Farm Demonstration Day at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site – September 27

Step back in time and come visit and tour the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, at the LBJ Ranch. Period-dressed costumed park interpreters will take you back in time to the traditions of a 1915 German farm family and will show how the necessary, low profile chores needed to be done in order to survive in the Texas Hill Country prior to electricity and running water. Visitors will discover how common things used today were vital in life of yester years. All park visitors should stop first at the State Park Visitor Center to obtain a free park permit, map and visitor event information before they travel back in time at the living history farm.

10 am to 3 pm. Free, but donations are welcome. Call 830-644-2252 for details.

Reflections of the ’60s at the LBJ Ranch – April 15

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Tickets on sale now for upcoming Hill Country Film Festival
Several ticket pricing levels are now available for the upcoming Hill Country Film Festival, April 28-30. In its second year, this film festival focuses on independent film. Open to the public, this festival will be held at the Stagecoach Movie Theater on Hwy 87 S in Fredericksburg. Three ticket levels are available for purchase/your viewing pleasure:

All-Access Badges ($100): entitling one guest access to attend all festival events and screenings; ticket sold online and at theater.
Day Pass for Friday or Saturday only ($40): entitling one guest to all screening programs on the designated day; sold online and on day of pass..
Individual Tickets ($10): entitles one guest to view one block of film screenings; sold at theater only.
All tickets sold at the theater are cash only. For more about this festival, visit www.hillcountryff.com.

Wednesday afternoon show at Rockbox Theater
The cast of Rockbox Theater will perform a special afternoon performance this Wednesday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the theater at 109 N. Llano St., in Fredericksburg. Show will run between 50-55 minutes.. Tickets are $20 (plus tax) and there will be no intermission or concessions – just lots of ‘funtabulous’ music and fun! For details or to purchase your tickets, call 866-349-6688. For more about this cast and future shows, visit www.rockboxtheater.com.

Fredericksburg Marketplace (Mall) to hold fashion show this Thursday at Marktplatz
Check out the fashion show by merchants from the Fredericksburg Marketplace this Thursday, April 14 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.. at the Marktplatz on the 100 block of W. Main St., in Fredericksburg. To learn more about the Fredericksburg Marketplace, stop by this mall at 142 E. Main St. And, for more details about the fashion show, call 830-997-6707.

FAL&HA meeting to be held this Wednesday
The April Fredericksburg Area Lodging and Hospitality Association (FAL&HA) meeting will be held this Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Nimitz Ballroom at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 E. Main St. in Fredericksburg.

Lyndon B. Johnson scholars, authors and Vietnam Veterans will be on hand to speak at this annual event – Reflections of the ’60s – to be held Friday, April 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the LBJ National Historical Park off Hwy 290 E near Stonewall. Hear noted speakers reflect on this turbulent era. While there, check out the 1960s-era cars on display. Held on the grounds of the Texas White House, this event is free to the public. For information, call 830-868-7128, ext. 231.

Movies Under the Stars at LBJ Ranch this Saturday

The public is invited to enjoy a free 7:30 p.m. screening of the “Viva Las Vegas“, this Saturday, July 12, at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park on Hwy 290 E. near Stonewall.  Gates open at 7:00 p.m. with show time at sunset. Parking is available on the airstrip. Bring your chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for this fun night under the stars! Free popcorn will be available. For details, call 830-868-7128, ext. 244

Easter Traditions at Sauer-Beckman Farms – April 19

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Take the kids to participate in an old-fashioned Easter celebration at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park on Hwy 290 near Stonewall during its Easter Traditions event on Saturday, April 19 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Costumed interpreters provide insight to life as early German settlers, showing how those early settlers performed Easter traditions, like dyeing eggs naturally and building grass nests. While there, stop by to see all of the Farm’s newborn animals. There’s no cost to attend; however, donations are always welcome. For details, call 830-644-2252.

LBJ’s 106th Birthday Celebration – August 27

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical ParkLBJ at the buffet will celebrate the 106th anniversary of President Johnson’s birth on Wednesday, August 27.

Visitors are invited to the Visitor Center first for a welcome kit, park permit and information on the day’s activities. The public can see a film about the President and the Texas Hill Country along with many exhibits. Throughout the day, visitors can visit the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm and participate in old-time family games and see how President Johnson grew up in the Texas Hill Country. While at the park, make sure to see the presidential exhibits, pack a picnic basket, enjoy the Pedernales River and visit the park store for park and historical-related souvenirs.

There will also be a wreath laying ceremony at his gravesite in the Johnson Family Cemetery by representatives from Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio at 10 am.

For more information on this and other park events, view  or call (830) 868-7128, ext. 222.

Ole Time German Smokehouse Secrets – February 5

smoking sausageSauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site on Hwy 290 E. (16 miles east of Fredericksburg) will host its annual Old Time German Smokehouse Secrets demonstration this Saturday, February 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Interpreters will demonstrate how this area’s German settlers cured bacon and stuffed sausage and meat processing methods of the early 1900s. This event is free to the public. For information, call 830-644-2252.

Reflections of the ’60’s at the LBJ Ranch – April 11

The 7th Annual Reflections of the Sixties education conference at the LBJ Ranch is a great learning opportunity for persons interested in understanding the impact of the 1960s on the fabric of our country.Guest speakers such as authors, former legislators, and historians talk about topics relevant to the 1960’s.

Admission is free. Gather near the Texas White House at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, 16 miles East of Fredericksburg, Texas, on Hwy 290 in Stonewall.

Call (830) 868-7128 for more information.

Guided Nature Walk at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site – May 3

Enjoy and learn more about the great Texas Hill Country outdoors on a guided nature walk at the Lyndn B. Johnson Park & State Historic site in Stonewall, on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

See wildflowers, wildlife and an 1800’s German log cabin house while walking the trails.

Free, but donations encouraged.  Water, binoculars and cameras are recommended.

German Heritage Day at Sauer-Beckmann Farm – October 20

Traditional German heritage activities and everyday farm life at the Sauer-Beckmann Farm at the LBJ Ranch State Park will be celebrated June 18, from 10 am to 3 pm. See blacksmithing and soap making done the traditional way. Try your hand at rope making, but don’t get tied up there, move on over to rub-a-dub-dub at the clothes washing and see what the garden is doing. Discover the long lost art of hair wreath making and how skills and crafts are carried on from generation to generation. Learn how important a milk cow is to a farm family. Finish the day pitching some washers or learn the old German card game of Skät. Accessible for the mobility impaired. Call (830) 644-2252 for more information.

LBJ Ranch: Texas White House entire first floor open for tours

Today, December 22, on the 99th anniversary of Lady Bird Johnson’s birth, the general public will have access to the entire first floor of the preserved Johnson family home, known as the Texas White House, on the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park outside Stonewall on U.S. Hwy 290 E. Now see the public and private rooms of this famous family as the first floor contains the bedrooms of both President and Mrs. Johnson. Cost to view the home is $2.