Colton James will be at the Gray Horse Saloon on Saturday night.
By HAP MANSFIELD
It’s Father’s Day this weekend, and we strongly suggest that he at least gets a card. We know dads say they don’t care, but a thoughtful gesture is always appreciated.
Our dad was more than a little on the strict side with regular corporal punishment for infringement of his somewhat irrational rules, but, God love him, we loved him, too. He blushed to the roots of his ever-thinning hair when he got a Father’s Day card from the kids.
We agree with Mark Twain when he said, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he’d learned in seven years.”
Sometimes it takes a while to figure out how smart your dad really is. Or isn’t.
Oh, and a word to the wise: the “humorous” card about dad’s thinning hair probably isn’t the best choice. A man can only take so much.
There are loads of activities this weekend that dads will like, and you will, too. Here are just a few suggestions.
Friday, June 18
Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street) features the music of Devil’s Hollow tonight at 6 p.m. The New Braunfels based band plays a solid, catchy, southern-fried bluesy rock perfect for a summer’s night.
The Juneteenth celebration starts out with some cook-off categories tonight. Fajitas, kid’s pork chops, beans and margaritas will be whipped up and fill the air with delicious aromas. All the cook-off events are being staged in City Park behind the Parks and Recreation building.
Sailor Jack and his dog, Bingo, have been a regular fixture of summer time since 1918. You say you don’t know who they are? They are the characters on the package of Cracker Jack you ate when you were a kid. They still reside on the packages, albeit now the packages are usually the plastic bag variety. The candy-coated popcorn is still sold in boxes, however, and the prizes are as lame as ever. You probably won’t find Sailor Jack, although you will find bingo at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) with much better prizes than Cracker Jack. Snacks are sold by the lovely gals of the Ladies Auxiliary, too. The cage starts turning at 7 p.m.
The EmilyAnn Theatre (1101 FM 2325) presents its spirited interpretation of the musical “Grease” tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and children five years old and younger get in free. Should be a lovely evening for a bit of outdoor theater.
At Gregg-Clarke Park in Kyle (11809 West Center Street), the movies-in-the-park features the animated film “Planet 51” tonight. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and popcorn, and watch the movie in the great outdoors. “Planet 51,” interestingly enough, is the most expensive film ever made in Spain.
Firewater Sermon will preach to the converted at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) tonight. San Marcos Local News correspondent Sarah Stevens calls the the band “heartfelt, haunting and catchy,” and you will, too. The music starts up around 8 p.m.
Houston Marchman will be at Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Road in New Braunfels) tonight at 8 p.m. His unforgettable gentle voice is as lovely as a summer breeze. He wrote his first song when he was 13, and he just kept on getting better at it. A San Marcos favorite, Mark Jungers, opens.
Guy Forsyth has a lot to recommend him for the new listener. He’s won the Austin Music Awards (AMA) Best Male Vocalist and once he even won the AMA Best Miscellaneous Instrument Player for the singing saw. His website, Guyforsyth.com is pretty delightful, as well. Hard to argue with a guy who can play Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” on a toy xylophone. His multiple talents will be on full display at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) tonight. You’ll be so glad you went.
Equal’s sound is ambient, which is to say it creates a mood and plays variations on it with a lot of thoughtful noodling. You can hear the band’s musical poetry at Triple Crown tonight. Joining the card is Houston’s equally experimental and slightly more poppy Redbear Sunfish. Bring some toast. The jams will be delicious.
Saturday, June 19
It’s Market on the Square in downtown San Marcos on the courthouse square from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This week’s market features, in addition to local produce and crafts, the first annual San Marcos Tomato Fest, sponsored by the Root Cellar. There will be bushels of the round red fruits and a salsa competition with prizes and fun. Music, sponsored by Tantra Coffeehouse, includes Olive Street, which will entertain with a jumping, bluesy blend of Americana and rock. The Market on the Square is operated by the non-profit San Marcos/New Braunfels Farmers Market Association. The beautiful perfume of fresh produce and spicy salsas will perk you up for the whole weekend.
The San Marcos Juneteenth Celebration kicks off this morning with a parade from Dunbar Center (801 Martin Luther King Drive) to the Farmer’s Market (204 South Edward Gary). The Dunbar Community Center will feature kid’s games and activities all day, as well as host a Gospel Fest at 3 p.m. A three-on-three basketball tournament is slated for Dunbar Park and, of course, the cook-off will continue all throughout the day at City Park. A domino and spades tournament will start up at 5 p.m. at the Dunbar Center.
Music, food, games and activities will be going on all day, but don’t forget the Juneteenth Cake Auction at the San Marcos Activity Center (501 East Hopkins Street) at 5 p.m. All events are sponsored by the Dunbar Heritage Association and the City of San Marcos. And remember, to have the traditional strawberry soda pop to celebrate the day.
If you are looking for a great gift for dad, you may want to head on over to Cabela’s in Buda (15570 Interstate-35). It’s Kid’s Day there from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with all sorts of free activities for the young’uns to do while dad wistfully eyes the fishing rods.
A graduate of the prestigious Berklee School of Music, Austin’s Warren Hood can do everything on a stringed instrument. An accomplished fiddle, violin, guitar and mandolin player, Hood runs the gamut from Western Swing to Gypsy ballads that would wring tears from Brahms. Hood and his band, the Hoodlums, will play their compelling varieties of Gypsy Bluegrass and Americana at Gruene Hall today at 1 p.m. No cover for this performance, so it’s a gift.
Starting at 7:30 p.m., Triple Crown will have a big throw down to benefit the San Marcos Youth Service Bureau (YSB). The stack of talent is thick, awe inspiring and includes Buzz ‘n’ Bangs, The Belgraves, Clyde and Clem’s Whiskey Business, the Crystal Creek Boys, Modern Tycoon and Molly J. Hayes. The roof will be raised and fun will be had.
The EmilyAnn Theatre reprises its performance of “Grease” at 8 p.m. The lightning will be greased and the music will be cool. It’s a beautiful setting for a theater, too.
Colton James sounds like he’s been riding the range and entertaining cowboys and gamblers his whole young life. His infectious mix of bluegrass and classic country will delight you. He’ll be at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight at 8 p.m., and you’d best not miss him, because he’s on a projectile to Western music stardom. The guy writes a great song, too.
Ben Danaher’s rockin’ country is as toe tapping as it gets. A Texas State alum and Kent Finlay “find,” he’ll be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight. Should be a great gig.
Joel Hoffman’s distinctive baritone is tailor-made for the roadhouse and rockabilly stylings of his band. The Joel Hoffman Band is at Riley’s tonight and before you go sayin’ anything about Hoffman being the proprietor at Riley’s, we’ve just got to say, the band deserves the prime Saturday gig on its own merits. It’s easy to overlook that, but being the discerning music lover that you are, we know when you think on it, you won’t.
You probably remember the BoDeans’ indie hit “Closer to Free” as the theme song for the Fox teen drama “Party of Five,” but the song is just the tip of the Waukesha, WI, based band’s musical iceberg. Quite frankly, we’ve always thought the theme song was the best part of the show, anyway, because we knew the Bodeans have a Studebaker trunk full of other great songs. Their harmonies make the Everly Brothers green. And speaking of green, they will be at Gruene Hall tonight at 9 p.m. They are joined by the bluesy, jazzy country of the Ray Johnston Band. It’s worth noting that Johnston, a former Dallas Maverick, has successfully beaten cancer four times and is now in remission. Music lovers everywhere are most grateful.
Sunday, June 20
It’s Father’s Day, so it’s time to get up early, burn the toast, spill the juice and scramble the fried eggs for dad’s celebratory breakfast. He won’t care about the gourmet quality of the meal. He’s just happy to be remembered.
Move over Miley Cyrus, Miranda Cosgrove and Selena Gomez, there’s a new sheriff in town, and she’s got a kickin’ act and is takin’ names. Fifteen-year old Dallas native Ruby Jane sings and plays the fiddle with a youthful verve and a respectful manner that delights fans of country, rock and pop. The Ruby Jane Show will be at Gruene Hall today at 12:30 p.m. Prepare to be wowed. There’s no cover today, either.
Dustin Welch cannot be pigeon-holed, as he and his band play blue grass, solid rock and country with equal aplomb. He will be at Gruene Hall today at 5 p.m. It’s going to be another wow moment for you when you hear him. And again, as luck would have it, there’s no cover.
The San Marcos River Pub (701 Cheatham Street) features the music of Austin’s Greencards tonight at 7:30 p.m. The seating is festival, admission is free and the scenery is gorgeous.
The EmilyAnn Theatre will jump and hand jive to the music of “Grease” tonight at 8 p.m. It might be fun to take dad, and don’t forget about grandpa.
If the kids have been pestering you to see “Toy Story 3,” but you’d like to spend a relaxing evening outdoors, the Corral Theatre (Flyte Acres Road in Wimberley) has a win-win solution. “Toy Story 3” will start at “dark-thirty” at the walk-in outdoor theater. Bring your own blankets and snacks, or purchase snacks from the concession stand, and prepare to relax in the deep, beautiful Texas summer evening.
Mics are open tonight at both Riley’s and Triple Crown. If you don’t want to sing, you could always sit in the audience and offer support. Public singing takes a lot of confidence. You could mosey over to the Gray Horse Saloon for a bit of Island Time Karaoke. We love that name. It sounds like a short vacation, doesn’t it?
The ESPN baseball game features the inter-league twist between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angles Dodgers tonight at 8 p.m. We’re not a big fan of inter-league play, but it’s always fun to watch the hot bat of the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier.
TCM has two salutes to fathers with the adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” at 7 p.m.. Atticus Finch is the ultimate dad. At 9:30 p.m., TCM continues the dad theme with the adaptation of Clarence Day’s “Life with Father,” in which the dad suspiciously reminds us of our own.
Oh, and Father’s Day cake would be nice, too. Our dad liked Boston cream pie, which sorta figured. He was just contrary enough to like a cake that was named like a pie.