Archive for April, 2010


Smithville Tx, Community Garden Tours

“Smitty’s Garden Tour”

Smithville Community Garden Fundraising Tour.
May 1, 2010
10AM to noon: Expert Talks at Selected Locations
Noon to 4PM: All Garden Locations Open
$10 for adults; children 12 and under FREE!

Most locations will feature experts in various fields such as bees, vermiculture (worms), landscaping, rainwater recapture, integrated pest management, and others. Some garden locations will include more formal discussions from 10AM to noon, and all locations will provide information and informal interaction with the experts.

Ticket sales will pay for plants and seeds for garden sites, educational programs, needed tools and equipment, and a building fund for the property at MLK and Hwy 95.

The Smithville Community Gardens turns vacant property into productive land with help from many volunteers.

We hope to see you there!
See for more details.

Tickets can be bought at the Smithville Chamber or at the gardens on Saturday.


10 Years of GeoCashing! Smithville, Tx

Here is some info on GeoCashing that I found. It will be a fun event May 1st, here in Smithville, Tx.  Our BandB is already booked for that weekend, but Smithville is a fun place to visit. (Secret- there is a Cashe right near our B&B) 
Here is the information:
Believe it or not, Smithville, Texas is on the map. Unbeknownst (sp) to us, in planning this event, we discovered this is the 10th anniversary of Geo Caching, so we are honored to put on this event and will be honored to have as many geocachers as possible attend. As this will be our first effort in putting on an event, we intend to do a good job. Based upon early returns, there is interest from old time cachers as well newer cachers. Should be pHun!


The gathering will take place at the La Cabana Restaurant located on Highway 71 East Bound just a mile or so west of the Smithville exit at 1:30pm. The actual address of the La Cabana is 719 Hwy 71 West, Smithville, TX and of course, the coordinates listed should put you on the doorstep. We are going to try and incorporate lunch and program all together. There will be some door prizes. Looks we are going to have some neat stuff to give away, including two unregistered geocoins. Other prizes include so far: 3 Sure Fire Flashlights; 12 Spec-OPS Nylon Pouches; Gen-Tech Lanyards. The Smithville Chamber of Commerce plans on contributing some prizes.At this point, we will have a presentation by a representative of Buescher State Park which is located nearby. Of course, we know that the Texas State Parks in this area are friends and participants of geocaching. There maybe a few geocaching war stories by geocachers with many experiences and maybe even a few by new cachers. We plan on a question and answer time, so opportunity will be there to ask any that participate in the program the question not answered during their presentation.

For additional information of what is available in Smithville, see: Also, if you plan on an extended stay, feel free to email me (pHantompHrog) for additional information.

We plan on this being a friendly event for all families and individuals who attend.


Arts Cottage plays host to Bob Livingston Trio


 The Arts Cottage – Rock-C Ranch – 1620 FM 535 – Smithville, TX 78957   Saturday   April 24th   7:00PM

  On Saturday, April 24th, the Arts Cottage at the Rock-C Ranch near Smithville will play host to the BOB LIVINGSTON TRIO for an evening of great music and storytelling.  Officially designated, ‘Austin’s International Music Ambassadors’, the Trio is made up of  frontman, former Lost Gonzo Band member, Bob Livingston, guitarist Bradley Kopp, and fiddle player, Richard Bowden.  They will come ready to play for the homefolks in Texas, the same great music that brought them standing ovations in Europe and across Africa last Fall.

 The travels in Africa were the latest leg on a worldwide tour that began for Livingston in 1986.  As a cultural ambassador for the US State Department, he has taken Texas music as far afield as India, Pakistan, Yemen, Thailand and Vietnam, and has demonstrated time and again the unique power that music has to build bridges between peoples of the world.  As Livingston says, “When all else fails, music prevails’.

 Best known for his membership in the legendary Lost Gonzo Band, and his association with some of the most colorful musicians in Texas including Michael Martin Murphey, Jerry Jeff Walker and Ray Wylie Hubbard, Livingston is making a mark these days in his own right as a singer-songwriter.  His 2004 album, ‘Mahatma Gandhi and Sitting Bull’, was named by the Austin American-Statesman as one of the Top 10 CDs the year it was released.  Livingston toured last year around a new compilation album entitled, ‘Original Spirit” and is now back in the studio working with Producer Lloyd Maines on a project that signals a return to his Texas roots: a little more ‘Cowboy’ than ‘Cosmic’ this time around.  This new album is due to be released in May or June.

 The recently opened Arts Cottage is the fruition of the hard work and vision of Pebbles Wadsworth, former director of the University of Texas Performing Arts Center.  The beautifully restored century old cottage was relocated to the Rock-C Ranch, less than an hour from Austin, and is now used as a community gathering place for culture, arts and education.  The acoustics are excellent and the venue is perfect for music.  Come out early, enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sunset, then settle in for a fine night with the Bob Livingston Trio.  Seating is limited to 50, so go to: , or call 512-633-6533 to reserve your place for this wonderful evening.

Contact:  Georgeanne Olive  Telephone:  Cell 404-403-8189

For more info on Smithville contact the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce. For info on lodging contact the Katy House Bed and Breakfast.


Smithville Railroad Park Reunion 2010

May 1, 2010 is the date for this year’s annual Railroad Reunion. That is the first Saturday in May and the location this year is the Smithville Recreation Center.  Smithville, Texas is just 43 miles east of Austin.

Prior to the reunion there will be a dedication of the Texas Star located at the Railroad Park.  The Star dedication is at 10:30 AM, and the doors of the Rec Center open at 11:00 AM.  Lunch will be served at noon.  All rail fans are invited to attend, especially those that love the M-K-T RR and the U P.   The Katy House Bed and Breakfast was named after the Katy Railroad (M-K-T).  The house is full of antiques and railroad memorabilia.   The Railroad Park is at the end of our historic Main Street, just next to the Chamber of Commerce office.  Please visit the Railroad Museum while in town.


50 Mi Trail Run at Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville

While most of our Katy House guests this weekend were antique shopping at Warrenton and Round Top, we had a couple from Denmark visiting. They were here to run in the 50-mile Hell’s Hills race held at Rocky Hill Ranch on Saturday, April 3. This was a trail run consisting of a 50-mile, 50k, and 25k race and one of the Tejas Trails series. There will be three more events at Rocky Hill this year. Rasmus and Tracy Høeg, natives of Denmark and living temporarily in Wisconsin stayed three days at our bed and breakfast. They didn’t come to relax, they came to win. And win they did! Tracy was third in the 50-mile run women’s division, and Rasmus was first overall. Breakfast on Sunday was a celebration of treasures found at the antique shows, stories of a great family reunion nearby and certainly the victory at Rocky Hill Ranch. A great time was had by all.