Annual spring fundraiser serving up golden fried fish with all the trimmings. Drive through only. 11 AM until sold out. Suggested donation $8 per plate. Stonewall VFD Building, 14854 E. US Highway 290 in Stonewall, TX. Call (830) 889-2006 for more information.
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
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.
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!
In memory of Keith Hagel with proceeds benefiting the Hagel Children Education Fund. Event to be held at the Hagel Dairy (hence the MOO-morial!). Participants can register at the Wellness Center, Mills & Associates Physical Therapy or online at www.active.com
Run time is 10:30 am, at 3519 River Road. Entry fee is $30 per person. Call (830) 456-8370 or (830) 992-9261 for more information.
PIANORAMA IS BACK!
Pat’s Hall is pleased to announce that Pianorama is returning on February 22.
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.
Join 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!
A 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.
Raising funds for Hill Country agricultural and youth educational activities via live auction, raffle, door prizes and silent auction, the Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner returns to the Gillespie County Fairgrounds, Saturday Night at 5:30 pm.
Dinner tickets $20 per person.
For more info please call (830) 997-5508.
Every 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.