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Fri
14
Jul

110th Birthday of Frida Kahlo celebrated

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Amanda Koraska, left, and Madlyn Nabor, right, of Flat Creek Winery east of Marble Falls consult with milliner Robin Chiesa over hats they will make. Chiesa dressed in the Mexican tradition favored by Frida Kahlo for her hatmaking seminar at Marta Stafford Fine Art. See a collection of photos from the day in our album on The Highlander Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2v0zifo

An icon of the arts of Mexico was remembered in Marble Falls Monday, July 10, and in a way she might have approved.

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954), an artist of international fame, employed indigenous Mexican themes in her paintings and became a feminist icon through her lifestyle and depiction of the female experience.

She loved traditional cuisine, collecting recipies for elaborate parties that have been reproduced in a still-popular cookbook. Her paintings, however, cement her reputation in the art world. In her self portraits, and often in public appearances, she dressed in traditional costumes with imaginative headdresses. The Día de Muertos was one of her favorites.

At Marta Stafford Fine Art in Marble Falls, her 110th birthday was celebrated Monday with a hatmaking luncheon,  featuring Robin Chiesa of Old Glory Millinery & Hattery in Llano.

Tue
11
Jul

Clarissa Serna returns to Marble Falls for 'residency' at Brass Hall

Contributed

Singer Clarissa Serna, a contestant on NBC's "The Voice in 2014, will take up 'residency' at Brass Hall beginning Friday, July 15, with three performances in three months at the Marble Falls music venue.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Just three short years ago, Clarissa Serna was turning the heads of judges on the hit NBC TV show, “The Voice” as her rendition of “Zombie” by The Cranberries made Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Usher and Shakira sit up and take notice.

The public noticed as well as her cover of the 1990s rock hit climbed to No. 81 on the iTunes Top 100 chart in 2014, earning her a legion of fans well beyond the confines of her native Texas.

Fri
23
Jun

Luke Pell performs on home ground Saturday

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

He may be better known to millions of viewers for his stint on the reality TV show, “The Bachelorette,” but country music singer-songwriter Luke Pell still considers himself a Burnet, Texas, boy at heart who has been fortunate enough to chase his passion since graduating from Burnet High School in 2003.

At 9 p.m. Saturday, Pell and his band will perform at Toupsie's in Lampasas. It marks the first time since the Burnet Concert Series in May 2016, when he opened for Kyle Park, that Pell has played this close to home.

“I'm very excited and so glad to be back and to get to play on home turf,” he said. “We last played Toupsies about two years ago, so it's been a while since we've been there as well.

Tue
13
Jun

Share Highland Lakes bright summer scenes

Sports Editor Mark Goodson/The Highlander

Open Wide! Baby wrens in Horseshoe Bay make a bright summer picture. Have one of your own? Share it with The Highlander.

A ceramic bird feeder takes on a double meaning after a pair of Horseshoe Bay wrens claim it as the perfect nook for their clutch of eggs.

Texas is a nesting host to more wren species than any other state, nine of the 10 in North American. Once a nest is complete and accepted as home sweet home, incubation of eggs takes around two weeks before hungry mouths demand bugs and spiders for another fortnight before fledglings fly away.

Highlander Sports Editor Mark Goodson captured this scene. Can you match his shot? Have a great photo from your summer in the Highland Lakes? Share it with Managing Editor Lew Cohn, lew@highlandernews.com. Don't forget to include your name and a little bit about the photo.

Wed
07
Jun

Kingsland's abuzz

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlader

A bee hive suspended from the large oak tree outside Kingsland Library is attracting honey bees to be relocated for a new job at Fain's Honey.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

There's a job opportunity in Llano County that everyone's buzzing about.

Patrons at the Kingsland Library, 125 West Polk Street, may have noticed warning tape around much of the entrance area. But, if they haven't looked up into the large oak tree above their heads, the reason for the warning may not be apparent.

Suspended near a hole in the tree is a bee hive.

“We have had honey bees that have come to visit the last few summers,” said Nathtali Renshaw, library manager. “Some patrons are allergic but, as honey bees are endangered, we don't exterminate.”

Renshaw said the library worked with the maintenance department to put up a box to relocate the bees.

“There are pheremones to attract them inside,” she said. “Once they are relocated, they have a job waiting for them at Fain's Honey in Buchanan Dam.”

Wed
31
May

Packsaddle Mountain historical marker restored

Contributed/Texas Historical Commission

The Packsaddle Mountain historical marker has been restored to former glory. Robert Marshall was able to remove graffiti, working on behalf of the Texas Historical Commission, on May 23.

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) and noted conservator Robert Marshall of R. Alden Marshall & Associates have restored an 80-year-old Llano County historical marker from damage caused by vandals in February.

The 1936 Texas Centennial marker commemorating a battle with American Indians on Packsaddle Mountain in 1873 was transformed Tuesday, May 23, after a full day of restoration work.

Fri
28
Apr

DepartureATX brings arena rock to life

Contributed

Departure ATX performs live at Uptown Sound in Marble Falls Saturday, April 29. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Journey fans who were “Raised on Radio” and are looking for an “Escape” from the “Evolution” of music don't need to “Look into the Future.” All they need is to seek out DepartureATX, Austin's premier Journey tribute band.

Burnet High School graduate Ryan Holley fronts the band as lead vocalist, much like Steve Perry fronted Journey in the 1970s and 1980s, and he said being in a Journey tribute band was something he wanted to do for a long time after moving to Austin.

Fri
21
Apr

Buster may have record buster

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

When Russell Buster bought his hilltop home on Via Viejo in Marble Falls it came complete with a cactus garden.

This spring, one resident of that garden has sprouted. A Century Plant is reaching for the sky.

“I don't know for sure if it's a record,” said Buster. “But I haven't found a report of one larger.

“It is at least 16 feet across and you can compare the height already to my 5-foot 8-inches,” he said peering up.

Buster takes the garden giant for Agave Azul, the blue cactus of tequila fame, although Agave Americana is somewhat more prone to his size.

Looking more like a monster asparagus stalk right now, it soon will be topped with branches of the familiar upturned yellow flowers.

“It will die when it blooms out,” said Buster. “Already, it has pups coming up around it to take its place.

Fri
31
Mar

Real culprit caught on set of 'Murder Weapon'

Contributed/Laura Gisi

Rocky Raccoon behind bars at the HCCT. The felonious critter was caught in the act of making a mess in the theatre.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

It was a mystery that bedeviled the cast of the newest Hill Country Community Theatre play, “Murder Weapon.”

What was in the theatre building in Cottonwood Shores that was leaving behind a mess, including overturned coffee cups and tossed trash, as evidence of its existence? Could it be a poltergeist or perhaps something far more sinister?

As it turns out, the culprit was caught after a trap was laid nearly as craftily as the one set for the suspect in the late Brian Clemens' suspenseful thriller, set to debut at the theatre on April 20.
The cast held a character workshop Thursday, March 30, before a cage trap was set out on the stage. At 7:45 a.m., play director Laura Gisi came into the theatre and found the culprit, Rocky Raccoon, wearing his “mask” and finally where he belonged – behind bars.

Fri
24
Mar

Mayor Birdie Harwood, a Texas first remembered

Texas' first female mayor, Ophelia "Birdie Harwood, was elected the top official of Marble Falls 100 years ago, even before she and sister citizens could vote.

 

 

 

 

By Jane Knapik

Special to the Highlander

 

One hundred years ago, on April 2, 1917, Ophelia “Birdie” Crosby Harwood of Marble Falls became the first woman ever to be elected mayor in Texas, at a time before women had the right to vote.

At the April 4 Marble Falls City Council meeting, Mayor John Packer will read a proclamation detailing her lifetime achievements. The council meeting begins at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 800 Third Street, Marble Falls.

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