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Bluebonnet Air Show offers sights, sounds and stunts

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Nothing sounds like, or even comes close, to the rumble of a P-51 Mustang barreling just a few hundred feet off the ground as it races by. For a big part of World War II, that sound sent shudders through the bodies of enemy forces as they dove for cover. [...]

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Past and present residents celebrating Smithwick homecoming April 26

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR SMITHWICK — Who says you need a football game to hold homecoming? All you really need is a place to meet and a common bond of some sort. On April 26, that bond is the Smithwick community, located about 12 miles east of Marble Falls.

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Llano Crawfish Open mixes Cajun fare, Texas tunes April 25-26

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Sometimes, you just have to buckle down and take a bite. At least that’s the best way to get over the idea of eating a mudbug, more commonly called a crawfish. Yeah, that little red freshwater crustacean returns as the center of attention April 25-26 during the 25th annual Llano [...]

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Relive family road trips with Hills & Lakes adventure

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR  MARBLE FALLS — When my dad would load us up in the old family station wagon for a Sunday drive, we would start by pulling out a series of maps. Then, with my mom riding shotgun and my brother Jeff and I strapped securely into the back seat (so we [...]

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Hill Country Blenders putting on spring show

Oscar Hammerstein II said it first: “The hills are alive with the sound of music.” But here’s the local version: The Hill Country Sings. That’s the theme of the Hill Country Blenders annual Spring Show on April 25-26 at First Baptist Church, 501 12th St. in Marble Falls. Performances are 7 p.m. both nights. The [...]

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Classics, hot rods and more at Bluebonnet Car Show on April 26

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — Nothing against them, but you probably won’t find any Toyota Priuses during the Lake Area Rods & Classics Bluebonnet Car Show on April 26. It’s not that the Prius isn’t a good car, but, let’s face it, the little engine just doesn’t fit next to the roar of [...]

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John D. Bennett was tinkerer, inventor and storyteller

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — While John D. Bennett fancied himself an inventor (he did hold 65 patents), the Marble Falls man definitely enjoyed spinning a yarn or two. And that only served as a warmup.

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Granite Shoals’ Bill Henry found success in the major leagues

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE STAFF GRANITE SHOALS — When Bill Henry stood on the mound Oct. 8, 1961, at Crosley Field, it wasn’t just any ballgame. And he wasn’t facing the sluggers from just any ball team. The left-hander from Pasadena, Texas, was staring at the top of the New York Yankees lineup in the [...]

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Burnet High School’s top chefs take second at state

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — The right ingredients are as important in food as the meal itself. So look no further for the perfect culinary team recipe than that of Burnet High School students Yesi Suarez, Hayli Porter and Robyn Hall.

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HCCT’s ‘Drop Dead!’ will bring audiences to life with laughter

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — What happens when a group of washed-up actors try to revive their careers in a play by director Victor Le Pewe? Well, it could be their final act as the rehearsals start and the body count climbs. Welcome to “Drop Dead!

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Training on April 26 to prepare area volunteer firefighters for wildland blazes

FROM STAFF REPORTS SUNRISE BEACH — With much of Llano and surrounding counties a mix of suburban and rural landscapes, volunteer fire departments often face many unknowns when battling grass and brush fires. But an effort by Texas A&M University fire experts and Llano County is focused on helping those departments prepare. Llano County Precinct [...]

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Charity Sew-In-Thon to benefit breast cancer patients and premature babies

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR KINGSLAND — With some thread and fabric pieces topped off with a little sewing, you could help comfort parents in a time of unknown or give relief to cancer patients on the mend. “Both the Kingsland Bluebonnet Quilt Club and the Marble Falls Quilt Club have been doing this already, [...]

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Cooking show mixes best of Backbone Valley, Noon Spoon

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR TOBYVILLE — What happens when you combine the horticultural knowledge and green thumb of one of the most knowledgeable plant experts in the Highland Lakes with the culinary creativity and cooking skills of one of the most unique restaurant owners as well?

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Children’s Day Celebration, KBEY Easter egg hunt April 19

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Dozens of volunteers and more than 100 entities will join forces in Johnson Park on April 19 for free food, fun and fellowship dedicated to children. For 14 years, the Children’s Day Celebration has found support from businesses, churches, nonprofit organizations, education groups, law enforcement and emergency [...]

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