News from the Kerrville Folk Festival
by Dalis Allen
Bella Luz, Where Light Meets Beauty by Flora Appplewhite
Under The Hat by Gordon Ames
The Rockbox by Greg Forest
The Utopia Music Festival by Kelli Rhodes
On The Road with Kathleen Hudson
Big G's Texas Roadshow with Gordon Ames
The River's Edge Gallery by Greg Forest
Luckenbach Licks by Abbey
The Bandera Beat by Karyn Lyn
Out and About the Hill Country by Martha Cammack
A Walk Down Memory Lane with The Boneman
When I was asked to write an article for this months edition of Hill Country Happenings there were a lot of things that ran thru my mind as to where to start. So I figured the best way to write would be a bit about myself, a portion about Rev FM and also about the show, Boneman in the afternoon. After all it’s about getting to know you in the community, and what better way than you getting to know a little about me. I am proud to be a part of the local community, and not some voice that’s piped in from Dallas or New York, etc. like a lot of the other stations here have. I’ve been living in the Texas Hill Country going on 3 years and have to say it’s been a very enjoyable experience. Lets get down to it shall we. I’ve pretty much been a “radio rat” for over 31 years. Have seen lots of changes in the business. I started out in radio when I was 15 years old in Comanche, Texas on KCOM, and a 250-watt daytime AM station. Did everything from being a disc jockey, to news, to play by play, to traffic director, to sales, to engineer. Whatever needed done I was the first in line to learn the ropes.
I fell in love with the business fast. How it came about was no accident though. My dad was in radio, years before I was ever born. Of course this was in the days when a lot of programming on the radio was live, therefore my dad had a band and played in a lot of dance halls as well as a lot of performing with live programs on the radio in addition to being a barber by trade. After I became old enough my dad was still dabbling around in the music and radio business, and therefore restarted a small band after I learned how to play the piano, guitar, and bass guitar.
I had a natural talent for music and learned all of those instruments playing by ear. In addition to playing for local events, we then also wound up with a 30-minute radio show on Sunday afternoon on KCOM about 4 years before I ever became a disc jockey on the station. It was at that point I realized that radio was a business I wanted to be in. I built myself a small studio in the back of my dad’s barber shop and had the sound coming out of a radio that was in the waiting room of the shop in which after school I would go to the local station pick up old teletype news to read, go to my little studio and start reading news and commercials in between songs I would play off of a record player and 8 track tapes that would be heard thru the radio inside the shop.
At 15 years old when I was old enough to legally hold what was then called a 3rd class radiotelephone license, which was required in those days radio, I then studied for a few months, went to Texas Tech in Lubbock to take the test for the license. From that point the rest is history. I unlike most; started out full time at KCOM simply due to the fact I had already practiced for about 3 years prior to that at my little studio. I didn’t stay in Comanche too long after that. At 18 I landed a full time job in Lubbock at KEND. Spent a good many years at the station working my way up from overnights to doing afternoons and being Assistant PD and Music Director. Wound up working at several other stations there including legendary KLLL where Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings and others had cut their teeth. Before I left Lubbock, I spent some time at KFMX an AOR (album rock) station where I learned a lot about the music that we play today on REV FM. Also did crazy things like let a bunch of Texas Tech fraternity students shave my head on live TV to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy and filled up a water bed mattress with water until it was a round ball, then crashed into it with my pickup truck just to draw people to a remote that no one was showing up to. Made it on the 10 o’clock news though. But staying in radio didn’t come easy. The money was all right but not enough to raise a family. So to be able to stay in the profession that I love there were many sacrifices that came along with it. Which meant working additional jobs, anything from driving a school bus, to installing the huge satellite dishes to even managing about 10 duplex apartments. And one that I still do is mobile D.J. work. But hey it fed the family and still let me pursue what I loved best and that was radio. I then moved to and spent quite a few years in Midland/Odessa where I worked at rock station KBAT.
I was Program Director and Music Director at a couple of country stations while in the market. Tried living in Arkansas. Only lasted 7 months before I headed back to Texas. Later on I spent 9 months in Sacramento, California; again before heading back to Texas, this time to San Antonio. Spent 2 years there before moving to Kerrville. Several times in between including the gig in San Antonio, I got tired of working for corporate radio conglomerates where you are just a number. That’s when I found the job at Rev FM and started working here as the Chief Engineer. At many of the stations where I was on air and was program and music director I was also the chief engineer. It was a great way to earn more money. Even then I still dabbled around in the programming side of radio that I had been out of for about 4 years doing production voice work for other radio stations around Texas and in Nevada. That’s when there was talk about changing the format to classic rock at REV FM. I then seen an opportunity to get back into the programming side of radio that I missed dearly. After some begging I was appointed to become Program Director and Music Director of the station. This was a great opportunity and dream come true for me because I had a full staff to work with unlike other radio stations even in major markets who have very limited staffs, a trend that has emerged in the last 5 years or so with the corporate conglomerates and even the small mom & pop radio stations. I then proceeded to program and structure the radio station like a major market radio station with a very professional sound but still with a hometown flair.
That hometown flair is; we still
interview the mayor, the local policeman, fireman or help
the Lions Club fundraiser with public service announcements
and interviews as well as raise awareness for the Freeman
Fritz animal shelter and many others in between. We even
broadcast the Tivy high school football games on Friday
With my show, Boneman in the Afternoon I keep it moving along with great classic rock, inter twined with news about your favorite rock bands and stars, human interest stories, breaking news & weather stories and of course events that are happening right here in the Hill Country. And just to add some fun so you can laugh at other people’s stupid criminal mistakes, there is the ever popular or what I like to call the ever-famous Boneman’s Bonehead of the Day heard every afternoon at 4:20. We keep you up to date with the ever changing Texas Hill Country weather and local rainfall reports from you with the Afternoon Weather Wrap heard every afternoon at 5:40 with Kerrville’s favorite son; Meteorologist Cary Burgess whom we affectionately call Dr. Doppler. What’s even more ironic is Cary and I crossed paths and didn’t even know it with our time spent in Lubbock.
If you’re looking for a great video to
rent or a fine place to dine, Our 7 to midnight dude, Danny
D. stops in on the show on Tuesday’s at 5:20 to check on
what’s in the Video Vault with his review of new DVD
releases as well as fine dining reviews from local eateries
when Danny heads “Out To Lunch” heard Friday’s at 5:20. If
you’re headed to the movie theatre for the weekend to take
in a flick, I let you know what’s opening at the local
theatre with Boneman’s Box Office heard Thursdays at 5:20.
Or if you just want to know what on the tube for the evening
I offer Boneman’s TV picks tonight everyday at 6:20.
I look forward to meeting you soon. When I do, you never know I may have $250 bucks to give to you if you have a REV window sticker on your ride. In the meantime pass the word along to check out Boneman in the Afternoon weekdays from 3 to 7 on Classic Rock 94-3 REV FM.
We had quite a time at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference (SWRFA)! Attendance was up just a bit but still allowed for getting to know everybody there. Big thanks to all who attended from the Hill Country….. The panels and seminars were full every day (8 different topics, 4 per day) and the performances stellar each and every one. We have Official Showcases which artists submit for in advance and open mics and in-room showcases; lots of opportunities to share and listen to music. The rain did not stop the fun of open mic by the pool on Thursday. We moved inside and had a packed room all evening. The dates for next year are (75% confirmed) September 30 - October 3, 2010 at the Radisson Austin North. Stayed tuned to www.swrfa.com for further details.
The Kerrville Folk Festival and the Wine & Music Festival celebrate songwriters and the art of writing. As the Producer of these events I go out to hear a lot of music here in the Hill Country, all around Texas and our whole country. Very seldom does an artist appear on our stages that I have not heard live. The Folk Alliance International is a huge music business organization which hosts its main Conference in Memphis in February (February 18 - 21, 2010) with about 2000 attendees. The other 4 regions host Conferences like the SW one I coordinate (mentioned above). Go to www.folk.org for information on all of these events. These are great places to showcase your music to get heard and some of the places where I become aware of new artists. Conferences, House Concerts, Coffeehouses, Theaters, anywhere live music is being played are the places to find the kind of music all year long that you can hear at the Kerrville Music Festivals during the months of May/June and September. I am very fortunate to have work that is also my passion.
Tuesdays at the Tin Roof in Boerne Dave Maisano broadcasts live to an audience of 5000 or more listeners on his internet Program called ‘Radio Free Texas’. Luckenbach and Kerrville Festivals along with Shiner beer are sponsors of this programming. You can join us at 8PM at the Tin Roof or just listen in at www.radiofreetexas.org
dates for the 2010 Kerrville Folk Festival are May 27 - June
13. We will be doing some KERRVILLE ON THE ROAD tours to
promote the Festival beginning in February continuing into
May. Not so long to wait to see all of our friends around
the country and hear the artists that will be coming to
Kerrville. So far it looks good for Nashville, Los Angeles,
Memphis, Boston, Chicago and of course Austin, Houston,
Dallas, Ft Worth and San Antonio.
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with Gordon Ames
Interview with Ted Nugent
This month, just in time for the
beginning of hunting season, we visit with the Motor City
Madman, Ted Nugent. I recently spent an afternoon finding
out who this guy is. From politics, to hunting, to music and
gear, he talked. Passionately. Read on.
It is something of a show business cliché that when you hear the term, "A fast-paced Vegas-style show," it usually describes an act that isn’t either.
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It is something of a show business
cliché that when you hear the term, “A fast-paced
Vegas-style show,” it usually describes an act that isn’t
Like many small hill country towns, Utopia, Texas follows the tradition of luring motorcycle enthusiasts, hunters, bicyclists, and tourists to its winding roads with its premier scenic value. Utopia sits quietly in between the gently tousling landscape of South Texas, but on October 17, the first ever Utopiafest will surely animate the town. The music festival will be held a short 6 miles northwest of Utopia, at the Four Sisters Ranch, and a bit of melody will be brought to the harmony of the hill country. The festival’s creator, Travis Sutherland, will feature 10 bands, and the music will play from noon into the late hours of the night.
Highlighting the list of performers is Tom Freund of Venice, California, who is a well-known singer and songwriter just returning from a tour of Europe where he was well-received as he shared the distinctive and engaging songs from his new album "Collapsible Plans". This album was produced by Ben Harper and features piano contributions from Jackson Browne. Freund performs heartfelt folk, pop, rock and roll, jazz and beyond and plays most of the stringed instruments as well as some piano on his albums.
Also, hailing from Lubbock, Thrift Store Cowboys, will add their own depth and richness to the line up. Their intricately layered Americana and alternative country has a certain dark subtly of tone, and the band’s succinct chemistry is making them a household name. Fellow Lubbock group, One Wolf, from singer-songwriter Daniel Markham, will pull you into the sway of his alt country-rock sound with the haunting smoky undertones of his songs. Other Texas locals include Bobby Bookout, who will bring his own genre-defying Austin sound, and Halley Anna of San Marcos, contributing her own delicately portrayed blend of country and folk with her sincere lyrics and melody. The band Union Specific will deliver the feel good sound of the days of classic rock with their catchy guitar lines and story-driven lyrics. While Union Specific will take us back to the days of old, so will Cellus and Loose Grip, as they provide the up-tempo soul soundtrack for dancing. The fire of their energy-driven blues, funk and soul will heat up the night, and the band Soul Track Mind will follow in the same vein with their painfully heartfelt vocals and the epic sound of their 6 piece band.
Extending the range of musical diversity is Digital Antique, who offer a true musical journey, with their captivating progressive instrumental compositions. The band Spivey completes this diverse and highly entertaining collection of performers, as their psychedelic rock thunders with crescendoing guitar licks and experimental ambient sounds.
The festival’s location, the Four Sisters Ranch, has been a historic and greatly cherished part of Sutherland’s family. After high school, Sutherland moved from the town to pursue his degree at Texas State University, yet he always kept the ranch in mind. "The seeds for the idea were planted when I left Utopia. I realized I had taken for granted the privilege of having that total freedom of wandering the land. I also realized that outside of the bands that played the Rodeo, I never had much exposure to live music. The festival would be a way to not only share quality music with the local people, but share the Utopia area with visitors." Sutherland said.
Sutherland’s efforts to get the festival in order, has been quite the task. He has been responsible for all aspects of its organization from booking the bands, to designing the website, down to obtaining the port-a potties. Sutherland has made a call to arms to not only his friends and fellow musicians, but through social networking sites such as Myspace and Facebook. "The word is spreading, and people are going to be blown away," Sutherland said.
Music Lovers can participate in this new and exciting event by purchasing their tickets online at www.utopiafestival.com. The tickets are $32 a ticket, and will also be sold at a group rate of 4 for $100. For $10 a vehicle, primitive camping will be available with no running water or electricity. A concession stand will be offered to keep the crowd appeased with refreshments and food. Remember to bring your lawn chairs, flashlights and an appetite for a good time to this very special day of music in the hills.
Heading into my Libra birthday month! On October 2 I’ll be asking myself, "Do I really feel one year older?" The road to this moment has been filled with stories and songs, for sure. The Kerrville Wine and Music Festival gave me some new joy this month when Friday, September 4, I sat entranced by the music of Chip Dolan and Marvin Dykhuis, two men I first heard as side-men with Tish Hinojosa. This special performance in Kerrville showcased the talent of both men, talent that had been lauded in the Texas music scene for many years. And now a special CD features this talent. They showed up later in the evening supporting the performance by Karen Abrahams, one that rocked! Karen, holding a special place in my oral history on the women of Texas music, is back on the road after a couple of years taking care of her father. And she announced, "I am glad to be back!" The audience welcomed her, and she ended the evening with her own version of "White Rabbit," with Chip and Marvin taking us higher than Jefferson Airplane ever did!
I also enjoyed Los Texmaniacs, who sang from their latest album, "Borders and Bailes," and brought the authentic Conjunto sound to the Kerrville stage. Exciting, interesting, and a visual delight! This group went to Iraq to entertain our troops this fall and also participated in the Living History Day on September 25. Max Baca and David Farias also perform as a duo. Check them out!
The Coffeehouse at Schreiner on October 7 will celebrate Texas Music Month, featuring The McKay Brothers with special guest Brennen Leigh. I brought the McKay Brothers, from Bandera, to Schreiner years ago when they were about 15 years old as part of a forum on creativity. At that time, Noel put his guitar behind his head and played a lead. Those days may be over, but the albums they have produced capture the distinct sound of Texas music. I remember introducing them to Guy Clark once. He was impressed!
Brennen has also played the coffeehouse before and the tribute to Jimmie Rodgers. Her voice alone will move the house. I first heard her singing a song about Jimmie at the now defunct "Java Pump." Those were the days when many gathered to just listen to stories and songs…and drink lots of coffee. A colorful Mexican café now adorns this corner on Water Street.
I am going to use my column space this month to share some visual moments, my photos in the field, as I tracked down the music of Texas. My current interest for research and writing is on the songs of Texas music….or perhaps the songs of American music. November 13 I speak at Angelo State at the American Studies Conference. The theme for this academic conference is "The Beat Goes On," and I love speaking and dancing to that beat! November 5 I’ll be at the El Paso Museum of History speaking on the music of Texas. What fun! Our November 4 coffeehouse features Patrice Vonne, and she will also speak to my American Ethnic Literature class at 3:50. Her heritage is rich, including some Cherokee. And we will pay tribute to American Indian heritage at this coffeehouse. Ils Sont Partis…and enjoy the photos! KH
"Country on the Rocks" is the tag line for Big G’s Texas Roadshow, heard locally every night at midnight on KOOK 93.5 FM and on the web at www.revfmradio.com. Many people do not know that I simultaneously host Big G’s Texas Rockshow Wed-Sun. mornings at midnight on sister station KRVL 94.3
The formatting of the Roadshow is fairly wide open, and I get to dredge up stuff you may not have heard in years, and I mine gems from the best of the new stuff out there, regardless of genre. As long as it fits, I’ll play it. Is there anyone else around here playing The Black Keys? How about Glambilly? See what I mean?
The Rockshow on the other hand, is a much more conforming format, Classic Rock. With the genre spanning the later ‘60’s thru the mid ‘80’s, I prefer to load it up with less hair, and more guts. And, simply based on the actuarial charts, and geography, I rarely get the opportunity to interview the players in this most favored genre.
The Roadshow, with its wide-sweeping taste, offers many opportunities to sit down with, and get to know many of the performers, as well as the people who, like me, dig great music. Recently, I had the pleasure to have "Rebel" Rod Ames, no relation that we know of, in for an hour or so live. Rod is the entertainment editor of www.rexasstartribune.com, an online offering of many great things Texas. He brought some of his favorite cds and we "swapped" tunes on the show.
The last several weeks have also brought some great "live" performances to The Roadshow. John Evans took a much needed rest from his busy touring and recording schedule to hang out in our neck of the woods and fish for a few days. He ended up hanging out almost all night, playing his guitar and previewing cuts from his new cd "Lollygaggin’". OutlawMagazine.com big wheel and recording artist Brigette London showed up one Friday night and played several songs with her trusty guitar at hand and spoke with wisdom of someone of far greater years, and as someone who’d traveled a great many roads in life. The aforementioned Glambilly came in prior to a gig at Southway Pub and did an hour, full band, which I promptly edited and played a few nights later, in it’s entirety. Brian Ashley Jones and Tisha Simmerall came by the night before they opened the Kerrville Wine and Music Festival recently. You gotta love a gal that plays, and totes, her own upright bass….Of course, The Flamin’ Hellcats stop by from time to time. I’ve had various call-ins; live on the air, from such guys as Hank III, Billy Bob Thornton, Lucky Tubb, Casey Berry, Frank Lee Sprague, and George Thorogood even, promoting his new album. Of course who can forget Ronnie Leatherman, noted local bassman and member of The Thirteenth Floor Elevators. This month in Under the Hat, I get to hang out with Booka Michel, a name many of you will recognize.
So you see, two entirely different shows, both cool in their own right. Classic Rock is here to stay, it will never die. Thankfully. There is just too much of it that strikes us boomers, X’ers and Y’ers. Plus, I just see that they aren’t making any more of it. Tune in to 94.3 KRVL to get your fix. And if you are looking for a little change of pace, some "Country on the Rocks" if you will, slide down the dial to 93.5 KOOK midnights. Surely, between the two, you will find something you dig. I know I do.
Until next month, adios y’all!
It had been awhile since I dropped by to visit Debbie and Michael at the River’s Edge Gallery. Earlier they had printed out one of my better photographic images in their gorgeous giclée format. I gave it to a friend as a present and it looked so good that when my friend went to get it framed, people in the store were asking if they could buy prints!
The gallery has not been resting on their laurels in months past. There has been major behind-the-scenes updating going on and they now have some of the coolest art technology I’ve ever seen.
It is hard to get just the colors you want when you are matting and framing a photo or piece of art. Your options of frames and mattes are many and eyeballing each option can be time consuming and tedious. Enter the new equipment at River’s Edge.
Debbie showed me an innovative way of making these choices a breeze. You lay your artwork or photo down on a table and above the table a digital camera takes a multi-megapixel photo of your art. The software then flys this image into framing layout software. From there you can try different frame styles, materials and colors. You can choose the size and color of your matte or mattes and before your very eyes you can see what the framed piece will look like. Need a darker tone on the matte? Not a problem Debbie selects colors and frame styles until you get exactly what you are looking for. The mattes don’t have to be plain ordinary squares and rectangles either - any geometric pattern can be replicated and the matte cuts can even be done by hand.
When you and the computer are in agreement as to the design of your frame and matte, Debbie loads the matte material onto a robotic cutting board, clicks her mouse button and the robotic razor cuts every matte perfectly.
Mike has been busy in his backroom lab too. He has upgraded the computer system and is delighted at the speed with which he can now render and print images. When you have a printer that size, the image files you feed to it are huge and Mike has enough computing power and RAM memory to launch the space shuttle. Using the new Adobe CS4 suite, Mike is performing magic in photo restoration, art overlays and everything artistic you can imagine coming from a team out of a screaming computer and an incredibly talented human.
Debbie and Michael live and breathe art. It is not just a business to them and they are working on a new project everytime I see them. One of my favorite processes that I have seen at the gallery is when they print out a huge photo and then hand paint over it. It is an incredible twist on photo realism and would look great on the wall of any contemporary home.
The River’s Edge Gallery is not just an art gallery and framing shop - it is a meeting place for artists and art affectianados - I haven’t been there yet when there wasn’t an artist or two swapping tricks and stories in the store. For patrons of the arts, this is a great way to rub elbows with the talented folks that create these beautiful pieces. Right on Water Street downtown, drop by the gallery soon and see the marriage of art, talent and technology.
River’s Edge Gallery
Population 3 to 1868 in one day!
If you haven’t heard, Luckenbach Texas and the Welcome Home Project gathered 1868 guitar players together on August 23rd and broke the Guinness World Record for the largest Guitar Ensemble in history! The previous record was held by the Germans with 1802 players. It was a glorious day for Luckenbach Texas. Folks came from all over the great State of Texas. There were even a few folks from Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Kansas and Canada.
The 100 degree temperature didn’t seem to matter, we were on a mission and we accomplished our goal. Several times I was chilled to the bone. The view from the stage was a sea of white shirts and guitars and smiling faces. I still get chills when I think about the vibe that was in the air that day; the tears of joy, the sense of community and just the awesomeness of it all. Congratulations to everyone who came out and played with us that day. We are all World Record guitar players!
Live music and outrageous events are definitely at home in Luckenbach. This fall we are embarking on yet another "first of its’ kind" event in Texas - Doug Moreland’s Texas Chainsaw Roundup and Ring of Fire Bike Race. The event will be held Oct 30-31st. Doug Moreland is a Texas musician who has a LARGE sense of humor and a somewhat curious hobby/side business – chainsaw carving. He has assembled the top 10 carvers from across the country to come to Luckenbach and demonstrate this art form. The carvers will set up mid week and do a series of quick carves and one masterpiece carve which will be auctioned off on Saturday, October 31st. Live music will definitely be part of the fun. 1100 Springs will provide the Friday night dance. Saturday afternoon brings us Paul Thorn, one of the country’s favorite folk/blues/gospel/rock singer songwriters. Paul Thorn is NOT TO BE MISSED. This is Paul’s second visit to Luckenbach and we are so glad to have him back. Saturday night Doug Moreland and his band will have a ball in the dancehall.. no pun intended. The Doug Moreland Show is fun, high energy and a fine excuse to get out and dance on a Saturday night.
Coming up on the calendar this fall you will find everyone from Joe Ely, Sam Baker, Roger Creager , Joel Guzman, Sarah Fox to Monte Montgomery, Seth James, The Trishas, Bruce Robison, The Band of Heathens, Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros and don’t put those boots up yet… DERYL DODD will make his debut in Luckenbach on Nov 7th with Sarah Pierce. Noel Haggard returns on Nov 6th.. Come spend Christmas with us and Billy Joe Shaver on Dec 19th.
Next month….a peak at the folks that keep the fire burnin’ in Luckenbach.
Hope to see ya soon. For more information on all of our events, directions, history and lots of pictures by our good friend Robbyn Dodd check out our website www.luckenbachtexas.com or be our friend on Facebook, Myspace or Twitter.
Miles of Smiles and Music…Abbey
Bandera’s downtown and outskirts’ have been busy over the past couple months with new ownerships opening their doors. These new businesses are an accent to the area, and let’s, as a family community, support them and hope they flourish!
Downtown has acquired a quaint coffee shop, Dogleg Coffee House, located at 315 Main St. The Duperreault family recently opened their doors in June, next door to OST restaurant. Dogleg now resides in the two story stone building built in the 1800’s that used to be Harvey’s Steakhouse (aka Old Bank Steakhouse), that tragically closed in 2001 due to a fire, and has now, after being vacant for years, been refurbished exquisitely. Dogleg Coffee House is intimately atmospheric and full of energy with smiling staff and is a clean environment…and you can’t help but admire the buildings elegant essence. During their live music performances every Friday and Saturday evening, the acoustics echo off the eerie stonewashed walls as the aroma of espresso and ginger settle the air. Each month, they are scheduling a variety of musical genres to keep it fresh. Their coffees are all Texas based, which of course is important, those from Texas understand, and I personally recommend their chicken salad sandwich and cold lemonade. Bandera has enough beer joints, so stop in, not stagger, and get stimulated! Tom O’Conner, the manager, says "we are trying to be a blessing to Bandera, a place people can come to escape the stresses and hardships of their lives; It is a social alternative in downtown Bandera, a place to get away from the typical atmosphere."
Owner Suzanne Schauman, has opened 5 Mile Creek Saloon, just 5 miles out on Hwy 16N. Starting October 1st, she will be open from 11am-12pm -- 7 days a week, serving lunch specials from 11am-2pm. She will host/cook Steak n’ Shrimp dinners every Tuesday for reservations only (24 hours in advance). There will be a "Pickin’ and Chicken" jam session every Saturday from 2pm-6pm, so make sure to pack a guitar amidst your travels. 5 Mile Creek Saloon is far from being a commercialized (boring) fancy bar, but instead has true country-home character, where you can sit by the fireplace or on the porch, rack the pool balls, shake the dominos, put a quarter in the jukebox, and most of all, enjoy a cold beer with old and new friends.
Ital’Yo! Caffé opened their doors August 27th, located at 204 Main (across Bandera Bank) and they’re serving authentic Italian gelato, pastries, and imported coffees (Segafredo). Ital’Yo! is family friendly place with extended hours for the ones who get up earlier and stay up later. There are leather lounge chairs if you want to come in and bring a laptop while sipping on cappuccino. The heart of this Italian bar is the of course the gelato, an Italian ice cream made from milk, gelatin and sugar. They encourage everyone to come in and sample the many flavors available: pistachio, stracciatella, tiramisu, coconut, lemon sorbet, and many more. Instead of wine tasting, we have gelato tastings. I like this town better already! Bandera has Mexican, seafood, traditional, Chinese, BBQ, and now Italian! We’re movin’ up in our list of dining options.
Contact Info: email@example.com (830) 796-9292.
Down on Main (in between Shoe Biz and OST) opened their doors Labor Day weekend. Lisa Mayo has gathered diversified décor for men, women, teenagers, babies, and even dogs. She has a little bit of everything for everybody, including furniture, chandeliers, wine (working on getting private labels), jewelry, and a fine selection of cigars.
G’luck to all!
- Karyn Lyn
Those are the original three R’s, but I am not talking about Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Which always bothered me, by the way, because only one of those is an R. My three R’s are R’s: Respectful, Responsibility and the big one Reputation. Are our children getting the proper teachings about respect, responsibility and keeping a standard for their reputation with their lives revolving around social networking media?
We all have learned about respect from the way in which our parents handle respect towards us and towards others. Some parents are so frustrated with their teens being disrespectful. I believe it is their uninhibited attitudes, as a result of the way they interact with peers on the internet, through texting and with their new found freedom of expression on social networking sites. You can help your teen to build character by:
• allowing him or her to voice opinions about family decisions
•listening to his or her opinions and feelings
• helping him or her set realistic goals
• showing faith in his or her ability to reach those goals
• giving unconditional love
Teenagers with high self-esteem and self-respect make more responsible choices.
When things aren’t going so smoothly with your teen, there are ways to get them to come around to your way of thinking. The way to discipline teens begins with your respect towards the child. Teach by example, have standards, boundaries and consequences. My advise on teaching kids how to respect would be to find bargaining power. Find something in your teens life that they want or cherish more than anything else - something you can easily control. Car use, allowance, their bedroom door, their cell phone, texting or the computer. Have a talk with your children about your expectations of them. Always let your children know the consequences, if they chose to go against the rules. They will respect in return. They will have self respect and show it through this learning experience.
Although some teens may not be holding down part time or full-time jobs, they are still under a lot of pressure and stress from their daily responsibilities. Kids can benefit from finding a healthy balance. School, extracurricular activities, sports, part-time jobs, and responsibilities at home can cause a teen‘s life to feel like a juggling act. Social Networking on Myspace and Facebook and internet alone has been a wonderful tool for kids to stay connected with their friends and relatives as well as to do homework, communicate, and turn in projects. Unlike my days of growing up, we weren’t as busy as lives seem to be now. We stayed home because that is where our home telephone was plugged into the wall in the kitchen. As things progressed, we talked our parents into getting one of those 120 foot cords to make the phone reach in every room in the house. When my dad would trip on it, we were in big trouble and sent back to the kitchen. Technology has done us a favor with cell phones, internet and cordless, wireless, broad band devises. Or, we too, would be stuck at home more. (Sounds good to me right now.)
Iknow we are talking about the 3 R s; Dr. Phil said, "if your child has a Myspace or a Facebook then so should you." This is the only way you can monitor and know your child is being socially responsible. It’s a forensic study into their lives. You can find out anything you want to know, (or don’t want to know) through pictures, postings, blogs, comments… not only theirs, but their friends. In this day, with technology encouraging our kids to grow up quicker, we have to be on top of it making them responsible as well. They are becoming more relaxed behind that technology shield. It is easy to hide behind a computer, phone, or on the other end of a cordless, wireless, broad band devise. It is easier to say or tell something you might otherwise be more apprehensive to express. Holding children accountable is the key to keeping them responsible. Adolescence is a time of important physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development. Learning how to solve problems, build close friendships, make decisions, and handle responsibility are important during the teenage years. These social networking sites are a household word nowadays. Kids need to learn to be respectful on line as well as being responsible and accountable for their actions.
What kind of online reputation do your children have? Parents tend to worry about the strangers a child might come in contact with online. Research shows that kids are harassed, bullied and influenced by their peers online. They are putting themselves at risk when they post information that should have never been written, it is considered TMI (too much information.) It’s not just a question of predators. Social networking sites are full of thoughtless, threatening, cruel gestures and comments. Remind your teen to think before pressing send. How will other people feel about seeing or receiving the message? How would your child feel if it were directed at him or her? Teens are notorious for their inability to think beyond the coming weekend. This short-sightedness makes them especially vulnerable online. When your teen starts social networking, insist on being part of his or her network. Just knowing that you could visit the page—even if you rarely do—creates a kind of conscience. Remind teens regularly that things they post online are never truly private because they can so easily be replicated.
Parents must also help their kids in keeping into perspective how important it is to keep on line activities in balance. They still need to be responsible with chores, homework, family time and sleep. If necessary, install a timer on computers and game systems and confiscate cell phones at dinner time and before bed. If and when your teen makes an online mistake, don’t threaten to disconnect. Remind them of the reputation in which they are building. This is a new environment. There will be mistakes made. Although it may be tempting to punish teens for being teens, parents must focus on the real goal—raising young people to sidestep online pitfalls while taking full advantage of the possibilities of online convenience.
What used to be a site for college kids to network with one another has spread into a social networking site for parents, teachers and kids of all ages. I always say it takes a village, and I really believe this. If you see something that you know borders on the grey or, hands down, you feel, could use a parent’s or a teacher’s attention, don’t be afraid to text them, message them and let them know it may need their monitoring. Be grateful too, if someone notifies you. I always tell my children, "When in doubt, do what’s RIGHT!" Which should be our final and fourth R.
Review By Natalie Steele
This is true singer/songwriter talent coming into its own. This is the debut release from The Jems, titled ‘Little Things’. They are Jason Whitehead and Emily Lively and together the contrast and compliment each other as if they had played together for an eternity.
Lively’s vocals and songwriting are hard to overlook, with a confidence that put power into the pain, where the soul and the story come together for a dance with the multi-instrumental groove that Jason brings. Emily plays rhythm acoustic as well, while Jason makes his way through acoustic and electric guitar leads, mandolin, piano, and then some throughout the CD.
‘Little Things’ was recorded at Muse House Records, produced by The Jems, and mastered by Brian Davis with Omni Online Mastering in Austin. With ten tracks of blues, folk, and great songwriting, you get what you came for from start to finish.
Track one gets you started with a solid bluesy drinkin’ song. From there, you follow the stories, the experiences, and the poetic lyrics to places we have all been. You can catch the Jems in Fredericksburg, Austin, and beyond for the live show. They’ll be at Lincoln St. Wine Bar on October 16th at 8pm, and at Becker Vineyard on October 17th and 31st at 1pm. This album was dedicated to the loving memory of Thomas Beltzer, and well deserved.
Visit the Jems at www.myspace.com/thejemsmusic.
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