2010 Roots Concert Series Finale This Weekend

Sept 25 – Latin/Conjunto Night

6pm – Jonas Alvarez
Jonas Alvarez combines Latin sounds and rhythms from around the world with passionate vocals and inspiring lyrics, to create a fusion of musical ideas he calls Latin American Roots music. His original songs earned first place in the 2005 and 2006 Austin Songwriters Contest and he was a semi-finalist in the 2006 International Songwriters Competition in Nashville.

7pm – The Texmaniacs
The Texmaniacs return to the Roots series for a performance that infuses traditional Texas music with contemporary vitality. The band has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, International Accordion Festival, Kennedy Center, Governor of Texas Ball and many major festivals overseas. Their first CD included a legendary line-up of guest artists, such as Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, and Los Lobos. Los Texmaniacs current CD is the Grammy Award winning “Borders Y Bailes.”

8:50pm – Cerronato
The Austin band Cerronato plays an authentic version of Colombian vallenato and cumbia. Virtuoso accordionist and group leader Mike Maddux discovered the raw and intimate energy of the vallenato style, and incorporated it into his mix of Latin music. The band merges ornate melodies from the accordion with rumbling bass lines, the syncopation of the scraper, and the beat of the drums, punctuated by poignant four-part harmonies to create a captivating sound.

Meal:
Longhorn Street Cafe will serve choice of 12 oz. rib-eye charbroiled to order, beef or chicken fajitas, or carne guisada. Sides will consist of tortillas, rice, and ranchero beans, plus dessert – all for $9. Tea, sodas, beer, wine and water for sale on the grounds.

Venue:
The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg.
Entrance on Milam Street. Free parking. Bring lawn chairs.
All concerts take place on Saturdays, 6 – 10 p.m. Gates open and food is served beginning at 5 p.m.

Admission:
Admission is $12. Students high school age and younger are free.
Special! $2 off for advance online tickets, or bring web page printout to gate for $2 discount for everyone in group – www.pioneermuseum.net

Upcoming Concerts:
Next year marks the 10th Season. Watch for announcement of musical lineup and special surprises.

Proceeds Benefit:
Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society

Description:
A series of live, open-air eclectic Roots music concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum on Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting.

Contact:
Gillespie County Historical Society
312 W. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg TX 78624
830-997-2835 – FAX 830-997-3891

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.

Wine & Music Festival – May 7

Kick up your heels or sit back and just enjoy the relaxed ambiance at this year’s Hill Country Wine and Music Festival happening Saturday, May 7 (Mother’s Day weekend) at Wildseed Farms on Hwy 290 E. outside Fredericksburg. Continuous live music from noteworthy bands play backdrop to a day of cooking demonstrations by area restaurant chefs, wine tastings and more, plus there will be art and GO TEXAN vendor booths. It’s an occasion – one filled with laughter and fun.

Fourth of July Activities

Make Fredericksburg your long weekend destination and join us for our annual July 4th holiday celebrations. Enjoy small town America at its best — celebrating the nation’s independence! Here are just some of the community events planned:

8:00 a.m. — Children’s Parade around the Marktplatz on Main St. (age up to 11 years).

10:00 a.m. — Parade down Main St. this year honoring Korean War Veterans.

11:30 a.m. — 4th of July Patriotic Program with music at the Marktplatz on Main St.

9:30 pm – Fireworks at Lady Bird Johnson Park

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).

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!

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.

Jaycee’s Turkey Shoot – 10/31 & 11/5

The Fredericksburg Jaycees will host a live turkey shoot will be hosted November 5 at the Tivydale Shooting Range, 15.3 miles from Fredericksburg on FM 2093 (Tivydale Road). The shoot start at 10 a.m. at the range Offered will be a live turkey head shoot, sight-in range and separate archery shoot. No hand guns are allowed at the range.  Prizes will be awarded throughout the event, and food and refreshments will be available on site.  Call (830) 456-3604 if you have any questions or need more information.

The annual event lets hunters sharpen their marksmanship skills before hunting season opens on Saturday, November 5.

Make your Oktoberfest Reservations Now!

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!

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.