CTOS Presents: Geneva Lewis

New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis has forged a reputation as a musician of consummate artistry whose performances speak from and to the heart. She is the recipient of a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Grand Prize at the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.

Join us at the CAC for live music from this talented violinist!


Empire Wild Live at the CAC

Empire Wild is a genre-bending, crossover trio founded by Ken Kubota, Brandon Ilaw, and Mitch Lyon. The three musicians met at Julliard and formed Empire Wild as a vehicle for their love of musical exploration – fusing the sounds of pop, folk, Broadway, and more into their songwriting and composition.

Come see Empire Wild at the CAC on September 26th.


Family Fun Fest and Fireworks Show

This event marks the 23rd annual H-E-B Family Fun Fest and Fireworks Show. The celebration starts at 4 pm with food vendors and activities. The fireworks celebration takes place at 9:30 pm.  Enjoy time together with others who are equally as excited to celebrate the United States of America and all the things America has accomplished since winning its independence.


Father’s Day In Temple

Father’s Day Weekend In Temple

Father’s Day is right around the corner.  This special holiday celebrates all the beloved dads and fathers by making sure they feel especially loved.  Father’s Day takes place on June 20th, 2021.  With this holiday coming up soon, its time to think about how you can celebrate the fathers in your life.  Between local dining restaurants and activities, Temple has plenty to make the holiday fun. At Discover Temple, we believe dads deserve to celebrate the entire weekend.  Let’s kick off Father’s Day with some special events happening on Saturday night.

Saturday Activities

If you want a head start on Father’s Day celebrations, take the family to Bird Creek Burger Co. for a hearty, savory lunch.  American classics like hamburgers and fries are always a hit, so why not take it a step further and offer them lunch at a gourmet-style burger restaurant?  Bird Creek Burger Co. is a local, downtown Temple restaurant with delicious, flavorful entrees.  After lunch, take a minute to relax and enjoy some quality time together at home or out shopping in Temple while you wait for the next big activity to start.

The Great Race is a fun, exciting classic car rally that makes pit stops through various towns on the ten-day journey to the finish line.  Temple is The Great Race’s first overnight stop on the tour this year.  Head to Santa Fe Plaza to meet and greet drivers and their coordinators. While there take a look at some vintage, classic cars ranging from 1916 to 1973.

After you’ve had your fun checking out the classic cars that can be found at this checkpoint,  head over to Belton for a fun night of entertainment at Bold Republic Brewing Co.  Bold Republic is hosting an event for all the dads in the Bell County area.  The event on Saturday is Father’s Day Name That Tune Bingo.  Purchasing a $2 bingo card will grant you access to hours of entertainment and opportunities to win prizes like free beer. Free beer?  Dads everywhere will swoon.  This lively, local brewing company’s event is sure to be a hit with every dad.

Sunday Morning Activities

On the day of Father’s Day, get a kickstart to the day by treating dad to a cup of coffee from another downtown favorite, First Street Roasters.  After you are done drinking some hot, caffeinated coffee, head over to Crossroads Park for a free family activity of disc golf.  With several courses in the area, disc golf is a fun pastime for local Temple and Belton residents.  Crossroads Disc Golf course is a fun course to try with the family.  With 27 holes, and a mixture of open and wooded areas, dads will find this course to be a fun challenge they are ready to conquer.  This activity is likely to entertain the family for hours if you want to try to get through all 27 holes in the course.

Next, take a midday lunch break.  Pizza is a classic dish that dads and families enjoy.  Head over to Treno Pizzeria and Taproom for some creative and customizable pizza options. Some specialty pizzas are local favorite such as the Smokey Bird, Margherita, and the King Brisket.

Sunday Afternoon Activities:

After this delicious meal, head over to the neighboring city of Belton for a lake day afternoon.  Belton Lake has several access points for boat ramps. At these access points, there are trails, fishing spots, and swimming areas.  For dads who love the outdoors, this is an activity they will thoroughly enjoy.  Bring your fishing and outdoors supplies and take a few hours to relax and have a good time out on the water.

The downtown district of Belton is where you will find the perfect spot, Miller’s Smokehouse. This barbecue restaurant is dad-worthy.  Nothing beats a good brisket or pulled pork, and at Miller’s Smokehouse there’s plenty of barbecue items to choose from.  Family dinner here is an excellent choice to wow and excite dad at the prospect of a great barbecue meal.

And for the dads that are still full of energy and ready for more,  head over to Spare Time for a night of bowling, laser tag, or arcade games.  Additionally, Spare Time offers a daily special called Sunday Funday.  You can grab some shoes and bowl all day for only $9.99 a person.  If you’re looking for more reasons to head outdoors, Spare Time also has several outdoor activities for the family such as batting cages, go karts, ropes course, and sand volleyball. Let the fathers feel like kings of the competition at this fun family activity.

Fathers Are For Celebrating

Father’s Day can be celebrated through many activities.  Dads can spend the day doing activities such as eating good food, relaxing at the lake, or battling it out on arcade games.  Whatever you decide to do this Father’s Day, make the most of this time together.  Dads will enjoy the time spent with some of their favorite people and the memories that are made.  Happy Father’s Day!


Freshness Of Farmers Markets

 

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes a need for time outside enjoying the warm weather that has finally arrived.  With the weekends longing to be filled with amusements and things to do, there’s no better time to explore the outdoors through local market events.  With an abundance of farmers in Bell County, it comes as no surprise that farmers markets are a summer staple. The local farmers, bakers, and crafters come together to sell their home-grown and homemade goods.  If you long for a day full of shopping and supporting county farmers, Temple is the place to be.

Temple Farmers Markets

Officially open for the season, the Farmers Market at West Temple Park hosts events on Tuesdays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m through Sept 30th.  Located at 121 Montpark Rd, this market is a much-needed stop on your tour of Bell County’s best farmers’ markets.  The frozen food sitting at home doesn’t sound as appetizing with the variety of local options mere steps away.  Rich in flavor and fresh off the farm, locally grown produce is the real treat at these market days.  Additionally, The Downtown Temple Farmers Market offers another great opportunity to sample your soon-to-be favorite local farmers’ fruits and vegetables.  This special event is typically held once a month in the City Hall Parking Lot.  The upcoming farmers markets are held on the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Small Farm Market is open Thursday-Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Located at 5242 Cedar Ridge Park Rd, this market has local produce and home goods. Come out to this farm for another exciting farmers market experience.

These farmers markets provide a lovely escape from a busy work week with a morning of shopping for local treats.  Summer days are for making memories, as well as soaking up a little vitamin D and taking the day easy. What is the secret to taking care of all three of these checkpoints in one activity? Stopping by a local farmers market.  You can enjoy the outdoors in addition to casually strolling around the booths overflowing in produce with unique flavors and aromas. It is easy to make these events memories to last. With their assortment of home-grown produce, sweet jams, and savory snacks, the local farmers markets are sure to leave you feeling content and anxiously awaiting the next one.

Belton Farmers Markets

Along with the farmers markets being held around Temple, events have started in the surrounding cities of Belton and Salado.  Located just a short drive away, these farmers markets keep the excitement fresh and provide a change of scenery with new locations and vendors.  Belton holds several farmers markets throughout the month . On every third Saturday of the month, Belton Market Days takes place.  From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. take a stroll through Downtown Belton for locally harvested honey, homemade salsas, and vibrant, flavorful vegetables.

While some of the farmers markets occur once monthly, a few host market days several times throughout the month. For instance, the Water Street Farmers Market is held every Saturday and located in the heart of Downtown Belton. This market boasts an array of vendors, including jewelry and craft-makers, and hearty items like chicken jerky and goat cheese. Similarly, the Bell County Farmers Market is another fantastic stop, holding events on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays starting at 7:00 a.m. This market is held at various locations in Belton and Temple. For more information regarding locations for market days, the Bell County Farmers Market Facebook page regularly updates the location details. Plan an early morning trip here to get the best pick of the crops.

Salado Farmers Markets

Located less than a half-hour away, the Barrow Brewing Co. is continuing with their market days.  Barrow Brewing started their market days in 2020.  With new vendors ready to participate, Barrow Brewing has decided to open again for the season from April to September.  These events are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  What’s more, the adults in your circle can stop in and sample some local craft beers as you walk around, enjoy the day, and see what the vendors have to offer.

Rogers and Troy Farmers Markets

Located in Rogers, Texas the Central Texas Farmers Market is held on May 31, 2021.  This farmers market is a semi-annual event and boasts over 40 vendors.  This market has activities for everyone.  One activity the children will enjoy is learning about the bees found on the Walker Honey Farm.  The Central Texas Farmers Market offers raffle drawings for prizes as an incentive when you make purchases at vendor booths.  Each vendor purchase awards you a raffle ticket towards prize drawings that happen throughout the day.  For pet-owners who want to spend the day with their four-legged friends, the Walker Honey Farm also allows leashed dogs on the grounds. This special occasion is fun for the whole family and one that will be the talk of the county for the remainder of the season.

For those wanting a more intimate gathering, the city of Troy hosts a market day that still gives the opportunity to shop local, while sticking to a smaller scale of size. This farmers market is located on 201 E Main St. in Troy and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Though on the smaller side compared to some of the bigger markets in the area, this market boasts having caring and passionate vendors as well as plenty of arts and crafts to see.

Farmers Markets Are a Must-See Event

Market days are truly a joyful experience. Not only can you take pride in the fact that you are helping to support local farmers and small businesses, but you also get to spend the days surrounded by the delicious smell of local, wholesome foods, and enrich yourself in the flavors that commercial quality produce can’t quite replicate. With many cities in the Bell County area participating in hosting farmers market events, there are enough markets to sightsee and participate in for the duration of the season. Enjoy your weekends with a day in the sun and a taste of Temple.


Independence Day in Temple

History of Independence Day

Independence Day is a time of celebration and joy. On July 4th, 1776, The United States of America gained its independence.  America was officially able to make its own decisions, take care of its people, and celebrate the American dream. Today, we celebrate with fireworks, get-together’s, and parades in honor of this significant, joyous event in history.

Fun Facts

How much do you really know about Independence Day? Let’s look at a few fun facts about this national holiday to help us get in the mood for celebrating. To honor the original 13 states, the liberty bell – located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – rings 13 times on July 4th. Collectively, Americans spend over $1 billion on fireworks each year. Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, was one of three presidents who signed the declaration that have died on July 4th.  The other two presidents are John Adams and James Monroe. Another interesting fact is that Independence Day did not become a federal holiday until 1870. This was nearly a hundred years after America won its independence. For more fun facts on July 4th, check out this exciting list.

City of Temple Celebrations

There will be a special Independence Family Day celebration at the Railroad and Heritage Museum on saturday, July 3rd. Kids will enjoy doing patriotic crafts and have the opportunity to learn about some of the influential people that helped inspire the American Revolution. The event is free and takes place from 10 am – 1 pm.  From 2 pm- 3:30 pm on July 4th, locals can participate in the 4th of July Scooter Scavenger Hunt. This scavenger hunt is hosted by Tour Temple and people age 18 and over can sign up to form a team of 2 and find the most items to win prizes. Sign up for the scavenger hunt here.  Along with these fantastic events, the Historic Preservation League of Temple (HPLT) will be having an Independence Day Parade. This parade takes place on Saturday, July 3rd at 9 am.  Get yourselves, your bikes, and your wagons decked out for this parade! The parade route starts at N 9th St. from French to Nugent.

This year, the City of Temple plans to have a celebration taking place on Sunday, July 4th at Crossroads Park. This event marks the 23rd annual H-E-B Family Fun Fest and Fireworks Show. The celebration starts at 4 pm. The fireworks celebration takes place later in the evening, at 9:30 pm.  You can show up earlier at the start of the event to check out the food vendors and enjoy time together with others who are equally as excited to celebrate the United States of America and all the things America has accomplished since winning its independence. This exciting, family fun event will be one for the history books. The event is free and open to the public. Make sure to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and friends or family to share in the celebrations and have a grand time.

Belton Celebrations

On the 3rd, there will also be a few Independence Day events taking place. At 10 am, there will be a Belton Independence Day Parade starting at UMHB and ending near the Belton Police Department. Starting at 11 am, the Festival on Nolan Creek will begin.  At this event, a hot dog eating competition will begin at 12 pm. There will be food vendors and entertainment. Also in Belton, there will be a few firework shows happening on the 4th. Drive out to the lake and pack the car full of lawn chairs, waters, and snacks to watch the fireworks by the water.  Or head to downtown Belton for a fireworks show and live concert at Schoepf’s BBQ.

How to Handle the Outdoor Heat Like a Pro

July is one of the hottest months of the year.  To keep your family safe this holiday, here are a few tips to beat the heat this July 4th. Don’t forget to pack the mosquito spray. When heading outside for an extended period of time, it is always better to be safer rather than sorry. Getting a multitude of bug bites from one exciting evening out is not how you want to spend the aftermath of this event. And, perhaps most important, make sure to pack lots of water. Pack a cooler full of ice-cold water. Hot summer nights make you more susceptible to heat exhaustion. Stay hydrated by bringing enough water for the whole family. Before you head out for the celebration, make sure to wear your best red, white, and blue attire. Celebrate America’s Independence right by wearing our nation’s patriotic colors.


National Disc Golf Day

 

Soar into summer with this fun national day.  August 7th is National Disc Golf Day. This day marks a new chance to get outside and learn a new recreational sport, or for seasoned disc golf enthusiasts, a chance to play a few rounds.  Bring your own discs and come out to one of the many disc golf courses that Temple has to offer.  Whether you are an experienced player or a casual first-timer, this recreational activity is fun for everyone!

Crossroads Disc Golf Course

Crossroads Disc Golf Course is located in the Crossroads Recreational Complex at 1020 Research Parkway.  This course is one of the newest disc golf courses built in Temple. The Crossroads course was established in 2019. The course has twenty-seven holes to play with mixed terrain such as open flatland and wooded areas. The mixture of scenery creates a fun challenge for even the most experienced players. 

Player Tip: watch out for the heavily-wooded areas. The abundance of trees and the creek that runs through a few of the holes can be tricky to navigate. It is not uncommon to lose a disc or two on this course. The extra obstacles in the way can make the course more challenging; however, the added difficulty makes the game more fun.  On top of that, when you make it through the course with all your discs intact, there’s a new sense of accomplishment and pride. 

This disc golf course primarily has par three holes with varying short and long distances. Of the twenty-seven holes, twenty are par threes. The remaining holes are par fours.  To break even on this course with a perfect par, players will need to score eighty-eight.  Between the extensive amount of trees, creek crossings, and the connection through Pepper Creek Walking Trail, the course provides an excellent challenge for players of all skill levels.

Lions Park

Located at 4320 Lions Park Road, this disc golf course was established in 2005.  The course terrain is moderately hilly and wooded. There are twenty-one holes with sixteen of them being par threes. This course has several shorter holes as well as some challenging, longer holes. To breakeven on this course, players will need to score a total par of sixty-five. The course is a great option for anyone who wants to play for a few hours, have a great time, and experience different course terrains.  

Additionally, if travelling in a group with other people that aren’t keen on disc golf, you can play the course while they check out a few of the park’s other amenities.  Lions Park has playgrounds, softball fields, and hiking/biking trails.  For players who want to bring their beloved four-legged companions, Lions Park is also home to the Central Texas Bark Park. Your pet will love being outdoors by your side as you disc golf, but they will enjoy it even more when they see the wonderful dog park located on the grounds. Play this recreational sport in rounds of seven and take your dog to the Bark Park for a break before heading back out, or play through the course and let your pet play after.  This park’s course is excellent if you’re looking to play the course and do a few more activities in the same place.

South Temple Community Park

Located at 5000 South 5th St, this course is another fantastic option to play through for national disc golf day. The terrain is lightly wooded with mostly flat surfaces.  The course has eighteen holes.  Fourteen of these holes are par threes with the remaining four set at par fours.  Six of the holes pass through or around the creek located in the middle of the park. To break even on this course, players will need to end with a score of 58. With par threes and par fours, this course is great for players travelling solo or in a group.

Heritage Park

Heritage Park located in Belton was established in 2019. This course has eighteen holes and a mixed terrain. Twelve of the holes are par threes. The remaining holes are par four.  Some holes are long and span across the park’s large flatlands and stretch along the Leon River. Other holes on the course are nestled in the woods and prove to be an excellent challenge for any disc golfer. Break even with a final score of sixty on this course. This course is also PDGA-approved and hosts tournaments throughout the year. 

UMHB Disc Golf Course

The course located at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor is perfect for beginners to the recreational sport.  Located approximately fifteen minutes from Temple, this course in Belton is a mere car ride away and plenty of fun.  This course is relatively short compared to others in the area, but don’t let that discourage you.  With varying terrains, hills, and gorgeous landscapes, this course is a shorter course that provides just as much fun and challenge as longer courses in the area. The course has 9 holes and is full of par threes. To get a perfect par score on this course, disc golf players will need to score 27. For players looking for a disc golf experience with limited time, this course is short enough that players can finish fairly quickly and have time to head out to their next activities.

May the Course Be With You

Whether you are a beginner, a novice, or a professional, the courses located in Bell County are fun and challenging.  Disc golf is a sport that can be enjoyed alone or in a group.  With an excellent range of courses in both terrain and length, there are several options for avid disc golf enthusiasts to test out.  Let your discs take flight and enjoy the many courses Bell County has to offer.  


National Wine & Cheese Day

 

Wine and cheese is a dynamic duo, a powerful pair, and a fan favorite that makes an afternoon at the vineyard a dream come true.  With the promise of flavorful wines and gourmet cheeses, there is no better way to spend the weekend.  July 25th marks National Wine and Cheese Day.  This year, this day takes place on a Sunday.  With Sunday marking the end of a weekend, take time on Friday and Saturday to celebrate.  Here in Temple, and its surrounding areas, there are several wineries that will welcome you in for celebrations and cheers.

3 Texans 

A family-owned winery and vineyard located in Temple. This winery is operated by a mom and her two daughters who have made the winery and tasting room vibrant, full of life, and enveloped in an inviting atmosphere. The vineyards at 3 Texans was created in 2009 with the planting of 4,000 grapevines. An additional 1,000 grapevines have been planted since its opening. In 2019, the on-site tasting room was added to the vineyard.

With an outdoor patio and an indoor area, guests can come out to the winery and enjoy a nice, relaxing afternoon of wine tasting.  The 3 Texans Winery has an exquisite selection of flavors boasting in decadent aromas and berry tastes. Wine flavors from the 3 Texans include: Sweet Blush, Sunset Rose, Sparkling Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, and more. Enjoy a wine flight in which you can sample five different wines for $10.  Open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 pm to 7 pm, you can stop by the 3 Texans Winery on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to enjoy some celebrations. 

Moose & Goose Winery 

Open Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm, Moose & Goose Winery is another great winery to explore for Wine & Cheese Day. This winery has a wonderful selection of delicate and impactful flavors.  Wine flavors include: Blueberry, Tripleberry, Alpenglow, Midnight Sun, Texas PearBerry, and many more.  This lively, upbeat winery provides a fun way to spend the weekend.  Sample some favorites, enjoy a wine tasting, or bask in the summer sun on the patio with a glass of wine you’ve never tried before.   

Dancing Bee Winery 

Beginning in 1930 as a bee farm, the Walker Honey Farm has served the Central Texas Area for nearly a century.  Expanding its roots in September of 2011, Dancing Bee Winery was created.  Honey wine is the heart of this winery, with honey locally harvested from the farm’s bee populations. This winery located in Rogers, TX is sure to have your taste buds soaring with their sweet honey wines and mead. Mead flavors include: Logi’s Libation, Texas Two Step, Cyser Apple Melomel, Sparkling Cranberry, and much more.  The Dancing Bee Winery offers six tastings for $10.  A charcuterie board is available for purchase with price varying for amount/different cheeses and other options, $8 to $20.   Hours for the winery are Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm. 

The Vineyard at Florence 

This gorgeous vineyard is located forty minutes away and serves as an event venue and winery.  This winery is open on Fridays from 4 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays from 12 pm to 9 pm, as well as Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm.  Enjoy a wine tasting and a charcuterie board.  Take time to sip a delicious wine on the patio or take it to go in a classy bottle for an on-site picnic.  Some of the vineyard’s unique wine flavors include: Southern Aspect and Texas Elevation.  The Vineyard at Florence is a picturesque landscape that sparks true romance and happiness.  This spot is an ideal place to celebrate Wine and Cheese Day with a significant other.

Wineries Around Central Texas

The Salado Winery, Salado Lone Star Winery, and Axis Winery are all located in Salado, approximately eighteen minutes away from Temple. Located twenty-two minutes away in Lorena is the Country Spring Vineyard.  Take a half-hour trip outside of Temple to visit these wineries and try something new.

The Perfect Cheese Board 

For an affordable, delicious option, head to Buc-ee’s for a cheese sampler platter.  Want something more luxurious?  Order ahead with Honey Bri and Charboxerie.  Honey Bri is located in Belton and has prices starting at $15. Charboxerie is located in Salado and has prices starting at $30.  At the Dancing Bee Winery you can order a charcuterie board while you are sipping some of the wineries’ famous honey wines.  The charcuterie boards at Dancing Bee are priced from $8 to $20. 

Bring the girls, your significant other, or your best friend.  Whether you go in a group or by yourself, celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day right with a flight of delicious, flavorful wines and a charcuterie board with all the cheese you can dream of.   Cheers!