Texas Hill Country Home & Garden Show – March 14-15

Join us for this 2nd annual event that the whole family is sure to enjoy! Featured speakers include HGTV Star Abby Vasek and Fredericksburg’s own Bill Varney from Urban Herbal. Musical entertainment by The 4 Proches. To be held at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds on Highway 16 South. More information available online.

$5 adults; kids under 17 are free. Saturday 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday 11 am to 3 pm. Call (830) 992-2662 for more information.

Austin Baroque Orchestra & Chorus present “A Cantata by Any Other Name . . .” – March 15

Austin’s period-instrument orchestra and chorus presents a program of sacred and secular baroque music including J. S. Bach’s Jesu, der du meine Seele, Charpentier’s regal Te Deum, and works by Buxtethude, Galuppi and Jerusalem performed on replicas of instruments from the 18th century. To be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 306 West San Antonio.

Informal pre-concert talk begins at 3:30 pm; concert from 4 to 6 pm. Donations gratefully accepted. (512) 912-6827

Spring Break Party at Luckenbach, Texas – March 14

Spring Break with Reckless Kelly, Micky & The Motorcars, and Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros! Saturday Night Concert – Texas Rock-Country-Folk-Soul and the world famous Luckenbach, Texas dance hall, 412 Luckenbach Loop off of RR 1376. Advance tickets and more information available online.

8 pm rain or shine. $20 advance tickets or $25 at the gate; kids 12 and under are free. Call (830) 997-3224 for more information.

Texas Independence Day at Luckenbach, Texas – March 7

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

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.

The Original Texas Star Trail Ride – March 6 to 14

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

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.

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

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.