Can you think of 10 things that embody the spirit of Austin, Texas? There are probably far more than 10 things that we think of when talking about Austin. But here are some that many of us can probably agree on. I challenge you to think of even more. Feel free to comment below the post…
10 Things That Are “Austin”:
6th Street – The entertainment center of Austin, located downtown between IH-35 and Congress Avenue. It is known worldwide as the place to party and hear live music when visiting Austin. 6th Street hosts dozens of bars & restaurants, nestled in buildings, many of which have been around since the 1800s.
Austin City Limits – The legendary Austin music show that premiered in 1976, which features primarily Texas musicians, but also features national and international talent. It is produced and filmed on the University of Texas Campus and is a part of regular programming on PBS Television. The show has also spawned the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which is an annual concert held in Zilker Park, attracting thousands of people and scores of musicians.
Barton Springs – Considered the “crown jewel” of Austin, this natural spring fed pool flows year round. It is 3 acres in size and has been a gather place for locals for more than 100 years.
Chuy’s Restaurant– A favorite Mexican restaurant in Austin since 1982 that started on Barton Springs Road. There’s now a Chuy’s Restaurant in every major Texas city and even one located in Tennessee and Alabama!
“Keep Austin Weird” – The unofficial slogan for Austin, originating by local Austinites who cherished Austin’s individual and atypical nature. Austin has long been known for its counter-culture attitude, hippies, liberal political thinking and a strong art/music community – which may seem “weird” to other more traditional Texans.
Lady Bird Lake – Another one of Austin’s precious resources, the lake was made what it is today with the help of many local Austin volunteers, including Former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, for whom it is named. Some of the wonderful features offered by the lake are its convenience (located in the heart of Austin near downtown), beauty, cleanliness (clean water, air, environment, etc.), trails for hiking and walking, open space and so much more.
South By Southwest (SXSW) – One of the largest music, film and interactive events in the United States, it attracts thousands of performers from all over the world each year in March. The music portion of the event lasts 4 days, with musicians performing at scores of venues throughout Austin. The film portion of SXSW screens hundreds of independent films from all over the world for audiences. The newest attraction of SXSW is the interactive events portion, which is a hub for demonstrating new technology.
Texas State Capitol – Constructed in the 1880s, it is home to the Texas Legislature and the office of the Governor and is the largest state capitol building in the United States.
University Of Texas Longhorns – The University of Texas and Longhorn sports have a long tradition in Austin and a significant fan base. On any given day in Austin UT fans can be seen wearing the UT colors – burnt orange.
Willie Nelson – Born in Texas, Willie Nelson established himself as a country music songwriter and performer in the 1960s. He made his home in Austin in the 1970s where he frequently played locations like the Armadillo Headquarters.
Runners Up (Things that didn’t make the top 10 list):
Waterloo (name of businesses; old name of Austin)
“The Drag” (Guadalupe Street)
And many more…
I wrote about Kindred Oaks a few months ago but wanted to share details (and my photos from a wedding there) about this great venue again, and also share about the open house they have each month…
This past week I was invited to attend Kindred Oaks Estates monthly open house and show off some of my wedding photography. If you are unfamiliar with Kindred Oaks Estates then let me tell you about it. Kindred Oaks is an event venue neatly nested in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, north of Austin, east of Leander and west of Georgetown - off of Highway 1431. The venue can accommodate medium sized parties for weddings or other events and has the ability to host both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Kindred Oaks is known for it’s friendly staff and it’s beautiful view overlooking a small lake.
Once per month (each 2nd Monday) Kindred Oaks sponsors a “meet and greet” between brides and preferred vendors like photographers, florists, officiants, etc. It gives brides the opportunity to meet face to face with vendors, most of which have worked at Kindred Oaks. It’s also an opportunity to see Kindred Oaks and meet the staff at ZuZu’s Petals, the sister floral provider to Kindred Oaks.
Although the weather went from bad to worse on the night that I visited, we all made the best of things and a number of brides still turned out for the monthly meet and greet. Not only did I meet some nice brides-to-be, but I also got to meet Travis, from “Say Cheese” Photobooth Rental, Wedding Officiant Connie Holmes Larson and Andy Peterson from Studio 563 – all of whom I enjoyed talking with and would book in a heartbeat if I were having a wedding. They’re contact information is below.
At any rate, if you missed all that the Kindred Oaks Open House night has to offer, the next one is scheduled for April 12th (double check the website). Don’t miss it!
If you’d like more information on Kindred Oaks, contact Elaine at (512) 260-9690 or visit their website, www.kindredoaks.com