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

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.

Enjoying the Gillespie County Fair

The Gillespie County Fair begins this week!

I have attended fairs for as long as I can remember. Growing up in New Braunfels my family was very active in the Comal County Fair, and I remember having a ton of fun with family and friends. When we moved to Fredericksburg our girls were small, and we started the tradition of taking them to our local fair. There are so many memories that are treasured and so much to do. This weekend we will be taking our 4 yr. old grandson and 2 year old granddaughter to the carnival. I can’t wait to see their delight in riding their favorite rides.

The weekend begins with the parade. If you happen to be in town on Thursday night or up and around early Friday morning, take a look at Main Street. Everyone will have their truck parked on Main Street placed to enjoy watching the parade from the bed of the truck. It is a sight to behold. The whole community shows up for this event, and it is quite long, but so much fun to see friends advertising their business or favorite organization.

One of my very favorite things to do is to look through the entries of vegetables, handwork, antiques and livestock. There is so much talent in our small towns that it is worth every minute of looking in the exhibit halls. Then of course there are the horse races! I am not a gambler, but I love to pick my horse for each race – nothing scientific just studying, looking and feeling what my “gut” has to say. It is so much fun to see your chosen horse when – even if I am not getting any money.

Every Friday evening the Fair queen and her court are chosen. These girls are all from our local schools, and probably all deserve to win. They have the opportunity to WOW the judges with their well thought answers and wit. The winners will spend the next year attending various parades in the area. It is so much fun for these girls and definitely a memory for them.


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.

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.

“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.

Wild Winter Bazaar – December 16

Join members of Bumble Moire Dance at their Wild Winter Bazaar, a community holiday bazaar and show featuring holiday gifts from local artisans, live music, bellydance performances, refreshments and more, Sunday, December 16, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at historic St. Joseph’s Halle. Admission is $5 per person.

Kite Day at LBJ State Park & Historic Site – March 22

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.

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.