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!

Pianorama featuring Marcia Ball, Johnny Nicholas, Floyd Domino, Red Young, Danny Levine and more at Pat’s Hall – February 23


“Based in Austin and steeped in New Orleans, Marcia Ball plumbs the richness of both musical meccas. From rootsy swamp pop and blues-drenched boogie woogie to languid ballads, Ball is equally comfortable with brash roadhouse romps and caressing love songs.” –USA Today

Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball, touring in support of her Grammy-nominated Alligator Records CD, ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS, will perform as part of Pianorama at Pat’s Hall in Fredericksburg on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Also performing are Johnny Nicholas, Floyd Domino, Red Young, Danny Levin and more.

Marcia Ball’s groove-laden New Orleans R&B, heart-wrenching ballads and driving Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite of music fans everywhere. Her music mixes equal parts simmering soul fervor and rollicking Crescent City piano. Over the course of her career, Ball’s infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional songs have won her a loud and loyal international fan base. ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS is her fifth release for Alligator, and the fourth to receive a Grammy nomination. Ball received the 2012 Blues Music Award (BMA) for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Of The Year. She has now won a total of nine BMAs. She also won three 2012 Living Blues Readers’ Awards: Blues Artist Of The Year–Female, Most Outstanding Musician–Keyboard and Best Blues Album Of 2011 for ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS. She was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall of Fame in 2010 and into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Concert information is as follows:

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Event: Pianorama
Venue: Pat’s Hall
Address: 406 Post Oak Rd.
City: Fredericksburg, TX
Phone: 830-997-7574
Showtime: 7:00pm
Ticket price: $25 advance / $30 door
Website: www.patshall.com

* This performance benefits Fredericksburg Youth Music and the Theater Scholarship Fund.

Fajita Dinner at Bethany Lutheran Church – February 17

This Sunday, February 17, Bethany Preschool will serve their Annual Fajita Dinner.  “All Chamber members are especially invited”, stated Stephanie Hays, Director.  Tickets are $8 and include 2 chicken fajitas, rice, beans, and a brownie.  Dine in guests will also enjoy tea or coffee.  Meals will be served through the drive-thru (entering on Adams street) starting at 11:00 or dine-in service will be offered in the Fellowship Hall of Bethany Lutheran Church, 110 West Austin Street starting at 11:45.

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
For vendor space information, call 830-992-3362

Early start for Fredericks​burg Tannenbaum Ball Auction

Guests who cannot wait for the Pioneer Museum’s Tannenbaum Ball to arrive on December 8 in Fredericksburg, can get an early start at bidding for auction items with a new online auction.

For the first time, anyone can bid early on dozens of auction items by visiting www.blacktie-sanantonio.com, then clicking on “auctions” and going to the Gillespie County Historical Society link. The online auction closes on December 4 at 10:00 pm, but will resume the night of the Ball.

Among the items offered are:
Fredericksburg Opera Festival and Champagne Cocktail Party
2 Piece Vera Bradley Luggage
4 16 oz. Fredericksburg Beer Steins
A Cajun Shrimp Boil and Beer Pairing
Blue Mother of Pearl Three Strand Necklace, with Bracelet & Earrings
20-inch Bluegreen Handmade Ceramic Bead Necklace
Handcarved Santa by American Woodcarver – Greg Guedel
Christopher Radko Ornament “Wildflower Wings” ,Hand-Blown Glass Body with Swarovski Crystals
Luckenbach sign and 1 set of dominos
Multi-Color Semi-Precious Stone Doncaster Necklace
Red Coral, CZ’s, 24K Gold Vermeil Chandlier Earrings
Sterling Silver Bell Necklace – “You Are Loved” – handmade in Austin
18 inch Star Sterling Silver Chain and Pendant and matching earrings from
the Museum Collection of Hand and Hammer Silversmiths
Sterling silver Rose Necklace and Bracelet
20″ silver necklace and holly pendant w/red Chalcedony beads Silver bracelet with 7 holiday silver charms
Sterling Silver Moravian Star Pendant on a 20 inch triple Sterling Silver Chain
Virgin, Saint & Angels 4-strand Mixed Pearl and Clear Sea Crystal Necklace and Pendant Earrings
Wood & Pewter Bowl Set by Vagabond House

The Tannenbaum Ball will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 7 pm until 11:30 pm at the new St. Mary’s Event Center. The celebration features a seated dinner by Delicious Details, open bar, more silent and live auction items, and dance music by The Flying GTs. Segner’s Jewelry will offer a $2400 custom-designed jewelry item in the prize drawing.

Ball Tickets are $110 per person before November 26, 2012, and $125 after that date until December 6. Reservations are required for the Ball. Benefactor tables are available. Tickets may be purchased at the Pioneer Musuem, 325 West Main in Fredericksburg, or on line at www.pioneermuseum.net.

On Saturday, December 1, 2012, guests can tour seven of Fredericksburg’s most distinctive homes from noon until 6pm for the 55th Holiday Home Tour.

Tour Tickets are $25 per person and include a booklet with tour map and full description of each home. Tickets are available for purchase through December 1 at Pioneer Museum 325 West Main Street, Vereins Kirche, and Gastehaus Schmidt in Fredericksburg and Crenwelge Motors in Kerrville. Tickets can also be purchased online or by calling 830-990-8441.

The Tour and Ball are the largest fundraisers for the Gillespie County Historical Society, which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the history of the area. Call 830-990-8441 for more information about either event.

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.

Military Blood Drive November 8 and 9

Support Our Troops with THE ULTIMATE CARE PACKAGE in our Military Blood Drive

WHAT: Another blood drive specifically for the U.S. military is being sponsored by The Knights of Columbus Council 9765 of the Saint Mary’s parish. As before, the KC’s are making this a Fredericksburg (Or Hill Country) area and community project, and they need everyone’s help.

WHEN: November 8 & 9, Tues & Wed, from 9:00 am to 7 pm both days.

WHERE: National Guard Armory, 598 Armory Drive, Fredericksburg, Texas Directions: From Fredericksburg, go west on Main Street, take Hwy 290 toward Harper, continue west. Look for and follow the signs about one-mile past the “Y”. Turn right onto Armory Drive.

WHY: When its blood supplies run low, the military must buy blood from civilian blood banks at retail prices. Also the military cannot request donations or civilian assistance (the military has to be invited into the community).

FOR WHOM: Donated blood will be utilized solely for the benefit of our military, first in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, then to support medical facilities that care for our wounded, such as Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LARMC), Germany. One donation can help save up to three lives.

Please Support Our Troops with more than just a bumper sticker. How many times have you asked, “What can we do?” or “What can we send over to the troops?” Besides our prayers and gratitude, perhaps the best gift one can offer our troops is THE ULTIMATE CARE PACKAGE: the gift of life, life-saving blood. You can literally be there with the troops in their time of need.
Our community has supported our military in the previous drives with 2,424 units, averaging almost 300 units per drive. The Armed Services Blood Program suggests that 50 units is a successful drive, but our community has demonstrated that it can do much more. Thank you, Fredericksburg!
Again, this will be a total community effort. With your participation we can join hands and help achieve another meaningful goal for our troops. FYI: people on many medications can donate; so don’t let that be a deterrent. If you have concerns about your medications, bring a list of the meds—and their purpose—with you, so the staff can quickly tell whether or not you can share. Or in advance, regarding medications or travel issues, call Fort Sam Houston Akeroyd Blood Donor Center at 210-295-4655.
Can we count on you to “roll up your sleeve”? We encourage you to invite and bring your staff, family, customers, friends, and significant others. Walk-ins are welcomed, but for your convenience, you can go online to schedule an appointment for your donation at www.militarydonor.com. Search by zip code (78624), and choose your time. Homemade cookies and a unique military blood donor t-shirt will be provided for all donors.
If you have questions or need more information, please call Bob Sagebiel at 830-990-6986. He will gladly address a group, and/or he can send you a flyer by email for printing, or bring by one for placement in your business: bsagebiel@austin.rr.com.
Photo ID and SSN required to donate, and a signed parental consent if age 17.

Thank you for Supporting Our Troops with The Ultimate Care Package!

Paddy’s Party-March 29

Just as it has since 2006, this event pays tribute to “Paddy”, a little abused dog who has flourished since her adoption from SPCA. Featuring dinner, dancing, drinks and a silent and live auction to raise money to help support the animals at the Hill Country SPCA. This year’s event will be held at historic Pat’s Hall and will feature live music by The Cactus Country Band. Tickets may be purchased at the Hill Country SPCA or by calling (830) 990-9085.

6 pm to midnight. $40 per person (includes two drink tickets).

For more information, call 830-990-9085.

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