Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00
Two wonderful things happened to this 78-year-old on the way to and in the city of Austin, Texas. First, I was told I could leave my shoes and jacket on through airport security, because my birth date was before 1937. Secondly, after a one-hour wait at an old-fashioned barbershop on Congress Street in town, I paid only $10 for a wonderful short haircut. Everyone else paid $18. No one was in a hurry.
Austin, the capitol of Texas, has many wonderful offerings. The first day, we walked along Congress Street, visiting unique shops and eateries. Allen’s Boots is an amazing cowboy store with hundreds of male and female fancy boots, Texas-sized hats (I bought one), and silver buckles and shirts. We ate Tex-Mex food at Magnolia’s Cafe.
The next day, our family went to the Capitol. At the entrance of the Capitol building were matching statues of Stephen Austin and Sam Houston, two great figures of Texas history, and a large statue of Davy Crockett.
The Capitol Building is 218 feet high (taller than the Washington Capitol, naturally) and made of Texas red granite. Also, naturally, it’s the largest capitol in square feet in the United States.
We went into sessions of the State Treasury and the Texas Supreme Court. The Legislature meets only every other year, January to June. Texas was the 28th state to enter the Union in 1845. After the Mexican War, Texas was a country for 16 years. We also visited the University of Texas, which is in close proximity to the Capitol. Texans are proud people.
After a sumptuous barbecue at the Iron Works, consisting of huge beef ribs, tasty sausages, roast beef and sliced turkey, we went to a night club to see James McMurtry. He is a protest singer and guitarist. He was “Bob Dylanesque,” with songs of generational problems and strictly Texan in his mood and point of view.
Day Three, we toured the city and the Art Museum and ate at a cool restaurant, Bistro Bess, owned by the film star Sandra Bullock. The restaurant was continental and elegant, with gracious service.
Day Four, we took the “Duck Trip,” a one-hour sightseeing tour of Austin. The bus actually transformed into a boat as we drove into Lake Austin, unconventional and fun. We drove past the Driscoll Hotel, where President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson and President Bill Clinton have stayed. Austin was also the home of O. Henry, or William Porter, the great writer.
On our last night, we went to see Willie Nelson. It was a sold-out performance for the Alzheimer’s Fund in honor of Darrel K. Royal, the longtime coach of the Texas Longhorns. Unfortunately, Darrel suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
There was a huge statue of Willie outside the Moody Auditorium, where he performed. Willie is almost the “Patron Saint of Austin.” He is loved by everyone. Willie sang his classic songs and strummed his guitar as a true artist. There is no one like Willie. He is a one-man tsunami. Austin is a fun city with live music, great food and kind, polite people.
It’s always good to come home.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
If you’ve ever been to the 16 Handles store in Jericho and topped your frozen yogurt with the crumbcake crumbs, you know why shop owner Scott Silverman has to re-order them frequently. They are that popular.
“And they always come in fresh,” he says.It’s not surprising, since they are made just a few miles away at Laura & Co. Snacks: The Crumb Without the Cake in Glen Cove.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:47
The Town of Oyster Bay will host two Saturday night primetime high school ice hockey contests this season as part of its High School Hockey Night in Oyster Bay series held at the town's Ice Skating Center on Stewart Avenue in Bethpage. Starting off the series will be the Syosset Braves taking on the Massapequa Chiefs on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.
“These events, which are free to all Town residents, feature high school teams that are among the finest in Nassau County,” Venditto said. “The players really look forward to competing at the Town of Oyster Bay’s state of the art rink and we are always pleased to have them here.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Fourteen student-athletes from Syosset High School have committed to play at a college or university next year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Jericho Celeste Taub, 13, showed that she could run with the big girls (and the big boys!) on Sunday, Nov. 17, as she scored a decisive victory in the Women’s Division of the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.
Taub finished the Run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.