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May 8th, 2009
The Weekend: Remember, it's Mothers Day

Green Mountain Grass plays Friday night at The Triple Crown.

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Julia Ward Howe, the woman who penned the infamous “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, was the first person to formally suggest a Mother’s Day in 1870. But it was Anna Jarvis, who independently conceived of the idea in honor of her deceased mother and got the day proclaimed as a national holiday in 1904.

Unlike the card and candy business-driven Valentines Day or Labor Day (on which a good percentage of laborers are working), Mother’s Day is one of the few made-up holidays that make a good deal of sense.

And, let’s face it, when you celebrate your mom you are actually celebrating your own wonderful birth. You wouldn’t be here without her. She loves you when the world scorns you. You certainly know how precious that is.

One day is not much payback for nine months of discomfort, years of kissing boo-boos, packing lunches, attending school plays, tolerating teen-aged smart-mouthed rebellion and weathering even a certain amount of dismissal as you grow older and think you’re smarter. Your mom was both the door to your life and sometimes the doormat.

All you have to do today to make her day is think of her and be polite. A present couldn’t hurt. Or, you could take her out, entertain her and feed her – just like she did for you for years.

Here are a few events that mom might like and even a couple for you. Because your mom wants you to be happy, too.

Friday, May 8

Tonight, at fabulous Bobcat Field, you can root for the Texas State Baseball team tonight at 6:30 p.m. as they continue their march towards the playoffs. They play Nicholls State. Wonderful night for a ball game, too.

The San Marcos Activity Center (501 East Hopkins) is hosting its first ever Mother-Son Dance at 7 p.m. in advance of Mother’s Day. It’s a Western themed dance with music for all generations. Call (512) 393-8400 for more details.

The Activity Center is also the scene of the Friday JoyDance, which combines free flowing dance moves with groovy music. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and the cost is a mere $5. Great exercise and good fun.

Music, as always, abounds tonight. Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) features the always fun Ben Morris and the Great American Boxcar Chorus. The Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) will present the song stylings and rockin’ rhythms of the Josh Abbott Band.

At the Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) is the awesome do-not-miss Green Mountain Grass. This band is a standout for so many reasons. Musicologists would revel in their take on the traditional forms of bluegrass, gypsy swing, folk, jazz and even a bit of Reggae. If you are into fiddle, mandolin, banjo and the upright bass, you will be amazed at their virtuosity. If you just plain love music, you will be delighted with their harmonies. It’s win-win situation for all kinds of music enthusiasts. You’ll leave with a song in your heart.

Saturday, May 9

First off, it’s Election Day. If you don’t know who’s running and what they’re about, particularly in the San Marcos CISD school board election, read up quickly on Newstreamz, then head out to your polling place and do something about public education in this town.

Texas State continues its series with Nicholls State today at 2 p.m. at Bobcat Field. Tickets are only $6 for general admission and the atmosphere is heating up as Texas State continues its drive towards the Southland Conference Tournament. There’s not much to compare with a pleasant May afternoon with good baseball and a nice Dairy Queen sundae afterwards. That’s almost a perfect day.

Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle is featuring Texas Pro Sedans in addition to the regular race card. The four-cylinder touring series has run for 34 years. The action should be hot and heavy tonight, when the gates open at 5 p.m. Bring your earplugs and prepare to feel your heart racing along with drivers. It’s always fun at Thunderhill.

A lovely private home on the Blanco River will be the site of a charming evening of music, hors d’ oeuvres, wine and conversation as the Texas State School of Music presents “Mamma Mia,” an unforgettable evening of music. The performers will be the stars of Texas State Opera Theatre past and present with special appearances by the world-renowned faculty.

Tickets for the event are $25, available at Texas State School of Music and at Costumed Occasions in downtown San Marcos. Tickets will be available at the door, so call (512) 245-3046 for more info. It’s a great event to use as a gift for mom, too. She can dress in her finest and have a really glamorous night out.

Proceeds from the event go to the Texas State Opera Theatre Scholarship program and this is surely a great way to support the arts in San Marcos as well as Texas State.

If you are familiar with the Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission developed by General Motors and fondly called the Turbo 350 by drag racers, then it will not surprise you to learn that the band Turbo 350 is a rockabilly, psychobilly engine of rockin’ power. They will be revving up their music at Riley’s tonight.

The Triple Crown has the full USDA recommended daily serving of DJ’s tonight with DJ Crown, ILL Logic, Zerostar, DJ Manwell and DJ Notion. That’s a lot of vitamin DJ, tell you what.

Kent Finlay, as his students and fans will tell you, is all about the song; how to construct it, sing it and mean it. Max Stalling, appearing at The Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight, exhibits this songwriting excellence. He’s come a long way from the master’s degree he got in Food Science at Texas A&M. You’ll be glad he changed careers to make music when you hear him.

Sunday, May 10

It’s Mother’s Day and Texas State plays its final game in the series with Nicholls State at 1 p.m. If your mom likes baseball, maybe brunch and a baseball game would be a perfect gift for her.

The Wine Cellar (corner of LBJ Drive and Hopkins Street) has an amazing Mother’s Day spread from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their offerings include, in addition to their delightful prime rib with rosemary au jus, an old fashioned chicken and dumplings and their famous macaroni and cheese, just to name a few of their tantalizing items. The brunch is only $22.50 for adults, $12.50 for children 15 and under. Kids younger than five eat for free.

The Wine Cellar sponsored a contest to find a great recipe from participant’s mothers and will feature a couple of the winning dishes, as well as yummy pineapple upside-down cake.

Another fun thing to do on Mother’s Day might be lunch and a trip to the Joan Cole Mitte Gallery on the campus of Texas State to look at the Thesis Exhibitions. Each student graduating with a studio art degree from the Department of Art & Design takes part in a Thesis Exhibition. These exhibitions, designed and implemented by the students, allow graduating seniors to present work that is generated in their chosen areas of specialization. You’ll be in awe of the talent exhibited at the gallery. The campus looks particularly gorgeous this time of year, too.

It’s a fitting tribute to mom that the “First Family of Hill County Music”, the Ash Family, is at the Cheatham Street Warehouse this afternoon from 4-8 p.m. Their soothing harmonies and lovely songs hearken back to a time when moms didn’t ever get much of a day off. Which, now that we think of it, is a lot like now. Take your mom to see the Ash Family and then, take her to dinner. She’ll love that.

Mom could use a nice chair massage and a relaxing cup of coffee every day of the week but most particularly today. Wake the Dead Coffee House (1432 RR 12) has Bob Steine makin’ with the chair massage, relaxing tensions with every touch from 4-8 p.m. If you get there earlier, Wake the Dead will have a small fruit and veggie stand between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well.

We probably don’t have to tell you one more time to be helpful and especially kind to mom on Mother’s Day, but, just in case, please, whatever you do for mom, keep these words in mind. It’s not a present if mom has to clean up the kitchen and the dishes after you’ve made your world famous jalapeno and sausage pancakes or triple layer strawberry shortcake. Mom will appreciate anything you do for her, that’s why she’s mom. She doesn’t need diamonds. But think about lightening her load just for the day.

We suggest a good foot massage, a bouquet of her favorite flowers and a delicious icy-cold milkshake. The diamonds would be good, too.

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