As part of the Heart of Texas Country Music Association’s 25th Anniversary Celebration in Brady March 21st through 29th, KNEL Radio and the Mason County Chamber of Commerce came together to offer some of those attending the festivities an opportunity to see and experience historic Mason – the Gem of the Hill Country.
A 50-passenger bus will leave the Brady Civic Center at 9:30am on Thursday, Mar. 27th for the trip to Mason. There is no cost for the trip or the tour that will last from 10am till 3pm. Reservations can be made by calling KNEL at 325-597-2119.
The Tour of Mason comes in the midst of the annual Country Music Celebration that is expected to be attended by over 3,000 people from across the state, across the U.S. and from around the world. In total, the celebration includes nine different traditional country music events spread over nine days.
Local Mason historian, Fran Hoerster, will accompany the group to share the history of Mason and the surrounding areas. Once the visitors arrive in Mason, they’ll be divided into four groups that will take turns going to different locations in Mason. One group will go to Country Collectibles to see and learn about Texas Topaz. A second group will visit the Historical Museum on the Square, The third group will go to Compass Rose Cellars where they’ll learn about wine making and have a wine tasting. The fourth group will visit the Painted Tree Studio where they’ll hear about cowboy history and learn how cowboys made rope. After about 45 minutes, the groups will shift locations.
The day’s activities will continue through lunch at the Willow Creek Café, with more tours in the afternoon. The day will conclude with an opportunity for the visitors to enjoy some sightseeing and casual shopping around the Mason Square.
Mason businesses are well represented in the commerative program produced by KNEL for the Heart of Texas Country Music Association’s 25th anniversary. A two-page spread in the program includes a brief highlight of the Mason community, and includes individual advertisements by nine Mason businesses. Plus, a full-page ad by the Mason County Chamber of Commerce provides a listing of bed and breakfast, guest houses and cabins available in the Mason area.