St. Joseph’s Halle Craft Show

Handmade items from local artists, holiday decor, shabby chic furnishings, mosaic stained glass, spoon jewelry and much more. At historic St. Joseph’s Hall, 212 W. San Antonio. Call (512) 355-9041

9 am to 5 pm. Free admission.

Van Der Stucken Music Festival – March 29

Music fans are invited to help celebrate the life and music of Fredericksburg native son Frank Van der Stucken at the Van der Stucken Festival this Saturday, Mar 29, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg TX. The event is free and open to the public.

The Van der Stucken Festival was established in 1991 by Friends of Van der Stucken to increase appreciation for the life and work of Fredericksburg native composer Frank Van der Stucken. This will be the first year that the nonprofit Fredericksburg Community Orchestras (FCO) presents the festival. This year’s program will introduce the first Van der Stucken Composition Contest. The winner of this nationwide competition will be announced at the festival and the winning composition will be premiered by an ensemble of FCO.

Also on the program:
Hermann Sons Mixed Choir and the Arion Men’s Choir, led by Mark Hierholzer

Soprano, Brynn Bowyer singing Ave Maria by Franz Schubert; Du bist die ruh by Franz Schubert; and Gedenken-Vergessen by Frank van der Stucken, Op. 17, No. 7.

The Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, directed by Theresa Britt
-Incantations by David Hinds
-Tango D’Amour by Susan Day
-Vistas de Mexico by Ken Keuning II. Cancione de Amor, III. Fiesta
-Brook Green Suite by Gustav Holst I. Prelude II. Air. III. Dance

Traditionally the evening concludes with the audience joining in singing Nun danket alle Gott (Now Thank We All Our God).

Refreshments will be served following the performances.

The Van der Stucken Festival is supported with contributions from the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance, Monterrey Iron & Metal Works, and Jack Vexler, whose wife, Bette, is a direct descendant of Frank Van der Stucken.

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Thanksgiving Dance at Pat’s Hall – November 23

Come to Pat’s Hall (406 Post Oak Road) in beautiful Fredericksburg, Texas on Thanksgiving Friday night (November 23) to dance off that turkey and dressing and extra helping of Grandma’s pumpkin pie. We’ll have Darrell and Mona McCall and Justin Trevino to keep your feet moving! Heck — bring that whole houseful of company.

Darrell McCall was a regular at Pat’s Hall during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Born in and raised in New Jasper, OH, Darrell began his musical career by landing a slot as a Saturday morning DJ on a local radio station when he was 15 years old. Around the same time, he was playing local dances and events as a musician. Following his high school graduation, he joined the Army, where he was stationed in Kentucky. After his tour of duty was completed, he and his childhood friend Johnny Paycheck moved to Nashville in 1958. Darrell and Johnny attempted to record as a duo, but they were unsuccessful. Eventually, Darrell became a studio harmony vocalist, singing on records by Faron Young, George Jones, and Ray Price among others. In a short time, the studio work metamorphosed into road work, as he played bass and sang harmony for several different touring bands, including those of Young, Price, and Hank Williams Jr.

By the time Trevino hit his early teens, his father started persuading local club owners to let his son get up and perform. Justin landed his first professional gig at 13, and by his freshman year in high school, he had formed his own band, Justin Trevino & Sunset Country. In 1990 Justin routinely performed at Harry Weiss’ Red Eye Saloon in San Antonio Texas. It was there at the age of 16 he met and performed for the first time with his hero, Johnny Bush. The two struck up a life-long friendship. Trevino would later work for Johnny Bush as a Bandalero from 1994-2003. He split his time during these years, also playing bass for Don Walser, Cornell Hurd and Darrell McCall while maintaining his own band.

Tickets are available online at and at the door. The dance is in the hall from 8 p.m. until midnight, and the doors open at 7 p.m.

Billy Mata and Texas Tradition Band at Pat’s Hall – February 9

Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition Band play traditional country and western swing music at its best. They are the most nominated band by the Academy of Western Artists, and Winner of the 2009 Western Swing CD of the Year, “This is Tommy Duncan.” They have also just released a brand new CD entitled, “By Request.”

The band has been performing traditional music for Texas dancehalls and a brand new generation of western wing dancers. The music is all energy, heart, spirit, and the magic musical talent of Billy’s band, The Texas Tradition, now celebrating more than 30 years together!

The dance is from 8 to midnight, and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door. BBQ sandwiches, sausage wraps and chips and queso will be available, as well as a beer and wine cash bar. Sorry, no BYOB. Tickets are available online.

Pat’s Hall is at 406 Post Oak Road.

Labor Day Weekend at Luckenbach – August 1 to 3

Saturday featuring The Rankin Twins at 1 PM and Jason Boland & The Stragglers at 9 PM ($20 cover).
Sunday featuring the Quincy Harper Band at 1 PM and Micky & The Motorcars w/Rob Baird at 8 PM ($20 cover).

Monday featuring the Jimmy Lee Jones Band at 1 PM.

Come out and enjoy!

SystemsGo signs historic agreement with White Sands Missile Range

Brett Williams, founding instructor of SystemsGo Aeroscience, and Brigadier General John Regan, Commanding General of White Sands Missile Range, complete a signing ceremony culminating a year-long process to establish an Education Partnership between the two entities. Systems Go is a non-profit, educational organization which promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics studies within high schools students. The organization offers a two year Aeroscience program where students build and launch a fully functioning rocket. Photo Credit: Adriana Salas, Staff Writer, White Sands Missile Range

On Thursday, July 14, 2011, representatives of SystemsGo traveled fromFredericksburg,Texas, to the U.S. Army’sWhite Sands Missile Range,New Mexico, to sign an historic Educational Partnership Agreement.

Brigadier General John S. Regan, Commanding General of White Sands Missile Range, signed the agreement with Brett Williams, founding instructor of SystemsGo Aeroscience. It was one of the last major tasks of Brig. Gen. Regan before relinquishing command.

The signing ceremony culminated a yearlong process to establish an Education Partnership between the two entities. “It’s been a long road but a very successful one,” Williams said.

According to Williams, SystemsGo’s main goal is to promote an engineering career path to High School students by creating a program that is rich in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). SystemsGo is now used in 60Texashigh schools, with 1600 students designing, building, and launching their own rockets. The program also hosts summer rocket camps for young students, and conducts training for high school science teachers.

According to Scott Netherland, SystemsGo Board of Directors and author of the agreement, this Education Partnership Agreement will expand the opportunity for SystemsGo high schools to travel to White Sands Missile Range to accomplish the Level Three (Goddard) rocket launches. These launches are designed to lift a 35-pound university payload to an altitude between 80,000 to 100,000 feet, and require the use of a national range to provide range safety, tracking, and recovery of the launch vehicle.

FredericksburgHigh Schoolstudents have traveled to WSMR for the past 13 years for these launches, and this year will be the first time for other high schools using the SystemsGo Aeroscience curriculum to travel to WSMR for the Level Three launches. This agreement also formalizes the partnership between SystemsGo and WSMR that has been informal and on a year-to-year basis. In so doing, it ensures schools entering the Goddard phase will have launch opportunities into the future.

The schedule calls for students from threeTexashigh schools to travel to WSMR in August for launching their rockets.

Others participating in the ceremony included Netherland and the following WSMR personnel: Mr. Dan Hicks, Chief of Staff; Mr. Lance Smith, Test Officer; Mr. Cedric Baca, Chief, Special Projects Branch; Mrs. Leticia Sanchez-Freeman, Chief, Operations Control Division; Mr. Dick Vanbeest, Chief, Management and Contract Analysis; Branch; Mr. Patrick Romero, Deputy Director, Materiel Test Directorate; Mr. Enrique Torres, Intern.

SystemsGo is a 501(c)(3) Education non-profit organization with the mission to enhance education and workforce development and to inspire tomorrow’s innovators. This curriculum is intended to allow the United States to produce the ”most valued engineer” to compete in the global market and to allow the United States to maintain the competitive edge in technology and manufacturing industries.