Texas Country Reporter 2012 Episode Guide

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Weekend of December 29th 2012

Show #1322

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Join us for another look back at our favorite moments from the past year.

We’ll hear one more word from some of our new friends on the road; review highlights of art, history, and nature; and order a second helping from our tastiest stops.

Plus, we’ll run down every winner you’ve selected in our Texas Best polls.

Weekend of December 22nd 2012

Show #1321

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Get in the Christmas spirit with a trip to the Yesterland Tree Farm. Chuck & Camma Bozeman, Yesterland Farm, 15410 Interstate 20, Canton, TX 75103 MAP 903-567-2255

Meet a woman who celebrates the season all year long with her custom ornaments. Pattilu Bowlsby, Garland, TX MAP 972-496-1963

Find out where to see Texas’ Best Christmas Lights.

Plus, meet a man who turns leftover scraps of paper into heartfelt gifts. Don Herring, Lakeridge UMC, 4701 82nd Street, Lubbock, TX MAP 806-794-4015

Weekend of December 15th 2012

Show #1320

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 8th 2012

Show #1319

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 1st 2012

Show #1318

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Join us for another look back at our favorite moments from the past year.

We’ll hear one more word from some of our new friends on the road; review highlights of art, history, and nature; and order a second helping from our tastiest stops.

Plus, we’ll run down every winner you’ve selected in our Texas Best polls.

Weekend of November 24th 2012

Show #1317

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

It’s the grand finale of our 4th annual Mueller Helping Hand project. We’ll give thanks by giving back to one deserving, Texas non-profit agency.

Congratulations to the Scheib Mental Health Center in San Marcos, Texas!

Weekend of November 17th 2012

Show #1316

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet an obsessed collector with an 8-track mind. Bucks Burnett, 8 Track Tape Museum, 2630 E. Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75226 MAP 469-867-4074

Wake up early for breakfast with the owner of one of Fort Worth’s favorite cafes. Mike Smith, Paris Coffee Shop, 704 W. Magnolia, Fort Worth, TX 76104 MAP 817-335-2041

Find out the top choices for Texas’ Best History Museum.

Plus, see how one family has engineered a legacy that spans 4 generations. Tom, Tommy & Pierce Carpenter, Central Texas Tool Co., 1410 Walnut Street, Abilene, TX 79601 MAP 325-672-3903

Weekend of November 10th 2012

Show #1315

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Pay tribute to fallen union soldiers, right in the heart of confederate territory. Treue der Union Monument, Comfort, TX MAP

Meet a woman with a worldwide audience for her sweet creations. Callye Alvarado, The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle blog, MAP

Get your pitchforks ready, as we reveal your potentially controversial pick for Texas Best Barbecue.

Plus, try a taste of Tuscany without ever leaving the state. Sandy Winokur, Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, 25195 Mathis Rd., PO Box 869, Elmendorf, TX 78112 MAP 210-621-0044

Weekend of November 3rd 2012

Show #1314

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

It was once a destination health spa to the rich and famous. We check in on the Baker Hotel. 200 E. Hubbard St., Mineral Wells, TX 76067 MAP

Meet a high school student who runs his own farm. Braden McInnis, Cayuga, TX MAP

Find out which of our 90 plus State Parks you declared Texas Best.

Plus, see how one man’s railroad restaurants paved the way for modern chains. Jolene Fondy, Harvey House, 400 Railway Ave.
Slaton, TX 79364 MAP 806-828-5900 

Weekend of October 27th 2012

Show #1313

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

It’s the biggest, and we think best capitol building in the country. Take a tour of our state government’s seat. 1100 Congress Avenue  Austin, TX 78701 MAP

Meet a woman who got tangled up in the jewelry business. Tanya White, Round Rock, TX MAP 512-587-3901

Leave extra room for dessert as we count down Texas’ Best Pie.

Plus, see how one man is saving an industrial legacy from history’s junkyard. Wichita Trucks, John Chadwell, Wichita Falls, TX MAP 940-322-1895

Weekend of October 20th 2012

Show #1312

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Our annual festival is right around the corner! We’ll tell you who you can meet at the big bash in downtown Waxahachie, starting with the World Famous Wheeling Elvi. Bobby Ornelas, Arlington, TX MAP 817-925-8478

The TCR Festival is a full day of food, music, and art that you’ve seen right here on TCR. Visit our festival page for maps, directions, and a stage lineup.

And get spooked at the top picks for Texas Best Haunted House.

Weekend of October 13th 2012

Show #1311

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet a man keeping the night bright with neon lights in Austin. Todd Sanders, Roadhouse Relics, 1720 S. First Street, Austin, TX 78704 MAP 512-442-6366

Rock out at the places you voted Texas’ Best Music Venue.

Plus, visit a homegrown animal rescue that’s all warm and fuzzy. Kyle & Cheyenne Hendricks, Retired Rabbit Sanctuary, P.O. Box 201232, San Antonio, TX 78220 MAP

Weekend of October 6th 2012

Show #1310

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

See what happens when this lady and gentleman start their engines at Amarillo’s stock car racetrack. Ami & Michael Tribble, Route 66 Motor Speedway, Amarillo, TX MAP 806-335-3478

Take a hike at the parks and landmarks that finished atop our Texas Best Hiking poll.

Plus, meet a businessman who say’s it’s a good day when he’s at the end of his rope. Ricky Lyle, Lyles Ropes, 16340 CR 2143 Troup, TX  75789 MAP 800-525-9537

Weekend of September 29th 2012

Show #1309

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

See what a British landmark is doing in Texas. Stonehenge II, 120 Point Theatre Rd S., Ingram, TX MAP

Meet a painter who’s always brewing up new ideas. Alyssa Derrick, Monk’s Coffee Shop, 233 Cypress, Abilene, TX 79601 MAP 325-437-2984

Find out if your favorite place made our countdown of Texas Best Pizza Places!

Plus, it’s an East Texas tradition that rests on the shoulders of one family. Floyd Henderson, Doc’s Hot Links, 208 South Wood Street, Gilmer, TX 75644 MAP 903-843-2025

Weekend of September 22nd 2012

Show #1308

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

See what’s lurking in the woods near Glen Rose. Dinosaur World, 1058 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043 MAP 254-898-1526

Chow down at a café that’s a summer time favorite for state park visitors. Chase Rosa, Neal’s Dining Room, 20970 Hwy. 127 at Frio River, Concan, TX 78838 MAP 830-232-5813

Grab your partner and do-si-do at our list of Texas Best Dance Halls!

Plus, find out how you can get a hands-on history lesson at this resurrected boat shop. Rick Pratt, Farley Boat Works, P.O. Box 677, Port Aransas, TX 78373 MAP 361-749-3800

Weekend of September 15th 2012

Show #1307

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Some folks swear by the water from this roadside spring in the Piney Woods. County Rd. 2205, Canton, TX MAP

Meet a man who brings a little island flavor to the mainland. Kevin Kavanagh, Tiki Loco, Crystal Beach, TX MAP 409-750-0086

Expand your horizons at three of Texas’ Best science museums.

Plus, see how one man’s service station is a flashback to a simpler, friendlier time. Maurice Jackson, O’Donnell Oil & Butane Co.,‎ 700 Doak Street, O’Donnell, TX 79351 MAP 806-428-3434

Weekend of September 8th 2012

Show #1306

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Cool off in the place you named Texas Best swimmin’ hole.

Meet the man who oversees the official bison herd of Texas, descended all the way from Charles Goodnight’s herd. Donald Beard, Caprock Canyons State Park, P.O. Box 204, Quitaque, TX 79255 MAP 806-455-1492

Plus, see how two filmmakers crossed an ocean and 40 years of time to honor 3 Texas veterans. Michael Grigsby & Rebekah Tolley, Tarian Films, We Went to War, Menard, TX MAP 325-396-5088

Weekend of September 1st 2012

Show #1305

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Stop by a jewelry shop with a curious display of pencil carvings. Scott Beranek, Scott’s Jewelry, 1503 S Jackson St, Jacksonville, TX 75766 MAP 903-589-8368

Take a whirlwind vacation with this storm chasing crew. Dave Holder, Extreme Tornado Tours

See which restaurant you voted as Texas Best chicken fried steak.

Plus, meet a woman who spends all her time caring for sick and injured birds. Karen Montalvo, 5611 Anderson, CR 370, Palestine, TX 75801 MAP 903-724-4154

Weekend of August 25th 2012

Show #1304

This week on Texas Country Reporter Summer Vacation…

Meet the men responsible for protecting and showcasing the largest colony of bats in the entire world. Fran Hutchins, Bracken Bat Flights, near Natural Bridge Caverns MAP 210-651-6101

Escape the summer heat with a Northeastern detour to one of the oldest companies in America. King Arthur Flour Company, 135 US Route 5 South, Norwich, Vermont 05055 MAP 802-649-3361

Plus, enjoy a sticky, sweet treat sold only in San Marcos. Manske Rolls, Ruben Becerra, Gil’s Broiler, 328 North LBJ Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666-5624 MAP 512-392-4595

Weekend of August 18th 2012

Show #1303

This week on Texas Country Reporter Summer Vacation…

Visit an old-fashioned sweet shop on the Galveston strand. La King’s Confectionery, Jack King, 2323 Strand Rear Street, Galveston, TX 77550, MAP 409-762-6100

Meet a husband and wife who make premium tables just for dominos. Mario & Shirley Bello, El Cubanito, 9500 NW 79 AVE, Suite 3, Miami, FL 33016 MAP 305-725-5412

Plus, we explore the unique tradition of 9-pin bowling in the Hill Country. Blanco Bowling Club Cafe, 310 Fourth St., Blanco, TX 78606 MAP 830-833-4416

Weekend of August 11th 2012

Show #1302

This week on Texas Country Reporter Summer Vacation…

Meet a man who’s taking a stand about his favorite water sport – stand up paddle boarding. Geoffrey Bailey, SUPNB.com, New Braunfels, TX MAP 830-660-9899

Visit a small town cafe where the chicken fried steaks can outnumber the citizens. Mary Tretter, Mary’s Cafe, 119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX MAP 254-672-5741

Plus, visit the “land of the sun” to see how one man makes a living combining art and science into sundials. John Carmichael, Sundial Sculptures, 925 East Foothills Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718 MAP 520-696-1709

Weekend of August 4th 2012

Show #1301

This week on Texas Country Reporter Summer Vacation…

Take a dip in one of the state’s best swimming holes. Charles Neuman, Wes Cooksey Park, Camp Wood, TX 78833 MAP 830-597-3223

See a sticky sight that’s as gross as it is engrossing. Market Theater Gum Wall, 1428 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101 MAP

Plus, go behind the scenes as a “penguin-keeper for a day” at Moody Gardens. Maggie Reynolds, Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554 MAP 409-683-4166

Weekend of July 28th 2012

Show #1300

This week on Texas Country Reporter Summer Vacation…

See Mount Rushmore like you never have before – up close and personal. We’ll meet the men who climb all over this national monument. Duane Bubac, Mount Rushmore Ropes Team, 13000 Highway 244, Keystone, South Dakota MAP 605-574-3171

Visit Galveston’s latest landmark fun spot – the rebuilt Pleasure Pier. Mark Cane, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, 2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston Island, TX 77550 MAP 1-855-789-7437

Plus, we’ll tour a collection of rare artifacts at the Alamo. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205 MAP 210-225-1071

Weekend of July 21st 2012

Show #1299

This week on Texas Country Reporter Summer Vacation…

Meet a man who’s bringing the far east to Fort Worth. Scott Brooks, Japanese Garden, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 MAP 817-871-7686

Tour an exclusive museum where the best artists will never be displayed. Louise Reilly Sacco, Museum of Bad Art (MOBA), 580 High Street, Dedham, Massachusetts 02026-1845 MAP 781-444-6757

Plus, visit an amusement park where children of all abilities get to play side-by-side. Gordon Hartman, Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive, San Antonio, TX 78233 MAP 210-637-3434

Weekend of July 14th 2012

Show #1298

This week on Texas Country Reporter Summer Vacation…

We’ll see what a man can do with a meteorite. Odessa Meteor Crater Museum, Tom Rodman, 3100 Meteor Crater Road, Odessa, TX 79764 MAP 432-381-0946. Meteorite Jewelry – Randy Bryant, P.O. Box 8009, Midland, TX 79708. 432-694-3822

We’ll find out exactly what’s in the middle of nowhere – Nowhere, Oklahoma.

And we’ll meet a family of dolphins who live along our Texas coast. George and Scarlet Colley, PO Box 2611, S. Padre Island, TX 78597 MAP 956-761-7178 or fin2feather@aol.com

Weekend of July 7th 2012

Show #1297

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet a high school coach who knows how to put together a winning team. Ray Bullock, 300 East Hendryx, Alpine, TX 79830 MAP 432-837-7710

Visit a fragrant factory where you can mix up almost any scent imaginable. Barry Clark, Scent Chips, 503 E. Nueva, San Antonio, TX 78205 MAP 1-800-472-3687

Plus, help one seafaring couple say goodbye to their floating home. John & Yvonne Laurenson, Corpus Christi, TX MAP

Weekend of June 30th 2012

Show #1296

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Why settle for a slice when you can eat the whole pie? Meet a baker whose itty, bitty treats are a big hit in the Panhandle. Skeeter Huffaker, Biti Pies, 604 S. Maryland St., Amarillo, TX 79106 MAP 806-367-6413

Visit an art gallery devoted to old-fashioned, hand-carved, duck decoys. R.D. Wilson, Blue Moose Gallery, Ben Wheeler, TX MAP 903-253-5256

Plus, see how this inspiring athlete raises the bar for her competition. Charlotte Brown, Rains High School, Emory, TX MAP

Weekend of June 23rd 2012

Show #1295

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet a man whose skateboard business is really ramping up. Max Saxon, Blitzkrieg Sk8z, Tyler, TX MAP 903-312-9131 mxlsx64@gmail.com

Turn up the heat on your tastebuds with the “Burger from Hell.” Rob Haas, Coyote Bluff Cafe, 2417 S. Grand, Amarillo, TX 79103 MAP 806-373-4640

Plus, see how one group rehabilitates injured sea turtles, and returns them to their natural habitat. Jeff George, Sea Turtles Inc., 6617 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 78597 MAP 956-761-4511

Weekend of June 16th 2012

Show #1294

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

He’s the busiest service technician in town, and you won’t believe how many calls the typewriter repairman gets. Ed Ellis, Best Services, 801 Avenue K, Plano, TX 75074 MAP 972-867-2220

See how a homegrown fashion designer turns old boots into cowgirl chic. Arlie Garrett, Rootin’ Tootin’ Boutique, Morgan Mill, TX MAP 254-965-8505

Plus, find out why a treasure ship carrying 15 thousand pounds of silver may still be buried along the Gulf Coast. Rick Stryker, Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History, 1900 North Chaparral Street Corpus Christi, TX 78401 MAP 361-826-4650

Weekend of June 9th 2012

Show #1293

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

We go to Austin to fetch three tales about man’s best friend.

Find out why pets make much better portrait subjects than people. Peggy Box, Austin, TX MAP

Visit a bakery that’s gone to the dogs. Diane Hamar, Tail Waggins Bakery, 2102 North Austin Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626 MAP 512-868-0047

And meet Piper, the amazing one-eyed painting bulldog. Artist Jessica Stone and Piper Stone, Austin, TX MAP 512-736-8608

Weekend of June 2nd 2012

Show #1292

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet a man preserving a family legacy of spectacular stained glass creations. Adrian Cavallini, Cavallini Studios, 3410 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201 MAP 210-733-8161

Visit a museum of the people, by the people, and for the people who love RV’s and travel trailers. Jack & Trent Sisemore, Sisemore RV Museum, 4341 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, TX MAP 806-358-4891

Plus, legendary boot maker Charlie Dunn may be gone, but his work lives on through his apprentice. Lee Miller, Texas Traditions, 2222 College Avenue, Austin, TX MAP 512-443-4447

Weekend of May 26th 2012

Show #1291

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet a high school coach who knows how to put together a winning team. Ray Bullock, 300 East Hendryx, Alpine, TX 79830 MAP 432-837-7710

Visit a fragrant factory where you can mix up almost any scent imaginable. Barry Clark, Scent Chips, 503 E. Nueva, San Antonio, TX 78205 MAP 1-800-472-3687

Plus, help one seafaring couple say goodbye to their floating home. John & Yvonne Laurenson, Corpus Christi, TX MAP

Weekend of May 19th 2012

Show #1290

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Why settle for a slice when you can eat the whole pie? Meet a baker whose itty, bitty treats are a big hit in the Panhandle. Skeeter Huffaker, Biti Pies, 604 S. Maryland St., Amarillo, TX 79106 MAP 806-367-6413

Visit an art gallery devoted to old-fashioned, hand-carved, duck decoys. R.D. Wilson, Blue Moose Gallery, Ben Wheeler, TX MAP 903-253-5256

Plus, see how this inspiring athlete raises the bar for her competition. Charlotte Brown, Rains High School, Emory, TX MAP

Weekend of May 12th 2012

Show #1289

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet a man whose skateboard business is really ramping up. Max Saxon, Blitzkrieg Sk8z, Tyler, TX MAP 903-312-9131 mxlsx64@gmail.com

Turn up the heat on your tastebuds with the “Burger from Hell.” Rob Haas, Coyote Bluff Cafe, 2417 S. Grand, Amarillo, TX 79103 MAP 806-373-4640

Plus, see how one group rehabilitates injured sea turtles, and returns them to their natural habitat. Jeff George, Sea Turtles Inc., 6617 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 78597 MAP 956-761-4511

Weekend of May 5th 2012

Show #1288

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

He’s the busiest service technician in town, and you won’t believe how many calls the typewriter repairman gets. Ed Ellis, Best Services, 801 Avenue K, Plano, TX 75074 MAP 972-867-2220

See how a homegrown fashion designer turns old boots into cowgirl chic. Arlie Garrett, Rootin’ Tootin’ Boutique, Morgan Mill, TX MAP 254-965-8505

Plus, find out why a treasure ship carrying 15 thousand pounds of silver may still be buried along the Gulf Coast. Rick Stryker, Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History, 1900 North Chaparral Street Corpus Christi, TX 78401 MAP 361-826-4650

Weekend of April 28th 2012

Show #1287

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

We go to Austin to fetch three tales about man’s best friend.

Find out why pets make much better portrait subjects than people. Peggy Box, Austin, TX MAP

Visit a bakery that’s gone to the dogs. Diane Hamar, Tail Waggins Bakery, 2102 North Austin Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626 MAP 512-868-0047

And meet Piper, the amazing one-eyed painting bulldog. Artist Jessica Stone and Piper Stone, Austin, TX MAP 512-736-8608

Weekend of April 21st 2012

Show #1286

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Meet a man preserving a family legacy of spectacular stained glass creations. Adrian Cavallini, Cavallini Studios, 3410 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201 MAP 210-733-8161

Visit a museum of the people, by the people, and for the people who love RV’s and travel trailers. Jack & Trent Sisemore, Sisemore RV Museum, 4341 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, TX MAP 806-358-4891

Plus, legendary boot maker Charlie Dunn may be gone, but his work lives on through his apprentice. Lee Miller, Texas Traditions, 2222 College Avenue, Austin, TX MAP 512-443-4447

Weekend of April 14th 2012

Show #1285

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Stare into the soul of small-town Texas with help from an expert photographer. Keith Carter, From Uncertain to Blue, Beaumont, TX MAP

Meet a salesman who’s always up to something fishy. The Candle Man sells some of the strangest scents you’ve ever smelled. Rick Presley, The Candleman, Arlington, TX MAP

Plus, see how the fragile beauty of the whooping crane inspires one versatile artist. Sazon whooping crane art, 114 N. Austin Street, Rockport, TX MAP

Weekend of April 7th 2012

Show #1284

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

See what a world-class artist can create with little more than beeswax and a blowtorch. Darrell Troppy, 1393 Broadway, Beaumont, TX 77704 MAP 361-947-1871

Meet a man who bangs out unique jewelry faster than a speeding bullet. Jacob Burow, Impact Accessories, Bryan, TX MAP

Plus, watch these wild mustangs go from pasture to pen, thanks to one gifted horse trainer. Robert Carlson, Western Clinics, Paradise, TX MAP

Weekend of March 31st 2012

Show #1283

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Visit a hardware store that’s completely off the grid. The Industrial Country Market makes its own power, water, and food; and they’ll show you how you can, too. Dan Bretch, Industrial Country Market, 1799 Highway 71, Columbus, TX MAP 979-732-6565

Tour a bb gun collection that’s the envy of anyone who was told “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Sam Pope, Unique Antiques, 138 E. Sylvan St/Hwy 290, Carmine, TX 78932 MAP 979-278-3690

Plus, see how the dedication of the Crystal City Internment Camp has led to healing for hundreds of families. Crystal City, TX MAP Contact: William McWhorter, Texas Historical Commission, 108 West 16th Street, Austin, TX 78701 Phone: 512-463-6096

Weekend of March 24th 2012

Show #1282

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

See how this El Paso sculptor blends art with household appliances. Margarita Cabrera, El Paso, TX MAP 915-309-5957

Visit the ultimate “man cave,” an antique store that only has one rule – “No sewing machines!” Compton Creel & Robert Owen, M’Antiques, 424 W. Davis, Dallas, TX 75208 MAP 214-680-4960

Plus, meet a man preserving Southern heritage from the era just after the Civil War. Sam Collins III, Stringfellow Orchards, 7902 HWY 6, Hitchcock, TX 77563 MAP 409-256-3822

Weekend of March 17th 2012

Show #1281

This week…

It’s a tale of two schools as we go from large to small. First, see how the biggest marching band in Texas 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, Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, TX 76051 MAP 469-444-3050

Weekend of March 10th 2012

Show #1280

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

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 March 3rd 2012

Show #1279

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Stare into the soul of small-town Texas with help from an expert photographer. Keith Carter, From Uncertain to Blue, Beaumont, TX MAP

Meet a salesman who’s always up to something fishy. The Candle Man sells some of the strangest scents you’ve ever smelled. Rick Presley, The Candleman, Arlington, TX MAP

Plus, see how the fragile beauty of the whooping crane inspires one versatile artist. Sazon whooping crane art, 114 N. Austin Street, Rockport, TX MAP

Weekend of February 25th 2012

Show #1278

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

See what a world-class artist can create with little more than beeswax and a blowtorch. Darrell Troppy, 1393 Broadway, Beaumont, TX 77704 MAP 361-947-1871

Meet a man who bangs out unique jewelry faster than a speeding bullet. Jacob Burow, Impact Accessories, Bryan, TX MAP

Plus, watch these wild mustangs go from pasture to pen, thanks to one gifted horse trainer. Robert Carlson, Western Clinics, Paradise, TX MAP

Weekend of February 18th 2012

Show #1277

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

Visit a hardware store that’s completely off the grid. The Industrial Country Market makes its own power, water, and food; and they’ll show you how you can, too. Dan Bretch, Industrial Country Market, 1799 Highway 71, Columbus, TX MAP 979-732-6565

Tour a bb gun collection that’s the envy of anyone who was told “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Sam Pope, Unique Antiques, 138 E. Sylvan St/Hwy 290, Carmine, TX 78932 MAP 979-278-3690

Plus, see how the dedication of the Crystal City Internment Camp has led to healing for hundreds of families. Crystal City, TX MAP Contact: William McWhorter, Texas Historical Commission, 108 West 16th Street, Austin, TX 78701 Phone: 512-463-6096

Weekend of February 11th 2012

Show #1276

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

See how this El Paso sculptor blends art with household appliances. Margarita Cabrera, El Paso, TX MAP 915-309-5957

Visit the ultimate “man cave,” an antique store that only has one rule – “No sewing machines!” Compton Creel & Robert Owen, M’Antiques, 424 W. Davis, Dallas, TX 75208 MAP 214-680-4960

Plus, meet a man preserving Southern heritage from the era just after the Civil War. Sam Collins III, Stringfellow Orchards, 7902 HWY 6, Hitchcock, TX 77563 MAP 409-256-3822

Weekend of February 4th 2012

Show #1275

This week…

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 January 28th 2012

Show #1274

This week…

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 January 21st 2012

Show #1273

This week…

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 January 14th 2012

Show #1272

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

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 January 7th 2012

Show #1271

This week on Texas Country Reporter…

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

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