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Round Top Reaction to Rick Perry Nomination

Round Top Reaction to Rick Perry Nomination as Secretary of Energy Former Gov. Rick Perry has been nominated to serve as the Secretary of Energy by President-elect Donald Trump. Perry, a native of West Texas’ Paint Creek community, and…

Original Round Top Swing Company

Just a Swingin' in Round Top with Original Round Top Swing Company In this edition of Talking Shop, we’re  chatting with Ellen Hart, founder of the Original Round Top Swing Company. She’s introducing her handmade Fayette County originals…

Round Top Festival Institute: The Magnificence

Once upon a time in the 1970s, James Dick, a world-class pianist, asked, “Why dream the ordinary?” He envisioned an international center for music and learning nestled in the hills outside the tiny Texas town of Round Top. His path…

Shooting the Breeze: Coby D. Shorter III

Lorie and I ran into Coby D. Shorter III at the installation of Gov. Rick Perry's portrait at the State Capitol. As a result of working together at the Texas Department of Agriculture, Lorie and I knew Coby's Colorado County roots. On the…

Stirring the Pot: Back Porch BBQ & Grill

I met with Derrick and Korin Burnett, owners of Back Porch BBQ & Grill in La Grange, at the restaurant on their day off. Instead of propping their feet up for some well-deserved rest, the husband and wife team were overseeing a paint…

Q&A with Building Experts

Q&A with Round Top Building Experts As part of the summer 2016 feature on construction in Round Top, we spoke with the Round Top building experts and got their thoughts on a number of fronts. (See the feature here.) Q&A With…

Round Top Festival Institute: No Ordinary Dream

Internationally acclaimed concert pianist James Dick asks: Why dream the ordinary? Master carpenter Larry Birkelbach maintains: The impossible just takes longer. Two men. Four hands. One goal: to build an inimitable institution that’s…