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2014-07-24

- In the know... Pipe Creek/Lakehills -

By James Henry Frazar

By James Henry Frazar
210-473-5192
email jameshenryfrazar@gmail.com

Gumbo cooks wanted
The 34th annual Medina Lake Cajun Festival is two months away, so it's time to think - no, plan - to enter the Great Gumbo Cook-off. The gumbo cook-off is a big part of the festival of music, dancing and food.
The three categories to enter include amateur, which is most everyone; culinary, schools; and professional, restaurants, caterers and those who cook for a living). Entry fee is $40.
Cooks can and should sell samples of their gumbo from 11 am to 10 pm, the hours of the festival. Seafood gumbo sells for $2.50 for a six-ounce cup and non-seafood gumbo sells for $2 a cup. That price includes the rice, which cooks must also prepare. The Medina Lake Betterment Association, event sponsor, will provide cups, spoons, food service gloves, napkins and a sign with the price of the gumbo.
Cooks must prepare a minimum of five gallons of gumbo. Most cooks bring lots more, because most contestants sell out before the festival closes.
After being made on the festival grounds, the gumbo will be judged and trophies awarded in all three categories. There's also a showmanship trophy awarded to the entrant exhibiting the most creativity, fun and flair in the presentation.
And, what is gumbo? It's a Cajun dish similar to a soup or stew with a roux base. Roux is flour and oil cooked to a golden brown. There's a vegetable and meat component to gumbo. Seafood, a favorite ingredient, includes shrimp, crab and oysters. Crawfish, sausage, chicken, turkey and other meats are also used. Vegetables such as peppers, celery, onion and garlic can be added to gumbo. To enter, call 210-854-3060, 210-695-0029 or 830-612-3265.
Lakehills Library doings
The final teen Summer Reading day at the Lakehills Area Library will be Monday, August 4. They will be playing with glow sticks and making a glow-in-the-dark craft. A group of fire dancers from Boerne will teach basic fire dancing skills and then do a live performance. The fun starts at 6:30 pm and should be over around 9 pm.
The first Saturday in August - August 2 - brings our regular monthly booksale. From 10 am to 2 pm, the library's book barns will be open for business. Cost is 25 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardcovers. Support the Lakehills Library and restock your bookshelves.
The library is thinking about having movie nights here at the library, but would like some community input. What kind of movies? What time? What day of the week? Please call Dianna at 830-510-2777 or email LLCA1@juno.com to have a voice in our community entertainment.
If you have news about the Lakehills, Pipe Creek and Mico area, call James Henry Frazar at 210-473-5192 or email jameshenryfrazar@gmail.com and we'll get it in.