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The Big Fight-Sisterdale

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 8:24pm. 3,404 Views, 0 Comments.

Jack Hays' Big Fight at Walker's Creek

Big Sky Country by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIn Sisterdale, on Sunday June 8th, historical enthusiasts from across Kendall County and beyond are observing the 170th anniversary of the battle of Walker's Creek – Jack Hays' Big fight at the Sisterdale Dance Hall.

Rural Shed with Vintage Car by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comJack Hays came to Texas late in 1836, worked as a surveyor, and commanded a roving Ranger company based in San Antonio in the 1840s. The Big Fight on Walker Creek made his name; one of the many brush-fire fights between Hays' Rangers and Comanche raiders, who came down from the Southern Plains to make free with any horses, captives and portable loot they could carry away. In the summer of 1844, Captain Hays took a patrol of fourteen volunteers into the hills, looking for Indian raiding parties. One

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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 8:57am. 1,708 Views, 0 Comments.

Good Stuff Preserved – Sauerkraut

by Celia Hayes

Sauerfraut - The raw ingredients by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI swear, I had never really eaten sauerkraut in any form when I was growing up. Why Mom never had a go at making it herself is a bit of a mystery, since the basic ingredients are cheap and plentiful, the process pretty simple and the results quite tasty. Likely this was because our own ethnic background is English and Scots-Irish, and it's just not one of those things. Cabbage being a sturdy green vegetable and well-adapted to the frozen northern hemispheres, it's a mainstay in peasant cooking from Germany, through Eastern Europe and Russia – and even into Korea, where they make a high-octane variety spiced with garlic and hot red peppers known as kimchi. But the ordinary sauerkraut is the simplest to

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Hill Country Road Trip

Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 9:42am. 3,745 Views, 0 Comments.

Road Trip: Fredericksburg by Bulverde, Sisterdale and Luckenbach

Mission Realty San Antonio Real Estate Call Team Randy Watson 210-319-4960

by Celia Hayes

Sister Creek Vineyards - Awards Shelf by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comSome time ago, my daughter and I discovered the back road route from our North-East San Antonio home, to Boerne; basically, going up 281 to Route 46 and then west to Boerne. This last weekend, we went a step farther, by going north up Bulverde Road and bypassing the horrendous 1604-281 nexus entirely. Really, as they get closer and closer to completing the interchange, traffic just gets worse and worse. And once we got to Boerne, we decided to take Ranch Road 1376, or the Sisterdale Road north to the Pedernales Valley – this turned out to be a fantastic way to get to Fredericksburg; scenic, little traffic and just about as rapidly as by the highway ... except for

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Civil War Anniversary in Comfort

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at 9:25am. 2,027 Views, 0 Comments.

Civil War Anniversary in Comfort August 10-11, 2012

 by Celia Hayes

Mission Realty San Antonio Texas Team Randy Watson 210-319-4960

True to the Union by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI've written before about the Comfort Civil War monument – a stone obelisk under the oak trees at what would have been the edge of town in 1866. It is a monument to those Union Loyalists from Comfort and the surrounding communities, who were killed in a vicious firefight with Confederate partisans, or executed as captives afterwards, near a branch of the Nueces River a hundred and fifty years ago this year. There were nearly sixty of them – men from Comfort, Sisterdale, Fredericksburg, Cherry Spring and a dozen other little towns and hamlets scattered through the Hill Country. They were abolitionists and for the Union; they would not take a loyalty oath to the Confederacy, much

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Exploring Buda

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 3:48pm. 3,195 Views, 0 Comments.

Exploring Buda, Texas-Just 45 Minutes North of San Antonio

Mission Realty 210-319-4960

by Celia Hayes

Ornamented Store Front in Old Buda by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWe didn't spend all of last weekend watching the wienerdogs run; the Buda City park where that event took place was pleasingly located right next to old down-town Buda, so when we had enough of wandering around between pavilions, we walked along the three or four blocks that constitute Buda ... and looked around. It's one of those sweet, small towns which retain enough of their original late 19th century buildings to be quite charming, even if those buildings mostly run along one side of the street ... because the railway runs alongside the other. Buda's town founding fathers set aside a 150-foot wide reserve of land between Main Street and the International and Great

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Holiday Evening With Tapas

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 2:15pm. 2,822 Views, 0 Comments.

Christmas Eve With Tapas

by Celia Hayes

What's for Dinner by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comOur family was long in the habit of having pizza on Christmas Eve; it’s easy to organize for a crazy, mixed-up and chaotic evening, with about three generations present. Either take-out or deliverer - even a selection of frozen or ready-made grocery store pizza would do. There’s a variety to suit every taste, everyone can have as much or as little as they like, eat it off paper plates, and clean-up is a snap.

Cazuelas and Chips by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThis year, we varied the program, mostly because my mother sent us a massive gift basket from La Tienda, which specializes in the classic foods of Spain, where my daughter and I lived for six years. We fell upon it with cries of happy delight,  reminded of certain foods that we loved. There was a box

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Still Time for Wurstfest 2011 Thru November 13

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 11:40am. 4,338 Views, 0 Comments.

Gone with the Wurst! 2011

Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas! Now thru November 13, 2011 

by Celia Hayes

Wurstfest2011 Big Tent Big Wheel Big Crowd by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.com Wurstfest2011-strange_hat1 by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.com Wurstfest2011-strange_hat3 by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.com Wurstfest2011-strange_hats5 by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.com Wurstfest2011-Bigger in Texas by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.com 

Wurstfest2011 The line to get into Wurstfest by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.commissionrealtytexaslogo_213Well, another first weekend after Halloween and where would we be, but up in New Braunfels, in Landa Park, enjoying ourselves amid oceans of beer and continents of sausages  . . .  and kettle-fried potato chips, meatballs-onna-stick, roast corn and sundry other fair food delights. Every year in November, New Braunfels exuberantly celebrates everything to do with sausage, beer, music, their German heritage, and funny hats, not necessarily in that order. Really, we have the impression that every public-spirited citizen and the members of practically every social club, community support organization and scholastic extra-mural activity in

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German Influence in San Antonio

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 12:21am. 6,839 Views, 0 Comments.

Cross-Cultural Curiosities

by Celia Hayes mission-transparant-small_62

Bowling Alley Exhibit by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comSo, whoever would have thought that there was historically such a strong German influence in South Texas, being that in the popular imagination, Germans, Southern good-ol-boy types and Hispanics could not be less alike? The mind boggles, upon first consideration, and then it starts to make sense. While Texas has never exactly been a cultural melting pot . . . but the three different ethnic groups have certainly melted a little around the edges and certain aspects of each have flowed into the other – in some cases, almost imperceptibly.

Childrens Chorus by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThis has a long history in Texas, beginning when the German entrepreneur combine, the Mainzer Adelsverein, begin transporting German farmers, craftsmen, technical

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Sun City Book Fair

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 6:57pm. 3,859 Views, 0 Comments.

Road Trip: Sun City Book Fair

by Julia Hayden

Georgetown Texas Downtown Photo by Austex at en.wikipediaOn the road again, last week for a book festival at Sun City, Texas* . . .  which is out on the sun-baked flats of grassland lightly sprinkled with woods, away on the edge of Georgetown, about half an hour's drive north of Austin. We have heard dire things of Austin's rush hour, so in order to get there in time, Blondie and I arose at the crack of dawn  . . .  actually 4:00 AM, plotting to have at least a couple of cups of caffeinated beverage in us and be ready to roll at 5:00 and thus be well-through whatever hellish traffic jams that Austin offered in the morning rush hour. With our luck, we could have given it another hour, for we arrived just before 7:30, to set-up my table in ten minutes flat, and

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Scenic Drive to Wimberly - Peace like a River

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 at 12:49pm. 6,295 Views, 0 Comments.

Peace Like a River

by Julia Hayden

Peace-Blanco River by Julia Hayden www.satxproperty.comWe went to Wimberly last weekend, first for the Market Days, and then to try and find the place where I had taken some particularly beautiful pictures along the Blanco River some years ago. I am getting ready to publish a all-in-one hardback version of the Adelsverein Trilogy, and I thought that a nice rural view of the hills, river, trees and wildflowers would be just the ticket for the cover. Alas, no luck with the wildflowers this year, and we couldn’t find the road that we had gone driving down, which paralleled the river and offered a wonderful vista around every bend  . . .  never mind – we still got some lovely pictures, I got some plants to begin reviving my poor dog-and-frost destroyed garden again, and

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