Coming up this weekend...
Gem and Mineral Show brings displays and demonstrations to Lady Bird Johnson Park south of Fredericksburg, Jan. 17-18. 830/997-6187.
Old Gruene Market Days in the historic district north of New Braunfels happens Jan. 17-18. 210/629-6441.
The Ultimate Wine and Food Pairing Cookbook by Merrill Bonarrigo, co-owner of Messina Hof Winery in Bryan, starts with the wine and then recommends complementary dishes. Available in bookstores. 409/778-9463.
Snow conditions and other skiing information are available at 888/SNOBLAST or http://www.snoblast.com. This is a good place to start exploring resorts to which you have never been.