Shop Around the Christmas Tree – October 26th

Get a jump start on holiday shopping and have fun doing it!  This event will take place on Wed. October 26th at 408 North Adams from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Vendors participating are: Old Stone Market (Karen Vaucher, fine herbs & spices), Pampered Chef (Valerie Remschel, gifts for the kitchen & chef), J R Collection (Gloria Soto, ladies’ apparel), Ameriprise Financial (Robin Boone, financial services for women) and Arbonne International (Anne Matthews & Marlene Pylate, personal care & anti-aging).  Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded to lucky guests.  For more information call Marlene Pylate, Area Manager, Independent Consultant, Arbonne International at 830-997-8566.

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,

New Years Eve Dances

Albert Dance Hall – Dinner and dance with music by the Sam Bentley Band. $30 single or $55 couple. Dance only $15 single or $25 couple. 5435 South RR 1623 in Albert, Texas. (830) 615-3570

Crossroads Saloon and Steakhouse – Dinner and music by Freeride, reservations needed. $100 per person dinner and entertainment. 305 W. Main St., Fredericksburg. (830) 456-8994.

Gillespie County Fairgrounds – Dance to the Jim Byrom Band. $15 per person; 12 and under free. Highway 16 South in Fredericksburg. (830) 997-2359.

Hangar Hotel – USO-Style dance with big band sound featuring Bill Smallwood & The Lone Star Swing Orchestra. $40 per person. (830) 997-9990. 155 Airport Rd in Fredericksburg.

Luckenbach Texas – Limited reserved seats available for dance with music by Dale Watson. $60 per person. 412 Luckenbach Town Loop near Fredericksburg. (830) 997-3224.

Pat’s Hall – Dinner and dance with music by Johnny Bush and his band. $100 per person by reservation. (830) 997-7574. 406 Post Oak Rd in Fredericksburg.

Turner Hall – Dance with music by The Wagon Aces. $15 per person. 103 W. Travis in Fredericksburg. (830) 997-2204.

Home Tour and Tannenbaum Ball scheduled

Continuing a 55-year-old tradition, the Gillespie County Historical Society is inviting the public to enjoy its Holiday Home Tour and Tannenbaum Ball during this year’s Holiday Happenings week.

55th Annual Holiday Home Tour
Fredericksburg,Texas
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Noon until 6pm

Seven unique, never before toured Fredericksburg area homes all decorated for the Holidays. A booklet with the Tour map and full description of each home is given to each Holiday Home Tour participant.

Tour Tickets are $25 per person and available for purchase through December 1 at Pioneer Museum 325 West Main Street, Vereins Kirche, and Gastehaus Schmidt (you can purchase the tickets online when you make your reservation) in Fredericksburg and Crenwelge Motors in Kerrville.

Tickets can also be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net or call 830-990-8441

55th Annual Tannenbaum Ball
St. Mary’sEventCenter
Fredericksburg,Texas
Saturday, December 8, 2012
7pm until 11:30pm 

An evening celebration in the new St. Mary’s Event Center. The event features a seated dinner by Delicious Details, open bar, Silent & Live Auction, 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 Museum, 325 West Main in Fredericksburg, on line at www.pioneermuseum.net or call 830-990-8441.

Call 830-990-8441 for more information about either event.

Canto Chamber Choir Concert – December 5

The annual Christmas Concert fundraiser benefitting the Good Samaritan Center at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 East Lower Crabapple Rd at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and will be sold in advance at the Good Samaritan Center, Grasshopper & Wild Honey, Memorial Presbyterian Church Office, Bierschwale-Rees Insurance, Hill Country Evangelical Free Church and also at the door.

Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and German Pyramid – November 25

The 2011 Mayor's Christmas Committee invites you to join them on Marktplatz on Friday November 25 at 7 pm, as they kick off the Christmas Season at the FREE Yuletide celebration complete with Christmas carols, Brass Band, Children's Chorus, performances by our local Nutcracker dancers, holiday music and more!

A Fredericksburg tradition, this community event will truly get you into the holiday spirit!

Featuring:

26 ft. German Christmas Pyramid 
30 ft. Lighted Christmas Tree, adorned with German ornaments designed by local artisans
Nativity provided by private donation
Two 50 ft. "MERRY CHRISTMAS" skylines
Gingerbread Village designed by local artist Margaret Hannum
Tunnel of Lights
26 LED lighted trees
30 lighted wreaths

Free hot chocolate, cookies and pastries!

**In the spirit of giving, you are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item for our local food pantry.**

Eisbahn Open Through January 3

Fredericksburg, Texas’ Eisbahn is a new winter tradition

We don’t get a lot of cold weather in Fredericksburg, but every December we do have an ice rink, or eisbahn.

Hours are Mondays – Saturdays 4:00 – 8:00pm; Fridays & Saturdays and School Holidays 10:00am – 10:00pm; Sunday 1:00 – 8:00pm and closed on Christmas Day. For $10 you can skate all day.  The Eisbahn is open from November 28 until January 3.

FTC presents The Sentimental Journey Orchestra Holiday Show – 12/11-14

Celebrate the holidays with the music of the fabulous Big Bands of the 1940′s . . . Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and more. ”The greatest music from the greatest generation!” At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US Hwy 87.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2 pm. $29 adults; $12 for youth 17 and under. Call (830) 997-3588 for details or tickets

Tickets on Sale for 2010 Holiday Home Tour

The Weidenfeller House at 419 W San Antonio StreetThere is still time to purchase tickets for the Gillespie County Historical Society’s 2010 Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 11, 2010, from noon until 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 are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to all properties. Tickets may be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net, or by calling 830-997-2835.  You can also purchase tickets in our office, or online while making a reservation for December 11.

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. (A Star in the Hills)

This event is the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit Society that was formed in 1934 to preserve and share the area’s cultural heritage. Details and tickets may be purchased by contacting the Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, 830-997-2835, or by visiting the web site.