“Pianorama” at Pat’s Hall – February 22

PIANORAMA IS BACK!

Pat’s Hall is pleased to announce that Pianorama is returning on February 22.

They’ll have Johnny Nicholas, Floyd Domino, Danny Levin and Red Young, all who performed at last year’s Pianorama.

This year, Earl Poole Ball will be joining the group. Earl was a member of Johnny Cash’s Band, and has also worked with Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, Freddie Hart, Wynn Stewart, Rick Nelson, Marty Robbins, Marty Stuart, Mickey Gilley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Along the way, he has acquired the nickname of “Mr. Honky Tonk Piano.” The talent on the stage will be quite incredible. Just talk to anyone who was at the show last year.

This performance benefits Fredericksburg Youth Music Programs. Food will be available for purchase, as well as a beer and wine cash bar.

They’ll set up the hall as they did last year, reserving tables/seats with ticket purchase. Tickets sold at the door are for general admission (non-reserved) seats. The sooner you order your tickets, the better seats you’ll have!

Doors open at 6 pm; show at 7 pm. $25 per person in advance for reserved seats or $30 at the door for general admission. Call 830-997-7574 for more information.

FISD Band Turkey Dinner – February 2

Help support the Fredericksburg Independent School District Band during the annual Turkey Dinner fundraiser, Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds on U.S. Hwy 16 S. Stick around for the multi-band concert beginning at 12:30 p.m. Cost per plate is $8 with available dine in or drive through, and proceeds go to the Fredericksburg Band Boosters. For information, call 830-456-1226.

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,

Historic Schools: Chicken BBQ Fundraiser

Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools, preserving the past to enrich the future. This event raises funds to help preserve the twelve historical former rural school buildings currently being used as public community centers in Gillespie County. Enjoy a chicken BBQ meal with all the trimmings as a drive-thru or dine-in at the American Legion Hall, 724 South Washington. Cost is $8 per plate donation, while it last. Call (830) 685-3385 for more information.

Monster Masquerade at Becker Vineyards – October 30

A Halloween Costume Party for Adults benefiting the Good Samaritan Center

The Monster Masquerade benefiting the local Good Samaritan Center will take place, Sunday, Oct. 30 at Becker Vineyards’ Barrel Chai Room from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. This Halloween costume party is an adults only event. Admission is $25 per person and includes live music by local musician Richy Rhyne and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Located at 140 Industrial Loop, the Good Samaritan Center is a charitable medical and dental clinic that helps low-income individuals and families that have no health insurance. It serves residents in Blanco, Gillespie, Kimble, Llano, and Mason Counties. The service area also extends to people who live in the towns of Comfort and Brady. Thirty percent of their budget is covered by patient fees and rental income from space in their building. The remaining 70% comes through private donations from individuals (no state or federal funding is accepted).

For more info about the Good Samaritan Center, visit www.goodsamfbg.org.

Lutheran Fall Festival – September 16

The annual Luther Fall Festival will be from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, September 17 on Marktplatz. Enjoy arts and craft booths, and a chili cook-off. Proceeds benefit the Cross Trails Ministry. Call (830) 997-1143 for more information.

Boot Scootin’ for a Cause: Benefit for Central Texas Fire Victims – 10/8

Come join us on Oct.8, 2011, at Gillespie County Farm Bureau, 237 Equestrian Drive for a night of dancing with live music by Sonny Burgess, Chad Reilly, & George Ducas. Come to enjoy yourself while helping the victims of the Central Texas Fires. Doors open: 6:00 p.m. Dance starts at 7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased at:

Unique Party Supplies, 704 East Main Street
Crossroads Saloon & Steakhouse, 305 West Main Street
The Juicerie, 507 West Main Street

For more info please visithttp://www.bootscootingforacause.com

Dogtoberfest – October 27

A fun filled day at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park on Highway 16 South for the entire family and their four-footed friends. The day will be filled with music, food, costume contests, vendors, animal demonstrations and many fun activities for the entire family. All proceeds will benefit the Hill Country SPCA dogs and cats.

Admission is $5 for adults; children under 12 are free with a paid adult.