GOD BLESS TEXAS and KEN BURNS...

Sep 6, 2019 by

If you’re a fan of PBS, you’ll know this Sunday night is the first in a series of the new Ken Burns film/documentary called Country Music. Last night, we got to see a sneak preview of the seven episodes. Because the preview was at Austin City Limits Moody Theater in the Live Music Capital Of The World, Dayton Duncan, lead producer and writer of Country Music, made sure the cuts we saw were the Texas musicians included in the series. Ohh, I wish I could remember the one liners the likes of Willie, Waylon and the boys popped out during the interviews. The highs and lows of the entertainers were so interesting and made you realize what was going on in their personal lives and the changing music scene—on and off the stage. For...

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LOLLIPOP, LOLLIPOP, OH LOLLI LOLLI POP...

Jun 27, 2019 by

    It’s my new favorite store in downtown Marble Falls and you’ve got to go.  Just look for the most colorful storefront on Main Street—you can’t miss MS LOLLIPOP PARTIES FUN & GIFTS.  I could go on and on about the memories you’ll get when you see the vintage candies—-just like the ones you used to buy at the Sugar Shack in grade school.  And, be sure to look at all the old time gag gifts—does it get any better than the old auto exhaust whistle?  Or, the money snatcher………..that’s when it was worth your effort to bend down and grab that dollar bill on the ground, only to have it jerked away on an invisible string by some knucklehead at the end of it……….Ahhhhhhh, those were the days.  Happy days.  Ms Lollipop...

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PROST, YA’LL!

Mar 10, 2019 by

The Texas Wine Trail isn’t just about wine.  You can mix it up with whiskey, rum, and now, beer.  And, what a beer stop the Altstadt Brewery is!  For your foreigners, it’s between Wildseed Farms (gotta do a blog on that) and Fredericksburg on Hwy 290.  You can’t miss it—-it’s the huge chalet looking building—–reeelly huge.  We met friends there to enjoy Thomas Michael Riley perform.  How fun to listen to Texas Americana Music in a Bavarian setting—as in huge beer hall, people dancing, eating delicious food, and of course, drinking mucho cold beer while laughing with friends and sitting on long tables with long benches.  Think Oktoerfest in Germany except this beer hall has huge crystal chandeliers and gorgeous Texas size fireplaces.  The cavernous hall is one of several settings at Allstadt Brewery....

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GET YOUR BUNS TO BLANCO

Feb 17, 2019 by

There used to be a Kinky Friedman song called “Get Your Biscuits In The Oven And Your Buns In The Bed” (I kid you not).  Obviously, that’s when people still had a sense of humor.  Now, I’m telling you to get your buns to Blanco to The Bean and Biscuit on the square.  I discovered it on the way back from Corpus when I wanted to pick up the lavender cocktail syrup they sell at Leather and Lavender-you know it’s the stuff they make Lavender Lizzies during the Blanco Lavender Festival every year-which has to be on your Texas Hill Country bucket list.  Anyway, I saw the Bean and Biscuit sign and decided to dash in and grab something to eat.   What a find!  First of all, the pastries are dazzling and the...

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SAVOR—PART DEUX

Feb 3, 2019 by

I am soooo sorry.  I apologize.  I forgot to alert you the 2nd annual SAVOR THE HILL COUNTRY was happening at the Science Mill in Johnson City.  Unfortunately, for you it was last Sunday, as in, you missed it.  But, fortunately, for me-it was just another fantastic evening in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  Where else can you sample the best offerings of local area restaurants, wineries, distilleries………..and see an exhibit of an aquaponics garden?  All the while listening to muy cool music?  Like I said, I’m really sorry you couldn’t make it.  I’ll try and remember next year to remind you.  But just in case, sign up for the Science Mill’s blog.  You’ll also find out about other upcoming exhibits.  In the mean time, here are some snapshots of the night……..Did I mention...

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HYE, Y’ALL!!!

Jan 27, 2019 by

Yes, I finally stopped at the Hye Market.  Like you, I had driven by it for years—-and I mean years, as in since the seventies on my way to Kerrville.  To me, it was always a place that caused you to step off the gas pedal and slow down for a couple of miles, then kick it up as soon as you cleared the spot in the road.  But, that store facade has always been picturesque.  If I was a painter, I’d put it on a bucket list to paint.  But, back to pulling over……….for some reason on that particular day, I pulled the car over, saw the sign that said no parking and inched up to a place I thought would be safe.  I got out, went in the post office and walked...

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BACK TO BLACK

Jan 19, 2019 by

Black Board Bar B Q, in Sisterdale, is definitely destination eating.  Unless Sisterdale is on your beaten path or you’re into beautiful Hill Country scenic drives, you’d probably never go there.  Friends had raved about it as did Texas Monthly (June 2018).  So, Denny and I decided to take the hour long drive through Johnson City, Blanco then Kendalia and see what all the buzz was about.  We got there a little past noon and were the first ones through the gate, obviously, the first customers of the day.  We were greeted by Tres who gave us the culinary crash course of the menu and it quickly became very apparent we had stepped through the looking glass of bar-b-q joints.  You could really see the owners previous food experiences coming through with such things...

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