Wedding Season in Round Top

Round Top Wedding Wear

It’s the season for a Round Top wedding. Blushing brides, dashing grooms, happy friends and families are gathering somewhere beautiful. Maybe it’s on the square in Round Top, at Festival Hill or at Rachel Ashwell’s The Prairie. Perchance it’s at one of the local churches or one of the Painted Churches — Catholic or Lutheran. […] Read more…

Round Top Fourth of July Float

Fayette County Fourth of July

Yesterday was the 231st Fourth of July to be celebrated in the United States since bells rang out in Philadelphia to celebrate the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress in 1776. (Editor’s Note: This piece is reprinted from Texas, My Texas: Musings of the Rambling Boy by Lonn Taylor with permission of […] Read more…

Cover of the Round Top Register Summer 2105 edition

Don’t Be a Chicken, Dumpling

It’s possible to rent chickens in Austin. I know this because my aunt who lives in the now-tony hills west of Austin told me. She and her husband once built a glider in their garage so they could fly to Oshkosh, Wis. She keeps up with the trends. Do the Math For a mere $149 […] Read more…

Tootsie Tomanetz Pitmaster at Snow's Barbecue

Tootsie Tomanetz: First Lady of Texas Barbecue

Barbecue aficionados around the world know Tootsie Tomanetz as “possibly the greatest female pitmaster in Texas history,” but she’ll always be Miss Tootsie to me. I was wrapping her pork shoulder in white bread and washing it down with an RC Cola long before she was the darling of Texas Monthly, the New Yorker, NPR, […] Read more…

Dorothy Shelby uses her art to connect with people.

The Seasons of Dorothy Shelby

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV) Dorothy Shelby is an artist, a musician, a pastor and a caregiver. She is 70 years old. Now is her season. “I know God loves me, and I’m on this earth to do His work,” Dorothy, […] Read more…

Tootsie Tomanetz, her husband White and their former employee Lorie Woodward Cantu

More Stories from City Meat Market

Tootsie Tomanetz, now a Texas barbecue pitmaster of renown and my former boss at City Meat Market in Lexington, said she never had any favorite customers. I must have because there are some people who still live larger than life in my memories. One of those is Henry Harzke, the neighbor out on String Prairie […] Read more…

Opening spread for Easy Being Green in Round Top Register Summer 2015 issue.

It’s Easy Being Green

I was going to Round Top for business, but it quickly turned into pleasure. Green is my favorite color, and the Roundtopolis is green right now—hills of Ireland, eye-watering, Kermit the Frog green. Winter was wet. Spring has been wetter. (If you’re going to Round Top in the near future, bring your rain boots.) My […] Read more…

Marking equipment helps prevent theft and aid recovery

Seven Theft Prevention Tips for Landowners

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s (TSCRA) 30 special rangers, stationed throughout Texas and Oklahoma, are busy handling cases involving millions of dollars of property. Special Ranger Hal Dumas based in Franklin, Texas stopped long enough to give his seven tips for theft prevention. The best part? All are simple, and most won’t cost you […] Read more…

Roses are favorite landscape plants.

Xeriscape Roses

Roses are a favorite landscape plant. Most modern roses are hybrid tea roses offering a huge selection of varieties in every imaginable color. Hybrid tea roses generally make good cut flowers, but they require intensive care including frequent irrigation, pesticide treatments and regular pruning. Most perform better when planted in raised beds. There are hardier, […] Read more…

Bobwhite quail populations are declining across Texas.

Bobwhite Quail

One of my greatest childhood memories was visiting my aunt’s dairy in north Texas and listening to the distinctive call of the bobwhite quail. A small creek lined with trees separated two of the fields where she grazed the cattle on a rotating basis. No need for improved grasses here; she “fed’em what God gave’em.” […] Read more…

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