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December 6th, 2008
Weekend: Holiday festival time in Buda, San Marcos

Monte MontgomeryBy HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

You might be tempted to stay home this weekend and root for Missouri to beat Oklahoma, but those venturing out will find a plethora of tempting musical and Christmastime offerings that will keep Hays County jumping.

Saturday, Dec. 6

The first weekend in December has stood for one thing in Hays County for the last 20 years: Budafest. You’ll see local celebrities, marching bands, homemade floats pulled on flatbed trailers behind pick-up trucks and veterans groups all following the flag down Main Street.

The greenbelt by the library in downtown Buda fills up with more that 125 artisans selling handcrafted items of every type – jewelry, candles, holiday decorations, salsas, woodcrafts, pottery, soaps and a variety of other items perfect for gift giving.  Local churches and youth organizations sell many different kinds of food, from fajitas and tamales to baked potatoes and turkey legs.

The stage by the gazebo showcases performance throughout the day, everything from country & pop singers to young ballet dancers. Children can visit with Santa Claus and get their pictures taken with him. A full carnival with rides and games sets up across the street at City Park. The festival runs from 10 p.m. – a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Street parking is available, as well as a shuttle bus from outlying parking lots. For further Information check out

Of course, San Marcians would never think of missing The Sights and Sounds of Christmas with its thousands of twinkling lights on the banks of the San Marcos River. Food, fun, crafts, gifts, sausage on a stick, funnel cakes, just to name a few goodies, and loads of entertainment crown this event. Tonight, the main stage features the San Marcos Junior High Choir, the Heart of Texas Chorus, the San Marcos High School Brass Choir, the San Marcos High School Orchestra, the San Marcos High School Jazz Ensemble and Texas State Salsa del Rio. At 6 p.m. in the Sugarplum Theatre, the San Marcos library puppeteers will perform. A good time is probable to be had by all. The festivities continue until 9 p.m.

If its true that a prophet is never recognized in his own country then it’s the only excuse you can have for not being a fan of the impressive talents of the Grant Ewing Band performing at the Triple Crown tonight. Led by Ewings’ compelling voice, the band is an amalgam of everything that makes this area such a flashpoint for music, with equal parts of country, soul, blues, rock and Americana. This band is a local treasure of the first water.

Most every musician envisions that someday his loyal beat-up axe will become an historic memento destined for a hall of fame exhibit or a model for a guitar maker. Monte Montgomery, guitar virtuoso extraordinaire, will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight, and look closely at his guitar. Alvarez has issued a ”Monte Montgomery” signature model guitar made of distressed cedar to look like the time worn but beautiful beat-up Alvarez he has been playing all these years. Naturally, it’s the hearing of the guitar that will make this gig a treat. Of course, Alvarez does not guarantee you will ever play as amazingly as Montgomery, but you’ll be able to look almost as cool as he does.

Sunday, Dec. 7

Budafest continues from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., so if you missed it yesterday you can still get in on the merriment, food and fun.

The Cheatham Street Warehouse will open its generous doors for yet another charitable event by featuring a Toys For Tots benefit from 12:30 p.m. until midnight. Cheatham Street founder Kent Finlay will have his usual assortment of musical Texas jewels to delight the listener and admission is an unwrapped child’s toy or a donation at the door.

Toys for Tots was started in 1947 by Marine Corps Major Bill Hendricks. In its 59 years of dedicated service, it has distributed more than 370 million toys to needy children at Christmas. Think of the hope and joy that has spread thanks to the efforts of all the contributors and volunteers over the years.

Donating a toy is one of the many things you can do this holiday season to insure that the memory of Christmas is a happy one for a child in need. As always, you may drop off your toy at the Cheatham Street Warehouse without staying for the music. But if you brought a toy or a donation, the music is your gift from a thoughtful musician thanking you for your generosity.

Here is the list of musicians tentatively scheduled for tonight:

12:30 p.m. – p.m. – Andrew Duffy/Nathan Smith/Cameron Joyner/Russell Bisbey.

1:15  p.m. – Dallas Sealy/Taylor Pritchett/Jason Bednorz.

2 p.m. – Michael Wren/Nathan Lange/Victor Holk/Missoula Slim.

2:50 p.m. – Tim Bruton/Jordan Minor/Tony Taylor.

3:40 p.m. – Jeremy Steding/Forrest Wayne Allen/K’Cee Edwards/Jason Scott Woolery.

4:30 p.m. – Scott Matthews/Donny Waits/Tyler Cannon/Eric Middleton.

5:20 p.m. – Ben Morris/Jamie Talbert/Pug Johnson/Jon Dittfurth.

6:10 p.m. – Al Barlow/Tony Wilson/Aaron Allen.

7 p.m. – Gabe Wootton/AJ Downing/Shad Blair/Mike Ethan Messick.

8 p.m. – Finlay Family Jam (w/Big John Mills).

8:55 p.m. –  Andrea Marie/Austin Mayse/Jeremy Miller.

9:45 p.m. – Rich O’Toole/Aaron Navarro/Britt Lloyd/Brison Bursey.

10:35 p.m. – The Gougers.

11:20 p.m. – Texas Sapphires.

Brad Burns is also playing, but the time has not been finalized yet.

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