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August
22

Celebrate the Arts: The Georgetown Palace Theatre

Georgetown Theatre

Georgetown homes for sale are right in the midst of a top Texas community. Our real estate agents know that the vibrant culture of Georgetown is one of the most important reasons why so many people choose it for their next home. History is abundant, and the arts are always in season.

At a time when so many communities have sadly bid farewell to historic buildings, Georgetown stands out for bucking the trend. It proudly preserves its history through a long tradition of volunteerism, part of a close-knit community that is known for welcoming new neighbors.

Of the many different sights that greet you here in Georgetown, the Georgetown Palace Theatre is one that truly exemplifies the spirit of Georgetown and of Williamson County. Drawing performers from the world over, this theater has been active for nearly a century.

That makes it one of the oldest community theaters in operation here in Texas.

The Georgetown Palace Theatre Through the Years

The story of the Georgetown Palace Theatre got its start in the silent film era back in 1925. By 1929, it was one of a handful of movie theaters that screened "talkies" throughout the Lone Star State. As the technology progressed, it became a pioneer in introducing indoor air conditioning as well.

By 1936, the theater had been completely renovated in the Art Deco style that was soaring in popularity at the time. It was already a community fixture and experienced many years of prosperity. Although the business changed hands, it continued to welcome the movie-going public.

In 1989, Georgetown Palace Theatre was recognized for a seminal achievement: It became the #1 longest-running movie theater in the history of Williamson County. Soon after, a nonprofit formed, purchasing the theater on behalf of the local community.

In 1998, Georgetown Palace Theatre, Inc., launched a major renovation program. This was completed in 2001, just in time to inaugurate a season of live dramatic productions. Soon, education programs were added to the mix.

Visiting Georgetown Palace Theatre Today

Today, the Georgetown Palace Theatre is a centerpiece of the dramatic arts scene for the entire region. The schedule brims with compelling and insightful shows running the gamut from comedy to drama. It also supports a wide variety of off-site cabaret and dinner shows.

The upcoming 2022-2023 season promises to be an exciting one, with such shows as Cabaret, Silent Sky, and The Red Velvet Cake War. Flex passes are now on sale for the season, providing theater supporters with the chance to attend showings at their discretion.

The Georgetown Palace Theatre has long been a trailblazer in inclusive drama. Its adaptive shows are made with the needs of the sight- and hearing-impaired in mind. Shows include an ASL interpreter, wheelchair seating, and a hearing induction loop. The shows are free to those with special needs and their families.

Learning and Growth at the Georgetown Palace Theatre

Education has long been central to the Georgetown Palace Theatre's mission. There truly is something for everyone. Classes, camps, homeschooling, adaptive programs, and productions exclusively for theater newcomers are all available.

The slate of classes regularly embraces subjects like acting, dance, voice, improvisation, sketch comedy, playwriting, and even stage combat. There are two start dates for all classes, September and January. 

The Palace Theatre is just one of Georgetown's many unique amenities. Contact us to learn more or discuss real estate opportunities here in Williamson County.

August
15

5 Tips for Making Your Yard Sale a Success

Yard Sale

Having a yard sale is a great way to get rid of unwanted items in your home and garage. Whether you're cleaning out clutter, remodeling, or moving, our real estate agents know that hosting a yard sale can help you clean up your home and generate extra cash for household expenses or donations to your favorite charity.

When a yard sale is done right, it draws a lot of attention from neighbors, people searching for collectibles, and buyers looking for Georgetown homes for sale. That old saying, "one man's trash is another man's treasure," is what makes yard sales so popular. Here are 5 tips for making your yard sale a big success.

  1. Start Collecting Items
    Before you plan your yard sale, go through your closets, cabinets, and garage and collect all items you want to sell. First, make sure that all items for sale are in good condition. Next, focus on sorting and getting organized. To make sorting easier, group items into specific categories such as clothing, linens, kitchen wares, small appliances, toys, workout gear, gardening equipment, and household tools. Tip: It's helpful to round up some boxes before you start sorting to keep things organized.

  1. Price Your Items
    To stay organized and reduce stress, it's best to price your yard sale items ahead of time. Pricing can take a long time, so don't wait until a day or two before the sale to think about it. Allowing extra time for pricing will ensure bigger profits and a successful yard sale. Here are some helpful tips for pricing sale items:

  • Use Price Tags – To stay organized and save money, buy some inexpensive tags or stickers from a local discount store. Mark each item's price with a permanent marker. Apply the tags or stickers to each item with string or masking tape.
  • Create Pricing Sheets – If you're selling a lot of clothing, create pricing sheets so you don't have to put a price tag on each item. Place pricing sheets in clear sheet protectors and hang them near the clothing. Keep extra copies near the payment area.
  1. Pick a Sale Date
    Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are the best days for a yard sale. Scheduling your sale on the first weekend of the month when many people get paid can also increase turnout and profits. When choosing a sale date, schedule it at least one month out to allow the necessary time for collecting, sorting, and pricing items and advertising the sale. Tip: Since it's difficult to predict the weather in advance, be prepared for rain with tents, tarps, or umbrellas to avoid canceling the sale.

  1. Gather Sale Essentials
    At least a week before the sale, make sure you have all the necessary essentials for a successful event. This includes:

  • Display tables
  • Hanging rods for clothes

  • Paper or plastic bags

  • A calculator and receipt book

  • Pens and scissors
  • Sold tags
  1. Advertise the Sale
    You have to advertise if you want a successful yard sale. A few days before the sale, advertise your sale by hanging weatherproof signs or flyers, posting online ads, and posting on social media. Make sure you identify the items for sale, especially sought-after items like toys, electronics, tools, and collectibles. Signs and online ads should always look the same and include the yard sale dates, times, and property address.

If you're considering buying or selling a home in Georgetown, contact us for available homes and pricing that suits your lifestyle.

August
8

Cool Off at Typhoon Texas Waterpark

Typhoon Texas

Summer means fun in the sun, but it also means finding fun ways to cool off.

Visiting Typhoon Texas Waterpark's wonderland of pools, waterslides, and other water features is one of our real estate agents' favorite ways to spend a summer afternoon.

Locations and Admission

Typhoon Texas Waterpark currently has two largely identical parks in operation: one in Houston and one in Austin. The Austin location is the original and is also the closest to our Pflugerville homes for sale

Adult guests can purchase day tickets for $44.99 ($39.99 if purchased online), while tickets for seniors, members of the military, and children under 48 inches tall are available at a slightly discounted $34.99. Guests can also rent shaded cabanas with upgraded furniture and curtains for an additional fee. 

If you know you'll be visiting a few times during the 2022 season, you can purchase a Season Pass for $74.99 instead. These passes get you unlimited access to both parks as well as discounts on food, drink, guest tickets, and more. At less than the cost of two adult day tickets, this pass offers clear value for anyone interested in repeat visits.

Attractions

Kids will love scrambling up the Gully Washer, a four-story playground for children between 2 and 10 years old. Equipped with a splash pad for the toddlers and topped with a massive water bucket, this space can entertain kids of all ages for hours. Nearby Howdy Hollow has even more play equipment, including basketball hoops and a crawl net.

Infants and toddlers will enjoy playing at the Buckaroo Bayou, a space filled with splash fountains, interactive water features, and pint-sized slides perfect for easing young kids into the fun before they're old enough to move on to more intense attractions.

Adults and older children will find no shortage of fun here either. From the trio of exciting waterslides in The Snake Pit to the five high-intensity slides that make up The Duelin' Daltons, you'll have plenty to do during your outing. Beware – these rip-roaring thrill rides are not for the faint of heart! Only guests who are over 4 feet tall can ride them. 

If tranquil relaxation is more your style, you can try the Lazy T River. Guests of all ages can enjoy floating on an inner tube down miles of crystal-clear waterways that loop around the park. There are several entrances and exits positioned around different attractions, so it's easy to sit back and let the gently flowing water carry you from one exciting area to the next.

Events

All of the events feature special theming, live entertainment, exciting contests, and other additions that make them worth planning your visits around. Note that most of them take place in the evening and may require special tickets, so be sure to check the specifics of any you want to attend. 

There's Always Something New in Pflugerville

The Typhoon Texas Waterpark and many other exciting attractions are just a stone's throw away from some of our most impressive Texas properties. Contact us today to book a visit to any of our beautiful Pflugerville homes and see for yourself.

August
1

Plan Ahead for Round Rock Market Days

Round Rock Market Days

If you've spent any time around Round Rock, you've probably heard of Round Rock Market Days. This longstanding community event has become a beloved tradition. Our real estate agents have visited it many times and highly recommend it to anyone in the area. Eager to check it out yourself? Here are all the details you'll need to slot a visit into your busy schedule.  

Round Rock Market Days is a monthly community market event that brings together local vendors and residents for a day of shopping, food, and fun. It takes place on the first Saturday of every month at 221 East Main Street in Round Rock's downtown core, right across from the library and just around the corner from many of our Round Rock homes for sale. The nearby Prete Plaza is often used as a stage by musicians as part of the event. 

The market is open from 9 AM to 4 PM and is free to enter. Visitors are welcome to stay as long as they like, regardless of whether they make a purchase, but we're guessing you'll find it hard to resist picking up a few new treasures.

Food, Music, and Fundraising

One of the market's main attractions is its live musical performances. Many local musicians enjoy taking to the stage to share their talents with their community, but ordinary Round Rock residents are sometimes invited to take the mic too. Their upbeat tunes are sure to keep you tapping your toes all afternoon.

If you get hungry during your visit, consider stopping by some of the on-site food vendors for some lunch. These tents and trucks cover a wide variety of different cuisines and offer some of the best food in the Round Rock area. 

Finally, Round Rock Market Days also frequently hosts fundraisers and donation drives for important local causes. From raising money to pay for knee surgery for a local senior in need to collecting food donations for the Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center, the market's generous attendees have done a lot of good so far in 2022. 

Vendors and Crafts

Want to follow up your delicious lunch with a day of shopping? It's time to explore the market's sprawling array of vendor tents and stands. Whether you're looking for a gift for a loved one or a special treat for yourself, it's the perfect place to pick up something unique that you would never find on mass-market store shelves. 

Clothing, candles, luxury soaps, and other quality items from local companies like Triple Charm Co. and Ford & Fossil. Many local artists also sell paintings, prints, postcards, and other stunning works. Don't forget all the sweet treats, bread, and jams available from Round Rock's bakeries, confectioners, and other culinary businesses!

Many local businesses that offer classes and other services also turn up at the market to bring live demonstrations and exclusive discounts to Round Rock residents. Club Pilates Round Rock and 7 Star Martial Arts are just some of the many companies that have made an impressive showing at this community event. Be sure to check back every month to see what else might be in store.

Keep the Fun Going All Year Long

Round Rock Market Days happens every month – just think of all the shopping you could do if you lived in the area! With our help, you can make this city your home. Contact us today to book a viewing of any of our Round Rock homes. 

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