F1 weekend alternatives, believe it or not they exist


by MORGAN CHESKY / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN


Posted on November 16, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 17 at 4:53 PM

AUSTIN -- From the track to the trail, the F1 footprint is hard to miss. More than 500 million eyes will be watching this weekend's race. The overwhelming majority, not in Austin, Texas, or even the U.S. where it's not as well known.

"Isn't it like racing or something?" asked Austin resident Sarah Biasello. "I'm not really into that so I'm just going to do my usual thing."

Fortunately Austin still leaves plenty of other options.

"I'm not going to be racing cars or watching cars," said Larry Jolly. "I'm going to be selling art.

But even Jolly can't resist putting a little F1 love into his art pieces in the East Austin Studio Tour.

"I'm offering fine art, spelled F-1-N-E," said Jolly. "I'm a designer, what can I say?"

At the Palmer Events Center, you can say Merry Christmas a month early. The Junior League of Austin's Christmas Affair offers a little bit of everything for everyone, no matter where you're from.

"My foreign language abilities are being challenged but so far it's all good," said Marilyn Wilson with The Junior League of Austin.

And speaking of  something for everyone, how about a circus, featuring the Acro-cats at East Austin Blue Theater. They're real, they're famous, and know how to rock.

If you are finally overcome by the F1 urge to watch, Barton Springs Saloon says come on by. Just don't plan on any TV's come Sunday.

"I think this weekend we'll try to put on the F1 race," said bartender Kristie Weeks. "But if people want to watch football, they're going to watch football."

So the F1 magic hasn't caught on everywhere just yet but what those in Austin do know is enough to carry the sport until it does.

"Fast cars and Europeans," Weeks said. "That's the only thing I can think of."

If you want to catch the cats in action, Saturday night marks their final show.

As for the Christmas shopping at the Palmer Events Center it goes through Sunday.

For people who want to take a little road trip, Marble Falls is hosting the Texas Fall Fest and Wine Auction through Saturday night.