Founders Day Celebration – May 10

Wreath laying at the Vereins Kirche at 9:30 am followed by another wreath laying and tour at Der Stadt Friedhof on N. Lee Street. Living History activities will take place on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum such as rope making and doll making. Visitors will be treated to free beer tasting from Fredericksburg Brewing Company and Pedernales Brewery from 2 to 5 pm. A social hour will begin at 5 pm followed by a dinner at 6 pm. The dinner will be held in the historic sanctuary of the First Methodist Church and tickets are $15. Descendants of early Fredericksburg families who were engaged in the brewing heritage of Gillespie County will be honored.

9:30 am to 5 pm. Regular museum admission is $5 adults; $3 students; children 5 and under are free.

126th Gillespie County Fair – 8/21-24

IMG_3067Join us for a weekend of Texas Hill Country and Gillespie County hospitality, including fun, entertainment and a few ice cold beverages at the 126th Gillespie County Fair – the oldest, consecutive annual County Fair in the State of Texas.

Once again we will have a great lineup of events – carnival and midway, great fair food, livestock exhibits in the show barn, agriculture and household exhibits, arts and crafts booths, antique tractor shows, live pari-mutuel horse racing, and dancing under the stars to live music!

Thurs gates open at 5 pm and admission is free.  Fri gates open at 1 pm and all students, kids and seniors are free.  Sat and Sun gates open at 10 am and general admission is $5 for adults; $1 ages 6 to 12; under 6 free.  Sat dance and admission after 6 pm is $10.  Box seats for horse racing are $9.

The Gillespie County Fairgrounds is on Highway 16 South. Just follow all the cars.

ST. JOSEPH SOCIETY ANNUAL FEAST DAY BARBEQUE

Don’t cook lunch on Sunday! The St. Joseph Society annual Feast Day BBQ starts at 10:30 am at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 West San Antonio. The meal includes pork barbecue and all the trimmings. You can drive through or eat in. There will be a raffle and silent auction. Scott Eilers will perform until 12:30 when The German Mixed Choir performs.  call 830-997-9505 for more information.

Gillespie County Bundes ShuetzenFest – August 2-3

Old time German target shooting competition.  At the Texas Hills Sporting Range on the Tivydale Road. 12905 FM 2093. Call 830-997-8006 for more information. Spectators welcome! Barbecue, hamburgers and drinks will be available for sale.

Saturday 1 to 5 pm; Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. Call (830) 997-8006 for more information.

“We Need a Little Christmas” – December 22

Please join the Texas Society for the Preservation of St. Joseph’s Halle for a benefit concert at  212 W. San Antonio Street.  A Classical Celebration of Christmas, with lyrico soprano, Sara Michael Jacobi, and other wonderful musicians.   Saturday, December 22, 2012, from 7-9 pm.  All donations will go toward the restoration project for the Halle, and are tax deductible.

Fest Nacht – February 2

photo-5Plans are set and the public is invited to Fest Nacht, the kickoff event of Fasching Fredericksburg, on Saturday, Feb 2, 2013, from 7 pm until midnight at MarktPlatz in downtown Fredericksburg.

Inspired by the German Mardi Gras, Fest Nacht is described as the Rock-n-Roll party of the year. Guests are encouraged to put on their most outrageous costume and get ready to enjoy a night of music, dancing, laser light show, fun, and fundraising. Refreshments are BYOB.

The party features Memphis Train, a 9-piece dance band that delivers R&B, soul, funk, Motown, Disco and jazz music all night long. Other entertainment includes a laser light show, contests, and a table decorating contest with a theme of “make believe roadies.” The venue will be open all morning for table setup.

Individual tickets for Fest Nacht are $60 each, with tables of 10 available for $495. Fest Nacht is a fundraiser for two area nonprofits: Hill Country Community Needs Council and
PAWS.

Fest Nacht is the kick-off for Fasching Fredericksburg – the 10-day German Karneval, a time of festivity, fun, and fundraising. Other public events include the Fasching Ball on Saturday, Feb 9, and Fat Tuesday on Tuesday, Feb 12, at Lincoln Street.

Alternative Gift Market at Memorial Presbyterian Church – November 9

Memorial Presbyterian Church will hold an Alternative Gift Market at the church fellowship hall located on 601 N. Milam, Fredericksburg, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 9. Proceeds from the Market will go to support organizations that promote human dignity and social justice and make a difference in individual’s lives.

Art of Palm –Panamanian textiles with mola motifs designed by Kuna artists in Panama. Molas are sewn by hand in a reverse appliqué technique using layers of colored fabrics. Most of the artists are the sole wage earners trying to sup-port their families.

Pal Craftaid – Fair Trade olivewood and embroidered crafts made by Palestinian Christians. The proceeds help sup-port families, schools, elderly groups and community cooperatives. Pal Craftaid is a non-profit ministry of compassion, hope and healing for Palestinians.

Eternal Threads- handmade paper, shawls, felt pillows, Nativities, and baskets from Afghanistan, Africa, Madagascar, and Nepal. Eternal Threads is a non-profit located in Abilene, Texas, that benefits women by providing sustainable fair income for their handmade goods.

Women’s Bean Project- soup mixes, jewelry, and other food items made by women in Denver, Colorado. Women in the project learn job readiness and life skills so they can obtain and keep mainstream employment.

SERRV- handmade baskets, scarves, children’s musical instruments, jewelry, Nativities, and Christmas ornaments. SERRV is a non-profit alternative trade and development organization serving more than 30 countries.

Heifer International- offers opportunities to purchase various animals and provide them to families around the world, who then promise to pass along their offspring. Also, small stuffed animals – goats, rabbits, bees, cow, sheep and pigs) and children’s books are available for purchase.” .

Equal Exchange- coffee and chocolate bars sold to guarantee a fair price for the farmers who belong to small farmer organizations in Africa, Asia, and the United States.

Memorial Presbyterian Women of the Church- home baked holiday treats, jams and jellies.

Proceeds will benefit students attending the Cailloux School located at the Hill Country Youth Ranch, Ingram, Texas.

Guatemalan goods – colorful textiles including table linens, laptop cases, bags, stoles; gift items, jewelry. These goods are made primarily by women, who help to support, or are the sole support, of their families.

Partners for Just Trade – Haitian metal art; also from Peru – jewelry, pottery, bags, painted and carved gourds. The organization helps impoverished men and women work together to produce these unusual, but lovely items, and to sell them at a fair price.

Rahab’s Rope – jewelry, scarves, jewelry bags – this organization helps women and girls of India who have been or are in danger of being forced into the sex trade. they provide vocational training and education.

African Team Ministries – baskets, carvings, jewelry. They provide funding for orphans and refugee relief missions and evangelism in East Africa.

Presbyterian Children’s Home – cards designed and crafted by the children. PCHAS provides group homes for children whose families are unable to care for them – sometimes temporarily, sometimes until the child is an adult.

…..plus, a CD of Celtic Christmas music will be available for sale

Fasching Ball and Fat Tuesday – February 9 and 15

Fasching Fredericksburg, the 9-day celebration of German Karneval, continues with the Fasching Ball on Saturday, Feb 9, and Fat Tuesday on Tuesday, Feb 12.

The Fasching Ball will be held at the Hangar Hotel, from 7 pm to 11pm. This event is a formal costume ball filled with Ice Sculptures, Vodka Bar, Bourbon Bar, Cigar Suite, Kabarett-style entertainment by Fredericksburg Theater Company, and live jazz combo Altered 5. Guests will also enjoy catered serving stations by premier Fredericksburg restaurants August E’s, Vaudeville, and The Herb Farm. Ticket prices are:

$150 Individual Ticket
$1500/Table for 4
$2800/Table for 8
$3900/Table for 12

Fat Tuesday is the traditional Mardi Gras part to be held at Lincoln Street Wine Bar, from 4 pm until midnight. Organizers describe this as a New Orleans-style street party with a Hill Country flair. The event begins in the afternoon, with activities for the whole family, including live music, a children’s parade, face painting, and costume contest. Beginning around 7 pm, the activities shift to a more adult crowd, with more live music, contests, and crowning of the Fasching King & Queen. Ticket prices: $10 Individual Ticket/Tables of 10 for $200

Tickets for all Fasching Fredericksburg events can be purchased online at www.FaschingFredericksburg.com, or by calling 830-998-1981.

Gillespie County Historic Schools Annual Open House (5 Schools)

Former students will be available to share stories of school days from the late 1800′s to mid 1900′s. Come see the classrooms like the one your ancestors might have attended. ”Preserving the past to enrich the future.” Schools open for this event include the Willow City School, Rheingold School, Cave Creek School, Nebgen School and Junction School. Please come by the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center for a driving map or visit the website to download a map.

10 am to 4 pm. Free admission, but donations gladly accepted.

126th Gillespie County Fair Livestock Shows

IMG_5995Chicken, Rabbit and Dorper Breeding Sheep on Friday. Jackpot Swine Show, Breeding Sheep Show, Breeding Angora Goat Show and Breeding Cattle on Saturday. Steer Jackpot Show and Texas Wether Buck and Doe Sale on Sunday. At the Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Drive on S. Hwy 16. For a detailed schedule, please call  (830) 997-2359 or visit the website.

Starts at 9 am daily.