May 1, 2015

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (May 1-3, 2015)

1. Spring Pet Adoption Event - May 1st-2nd, 11am-9pm and May 3rd, 11am-4pm, Bastrop Animal Shelter, 589 Cool Water Drive, Bastrop, TX. Rabies clinic, microchipping, vaccines, FREE pet adoptions, bake sale, and more.

2. Steak Dinner Fundraiser – May 1st, 5-8pm, Grace Lutheran Church Activity Room, 308 Byrne St, Smithville, TX. Join the Grace Lutheran Church for a chicken fried steak dinner with all the trimmings to raise money for their learning center. Adults $9. Children 10 and under $5.

3. First Friday Art Walk – May 1st, 5:30-8pm in downtown Bastrop. Enjoy art, food, shopping, live music and more at Bastrop’s art equivalent to a pub crawl. FREE!

4. Moonlight Over the Mansion Gala – May 1st, 6:00-9:30pm at the Burleson/McClure House, 207 NE 8th Street, Smithville, TX. Join the Smithville Food Pantry for a unique evening of live music, hors d’ouevres, beverages, and silent auction at this historic mansion to help build a much needed home for the Smithville Food Pantry. Cocktail attire. Tickets $75/person.

5. Tough Mudder Central Texas - May 2nd-3rd at McMahan Ranch, 290 Old Lake Road, Smithville, TX.  Put your fortitude and endurance to the test with winding forest trails, sun-baked pastures and Tough Mudders' biggest obstacles at this year’s Tough Mudder Central Texas Competition. Event hours and participation fees vary.  If you prefer to watch the action from the sidelines, tickets are $20 until noon the day of the event and $40 at the time of the event. You may also volunteer for an event to waive the spectator fee. More info here.

6. Garage Sale for the Cure – May 2nd, 8am-2pm at the Tractor Supply Parking Lot, 441-B Hwy 71, Bastrop, TX. Support the upcoming Relay for Life event! Many teams will be represented and would like to sell you their treasures. There will also tickets on sale for the Relay for Life raffle that features amazing prizes.

7. BYFO Cheer Craft Fair - May 2nd, 9am-2pm, First Assembly of God, 609 Pecan Street, Bastrop, TX. Entry fee is $2/adult; children 12 and under are free. Raffle tickets $1 each. Bounce house tickets are $0.50 each. Concessions available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the BYFO Cheer program.

8. Vintage Motorcycle Show – May 2nd, 9am-3pm at 714 Spring Street, Bastrop, TX. Rev your engine for the best local vintage motorcycles or show off your own bike at the River Town Vintage Motorcycle show. Registration is 9-11am with awards at 3pm. FREE!

9. Wild by Nature Guided Hike – May 2nd, 10am-12pm at McKinney Roughs Nature Park. Enjoy an interpretive hike as a park naturalist brings together a unique blend of human and natural history to tell the story of the Colorado River. Discover how the river influences animal, plant and human life along its banks. Bring a picnic lunch and make it a family nature day! Weather permitting. No registration required. FREE!

10. Fiesta! Cinco de Mayo Celebration – May 2nd, 3pm-midnight, Viejo's Tacos y Tequila, 811 Main Street, Bastrop, TX. Crawfish boil, taco bar, live music, games & prizes, drink specials, and more.

*But that's not all! There's even more fun to be had this weekend in Bastrop County! For even more events, visit our interactive online calendar here.

First Friday Art Walk (May 1, 2015)

The First Friday Art Walk is a monthly event held in downtown Bastrop on the first Friday of every month to celebrate Bastrop's thriving art scene.

This month, First Friday will be held on May 1st, from 5:30-8:30pm.

Many downtown businesses, restaurants, and shops will stay open late, and there will be refreshments, live music and entertainment, and beautiful local artwork throughout historically hip downtown Bastrop.

  • Lost Pines Art Bazaar, 603 Chestnut Street; Event: Sip champagne and enjoy 15% off all jewelry
  • Eclectic Perfection, 601-D Chestnut Street; Artist: Komal; Music: Wynn Taylor, Cascade Rye & Ace Grant
"Swan Song" by Komal
  • Colorado River Winery, 705 Pine Street

  • Bastrop Bling Company, 707 Chestnut Street

"Sip of Sunshine" by Faye Barber

  • Bastrop Fine Arts Guild, 815 Main Street; Artist: Faye Barber
  • Art Connections Gallery, 908 Main Street; Artist: Leslie Friedman and arts dolls by Sally Stevenson; Music: Faire to Middlin'
  • “Oh Wow” & Barbara’s Corner, 920 Main Street; Artist: Denise Rodgers
  • High Cotton, 922 Main Street; Event: Meet author Lael R. Neil and celebrate Uno de Mayo with themed snacks and drinks
  • Bastrop Picture Frame Emporium, 926 Main Street; Artist: Melanie Shaw
  • Cripple Creek and Company, 928 Main Street; Artist: Carla Stephenson

"Heart of a Leo" by Faye Barber

  • R.A. Green Mercantile, 1022 Main Street; Artist: Jan Knight; Event: Teapot Show (ceramics)
  • Liberty Glenn, 1011 Main Street
"Woodfired Teapot" by Jan Knight

Need childcare? The First United Methodist Church of Bastrop has you covered! They're offering childcare for ages 0-7 from 6-10pm on Friday, Mar. 6th in the church basement. The church is located at 1201 Main Street. The cost is $15 for the first child, $5 for the second child, and FREE for each additional sibling. Dinner is provided. Reservations are required; no walk-ins. RSVP at (512) 321-2201.

April 24, 2015

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Apr 24-26, 2015)

1. Yesterfest – Aril 24th, 7-9pm and April 25th, 10am-6pm in Historic Downtown Bastrop. Celebrate Bastrop's colorful history with live music, dancing, historic reenactments (including a Wild West gun fight), pioneer life showcases, storytelling, family, friends, fun and more! 7-9pm April 24th and 10am-6pm April 25th. FREE!

2. "Inherit the Wind" – April 24th & 25th at 7:30pm and April 26th at 2pm at Playhouse Smithville, 110 Main Street, Smithville, TX. Inherit the Wind debuted in 1955 and is a fictionalized retelling of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial, but the play was intended to cause discussion about the then-contemporary McCarthy trials. Tickets $10.

3. Community Garden Play Day – April 25th, 8am-12pm at the Bastrop YMCA's community garden, located at 1111 Main Street, Bastrop, TX. Come volunteer to help tend the garden!

4. Elgin City Employee Garage Sale – April 25th, 9am-12pm at the Elgin Public Library, 404 North Main Street, Elgin, TX. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

5. 6th Annual Bun Run for the Cure – April 25th, 9am-12pm at 902 Wilkes Street, Smithville, TX. Get your buns in gear to fight breast cancer, raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and have fun in this 5k/10k  family run/walk! After crossing the pink finish line, stay for the AFTER PARTY at Pocket's Grille! There will be fruit, water, mimosas, a silent/live auctions, Cuppy Cakes, nail art and polish changes, massage tables, face painting, a prayer net, awards ceremony, educational resources from Komen Austin, and live music! 512-304-8171.

6. "Who Killed William Gamble Griffon?" – April 25th, 7pm at the Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring Street, Bastrop, TX.  Enjoy a night of fine food, murder and intrigue when the Bastrop County Bar Association presents "Who Killed William Gamble Griffon?" While Haywood Batey was indicted for the murder of William Gamble Griffon on Christmas Day, 1883. But, did Batey actually commit the murder? If so, was it justifiable? The evidence will be presented, and the audience will be the jury. 7pm dinner followed by a 8pm performance. Tickets $75. There is also a matinee performance on Sunday, April 26th at 2:30pm for $15. No meal will be included with the matinee.

7. Backyard Bass – April 25th, 2:30-3:30pm at Bastrop State Park, Swimming Pool Parking Lot, 3005 Texas 21, Bastrop, TX. Join a ranger at the swimming pool parking lot to practice your casting, learn how to identify fish and understand fishing regulations. Poles provided. Great for kids and adults alike. Free after park entry fees.

8. Owl Prowl – April 25th, 8-9pm at Bastrop State Park, 3005 Texas 21, Bastrop, TX. Find out who's who in the world of nighttime predators. Just be sure bring a flashlight! Starts at the Copperas Creek Picnic Shelter. Free after park entry fees.

9. SerenityStar Annual Sunday Brunch Fundraiser – April 26th, 11am-2pm, at the Comfort CafĂ©, 111 NW 1st St, Smithville, TX 78957. Help the Serenity Star Recovery Center as you enjoy a buffet, a silent auction that promises to be the best yet and live music! Tickets $35. Tickets available at door or call Teri at (512) 321-8336.

10. Valery Guignon Trunk Show – April 26th, 12-4pm at Art Connections Gallery, 908 Main Street, Bastrop, TX. Shop Valery's wearable art of hand dyed & painted silk tops, scarves, kimonos & more!

*But that's not all! There's even more fun to be had this weekend in Bastrop County! For even more events, visit our interactive online calendar here.

April 18, 2015

Wildlife Extravaganza - 2015

Wildlife Extravaganza!!! Saturday, April 18th, 1-8pm at Riverbend Park in Smithville. Live & silent auctions, BBQ dinner, archery, horseshoes, Wii hunting games, nature trail, Feral Hog Bounty Awards, photo contest, bounce houses, face painting, vendors, exhibits, and so much MORE!

April 17, 2015

Elgin Art Studio Tour - 2015

The Elgin Art Studio Tour will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 10am-6pm in downtown Elgin, featuring local and area artists showcasing their works of art. Artists such as Barry Perez, Elizabeth Sullivan, and Erin & Tiger Flores, among others, will demonstrate their crafts throughout the day - from jewelry fabricating, needle felting, and water color painting to blacksmithing, metal sculpture forging, and more!

Barry Perez, a local jeweler and metal smith, is the primary force behind organizing the Elgin Art Studio Tour, as well as the Studio 621 Show on the first Saturday every December. He spends countless hours contacting artists and ensures that a great variety of high quality work will be shared with the community. His work uses a variety of stones, found objects, sterling silver, and gold and has been recognized with many awards over the years.

Jewelry by Barry Perez

Elizabeth Sullivan has been recognized across the country as a skilled and gifted artist in a number of media, including sculpture, murals, commercial graphics, and her specialty, watercolors.  Many of her outdoor murals grace the sides of barns across the Midwest countryside, which were featured in "This Old Barn," a book about barn paintings.

"Horse in the Wind" by Elizabeth Sullivan
Erin & Tiger Flores run Earthen Metals, a metal-smithing business creating everything from life size dragons to distinctive gates and railings. They are featured blacksmiths at Sherwood Forest Faire. They also offer classes!

Tiger & Erin Flores

Each venue will have maps outlining the locations featured on the tour. Here's the line-up of studios and artists...

Studio 621
621 Lexington Road
  • Barry Perez - Jewelry
  • Bonnie Groves - Mixed Media
  • Mary Glover - Painting

Earthen Metals
202 E 1st Street
  • Erin & Tiger Flores - Ornamental Metalwork
  • Travis Seeger - Metal Sculpture
  • Susie Hettleman - Jewelry & Mixed Media

Ellen Hinds Studio
143 Ginsel Lane
  • Ellen Hinds - Found Metal Sculpture
  • Lee Charlton - Handspun Yarns and Needle Felting
  • Clementine & Co. - Elegant Handcrafted Jewelry
  • Leaha Jones - Floral and Feather Fascinators
  • Brian Watkins - Reclaimed/ Recycled Functional Art

Elgin Local Goods
201 N Main Street
  • Elizabeth Sullivan - Painting
  • Darcy Schneider - Watercolor

Elgin Arts Association
107 N Main Street
  • Pearls of Youth Art Show
  • Jan Knight - Ceramic Art
  • Sheryl Dietrich - Fiber Art
  • Sandi Hardi - Oil & Pastel
The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods
106 N Main Street
  • Nancy Lou Webster – Treenware
  • Gary Leudcke – Photography  

In conjunction with the Elgin Art Studio Tour, you can also enjoy the Pearls of Youth Art Show and the Lose Star Car Club Cruise-in!

The Pearls of Youth Art Show is hosted by the Elgin Arts Association to support young artists in the community. The art will be showcased at 107 N. Main Street on Apr. 18th and 19th from 10am-6pm with a reception at 2pm on Sunday.  The Elgin Arts Association awards "The Pearls Art Scholarship" at this event to an Elgin area graduating senior who plans to continue studies in the arts. A number of adult artists' work will also be on display during the art show.

The Lone Star Car Club Cruise-in will take place in the Depot Museum parking lot, located at 14 Depot Street, from 10am-2pm. Enjoy a great variety of cars and visit with the owners!

For more information about the Elgin Art Tour, visit or check out the City of Elgin - Mayor's Office on Facebook here.