Tejas Fest: Art, Authors and Autos. Oh My!
Peggy Cooke

The Tejas Festival that almost wasn’t is over and done with and everyone involved is breathing a sigh of relief.

Thanks to Dave Phillips and a slew of volunteers from all over town, things went very smoothly for the most part.

Rockdale was filled with people milling around all day Saturday and enjoying the planned activities and, unless they weren’t dressed warmly enough for the wind, most of those people were smiling and having a good time.

I spent the morning at the library and there was a steady stream of visitors, some listening to the speakers, some visiting with the authors, some buying books to have signed, some perusing the art work, you get the idea.

I had a nice chat with the Hashem twins from Milano since both Ann and Karen were there, Ann with her books about the Phantom of the Opera and Karen said she was the “gofer.”

Dr. Lucile Estell sold quite a few “Rockdale” books and she thought everybody that wanted one had already purchased same.

Her artist friend Berniece Coleman from the Rio Grande Valley sold all the books she had that she had illustrated and also some original drawings she made for the book.

One story told about the graciousness of the visiting authors was of a young girl who had heard an author at the school on Friday.

She was told that if she came to the library on Saturday, the author would sign her book.

She came to the library and brought her “book,” but, alas, it was not one that the author had written so she couldn’t sign it.

She quickly made a deal with the girl that she could sign a bookmark for her and so everybody was happy.

Loretta Greene enjoyed the two-day art workshop with artist Rita Kirkman, one day at First Baptist Church and one day outdoors at Apache Pass, a change from the oneday workshop and art sale in the past.

The Kay Theatre was busy all day with children’s activities, music and drama.

Thanks to all the volunteer labor, the theater is going to be the perfect venue for all these things and much more.

The Rockdale Downtown Association’s car and bike show was, as ever, a big hit and a huge draw.

And, of course, all the lively doings at the historic I&GN Depot and Wolf Park were fun for everyone.

I barely m ade it to t he L inwood Acres garden c enter. A ll the plants and trees had been exchanged and given away and they had a few baskets left and some yummy refreshments made using herbs.

I was especially taken with these Lemon and Rosemary Shortbread Cookies made by Pat Camp of Cameron.

I had to try one (well, okay, two or three, but they were small) and they are delicious.

Lemon & Rosemary
Shortbread Cookies
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon peel
2 cups all purpose flour
3 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the lemon juice, peel and vanilla.

Combine the flour, rosemary and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Shape into two 12-inch rolls; wrapeach in plastic wrap. Freeze for 30 minutes or until firm.

Cut into 1/4 inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

Store in airtight container. Yield: 8 dozen.

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