This Veteran's Day, honor those that served by attending a ceremony near you, a car show, or by getting a free meal.
While Austin's annual Veterans Day Parade was canceled this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, here are nine other events you can check out today through the weekend.
The American Legion Veterans Day Celebration, 1000 North Georgetown St.
The American Legion will be honoring those who served with free breakfast and lunch, and flag retirement and ceremony. From 8-11 a.m., breakfast will be provided by the ALA Unit 447, and lunch will be provided by H-E-B around noon. The flag retirement will also take place at noon, and the flag ceremony will start at 3 p.m.
Veterans Pocket Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 2200 Veterans Dr.
In light of the parade being canceled, the City of Austin and the Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for veterans at Veterans Pocket Park. This project is aimed to enhance the exhibition of three war memorials and relocate them to Veterans Park. It will start at 9 a.m.
5th Annual Field of Honor in Georgetown, 445 East Morrow St.
From Nov. 6-14, you can see up to 1,700 flags displayed at San Gabriel Park as the Field of Honor, which is regularly hosted by the Rotary Club of Georgetown. There will also be a Veterans Day Ceremony that will take place today with State Rep. Colonel Terry Wilson and a flyover by the Falcon Flight Team.
Veterans Day Bus Tour, 1202 FM 685
The second annual Veterans Day bus tour, hosted by Clouds XM Events and Cannavetlive, will be starting at Lazydaze in Pflugerville on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Veterans are welcome to bring guests but they must pay. There will be five to six preselected spots where veterans can eat free, as well as goodie bags and free Cannavetlive t-shirts for the veterans. Tickets are $20 for the bus ride and $20 for a shirt, and limited seats are available.
15th Annual “Heroes and Hot Rods” Car Show, downtown Bastrop
Bastrop Area Cruisers is hosting its 15th annual car show from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 13 for Veterans Day. Over 400 cars are registered to participate, and the cruise-in starts the day before at 4 p.m. The veterans' tribute march will also run on Nov. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
WOD For Warriors, 701 Tillery St.
Team RWB is hosting their annual workout of the day to honor veterans. Though WOD For Warriors is held across the nation, their Austin WOD will highlight a Hero Workout. Attendees will also have access to free gear, food, drinks and a chance to win prizes that are over $1,000 in value. Tickets are $20, and the workout can be found on their event page. It will be on Nov. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Central Texas Harley-Davidson – Veterans Celebration, 2801 North Interstate 35
The Central Texas Harley-Davidson will be hosting its Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 13 by offering a free lunch starting at noon until they are out of food. Veterans will also receive double points on all purchases they make.
Veterans Day Parade in Kyle, 103 South Front St.
The City of Kyle is partnering with VFW Post 12058 and AMVETS to host their Veterans Day Parade and commemoration on Nov. 13 from 12-6 p.m. The parade will start at the VFW building, go west on Center Street and end at Gregg-Clarke Park. Following the parade will be vendors, family-friendly activities, an Air Force Flyover and fireworks.
Veterans Day Ceremony in Leander, 1011 South Bagdad Road
The City of Leander Parks Department is partnering with H-E-B to host its Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 starting at 10 a.m at Veterans Park. There will be a presentation of colors, a national anthem, keynote remarks, a time to honor wall names, a patriotic performance and more.
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By Jonathan Lee
The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.
The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'
Historic preservationists, for their part, overwhelmingly support historic zoning, which would preserve the buildings in perpetuity. The Historic Landmark Commission unanimously voted to initiate historic zoning in July, citing architectural significance, landscape features and association to historic figures. City staffers recommend historic zoning, calling both structures one-of-a-kind examples of vernacular architecture.
Tarrytown neighbors have also banded together to stop the demolition. Many have written letters, and a few spoke at the meeting. “How could anyone buy this property with the intent of destroying it?” Ila Falvey said. “I think it’s an architectural treasure.”
Michael Whellan, an attorney representing the property owner, said that the claims made by preservationists are shaky. The buildings are run down, he said, and have had substantial renovations. A structural engineer hired by the owner said any attempt at preservation would involve tearing down and rebuilding – an undertaking Whellan said would likely cost millions.
Whellan also argued that any historical significance derived from the property’s association with Delisle and longtime owner C.H. Slator is dubious. “These men are not noted for any civic, philanthropic or historic impact,” he said.
What’s more, according to Whellan, Slator likely participated in segregation as the owner of the Tavern on North Lamar Boulevard between 1953 and 1960.
A city staffer, however, said she found no evidence to support the claim. “We would never landmark a property where a segregationist lived, or there was a racist person,” Kimberly Collins with the Historic Preservation Office said.
Commissioner Awais Azhar couldn’t support historic zoning in part due to lingering uncertainty about Slator. “Focusing on that factor is not here to disparage an individual or family. It is not about playing the race card. This is an important assertion for us to consider as Planning commissioners,” Azhar said.
Commissioner Carmen Llanes Pulido said that allegations of racism should come as no surprise. “We’re talking about white male property owners in the 1950s, in Austin, on the west side – and of course they were racist,” she said. But she argued that allowing the house to be demolished based on these grounds does nothing to help people of color who have been harmed by racism and segregation.
The question of tax breaks was also controversial. Michael Gaudini, representing the property owner, said that the tax breaks associated with historic zoning would exacerbate inequality by shifting property tax burdens to less affluent communities. City staffers estimate that the property, appraised at $3.5 million, would get either a $8,500 or $16,107 property tax break annually, depending on whether a homestead exemption is applied.
Commissioner Grayson Cox preferred the commission focus not on tax breaks but on whether the structures merit preservation. “To me, nothing in the historic preservation criteria lists, is this person deserving of a tax break or not?”
Azhar, on the other hand, said he plans to propose a code amendment getting rid of city property tax breaks for historic properties.
The commission fell one vote short of recommending historic zoning, with six commissioners in support and three opposed. Azhar and commissioners Claire Hempel and Greg Anderson voted against.
The odds of City Council zoning over an owner’s wishes are slim. Nine out of 11 members must vote in favor, and there have only been a handful of such cases over the past several decades.
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- Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
- Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
- Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
- Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
- Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
- Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
- The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
- Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
- P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.