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Don’t Miss These Events at the Round Top Festival Institute

November 17th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

 

Round Top Music Institute

Famous for its many talented musicians, inspirational music, beautiful architecture, and culturally-enriching presence, the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas is worth your visit. There are many great shows and events to catch, featuring some of the best young talent from around the world. Don’t miss out! Follow our list of events you don’t want to miss at the Round Top Music Institute.

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Round Top Festival Institute Events You Need to See

Valentine’s Concert with Dick Smith and Friends

As a part of the August to April series, the Valentine’s Concert is sure to make you and yours fall in love all over again. Romantic music and a reception with refreshing drinks and Valentine’s treats make this the perfect Valentine’s Day date idea!

16th Annual Poetry at Round Top

Poetry at Round Top is an annual festival celebrating and presenting some of the most prominent poets from around the country. Three days of workshops, conversations, and workshops will have you inspired!

Round Top Music Festival

At the Round Top Music Festival, you’ll experience classical music like you’ve never before. Prolific musical talent and composers come together to perform some of the most time-honored music in history. You’ll want to make it to these performances.

Festival Opening | Conductor: Linus Lerner

Trio for Strings No. 3 in G, Op. 9/1 (1798) | Ludwig van Beethoven

Septet in E-flat, Op. 65 (1880) | Camille Saint-Saens

Grand Septet for Winds, Double bass and Piano in B-flat, Op. 79a (1849) | George Onslow

Come out for the opening performance of the Round Top Music Festival! Conductor Linus Lerner invites you to enjoy the sound of Beethoven, Saint-Saens, and Onslow in the debut of this year’s Round Top Music Festival.

Second Performance | Conductor: Linus Lerner

Requiem (1874) | Giuseppe Verdi

Enjoy the classic Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi as conducted by Line Lerner. This famous requiem was written in honor of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist. It has been one of the most widely performed requiems since it was composed.

Sixth Performance | Conductor: Christian Arming

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in e, Op. 11 (1830) | Frederic Chopin

La Valse (1919-20) | Maurice Ravel

Bolero (1928) | Maurice Ravel

This is the final performance of the Round Top Music Festival and you don’t want to miss it! Round Top Music Institute’s founder, James Dick, performs in Chopin’s piano concerto for the finale!

Music to Welcome the Holidays

Every year, the Round Top Festival Institute brings in performers to help kick off the holiday season. You can expect acts like The Nutcracker Ballet and holiday choirs singing your favorite Christmas hymns and carols like you’ve never heard before. There’s something for everyone year-round. Just make the short drive from Brenham!

Stay at a Cozy Bed & Breakfast

When you enjoy the shows and events at the Round Top Festival Institute, you’ll be just minutes away from the best place to stay in the Texas Hill Country. Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a performance at the music institute. And, if you need more information on things to see and do in the area, then download our FREE Vacation Guide. We guarantee it will make your trip the best it can be!

The Top 3 Reasons You Need to Visit Home Sweet Farm

November 10th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Home Sweet Farm

Whether you’re a foodie looking for the best local fare and goods or visiting from out of town, there’s something about Home Sweet Farm that’s enticing. Located in cozy downtown Brenham, their unique storefront is bursting with color. The store seeks out high-quality, handmade products to stock their shelves, and it’s all local! That means that when you buy from Home Sweet Farm, you’re not only supporting a local business but also local farmers and artisans. What are the best reasons to visit Home Sweet Farm? Read on to find out!

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Home Sweet Farm’s Top 3

The Market

When you step into Home Sweet Farm, you’ll be surrounded by only the finest local foods and goods. The market offers the best local artisan cheeses, sustainably-raised meats, seasonal produce, farm-fresh eggs, and pantry items to make you feel more connected to the environment and local economy. Plus, it’s delicious inspiration you won’t soon forget! The market also offers pecan and olive oils, one-of-a-kind locally made chocolate bars from ethically-sourced cocoa beans, locally produced jams, and honey. Come see for yourself the amazing flavors for sale!

The Biergarten

Home Sweet Farm’s Biergarten proudly proclaims that it has the largest selection of craft beers in the county. The brewers Home Sweet Farm highlights use old-world methods to craft their brews. Methods like oaking and lagering give these beers an incredible flavor profile you shouldn’t skip out on! You’ll love their selection of craft brews and local wines, and the biergarten is a popular place to hang out with friends and family in the historic downtown Brenham.

The Music

The local music scene, as well as out-of-town acts, make Home Sweet Farm’s stage a diverse and bustling music venue. For a small Texas town like Brenham, it sure doesn’t feel like small, local music. Being situated so closely to Austin and Houston means plenty of quality musicians are also local. Plus, happy hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays always help, too. So, come on out, grab a beer, and enjoy the night with live music!

Just Minutes Away from the Best Place to Stay

Home Sweet Farm is the perfect place to shop if you’re looking for local flair. And, if you’re visiting you’ll be just minutes away from the best place to stay in Brenham, Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. And, if you’re looking for the best things to see and do in the area, then look no further than the FREE Vacation Guide provided by Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. It’s full of the best ideas for things to see and do in the area, and it is guaranteed to make your visit the best it could be!

The Most Romantic East Texas Wedding Venues for Your Special Day

November 10th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

East Texas Wedding Venues

The thrill of engagement is a whimsical, romantic journey to enjoy and remember for the rest of your life. Yet, more often than not, the wedding planning replaces some of that joy with stress enough to pull your hair out! Don’t let the wedding planning ruin your special day. Let us help you out! Check out these east Texas wedding venues.

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East Texas Wedding Venues to Make Your Day

The Retreat at Balcones Springs

The Retreat at Balcones Springs is a gorgeous venue set on 250 acres of Texas Hill Country near Marble Falls. The venue makes an amazing destination wedding. Plus, on-site gourmet catering, nine event spaces, and the natural beauty of the area will delight you!

The Red Corral Ranch

The Red Corral Ranch outside of Wimberley, TX, boasts 1,100 acres of rolling hill country, grand oaks, and vibrant wildflowers. The ranch can accommodate up to 200 people, provide tables and chairs, and give you the beautiful, whimsical wedding you deserve.

Salt Lick

What’s more romantic on your wedding day than exchanging your vows in a vineyard? This is one of the best east Texas wedding venues if only for the fabulous BBQ catering they offer. Dance under the night skies at Pecan Grove, sip champagne as the sun goes down, and say, “I do,” to world-famous BBQ!

The Springs

Perfect for the rustic yet classy couple, The Springs provides a scenic, rustic, and elegant setting for weddings. Come check out the beautiful stone bridge over a pristine, winding hill country stream. You’ll fall in love with this dreamy venue!

Smythwick Castle

If you’re looking for the ultimate in whimsical, romantic wedding venues, look no further than Smythwick Castle. From Austin stone exteriors to the romantic gazebo to the beautiful peacocks roaming the grounds, you’ll literally be married in a castle. You’ll also find breathtaking views that are perfect for pictures, and the old-world courtyard will enchant you with it blooms.

Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast

This list wouldn’t be complete without Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. While the others on this list all have their selling points, no one offers the personal touch and attention to detail like Murski Homestead. It’s the perfect value for a romantic country-style wedding or elopement. Get married near the stone waterfall patio, under the garden gazebo, the covered terrace, the century-old front porch, or the rock patio under the majestic crape myrtle. You don’t need to look any further. This is your venue.

More than a Wedding Venue

Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast offers a comfortable and romantic setting for your wedding, but it’s also the premier bed and breakfast in the area. Plus, when you download our FREE Vacation Guide, you’ll have all the best ideas for things to see and do in the area! You’re guaranteed to find relaxation and the comfort of home when you stay at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast.

How to Have the Best Time at the Brenham Christmas Stroll

November 1st, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Brenham Christmas Stroll

As the holiday season rolls into cozy Brenham, TX, the Brenham Christmas Stroll ramps up for another exciting and cheerful year of festivities. The annual Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade is on the first Friday and Saturday of December and is a fun time for the whole family. With many holiday activities ranging from performances to crafts, you’ll be sure to have a great time kicking off the holidays!

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The Brenham Christmas Stroll is Full of Fun

Come on out for the Brenham Christmas Stroll and Lighted parade over the first Friday and Saturday of December! The two-day event begins on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the town square trees with twinkling lights. Enjoy caroling and rides on the Firetruck Invader for kids. When you come out on Friday night, you’ll be helping the city of Brenham kick off the Christmas season in a big way!

Saturday is the big day of the two-day-long event. Come out and enjoy the fun with snow tubing slides with real snow, horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, Lowe’s Build and Grow Christmas Workshop, 1950 American LaFrance Invader Rides, breakfast with Santa, Cowboy Bob, the popular lighted parade, and more! Read on for more details!

Marquee Events You Shouldn’t Miss

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. | Breakfast with Santa

Join Santa at Must Be Heaven for pancakes! Have a delicious hot breakfast, enjoy festive activities, fun face painting, and pictures with Santa! Be sure to register with the city of Brenham to reserve your seats for this one. It will sell out fast!

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Sip, Shop, & Stroll

This is the perfect place to get your Christmas shopping done! Shop and stroll amongst the merchants in downtown Brenham. Sample their festive drinks to have a chance to win $350 in Downtown Dollars for use in downtown Brenham stores!

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Cowboy Bob – Trick Roper!

The National Champion Trick Roper, Cowboy Bob is sure to put on quite a show! You’ll be amazed by his trick roping, gun spinning, and whip cracking skills.

6:00 p.m. | “Christmas in Texas” Lighted Parade

Watch as the streets of Brenham light up with countless floats all decked out with twinkling lights and festive themes. You’ll catch the Christmas spirit and sing along with the carols as the floats go by. At the end of the parade, sit with Santa at the Gazebo!

More Family Fun

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Rope Making – $5

10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Jingle Bell Market shopping at Ant Street Inn

3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. | Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas at The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre

Enjoy the Best of Christmas in Brenham

When you come to Brenham, TX, for the Christmas festivities, you’ll be at home at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. Check our available rooms and see for yourself how cozy you can be this holiday season! If you’re looking for more things to do while you’re in Washington County, then download our FREE Vacation Guide today!

 

7 of the Best Shows You’ll Love at the Round Top Music Festival

October 25th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Round Top Music Festival

Deep in the heart of Texas, there is a music festival that draws in world-class performers and audiences from all over. For six weeks, the Round Top Music Festival is home to some of the most prolific musical talent from around the world. And, in a state full of country music and blues, this hidden gem makes hay in the little town of Round Top, TX with some of the most iconic classical pieces. Whether you’re a classical music aficionado or classical music novice, there is something for everyone.

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The Best of the Round Top Music Festival

Every summer in the town of Round Top, TX, the Round Top Music Festival features some of the best young musical talent from all around the world as a part of the Round Top Musical Institute. Beginning in June, the concert series lasts six weeks with performances of enduring composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, and more. So, which are the performances not to miss? Here’s our 7 best.

  1. Festival Opening | Conductor: Linus Lerner

Trio for Strings No. 3 in G, Op. 9/1 (1798) | Ludwig van Beethoven

Septet in E-flat, Op. 65 (1880) | Camille Saint-Saens

Grand Septet for Winds, Double bass and Piano in B-flat, Op. 79a (1849) | George Onslow

Come out for the opening performance of the Round Top Music Festival! Conductor Linus Lerner invites you to enjoy the sound of Beethoven, Saint-Saens, and Onslow in the debut of this year’s Round Top Music Festival.

 

  1. Festival Opening | Conductor: Perry So

Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C, Op. 56 (1803-04) | Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 2 in e, Op. 27 (1907-08) | Sergei Rachmaninoff

If you can’t make it to the first opening performance, don’t worry! The festival kicks off with a double-header performance. You’ll be moved by the sounds of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.

 

  1. Second Performance | Conductor: Linus Lerner

Requiem (1874) | Giuseppe Verdi

Enjoy the classic Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi as conducted by Line Lerner. This famous requiem was written in honor of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist. It has been one of the most widely performed requiems since it was composed.

 

  1. Third Performance | Conductor: Ransom Wilson

Alborada del Gracioso (1918-19) | Maurice Ravel

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G (1931) | Maurice Ravel

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D “Left hand piano concerto” (1931) | Maurice Ravel

Daphnis and Chloe – Second Suite (1912) |  Maurice Ravel

Come out to this performance to hear and feel the prowess of Maurice Ravel in four different pieces. From piano concerto to full orchestral instrumentation, you’ll enjoy the whole performance!

 

  1. Fourth Performance | Conductor: Yaniv Dinur

La Gazza Ladra Overture (1817) | Gioacchino Rossini

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D, Op. 77 (1879) | Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 9 in e, Op. 95, “From the New World” (1893) | Antonín Dvořák

In this performance, you’ll be moved by the violin concerto of Brahms, march to the overture by Rossini, and sway to the movement of Dvořák.

 

  1. Fifth Performance | Conductor: Vladimir Kulenovic

Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (1995) Joseph Schwantner

Manfred Symphony in b, Op. 58 (1885) P.I. Tchaikovsky

Come here both new and old in this performance. From the recent contributions from Schwatner to the timeless masterclass that Tchaikovsky governs, you’ll be on the edge of your seat the whole time!

 

  1. Sixth Performance | Conductor: Christian Arming

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in e, Op. 11 (1830) | Frederic Chopin

La Valse (1919-20) | Maurice Ravel

Bolero (1928) | Maurice Ravel

This is the final performance of the Round Top Music Festival and you don’t want to miss it! Round Top Music Institute’s founder, James Dick, performs in Chopin’s piano concerto for the finale!

 

Just Minutes Away from the Best Place to Stay

The Round Top Music Festival is just down the road from the best place to stay in the area, Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. The cozy bed and breakfast offers the best rooms and amenities. So, check out our rooms and availability! Do you need more ideas to fill your time around the Round Top Music Festival? Then download our free Vacation Guide today!