“Roots Remix” – September 24

Roots music fans will enjoy an eclectic mix of musical styles to wrap up the Summer Season of the Roots Music series, with a “Roots Remix” performance at thePioneerMuseuminFredericksburgon Saturday, September 24.16-year-old Ruby Jane - fiddler, singer, songwriter, actress, and multi-instrumentalist bandleader - showcases her distinct Americana mix of country, jazz, bluegrass, and blues.

The evening offers a variety of musical styles, paired with grilled ribeye, Jagerschnitzel, and cool refreshment.

Opening the concert at6 p.m., 16-year-old Ruby Jane – fiddler, singer, songwriter, actress, and multi-instrumentalist bandleader – showcases her distinct Americana mix of country, jazz, bluegrass, and blues. Trained in classical violin starting at age 2, by age 10 Ruby had won a string of fiddle contests and appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel tapped her to play the lead role of a young fiddler in A Ride With Bob, and she has appeared with major music stars including Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Gimble, and Marty Stuart.

At7 p.m., the 7-piece ensemble White Ghost Shivers mashes Cab Calloway, circus sideshow, KISS, caberet, and Hee Haw for a joyous mix of humor, farce, fun, and outstanding musicianship. This award-winning, world-touring act blends blues, hillbilly, swing, country, and jazz for an outrageous and entertaining live show, featuring banjo, ukulele, mandolin, kazoo, guitar, sax, clarinet, baritone, and musical saw.

From 8:40 to 10 p.m., J.P. Soars brings his blues all the way from South Florida and from a mix of influences that include heavy metal, the rock of Jimi Hendrix, the blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Soars even was touched by the Cigar Box Guitar sounds of John Lowe. The multi-talented guitarist/vocalist just released his own CD entitled “Back Of My Mind.”

Beginning at5 p.m.until the food is gone, the Longhorn Street Cafe will serve up choice of grilled Ribeye or Jagerschnitzel, with green beans, mashed potato, dinner roll and peach cobbler for $10. Wine, beer, sodas, tea, and water will be offered for sale in the wagon shed.

The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main StreetinFredericksburg, with the entrance on Milam Street. Free parking. Bring lawn chairs. All concerts take place on Saturdays,6 – 10 p.m.

Admission is $12. Students high school age and younger are free. Guests receive a $2 discount by visiting the web site and printing out the coupon or buying tickets online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

While this is the last regular concert of the summer season, organizers have added a special “Indoor Encore” concert inside the historic sanctuary on October 22. That show will feature Jessica Hyde, the Brennen Leigh Trio, and the Barnett Chapel United Methodist Church Choir & Spirit Dancers. Information and tickets available online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

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.

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.

Roots Music Series Bluegrass and Newgrass – May 28

The Tennessee Valley Authority Bluegrass Band helps kick off the 10th season of the Roots Music concerts at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on May 28. They will be joined by Sugar Bayou and The Saltgrass Band for an evening of bluegrass and newgrass music. Information at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Starting May 28, the Pioneer Museum will celebrate its 10th year of the Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country, with five all-new summer concerts plus a bonus “Indoor Encore” in the Historic Sanctuary in October.

These live, open-air eclectic Roots music concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas, feature emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting.

The May 28 concert will highlight a Bluegrass/Newgrass theme, with performers Tennessee Valley Authority, Sugar Bayou, and The SaltGrass Band.

6pm Tennessee Valley Authority
For over 35 years, founder Hank Harrison has kept Tennessee Valley Authority Bluegrass Band churning out bluegrass music in Central Texas. The band has won numerous awards including the National Bluegrass Band Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, and has performed with Bill Monroe, Johnny Gimble, Flaco Jimenez and Junior Brown. They are a popular headliner at bluegrass and acoustic music festivals throughout the country.

7pm Sugar Bayou
The five members of Sugar Bayou write and play eclectic acoustic music – folk, swingy bluesy jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, Cajun, South American, and a touch of Texas rockin’ country.

8:40 The Saltgrass Band
The Saltgrass Band has performed their deep roots, traditional bluegrass sound through the South for three decades. Keeping the sound fresh, the experienced 5-piece group has added contemporary bluegrass as well as bluegrass gospel, so there is something for every bluegrass listener.

All concerts take place on Saturdays 6 – 10 p.m., with gates open at 5 p.m. 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.

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 25 – Americana Night
July 30 – Cajun/Zydeco Night
Aug 20 – Blues Night
Sept 24 – Roots Remix Special
Oct 22 – Roots Indoor Encore in Historic Sanctuary

For information: 830-997-2835.

Lakota Sioux added to Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg

Representatives of the Lakota Sioux will conduct demonstrations during the Pioneer Museum’s Spring Break activities happening March 10 and 12-17 in Fredericksburg.Visitors to the Spring Break event at thePioneerMuseuminFredericksburgon March 10, 12-17, 2012 can enjoy the culture of the Lakota Sioux Indians.

TaCha, Tatanka, and Sunkmanitu Eagle Horse will be present daily and offer dances at various times. During a typical demonstration, TaCha, tells of the history of the Lakota Nation and describes the dances and customs. They set up a real tipi, and wear the clothes of their ancestors, complete with leather leggings, chest plates, feathers, and regalia.

Other exhibits include blacksmithing, spinning, quilting, fence building, and rope making. Re-enactors representing Buffalo Soldiers and Mountain men will share their culture and history. Kids can sit in a one-room schoolhouse, taste biscuits from an authentic chuckwagon, and make old-fashioned toys. Activities take place from10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a wide variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and reenactments each day. There will be something for all ages to enjoy.

A new addition to this year’s event is a book signing featuring two local authors, Phil Houseal ,who recently published Finding Fredericksburg: A self-guided tour through historic Fredericksburg, Texas, and Robert Deming, who will sign his book entitled Enchanted Rock Red. The book signing will take place on Saturday, March 10, from10:00 a.m. until noon. Both books are available for purchase at thePioneerMuseum at 325 W.Main. Houseal’s book is a guide to historical buildings in Fredericksburg. Deming’s book is a mystery and adventure centered around Fredericksburg’s famous Enchanted Rock.

During Spring Break week, the museum’s regular exhibits and buildings also will be open for viewing. Visitors can walk through a smokehouse, blacksmith shop, and an original Sunday House.

Admission to Spring Break activities is the regular Pioneer Museum fee of $5 for adults; $3 for ages 6 through 17, and 5 and under free.

Fredericksburg is a popular destination any time of year, and especially in the springtime. This hill country town is famous for its German heritage, shopping, dining, and architecture. The new entrance to the Pioneer Museum is located right onMain Street, at 325 West Main. Parking is free.

The exact schedule of the pioneer demonstrators will vary by day. The public is invited to call ahead at 830-990-8441 to get details of each day’s events.

Visitors can also shop at the Museum Store at the corner of Milam and Main Streets. The store features an expanded and freshly-stocked collection of history books, T-shirts, gifts, classic games and toys. Information online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Family Fun Day and Picnic on the Ground at Pioneer Museum – July 2

Family Fun Day at the Pioneer Museum!   Adults $5.00, ages 6-17 $3.00, 5 and under FREE!  Pioneer Museum/GCHS Members-FREE! Including sack races at 10:30 a.m., watermelon eating and seed spitting contest at 11:30 a..m., seed art under the wagon shed 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. home-made ice cream contest, All day: horseshoes, washer pitching, croquet. Bring your own picnic and have a day of old-fashioned fun!   Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street.  For more info, please call 997-2835.

Renown scholar to speak at “What’$ It Worth?” pre-event party

Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, chair and associate professor of Museum Studies at Baylor University, will talk on the 19th century furniture and decorative arts of the German artisans of the Texas Hill Country at his Pre-Event Cocktail Reception on Friday evening, April 20, from6:30until9 p.m. inside the Historic Sanctuary and Social Hall.

The event is part of the What’$ It Worth? Appraisal event at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, which will be held Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, with a Rare Find$ Market and Appraisal Day.

Hafertepe’s specialties include American decorative arts and historic buildings and sites. According to Stephen Vollmer, Executive Director of the Gillespie County Historical Society, Hafertepe will use lavish illustrations to answer such questions as who were the makers of early Fredericksburg furniture; what are its distinctive features; where did the makers get their ideas and their materials; and how have these wonderful examples of Texas furniture survived to the present?

Hafertepe has published a number of books and articles, and delivered lectures at the Amon Carter Museum, the DRT Library at the Alamo, the Heritage Society of Harris County, and the Winedale Historical Center. He is currently completing two books: one on the material culture of German Texans, and a guide to the historic buildings and sites of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

Guests at the Pre-Event Party also will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and desserts from Amish Market, Bejas, Chocolat, Dutchman’s, Fredericksburg Fudge, Navajo Grill, Sophie’s Choice, Sugar and Smoke, and Sunset Grill, along with door prizes and silent auction.

Reception tickets are $30 for GCHS members and $35 for non-members, and include one free appraisal on Saturday. Guests are asked to RSVP to 990-8441.

On both Friday and Saturday from9 a.m.to3 p.m., shoppers are invited to the new Rare Find$ Market on the Pioneer Museum grounds. Select vendors will offer their unique items for sale to the public. Entrance for the Market is through the Welcome Center on Main Street. Admission to the Market is free and open to the public on both days.

Appraisal Day is Saturday, April 21, from9 a.m.to3 p.m. Patrons can bring their items to the Historic Sanctuary,312 West San Antonio Street. Appraisals are offered at $10 per item, with no limit on items. Large items can be appraised by bringing a high-quality photograph.

Independent antique 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.

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

Early start for Fredericks​burg Tannenbaum Ball Auction

Guests who cannot wait for the Pioneer Museum’s Tannenbaum Ball to arrive on December 8 in Fredericksburg, can get an early start at bidding for auction items with a new online auction.

For the first time, anyone can bid early on dozens of auction items by visiting www.blacktie-sanantonio.com, then clicking on “auctions” and going to the Gillespie County Historical Society link. The online auction closes on December 4 at 10:00 pm, but will resume the night of the Ball.

Among the items offered are:
Fredericksburg Opera Festival and Champagne Cocktail Party
2 Piece Vera Bradley Luggage
4 16 oz. Fredericksburg Beer Steins
A Cajun Shrimp Boil and Beer Pairing
Blue Mother of Pearl Three Strand Necklace, with Bracelet & Earrings
20-inch Bluegreen Handmade Ceramic Bead Necklace
Handcarved Santa by American Woodcarver – Greg Guedel
Christopher Radko Ornament “Wildflower Wings” ,Hand-Blown Glass Body with Swarovski Crystals
Luckenbach sign and 1 set of dominos
Multi-Color Semi-Precious Stone Doncaster Necklace
Red Coral, CZ’s, 24K Gold Vermeil Chandlier Earrings
Sterling Silver Bell Necklace – “You Are Loved” – handmade in Austin
18 inch Star Sterling Silver Chain and Pendant and matching earrings from
the Museum Collection of Hand and Hammer Silversmiths
Sterling silver Rose Necklace and Bracelet
20″ silver necklace and holly pendant w/red Chalcedony beads Silver bracelet with 7 holiday silver charms
Sterling Silver Moravian Star Pendant on a 20 inch triple Sterling Silver Chain
Virgin, Saint & Angels 4-strand Mixed Pearl and Clear Sea Crystal Necklace and Pendant Earrings
Wood & Pewter Bowl Set by Vagabond House

The Tannenbaum Ball will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 7 pm until 11:30 pm at the new St. Mary’s Event Center. The celebration features a seated dinner by Delicious Details, open bar, more silent and live auction items, 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 Musuem, 325 West Main in Fredericksburg, or on line at www.pioneermuseum.net.

On Saturday, December 1, 2012, guests can tour seven of Fredericksburg’s most distinctive homes from noon until 6pm for the 55th Holiday Home Tour.

Tour Tickets are $25 per person and include a booklet with tour map and full description of each home. Tickets are available for purchase through December 1 at Pioneer Museum 325 West Main Street, Vereins Kirche, and Gastehaus Schmidt in Fredericksburg and Crenwelge Motors in Kerrville. Tickets can also be purchased online or by calling 830-990-8441.

The Tour and Ball are the largest fundraisers for the Gillespie County Historical Society, which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the history of the area. Call 830-990-8441 for more information about either event.

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 – April 15-16

Bruce Shackelford, an appraisal expert of the American West on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow for 14 seasons, will present a behind-the-scenes look at that popular program on Friday, April 15 at the Pioneer Museum’s “What’$ It Worth” event.

This year’s popular “What’$ It Worth?” event boasts nine expert appraisers who will be viewing furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, textiles, 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.

Shackelford will speak during the catered cocktail reception from 6:30 – 9:00 pm on Friday inside the historical Sanctuary and Social Hall of the Museum. Guests will enjoy door prizes and silent auction that features a child’s antique rocker, antique mantel, framed digital print of K. L. Hermann Lungkwitz’s panoramic lithograph of Fredericksburg, ca.1859, antique pie safe, kerosene banquet lamp, and antique miniature poster bed.

Hors d’oeuvres will be catered by August E’s, Amish Market, Bejas, Chocolat, Dutchman’s, Fredericksburg Fudge, Navajo Grill, and Sunset Grill, with beer, wine, champagne, soft drinks. Reception tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and will include one free appraisal on Saturday.

On Saturday, in addition to bringing in items to be appraised, guests can attend four new seminars:

9:30-10:15 Provenance -Stephen Vollmer

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

New this year is a photography exhibit of black and white historical images taken from a creative point of view. The original work of contest winners will be displayed through May 12. Visitors will be able to purchase framed photos from the Museum collection, with part of the proceeds going to the Museum.

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.