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.

Gillespie County Historic Schools Annual Open House (5 Schools)

Former students will be available to share stories of school days from the late 1800′s to mid 1900′s. Come see the classrooms like the one your ancestors might have attended. ”Preserving the past to enrich the future.” Schools open for this event include the Willow City School, Rheingold School, Cave Creek School, Nebgen School and Junction School. Please come by the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center for a driving map or visit the website to download a map.

10 am to 4 pm. Free admission, but donations gladly accepted.

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.

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.

 

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.

Gillespie County Bundes ShuetzenFest – August 2-3

Old time German target shooting competition.  At the Texas Hills Sporting Range on the Tivydale Road. 12905 FM 2093. Call 830-997-8006 for more information. Spectators welcome! Barbecue, hamburgers and drinks will be available for sale.

Saturday 1 to 5 pm; Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. Call (830) 997-8006 for more information.

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.