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Carpets of Blue

by Joy Jordan, Assistant to Shirl A. Thornton


Have you seen them, those brilliant signs of spring in Texas? The bluebonnets are popping up!
It is hard not to be happy in a mess of bluebonnets. I have memories of my beloved dachshund frolicking through hills of blue, only the tips of her ears and tail visible over the tops of the flowers with each bound she took. As a young mother, I posed my children in their best Sunday clothes in the fantastic showy blooms. For a brief time each year, bluebonnets are a great excuse to take a drive through the Hill Country, searching for vistas blessed with the thickest patches of the state flower.
Bluebonnets are also a reminder to care for the earth, to be self-less and to love. These lessons come through the Legend of the Bluebonnet, a story passed down from the Comanche Indians. This is how I remember the story:
A long time ago there was a terrible drought and the people cried out to the Great Spirit to send rain. Among these people was a orphan, She-Who-Is-Alone, whose entire family had died during the famine. She-Who-Is-Alone had one possession, a buckskin doll with brilliant blue feathers in his hair.
After much time and prayer the shaman brought a message to the tribe: the reason for the drought was that the people had been selfish, taking from the earth but never giving back. The Great Spirit would send rain after one of them made a burnt offering of their most valued possession.
That night, after everyone else was asleep, She-Who-Is-Alone took her prized doll to the top of a hill and burned it as the sacrifice, scattering the ashes on the wind. In the morning, the hills were covered with bluebonnets, and the rains finally came. The tribe changed the name of She-Who-Is-Alone to She-Who-Dearly-Loved-Her-People.
Happy Spring! I hope you enjoy the bluebonnets and find a way to bless the earth and your fellow man today.

Upcoming Hill Country Boat Shows

by Shirl Thornton

Do the shorter days and cooler temperatures have you feeling a little blue? Longing to feel the spay on your face and the sun on your shoulders as you cruise along Lake LBJ? Well, no worry. It may not be boating season, but spring is just around the corner and it is a great time to shop for boats.


Boat shows are a fun way to check out the current models, from kayaks to ski boats and there are three great shows coming up that are easy day trips from Horseshoe Bay:
Play in the Poker Run for a chance to win a new Bennington Pontoon. Professional babysitters are available in the Kids' Korner. Thursday night is buy one admission get one free from 4pm-9pm.
Show Location:
Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas

Show Dates:
Thursday, January 19, 2017 through Sunday, January 22, 2017

Show Times:
Thursday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday: Noon - 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Adults: $10.00
Seniors (over 60+): $6.00
Children (7-12): $6.00
Children (6 and under): Free
Two fishing seminars will be included in the price of admission this year. The Keith Combs seminar will cover winter and spring bass fishing and he will be available after the show for autographs and photographs.
Have you always wanted to try your hand at fly fishing? Bob Pohlman of Under Texas Skies Lake Adventures and Guide Services will be offering tips on fly fishing for novices.
Show Location:
Bell County Exposition Center, Belton, Texas
Show Dates:

Friday, January 20, 2017 through
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Show Times:

Friday: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Adults $TBA per person per day or $TBA per person for the weekend
Children 12 & under FREE with a paid adult.

The first 100 cars everyday get FREE PARKING!!!!
Thursday admission is $5 for everyone!
Show Location:
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Show Dates:

Thursday, February 09, 2017 through
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Show Times:

Thursday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday: Noon - 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Adults: $10.00
Senior (60+): $6.00
Children (7-12): $6.00
Children (under 7): Free

Drawdowns on LBJ and Lake Austin Scheduled for Early 2017

by Joy Jordan, Assistant to Shirl A Thornton

According the Lower Colorado River Authority, they will begin lowering the lakes around January 2. It will take two or three days to lower the water the planned four feet.  The plan is to keep the water at the lower level for six weeks to allow for the repair and maintenance of shoreline structures and to control the growth of aquatic vegetation.

The lowering of Lake Austin will take longer, two to three weeks, because it is being taken down a full ten feet.

For more information about the lowering click here

Could the Resort Lifestyle on Lake LBJ Get Any Sweeter?

by Joy Jordan, Assistant to Shirl A. Thornton


Apparently so. Recently, the Horseshoe Bay Resort unveiled a planned fifty million dollar capital improvement program. Old amenities will be spruced up and new ones introduced, improving the value of club membership and the property values in Horseshoe Bay.  Here are a few highlights:

  • Remodel of the Bayside Spa and Salon and the addition of couple’s treatment rooms
  • Expansion of the Cap Rock Members Club and Pool
  • Enlargement of the Cap Rock Pro Shop and construction of an outdoor activity pavilion
  • Improvements to the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Summit Rock
  • Remodel Slick Rock Clubhouse and increase the food and beverage service space
  • Major renovation of the Yacht Club including private poolside cabanas, installation of a glass elevator and a porte-cochere in the valet parking drop-off area.

More details are found in the November/December issue of The Club. If you would like a copy, just send an email request to . Be sure to include your name and mailing address when you write.

A Highland Lakes Christmas Tradition

by Joy Jordan, Assistant to Shirl A. Thornton

The holidays are upon us! Maybe you have company coming in and will be looking for a fun activity to get you out of the house. There is no reason to drive all the way to Austin or San Antonio to find holiday fun when you can just zip on over to Marble Falls and check out the Walkway of Lights. This beautiful display can be seen reflected in the water as you cross the bridge over Lake Marble Falls. Drive on down to Lakeside Park for a closer look. There is no admission fee to wander down the trail though hundreds of lighted sculptures. If Jack Frost comes nipping at your nose just chase him off with a cup of hot cocoa. The children may like a moment with the jolly old elf and you'll be standing by to take a photo of the moment. The Walkway will be open nightly from 6:00PM - 10:00PM November 18 through January 1.

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Shirl A. Thornton
RE/MAX Horseshoe Bay Resort Sales Co.
7409 Hwy 2147
Horseshoe Bay TX 78657
Direct: (830)385-6200
Office: (830)598-8726
Fax: (830)598-1915