Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bladesmith Cowboy Szymanski Forged His Own Life

As owner and bladesmith at Phenix Knives in Bellville, Cowboy Szymanski has forged his own life. “Life is how you live it—and as extreme...
Anna Spencer Morse photo Larry Birkelbach

Round Top Festival Institute: Master Carpenter Larry Birkelbach

  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...

A Romance with Fabric at Pure Vintage, Pure West

Cheryl Long, owner and creative force behind Pure Vintage, Pure West in Round Top, has come full circle. The Houston native started her career...
Deputy Secretary of State Coby D. Shorter III

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...
Round Top Festival Institute Founder James Dick

Round Top Festival Institute: The Musician James Dick

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...
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Gallery at Round Top: Colorful Community

While the walls at the Gallery at Round Top are a feast for the eyes, the gallery’s focal point is a plushly upholstered bench...
Opening spread of Round Top Register's story on pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz

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...
Lucky Penny Ranch and Kelly Willis photo by Rebecca Allen March 2017

Lucky Penny Ranch Welcomes Kelly Willis to Round Top Antique Show Concert

Lucky Penny Ranch, tucked off Wied Road, between La Grange and Round Top, opened its gates to music lovers during the Spring 2017 Round...
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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...
Derrill Osborn Round Top shopper

Shooting the Breeze with Derrill Osborn

Lorie and I caught up with Derrill Osborn, former globe-trotting fashion exec for Neiman Marcus, and Benny Hinkle III, owner of Dallas-based Benny Jack’s...