Turner Hall BBQ – March 1

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.

Harvest Wine Trail – August 12-14

glass of becker wineThe hills are alive with the sound of “salute!”.

August brings about the festivities of harvest at our beautiful Texas Hill Country wineries. The annual self-guided trail takes place the second and third weekend of the month. The participating wineries sprinkled throughout the Hill Country debut exciting new wines providing insight into their winemaker’s visions. Please visit www.texaswinetrail.com for maps and other information.

Easter Traditions at Sauer-Beckman Farms – April 19

Photo by La Branĉaro

Take the kids to participate in an old-fashioned Easter celebration at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park on Hwy 290 near Stonewall during its Easter Traditions event on Saturday, April 19 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Costumed interpreters provide insight to life as early German settlers, showing how those early settlers performed Easter traditions, like dyeing eggs naturally and building grass nests. While there, stop by to see all of the Farm’s newborn animals. There’s no cost to attend; however, donations are always welcome. For details, call 830-644-2252.

Jazz in January at Chisholm Trail – January 18

Join Chisholm Trail Winery will release three new wines – the 2012 Belle Starr Blanc du Bois, the Twilight Ride (dry red blend) and the 2008 Almagres Lenoir (port styled wine).  The Corrina Rachael Quartet will play jazz tunes from 12:30 to 3:30PM.  Plenty of wood-fired pizza available. For more information about any of these events, please call the Winery at (830) 990-2675 or email them at chisholmtrail@beecreek.net.

To visit Chisholm Trail Winery at 2367 Usener Road, follow 290 West from Fredericksburg toward Harper 9 miles from Fredericksburg, turn left onto Usener Road.  Follow Usener Road 2.36 miles to Chisholm Trail Winery.

American Legion Turkey Shoot – November 4

Target shoot at 100 yards using rifles and pistols (bring your own) at Harper Community Park on 290 West, 20 miles from Fredericksburg, Friday November 4, from 10 am to 5 pm. There will also be a raffle wheel with lots of prizes. $4 per shot. Spectators free. All proceeds benefit the American Legion Post 650. Call 830-864-4364 for more information.

Fasching Ball – February 18

Inspired by Germany’s “go a little crazy” pre-Lenten Karneval season, in the late 1800’s the Casino Club of Fredericksburg sponsored masquerade balls in the Nimitz Ballroom to give its members one last fling before Lent began. Fasching Week in Fredericksburg seeks to revive that tradition.

The Fasching Ball promises music, Karneval -style entertainment, ice sculptures, vodka and bourbon bars, a cigar suite and fabulous cuisine by Don Strange of Texas. Set for Saturday, February 18, and running from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., the conference center at The Hangar Hotel, located at 155 Airport Road in Fredericksburg, will be transformed into a “Winter Karneval.”

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Lodging and Hospitality Association (FALAHA), part of the proceeds from the Fasching Ball 2012 will benefit the Hill Country Needs Council, while additional proceeds will fund expansion of the event weekend in 2013.

Costumes are encouraged for this event or cocktail attire with mask.

Tickets for the Fasching Ball 2012 are $150 per person or $2,800 for a sponsor table that seats eight. Tickets are on sale now at August E’s, located at 203 East San Antonio Street during normal restaurant hours. For more information, visit www.karnevalfasching.com or call Joe Cloud at (830)998-1981 to reserve a table or purchase individual tickets.

 

‘Tis the Season for Gift Certificates

sm_treeAre you wondering what to buy your loved one, friend, boss or business associate for a Christmas, birthday, anniversary or wedding gift? A Gift Certificate to a Fredericksburg, Texas  Bed & Breakfast or Guest House is the perfect solution. Just call 866-427-8374 toll free and purchase a gift certificate.  We can email the certificate to you so you can still get it in time for Christmas!

Harper VFD Fish Fry – November 2

Harper Volunteer Fire Department Officers

Derek, Brent, Kim and Homer – Officers of the Harper VFD

Every November, the town of Harper, on US Hwy 290 West, 30 miles west of Fredericksburg, comes together as a community to show the Harper Volunteer Fire Department how much they are appreciated. This fish fry, held at the Harper VFD at 11 am on Saturday, benefits the department and helps them be able to purchase needed equipment. Cost is by donation. Tell a firefighter “Thank You!”.

Fredericksburg Food and Wine Festival – 10/22

20th Annual Food and Wine Festival in Fredericksburg, TexasThe Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest will be in its 21st year on October 22, 2010, from noon to 7 pm. Held in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas, on Marktplatz (the 100 block of West Main Street), it is a full-course celebration of Texas food, wine, music, specialty booths, food court, and fun for all.

$20 General Admission includes the following: Souvenir Fest wine glass, Six Tickets towards wine tastings (6 tickets = 1 glass or 3 samples), Five sessions of the popular Grape Expectations Cooking School,Great music, an auction and the Great Gargantuan Grape Toss, Texas wine & Texas specialty food to sample, admission to the Food Court (Purchase more food).

Call 830-997-8515 for more information.