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This week in the Hill Country.

The Old Pecan St. Festival  May 7- May 86st

Downtown Sixth Street Between Brazos and IH35

Time: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

The Pecan Street Festival is one of the largest, and longest-running, arts/crafts and music festivals in the nation.

Thunder in the Hills, Bandera, Thu – Sun, 03/31 – 04/03

A four day event held at Bandera’s Mansfield Park consisting of tent camping, poker run, vendors, food, field events, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night live bands and special entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights 9 – 10 PM. D.J. music all day Friday and Saturday, bike show, tattoo contest, Sunday morning church service. 18 OR OVER NO EXCEPTIONS.


Yesterday’s News

1835    El Correo Atlántico was a newspaper first published in Mexico City by its owner and sole editor, Orazio de Attellis Santangelo. It was preceded by a prospectus published on April 1, 1835, and began publication on May 2. Numbers 1 to 16 were published in Mexico City from May 2 to June 24, 1835. Numbers 17 to 41 were published in New Orleans from February 29 to August 15, 1836. In Mexico City the newspaper came out twice a week, in Spanish. In New Orleans, it came out once a week, in Spanish and English.

In Mexico the Correo devoted itself to reporting the most significant events in the various states of the Mexican federation, as related by local newspapers, and in the world. Frequently the reporting was followed by a commentary. Politically, the Correo favored Federalist policies. Because of this and because of its defense of the Texas colonists, on June 24, 1835, its editor was expelled from Mexico. He settled in New Orleans, where he resumed the publication of the Correo Atlántico to counteract the propaganda of La Estrella Mejicana, a periodical first published in New Orleans on February 9, 1836, and subsidized by the Mexican government.


Lady fiddler, Ruby Allmond, shown here in a 1959 Hopkins County appearance, was remembered through her music, on Monday, as her collection was donated to the Texas A&M University Commerce Library. Photo from Front Porch News Texas.

1923    Ruby Allmond, singer, songwriter, and country fiddler named “National Champion Lady Fiddler,” was born on a farm near Bailey, Texas. She was the youngest child of Arthur M. Allmond, a cotton and corn farmer, and Lou Cole. Her siblings, all musicians, included Delia Mae, James Roy, and Charles Raymond. Allmond’s earliest recorded performance was at the nearby White Rock Church where, at age four, she accompanied herself on the guitar and sang of a “kicking mule.” Her interest in the fiddle also came early, and, borrowing her brother Charles Raymond’s instrument, she began practicing as long as eight hours a day. After graduating Bailey High School in 1940, she played professionally throughout North Texas and Southern Oklahoma, where she developed a distinct fiddling style using the bow as rhythm and “emphasizing harmonies and double notes.”

The rest of the article is also interesting, but too connected to cut highlights. Go read it!

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