This Week in Texas: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Posted September 4, 2019 in The Mignon Memo

Get Yours Now:  Texas Parks & Wildlife’s Outdoor Annual Guide and Mobile App

The latest version of one of the coolest guides out there is now available from Texas Parks & Wildlife – the Outdoor Annual.  This handy publication is currently available electronically, as a downloadable mobile app, or in old-fashioned booklet form, which can be found locally in sporting goods stores.  The 2019-2020 edition is full of important and useful information for outdoor enthusiasts – hunting season dates; new rules and regulations for hunting, fishing and boating; information on licenses, tags and endorsements; boating and water safety requirements; freshwater and saltwater fishing regulations; hunting regulations and county listings.  The “Official Mobile App of Texas Hunting, Fishing and Boating” offers even more useful information such as location-based hunting and fishing information and the ability to look up your license purchase history, with no internet connection required after downloading.  With the change in season, this is something every outdoor adventure-seeker will want to have on hand.  Now if the heat would just break!

The Texas Capitol…in Lego Form

There’s an impressive new exhibit at the Texas Capitol Visitors Center that might bring out the kid in you.  A Lego-brick replica of the Texas Capitol was recently installed which was privately created by Ben Rollman, an IT specialist with the Texas Medical Association.  It took a year and half to design the model, which is built on a scale of 1 to 72, includes over 65,000 bricks and weighs about 150 pounds.  The State Preservation Board, the agency in charge of the visitors center as well as parts of the Capitol, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Governor’s Mansion and the Texas State Cemetery, was so thrilled with the replica’s detail and design that it built a custom wood and plexiglass case in order to display it for the next decade.  Where did we hide that old tub of Legos?

Only in Austin…

The 2019 Texas Book Festival Lineup is out!  Scheduled for October 26th and 27th, the festival will feature over 300 authors in 250+ events, including book talks and signings, live entertainment, activities and storytimes for kids, cooking demonstrations and more.  Some of the big names appearing at the festival this year include Admiral William McRaven, Scott Pelley, John Grisham, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Benjamin Dreyer, Stephen Harrigan, Samuel Gwynne and Aaron Franklin.  The book festival is always a stellar event and we hope to see you there!