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Rockin’ the Recovery still accepting donations

Mother Nature probably had a bit of an impact on the turnout for the June 20th concert, Rockin’ the Recovery, held at Old Glory Ranch to benefit the Wimberley Memorial Weekend flood victims. Still, over $25,000 was raised and donated to My Neighbors Keepers who handles the distribution of funds. You can still help reach the original $35,000 goal as the account remains open for those who may have been unable to attend but still wish to donate to friends and neighbors in great need. Click here for a direct link to the site.

IMG_0934+Sarah IMG_0918+Broken Glass IMG_0974 IMG_0968+Rust Tones IMG_0957+Trio DSC_0316+BordenSarah Jarosz headlined the event and brought the house to their feet with a special acapella rendition of ‘Down to the River ‘ joined by Shake Russell & Kim Miller. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as those attending sang along with this soul felt selection. It was a time of healing. Jarosz, along with a tremendous lineup of volunteer musicians played their hearts out all evening while other volunteers provided a variety of food and beverage options for attendees to enjoy.

Click here to see a clip of Sarah playing: Sarah Jarosz benefit concert clip

Any monetary amount, large or small, stays locally and will be greatly appreciated by those impacted by the flood. Go to www.mynkwimberley.org/Rockin–the-Recovery.html to donate.

 

 

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“Rockin’ the Recovery” benefit for Wimberley flood victims at Old Glory Ranch

Old Glory Ranch, in conjunction with My Neighbors Keepers (MYNK), will be hosting a benefit concert,Rockin’ the Recovery,” on Saturday, June 20th where all proceeds will go to benefit Wimberley flood victims. It will be a full afternoon and evening of live music, great food with area musicians and food vendors donating their talents for everyone’s enjoyment and to aid those affected by the Memorial Weekend flood. Headlining the event is Wimberley’s own Sarah Jarosz.

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“I remember Sarah performing on the Old Glory Ranch stage when she was 10 years old,” said Suzanne McCord, owner of Old Glory Ranch. “She is an amazing young woman and a very gifted musician. We couldn’t be more thrilled that she is coming back to Old Glory to perform for this benefit. We know Wimberley has been on her heart during this very difficult time and it will be wonderful to welcome her home to contribute in such a beautiful way to help the people of this community. Who knows, maybe she will be inspired to write a song about the strength and resilience of her hometown friends and neighbors.”

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A young Sarah and her mother Mary perform at an Old Glory Ranch concert

Jarosz earned her credibility in the world where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect. She has appeared twice on Austin City Limits and also on the BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions as well as A Prairie Home Companion, eTown, Acoustic Cafe and Mountain Stage. In 2014, she made her late night television debut on Conan, followed a day later by an appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. These two appearances happened while she was in Los Angeles to attend the Grammy awards for her two nominations for Best Folk Album (2013’s Build Me Up From Bones) and Best American Roots Song (for the title track). Her first album, Song Up In Her Head, yielded a Grammy nomination for her instrumental Mansinneedof. Jarosz has also been nominated for Americana Music Associations Honors and Awards for New/Emerging Artist of the Year (2010), Instrumentalist of the Year (2011), Song of the Year (2012 for Come Around from Follow Me Down) and Album of the Year (2014).

Other groups in the lineup include Shake Russell, Kim Miller, Jill Jones & 3 Hands High, Broken Glass, Heather Wiley, Michael Shane Borden, The Rust Tones, and T-Bone & the Blues Tones. Performances on multiple stages and food trucks will be on site with delicious offerings as well as beverages (no outside food or beverages please).

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All proceeds will go directly to My Neighbors Keepers, a 501(c)3 non profit offering immediate, short-term financial assistance to residents of the Wimberley Valley affected by natural disasters, such as flooding or fire.

Tickets are available online at three different levels, $75 per person for VIP Reserved Main Stage [limited number available], $25 per person for Main Stage Open Seating [limited number available but guaranteed a seat], and $15 per person General Admission [outdoor seating]. To order your tickets click My Neighbors Keepers to be directed to their website.

#rockintherecovery  #wimberleystrong  #wimberleyflood2015  #oldgloryranch  #myneighborskeepers

See Jarosz Build Me Up From Bones video here.

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Old Glory Ranch on Jenna Lee’s mind while hanging flag

Old Glory Ranch Alum, Jenna Lee, with FOX News Happening Now, checked one thing off her bucket list while hanging the 90’x60′ old glory atop the George Washington bridge over Memorial Day weekend. But her thoughts drifted to Wimberley and Old Glory Ranch as an epic flood ravaged through the small Texas Hill Country town.

Read more about her experience here – Jenna Lee

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Wimberley flood victims benefit at Old Glory Ranch

Just one more way to help Wimberley flood victims. You won’t want to miss this! Benefit concert at Old Glory Ranch on Saturday, June 20, featuring SARAH JAROSZ, SHAKE RUSSELL, KIM MILLER and MORE! A joint effort of Old Glory Ranch and My Neighbors Keepers…ALL PROCEEDS GO TO BENEFIT LOCAL VICTIMS! Great music, yummy BBQ by Papa D’s and more! Help us spread the word! For more information visit:https://www.facebook.com/events/1451891628445022/

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Alternate Flood Route to Old Glory Ranch

While the Memorial Day flood waters have left a trail of destruction in Wimberley and surrounding areas, we still have wedding bells to ring, couples getting married, and tours to provide! We are fully open for business, and fortunately our beautiful Chapel Hall, along with all our animals and staff were spared. Our phone lines are still down as of this posting [6/1/15], so email is the best way to communicate. You can use either of the following: chapelhall@oldgloryranch.com or event@oldgloryranch.com.

Also, with River Road being closed we wish to provide you with the alternate flood route to Old Glory Ranch to get you there safely. The main bridge leading into Wimberley suffered damage but is open. It is down to one lane guided by traffic lights at either end. Please expect delays and plan accordingly. We also ask that join us in prayer for our community and the families who have suffered such great loss.

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FOX News Interview – Wimberley Flood of 2015

Many of you have probably heard about the epic Wimberley flood of 2015 that has devastated our tiny Wimberley, TX community. We have been inundated with texts, Facebook messages, and phone calls wondering about Old Glory Ranch and how we fared through the storm. We thank all of those who have reached out to us, it means so much. Rest assured, we are fine.

Suzanne McCord, owner of Old Glory Ranch, was interviewed by Jenna Lee with the national FOX News – Happening Now program. Lee is a former OGR bride.

You can hear the entire interview here:

Texas flood survivor on ‘wall of water’ | Fox News Video

Please continue to pray for our community, those missing, and those who have suffered such great loss.

Once an OGR alum, you’re part of the family!

We’re all family here at Old Glory Ranch. Once you are a bride, groom, parent of a bride or groom, or wedding party member, you automatically become part of the Old Glory Ranch family. So what does that mean? Well, once the celebration is over, the sparklers have fizzled out, the cake is gone, you’re back home from the honeymoon or back to the daily grind, then what, you ask?

We have an old adage here, after your wedding you not only gain a new family that you married into, you also become a part of ours. And, here’s the funny part, apparently we can’t get enough of you because we invite you back for yet another party to relive the one you had! Over and over again. It’s just something we do.

We had a great turnout for our 2015 Old Glory Ranch Alumni party this past weekend! Mother Nature cooperated with beautiful weather for playing on the Sport Court and dining to delicious nom-nom from Sullivan Street Catering under the stars on the Patio. It was wonderful to see familiar faces and catch up on all their life changes since being married at Old Glory Ranch. Each former client had wonderful comments to share with us and other alums, making us love what we do even more! We always look forward to these gatherings and our alums have voiced that they do too! So, having just wrapped up our the party, we wanted to share a few photos that were snapped and some interesting comments we heard from our alum members.

Heidi [Gass] Marburger with parents Jerry & Jan.

Heidi [Gass] Marburger and parents Jerry & Jan.


Heidi [Gass] Marburger [1/4/14] – “We don’t know of any other venue in the world that throws a party for former brides and grooms after their event. Normally after you pay them for their services, you’re done. As a matter of fact, if I had any one thing I could do-over in my life, my wedding day would be the one I would choose, only I would add at least another hour!”

Lots of laughter, sharing of stories, and even future plans were made at the alumni gathering. It was wonderful to see couples making new friends and sharing that one thing they all had in common, having their wedding at Old Glory Ranch.

Tracy [Walker] McCameron [6/26/10] – “I remember when the doors of the Chapel flew open and I saw Daniel standing at the altar my legs began shaking, I couldn’t believe it was really happening. It was magical.”

Tracy [Walker] & Daniel McCameron [6/26/10].

Tracy [Walker] & Daniel McCameron [6/26/10].

Alums Liz Danna, Samantha [Ruiz] Danna [2/22/14], and Jason & Susan Mercer [9/13/03] get acquainted.

Alums Liz Danna, Samantha [Ruiz] Danna [2/22/14], and Jason & Susan Mercer [9/13/03] get acquainted.

 

Gail [Law] Newlin [5/29/09], and her flowergirl Page, visit with the mini celebrity Christopher.

Gail [Law] Newlin [5/29/09], and her flowergirl Page, visit with the mini celebrity Christopher.

An unexpected guest, Christopher Columbus, even crashed the party!

An unexpected guest, Christopher Columbus, even crashed the party!

It was a wonderful mix of people. Alums that were married as early as 1997 and as recent as December 2014 were present.

If you were married or part of a wedding party at Old Glory Ranch, and want to be included in our next Alumni event, please send your current contact information to us and we will be happy to include you! You can email to: event@oldgloryranch.com or call us at 512-847-3646.

Miniature donkeys at Old Glory Ranch

Mini-miniature donkey Christopher Columbus

We’d like to share our own version of a St. Christopher Columbus story with you!

While Old Glory Ranch’s main focus is hosting amazing weddings and corporate events here in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Suzanne McCord, owner of the ranch, also raises and sells miniature donkeys. These adorable creatures have become quite popular and are often seen at events wearing brightly decorated wicker baskets and serving as “beer burros”!

A new addition arrived on Old Glory Ranch in the form of a miniature donkey who has been named St. Christopher Columbus [born the day after Columbus Day 2014]. His mother had a stillbirth in May of 2014 leaving us to believe she was no longer pregnant as a twin birth is uncommon with miniature donkeys. So we were a bit surprised when she gave birth in October to little Christopher. He was a pretty tiny little guy and was rejected by his mother right away. More than likely because of ‘animal instinct’ feeling that he wasn’t the healthiest of babies. In order to keep him safe, we stepped in.

Baby Christopher taking a bottle.

Baby Christopher taking a bottle.

We tried surrogate mother miniature donkey’s who also rejected him leaving only one option to give the little guy the fighting chance he deserved. Thus, Christopher became a ‘bottle baby’ and had lots of surrogate ‘Mothers’ in the form of Old Glory Ranch family and staff members who fed him around the clock for many weeks. He has delighted us with warm nuzzle greetings as we entered his pen to feed and stolen a bit of each of our hearts. If he could crawl in your lap, he would [he even tries!]! While his beginning proved to be a tough struggle that included a couple bouts of pneumonia, and other infections which required antibiotic injections several times a day, we felt he was pretty much out of the woods as he neared his 2 month birthday. We had been told by our vet that he will probably be very small even as an adult. For the first few visits to the vet he rode in the Old Glory Ranch manager’s pickup, not the trailer, but in the back seat of the truck like the ranch dog!

Surrogate Mothers came in all sizes!

Surrogate Mothers came in all sizes!

Katie takes a turn feeding Christopher.

Katie takes a turn feeding Christopher.

Suzanne often refers to him as the ‘million dollar donkey’, saying he will more than likely be a permanent fixture here. One day he will earn his keep by becoming one of our working donkey’s where clients and guests of weddings and events can get to know him as well. He continues to follow us around more like a puppy than a donkey. He likes to frolic and play with the other baby donkey who is younger than him, yet nearly twice his size!

When this piece was initially started, Christopher gave us an additional scare with yet another infection, so rather than having a sad ending to his story, we wanted to give him plenty of time to become what is ‘normal’ for him before finishing the first chapter of his story. He has proven to be quite a fighter and bounced back from that infection and celebrated his 4 month birthday earlier this week!

Today [2/13/14] he will be completely weaned from the bottle and will continue to frolic and play with his donkey, canine, and human friends. He’s really quite the celebrity even greeted one of the UPS drivers this week who was a bit surprised at the sight! We think he could be the first of his kind, a ‘dogkey’!

See more photos of our adorable miniature donkeys.

Baby Christopher then...

Baby Christopher then…

Baby Christopher now!

Baby Christopher now!

Join us for an Open House!

Come Enjoy Our Open House on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 11am-2pm

If you are coming from the North/South Austin area we will even provide transportation to & from Old Glory Ranch via Motor Coach courtesy of Texan Motor Coach Lines, LLC. You may meet the bus in the parking lot of Kohl’s in Kyle, TX [20185 Market Place, Kyle Crossing]. The bus will depart promptly at 10:30am. [RSVP required to ride bus]

Those riding the bus can partake in a quick stop for wine tastings on the return trip! [pay small per person fee for wine tastings].

Join Our Guided Tours or Enjoy Self-Paced Tours to soak in all the Magic and Beauty of Old Glory Ranch!

Sample Tastings from Some of Our Favorite Bakers & Caterers
Visit with Various Vendors & Learn About Their Services

ACCOMMODATIONS ~
Hill Country Premier Lodging

BAKERS ~
Classic Cakes by Lori
Kellie’s Kandies & Cookies
Simon Lee Bakery
Tiny Pies

CATERERS ~

Catering with a Twist
Johnny Carino’s
Pappa D’s [Danna Family Catering]
Pappas Catering
PoK-e-Jo’s
Sullivan Street Caterers

ENTERTAINMENT ~
Chris Heckendorn DJ
Gypsy Moon
Musical Discovery Chamber Players

INVITATIONS & PRINT PRODUCTS ~
Gloriously Inviting

PHOTOGRAPHERS/VIDEOGRAPHERS/PHOTO BOOTHS ~

Anthology Photography
Crescent Video Productions
Innovative Photography
Mike Reed Photo
Peary Photography
SUM Booth

SKIN CARE ~
Arbonne – Jennifer Hargraves Consultant

AND MORE!!!!

RSVP to 512-847-3646 or event@oldgloryranch.com by 2/15/15
to ride the Bus or Attend the Open House

Old Glory Ranch Open House

Old Glory Ranch Open House