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Harper Frontier Day and Rodeo – August 29-31

August 27th, 2014 by Jeff

50th Annual celebration, rodeo and dance with proceeds benefitting the Harper Community Park on Hwy 290 West.

Additional activities include kids’ fishing, “42” dominos, washer pitching and more.

Pioneer Museum open all day. For more information, please visit harpercommunitypark.com

Labor Day Office Hours

August 26th, 2014 by Jeff

In order to celebrate Labor Day, Gastehaus Schmidt will only be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday, September 1. If you are arriving on Monday, please check your information sheet for your holiday key arrangements.

Enjoy your holiday!

Fredericksburg Farmers Market – Thursday

August 25th, 2014 by Jeff

Fredericksburg Farmers Market Every ThursdayFredericksburg Farmers Market runs through August at Marktplatz. Bountiful fresh produce, including strawberries, will be available for sale! The market also features Artisan breads, award-winning goat cheese, grass-fed meats, free-range chicken and farm fresh eggs. Wines from local wineries are available by the glass or bottle.

URBANherbal Cooking & Gardening Classes: August 30 “Summer Soups and Sides”

August 25th, 2014 by Jeff

URBANherbal_logo 1“Summer Soups and Sides”.  11 am.  $75 per person.

Contact URBANherbal to custom design your private class/party for a couple’s retreat, for your group or organization, bridal or baby shower. Our preset classes are small and intimate maximum of 10 participants. Cancellations must be made 72 hours before class date in order to obtain a refund. See our website for more details.

Reserve you seat now!! wvarney@urbanherbal.com or 830-456-9667

LBJ’s 106th Birthday Celebration – August 27

August 24th, 2014 by Jeff

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical ParkLBJ at the buffet will celebrate the 106th anniversary of President Johnson’s birth on Wednesday, August 27.

Visitors are invited to the Visitor Center first for a welcome kit, park permit and information on the day’s activities. The public can see a film about the President and the Texas Hill Country along with many exhibits. Throughout the day, visitors can visit the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm and participate in old-time family games and see how President Johnson grew up in the Texas Hill Country. While at the park, make sure to see the presidential exhibits, pack a picnic basket, enjoy the Pedernales River and visit the park store for park and historical-related souvenirs.

There will also be a wreath laying ceremony at his gravesite in the Johnson Family Cemetery by representatives from Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio at 10 am.

For more information on this and other park events, view  or call (830) 868-7128, ext. 222.

Grape Stomp at Chisholm Trail Winery – August 30

August 24th, 2014 by Jeff

chisholmgrapestompJoin Chisholm Trail Winery (2367 Usener Road)  annual Labor Day “I Love Lucy” style grape stomp!

Stomping is free.

Wine by the glass, sangria and peach bellinis and wood-fired gourmet pizza available.

Live music by John Arthur Martinez from 2 to 5 PM. Winery open from noon to 6 PM.

Pacific Combat Zone Reenactment – August 30-31

August 23rd, 2014 by Jeff

Pacific Combat Zone Reenacment at the Nimitz museum November 13-14Living History re-enactors at the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War will present three Pacific Combat Zone renenactment shows on both Saturday and Sunday. The 90-minute shows begin at 10:30am, 1:00 and 3:30 pm each day at the Pacific Combat Zone.

Visitors will learn about the American and Japanese forces as they prepare for battle on a Pacific island. Weapons will be discussed and demonstrated and later used in a final attack on the Japanese-held island. Attendees will feel the rumble of a Stewart tank as it moves past the audience and onto the battle field. The only operational WW II flame-thrower in Texas is used in the final assault.

Appropriate for the entire family, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. World War II veterans and children under six are admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased at the Pacific Combat Zone at the beginning of each performance or in advance at the Front Desks of the Admiral Nimitz Museum on Main Street and the George H.W. Bush Gallery on E. Austin Street. The majority of the programs are standing room only so it’s advisable to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to show times.

While 80 percent of the seating is shaded, sun screen and hats are recommended. Ear plugs will be provided.

The Pacific Combat Zone’s “Ship Store” will be in full operation before, during and after each performance. In addition to various snacks, bottled water and soda, there will be an assortment of adult and youth field gear, hats and tee shirts. Children’s helmets, toy guns, army action figures and gliders will be offered for sale. Rounding out the list are photographs of the volunteer re-enactors (available for autographs, too).

Roots Music Series “Texas Rock ‘n Roll Night” – September 30

August 23rd, 2014 by Jeff

Bring your whole family to the Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main Street! Listen to emerging and established artists at these live, outdoor concerts. Dance on the dance floor beside the stage and under the trees. Get comfortable in your favorite lawn chair under the stars. Dine on some of the best cooking in the county with a cold beer, wine, water or soft drinks for sale. Every month brings a different genre and menu. This month is “Texas Rock ‘n Roll Night” featuring Al Staehely at 6:30 pm, George DeVore at 7:45 pm and Freddie Steady 5 at 9:15 pm. All proceeds support the Mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society (GCHS).

Gates open at 5 pm; music starts at 6:30 pm. $15 per person at the gate or $13 online. Kids under 18 are free.

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

August 22nd, 2014 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!

Old Railroad Tunnel Bat Cave

August 22nd, 2014 by Jeff

detourNightly May through October – every evening at dusk, up to 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge! Thursday through Sunday watch from the lower viewing area and enjoy the educational presentation by a park interpreter. For current emergence time, please call the Bat Hotline. Bat emergence is unpredictable and is not guaranteed.

Upper viewing area is free. Fee for the lower viewing area is $5 per person regardless of age and is limited to the first 70 people, first come first served.

From the Nimitz Museum, go east on US 290 for about 5 miles to the Cain City Road. Turn right. and drive about two miles. At the Yield sign, turn right and take the next left (Broadway Street). Drive Broadway until it intersects with Grapetown Road. Continue left to go to Alamo Springs Cafe, and the Bat Cave.

(Click here for a Google Map.)