Saturday, May 18, 2019

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Stetson and Resistol still made in the USA

by M. Satterfield


There is something romantic about a cowboy hat, originally designed out of necessity as our forebearers explored the vast and wild west, it quickly became a style icon inextricably linked to the American individualist... the cowboy, the adventure, the hero. Mainly thanks to the advent of the moving picture and the rise of western film stars in the 1920s. Hats have always been used as symbols in popular media imbuing their wearer with intent and reflecting personality traits from the tall crowed 10-Gallon hat worn by Hoss on Bonanza to Indiana Jones' famous fedora. So when the opportunity to tour the factory of two of America's most storied hat brands, Stetson and Resistol,  I jumped in the Suburban and headed to Dallas.


The Stetson legacy started in the early 1860s when John B. Stetson was traveling the Great American West, having grown up the son of a hatter in New Jersey, he fashioned his own fur felt hat while exploring the territory of Colorado. The story goes that a cowboy in Colorado saw Stetson in his wide-brimmed hat and paid him a $5 gold piece for it, and the first "cowboy hat" was sold.

Upon returning to the east Stetson opened his own hat company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he would release the first hat to bare his name, he called it "The Boss of the Plains." To sell his hats Stetson sent samples to retailers across the Southwest with a letter asking for a minimum order of a dozen hats, the hats were a hit and in less than a year, Stetson built his first factory. By 1886 Stetson was the largest hat maker in the world, expanding his US factory and opening factories abroad to meet demand. Stetson hats would go on to become the official hat of the US Calvary, Royal Candian Mounted Police, and some of the most famous cowboys and cowgirls in the world.


The Resistol brand was founded in Dallas Texas when in 1927 hatmaker Harry Rolnick and millionaire E.R. Byer launched the brand under the Resistol name some say it is because their hats could resist all weather, others say it was because of the unique headband design that made it resistant to sweat stains. Either way, the hats were a hit thanks to the brands focused on producing the highest quality and fashion-forward hats of their day.

With Resistol acquiring its own fur cutting and felt processing plant as well as a rough body production plant, allowing them to be one of the only manufacturers in the world to control the hat making process from raw material to finished product. The quality spoke for itself and Resistol hats could be seen on the likes of John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and even LBJ which helped solidify their reputation as one of the finest hat makers in the world.



Today Stetson and Resistol are still manufactured in the USA by Hatco Inc, using some of the original machines from the Resistol factory dating back to the early 1930s. Each hat passes through the hands of several employees, just as they did over 100 years ago. The company is still making their own felt hat bodies to this day, making them the last manufacturer in the USA to produce fur felt hats from start to finish. Straw hat bodies are made by artisans overseas, but the unfinished hats are shipped to the Garland, Texas factory to be shaped, trimmed, and finished by hand.

As the largest traditional hat maker in the world, Hatco Inc. produces hats under the Stetson, Resistol, Dobbs, Charlie Horse, and Wrangler Hat brands. If you happen to be in Garland you can swing by the factory outlet to pick up a hat direct, but to shop online or find a retailer near you visit Stetson.com or Resistol.com.

Enjoy more photos from the factory below:








Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Hammerli Arms R1 22 C

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Hammerli has announced the TAC R1 22 C, the first product in their defense line. It offers the best precision, quality, and value of any .22 LR, AR-style rifle on the market. It features a 13” free-float M-LOK handguard, folding back-up sights, removable flash hider with 1/2x28 threads, minimalist adjustable stock with QD sling point and ergonomic grip.


The TAC R1 C also features an all-aluminum construction of the handguard, upper and lower receivers along with a closed trigger guard. The 1/2x28 pre-installed thread adapter allows for the immediate use of a suppressor, right out-of-the-box. The TAC R1 22 C also features an adjustable gas system that allows the user to tune the rifle to various loads of ammo by only adjusting one screw. This is ideal for tuning for suppressed use and sub-sonic loads.


“We are very excited to release this rifle. With Hammerli’s history and culture of making superior rifle products, the TAC R1 22 C combined all the features that customers want in a quality 22 rifle, at an extremely competitive price. The TAC R1 22 C is set to be the benchmark in the tactical .22 LR rifle market.” said Cody Osborn, Marketing Manager, Hammerli Arms, Inc.

The Hammerli Tac R1 C will begin shipping May 1st with a list price of $349.00.

For more infomation visit Hammerliarms.com

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Top 10 Luxury Eco-Friendly Resorts


Travel is not just about seeing the wonders of the earth but understanding our impact upon it. With increasing frequency, people are looking to make the shift from "tourist" to "conscious traveler" by finding ways to maximize positive impacts on the locations they visit. Making thoughtful choices about how, when, and where you go on a vacation can make a significant difference. So, this Earth Day, Expedia® analyzed its global bank of over eight million traveler reviews from last year to find the key hot spots for eco-travelers.
Top 10 eco-friendly stays on Expedia according to travelers
  1. Sandos Caracol Eco ResortMexico
  2. Nomad Hotel Roissy CDG, Paris, France 
  3. Siloso Beach Resort, Sentosa, Singapore
  4. Habitat SuitesAustin, Texas
  5. Pakasai Resort, Krabi, Thailand
  6. PARKROYAL on PickeringSingapore
  7. The Green HouseBournemouth, UK
  8. Listel HotelVancouver, Canada
  9. Hotel VerdeCape Town, South Africa 
  10. Sherwood Queenstown, Queenstown, New Zealand
Top 10 sustainable countries around the world
  1. USA
  2. Mexico
  3. Canada
  4. Australia
  5. UK
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Thailand
  8. New Zealand
  9. France
  10. Italy
Sustainable travel is the perfect opportunity to show Mother Earth and fellow inhabitants how much you care. Ready to book your eco-friendly hotel? Just visit https://www.expedia.com/earthday or download the Expedia app, which is available to download for free on iOS in the App Store and on Android devices through Google Play.
Take a closer look: Expedia's 10 most recommended eco-friendly stays from around the world
1. Sandos Caracol Eco Resort – Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

Situated between dense jungle and the blue of the Mexican Caribbean coast, this Rainforest Alliance-certified destination is among the highest-rated by travelers for the multitude of positive impacts it offers. 
  • Extensive policies governing waste management, resource consumption and natural conservation
  • Opportunities for guests to engage in ecologically sustainable practices: eco-tours, cruelty-free animal interactions, and beach meditation
  • A commitment to the community reflected in celebrations of local indigenous culture, on-site markets that support local artisans, and local partnerships to improve area schools
2. Nomad Hotel Roissy CDG – Paris, France 

Located five minutes by car from Charles de Gaulle airport, the Nomad Hotel Roissy CDG boasts Scandinavian-inspired design, tech-enabled customisable room layouts and a mission to "to reduce the ecological impact of these buildings to a minimum, at every stage of life, from design to operation"—making it the perfect accommodation for digital nomads with green leanings.
  • Rigorous standards for creation/loss of heat and a low total annual energy consumption, supported by green (living) exterior cladding, solar panels, air handling units
  • Proactive efforts to neutralize water impact through use of rainwater collectors
  • Use of sustainable materials, including PEFC wood, carpets made from recycled fishing nets, recycled stone and glass shower units
3.  Siloso Beach Resort, Sentosa – Singapore 


Just off Singapore's south coast lies Sentosa Island, a haven whose southwest coast is the home to the Siloso Beach Resort. Steps from the sandy beaches of the South China Sea, this award-winning eco-resort has taken special care to integrate the surrounding habitat into its design by prioritizing open spaces and preserving established natural features like mature trees and flowing springs. The result? A uniquely organic take on a luxurious beach resort experience.
  • 200 original trees preserved (and 450 planted) on-site; landscape pool fed by underground waters and built according to natural terrain formation
  • 72% of the resort is open-air—and activities including cycle tours, hikes, and other eco-adventures
  • Operations keep ecological impacts top-of-mind, emphasizing locally-sourced foods, limited use of plastics, and reduced energy consumption
4.  Habitat Suites  Austin, TX, USA 


Habitat Suites, a sustainable gem in the heart of Texas' most progressive city, boasts a 30-year track record of forward-thinking environmental stewardship. Habitat Suites has been a charter member of the Green Hotels Association since 1991—and won an Austin Green Business Leader Gold Award in 2018.
  • Widespread use of alternative energy, including solar panels, solar thermal and electric vehicle charging 
  • On-premises organic fruit and herb gardens; clean, local and organic food options
  • Use of plant-based, zero harsh chemical detergents for cleaning; bio-safe guest shampoos and detergents; hypoallergenic suites that include live potted plants and windows that open for access to fresh air
5.  Pakasai Resort – Krabi, Thailand


Spa treatments, boxing and cooking classes plus plenty of space for lounging by the pool—the Pakasai Resort delivers on everything you'd expect from a tropical Thai resort, then sweetens the deal with an impressive list of sustainability efforts. "Krabi's Greenest Resort" was the first in the area to win an ASEAN Green Hotel Award (2014). 
  • Resource conservation efforts include rainwater capture and greywater recycling, energy efficient lighting, biogas production and reduction of plastic use
  • Careful attention is given to reducing carbon emissions through waste minimization program and collaboration with the local community and local organizations
  • Guests are encouraged to make their stay even greener by joining the #GreeningPakasai campaign, which incentivizes visitors to make low-carbon choices around food, transportation, linen services, and local activities
6.  PARKROYAL on Pickering – Singapore


With 15,000 square meters of greenery and cutting-edge design, the PARKROYAL is equally impressive in what it does and doesn't do. This LEED-certified masterpiece saves 32.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools' worth of water annually and could power an estimated 680 households with the energy saved by its conservation efforts.
  • Highly regulated resource consumption through employment of light, motion, and rain sensors
  • Solar cells and rainwater collection mean zero-energy maintenance of the 15,000 m2 sky gardens
  • Thoughtful construction processes reduced concrete (and associated waste and energy expenditure) use by more than 80%
7.  The Green House – Bournemouth, UK 


Equally suitable for weddings, self-care weekends and romantic getaways, every detail of this eco-hotel has been designed to help guests feel great while doing good. That ethos touches every facet of The Green House, from the building's renewable energy production and Forest Stewardship certified, UK-crafted furnishings to the on-site restaurant's adherence to local sourcing and high animal welfare standards—the company car even runs on bio-fuel from the kitchen's old cooking oil!
  • The use of earth-friendly cleaning products and efforts toward energy conservation
  • Staff are trained in the ethos of sustainability and are encouraged to find new ways to improve the Green House's efforts
  • Environmental efforts extend to the exterior grounds, including bird and bat boxes (to provide a safe place for breeding) and rooftop beehives that produce honey
8.  The Listel Hotel Vancouver – Vancouver, BCCanada


The Listel Hotel dedicates itself to both environmental responsibility and the arts. The hotel provides a location to elevate local and international artists—including a gallery dedicated to First Nations artists from the Northwest Coast—while participating in the city of Vancouver's "Corporate Climate Leader" program, setting an example for sustainable tourism efforts across the globe.
  • Responsible food practices including membership in Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program and a commitment to offering local and sustainable food and wine
  • Conservation efforts including 20 solar panels, a state-of-the-art heat capture program (reducing the hotel's natural gas use by 30%) and water reduction and air quality programs
  • Adherence to a 100% Zero Waste policy since August 2011
9.  Hotel Verde – Cape Town, South Africa


"Sustainable by design, stylish by nature" is the modest motto of Cape Town's Hotel Verde. The first hotel in Africa to offer 100% carbon-neutral accommodation and conferencing, the Cape Town Verde has earned an extensive list of international accolades (LEED Platinum certification and a 6-star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa) for its extensive adherence to sustainable practices.
  • Restoration of the surrounding wetlands now supports indigenous water-wise vegetation and a healthy population of Cape honeybees—as well as an eco-trail, outdoor gym, and eco-pool for visitor use, plus on-site edible food gardens and aquaponics
  • Energy efficiencies include photovoltaic panels on the roof and north-facing facades, wind turbines, energy-generating gym equipment, and geothermal heat
  • Commitment to social responsibility through sustainable procurement practices, waste management, and community involvement
10.  Sherwood Queenstown – QueenstownNew Zealand


Sustainability and connection with nature are behind every detail you'll encounter at the Sherwood Queenstown, a boutique hotel perched on three acres of alpine hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu. The Sherwood operates based on the belief that "simple respect for nature lies at the heart of any sustainable practice". The hotel's orchards and kitchen garden supply its award-winning restaurant; most rooms offer sweeping mountain or lake views, and all are outfitted with South Island wool blankets and locally-sourced beverages. Mornings start with optional yoga sessions, followed by hiking, mountain biking, skiing or snowboarding.
  • A focus on materiality selection that integrates the building with the landscape, while employing upcycled fixtures, fittings, and furnishings
  • Conscious choices about energy generation—the Sherwood is one of the largest private solar installs in New Zealand and currently generates enough electricity to return the surplus to the grid
  • Selection of food, wine, beer, spirits, and other consumable products that are local, natural, healthy, ethical, seasonal and sustainable in their production and use
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Cinco de Mayo Spicy Margarita

 by Michael Satterfield

With Cinco de Mayo coming soon it is time to start prepping your margarita skills and the latest trend is making margarita's spicy. Ghost Tequila is high-quality 100% agave tequila crafted in Jalisco, Mexico, and infused with a splash of spice, making mixing up a spicy margarita as easy as ever with this simple recipe below:

Ghost Margarita

1½ oz. Ghost Tequila
1 oz. Lemon juice
½ oz. Agave nectar
Splash of orange juice
Shake together all ingredients and serve on the rocks. Garnish with a lime wheel and salt rim.

To find a retailer near you visit GhostTequila.com



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Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Texas Grand Ranch Residents Get Exclusive Access to Champion Race Horse Facility Just Down The Road

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Horse racing is an ancient sport. Millions of people watch horse racing at the track or on television, but how many get to visit the horse training facility and see these really special horses training? Well, if you own land at Texas Grand Ranch, you will be one of the lucky ones.

Just down the road from Texas Grand Ranch is the Diamond G Horse Ranch, a breeding and training facility of champion quarter horses. Situated on 1,000 acres, this state of the art facility runs a very competitive program, featuring one of the top quarter horse trainers in the country, 200 racehorses, and a race track onsite for training.

Overlooking this equestrian country setting is the Diamond G Venue. A luxurious dining and entertainment venue, available for weddings, private functions, and on Thursday nights, it is reserved exclusively for residents, property owners, and employees of Texas Grand Ranch.

"TGR Nights at the Diamond G are held every Thursday night starting at 6:30," explains Renee Gardner, of Diamond G. "We have a yearly calendar that we put together with food and drink specials, as well entertainment, like Casino Night or Poker Night." Renee continues, "We are huge supporters of Texas Grand Ranch and the thing I enjoy most about these TGR Nights is watching the relationships between new neighbors turn into meaningful friendships."

"This beautiful ranch offers our residents an exclusive place to watch a big game or a live horse race, and have a drink," says Gary Sumner, Managing Partner for Patten Companies, and the developer of Texas Grand Ranch. "We were so impressed with the facility, the venue is first class. It's a great place for our residents to meet each other and enjoy this unique opportunity to be up close with champion racehorses."

For more information and directions to Texas Grand Ranch, visit https://www.txgrandranch.com or call (888) 473-5175.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines® New Exterior Paint Collection


KILZ® announced the launch of the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines® Exterior Paint collection. Comprised of 150 colors hand-selected by Joanna—including those currently featured in the 25-color Market Collection—the line is available in flat, satin or semi-gloss sheens, all of which combine paint and primer properties with exceptional stain-blocking performance to create a beautiful finish and protection from harsh elements.

"This new collection of exterior paints was a natural addition to what the Magnolia Home paint line is all about: Simplifying what can often feel like an overwhelming decision when choosing the right paint for your home," said Joanna. "Rather than an extensive collection with too many options, I've curated a selection of timeless, quality colors to help ease the process of choosing paint—for both indoors and out."

Homeowners can be confident Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Exterior Paint will deliver durability and ensure resistance to peeling, cracking and blistering, a promise backed by the KILZ brand.

With coverage of up to 400 sq. ft. per gallon, the paint is a low VOC, low odor product that sells for $40–$50 per gallon. Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Exterior Paint is now available for purchase at select Ace Hardware store locations and online at AceHardware.com and Magnolia.com.


For more information about the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines paint collection, including the new Exterior Paint line, please visit www.kilz.com/Magnolia/Paint.
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Five-Star Luxury Farmhouse


 by M. Satterfield

The Horse Shoe Farm was recently transformed by the Turchin Family into a luxury riverfront farm retreat set on 85 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. With a soft launch in October 2018, the Horse Shoe farm is now fully open for guests looking to experience the magic of this sanctuary. With a combination of cozy cottages and expansive manors, the property gives you the feeling of a private farm, but with five-star amenities and nuances for spiritual wellness.   


There are two five-bedroom and one three-bedroom luxury vacation homes, three three-bedroom cottages and one one-bedroom loft in total available for booking individually or combined. Each has its own special charm with fully equipped kitchens and outdoor space with vast views of the beautiful landscape. Rates start at $250 per night for the one-bedroom loft and go upwards in price to $2,000 a night for the Magnolia Manor, which has five-bedrooms, five-baths, and 4,800 sq. ft. of living space.

The property offers a total of 22 guestrooms and 18.5 baths and can sleep up to 50 guests, for family reunions, weddings, or corporate retreats the entire property can be rented starting at just $6,000 per night. Dogs are also welcome at the farm, with an additional fee of $150 and some restrictions apply.


The property offers complimentary, make-your-own juice bar with locally sourced ingredients is available with a breakfast of breads, jams, and fruits as a nod to the Turchin family belief that starting off with fresh juice sets the tone for a happy and healthy day. Guests are urged to head to The Silo, a transformed space for contemplation, meditation, journaling, and reading or just to breathe. The walls of the space are filled with motivational messages from past visitors, where guests are invited to leave their own mark if so inclined. Going beyond the typical treatments, The Stable Spa offers immersive experiences such as vibration healing sessions, inner guidance sessions and sound baths that will have guests grounded in serenity.



The Horse Shoe Farm is located at 155 Horse Shoe Farm Drive, Hendersonville, NC. To book please visit HERE or you can call (828) 393-3034. For more information, please visit https://www.thehorseshoefarm.com.

Friday, March 1, 2019

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Hugh Jackman Becomes Ambassador for R.M.Williams' Iconic Boots


Hugh Jackman has been announced as an ambassador for R.M.Williams' boots, which will see him become the face for the iconic brand's newest campaign.

Announcing his new role in-front of R.M.Williams' 300 staff at the brand's Australian workshop in Adelaide, Hugh was introduced as the Craftsman ambassador, becoming the spokesperson for the boots that have been handcrafted since 1932, before being shown the ropes in the boot room and having a hand in handcrafting a pair of Craftsman boots.


The relationship will see Hugh take the lead in the brand's new global campaign, Undeniable Character, set to launch in the coming months, and play a pivotal role in taking the iconic R.M.Williams Craftsman boots to new global audiences.

When asked about his latest role, Jackman said, "R.M.'s have been a part of my life across the entire journey, from my early stage days to where I am today. It's an honor to be a part of the R.M.Williams family and to wear the brand's iconic craftsman boot for the Undeniable Character campaign."

R.M.Williams' Undeniable Character campaign will bring to life the enduring quality of R.M.Williams through the stories of the boots and their wearers. Someone with Undeniable Character has grit, tenacity, determination and a pioneering spirit just like R.M. himself and Hugh Jackman.

R.M.Williams' Chief Marketing Officer, Mat Hayward added, "Undeniable Character goes to the heart of the R.M.Williams brand – the grit, the hard work and the tenacity that went into creating the best boots in the world – the Craftsman range. For us, Hugh is the perfect embodiment of Undeniable Character and what it means as a brand, and we're thrilled to share that story with the world."

The Undeniable Character campaign launches this April. For further information, visit www.rmwilliams.com.
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Country Music Hall of Fame® Exhibition Schedule for 2019



The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has unveiled the balance of its stellar exhibition schedule for 2019. Exhibits on Keith WhitleyKacey Musgraves, Brooks & Dunn and Country Music Hall of Fame members Boudleaux and Felice Bryant will join previously announced exhibit American Currents: The Music of 2018, which opens March 8.

"Every year, the museum explores new stories related to the ongoing evolution of country music. As historians, we look at lives, and we look at the music created by the people who lived those lives," said Museum CEO Kyle Young. "This year is no different. In 2019, we will tell the stories of a bluegrass-rooted country singer-songwriter whose life was cut short by tragedy; a songwriting couple elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame; a duo whose skillful songwriting, dynamic recordings, and rowdy performances made them one of the most popular acts of their day; and a rising country music star who does things her own way and is finding tremendous success doing so."

The museum opens a special exhibit on Kentucky native Keith Whitley on Friday, May 3. The exhibit encompasses Whitley's entire career, from his bluegrass roots to his success as a singer in a traditional style of country music with #1 hits "Don't Close Your Eyes," "When You Say Nothing at All," "I'm No Stranger to the Rain," "I Wonder Do You Think of Me" and "I'm Over You." The installation will also look at Whitley's influence on the country singers who followed him.

"I cannot express what an honor it is for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to recognize the late, great Keith Whitley as such an important part of country music history. He was not only instrumental in giving me the confidence I needed as an artist, but through the years he has given many other up-and- coming stars the confidence and true grit they have acquired by loving and listening to the music of Keith Whitley," said Lorrie Morgan. "This exhibit is not just Keith's life in music, but it also depicts his love for country and bluegrass music. Keith always felt inadequate of the recognition he deserved. Keith was the most humble, generous, and truly the most talented man I have ever known. Before Keith's death, he was three weeks away from his life-long dream of being made a member of The Grand Ole Opry, a surprise that he never knew about. Speaking for myself, his daughter Morgan, son-in-law Justin, his son Jesse Keith, daughter-in-law Kristen, his grandchildren Preston, Parker, Tuff, his unborn granddaughter, all of the Whitley's and all of the Morgan's, this is an honor we have longed to show the world. This exhibit is the life and times of Keith Whitley."

This year's winner of the Recording Academy's prestigious Album of the Year Grammy, Kacey Musgraves will be the subject of an exhibit opening July 3. Musgraves has created a sound that is rooted in traditional style country music, but also draws on new influences. Her love of witty wordplay and her willingness to tackle what some may see as taboo subject matter have endeared her to like-minded artists such as John Prine and Loretta Lynn. This exhibit will trace her musical journey, which began in the 1990s in her East Texas hometown, Golden.

"I absolutely adore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum," said Musgraves, "and it's a privilege to have them curate an exhibit that will showcase pieces from moments all the way back to my childhood that are very special to me."

An exhibit on award-winning duo Brooks & Dunn—Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn—opens Aug. 9. Initially united by their love of songwriting, Brooks and Dunn rocketed to stardom in the 1990s with their first four singles hitting #1. This success continued as the pair—the best-selling country duo of all time —remained leaders in country music for two decades with hits including "My Maria," "Red Dirt Road," "Hard Workin' Man," "Neon Moon," and "Boot Scootin' Boogie." The museum's exhibition will recall their early careers as solo artists and songwriters, the circumstances that united them as performers, and their innovative approach to stage production and touring.

"It's so cool to have an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum," said Dunn. "When you're reminded that what you have created is part of history like that, it's beyond humbling. I'm so, so proud."

"Ronnie and I are really fired up about having an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum," added Brooks. "We've shared some of our favorite things with the museum over the years, and it's going to be really special for us to revisit those moments from our career, especially in a format like the Hall that reaches all generations of fans."

Finally, on Oct. 4, the museum will open a special exhibit on songwriting husband and wife Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. The couple, who were the first full-time songwriters in Nashville, were elected together to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1991. They found initial success in the 1940s when Little Jimmy Dickens recorded their song "Country Boy." During the 1950s and 1960s, they had hit after hit with the Everly Brothers, including the siblings' first big song, "Bye, Bye Love" and chart-toppers such as "Wake Up Little Susie." Among the Bryants' hits for others are Red Foley's "Midnight" (co-written with Chet Atkins), Eddy Arnold's "How's the World Treating You" (also with Atkins), Jim Reeves' "Blue Boy," Bob Luman's "Let's Think About Living," and Roy Orbison's "Love Hurts," later an international hit for the rock group Nazareth. One of the Bryants' best known songs is "Rocky Top." Popularized by the Osborne Brothers in 1968, "Rocky Top" is now an official Tennessee state song and the beloved anthem for the University of Tennessee's athletic teams. During their distinguished career, the Bryants had some 800 songs recorded by more than 500 artists, amounting to sales of hundreds of millions of records. This exhibition is presented by the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation.

"Dad used to say that he thought their songs were like wine that aged well in their ledgers. Like wine, songwriters' lives and bodies of work are the unpredictable product of earthly and heavenly elements," said Del Bryant, son of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. "Our parents would be thrilled that the museum is decanting their songs and their love story for all the world to taste and enjoy. They would have many people to toast. So on behalf of our folks, my brother Dane and I, and our entire family, thank God for all those who poured their hearts and talents into the full-bodied blend that is Boudleaux and Felice."


The museum's continuing exhibition Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s, looks at the relationship between Austin, Texas, and Nashville during the 1970s, an era of freewheeling cultural and artistic exchange that skirted the status quo and changed country music. The exhibition opened in May 2018 and continues through Feb. 14, 2021.
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Hot Tips for a Cool Spring Break in San Antonio


San Antonio is bursting with rich history and modern attractions. From the spectacular River Walk to thrilling theme parks, the city has activities for families with children of all ages. Combine that with an electrifying food scene, budget-friendly hotels and festive seasonal events, and family vacationers have all they need for the ultimate Spring Break getaway.
Here are a few tips for families planning a swinging Spring Break in San Antonio:
Tots Love Theme ParksTheme parks aren't just for adult thrill-seekers. SeaWorld San Antonio will celebrate Sesame Street's® 50th anniversary with a Sesame Street Kids' Weekend March 2–3. Guests can join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and friends for hands-on activities, photos and dancing. The park also will unveil Super Grover's Box Car Derby, a family-friendly coaster, based on the beloved blue character.
From March 11 – 16, guests will be treated to the "Music, Mutts, Magic and More" celebration featuring musical performances, exhibitions by acrobatic dogs and feats of magic at ultra-accessible™ theme park Morgan's Wonderland.
Cowboy Boots Encouraged But Not Required for Western FunThe Briscoe Western Art Museum will host its first Spring Break Ranch Roundup on March 11 from 4-8 p.m. Children's activities will include games of corn hole, creating their own brand and barrel racing in a secure area, while adults can enjoy grown-up libations and live music. 
Beginning March 2, visitors can take in an authentic Western rodeo every Saturday evening at Tejas Rodeo Company. The family-friendly show even has a calf scramble for the kids. Texas-style eats are available on site, and every rodeo is followed by a live country music concert.
Families will explore the role of children on the Texas frontier in the 1800s at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures with activities including log cabin chores, map making, corn grinding and frontier games such as marbles, sack races and washers.
Disguise Learning as FunFor families hoping to sneak in under-the-radar science lessons during Spring Break, the San Antonio Zoo, The DoSeum and The Witte Museum deliver.
Just in time for Spring Break, one of the most endangered species in the world, Southern White Rhinos, will return to the San Antonio Zoo. These majestic creatures will live in an all-new expanded savanna habitat also home to zebras, crown cranes and waterbucks.
At The DoSeumSan Antonio's museum for kids, new exhibit How People Make Things teaches children about manufacturing processes and how people and technology work together to create everyday objects.
For an out of this world adventure, The Witte Museum's Planet Pioneers exhibition will show visitors how to explore, adapt and survive on a new planet. Guests can drive a 4-D surface exploration vehicle, land a rocket, experience G-forces in a spinning capsule and more.
Brush Up on Gaming SkillsThe latest, state-of-the-art gaming experiences are taking San Antonio by storm, and even experienced gamers may want to brush up on their skills before taking on these immersive challenges.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas' new Pirates of the Deep Sea ride pits the cunning skills of guest buccaneers against marauding pirates. Guests compete with fellow shipmates firing at hundreds of themed targets to tally a score of their victory at sea. 
At the all-new Andretti Karting & Games, virtual reality stunner Hologate transports multiple players to another world to take on invading aliens, and XD Dark Ride offers a multi-sensory experience where riders battle on-screen enemies while experiencing movement, sound and intense action.
In Dragonfrost™ VR, Dave & Buster's exclusive virtual reality experience, players embark on a rescue mission where they must restore sunlight and summer to a frozen kingdom overtaken by the evil Ice Prince.
The Beach Isn't the Only Place to Find SandMarch 8 – 15 is Sand Week at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Master sand sculptor Ted Seibert will build an amazing sand sculpture, and sand pails and shovels will be available for guests eager to try the craft.
Make Art InteractiveWho says art museums are just for quiet reflection? The San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum are turning up the fun this spring with all-ages activities and entertainment including selfie-stations, yoga, gallery games, floral crown making, food trucks, performances and live music. Plus, the San Antonio Museum of Art will offer complimentary admission on March 12, and the McNay will host Free Family Days March 13–15 from 2–4 p.m. For event details, please visit samuseum.org and mcnay.org.
For more information on Spring Break in San Antonio, go to VisitSanAntonio.com.