Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce

 

 

Tue
06
Nov

Walkway of Lights to end sooner in 2018 but still “magical” after flood-delayed start

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
The Walkway of Lights in Lakeside Park in Marble Falls will be on a shortened timeline and end on Dec. 26 due to work set to began on the city's parks improvement plan.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Recent flooding issues have failed to deter plans for the Walkway of Lights, however, a Marble Falls city parks improvement project will place the Christmas lighting display on a shorter timeline, officials said.

A Pedernales Electric Cooperative crew began work Nov. 5 on utility installation of the Lakeside Park lighting trail, hosted by the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce.

“We had to wait for the park to dry out a little bit,” said Chamber Events Coordinator Brandi Payne. “Obviously the park was saturated, and that put us off from getting down here (to start erecting the display). There's a little bit of delay, but we're going to make it work.”

The night-time display – which features sculptures, lighted Christmas trees and photo opportunities with Santa Claus – is scheduled from Nov. 16 to Dec. 26.

Fri
03
Apr

Loyal patrons save eateries during COVID-19 restrictions

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Restaurant chef James Craft, pictured here with the eatery's owner Lance LeStourgeon, keep the grill going for takeout customers April 1 at LeStourgeon Seafood Company, 4320 FM 2147 in Cottonwood Shores.

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: After press deadline April 2, owners of the Blue Bonnet Cafe, which is referenced in the full version of this article, announced they would be closing their doors due to the Coronavirus concerns.

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Despite dining area closures, several Marble Falls area business have resolved to re-organize their operations, promote takeout service and alternative hours while keeping a smaller staff of personnel to try to weather the potential economic disaster prompted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Tue
31
Mar

Marble Falls EDC earmarks $100,000 to help businesses

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
A message greeted tourists and local residents March 30 to encourage them to continue to patronize businesses, who remain open, but are struggling due to COVID-19 prevention restrictions.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

With the approval of the city council March 26, the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation (EDC) approved assigning the entity's finance committee to coordinate a $100,000 small business loan program for qualified merchants devastated by safety requirements connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDC, which operates on sales tax dollars, will make $88,000 available via an existing emergency fund, supplemented with an additional $12,000 potentially provided through the entity's Community Leverage Funds program.

Tue
31
Mar

Marble Falls merchants adjust to curbside service

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
A small group of staff members, from right, Vanessa Yanez, Robin Arnold and Stacey Temple at the Blue Bonnet Cafe, 211 U.S. 281, collected and delivered curbside meals from the iconic eatery, which downsized and took extra precautions due to disaster orders aimed at curbing COVID-19 infections. Staff are serving the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 830-693-2344 to place an order.

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: On April 2, owners of the Blue Bonnet Cafe announced they would be closing their doors due to the Coronavirus concerns.

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As soon as Kate Heylman noticed the pop-up canopy in the Blue Bonnet Cafe parking lot on March 27, she did not hesitate to stop and place an order for biscuits and gravy.

“I bought a car in North Dakota two weeks ago and everything happened. I had heard about it (Bluebonnet Cafe), when I was planning my trip to Texas.”

Tue
24
Mar

Marble Falls chamber offers merchants help during coronavirus orders

By Lew K. Cohn and Connie Swinney

Disasters orders regarding COVID-19 have disrupted the way merchants do business, however Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce has launched an effort to keep commerce going where possible.

“To be separated from each other as a tight-knit community adds anxiety to everyone, so we can be a platform for that,” said Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jarrod Metzgar. “As a chamber of commerce we want to do all we can to continue commerce but also can help rejuvenate and get that spark up to keep us up and going.”

Fri
22
Nov

Lighting of the first Marble Falls Community Christmas Tree Nov. 22

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander

The city of Marble Falls has erected an approximately 35-foot Christmas tree in Harmony Park at the intersection of Third Street and Main in the downtown historic district. The lighting of the treeat 6 p.m. tonight, Friday, Nov. 22, will coincide with the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of commerce Light-up Parade on Main followed by the opening of the 29th Annual Walkway of Lights in Lakeside Park.

Tue
22
Oct

Marble Falls Walkway of Lights fate coming into focus

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber Executive Director Jarrod Metzgar (left) and electrician Terry Evans worked on planning the installation of Walkway of Lights Oct. 18 in Lakeside Park.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

In 26 years, volunteer and electrician Terry Evans has seen several versions of Walkway of Lights in Lakeside Park on Lake Marble Falls.

“It's changed quite a bit,” said Evans, who has witnessed everything from lighted sculptures washed away in a flood to the display's transition from incandescent to LED lighting.

Fri
20
Sep

Marble Falls Music Festival to feature top Texas Country artists

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Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce
Area residents and visitors will have the opportunity to listen to Alan's music as he joins John Arthur Martinez, Pauline Reese, Kyle Park, and Shinyribs at the Marble Falls Music Festival this Saturday, Sept. 21, participating as part of the local talent setting the stage for the night's headliners.

 

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg
Staff Writer

Raised in the Hill Country by a pair of musical parents, artist Brandon Alan grew up with exposure to a variety of genres and styles of music. He soon blazed his own trail, and began picking the guitar around the age of 11.

Fri
28
Jun

Graduate comes home to market Marble Falls

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Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Mackenzie White joined the Marble Falls Conventions and Visitor's Bureau June 18 as the new marketing and tourism director.

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

For Mackenzie White, accepting a job at the Marble Falls Conventions and Visitors Bureau represented a chance to blend new ideas with tradition to highlight the community and coax more visitors to the area.

Fri
14
Jun

City of Marble Falls mulls impact of street water slide

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Marble Falls city officials unveiled a preliminary assessment of the impact of a chamber-sponsored street water slide event, which could use from 80,000 to 100,000 gallons of water in a 12-hour period.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls city officials unveiled a preliminary assessment of the impact of a chamber-sponsored street water slide event, which could use from 80,000 to 100,000 gallons of water in a 12-hour period.

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