Features

Wed
26
Apr

Floating away with the 19th annual Butterfly Festival

Eden Ray sneaks a kiss from a butterfly at the 19th Annual Butterfly Day Festival. (Photo by Dalton Sweat/Wimberley View)

The 19th annual Butterfly Festival at EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens went off without a hitch as around 6,400 people attended the event over the weekend.

“This is our once-a-year fundraising effort and event, so we appreciate those in the community that helped us and came to Butterfly Festival,” Ann Rolling, executive director of EmilyAnn, said. “Their dollars and investments go to the future running of EmilyAnn, and this enables us to continue to give that to the community.”

Thu
20
Apr

Good time hunting eggs in Wimberley

Colton Harris, almost four years old, finds a pink egg at Chapel of the Hills to his excitement during the Easter Egg Hunt this weekend. For more photos of the Easter Egg Hunts around Wimberley, see page A5.

Last week was the peak of the season for hunting Easter eggs. An international tradition, gathering eggs date back to pre-Christian times when spring signaled the rebirth of the earth, symbolized by an egg. In Christian times it became a symbol of Christ in his tomb. 

People began to color the eggs, like the spring season that brings back color to the earth in flowers and the green grass. But at Wimberley’s Easter egg hunts, real eggs are not used anymore but plastic eggs filled with candy.

The first big hunt was at Deer Creek on Thursday with pre-K, primary and some elementary kids. There were lots of them, brought in by WISD busses. Lots of parents and grandparents attended too. The Deer Creek residents also had a fun time watching the kids in the petting zoo, playing games and riding on a tractor train. But best of all, not one child left without finding an egg.

Thu
20
Apr

Keeping it clean

Leon Cordova is one of the most loved employees at WISD.

Keeping the school and halls clean is a hard job. As kids tend to do,students spill things and generate the usual kid trash – which from time to time can be pretty nasty. WISD’s longtime employee Leon Cordova takes it all in stride. After all, he has been doing the job for 21 years.

Although born in Littlefield, Texas his family moved to Wimberley in 1972 when he was in first grade. He has lived here ever since. He is one of 12 kids of the Cordova family. The youngest one of the family, his brothers used to prop him up in the back of a pink Cadillac and ride around town.

“Wimberley is freedom to me. I could do anything, really. Hang out with kids, swimming; they’d let you go anywhere. It was a small town where everybody knew everybody,” Leon said about growing up here. 

Thu
20
Apr

From football coach to deejay

Smiling Coach Dick Smith is behind the mic on his radio show ‘Over Easy’.

Former Wimberley High School Coach Dick Smith has found his vocal calling as the mid-morning host of ‘Over Easy with Coach’ on KWVH 94.1 Wimberley Valley Radio. As you might expect from a host used to calling out orders and “coachin’em up,” the listener will never hear a lack of conversation or down time on air. Smith has an infection enthusiasm, and it affects those around him. 

This big guy, both tall and hefty, is really a big teddy bear, though, and he is well loved in the community and at the high school, from which he retired after coaching football, basketball, and tennis. He deems it a great honor to be called coach.

“I was third in my graduating class but not in the top ten percent,” Smith said. He grew up in the tiny town of Santa Anna, located about 175 miles northwest of Wimberley. The town’s population was about a thousand, as it is today. 

Fri
14
Apr

Those who saw a little bit of heaven

Brother Ed Salisbury and wife Dr. Cheryl Markin. (Photo by Gary Zupancic/Wimberley View)

“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy,” Hamlet Act 1, scene 5.

Imagine one second you’re alive and well, then during some accident, drowning or car crash, you leave your body and discover you’re in some sort of a different atmosphere and environment.

Seeing heaven during a Near Death Experience (NDE) and then returning back to earth can be an experience that is life changing to say the least. That is what the Near Death Symposium is all about.

Thu
06
Apr

Porsche Club of America comes to town

There were 44 Porsches of various styles and ages, but all were a sight to behold.

There were 44 of them, all lined up like some sort of dream or movie set. Classic Porsches like a 912, or brand new ones. All clean, shiny and ready to go on a jaunt throughout the Hill Country. Although it was Saturday April 1, this was no April Fools joke.

The Porsche Club of America (PCA) came to visit Wimberley Saturday and made an 11 o’clock pit stop at Wimberley’s Chamber of Commerce. Not only club members were on hand, but the National President of the (PCA) Caren Cooper and Hill Country Chapter President Tracey Gross, who lives in Dripping Springs. The Porsche Companies’ North American liaison to the PCA, Paul Gregor of Munich was also there. 

Fri
31
Mar

Chopper The Reading Dog

Chopper loves kids. Kids love him too as he makes no judgment on their reading skills, just lots of love. 

When a dog’s name is Chopper, one pictures a big set of teeth and a growling demeanor, but this Chopper is not anything like that. He is a white and black Border Collie that is 12 years old.

Chopper is very well trained and it shows. He is a certified by Therapy Dogs International (TDI), loves children and really identifies with them. He is comfortable. 

On a recent trip to the Wimberley Village Library, Chopper was a little anxious, as no kids were present at the children’s section.  

Chopper’s skills are put to good use with children on Mondays from around 3 p.m. to around 5 p.m., and he was ready to get started. About 20 children visit and read to Chopper while laying next to him – sometimes on him. Chopper listens encouraging the children to read.

Wed
22
Mar

Wimberley comes through for Ingrid

Ingrid has a long road ahead but with Leukemia there is a path to being cured ahead.

Local artist, Kathy Kelsey is the grandmother of Ingrid Breit.  Just three years old, Ingrid has been diagnosed with Leukemia.  Today this disease is highly curable in children, but Ingrid is facing more than two years of chemotherapy.  And the family’s challenges go farther.  Ingrid’s Mom, Abby, was in an automobile accident that left her disabled, and Chris, her Dad, had to give up his job to look after his wife and daughter.  So the family is depending solely on Abby’s disability payments.  

Ingrid lives in Denton and that community has conducted auctions to help the family but their need is great. Now, Wimberley is stepping up to help.  Bob Cook, part owner of Art on 12 gallery where Kathy is a member artist, set up a Go Fund Me website and has been successful in persuading artists to dedicate pieces to Ingrid and then pass on the revenue to her when the piece sells. 

Wed
22
Mar

Expanding business now consignment shop

Mgr. Crystal Rodriguez, Team member Rose Oldham and Donna Krumblis are here to help at the Life Changes consignment.

Off of Lone Man Mountain Road there’s a place, a pretty nondescript barn-like warehouse. It could be thought of as a big, new treasure chest. There are plenty of objects surrounding the area with a variety of styles to match any taste in décor.  

Life Changes, an estate sale business, has been helping those who have to downsize one way or another. Estate sales are a good way to do that, but most times not everything is sold and the remainders have to be dealt with too. That’s where Donna Krumblis of Life Changes Estate Sales comes in real handy.

“We can clean out a house in one day,” Krumblis said. “We’ve done, over seven years, about an average of 26 a year and close to 200 (estate sales) since we started.” 

Krumblis started to notice that there was a need for a consignment shop in the community. She had the background to do it. 

Thu
09
Mar

Blessed Space spa is just that

Elizabeth of Blessed Space Spa is knowledgeable in helping you relax and be stress free. (Photo by Gary Zupancic/Wimberley View)

Tucked away on the other side of the old Baptist Church is a peaceful, quiet business location that seems to be named by fate. Back in the year 2000, Elizabeth Ash acquired the name Blessed Space, but she did not use it immediately. Today, the name aptly describes the essence of the new spa. 

“The entrance is at the side, tucked away with a private entrance. It’s a place to chill. It’s quiet…you have your own private sanctuary,” Ash said. “Inside you have a calm soothing relaxing room.”

She has her esthetician licenses and understands how to make others relax. First, a 10 minute or so consultation about your skin type, allergies and other vitals are discussed for a facial. When the proper methods to be used are agreed upon, it is then time to step into a warm soothing foot bath.

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