“A Tuna Christmas” is not a can of tuna with a Christmas-themed label. Not even close. It’s what you get when you add a heaping dose of season’s greetings with Greater Tuna. Jaston Williams and Joe Sears are the people behind all the Tuna productions.
What Is Greater Tuna?
And they’re back with another hilarious show. The two actors take on the roles of all citizens of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas. Apparently, Tuna is the place where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline lives on forever.
“A Tuna Christmas” takes place 24 hours before Christmas. Clearly, it’s Christmas Eve. The eccentric characters are trying to cope with the traumas of the season. Apparently, their little theater production of “A Christmas Carol” was a disaster. And a mysterious Christmas phantom sabotaged their yard-decorating contest.
What to Expect When Attending the Show
Nothing normal ever happens where Greater Tuna is involved. So, masks are required even while sitting in your seat. And no concessions will be available. Fill up before you go to the show. There will be empty seats to separate groups and empty rows every other row. What did we say? Nothing is normal when it comes to Greater Tuna.
There will be temperature checks at the door. The theater has hand sanitizer for every attendee. Employees frequently sanitize surfaces. The show is less than an hour from Kyle in Georgetown at The Georgetown Palace Theater (810 South Austin Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626).
The show runs through December 20. If you’re craving another live show, check out Tidings and Tinsel: Holiday Hits from Broadway at the same theater. Information and tickets for both shows are available at the Georgetown Palace Theater ticketing page.
The Hays County Brown Santa Program is a non-profit organization that provides food and toys to Hays County families in need during the winter holidays. Many have been asking what the plan is for 2020. Our Crosswinds community in Kyle wants to help this organization achieve its mission and help those in need.
Join us in giving back to our wonderful community. Bring a toy or cash donation to our drive-thru event at the Crosswinds Windy Point Amenity Center. Santa will be there! You’ll be able to snap pics from your car. Be sure to share them with us on Facebook and Twitter.
When you’re not at your laptop or desktop, where do you get your City of Kyle information? Go to the website on your mobile phone? Great news! There’s an easier way to do it. Now you can do a lot of things from your iOS or Android phone with the City of Kyle App!
Kyle Chief of Staff Jerry Hendrix says the growing preference for accessing information on smart phones compelled the City to create the mobile app.
The app features include the following:
News & Information: Obtain the latest City of Kyle news and updates.
COVID-19 Information: Review the latest COVID-19 statistics for Kyle and Hays County as well as updated information on State and County Orders, City Operations, and COVID-19 resources.
Bill Pay: Pay City Utility bills, tickets, court fines and for City permits and inspections.
Calendar & Meetings: Stay on top of important City meetings and events.
City Directory: Look up contact information for City Departments and Leaders.
Voting Information: Remain current on upcoming elections, important deadlines as well as propositions and seats that are on the ballot.
Kyle Public Library: Browse the Kyle Public Library’s catalog, hold and renew books, and borrow e-books.
Kyle10 Live Stream: Watch the City of Kyle channel 10 live stream.
Parks & Facilities: Find information on City Parks, Trails and Facilities.
Join TeamKYLE: Check out current City job postings.
The City of Kyle and Uber rideshare platform have a formed partnership called Uber Kyle. It provides transportation options to residents and visitors with transportation. They partnership currently has a promo in the app’s recently added Uber Kyle feature.
The first lots in Kyle sold around October 15, 1880. It inspired the city and its residents to start a tradition of holding parades through downtown in mid-October. That parade became known as the Founders Day Parade. This tradition recognizes this great town’s founders.
The City of Kyle is still holding the Founders Day Parade in 2020! They won’t let this unusual year stop them!
About the 2020 Founders Day Parade
This won’t be a typical Founders Day Parade. But then again nothing in 2020 has been typical. This year’s parade is going virtual and its theme is “Life in Kyle.”
The way it will work is that groups and organizations will submit a photo and a description. The photo and description will be placed in a video that will air on the City Live Feed and the City Facebook page. Watch the City of Kyle website for the link. This web page also has photos from past Founders Day Parades.
Settlers from nearby Blanco and Mountain City founded the town of Kyle in 1880. Sometime between 1870 and 1880, the International and Great Northern Railroad planned to build a line between Austin and San Antonio. The planners saw there were no towns on the route between Austin and San Marcus. They decided to establish a station on that route.
Captain Fergus Kyle and David Moore’s family donated 200 acres for this site. The Texas Land Company deeded the land to develop the town. Within a week, someone surveyed the town and filed it with the county clerk. Officially designated as Kyle, Texas, in honor of one of the people who donated the land.
The town held an auction in October of 1880 beneath Kyle’s famed Oak tree. This is where all the business and residential lots were auctioned off. To encourage more bids, the railroad offered free train rides to those who participated in the sale. The railroad donated the land surrounding this tree. And it became the home of Kyle’s first school, Kyle Seminary.
The City of Kyle is not letting Kyle Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival’s cancellation stop them from coming up with a way to provide a little of its magic to Kyle. And that magic will appear in the form of 2020 City of Kyle Labor Day Celebrations. Check out what they have in store to celebrate America’s largest rest day.
Great news! The hot air balloons will still take flight on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7 am! This one time is worth waking up with the sunrise. Here’s your chance to step outside and watch for hot air balloons to appear at random intervals. This isn’t a city sanctioned event, but it’s sure to make it a magical Labor Day weekend!
Drive-thru Glow Show
Who says driving through neighborhoods only has to happen during the winter holiday season to see the holiday lights? On Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7:45 pm, everyone is invited to line up at 5001 City Lights Dr. for a memorable evening drive. Drive down Physicians Way to see eight to 10 tethered balloons glow in the nighttime. The city asks everyone to please not park or walk up to the event.
From Sept. 4 to 11, everyone is invited to enter photo contests. This is your chance to share what Labor Day in Kyle means to you in photography. Is it a BBQ with family and friends? Is it decorating your yard? Is it celebrating frontline workers and heroes? Will it be a reflection of Pie in the Sky festivals of the past?
Winners will receive cash prizes. City Council will announce the winners at its Sept. 15 meeting. The next section shares how to enter the photo contest.
Get Updates on Kyle Labor Day Events
All events are free. The hot air balloon events are weather-permitting. Here’s hoping Mother Nature permits it!
Many of us are looking forward to the 4th of July this year. It’s a chance to get out and enjoy fireworks and live music. Here’s where to go to celebrate the birth of America.
City of Kyle Independence Day Celebration
The City of Kyle will celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks launched from Plum Creek Golf Course. The show starts around 9 pm and runs for 20 to 30 minutes. For that perfect viewing spot, head someplace where you can see the tall water tower next to Hays CISD PAC on Kohler’s Crossing. The safest location to park is on the paved parking lots around Kohler’s and Kyle Parkway.
If Mother Nature decides to put a damper on the fireworks, the make-up will be on July 5th. Same time. Same place. Viewing is not allowed at the Plum Creek Golf Course this year.
Red, White, and Buda
Due to COVID-19 concerns, Buda is doing things a little differently this year for Red, White, and Buda. They will have a fireworks show. In fact, they’re having TWO shows! Fireworks will be launched from Buda Sportsplex and City Park on July 4th between 9:15 pm and 9:30 pm.
For your safety and to ensure social distancing, there will be no parking available to view the fireworks at these locations. City Park and Buda Sportsplex will be closed to the public. The city encourages you to watch the fireworks from home or from a safe location where social distancing is observed. Watch for updates on the City of Buda’s Website or Facebook page.
Jaws at the Drive-in
Blue Starlite Drive-in Austin and Round Rock will air one of the most iconic American movies on 4th of July. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this classic tells the story of a great white that terrorizes beachgoers. Can the oceanographer and salty old shark hunter track this monster down?
This free holiday event at Historic Stagecoach Park features brightly decorated displays done by businesses and organizations. Guests walk a lighted trail in the park to view the dazzling exhibits, sip hot chocolate, and meet Santa.
Santa Cruz Catholic School, Project Graduation, Boy Scout Troop 967, Olympia Hills Cheers, and Buda Lion’s Club will provide hot beverages and concessions. Also, please keep pets at home.
Doc’s Drive-in Theatre returns bigger and better in its second year where you can meet Santa Claus and get a photo with him. Come hungry as they will have food and drink specials. Local vendors will sell unique gift items and Human Snow Globe will entertain you. You’ll have the opportunity to decorate your own ornament while listening to holiday music.
The town of Lockhart transforms itself from a small town into a page out of a Dickens’ Christmas story. The Lockhart Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Lighted Christmas Parade that kicks off the festivities.
The parade starts at 7 pm and A Dickens’ Christmas in Lockhart celebration follows. Victorian decorations, jugglers, bagpipers, choirs, and carriage rides will delight you for hours. The event ends on Saturday with the lighting of the Yule Log.
The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show Texas State University PAC – P.C. Harrison Theatre
405 Moon St.
San Marcos, TX 78666
December 10: 7:30 to 10:30 pm https://gochristmasshow.com/
The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show is a live musical variety show that performs Christmas classics and original sketch comedy at theaters across Texas. And Texas State in San Marcos is one of their stops. They sell out, so don’t wait long to get your ticket.
Catch the annual holiday ice show. When you buy a ticket, it automatically enters your name into a drawing for a four-pack of tickets to see Frozen 2! Winner announced at intermission. Now that’s a cool deal.
Happy Holidays from a Kyle Community
We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and hope you go to at least one of these fantastic events near Kyle. If you want to stay current on what’s happening in Kyle events, please connect with the Crosswinds team on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The Hays County Brown Santa Program is a non-profit organization that provides food and toys to Hays County families in need during Christmas and the holidays. They have a variety of Hays County Brown Santa events to support the program that includes fundraisers, deadlines for donations, and volunteer days for sorting and delivering.
Brown Santa is located at 4200 IH 35, Suite #100, across from the outlet mall behind Hat Creek Burgers. If you’d like to help deliver, please email Lt. Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the type of vehicle you will drive, your cell number, and whether you have access to a trailer/horse trailer/box truck. (That’d be so great if you do!)
Want to help wrap presents? Please bring your own scissors and if you wish, a small table or a blanket to sit on. The building is a large open space and you may not be comfortable sitting on the bare floor. The organization has wrapping paper and tape.
Interested in donating already-wrapped toys, please put a sticky note on it containing the recipient’s age and gender. If you want to sign up for any of the fundraisers or you want to do your own fundraiser, contact Lt. Gutierrez at email@example.com or call 512-393-7877. Thank you for your support!
Crosswinds is a big supporter of the program and looks forward to helping.
Looking for something to do to enjoy Thanksgiving in Kyle? Check out these great Thanksgiving events.
Kyle Thanksgiving Events
You have a couple of options for Turkey Trots. Cities all around Texas hold 5K fun run and walk to celebrate a special day that benefits a nonprofit. Join a long-standing tradition of starting your Thanksgiving morning with a little run or walk. It’s an opportunity to have fun with your family, make room for your delicious meal, give back to the community, and get in a good workout.
Buda Turkey Trot
Benefitting the Hays County Food Bank, the Buda Turkey Trot takes you through the heart of Buda, Texas. The race occurs on Thanksgiving at 8 am in the parking lot behind the Buda location of Cabella’s. They’ll have prizes for different age groups as well as individual and group costume awards. For more information and to register, visit Buda Turkey Trot.
San Marcos Turkey Trot
The Race4Relief Turkey Trot in San Marcos takes place at the Intramural Fields, 4 Aquarena Springs Drive, on November 23. It runs from 7:30 am to 1 pm. Race4Relief benefits many organizations such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Caritas of Austin. Some of the proceeds go to Hays County Good Bank and the remainder toward other Enactus projects. The race will feature bands, games, and prizes for the whole family.
Texas State Men’s Choir
Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Babcock, the TXST Treble Chamber Choir and Men’s Choir will perform on Sunday, November 24 from 4 to 5 pm at Texas State University’s Evans Auditorium, 601 University Drive – Evans Auditorium, San Marcos, Texas 78666. The choir’s repertoire consists of many styles and covers a variety of choral music from small octavos to larger works.
Annual Wimberley Community Thanksgiving Dinner
For more than 30 years, the Wimberley Community Thanksgiving has served more than 500 neighbors. It takes place in the Wimberley Community Center (14068 Ranch Rd. 12, Wimberley, Texas 78676) on Thursday, November 28 from 11 am to 2 pm. The meal includes smoked turkey, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, gravy, and a dinner roll. Dessert is a choice of pecan cobbler and pumpkin pie.
They accept donations at the door or year-round at Ozona Bank. If you can’t join the festivities, you can contact them and they’ll see that you get a meal. They welcome volunteers. Visit the Wimberley Community Thanksgiving Dinner Facebook page for contact information.
How I Met Your Mother Slapsgiving
“Because later we’re going to eat turkey, and then I’m going to slap you in your face.” — Marshall on How I Met Your Mother.
Fans of the comedy who know exactly what happened will not want to miss this fun night. Here’s your chance to show off your knowledge of the show in five challenging rounds at the Growler USA Austin (609 W. 29th St., Austin, TX 78705) on Monday, November 25 from 7 to 9 pm. The best way to reserve your seat is to select a team captain who takes care of tickets for the entire team.
The best way to get in the holiday spirit is to visit one of the greatest light displays in all of Texas at Santa’s Ranch. You’re just a 30-minute drive to New Braunfels (9561 I-35 North, New Braunfels, TX 78130) where you’ll delight in seeing 1.5 million custom-made lights. The display runs from now until January 4, 2020. They welcome cars (no trailers, buses, limos, or RVs please) Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 10 pm; and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 pm. Hot cocoa, homemade kettle corn, and souvenirs await you!
Thank You from Crosswinds Kyle Community
Our Crosswinds Kyle team is grateful for our community and the wonderful people in it. If you’d like to learn more about things happening in our Kyle community, please connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Veterans Day gives Americans everywhere the opportunity to show their appreciation for everyone who has served in the U.S. armed forces. People in Crosswinds Kyle have several great options to honor those who served.
Check out the San Marcos Veterans Day Parade
This year’s San Marcos Veterans Day Parade theme is “Honoring All Who Served” with the City of San Marcos sponsoring. They’ve invited everyone to participate including veterans’ groups, civic clubs, bands, drill teams, public officials, youth teams, and even classic vehicles.
The parade begins at 10 am and travels through historic downtown San Marcos. Come to the parade hungry. You can get your fill at the free biscuit and gravy breakfast served on the County Courthouse lawn at 8:30 am. Breakfast or not, come early because there will be entertainment before the parade starts.
Everyone ages five and older can show their support by joining the Kiwanis Club Kids Bicycle Brigade. Kids decorate their bikes, bring their helmets, and ride it at the Courthouse lawn. The event takes place before the parade from 9 to 10 am. Kids can spruce their bikes with flags, signs, and streamers. Training wheels and scooters also welcome.
Head to Austin Veterans Day Parade
Running for more than 17 years, the Austin Veterans Day Parade Foundation is an all-volunteer event that honors military veterans. This year’s Austin Veterans Day Parade theme is “Service” because a veteran’s service is never-ending. They also plan to highlight the great services they provide to Travis County veterans.
The parade yields about 20,000 attendees every year and consists of more than 100 floats and organizations. The parade starts at 9:30 am at the Ann Richards / Congress Avenue Bridge and travels towards Texas State Capitol. Spectators can view the parade along Congress Ave. At 11 am, a ceremony takes place on the south steps of the Capitol.
These are some of the wonderful things about living in Kyle. You have many options for things to do as Austin and San Marcos are a short drive away. Looking for a new home? Check out these new homes in Kyle.