Fredericksburg Jaycees Tractor Pull & Chili Cook-off – October 7-8

The Texas Truck and Tractor Pullers take center stage at 7pm on Friday and Saturday at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds on Highway 16 South. More fun on Saturday at 1:30pm with the Texas Mini Tractor Pullers and at 5pm with the Local Open Class.

Chili Cook-off begins Saturday morning with a 2pm turn-in time.

For admission prices, including box seats, please visit the Fredericksburg Jaycees website.

Harvest Fest – November 7

Enjoy Harvest Fest, A German Chorale Concert by the Fredericksburg Chorale at St. Joseph Halle, 212 W. San Antonio Street, Sunday November 7. Admission is by donation. Call (830) 997-3936 for more information.

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.

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 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 foxcanyon@live.com.

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.

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.

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.

Tickets now on sale for 2010 Fredericksburg Holiday Home Tour & Ball

A docent at the 2009 Tour of HomesTickets are now on sale for the Pioneer Museum’s annual Holiday Home Tour and Tannenbaum Ball. These premier events will take place on two weekends this year. The Tannenbaum Ball will be held Saturday, December 4, at the Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Park beginning at 7 p.m. The Home Tour takes place on Saturday, December 11, 2010, from noon until 6 p.m.

Tickets for the Home Tour are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to all homes. Tickets for the ball are $100 per person. Both may be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net, or by calling 830-997-2835.

For the first time, people can purchase reserved seating at the ball for $125 per person. People can purchase reserved seats by calling 830-997-2835.

This promises to be a special year as the Gillespie County Historical Society celebrates its Diamond Anniversary year. The nonprofit Society was formed in 1934 to preserve and share the area’s cultural heritage.

The Home Tour will feature seven premier Fredericksburg properties decorated for the holiday season.

The theme for the Tannenbaum Ball is the Diamond Anniversary,with elegant meal, first class entertainment, silent and live auction, and prize drawing. The prize drawing is for a .75-carat oval diamond valued at $2,200 donated by Segner’s Jewelers. Prize tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased from Segner’s, Janie Trantham, or Pam Spruiell.

The Home Tour and Ball are the largest fundraisers for the Gillespie County Historical Society. Details and tickets may be purchased by contacting the Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, 830-997-2835, or by visiting the web site.