Casino Night make warriors big winners

Casino Night was another rousing success with a capacity crowd filling the Wimberley Community Center on Saturday night.

The fundraiser is put on by St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus and raises money for the Warrior and Family Support Center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

The center helps injured service members heal and return to society as well as providing a location for their family to stay in what is often a long-term recovery process. On Saturday night, 18 warriors were in Wimberley to enjoy casino night themselves.

“These are young men and women who really gave a significant part of themselves to defend this country and those that you talk to would do it again,” Mike Steinert, co-chair of Casino Night, said. “It just gives me goose bumps when I talk to them. These people are really heroes. It’s not just a cliché.”


Pie Social a success

The face of five year old Sawyer Payne says it all about the pies. (Photo by Gary Zupancic/Wimberley View)

When thinking of small town events, the Wimberley Institute of Cultures preserves one tasty tradition, that of a pie social. In earlier times, a pie social is where bakers in the community would bake their best pie recipes, well-guarded secrets, and have the pies raffled. The proceeds from the sale of the pies would go to a local charity such as for a school or fire department.

For the WIC’s 28th Annual Pie Social, it was a great small town event. Neighbors, children, music and best of all pie, it was all there on Saturday at the Winters-Wimberley House, that comfy, homey, feeling.

Tracie Lynn entertained the hometown crowd, and the slices of pies kept them coming back for more. Entrants ranged from six to 96, with a separate kid’s category. Serving the pies were local celebrities, as everyone in Wimberley is a celebrity if you’ve been here long enough. 


20th Annual Butterfly Fest at EmilyAnn

Xavier Sauceda enjoys the flight house during the 2017 Butterfly Festival. Photo by Scot Brinkley

Thousands of butterflies will take flight during the annual Butterfly Festival at the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. -  5 p.m.  Area students have been carefully tending cages of caterpillars, and the waiting will soon pay off as beautiful Painted Lady butterflies emerge from their chrysalises, ready to be released at the festival.


Casino Night with Knights of Columbus coming up

The Knights of Columbus will host Casino Night for the Warrior and Family Support Center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. The fundraiser has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years.

Why travel to Vegas or Lake Charles to visit a casino when you can get your fix right here in Wimberley? Casino Night will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus at the Community Center on April 14. To top it off, all of the proceeds go for a great cause, the Warrior and Family Support Center for wounded soldiers and their families at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

“The Knights of Columbus has done this for the past seven or eight years and raised $75 to $80,000 over the years and every penny goes to the Brooke Army Center. The Knights of Columbus pick up all the expenses. We are not affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Program,” Mike Steinert of St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus.


Relive Vaudeville with Wimberley Players’ The Sunshine Boys

David Bisett as Willie and Gary Horthrup as the patient. (Photo by Mary Rath)

Al Lewis and Willie Clark were a successful vaudevillian comedy duo known as the Sunshine Boys. For 43 years, the pair delighted audiences with their iconic routines but, over time, the partnership staggered into animosity. By the time they called it quits, neither was speaking to the other. Al retired from show business, leaving Willie to try to make it as a solo act.

Now a forgetful old man living in his New York apartment, Willie reluctantly accepts an offer from his nephew Ben, a talent agent, to resurrect the act for a TV special. Can they put aside their ill will long enough to do the show? Or has the sun set on The Sunshine Boys? 

Neil Simon’s play The Sunshine Boys opens on the Wimberley Players stage April 13 and runs through May 6.


Raptors swoop back into Blue Hole

This Harris hawk demonstrated his hunting skills at the 2017 event. (Photo by Parker Majors)

The Raptors return to Blue Hole Regional Park, 10 a.m., Saturday, March 31. The free Friends of Blue Hole event will be the fourth annual landing for these mighty birds of prey. Adults and kids will be within a few feet – sometimes inches – of several species of the magnificent birds as they fly, dive on artificial prey and display their tremendous wing-spans and immense, powerful eyes.

“People just keep asking us to bring them back,” says Friends of Blue Hole executive director Susan Nenney. “It’s a perfect Friends event – fun, educational and appealing to adults and kids. It’s probably our most photographed activity.”


Little Station that could

Coach Smith and John Brown broadcast during SXSW live and streamed it over the internet.

South by Southwest is a pretty big thing around these parts. Artists come from all over the world to participate. There are the big buck stages and then there are the non-sanctioned events (mostly free) where the performers come and play.

KWVH, Wimberley’s low power powerhouse radio station, used available technology and streamed live FOR FREE during the festival. The venue was all courtesy of Hector Ward and the Big Time.

Hector and a few of his band-mates appeared on the “Over Easy with Coach Show” which is on from 8 to 10 a.m. daily and “Name in Chalk” on Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. The shows, feature musicians within a 75-mile radius, so there are a lot of bands familiar with KWVH and they listen to the station.


New business, new fundraiser

Faith Harrison is the owner of the Lean Green Veggie Machine.

It may have been a celebratory atmosphere for the grand opening of the new food truck Lean Green Veggie Machine at The Junction Drinkery and Eatery, but there was a serious fundraiser going on. 

The grand opening turned into a benefit for fallen San Marcos Police Officer Kenneth Copeland and awareness of domestic violence.

“Fill up and kick back and have the benefit for the officer and raise awareness for domestic violence. We wanted to make it friendly for children,” Faith Harrison, owner of the Lean Green Veggie Machine, said while stirring the food on the cooktop.

There were all sorts of family friendly events going on with face painting, balloons and music to go along with the staple food and drinks. 


‘Last Five Years’ musical tour lands on local stage

San Antonio actor Joseph Urick (left) and New Braunfels actress Ginger Gamble Martel (right) performing as Jaime and Cathy at the Texas Theatre in Seguin. (Photo by Mary Rath)

If all the world’s a stage, then the Wimberley live theatre community is going to need a bigger spotlight. San Antonio-based nonprofit Texas Light Opera is closing out its small professional tour of Jason Robert Brown’s 2001 musical “The Last Five Years” at the EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens the first weekend of March.

The tour, which includes three cities and kicked off at the Texas Theatre in Seguin, and has since completed its run at the Roxie Theatre in San Antonio. It is an inaugural venture from Texas Light Opera, headed by San Antonio-based actor Joseph Urick. Urick also headlines as Jaime, the lead male role of the show.


Local student needs help to ‘Take Care of Texas’

Quinton Mendoza teaches about ‘Taking Care of Texas.’

Quinton Mendoza, an eighth grade student at Danforth Junior High, has reached the semifinals of a statewide video contest called “Take Care of Texas.”

The contest requires votes from the public to determine who moves on.

The contest, put on by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, asked students to submit a video that “encourages all Texans to help keep our air and water clean, conserve water and energy, reduce waste and save a little money in the process.”

Mendoza shot his video with his twin sister Kathryn in a field just off of Flite Acres Road. Quinton starts out the video by saying “We should start taking care of the environment.” His sister says “That sounds like a lot of work,” and Quinton fills her in on the simple ways recycling, shortening showers and scheduling your AC to turn on and off can help the environment.


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