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PINEY WOODS >Todd Mission
Join the lords and ladies for the 40th annual Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission. Located six miles northwest of Magnolia, the festival transforms 55 acres of pine forest into a fantastical realm of themed villages based loosely on the European Middle Ages. Held weekends October 11-November 30, the festival features craft demonstrations, musicians, theatrical productions, magicians, jousters, kids’ activities, more than 400 shops, and camping. New this year: A replicated Greek temple will host a “King Midas Masquerade” party each Saturday night. Call 800/458-3435.
SOUTH TEXAS PLAINS >Beeville
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At the Beeville Art Museum, Made in Texas: Art, Life & Culture 1845-1900 transports visitors to 19th-Century Texas with a display of the remarkable implements and craftsmanship of the day. Organized by the Bayou Bend Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the exhibit showcases items such as a stoneware sauerkraut press, a 14-foot panoramic print of 1847 New Braunfels designed to lure German settlers, and a steer-horn-and-jaguar-hide rocking chair made by San Antonio craftsman Wenzel Friedrich. Through January 10. Call 361/358-8615.
The Houston Ship Channel opened 100 years ago this November, connecting the Port of Houston and the Gulf of Mexico for trade ships. Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel examines the culture and history of the workers who’ve operated the channel and port. Presented by the Houston Arts Alliance and Houston Public Library, the exhibit of photos, audio and video installations, signage, and work gear is on display at the Julia Ideson Building through January 31.
HILL COUNTRY>Johnson City
Johnson City flips the switch on its annual Lights Spectacular November 28, turning on more than 100,000 lights that drape the Blanco County Courthouse. Free hayrides, live music, and a crafts sale round out the night. The festivities continue November 29 with a Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade and a performance by the Clickety Cloggers. Also November 29, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park rangers will lead lamplight tours of LBJ’s boyhood home in Johnson City. Call 830/868-7684.