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What to do in Round Top, Texas When You’re Not Antiquing

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The population of Round Top, Texas could probably fit into a dance hall, but that’s what make this place so special. It’s a small town with roughly 640 acres of friendly appeal to it. No doubt you’ve heard about their world-famous antiquing opportunities here, in previous articles we’ve posted, but the town can be even more enjoyed when there’s less hustle and bustle.

What to do in Round Top, Texas When You’re Not Antiquing

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So what can you do in Round Top when you’re not antiquing? Running from April through August annually, the Round Top Festival Institute holds a concert series at which musicians and singers the world over are invited to participate. Featuring a 1,000 seat Festival Concert Hall, as well as several historic buildings, the institute’s campus has grown from its humble beginnings back in the seventies at roughly six acres, to now 200 acres, including a learning center and various programs in support of such arts. James Dick, acclaimed concert pianist, established the institute in 1971, through the patronage of Ima Hogg of Houston (known as “the First Lady of Texas”), and the campus has continued to grow ever since.

What to do in Round Top, Texas When You’re Not Antiquing

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Miss Hogg was a great supporter of the arts in Round Top, and through her patronage, the Winedale Historical Center was also preserved – a 19th century barn-style building where students of the University of Texas continue to hold Shakespearean plays (24 summer showings in total). This 225-acre complex is located a few short miles northeast of central square in Round Top. If the arts are a little more theatrical than what you’re looking for, why not take a quiet drive south of Round Top to an area known as Little Bohemia, in Fayette County, to view a series of four painted churches. St. John the Baptiste Catholic Church in Ammannsville, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in High Hill, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Dubina, and St. Mary’s Parish in Praha were all built by both German and Czechoslovakian settlers more than 100 years ago, including intricate altars, elaborate murals, and vaulted ceilings. All four remain active parishes, so touring should be planned from Monday-Saturday, and the drive out from Round Top is approximately a two-hour tour (plus time to look around. For more information or details on guided tours, contact the Schulenberg Chamber of Commerce.

What to do in Round Top, Texas When You’re Not Antiquing
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