Archive for January, 2010

SunJan201031

Scrapbookers fill Katy House Bed and Breakfast, Smithville, TX

The parlor, here at the Katy House Bed and Breakfast,  is full of fold-up tables. You can not see the top of the tables because they are filled with paper, photos, stamps, rulers, type, ribbons, and all sorts of stuff I can not name.  We have 10 ladies here for the weekend scrapbooking!  This is their 6th year to come.  We take most of the furniture out of the parlor, and they move in! There are type machines called Cricut that cuts letters and lots more.

They come early on Friday and scrap book late into the nights.  We feed them three meals on Saturday and they leave around 3 pm on Sunday.  There is always lots of laughter coming from the room.  I just asked the group, “How many kids are mother-less this morning?”  There are 15 kids, under the age of 18, with their dads today. I believe these ladies will return home today, having solved most of the problems of the world. They will return home refreshed from having time for themselves.  They scrap, shop downtown Smithville, eat fried pickles at Pocket’s Grille, stay up till all hours, and did I mention ‘laugh’?

And of course, their photos from the past year will be on creative, wonderful pages, and in beautiful albums, with labels and notes.  It is a fun weekend for us too!


WedJan201013

Round Top Festival Hill, near Smithville

Round Top Festival Hill Institute presents:

 Synergy Brass Quintet, Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm

 This entertaining group performs more concerts than anyone in classical music today, averaging nearly 300 engagements per year. Acclaimed for “a veritable fireworks display of outstanding musical ability combined with superb showmanship” (Door Concerts,Inc) in addition to “blazing precision [and] amazing technique” (The Watertown Daily Times), the Synergy Brass Quintet has emerged as one of the world’s most exciting ensembles. Synergy “has hit on a magical approach…unadulterated exuberance, and a rock star approach of performing,”

If you have not visited Festival Hill, put it on your list.

It is only 35 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast, here in Smithville, Texas.  The Katy House is a great place to stay. You can go to concerts at Festival Hill, drive back to Smithville, have a great dinner at the Back Door, located on Main Street. Then have a restful stay at the Katy House and awake to the smell of fresh baked bread.

 For more information on Festival Hill see the web site:

http://festivalhill.org


FriJan20108

Round Top Winter Antique Show, minutes from Smithville, TX

Antique Lovers:

See the information on the Winter Show.

 This is only 35 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast. The Katy House is one block from all the antiques shops on Main Street, here in Smithville.

Round Top, TX – - It’s time to shop at Round Top!! The Winter Antiques Show is scheduled for January 16 & 17 at the Big Red Barn Event Center, 475 S. Hwy 237, 5 miles north of Round Top, Texas. The hours are Saturday from 10 – 5 and Sunday from 10 – 4. Admission is $5.00, a shipper will be on site, full concessions and plenty of free parking are offered.

At the Winter Antiques Show, you will be able to find the same quality dealers as in the celebrated Original Round Top Antiques Fairs held each spring and fall. The same high-quality antiques will be available all in one venue with an even larger variety of Continental and American antiques. Many of the Big Red Barn dealers, in addition to dealers from many states and other Round Top venues, set up at this show. This is an excellent opportunity for local shoppers to shop Round Top – - the crowds are not as large as at the Spring and Fall shows, making it easier for shoppers to examine the beautiful and unique antiques brought by dealers from all over the country.

Shoppers can also mark their calendars for the upcoming 42nd Annual Spring Original Round Top Antiques Fair Scheduled for March 31, April 1, 2 & 3, 2010. For more information, contact Susan Franks, The Original Round Top Antiques Fair, PO Box 180, Smithville, TX 78957; Phone: 512-237-4747; Email: info@RoundTopTexasAntiques. com Website http://www.roundtoptexasantiques.com