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10/14/2014 10:35 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Making Farm-to-Table Available for All
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For the last 40 years, the Sustainable Food Center has dedicated itself to connecting local farmers with the general public.

In 2006, the SFC created their own farmer’s market at the Triangle complex near 45th and Guadalupe. It’s part of the nonprofit’s effort to cultivate a healthy community and make nutritious foods more accessible and affordable.

The market features everything from local fruits and vegetables to meats, cheeses and artisan products.

“You are going to be able to meet the farmer. You are going to ask them questions, get kind of the ins and outs,” Brenna Peterson, Marketing Manager with Johnson’s Backyard Garden, said. “You aren’t going to get that kind of one-on-one attention at the regular grocery store.”

The farmers' market at the Triangle is open on Wednesdays between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Sustainable Food Center also runs three other markets in the Austin area. For more information, visit SustainableFoodCenter.org.


09/16/2014 07:56 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Vulcan Video
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The Internet killed big-box movie rental businesses across the country — except here in the Capital City, where video rental store Vulcan Video is thriving.

"The Internet put all the big chains out of business because they basically had the same movies," Video Vulcan manager Bryan Connolly said. "We're still around because we still have all the older, weirder, obscure, not obscure stuff. We never got rid of anything."

Connolly says Coen brothers movies, especially "The Big Lebowski," are easily the most popular rentals. And the weirdest?

"We have one where it's like Pat Morita teaching you the art of massage," Connolly said. "Why would anyone watch that? I mean, I assume to make fun of it, but maybe they really want to learn from Pat Morita how to do these things."

Even though it's easy for people to get videos via Netflix or other streaming services nowadays, Connolly says Vulcan Video is still around because people enjoy having human interaction when they enter the store, which provides a totally different experience.

"We don't get rid of anything. That's the rule," Connolly said. "If it's the only way to see the movie, if it's only on video tape, then we're going to have to keep it."

Vulcan Video has a store on South Congress as well as one on North Loop. Find out more in the "Local Wonders" segment above.


08/26/2014 08:20 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Texas State Cemetery
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Just one mile east of the State Capitol between Navasota and Comal streets sits the 18-acre Texas State Cemetery.

"One of the good aspects of the cemetery is just the beauty of it," the cemetery's Jason Walker said.

Since its establishment in the mid 1800s, the cemetery has become the resting place for many famed Texans, including Barbara Jordan — the first black woman elected to the Texas State Senate — and Willie Wells — an Austin-born baseball player who played in the Negro Leagues.

Anyone who wants to know more about the cemetery can schedule a tour between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cemetery's visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the grounds are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"There's visitors that come out all the time," Walker said. "They just walk the grounds, sit down and just meditate."

For more information about the Texas State Cemetery, watch the "Local Wonders" segment above.


08/19/2014 09:03 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Texas Air Museum
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John Tosh is the director of the Texas Air Museum.

"To me, San Antonio is the birthplace of military aviation, and, of course, Stinson Field is the second-oldest aviation airport in the United States," Tosh said.

The Stinson family opened Stinson Field in 1915, and the military took it over from 1942-45. For Tosh, seeing military personnel come out to the museum holds a special place in his heart.

"Being a military person myself, I love to see the military come out here," Tosh said. "It's always a pleasure to meet and greet these young airmen coming in because they're our replacements."

The Texas Air Museum officials say they are always in need volunteers and donations to help run the museum. For more information about how to help, go to TexasAirMuseum.org.


08/12/2014 10:40 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: When Austin Got Weird Exhibit Highlights '60s, '70s Art
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The Armadillo World Headquarters, City Coliseum and Soap Creek Saloon: These venues were the heart and soul of the Austin music scene long before the term Keep Austin Weird was trademarked in 2000.

When Austin Got Weird is the name of a new exhibition at the Bullock Texas State History Museum that showcases some of Austin's old music venue posters from the 1960s and 1970s.

"When Austin Got Weird is a tribute to that phrase that everybody knows," the Bullock Texas State History Museum's Margaret Koch said. "The roots go way back into the '60s when you had this fusion in the Austin music scene between psychedelic, pop, blues, honky tonk, cowboy ballads."

Koch said some defining attributes of the posters of that time period is psychedelic, multicolored or highly inked graphic art.

"At the time, it was novel, it was new, it was iconic," Koch said.

The When Austin Got Weird exhibit runs through Sept. 14. For more information, check out the museum's website at TheStoryofTexas.com.




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