Kerrville Renaissance Festival to Transport Modern-Day Visitors into a Time and Place from Far Away!

Occurring over a single weekend in January at the Hill County Youth Event Center, a village’s worth of entertainers, musical acts, food vendors, and artisans help shape an immersive experience back in time! January 27 – 29, 2017 is the weekend to pack your medieval best and come to Kerrville, Texas.

Located in a picturesque setting in the nostalgic Texas Hill Country the family-friendly Festival will feature locally renowned Last Chance Forever Bird of Prey show, Texas native musicians Coal Black Rose, The Great Rondini, Austin favorite Magical Mystical Michael, and more live entertainment on 3 stages. The Merchant village, of over 40 artisans, will include potters, jewelers, painters, leather workers, and more eclectic and unique crafts for your shopping pleasure. Food will be fit for a King! Featuring, of course, the ubiquitous Turkey Legs and meats on a stick. Other foods will include Cinnamon Roasted Nuts, Deep Fried Ravioli, Panini’s, Fresh ice cream, and not to be forgotten, BEER!

Discount tickets available online now at KerrvilleRenFest.com
Adult: $9.95 – ($12.95 at the Gate)
Child (5-12): $5.95 – ($8.95 at the Gate)
Children 4 years old and under are FREE.
Open Rain, Snow, or Shine.

Additional information available at www.KervilleRenFest.com
Email KerrvilleRenFest@Gmail.com

 

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Eclectic Musical Performances Slated for the 2016 Kerrville Chalk Festival

A full line-up of quality performances will be free to the public at the October 15-16, 2016 Kerrville Chalk Festival. Performances by Celtic Comfort, Flamenco guitar by Randy Cordero, Bluegrass and Americana from the 4 Proches, Dixieland Jazz from the Dixieland All Stars and Scottish bagpipes from Kerrville Pipe and Drum will provide entertainment in addition to the vibrant large-scale chalk art.  “The music was carefully selected to compliment the art and activities at the event,” says Festival Director Katharine Boyette. “We want everyone to enjoy the music as they stroll Peterson Plaza and witness the 63 chalk art squares evolve over the weekend.”

In addition to live music and the artists at work, there will be more interactive activities for children and more food vendors this year. Face painting, balloon art and classic games such as hopscotch and marbles will be offered for youth at the Kid’s Zone in addition to an option to create a small chalk art square in their own area. Fantastical interactive photo murals where one can snap a photograph of another in the scene is currently in the planning stages as an exciting new onsite activity. There will also be guided tours of the newly renovated Schreiner Mansion and the popular Community Mural where the public will again be able to make their own small chalk art piece.

 

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Anat Rosen 2016 KCF Featured Artist

Chalk art, also known as street painting, is a temporary and interactive art form that allows crowds to observe as it evolves to its final form. The creation of a large, intricate chalk painting may take hours or days to complete, only to be gone after it is washed away or the elements degrade the work. The Kerr Arts and Cultural Center (KACC) will be featuring a special gallery exhibit, “Chalk on the Walls” in October, which will be on view during the Festival. Street artists for the Festival will show less temporary art they have created in other mediums.

“The gallery show gives the participating chalk artists an opportunity to display their more permanent work and is a meaningful way to tie the KACC with the Festival this year since our art education program has been named as the 2016 beneficiary,” remarked KACC Executive Director Debbie Minns.

The Kerrville Chalk Festival will take place rain or shine on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th. Thanks to corporate and individual sponsors no admission fees will be charged to attend the event although there will be small fees or donations requested for some art activities.

The number of squares is limited and at this time there are no remaining squares available although a waiting list has been created. For more information about volunteering for the Festival, or about creating a street painting with a group or as an individual at the event, go to KerrvilleChalk.org, email info@KerrvilleChalk.org, or call (830)895-5222. Visit and “friend” the Kerrville Chalk Festival Facebook page for periodic updates.

 

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Texas Heritage Music Day slated for Sept. 30, 2016

 

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Terri Hendrix performing at Texas Heritage Music Day 2015

The 20th annual Texas Heritage Music Day will feature more than 50 performers and Texas Heritage Music Day demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, on the Schreiner University campus. A cheese and wine reception with Texas Public Radio will be hosted at 6:30 p.m. before Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines perform at a free community concert sponsored by Toyota of Boerne at 7:30 p.m. in the Floyd and Kathleen Cailloux Student Activities Center.

 

The day features a noon tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music, a nine a.m. tribute to gospel music featuring the 4 Proches, and a ten a.m. tribute to Texas-Mexican Heritage with Max Baca y los Texmaniacs. The list of more than 50 performers includes: Max Baca y los Texmaniacs, Terri Hendrix and Llod Maines, the Schreiner Choir, Doug Baum and the Camel Corp, 4 Proches, Jon Hogan and Maria Moss, George Ensle, Fritz Morquecho, Thom Moon Poet, trick roper Kevin Fitzpatrick, Tony Galluci, and Clifton Fifer.

New to the event this year is an evening tribute to Merle Haggard and Jimmie Rodgers on Thursday, September 29. The tribute will be held at the YO Ranch Resort bar, starting at 7 pm. Many of our performers will be there to celebrate and pay tribute to the late, great, music legends.

Schools in Kerr and all contiguous counties are invited to contact Kathleen Hudson at 830-792-1945 or kat@texasheritagemusic.org to request transportation assistance to attend THMD. Requests are fulfilled in the order they are received, so please call soon.

For more information about the Texas Heritage Music Foundation and Schreiner University, please visit www.schreiner.edu

 

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David Crosby, Emmy Lou Harris and Rodney Crowell added to the already stellar lineup at the 2015 KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL

CROZ_SOLO_ACOUSTIC_2015_72_1000-300x350Announcing the addition of David Crosby to Saturday June 6 as part of the 2015 44th annual Kerrville Folk Festival lineup. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell On May 23rd, Tom Rush, Peter Case, Ruthie Foster, John Fullbright, Wood & Wire, Sam Baker, Ray Bonneville, Gurf Morlix, David Wilcox, Peter Yarrow, Trout Fishing in America and Joe King Carrasco are all a part of the eclectic mix of songwriters to be presented at this legendary festival that runs for 18 straight days, from Thursday, May 21 through Sunday, June 7, 2015. The location is Quiet Valley Ranch, nine miles south of the Texas Hill Country resort community of Kerrville. Season Ticket Packages and discounted day tickets are on sale now at http://www.kerrville-music.com/tickets.htm

Emmylou%20&%20RodneyHeld each year since 1972, the Kerrville Folk Festival is the longest continuously running festival of its kind in North America.  Over the years it has become known internationally as a Mecca for singer songwriters of varying musical styles… a place where those just beginning to develop their skills have the opportunity to play their music alongside those who are masters. Emerging songwriters as well as teachers are drawn to the festival’s many learning opportunities, such as the 35th Annual Songwriters School, the Roots / Blues Guitar Workshop, Harmonica Workshop, Ukulele Workshop, a Music Law Panel Discussion, and the 14th Annual Professional Development Program for Teachers.

There is truly something for everyone at this festival, from camping, campfire jam sessions, concerts and activities for kids, “Ballad Tree” song sharing sessions, Hill Country bike rides and canoe trips on the Guadalupe to Sunday Folk Song Services, Saturday Shabbat Services and much more. This is one musical celebration that must not be missed! A complete festival schedule, information and tickets can be found at www.kerrvillefolkfestival.org or by calling the festival office at (830) 257-3600.   Ticket prices range from $25 to $60 depending on the particular day and discounts apply to tickets purchased early online.  Campground Access and Parking Lot fees are included in the ticket price.

The Kerrville Folk Festival is owned by the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the support of emerging songwriters and folk music in all its forms.

imageIf you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dalis Allen, please call the Festival Production Office at (830) 257-3600 or e-mail info@kerrville-music.com.

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Henry Darnell Featured Artist for Kerrville CHALK Festival

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Henry Darnell of Dallas, Texas is a professional artist working in animated films and visual effects for more than 20 years. Darnell is the featured street artist for the Kerrville CHALK Festival June 6 and 7, 2015. Darnell will produce a 12-foot by 12-foot reproduction of a famous painting by a popular American artist in the center of Peterson Plaza in downtown Kerrville. Professionally, Darnell creates physical miniatures, puppets and props for film and television, and he holds a BFA in illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. He made the transition to digital modeling during a 12 – year career at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Darnell’s film credits include; Beetlejuice, Throw Momma from the Train, Scrooged, The Rocketeer, The Abyss, True Lies, Honey I Blew Up the Kid, Starship Troopers, Stuart Little, Stuart Little II, The Haunted Mansion, Castaway, What Lies Beneath, The Attack of the Chubb Chubbs, Open Season, Beowulf, The Polar Express, Big Fish, G-Force and The Watchmen.

The Kerrville Chalk Festival is a celebration of art, family and community in downtown Kerrville. An estimated 50 artists, including local artists, groups and guest artists from around the State will be creating large-scale chalk street paintings on Peterson Plaza. No admission fee will be charged to attend the event. The two-day Festival will include a Community Mural where festival attendees can create their own chalk square. There will be a special area for children 12 and under to create chalk art on the sidewalks of Peterson Plaza.

To sign up and participate as an artist at the Festival, fill out the artist application at www.kerrvillechalk.com. Artist Chair Debbie Minn remarks, “There are no fees for artists and materials will be provided.  Artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. The works produced are temporary; if you have never done a street painting; have no fear. The process is both unique and rewarding.”

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The Kerr Arts & Cultural Center (KACC) will host a free workshop taught by Darnell to instruct those interested in the techniques of producing large works in chalk on pavement. The hands-on workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Chalk for the workshop will be provided without charge. Space is limited for the workshop and registration is required. Contact the KACC for more information about the workshop. www.KACC.org

The Festival will provide companies and groups opportunities to promote their brand by sponsoring a square at this highly visible Festival. The Cailloux Foundation in Kerrville, TX is the founding sponsor for the Festival in partnership with the City of Kerrville and Huser Construction Company. Sponsors at the Benefactor level to date include the Perry and Ruby Stevens Foundation; Contributing Patron level includes Bank of the Hills, Law office of Jennifer Dean, Gloria and Don Dorsey of Kerrville, Guadalupe National Bank,, Riva and Bobby Parker of Camp Verde, as well as Security State Bank and Trust; Plaza Patrons include, Edward Jones-Bryon Mein, First Insurance Agency of the Hill Country, Kerrville Daily Times, Kerr County Federal Credit Union, Mo-Ranch Creative Arts Ministry Program and the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country. For more information about becoming a sponsor for the Kerrville Chalk Festival, volunteering for the Festival, or creating a street painting with a group or as an individual at the event go to KerrvilleChalk.org or email info@KerrvilleChalk.org.Please visit the Kerrville Chalk Festival Facebook page for updates.

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Camp Verde

Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, on the banks of the Verde Creek, just a short scenic drive from Kerrville, the Camp Verde store was first established in 1857.  The present day, two story stophoto (9)ne structure of Southern colonial design was constructed after a flood swept away the original building around 1900. Originally, the general store was established to offer goods and services to the soldiers stationed at Fort Verde, a mile to the west.  By the time the US Army deactivated the Fort, the Camp Verde General Store and post office had become an important part of the community, serving the growing number of pioneer ranchers in the area.

In 1854, Secretary of War Jefferson Davis (who later became President of the Confederacy) petitioned Congress to appropriate $30,000 for the Army to experiment with using camels for supply transport and other military purposes.  With the support of President Pierce, the bill was subsequently approved by Congress on March 3, 1855.  Major Henry Wayne and Lieutenant David Porter were put in command of securing the camels from the Middle East.  The first shipment from Egypt (of nine swift dromedaries, twenty burden camels, plus four others of mixed breed) arrived via naval supply ship in April of 1856.  Four native drivers (who were given “American” names of Greek George, Long Tom, Mico and Hi-Jolly) accompanied the camels to the New World.

It was late August of 1856 when this group of camels finally arrived at Fort Camp Verde.  The second load of 40 animals arrived during the spring of 1857.  By the time the Civil War had begun, there were over 50 camels in residence at the Fort.  During the winter of 1861, the Fort was captured by the Confederacy.  When the Fort was recaptured by the US Government in 1865, there were more than 100 camels.  The animals passed every test of their ability – carrying heavier loads and traveling longer distances than the mules and horses used in the area.  However, the War Department sorely needed funds for Reconstruction after the Civil War.  The Fort was deactivated in 1869 – ending the experiment.  While a fire destroyed the buildings of nearby Fort Camp Verde in 1910, the courage and bold spirit of the Great Camel Experiment survives to this day.

Camp Verde evokes a feeling of stepping back in time to a place full of history, yet is welcoming and new.  Half way into its second century, this unique store occupies a special setting along the Verde Creek, offering the surrounding community a link to the past and a place for today.

Since 2003, Camp Verde General Store has been gradually undergoing a sort of renaissance, introducing a new spirit to this part of the Texas Hill Country. Everywhere, there are distinct touches that add to the historical setting of this remarkable venue.  The spectacular outdoor patios are perfect for a gathering with friends or family. The shade trees surrounding the store have offered shelter for hundreds of years.  Great care has been taken to honor the past while continuing to embrace the future of this remarkable place.


Source: Camp Verde General Store & Restaurant

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Live Music in Kerrville, Texas!

robert-earl-keen-456-082611Camping, shopping, museums, a historic downtown district, amazing cafes, kayaking & canoeing, hiking nature trails, enjoying live theater performances, as well as Kerrville’s amazing year round weather makes it a popular destination for thousands of visitors each year. A growing interest among people choosing the Texas Hill Country for their weekend, or week long, get away seems to be enjoying the experience of sitting back, sipping on a cold beverage, and listening to a variety of live music options. Whether it is the twang of a sad country love song, the soulfulness of jazz, heart pumping rock, or shoulder swaying, hand waving Texas Country music, Kerrville has something for everyone’s taste.

There’s nothing more relaxing than to sit outside at the local winery, overlooking the valley below, and listening to the touching and emotional vocals of a jazzy-blues duo on a tranquil Saturday afternoon. If boots, belts, buckles and kicking up your heels is more your style, Kerrville has an array of venues and hot spots that visitors can choose from. On any given Friday and Saturday evening, guests and locals can be seen mingling on the patios, dance floors, and on the bar stools of places such as the legendary Crider’s Rodeo & Dancehall, The Ridge Marketplace, the Ol’ Waterin’ Hole, the Lazy Days Canteen at Roddy Tree Ranch, The Inn Pub, the River Rock Saloon, or The Elm Waterhole Saloon at the YO Ranch Hotel & Conference Center. Azul’s Lounge even provides people with the experience of an underground, speak easy atmosphere that transforms us to an earlier, exciting era…and offers an eclectic choice of music performances.

Visitors, who used to think that Kerrville was an early-to-bed kind of town, or that they had to travel elsewhere to get their live music fix, are being pleasantly surprised by what they are finding. We encourage you to check out our website for an updated list of events and venues, as well as each of their websites, Facebook, and Twitter. There is always something new, exciting and fun happening in Kerrville. We look forward to seeing you.

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