Smithville, TX Real Estate News

By Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas!
(Hart Land Real Estate)
It was a balmy night and lots of people came out for the lighting of the Pavillion and for the parade and street dance in Smithville Texas. Great small town celebration. There were food vendors serving up some wonderful goodies from Deer Stew to Kettle Corn, and of course Funnel Cakes! Tons of kids were excited to see Santa and the parade. The main street was blocked off and lined with life sized Ginger Bread Men. Many of the stores were open and displaying their Christmas wares. The parade started on time and went smoothly. I took photos but as you can see my photographic skills are not the strongest at night. This was a wonderful way to kick off the Holiday Season and it happens every year. Keep it in mind for next year.
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By Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas!
(Hart Land Real Estate)
Last night a fund raising spaghetti dinner and Elvis show went on without a hitch in Smithville, Bastrop County,  Texas for one of the Bastrop County officers,  Investigator Woods, who has experienced some serious medical issues following a necessary surgery.  The dinner was delicious and ample, spaghetti and meat sauce, garlic bread, corn,  pimento stuffed jalapenos, of course sweet tea, and cake for dessert. The community support was obvious by the wonderful turn out.   After dinner there was a cake auction and cakes were sold to local business owners, and residents from $60-150 a piece.   And then the lights went out, there was a drum roll, and in walked Elvis, looking about like he had the last time we all saw him.  And could the man sign...oh my.  He had a number of women in the au...
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By Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas!
(Hart Land Real Estate)
Smithville is having its 17th Annual Festival of Lights celebration just 45 miles south east of Austin.  Smithville is the town where the film Hope Floats was filmed.  Quaint, historic, peaceful, Smithville has a great Holiday celebration planned for all to enjoy. There will be a fun run and walk at 9 am.  During the day there will be an arts and crafts show and sale, a gingerbread man bake, a business expo, pictures with Santa, Pony rides, Petting Zoo, Bounce house and maze.  At 6:30 pm the Lighting of the Gazebo, 7pm the Annual Lighted Downtown Parade, and after the parade a free Main Street Dance.  For more info you can  contact theSmithville Area Chamber of Commerce at 512-237-2313, email: chamber@smithvilletx.org, or visit on-line at www.smithvilletx.org.
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By Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas!
(Hart Land Real Estate)
Riverbend Park  in  Smithville is getting some upgrades!  Work on the projects should be completed in late 2008. They are adding a 9 hole frisbee golf course which should be loads of fun.  The park already offers a couple of really nice volleyball courts, a ball field, an arena, camping and RV spots, great playground to mention some of the ameneties.   Work is also being done to make the restrooms handicap accesible.  They are planning on upgrading the recreation facilities and adding a kitchen. You can visit one of my earlier blogs to see pictures of some of the park and you can also visit the park website 
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By Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas!
(Hart Land Real Estate)
My My husband and  I live on a dead end country road in Bastrop County Texas. Last week on my way to work one morning I saw a small forlorn dog on the road.  She looked like she might have had pups somewhere.  She did not belong to anyone on our street.  She had NO trust for humans and would run away when approached yet she would wag her tail and lay down and show her belly.  I tried every day to befriend her.  I was terrified that if I did not get her off the road someone would run her over and I would find her dead on my way in or out. I  could not get any sleep each night.  I took food and water to her each day, which she gratefully ate, and she began to show signs of recognition when I would stop and talk to her.  This last Wednesday after trying to catch her unsuccessfully I couldn...
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By Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas!
(Hart Land Real Estate)
As you travel from Bastrop towards LaGrange on Hwy 71 you will literally cross over one of the nicests parks I have visited yet, in Smithville,   Riverbend Park.  This park has a lot to offer with huge stately oak trees standing over big manicured lawns, a playground,  picnic facilities, volleyball court(s),  an arena, a huge pavilillion area with lots of vendors booths and covered stages ( where the annual Smithville Jamboree is held) , fishing dock, and RV sites tucked away in a private spot towards the back of the park by the river.   You can also pitch a tent, or launch your kayak or canoe.
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By Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas!
(Hart Land Real Estate)
You are looking at the Colorado River from the old bridge on Loop 230 entering Smithville from Highway 71.  It is currently under construction so it is important to heed the speed limit signs and to slow down before entering town.  Sounds like the plans are to build a completely new bridge.  They may do like in Bastrop and leave the old bridge for a walking bridge.  It will be nice to have better acess over the Colorado into Smithville!
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By Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas!
(Hart Land Real Estate)
In Downtown Smithville Pockets Grill is the place to go for  breakfast,  dinner or early supper.  They have one of the best burgers around but their crowning glory in my estimation is their fried pickles!  This is a well loved and relaxed restaurant right on the corner of Loop 230 and Main Street.  There is lots of parking on Main and if you do park a block or two down the way you can shop your way to Pockets up all of the collectible and antique stores.  A great stop if you are driving thru the area on your way to Austin or Houston!  Main Street and Loop 230 are just a couple of miles off of the Highway!
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By Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas!
(Hart Land Real Estate)
I woke up the other morning on our ranch,   to find a lovely dew on the ground and a bit of fall in the air. We get fog and dew quite a bit in the mornings this time of year.  Our 26 acre gentleman's horse  ranch is down on the Colorado River.  Makes for great producing hay fields and  pasture land.  We are nestled in among one of the larger producting pecan growers, the Pecan Grove.  ( you can see some of the big trees in the back ground ) on a paved dead end road about 6 miles out of Bastrop towards Smithville.  My American Paint mares and foals were out in the front pasture  munching on the tifton.  I went out for my morning chores and found that overnight our garden spiders had been very busy.  Everywhere I looked I saw the spiders efforts and all were decorated with dew.  Little di...
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By Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas!
(Hart Land Real Estate)
With Fall at hand in Central Texas, a slight chill in the air, and harvest of the local crops in Bastrop County in full swing,  scarecrows are beginning to pop up!  Scarecrows http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarecrow are used to ward off birds from gardens and groves.  They are also a symbol of  the turning of the seasons.  They are fairly easy to make and take on a personality of their own.  This happy couple was seen on a front porch of a local business in Smithville, rocking in the breeze.  they look like they are still in love! 
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By Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas!
(Hart Land Real Estate)
With the official coming of fall, and a small cold front bringing us a few degrees of relief from the Indian Summer, and harvest in full swing, I got the urge to make my first scarecrows.  I wanted to have some company at my United Country ( Smithville Real Estate Associates) office.Use this link to Wikipedia for the full scoop on scarecrows. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ScarecrowI went to the local thrift store in Bastrop, Bits and Pieces,  and bought a few items that I would need: two pillow cases, 2  straw hats, pants, pantaloons, shirts, dress, grass skirt.  When I got back to my barn I grabbed some baling twine and a bale of Johnson Grass that was locally grown here in Smithville by the banks of the Colorado River.    .My plan was to have them both sitting on rockers.  So for the M...
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By Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas!
(Hart Land Real Estate)
Although the Colorado River can rage at times, especially after 18 inches of rain in one night upstream, this morning it was meandering down towards the Gulf leisurely.  In this part of Central Texas in Bastrop County  the Colorado River winds through many counties.  Management is through the Lower Colorado River Association.  Fishing can be very good, and a license is required.  Kayaking and canoing have been a very popular past time.  There are local companies in Bastrop that rent out kayaks and canoes and have planned routes for the public to enjoy.  Down along the river you will find large cattle ranches, hay fields, pecan groves, and clusters of smaller gentleman's ranches/farms, rural residential properties, and RV communities.   Many of the properties that border the Colorado Ri...
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By Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas!
(Hart Land Real Estate)
With all of the rains we received in Central Texas this year we have had bumper hay crops.  This field located in Bastrop County  between Bastrop and Smithville along the Colorado, is a mixture of different grasses, and  produced 35.5 round bales off of approx. 11 acres on the third cutting.  Before all of the rains the price of a round bale was upwards of 75.00 a piece.  With all of the rains the prices have dropped to about 35.00 per roll out of the field, and 55.00 per roll at feed and grain stores.  The horses and cattle in Texas will eat good for awhile!
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