Fall Farmers Market – November 8

The Fredericksburg Farmers Market and Pioneer Museum are partnering to extend the popular weekly event into the fall. Every Thursday, starting on October 4, shoppers can pick up fresh farm produce and prepared food in a historic setting. Hours are 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fall market will continue for seven weeks through November 15.

Shoppers can enjoy live music each week.

The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg. There will be free admission to the museum and grounds during market hours.

For information, contact the Pioneer Museum at 830-997-2835.

Turner Hall BBQ – March 2

Fredericksburg Social Turn Verein established in 1871Turner Hall is having its annual Pork B-B-Q Dinner on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 103 W Travis Street. Serving starts at 11:00 am. $10.00 donation per plate. To go plates only.

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.

124th Gillespie County Fair Parade – August 24

One of the Hill Country’s biggest parades has over 300 units, marches down Main Street and kicks off the 124th Gillespie County Fair.

Starts at 10 AM behind the courthouse and travels east to S. Washington, then turns and goes west on Main to Edison St.

Bring your chairs!

If you are checking out on Friday morning, Main Street will close around 9:45 am.  You can return your keys after the parade, which will end around noon. You still need to leave your property by 11:00 am.

 

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.

Lenten Fish Fry – March 7 – April 18

halleThe Parish Societies of St Mary’s Parish (Knights of Columbus #9765, St Mary’s School PTC, Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, Catholic Daughters, St Ann’s Society, & St Joseph’s Society) will be hosting a Lenten Fish Fry Dinner beginning on March 7 every Friday evening throughout Lent, from 5-7:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Halle, as an opportunity for the entire community of Fredericksburg to join in a constructive community outreach.  The event is not viewed as a fundraiser but as an effort to bring together those of ALL faiths to meet for dialogue, discussion, and dining during the Lenten Season. For those who wish to attend, Stations of the Cross Devotion will occur on Fridays at 6pm in the Marien Kirche with plenty of opportunity to attend the meal following the devotion.  This is the 4th year for this event and the support and attendance has been outstanding from the community over the past 2 years.   Meals to go will be available, but there is no drive thru as they hope that people will wish to stay, meet new people, visit with old friends, and socialize during the event. Darin Holmes at 456.1999 or Carlos Juenke at 456.9645.

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.

Meusebach’s 200th Birthday Celebration – May 26

Community celebration of our founding father, John O. Meusebach’s, 200th birthday.

Old fashioned German party to be held at the Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Bring a picnic supper if you like. 6 to 10 PM. Free. 3.5 miles south on Hwy 16. (830) 997-7356.

Meusebach was born Baron Otfried Hans Freiherr von Meusebach, on May 26, 1812, at Dillenburg, Germany. As he grew, Meusebach attended the finest schools and could read five languages, and he spoke English fluently.

In 1845 the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas, the Adelsverein, appointed Meusebach to succeed Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels as its commissioner general in Texas. Meusebach, who had dropped his noble title and assumed the name John O., arrived in New Braunfels, Texas in May of 1845, and took up his duties, only to learn that the Adelsverein was in serious financial trouble.

Besides general indebtedness, the Adelsverein had too many colonist to settle. The United States was fighting the Mexican War, and there was a shortage of carts and wagons to take the colonists to the interior. Nevertheless, Meusebach managed to found Fredericksburg, Castell, and Leiningen.

In 1846, Meusebach realized that in order to settle the Fisher-Miller Grant, he had to reach an agreement with the Comanche Indians. In May of 1847, Indian leaders signed a treaty, which is the only unbroken treaty between white settlers and Native Americans. Satisfied with his achievement, Meusebach resigned as administrator. In 1851, Meusebach was elected a Texas Senator, and was instrumental in establishing Texas’ public school system.

Meusebach retired to his farm in Loyal Valley in 1869 where he and his wife raised seven children to adulthood. He died at Loyal Valley on May 27, 1897, and is buried at Cherry Spring, near Fredericksburg

Doss VFD Fish Fry – August 31

DSC0154230th Annual Event! Fish fry, prize drawing and live music by Dutch Treat. The menu includes fried catfish, potato salad, cole slaw, pinto beans, trimmings, desserts and drinks. At the Doss Community Center located at the intersection of Ranch Roads 648 and 783 in Doss, Texas.

Serving begins at 4:30 pm. Meal is by donation only.