The annual Kyle Fair and Music Festival unites the community with the smoky flavors of competitive barbecue, the colorful fun of a kid-friendly parade and carnival, and the twangy strains of an eclectic lineup of live music. On Friday evening, Thunderhill Raceway will roar with the sounds of Cheyenne, a country cover band able to replicate Garth Brooks's twang, Kenny Chesney's cowboy-hat silhouette, and Glenn Frey’s egg-laying abilities. Fred Andrews & Honeybrowne then shows off its unique fusion of rock, pop, and country melodies set to narrative lyrics of love won, love lost, and love absentmindedly forgotten on the counter. On Saturday, Grammy-winning Latin funk band Grupo Fantasma delivers songs fresh off its new album, El Existential, and Blue Clear Sky celebrates country monarch George Strait. VIP ticket holders snag the best seating in the venue and enjoy a short stroll back to their vehicle's cushy preferred spot.
More than 30 years ago, Hal and Lisa Berdoll planted an orchard of 5,000 pecan trees. They tended to their crop diligently, and today more than 15,000 trees sprawl across 340 acres, their branches heavy with the weight of their bounty. At harvest time, the family shells the nuts, sells them whole, or creates whimsical treats from them to sell at the family store. There, second-generation Berdolls bake pies, make fudge, churn nut butter, and craft a variety of confections. Among their most popular items are pecan pies sold in a Texas-themed box, pecan clusters, and pecan-flavored pecans.
Before he opened Lifetime Smiles, Dr. Shahram Arzegar spent three years providing dental care to underserved children in east Austin. During this time, he cultivated a philosophy that places a strong emphasis on preventive care: "We can restore teeth all day. However, if we omit educating our patients on how to prevent dental disease, we have not done justice to our profession."
At Lifetime Smiles, Dr. Arzegar turns these words into action. He sees children and adults on a daily basis, filling cavities or taking measures to ensure that he doesn't have to later. His treatments range from basic cleanings to more advanced cosmetic surgeries, though all of them take place in an upscale office equipped with a fully stocked coffee bar and flat-screen TVs. An in-house laboratory allows for quick sample analysis and efficient cloning of each patient's favorite toothbrush.