To Ricetivarians Everywhere:
For the past 9 years, music has been the catalyst for making good things happen at the Rice Festival, a non-profit event, with all proceeds applied towards the funding of the Rice Harrington Art Scholarship. The scholarship was created to help graduating high school artists pursue fine art degrees in college and, thus far, 17 students have been beneficiaries of the scholarship.
This year's 10th & Final Rice Festival begins on Thursday evening, with an intimate concert in historical Fischer Hall with the 2013 Kerrville Folk Festival Grassy Hill New Folk Winners followed by a surprise or two. Music will continue on Friday evening, with more music and festivities all day Saturday, including a silent auction, a viewing gallery of Rice's Art, good food from our vendors, and nonstop live music from early in the afternoon 'til midnight. Then on Sunday, come back to the hall early, as our food vendors will be serving breakfast tacos, coffee, juice, etc. We'll round off the weekend with more great music in the hall from noon 'til 5:00 p.m., leaving plenty of time for you to get back to where you need to be for the start of the workweek.
We gather to celebrate Rice's birthday and his Legacy. Come join us!!
A note from the Bored of Directors:
Time flies. Eleven years ago our good friend Rice died but if we close our eyes it seems like yesterday. Most of y'all know the story. Rice was a special guy and we hope every one of y'all have had a friend you loved as much as we loved Rice. It wasn't long after his death that we decided to do something to remember and honor him. . . as our good friend Tim O'Brien said, "to keep a good man's vibe alive." One idea led to another and we started the Rice Festival. It was about us and Rice and the things he loved: good music, creative people, free thinkers, cold beer, good food, good friends, beautiful settings, old barns, stuff that works. We tried to embrace all of that in the Rice Festival and feel we have. The Rice Festival has been our way to keep Rice alive and kicking in that space he vacated. But something else happened that we weren't expecting and weren't really looking for when we got this thing off the ground. You guys happened. Ricetivarians. New friends. Good friends. Friends for a lifetime. Not people to replace Rice because he could never be replaced, but new friends to enhance our lives and we hope vice versa. We weren't expecting that but it happened and we have come to understand that these friendships are a priceless gift from Rice.
With everlasting and boundless gratitude, we, The Bored of Cabin 10, Inc., wish to thank each one of you who have made the Rice Festival possible: the musicians, the underwriters and sponsors, the donors, vendors, volunteers, and loyal Ricetivarians who have shared this experience with us. When we die, the world will know us by our company of friends. We are blessed to count each of you among ours.
With that said, the present Bored of Cabin 10, Inc. has decided that this November will be the 10th and final Rice Festival. The present Bored will be resigning as of 12/31/2013. At this time, we are looking for new Bored Members and if you are interested, we would welcome your call. If we cannot install a new Bored before the end of the year, we will shut down Cabin 10 and liquidate its assets and the money will be placed in trust with the San Marcos Education Foundation to be used as directed funds for the Rice Harrington Art Scholarship. If we can find new Bored Members, we are hopeful that Cabin 10, Inc. will continue to host a music festival in the fall of the year in Fischer Texas and if it does, we will be here and hope that each of you will be here also to support it as you have supported the Rice Festival and, in turn, the musicians and aspiring students of art who have benefited greatly from these operations and proceeds. But, the festival will be billed under another name. "The Rice Festival" began as a tribute to our good friend Rice Herbert Harrington and we are the self appointed guardians of this piece of his legacy. If given the opportunity, we will pass along the non-profit and everything in it but we simply can't pass the Rice Festival. It's engraved on our hearts and that's where it must stay.
The Cabin 10 Bored
Jeff, West, Dixie & Paul