April 13, 2015 ~ VOL. 26 #16
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. Mark Twain
Blair Pittman, who recently suffered a stroke, “is doing pretty darn well,” according to his wife, Jean Hardy-Pittman.
The former long-time resident of Terlingua, who now lives in Alpine, and author of the popular “Tales From the Terlingua Porch” books will be in intensive rehab therapies in El Paso for some time, she said.
But “he is very lucky,” Jean added.
“His stroke was a hemorrhage, not a clot (embolism), and though it was a large bleed area,” she said last week, “it did not get into the ventricles which would have potentially caused much more damage.”
And she was optimistic: “He might come out of this stronger than before.”
The Starlight Theater
Tue 4/14 - Uh Clem
Wed 4/15 - The Whitmore
Thu 4/16 - TBA
Fri 4/17 - Sarah Burton
Mon 4/20 - Burger Night with Jeff Haislip
This week at The Boathouse!
We're happy to say that The Boathouse will be the home of this year's Fireman's Ball Benefit. For more information on that event, check out the posters around town (and this edition of The Moon).
Here's our all-star lineup for the week!
Wednesday: Open Mic hosted by Jeffro Greasewood. 7 p.m.
Friday: Paul Sprawl. 7 - 10.
Saturday: Fireman's Ball with Craig Carter and the Spur of the Moment Band. Music is from 8-12.
Since we began the Open Mic in February, the musicians' tips have been donated to the Crisis Center of the Big Bend, earmarked for the Terlingua Food Bank. Last week, The Boathouse presented a check to the center in the amount of $1,200.
Stay tuned to FB for our Friday Menu Special - it's going to be a good one! Also, please note that due to the Fireman's Ball on Saturday, and while we will still be open regular hours (4 p.m. - 1 a.m.) we will be offering a limited menu of either a Beef BBQ Sandwich or our Grilled Chicken Sandwich with chips, pickles, etc. Both are $9. These items will be available from 5 - 7:30. Craig Carter and the Spur of the Moment band will play from 8 -12. In addition to our full bar inside, we will have an additional beer bar outside staffed by none other than the fabulous Maria Blosser and Kymi Flippo.
We are open 7 days a week from 4 - Midnight (1 a.m. on Saturdays). Dinner served every night except Monday from 5-9 (with the exception of this Saturday, 5 - 7:30). Hope to see you soon. Have a great week! Don & Terri
Espresso…Y Poco Mas located in the Ghostown @ La Posada Milagro. Come join us for a delicious cup of coffee and delicious breakfast all made fresh as you order!!!
We are open every day at 7:30 am. Remember we close at 2pm on Sunday-Wednesday and at 3pm on Thursday-Saturday. We extended our Wireless Internet so now you will see the Espressoypocomas WiFi address.
Russ Strutt, a singer/musician and part-time local, passed away in Canada - we think it was yesterday. It has been relayed that he died of a heart attack, which is not confirmed. More details when they become available. This contributor will always remember Russ by his appearances at Long Draw Pizza and his song "Big Bender". Our hearts and thoughts of comfort go out to his family and loved ones.
Come join us this Saturday, April 18th for the 5th Annual Terlingua Fireman's Ball. Hosted this year by THE BOATHOUSE & located in the Terlingua Ghostown. There will be a full "cash bar" and dancing from 8pm-midnight with Craig Carter and the Spur of the Moment Band. Attire is semi-formal with GOOD dancing shoes.
Tickets, at the door, are $15 or $25 a couple, and will benefit Terlingua Fire & EMS. There will also be a silent auction (art works, resort and hotel gift certificates, etc.), as well as a spectacular raffle. Raffle tickets are available now from TF&EMS reps. For more information, call 371-2635.
ALL firefighters dance for FREE!
Special Junior Ranger Day Event!
Join us at Panther Junction on Saturday April 18 for special Junior Ranger programs- all children are invited to attend all or part of the day's programs. Come out to Big Bend, become a Junior Ranger, and Find Your Park!
Big Bend Ranchers, Landowners Will Fight Planned Pipeline, San Antonio Express-News, John MacCormick staff writer, 4/12/2015 http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/texas/article/Big-Bend-ranchers-landowners-will-fight-planned-6194919.php
The Terlingua Artists of the Big Bend Citizens Alliance are now working on plans for a 2016 calendar and would like to include images from as many different Terlingua based artists as possible. Please contact us as soon as you can to discuss our requirements: Ruth at 2584, Mary D at 2999 and Lauren at 3261.
This Saturday at The Farmer's Market at Noon
Learn How To Make Organic Gummy Candies with Jadi
The Last Workshop for this season
The Truth behind the Reality Show
The producers of the reality show currently in production here have sent out several versions of the synopsis of their intended "documentary". You may go to terlinguamusic.com to check out the one they sent to a local resident, as well as the response to their request. Below you will find a slightly different version sent to John Waters of the Big Bend Gazette...
Hundreds of miles from the nearest city sits a small town in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert populated by people who have given up modern comforts and financial stability for something that money cannot buy - freedom. Terlingua is effectively closed off to outsiders; strangers are eyed with suspicion. THE BADLANDS is an 8-part documentary series that brings this world to our viewers through an intimate look at the people who live here and the businesses that make the town function, all set against the backdrop of a murder trial that has torn the community apart.
Closed off to outsiders? Strangers are eyed with suspicion? Does that sound like Terlingua's tourist economy?
One would hope that those who have signed on to be a part of this production were unaware that the true intent of these producers and this reality show is to exploit a local tragedy and effectively damage the very nature of our livelihood.
Jeffro Greasewood presented a check for $1,200 to the Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend last week. This money was collected as musician's tips at each open mic and was donated in support of Terlingua food distribution.
We'd like to give a big thanks to all the musicians who gave their time and talent on Wednesday's Open Mic in support of this ongoing effort. Next project: Voices from Both Sides.
Vinnie’s Big Bend Doughnuts- across from the Cottonwood General Store, Open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, 18th, and Sunday the 19th of April. Closed on April 25th and April 26th. Go to our Facebook page for more info “Big Bend Doughnuts.” Let us know if you would like doughnuts and snow cones this summer! Thank you for your support!
Bee Swarm Rescue
Alpine Apiaries, local fourth generation professional beekeeper, anticipates increased swarm activity based on this year’s stunning wildflower event. Please do not exterminate or kill the bees. There is a better way! Call the Bee Swarm Rescue Hotline here in Big Bend! (432) 371-2748 or (432) 371-3170, Sponsored by the College of the Melissae.
TERLINGUA TOOL RENTALS We have a temporary phone # for a few days, please call Bryan at 371-2287 or 713-907-5259 for your rental needs. Thank you for you business and continued support. Jimmy Taylor, owner. You may reach me from my cell phone also 432-386-6450.
April 14 PLANNED POWER INTERRUPTION: A power interruption will take place April 14 from approximately 11 p.m. - 12 a.m. This will affect members in the general areas of South Brewster County, and Big Bend National Park. This outage is necessary in order to conduct maintenance and repairs. RGEC appreciates your patience and understanding. If you have any questions/concerns, please call 830-563-2444 or 800-749-1509.
The Hal Flanders Recycling Center is temporarily not accepting glass. For the first time in many months, the glass crusher is down. We are waiting on parts to fix the machine and hope to get them in as soon as possible. The parts must be custom built and it could take a month or longer to be up and running again. We do not have the room to store glass, so please do NOT bring your bottles and jars until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.
Investigating Creativity will meet Wednesday 10 am at Becoming Fine Art. We will be discussing new projects and new ideas for projects. Coffee, espresso and if I am energetic enough maybe some homemade goodies. Hope to see you there.
And remember, folks, all of the tips collected at Open Mic at the Boathouse, starting last Wednesday and through the date of the event, will be donated to Voices. Thanks to you and Collie, Jeff, for the great work you are doing to help show the world our love for and closeness to our neighbors, friends and family in Mexico. Terlingua rocks!
While Supplies Last at All Energies: Only Nine SUNTECH 250W Solar Panels Left! Just $270 each, or $250 each when you buy four or more! 25 year warranty, made by the world’s #1 solar panel manufacturer. Tired of throwing away food after power outages? Call & ask about our prefab solar generators -- solar power backup for your fridge or other vital appliances! Visit us at our new Hwy 118 location: 16 miles north of Study Butte, just south of the Terlingua Ranch Rd intersection. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us during the week at 371-2950 with your questions about solar power and alternative energy!
Cycletek is your local source for automatic backup/standby generator systems for your house or business. Installations and generator start as little as $3,000. We also have in stock this week's special Generac inverter IX800 watt $290.00 total price; Generac GP1800 $340.00 total price. You cannot beat these prices on the internet. We only have one of each. We have on the way the GP3250 and the IX2000 to be sold at prices lower than any other advertised price. Large selection of motorcycle tires to be sold at less than dealer cost. 371-2569.
Jeff Haislip writes: "What a great time, what a great community! Playing with Charlotte Teer, Chris Baker & Patrick Smith was a magical moment for me. Thank you to all the musicians for their efforts & to everyone who participated. What huge hearts you all have. It struck me as funny that at a time when there was so much talk of a reality TV show being in town or run out of town (depending on how one sees it) that the REALITY is that in our community we are building a bridge with our neighbors in Mexico. Viva Terlingua!! I love you all!" More from Pat O'Bryan at http://terlinguamusic.com/voices-from-both-sides-benefit-2015/
The Alpine, Texas, Public Library is searching for a full-time Executive Director, responsible for all operations of the library. The library is a 501(c)(3) organization and TLA-accredited. It serves the city of Alpine and Brewster County. Projected salary range is $28,000–$38,000 annually, depending on qualifications and experience.
The ideal candidate will have
1. at least a bachelor’s degree
2. an understanding of public library management, operations, and organization
3. strong proposal-writing and fundraising skills, with a proven record of success
4. strong computer skills, including familiarity with library and grant related computer software and experience with hardware maintenance.
Applications are being accepted now. The position will be available May 1 but will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired.
Interested persons are asked to submit a cover letter, résumé, and three references.
Contact Linda Bryant, president, Alpine Public Library Board of Directors, with questions:
cell: 432/294-4289; home: 432/364-2356 (leave a message); president@alpinepubliclibrary..org
Terlingua CSD is accepting sealed bids on a bus for sale. The vehicle is a 15 passenger 2002 school bus with 43,100 miles on a diesel engine. The bus may be inspected at Terlingua CSD at 550 Roadrunner Circle Terlingua, TX, 79852. Please check in at our main office located in Big Bend High School. Sealed bids may be mailed or hand delivered to:
P.O. Box 256
Terlingua, TX 79852
550 Roadrunner Circle
Terlingua, TX 79852
Bids must be physically in the TCSD office no later than 4:00PM on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Bids will be opened on Friday, May 1, 2015 and the highest acceptable bidder notified by mail or phone. Terlingua CSD reserves the right to reject any and all bids for cause.
Big Bend Library Program
Don’t miss this program on Thursday, April 23 at 6 pm in the Big Bend Library. Paul and Voni Glaves have been avid motorcycle travelers since the 1970s. They have ridden BMW motorcycles in all 50 states, all of the Canadian provinces and territories reachable by road, and in several foreign countries. Fresh from retirement - she as a teacher, he as a Community Development Director - they were considering rejoining the workforce to become motorcycle tour guides. As a result they accompanied Ayres Adventures on three different motorcycle tours, for almost two months, in southern Africa. They rode in South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Always avid photographers, they took a few thousand photos while in Africa. They have distilled them down to one hundred or so to help them illustrate and explain the adventure. This is our first travel program in our series and you won't want to miss it !!
Anyone interested in assisting with refreshments, please contact Glenda @ 371-2552. Thanks so much!
There will be a Benefit BBQ party May 3rd, 2015; at the new South County Music Corral on Terlingua Ranch Road; formerly Susi's Snak Shack. Plan to attend the bash, and help us get started in our new venue. There will be food and music all day (Hint - migas in the morning; BBQ in the afternoon.) More details next week.
Farmer’s Almanac Prognostication for April 2015
12th-15th. Fair, then squally for Rockies. Cloudy Southern Plains.
20th-23rd. Showers for Rockies, Plains.
28th-30th. Gusty winds and showery across the Southern Plains; stormy Texas, Arkansas.
Please send all notices to Terlinguamoon@gmail.com
Before Monday, noon, of the target