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A Colorful Garden

Spend a day in the garden at Barrington Living History Farm during their “Colorful Garden” weekend. See how they grow heirloom varieties of vegetables as they did in the 1850’s according to Thomas Affleck from Gay Hill at Glenblythe Plantation. Try your hand at making old-fashioned crafts to take with you. Create your own botanical journal as many women of the time did. Help them harvest their rye the old fashioned way, then take a break on the dog run porch and learn about the Anson Jones family and life 160 years ago.

May 26-27: Colorful Garden from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 16-17: They Were Here First – Native American and Tree Rings – Silent Witness to History

July 21-22: Riding the Range and Stories of the Runaway Scrape

August 18-19: Crew, chew chew and Water Everywhere and not a drop to drink

Barrington Living History Farm

Located in Washington-on-the-Brazos 

State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155

(979) 878-2214

www.birthplaceoftexas.com

100 Days of  Summer Festival

St. Mary Parish in Brenham will host its fifth annual “100 Days of Summer” Festival May 27 beginning at 9 a.m. on the parish grounds. Activities include a live auction, silent auction, games for kids, live music, cakewalk, talent show and food booths from many different ethnic groups.

May 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 701 Church St., Brenham

(979) 836-4441

www.BrenhamCatholic.org

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site Presents On Time and Cradled Like a Baby

In “On Time and Cradled Like a Baby,” a Nineteenth century writer Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) referred to his ride on a Concord Stagecoach across the midwest as being gentle as a baby carriage gently swaying back and forth. Arriving on time was the goal of all early mail coaches and as the mail carriers combined mail delivery with public transportation the challenge soon became that of moving mail and people aboard a large, heavy stagecoach in a timely manner.

Stepping onto the Fanthorp front porch is a passage into yesteryear as guides take visitors back to Texas in the 1850’s. It’s a unique event the whole family will remember and enjoy.

In addition to special events, Fanthorp Inn is open Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no admission fee, but a donation of $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under is appreciated.

May 12: Cradled Like a Baby

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

June 9: Music Makes a Celebration

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June 14: Going Postal in 1800’s Texas

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Barrington Living History Farm

Washington-on-the-Brazos 

State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155

(979) 878-2214

www.birthplaceoftexas.com

A Colorful Garden

Spend a day in the garden at Barrington Living History Farm during their “Colorful Garden” weekend. See how they grow heirloom varieties of vegetables as they did in the 1850’s according to Thomas Affleck from Gay Hill at Glenblythe Plantation. Try your hand at making old-fashioned crafts to take with you. Create your own botanical journal as many women of the time did. Help them harvest their rye the old fashioned way, then take a break on the dog run porch and learn about the Anson Jones family and life 160 years ago.

May 26-27: Colorful Garden from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 16-17: They Were Here First – Native American and Tree Rings – Silent Witness to History

July 21-22: Riding the Range and Stories of the Runaway Scrape

August 18-19: Crew, chew chew and Water Everywhere and not a drop to drink

Barrington Living History Farm

Located in Washington-on-the-Brazos 

State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155

(979) 878-2214

www.birthplaceoftexas.com

100 Days of  Summer Festival

St. Mary Parish in Brenham will host its fifth annual “100 Days of Summer” Festival May 27 beginning at 9 a.m. on the parish grounds. Activities include a live auction, silent auction, games for kids, live music, cakewalk, talent show and food booths from many different ethnic groups.

May 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 701 Church St., Brenham

(979) 836-4441

www.BrenhamCatholic.org

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site Presents On Time and Cradled Like a Baby

In “On Time and Cradled Like a Baby,” a Nineteenth century writer Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) referred to his ride on a Concord Stagecoach across the midwest as being gentle as a baby carriage gently swaying back and forth. Arriving on time was the goal of all early mail coaches and as the mail carriers combined mail delivery with public transportation the challenge soon became that of moving mail and people aboard a large, heavy stagecoach in a timely manner.

Stepping onto the Fanthorp front porch is a passage into yesteryear as guides take visitors back to Texas in the 1850’s. It’s a unique event the whole family will remember and enjoy.

In addition to special events, Fanthorp Inn is open Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no admission fee, but a donation of $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under is appreciated.

May 12: Cradled Like a Baby

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

June 9: Music Makes a Celebration

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June 14: Going Postal in 1800’s Texas

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Barrington Living History Farm

Washington-on-the-Brazos 

State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155

(979) 878-2214

www.birthplaceoftexas.com

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site Presents Music Makes a Celebration

Tap on the tambourine or try your hand at strumming a guitar. Visit Fanthorp Inn on this special Saturday in June and experience the life and music of Texans and travelers. Discover the music that inspired celebration and recreation in the 19th century. Absorb the music that brought relief to the weary and excitement to young and old alike. Explore the period music performed by skilled musicians on instruments including the Mountain Dulcimer. Don’t be surprised to feel yourself join in the toe tapping music.

June 9 at from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Barrington Living History Farm

Located in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155

(979) 878-2214

www.birthplaceoftexas.com

Round Top Music Festival

The music festival is celebrating more than 40 years of performances with 100 young artists from around the world who study and perform in a series of orchestra and chamber music concerts with renowned international faculty, conductors and soloists. 

June 9 at 7:30 p.m.  Claude Debussy Nocturnes (Nuages & Fêtes)

C. Saint-Saëns Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in g, Op. 22 

Claude Debussy Images (Gigues, Ronde de Printemps, Iberia) Texas Festival Orchestra Pascal Verrot, conductor James Dick, piano

June 12 at 11 a.m. with conductor Emilio Colón, Young Persons’ Concert

June 16 at 1:30 “Carte Blanche to Gregory Fulkerson: Great Works for solo violin” J.S. Bach Sonata in g, BWV 1001 Bela Bartok Sonata for violin solo Elliott Carter Four Lauds

June 23 at 1:30 Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Syrinx for Flute Solo Sonata for Violin and Piano in g, Sonata for Cello and Piano in d, Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp in F, Stefan Milenkovich, violin; Brett Deubner, viola; Emilio Colon, cello; Carol Wincenc, flute; James Dick, piano; Paula Page, harp.

June 30 at 1:30 p.m. Yuko Uebayashi Au dela du temps for 2 flutes and piano. Carol Wincenc and more.

July 1 at 3 p.m.  with conductor Stefan Sanders and pianist Eteri Andjaparidze, Patriotic Concert Texas Festival Orchestra featuring George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue 

July 7 at 1:30 p.m. Piano Galore!

July 13 at 7:30 p.m. The Best of the 2012 Chamber Music Program

July 14 at 1:30 p.m. Percussion section Showcase Individual and season tickets are available Festival Hill 

Hwy 237 at Jaster Road in Round Top 

(979) 249-3129

www.festivalhill.org

Chappell Hill Lavender and Wine Fest

Come out and enjoy this countryside neighborhood festival with Chappell Hill Lavender Farm and Windy Winery. At the Windy Winery, you can grape stomp, taste a variety of distinctive wines, and enjoy live music, a hayride, food, handmade pottery and wine accessories. ­Admission is free. 

August 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chappell Hill Lavender Farm 

2250 Dillard Rd., Brenham, 77833

251-8114

www.chappellhilllavender.com

UNITY THEATRE PRESENTS The Miracle Worker

Highly regarded as an American theatre classic, this play tells the story of the teacher who brought language and compassion into Helen Keller’s dark, silent world. Drawing heavily from letters written by Annie Sullivan in 1887, the drama unfolds with wit and humor to reveal events leading to the famous friendship. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie’s success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: “water.” Unity Theatre 300 Church Street, Downtown Brenham. www.UnityBrenham.org

June 18-July 1

Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays 8 p.m.; Sundays 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 14, Preview Night, all seats $15

Chat With the Cast: After the show, stay for a brief, intimate visit with the cast. Offer your feedback and learn about the joys and challenges of creating the characters.

Sunday, June 17, Social Sunday

Don’t like to come to the theatre alone? Be part of Social Sunday. The Players Club invites you to share the experience with other individual theatregoers. Meet and make friends in the Atrium Lounge prior to the performance, and attend the play as part of a group. When you make your reservation, simply inform the box office of your desire to join in Social Sunday.

Saturday, June 23, Meet the Director

Get a pre-show briefing from the director’s perspective and learn what goes on behind the scenes.

 

Market Day on the Square

Visit the Market Day on the square where vendors set up their wares and a assortment of booths around the historic courthouse square. Lots of arts, crafts, collectibles, jewelry and antiques will be available for purchase. Come enjoy the great food and live entertainment in the relaxing atmosphere of small-town Texas. There is no admission fee and free parking. 

June 2, Courthouse, Downtown Bellville 

(979) 865-3407

The Austin County Fair presents the 14th Annual Summer Music Fest and CPRA Rodeo

Bring the family out to enjoy music, arts and crafts, barbecue cook-off, Little Miss Pageant, fireworks and more. Also featuring live entertainment by Kevin Fowler and Roger Creager.

June 22-23, 1076 E. Hill, Bellville, TX

(979) 865-5995

H-E-B presents the Tenth Annual Fireworks on the Brazos

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical site is the place to bring your family this July Fourth. The “Birthplace of Texas” has a full day of fun activities planned to celebrate our nation’s independence, capped off by a tremendous fireworks display at dark. Cool off with some free Blue Bell Ice Cream and Coca-Cola. The Brenham Children’s Chorus and the Brenham Sacred Chorus will perform “Happy Birthday, America!” at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the park is free.

July 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Washington-on-the-Brazos 

State Historic Site

936-878-2214

www.birthplaceoftexas.com

‘I Love America’ Celebration

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University is host of the annual College Station Noon Lions Club’s “I Love America” Fourth of July Celebration. Come enjoy live entertainment, concessions and games for children. Hear patriotic songs performed by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. Come early and bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Admission is free.

July 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

(979) 691-4014

http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu

Great Texas Sausage Festival 

The third annual Great Texas Sausage Festival is a Burleson County Chamber of Commerce event sponsored by Burleson County and the City of Somerville. Bring the family out to enjoy a fun day filled with food, arts and crafts, and more. Admission is $5 per person and kids 5 years of age and under are free.

Music AT SAUSAGE FEST:

Friday, May 11

Crossroads Band 6 p.m. to 10p.m.

Saturday, May 12

Josh Radock 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Buck Yeager Band 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Texas Twisters 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Beau Hinze Band 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Trevor Cole Band 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

www.burlesoncountytx.com/sausagefestival