Texas Country Reporter 2011 Episode Guide

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Weekend of December 31st 2011

Show #1270

Get into the Christmas spirit with an entire line of traditional plum products made right here in Texas. Texas Plum Line, PO Box 7007, Amarillo, TX 79114 MAP 806-352-4083

Catch up with a designer of collectible Santa Clauses who started by making gingerbread houses when he was a boy. Jackie Cruse, J. Cruse Gallery, 201 E. Main Street, Post, TX 79356 MAP 806-990-9907

Plus, we’re ringing in the holiday season with help from a truly dedicated handbell choir. Denton Bell Choir, Denton, TX MAP

Weekend of December 24th 2011

Show #1269

This week on an all new episode…

Lift your holiday spirits with a little help from Bruno and George Winery. Shawn & Misha Bruno, Bruno and George Winery, 400 Messina Rd., Sour Lake, Texas 77659 MAP 409-287-1212

Visit the home of the Texas Pecan Cake – a famous little bakery where free samples are strictly forbidden. Evelyn Robinson, Eilenberger’s Bakery, 512 North John St., Palestine, TX 75802 MAP 800-788-2996 [NOTE: RETAIL SHOP HAS CLOSED]

Plus, follow two young film makers on a cross-country trek to make it home in time for Christmas. Josh Adams & Kevin Kelly

Weekend of December 17th 2011

Show #1268

This week on an all new episode…

It’s a tale of two schools as we go from large to small. First, see how the biggest marching band in America entertains their home crowd. Charles Pennington – Band Director, Allen High School Marching Band, 300 Rivercrest Blvd., Allen, TX 75002-2174 MAP

Then visit a remote West Texas town where one student can be an entire class. Valentine I.S.D., Valentine, TX MAP

Plus, we’ll meet a man whose job it is to play with his favorite childhood toy. Join us for a behind the scenes tour of LegoLand Discovery Center. Cal Walsh, Legoland Discovery Center, Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, TX 76051 MAP 469-444-3050

Weekend of December 10th 2011

Show #1267

This week on an all new episode…

It’s called “extreme porching,” and it’s how they relax at a rustic inn in an abandoned ghost town. Kaci Fullwood, Upstairs at the Mansion B & B, 1 Perry Mansion Drive, HC 70 Box 209, Terlingua, TX 79852 MAP 360-713-3408

Chow down at the oldest deli in the state – right in the middle of downtown Victoria. Cathy Wyatt & Therese Bomersbach, Fosatti’s Delicatessen, 302 S. Main, Victoria, TX 77901 MAP 361-576-3354

Plus, see how scuba diving helps wounded warriors leave their injuries behind. John Duggan, Duggan Diving, 928 Coronado Blvd., Universal City, TX 78148 MAP 210-658-7495

Mark Heniser, Center for the Inrepid, 3551 Roger Brooke Drive, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234 MAP 210-916-6100

Weekend of December 3rd 2011

Show #1266

This week on an all new episode…

See how statewide droughts have left one artist overflowing with ideas. Carlos Mosley, River Rustic Rock Art, 215A West Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX MAP 830-997-6585

Visit a family style cafe that serves up all the home cookin’ you can eat. Billy Allen, Allen Family Style Meals, Sweetwater, TX MAP 325-235-2060

Plus, meet a man whose repair shop runs like clockwork. Charlie Grantham, 716 N Jackson Ave., Odessa, TX 79761 MAP 432-337-6545

Weekend of November 26th 2011

Show #1265

This week on an all new episode…

Mueller is giving thanks by giving back. Join us for the grand finale of this year’s Helping Hand project. One deserving charity will have their future forever changed as we turn this empty lot into a new headquarters for West Texas Gifts of Hope!

Weekend of November 19th 2011

Show #1264

This week on an all new episode…

Meet a man who’s bringing back a deep south, blues tradition – the home made, hand made, cigar box guitar! Furman Harris, Nacogdoches, TX MAP 936-564-5419

Visit a family bakery in the heart of the Hill Country. Todd & Ross Granzin, Naegelin’s Bakery, 129 South Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels, TX 78130-5130 MAP 830-625-5722

Plus, dig for the truth about the first humans in America. A Texas A & M professor takes us to his monumental research site. Dr. Michael Waters,
Center for the Study of the First Americans, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 4352 TAMU, 210 Anth Bldg, College Station, TX 77843-4352 MAP 979-845-4046

Weekend of November 12th 2011

Show #1263

This week on an all new episode…

See how people across the state salute the brave men and women of America’s armed forces.

Visit a museum dedicated to our costliest war. Ray & Judy Richey, Texas Civil War Museum, 760 N Jim Wright Fwy, Fort Worth, TX, MAP 817-246-2323

Listen to the patriotic sounds of a historic army band. Doug Parman, 323rd Med Com Band, Fort Sam Houston, TX MAP

Plus, see how one man has made it his mission to honor fallen heroes. Ken “the dauber” Pridgeon, Portrait of a Warrior Memorial Art Gallery, 308 W. Texas Avenue, Baytown, TX 77520 MAP

Weekend of November 5th 2011

Show #1262

This week on an all new episode…

We eat our way across the state with a man who literally wrote the book on hamburgers. Rick Vanderpool, The Texas Hamburger Book, Lubbock, TX MAP Contact: www.stateart.net Ordering: www.whatssograpeabouttexas.com

Meet a woman who’s “bugging out” about her latest art project. Laura Gillis, metal bug sculptures, Iowa Park, MAP Web: www.YellowCatArt.com

Plus, see how a horse and driver team honor departed loved ones with an elegant last ride in a horse-drawn hearse. Cynthia Stickle, Clydesdale Carriage Company, Smithville, TX 78957 MAP 512-925-9337

Weekend of October 29th 2011

Show #1261

This week on an all new episode…

Meet a man whose homemade barbecue sauce has become his golden ticket. Barry King, Brothers Sauces, Fort Worth, TX 76107 MAP 817-879-0907

We tour the Gulf Coast like we never have before – from the seat of a kayak. Dr. John Whorff, Kayaking the Texas Coast, TAMU Press #978-1-60344-225-1, Corpus Christi, TX MAP

Plus, see how these museum curators have become part of their own exhibit on German heritage. Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 MAP 830-990-8441

Weekend of October 22nd 2011

Show #1260

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Take a sneak peek at the 16th annual Texas Country Reporter Festival, coming up on Saturday, October 29. Join us on the Waxahachie Courthouse Square to meet all of your favorite guests from the show. We’ll have food, music, arts, crafts and a full day of family fun.

Weekend of October 15th 2011

Show #1259

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

See how this wood carver is using his chainsaw to make art out of devastation on Galveston Island. Jim Phillips, Inshore Sculpture, Galveston, TX MAP 713-724-9515

Stop by Hank’s Ice Cream shop for two scoops of a homemade flavor you can’t find anywhere else. Hank Wiggins, Hank’s Ice Cream, 9291 South Main, Houston, TX 77025 MAP 713-665-5103

Plus, we visit a family farm where everyone helps with the harvest and the kids drive the heavy machinery. Davis family wheat farm, Perryton, TX MAP

Weekend of October 8th 2011

Show #1258

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Have a ball at a museum honoring the oldest sport in existence. Then, see what science has in store for the future of bowling. Neil Stremmel, International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011 MAP 817-385-8215 E-mail: info@bowlingmuseum.com

Next, hang ten with a champion surfer testing the waters of the art world. John Olvey, Art of Surf, Corpus Christi, TX MAP

Plus, visit a theme park where all types of kids can play together. Gordon Hartman, Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive, San Antonio, TX 78233 MAP 210-637-3434

Weekend of October 1st 2011

Show #1257

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet a couple who says the latest buzz in Big D is “Zip Code Honey” from their tiny bees. Brandon & Susan Pollard, Texas Honeybee Guild, Dallas, TX MAP

Visit a hidden garden oasis where anyone can relax in paradise. Shangri-La Botanical Gardens, 2111 West Park Avenue, Orange, TX 77630 MAP 409-670-9113

Plus, see how a Native American tribe is recapturing their heritage one tattoo at a time. Haida Gwaii tattos by Bart Willis, Southside Tattoo, 1313 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704 MAP 512-444-1313

Weekend of September 24th 2011

Show #1256

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

He’s a self taught blacksmith who isn’t even old enough to drive! See how one kid’s curiosity turned into an obsession. Andrew Smith, Iron Creek Forge, Van, TX MAP 903-363-2349

Find out where you can order vintage movie posters from the golden era of the silver screen. Kirby McDaniel, MovieArt.net, Austin, TX MAP

Plus, meet a man preserving the history of the Texas countryside one antique bridge at a time. Bob McGinnis, Ellis-McGinnis Construction Co, PO Box 40, 2895 Eddy-Gatesville Pkwy, Eddy, TX 76524-3911 MAP 254-859-5494

Weekend of September 17th 2011

Show #1255

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Have a ball with a dedicated Little League umpire. This full-time pharmacist steps up to the plate every season to call games for free. Bob Batton, Arlington, TX MAP

Meet a painter who has turned Pennsylvania Dutch barn hexes into a Texas art form. Mary Wenzel, Texas Hexes, Canyon Lake, TX MAP 830-643-9514

Plus, see how a remote used car lot is giving criminals the deal they deserve. Sheriff Arvin West, Hudspeth County Law Enforcement Center, P.O. Box 39, Sierra Blanca, TX 79851 MAP

Weekend of September 10th 2011

Show #1254

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Stop by a repair shop that’s fixin’ home-made fried chicken for a hungry lunch crowd. Chicken Earl’s, Earl Langley, 703 S Highway 83, Leakey, TX 78873 MAP 830-232-5001 (OPEN TUESDAYS ONLY)

Meet a talented artist who pieces together shattered family heirlooms. Holly Holland, The Renewal Factory, 198 North Green Street, Hawkins, TX 75765 MAP

Plus, see why the author of more than 50 Hank the Cowdog children’s books is still the same regular guy we met back in 1988. John Erickson, creator of Hank the Cowdog, Perryton, TX MAP

Weekend of September 3rd 2011

Show #1253

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

You don’t know jack about jack-o-lanterns compared to this creative pumpkin carver. The Pumpkin Gutter, Scott Cummins, Perryton, TX MAP

Find out why an Abilene florist wants all her flowers to die before she sends out an order. Dead Flower Society, Connie Rose, 4613 S. 14th St., Abilene, TX MAP 325-627-6556

Plus, meet the men trusted with preserving a sacred Native American tradition that starts in the south Texas scrub brush. La Mota Ranch;

Ted Herrera, Spiritual Leader – nativetejano@sbcglobal.net

Salvador Johnson, Authorized Peyote Broker – 361-586-4710

Weekend of August 27th 2011

Show #1252

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Have a ball at a museum honoring the oldest sport in existence. Then, see what science has in store for the future of bowling. Neil Stremmel, International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011 MAP 817-385-8215 E-mail: info@bowlingmuseum.com

Next, hang ten with a champion surfer testing the waters of the art world. John Olvey, Art of Surf, Corpus Christi, TX MAP

Plus, visit a theme park where all types of kids can play together. Gordon Hartman, Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive, San Antonio, TX 78233 MAP 210-637-3434

Weekend of August 20th 2011

Show #1251

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet a couple who says the latest buzz in Big D is “Zip Code Honey” from their tiny bees. Brandon & Susan Pollard, Texas Honeybee Guild, Dallas, TX MAP

Visit a hidden garden oasis where anyone can relax in paradise. Shangri-La Botanical Gardens, 2111 West Park Avenue, Orange, TX 77630 MAP 409-670-9113

Plus, see how a Native American tribe is recapturing their heritage one tattoo at a time. Haida Gwaii tattos by Bart Willis, Southside Tattoo, 1313 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704 MAP 512-444-1313

Weekend of August 13th 2011

Show #1250

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

He’s a self taught blacksmith who isn’t even old enough to drive! See how one kid’s curiosity turned into an obsession. Andrew Smith, Iron Creek Forge, Van, TX MAP 903-363-2349

Find out where you can order vintage movie posters from the golden era of the silver screen. Kirby McDaniel, MovieArt.net, Austin, TX MAP

Plus, meet a man preserving the history of the Texas countryside one antique bridge at a time. Bob McGinnis, Ellis-McGinnis Construction Co, PO Box 40, 2895 Eddy-Gatesville Pkwy, Eddy, TX 76524-3911 MAP 254-859-5494

Weekend of August 6th 2011

Show #1249

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Have a ball with a dedicated Little League umpire. This full-time pharmacist steps up to the plate every season to call games for free. Bob Batton, Arlington, TX MAP

Meet a painter who has turned Pennsylvania Dutch barn hexes into a Texas art form. Mary Wenzel, Texas Hexes, Canyon Lake, TX MAP 830-643-9514

Plus, see how a remote used car lot is giving criminals the deal they deserve. Sheriff Arvin West, Hudspeth County Law Enforcement Center, P.O. Box 39, Sierra Blanca, TX 79851 MAP

Weekend of July 30th 2011

Show #1248

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet a pair of school teachers who want the town of Glen Rose to learn the value of pi. Rhonda Cagle & Jean Ford, Pie Peddlers, 102 Walnut Street, Glen Rose, TX 76043 MAP

Visit a “bed and sushi” hotel where you can get a lesson in origami. Donovan Sparhawk, Sparhawk Bed & Breakfast, 3695 South 1st St., Abilene, TX 79605 MAP 325-437-3729

Plus, see how these soldiers are trading war stories for bedtime stories, with a little help from the USO. Linda Robinson, Volunteer Coordinator, USO Dallas/Fort Worth MAP 972-574-3383

Weekend of July 23rd 2011

Show #1247

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet an exterminator determined to stop a tiny terror from treading all over Texas – the Rasberry Crazy Ant. Tom Rasberry, Budget Pest Control, 2418 South Main, Pearland, TX 77581 MAP 281-DEAD-BUG

Pig out on the biggest pizza pie we’ve ever seen. Brian Lujan, Big Lou’s Pizza, 2048 S WW White Rd, San Antonio, TX 78222 MAP 210-337-0707

Plus, cover thousands of miles in a covered wagon with the Mule Man. John McComsey, Mule Man, Shallowwater, TX MAP

Weekend of July 16th 2011

Show #1246

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

It’s called “The Kazoo of Guitars.” Find out if anyone, and we mean anyone, really can play a zither. Tony Meeks, Zither Music Company, 2305 South Day Street #206, Brenham, TX 77833 MAP 979-820-7010

Visit a military surplus store in Galveston that houses more than a hundred years of history. Suzie Reiswerg, Colonel Bubbie’s Strand Surplus Senter, 2202 Strand, Galveston, TX 77550 MAP 1-800-231-6005

Plus, see how one tiny rug factory still weaves the old-fashioned way. Reinhard Schoffthaler, Ingrid’s Hand-woven Rugs, 141 South Roberts Avenue, Paint Rock, TX 76866 MAP 325-732-4370

Weekend of July 9th 2011

Show #1245

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Wildflower season is in full bloom. Meet a woman who can brighten up any empty lot with a Red River Seed Bomb. Carolyn and Melvin Grissom, 805 Sessions, Bowie, TX 76230 MAP 940-366-0574

Visit a museum dedicated to technology from a long, lost era… Art Schulze, 20th Century Technology Museum, 231 S. Fulton St., Wharton, TX 77488 MAP
979-282-8810

Plus, we go back to the days of the wild frontier. See how this Catholic priest runs his church like a Spanish mission. Father John Parnell, St. Augustine Catholic Church, 270 Byron St., Fort Worth, TX 76114-3815 MAP 817-569-7543

Weekend of July 2nd 2011

Show #1244

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Sip a sample of South American coffee with a Texas twist – It’s roasted one basket at a time over a mesquite fire. Tim Gikas, Mesquite-Roasted Coffee, P.O. Box 1581, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 MAP 830-992-9041

See how a pair of seafood markets in Galveston get fish so fresh it was swimming just hours ago. Sampson & Sons: 409-763-9316; Katie’s Seafood Market: 409-763-8160, Pier 19, 1902 Wharf Rd, Galveston, TX 77550 MAP

Plus, meet an Abilene group that helps women all over the world lift themselves out of poverty with a needle and thread. Linda Egle, Eternal Threads, 101 Walnut, Abilene, TX, 79601 MAP 325-672-6000

Weekend of June 25th 2011

Show #1243

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet the most accomplished author you’ve never heard of. With nearly 500 books, Tom Tierney is known as the King of Paper Dolls. TomKat Paper Dolls & Shangri La Emporium, 216 Main St., Smithville, TX 78957 MAP 512-237-1256

Visit a vintage candy store where the memories are as sweet as the gourmet popcorn. Tim & Kim Lloyd, Mom & Popcorn, 215 E. Lousiana St., McKinney, TX 75069 MAP 972-542-7605

Plus, see how one couple has dedicated their golden years to helping abused, neglected animals in need of a safe place. Larry & Peggy Neaves, Forever Home Ranch, Brookesmith, TX 76827 MAP 325-643-2717

Weekend of June 18th 2011

Show #1242

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Go behind the scenes at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas as we experience the Penguin Keeper for a Day program. Maggie Reynolds, Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554 MAP 409-683-4166

Visit a talented sculptor with a divine touch – He can make you a saint in his own backyard. Jim Mangum, www.shinerville.com, Shiner, TX MAP 361-772-0264

Plus, explore the historic buildings scattered around west Texas designed by visionary architect Henry Trost. Pat Worthington, El Paso Historical Society, 603 West Yandell, El Paso, TX 79902 MAP 915-533-3603

Weekend of June 11th 2011

Show #1241

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Have a barrell of fun with a furniture making couple who knows how to wine and dine in comfort. Ty & Genine Gilbert, barreldesigns.com, Mountain Home, TX MAP 210-414-6959

Meet a woman who found a century’s worth of old family photos and turned them into a business to honor her heritage. Georgia Williams, Kinfolks Cards, Dallas, TX MAP 214-455-3808

Plus, see how a dedicated group of veterinarians at Texas A & M University will care for your pet long after you’re gone. Dr. Henry Presnal, Stevenson Companion Animal Life Care Center, TAMU 4461, College Station, Texas 77843-4461 MAP 979-845-1188

Weekend of June 4th 2011

Show #1240

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

He used to be the king of their propane company, until his queen replaced the gaskets with kitchen gadgets. We’ll go shopping at The Cooking Depot. Erwin & Annette Rath, 202 S. Esplanade Cuero, Texas 77954-3804 MAP 361-275-2725 Click here for recipes from the Cooking Depot!

Then, see how a Hill Country artist creates abstract forms with nothing more than a typewriter and patience. Stephanie Strange, Typewriter Art, Bastrop, TX MAP

Plus, meet a woman who’s been a waitress at the same El Paso restaurant for more than 5 decades. Mary Flores, Su Casa Restaurant, 2030 East Yandell Dr., El Paso, TX 79903 MAP 915-544-5136

Weekend of May 28th 2011

Show #1239

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet the masters of classical stone carving on a trip all the way to Florence … Texas that is. Bob Ragan, Texas Carved Stone, 6621 Hwy 195, Florence, TX 76527 MAP 254-793-2384

See how one couple is giving old, discarded canvas a chance to Sail Again. Sail Again Recycled Sailcloth Bags, Bob and Gwyn Schroeder, P.O. Box 1622, Rockport, TX 78381 MAP 361-727-1914

Plus, find out why sustainable technology and tiny houses are a big idea for one young architect. Blake Smith, attheland.blogspot.com, Abilene, TX MAP

Weekend of May 21st 2011

Show #1238

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

It’s called “The Kazoo of Guitars.” Find out if anyone, and we mean anyone, really can play a zither. Tony Meeks, Zither Music Company, 2305 South Day Street #206, Brenham, TX 77833 MAP 979-820-7010

Visit a military surplus store in Galveston that houses more than a hundred years of history. Suzie Reiswerg, Colonel Bubbie’s Strand Surplus Senter, 2202 Strand, Galveston, TX 77550 MAP 1-800-231-6005

Plus, see how one tiny rug factory still weaves the old-fashioned way. Reinhard Schoffthaler, Ingrid’s Hand-woven Rugs, 141 South Roberts Avenue, Paint Rock, TX 76866 MAP 325-732-4370

Weekend of May 14th 2011

Show #1237

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Wildflower season is in full bloom. Meet a woman who can brighten up any empty lot with a Red River Seed Bomb. Carolyn and Melvin Grissom, 805 Sessions, Bowie, TX 76230 MAP 940-366-0574

Visit a museum dedicated to technology from a long, lost era… Art Schulze, 20th Century Technology Museum, 231 S. Fulton St., Wharton, TX 77488 MAP
979-282-8810

Plus, we go back to the days of the wild frontier. See how this Catholic priest runs his church like a Spanish mission. Father John Parnell, St. Augustine Catholic Church, 270 Byron St., Fort Worth, TX 76114-3815 MAP 817-569-7543

Weekend of May 7th 2011

Show #1236

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Sip a sample of South American coffee with a Texas twist – It’s roasted one basket at a time over a mesquite fire. Tim Gikas, Mesquite-Roasted Coffee, P.O. Box 1581, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 MAP 830-992-9041

See how a pair of seafood markets in Galveston get fish so fresh it was swimming just hours ago. Sampson & Sons: 409-763-9316; Katie’s Seafood Market: 409-763-8160, Pier 19, 1902 Wharf Rd, Galveston, TX 77550 MAP

Plus, meet an Abilene group that helps women all over the world lift themselves out of poverty with a needle and thread. Linda Egle, Eternal Threads, 101 Walnut, Abilene, TX, 79601 MAP 325-672-6000

Weekend of April 30th 2011

Show #1235

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet the most accomplished author you’ve never heard of. With nearly 500 books, Tom Tierney is known as the King of Paper Dolls. TomKat Paper Dolls & Shangri La Emporium, 216 Main St., Smithville, TX 78957 MAP 512-237-1256

Visit a vintage candy store where the memories are as sweet as the gourmet popcorn. Tim & Kim Lloyd, Mom & Popcorn, 215 E. Lousiana St., McKinney, TX 75069 MAP 972-542-7605

Plus, see how one couple has dedicated their golden years to helping abused, neglected animals in need of a safe place. Larry & Peggy Neaves, Forever Home Ranch, Brookesmith, TX 76827 MAP 325-643-2717

Weekend of April 23rd 2011

Show #1234

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Go behind the scenes at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas as we experience the Penguin Keeper for a Day program. Maggie Reynolds, Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554 MAP 409-683-4166

Visit a talented sculptor with a divine touch – He can make you a saint in his own backyard. Jim Mangum, www.shinerville.com, Shiner, TX MAP 361-772-0264

Plus, explore the historic buildings scattered around west Texas designed by visionary architect Henry Trost. Pat Worthington, El Paso Historical Society, 603 West Yandell, El Paso, TX 79902 MAP 915-533-3603

Weekend of April 16th 2011

Show #1233

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Ride around town on wacky contraptions made by an inventive bike builder. Mack Carter, Iowa Park, TX MAP 940-867-8177

Meet Squeaky the Wonderpig – a wild hog who thinks she’s a herding dog on a south Texas cattle ranch. Mike Veara & Squeaky, China Grove Ranch, Bonney, TX MAP

Plus, see how a shelter run by the homeless, for the homeless is changing lives. Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, 210 S. Alameda, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 MAP 361-883-6195

Weekend of April 9th 2011

Show #1232

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Step back in time with an old-fashioned blacksmith at Pecanderosa Forge. R.G. Box, Lubbock, TX MAP 806-771-0115

Visit an urban farm where no matter how many crops they sell, they’re always underwater. Lewis Weil, Austin Sea Veggies, Austin ,TX MAP

Plus, meet a judge whose true crime novels honor the real life heroes of law enforcement. Russell Smith, P.O. Box 62702, San Angelo, TX 76906 MAP
325-949-7182 www.russellssmith.com

Weekend of April 2nd 2011

Show #1231

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet the scientific sculptor behind the some of the most famous faces at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Scott Myers, Granbury, TX MAP

Visit a town that claims the history books got it wrong, and notorious outlaw Billy the Kid actually survived his famous gun fight and hid in Texas the rest of his life. Sue Land, Billy the Kid Museum, 114 N. Pecan Street, Hico, Texas 76457 MAP 254-796-2523

Plus, honor the memory of our nation’s first fighter pilots with a flight in a historic plane. Bob Seabury, Call Field at Kickapoo Downtown Airport, 4515 Jacksboro Highway, Wichita Falls, TX 76302 MAP 940-322-7628

Weekend of March 26th 2011

Show #1230

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Go behind the scenes at NASA with a woman who leads a double life. She’s a scientist by day, and a middle eastern bellydancer at night. Traci Charles, Chanson de Vie dance studio, 425 E NASA Rd 1, Webster, TX MAP

Then, visit a backyard toy factory in a town that’s always Happy. Jerry Sims, The Happy Toymaker, Box 548, Happy, TX 79042 MAP 806-433-2123

Plus, meet the sign language signal caller that helps her students tackle any challenge, on or off the field. Rene Heintschel & Demontrai Lewis, Lufkin, TX MAP

Weekend of March 19th 2011

Show #1229

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Have a barrell of fun with a furniture making couple who knows how to wine and dine in comfort. Ty & Genine Gilbert, barreldesigns.com, Mountain Home, TX MAP 210-414-6959

Meet a woman who found a century’s worth of old family photos and turned them into a business to honor her heritage. Georgia Williams, Kinfolks Cards, Dallas, TX MAP 214-455-3808

Plus, see how a dedicated group of veterinarians at Texas A & M University will care for your pet long after you’re gone. Dr. Henry Presnal, Stevenson Companion Animal Life Care Center, TAMU 4461, College Station, Texas 77843-4461 MAP 979-845-1188

Weekend of March 12th 2011

Show #1228

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

He used to be the king of their propane company, until his queen replaced the gaskets with kitchen gadgets. We’ll go shopping at The Cooking Depot. Erwin & Annette Rath, 202 S. Esplanade Cuero, Texas 77954-3804 MAP 361-275-2725 Click here for recipes from the Cooking Depot!

Then, see how a Hill Country artist creates abstract forms with nothing more than a typewriter and patience. Stephanie Strange, Typewriter Art, Bastrop, TX MAP

Plus, meet a woman who’s been a waitress at the same El Paso restaurant for more than 5 decades. Mary Flores, Su Casa Restaurant, 2030 East Yandell Dr., El Paso, TX 79903 MAP 915-544-5136

Weekend of March 5th 2011

Show #1227

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet the masters of classical stone carving on a trip all the way to Florence … Texas that is. Bob Ragan, Texas Carved Stone, 6621 Hwy 195, Florence, TX 76527 MAP 254-793-2384

See how one couple is giving old, discarded canvas a chance to Sail Again. Sail Again Recycled Sailcloth Bags, Bob and Gwyn Schroeder, P.O. Box 1622, Rockport, TX 78381 MAP 361-727-1914

Plus, find out why sustainable technology and tiny houses are a big idea for one young architect. Blake Smith, attheland.blogspot.com, Abilene, TX MAP

Weekend of February 26th 2011

Show #1226

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Ride around town on wacky contraptions made by an inventive bike builder. Mack Carter, Iowa Park, TX MAP 940-867-8177

Meet Squeaky the Wonderpig – a wild hog who thinks she’s a herding dog on a south Texas cattle ranch. Mike Veara & Squeaky, China Grove Ranch, Bonney, TX MAP

Plus, see how a shelter run by the homeless, for the homeless is changing lives. Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, 210 S. Alameda, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 MAP 361-883-6195

Weekend of February 19th 2011

Show #1225

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Step back in time with an old-fashioned blacksmith at Pecanderosa Forge. R.G. Box, Lubbock, TX MAP 806-771-0115

Visit an urban farm where no matter how many crops they sell, they’re always underwater. Lewis Weil, Austin Sea Veggies, Austin ,TX MAP

Plus, meet a judge whose true crime novels honor the real life heroes of law enforcement. Russell Smith, P.O. Box 62702, San Angelo, TX 76906 MAP
325-949-7182 www.russellssmith.com

Weekend of February 12th 2011

Show #1224

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet the scientific sculptor behind the some of the most famous faces at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Scott Myers, Granbury, TX MAP

Visit a town that claims the history books got it wrong, and notorious outlaw Billy the Kid actually survived his famous gun fight and hid in Texas the rest of his life. Sue Land, Billy the Kid Museum, 114 N. Pecan Street, Hico, Texas 76457 MAP 254-796-2523

Plus, honor the memory of our nation’s first fighter pilots with a flight in a historic plane. Bob Seabury, Call Field at Kickapoo Downtown Airport, 4515 Jacksboro Highway, Wichita Falls, TX 76302 MAP 940-322-7628

Weekend of February 5th 2011

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This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Visit a “bikes only” motel where it’s too bad if you’re not on two wheels. Find out why this overnight in Texas says “no cars allowed.” Deb Rose, D’Rose Inn, 527 S. US Hwy 83, Leakey, TX 78873 MAP 830-232-5246

Then swing by an itty bitty barbecue shack in Lubbock where the secret ingredient is simplicity. Tom & Bingo’s BBQ, Dwayne Clanton, 3006 34th Street, Lubbock, TX 79410-3226 MAP 806-799-1514

Plus, meet the eco-friendly group that turns bottles into artistic glassware with their backyard recycling operation. Steve Chism, C & R Kutt Bottle, Nacogdoches, TX MAP

Weekend of January 29th 2011

Show #1222

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Get a brand-new, old-fashioned tintype camera from a modern day photographer focused on Civil War era technology. Ty Guillory Cameras, Hainesville, TX MAP

Explore a plant collection that really bites. Texas Triffid Ranch, Paul Riddell, 5930-E Royal Lane, #140, Dallas, TX 75230 MAP

Plus, see a determined boat builder who we met nearly 20 years ago finally complete his biggest project ever. Dr. John Vardiman, Beaumont, TX MAP

Weekend of January 22nd 2011

Show #1221

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Stop by a repair shop that’s fixin’ home-made fried chicken for a hungry lunch crowd. Chicken Earl’s, Earl Langley, 703 S Highway 83, Leakey, TX 78873 MAP 830-232-5001 (OPEN TUESDAYS ONLY)

Meet a talented artist who pieces together shattered family heirlooms. Holly Holland, The Renewal Factory, 198 North Green Street, Hawkins, TX 75765 MAP

Plus, see why the author of more than 50 Hank the Cowdog children’s books is still the same regular guy we met back in 1988. John Erickson, creator of Hank the Cowdog, Perryton, TX MAP

Weekend of January 15th 2011

Show #1220

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Learn how a pair of breakfast based businesses started right here in the Texas panhandle. Kenneth Bennet, 806-756-4386 & Linda Puckett.

Meet a painter whose heavy hitting sports art is a hit with fans. Robert Hurst, www.adamnfineartist.com. On display at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, 1108 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX 76706-1223 MAP 254-756-1633

Plus, get your motor running at a miniature raceway run by a high school shop teacher. Yellow Jacket Raceway, John “Moe” Callison, Mineola High School, Mineola, TX MAP

Weekend of January 8th 2011

Show #1219

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

You don’t know jack about jack-o-lanterns compared to this creative pumpkin carver. The Pumpkin Gutter, Scott Cummins, Perryton, TX MAP

Find out why an Abilene florist wants all her flowers to die before she sends out an order. Dead Flower Society, Connie Rose, 4613 S. 14th St., Abilene, TX MAP 325-627-6556

Plus, meet the men trusted with preserving a sacred Native American tradition that starts in the south Texas scrub brush. La Mota Ranch;

Ted Herrera, Spiritual Leader – nativetejano@sbcglobal.net

Salvador Johnson, Authorized Peyote Broker – 361-586-4710

Weekend of January 1st 2011

Show #1218

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet a man who makes his living playing on the beach. We’ll build Amazin’ sand castles after a class from Amazin’ Walter. South Padre Island, TX MAP

Then, see how a 7th generation Texan uses history to make art worthy of framing. Chris Smith Maps, Leander, TX MAP

Plus, visit a museum that protects Texas farming legacy from the rust of the ages. American Museum of Agriculture, Alton Brazell, 1501 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock, TX 79403 MAP 806-239-5796

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