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Pandora de Balthazar in Round Top

Restful Rejuvenation in Round Top There aren’t any “wrongs” when it comes to making your own home beautiful, but it’s terribly wrong, in my opinion, to neglect the comfort and rejuvenation the body needs. Pandora de Balthazár Pandora…

Dance Y’all Dance

Told in  rollicking two-step rhythm, Dance, Y’all, Dance tells the story of one special night when Sallie, Beau, and their family and friends meet up at the dance hall to share news, enjoy each other’s company and to dance, y’all,…

A Look at Ammannsville and Dubina

Years after my first dance hall visit, I decided to write about the vibrant settings that had become a regular part of my life. I wanted to share the halls not through my eyes alone but also through the eyes of individuals I met at each gig…

Nancy Krause Knows Her Stuff

Nancy Krause, owner of Nancy’s Antiques in Brenham, knows her stuff. She can spot the nuanced distinctions that make one piece of Texas primitive furniture run-of-the-mill and another museum quality.  She can fit 43 pieces of furniture…

Schneider Hall: Life’s Grand March

 Life continues its grand march across the well-worn wooden floors of Schneider Hall thanks to Amber Burris Becerra’s passion for family, history and meaningful celebrations. “Historically dance halls were where families…

Texas Dance Hall Preservation: A Passion

  The dance hall culture is alive and well around Round Top. Smoke still pours from barbecue pits, music wafts through open windows and crowds of all ages still gather for special events at places such as the Round Top Rifle Hall…

Taylor Jacob: The Rush of It All

Perspectives change when people see their hometowns in their rearview mirrors. “When I was growing up in Carmine, I thought it was just okay because it wasn’t always cool or comfortable to have everyone knowing everything about me,”…