South Austin Memories

My dogs (Lulubelle and Daisy) and I had a great time at the South Austin Memories (SAM) Golf Tourney and Tailgate Gathering, last Saturday at Willie’s Cut-N-Putt Golf Course near Spicewood, Texas. The Red Headed Stranger wasn’t there; but, Patty Finney was and sang many of the songs she has written, including The Lady Bird Waltz, a historically correct song about our 36th President Lyndon Johnson and the courtship of his First Lady. An appropriate song for our gathering, as the Pedernales River that meanders near the Johnson Ranch flows into Lake Travis near Willie Nelson’s Briarcliff Recording Studio and Golf Course. Patty told a neat story about why she wrote The Lady Bird Waltz.

Carolyn Crumley Grumbles provided great refreshments; David Mostesiler and his lovely wife, Carolyn organized the event. As golfers played, tall tales were told, and old friends reminisced about our days growing up in South Austin. My longtime friend, Marcia Hammer Patterson, brought a picture of me with one of my prize lambs at the Austin Livestock Show with the late Jimmy Clay, who purchased it. He owned the Wilke-Clay Funeral Home on S. Congress and always supported South Austin youth activities.

Mike Carlson keeps the South Austin Memories site ( and needs more old pictures of things south of the Colorado River. Please send Mike your SAM pictures and join the site to be notified of future fun events.

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