RFD TV Episodes

Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, 2014

Show # 1353, originally aired 08.03.13

Meet an announcer whose Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame immortalizes local legends. Al Pickett, Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame, 241 Pine St., Abilene, TX 79601 Phone: 325-668-3685 info@bigcountryhalloffame.org

Soar along a summer ocean breeze with help from one tiny kite shop. Ralph Pyle, Fly It Port A Kite Shop, 405 W Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX 78373 Phone: 361-749-4190

Plus, find out why this herd of goats is wandering through the middle of town. Lani Malmberg, Ewe4ic Ecological Services, Cheyenne, WY Phone: 970-219-0451

Show # 986, originally aired 07.22.06

Get new parts for your old car from the Antique Auto Collector. Stacy Brown, Antique Auto Supply, 1225 Colorado, Arlington, TX 76015. Phone: (817) 275-2381

Find out how one Korean War veteran became the last person to ever graduate high school in Spade, Texas. Sherman Jones, Phone: 806-622-2258

Plus, check in with the winners of last summer’s Texas Country Star competition. Now 10 City Run is taking to the airwaves with their first single and a brand new video! www.10cityrun.com

Oct. 20 – 26, 2014

Show # 1352, originally aired 07.27.13

It’s one of the best boulder climbing spots in the world, and it’s right here in Texas. Jason Kehl, bouldering guide, Hueco Tanks State Park, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1 , El Paso, TX 79938 Phone: 915-857-1135

Take a load off at an historic hotel in the middle of nowhere. Hotel El Capitan, 100 E. Broadway, Van Horn, TX 79855 Phone: 877-283-1220

Plus, see how one man uses his artistic mind to preserve Native American culture. Duane Pasco, Poulsbo, WA Phone: 360-779-5584

Show # 977, originally aired 05.20.06

Learn how to make the ultimate handyman accessory, duct tape wallets! That’s right, duct tape wallets! Louise Stevens, 960 Pecan St. Azle, TX 76020 Phone: (214) 802-9175 or johnny.stevens2@gte.net

Enjoy classy cuisine made from farm fresh Texas foods in San Antonio. Brian & Elise Montgomery, Texas Farm to Table, 312 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78215 Phone: (210) 444-1404

Plus, find out why they call them cow-BOYS instead of cow-MEN. Riggin Johnson, Paducah, TX

Oct. 13 – 19, 2014

Show # 1351, originally aired 07.20.13

Beat the summer heat with one artist’s sub-zero sculptures. Terry Gouley, Midland, TX Phone: 432-522-1573 www.icemasters.com

Find out why a herd of buffalo are flying over Abilene. Frontier Texas!, 625 North First Street, Abilene, TX 79601 Phone: 325-437-2800

Plus, take a trip to the birthplace of the kazoo and see how this humble instrument gets a handmade touch. The Original American Kazoo Company, 8703 South Main Street, Eden, NY 14057 Phone: 716-992-3960

Show # 976, originally aired 05.13.06

Meet a painter whose innovative technique is a stroke of genius. John Bramblitt, Denton, TX. www.bramblitt.net

Find out why two thousand British Royal Air Force pilots came to Texas during World War Two. Henry Madgwick, No 1 BFTS Museum Inc. 119 Silent Wings Blvd. Terrell, TX 75160 Phone: (972) 524-1714

Plus, visit a museum dedicated to life during the Great Depression. Robert Smith, 1013 South 7th, Lamesa, TX. Phone: (806) 872-3413

Oct. 6 – 12, 2014

Show # 1343, originally aired 05.25.13

Find out where famous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde were laid to rest.

Meet a woman whose festive footwear funds food bank philanthropy. Vicki Siptak, San Antonio, TX Phone: 210-496-7755 vicki-siptak@satx.rr.com

Experience the beauty of nature at Texas’ Best Arboretum.

Plus, meet astronomers exploring “the final frontier” from a remote, west Texas outpost. Professor Don Winget, 3640 Dark Sky Drive, McDonald Observatory, TX 79734 Phone: 877-984-7827

Show # 975, originally aired 05.06.06

Meet a man with a passion for the spinning windmills of West Texas. Kees Verheul, PO Box 5110, San Angelo, TX 76902. Phone: (800) 854-1656, E-mail: aermotor@wcc.net or visit aermotorwindmill.com

Cross the Rio Grande aboard the last hand pulled ferry on the US border. Los Ebanos, TX

Plus, meet a man named Ran Horn, from Van Horn, an artist who’s obsessed with…none other than…Van Gogh. Ran Horn’s Van Gogh Gallery, 202 East Broadway, Van Horn, TX. www.vangoghtx.com

Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2014

1342.1

Show # 1342, originally aired 05.18.13

Take the high road up to the highest point in Texas – Guadalupe Peak.

Bid, set and score with domino die-hards at the Texas State 42 Championship. Hallettsville, TX Book: Winning 42 by Dennis Roberson.

Find out who makes Texas’ Best Ice Cream.

Plus, it’s the only business in Valentine. Find out why this far flung dentist prefers to be in the middle of nowhere. Iris Korus, Valentine, TX Phone: 432-467-2064

Show # 974, originally aired 04.29.06

Find out if a bird in the hand is really worth two in the bush. Ron Smith, 100 W. Moore Rd. #24, Pharr, TX 78577. Phone: 956-781-4542 or www.northbirding.com/carver

Meet a man who’s busy as a bee making all natural wax candles. Jon Peavy, 132 Fort McKavitt St., Mason, TX 76856. Phone: 888-574-2445 or beeswaxco.com

Plus, he calls them hurricane Rita’s forgotten victims; fallen oaks, pines, and magnolia trees. Now this East Texas artist is putting wasted wood to good use. Keith Allison, 3865 N. Tram, Vidor, TX. Phone: 409-783-9882 or www.allisonartgallery.com

Sept. 22 – 28, 2014

Show # 1341, originally aired 05.11.13

Take a tour of the BBQ Capital of Texas. Lockhart, TX

Meet a woman who finds art hiding inside of sardine cans. Grace Walker, La Grange, TX Phone: 512-581-2849

Cool off at your picks for Texas Best Lake.

Plus, drive down the road in style with help from Honest John’s Caddy Corner. John Foust, 12603 W Fm 407, Justin, TX Phone: 888-592-2339

Show # 973, originally aired 04.22.06

Meet up with our old friend from West Texas at the Hotel Limpia. Joe Duncan, Hotel Limpia, P.O. Box 1838 Ft. Davis, TX 79734. Phone: 1-800-662-5517 or www.hotellimpia.com

Discover the hidden healing powers of native plants in the South Texas scrub brush. Benito Treviño, P.O. Box 442, Rio Grande City, TX 78582. Phone: 956-486-2576 or www.rancholomitas.com

Plus, find out why one artist is making myths out of metal. The answer…is blowin’ in the wind. David Smith, 16818 Red Gully Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Phone: 281-277-2974. dsmith192001@yahoo.com or www.davidsmithart.com

Sept. 15 – 21, 2014

Show # 1340, originally aired 05.04.13

Zoom through the Hill Country on the fastest highway in the country – Toll Road 130.

Take to the skies with a family who breathes new life into old airplanes. Ezell Aviation, Nelson & Chad Ezell, 622 County Road 150, #311, Breckenridge, TX Phone: 254-559-3051

Find out our viewer’s choice for Texas’ Best Mexican Food.

Plus, feel the music all around you with a group of strolling string players. Satin Strings, Permian High School Orchestra, Todd Berridge, 1800 E 42nd St, Odessa, TX 79762 Phone: 432-456-0039

Show # 972, originally aired 04.15.06

Meet a fisherman who picked up a plasma cutter, headed for the junkyard and reeled in some art. Michael Gilbert, Michael’s Metals. Phone: 281-996-0779. Friendswood, TX

Travel to South Texas to watch the birdwatchers at the World Birding Center. Jennifer Owen, World Birding Center, 2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive. Mission, TX 78572. Phone: 956-584-9156 Ext. 234 www.worldbirdingcenter.org

Plus, visit the renovation of a historic West Texas home that once housed two presidents. Bill Scott, PO Box 8586 Midland, TX 79708. Phone: 866-684-4380. Home located at: 1412 West Ohio Ave. Midland, TX 79701. www.bushchildhoodhome.org

Sept. 8 – 14, 2014

Show # 1339, originally aired 04.27.13

See how hordes of volunteers are helping Mother Nature repair herself at historic Bastrop State Park. Jamie Hackett, Park Superintendent Phone: 512-321-1673

Pete Smith, Texas A&M Forest Service  Phone: 979-458-6650

Andrea Fonseca – Aggie Replant

Then, meet a couple who lost their home, but not their resolve, as they personally rebuild using the very trees that caught fire. Robert & Jamaica Morz, Lost Pines Log Pull, Paige, Texas

Show # 965, originally aired 02.25.06

It’s a little bit shuffleboard and a little bit bowling. Find out why curling fever is sliding into Texas. Mark Davis, E-mail: mdavis@wbap.com website: www.dfwcurling.com Duncanville, TX

Meet a woman who’s making an impression on the art world with her unique printing techniques. Deda Garlitz, Photo gallery: DedaGarlitzArt.Shutterfly.com E-mail: dgarlitz@ktc.com Kerrville, TX

Plus, visit the only drugstore/soda shop in the world where you can sit and sip a secret concoction called The Grapefruit Highball. Therman Bridges, 104 E. Columbia, San Augustine, TX 75972. Phone: 936-275-3401

Sept. 1 – 7, 2014

Show # 1338, originally aired 04.20.13

Take a drive down memory lane at Dick’s Classic Car Garage. Dick Burdick, 120 Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, TX Phone: 512-878-2406

Meet an artist whose work has a heavenly glow. Stacey Watkins. Art displayed at Your Private Collection Gallery, 106 N. Houston, Granbury TX 76048 Phone: 817-579-7733

Plan a road trip to view Texas Best Wildflowers.

Plus, see how one small town landed the big radio voice of a living legend. DJ Barry Kaye, KHLB 102.5, Mason, TX

Show # 964, originally aired 02.18.06

Travel to Coleman, Texas where bootmaking is a family tradition. Tex Robin, 115 W. 8th Street Box 35, Coleman, TX 76834. Phone: 325-625-5556. www.texrobinboots.com

Sidle up to the soda fountain for a real root beer float at The Old Store. Don Frei, 712 Hwy. 320 Westphaila, TX 76656. Phone: 254-584-4994. www.theoldstorewestphalia.com

Plus, find out why one West Texas town is going to pieces. John & Bette Hope, 211 Ninth Street, Levelland, TX 79336. Phone: 806-894-4062. E-mail: jdhope@llano.net

Aug. 25 – 31, 2014

Show # 1331, originally aired 03.02.13

Go shopping at a store that sells nothing but mariachi supplies. Rene Benavidez, Mariachi Connection, 2106 W. Commerce St., San Antonio, TX 78207 Phone: 210-271-3655

Visit a museum dedicated to homegrown hoops players. Coach Bob Springer, Texas Basketball Museum, Corner of Augsburg Avenue & Hauptstrasse Street, Carmine, TX Phone: 979-278-4222

Find out which steakhouses were voted Texas Best.

Plus, meet a photographer who’s preserving historic images for future generations. Ron Randolf, Doc McGregor Collection, Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History, 1900 N. Chaparral Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 Phone: 361-826-4667

Show # 963, originally aired 02.11.06

The fuel is unleaded and the food is premium. Find out where you can get gasoline and gourmet grub all under one roof. Franson Nwaeze, Chef Point Cafe. 5901 Watauga Road, Watauga, TX 76148. Phone: 817-656-0080. www.chefpointcafe.org E-mail: chefpoint@comcast.net

And for dessert, dig into the valley’s newest taste sensation – grapefruit pie! Will & Julie Klement, 4508 N. Taylor Rd. McAllen, TX 78504. Phone: 800-580-1002. E-mail: mrscitrus@aol.com

Plus, he’s painting the town in reds, greens and blues, but he’ll be spending the night in the county jail. Harry Hamlin c/o County Attorney Steve Payson, 2201 South 5th Street, Lamesa, TX 79331. Phone: 806-872-5610

Aug. 18 – 24, 2014

1330.4

Show # 1330, originally aired 02.23.13

Find out how one historic, Dallas diner is still on a roll after 75 years. Michael Sealy, The Mecca, Dallas, TX Phone: 214-325-0051

Cast a line at a family-friendly fishing pier that’s become a local tradition. Copano Pier, Rockport, TX

Expand your cultural horizons at Texas Best Art Museums.

Plus, renowned artist Bill Worrell shows us his latest, and most personal project ever. Garden of Thorns, Art, TX

Show # 962, originally aired 02.04.06

Folks are flocking to this Gulf Coast souvenier shop to meet the biggest celebrity in Port Aransas. Cassandra Clark and Chester. P.O. Box 2608 Port Aransas, TX 78373. Phone: 361-749-7602

He takes beat up basses and makes them new again. Meet a restorer who won’t let the music die. David Graham. Graham’s String Shop, 1936 East Abram St. Arlington, TX 76010. Phone: 817-861-2518. www.grahamsstringshop.com

Plus, see what happens when a potter throws new light into an ancient art form. Bill and Maggie Finley. Finley Pottery, 6914 CR 271 Mico, TX 78056. Phone: 830-612-2030. www.finepots.com

Aug. 11 – 17, 2014

Show # 1329, originally aired 02.16.13

See how the activities at one museum bring the past to life. Museum of the Coastal Bend, 2200 East Red River Victoria, TX 77901 Phone: 361-582-2511

Find out what happens to every piece of lost, abandoned, and seized airport property in Texas. Lisa Spencer, State of Texas Surplus Store, 6506 Bolm Road Austin, TX 78721-1990 Phone: 512-463-1990

Tour the parks that finished atop our poll for Texas Best Camping.

Plus, visit the most diverse animal sanctuary in the country. Ben Callison & Noelle Almrud, Black Beauty Ranch, 12526 County Road 3806, Murchison, TX 75778 Phone: 903-469-3811

Show # 952, originally aired 11.26.05

Meet a farmer who’s turning bad breath into big business. Bob Anderson, Gourmet Garlic Gardens. 12300 FM 1176 Bangs, TX 76823. www.gourmetgarlicgardens.com Phone: (866) 348-3049

Go on a night time swamp tour in search of the state’s biggest lizards. Amos Cooper, 10 Parks and Wildlife Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77640. Phone: (409)736-2551 or amos.cooper@tpwd.state.tx

Plus, find out how one south Texas grocery man is bringing a big sound to little towns. Jim Helmke, La Vernia, TX. E-mail: paradesound@yahoo.com

Aug. 4 – 10, 2014

Show # 1328, originally aired 02.09.13

Find out which town is named after a historic “round rock.”

Visit an old-fashioned shoe-repair business that’s been operating for more than 100 years. Messina’s Shoe Repair, Grapevine, TX Phone: 817-481-2721

Chow down at our viewers’ choice for Texas Best Burger Joint.

Plus, meet an inspiring artist who uses glass to reflect on her culture. Enedina Vasquez, San Antonio, TX

Show # 951, originally aired 11.19.05

Meet a couple determined to revive Vaudeville. Granger and Penny Esch, Salado Silver Spur. www.saladosilverspur.com

Visit a hotel where everyday is a blessing. Helen Feldhousen, Hotel Blessing. www.hotelblessing.com

And find out how one woman is hot on the trail of Texas history. Lisa Lee. 3615 Valley Haven Dr. Kingwood, TX 77339. Phone: (281) 359-6607.

July 28 – Aug. 3, 2014

Show # 1316, originally aired 11.17.12

Meet an obsessed collector with an 8-track mind. Bucks Burnett, 8 Track Tape Museum, 2630 E. Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75226 Phone: 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 Phone: 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 Phone: 325-672-3903

Show # 950, originally aired 11.12.05

Discover who’s behind the classical murals of Fredericksburg, TX. Lee and Matt Casbeer, LMC Murals. Call 866-493-4863 or visit www.lmcmurals.com for more information.

Meet a man who’s a real model citizen. Edgar Seay Sr., MAL Hobby Shop. 108 S. Lee St. Irving, Texas 75060. 972-438-9233  or toll free in the USA at 877 602 2366. www.malhobby.com

And see why everyday’s a piece of cake for one East Texas baker. Margie Begley. Phone: 409-584-1447. Broaddus, TX.

July 21 – 27, 2014

Show # 1315, originally aired 11.10.12

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

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

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 Phone: 210-621-0044

Show # 949, originally aired 11.05.05

Discover how many mesquite trees it takes to make a forest. Carrie Atchison: 806–746–5801, or mail to Rt. 3 Box 216 Lubbock, TX 7940

Hit the nail on the head…at the hammer museum! Butch Lackey, Hammer Museum 540 S. San Antonio St. Center Point, TX. Phone: 830-634-7783

Plus, twin sisters take us back to simpler times through the art of poetry. Jo Ellen Fant: 409-962-1250, Mail to- 4000 Harrison, Groves, TX 77619 and Dorothy Roberts: 409-722-5515, Mail to- 215 Hardy Ave., Nederland, Tx 77627. For book purchasing, please visit their website. Or contact Susan Seymour at 409-727-7471, or mail to 1828 Franklin, Nederland, TX 77627

July 14 – 20, 2014

Show # 1314, originally aired 11.03.12

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

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

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 Phone: 806-828-5900 

Show # 948, originally aired 10.29.05

They’re a husband and wife team that really mows down the competition. Tim and Patty Robinson of the LSMRA. Email Patty: preciousmowments@boldwireless.net or Tim: mowron@boldwireless.net or visit www.mowerracing.com for more information.

Meet an artist who is really making waves in Seadrift, TX. Dieter Erhard, the Art=Center Seadrift. Call 361-785 5050 or write to 601-609 Broadway, Seadrift TX 79833. Visit www.artcenter-seadrift.com for more information.

And find out why birdwatchers are flocking to one South Texas backyard. Allen Williams: 956-460-9864, or mail to 750 W. Sam Houston, Pharr, TX 78577

July 7 – 13, 2014

Show # 1313, originally aired 10.27.12

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

Meet a woman who got tangled up in the jewelry business. Tanya White, Round Rock, TX Phone: 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 Phone: 940-322-1895

Show # 947, originally aired 10.22.05

He’s a former Texas Master Plumber who gave up wrench wrangling for finger picking. Chuck Lee, Lee Banjo Company, 112 Silverwood Ovilla, Texas 75154. Call (972) 617-5576 or visit www.leebanjos.com for more information.

He’s a hard workin’ cop that’s really hoofin’ it. Officer Maurice Floyd of the Fort Worth Police Department Mounted Patrol. Visit www.fortworthpd.com/mounted.htm for more information.

Meet a man who holds a special seat at the Capitol. Richard Eisenhour, Collections Coordinator. 201 E. 14th St. Austin, TX Phone: 512-463-5495

June 30 – July 6, 2014

Show # 1311, originally aired 10.03.12

Meet a man keeping the night bright with neon lights in Austin. Todd Sanders, Roadhouse Relics, 1720 S. First Street, Austin, TX 78704 Phone: 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

Show # 943, originally aired 09.24.05

There’s junk and then there’s good junk. Meet a man who’s got acres and acres of the best junk around. Paul Nerren’s Junk Barn, 4500 Hwy.59 North Lufkin, TX 75901, Phone: 939.632.2580

Plus take in historic Gruene, Texas, at the Gruene Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast. Ki Klepas, 1235 Gruene Rd. New Braunfels, TX 78130 or e-mail at grueneapple.com or Phone: 830.643.1234

Find a place called the Burnt Biscuit Bakery, where coffee and conversation make for a warm welcome in the middle of nowhere. Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit, 506 E. 1st St. Hwy 90, Marathon, TX 79842 Phone: 915-386-9020

June 23 – 29, 2014

Show # 1310, originally aired 10.06.12

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 Phone: 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 Phone: 800-525-9537

Show # 942, originally aired 09.17.05

Find out why folks are flocking to this south plains farm to get lost in a corn field.
Cornfield Maze, James and Patti Simpson, Box 6323 FM 1294, Lubbock, TX 79415, Phone: 806-787-4222.

It looks like nothing but a deep hole in the ground, but when darkness begins to fall, nature puts on an aerial show. Devil’s Sinkhole Society, Ben Banahan, Ben: PO Box 115, Rocksprings, TX 78880
Society: 101 Sweeten Street, Rocksprings, TX 78880
Society: 830-683-BATS, Ben: 830-683-2406

Plus, it really, really is…the biggest burger in Texas. Arnold’s Burger, 1611 S. Washington St. Amarillo, TX 79102, Phone: 806-372-1741.

June 16 – 22, 2014

Show # 1309, originally aired 09.29.12

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

Meet a painter who’s always brewing up new ideas. Alyssa Derrick, Monk’s Coffee Shop, 233 Cypress, Abilene, TX 79601 Phone: 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 Phone: 903-843-2025

Show # 925, originally aired 05.21.05

Meet a man who sees a thing of beauty in every wrecked car on his lot. Jerry Perry, Crashmasters. 7413 Andrews Highway, Odessa, TX 79765. Phone: 432-339-0265.

Discover an impressive petaled display of flowers that’s downright wild. Sam Jones, Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens. 8545 South Staples Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78413. Phone: (361) 852-2100 www.ccbotanicalgardens.org

Plus, follow the majestic flight of a South Texas falcon up and down the western hemisphere. Alan Tennant, Wildlife Researcher. Phone: 432-386-4119

June 9 – 15, 2014

Show # 1308, originally aired 09.22.12

See what’s lurking in the woods near Glen Rose. Dinosaur World, 1058 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043 Phone: 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 Phone: 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 Phone: 361-749-3800

Show # 924, originally aired 05.15.05

March with us to San Antonio, and meet a man who’s keeping up the beat with his past. Fred Diaz-Alamo City Band, American Legion Hall, Post 2, 3518 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78201. Phone: (210)-733-0120. www.alamocityband.org

Take a peek into an oh-so-silent South Texas House of Prayer. Father Kelly- Lebh Shomea House of Prayer- La Parra Ranch, P.O. Box 9, Sarita, TX 78385. Phone: (361)-294-5369. www.lebhshomea.org

Plus, when it comes to capturing Kodak moments in the wild, this photographer is a natural. Ruth Hoyt- Puerto Rico Ranch, PO Box 3, Linn, TX 78563. Phone: (956) 481-3700. www.ruthhoyt.com

June 2 – 8, 2014

Show # 1307, originally aired 09.15.12

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

Meet a man who brings a little island flavor to the mainland. Kevin Kavanagh, Tiki Loco, Crystal Beach, TX Phone: 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 Phone: 806-428-3434

Show # 923, originally aired 05.07.05

Head southwest in search of some really big bluebonnets. Waynelle Strachan at the Old Alazan Ranch. 122281 N. Lood Rd. Clint, TX 79836. www.texasbluebonnet.com  

Plus, She’s been inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, but just wait till you see what this natural born roper calls her greatest pride of all. Sherri Mell & the R.O.P.E.R. Team. P.O. Box 201512, San Antonio, TX 78220. Phone: 210-633-2042, www.eisd.net, smell@eisd.net or roperapp@thebigjungle.net

May 26 – June 1, 2014

1306.1

Show # 1306, originally aired 09.08.12

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

Show # 922, originally aired 04.30.05

Spend some time in the workshop with the blind handymen. Phil Parr and the Blind Handyman Show. Phone: 936-634-9500, 1604 Southwood, Lufkin, TX 75904. phil@philparr.net , www.acbradio.org

Find out why this East Texas artist loves making homes for gnomes. Joseph Hopps of Arbor Castle Birdhouses. www.arborcastlebirdhouses.com

Plus, meet four men from four walks of life who are making one incredible sound. Fraven Adams Phone: 806-765-0050. Singing Plainsmen -806-795-9978 . Lubbock, TX. www.harmonize.com/singingplainsmen/

May 19 – 25, 2014

Show # 1305, originally aired 09.01.12

Stop by a jewelry shop with a curious display of pencil carvings. Scott Beranek, Scott’s Jewelry, 1503 S Jackson St, Jacksonville, TX 75766 Phone: 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 Phone: 903-724-4154

Show # 921, originally aired 04.23.05

Find out how these East Texas cowpokes have found their way back to the farm via New York City. Guy and Pip Gillette at the Camp St. Cafe. 215 S. Third Street, Crockett, TX 75835. For more info dial (936) 544 8656 or toll free, (877) 544 8656. Visit the Camp Street Cafe on the web at www.campstreetcafe.com

Meet a couple of cousins who have brought art and commerce back to downtown Golden, Texas. Karen Musgraves and Cathy Pegues. Belben Nest Gallery. FM 779 & 1799, Golden, Texas. Phone: 903-768-2335. Visit www.texaspaintedladies.com or www.belbennest.com .

Plus, there hasn’t been a movie theater in Marfa for as long as anybody can remember but a blind man on a bicycle is bringing the silver screen back to life. Gary Olliver. P.O. Box 1174, Marfa, TX 79843. Phone: 432-729-4280. Email Gary at golliver@sbcglobal.net

May 12 – 18, 2014

Show # 1304, originally aired 08.25.12

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 Phone: 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 Phone: 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 Phone: 512-392-4595

Show # 920, originally aired 04.16.05

Find out how Decatur High School is getting more horse power with girl power. Rick Elmore, Decatur High School, 1201 W. Thompson Street Decatur, Texas 76234. Phone: 940-627-2155. www.decatur.esc11.net/Campuses/dhs/

Roll a few frames with a custom fit bowling ball. Pete and Mike Joseph. 8951 Dyer El Paso, TX 79904. Phone: 915-751-4551.

Plus, meet an East Texas woman who’s threading the past to the present by restoring old quilts. Genell Dement. Phone: 903-639-4147. Hughes Springs, Texas.

May 5 – 11, 2014

Show # 1303, originally aired 08.18.12

Visit an old-fashioned sweet shop on the Galveston strand. La King’s Confectionery, Jack King, 2323 Strand Rear Street, Galveston, TX 77550, Phone: 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 Phone: 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 Phone: 830-833-4416

Show # 919, originally aired 04.09.05

Find out why this legendary law enforcement officer is responsible for the phrase…One riot, one Ranger. Joaquin Jackson and Liz Jackson, Box C101 – Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, TX. 79830. Phone: 432-837-8143.

Is it art or is it junk? Meet an artist with a welder who says it’s a little bit of both. Gary Russell, 5380 Creekside, Melissa, TX 75454. Phone: 972-837-2365

Plus, her distinctive voice has taken this yodeling cowgirl from Fort Worth all the way around the world. Devon Dawson, Phone: 817-521-4969, www.cowtownopry.org, dawson@ev1.net

Apr. 28 – May 4, 2014

1302.1

Show # 1302, originally aired 08.11.12

Meet a man who’s taking a stand about his favorite water sport – stand up paddle boarding. Geoffrey Bailey, SUPNB.com, New Braunfels, TX Phone: 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 Phone: 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 Phone: 520-696-1709

Show # 913, originally aired 02.26.05

Explore the final frontier with a handmade telescope. Tom Noe, Teleport Telescopes, 4030 North Highway 78, Wylie, TX, 75098. Phone: 972-442-5232. www.teleporttelescopes.com tomnoe@teleporttelescopes.com

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of an Old West oasis. Dieter Gerzymisch, Cattleman’s Steakhouse, near Fabens, TX (30 Miles east of El Paso) Phone: (915) 544-3200. www.cattlemanssteakhouse.com

Plus, find out why this Texas author is singing the blues. Kathleen Hudson, PhD. P.O. Box 291945 Kerrville, TX. 78029. Phone: 830-792-1945.

Apr. 21 – 27, 2014

Show # 1301, originally aired 08.04.12

Take a dip in one of the state’s best swimming holes. Charles Neuman, Wes Cooksey Park, Camp Wood, TX 78833 Phone: 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

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 Phone: 409-683-4166

Show # 912, originally aired 02.19.05

Meet a fire fighter who never gets tired of the daily grind. Jonathan Flynn, Fireman’s Coffee, 1802 Winding Hollow, Katy, TX. 77450. Phone: 281-398-6747 or 281-808-3766. www.lonestarcoffees.com

Plus, re-visit the red earth of Tara right here in Texas. Bobbie Hardy, Gone With The Wind Museum, 408 Taylor Street, Jefferson, TX 75657. Phone: 903-665-1939. www.scarlettohardy.com

Find out why the war in Iraq is hitting close to home for this close-knit family of shoe cobblers. Jaret and Walter Tatar, Wayne’s Shoe Repair, 407 West Main, Denison, TX 75020. Phone: 903-465-9301

Apr. 14 – 20, 2014

Show # 1300, originally aired 07.28.12

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 Phone: 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 Phone: 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 Phone: 210-225-1071

Show # 911, originally aired 02.12.05

Meet a man who’s coming out of retirement to perform a real class act. M.G. Vasquez, Lounge Singer, 109 Bowling Green Drive, Victoria, TX. 77904. Phone: 361-578-4763.Mvasquez@cox-internet.com www.entertainmentbymg.com

 Find out why El Paso locals are going loco for “The old place by the graveyard.” Leo Duran, L & J Cafe. 3622 East Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903. Phone: 915-566-8418

Plus, discover how a historic and nearly forgotten hotel found it’s salvation…in the sweet strains of a melody. John Defoore, Beckham Hotel. 115 E Commerce St. Mineola, TX 75773. Phone: 903-569-8037. www.pineywoodspicknparlor.com

Apr. 7 – 13, 2014

Show # 1299, originally aired 07.21.12

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 Phone: 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 Phone: 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 Phone: 210-637-3434

Show # 902, originally aired 12.11.04

It’s a little bit of Hollywood right here in Texas, find out how this pint-sized production team is making movies. Linda Seto, Young Actors Studio, 11496 Luna Rd Suite G Dallas, TX 75234. Phone: 972-401-2090.
http://www.youngactors.org/

contact@youngactors.org

Learn where to get tamales by the truckload. Mike and Mark Hale, Pedro’s Tamales, Phone: 800-522-9531. www.pedrostamales.com
pedro@tamale.com

Plus, it’s the final chapter in the history of a beloved Gulf Coast Landmark.
Matagorda Island State Park
PO Box 117, Port O’Connor TX 77982
361.983.2215
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/matagisl/
 
Matagorda Island Foundation
PO Box 557 Port La Vaca, TX 77979
361.552.7621
http://www.matagordalighthouse.com/

Mar. 31 – Apr. 6, 2014

1298.2

Show # 1298, originally aired 07.14.12

We’ll see what a man can do with a meteorite. Odessa Meteor Crater Museum, Tom Rodman, 3100 Meteor Crater Road, Odessa, TX 79764 Phone: 432-381-0946. Meteorite Jewelry – Randy Bryant, P.O. Box 8009, Midland, TX 79708. Phone: 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 Phone: 956-761-7178 or fin2feather@aol.com

Show # 901, originally aired 12.04.04

Meet a man who’s hammered a living out of bright sheets of copper. Gerald Tobola, 10933 Birch, LaPorte, TX 77571 Phone: 281.470.2616 www.coppershadetree.com
gerald@coppershadetree.com

See what’s cookin’ off the old town square. Jerry Ebensberger, The Rosebud, 102 S. Main St. Victoria, TX 77901 Phone: 361.573.5111 www.rosebudfountain.com

And find out why one woman’s on a personal mission to support our troops. Robbie Maxwell, Hwy 69, Huntington, TX 75949 Phone: 936.422.4137

Mar. 24 – 30, 2014

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Show # 1291, originally aired 05.26.12

Meet a high school coach who knows how to put together a winning team. Ray Bullock, 300 East Hendryx, Alpine, TX 79830 Phone: 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 Phone: 1-800-472-3687

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

Show # 900, originally aired 11.27.04

He’s taking junk science to another level in his very own museum. Robert Little, 2501 Blue Jay Dr, Temple, TX 76502 Phone: 254.778.1592  

Plus, spin your wheels at the Windmill Farm Bed and Breakfast. Chuck Rickgauer, 6625 Colony, Tolar, TX 76476, Phone: 254.835.4168 www.thewindmillfarm.com  

And they’re known as the Sensational Six…find out why these boys are the heart and soul of Blackwell, TX. Doug Cook, Principal, Blackwell High School Phone: 325.282.2311

Mar. 17 – 23, 2014

1290.3

Show # 1290, originally aired 05.19.12

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 Phone: 806-367-6413

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

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

Show # 899, originally aired 11.20.04

Keeping the beat means a lot more than patrolling the street. Lt. Greg Denman, 300 East Shepherd, Lufkin, TX 75902 Phone: (936) 633-0321 gdenman@lufkinpolice.com
www.lufkinpolice.com/bandnew.htm

Where can you find country cookin’ in the Big City? Vern’s Place, Vern Simmons, 3600 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226 [CLOSED]

Plus, find out what made J. Adams pick up his guitar again after so many years…Jay Boy Adams. Email: jayboy@musicoffice.com
http://www.jayboyadams.com/home.htm

Mar. 10 – 16, 2014

Show # 1289, originally aired 05.12.12


Meet a man whose skateboard business is really ramping up. Max Saxon, Blitzkrieg Sk8z, Tyler, TX Phone: 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 Phone: 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 Phone: 956-761-4511

Show # 898, originally aired 11.13.04

Meet an artist who really is burning the candle at both ends. Lynda Wilson, 4955 County 429, Van Alstyne, TX 75495, Phone: 972.924.4991 www.batiksbylynda.com


Find out the secret behind the most unique house in Temple TX. Brenda White, 1714 S. 61st. St. Temple ,TX 76504, Phone: 254.207.2806


Plus, go for a spin on one engineer’s backyard obsession. Tim and Keith Ann Gearn, 3532 CR7, Hereford, TX 79045, Phone: 806.364.5655 timgearn@amaonline.com  

Mar. 3 – 9, 2014

Show # 1331, originally aired 03.02.13

Go shopping at a store that sells nothing but mariachi supplies. Rene Benavidez, Mariachi Connection, 2106 W. Commerce St., San Antonio, TX 78207 Phone: 210-271-3655

Visit a museum dedicated to homegrown hoops players. Coach Bob Springer, Texas Basketball Museum, Corner of Augsburg Avenue & Hauptstrasse Street, Carmine, TX Phone: 979-278-4222

Find out which steakhouses were voted Texas Best.

Plus, meet a photographer who’s preserving historic images for future generations. Ron Randolf, Doc McGregor Collection, Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History, 1900 N. Chaparral Street,
Corpus Christi, TX 78401 Phone: 361-826-4667

Show # 963, originally aired 02.11.06

The fuel is unleaded and the food is premium. Find out where you can get gasoline and gourmet grub all under one roof. Franson Nwaeze, Chef Point Cafe. 5901 Watauga Road, Watauga, TX 76148. Phone: (817) 656-0080. www.chefpointcafe.org E-mail: chefpoint@comcast.net

And for dessert, dig into the valley’s newest taste sensation – grapefruit pie! Will & Julie Klement, 4508 N. Taylor Rd. McAllen, TX 78504. Phone: (800) 580-1002. E-mail: mrscitrus@aol.com

Plus, he’s painting the town in reds, greens and blues, but he’ll be spending the night in the county jail. Harry Hamlin c/o County Attorney Steve Payson, 2201 South 5th Street, Lamesa, TX 79331. Phone: (806) 872-5610

Feb. 24 – Mar. 2, 2014

Show # 1330, originally aired 02.23.13

Find out how one historic, Dallas diner is still on a roll after 75 years. Michael Sealy, The Mecca, Dallas, TX Phone: 214-325-0051

Cast a line at a family-friendly fishing pier that’s become a local tradition. Copano Pier, Rockport, TX

Expand your cultural horizons at Texas Best Art Museums.

Plus, renowned artist Bill Worrell shows us his latest, and most personal project ever. Garden of Thorns, Art, TX

Show # 962, originally aired 02.04.06

Folks are flocking to this Gulf Coast souvenier shop to meet the biggest celebrity in Port Aransas. Cassandra Clark and Chester. P.O. Box 2608 Port Aransas, TX 78373. Phone: (361) 749-7602.

He takes beat up basses and makes them new again. Meet a restorer who won’t let the music die. David Graham. Graham’s String Shop, 1936 East Abram St. Arlington, TX 76010. Phone: (817) 861-2518. www.grahamsstringshop.com

Plus, see what happens when a potter throws new light into an ancient art form. Bill and Maggie Finley. Finley Pottery, 6914 CR 271 Mico, TX 78056. Phone: (830) 612-2030. www.finepots.com

Feb. 17 – 23, 2014

Show # 1329, originally aired 02.16.13

See how the activities at one museum bring the past to life. Museum of the Coastal Bend, 2200 East Red River Victoria, TX 77901 Phone: 361-582-2511

Find out what happens to every piece of lost, abandoned, and seized airport property in Texas. Lisa Spencer, State of Texas Surplus Store, 6506 Bolm Road Austin, TX 78721-1990 Phone: 512-463-1990

Tour the parks that finished atop our poll for Texas Best Camping.

Plus, visit the most diverse animal sanctuary in the country. Ben Callison & Noelle Almrud, Black Beauty Ranch, 12526 County Road 3806, Murchison, TX 75778 Phone: 903-469-3811

Show # 952, originally aired 11.26.05

Meet a farmer who’s turning bad breath into big business. Bob Anderson, Gourmet Garlic Gardens. 12300 FM 1176 Bangs, TX 76823. www.gourmetgarlicgardens.com Phone: (866) 348-3049

Go on a night time swamp tour in search of the state’s biggest lizards. Amos Cooper, 10 Parks and Wildlife Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77640. Phone: (409)736-2551 or amos.cooper@tpwd.state.tx

Plus, find out how one south Texas grocery man is bringing a big sound to little towns. Jim Helmke, La Vernia, TX. E-mail: paradesound@yahoo.com

Feb. 10 – 16, 2014

Show # 1328, originally aired 2.9.13

Find out which town is named after a historic “round rock.”

Visit an old-fashioned shoe-repair business that’s been operating for more than 100 years. Messina’s Shoe Repair, Grapevine, TX MAP 817-481-2721

Chow down at our viewers’ choice for Texas Best Burger Joint.

Plus, meet an inspiring artist who uses glass to reflect on her culture. Enedina Vasquez, San Antonio, TX MAP

Show # 951, originally aired 11.19.05

Meet a couple determined to revive Vaudeville. Granger and Penny Esch, Salado Silver Spur. www.saladosilverspur.com

Visit a hotel where everyday is a blessing. Helen Feldhousen, Hotel Blessing.

And find out how one woman is hot on the trail of Texas history. Lisa Lee. 3615 Valley Haven Dr. Kingwood, TX 77339. (281) 359-6607

Feb. 3 – 9, 2014

Show # 1316, originally aired 11.17.12

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

Show # 950, originally aired 11.12.05

Discover who’s behind the classical murals of Fredericksburg, TX. Lee and Matt Casbeer, LMC Murals. Call 866-493-4863 or visit www.lmcmurals.com for more information.

Meet a man who’s a real model citizen. Edgar Seay Sr., MAL Hobby Shop. 108 S. Lee St. Irving, Texas 75060. 972-438-9233
or toll free in the USA at 877 602 2366. www.malhobby.com

And see why everyday’s a piece of cake for one East Texas baker. Margie Begley. 409-584-1447. Broaddus, TX.

Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, 2014

Show # 1315, originally aired 11.10.12

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

Show # 949, originally aired 11.5.05

Discover how many mesquite trees it takes to make a forest. Carrie Atchison: 806-746-5801, or mail to Rt. 3 Box 216 Lubbock, TX 7940

Hit the nail on the head…at the hammer museum! Butch Lackey, Hammer Museum 540 S. San Antonio St. Center Point, TX 830-634-7783

Plus, twin sisters take us back to simpler times through the art of poetry. Jo Ellen Fant: 409-962-1250, Mail to- 4000 Harrison, Groves, TX 77619 and Dorothy Roberts: 409-722-5515, Mail to- 215 Hardy Ave., Nederland, TX 77627. For book purchasing information contact Susan Seymour at 409-727-7471, or mail to 1828 Franklin, Nederland, TX 77627

Jan. 20 – 26, 2014

Show # 1314, originally aired 11.3.12

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 

Show # 948, originally aired 10.29.05

They’re a husband and wife team that really mows down the competition. Tim and Patty Robinson of the LSMRA. Email Patty: preciousmowments@boldwireless.net or Tim: mowron@boldwireless.net or visit www.mowerracing.com for more information.

Meet an artist who is really making waves in Seadrift, TX. Dieter Erhard, the Art=Center Seadrift. Call 361-785 5050 or write to 601-609 Broadway, Seadrift TX 79833. Visit www.artcenter-seadrift.com for more information.

And find out why birdwatchers are flocking to one South Texas backyard. Allen Williams: 956-460-9864, or mail to 750 W. Sam Houston, Pharr, TX 78577

Jan. 13 – 19, 2014

Show # 1313, originally aired 10.27.12

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

Show # 947, originally aired 10.22.05

He’s a former Texas Master Plumber who gave up wrench wrangling for finger picking. Chuck Lee, Lee Banjo Company, 112 Silverwood Ovilla, Texas 75154. Call (972) 617-5576 or visit www.leebanjos.com for more information.

He’s a hard workin’ cop that’s really hoofin’ it. Officer Maurice Floyd of the Fort Worth Police Department Mounted Patrol. Visit www.fortworthpd.com/mounted.htm for more information.

Meet a man who holds a special seat at the Capitol. Richard Eisenhour, Collections Coordinator. 201 E. 14th St. Austin, TX 512-463-5495

Jan. 6 – 12, 2014

Show # 1311, originally aired 10.13.12

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

Show # 943, originally aired 9.24.05

There’s junk and then there’s good junk. Meet a man who’s got acres and acres of the best junk around. Paul Nerren’s Junk Barn 4500 Hwy.59 North Lufkin, TX 75901 Phone: 939.632.2580

Plus take in historic Gruene, Texas, at the Gruene Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast. Ki Klepas, 1235 Gruene Rd. New Braunfels, TX 78130 or e-mail at grueneapple.com or Phone: 830.643.1234

Find a place called the Burnt Biscuit Bakery, where coffee and conversation make for a warm welcome in the middle of nowhere. Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit, 506 E. 1st St. Hwy 90, Marathon, TX 79842 Phone: 915-386-9020

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