2010-04-15 / Community News

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PHOTO BY JENNY LU JONES PHOTO BY JENNY LU JONES Third Annual First Bloom Open Air Art Exhibition for 2010

Arts and Artisans Organization is proud to present the Third Annual First Bloom Open Air Art Exhibit on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Veterans’ Memorial Park (located on Main Street in Historic downtown Elgin) from 10:00am – 6:00pm. The event is a celebration of spring, art, flowers and community. The work of Artists and Artisans from Elgin, Bastrop and the surrounding areas will be on exhibition and for sale. Various artistic mediums will be represented at this event, i.e., jewelry, ceramics, photography, collage, watercolor and mixed media.

For your enjoyment, Lopez burgers will be featured with various music venues in the Gazebo during the event. Children’s art activities will be provided.

So please mark this date on your calendars and join us during the Purple & White Jubilee to celebrate our community and enjoy beautiful art. For more info, www.elgintx.com.


Dewberry Festival

April 23 - Cameron Dewberry Festival Barbecue Cook-off begins Wilson-Ledbetter Park, South College Street, Cameron Texas. Kristin Kelly and the Modern Day Drifters - Friday night. (2009 GWE Best New Artist and nominated for Band of the Year 2010 GWE Awards) April 24 - Cameron Dewberry Festival - open at 9 a.m. Wilson Ledbetter Park, South College Street, Cameron, Texas Classic Car Show,Horseshoe Tournament, Youth Fishing Tournament, Barbecue Cook-off, Dewberry Cake and Cobbler bake-off, Arts and Crafts Vendors, Carriage Rides, Fun for Kids of all Ages Randy Brown Band — 7 - 10 p.m. - He has receivedmany awards including the 2008 Male Vocalist of the YearAward from the Texas Music Association.


Bazaar Days

Spring shopping has never been this fun. Get ready to shop local in hip Addison Circle. You won‘t want to miss this unique shopping experience with dance performances and live music.

Bazaar Day Saturday, May 8, 2010 is the perfect place to find those unique Mother’s Day gifts that you haven’t been able to find anywhere else. The event is from10 a.m.-5:30 p.m in Addison, Texas.

Art lovers will have a chance to enjoy fine art and crafts by mostly Texas artists and artisans.

The show features high quality, unique and creative hand-crafted and gifts – ceramics, jewelry, apparel for adults, children’s items, glass works, and home goods – as well as fine art works at affordable prices.

The event will feature the work of over 60 local artists, crafters and designers. This show is supported by TURANT (Turkish American Association of Northern Texas). They will offer Turkish food, tea, coffee and traditional arts and crafts. TURANT KIDS folklore dance group will perform at Bazaar Days. This show is also supported by the Bulgarian American Cultural Center.


The Texas Hill Country - renowned worldwide for its annual wildflower display - is inviting visitors to experience nature’s beauty firsthand. Spring will be here before long and the Hill Country will be in bloom. Four Texas Hill Country communities have joined to create the Texas Hill Country Wildflower Trail. From late March through June, the towns of Brownwood, Fredericksburg, Goldthwaite, and Mason are celebrating the natural roadside beauty that must be seen to be believed.

Favorite wildflowers found in the Hill Country include bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, phlox, Mexican poppy, winecups, Indian blanket and lemon mint.


April Annual BBQ & Goat Cook Off

Over 100 varieties of wildflowers attract drivers to Goldthwaite (www.goldthwaite.biz) from March through September. Bluebonnets, sunflowers, golden rod, redbuds, and wild mustard are but a few of the colorful decorations in subsequent months.

Events in this authentic Texas town include in April Annual BBQ & Goat Cook Off State Championship in the City Park.


Historic Home Tour

Mason’s (www.masontxcoc.com) springtime activities include April: Bluebonnet and Wildflower Trails Begin; 17 - 24 - Mason County Cancer Benefit; May: Eckert Bat Cave Opens (seasonally); 22 - Habitat for Humanity Spring Benefit Memorial Day Salute; June: 5 - Great Castell Kayak Race. Wildlfowers are really starting to pop out in Mason, come see them.


Annual Wildflower Celebration

Late-March through the end of May, visitors to Fredericksburg (www.VisitFredericksburgTX.org) will enjoy the extra beauty of wildflower lined roads on every approach. Fredericksburg is home to many events: April: 3-18, 11th Annual Wildflower Celebration (Wildseed Farms); 9-11 and 16-18 Wine & Wildflower Trail/Texas Hill Country; 9- 25 Fredericksburg Theater Company Production of “The Odd Couple”; 10 Antique Tractor & Engine Club Bluebonnet Tractor Ride/Gillespie County; 10 Historic Rural Schools Open House Tours/ Gillespie County; 16-18 Fredericksburg Trade Days; 17-18 Pacific Combat Living History Program; 22-24 Hill Country Film Festival; May 8 Founders Day Festival; 15-16 Becker Vineyards’ Lavender Fest; 28-29 Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival; 29-30 Pacific Combat Living History Program and much more.

Brownwood Great Indoor/Great Outdoor Extravaganza

Last but not least is Brownwood (www.brownwoodchamber.org). Great happenings in this community include April: Great Indoor/ Great Outdoor Extravaganza, Heart of Texas Quilt Show, Heart of Texas Wildflower Show, Heart of Texas Wings Rally, Everyday Heroes Celebration, Victory Life Academy Dinner Theatre; May: Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Fun Run, Mayfest, Bluebonnet Jr. Golf Championship, Lake Brownwood State Park Open House, Lone Star Rib Fest & Ole Time Fiddling Contest, Big Brothers Big Sisters 5K


There is no charge for driving the wildflower routes. More information on event listings, locations, and activities along the Texas Hill Country Wildflower Trail is available by contacting the Wildflower Trail Headquarters toll free 1-866-TEX-FEST

(839-3378), or visit the web site www.tex-fest.com.

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