Things Unseen Art Show Joyce McCown

Things Unseen art Show Joyce McCown

Brenham presents Joyce McCown’s Things Unseen Art Show

We are so happy to have Things Unseen Art Show Joyce McCown here in Brenham, Texas.  Things Unseen Art Show Joyce McCown will be here in Brenham, Texas on April1-June1, 2015.  It will be at the Back Lot Gallery, behind the Ant Street Inn on South Park Street.  The show will be open on Fridays-Sundays and by appointments.  There will be an artist reception on April 4, 2015 from 5-8 P.M.  This will be a great time for all of the Round Top Antique shoppers to come and meet the artist while purchasing art.  What a bonus for guests staying in Brenham, Texas.

Joyce McCown is a graduate from Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri.  She is known for her printmaking, photography, collages, and small sculptures.  You can see her passion in her art work.  Her pieces are so interesting and thoughtful of things as Joyce sees them in life.  She brings things forward that many of us don’t notice because of our fast paced lives.  “Beauty is powerful, simple pleasures are delightful and hope is always present.”-Joyce McCown.  Things Unseen Art Show Joyce McCown will have pieces for sale.  Come find what moves you and take it home to enjoy daily!

Find Joyce McCown on Facebook

Find Joyce McCown on Facebook

You can go to facebook and see her work at MoonShadow Press.  Find her work to purchase on Etsy, too!  Brenham don’t miss this great art show and the chance to meet Joyce McCown as she presents Things Unseen.

 

2015 Spring Round Top Tx Antique Fair

2015 Spring Round Top Tx Antique Fair

2015 Spring Round Top Tx Antique Fair

This 2015 Spring Round Top Tx Antique Fair is close upon us!  There is so much you should know ahead of time.  These big shows take place in the fall and spring each year.  2015 Spring Round Top Tx Antique Fair occurs March 20-April 4, 2015.  Rooms can be hard to come by.  It is important to know that most bed and breakfasts require at least a 2 night minimum.  Also because this is a very important time of year for small properties you need to read the policies carefully because almost have a no cancellation policy.  At Brenham House Bed and Breakfast we allow you to sell your room to someone else, provided you call us and let us know who will be coming in your place.  Things happen and sometimes you just can’t make it and this allows you to give it or sell it to a friend.  Many serious Round Toppers book 6 months or more in advance for the shows.  Don’t get shut out, book ahead.  The big shows like Big Red Barn and Marburger’s really advertise for their shows.  That is when everyone thinks they need to come, but there is great shopping weeks before these shows which take place the last weekend.  I am here to tell you that there is a lot of shopping with less traffic and crowds if you come before the last weekend.  Many of the antique dealers, who stay with us, come two weekends before the last weekend.  They are looking for good buys for their own antique shops.  It has to be something they can increase the price and still be able to sell it and make a profit.  They grab beautiful things before the large crowds arrive.

2015 Spring Round Top Tx Antique Fair

Blue Hills in Round Top, Texas

Bring comfortable clothes that you can layer, depending on the weather, and great walking shoes.  Sunglasses, hat, jacket, camera phone, bottle water, snacks, Toilet paper, cash for easy transactions.  Most big places now take credit cards, but it costs the vendor to run cards and a better deal may be made if cash is offered.  Toilet paper for port o potties can be a treasure!  Phone cameras are great to document an item and location, if you want to come back later for it.  There are miles and miles of shopping and you can get confused easily.  2015 Spring Round Top Tx Antique Fair is usually cool weather with the possibility of rain.  Don’t wear you precious clothes and shoes that will be ruined after stomping through the fields.  Dress to have a great time!

There are places to eat as you move along the Round Top trail, but we serve a full three course breakfast at Brenham House Bed and breakfast and it will hold you until you get ready for dinner.  Most of our guests come back to Brenham to eat.  We have great restaurants in downtown Brenham.  In downtown there is Brenham Grill, Volare Itailian Restaurant, Yumms for sandwiches and pizza, Kay’s Cuisine for the Soul, Smitty’s, BT Longhorn Saloon, Subway, and K-Bob’s.   Brenham also has Appleby’s, Chili’s, Los Cabos, Taco Bell, Mc Donald’s, Bush’s Chicken, on Highway 290 at Brenham.  Plan ahead and book in advance!

Piece of My Heart Play

Piece of My Heart Play, written by Shirley Lauro, is a powerful drama.  It will be performed at Brenham’s Unity Theatre February 19- March 8, 2015.  Curtain times:  Thursday 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 8:00 pm, and Sunday 4:00 pm.

Piece of My Heart Play

Unity Theatre presents A Piece of My Heart

Piece of My Heart Play is based on a book by Keith Walker.  This play is based on true accounts of women who served in the Vietnam War.  The story is told in their own words.  The story follows six courageous women who went to Vietnam.  Four of the women were nurses, one was a intelligence officer, and one was a country western singer who was booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops.   Piece of My Heart Play portrays each of the women before, during and after their tour in Vietnam.  They come home to a war torn nation and their struggles to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them.

Piece of My Heart Play has been recently names “The most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation,” by The Vietnam Veterans Association.  Piece of My Heart Play will be directed by Unity’s Executive Artistic Director, Kate Revnell-Smith.  It will featuring Actor’s Equity performer Ryan Schabach, local actor Jamie Ward, and Unity Veterans Jen Lucy Estrada, Bethany McCade, Robin Van Zandt, and newcomers to Unity Christine Saenz and Monique Holmes from Houston.

Ticket price for Piece of My Heart play is $27.00.  Book with us at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast and we will be glad to secure your tickets for you!  As a preferred lodging partner with Unity Theatre our guests will be able to enjoy a glass of wine in the Player’s Club before the performance and meet the actors after the performance.

 

Bacon Egg Toast Cups

Bacon egg toast cups

Bacon Egg Toast Cups

Bacon egg toast cups can make breakfast enjoyable.   Breakfast menus need to be creative and different each morning, not to become boring.  It takes effort to set the table and make it look pretty.  Why save the good dishes that will be passed down to your children, after you are gone.  Use it and enjoy it now.  That can be done the night before.  It is so easy to get caught up with the fast pace breakfast eaten in the car as you dash off to work.  Breakfast sets the tone for the morning.  You can also prep many of your food items the night before which will allow for a quick breakfast .

Bacon egg toast cups

Breakfast Table

Our guests, at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast enjoy our sulphite free bacon egg toast cups.  We pre cook our bacon, in the oven, until it is about 90 percent cooked.  Drain and wrap and put in the freezer.  Then the night before we need it we pull out the amount of bacon for the next morning and place in the refrigerator.  We also prep the bread for our bacon egg toast cups the day before and place in the refrigerator.

Simply take the bread and cut the crust off.  Then roll it out with a rolling pin.  Place in the muffin tin.  Then place a piece of precooked bacon in the cups.  Break a egg into each cup.  Salt and pepper each egg.  Then place in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.  Pull out of the oven and place on a plate with roasted asparagus, and a side of potatoes.

Brenham House Bread Pudding

Brenham House Bread Pudding has been made in so many variations over the last seven years!  There really is no right or wrong way to make a bread pudding.  In the olden days bread pudding was a sweet way to use up stale bread.  Throwing out food was just not done.  The funny thing is that the stale bread really does soak up the yummy milk and egg mixture well.  Creativity is where the fun begins!  You can add fruit, chocolate chips, or nuts to your bread pudding.  Brown sugar topping, or cream cheese are also great add on choices.  Then there are the wonderful toppings to add to your bread pudding after it comes out of the oven.  White chocolate cream sauce, brandy or bourbon cream sauce, strawberry syrup or maple syrup or just powdered sugar sprinkled on top! The sky is the limit on the many combinations you can make.  But the recipe I really like and seem to make over and over, as a morning dessert for our guests, is this very simple Brenham House Bread Pudding recipe.

  •  Brenham House Bread Pudding ingredients:  1 loaf French bread, 3 eggs, 3 cups half and half, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 2 cups of sugar, 1/2 stick of butter, and 1 cup pecan pieces.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a baking dish and set aside.  Cut the French bread into 10 cups of cubes and place in the baking dish.  In another bowl whisk together the eggs, cream, vanilla and sugar, cream.  Melt the butter and add to the egg mixture.  Then pour evenly over the bread.  Sprinkle the chopped pecan pieces across the top.  Place in the oven and bake for about one hour.

  • Brandy Cream Sauce ingredients:  one stick of butter, 1/2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup of half and half, and 1/4 cup of brandy.

In a pan, on the stove top, add butter and begin to melt.  Mix in the sugar well and then add the cream and brandy.  As the mixture starts to boil, whisk until the sugar is dissolved about 5 minutes.  Take off the heat and pour over the baked Brenham House Bread Pudding and enjoy!

Brenham Valentine’s Getaway

Brenham Valentine's Weekend

Brenham House is a great place to spend Valentine’s Weekend

 

Brenham Valentine’s Getaway can be yours for the choosing!  Brenham Valentine’s Weekend is a special time of the year to treat your sweetheart, in a special way. Running out of ideas?  How about a stay away from home, a great dinner for two, and or maybe a wedding vow renewal!  February 14, 2015 is on Saturday, this year.  Let us at Brenham House plan your getaway.

  • Book your two night stay with Ant Street Inn or Brenham House Bed and Breakfast!

In celebration of the Ant Street Inn’s 20th year its innkeepers will be hosting a Valentine’s Dinner, in the ballroom.  It will consist of dinner, candlelight and music along with a professional photographer to capture the moments.  Bring your favorite wine and glasses will be provided.  Seating will begin for dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

  • The Valentine’s Dinner for two is only $120. plus tax.

Before dinner the vow renewal will take place, in the garden, at the Ant Street Inn.  Each couple will walk down the garden path and renew vows, in a group setting.  Couples participating in the vow renewals will receive a photo walking down the isle, a bridal bouquet and renewal certificate.

  • Vow Renewal for two is only $50. plus tax
  • Couple the dinner and vowel renewal together for $150. plus tax
Brenham Valentine's Getaway

Book to nights on Valentine’s weekend and there will be chocolate strawberries in your room.

Book your room with us at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast for your 2015 Brenham Valentine’s Getaway.  With a two night booking, Brenham House Bed and Breakfast will have chocolate covered strawberries waiting for you in your room.  If you would like to participate in the vow renewal and Valentine’s dinner let us know and we will secure your tickets for this great Brenham Valentine’s Getaway Special!

If we are full on February 14-15, 2015 we are happy to refer you to our friends at the Ant Street Inn.

 

Forever Plaid Tidings

Forever Plaid Tidings

Showing at Unity Theatre in Brenham-Forever Plaid Tidings

This Christmas Season the Unity Theatre will present a Christmas Musical “Forever Plaid Tidings”, by Stuart Ross.  The show begins December 4th, 2014 and runs until the 21st.  Show times are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30.00.  Unity Theatre is located, in the historic district, at 300 Church Street, Brenham, Texas.

This performance is filled with Christmas standards.   The boys are back to do their Christmas Special in this sequel to “Forever Plaid”.  Francis, Jinx, Smudge, and Sparky aren’t sure why they have returned to earth for another posthumous performance.  A phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they are needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world.  Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are riotous versions of “The Ed Sullivan Show” featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir, and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas!  If you loved “Forever Plaid” you will love this Christmas Musical “Forever Plaid Tidings”.  Call 979 830-8358, go online to UnityBrenham.com or we will be glad to secure your tickets if you are staying with us at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast!

 

Brenham’s Holiday Home Tour

Brenham's Holiday Home Tour

Giddings-Stone Mansion

Nothing starts the Christmas Season off better than the Brenham’s Holiday Home Tour!  It is presented by the Brenham’s Historical Society.  Brenham’s Holiday Home Tour occurs the weekend before Thanksgiving.  This year the date is Saturday, November 22, 2014.  The tour hours are 12:00-5:00 p.m.  The Heritage Belles will be dressed in period dress as they guide the guests through homes of historic or architectural note.  These beautiful homes will be decorated for the Christmas holidays.  The tickets can be purchased at the Giddings-Stone Mansion at 2203 Century Circle, Brenham.  You will receive information about the homes you will be able to tour and directions to the homes scattered around Brenham.

While you are at the 1870’s Giddings-Stone Mansion you can shop at the trunk show which will be open 10-6:00 p.m. where dealers will display items for purchase.  This will be a great time to pick up some unique Christmas gifts for all of your Christmas needs.  After the tour there will be a wine and cheese party from 5-6:00 p.m. at the Giddings-Stone Mansion.  What a fun way to spend your Saturday!  Grab your friends and come to Brenham for a Victorian: Holiday Home Tour.  Make your plans to take this years’ Brenham’s Holiday Home Tour now.  For more information call 979 836-1690.

Small Town Brenham Christmas

Small Town Brenham Christmas

Brenham House Tree

Small Town Brenham Christmas is something out of a Norman Rockwell painting!  Come join in the fun!  Less crowds, people with smiles on their faces, lights, and Christmas decorations in all of the individually owned shops, on the square.  These are small businesses, not your well known chain stores.  This will insure unique and one of a kind items for your Christmas shopping.  The pace will be slower and you will be able to enjoy kindness and giving spirit of the Christmas season.  You will also be glad to hear Merry Christmas greetings, as you walk in the stores and about the town.  There will also be a Jingle Bell Market which takes place at The Ant Street Inn, on December 5-6, 2014.  This Jingle Bell Market will solve a lot of your gift giving needs.  There are so many events in Brenham during the Christmas season.  Coming up is the Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade.  This will take place on December 5-6, 2014.  Come unwrap the Magic of Christmas, in downtown Brenham!

There will be late hours for shopping and an Ice Skating Rink at Alamo and Douglas streets.  Small  town Brenham Christmas will start their Lighted Parade on December 5, 2014 at 6:00P.M  You will see lots of lights on the floats and hear Christmas carols as the floats go by.  The parade finally is a hugh firetruck that comes down the street bringing Santa Claus into town!  This small town Brenham Christmas is put on by the City of Brenham and the Parks Department.  For more information call 979 337-7254.

Antique Rose Emporium’s Rose Festival

Come and enjoy all or part of The Antique Rose Emporium‘s Rose Festival!  This is their 26th Fall Rose Festival.  Dates for this great event are October 31- November 1 and 2, 2014.  Free come and go events as well as a gallery of fragrant roses.  There will be hundreds of roses, herbs, and perennials will be for sale.  Location for The Antique Rose Emporium’s Rose Festival is 10,000 FM 50, Brenham, Texas.

 The Antique Rose Emporium Rose Festival

Brenham House Arbor with Antique Rose Emporium Roses

We love the antique roses at The Antique Rose Emporium.  They are easy to grow and just give your yard such beauty.  We have guests who buy different ones for each of their grand children.  Imagine the kids as they grow up knowing there is a rose bush in Grandma’s yard in honor of them!  What an honor it was for my husband to get three rose bushes from his high school coach’s rose bed after he passed away, a few years ago.  All of the football players took rose bushes, Festival of Roses and it is such a great memory of Coach “Pappy’ Drennen.

Friday, October 31, 2014 will start at 10:00 AM and will begin with Mike Shoup and The Texas Rose Rustler who will speak on “Rooting Made Easy”.  At 12:30 PM Robbi Will will talk about “This Bulb’s for You” and at 2:00 PM Margaret Cherry and Abbott-Ipco covering “Give Me Color and Make It Perennial”.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 starts up again at 10:00 AM with Pam Smith sharing “On the Trail of Trailed Roses”, 11:30 AM Dr. David Byrne will discuss “Rose Rosette Disease”, 1:30 PM Neil Sperry will talk of :Lone Star Gardening” and the last lecture will be lead by Randy Shoup on “Beer, Where Microbes Rule”.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 raps up The Antique Rose Emporium’s Rose Festival at 1:00 PM with Mike Shoup sharing the Growing Fields Tour.

Iced Cranberry Pecan Cookies

Iced Cranberry Pecan Cookies

Brenham House Fall Cookies

These Iced Cranberry Pecan Cookies are one of my most favorite cookies.  I just love the Fall and I can’t help myself, I just have to bake them for our guests at Brenham House!  Sometimes I dust them with Powdered sugar, but my favorite is to use lemons icing on them!  Yes, I said, “lemon”.

1 1/4 c. sugar, 2 sticks of softened butter, 3 egg yolks, 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 1/2 c. flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. cream of tarter, 1c. cranberries, 1c. pecans chopped finely

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixer cream together the sugar, butter, egg yolks, and vanilla.  In a bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and cream of tarter.  Slowly add to the wet ingredients.  Stir in the cranberries and pecans.  Scoop out on a pan with parchment paper and do not flatten.  Bake for about 10 minutes until lightly brown on the edges.  Cool and dust with powdered sugar or ice with your favorite icing.  Makes about 4 dozen.

Texas A and M Football Fans

Texas A and M Football is big in College Station, Texas!  Everybody shows up for the home games.  I mean from all over Texas and even beyond.  Now that Texas A and M is in the SEC many of the teams they play travel to all games.  These are big games with large crowds.  Just to let you know Brenham, Texas is a sweet town just 40 minutes away from Kyle Field.  Brenham has great restaurants and great bed and breakfasts just waiting to serve you!

Texas A and M Football has a big game on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2014.  Texas A and M Aggies plays LSU Tigers.  This could be the game of the year in the SEC.  Kyle Field will be rocking, so miss the crowds and stay at the Brenham House Bed and Breakfast.  If you have not secured your rooms we have rooms available for Thanksgiving weekend.  We would love for you to stay with us.  While in Brenham here are some things to do.

Texas A and M Football Fans

Brenham House Bed and Breakfast

 

“Boeing Boeing” Starts Unity’s 20th Season

Boeing Boeing Starts Unity's 20th Season

First show in the line up Of Unity’s 20th season

“Boeing Boeing” starts Unity’s 20th season off with a great comedy.  What better way to kick the season off than with a classic 1960’s farce?  “Boeing Boeing” is the story of a bachelor named Bernard, who couldn’t be happier living, in a flat, in Paris while engaged to Gloria, Gabriella and to Gretchen.  The playboy bachelor was living the life, juggling the arrivals and departures of the three gorgeous flight attendants.  This supersonic lifestyle of Bernard goes into a tailspin when flight schedules change, and all three women arrive at his apartment, on the same evening!

“Boeing Boeing” was made into a movie starring comedian Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis.  The movie premiered in December 1965.  The stage production later enjoyed a revival, in 2007, on the West End in London. The play was perfomed on Broadway, in 2008, and won the Tony Award that year for Best Revival of a play.

“Boeing Boeing”, by Marc Camoletti, performances begin with a preview on September 25, 2014.  The opening night will be Friday 16th.  The play will run through October 12, 2014.  Performance times will be Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

Reservations can be made through the Unity Theatre box office at 300 Church Street.  The office is open Mondays through Fridays from 10:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are available by phone at 830-8358 or online at Unity Theatre.  Ticket prices are $27.00 each, plus tax.

Book your room with us at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast and we will be glad to secure your tickets for you, at $25.00 each plus tax!  You can add them to your online booking or call us and we will make all of the arrangements for you.

Chappell Hill Texas Scarecrow Festival

Chappell Hill Texas Scarecrow Festival

Fall is in the air at Brenham House

Come stay with us at Brenham House and attend this year’s 37th Annual Chappell Hill Texas Scarecrow Festival.  We are located in Brenham which is about 12 miles north of beautiful Chappell Hill.  Washington County has many treasures and one of them is Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival.  Take a step back to a slower pace and enjoy this small town festival.  Dates are October 11 and 12, 2014 for this years’ fall Scarecrow Festival.  Hours for the festival are Saturday 9- 6 p.m. and Sunday 9-5 p.m.  There is FREE admission and just $5.00 for parking.  They request no street parking, please.  The parking lot is located on FM 1155 a short distance north of the intersection of Hwy. 290 and FM 1155.  There will be new vendors as well as the 250 juried vendors.  Exhibitors will include home decor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing and so much more.  There will be delicious country style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community.  There is a special children’s area with pony rides, barrel train rides, face painting, and a petting zoo.

The Chappell Hill Texas Scarecrow Festival is hosted by the Chappell Hill Historical Society, a non profit volunteer organization.  This organization is dedicated to the preservation of community’s history and historic buildings.  What a great way to raise money for the town and to bring in the fall that we have waited all summer long for.

Brenham’s historic downtown will also be decorated with scarecrows on every corner.  The antique and specialty shops will also be decorate for the Scarecrow Festival as well.  At this time it really starts to look like fall with all of the great decorations you will see.  Make your plans and we will be waiting for you at Brenham House!

Chappell Hill Texas Scarecrow Festival

James waiting to greet our guests!

 

Texas Brew-Step Downtown Brenham

Texas Brew-Step downtown Brenham is Brenham’s first crafted brew event.  A variety of hand crafted brews from across Texas and beyond will be served, in Downtown Brenham’s National Register District. The charm of an historical Texas town and delicious beer is just a perfect blend for a perfect day.  The date for this Texas Brew-Step is Saturday, October 18, 2014.  It will be from 2-7p.m.  Sample the brews with a keepsake pilsner glass, for $35.00 while supplies last.  To purchase tickets go to DowntownBrenham.com/BrewStep.  Take your ticket to the gazebo, on the courthouse square.  There you will receive your glass and a map of locations for sampling.

Texas Brew-Step downtown Brenham

A Crafted Brew Event

Participating Breweries for 2014 Texas Brew-Step downtown Brenham will be:

  • Bazos Valley Brewing
  • No Label Brewing
  • Perdernales Brewing
  • Galveston Island Brewing
  • Middleton Brewing
  • Saint Arnold’s Brewing
  • Cycler’s Brewing
  • Southern Star Brewing
  • Lone Pint Brewing

On Friday you can participate in Brew “U”.  A fun event to help develop your palette.  Learn to appreciate flavor nuances between beers and delicious food parings.  Perfect for palettes of all levels.  The Brew “U” will be Friday,October 17, 2014.  It will take place at the Bullock Ballroom at Historic Simon Theater.  The cost for Brew “U” is $45.00.  If you are attending both events there is a $5.00 discount.  Come on out and see our restored Simon Theatre Center while participating in Brew “U”.  Then have a great time on Saturday walking through the downtown while sampling brews from all over Texas!  We will see you there!

Brenham is so happy to have the Brazos Valley Brewery locate in our downtown Brenham.  The brewery is located at 201 W. First Street in Brenham’s downtown.  It has an open patio for sipping the cold brew.  Check out times by calling 713 584-3804 or visiting BrazosValleyBrewery.com for more information.

Guest Approved Pineapple Bars

Guest approved Pineapple Bars are a favorite at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast for dessert.  It is the most requested recipe and for this reason I knew I had to add it to my blog.  It is a cake but is so rich and I usually cut the size of a bar cookie to serve.  For this reason I call them Pineapple Bars!  This is a great go to recipe when you need something for a pot luck dinner or if you are having friends over for coffee and dessert.  It is easy to make and there is never anything left to bring home.

Guest Approved Pineapple Bars

Can’t you just taste it?

 

 

Pineapple Bars

1 3/4 c. sugar, 1 3/4 c. flour, 1 tsp. soda, 1 lg. can crushed pineapple, 2 eggs, beaten, 1 tsp. almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift the first three dry ingredients and place in a mixer.  Add the pineapple, eggs, and almond extract and mix well in the mixer.  Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish.  Bake for 30 minutes.

Frosting:  In a mixer combine 8 oz. of softened cream cheese, 2 T. softened butter, 16 oz. powdered sugar 1 c. chopped pecans, 1 tsp. vanilla.

Frost cooled cake in the pan and cut into bars and enjoy!

Fall Round Top Antique Festival

Exciting news for this years’ fall Round Top Antique Festival.  There will be 3 trolleys for both of the big weekends.  The trolleys will run a continuous loop during the high traffic days of the show

Fall Round Top Festival

Fall Round Top Festival Trolley

You will be able to park and ride the trolley to get around.  After your stay and you have made many purchases you can then take your car and pick up your items.  That is the strategy most of our guests use.  Ask your innkeeper for a map and times the trolleys will run.

Fall Round Top Antique Festival

Trolley Map

This Fall Round Top Antique Festival covers six towns and is the largest antique show, in the United States.  Shopping begins September 21st and runs until October 5th, 2014.  All of the Brenham locals get out early to shop.  As soon as they see vendors setting up they are out shopping!  This way you miss the large crowds.  There is a lot of advertising for the last weekend, because that is when the Big Red Barn and Maurburger’s  Show opens.  These are great places to shop, but if you have other favorite places to shop you can go early and miss the large crowds.

Don’t forget to bring your walking shoes, comfortable clothes, phones with cameras, sunglasses, hat, snacks and bottle water.  After shopping all day you can come back to Brenham for dinner and get away from the crowds.  Brenham has great restaurants downtown.  Brenham’s downtown has Brenham Grill, BT Longhorn Saloon, Volare Italian Restaurant, Yumm, and  Smitty’s.  Also on Highway 290 Brenham has Chilies, Applebys, Los Cabos, Whataburger, Starbucks, Mc Donalds, and Dickies BBQ.

Plan to stay three to four days.  There is so much to see from high end English and French antiques to china, silver, yard art collections and crafts.  Grab your friends and make your plans now to get out for this year’s fall Round Top Antique Festival!  Then get ready to do it all over again in the Spring!

Unity Theatre Performances

Unity Theatre is celebrating 20 years!  Unity Theatre performances for this 2014-2015 year will be an exciting season.

  • Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti
  • A Piece of My Heart by Gretchen Jones
  • Forever Plaid Plaid Tidings by Stuart Ross
  • Chapter Two by Neil Simon
  • Kayak by Jordan Hall
  • Shooting Star by Steven Diez
  • and the summer family play is Snow White Goes West by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy
Unity Theatre Performances

2014-2015 Season of Unity Theatre in Brenham, Texas

Unity Theatre performances take place in a beautifully reovated warehouse, in Brenham’s historic downtown.  Unity Theatre performances are all professional shows.  Unity Theatre is located at 300 Church Street, Brenham, Texas.  It is the only professional theatre, in Washington County.  Unity Theatre performances bring actors, directors, designers, and technicians from across the country.  That is why you will see some of the most rewarding theatrical experiences possible.  Unity Theatre performances will start this 2014-2015 season with Boeing Boeing by Mars Camoletti.

Unity Theatre performances

First show in the line up this season

This main stage performance will be a fun show of the swinging 60’s.  Fasten your seat belts for this bumpy, but hilarious ride in the classic farce.  the show is full of flirtatious hijinks, slamming doors and utter confusion!  Make your plans now for this show that will run September 25- October 12, 2014.  Book your room at Brenham House Bed and Breakfast and we will be glad to secure your tickets for you!

Fresh Apple Spice Cake

Looking for a great Fresh Apple Spice Cake?  Here it is!  This is an easy cake made from scratch with fresh apples.  This cake is great with coffee in the afternoon or even for breakfast.

Fresh Apple Spice Cake

Delicious Fresh Apple Spice Cake served at Brenham House

1 c. vegetable oil, 2 c. sugar, 3 eggs, 3 c. flour, 1 tsp. soda, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. grated nutmeg, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 c. pecans, chopped, 3 c. apples, peeled, finely chopped.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the oil, sugar and eggs to a mixer and beat well.  Combine the flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a separate bowl.  Add the dry ingredients, to the mixture in the mixing bowl, slowly.  Beat until mixed well.  Add the vanilla, pecans, and apples to the batter and give a quick blend.

Pour the Fresh Apple Spice Cake batter into a greased and floured 10 in. bundt pan.  Place in the preheated oven and bake for an hour.  Use a toothpick to make sure the cake is done.  Remove the cake from the oven.  Punch holes in the Fresh Apple Spice Cake with a toothpick while hot.  Spoon the glaze over the cake.  Let the cake cool and then remove from the tube pan.

Glaze:  1/2 c. sugar, 1/4 c. buttermilk, 1/4 tsp. soda, t T. butter, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan.  Bring to a boil, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  It will make about 1 c. of glaze.

 

Unity Theatre Presents Deathtrap

Unity Theatre presents Deathtrap, a thriller, by Ira Levin.  Unity Theatre is a professional theatre located in the historic downtown of Brenham, Texas.  Tickets sell out fast so make your plans now to see this comedy thriller.  Deathtrap holds the longest running comedy-thriller record on Broadway.  It was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.

Unity Theatre Presents Deathtrap

Deathtrap

Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a “dry” spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of finds.  A possible break in his fortunes occurs  when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a near college.  A thriller which Sindey recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit.  Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts.  The suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn until the final. startling moments of the play.

Meet the director on Saturday, May 31, 2014.  Arrive 30 minutes early for the show and meet the director.  Find out what goes on behind the scenes.  Get his concept and how they put it all together.  We have had guests who have already attended the play. They raved about it the next morning at breakfast.  They told us as they laughed about the times they jumped in their chairs as the thrills came, during the play.  This play runs May 22-June 8, 2014.  Thursdays’ performances begin at 7:30p.m..  Friday and Saturdays’ performances are at 8:00p.m. Sundays’ matinee time is 4:00p.m.  Call the Unity Threatre at 979-830-1460 for tickets or if you book your stay with us at Brenham House we will be glad to secure your tickets for you.

 

Brenham Texas Hot Nights Cool Tunes

Brenham Texas Hot Nights Cool Tunes takes place every Saturday in July.  This is Brenham’s tenth year to present this concert series of Hot Nights Cool Tunes.  Summer fun in Brenham!  Where your shorts and sandals.  Tie your hair up and grab your lawn chair and flashlight.  As the sun goes down at about 7:00 P.M. and the cool breezes begin to blow, Brenham downtown becomes a Cool place with Hot Tunes!  Alamo street is closed down to car traffic and people start heading into the downtown, with their lawn chairs and flashlights.  If your are walking home or back to Brenham House Bed and Breakfast be sure to bring a flashlight.  It will be dark as you return home.

Each Saturday a professional band sets up at Baylor and Alamo.  The historic square of Brenham Texas comes alive.  Antique cars, trucks, and tractors set up at the East end of Alamo, for everyone to view.  There are vendors with food and drinks, around the courthouse, for everyone to enjoy.  The food sales support the community, and help keep the concerts free.  The concerts are fun for the whole family.

Brenham Texas hot Nights Cool Tunes

This years 2014 Hot Nights Cool Tunes

This tenth year of the Brenham Texas Hot Nights Cool Tunes concert series will be presented as follows:

  • July 5, 2014- Texas Unlimited Band- this great band performs a variety of Rock’nRoll, 80’s Hits, and Country.
  • July 12, 2014- Matchmaker Band- A 10 piece show band specializing in the sounds of Motown, Soul, Funk, and Dance music.
  • July 19, 2014- Abbey Rhode and Already Gone- Unforgettable renditions of The Beatles, The Eagles, and other favorites
  • July 26, 2014- Suede- this explosive, electrifying band plays hits from the 70″s, 80’s, and 90″s to today.

For more information on Brenham Texas Hot NightsCool Tunes call us at 979 251-9947 or go to Downtown Brenham!

Brenham Texas Maifest Festival

Brenham Texas Maifest Festival has been held in Brenham each May for more than a century.  This is the 124th year for Maifest and it is a fantastic way to celebrate the proud German heritage of the people in the local community.  Be part of one of the most widely attended festival in Texas!  This year the Brenham Texas Maifest Festival will be held on May 2-4, 2014.

Brenham Texas Maifest Festival

124th Maifest in Brenham, Texas

Friday, May 2, 2014 Brenham Texas Maifest Festival opens its gates at 6:00 p.m. and closes at midnight.  Saturday, May 3, 2014 the festival begins at noon and closes at midnight.  Sunday, May 4, 2014 Brenham Texas Maifest Festival is from noon to 6:00 p.m.  What is there to do at this festival?  There will be a parade though historic downtown Brenham to kick things off.  Then move on down to Fireman’s Park just a few blocks from the town square and there you will find arts and crafts booths, amusement rides, bean bag tournament, Biergarden Wind Shoppe and German food  and vendors.  Live entertainment on Friday night will be Cory Morrow and on Saturday evening performances by William Clark Green.  There will be a Meitser Von Beir contest, bands and entertainment as well as German church service and the royalty coronation!  Did I forget the best part?  Country Flavors Ice Cream if a big part of this festival.  Buy a band for $6.00 and you are able to eat all of the Blue Bell Ice Cream you can handle all day!  The proceeds of the wrist band sales will benefit the Texas Lions Club Camp for Disabled Children.  What a tremendous gift from the Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham Texas!  The Maifest Festival is free admission to Fireman’s Park all weekend.  Grab your friends and come on out for some great German fun at the Brenham Texas Maifest Festival, May 2014.

Bluebonnet Festival Texas

Chappell Hill Historical Society will be celebrating its 50th Bluebonnet Festival Texas Weekend, April 12-13, 2014.  The festival is always held on the second weekend of April, in Chappell Hill, Texas.  Chappell Hill, Texas is located halfway between Houston and Austin on highway 290.  The Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival weekend is Texas’ official Bluebonnet Festival.  What a wonderful weekend it will be as all of the bluebonnets are in full bloom and the weather should be glorious.  Bluebonnet Festival Texas is family friendly, so bring everyone!

Bluebonnet Festival of Texas

Bluebonnet Festival of Texas

What began as a small antique show has grown into one of the largest two day arts and crafts festival in the area.  There will be over 400 juried arts and crafts vendors, great musical entertainment, children’s activities, as well as food and drink booths.  Guests are encouraged to come out and tour the museum, the rock store, Providence Baptist Church and learn about the numerous historical markers and sites on the historical Register.  Don’t forget to bring your cameras to capture the beautiful bluebonnets along the way.  While taking pictures enjoy the vast country side.  Remember not to sit your children down, in the bluebonnets.  There are ants, snakes and red bugs amongst them.  Be careful not to crush the bluebonnets so everyone can enjoy them.

The Bluebonnet Festival Texas, in Chappell Hill kicks off on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9 am-6 pm.  Then the festival begins on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 9 am-5 pm.  There is plenty of parking so come on out and wear your comfortable shoes.   Stroll through historic downtown Chappell Hill, Texas and enjoy the official Texas Bluebonnet Festival!  The festival is free and parking is nominal.  If you choose not to eat out at the festival make sure you stop off at the Chappell Hill Bakery and Deli.  It serves great food and BBQ!

Texas Cotton Gin Museum

Texas Cotton Gin Museum

Burton Cotton Gin Museum

Texas Cotton Gin Museum was designated, on June 19, 2009, as the Official Cotton Gin Museum of Texas.  The museum invites you to join them as you step back in time.  You will take a look at a period when cotton was king.  The Texas Cotton Gin Museum was built in 1914 in Burton, Texas.  Burton, Texas is a small rural German community with 350 people, living in the town.   Burton, Texas is located  halfway between Houston and Austin, on Highway 290. There you will find the oldest working cotton gin, in America.  Guided by the Smithsonian and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, volunteers restored the 1925 Bessemer twin-type IV oil engine.  This engine still powers the gin today.  There are other historic buildings at the Texas Cotton Gin Museum complex which includes a shoe shop, warehouse, and auto shop.  This Texas Historical Landmark, a Historical Mechanical Engineering Landmark is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  This Texas Cotton Gin Museum is visited by thousands of visitors annually.

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Unity Theatre Brenham Texas

Unity Theatre Brenham Texas is located at 300 Church Street, in Brenham’s historical downtown district.  The theatre was designed in an old warehouse and is a great venue for professional live threatre.  There is ample parking around the theatre.  There are restaurants, in the downtown, to take advantage of before or after the performances.  Unity Theatre Brenham Texas’ next show will be held April 3- April 13, 2014.  The performances are scheduled for Thurday evenings at 7:30 p.m.  Performances on Friday and Saturday evenings will be at 8:00 p.m.  On Sundays the performances will be held at 4 p.m.  This comedic drama will be Laundry and Bourbon by James McLure.

Unity Theatre Brenham Texas

A Comedic Drama

The stage is set on the front porch in Maynard, Texas.  It takes place on a hot summer afternoon.  There are old friends who share laughter, tears and liquor in this slice of small town.  You won’t want to miss it.  Plan now to see one of the shows.  If you secure you tickets with us at Brenham House and we will have your tickets waiting at Will Call for you when you arrive at Unity Theatre Brenham Texas.  As our guests you will also be allowed to the Player’s Club, just past Will Call on your right, before the show for wine and hors d’oeurves.  Mingle with other guests and get prepared for a fun evening.  After the show you will be able to meet the actors.

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