Archive for March, 2009

FriMar200913

Antique Store – Milk and Honey in Smithville

Milk And Honey
Milk And Honey

Milk & Honey on Main St

There is a great historic building on Main Street that has an antique store on the first floor and a beautiful large townhome on the second floor.  The front of the building has my family name on it.  It was probably built by my  great grandfather or my grandfather, Yerger Hill, in 1895.

This store is a favorite of our guests at the Bed and Breakfast.  It’s so much fun to tell our guests that shopping and dining are just a short walk from the B & B.

Milk & Honey Antiques, at 218 Main Street, Smithville, Texas specializes in objects and furniture that range from beautiful to bizarre. The collection includes European and American furniture,antique and fine jewelry, oriental carpets, books, vintage clothing, pharmaceutical collectables, kitchen collectables and a large variety of “mantiques” such as fishing and hunting items.  Their hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sunday.  Be sure to include this shop as you tour our beautiful town. Sallie Blalock


MonMar20099

Biker Rally in Smithville, Thunder on the Colorado

Friday, March 20th, 2009 will start our Third Annual Biker Rally. Sponsored by the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, this three day event will be held at Riverbend Park, Hwy 71 in Smithville. It includes 3 days of Games, Bike Show, Runs, Live Music, Vendors and FUN!

The Event “Thunder on the Colorado” will benefit Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation and the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Must be AGE 21 or older to attend.

3-Day Wristband is only $15. Event T-shirts, pins and patches will be available.

No pets/animals allowed in the fenced area of the rally. For more information see the web site.    http://www.thunderonthecolorado.com/  or call the Chamber office for more information 512 237-2313.

The Katy House B and B still has rooms available, so plan to come to this fun weekend.


SunMar20098

Wildfires hit Bastrop/Smithville area

Wildfire ravages Lost Pines Area February 28, 2009

Winds were hitting 30 MPH and above when a power line fell and started a grass fire on Wilderness Ridge, a few miles west of Smithville. The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department was called to respond early Saturday afternoon. The wind-driven wildfire raced through the Alum Creek/Cottle Town area destroying 1,200 acres, 28 homes, 12 businesses, dozens of vehicles and miles of fencing.

 The winds were so strong that the fires jumped across Hwy 71 and headed South. The Texas Forest Service brought in heavy equipment including several light spotter planes, two large air tankers/bombers and a Chinook heavy lift helicopter.  Two Texas Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters were used to made numerous precision water bucket drops over hot-spots.

All Saturday afternoon, citizens of Smithville listened to first hand reports of the fire and how fast it was spreading.  The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce was having our annual banquet in the Smithville Recreation Center.  There was a discussion on whether it should be postponed.  It was decided the banquet would go on as planned, understanding that at a moments notice, the Recreation Center could be needed as an emergency evacuation center.  Luckly, near the end of the banquet, the Red Cross workers showed up. The Chamber President announce to the crowd that we needed to end the banquet, clean up and turn it over to the Red Cross. The room was filled with many of Smithville greatest volunteers and within 8 minutes, all decorations were down, tables were folded and stored under the stage, 300 chairs were stacked and returned to a closet. And cots, blankets and pillows were set up.  Left over Banquet food was left for the volunteers, the evacuees, firemen and emergency crews.  It was the fastest cleanup in Chamber history.  Twenty nine people spent Saturday, March 28, in the gym of the Smithville Rec Center.  All B&B’s were called and many evacuees needed rooms that allowed Pets.  Unfortunely for those in need, the Katy House was already full with a group of Scrap Bookers.

 With the help of many firefighters the fires were contained by Monday afternoon. Luckly, both our wonderful State Parks, Bastrop State Park and Buescher State Park were not damaged by the fires. The community continues to reach out to those families that lost so much in the fires.  The Smithville Ministerial Alliance is serving as a clearinghouse for donations. Call Bro. Michael Murphy at 512 237-2176 to find out how you can help.