In This Issue — Events and more for May 2010. Natural Bridge Caverns is celebrating its 50th anniversary; find out how they're expanding and changing with new discoveries.
Read about Texas Masters of Fine Art & Crafts exhibition, Sisterdale Trading Company, Kerrvile Folk Festival, Albert's newly renovated dance hall, Blanco Classic Car Show, Pieces of the Past in Johnson City, Llano's Texas Proud Festival, new stars on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame, celebrating lavender at Becker Vineyards and satisfying your hunger at Catfish Haven in Fredericksburg, the Gingerbread House in Bandera, and more.
Check out our Hill Country events calendar with arts, music, festivals, shows, plays, and all sorts of ways to spend time in the hills.
Cover Photo — Castle of the White Giants, a group of formations in Natural Bridge Caverns. Read more about Natural Bridge Caverns and their 50th anniversary celebration of nature, family, and adventure. Photo courtesy Natural Bridge Caverns.
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Natural Bridge Caverns Celebrates 50 Years of Nature, Family & Adventure
Natural Bridge Caverns is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its discovery this year with a summer-long offering of activities and promotions dubbed “Discovery Days.” Discovered in 1960 by four San Antonio college students on a family ranch, the caverns have since been owned and operated by the Wuest family for three generations. Read More
The 7th Annual Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft Invitational Exhibition to be held at the Y.O. R
The ballrooms of the historic Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel in Kerrville will be transformed into a breathtaking gallery from Friday, May 28 through Sunday, May 30 as some of Texas’s finest, award-winning artists will display their creations at the prestigious 7th Annual Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft Invitational Exhibition. Read More
Throngs of Art Lovers to Converge on Kerrville Memorial Day Weekend
Kerrville will bolster its image as the Hill Country center of the Texas arts scene as thousands of visitors will be drawn to a variety of art shows and cultural exhibits Memorial Day Weekend.
One event that’s gained a national reputation as one of the state’s premier art shows is the 7th Annual Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft Invitational Exhibition, which will be held Friday, May 28 through Sunday, May 30. Read More
An Artist for the Ages
Richard Myers can be described simply as an artist for the ages, primarily because his work spans over thousands of years. Richard is what is known as a ‘Lithic’ artist, meaning he replicates ancient artifacts for museums and collectors all over the world. If you need to restore a fossil, replicate a stone-age arrowhead or obtain a painted buffalo hide like one discovered at an ancient site, Richard’s your man. Read More
Take a Trip to Sisterdale Trading Company
Whether you are in Boerne, Comfort, Kendalia, or Luckenbach, you are 13 miles from Sisterdale, Texas. There you will find a unique boutique: The Sisterdale Trading Company, owned by Margaret Thompson, a retired school teacher.
There is so much that draws you to the quaint house that faces RR 1326. Read More
Folk Festival Celebrates 17 Days and Nights of Music
The Kerrville Folk Festival is a family-oriented event held each year on the Quiet Valley Ranch, just 9 miles south of the resort town of Kerrville in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
Founded by Rod Kennedy, the Kerrville Folk Festival has run annually since 1972. For 18 straight days and nights each May and June, 20,000-25,000 guests come from all over the world to enjoy music of many styles including folk, bluegrass, acoustic rock, blues, country, jazz, and Americana. Read More
Albert Reopens a Blast from the Past
Anticipation mounts as the little town of Albert puts the finishing touches on its prized new attraction, the recently renovated German dance hall. The building has stood on its property side by side with the icehouse for the last 85 years. Set almost dead center in the heart of Texas, Albert has appreciated a long history of small-town days and hot country nights since its inception in 1877.
The site of a post office, school, general store, church, dance hall and finally an icehouse, Albert h ... Read More
Classic Cars Showcased at Blanco State Park on May 15
Each year on the third weekend in May, the beautiful Blanco State Park is transformed as the Blanco Classic Car Show bringing immaculately restored vehicles to the grassy banks of the Blanco River. As many as 200 restored cars and trucks are on view, including antique pre-1949 vehicles through 1959 and up, “muscle cars,” “Vettes,” Mustangs, modified/custom Chevys, original/restored trucks, pre-1958, 1959 and up British vehicles, MG’s, Triumphs, foreign cars, street rods, and special i ... Read More
Llano Shows It’s Texas Proud
Join Llano for the 5th annual Texas Proud Festival – a full weekend in celebration of our Texas heritage. The festival will host events for all ages, and features the Brazos Bottom Cow’ographers, a unique group of entertainers specializing in skits which capture the essence of the Old West. The setting for much of the festival will be on the grounds of the historic 1895 Top Jail, which was recently designated as one of the most endangered Texas buildings. Read More
Llano’s 75th Annual Rodeo
The 75th Annual Llano County Rodeo happen Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm with a dance to follow. The Llano County Rodeo Arena is located west of Llano on Ranch Road 152. The 75th Annual Llano County Rodeo Parade will be Saturday morning June 5, 2010. Boy Scout Troop 301 will be hosting the 27th Annual BBQ Lunch following the Parade on the Courthouse Square. Read More
New Stars on the Walk of Fame
If you find yourself in Corpus Christi on Saturday, June 5, you’ll be able to catch a 10am ribbon cutting for the South Texas Music Walk of Fame. This lovely, free attraction is a privately funded tribute to the area’s music makers, and this year, one of the honorees is a Hill Country favorite son. Read More
History of Lavender at Becker Vineyards
Dr. Richard and Bunny Becker were inspired to grow lavender and commercially produce products while traveling in Provence, France. As they were touring the wineries, they noticed the beautiful rows of lavender growing. They felt the climate and terrain was similar to the Texas Hill Country.
In 1998, the Beckers planted 3 acres of lavender at the winery, began commercially producing lavender soaps and other products, and started the annual Lavender Fest.
This year at the Becker Vineyards 12th ... Read More
Texas Maritime Museum Hosts 14th Annual Festival of Wine/Food on the Coast
The Texas Maritime Museum, the “official” maritime Museum for the state of Texas, is slated to host the 14th annual Festival of Wine/Food in Rockport, Texas on Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30. The festival is held on the grounds of the Museum, 1202 Navigation Circle.
The Museum is a 501(c)3 organization and the mission is to excite and educate the public about Texas maritime history and artifacts. Read More
Find Something Special at the Gingerbread House
When you think of a Gingerbread House, don’t you always think of something sweet and wonderful? Isn’t that what lured Hansel and Greta? You can be sure you will find something sweet and wonderful in the Gingerbread House gift shop located in downtown Bandera.
The Gingerbread House is a treasure trove of beautiful home décor, fabulous floral arrangements and delightful sweets. Read More
Built from dreams and love of horses and horse fun
My Grandpa Bell and my Dad brought my first horse to the farm from the “glue factory.” In those days, old, sick, or homeless horses were sent there or their meat was used for dog food. When they came up in that old rusty trailer and I saw that big black horse, I just thought she was the most beautiful horse in the world! Read More