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June 19th, 2009
The Weekend: Fodder for Father's Day

Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones are playing Saturday night at Cheatham Street Warehouse.

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Sunday is Father’s Day, that clumsy holiday when you don’t want to give your dad a goofy gift, like a hat that says “Old Fart,” which he will embarrassedly accept and then put in a drawer somewhere, but you also don’t want to ignore the day. Being a dad is a hard job and one of the hardest parts is accepting a gift with gracious patience.

And somehow a tie or a hug or a promise to mow the lawn just doesn’t quite seem to be a good enough present for dad. Most dads don’t want much and they are often at a loss for what to say when they open that present with a floral tie in it or a set of nudie golf tees or a NASCAR windbreaker. They like it fine. They just wish you hadn’t “wasted your money.”

Or there’s the scene where your mom tells you he wants a cordless drill, so you go to the Home Depot or Menard’s and get him a 3.6-volt cordless screwdriver because you weren’t paying attention to the package when you bought it. What he really wanted was a Milwaukee 28-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Cordless Hammer Drill/Driver Kit. When he opens the package he says, “Hey now, what this? Well, I can sure use this!” He says this without a lick of disappointment. Later he puts it on a shelf with the four other cordless screwdrivers he got from other birthdays and Father’s Days. He may even give you a pat on the back or a short hug.

It’s hard to know what to say to a dad who may not be the most mushy or affectionate person. If you have one of those warm and fuzzy dads, you are in the minority. Most people find their dads admirable, a little frightening or both. That’s how dads roll.

Some dads are funny and brusque. Jerry Lewis joked, “When I was a kid, I said to my father one afternoon, ‘Daddy, will you take me to the zoo?’ He answered, ‘If the zoo wants you, let them come and get you.'”

Some dads are practical and fun. Famous slugger Harmon Killebrew had a dad like that. He said, “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.””

You will grow to look like your dad as you age. You begin to see the cycle of life most clearly then.

Your dad went through the whole “When I’m a dad I’ll never make my kid eat spinach” thing. It will be hard to picture this when you are a kid sitting with a plate full of spinach and a dad who says sternly, “I think you’d better eat that if you don’t want any trouble from me.”

It will be just as hard for your kid to imagine about you when the spinach sits on his plate and you say the same words your dad said to you.

There are a lot of reasons for encouraging someone to eat spinach. It’s full of iron, it’s one of those leafy green vegetable that is said to stave off cancer, it’s easy to grow in the garden, it’s already been paid for and money doesn’t grow on trees. It’s always that “trouble” though, that convinces you to eat the stuff.

When it’s a cross between not wanting to eat any spinach and not wanting any trouble from dad, that spinach starts to look mighty good.

Your dad may seem a bit old-fashioned and out of step, especially when you are young. It’s important to remember that your dad has a few years of life experience on you. Let’s leave the last word to Mark Twain who wrote, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”

There are plenty of fun things to do this weekend and some would be great to do with the “old man”.  Here are just a few of your options.

Friday, June 19

The Juneteenth celebration starts today at Dunbar Park (401 E Hopkins) at 11 a.m. Today’s festivities include a $6 BBQ lunch plate sale, kid’s games and activities all throughout the day, Bingo, a peach cobbler cook-off, a domino tournament, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, a soul food cook-off. The day culminates with a talent show at the river. All these events will be held at Dunbar Park and the Community Center in the park. It looks like it will be tons of fun and good eatin’.

Later on in the evening, more Juneteenth activities will be centered at City Park (170 Bobcat Drive), starting up the BBQ cook-off. These events include Music in the Park and the Fajita Cook-off at 7 p.m. and the Beans Cook-off starting at 8:30 p.m. The cook-off events will be held behind the Parks and Recreation Building in City Park. The enticing aromas will make your mouth water.

At 2 p.m., Awesome Yoga Activities kicks off with certified yoga instructor Tina Baumgartner. This is a youth program for ages seven and up.

The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance is hosting a Summer Solstice hike through Upper Purgatory from 6-8 p.m. Wear sturdy shoes and bring some water along with you. Don’t forget your camera. The light should be wonderful for gorgeous picture taking along the way.

Early gigs for music lovers would include the talented Halleyanna at 5:30 p.m. at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) and the always rockin’ Thrillbillies at the Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) at 6 p.m.

The Bingo cage will be spinning tonight at the Wimberley VFW post (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) at 6:30 p.m. Concessions are sold by the Ladies Auxiliary. There are loads of prizes and fun, with all proceeds going to a good cause.

At 6 p.m. tonight at Hastings Books, New York Times bestselling author David Sedaris is doing a reading and book signing. Sedaris is on tour to support the paperback release of “When You Are Engulfed in Flames.”

CasiNada (600 Caliche Road) has another delightful cooking class tonight with an emphasis on party foods. The class features slow roasted tomatoes on baby spinach, pan seared Yellowfin tuna served with wasabi soy sauce and an artichoke cheesecake appetizer. All can be enjoyed with crostini, which will also be made in class. And, to end on a sweet note, they’ll have quick and easy Puff Pastry Bear Claws.

CasiNada Cooks! classes are by reservation only and cost $60 per person. You get a complete recipe set as well as getting to sample all the foods featured. Contact Terri Burney-Bisett at (512) 847-3779 for more info.

The first annual Daddy-Daughter Dance will be held at 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center (501 East Hopkins Street) to coincide with the upcoming Father’s Day this Sunday. Designed for young ladies ages three and up, it will be a semi-formal dance with music of all generations and types, cookies and punch, crafts and more! Cost is $5.00 per person and a participant can bring her dad, her uncle, a family friend or any other father figure in her life.

“My Fair Lady” will have its final weekend at the Emily Ann Theatre (1101 FM 2325) in Wimberley starting tonight at 8 p.m. This charming outdoor theater is the perfect way to enjoy a musical as the Texas evening deepens into night. Tickets are $15 and hurricanes will hardly ever happen to spoil the fun.

There’s more music than you can shake a stick at if you’ve got a stick that needs shakin’, starting with the gifted Scott H. Biram at Riley’s (8894 FM 1102). The Cheatham Street Warehouse will play host to the popular Texas Renegade while Wake the Dead (1432 RR 12) offers the talents of Nick Garcia. Meanwhile the Triple Crown features the triple threat of Replacement Killers, LUG and Exit the Sun.

Saturday, June 20

The Juneteenth celebration continues all day today, starting with the parade, which begins its route at the Dunbar Community Center. The parade will be followed by a car show before the action really starts heating up at the cook-off in City Park. Today’s delicacies include chicken, baby back ribs, fruit cobbler and brisket. Then, at 5 p.m. the Cake Auction takes place at the San Marcos Activity Center. The Juneteenth History Banquet, hosted by the Pride of San Marcos Masonic Lodge #494, will be at 7 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel Veramendi Ballroom E. Call (512) 749-9271 for tickets.

Every Saturday at noon, Tantra Coffeehouse (217 West Hopkins Street) features a sumptuous array of organic produce in their mini-farmer’s market. The offerings often include loofahs, eggs and flowers in addition to a selection of delicious veggies. Have a cup of coffee while you are there. They make an excellent one.

The Corral Theatre in Wimberley (100 Flite Acres Road), the outdoor walk-in movie theater, will be showing Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian tonight starting at “dark thirty.” The sequel to Night at the Museum, it stars Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson and Christopher Guest, and it promises to be every bit as fun as the first one. What a delight to watch it outside in the starlight!

The Emily Ann Theatre will be alive with the music of “My Fair Lady” tonight as they perform this classic theater piece at 8 p.m. tonight.

Riley’s Tavern will have Jeff Hughes and Chaparral as musical guests tonight and boot scootin’ will be done by all. Zlam Dunk, Mr Gnome and Buzz ‘n’ Bangs will all get their musical say at the Triple Crown tonight.

Ponty Bone is a Texas music institution, whether playing with Joe Ely or Linda Ronstadt or collaborating with the Clash or sharing the stage with Tom Petty or Flaco Jimenez. He’s got a long and storied history with music and the squeezebox that he plays so well. He was among the first of the musicians to grace the Cheatham Street Warehouse when he played with Joe Ely.

Ponty Bone and his band the Squeezetones will be there tonight to celebrate the Cheatham Street’s month-long 35th year anniversary. A world-famous master of the accordion, he knows the way to charm a variety of music from those reeds that sing in the wind from the bellows. He can play it all from rock to blues to Tex-Mex, Zydeco, R & B, Caribbean and back again. It’s the “don’t miss” gig of the weekend.

Sunday, June 21

If you are up early today, you will see an amazing line-up of planets in the pre-dawn sky. You’ll see Venus blazing as the morning star due east around an hour before sunrise. Mars will be to its lower left. Mercury will look like a bright star lined up with them and the Pleiades star cluster will be to the upper right of Mercury. The moon will be a little left of Mercury as a slim crescent. It’s not often you get to see so many planets and stars lined up like this with the naked eye. Seems like a sort of heavenly present to start off Father’s Day.

If you don’t want to get up quite that early, there’s always the fruit and veggie stand at Wake the Dead today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You won’t see planets lined up, but you will see a line-up of good things from the planet!

If you like Gospel music (and who doesn’t?) you might want to head over to the Juneteenth GospelFest at Jackson Chapel Methodist Church (524 Centre Street), where the music will be swingin’ low and sweet. This will surely fortify your soul for the week.

Why not take Dad to Wake the Dead Coffee House today between 4-8 p.m. for a good cup of Joe and a relaxing chair massage from Bob Steine? It’s a great present and dad could actually use it. Sure beats giving him another tie!

The Wine Cellar’s second annual Father’s Day Steak and Taters Dinner from 6-9 p.m. is surely a winner of an idea for dad, too. A hand-cut 10 oz. filet mignon or 20 oz. rib eye with jalapeno and garlic mashed potatoes or a loaded baked potato is a tailor made meal for dads. Dessert is a manly slice of apple pie with ice cream. They are also offering a “bottomless” Bud Lite or Dos Equis, another dad pleaser!  At $35 per person, it’s a great way to treat dad to a fabulous meal and mom to an evening of no cooking. So everybody wins!

It’s your last night to see “My Fair Lady” at the Emily Ann Theatre, the charming outdoor venue with wonderful performers. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. as the sun goes down and it makes for a magical evening of entertainment.

Bel Stuart will be playing at Wake the Dead Coffee House between 7-9 p.m. and, if you just want to make your own kind of music, the mics are open at Riley’s and The Triple Crown.

Of course, Father’s Day is a good day to stay home, make dad’s favorite meal and just talk to your dad. You’ll never regret asking your dad questions about what he was like when he was a boy, what he read, what games he played, who his heroes were, what his dreams were and what he remembers about his own father. Just let him talk and listen to him. It will make you a richer person for the experience and there’s nothing that is a greater present than just really listening to what he has to say.

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One thought on “The Weekend: Fodder for Father's Day

  1. Hap, you do a great job of putting this together. Thanks for reminding me to get my telescope out tonight.

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