The Picayune Magazine knows where to celebrate America’s 245th birthday in the Highland Lakes. If it’s not already in your mailbox, pick up a free copy of the magazine at any of the local businesses listed below or flip through the digital version online to find locations, times, and dates for the best community celebrations. And not all of the Independent Day events are on July 4. We’ve got the scoop.
We also have the AquaBoom schedule from the Kingsland Chamber of Commerce on page 4.
Once you’ve marked your calendar for Fourth of July events you want to attend, check out our Short List of events on page 28 for other happenings across the Highland Lakes. We have the details on the Marble Falls Summer Concert Series, the Globe Theatre summer movies series, and a list of bands scheduled to play in a variety of venues around the area.
Turn to page 8 for “Goats on the Go,” a story about renting goats to come chomp away the invasive plant species taking over your landscape or just to keep the grass down.
Speaking of events, get ready for the Marble Falls Rodeo by reading all about rodeo announcer Ricky Bindseil on page 10. As a professional announcer, the Marble Falls resident called the Burnet County Rodeo and travels around the state and beyond, entertaining and educating the crowds on the action and athletes in the arena. He will be the voice of the Marble Falls Rodeo on July 15-16.
New businesses are popping up to clean up invasive zebra mussels plaguing the Highland Lakes. Most of the zebra mussel extraction attention in the past has been on Lake Travis, but some local entrepreneurs are scraping docks and boats from lakes Buchanan to Marble Falls. Read more about it on page 12.
That’s My Job on page 14 features a Marble Falls gym owner who teaches mixed martial arts and other combat sports.
This month’s Picayune People on page 16 shines the spotlight on a retiree who pioneered disaster recovery planning around the world, work that included the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, and a list of major fires, hurricanes, and more.
George Strait made the Brush with Fame feature this month on page 18, pictured with a local couple from Buchanan Dam, while a Burnet librarian recommends a humorous, murderous book to read on page 20 in the Book Nook column.
Burnet photographer Martelle Luedecke of Luedecke Photography was Out and About, snapping pictures in Johnson Park in Marble Falls during a performance of Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda. She also attended the Highland Lakes Equality Fest in Marble Falls and the Summer Blast put on by Highland Lakes VFW Post 6974 in Burnet. Her photos are on pages 30-31.
If you’re wondering Where in the World the Picayune traveled, check out page 32. Several different issues showed up in Italy, Utah, the Bahamas, and Switzerland!
Keep on turning the page, because that’s not all. The back of the book is crammed with classified ads for a variety of services for every home and business. Shop the bargains from pages 33-38.
Pick up your free issue at any of the following locations before they run out!
HORSESHOE BAY/COTTONWOOD SHORES
La Quinta Inn, 501 FM 2147 West
Worldmark, 755 Rocky Road (FM 2147)
Bob’s Drive In (Exxon) on FM 2147
Grease Monkey, 3907 FM 2147
Julie’s Cocina, 4319 FM 2147
PK Nails, 7405 FM 2147
Subway, 4823 FM 2147
7-Eleven, 8000 FM 2147
Horseshoe Bay Veterinary Clinic, 264072 Texas 71
Spyke’s Bar-B-Que, 14601 RR 1431 West
Wakepoint Convenience Store, 14757 RR 1431 West
Satellite Station, 100 W. Chamberlain St.
Kingsland Coffee (inside The Antlers Inn), 1001 King Ct.
Subway, 1133 RR 1431
Valentine Lakeside Resort, 814 Euel Moore
Kingsland Water Supply, 1422 West Drive
Buddie’s, 1621 RR 1431
Mr. Gatti’s, 3501 W RR 1431
El Bracero, 1516 RR 1431
Kingsland Health Mart Pharmacy, 306 RM 2900
The Place Downtown, 1910 RR 1431 West
ACE Hardware, 2607 RR 1431 West
Kingsland Health & Fitness, 2132 RR 1431 West
Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, 1309 RR 1431
Kingsland Hills Care Center, 3727 RR 1431 West
Canyon of the Eagles, 16942 FM 2341 in Burnet
Delaware Springs Golf Course, 600 Delaware Springs Blvd. in Burnet
Trailblazer’s Grille, 216 S. Main St. in Burnet
Unshakeable Grounds, 134 S. Main St. in Burnet
Burnet Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Pierce St., Suite 1
Cecil Automotive, 2601 S. Water St. (U.S. 281) in Burnet
YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond, 1601 S. Water St. (U.S. 281) in Burnet
Ascension Seton Highland Lakes, 3201 S. Water St. (U.S. 281) in Burnet
Looking Good, 1001 S. Water St. (U.S. 281) in Burnet
Crazy Gal’s Restaurant, 414 Buchanan Drive (Texas 29) in Burnet
Reese’s Truck Pieces, 610 Buchanan Drive (Texas 29) in Burnet
Hill Country Auto Glass, 1100 Buchanan Drive (Texas 29) in Burnet
B Dogs Nutrition Spot, 102 E. Polk St. (Texas 29) in Burnet
Bill’s Burgers, 306 W. Polk St. (Texas 29) in Burnet
Storm’s, 700 N. Water St. (U.S. 281) in Burnet
Comfort Inn, 810 S. Water St. (U.S. 281) in Burnet,
Country Oaks Assisted Living, 407 W. Jackson St. in Burnet
The Oaks Nursing Home, 507 W. Jackson St. in Burnet
Quick Brakes, 16211 Texas 29 East in Buchanan Dam
Jesse James Real Estate, 18036 Texas 29 East in Buchanan Dam
Lake Buchanan/Inks Lake Chamber of Commerce, 19611 Texas 29 East in Buchanan Dam
Food Mart, 2045 RR 261 in Buchanan Dam
Lakeshore Branch Library, 7346 RR 261 in Buchanan Dam
J&S Quick Stop, 110 Frazier in Tow
Buchanan General Store, 10240 Texas 29
Big Chief RV Resort, 1420 FM 690
Hoover Valley Cafe & Store on Park Road 4
2 Roosters RV Park, 1315 FM 1980
Sunset Point Resort, 2322 N. Wirtz Dam Roaqd
Cracker Barrel Grocery, 6836 RR 1431
Rocky Top Food Mart, 6924 RR 1431 West
Buck’s Convenience Store, 8201 RR 1431
China Kitchen, 705 First St.
Thread & Needle, 911 Ninth St.
RE/MAX Marble Falls, 808 Ninth St.
Marble Falls Visitors Center, 100 Avenue G
Bear King Brewery, 207 Avenue G
Holiday Inn, 714 Corazon Drive
Mike’s Floor Coverings, 1804 RR 1431 West
Blue Bonnet Cafe, 211 U.S. 281
Wingman Oil Change, 2514 U.S. 281 North
Baylor Scott & White, 800 and 810 Texas 71
Jardin Corona, 301 Main St.
Red box newsstand in Old Oak Square on Main Street
Main Street Consignment, 216 Main St.
Gateway Villa, 601 Steve Hawkins Parkway
Hampton Inn, 704 First St.
Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, 916 Second St.
Birdie’s Antiques, 706 Third St.
Choccolatte’s, 807 Third St.
Rae’s R-Bar Grill, 904 Third St.
Zina & Co. Real Estate, 614 Seventh St.
Dale Brown Properties, 206 Avenue H
Claremont, 800 Claremont
Poole Eye Associates, 10008 Falls Parkway
Gateway Gardens, 605 Gateway Central
Highland Lakes Veterinary Clinic, 1110 RR 1431
Margarita’s, 1205 RR 1431
Unleashed, 1110 RR 1431
Lone Star Capitol Bank, 1001 RR 1431
Numinous Coffee Roasters, 175 RR 1431
Doc’s Fish Camp & Grill, 900 RR 1431 West at U.S. 281
Kwik Chek #52, 1003 RR 1431 West
CK Medical Spa, 1712 RR 1431 West
Pottery Ranch, 6000 U.S. 281
Kwik Chek #53, 1301 U.S. 281
Wingman BBQ, 2407 U.S. 281
Tea Thyme Cafe, 2108 U.S. 281
Hill Country Inn, 1101 U.S. 281
Marble Falls Athletic Club, 2312 U.S. 281
Texan Credit, 1514 U.S. 281
Quality Inn, 1206 U.S. 281 North
Wingman Carwash, 2605 U.S. 281 North
Best Western, 1403 U.S. 281 North
Arbor House, 1801 King Road
Service Title, 117 Main St
Marble Falls Florist, 214 Main St.
ReDid, 209 Main St.
Highland Lakes Art Guild, 318 Main St.
Granite Mesa, 1401 Max Copeland Drive
Hill Country Nutrition, 1405 Mormon Mill
Motel 6, 1400 Ollie Lane
Louisiana Crab Shack, 602 Steve Hawkins Parkway
Opie’s, 9504 Texas 71 East in Spicewood
Spicewood General Store, 9418 Texas 71 East in Spicewood
ROUND MOUNTAIN/JOHNSON CITY
Old Olie’s Outside, 10541 U.S. 281 North
Big’s (Valero), 10541 U.S. 281
Whittington’s, 602 U.S. 281 South
El Agave, 408 U.S. 281 North
Lone Star Capital Bank, 403 U.S. 281 South
Best Western, 107 U.S. 281 South
Fat Boy’s Burgers, 104 U.S. 281 South
Hill Country Cupboard, 101 U.S. 281
JC Liquors, 100 U.S. 281 South
Johnson City Library, 501 Nugent Ave.
Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, 100 E. Main St.
Pecan Street Brewery, 106 E. Pecan Drive
Harvest House, 506 N. Nugent
Stripes, 901 Bessemer Ave.
Stripes, 200 Texas 71
Llano Chamber of Commerce, 100 Train Station Drive
Fuel Coffee House, 106 E. Main St.
Stonewall Pizza, 109 W. Main St.
LanTex Theater, 113 W. Main St.
Jesse James Real Estate, 500 W. Young St.
Cooper’s BBQ, 604 W. Young St.
Robinson Llano City RV Park, 101 Robinson Park Drive