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Local musician brings together organizations and individuals

By Steven James BCC Editor

Local musician Boone Holding, who directed the City Trash pickup on Sunday, said the event happened as a grassroots effort he started to spread positive messages and to make people more aware of the environment.
Holding said he presented the pickup as an idea to Vision for Bandera (V4B), a campaign that uses community input to try to keep Bandera’s culture intact, while also helping shape the city’s future.
He said in addition to V4B, he also received help from the Boys and Girls Club of Bandera County, the Frontier Times Museum, Western Trail Antiques and Marketplace, the Bandera Brewery, the Bungalow in Bandera, local churches and individual donors. He was unsure of exact numbers, but said funding cost nearly $1,500.
“We’re trying to draw a blueprint for the future so we can do it like this every year,” Holding said. “Every organization that has come into contact with this has helped. Nobody has put a red flag.”
The pickup began at noon at the Kid Korral Learning Center. Twenty-one teams participated in the pickup, traveling around the city looking for trash and, as part of a scavenger hunt, answering riddles to look for Easter eggs that each contained $100. One was hidden at the Purple Sage Ranch and another in the ditch between the Bandera County Central Library and M.D. Sandidge Park.
Those who collected trash returned to the learning center at 2 to count bags and to celebrate, which included football, basketball, mingling and live music from local group Back Porch Pickers. The teams collected 88 bags. Holding collected an additional two with his children at the learning center.
The team that collected the most was team number 12 with 13 bags, and won $300.
Holding’s music includes lyrics about life and death, community, finding happiness and nature. He said he hopes he can improve the lives of people who hear his music and see the examples he sets.
“I want to make the world a better place, and not only help clean up the environment, but help people clean up their spirituality, their life if they’re having problems, that they can go to my music and grab onto something,” he said. “It starts with these things. When you’re in music, you’re singing about something, and the only thing I was ever thinking about was how we could have a better world, not a worse one.”
Holding said Bandera resident Mark Gustamante helped with the event by donating some of his own money and by getting people from churches to participate.
“Just seeing the community coming together is an exciting thing,” Gustamante said. “Bandera is such a small town that there’s no reason for people to not make a difference. You don’t need to be part of an organization, just get people involved.”
Western Trail Antiques Owner and V4B member Mason Hunt said when he and other members talked of starting the group, they went out and asked people to create a list of 10 ideas of how to improve Bandera. He said the group members then tried to narrow that list to see what they could accomplish with citizens. People interested in voicing their 10 ideas can currently do so at the V4B website.
“Boone’s idea was this,” Hunt said. “We want to work with the city, the county, everybody. I think from a grassroots standpoint, this is pretty much a success.”