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See you at the Floresville Opry!


See you at the Floresville Opry!
Tom Batts


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New acts plus some of the same great sounds, friends, and fun will fill the Floresville Event Center Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Floresville Opry. The event center is located at 600 S.H. 97 W. in Floresville.

Quickly becoming a town-favorite event, the Opry will feature talent such as Julia Weaver, Madelyn Abrameit, Priscilla Speed, Harold Watts, Esther and Danny Auldridge, and Tom Batts. House band “Playin’ to Win” with Pat Fox will also be on hand to keep folks dancing. Food and drinks will be available, and doors will open at 5 p.m.

There will be 26 reserved tables, which each seat 10, for $100 each, or general admission is $7 per person.

Tickets are available at Wilson County News and the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library in Floresville.

The event will benefit the Wilson County Historical Society and is sponsored by the Wilson County News.

Featured talent

Julia Weaver, who just celebrated her 10th birthday, has been singing since she was old enough to talk. Julia is the daughter of James and Kristen Weaver and the granddaughter of Al and Elaine Kolodziej, James Weaver, and Mary Fischer. Julia will be a fifth-grader at Sacred Heart School in Floresville in the fall, has been a member of Drama Kids International for three years, and has performed and sung at several venues. Most recently, she was asked to sing the national anthem at a San Antonio Silver Stars game. Julia has also performed for the San Antonio Spurs, the San Antonio Rampage, the Miss La Vernia Pageant, the First Baptist Church of Floresville, and “Wilson County’s Got Talent.” Julia loves to perform, but most importantly, she loves life and enjoys playing with her two brothers, James Paul and Jude. Her hobbies include reading, writing, horses, and animals. Her dream is to have a ranch one day.

Tom Batts plays bass guitar, sings lead vocals, and is a 20-year veteran of the Texas honky tonk circuit. Born and raised in Port Lavaca, Tom moved to San Marcos in 1990, where he graduated from Texas State University and along the way fronted the popular local band “Frontier,” and played for Tommy Shane Steiner, “Lonesome Dave Band,” and more. He currently sings and plays bass for “The Texas Jamm Band,” featuring members of George Strait’s “Ace in the Hole Band.” A big fan of real country music you can dance to, Tom keeps the tradition of live country music alive by honoring the music he loves by playing and singing it every chance he gets.

Priscilla Speed performed throughout South Texas in the early to late 1990s with her brother Bill York and his band “The Fifth Wheel.” She has been blessed to have recorded three albums, including some original music, country, and gospel cover songs. She has been on stage with Tommy Cash, Leona Williams, Carl Jackson, Moe Bandy, the late Johnny Lyon, and other well-known performers from Maine to Florida and Georgia to Texas. Music is definitely a ministry in any venue and will always be a way for her to reach out to others.

Read about other opry acts on

The Polished Edge, page 6B.
 

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