Waylon’s Birthday Bash

Annual Father’s Day event filled with music, fun and celebration for Waylon Jennings, one of the original “Waylon, Willie and the Boys”. Live music host is Thomas Michael Riley. $10 donation benefits the Good Samaritan Clinic to buy diabetes test kits in honor of Waylon, who died of complications from the disease.

Noon to 6 pm. By donation.

Halloween Box Maze – October 30-31

Staff and students from Providence Hall are bringing a box maze to the Gillespie County Historical Society Building, 312 West San Antonio, for two days this Halloween. There will be a box maze for ages 8 and up and a preschool maze for ages 3 to 7. The maze can be very challenging and requires abilities to crawl and squat in small spaces for 15 minutes or more. Adult supervision is required for ages under 8.

5 to 9 pm both days. $3 or $10 for unlimited passes through the maze. Call (830) 998-7411 for more information.

The Dinosaur Show – September 20

dinosauergerogeOne day only! One of the largest traveling prehistoric exhibits in North America is coming to Fredericksburg! ”Dinosaur George” of the History Channel’s “Jurassic Fight Club” will present an incredible display of dinosaur skulls including one of the largest T-Rex skulls ever found. You’ll see saber tooth tigers, crocodiles and much more. At the Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Park. Bring your cameras! Program courtesy of the Fredericksburg Rockhounds.

9 am to 6 pm. Free admission. At Lady Bird Park, Pioneer Pavillion.

Biggest Oktoberfest on Record

The food area at Oktoberfest
I knew we would set a new record for Oktoberfest attendance at 3 pm on Saturday afternoon when the line for the German Beer tent and the line for beer tickets were so intermingled, no one could get through.  Some vendors ran out of food.  The Boy Scouts always sell Dr. Pepper at Oktoberfest, and they ran out twice.

The organizers say that over the weekend 21,000 people attended Oktoberfest. A couple of times on Saturday, I think they might have all been on Marktplatz.  In my ten years of volunteering for the festival, I have never seen it that busy for all three days.

The weather was perfect for it, certainly.  We might have had more people visit if a cool front hadn’t come through late Saturday night dropping the temperatures into lower 60s.  Even Sunday, traditionally a much quieter day, was busy.

crawfish sausage at OktoberfestAs usual there was a lot of good food, and my favorite this year was the crawfish sausage.  Very spicy, and very good.

Remember that next year, Oktoberfest will be September 30, October 1 and 2.  If you want to attend, you might consider making your reservations now.  If you wait too long, you might miss out on all the fun!

We charge a one night, refundable deposit for a reservation more than six months in advance.  If you don’t want to pay the deposit, we will drop the requirement in April. You can also make reservations online, 24 hours a day.

House of the Week; Enchanted Porch

            I have always dreamt of a house out in the country with lots of beautiful views and a wrap around porch.  I also dream that the house has more than one bathroom so that I do not have to share the bathroom with my two boys. After driving about 9 miles north of town I found a house that just about fits my dreams. The only down side is that it is not for sale. It is actually one of newer guesthouses that we added about two months ago.

Enchanted Porch is a large home that truly fits the feel and look of “country chic”. I think the best part of the property would have to be the wrap around porch. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the whole property and all it had to offer, but the wrap around porch was hands down the most charming. Once you walk into the house I felt like I walked into my very own home. It was so homey and warm in the house that I felt an instant desire to just sit and unwind. I admit that going and looking at all of these houses I have felt some kind of warmth or joy, but this property made me feel at home.

Enchanted Porch really exceeded my expectations as far as what it had to offer. From the upstairs bedroom you can see straight from the bed out the window. The views from the window look straight out into the hill country. Every corner of the house is decorated with a western or country style theme. You can have you pets there, your children, or just a get away for a group of old friends from high school reuniting. The best part is they have an entire closet filled with games for everyone. The kitchen was not as big as the rest of the house, however the cabinets were fully stocked with a plethora of kitchen necessities. There is even a washer and dryer in the house too. Every room in the house is meant to make you feel at your very own place.

     I am so glad we are finally starting to get more properties towards the direction of Enchanted Rock. This house was a grand place, but I just wish I had more time to view what else it had to offer. I guess we will have to leave that as a surprise for any future travelers to find. 

Run with the Ranger at Enchanted Rock – March 8

Inaugural program featuring an intro to trail running with an interpretive ranger. Learn about trail etiquette, the history, geology, flora and fauna of the Rock. Beginners encouraged and welcomed – no one will be left behind. Please bring water and a snack.

Enchanted Rock is 18 miles north on RR 965. Call 830-685-3030 for details.