May 15, 2015

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (May 15-17, 2015)


1. Downtown Bastrop Girls Night Out – May 15th until 8pm in downtown Bastrop. Shopping, dining, and socializing! Participating shops, marked with balloons, will be open until 8pm and will host an in-store drawing for a gift certificate or other prizes.

2. Grand Opening Party for the Mansion at Colovista – May 15th, 5:30-8:00pm at ColoVista Golf Club, 100 Country Club Drive, Bastrop, TX. Enjoy a steak dinner, live music by Princeton Runaway and cash bar at one of the premier destinations in Bastrop. Pre-sale tickets $35 and $40 at the door. Call (512) 629-4585 for tickets and more information.

3. "Love, Loss & What I Wore" – May 15th-17th, 7:30pm on May 15th and 16th and 2:30pm on May 17th at Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring Street, Bastrop, TX. Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a play written by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. It is organized as a series of monologues and uses a rotating cast of five principal women. The subject matter of the monologues includes women's relationships and wardrobes and at times the interaction of the two, using the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman's life. Adult tickets $12. Seniors $10. Military $8.

4. Beto y Los Fairlaines Concert – May 15th, 8-10pm at Veteran’s Park, 109 Depot Street, Elgin, TX. Dance under the stars as friends of Elgin Parks kicks off their spring concert series with Beto y los Fairlaines. Free!

5. Relay for Life Bastrop/Smithville – May 15th-16th, 8pm-6am at Bastrop High School, 1614 Chambers Street, Bastrop, TX. Join the fight against cancer and support our local teams at this year Relay For Life event. There will be friends, fun, a raffle and more. Survivor Dinner at 6pm. Opening ceremony is at 8pm with Luminaria Ceremony at 9pm.

6. Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event – May 16th, 9am-3pm at Buescher State Park, Park Road 1-C, Smithville, TX. Families 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 license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Free after park entry fees.

7. Paws on the Patio Fundraiser – May 16th, 10am-2pm at Pockets Grille, 205 Fawcett Street, Smithville, TX. Every animal deserves a second chance. Help the shelter animals of Bastrop County get theirs.

8. Smithville Trades Day – May 16th, 10am-3pm on Main Street in Smithville.  Enjoy local vendors, music, antiques, clothing, art, home decor, arts/crafts, good ol' junk and loads of fun!

9. TAFF Invitation Skate Contest – May 16th, 11am-3pm at Smithville Recreation Center Skate Park, 106 Royston, Smithville, TX. Smithville PARD is presenting a TAAF invitational Skate Contest on Saturday, May 16. Register early for the event at the Smithville Recreation Center. Entry is $10 per person for game of skate and $10 per person for best trick competition. Or enter both events for $15. Skate competition starts at 2 p.m. with open skate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information call 512-237-3282 ext. 2320.  *Postponed until June 13th due to weather!!!

10. Red Rock Steakhouse and Saloon's Grand Opening Celebration – May 16th, 2pm-midnight at Red Rock Steakhouse and Saloon, 101 S. Lentz Street, Red Rock, TX. Live music with the Logan Tucker Band, washers tournament, kids activities, and more.

11. Smithville Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser – May 17th, 11am-3pm at Riverbend Park, FM 153, Smithville, TX. Support the local volunteer fire department while enjoying food, fun and friends! Fried chicken, sausage and sides plates are $8. Fantastic raffle featuring a home theater system.

12. Sacred Heart Catholic Church Spring Festival – May 17th, 11am-5pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rockne, TX. Lunch, kids' games, Bingo, horseshoes and washers tournaments, refreshments, 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. And for the Live Music Lowdown, click here.

Relay for Life - 2015

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. And they won't stop until we finish the fight against cancer!

 
Relay for Life Bastrop/Smithville will be held on Friday, May 15th beginning at 8pm through Saturday, May 16th at 6am. Due to weather, the event will be held at Bastrop High School, located at 1614 Chambers Street in Bastrop, TX.

CALLING ALL CANCER SURVIVORS! You're invited to attend the Relay For Life of Bastrop/Smithville Survivor Dinner being provided by Papa's Smokehouse on Friday, May 15th beginning at 6pm. Due to weather, the dinner will be held at Bastrop High School, located at 1614 Chambers Street in Bastrop, TX. Dinner is FREE for survivors and $5/person for other guests.


Everyone is welcome to come join the event whether they are a "registered" participant/survivor/caregiver or not! This is a community event, and everyone is invited to come and celebrate the survivors and remember those we have lost.

For more information, email rflbastropsville@gmail.com or visit Relay for Life Bastrop/Smithville online here. For updates, visit them on Facebook here.

May 14, 2015

Live Music Lowdown (May 14-17, 2015)

 
Thursday, May 14th
  • Seth Montgomery – 5-8pm at Elgin Local Goods, 201 N. Main Street, Elgin, TX. During Sip, Shop & Stroll.
  • Local Live Music – 5-8pm at the Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store, 106 N. Main Street, Elgin, TX. Sip and shop to live music at the Owl during Sip, Shop & Stroll.
  • Songwriter’s Serenade with Chuck Hawthorne and Libby Koch – 7-8pm at Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard, 601 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX. Come out to Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard for the second installment of the Songwriter's Serenade series hosted by Poor Lazarus. Every other Thursday or so, they bring in a few folks to share their songs, stories and whatever else moves them.
  • Karaoke – 7-11pm at La Hacienda Restaurant, 1800 Walnut Street, Bastrop, TX. Wind down the week by belting out some tunes with your friends at La Hacienda.

Friday, May 15th
  • Bob Ojeda Live – 6-9pm at Maxine’s on Main. Get the weekend started out right with local favorite, Bob Ojeda. Call (512) 303-0919 for more info. Free cover!
  • Mariachi Los Gallos – 7-9pm at El Nuevo Mexico Restaurant, 201 Childress, Bastrop, TX. Enjoy an authentic Fiesta atmosphere with Mariachi Los Gallos playing while you sip margaritas. Free cover!
  • Live Mariachis – 7-9pm at La Hacienda Restaurant, 1800 Walnut Street, Bastrop, TX.  It's a fiesta every Friday night at La Hacienda with good food, good drinks and live mariachis to chase it all down. Free cover!
  • Open Mic & Game Night – 7-10pm at the Owl Wine Bar & Home Good Store, 106 N. Main Street, Elgin, TX. Join the Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store and play Bananagrams, Apples to Apples, the Settlers of Catan and more. Bring your own game or use one of theirs. It's also their weekly open mic night when they host musicians, poets, and spoken word artists. Free cover!
  • Local Live Music – 7-11pm at the Grace Miller, 706 Pine Street, Bastrop, TX. Enjoy good food, drinks, fun, friends and live music by local musicians. Call (512) 332-2991 for more info. Free cover!
  • Beto y los Fairlaines – 8-10pm at Veteran’s Park, 109 Depot Street, Elgin, TX. Friends of Elgin Parks kicks off their spring concert series. FREE!
  • Victor Andrada – 8-10pm at Sheller’s Bar, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Lost Pines, TX. Enjoy live music, drinks, fun and friends at Shellers Bar at the Hyatt Lost Pines.
  • Karaoke – 8pm – midnight at Charlie’s Bar, 1200 NE Loop 230, Smithville, TX. Call (512)237-3382 for more information.
  • Brandi & Keith – 8pm-midnight at the Cistern Country Store, Hwy 95 at FM 2237, Flatonia, TX.
  • Glen Collins Band – 8pm-midnight at Roadhouse Paige, 147 Old Hwy 20 E, Paige, TX.
  • Karaoke – 8:30pm-1am at the American Legion Post 295, 115 Main Street, Elgin, TX. Sing in the weekend at the American Legion. Call (512) 285-6317 for more info.

Saturday, May 16th
  • Local Live Music – 11am-2pm at The Grace Miller, 706 Pine Street, Bastrop, TX. Enjoy a lazy afternoon with good food, drinks, fun and friends with local favorites providing the soundtrack. Call (512) 332-2991 for more information.
  • Fletcher Clark – 1-3pm at Olde World Bakery, 112 Main Street, Smithville, TX. Grab your friends for lunch and local favorite, Fletcher Clark.
  • Logan Tucker Band – 2pm-midnight at Red Rock Steakhouse and Saloon, 101 S. Lentz, Red Rock, TX. Grand opening celebration with live music, washers tournament, kid's activities, and more.
  • Cascade Rye – 6-9pm at Maxine’s on Main, 905 Main Street, Bastrop, TX. Wind down the week with Maxine’s and Cascade Rye. Call (512) 303-0919 for more information.
  • Local Live Music – 7-11pm at The Grace Miller, 706 Pine Street, Bastrop, TX. Call (512) 332-2991 for more information.
  • Kathy Murphy & Bill Jones – 7:30-9:30pm at the Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store, 106 N. Main Street, Elgin, TX. Head out to Elgin on Saturday night and enjoy Kathy Murray and Bill Jones as they combine their talents into a one-of-a-kind Texas roots music experience.
  • Billy Joe Shaver – 8pm-midnight at Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard, 601 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX. Spend an evening with one of the most respected living figures in American music, whose songs became country standards during the 1970s. And Johnny Cash was quoted as naming Billy Joe Shaver as his favorite songwriter! Tickets $15/person.
  • Jeff Wood – 8-10pm at Shellers Barrelhouse Bar, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Lost Pines, TX.  Enjoy live music, drinks, fun and friends at Shellers Bar at the Hyatt Lost Pines.
  • Blue Sunset Band – 8-11pm at Roadhouse Paige, 147 Old Hwy 20 E, Paige, TX.
  • Karaoke – 8pm-midnight at the American Legion Post 533, 3003 Loop 150 E, Bastrop, TX. Call (512) 321-5555 for more info.
  • Karaoke – 8:30pm-12:30am at Peggy’s Bar, 1591 TX-71, Cedar Creek, TX.
  • Karaoke – 8pm-1am at Charlie’s Bar, 1200 NE Loop 230, Smithville, TX. Call (512)237-3382 for more information.
  • JW & Company Band – 9pm-1am at Cistern Country Store, Hwy 95 at FM 2237, Flatonia, TX.

Sunday, May 17th
  • Local Live Music – 11am-3pm at The Grace Miller, 706 Pine Street, Bastrop, TX. Enjoy a lazy afternoon with good food, drinks, fun and friends with local favorites providing the soundtrack. Call (512) 332-2991 for more information.

If you have anything to add to the list, please email us here.

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.

ALLEY B LOCATIONS:
  • 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
 
CHESTNUT ST. LOCATIONS:
  • Colorado River Winery, 705 Pine Street

PINE ST. LOCATIONS:
  • Bastrop Bling Company, 707 Chestnut Street

"Sip of Sunshine" by Faye Barber

SOUTH MAIN LOCATIONS:
  • 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

NORTH MAIN LOCATIONS:
  • 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.