Momentum builds for biggest ‘Tejas Fest’
Momentum is building toward Rockdale’s sixth annual Tejas Festival, which will turn much of downtown into a bookart culture fair Saturday, March 3.
Actually the Tejas Festival kicks off early on Thursday, March 1, with the first of a two-day art workshop at First Baptist Church Family Life Center Austin artist Rita Kirkman, who has been a popular feature of recent Tejas Festivals.
That workshop continues Friday, March 2, along with several presentations at Rockdale school campuses.
March 3 headliners include best-selling author Fred Burton and Houston playwright Fernando Dovalina, who returns after presenting a dramatic reading at Tejas Fest 2011.
Burton will speak at 10 a.m. in the city library, Dovalina will read from his play “Photographs of a Cheating Wife” at 7:30 p.m. at the intermediate school in a fundraiser for the Kay Theatre Foundation.
Events also include the annual car/motorcycle show, sponsored by the Rockdale Downtown Business Association.
VENUES— The 2012 event w ill be more streamlined than ever, literally.
A van w ill whisk visitors between the downtown venues and convenient “bus stops” will be designated.
Here’s where the action will take place starting at 10 a.m. March 3:
First Baptist Church Family Life Center—Art show and sale.
Hope Pregnancy Center, 231 East Cameron (Next to The Reporter)— Plant sale and exchange, sponsored by the Linwood Acres Garden Club and Crown Garden Club.
City library—Book sale and author signing until library closes at 2 p.m., Fred Burton talks at 10 a.m. and theatrical performance on George Sessions Perry by RHS drama students at 1:30 p.m.
Kay Theatre— Guided tours of the 1940s era theatre, in the midst of a restoration project, until 2 p.m.
I& GN Historical Depot—Authors speak, Bill Harper at 11 a.m. and J. Parker Lamb at 2 p.m.; blacksmith demonstrations and model trains running all day; food vendors.
Wolf Park— Children’s activ ities, musical entertainment, food and other vendors.
Citizens National Bank Parking Lot (Ackerman at Milam)—Auto and motorcycle show, awards at 2:30 p.m.
AUTHORS—Burton’s mega best seller “Chasing Shadows” tells the story of the author’s successful 37-year quest to solve the murder of Israeli war hero Col. Joseph Alon in 1973.
Harper, who wrote the definitive book on the 1974 Huntsville prison seige, has recently authored “Second Thoughts,” dealing with presidential nominations to the Supreme Court.
Lamb is one of the nation’s premier train photographers. He has been taking train photos for more than 60 years.
Other authors appearing include Jacqueline Kelly, Erin Casey, Dr. Fannie Lovelady Spain and Melody Dawson, James Williams, John Lee, Kari Anne Holt and Sherry Garland.
Artists include Rockdale’s D. K. Nichols whose most recent triumph was a best of show, along with two first places, in a juried show in Salado.
Other artists and crafts persons appearing, in addition to Kirkman, include Gail Kincaid, Sharlakay Wilson and Jamie Larson.
All those events are free. The Kay Theatre-benefit dinner theater performance Saturday night, March 3, will be $35.
DR AMA—“Photographs of a Cheating Wife” will mark the return of Houston actress Dolly Fischer, who appeared with Dovalina at the 2011 Tejas Fest.
Local actors and actresses will be featured in scenes from “Just Like a Film Noir Classic” and a comedy, “Comfort Level “ which won second place in a national contest.
Local “celebrities” will serve as waiters for the dinner, vying to see which one gets the greatest number of tips.
A meet and greet the playwright and actors with wine and cheese will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Elements at Main prior to the dinner.
Tickets are $20 and limited to 35 people. This is not included in the series ticket.
Dovalina will also be speaking to RHS students, Friday, March 2.