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Written by Matt Joyce

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Supporters of the National Park Service and its parks and historic sites in Texas are gearing up for 2016, the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. 

The Galveston-Bolivar ferry remains closed Monday morning as a result of an oil spill in Galveston Bay. The Texas Department of Transportation, which runs the ferry, says the U.S. Coast Guard requested that ferry service be suspended in the aftermath of the Saturday afternoon spill.

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If you’re getting ready to hit the road for a spring trip, be sure to check out the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Wildflower Sightings” website. The page identifies the locations of particularly scenic wildflower spots around the state.

 

One of the wild things about the South by Southwest conference is the number of celebrities who show up in Austin.  

Borger is turning 88! And to celebrate, the Hutchinson County Museum is hosting a birthday celebration with a panel of women who lived through the boomtown’s early years. The celebration will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the museum. 

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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose has launched a fundraising campaign to rebuild its gift shop, which was recently destroyed by a fire. 

The Alamo opens a new exhibit this weekend that examines the sometimes-overlooked history of Hispanic defenders of the Alamo. Standing Their Ground: Tejanos and the Alamo opens Saturday and runs through June 6.

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Looking for something tasty in Texas? The 2014 semifinalists in the James Beard Foundation's awards for best chefs and restaurants would be a good place to start. The newly released list is populated with Texas people and places throughout.

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The Aegean Islands; Baden, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina … and the Texas Hill Country? What do the humble oak-covered hills of Central Texas have in common with these exotic locales? A thriving wine industry, of course.

 

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The Big Squeeze contest for young accordionists kicks off this weekend under a new format designed to diversify the genres of music represented in the annual competition.

Lubbock musician Andy Hedges has put out a fine new album featuring his characteristic interpretations of classic cowboy and traditional folk tunes.

Davis Mountains State Park, which is currently closed for construction, has announced that it will reopen December 20, about 2-and-a-half months earlier than initially expected.

Indian Lodge at Davis Mountains State Park.The popular park in far West Texas closed to visitors September 3 for an overhaul of its septic system. During the closure, the park is also upgrading its bathrooms, removing dead trees, constructing a new bird-viewing area near the main park campgrounds, and adding six miles of hiking trails. You can read more about the projects in our previous coverage of the closure

Throughout the closure, Indian Lodge—the park's hotel that was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930—and Black Bear Restaurant will remain open. The lodge and the restaurant will close for maintenance from January 27 to February 6.

 

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