In This Issue — Events and more for March 2011. Water conservation with The Ong™ Jar, Johnson City chili cook-offs, the Bandera Wild Hog Explosion, Elder Care Fair, Wimberley Market Days, and more.
Cover Photo — Duang Hanesworth holds her one year old daughter, Irene, on top of an Ong™ Jar in Thailand. Read about how Big Grass is bringing a Thai tradition into Texas and the Hill Country, and starting a new generation in water conservation. Photo courtesy Big Grass.
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The Ong™ Jar
As a child growing up in northern Thailand, Duang Hanesworth collected her family’s drinking water from giant rainwater catchment vessels that stood outside her home. Most families in her village owned at least one of these round-bodied cement containers- not unusual in a country where natural resources are painstakingly conserved and recycled.
Today, Duang lives in San Antonio, and households in her native village in Thailand are tied to the municipal water system. Read More
Chili Cook-Offs Come to Johnson City, March 26-27
Along with Bluebonnets, Paint Brushes, and other assorted wildflowers, Springtime brings the delicious aroma of world-class chili and barbecue to the Texas Hill Country around Johnson City. Spicy food enthusiasts flock to the Blanco County Fairgrounds to participate in the fun and foolishness associated with the Texas Men’s State Chili and Barbecue Championship which is held each year on the last weekend of March. Read More
War Museum Brings History to Life with Flamethrower
On March 12 and 13, the National Museum of the Pacific War will hold its first Living History Programs of 2011. The program demonstrates weapons and strategies that were vital in the struggle for dominance in the Pacific theater in World War II. Re-enactors use landing craft, tanks, explosive charges, and even a flamethrower to explain and illustrate the equipment and tactics used by the American Army and Marines and the Imperial Japanese Army forces in WWII. Read More
If you haven’t traveled to Johnson City, Texas to view the wildflowers, you are in for a treat! Not only will you see wildflowers in bloom everywhere along the roadways, both back roads and highways, but there will also be various activities throughout Wildflower month provided by the various businesses in town as we enjoy a month-long celebration of Wildflower Days.
Wildflower month will kick off during the Men’s Texas State Chili Cook Off on the weekend of March 26th, a do-not-miss-event ... Read More
Tomball Celebrates German Heritage During Festival on March 25 - 27
Beginning with one Oompah band on a flat-bed trailer eleven years ago, the festival has become an annual tradition in Tomball and one of the best music/street festivals in Texas. Every year, on the last Weekend in March, festival-goers break out their Lederhosen and Dirndls “Go German” for the area’s largest festival celebrating the heritage of the original German families that settled this area beginning in about 1840. Read More
Bandera Library Celebrates 9th Annual Wild Hog Explosion
Get Ready! It’s time for Squeals and Spills at the 9TH-Annual Wild Hog Explosion and All Bike Rally! Set to kick off the last weekend of Spring Break, March 18TH AND 19TH. This fun-filled weekend includes the hilarious Wild Hog Catch, the crowd-pleasing Pork Rib Cook-Off and an awesome All Bike Rally. Read More
Make it to Marble Falls for Elder Care Fair
The 2011 Elder Care Fair, presented by the Highland Lakes Health Partnership, is right around the corner. Coordinators are excited about this year’s event and the record number of sponsors. The purpose of the Elder Care Fair is to introduce the elderly and their caregivers to products, equipment, and services available to them in the Highland Lakes area.
The 2010 Elder Care Fair will be held Saturday, March 26th from 9:00am until 12 noon at The Boys and Girls Club of the Highland Lakes in Mar ... Read More
Zocalo Eclectic Café Offers Good Food, Atmosphere
Zocalo Cafe, the newest eatery in Blanco, has opened, bringing fresh, organic, and local food choices to its patrons.
Owner Rich Hopkins, a musician, was born in Texas, raised in Arizona, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and South America. Drawing on his experiences and passions, Hopkins wanted to create a place that combined all of them, including food, coffee, music, and art. Read More
Wimberley Market Days
The first Saturday of each month, from March through December, brings thousands of treasure seekers and shop-a-holics to the little village of Wimberley, Texas. Although Wimberley is always a popular getaway with all the shopping, dining, and bed and breakfast choices, Wimberley Market Days, the oldest and largest outdoor market in the Hill Country, hosts more than 475 vendors and welcomes thousands of shoppers.
What started out in 1964 as a market on the Wimberley Square, with local vendors se ... Read More