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Fall Brings the BEST Weather, Good Lattes, and the Boerne Book and Arts Fest

I absolutely LOVE Fall in Boerne—the weather is finally cooling off and there is just so much going on, especially in October and November. And kicking it all off is the Boerne Book & Arts Fest, put on by our friends at the Patrick Heath Public Library, scheduled to take place October 6 in Boerne’s Main Plaza and at The Dienger Trading Co. You might ask “What’s there to do at a book fest? Is it fun? Do you think my husband/kids/girlfriend/bestie would like it?” The short answer: yes!

The long answer is that the following people will most enjoy the Boerne Book & Arts Fest:

  • Avid readers & others who just enjoy a good story
  • Music lovers
  • Sports fans
  • People from right here in Boerne (and Kendall County)
  • People who visit the Hill Country from all over Texas
  • Art enthusiasts & crafters
  • Single people
  • Married people
  • People with kids
  • People without kids
  • Nature lovers & those interested in conservation

If you’re thinking that list includes just about everyone you know, you’re right! There’s something for EVERYBODY at Book Fest! Let’s kick off the schedule review by mentioning that one of Texas’ most beloved singers/writers/novelists/humorists Kinky Friedman will be performing songs from his new album “Circus of Life,” and doing a little storytelling from his book, “Heroes of a Texas Childhood.” I for one was THRILLED to hear this announcement, having met Kinky a couple of times, (which I hope he doesn’t remember because I interrupted his breakfast at a café in New Orleans once to say hello) and loving that he’s every bit a genuine Texan as you could ever hope to know. You’ll have a chance to say hello, too, as he’s planning on doing a book and CD signing after his 3 p.m. performance. I also suggest listening to samples from “Circus of Life,” it’s great, my favorite being Autographs in the Rain, a tribute to Willie Nelson.

In addition to Kinky, the Fest features six additional discussion panels with a wide range of topics, a “family campfire” area with free crafts and storytelling, and interactive appearances by local artists. The panels are all very different stacked with some great authors and moderators. The first that caught my attention was the “Sports Legends & Heroes” discussion, as we’re avid sports fans at my house.  It features three authors of interesting sports books, including Joe Holley, who recounts the Houston Astros’ World Series run in the wake of Hurricane Harvey through his book “Hurricane Season: The Unforgettable Story of the 2017 Astros and the Resilience of a City.” Right after that is another can’t-miss for me, “The Broken Spoke” discussion with author Donna Marie Miller and the Broken Spoke’s iconic owner James White. If you’re not familiar, The Broken Spoke in Austin is one of the “last true Texas dancehalls.” I’ve been to several in Texas, and this is truly a favorite, and I’m stoked at the chance to meet Mr. White!

Another I’ve highlighted on my schedule is the “Forgotten Texas Hill Country” panel, and I can’t wait to hear photographer Bronson Dorsey tell how he found the subjects from his book “Lost, Texas,” which features photos of forgotten buildings around Texas. The list of amazingness goes on and on, so I can’t fit everything I want to do here, but encourage you to check out the entire schedule for yourself.  I’m also doing a little name-dropping here of some pretty great local authors that will be on-site with their books: young adult authors Jourdan Lewis and April Lynn Newell; Jack Lyndon Thomas and J.J. McFarland, authors of historical fiction, Dale M. Walsh, known for his “Wesley’s Adventure” stories featuring his dog, and Susan Whipple, whose cookbook features recipes passed down from her family.

Oh, and back to that “Family Campfire” – this area will feature free crafts led by professional artists including area favorite Joy Fisher Hein, storytelling by some pretty great people affiliated with the Tejas Storytelling Association, including Tim Tingle and other members of the Doc Moore Storytelling Guild, and awesome photo opps with Clifford the Big Red Dog. Yes, I will be getting a pic with Clifford, and look forward to hearing real, professional storytellers too! Best of all, when you want to take a break from Festing, the Hill Country Mile has every kind of shop and restaurant within a stone’s throw.

Mark your calendar’s y’all, and be sure to check out Boerne Book & Arts Fest on Facebook, where there is great information about the authors, things to do, giveaways and inside scoop!

Guest blogger, Kirk Thompson, is a part-time PR person, full-time mom, who is always looking for the next great adventure she can share with friends and family.