-make reservations early as lodging fills up quickly! There will be vendors, activities for everyone and the best chili and BBQ in Texas! For more details on Johnson City, visit their website at www.johnsoncitytexaschamber.com or call the Johnson City Texas Visitor Center at (830)868-7684. Come spend the weekend with us-you’ll be glad you did.

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Marble Falls

Tejas Outdoors Can Make Your Outdoor Dream Come True
Installation or DIY, Marble Falls Company Has It Covered
There’s nothing better than stepping out of your backdoor and into a professionally designed, professionally installed outdoor Oasis. If you dream of having your backyard become an extension of your living space, that’s where Tejas Outdoors can help. Located just south of Marble Falls on Highway 281, their store and design center is not only a place where you can shop for products such as grills, fire pits, arbors, decks, and outdoor lighting, you can also take a walk through their patio vignettes, view unique landscaping elements around some amazing water features, and experience the ambiance of entire outdoor rooms – and of course, Tejas Outdoors can handle the installation of anything you see. There’s even something for the do-it-yourselfers, with over 2 million pounds of stone and landscaping materials to choose from, you’re sure to find what you need; they even hold seminars and events on how to best install everything from stone patios, to arbors, to outdoor kitchens (their specialty). The owner, Garett Davis, and his team at Tejas Outdoors have vast experience when it comes to outdoor living products and services, not to mention, a passion for what they do. “Creating the perfect outdoor living space, which means completely different things to every client, is an exceptionally rewarding endeavor,” Garett says. “We work with our clients very closely to capture the essence of their lifestyle and then reflect that in their backyard, down to the finest detail. It’s about elevating and enhancing their way of life, and every time we accomplish that it creates a great sense of pride and accomplishment for everyone involved.” Garett’s unique products and designs have even taken hold beyond the Texas Hill Country. Tejas Outdoors’ parent company manufactures their proprietary lines of outdoor living products for other contractors, dealers and distributors and ships them nationwide. In addition to Garett, the employees at Tejas Outdoors all come from within the outdoor living industry and have specific expertise in a variety of specialties including landscape design, stone and materials sales, and backyard construction. A knowledgeable staff, great customer service, unique product selection, and attention to detail are all things that have propelled Tejas Outdoors to the forefront and are leading their success. So when you’re ready to build your backyard dream, or just give it a makeover, be sure to contact the folks at Tejas Outdoors – they can either handle the entire project for you, or help you make your materials selections and offer some valuable installation advice. Either way, you’ll be in good hands with the Hill Country experts in outdoor living.

Boerne
What could be more alluring than fabulous fine art, excellent wines and delectable chocolates? Boerne’s 2nd Saturday Art and Wine, February 12, 2011 will treat you and your valentine to an unforgetable evening. Discover why a recent issue of Cowboys and Indians Magazine says: “This Hill Country town plays host to a blossoming Art Movement.” Attend this free monthly event from 4:00 to 8:00 pm to find out why people all over the country are making this their Hill Country Art Destination. It’s like opening a box of fine chocolates. Come see for yourself! Park your car FREE at any location and take advantage of the FREE trolley service, hopping on at any of the locations. Look for the 2nd Saturday Banners at each venue, pick up a map at the Visitor Center on Main Street or download one on the website: wwwsecondsaturdayartandwine.com. Each stop is a new delight in this unique collection of galleries featuring a stunning array of art in all media from award winning local as well as national artists. Gallery locations include Boerne WineSeller, Carriage House Gallery, COSAS, Highland House Gallery, J. R. Mooney Galleries, Smilovici’s Galleria and The Boerne Wine Company. Each location features a different unique wine, providing a “progressive wine tasting” around the town. Many

“Art, Wine and Chocolates”
of these galleries will be participating in the “Chocolate Walk” hosted by Boerne’s Parks and Recreation Department from 11-5. Come see what’s in store for the evening... Boerne WineSeller is a boutique retail wine store with a welcoming ambiance. On romantic River Road, the views are almost as great as their wines. February finds the WineSeller filled with the joyful, colorful works of famed local San Antonio artist Brother Cletus. His work in watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media is widely collected and has won him many awards. Come in to meet this legend yourself and have some edible arts while you are there by Frankie Boone of FrankieB Bakery. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to give your Valentine a gift of art. Choose a special gift, from pottery, reliefs and sculptures to paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, at the Carriage House Gallery’s My Valentine Show. Enjoy a friendly atmosphere as you continue the Chocolate Walk to the Carriage House with chocolates to compliment the wine and hors d’oeuvres hosted by ten local artists. El Corazon de COSAS will feature folk art with themes of amor. And, Boerne’s famous Chocolate Walk... all the same day. If you have never tasted Oaxacan chocolate you are in for a treat! There’s a heart to be found there for everyone. Let owners Amy and Bob help you make just the right selection. “Creation and Imagination!” Join Highland House Gallery artists and let them brighten your winter days with their artistic visions. Remember your valentine ...art makes an unforgettable gift! Go right in and introduce yourself to this unique gallery. J.R. Mooney Gallery, one of the longest running fine art galleries in Texas (Established in 1947), has moved to Historic Downtown at 305 S. Main St. in Boerne. Visit the gallery that represents over 200 artists. The gallery has a beautiful collection of Lotton glass that will make the perfect giftf or someone special. Smilovici’s Galleria offers you the opportunity to buy, sell or display your jewelry, watches, art, pottery, sculptures, rare coins and other collectibles for consignment. Enter this delightful gallery and you will fall in love with Bella, the adorable resident canine. From jewelry for your sweetheart to vintage lighters for him, the old world hospitality and charm combined with rare and amazing finds will keep you coming back to this unique treasure. And they always have chocolates for their customers! The Boerne Wine Company offers a huge selection of fabulous wines from all over the world, a humidor with great cigars, and paintings by local and national artists. You will delight in seeing this beautifully renovated historic building at 302 S. Main St. Hands-on discovery begins with generous samples in a casual comfortable setting for a perfectly romantic evening. If you are looking for a perfect ending to your New Year art discovery in Boerne, stop into one of the sponsoring local restaurants and you’lll have reason to celebrate. The Dodging Duck Brewhause and Restaurant has a clever and eclectic list of house crafted beers that change with the season. Order from a menu that’s just as unique with a selection of international and local favorites. For a more elegant winter’s evening, with candlelight and romance, try the Creek Restaurant. Nestled on the banks of Cibolo Creek, let the staff pamper you with their special chefprepared gourmet dishes. For a cozy and casual meal, try Ruscello’s Gourmet Pizza Parlor on Staffel Street. This local eatery uses fresh ingredients for a delectably delightful meal. For more information and to download a map to all the galleries, see www.secondsaturdayartandwine.com, or call 830.249.1500.

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Johnson City

Wildflower Days in Johnson City
A Month-Long Celebration
By Cheryl Pratt Wildflower Days Committee Celebrate the beauty of the Texas Hill Country by taking a drive on the wild side, experiencing the natural beauty along the Hill Country Wildflower Trail. Start and end your wildflower journey in Johnson City -- the heartland of the Texas Hill Country -- for our Annual Wildflower Season, celebrating wildflowers throughout the month of April. Townspeople and merchants alike will be celebrating our festive season in City Park, and throughout town and the county. Throughout various times of the month, the event will feature live music, craft and master gardener demonstrations, vendor booths, and many other events to be announced. The annual Wildflower Season kicks off March 26th with a grand celebration of our own Texas men at the Annual Texas Men’s State Chili Cook Off held at the Blanco County Fairgrounds in Johnson City. This event is fun for the whole family. All proceeds go to local charities and admission is free. Activities in 2011 will include cow chip shuffle board and 42 domino tournaments. Come early and sign up to judge – you’ll taste some great chili. Food vendors and vendor crafts booths will offer treats and treasures from throughout the Hill Country. For more information on this event, call 512-567-2835. Johnson City is home to many artists with a variety of talents, from painting to sculpture, and glass blowing to pyrography. There are also a host of art galleries and studios in Johnson City and throughout the Hill Country. Check the Chamber of Commerce website for a list of galleries and local artists. On Saturday, April 1st, we will kick off the Annual Wildflower Season with a morning celebration and ribbon cutting of the official Johnson City Wildflower Loop. There is no charge to tour the Wildflower Loop. Wildflower Loop tour maps are available at the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce office, located in the historic Withers & Spaulding General Merchants building at the traffic light on the corner of Highway 290 (Main Street) and Nugent Street, as well as local merchants and restaurants. Pick up all the latest information on the season’s wildflowers as well as a map of the Hill Country Wildflower Trail at any participating business. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there are more than 5,000 species of wildflowers in Texas, and while Spring is one of the best times to enjoy wildflower beauty, there are flowers that bloom almost year round. TxDOT nurtures and cares for more than 800,000 acres of right of way that are filled with wildflowers throughout the year. For the latest wildflower information call the TxDOT Wildflower Hotline at 800-4529292.

• Contrary to an often-heard myth, it’s not illegal to pick bluebonnets, says Damon Waitt of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It is, however, illegal to trespass, not to mention dangerous. • If you want to get photos amid the blooms, either go to cultivated meadows, like the Wildflower Center or Wildseed Farms, or ask the property owner before you set foot in the fields. Crushing the flowers on your way to your photo pose will kill them, which means they won’t produce seeds for next year. The same goes for picking. Also, you never know where snakes may be lurking, including poisonous species such as rattlesnakes or copperheads, which enjoy the cool shade beneath the wildflowers. • Be ready to stop for traffic. A lot of people will be out flower-gazing this Spring, sometimes on narrow roads.

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Fredericksburg’s Red Baron an Antique Lover’s Paradise
By Heather Wagner Fredericksburg is home to many quaint shops and boutiques, but Red Baron Antique Mall is one of only a handful still doing what put Fredericksburg on the map. Family owned and operated, this 8000 square foot Antique Mall is loaded with items from over 40 vendors. Owners Shawn and Henry Umphrees and Margaret Mangum have been at the current location since August 2009. Their history in antiques goes back much farther, though. Throughout the last twenty or so years, the family has been involved in the antique business, so they know a great piece when they see it. Unlike many of Fredericksburg’s downtown shops, Red Baron has ample parking and is easy to get to. Located just five blocks from the tourist tract of downtown, Red Baron is a true antique-lover’s paradise. Red Baron Antique Mall is open seven days a week, Sunday through Friday, 10am to 5pm, and on Saturdays, 10am to 6pm. They are located at 502 W. Main and can be reached at 830-990-2329.

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Check out our directory to where to go to find antiques, and see what antique shows are coming up with this events listing. February 12-13 Boerne Market Days Second weekend of every month. Gazebo in the Main Square. Take beautiful small-town surroundings, dozens of vendors from all over Texas, arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, unusual items and great food, and you have Market Days! David, 830-249-5530 or 210-8448193. boernemarketdays.com February 26-27 Hill Country Optimist Antique Show 10am. Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Rd. Browse over 70 antique dealers for classic items of all varieties. 830-995-3670. February 11-13 Marble Falls Antique & Art Show Lakeside Pavilion. Over 35 upscale art and antique dealers in beautiful Lakeside Park. For more information, call 214-748-9070. marblefalls.org

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“My Favorite Things” at 602 Main St., Blanco, Tex. Unique gifts & home decor, antiques, bath and body, gift baskets, candles & more. Groups welcome. Open Tues - Sat. 10am - 6pm. For more info call Tammy Schroeder, 830-833-2139 or visit www.mythreshold2.com.

Dripping Springs Ruby’s Emporium
Antiques in Downtown Dripping Springs. Wed. - Fri. 10 am - 6 pm. Sat. 11 am - 3 pm 222 W. Hwy. 290 512-858-4220 rubysantiques.com

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Johnson City Pieces of the Past

Marble Falls Blue Bonnet Designs

30+ antique dealers in 8,000 square feet. Furniture, glassware, chandeliers, nautical oil lamps & parts, primitives, toys, architectural, western, and more. Open 7 days a week. 502 W. Main 830-990-2329

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Specializing in Architectual Antiques, Salvaged Doors, Authentic Mexican Doors, Vintage Reclaimed Lumber, & more. Open Fri., Sat. & Sun or by appt. during the week. 104 US 281 S @US 290 W 512-784-8246 pieces-of-the-past.com

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Old and new quilts, old buttons, trims, and laces. Quilt restoration, custom tee shirt quilts, and blue jean quilts. We can “redesign” worn quilts. For more information and an appointment, call Elizabeth Schnelle. 830-693-4243 1011 Avenue G

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By Heather Wagner Once again, the 11th Street Cowboy Bar is bringing the dancinest, liveliest Mardi Gras celebration to the Texas Hill Country. Located in downtown Bandera, the 11th Street Cowboy Bar has an unassuming storefront that doesn’t appear to be much more than a little local hangout. Step inside and around back, and you will find the largest outdoor dance floor in Texas! With two stages, four bars and four fire pits and lots of room to shake yo’ thang, there is never a dull moment! For the last several years, the 11th Street Cowboy Bar has been hosting the Cowboy Mardi Gras, and this year promises to be the best one yet! Growing exponentially every year, this party is one you don’t want to miss! The Cowboy Mardi Gras began humbly, eight years ago, with only a few in attendance. The celebration was the creation of the 11th Street Cowboy Bar’s past owners who were from the great state of Louisiana, who wanted to bring Mardi Gras out of the bayou and into the Hill Country and laissez les bon temps roulez! Combining the traditions of the Cajun celebration with the traditions of dance halls and cook-offs of the Grand Old State of Texas, the 11th Street Cowboy Bar cooked up a creation that has continued to satisfy hundreds, with more and more coming every year. When James McGroarty purchased the 11th Street Cowboy Bar six years ago, not wanting to let the celebration die, he took charge of the Cowboy Mardi Gras and propelled it into the success it is today. Hosted solely by the 11th Street Cowboy Bar, the Cowboy Mardi Gras has exploded in the last couple of years. People from all walks of life come out to enjoy the parade, costume contest, food, company, and of course–the music! While the Gumbo is cooking, the party will start revving up at 10am with a muster call inviting all those who wish to participate to join in the parade, an event that has grown to include horses, motorcycles, floats, and people dressed in all forms of Mardi Gras-inspired costumes. One year there were even 24 singing Elvis impersonators from Texas Tech! Nobody is turned away, and everybody is guaranteed to have a great time. The parade will start at noon at the river, go down Main Street, and circle back to where the crowd will gather at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar. Kicking off Friday, February 25, Waylon Thibodeaux and the Original Bourbon Street Cajuns will wow audiences with their mix of Cajun, Louisianan, and Zydeco music. Waylon is self-taught, and at just 16, was named champion of the state fiddling competition, and his talent has earned him the title of “Louisiana’s Rockin Fiddler.” With years of experience and a natural talent, Thibodeaux will not disappoint. On Saturday, Zydeco Blanco, a local band consisting of a colorful group of musicians who have come together to produce a unique sound, will be performing. No matter your taste in music, these guys will have you dancing with their laid-back stage presence and seemingly nonstop playing. Truly fun to listen to and even better to watch! After the costume contest, and the Gumbo Cook Off, Waylon Thibodeaux and his band will take to the stage once again and will turn the party up! If you haven’t been to Cowboy Mardi Gras, you have missed out. Don’t let another year go by without crashing this party!

Photos by 1881 Western Photography Co. and courtesy 11th Street Cowboy Bar.

The 11th Street Cowboy Bar is located at 307 11th Street, Bandera, Texas. Visit their website at www.11thstreetcowboybar.com to get more information, read about the other great events they host and to find recommended accommodations in Bandera.

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March 5 Austin Classical Guitar Society Presents Xue Fei Yang 8pm. Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7020 Village Center Dr. From China, Xue Fei Yang is a remarkably gifted artist. Since her first performance in Austin, where one young viewer remarked, “She looks just like a princess playing the guitar”, people have been clamoring for her return—and we have been listening. Tickets $25-$50. 512-300-2247. AustinClassicalGuitar.org February 1 Cowboy Capital Opry 7pm. Grand Old Opry style entertainment at the Silver Sage Corral Senior Activity Center, 803 Buck Creek Drive. Hosted by Gerry and Harriet Payne. $5 Adults; $12 Family. 830-796-7969. silversagecorral.org

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays Albert Ice House Come out to Albert and enjoy live music every weekend. Pickers circle every Sat. See schedule online. 512-663-2848. alberttexas.com

March 11 Rodeo at Twin Elm Guest Ranch 8pm every Fri. 810 FM 470. Verify schedule with ranch. 830-796-3628. twinelmranch.net March 11 Knights of Columbus Annual Lenten Fish Fry 5pm. St Joseph Hall, corner of Cedar & 7th streets. Join the Knights of Columbus, Council 10258, for their annual fish fry each Friday night during Lent. $7 per plate. pcgrant2@gmail.com. banderakofc.org

AUSTIN
February 12 Austin Classical Guitar Society Presents Guitars Under the Stars 8pm. One World Theater. A whole new level of gala for ACGS, join the LA Guitar Quartet’s William Kanengiser for an amazing evening of music with dinner from some of Austin’s finest chefs, in one of the most picturesque locations we know. This night, supporting ACGS’ nationally-known educational outreach program, is not to be missed. Cocktail attire. All tickets $100. 512-300-2247. AustinClassicalGuitar.org

BANDERA
Saturdays Cowboys on Main 1pm-4pm. Western display in front of Bandera County Courthouse, 500 Main Street, and strolling musicians on Bandera’s Main Street. Sponsored by the Frontier Times Museum’s Living History Project. No admission. banderacowboycapital.com

February 12 Black & Red Ball 7pm. Annual Sweetheart Dance fundraiser benefiting Bandera County Meals on Wheels. Dine and dance to the Almost Patsy Cline Band. Live auction for Meals on Wheels. Admission by reservation only. $30. For reservations and ticket information call 830796-4969. silversagecorral.org February 25-26 Annual Cowboy Mardi Gras 11th Street Cowboy Bar will host its 7th annual Cowboy Mardi Gras. There will be a gumbo cookoff, costume contest, parade and special country and Cajun Zydeco music. 830-7964849. 11thstreetcowboybar.com

BLANCO
February 2-March 5 Sweetheart Art! Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm. Sat, 10am-2pm, or by appt. Uptown Blanco Art Center Gallery, 317 Main. Find the perfect Valentine Gift! Painting, fiber, photography, pottery, woodworking & fine jewelry by Texas Hill Country professional artist “sweethearts.” Opening reception, Fri, Feb. 4, 5pm-7pm. 830-833-2514. uptownblanco.com

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February 5 Blanco Performing Arts Chamber Music Series 7:30pm. Uptown Blanco Ballroom, 317 Main. The concert features Trio Copine, playing a a program of French music for viola, harp, and flute. Make it dinner and a concert at the outstanding Uptown Blanco Restaurant adjacent. A 15% discount on dinner is available when the concert tickets are presented. blancoperformingarts.com March 5 Mardi Gras Party in the Uptown Blanco Courtyard Uptown Blanco Arts & Entertainment invites the public to a Mardi Gras Party from 6pm to 10pm in the Courtyard, entrance at corner of 4th and Elm streets. Cajun food, live music, Mardi Gras costume contests, fortune telling, tarot card reading, king and queen contest, and many more fun activities will be offered for one entry price. Fun for the entire family! uptownblanco.com

brought to the U.S. with the colonists to describe spoons and dishes. Join us at the ranch for a workshop using exotic & domestic woods to make beautiful kitchen cooking utensils. You will use a variety of hand and power tools to carve the bowl of a spoon, sculpt the handle and sand to a smooth finish. During the workshop you will be able to create choice of spoons and forks that are great for cooking or serving. $50 plus $15 materials fee. 830-537-4654. mraf.com February 5 Hill Country Family History Seminar 9am-4pm. Boerne Community Center, 850 E. Adler. Dr. Schweitzer is Alumni Distinguished Professor at the University of Tenn. He uses historical re-enactment in costume to teach genealogy and has traced many of his ancestral lines back to the early 1500s. $55. 830-537-4576. rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgskc February 9 Outdoor Classroom Guide Training 9am-noon. Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Rd. Volunteers are needed to become Trail Guides for the Cibolo Nature Center’s Outdoor Classroom program. An informational meeting will be held at the CNC auditorium in Boerne. Volunteers will help lead children in fun, educational activities that will teach them about nature and conserving natural resources. No formal teaching experience is necessary, simply an appreciation for nature and children. The curriculum is easy to learn and use. Guest speaker: Chris Ormiston, BISD science coordinator. Breakfast will be provided at the meeting. 830-249-4616, education@cibolo.org. cibolo.org

February 11-13 St. Valentine’s Day Motor Cycle Massacre Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Rd. Live music, two halls of vendors, bike contests, food and drink booths and much more. Come out to enjoy the Alamo City Gypsies and hundreds of bikers at their annual rally. 210-603-1932. massacrerally.com February 11 Wildlife Tax Valuation General Update Seminar 9am-12:30pm. Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Rd. For landowners who have an existing wildlife tax valuation on their property, this seminar is intended to help keep habitatmanagement plans current. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist Rufus Stephens will discuss evaluating and updating landowners’ existing management plans and make suggestions related to landowner resources and record-keeping. $35; $25 for CNC members. 830-249-4616 for required registration. cibolo.org February 12-13 Boerne Market Days Second weekend of every month. Gazebo in the Main Square. Take beautiful small-town surroundings, dozens of vendors from all over Texas, arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, unusual items and great food, and you have Market Days! David, 830-249-5530 or 210-8448193. boernemarketdays.com Dates of events are subject to change. Please confirm in advance by calling the number listed.

BOERNE
January 18-April 16 Spring Session Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation, 543 Hwy. 46W. 830-537-4654. mraf.org February 5 Treenware Workshop 9am-4pm. Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation, 543 Hwy. 46W. What is treen? As the word suggests, treen describes common utilitarian objects made of wood. The term was used in England through the 19th century and

Blanco

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Don’t miss out on Market Days! Shop on and around the Square, take in Blanco State Park, enjoy an excellent meal, and see our town. If you love it, there are real estate agents ready to help you. For more information, visit the Chamber online at www.blancochamber.com. 2011 Dates for Market Days: March 19; April 16; May 21; June 16; June 18; August 20; September 17; October 15; November 19; December 10 9am-4pm. Old Blanco County Courthouse Square, 310 Main St. Market Day is held the 3rd Saturday of the month March through November with a special Christmas Market Day in December. Free admission. For more information, contact 830-833-2211 or oldblanco@moment.net. historicblanco.org

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February 12 Boerne Chocolate Walk 11am-5pm. Along the shops of Boerne. Bring your sweetie or just a friend a enjoy collecting chocolates from over 25 shops and restaurants in Boerne. Tickets are limited, get yours early! 830-249-7277. visitboerne.org February 12 Basic Birding Workshop Feb 12, 9am-noon. Feb 26, 8am-11am. Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Rd. Avid birders and Master Naturalists Tom and Patsy Inglet will provide tools, tips and techniques to help you start birding like a pro. Part 1 covers the basics in a classroom setting. Part 2 will take theory into practice in the field at the center’s 160-acre preserve. Part 1 is not required for taking Part 2 but is strongly recommended. $25 each part; $30 for CNC members. 830-2494616 to preregister. cibolo.org February 12 Second Saturday Art & Wine 4pm-8pm. Feb 12, ART, WINE & CHOCOLATES! Look for banners to find various gallery locations. View map on website. “Best Kept Secret East of Santa Fe.” Hop on the Free Trolley, stroll or drive to a collection of eclectic fine art galleries for free wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and specials. Enjoy “The Ultimate Art and Wine Experience.” Find the perfect gift for yourself or your special sweetheart. It’s the perfect Valentine Night Out and it’s free! Free. 830-249-1500. secondsaturdayartandwine.com

February 17 Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway 7:30pm-9:30pm. Boerne Champion High School Auditorium, 201 Charger Blvd. Direct from New York, this “two-hour rock concert for Broadway fans” will feature five talented performers who have starred in leading roles of the the productions of the most famous composers on the Great White Way, including Jerome Kern, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Hear your favorites from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Oklahoma...the list is endless! 830-896-5727. kpas.org February 26-27 Hill Country Optimist Antique Show 10am. Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Rd. Browse over 70 antique dealers for classic items of all varieties. 830-995-3670. March 4-6 Annual Friends of Boerne Public Library Sale Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Rd. Thousands of books for sale, both old and new for all ages! 830-249-3053. ci.boerne.tx.us March 5 Chuck Wagon Cook-Off & Heritage Gathering The Agricultural Heritage Museum is hosting this unique western heritage event that will have something for the whole family, including a great chuck wagon cook-off contest and games for the kids. A western tradeshow, live county music, cowboy poetry and demonstrations will add to the festivities. Limited Tickets are on sale at the Boerne Visitors Center for $20 and are cash or check only. General Admission tickets will still be

available for $5 when the chuckwagon dinner tickets are sold out. Call 830-249-7277 for ticket information. For more information, call Kristy at the Agricultural Heritage Museum, 830-249-6007. AgMuseum.org March 5 Wings Over Boerne Birds of Prey Demonstrations by Master Falconer John Karger & Last Chance Forever Bird of Prey Conservancy at the Boerne Visitors Center, 1407 South Main St. Shows: 11am, 1 pm, 3 pm. 830-249-7277. visitboerne.org

February 12 Pre-Valentine Dinner Social, 6pm. DInner, 7pm. 216 S. Main. Make your plans now for Tealicious’ Pre-Valentine Dinner and 15th Anniversary Celebration. $19.95 per person. Call for reservation; space is limited. 512-756-4405, 512-756-7636. tea-licious.com February 12-13 Tour de Ranch Reville Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114. Two days of family-friendly mountain biking and trail competition. 512-755-4417. rprtexas.com/tourderanch.htm

BRADY
February 12-13 Texas Wildlife Supply Predator Calling Contest 9am-noon. Texas Wildlife Supply, 2346 S. Bridge St. is hosting a Predator Calling Contest for animals harvested in the following counties: McCulloch, Concho, Coleman, Brown, San Saba, Llano, Mason and Menard. Prizes: 1st - Two (2) Howa .223 Ranchland with Nikko Stirling 10x42 Scope and Laser Genetics ND-3 Night Vision Laser; 2nd - Two (2) Laser Genetics ND-3 Night Vision Lasers. Door prizes given away every hour between 9am and 12pm on Sunday check-in. Additional Jackpots: $10 per additional jackpot entry is optional for those you are interested in entering and pay 100% of the entry fees collected.Those include biggest coon, most coons, biggest rabbit, most rabbits, biggest coyote, and biggest bobcat. Entry fee $100 per team. 325-597-4600. texaswildlifesupply.com

CASTROVILLE
Saturdays Castroville Farmer’s Market 9am-2pm. Alsace Tan & Salon, 503 US Highway 90 W. Featuring fresh locally grown vegetables and fruit both organic and farm grown. Don’t miss the blackberries and blueberries! 830538-9141. February 4 Fiorella Friday 6pm-9pm. Live music, artisans, wine tastings, and much more. Live music in September Square 7pm-9pm. 830-538-2349, fiorellafriday@gmail.com. February 5-6 The Alsatian Country III Bicycle Race Present by the Castroville Area Chamber of Commerce. Texas State Cup Season Opener. Saturday Race, 8:30am, Regional Park. Sunday Race, 8am, Texas Research Parkway. Saturday Evening Pasta Buffet, 7pm, The Hotel Alsace, $20. $7000 cash. Junior races, $10. Cat 4/5, 5 Men & 3/4 Women, $30. All other race offerings, $35. Additional races, $10. Register on bikereg.com. 512-779-7356. hollandracing.org

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BROWNWOOD
Saturdays Brownwood Farmers’ Market 9am. A great place to buy home grown fruits and vegitables. Under the Austin Ave & Brady Ave overpass. 325-646-1422. February 5 Family Day at the Lehnis Railroad Museum 10am-4pm. 700 E. Adams St. The first Saturday of every month is Family Day at the Lehnis Railroad Museum! The museum will present a special interpretive program at 11:00 a.m. The first program will be a tour of the caboose, plus the Lehnis Heart of Texas Model Railroad Club will be working on the new permanent model railroad layout and will be available for questions. 325-643-6376. February 6-18 Annual Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit Depot Civic and Cultural Center, 600 E. Depot St. 325-642-3397. starsoftexasjuriedartexhibit.com

COMFORT
March 5 Friends of the Library’s “Mardi Gras Dance” Comfort Park. Music by “The Grateful Geezers” band. Tickets sold at Comfort Public Library. 830-995-2398. March 5-6 Comfort Trade Days Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. 52303 IH-10 (Exit 524). Old-Fashioned Open-Air Market. 1st weekend of each month Mar-Dec. 830-446-6402. comforttradedays.com March 12 Hermann Sons Retirement Home’s Annual Chili and Bean Cookoff Cooks’ & Visitors’ Party, Friday evening, March 12. Food, Drink & Dancing. Sanctioned & Amateur Cooks. Turn In Times: Beans 12pm, Amateur Chili 1pm, Sanctioned Chili 2 pm, Showmanship Judging 12-1:30pm. RVs Welcome. Entry Fees: $15 for Amateur Cooks, $20 for Sanctioned Cooks, $10 for Bean Cooks. Edward Albrecht, 830-995-2724.

BURNET
Saturdays Farmers’ Market Burnet Square. Lavona Fry, 512-756-0834. February 11-14 Valentine Dinner 5pm-8pm. The Overlook Restaurant at Canyon of the Eagles, 16942 RR 2341. A four-course menu. $35.00 per person. Reservations req’d. 800-334-2070. CanyonOfTheEagles.com Dates of events are subject to change. Please confirm in advance by calling the number listed or the Chamber of Commerce.

CONCAN
February 6 Chili Rio Cook Off and Tailgate Party 11 am. House Pasture Cattle Company Restaurant, 2 North River Road. 830-232-6625. friocountry.com

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COPPERAS COVE
March 6 Tough Cookie Duathlon 6am-3pm. South Park. 254-547-7571. copperascove.com

Fredericksburg Art Gallery, The Good Art Co., Rodeo Studio Gallery, Uptown Market, Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg Art Guild and InSight Gallery. firstfriday-fbg.blogspot.com February 4-19 “Partners in Pastel” Feb. 4, 5pm-8pm. 234 West Main St. Featuring the art of Margaret Fletcher of Fredericksburg and Kathleen Cook of Ingram. Wines by Torre di Pietra along with cheeses from the Amish Market will be served. Both ladies will demonstrate their art on Sat., Feb. 5, 2pm5pm. The show will be in place and available for purchase through Sat., Feb. 19. 830-990-8160. artisansatrockyhill.com February 10 A Love Story Afternoon Tea in Fredericksburg 2pm. Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 N. Milam. Plan a “Ladies Day Out” in Fredericksburg and indulge yourself in a relaxing afternoon tea party of tea savories, desserts and unlimited pots of tea as you enjoy professional storyteller Vanessa Potter. She will capitvate your attention with her stories of love. She can make you laugh until your sides ache or put a lump in your throat and always touch the hearts of those who hear their story in hers. $25. Reservations req’d. 830-496-1586, 325-379-2015. special-teaoccasions.com February 18-March 6 Little Women: The Musical Presented by Fredericksburg Theater Company. The Steve W. Shepherd, 1668 Highway 87 South. Join the Fredericksburg Theater Company as they celebrate another season. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel, this exhilarating musical follows the adventures of the sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. All performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. No performance on Friday, September 17 in honor of Yom Kippur; alternate on Thursday, September 23. 830-997-3588. fredericksburgtheater.org March 2-20 Texas Stampede Art Show and Sale InSight Gallery, 244 W. Main St. InSight Gallery’s 2nd annual Texas Stampede Invitational Show will feature new work from some of Texas’ most talented artists. Both InSight gallery and guest artists will join together to capture the diversity and essence of art in Texas. What a great way to celebrate a great state and fantastic art! 830-997-9920. insightgallery.com March 4-12 Texas Star Trail Ride Join us as we ride The Original Texas Star Trail through Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, Stonewall, Johnson City, Blanco, Fischer, Wimberley and Driftwood. Each year, about 300 people take part in the 107 mile ride. It’s the experience of a lifetime, and one you will not forget. We cross 40 cattle guards through more than 20 Hill Country ranches, including LBJ Ranch-Ranch Road 1 of the State of Texas. texasstartrail.com

COTTONWOOD SHORES
February 17-20 The Odd Couple Performed at the Hill Country Community Theatre, 4003 W FM 2147. 830-693-2474. hcct.org

year, and still going strong! Get your weekend kickin’ at Gruene Hall every Friday. Enjoy happy hour, prize giveaways, and the best in Texas tunes, broadcasted live by KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels with Mattson Rainer. Need another reason to come out? You never know who might stop by -- Reckless Kelly, Junior Brown, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Walt Wilkins, and Gary P. Nunn have all stopped by for a chat. Good times! 830-629-5077. gruenehall.com February 19-20 Old Gruene Market Days 10am-5pm. The Gruene Market Days exclusive appeal is that all products sold are made by the vendors themselves. Gruene Market Days are held on the third full weekend of each month, February through November, and the first weekend of December. 830-832-1721. gmds2006@sbcglobal.net. gruenemarketdays.com March 5 Spring Tour de Gruene Gruene Historic District. Participants enjoy a leisurely ride through the Texas Hill Country or competitive time trials with prizes for the best course records. Among famous past participants are seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and five-time winner Eddie Merckx. A celebrity slow race and an antique & classic bicycle show round out the events. The weekend is sponsored by the San Antonio Bicycle Racing Club and benefits a local New Braunfels’ charity. 210-862-3524. tourdegruene.com

HILL COUNTRY
February 11-13 Wine Lovers Trail Includes 22 wineries in the Texas Hill Country. texaswinetrail.com February 26 Ragin’ Cajun Wine Road 290 & Zydeco Evening Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries. wineroad290. com. Zydeco Evening, 7pm-10pm, at Texas Hills Vineyard, 878 Ranch Road 2766, featuring the Dr. Zog Band and Gumbo! Of course, you can purchase a glass, or bottle, of wine to “let the good times roll” (laissez les bons temps rouler)! Evening $15 per person. Tickets required. Call 830-868-2321 for reservations. texashillsvineyard.com

DEVINE
February 13 Movie, Popcorn, & Ice Cream 6pm. Shooting Star Museum, 5445 CR 5710. Free. 210-386-6038.

DRIPPING SPRINGS
February 5 A Grand Evening on Broadway DS High School Auditorium, 940 Hwy. 290 West, will resonate with the sounds of nine performing arts groups, combining their talents on one stage in the form of a benefit concert to raise money for what will be the newest addition to the auditorium - a grand piano. The audience will experience selections from hit Broadway shows including Wicked, Chicago, West Side Story, and The Lion King. The concert will be followed by a reception featuring a silent auction of works donated by Dripping Springs High School art alumni. Presented by Dripping Springs Grand Piano Project. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 512-644-4997. ds88keys.org March 5 Sculpture Challenge 10am-5:30pm. Carved Stone, 5300 Bell Springs Rd. Sculpture and live music flow through the garden and all amid fine art and craft. Meander through the rural grounds, now the setting of beauty. Visit with and observe sculptors as they demonstrate their style and discipline. Sculpture and art are for sale, and you have the opportunity to deal directly with the artist. $10 per person donation to PAWS. 512-858-5665. sculpturechallenge.com

JOHNSON CITY
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays Downtown Entertainment & Dining at the Friendly Bar Bistro! 106 N Nugent Ave (next to the Courthouse Square). Scheduled live entertainment every Thursday through Sunday. Every Sunday we feature the Hill Country Pickers. Chef Ed Thompson’s gourmet dining is a treat. Every Thursday is “Pasta Bar Night” with scrumptious featured menu selections on Friday and Saturday, and a home style buffet on Sundays. Monthly art exhibit. See entertainment and menu details at www.FriendlyBarBistro.com. 830-868-2182.

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EARLY
February 18-19 Brownwood Coin Show Fri, 2pm-6pm. Sat, 9am-5pm. Heartland Mall, 300 Early Blvd. Buy, Sell, Trade. Bring your coins for us to look at. Who knows? You may have a hidden treasure! Free. 325-784-5197, 325-217-8127.

FREDERICKSBURG
February 4 First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg A tradition in Fredericksburg, with galleries open until 8:00pm. Fredericksburg’s art galleries will be focusing on some aspect of exhibiting artists’ works, which may include painting and fine craft demonstrations, casual art talks, opportunities to meet artists, special showings and entertainment. Participants will experience the Fredericksburg art scene up close and personal while enjoying fine wines from local wineries and beyond all day long. Participating galleries are Artisans at Rocky Hill, Charles Beckendorf Gallery,

GRUENE
Fridays Friday Afternoon Club 4pm-7pm. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd. A Gruene Hall tradition is now in its twelfth

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Thursdays Silver K Cafe - Estrella Sol Patch & Friends Every Thursday evening in our Starlight Room, 7pm-9 or 9:30pm, featuring Texas music, casual & light fare along with Texas wines & beer. Seating for “A Little Bit of Homestyle, Comfort & Bistro” commences at 5pm. A really relaxing, enjoyable evening with outstanding food. No cover charge. 830-868-2911. silverkcafe.com February 10 Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet 6pm, Blanco County Fairgrounds Show Barn. Old West Casino Night. Put on your best western attire & head back to the Old West for the evening. Casino Party includes Roulette, Craps, Black Jack & Texas Hold’em Poker. Also a Silent Auction you won’t want to miss! Catering includes a Buffet Dinner with Baron of Beef and Trimmings, Beer, Wine, Tea and Coffee. $25 per person in advance, $30 at door. 830-868-7684. johnsoncity-texas.com February 12 Love Comes in Small Frames 3pm-8pm. Copper Roof Art Studio, 3464 Flat Creek Rd. invites you to an art show featuring paintings, sculptures, and photography. RSVP required. copper.roofstudio@gmail.com, 713256-4372. February 12-13 TASTE Wine+Art Jewelry Trunk Show Procrastinators rejoice! Just in time for Valentine gifting, TASTE Wine + Art, 213 N. Nugent, will be having a jewelry trunk show featuring original, one of a kind designs by Beth McElhaney. 830-868-9290. tastewineart.com

March 5 Johnson City Woman’s Civic Club 9th Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night Benefits the Johnson City Library. Serving will start at 5:30pm with bingo at 6:45pm. Don’t miss the food, bingo and cake auction! Join us at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 105 LBJ Drive for lots of fun and support the local library. Karen, 830-8687688. Suzanne Milner, 830-868-9270.

KINGSLAND
February 5-6 Souper Bowl of Caring Sponsored by 6th Grade C.I.A. (Christians In Action) at First Baptist Church Kingsland. This year we are amping it up. Sat, 11am-3pm, the group will be in front of Duckwalls, 141 Ranch Rd 2900, collecting non-perishable food items and donations for Sharing the Harvest. Sun, 9am-12:30pm, the collection is held at FBC Kingsland, 3435 W Ranch Road 1431. 325-3884507. Find us on Facebook. souperbowl.org February 8 Winter Texan Dinner Social, 5pm. Serving, 6pm. Kingsland Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Drive. If your last name begins with _, bring: A-F, desserts; G-M, vegetables; N-S, salads; T-Z breads. 325-423-0595.

KILLEEN
March 5 Take 190 West Art Festival 10am-5pm. Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 South W.S. Young Dr. The City of Killeen is now accepting applications for the 2011 Artists celebration, an event of the Take 190 West Art Festival. Take 190 West is Killeen’s week long salute to the arts. This year’s events include: a host of Texas and national authors and illustrators conducting book signings and story times; a juried art show featuring artists from across the state displaying and selling their works; a sculpture contest featuring the works of national sculptors; and the KISD student Art Show. Join us to celebrate the fine arts in the day-long “Artists and Authors Event,” where you can enjoy the works of professional artists, authors and illustrators in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. This year you will also have the opportunity to watch some amazing sculptors at work as they compete in our first-ever sculpture contest. And don’t forget to take a stroll through the art on display from the talented students at KISD. 254-501-3888. take190west.com

February 3 Meet on Main 5pm-8pm. The Historic Main Street Association event focuses on providing the local community and tourists with the chance to stroll through Main Street’s unique shops and galleries, while enjoying free live entertainment and in-store special sales and events. Local growers, artists and crafters are present at the events’ Homegrown & Handmade Farmers Market. Meet on Main is an opportunity for residents to indulge in local culture, visit with neighbors and shop local. 830-385-9289. historicmainstreet.org February 11-13 Marble Falls Antique & Art Show Lakeside Pavilion. Over 35 upscale art and antique dealers in beautiful Lakeside Park. For more information, call 214-748-9070. marblefalls.org March 12 Main Street Market Day 9am-4pm. Over 100 vendors with a variety of items on Main Street. Free admission. Kerri Roberts, 830-693-2815, kerri@marblefalls.org.

LLANO
February 12 Annual Desserts of Llano 325-247-4158, extension 209. llanochamber.org March 11-12 Hill Country Classic Car Show 325-247-5354. llanochamber.org

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Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays Eckert Bat Cave 6pm-9pm. Reopens upon the return of the bats. 325-347-5970. 512-263-8878. nature.org/texas Dates of events are subject to change. Please confirm in advance by calling the number listed or the Chamber of Commerce.

MARBLE FALLS
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays The Falls on the Colorado Museum 10am-5pm, 905 Third St. Group tours available by appointment. 830-798-2157. fallsmusueum.org

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February 5 Love Your Heart 5K Run/Walk, Kids 1k & Family Heart Event Run/Walk, 9am-11am. Heart Health Event, 11am-1pm. Park Pavilion #16. Get up and moving for your heart! Booths, activities, food. Promote an active and heart healthy lifestyle. $10 registration fee. Register online. 830-620-1272. loveyourheart.net February 5 New Braunfels Farm to Market Open every Saturday, rain or shine, 9am to 1pm. 148 S. Castell Ave. 50 plus vendors featuring locally grown fresh produce, cheeses, meats, jams and jellies, flowers, art and much, much more! Enjoy live music and onsite chef demonstrations. 830-629-2223. nbfarmersmarket.com February 8 Taste of the Town 6:30pm-8:30pm. Come taste the many delectable offerings by our fabulous, local restauranteurs. NBISD Education Foundation is proud to have “inherited” the well-loved event, Taste of the Town, founded by the New Braunfels Children’s Museum in 1989. $35. 830-643-5700. nbtasteofthetown.com February 11 Shake, Rattle & Roll Brauntex Theater, 290 W San Antonio. The magical music of the 50’s and 60’s is reborn when this all female show group from East Texas take the stage. Winners of the largest Doo Wop contest ever held in Las Vegas, these

ladies are popular for their ability to keep the crowd entertained with their vocal harmonies, synchronized moves, hula hooping skills and comedy. This group of ladies will make you stop, drop and roll with laughter as they take you along with them on the ride of their lives. It’s family fun for everyone from greatgrandparents to kids of all ages with Shake, Rattle & Roll’s toe-tapping, twistin’ mix of rock and roll and comedy. Opening the show will be Wayne King with his tribute to Roy Orbison & Jerry Lee Lewis. For tickets, call. 830-627-0808. shakerattleroll4.com February 12 Texas Wines at the Winery 10:30am-12:30pm. Dry Comal Creek, 1741 Herbelin Rd. From the Spanish missions to the high-tech wineries of today, it’s a look at the history, regions and grapes of Texas. We’ll also taste a variety of wines from around the state. Each participant will receive printed course materials, additional informational materials, and maybe even a surprise or two? You’ll even get to taste some wine. Cost is $30 per person per class, or register for all 4 Winery U classes for only $25 per person per class. Preregistration is required & limited to the first 30 people. 830-885-4076. drycomalcreek.com February 12 Annual Hill Country Doll Show & Sale 9am-4pm. New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 S. Castell. Largest and best doll show in Texas. 75 dealers from several states with antique to modern collectible dolls, bears, miniatures, supplies, accessories, books, restoration. Don’t miss it! Hourly door prizes and free parking. 830-372-5868. dolldr.com

February 18-20 GRTU Troutfest Rio Raft Resort, 14130 River Rd. Feb. 18 banquet tickets $50. Feb. 19-20 Expo free to the public. Purchase tickets online. 512-413-3301. grtutroutfest.org February 19 Soup Saturday 11:30am-1pm. Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, 1741 Herbelin Rd. Nothing is better on a cold day than a steaming bowl of soup and a glass of wine! Join us for our time honored tradition that cures cabin fever and the chill of the winter doldrums. We’ll have the tasting room nice and cozy to warm your toes, while our savory soup (plus other goodies) and wine to warm your bellies! Each Soup Saturday ticket offers you soup, salad or tapa, bread, dessert and your choice of two glasses of nonreserve wine. See the menus and details on our website. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $30.00 plus tax per person or $25.00 plus tax per person when four or more tickets are purchased. 830-885-4076. drycomalcreek.com February 26 Maskenball/Mardi Gras Party 7pm-11pm. Elk’s Lodge, 353 S. Seguin Ave. Sponsored by the German American Society for more than 30 years. Costumes requested but not required. Prizes for best costumes. $10 per person. 830-625-6330. March 5 NBU Kinderschuhe 5K Run/Walk 8:30am. Landa Dance Slab. The kids’ 1/2K and 1K will immediately follow. All proceeds go to Communities in Schools to purchase shoes

for low-income school children of all ages. Refreshments served at the end of the event and there will be lots of terrific door prizes. The first 300 registered are guaranteed a beautiful event t-shirt. Chipped timing at start and finish of race. Pre-register at www.athleteguild.com for $20 or download a registration form online. Registration day of race is $35. Kid’s 1/2K and 1K are free without a shirt or $10 with a shirt. 830-629-8486. nbu5K.com March 12 3K Doggie Dash 9am-noon. Hosted by New Braunfels Puppy Playland, trying to create a dog park in our town. A fun 3K dog walk/run with band, agility set, booths, and activities until noon. Register online. 830-221-5046. newbraunfelsdogpark.com

PORT ARTHUR
March 3-6 Southeast Texas Mardi Gras Parades, concerts, attractions, kids Mardi Gras, and much more! mardigras.portarthur.com

PIPE CREEK
February 14 Timeless Tunes II: The Stories and the Songs 7pm. Join the Almost Patsy Cline Band on Valentine’s Day for timeless love songs and their stories. Western Heritage Cowboy Church, 7146 FM 1283. Presented by the Bandera Community Foundation, benefiting the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic. $10; $12 at the door. 830-796-8810.

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March 4-6 St. Jude’s Trail Ride Western Heritage Cowboy Church, 7146 FM 1283, sponsored ride benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 210-771-3697.

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February 5 The Hotcakes in Concert 7pm-9:30pm. Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 County Road 409. Get your dancin’ shoes on! The Hotcakes are bringing Rock ‘n Roll excitement to the house!! They will be playing songs from Rock ‘n Roll to Country to popular standards and everything in between. Don’t miss this. This will be a night of high energy and great fun! 830-693-5328. spicewoodvineyards.com February 19-20 Spicewood Vineyards Chili Cookoff Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 County Road 409. 3rd annual event showcasing chili and wine. Tasting wristbands are $15 each. 830-6935328. spicewoodvineyards.com

UVALDE
February 18-19 Sahawe Indian Winter Ceremonials First United Methodist Church, 301 North High St. The Sahawe Indian Dancers are members of Boy Scout Troop and Venture Crew 181 in Uvalde. The Ceremonials feature dances of the Southwest Pueblos in a 2 hour program. Dances from the Taos, Hopi, Santa Clara and San Juan Pueblos are presented. The elaborate costumes, songs, dances, history and folklore are enjoyed by audiences of all ages. They will perform 3 times each weekend, and it is a show to watch that is sure to be enjoyed by all ages. For more information, call Bill Dillahunty at 830-278-2016.

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February 11 Comal County Democratic Women Meeting 11:30am. Tye Preston Memorial Library, 16311 South Access Rd.. 2nd Fri of every month. Bring a friend and a dish to share. 830-832-4957, 830-935-4504.

February 3 YAPI (Young Artist Performing Incubator) @ Maui Wowi 6pm-8pm. Maui-Wowi, 14200 Ranch Road 12. YAPI (Young Artist Performing Incubator) is a great opportunity for our local youth 18 and under to perform in an intimate setting. Contact DuAnne, 512-847-6215. smoothsipstogo.com February 26 An Evening To Remember 6:30pm-11:30pm. The Annual Arts from the Heart Gala. The Studio. Join us for an evening of fine dining, dancing, a silent auction and a wine toss. Please call or email for an invitation and information. 512-847-8500, afth@artsfromtheheart.org. artsfromtheheart.org

SEGUIN
February 19 Mid-Texas Symphony 4pm. Mid-Texas Symphony. Jackson Auditorium, Texas Lutheran University. Feb. 19: “Stars at Night” with Music Director David Mairs and Charles Yang, violin. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Borodin: Nocturne; Grieg: Two Elegiac Melodies. Mar. 27: “The Romeros” with Music Director David Mairs and The Romero Guitar Quartet. Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E flat major; Rodrigo: Concierto Andaluz. 830-372-8089. mtsymphony.org Dates of events are subject to change. Please confirm in advance by calling the number listed or the Chamber of Commerce.

WIMBERLEY
Wednesdays Wimberley Farmer’s Market 3pm-6pm. A year-round, producer-only farmers’ market located in the Lions Club Parking Lot #1 on FM 2325. Open every Wednesday, rain or shine.

STARTZVILLE
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays VFW Post Nights Join us for tacos every Wednesday night at the VFW Post 8800, 7755 FM 2673, 5pm-8:30pm. Karaoke from 6pm until 10pm. Shuffleboard tournament in our canteen every Wed. Bingo every Thur. night. Kitchen opens at 6pm, cards go on sale at 6:30pm. Hamburgers and hot dogs every Fri. night. 830-899-7774.

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Favorites for All Walks of Life at Shade Tree in Spring Branch
By Heather Wagner Located just off Hwy 281 in Spring Branch, between Bulverde and Blanco, the Shade Tree Saloon and Grill is busy becoming the number one destination in the Hill Country. A gathering place for people from all walks of life, from tourists to locals, bikers to families, the Shade Tree offers a respite from everyday life; a place to sit back and relax. Serving lunch daily, the Shade Tree offers classic favorites such as hamburgers, Po Boys, Philly Cheese Steak, appetizers and even salads. The Shade Tree has a vast array of drink options including beer, wine, setups, tea, soda, etc. They also carry a wide selection of cigars. Out back is a Texas size dance floor under a pavilion, and great local bands are always ready to jam. So next time you feel a hankering for some good food, good company and good music, stop by the Shade Tree- they have what you’re looking for! The Shade Tree Saloon and Grill, 13430 Hwy 281 N., Spring Branch, TX 78070, 830-885-5550

Visit www.theshadetreesaloonandgrill.com for directions, events, photos, and more. Photo courtesy Shade Tree Saloon.

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Do you need a good reason to head out and chow down at the great Hill Country restaurants? Get hungry at one of these events and mosey on over to a local eatery (see our directory to the right) and grab a bite. It’s more than worth it! February 5 Blanco Performing Arts Chamber Music Series 7:30pm. Uptown Blanco Ballroom, 317 Main. The concert features Trio Copine, playing a a program of French music for viola, harp, and flute. Make it dinner and a concert at the outstanding Uptown Blanco Restaurant adjacent. A 15% discount on dinner is available when the concert tickets are presented. blancoperformingarts.com March 5 Mardi Gras Party in the Uptown Blanco Courtyard Uptown Blanco Arts & Entertainment invites the public to a Mardi Gras Party from 6pm to 10pm in the Courtyard, entrance at corner of 4th and Elm streets. Cajun food, live music, Mardi Gras costume contests, fortune telling, tarot card reading, king and queen contest, and many more fun activities will be offered for one entry price. Fun for the entire family! uptownblanco.com

February 5 A Grand Evening on Broadway DS High School Auditorium, 940 Hwy. 290 West, will resonate with the sounds of nine performing arts groups, combining their talents on one stage in the form of a benefit concert to raise money for what will be the newest addition to the auditorium - a grand piano. The audience will experience selections from hit Broadway shows including Wicked, Chicago, West Side Story, and The Lion King. The concert will be followed by a reception featuring a silent auction of works donated by Dripping Springs High School art alumni. Presented by Dripping Springs Grand Piano Project. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 512-644-4997. ds88keys.org February 4 First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg A tradition in Fredericksburg, with galleries open until 8:00pm. Fredericksburg’s art galleries will be focusing on some aspect of exhibiting artists’ works. Participants will experience the Fredericksburg art scene up close and personal while enjoying fine wines from local wineries and beyond all day long. Participating galleries are Artisans at Rocky Hill, Charles Beckendorf Gallery, Fredericksburg Art Gallery, The Good Art Co., Rodeo Studio Gallery, Uptown Market, Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg Art Guild and InSight Gallery. firstfriday-fbg.blogspot.com

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February 4-19 “Partners in Pastel” Feb. 4, 5pm-8pm. 234 West Main St. Featuring the art of Margaret Fletcher of Fredericksburg and Kathleen Cook of Ingram. Wines by Torre di Pietra along with cheeses from the Amish Market will be served. Both ladies will demonstrate their art on Sat., Feb. 5, 2pm-5pm. The show will be in place and available for purchase through Sat., Feb. 19. 830-990-8160. artisansatrockyhill.com March 2-20 Texas Stampede Art Show and Sale InSight Gallery, 244 W. Main St. InSight Gallery’s 2nd annual Texas Stampede Invitational Show will feature new work from some of Texas’ most talented artists. Both InSight gallery and guest artists will join together to capture the diversity and essence of art in Texas. What a great way to celebrate a great state and fantastic art! 830-997-9920. insightgallery.com March 4-12 Texas Star Trail Ride Join us as we ride The Original Texas Star Trail through Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, Stonewall, Johnson City, Blanco, Fischer, Wimberley and Driftwood. Each year, about 300 people take part in the 107 mile ride. It’s the experience of a lifetime, and one you will not forget. We cross 40 cattle guards through more than 20 Hill Country ranches, including LBJ Ranch-Ranch Road 1 of the State of Texas. texasstartrail.com

February 12 Love Comes in Small Frames 3pm-8pm. Copper Roof Art Studio, 3464 Flat Creek Rd. invites you to an art show featuring paintings, sculptures, and photography. RSVP required. copper. roofstudio@gmail.com, 713-256-4372. Wednesdays Wimberley Farmer’s Market 3pm-6pm. A year-round, producer-only farmers’ market located in the Lions Club Parking Lot #1 on FM 2325. Open every Wednesday, rain or shine.

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Sunset Bar & Restaurant, 419 3rd Street, 830-833-5776

Hill Country food, Inside or Outside Patio Dining, Steaks, Seafood, Chicken Fried Steak, Country Breakfast, Homemade Desserts, Full Service Bar, Take-Out and daily specials. Biker Friendly. On the Historical Town Square.

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For a restaurant with history, fine dining and a great atmosphere, look no further than Uptown Blanco Restaurant. Enjoy an exquisite meal as you take in the down town atmosphere. Now serving steaks on Friday & Saturday nights. Open Wed. 11am – 3pm; Thur. thru Sat. 11am - 9pm and Sun. 9am – 9pm.

Hill Country Ranch Pizzeria, 598 E US 290, Suite 250

A unique Texas themed eatery serving pizza, sandwiches, salads, and pasta. Enjoy dine-in and take-out service, plus beer and wine will also be available. Hours: Mon - Thurs: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sun: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

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The Hill Country’s Choice for Steak & Seafood. Appetizers, salads, burgers, steak, seafood, shrimp. Come hungry because we’re going to fill you up!

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Ronnie’s BBQ, 211 Hwy 281/290 S, 830-868-7553

Texas Style BBQ (slow cooked on the pit) - Great Brisket, Sausage, Pork Ribs, Chicken, Turkey Breast, and daily specials with all the trimmings. By the plate or by the pound. Dine in or take out. Come early for breakfast tacos. Catering available. Open Monday thru Saturday 5:30am till sold out! (usually around 4pm).

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Fredericksburg Theater Company Presents its Winter Musical
The Fredericksburg Theater Company is excited to announce their upcoming production of the family musical, “Little Women: The Musical”. With “Little Women”, take a journey back nearly 150 years and meet the beloved characters of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, growing up in post-Civil War America. Based on the 1869 classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women was originally introduced on Broadway in 2005, with a book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein.

“Little Women: The Musical” February 18 – March 6, 2011

The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written. The play embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. This powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope - the sounds of a young America finding its voice. Alcott’s American classic novel is now a classic musical theater treasure perfect for the entire family.

FTC’s production of “Little Women: The Musical” will be directed by Kerry Goff with musical direction by Amanda Hollis. Amanda Hollis will fill the lead role of “Jo”, Caitlin Hoover will portray “Meg”, “Beth” will be played by Heidi Eubanks and Ashleigh Goff will play “Amy”. Additional cast members are Sarah Spillman as “Marmee”, Donna Vaughan as “Aunt March”, Matt Ward as “Mr. Brooke”, Kenny Vaughan as “Professor Bhaer”, Mac Burnett as “Mr. Laurence” and Kerry Goff as “Laurie”. The production will run weekends February 18 – March 6, 2011. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.

Tickets for this production go on sale Monday, February 7th and can be purchased at the box office located at 306 E. Austin Street, Fredericksburg, by calling 888-669-7114 or on line at the Theater website www.fredericksburgtheater.org. Box office hours are 9am – 1pm Monday – Friday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5.50 for youth 18 and under. Group discounts are available. Please contact the box office for additional information. For the past thirteen years, the Fredericksburg Theater Company a non profit, Community Theater, has fulfilled its mission to provide quality, family, live theater events for an appreciative and supportive audience in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Now, in its 14th season, patrons can look forward to seeing everything from drama to musicals to comedy.

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February 2-March 5 Sweetheart Art! Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm. Sat, 10am-2pm, or by appt. Uptown Blanco Art Center Gallery, 317 Main. Find the perfect Valentine Gift! Painting, fiber, photography, pottery, woodworking & fine jewelry by Texas Hill Country professional artist “sweethearts.” Opening reception, Fri, Feb. 4, 5pm-7pm. 830-833-2514. uptownblanco.com February 5 Blanco Performing Arts Chamber Music Series 7:30pm. Uptown Blanco Ballroom, 317 Main. The concert features Trio Copine, playing a a program of French music for viola, harp, and flute. Make it dinner and a concert at the outstanding Uptown Blanco Restaurant adjacent. A 15% discount on dinner is available when the concert tickets are presented. blancoperformingarts.com February 12 Second Saturday Art & Wine 4pm-8pm. Feb 12, ART, WINE & CHOCOLATES! Look for banners to find various gallery locations. View map on website. “Best Kept Secret East of Santa Fe.” Hop on the Free Trolley, stroll or drive to a collection of eclectic fine art galleries for free wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and specials. Enjoy “The Ultimate Art and Wine Experience.” Find the perfect gift for yourself or your special sweetheart. It’s the perfect Valentine Night Out and it’s free! Free. 830-249-1500. secondsaturdayartandwine.com

March 5 Sculpture Challenge 10am-5:30pm. Carved Stone, 5300 Bell Springs Rd. Sculpture and live music flow through the garden and all amid fine art and craft. Meander through the rural grounds, now the setting of beauty. Visit with and observe sculptors as they demonstrate their style and discipline. Sculpture and art are for sale, and you have the opportunity to deal directly with the artist. $10 per person donation to PAWS. 512-858-5665. sculpturechallenge.com February 4-19 “Partners in Pastel” Feb. 4, 5pm-8pm. 234 West Main St. Featuring the art of Margaret Fletcher of Fredericksburg and Kathleen Cook of Ingram. Wines by Torre di Pietra along with cheeses from the Amish Market will be served. Both ladies will demonstrate their art on Sat., Feb. 5, 2pm5pm. The show will be in place and available for purchase through Sat., Feb. 19. 830-9908160. artisansatrockyhill.com February 12-13 TASTE Wine+Art Jewelry Trunk Show Procrastinators rejoice! Just in time for Valentine gifting, TASTE Wine + Art, 213 N. Nugent, will be having a jewelry trunk show featuring original, one of a kind designs by Beth McElhaney. 830-868-9290. tastewineart.com

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