Texas 4 Step: Girls Shopping Weekend – November 3-6

Shop, Dine, Wine & Play

Fredericksburg, Texas

SPEND $5 – SAVE HUNDREDS!

How’s that for a great deal?

Dancing the 4-Step is easy! Here’s how:

Register for your Shopper Savings Card at www.TheTexas4Step.com at a cost of $5. Each participating business is offering a minimum of 15% off your purchase.
Round up your gal pals and plan your trip to Fredericksburg! To make it simple, their website features information on dining, lodging, spas, wineries and attractions.
Pick up your Shoppers Savings Card, map and list of special offers when you arrive in Fredericksburg. Plus, the first 500 to arrive will receive a FREE shopping tote!
Have a ridiculous amount of fun as you and your friends shop and SAVE to your heart’s content. This is your weekend, so do it up right!

Please visit www.TheTexas4Step.com for all of the up-to-date information!

Doss VFD Fish Fry – August 31

DSC0154230th Annual Event! Fish fry, prize drawing and live music by Dutch Treat. The menu includes fried catfish, potato salad, cole slaw, pinto beans, trimmings, desserts and drinks. At the Doss Community Center located at the intersection of Ranch Roads 648 and 783 in Doss, Texas.

Serving begins at 4:30 pm. Meal is by donation only.

Fredericksburg Holiday Home Tour this Saturday!

The Gillespie County Historical Society’s Holiday Home Tour unofficially kicks off the holiday season this Saturday, December 11, 2010. From noon to 6 p.m., seven select homes will be open to the public for the first time, from historic properties that have been restored, to modern structures designed to capture Fredericksburg’s architectural heritage.

Tickets for the Home Tour can be purchased up to the day of during the event. Tickets are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to all properties. They may be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net, or by calling 830-997-2835. Visitors can also buy tickets in person at the Welcome Center, 325 West Main at the corner of Main and Milam Streets in Fredericksburg.

“This is a wonderful way to begin the holiday celebration in true Fredericksburg fashion,” said Michelle Weberpal, Event Chair. “These events also enable the Society to successfully continue and implement its mission of preserving the history and culture of this wonderful place.”

Featured properties include:

The Larry and Deanna Corn home, built in 1995 and enlarged in 2009. This is a fine example of Fredericksburg’s “built new to look old” architecture.

The Marsha and Jerry Bane home is filled with antiques, accent pieces, and – during Christmas – will include antique glass Christmas ball ornaments that have been collected over the years.

The Cydney Donnell and Robert Lotito home was restored by well-known local architect Albert Keidel in 1939. The current owners have kept the footprint true to the original, with remodeling and decoration touches that add style and function.

The David and Ruth Lusk home and guesthouse provide stunning Hill Country views from hilltop settings. Vibrant wall color helps to showcase the owners’ collection of Blue Ridge Pottery.

The Jim and Carol McCrae home is one they built themselves in 1995. This original home was small and efficient, and built of reclaimed materials, and filled with antiques.

The Walter and Judith Skinner Fredericksburg Sunday house was in the Weidenfeller family. In its later years it was a B&B, and is now filled with treasured collections.

The Pete and Alice Jensen rock home has a lively interior that features Alice’s sewing hobby and Pete’s woodworking. The roomy kitchen leads to a beautiful yard and porch. The downstairs serves as a workshop and the upstairs is a B&B.

This year marks the Diamond Anniversary for the nonprofit Society that was formed 75 years ago to preserve and share the area’s cultural heritage. For information: Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, 830-997-2835,

Early start for Fredericks​burg Tannenbaum Ball Auction

Guests who cannot wait for the Pioneer Museum’s Tannenbaum Ball to arrive on December 8 in Fredericksburg, can get an early start at bidding for auction items with a new online auction.

For the first time, anyone can bid early on dozens of auction items by visiting www.blacktie-sanantonio.com, then clicking on “auctions” and going to the Gillespie County Historical Society link. The online auction closes on December 4 at 10:00 pm, but will resume the night of the Ball.

Among the items offered are:
Fredericksburg Opera Festival and Champagne Cocktail Party
2 Piece Vera Bradley Luggage
4 16 oz. Fredericksburg Beer Steins
A Cajun Shrimp Boil and Beer Pairing
Blue Mother of Pearl Three Strand Necklace, with Bracelet & Earrings
20-inch Bluegreen Handmade Ceramic Bead Necklace
Handcarved Santa by American Woodcarver – Greg Guedel
Christopher Radko Ornament “Wildflower Wings” ,Hand-Blown Glass Body with Swarovski Crystals
Luckenbach sign and 1 set of dominos
Multi-Color Semi-Precious Stone Doncaster Necklace
Red Coral, CZ’s, 24K Gold Vermeil Chandlier Earrings
Sterling Silver Bell Necklace – “You Are Loved” – handmade in Austin
18 inch Star Sterling Silver Chain and Pendant and matching earrings from
the Museum Collection of Hand and Hammer Silversmiths
Sterling silver Rose Necklace and Bracelet
20″ silver necklace and holly pendant w/red Chalcedony beads Silver bracelet with 7 holiday silver charms
Sterling Silver Moravian Star Pendant on a 20 inch triple Sterling Silver Chain
Virgin, Saint & Angels 4-strand Mixed Pearl and Clear Sea Crystal Necklace and Pendant Earrings
Wood & Pewter Bowl Set by Vagabond House

The Tannenbaum Ball will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 7 pm until 11:30 pm at the new St. Mary’s Event Center. The celebration features a seated dinner by Delicious Details, open bar, more silent and live auction items, 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, or on line at www.pioneermuseum.net.

On Saturday, December 1, 2012, guests can tour seven of Fredericksburg’s most distinctive homes from noon until 6pm for the 55th Holiday Home Tour.

Tour Tickets are $25 per person and include a booklet with tour map and full description of each home. Tickets are available for purchase through December 1 at Pioneer Museum 325 West Main Street, Vereins Kirche, and Gastehaus Schmidt in Fredericksburg and Crenwelge Motors in Kerrville. Tickets can also be purchased online or by calling 830-990-8441.

The Tour and Ball are the largest fundraisers for the Gillespie County Historical Society, which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the history of the area. Call 830-990-8441 for more information about either event.

Hunka’ Burnin’ Love Benefit for Bastrop

Have YOU done your part to help the victims of the largest wildfire in Texas history? Here’s your chance on Sunday, October 23rd from 5 pm until midnight at Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grille , under the BIG Beau D’Arc tree, on Main Street in Fredericksburg.

It’s a “Hunka’ Burnin’ Love Benefit for Bastrop” with 8 Hill Country Bands, a silent auction and barbecue plates prepared by the Fredericksburg Jaycees included with a $20 sugggested donation.

Fredericksburg favorites, The Polkamatics (formerly known as the Luckenbach Jr. High Progressive Oompah Band) will kick off this rockin’ event at 5PM on Sunday October 23rd, followed by:
The Johnny Nicholas Band
Melissa Weatherly with Sol Patch and the Any Given Sunday Band
Dave Fenley with Davey “The Deal” Shrank
and The Ben Beckendorf Band!
Joining forces with their Fredericksburg Neighbors are The Debbi Walton Band from Marble Falls and popular Kerrville cover band, Someone Like You~who will be closing out the night around midnight.

The Cowboy & Texan Games will be showing on the biggest HDTV’s in the Hill Country and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Bastrop and Heart of the Pines Fires Departments and victims of the largest wildfire in Texas History.

For more information please visit Silver Creek Beer Garden on Facebook or call 830-990-4949. Donated items for the Silent Auction can be dropped with Rikki at Silver Creek.

It’s the Hunka’ Burnin’ Love Benefit For Bastrop on Sunday,  October 23rd~$20 suggested donation includes barbecue!
BBQ plates will also be available TO GO for $10

Sponsored by KFAN 107.9FM, KNAF 910AM & The Deuce Radio, Little ‘D’ Art Ranch, Puff Bunny Records, Riversounds Recording Resort on the Llano River, Ben E. Keith and Sysco Foods.

American Legion Turkey Shoot – November 4

Target shoot at 100 yards using rifles and pistols (bring your own) at Harper Community Park on 290 West, 20 miles from Fredericksburg, Friday November 4, from 10 am to 5 pm. There will also be a raffle wheel with lots of prizes. $4 per shot. Spectators free. All proceeds benefit the American Legion Post 650. Call 830-864-4364 for more information.

First Annual Fredericksburg Star Party – 4/9

The night sky at the Black Forest Star Party in Cherry Springs, PA. This is a true dark-sky site with no light pollution. The Milky Way, star clouds, and dark nebulae can all be seen easily. Single 55 second exposure at ISO 3200 at f/2.8.

Come to the First Annual Fredericksburg Star Party held at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, south of town on Highway 16.

Activities will include raffles for a nice telescope, valued at over $500, and a handmade lap quilt with an astronomy theme. Live music will be provided. Of course, there will be many amateur telescopes for people to view a lot of celestial objects, including galaxies, nebula, planets, and stars.

This event benefits The Texas Amateur Astronomers’ Scholarship (TAAS) endowment at The University of Texas at Austin, Astronomy Department. The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate major in astronomy once per year.

This event is free to the public, and especially beneficial for children. Donations to TAAS will be accepted. For more information, please contact Hunter Scott 830-992-0740

18th Annual Scholarship Fest – July 5

Annual event being held this year in conjunction with horse racing weekend.  Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the races and prizes will be awarded between races.  Proceeds provide local students with scholarship opportunities.

11 am to 10 pm.  $25 per person for horse racing and Scholarship Fest; $20 for Scholarship Fest only.

For details, call 830-997-2359 or log on to www.gillespiefair.com.

2nd Annual Nimitz Old Texas Round-Up Barbecue – April 9

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation will hold the 2nd Annual Nimitz Old Texas Round-Up Barbecue on Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at the National Museum of the Pacific War to raise money for the Admiral Nimitz Foundation which supports, operates, and manages the National Museum of the Pacific War. Dinner will be served from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

There will also be a silent auction and the raffle drawing for a $5,000 travel voucher.

The barbecue-themed fundraiser is inspired by Fredericksburg native Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. During his command in the Pacific, Nimitz would hold barbecues for Texans (and those who wished they were Texans) serving in his command. It was a chance for the men and women to enjoy a few hours of food and recreation without thinking about the war. The five-star Admiral was the Navy’s last Fleet Admiral and was born in Fredericksburg, TX

Captain Paul O. Monger (U.S. Navy), the commanding officer of USS Nimitz will visit the museum with the same namesake—The Admiral Nimitz Museum (one part of the National Museum of the Pacific War). The USS Nimitz, one of the U.S. Navy’s ten big-deck nuclear powered carriers, is one of the largest warships in the world. It is named after World War II Pacific Fleet Commander Chester W. Nimitz.

Captain Monger will be speaking with visitors at the National Museum of the Pacific War on April 9th at 3pm in a question and answer session that is free and open to the public inside the Nimitz Ballroom. Later that evening, Monger will attend the Nimitz Old Texas Round-Up Barbecue which begins at 6pm.

Monger is the son of a career naval aviator and retired rear admiral. Hegraduated from the Naval Academy in 1982. During his career, he has served as a flight instructor, commanding officer of F14 Squadron VF-154 and was the personal aide to the secretary of the Navy during the 1990s. Monger has received various awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the 2001 Navy League Leadership Award.

Tickets for the barbecue are $25 for adults 21 and older, $15 for those ages 12- 20, and children 11 and younger are free. Each dinner ticket includes two drink tickets. Tickets will be available at the door or you can purchase yours today in the Museum stores or online at Nimitz-bookstore.com. Raffle tickets are available at the National Museum of the Pacific War stores for $5 each or 5/$20. The Almost Patsy Cline Band is a Hill Country staple that performs country hits will be providing music for the gathering thanks to a donation from the Perdernales Creative Arts Alliance and Oktoberfest.

Tannenbaum Ball – December 4

groove daddy will perform december 4

Guests at the Gillespie County Historical Society’s annual Tannenbaum Ball will enjoy a top Austin show band, catered meal, silent auction and prize drawing on Saturday, December 4, at the Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Park beginning at 7 p.m.

The theme for this year’s ball is the Diamond Anniversary, celebrating the Society’s forming in 1934 to preserve and share the area’s cultural heritage.

The public can purchase prize tickets for a .75-carat oval diamond valued at $2,200 donated by Segner’s Jewelers. Prize tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased from Segner’s Jewelers at 236 W. Main St, Fredericksburg TX; Janie Trantham at 830-990-9675; or Pam Spruiell at 830-997-5809.

Austin’s top show band – Groove Daddy – will liven up the event with popular tunes from the 1950s to today. The 10-piece group features a full horn section to help recreate the original sound of everyone’s favorite songs. They play high-energy dance hits by such artists as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Kool and the Gang, The B-52s, Tina Turner, and more.

Carte Wheels will cater a full meal, beginning with hors d’oeuvres of Tiny Yorkshire Puddings with Shaved Roast Beef and Cranberry Horseradish, Seared Tuna Bite with Pickled Ginger and Wasabi Aioli, and Crisp French Carrot Salad Presented in a Petite Cone. Salad is Mixed Baby Greens, Dried Cranberries, Spiced Pecans, and Gorgonzola presented with Blush Vinaigrette in a shot glass on the side. Dinner is Roasted Beef Tenderloins Tournedos with Roasted Shallot and Port Demi Glace, Smoked Gouda Mashers, and Fine French Beans with Pancetta. Dessert is Carte Wheels’ Famous Apricot Bread Pudding with Butter Rum Sauce.

Attendees can also bid on select auction items which so far include a house for 12 in Santa Fe, murder mystery dinner, a condominium in Colorado, an antique gun, crawfish/shrimp boil for 40, a Houston Grand Opera package, plus fly fishing, a day hunt, gourmet dinner and helicopter ride.

Tickets for the ball are $100 per person and may be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net, or by calling 830-997-2835. For the first time, guests can reserve seating at the ball for $125 per person. Seats can be reserved only by calling 830-997-2835.

The annual Home Tour takes place on the following Saturday, December 11, 2010, from noon until 6 p.m. Tickets for the Home Tour are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to seven homes decorated for the holiday season, all open to the public for the first time. Home Tour details and tickets are also available online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

The Home Tour and Ball are the largest fundraisers for the Gillespie County Historical Society. Details and tickets may be purchased by contacting the Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, 830-997-2835.