Shimmy into the new year 12/28/2016
As you shake off 2016, Carol Lofland wants you to think about shimmying in 2017.
The learning goes on and on... 12/14/2016
"I want your job." It is the best job in the school district.
Tune Your Instrument 12/7/2016
How do you you keep your instrument tuned?
Power of Play 11/30/2016
When I say a word, you name the game: Go!
Going Home 11/23/2016
There is no museum of me.
Marketing 101 11/16/2016
This, my friends, is marketing.
30 Songs In 30 Days 11/9/2016
One of the good things about the music industry today is that anyone with a song, a computer, and the internet can get their music out.
Raise your candy cane if you are Nutcrackered out.
Streaming Texas 10/26/2016
Last week I discovered Pickup Truck, Texas. It’s a place you won’t find on any map, and you can’t go there.
Little Things 10/19/2016
“The things we see every day are the things we never see at all.”
Opportunity Calling 10/12/2016
Sid Hurlbert believes “being uncivil” should not be allowed.
Still Restless 10/5/2016
Restless Heart is still touring 33 years later.
5 of 9 9/28/2016
I am five of nine.
Performing Memories 9/21/2016
Give him a few square feet of stage and a piano, add five singers dressed in black, and Kerry Goff can recreate a touching scene from Les Mis or a sweeping production of Oklahoma! It’s all in your mind, of course. Or more accurately, in your memory.
The Pepper Logs 9/14/2016
I wondered if Monica Fiedler went through her own “Howard Sprague” moment when she decided to give up her desk job at the HCM Foundation and sail off on a 39-foot boat.
Riding Bulls at 42 9/7/2016
Venn Johns is a 42-year-old otherwise sane man who still rides bulls at the Professional Bull Rider level.
Turning Turner Hall 8/31/2016
This summer, Turner Hall burned down. Last week, some people started to build it back up.
Granger Smith 8/24/2016
For the past six weeks I’ve been working on wrangling an interview with Granger Smith, the hot rising country music star with Texas roots, who will headline at the Gillespie County Fair’s Saturday night dance.
Fair Food 8/17/2016
So many quirky, delicious items were invented at world's fairs. (This one wasn't.)
Small Town, Texas 8/10/2016
You gotta love small towns in Texas.
Roy Clark Pickings 8/3/2016
Roy Clark always seemed like a guy you could walk up to and talk about anything. Turns out, he is exactly that guy.
Walking Beans 7/27/2016
Ahh... midsummer in Texas. Conjures up memories of long ago summers: the warmth of the sun, the buzz of locusts, the sting of cockleburs. The bone-deep fatigue and searing sunburn from that childhood torture known as “walking beans.”
Finding the music 7/20/2016
Hey, musicians! I found Hill Country Music!
Sommerzeit! A new old fest 7/13/2016
Sommerzeit! It sounds like an enthusiastic greeting you might hear on the streets of Dusseldorf. And in a way, it is...
Pedal Pushers 7/6/2016
For forever the top three reasons to visit Fredericksburg included enjoying wine, seeing the sites, and participating in outdoor activities. It was inevitable that something would come along that combines all three.
Dinner with TJ and 150 friends 6/29/2016
T.J. Smith believes there is just something special about dressing up. That is why he plans to have a dress code at this new club, TJ’s Dinner Show, opening July 8.
Her little brother's band: Louise Harrison 6/22/2016
In 1963 a young gal went round to tiny Midwest radio stations trying to get them to play a record made by her little brother’s band. That girl happened to be Louise Harrison, and her brother George’s band was called The Beatles.
Beauty of a Beast 6/15/2016
As I was sitting in the audience last week watching the final week of rehearsals for the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s summer musical Beauty and the Beast, I realized it was 10 years to the day that I was sitting in the audience watching the final week of rehearsals for the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s summer musical Beauty and the Beast.
Gene Watson paid his dues 6/8/2016
It’s a cliché in the music business that you paid your dues before you hit the big time. That's the way Gene Watson did it.
Fly A Kite 6/1/2016
Remember squatting on the kitchen floor with a spool of string, scissors, and a roll of clear tape, trying to patch together the balsa and paper kite you’d bought at the dime store for... a dime?
Pecan Grove Store: Open once more 5/25/2016
“Do you like green beans?”
Singing Christmas Tree 5/18/2016
Regina Rosenwinkel has a dream: To build a Singing Christmas Tree in Fredericksburg.
Lady Bird: The Opera 5/11/2016
If you were going to commission an opera about the Texas Hill Country, who would it be about?
Clocks: Not just for telling time 5/4/2016
You know that ornate antique clock sitting on your mantle? The one grandpa faithfully wound every week? The one you cherish and wish would work again? Maybe you shouldn't bother.
Detour to the Blues 4/27/2016
If Daniel Meyer hadn’t taken that 20-minute detour 10 years ago, music fans wouldn’t be enjoying the Blankets & Blues Open Air Festival this weekend at Barons CreekSide.
Shut Up! 4/20/2016
Whenever I’ve said something I regretted saying, it always was because I said “one more thing.”
Do you ever look at the stuff around you? I mean really look.
Walk to Pontotoc 4/6/2016
I must have walked and driven past this property in downtown Fredericksburg a thousand and one times. I didn’t know the place existed.
If Elvis Could Sing 3/30/2016
If Elvis had been a better singer, you would have never heard of him.
Things Overheard 3/23/2016
The hardest thing for any novelist is coming up with dialogue that reads “true.”
Be A Tree 3/16/2016
Everyone should be a tree.
The Walking Stick 3/9/2016
"I have a gift for you."
The old man offered a polished cedar walking stick to the child.
"This walking stick is very special," the old man said. "It has magic in it."
The Zen of Gardening 3/2/2016
Taking care of a Japanese Peace Garden in South Texas isn’t like tending a tomato patch.
The Art of Rocks 2/24/2016
Who would have thought that stacking rocks on top of other rocks was a thing?
Herman, der Apache 2/17/2016
It’s cool to play even a bit part in getting a film on the air. Even when it’s a made-for-TV film, in another language, airing in a country where we can’t watch it.
New Bees 2/10/2016
Raising bees is like raising cows. Except cows don’t sting.
Why We Walk 2/3/2016
Walking is a defiant and dangerous act.
Master of the Universe 1/27/2016
What do you do on your job? Kelsey Howard goes to work every day and creates universes.
The Coop 1/20/2016
“When we first saw the place, it reminded us of an old chicken coop.”
Large Magic 1/13/2016
Sharii Nelson believes that magic deserves its place in theater as much as any other performing art.
Hawkeye Caucus 1/6/2016
For two years, Iowans encounter politicians downing Maid-Rites at every small town café, inhaling deep-fried Twinkies at every county fair, and knocking on every pork farmer’s door to discuss “kitchen table” issues.