Saturday, December 22, 2012

Last Friday Nite Winner

Congratulations to Pat Blakely !! Mrs. Pat won our last Monterey Square Friday Night Lights Shopping Spree Gift Certificate!  The Merchants of Monterey Square in downtown Wharton want to thank you for shopping with us and we wish each of you a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dec. 14th Winner!

The third winner of the $50 Gift certificate from the Monterey Square Merchants Friday Night Lights Shopping Event is Jason Young!!  Jason is new to our community and really enjoys living on the Square.  Join us Friday night, Dec. 21st, from 5 to 8 pm for great shopping sales and wonderful Christmas Caroling with Doc Blakely and the Java Jam Band!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bobby Bridger, Musician/Writer At Java Jam Thursday

Bobby Bridger, a descendent of legendary mountain man/explorer Jim Bridger, began work on his highly-acclaimed epic trilogy A Ballad of the West over four decades ago. Since 1974 Bridger has traveled the globe performing this historical trilogy as a one-man show to audiences in America, Canada, Europe, Australia and Russia. Add Wharton, Texas to that elite list. Don’t miss this one.
Bridger began his professional recording career in 1967 in Nashville recording for Monument and Nugget Records before signing with RCA Records in Hollywood in 1970. Bridger recorded two albums for RCA -Merging of Our Minds, and, And I Wanted to Sing for the People- before departing the label in 1973 to retreat to Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert in order to reinvent himself and focus on his career as an epic balladeer. Since the early 1980s Bridger has produced Heal in the Wisdom, Songs from A Ballad of the West, and the highly-acclaimed four-disc boxed set, A Ballad of the West, on his own Golden Egg Records.
Bridger has performed twice on PBS’s Austin City Limits, on PBS’s American Experience, twice on C-Span/Booknotes, once on ABC’s Good Morning America, on CNN, on
A & E, on National Public Radio, and on the Australian Broadcasting Company. He has been an artist-in-residence at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and was the first poet/balladeer-in-residence at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. He worked with the production team developing the American Indian classic, Black Elk Speaks for stage and film,
served on the board of directors of the American Indian Theater Company from 1982-1987, and was featured with David Carradine and Will Sampson in an American Indian production of Black Elk Speaks in Tulsa in 1984. Bridger’s trilogy of one man shows of A Ballad of the West ran in repertory each summer at Old Trail Town in Cody, Wyoming from 2000-2004.
Bridger is the author of a hardback and paperback edition of A Ballad of the West, the award-winning, Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull: Inventing The Wild West, an autobiography, Bridger, and he contributed essays to anthologies on American western literary giants John G. Neihardt (A Sender of Words) and Frank Waters (Frank Waters: Man and Mystic ). Bridger’s script for a DVD production was a Silver Spur finalist for the Western Writers of America’s 2009 “Best Documentary Script”. The DVD production also features a documentary based on Bridger’s life and work (Quest of an Epic Balladeer) and a host of other special features. Bridger’s book Where the Tall Grass Grows: the Mythological Legacy of the American West was published in autumn, 2011. Bridger is currently writing, painting, sculpting, and touring. More at

The Java Jam is 6 pm to 9 pm, Thursday, December 20. Bring a covered dish and $15 per person. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights
Every Friday Between
November 30th and December 21st
Stores open til 8 p.m.
Special Sales and Great Music
Everything from the
Wharton County Junior
College Band on November 30th
Christmas Carol Sing-a-long
with Doc Blakely and the Java Jam Band
on December 21st
All music 6 to 7 pm

Drawing for $50 Gift Certificate to any participating
Downtown Merchant!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Brennan Leigh at next Java Jam, Thursday Nov. 29   
"If what passes for country music these days gives you a headache, Brennen Leigh has the remedy." So wrote the Austin Chronicle in a review of the talented singer-songwriter's latest album The Box. She mixes the traditional sounds of country and bluegrass effortlessly and with deep admiration, yet manages to remain contemporary with subject matter that is both fascinating and universal.

Born in Fargo, North Dakota, Leigh lived in Moorhead, Minnesota where she began performing with her brother Seth Hulbert. In 2002, she decided to give Austin a try.

2004 was a banner year for the then fledgling singer-songwriter. She began a Tuesday night residency at Austin's Evangeline Cafe, one that continues to this day. She also released Too Thin To Plow, a satisfying display of her firm grasp on Americana that won her some opening dates with Ralph Stanley.

Leigh has expanded her audience to Europe, especially in Norway where she's performed eight times since 2005. In the multifaceted Austin music scene, Brennen Leigh stands apart with talent that is distinctive and a sound that is uncommonly satisfying. See for additional information.

Come join the fun at Milam Street Coffee Shop, Thursday, November 29, 6 pm to 9 pm, Wharton's most unique live music/dining experience.  Here's how it works.  Bring a covered dish of your choosing.  Don't worry about what, just bring enough food for you and a little extra (it always works out) and $15 per person to drop in the cover charge jar.    

Thursday, September 27, 2012

50 cent coffee !

Can't beat this deal!  Buy one of our travel mugs for $6.99, receive your first drink of choice for free and any regular coffee thereafter in your cup is only 50 cents!!


September 2012 Java Jam for the Fitness Center

Follow the link below to see some great videos of the last Java Jam.  Possum and the Bee, Jim Starr, The Davangs, and the Java Jam Band all did a wonderful job of raising money for the Fitness Program at Wharton High School.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mudslide Coffee

New coffee flavor -- MUDSLIDE !! And no it does not contain dirt! It has wonderful chocolate!! Come and try a cup! Open 7 am to 6 pm Monday thru Wednesday and 7 am to 8 pm Thursday thru Saturday

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September Java Jam - A Special Nite Out

Our September 2012 Java Jam will move to Thursday night Sept. 20th. 
The Java Jam Band will be joined by a great set of musicians who will play jazz, country, rock and swing!! 
More info to come, but mark your calendars for this special night which will raise funds for the Wharton High School Weight Room!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Monterey Square Wine and Arts Fair 2012

Here is the 2012 Art Poster for this year's Wine and Arts Fair.  It is available for purchase at Montgomery Gallery and Frame Shop on the Square.  Come and sip, shop and stroll with us along the wine trail of Haak wines.  3 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, October 13th in downtown Wharton.  Sample 12 different wines, beer, wonderful art shows, and music.  Purchase some of the areas best food!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

August Java Jam

The next Java Jam, 6-9 pm, Friday, Aug 24 will feature Bill Holt and David Waters, both award winning musicians. As usual guests perform the first set from 6 to 7pm, the always great buffet is served from 7 to 8 and then the Java Jam Band challenges the visiting professional colleagues to a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants hour of musical one-upmanship and merriment to top off the night.
David Waters, guitarist extraordinaire, has been breaking picks and wearing out strings for 50 years all over America, Europe, Canada and cruise ships. He currently plays with Billy Mata and Texas Tradition out of San Antonio and was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2010.
Bill Holt, a proud citizen of Boling, has been dragging a big stand up bass around the world and is recognized as one of the legends of this instrument. He too has played, for the last 5 years, with the highly regarded Billy Mata band, and like his partner was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame in the same year as Waters. Together they are a dynamic duo.
The Java Jam takes place on the square in Wharton, Milam Street Coffee Shop. There is a $15 per person cover charge and guests are asked to bring a covered dish with a little extra to share.  Everyone is invited to Wharton’s unique live music, entertainment and dining experience.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Lonesome Dave Kemp and Duke Davis Special Guests at next Java Jam

“Lonesome Dave” Kemp, a native of Tennessee, who now makes his home in Bandera, Texas, will be the guest entertainer for the Java Jam, Friday, July 27, 6-9 pm at Milam Street Coffee. His producer, Duke Davis, who was so well received here a few months ago, will be back to perform with him. Kemp is a songwriter and guitarist. He has toured with George Strait and opened for many legendary performers including Reba McIntyre.

In 2010 he joined Duke Davis and Buckshot as their guitarist. This gave “Lonesome” a chance to elevate his songwriting and contribute to Buckshot’s Western Swing ‘Cow Jazz’ sound with many of his own compositions, and as a featured vocalist, as well.

Kemp’s Tennessee roots surface in his writing and playing, but he’s got enough Texas ‘twang’ in his soft, soothing voice to make him the real deal! There is a $15/per person cover charge and attendees are asked to bring a covered dish with a little extra to share. The always bountiful buffet also features special desserts contributed by local providers. You may bring your own wine or purchase delicious beverages. The Java Jam is fast becoming known as Wharton’s most innovative, economical, dining/entertainment outing.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Deals on your favorite drinks!

New Summer Deals !!

Treat Yourself Thursday
all 16 oz Shakes, Malts,
and Floats $2.75

Frappe Friday
all 16 oz Frappes $2.50

Smoothie Saturday
all 16 oz Smoothies $2.25

New Hours
Monday – Wednesday
7 am to 6 pm

Thursday – Saturday
7 am to 8 pm

Come join the fun!

Saturday, June 9, 2012