Smoking’ Red Hot Fun Awaits You!


The Third Annual Chili Cook- Off sponsored by the Wimberley Community Civic Club as part of Spring Event will be held on Saturday, March 22, at the Wimberley Lions Market Day Pavilion.  Chili cook-off teams will begin reporting to the Pavilion starting at 7:00 a.m., and spectator tasting will begin at 11:00 a.m.  The event will end at 3:30 p.m.  Admission for spectators                        is $5.

Last year’s cook off was a great success with individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations competing for awards in three categories of chili:  red, white, and green.  This year, the event will follow the same rules.

Local celebrity judges will sample and select the best chili in each category. In addition, chili cook-off patrons will sample and select one chili for the People’s Choice Award.  Trophies will be awarded to all winners and a special prize will be given to the best booth, based on theme, visual display, hospitality, and showmanship.

In addition to being able to sample some of the best chili in the Wimberley Valley and beyond, those attending the event will enjoy the live music of local bands and vocal performers throughout the day. The Wimberley Civic Club wants the event to be fun for the whole family, and this year it has added a special children’s area and has invited local vendors to showcase their products.   Home-baked goods, soft drinks, and beer will also be available.

The Civic Club is inviting local businesses, non-profit organizations, individuals, and social groups to participate in the cook-off.  We know there are many talented cooks in this area, and that chili is a favorite, and would like to have as many of those as contestants.  Booths are still available and the fee to enter is $50 per chili.  Each entrant will receive a 10% shopping card from Brookshire Brothers.

If you are not a cook but would like to support the event, you can join many local businesses and make a donation towards sponsorship of Cook-Off.  Sponsors receive complimentary tickets, signage, and recognition at the event.  The Civic Club wants to thank Ozona Bank, HEB, Brookshire Brothers, State Farm Insurance, Gina and Tom Fulkerson, the Blanco Bank, and DeMasters-Daniel Insurance for their generous sponsorships, as well as the Wimberley Lions Club and Deer Creek Nursing Center for their continuing support of the Cook Off.

For information contact Anna White at annaw@vownet.net or 512-971-6219 or Tonda Frady at 512-426-5225. Call soon as spaces are limited.

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Friday, February 14 
11:00 a.m.
Chapel in the Hills
The Wimberley Civic Club will meet on Friday, February 14, at Chapel in the Hills, with meeting beginning promptly at 11:00 a.m.   This promises to be a very exciting meeting with our own version of the Antiques Road Show.  Professional appraisers will answer your questions on how to determine the value of your personal collections.  You will learn how and where to sell your treasured items, what to keep, what to donate, and how to protect those valuables. We will also get a report on Spring Event.    The Senior Crafters will once again cater and will serve a brunch casserole, salad, croissant, and dessert.  The cost of the meeting and lunch is $12.00 for members and guests.  Please plan to arrive early as we expect a large crowd and, if possible, carpool with friends as parking is limited.  Have your check or exact change ready to expedite check-in.   

Please do not forget to respond to your caller by Thursday, February 6.  It is important that we have an accurate account for the caterer.  If you have not received a call or e-mail from your assigned caller, you may respond to this e-mail.  Please respond as we need an accurate count for the caterer.   


Do not forget the women at the Hays-Caldwell Shelter.  Your toiletries are always appreciated as are donations to the Benevolent Fund. Thank you — and see you at the Show!

Wimberley Civic Club Hosts 3rd Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

The Christmas decorations are safe in the attic, the New Year confetti has been swept . . . but the party is not over!  The Wimberley Community Civic Club welcomes the Year of the Horse, the first of many exciting events planned for Spring Event 2014.

On February 1, celebrate the Year of the Horse with a variety of lucky raffles, silent and live auctions, and a delicious Chinese buffet dinner in the comfort of the Wimberley Community Center at 14068 RR12, Wimberley.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  In addition to the delicious buffet, there will be a beer and wine bar including plum wine and cocktails.  Top the delicious meal with a dazzling selection of home-made desserts.

Dress for this event is Wimberley Chic, but to increase your luck in the auctions and raffles, as well as the New Year, you may want to wear the Year of the Horse Lucky Colors:  purple, blue, or grey. To add up luck, you may want to add wooden pendants or beads to your stylish get ups.  And remember the lucky numbers for the Horse are 7, 3, and 2!

The Grand Emperor, assisted by the Gong Master will host the event and run the fun! The silent and live auctions will entertain you and give you an opportunity to bid on an outstanding collection of merchandise and services:

The Chinese New Year kicks off the Spring Event Season.  There are many events planned for the season with some of your favorites returning, including the Chili Cook-Off, Bliss on the Blanco, Back Stage Pass and the always-popular game days, dinners, and learning opportunities.  Get your Spring Event Book and make a reservation for your old favorite or try something new.  But, don’t delay!  Some of these events fill very quickly.  You can get your book at the Visitors’ Center, the Village Library, or at many merchants around town.  Remember that all proceeds from the Spring Event are returned to the community through donations to local organizations and scholarships to deserving high school seniors.

The Civic Club is accepting reservations for his event.  Cost is $35 per person and it includes all the fun!  You may place your reservations by calling Anna White at 512-847-8503 in the evenings or by e-mail at annawhite723@gmail.com

Click below and open the entire Spring Event Booklet for 2014



by Charlotte Caldwell
Six months ago David and Bex Hale were exploring the back roads of Wimberley helping Bex’s parents in their search for acreage in the Texas Hill Country. Checking the map, seeing that they were on Lone Man Mountain Road…close…ever so close to a property she had seen on the Internet, Bex said, “We’re so close, I have to show you my fantasy home.”
Tucked away down a narrow dirt road amid a sea of wildflowers sits Wolf Creek Ranch; an eleven-acre-world of ancient wood, creaking windmills, a vine entwined green house, stacked stone fences, lush gardens, giant agaves, a sparkling pool, an outdoor fireplace, a spacious cabana, two miniature donkeys and a docile old horse. Along with all of this, there are two wonderful homes…and more. The showpiece home was created out of an 1820’s log barn from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, that at one time sheltered Confederate soldiers as they slept.
Seeing it in person, Bex was hooked; so was her husband David. The thought running through Bex’s head was…We have to find a way to make this happen…but being a young couple with a baby on the way, Wolf Creek Ranch had not been part of the plan. However, upon returning to Abilene, Bex and David sold Bex’s retail furniture store and interior design business, packed up their belongings and headed toward their future.
Along with an assortment of furniture, Bex brought her talent and imagination as a designer to Wimberley, transforming a log cabin into a mélange of shapes, textures, color and styles. Walk through double tiger oak doors into a world of eclectic charm. The rough hewn logs of the exterior are repeated in each room, while the corrugated roof from the original barn lines other walls. With this interior backdrop of reclaimed rustic, amidnight blue upholstered couch is complimented by wheat colored faux silk draperies that soften the space while adding height and width to antique windows. Unexpected bling adds a touch of whimsy in the form of an oversized silver-leafed antler chandelier, while modern bentwood chairs are at home around a large circular hammered-copper dining table.
The headboard in the master suite — two-hundred-year-old faded turquoise massive hand-carved church doors from Guadalajara — are balanced by a silver-leafed gnarled-sequoia-wood side table, contemporary leather stools, and two art deco turquoise upholstered side chairs sitting on an acid washed, silver flecked cowhide throw rug. The stars of the attached bath are a copper double slipper tub with a nickel interior and a soaring circular walk-in shower. The twin master suite on the opposite side of the great room has another creative headboard in the form of a six hundred pound rusted iron gate. The yin of distressed-chic versus the yang of modern-chrome accent pieces round out all of the rooms.
At a right angle to this unique residence, separated by a sparkling blue pool and hot tub, is another home equally charming, dramatically decorated, and surrounded on all four sides with an expansive wrap-around porch with multitudinous places to sit, relax and absorb the bucolic magic of Wolf Creek Ranch. Seated on this porch, holding two-month-old baby Lulu, Bex explains how she and David were able to make their dream of a fantasy home come true. Looking to the future, they decided to share their space by utilizing the antique log cabin as a permanent vacation rental, with willingness on their part to rent out the entire property if the opportunity or need arose — which gives credence to the Latin phrase aut viam inveniam autfaciam — I’ll either find a way or make one.  Bex and David did both.
 This same attitude is one the Wimberley Community Civic Club took when trying to find a way to raise money in order to help the non-profit organizations in their town as well as deserving high school seniors in need of scholarships. The result of this determination of a handful of dedicated women is the Annual Hill Country Home Tour which was born twenty-six years ago. This year, the 2013 Tour of Homes will be held on November 8-9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
In addition to the homes on tour, the historic Winters-Wimberley House will be open to visitors. A gift shop, homemade baked goods, a free wine tasting, and a delicious lunch by the Leaning Pear will be available. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at a cost of $12.00 per person.

Tickets for the tour are $20.00 and may be purchased beginning October 25, and on both tour days at the Wimberley Visitors’ Center at 14090 Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley. Tickets will also be available at each home on the days of the tour as well as at the Wimberley-Winters House. For more information call Sharon Kennedy at713-819-1004.
Expect the unexpected as you tour six unique homes of six unique families, and to enjoy the tour to its fullest extent, and be able to explore the grounds of some of the homes, sensible shoes are recommended.


The Darla & Greg Grazdan Home

 by Charlotte Caldwell

Two years ago in the middle of the hottest summer of the hottest year on record, Darla Grazdan decided to come to Wimberley in search of a weekend retreat. Instead of being deterred by the scorched earth, the withering grasses, the drooping oaks and the stocked private lake at an all time low, Darla embraced the possibilities, falling in love with the first place she saw. She saw others, but in the end she came back to the now, one-hundred-and-twenty acre Double N Ranch.

There is something to be said for life in Spoke Hollow, especially when the hollow contains — along with a lake — a pool, lighted tennis courts, stables, and a private putting green—some of them tucked away, out of sight; all of them surrounded by Wimberley’s hills, glorious spreading oaks and rolling green grasses in a manicured park like setting. It is paradise found. Found and embraced—Darla and Greg loved their weekend retreat so much that they now call it their permanent home.  Darla’s children have followed suit, moving from Houston to Wimberley, building homes on various corners of the ranch that has become a true family compound.

Entering the main dwelling the word grand comes to mind; the house being everyman’s dream of what a Texas ranch should be—vaulted ceilings, exposed wooden beams, hunting trophies, leather, luxurious fabrics, striking chandeliers, an abundance of stone walls and rich woods throughout. The colors of the interior are those of Tuscany; burnt sienna, soft gold and warm browns.  Hardwoods in the main living portion of the home give way to naturally cushioned, easy care cork flooring in the bedrooms.

Purchased with furniture included, Darla has been slowly working her magic, replacing many pieces with gorgeous antiques, while custom designing upholstered furniture built to her specifications.  The towering twenty-five foot fireplace in the great room is balanced by a fifteen foot camelback style sofa with exquisite hand-tooled leather sides. When commenting on the size of the sofa Darla said, “You wouldn’t believe how many people fit on it.” Sitting on the multi textured couch is like a soft warm hug for family members, including the six grandchildren.

The kitchen is filled with antiqued ivory bead board cabinets, double ovens, and a custom sized refrigerator. The impressive copper hood over the range alcove mirrors the copper in the hammered tabletop in the breakfast room.  A profusion of windows along the back wall invites the spectacular hill country views indoors.  Hours can be wiled away playing pool, reading by the fireplace in the family room or watching the exotic living coral collection and other colorful sea creatures displayed in the newly installed aquarium.

Paintings in the house reflect a love of the old west as well as the flora and fauna from the natural world.  Not to be missed, but easily overlooked, is a striking painting of cooling glacial peaks tucked away in the hallway separating the master suite from the great room. The master bath is large enough to qualify for ballroom status, while the shower could handle all six grandkids at once…and have room left over.

Walking through this exquisite home, and around the lush grounds, it is easy to understand why Darla fell in love with the Double N Ranch in 2011, and embraced the possibilities.

Be sure not to miss the opportunity to see this spectacular estate on November 8-9, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, along with five other homes, when the Wimberley Civic Club will host the 26th Annual Hill Country Home Tour.

In addition to the six homes, the historic Winters-Wimberley House will be open to visitors. A gift shop, homemade baked goods, a free wine tasting, and a delicious lunch by the Leaning Pear will be available. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at a cost of $12.00 per person.

Tickets for the tour are $20.00 and may be purchased beginning October 25, and on both tour days at the Wimberley Visitors’ Center at 14090 Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley. Tickets will also be available at each home on the days of the tour as well as at the Wimberley-Winters House. For more information call Sharon Kennedy at 713-819-1004.

This fund-raising effort benefits many non-profit organizations within Wimberley, as well as numerous graduating high school seniors who receive scholarships.

To enjoy the tour to its fullest extent, and be able to explore the grounds of some of the homes, sensible shoes are recommended.


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