5th Annual HOSA Health Run – May 26

5 & 10K run/walk benefitting local Health Occupations Students of America vying for National Competition.

Registration at 7:30 am; run starts at 8:30 am at the Fredericksburg High School Stadium.

$20 for adults; $10 for children and high school students. Please call for more information.

Address: FHS Stadium on Billie Drive off Hwy 16 South. Call (830) 992-9692 for more information

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.

Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show – January 10-11

Stock show for Gillesipe County youth to exhibit and sell their 4H and FFA animal projects.

Friday 8am to 10 pm; Saturday 11 am to 7 pm at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds, on Highway 16 South.

Reserve and Grand Champions named Friday evening.

Call 830-997-2359 for more information.

126th Gillespie County Fair – 8/21-24

IMG_3067Join us for a weekend of Texas Hill Country and Gillespie County hospitality, including fun, entertainment and a few ice cold beverages at the 126th Gillespie County Fair – the oldest, consecutive annual County Fair in the State of Texas.

Once again we will have a great lineup of events – carnival and midway, great fair food, livestock exhibits in the show barn, agriculture and household exhibits, arts and crafts booths, antique tractor shows, live pari-mutuel horse racing, and dancing under the stars to live music!

Thurs gates open at 5 pm and admission is free.  Fri gates open at 1 pm and all students, kids and seniors are free.  Sat and Sun gates open at 10 am and general admission is $5 for adults; $1 ages 6 to 12; under 6 free.  Sat dance and admission after 6 pm is $10.  Box seats for horse racing are $9.

The Gillespie County Fairgrounds is on Highway 16 South. Just follow all the cars.

Founders Day Celebration – May 10

Wreath laying at the Vereins Kirche at 9:30 am followed by another wreath laying and tour at Der Stadt Friedhof on N. Lee Street. Living History activities will take place on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum such as rope making and doll making. Visitors will be treated to free beer tasting from Fredericksburg Brewing Company and Pedernales Brewery from 2 to 5 pm. A social hour will begin at 5 pm followed by a dinner at 6 pm. The dinner will be held in the historic sanctuary of the First Methodist Church and tickets are $15. Descendants of early Fredericksburg families who were engaged in the brewing heritage of Gillespie County will be honored.

9:30 am to 5 pm. Regular museum admission is $5 adults; $3 students; children 5 and under are free.

Turner Hall BBQ – March 1

Fredericksburg Social Turn Verein established in 1871Turner Hall is having its annual Pork B-B-Q Dinner on Sunday, March 1, 2015 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.

Cross Trails Ministry Fall Festival 2014 – September 20

This Lutheran Fall Festival at Marktplatz is fun for everyone! The event kicks off with a 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 am and everything else begins at 9 am with live music, kids’ activites, artisan craft vendors, a silent auction, chili cook-off and so much more! Proceeds benefit Cross Trails Ministery.

9 am to 3 pm. Free admission. Call 830-257-6340 for more information

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.

URBANherbal Cooking & Gardening Classes: Tamales, Tamales, Tamales – January 4

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“Tamales, Tamales, Tamales”. From appetizers to entrees to dessert tamales – find new ways to enjoy this Mexican favorite with herbs. $75 per person. By reservation.

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

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