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Art! Wine! Wildflowers!
Johnson City Wildflower Days is just around the corner
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 • Posted April 14, 2009

On May 2nd, the Courthouse square in downtown Johnson City, the Wildflower Capital of the Texas Hill Country, will be filled with artists, musicians, artisans, wine merchants and food.

Demonstrations and Workshops: Here’s your chance to enjoy “plein air” (painting in the open air) with the presentation of Dan Gilroy and his art by The Uptown Blanco Art Center. The Uptown Blanco Art Center also presents Royce Heberly, master potter, of Johnson City at his potter’s wheel. Karate and tumbling exhibitions will keep things rolling. Check out these unique workshops: photography with Sherry Justice, butterflies with Dan Holland, lavender with Chris of Becker Vineyards, and various horticulture topics with local Master Gardeners.

Historic Home and Garden Tour: Five appealing historic homes and gardens invite you to come in: The Barnwell House, The Pearl Hotel, the Johnson Settlement Log Cabin, the Chantilly Lace Country Inn and Lavender Farm, and “The Little Yellow Building”, Johnson City’s only townhouse on the square. Slip back in time. Learn about Johnson City’s early, hardy residents. Maps will be available.

Live Music: Music in the park will fill the air. A variety of musicians will be playing for your enjoyment throughout the day. The venue includes blue grass, country/western, gospel and jazz.

Booths: Shop among distinctive vendors. In a special setting, sip a variety of wine offered from local Texas wineries. A special opportunity awaits: a limited number of the official 2009 Wildflower Days posters by the artist, MJ Love of Johnson City, will be available for purchase – both signed and unsigned. Children will enjoy special activities. Food vendors will offer a variety for lunch and snacks.

Wildflower Tours: Spend part of the day with any of several self-guided tours around the Johnson City Hill Country. Maps available.

Local Art Galleries & More: Throughout Johnson City, art galleries, local merchants and restaurants will join the festivities by offering special art exhibits and artisan wares at their establishments. Visit the LBJ National Historical Park, where you’ll find a unique glimpse of Lyndon Johnson’s presidential history.

This event is sponsored by the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce: 830-868-7684. See the event schedule details at

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