Big Scoop: Ice cream, music, great cause

Event organizers Gina Fulkerson, left, and Judy Holmes, sell tickets to the Big Scoop recently at Ace Hardware. Tickets to the old-fashioned hometown ice cream social are available at the door of the Wimberley Community Center on July 1.

Start the Fourth of July weekend early with the Big Scoop! Join the fun at the Wimberley Community Center on Saturday, July 1, 1-7 p.m., and help local kids get ready for school in the fall. 

In addition to all of the ice cream you can eat, served out of the summer heat, the event includes live music, sing-a-longs, contests with prizes, face painting, Lego robotics and a karate demonstration. The Wimberley High School Band leads off the entertainment, which also includes the Wimberley Dance Elite, WHS Pom and Dance Team, Contemporary Cloggers, Blanco River Academy Singers, Ballet Forklorico by Ocotochtli, Heather Wiley & Lee Baker, Doc Jones, Perry Raybuck, and Tracy Weinberg.


The Maestro is heading for retirement

Danny Hickman is moving on from WHS after 15 years.

Danny Hickman has been teaching Spanish for the past 15 years at WHS, and you can tell he loves his job by the smile on his face and the way the kids treat him. He loves them. They love him back. Heck, they even bought him a recliner that they put in his room when he was recouping from a liver transplant. 

Hickman has a cool swagger too. He sports nicknames – not simply one – such as señor or Maestro. In other words, he’s a colorful guy. 

Beyond his characteristics as a genuinely likable guy, The Maestro also knows how to teach. He has received many honors for his skills – the least of which perhaps was a runner-up finish in the Best Teacher Category of last year’s Best of Wimberley contest. He has been named best teacher for numerous groups and rightly so. But how did Hickman get his start?


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.”


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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. 


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.


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. 


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