The Lead Sept. 5, 2022: Labor Day marks the end of summer — allegedly

It's a light day here on The Lead, but Robert Earl Keen had a memorable final weekend of performances.

Good morning, Kerr County!

It's a good-looking Labor Day! There's a slight chance of thunderstorms, and we can expect highs in the 90s. The good news is that things are starting to look green again, but we're still far from being free of the drought.

No episode of The Lead Live today!

We are taking the day off from The Lead Live! We're back on the show Tuesday with Andrew Gay and Gilbert Paiz of Texas Hill Country Advisors and Leslie Jones of Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Today's events

Monday, Sept. 5


Fun runs

  • Labor Day Walk-A-Fun — Louise Hays Park, 8 a.m. Information: The details: Join the Rotary Club of Kerrville at Louise Hays Park and walk the beautiful Kerrville River Trail, 2 miles or 4 miles, and enjoy fun, fellowship and family activities.

Coming Tuesday

High school volleyball

  • Austin Waldorf at Our Lady of the Hills, 5 p.m.
  • Medina at Center Point, 6 p.m.

Live music

  • Vinyl Night — Inn of the Hills, 7 p.m. Information: (830) 895-5000 The details: Every Tuesday night, come out for a night of solid tunes and good company. Snacks are on the scene. Beer specials. Beefeater specials. New wines.

Art exhibits

  • Kerr Arts Exhibits — Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: The details: Three art exhibits. Paintings by James Crouse, "Images" KACC judged membership show, "Photoquest" a judged exhibit featuring images captured by members of the Kerrville Camera Club. Artists reception August 27th, 1-3 p.m.
  • Luckenbach Legacy, Hondo's Daughter, Becky Crouch Patterson Exhibition — Museum of Western Art, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: The details: Becky Crouch Patterson, a fifth-generation Texan whose father was the legendary developer of historic tiny-town Luckenbach, made famous by Waylon Jennings's classic song, "Let's Go to Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love." This is Patterson's original art, described as a marriage of Texas Folk Art and Fine Art, plus textiles, memorabilia and works from her life. In addition to her work, Hondo and Luckenbach artifacts fill three cases.
  • Hill Country Arts Foundation Member's Show — Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Information: The details: Featuring art by HCAF member artists.


  • Hill Country Music — Kerr Regional History Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday through Sept. 8. Information: 830-258-1274 The details: An exhibition about the rich history of Hill Country music. Learn how country music was created and helped inspire other music genres, and how a German music teacher, Julius Weiss, helped inspire Scott Joplin to create ragtime and become the "King of Ragtime." The exhibit will feature the Kerrville Folk Festival and how the event inspired the music scene in Texas.
  • Mexico: Splendor of Thirty Centuries — Kerr Regional History Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday through Sept. 8. Information: 830-258-1274 The details: An exhibition based on the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the San Antonio Museum of Art's international exhibition, and organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In Mexico, two civilizations have lived and fought across the land and within the soul of every individual. One civilization is native to the Americas. The other originated in Europe, but now is so firmly ensconced that it has become an elemental part of the Mexican character. "Mexico" presents 3,000 years of Mexican culture and history. Photography highlights stone sculptures from prehistoric times, liturgical artifacts from Colonial Days, 19th-century portraits and landscapes, and works on canvas and paper by 20th-century muralists. The exhibition enhances appreciation of Mexico's richness and complexity and its people.


Mark your calendar for Public Power Week Oct. 2-8, and the Bucket Truck Rides.

The Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) is hosting a family-friendly event to meet our heroes in hardhats while we celebrate Public Power Week!

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., to join us in Louise Hays Park for a free community event!

This will be a free community event with family-friendly activities that will include taking a ride in one of KPUB’s bucket trucks, arc & spark demos, line worker tool displays, photo ops with our linemen, face painting and more.

KPUB will be providing free hot dogs, chips and refreshments on a first-come, first-served basis, as well as a free t-shirt for the first 100 attendees. For more information:

Tuesday is a day for maroon to honor Uvalde

On Tuesday, school districts across Texas will honor Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District by wearing the maroon colors of the district's schools. It's the first day of school in Uvalde. More importantly, the first day back since the May 24 shooting left 19 children and two teachers dead at Robb Elementary School. Kerrville Independent School District urges its students and staff to wear maroon to honor Uvalde.

Of course, everyone is paying attention to what's happening this week as Uvalde returns to school. Even the Houston Texans donated new uniforms and equipment to the football program. That seemed to pay off for the Uvalde High School team on the field.

Just a reminder about a critical UGRA meeting Wednesday

The Upper Guadalupe River Authority will hold a public input meeting next week to help it plan for flooding in the years to come. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 in the authority's auditorium, 125 Lehmann Dr., Kerrville.

The draft Guadalupe Regional Flood Plan is available a Residents can also view a hard copy can at the UGRA office.

UGRA has participated in the regional flood planning process and advocated for Kerr County's flood planning needs.

Stories we're following

Social studies plan on hold

Texas' war over its history continued to play out in Austin, leading the state board of education to delay implementing decisions about social studies instruction until 2025. The short story is conservatives have continued to broaden the definition of critical race theory. Here's an explainer from the Texas Tribune:

Is Plan B really available in Texas?

Republicans will always point to the gaffes of President Joe Biden, but Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has never been one to miss out on a chance to provide his own. Abbott's suggestion that rape victims could get access to Plan B contraception caused plenty of outrage from women's groups and Democrats, who are eager to pounce on the governor. Here's the Texas Tribune's take on the story:

Robert Earl Keen wraps a career

In a flurry of final shows, Texas music legend (and Kerrville resident) Robert Earl Keen put on a show at the famed Floore Country Store in Helotes. Keen also had a pop-up concert for Texas A&M fans in College Station. Keen is retiring from live performances. Here's a look:


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Getty Images posted a number of photos from Keen's final Austin concert at Austin City Limits on Aug. 29.

From left to right: Tom Van Schaik, Robert Earl Keen and Bill Whitbeck perform in concert during the "I'm Comin' Home" tour at ACL Live on August 29, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)

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