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July 10th, 2009
The Weekend: Try Kool-Aid and shade

Another big night of races is coming to Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle Saturday night.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

When it gets as hot as it does here on the corridor, it’s hard to appreciate what a wonderful season summer is. Perhaps it’s not a bad idea to go back in your mind to your childhood and remember the delight you had with picnics, barbecues, swimming pools, popsicles, baseball and games of flashlight tag and statues.

You can still do all these things when you get to be an adult, but they are a little more work because you are orchestrating the events, as well as participating. That doesn’t mean that you have to lose the child in you who appreciated a good old-fashioned Kool-Aid ice-cube-turned-Popsicle or the thrill of a new book from the library for quiet reading in the shade.

The bright greens of the grass and the blues of the jays and the reds of the homegrown tomatoes are signals for you to stop and enjoy the great beauty that is in the smallest of things of the summer. The heat is a small price to pay when your city is lucky enough to be by a deliciously cool river to float upon.

So our suggestion is to let the little kid in you out once in a while. Buy a grape Popsicle. Have a glass of lime Kool-aid. Get a set of drugstore watercolors, sit in the shade and paint a few pictures. Eat a frozen candy bar on a stick (like a Milky Way) or just freeze one and crack it up into pieces (like a Charleston Chew). Go to the library and check out a book that is pure silly pleasure full of jokes and cartoons. Feed your spirit with some kid-like fun.

It’s amazing how things like that can make you a deeper and more joyful person.

There are lots of fun things to do this weekend. Here are few suggestions.

Friday, July 10

After a lot hot day there’s nothing quite so relaxing as a good stretch. The San Marcos Public Library (625 East Hopkins Street) comes to rescue with a free Yoga class at 5 p.m. Wear loose clothing and bring a towel or a blanket to sit on. Everyone is welcome to participate!

The early gig at the Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) is Bill Jerram at 6 p.m. If you have never heard him, go to his myspace page and you will be hooked. He plays genuine pop ala the Beatles and the Kinks, and his voice is fresh and powerful.

It’s Bingo Night at the VFW post (Veterans Park on Jacob’s Well Road) in Wimberley starting at 6:30 p.m. When the cages start to turn, there will be fun and prizes galore. Concessions are sold and served by the loving hands of the Ladies Auxiliary.

Scrapbookers will not want to miss Kyle Scrapbooking Night (Ernest Kimbro Building at Kyle Elementary, 500 West Blanco Street) from 7-11:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required and the fee is a mere $5 per participant.

The music tonight is awesome on all fronts. Wake the Dead Coffee House (1432 RR 12) has a night of folk music starting with Molly Hayes at 7 p.m. and Ian Lee at 9 p.m.

The always rockin’ Dr. G and the Mudcats start off the night at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) at 9 p.m. The night keeps on goin’ with the standout bluesy-rock of Javi Garcia and the Cold Cold Ground. Garcia has a gritty, sexy voice that insists you listen. The band members are solid senders. This gig is highly recommended.

The Triple Crown has another one of its delightful triple bills with The Couch, Blind Pets and Aviation Blonde. The action starts at 10 p.m.

Last but certainly not least, the multi-talented, legendary, Grammy-award winning guitar player Redd Volkaert will be at Riley’s (88945 FM 1102) tonight at 8 p.m. He never fails to delight an audience with his skill and humor.

Saturday, July 11

Get up early, while the weather is still tolerable, don your hard shoes, your gardening gloves, your painting clothes and a hat to meet up with folks from the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance marking Dante’s Trail from 8-10 a.m. Don’t forget your protective eye wear and a bottle of water. The alliance supplies the tools and the bug repellant. Email alliance@smgreenbelt.org to receive location, directions, and last-minute weather cancellations.

Habitat for Humanity is building a house at 204 Mill Street, and would welcome anyone who would like to help. This will be the first Habitat home in the city to feature environmentally friendly green building techniques, so you’ll learn some interesting skills that can be used at your own home. Volunteers are on-site most Saturday mornings, or you can check the website at www.habitatforhumanitysanmarcos.org for more information.

Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle will feature the Texas Super Racing Series Late Models – the top asphalt touring series in Texas – and the Texas Pro Modifieds. Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. It’s $8 for students with ID, military, senior citizens, police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Military in uniform get in free. Racing gets the green flag at 5:30 p.m. with time trials. Heat races start at 6 p.m. These races are always heart-stopping fun!

The crowd pleasing Good Ole Boys Country Band will make with the boot scootin’ tunes at the Geronimo VFW (6808 N. SH 123) in beautiful downtown Geronimo. For more information or reservations call (830) 303-9903.

Another delicious music buffet awaits your enjoyment tonight. There’s Cosmic Jaguar at Wake the Dead Coffee House at 8 p.m., for those who dig electronica.

Lil’ Bit and the Customatics will rock and roll it old school at Riley’s tonight at 8 p.m.

The Triple Crown features Grimy Styles and the soulful reggae of local faves Kallisti Gold. There’s nothing like a good reggae beat to really let you feel the summertime inside you. The beat starts at 10 p.m., mon!

The Nathan Daniel Band is a bona fide local treasure with an original take on Americana/Country. The band can be seen tonight at the Cheatham Street Warehouse starting at 9 p.m. They are almost as refreshing as the cold beer you are going to need to beat the heat tonight. This is another “don’t miss” gig!

Sunday, July 12

Ah, what a wonderful day to stroll down by the cool clear waters of the San Marcos River. But what is all this junk strewn along sides: cans, food wrappers, cups and debris? Take a garbage bag with you on your walk and pick up a little bit of that junk today. We know you didn’t make that mess and those who have should be ashamed of themselves, but we’re not going assign blame. We’re going to fix the problem, right? Your river and your community thank you!

Speaking of that river, what a nice day for a pleasant drift in the cool water on an inner tube! Tubes can be rented in a variety of places – the Yellow Store (corner of Hopkins Street and North Edward Gary) and the ever-diligent Lions Club (170 Bobcat Drive), just to name a couple. The river is a constant refreshing 72 degrees, and it’s so very pretty as well. Remember to dispose of your garbage in the many receptacles provided.

The sweet harmonies of the Ash Family will charm listeners at the Cheatham Street Warehouse today from 4-8 p.m. Hard to think of a more pleasant way to pass a Sunday.

Bob Steine will make with Chair Massage from 4-8 p.m. at Wake the Dead Coffee House. Get a decaf, or you’ll screw up all his hard work!

The mics are open tonight at the Triple Crown and at Riley’s. You’ve got to start somewhere, you know.

ABC Family Network will air all the Harry Potter movies today in chronological order, if you just want to sit in air-conditioned muggle splendor and watch awesome special effects and charming stories. These movies will refresh your memory just in time for the much anticipated theatrical release of “Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince.”

These movies go great with grape popsicles and green Kool-Aid, by the way.

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0 thoughts on “The Weekend: Try Kool-Aid and shade

  1. Great idea about taking a trash bag to the river. I think we’ll throw one in the canoe and do just that. We’ve been looking for an excuse to make time to paddle around anyway.

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