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Discovering Small Towns

Luling and Gonzales Big on History

Small towns in Texas find ways to go from just a spot along the road on the way to someplace else to a distinctive stop along that road.

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Social Market Places

From Mercado Central to Texas Hill Country Farmers Markets

When I was a little girl growing up in Central America, I loved going to the Mercado. I was blessed to have a Costa Rican mom and an American dad, which resulted in spending the wonder-filled days of my childhood in Costa Rica. We lived in the capital city of San Jose and its Mercado Central is huge, taking up a full city block. As a child I still remember the many colors of the fruits, vegetables, herbs and other wares and all the hustle and bustle, combined with the fear of getting lost in the crowd. I remember the smells of food cooking, coffee brewing, leather and raw meat. I remember the noises, the loud voices of vendors shouting and customers haggling over prices and usually some form of music…maybe a man playing a Marimba with a bowl set out to collect coins. Going to the Mercado was a symphony of multi-sensory delights and always an adventure for me.

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CELTIC FESTIVAL AND HIGHLAND GAMES

Celebrating Scottish Heritage and Celtic History

The stirring sound of Highland Bagpipes announced the opening of Highland Games. Members of Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums marched to the stage with precision, pipers piping and drummers drumming. It was a cool misty November day, shrouded in low, gray clouds and as the beautiful notes of the bagpipes rang out, it seemed as if you were in the midst of the Scottish countryside, breathing in the scent of heather on the hills and moors.

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Hill Country Art Talk

The beautiful landscape of the Texas Hill Country has been the subject of countless paintings and photos, drawing people to the area from all over the world.

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20th Annual Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally, May 6-8

Growing weekend event set for Luckenbach

Many riders from across the State and beyond will enjoy the Hill Country in a whole different way - astride a motorcycle - at the 20th Annual Hill Country Run motorcycle rally, which is headed to Luckenbach on May 6 – 8, 2016. This event is sponsored by the Optimist Club of Fredericksburg.

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Bandera Library Celebrates 14th Annual WILD HOG EXPLOSION

Yeah, Bandera is sort of different when it comes to events.  For such a small town, there is an event almost every moth of the year and they are always different and exceptionally exciting!  So, if you have not been to the Annual Wild Hog Explosion, well, get ready!   It’s squeals and spills at the 14th annual Wild Hog Explosion and All Bike Rally! Scheduled for the last Saturday of Spring Break on March 19th.   This is an event to write home about!  A fun filled weekend with a hilarious Wild Hog Catch, the always crowd pleasing BBQ Cook-Off and an awesome All Bike Rally! And let’s not forget about Bacon Bingo and the many craft vendors!

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