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

Historic Pat’s Hall and a number of musicians have joined together for “Dance Fest for West”, an all-day fundraising event benefiting the community of West, Texas on Saturday, August 10, from 1:00 p.m. until midnight.

“Dance Fest for West” aims to help the citizens of West, Texas “get back on their feet” and all event proceeds will be donated to the City of West, Texas. FEMA will not fund recovery of West, Texas. According to the City of West Mayor, Tommy Muska, home demolition fees are estimated to cost approximately $10,000 per home, a fee which will not be covered by home insurance.

“Dance Fest for West” festivities will kick off with music from the Czechaholics from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., Saturday August 10, in Pat’s Hall’s air-conditioned dance hall. The Seven Dutchmen will continue the day of music with another live performance from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the dance hall at Pat’s Hall.

From 8:30 p.m. until midnight “Dance Fest for West” event-goers can enjoy music by the Bill Smallwood Band in the dance hall – or opt for live music under the old oak tree as a special guest plays in the outdoor pavilion.

In addition to beer, wine and beverages available in the dance hall, a number of Hill Country food vendors will be on hand serving up Hill Country fare throughout the day.

A “Dance Fest for West” raffle, including a stay at one of Fredericksburg’s bed and breakfasts, will be held during the event.

To learn more about “Dance Fest for West”, or purchase tickets, visit www.patshall.com, or call 830.997.7574. For additional information about the “Dance Fest for West” raffle, or to donate raffle items, please contact Ginger Schulz at Pat’s Hall at ginger@patshall.com.

Monster Masquerade at Becker Vineyards – October 30

A Halloween Costume Party for Adults benefiting the Good Samaritan Center

The Monster Masquerade benefiting the local Good Samaritan Center will take place, Sunday, Oct. 30 at Becker Vineyards’ Barrel Chai Room from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. This Halloween costume party is an adults only event. Admission is $25 per person and includes live music by local musician Richy Rhyne and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Located at 140 Industrial Loop, the Good Samaritan Center is a charitable medical and dental clinic that helps low-income individuals and families that have no health insurance. It serves residents in Blanco, Gillespie, Kimble, Llano, and Mason Counties. The service area also extends to people who live in the towns of Comfort and Brady. Thirty percent of their budget is covered by patient fees and rental income from space in their building. The remaining 70% comes through private donations from individuals (no state or federal funding is accepted).

For more info about the Good Samaritan Center, visit www.goodsamfbg.org.

CROP Walk: Hill Country Hike for Hunger – October 20

A 5K walk around Fredericksburg or a “Golden Mile” for those who cannot walk the 5K.  Walkers collect donations to benefit world hunger relief.  75% of proceeds goes to Church World Services or the denomination of your choice and 25% goes to the local Food Pantry.  Event begins at Bethany Lutheran Church.

2:30 pm registration.  Walk starts at 3 pm.

Tickets on Sale of Fest Nacht

A very limited number of tables are still available for purchase for Fest Nacht (A Festive Night)…a night like no other!  5 hours of dance, music, drink, and fun with “Wild and Crazy” people.  This year’s theme is “Saturday Night Live” (costume party).  Music by Mingo Fish Trap and DJ.

Proceeds benefit the Fredericksburg Food Pantry and the Hill Country Community Needs Council.  All table purchases and donations are tax deductible.  Cost is $450 per table of ten.  Lots of fun for a worthy cause!

For more information, please visit www.festnacht.com, e-mail party@festnacht.com, or call Kyle Biedermann, 998-7111 or Doug Gamble, 998-2601.

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.

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,

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.