Marble Falls Texas news

Tue
12
Dec

Walkway glowing through Jan. 1

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce has dedicated the Walkway of Lights 2017 to volunteers who have provided electrical experience for more than 20 years to the annual display. Pictured here on opening night they are, from left,  Gaylynn and Bradley Sutherland and Terry Evans.

 

 

 

 

The Walkway of Lights in Marble Falls is continuing each night from 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 1 with two million lights organized into 400 sculptures in Lakeside Park on Buena Vista Drive.

The long range forecast is for generally clear weather up to Saturday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Dec. 25, when rain and drizzle are expected to be possible.

Visitors can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa with friends and family if there is a chill in the air. But, because this is an outdoor event, if the ground is wet, the Walkway will be closed as a safety measure. For updates on the Walkway's status, call 844-635-4448. For more information, visit www.walkwayoflightstx.com.

Admission is always free, but donations are welcome and concessions benefit non-profit organizations.

 

Fri
08
Dec

Christmas Market on Main: something for everyone

Richard Zowie/The Highlander

Christmas Market on Main is just one more example of how Marble Falls goes all out for for the holidays. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, vendors will fill historic Main Street. Don't miss the Walkway of Lights in the evening. Just as visitors to First Friday Art Walk on Dec. 1 found carolers and Main Street shop specials, everyone finds something to love at Market on Main, including more music. Carolers from Trendz at the Art Walk are, from left, Steve and Shery Taylor, Anna and Karen Gurganus, outside Trendz set the mood with Christmas songs.

The annual Marble Falls Christmas Market on Main Street will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to the strains of live holiday music up and down the downtown boulevard of vendors.

In addition to crafts and fine art, shoppers will find an array of goods and goodies.

Children will find activities just for them.

Living Love Animal Rescue will sponsor “Santa Paws,” photos of pets with Santa for a $10 donation.

The Highland Lakes Service League will be selling tickets to their “Chow Down” Chuck Wagon Dinner and auction on Jan. 25. A $25 ticket give admission to the scholarship fundraiser at hidden Falls Restaurant in Meadowlakes.

The sunny weather, with highs expected in the 60s will be just right for a visit at the end of the day to the Walkway of Lights.

Fri
08
Dec

MFPD adds new officer, promotes Greer

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

New Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) Ofcr. Michael Tutor is congratulated by his father, Russell Tutor, as MFPD Chief Mark Whitacre looks on. Whitacre gave the father the honor of pinning the new officer's badge in ceremonies at city hall Tuesday, Dec. 5.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A brief Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) ceremony at city hall Tuesday, Dec. 5, began with solemnity.

Chief Mark Whitacre asked for a moment of silence for San Marcos Police Department Officer Kenneth Copeland. The 19-year veteran was shot Monday while serving an arrest warrant. He was 58 years old.

“The event reminds us of the dangers officers face every day...but we are here to serve as the 'Blue Line,'” said Whitacre, referring to the role of law enforcement to stand between the public and those dangers.

Fri
08
Dec

Council authorizes appeal of Asphalt, Inc. decision

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Marble Falls City Council has authorized city staff to file appeals and motions against the issuance of a standard air quality permit to Asphalt Inc. by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TECQ).

Fri
08
Dec

Fiscal year ends on high note in Marble Falls

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Robert Moss, left, director of the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department, congratulates Monique Breaux, the department administrative assistant, on becoming a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP).

 

 

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The larger portion of the open session of the Marble Falls City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 5, was devoted to reports and recognitions.

Perhaps the most significant council action followed the closed executive session with City Attorney Patty Akers. It resulted in a formal letter, responding to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approval of a permit for the Asphalt, Inc. rock crushing facility in south Burnet County. (See related story in The Highlander.)

The reports were important as well, however.

“You have good news in your Fourth Quarter Revenue and Expense Report,” said Finance Director Margie Cardenas of year-to-date figures from the first week of November.

Fri
01
Dec

Harmony School performs 'Nutcracker' Saturday and Sunday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Jordan Gaither, the Snow Queen, at left, and Grace Abbey, the Star of Bethlehem, right, posed in first arabesque, appear together in the finale of 'Nutcracker Gifts of Christmas,' this Saturday and Sunday at Marble Falls High School. The ballet is a creation and production of Harmony School of Creative Arts as a gift to the Highland Lakes.

“Nutcracker Gifts of Christmas,” will be performed Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3, by a troupe of 51 ballet dancers of Harmony School of Creative Arts.

“The Nutcracker Ballet” has been described as a German Romantic short story set to music by a Russian composer and brought to life on stage by a French choreographer. You could add that the late 19th Century piece has been popularized by New York City stagecraft since the 1940's and, now, by dance teachers in the Highland Lakes.

“Harmony school has been doing a version of 'The Nutcracker' for 16 years, but this is a new version of put in place last year,” said Pamela Dillard, the new director of dance at Harmony. “Dance mistress Jane Huber, Rebecca Carmack and Kristi Steere took the Nutcracker choreography and inserted the story of Christ’s birth.

Tue
28
Nov

First Friday Art Walk a Christmas treat

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

First Friday Art Walk on Marble Falls Main Street Friday, Dec. 1, will have a holiday flair. Beautiful to look at and available to take home, the international and imaginative Santas and other Christmas characters on exhibit at Marta Stafford Fine Art, 200 Main Street, are creations of doll maker Marilynn Huston.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Nothing brings out the artist in folks like Christmas and visitors to First Friday Art Walk on Marble Falls Main Street Friday, Dec. 1, are bound to find inspiration for their own holiday expression.

The event goes on from 5-8 p.m. as visitors stroll through stores open late and offering refreshments and entertainment.

There will be art, of course. The city's three galleries—Marta Stafford Fire Art at 200 Main Street, Galleries at Pecan Creek at 309 Main Street and the Highland Art Guild Gallery at 310 Main Street—are devoted to it. But many shops up and down the boulevard offer paintings and prints, jewelry and fashions and furniture and accessories, all created by artisans.

Tue
28
Nov

Victorian Christmas Open House Saturday night features 125-year-old Marble Falls home

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Jane Knapik and Caryl Calsyn decorate the parlor of the Christian-Matern Home to prepare for the annual Victorian Christmas Open House to be sponsored by Falls on the Colorado Museum Saturday, Dec. 2. The home is 125 years old, an enduring part of Marble Falls history.

 

 

 

 

The home of the annual Victorian Christmas Open House is celebrating its 125th year at its original location at 603 Seventh Street in Marble Falls.

The doors of the beautiful lady will be open from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Owner of the Christian-Matern Home, Caryl Calsyn, will be on hand to talk with visitors as they tour this important part of Marble Falls history.

The annual event is a gift to the community from the Falls on the Colorado Museum Board of Directors, who also will be greeting the public and inviting them to share holiday refreshments.

at that location is sponsored by board members of the Falls on the Colorado Museum is set for Saturday, December 2, 2017. Home owner

The home is located at 603 Seventh Street at Avenue F, on the east side of U.S. 281 in Marble Falls. Easier access with fewer stairs is available from parking at the back of the house.

Tue
28
Nov

MFPD recovers stolen truck

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Early Monday morning, Nov. 27, Patrol Sgt. Barry Greer of the Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) recovered a 2005 Toyota pickup that turned out to be a stolen vehicle.

“The car was driving through a residential neighborhood in Marble Falls,” said Capt. Glenn Hanson. “Sgt. Greer ran the plates and it came back stolen in Williamson County.”

Greer gave pursuit and the car led him into Blanco County. Near Round Mountain on County Road 962, off US 281, the pickup stopped.

“Three occupants got out and ran, but one was apprehended at the scene,” said Hanson. “It continues to be under investigation.”

Tue
21
Nov

Father Lopez' sculpture bridges communities

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Father Jairo Lopez stands before the obelisk statue he created in front of the Marble Falls Visitor Center.

 

 

 

A downtown reception will be held in Marble Falls Friday, Dec. 24, to honor one of the Highland Lakes most revered artists, Father Jario Lopez.

When you visit the Highland Lakes, you are visiting an unofficial gallery of Father Lopez’ artistic work. On the city streets, local homes and Saint John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Marble Falls, his art is lovingly displayed.

Beginning at the turn of a new century, Father Lopez’s calling to mosaic art and to the Highland Lakes were in harmony. With reserve and reverence he explains, “Art lasts forever.”

In the year 2000, his art and his work meshed when he arrived in the rolling hills and lakes. "It's a part of my prayer life and my spirituality, for when you meditate, you see the beauty of God in the materials, colors and textures,” he smiles with having spoken his heart.

His seaming of church and community is similar to his mosaic art.

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