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This week in the Hill Country

West Austin Studio Tour May 14-15; May 21-22

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Farmgrass Festival

a free, annual, self-guided art event occurring over two weekends in May, providing the public with an opportunity to meet the makers: the local artists and artisans who leave a lasting imprint on Austin’s vibrant, dynamic culture. Tour-goers are invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and explore unique exhibition spaces and local businesses.

Farmgrass Fest ’16

Simmons Family Farm  May 14-15

2483 Holz Rd., Lockhart, TX

This Spring, a bunch of bluegrass lovers will gather at a farm close to town to eat, sing, hoot and holler while enjoying a terrific lineup of bands. All the proceeds from the festival will go to an emergency medical fund for farmers in central Texas.

Yesterday’s News

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Zachary Taylor, by Joseph Henry Bush, 1848.

1846    The battle of Resaca de la Palma was the second engagement of the Mexican War. It was fought a few miles north of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, the day after the retreat of the Mexican army at Palo Alto, where Mexican troops under the command of Maj. Gen. Mariano Arista and the Americans under Maj. Gen. Zachary Taylor had fought to a draw. Sometime after 2:00 P.M. Taylor ordered the attack. After considerable difficulty with the Mexican artillery the American Dragoons and light infantry forced the Mexicans out of the resaca. The Mexicans counterattacked twice, were beaten back both times, and fled in panic, leaving behind all manner of baggage. Among the items left were 474 muskets and carbines, eight pieces of artillery, Arista’s correspondence and silver service, and the colors of the Tampico Battalion.

1972    4,000 garment workers at Farah Manufacturing Company in El Paso went out on strike for the right to be represented by a union. The strikers were virtually all Hispanic; 85 percent were women. Their labor action, which lasted until they won union representation in March 1974, grew to encompass a national boycott of Farah pants.

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