One of the scenes from “Art on the Square” last year on the Hays County Courthouse lawn.
By HAP MANSFIELD
You know those energy drinks and elixirs that are always advertising on television? You know, the ones that will give you hours of extra energy so you can feel revitalized and refreshed? As awful as they look (and taste,) it might not be a bad idea to invest in a few of them. Those who take vitamins might think about adding extra iron.
It’s also not a bad idea to get some sleep over the course of the ensuing weeks, preferably not at work, but catch a few zzz’s while you can. A good, healthy low-fat diet would also be helpful.
Oh, and keep your weekends free. Because this weekend starts out a flurry of weekend activities that will keep on keepin’ on for the next few weeks. After this weekend’s power-packed events, there’s still the menudo cook-off next weekend, Cinco de Mayo and just a week or so later, the ever-popular Natural Fest and Western Swing Hall of Fame.
You won’t want to miss any of this and we worry about your health. So take your vitamins and get your sleep.
In fact, this weekend alone could send an endurance trainer to the Gatorade. Here are some highlights.
Friday, April 24
Calling all golf lovers! Central Texas Golf Fest, the largest amateur golf tournament in the United States, continues this weekend. The tournament is taking place at seven local golf courses. Call the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce at (512) 393-5900 for more details and events.
The Texas State baseball team is playing McNeese State at fabulous Bobcat Field tonight at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $6. It’s hard to think of something more fun for a spring evening than watching some baseball. If you prefer the high school game, Hays plays host to Lockhart tonight at 7 p.m.
JoyDance at 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center (501 W. Hopkins) is a fun way to shake your booty or scoot your boots. It’s loads of fun, great exercise and a steal at $5 per session.
Tonight Riley’s (8894 FM 1102) features the genuine Western sounds of Genuine Cowhide, while the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) presents the always-pleasing Johnny Burke Band. The Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) starts off the evening with local favorites Rab Rodriguez y los Killa Hoggs at 6 p.m. and later features an eclectic mix of old style and contemporary Western/ Rockabilly/Bluegrass with The Skeletons, The Crystal Creek Boys and the extraordinary talents of Fish Fry Bingo.
If you long for a taste of musical theater, look no farther than Texas State’s All Spring Musical Review on the main stage of the Theatre Center at 7:30 p.m. This musical extravaganza entitled “The World Goes Round” promises 32 songs and stage performances from the compositions of John Kander and Fred Ebb to classic pieces from famous musicals like “Chicago,” “Cabaret,” “New York, New York,” and more.
There will be additional shows at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available from the Texas State Box Office at $10 for general admission, $7 for Texas State students. It sounds like a smashing good time.
Saturday, April 25
The 4-H Horse Show will be at the always hoppin’ Hays County Civic Center today. It starts at 9 a.m. and will feature, not surprisingly, 4-Hers and their lovingly cared for horses. Call the Civic Center at (512) 353-0498 for more info.
It’s that time of year when dachshunds dress up like superheroes and some dogs taste the thrill of victory while their owners suffer the agony of sore feet from so much walking around downtown Buda for the annual Wiener Dog Races. Today and Sunday mark the 12th annual Weiner Dog Races and the theme this year, keeping up with the Oscars, is “Weinerdog Millionaire.” The nationally famous event includes cook-offs, bake-offs, craft booths, music and food, and it all takes place at Buda City Park.
In this era of Blackberries and iPods that update their applications and models almost monthly, it’s hard to tell what to do with the old non-functioning models. Everyone knows that throwing these things in the trash contaminates the ground water with mercury and other nasty poisons and non-biodegradable plastics. With that in mind, Texas State University invites the public to participate in an electronic recycling event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Bobcat Stadium parking lot.
Bring your old non-functioning small TVs, DVD and CD players, hand held games, cameras, computers electrical cords and other such 21st century paraphernalia for proper recycling. This is one of the best ways to keep the spirit of Earth Day going strong.
The San Marcos Area Arts Council and Dormous Fantabulous will host the third annual Art on the Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. downtown San Marcos. Local artists exhibit and sell their work. Artwork will be displayed from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission.
The Courthouse Square will be doubly lively today as it also is the site of the Hays County Democratic Barbecue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, music and visits from San Marcos City Councilman Chris Jones, State Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) and U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin).
Meanwhile, at San Marcos City Park, the second annual Roar at the River Bike Show and Rally will be starting at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the local chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the rally is chock-a-block with fun events like a washer toss tournament, a chili cook-off, food, music and loads of fun. Riders will also roar through the hill country and stop at five different locations where they will play a round of poker at each stop. The “Poker Run” and the rally are done to benefit scholarship programs.
If you prefer your day to have a little more exercise in it, at 10 a.m. the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance is sponsoring an Earth Day Hike from 10 a.m. until noon at Spring Lake Preserve.
Then, at 11 a.m., the third annual Aquarena Earth Day Celebration kicks off at San Marcos Springs. The event includes a blessing of the springs, distinguished speakers, educational booths, live music and food and vendor booths. This year finds the River Systems Institute and the Aquarena Center teaming with the Indigenous Cultures Institute, which will provide a Native American musical experience with their Songs of the Seven Directions performances.
Thirty regional informational booths will set up on the shores of Spring Lake with educational opportunities designed to help citizens become better stewards of the Earth. There will be 20 regional vendors selling handmade crafts and goods, Aztec dancers, glass bottom Kayak tours and the unveiling of a solar powered glass bottom boat. What a great line-up of stuff!
Think all this is enough for one Saturday? But wait, there’s more!
The High-12 Social Club is serving traditional turkey and dressing lunches for carry out only at the Charles S. Cock House (400 West Hopkins Street) from 11:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. for a tax-deductible donation of only $6. The proceeds go towards funding their scholarship and youth camp programs.
At 2 p.m., Texas State plays its second baseball game of three against McNeese state at fabulous Bobcat Field.
Meanwhile, at the Price Senior Center (222 West San Antonio Street) the Tea ‘N’ More Spring Tea benefits Hands of Hope (formerly known as Christian Women’s Job Corps). Tickets are $20. Call (512) 392-3377 for more info.
San Marcos never has a weekend lacking for music and this weekend has a boatload of great music. At Wake the Dead Coffee House (1432 RR 12), the Austin Space Heaters will be warming up the place with tunes. The Triple Crown’s offerings are the locally popular Zlam Dunk, The Couch, Cactus Rash and Fight City. Lucky Tubb graces the Cheatham Street with his song writing wit and Weldon Henson will be rockin’ Riley’s.
Ah, but after a day this loaded down with events you’d still like even more excitement? Got you covered.
In addition to the evening performance of the Texas State All Spring Musical Review on the main stage of the Theatre Center, the 10th annual “La Feria del Mariachi Concert” will be held 7-9:30 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum.
During the day, more than 150 middle and high school student participants will be in the coliseum beginning at 10 a.m. for a competition and instructional seminars focusing on various aspects of the mariachi musical art form. Participants for the competition portion of the event travel from high schools, middle schools and colleges throughout Texas. Later, the winners from the competition will be featured at the concert.
This year’s concert will be hosted by master of ceremonies Alberto Alegre and presents the Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle, Texas State’s own mariachi ensembles, Nueva Generación and Mariachi Infantil.
Texas State students may purchase tickets at the door for $5 with a university ID the day of the event. Tickets ($15 for preferred seating, $10 regular seating and $5 for children ages 13 and under) for all others may be purchased at the door or the main office in the School of Music.
Sunday, April 26
Texas State plays its third baseball game in the series vs. McNeese State today at 1 p.m. After all the festivities of yesterday, a good baseball game in the spring air may be just what you need.
The Texas State All Spring Musical Review plays its matinee today at 2 p.m. if you missed it yesterday in the midst of all the excitement.
If you would like to get some exercise and take a turn around the dance floor, the Leroy Rybak Orchestra is going to furnish the music for the Geronimo VFW’s first Polka Dance this afternoon from 3-6 p.m. Rybak’s orchestra has the reputation as one of the best polka, waltz and country bands in Texas. It would be a nice day to take a drive to beautiful downtown Geronimo and get your polka goin’.
The Wine Cellar Reader’s Theater, in collaboration with Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance, will be presenting the controversial Dael Orlandersmith play “Yellowman.” The play is a tale of color perceptions and misconceptions. The reading is free, but it’s recommended that you call the Wine Cellar (corner of LBJ and Hopkins) at (512) 805-9463 for reservations.
Wake the Dead’s Bob Steine will be massaging away your cares from 4-8 p.m. today and the mics are open at the Triple Crown and Riley’s, if you feel like singing after your tight shoulder muscles are well massaged.
And now, finally, the fat lady sings as the weekend draws to a close. We suggest Kate Smith doing “God Bless America.”