Fourth was booming across Highland Lakes

Mark Goodson/Highland Lakes Newspapers

Red White & Boom was the theme of Aqua Boom 2017 that ends July 4th with explosions over Lake LBJ.

Fireworks and celebrantions on the Highland Lakes began with the Blue Lake Estates parade and fireworks Saturday, July 1,  and grew to a crescendo Tuesday night July 4.

Also, on Saturday, the annual Flights of Fancy event of the Highland Lakes Flyers model airplane club filled the air above Hank Nilsen Model Aircraft Field and the Miss Aqua Boom Pageant filled the Kingsland Community Center.

Parades went on for family and friends in Spicewood, Meadowlakes and Highland Haven, Bertram, Briggs, Horseshoe Bay and at the Kingsland Aqua Boom. They even took to the water in Horseshoe Bay and Kingland. The grand finale was fireworks in Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay, Briggs, Bertram and Kingsland, with all three shows visible to residents with the right vantage point around the lakes.


Rehder and Wortham, a bonaza for Texas fiction fans

Fans of Texas mystery writers will hit a bonanza in May. Ben Rehder will speak in Burnet Thursday, May 11, and Reavis Z. Wortham will be in Marble Falls Friday, May 12.

Rehder will be at the final Coffee Talks program of the season at Herman Brown Free Library, 100 East Washington Street, in Burnet at 1:30 p.m. Wortham will be part of the Lunch at the Library at 11:30 a.m. at the Marble Falls Public Library, 101 Main Street. Both programs are free, but reservations are requested especially in Marble Falls where space it limited.

Each author is firmly rooted in Texas and its ineffable brand of humor and sensibilities. Each has a new book to share.


Masters Gardeners present Violet Carson

Master Gardener Violet Carson will present “Houseplants for Fresh Air” from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 8 to the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners at the Kingsland Library, 125 W. Polk, Kingsland.

This meeting is free of charge to the public.


Rubber Ducky Race this Saturday

The Literacy Highland Lakes (LHL) Rubber Ducky Race returns as a highlight of the 33rd Annual Bluebonnet Festival on April 8-10 and tickets are already on sale.

The race of hundreds of bright yellow, numbered plastic ducks released into the waters of Hamilton Creek Park in Burnet. Prizes and bragging rights are involved, but participants know also the race is a primary fundraiser for LHL, according to Robbie Shader of the LHL.

The race follows the annual festival parade, but before the parade, “Mr. and Miss Literacy” are crowned and given a seat of honor on the LHL Rubber Ducky float. They are the two winners of an annual reading contest held in the elementary schools in the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD).

Tickets for the race, each entering a ducky in the race, are on sale from LHL Board of Directors members for $5 each or a five-pack for $20. They are available also to merchants or sponsors who want to help with sales.


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