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Bastrop Area Upcoming Events

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by Terry Hagerty

Friday, Oct. 10: Ready for some great Bastrop golf to help veterans and a chance to win $1 million? Join the Lost Pines Leathernecks (Marine Corps League Detachment 1384) of Bastrop this Friday as they honor all veterans at the Veterans Appreciation Charity Golf Tournament. It will be a great day of golf and fun events at Bastrop’s ColoVista Golf Club ( The event will include a four-person scramble, awards reception and dinner following the golf. Shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. Registration and practice range opens at 10:30 a.m. Four lucky individuals that purchase a winning raffle ticket (which will be announced at end of tournament) will have the opportunity to take swing for a hole-in-one on a 165-yard hole to win $1,000,000. Four other golfers will win a chance to sink a hole-in-one for $100,000. Call Donald Fanin at 512-750-9200 for more information or visit:  to register.

Saturday, Sunday Oct. 11-12: Smithville hosts the 6th Annual Texas Photo Festival with the main event on Sunday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) on downtown Main Street. The event kicks off on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. with a showing of the photography works of Arthur Meyerson at Mosaic Art and Home. Sunday is packed with a full day of photo opportunities and talks offered by professional photographers, starting at 10 a.m. The day will wrap up with a Photographer Mixer hosted by the Lost Pines Artisan Alliance from 5-7 p.m. Models are still needed. The festival is a unique event for photographers of all skill levels and includes classes by photo experts, portfolio reviews, photographing live models and action sets on the street, a contest, photography showings and gallery openings. For more information go to or, or contact the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce at 512-237-2313. Follow us on Facebook at Texas Photo Festival.

Saturday, Oct. 18 – “Dinner at Seven” is a unique fundraiser for the Children’s Advocacy Center. (Note: registration/payment deadline is this Friday, Oct. 10.) Seven area neighbors will open up their gorgeous homes, where each will host up to eight guests for a fabulous dinner. Each location will have its own unique elements for diners to experience. The menus include exquisite entrees such as: standing rib roast, grilled salmon and chicken marsala. Eight guests will get to explore one homeowner’s wine cellar, while another lucky group is “listening for ghosts” at an historic home. In all, 56 people can enjoy an evening of great food and fascinating company for the opportunity to support one of Bastrop’s most worthwhile organizations. After the private dinners, the guests, their hosts and volunteers will come together at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Performing Arts Center for desserts created by local chefs Chris Cartwright, Jean Lang and bakeries such as Simply Sweet, Miles of Chocolate and Maxine’s. To get tickets, go to or call April at 512-321-6161. Admission details:  $100 – Per Person, or for $1,000, reserve a house of your choice (seats 8)  

Saturday, Oct. 18 – Help benefit The Soldiers Project and The Battle Buddy Foundation with a PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) charity and awareness event at Bastrop American Legion Post 533. There will be a full day of music, with performers The Pulpit Ramblers, Briana Adams and Homer Henderson. There will also be horseshoe/washer tournaments, motorcycle games, “duck-poop bingo,” poker hands and a cakewalk. (The Legion is located on Loop 150 East, across from the entrance to Bastrop State Park).

Saturday, Oct. 25 – Bullying Prevention Month is closing out with a free showing of “The Karate Kid” (2010) under the stars at Fisherman’s Park in Bastrop from 6:30-9 p.m. This is your last chance to sign the pledge and show your support. The movie starts at dark (roughly between 6:30-7 p.m.).

Sunday, Oct. 26 – Celebrate the rejuvenation of the Lost Pines Nature Trails Park with an open house, including free refreshments, river exhibitions, guided tours of the trails and interesting facts about the Colorado River. The event is from 2-4 p.m. at 373 Riverside Dr. (directions: follow Colorado River Refuge signs on Tahitian Drive, turn on Riverside after reaching gravel, and look for the blue Texas Paddling Trail sign on left.) For more information call Dorothy Skarnulis at 512-581-8258 or email:

Friday, Oct. 31 – Halloween Fest 2014: Presented by the Downtown Business Alliance, the annual event is a joint effort of businesses, local non-profits and great volunteers. There will be haunted movie classics at the Bastrop Opera House on Spring Street, games, trick-or-treating, a DJ at 921 Main St., and a costume contest for all ages. The night ends with a “Thriller”’ dance event. For more info and for business-participation forms and registration, visit

Saturday, Nov. 1 – “Power of the Purse” – This benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County will feature a Ladies Luncheon and Style Show at the beautiful Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa. Regional designers and retail outlets will be showcased. The style show features prominent community members modeling the latest seasonal fashions. There will also be opportunities to purchase holiday gifts, live and silent auctions and a cash bar for drinks. Tickets ($40/one or $75/two) include style show and lunch. Buy tickets online at:  or at the Bastrop Chamber office at 927 Main St. Visit  for more information. 

Saturday, Nov. 8 – Bastrop’s annual Red White & Blue Veterans Banquet at Bastrop High School cafetorium. Honor veterans and their families, view military displays and bid on silent auction. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., formal program starts at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker is Rear Admiral, Assistant Surgeon General Epifanio Elizondo.  Tickets for veterans (or their spouse/widow) are $12.50; individual tickets are $25. Sponsors are needed to ‘buy tickets’ for veterans. Call 512-303-0810 or 512-284-0220 for information.

(Ongoing Thursday. Nov. 9) – Enjoy the Fall Festival & Corn Maze at Barton Hill Farms, set amongst 100-year-old cottonwood trees, rolling grassy hills and the Colorado River. The festival and maze location is the perfect setting for kids to enjoy true outdoor entertainment – including rides, games, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, local vendors and farm animals. Large groups and school fieldtrips are also welcomed. Located at 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. Open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sept. 27 – Nov. 9. For more information on activities and tickets (can be purchased online) go to

(Editor’s note: The preceding listings are not meant as a complete listing of all Bastrop-area events in the coming weeks. Please see other appropriate listings/websites, including, to see a selection of more events).

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