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Traveling the world at a young age gives special life perspective

Traveling the world at a young age gives special life perspective

Dear Readers, My last column might have been a downer, and if I were in my usual mode, I could apologize for that. But, as I’ve learned in my journey toward modern, empowered womanness: We apologize too dang much! Rather than say “I’m sorry” for being sad on Mother’s Day, I find it best to acknowledge that I was certainly in a dark place, and I’ve let that wave pass over me/us.

Latest in what’s happening at Gary Job Corps

Pictured right, from DJH: Tiffany Townsend, Katrina Hawkins, TransportEQ Jerri Banks, Greater San Marcos Partnership Ted Groholske, Pastor Darius Todd, Wayne Thompson Elevation HR, Central Texas Regional Training Academy Ramiro Camarillo; and Gary Job Corps staff Chris Roff, Evelyn Hernandez, Betty Oliva, Adam Cantu, Susanne Ritter and Waddell Walton. Students are from the Material Handling and Overhead Linesman Vocations.
Photos submitted by Gary Job Corps

Latest in what’s happening at Gary Job Corps

DJH Express National Training Academy partnership

Earth Day 2024 in Martindale
Earth Day 2024 in Martindale
Earth Day 2024 in Martindale
Earth Day 2024 in Martindale

Celebrating National Volunteer Month and Earth Day, Gary Job Corps Corrections Cadets assisted with the “Keep Martindale Beautiful” Cleanup. Pictured left are Martindale Mayor Katherine Glaze, City Councilman Matthew McGovern, Dorothy McGovern, Police Chief Tommy Ward and City Utility Clerk Diana Guevara Garza. Gary Job Corps Cadets are Fatima Moreno, Daniel Moreno, Zasmine Walker, Jesse Rubens, Juan Torres and Jamar Dixon, under the instruction of Captain Weaver. The staff and students from the Gary Job Corps have partnered with the City of Martindale in many projects from the cleanups of numerous flooding events through the construction of the ADA ramp at City Hall and railing. Corrections and Security Cadets helped with the crowd and traffic control for the 4th of July Parade and worked the Jamaica at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Earth Day 2024 in Martindale

Earth Day 2024 in Martindale

Bring out your Dead!

Jack stands at the center of the Wake the Dead courtyard.
Photo by Celeste Cook

Bring out your Dead!

The Wake the Dead staff: Back row left to right are Michael White, Corey Salinas, Steve Jones, Trey Dusek and Dana Dacy. Middle: Taylor Leal, Julie Balkman amd Christina Orta. Front: Araselle Vivenza, Lucy Allmand and Jess Liao.
Photo provided by Wake the Dead Coffeehouse

Bring out your Dead!
Bring out your Dead!

Inset, A ceramic flower by artist Hayley Welliver on display. Above, an ivywreathed skeleton welcomes visitors to the patio.
Photos by Celeste Cook

Bring out your Dead!

Wake the Dead Coffeehouse celebrates 16-year anniversary

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LIVE MUSIC AND 80S DRAG

Tonight at 5:30 p.m. there will be live music on the square as part of the Music on the Square concert series. The event is free and family friendly and occurs every Friday in May on the lawn of the Hays County Courthouse. This is an outdoor, picnic-style event, and guests are encouraged to order to-go from a local business and bring a chair, blanket and drinks but no glass. I recommend getting a mouth watering burger from the Showdown to-go along with a cool beer to drink at the bar before the event. If you haven’t had one of their burgers you are seriously missing out. They are mine and my Mom’s favorite burger in town. The music lineup for tonight is Michael Milligan & Texiana Bluez, Kelany & the All-Nighters and DJ Alpha. Anyone interested in helping out with the event can sign up at forms.office.com/g/0dgGZii3LQ. Also, the Porch, located at 129 E. Hopkins Street, is having a “Totally 80s Bitch*n Drag Brunch” from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday that will be hosted by Malibu Imported. Watch the drag queens of San Marcos take on the divas of the 80s.

Shannon West Staff Reporter

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GHOST TOWNS IN HAYS COUNTY

Dalton Sweat Publisher There is a paper written by Maude M.

Walling in 1978 in the San Marcos Library's Historical Collection called Ghost Towns in Hays County, Texas. I stumbled upon it once looking for local ghost stories, which – if you have any – please do share. This paper goes over the small communities that once were in Hays County but have since faded into the ether only be talked about in history books. There are places like Stringtown, which is essentially where Kissing Tree is now located, or San Marcos de Neve, which is actually the original San Marcos established in 1807. There is a historical marker on Old Bastrop Road near where it crosses the San Marcos River.

While not entirely a ghost town, Fischer holds on to its roots here in Hays County near the line with Comal County towards Canyon Lake. The famous Fischer Store and Fischer Hall are still functional in some capacity. On Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. Terry Fischer, a descendant of the family that founded Fischer, Texas, will give a talk about the history of the community. His ancestors filed the first deed in the community in 1853 that eventually became Fischer Store. The talk will go over the settlement of the community, the additional families that followed and the evolution of life in the area as well as the history of their family.

This educational talk is expected to last about 2 hours and will be held at the Fischer Store School Community Center off RM32.

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SO... WHAT IS A DEATH CAFE?

Thursday and Friday of this week, we are traveling to my old hometown in East Texas to celebrate the graduation of my nephew, Elliot, who will walk across the stage with high honors and a full scholarship to the engineering program at Lamar University. Having already interned at NASA, he wants to continue working there in the future, thus proving what we already know about him: The kid is out of this world! We’ll return home on Saturday, exhausted and most likely covered in mosquito bites, but that means we’ll require some nice San Marcos recovery time. I’m looking forward to stopping into Wineaux’s on Hutchison Street to split a charcuterie tray and a bottle of pinot noir. Then on Saturday at 2 p.m., Wake the Dead is having something called Death Cafe. I’m not sure what that entails, but I’m eager to get home to San Marcos in order to find out.

Celeste Cook Features Editor

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?

Tonight at 5:30 p.m. there will be live music on the square as part of the Music on the Square concert series. The event is free and family friendly and occurs every Friday in May on the lawn of the Hays County Courthouse. This is an outdoor, picnic-style event, and guests are encouraged to order to-go from a local business and bring a chair, blanket and drinks but no glass. I recommend getting a mouth watering burger from the Showdown to-go along with a cool beer to drink at the bar before the event. If you haven’t had one of their burgers you are seriously missing out. They are mine and my Mom’s favorite burger in town. The music lineup for tonight is Michael Milligan & Texiana Bluez, Kelany & the All-Nighters and DJ Alpha. Anyone interested in helping out with the event can sign up at forms.office.com/g/0dgGZii3LQ. Also, the Porch, located at 129 E. Hopkins Street, is having a “Totally 80s Bitch*n Drag Brunch” from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday that will be hosted by Malibu Imported. Watch the drag queens of San Marcos take on the divas of the 80s.

Live Music

Wake the Dead Coffeehouse Death Cafe Saturday, May 25, 2 p.m. 1432 Old Ranch Rd. 12 Middleton Brewing Gerry Burns’ Grateful Saturday Saturday, May 25, 3 - 6 p.m.

San Marcos Art League hosts first ever art award showcase

A collection of some works featured in this year’s Award Showcase at the San Marcos Art Center.
Photo submitted by SMAL

San Marcos Art League hosts first ever art award showcase

The San Marcos Art League is unveiling their newest Award Art Showcase this May at the San Marcos Art Center, where Art League members can enter to compete for prizes and a spot in the July 2024 Winners’ Showcase. This will be the first time SMAL has ever hosted an art competition showcase at the art center. With submissions that exceeded expectations, 50 local artists will be showcasing their work and competing for the grand prize in this month’s exhibition.

Broke Thespians to perform ‘The Fantasticks’ opening May 31
Broke Thespians to perform ‘The Fantasticks’ opening May 31

Photos by Adrian Garcia Velásquez

Broke Thespians to perform ‘The Fantasticks’ opening May 31

Photo by Adrian Garcia Velásquez

Broke Thespians to perform ‘The Fantasticks’ opening May 31

Opening May 31, Broke Thespians Theatre Company will perform the off-Broadway smash-hit, “The Fantasticks,” written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Part commedia dell’arte, part classic musical, “The Fantasticks” is visually stunning and perfect for the whole family. Watch as two soulmates attempt to persevere despite meddling fathers, blistering heat and wicked bandits that interfere with their love. Catch the show at the VFW (1701 Hunter Road) at 7:30 p.m. May 31, June 2, June 7 and June 9, with 2 p.m. matinees on June 2 and 9.

Hays County Photo Club calls for entries to its 20th Annual Naturescapes Photography Contest & Exhibition

“Westcave Grotto in the Fall,” 2023 Best in Show.
Photo by Tom L. Hausler

Hays County Photo Club calls for entries to its 20th Annual Naturescapes Photography Contest & Exhibition

“The Milky Way,” 2023 Best Youth.
Photo by Lucy Gonzalez

Hays County Photo Club calls for entries to its 20th Annual Naturescapes Photography Contest & Exhibition

The unique beauty of the natural areas within San Marcos inspired the first Naturescapes Photography Contest 20 years ago. Goals of the contest and exhibit include increasing public awareness of the importance of protecting our natural world and giving photographers at all levels of experience a chance to capture, share and receive recognition for beautiful and inspiring images.

Living the Broadway dream

Lauren Nicole Chapman stars as Anna and Preston Perez stars as Hans in the North American Tour of Disney’s “Frozen.”
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Living the Broadway dream

Texas State grad, San Antonio native Preston Perez lands the role of Hans in stage version of Disney’s ‘Frozen’

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