White Table remembrance honors Veterans’ service

Bertram Library Director Ann Brock holds a Veterans Day Guest Book for veterans and or their families who visit the White Table exhibit at the Library. The exhibit continues through November. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado  BERTRAM — An idea proposed to honor military veterans moved Bertram Library Director Ann Brock to tears.   The idea, presented as a regional Veterans’ Day project by Marilyn Curtis representing the regional Alpha Chi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, revolved around a charming yet powerful children’s book. The […]

Veteran’s new home ends long struggle

Army veteran Shirley Wright stands in front of her new completely outfitted home awarded after being nominated for assistance under the Home Depot Foundation’s “Celebration of Service” program. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — This was a day Shirley Wright was beginning to think was never going to come. The Army veteran, who suffers from lupus, has had to huddle in small make-shift quarters with her two young adopted granddaughters and her daughter braving Texas’ brutally hot summers and the cold of winter for […]

American Legion hosts Arts & Crafts Fair

From left, Terry Hale and Lane Shipp run the snack bar at the monthly Arts and Crafts Fair at the American Legion Post in Bertram. 
(Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — For an enchanting weekend of shopping, explore and discover some handcrafted treasures Saturday, Nov. 2 at the American Legion Post 607 in Bertram. Some are destined for giving with the holidays on the horizon while others are meant to keep. Either way, Post 607 welcomes visitors to its monthly Arts […]

Whittaker enjoys the rocky road of gem mining

Becky Whittaker, a rock hound since age six, works in her workshop at the Bertram Rock Shop. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Becky Whittaker had a lot of reasons to walk away from her secure “real” job at a hearing aid manufacturing plant some 13 years ago. Besides being bored and no longer wanting to endure a long commute to work, Whittaker missed the joy she had as a child. “I love […]

Library Thrift Store celebrates 30 years of service to Bertram

Volunteers inside the Bertram Library Thrift Store are front to back, Jane Almquist, Friends of the Bertram Library President; Pat Easly, Suzanne Strackbein, Doris Pearson (back left), Carol Allen (back right).

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — This little secret that was, is no longer. The Bertram Library Thrift Store, a community mainstay nestled in the historic downtown district for decades, has finally been discovered for its unique boutique atmosphere by folks far beyond the city’s limits. Patrons from Marble Falls, Burnet, Liberty Hill, Austin, Cedar Park […]

Bertram family finds respite in raising miniature donkeys

Patricia “Patsy” Oertli raises miniature donkeys at the family’s ranch near Bertram. 
(Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Patricia “Patsy” Oertli is quite the charmer.  She just knows how to attract and captivate an audience. Her admirers attend to her every word and when she moves they follow her ever so closely. You can see their strong adoration for her in their eyes and Patsy, well, she is […]

Bertram’s Hwy 29 BBQ offers German-style barbecue goodness

Customer Connie Heller (center) of Sunrise Beach along with daughters Deedee Denby (left) of Burnet and Bertie Denby (right) from Austin gave their mixed barbecue platter rave reviews on a recent visit to the Bertram eatery. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — If a full house of hungry and happy diners is any indication, Austinites Morgan Schott and his partner Corey Thibideaux may be well be on their way to establishing one of the region’s favorite eateries and hangouts. Located at 110 State Highway 29 in the heart of historic downtown Bertram, […]

36th Annual Oatmeal Festival promises zany entertainment

By DANA DELGADO BERTRAM — With Labor Day weekend just over a week away, not much has been amiss on the quiet streets of Bertram except for some painters doing some touch-up work in preparation for the Oatmeal Festival. The streets may be quiet now in Bertram and Oatmeal, but come Labor Day weekend the craziness […]

Find fresh goodies on Fridays at Bertram’s Farmer’s Market

Loy Ogden (left) and Dickie Allen (right) display their fresh vegetables for sale at the Farmer’s Market in Bertram. In only its second year, the Farmer’s Market has become a happening place and couldn’t have found a more apt location than under the shade of a grove of mature oak trees. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Under an expansive canopy from a grove of mature oak trees, Bertram hosts a hearty, all locally-grown Farmer’s Market every Friday from 3-6:30 p.m. In only its second year, the Market in Bertram has become a happening place and couldn’t have found a more apt location with ample room for […]

Artists making relics at Ceramic Dino’s

Chris Allman owns Ceramic Dino’s in Bertram -- the largest facility of its kind in Central Texas. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado  BERTRAM — Behind the ostentatious turquoise-colored storefront trimmed in deep purple and sunny yellow in the heart of downtown Bertram, lies the home and headquarters of a surprising enterprise with a national following — Ceramic Dino’s.  Don’t let the name fool you. Inside is an amazing collection of quality Americana arts and […]