The Honor Choir of Bastrop

Have you heard The Honor Choir perform? They are a local children’s choir that you may not be familiar with. Well, about 7 months ago we made a video about this amazing group of kids:

The Honor Choir of Bastrop, TX selects it’s singers based on CHARACTER first, then grades, and then voice. And The Honor Choir’s first priority is supporting the Children’s Advocacy Center’s efforts to prevent child abuse.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Tuesday, April 8th at 5:00 pm The Honor Choir will perform at the annual “We Sing for the Children” Child Abuse Prevention Event held at the Bastrop County Courthouse. There will be food and music.

And BIG news for this children’s choir: this summer 2014, they are heading to Canterbury England to represent Bastrop at the International Children’s Choir Festival!


Bastrop Family YMCA Annual Campaign – Join the Cause!

YMCA Annual Campaign 2014The Bastrop Family YMCA has kicked off its Annual Campaign to raise funds for those in need.  To help,  Ministry of Nuts produced this video with Bastrop Stories to spread the word.

Thanks to all the great YMCA supporters, sponsors, volunteers, kids, and community leaders who participated in this project. We had lots of fun!

For more information about how to support the future of the Bastrop Family YMCA:

Bastrop YMCA
1112 Main Street Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 321-9622


10 years of Empty Bowl: Interview with Tresha Silva of Bastrop’s Food Pantry

Empty Bowl

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Tresha Silva, executive director of the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry, talks to us about the features of this year’s upcoming Empty Bowl Project and reflects upon this event’s 10-year history.

Listen in for the full list of restaurants that will be participating in this year’s Empty Bowl Project and be sure to get out Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 (full details below).

Additional music for this podcast by Terry Lyne Moore who will be performing at this year’s Empty Bowl with Hwy South.

The 10th Annual
  Empty Bowl Project
     February 22, 2014

Saturday, Feb.22 — from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — in the Bastrop High School Cafeteria (1614 Chambers St.).  
Tickets are $20, and get you a bowl, plus all the soup and dessert you want to sample. Tickets available in advance here or at the Food Pantry (806 Fayette, Bastrop TX – just south of Pine St). And of course tickets may be purchased at the door.


Bastrop’s Empty Bowl Project is a longstanding partnership among the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center, the Bastrop Independent School District, restaurants and caterers throughout Bastrop County as well as local artists and businesses.

Interview with Aliya Rosegreen, Austin Actress performing at Bastrop Opera House Feb 14-23

The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe

Interview with Aliya Rosegreen, lead actress and producer of Bastrop Opera House production of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.

For tickets click: Bastrop Opera House ticket booth

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
by Jane Wagner
Originally performed by Tony Award Winner Lily Tomlin
Featuring Austin actress – Aliya Rosegreen
Directed by Chester Eitze

Fridays & Saturdays, February 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8 pm
Sunday Matinees, February 16, 23 at 2:30 pm

In this podcast:

  • Aliya talks about being contacted by Lily Tomlin in the early stages of this production
  • This play has been in the works for over 10 years in Aliya’s life
  • Aliya discusses working with Bastrop Opera House director Chester Eitze

Interview with Olde World Bakery owner Daniel Pacheco and Poet Edward Alexander

Alex, Daniel, & Colin

We have a sit down interview with Daniel Pacheco, owner of Olde World Bakery in Smithville, TX, and poet Edward Alexander.

Covered in this podcast:

  • The event “An Evening with St. Valentine” happening Feb. 13th, 2014 at Olde World Bakery on Main St. Smithville. Doors open at 5:30. Poetry, wine, music, and food.
  • Daniel’s transition from his bakery in Bastrop to his new location in Smithville.
  • Alex’s novel “Walt Whitman’s Lover” currently being written.
  • The Texas Commission on the Arts “Cultural District” award to Smithville and what it means.
  • The future of Smithville!

And much more about local news!


Smithville Texas, A Cultural District

In 2013, Smithville Texas was awarded a prestigious Cultural District designation by the Texas Commission on the Arts. We did this video to highlight some of what makes Smithville so great, and it was submitted to the TCA as part of the cultural district application.

This video includes footage captured at events over the course of two years in Smithville. One of the latest events was the Smithville Veterans Memorial Park dedication ceremony, which happened on May 27, 2013.

Smithville now joins Bastrop (awarded in 2012) and 22 other districts in Texas.

Read the article in the statesman by Terry Hagerty