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Sunset from the Purgatory Creek Natural Area. PHOTO by DERRICK LEE

UPDATED 12 a.m. Oct. 9:
SMGA’s Harvest Moon FUNdraiser has been postponed due to chance of rain, lightning, mud, and potential cloud cover obscuring stars and moon Saturday evening. The event will be rescheduled, probably for November.


The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance will hold its Harvest Moon FUNdraiser on Oct. 8 in San Marcos’ largest greenspace, where attendees can enjoy food, live music, a raffle, and participate in an astronomy-themed tour.

The even will start at sundown, or about 7 p.m., under the Learning Tree in the Purgatory Creek Natural Area.

Texas State astronomy professor Russell L. Doescher will lead an astronomy hike beginning at 7:30 p.m. Concurrently, there will be sodas, chips, baked goods and sausage wraps for sale at the Learning Tree. The Crystal Creek Boys will perform at 8:30 p.m., illuminated by the almost-full moon.

There will be a telescope for attendees’ use, a raffle, an art project for kids, and the opportunity to acquire a new San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance t-shirt.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds for SMGA, whose mission is the creation and preservation of an interconnected system of parks and natural areas in the city. SMGA is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that works to preserve greenspace and make it accessible to residents. SMGA seeks volunteers for projects, including trail building and maintenance, trail signage and kiosk display installation, invasive plant removal, and conservation advocacy, among others.

SMGA asks that attendees of the Harvest Moon FUNdraiser bring cash or checks, a beverage of choice (no glass), a flashlight and/or other no-flame light source, a folding chair, and waste bags and leashes with pets.

The entrance to the event is in the last western block of Prospect Street, which dead-ends shortly after intersecting Columbia Street. Parking is available along neighborhood streets including Prospect, Columbia, and Progress Streets. Parking is limited, and attendees may consider carpooling, walking, or cycling (a bike rack is available). Follow the lighted trail that winds through the cedar break and emerges into the field, where the Learning Tree and large compass are visible.

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