For a second year in a row the Wild Women Weekend in Blanco has been a great success both in fun and profits, and this year the attendance was almost doubled. On Friday, April 4th, there were new events of glass fusion at Barn Vetro of Blanco, Onion Creek Kitchens of Blanco hosted a Hill Country Tour with assistance from Majesty Tours of Fredericksburg, and Wedding Oak Winery of San Saba hosted an evening wine event. Our steadfast supporters from last year were back Ronnie’s Bar-B-Q of Johnson City and Real Ale of Blanco teamed together again, the Gourmet Gals of Austin, Whim Event Rentals of Dripping Springs, Sullivan Street Caterers of Blanco, and the LBJ National Historic Park in Stonewall. Other continued support came from Blanco National Bank, Napa Auto Parts -Blanco Auto Parts, Hill Country Memorial, and Lamco & Associate.
After a fantastic start on Friday the Saturday events continued the fun even in the cool weather. Saturday morning started out with a 5k and 10k run coordinated by Sylvia Romero. With the beautiful Blanco State Park as a backdrop, there were nature walks, fly-fishing lessons, kayaking lessons (yes, some tipping over did happen), Flo Oxley lessons on plants along the Blanco River, and Tai Chi with Connie Barron. Gem of the Hills was a happening place with Aromatherapy with Melanie Van Aken, a Farm to Basket Picnic Lunch, and self-defense by Fit and Fearless of Austin. On the lawn of the historic Old Blanco Courthouse was the “Chick” Market with a juried vendor market, spa tent, Paint Like Pollock, African Dancing, belly dancing, and live music. Inside the Courthouse, events were the Author’s Luncheon with Terri Hendrix, and Hill Country Memorial’s Restore Program. Temper Young played live music in Bindsell Park. The Old 300 BBQ was the sponsor of the evening gala, Girls’ Casino Night and Silent Auction. The final wrap was Sunday morning yoga at Gem of the Hills with Natalie Hain.
A huge thank you goes out to the Public Works of Blanco for making our town look beautiful, the Volunteer Fire Department for helping secure tents, and the Emergency Medical Services, EMS, for standing by in case of a medical emergency. Police Chief Ritchey and his professional force kept runners and participants safe throughout the entire weekend. Blanco State Park and their personnel answered tons of questions and provided a picture perfect location for events and relaxation. Lesley Griffin at the Blanco Courthouse continued to work tirelessly to coordinate and answer questions. Thank you also to ALL of the Wild Women Volunteers and their husbands, sons, relatives, and friends that made this weekend’s events happen with such precision.
Hill Country Memorial continued their generous contributions as well as Lamco & Associate as “Spoiled Us Rotten” sponsors. Wedding Oak Winery, Old 300 BBQ and Onion Creek Kitchens Juniper Hills Farm were “Make It All About Us” sponsors. “Indulge Us Wildly” sponsors were Napa Auto Parts-Blanco Auto Parts, Blanco National Bank, Gourmet Gals Catering, Majesty Tours, Real Ale Brewing Company, Ronnie’s BBQ, Sullivan Street Caters, and Whim Event Rentals. “Pamper Us Silly” sponsors were Arnosky Farms, Cellar Rat Wine Tours, Harry’s Boot Shop, Baptist Health System, James W. Porter Special, Angela Robinson, Nerium Brand Partner. “Tickle Us Pink” sponsors were Benson Body & Paint, Lee Hoffpauir Chevrolet/Buick, Klepac Greenhouses, Lone Star Capital Bank, Mustang Equipment, Odiorne Feed & Ranch, Pecan Street Brewing, Red Bud Café, Red Corral Ranch, Reliable Fencing, Re/Max Genesis (Dawn DeLaurentis, Pamela Prescott Capps, Jayne Lightfoot), Root Yoga, Vital Farms.
There are other terrific people and businesses that kept us looking good, if your name was inadvertently left out, please know that we greatly appreciated your support. Thanks to all for your support and generosity. You helped create one fantastic happening in Beautiful Blanco. Thanks to ALL the citizens of Blanco for their cooperation and support they have given to help this event. If you would like to volunteer or help, save the second weekend in April 2015 because we will be roaring back in a Wild Woman Way for the third time. I hope you realize, as we do, that the success of this weekend could not have been accomplished without the support of Blanco and surrounding communities plus the businesses and people of these communities. A huge THANK YOU from an extremely grateful Blanco Non-Profit Coalition.