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October 11th, 2011
‘Art and eco fest’ slated for Saturday

STAFF REPORT

Downtown San Marcos will be the site of a free community event to feature music, art and food vendors, and an opportunity to participate in the city’s master planning process.

The 2011 Art and Eco Fest will be Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Courthouse Square.

There will be interactive booths placed throughout the festival grounds to allow residents to share their vision for the future of San Marcos. Featured topics such as economic development, education, arts, recreation and leisure, tourism, transportation, sustainability and more will be open for discussion and input.

Festival-goers are invited to take walking tours of downtown at noon and 2 p.m., and to participate in pecha kuchas in the Courthouse rotunda. According to a statement from the city, the Pecha kuchas are fast-paced graphic presentations by citizens on their dreams for San Marcos, and they will be at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Low-impact development workshops and demonstrations will be held at the Railyard Grill at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

The family-friendly event, sponsored by Keep San Marcos Beautiful and Tall Man Records, will feature outdoor musical performances by Dan Holmes from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Bel Stuart from noon-12:45 p.m., Mayeux and Broussard from 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Fire in the Pines from 3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m., and Mae Stoll with the ComeDrumForFunDrummers from 5:15 p.m.–6 p.m..

Art and Eco Fest will precede a free concert at the Texas Music Theater, located on the east side of the Square on East San Antonio Street.

Musicians slated to perform at the Texas Music Theater include The Kinfolk at 7 p.m., JWW & the Prospectors at 8:45 p.m., and Stewart Mann & Statesboro Revue at 10:30 p.m. The doors open at 6 p.m.

Free parking and shuttles will be available from the Hays County Justice Center, 110 E. Martin Luther King, throughout the day.

The City of San Marcos unveiled the Dream San Marcos initiative in August to ask residents for their ideas about what the city should become in the future as part of a process to update the city’s 1996 comprehensive plan.

The city is collecting ideas from residents using IdeaScale online software, email, comment cards, activities and public events such as Art and Eco Fest. Ideas may be entered and voted on at sanmarcostx.ideascale.com.

Art and Eco Fest is sponsored by the City of San Marcos, Tres Hefter of Tall Man Records, Community Yoga Center, Full Circle Salon, Leon Breeden Attorney at Law, Chartreuse Hair Studio, Haircuts, Etc., Twist & Shout, Texas Music Theater and Railyard Grill.

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