The Hill Country of Texas is a very special place. It is beautiful, but in a purely Texas kind of way. The Hill Country is full of swimming holes, caves, cypress trees, oaks and lazy rivers. You’ll see beautiful wildlife, winding roads, and Texas wineries. Kayaking, tubing and floating are always summertime options. There are endless things to do in the beautiful Texas Hill Country![Read more…] about Photo Friday takes us to The Hill Country of Texas
Here are three upcoming summer events in Dallas. Dallas is a city that always has something exciting going on! Whether you’re a foodie, art lover, or fan of
community celebrations and live music, there’s an event happening in the area that will make your
summer all the more pleasant. From
margaritas to orchestra accompanied movies, there’s truly a bit of something for everybody to enjoy. For
an easy transportation rental that eliminates the need to find parking or navigate traffic, head over to Party Bus Dallas!
Marvel Universe Live
at American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Avenue
If you have a child that’s a fan of the the Marvel movies and comics, this is the perfect event to take them
to! This show is action packed to say the least. Over 25 Marvel characters will be in attendance including
Spider Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. They have one quest to
defeat the Marvel villains! There will be face painting and a lot of fun merchandise being sold by
vendors. It will be a night to remember for all who attend!
Dallas Margarita Festival
at Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ
1950 Market Center Boulevard
The Dallas Margarita Festival is an extremely promising event for those who enjoy this tangy tequila
beverage. The ticket price comes with a margarita sampling card and voting chip. You’ll get to try over 15
margaritas from bars around the city, and vote for your favorite. A portion of the proceeds benefit charity,
so it’s a good event to support. There will be live music, raffles, food trucks, and of course, a ferris wheel!
at Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora Street
This event celebrates the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park! You’ll be able to watch a screening of the
classic movie with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra playing the score. You’ve never experienced the
movie quite like this. If you miss the show on August 31, don’t worry, there is a second showing the
Here comes Georgetown Wine and Music Festival! I had a ball last year attending the Georgetown Wine and Music Festival. This year the event will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2018 Noon to 7 p.m. Be sure to put it on your calendar!
Here is my post from last year’s festival, hoping this will prompt you to head to Georgetown! Just click YOU SHOULD EXPERIENCE GEORGETOWN AND THE WINE FESTIVAL!
Are you aware there are 10 places where you can go bat-shit crazy in the Lone Star State? Particularly in the Hill Country! Yep, the state of Texas is batty about bats! Texans love watching bats emerge in the evenings and they will travel to do it. Most particularly, Texas is crazy about the Mexican Free-tailed Bat who migrates to many parts of the state beginning in March every year. These cool bats spend their winters in Mexico and summers in Texas. Sounds kind of nice, don’t you think? So, why does Texas, or anyone for that matter, care about bat populations, you want to know? Well, the answer is quite simple: bats are a very necessary part of our ecosystem. Throughout history people have viewed bats in a negative fashion, but the fact is that they are a positive force in nature and in farming, for many reasons. They eat a lot of our most detested and bothersome insects such as mosquitoes, they pollinate many plant and tree species, and even their guano (waste) can be mined and used as a very valuable fertilizer. Farmers, especially those in Texas, encourage bats to forage on their lands nightly. Mexican Free-Tailed Bats love eating moths, and moths love to eat corn, cotton, pecans and sorghum from the fields. Did you know that moths can lay 1,000 eggs? Imagine the tons of moths eaten by bats, lowering the number of these pests eating crops. Studies have found that bats save millions of dollars in pesticide costs for farmers all over the United States, and that is good for humans and the economy as well. Texas Hill Country is a bat mecca! [Read more…] about 10 Places You Can Go Bat-Shit Crazy in Texas Hill Country!
A visit to the Gruene Historic District is an absolute MUST when visiting New Braunfels. It is a quaint area with entertainment, shopping, and eating, and what’s better than that? On my visit to New Braunfels I so enjoyed my visit to Gruene with Judy from In New Braunfels. Here is how I heard the story: in the 1840s a German named Ernst Gruene (pronounced Green) decided to immigrate to start a new life. His fiance was not too crazy about the idea and refused to go. Ernst saw a young woman hanging laundry while walking through his village in Germany, and asked her to marry him and move to America. She said yes. And so they came to New Braunfels in 1845, bought land downriver from the settlement, and ended up building a family, a town, a prosperous cotton business, and his wife, Antoinette, undoubtedly ruled the roost.
While visiting the town I really enjoyed seeing photos of the family. Gruene’s history and historic buildings are a lovely place to wander. There is the Gruene Mansion (now an Inn), the Gruene Dance Hall where music is still played every night and Texans can dance to their heart’s content, a general store, more homes, inns, etc. The district is on the national historic register, and everything is kept up beautifully. Right on the river, one can eat, do wine tasting, shop, and dance. Gruene is a very German, but also very Texan, town. I loved it and can’t wait to go back when I have plenty of leisure time to spend the entire day there. Definitely weekend worthy, folks!
Stroll through Downtown New Braunfels! On a recent visit to New Braunfels, Texas, between San Antonio and Austin, I took a Saturday morning stroll with Jan Kingsbury of SPASS Walking Tours. Jan has lived in New Braunfels for most of her life, and knows the city very well indeed! I was fascinated by the history and color of the town. Let’s start our walk at the Farmers Market, open every Saturday!
I hope you will visit New Braunfels soon and discover its German, and Texan, charm for yourself!
Thank you to IN NEW BRAUNFELS FOR HOSTING ME!