“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.

Better Lights for Starry Nights: Hill Country Alliance Dark Sky Program

Learn how to save money, preserve our night skies and enjoy some star gazing!

Thursday – November 15, 2012 – 6:30 – 10pm

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area – Fredericksburg, TX

Fun, Free, Open to the Public, Kids Welcome!

A dark night sky full of big bright stars is important here in the Hill Country, just like clean rivers, scenic vistas and natural landscapes. Little by little, light-by-light, the magical mystery of the big Texas night sky is diminishing.

But it’s not too late to reverse this trend. You can help!

Bill Wren of the McDonald Observatory will share his expertise on the value and simple strategies to protect starry skies.

Learn Money Saving Tips – what you can do to “fix” wasteful outdoor lights at your home, ranch, neighborhood and community

Sports fields, commercial buildings, schools can all be safely and effectively lit in ways that reduce light pollution – find out how

Star gazing after the program with the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers – weather permitting

Group pavilion is open air. Bring your blankets and thermoses. Rain location: AgriLife Extension Office, 95 Frederick Road just off Hwy 16 North in Fredericksburg

Rockets 2013 – May 2 to 5

DSC_7013The popular Rockets 2013 returns to the Hill Country on May 2–5, 2013, as students from 30 Texas high schools gather near Willow City to send up 60 rockets they built as part of Fredericksburg’s SystemsGo science program.

The public is again invited to visit the pre-launch prep area at the Willow City Fire House, and the actual launch site at Stewart’s Hillview Ranch, located north of Fredericksburg off the Willow City Loop.

The student teams design and build 8-foot tall models that will go up from one of six launch towers. First-year students attempt to send a one-pound payload one mile high. Second-generation projects send rockets past the speed of sound.

Plans call for a rocket to launch every 30 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

In between launches, there will be activities, demonstrations, and tours for families. Food and restroom facilities will be available. Admission is free. Organizers remind the public that the area should be considered an experimental testing range. Schedule may vary, mobility will be limited, access will be controlled, and visitors need to be aware that this is the first flight of all rockets.

Direction signs will be posted. Maps to the site, launch schedule, and complete listings of activities are online at www.systemsgo.org. For online map searches and gps: N 30 degrees 24.470; W 98 degrees 40.91.

The SystemsGo Aeroscience program started in Fredericksburg High School in 1996 under the direction of teacher Brett Williams.

Williams had students build and launch rockets as a way to develop skills and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In 2007, he invited teachers from five schools to launch their finished rockets. Today this program has spread across the state, been featured on NBC Nightly News, is endorsed by NASA and certified by The Space Foundation.

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

Lenten Fish Fry – March 23

The 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 Feb 24th 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 Friday’s at 6pm in the Marien Kirche with plenty of opportunity to attend the meal following the devotion.  This is our 3rd 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 we are hoping that people will wish to stay, meet new people, visit with old friends, and socialize during the event. Call Darin Holmes 456-1999 or Carlos Juenke 456-9645 for more information.

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