Bluegrass & Country Live at the Library for Father’s Day

The Sieker BandBluegrass and country musicians The Sieker Band will appear next in the Georgetown Public Library’s popular “Live Music at the Library” series. They will perform on Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m. in the library lobby, performing a special Father’s Day concert.

The Sieker Band maintains a busy performing schedule, including playing at the Kerrville Folk Festival in May.

Rolf & Beate Sieker started their professional music career in Berlin, Germany. They played many concerts in Germany, toured throughout Europe, appeared on television and radio, and recorded five albums, two in Nashville and three in Berlin. In 1997 they moved to Nashville and since 2000 they have lived near Austin, live music capital of the world.

Rolf Sieker was one of the first 5-string banjo players in Europe. In 1975 he recorded the first bluegrass album in Germany. In Europe, Rolf played with Bill Monroe, Byron Berline, Dan Crary, Mark O’Connor, Dave Dudley, Bill Clifton and many more. He won the Texas State Banjo Championship in 2001. He recorded studio sessions with Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel, Kelly Willis, Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Dale Watson, Red Volkaert, Trace Atkins, Rod Moag, Julie Chadbourne, Lantana, Bruce Robison, The Carper Family, Malford Milligan and many others. Rolf now also plays with Bob Schneider’s Texas Bluegrass Massacre, which was named ‘Best Performing Bluegrass Band’ at the 2008 and 2009 Austin Music Awards.

Beate Sieker plays acoustic guitar and occasionally upright bass. Her vocals have become the trademark of The Sieker Band, generating a lot of fans. Influenced by Texas singer/songwriters, her repertoire consists of songs written by Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Steven Fromholtz, Willie Nelson, Steve Gillette, Karla Bonhoff, Ian Tyson, Townes Van Zandt, Bill Monroe and many others. Beate is one of the finest rhythm guitar players around.

For more information about The Sieker Band, visit or read this interview with Rolf Sieker from the Central Texas Bluegrass Association Newsletter.

Free and open to the public, this performance is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library. Come and go, or have a seat in the library lobby and enjoy the concert. Come enjoy a Father’s Day concert with us!

The Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W. Eighth Street in Georgetown.

Art in the Library: Works by Alice Stultz

Work by Alice StultzThe Georgetown Public Library hosts a solo exhibit of paintings by Alice Stultz May 17-June 12 in the upstairs gallery area.

Alice Schorre Stultz lives in Georgetown.  She attended Southwestern University and has a degree in anthropology from the University of Texas.  Alice is an artist who enjoys using watercolor, acrylic, pastels, collage, and oil in her paintings. She is also a photographer, an avocational archaeologist, and an Archeological Steward with the Texas Historical Commission.  She has won several awards from the San Angelo Art Guild.

As a member of the Waterloo Watercolor Society and the 620 Group she participated in art shows in Austin and Round Rock.  Alice has shown her paintings in four galleries, at Angelo State University in San Angelo, and in Tom Green County Library.

Alice volunteered in the Collections Department of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory. Working with the Gault Site artifacts and participating in recording pictographs and petroglyphs for the Texas Archeology Society and the Center for Big Bend Studies have been some of her favorite activities. Currently, Alice is a volunteer in Special Collections at Southwestern University’s library.

The Georgetown Public Library is at 402 W. 8th Street. Exhibit hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Marking History on the Square: Postponed

Updated, May 15: The Marking History walking tour and the Historic Marker Rehabilitation Workshop that were scheduled for tomorrow have been postponed due to the forecast for rain. The City and The Williamson Museum will publicize the new date when the events are re-scheduled.
Local history experts in period costumes will tell stories from Georgetown’s past in an event on Georgetown’s Courthouse Square on May 16. The self-guided walking tour called Marking History on Saturday, May 16 is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is one of several Preservation Month activities in May.

The tour is sponsored by The Williamson Museum in partnership with the Georgetown Main Street Program and the Georgetown Heritage Society. The Marking History walking tour is free and open to the public.

During the self-guided tour, historical markers around the Square will come to life with interpreters in period costumes telling the stories of the buildings and the people who built them. From the Grace Heritage Center and the old fire station on the southeast side of the Square to the Lockett Building on the northwest corner—and at several historical markers in between—visitors will be entertained with the tales of Georgetown’s past. To start the Marking History tour, go to the Williamson Museum at 716 S. Austin Avenue on the Square to pick up a map.

Marker Rehab Workshop: On the morning of May 16, there will be an historic marker rehabilitation workshop at from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The workshop starts at 9 a.m. on the south steps of the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street. The group will divide into teams and participants will learn the rehabilitation techniques by working on historic markers around the Square. The workshop is sponsored by the City’s Historic Preservation office, the Texas Historical Commission, The Williamson Museum, and the Williamson County Historical Commission.

Art Exhibition: Artworks from the Paint Out on Church Street will be on display on May 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Grace Heritage Center, 811 S. Main Street. Works by approximately 20 artists featuring scenes along Church Street will be displayed. The pieces were painted during the Paint Out on Church Street event that was held on May 2 and sponsored by The Georgetown Art Center and the Georgetown Heritage Society. The exhibit will be on display at Grace Heritage Center May 11 through May 16. The show will be open Monday through Friday 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Breakfast Bites on May 20: Capitalizing on Cultural Arts

15-5-20 Breakfast Bites Flyer - Cultural ArtsGeorgetown’s historic downtown area became a state-designated cultural district in 2013. The official listing by the Texas Commission on the Arts recognizes the many arts and cultural offerings in the 40-block downtown overlay area. Georgetown has one of 26 cultural districts in 23 Texas cities.

The Breakfast Bites panel on May 20 will look at ways that retailers, restaurants, and other businesses can capitalize on Georgetown’s cultural district designation. The panel includes speakers from three anchor attractions in the Georgetown cultural district. Breakfast Bites is a quarterly business development event by the Georgetown Main Street Program.

The moderator for the May 20 panel is Jane Estes, writer and board member of Texans for the Arts. Estes served for two-terms as president and founding board member of Georgetown Art Works, the managing nonprofit of the Georgetown Art Center. Panelists include:

Marissa Austin is the executive director for the Georgetown Palace Theatre and holds an adjunct faculty position at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Georgetown Palace Theatre has been presenting live theater productions to packed houses since the restoration of their Art Deco building in 2001.

Mickie Ross is the executive director for The Williamson Museum, which offers a variety of exhibits highlighting local histories, people, and themes. In addition to providing cultural programming such as Hands on History, Summer History Camp, and the Salon, the museum holds the annual Chisholm Trail Days festival.

Amanda Still is a state-registered interior designer and art gallery director for Hill Design + Gallery in Georgetown. Still is a member of the Georgetown Arts and Culture board and the Georgetown Art Works board and serves as the fundraising director for the Georgetown Art Center.

The event on Wednesday, May 20 is from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street. Breakfast snacks, coffee, and drinks will be provided. Networking starts at 8 a.m.

Attendees should pre-register by contacting Shelly Hargrove, Main Street manager, by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 18 at or (512) 930-2027. Main Street is a program of the City of Georgetown Downtown and Community Services Department.

Find out more about cultural districts in Texas at the Texas Commission on the Arts website at

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher Performs May 17

PETER FLETCHER 6687 8X10 croppedClassical guitarist Peter Fletcher plays next in the Georgetown Public Library’s popular “Live Music at the Library” series. He will perform on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. in the library lobby.

This concert is part of a nationwide tour to promote Fletcher’s new Edvard Grieg CD, released in 2014 on Centaur Records.

Fletcher will perform selections from this new CD, an all-Grieg album for which he wrote the guitar transcriptions. CDs will be available at the concert. He performed this same concert at Carnegie Hall in April.

Other works on the program will include Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s DesiringCourante from the Third Cello Suite, and Prelude in C minor and Fugue in G minor, BWV 999 and 1000.

Fletcher will also perform music from Michael Praetorius’ Terpsichore; Prelude No. 1 by Villa-Lobos; a Fandango by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, and two Catalonian folk songs arranged for guitar by Miguel Llobet.

In addition he will perform a very special version of the traditional Shaker Hymn Simple Gifts, transcribed by John and B.J. Sutherland. The last half of this guitar setting modulates down a step to C major. To accommodate this key change, the bass string of the instrument must be tuned down one whole step in performance, producing a sound reminiscent of a country fiddler.

The final work on the program will feature Fletcher’s transcription of Paganini’s dazzling Caprice no. 24.

For more information about Peter Fletcher, visit

Free and open to the public, this performance is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library. Peter Fletcher’s tour is conducted under the auspices of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. Come and go, or have a seat in the library lobby and enjoy the concert. For more information, contact Dana Hendrix, GPL Fine Arts Librarian, at (512) 930-3624.

The Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W. Eighth Street in Georgetown.

Call to Artists: Mural Project in Downtown Georgetown

The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is issuing a call for artist proposals for a mural to be located on the rear wall of 711 S. Main Street, Georgetown, TX.

Mural Details:
• The goal of the mural is to provide a piece of public art of interest to residents and visitors to the downtown of Georgetown.
• The mural will be approximately 23 X 15 ft. (please see photos of site below).
• The exterior wall is stucco.
• The mural should include the metal gutters, air conditioning unit, door, pipes, vent, and meters.
• The address “711” is required to be on the door. The mural can incorporate the number 711 on the door or should leave space to accommodate the address.
• The owner is open to ideas from the artist, but prefers bright colors and a mural with a narrative. The owner does not want a mural consisting of just geometrical shapes.
• The wall contains two windows. The owner is open to proposals incorporating the windows or covering the windows in some fashion.
• Special note: The building is the oldest building on the historic downtown square. However, the owner isn’t requiring the mural refer to the history of the building or Georgetown in particular.
• There is no application fee.

Proposal Deadline:
5:00 P.M. Friday, April 24, 2015

E-mail proposals to:

Artist will receive $3,000 stipend.

Initial Payment:
50% of the stipend will be paid within two weeks of a signed letter of agreement. 50% of the stipend will be paid upon completion of the mural.

Material reimbursement:
Artist will receive up to $500.00 in material reimbursements (with receipts and subject to a signed letter of agreement). Artists will be asked to include a budget in proposal. Additional funds may be approved by the Arts and Culture Board if appropriate.

Completion Date:
All work must be completed prior to Saturday, August 1, 2015.

Please structure and label the proposal sections using the headings:
Part 1: The Written Proposal
Contact Information:
Full Name
Telephone Number
E-mail address
Illustrations of Proposed Work
Proposals must contain between 1 and 5 sketches or digital illustrations of the proposed mural.
Detailed project Description (1 page maximum, 12 pt. font)
Please include the following descriptions:
• A literal description of the mural.
• A description of the concepts in the proposed mural.
• How will this work contribute to a visitor’s experience of downtown Georgetown?
• List maintenance the mural will require, if any.
• An artist statement describing mural experience and interest in the project.
Materials budget
Material reimbursement is available up to $500.00. The materials budget may be increased depending on justification and approval of the Arts and Culture Board. Please submit a detailed materials budget.
Part 2: Support Materials/Previous Work
• Proposals should be accompanied by 5 to 10 images of previous work. Files should be submitted in a .pdf format and will be acknowledged upon receipt.
• Resume – Maximum 2 pages per artist.

Additional requirements:
Artist shall be responsible for preparation of the surface to ensure strong adhesion for durability and longevity. This may include a primer and other preparation necessary for the optimum bond of the paint to the wall.
Two applications (two coats) of Anti-Graffiti/ultraviolet protective coating must be applied on the surface and top of the finished art that will provide resistance to vandalism and the weather. Please include the cost of the protective coating in the budget. The mural must be approved by Eric Lashley, Library Director, before this protective coating is applied.

The artist will be selected by members of the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and the owner of 711 S. Main St., Georgetown, TX 78626. The Board and owner will select a proposal they feel fits the building and will provide a piece of public art of interest to residents and visitors to downtown Georgetown.

Submissions must be received by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Send electronic submissions to Lawren Weiss at

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Eric P. Lashley at 512-930-3551 or

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Historical marker on front of 711 S. Main St.
711 S. Main Street View 1
Back of 711 S. Main St., showing entire mural site
711 S. Main Street View 2
Detail of mural site


Grants Help Fund Wide Variety of Georgetown Arts and Culture Opportunities

Georgetown arts and culture nonprofits received grants totaling $20,000 in the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board awards process for 2015. The grants will fund events taking place in Georgetown this year between February 1 and September 30. Events that are free to the public received special consideration in the grant process.

Grants awarded were:

$500 East View High School Band, for the Rodney Klett Band Clinic
$1,000 East View High School Percussion Ensemble, for percussion and steelpan drum clinics
$2,500 Georgetown Art Center, for the Kumbh Mela exhibit and events
$2,500 Georgetown Festival of the Arts, for a free concert and fireworks
$2,500 Georgetown High School Jazz Program, for a Jazz Festival
$2,500 Georgetown Symphony Society, for the 2015-16 symphony season
$2,500 Palace Theater, for shows adapted to audience members with special needs
$1,500 SU Native organization, for its 11th annual Powwow
$2,000 Williamson County Symphony Orchestra, for its Pops Concert
$2,500 Williamson Museum, for the Courage and Contradiction exhibit

The organizations that received funding will recognize the Arts and Culture Board in their advertising and programs, and will submit a report to the board after the event with a description of the use of the grant funds.

The next call for Georgetown Arts and Culture Board grant applications will be issued in 2016.

Texas Commission on the Arts Approves Cultural District

Georgetown’s cultural district designation was approved by the board of the Texas Commission on the Arts at their meeting on Thursday in Austin. Georgetown’s was one of five new cultural districts in cities across Texas approved by the commission.

The Georgetown cultural district includes the 40-block area of downtown included in the Downtown Historic Overlay, centered by the Williamson County Courthouse Town Square. Arts and cultural attractions in the district include the Palace Theatre, Williamson Museum, Georgetown Public Library, Grace Heritage Center, downtown art galleries, and shops with hand-crafted items. Other artistic and cultural elements in the district include the Victorian-era architecture around the Square and outdoor public art. The Georgetown Art Center is under construction in the district and will open this month.

Georgetown’s cultural district application earned 930 out of 1,000 possible points from the TCA evaluation panel. Only one other city—Houston—earned a higher score. Evaluators commented that, “Georgetown’s cultural assets are very rich and seem to be growing regularly. The city is building a great public art program, and this will be important in attracting visitors and citizens to the cultural district. The community has a reinvestment zone in place, and this is a key component for development and investment.”

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Pictured in the photo taken at TCA board meeting are (left to right) Eric Lashley, Jim Bob McMillan, and Dr. Gary Gibbs. Lashley is the director of the Georgetown Public Library and staff liaison to the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board. Jim Bob McMillan is the deputy director of the Texas Commission on the Arts. Dr. Gary Gibbs is the executive director of the Texas Commission on the Arts.

The cultural district designation will allow Georgetown to apply for grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts. The designation also will be a marketing and tourism tool for Georgetown businesses, nonprofits, and local government.

The TCA has approved 24 cultural district designations in Texas cities, including the five districts approved on Thursday and 19 existing districts. For details, go to

This video provides an overview of the Georgetown cultural district.