Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum – March 8-15

Historic crafts, activities and demonstrations including quilting and stoking the forge at the blacksmith shop. Try your hand at making rope or biting into a biscuit cooked in a Dutch oven over an open campfire. Stroll through all of the Pioneer Museum‘s historic buildings.

Daily 10 am to 5 pm except closed on Sunday. $5 adults; students 6 – 17 $3; children 5 and under are free. 325 W. Main. Call 830-990-8441 for details

Pioneer Museum Easter Egg Hunt – April 23

Children 10 and younger are invited to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum at 325 W. Main St., in Fredericksburg. There is even a special area reserved just for toddlers to enjoy the hunting fun. Admission is free for children with one paid adult admission. For information, call 830-990-8441.

Pioneer Museum sponsors history photo contest

The public is invited to have antiques appraised at the “What’$ It Worth” event returning to the Pioneer Museum on April 15 & 16, 2011.For the first time the public is invited to submit entries for the new, juried photo contest in conjunction with  “What’$ It Worth?” the popular antique appraisal event hosted by the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on April 15 & 16, 2011. Deadline for entries is April 12.

The photography theme is black and white historical images taken from a creative point of view. The photos must be the artist’s original work.

The jury will award prizes of $100, $50, and $25 for top entries. Entry fees are $10 per image or 3 images for $25 and contestants may enter as many images as they wish.

Contest entries are due with payment by April 12 at the Society office, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg TX 78624. Further details will be made available on the website.

The photos will be part of an exhibit to be displayed for 30 days ending May 12, 2011. Visitors may purchase select framed black and white photos from the Museum collection, along with others offered by photographers. Part of the proceeds will go to the Museum.

Judges are James Fox, fine art photographer, teacher, and  owner of James Fox Photography; Lance Tatum, principal and owner of Lance Tatum Architect; and Cynthia Lively, owner of cynlee-studios.

In its second year, the popular appraisal event offers several new activities.

Nine independent antique appraisers will view furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, photographs, books, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, western and Fredericksburg memorabilia, and other collectibles from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday. Individual appraisals will be offered at $10 per item. Large items can be appraised by bringing in a high-quality photograph with written detail if available.

This year’s appraisers include:

Margaret Mangum, antique dealer and shop owner for 30 years; Tim Taylor, owner of Whistle Pik Galleries in Fredericksburg; Shawn Umphress, antique dealer and shop owner; Ron Woellhof, owner of Showcase Antiques in Fredericksburg; Harold Scharold, consultant, teacher, lecturer, and author; Glen Treibs, a premier local historian and dedicated collector of local memorabilia; Larry Jackson, consultant for museums, auction houses, collectors, decorators, authors and estate sale specialists; Jim Holley, collector of fine Western and Texas collectibles; and Rachel Fitch, owner of Fitch Estate Sales.

On Saturday, guests can attend four new seminars. They are:

9:30-10:15 Provenance -Stephen Vollmer

10:30-11:15 Antique Guns and Fire Arms & their Evolution in Texas -Bill Thompson

11:30-12:15 Antique China -Eva Lee

1:00-1:45 Incorporating Antiques into the Home –Brenda Newman & Michelle Weberpal

Seminars are $10 each, or guests can purchase VIP tickets for $50. A VIP ticket will admit the holder to up to four seminars by antique experts and includes two appraisals. Refreshments will be available, along with David’s Old-Fashioned Pit Bar-B-Que, who is donating part of the proceeds to the Museum.

An expanded Friday evening catered cocktail reception will feature Bruce Shackelford, international expert and a popular TV appraiser. Guests will enjoycatering by featured Fredericksburg Restaurants: August E’s, Amish Market, Bejas, Chocolat, Dutchman’s, Fredericksburg Fudge, Navajo Grill, Sunset Grill, with beer, wine, champagne, soft drinks. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and will include one free appraisal on Saturday.

Event appraisers are independent of the museum and society. Appraisals are for fair-market value, and not intended for insurance and tax purposes. No appraisals offered on jewelry or Oriental items. The Gillespie County Historical Society holds no liability for inaccuracies or damaged items.

For information and to purchase tickets, call 830-997-2835, email info@pioneermuseum.net, or visit online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Grilled Ribeye dinner to accompany Jazz Roots Music Concert 2012 Roots Music Series on May 19

Jazz music with a side order of grilled ribeye, or thick cut pork chop with sides and dessert awaits guests at the first concert in the 2012 Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on May 19.

Gates open at 5 p.m. for the first outdoor concert of the season. While waiting for the music to start, guests can enjoy a $10 meal with choice of grilled-to-order ribeye or pork chop, accompanied with green beans, potatoes, dinner roll, and peach cobbler.

The music begins at 6:30 with the Kris Kimura Quartet, one of Austin’s most respected groups. Their repertoire emphasizes swing a la the Nat Cole Trio, and they are equally adept on Bossa Nova, Latin jazz, Dixieland jazz, traditional jazz, classic jazz and bebop.

At 7:40 Los Jazz Vatos – a six-piece group featuring a full horn section – play crowd-pleasing polkas, cumbias, blues, Latin, soul, and hot swing. The group was formed by Grammy-winner and legendary drummer Ernie Durawa – of the Texas Tornados and Doug Sahm fame. The players feature some of Austin’s top players, and it is a rare event to see them all together on one stage.

Finishing the evening from 9:10 to the later end time of 10:30, The Magnificent 7 performs. Magnificent 7 is an Austin-based, hard-swinging, horn-driven band, that specializes in original arrangements of American swing music. Instrumentation includes four horns, bass, drums, guitar and female vocalist. They are a top performance group, but their music is also both danceable and listenable, covering swing, blues, and Latin styles.

Guests can purchase a meal and refreshments of wine, beer, sodas, and water. Parking is free. The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg, with event entrance on Milam Street. All museum buildings will remain open until 7 p.m. for Roots guests.

Admission is $12. Students high school age and younger are free. A $2 discount is available for advance online ticket sales or web page printout at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society.

Upcoming concert dates and genres are:
June 23 – Swing Night
July 28 – Multi-Culture Night
Aug 18 – R&B/Blues Night
Sept 22 – American Decades Night

For information: 830-997-2835.

Tickets on Sale for Indoor Gospel Roots concert

Austin-based Leigh has been hailed as a dazzling young artist with an authentic voice for bluegrass, country, Texas swing, and Irish folk. Leigh will be doing a Gospel set she performs at Threadgill’s in Austin.Limited tickets are now on sale for a night of gospel, soul, and spirit dancing at the Indoor Encore Gospel Night at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on Saturday, Oct 22.

This special Roots Music concert will be held indoors at the Historic Sanctuary of the Pioneer Museum and features three musical acts:

7:00-7:15pm    Jessica Hyde
A new singer from Austin making her Fredericksburg debut.

7:20-8:10pm    Brennen Leigh Trio
Austin-based Leigh has been hailed as a dazzling young artist with an authentic voice for bluegrass, country,Texas swing, and Irish folk. Leigh will be doing a Gospel set she performs at Threadgill’s in Austin.

8:30-9:20pm    Barnett Chapel United Methodist Church Choir & Spirit Dancers, Kerrville
Singers from the oldest African-American churches in the area will present a concert of gospel and spirituals, featuring accompanied and a cappella choir, solos, and a special praise dance choreographed for this concert by Lorraine LeMon.

Doors open at6 p.m. Beer, wine, water, and sodas will be for sale. The former Sanctuary is located at 312 W. San Antonio Street in Fredericksburg.

Seating is limited for this indoor concert. Tickets are $15 per person and available online at www.pioneermuseum.net. Children under 17 admitted free.

Roots Music is a series of live, open-air eclectic Roots music concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum on Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting. Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society.

Information at 830-997-2835, www.pioneermuseum.net, info@pioneermuseum.net.

What’$ It Worth at Pioneer Museum This weekend

Antiques in the attic? Collectibles in the shed? The public can find out if they have trash or treasure in their trunks at this weekend’s What’$ It Worth? appraisal event at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., independent appraisers will be on hand to gauge the value of treasures and collectibles, including furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, books, textiles, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, vintage jewelry, clocks, and western and Fredericksburg memorabilia.

They include: Glen Treibs, Fredericksburg Collectibles; Rachel Fitch, Estate Sales; Henry Umphrees, Red Baron Antique Mall and Estate Sales; Ron Woellhof, Showcase Antiques; Larry Jackson, Larry Jackson Antiques, Art and Estate Services & Consignment Sales; Harry Scharold, H. Karl Scharold Fine American Antiques, Inc.; and Doug Reaves, Western and Antique Firearms Collector and Dealer.

Representatives of companies that provide services with antiques and collectibles will also be on site both Friday evening and all day Saturday. They include Fitch Estate Sales, H. Karl Scharold Antiques and Clock Restoration, Dennis Baltuskonis Fine Art Conservation Service, Fickel Furniture Restoration, and Lemon Tree Cleaners.

Guests should bring their items to the Historic Sanctuary,312 West San Antonio Streeton Saturday. Appraisals are offered at $10 per item, with no limit on items. Large items can be appraised by bringing a high-quality photograph.

A new Rare Find$ Market will be open both Friday and Saturday from9 a.m.until3 p.m.on the grounds. Select vendors will offer their unique items for sale to the public. There is free admission to the Market.

Limited seats remain for the Pre-Event Cocktail Reception, held inside the Historic Sanctuary and Social Hall on Friday evening from6:30until9 p.m.Kenneth Hafertepe, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Museum Studies at Baylor University, will deliver a presentation on the 19th century furniture and decorative arts of the German artisans of the Texas Hill Country.

Select restaurants Amish Market, Bejas, Chocolat, Dutchman’s, Fredericksburg Fudge, Navajo Grill, Sophie’s Choice, Sugar and Smoke, and Sunset Grill will serve hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and desserts. Guests at the Pre-Event Party will also enjoy door prizes and silent auction. Reception tickets are $30 for GCHS members and $35 for non-members, and include one free appraisal on Saturday.

For information and to purchase tickets, call 830-990-8441, email info@pioneermuseum.net, or visit online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Civil War Symposium at the Pioneer Museum

A seminar on Texas and Gillespie County history during the American Civil War sponsored by the Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street. Featuring speakers Dr. John Huddleston, Dan Daniels, Dr. Joseph Luther and Carlos Juenke. Attendance is open to the public. Event to be held in the Historic Sanctuary. Please call for more information. Registration will begin at 8:30 am with the seminar beginning at 9 am.


$25 general admission; $20 for students, teachers and members of the Historical Society. Call 830-997-2835 for more information.