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Large red, orange, and yellow trees stand in front of Mount Baldy, a craggy limestone cliff face. A banner reads "Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving!"
Dear Hill Country Neighbors,

November marks a time to step back from the many demands of our daily lives and reflect on all we have to be grateful for. From its quiet backroads and rolling pastures, to the crystal-clear springs and rivers, to the bustling main streets of downtowns big and small, there is no shortage of reasons to celebrate the beauty of our Hill Country. Whether you’re a fifth-generation Hill Country Texan or a regular weekend visitor, you can appreciate the allure that has been drawing people to this region for centuries.

As we gather together to enjoy our Thanksgiving traditions, we reflect on just how many before us have cherished and safeguarded this land we love. The Texas Hill Country is one of the longest inhabited sites in North America, with more than 13,500 years of native stewardship shaping the region - a particularly relevant fact during Native American Heritage Month

We are especially thankful for the historic stewards of Central Texas - the many indigenous tribes such as the Comanche, Kickapoo, Lipan Apache, Tonkawa, Jumanos, Coahuiltecan, Sana - who resided within and stewarded the region. You can learn more about some of our region's historic stewards from the National Park Service and from Indigenous Cultures Institute, a San Marcos-based group that recently announced plans to pursue funding for a new cultural center to benefit Hays County. 


Whatever form your celebration takes this year, we hope you get the chance to get outside and safely enjoy some of the fantastic treasures we are so grateful for in the Hill Country. We also hope that while you are out and about, you will take the opportunity to learn more and reflect on this rich history of stewardship within our region.  
A special thank you to our supporters
Buy one 2022 Calendar, get one FREE!

The 2022 Texas Hill Country Calendar is a compilation of stunning photography from our 2021 photo contest. The winning photos, from among more than 400 entries, were chosen for their beauty, photographic quality and their ability to reflect the unique qualities of the Texas Hill Country worth preserving for future generations. 

Each calendar, in addition to these amazing photos, features information on important issues affecting the Hill Country such as land stewardship and conservation, groundwater protection, Hill Country heritage, night sky protection, and more. 


Buy a 2022 Hill Country Calendar this Thanksgiving week and get a 2nd shipped free! HCA Calendars make wonderful gifts for clients, teachers, family, friends and neighbors. Now through Tuesday, November 30th for each calendar you  purchase online,  we will double your order for free.  If you order 2 calendars you will receive 4 by mail. Order 3 and get 6!

HCA’s Hill Country Calendar makes a great gift for friends, family, coworkers and clients. Order online below or contact us about bulk order pricing at leah@hillcountryalliance.org.
BUY THE 2022 CALENDAR
Offering support during the holiday season
The Guadalupe river flows serenely through the roots of orange-leaved cypress trees
Mental Health Resources
 
As we gear up for the holiday season, we’re sharing an update to our community resilience tools: mental health resources. While the holidays are often remembered as merry and bright, we know they can also feel heavy and hard when we experience changes to our own families, traditions, and togetherness. If you're having a hard time this holiday season, we hope you find the resources on our website helpful. 

"Mental health is not solely an individual responsibility, but is also a product of community conditions. The places where people live, learn, work, play, and pray can have a significant impact on improving mental health." - Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
EXPLORE RESOURCES
I wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving!  

Gratefully,
Katherine Romans
Executive Director, Hill Country Alliance
P.S. Save the date and support HCA on #GivingTuesday! 
 
Every day is a good day to show your love for the Hill Country, but Tuesday, December 1st is #GivingTuesday and an even more exciting time to voice your support for Hill Country Alliance.  Visit our website  to make a one-time donation or learn how you can set up a monthly recurring donation that will ensure our work continues on well into the future.  
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