Hill Country

John Kuster

An unseasonably warm winter is impacting peach crops in the Hill Country.  Some growers say a low crop yield is bad for other businesses.

 

Jamey Vogel is the owner of Vogel Orchard between Fredericksburg and Stonewall. He’s also the president of the Hill Country Fruit Council. Vogel says peaches in the early part of the season won’t be affected by the warm winter, but the freestone peaches that grow later in the summer will.

In the middle of the Texas Hill Country, where barbecue brisket is king, a dinner crowd is throwing back crabcakes, fried oysters, flounder and stuffed shrimp.

Onstage is the establishment's owner, a 68-year-old Greek-American bluesman who's been performing for half a century. He is Johnny Nicholas and this is his Hilltop Cafe.

"Well, I spent all my money on a real fine automobile," he croons. "It's a custom ride, got a pearl-handled steering wheel."

Before Hill Country Opera celebrates its fourth birthday in February, it's celebrating New Year's Eve. 

"We have an event coming up in New Braunfels at the Seekatz Opera House," says Hill Country Opera President Arden Dorn. "We are hoping to convert New Braunfels to old Vienna, Austria."

From Texas Standard:

For more than 130 years, a mill has been a landmark of the Johnson City community. It’s served as a steam grist mill, cotton gin, feed mill and even a restaurant. But it was vacant for a while, until its latest tenant moved in: a science museum.

Phil Houseal

Luckenbach, the tiny Texas town of lore and song, is also a town of unexpected music. Luckenbach was first made internationally famous by the Waylon Jennings song, but there's a little more to the town's musical texture. I spoke to Theresa Britt from  nearby Fredericksburg.

"When I moved to Fredericksburg in 2010 I had a bunch of community members request that there be some sort of group for strings in the community, and Fredericksburg’s got kind of a reputation for liking the arts."

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