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First Friday Art Walk – March 6

March 4th, 2015 by Jeff

First Friday Art Walk in Fredericksburg, TexasOn the first Friday of every month, 9 art galleries keep their doors open late to show off  the finest in regional, national & international art being displayed in a beautiful Texas Hill Country setting.  Along with the art, each gallery serves local wines from Becker Vineyards, Torre di Pietra and others, and some offer live entertainment.  For schedule of events, visit the First Friday Art Walk website.

Texas Independence Day at Luckenbach, Texas – March 7

March 3rd, 2015 by Jeff

Luckenbach, Texas celebrates Texas Independence. Official Texas Flag retirement ceremony with Texas Rangers. Starting at noon, Brian Burns and Doug Moreland entertain and present history through music. The Texas Star Trail Ride comes through town around 3 to 4 pm – it’s a sight to behold. Then to end the day, Dusty Britches and The Rhythm Ranch Hands will be in the dancehall at 8 pm and there is no cover charge. For more information, call (830) 997-3224 or (888) 311-8990.

Travis’ Letter – Happy Texas Independence Day

March 2nd, 2015 by Jeff

Commandancy of the Alamo
Bexar, Feby. 24th 1836

To the People of Texas & all Americans in the world —

Fellow citizens & compatriots —

I am besieged by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna —

I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man —

The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken —

I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls —

I shall never surrender or retreat.

Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch —

The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country —

Victory or Death.

William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt.

P.S. The Lord is on our side — When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn — We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels & got into the walls 20 or 30 heads of Beeves.
Travis

The Original Texas Star Trail Ride – March 6 to 14

March 1st, 2015 by Jeff

480_A_IMG_1477Join us as we ride The Original Texas Star Trail through Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, Stonewall, Johnson City, Blanco, Fischer, Wimberley and Driftwood. Each year, about 300 people take part in the 112 mile ride. It’s the experience of a lifetime and one you will not forget. We cross 40 cattle guards through more than 20 Texas Hill Country ranches, including the LBJ Ranch. Spectators welcome! Please visit the website for more information.

Phone: (512) 791-2503

Rockbox Theater Celebrity Series presents Donny Edwards, Elvis Tribute – March 4-5

February 28th, 2015 by Jeff

Donny Edwards’ dynamic performance will take you back to the 1950’s and the early years of rock ‘n roll, getting you “all shook up” all over again. Then you’ll revisit the legendary Las Vegas years of the 1970’s as Donny recreates the performances of the one and only “King of Rock ‘n Roll”.

Two performances only at 7 pm at Rockbox Theater, 109 North Llano. $37 – $47 adults; $17 youth. Tickets by reservation available online.

Forget Someone’s Birthday? Get Them a Gastehaus Schmidt Gift Certificate!

February 27th, 2015 by Jeff

It’s never too late to give someone a belated birthday gift. Gästehaus Schmidt has the perfect gift for the people in your life: a Gift Certificate to their favorite guesthouse or bed and breakfast in Fredericksburg, Texas or the Texas Hill Country!

Our Gift Certificates are valid for two years, giving your friends plenty of time to find the perfect occasion to visit.

It’s not too late! Call us at 866-427-8374 and get your Gift Certificate now!

Admiral Nimitz Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series with George P. Shultz – March 4

February 27th, 2015 by Jeff

Join us in Fredericksburg, Texas, the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, for the initial event of the 2015 Admiral Nimitz Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series, at 304 W. San Antonio Street.  Featuring George P. Shultz, former Chairman of President Ronald Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory board and Secretary of State from 1982-89.  All tickets include dinner and open bar.  Cocktail Party begins at 6 pm, Remarks and Q & A at 7 pm, followed by Dinner.  Signed copies of Issues on My Mind: Strategies for the Future by George P. Shultz will be available at the Cocktail Party.  To be held at the St. Mary’s Parish Center.  Space is limited and is on a first come basis.  To purchase tickets immediately, contact Laura Nelson at (830) 997-8600 ext. 200 or nelson@nimitzfoundation.org

Individual tickets are $250.

“Golden Initials” Painting Class at The Yellow Door Studio – February 28

February 26th, 2015 by Jeff

Are you looking for an easy way to explore your creative side and have a fun night out ? Grab your significant other and a bottle of wine and come paint with us at The Yellow Door Studio, 810 N. Llano.! All supplies are provided, as are experienced local artists and teachers, Jill Holland and Shannon Birchum, who lead you step-by-step through the process of recreating the featured artwork. The Yellow Door Studio is Fredericksburg’s first community arts education center, offering a variety of artistic training for all levels and abilities. Come have fun with us!

6 to 8 pm. $45 per painter. (830) 456-0422.

Plan Your Visit to Fredericksburg, TX with Our Free Smartphone App

February 26th, 2015 by Jeff

GHSscreenshotThe Gastehaus Schmidt app has built in GPS directions to many events and locations in Fredericksburg, Texas and the Texas Hill Country. Need GPS directions to a winery or the Pedernales Brewing Company tasting room? Before you arrive in Fredericksburg, download our iPhone or Android app.

  • There is an “What’s Happening” tab with GPS directions to the events around town.
  • You can find GPS directions to select wineries, restaurants and shops as well.
  • Send a “Wish You Were Here” e-Post Card directly from the app to one of your friends!
  • You can also preview some of our lodging.

The app is free. Comment here, or on our Facebook page, and let us know what you think!

Turner Hall BBQ – March 1

February 25th, 2015 by Jeff

Fredericksburg Social Turn Verein established in 1871Turner Hall is having its annual Pork B-B-Q Dinner on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 103 W Travis Street. Serving starts at 11:00 am. $10.00 donation per plate. To go plates only.

Turn Verein (that’s the Texas spelling of Turnverein) was orginally a gymnastic and social club begun in 1811 in Germany by Friedrich Ludwig Jahn.  Turn Veriens were established all over the country promoting gymnastics and calisthenics, and Turners contributed to the standardization and popularization of bowling nationwide.

Since 1854 there have been twenty-eight turnvereins in twenty-one Texas communities, some with over 600 members. As soon as possible after formation, all acquired halls spacious enough to accommodate gymnastics. Whether simple frame structures or elaborate masonry complexes housing bowling alleys, ballrooms, theatres, and saloons, nineteenth-century Texas Turner halls were often centers of community life. Financing came primarily from dues and rental and sale of property, although tax incentives and rent-free buildings for community service projects were sometimes provided. In 1984 six Texas turnvereins remained active: Boerne, Comfort, Fredericksburg, Houston, La Bahía, and San Antonio. Turners, however, have contributed much more than buildings. Though begun as gymnastic societies, most vereins also had social, intellectual, and benevolent goals. Houston’s Turners cared for the sick and needy, established schools, and provided dramatic and musical entertainment for the public. Turners organized elaborate Fourth of July celebrations for their towns or counties and made turnverein parks, gymnasiums, and bowling alleys available for general use. Most significant, Turners founded several of the first volunteer fire departments and provided fire protection for years. The Houston and Fredericksburg clubs received citations for this work. The 1870s were the heyday of turnvereins in Texas, with fifteen new clubs organized, both by second-generation German Texans and by Turners from other states. –

Mary Lou LeCompte, “TURNVEREIN MOVEMENT,” Handbook of Texas Online(http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/vnt02), accessed February 15, 2011.