The Houston Rodeo is a big deal around here! People will take off from work and pull their kids out of school for the day to experience this annual event. The first time I went with my family, I was more than a little overwhelmed! I didn’t know what we were walking into but I am so glad we went! I loved seeing the little kids race sheep (mutton races) and I highly recommend the boot shine stand. My cowboy boots never looked so good! Most people buy their tickets for the concert they want to see, but please don’t miss the actual rodeo before the concert. There are still honest to goodness cowboys out there who do the rodeo circuit for a living and the atmosphere is electric. It is a full day but one I know you won’t regret.
2016 Concert headliners include The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Jason Derulo, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Pitbull and many more. Be sure to visit the rodeo website, www.RodeoHouston.com, to get all of the latest details, maps and daily schedules. Tickets do sell out, so if you don’t get tickets from the rodeo website, make sure you are using a reputable source. Then don your boots, your jeans and your favorite hat and enjoy the rodeo. Yee-haw!
September is here! While it is still warm during the day, I can definitely tell there is an ever so slight chill in the air in the evenings. As the weather cools down, The Woodlands celebrates with lots of great outdoor activities. There are so many lovely parks in the area and these are just a few of the offerings this month:
September 22nd is National Voter’s Registration Day. With quite an important election coming soon, you will want to make sure you are on the books! Visit www.mctx.org/election today to make sure you are registered before the Joint Election on November 3rd.
There is a unique event coming up next month that I wanted to bring to your attention. The Original Round Top Antiques Fair will run from September 28-October 3. Usually the event is only open to the public for the weekend, but they have extended the dates this year. This is an event that has been featured on HGTV on several shows, including the current hit, Fixer Upper.
The Antiques Fair runs every spring and fall and is headquartered in Round Top, TX. However, the event has grown so much, it actually spreads over 3 counties. I’ve been twice and I have probably only seen 10% of what this event can offer.
There are several reasons to make the pilgrimage to Round Top. The town boasts a population of 90 residents, but the town is teeming with several thousand people over the course of the event. If you are looking for something special and unusual, but won’t know it until you see it, this is the event for you. The event has some of the most wonderful antique dealers around. Also, the weather is usually wonderful and sometimes you need a destination to get out of the house. Depending on which location(s) you want to visit, the drive is 2-3 hours from The Woodlands.
If you are just going up for the day, try to park in Round Top and just walk around. The streets are lined with dealers of all sorts, as well as store fronts that are there year round. As you radiate out from the town center, some stops will have free parking and some will charge. Marburger Farm did charge, per adult, but had over 300 vendors who had some wonderful, high quality items. Other locations did not charge for parking and had great options too. I will encourage you to do your research so that you know what you are getting into.
For the official word in all things Round Top, visit the official website:
This is a great site that gives you the skinny on what you need to know and how to navigate the area:
Some publications have guides to help you navigate the show:
This is a fantastic event in the greater area and not informing you of the possibilities would be a crime. Please let us know when you go and how you enjoyed it. Feel free to post on our social media sites as well to let others know what you thought!
With the cooler weather, you may be thinking it’s a good time to pursue home-improvement projects to get your home Holiday-ready. There is a great event coming up that focuses on caring and decorating your new home. This weekend is the 13th annual Fall Home & Garden Show here in The Woodlands. The event is held at The Woodlands Marriott and runs both Saturday and Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to see trends in home design and landscaping, as well as becoming familiar with local vendors to service your home needs. Visit http://www.woodlandsshows.com/ for details regarding the show. Tickets are $9 for adults; $8 for seniors; 12 & under are free. There is a $1 off show admission from the website. Some of the featured categories are:
• Bath Showcase
• Live Cooking Demos
• Outdoor Living
• Organic Gardening
• Beer & Wine Tasting
• Farmer’s Market
Looking for a particular vendor to service a specific need? Don’t forget to access our Preferred Partners Guide at www.woodlandsrelogroup.com. We have a great list that we have carefully cultivated from years of relationships to meet your home needs. Additionally, the Destination Guide, also found on our site, provides lists of everything from furniture stores to pet services to local agencies and everything in between. If you need something that you can’t find on our list, let your concierge or our office know and we can research that specific item for you. The heat and the periods of heavy, to no rain provide challenges in how to deal with your outdoor spaces. Below are some wonderful sites that discuss strategies for our climate and how to deal with it!
Be sure to check out the article starting on page 62 of the July issue, with Kathy Huber, the former garden editor of the Houston Chronicle for some wonderful information specific to our climate.
In the July issue of this magazine, they have an article on gardening titled, It’s a Jungle Out There! http://www.houstonhouseandhome.net/march2014/gardening_march2014.html
The Woodlands Township offers classes designed to deal with the climate extremes of our area, as well as being mindful of water consumption. http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/index.aspx?NID=248
If you don’t have the space for gardening in your home, you might be interested in community gardening. Interfaith of The Woodlands sponsors a community garden that provides fresh food to the Interfaith Food Pantry. The garden is located at the Alden Bridge Sports Park and is supported by The Woodlands Township and many community volunteers. For more information or to become involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready to plant? Visit a local garden store like The Arbor Gate for a great selection of plants that are selected to work in our climate. Check out our OnLocation video for inspiration! http://woodlandsrelogroup.com/on_location/view/13
IRONMAN TEXAS – SATURDAY, MAY 16TH
Lots of traffic implications and inconveniences this weekend but well worth it for our community! The Ironman Texas race brings many visitors and tourists each year along with a great revenue and job increase for The Woodlands and surrounding areas. Not only that, the Ironman organization’s philanthropic ventures benefit many great organizations in need. Read more about the organization, and stay informed about road closures and delays…
There are many fun things celebrated in May, and some are specific to our area.
Hopefully, you will be able to enjoy some of these great events…
May is…Bike Month in The Woodlands. The Woodlands currently is a bronze designated Bicycle Friendly Community, with a view of achieving silver. 2015 marks the 3rd year that The Woodlands Township has partnered with the Bike The Woodlands Coalition to celebrate Bike to Work Day, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. For more information, visit www.bikethewoodlands.org.
May is…the start of blueberry season. They are on sale right now at HEB, but if you want to pick you own, we suggest you visit Matt’s Family Orchard at 21110 Bauer Hockley Road in Tomball. You can also visit their website, www.mattfamilyorchard.com.
May is…National Barbeque Month! What better month to celebrate in Texas!! If you want to enjoy some barbeque close to home, we recommend Rudy’s Barbeque in Spring, TX. Be sure to review our OnLocation video! If you want to grill or smoke your own, you may want to stop by Ainsworth’s Meat Market (OnLocation video soon!) located at 32599 FM 2978 Road, in Magnolia. They have everything from brisket to smoked turkey to ribs to hickory smoked wood for your own smoker. Visit them at www.ainsworthmeats.com to see what’s on special this week! And if you are looking for some recipes for rubs, this list of top ten is a must have in the pantry, www.bbq.about.com/od/rubrecipes/tp/aatp042607a.htm.
For other National holidays celebrated in May, check out http://nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/may/. Some important, and not so important, days this month include:
- May the 4th be with you – National Star Wars Day
- May the 5th – Cinco de Mayo
- May 10th – Mother’s Day
- May 13th – National Apple Pie Day
- May 15th – National Chocolate Chip Day
- May 16th – National Love a Tree Day
- May 18th – No Dirty Dishes Day
- May 25th – National Memorial Day
- May 28th – National Brisket Day
- May 30th – National Mint Julep Day
We hope your May is… AWESOME!