Inside Austin - May 9th, 2019

Inside Austin (May 9th, 2019)

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1. Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. helped bring a multi sports field field — which functions as a baseball, soccer and football field — to the Sheth Family Campus of the Boys & Girls Club of the Austin area. The field opened Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting and is the 83rd field across the country Ripken has built through the Cal Ripken Sr. foundation, created by Ripken and a his brother Bill Ripken to honor their father. Ripken said he wants the fields to encourage Boys & Girls Club members to participate in team sports, while giving them a safe place to play. — KXAN

2. Here Nor There bartender Terrance Robson was named “Best Bartender in Texas” after beating 29 other Texas bartenders in the 2019 Garrison Brothers Bourbon Brawl. One of Robson’s competing cocktails was his “Straight Outta Dublin” — his take on an Irish coffee with influence from his favorite childhood dessert, banoffee pie. Robson won $10,000, a barrel of bourbon from Garrison Brothers Distillery and the opportunity to create the official cocktail for Dallas Restaurant Week. — KVUE

3. Throwback Thursday: East 4th Street’s Historic Scoot Inn opened in 1871 but transformed from a grocery to a cafe to a saloon back to a grocery, then a cafe, and is now a saloon -- all thanks to prohibition. At one point, owners Harvey and Lillie Lee even ran a gambling and bootlegging operation out of the building. The Historic Scoot Inn has no shortage of fun history as it has adapted with the times, and now stands as one of the oldest continuing running beer joints in Central Texas. 

Today, the Historic Scoot Inn is known for its calendar of live music, skee ball and craft cocktail menu, which features the Lion’s Tail (bourbon, Allspice dram, butters and lime). No word yet if they'll be getting Terrance Robson's "Straight Outta Dublin" cocktail, but nothing would surprise us at this point. — THRILLIST

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4. Local graphic designer Marie Romano is celebrating her love for Longhorn squirrels by creating the “Squirrels of UT” yearbook, complete with a valedictorian and appropriate areas of study, such as acornology and tree climbing. Romano attracts campus squirrels using “tongue clacking” and peanuts, and has named several squirrels over the years — Berry, Sunflower, Arty, Elle — and posted their pictures on Instagram. Romano has created a draft of the yearbook, which features 200 squirrels in digitally-added caps and gowns. The yearbook will be published in June and is available for pre-order. — KVUE 

5. The Texas Burlesque Festival, Strings in the Park and a Ballet Austin performance of “Giselle” are all on the calendar this weekend. — CULTURE MAP

6. Statistician Nate Silver hosted a live recording of his podcast “FiveThirtyEight” in Austin to discuss Texas as a battleground state in 2020 and why Texan presidential candidates aren’t further along in the primary. — FIVETHIRTYEIGHT

7. CraftHER Market introduced its first grant open to makers and artist entrepreneurs, providing $500 and free access to coaching sessions, workshops, meetups and master classes. The application deadline is June 21. — BOSS BABES

8. Claudia Oshry of “Girl With No Job” and “The Morning Toast” is bringing her Dirty Jeans Tour to the Paramount, September 13. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 am. — PARAMOUNT

9. Vegetarians have a few new spots to try with the opening of High Note and Vida Pura Juicery, plus a few old favorites have added plant-based dishes to their menus. — CULTURE MAP

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Inside Austin was written and curated by Holly A. Phillips. Holly has a passion for storytelling and uses her craft to promote brands around the world. She is a Blogging Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and is always looking for a new adventure. Keep up with her on her blog or on Twitter at @orangejulius7.

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