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Hill Country Current P.O. Box 429 714 4th St. #102 Blanco, TX 78606 830-833-4812 Fax 830-833-4246

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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 Charles Willgren Editor (830) 833-4812 Jill Hunter Ad Sales Director (512) 799-5455 Amy Bolin Ad Sales (830) 598-6740 Heather Wagner Writer Rachelle Willgren Writer / Proofreader Jennifer Paradis Distribution

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Aqua Boom is back for 2011 with a great line-up of family-friendly parades, music, vendors, entertainment, and more.

See what fun you can’t miss out on! Check page 4 for a schedule. Photo courtesy Aqua Boom Committee.

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Sha-BOOM! Sha-BOOM! The Return of Aqua Boom Plus the Aqua Boom Schedule and Kingsland: A Town Full of History

Johnson City Boerne Blanco

Your Perfect Hill Country Getaway

Step into the Past at the Acclaimed Enchanted Springs Ranch in Boerne

Schedule Released for Blanco Lavender Festival

Dripping Springs Fredericksburg

Check Out Bell Springs Winery Fredericksburg’s Red Baron an Antique Lover’s Paradise

Antiquing Calendar

Check here for events to help in your antique search.

Antiquing in the Hill Country
Antique Shop Directory

Hill Country Events Calendar Hill Country Map Dripping Springs On the Menu

Find Hill Country towns with our handy map.

Delicious, Distinctive Pizzas Served Up in Dripping Springs

Restaurant Directory

Don’t Make Me Go to Town: Ranchwomen of the Texas Hill Country (The M. K. Brown Range Life Series) By Rhonda Lashley Lopez

Many people dream of “someday buying a small quaint place in the country, to own two cows and watch the birds,” in the words of Texas ranchwoman Amanda Spenrath Geistweidt. But only a few are cut out for the unrelenting work that makes a family ranching operation successful. Don’t Make Me Go to Town presents an eloquent photo-documentary of eight women who have chosen to make ranching in the Texas Hill Country their way of life. Ranging from young mothers to elderly grandmothers, these women offer vivid accounts of raising livestock in a rugged land, cut off from amenities and amusements that most people take for granted, and loving the hard lives they’ve chosen.

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Wow! Can you believe it’s already time for Aqua Boom 2011? The 42nd Annual Aqua Boom will be held on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, July 2nd-4th. The Annual Miss Aqua Boom Scholarship Pageant will be held on Saturday, June 25th with categories from Little Mister to Miss Aqua Boom. The scholarship awarded to Miss Aqua Boom is $3500... one of the biggest scholarships in our area. The Golf Tournament and Flights of Fancy Remote

Airplane shows will be moved to the weekend of the 4th adding to the event list for the big weekend. In addition to the Annual Chili and Barbeque Cookoffs, we will be adding a Steak Cook-off this year. You can expect music, arts & crafts, parades, water events, fish fry, patriotic concert, wild west shows, children’s activities, and street dances! We try to load this weekend with events so that visitors and members of our community can find entertainment and a great family

celebration weekend here in the Hill Country. With the current economy, finding fun close to home is an added bonus. It takes a lot of people to pull off an event like this and Aqua Boom is the “Granddaddy” of all the Hill Country celebrations since it has been in existence for 42 years. Come join us for the fun. We have a blast. We’ll be looking for you!

See the complete schedule online!
Schedule subject to change. 4 ★ June 2011


Aqua Boom Schedule
Check out what’s planned!
Saturday, June 18th 5:30pm – Veterans Dinner, First Baptist Church Saturday, June 25th 2:00pm – Teeny Tiny Miss, Tiny Miss, Little Miss, Little Mister and Young Miss Pageants, Kingsland Community Center 6:30pm – Miss Teen Aqua Boom Pageant, Kingsland Community Center 8:00pm – Miss Aqua Boom Pageant, Kingsland Community Center Friday, July 1st 8am – Steak Cookoff, Kingsland Community Center Saturday, July 2nd 8am – BBQ/Chili Cook-Off, Kingsland Community Center 9am - 2pm – Flights of Fancy, Hank Nilsen Model Aircraft Field 10am - 4pm – Children’s Activities, Packsaddle Elementary 10am - 6pm – Arts & Crafts, Prosperity Bank 12pm, 2pm, 5pm – Cow’ographers, Packsaddle Elementary 1pm – Aqua Boom Golf Tournament, Packsaddle Country Club 1:30 - 5:30pm – Fish Fry, First Baptist Church of Kingsland 6pm – Patriotic Concert, First Baptist Church of Kingsland 8:30 - 11:30pm – Shyler D Band, American Bank of Texas Sunday, July 3rd 11am - 2pm – Judging for Cook-Off, Kingsland Community Center 10am - 4pm – Children’s Activities, Packsaddle Elementary 10am - 3pm – Poker Run, Kingsland Community Park 10am - 6pm – Arts & Crafts, Prosperity Bank 11:30am – Horseshoe Pitch & Washer Toss, Kingsland Community Park 12pm, 2pm, 5pm – Cow‘ographers, Packsaddle Elementary 6pm – Gospel Sing, First Baptist Church of Kingsland 8:30 - 11:30pm – The Instigators, American Bank of Texas Monday, July 4th 9am – Children’s Parade, Hairway 1431/ Farmers Insurance 10am – Land Parade – Start at Packsaddle down RR2900 (HEB) 10am - 3pm – Arts & Crafts, Prosperity Bank 12pm, 2pm – Cow‘ographers, Packsaddle Elementary Water Activities – RR 2900 Bridge 3pm – Kayak Race 4pm – Wacky Raft Race 5pm – Rubber Ducky Race 6pm – Boat Parade 7pm – Malibu Boat’s Ski Show Before Fireworks – Seadoo Raffle KAYAK RENTALS with JustKayaking at the 2900 River Bridge all 3 days. Times TBD.

Monday, July 4 9:15pm AQUA BOOM 2011 FIREWORKS

All About Kingsland
A Town Full of History
People have always wanted to come to Kingsland. Archaeological evidence shows that for thousands of years before Martin King bequeathed his name to the scenic valley, Indians had regularly visited the banks of the Llano and Colorado Rivers. A Spanish explorer named Bernardo de Miranda led a party of 23 treasure-hunters down the Llano River to “Kingsland” in 1756, but for more than a century thereafter, the rugged hills and fierce inhabitants kept all but the most adventurous from even seeing, let alone settling, this remarkable place “where rivers flow and bluebonnets grow.” The Texas Hill Country experienced a flood of pioneers in the 1850s and again, after the Civil War in the 1870s. Small settlements sprang up quite close to the junction of the two rivers, including Hoover’s Valley to the east and Packsaddle (also called Gainesville) to the west. According to Joseph Carroll McConnell’s book, The West Texas Frontier, a Methodist preacher named George Wolf lived about a mile west of the Colorado on the Llano River during the 1860s. Wolf’s teenage sons, Hiram and Washington, were attacked by Indians while they were out hunting wild hogs in what is now downtown Kingsland; Hiram was killed, and Washington was held prisoner for quite some time before a posse was able to rescue him. After the famous battle with an Apache raiding party on Packsaddle Mountain in 1873, there were no major Indian depredations, but it was 1879 before the beautiful valley was claimed. In her book, “Families of Early Kingsland,” Muriel Barnett Jackson tells how Civil War veteran Martin Daniel King and his wife, Nancy Jane (Trussell) left Mississippi for Texas after the war with their three children and a herd of cattle. They eventually settled in Hoover’s Valley, but “when he spied the beautiful land in the cove where the Llano River meets the Colorado, he dreamed of establishing a town there.” King and his brother-in-law, James Trussell, formed a partnership, bought the land, and began clearing in preparation for building a town. But King himself would not live to see his dream come true; he died in 1883 from injuries suffered two decades earlier during the war. His very capable wife, Nancy Jane, car-

ried on her husband’s dream, forming Pacific Survey Company in 1884 to lay out streets for the town she called “Kingsville.” There were soon forty people living there in fifteen crude houses, served by a small store and a saloon. The first school was a rough log building. A post office was established in 1885. In 1886, a merchant named William Kenneth Murchison built a large rock building for his mercantile store. After it burned in 1890, it was rebuilt by newcomer John Franklin, who ran a store of his own there for many years. Franklin was an ambitious man who wanted the planned railroad to come through Kingsland. He purchased the store, cotton gin, and blacksmith’s shop which comprised the business district of rival Packsaddle, and moved them to Kingsville. The railroad was built in 1892. Franklin’s foresightedness paid off enormously for the tiny town. Kingsville’s climate and scenery, along with its excellent hunting and fishing opportunities, turned it into a tourist mecca almost as soon as the railroad arrived. Excursion trains from Austin brought vacationers and cattlemen to the new “hot spot,” and soon the town was known for its live music, dancing, carnivals, and shows. The town’s popularity drew attention from the postal service, since another town already had chosen that name. In 1893, Nancy Jane’s town became Kingsland. Kingsland rapidly became a center of commerce for a large surrounding area, and many new businesses had arrived by the turn of the century. Camp Pajama was a popular resort, and the Houston & Texas Central Railroad built a fine hotel called The Antlers, complete with annexes and riverside camping facilities. Kingsland had several stores, two barber shops, two blacksmith shops, two cotton gins, and even two weekly newspapers, the Kodak and the Rustler. There was also a busy meat market and a flourishing “granite shed,” run by stonecutter Henry Benton. Four local churches were built and the Baptists, Methodists, Christians, and Pentecostals held joint two-week camp meetings each summer. A new bungalow-type school was built in 1901, at which time the town’s population had reached 750. The King family installed telephone lines in Kingsland shortly thereafter. It was another technological marvel, the advent of the automobile, that ended Kingsland’s golden era. The first car arrived in Kingsland in 1915, just a year after a wagon bridge had been built next to the railroad bridge across the Colorado River. Two more cars arrived in 1917, but the trickle soon became a flood. As if signaling the beginning of the end for Kingsland’s railroads, a train came off the

tracks at “Harwell Shoals, across the river at the rock quarry” in 1919. The ensuing wreck killed the engineer and shocked the town. While the nation’s economy boomed through the 1920s, Kingsland’s economy nearly shut down. Most of the town’s businesses, including Camp Pajama and The Antlers, were closed (The Antlers was purchased by Thomas Barrow in 1923 for use as a family retreat). The population dropped to just 150 in 1925. Muriel Barnett Jackson, who was born in Kingsland in 1910 and spent summers at her grandparents home there during her growing-up years, recalls hard times but good lives during those years. “People were poor, but didn’t know it,” she wrote decades later. “The whole town was like one big family. Most everyone owned their home and a little plot of land. Everybody had a cow and chickens and a hog to butcher in the winter; everybody had a garden and a few fruit trees. The rivers were full of fish, and the woods were full of deer, cotton tail rabbits, dove, quail, and wild turkeys. Everyone shared, and nobody went hungry. Our entertainment was simple, but fun; Sunday School and church on Sundays, community singings, box suppers, play parties, and an occasional dance at someone’s house who wasn’t a regular church-goer. We had picnics on the slab, we had ice cream suppers and watermelon parties, we went swimming and rode horses out at the Murchison Ranch. We often ran races and sometimes we had goat ropings.” Construction of Buchanan Dam provided work during the thirties, and Kingsland enjoyed a brief period of prosperity then, but it was the construction of the Wirtz Dam and the creation of Granite shoals Lake (now Lake LBJ) in 1951 which truly marked a turning point for Kingsland’s economy. Kingsland once again became a popular resort community; Lyndon Johnson himself owned a ranch on the other side of the lake, and could often be seen boating on the lake with his family. Today, Kingsland is a thriving community of nearly 10,000 people, and all kinds of modern improvements make the town a very comfortable place to visit or live. The old Antlers Hotel was purchased by Dennis and Barbara Thomas in 1993, and re-opened as a luxurious resort along the rails (complete with restored railroad coaches and cabooses for overnight lodgings). Meanwhile, the town is still bordered by water and ringed with beautiful hills, so recreational opportunities and scenic vistas abound. This truly is a land fit for a king, and well worth the short trip for any Texan. Be sure to visit Kingsland this summer! – John Hallowell


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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. Or, extend your visit to a week and use Johnson City as your hub to the other nearby areas either in the Hill Country, as we are centrally located from the other towns in the Texas Hill Country. 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, Spring Creek Bed & Breakfast, or our newest facility; Songbird Meadows B & B, with trails, private cottages, and breakfast delivered to your door. There are also vacation rentals at the Lighthouse Hill Ranch, which is now featuring availability in the Lighthouse - a fabulous new structure, that you can’t miss, located atop one of the highest points in Blanco County, just off Highway 281. 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) who offers not only fine art, but wine tasting as well, A. Smith Gallery, Copper Roof Art Studio (by appointment only) and LMC Murals and Fine Art. We also have artesians, such as Two Moons Hye Jewelry, where you can treat yourself to one of kind jewelry! 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. Nearby, in Stonewall, you can also visit the Western White House, the home of LBJ and Ladybird, where several rooms are now available to tour. 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. Also located along the banks of the Pedernales River is our newest park provided for you through the LCRA; The Pedernales River Nature Park, where you can enjoy nature, do a little fishing, or picnic under some gorgeous live oaks on the banks of the Pedernales River. This park is a day use park only and there is no fee. 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 hike 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 along the way. 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. 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, Whittington’s Jerky, Black Spur Emporium and Gallery, Deleon’s Outpost (cedar furniture & décor), The Pearl Antique

Your Perfect Hill Country Getaway
Mall, Pieces of the Past, and numerous others. While enjoying all the activities available, you’re sure to work up an appetite, and 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, Lacey’s Feed Mill, Dairy Queen, and others from Mexican to famous Texas BBQ. Also we’re delighted to announce that our very own brewery; Pecan Street Brewery, a combination restaurant and brew pub will officially open for business on the last weekend of June. The brew pub is located on the square across the street from the Courthouse. A short drive into Blanco and you can partake in fabulous dining at the Uptown Blanco Restaurant. Prefer to create your own picnic meal? Just head down to the local Super S grocery store for whatever you desire; also inside the Super S is a new Ace Hardware for your convenience. Located in Johnson City is the Texas Hills Vineyard, providing a tasting room to sample their award winning wines, a gift shop, an event facility, and a delightful setting in the Hill Country just a few miles from town. If you head toward 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. Those farms include Hummingbird Farms, M & J Gifts and Lavender, The Meadows at Flat Creek, and Miller Creek Lavender 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 you’ll ever taste. Garrison Brothers is not only dedicated to making the best bourbon available, they are also committed to using Texas product, such as corn and grain etc... Tours are available at the distillery, contact them for details. Music is also prevalent here in Johnson City and in nearby towns, from Thursday evenings at the Silver K Café, to weekends at the Friendly Bar Bistro, Friday & Saturday evenings at Lacey’s Feed Mill where you can dine with live music, 2nd Sundays complimentary brunch and gospel music at Taste Wine+Art (Kirchman Galleries), and many other musical events in or near Johnson City, where you can spend a wonderful evening listening to some great artists. Once you visit our spectacular little piece of the Hill Country, 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. Check out the events calendar on our website to see what’s going on when you plan to visit. Be sure to stop by on your way to or from the 7th Annual Blanco Lavender Festival on June 11th & 12th On June 25th you are invited to attend our 4th Annual Johnson City Antique Engine and Tractor Pull-the proceeds from this event benefit the Blanco County Fair Association-check out our website for details. If you don’t have plans for the 4th of July, then plan on spending it with us. Why? Because we have the best fireworks display in the Hill Country. Not only do we have fireworks, we have a 4th of July Parade, food, beverages including beer and wine, games for children and adults, washer pitching tournament, live music-fun for the entire family. There is no entry fee for our fabulous fireworks display, however contributions are accepted at the entry gate. If you haven’t been to our 4th of July Spange Dangle Celebration, you are missing out on a lot of fun and a spectacular fireworks show! For more details on Johnson City visit their website at or call the Johnson City Texas Visitor Center at 830-868-7684. Come spend the weekend, the week, the month, or forever, with us — you’ll be glad you did.

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Step into the Past at the Acclaimed Enchanted Springs Ranch in Boerne
Turn off your electronic devices and get ready to step back into the era of the cowboy, cattle drives, and Wild West towns. With its 1880’s atmosphere, Enchanted Springs Ranch is advertised by The History Channel as one The Top 10 Reasons to Visit San Antonio and Neighboring Regions and is recommended by Oprah as one of the Best Family Attractions in the U.S. Enchanted Springs Ranch, a western movie set and animal park, is a stellar 86-acre working longhorn ranch that thrills visitors from all over the world with its rugged, natural Hill Country beauty, collection of exotic animals, and authentic time warp. It’s super cool – a Western town right out of the 1800’s – with real cowboys and cowgirls that will have you and your kids sitting up and taking notice! The town is a favorite filming location for movies, commercials and music videos. Tony Robbins, best-selling author and executive producer of the television series, Breakthrough with Tony Robbins said of the ranch: “Searching for the perfect ‘old west’ filming location for a new NBC series, we were lucky enough to find our way to Enchanted Springs.” After you soak in the ambiance of the 1880’s with tour guides in period clothing - get ready for some entertainment! One of their main attractions is two-time World Champion pistol twirler, Pistol Packin’ Paula - a true cowgirl who puts on a gun-twirling, whip cracking, excitement-filled show that never fails to impress! Other attractions include the tractor-wagon ride through the animal park that features Texas Longhorns, buffalo, zebra, deer, and a wide variety of exotics; a fantastic puppet show called It’s a Cowboy’s Life; stunt shows and so much more! If you’d like to combine entertainment with some authentic Texas barbeque, make reservations for a Wednesday or Friday night Summer Chuck Wagon Dinner & Show. You’ll savor every bite of the brisket and sausage dinner (with all the fixins- of course!) as you relax to the cowboy sounds of Texas Hill Country musicians. Take advantage of all the amenities of the ranch and then prepare to settle in for the second half of your evening which will be filled with laughter and amazement as the Wild West Show kicks off with real western entertainment. Don’t forget – reservations are required for all Chuck Wagon Dinner Shows as seating is limited. The fun doesn’t stop there! You’ll also find a working Leather Shop where you can order customized leather goods and the Trading Post for souvenirs and snacks. Summer hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am through 5 pm for daily tours. Pack a picnic lunch and spend a full day at the ranch or spend an evening where your taste buds and your inner-cowboy will be satisfied. Enchanted Springs Ranch is a favored location for private events (family reunions and weddings) and corporate events. Dr. Steve Schmidt’s (ranch owner) program for team building is available and has received much acclaim.

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Dripping Springs
Nestled in Dripping Springs, Bell Springs Winery offers a welcoming winery experience. The family-owned winery hand-crafts a variety of unique, easy-drinking wines, from a fruity and light Malvasia Bianca to a bold and rich Cabernet Franc. The winery’s popular Drippin’ Sweet (White) and Drippin’ Sweet (Red) hit the right notes for hot Texas days and summer barbeques. Bell Springs Winery features a cool and comfortable tasting room where visitors can sample a luscious, tropical Chardonnay, a jammy Nebbiolo, and much more. The tasting room’s attached breezy, wood-planked patio invites relaxing with glasses or bottles of wine, available for purchase at the winery. The patio regularly plays host to live music and the groomed winery grounds provide a picture-perfect location for picnics and games. Bell Springs Winery is located at 3700 Bell Springs Road in Dripping Springs. The tasting room is open Thursdays from noon to 5:00 pm, Fridays from noon to 6:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. For more information, visit the winery’s website at

Schedule Released for Blanco Lavender Festival
Festival Dates & Hours: Friday, June 10th 12pm – 6pm Saturday, June 11th 10am – 8pm Sunday, June 12th 10am – 4pm Where: Old Blanco County Courthouse & Four Local Lavender Farms Admission: Free The Lavender Market: During the Blanco Lavender Festival, an assortment of vendors and artists will gather on the historic grounds of the Old Blanco County Courthouse in the center of Blanco. Many of the lavender farms participating in the 2011 Blanco Lavender Festival will have booths at the market, each featuring their lavender and lavender-related products. Over 100 other vendors from all over Texas showcase arts, crafts, and lavenderrelated wares. SpeedNet Broadand Internet Services presents the Speakers Pavilion: Saturday, June 11 11:30am — Bill Luedecke III — “It Begins With the Soil”, 2:00pm – Melanie Van Aken — “Relief for the mind and Body with Lavender”, 3:30 p.m. — Amber Royer — “Lovely Lavender and Herb Teas”, Sunday, June 12 11:30 a.m. — Sibby Barrett — “Getting Lavender into your Menus”, 2:00 p.m. — Amber Royer — “Make Your Own Organic Lavender Cleaning Supplies”, 3:30 p.m. — Fred Van Aken — “Creating the Soil that Lavender Loves” Chuck’s Small Engine Repair presents Music in the Park: Enjoy live music during the Blanco Lavender Festival. These musicians will be performing in the amphitheater in Bindseil City Park on the Square, next to the Lavender Festival Market. Friday, June 10 3pm5pm — Zydeco Blanco, Saturday, June 11 10am-11:30am — Rachel Laven, 12pm-1:30pm — Bepko, Fletcher, Santos & Rose, 2pm-3:30pm — Bobby Mack, 4pm-5:30pm — Ron Rose Mack & Friends, 6pm-8pm — John D. Hale Band, Sunday, June 12, 10am-11:30am — Blanco Canyon Gospel Group, 12pm-1:30pm — The Jeremy Miller Band, 2pm-4pm — Tennessee Valley Authority The Lavender Farm Tours: In Spanish, Blanco means “white.” The town of Blanco was named for the limestone hills and banks along the river here. But another color has come to characterize this area: lavender—as in the pale pastel hue of small buds that bloom in late spring at the many lavender farms nestled among the region’s rugged hills and live oak groves. The dry weather and alkaline limestone soils around Blanco make the area particularly suitable for growing lavender. The first commercial lavender farm in the state, Hill Country Lavender Farm, was started near Blanco in 1999. The climate and terrain reminded the farm’s owners of Provence, where they had recently visited. After planting their lavender, they gave seminars to others who wanted to grow the beautiful flowers. Currently, more than ten farms are located near Blanco with more farms being added every year. During the festival, many of the farms will be open to the public for tours and cutting lavender blooms. Visitors will be able to see the lavender farming industry in different stages of development. Since all farms are within 20 minutes driving distance, visitors can stop at several in one day. Each farm will offer activities and events related to lavender, such as classes in aromatherapy and demonstrations of lavender oil distillation. Visit the GO TEXAN Beer and Wine Tent presented by HEB Plus Bulverde at the Lavender Market to sample and purchase a variety of food, beers, and wines from around Texas. Featuring the following Texas Wines: Fall Creek Vineyards, Maydelle Country Wines, Texas Hills Vineyard, Texas Star Winery. Also featuring the following GO TEXAN Vendors: Austin Gourmet Foods, Brittle Time, Caliche Hill Antler Art, Hill Country Bear Creek, Nutty Buddys, Shayne Sauce, Texas Hill Country Olive Company, Inc., Wimberley Valley Gourmet Specialties.


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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.

Photos courtesy Red Baron Antiques.

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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. June 11-12; July 9-10; August 13-14; September 10-11; October 8-9; November 12-13; December 10-11 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! 830-249-5530, 210-844-8193. June 17-19; July 15-17; August 18-21; September 16-18; October 14-16; November 18-20; December 16-18 Fredericksburg Trade Days US 290 East. Shop with over 350 vendors and 6 barns in 1 location every third weekend of the month. Hours are Friday and Saturday 9am6pm and Sunday 9am-4pm. Live music, on-site Biergarten. $3 parking fee is good all three days. 830-990-4900. Vendor info, 210-8464094,

Looking for antiques in the Hill Country?




Fredericksburg Red Baron Antique Mall

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



Johnson City Treasure Box Antiques & More

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

Hondo Ann’s Attic
Ann’s Attic is a family owned business featuring 6,000 sq ft of “Ooo’s and Ahh’s”. From Antiques, collectables and memorabilia to Beads, Findings and Custom made Jewelry. “You never know what you’ll find...everytime”. Open Tue – Sat’s, 10 – 5, Sat & Sun by Appointment. 1713 Ave M. 830-426-8255 annsattic.html


Where Old meets New and East meets West. Antiques, resale, crafts, DVD rentals, Verizon Wireless store. Vendors with unique items with more room to fill. Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10am-8pm. 103 N. Nugent Ave. 830-868-3233

Johnson City Pieces of the Past


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


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events calendar
June 4; July 2; August 6; September 3; October 1; November 5 Bandera Market Days On the courthouse lawn, 500 Main Street. Sponsored by Bandera Business Association. Open to individual artists and craftsmen presenting original works and to farmers selling produce. 830-796-4447. banderabusine June 11; June 18 Bandera County Youth Rodeo Bandera County 4H Horse Project presents the 2011 Youth Rodeo Series at the Mansfield Park Arena. Barrel Exhibition begins at 6pm followed by the rodeo at 7pm. 830-796-1363, 210-422-7474. June 24; July 22; August 26; September 23; October 28 4th Friday Jam Night 6:30pm. Silver Sage Corral, 803 Buck Creek Dr. Come to jam, dance, or just listen to the music! Bring a dish for the pot luck and help yourself to a plate. Whether just getting started or if you are a seasoned musician, have fun joining in on the extemporaneous-style of an evening jam session. Held monthly, January through October. 830-796-4969. June 25 Bandera Riverfest River activities, arts and crafts, children’s activities, music and more along the banks of the Medina River in Bandera City Park. Enjoy a car show and parts swap meet. Enter the BBQ contest. Enter the Great Hill Country Anything That Floats Regatta. 4th Annual Bandera Idol Competition. Sponsored by the Bandera Business Association. 830-796-4447. July 4 4th of July Pet Parade Sponsored by Cowboy Capital Pet Assistance League at Bandera City Park at 10am. All pets from horses to turtles to dogs, birds, cats, etc. are welcome. Registration begins at 9am; judging at 9:30am. Pet treats provided. Human refreshments available for sale. Free.


Saturdays Cowboys on Main 1pm-4pm. Western display sponsored by the Frontier Times Museum’s Living History Project. No admission. Tuesdays, Saturdays Flying L Cowboy Chuck Wagon Dinner & Show 5am-8pm. Flying L Guest Ranch. Family fun & entertainment featuring Duke Davis & Buckshot. Bar-B-Q chuck wagon dinner, wagon rides, roping lessons, and cowboy stage show. $25. 800-292-5134. Fridays during April 29-August 26; November 25 Rodeo at Twin Elm Guest Ranch 8pm every Fri. 810 FM 470. Verify schedule with ranch. 830-796-3628.

June 10-11; June 18; June 25 Live Music at Zocalo Dinner and live music on Saturday evenings on our back porch at Zocalo, 520 Pecan St. Chef Richard Brisco will be serving dinner from 6 to 9. June 10, Rich Hopkins, Lisa Novak and the Luminarios/Paraguay. Jue 11, Larry Cooper and Juke Joint Sandanistas, Sally Crew, Rich Hopkins and Luminarios, Paraguay. June 18, Nelson Broyal. June 25, Larry Cooper. Call in advance for reservations. 830-833-4300 June 10-12 Annual Blanco Lavender Festival Friday, 2pm-8pm. Saturday, 9am-6pm. Sunday, 9am-5pm. Tour lavender farms around Blanco. Visit the Lavender Market on the Old Blanco County Courthouse Square, 310 Main St., for vendor booths, music, wine and gourmet tent, and speakers’ pavilion. Blanco Chamber of Commerce, 830-833-5101,

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June 11 National Get Outdoors Day 9am-2pm. Blanco State Park. Free events throughout the day. National Get Outdoors Day is a nation-wide effort to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun! Blanco State Park will be having free events throughout the day. All you need is a day entry permit into the park (adults $4, children 12 and under are free). 830833-4333 June 16; June 18; August 20; September 17; October 15; November 19; December 10 Blanco Market Days 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. 830-833-2211, June 25 Blanco Performing Arts Presents the Chordsmen 7:30pm. Uptown Blanco Courtyard, 317 Main. The Chordsmen Chorus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to singing fourpart harmony in the uniquely American “barbershop” style, and to singing it well. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket to spread on the grass and picnic supper and enjoy an entertaining show of patriotic and show tunes. Make it dinner and a concert at the outstanding Uptown Blanco Restaurant adjacent. 830-833-4762.

Saturdays, ending November 13, 2011 Boerne Farmers’ Market 8am-1pm. Veterans Plaza, 102 City Park Rd. A variety of seasonal fruits and veggies, canned items, jellies, pickles, local olive & olive oil soap, granola, fresh baked breads, grass fed beef, pastered chickens, local honey, nuts, farm fresh eggs, flowers, herbs & plants. 830-249-9511. June 7; July 5 Abendkonzerte 7:30pm-9pm. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers to Main Plaza to oompah to the beat of the longest continually playing German band outside of Germany, the Boerne Village Band. 830-249-7277. June 11; July 9; August 13; September 10; October 8; November 12; December 10 2nd Saturday Art & Wine 4pm-8pm. 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. Free. 830-249-1500. June 11; June 25; July 9; July 23 Songs & Stories Concerts 7:30pm-10pm. Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Rd. Family-friendly outdoor concert series. Proceeds benefit nature-education programs. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, picnics, kids, grandparents and nice dogs on leashes. $10; $7.50 CNC members; $5 for 65 and up; free for kids 12 and under (except June 5). 830-2494616.

June 17-19 Berges Fest Downtown Main Plaza. Annual celebration of German heritage featuring a parade, live entertainment, lawnmower races, Weenie dog races, watermelon eating contest, carnival, mud volleyball, canoe races, lots of food & drinks, Miss Berges Fest Pageant, and more! Visit our website for a complete schedule. 1888-605-9698. July 8; July 10; July 17 Cactus Pear Music Festival Orient Express -- Friday, July 8, New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard St., New Braunfels, 7 pm. Sunday, July 10, Boerne First United Methodist Church, 205 James Street, Boerne, 2 pm. See the complete schedule online. 210-838-2218.

June 17-19 Juneteenth Celebration Bring the family and join us for 2 full days of fun! All proceeds and donations will be used for rebuilding the Willie Washington Park. $8 all day pass. 325-205-2376, 325-792-4788, 325205-2377. July 2 July Jubilee Carnival & Fireworks Richards Park, 305 Memory Lane. Join Daisy Edwards and the Carnival for the July Jubilee. Nightly wrist bands will be sold and Tracy Pitcox will be back to offer a dance contest. Make plans now to come to the Carnival! Fireworks start at sunset on July 3 at Brady Lake Pavillion ($5 per car or $1 per person). 325-597-3491.

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Saturdays Brownwood Farmers’ Market 9am. A great place to buy home grown fruits and vegetables. Under the Austin Ave & Brady Ave overpass. 325-646-1422. June 4 Brown County Rodeo BBQ 5:30pm-8pm. BBQ meal is free with membership. Dance (DJ) starts at 7pm. BYOC (no glass) in Sheep & Goat Barn. Memberships can be purchased at the door for $20 per family. Dance $10; 10 and under free. 325-6466365. June 4; July 2; August 6; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3 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! 325-643-6376. June 9-11 Brown County Rodeo Rodeo: Earl Q. Wilson Arena/Brown County Youth Fair Grounds, Hwy 377 S. Parade and dance: Downtown Brownwood at the Brownwood Coliseum, 500 E. Baker St. Adults $8, kids $3. 325-646-6365. June 9-12; July 14-17; July 21-24 Lyric Productions Annual summer play production from the Lyric Performing Arts Company. Brownwood High School. “Steel Magnolias” - June 9-11, 7:30pm. June 12, 2:30pm. “My Fair Lady” - July 14, 15,

16 at 7:30pm, July 16-17 at 2:30, July 21, 22, 23 at 7:30pm, July 22 and 24 at 2:30pm. $10. 325649-8516. June 17-18 Juneteenth Celebration Cecil Holman Park, 1100 Hall St. and Bennie Houston Community Center, 505 Cordell. Games, talent shows, music in the park, car show, carnival, inflatables and a dance. The Rufus Hardin Museum will be open. 325-6468188,

Mason, TX. Our mission is helping people during chemotherapy right here in the Texas Hill Country. A focus on helping those with cancer and its impact on family and quality of life. $50 entry fee. 512-262-6282. castelltexas. com

Saturdays during June 4-July 30 Comfort’s Farmer’s Market 8am-1pm (or sold out). Comfort Park, 4th St. and Main St. Seasonal Produce; yard eggs; pickles, jellies, and more! Get there early! 830995-3131. June 18; July 16; August 20; September 17; October 15; November 19 Comfort Trade Days 9am-5pm. 52303 IH-10 (Exit 524). OldFashioned Open-Air Market. 3rd Saturday of each month Apr-Dec. 830-446-6402.

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. 830-538-9141. June 4; November 5 City-Wide Yard Sale 8am-4pm. Huge yard sale throughout Castroville and the surrounding area. Free to set up, no permit needed. Get yourself on the map for just $5. All proceeds from the map benefit Castroville Nip and Tuck, a low cost spay and neuter program. Call for info or a space: 830-931-2525. June 10; July 8; August 12; September 9; October 14; November 11; December 9 Friday Night Fever 6pm-10 pm. 2nd Friday year-round (weather permitting) at Wommack Automotive, 1955 Hwy 90 E. An evening of cars, trucks, bikes, food, music and shopping. 830-931-2479. June 11; July 9; August 13; September 10; October 8; November 12; December 10 Market Trail Days 9am-4pm. Houston Square, across from 610 Madrid St. Check out local craftsmen and their wares. 830-741-2313.

Saturdays Farmers’ Market Burnet Square. Lavona Fry, 512-756-0834. June 10-11 Burnet County Fair & Rodeo Burnet County Fairgrounds, Houston Clinton Drive. The Burnet Co. Fair & Rodeo is held the 2nd weekend in June. Admission $10 for 12 years and up. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Casey Blair, 830-693-4000, June 18; October 8 Market Days 9am-4pm. Burnet Market Days, held twice a year, spring and fall, on the Burnet Downtown Historic Square, 229 S. Pierce. 512-756-4297.

July 4 4th of July Celebration & Parade Parade winds down High Street and ends at Comfort Park where there is a barbecue dinner, arts & crafts booths, fun for the kids and more! Sponsored by Comfort Chamber of Commerce. 830-995-3131.

June 8; June 15; June 22; June 29 Cowboy Campfire Storytelling 8pm. Hill Country Nature Center, FM 1050. Bring your chairs, water or sodas. $5. Under 5 free. 830-966-2320.

June 4 The Great Castell Kayak Race 9am. Llano River RV Park, 37 Keller Velino Road,

June 11 5K Summer Run to Fun 8am-11am. South Park Pool. 254-547-7571.

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Saturdays during May 7-October 29 Dripping Springs Farmers Market 9am-12pm. Intersection of US Hwy. 290 at RR 12. The Farmers Market will be open rain or shine every Saturday. Booths are located in the grassy area of the Triangle (Veterans Memorial Park). Free parking. June 4 Red Arena Round-Up Harrison Park Ranch. Inclusive Rodeo, Silent Auction, Pony Rides, Fair Booths, Petting Zoo. In an effort to raise community awareness and support, and more importantly, to promote inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities. 512-807-6505. June 18; September 17; October 1; October 15; November 19 Barrel Racing/Pole Bending 8:30am. Hosted by TX Hill Country Barrel Racing Association. Harrison Ranch Park, 29401 Ranch Road 12. 512-517-4994. June 19 Annual Fathers Day Car Show 8am-12:30pm. Dripping Springs United Methodist Church, 28900 Ranch Road 12. Bring your classic car, cycle, or truck. There will be awards for crowd favorites. 512-894-7123.

two days, showcasing the history, culture, food, and fun of this charming Hill Country community. Organizers have put together a weekend event guaranteed to stimulate all the senses and to delight folks of all ages. Revelers can listen and dance to nine different bands playing polka, show tunes, and country from the comfort of two covered stages. $6 for adults ($10 for 2-day pass) and $1 for children 12 and under. 866-839-3378. June 10 Llano Uplift Archaeology Presentation 10:30am-11:30am. Enchanted Rock, 16710 Ranch Road 965. Join us for an overview of Llano Uplift archaeology with Texas Historical Commission archaelogist Dan Potter. Meet at the group pavilion. Plan to stay for lunch-bring a picnic and enjoy the shade and views! 830-685-3636. RSVP June 16 Bats of Enchanted Rock For Kids Enchanted Rock, 16710 Ranch Road 965. This introduction to the wonders of bats will be geared for kids. Nyta Brown, Natural Resource Specialist for Texas Parks and Wildlife will introduce the wonder of bats; what they eat, where they live, and how their habits help our Hill Country environment. Plan to stay after the program. You can enjoy picnics in the shade and let the kids play. No limit on attendance. 830-685-3636. June 17-19; July 15-17; August 18-21; September 16-18; October 14-16; November 18-20; December 16-18 Fredericksburg Trade Days US 290 East. Got that special something in mind but don’t know yet what it is until you see it? Shop with over 350 vendors and 6 barns in 1 location every third weekend of the month. Acres of antiques, collectables and much more. Hours are Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 9am-4pm. Trade Days offers visitors the opportunity to peruse the displays, enjoy live music or a snack from the on-site Biergarten. $3 parking fee is good all three days. 830-990-4900. Vendor info, 210846-4094, June 25 Roots Music Concert: Americana Rock Night Gates open 5pm, music 6pm-10pm. Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main St. In 2011, the Pioneer Museum will be celebrating its 10th year of the Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country. For this special occasion, we will have a few surprises and an extra “Indoor Encore” in the Historic Sanctuary. The Roots

Thursdays during May 5-August 31 Fredericksburg Farmers’ Market 4pm-7pm. Marktplatz. Don’t miss it. We believe it’s important to think and act locally. Buy locally grown and produced foods for your table. By supporting your independent, local farms you’ll in effect also help the environment by reducing the damaging transportation emissions and excess packaging which ends up in our landfills. Most importantly, nothing tastes quite as good as something that was picked and prepared fresh that very same day! Enjoy the options your market provides every week. You can find us every Thursday through the end of September. June 10-11 Night in Old Fredericksburg Fri., 6pm-midnight. Sat., 11:30am-midnight. Marktplatz. Celebrate the town’s German heritage and Texas hospitality. Night In Old Fredericksburg is actually two nights and


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Music Series is a fundraiser for the Gillespie County Historical Society, an non-profit organization. It is a series of outdoor concerts under the trees on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum. Every summer we have 5 shows with 5 different genres of Roots Music from 3 unique performers. We offer food, beer, wine and refreshments for sale and all kids under 18 get in free. Admission is $12 at the gate, $10 online, under 18 free. 830-997-2835. June 26 PCAA Concert in the Park 6:30pm-8pm. Marktplatz. It’s that time of the year to enjoy music and dancing outside in the beautiful Hill Country spring and summer. Bring your lawnchairs, a picnic and your sweetie and dance under the stars. Free. June 28 Animals of Enchanted Rock For Kids 10am-11am. Enchanted Rock, 16710 Ranch Road 965. Bring your kids to learn about the creatures of Enchanted Rock! Dale Schmidt, Wildlife Technician with the Texas Parks and Wildlife will present a program about the native wildlife found at the park. You can enjoy picnics in the shade and let the kids play! 830685-3636. RSVP with June 3; July 1; August 5; September 2; October 7; November 4; December 2 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.

July 1 Celebrating 6 Years of Art 3pm-8pm. Artisans at Rocky Hill, 234 W. Main St. Artisans celebrates 6 years of showcasing the most diverse collection of fine craft alongside fine art in the Texas Hill Country! Stop in to say hello and join us for drinks, appetizers and friendship between 3pm and 8pm during First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg. Artisans is grateful to its many supporters and gallery friends who have brought us along this wonderful journey of promoting Hill Country artists. 830-990-8160. July 4 All American Becker Vineyards’ Chili Cook-Off 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, TX. A day of fun for the whole family at Becker Vineyards. Seventy world class cooks will compete in this CASI-sanctioned event in an effort to win qualifying points toward the Terlingua International Chili Championship. The day will also feature entertaining chili showmanship, wine tasting, and music by the Raggedy Cats. 830-644-2681.

June 19 Hico Wine and Food Festival 10am-5pm. Artisanal Cheeses, Wines, and More! Hico Chamber of Commerce & Wiseman House Chocolates are hosting a local wine & food festival. Come by Wiseman House and neighboring Culbreth Park at “the light” to sample some of the finest foods and wines anywhere. Wine-tasting $5; food samples free. 254-796-4620. July 4 Fireworks at the Blue Bonnet Country Club FM 1602. 254-796-4122.

June 25 Antique Engine and Tractor Pull 9am. Tractors from 1965 and before (Nebraska Test Book). All engines welcome. Food, live music, vendors, horse shoes, washer pitchin’, kids’ tractor pull. Proceeds benefit Blanco County Fair Association. Adults $5, kids $3, 12 and under free. Exhibitors free. 830-868-2809. July 4 Annual July Fourth Spange-Dangle This is a huge “don’t miss” Hill Country Bash. Live music, vendors and the BEST firework display in the Texas Hill Country! Free. 830-8687684.

June 18 Vino el Pastor Texas Hill Country/290 Wineries.

July 4 Freedom Celebration Fireworks Display July 4th at “dark-thirty” in City Park. Free. 325446-3190.

June 4 Miller Creek Lavender Women’s 5K and 10K Lavender Run Beginning and ending in the lavender fields of Miller Creek Lavender farm, 8453 Miller Creek Loop. Champagne brunch is included. Afterwards enjoy the following: art and craft vendors, live music - Nelson Broyle 10:30am, cooking demo - 11:00, craft demo - lavender swag - no charge noon, gift shop open accepting all credit cards except AMEX, cut your own fresh lavender bundle $5 (any size), second bundle free, lavender plants for sale. 512-934-1616.,

May 26-June 12 Kerrville Folk Festival Come on out and enjoy the magic of the Kerrville Folk Festival. You’ll be glad you did and you will want to come back every year. For a full schedule, visit the website. 830-257-3600. May 26-June 26 Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show Tues.-Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 1pm-4pm. Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett. Gourd artists from around the country compete in an amazing show of sculptural gourds you have to see to believe. Free. 830-895-2911.

July 2 Independence Day Celebration Goldthwaite City Park. 325-648-3619.

June 18-19; July 16-17; August 20-21; September 17-18; October 15-16; October 1516; November 18-19; December 3-4 Old Gruene Market Days 10am-5pm. 830-832-1721.

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June 25; July 23; August 27; September 24; October 22 Kerr County Market Days 9am-4pm (June through September, 9am3pm). Kerr County Courthouse Square (700 Main Street). Kerr County Courthouse Square. 830-792-4655.

June 4; July 2; August 6; September 3; October 1; November 5 Kyle Market Days & Farmers Market 9am-2pm. Historic City Square Park. Artisans, craftsmen, and farmers. Live music. July 4 4th of July Fireworks Show 9:30pm. Plum Creek Golf Course’s Practice/ Driving Range. The Kyle Pool is open ‘til 7pm. Bring a picnic. The fireworks are scheduled to begin around 9:30pm. 512-262-3939.

July 1-2 Rockin’ Riverfest Badu Park. 325-247-5354. July 9; August 13; September 10 Llano Country Opry LanTex Theater, 113 W. Main. July 9, Stephen Pride - Youngest brother of Charley Pride and country music sensation of his own, Stephen takes the stage in Llano at 7:30. Tickets $10. August 13, George Hamilton IV - Join us for this wonderful night of country music! Tickets $12. Tickets are available at the Llano Visitor Center. 325-247-5354.

July 1; August 5; September 2; October 7; November 4; December 2 Marble Falls Live 8pm. Every first Friday at Uptown Marble Theater. Variety and music show. $10 in advance; $12 at door. 830-693-9996. June 2; July 7; August 4; September 1; October 7; November 3; December 1 Meet on Main 5pm-8pm. An opportunity for residents to indulge in local culture, visit with neighbors and shop local. 830-385-9289.

June 18 Veterans’ Dinner 5:30pm. Reservations. RSVP by June 10. First Baptist Church, 3435 Hwy. 1431. 325-423-0818. June 25; July 1-4 Aqua Boom 2011 Proudly presented by the Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce. Miss Aqua Boom Pageant (Jun. 25), golf tournament (Jul. 2), parades, arts and crafts, Cow’ographers Wild West Show, BBQ and chili cook-off, street dance with the Express Band, pocker run, activities and games, races, ski shows, and more. 325-388-6211. July 2-4 Just Yakin Kayak Race 2900 Bridge. It may not be the olympics, but it is time to get your YAK on and paddle to victory! Enter a family fun kayak race for the athletic, not-so-athletic, young or old. It is a short and fun race sponsored by Just Yakin Kayak Rentals. $10 entry. Forms and money will need to be turned into the event center 1 hour prior to race. 325-665-1208.

July 2 Dust Devil Festival The Original Wild-Life Ranch, 105 W. County Rd 4017. Enjoy bungee jump, exotic petting zoo, helicopter rides, jumping play ground, bucking full machine, rock climbing, old west gun fight show, sheep riding, dummy roping, Live music by Jason Boland, bull riding, horse racing, team roping. $20, 10 and under free. 830-365-4100.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays The Falls on the Colorado Museum 10am-5pm, 905 Third St. Group tours available by appt. 830-798-2157. June 17-19 Soapbox Classic Downtown. Friday, Show-n-Shine, Parade, Inspections. Saturday, Race Day, Evening Entertainment & Street Dance. Sunday, Finals, Awards, Open Course. 830-385-9289. June 20-25 Chamber Music Festival Uptown Marble Theater, 218 Main St. Concert series presented by the Harmony School of Creative Arts. 830-693-1791. harmonyarts. org/CMF

June 15; July 20; August 17; September 21; October 19; November 16 Texas Songwriters in the Round 6pm-9pm. Sandstone Cellars. 512-217-4596. July 8-9 Round Up Jackpot and Rodeo Weekend Parade, burro race, arts and craft show, and events for all ages. 325-347-5758.

June 25 Bulls, Bikes & Babes Fest Buckhorn Bar & Grill, 4377 US Hwy 83 South. Gates open 11am, pro bull riding at 3pm, live music all day. $20, 10 and under free. 830-3529292, 830-232-4755.

June 4; July 2; August 6; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3 Farmer’s Market in Medina 9am. Downtown Medina. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, free range eggs, jams, jellies, salsas, plants, and other local products for sale. 830-796-8337.


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June 2-29 “Showcase of Sculptures” Art Show 239 W. San Antonio St. League sculptors will be featured this month at the gallery. The New Braunfels Art League Gallery is open daily 10-5 and Sunday from noon-5. 830-629-8022. June 4; July 2; August 6; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3 New Braunfels Farm to Market Open every Saturday, rain or shine, 9am to 1pm. 148 S. Castell Ave. 50 plus vendors. Enjoy live music and onsite chef demonstrations. “Yoga at the Market” 830-629-2223. June 25; July 23; August 27; September 24 Groovin in The Grapes 1pm-4pm. Dry Comal Creek, 1741 Herbelin Rd. Local ‘traveling’ food vendors. Free. 830-8854076. July 2-30 “Texas” Art Show 239 W. San Antonio St. With a whoop and a holler, New Braunfels Art League members will describe our great state in paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and pottery. The gallery is open daily 10-5 and Sun. noon-5. 830-629-8022. July 2-3 Red, White & New 11am-1pm. Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, 1741 Herbelin Rd. Reservations are required. Visit website to sign up. 830-885-4076. July 4 4th of July Parade and Patriotic Program 9:15am-11:30am. Plaza in downtown. To enter, call the Sophienburg Museum 830-6291572 or e-mail July 4 4th of July Fireworks 7pm-1pm. Free music on the Landa Park Dance Slab and a fireworks spectacular beginning at dusk! 830-221-4350.

July 8-10 Lone Star Championships 6pm. 2551 Loop 337. Youth national basketball tournament for boys and girls grades 3 through 12. 979-417-3721.

June 4 Movies Under the Stars 9pm. Presented by LBJ National Historical Park. June: The Searchers starring John Wayne. All movies are free of charge and will be presented on a giant outdoor screen with professional sound. Free refreshments are also part of the experience. All showings are set for Saturday nights at 9 p.m., with a rain date on the next (Sunday) night. The public can drive onto the LBJ Ranch beginning at 7:30pm. Bring lawn chairs or quilts for seating comfort. 830868-7128, extension 244 or 231. June 16-18 Stonewall Peach JAMboree & Rodeo Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Hall, 250 Peach St. Activities include the crowning of the Peach Queen, a community parade at 10am on Saturday, and of course, the exciting rodeo followed by a dance! Plus there will be great food and music! In addition, the SauerBeckmann Living History Farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site on Hwy 290 E. will have special events. For JAMboree details, including ticket pricing and dance headliners, call 830-644-2735.

June 4; July 2; August 6; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3 Pecan Capital Trade Day 8am-2pm. San Saba Civic Center, 104 South Water St. Vendors from across central Texas provide a shopping experience filled with antiques and collectibles, furniture, home decor, arts and crafts, jewelry, tools, produce, and much more. 325-372-8291. June 10-11 Annual Pecan Capital of the World Rodeo & Parade Parade starts at 10am. on Sat. at 8th and Commerce. Gates open 5:30pm. Concession open 6pm. Rodeo, 7pm. Mutton Bustin’, Pecan Sack Race, Ranch Bronc Riding. Dance Saturday Night, 9pm-1am. Come dance under the stars. The All American Cowgirl Chicks play both nights. After the rodeo Saturday night, there will be a dance at the rodeo arena featuring Mark Scott and the Southern Comfort Band. Everyone enjoys a Texas town parade. Adults $10, kids (12 and under) $5, military free. 325372-5141. July 4 4th in The Park Mill Pond Park. Sponsored by Impact 2000Plus. Food, fun, fireworks! Sieker Band (bluegrass) on stage at 6pm. Rolf Sieker toured with Asleep at the Wheel. 325-372-5141.

June 4; July 2; August 6; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3 Wimberley Lions Market Days 7pm-4pm. 601 FM 2325. First Saturday of the month from March through December. The oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state. We feature over 475 booths of everything you can’t live without. Come stroll our treeshaded paths, listen to live music and shop to your heart’s content. Free admission. June 11 Shammies ‘N Koozies - Ride ‘N Float It’s riding your bike in the beautiful Texas hill country. It’s taking a load off for some music and Texas BBQ. It’s relaxing and floating the Guadalupe River with your friends and family. Begins with a 45- or 65-mile, fully-supported bike ride that starts at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12. June 16 Susanna’s Kitchen Coffee House 7pm-9:30pm. Wimberley United Methodist Church (corner of RR 12 and CR 1492.) Enjoy Wimberley Pie Company pie, Milagro’s tamales, good music in a smoke and alcohol free environment. June 16: Jill Jones and Friends. $15 for adults; free childcare. Proceeds benefit Operation Good Shepherd assistance fund. July 1-3 Annual VFW Rodeo Gates open 6pm. Jacobs Well Rd. Presented by VFW Post 6441. Bull riding, mutton bustin’, tie down calf roping, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, women’s breakaway roping, and women’s barrel racing. Ticket prices vary per event. 512-847-2174. July 4 Wimberley Old Fashioned Parade 10am. Small town America at its best. 14100 Ranch Road 12. The parade will meander through town on RR12 toward the Wimberley Square and turn left onto Old Kyle Road. Roads will close at 9am so get your place early. To participate in the parade or be a vendor at the Jubilee, call 512-847-2201. July 4 Annual Community 4th of July Jubilee 10:30am-3pm. Under the shade trees at Ozona Bank. There will be live music, family fun, entertainment and great food! Don’t miss the family fun, food and entertainment at this year’s 4th of July Jubilee. Free. 512-847-2201. June 2; July 7; August 4; September 1; October 6; November 3; December 1 Young Artist Performing Incubator 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.

June 4; July 2; August 6; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3; December 31 Twin Sisters Dance Hall 9pm-1am. 6720 Hwy 281. June 4: Hilltown. July 2: Billy Garza & the 40 Guns. August 6: Buckshot. Sept. 3: Hilltown. Oct. 1: Bimbo & Borderline. Nov. 5: Thompson Lee & Company (formally The Ranger Band). Dec. 3: Buckshot. Dec. 31: New Years Eve - Marty White and Blue Clear Sky - $10 admission. $6. 830-833-5773.

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays VFW Post Nights 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. 830-899-7774.

June 10-12 Chicago: The Musical 6pm-7:30pm. Grand Opera House, 104 West North St. 830-278-4184. June 25; July 23; August 27; September 24; October 22; November 26; December 10 Uvalde Market Days 9am-5pm. Memorial Park, 337 E Main St. Become a part of what is destined to be one of the largest and unique open air markets in southwest Texas. 210-844-8193, 830-249-5530, marketdaysmgmt. com/Uvalde.html

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. June 3-26 Alice in Wonderland: An Original Musical Adventure 8pm performances on Fri., Sat., and Sun. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325. Purchase tickets online. Adults $15, students $10. 512-847-6969.

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Check out the events happening today all around the Hill Country with links to get more information.

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Delicious, Distinctive Pizzas Served Up in Dripping Springs
Hill Country Ranch Pizzeria is a fun, family-orioutdoor deck so you can enjoy our great Hill ented restaurant selling traditional and gourmet Country surroundings while you dine. pizzas, pastas, salads, and sandwiches with a Several different beers are available on draft distinctive Texas Hill Country flair. or by the bottle. They also feature over a dozen Many of their products are made in-house quality wines by the glass or by the bottle from their own recipes, including their dough, - including Texas wines. Happy hour specials are pizza sauce, cheese mix, marinara, meat sauce, available Monday - Friday. meatballs, slow-roasted pulled pork, and more. Try the fresh baked Carmelitas and Hill Country Ranch Pizzeria is located at Monster Cookies for dessert. They are to 598 E US 290, #250, Dripping Springs, die for! in the HEB shopping center. Enjoy upbeat country and southern rock music. Watch sports on the three large Hours: Mon - Thurs 11:00am to 9:00pm, flat-screen televisions. Video games are Fri - Sat 11:00am to 10:00pm, and Sun 12:00pm to 8:00pm available for kids of all ages! Hill Country Ranch Pizzeria is open seven 512-858-9697 days a week for lunch and dinner. Seating is available for large groups and sports teams. Coming in the spring, they will open our Photos courtesy Hill Country Ranch Pizzeria.






G Hungry!
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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 the events on our comprehensive Hill Country Calendar – then mosey on over to a local eatery (see our directory to the right) and grab a bite. It’s more than worth it!



Meals Served



B Blanco

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.

B, L, D


C Blanco

Uptown Blanco Restaurant, 317 Main St., 830-833-0738
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. Check out our website for weekly lunch and dinner features! Open seven days a week; Monday - Wednesday 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday 11 a.m. till 9 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m.

B, L, D


D Blanco

Zocalo Eclectic Cafe, 520 Pecan St. (Just off the Square), 830-833-4300
Cozy, cafe featuring daily soup and lunch specials, salads, and paninis on whole grain breads. European and American breakfasts include whole grain pancakes with low glycemic agave nectar and homemade granola with greek yogurt and honey. Relax on the front or back porch with a great coffee. Dessert lovers must try the homemade cheesecake with raspberry sauce or whole wheat carrot cake with cream cheese/honey frosting. Open Wed-Sat 8am-3pm and Sunday 10:30am-3pm. Dinner & live music Sat, 6-9pm. Call for spring/summer dinner hours.

B, L, D


E Dripping Springs

Hill Country Ranch Pizzeria, 598 E US 290, Suite 250 512-858-9697
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.

L, D


Catfish Haven, 816 West Main Street, 830-997-9009,
The Hill Country’s Choice for Steak & Seafood. Appetizers, salads, burgers, steak, seafood, shrimp. Come hungry because we’re going to fill you up!

L, D



Johnson City

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).

L, D


H Marble Falls

Russo’s, 602 Steve Hawkins Parkway, 830-693-7091
Where Italian style meets Texan taste. Open Tue - Sat: 11-10 & Sun: 12-8. Sunday Brunch 12-3

L, D


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Wimberley, T exas ~ Always Something Going On

Wimberley Market Days
1st Saturday March ~ December
2nd LARGEST in Texas ~ Gates open 7AM

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475+ Booths of Stuff You Can’t Live Without
Antiques • Collectibles Jewelry • Toys • Plants Arts/Crafts • Furniture Bird Houses • Food Handmade Soaps Clothes • Windchimes Music • Clean Restrooms 3 Large Parking Lots Carry Out Service Friendly Vendors Expanded covered seating/stage

Hall of Fame Rodeo Clown Leon Coffee, Blanco, TX


Jacobs Well Rd. (CR 182). Follow large “Rodeo Veterans Park” sign at Jacobs Well Rd. & RR12 about 3 mi. north of Wimberley, 11 mi. south of Dripping Springs

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