First Friday Art Walk – April 3

First Friday Art Walk in Fredericksburg, TexasOn the first Friday of every month, 9 art galleries keep their doors open late to show off  the finest in regional, national & international art being displayed in a beautiful Texas Hill Country setting.  Along with the art, each gallery serves local wines from Becker Vineyards, Torre di Pietra and others, and some offer live entertainment.  For schedule of events, visit the First Friday Art Walk website.

30 Year of Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest DancersMy favorite time of year is fast approaching.   Oktoberfest is next week – October 1,2 and 3, and lots of fun things have been planned to the weekend.  On Friday there will be a parade traveling around Marktplatz.  It will be followed with the grand opening ceremony.  Saturday morning is “Chicken Dance” time.  A circle will be formed around Marktplatz and do the CHICKEN DANCE!!  It will be a barrel of fun!

Someone asked me today why I loved Oktoberfest.  I told her that the visitors coming to Fredericksburg are always happy and love to dance and/or listen to all of the German bands.  There are some good ones too.  Not only is there good dancing, but the performance of the Czech Dancers of West and Cadence Cloffers is awesome!  I never tire of watching their routines.  So much to do – so little time.

Anyone that tires of German music can wander the grounds to enjoy the many, many food venders – mmmmmm!  There is some good eatin’ going on.  Just thinking about curly fries, funnel cake, turkey drumstick and especially a German Sausage taco with sauerkraut and potato pancake…..Really, really good!!!  Then it’s time to enjoy the 40 vendors – last year there was a man that sold unique beer mugs and by Sunday his supply dwindled to almost nothing.  There is also good artwork on the grounds, plus jewelry or my favorite is the German clothes and accessories.  Children will have a great time as there is a whole area dedicated to rides and games.

Sunshine the clown can be seen at various times during the day, and she might even paint your child’s face.  Also strolling on the grounds will be two accordian players that truly enjoy their music.

Now – let’s talk about the beer – The Adelsverein and Kinderhalle have many, many choices of domestic beer everything from light to dark beers.  In addition to the domestic beer there are 3 local Texas Breweries selling their beer in the KinderHalle.   It’s always fun to see and taste what people in Texas are offering.  Now the best (as far as I am concerned) is the German Beer Tent!!  Mmmm Good!  You might ask for some tips on what your tastebuds like because the German Beers are very different from what we are used to.

The only requirement to attend Oktoberfest is to enjoy the music, dancing, shopping, food and beer/wine.  Leave your work and worries at home and join us for a weekend of fun.

Fredericksburg Fall Antique Show

Antiques for sale at Fredericksburg Fall Antique ShowDo you have a long Christmas shopping list?  On November 15 and 16, the Fredericksburg Fall Antique Show returns to the Gillespie County Fairgrounds, three miles south of Fredericksburg on Highway 16 South.   The show is 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Friday. $5 admission good for both days; children 12 and under are free.

Night in Old Fredericksburg – June 10-11

The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to help celebrate the town’s German heritage and Texas hospitality during Night In Old Fredericksburg, coming June 10 & 11, 2011, to Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas.

This year will mark the festival’s 48th Anniversary and its moving to June!

Night In Old Fredericksburg is actually two nights and two days, showcasing the history, culture, food, and fun of this charming Hill Country community. Organizers have put together a weekend event guaranteed to stimulate all the senses and to delight folks of all ages.

Revelers can listen and dance to nine different bands playing polka, show tunes, and country from the comfort of two covered stages. Acts include the world-famous Sauerkrauts, plus the popular Seven Dutchmen, San Antonio Combo, The Tuba Meisters, Walburg Boys, the Jodie Mikula Orchestra, and Cactus Country, as well as Almost Patsy Cline. Plus, we are spicing it up with the Cajun/Zydeco sounds of Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones.
Night In Old Fredericksburg serves up a multicultural menu of tasty food and refreshing drinks. German favorites include sauerkraut and wurst served sizzling from the grill. Fans of Mexican food can sink their teeth into fajitas and tacos, and hungry visitors will find enthusiastic cooks serving up delicious burgers, fries, turkey legs, and other festival favorites. Fredericksburg knows its beer, so once again volunteers will be pouring more than 15 domestic and imported beers, straight from frosty taps as well as local wines.

Night in Old Fredericksburg offers fun for every member of the family. Kids are sure to flock to their own special area where they can test their skills on a bungee jump, ride a Ferris Wheel, jump on a Slide and have fun, or test their skill at a variety of challenging games.

Presenters on the grounds are proud to make history come alive, with exhibits of pioneer crafts and activities. Top arts and craft vendors will set up tents along the walkways, showing off their collectibles, gifts, and one-of-a-kind creations.

“The Fun Never Sets” at Night in Old Fredericksburg, which runs Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, and on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. Admission is $6 each day, or $10 for a two-day pass. Children age 12 and under get in for $1. Parking is free all around the venue. The event takes place on Marktplatz, the market square conveniently located in the heart of Fredericksburg’s historic and commercial district. That makes it especially easy for visitors to enjoy shopping, dining, and staying in this popular getaway.

Night in Old Fredericksburg is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, and has been celebrated since 1962. More information on this and other hill country festivals and events is available toll-free at 1-866-TEX-FEST (839-3378), or by visiting www.tex-fest.com.

Art Past Dark – Cancelled

Although it still appears on several lists of events for Fredericksburg, November 12’s Art Past Dark has been cancelled.

There are still several art events starting or going on that weekend:  Die Kuntsler Fine Art Exhibit at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street;  Contemporary Masters Invitation Art Show and Sale at Fredericksburg Art Gallery, 314 East Main Street; and a watercolor show at Artisans at Rocky Hill, 234 West Main Street, across the street from our office.

Fredericksburg Farmers Market Winding Down

Fredericksburg Farmers Market on Marktplatz every ThursdayAs fall draws ever closer, so does the last Fredericksburg Farmers Market.  Local farmers and chefs offer the freshest food in town every Thursday on Marketplatz, from 4-7 pm.

Come see the best the Hill Country has to offer!

Girl’s Shopping Weekend – Nov 5-6

Shop, dine, wine and play at the Texas 4 Step! This fabulous girl’s shopping weekend is back by popular demand on November 5th and 6th, and includes an exclusive 4 Step shopping bag, a special Shoppers Savings Card, a Saturday evening reception, and more! Step on up and receive discounts and specials in the heart of Fredericksburg shops! There is no cost for shoppers to participate in this fun and exciting event! For more information, and to sign up for your ultimate shopping experience, step on up and visit www.thetexas4step.com, or call the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce at 830-997-6523.

BBQ on the Pedernales at the LBJ Ranch

LBJ at the buffetPresident Lyndon Johnson’s first state dinner took place in December 1963.  It was a BBQ for West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard and was held on his ranch in Stonewall.

This weekend, The National Park Service and Friends of LBJ National Historical Park invite you to join them in the re-creation of a historic barbecue hosted by President and Mrs. Johnson, Saturday, October 23rd, from 4 – 9 pm.

The live oak shaded air will fill with the sounds of Asleep at the Wheel as you enjoy the aroma of Texas barbeque drifting through the crowd. LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove will take a humorous look at the Rancher-President who loved nothing better than welcoming guests from around the world to their beloved LBJ Ranch. The event begins at 4:00 PM and continues into the evening. The BBQ dinner will be prepared on-site by The Salt Lick.

The Barbecue is sold out, but you can put your name on the wait list. You may register online by clicking: Register Online.

The Huffington Post has an article about President Johnson’s legendary barbecues.

Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show – January 18-19

Get ready for the 42nd Annual Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show, sponsored by the Fredericksburg Rockhounds, on Friday and Saturday. The show’s hours will be 9 AM until 6 PM on Saturday and 10 AM until 5 PM on Sunday at Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Park. As usual, there will be no admission charge for visitors.
The Fredericksburg Rockhounds is a non-profit organization for the study and enjoyment of gems, minerals, and fossils. It was founded in 1968 and is affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) and the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies (SCFMS).

Military Blood Drive November 1-3

MILITARY BLOOD DRIVE – for Fredericksburg area and community. We will also be supporting our own local National Guard Unit (E Co., 536th Brigade Support Battalion) who are currently deployed to Iraq. Donations will be taken at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 328 East Main Street, from 11:30 am to 7 pm.

Did you know that if the military runs short of blood, they have to purchase it at retail rates?

Walk-ins are welcomed but if you want to schedule a specific time to donate, please go to www.militarydonor.com and securely search by zip code 78624. Remember one donation can save up to 3 lives.

Homemade cookies are served here, plus receive a great military blood donor T-shirt.

You must be at least 17 with parental consent, or older.  Call Bob Sagebiel at (830) 990-6986 for more information.

If you cannot donate blood, but still want to participate, we also will be collecting durable goods at the post office to send to our troops in Iraq. For more information about this or what can be shipped, call Molly Sagebiel 830-997-7797 or go to West End Pizza’s website for a list of items.