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Cindy Voss shows off a signed Robert Earl Keen Guitar that she and her husband won in the auction. PHOTOS BY LAURA AEBI

7th annual Taste of Hays draws crowds

Nearly 20 local establishments came together Friday, Sept. 30, to celebrate local eats and raise money for a worthy cause. Restaurants showcased their most popular appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks for a chance to win the title “Best in Hays County.” The funds raised by the event, via ticket prices, raffles, auctions and even a caricature artist went towards the United Way of Hays and Caldwell counties, previously United Way of Hays County — a name change announced during the event. 

Texas State University School of Music calendar for October

Texas State University’s School of Music offers a variety of musical performances and lectures open to faculty, students and the general public. Events scheduled for October 2016 are listed below. Further information can be found at Tickets are available for purchase at All $10 ticket prices (and $5 for students and military) will be accompanied by a $2 processing fee,  purchased online or at the window.

October 3

Here is the Smith’s wrap-around front porch and butterfly garden at their home in Rio Vista Terrace. These plants are maintained with irrigated water collected by the Smith family using barrels.
Here are the Smith’s elevated barrels beside the house that collect rainwater from the roof at the Smith home.

October Yard of the Month

A house with a wrap-around front porch on a corner lot offers an unusual landscaping opportunity, which Casey and Christina Smith have used to showcase native and naturalized Texas plants and to attract pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds. The Smith home at 1061 Sycamore Street, in the Rio Vista Terrace neighborhood, is Spring Lake Garden Club’s choice as Yard of the Month for October. 

Rene Perez at work. The artist blends whimsical themes with a down-to-earth message of preservation of the San Marcos River. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RACHEL WILLIS

Perez paints the river he loves

Rachel Willis - News Intern
San Marcos has a rich river culture and few artist capture the river’s local life and nit-and-grit as well as Rene Perez.
Perez is not a local by birth, he moved to San Marcos at the age of 10. He is also not a lifelong artist. His artistic aspirations began nine years ago, tied to the birth of his son, Santiago. Perez picked up a paintbrush for the first time to paint the gold rays that radiate from the mural of the sun in his son’s bedroom.


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