Ranch Texans Share ‘An Evening of Texas Country’

Texas Club members and guests Bobbie Spiegel, Deena Robinson, Cynthia Martin, and Tony Zoellner collect door prizes of Texas beer and wine.

Janelle Authur

Twenty-six members of the Texas Club of SBR gathered on Jan. 26 at the Cadillac Chaparral Steakhouse and Saloon for “An Evening of Texas Country.”

The event started with Happy Hour and a Texas tradition—story swapping and tall tales, Texas style. Guests shared stories about growing up and living in Texas and how they ended up in Arizona at the Ranch. They then enjoyed a cowboy dinner topped off with another Texas favorite, apple cobbler.

After a leisurely dinner, guests took to the dance floor as club members Bill and Judy Henderson taught a few basic Texas Two-Step steps and turns. Dancers and nondancers joined the fun and a few even surprised themselves as they easily picked up the steps and enjoyed the boot scootin’. Of course, the music was Texas-themed.

And what Texas event would be complete without Texas beer and Texas wine as door prizes? As each prize was awarded, guests learned a few tidbits about each, including how many cases or bottles are produced or brewed each year and other interesting facts.

Ranch resident Tony Zoellner won the first prize, a six pack of Shiner Bock beer. This beer is brewed at the Spoetzi brewery, the oldest independent brewery in Texas. Rancher Bobbie Spiegel won a bottle of Becker Merlot from the Becker Winery in the Hill Country near Fredericksburg, Texas. Becker Merlot was a favorite of Lady Bird Johnson.

Guest Cynthia Martin won a bottle of Llano Estacado Riesling from the Llano Winery located in Lubbock, Texas, not in the Texas town of Llano as you might expect. And, the most coveted door prize was a six-pack of Lone Star beer, known as “the National Beer of Texas” since its introduction in 1940. Deena Robinson won the Lone Star beer.

Table and room decorations topped off the Texas-theme, with the Texas flag flying. Centerpieces were covered in blue bandanas and filled with yellow roses of Texas.

The group ended the evening with the club’s traditional picture in front of the Texas state flag.

The Texas Club of SBR was founded in 2019 and sponsors several social events for members annually. The club welcomes all who were born in or lived in the Lone Star State of Texas. If you are a Rancher who was born in Texas or “got there as fast as they could” and are interested in joining the Texas Club, please contact Janelle Authur at her email address listed in the Ranch resident directory on the HOA website.

Club members Jim Jensen and Janelle Authur were event co-chairs.