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.

2nd Annual Nimitz Golf Classic at Boot Ranch –

If avoiding hazards like tanks and low-flying WWII-era planes while golfing at one of the best ranked courses in Texas sounds like fun, then the Nimitz Golf Classic at Boot Ranch is for you! The Second Annual Nimitz Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, June 3, and promises to be an event to remember.

Designed by PGA Champion Hal Sutton, Boot Ranch is an exclusive golf course recently ranked in the top 10 courses in Texas by the Dallas Morning News. Spaces are filling up fast, but there are still some teams left for people interested.

The schedule of events for the day includes a players’ breakfast, a 9 a.m. cannon shot start for an 18-hole four-man scramble, and lunch and beverages along the course. Evening events include a cocktail reception and private tour of the George H.W. Bush Gallery, dinner in the Nimitz Museum Ballroom, and a live auction and a dance featuring the music of Sentimental Journey and the Memphis Belles. Live auction items include a trip for two to Callaway Headquarters and Training Center in San Diego, California, for personalized club fittings for two sets of Callaway clubs; a week in a beautiful Santa Fe home; a trip for two to Honolulu including a week-long stay in the Ala Moana Hotel plus airfare, including a personalized Admiral’s barge tour of Pearl Harbor and the USS ARIZONA Memorial, plus much more.

Registration for the all-inclusive event is $750 per golfer or $3000 per team of four, with all proceeds directly benefiting the education programs of the National Museum of the Pacific War and Operation Comfort, a program that supports the rehabilitative, recreational and financial needs of wounded military receiving treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. For registration or more information, contact Marty Kaderli at 830.997.8600 x204.

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.

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.

Food and Wine Feast – September 22

A time to celebrate Texas wines and fellowship with Texas Tech Hill Country Alumni and friends. This fund-raising event will benefit local scholarship recipients that will attend Texas Tech in Lubbock, Junction or Hill Country University Center.

When: Saturday, September 22, 2012

Time: 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.

Where: 4.0 Winery- 10354 E. US Hwy 290, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

Wine samples: 6 plus bonus wine of the week – receive 10% off cases purchased while at the event.

Food: Catered heavy hors d’oeuvres

Cost: $75.00 per couple, $37.50 single

RSVP: Sam & Patti Sagebiel, 361 550 0519, 830 669 2237 or mesquitesage @yahoo.com before September 10, 2012

Music will be provided

Come join the fun under the Texas stars!

Lutheran Fall Festival – September 16

The annual Luther Fall Festival will be from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, September 17 on Marktplatz. Enjoy arts and craft booths, and a chili cook-off. Proceeds benefit the Cross Trails Ministry. Call (830) 997-1143 for more information.

Heritage School Senior Fundraiser at Andy’s Steak & Seafood Grille – April 15

On Sunday, April 15th from 5pm to 8pm, Andy’s Steak & Seafood Grille, 413 S. Washington Street, will open for a special event open to the public. Andy’s will open on Sunday evening with a full kitchen staff and full regular menu. The Heritage School graduating Senior Class of 2012 will be the wait staff for the evening.

Andy’s owners, Don and Mary Wise, will donate a portion of all of the food sales and all of the tips to the seniors for their class trip.

Please come out and enjoy a Sunday evening dinner at Andy’s in support of a good cause.

Girl’s Shopping Weekend – Nov 5-6

Shop, dine, wine and play at the Texas 4 Step! This fabulous girl’s shopping weekend is back by popular demand on November 5th and 6th, and includes an exclusive 4 Step shopping bag, a special Shoppers Savings Card, a Saturday evening reception, and more! Step on up and receive discounts and specials in the heart of Fredericksburg shops! There is no cost for shoppers to participate in this fun and exciting event! For more information, and to sign up for your ultimate shopping experience, step on up and visit www.thetexas4step.com, or call the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce at 830-997-6523.

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

MarciaBallPIANIST/VOCALIST MARCIA BALL TO PERFORM IN FREDERICKSBURG!

“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.

Texas 4 Step: Girls Shopping Weekend – November 3-6

Shop, Dine, Wine & Play

Fredericksburg, Texas

SPEND $5 – SAVE HUNDREDS!

How’s that for a great deal?

Dancing the 4-Step is easy! Here’s how:

Register for your Shopper Savings Card at www.TheTexas4Step.com at a cost of $5. Each participating business is offering a minimum of 15% off your purchase.
Round up your gal pals and plan your trip to Fredericksburg! To make it simple, their website features information on dining, lodging, spas, wineries and attractions.
Pick up your Shoppers Savings Card, map and list of special offers when you arrive in Fredericksburg. Plus, the first 500 to arrive will receive a FREE shopping tote!
Have a ridiculous amount of fun as you and your friends shop and SAVE to your heart’s content. This is your weekend, so do it up right!

Please visit www.TheTexas4Step.com for all of the up-to-date information!