2017 SPLASH Royalty

Mermaid Queen: Terri Hendrix

Terri Hendrix is a pioneering independent Texas songwriter who spins sorrow into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues with a poetic grace and engaging melodic flair that has endeared her to three generations of loyal fans in Central Texas. A classically trained vocalist and accomplished multi-instrumentalist– guitar, mandolin and harmonica– she was recently recognized by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of Texas’ 20 essential contemporary singer-songwriters. She is also one of its most prolific songwriters, having averaged nearly an album a year going all the way back to her 1996 debut, “Two Dollar Shoes.” To date, every one of her albums has been released on her own Wilory Records label, making Hendrix the rare artist who has owned all of her master recordings from day one.....

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King of SPLASH: Kyle Mylius

Kyle Myliuswas born and raised in Fort Worth, where he graduated from Richland High School. After attending multiple junior colleges he moved to San Marcos in 2000 to (almost) complete his degree in health and fitness management. That's when he fell in love with the magic that is San Marcos and knew that he had found his home. In 2005, at the age of 25 he opened a small cafe' serving breakfast and lunch called the Root Cellar. Today it has grown to become a dining destination for many locals and visitors alike serving three meals a day with locally sourced ingredients....

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Entrepreneurship Honoree: Carol Powers

Heartworks Co./Paper Bear has been a staple in the city since it opened in 1978 and Founder Carol Powers has prided herself in her company’s charity work, uniqueness and community engagement.Paper Bear was started by Powers and her husband after she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. What started out as a shop with a few creative and whimsical odds and ends has grown into a “Texas sized gift shop.” Powers has created relationships with vendors foreign and domestic to bring in a variety of common and not-so-common inventory. Paper Bear sells everything from an eclectic assortment of kids toys like puppets, figurines, science kits and art supplies to hand-crafted artisan jewelry from Nepal, Taiwan, South America and all over the world.

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Arts Honoree: Linda Kelsey-Jones

The Mermaid Society is pleased to recognize Linda Kelsey-Jones as the Arts Honoree for her contributions to the vitality of the arts in San Marcos. For many years, it was almost certain that any event in the community in which art had a part – exhibits, art classes, displays – that Linda Kelsey-Jones was involved in some capacity. Even now, with an explosion in the visual arts in San Marcos, she remains involved in numerous projects and activities. A sampling of the many roles she has filled in San Marcos include:

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Heritage Honoree: Heritage Association

The women who founded the Heritage Association did not set out to save a town; they just wanted to save one significant structure. They knew that preserving the little rock house by the river– today's Charles S. Cock House Museum– was the right thing to do, so they created a home tour and secured grants to raise money, and save it they did. Along the way, the residents of San Marcos found themselves caught up in the wave of patriotic spirit surrounding the American Bicentennial. Volunteers initiated several other community projects, including the development of the San Marcos River Walk, and as a result, the town became one of the first seven cities in the nation to receive the Bicentennial City designation. To ensure continued support for the preservation of historic buildings, the celebration of local culture, and the perpetuation of traditions that beautify and enrich the community life of San Marcos, the Heritage Association was founded and chartered in 1975. 

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River Guardianship Honoree:
Stephen Ramirez

Stephen Ramirez is stewardship director for the Texas Land Conservancy and is a graduate from Texas State University with a B.S. in Geographic Information Science (GIS). He currently serves as board president for the San Marcos River Foundation and leads the monthly bird walk for the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance. Stephen also volunteers his GIS and mapping expertise to local water advocacy groups such as the Save Our Springs Alliance and Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association.Stephen is passionate about protecting the Edwards Aquifer, its springs, rivers and endangered species. He is inspired by the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and fascinated by its endemic wildlife. In his free time he enjoys swimming and mountain unicycling with his dog, Sparrow.

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Photo by :Zac Witte

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