October 30, 2014

13 Things to Do on Halloween in Bastrop County


1. Halloweenfest - 5pm-midnight in downtown Bastrop. Haunted movie classics at the Bastrop Opera House, games, trick-or-treating from 5-9pm, DJ & dancing at 921 Main Street, a ghost tour, a lip-sync contest, and a costume contest for all ages. More info here.
2. Safe Trick or Treat Trail - 6-8pm in downtown Elgin and Veterans' Memorial Park.
3. Autumn Family Fest at First Baptist Church of Bastrop - 6:00-8:30pm, 1201 Water Street in Bastrop.
4. Ridgeway Baptist Fall Festival - 7-9pm, 153 Ridgeway Cemetery Road in Paige.

Trunk or Treat

5. Trunk or Treat at CCUMC - 5:30-7:00pm, 5630 FM 535 in Cedar Creek.
6. Pentecostals of Bastrop Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat - 6:30-8:30pm, 261 FM 20 in Bastrop. Bouncy house, pet parade, hay ride, games, and food.

Haunted Houses

7. Downtown McDade Haunted House - 8pm-midnight at 143 Bastrop Street (the Watermelon Festival Building) in McDade. Admission is FREE! Donations accepted.

Live Music

8. Fright Night in the Neighbor's Yard - 7pm-midnight at Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard, located in the Crossing at 601 Chestnut Street in downtown Bastrop. Costume contest with cash prize at 10pm, live music with ChasingGypsy, Princeton Runaway, and JJ Soto Band, a bonfire, special witch's brew, games, and more.
9. Halloween Biker Bash - 7-10pm at Cafe Racer Coffee Bar, located at 426 Hwy 21 in Cedar Creek. Live music with Zombie Fish and Frank & Jessica, BBQ, and motorcycles & hot rods. Benefits Hope House.
10. Slim Bawb at Gracie's - 7-11pm on the patio at Gracie's, located at 706 Pine Street in downtown Bastrop.

Other Halloween Fun

11. Costume Contest at Lost Pines Toyota - 11:45am-12:45pm, 806 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as a kids' winner.
12. 3rd Annual Showdown at Cotton Bowl Speedway - 1175 CR 202 in Paige. Gates open at 5pm, racing starts at 7pm. Trick or treating on the front stretch during intermission, costume contest for kids & adults, and of course, racing!
13. "Arsenic & Old Lace" at Playhouse Smithville - 7:30pm at Playhouse Smithville, located at 110 Main Street in downtown Smithville. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door or online here.

October 23, 2014

Mad Men Cocktail Party

EON Vintage knows how to celebrate in style. Instead of having a regular old ribbon cutting, they're turning the grand opening of their Downtown Coffee Spot into a Mad Men inspired cocktail party, complete with champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and a red carpet!

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting and Mad Men Cocktail Party
Saturday, October 25, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
705-C Pine Street
Bastrop, Texas

Owners John & Eric Alexander

Dress in your finest Don or Betty Draper attire and bring your favorite '60s dish (or cocktail!) to share. Champagne and cake will be provided. If you need inspiration, you can find wardrobe ideas here and potluck ideas here. For more information about the event, click here.

EON Vintage offers stylish vintage gentlemen's provisions and a cozy spot for a cup of joe. They are located in downtown Bastrop at 705-C Pine Street.

Stop by and get a taste of what debonair truly means!

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 info@365bastrop.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.