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Celeste Hollister

Bird to the Wise

Lance Jones of the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance presents a commemorative photograph by Susan Hanson to recognize 10 years of monthly San Marcos Bird Walks.

Bird to the Wise

A yellow-crowned night heron perches on a log near the headwaters of the San Marcos River.

Bird to the Wise

Bird Walkers spotted a green heron from the Meadows Center Wetlands Boardwalk.

Bird to the Wise

This happy little water snake relaxes in Spring Lake near the Meadows Center.

Bird to the Wise

In addition to birds, Ramirez treats Bird Walk participants to a host of diverse wildlife found in the San Marcos area. Photos by Jason Cook

Bird to the Wise

It was one of those perfect San Marcos Saturdays: cool and cloudless, with a light breeze stirring through the trees. At 7 a.m., a small crowd gathered in the Meadows Center parking lot — families with children, pairs and trios of college students, older couples and groups of friends. Some of them had field guides, some had binoculars; all were gathered to hear Texas State graduate Stephen Ramirez talk about birds.

Canine Heroes

San Marcos resident Christian Fritz and his German Shepherds, Saul and Starbuck, at work for the Alamo Area Search and Rescue team. Photo submitted by Christian Fritz

Canine Heroes: Fritz and his rescue dogs work together to make the world a better place

When San Marcos resident Christian Fritz returned stateside from his time as a U.S. Air Force Intelligence collector in Afghanistan, he missed having a mission on which he could focus. With the help of Saul and Starbuck, his two rescued search and rescue dogs, Fritz has found his calling.

When the River Speaks

The San Marcos Public Library seeks poetry from community for its inaugural issue titled Everybody In! Photo by Jason Cook

When the River Speaks

Every person has poetry within them, and the San Marcos Public Library would like to read yours. Through a new monthly poetry bulletin “When the River Speaks,” the SMPL invites San Marcosarea residents of any age to submit their original poetry to be collected into a monthly edition, the first of which is themed, “Everybody In!”

Hired Ground

Giovannie Yañez and his “brothers in arms” band Giovannie and the Hired Guns. Photo by Kade Wilcox

Hired Ground

Giovannie and the Hired Guns rock some head-banging into the two-stepping Texas music scene. With a mix of Twisted Sister, Weezer and Ramon Ayala, the Stephenvillebased band delivers a blend of high-energy fun that is redefining the sound of Texas Music.

Faraway, So Close

Members of the ISDHIDA Dance Company come together to perform a dramatic story through movement. Photo submitted by ISHIDA Dance Company

Faraway, So Close

Photo submitted by ISHIDA Dance Company

Faraway, So Close

Through the poetry of movement, Brett Ishida of Austin’s own ISHIDA Dance Company invites audiences to question traditional forms of motion and storytelling with Faraway, So Close, an evening of contemporary dance. The show will premiere in Austin on August 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. at the Dell Fine Arts Center at St. Andrew’s.

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Above, Left to right, Parker Wright, Sundance manager, Nancy Barnard and owner, Thomas Escalante: the team who continues the legacy of Bobby Barnard. Daily Record photo by Celeste Hollister

Sundance Record Lagoon set for grand opening Saturday

Sundance Record Lagoon will host the grand opening of its new location on Saturday at 12 p.m with a Second Line from Zelick’s Icehouse to the Sundance entrance at 241 N. LBJ Dr.  

Local comedian, author Kelly Stone publishes debut humor book, reaches Amazon Top 10 list

Copies of Stone’s book are available at Solid Gold Vintage Shop. Submitted photo

Local comedian, author Kelly Stone publishes debut humor book, reaches Amazon Top 10 list

Comedian and author Kelly Stone is no stranger to living a public life. For over a decade, she has been posting humorous quotes from her two sons, who are now 12 and 13. The result is her debut book, “Mom, What’s the Opposite of Guacamole?” which contains the humorous and often-oddly insightful observations of her boys.

It’s back: The rebirth of Sundance Records

Above, Left to right, Parker Wright, Sundance manager, Nancy Barnard and owner, Thomas Escalante: the team who continues the legacy of Bobby Barnard. Daily Record photo by Celeste Hollister

It’s back: The rebirth of Sundance Records

“When people are walking in now, they smell this incense and look at the walls and they’re like, “This is it!’” Nancy Barnard said. Daily Record photo by Celeste Hollister

It’s back: The rebirth of Sundance Records

San Marcos lost an icon last August when Bobby Barnard, the legendary owner of Sundance Records, died unexpectedly. Since Barnard and his wife, Nancy, opened the store in September 1977, it had been a much-loved staple to generations of San Marcans.

Common Unity

The Dunbar Heritage Society board members, from left to right: Wayne Thompson, Alex Banbury Jr., President; Mittie Miller, Vice President; Jonafa Banbury, Secretary; Claudette Blythe, Treasurer. Photos submitted by Jonafa Banbury

Common Unity

This year, San Marcos organizations are coming together in a sense of community, commemoration and fellowship to host the first ever countywide Juneteenth celebration. The Dunbar Heritage Association, the Hays County Historical Commission, Cephas House and the Calaboose Museum will hold a series of events — some of which are already underway — to share the history and culture of Black Americans in our community.

Wake the Dead to celebrate milestone anniversary on Sunday

The celebrating skeleton statue, designed by Kevin Huffakers, greets guests in the Wake the Dead courtyard. Photo by David G. Prewitt

Wake the Dead to celebrate milestone anniversary on Sunday

Above, coffee art by Dana Dacy. Top right, the cozy interior of Wake the Dead. Bottom right, a turkey and swiss sandwich, piled high. Submitted photos

Wake the Dead to celebrate milestone anniversary on Sunday
Wake the Dead to celebrate milestone anniversary on Sunday

Wake the Dead to celebrate milestone anniversary on Sunday

Anyone who has ever visited Wake the Dead Coffee House instantly remembers the Tim Burton-esque skeleton statue rising triumphantly from an urn with a cup of coffee. The iron statue, designed by Kevin Huffaker and his brother, Zach Volnor, who added the soft-hued, mellow lights, sits at the heart of Wake the Dead courtyard.

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