The good news is that the proverbial monkey is off my back. The magazine is finished and has been sent to the printer (see photo above). The bad news is that it took so much of my attention lately that I don’t have time to write much for this paper. I did make it to quite a few events over the weekend, so I’ve got enough pictures to fill the space. I’ll try to get back to my history articles now that I’ve taken care of that huge deadline.
This weekend coming up is Memorial Day weekend. That always seems like “the first days of summer” (although the calendar begs to differ), and there will probably be a lot of boats on the water (and lots of back-yard barbecues). I hope that our fallen heroes will not be forgotten; it’s really their day.
One reason that it seems like the beginning of summer (other than the warm weather and the day off work) is that most schools have closed for summer vacation. Faith Academy had its graduation a couple of weeks ago; Burnet and Llano will be holding their high school graduations this Friday evening, and Marble Falls on Saturday.
While that means there won’t be a whole lot of competing events, there are still plenty of things to do this weekend. Two events that I left out of my abbreviated “Upcoming Events” article are dances at Cadillac Dance Hall (on FM 1855, north of Marble Falls), and at Pardners (on Hwy 29 in Buchanan Dam; see ad on page 11). Leona and Ron Williams will be special guests at Cadillac Dance Hall on Saturday night, and saxophonist Elliott Fikes tells me he has recovered from his shoulder surgery, and will be back on stage there with Eddie Shell and the Not Guilties.
John Arthur Martinez is probably the area’s biggest musical celebrity, but (when he’s not touring Europe or making special appearances far away from here) he’s amazingly accessible. You can usually find him at Trailblazer Grille in Burnet on Tuesday evenings and at On the Rocks in Cottonwood Shores on Wednesdays, and he participates in a great number of community events around Marble Falls. Next Tuesday will be a special evening at Trailblazer, because the Hill Country Tribune is planning to do a live feed of his performance. It might be wise to make reservations, because it’s always a busy night there (between 6 and 8), but there’s no cover charge, and the music is first-class!
Commissioner Mike Sandoval (Llano County, Precinct #3) sent out a post on Facebook a couple of days ago to announce that there will be a Boys & Girls Club in Kingsland by sometime this summer. A grant has provided seed money; Kingsland First Baptist has offered their facilities, and Bill Drake (from the Marble Falls club) his expertise. So it seems like a sure thing; that’s good news for Kingsland!
I didn’t get any particulars into this week’s paper, but I keep hearing good things about the activities of the Lake Buchanan Conservation Corporation (cleanups, stocking fish, giving scholarships, etc.). I’ll try to get some details in next week’s paper.
I wanted to mention here that Alfredo’s Mexican Restaurant in Kingsland will be closed through June 4 (it will re-open on Monday, June 5). That’s why Alfredo’s regular ad is not on page 2 this week.
Don’t forget the Tuck n Tumble Golf Tournament at The Legends this Saturday, or the Open House at the Masonic Lodge in Kingsland. Have a great week!