“Dance Fest For West” to Raise Funds For West, Texas at Pat’s Hall – August 10

PatshallA fundraiser to help the community of West, Texas will be held at historic Pat’s Hall, 406 Post Oak Road, from 1 pm to midnight on Saturday, August 10.  All day admission is $25.  Bands scheduled so far include the Czechaholics, the Seven Dutchmen, the Bill Smallwood Band and headliner Weldon Henson.  Bands will be playing in the hall during the day, and from 8:30 pm to midnight one band will be playing in the hall and one on the patio.  Refreshments and food vendors will be available.  All proceeds benefit the citizens of West, Texas.

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.

American Legion Turkey Shoot – November 4

Target shoot at 100 yards using rifles and pistols (bring your own) at Harper Community Park on 290 West, 20 miles from Fredericksburg, Friday November 4, from 10 am to 5 pm. There will also be a raffle wheel with lots of prizes. $4 per shot. Spectators free. All proceeds benefit the American Legion Post 650. Call 830-864-4364 for more information.

Honor Flight Austin Benefit for Gillespie County WWII Veterans – August 1

“One More Tour with Honor”.  Taking WWII Veterans living in and around the Austin area to Washington, DC to visit the WWII Memorial that was built in their honor 65 years after the war was over.  Live music fundraiser at Hondo’s on Main, 312 West Main.  Featuring music by Sol Patch, Sons of Slim, Clay McClinton, Kevin Higgins and Barbara Malteze, Bill Lewis, Lishman & Prewitt, Jake Martin and CamKing. Call (830) 997-3758 for details.

Harper VFD Benefit BBQ – April 14

BBQ meal with all the fixins’ At the Harper Fire Department, 84 RR 783 North. There will be live music, silent auction and more.

4 PM social hour; meal begins at 5 PM.

By donation. For more information call (830) 459-8645.

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.

Knights of Columbus Bestfest – October 18

Bestfest features specialty beer and sausage tasting, prize drawings, kids’ games and activities and live polka band and dancing.  All on Marktplatz from 11 am to 11 pm.

Admission includes sausage and sides tasting.

Beer tasting tickets extra.

Ages 14 and up $10; ages 5 – 13 $5; under 5 free.

All profits benefit local charitable works and scholarships.

Fredericksburg Holiday Home Tour this Saturday!

The Gillespie County Historical Society’s Holiday Home Tour unofficially kicks off the holiday season this Saturday, December 11, 2010. From noon to 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 can be purchased up to the day of during the event. Tickets are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to all properties. They may be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net, or by calling 830-997-2835. Visitors can also buy tickets in person at the Welcome Center, 325 West Main at the corner of Main and Milam Streets in Fredericksburg.

“This is a wonderful way to begin the holiday celebration in true Fredericksburg fashion,” said Michelle Weberpal, Event Chair. “These events also enable the Society to successfully continue and implement its mission of preserving the history and culture of this wonderful place.”

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.

This year marks the Diamond Anniversary for the nonprofit Society that was formed 75 years ago to preserve and share the area’s cultural heritage. For information: Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, 830-997-2835,

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!