Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce
TEXAS PHOTO FESTIVAL PDF Print E-mail
TPF12-txphotofest_logo02_mww2-slogan copy
SAVE the DATE:   NOW 2 DAYS!
Saturday, Oct. 11 7-9pm
and Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 10am-5pm

"Let your inner photographer snap!"

Smithville Texas will host the 6th annual Texas Photo Festival on Oct. 11th and 12th.  The Texas Photo Festival is a unique event for photographers of all kinds.  Whether you’re a professional photographer looking to add to your portfolio or an amateur enthusiast the Texas Photofest is sure to have something for you. The event includes classes, photo critiques, on-set instructors, contest, Photography showings, gallery openings and a Photographer Mixer. But that’s not all! During the festival downtown Smithville is transformed into the “photo zone” with an eclectic mix of still and action sets.

The event starts on Saturday evening at 7 pm with a showing of the photography works of Arthur Meryerson at Mosaic Art and Home.

Sunday is packed with a full day of photo opportunities and classes starting at 10 am.  At noon, Mathew Sturtevant will hold a Proto Critique for a limited number of people. Bring up to 5 printed 5"x7" (minimum size) photos for review Email texasphotofestival@smithvilletx.org to reserve your spot.  The day will wrap up with a Photographer Mixer hosted by the Lost Pines Artisan Alliance from 5-7 pm downtown.

Follow us on Facebook at Texas Photo Festival.

PRINT THE POSTER: Click  8x11.5 or 11x17 size


"Texas Photo Festival 5 out of 5 stars rating "If it's anything like 2009 - you'll enjoy every moment!"
-- Review posted by: Deb C., Deer Park

"READ MORE" for Instructor information, sponsors, contest rules, and links to prior photos.

Read more...
 
WELCOME TO SMITHVILLE TEXAS PDF Print E-mail

VetMemPark_8315-BackAngel-Cherub-Book

"It's possible in Smithville!" That's what we say and that's what we do.

Highlights of our fair town include: centrally located between Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Bryan-College Station. Community-minded town, great shopping, lodging, dining, art, film-making and pure fun. Historic buildings and homes. Easy access technology.

Places of interest to tourists like the Texas Veterans Memorial Park.  Great moments, such as our five-day Jamboree, and our Texas Photo Festival. World class biking and hiking trails, kayaking, biking, skateboarding, dog park, antiques/vintage shopping, rodeo arena, World Record holder and more.

No matter what time of year, we look forward to being with family, seeing old friends, and to meeting you, the friend we have not yet met.  Come borrow our scenery.

 
SPECIAL NOTICES PDF Print E-mail

CASTING CALL

Movie extras needed

casting-calls3The feature film, A Country Called Home, starring Imogen Poots, Ryan Bingham, and Mackenzie Davis, is currently looking for paid extras for the following roles:

      • Soccer Moms, Dads, and 5 year old Players; Smithville, TX; 9/23
      • Passersby;  Schulenburg TX; 9/24
      • Bar Customer Smokers; Smithville, TX; 9/30
      • LA Airline Passengers; San Antonio, TX; 10/1
      • Department Store Shoppers; Bastrop, TX; 10/2
      • Elderly Women (65+); Bastrop, TX; 10/2

Pays $7.25/hr. No minimum. For consideration, submit 2 recent photos, contact information, the city you live in, and the role you are interested in to ACCHextras@gmail.com.

 

BUSINESS RESOURCES

Emergency Preparedness Workshop set

Bastrop County is partnering with the Small Business Development Center to bring an emergency preparedness workshop. The workshop will be held on Friday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bastrop Convention Center, 1408 Chestnut St., Bastrop. Learn about free resources for small businesses, sign up for emergency preparedness training, meet first responders and enjoy a barbeque lunch. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Register at www.tinyurl.com/sbdcworkshop.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Business partnerships with the school

Through the TIGER ADVANTAGE PROGRAM, Smithville ISD partners with area businesses to foster positive, mutually beneficial relationships. Employees receive extra services or discounts as a thank you from the businesses for their efforts to ensure an exemplary school district for our children. Businesses benefit through additional exposure to their 250+ dedicated team members. As businesses and organizations support the SISD employees with offers of free and/or reduced prices for services or goods, SISD will promote those businesses and offers to their staff through employee communications. To become a partner, contact Ana Murray, Parent & Community Liaison at amurray@smithvilleisd.org.

 

SAVE OUR RIVER

LBRCB to help protect the Colorado River

coloradoriver_tinman_tombettes_cropped Recent media coverage presents it as a “Rice Farmer vs. Highland Lakes” issue downstream, but it’s not.  The management of the Colorado River affects Bastrop County and Smithville in some very important ways.

The newly formed Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition (LCRBC) serves as a forum of organizations, businesses, communities, and agricultural, recreational, environmental and other associated interests whose members depend upon the Colorado River Basin downstream of Longhorn Dam in Austin. The purpose of the LCRBC is to promote discussion of political, legislative, agency and regulatory issues of importance to the future of the lower Basin.

The Colorado River is a vital asset to our community and is currently under attack. Please take the time to review the attached material and consider joining this important organization. Your membership will help your business and our community have a voice at the table.

For more information: www.waterdownstream.com or call the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce at 512-237-2313.

 

LIVE THEATER

"Always a Bridesmaid" comedic romp
Fridays-Saturdays, Sept. 5-20

Always a Bridesmaid, a Jones/Hope/Wooten comedy, will be playing at Playhouse Smithville in September at 7:30 p.m.  This hilarious comedic romp, four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their senior prom: to be in each other's weddings no matter what. Thirty years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making "the long walk" for each other, determined to honor that vow.  Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door at www.hastyretreatpresents.com. Playhouse Smithville is located at 110 Main St.  Call 512-360-7397 or 512-296-1988 for more information.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:33
 
HISTORIC DISTRICT PDF Print E-mail

CHARMING AND HISTORIC

Smithville boasts a large number in national register

One of Smithville's historic homes.  Photo courtesy of Fran Hunter.Smithville, Texas, a town of under 4,000 according to the Census, overflows with historic charm in its downtown district.  Both in commercial and residential, Smithville has 206 properties listed in the National Historic Register.  How's that for special!

 
CITYWIDE GARAGE SALE PDF Print E-mail

October 4, 2014 (First Saturday in October)

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. - suggested times. A whole town filled with garage and rummage sales just for you… all inside the city limits of Smithville, Texas!

THE DAY OF SALE HUNT:

Start out Saturday morning Garage Sales in the city limitsbright and early at the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center, next to the gazebo on First Street at Main Street.  Free maps will be available the afternoon before the sale.

Begin your tour through town with a list of addresses and a clearly marked map for the visual types. Look in yards for the red and white STOP HERE signs as a clue to the treasure hunt you are about to begin.

After the hunt, stop at our downtown shops and get a bite to eat. If you loved what you saw in Smithville, head back to the Chamber office for more information and tour brochures. Smithville is a great place to hang out and see the small town sights.

TO REGISTER YOUR OWN GARAGE SALE:

You must register to be on the map. Cost is $10 and must be paid to the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce by MONDAY, SEPT. 29 at 5 p.m.. when turning in the completed form.  You must also mark the location of your sale or we cannot guarantee an accurate map.  (Proceeds go to cost of printing maps and advertising event in the region.) PRINT REGISTRATION FORM
All garage sales must be within the Smithville City Limits; if you don't have a city location, ask the chamber -- we've got a downtown location for you!

 
COMING SOON 2 U PDF Print E-mail

WEEKLY CHAMBER EVENTS:  Volunteers of all ages welcomed at meetings!

  • TUES, Sept. 16 - Smithville Film Commission meeting, 7 pm, La Cabana's west meeting room. Topic is Texas Photo Festival planning.
  • THURS, Sept. 18 - Ribbon Cutting for Smithville Rebekah No. 180 and Odd Fellow Lodge No. 393, 2:00pm, Location TBD
  • THURS, Sept. 18 - Monthly Mixer, 5-7 pm, St. Paul Catholic Church, 200 Mills. Hosted by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
  • SAT, Sept. 20 - Trades Day, 10 am - 3 pm, downtown Smithville.
  • TUES, Sept. 23 - Smithville Film Commission meeting, 7 pm, La Cabana's west meeting room. Topic is Texas Photo Festival planning.

Each morning, check out the CALENDAR at TOP RIGHT. To have a community event added to the calendar, email kathy.lynch@smithvilletx.org.

HAPPENINGs HERE and THERE:

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS: For more members’ specials, real estate, and job openings.  CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:35
 
SCHOOLS & YOUTH PDF Print E-mail

SISD websitewww.smithvilleisd.org

SISD Smart Phone App: http://bit.ly/1i91fGF.

tiger_trans_rgb_web

FOOTBALL and VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULES ONLINE - click to go to SISD website.

The 2014 B.E.S.T. COLLEGE NIGHT will be held at the Bastrop High School cafeteria on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Geared towards juniors and seniors. Find out what you want to do and where you want to go after high school. Meet with college and career recruiters, find out about scholarship opportunities from different colleges and more. Financial aid sessions will be at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Free.

YOUTH ART CONTEST - The Texas State Parks Youth Arts Contest runs until Nov. 1 and has five categories: art, writing, photography, videography and music and is open to anyone under 19. Visit your Texas State Parks. Texas State Parks (including Buescher and Bastrop State Parks) offers diverse and abundant scenery to inspire your inner artist. To get started check out http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/programs/arts-in-parks/ for resources on how to get started and ideas for art activities.

 

smithvilleareachamber_logo_skyline_png_small
P.O. Box 716
100 NW First St.
Smithville, TX 78957
512-237-2313
chamber@smithvilletx.org

facebook Like our pages!

Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce

Texas Photo Festival

Smithville Film Commission

Thunder on the Colorado Biker Rally

Worlds Largest Gingerbread Man

flickr Search for tags!

Texas Photo Festival & Smithville, TX

pinterest I Love It in Smithville, TX

Calendar

For full calendar, click the link in the top bar.

09.17.2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Teens in Motion

09.18.2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Teens in Motion

09.18.2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ribbon Cutting & Celebration

09.18.2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Chamber Mixer

09.19.2014 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Always A Bridesmaid

09.19.2014 7:30pm - 10:00pm
SHS Varsity Football at Brookshire Royal

09.20.2014 10:00am - 3:00pm
Trades Day

09.20.2014 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Always A Bridesmaid

09.21.2014 8:30am - 3:00pm
Grace Lutheran Annual Bazaar

09.21.2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm
98th Birthday Celebration - Skip Hyson

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. ~ Elizabeth Andrew

SmithvilleVolunteer-LOGO6-web-clearback

Want to volunteer?
Sign up free online at
www.volunteersmithville.com

Are you a non-profit or volunteer organization serving Smithville?
Get a free website page and match with your volunteers by calling the library.  Print this PDF form and follow instructions.

MEMBER DISCOUNT

LTCiChoices_logo-web

MutualofOmaha_logoAs a member of the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, you can now enjoy reduced premiums for long term care insurance through Mutual of Omaha. Your local agent, Bev Reed with LTCi Choices is accepting applications now.

Call 512-517-2866 or CLICK HERE for more information.