Roots Music Series “Doo-Wop Sock-Hop Night” – June 1

A series of four outdoor, eclectic concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting. Come tour the museum buildings, enjoy a meal with beer, wine or beverages for sale and bring the whole family! Performing will be The Moonlites, Men in Black and the New Buddy Holly Band.

Gates open at 5 pm; music starts at 6:30 pm. $12 at the gate or $10 with online pre-purchase or printed $2 coupon. Kids under 18 are free

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.

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

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 or call 830-990-8441

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

2012 Roots Music Series Kickoff May 19 with Jazz Night

The Pioneer Museum will kick off its 11th year of the Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country on May 19, with a rare “Jazz Night” lineup of music, food, and family fun.

The May 19 concert will feature the following lineup:

6:30-7:25 Kris Kimura Quartet
7:40-8:50 Los Jazz Vatos
9:10-10:30 The Magnificent 7

All concerts take place on Saturdays from 6:30 – 10:30 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

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,,

1st Annual Muesebach Lecture Series on May 18

Stephen Vollmer, Executive Director of the Gillespie County Historical Society, has announced the First Annual Muesebach Lecture Series will be held onFriday, May 18, 2012, at the Hill Country University Center, Fredericksburg TX.

This inaugural event was organized in celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of J.O. Meusebach, Founder of Fredericksburg, Texas. The topic is “Pioneering the Grape and Other Flora in the Hill Country: Yesterday and Today.” It honors Meusebach and his contemporaries’ interests in raising grapes and wine production in the region.

“This program is a unique opportunity to hear well-recognized speakers share their perspectives of the early settlers’ interests in native flora and future of vintner’s art in the Texas Hill Country,” Vollmer said. “It is a full day designed to inform and excite listeners.”

Dr. James Kearney, Lonnie Childs, Dr. Ed Hellman, Bill Lindemann, Penny Adams, and Bill Blackmon will share their insights on how 19th century settlers documented the native flora and shared horticultural information to help lay the foundation for today’s viticulture in the Texas Hill Country.

The afternoon session offers subscribers an option to participate in one of two Field Trips:

Trip #1 – an onsite visit to Granite Hill Vineyard for a discussion on the production of grapes in the Hill Country

Trip # 2 – a pre-determined driving route with stops along the way to view and discuss the native wildflowers and environment of Gillespie County

The day’s schedule follows:

Friday, May 18

Morning Session

7:30 am– Registration

8:30am–12 noon: Lectures

Hill Country University Center
2818 E. US Highway 290
Fredericksburg, Texas


Afternoon Session

1:30pm – 3:30 pm: Field Trips

Admission is $25 to the general public; $20 for students or members of GCHS and Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT). Participants may register on site or in advance by calling (830) 990-8441.

This event is presented by Pioneer Museum/Gillespie County Historical Society (GCHS); Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT); Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg; Hill Country University Center ; Granite Hill Vineyard.

For more information go to

Kinderfest at the Pioneer Museum – December 6

Children ages 10 years and younger are invited to Pioneer Museum for the annual Kinderfest.

Come experience a local Christmas tradition. Children are invited to hang a stocking on the Kammlah House hearth for St. Nicholas to fill. Enjoy singing, story-telling, ornament making, refreshments and perhaps even a visit from Santa Claus!

Hang stockings from 9:30 to 10 am. Program from 10 to 11 am. Free admission only for children 10 and under accompanied by a paid adult. $5 per adult; $3 students ages 11 – 17.

“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

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

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,,