Fasching Ball – February 18

Inspired by Germany’s “go a little crazy” pre-Lenten Karneval season, in the late 1800’s the Casino Club of Fredericksburg sponsored masquerade balls in the Nimitz Ballroom to give its members one last fling before Lent began. Fasching Week in Fredericksburg seeks to revive that tradition.

The Fasching Ball promises music, Karneval -style entertainment, ice sculptures, vodka and bourbon bars, a cigar suite and fabulous cuisine by Don Strange of Texas. Set for Saturday, February 18, and running from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., the conference center at The Hangar Hotel, located at 155 Airport Road in Fredericksburg, will be transformed into a “Winter Karneval.”

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Lodging and Hospitality Association (FALAHA), part of the proceeds from the Fasching Ball 2012 will benefit the Hill Country Needs Council, while additional proceeds will fund expansion of the event weekend in 2013.

Costumes are encouraged for this event or cocktail attire with mask.

Tickets for the Fasching Ball 2012 are $150 per person or $2,800 for a sponsor table that seats eight. Tickets are on sale now at August E’s, located at 203 East San Antonio Street during normal restaurant hours. For more information, visit www.karnevalfasching.com or call Joe Cloud at (830)998-1981 to reserve a table or purchase individual tickets.


Scooter Pearce Benefit at Becker Vineyards – August 13

Benefit for Scooter Pearce at Becker Vineyards August 13Local musician Scooter Pearce was involved in a near fatal car accident and needs assistance for medical expenses. Friends of Scooter Pearce are having a benefit for her at the Becker Vineyards Tasting Room Verandah on Saturday, August 13 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The admission fee of $20 (includes live music, hors d’oeuvres, and 3 wine samples) goes toward her medical expenses. Musicians Jon Hogan, Maria Moss, and Sol Patch will perform live. Scooter Pearce will also be present signing her musical CDs. There will also be a silent auction. Becker Vineyards is located 11 miles east of Fredericksburg, 3 miles west of Stonewall, off US Hwy 290 at Jenschke Lane. For more information contact: Kay or Nichole at 830-644-2681 x 302.

Lenten Fish Fry – March 30

The Parish Societies of St Mary’s Parish (Knights of Columbus #9765, St Mary’s School PTC, Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, Catholic Daughters, St Ann’s Society, & St Joseph’s Society) will be hosting a Lenten Fish Fry Dinner beginning on Feb 24th Every Friday evening throughout Lent, from 5-7:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Halle, as an opportunity for the entire community of Fredericksburg to join in a constructive community outreach.  The event is not viewed as a fundraiser but as an effort to bring together those of ALL faiths to meet for dialogue, discussion, and dining during the Lenten Season. For those who wish to attend, Stations of the Cross Devotion will occur on Friday’s at 6pm in the Marien Kirche with plenty of opportunity to attend the meal following the devotion.  This is our 3rd year for this event and the support and attendance has been outstanding from the community over the past 2 years.   Meals to go will be available, but there is no drive thru as we are hoping that people will wish to stay, meet new people, visit with old friends, and socialize during the event. Call Darin Holmes 456-1999 or Carlos Juenke 456-9645 for more information.

Willow City Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept Annual BBQ & Auction

The Willow City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department members invite everyone to join them for the annual benefit on Saturday, May 5 at the Willow City Fire Station, located at 2553 Ranch Road 1323.

Activities will begin at 3:00 p.m.

The Auxiliary’s Country Store opens and a silent auction of 20 items will be open from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m.

A live auction (Dudley Althaus, Auctioneer) will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

A pork barbecue meal with all the trimmings plus slices of homemade cakes and pies will be served after the live auction ends at approximately 5:30 p.m.  Cost per meal plate is by donation.  Tea, lemonade and water will be available throughout the afternoon.
Local musicians in the PEC Circuit Breakers Band will begin playing live country music at 5:30 p.m.

The prize giveaway drawing will be held at 6:30 p.m.  Chances are available for 6 for $5.00 from Willow City Volunteer Fire and Rescue members and at Hohmann’s General Store in Willow City.

Auction Items and Giveaway Prizes include:  Auto and Tool Products, Electronics, Flyfishing Package, Furniture, Gift Baskets, Gift Certificates, Guitar, Home Décor, Jewelry, Knives, Pecan Pies, Quilts, Rifles, Shotguns, Skeet/Trap Package, and much more.

Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will help the department continue to maintain and improve the station, trucks and equipment, and for training, insurances and routine operating expenses.

Any business or individual wishing to donate goods for the country store, items for the auctions or prize giveaway, or desserts for the meal is asked to contact Margie Hohmann at 830-456-3785 or Janet Rabke at 830-685-3266.

Christmas Madrigal Dinner – December 6

Heritage School
310 Smokehouse Road
December 6 at 6:30 pm

*Individual tickets are $50 – Invite friends – ½ a table for 8 ($400) or an entire table for 16 ($800)

What is a MADRIGAL dinner?

A recreation of the feasts held in the great baronial halls throughout England during the twelve days of Christmas
The feasts include invited guests, fabulous pageantry and pomp, a court jester, endless food, and fantastic music
It starts with a processional of the king and his court, a four-course dinner, games and Christmas concert.
There is a “masque” or play befitting the times.

The entire Rhetoric School will participate in this wonderful performance
that will showcase all the arts—music, theater, visual arts, dance…

Come join the feasting and merriment and celebrate Christmas

For reservations please contact: Mrs. Scheuer at 830-997-6597

*Table Seating will be assigned in the order of checks received. We must have payment to confirm reservation.

Madrigal Dinner Menu

My Own Chef Catering

Wassail, Platters of dried fruits, nuts and cheeses, Consomme with Cheesy Bread Sticks, Cornish Game HEns, Roasted Winter Vegetables, New Potatoes, Artisan Breads, Sticky Toffee Puddings, Coffee & Tea

2nd Annual Nimitz Old Texas Round-Up Barbecue – April 9

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation will hold the 2nd Annual Nimitz Old Texas Round-Up Barbecue on Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at the National Museum of the Pacific War to raise money for the Admiral Nimitz Foundation which supports, operates, and manages the National Museum of the Pacific War. Dinner will be served from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

There will also be a silent auction and the raffle drawing for a $5,000 travel voucher.

The barbecue-themed fundraiser is inspired by Fredericksburg native Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. During his command in the Pacific, Nimitz would hold barbecues for Texans (and those who wished they were Texans) serving in his command. It was a chance for the men and women to enjoy a few hours of food and recreation without thinking about the war. The five-star Admiral was the Navy’s last Fleet Admiral and was born in Fredericksburg, TX

Captain Paul O. Monger (U.S. Navy), the commanding officer of USS Nimitz will visit the museum with the same namesake—The Admiral Nimitz Museum (one part of the National Museum of the Pacific War). The USS Nimitz, one of the U.S. Navy’s ten big-deck nuclear powered carriers, is one of the largest warships in the world. It is named after World War II Pacific Fleet Commander Chester W. Nimitz.

Captain Monger will be speaking with visitors at the National Museum of the Pacific War on April 9th at 3pm in a question and answer session that is free and open to the public inside the Nimitz Ballroom. Later that evening, Monger will attend the Nimitz Old Texas Round-Up Barbecue which begins at 6pm.

Monger is the son of a career naval aviator and retired rear admiral. Hegraduated from the Naval Academy in 1982. During his career, he has served as a flight instructor, commanding officer of F14 Squadron VF-154 and was the personal aide to the secretary of the Navy during the 1990s. Monger has received various awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the 2001 Navy League Leadership Award.

Tickets for the barbecue are $25 for adults 21 and older, $15 for those ages 12- 20, and children 11 and younger are free. Each dinner ticket includes two drink tickets. Tickets will be available at the door or you can purchase yours today in the Museum stores or online at Nimitz-bookstore.com. Raffle tickets are available at the National Museum of the Pacific War stores for $5 each or 5/$20. The Almost Patsy Cline Band is a Hill Country staple that performs country hits will be providing music for the gathering thanks to a donation from the Perdernales Creative Arts Alliance and Oktoberfest.

Golf Ball Drop to Benefit Local FFA – 10/14

Members of the FISD Fredericksburg Ag Science and FFA Booster Club invite the community to its first annual “Golf Ball Drop” fundraiser and fajita lunch on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 1:00pm at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The event is set up to be a fundraiser for the local FISD FFA Chapter. “This event has never been done before in Fredericksburg and we are hoping it will be a fun and easy way for community members to contribute to a great cause as well as have a little fun,” says Justin Armes, event coordinator. The booster club will be selling a total of 1,000 numbered golf balls for $10 each and 40 numbered golden golf balls for $100 each. At 2:00pm a helicopter donated by Zulu Helicopters will fly over the center of the race track and drop all the golf balls over a target. The first ($10) golf ball in (or closest) to the hole will win $2,000 cash, the second golf ball in (or closest) to the hole will win $1,000 cash and the third golf ball in (or closest) to the hole will win $500 cash. The first ($100) golden golf ball to go in (or closest) to the hole will $1,000 cash. You do not have to be present to win.

The fajita lunch (by donation) will be served beginning at 1:00pm. We invite individuals and families to come out for lunch at the biergarten even if you are not participating in the golf ball drop.

All proceeds raised from this event will directly benefit the FISD FFA Chapter by funding scholarships, project supplies as well as leadership training and travel expenses.

Golf balls can be purchased the day of the event at the Fair Grounds while supplies last or anytime before the event from members of the FFA Booster Club.

For additional information, please contact FISD FFA Advisor, Patrick Padgett at (756) 491-0662 or Justin Armes at (830)992-0366.

Annual Big Band Bash – November 7-9

Johnny Nicholas Big Band Bash Saturday November 13Every year, Johnny Nicholas (the musician/owner of Hill Top Café) organizes the Big Band Bash to raise money for the Fredericksburg Youth Music Mentoring and Performing Arts Foundation.

Over $60k in the form of college scholarships, workshops and band instruments for Fredericksburg performing arts students has been raised from past events. The event has been extended to three nights and dinner show tickets are $85 per person per night and include a surprise guest artist each night. All events take place at the Hill Top Cafe, 10661 N. US Highway 87.

Doors at 5 pm; music at 6 pm. Please call or visit the website for reservations or more information.

Tickets are $85 per person.  Call (830) 997-8922 for details.