April 21, 2017

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Apr 21-23, 2017)


1. Smithville Jamboree - Apr. 19th-23rd at Riverbend Park in Smithville. Live music, carnival, parade, pet show, tournaments, live stock show & sale, beard contest, and more! Some events require paid admission and others are FREE!

2. BCHS Garage Sale & Sneak Peek - Apr. 21st, 6-8pm (sneak peek) and Apr. 22nd, 7am-3pm at the First Baptist Church of Bastrop's extension building, located at 915 Hwy 71 in Bastrop. This is a community-wide garage & estate sale benefitting the Bastrop County Historical Society. Admission to the Sneak Peek on Friday night is $10/person; admission on Saturday is FREE!
 

3. "Pied Piper of Hamelin" **FEATURED EVENT** - Apr. 21st & 22nd, 7:30pm and Apr. 23rd, 2:30pm at the Bastrop Opera House, located at 711 Spring Street in Bastrop. Enjoy an energetic performance by the Bastrop Youth Performing Arts Academy. Fun for all ages! $10/person; purchase tickets online here.


4. Star Party - Apr. 21st, 8-9pm at Buescher State Park. Check out the stars at the grassy dam at Lake Buescher and possibly glimpse at the Lyrid Meteor Shower! Free after park entry fees - $5/person age 13 and up; children 12 and under are free. For more Bastrop State Park events, click here, and for more Buescher State Park events, click here.

5. Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event - Apr. 22nd, 9am-12pm 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 - $5/person age 13 and up; children 12 and under are free. For more Bastrop State Park events, click here, and for more Buescher State Park events, click here.

6. Sherwood Forest Faire - Apr. 22nd & 23rd, 10am-dusk at the Sherwood Forest Faire grounds, located at 1883 Old Hwy 20 in McDade. This is the last weekend of the season! Enjoy jousting, archery, birds of prey, juggling, knife throwing, live music, belly dancing, sword fights, magicians, chess matches, story telling, puppet shows, character parades, vendors, food, and more! Purchase tickets online here.

7. Pearls of Youth Art Show - Apr. 22nd, 11am-5pm and April 23rd, 1-4pm at the Fleming Center, located at 802 North Ave. C in Elgin. The Pearls of Youth Art Show is for student artists in the Elgin area to showcase their creativity and skills in a real art show. Artist reception on Sunday at 2pm. Admission is FREE!

8. Mead Bazaar - Apr. 22nd, 12-8pm at Blessed Bee Winery in the Lost Pines Art Center, located 1204 at Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Come sample, taste, and aquire some of the finest Meads in all the land! The Bazaar will be located on the patio. Admission is FREE!

9. The Lorax - Leave No Trace Guided Hike - Apr. 22nd, 3-4pm at Bastrop State Park. This Earth Day, bring your whole family to listen to a ranger read the Dr. Seuss classic "The Lorax." Then, go on a short 1-mile hike to learn about how you can help the Lorax through the principles of Leave No Trace camping! Free after park entry fees. For more Bastrop State Park events, click here, and for more Buescher State Park events, click here.

10. The Pool at ColoVista Membership Drive - Apr. 23rd, 1-4pm at The Pool at ColoVista, located at 100 Country Club Drive in Bastrop. Free hot dogs and refreshments will be served, and there will be staff on hand at the pool to help you sign up for either a season pass or a pool membership. Admission is FREE!

**For even MORE EVENTS in the Bastrop County area, visit our online calendar here.**



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April 19, 2017

The Pool at ColoVista - 2017

Located in Bastrop's upscale ColoVista neighborhood, The Pool at ColoVista is a recently renovated 3-tiered infinity pool with a hot tub, a waterfall, and a spectacular view. It sits atop a hillside next to the gorgeous Mansion at ColoVista, overlooking the Colorado River.

The Pool at ColoVista

Access to "the pool with a view" is by membership only or as a guest of the Cottages at ColoVista, but pool memberships are open to everyone, not just residents of the ColoVista neighborhood or ColoVista Golf Club members.

The Pool at ColoVista is a gated resort-style pool with three separate swimming areas, including one with a beach entry perfect for toddlers. With plenty of room to swim, sunbathe, dine, and relax, it's the perfect family-friendly spot for summer entertaining! Members can even invite guests for a small fee and even host children's birthday parties at the pool.


Come find out more on Sunday, April 23rd from 1-4pm at the Membership Drive. Free hot dogs and refreshments will be served, and there will be staff on hand at the pool to help you sign up for either a season pass or a pool membership. This event is free and open to the public.

Or come enjoy the pool before the season starts at the Sunday Funday Pre-Season Pool Party on Sunday, April 30th! There will be a poolside burger buffet and refreshments for purchase. This event is open to the public. Entry for members is free, and non-members need only pay a guest fee of $8/adult and $5/child ages 12 and under. (The guest fee will be refunded if you sign up to be a member at the party.)

 
The pool will be open 6 days a week (check the Facebook page here for pool hours), and a poolside food and beverage service will be available. Plus, located within walking distance of the pool, you'll find the Ridge Grille, located in the ColoVista Golf Club, and The View at the Mansion. The Ridge Grille serves a breakfast and lunch menu, as well as beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages, and The View at the Mansion serves lunch and dinner.

The View at the Mansion

The pool was formerly part of the ColoVista Country Club, which closed in February 2009. After a few years without use, the golf course reopened in 2013 as a daily-fee course along with the Cottages at ColoVista – 22 cute hotel rooms on the course for visitors, out-of-town golfers, and bridal parties using the Mansion at ColoVista. The 16,000 sq. ft. mansion was renovated in 2014 and is now a special events venue available to rent for weddings, parties, and family reunions.

The Mansion at ColoVista

The Pool at ColoVista is scheduled to open for the season on May 5th, 2017. For updates and more information, visit The Pool at ColoVista on Facebook here.

April 13, 2017

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Apr 14-16, 2017)



1. Easter Egg Hunt - April 14th, 10-11am at Bob Bryant Park, located at 600 Charles Boulevard in Bastrop. Hosted by the Bastrop YMCA in partnership with the City of Bastrop. From 10:00-10:45am there will be activities and crafts, and the Easter Egg Hunt will take place from 10:45-11:00am. Plus, the Easter Bunny will be available for pictures. Admission is FREE!
 

2. Southern Gospel Concert - April 14th, 7:30-9:00pm at the Bastrop Opera House, located at 711 Spring Street in Bastrop. Come hear the wonderful sounds of Southern Gospel music directed by Brad Nix and assisted by Dock Jackson. Concessions available. Admission is FREE!

3. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny - April 15th, 9-11am at Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8, located at 1600 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet with the Easter Bunny! Included with your breakfast ticket is a 1000-egg Easter Egg Hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and a fun coloring contest! Adults are $10 each, and kids ages 3-11 are $7 each. Egg Hunt begins at 9am. Breakfast buffet is 9:30-11:00am.

4. Easter Egg Hunt - April 15th, 10:00-11:30am at Thomas Memorial Park, located at 411 Madison Street in Elgin. Hosted by the Elgin Sub-District. Egg Hunt times: ages 2-5 at 10:15am, ages 14-16 at 10:30am, ages 6-9 at 10:45am, ages 10-13 at 11:00am, ages 17-24 at 11:15am, and ages 25+ at 11:30am. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at Booker T. Washington Elementary School. FREE hot dogs! Admission is FREE!

5. Creatures of the Night Guided Hike - April 15th, 10:00-11:30am at Bastrop State Park. Join a Master Naturalist on this moderate 1-mile hike to discover who the hunters are in the Lost Pines! Free after park entry fees. For more Bastrop State Park events, click here, and for more Buescher State Park events, click here.

6. Easter Egg Hunt - April 15th, 11am-2pm at Vineyard of Christ Lutheran Church, located at 1703 FM 535 in Smithville/Rosanky. Over 1000 eggs! FREE hamburgers and hot dogs after the egg hunt! Admission is FREE!

7. Smithville Empty Bowl - April 15th, 11am-2pm at the Mary Nichols Art Center, located at 301 Burleson in Smithville. Choose an artist or student made bowl, eat a simple meal of soup, bread, and dessert, enjoy interesting speakers and musicians, and more! Minimum donation of $20/bowl.

8. Cookie Decorating with the Easter Bunny - April 15th, 1:00-2:30pm at the Sugar Shack, located at 114 Loop 150 W in Bastrop. Enjoy cookie decorating and photos with the Easter Bunny himself. Tickets are $7.00/person. Purchase tickets online here or call (512) 321-3777. Bring your own camera!

9. Mixed Media Play Art Class - April 15th, 4-6pm at the Lost Pines Art Center, located at 1204 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Let your inner child loose in this fun class. You'll play with water based media and build a Spring themed piece of art with paint and collage. You'll learn about layering multiple media and how to use color to make your paintings pop. The class is $25 and includes all supplies. Fun for ages 13 and above.

10. Community Sunrise Service - April 16th, 7am at the Bastrop State Park Refectory Building, located at 100 Park Road C in Bastrop. Hosted by the Bastrop Christian Ministerial Alliance. In case of rain, the service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, located at Loop 150 in Bastrop.

**For even MORE EVENTS in the Bastrop County area, visit our online calendar here.**

**For a list of ALL the EASTER activities going on in Bastrop County, including Egg Hunts and pictures with the Easter Bunny, click here.**




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Top 15 Instagram Accounts in Bastrop County

Instagram is a favorite social media platform because it's a fast, beautiful, and fun way to share your life through photos with friends and family. Plus, everyone loves the filters! Whether you're an Instagram junkie or just getting started, here is our list of the Top 15 Instagram accounts to follow in Bastrop County.

P.S. We didn't include our own Instagram account on the list, but you can follow us here (@365Bastrop), or use the hashtag #365Bastrop.

1. Meyers' Elgin Sausage, @cuetopia
"A picture is worth a thousand bites, but not as fattening."

One of the best things about Meyers' Elgin Sausages Instagram feed is the pictures of their witty marquee. And of course, there's the mouth-watering BBQ, too!


2. Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, @bastropchamberofcommerce
"A voluntary professional organization that supports businesses in the Greater Bastrop area!"

The Bastrop Chamber team of Becky, Rick, Vanessa, and Troyanne are simply too much fun! You never know what shenanigans these crazy kids are going to come up with next! Plus, you can learn about local businesses and events, along with a healthy dose of motivation.


3. Green Acres Boutique Retreat, @greenacresatx
"UNPLUG // a boutique retreat for artists+families+sojourners // 30 minutes east of Austin in Elgin, TX"

Besides being a super hip place to camp, Green Acres' Instagram feed is off the hook! It's full of beautiful photos of their grounds that you'd expect to see in a fancy travel magazine. I dare you to check out their feed and not want to go there immediately. I mean, they have yurts! 'Nuff said.


4. Bastrop Animal Rescue, @bastropanimalrescue
"Our mission is to save and improve the lives of animals in our community. If you see a pet you're interested in adopting, please visit our website!"

Adorable photos of cats and dogs. Need I say more?


5. Italian Cowboy, @italiancowboytx
"Italian Cowboy Food & Provisions is a kitchen boutique, specialty foods store, and purveyor of small batch baked goods in Historic Downtown Bastrop."

Their little shop on Main Street is super cool, and their Instagram feed is more of the same - bright, beautiful, and delicious! It's a perfect blend of their unique kitchen items and yummy food.

 
6. The Texas Boot Company, @texasbootcompany
"Free Shipping on All Boots. Free Return Shipping. Bastrop, Texas."

Boots, boots, and more boots! I don't think there's anything more Texas than the Texas Boot Company's Instagram feed. Yee haw!


7. Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard, @neighbors_tx
"Live tunes. Good food. Nice people. A neighborhood pizza kitchen and music venue on the Colorado River in Bastrop, TX."

Neighbor's is a hip restaurant and live music venue located in downtown Bastrop with awesome decks and a relaxing view of the Colorado River and the old iron bridge. Their Instagram feed reflects that hip yet relaxing vibe and reminds me a little bit of Gruene or Luckenbach, Texas. Scrolling through their feed is like taking a refreshing mini vacation.


8. Art Connections Gallery, @artconnectionsbastrop
"Where Art Becomes Heart - Bastrop, TX! Fine art, jewelry & gifts!"

Bastrop boasts a thriving art scene, and Art Connections Gallery's Instagram feed proves that it's true. Full of photos of their gallery and the vibrant art they carry, their feed will lift your spirits and boost your creativity.


9. Southside Market & Barbeque, @southsidebbq
"First established in 1882, Southside is proud to offer Authentic Texas BBQ from the oldest joint in the state! Come see us in Elgin or Bastrop!"

Southside's Instagram feed is the most mouth-watering feed on the list! It's full of delicious barbeque, guaranteed to make even the most devout vegetarian hungry. OK, maybe not the vegetarians, but definitely everyone else!

 
10. Downtown BastropTX, @downtownbastroptx
"The official Instagram account for Downtown Bastrop located 30 miles east of Austin, Texas."

Downtown Bastrop's Instagram feed is full of beautiful photos of Bastrop, showcasing downtown businesses and events.


11. Explore Bastrop County, @bastrop_county
"The official account for Bastrop County Tourism in the Lost Pines region of the great state of Texas. Enjoy our friendly nature!"

Explore Bastrop County's Instagram feed is full of gorgeous photos of local scenery, businesses, and events. Definitely a must-follow!


12. Elgin, TX, @visitelgintx
"Historic city located 19 miles east of Austin. Sausage Capital of Texas. Brick Capital of the Southwest. Home of the Hogeye Festival."

Visit Elgin showcases not only the local businesses and events, but also the amazing people who live there. It's awesome to see all those happy faces! And of course, there are plenty of photos of Priscilla the Pig! Soooeeey!!!


13. Lost Pines Art Bazaar, @lostpinesab
"Our small town Texas boutique curates a memorable mix of inspired goods, gifts & decor from around the world, including right here in Texas."

Everything Lost Pines Art Bazaar posts is gorgeous. Seriously, everything. It's like a cross between Pottery Barn, Pier 1 Imports, and Cost Plus World Market, except cooler because it's ours.


14. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, @hyattlostpines
"A luxurious #Texas wilderness escape between #Austin + Bastrop. Use our hashtag to be featured: #hyattlostpines."

If you ever forget how beautiful Bastrop County can be, just scroll through Hyatt Lost Pines' Instagram feed. It's full of gorgeous photos of Bastrop's slow-paced, relaxing, country living. Just be careful, because you will most definitely want to take a "staycation!"


15. Mission U-Too, @missionutoo
"We exist to feed people physically and spiritually. For us, the burger is just the tool to open the door to share the gospel of Jesus."

Mission U-Too is an amazing nonprofit organization, and looking through their Instagram feed reminds me that there is still good in the world. Seeing people helping people will help lift your spirits on days when you might need to see the good in humanity.


Honorable Mentions:


That's it, folks! Did we leave any good ones off the list? Which are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow in Bastrop County? Let us know in the comments!

April 6, 2017

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Apr 7-9, 2017)


1. First Friday Art Walk - April 7th, 5:30-8:30pm in downtown Bastrop. Art, food, shopping, live music, and more! Admission is FREE! Also, don't forget to stop by Pickin' on the Porch from 6-10pm on the porch between Larryland Music and Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard, located in the Crossing at 601 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Feel free to bring your own instrument and play along!

2. "Vintage Film Festival" - April 7th, 7-9pm & April 8th, 2-4pm & 7-9pm at the Bastrop Opera House, located at 711 Spring Street in Bastrop. Enjoy showings of the classic movies "Once Upon a Time in the West" on Friday at 7pm, ""Hearts of the West" on Saturday at 2pm, and "Shane" on Saturday at 7pm. The Vintage Film Festival is part of the month-long Yesterfest celebration at the historic Bastrop Opera House. Concessions available. Donations accepted at the door.

3. "Reflections in Silhouette" - April 7th, 7:30-9:30pm at Playhouse Smithville, located at 110 Main Street in Smithville. Annual cabaret musical production - a song, dance, and laugh-filled musical revue. $10/person.

4. Spirit of Rosanky Spring Fest - April 8th, 6am-7pm in the field behind the Wagon Wheel Gas-N-Go, located at 2987 Hwy 304 S in Rosanky. There will be a community garage sale, softball social, and more!

5. Predators of the Pines Guided Hike - April 8th, 10:00-11:30am at Bastrop State Park. Join a Master Naturalist on this moderate 1-mile hike to discover who the hunters are in the Lost Pines! Free after park entry fees. For more Bastrop State Park events, click here, and for more Buescher State Park events, click here.

6. Healthy Kids Day **FEATURED EVENT** - April 8th, 11am – 2pm at Fisherman's Park, located at Willow Street in Bastrop. Hosted by the Bastrop YMCA and the City of Bastrop, Healthy Kids Day is a fun outdoors event with games and booths with helpful information about living a healthy lifestyle. Admission is FREE!


7. Kidz Day - April 8th, 11am-3pm at Living Room Books & Gifts, located at 301 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop. Enjoy food, games, face painting, crafts. story time, and Easter Egg Hunts at 11:30am and 2:30pm. Admission is FREE!

8. Cookie Decorating with the Easter Bunny - April 8th, 1:00-2:30pm at the Sugar Shack, located at 114 Loop 150 W in Bastrop. Enjoy cookie decorating and photos with the Easter Bunny himself. Tickets are $7.00/person. Purchase tickets online here or call (512) 321-3777. Bring your own camera!


9. Spring Painting Event - April 8th, 1-3pm at the Front Room Wine Bar, located at 116 Main Street in Smithville. Join artist Amanda Eaves to create your own spring painting. Tickets are $25/person for all the supplies you need. Call 512-237-3626 for reservations.

10. The Easter Triumph Live Passion Play - April 8th, 3:00-5:30pm & 6:00-7:30pm at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1401 Cedar Street in Bastrop. The Easter Triumph is a live passion play sharing the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. More info here. Admission is FREE!


**For even MORE EVENTS in the Bastrop County area, visit our online calendar here.**

**For a list of ALL the EASTER activities going on in Bastrop County, including Egg Hunts and pictures with the Easter Bunny, 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 be the business of the month, please email info@365bastrop.com for more information. Or click here for general information about advertising with 365 Bastrop.