There’s a lot to celebrate in Smithville, Texas

What a weekend we had in Smithville! From the 11th Annual Smithville Empty Bowl and Bastrop County Health Fair to the STX Golf Cart Club’s Dice Run benefiting CASA and the Style Show hosted by Golden Girls Boutique and the Front Room Wine Bar, Smithville was bustling with events on Saturday. As I picked up soups from local restaurants and helped serve at 100 Main Street (many thanks to Sid Milspaugh for the generous use of his building!), I so enjoyed seeing all the smiling faces . The Bucksnort Boogie Boys played live music at the Railroad Park Lookout.

The Mayor received accolades, along with many community members, from the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge as Smithville won the annual Health Challenge in the Very Small Community category for a fifth straight year! Vendors were at the Recreation Center, all around Railroad Park and along Main Street, and a lively game of pickle ball took place at the site of the Old Chamber, Railroad Museum and Center of home, now just an empty slab. What a way to bring this space back to life! Visitors came and went all day at the new visitor center, where we organized tours and distributed information. All in all, it was a great Saturday with lots of happy people enjoying our beautiful town, shopping all over Smithville, dining at our many wonderful restaurants, and having fun in our small town in Texas.

April isn’t just my favorite month (it’s my birthday month as well as my namesake), it’s also time to celebrate as we enter the spring and summer months. We are planning many events over the next few months, with the most recent events listed below, so plan ahead!

Mark your calendars

April 7, 8, 9: Spring Street Sweep. Head to the chamber and collect supplies to help clean up the streets and parks of Smithville. This is a self-managed event where you choose your cleanup day, time and location. The chamber’s Keep Smithville Beautiful committee will provide all materials, including trash bags, gloves, and trash tongs. Call us at 512-237-2313 for more details.

April 9, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.: Spring wine tour. Many of our downtown businesses will partner with local wineries to showcase their wine as you walk and shop. Enjoy live music and culinary specialties along the way. Many thanks to our main sponsor: Tom and Debi Etheredge. To purchase tickets, call 512-237-2313 or visit

April 12, 6 p.m.: Candidates’ Forum. Join us at the Smithville Recreation Center for the annual Candidates Forum, sponsored by the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce. Candidates for mayor, city council and school board will answer pre-submitted questions from the community. This event will also be broadcast live via Facebook on the chamber’s Facebook page.

Music in the Park: Thursdays in April (except April 20), from 6-8 p.m., join us for our annual Music in the Park event in downtown Smithville at the Lookout. Schedule: April 7: Bucksnort Boogie Boys; April 14: Johnny Rockit Band! ; April 20: Envy of them All (Riverbend Park); April 28: Dawgz Shop.

April Quarterly Luncheon: Join the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce for our April Quarterly Luncheon. Our speaker, Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape, will provide an update on county activities in his “State of the County” presentation. Tickets are $15, sponsorships are $50. Date: April 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 400 Olive St. Many thanks to our lunch sponsor: Doug’s Plumbing. Register at

Smithville Community Career Fair: Join us for a career fair. Are you hiring? There is no cost to participate as an employer/supplier; simply register by calling 512-237-2313 or visit us online at Co-sponsored by the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, Smithville Public Library and the Texas Workforce Commission.

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