Inspired by Germany’s “go a little crazy” pre-Lenten Karneval season, in the late 1800’s the Casino Club of Fredericksburg sponsored masquerade balls in the Nimitz Ballroom to give its members one last fling before Lent began. Fasching Week in Fredericksburg seeks to revive that tradition.

The Fasching Ball promises music, Karneval -style entertainment, ice sculptures, vodka and bourbon bars, a cigar suite and fabulous cuisine by Don Strange of Texas. Set for Saturday, February 18, and running from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., the conference center at The Hangar Hotel, located at 155 Airport Road in Fredericksburg, will be transformed into a “Winter Karneval.”

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Lodging and Hospitality Association (FALAHA), part of the proceeds from the Fasching Ball 2012 will benefit the Hill Country Needs Council, while additional proceeds will fund expansion of the event weekend in 2013.

Costumes are encouraged for this event or cocktail attire with mask.

Tickets for the Fasching Ball 2012 are $150 per person or $2,800 for a sponsor table that seats eight. Tickets are on sale now at August E’s, located at 203 East San Antonio Street during normal restaurant hours. For more information, visit or call Joe Cloud at (830)998-1981 to reserve a table or purchase individual tickets.


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