I had a great vacation! Once again, the destination was Walla Walla, WA, where my parents live. I made up my mind five years ago that I’d head that way every time I got a week off, but each time so far I’ve been able to talk one of my grown-up kids into making a road trip with me and sight-seeing on the way there. This was my fourth trip, and my older daughter (Abby) was my traveling companion this time. We flew to Reno, and visited Virginia City, Lake Tahoe, Redwood National Park, Crater Lake, Benham Falls, Warm Springs Indian Reservation and other interesting places on our way to Walla Walla.
Unfortunately, our return flight was delayed, and we didn’t get back to Kingsland until 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday. That’s my excuse for any obvious shortcomings in this issue!
I had already decided to re-print (with just a few minor revisions) an article I wrote about General Adam R. Johnson at least ten years ago. I published it in this paper about five years ago, but I think I’ve picked up a few new readers since then, and I’ll count on my long-time readers to be understanding. General Johnson was probably the “Highland Lakes” area’s all-time greatest hero, but he’s not nearly as famous as he deserves to be. I’m trying to help with that problem as I take a shortcut to help get this week’s paper done more quickly than usual.
A few of my favorite churches will be having special events, and I want to mention them here. Kingsland Community Church will host noted musicians Phil and Debi Jones, of Sunrise Ministries in Austin, for a concert with comedy and personal witness at 2 p.m. this Saturday. The duo will also provide music for Sunday’s morning service. The First Baptist Church of Burnet will be celebrating 140 years of ministry this weekend, and everyone is invited to a dinner and a concert by the “Singing Women of Texas,” beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday. There will also be a churchwide lunch after a special 10 a.m. service on Sunday. Next week, Chapel of the Hills will celebrate its 50th anniversary in Buchanan Dam (see ad on page 9).
The Hill Country Community Theatre has announced auditions for its third annual talent show, from 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday (August 12). If you are a singer, musician, dancer, magician, comedian, ventriloquist, animal trainer, or have some other entertaining act, you are encouraged to try out. There is no fee. All musical acts must be acoustical only. No bands, please. This is a showcase performance only, not a competition. Prizes will not be awarded. The performance will be held on Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 PM.
Hill Country Fellowship (at 200 Houston Clinton Drive in Burnet, will be hosting a free parenting class called “It Starts at Home,” a six-week video-driven series (Sundays, beginning August 13, 10:45 AM – noon) where they will explore biblical and tangible ways that parents—couples, single parents, blended families and grandparents—can build a legacy of faith for their children. For details, you can call (512) 755-6924, visit www.itstartsathome.org (or just show up!)
Well-known area DJ Wayne Gatliff will be hosting dances featuring great country music from 5 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday (starting next week, August 16) at the Red Barn Community Center in Buchanan Dam. There will be a $5 cover charge (BYOB).
CelesteCare is now offering Caregiver Support Groups at 2 p.m. on the first (Horseshoe Bay; call 830-596-1711 and ask for Janet.) and second (Llano; call 325-247-5470 and ask for Shirley) Wednesdays each month.
The 40th Annual Oatmeal Festival, held during Labor Day Weekend, would like to invite everyone to run (or cheer on their favorite runner) in this year's 3.3 mile Run for Your Oats, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 2. The Start and Finish line is located at 110 East Vaughan Street in downtown Bertram. Online Registration is now open at www.runreg.com/oatmeal-festival.
The Hill Country Humane Society will be holding its popular Show N Shine at Ace Hardware in Horseshoe Bay in the morning of the first Saturday each month.
A Multi-County “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” program will be held on September 11, 18, 25 and October 2 & 10 at the Burnet County Extension Office (607 North Vandeveer, in Burnet). It is a series of five lessons that are presented by outstanding area professionals in the medical, health and nutrition fields.