6th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour – March 29

Luci Baines Johnson Tour
Photo from http://www.friendsoflbjnationalpark.org

7th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour provides routes of 10, 30, 42, 62 and 85 miles throughout the scenic Texas Hill Country taking riders on quiet country roads and past historical landmarks.  The ride begins and ends on the LBJ Ranch airstrip. Ride begins at 9 am and event ends at 5 pm. At the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Parks in Stonewall. You can register online.

Movies Under the Stars – LBJ Ranch – July 13

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park invites the public to view a classic American western movie on Saturday, June 5 at 8:30 p.m. by attending a screening of From Russia With Love, starring Sean Connery as James Bond. The movie will be projected onto an 18 by 25 foot outdoor screen that includes a professional sound system.

Everyone should bring their own choice of seating, and picnicking before and during the movie is permitted. President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson often invited friends and neighbors to attend movie showings in their airplane hangar, which also served as a location for press conferences and family gatherings. The movie will be shown in the area adjacent to the historic hangar. The public can drive on to the LBJ Ranch beginning at 7:00 pm with free parking on the taxiway adjacent to the ranch airplane hangar.

For further information and driving directions, please call (830) 868-7128, ext. 244.

Annual Fishing Day at LBJ State Park – June 7

The LBJ State Park & Historic Site will host a fishing clinic for children and their parents from 10 am to 12 pm. After the clinic, participants will be able to fish in the state park on the banks of the Pedernales River. This is an annual event to get outdoors and have fun. This event is hosted through a partnership by LBJ State Park & Historic Park and Wal-Mart. Fishing equipment and worms provided or bring your own. Fishing is free. Please no dogs.

Farm Demonstration Day at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site – September 27

Step back in time and come visit and tour the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, at the LBJ Ranch. Period-dressed costumed park interpreters will take you back in time to the traditions of a 1915 German farm family and will show how the necessary, low profile chores needed to be done in order to survive in the Texas Hill Country prior to electricity and running water. Visitors will discover how common things used today were vital in life of yester years. All park visitors should stop first at the State Park Visitor Center to obtain a free park permit, map and visitor event information before they travel back in time at the living history farm.

10 am to 3 pm. Free, but donations are welcome. Call 830-644-2252 for details.

Easter Traditions at Sauer-Beckman Farms – April 19

Photo by La Branĉaro

Take the kids to participate in an old-fashioned Easter celebration at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park on Hwy 290 near Stonewall during its Easter Traditions event on Saturday, April 19 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Costumed interpreters provide insight to life as early German settlers, showing how those early settlers performed Easter traditions, like dyeing eggs naturally and building grass nests. While there, stop by to see all of the Farm’s newborn animals. There’s no cost to attend; however, donations are always welcome. For details, call 830-644-2252.

Ole Time German Smokehouse Secrets – February 5

smoking sausageSauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site on Hwy 290 E. (16 miles east of Fredericksburg) will host its annual Old Time German Smokehouse Secrets demonstration this Saturday, February 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Interpreters will demonstrate how this area’s German settlers cured bacon and stuffed sausage and meat processing methods of the early 1900s. This event is free to the public. For information, call 830-644-2252.

Reflections of the ’60’s at the LBJ Ranch – April 11

The 7th Annual Reflections of the Sixties education conference at the LBJ Ranch is a great learning opportunity for persons interested in understanding the impact of the 1960s on the fabric of our country.Guest speakers such as authors, former legislators, and historians talk about topics relevant to the 1960’s.

Admission is free. Gather near the Texas White House at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, 16 miles East of Fredericksburg, Texas, on Hwy 290 in Stonewall.

Call (830) 868-7128 for more information.

Reflections of the ’60s at the LBJ Ranch – April 15

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Tickets on sale now for upcoming Hill Country Film Festival
Several ticket pricing levels are now available for the upcoming Hill Country Film Festival, April 28-30. In its second year, this film festival focuses on independent film. Open to the public, this festival will be held at the Stagecoach Movie Theater on Hwy 87 S in Fredericksburg. Three ticket levels are available for purchase/your viewing pleasure:

All-Access Badges ($100): entitling one guest access to attend all festival events and screenings; ticket sold online and at theater.
Day Pass for Friday or Saturday only ($40): entitling one guest to all screening programs on the designated day; sold online and on day of pass..
Individual Tickets ($10): entitles one guest to view one block of film screenings; sold at theater only.
All tickets sold at the theater are cash only. For more about this festival, visit www.hillcountryff.com.

Wednesday afternoon show at Rockbox Theater
The cast of Rockbox Theater will perform a special afternoon performance this Wednesday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the theater at 109 N. Llano St., in Fredericksburg. Show will run between 50-55 minutes.. Tickets are $20 (plus tax) and there will be no intermission or concessions – just lots of ‘funtabulous’ music and fun! For details or to purchase your tickets, call 866-349-6688. For more about this cast and future shows, visit www.rockboxtheater.com.

Fredericksburg Marketplace (Mall) to hold fashion show this Thursday at Marktplatz
Check out the fashion show by merchants from the Fredericksburg Marketplace this Thursday, April 14 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.. at the Marktplatz on the 100 block of W. Main St., in Fredericksburg. To learn more about the Fredericksburg Marketplace, stop by this mall at 142 E. Main St. And, for more details about the fashion show, call 830-997-6707.

FAL&HA meeting to be held this Wednesday
The April Fredericksburg Area Lodging and Hospitality Association (FAL&HA) meeting will be held this Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Nimitz Ballroom at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 E. Main St. in Fredericksburg.

Lyndon B. Johnson scholars, authors and Vietnam Veterans will be on hand to speak at this annual event – Reflections of the ’60s – to be held Friday, April 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the LBJ National Historical Park off Hwy 290 E near Stonewall. Hear noted speakers reflect on this turbulent era. While there, check out the 1960s-era cars on display. Held on the grounds of the Texas White House, this event is free to the public. For information, call 830-868-7128, ext. 231.