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+ Kyle revitalization for downtown and more - Page 1D HaysFreePress.com March 18, 2015 Page 1C Big names on schedule for Old Settler's Music Festival STAFF REPORT Enjoy bluegrass, folk and Americana acts performing on four stages over four days, along with camping in the beautiful Texas Hill Country when the annual Old Settler's Music Festival returns next month. Performers this year include the Mavericks, Robert Earl Keen, RayWy- lie Hubbard, Shinyribs, Chuck Prophet & the Mis- sion Express, Sam Bush, ]D McPherson, Bruce Ro- bison & KellyWillis, Hot Rize, lake Shimabukuro and the McCrary Sisters. In addition to a full line-up of concerts, Old Settler's offers workshopS, sing-alongs, campground jam sessions, kids activi- ties, a market area full of unique arts and crafts, specialty foods and brews and of course, the Youth Talent Competition, where the headliners of tomorrow earn early recognition. The festival takes place Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19, at the Salt Lick Barbecue Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, on FM 1826. Tickets are available at oldsettlersmusicfest. org. Discounted single- day and camping and non- camping multiple- day wristbands are still available, but prices go up April 4. PHoTos BY WAY~D CLARK With musical acts like Robert Earl Keen (left) and Ray Wylie Hubbard on the line-up, as well as fresh talent in the youth compe- tition, this year's Old Set- tler's Music Fest promises a good time for all. The festival takes place April 16-19 at the Salt Lick Barbecue Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood. Visit www.oldsettlers- musicfest.org for more information and tickets. !~iiii~iii!iiii~iiiii!~i i~!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~ii!~iiiiiii~iiiii!i!iiiiiiiii!~i iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~i !iiiiiii~i i iiiiiii!~iiiiiiii!iii!~i iiiiiiiiiiii!iiii THURSDAY, APRIL16 Camp Ben McCulloch Stage 4-5:15 p.m. Darlingside 5:35-6:50 p.m. Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line 7:10-8:25 p.m. Jitterbug Vipers 8:50-10:10 p.m. Bill Kitchen 10:40 p.m. to midnight The Infamous Stringdusters FRIDAY, APRIL 17 South Star Stage 4-4:45 p.m. 2014 Youth Competition Winner Alexander Nobles 5:05-6:15 p.m. Darlingside 6:45-7:55 p.m. Langhorne Slim & the Law Artists and times 8:15-9:45 p.m. Sam Bush 10:30 p.m. to midnight The Mavericks Bluebonnet Stage, 4:15-5:30 p.m. Milk Drive 5:50-7:05 p.m. The Infamous Stringdusters 7:25-8:40 p.m. Johnnyswim 9:10-10:25 p.m. Roxy Roca 10:45 p.m. to midnight Ray Wylie Hubbard SATURDAY, APRIL 18 South Star Stage 11-11:50 a.m. The Black Lillies 12:10-1:05 p.m. Israel Nash 1:25-2:25 p.m. Pokey LaFarge subject to change. 2:45-3:45 p.m. Rising Appalachia 4:1.0-5:25 9.m. The McCrary Sisters 5:45-7 p.m. Hot Rize 7:15-8:15 p.m. Jake Shimabukuro 8:45-10 p.m. JD McPherson 10:30 p.m. to midnight Robert Earl Keen Bluebonnet Stage 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Youth Talent Competition 1:30-2:20 p.m. Lauren Shera 2:30-2:50 p.m. Youth Talent Competition winner 3:10-4:20 p.m. Jeff Austin Band 4:40-5:50 p.m. Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis 6:10-7:25 p.m. Lost Bayou Ramblers 7:45-9 p.m. Dailey & Vincent 9:20-10:30 p.m. Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express 10:50 p.m. to midnight Shinyribs Discovery Stage 1-5:45 p,m. Workshops to be announced SUNDAY, APRIL19 Camp Ben McCulloch Stage 10-10:45 a.m. Sunday service 11-11:45 a.m. Dailey & Vincent Noon to 12:50 p.m. Wood & Wire 1:10-2:10 p.m. The Defibulators 2:30-3:30 p.m. Pokey LaFarge 4-5 p.m. Shinyribs Ninety-rune years ago this week, the second major fire in four decades destroyed downtown Paris leaving 5,000 residents of the northeast Texas town homeless. Founded in 1844 on 50 acres donated by a pioneer merchant, the original inhabitants changed the name of the settlement from Pinhook to Paris. On the eve of secession, the commtmity was a cattle and farming center of 700, a figure that more than tripled by 1877. On Aug. 31 of that year, Taylor Pounds argued over money with his step- father, who ran a saloon on the south side of the square. Angered byAndy Myers' stubborn refusal to part with a few dollars, Pounds poured a can of coal oil on the floor, tossed a lighted match on the flammable liquid and stalked out of the water- ing hole. The wooden building that housed the tavem burst into flames that spread swiftly to adjoin- ing structures, also made of wood. With only a small steam pump and water from cisterns, vol- unteer firefighters never had a chance. Three out of four businesses went up like kindling along with a significant number of pri- vate homes before the fire finally burned itself out. Losses were estimated at $500,000 -- a stupendous sum for the times -- with only a pittance covered by insurance. The firebug was found before dark hiding in the tall weeds on a vacant lot. Lynch talk resulted in his transfer to the Fannin This Week in Texas History by Bartee Haile County jail at Bonham, a wise precaution that gave his victims a chance to cool off. Pounds' trial was moved on a change of venue to Cooper, where he was convicted of arson and sentenced to four years in the state peniten- tiary. But he broke out of jail, escaped across the Red River and never saw the inside of a prison cell. Taylor Pounds was said to have spent the rest of his life as a law-abiding citizen of Ardmore, Okla- homa. No one bothered to bring the fugitive back to Texas to do his time nor did he ever tempt fate by returuing to the scene of the crime. Paris rebuilt in less than a year replacing the timber tinderboxes with bricks and mortar. But the disaster of 1916 taught the unlucky town that nothing was fireproof. The blaze began around quitting time on Mar. 21, 1916, near the railroad tracks west of the city. The most popular theory, reported as fact by newspapers around the state, was that sparks from a switch engine ig- nited dry grass along the right-of-way. Fanned by a strong southeast wind, the insa- tiable flames consumed a warehouse before the alarm sounded at the fire station a mile away. The raging inferno raced into town scattering the panic- stricken populace and incinerating everything in its path. As soon as the mayor realized the conflagra- taon was out of control, he issued an urgent appeal for help. Hugo, Oklahoma sent a hose wagon that arrived at half past eight, and Bonham dispatched a duplicate that reached the scene at nine. Cooper's pumper and hose joined the fight at 10 o'clock followed three hours later by a big pumper from Big D. Neither the influx of equipment and man- power nor even dynamite could halt the holocaust. Mere mortals were no match for the relentless wall of fiames and the rain of red-hot embers that set wood-shingle roofs on fire blocks in advance. The courthouse caught fire at eight, but the clock TEXAS HISTORY, 2C PHOTO COURTESY PAULINE TOM Goldfinches are turning out in great numbers in Mountain City. They eat thistle seeds that you can get at Home Depot. ng birds have come to nest Mr. CRy Montage by Pauline Tom N'ow's the time of year when sights from Mountain City yards can fill Mon- tage's inches. Lesser goldfinches weigh heavily this week. These little 0.33 otmce black and gold birds hang every which way on our finch feeders filled with thistle ("niger") seed from Home Depot. The Wag- ner brand and the store's fresh stock does, indeed, make a difference. Thanks to Laura Craig for cluing readers in. MONTAGE, 3C Grow your own Hays It'sAbout Thyme by Chris Winslow Did you know that the strawberry- one of the most sought after and delicious foods in the world - can be grown in the gardens of Hays County? And luckily for us, they're easy to grow. By far the best choice for us is the ]unebearer strawberry. You can often start picking berries as early as February, and if the spring is cool, expect fresh berries all the way until the end of June. As the days begin to get long, these ]unebear- ers will send out runners (stolons) that will pro- duce new plants. When the days get short again, they will flower. Some folks have tried Everbearing strawberries. They bloom later in the year, and I have found that our summers are often just too brutal for any great success. The most important tip I can pass on to fellow Hays County gardeners? Strawberries must have well drained soil. A good garden mixture to aim for is 50% sand STRAWBERRIES, 2C : |li :i i| li- I ! 1 ........ 11 il II1