In This Issue — If there's one thing everyone in the Texas Hill Country loves, it's Christmas. Our December 2009 includes a huge events calendar with what's going on all over the area. The cover story is Lights Spectacular--Hill Country Style in Johnson City, one of the best-known and largest light displays in the region (and it's just the start of the lighting trail!).
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— Lights Spectacular: Hill Country Style at the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City. Photo by Jon Lebkowsky
20th Annual Lights Spectacular: Hill Country Style
The year was 1990 and the Garden Club ladies were at work. “How can we make our little town more festive during the holiday season?” A few cups of tea and these ladies had begun what is now one of the most spectacular holiday light shows in the country. With Norma Honeycutt at the helm, the first “Lights Spectacular, Hill Country Style” was underway.
Lights Spectacular continues to receive nationwide recognition. Read More
Artisans Features Kinetic Sculptures
Artisans at Rocky Hill, located in Fredericksburg, Texas, has represented the serenely beautiful kinetic sculptures of Ralph Moresco for over 4 years. Ralph's unique and soothing copper wind spirals are each individually hand-built using copper, stainless steel and brass. The kinetic movement of his spirals is constant due to his fine craftsmanship, which is in tune with even the gentlest of breezes.
When visiting Artisans, a trip to the lovely sanctuary of a courtyard is a must! Read More
New Owners of A Little Town Called Albert, Texas
The Easley Family of Austin, Texas are the proud new owners of Albert Ice House and the small town of Albert, Texas. Brandon Easley was unanimously nominated by the Easley family as Town Manager. Brandon is a Ranch Real Estate agent in Austin. They are excited to be there, and about the possibilities of the future. Read More
EmilyAnn Theatre's Trail of Lights Tradition Continues
Tucked up on a hillside in Wimberley is a holiday gem--The EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens’ 12th Annual Trail of Lights. Here you’ll find more than 7 acres filled with lighted displays created by families, schools, community organizations and businesses. A visit to the Trail of Lights makes for an unforgettable family excursion—from a life-sized dinosaur to the beautiful hilltop EmilyAnn Tree, the magical displays offer something for everyone. Read More
Silver Bells — Cowboy Style
Christmas means so many things to so many people, but the one thing you will find when you talk to almost anyone about Christmas is ... it’s all about the memories. One fond memory most people have is of the wonderful music associated with it. Well, this year should be no different. Read More
Christmas on Mercer Street
The Magic of Christmas on Mercer Street is Upon Us!
Christmas on Mercer Street Set For December 5
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” in Downtown Dripping Springs as businesses and citizens prepare for the 5th Annual Christmas on Mercer Street. The day-long festival has been set for Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. Read More
Fredericksburg to Shine Brighter than Ever This Holiday Season
The holiday season in this Hill Country town will shine brighter than ever this year. The centerpiece of new holiday decorations in downtown Fredericksburg, founded in 1846 by 120 settlers from Germany, is a 26 foot tall Christmas pyramid, crafted in Germany for Erzgebirge Palace, headquartered in Mainz, Germany.
“Fredericksburg is just a wonderful place to experience a home town Christmas, and we wanted to emphasize our German heritage with our new Christmas pyramid and other holiday decor ... Read More
The Wimberley Merchants Association would like to invite you to the Winter’s Eve Festival on the Wimberley Square on Saturday, December 5, 2009. Get ready for an enchanting evening among the stars as you stroll through over 90 shops in the downtown Wimberley area. The stores are filled to the brim with so many beautiful and special holiday gifts that you will surely enjoy. Read More
Walkers' Gallery Hosts Native American Culture Art Exhibit
The spirit of Native American culture comes alive in “Seven Directions” through the work of twelve distinguished, award winning American Indian artists, showing from November through December at The Walkers’ Gallery in the San Marcos Activity Center on 501 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, Texas. The featured artist is Donald Vann, “One of the best known Indian artists working in this century,” according to the Cherokee National Historical Society. Read More
Blackbird Antiques' Unique Employees
Karen Frias, owner of Blackbird Antiques in Comfort, Texas, can rest assured that her store greeters are most unique. Molly and Hudson began coming to work with her six years ago, and have been pleasing visitors with their personalities ever since. Molly and Hudson are no ordinary greeters-they are Karen’s Pug dogs, and have been ‘working’ at Blackbird Antiques ever since they were just seven weeks old.
When they first started coming to work with Karen, they took their naps in antique ba ... Read More