What was such a whirlwind of a trip to the Texas Hill Country turned out to be one of our best yet! I drove down to Fredericksburg, Texas a recent Friday afternoon for an Art Auction hosted by Insight Gallery. Walking in, I had no idea what an experience I was about to have. To begin, owners David and Meredith Plesko were beyond kind and helpful. They were swamped with last minute details, however Meredith still took the time to help me setup. Once the preview party began, I had the opportunity to talk to some fascinating people, some who had heard of Paul Bond Boots and others, who had not. Having the chance to share Paul’s story with newcomers is one of the best parts of my job. It gives me the opportunity to, in a small way, continue the legacy of Paul Bond Boots. Not only did I meet new people, I learned of other future events to attend such as the Dallas Safari Club's 2016 Tradition's Convention. To add icing to the already phenomenal cake, I was able to see some of the most beautiful American and Western Art my eyes have ever laid eyes upon! If art is your thing, its time to head down to Insight Gallery to meet some serious collectors!
After a great night with great conversation centered on all things creative – artwork, boots, and design, the night continued to an even more picturesque venue – Settlers Crossing, a beautiful bed & breakfast owned by dear friends of Paul Bond Boots, David and Melissa Estes. As we drove in, I can honestly say I didn't feel like I was in Texas anymore. It was more like the French countryside that included everything from ponies, donkeys, and goats to cobble stone pathways and trees with romantic twinkle lights. The weather was a crisp 60 degrees as we sat in our rocking chairs with good music, great cocktails, and even better company. While I was there, I measured their adventurous young daughter, Gracie, who knew exactly what she wanted - brown boots with flowers and turquoise accents. Consider it done Gracie, it would be an honor to make boots for such a true cowgirl! We retired for the evening to a quaint and comfortable cottage where I laid my head down and dreamt of a simple life surrounded by amazing people, beautiful country side, and of course, custom cowboy boots.
As I drove off the next day, I knew one thing for sure, Fredericksburg, that was not our last rodeo, we'll be back!