Harper Sesquicentennial

Harper, Texas, will celebrate 150 years!  It promises to be a great family event, beginning with a Cowboy Breakfast (by donation) at 8:00 a.m. at the Harper Community Park.  The parade begins at 10:00 a.m.  Other activities include a Dutch Oven cooking contest, tour of the Harper School, beard/mustache contest, 42 dominoes tournament, washer pitching, Extreme “Pinewood Derby” race, live music all day and evening dance featuring The New Age Out-Lawz.  There will be food and refreshment booths plus a BBQ dinner. For more information call (830) 739-8512.

Garrison Brothers Bourbon Dinner at Fredericksburg Herb Farm – June 21

Garrison Brothers Distillery is the first and oldest legal whiskey distillery in Texas. On Thursday, June 21st you can meet with Dan Garrison, proprietor, while sipping fine straight bourbon whiskey and enjoying a four course meal prepared especially for the occasion by Asa Thornton, Executive Chef at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm.

A meet and greet with Dan Garrison is scheduled for 5PM – 7PM in the Bistro Bar at the Herb Farm; specialty bourbon cocktails will be featured during the evening. Dinner will be served at 7PM for $89/person (plus tax and gratuity); seating is limited and reservations are required. The price of dinner includes one specialty Garrison Brothers Bourbon cocktail and straight bourbon nosing/tasting after dinner. Make your dinner reservations by calling the Herb Farm at 830-997-8615.

Dinner will be served in the Farm Haus Bistro at the Herb Farm. The first course, seared buffalo carpaccio with arugula, shallots, capers, parmesan crisp, white truffle oil, lemon, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, will be followed by a curried vegetable risotto with shaved prosciutto and thyme served with a selection of vegetables from the local farmer’s market. The main course will be a bourbon barrel smoked prime New York Strip with chimichurri, ginger braised carrots and parsnips, and a maple bourbon chocolate pecan pie with vanilla bean whipped cream will be served for dessert.

Garrison Brothers Distillery is located in Hye, Texas, just 20 miles East of Fredericksburg on highway 290. Their bourbon is handcrafted from organic yellow corn from the Texas Panhandle, premium organic winter wheat grown right on their own ranch, two-row barley from the Pacific Northwest and Canada as well as fresh Hill Country rainwater that’s harvested and purified on site. Their mission is to study the craft of making fine bourbon and get better every day. More information can be found at www.garrisonbros.com.

The Fredericksburg Herb Farm, located at 405 Whitney in Fredericksburg (just four blocks off Main St.), is home to Nature’s Spa, Sunday House Cottages, the Farm House Bistro, Bistro Bar, the Poet’s House Gift Shop and a variety of gardens. More information about the farm can be found at www.fredericksburgherbfarm.com. Make your dinner reservation by calling 830-997-8615.

Johnny Rogers “Elvis & Beyond” Show at the Hangar Hotel

“Elvis & Beyond” is a tribute to the life and music of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley and will take you on a journey through the music that rocked a generation. The show celebrates Presley as well as legends like Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins and many more. Straight out of Branson from his number one show at Music City Center, Roger’s show is a certain crowd pleaser. Costume contest, too! A cash bar and concessions will be available.

Door at 6:30 pm; show at 7:30 pm. $35 per person includes party favors. Hanger Hotel is at 155 Airport Road.

2012 Roots Music Series Kickoff May 19 with Jazz Night

The Pioneer Museum will kick off its 11th year of the Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country on May 19, with a rare “Jazz Night” lineup of music, food, and family fun.

The May 19 concert will feature the following lineup:

6:30-7:25 Kris Kimura Quartet
7:40-8:50 Los Jazz Vatos
9:10-10:30 The Magnificent 7

All concerts take place on Saturdays from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., with gates open at 5 p.m. Guests can purchase a meal and refreshments of wine, beer, sodas, and water. Parking is free. The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg, with event entrance on Milam Street.

Admission is $12. Students high school age and younger are free. A $2 discount is available for advance online ticket sales or web page printout at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society.

Upcoming concert dates and genres are:
June 23 – Swing Night
July 28 – Multi-Culture Night
Aug 18 – R&B/Blues Night
Sept 22 – American Decades Night

For information: 830-997-2835, www.pioneermuseum.net, info@pioneermuseum.net.

Texas Hill Country Wineries “Holiday Wine Trail” – December 5-24

The most coveted wine trail of the year! Vineyards and tasting rooms are cloaked in lights, warmth and holiday fun. Receive a collectible Christmas ornament and enjoy 1 – 3 complimentary tastes per person at each winery and special discounts on wine purchases. This is a self-guided wine trail to all 42 participating wineries. Tickets are limited and must be purchased online. Additional Christmas ornaments will be offered to wine trail participants at a 50% discount.

During regular winery hours for 10 straight days. $60 per couple or $35 per single. Call 512-914-5561 for more information.

Historic Schools: Chicken BBQ Fundraiser

Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools, preserving the past to enrich the future. This event raises funds to help preserve the twelve historical former rural school buildings currently being used as public community centers in Gillespie County. Enjoy a chicken BBQ meal with all the trimmings as a drive-thru or dine-in at the American Legion Hall, 724 South Washington. Cost is $8 per plate donation, while it last. Call (830) 685-3385 for more information.

Dairy Daze at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park

Find out just how important the family milk cow was on a 1915-era German Family farm. Watch as the cow is milked at 9:30 am, observe the milk separating procedure and learn what products could be produced from the milk from the family cow. Try your hand at “milking” our non-kicking, non-moving cow which we have jokingly named “Half and Half”!

9 am to noon on Saturday. Donations welcome. 199 State Park Road 52, Stonewall, Texas. Call (830) 644-2252 for details.

Roots Music Series “Country Music Night”

977318_586196408091736_1056243595_o (1)Bring your whole family to the Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum, 325 West Main in Fredericksburg, Texas! 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 Texas Hill Country 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 “Country Music Night” featuring Mark Powell and Lariat at 6:30 pm and Bruce & Kelly Robison at 8:10 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.

Sustainability Green Home Tour – September 20

Fredericksburg SHINES, a local organization dedicated to educating the public about sustainable living, will host their second annual Fredericksburg fall tour of homes to spotlight local examples of sustainable, green-living practices. Nine homes will be featured on the tour. Sustainable practices to be showcased on the tour include solar applications for electricity generation and water heating. Also, for those interested in water applications, there will be examples of xeriscaping and sites with various-sized rainwater collection systems – some large enough to replace wells. Tickets for the event include a driving map and a description of what is available for viewing at each home. Tickets may be purchased online. Proceeds will help Fredericksburg SHINES to position Fredericksburg as the sustainability capital of Texas by staging more community educational events and offering consulting for those interested in sustainable living.

9 am to 3 pm. $25 per person.