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P Page 4C / / COMMUNITY Hays Free Press March 15, 2017 + Hill Country This gathering of Texas authors and writers held March 16-18 at the WimberleyVillage Library offers insight into writing for fiction, nonfiction and poetry as well as sessions on publishing. The seminar is presented by the Texas Authors Institute of History, a one-of-a-kind museum dedicated to Texas Authors. Topics include comedic writing, writing for a young audience, record keeping and more. See Writing. TexasAuthors.Institute for a list of sessions and schedule. This annual celebration of America's favorite food on a stick will be held on the downtown square in San Marcos on March 18 from noon to 3 p.m. Celebrate corndogs with flee treats and family- friendly fun. Texas Night Sky Celebrate the Hill Country's night skies at this annual festival March 18 at Dripping Springs Ranch Park. Bring your whole family and your friends to a free celebration of the Texas Night Sky. Two- thirds of the U.S. population can't see the MilkyWay at night, and the fault lies not in our stars, but in our lighting. Join in fun citizen science activities, see the exhibits of good lighting you can have at your home or business, learn from the pros how to take pictures of the stars and explore the night sky. The event is free and open to the public. See www. for more information. / Continued from pg. 1C Live on the Lawn Live on the Lawn, formerly the Spring Concert Series, at San Marcos Plaza Park, will begin March 23 at 6:30 p.m. Music begins at 7:30 p.m.. Each week will feature a different sustainability theme and vendors, plus performances by awesome local musicians. The event is free and family-friendly. On Fishing Spring Fishing On Saturday, March 25, the city of Kyle will hold its annual spring fishing toumament at Lake Kyle for all adults with a valid Texas Freshwater Fishing License. This unique tournament ~ll test your strategic ability to catch qualifying species offish in Lake Kyle: Large-mouth bass, sunfish/perch and channel catfish. See www.cityofkyle. com/recreation/fishing- tournaments to register and for a schedule. Texas State University's leading Choral ensemble will be performing "Considering Matthew Shepard" on March 30 in Texas State's Evans Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. "Considering Matthew Shepard",is a musical response to the tragic death of a young American boy, Matthew Shepard. Shepard was a 21Lvear-old student at the University of Wyoming who was mercilessly attacked and tied to a fence in 1998. After being found the next morning by a biker who mistook him for a scarecrow, Matthew was taken to the hospital in Laramie, Wyoming, where he succumbed to his wounds a few days later. Investigations into the murder strongly suggest that Matthew was murdered for his homosexuality, prompting communities all around the world to mourn. Kyle Field Day Kyle Field ~~,.,,~ ~. Day takes it ~ ~,~,- o: backtothe schoolyard ~!~ for a high- ~~ energy weekend of throwback fun and friendly competition at Gregg-Clarke Park March 31-April 1. Spend a weekend playing tug-of- war, dodgeball, capture the flag, human foosball and more. In between activities, teams can take a break in the beer garden, grab a bite to eat and browse vendor booths. Participants must be 21+ and teams must be co-ed. Spring Fest 5K Ring in the spring season with the Manchaca United Methodist Church's second annual Spring Fest 5K and Kids Dash. This fun race starts bright and early at 7:30 a.m. onApril 1 at Menchaca Elementary School at Manchaca Road and FM 1626. Rain or shine, bring out the whole family for this celebration and help raise money to create opportunities for students in area schools. Register at MUMCSpringFeAt. frozen solid at the bottom on the west or south side. of my street; those of us This way they'll get as at the top of the hill had much heat in the winter little damage, as possible and protec- tion from the killing 4. COMPASS POINTS north winds. Different sides of your home (or even a privacy 5. EXPOSURE fence) can have very dif- Plants planted out in ferent temperatures in an exposed area will feel both the summer and fluctuations in tern- winter. Dig in plants that perature more intensely r~eed cooler temps year than those set closer to a round on the east or structure. For example, north side of the house, it's better to plant some- Put plants in need of thing with larger leaves extra winter protection that may suffer sunscald when facing west or south or damage from north winds along an opposite facing wall. It is also easier to offer plants some protection from afternoon summer heat by keeping them closer to a north or east facing wall, fence or even a taller plant. 6. REFLECTIVE SURFACES Lighter colors, includ- ing concrete, painted surfaces and limestone, reflect more heat than darker ones. In the sum- mer this heat bouncing back on to a plant could cook sensitive leaves on a 100 degree day leav- ing them brown on the edges with pale, washed out spots in the inner areas. Alternatively, these same places can be a life-saver for heat tolerant plants that need extra winter heat. Armed with this knowledge, you should hopefully be able to add greater diversity to the collection of plants in your landscape as you explore the peaks and the valleys and protected areas around your home. Happy micro-climate gardening everyone! If you have a question for Amanda or Chris, send it via email to iathyme@ Or mail a postcard to It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 For all showtimes and listings, please check our website or call showlinel $5 T day Texas History Continued from pg. 1C tial pardons. Since he fell into both categories, Ballinger wast- ing no time in penning a personal appeal to the president. But he real- ized that full restoration of his rights could not be accomplished by mail. Carrying glowing testimonials from the provisional governor and lesser luminaries, Ball- Ballinger learned upon returning to Galveston that Johnson had issued a general amnesty, which wiped the slate clean for most southerners. Only two groups of former Confederates, government officials and those with assets in excess of $20,000, were exempt and had to apply for presidential pardons. inger made the difficult journey through the war- ravaged South. His first stop in Washington was the home of a kinsman, whose influence could tip the scales in his favor. Ballinger and Samuel E Miller had been close again, Miller had letters and within the month since their Kentucky of introduction to thehad wonderful news for childhood, and their president and secretary all 40 grateful clients. warm friendship had of state William Seward Texas' top attorney did weathered the war. Miller waiting for him. One not secure the priceless now sat on the Supreme sentence leaped off the pardons out of the good- Court, one of five Lincoln parchment: "I have never ness of his heart. His net appointees, known a man whose profit after expenses was The reunion with integrity I would rely on $7,500, a handsome sum his brother-in-law left more confidently." for those times. Ballinger worried and Miller had gone to batEven though Ballinger's depressed. Miller told for him and knocked the fortune steadily grew after him flatly, "Reason dic- ball out of the park. The resuming his law prac- tates that in some way pardon - the first to a tice, he always seemed you should be punished." Texan- was granted with- preoccupied with money. The justice insisted that out the applicant setting It was the paltry pay that examples had to be made foot in the White House. he cited as the reason for of Confederate leaders, Ballinger suddenly turning down a seat on which meant prison for found himself in the the state supreme court most and the gallows for absolution business. He offered in 1874 by Gov. "a half dozen of the most presented 40 petitionsRichard Coke. prominent and wicked." from other worthy Texans Another brother-in-law When Ballinger called to the obliging president put Ballinger on the spot three years later. As soon as Rutherford B. Hayes was sworn in as presi- dent, Guy Bryan launched an all-out campaign to convince his college chum to choose Ballinger for the highest court in the land. This time the public- service shy lawyer could not plead poverty or trot out his second-favorite excuse that he could not bear to be parted from his family. So Ballinger ar- gued that his Confederate past was bound to come back to haunt him and cause public embarrass- ment for everybody. He successfully planted the seed of doubt that under- mined Bryan's efforts and eventually compelled him to withdraw his name from consideration. The year after William Pitt Ballinger spurned a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, admiring Texans handed him the gover- norship on a silver platter. Once again he turned up his nose at the honor, and that was the last time any- one bothered to ask. Bartee's three books "Texas Depression-Era Desperadoes," "Murder Most Texan" and "Texas Boomtowns: A History of Blood and Oil" are avail- able at And look for his fourth book "Unforgettable Tex- ans" this summer! 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