December 2, 2016

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 2-4, 2016)


1. First Friday Art Walk - Dec. 2nd, 5:30-8:30pm in downtown Bastrop. Enjoy beautiful art, food, shopping, & live music, meet the artists, and more! Plus, make sure to visit the grand opening of the brand new Lost Pines Art Center on Chestnut Street. And don't forget to stop by the Crossing, located at 601 Chestnut Street beginning at 7pm for Pickin' on the Porch with Larryland Music, who will be celebrating their 6-year Anniversary! Admission is FREE!

2. 4th Annual Christmas Expo - Dec. 3rd, 9am-4:30pm, located at 124 Colony Court in the Colony subdivision in Bastrop/Cedar Creek. There will be a variety of vendors on-hand to assist with your holiday shopping needs. Enjoy refreshments, shopping, and more! Admission is FREE!

3. Elgin's Holiday by the Tracks - Dec. 3rd, 9am-5pm, throughout downtown Elgin!!! In case of rain, festivities will be held at 30 N. Main Street. Enjoy the Project Celebration Breakfast with Santa from 8-10am at the Elgin Public Library, Santa sightings in Veteran's Park from 11am-1pm and at Elgin Local Goods from 2-4pm, Hot Cocoa Sip & Stroll from 2-5pm, live music & entertainment, Holiday Market & sidewalk sales, activities at Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, Evergreen Farms Christmas Trees, and the Elgin Depot Museum, lighted parade at dusk, and a live nativity at St. Peter's Lutheran Church after the parade. Admission is FREE!

4. Smithville's Festival of Lights - Dec. 3rd, 9am-9pm, throughout downtown Smithville. In case of rain, the festivities will be held at the Smithville Rec Center. There will be a fun run, lighted parade, pictures with Santa from 10am-2pm, mini golf, bounce houses, train rides, obstacle course, tricycle races, clowns & magicians, bouncing horses, arts & crafts, a holiday market, live music & entertainment, a live theater production of "Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too," and more!!! Admission is FREE!

5. Activities at Bastrop & Buescher State Parks - Nov. 25th-26th
  • Time Shapes Our Planet Guided Hike - Dec. 3rd, 10:00-11:30am at Bastrop State Park. Join a Master Naturalist for a moderate 1-mile hike to discover how the park has changed over the years. Free after park entry fees.
  • Animals Garden Too! - Dec. 3rd, 10:00-11:30am at Buescher State Park. Join a Master Naturalist to explore how animals change their environment on this moderate 1.5-mile guided hike. Free after park entry fees.
  • Leave No Trace Guided Hike - Dec. 3rd, 2-3pm at Buescher State Park. Learn about how to leave the world better than you found it through responsible Leave No Trace Ethics on this moderate 1.5-mile hike. Free after park entry fees.
  • Out of the Ashes Guided Hike - Dec. 3rd, 4-5pm at Bastrop State Park. Enjoy this moderate 1-mile hike while catching up on how Bastrop State Park is recovering after the 2011 wildfires. Free after park entry fees.

6. Pictures with Santa & Gift Wrapping - Dec. 3rd, 12-3pm, at Orange Leaf Yogurt, located at 747 Hwy 71 W, Ste. A-600 in Bastrop. Get your gifts wrapped by Santa's elves or pose for a selfie with the big guy himself. Donations accepted; proceeds benefit Bastrop Animal Rescue. And while you're out and about, hop on over to the Adoption Event at Petco, located at 739 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop, from 12-4pm to find your fur-ever friend!

7. Children's Shopping Event - Dec. 3rd, 1-4pm at Cherry Blossoms Spa, located at 1011 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Children ages 5-16 may purchase a gift for $5 or less)and have it gift wrapped for free. Plus, each child will get a free goodie bag!

8. Cookie Decorating with Santa - Dec. 3rd, 1:00-2:30pm at the Sugar Shack, located at 114 Loop 150 W in Bastrop. Decorate gingerbread cookies with Santa. $7.99/child, includes cookie to decorate and pictures with Santa. Bring your own camera. Stop by or call (512) 321-3777 to purchase your tickets.

9. Snow Day - Dec. 3rd, 1-7pm at Fisherman's Park in Bastrop. Enjoy 2 snow slides, 2 snow play areas, hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, Poppy the Clown, concessions, and more! Plus, stay for an outdoor viewing of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" beginning around 5:30pm. Admission is FREE!

10. 16th Annual Tree of Angels Ceremony - Dec. 4th, 6-8pm at Calvary Episcopal Church, located at 603 Spring Street in Bastrop. The public in invited to place an angel on the tree to honor and remember those lost and injured by violent crime.

Additional seasonal events include:


*Texas Style Ice Skating - Nov. 21st-Dec. 29th, Sunday-Monday 10am-5pm and Friday-Saturday 10am-8pm, at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa. $25/adult, $20/child ages 17 & under. Price includes skate rental. First come, first served; no reservations. Open to the public!

*Bastrop River of Lights - Nov. 25th-Jan. 2nd, dusk until 10pm nightly. The River of Lights includes 120 lighted displays in a variety of seasonal themes along Bastrop's scenic River Walk. Admission is FREE!



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

November 23, 2016

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Nov 24-27, 2016)


1. Thanksgiving Day Brunch - Nov. 24th, 11am-4pm at the Comfort Café, located at 111 NW 1st Street in Smithville. Reservations are not required. Donations for the meal are gladly accepted to help fund the SerenityStar Recovery program.

2. A Mission U-Too Thanksgiving - Nov. 24th, 5-6pm at The Neighborhood Place on MLK at Hwy 95 in Smithville. Come for the free food and fellowship, or come to help serve. If you would like to help with food, please contact Brittanie at (512) 575-5289 for needed items.

3. Texas Style Ice Skating - Nov. 21st-Dec. 29th, Sunday-Monday 10am-5pm and Friday-Saturday 10am-8pm, at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa. $25/adult, $20/child ages 17 & under. Price includes skate rental. First come, first served; no reservations. Open to the public!

4. Harvest Art Fest - Nov. 25th-26th, 10am-5pm at the Bastrop 1832 Farmers Market, located at 1302 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. One of Bastrop's biggest arts & crafts events, you can shop for a variety of handmade goods, gifts, and food while supporting local artisans. Admission is FREE!

5. Bastrop River of Lights - Nov. 25th-Jan. 2nd, dusk until 10pm nightly. The River of Lights includes 120 lighted displays in a variety of seasonal themes along Bastrop's scenic River Walk. Admission is FREE!

6. Activities at Bastrop & Buescher State Parks - Nov. 25th-26th
  • Who Built Bastrop State Park? - Nov. 25th, 10-11am at Bastrop State Park. An easy walking tour to explore the amazing hand-crafted buildings and structures that the Civilian Conservation Corps men built in the depths of the Great Depression. Free after park entry fees.
  • Leave No Trace Hike - Nov. 25th, 10:00-11:30am at Buescher State Park. Learn about how to leave the world better than you found it through responsible Leave No Trace Ethics on this moderate 1.5-mile hike. Free after park entry fees.
  • What are the Lost Pines? Athletic Guided Hike - Nov. 25th, 1-4pm at Bastrop State Park. Work off that Thanksgiving turkey on this athletic 3-mile hike. 140 feet of elevation change, uneven terrain, and great views! Free after park entry fees.
  • Read with a Ranger - Nov. 25th, 2-3pm at Buescher State Park. Ranger Kristen will lead kids story hour at the Ampitheater. Free after park entry fees.
  • Meet the Lost Pines Guided Hike - Nov. 26th, 10:00-11:30am at Bastrop State Park. Enjoy this moderate 1-mile hike with a Master Naturalist. Free after park entry fees.
  • Speed, Stealth & Ambush, Predators of the Forest Guided Hike - Nov. 26th, 10:00-11:30am at Buescher State Park. Discover the animal battles that happen every day in the Lost Pines and meet the predators and prey that live here on this moderate 1.5-mile hike. Free after park entry fees.
  • Out of the Ashes Guided Hike - Nov. 26th, 1:00-2:30pm at Bastrop State Park. Enjoy this moderate 1-mile hike while catching up on how Bastrop State Park is recovering after the 2011 wildfires.
  • How to Make a Campfire - Nov. 26th, 5:30-6:00pm at Bastrop State Park. A fun and quick workshop to learn the art of campfire building. Free after park entry fees.
  • Campfire Stories - Nov. 26th, 6-7pm at Bastrop State Park. Gather around the fire, go back in time, and listen to an Interpreter tell stories. Free after park entry fees.

7. Breakfast with Santa **FEATURED EVENT** - Nov. 26th, 9:30am-12:00pm at The View at The Mansion, located at 100 Country Club Drive in Bastrop, next to The Mansion at ColoVista. $29/person ages 12 & up, $11/child ages 5-11, $7/child ages 1-4, free for infants. Includes breakfast buffet, visit with Santa, games, and cookie decorating! Call (512) 985-5181 to RSVP.

 
8. Shop Small Saturday - Nov. 26th, 10am-5pm throughout downtown Elgin. Enjoy the "Where's Priscilla?" scavenger hunt, along with great in-store specials, delicious dining options, and unique gifts for everyone on your list. Admission is FREE!

9. Wassail Fest - Nov. 26th, 11am-4pm throughout downtown Bastrop. Participating merchants will be competing for bragging rights for the best Wassail, a hot drink that is made with wine, beer or cider, spices, sugar and usually baked apples. Plus, there will lots of great deals going on for Small Business Saturday! Admission is FREE!

10. Breakfast with Santa - Nov. 27th, 9am-12pm at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa. $32 for adults, $15 for ages 6-12, and complimentary for ages 5 & under. Includes a delicious breakfast buffet, meet-and-greet and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday-themed activities, arts & crafts, a jump house, and more! Open to the public. Reservations are required; call (512) 308-4950 to RSVP.



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

November 17, 2016

365 Bastrop is for sale!!!!


That's right, folks... 365 Bastrop is for sale!!! After building this business from the ground up over the past 6 1/2 years, I'm ready to start a new adventure. I'd like to think I've helped make a difference in our community by promoting local businesses and events, and I hope whoever takes over will continue that tradition.

Thank you to all of our fans for your encouragement and support! Because of you, running this site has been fun and rewarding, which made this a bittersweet decision.

Included in the sale:
  • Business name
  • Logo and other graphics
  • Domain name "www.365bastrop.com" and associated email account
  • Website/blog/RSS feed
  • Google calendar
  • Facebook page (with over 11,000 fans)
  • Facebook group (with almost 1,200 members)
  • Twitter account (with almost 900 followers)
  • Newsletter (with over 1,200 subscribers)

The revenue stream for 365 Bastrop is mainly through advertising. You can charge for blog posts, banner ads, newsletter ads, ads/sponsorships of the Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend and Live Music Lowdown posts, giveaways, and more. Click here for more information about each of these services and the pricing structure I utilized. Additionally, there are several event promotion packages I will share with the new owner.

Besides all of the business information (website, social media, logo, etc.), you'll also receive some coaching to get you started, including a short tutorial of how to post on the blog, make changes to the website, create the newsletter, update the calendar, etc.

Due to family/personal issues, I wasn't always able to give 365 Bastrop my full attention. It has great potential for reaching a large audience and is one of the most visited Facebook pages and websites in Bastrop County. I hope whoever takes over will love it as much as I have and give it the attention it deserves. (I feel like I'm selling one of my children, LOL!)

Please send serious offers to: joleenio@yahoo.com, or call Joleen Smith at (512) 619-8807.

P.S. I'm also taking offers on the domain "www.eastofweird.com" if anyone is interested.


September 14, 2016

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 16-18, 2016)


This week's Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend is sponsored by Donna's by Design, a hip and eclectic store located at 926 Main Street in downtown Bastrop, specializing in handcrafted gifts & accessories. Donna's by Design features art by regional artisans including fiber art, woodworking, dolls, jewelry, create-a-cards, ceramics, coloring pages, tile coasters, glass magnets, weavings, quilts, embroidery & crochet, beads, silk dyed scarves, fabric handbags, soaps, candles, and so much more!

https://www.facebook.com/Donnas-by-Design-672465202858463/



1. Lost Pines Art Conference - Sept. 16th, 8:00am-6:30pm & Sept. 17th, 8:00am-8:30pm throughout downtown Bastrop. $70/person includes Art Demos, Opening Reception & Night Bronze Pour, Artist Panel Discussion, and Closing Reception & Glass Sculpting Demo. Additional classes available, including kid's art blast classes. Register online here.

2. Tee Off Against Child Abuse - Sept. 16th, 8:30am-6:00pm at Pine Forest Golf Club, located at 636 Riverside Drive in Bastrop. 4-man scramble benefiting the Children's Advocacy Center. Hole in One contest, 52 card raffle, and more!

3. Movies on the Riverwalk: "Rudy" - Sept. 16th, 5:30-9:00pm at Fisherman's Park in Bastrop. Activities, begin at 5:30pm. Movie begins at dusk. Wear your favorite team's jersey or t-shirt. Free popcorn! Concessions available. Admission is FREE!

4. "Harvey" - Sept. 16th, 7:30pm & Sept. 17th, 7:30pm at Playhouse Smithville, located at 110 Main Street in Smithville. Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta's social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit! See what hilarity ensues in this classic tale. $10.50/person. Purchase tickets online here.

5. Future HoneyBear Cub Clinic - Sept. 17th, 9:00am-2:30pm at Bastrop High School. Ages 3-18. Must be potty trained. $35/person includes t-shirt, pizza, dance instruction, arts & crafts, games, and performance with the HoneyBears at the BHS football game on Sept. 23rd. Walk-ins welcome! Late registration is $45/person.

6. Art in the Park: Colors of the Wind Watercolor - Sept. 17th, 3-4pm at Buescher State Park. Learn to paint with all the colors of the wind. Watercolors, paper, and brushes provided. Free after park entry fees. *Eents in Bastrop State Park include: Lost Pines Trail Crew on Sept. 17th, 8:30am-12:00pm and Out of the Ashes Guided Hike on Sept. 17th, 9:00-10:30am.

7. Feed the Need - Sept. 17th, 6-10pm at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibition Center, located at 1408 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Steak dinner & dance fundraiser benefiting Mission U-Too. Live music by the James Soto Band. $50/person or $300/table of 8. Purchase tickets online here.

8. An Evening in Technicolor: "Million Dollar Mermaid" - Sept. 17th, 6:30pm at the Bastrop Opera House, located at 711 Spring Street in Bastrop. Chef prepared hors d'oeuvres. Come dressed as your favorite '50s star and receive a free drink! $25/person.

9. ¡Viva Mexico! - Sept. 17th, 7-10pm at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1401 Cedar Street in Bastrop. Hosted by Ballet Folklórico Orgullo Mexicano of Cedar Creek HS in celebration of Diez y Seis. Features 7 Folklórico groups! $5/person. Purchase tickets online here.

10. 42 Domino Tournament - Sept. 18th, 12pm at Red Rock Steakhouse and Saloon, located at 101 S. Lentz Street in Red Rock. $5/person. Bring your own partner. 100% payback. Double elimination. Prizes awarded to 1st & 2nd place.



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

Tee Off Against Child Abuse - 2016

The 3rd Annual Tee Off Against Child Abuse is a 4-man scramble that allows you to golf with your buddies while helping children who have been abused in our tri-county area (Bastrop, Lee & Fayette counties). Proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Bastrop, Lee & Fayette Counties.

This year, Tee Off Against Child Abuse will take place on Friday, Sept. 16th, 8:30am-6:30pm at Pine Forest Golf Club, located at 636 Riverside Drive in Bastrop.


Registration costs $300 per 4-man scramble team. If you don't have a team, you can still participate - just contact the CAC, and they will help place you on a team. Registration covers the greens fee and cart, as well as breakfast and fajita lunch, catered by John Chabot. Register online here.


Sponsorships are also available (up until Sept. 14th, 12am CST), including hole signage and color signs and banners. Just sign up through the registration link.

Awards will be given to the top 3 teams. Plus, mulligans will be available for purchase, and there will be several chances to win prizes, including Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin competitions, a Hole in One contest, and a 52 card raffle (only 52 tickets will be sold; $20/ticket).


Prizes include a brand new 2015 Callaway Big Bertha Speed Step 80 Steel Shaft Iron Set (4-PW, AW) to be awarded to the winner of the 52 card raffle, a beautiful Odyssey Works Big T Blade Putter with cover to be awarded to the winner of the Closest to the Pin contest, and a new 2016 Covert Chevy Silverado Crew Cab Texas Edition Truck in the color of your choice to be awarded in the Hole in One contest!!!




The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Bastrop, Lee & Fayette Counties is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It's a child-friendly facility where child victims of abuse may be interviewed, undergo medical evaluations, and receive therapy.

Children's Advocacy Center
1002 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 321-6161

Texas Child Abuse Hotline:
1-800-252-5400