“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.

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 www.pioneermuseum.net

Special Indoor Gospel concert to wrap Roots season – October 22

Fans of Gospel music will be able to enjoy one more concert in the popular Roots Music Series with the Indoor Encore Gospel Night on Saturday, Oct 22.

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

7:00-7:15pm Jessica Hyde, Austin

7:20-8:10pm Brennen Leigh Trio

8:30-9:20pm Barnett Chapel United Methodist Church Choir & Spirit
Dancers, Kerrville

Doors open at 6 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.

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.

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.

Roots Music Series “Texas Rock ‘n Roll Night” – September 30

Bring your whole family to the Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main Street! 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. This month is “Texas Rock ‘n Roll Night” featuring Al Staehely at 6:30 pm, George DeVore at 7:45 pm and Freddie Steady 5 at 9:15 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.

Plan a frontier family-style Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg

The excitement of frontier times returns to the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg as the Gillespie County Historical Society celebrates Spring Break March 10, 12-17, 2012.

Families can take part in authentic frontier activities for a full week from 10 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.

Scheduled 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.

A new addition to this year’s event is a book signing featuring two local authors, Phil Houseal ,who recently published Finding Fredericksburg, and Robert Deming, who will sign his adventurous book entitled Enchanted Rock Red. The book signing will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Both books are available for purchase at the Pioneer Museum 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’ famous Enchanted Rock.

During 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.

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 on Main 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.

Roots Music Series “Electric Blues Night” – July 26

Bring your whole family to the Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main St.! 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. This month is “Electric Blues Night” featuring The Peterson Brothers Band at 6:30 pm, Bobby Mack at 7:45 pm and Chris Duarte Group at 9:15 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.

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.