Features

Wed
11
Oct

Crusham keeps station on track

Wimberley’s low power radio station has been on the air for a year. Wimberley had wanted one for decades. Finally it came into being. Although the first few months were somewhat hectic, the volunteers who make up the station have done an outstanding job of creating a station for, and made up of, Wimberley.

At the top is Station Manager Mike Crusham. He also is an also volunteer like the on-air hosts, and the radio’s board. When it comes to being lucky, the station is. Crusham is a veteran radioman, from serving as a part-time talent at a college station; to running major market media radio stations. He’s done it.

Wed
11
Oct

FFA’s Wild Game Dinner is the ‘best deal in town’

The FFA’s’ Alexa Jones and her project Cadberry the nanny.

Saturday nights in Texas are always special. Time to put your cares away and have some fun. Whether your pitching washers in the back yard, or on a date with a pretty girl, usually there is food involved, with hamburgers to steak often on the list.

But on October 14, Saturday night will be special. The Wimberley High School’s FFA is having a diner with a tasty twist. It’s the Sixth Annual Wild Game Dinner, and it is all for a worthy cause, namely the FFA.

The group is one of those things that makes Wimberley “country.” No matter what farm animal they are raising, it gives them responsibility, pride in ownership and just being around the animals puts a smile on their faces.

The fundraiser is the largest for the organization and helps fund most of the kids activities, such as attending and showing their livestock in front of judges. 

Wed
27
Sep

Painting a picture of local studios

Rosemary Barta’s studio is a little niche off of her living room. She and her husband James were a few of the many artists that opened up their studio so that the public can see the place where the creative juices flow onto the canvas.

It happens once a year. Local artists open their studios to the public to see how the creation process works. Wimberley is noted for its art and artists in all areas, but this weekend visitors got to go where the creative magic happens – an artists’ den.  Some showed in a studio while others were right in their homes.

There were 18 Wimberley Valley Art League artists at eight studio locations around the valley. Artists such Linda Calvert Jacobsen, Lynette Clauser, Jan Fitzhugh, James and Rosemary Barta and others opened up their studios, some in their homes, and shared their space with other artists’ works also being exhibited.

Wed
27
Sep

Fig Tree feeds those kids in need

The Fig Tree volunteers (left to right) Kara LeBlanc, Shanna Wilson, Shari Skaggs, Noemi Copeland and Christy Youens.

The Fig Tree is a group of Wimberley mothers determined that kids in the WISD school district would not go hungry on the weekends when the kids are at home. They provide nourishment in a backpack, making sure that no student has an empty tummy on Saturday and Sunday.

It all began in 2015, when Christy Younens teamed up with Shanna Watson and they decided to provide the weekend foods for those students in need. Soon there were other volunteers to take care of the weekend backpacks. 

“About a third of the districts’ students are on a free or reduced lunch program,” Watson, a dietitian teacher, said. “By the end of the school year we had 70 kids.”

The need was there. They provided over 600 bags to Good Sam in the summer and headed into the school year. As for the food, they wanted to keep it healthy.

Wed
06
Sep

Wimberley Players present ‘Making God Laugh’

Pictured front row from left to right are Tysha Calhoun, Jan Mays, and Mike Nash. On the back row Nate Nelson and Danny Mosier.

Sean Grennan’s “Making God Laugh” opens on the Wimberley Players stage Sept 8 and runs through Oct 1. 

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans . . .” Meet Ruthie and Bill and their three grown children: a priest, an aspiring actress, and a one-time football star. It’s 1980 and all three sibs return home for the holidays. Stewed either in tradition or the obsessions of the times, we listen as they announce their life plans, half-baked or better, and witness Ruthie and Bill’s own issues. It doesn’t take long for familiar tensions to surface and momma’s iron-clad apron strings to clank. The persistently unloved fantasia dip shows up too. 

Wed
02
Aug

The future of libraries

Kids sitting on the front row during a puppet program at Wacky Wednesdays.

“Libraries are no longer the place where you go in and an old lady says ‘shhh! Sit down and be quiet,’” Carroll Wilson, Circulation Director at the Wimberley Village Library, said
As the world becomes more focused around the world wide web, longstanding industries and pillars of society have to find a way to adjust, and the Wimberley Village Library is no different.
“If you are going to have a niche in the future you are going to have to carve it out,” Wilson said. “Nobody is going to give it to you. We understand that the traditional reading library model is in peril… We think that by continuing to give people what they want to read and to enjoy in the setting they want to be in that we will continue to have a relevant library.”

Wed
02
Aug

Meals on Wheels welcomes new director

Christine Duvall is the new Director of WImberley’s Meals on Wheels.

Wimberley’s Meals on Wheels (MoW) is vital to many homebound seniors and a lifeline to the community by providing meals to seniors, delivered to their door. Providing hot meals to those in need is now the responsibility of new MoW Director Christine Duvall.
MoW is part of a national organization under the umbrella of Combined Community Action; the local is one of 23 sites. Feeding those homebound is the prerequisite goal.
Wimberley’s Meals is funded by state and federal funds, and donations by local groups such as the Lions, the Knights of Columbus and other organizations and individuals.
“I’m not a policy maker. I’m interested in running it the best way possible,” Christine Duvall incoming Director said. Her Meals on Wheels training is completed and she is excited about her new responsibilities. “I’m a social worker at heart and a UT graduate.”

Wed
02
Aug

Shakespeare Under the Stars Takes on Macbeth

Callie Iliff as Malcolm, Fischer McIntosh as Macbeth, and Max King as Banquo in the Shakespeare Under the Stars production of Macbeth at the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens.

Beginning on Thursday, August 3, the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens presents its annual, summer production of Shakespeare Under the Stars. The 2017 selection is Macbeth, the gripping tragedy dripping with occult occurrences, murder and madness. Each year, the young cast and crew members contribute their individual talents to create an always entertaining show. This summer’s cast of 40 is the largest since director, Bridget Farias Gates, has been involved. Although the language will be Shakespearean, costume and set design has a relatively modern twist. Referring to choosing a late-70s punk-rock theme, she said, “Every year, I like to do something different. It’s about the experience for the students. I don’t just throw a concept out there.

Wed
02
Aug

Market Day Goes to the Dogs for Summer

Lions John Estepp, Harold Tannahill, Lonnie Duke and Dr. Eric Price at the new Market Day concession stand.

The Wimberley Lions Club’s Market Days will happen on Saturday, August 5, and will offer cool ways to enjoy the Texas heat. This month’s theme is aptly called “Dog Days of Summer” for several good reasons. In keeping with the theme, members from the non-profit organization, Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue (WAG), will be stationed behind the Hilltop Ice House to address canine-related inquiries.
Red-tag vendor deals will include pet items for dogs, cats, and birds, as well as sales on summer clothing and accessories, and seasonal decorations. Look for Lion Bobby’s “Café a la Cart,” loaded with ice-cold drinks and ice cream. Speciality hot dogs will be sold at most concession stands including the New Yorker topped with sauerkraut and grilled onion, the Coney Island Dog with chili, onion and cheese, and the Chicago Dog with relish, onion and tomato.

Tue
25
Jul

Local scouts hold flag retirement

Wimberley Boy Scout Troop 127 scouts Garrett Lipinski and Timber Vickery prepare an American flag for proper retirement. The local troop held a flag retirement ceremony last week. A full story can be found on page 7.

More than 100 weathered and tattered American flags that were displayed at homes, offices and stores around the Wimberley area were properly disposed of during a flag retirement ceremony held last Monday at the Wimberley Veterans Memorial Plaza.
The ceremony was meant to honor the American flag, promote flag etiquette and re-emphasize its importance and symbolism.
Members of Wimberley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6441 instructed the scouts in proper flag etiquette before the ceremony. The post sponsors Wimberley Scout Troop 127.

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