Jason Boland and the Stragglers will play a free concert at the Kyle Fair and Music Festival Saturday.
By HAP MANSFIELD
Such gorgeous weather. Texas doesn’t let the hot weather stop it from having fun, but once the weather gets just a tad cooler, look out.
It’s another weekend packed with fun activities and music. In any other state, it’s illegal to have this much fun.
Here are a few suggestions for where to get that second wind and have a bit fun this weekend.
Friday, October 15
The Kyle Fair and Music Festival starts up with music tonight. The Spencer Thomas Band at 5:30 p.m., the inimitable and formidable Redd Volkaert Band hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. and David Ybarra and the L.A. Blues Band starts up at 9:30 p.m. The music is free to the public. Bring your own lawn chair. The carnival rides start at 6 p.m. Cook-off judging includes fajitas and beans. Most all of the festival takes place at Gregg-Clarke Park (1300 West Center Street.)
As far as parking goes, starting at 3:00 p.m. Friday and 8:00 a.m. Saturday, the Kyle Masonic Lodge, along with Buda Masonic Lodge, will operate a large parking lot at Gregg-Clarke Park’s Cisneros Street entrance. The lodge will ask for a $2 donation per vehicle. All proceeds stay with Kyle and Buda Masonic Lodges to continue their youth scholarship program and community service projects. And remember, the music is free.
The Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street) features the many talents of RC Banks tonight at 6 p.m. for the early gig. He’s always worth a listen.
Where would a happenin’ swinger look to find a little bingo action around here? He or she need look no further than the long-standing Wimberley VFW’s (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) regular Friday night bingo game. Fun, prizes and concessions sold by the Ladies Auxiliary — it’s everything that a bingo cat could dig. The basket starts revolving at 7 p.m.
After Robert Schumann injured his hand in the early 1830s, it signaled the end of his professional pianist ambitions. Thwarted though his brilliant playing career was, for the rest of his life he composed some of the loveliest works of all time for the piano. It is said that his “Kinderzenen” is one of the most famous piano pieces ever written, and if you don’t recognize the name, you’ll certainly recognize the tune as it has been co-opted for countless movies, ads and the like. This year marks Schumman’s 200th birthday, and the piano students at Texas State are celebrating it with a concert tonight at Evans Auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
High school football offerings include San Marcos High versus San Antonio Wagner at Bobcat Stadium and Wimberley at home versus Canyon Lake. If you’re up for a road trip, Hays High will be at Lockhart tonight. All games start at 7:30 p.m.
Texas State’s Opera Theatre will present “Opera Scenes” at the Music Building, room 216 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Samuel Mungo directs feature scenes from favorite operas. All tickets are $5.
The Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) features the musical talents of San Marcos favorite Firewater Sermon. More local faves can be seen at the Triple Crown with its double bill of Zlam Dunk and Equals. The ever-spirited Buster Jiggs will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) tonight with the awesome Texas FX.
Saturday, October 16
The Kyle Fair and Music Festival gears up today with vendor booths opening at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., the parade starts down Center Street. The Kidzone, loaded with children’s activities, opens up at 10:45 a.m., and the carnival opens at noon. Stick around after the parade for the thunderous annual battle of the marching bands between Hays High School’s band and Lehman High School’s band.
Wimberley’s Eco Fest will open at 10 a.m. today at the Katherine Anne Porter School (6515 FM 2325). There will be speakers on environmental topics and businesses exhibiting green products at the event, which is slated to go until 4:30 p.m.
It’s Old Gruene Market Days today starting at 10 a.m. With nearly 100 vendors offering uniquely crafted items, collectibles and packed Texas foods, you are sure to find something to take home and something to give for Christmas, too. The market runs until 5 p.m.
Here’s a sweet thing — the Gruene Flour Cupcakery (2424 Gruene Lake Drive, New Braunfels) is offering a whopping 100 percent of its profits today to the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure cancer initiative. The cupcakery is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., or whenever it runs out of freshly baked cupcakes. It’s a delicious way to contribute to a worthy cause.
Buda’s second annual Open Car Show will take place at Cabela’s (15560 Interstate-35. There will be live music, cool cars, unique prizes for the winning cars and a family friendly atmosphere.
At 10 a.m., the Costumed Pet Parade will travel through downtown Wimberley as part of Pumpkin Fest Activity Day. Plenty of fun, food and pets in costumes.
The free concerts at the Kyle Fair and Music Festival today include Texas FX at 10:45 a.m., Blake and Fallon at noon, Matt Deaton at 1:30 p.m., Wes Hayden at 3 p.m. and Granger Smith at 4:45 p.m. Bring a lawn chair for the music. Don’t forget the vendor booths full of food and art and the carnival rides, too.
Texas State’s volleyball team takes on Stephen F. Austin today at 2 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum. Go see the Bobcats take on the Ladyjacks and cheer for the home team. Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 for youth.
Then, at 6 p.m., the Texas State football team battles Nichols State in the “Battle for the Paddle” at Bobcat Stadium. A painted rowing oar serves as the traveling “paddle” trophy, a remembrance of the 1998 flood in San Marcos. Rally towels will be given out courtesy of The Grove in San Marcos. Tailgating in the parking lot of the east side of the stadium will be serenaded by Midnight River Choir. Texas State is hoping to “pink out” Bobcat Stadium as folks wear pink to support the cure for breast cancer. Coaches and cheerleaders will be donning pink, as well.
The opera and music students at Texas State will perform scenes from favorite operas tonight at the Music Building, room 216, on campus. All tickets are $5 and the event starts at 7:30p.m.
The Wimberley Players, directed by Lee Colee, will perform the rowdy and rollicking musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at 8 p.m. at the Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road). Oregon Territory backwoodsmen, seven girls and a snowed-in cabin make for a very unusual situation that is handled with aplomb by an ex-waitress-turned wife, Millie. She whips everybody into shape, but it takes a while and a few songs and dances. Tickets are $18.
Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers will charm the crowd at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102). The Cheatham Street Warehouse features the talents of Houston’s Rich O’Toole, whose music has reached the Texas Music top ten more than a couple of times.
Robbie and the Robots are number one on the ReverbNation Alternative charts for the area right now. With the flurries of bands on the Internet, that is no small accomplishment. Find out why tonight at the Gray Horse Saloon, when the Robots and Robbie play tonight. Also on the bill is God and the Devil. The music starts at 9 p.m.
The Triple Crown features a diverse evening of musical thrills with Doomsday Device, Rooster Jenkins, Shells, Paperthreat and Blue Kabuki.
The Kyle Fair and Music Festival’s evening music features Kyle Park at 6:45 p.m. and Jason Boland and the Stragglers at 9 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to the free concert. The carnival also will be going strong.
Sunday, October 17
Speaking, as we were, of the Kyle Fair and Music Festival, the carnival opens today at 1 p.m. and the Texas Hold ’em Tournament starts at Kyle City Hall (100 West Center Street) at 3 p.m.
The Buda/Kyle CROP Hunger Walk begins at the Hays Communities Family YMCA (465 Buda Sportsplex Drive) at 2 p.m. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m.
At the Music Building Recital Hall on the campus of Texas State, Kithara Duo will play at 2 p.m. Kithara Duo is Fernand and Olga Amelkina-Vera, guitarists who direct their own festival in Denton. To hear a sample of why you don’t want to miss them, visit kitharaduo.com. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students.
Under the direction of Dr. Samuel Mungo, students at Texas State will perform scenes from favorite operas at 2 p.m. at the Music Building in room 216 on campus at 2 p.m. All tickets are $5.
The Wimberley Players reprise their performance of the rip-snortin’ “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at the Wimberley Playhouse today at 2:30 p.m. Lovely day for an amusing matinee’.
The Gray Horse Saloon is celebrating its third anniversary with drink specials, door prizes and the Vikings-Cowboys game at 3 p.m. The always excellent StandOuts will play later in the evening. There will even be a potluck dinner during the Cowboys game. Should be fun, and they deserve grateful congratulations for their contributions to the music scene.
The Unicycle Football League features the Unicychos versus Hell on Wheel in the only unicycle football game in town, maybe even the universe. They play at the San Marcos Farmers Market parking lot (204 South Edward Gary Street) and the games are fun to watch.
Mics are open at the Triple Crown and Riley’s, if you just feel like singing semi-professionally.
The Indianapolis Colts play the Washington Redskins tonight at 7 p.m. on NBC, but our sports viewing money is on the MLB baseball playoff on Fox. The San Francisco Giants play the Philadelphia Phillies in one of the many really great playoff games that are taking place this year. There will be pitching duels, great hitters and (we hope) tight scores. The tension can usually be cut with a knife. Watching baseball is a sport in itself and if you are doing it right. It’s just not like any other sport. Don’t forget the peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jack.Email | Print