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.

Tannenbaum Ball – December 8

An evening celebration in the new St. Mary’s Event Center (300 Block West San Antonio Street). 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 Musuem, 325 West Main in Fredericksburg, on line at www.pioneermuseum.net or call 830-990-8441

Roots Music Series “Blues Night” – July 27

This is the third of four in the ROOTS Music Series of outdoor, eclectic concerts scheduled for the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting. Blues Night has a great lineup:

6:30 p.m. Bobby Mack – Bobby Mack got his start at legendary Austin venues including Armadillo World Headquarters, Soap Creek Saloon, The One Knight, and The Split Rail as part of the developing Austin blues scene. He was a house regular at the famed Austin landmark, Antone’s “Home of the Blues” leading the stage every Wednesday night through the mid- 80s. Mack has released seven CDs . He is a true Texas Guitar legend from Fort Worth, Texas. Like other such North Texas guitarists as Denny Freeman, Derek O’Brien, Jimmie and Stevie Vaughan, Mack helped define the Austin Blues genre.

7:30 p.m. Omar and the Howlers – Omar started playing guitar at seven, took to hanging out in edge-of-town juke joints at 12, and joined his first band at 13. He was still Kent Dykes in those days, but by the time he hit 20 he had hooked up with a crazy party band, called the Howlers who had taken to calling him “Omar Overtone” because he tended to let his guitar feedback on stage while he dropped to the floor to spin on his back in a spontaneous, Big & Tall Store take on break-dancing. In 1976, the Howlers relocated to Austin.  Today finds Omar tighter, funkier than ever and slated with a great new release last year.

9:10 p.m. W.C. Clark – “If the blues is played right,” says Austin, Texas, native W. C. Clark, “it makes your soul feel clean.” Indeed, master guitarist/vocalist Clark – known as “The Godfather of Austin Blues” – has been playing the blues right and cleansing souls from the east side of Austin to stages around the world for over 40 years. Clark’s mix of modern Texas blues, searing guitar and heartfelt, Memphis-style soul vocals have made him a favorite of blues and R&B fans alike.

The Roots Music Series is a fund-raiser for the Pioneer Museum. Each concert offers a different genre of music with a variety of performers each night. Get Back to Your Roots. Plan to attend one of these ROOTS Music Series. Help us make this the best season ever!
The Roots Music Series General Information:Sodas, beer, wine, food and water are for sale on the grounds (no outside coolers, beverages or bottles allowed).

Museum is at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg, with entrance gate on Milam Street. Bring lawn chairs. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission: Kids under 18 are FREE! Adult tickets are $12 each at the gate. Free parking.

Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society

Save the Date for more 2013 Roots Music Series: AUGUST 17– Bourbon Street Night

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.

Pioneer Museum Easter Egg Hunt

EasterCome for some ‘old-fashioned fun’ on the Pioneer Museum Grounds, 325 West Main Street. Perhaps even a visit from the Easter Bunny!

Children ages ten and under are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt on the museum grounds. There will be a special area for toddlers.

Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 10:30 am.

Cookies and lemonade will be served.

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.

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.

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.