Pacific Combat Zone Reenactment – November 8-9

Pacific Combat Zone Reenacment at the Nimitz museum November 13-14Living History re-enactors at the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War will present three Pacific Combat Zone renenactment shows on both Saturday and Sunday. The 90-minute shows begin at 10:30am, 1:00 and 3:30 pm each day at the Pacific Combat Zone.

Visitors will learn about the American and Japanese forces as they prepare for battle on a Pacific island. Weapons will be discussed and demonstrated and later used in a final attack on the Japanese-held island. Attendees will feel the rumble of a Stewart tank as it moves past the audience and onto the battle field. The only operational WW II flame-thrower in Texas is used in the final assault.

Appropriate for the entire family, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. World War II veterans and children under six are admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased at the Pacific Combat Zone at the beginning of each performance or in advance at the Front Desks of the Admiral Nimitz Museum on Main Street and the George H.W. Bush Gallery on E. Austin Street. The majority of the programs are standing room only so it’s advisable to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to show times.

While 80 percent of the seating is shaded, sun screen and hats are recommended. Ear plugs will be provided.

The Pacific Combat Zone’s “Ship Store” will be in full operation before, during and after each performance. In addition to various snacks, bottled water and soda, there will be an assortment of adult and youth field gear, hats and tee shirts. Children’s helmets, toy guns, army action figures and gliders will be offered for sale. Rounding out the list are photographs of the volunteer re-enactors (available for autographs, too).

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.

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!

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 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.

Eisbahn Open Through January 3

Fredericksburg, Texas’ Eisbahn is a new winter tradition

We don’t get a lot of cold weather in Fredericksburg, but every December we do have an ice rink, or eisbahn.

Hours are Mondays – Saturdays 4:00 – 8:00pm; Fridays & Saturdays and School Holidays 10:00am – 10:00pm; Sunday 1:00 – 8:00pm and closed on Christmas Day. For $10 you can skate all day.  The Eisbahn is open from November 28 until January 3.

First Friday Art Walk – November 7

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.

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.

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.

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 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 –

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

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.

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

Fredericksburg Youth Ballet Ensemble ballet Nov 19-21

a dancer from the Fredericksburg Youth BalletThe Fredericksburg Youth Ballet Ensemble invites the public to enjoy both old and new holiday traditions as it presents Nutcracker & Narnia at the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Steve W. Shepherd Theater on November 19 – 21, 2010.

Billed as A Showcase of Tradition & Treachery, each show features two performances by the studio’s dancers.

The Nutcracker is the timeless Christmas classic danced to the lively score by Tchaikovsky. Colorfully-costumed dancers of all ages will recreate the familiar roles of mice and soldiers, sweets and acrobats, snowflakes and the snow queen. This version features all 40 local dance students and has become a Fredericksburg holiday tradition.

The second half of the show marks the world debut of Narnia, a new ballet composed by Mark Hierholzer and choreographed by Lisa Bohnert. Inspired by the works of C.S. Lewis, Narnia is the tale of a magical land where evil threatens, animals speak, and children tangle with treachery and truth. The work has been nearly a year in progress, and features original music, choreography, costumes, lighting and sets. Twenty auditioned dancers perform all roles in this original production.

Hierholzer will perform his score on the piano with the dancers live onstage for all shows.

The show’s four performances are Friday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.,; Saturday, November 20, matinee at 2 p.m. and evening performance at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 21, matinee at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and are all general admission. Tickets are now on sale and available from any ballet student. They can also be purchased at Ms Rhonda’s School of Dance, 202 E. Creek St, Fredericksburg, Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Requests for tickets can be made by calling 830-998-0785, by leaving a message at 830-997-0756, or via email at

Mark Hierholzer received his BA in piano music performance from UTSA and his MA in piano performance and literature from Eastman School of Music. Mark currently resides in Fredericksburg and is the music director and organist at Zion Lutheran Church. He directs and composes for the Fredericksburg Chorale, two German community choirs, the League of David, and the Zion Children’s Choir. Mark also privately teaches 34 piano students.

Lisa Bohnert studied with Merit Scholarships at the National Academy of Arts, Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago, and the Evanston School of Ballet. She performed professionally with the San Antonio Ballet and the Cincinnati Ballet Company, touring 19 states. Ms. Bohnert is an accredited member of the Texas Association Teachers of Dance and currently teaches in Fredericksburg.