This annual event brings to the Sul Ross State University campus historians, archeologists, folklorists and other researchers studying the past and present of the Big Bend region and northern Mexico.
What began 25 years ago as a modest open house for local art galleries has grown up over the years into a city-wide celebration of art and music. More than two dozen displays of original artwork will open all over downtown Alpine—many accompanied by live music—in permanent galleries as well as new exhibits popping up just for the weekend.
The small town charm present in sparsely populated areas such as those found in the Big Bend region are characterized by a slower-paced way of life.
Church socials, street dances, and children riding bikes around quaint neighborhoods until the street lights turn on signify a simpler existence often drowned out by the hustle and bustle of modern living. Those willing to search thoroughly enough find that these events take place throughout the year among the cactus-ridden towns and endlessly dark skies. The fundraising festivities that occurred last weekend in Marathon, Texas were no different.
The Marathon Volunteer Fire Department hosted the fifth annual West Fest Cabrito Cook-off and Dance. Held at Post Park, the competition barbecue and dance is considered by many to be one of the tiny town’s most popular events. Visitors come from near and far to participate in judging and decide whose fare is worthy of recognition, trophies, and bragging rights. “It’s important to sponsor and donate to local VFDs because the money goes toward gear that keeps us safe and training that keeps citizens safe, as well as the upkeep on vehicles to keep them ready to go in a moment’s notice,” said Wilson. “The men and women in my department, like the majority of volunteer firefighters, don’t get paid. This is purely a labor of love for the community and for the job.”
Wilson stressed that citizens should be proud whether they lived in Alpine, Terlingua, or Marathon, since each town had VFDs with trained, skilled, and dedicated professionals to answer that bell whenever they are called.
“If you see a volunteer firefighter, stop and thank them,” he said.
The Alpine ISD Board of Trustees met on Sept. 19, and discussed Alpine Elementary School’s plan to set goals and achieve a higher score on its Texas Education Agency improvement required rating for the past academic year.
Principals from all three AISD campuses presented information about their goals and strategies for the current school year. Elementary school Principal Judith Pardo-Alferez said their plan included a campus leadership team consisting of a business representative, a parent, and a community member. She also discussed the district-wide goal of having 80 percent of students meet the standards for the targeted improvement plan. They will also implement a writing center to address low scores in that area. In conclusion, trustees approved the district-wide plan, and Superintendent Becky McCutchen said it would be submitted to the Texas Education Agency.
Brewster County topped out at number two of 177 rural-designated Texas counties in Airbnb earnings for the period Aug. 1, 2017 to Aug. 1, 2018, according to an Airbnb report. “Over the past year, Brewster County hosts earned about $2.1 million in supplemental income through Airbnb,” noted Ben Breit, Airbnb public affairs specialist. Alpine took second place, with $600,000 in revenues, 6,500 guests and 50 active hosts, up from 20 hosts in 2017.
Airbnb allows a host to list a room or house in an online database for guests to rent. Included in the online rental costs are room price, user fee, and state-level hotel occupancy taxes. The platform is expanding and evolving to meet new needs, whether by offering unique housing experiences or accommodating larger groups.
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Elder — who’s known for his work on several Eagle’s album covers, lived in Valentine, Texas, where he worked on his art out of an old barn.
“Most fine artists have their work in museums or collections,” said Elder “My work is in millions of households all over the world.”
In 1973, some of the work that Elder had displayed was lost to a fire at his Valentine studio. With no local fire department to respond, the old family garage, which had become Elder’s makeshift studio, burned completely.
He was left with nothing. But shortly after, Elder received two wild steer skulls, a bull and a cow. So he painted them — pinstriped — just like he would to the hotrods he loved as a teenager. One of those skulls, he covered in a soft blue, adding reds and yellows, feathers and even wings. It became the album art for the Eagles 1975 album One of These Nights. The artist continued his work over the years and was a well-known presence in the Big Bend.
The three events in October at The Stable Performance Cars in Alpine are: October 5-7 – Alamo Area Corvette Club, October 7-11 Hosting the Terlingua Pre-Event, October 12-14 – Hosting San Antonio Mustang Weekend
A 160-mile ultra marathon through Big Bend Ranch State Park. Runners meet up in Alpine, and celebrate the end of the race at our own Big Bend Brewing Company!