Round Top Antiques and Crafts Shows
Emma Lee Turney founded the Round Top Antiques Fair over forty years ago in the Round Top Rifle Hall. She has transformed the economy, the landscape, and even the culture of the sleepy little backcountry town that was once Round Top. Emma Lee and the shopping juggernaut she began, has inspired many other copycat antiques and craft events over that 40 years, and together with her four venues, they attract the single largest influx of tourism, tourist dollars, and sales tax revenue of the year in Fayette and surrounding counties. Antiques Week (which is really approaching three weeks these days), draws as many as 50,000 visitors to the area, according to some of the more optimistic estimates.
Camp Shakespeare is a two-week University of Texas residential summer camp for young people, ages 11-16,* dedicated to exploring Shakespeare through performance. It was founded by James B. Ayers, the original founder and instructor of Shakespeare at Winedale. Young people find their way not through rehearsals but performances. Every moment is a performance. Campers are challenged to play out their interpretative discoveries on stage.