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Round Top Festival Institute

Roundtopolis: Old Places, New Eyes

In 1957, when she was a fourth grader at David Crockett Elementary, Cathye Moon got hooked on photography when she got a Brownie Hawkeye box camera—and an almost constant companion. Today, she rarely leaves home without a camera in tow.…

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…

Ultimate Back Roads Playlists

When the swallows are making their cross country journey to Capistrano, they tweet and twitter to pass the time. (See the intro to 10 Antiques Venues, if you don’t get this seemingly random reference.) We’re not very good whistlers, but we…

Road Trippin’ to Round Top

The Roundtopolis is a magical realm encompassing Fayette County and seven of its neighbors. As the last rural stronghold between Austin and Houston, it is a place where traditions meet transitions. Round Top is the self-proclaimed…

Round Top in 1970

Life was simpler in Round Top when I moved there in 1970. The Antiques Show took place on one weekend in April and consisted of 20 or so dealers who showed their wares in the Rifle Hall. There was no Royer’s Cafe with people…