When we arrived in Texas, we noticed first how green it was! Coming in through Abilene, there were lush fields and thousands of wind generators, sharing the space with oil pumpjacks. They’ve had some rain this year…
Our first performance was in Austin, a city we’ve driven through before, but never stopped. Austin is the state capital, and we decided we’d explore a bit while we were there. I taught two classes on the Saturday, and the students were wonderful. Those who took the Reverse Applique (Mock Mola) class were high achievers. They came up with some beautiful designs, and had them mostly complete before the end of the class. By Monday, almost all of them had them bound and finished, and one student had even made a second one on her own!
We had Sunday to explore Austin, so we headed downtown to the Capitol building. It was Austin City Limits festival, an outdoor 5-stage super-duper event, but tickets had been sold out weeks before. I would have LOVED to have seen Asleep at the Wheel, but it was not to be.
The Capitol is very impressive. We spent some time looking at the two chambers, restored to their original elegance. The inside of the dome is lovely, and houses portraits of every governor ever, including the most recent Texas boy made good, George W. Bush.
The gals at the guild recommended the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, and we would too. Three large floors of everything Texas. We learned a lot about the timeline of Texas history and about the innovation and resilience of its people. In front, was the largest Texas Star I’ve ever seen. Lots of people have these stars on their houses and barns and cars and everything, but none this big!
Our visit to the guild the next night was amazing, too. We had such fun in Austin!