Toast of Tejas

Rockdale has become the place to be each first weekend in March

I n just five years Rockdale’s annual first-weekend-in- March Tejas Art & Book Festival has put our town on the map of late winter happenings in Central Texas.

This year’s event, which unreeled Friday and Saturday under varying forms of weather, was multi-faceted.

Tejas Fest is a lot of fun but it’s much more. The event exposes Rockdale, and Rockdale’s youngsters to some awesome talent.

Just how moving talent can be was brought home Saturday when playwright Fernando Dovalina, and actress Dolly Fischer, brought a little bit of the Houston theatre scene to Rockdale’s Kay Theatre with their reading of part of Dovalina’s play “The Ophthalmologist’s Wife.”

Their portrayal of a couple dealing with after effects of family tragedy was stunning and won’t soon be forgotten.

A new offering this year was a garden event, held inside one of Rockdale’s most historic buildings, the former McVoy Grocery & Feed building, sponsored by the Linwood Acres and Crown garden clubs.

Authors of all kinds met the public, and talked about their books, inside the city library and at Christian Information Book Store. This year’s emphasis was on history and included “True Tales of Texas” readings about Milam County’s past.

The art world was well represented. Rita Kirkman conducted an artists workshop Friday and their wares were on display Saturday at Wolf Park.

Rockdale’s historic I&GN Depot-Museum had a full day of activities, including its working blacksmith shop, children’s presentations and much more.

There was a ventriloquist, music, Rockdale’s quarterly Market Day, and nobody went away hungry. Even the weather cooperated Saturday afternoon, finally, after a cold, wet start to the day.

Thanks to the organizers and literally hundreds of volunteers who made it all happen.—M.B.

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