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SunFeb201021

Smithville, TX off the beaten path

This is from a cute couple that just stayed with us. This is Dave’s blog:

An Occasion To Remember

Many men fall victim to their own memory when it comes to anniversaries. Fortunately, my anniversary falls in the same ten-day period as Valentine’s Day and my wife’s birthday. While making this easy to remember, it does have its issues, but nothing I can’t handle.

On our wedding day, we drove to Smithville Texas, the site of the movie “Hope Floats” featuring Sandra Bullock (yes, it is a chick-flick, but it is a good one) and stayed at a bed and breakfast called The Katy House. Now, for those who read this blog (yes, I am talking to you) you may remember that Michelle and I love to tour small towns off the beaten path. Well, Smithville—with a whopping population of 3,900—certainly qualifies as small and it does sit just off of state highway 71, which is a beaten path.

This town has a quaint old style main street with buildings built around the turn of the century (not the recent one, mind you) and a train depot (which is not really a functioning depot anymore, but it serves as the chamber of commerce and a railway museum). Most of the buildings that are occupied house antique stores or craft boutiques, while many sit empty. The other streets are filled with old houses dating back to the late 1800’s when this town was built by the MKT railroad. The Katy House is one such home.

Built in 1909, it was originally named the Chancellor Residence after its first occupant. Many others have lived in it since, but it is now a very comfortable B&B run by Sallie and Bruce Blalock. They made our wedding night stay quite pleasant, setting us up with a bottle of bubbly and getting us reservations at the town’s pre-eminent restaurant, The Back Door Café (make the trip if for no other reason than to eat here, it is that good). Because the stay was so memorable, we come back every year to celebrate our anniversary with them….


ThuFeb201018

Minimax-usa Classes in Smithville, TX

The European Woodworker (Combo/Bandsaw Seminar): April 24-25, 2010 – & November 13-14, 2010

Here is a description of classes coming this Spring, here in Smithville, TX.  Sam’s shop is one block from our Bed and Breakfast, the Katy House.  Come to the class, but spend time in Smithville, it’s a great Texas small town, with lots of antique shops on Main Street.

Sam wrote: I took a leap of faith years ago, sold my table saw, jointer, planer, little bandsaw and hollow chisel mortiser, and purchased a European Combination machine along with a bigger bandsaw (CU300 Smart and MM16) – and now I’m working with the company. That might tell you something about the way I feel for this concept. I’m in a much larger shop now than I was then, but the basic combination still works for me. If you are a one or two man operation or just looking to maximize space in your small shop this would be a good class for you to get the feel of how well this could work for you. Or, you have already taken the plunge and would like to get to know the combo concept and your particular machine better this very well could be an essential class for you.

Visit http://www.samantics2.com/ for details or email Sam at sblasco@minimax-usa.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Sam Blasco

Here is a link for the machine:   http://www.minimax-usa.com/


WedFeb201017

Smithville, Tx gets ready for Biker Rally

The 4th Annual Thunder on the Colorado Biker Rally is March 19-21, 2010. The location is beautiful RiverBend Park, Hwy 71, in Smithville, Texas. This is a really fun weekend!  Our city park is full of large beautiful trees, and is next to the Colorado River.  There will be live music, a Bike Run, a Swap Meet, a Bike Parade, a Bike Show and much more.  The entry fee is $15 for the entire weekend. No glass, knives, weapons or pets will be allowed in the Park. The event benefits Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation, and the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce.  The park is only 3 miles from our Bed and Breakfast, the Katy House.  For more infomation on this fun weekend see www.ThunderOnTheColorado.com


MonFeb20108

Sherwood Forest Faire, not far from Smithville, TX

The First Annual Sherwood Forest Faire will start February 27 – April 4th, 2010. Saturday and Sundays- 10:00AM – 7:00 PM, Rain or Shine. The location is in Paige, Texas.  Paige is only 35 miles East of Austin, and 20 miles North of Smithville, Texas.  There will be music, theatre and Pageantry, Lords and Ladies, Knights in Shining Armour, and Robin Hood and his Merry Men. This is a family Faire.  Come stay in Smithville and stay at the Katy House Bed and Breakfast.  Have a great breakfast and head to the Faire.  For more information go to www.SherwoodForestFaire.com   For more information on the Katy House, call (512) 237-4262 or www.katyhouse.com


SatFeb20106

Geocachers, Take note- Katy House and Smithville

Geocachers, Take Notice of Smithville!

    For about two years now, the Katy House Bed and Breakfast has been one site of the many geocaches that can be found in or near Smithville, Texas. Whether you’re an old-timer at geocaching or a brand-new fan, you should come look in Smithville. There are now 40 geocaches hidden within 4 miles of the Smithville Post Office, making this area an absolute gold mine of geocaches!  If you want to see what we’re talking about, go to http://www.geocaching.com/  and put in Zip Code 78957 to search for geocaches in this area. 
    Since being placed, the Katy House has had about 70 visitors coming to find the geocache.  Further, some friends once hid a Travel Bug in the geocache called “A Ticket to Ride” (not far from the Katy House), and it has now traveled to Japan, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Switzerland and Germany! They just wished they could’ve gone with the Travel Bug.
    So – do you want to know where the geocache is hidden at the Katy House?  We’re sworn to secrecy, but we will tell you the coordinates are: N 30° 00.500 W 097° 09.663.  You can find our geocache listed as “Katy Bar the Door” on the geocaching web site listed above.


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


ThuNov200912

“Airing of the Quilts” in Smithville, TX

Izadoras' sidewalkLast Saturday was a Quilter’s Delight, here is Smithville.  Downtown antique shops were displaying quilts in the store windows and out in front. There were over 140 quilts shown just on Main Street.  Many old homes had quilts on balconies and porches.

 The Merchants are already planning for next year’s  “Airing”.

Watch the Smithville Chamber web site, for the new date. 

 Call the Katy House  for more information.


TueOct200920

NatureFest is Oct 24 at Fisherman Park

Our beautiful Colorado River will be featured this Saturday in Bastrop Texas, just 12 miles from Smithville. There will be ‘newbie floats’, Snakes and lizards, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, river padding and much more.  For more information see  www.VisitBastrop.org

All of this is just 12 miles from our B and B. Come join in the fun.


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