June 13, 2017

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (June 16-18, 2017)


1. Bastrop Juneteenth **FEATURED EVENT** - June 16th-17th at various locations throughout Bastrop.
  • Annual Banquet - June 16th, 6:30pm at the Hampton Inn, located at 240 Hasler Blvd. in Bastrop
  • Parade - June 17th, 10am in downtown Bastrop
  • Emancipation Proclamation Program - June 17th, 11:30am, Kerr Community Center, located at 1308 Walnut Street in Bastrop
  • Street Dance - June 17th, 7:30pm in downtown Bastrop

 
2. Teen Splash Bash - June 16th, 7:30-9:30pm at Bastrop State Park Pool. Hosted by the Bastrop YMCA, ages 12-14. Enjoy food, drinks, and fun activities at the pool after hours. $10/member; $20/non-member.

3. "Clinically Undepressed" - June 16th & 17th, 7:30pm at Playhouse Smithville, located at 110 Main Street in Smithville. What if you were born unable to feel angry? "Clinically Undepressed," by Will Holcomb, is a play about a young man whose inability to react in anger impacts the lives of everyone he knows. $10/person.

4. "Politically Uncorrect" - June 16th & 17th, 7:30pm and June 18th, 2:30pm at the Bastrop Opera House, located at 711 Spring Street in Bastrop. Enjoy the musical satire of Tom Lehrer, performed by musician and singer, Les Young. $10/person.

5. 10th Annual Blue Flame Cruisers Car Show - June 17th, 8am-3pm at Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8, located at 1600 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Showcase your car, truck, or motorcycle for $25/entry. On-site registration is available. Admission is FREE!

6. Public Art Celebration - June 17th, 11am-2pm at the Bastrop Public Library, located at 1100 Church Street in Bastrop. Join Bastrop Art in Public Places (BAIPP) for an award ceremony and the unveiling of new art installations. Public reception 11am-12pm; self-guided tour 12-2pm. Admission is FREE!

7. Art Getaway - June 17th, 11am-6pm at the Lost Pines Art Center, located at Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Classes, demos, kid's crafts, exhibitions, live music, and more! Admission is FREE!

8. Read with a Ranger: "There's No Place Like Space" & Solar Viewing - June 17th, 4-5pm at Bastrop State Park. Join Ranger Kristen on an adventure with The Cat in the Hat while she reads "There's No Place Like Space!" by Dr. Seuss. Then, practice safely looking at the sun to prepare for the solar eclipse this August! Free after park entry fees. For more Bastrop State Park events, click here. For more Buescher State Park events, click here.

9. Movies in the Park: "The Wizard of Oz" - June 17th, 5-10pm at Fisherman's Park in Bastrop. Fun activities before the movie including Smiley the Clown from 6:30-8:30pm. Concessions available. Movie starts at dusk. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Admission is FREE!

10. Father's Day Brunch - June 18th, 11am-3pm at the View at the Mansion, located at 100 Country Club Drive in Bastrop. Call (512) 985-5181 for reservations and more info.

**For even MORE EVENTS in the Bastrop County area, visit our online calendar here. For our 2017 Vacation Bible School Guide, click here. For the 2017 Summer Camps & Activities Guide, click here. **



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June 6, 2017

Lost Rabbit Collective

Lost Rabbit Collective (LRC), a professional theatrical ensemble and group of artists in Bastrop, TX was founded in late 2016 by Bastrop native and current resident Charlesanne Rabensburg, who serves as Artistic Director. 

Lost Rabbit Collective, Bastrop, TX
Charlesanne Rabensburg, Artistic Director of Lost Rabbit Collective

"The Rabbits," as they affectionately refer to themselves, were born as an artistic cooperative–a home for theatrical performance, multimedia art, film, and educational programs. With the help of two Chicago transplants and long-time producers, Emma Peterson and Natalie DiCristofano (both currently residing in Austin, TX), LRC hopes to start small with live performances to introduce their work; eventually expanding into more direct collaboration within the communities, for the residents in and around Bastrop, TX.
 
Lost Rabbit Collective, Bastrop, TX
Natalie DiCristofano, Charlesanne Rabensburg, & Emma Peterson

Lost Rabbit's performance vision is to infuse a Chicago storefront style of up-close-and-personal performances with familiar, found, and intimate spaces to create the 'welcome home' vibe of Texas hospitality.

Their inaugural production, "Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage," a dark comedy by Jane Martin, opens on June 30th and runs through July 22nd at the historic 1832 Tavern, located at 809 Main Street in downtown Bastrop.

1832 Tavern, Bastrop, TX
1832 Tavern, located at 809 Main Street in downtown Bastrop

The performance space was gifted to LRC by Judi and Tommy Hoover, also of Bastrop, with the hope that this fresh and innovative artistic organization will incite growth in Bastrop's budding creative community.

Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage
 
Title: "Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage" Written by Jane Martin
Director: Charlesanne Rabensburg
Location: 1832 Tavern, 809 Main Street, Bastrop, TX 78602
Press Opening and Preview: Thursday June 29th at 7:30pm (doors at 7:20pm)
Regular Run: June 30th through July 22nd on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm (doors at 7:20pm)
July 7th performance will begin at 8:00pm due to the First Friday Art Walk
Run Time: 120 minutes with a 10-minute intermission
Box Office: $25 Tickets available via Ticketweb
Student, Senior, Military, Veteran's, Group, and Industry rates available
Press Contact: Natalie DiCristofano, 312-523-8870, lostrabbitcollective@gmail.com

For more information, visit: www.lostrabbitcollective.com.

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (June 9-11, 2017)


1. "Love's Vacancy" - June 9th, 7-9pm and June 10th, 3-5pm & 7-9pm at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1401 Cedar Street in Bastrop. "Love's Vacancy" is a Gospel Stage Play written and produced by Chevalier DeShay.

2. "Clinically Undepressed" - June 9th & 10th, 7:30pm at Playhouse Smithville, located at 110 Main Street in Smithville. What if you were born unable to feel angry? "Clinically Undepressed," by Will Holcomb, is a play about a young man whose inability to react in anger impacts the lives of everyone he knows. $10/person.

3. Elgin Juneteenth Street Dance & Celebration - June 9th, 8pm-midnight in downtown Elgin at Main & Depot Streets. Plus, don't forget about the Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 10th at 10am, and there will be a Juneteenth Celebration going on all day Saturday in downtown Elgin. Admission is FREE!

4. Walk with a Doc - June 10th, 9-10am at Bob Bryant Park in Bastrop. Walk with a doctor and other clinicians from Bastrop-Lee County Medical Society. Chat about different health topics and ask questions before walking the loop trail at the park together. Admission is FREE!

5. Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event - June 10th, 9am-12pm at at Buescher State Park. Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack, and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No fishing license necessary. Free after park entry fees. For more Buescher State Park events, click here. For more Bastrop State Park events, click here.

6. Vacation Bible School & Splash Day **FEATURED EVENT** - June 10th, 10am-3pm at New Life in Christ, located at 1176 Hwy 21 W in Cedar Creek. Vacation Bible School for ages 5-12 10am-12pm; lunch provided 12:00-12:30pm for ages 5-12; outdoor water games 12:30-3:00pm for all ages. Pre-register online here. Admission is FREE!


7. Movies in the Park: "The Secret Life of Pets" - June 10th, 5-10pm at Fisherman's Park in Bastrop. Fun activities before the movie including Ms. Poppy the Clown. Concessions available. Movie starts at dusk. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Admission is FREE!

8. Boots, BBQ & Casino for CASA - June 10th, 5-11pm at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibition Center, located at 1408 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Tickets in advance are $50/person or $90/couple. Proceeds benefit CASA of Bastrop, serving Bastrop, Lee, and Fayette Counties. Purchase tickets online here.

9. Eric Johnson Concert with Special Guest Arielle - June 10th, 7:30-10:00pm at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1401 Cedar Street in Bastrop. Eric Johnson is a Grammy award winning guitar master. General Admission $45/person; VIP admission $75/person. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County. Purchase tickets online here.

10. African Drum Classes - June 11th, 3-4pm at Be a Deer, Dear, located at 1022 Main Street in Bastrop. Discover the joy of drumming and learn to speak DJEMBE! This class is a six week long class beginning on Sunday, June 11th. Drums provided if you don't have your own, or you may purchase a drum from Be A Deer, Dear Jewelry and Gift Shop. The cost is $80/person, or those interested in taking a single class may do so at a cost of $20/person per class. Reserve your spot early as class size is limited. Call (512) 308-2810 for more info.

**For even MORE EVENTS in the Bastrop County area, visit our online calendar here. For our 2017 Vacation Bible School Guide, click here. For the 2017 Summer Camps & Activities Guide, click here. **



If you would like to be a featured event in the Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend or Live Music Lowdown or would like to be the Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend Sponsor, please email info@365bastrop.com for more information. Or click here for more details about advertising with 365 Bastrop.

June 1, 2017

7 Things to Do This Summer in Elgin, Texas

by Alison Garza
 
Hello my Hippies! It is a wonderful day today, why? I have teamed up with 365 Bastrop and want to bring to you all of my favorite fun things to do in Elgin this summer. So let's not sit around chatting, you need to get out and start enjoying your community...
 
 

 

1. Elgin Public Library


I always recommend the Elgin Public Library to every person I talk to. I just recently did a whole blog on the library that you can read here. The Elgin Public L ibrary has an amazing summer reading program for kids of all ages, and this year the theme is "Build a Better World." Starting June 6th at 10:30am, there will be a "Reada Rabbit" kick off to launch the start of summer reading for up to age 6. For ages 7 to 10, there will be reading every Wednesday at 10:30am starting June 7th. The summer reading program includes a story and a craft. At the end of the summer, you can turn in your kid's "reading list" and be entered into a drawing for a prize. Last year, they gave away a kids tablet, which I was super jealous of.

Elgin Public Library in Elgin, TX
Photo via Elgin Public Library on Facebook

If your kids can not read, that is fine. They have a reading list for the younger ones, too. Last year, it had stuff on it like "adopt a stuffed animal" and "sing five songs with your child." Super simple stuff that I could complete with even my 1 year old. These summer reading programs will be happening all summer as well as the normally scheduled "Family Movie Night" and "Arts and Crafts." I suggest you like the library on Facebook as well as their children's page here. Facebook pages are a great way to see what flyers and events the library is putting out and the best way I keep up to date on events.
 
 

2. City of Elgin Parks & Recreation


The City of Elgin Parks and Recreation department is another great place that hosts community events that are a ton of fun and free. Proud ex-parks and rec employee here! The "parks and rec" are the people in charge of the pool and all parks in Elgin. Movies at the Fleming center and "Dollar Hot Dog Day" are a few fun events they put on. Every summer my family attends the "Day At The Beach" event. Last year, they really kicked it up a notch and held a sand castle contest, and the prize was a summer pass to the pool worth about $60!

Morris Memorial Pool in Elgin, TX
Photo via City of Elgin website

One thing that I do want to point out is that the city is really good about accommodating all ages. One time over spring break, we showed up to a "Bike Safety Rodeo" and I had no idea it was for bigger kids. The parks and rec director went out of his way to make a smaller bike track for my toddlers, which I thought was super sweet and my kids really appreciated. I would say that some of the events the parks and rec holds are for a bit older kids, so call ahead of time and just ask. The city employees are always very nice and happy to answer your questions.
 
Click here for the Fleming Center page, where you can subscribe for email updates on all calendar activities. I noticed they have yoga on the calendar, I had no idea!
 
 

3. Western Days


Running 48 years strong, Western Days is a Elgin tradition that I think everyone needs to experience at least once. The festival is really like a week of fun events. It starts with the Miss Western Days pageant at Elgin High School at 7:00pm on June 20th. Then on the 22nd, the carnival opens and kicks off Family Night by offering $20 wristbands for all night play at Memorial Park starting 6pm. The carnival will run until June 24th. On June 23rd, there will be a free dance at the tennis courts starting at 8pm.

Western Days in Elgin, TX
Photo by Sleeping Owl Photography

June 24th is the Grand Finale day. Starting at 10am with a parade, Memorial Park will be filled with live music, tournaments you can compete in, the carnival, arts and crafts, and a ton more. My families favorite part is the parade, there are always people on horses and people throwing out candy, so it's not hard to win my toddlers over. Check out Western Days on Facebook here.

 

4. Elgin Depot Museum


Another hidden gem is the Elgin Depot Museum. I personally am in love with the Depot Museum. My kiddos and I attended a cute little event last month to celebrate "Elgin Lore." We got to try on old fashioned clothes from people who used to live in Elgin a long time ago. We made a rag doll, played a super old game of chess, and learned how to shoot marbles. There was a ton of live music! I think I had more fun than my kids did!

Photo by Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0

This month, you can go and check out the museum's exhibit featuring mementos from the luxury train the America Oriental Express. You can check out the train as well as many other exciting exhibits at Main and Depot Street Tuesdays through Saturdays from 2-5pm. Learn more on their Facebook page here.

 

5. Down Home Ranch


Down Home Ranch is a wonderful farm that is manned by people with down syndrome and other disabilities, as well as a few other friends working beside them. The ranch grows responsibility and independence for those living there. You can support this local organization by going and picking berries. For $5 a box, you can roam the beautiful berry fields and pick to your heart's desire. These berries cost about the same as you will find in the store, but knowing who you are helping makes them taste a little sweeter.


Down Home Ranch berry picking in Elgin, TX
Photo via Down Home Ranch on Facebook

I have not been yet, but I am trying to plan a trip. The last trip I was planning on attending, it rained and wiped out all of the blueberries, so make sure and call ahead if the weather is yucky! There are plenty of other ways you can support this wonderful organization, so be sure to check out their Facebook page for updates here.

 

6. Elgin Juneteenth Celebration


Next weekend, June 9th, there will be a beautiful street dance at Depot Street and Veterans Memorial Park to celebrate Elgin's 18th Annual Juneteenth Festival. The dance will feature music by DJ Darsche. The weekend is filled with fun and celebration as the party continues on June 10th at 10am with a parade. I have never attended the parade, but I can guess there will be people throwing candy as well, I think that is city code for parades.

Juneteenth Celebration in Elgin, TX

After the parade, you can swing by Veterans Memorial Park for booths with arts and crafts, food, jewelry, and so much more. The booths will be open June 9th in the afternoon and all day Saturday, June 10th. You can also sit and enjoy the music, feel the breeze and just enjoy the festivities.



7. Sip, Shop & Stroll 


If you're looking for something to do a little later on in the day, "Sip, Shop & Stroll" is every 2nd Thursday afternoon. Businesses on Main Street will have green flags outside that say "open" or "Shop Elgin First," which is how you know a business is participating in the program. Businesses who participate will be open later than normal and usually have wine for you to taste and buy. Some places have snacks, some do door prizes, some do a scavenger hunt... it changes every month.

Photo by Over Yonderlust, original article here

This is a great opportunity for you to get out and see some new buildings and meet some new people. Maybe there is a wine at Elgin Local Goods that you had no idea existed, but now you are in love. Maybe the Elgin Lions Club has that coffee table you have been searching all ends of the Earth for. You will never know unless you get out and go look around. Thrift shopping and roaming Main Street are one of mine and my kids favorite things to do. We always find some sort of treasure or scrumptious new snack. On top of all of that, you are supporting a local business. I wrote a blog last month about how amazing our Lions Club is and where your money is going to, which you can read here.

For more info on Sip, Shop & Stroll and other events, you can check out Visit Elgin, Texas on Facebook here. Plus, you can find some participating businesses' Sip, Shop & Stroll events for June 8th, 2017 here, here, here, and here.
 

 
That is it for this Hippy. It has been such an honor to be asked by 365 Bastrop to be a guest blogger. Let us know by commenting down below if you would like to see us team up again or if there is anything that I missed. Elgin is such a beautiful city with so much to offer. Go out and explore it and have a beautiful day my Hippies!

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Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (June 2-4, 2017)


1. First Friday Art Walk - June 2nd, 5:30-8:30pm in downtown Bastrop. Art, food, shopping, live music, and more. Admission is FREE! Participating venue's events here, here, and here. Also, don't forget to stop by Pickin' on the Porch from 6-10pm in The Crossing, located at 601 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. *And on Saturday, June 3rd, stop by the Lost Pines Art Center for Artists in Action Art Demonstrations! More info here.

2. "The Stories of Scheherazade" - June 2nd & 3rd, 7:30pm and June 4th, 2:30pm at the
Bastrop Opera House, located at 711 Spring Street in Bastrop. Take a dazzling trip on a musical magic carpet ride through the colorful legend of Scheherazade, the greatest storyteller of the ancient Arabian world. $10/adult, $5/child (ages 14 and under); purchase tickets online here.

3. 15th Annual Virginia Wright Memorial Golf Tournament - June 3rd, 7am-3pm at Pine Forest Golf Club, located at 636 Riverside Drive in Bastrop. $300/team or $100/player; players receive: green fees, cart rental, lunch, course/clubhouse beverages, and range balls. Proceeds benefit Calvary Episcopal School.

4. National Trails Day: Digital Scavenger Hunt - June 3rd, 9am-4pm at Buescher State Park. In honor of National Trails Day, meet a Ranger at 9am for a selfie scavenger hunt! Free after park entry fees. *For more Bastrop State Park events, click here. *For more Buescher State Park events, click here.

5. Bastrop Public Library Summer Reading Kick-Off Party - June 3rd, 10am-12pm at the Bastrop Public Library, located at 1100 Church Street in Bastrop. Enjoy games, refreshments, door prizes, a bounce house, and more! Plus, sign up for the summer reading program. Admission is FREE!

6. Rock & Gem Show **FEATURED EVENT** - June 3rd, 11am-5pm at Lost Pines Rock & Gem Gallery, located at 102 Norfolk Drive in Bastrop. Join Bastrop Goldsmith Silversmith for a fun, all day rock & gem show! Admission is FREE!


7. Kids' Woodworking Workshop - June 3rd, 1-3pm at Art Connections Gallery, located at 908 Main Street in Bastrop. Artist Michael Strange will be in his traditional western garb as he teaches the kids traditional methods of working with wood. Admission is FREE!

8. Meet the Author: Christina Hergenrader - June 3rd, 2-3pm at Living Room Books & Gifts, located at 301 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop. Christina Hergenrader is the author of the Novel Devotions series, "Starring Roles," "God Loves Moms," and "Love Rules." Admission is FREE!

9. Kid's Decorating Class - June 3rd, 3-4pm at Johnson's Bakery, located at 715 Old Austin Hwy, Ste. 300 in Bastrop. $15/person. To register, call the bakery at (512) 412-6221.

10. Rescue Ranch Yoga - June 4th, 6:00-7:30pm at Rally C Ranch/Texas Bound Belgians in Elgin. Suggested donation is $10/person. *For more yoga going on this weekend, check out Yoga in the Park here and the Goat Yoga Fundraiser (with Nigerian Dwarf goats) here.

**For even MORE EVENTS in the Bastrop County area, visit our online calendar here. For our 2017 Vacation Bible School Guide, click here. For the 2017 Summer Camps & Activities Guide, click here. **



If you would like to be a featured event in the Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend or Live Music Lowdown or would like to be the Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend sponsor, please email info@365bastrop.com for more information. Or click here for more details about advertising with 365 Bastrop.