June 24, 2016

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend



1. 47th Annual Elgin Western Days - June 24th-25th in Elgin Memorial Park.
  • Tennis Court Dance - June 24th, 8pm-midnight with live music by the Texas Outlaws and the Shop Dawgz. Admission is FREE!
  • Carnival - June 24th-25th, 6pm-11pm and June 25th, 10am-11pm. Admission is FREE! Ride tickets and games can be purchased individually. On Friday, unlimited rides wristbands are $20/person.
  • Parade - June 25th, beginning at 10am. Admission is FREE!
  • Festival - June 25th, 10am-6pm; horseshoes, volleyball, & softball tournaments, live music, arts & crafts, vendors, food, kid's activities, and more! Admission is FREE!

2. Mom's Night Out: Flip Flop Friday - June 24th, 7-9pm at VanGogh & Paint, located at 909 Pecan Street in Bastrop. $35/person, includes painting supplies and instruction. RSVP here. *Additional events at VanGogh & Paint this weekend: Majestic Whales, June 25th, 2-4pm; Date Night Couples Painting, June 25th, 7-9pm; and Sunday Afternoon Cross Painting, June 26th, 2-4pm.

3. Summer Movies in the Yard: "Jaws" - June 24th, 7:30pm at Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard, located in the Crossing at 601 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Admission is FREE!

4. Kids Decorating Class: Shark Week - June 25th, 10-11am (beginners) & 4-5pm (advanced) at Johnson's Bakery, located at 715 Old Austin Hwy, Ste. 300 in Bastrop. Come decorate shark cakes! $15/child. Call (512) 412-6221 to reserve your spot.

5. Out of the Ashes Guided Hike - June 25th, 10-11:30am in Bastrop State Park. Casual 1-mile guided hike. Free after park entry fees. *Additional event at Buescher State Park this weekend: Spider Assassins, June 25th, 3-4pm.

6. Saucy Cat BBQ Cook-Off - June 25th, 11am-2pm at Bastrop 1832 Farmer's Market, located at 1302 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. BBQ plates, bake sale, cake walk, silent auction, and more! Admission is FREE! Proceeds benefit Bastrop C.A.T.S.

7. Summer Texas Noize Makers Mud Bogg - June 25th, 11am-8pm at 1515 Upper Elgin River Road in Elgin. Gates open at 11am; Mud Pit opens at 1pm. $5/general admission, $25/truck, $10/ATV, age 10 & under FREE with parent/guardian.

8. Street Taco Cook-Off - June 25th, 1-5pm at Foundation Christian Ministries, located at 177 Union Chapel Road E in Bastrop/Cedar Creek. Cake walk, bounce house, kid's games & activities, raffle, horseshoe tournament, and more! Admission is FREE!

9. Two Steppin' Lessons - June 25th, 7-8pm at Back Porch Ceramics, located at 913 Main Street in Bastrop. $10/person. BYOB.

10. Painting with a Twang - June 26th, 5pm at Huebel's, located at 207 NW 2nd Street in Smithville. $30/person includes painting supplies, instruction, and 1 adult beverage. Door prizes, vendors, and more!



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June 23, 2016

Live Music Lowdown (June 23-26, 2016)


This week's Live Music Lowdown is sponsored by Red Rock Steakhouse, an authentic local steakhouse and saloon, located at 101 S. Lentz Street in Red Rock, serving lunch, dinner, and drinks. Besides cooking up some of the best-tasting food this side of the Colorado, they also host private parties, fun events, and live music!

http://www.redrocksteakhouse.com/



Thursday, June 23rd

Friday, June 24th
  • Buddy Boy Vargas - 6pm at Maxine's CafĂ© & Bakery, located at 905 Main Street in Bastrop.
  • Cascade Rye - 7pm at Roadhouse Paige, located at 147 Old Hwy 20 E in Paige.
  • Son de Rey - 7-9pm at Fisherman's Park, located at 1200 Willow Street in Bastrop.
  • Open Mic Night - 7-10pm at The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store, located at 106 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • Slim Bawb and the Fabulous Stumpgrinders - 7-11pm at Gracie's, located at 706 Pine Street in Bastrop.
  • Lynn's Kroaking Karaoke - 8pm-midnight at Up A Creek, located at 1374 Hwy 21 in Cedar Creek.
  • Honeyhouse - 8-10pm at The Bugle Boy, located at in 1051 N. Jefferson Street in LaGrange. $20/person. Doors open at 7pm.
  • Shop Dawgz - 8pm-midnight at the tennis courts in Elgin Memorial Park, located at 1127 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • Karaoke w/Alex the Karaoke Diva - 8pm-midnight at the American Legion Post 295, located at 115 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • Karaoke w/Vic Rodriguez - 8pm-midnight at Cistern Country Store/Bar, located at 12604 Hwy 95 in Cistern.
  • Karaoke w/Susie Que - 8pm-midnight at Ronnie's One Oak Bar, located at 816 FM 1441 in Bastrop.
  • Karaoke - 8:30pm at Huebels, located at 207 NW 2nd Street in Smithville.
  • Rogues Gallery - 8:30-11:30pm at Back 9 Bar, located at 834 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop.

Saturday, June 25th
  • Bob Livingston - 4-6pm at 28N, located at 28 N. Main Street in Elgin. $18/member, $20/non-member.
  • Emilie Clepper - 7:30pm at Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard, located in the Crossing at 601 Chestnut Street in Bastrop.
  • Woody Russell - 8-10pm at The Bugle Boy, located at in 1051 N. Jefferson Street in LaGrange. $25/person. Doors open at 7pm.
  • **Pickers Circle** - 8pm-midnight at Red Rock Steakhouse and Saloon, located at 101 S. Lentz in Red Rock.
  • Rock Hard - 8pm-midnight at Back 9 Bar, located at 834 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop.
  • Dan Adams & Brandon Steadman - 8pm-1am at Viejo's Tacos y Tequila, located at 912 Main Street in Bastrop. Admission is $5/person at the door; VIP seating is also available.
  • Karaoke - 8:30pm-12:30am at Peggy's Bar, located at 114 Stoney Brook Drive in Cedar Creek.
  • Smoking Guns - 9pm-1am at Cistern Country Store/Bar, located at 12604 Hwy 95 in Cistern.

Sunday, June 26th



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Mix-o-logie™ is Mixing Up the Perfume Industry

by Bonnie Allmon Coffey

The very first fragrance I ever owned was “Straw Hat” by Faberge, a gift from my fabulous, crazy Aunt Yvonne. Later, after I was married, my then-spouse decided that “my” fragrance was Shalimar. I hated Shalimar; it was far too exotic, too sophisticated. A woman’s favorite fragrance is a very personal thing, a sort of olfactory calling card that evokes one’s personality, the memory one leaves behind.  I have also discovered that one’s personal fragrance changes as we evolve and is dependent on moods – sometimes we’re sassy, sometimes we’re intriguing.


Being a self-avowed klutz at the fragrance counter, I was tickled pink to meet Sammi Hill and Jeff Wise, the founders of Mix-o-logie™, a brilliantly new concept in perfume. With the home office snuggled into a corporate building and warehouse in Smithville, Texas, Sammi and Jeff are a bit of an odd couple to the fragrance industry. Their pharmaceutical sales backgrounds led to a business in – of all things – urine testing for drugs. Jeff’s solid smarts (he holds a Master’s in toxicology and is an attorney) and Sammi’s obvious people and sales skills were major pluses in the success of that business…until it was time to find something new.

Co-founders Jeff Wise & Sammi Hill

That “something new” led to their connections with a friend who owned a fragrance house and to a Master Perfumer (who knew there was such a thing!) with over twenty years’ experience who had spent time in France. VoilĂ ! A new career was born.

So – what is Mix-o-logie™?  Launched in November 2015, this is a unique, U.S. made collection of eight basic scents (a ninth is in the works) in substantial glass rollerball applicators that give you full goof-proof permission to become your very own personal perfume creator. The fragrances (given hip, contemporary names: Electric, Serene, Inspired, Free, Tenacious, Assured, Tender and Sultry) can be worn in several ways. Try them individually to get a feel for each one. Or, use one of the recipe cards included (how thoughtful!) in the kit to formulate complex combos such as Muddled, With a Twist, On the Rocks, Super Call, Straight Up, Stir Crazy or Extra Dirty – each complete with suggestions on why that particular combination might be appealing.


But the ultimate use is the one that gives you the opportunity to create your very own signature fragrance by mixing various scents right on your skin – they’re designed so that you simply cannot mess up. What a terrific gift for today’s multi-faceted, multi-personality woman!

The large graphic on the wall in the Mix-o-logie™ corporate wall says it all:
Layered.  Complex.  Candid.  You.

There you go……


In our neck of the woods, you can find Mix-o-logie™ at the following locations (store displays allow you to smell and mix before you buy):

Best Lil’ Hair House in Texas
1005 Chestnut, Bastrop

Cripple Creek
928 Main Street, Bastrop

Hyatt Lost Pines
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Cedar Creek

Leeann’s Salon
4015 FM 535, Bastrop/Rockne

Or, order via their website at http://mymixologie.com.

Want more info? These folks have a terrific and fun Facebook page: 
www.facebook.com/mymixologie.

A native Texan, Bonnie Allmon Coffey is a writer and lover of learning the stories behind the people she meets. She’s lived in Japan and Belgium and is a gypsy at heart. Living in just 585 sf, she’s learned to keep only those things she loves around her. Her business (Bonnie Coffey & Associates, LLC) allows her to work on various projects that expand her brain cells.

June 17, 2016

Live Music Lowdown (June 17-19, 2016)


This week's Live Music Lowdown is sponsored by Red Rock Steakhouse, an authentic local steakhouse and saloon, located at 101 S. Lentz Street in Red Rock, serving lunch, dinner, and drinks. Besides cooking up some of the best-tasting food this side of the Colorado, they also host private parties, fun events, and live music!

http://www.redrocksteakhouse.com/



Friday, June 17th
  • Open Mic Night - 7pm at the Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store, located at 106 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • Wynn Taylor - 7pm at Roadhouse Paige, located at 147 Old Hwy 20 E  in Paige.
  • Off the Grid - 7pm at Gracie's, located at 706 Pine Street in Bastrop.
  • Amanda Kitchens & Palomino Shakedown - 7:30pm at Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard, located in the Crossing at 601 Chestnut Street in Bastrop.
  • Wes Nickson Band & Brandi Behlen - 8pm at Back 9 Bar, located at 834 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop.
  • Chasing Gypsy - 8pm at Viejo's Tacos y Tequila, located at 912 Main Street in Bastrop.
  • Lisa Mills - 8-10pm at the Bugle Boy, located at 1051 N. Jefferson St. (Hwy 77) in LaGrange. $20/person.
  • Karaoke w/Alex the Karaoke Diva - 8pm-midnight at the American Legion Post 295, located at 115 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • Lynn's Kroaking Karaoke - 8pm-midnight at Up A Creek, located at 1374 Hwy 21 in Cedar Creek.
  • Karaoke w/J.W. & Company - 8pm-midnight at Cistern Country Store/Bar, located at 12604 Hwy 95 in Cistern.
  • Karaoke w/Susie Que - 8pm-midnight at Ronnie's One Oak Bar, located at 816 FM 1441 in Bastrop.
  • Karaoke - 8:30pm at Huebels, located at 207 NW 2nd Street in Smithville.

Saturday, June 18th
  • Sam Peters - 7-10pm at the Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store, located at 106 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • The Shop Dawgz - 7:30pm-midnight at Ronnie's One Oak Bar, located at 816 FM 1441 in Bastrop.
  • Keen Country - 8pm at Watterson Hall, located at 1179 Watterson Road in Red Rock.
  • Sam Brown and the Fender Benders - 8pm at Red Rock Steakhouse and Saloon, located at 101 S. Lentz Street in Red Rock.
  • The Wasted Hearts - 8pm at Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard, located in the Crossing at 601 Chestnut Street in Bastrop.
  • South Austin Moonlighters - 8-10pm at the Bugle Boy, located at 1051 N. Jefferson St. (Hwy 77) in LaGrange. $22/person.
  • Karaoke - 8:30pm-12:30am at Peggy's Bar, located at 114 Stoney Brook Drive in Cedar Creek.
  • James Soto Band - 9pm at Back 9 Bar, located at 834 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop.
  • Eight from the Gate - 9pm-1am at Cistern Country Store/Bar, located at 12604 Hwy 95 in Cistern.

Sunday, June 19th
  • Lamar Pecorino - 10:30am-1:30pm at Elgin Local Goods, located at 201 N. Main Street in Elgin. Enjoy a Father's Day Brunch while Lamar Pecorino plays lovely piano melodies. RSVP by calling (512) 285-9650.
  • Linda Green Band - 12pm at Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard, located in the Crossing at 601 Chestnut Street in Bastrop.



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June 9, 2016

Top 10+10 Things to Do This Weekend (June 10-12, 2016)


1. BCMRA Canteen Dance - June 10th, 6-9pm at the Smithville Rec Center, located at 106 Royston Street in Smithville. The Bastrop County Mental Retardation Association (BCMRA) is hosting a dance for those with special needs of all ages from Bastrop and all surrounding counties. Music provided by DJ Superman, Art Hernandez. Admission is $1/person.

2. BOLD Teen Impact Light Up the Night Bash - June 10th, 6:30-9:30pm at BOLD (Breath of Life Deliverance) Church, located at 769 Hwy 95 S in Bastrop. Ages 11-17. Live rap artists will rock the mic. Plus, enjoy food, volleyball, flashlight scavenger hunt, and more. Admission is FREE!

3. 6th Annual Smithville Melodrama: "Zounds!" - June 10th & 11th, 7:30pm and June 12th, 2pm at Playhouse Smithville, located at 110 Main Street in Smithville. An alternative history of Smithville. $10.50/person.

4. Elgin Juneteenth Celebration - June 10th & 11th in downtown Elgin. Admission is FREE!
  • Street Dance - June 10th, 8pm-midnight in Veterans Memorial Park, located at 109 Depot Street in Elgin.
  • Parade - June 11th, starting at 10am at Booker T. Washington Elementary School, located at 510 M.L.K. Blvd in Elgin.
  • Festival - June 11th, 10am-6pm in Veterans Memorial Park, located at 109 Depot Street in Elgin.

5. Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event - June 11th, 9am-12pm at Buescher State Park.  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.

6. Out of the Ashes Guided Hike - June 11th, 10-11:30am in Bastrop State Park. Casual 1-mile guided hike. Free after park entry fees.

7. CTWP Washers Tournament - June 11th, 1pm at Back 9 Bar, located at 834 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop. Registration begins at 11:30am. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place; 100% payout. Double elimination. $30/team.

8. Painting Event - June 11th, 2pm at the Front Room Wine Bar, located at 116 Main Street in Smithville. $35/person, includes reclaimed wood for the project, as well as all other supplies needed to create the art.

9. Kids Decorating Class - June 11th, 2-3pm at Johnson's Bakery, located at 715 Old Austin Hwy, Ste. 300 in Bastrop. Angry Birds cupcakes! $15/child. Call (512) 412-6221 to reserve your spot.

10. Art in the Park: Colors of the Wind Watercolor - June 11th, 3-4pm at Buescher State Park. All art supplies provided. Free after park entry fees.

11. Big Truck Day & Movies in the Park - June 11th, 5:30-10:00pm in Fisherman's Park, located at 1100 Willow Street in Bastrop. Big truck show (fire truck, backhoe, bucket truck and more) 5:30-7:30pm, "Cars" movie at dusk, Ms. Poppy the Clown, concessions, and more. Admission is FREE!

12. 4th Annual Casino for CASA - June 11th, 6pm at the Bastrop Convention Center, located at 1408 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Tickets in advance (by June 9th): $50/person or $90/couple; at the door $60/person or $100/couple. Includes $5,000 in chips, buffet dinner, drinks, and more! Proceeds benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Bastrop, Fayette & Lee Counties. Purchase tickets here.

13. Chitlin Circuit Blues Review - June 11th, 6pm-midnight at West End Park, located at 242 Hwy 95 S in Smithville. Featuring Hannibal Lokumbe, Sonny Rhodes, Pat Peterson, "Blues Boy" Hubbard, Major Burkes, and the Peterson Brothers. Admission is FREE!

14. Car Racing: Mod Lites & IMCA Classes - June 11th, 7-11pm at Cotton Bowl Speedway, located at 1175 CR 202 in Paige. Gates open at 5pm. General Admission: $12 adults; $10 seniors, students, & military personnel; $5 kids ages 6-12; kids 5 and under are FREE. Pit Pass: $30/person.

15. Comedy in the Backyard - June 11th, 8:00-10:30pm at Eva Mae's Kitchen, located at 313 N. Main Street in Elgin. Hosted by Blue da Comic and featuring Bryson Brown, Kris Atkins, and Mahdee Harris. Ages 18 and up. Admission is FREE!

16. Salsa Dance Night - June 11th, 8pm-1am at La Hacienda, located at 1800 Walnut Street in Bastrop. Lessons are from 8:00-9:30pm and dancing is from 9:30pm-1:00am. $5/person cover, includes lessons.

17. Father's Day Mug Glass Etching - 9-11pm at Back Porch Ceramics, located at 913 Main Street in Bastrop. $30/person. More events at Back Porch Ceramics here.

18. Straight Domino Tournament - June 12th, 12pm at Red Rock Steakhouse and Saloon, located at 101 S. Lentz Street in Red Rock. $5/person; bring your own partner. Double elimination; 2 out of 3 games. Prizes awarded to 1st & 2nd place; 100% payback.

19. Community Potluck - June 12th, 1pm at Heart of the Pines Volunteer Fire Dept. (VFD) Station 1, located at 670 Cottletown Road in Smithville. Call (214) 534-5591 for more information.

20. Elgin Farm Tour - June 12th, 1-5pm beginning at Elgin Local Goods, located at 201 N. Main Street in Elgin. Guided tour of Down Home Ranch and Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill. Transportation provided; free parking at 301 N. Main Street in Elgin. $15/person.



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