Best Bets: Falling out of summerPublished 11:10am Friday, September 13, 2013
School is back in full swing, and the small-town celebrations have come and gone. But summer isn’t officially over. Unless the calendar is wrong, there is more than one week of the season left. Ask me, and I’ll tell you there is no better time of year. Austin has totally packed it in yet.
1. Huge family of harmony
Friday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m., Crane Community Chapel, 1111 Ninth St. NE, Austin.
What has 12 members, all related, with a multitude of musical talents and a whole lot of faith? The Bontrager Family Singers do, and they’ll show it tonight at Crane Chapel. The Bontragers and their 10 children, ages 5 to 22, will showcase their bluegrass/gospel style for anyone who wants to attend.
2. RE-peating the green message
Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mower County Fairgrounds, 700 12th St. SW, Austin.
Grab those old, broken-down TVs and computers and haul them outside — to RE-Fest, of course.
The annual event that encourages people to rethink, reuse and recycle, has moved to the fairgrounds this year but will again offer electronic recycling, water testing and demonstrations and offers by eco-friendly companies.
3. The dark side of the Paramount
Saturday, Sept. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE, Austin.
“Floydian Slip,” Pink Floyd tribute, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, $18 adult, $5 student and $2 more at the door. The Fabulous Armadillos, who last year performed their Eagles tribute at the paramount, will return to Austin with another blast from the past. The group has been working for more than a year on “Floydian Slip,” a tribute to Pink Floyd. The Armadillows will perform songs from Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album, along with other great hits. The show is once again at the Paramount from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for students in advance or $2 more at the door.
4. A free-spirited fest
Sunday, Sept. 15, noon to 9 p.m., Bandshell Community Park, First Street and Ninth Place Southwest, Austin.
Clearly, this event may not be for everybody. Regardless, Hemp Fest is worth checking out as it is a first for Austin with the potential to draw a crowd to the Bandshell on Sunday. Organizers have assured the event will be drug-free and not focused on marijuana as a drug. There will be arts and crafts, live music and speakers talking about hemp as an industry.
5. Support through sweetcorn
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., St. Edward’s Corcoran Center, 2000 Oakland Ave. W, Austin.
Fill up another plate at Rotary Club’s 38th annual Chicken and Corn Feed on Tuesday at St. Edward’s Corcoran Center. There’s plenty of time to stop by throughout the day, and plates are just $8 for adults, $5 for children 3 to 10 and free for younger. Or, get passes for a buck cheaper in advance through Rotary members.