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Fri
18
Oct

Community invited to Knothole anniversary celebration

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Knothole staff pose under the original Knothole sign, taken from the original store, which owner Sherry Bitzkie's family opened in Blanco in 1977. Front row, from left: Kris Smith, Office Manager; Sherry Bitzkie, Owner; Shirley Weirich, Floor Manager. Back row, from left: Gerald Hanus, Maintenance; Amy Stone, Cashier; Michelle Malant, Cashier.

 

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Since 2004, Burnet's shoppers have had the opportunity to stroll the aisles of the Knothole and discover treasures looking for new homes. Knothole staff and vendors will celebrate the store's 15th anniversary this month, and are inviting the community to join in on the fun.

What started with a small store in Blanco in 1977 has bloomed into an 18,000 square foot shopper's paradise, and owner Sherry Bitzkie and her aunt, Shirley Weirich, run the store in memory of their mom and sister, who was, in part, responsible for the original idea.

In the early 2000's Sherry took over and moved the business to Burnet, starting with five vendors. Today, she has 120 vendors setting up shop inside the store.

“We have great employees and are at full capacity with vendors,” Bitzkie said. “We have a waiting list, and it is just going great.”

Wed
16
Oct

HARTH in need of volunteers, sponsors

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
The HARTH Foundation, which focuses on Healing and Recovery Through Horses, is in need of more volunteers to act as side walkers and horse handlers, and those who are interested in the opportunity are asked to contact Julie Biggs at 512-525-7774 or julieb@harthtx.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

At the end of a winding county road in western Burnet County lies a relaxing atmosphere which individuals with special needs are welcome to visit to learn more about their emotions, motor skills, and relationships with themselves and others through the healing power of horses.

The HARTH Foundation, which focuses on Healing and Recovery Through Horses, was founded by owner Sherry Atherton and uses Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) programs to assist individuals with special needs, whether mental or physical, from children to adults, civilians to veterans.

“I believe strongly in the healing power of horses,” Atherton said.

Fri
11
Oct

Burnet to host Art Festival

Nena Hoover/Special to the Bulletin

 

Pictured are the winners of the Open Show category at last year's Burnet Art Festival, whose artwork was displayed in the gallery at Burnet Community Center. Left to right: First place winner, Jan Frazier with “Round Top Buddies”; fifth place winner, Judi Beauford with “Eternity”; third place winner, Kim Timmons with “Burnet Train Station”; fourth place winner Dana Parkinson with “Charm on Hoover Valley Rd” (painting was sold before the photo was taken); sixth place winner Amie Gonser with “Lemon Yellow House”; and second place winner Kathleen Meador with “Dominoes.” This year's participants' artwork will again be displayed in the Burnet Community Center Saturday, Oct. 12 during the third annual Octoberfest.

Fri
11
Oct

Fort Croghan Day takes place Oct. 12

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

Fort Croghan volunteer Judy Lively listens to a record spinning on an antique Victrola, recently donated to the museum by the Fry family. Visitors to the Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum will be able to view the Victrola and many other artifacts and take a trip back in time during Fort Croghan Day this Saturday, Oct. 12, as volunteers dressed in period clothing teach visitors about Burnet's pioneer days. The event begins at 9 a.m. with festivities and demonstrations lasting throughout the day. Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum is located at 703 Buchanan Drive, Burnet. 

 

Fri
11
Oct

'Tri' something fun this weekend - three favorites return to Burnet

Country/Tejano artist Rick Trevino will kick off the 2019 Burnet Octoberfest concert series Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Texas country artist Stoney LaRue will headline Saturday's live music at 8:30. The Octoberfest concerts will take place at the Burnet carnival grounds at East League and Vandeveer Streets near the Burnet Community Center.

 

 

 

 

Special to the Bulletin

Burnet residents and visitors will be able to enjoy triple the fun and festivities this weekend as three annual events return to town.

Octoberfest, the Burnet Art Festival, and Fort Croghan Day will give everyone something to enjoy, and the public is invited to experience every bit of what each event has to offer.

Octoberfest

The third annual Octoberfest is bringing all the craft beer, activities, food, and live music a town could want, and it will all be located in downtown Burnet.

“The excitement is growing as we approach our third Octoberfest,” said Burnet Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Winkler. “The event is growing, too, and this year we will have concerts both nights.”

Wed
02
Oct

No doubting that's Thomas!

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin

 

Michele and John Smith pose for a photo with Katherine, 6, and Alexander, 5, in front of Thomas the Tank Engine during the Day Out With Thomas event at the Burnet Depot on Saturday, Sept. 28. The event is held each year with help from the Austin Steam Train Association.

Wed
02
Oct

Burnet welcomes new winery, honors building's past

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Downtown Burnet recently celebrated the grand opening of Wedding Oak Winery, which has taken up residence inside the recently renovated historic Badger Building and Tex Robertson Building. The City of Burnet and Burnet Economic Development Corporation welcomed the business as a new partnership focusing on bringing economic opportunities to town while respecting the history of Burnet and it's historic square.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The city of Burnet welcomed a new business to its historic downtown square as members of the community joined Wedding Oak Winery owner Mike McHenry and City officials at the winery's ribbon cutting on Thursday, Sept. 26.

The winery opened its doors Sunday, Sept. 8, at the site of the newly renovated Badger Building and Tex Robertson Building at the corner of Jackson and Pierce Streets and has been well-received by the community in regards to its fresh new business and its respect of the town's history.

The Badger Building has been a focal point in the community since 1883, and served as a gathering place for the young men and women of early Burnet. The late Tex Robertson purchased the building in the 1960's and utilized it as a community center, but through the passing of time, the building slowly emptied and became just a snapshot of times past.

Wed
02
Oct

Rotary Scholarship Night continues legacy, raises $45K

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The first annual Rotary Scholarship Night, held Saturday, Sept. 21, at Hidden River Ranch, welcomed hundreds of members of the community who came together to celebrate Burnet CISD students with a delicious dinner, live music, auctions, and fun and fellowship with friends and neighbors.

The Rotary Club of Burnet took over the fundraising duties for the Hill Country Community Foundation after the community attended the Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraisers' Grand Finale last year.

After exceeding their goal of $1 million raised, HCCF Lifetime Director Cary Johnson and his children, who created the endowment in honor of their loving wife and mother in 2011, handed the reins to the Rotary Club, entrusting them with the philanthropic goal of raising funds to continue providing scholarships to every Burnet CISD graduate each year.

Wed
02
Oct

Protein crisis grips local food pantries

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Due to a scarcity of nonperishable food items at the Central Texas Food Bank, local food pantries are experiencing a protein shortage this month. LACare Food Pantry Director Lottie McCorkle and her volunteers, along with the Burnet County Hunger Alliance, are asking their communities to donate extra packs and cans of tuna, cans of SPAM and Vienna sausages, and canned beans to help fill their shelves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

As Burnet County food pantries continue to combat the hunger epidemic, officials have unveiled a new gap in the type of food needed locally and have asked for the public's help to donate more protein-rich, nonperishable items.

Although Highland Lakes food pantries receive food from the Central Texas Food Bank on a regular basis, members of the Burnet County Hunger Alliance revealed the facilities have received considerably less canned protein this year.

Officials explained that the decrease in proteins have affected operations at the pantries and ultimately the health of those who rely on them.

“All of the food banks in the area are in the same boat; we are in a crisis of needing proteins,” said Burnet's LACare Director Lottie McCorkle.

The alliance meets every month to discuss their methods of fighting hunger in their communities.

Wed
25
Sep

Cooking With Fire

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

BHS Culinary Arts students Sativa Yarbrough, left, and Tessa Edwards prepare a fiery dish of Bananas Foster for the highest-bidding table at the first annual Rotary Scholarship Night Saturday, Sept. 21. The Culinary Arts students also prepared Bulldog Baked Alaska and Spirit, Pride and Honor Creme Brulee for two other tables during the event, which raised funds for the Hill Country Community Foundation, an organization which provides scholarships to every graduating Burnet CISD senior. For more photos of the fundraiser, see the Wednesday, Sept. 25 issue of the Burnet Bulletin.

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