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October 29th, 2010
The Weekend: Halloween on the Wurst weekend


Chasca will stage a Rocky Horror Picture Show Review at the Gray Horse on Halloween.

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There are so many things to do this weekend, we’ll just get right to them but first we would like to say something on behalf of all kids everywhere.

We know that candy is not good for children as a regular diet, neither is it ever good for their teeth. However, a moderated amount of Halloween candy seems preferable to a child who will have to get therapy because she never got any.

We all tend to be so all or nothing when we should know that moderation in all things is the key. This goes for drink, food, fun and, yes, candy.

Plus, Halloween is an excellent time to teach sharing to a child, as you’ll probably want a piece of candy, too.

There’s a lot more than candy this weekend and here are a few suggestions for your sweet weekend.

Friday, October 29

Today things take a turn for the wurst as Wurstfest in New Braunfels starts its ten-day salute to sausage, lederhosen and oompah bands. The festivities get underway with master yodelers, a host of bands, delicious sausages and loads of family fun. While there will be plenty of German potato salad and potato pancakes, this is a new “foodie” era and you also will find sausages studded with sundried tomatoes, basil and chipotle.

Ballet Magnificat, the renowned southern dance troupe, will be at Hill Country Church (1401 Davis Lane) tonight at 7 p.m. The Mississippi-based dance company has earned high praise from the Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times and newspapers everywhere in between. They will be here for two nights with two different performances. Tickets for tonight’s performance, “Deliver Us,” are $12 at the door. You will be amazed by the beauty and radiance of their dancing.

Football tonight has San Marcos High battling Converse Judson at Bobcat Stadium on Senior Night (7:30 p.m.). Hays High School squares off against Canyon at Bob Shelton Stadium. Parents Night at Wimberley High will find the Texans facing Navarro and San Marcos Academy will battle San Antonio Christian School. Plenty of local games at which to cheer! Meanwhile Lehman High will play at Schertz Canyon and Dripping Springs will be at Cedar Park. All games start at 7:30 p.m.

“The History Boys,” the Tony award-winning play by Alan Bennett, will be presented by Texas State’s Department of Theatre and Dance tonight at the PSH Foundation Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The play about a cadre of bright, but slightly unruly, boys and their search for a sex, the meaning of life and a good college is for mature audiences. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for students.

“I always liked music a lot more than anyone else I knew,”  said Fred Andrews, lead singer-songwriter for Honeybrowne. We know an awful lot of music lovers who can relate to that statement. Andrews’ smooth voice and well-written songs are both catchy and moving. And who doesn’t like a band named after a beer? Beer and sweet tunes are a perfect mix. You can hear Honeybrowne tonight at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street).

Weldon Henson will play classic Texas roadhouse music with a contemporary feel at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102). Henson’s twang is so sweet, if you don’t get up and dance, your boots may just come off and dance without you.

Champagne with Friends sounds like a lovely thing to have, but it’s also the name of a band playing at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) tonight. The band’s rootsy funk has a few champagne sparkles in it, too.

The Triple Crown features a big evening of pre-Halloween fun with Weird Magazine’s Anniversary Party and music by Helix and Del Feo. The music starts up around 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 30

Admission is free at the North American Wholesale Jewelry and Gift Show at the New Braunfels Civic Center (375 Castell Avenue). With more than 100 vendors selling products in the wholesale jewelry and fashion accessory market, you’ll have a lot to browse.

The Friends of the San Marcos Library Fall Book Sale will be at the VFW Hall today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hardcover books will cost $1 and paperbacks will cost 50 cents so there will be bargains galore. All proceeds help out the library, too, so it’s a win-win for all.

Wurstfest in New Braunfels gets going today around 11:30 a.m. with loads of bands, activities, a crafts sale, a bicycle classic, a skat tournament and more. Oh, yeah, you might be able to get a delicious sausage or two as well. And don’t forget the Old Time Melodrama staged at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “Harry Potwurst and the Order of Opas” (and no, we didn’t make that up).

Kyle’s seventh annual Halloween Festival gets underway at noon today. The event features carnival games, costume contests, food vendors and inflatables (i.e. bouncy houses! Yay!). The festivities go on until 4 p.m.

At 6 p.m., San Marcos Plaza Park will host Farmer Fred’s Harvest Fall Carnival. The popular event features carnival games, prizes, candy, a barrel train ride, a haunted hay ride and a movie on the big screen. The children’s costume contest registration will be from 6-6:35 p.m. The contest starts at 7 p.m. Fun for all ages! If you want to remember how fun Halloween is, you can’t go wrong watching the kids enjoy Farmer Fred’s festival.

The Washington Post said of Ballet Magnificat, “There’s no denying the emotional power of this company. These dancers have the kind of lit-from-within presence rarely seen outside the premier companies…” You can see their dancing magic tonight at Hill Country Church at 7 p.m. tonight as they perform a piece entitled “Scarlet Cord.” Tickets are $12 at the door.

The PSH Foundation Theatre on the campus of Texas State will be the stage for Texas State’s production of “The History Boys” at 7:30 p.m. The plot follows a group of boys at a private school as they figure out where to go to college, where their lives are going and where to find girls. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for students.

At St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (3039 RR 12) you will hear the Vocalibre concert, an a capella choir of Texas State students directed by Dr. Jonathan Babcock. Admission is free.

If you are an adult, the opportunities to wear a good costume (outside of your business clothes) are few and far between. However, the Geronimo VFW post (6808 North SH 123) will host a Halloween dance at 8 p.m. featuring the music of the Good Ole Boys Band and attendees are encouraged to wear a costume. There will be awards for the best costumes but remember that it will be mighty hard to dance in that cardboard box robot costume, so dress accordingly. The dance is smoke-free and open to all. A $7 donation at the door benefits the many VFW veterans programs.

You could always go to Riley’s Halloween Party taking place tonight starting at 8 p.m. Luke Adair and the Big Bills will provide the music. There will be a cash prize at the costume contest slated to start at 11 p.m.

It might be an exaggeration to call Foscoe Jones the Paul Simon of San Marcos, but it’s not that far from wrong. His appealing songs and voice put one in mind of the aforementioned ’60s troubadour. He will sing his thoughtful songs at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight. Also on the bill for Halloween eve is the Love Liberation Army.

Quiet Room and the Sonomatics will be at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight, and The Triple Crown features a rollicking evening with The Crampfits, Unholy Passion and Queens of Noise.

Sunday, October 31

You can get the best of the wurst as Wurstfest starts up today around 11:30 a.m. just in time to grab a sausage after church. The day also includes plenty of music, a waltz contest, a Halloween celebration at 6:30, a magician and a clown. Don’t forget the craft show and a reprisal performance of the aforementioned “Harry Potwurst.”  Let’s not forget that we owe the German ancestors of Texas for much of the history of Texas barbeque, to which we say “vielen dank!”

It’s the last day of the Friends of the San Marcos Library Fall Book Sale and today you can get a bag of books for $5. The sale at the VFW Hall goes from 1-5 p.m. today. This is always an excellent opportunity to fill up on books for those frosty winter nights ahead. It’s hard to beat a cup of hot cocoa and a good book for a winter evening’s enjoyment.

The Texas State’s Department of Theatre and Dance will reprise their performance of “The History Boys” this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the PSH Foundation Studio Theatre.

You could head over to the San Marcos Farmer’s Market parking lot (204 South Edward Gary Street) to watch the Hotdogs take on the Unicychos in a friendly game of unicycle football. The one-wheeled action starts at 4 p.m.

The square in downtown Wimberley will feature a safe afternoon of trick-or-treating with activities for the kids beginning at 4:30 p.m. Kids can wear their costumes and experience some Halloween fun while it’s still light out.

The Gray Horse Saloon will feature a set with Robbie and the Robots tonight before Robbie Doyen takes on his role in Chasca’s Rocky Horror Review starting at  9 p.m. It will be a fun evening as the musicians from Chasca and several local bands take on the strange and spirited characters of Rocky Horror. Chasca has been perfecting this review during the last few days at several venues in Austin so their performances will be well-honed.

The ever-high spirited Beaumonts will be featured at the Triple Crown’s Halloween Costume Contest and celebration. Buck Jones and the Haggard will add to the festivities. It’ll be a rockin’ throwdown.

Hopefully, tonight’s horror-filled television offerings will not be marked by the Texas Rangers. We’re still pulling for them, though. Football on NBC tonight finds the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the New Orleans Saints.

Scary movies for Halloween feature “Van Helsing” on ABC Family, “The Haunting” on TCM, Dawn of the Dead on AMC, “Evil Dead” on Chiller and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on BBC America. The Hallmark Channel features an Addams Family marathon.

Scariest of all, though, might be that Bridezillas show on WE — just think, those spoiled characters are probably going to have children. The horror. The horror.

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