Fayetteville Welcomes Fall for All with Lickskillet Festival, Music & Arts
For decades the small town of Fayetteville has busily created fun for visitors through their heritage and culture. Upcoming weeks will show the efforts are well worth while. Simply taking a short trip down the road to this iconic community catches the spirit of history and tradition through entertainment, arts, and that “hometown” experience on a regular basis.
If music is your cup of tea, Texas Pickin’ Park returns the second Saturday of October and November. Class subjects for pickers vary, but you’ll always see a smiling face and toes tappin’ to the rhythm of upbeat Bluegrass and Old Time tunes. Visitors are reminded to bring their lawn chairs, come to the square, and be prepared for some great music and fun. Workshops typically kick off on the square at 11:00 am on Saturday, and pickin’ goes on into the evening hours. If you stop in on Friday evening, expect to hear some early evening warm-ups.
Arts for Rural Texas hasn’t missed a “stroke”, kicking off Fall Art After School sessions for youth that commence September 18th at six locations in the area that include Fayetteville, Flatonia, Round Top, La Grange, Weimar, and Schulenburg. Thanks to supporters, this program is free to the children from the first through sixth grades. And for all ages, award-winning artist Mark Potter will have his reception in the Ross Gallery at the Arts For Rural Texas on the square from 5-7 pm, Saturday, September 15th. Mark illustrates a true passion for his work. Exhibit dates will run from September 15 - 29, Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 am - 3 pm. The Fayetteville High School Art Sampler is currently showing “The Durst Exhibit” (after Kathy Durst, art instructor). The displays exemplify art performed by local students. These students are also encouraged to exhibit in the Carol Doell Emerging Artist category during ArtWalk each year. Be prepared for a great showing by talented local young adults.
The Fayetteville Country Music Show wraps up September music in Fayetteville as Terry Lyne Moore, formerly from Smackover, Arizona is spotlighted with the Monday, September 24th show. Moore has performed in Arizona, Louisiana, and throughout Texas and has opened for a number of well-known entertainers, including Diamond Rio and Brooks & Dunn. Her “dream come true” was when in Florida, Terry opened for her lifelong favorite - B. J. Thomas. While in Florida, she was part of the country gospel group “God’s Country” and traveled to Alaska, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida and Arkansas as part of this endeavor. Join scores of visitors at the St. John’s Catholic Recreational Building on 209 East Bell Street for a great evening of swing, bluegrass, gospel, traditional, classic, southern music and a special show with Terry Lyne Moore. Doors open at 6 pm with donations as admission fees to cover overhead costs. The Fayetteville Country Music Show is always the last Monday of each month.
It can’t be fall in Fayetteville without Antiques, and Antique Weeks in Fayetteville kicks off at the Historic Fayetteville Square and the Old Firehouse from Thursday, September 27 and runs through October 6 from approximately 9 am to 9 pm with some businesses around the square extending their hours also for that “late night shopping” fun. A special Packing Up Sale will be conducted on Saturday, October 6. Expect to find fine arts merchandise to primitives, silver, outdoor garden, furniture, quilts, tools, and more from Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Tennessee. Two on-site auctions are planned this year, including one at 6:30 pm on the square on Thursday October 4. New vendors are always welcomed by calling (318) 465-1603.
Family fun continues as Lickskillet Days, a decades-old celebration of the German-Czech heritage, returns October 20-21 with a Family Fun Run & Walk, fairy-tale themed kids activities, loads of food & baked goods, arts & crafts, contests, and raffles. The SPJST Hall, just down the road from the square will host the BBQ and Bean Cook-Off, a horseshoe tournament, and have live music.
Saturday morning, October 20, folks are encouraged to join and enjoy a “rural race”—the 5K and 1K Family Fun Run/Walk. Meet up time is at 7:30 am at City Hall. The Fayetteville Lions Club will offer breakfast tacos beginning at 7 am in the Old Fire station and racing warm ups will be offered from 7:45 - 8:30 am at City Hall. The 1K (a grassy, level course) kicks off at 8 am and the 5K at 8:30 am. The 5K is a relatively flat course with a slight hill that starts and finishes a short walk from City Hall and continues along Ross Prairie Church Road, has a water station at the quarter-way mark at Las Brisas and a water/reset stop at the halfway mark at the Brethren church. There will be Lions Club volunteers on ATV’s traveling the 5K route and EMS will be on call.
Also on Saturday morning, the Sowell Family Pickers will charm the audience with their instrumental sounds and songs. The six children of the family play many different instruments including piano, banjo, mandolin, guitar, ukulele and bass. There motto is simple-they are “Pickin’ & Grinnin’ for the Lord!”
Celebrities will be around as well and if you look around, you might spot a couple of Texan Cheerleaders who will be available for autographs and pictures, and accomplished writer Beth Wiseman will be signing books. Here’s a chance to find out about her new release, Love Endure Forever. Mike Stroup’s Band will perform with Texas, bluegrass, and swing music and there will be time to use those dancing boots as the street dance kicks off at 6 pm Saturday with Larry Sodek and his Polka Band “The Central Texas Sounds.” Local and very popular Southbound 955 steps in at 9 pm performing until midnight to showcase Country/Southern Rock sounds.
On Sunday, October 21, the festivities wrap up with the annual parade that includes unique floats, trail-riders, antique cars, and more. Lunch on home style fried chicken with all the trimmings, and expect more music. The Fayette-Czech Singers and Dancers will give you a glimpse of “the way it was” through their music as well as Herr Herridge und die Texas Deutsche Band. Lodging, shopping, and local cuisine are available for those who wish to make a weekend out of the festivities.
To register online for the Family Fun Run on Saturday, October 20, go to www.fayettevilletx5k.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-417-4223. Entry forms are also available at FISD Main Office, Jerry’s Store, Joe’s Restaurant, Fayetteville Bank, and Orsak’s Café. Any other questions regarding Lickskillet may be directed to www.fayettevilletxchamber.org. Information on the Antique Weeks in Fayetteville may be found by contacting (318) 465-1603. For more information on The Arts For Rural Texas, call 979-378-2113, e-mail info@artsForRuralTexas.org or go to www.ArtsForRuralTexas.org. Questions on Texas Pickin’ Park may be addressed by going to www.texaspickinpark.com or calling 512-415-3177. Music fans with questions on the Fayetteville Country Music Show may go to www.tfcms.webs.com or contact Mark Peevler at 979- 250-3226 or Greg Peevler at 281- 684-4082. Fayetteville is located on Highway 159 a short distance from La Grange and zip code 78940 for GPS users.