Dance at Turner Hall – December 7

Fredericksburg Social Turn Verein established in 1871Join the Fredericksburg Dance Club at the Turner Hall (Fredericksburg Social Turn Verein), at 103 E. Travis Street, Saturday from 8 pm to Midnight.  $10 at the door. Beer & Set-Ups available. Great dance floor and great music!

Turn Verein (that’s the Texas spelling of Turnverein) was orginally a gymnastic and social club begun in 1811 in Germany by Friedrich Ludwig Jahn.  Turn Veriens were established all over the country promoting gymnastics and calisthenics, and Turners contributed to the standardization and popularization of bowling nationwide.

Since 1854 there have been twenty-eight turnvereins in twenty-one Texas communities, some with over 600 members. As soon as possible after formation, all acquired halls spacious enough to accommodate gymnastics. Whether simple frame structures or elaborate masonry complexes housing bowling alleys, ballrooms, theatres, and saloons, nineteenth-century Texas Turner halls were often centers of community life. Financing came primarily from dues and rental and sale of property, although tax incentives and rent-free buildings for community service projects were sometimes provided. In 1984 six Texas turnvereins remained active: Boerne, Comfort, Fredericksburg, Houston, La Bahía, and San Antonio. Turners, however, have contributed much more than buildings. Though begun as gymnastic societies, most vereins also had social, intellectual, and benevolent goals. Houston’s Turners cared for the sick and needy, established schools, and provided dramatic and musical entertainment for the public. Turners organized elaborate Fourth of July celebrations for their towns or counties and made turnverein parks, gymnasiums, and bowling alleys available for general use. Most significant, Turners founded several of the first volunteer fire departments and provided fire protection for years. The Houston and Fredericksburg clubs received citations for this work. The 1870s were the heyday of turnvereins in Texas, with fifteen new clubs organized, both by second-generation German Texans and by Turners from other states. –

Mary Lou LeCompte, “TURNVEREIN MOVEMENT,” Handbook of Texas Online(http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/vnt02), accessed February 15, 2011.

Relay for Life Team’s 10th Annual Fundraiser: “The Beat Goes On!” – April 26

The Zonta Club and Cancer Support Group present their 10th annual Relay for Life fundrasie April 26, from 5:30 PM TO 9:00 PM, at Hondo’s Main, 312 West Main street.

5:30 FHS Jazz Band directed by Brad Bryant
6:30 Callen Bohnert
7:00 Anne Blackmon, Luke Duderstadt, Danny Hallford with Graham Warwick
7:30 Ariana Detmar, Aubrey Houston, Kendra Jones, Alyssa Mohr, Tanner Stevens
8:00 Rachel Remlinger
8:30 Jimmy DePoy
9:00 The Victory Team

Tickets: $10.00 adults; $5.00 students. Ticket price includes luminaria or raffle tickets. Also including Silent Auction

Sound Provided by Graham Pearson

*Special Emcee: Tim Weinheimer of A+ Entertainment

Tax Deductible checks made payable to American Cancer Society

Autumn at Ambleside – A Holiday and Gift Market – November 18-19

Come enjoy a day of shopping and fun while supporting the children of Ambleside School of Fredericksburg!

  • Southern Belle Book Fair featuring adult and childrens titles from multiple publishers.
  • Wonderful array of kitchen and gourmet gifts, art, apparel, holiday decor, children’s gifts, jewelry, beauty, plants, handcrafted items and more!!
  • Children’s Train Rides and Bounce Castle.
  • Make or Take Gingerbread Houses for $20.
  • Coffee Shop featuring Fresh Baked Pies and Gourmet Caramel and Chocolate Apples
  • Santa is also expected to come by!

When: Friday, Nov 18th from 2pm – 6pm and Saturday, Nov 19th from 10am – 4pm

Where: St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 W. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg TX 78624

For more information: Call 830-990-9059
www.amblesidefredericksburg.com
For vendor space information, call 830-992-3362

Empty Bowls Event at Pat’s Hall – March 22

Savor a bowl of hearty soup at Pat’s Hall (406 Post Oak Road ), buy a beautiful handcrafted bowl for $20, enjoy live entertainment by Ben Beckendorf, bid in a silent auction and participate in “Raku To Go”. Cash bar available. 6:30 PM. All proceeds go directly to Head Start, Inc. benefitting area preschool children. Call 830-997-5462.

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.

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

2nd Annual Nimitz Golf Classic at Boot Ranch –

If avoiding hazards like tanks and low-flying WWII-era planes while golfing at one of the best ranked courses in Texas sounds like fun, then the Nimitz Golf Classic at Boot Ranch is for you! The Second Annual Nimitz Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, June 3, and promises to be an event to remember.

Designed by PGA Champion Hal Sutton, Boot Ranch is an exclusive golf course recently ranked in the top 10 courses in Texas by the Dallas Morning News. Spaces are filling up fast, but there are still some teams left for people interested.

The schedule of events for the day includes a players’ breakfast, a 9 a.m. cannon shot start for an 18-hole four-man scramble, and lunch and beverages along the course. Evening events include a cocktail reception and private tour of the George H.W. Bush Gallery, dinner in the Nimitz Museum Ballroom, and a live auction and a dance featuring the music of Sentimental Journey and the Memphis Belles. Live auction items include a trip for two to Callaway Headquarters and Training Center in San Diego, California, for personalized club fittings for two sets of Callaway clubs; a week in a beautiful Santa Fe home; a trip for two to Honolulu including a week-long stay in the Ala Moana Hotel plus airfare, including a personalized Admiral’s barge tour of Pearl Harbor and the USS ARIZONA Memorial, plus much more.

Registration for the all-inclusive event is $750 per golfer or $3000 per team of four, with all proceeds directly benefiting the education programs of the National Museum of the Pacific War and Operation Comfort, a program that supports the rehabilitative, recreational and financial needs of wounded military receiving treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. For registration or more information, contact Marty Kaderli at 830.997.8600 x204. Visit http://www.pacificwarmuseum.org/Event_2011GolfClassic.asp for a detailed schedule of events and photos from last year’s Nimitz Golf Classic.

Fredericksburg Turkey Trot 2012 – November 24

5K/10K Race begins at 8:30 AM on Saturday, November 24 and the 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 10:00AM. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome! The Fredericksburg Turkey Trot benefits the FPS/FES/FMS PTO which raises money for Fredericksburg Primary, Elementary and Middle School field trips and enrichment programs, playground equipment and new perimeter fences just to name a few! So, come out and work off that turkey dinner! We look forward to seeing you there! “Git yer gobble on!”

Registration and more information available at www.events.signup4.com/TurkeyTrot2012.

Tickets on Sale for 2010 Holiday Home Tour

The Weidenfeller House at 419 W San Antonio StreetThere is still time to purchase tickets for the Gillespie County Historical Society’s 2010 Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 11, 2010, from noon until 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 are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to all properties. Tickets may be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net, or by calling 830-997-2835.  You can also purchase tickets in our office, or online while making a reservation for December 11.

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. (A Star in the Hills)

This event is the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit Society that was formed in 1934 to preserve and share the area’s cultural heritage. 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.