Location, Location, Location
In 2017 the OYOU made a huge leap forward into our future space by finding a permanent location on Wilory Farm, in lovely Martindale, Texas. The majority of our programs now take place right here, on 12 acres — alongside pet goats, rescue mutts, and a donkey.
Now in its 3rd season, the recent set of winter concerts were hugely successful and well attended at the spacious St Mark’s Episcopal Church Activity Center. The City of San Marcos provided a grant to enable us to both pay our performers and provide a free concert series to the public.
During this 5th annual event, the OYOU catered to Women in Need who continue to contribute to their community despite personal challenges such as being full time caregivers, special education teachers/coaches, and women undergoing cancer treatment or other health crisis. Scholarships were provided to those who otherwise would not have been able to afford this life changing retreat.
Playing for Good
Always a fun event with music, art and auction, the OYOU was able to collect and redistribute $1500 to local nonprofits through this event held at the Quail Creek Country Club. In March 2018, we changed the name from "Playing For Good" to "TammiFest" in memory of Tammi Hendrix. She was kind, a talented artist, an entrepreneur, and the beloved sister of Terri Hendrix. Our October event was a huge success in part, due to the tremendous support of local restaurants, artists, and businesses that endorsed our women's music festival by way of silent auction gift certificates and items.
In conjunction with the community minded Root Cellar restaurant in San Marcos, this Hurricane Harvey relief concert was quickly assembled to respond to the needs of our Port Aransas friends, and were able to collect and disperse $2700 for these victims.
The scope and variety of our workshops continues to grow, now adding our first youth songwriter camp in downtown Martindale for summer 2018. Other workshops provide special focus on guitar techniques, songwriting, learning to play a musical instrument, and more. Plans for 2019 include two kid's camps. 2019 finds the OYOU adding workshops that include self-defense, mosaics, and knitting!
OYOU Kid's Club
2018 we launched the OYOU Kid's Club.
2018 we launched "Harvest." This is a women's music group that meets to write, play music, jam, and perform.
Creativity and Songwriting
Creativity is good for the soul, and OYOU helps to teach this important skill through a variety of workshops and classes.
The Best People
OYOU is blessed with wonderful volunteers who come from the local community and even from Austin and San Antonio to support our concerts and events. Our email distribution list now tops 10,000 supporters and fans!
The OYOU was again honored to be chosen after careful vetting by Amplify Austin to be one of their selected local non profits for the annual March donation drive. With the help of Deep Eddy Vodka and hundreds of supporters, the OYOU exceeded its fund raising goal and collected $8098 in 2018 to use towards our growing scope of events.