It’s finally official, Old Glory Ranch is all ‘booted’ up! Starting in 2014, the Wimberley Valley Art & Cultural Alliance [WVACA], a local non-profit organization, started a project titled “Bootiful Wimberley.” The idea was to seek out 50 sponsors who would purchase one of the 6′ tall fiberglass boots and have them painted by local artists, then displayed for the public to enjoy. It was their way to highlight the arts in Wimberley and to enhance cultural tourism. Local sponsors and artists jumped at the chance to participate with 32 boots being sponsored in phase one, and by that September they were completed and on display for the public’s enjoyment.
Phase two began in 2015 completing the goal of 50 boots around Wimberley. Old Glory Ranch was eager, as a boot was the perfect fit for the 2,200 acre ranch, a premiere Texas Hill Country wedding and event venue. Old Glory purchased the boot that was then painted by local artist and WISD school teacher, Diana Weems. Various artists were selected and paired with a sponsor to get an idea of what type of artistic design they wished to incorporate onto the 6′ boots.
Since that time a “Bootiful Wimberley Boot Trail” map has been developed to provide to locals and tourists who want to accept the challenge of a boot ‘treasure hunt’ to see all 50 ‘Bootiful’ boots! A common scene around town is to see people gathered in front of a boot taking a ‘selfie’ photo. The boots are on display 24-7 as a part of the agreement with the WVACA.
Old Glory Ranch received their Bootiful Boot earlier this Spring and officially named it “Boot Scootin’ to the Chapel”! Artist Weems incorporated stunning details that include the Blanco River, a field of bluebonnets, an old wagon wheel, the magnificent Chapel Hall, a front gate lantern, and of course, an adorable flowergirl with one of OGR’s famed miniature donkeys!
Plans to build a stand for displaying the boot at the front entrance of Old Glory Ranch was put on hold after the Memorial Weekend flood shifted their focus to Blanco river clean-up efforts as it flows through a 2 mile stretch of the property. There were a lot of Cypress trees on the property that were fatally damaged in the flood with no hopes of recovering. It was then that Old Glory Ranch owner, Suzanne McCord, had the idea to repurpose one of the felled ancient Cypress tree trunks as a stand to display the boot, giving the Ancient Bald Cypress a new ‘soleful’ purpose.
Be sure to print out a map from the Wimberley Valley Art & Cultural Alliance and stop by to see our boot located at 3633 River Road.