November 11, 2005

11/12 2nd Annual "The Rice Festival" at Fischer Hall

Rice Harrington was (among many other wonderful things) the art teacher at San Marcos High School where he had taught for 21 years. As our good friend Cary Swinney reminds us - "Death is strange & life is too."

In the summer of 2003 Rice was contemplating retirement and all the free time he was going to have on hand, when he "up and died" at 50 years young, leaving a great big void in a lot of our lives. We miss our buddy immensely, but rather than dwell on the void, we have decided to continue to remember the good times and host an annual Rice Festival each year, a non profit event - with all proceeds going toward the "Rice Harrington Art Scholarship." This scholarship, set up by the San Marcos Education Foundation, will provide funding for San Marcos High School art students who plan to pursue fine art degrees in college.

The Rice Fest is held at Fischer Hall, the funky old dance hall just off Hwy. 32 (between San Marcos & Blanco, Texas) each year on the second weekend of November in honor of Rice's birthday on the 14th. Rain or shine, we will enjoy ourselves at the historic Hall, which is the perfect setting to comfortably embrace the Ricetivarians that gather each year in celebration of Rice and the spirit that he left us.

The grounds at Fischer Hall will open at 11:00 AM for the Second Annual's First Annual -Team Horseshoe Tournament.

There will be an art gallery, musicians merchandise store, and silent auction all day long.

List of performers:
Tim O'Brien w/Danny Barnes
Eliza Gilkyson
Ponty Bone & The Squeezetones
Steve James
Cary Swinney Trio
Enchanted Rock
Sarah Jarosz
Pat Green
John Webb
The Seldom Herd
The Andy and Jeff Show

The music starts at 1:00 PM and runs non-stop till ? AM (when Ponty get's tired)

Visit for more information

Admission is $75 per adult (21 yrs. and older), $15 per young adult (13 to 20 yrs. old),
children 12 yrs. and under are free.

Admission includes drinks all day (beer and wine available for adults) as well as a fine Texas style BBQ served between 4:00 PM and 7:00 P.M.

For a CD review of last year's Rice Festival, visit -
(Much of this is a repost from what is contained on Cabin 10's Website)

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