October 21, 2014

Joyful Horsemanship Halloween Playday & Potluck

Joyful Horsemanship invites you to come play at the Halloween Playday & Potluck on Saturday, Oct. 25th, from 8:30am-3:30pm at the Balance Point Equestrian Learning Center, located at 245 E. Clearview Cemetery Rd. in Bastrop. There will be a haunted trail, spooky challenge course, pumpkin relay, costume contest, and more! Bring your horse, bring a friend, or just come and have some fun!

For more information, call (512) 718-4088 or visit http://joyfulhorse.com.

October 20, 2014

Food Pantry and American Idol Team Up Again

Last year, the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry rolled out the red carpet for former American Idol contestants Ruben Studdard, Tamyra Gray, Paris Bennett, and Pia Toscano to help raise funds at the annual Sounds of Sharing concert. It was an spectacular night with amazing performances by superb singers. It was so successful, in fact, that they're doing it AGAIN!

In 2013, the Sounds of Sharing concert raised $24,000.00, which allowed the Food Pantry to serve 128,000 meals to local families and individuals in need.

(Read about last year's Sounds of Sharing Concert here and here.)

This year, the Sounds of Sharing concert will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1st, beginning at 7pm at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for Performing Arts, located at 1401 Cedar Street in Bastrop. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Sounds of Sharing concert will feature former "American Idol" contestants Vincent Powell, Devin Velez, and Amber Holcomb, and former contestant on NBC's "The Sing Off," Candy West, as well as the Chubby Knuckle Choir, Keith Kelso, Terry Lyn Moore and Hwy South, and Burgundy Road.

When asked about how the partnership with American Idol formed, BCEFP Executive Director, Tresha Silva answered, "[it] all begin with Mr. Ron Deshay, who is a former producer of the American Idol show. What I have learned is people are always happy to help a serious cause. No one believes that people should be experiencing hunger - not here, not anywhere."

Deshay grew up in Bastrop and approached Silva last year with the idea of adding celebrity talent to the concert. Judging by the amount of money raised for the Food Pantry and the community turnout, it was a terrific idea!

Sounds of Sharing, 2013: (L-R) Paris Bennett, Tamyra Gray, Tresha Silva,
Ron Deshay, Pia Toscano, & Ruben Studdard. Photo by Robert J. Washington.

The Food Pantry does a lot to help combat hunger in Bastrop County. Here are a few of the programs they offer, from providing food and personal items during emergency situations to providing education, counseling, and referrals:
  • Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Brown Bag Program
  • Open Arms Program
  • Whole Grains Program
  • Fresh Food for Families Program
  • Stronger Families Today Program (SFT)
For more information about the Food Pantry's services, visit www.bastropfoodpantry.org.

Even if you can't make it to the concert, you can still help. According to Silva, it's simple. "Donate, Donate, Donate - your time, talents, and resources. Battling hunger is a community effort, not just a Food Pantry effort. I am glad to live in a community that cares."

It's not to late to be a sponsor of the 2014 Sounds of Sharing concert! Sponsorship levels are as follows: $250 - "Grower" gets two tickets; $500 - "Harvester" gets four tickets; $1250 - "Nourisher" gets six tickets. All sponsors, regardless of the amount, will be recognized on the BCEFP website, in social media leading up to the sponsored event, and during the sponsored event. Please email info@bastropfoodpantry.org for more information.

October 17, 2014

Live Music Lowdown (October 17-22, 2014)

Friday, Oct. 17th

Saturday, Oct. 18th

Sunday, Oct. 19th

Wednesday, Oct. 22nd
  • DJ Chris Coy, 7pm-12am at La Hacienda, located at 1800 Walnut Street in Bastrop.
  • Karaoke, 8pm-12am at Up A Creek, located at 1374 Hwy 21 W in Cedar Creek.

**Please note that schedules and musicians are subject to change. We try to provide the most up-to-date information, but sometimes, things change without notice. If you have corrections or want to add any live music, open mic nights, or karaoke to the list, please email joleenio @ yahoo.com. Thanks!

October 10, 2014

Feed the Need - 2014

What's better than enjoying some delicious Texas BBQ from Southside Market, dancing and listening to some live music, all while helping a good cause? Not much! So, if you enjoy BBQ, helping people, and having a good time, make plans to attend Feed the Need on Saturday, Oct. 25th from 6-9pm at the Bastrop Convention Center, located at 1408 Chestnut Street in downtown Bastrop.

You can buy individual tickets to the event for $50 each or purchase a table for $300 (seats 8 people). Purchase tickets and sponsorships here. There will also be an exciting live auction and raffle drawing. Raffle tickets are $30 each or $100 for 4 tickets. Wear your best western gear and come out to learn how you can make a difference in your community by helping Feed the Need!

Mission U-Too is a Christian nonprofit organization with a focus on feeding the community both physically and spiritually. They currently have 7 locations in Central Texas where they serve weekly meals. They also respond in times of disaster across the country, ready to supply a hot cooked meal, a listening ear, prayer, and support to those who need assistance.

For more information about Feed the Need or Mission U-Too, click here.

October 3, 2014

Lost Pines Art & Music Festival - 2014

There's a lot to love in Bastrop, Texas, including the art, the music, and the food! Experience all three at the Lost Pines Art & Music Festival on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 10:00am-5:00pm in historic downtown Bastrop. 

There will be a wide variety of original art by talented local and regional artists, live music on two stages, delicious food and drinks, shopping, hands-on art demonstrations for all ages, and plenty of small town charm. Plus, admission is free!

Music Line-Up

Stage One (on Pine Street, next to Gracie's)
Flying Balalaika Brothers - 11:00am
The Peterson Brothers - 1:00pm
Guy Forsyth - 3:00pm

Stage Two (921 Main Street, the "empty lot")
Bottom Dollar String Band - 11:00am
Musikatz - 1:00pm
Main Street American Swing Band - 3:00pm

For more information about the Lost Pines Art & Music Festival, visit the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild's website here.

October 1, 2014

First Friday Art Walk (October 3, 2014)

The First Friday Art Walk is a monthly event held in downtown Bastrop on the first Friday of every month to celebrate Bastrop's thriving art scene.

This month, First Friday will be held on Oct. 3rd , from 5:30-8:30pm.

Many downtown businesses, restaurants, and shops will stay open late, and there will be refreshments, live music and entertainment, and beautiful local artwork throughout historically hip downtown Bastrop.


Sagebrush Showdown by Clay Dahlberg
"Sagebrush Showdown" by Clay Dahlberg


Golden Boat with Two Black Sails by L. Mark Hyde
"Golden Boat with Two Black Sails" by L. Mark Hyde


Tricolor Heron by Nell Bednarz
"Tricolor Heron" by Nell Bednarz


Wildfire by Komal
"Wildfire" by Komal

Need childcare? The First United Methodist Church of Bastrop has you covered! They're offering childcare for ages 0-7 from 6-10pm on Friday, Oct. 3rd in the church basement. The church is located at 1201 Main Street. The cost is $15 for the first child, $5 for the second child, and FREE for each additional sibling. Dinner is provided. Reservations are required; no walk-ins. RSVP at (512) 321-2201.

Also, don't forget about the Lost Pines Art & Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4th from 10am-5pm in downtown Bastrop!

Lost Pines Art & Music Festival

For more info about the Lost Pines Art & Music Festival, click here.

Farm Street Opry (October 2, 2014)

Yee haw!!! It's the Farm Street Opry with guest performers Curtis Barfield, Abigail Taylor, and Margie LeBlanc! Join the fun on Thursday, Oct. 2nd at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center.

Doors open at 5:30pm, and the show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $5 each for ages 11 and up. Children age 10 and under get in FREE! Show up early for delicious food from Southside Market & Barbeque.