Roots Music Series “Country Music Night”

977318_586196408091736_1056243595_o (1)Bring your whole family to the Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum, 325 West Main in Fredericksburg, Texas! Listen to emerging and established artists at these live, outdoor concerts. Dance on the dance floor beside the stage and under the trees. Get comfortable in your favorite lawn chair under the Texas Hill Country stars. Dine on some of the best cooking in the county with a cold beer, wine, water or soft drinks for sale. Every month brings a different genre and menu. This month is “Country Music Night” featuring Mark Powell and Lariat at 6:30 pm and Bruce & Kelly Robison at 8:10 pm. All proceeds support the Mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society (GCHS).

Gates open at 5 pm; music starts at 6:30 pm. $15 per person at the gate or $13 online. Kids under 18 are free.

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.

Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg continues through Saturday

The family fun and frontier activities of Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg continue through this Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Activities for all ages take place from10 a.m.to5 p.m.They include blacksmithing, spinning, quilting, butter churning, flint knapping, 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.

By special arrangement, representatives of the Lakota Sioux tribe will be on hand in native regalia, with a tipi and camp set up for demonstrations and interaction.

Throughout Spring Break week, the museum’s regular exhibits and buildings also will be open for viewing. Visitors can walk through one a smokehouse, blacksmith shop, and an original Sunday House. The Museum Store at 325 W. Main is also open, with a collection of history books, T-shirts, gifts, classic games and toys.

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.

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.

Information online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

 

Texas History Day – February 16

Fredericksburg based Former Texas Ranger Foundation has partnered with the Gillespie County Historical Society and the Texas Heritage Music Foundation of Kerrville, to produce “Texas History Day”, a truly unique event that will be presented at the Pioneer Museum, 325 West Main Street, in Fredericksburg on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The event is scheduled during Spring Break as an outreach program aimed at the youth of Texas to present messages of Texas History and Texas Values.

Daytime programming will focus on character education by presenting the Five Character Traits of the Texas Ranger (courage – determination – dedication – integrity – respect), while being wrapped in the theme of Frontier Texas, through presentations of song, storytelling, magic and field reenactments. An estimated 2,000 – 2,500 people are expected for the outdoor staging portion of the event from 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM, and will culminate that evening with a catered dinner and concert by award- winning Texas author and singer Mike Blakely. Seating for the evening dinner and concert is limited to 200 patrons.

Admission for the daytime activities is $5 for adults, $3 for children age 7 to 17, and children under 7 are free. The evening dinner show is $40. All proceeds will benefit the Pioneer Museum and Texas Heritage Music Foundation.

Make plans to attend this family oriented, entertaining yet educational event …………
WHERE TEXAS HISTORY and TEXAS VALUES COME TOGETHER for TEXAS YOUTH.

For tickets and information contact Evelyn Weinheimer, Event Coordinator, at the Pioneer Museum (830) 990-8441.

“Viva Texicana” Hill Country Fiesta – September 28

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage in the Texas Hill Country. Family fun with Stephanie Urbina Jones, Mariachi Nuevo Estilo A.D.M., Freedom Beat and Ballet Folklorico Dancers. A special “Fiesta Fun Zone” with free children’s activities will take place from 4 to 6 pm and will feature educational and cultural arts, crafts and games including pinatas, mariachi musical chairs, tortilla toss, fiesta rubber ducks, storytelling in English and Spanish and more. The Grito! King or Queen will be crowned and there will also be a jalapeno eating contest. On the grounds of the Pioneer Museum, 325 E. Main Street.

Roots Music Concert Series: “Texas Tunes Night” – June 29

Bring your whole family to the Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum! Listen to emerging and established artists at these live, outdoor concerts. Dance on the dance floor beside the stage and under the trees. Get comfortable in your favorite lawn chair under the stars. Dine on some of the best cooking in the county with a cold beer, wine, water or soft drinks for sale. Every month brings a different genre and menu. All proceeds support the Mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society (GCHS).

June 29:

6:45pm – 7:45pm – Rankin Twins

8:20pm & 9:30 pm – Gary P. Nunn

Kinderfest 2013 at the Pioneer Museum – December 7

Children ages 10 years and younger are invited to bring their stockings this Saturday, December 7 to the Pioneer Museum for the annual Kinderfest, a special children’s Christmas event held from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the museum at 325 W. Main St., in Fredericksburg. The museum admission is free via the S. Milam Street entrance from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for children accompanied by an adult. On tap will be story-telling, crafts and refreshments, and a visit from St. Nikolaus, a.k.a Santa! For more information, call the Gillespie County Historical Society at 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.

Tickets now on sale for Fredericksburg Holiday HomeTour, Ball Gillespie Country Historical Society events set for Dec 3, 10

Creative decor and inspiring architecture await visitors inside the seven homes on the Holiday Home Tour this year offered by the Gillespie County Historical Society. Tickets are now on sale through the Pioneer Museum for both the Home Tour (Dec 3) and the Tannenbaum Ball (Dec 10).

Supporters of Fredericksburg’s Gillespie County Historical Society can now reserve tickets for both the Holiday Home Tour on Dec 3 and the Tannenbaum Ball on Dec 10.

The Holiday Home Tour features seven unique properties festively decorated for Christmas. The homes will be open to visitors from noon to 6:00 pm, and volunteer docents will explain features of each home’s furnishings and interior design.

Homeowners opening their homes for the tour are: General Mike and Silke Hagee, Eric and Jennifer Bryla, Tom and Janice Christofferson, Danny and Jill Elliott, Chris and Kelly McDaniel, Mark and Susan Wheeler and Hugh and Becky Reeves.

Tickets for the Home Tour are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to each property.

On the following Saturday, December 10, guests can enjoy the Tannenbaum Ball with the theme of a “German Christmas.” Guests at this exclusive evening will enjoy a catered three-course dinner, entertainment by The Flying GTs, a live and silent auction. The ball takes place at the Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Individual tickets for the ball are $100. Attendees may purchase underwriter table reservations that seat ten persons ranging from $1,500 to $10,000.

In the weeks leading up to the Ball, patrons may purchase tickets to win a natural blue sapphire with “custom design” mounting – a $2400 value – through exclusive arrangement with Segner Jewelers in Fredericksburg. Prize tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

Tickets for both the Holiday Home Tour and the Tannenbaum Ball  are available online at www.pioneermuseum.net or by phone at 830-997-2835. Purchasers can also pick up Home Tour tickets at Gastehaus Schmidt, 231 West Main St., and at the Pioneer Museum offices, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624. Tour tickets are available up to the day of the event. Ball tickets should be purchased by Dec 6.

The Home Tour and Ball are the largest fundraisers for the Gillespie County Historical Society, with proceeds going to the support of the Pioneer Museum.

Tickets can also be purchased online during the reservation making process on the Gastehaus Schmidt website.

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.