Best Bets: 05/16/12

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It’s a Texas Natural
The Texas Natural Festival opens a very cool day in downtown San Marcos Saturday, May 19. Beginning at 10 a.m. the courthouse square will be filled with food booths, Texas-made arts and crafts, a farmers market, children’s art booths, a trail ride encampment, antique stagecoach, blacksmiths and authentic chuck wagons with Dutch oven cooking demonstrations and live music to entertain all day long. Then at 7:30 the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame Show kicks into gear at San Marcos Plaza on the river with a and many other western swing greats. Enjoy the music and moonlight for free if you bring a lawn chair or $20 advance purchase for limited table seating. 393-8430. Free shuttle from Strahan Coliseum.

Come and Taste It
Put a little spice into your Thursday night with Come and Taste It, an event hosted by the Grapevine in Gruene. From 5-8 p.m. May 17 the vintners from Chisholm Trail Winery will discuss their craft and their wines and offer complimentary tastings of three of their newest releases, top-selling and hardest to find wines. Food samples which complement the wines offered along with live music by Rumbullion.

Puppeteers present…
The San Marcos Public Library puppeteers will present a favorite fable, The Lion & the Mouse for children ages 2 and up at 10 and 11 a.m. Friday, May 18 at the San Marcos Public Library.

Sunday Polka Dance
Charles and the Fabulous 4 band, from Round Top, will be playing traditional polka, waltz, and old time country dance music from 3-6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at the VFW Post 8456, 6808 N Highway 123, in Geronimo. The doors open at 1:30 p.m. so, come early, it fills up fast. $7 donation benefits the Auxiliary’s veterans and military programs. A great dance floor in a smoke-free, family-friendly dance hall. 830-303-9903.

Story time for grown-ups
Reading is such a solitary endeavor that it’s nice, every once in a while, to share a book with others and then discuss its impact and implications. The new Kyle Public Library will hold its Page Turners Book Club from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 17 (each third Thursday) reading “Just My Type” by Simon Garfield this month. On the third Monday of each month, the San Marcos Public Library holds the Great Books Discussion Group at 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the public and this month (May 21) the selections are “Greasy Lake” by T. C. Boyle and “Baby” by Mary Gordon. Finally, on the 4th Tuesday of the month (May 22) the Buda Public Library hosts Buda Book Buddies with refreshments at 6 p.m., reading “Traveling with Pomegranates,” by Sue Monk Kidd in May.

Rolling Oaks Music Festival showcases local talent
Local musicians will share their talents under the live oak trees from noon-8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the second annual Rolling Oaks Music Festival. Community members are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket and a laid-back attitude. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5-16 (under 5 free).The festival will be on the grounds of the Rolling Oaks Club, 950 Lonesome Trail in Driftwood (12 miles west of Kyle off of FM 3237). Proceeds from the festival will help fund maintenance of the club, pool and grounds. For more information, call 847-2685 or e-mail

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