Thanksgiving Reminder Letters On The Way Soon

We will be sending reminder letters to those who have reservations with us over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We will include a list of restaurants open Thanksgiving Day. We will get that list from the Visitors Center. You may contact them if you need the list right away. Please bring the enclosed map with you if you are arriving Thanksgiving Day.  We will be closed, but the keys will be delivered to the appropriate location by 2 pm.

Bluebonnet Tractor Ride – April 14

9th Annual Bluebonnet Tractor Ride.  Sponsored by the Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club.  This year’s route will take the members of the club and other interested parties on a 16-mile loop beginning at the Rheingold Schoolhouse on North Grape Creek Road, with lunch at the Cave Creek Schoolhouse before heading back to Rheingold.  Drivers are asked to be at the Rheingold School by 8 am with a drivers’ meeting at 8:30 am  before the 9 am ride.  Please visit the website for additional information.

Pre-registration fee of $30 includes lunch and a cap.  Registration on the day of the event will be $35.

Phone: (830) 889-9348

Tickets on Sale for 2010 Holiday Home Tour

The Weidenfeller House at 419 W San Antonio StreetThere is still time to purchase tickets for the Gillespie County Historical Society’s 2010 Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 11, 2010, from noon until 6 p.m.  Seven select homes will be open to the public for the first time, from historic properties that have been restored, to modern structures designed to capture Fredericksburg’s architectural heritage.

Tickets for the Home Tour are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to all properties. Tickets may be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net, or by calling 830-997-2835.  You can also purchase tickets in our office, or online while making a reservation for December 11.

Featured properties include:

The Larry and Deanna Corn home, built in 1995 and enlarged in 2009. This is a fine example of Fredericksburg’s “built new to look old” architecture.

The Marsha and Jerry Bane home is filled with antiques, accent pieces, and – during Christmas – will include antique glass Christmas ball ornaments that have been collected over the years.

The Cydney Donnell and Robert Lotito home was restored by well-known local architect Albert Keidel in 1939. The current owners have kept the footprint true to the original, with remodeling and decoration touches that add style and function.

The David and Ruth Lusk home and guesthouse provide stunning Hill Country views from hilltop settings. Vibrant wall color helps to showcase the owners’ collection of Blue Ridge Pottery.

The Jim and Carol McCrae home is one they built themselves in 1995. This original home was small and efficient, and built of reclaimed materials, and filled with antiques.

The Walter and Judith Skinner Fredericksburg Sunday house was in the Weidenfeller family. In its later years it was a B&B, and is now filled with treasured collections.

The Pete and Alice Jensen rock home has a lively interior that features Alice’s sewing hobby and Pete’s woodworking. The roomy kitchen leads to a beautiful yard and porch. The downstairs serves as a workshop and the upstairs is a B&B. (A Star in the Hills)

This event is the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit Society that was formed in 1934 to preserve and share the area’s cultural heritage. Details and tickets may be purchased by contacting the Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, 830-997-2835, or by visiting the web site.

St. John Lutheran Annual Homecoming – September 25

The St. John Lutheran Annual Homecoming event to honor the ancestors who founded this community and the church (which was built in 1897) will be held this Sunday, September 25 at the church at 14689 Lower Crabapple Road, in Fredericksburg. This event begins with a worship service at 10:30 a.m., followed by a barbecue lunch at noon. Cost for lunch is by donation. For details, call 830-685-3385.

37th Annual Hill Country Auto Swap Meet – July 26-27

Featuring a car corral, flea market with over 900 spaces, free parking and free shuttle service on Saturday. Concessions available. At Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, on Highway 16 South.

Friday and Saturday 8 am to 5 pm; Sunday 8 am to noon. Free admission. Call 830-998-4058 for more information

Gästehaus Schmidt Gift Certificates On Sale

Are you wondering what to buy your loved one, friend, boss or business associate for a birthday or anniversary?  A Gift Certificate to a Bed & Breakfast or Guest House is the perfect solution.  Just call 866-427-8374 toll free and purchase a gift certificate .  The recipient can check on-line and choose the home that is perfect for them!

Our gift certificates are good for two years, so they will have plenty of time to decide on a perfect time to visit!

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day

ANDY’S STEAK & SEAFOOD GRILL
413 S. Washington St (830) 997-3744
Open 11 AM – 2 PM Traditional Meal

AUGUST E’S
203 E. San Antonio (830) 997-1585
Seatings 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM
Traditional Meal – Reservations highly recommended

AUSLANDER
323 E. Main (830)997-7714
Open 5 PM – 9 PM

AUSTIN’S-The RESTAURANT at ROSE HILL MANOR
2614 Upper Albert Rd (Stonewall) (877) 767-3445
Seatings 1 PM & 4:30 PM
Prix fixe 5 Course Dinner – Reservations Required

CABERNET GRILL
Hwy.16 South ~ 1.5 mi. (830) 990-5734
Open 11 AM – 4 PM Traditional Buffet

DAVID’S OLD FASHION PIT BBQ
342 W. Main (830)997-7753
Open 11 AM – 5 PM
Traditional Meal & Regular Menu

DENNY’S
1035 S. Adams (Hwy. 16 South) (830) 990-2806
Open 24 hrs Regular Menu

FREDERICKSBURG BREWING CO.
245 E. Main (830) 997-1646
Biergarten open for UT and A&M game

FREDERICKSBURG GOURMET COFFEE & TEA
321 W. Main (830) 997-8327
Open 8 AM – NOON

HILL COUNTRY DONUTS & KOLACHES
605 E. Main (830) 990-2424
Open 5 AM – 2 PM

HILL TOP CAFE
10661 US Hwy 87 North (830) 997-8922
Open 11 AM – 2 PM
Traditional Meal-Reservations Required

LONGHORN STREET CAFÉ
621 Longhorn Street (830) 456-2768
Open 11 AM – 2 PM Traditional Meal

RATHSKELLER – HILL COUNTRY BISTRO
260 E. Main (830) 990-5858
Open 11 AM – 3 PM
Traditional Meal – Reservations recommended

SILVER CREEK RESTAURANT
310 E. Main (830) 990-4949
Open 11 AM – 9 PM
Traditional Meal

SUBWAY SANDWICH SHOP – WALMART
1435 E. Main St. (830)997-7444
Open 7 AM – 1 PM

THE PENALTY BOX
1311 Hwy 16 S. (830) 990-6929
Open 11 AM – 12 PM

WINSLOW’S
106 E. Main (830) 990-0168
Open 8 AM – 3 PM
Regular Menu

Restaurants Open Today

AUGUST E’s
203 E. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg
(830) 997-1585
Seating at 12 PM, 2 PM, & 4 PM, Reservations required

 

AUSTIN’S – THE RESTAURANT AT ROSE HILL MANOR
2614 Upper Albert Rd., Stonewall
(830) 644-2247
One seating at 6 PM, Reservations required


DENNY’S

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


FREDERICKSBURG GOURMET COFFEE & TEA

338 W. Main St., Fredericksburg
(830) 997-8327
Open 8 AM to 12 Noon


SAMMY’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

803 S. Adams, Fredericksburg
(830) 997-3161
Open 6 AM to 8 PM


SILVER CREEK BEER GARDEN & GRILL 
(Pet friendly)
310 E. Main St., Fredericksburg
(830) 990-4949
Open Noon to 6 PM


THE PENALTY BOX 
(sports bar)
1311  Hwy. 16 S., Fredericksburg
(830) 990-6929
Open 11 AM to Midnight


TOP DONUTS

915 E. Main St., Fredericksburg
(830) 997-9976
Open 5 AM to 2 PM


WINSLOW’S

106 E. Main St., Fredericksburg
(830) 990-0168
Open 8 AM to 11 AM

Above information supplied by individual restaurants. Hours of service may change without notice. Please confirm before making plans. 12/1/11

Dance at Turner Hall – December 7

Fredericksburg Social Turn Verein established in 1871Join the Fredericksburg Dance Club at the Turner Hall (Fredericksburg Social Turn Verein), at 103 E. Travis Street, Saturday from 8 pm to Midnight.  $10 at the door. Beer & Set-Ups available. Great dance floor and great music!

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.