Shopping’s just part of the fun

Travis Heights Art TrailThe fifth annual Travis Heights Art Trail throws a lot into the mix beyond getting a start on that holiday gft list, not overlooking your own wish list. (Please be duly grateful that the phrase “trail mix” was not employed anywhere in this entry; temptation was successfully resisted, but with some difficulty.)

If you don’t find everything on that shopping list, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar and the Blue Genie Art Bazaar will still be there. And it’s easy to combine this event with the Thornton Road or Bouldin Creek studio tours.

Check out the map. There are 16 locations open (some studios, some homes) tomorrow and Sunday, December 1 and 2, from 11 am to 5 pm each day, and about twice that many artists showing and selling their work. Painters, photographers, sculptors, fine cabinetmakers, ceramicists, fiber artists, artists in glass, and more await your discovery. Find works of beauty and beautiful objects intended for practical use. Enjoy the varied architecture and creative landscaping. Walk along the alleys and peek into people’s yards.

Fresh air and exercise can stimulate the appetite. It’s great to adjourn afterward to one of the dining spots on South Congress. One of the many reasons to love Austin is that there’s no need at all ever to enter a national chain store or restaurant. Ever. Let’s be thankful to our neghbors for all they do to help keep it that way.

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