"We are deeply disappointed that we will not be able to hold the Trail of Lights event this year, but are ready to move forward on planning and fundraising for the 2012 Trail of Lights Austin," said Trail of Lights organizer Amy Vercruysse in a press release.
Instead of the fencing and build-out scheduled to start Wednesday for the event, organizers said they were forced to nix the $1 million project altogether.
"The return of Trail of Lights in 2011 depended on community and business sponsorship contributions to make the event possible," read the release. "Despite considerable effort by the event's sponsorship and management team, a pre-event milestone to reach $250,000 in cash contributions prior to Nov. 2 has not been achieved." Click here entire story Yes, the Zilker Tree Lighting is still on...The tree can be seen for miles as it signals the start of the holiday season when it is lit the first Sunday in December at 6 p.m. and stays lit until midnight every night until the end of the year.
In addition to the tree, Austin HolidayFest 2011 is also around this holiday season. Organizers said it will provide a free, family-friendly holiday event in December.
It will run from Dec. 4 to Dec. 11 at Zilker Park, kicking off with the tree lighting. Austin HolidayFest will feature the annual Holiday Tree lighting custom, along with Santa's House and food and novelty vendors
The Trail of Lights Festival 2011 is gearing up to light up Zilker Park this year, Dec 9-18th. Things will be different from the past, besides the short run dates. It will cost $5 a head, with children 10 and under getting in free. Here's what $5 brings you: The returning festival will host 35 lighted holiday-themed displays from 6–10 p.m. each night. Along with the displays, the festival boasts many family-friendly events such as concerts, new versions of traditional exhibits, carolers, flash mobs, a Circle of Charities and a community stage featuring choirs and choruses, dance troupes and children’s performance groups. One of the trail’s new additions is the ImageCraft Exhibits–sponsored Santa’s Pavilion, an enhanced version of the Santa’s House exhibit featuring a stage where children can meet Santa and watch him from the trail. Also new for 2011 is the Austin Trailer Food Court. “Austin is well-known for its trailer food scene, so we’re tapping into those vendors to see if they want to vend on-site,” said Amy Vercruysse, Trail of Lights executive co-producer and spokeswoman. “Families have the option to have a dinner on-site at the trail of lights, where that option had been pretty limited in the past.” Full storyWill you go?
The fireworks ban is the result of a disaster declaration on and extended through July 5 by Texas Governor Rick Perry.Due to DryÂ & Windy Conditions All Fireworks are banned/ restricted for sale and use in several counties in Central Texas which does include:Ban violations are subject to fines up to $2,000 (depending on the counties) could be more if damages occur and up to 180 days in jail. Fireworks ban covers any device lit by an ignition source, including but not limited to sparklers, firecrackers, Roman candles, aerial repeaters, aerial shells, bottle rockets, spinners, wheels, fountains, missiles, and snakesâ¦Travis County-all fireworks banned-
no permits permitted for public displays so no Big display this year with theAustin Symphony- no music either, at least the word for now!Â Williamson County- all fireworks banned -Fireworks displays that are permitted by a local fire department are allowed under the County disaster declaration
Blanco County- banning the use of missile & skyrockets
Bastrop County-all fireworks banned
Burnet County-all fireworks banned until July 16th
Caldwell County- all fireworks banned
McLennan County- all fireworks with âsticks and finsâ bannedNO FIREWORKS AT ALL PERSONAL OR PUBLIC:
Austin- Cedar Park-Dripping Springs-Leander-Pflugerville- Round Rock- San Marcos-TaylorÂ Firework Displays for the public that are a âGOââ¦
Newest update making it very few...
(KXANwas a big help)*Georgetown Sertoma Club @ San Gabriel Park is still scheduled to occur. It will take place from the McMaster Athletic Fields on N. College Street. The Georgetown Fire Department & Georgetown Police Department will have extra firefighters & police officers working bon July 4th@ San Gabriel Park and other areas of the city to respond to any emergencies.
Horseshoe Bay fireworks show is still on. Sunday July 3rd at dusck at the Horseshoe Bay Yacht Club. Click here 411.*Kyleâ Independence Day Celebration Fireworks show has been moved from Gregg-Clarke Park to Plum Creek Golf Course practice/ driving range at S.W corner of Kyle Parkway and Kohlerâs Crossing on Monday 7/4 starting around 9:30pm. Click here for more 411! Â Cool Alternative to Fireworks:*Austin- The Veterans of Foreign Wars-VFW/Post 4443 decided ifÂ ATX won't celebrate the 4th cancelling the fireworks and also the ATX Symphony performance. The VFW invite you to come to their compound for a 4th of July Parade and Picnic. Monday July 4thÂ from 11am-1pm. 7614 Thomas Springs Road, Oak Hill! Click here for more 411!*Budais planning it's largest Fireworks show on Monday July 4th. 'Brew-B-Que Festival & Fireworks' @ the Buda City Park 204 San Antonio Street. Admission $15 for adults. Kids 8 and under free with an adult from 11am-11pm! Click here for more 411!Â Â Update6/21/11:Â Buda has decided to cancel the fireworks portion of their festival.Â Everything else will go on as planned.Â Â *Cedar Parkwill the July 4th fireworks display at Milburn ParkÂ 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, click here for the 411, unless the National WeatherÂ Service Issues a red flag warning, which will cause the city to cancel or postpone the professional display. The 4th of July party isÂ from 4pm-10:40pm. It's free to the public.Â More on Cedar Parks Fireworks ban here! Update 6/30/11-residents can watch Arcattack, as seen on Americaâs got Talent, perform at Milburn Park starting at 4 p.m.Â A washer tournament, sack races, bingo and free watermelon are also part of the schedule of events.
*Leander Liberty Fest- Monday July 4th 6pm-10pm @ Crystal Falls Golf Club. No fireworks display, but a laser light show around 9:15pm. Admission is FREE! Click here for the 411! Pflugerville's Pfirecracker Pfestival at Lake Pflugerville is canceled.Â The lake will be open!*Round Rock- Frontier Days/ Old Settlers Park âFrontiers DayâÂ Monday July 4th.Â Â -No personal fireworks are allowed in the park!Click here for the 411 on the whole day of fun and how to get there! This event FREE Family
Fun! Decided 6/23-No Fireworks display, but the rest of the events during Frontier Days is a go!*Round Rock -Dell Diamond/Round Rock ExpressÂ plans to have fireworks after the games vs. Nashville Sounds on Friday July 1st &Â Sunday July 3rd!Saturday, July 2nd LouÂ GrammÂ former frontman of Foreigner will perform 30 minutes after the game. Update 6/30/11 Fireworks have beenÂ canceled!*San Marcos-Summerfest San Marcos Monday July 4th. 202 N. CM Allen Parkway from 5-11pm. Free for the public. Click here for 411Â Update: 6/30/11: The fireworks show in San Marcos is canceled, but the Summerfest events will go on.Â REMINDER:
*PLEASE DONâT SET OFF FIREWORKS OF YOUR OWN. ALL COUNTIES ARE GOING TO BE TOUGH AND YOU WILL BE FINED AND GET POSSIBLE TIME IN JAIL DEPENDING ON THE COUNTY. FINES CAN RANGE FROM $500-$2,000 WITH UP TO 180 DAYS IN JAIL. FINES CAN BE EVEN MORE IF YOUR FIREWORKS CAUSE DAMAGE!! MAJIC WISHES EVERY MAJIC FRIEND A HAPPY &SAFE 4TH OF JULY!!!Â Â Â Â
Memorial Day weekend isÂ the 'Unofficial Start' of Summer.Here's some ideas of 'WhatÂ to do in/around ATX for the big weekendÂ in no particular order
1.) Capital of Texas Triathlon- Monday 5/30
The Capital of Texas Triathlon has become an exciting event that happens downtown in the Capital of Austin, Texas. Attracting first timers, relay-ers, age groupers, and Professional triathletes from around the globe. One of the most exciting and spectator friendly races in the country! Race,Watch,Volunteer, or Sponsor today! Races include - First Timers Tri, Sprint Triathlon, Olympic Triathlon, ITU, and Sprint and Olympic Relay.
2.) Doggie Du Dash- Sunday 5/29
Dog Duathlon at Lady Bird Lake. The Doggie Du DashÂ is an exciting event that happens downtown in the Capital of Austin, Texas. Attracting all atheletic ability levels for both dog and human athlete. Texas' first Dog Duathlon. May 29, 2011 - 8:00 AM. Come Race,Â Watch, or Sponsor!
3.)Zilker Hillside Theater- Austin Shakespears Festivals 'Love's Labours Lost'
Friday 5/27, Saturday 5/28 & Sunday 5/29 - All days 8pm start4.) Austin Sketch Fest- Thursday 5/26- Sunday 5/29The second annual Austin Sketch Fest is happening Memorial Day weekend 2011, and will showcase the very best scripted comedy America has to offer. Organized by ColdTowne Theater, the 2010 festival was a resounding success, with sell out shows all weekend and talent from across the country, and we intend to make things bigger and better in 2011. Ticket info here5.)Picnic at one of the many beautiful area parksClick here to get a list of parks and find out fees, times and park rules.
Â 6.)Â Camping and boating areas
Click here for the 4117.) Six Flags Fiesta TexasÂ Â with White Water Bay opened Saturday 5/28-Monday/Memorial Day 5/30
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8.)Sea World San AntonioClick here for 411
9.) Movies over the weekend
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10.) Live Music/shows over the weekend starting Thursday 5/26
Click here for the 411from Do 51211.) Schlitterbahn/ New Braunfels-
Click here for the 411 and directions12.) Round Rock Express vs Iowa Cubs Friday 5/27-Monday 5/30
Click here for the 411 and ticket info!13.)The 2011 Austin Wine and Music Festival- Saturday 5/28Â & Sunday 5/29 in the backyard of The Domain!
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14.) Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival- FridayÂ 5/27 thru Sunday 5/29Click here for 411
More Fun to be found:Austin 360Austin ChronicleDO512More helpful Memorial Day Weekend tibits:-ABIA-make sure you arrive at your terminal early. Suggested 2 hours beforeÂ if you are flying before 8am and 90 minutes early if you
are flying after 8am. TSA check points open at 4am!!
- Click or Ticket- APD's finest will be handing out tickets with fines up to $250 for unbuckled seat belts for drivers & passengers
LCRA- Info on lake levels, boat ramps and parks
-Capital Metro- Memorial Day Schedule and street closures/detours due to 'Capital of Texas Triathlon'
- Cab list- Don't drink and drive. Call a cab
-TX DOT- Road conditions- 1-800-452-9292
-Weather- latest conditions
- Restaurants- good eats from Food Hawk
-APD-numbers you might need
- 6th Street 411 -club, dining, retail, live music...
-Shopping/Malls: Barton Creek Square MallThe DomainRound Rock Premium Outlets San Marcos Outlets
I love Earth Day!! It is a wonderful reminder to do more for this awesome planet we live on! Our company Entercom has been wonderful in embracing the Earth 24/7, it's one of the many reasons I love working for them!! Check out our 1 Thing Austin website for great Earth Day information all year long! Check out my apprearance on Good Day Austin with the lovely Keri Bellacosa this morning too!! We had a lot of fun as always talking about Earth Day!! Find the cute Chico Bag I'm talking about with Keri, here! Enjoy!!
Happy St. Patty's Day!! Â What a perfect day for some yummy Thin Mint Cookie patties!! Â This recipe is the closest Â in taste to the real Girl Scout Thin Mints. Â They take a little time, but the recipe makes a lot of cookies, which can also be frozen!! Â That's my favorite way to eat them too!! Â Enjoy!!Homemade Thin Mints
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 cup milk (any kind)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp peppermint extract
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. With the mixer on low speed, add in the milk and the extracts. Mixture will look curdled. Gradually, add in the flour mixture until fully incorporated.
Shape dough into two logs, about 1 1/2 inches (or about 4 cm) in diameter, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for at least 1-2 hours, until dough is very firm.
Preheat oven to 375F.
Slice dough into rounds not more than 1/4 inch thick â if they are too thick, they will not be as crisp â and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cookies will not spread very much, so you can put them quite close together.
Bake for 13-15 minutes, until cookies are firm at the edges. Cool cookies completely on a wire rack before dipping in chocolate.
Dark Chocolate Coating
10-oz dark or semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
In a microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate and butter. Melt on high power in the microwave, stirring every 45-60 seconds, until chocolate is smooth. Chocolate should have a consistency somewhere between chocolate syrup and fudge for a thin coating.
Dip each cookie in melted chocolate, turn with a fork to coat, then transfer to a piece of parchment paper or wax paper to set up for at least 30 minutes, or until chocolate is cool and firm.
Reheat chocolate as needed to keep it smooth and easy to dip into.
Makes 3 1/2-4 dozen cookies.
Hard to believe we're finished with 2010, and are heading into yet another year. New Year's is filled with making resolutions, watching the big ball drop in Times Square, and observing various traditions. It makes for some very interesting reading.
Happy New Year!