Fredericksburg Crawfish Fest 2014

The Fredericksburg Texas Jaycees are excited to announce the return of their annual Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival to Fredericksburg’s Marktplatz on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. The festival will include many activities for the entire family including a variety of great Cajun food, live music, crawfish races, children’s carnival, and a Creole brunch prepared by Chef John Russ of the renowned Lüke San Antonio.

Festival times are as follows: Friday 6pm to midnight, Saturday 11am-11pm, and Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Tickets for the festival will be $7 for adults on Friday and Sunday and $10 on Saturday. Kid tickets (ages 6-12) will be $5 a day. 2-day passes are available for purchase for $12 and 3 day passes are $20. The Creole Brunch will be held at Marktplatz on Sunday, May 25th from 10am to 12pm. Ticket prices for the Creole brunch are $55 per seat or $450 for a table of eight.

This year’s musical entertainment will feature Texas Country music artist Cory Morrow, T-Broussard and the Zydeco steppers, Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys, Zydeco Blanco, Bayou Roux, and Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s.

Special guest this year will be the cast from CMT’s hit T.V. show “Gator 911.” Gary Saurage will be teaming up with his Gator Country crew to provide an educational and interactive show with some of his favorite gators.

Chef John Russ, executive chef at Lüke San Antonio, from the famed John Besh Restaurant Group, will be cooking a Creole Brunch on Sunday that is sure to be a delicious Cajun treat for any and all who attend.

The festival is organized by the Fredericksburg Jacyees, who since their founding, have grown to promote large fundraisers with all of the proceeds being used to help youth organizations, charitable groups, and those in need within the community.

For more information or to purchase your tickets in advance please visit www.fbgcrawfish.com.

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.

Willow City Live Quilt Auction – May 21

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Hand-stitched and lovingly designed, quilts are family heirlooms to be passed from generation to generation, and now you have the opportunity to bid on some gorgeous ones during the Willow City Wildflower Live Quilt Auction on Saturday, May 21 at the Marktplatz on W. Main St.. in Fredericksburg. The preview is from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with the live auction at 1 p.m. The auction is in support of the Willow City volunteer fire and rescue departments. The quilts will be available for viewing online two weeks prior to the actual auction date by logging on to www.Texasbid.com – so look online first to find the perfect one. Then, happy bidding!

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.

Willow City VFD Annual BBQ Benefit – May 3

Country Store opens at 3 pm. Silent Auction open 3 to 6 pm. Live auction starts at 4 pm. Prize Giveaway Drawings at 6 pm. Barbecue meal served at 6 pm until sold out. All donations appreciated. Proceeds benefit the Willow City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Event to be held at the Willow City Fire Station, 2553 Ranch Road 1323.

3 to 8 pm. Call 830-685-3385 for more information.

Country Schools Open House “Follow the Trail” – 4/2

Gillespie County Country Schools Open House features five schools this spring. Willow City, Rheingold, Cave Creek, Nebgen, and Junction schools will be open for tour. Driving maps and directions for the tour are available at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center at 302 East Austin Street, at each school, or online at www.historicschools.org/directions.htm. PRIZE DRAWING Prize tickets are available now through April 3. Proceeds to benefit restoration and maintenance at the twelve schools.

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.

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!

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.