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Oktoberfest Celebrates 30 Years of Texas Gemütlichkeit

Dancers perform at Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

Oktoberfest is coming!

Oompah at it’s best, the aroma of sizzling bratwurst, and the cries of Prosit! once again herald the arrival of Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, Texas, October 1, 2 & 3, 2010. For three full days, the whole world is invited to sing, toast and dance at one of Fredericksburg’s favorite festivals, celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year!

· Kicking off their anniversary celebration will be a mini parade and opening ceremony featuring a Tuba Jam on Friday starting at 5:30 PM.
· Saturday morning, be sure to join us for our Chicken Dance Block Party. Registration will begin at 9:00 AM, complete details found on website.
· Domino tournament and sing-a-longs on Sunday.

All weekend

· Three covered stages hosting continuous entertainment with some German favorites — oompah, polka, and waltzing, with exhibitions, contests, and plenty of opportunities for dancing – including the irresistible “Chicken Dance!”
· Over 45 juried artisans from across the state fill two big tents, offering their best arts and collectibles.
· Main Street Art Tent features a select group of Hill Country artists who will be selling their fine art.
· Lots of German foods, plus sizzling fajitas, ice cream, strudel, burgers and fries and much more.
· Adventurous tasters can sample over 30 varieties of German, American, Texan and other imported beer.
· Super kids area where they can play to their heart’s content on the Bungee Jump, Jumping Castle, and other fun games and activities right on the grounds.

For more information, call 830-997-4810.

We only have a few rooms left for Oktoberfest weekend!

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.

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.

Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show – January 17-18

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).

Oktoberfest – October 3-5

Oktoberfest-161_1662Oompah at its best! When summer ends and fall begins the cool air of October arrives, and so does Oktoberfest. For three full days, the world is invited to sing, toast and dance at one of Fredericksburg’s favorite fests. Celebrate 34 years of Texas gemutlichkeit with sizzling bratwurst, four stages of entertainment, arts and crafts, Chicken Dancing, a kids’ area and more. Forty juried artisans fill big tents and a select group of Hill Country artists showcase their fine art. Enjoy a hearty menu of delicious German and American foods. An awesome family event and lots more . . . Please visit the website for a complete schedule of events.

Friday 6 pm to midnight; Saturday 10 am to midnight; Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. $7 adults; $1 kids 7 – 12; 6 and under free. 2-day passes $12; 3-day passes $16. Gates open at noon on Friday for advance ticket sales and information! Please note that pets are not allowed on Marktplatz.

Gun and Blade Show – December 19-20

Need to get a last minute item for the hunter in your life?   The annual Gun and Blade show at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds this weekend may just fit the bill. A collection of guns, knives, ammo, jewelry, fishing, coins, gifts and collectibles. Buy, sell, trade or just browse. Admission is $5 for adults and 12 and under free. Hours are Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.

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.

St. Nikolausmarkt – Dec 3-4

Fredericksburg Christmas Pyramid

Friday, December 3rd, 2-9pm, Free Admission
Saturday, December 4th, 10am-7pm, $5 Admission, 12 & under, Free. $1 off for seniors
65 & older & military with ID.

Don’t miss St. Nikolausmarkt, the fun-filled market highlighting the German heritage with plenty of Gemutlichkeit, German treats, music, and beer! Enjoy the array of new holiday decorations, including the 26 foot Christmas Pyramid, and the beautiful new tree while shopping for the season at juried craft booths showcasing wares ranging from Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, mugs, to traditional German clothing and accesories, German jellies and jams, candles, and jewelry. Get a taste of Fredericksburg with traditional German foods including sausage, schnitzel, warm pumpernickel rolls, sauerkraut, cakes, cookies, candies, and more! A variety of German beers will be served  along with soft drinks,local wines, and the warm, spiced Gluhwein. For more information, visit www.stnikolausmarkt.com, call the Chamber at 830-997-6523, or email christie@fbgtxchamber.org.

Veteran’s Day Program

Veterans DayThe Admiral Nimitz Foundation and the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 East Main Street, will host a program honoring all Veterans of the United States’ Armed Forces on November 11, at 11 am.  U.S. Senator John Cornyn will deliver the keynote address in the Memorial Courtyard.  Ambleside School choir will provide music.

Afterward, B Wayne Quist will be signing copies of his book God’s Angry Man: The Incredible Journey of Private Joe Haan.

Fredericksburg Food and Wine Festival – 10/22

20th Annual Food and Wine Festival in Fredericksburg, TexasThe Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest will be in its 21st year on October 22, 2010, from noon to 7 pm. Held in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas, on Marktplatz (the 100 block of West Main Street), it is a full-course celebration of Texas food, wine, music, specialty booths, food court, and fun for all.

$20 General Admission includes the following: Souvenir Fest wine glass, Six Tickets towards wine tastings (6 tickets = 1 glass or 3 samples), Five sessions of the popular Grape Expectations Cooking School,Great music, an auction and the Great Gargantuan Grape Toss, Texas wine & Texas specialty food to sample, admission to the Food Court (Purchase more food).

Call 830-997-8515 for more information.