Monday, May 27, 2013

5 Ways to Celebrate Father's Day - Texas Style!!

Join us in Gruene Historic District for a Texas-sized Father's Day this June! It'll be one he never forgets!
1. Texas Wine Sippin'
With one of the largest seletions of Texas wines in the state, The Grapevine in Gruene is the perfect setting for the whole family to celebrate Father's Day. Grab a glass of your favorite wine (maybe Dad will like Three Dudes ;)) or a pint of craft beer, and plop down in the garden to enjoy the sounds of the Bo Porter Duo from 3-6pm.

2. Big Texas Eatin'
From mouth-watering ribs, bone-in ribeyes and chicken fried steaks with towering onion rings at the Gristmill, to sizzlin' fajitas at Cantina del Rio and a 1/2 lb Char-King or sirloin cooked Hofffbrau-style at Mozie's, we've got the dad-palate down to a T. We get it - good food and lots of it!

3. Texas Two-Steppin'
Tell Dad to put on his cowboy boots and head to Gruene Hall for a little two steppin! Ruby Jane Smith will be at the Hall from 12:30-4:30 followed by Shinyribs from 5-9pm, both free shows. Buy him a Lone Star and call it a day!

4. Texas River Floatin'
Throw on your swimmin' trunks and head for the Guadalupe! Grab a toob, or put the whole family in a raft, and get to floatin'! While the river's not rippin' and roarin', it is perfect for all ages, and makes for the perfect Sunday in the Texas heat.

5. Texas Style Cookin'
If your dad prefers home-style celebrations, make sure to stop by Gruene Market Days (June 15-16) and grab some Blanco Valley Farms seasonings, dips and salsas to add a Texas kick to your meal.

Yee haw, Dad!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gettin' to Gruene This Summer

Even though we have made a point of Gently Resisting Change since 1872, we can't fight progress!

TxDot road improvements have started in the Gruene Historic District area! While it will be great when it's done (no more waitin' on trains!), it will take a little while to execute. So, in the meantime, if you are traveling to Historic Gruene via IH 35, we have a few alternate routes for less congestion and arrive faster so you can get to two steppin', river floatin' and enjoying a cold one a lot quicker! 
If you can't avoid IH 35 Exit 191 to Canyon Lake, there will be signs to lead you in the right direction, as the left turn lane and protected turn signal have been eliminated. But, if you can take the scenic route, we suggest you take one of these! See you soon!

From San Antonio on IH 35:
1. Head North.
2. Exit 184 toward TX 337 Loop/Rueckle Rd.
3. Turn left onto TX 337 Loop/Rueckle Rd. and stay on the loop for 5.5 miles.
4. Take the Rock Street exit just past the light at River Road (be careful, it's easy to miss) and turn left at the stop sign. 
5. Cross the railroad tracks and continue left on to Gruene Road. Cruise over the Gruene River Bridge (you should be able to see the Gruene water tower) and head up the hill. Veer right, and you'll end up directly in front of Gruene Hall!
From Austin on IH 35:
1. Head South.
2. Exit 195 toward Watson Lane/Old Bastrop Road.
3. Turn right onto Watson Lane and go about a mile.
4. Watson Lane ends at Hunter Road (FM 1102). Turn Left.
5. Go about 4.5 miles and go straight through the light at FM 306, and the road will turn into Common Street. You should be able to see the Gruene Water Tower now!
6. Take the first right on Old FM 306.
7. Take the first left onto Hunter Road. 1 mile to Gruene Historic District!

For a larger map, click here.

Comin' from further out?? Make sure to check our directions page.

Monday, May 13, 2013

UPDATE: Americana Music Jam Schedule + More!

The time is here again! This Sunday, May 19th marks the 17th Annual Americana Music Jam!! Tickets are $50 each, and all proceeds will benefit the Connections Individual and Family Services. To see photos from the Jam last year, click here:

Scheduled performers include Jack Ingram, Hayes Carll, Reckless Kelly, Cody Canada & The Departed, Wade Bowen, Sean McConnell, Uncle Lucius, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, Slaid Cleaves, Monty Byrom Band, Zack Walther Band, Midnight River Choir, Statesboro Revue, Dustin Welch, and just added: Bleu Edmondson and very special guest Randy Rogers (acoustic)!!! Tough to beat!

Most of the performers are long-time veterans of the Americana Music Jam, and are excited to come back to help such a great cause, and to support KNBT and Gruene Hall, both of which are major advocates of Americana music.

Music will begin at 12:30 pm, and each of the artists will play on one of the two stages during the 12 hour Jam. The schedule is as follows: 

12:30pm: Midnight River Choir
1:15pm: Dustin Welch
1:55pm: Statesboro Revue
2:30pm: Randy Rogers (acoustic)
3:05pm: Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueroes
3:50pm: Jack Ingram (acoustic)
4:25pm: Hayes Carll
5:10pm: Slaid Cleaves
5:50pm: Reckless Kelly
6:40pm: Bleu Edmondson
7:10pm: Monty Byrom Band
8:00pm: Zack Walther Band
8:30pm: Sean McConnell (acoustic)
9:20pm: Cody Canada & The Departed
10:05pm: Uncle Lucius
10:45pm: Wade Bowen

Festival-style food will be available for sale in Gruene Hall’s beer garden.

Check presentations from 2012.
The Americana Music Jam is an annual non-profit event that celebrates the Americana music genre. Each year, KNBT and Gruene Hall co-sponsor the event in order to give back to the New Braunfels community. Last year, the event raised over $60,000.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 830-629-5077 or visit