SystemsGo signs historic agreement with White Sands Missile Range

Brett Williams, founding instructor of SystemsGo Aeroscience, and Brigadier General John Regan, Commanding General of White Sands Missile Range, complete a signing ceremony culminating a year-long process to establish an Education Partnership between the two entities. Systems Go is a non-profit, educational organization which promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics studies within high schools students. The organization offers a two year Aeroscience program where students build and launch a fully functioning rocket. Photo Credit: Adriana Salas, Staff Writer, White Sands Missile Range

On Thursday, July 14, 2011, representatives of SystemsGo traveled fromFredericksburg,Texas, to the U.S. Army’sWhite Sands Missile Range,New Mexico, to sign an historic Educational Partnership Agreement.

Brigadier General John S. Regan, Commanding General of White Sands Missile Range, signed the agreement with Brett Williams, founding instructor of SystemsGo Aeroscience. It was one of the last major tasks of Brig. Gen. Regan before relinquishing command.

The signing ceremony culminated a yearlong process to establish an Education Partnership between the two entities. “It’s been a long road but a very successful one,” Williams said.

According to Williams, SystemsGo’s main goal is to promote an engineering career path to High School students by creating a program that is rich in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). SystemsGo is now used in 60Texashigh schools, with 1600 students designing, building, and launching their own rockets. The program also hosts summer rocket camps for young students, and conducts training for high school science teachers.

According to Scott Netherland, SystemsGo Board of Directors and author of the agreement, this Education Partnership Agreement will expand the opportunity for SystemsGo high schools to travel to White Sands Missile Range to accomplish the Level Three (Goddard) rocket launches. These launches are designed to lift a 35-pound university payload to an altitude between 80,000 to 100,000 feet, and require the use of a national range to provide range safety, tracking, and recovery of the launch vehicle.

FredericksburgHigh Schoolstudents have traveled to WSMR for the past 13 years for these launches, and this year will be the first time for other high schools using the SystemsGo Aeroscience curriculum to travel to WSMR for the Level Three launches. This agreement also formalizes the partnership between SystemsGo and WSMR that has been informal and on a year-to-year basis. In so doing, it ensures schools entering the Goddard phase will have launch opportunities into the future.

The schedule calls for students from threeTexashigh schools to travel to WSMR in August for launching their rockets.

Others participating in the ceremony included Netherland and the following WSMR personnel: Mr. Dan Hicks, Chief of Staff; Mr. Lance Smith, Test Officer; Mr. Cedric Baca, Chief, Special Projects Branch; Mrs. Leticia Sanchez-Freeman, Chief, Operations Control Division; Mr. Dick Vanbeest, Chief, Management and Contract Analysis; Branch; Mr. Patrick Romero, Deputy Director, Materiel Test Directorate; Mr. Enrique Torres, Intern.

SystemsGo is a 501(c)(3) Education non-profit organization with the mission to enhance education and workforce development and to inspire tomorrow’s innovators. This curriculum is intended to allow the United States to produce the ”most valued engineer” to compete in the global market and to allow the United States to maintain the competitive edge in technology and manufacturing industries.


GCHC Announces Home Tour Participants

The Gillespie County Historical Society has unveiled seven properties that will be featured on the 2010 Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 11, 2010, from noon until 6 p.m. These select homes will be open to the public for the first time on the Home Tour, according to Jennifer Schandua, Home Committee Chair. Highlights range from historic properties that have been restored, to modern structures designed to capture Fredericksburg’s architectural heritage.

One of the homes on the Fredericksburg Christmas Home Tour

309 West Schubert

Tickets for the Home Tour are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to all properties. Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 830-997-2835, or at Gästehaus Schmidt Reservation Service, 231 W. Main Street.

The homes are:

Larry and Deanna Corn

209 E. Centre Street

The Corn home that was built in 1995 and enlarged in 2009 is a fine example of Fredericksburg “built new to look old” architecture. Long leaf pine floors and trim compliment the limestone walls and create a cozy feeling that wraps itself around you as you enter the front door. After purchasing the home, the Corns initiated an addition to its footprint, creating a new large living and dining area with vaulted ceiling. The entire home looks into a courtyard area surrounded by a rock fence with grass and native plants.

Marsha and Jerry Bane

305 S. Milam Street

This beautiful home is filled with antiques, accent pieces, and – during Christmas – will include antique glass Christmas ball ornaments that have been collected over the years. A hobby /laundry room right off the kitchen holds a gorgeous display of plates and accessories in bookcases all along the far wall. A huge limestone fireplace stands freely in the area between the front entry and living room. Marsha has loads of silver accent pieces on her vanity and around the soaking tub in the master bathroom, with unusual shadow boxes scattered on every free space of wall in the master bath! A friend of hers makes cute and kind of wacky characters out of random scraps of paper, fabric, objects-just whatever and attaches them to the outside of her gifts. Marsha has kept all of these, framed them and put them on display!

Cydney Donnell and Robert Lotito

309 W. Schubert

Purchased and restored by well-known local architect Albert Keidel in 1939, this home stands the test of time. The current owners have kept the footprint true to the original. It has small rooms, especially the kitchen, but makes good use of the space. It features tile and hardwood floors, fireplaces, and a bay window overlooking a fountain running through the garden. In the master bedroom there is an armoire facade built up to the wall to cover a standard size closet-very clever and attractive. The homeowners remodeled the master bathroom, featuring a skylight with a huge chandelier, a beautiful corner tub, exposed limestone walls, and an adorable vanity. The home is nicely decorated with eye-catching upholstery and a grand piano.

David and Ruth Lusk

768 Pecan Creek Rd

Out of town, the newly built Lusk home and guesthouse provide stunning Hill Country views from hilltop settings. The guesthouse was built first for the owners to enjoy while construction on the main home was underway. Vibrant wall color as you enter the home helps to showcase the owners’ collection of Blue Ridge Pottery. A small screened in porch is sited to catch summer breezes, and a beautiful in-ground pool and surrounding landscaped patio beacons you to relax and enjoy the view. All areas of the property are pet friendly to accommodate the owners’ love for rescue animals. After retiring from busy careers out of state, the owners have happily settled in to the Fredericksburg community and lifestyle.

Jim and Carol McCrae

623 Walking Plow Rd

The McCrae’s out-of-town home is one they built themselves in 1995. This original home was small and efficient, and built of reclaimed materials by the couple on weekend visits from their busy lives in San Antonio. After completing the house, they had a new barn built, and converted the old barn on the property into their guest quarters. An addition to their main house was completed in 2009. The home is filled with great antiques collected throughout their lives, and the views are spectacular. It is truly a property where their skills and their love of history are on display.

Walter and Judith Skinner

419 W. San Antonio Street

This old Fredericksburg Sunday house was in the Weidenfeller family. In its later years it was a B&B, and is now the second home of this retired couple from Dallas. Judith has filled the home with treasured collections. The old rock home has clearly been well preserved. The living room features a fireplace, wood floors, baby grand piano, and antique furniture. The sitting area appears as though it may have been the back porch to the original house because the floor is rock. There is an old tub in the bathroom with a wood surround and a collection of samplers on the wall. An addition now houses the dining area and country kitchen, where Judith displays her collection of chickens from Schwettmann’s Taxidermy. Around the back corner of the kitchen is a staircase leading down to the wine cellar, probably the original home’s root cellar. Upstairs is a guest room that displays many children’s antiques. This small house packs a punch!

Pete and Alice Jensen

406 N. Washington Street

This newer rock home has a cheery feeling as soon as you walk in, thanks to the lively yellow painted walls. Alice’s hobby is sewing and she has dressed the windows in her home, patio cushions, and much more. Her husband Pete’s hobby is woodworking. He has made many of the furniture pieces, including the nifty sewing table that folds out of the standard closet in the spare bedroom. The master bedroom showcases some more furniture built by Pete. Their living room has two sleighs on the wall that Pete made and a coffee table. There is a grape press behind one of the couches in the living room that came from Alice’s family. The roomy kitchen leads to a beautiful yard and porch where they have their morning coffee. The Jensens built a two-story building immediately behind the main house. The downstairs serves as a workshop for Pete and the upstairs is a B&B, A Star in the Hills.


The Society is also hosting the Tannenbaum Ball on Saturday, December 4, at the Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Park beginning at 7 p.m. The theme for the Tannenbaum Ball is the Diamond Anniversary, with elegant meal, first class entertainment, silent and live auction, and prize drawing. The prize drawing is for a .75-carat oval diamond valued at $2,200 donated by Segner’s Jewelers. Prize tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased from Segner’s Jewelers at 236 W. Main St, Fredericksburg TX; Janie Trantham at 830-990-9675 or email at; or Pam Spruiell at 830-997-5809 or email at

Tickets for the ball are $100 per person, or $125 for reserved seating. People can purchase reserved seats by calling 830-997-2835.

These events are the largest fundraisers 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.

Pioneer Museum sponsors history photo contest

The public is invited to have antiques appraised at the “What’$ It Worth” event returning to the Pioneer Museum on April 15 & 16, 2011.For the first time the public is invited to submit entries for the new, juried photo contest in conjunction with  “What’$ It Worth?” the popular antique appraisal event hosted by the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on April 15 & 16, 2011. Deadline for entries is April 12.

The photography theme is black and white historical images taken from a creative point of view. The photos must be the artist’s original work.

The jury will award prizes of $100, $50, and $25 for top entries. Entry fees are $10 per image or 3 images for $25 and contestants may enter as many images as they wish.

Contest entries are due with payment by April 12 at the Society office, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg TX 78624. Further details will be made available on the website.

The photos will be part of an exhibit to be displayed for 30 days ending May 12, 2011. Visitors may purchase select framed black and white photos from the Museum collection, along with others offered by photographers. Part of the proceeds will go to the Museum.

Judges are James Fox, fine art photographer, teacher, and  owner of James Fox Photography; Lance Tatum, principal and owner of Lance Tatum Architect; and Cynthia Lively, owner of cynlee-studios.

In its second year, the popular appraisal event offers several new activities.

Nine independent antique appraisers will view furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, photographs, books, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, western and Fredericksburg memorabilia, and other collectibles from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday. Individual appraisals will be offered at $10 per item. Large items can be appraised by bringing in a high-quality photograph with written detail if available.

This year’s appraisers include:

Margaret Mangum, antique dealer and shop owner for 30 years; Tim Taylor, owner of Whistle Pik Galleries in Fredericksburg; Shawn Umphress, antique dealer and shop owner; Ron Woellhof, owner of Showcase Antiques in Fredericksburg; Harold Scharold, consultant, teacher, lecturer, and author; Glen Treibs, a premier local historian and dedicated collector of local memorabilia; Larry Jackson, consultant for museums, auction houses, collectors, decorators, authors and estate sale specialists; Jim Holley, collector of fine Western and Texas collectibles; and Rachel Fitch, owner of Fitch Estate Sales.

On Saturday, guests can attend four new seminars. They are:

9:30-10:15 Provenance -Stephen Vollmer

10:30-11:15 Antique Guns and Fire Arms & their Evolution in Texas -Bill Thompson

11:30-12:15 Antique China -Eva Lee

1:00-1:45 Incorporating Antiques into the Home –Brenda Newman & Michelle Weberpal

Seminars are $10 each, or guests can purchase VIP tickets for $50. A VIP ticket will admit the holder to up to four seminars by antique experts and includes two appraisals. Refreshments will be available, along with David’s Old-Fashioned Pit Bar-B-Que, who is donating part of the proceeds to the Museum.

An expanded Friday evening catered cocktail reception will feature Bruce Shackelford, international expert and a popular TV appraiser. Guests will enjoycatering by featured Fredericksburg Restaurants: August E’s, Amish Market, Bejas, Chocolat, Dutchman’s, Fredericksburg Fudge, Navajo Grill, Sunset Grill, with beer, wine, champagne, soft drinks. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and will include one free appraisal on Saturday.

Event appraisers are independent of the museum and society. Appraisals are for fair-market value, and not intended for insurance and tax purposes. No appraisals offered on jewelry or Oriental items. The Gillespie County Historical Society holds no liability for inaccuracies or damaged items.

For information and to purchase tickets, call 830-997-2835, email, or visit online at

URBANherbal Cooking & Gardening Classes: “Healthy Diet” – January 24

URBANherbal_logo 1“Healthy Diet”.  11 am.  $65 per person.

Contact URBANherbal to custom design your private class/party for a couple’s retreat, for your group or organization, bridal or baby shower. Our preset classes are small and intimate maximum of 10 participants. Cancellations must be made 72 hours before class date in order to obtain a refund. See our website for more details.

Reserve you seat now!! or 830-456-9667

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day

413 S. Washington St, Fredericksburg
(830) 997-3744
Open 11 AM – 2 PM
Traditional Meal

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

323 E. Main, Fredericksburg
Open 5 PM – 9 PM

2614 Upper Albert Rd, Stonewall
(877) 767-3445
Seatings 1 PM & 4:30 PM
Prix fixe 5-Course Dinner – Reservations Required

BUC’S (Sports Bar)
304 N. Llano, Fredericksburg
(830) 990-1283
Open 4 PM to 2 AM

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

342 W. Main, Fredericksburg
(830) 997-7753
Open 11 AM – 3 PM
Traditional Meal & Regular Menu

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

1425 E. Main, Fredericksburg
(830) 997-4600
Open 4 PM to 9 PM

605 E. Main, Fredericksburg
(830) 990-2424
Open 5 AM – 2 PM

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

301 E. Main, Fredericksburg
(830) 307-3184
Open 10:30 AM to 8 PM

803 S. Adams, Fredericksburg
(830) 997-3161
Open 7 AM to 3 PM
Regular Menu

310 E. Main, Fredericksburg
(830) 990-4949
Open 12 AM – 8 PM
Traditional Meal

1435 E. Main St, Fredericksburg
Open 7 AM – 1 PM

6258 E .US Hwy 290 in Rocky Hill, Fredericksburg
(830) 990-8800
Seatings 12 PM and 3 PM
Traditional Meal Reservations Required

915 E. Main, Fredericksburg
(830) 997-9976
Open 5 AM to 1 PM

1311 Hwy 16 South, Fredericksburg
(830) 990-6929
Open 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Traditional Meal
Reservations Required

106 E. Main, Fredericksburg
(830) 990-0168
Open 8 AM – Noon
Breakfast Menu

Note: Information provided by above restaurants. Please call to confirm hours. Updated as of 11-02-12.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving painting

Gästehaus Schmidt is closed today.  You can still make reservations online.  We will not be able to process your confirmations and maps until Friday.  We will not be answering our phones.  We will not be answering our On Call phone.

If you are arriving today, please check your “Holiday and Late Arrival Key Arrangements” on the map we sent you.  Your key will be at its pickup location at 3 pm.

If you are having problems with your accommodation, please contact the manager or owner of the property.  Their number is on the map that we sent you.

If you are departing today, and you need to return keys to our office, please drop them in the mail slot in our front door.  Please drive carefully.  We’d like to see you again next year.

Have a wonderful holiday.

We will re-open tomorrow at 9 am.

Jaycees Turkey Shoot – November 1

Have you ever been to a Turkey Shoot?

Well now is your chance….the Fredericksburg Jaycees are having their 60th annual Turkey Shoot two weekends in a row..
Sunday October 27th and Friday November 1st from 10:00 a.m. to dusk!

Come see all the action on both weekends.

Live turkey head shoot, sight in range, bow and arrow, no hand guns, WIN PRIZES… also the paddle wheel, food and refreshments available.

At the Tivydale Shooting Rang, 13 miles west on Tivydale Road (FM 2093)

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!