Views of the Neighborhood – Lakeway String-A-Palooza

Today we will take a trip to Lakeway Park to check out the String-A-Palooza. This is an event put on by school districts in and around Lakeway. Middle and grade school students all converge for a day of playing string instruments in and having fun.

We are catered today by Odd Duck of Austin. Our entertainment is Amadeus – The Electric String Quartet (of course)

Menu

Corn ribs, shiitake dressing, dukkah, cilantro relish

Gulf seafood ceviche, coconut purée, pear aguachile, tostada

Apple salad, pork rinds, kimchi vinaigrette, whipped chèvre

Falafel, TX caviar, cajun spiced ham, turmeric yogurt

Eggplant caponata, spicy pork jam, pine nuts, pickled okra, Sour Duck sourdough toast

Cast iron cheddar cornbread, spring onion cultured butter

Sweet potato agnolotti, ricotta, tomato butter, sunflower pesto, goat parmesan

Blackened redfish, zucchini, fried squash blossoms, sourdough bread sauce

Grilled quail, dirty Carolina gold rice, green beans, hot sauce butter

Dry-aged wagyu burger, pimento, pork belly, beer-battered pickled zucchini

Aged pork loin, whey gravy, butternut squash, shishito, salsa matcha

Wagyu sirloin cap, fried egg queso, potato, mushroom, chorizo vinaigrette

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Apple-lemongrass sorbet, coconut-basil pudding, golden milk almond granola

Pear upside-down cake, cider curd, candied pecan, pear sherbet

Salted peanut butter budino, chocolate cake, marshmallow creme, dark chocolate-covered peanut butter cookie

Picture of an old time school bus

So let’s get going.

A string band is there for entertainment at noon.

A little bluegrass music.

Volleyball and games.

Lunch break.

Viola cases attest to the serious nature of the event.

Fans and parents listening to the music.

Practice makes perfect. (or nearly so)

Burn a little energy while waiting to perform.

So now that we have heard all those strings let’s kick back and listen to the music and enjoy the food. I hope you have a great week.

60 comments

    1. Thank you, Michael.

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  1. Happy Sunday, John! A wonderful idea for an event. But one can see the great impact the dry summr weather had. The environment looks like a little bit a desert I hope you will get back your waterfront. Best wishes, Michael

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    1. That would be nice for sure. Thanks, Michael.

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  2. A wonderful thing to do on a Sunday afternoon. This proves that not all kids are hanging around malls and getting into trouble.

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    1. That is a good point, Darlene. Thanks. 😁

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  3. Looks like a fun time. Like Michael, I can see the effects of the drought. Still praying for rain.

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    1. I think we all are. It is supposed to happen today and tomorrow.

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  4. Culture, sunshine, exercise and friends – the perfect way to raise children, in my book!

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    1. I agree, GP. Thank you.

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  5. Wonderful quartet and a great neighborhood event – a perfect start to the day! Thank you, John. Have a good one! 🌞

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I hope you have a good one as well.

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  6. When I first saw your blog post title, I thought the event was going to be something along the lines of Silly String or a cat’s cradle competition.

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    1. I think those would be great competitions. Well maybe some day, Liz. 😊

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  7. What a great day! Thanks for taking us so long, John. Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. Wishing you a peaceful Sunday as well.

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  8. Interesting event. Must have been fun.

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    1. It was. Thanks, Charles.

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  9. Another fun event.

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    1. Thank you, Craig.

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  10. As GP said, it’s good for kids to be exposed to some culture. I think developing a love for music helps the kids’ attitude in life. Having fun while doing it moves it along. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing, John.

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    1. I think you are absolutely right, Tim. Thanks for sharing. 😁

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  11. John this sounds like a wonderful day. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the link to the Amadeus music. Beautiful sounds. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan.

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  12. Looks like it was a great time for all.

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    1. It was. Thanks, Deborah.

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  13. I’m impressed with all the community events in your area.
    We have a few, but not enough to write weekly about.
    The menu is a tad hefty for me, so I’mm just going to eat desserts. Apple-lemongrass sorbet, chocolate cake and pear upside down cake. That should hold me!
    Love the music! Great choice John.

    PS. I actually thought that the String-A-Palooza was going to be an event where everyone shows up with string they’d saved up all year. Then they would tie the strings together and break the world’s record.

    According to Official Guinness Records, The largest ball of string on record is one 4.03m (13ft 2.5in) in diameter and 12.65m (41ft 6in) in circumference, amassed by J.C. Payne of Valley View, Texas, USA between 1989 and 1992.

    ox ox ox

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    1. I didn’t know that about the largest ball of string.I wonder how far the string would stretch if you unrolled the ball? 🐂🐂🐂🧵

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      1. I don’t know?
        I wonder if it would go as far as from you to me? Then we could tie cans on the ends, and talk to each other.
        ERM… that is thread on a spool!
        You probably tried to find a ball of string.
        Once again, the emojis let us down!
        🧽❤️ 🐃❤️ 🐆❤️ 💋❤️ 🐂❤️ 🦜

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      2. They have let us down.🧽❤️ 🐃❤️ 🐆❤️ 💋❤️ 🐂❤️ 🦜

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      3. 🧶L👀K what I found. A ball of string.

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      4. Mmm, okay. Looks a bit like yarn, but I’ll go with string! xoxo

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      5. Yeah well in the case of emojis one cannot be fussy.

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  14. Thanks for bringing this event to us, John. String-A-Palooza looks like a lot of fun for all. Have a great Sunday and start to your week.

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    1. Thank you, Bruce. I hope you have a lovely week as well.

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  15. What a great event … and it looks like a perfectly clear day showed up for it! When you said “String-a-Palooza,” I thought people showed up with that canned string and decorated a park and themselves! This was much nicer.

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    1. Ha ha ha.The other would be fun too. Thanks, Debbie.

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  16. What fun, John. I love that music students are so appreciated by your community. Thanks for the view of the neighborhood and the music.

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    1. Thank you for letting me know you liked it.

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  17. There are few things in life better than tunes in the open air. Looks like a good time was had by all. very cool Boss.

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    1. Thanks, Marc. It was cool.

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  18. There are so many different events in your neighborhood, John. Something every weekend. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. There is a lot going on for sure.

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  19. When I read Stringapalooza, I honestly had no idea what this could be, but I’m such a fan of string instruments. I always wanted to play the cello. What a fun way to spend the day.

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    1. It was fun. Thanks, Teri

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  20. How lovely, John. You are very fortunate to live in such a nice community.

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    1. Yes we are. I always thank the Producer since she did the research and bought the house. I saw it when we moved in.

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  21. Sorry to be late, John . I was raking leaves yesterday. The event sounds like great entertainment. If there’s a leftover burger, I’ll have that, and a hunk of cornbread,

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    1. Always something in the warmer.

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  22. Very poetic event, dear John! In fact, we need more real music! Thank you! 🍤🍤🍤🍻

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  23. Another wonderful event held in your community. And I dunno about the music you heard there but these three babes are something else!

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    1. Yes they are. Thanks, Dale.

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  24. What a fun time that looks John. Thanks for inviting us along 🙂

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    1. Thank you for coming along, Debby. 😊

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  25. This is wonderful! Thank goodness music and string instruments are a part of elementary and middle school kids. And, thank goodness they have an opportunity to perform for the community.

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    1. I thought the same thing.

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