Did you receive a new digital SLR camera for Christmas and need to learn how to adjust all the settings? Do you have a “point-and-shoot” camera that you’re comfortable with, but need some help with photo composition to get that truly professional look? We have just the thing to help you start the New Year with confidence behind the lens! Ant Street Inn, in collaboration with Brenham Portrait Gallery, is offering a photography class January 17, 18 and 19 at the Ant Street Inn! Professional photographer Scott Hill will lead this general course through four sessions: An introduction Thursday evening; two sessions Friday (one in the morning, one in the afternoon); and, one session Saturday morning. Between sessions, Scott will lead “Photo Safaris” around downtown Brenham and the Ant Street Inn so you can practice what you have learned. You can sign up online at the Ant Street Inn web site by adding the “Photography Class” package when you book your room! Don’t need a room? Call our office at (979) 836-7393 and we’ll sign you up for the class only. Cost for this photography class in Brenham, Texas is $80.00 per person and includes all four sessions, snacks and refreshments.
It’s harvest time in Washington County! Three wineries are harvesting their grapes and you have an opportunity to stomp the grapes. Visit these sites for more information:
www.pleasanthillwinery.com Aug. 6, 7, 13, 14
www.windywinery.com Aug. 6, 7, 13, 14
www.saddlehornwinery.com Aug. 6, 7
Or join in the fun at the Chappell Hill Lavender and Wine Fest on Aug. 13 with live music, food and fun. www.chappellhilllavender.com.
Remember to book your rooms at the www.antstreetinn.com to continue the fun.
You have 2 Saturday nights left to join in the fun on the square at the free street concerts in downtown Brenham. Bands get started about 7:00 pm and end before 10:00. Bring lawn chairs and coolers or buy some of the beverages and snacks for sale on the square. Small town fun on the cheap! Spend the night at the inn and walk a block back to your comphy bed at the end of the evening.
July 23- Suede: Austin band with 70′s and 80′s hits
July 30 Two Tons of Steel: San Antonio Country band
The Ant Street Inn is in the middle of all the great celebrations for the Fourth of July. Pick and choose or try to “crawl” to all of them.
Start off the holiday weekend July 2 with Hot Nights, Cool Tunes free street concert in downtown Brenham, 7:00pm. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music and food and beverages sold or bring your own.
July 3, Round Top Festival Hill is having a patriotic concert at 3:00 pm with conductor Stefan Sanders. www.festivalhill.org
July 4 Make a day of hitting several small town celebrations.
10:00am Chappell Hill’s 35th Annual Parade with marching Kazoo Band. http://www.chappellhilltx.com/
10:30Round Top’s 161st Fourth of July parade, barbeque, music, tractor show. http://www.roundtoprifle.com/. See 8 pages in July issue of Texas Highways describing event.
11:00am Burton 123rd celebration with barbeque, auction, cake walk at the American Legion Post. $8.00.
5:00pm Independence in Independence: Parade, food, booths, street dance and fireworks. 979 830 3461
Fireworks on the Brazos at Washington on The Brazos State Park. 10:00am-10:00pm. Concert and light show extravaganza. Blue Bell ice cream.
Don’t forget to book your room at the Ant Street Inn and relax on the upstairs porch.
Hope to see you then! Pam and Tommy
Unity Theatre, our next door neighbor, is performing, Little Mary Sunshine, a spoof of old-time operettas, of Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, of favorites like “Rose Marie” and “Naughty Marietta.” It’s not modern. It’s not edgy. It is a sweet story poking fun at other sweet stories. It is showing for 3 weeks, 4 times a week, from June 9-26. Go to www.unitybrenham.org for more info. Ticket sale begins May 30.
Round Top’s Festival Institute will be celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary with concerts beginning June 11 and running through July 16. This internationally acclaimed European styled music institute for aspiring young musicians will feature orchestra and chamber music concerts in their beautiful concert hall in Round Top, a short drive from Brenham. http://www.festivalhill.org for tickets.
For those looking for a laid back atmosphere, bring your lawn chairs to Brenham’s courthouse square for their annual Hot Nights, Cool Tunes- free street concerts Saturdays in July at 7:00 pm. Go to www. downtownbrenham.com for the lineup of bands.
Come to historic Brenham Maifest to celebrate Mothers’ Day weekend. Live music, food, dance, homebrew contest. top chef contest, parades. This fun festival promotes the German heritage of Brenham and Washington County. For more information, go to the Maifest website.