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John Wayne launched his film career in the movie lots of California, but the biggest collection of memorabilia celebrating the actor’s life now resides in Fort Worth.
For its 25th anniversary, the Texas Book Festival will not be taking over the Texas Capitol. Instead, it’s asking readers to curl up with a good book and festival programming from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
The decision to make the festival virtual is due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Texas. However, to make up for the loss of bookworm-to-bookworm interaction, the celebration is being extended to a 16-day digital program starting on October 31.
Trumpeter Robert Ortiz Has Been Playing the ‘Call to Post’ at Gillespie County Fairgrounds for 18 Years
How many race-track trumpeters do you know? Meet Robert Ortiz, who for 18 years has been the track trumpeter for the horse races at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. Ortiz plays the “Call to Post” before each race during the summer, the signal for jockeys dressed in a rainbow of silks to parade their mounts past the crowd. There are two more race weekends this season: Aug. 10-11 and Aug. 24-25.
Our aim was not to present a definitive ranking of best small towns (that would take us years to agree on) but a collection of under-the-radar places that are forging new identities through revitalization, reinvention, or recovery from big setbacks. We wanted our list to inspire discovery, so we skipped the small towns that already have well-established claims to fame—Lockhart for barbecue, Round Top for antiques, Fredericksburg for wine and peaches, Bandera for cowboy culture.
Hill Country summer favorite Hamilton Pool has been reservations-only since 2016 due to the swimming hole’s popularity. But if you’re still looking for a scenic place to cool your heels, there’s a more secluded spot five minutes away.
The Henry family of New Braunfels has agreed to sell its Schlitterbahn waterparks in New Braunfels and Galveston, more than 50 years after the business started as a small tourist camp on the banks of the Comal River. The San Antonio Express News and Houston Chronicle report Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts announced Thursday that it will sell the two parks to Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., which is based in Ohio. The Henrys will keep the Schlitterbahn waterpark and resort in South Padre, but it will be rebranded.
There’s something about a river that evokes feelings of nostalgia. Perhaps it’s the tie to something ancient—the current that ripples over our feet carries the same water that sustained native tribes and beckoned early settlers to its shore.