Butch Hancock Art at the Starlight Theatre

Monday, June 5, 2017 – Butch Hancock art show in Terlingua.

I would have been there anyway, as it turns out I was booked to play a “Blue Monday” show at the Starlight that night anyway, so, with guitars and camera…

A lot of people who showed up for Butch’s show- some of whom have known Butch a long time- didn’t know he was an artist. He’s also an architect, record label head, playwright, actor, songwriter, performer, river guide, and, I suspect, anything else he wants to be. You don’t meet many real polymaths in real life. Butch is one.

A polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs, “having learned much”) is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.

After sound check but before the restaurant opened, Butch was showing me around. There’s a photo he took on Hallowe’en in 1985 on 6th Street in Austin – the photo is pretty amazing, but the way Butch took it is, to me, even more amazing. Continue reading “Butch Hancock Art at the Starlight Theatre”

McMercy Family Band at the Starlight Theatre

Tongue in cheek gospel group, the McMercy Family Band, performed their 9th consecutive Easter Sunday concert.

Eventually.

Trevor Reichman and friends started the show, Marc Utter and Jeff Haislip entertained on the patio, The Lonesome Heroes were the opening act on the main stage, and then the McMercy Family band took the stage.

Here’s what it looked like…

you should probably make plans to be at the Starlight next Easter.

a very cool sound- musical saw.
Trevor Reichman and friends
Trevor Reichman and friends

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Mark Kneeskern Memorial Art Party – 2016

Last night was the 3rd (?) annual Mark Kneeskern Memorial Art Party/Auction at the Starlight Theatre in Terlingua, Texas.

All art you see in the pics, and more, is available to purchase. Proceeds go to a fund to finance various art-related charitable activities including free art lessons for local children, scholarships, art supplies, etc.

I’ll add more detail later, but here’s how it looked to me.

You’re welcome to share these photos for any non-commercial purpose. (right-click (ctrl-click on Mac), “save image as”)

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Boquillas Christmas 2016 – Santa Needs Your Help!

HELP SANTA BRING CHRISTMAS TO BOQUILLAS’ CHILDREN – 2016

THANK YOU!  Your donations of over $1,500 are going to make for a very merry Christmas for the children of Boquillas.

You can still donate to “Terlingua Cares,” the local non-profit, by clicking the donate button.


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Santa rowing to Boquillas.

For the last 13 years, long-time Terlingua resident Marcos Paredes has taken food and presents to the children of Boquillas on Christmas Day. Marcos and some of his friends and neighbors have bought presents for the children plus turkeys and hams for their families, and delivered them personally.

This is a wonderful tradition. For it to continue, we need to pitch in.

x3Although there is now a legal border crossing into Boquillas, tourism is way down from where it used to be and without our efforts these children will not have much of a Christmas.

This year, Santa needs some help again. He needs your help so that our less fortunate neighbors to the South can celebrate Christmas.

x6You can help by donating using the button below. Your money will go to Terlingua Cares, which is associated with the Big Bend Citizen’s Alliance (a 501.c.3 non-profit organization based in Terlingua, Texas), and all funds raised will go to pay for gifts and food for the children of Boquillas.

If you’d like written confirmation of your donation for tax purposes, contact me (Pat O’Bryan) at koanwrangler (at) gmail (dot) com.

 




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Exploring Ojinaga

From Terlingua to Ojinaga is a 62 mile drive across some of the most beautiful scenery in Texas.

Hwy 170 - River Road - between Terlingua and Presidio
Hwy 170 – River Road – between Terlingua and Presidio

Ojinaga sits just across the Rio Grande from Presidio, Texas. The drive itself is a destination – people come from all over the world to drive River Road. At the end of the drive is an adventure and really good food.

Entering Mexico
Entering Mexico

This was my 4th trip to OJ and my 2nd solo trip. When I ask locals what there is to do in OJ, the answer is always Continue reading “Exploring Ojinaga”

The Porch After Voices From Both Sides 2016

Voices From Both Sides 2016 – Fiesta Protesta

I decided to sit this one out.

I think this was the 4th year that Terlingua has celebrated ” Voices From Both Sides.” For the last two years I arrived early, helped set up the sound system, and, with Trevor Hickle, sat behind the sound board in the sun.

The first year it was mostly a local event. This year national and International TV and news outlets attended and people flocked from all over. For pictures of this year’s celebration slip over to Google or Facebook and do a search- there were lots of great photographers in attendance.

I sat on the porch talking with some other locals and waited patiently. Sure enough, as the sun started to set the party moved to the porch. Guitars, dobros, mandolins, fiddles, a viola (not a fiddle!) and voices melded into a magical impromptu performance. Continue reading “The Porch After Voices From Both Sides 2016”

Changes at the Boathouse

It’s 2016. The history of the building we know as the Boathouse in Terlingua starts in 1981,  There have been a lot of changes there during its 35 year life.

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Since I’m a relative newcomer to the area- I bought my property 10 years ago and have lived here full-time for just 3 years – I asked Mike Davidson, who’s owned that property since the early 80’s, to write a “history of the Boathouse” for us- it’s included at the end of this blog post. Continue reading “Changes at the Boathouse”

Terlingua Alter Ego Party 2016

Originally a La Kiva tradition, the April Fool’s Day Alter Ego Party in Terlingua has grown to at least three locations.

La Kiva had one, the Starlight Theatre had it’s 100th anniversary Alter Ego (it was the first one…), and the Boathouse had what was probably the most traditional one.

Alter Ego parties are characterized by cool costumes, advanced levels of silliness, dancing, and a guest appearance by Betty Crocker.

Since the Fabulous Vortexans were booked to play the party at the Boathouse, I watched it all from behind a Stratocaster. Here’s what it looked like to me.

Mo Harp
Mo Harp

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Reefer Madness!!

Last night was “opening night” for the Terlingua Las Minute Low Budget Production of Reefer Madness.

There was a reception starting an hour before show time- punch, cookies, chips, jalapeno gluten free rice flour munchies, and- of course- brownies.  Given the subject matter of the play, I was wondering… but, no.

This was my first experience with LMLB productions and I was very impressed. The theater is intimate and comfortable, sight-lines are fine, the sound and lighting was professional and the show rocked.

The only problem I can foresee is that they’re gonna need a bigger building fairly quickly- last night was standing room only.

I’m not going to say much about the play except GO SEE IT!  It’s funny, cute, and light… until it becomes surprisingly dramatic.

The players:

Dr. Carroll, Mrs. Lane, Detective, Policeman, Bailiff, Lawyer, D.A., and Judge- Billy Miller

Mary- Elizabeth Thompson

Bill- Troy Sergent

Jimmy- Moses Martinez

Ralph- Pablo Menudo

Blanche- Shoshana Perkins

Mae- Deena Nolan

Jack- Chris Lee

Here’s some snapshots from opening night.

The costume contest
The costume contest
Catfish directed the play
Catfish directed the play

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