Archive for July, 2010


This Weekend in Smithville, TX

Friday, July 23, 2010 – opening night for Playhouse Smithville

Saturday, July 24, 2010 – Casino Night

It’s almost here….Casino Night 2010! Thanks to all our generous donors who have not only supported us with sponsorships but also by contributing some wonderful silent auction items! We can’t wait for the event this Saturday at the Smithville Recreation Center! We are again using Casino Connection for our equipment and dealers so that we can bring our attendees the closest experience to Vegas within the borders of Texas.

It’s not too late to buy a ticket! They are still on sale at the pre-sale price of $25 each by calling the Chamber office at 512-237-2313. Come enjoy the Italian buffet, adult beverages, and gaming excitement.

The Katy House still has rooms available. Give us a call (512) 237-4262


So You Want to be an Innkeeper?

So You Want to Be an Innkeeper?

 Here is some information for all of my guests that someday want to be a ‘Bed and Breakfast’ owner.

If you would like to talk to me about the class, please call: Sallie Blalock, Katy House, 512 237-4262

Aspiring Innkeepers Workshop to Be Held September 13 in San Antonio, TX


                The Texas Bed & Breakfast Association (TBBA), the state association of inspected inns, bed & breakfasts, guesthouses and distinctive hotels, will hold its Aspiring Innkeepers Workshop in San Antonio on September 13, 2010  

            Often referred to as “America’s Most Envied Profession,” operating a bed & breakfast is a serious business that requires personal commitment, business acumen and high standards to be successful.  TBBA offers the “Basics” workshop to help people who are interested in entering the profession.  The day-long seminar covers topics such as Getting Started, Financial Realities, Marketing & Advertising, Standards and Quality Assurance, Industry Resources, and insights about what the lifestyle is really like from seasoned professionals.

             This is the only workshop of its kind in the State of Texas offering aspiring innkeepers a chance to develop the necessary skills to be leaders in their industry.  With travelers becoming more sophisticated and discerning, successful inns must continually strive to meet and surpass the travelers’ expectations.  TBBA provides the resources to help inns meet this goal.

The workshop will be held at:  Alamo Street Victorian Inn

                                                 951 S. Alamo Street

                                                 San Antonio, TX


Cost of the workshop is:
Basic & Full Member – $100 per person plus $37.50 for basic manual


     NON Basic or Full member $225 per person includes basic manual
The cost includes breakfast, lunch and all materials other than the manual.

If you need reservations for Sunday night, please call:

Aaron Pancoast Carriage House – 800-225-4045 –

Alamo Street Victorian Inn – 800-630-3722 –

Arbor House Suites – 888-272-6700 –

Brackenridge House B&B – 800-221-1412 –

Gardenia Inn – 800-356-1605 –

Ruckman Haus B&B – 866-736-1468 –

The Inn at Craig Place – 877-427-2447 –

For more details contact the TBBA Administrative Office at 1-800-428-0368 or  A printable registration form, is available at



Smithville, TX is a busy little town!

The production crew filming “Doonby”, with John Schneider, Ernie Hudson, Will Wallace, and Robert Davi,  has now left Smithville.  But, word is, two more smaller production crews are coming soon. You can become a “fan” of Doonby and the Smithville Film and Music Commision,  on  We still are waiting for “The Tree of Life”, with Brad Pitt,  to open. I think it’s getting close to being in the theaters! I will keep you posted if we hear a date.

Smithville has a busy weekend coming up. The new Playhouse Smithville will have its opening and first performance on Friday, July 23rd, 2010.  The opening show is  “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.”  The show will run from July 23 to August 7, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30.  Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at  Seating is limited and tickets are selling fast.

Bruce and I already have our season tickets.  Playhouse Smithville,  110 Main Street,  Smithville, TX 78957,  512-360-7397

On Saturday, July 24th, the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Casino Night.  It’s a really fun night. Here is more infor on this annual event:

Smithville’s “Little Las Vegas”Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 7:00 PM Smithville Recreation CenterThe gambling action at Casino Night is hotter than the July temperatures outside as Smithville’s Recreation Center is transformed into a Vegas-style venue. Featuring such games as blackjack, Texas Hold Em, roulette, craps, and the ever-popular slot machines, it’s a sure bet that there’s no more exciting fundraiser around!  Always on the fourth Saturday in July, it’s a can’t miss event.Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the Italian buffet and some fun, before the action starts at 7 p.m.Tickets are $25 each prior to the event (purchased through the Chamber of Commerce) and $30 at the door. Ticketholders must be at least 21 years of age to be admitted. Price includes admission to gaming floor, a trip through the Italian dinner buffet, adult beverages, and $10,000 worth of chips. At night’s end, turn those chips into chances at great prizes! Silent auction prizes are also available for bidding upon (to donate prizes, please call the Chamber).For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 512-237-2313.  And remember to save the date.  You can purchase tickets in advance below.

We hope to see you there!