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.

Sustainability Green Home Tour – September 20

Fredericksburg SHINES, a local organization dedicated to educating the public about sustainable living, will host their second annual Fredericksburg fall tour of homes to spotlight local examples of sustainable, green-living practices. Nine homes will be featured on the tour. Sustainable practices to be showcased on the tour include solar applications for electricity generation and water heating. Also, for those interested in water applications, there will be examples of xeriscaping and sites with various-sized rainwater collection systems – some large enough to replace wells. Tickets for the event include a driving map and a description of what is available for viewing at each home. Tickets may be purchased online. Proceeds will help Fredericksburg SHINES to position Fredericksburg as the sustainability capital of Texas by staging more community educational events and offering consulting for those interested in sustainable living.

9 am to 3 pm. $25 per person.

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.

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.

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.

Gillespie County Historical Society Symposium: “Solving the Mystery of Your Land Heritage” – January 26

Have you ever tried to solve the mystery behind your land heritage in Gillespie County? When looking over the title to your property, have you found a myriad of names which are still a mystery? When involved in land title searches have there been questions which may have been puzzling to you. What is the difference between a land patent and a land grant? Have you ever wondered about the differences in the terrain of the land today compared to the early days of this county?

Gillespie County Historical Society is sponsoring a symposium entitled, “Solving the Mystery of Your Land Heritage” on Saturday, January 26, 2013 to help you find the answers to these and many other questions. The morning sessions begins at 8:45 with coffee, doughnuts and registration in the Social Hall of the Historical First Methodist Church located on the grounds. Entrance is located at 312 W. San Antonio Street. The symposium will feature speakers who can guide the general public to discover the story of the land in the Texas Hill Country and how it was acquired by the German immigrants in the 1840s in the days of the Republic of Texas.

Speakers for the morning sessions are Bill Lindemann, President, Hill Country Land Trust; Kevin Klaus, Information Specialist in the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records Program in Austin, Texas; Mary Lynn Rusche, County Clerk; and Charles Ottmers, Retired Surveyor. The registration fee is $25 to the general public and $20 for students or members of the Gillespie County Historical Society. To pre-register, call 830-997-2835 or register on location on the day of the event.

The morning sessions will conclude with lunch on your own. The afternoon program is a field trip to the Hershey Ranch near Stonewall to observe how the good land management has protected the ecology of the land granted to the early immigrants. The Ranch is located on FM 1623 about five miles past Stonewall.

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.

…, a CD of Celtic Christmas music will be available for sale

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, via email at, 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.