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11/14/2014 10:39 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Dancing With the Best at The Broken Spoke
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Now flanked on both sides by new condominiums, South Austin’s The Broken Spoke is still known for its dance floor and the classic Honky Tonk acts it hosts.

In the video above, hear from the dancehall’s owner James White about the institution’s history.


11/04/2014 03:34 PM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Crowe's Nest Farm Works to Teach Kids Where Food Comes From
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Many schoolchildren have no idea where their food comes from, but one local nonprofit is working to change that.

"We're a children's educational farm dedicated to fostering appreciation, knowledge and wise stewardship of the agricultural and wildlife resources of Texas," said David Williams, the executive director of Crowe's Nest Farm.

Crowe's Nest Farm educates almost 40,000 children each year.

"It's a place for kids to get connected with nature and understand a little bit more about where their food comes from," he said.

Most of the animals at the farm were orphaned, neglected or abused and in need of a home, so Crowe's Nest also functions as a sanctuary.

"We take them in; it works out great," Williams said. "The kids get a chance to learn about them up close."

If you would like to see the animals in person, Crowe's Nest Farm is hosting family tour days on Saturdays throughout November. For more information, check out their website, CrowesNestFarm.org.


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.




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