i begin with wise words of oprah and illumination.
there is something magical that happens
when string lights hang over a flea market in a field in texas.
the magic happens twice a year in town called round top, texas
halfway between houston and austin.
just follow the trail of
the show lasts a week, no two, ok 3 now.
it has a pulse of it’s own and grows more each year.
life is so busy and i usually miss it but this year
i got in my car and just drove.
no plan, no ride alongs, just a spontaneous ride to the country.
honey, pick up whataburger for the youngin’
bc mama is hitting the road.
and this is why adventuring is what i love the most in life.
imagine driving up and seeing this.
petite, bombshell betty standing outside a
vintage trailer— hitched to a vintage hudson no less–
wearing a pretty-in-pink chiffon dress
and spraying her hair with aqua-net.
happened exactly like that.
i even took a selfie to mark the occasion
i considered it to be no less than a present from God to stumble upon this.
a gift with a tag that read, “here look at the amazingness that still exists in the world”.
so i asked her if i could take a pic or 2 and she sweetly
complied while she pulled up her boots (i mean who’s gonna argue with God and all?)
it was a feast for the eyes and a treasure of nostalgia
just sitting there in the indian paintbrushes under the clear blue texas sky.
my heart could barely handle this
and this sweet pup was the icing.
and there was more. and more and more.
this was an event hosted by junk gypsy at their gypsyville headquarters.
an amazing concept.
so after winning with all that photography luck
i headed to my destination at zapp hall for the junk gypsy prom.
i guess you could say the stars were just aligned in my favor that day
bc as i turned into to park, i drove up to this fabulousness head on.
i did exactly what you would expect a photographer to do.
i put my car in park and got out and snapped these beauties.
white on white goodness…mesmerizing
and then they said,
“there are more of us”….
they affectionally called themselves “the white girls”.
there is this electricity in the air on prom day.
it’s all day leading up to the parties.
seriously you can feel it everywhere in the air.
my big fat greek wedding
when the girls are getting ready together for the wedding….
only the ‘wedding’ is more like a village people event with .
a village people prom.
then there’s the rest of zapp hall.
sure it’s a place where you can wet your whistle
and grab amazing eats but after dark it’s much more than that.
twinkling stars, a big top, and what my friend debra likes to call,
the greatest show on dirt.
there’s usually a line but as ive come to learn, a line is a sign of a very good thing
when it comes to the good stuff
trust me, they have every hand on deck in there
waiting isnt so bad when you’re listening to moses rangel
sing “coca cola cowboy”.
and then there’s the people watching.
characters from all walks of life and not afraid to STRUT honey
even the babies get dressed up
and the reunions
and you never know just who you’ll see.
for example, russel crowe here
then there’s this guy Denverado, the deacon of disco alley.
if you can wear fringe and aviators under a
disco ball and still look this cool….
you are winning at life my friend.
i like to picture the soul train line where they stroll
down strutting their stuff here.
disco ball included free of charge.
on to watch sound check with this guy.
couldnt pass up this texas beauty queen
just a group of girls repping the beatles and americana
and the fine friends just keep coming
and there are cowboys
and all kinds of stuff that i dont even have names for.
sheer entertainment while you shop.
you can even bring your family. good ole fashion steampunk fun.
bring a hot date night, a holster, and your yeti cup
or just to sit around with your dog and people watch
or date night with your dog
or with your best girl.
these fine women told me that they bought
their ridiculously gorgeous ensembles right on the spot.
and sometimes there’s puppies. ultra-cute puppies that hurt to look at
you can even bring your OWN gorgeous party
bring the royalty
and the beauties with band hats
got a little creative with this edit…i’d say the scene called for it!
they know how to turn it up.
a free amazing concert
it’s a sight to see
and seeing friends who just run into each show is the best
making new, sweet friends along the way
and you can SEE THE MAGIC!
have you ever SEEN magic?
if not, i implore you to go bc it is guaranteed you will
SEE the magic illuminate before your very eyes.
this was just me standing back taking it all in.
there was something wonderful and sweet
‘glenda the good witch” about this moment.
speaking of glenda
pure rainbow-brite eye candy
complete tinsel madness
i mean…you have to be QUITE the man to pull that necklace off.
this was an actual scene of greatness just existing.
so glad i stumbled upon it.
e in all their sparkle glory
not sure who’s birthday it was but i am sure they had an epic time
back to disco alley and back to zapp hall tent.
not just anyone can pull off this alley
the crowd was singing, dont stop believing/journey and it was amazing
i left about 11pm and the party was still going strong.
wish i could’ve stayed longer but i had a 1.5 drive back.
another one for the books and im richer for being there, meeting folks, seeing their smiles.
and look, you’ve been told more than once,
this is a bucket list experience.
go THIS fall before it’s all just a memory yall.
thanks for all the illumination and inspiration round top <3
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