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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 situated just to the right of the door. The bench is where Lucy, a King Charles Cavalier and Coton De Telear mix…

Papescapes: Right Where He Wants to Be

Ryan Pape's phone beeped, pinged, buzzed and chirped incessantly as clients, purveyors, project managers and family touched base. Pape's (pronounced Poppy) landscape design company, Papescapes, was working eight projects simultaneously…

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.…

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…

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…

Sailing Around the World Despite Parkinson’s

Many people sail around the world in their fantasies. Lyn and Jim Foley actually did it in a 40-foot sailboat named Sanctuary. Taking on the sea in a small craft is a challenging dream under the best of circumstances. When Jim, who…

The Fine Art of Texas Made

A chunk of mesquite that refused to burn ignited Gerald Tobola’s creative fire. It became his first lamp base, setting his hands to making lamps, and later repousse’, an age-old metalworking technique. The lamp needed a shade. Although he…

Banking on Round Top

As CEO of Round Top State Bank, an enterprise that manages assets of $446 million from five locations in three counties, giving advice is part of Ronny Sacks’ job. When his cell phone chirped, he politely stopped our conversation and…