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Save The Date

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

It’s time to save the date for Creative Action’s 2nd annual Big Hair Country Fair, where everything is BIG, not just the hair!  This not-to-be-missed event will take place on Saturday night, March 23, 2013.

Nestled under the old oak trees at the Salt Lick pavilion, attendees will enjoy all you can eat BBQ and a flowing open bar, play wild carnival games, get their hair done by some of Austin’s best coiffeurs, and snap photos in a vintage western photo booth.  They will also be entertained all night long by the musical styles of two great bands.

This is a key fundraising event for Creative Action and we could not have been so successful in previous years without the wonderful support from our community: attending the event, sponsoring the event, and donating fabulous prizes for our auction.  If you are interested in any of these great opportunities, please contact me at

Musical fun at the Big Hair Country Fair

Thanks to Hotclub of Cowtown and Oliver Rajamani who provided the hot and energetic music at last Saturday’s Big Hair Country Fair benefiting Theatre Action Project. Their music made for a sizzling good time!

Hotclub of Cowtown's Western Swing

Hotclub of Cowtown

Oliver Rajamani's east meets west music

A Good Time at the Big Hair Country Fair

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Tamara and Kevin Hurwitz

A big thank you to all to came to support Theatre Action Project’s Big Hair Country Fair on Saturday night. We hope you had a great time getting your hair done, playing carnival games, and dancing to the music of Oliver Rajamani and Hotclub of Cowtown

Here are a few intimate head-shots, more on our Flickr page, and many more photos to come. Many thanks to our fabulous photographer Carol Acurso. And, thanks too to Emily Watkins and Sharon Chin from Texas Tower PR.

Thank you for supporting Theatre Action Project!

Photos by Carol Acurso.


Cathy & Rodney Nairn

Gail & Jeff Kodosky

Alicia Kriese and Doug Johnson & Eric and Laura Buehler

Rebecca Yerly, Izabella Villers-Milton & Jon Hockenyos

For more photos, click here, or visit Theatre Action Project on Flickr!

Fun Games at Big Hair Country Fair

by Erik Weasenforth, Marketing Associate VISTA

Theatre Action Project’s Big Hair Country Fair is only a couple days away. Be prepared to have a blast as there will be many fun carnival games to play!

Jump for joy as you compete for 1st place in the sack race.  Try out your aim and win a prize in our balloon dart game. Like trivia? Spin the giant wheel in the Carson City Trivia Showdown

 Want to remember the good times you had? Go to the Quick Draw Photo Booth and get a special souvenir drawing from our very own cowboy artist. But wait there’s more. We’ll have a cake walk, pan for “gold” in our Fool’s Gold game, enjoy the blazing fun of a fire dancer, and all the BBQ you can eat.

It’s all fun and games, good food and music, and all for a good cause: Theatre Action Project. See you there with BIG hair!

P.S. I love Dennis Rodman’s constantly changing hairstyles when he played in the NBA. See you at the Big Hair Country Fair on Saturday, March 24th at the Salt Lick Pavilion! For tickets visit: TAP Big Hair.

Big Hair Country Fair: BBQ, Fun Hair and Carnival Games

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Theatre Action Project (TAP) presents the Big Hair Country Fair, Saturday, March 24. The event features hairdos for attendees provided on site by Birds Barbershop stylists. Guests will also enjoy all the Salt Lick BBQ they can eat, refreshments, cake walk, carnival games and a vintage photo booth complete with costumes. Musical entertainment is provided by Western Swing band Hot Club of Cowtown and Oliver Rajamani.

The Big Hair Country Fair takes place from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Salt Lick Pavilion, 18300 FM 1826, in nearby Driftwood, Texas. Proceeds benefit Theatre Action Project.

Karen LaShelle, Executive Director touts the fun elements of the event. “Who can resist Texas Swing music, BBQ, cake walk, carnival games and big bouffant hair-dos? This is going to be a raucous fun time–all for a really good cause–supporting the development of young people through the arts. All of the proceeds will directly support our school programs, which cost as little as $2 per child per hour.”

Our old-fashioned Cake Walk gives you the chance to win gift cards for cakes, cupcakes and all things delicious from these Austin favorites: Lick It, Bite It, or Both, 1886 Cafe and Bakery, Delish, The Cupcake Bar, Bellissimo Bakery, and Walton’s Fancy and Staple. Yum!

Cake not your taste? Pan for gold at our Fool’s Gold station. We have jewelry you can win from Russell Korman Jewelers, DLC Brooklyn, and Kendra Scott Jewelry.

Any way you look at it, you’re in for a great time at the Big Hair Country Fair.  To buy tickets, visit: TAP Big Hair.

P.S.: Another big hair style I like is that of Diana Ross. I remember pretending to be a Supreme  using a hair brush as a microphone and singing in my own living room girl group. See you at the Big Hair Country Fair!

Excitement in the Air for Big Hair

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

Now that Spring Break is over, there’s even more room for excitement for this Saturday’s Big Hair Country Fair at Salt Lick Pavilion! In addition to the amazing live music, BBQ, and carnival games in store, there are also some really great opportunities to win one of our auctions. We’ve got many amazing packages in store.  Live auction: Whether it’s a trip to New Mexico, Marfa, New York City, or a Staycation at the Four Seasons downtown, we’ve got a wonderful line-up of these items and more. Our silent auction includes several “date night” options for dinners and shows around town, as well as packages for the art lover, movie lover, fans of UT baseball, desserts, eating out, and more…

Thank you so much to the following businesses for supporting Theatre Action Project with generous donations to help make these auctions a success:

Ace Tailors, Alamo Drafthouse, Amy’s Ice Creams, Austin Duck Adventures, Austin Steam Train Association, Austin’s Pizza, Blue Bell Creameries, Capital Cruises, DLC Brooklyn, Driftwood Estate Winery, Eco Clean, Four Seasons Hotel, Jerry’s Artarama, Kerbey Lane Cafe, La Condesa, Longhorn Sports, Magnolia Cafe, Moonshine Patio and Grill, Russell Korman Fine Jewelry and Watches, Sentelli’s Fine Pastry and Specialty Cakes, The Blanton Museum of Art, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, The Long Center for the Performing Arts, The Paramount Theatre, The Vinyl Touch, Tribeca Grand Hotel, Uchi and Uchiko, Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club, Violet Crown Cinema, Vulcan Video, Waterloo Records and Video, Which Wich, Zach Theatre, and more…

P.S. Lately, I’ve been enjoying Adele’s music and her hair is just as awesome as her music! See you at TAP’s Big Hair Country Fair on March 24th at the Salt Lick Pavilion! To buy tickets visit: TAP Big Hair. Proceeds benefit Theatre Action Project.

Get your tickets now for the best party post-SXSW!

by Karen LaShelle, Executive and Artistic Director

Under the pecan oak trees at the Salt Lick pavilion, enjoy all you can eat BBQ and a flowing open bar. Play wild carnival games, get your hair done by the best Bird’s Barbershop coiffures, eat s’mores round the campfire, and snap photos in a vintage western photo booth.

Be entertained all night long by the musical stylings of two great bands, including the critically acclaimed Western Swing band Hot Club of Cowtown and Oliver Rajamani. To purchase tickets visit: TAP Big Hair.

PS: My favorite big hair style belongs to Food Network chef Anne Burrell. Join us a the Big Hair Country Fair on March 24th at the Salt Lick Pavilion and support Theatre Action Project. For tickets visit: TAP Big Hair.