Kite Day at LBJ State Park & Historic Site – March 21

Bring the family to the LBJ State Park & Historic Site from 1 pm to 3 pm and spend Saturday making and flying kites. Learn the basics of kite construction and flying a homemade kite. The park will supply recycled materials and help kids make their own kites; you are also encouraged to bring your own kites to enjoy flying in the park.

LBJ State Park & Historic Site is located 2 miles east of Stonewall, 14 miles west of Johnson City on US Highway 290 toward Fredericksburg. Adjacent to both Ranch Road 1 and US Highway 290; enter on Park Road 52. Call (830) 644-2252 for details.

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.

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.

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.

Van Der Stucken Music Festival – March 29

Music fans are invited to help celebrate the life and music of Fredericksburg native son Frank Van der Stucken at the Van der Stucken Festival this Saturday, Mar 29, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg TX. The event is free and open to the public.

The Van der Stucken Festival was established in 1991 by Friends of Van der Stucken to increase appreciation for the life and work of Fredericksburg native composer Frank Van der Stucken. This will be the first year that the nonprofit Fredericksburg Community Orchestras (FCO) presents the festival. This year’s program will introduce the first Van der Stucken Composition Contest. The winner of this nationwide competition will be announced at the festival and the winning composition will be premiered by an ensemble of FCO.

Also on the program:
Hermann Sons Mixed Choir and the Arion Men’s Choir, led by Mark Hierholzer

Soprano, Brynn Bowyer singing Ave Maria by Franz Schubert; Du bist die ruh by Franz Schubert; and Gedenken-Vergessen by Frank van der Stucken, Op. 17, No. 7.

The Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, directed by Theresa Britt
-Incantations by David Hinds
-Tango D’Amour by Susan Day
-Vistas de Mexico by Ken Keuning II. Cancione de Amor, III. Fiesta
-Brook Green Suite by Gustav Holst I. Prelude II. Air. III. Dance

Traditionally the evening concludes with the audience joining in singing Nun danket alle Gott (Now Thank We All Our God).

Refreshments will be served following the performances.

The Van der Stucken Festival is supported with contributions from the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance, Monterrey Iron & Metal Works, and Jack Vexler, whose wife, Bette, is a direct descendant of Frank Van der Stucken.

Information at www.fredericksburgorchestra.com.

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.

 

Lenten Fish Fry – February 20 to April 3

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 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.

Fredericksburg Community Orchestras Concert – May 18

Individuals and groups of the Fredericksburg Community Orchestras will present their Spring Concert this Saturday, May 18, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Fredericksburg.

The program is free and open to the public. Theresa Britt is conductor and director.

The Advanced Youth Ensemble begins the concert with Canon in D, by Pachelbel.

The FCO String Orchestra performs four pieces:
Concerto No. 9 in A Minor (Mvmt. I), DeBeriot, featuring Mary Beth McQueen on violin
Espana Waltz, Emil Waldteufel
Over the Rainbow, Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg
Sea Songs, Ralph Vaughan Williams

The remainder of the program features recital pieces by FCO Suzuki students on violin, cello, and viola.

The public is invited to enjoy refreshments following the performances.

FCO has two other events coming up in June. The Summer Strings Half Day Summer Camp takes place June 10-13, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg. Cost is $95 per student.

The FCO fundraiser is set for June 13 at Luckenbach, TX. The orchestra and quartet will perform classical and fiddle tunes in an outdoor and informal concert setting, and host a barbecue dinner.

Information on all of these events is online at www.fredericksburgorchestra.com, via email at info@fredericksburgorchestra.com, or by calling (806) 549-2483. Anyone wishing to provide financial or volunteer support is invited to contact FCO.

The Fredericksburg Community Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of string education in the Hill Country. The orchestra consists of community members of all ages. The mission of Fredericksburg Community Orchestras is to promote string education in Fredericksburg and surrounding communities.

 

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.

Experimental Aircraft Association Airport Day – April 5

A chance for the public to get up-close looks at a variety of aircraft will be offered during “Airport Day”.  Hosting the free event will be the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1088.  Expected to be on hand for the day will be several military-type planes, such as the Bird Dogs, which will be flying in formation.  The north area of the airport will be open to the general public to view aircraft.  Antique automobiles will also be on display.  Hamburgers grilled on site and other refreshments will be available for purchase as a fundraiser for local Boy Scouts.  Young Eagle flights will be available for youth 8 to 17 years of age.  At the Gillespie County Airport.

10 am to 2 pm.  Free. 191 Airport Rd off of S. State Hwy 16. Call  (830) 990-5764 for details.