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Written by Lois Rodriguez

Glenna Goodacre 2011What do J. Frank Dobie, Barbara Jordan, Katherine Anne Porter, and Stephen F. Austin have in common, besides that they are all revered Texans?

15 Fredericksburg v2You don't need a special occasion to appreciate a cold beer, especially with the growing mastery of craft brews, but today (Sep. 7) does happen to be designated as a day for those who love the ol' hops and grains concoctions. Pubs, bars and breweries around you are likely planning to partake in the celebration.

blanco flood 6139 21Two months after devastating Memorial Day floods caused significant damage to Blanco State Park, the facility will reopen some areas to visitors on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Thomas Jefferson and Sam Houston probably drank their Madeira straight (and so can you, of course), but the wine—which is fortified, heated, and aged in oak barrels— also makes an intriguing addition to cocktails, as I discovered recently during a series of experiments with friends.

detouraugJust two miles from Seymour, a handful of paleontologists and volunteers meticulously scrape and brush flecks of red and gray dirt away from their latest discovery: a fossilized Dimetrodon that they’ve named Mary.

weekender mammoth site v2It's been a big week in Texas. On Sunday, the San Antonio Missions achieved World Heritage Site status. Today, after years of study and anticipation, the Waco Mammoth Site – one of the most significant Ice Age fossil beds in the world – has officially been designated as part of the National Park System. President Barack Obama made the announcement today and welcomed the new Waco Mammoth National Monument.

missionsanjoseloisrodriguezThe San Antonio Missions have long held a special place in my heart, but today, it was named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during the World Heritage Summit in Bonn, Germany.

raceforshorelineI’m a NatGeo junkie, and I love seeing the magic of nature – pecking order in the primate world, hunting strategies in the wild, the courting calls and dances. It’s all so fascinating, so I was thrilled for the opportunity to see nature at work as we saw off more than 80 newly-hatched endangered Kemps ridley sea turtles at Padre Island National Seashore yesterday. There’ll be more opportunities this week, so you can check it out, too

shrub-cocktails-outside“Imagine that it’s 1780, and there is no electricity, no railroads, and you’re a locavore because you have to be,” began Austin craft-cocktail guru Bill Norris at the 2013 Austin Food & Wine Festival. “You’ve got to figure out a way to preserve your fruit and vegetable crop.

pralinesOne of the great pleasures of being in Texas (and the South) is the bounty of pecans. Oh, how I love pecans! No matter how they are served, I’m apt to eat more than my share, and on this day – National Pralines Day – I volunteer to eat one … or two.

volunteers measuring a large theropod trackway.--witte museum

The fourth incarnation of Stephen Spielberg’s Jurassic Park – Jurassic World –trampled its contenders in the box office in its opening weekend, but Texas has its share of dinosaur experiences year-round. A less scary sort.

The-DoSeum-at-DuskAs if San Antonio didn’t have enough to brag about (Texas Top Destination), the city is adding another eye-catching attraction to its arsenal – the DoSeum – this weekend. On Saturday, June 6, the doors will swing open to the new state-of-the-art, interactive children’s museum.

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