Tribeza Talk: Outdoors
An insider’s guide to what’s buzzing around Austin
by Nicole Beckley
Not that you need any additional reason to enjoy a delicious summer treat (isn’t the heat enough?), but July 21 is National Ice Cream Day. Local sweet-treats purveyor Lick is celebrating by introducing vegan ice cream sandwiches. Embrace the holiday with a thick layer of vanilla coconut milk ice cream on two gluten-free chocolate cookies.
Feel like you’re having a Caribbean getaway without leaving downtown. Opened in May, the Lost Lei is serving up tiki drinks with aplomb — and a fair amount of rum. Opt for one of a dozen classic cocktails or try a Polynesian Retreat, Fog Cutter or El Diablo (yes, it contains tequila) in festive glassware.
Here Comes the Sun
“I’m pretty privileged, because I get a front-row seat to see two bands a week of my choice,” David Arnsberger explains. As the host of “Texas Radio Live,” on Sun Radio, Arnsberger runs a live show every Wednesday night in the courtyard of Güero’s Taco Bar on South Congress.
“We’re in our eighth year now, and we wanted to have a show where we could feature not only some of the best talent in Texas, but also focus on the depth of talent we have in the Austin area,” Arnsberger says. Robert Earl Keen and Ray Benson have graced the oak garden stage, with fans enjoying a drink in the shade or listening online. “We’ve got listeners in at least 20 different countries that we know of, all across the world,” Arnsberger says, “and that’s pretty cool.”
Get on Board
After Tony Smith built a wooden canoe as a personal project, he wanted to build something else. He decided on a standup paddleboard, setting the course for what would ultimately become Jarvis Boards. Today the company’s surfboards and paddleboards are custom-built by hand, with inlaid designs created using different woods, including cherry, maple and bubinga, and finished with a recycled resin. The beautiful paddleboards weigh between 23 and 28 pounds, with two styles available, perfect for floating on Lady Bird Lake.
“Since 1997, Austin’s Yellow Bike Project has been a resource for bicycle enthusiasts, and those who want to be. Through the project’s regular hands-on community workshops, kids and adults can learn the ins and outs of bike maintenance and repair. Bicycles donated to the nonprofit get refurbished and given away to partner organizations like Caritas, Refugee Services of Texas and many others.
During the day, the storefront sells frames, parts and used bicycles to keep its programs running. Cyclists can also pick up a City of Austin bike map, which highlights comfortable bike-friendly routes around town. From YBP’s East Austin outpost, riders can take the Southern Walnut Creek Trail, a protected path that extends all the way to Manor Road.
“I feel like every woman can feel beautiful no matter what age they are; they don’t have to wear a shirt on top of a bikini, they don’t have to wear a one-piece that’s just a basic stitch and style,” says JodiLeigh Fetterolf. After moving from London to Austin in 2015, Fetterolf wanted to follow her fashion-forward impulses. She started Millie Mayfield, bringing a love of floral patterns and ’40s-style cuts to swimwear. The online shop launched in March. “A lot of the cuts we have are high-waisted,” Fetterolf says. “It covers the right places and makes you feel more confident.”