Harper’s Saturday in the Park – March 29

Saturday in the Park returns this Saturday, March 31, in Harper (located just 20 miles west of Fredericksburg), and will benefit the Harper Library. The fun begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Harper Community Park off Hwy 290 West, with live music, a book sale, children’s activities, $7/plate barbeque and more – wrapping up at 4:00 p.m. The event is free!

Gillespie County Historic Schools Annual Benefit BBQ – Tomorrow

Join Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools for delicious pork and chicken barbecue with all the trimmings. Plates to-go or dine-in will be available. Featuring live music by the Polkamatics! Prize tickets will be available. Proceeds to benefit restoration and maintenance for the twelve historic schools. At the American Legion Hall.

Serving starts at 10:30 am until sold out. $9 per plate suggested donation. 726 S. US Hwy 87. Call (830) 685-3321 for more information

Hunka’ Burnin’ Love Benefit for Bastrop

Have YOU done your part to help the victims of the largest wildfire in Texas history? Here’s your chance on Sunday, October 23rd from 5 pm until midnight at Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grille , under the BIG Beau D’Arc tree, on Main Street in Fredericksburg.

It’s a “Hunka’ Burnin’ Love Benefit for Bastrop” with 8 Hill Country Bands, a silent auction and barbecue plates prepared by the Fredericksburg Jaycees included with a $20 sugggested donation.

Fredericksburg favorites, The Polkamatics (formerly known as the Luckenbach Jr. High Progressive Oompah Band) will kick off this rockin’ event at 5PM on Sunday October 23rd, followed by:
The Johnny Nicholas Band
Melissa Weatherly with Sol Patch and the Any Given Sunday Band
Dave Fenley with Davey “The Deal” Shrank
and The Ben Beckendorf Band!
Joining forces with their Fredericksburg Neighbors are The Debbi Walton Band from Marble Falls and popular Kerrville cover band, Someone Like You~who will be closing out the night around midnight.

The Cowboy & Texan Games will be showing on the biggest HDTV’s in the Hill Country and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Bastrop and Heart of the Pines Fires Departments and victims of the largest wildfire in Texas History.

For more information please visit Silver Creek Beer Garden on Facebook or call 830-990-4949. Donated items for the Silent Auction can be dropped with Rikki at Silver Creek.

It’s the Hunka’ Burnin’ Love Benefit For Bastrop on Sunday,  October 23rd~$20 suggested donation includes barbecue!
BBQ plates will also be available TO GO for $10

Sponsored by KFAN 107.9FM, KNAF 910AM & The Deuce Radio, Little ‘D’ Art Ranch, Puff Bunny Records, Riversounds Recording Resort on the Llano River, Ben E. Keith and Sysco Foods.

First Annual Fredericksburg Star Party – 4/9

The night sky at the Black Forest Star Party in Cherry Springs, PA. This is a true dark-sky site with no light pollution. The Milky Way, star clouds, and dark nebulae can all be seen easily. Single 55 second exposure at ISO 3200 at f/2.8.

Come to the First Annual Fredericksburg Star Party held at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, south of town on Highway 16.

Activities will include raffles for a nice telescope, valued at over $500, and a handmade lap quilt with an astronomy theme. Live music will be provided. Of course, there will be many amateur telescopes for people to view a lot of celestial objects, including galaxies, nebula, planets, and stars.

This event benefits The Texas Amateur Astronomers’ Scholarship (TAAS) endowment at The University of Texas at Austin, Astronomy Department. The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate major in astronomy once per year.

This event is free to the public, and especially beneficial for children. Donations to TAAS will be accepted. For more information, please contact Hunter Scott 830-992-0740

Fredericksburg Holiday Home Tour this Saturday!

The Gillespie County Historical Society’s Holiday Home Tour unofficially kicks off the holiday season this Saturday, December 11, 2010. From noon to 6 p.m., seven select homes will be open to the public for the first time, from historic properties that have been restored, to modern structures designed to capture Fredericksburg’s architectural heritage.

Tickets for the Home Tour can be purchased up to the day of during the event. Tickets are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to all properties. They may be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net, or by calling 830-997-2835. Visitors can also buy tickets in person at the Welcome Center, 325 West Main at the corner of Main and Milam Streets in Fredericksburg.

“This is a wonderful way to begin the holiday celebration in true Fredericksburg fashion,” said Michelle Weberpal, Event Chair. “These events also enable the Society to successfully continue and implement its mission of preserving the history and culture of this wonderful place.”

Featured properties include:

The Larry and Deanna Corn home, built in 1995 and enlarged in 2009. This is a fine example of Fredericksburg’s “built new to look old” architecture.

The Marsha and Jerry Bane home is filled with antiques, accent pieces, and – during Christmas – will include antique glass Christmas ball ornaments that have been collected over the years.

The Cydney Donnell and Robert Lotito home was restored by well-known local architect Albert Keidel in 1939. The current owners have kept the footprint true to the original, with remodeling and decoration touches that add style and function.

The David and Ruth Lusk home and guesthouse provide stunning Hill Country views from hilltop settings. Vibrant wall color helps to showcase the owners’ collection of Blue Ridge Pottery.

The Jim and Carol McCrae home is one they built themselves in 1995. This original home was small and efficient, and built of reclaimed materials, and filled with antiques.

The Walter and Judith Skinner Fredericksburg Sunday house was in the Weidenfeller family. In its later years it was a B&B, and is now filled with treasured collections.

The Pete and Alice Jensen rock home has a lively interior that features Alice’s sewing hobby and Pete’s woodworking. The roomy kitchen leads to a beautiful yard and porch. The downstairs serves as a workshop and the upstairs is a B&B.

This year marks the Diamond Anniversary for the nonprofit Society that was formed 75 years ago to preserve and share the area’s cultural heritage. For information: Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, 830-997-2835,

Gillespie County Historical Society Golf Tournament – October 25

A vintage-themed, charity golf tournament is set for Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at the prestigious Boot Ranch Golf Club and will benefit the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg. The format will be a four-person, best ball scramble with registration starting at 10:30 am and shotgun start at 11:30.

The round of golf at this exclusive, award-winning golf destination will integrate archery, cowboy poker, skeet shooting, driving with a hickory-shafted driver, putting with an old fashioned putter and complimentary on course food and beverage. Following the tourney, players and their spouses or guests will enjoy a social hour and awards ceremony, a steak and quail banquet, live and silent auctions, and music by Mike Blakely and his band. Green fees are $750 per player and include golf cart, team caddy, social hour, dinner for golfers and their spouses/guests, and a memorable keepsake. Proceeds of the tournament will support the mission of the nonprofit Gillespie County Historical Society’s Pioneer Museum- to preserve the history of Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country. Individual players and teams are currently being accepted. For further information please call Tom Hutton at 830-669-2944 or Larry Jackson at 830-456-9384 or Pioneer Museum Executive Director, Stephen Vollmer at 830-997-2835 or go online at info@pioneermuseum.net or www.pioneermuseum.net.

Stonewall VFD Fundraising Skeet Shoot – June 7

Sporting clays fundraising skeet shoot. Price includes BBQ meal and 100 rounds of sporting clay targets. Early registration is encouraged for those wanting to participate in the event. Trophies will be awarded to winners and prizes will be given away in a drawing. Please call (210) 200-9929 for more information.

Registration at 8:30 am; start at 10 am. 5398 E. US Hwy 290.

ST. JOSEPH SOCIETY ANNUAL FEAST DAY BARBEQUE

Don’t cook lunch on Sunday! The St. Joseph Society annual Feast Day BBQ starts at 10:30 am at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 West San Antonio. The meal includes pork barbecue and all the trimmings. You can drive through or eat in. There will be a raffle and silent auction. Scott Eilers will perform until 12:30 when The German Mixed Choir performs.  call 830-997-9505 for more information.

2012 Hill Country Wine & Music Festival at Wildseed Farms – April 28

Experience a Texas Hill Country spring at Wildseed Farms, while sampling the most delicious Wine and Food from the HEART of Texas Wine Country! We’re bringing together libations, vibrations, and great Texas food in a celebration of Texas Wine and Texas Culinary Traditions. The Festival will be held at Wildseed Farms, just east of  Fredericksburg, Texas. Come join us for a Wine and Food EXPERIENCE TEXAS-style. Sample Texas Wine and Hill Country cuisine from participating restaurants and specialty food purveyors.

The 2012 Festival Music line-up includes Texas Hill Country Favorites: Trevor La Bonte Jazz, John Arthur Martinez and Joel Guzman, the Almost Patsy Cline Band, and Thomas Michael Riley! Come on out for THE WINE & MUSIC LOVERS FESTIVAL, and support the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts!