issue-2009

A Century of Shiner

October 1, 2009 | By Mike Renfro

It was with some trepidation that I made my first visit to the Central Texas town of Shiner. 

Track to the Future: Train Museums

October 1, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

A few blocks north of the Fort Worth Convention Center and its supporting cast of restaurants, wine bars, and plush hotels, the railroad still rolls into town much as it did in 1876, when the city became a major shipping point for livestock headed to northern markets.

Shifting Sands of Monahans

October 1, 2009 | By Mike Cox

When cartoonist friend Roger T. Moore, a West Texan with a sense of humor as big as one of the dozens of wind turbines looking down on his ranch, told me that the largest oak forest in North America covers some 40,000 acres near Monahans, it sounded like a setup.

Gracing Salado

October 1, 2009 | By Samantha H. Hyde

During the 1960s, most people who visited the Central Texas village of Salado were there to enjoy a relaxing break amid expansive views of gently rolling hills.

Amtrak Adventure

October 1, 2009 | By Angela Fox

The long, low whistle of a train strikes a chord deep within the American psyche. As that mournful sound swells and recedes with the passing rail cars, something inside us whispers, “Go.”
The call was especially strong during the late 1800s when settlers and fortune-seekers poured into Texas via rail.

Whitney’s World

October 1, 2009 | By Kathleen Kaska

The evening sun casts a rainbow of colors on the white cliffs surrounding Lake Whitney, turning the limestone golden and throwing a crimson hue over the water’s surface.

Celebrating Mushrooms in East Texas

October 1, 2009 | By Liz Carmack

Given the chance to experience a region’s culinary offerings, I’m always eager to pack a bag and hit the road.

Bringing Texas to the Table

October 1, 2009 | By Brenna Burkarth

From September 28 through October 2, as part of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up program, more than 200
mom-and-pop cafes and fine-dining restaurants across the state will offer special dishes made with local produce and meats, often paired with Texas wines.

Bywaters at the Blanton

October 1, 2009 | By Charles Lohrmann

It’s rare for an artist to establish a genuine, specific, and objectively acknowledged sense of place in his or her work, but Jerry Bywaters beat those odds by capturing a palpable sense of Texas and the Southwest through his paintings and prints.

Going on 36

October 1, 2009 | By Charles J. Lohrmann

I’ve never been a huge fan of birthday celebrations, primarily because I’ve not been able to articulate the ideal birthday ritual: one that achieves the perfect balance of the philosophical and the frivolous.

Falling for Art

October 1, 2009 | By Jane Wu

Ah … autumn in Houston. When one’s thoughts turn to … art? Texas’ largest metropolis will take gallery-hopping to the streets at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, October 10-11.

Into the Big Thicket

October 1, 2009 | By Dan Oko

Deep within the piney forests of East Texas, I watch fireflies dance like tiny warriors with flaming spears.

Mozzarella and More

August 3, 2009 | By Nola McKey

After noshing at the Nasher, head to another downtown Dallas destination—the Mozzarella Company. Offering more than 20 artisanal cheeses,including fresh mozzarella, the tiny cheese factory at 2944 Elm Street has become a foodie favorite in the 27 years since it opened.

A TH Moment with Robert Earl Keen

June 1, 2009 | By Shermakaye Bass

One of the first things you notice about Robert Earl Keen is that he talks the way he writes.

Wave Riders: Ocean Motion on Texas’ Coast

June 1, 2009 | By Melissa Gaskill

As a teenager, I spent a good part of each summer strolling the sand at Galveston.

El Paso del Norte: Glimpses of a Grande City

June 1, 2009 | By Marty Lange

Why is El Paso one of my favorite Texas cities? Can I put my finger on it?

Corpus Christi and Me

June 1, 2009 | By Kathryn Jones

Three beguiling bottlenose dolphins —D.J., Shadow and Kai—reign as the undisputed stars of the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi.

Ridleys Believe it or Not! Sea Turtles in Texas

June 1, 2009 | By Melissa Gaskill

Long before human feet touched the sandy shores of the western Gulf of Mexico, tens of thousands of female sea turtles visited every summer to lay their eggs.

A Stitch in Time

June 1, 2009 | By Charles Lohrmann

Against the backdrop of the ghastly destruction that Hurricane Ike dealt to Galveston Island in September 2008, a single lost sail—even on an historic ship—seems like modest punishment.

The Dinosaur Highway

June 1, 2009 | By Laurie E. Jasinski

A teenager’s chance discovery 100 years ago in Somervell County caused a stir among locals and eventually drew the attention of scientists around the world.

The ABC’s of Coastal Fishing

June 1, 2009 | By Mike Price

I am hooked on fishing. I like the challenge of figuring out where to cast a line, the methodical nature of preparing my equipment and baiting a hook, the meditative quality of waiting and watching for that telltale jerk on the rod that tells me, “Game’s on!” For me, there are few better ways to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors than fishing.

Slow Company

June 1, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

When restaurateur Mary Stanley moved from Austin to Brownwood a few years ago and opened The Turtle, she introduced elements of the Slow Food movement—eating in season and using locally produced meats and vegetables—to diners in the Pecan Bayou.

No Skimp on the Shrimp

June 1, 2009 | By Helen Bryant

How do I love fresh, Gulf of Mexico shrimp? Let me count the ways. I love them boiled, sauteed, blackened, grilled, and fried.

Beach Blanket Bingo

June 1, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

Beach-seekers setting their sights this summer on Florida, California, Mexico, or beyond might instead consider staying in Texas to explore the sparkly stretch of South Padre Island.

West Texas Wonder

June 1, 2009 | By Marty Lange

Halfway between Marfa and Presidio, within the spectacular Chihuahuan Desert and the Chinati and Cuesta del Burro mountains’ Cinemascope landscape, the 30,000-acre Cibolo Creek Ranch awaits.

Sailing Under the Jolly Roger

March 12, 2009 | By Eileen Mattei

The gray-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico conceal unfathomable mysteries. After all, it was here, in the early 1800s, where the elegant, entrepreneurial pirate Jean Lafitte commanded a small navy of privateers and smugglers who seized silks, spices, and other cargo from ships bound for New Orleans.

The Bashful Millionaire

March 12, 2009 | By Gene Fowler

Travelers passing through the thousand-acre Texas Medical Center in Houston sometimes wonder if they’ve entered a strange alternate universe.

Flowers of Observation

March 12, 2009 | By Jill Lawless

“I have found that the most important thing to do is to research different varieties of wildflowers in an area before actually looking for them.

Scoop on a 1912 Soda Fountain

March 11, 2009 | By June Naylor

Easing onto one of the shiny spindle stools at the soda-fountain counter inside Highland Park Pharmacy, I fight the urge to tuck in my feet and elbows and twirl the seat around.

February 2009 Top Picks and Places

February 1, 2009 | By

It’s a Picnic
In South Texas, even certain temperate days in February lend themselves to picnics.

Buddy Holly Remembered

February 1, 2009 | By David Latimer

Into the Wild: Starry-eyed and Thunderstruck

February 1, 2009 | By

 

The Texas Big Bend country creates fantasy, illusion, mystery. Wide-open spaces, fabulous light, and the wild creatures and eccentric characters that typify the region suggest that a trip into the untamed Chihuahuan Desert can be not only fascinating, but also transformative.

Madera Canyon Trail

February 1, 2009 | By Barbara Rodriguez

Determined to take a West Texas walk one particularly blustery spring day, my son and I blew into Fort Davis.

Alchemy in Big Bend Ranch State Park

February 1, 2009 | By E. Dan Klepper

The night skies of Texas’ Big Bend country often mesmerize in ways that mirror the peculiarities of dark dreams and lullabies.

Marfalous!

February 1, 2009 | By Barbara Rodriguez

Mention the far-flung West Texas town of Marfa and most folks reference the mysterious lights that sometimes dance not far outside the city limits.

Great Texas Birding Classic: Birding’s Super Bowl

February 1, 2009 | By Melissa Gaskill

Somewhere in the Piney Woods north of Beaumont, a 12-passenger van barrels down the road. Mud splatters cover its windshield and dirt cakes its sides.

Pesca on the River

February 1, 2009 | By Shermakaye Bass

San Antonio boasts a diverse culinary tradition, from the chili queens who began selling the iconic bowl of red here in the 1880s, to the debut of the Frito in the 1930s, after Frito-Lay founder Elmer Doolin purchased the recipe from a local café owner.

Spotlight on Texas Athletes

February 1, 2009 | By Marty Lange

It’s been almost a decade since I visited the splendid Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco.

It’s a Picnic

February 1, 2009 | By Charles J. Lohrmann

There’s always more to the story. Consider outtakes: All of the photographs (and text) that we want to publish but can’t fit into each issue of the magazine. 

All Hat: Cowboy Hats Brim with Style

February 1, 2009 | By Gene Fowler

“When I was born, I didn’t cry,” swears cowboy-hat stylist Don Livingston of Longhorn Hatters
in Schertz.

Zoom With A View

February 1, 2009 | By Anthony Head

The big bird hovering above me turned out to be a white raven. More precisely, a Robinson R44 Raven, a pearly-white helicopter with blue pinstriping.

Museum Masterpieces: Must-see picks

December 12, 2008 | By Marty Lange

The idea for this story sprang from an abbreviated stop I made at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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