While most of our Katy House guests this weekend were antique shopping at Warrenton and Round Top, we had a couple from Denmark visiting. They were here to run in the 50-mile Hell’s Hills race held at Rocky Hill Ranch on Saturday, April 3. This was a trail run consisting of a 50-mile, 50k, and 25k race and one of the Tejas Trails series. There will be three more events at Rocky Hill this year. Rasmus and Tracy Høeg, natives of Denmark and living temporarily in Wisconsin stayed three days at our bed and breakfast. They didn’t come to relax, they came to win. And win they did! Tracy was third in the 50-mile run women’s division, and Rasmus was first overall. Breakfast on Sunday was a celebration of treasures found at the antique shows, stories of a great family reunion nearby and certainly the victory at Rocky Hill Ranch. A great time was had by all.
This is from a cute couple that just stayed with us. This is Dave’s blog:
Many men fall victim to their own memory when it comes to anniversaries. Fortunately, my anniversary falls in the same ten-day period as Valentine’s Day and my wife’s birthday. While making this easy to remember, it does have its issues, but nothing I can’t handle.
On our wedding day, we drove to Smithville Texas, the site of the movie “Hope Floats” featuring Sandra Bullock (yes, it is a chick-flick, but it is a good one) and stayed at a bed and breakfast called The Katy House. Now, for those who read this blog (yes, I am talking to you) you may remember that Michelle and I love to tour small towns off the beaten path. Well, Smithville—with a whopping population of 3,900—certainly qualifies as small and it does sit just off of state highway 71, which is a beaten path.
This town has a quaint old style main street with buildings built around the turn of the century (not the recent one, mind you) and a train depot (which is not really a functioning depot anymore, but it serves as the chamber of commerce and a railway museum). Most of the buildings that are occupied house antique stores or craft boutiques, while many sit empty. The other streets are filled with old houses dating back to the late 1800’s when this town was built by the MKT railroad. The Katy House is one such home.
Built in 1909, it was originally named the Chancellor Residence after its first occupant. Many others have lived in it since, but it is now a very comfortable B&B run by Sallie and Bruce Blalock. They made our wedding night stay quite pleasant, setting us up with a bottle of bubbly and getting us reservations at the town’s pre-eminent restaurant, The Back Door Café (make the trip if for no other reason than to eat here, it is that good). Because the stay was so memorable, we come back every year to celebrate our anniversary with them….
Here is a description of classes coming this Spring, here in Smithville, TX. Sam’s shop is one block from our Bed and Breakfast, the Katy House. Come to the class, but spend time in Smithville, it’s a great Texas small town, with lots of antique shops on Main Street.
Sam wrote: I took a leap of faith years ago, sold my table saw, jointer, planer, little bandsaw and hollow chisel mortiser, and purchased a European Combination machine along with a bigger bandsaw (CU300 Smart and MM16) – and now I’m working with the company. That might tell you something about the way I feel for this concept. I’m in a much larger shop now than I was then, but the basic combination still works for me. If you are a one or two man operation or just looking to maximize space in your small shop this would be a good class for you to get the feel of how well this could work for you. Or, you have already taken the plunge and would like to get to know the combo concept and your particular machine better this very well could be an essential class for you.
Here is a link for the machine: http://www.minimax-usa.com/
Here is a great story about one of our Smithville, Texas boys.
This is from the American Statesman, from Feb 4th, 2010. Smithville High athlete with cystic fibrosis signs scholarship!
“SMITHVILLE— Back in the summer of 2004, the Nieto family of Pflugerville shared their story with this newspaper, and it was a story of hope and salvation through the primal act of running.”
“Brice Nieto, who was 12 years old and struggling to manage cystic fibrosis, was about to compete in the 38th National Junior Olympic Games.”
“His parents, Laura and Jimmy, started Brice in running when he was a younger boy with too much mucus in his lungs. Their story included the strong belief that Brice would be better prepared to manage the genetic disease if he were in top physical shape.”
“Brice discovered that he actually loved running. He ran varsity track as a freshman in high school, and when his family moved 45 miles east of Austin to a 10-acre plot of land with fishing tanks and a couple of horses, he made the varsity track team at Smithville High School.”
“He ran in the Texas Relays.
He earned his letter jacket at Smithville High.
The story gets even better.
On Wednesday, Brice sent his letter of intent to Oklahoma City University, where he will join the track team in the fall.”
“Brice earned an athletic and academic scholarship at the private school of 2,100 undergraduate students. Brice and his mother toured the campus on his official visit. It felt like home, they said.”
“The coaches told Laura Nieto they expected Brice to grow. As an athlete. As a person.”
“I liked to hear that,” she said.
“Life changes for all college students when they leave home. For Brice, the change will be drastic.”
“He soon will be individually responsible for taking his medicines, wearing the vibrating chest that loosens his lungs and going to the hospital, if he needs to, when he needs to. Because he has to.”
“I think I’m ready for it,” Brice said.
“His parents worry. They also see reasons for optimism and opportunity.”
“Brice said he believes his running helps him stay one long stride ahead of the cystic fibrosis, which has no cure.”
“Jimmy and Laura Nieto take comfort in that fact. They know their son will do what he has to.”
“I need to,” Brice said.
“Brice is a year-round runner. After school, he runs three 400-meter sprints and three 500-meter sprints. On weekends, he stretches and performs lunges and high-knee kicks that keep his body moving the way he wants it to.”
“If people told him what he couldn’t do,” said Smithville athletic director Justin Wiley, “he wouldn’t be here today.”
“When Brice was diagnosed at the age of 9, his parents reasoned that scaling the bleachers and running around the track at Connally High School would make Brice stronger.”
“I’m really glad they did it,” Brice Nieto said. “Now that I look back on it, I’m really glad. It made me who I am.”
“His story begins with running.”
“For us it’s working,” Jimmy Nieto said. “So we’re not going to stop.”
“It continues with running.”
“He has a willingness to do whatever’s necessary,” said Oklahoma City University track coach Micheal L. Houston , who noted that Brice has “the heart of an athlete.”
“And he has the mind of a student. Brice took a chemistry class as a junior at Smithville. He enjoyed it. Chemistry made sense to him, he said.”
P.S. All of us in town are proud of Brice. I invite you to visit our small town. Smithville Texas is 43 miles from Austin. Come see many beautiful historic homes and old buildings. There are lots of antique shops on Main Street and super small restaurents in town. But lately, the town is getting known for being “Texas Film Friendly!” We have had 2 major motion pictures filmed here in Smithville, “Hope Floats” and “The Tree of Life.” There have been a number of smaller films, also. Check out the Chamber Web Site for a listing of productions. Our Bed and Breakfast is just off of Main Street. Come stay with us and explore Smithville. Sallie Blalock, Innkeeper – Katy House Bed and Breakfast www.KatyHouse.com
The parlor, here at the Katy House Bed and Breakfast, is full of fold-up tables. You can not see the top of the tables because they are filled with paper, photos, stamps, rulers, type, ribbons, and all sorts of stuff I can not name. We have 10 ladies here for the weekend scrapbooking! This is their 6th year to come. We take most of the furniture out of the parlor, and they move in! There are type machines called Cricut that cuts letters and lots more.
They come early on Friday and scrap book late into the nights. We feed them three meals on Saturday and they leave around 3 pm on Sunday. There is always lots of laughter coming from the room. I just asked the group, “How many kids are mother-less this morning?” There are 15 kids, under the age of 18, with their dads today. I believe these ladies will return home today, having solved most of the problems of the world. They will return home refreshed from having time for themselves. They scrap, shop downtown Smithville, eat fried pickles at Pocket’s Grille, stay up till all hours, and did I mention ‘laugh’?
And of course, their photos from the past year will be on creative, wonderful pages, and in beautiful albums, with labels and notes. It is a fun weekend for us too!
See the information on the Winter Show.
This is only 35 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast. The Katy House is one block from all the antiques shops on Main Street, here in Smithville.
Round Top, TX – – It’s time to shop at Round Top!! The Winter Antiques Show is scheduled for January 16 & 17 at the Big Red Barn Event Center, 475 S. Hwy 237, 5 miles north of Round Top, Texas. The hours are Saturday from 10 – 5 and Sunday from 10 – 4. Admission is $5.00, a shipper will be on site, full concessions and plenty of free parking are offered.
At the Winter Antiques Show, you will be able to find the same quality dealers as in the celebrated Original Round Top Antiques Fairs held each spring and fall. The same high-quality antiques will be available all in one venue with an even larger variety of Continental and American antiques. Many of the Big Red Barn dealers, in addition to dealers from many states and other Round Top venues, set up at this show. This is an excellent opportunity for local shoppers to shop Round Top – – the crowds are not as large as at the Spring and Fall shows, making it easier for shoppers to examine the beautiful and unique antiques brought by dealers from all over the country.
Shoppers can also mark their calendars for the upcoming 42nd Annual Spring Original Round Top Antiques Fair Scheduled for March 31, April 1, 2 & 3, 2010. For more information, contact Susan Franks, The Original Round Top Antiques Fair, PO Box 180, Smithville, TX 78957; Phone: 512-237-4747; Email: info@RoundTopTexasAntiques. com Website http://www.roundtoptexasantiques.com
Airing of the Quilts, Smithville, part 2
Airing of the Quilts is based on an old European tradition. Quilts were treasured possessions, essential for long winter nights. After much wear and tear the ladies would “air” their quilts in the sunshine. See quilts displayed all over town on Saturday, November 7, 2009, from 10AM – 5 PM. Smithville is located 13 miles East of Bastrop, and 110 miles West of Houston, off Hwy 71. Smithville Chamber has more information about Smithville. There are many Bed and Breakfasts around town. The Katy House is one block from Main Street and will be displaying quilts. Many of the antique shops will have quilts for sale.
There is a raffle quilt called “Lapsided Log Cabin”.
Admission is free and it will be a photo opportunity.