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Shown here at the Root Cellar Bakery are, left to right, Gigi Mederos, Kayli Head and Stevie Black. They are instrumental in designing and promoting next month’s Mermaid Society Art Ball that ushers in Mermaid Week 2016 festivities.


Mermaid Society Ball: Artists designing enchanting evening for Sept. 16


Features Editor


The enthusiasm of the artists associated with orchestrating the upcoming Mermaid Society Art Ball is palpable and contagious.

This set of world-class artists are unswerving in pledging their ardent support for the the ball that takes place Friday, Sept. 16 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.

They are making sizable artistic contributions to ensure the success and continuation of the ball and other important events of Mermaid Week, slated for Sept. 10 through 17.

Photo by Stevie Black/Rio Claro Studio


Admired San Marcos artists Ruby Dale Austin and Adriana Gigi Mederos are co-art directors of the upcoming Mermaid Society Ball. As part of the Mermaid Society SMTX team, they are shown here rolling up the fabric to be stored until they execute the designs in paint and printmaking inks.

Belles behind ball: Tickets on sale for Sept. 16 mermaid-inspired event

Save the date for the opulent Mermaid Society Ball that will take place Friday, Sept. 16 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. on the grounds of The Meadows Center, formerly Aquarena Springs.

The private evening includes the rooftop MERtini Bar sponsored by Dripping Springs Vodka, craft beer provided by San Marcos’ newest brewery Altmeyer & Lewis Brewing Company and catering by Root Cellar Café and Bakery.   

The Blue Jazz Faction will perform on the rooftop, and a special performance from the SMART Orchestra is also planned. 

Integral to the Summer in the Park concert series, Los Texmaniacs will perform tonight at 7:30 in San Marcos Plaza Park.  (publicity photo)


Grito for Los Texmaniacs: Community invited to savor renowned band’s TexMex flavor


Features Editor

Seasoned musician Max Baca, el jefe of the bajo sexto and frontman of Los Texmaniacs, has a long and fascinating history in performing well-received music that transcends barriers.

Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Baca credits his father, Max Baca Sr., as the biggest influence on his career. 

At age 5, Baca began playing the accordion before joining his father’s band at age 7.

Grant workshop deadline is Aug. 19: Free event will take place on Aug. 23 at the Price Center

The Texas State Faculty and Staff Association’s Life-Long Learning Program, in partnership with the San Marcos Price Center, is offering a free grant workshop for non-profit organizations in the greater San Marcos area.

The grant workshop will take place Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be presented by Stephanie Korcheck, the College of Education’s research coordinator for proposal development. 

Korcheck is noted for having a wealth of suggestions to share, a strong “winning average,” as well as a significant database of possible funding sources.



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