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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Friday Night Lights - Select stores open until 7:30 pm

Main Street is keeping the lights on late Fridays until 8PM for your holiday shopping starting Friday, November 24th and lasting until December 22! Shop late at Jeep Collins, Parts Unknown, Clear River Pecan, Bath Junkie, Headquarters Hats, Dogologie, Spunky Monkey, The Secret Garden, Charles Beckendorf Gallery, Champ Jennings Jewelry, Lucky Star Boutique, Rawhide, and many others. See you there!

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Annual Santa Run - Dec. 1

This year's Santa Run will be Friday, December 1st, at the Nimitz Museum (Washington & Main) with $500 each going to the first male and female to finish! Registration will be held from 1-4PM, and costs $10 per person to run. Race starts at 5:30PM.

Contestants must be wearing complete Santa attire throughout the entire race; if you lose an article of clothing, you must go back and get it! Santa attire includes red pants, red shirt, red hat, black belt, and white beard.

To register by mail, please send entry and $10 to: Santa Run, c/o Candlelight, 241 E. Main St., Fredericksburg Tx 78624.

On the day of entry you must register at the Biergarten at the Fredericksburg Brewing Company (245 E. Main St.) between 1PM and 4:30PM. No late entries. Handicapped and seniors welcome. Everyone please bring ID's.

Questions? Please call Rosemary Estenson M-Sat. between 10AM and 5PM at (830) 997-0114.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Fredericksburg Chorale Christmas Concert - Dec. 2

Annual Christmas concert presented by the Fredericksburg Chorale. Admission by donation. Show times are at 3 pm and 7:30 pm at St. Joseph's Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street.

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Hill Country Holiday Wine Trail - Dec 1-3

Explore, visit, and tour different Hill Country wineries as they are decorated for the holidays.


Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Decline of the Texas German dialect

Unlike other German immigrant destinations, such as Pennsylvania and the Midwest, many Texas-bound Germans settled in rural, isolated communities, particularly in the Hill Country, where German was a dominant language. The German spoken by immigrants across Central Texas differed widely from town to town, even family to family, because the immigrants came from different German regions and spoke a variety of dialects. Many had limited knowledge of standard German, either spoken or written. To complicate matters, over time, German Settlers adapted their language by borrowing English words, their children studied standard German in school, and they traded vocabulary with other dialects.

During World War I, most German Language newspapers closed, or switched to English, as did the local public schools. After the Great War, there was a brief resurgence of German. Then World War II started, and Germans essentially stopped speaking German.

Now, the last generation of German speakers are slowly fading away. Thirty years ago, you heard German in the stores. Now, if you hear German, it's spoken by a tourist from Germany. Texas German will likely disappear within the next 30 years.

UT Professor Hans Boas has been recording and studying the dialect. A report in the Houston Chronicle interviews several Fredericksburg natives. The results of Boas' study can be found online at the Texas German Dialect Project.


Monday, November 27, 2006

Book signing at Der Kuchen Laden - Dec 2

Der Küchen Laden presents a book signing with Jane Lilly Schotz and her book Lilly For Company, a collection of favorite recipes from Austin's former Lilly & Co. Delectables. The book presents a fresh and casual style of easily prepared and enjoyable cooking, Southwestern to Italian. Organized by menus for various occasions, chapters begin with finger food, followed by fork meals, fork and knife menus, and a soup chapter. Jerry Hughes, owner of Der Küchen Laden, recommends the book as "a great addition to the experienced cook's library, as well as a starter for a beginning cook." Jane Lilly Schotz studied at London's Cordon Bleu and owned and operated Lilly & Co. in Austin, Texas from 1984 until 1998.


Community Lighted Christmas Parade

Weinachten in Fredericksburg kicks off with the 11th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade. The parade begins at Friday night at 6:30 pm on Main Street.


Friday, November 24, 2006

Luckenbach 's Annual Thanksgiving Dance - 11/28 8 pm

The annual Luckenbach Thanksgiving Dance is here again! Come on out and two-step the night away to the great music of the Geronimo Trevino Band! Admission is $10 at door. Showtime is at 8 pm. The World Famous Luckenbach Dance Hall located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Made famous by Willie, Waylon and The Boys and local folklorist Hondo Crouch.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Christmas at The Vineyard - Becker Vineyards 11/24-26

Come out to Becker Vineyards for a little Christmas shopping combined with wine tastings. There will be a Christmas market, fireside readings, cooking demonstrations, hand made gifts for sale, wine tasting, winery tours, and more! Times of the event are Friday, 12PM - 6PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM, and Sunday 12PM - 6PM. No admission price.


Monday, November 20, 2006

Texian Thanksgiving Living History Celebration - 11/24-26

Held each year during the busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend at Fort Martin Scott, this great event is family oriented and fun for everyone! Living history interpreters, artisans, and period sutlers and vendors camp out for three days each year. There is also a mountain man knife and tomahawk throwing competition. $3/per car parking fee. For more information, please call (830) 997-9895.


Gifts from the Heart Craft Show - 11/24

Annual craft show held in St. Josephe's Halle, 212 W San Antonio Street, features Texas vendors selling handmade items. No admission.


Island Assault: 1944 at National Museum of the Pacific War

Experience the sites, sounds and drama of a World War II assault on an enemy bunker. Re-enactors use authentic clothing, weapons and vehicles from the Pacific War era. Programs are in an outdoor environment, so dress for the weather conditions. Educational opportunity for the entire family.

Demonstrations will be presented at the Pacific Combat Zone at 10:30 a.m., 12:30PM,
2:30PM and 4PM each day. The Pacific Combat Zone is located two blocks northeast of the museum complex on E. Austin Street between Elk and Lee.

Fees for "Island Assault: 1944" are free with regular museum admission of $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for children age 5 and younger. Fees without museum admission are $2 for adults and $1 for students.


Saturday, November 18, 2006

August E's Thanksgiving Menu

Kobe Beef Spoons compliments of Chef Leu

Soup or Salad:
Red, White and Bleu Salad
Butter Lettuce with Citrus Truffle Viniagrette
Roasted Pumkpin and Avocado Bisque with Cognac
Oyster Stew

Oysters on the Half Shell
Foie Gras
Duck Crepes

Main Courses:
Free Range Organic Turkey & Traditional Fixings
New Zealand Lamb and Wild Boar
Herb Grilled Filet Mignon
Hawaiian Escolar with Lobster Tail

Desserts a Plenty!

12 - 8 pm
6258 Highway 290 East


Rathskeller Traditional Thanksgiving Day Menu

Turkey with giblet gravy
Coca-Cola Baked Ham
(Old fashioned Southern baked ham with a sweet Coca-Cola glaze)

Mo's Cast Iron Skillet Corn Bread Stuffing
Classic Green Bean Casserole
Homemade Sweet Potatoes with pecans, brown sugar and molasses

Dinner Rolls and Fresh Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Desserts:
Pecan pie
Pumpkin Pie

$21.99 Per Person
Children 10 and under $10.99
260 E. Main Street

Reservations Recommended


Cotton Gin Thanksgiving Menu

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Seating / No Reservations Needed

From the Carving Board:
Bourbon & Molasses Glazed Pit Ham
Honey Sage Roasted Turkey with natural gravy
Rosemary & Pepper Crusted Prime Rib of Beef

Soup of the Day

Caesar Salad with Pecorino Croutons

Iced Gulf Shrimp and Raw Half Shell Oysters with South Texas Red Sauce

Hearth Baked Rolls with sweet cream butter

Butter Pecan Candied Yams

Southern Cornbread Sausage Dressing

Ginger Lime Carrots

Petite Green Beans with lemon & walnuts

Cheddar Scallion Smashed Potatoes

Dessert Bar

Cinnamon Granny Smith Apple Pie
Toasted Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Pie with Chantilly Cream
Sticky Pecan Cheesecake
Death by Chocolate Cake
Warm Bread Pudding


Friday, November 17, 2006

Luckenbach's Fall Songwriter's Showcase - 11/17

This music showcase features Gary Nicholson and Keith Sykes. Gary's songs have appeared in the movies "Urban Cowboy", "Major League", "City of Hope", "Message in a Bottle", "Happy, Texas", "Sylvester", "Where the Heart Is" and "Serving Sara". He has earned twenty-six ASCAP awards as a writer and publisher and has taught songwriting workshops for ASCAP and Berklee School of Music. Keith Sykes wears many hats in the music industry: singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer and record company executive to name a few. For 30 years, Keith has been a defining force in a business that for him continues to be a great passion. The fact that he’s able to make a living doing what he loves is just a bonus. So come on out music lovers... it's sure to be a night you won't soon forget! The show starts at 8 pm at Luckenbach, Texas. Call (888) 311-8990 for more information.


Judge Mike's 5th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Luckenbach

It is time for Judge Mike's 5th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Luckenbach. It will be held on November 23rd, 2006 Thanksgiving Day. Everyone is welcome to attend. Covered dishes and donations are also welcome. Dinner will be served around 3pm. All donations will benefit the Fisher House Program. The Fisher House provides housing for families of wounded soldiers being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. It will be a great day of music and giving thanks. Please call (888) 311-8990 for more information!

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Texas Music Film "Something in the Water" Lincoln St. - Tonight

Lincoln St. Wine Market previews Joel Melton's newest movie, "There's Something in the Water", a unique documentary about Texas music and its artists. Featuring interviews with Ray Wylie Hubbard, producer / songwriter Gurf Morlix, Stephen Bruton, and Michael Fracasso. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the back patio at Lincoln Street. Following the showing, chance for autographs and discussion with the artist. Also, DVD's and CD's available for purchase. Food, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages also available for purchase. 111 S. Lincoln Street, northeast corner Lincoln Street and San Antonio Street. (830) 997-8463


Adam Holzman Classical Guitarist in Concert 11/19

The Fredericksburg Music Club presents Classical Guitarist Adam Holzman Sunday, November 19, at 3 pm at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 North Llano Street. The concert is free, and donations are galdly accepted.

Holzman is founder of the Guitar Department at the University of Texas at Austin and runs a thriving guitar studio. In 2001, Adam Holzman was awarded the Ernst von Dohnanyi Prize for Outstanding Achievement from Florida State University and the Robert W. Hamilton Fine Arts Award from the University of Texas. You can purchase his album, Sor: Grandes Sonatas, Opp. 22 & 25 by clicking on the link.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Bottle Your Own Port at Woodrose Winery - 11/18

On Saturday, November 18, 2006 from 2:00 pm -6:00 pm, Come enjoy the experience and bottle your own port with Woodrose Winery owner and winemaker, Mike Guilette. This November bottling party will be an event you won’t want to miss! Call to schedule a time or stop by for a visit. 1 hour shifts available. Port will be for available this weekend to taste and sale.

Woodrose Winery is best known for its quality wines and relaxed, laid back atmosphere. We have recently completed the construction of multi-level 3,000 sq. ft decks to provide additional seating for the tasting room. With the change in weather, the Woodrose Winery deck is a great way to enjoy a glass of wine! The decks were completed without removing any mature living trees and will provide a peaceful place to sit and enjoy our wines with restaurant style tasting in a beautiful hill country setting.

Each season something new will come to Woodrose. This will include new wines, new improvements and new opportunities for the customers to learn about wines and the winemaking process. “We hope that you stop by to see all the new changes and to experience Woodrose Winery for yourself,” invites Mike Guillette.

Woodrose Winery is located at 662 Woodrose Lane on the south side of Hwy. 290 just west of Stonewall or 14 miles east of Fredericksburg. They are currently open Wednesday thru Sunday noon until 6pm. They can be reached at 830-644-2539 or by email at Please visit their website at


Havdallah Service at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church - 11/17 7pm

The Jewish community of the Hill Country and Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, 110 E. San Antonio Street, present Rabbi David Lazar from Jerusalem, Israel, in a community-wide Havdallah Service. This special event takes place Saturday, November 18th, at 7PM. Following the service there will be a covered dish gathering and interfaith workshop with topics focusing on "Psalms in the time of need, both public and private". Everyone is welcome. Call (830) 456-1204 For more information.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Whistle Pik Galleries Christmas Miniature Show - 11/17-12/16

Whistle Pik Galleries at 425 East Main Street presents their annual Christmas Miniature Show from 11/17 until December 16. Call 830-990-8151 for more information.


Monday, November 13, 2006

Cooking Classes at Runnymede Country Inn

Molly Fowler, "The Dining Diva" from Houston, will be at Runnymede Country Inn in Fredericksburg on Wednesday and Thursday November 15 and 16.

On Wednesday November 15, from 6:30 to 9 pm, Molly will show you how to get ready for holiday entertaining with a new menu of fabulous dishes that will impress family and friends.

On Thursday, November 16, from 10:30 am to 1 pm, experience a menu for delightful brunch entertaining in a cozy setting with dishes that warm the heart and soul. Brunch is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday spirit!

Attendees will taste every dish and receive a recipe packet to take home, as well as lots of ideas for entertaining. Classes are #35 per person, and advance registration is required. Call Runnymede Country Inn at 830-990-2449 for more information.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Whistle Pik Galleries Christmas Miniature Show - 11/11 to 12/16

Whistle Pik Galleries, 425 East main, presents their annual Christmas Miniature Show.


Hunks & Huggables 2007 Calendar Holiday Party

Pedernales Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Fredericksburg Art Guild, 308 E. Austin St., are hosting the 2007 Hunks & Huggables Calendar Holiday Party! All calendar proceeds benefit the Pedernales Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Come out, enjoy a glass of wine, have your calendar signed, and mingle with hunks Officer Chris Ayala, Jeff Bourgeois, George Burns, Robert Deming, Case Fischer, Dr. Lance Kovar, Jeryl Hoover, Richard Laughlin, Dr. Todd Rabon, Mike Richardson, Dr. Dan Robertson, and John Thomas.


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Art Guild "Before Dark" Show

The Fredericksburg Art Guild hosts their annual art show Saturday, November 11, 2006 thru Sunday, November 12, 2006, 10AM - 4PM; no admission. The Fredericksburg Art Guild is at 308 E. Austin St.

Part of Art Past Dark 2006.


Nimitz' Veterans Day Ceremony

An annual ceremony in recognition of our veterans. There will be the Color Guard, a 21-Gun Salute, featured speaker, and more. Pay tribute to our local heroes at the National Museum of the Pacific War Plaza of the Presidents, 340 E. Main Street, at 11 am on November 11.


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Photography Exhibit - "Texas Images" - At Photography 414

A show entitled “Texas Images” by Robb Kendrick is at Photography 414, located at 414 East Main, through November 30. Kendrick, a former resident of Blanco now living in Mexico with his family, took the images on working Texas ranches and printed them as tintypes. For more information, call (830)990- 1330 or visit


Johnny Nicholas' Texas All-Star Big Band Bash

A fabulous annual concert featuring Texas all-star musicians and benefiting boys and girls in music and theater in Gillespie county. Headliners this year are: Marcia Ball, Johnny Nicholas, Greg Piccolo, and Jimmy LaFave.

Tickets for the Patrons Dinner are $75, runs from 5PM-7PM. Tickets for general admission to the concert are $25, with the general admission gates opening at 7:15PM and music getting underway at 8PM.

General admission tickets are available in Fredericksburg at Hilltop Cafe (830) 997-9242, Martin's Exxon (830) 997-6872, and Western Beverages (830) 997-9768. Patron tickets are available at Hilltop Cafe, and if you are paying by MasterCard or Visa call Mrs. Reeh at (830) 997-7182.

Part of Art Past Dark 2006.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Texas Election Day

While our armed forces are bringing democracy to Iraq, we Texans are letting our democracy slip away. In the last gubenatorial election, on 29% of the eligible voters voted. While people in Iraq proudly displayed their purple thumbs to show that they voted, we couldn't tear ourselves away from or daily lives long enough to help shape our state's future. Twenty-nine percent voter turnout is a scandal! Texas deserves better!

Please, take some time to vote today. I don't care who you vote for. If you only want to vote for thelocal dog catcher, fine! Just vote! Take someone with you to the polls. Spread the word that Texans believe in democracy!

Bejar Fby. 24th 1836

To the People of Texas & all Americans in the world------

Fellow citizens & compatriots------

I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna ----- I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man ----- The enemy has demanded a Surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken ----- I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the wall ----- I shall never Surrender or retreat

Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & every thing dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch ----- The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country ----- Victory or Death

William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt


Artisans at Rocky Hill Art Past Dark Events

Artisans at Rocky Hill, 6266 E US Highway 290, is hosting several events for this year’s “Art Past Dark”. See below for their schedule of events…


Friday, November 10th, 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Kathleen Marie, of Johnson City, demonstrates the unique medium of pyrography. Originals and limited edition prints will be on display that express her deep love and connection to nature.

Melissa Starry, of Fredericksburg, demonstrates & discusses her unique way of combining two talents – photography & painting through mixed media productions on canvas.

Friday Evening, November 10th, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Kathleen Marie, of Johnson City, showcases the unique medium of pyrography. Originals and limited edition prints will be on display that express her deep love and connection to nature.

Saturday, November 11th, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Kirk Acosta, of San Antonio, demonstrates & discusses his love of native woods through the art of turning and being able to see the bowl or vessel that lies in a spinning chunk of wood.

Melinda Collins, of Kerrville, pulls from her extensive teaching experience to demonstrate & discuss the clay she loves through the medium of pottery.

Susan Ehlers, of Ingram, demonstrates & discusses pottery through the combining of individual ideas and creative challenges.

Jackson Ehrlich, of Fredericksburg, demonstrates & discusses his love for painting in oils the historical places and lovely settings found only in the rich landscapes & architecture offered in the Texas Hill Country.

Suzan Germond, of Austin, demonstrates & discusses the fine art of changing old, discarded, nondescript objects of beauty into works of art through the fascinating medium of mosaics.

Kathleen Marie, of Johnson City, demonstrates the unique medium of pyrography. Originals and limited edition prints will be on display that express her deep love and connection to nature.

Sunday, November 12th, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
David Busch, of Dripping Springs, demonstrates & discusses the rich, clear color of watercolors as the paint dances with wet paper and expresses the grand subtleties of nature.

Kathleen Marie, of Johnson City, demonstrates the unique medium of pyrography. Originals and limited edition prints will be on display that express her deep love and connection to nature.

Dottie Moon, of Hye, demonstrates & discusses the beauty of working with silver through fashioning her own jewelry creations, the Cha-Cha Necklace & Cha-Cha Bracelet.

Click here to visit the official Art Past Dark website.


Monday, November 06, 2006

2006 Contemporary Masters Invitational Art Show & Sale

This part of Art Past dark 2006 takes place at Inn on Barons Creek Spa & Conference Center, 308 S. Washington St. in Fredericksburg, ad is a production of the Fredericksburg Art Gallery.

Friday, November 10th

The show starts off at 6pm with the Artists Reception, cocktail hour, hors d'oeuvres, Preview Art Show and Sale and concludes with a gourmet dinner with the artists starting at 7pm. $55 per person. To attend please make your reservation by calling (830)-990-2707.

Saturday, November 11th
The Art Show and Sale includes artists' demonstrations, casual talks, and lectures from 10am - 7pm. The Artists Reception, Judges & Collectors Choice Awards and Wine & Cheese is from 5pm - 7pm.

Sunday, November 12th
The Art Show and Sale is from 1pm - 5pm. Some of the Renowned Contemporary Artists included in this years show will be:
• Norma Brown
• Charlotte Curry
• June Dudley
• Gregory Effinger
• Marvin Flynn
• Phil Bob Borman
• Gaye Kelly
• C.J. Latta
• Barbara Larimore
• David MacSmith
• Diane Manousos
• Al Moore
• Bo Newell
• Betty Rhodes
• Loveta Strickland
• Sheila Swanson
• C.S. Talley
• Kay Walton
• Bill Scheidt


Friday, November 03, 2006

Luckenbach's Hunter's Ball

Thomas Micheal Riley headlines this year's annual Hunter's Ball in Luckenbach, Texas. The show begins at 8 pm on Saturday November 4. Tickets cost $10 per person. Head on over to Luckenbach's website for more details.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

714 West Main - Schneider-Klingelhoeffer Home

The original townlot was granted to the Hahn family. When they died during one of the two cholera epidemics, the property was sold at “public outcry” for $18. While it is not known who built the house, Ludwig Schneider lived in the house for many years. Mr. Schneider was a watchmaker and stonemason. Schneider’s heirs sold the house to H. Habenicht in 1879. Charles and Louis Preiss purchased it in 1883. In 1890 Mary Neal Brodie and her husband bought the house. They sold the house to August Koennecke in 1894, who sold it to A. W. Klingelhoeffer of Salt Lake City in 1914. Rudolf Huber of Chicago purchased the house in 1976.

Cross Main Street and walk to Creek Street. Turn left and walk to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Glockenchor - Hand Bell Concert

Come to the First Baptist Church Gymnasium, at 1407 E. Main St. on Saturday November 4 for a Glockenchor or Hand Bell Concert. There is no admission, but donations are accepted.