On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, the four of us drove east 30 miles on I-10 into Boerne for a quick look and lunch. We parked in the historic part of town in a free parking lot then walked across the street to the Cypress Grill for a good lunch. They serve slightly upscale items with reduced portions (Note: not enough for guy tummies) but atmosphere is good and décor is neat. Afterwards we walked in and out of several antique shops but avoided the girlie shops as none of us needed glitter on our sandals or flower scarves around our necks – after all this is Texas and too hot to cover your neck in summer. Next was a quick drive down by the river to see the work they are doing on the riverside park and sidewalks. Will be neat when they finish! Boerne was founded in 1848 by Free Thinker Germans who had settled on the banks of Cibola Creek. The 1870 limestone courthouse is the second oldest in Texas and was designed by architects Zoeller and Stendebach. The Boerne Singing Club and Village band were formed in 1860 and the band is billed as “Oldest Continuously Organized German Band in the World outside Germany”. In 1998 the Federal Republic of Germany recognized the Boerne Village Band for its contribution to the German heritage in Texas and America. Always fun to listen to the Oompah music at fairs all around here!