Photo of the Week       This will NOT be a “normal” edition of the Highland Lakes Weekly! I thought I could fly back to Walla Walla for my mother’s funeral and still be able to cover some of this week’s news, but it seemed like I had underestimated a few obstacles. One thing that made travel a little more complicated last weekend was the eclipse; thousands of people had apparently decided that Washington state was the best place to see it, and airline seats and rental cars were hard to come by. My sister got me a ticket with her bonus miles (she travels a lot), but I had to take a circuitous route at very inconvenient times. Then the return flight was for the wrong day; I got another flight, but didn’t make it back to Austin until Tuesday afternoon. By then I was so tired that I forgot about the three events I had intended to cover that evening!
John Hallowell, Editor       Most weekends, I spend a lot of time taking pictures (as anyone who looks at the Facebook page can attest), so I usually have a lot more than I can fit even before people start sending me more pictures. This week, I’m taking advantage of several pictures (and maybe even a press release or two) that I received by email while I was gone. Fortunately, I had already written a history article before I headed north.
       I’m also including a few pictures from last year or the year before to give you all a heads-up on some of the annual events planned for September and October. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, but it’s definitely a sign that this paper is slightly abnormal.

       Even though I was already aware of the great interest in the eclipse, I was still impressed to hear that a gentleman from Miami has made reservations at the Antlers Hotel for April 7, 2024, when central Texas will be prime viewing territory for the next total solar eclipse. It’s fairly common for the Antlers Hotel to have guests from faraway places (in the past week, folks from Israel and the United Kingdom have stayed there), but it’s really unusual to have anyone plan so far ahead.
       I was impressed, too, to hear that Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home is hosting a four-day “Remember our Fallen” memorial exhibit September 8 to 11 at the Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls. The event will feature a special “Day of Remembrance” ceremony at noon on September 11 (a Monday this year).
       The Burnet Association of Merchants is getting ready for its “4th Annual Plein Air Competition, Art Fest & Art Auction,” and they sent me an article saying: “Calling all Artists… Early Entry Deadline is September 15, 2017 for the Burnet Plein Air Art Competition. Artists are invited to compete for cash prizes of $2,500. The Art Festival is located on the Historic Square in Burnet, Texas as well as the Burnet Community Center. It will be held on October 12th-14th. See or email Cindy Weston, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information.”
       I’m sure there are more things that I need to include in this column, but I can’t think of them right now. If I wrap it up and get the rest of the pages done quickly, I still might meet my rapidly-approaching deadline. I hope you’ll enjoy even this hurry-up edition of the Highland Lakes Weekly, and I promise I’ll stay here and work for at least the next weeks!

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