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.


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.

“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.

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.


URBANherbal Cooking & Gardening Classes: “A Fondue Party” – March 21

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“A Fondue Party”. 11 am. $65 per person. Have fun with a friend or your sweetheart and learn all about Fondue! We will enjoy a mélange of fondues: Champagne Velvet, Benedictine & Texas Beer, Texas Country Road with assorted cheeses handmade in Texas, and Spring Forward with Texas cheeses and locally raised produce. You will enjoy two complimentary glasses of Texas wine with the class.

Contact URBANherbal to custom design your private class/party for a couple’s retreat, for your group or organization, bridal or baby shower. Our preset classes are small and intimate maximum of 10 participants. Cancellations must be made 72 hours before class date in order to obtain a refund. See our website for more details.

Reserve you seat now!! wvarney@urbanherbal.com or 830-456-9667

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.