Caliterra https://caliterraliving.com Master-Planned Community in Dripping Springs, Texas Thu, 06 Jan 2022 23:26:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 https://caliterraliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cropped-10491197_1425732847721958_6634699461935166340_n2-32x32.jpg Caliterra https://caliterraliving.com 32 32 Free Week 2022 in Austin https://caliterraliving.com/free-week-2022-in-austin/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 19:08:22 +0000 https://caliterraliving.com/?p=8592

Free Week is an annual Austin festival for all ages where local and regional musicians perform across the Red River Cultural District‘s many live music venues. It’s an opportunity to provide additional revenue to musicians and staff during the industry’s slowest season. Attendees not only get to enjoy some live music but also support their local entertainers. This year’s Free Week event will take place January 6-9, 2022.

What Is Red River Cultural District (RRCD)?

The RRCD is a district located in downtown Austin along Red River Street that boasts the single largest concentration of live music venues in the city. With its diverse variety of local music, art, and food options, the district has developed into a reliable and consistent source of income and creative support for musicians of all types, giving tourists and locals an authentic Austin experience. If you’re in search of some entertainment in Austin, RRCD has events happening just about every day!

Now a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the RRCD was officially created in 2013, and 7 years later, the Texas Commission on the Arts formally recognized the area as a cultural district, being one of few that are formally recognized in the state. It is currently managed by The Red River Merchants’ Association to encourage cultural tourism.

The Red River Merchants’ Association consists of more than 40 local small businesses in a variety of industries, including live music venues, lifestyle, entertainment, hospitality, lodgings, and more. Some of their businesses include the Austin Symphony Orchestra, First Baptist Church, German-Texan Heritage Society, and Waterloo Greenway.

What Is Free Week?

Free Week started in 2003 at Emo’s, a popular music and event venue on 6th and Red River St. The event first took place in the winter, during the entertainment industry’s slowest season as a way to bring in traffic. This one-venue festival quickly grew into a movement, and 18 years later, venues from Austin to Nashville participate in Free Week with tens of thousands attending the live music shows and events.

Free Week generally takes place over the first weekend (four days) of the year. Free Week 2022 is tentatively scheduled for January 6 – 9, 2022.

While the RRCD puts on the event with help through fundraising, policies, marketing, and event direction, the event and booking talent is a community collaborative effort through RRCD’s Events Committee. All performances are a part of a partnership with RRCD’s equity partner EQ Austin. They have aided with capacity building by developing recommendations and training that provides an equity lens and criteria for booking and hiring practices.

Stay on top of Free Week updates on the website as well as the Red River Cultural District Facebook page.

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Meet the Dripping Springs High School JROTC https://caliterraliving.com/meet-the-dripping-springs-high-school-jrotc/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 14:23:44 +0000 https://caliterraliving.com/?p=8584 In October 2017, two students submitted a request to form a student-led club for the purpose of connecting high school students interested in learning about the military. The two teachers who sponsor this student-led organization are Lauren Milner and Rene Rodriguez, both Veterans of the U.S. Army. We thank them for their service.

Meet this club from Dripping Springs High School.

About the JROTC Student-Led Military Club

The JROTC Student-led Military Club has about 20 members. They meet once a week before or after school. Before each session, the sponsoring teachers prepare a military-themed lesson such as fitness training sessions, drill and ceremony, land navigation, leadership, combat first aid, and so on.

Not only are the lessons valuable but also the club offers the students a chance to get together and receive support from each other, their teachers, and the community. They also explore whether or not the military is the right option for them after high school.

Besides learning about the military, other goals of the JROTC Student-Led Club include acquiring uniforms, providing Color Guard detail for varsity sports events, raising money for local Veterans in need, and having a visible presence at community events. In the last four years, the club has logged hundreds of hours serving local Veterans’ organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, Marine Corps Toys for Tots, and Honor Flight. 

Working to Become an Official JROTC Program

One of the hopes of the current JROTC Club is that in the near future, as DSHS grows, there will be enough interest to justify establishing a formal JROTC program to benefit the students and the community. Until then, they will continue providing information, support, and networking opportunities for students who are interested in the military through our student-led and teacher-supported club.

If you know a Dripping Springs High School student who’d like to learn about the military, encourage them to check out this club.

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Dripping Springs Lands Another Dark Sky Park Designation https://caliterraliving.com/dripping-springs-lands-another-dark-sky-park-designation/ Thu, 16 Dec 2021 18:33:12 +0000 https://caliterraliving.com/?p=8572 Previously, we’ve reported that Dripping Springs has the distinction of being the first International Dark Sky Community in Texas and the world’s sixth Dark Sky Community. And now it has added a new International Dark Sky Park Designation in Milton Reimers Ranch Park.

What Is the Dark Sky Park Designation?

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is on a mission to protect the night sky from light pollution. Founded in 2001, the International Dark Sky Places (IDSP) Program recognizes legally organized places that adopt a high-quality outdoor lighting ordinance.

Additionally, such cities also take steps to educate residents about the importance of dark skies and preventing light pollution. This ensures residents and tourists can watch and admire the night sky without any distraction from light pollution. With Milton Reimers Ranch Park making the list, Dripping Springs is becoming the place to go for stargazing.

About Milton Reimers Park

Not only can you find a great place to observe the sky but also visit Reimers Observatory in the park. It’s an educational astronomical observatory that holds around 100 astronomy programs every year. Attendees learn about the sky glow that’s visible from Austin and San Antonio as well as about the hazardous effects of light pollution. To attend a program, please make a reservation as it’s required.

The observatory houses two large telescopes, one that’s 25-inches in diameter and the other 15 inches. To earn the Dark Sky Park designation, the park had to meet multiple criteria including implementing responsible outdoor lighting practices. This helps minimize the effects of lighting on nocturnal wildlife and the local neighborhood while preserving the gorgeous views of the night sky.

The 2,427-acre park is managed by the Travis County Parks System that works to preserve its natural habitat. The park contains an abundance of native Hill Country animals and plants. Visitors from all around come to hike, fish, rock climb, bike, swim, watch birds, and ride horses.

If you need light while stargazing, make it a red light. This is easy to do by putting a piece of red cellophane over the flashlight of a regular flashlight or even your phone. The reason for red is because it’s easier on the eyes. Otherwise, white and blue can force your eyes to readjust to the dark.

You might also want to look into stargazing apps like Stellarium, Google Sky Map, or Starwalk. You can even spot the International Space Station on occasion. To find out the best time to look for the ISS, visit NASA’s Spot the Station website. Enjoy stargazing in Dripping Springs!

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Here’s Where You Can Celebrate the Holidays in the Hill Country https://caliterraliving.com/heres-where-you-can-celebrate-the-holidays-in-the-hill-country/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 16:44:40 +0000 https://caliterraliving.com/?p=8564 It’s that wonderful time of the year again. And the Texas Hill Country is one of the best places to relish the holiday season. You have a wealth of options to keep the holiday spirit strong.

Christmas Wine Affair

This is a must-do experience for anyone who loves wine. More than 35 Hill Country wineries are participating in this holiday tradition worth a toast. These wineries are all around the Texas Hill Country including a few right here in Dripping Springs. The event runs from now until Christmas Eve.

You’ll pick up a Tasting Passport that entitles you to a complimentary tasting at the participating wineries. You can do up to four per day! And it’s also an opportunity to get some great discounts. Visit Christmas Wine Affair for more details and to claim your passport.

Holidays in Gruene

Head to Gruene Historic District for a picturesque stroll where you can get photos with Cowboy Kringle and listen to live music every day at the Gruene Hall, Texas’s oldest dance hall. Photos with Cowboy Kringle require reservations. Gruene Historic District website has the details and everything you need to know and the list of upcoming events.

Sights and Sounds of Christmas

The Sights and Sounds of Christmas is happening right now through the weekend in San Marcos. They have carnival rides, plenty of food options, live performances, and more. The event website has a list of all the attractions and details you need to know before you go.

Wimberley Annual Trail of Lights

Explore almost 8 acres of lighted exhibits at Wimberley’s Annual Trail of Lights. It features live entertainment and complimentary hot chocolate with marshmallows. Santa flies in most nights to greet everyone. They have a lot of different events happening on different dates. View the schedule at the Wimberley Annual Trail of Lights site.

Holidays in the Hills Snowdown

Looking for a magical production of lights and snowflakes? Holiday in the Hills Snowdown on Lady Bird Lawn is the place to be. You will even have a “snowy” Texas photo op! This runs for the entire month of December. Omni Barton Creek Resort has many other activities going on. Explore the website for details and dates.

We wish you happy holidays!

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Come to the Holiday Bazaar in Dripping Springs https://caliterraliving.com/come-to-the-holiday-bazaar-in-dripping-springs/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 21:01:55 +0000 https://caliterraliving.com/?p=8559 Grab your friends and your shopping list! Le Muse invites everyone to shop in the hall. Mark your calendar to meet us at the Holiday Bazaar at Caliterra. It’ll be open from 1 to 6:30 PM on Friday, December 10. And 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, December 11. All the fun happens at Caliterra at 505 Wynnpage Dr., Dripping Springs, TX 78620.

What’s Happening at the Holiday Bazaar at Caliterra?

This is one of Dripping Springs’ finest and most collaborative and well-known art markets. Artisans from all over Dripping Springs and beyond will have a wide selection of one-of-a-kind creations. More than 30 artists will showcase their works and bakers will bring goods.

There will also be live music, tasty treats, and hot chocolate from Dripping Spring Chocolate Company! Adults ages 21+ will have an opportunity to taste local wines and sample beers from local breweries. For those with an appetite, there will be food trucks to take care of that for you.

You can browse paintings, sculptures, and printing in the fine arts category. Crafts and jewelry will be on hand, everything from wood and stone to metal and fiber. Looking for health and beauty remedies, lotions, and elixirs? We’ve got you covered there too. For those looking for items for the home and garden, the market will have plenty.

You deserve the break and the opportunity to enjoy yourself! The bazaar is free.

Who Will Be at the Holiday Bazaar at Caliterra?

Here’s a list of the vendors signed up … so far!

Feistypants Creations: Crafts              

Auntie Amy’s Creations: Knit toys

La Marmellata: Salsa

Frannie & Elinor: Jewelry

Nature & Wildlife Art by Lyrae: Jewelry

Stained glass: Christmas ornaments

Changing Bands Heirloom Coin Jewelry: Coins to jewelry

Origin Mexico: Hispanic clothing

Custom Keepsakes: Christmas gifts

Berry Custom Woodworks: Woodworker

Linda Mayer Creations: Scarves and ornaments

NameFrames: Names on ornaments

Home Spa Beauty: Handcrafted bath and body

Denise Elliott Jones: Mix media works

Peridot Park Jewelry: Jewelry

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Christmas on Mercer Returns in Dripping Springs https://caliterraliving.com/christmas-on-mercer-returns-in-dripping-springs/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 15:00:15 +0000 https://caliterraliving.com/?p=8554 Christmas on Mercer Street is one of our very favorite Dripping Springs events. Here’s your chance to experience a winter wonderland filled with breathtaking illumination, holiday sales, and Christmas cheer in Downtown Dripping Springs.

What’s in Store at Christmas on Mercer?

The event occurs on Saturday, December 4 from 10 am to 5 pm in Downtown Dripping Springs. The all-day celebration kicks off with arts and crafts, vendor booths, food, free music and entertainment, photos with Santa Claus, and children’s activities.

The evening will feature the town tree lighting at dusk followed by caroling and more. The vendor booth section is full, so you’ll have a wealth of items to explore. For the latest updates, visit the Christmas on Mercer Facebook page.

Thanks to the City of Dripping Springs and Dripping Springs Lions Club for hosting this and making it possible.

Looking for more things to do this weekend? Check out the next event.

Vintage Market Days Feature “Spruced”

Vintage Market Days returns to Dripping Springs Ranch Park located at 1042 Event Center Dr.
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620 for its holiday event, “Spruced.” The market runs from 10 am to 4 pm on December 3 — 5.

Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring more than 100 dealers selling clothing, jewelry, vintage and antique goods, handmade treasures, seasonal plants, and more. They will be plenty of food options including vegan items! You can opt for a wood-fired pizza, caramel apples, gourmet fudge and chocolates, and deep-fried treats. And that barely scratches the surface!

The market takes place indoors, so you’ll be comfortable as you shop. Follow Vintage Market Days on Facebook for updates.

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Where to Shop Small Saturday in Dripping Springs https://caliterraliving.com/where-to-shop-small-saturday-in-dripping-springs/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 19:24:43 +0000 https://caliterraliving.com/?p=8549 Shop Small Saturday in Dripping SpringsMark your calendar for November 27. That’s Shop Small Saturday. It’s an event sponsored nationally by American Express and locally by the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce. It occurs every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

About Dripping Spring’s Shop Small Saturday

The purpose of Shop Small Saturday is to promote shopping locally and keep tax dollars in our community. The Chamber is selling tickets for $15, which will get you a wristband for special offers at participating stores, an exclusive DSTX ornament, and the chance to win prizes in the drawing.

The wristband isn’t required to shop! It’s a bonus that gets you deals.

Dripping Springs Businesses to Visit

To give you an idea of what’s possible, here are last year’s participating retailers. Watch the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce website for updates and ticket information. You don’t have to wait until Shop Small Saturday. These retailers would love to see you anytime and your tax dollars will stay in Dripping Springs.

Food and Drink

Acopon Brewing
Cakes ROCK!!!
Frios Gourmet Pops
Le Vacher
McDonald’s
Spoon + Fork Kitchen
Treaty Oak Distilling

Dripping Springs Shops

Breed and Co.
Cowgirls and Lace
Curated Cottage
Drippin’ Pickin’s
Dripping Springs Chocolate Company
Face to Face Spa at Dripping Springs
Farmhouse Cortale
Glow Medspa
High Cotton Home and Design
Home Sweet Home
Mercer St Art
Revel WILDE
The Rural Home
The Sated Sheep
Starrs on Mercer
Style and Beauty By Priscilla – A Boutique Med Spa
Texas Hill Country Olive Co.
Tomlinson’s Feed
Trulevia
Vintage Soul

For more information, email dschamber@drippingspringstx.org. Let us know your favorite shops by connecting with our team on social media.

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Dripping Springs Farmers Market Is No. 1 https://caliterraliving.com/dripping-springs-farmers-market-is-no-1/ Thu, 11 Nov 2021 21:03:27 +0000 https://caliterraliving.com/?p=8544 As if you needed another reason to live in Dripping Springs, but here’s one. The Dripping Springs Farmers Market is No. 1 in Texas again! The American Farmland Trust Farmers Market Challenge lists Dripping Springs Farmers Market as one of the top ones in Texas for the third time in four years. DSFM is also No. 1 for the entire Southwest and No. 15 in the nation.

To make the list, a farmers market needs to succeed in the following five categories:

  • Focus on farmers and educate the community
  • Provide healthy food for all
  • Be a champion for the environment
  • Be a pillar of the community
  • Be loved by the people

The market is located at Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Memorial Park 160 E Mercer St. in The Triangle, which is off 290 & RR12. It’s the place for meat, eggs, prepared foods, homemade pies, and lots more.

Shop at the Best Farmers Market in Texas

Dripping Springs Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 3 to 6 PM. Come enjoy fresh air, fresh produce, and fresh music. The only time they cancel the market is when there’s dangerous weather.

The mission of the market is to provide a community gathering place where customers can buy a variety of local fresh agricultural products. The second mission is to teach customers about the uses and benefits of quality, locally grown or prepared foods products and access local services and hand-made crafts.

DSFM is a member of the Texas Department of Agriculture farmers market and a Go Texan. To be a member means the products for sale have been made, grown, manufactured, or processed in Texas. When you shop at Dripping Springs Farmers Market, you buy local and meet the people who raised or made the products.

You’ll also find heirloom grains for baking, olive oils and balsamic vinegar, fresh veggies and fruits. The market also contains ready-made foods such as Mexican and Thai cuisines. And you can usually discover handmade crafts and home care products.

Get Dripping Springs Farmers Market Updates

To subscribe to the weekly newsletter for updates and events, visit their website. Before you head to the market, check the Farmers Market Facebook page for the latest information. The newsletter and Facebook page will let you know about scheduled musicians and vendors. Hope to see you there soon!

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Dripping Springs Takes Top Spot in Best Small Towns in Texas https://caliterraliving.com/dripping-springs-takes-top-spot-in-best-small-towns-in-texas/ Thu, 04 Nov 2021 16:12:59 +0000 https://caliterraliving.com/?p=8537 At its annual Texas Travel Summit, the Texas Travel Alliance has recognized Dripping Springs as one of Texas’ outstanding rural and small-town destinations. The Texas Travel Alliance is an organization for the Texas travel industry made up of travel professionals from all over the state.

Dripping Springs Thrives in the Best and Worst of Times

The current crisis couldn’t put a damper on Dripping Spring’s spirit and growth. Known as the Wedding Capital of Texas, its hospitality industry has boomed. The area has almost 30 wedding venues that are always full.

The town has recently opened an events center with a distiller’s bar, distiller’s hall, tasting room, and an outdoor area. Yes, the economy took a hit, but it was brief. And now demand has skyrocketed.

People don’t just come to Dripping Springs for weddings or to find a home, they love to explore the area and attend any one of its popular events like the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival.

It’s also the home of one of the most beautiful places in Texas. That place is Hamilton Pool Reserve (24300 Hamilton Rd., Dripping Springs, TX 78620), a 232-acre of protected natural habitat in the federal Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. It features a 50-foot waterfall and makes a great destination for birdwatchers.

More People Moving to Dripping Springs

Not only are people coming to Dripping Springs for the hospitality and special events but also, they’re calling it home. Just under 1,800 people lived in Dripping Springs in 2010. That number has more than doubled to almost 5,000 according to the 2020 Census.

Additionally, the average cost to rent an apartment in Austin is more than $1,500. This makes Austin the highest out of all the major Texas cities. This is propelling people to look for cities and towns near Austin where you can get more home for your money and Dripping Springs is one of those cities.

Music fans can enjoy more music right here in Dripping Springs. The Office of the Texas Governor’s Texas Music Office has recognized Dripping Springs as a music-friendly community. This is an important designation because the music business greatly impacts the local economy and provides many jobs.

Here are five reasons to live in Dripping Springs. Explore this blog for all the possibilities.

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Marine Toys for Tots Jolly Jamboree in Dripping Springs https://caliterraliving.com/marine-toys-for-tots-jolly-jamboree-in-dripping-springs/ Thu, 28 Oct 2021 20:10:48 +0000 https://caliterraliving.com/?p=8531 Caliterra is excited to host the Jolly Jamboree, the 4th Annual Toys for Toys Drive benefiting the Marine Corps. Everyone who has attended said they had a wonderful time and appreciate the opportunity to do something as a way to thank those who serve.

About Marine Toys for Tots

Established in 1991, Toys for Tots is an IRS-recognized not-for-profit public charity. The program is run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Its purpose is to collect and distribute toys to children in economically disadvantaged areas. They want to ensure all children experience the joy of the holiday season.

Details About Caliterra’s Marine Toys for Tots

Come enjoy the Christmas Caroling Trio, yard games, and live music by Oh Antonio And His Imaginary Friends. Food will be available for purchase from the Phoenix Grille Food Truck!

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to The Front Porch at Caliterra to donate. Those who bring a toy donation will receive a ticket for giveaways and a holiday swag bag (while supplies last) to take home. Giveaways include gift cards to local eateries and entertainment venues.

Word is that Santa may even make an appearance for photos!

Here are the details.

When: November 6 from 11 am to 2 pm

Where: 505 Wynnpage, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

What: Get in the holiday spirit with games and music

Who: Hosted by Caliterra to benefit the Marine Corps

Why: Support Toys for Tots

For more information, please contact Ingrid at irushford@guardianam.com.

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