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In the January 2014 issue, writer Ramona Flume takes readers to Megg’s Cafe in Temple, a farmhouse-style eatery that sources much of its menu locally and draws crowds for its breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings. We wondered: What else is there to do in Temple? Turns out, there’s plenty.  Here are three spots to get you started.

As Dallas prepares to celebrate the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy and mark the 50th anniversary of his tragic death on Nov. 22, 1963, Texas Highways shares a few images from the files of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.  The images offer a glimpse of that fateful day – from the President's arrival and departure from Dallas' Love Field. 

See also: JFK: Some Things You Never Forget and Events

Blog: Exhibit showcases artwork that decorated JFK's last hotel room

President John F. and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy descend the stairs from Air Force One at Love Field in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. (Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. Public domain)

The head table at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at Hotel Texas on Nov. 22, 1963 including (from left) Nellie Connally, Governor John Connally, Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy behind the lectern.President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy exit Hotel Texas after the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Breakfast.View from President Kennedy's motorcade through Dallas.Frightened onlookers lay on the grass in reaction to shots fired as cameramen record their actions at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.President Kennedy's casket is loaded on to Air Force One at Love Field in Dalla on Nov. 22, 1963.Judge Sarah T. Hughes administers the Presidential Oath of Office to Lyndon Baines Johnson aboard Air Force One at Love Field in Dallas. Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Jack Valenti, Congressmen Albert Thomas and Jack Brooks.


Most of my day trips consist of a handful of museums, a bit of outdoors, and lots of great food. But then there are the trips that take me into the remote reaches of Texas; to places without restaurants and streetlights but riddled with adventure. My recent journey was of this kind, as I set out with friends to summit the highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak.

Texans have always found a way to break the mold and handle things with their own flair. The same is true for Texas bourbon; despite an unspoken rule to sip it neat, even Leonard Firestone of the Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company in Fort Worth recommends drinking it your way.

 

Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye rolled out its first barrels of straight bourbon in 2008.  To be called “straight” bourbon, it must be aged for at least two years in new, charred-oak barrels.  (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

As I swerved to miss the potholes along a stretch of warehouses in northeast San Antonio, I finally caught sight of the headquarters for Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling. Even with a towering windmill out front, if it weren’t for the rustic metal sign on the building, I might have imagined that the crowds were waiting for access to a warehouse sample sale. Discounted furniture or couture? Not today: Lucky for us, we were in for an entirely different sort of sampling experience—a Saturday “brewstillery” tour.

We are officially in hurricane season, as of June 1, and meteorological officials predict this will be an “above normal and possibly extremely active” season. Texas Highways wants to make sure that you have the information you need with these Hurricane Preparedness resources, including evacuation routes, checklists and more.

 

Texas Tips and Resources

Texas Department of Transportation's Hurricane Information page includes valuable resources from preparedness to the state's highway conditions, regional evacuation routes and contraflow lanes.

 

National Weather Service

The National Hurricane Center offers a checklist to gather information, plan and take action, recover and other resources. You can also find details on active storms.

Hurricane season ends Nov. 30.

An update on Uvalde’s Briscoe-Garner Museum from TH Associate Editor Matt Joyce. Be sure to check out the April issue of Texas Highways for a feature about visiting Uvalde.

The renovation of the Briscoe-Garner Museum in Uvalde hit a rough patch when a fire broke out in the historic home last December. But repairs from the fire are taking place in tandem with the renovation work, and museum officials expect to reopen the museum this summer.

Nobody was injured in the fire, and because the exhibits are stored for renovation, no items or historical artifacts were damaged, said Ben Wright, spokesman for the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin, which owns the museum.

The $1.1 million renovation of the old Garner Museum began in January 2009. Much of the project has been related to improving the old structure, including foundation and asbestos-abatement work, Wright said. The museum is posting updates on its Facebook page.

Vice President John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner lived in the home on North Park Street for more than 30 years. The museum first opened to the public in 1973 with exhibits focused on Garner’s life and career.

As part of the renovation, the second floor will be opened to the public for the first time, featuring exhibits related to Governor Dolph Briscoe.

“Governor Briscoe connects us with the narrative of the rest of our state, and Vice President Garner connects us with the national narrative,” Wright said. “It connects the local community in very special and meaningful ways with the state and national history.”

 (Photo © Vivadrome LLC/Chet Garner)

To many, the word “Dublin” conjures up images of green hills, lucky clovers, and jigging leprechauns in a faraway land. However, replace those with rolling pastures, prickly cacti, and jigging Daytrippers, and you have a Texas version of the Irish town that’s only a car ride away.

Can’t get enough of Texas’ wild and wonderful wildflowers? Check out these annual springtime celebrations of fun and flowers.  

Burnet Bluebonnet Festival: Burnet, the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas, will hold its 30th Annual Bluebonnet Festival on April 12-14. In addition to stunning wildflower displays, the festival will also hold a 5K, and a Wiener Dog Race to go along with its food and art vendors.

Linden Wildflower Trails of Texas Festival: Concerts, crafts, food, fireworks (and, of course, flowers) await at the Linden Wildflower Trails of Texas Festival on April 27. Festival events are held throughout Linden, and will kick off with the 5K Race that begins and ends on the downtown square.

Red Poppy Festival: The 14th edition of Georgetown’s annual poppy celebration is bigger than ever this year. On April 26-28, four blocks of downtown Georgetown will host a three-on-three basketball tournament, a car show, food and craft booths, and a full slate of concerts.

2013 Franklin Mountains Poppies Festival on Castner Range: On March 23, the El Paso Museum of Archaeology will sponsor a celebration of Franklin Mountain poppies. The festival will include nature talks and walks, Tigua folk dancers, wildlife exhibits, as well as food vendors and live music. Visitors should park at the El Paso Community College Transmountain Campus and take the free shuttle to the festival, since no parking will be available on site.

2013 Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival: Though Ennis Bluebonnet Trails events will happen throughout April, the annual festival will take place on April 20-21. Sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club (who will provide free trail maps and souvenirs throughout the month), the festival’s must-see events include the Antique American Independent Auto Show and a variety of live-music options.

 

From the April 2013 issue.

SPRING'S THE THING!

Texas Highways and our friends at The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center are teaming up again our annual wildflower photo exhibit. From May 4-12, the Wildflower Center’s McDermott Learning Center will showcase the flowery photos in this issue. The display salutes National Wildflower Week and provides a perfect prelude to explorations of the Center’s glorious gardens and trails, as well as the new Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum. 

Mark your calendar for other spring fetes during the Center’s Wildflower Days (March 11-May 31): The Artists & Artisans Festival March 9-10 (includes exhibit openings for Shou Ping’s paper sculptures and Denise Counley’s watercolors); The Spring Plant Sale and Gardening Festival April 13-14; and Gardens on Tour May 11 (tours of the Center’s displays and five private native-plant gardens). Call 512/232-0100; www.wildflower.org.

And for details about this year's wildflower photo contest (which runs from April 1-May 6), go to www.wildflower.org/photocontest. —Jill Lawless

 

SNAP AWAY!

It's photo contest time

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Texas Highways magazine are partnering, again, for the fourth annual wildflower photography contest. The last three years have seen some increasingly phenomenal entries. We know that you all will shine this year, too.

We're bringing back popular categories such as Botanical, Landscape, People with Wildflowers and Wildlife in Native Landscape category. Another category being introduced is Native Landscape at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Categories which drew little response, including the Under 18 and Black and White categories, have been eliminated this year. 

"We are thrilled this year to welcome photographers out to the Wildflower Center with our new cateogory," says Wildflower Center representative Saralee Tiede. 

Last year nearly 13,000 votes were cast for 1,700 photographs through our public voting process. Judges then chose their favorites in each categories. All winning images appeared in the Fall issue of Wildflower magazine. The same is planned for this year’s winning images.

You may enter between April 1 and May 6. Check back for information or contact

 

WIN TICKETS

Free admission to the Wildflower Center

As spring rolls in, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's calendar is jam-packed with events. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for an opportunity to win free admission for two to the Center.

Drummond phlox in Gonzalez County. (Photo © Laurence Parent)

What's your flower IQ?The world didn’t end in December with the Mayan calendar. The zombie apocalypse has yet to occur. Sure, the weather has gone all cattywampus, but nonetheless, spring will return to Texas, bringing with it the annual miracle that is our wildflowers.

The Old Settlers Music Festival, a celebration of bluegrass, blues, Americana, roots, and acoustic jazz—takes place April 18-21 at Camp Ben McCulloch and the Salk Lick Pavilion in Driftwood. See the April issue for writer John T. Davis’ take on this popular spring event. Here, Executive Director Jean Spivey offers a few tips for making the most of your weekend.

“If you’re going to the festival for the campground shows, on Thursday and Sunday, you can bring coolers and your own food,” says Jean. “But at the Salt Lick Pavilion, where we have shows on Friday and Saturday, we don’t allow them. But we do sell a selection of great food, beer, and wine! We’re selling craft beers, but we’re also offering our own private-label wine, made by Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood.  

“Also, we offer free parking on site, but on Saturday you’ll want to come early because we always overflow to the rancher’s field across the street. And parking there costs $5 per car.

“Please bring your instrument if have one. There are lots of impromptu jams that spring up, and we also have lots of free performance workshops. Even if you don’t play, some of the workshops can be interesting. For example, we have a shaker workshop, where the instructors talk about rhythm and how to shake your shaker!

“If you’re bringing kids, know that the kids’ activities are  most plentiful on Saturday. We have all the inflatables, plus pony rides, a petting zoo, arts-and-crafts, and of course the Youth Competition on Saturday morning at 10:30. We have had a lot of good talent come through the Youth Competition, such as Grammy-nominee Sarah Jarosz. Certainly worth checking out."

 

 

 

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