Janice Maynard & The Country Stardust Band to play Trail of Lights Cowboy Christmas Dance Dec.6

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Liberty Hill will kick off the Christmas Festival weekend with the Trail of Lights Cowboy Christmas Dance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Lions Foundation Park. The family-friendly event is open to the public at no charge. Janice Maynard, a traditional country singer straight from the heart of Texas has been likened to some […]

Spellbound by ‘Godspell’

Travis Martin (center) portrays  Jesus in "Godspell".  In the back from left to right is Amanda Serra, Wendy Jo Cox and Brian Losoya as Judas. (Courtesy Photo)

By ART RODRIGUEZ If you were like me as a child, Sunday School ran the gamut from exciting to the mundane. However, I was never taught the parables from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in quite the way “Godspell” by the Austin Theatre Project re-enacts them. First opened on Broadway in 1971, “Godspell” tells […]

REVIEW: ‘Romeo & Juliet’ is more than a free show

Ryan Crowder is Romeo and Julie Lorenz-Olson plays Juliet in the Penfold Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. 
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By Art Rodriguez Before we had Republicans vs. Democrats, before we had Texas vs. OU, indeed, before we had the Hatfields and McCoys, we had the Montagues and Capulets. The two fictional feuding families immortalized in William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” is considered by some to be his best romantic tragedy.  The story of two […]

Family events promise to spark holiday spirit

Holiday events within a short driving distance of Liberty Hill offer local families plenty of opportunities to get into the spirit of the season. On Sunday, Liberty Hill celebrates Christmas with its annual Christmas Festival and Parade, Jingle Bell 5K Run and 1K Walk, and the Trail of Lights at Lions Foundation Park. The Jingle […]

Maynard releases second CD, debuts talent for songwriting

Country Music’s Janice Maynard of Liberty Hill launches her new album this week. (Courtesy Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON   A short time ago, Janice Maynard was enjoying life as a Liberty Hill stay-at-home mom, singing in church from time to time, cutting demos and doing background vocals for a family band.  This week, she released her second CD and makes her debut as a songwriter. “I’ll Take My Chances” is […]

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 […]

Brooks to perform Saturday at LHUMC

Danny Brooks

The Liberty Hill United Methodist Church’s Summer Concert Series is back, and Danny Brooks will be August’s entertainment. This self-described Southern Soul singer is bringing his mix of blues, country, soul, gospel and mountain music to town this weekend and will play his old classics as well as songs off his new album, “Texassippi Hill […]

Saddle up for the Liberty Hill Pro Rodeo

Bailey Schmidt of Liberty Hill rides in the opening ceremony in last year’s rodeo. (Courtesy Photo)

By KATE LUDLOW Saddle up for the Liberty Hill Pro Rodeo and Bull Riding coming up on Labor Day weekend. The Williamson County Cowboy Church is hosting the event, which begins Thursday, August 30. Co-sanctioned by the Cowboy Pro Rodeo Association and the United Pro Rodeo Association, the event  features everything from Mutton Busting to […]

Allen Hurt & The Mountain Showmen bring bluegrass at its finest to Liberty Hill

Allen Hurt plays with The Mountain Showmen July 28 in Liberty Hill. (Courtesy Photo)

By KATE LUDLOW There exists a group of musicians today, who continue to produce new music, and who just can’t identify with modern country music, try as they might. Allen Hurt is one of those musicians. “I can’t say I like the new country, the pop country. It’s almost rock and roll. A lot of […]

Leona Williams sees renaissance of ‘real country roots music’ just over horizon

Janice Maynard and Leona Williams performed together in April at the Broken Spoke in Austin. (Courtesy Photo)

By CHARLEY WILKISON If you’ve ever dropped a tear for “Yes Ma’am, he Found me in a Honky-Tonk,” or wondered who is singing backup on Merle Haggard’s “The Way I Am” then you’re not only a bonafide country music aficionado, you’re already a Leona Williams fan. Leona doesn’t mind talking about the past as long […]