Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg continues through Saturday

The family fun and frontier activities of Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg continue through this Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Activities for all ages take place from10 a.m.to5 p.m.They include blacksmithing, spinning, quilting, butter churning, flint knapping, and rope making. Re-enactors representing Buffalo Soldiers and mountain men will share their culture and history. Kids can sit in a one-room schoolhouse, taste biscuits from an authentic chuckwagon, and make old-fashioned toys.

By special arrangement, representatives of the Lakota Sioux tribe will be on hand in native regalia, with a tipi and camp set up for demonstrations and interaction.

Throughout Spring Break week, the museum’s regular exhibits and buildings also will be open for viewing. Visitors can walk through one a smokehouse, blacksmith shop, and an original Sunday House. The Museum Store at 325 W. Main is also open, with a collection of history books, T-shirts, gifts, classic games and toys.

Admission to Spring Break activities is the regular Pioneer Museum fee of $5 for adults; $3 for ages 6 through 17, and 5 and under free.

The exact schedule of the pioneer demonstrators will vary by day. The public is invited to call ahead at 830-990-8441 to get details of each day’s events.

Information online at www.pioneermuseum.net.


Vitner Dinner at Cabernet Grill – November 3

Chef Ross Burtwell will be hosting Grape Growers Neal & Janice Newsom of Newsom Vineyards in the Texas High Plains for a five course dinner with wine matched specifically to the cuisine at Cabernet Grill, Thursday November 3, at 2806 Highway 16 South.  Cost is $69.95 per person plus tax and 20% gratuity.  6:30 PM.  Advance reservations are required. Ticket may be purchased online or by phone (830) 990-5734.

Waygu, Wine & Jazz Music at Sugar & Smoke – March 30

Sugar & Smoke’s, 249 East Main Street, Celebration of Excellence at the table this Friday, March 30th. Carefully Selected Wines, Wagyu and YOU Taking In the Jazz Tunes of Jeff Lofton. Jeff was voted Best Jazz Band at the ’10-’11 Austin Music Awards! Visit http://www.jefflofton.com/ for more about Jeff.

This Friday celebrate a wine & wagyu dinner & dessert while you sip on one of our carefully paired wines. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30 and music in the courtyard by highly regarded Jazz great, Jeff Lofton ’til 9:30 p.m.

This is a $50 per plate event. Price includes wine, wagyu and song! Seating is limited to the first 50 respondents. Please call 830-307-3051 or email marketing@sugarandsmoke.com. Visit http://www.sugarandsmoke.com/live-music/ for details.

Oktoberfest Reminder Letters

photoSince so many of our guests make their Oktoberfest reservations a year in advance, we like to send them reminder letters. The reminders will go out this weekend. So if you have a reservation us at Oktoberfest, look for an envelope from us in your mailbox. We’re including the entertainment list for the weekend.

Don’t forget that our app, for both iOS and Android, can give you turn by turn directions to all the activities going on that weekend and to select restaurants and shops!

Prosit! and see you in 35 days!

2011 Roots Music Calendar Released

Leeann Atherton performed for Blues Night during the 2010 Roots Music season.

In 2011, the Pioneer Museum will be celebrating its 10th year of the Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country. For this special occasion, we will have a few surprises and an extra “Indoor Encore” in the Historic Sanctuary.

The Roots Music Series is a fundraiser for the Gillespie County Historical Society, a non-profit organization. It is a series of outdoor concerts under the trees on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum. Every summer we have 5 shows with 5 different genres of Roots music from 3 unique performers each night. We offer food, beer, wine and refreshments for sale and all kids under 17 get in free.

Visit www.pioneermuseum.net/roots-music for more details.

Come join us!

2011 Dates and Genres

May 28 – Bluegrass Night

June 25 – Americana Night

July 30 – Country Night

Aug 20 – Blues Night

Sept 24 – Roots Remix Special

Oct 15 – Roots Indoor Encore in Historic Sanctuary

Fredericksburg Restaurants Open Christmas Day

turkey with all the trimmingsAUGUST E’s
203 E. San Antonio St (830) 997-1585
Seatings at 2 PM and 4 PM, Reservations required

1035 S. Adams St (Hwy 16 S.) (830) 990-2808
Open 24 hrs

803 S. Adams (830) 997-3161
Open 7 AM – 10 PM

3234 Luckenbach Rd. (830) 997-0444
Open 11:30 AM – 6 PM

This information was provided by The Fredericksburg, Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Please call the restaurants to confirm the hours of operation.

Area New Year’s Eve Dances and Celebrations

Albert Dance Hall – 5435 S. RR 1623, Albert; dinner and dance; tickets online are $12 for dance in advance or $27 for dinner and dance; purchased at door dance cost is $15 (no dinner tickets sold on day of event); music at 8:00 p.m.by the Sam Bentley Band. 830-644-2042

Crossroads Saloon & Steakhouse – 305 W. Main St., Fredericksburg; $75 or $100 per person for dinner, dancing and champagne toast (or $50 for entertainment only); music by Freeride. 830-997-0485

Hangar Hotel Pacific Showroom – USO-Style Hangar Dance, 9:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m., 155 Airport Rd., Fredericksburg; $40; big band sound by Bill Smallwood and the Lone Star Swing Orchestra. Swing dance lessons from 8:00-9:00 p.m. 1940’s costume contest. Complimentary champagne toast, black-eyed peas and cornbread and party favors at midnight. 830-997-9990

Hill Top Cafe – 10661 N US Highway 87, Fredericksburg; reservations required; two dinner seatings – early 5-9 p.m. ($90) and late 9 p.m.-1:00 a.m. ($125); music by Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent. 830-997-8922

Hondo’s on Main – 312 W. Main St., Fredericksburg; no cover; music by The Dust Devils from 8:00-11:30 p.m. 830-997-1633

Luckenbach Texas – RR 1376 off Hwy 290, Luckenbach; limited number of tickets ($65 each) available for 9:00 p.m. dance with music by Randy Brown. 830-997-3224

Turner Club – 103 W. Travis, Fredericksburg; $15 per person; 8:30 p.m.; music by Sammy Geistweidt and the Wagon Aces. 830-997-3936

The Gastehaus Schmidt App Has GPS Directions to Fredericksburg Events

GHSscreenshotThe Gastehaus Schmidt app has built in GPS directions to many events and locations. 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!

Kite Day at LBJ State Park & Historic Site – March 22

Bring the family to the LBJ State Park & Historic Site from 1 pm to 3 pm and spend Saturday making and flying kites. Learn the basics of kite construction and flying a homemade kite. The park will supply recycled materials and help kids make their own kites; you are also encouraged to bring your own kites to enjoy flying in the park.

LBJ State Park & Historic Site is located 2 miles east of Stonewall, 14 miles west of Johnson City on US Highway 290 toward Fredericksburg. Adjacent to both Ranch Road 1 and US Highway 290; enter on Park Road 52. Call (830) 644-2252 for details.