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Written by Lois Rodriguez

48B JFK2The nation and the world were shaken just after noon on Nov. 22, 1963. President John F. Kennedy had been shot. Tuesday marks the 53rd anniversary of that fateful day.

Zilker Tree and Austin Trail of Lights Photo by Jared TennantEvery year since 1967, the Zilker Tree has acted as a beacon of holiday cheer on the south lawn of Zilker Park, its more than 3,000 lights twinkling in the winter darkness. This year marks its 50th anniversary, during which time it, along with the Trail of Lights, has become an entrenched part of Austin history and culture.

Jane1Texas Highways is happy to welcome a new member to our family – Jane Kellogg Murray.


While grocery and holiday shopping may top your lists of to-dos this weekend, don't forget to make time for a little fun. There are always so many events from which to choose, but here's a glimpse of what's happening this weekend.

Wildcatter Ranch 236Nothing makes me feel like a 10-year-old girl again like a trip to a West Texas ranch. I’ve joined my husband and a few families for a short post-breakfast wagon ride, and I’m as giddy as the kids. Pulled by a shiny John Deere tractor, we’re heading down a hill at Wildcatter Ranch, near Graham, to a pasture where a small herd of Longhorn cattle awaits their morning snack.

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Texas Highways celebrates our veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and always. To help you observe the upcoming holiday, we share some of the many military museums available across the state, and a few Veteran's Day events near you.

alberto martinez 2When I moved to Austin ages ago, I made it a point to get out into the city – even if it meant driving blindly and getting lost. It helped me to find my way and discover my new home. One event – the East Austin Studio Tour – was probably one of my best investments of time in understanding the community.

State Park RoundupTen state parks in one day? It’s not entirely impossible.

FoodWIne07Fredericksburg can claim its delectable peaches and celebrate its status as the epicenter of Texas’ wine tourism. Not only that, but each October, the town throws its arms wide open to embrace wines and foods from all across the state.

pumpkin1As soon as pumpkins start popping up at stores, our keen drive to want to carve them, paint them, and just get creative with them kicks in. Shanna Harding gets it. Pumpkins take center stage for her fall horticultural creations.

teacakestotamalesIn the November issue of Texas Highways, we highlight the latest cookbook by our former colleague Nola McKey, From Tea Cakes to Tamales: Third-Generation Texas Recipes. In writing the book, one of Nola’s goals was to encourage families to preserve their heirloom recipes.

FC TXHWYS NOV16Have you ever wanted to be in the pages of Texas Highways magazine? We're helping to make that happen. In the November issue of the magazine, which subscribers should be receiving any day now, you'll find a page that's waiting for your special touch.

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