Gruene Hall

It’s been a while since I posted, and I know at least a few of you are awaiting more episodes of Canadian Summer. They are coming I promise. The main reason for the delay is that I traveled a lot over the summer, which made it hard to record podcasts. I’ll get back at it when the kids return to school. Today I want to share one of my destinations.


Gruene (pronounced Green) Hall is a legendary location, at least among country music fans. Several Texas artists got their start touring small dance halls and honky tonks like Gruene, all around the Lone Star state. Perhaps, the most famous one to play Gruene Hall is none other than George Strait. There’s even a picture of it on one of his albums.

The former town of Gruene has been subsumed into New Bruanfels, Texas and become kind of an historical island in a sea of suburbia spilling out from San Antonio.

I’d wanted to go for a long time, but this summer was the first chance I got, and I’m glad I took it. The hall is not air conditioned, which will mean some sweating if you visit in the summer. Even so, it was full of people, some dancing, others just sitting and enjoying the music.


My daughter and her friend tried their hand at the dancing, but I did my best to hold down one of the benches. I think i succeeded pretty well. The Texas heat made that ice cold Shiner taste even better.

I would recommend visiting the music hall even if you’re not a huge country fan. In some way it feels a little like stepping back in time. Old folks, young folks, and everyone in between just having a good time together. Maybe we’d all get along better if we had more places like Gruene  Hall.


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Moving Melody

A special bonus feature episode of Canadian Summer: Season One is now available. This episode is a prequel to the story. That is, it tells about an adventure that takes place before the big trip to Calgary. I hope you enjoy it.

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Season two will be here soon but in the meantime I will be posting more of these bonus episodes. They’re a little shorter than the others but hopefully just as fun. Enjoy and share with your fiends.

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Rough Stock

It is time for episode 11 of the Canadian Summer podcast. This is the season 1 finale. It’s hard to believe it’s here already. In this episode, Roy and Cale try their hand at some rodeo, only to learn they shouldn’t quit their day job. If they had one, that is. Roy also gets some good news about summer.

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This episode brings season one to a close, but never fear, Roy and Cale will have more adventures. Make sure to subscribe so you get every one. Will Roy and Summer ever make it work? Will Cale ever conquer his love of carbs? Stay tuned to find out.

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It’s hard to believe but we are at Episode 10 already.  In this episode the boys cross back into the United States hoping all their troubles are behind them. Unfortunately some trouble follows them south.

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Slings and Arrows

Another week brings another exciting episode of the Canadian Summer podcast. In this episode another cousin of Summer gets the boys into trouble. It turns out that not all Canadians are as friendly as advertised. Also, Roy and Summer’s romance ends up on the rocks.

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Tea Time

Greetings dear listeners, it’s time for another episode of the Canadian Summer podcast. This episode takes place near beautiful Lake Louise. The boys pitch in to do a good deed for a family in trouble. They also reunite with Cale’s German friends. Roy gets to express his artistic side and Cale gets slapped for his trouble.

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Mountain Beauty

It’s time again for another thrilling episode of Canadian Summer. This week Roy and Cale encounter both a beauty and a beast in the Canadian Rockies. They also get unfairly accused of corrupting the morals of young Canadian women. Give it a listen and share with your friends.

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