Posts Tagged ‘Historic Small Texas Town’

SatMay201325

Veterans Memorial Park in Smithville, Texas

Honoring the fallen in Smithville

About halfway between La Grange and Bastrop, nestled on the banks of the Colorado River, lies the town of Smithville, Texas; population: 3,817.

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It’s an idyllic Texas town with a brick-and-mortar Main Street that retains the charm of an earlier era.  And though it may be small, Smithville’s contributions to Texas and to the United States are extraordinary.

Since its founding in 1827, this Texas town has established an incredible tradition of military service.  For nearly two centuries, its sons and daughters have answered the call to serve their country.

From the ranks of General Sam Houston’s army, to the war-torn fields of France, to the valleys of Afghanistan – and everywhere in between – Smithville has always stood on the frontlines of history.

This has not been without sacrifice.  Between 2006 and 2011, Smithville and the surrounding region lost seven of its own in Iraq and Afghanistan – three falling in the line of duty in less than twelve months.

In a community of this size, the loss is felt throughout.  As resident Lucille Bartsch put it, “When something happens to somebody, it happens to everybody.”

With each loss, the people of Smithville banded together in an outpouring of love and community strength.  They knew that they needed to do something to permanently honor the memory of their neighbors and make sure their sacrifices would never be forgotten.

Under the leadership of Mayor Mark Bunte, the town undertook an ambitious project to construct a park that would rightfully memorialize these heroes of Smithville, as well as all Texans who have served in the military.  They envisioned a place where the community could gather to “pay homage to all families whose husbands, wives, sons, and daughters have given the ultimate sacrifice,” as Mayor Bunte explained.

After nearly three years of tireless work, the Smithville Texas Veterans Memorial Park will officially open this Memorial Day.  I am honored to have the privilege of participating in the dedication ceremony on Monday morning.

We will dedicate this park to all the men and women who have stood bravely on the frontlines of freedom and fought off the dark and tyrannical forces that would do us harm.  We will dedicate it to the veterans living amongst us, and the veterans who live on in our hearts.

And we will dedicate it to Pfc. Tina Priest, Spc. Joshua Farris, Captain Joshua Meadows, Lance Cpl. Cody Stanley, Sgt. Mario Rodriguez, Staff Sgt. Joe Altman, and Chief Petty Officer Matthew Mills – the heroes of Bastrop County who laid down their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan so that we could live freely.

Liberty is the birthright of all Americans.  But liberty requires constant guardians – it needs brave men and women willing to take up arms in its defense.  Smithville has produced more than its fair share of such guardians.  In doing so, it has come to embody the very best of the American spirit, and this park is a testament to that.

In the face of tragedy, the people of Smithville have shown love and resolve.  At every turn they have shown what great strength can be drawn from living by a simple commandment: love thy neighbor.

While this park cannot fill the hole left in the hearts of the bereaved, I hope that it will bring solace through the fact that the memory of those to whom it is dedicated will never be forgotten.

This Memorial Day, let us rededicate ourselves to the great founding principles of our Republic that so many men and women have given their lives to defend.  May we count each day as a gift from the fallen; may we endeavor to be worthy of this gift; and may God always bless Texas and the United States of America.

For more information check the Smithville Times.

Smithville Veterans Memorial Park

Smithville Veterans Memorial P

 


MonApr201118

“Sell Smithville”, May 7, 2010 – Buy Smithville, TX

You are invited to the largest Real Estate Event in Bastrop County history.

Sell  Smithville

Visit the Smithville area for a preview of our available Real Estate, whether residential, commercial, farm or ranch.

Realtors and owners are holding the doors open so you can view property – From 10 AM  to 4PM

Learn about Mortgages, Title Companies, Home Warrantee, Insurance, Home Inspections and MORE at the Smithville Recreation Center.

Free maps to all open locations are available at the Smithville Recreation Center, Hwy 95 at 1st Street on Saturday, May 7.

For more information or to hold an open house (RSVP by April 22, call 512 678-1131)

Realtors and owners are here to help you BUY SMITHVILLE!

Get a piece of your dream. 

 For more information on Smithville, visit the Chamber site.

GREAT COMMUNITY * GREAT SCHOOLS * HOSPITAL * RECREATION CENTER * PARKS * RIVER * FRIENDLY PEOPLE


TueJan201118

Poetry Readings in Smithville, TX

Spoken Word Reading  

Samantics2  

Join us for Poetry Readings   

206 Main StreetSmithville, TX   

 512-377-9244   

www.samantics2.com   

Ring in the New Year   

 Fourth Saturday in January January 22, 2011  

6:30pm – whenever  

 206 Main Street  

Smithville, Texas Come stay in one of Smithville’s Bed & Breakfasts   

512-377-9244

www.samantics2.com  

    


WedMar201031

Wildflowers Seeds in Smithville, TX

“Go Wild in Smithville!”  The Smithville Business Association is sponsoring its Second Annual Wildflower Event.  The merchants in Historic Downtown Smithville will be giving away FREE packets of wildflower seeds (while supplies last). Each of the 18 locations will have a different variety. Start out on Main Street for your first free packet and a map of the participating locations.  The “GO Wild in Smithville” celebration is being held on Saturday, May 1st from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The Katy House Bed and Breakfast is one of the participating merchants.  We are not on Smithville, Texas’  Historic Main Street,  where all the antique shops are located, but one block away on Ramona and Second Street.


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!


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.


WedOct20097

Antique Shopping

Airing of the Quilts, Smithville, part 2

Airing of the Quilts is based on an old European tradition.  Quilts were treasured possessions, essential for long winter nights.   After much wear and tear the ladies would “air” their quilts in the sunshine. See quilts displayed all over town on Saturday, November 7, 2009, from 10AM – 5 PM.  Smithville is located 13 miles East of Bastrop, and 110 miles West of Houston, off Hwy 71.    Smithville Chamber has more information about Smithville. There are many Bed and Breakfasts around town. The Katy House is one block from Main Street and will be displaying quilts. Many of the antique shops will have quilts for sale.

There is a raffle quilt called “Lapsided Log Cabin”.

Admission is free and it will be a photo opportunity.


TueSep200922

Birdwatching Colorado River Report

This is part of a report from the  Austin Bastrop River Corridor.  This area of the Colorado River is about 30 minutes West of Smithville

 September Travis County River Monitoring Trip Results – Sept 5 –

 Location:     Austin Colony – Webberville

Observation date:     9/5/09

 

 

It rained on us; first thing when we were doing the shuttle.  The river was a dirty brown muddy color and running fairly quick.  We think there was lots of runoff from last nights rain over downtown that filled up Waller Creek and Shoal Creek.  After the rain we were treated with overcast skies for the rest of the ride down to Webberville.  For the first time in a long time I did not use any suntan lotion.  Oh birds, you want to hear about the birds.

 

We have three very good sightings for the day.  While still preparing our boats at the put-in a Tricolored Heron flew upstream.  Later in the morning we got an Anhinga.  Finally there was that Olive-sided Flycatcher, we will put that one in the good sightings list also.  We also got a Yellow Warbler and several Empidonax Flycatchers.  Owls are always fun and we got two Great Horned Owls.

 

In the migrant column we got Baltimore Orioles, Yellow Warbler and Empidonax Flycatchers.

 

In the ‘we-should-of’ category we missed most ducks and we had no migrating hawks.

 

In all we got 49 species.

 Number of species:     49

 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck     1

Anhinga     1

Great Blue Heron     12

Great Egret     5

Snowy Egret     6

Little Blue Heron     2

Tricolored Heron     1

Green Heron     24

Black Vulture     32

Turkey Vulture     28

Osprey     1

Red-shouldered Hawk     4

Crested Caracara     4

Killdeer     3

Spotted Sandpiper     28

White-winged Dove     48

Mourning Dove     8

Yellow-billed Cuckoo     3

Great Horned Owl     2

Chimney Swift     7

hummingbird sp.     2

Belted Kingfisher     5

Red-bellied Woodpecker     14

Downy Woodpecker     3

Olive-sided Flycatcher     1

Empidonax sp.     3

Great Crested Flycatcher     3

Western Kingbird     11

Eastern Kingbird     8

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher     3

White-eyed Vireo     26

Blue Jay     6

American Crow     14

Northern Rough-winged Swallow     6

Cliff Swallow     12

Barn Swallow     100

Carolina Chickadee     26

Black-crested Titmouse     16

Carolina Wren     22

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     18

Eastern Bluebird     9

Northern Mockingbird     5

Yellow Warbler     1

Northern Cardinal     78

Red-winged Blackbird     25

Common Grackle     26

Great-tailed Grackle     12

Baltimore Oriole     18

House Finch     2


SatAug200929

Texas Photo Festival is Sept 12 & 13th, in Smithville, TX

There are  fun times ahead, here in Downtown Smithville, Texas.  Sunday, September 13th will be a photographer’s dream come true. Smithville Film Commission is  sponsoring  the “Texas Photo Festival,”  Sept 12 and Texas Photo Festival13th, 2009. There will be sites set up on our historic Main Street on Sunday.  All you need to bring is your camera and you will have a ball. You will see where to stand to get that “perfect shot.”  The cost is free and I promise you will learn a lot and enjoy our town. Here is the web site for more information-   www.texasphotofestival.com

Call the Smithville Chamber at 512 237-2313 or the Katy House B&B at 512 237-4262 for additional infomation on our town. Smithville is the first town in Texas to be named Texas Film Friendly. It is the hometown of the movies, “Hope Floats,”   “Tree of Life,”  “Five Times Champion,”  and “artois the goat.”