February 12, 2016

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Feb 12-14, 2016)


1. How Parks Saved the Country - Feb. 12th, 7:30-8:30pm at Bastrop State Park. Short sit-down chat with lots of pictures to explore how the Civilian Conservation Corps changed the lives of millions during the Great Depression. Free after park entry fees.

2. "Laugh FM" - Feb. 12th-13th at 7:30pm and Feb. 14th at 2pm at Playhouse Smithville, located at 110 Main Street in Smithville. Come laugh as the Playhouse Smithville entertainers sing the funniest songs they know and perform some of the craziest, nuttiest scenes they've enjoyed over the years! $10.50/person, purchase tickets online here.

3. "Women in Country" - Feb. 12th-13th at 7:30pm and Feb. 14th at 2:30pm at the Bastrop Opera House, located at 711 Spring Street in downtown Bastrop. $15/person. Purchase tickets at the door or online here.

4. Life in the Civilian Conservation Corps Walking Tour - Feb. 13th, 10-11am at Buescher State Park. Explore the lives of the men enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps and how their hard work and dedication can still be seen today at Buescher State Park. Free after park entry fees.

5. Sherwood Forest Faire - Feb. 13th-14th, 10am until dusk at 1883 Old Hwy 20 in McDade. Enjoy a medieval-themed show with over 100 musical, comedic, and dramatic performances per day, including a full-contact heavy armor joust, falconry show, feasts, and wine tastings - all in period costume and character! Purchase tickets online here, or purchase discounted tickets at Walgreens.

6. Valentine's Bake Sale - Feb. 13th, 12-3pm at the Heart of the Pines Volunteer Fire Department, located at 109 Green Acres Loop in Bastrop (next to Kay's Café off Hwy 71). All proceeds benefit HOPVFD. Cash/check only.

7. Viejo's St. Valentines Dance - Feb. 13th, 7pm-1am at the Kleinert Building, located at 910 Main Street in Bastrop, next to Viejo's Tacos y Tequila. Valentine's dinner by Viejo's, full bar, music, and dancing!

8. Death by Chocolate Masquerade Ball - Feb. 13th, 7pm-midnight at Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park, located at 149 Split Rail Lane in Smithville. $69/couple or $35/single includes admission to all 3 haunts, masquerade masks, dancing, and chocolate! Also, on Feb. 14th, they're having a "The Walking Dead" Mid-Season Premiere Viewing Party & Cosplay Contest!!! More details here.

9. Rockne Historical Association Fundraiser - Feb. 14th, 10am-7pm at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, located in Rockne. Museum opens at 10am, silent auction at 11am, spaghetti lunch begins at 12pm, live auction at 1pm, and door prizes throughout the day.

10. Yoga! In the Park! - Feb. 14th, 2-3pm in Fisherman's Park, located at 1200 Willow Street in Bastrop (along the Riverwalk in the grass below Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard). Suggested donation of $10-$20.

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February 5, 2016

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Feb 5-7, 2016)


1. First Friday Art Walk - Feb. 5th, 5:30-8:30pm in downtown Bastrop. Art, shopping, food, and more! Individual FFAW events here, here, here, and here.

2. Pickin' on the Porch - Feb. 5th, beginning at 6pm on the porch between Back Porch Ceramics and Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard in the Crossing, located at 601 Chestnut Street in downtown Bastrop. Bring your instrument and play along or just come and enjoy the show!

3. "Women in Country" - Feb. 5th-6th at 7:30pm and Feb. 7th at 2:30pm at the Bastrop Opera House, located at 711 Spring Street in downtown Bastrop. $15/person. Purchase tickets at the door or online here.

4. Wild by Nature Guided Hike - Feb. 6th, 10am-12pm at McKinney Roughs Nature Park. No registration required.

5. 4th Annual City Wide Black History Show - Feb. 6th, beginning at 6:30pm at the Elgin ISD Administration Building Auditorium, located at 1002 N. Ave. C in Elgin. Featuring: The Thomas Family, Rev. Luchus McShan, Elgin Community Choir, Mt. Carmel Drill Team, Bro. Byron Mitchell, and Winn's Memorial Praise Team. Admission is $3-$7/person.

6. 27th Annual Fish Fry and Fun Night - Feb. 6th, 6-8pm at the Smithville Rec Center, located at 106 Royston Street in Smithville. Dinner and prize drawing! Co-sponsored by the Smithville Noon Lion's Club and the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department.

7. Sapling Sunday - Feb. 7th, 7:30am-12:00pm at Bastrop State Park. Help plant trees! Pre-registration is required.

8. Yoga! In the Park! - Feb. 7th, 2-3pm in Fisherman's Park, located at 1200 Willow Street in Bastrop (along the Riverwalk in the grass below Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard). Suggested donation of $10-$20.

9. The Real Super Bowl Tail Gate Party - Feb. 7th, beginning at 2pm at Back 9 Bar, located 834 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop. They will be giving away 200 POUNDS of BBQ and FREE sides, too! Contests, giveaways, washers, golf range, cornhole, and more!

10. Super Sunday Funday - Feb. 7th, beginning at 4pm at Viejo's Tacos y Tequila, located at 912 Main Street in downtown Bastrop. 3 areas to enjoy the game: patio, main room, and Kleinert room. 300" projection screen, flat screen TVs, tailgate games, DJ, crawfish boil, bloody mary/mimosa bar, margarita, beer, & food specials, and more!

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February 2, 2016

Sherwood Forest Faire Giveaway - 2016

Sherwood Forest Faire is a Renaissance Festival located right here in Bastrop County, just 17 miles from downtown Bastrop, and we're giving away a 4-pack of tickets!!! (You'll find the Giveaway entry form at the end of the blog post.)


You can visit Sherwood Forest Faire over eight weekends in February through April for a medieval-themed show with over 100 musical, comedic, and dramatic performances per day, including a full-contact heavy armor joust, a castle siege, falconry show, feasts, and wine tastingsall in period costume and character.


Sherwood Forest Faire's 7th season will feature two jousting tournaments, held on Mar. 5th-6th and Apr. 2nd-3rd. Bold knights shall compete for gold and glory upon the field of Sherwood's Jousting Arena until every one of over 120 lances hath been shattered! Regular combat jousting will occur every day the Faire is open, and Jugging, described as a cross between football, basketball and fencing, will be going on twice a day.



The Faire offers much for pint-size lords and ladies in Once Upon a Time, a place just for kids, with merry-go-rounds, puppet shows from the puppeteer Grayson Wolf Enriques, the Sky King’s Falconry birds of Prey show, pony rides, a petting zoo, and a royal playground just for them.



Dancing and merriment fill the grounds. Visitors can dance with nymphs, fairies, and dryads at the seven stones while authentic renaissance bands including the Tulstin Troubadours, Wine and Alchemy, the Worthy Waites of Whimsey, and Circa Paleo, an Elven Celtic quartet, fill the air with their lively tunes.


The Faire also offers a myriad of foods authentic to medieval times and dozens of stands with handcrafted costumes, trinkets, and gifts. Plus, you can enjoy Robin’s Feast, a two-hour event held in the Castle that includes a six-course meal and entertainment (tickets are a separate cost and reservations are highly encouraged).


Less than twenty minutes from Bastrop and fun for the whole family, Sherwood Forest Faire is a must see!



When: Weekends, Feb. 13th-Apr. 3rd & Friday, Mar. 18th; 10am-dusk.
Where: 1883 Old Hwy 20, McDade, TX 78650
Tickets: Discounted tickets can be purchased at Walgreens, or you can purchase tickets online here.
Accommodations: Camping is available onsite, and there are limited rooms available in the Sherwood Castle itself.

Photo credit: Cherie Haines.



We're giving away a 4-pack of tickets to Sherwood Forest Faire, valid Feb. 13th-Apr. 3rd, 2016. To enter, simply fill out the form below. No purchase necessary to win. Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. resident to enter. Winner will be chosen at random. Contest ends Friday, Feb. 5th at 5:00 p.m. CST. Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours. By entering this contest, you give consent for 365 Bastrop and Sherwood Forest Faire to add the email address provided through the giveaway entry form to their email communications; you may unsubscribe at any time. Full contest rules here.


February 1, 2016

H-E-B Super Bowl Ad - 2016

Last month, we posted a casting call for extras in H-E-B's new Super Bowl commercial. Now it's time to see the final product... do you see anyone you know or any familiar scenes? I spot Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard's porch and front door and their outdoor stage with the old iron bridge in the background! What about you?

Screen capture from the H-E-B commercial; in front of Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard in Bastrop, TX
 
H-E-B's new commercial stirs Texas pride as Academy Award-winning actor, Billy Bob Thornton narrates the recipe for "how to make a Texas."

"So you want to make a Texas. The recipe starts with these ingredients: 269,000 square miles, a quarter million farms, 10,000 some odd ranches, lots of coast line, lakes by the handful, good dirt, clear water, corn, cattle, and all the sky you can handle," Thornton says as the commercial begins.




According to Cory Basso, H-E-B's vice president of marketing and advertising, the commercial will air on Texas stations between the game's third and fourth quarters in 11 of the 210 national advertising markets, including San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Laredo, McAllen, Midland, Houston, Rio Grande City and Waco. The commercial is also expected to air during the Academy Awards and several season finales of selected television shows.

The commercial is being paired with a Twitter campaign utilizing the hashtag #TrueTexan. For more info about the commercial, click here.

January 29, 2016

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 29-31, 2016)


This week's Top 10 is sponsored by Exacta Bookkeeping & Tax Services, located at 201 Childers Drive, Ste. 105 in Bastrop. They offer bookkeeping and tax services including federal income tax preparation, tax estimates and extensions, payroll, business incorporation, audit representation, Notary Public, and more!

http://exactainc.com/



1. Old School House Chili & BBQ Cook-Off - Jan. 29th-30th at the Red Rock Community Center, located at 114 Red Rock Road in Red Rock. This is a Terlingua Qualifier. Categories are bloody marys, chicken, beans, Tolbert Chili, Junior chili, pork spare ribs, brisket and margaritas. There will be a social gathering and early registration on Friday, beginning at 6pm. Registration on Saturday begins at 8am. There will also be a live and silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

2. "Glengarry Glen Ross" - Jan. 29th & 30th, 7:30pm at Playhouse Smithville, located at 110 Main Street in Smithville. A classic tale of greed and betrayal. When an office full of New York City real estate salesmen is given the news that all but the top two will be fired at the end of the week, the atmosphere begins to heat up. Sell, sell, sell - Always Be Closing! Tickets can be purchased online for $10.50/person.

3. Sapling Saturday - Jan. 30th, 7:30am-12:00pm at Bastrop State Park. Help plant trees! Pre-registration is required.

4. Free Legal Forum for U.S. Veterans - Jan. 30th, 8:30am-12:00pm at the Bastrop County Courthouse in the Basement of the Annex. Attorney volunteers will provide legal information and referrals in the areas of Veteran Disability Claims, Family Law, Divorce, Child Support, Wills, Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, Consumer Law, Contracts, social Security/SSI, Landlord/Tenant and Bankruptcy. Please bring any paperwork that might help us discuss with you the type of assistance you may require. No appointment necessary. FREE!

5. Artist Demonstration with Nancy Lou Webster - Jan. 30th, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm at the Owl Wine Bar and Home Goods Store, located at 106 N. Main Street in Elgin. Artist Nancy Lou Webster will demonstrate her famous Treenware and feature her heart molds. Admission is FREE!

6. Learn to Crochet - Jan. 30th, 2-4pm at Friendly Pastures, located at 975 FM 3000 in Elgin. Trinity Siemer will be teaching the basics of crochet. Bring a 5mm crochet hook, two or more of your favorite colors of yarn, and a folding chair. Admission is FREE!

7. Personalize a Soup/Chili Bowl - Jan. 30th, 2-4pm at Back Porch Ceramics, located in the Crossing at 601 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. This is a beginner level class teaching the basics of glazing. $30/person.

8. Cascade Rye - Jan. 30th, 8-11pm at Roadhouse Paige, located at 147 Old Hwy 20 E in Paige. Enjoy live music and delicious dining!

9. James Soto Band - Jan. 30th, beginning at 9pm at Huebels, located at 207 NW 2nd Street in Smithville. Enjoy live music from a local favorite!

10. Oh! Happy Sunday - Jan. 31st, 12pm at Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard, located in The Crossing at 601 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Gospel lunch with live music by the Linda Green Band.



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