Horseshoe Bay Beacon
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Thursday, January 17, 2013 • Posted January 18, 2013 • Photos
Congratulations are in order for Luciana McKeown, owner of Saucy’s Catering & Cooking in Cottonwood Shores. On Friday, the 18th, she will be celebrating her sixth anniversary in the business, and she will also begin regular dinner service from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. At the beginning of the year she initiated new lunch hours.
Thursday, December 22, 2011 • Posted December 22, 2011 • Photos
A couple of weeks ago, I stopped by On The Rocks in Cottonwood Shores to find out what they have been up to lately. It was a quiet Sunday afternoon and some friends were there watching the football game while Matt Orlando and his mother, Leslie, were experimenting in the kitchen with some wonderful Italian appetizers.
Thursday, December 15, 2011 • Posted December 15, 2011 • Photos
The Bluebonnet Chorale was formed in the fall of 1999 when a group of 16 women from Horseshoe Bay met at The Church at Horseshoe Bay to form a singing group. Long-time director Wenona Burks likes to tell the story that they started out just singing simple rounds. With the help of accompanist Helen Carpenter they soon progressed to three-part and then four-part music.
Thursday, November 17, 2011 • Posted November 17, 2011 • Photos
San Saba is a small community of about 3,000 people a bit north and west of Horseshoe Bay. You can get there in about an hour. Go west to Llano and head up picturesque Highway 16 through some rolling hills. Look at a map and you’ll see it is almost smack dab in the middle of the state. Like many of the communities in central Texas, the town of San Saba can trace its roots to the mid 19th century.
Thursday, September 15, 2011 • Posted September 15, 2011 • Photos
Executive Chef Scott Mechura arrived in Escondido just in time to celebrate the opening of the new club house earlier this summer. The Great House, as the club house is called in the Escondido literature, is an imposing structure which is at the heart of this exclusive and elegantly designed community that provides the utmost in service and amenities to its members. Recently, I had the opportunity to tour the property and admire some of many areas where members can enjoy all the thing ...
Thursday, June 16, 2011 • Posted June 16, 2011 • Photos
I had never heard of Bunco until I moved to Horseshoe Bay. Occasionally, some of my golfing buddies here would mention that they were playing Bunco, but they all seemed to have well established groups to which newcomers were seldom, if ever, invited. I began to think it might be a kind of Southern sorority which required mysterious initiation rites. I was flattered—and, I have to admit, a bit relieved—when I finally received an invitation to substitute in a group one eveni ...
Thursday, May 12, 2011 • Posted May 12, 2011 • Photos
Or is it uptown Texas craft beers and down-home food? Double Horn Brewing Company, which celebrated an eagerly awaited opening this last weekend in Marble Falls, does not fit readily into either category. Both its beer and its food boast a level of sophistication that defies easy description. If you are thinking home-brew and bar food, you will be delightfully surprised by how much more this establishment has to offer.
Thursday, August 5, 2010 • Posted August 5, 2010 • Photos
When Chuck Ely at The Bottle Shop mentioned to me not long ago that there is a bourbon distillery in Hye and that it might make an interesting story, I had no idea of the learning experience I was about to embark on. I’m no expert, but I certainly know a lot more now about bourbon, how it is made and the fascinating role it has played in the history of our country. The first question: Where is Hye?
Thursday, July 22, 2010 • Posted July 22, 2010
The ideal summer dessert, to my mind, is light and cool—no heavy cakes or steaming hot cobblers when the temperatures hover in the upper reaches. The recipe should be simple and not require a lot of ingredients and, if at all possible, it should require minimal, if any, cooking or baking.
Thursday, July 1, 2010 • Posted July 1, 2010 • Photos
This Saturday a lot of folks in Horseshoe Bay will be gathering around Horseshoe Bay Boulevard, Hi Circle North, Red Sail and Quail Point for our annual Fourth of July celebration. With the land parade, boat parade and all the activities planned at Quail Point, the festivities always draw a big crowd.
Thursday, June 10, 2010 • Posted June 10, 2010 • Photos
Many people in Horseshoe Bay are unaware of the existence of a community garden club in our midst. It is not exactly a secret. After all, this fall it will have been operating for 25 years and over that time many people have worked in the garden and enjoyed the harvests.
Thursday, May 27, 2010 • Posted May 27, 2010 • Photos
As we approach this weekend at a time when so many of our military personnel are assigned abroad in perilous situations and we read of the losses, we cannot forget that Memorial Day is, first and foremost, a day of somber remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. The official observance in our country dates to the time of the Civil War, but the red poppy has since become a symbol with which we commemorate those men and women.
Friday, May 7, 2010 • Posted May 7, 2010 • Photos
Traveling south on Highway 281, you pass through the small town of Blanco about 40 miles from Horseshoe Bay. The town, which dates back to 1856, is experiencing some growth these days to the north and south, but the historic square is still the main center of interest. On the east side of Main Street stands the old Blanco County Courthouse, which was built in 1885-1886.
Thursday, April 22, 2010 • Posted April 22, 2010 • Photos
On March 27, Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, about 20 miles southeast of San Antonio, was the colorful scene of the second annual Olives Olé Festival presented by The San Antonio Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier. This organization, which I have written about previously, is comprised of women who are distinguished members of the food, beverage and hospitality industries.
Thursday, April 1, 2010 • Posted April 1, 2010 • Photos
I first heard of Perissos Vineyard and Winery last October during the Texas Fall Fest, where many Central Texas vintners were represented at the various events. At the time, I spoke briefly with the woman who was offering tastes of their wines and made a mental note that I should visit the newly opened winery in our area “one of these days.” Occasionally I would hear someone would mention it over the next few months and I would make another mental note.