Waring Texas History:
In 1887, Irishman R.P.M. Waring provided a right-of-way for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway for its route to Kerrville. The town that grew up around the station was originally known as Waringford and was renamed Waring in 1901. Train service was discontinued in 1970. In 1888, the post office from the neighboring community of Windsor was transferred to Waringford. The town’s population reached a high of 300 in 1914. During these early years the town had two general stores, a corn and grist mill, a gin, a stone quarry, a lumberyard, a hotel and boarding house, and several stores. Around 1950, the population decreased to eighty, and only the post office and two businesses remained open. Waring is located on the Guadalupe River at the intersection of FM 1621 and Waring Welfare Road, 25 miles southeast of Kerrville, 9.6 miles southeast of Comfort, 30 miles southeast of Fredericksburg, 25 miles southwest of Luckenbach, 40 miles southwest of Blanco, 30 miles southwest of Stonewall, 10 miles southwest of Sisterdale, 23.7 miles west of Kendalia, 50 miles northwest of Startzville, 35 miles northwest of Spring Branch, 23 miles northwest of Bergheim, 45 miles northwest of San Antonio, 13 miles northwest of Boerne, 28 miles northeast of Pipe Creek, and 37 miles northeast of Bandera, Texas.
Old No. 9 Roadhouse, Waring:
This educational facility for the arts offers three day songwriter workshops which are given by nationally known singer/songwriters. The workshops usually feature a Saturday night concert which the public is invited to attend. Facilities include classrooms, a stage, and bunkhouse accommodations. It is located down the street from Nelson City Dance Hall near Waring. (830) 995-4413.
Luckenbach Dance Hall & Live Music, 1849:
Amenities include 29 picnic style tables with pull up benches, a bar, a large wooden dance floor, and a brick patio. Luckenbach presents over 300 shows and events each year. They host pickin’ circles, live music shows, and live music dances at least once a month. Music genres include Americana, honky-tonk, Western Swing, rockabilly, roots rock, and alt country and blues. Luckenbach has been voted the best dance hall in Texas. It is available for event rentals. From Fredericksburg, take U.S. 290 southeast. Go right on FM 1376, and then go right on Luckenbach Town Loop.
Sisterdale Dance Hall, 1884-1890, Sisterdale/Boerne, TX:
The dance hall has hosted George Strait (in a Bud Light commercial), and many other national names. The dance hall is available for private events. They do not hold regularly scheduled dances. The June, 2012 Music Schedule
was blank. The hall website offers a history of Sisterdale. (210) 508-0344. The hall is located at 1201 Sisterdale Road in Sisterdale, Texas, across from the Volunteer Fire Department, 13.5 miles north of Boerne. Email
Kendalia Halle (Dance Hall), 1903, Kendalia/Blanco, TX:
The hall was built by the Nicholas Syring Musical Club as a performance venue. The hall was built out of Oregon red fir which was shipped by railroad to Boerne, then brought to the site by horse drawn wagons. During its early years customers arrived by horse and buggy to attend a dance that lasted all night. A small area to the right of the stage was fenced off with chicken wire so nonpaying customers could watch the entertainment, but could not dance; paying customers also used this nonpaying area to bed down their children. There was a chain around the oak tree out front, where drunken customers were restrained until they became sober. The hall usually hosts live music and dancing one Saturday evening a month from 8pm to midnight. The doors open at 7pm; free BBQ served at 7:30pm. The hall sells beer, wine, sodas and water. You may not bring your own liquor. The hall is available for private parties. (830) 833-4902. The dance hall is located at 1135 FM 3351 North in Kendalia, Texas, 8 miles south of Blanco at the junction of RM 473 and FM 3351. Most ticket prices are $10-$20. Children ages 11 and under are admitted free. (210) 863-1100. Email
Ahimsa Farm, Waring, TX:
This organic farm sells free range eggs, vegetables, fruit and flowers. CSA memberships are available for $200 a season. (830) 537-4875. (210) 323-8824. They are located at 65 Cravey Road, Waring, TX. From IH-10, take the Waring-Welfare exit, proceed past Po Po Restaurant. Go right on Waring Welfare Road and drive approximately 4 miles to Cravey Road; turn right and you will see House on Cliff ; come over the bridge to the first farm on the right after the Little Joshua Creek; the Ahimsa Farm sign is on the gate. Email
Ring Mountain Event Center, Waring:
This beautiful reservable 3,000 square foot facility features a spacious foyer with a limestone fireplace, floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors opening to verandas and grounds. Additional amenities include a kitchen and restrooms. This is a Kendall County Parks facility. (830) 537-3470. The center is located near Boerne, Comfort and Waring at Joshua Springs Park and Preserve at 716 FM 289.
Waring Fireman’s Hall Event Venue, Waring, TX:
(830) 995-5158. 205 Avenue C, Waring, Texas 78074.
Annual Comfort Little Theatre Shows, Late April-Early May:
Town residents produce an annual variety show which is written, directed and starred in by town residents. These hilarious productions include skits, music, dancing and parodies. Performances are held the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May at Waring Fire Hall in Waring, Texas at 205 Avenue C. Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning at 6pm. All proceeds benefit the Waring VFD, the library, senior citizens, and college scholarship funds for high school seniors. (830) 995-3131. Email
Annual Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail, Thanksgiving – 25 Dec:
This event runs from the last weekend in November until December 25th. The 2012 towns participating in this beautifully lighted trail include Bandera, Blanco, Boerne
, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg
, Johnson City
, Marble Falls
Waring General Store& Live Music:
This country store serves good hamburgers and hosts live music. (830) 995-4377. The restaurant is located at 544 Waring-Welfare Road. Reviews
Welfare Country Cafe, Welfare, TX:
This wonderful restaurant serves German and International cuisine indoors or on the patio. They host live music Thursdays and Sundays. Reservations are required. Call for hours. (830) 537-3700. The restaurant is located in the country on Waring-Welfare Road, south of Welfare, Texas and the fire hall. 223 Waring-Welfare Road, Boerne (Mail). Reviews
Po Po Restaurant (A Top Restaurant, Waring, TX:
They serve home cooked meals. In the past has voted several "Best in Kendall County," designations, including best service, all around food, catfish, chicken fried steak, fried chicken, seafood, and best steak. Open Sun-Thu, 11am-9pm. Fri & Sat, 11am to 10pm. (830) 537-4194. The restaurant is located off IH-10 at the IH-10 Exit #533. Email Reviews