Fayetteville Jumps into June with Bikers, Music, Art, and Long Shadows for Glorious Summer Nights

Biker Photo by Jerry Brown

If you think that the “Hometown” Texas experience is gone, you haven’t been to Fayetteville, Texas lately.  And what better time to celebrate this National Registry community than summer with music, art, culture, museums, galleries, and preservation taking center stage.  This great little town of Texas kicks off June in a tradition of twenty years with the Annual Good Old Summertime Bicycle Classic.

Always scheduled the first Sunday in June (rain or shine and this year Sunday, June 4), bikers get a real opportunity to savor real country in those rolling roads with a showcased start at the historic square for this 8, 25, 35, 50, & 65 mile race.  All proceeds are directed to the Athletic Department and Education Foundation of the Fayetteville ISD—an awesome “WIN-WIN”.  The ride is fully supported by SAG and has several well-stocked rest stops.  Additionally, Saturday morning presents an unsupported ride from the square led by local cyclists (visitors aren’t the only ones cashing in on the fun) and Saturday evening, the community hosts a reception at the Country Place Hotel for all cyclists.  The mission of the Fayetteville Cycling Club (FCC) is to raise awareness of bicycling in the community and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle through the love of cycling.  Sponsors include Fayetteville Bank, Houston Cycling Centres & Structural Consulting Company, Inc. with special thanks for the support of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, EMS, and Southwest Cycling Club.  For more information call 713-444-6219 or 713-777-5333 or e-mail fayettevilletxcc@gmail.com.

It’s never too late to step into a different beat of music in case you haven’t tried the Fayetteville Picking Park right on the square scheduled for jamming beginning the evening of Friday, June 9 and continuing throughout the day on Saturday, June 10.  Slow jam begins at 1:00 pm in the Old Fire Station led by Lou Lou Barbour and the Old Fire Station closes at 10 pm as music continues in the gazebo and the square later into the evening.  This is a free event each month (not held in December) barring no extreme weather and reaches out to all ages of musicians and singers of all levels.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy those long summer evenings under a “live all-acoustic bluegrass jamming” atmosphere playing those “ole time classics”.  Questions may be directed to Debbie Stepan at 512-914-6640.

Sign up time is now for the kiddos with Arts for Rural Texas as ARTS continue their commitment of exposing art media to the youth.  Summer Art Camp in Fayetteville from June 5 through July 28 includes grades 1-6 from 10 am to 3 pm and covers clay art & mosaics, beach art & mixed media, recycled art with heart and alcohol creations, theater, painting fun and 3-D sculpture, choir and cooking art with mixed media.  Teen workshops in Fayetteville and Carmine with grades 7-12 from 10 am – 3 pm run June 12 through July 28 and include photography, cooking, acrylic painting, and fused glass.  Camp at Flatonia ISD includes ages 9-13 from 8 am – 11:30 am on June 19 through June 22 with subject matter mixed media.  St. Rose Convent in Schulenburg is the site of Adventurous from June 26-30 for ages 6-12 with hours running 8 am – noon.  Blinn College in Schulenburg offers time with alcohol Ink for ages 8-14 and hours running 1 pm – 4:45 on July 10 thru July 14.  Art camp on mixed media in Round Top is covered for grades 1-12, hours 2:30 – 4 pm from July 11 thru July 27 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  The Weimar Civic Center is the site of Alcohol Ink Creations from July 24 thru July 28 with ages 8-14 and hours 9 am – noon.  For more information, contact 979-378-2113 or go to www.artsforruraltexas.org.

“Restaurants, lodging, shopping, and businesses extend their hometown hospitality to welcome all visitors and locals that come to share these experiences.”  Visitors are known to come and “stay a while” or even make Fayetteville their home.  Fayetteville (a National Registry Community) is located on Highway 159 a short distance from La Grange and zip code 78940 for GPS.