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Monday, April 30, 2007

Maifest - A German Chorale Concert - 5/6

The German Chorale Concert - Maifest - is an annual event held in Fredericksburg at St. Joseph's Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission by donation.


American Cancer Society's Relay for life - 5/4 6pm-9am

This event benefits and commemorates cancer survivors, and is a family-oriented event with games, food, music, and camping. The relay kicks off at 6pm at the Fredericksburg High School track, and will continue until 9 am Saturday morning. Please contact Britney Haffer at (830) 997-7194 for more information. If you can't participate, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society.


Friday, April 27, 2007

The Fabtones Show - April 28

The new Fredericksburg Center, located on Tivydale Road, hosts an event this Saturday, April 28, featuring “The Fabtones” from Austin. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets are $40 a couple, which includes dinner, dancing to Beatles hits and four drink tickets. For more information, call (830)990-1010.


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Texas Hill Country Youth Choir Spring Concert - April 29

The Texas Hill Country Youth Choir presents their annual spring concert at 4PM at Mansfeldt Performance Hall in Cherry Springs, Texas, East of Fredericksburg on US Highway 87 North, at 4 pm. Tickets are $10. For more info, please call (830) 997-0212 for more information.


Sunset at Wildseed Farms

Wildseed Farms will have live entertainment each Saturday evening in April from 5:30 - 8:30PM . This weekend, Billy D Band will perform. Wildseed Farms is located 7 miles east of Fredericksburg on Highway 290 East.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Community Benefit for the Ransleben Family

On February 26, and electrical fire destroyed the home of Brian and Sandi Ransleben while they were away. Jody Geistweidt and others are staging a community benefit on April 28 at 4 pm to help the Ranslebens recover. The benefit will be held at Granados off of West Live Oak Street. A BBQ dinner will be served from 5-8 pm, followed by a raffle and dance with live music. For more information, call 830-329-4743.


Let the Feathers Fly - April 28 LBJ State Park

This event will offer information about an outdoor activity that can involve the entire family: training homing pigeons. Presenters will give a brief talk about raising, training and competing with these birds. They will then release a flock to watch as they circle and begin their trip.

Presentations will be presented two different times on April 28, from 8:30-9:15 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m. For more info, please call the above-listed phone number or click on "Related Site."

LBJ State Park & Historic Site is located 2 miles east of Stonewall, 14 miles west of Johnson City on US Highway 290 toward Fredericksburg. Adjacent to both Ranch Road 1 and US Highway 290; enter on Park Road 52. Call (830) 644-2252 for more information.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

11th Annual Scholarship Fest - April 28

The annual Scholarship Fest features team cook-offs with samples, a golf tournament, appetizers, dinner, entertainment and a drawing for thousands of dollars worth of prizes donated by individual, local, and area merchants. Proceeds raised from the event go towards the Gillespie County Fair & Festivals Association's Scholarship Fund benefiting youth in Gillespie county. To date, over $190,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

The fairgrounds in 2 1/2 miles south of Fredericksburg on Highway 16 South. Call (830) 997-2359 for more information.


Songwriter Showcase at Luckenbach. April 27

Luckenbach's Songwriters Showcase will feature three of the best female singer/songwriters, Audrey Auld Mezera, Susan Gibson & Tina Mitchell Wilkins. Showtime is 8pm and admission is $10 @ the door, Kids 12 & under get in free.

Audrey hails from Tasmania, Australia. She is an engaging entertainer who writes and performs with passion, humor and insight. She was the Chris Austin Song Contest winner (MerleFest 2006) and two-time ARIA nominee.

Susan grew up in Amarillo, TX singing in church and school choirs. She performed Suzanne Vega's "Gypsy" in the high school talent show and was hooked. Susan penned "Wide Open Spaces" which the Dixie Chicks propelled into one of the all-time best-selling country songs.

Tina's angelic voice will guide you through a beautiful journey of the heart, mind and soul then gently return you to your place of being.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Fredericksburg Wildflower 5K-10K Run & Walk

The Fredericksburg Wildflower 5K-10K Run & Walk benefits the Fredericksburg-area Academic Boosters and everyone is invited and welcome to participate. Race begins and ends at historic Marktplatz downtown. Stretch & pre-warm up is sponsored by the Wellness Center at 8AM near the race start line. Then the Run starts at 8:30AM, Walk starts at 8:35AM, & Children's Run begins at 9:30AM. Fees are: 5k - 10k Walk - $15.00, 5k - 10k Run - $20.00, Childrens Run - $1.00.

You can register online until April 25th, 2007. Call (830) 997-1355 for information.


Scrapbooking Retreats at Journey Lane

Journey Lane, located at 147 East Main, offers weekend scrapbooking retreats with the next one scheduled for April 27 – 29. The cost is $75 per person and includes a meal on Friday evening, all meals on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. For more information, contact Colleen at (830)990-6942.


Friday, April 20, 2007

Peak Time for Pick Your Own Strawberries at Marburger Orchard

Pick your own strawberries at Marburger Orchard. For current availability, hours and directions, call (830)997-9433.

Target Shooting Benefit Fest - 4/22

Target shooting to benefit area shooting clubs held at the Grapetown Shooting Range outside Fredericksburg, Texas. Free for spectators. Please contact Charlie Feller at (830) 997-8006 for more information.


Thursday, April 19, 2007

Lubbock to Luckenbach with the Texana Dames - 4/22

The Texana Dames and their band will perform at Luckenbach beginning at 4pm. Cover is $5 at the door, kids 12 & under are free. Charlene Hancock and daughters Conni Hancock and Traci Hancock Lamar are the Texana Dames who developed their style in the legendary Supernatural Family Band. Originally from Lubbock and now based in Austin, the Texana Dames represent all the traditions that make up Texas music from Western swing, Mexican conjunto, and Cajun to blues and rock 'n' roll. The Texana Dames were inducted into the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame 2002.

Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance Summer Concerts

Sponsored by the non-profit Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance, this free summer concert series is presented as a "Thank-you" to the volunteers of the community for its support. All concerts are held downtown at Marktplatz. Bring your friends, your lawn chairs, and some snacks! The concert will be April 22, from 6:30-8:00 pm.


Texas VW Classic - 4/21-22

The 2007 Texas VW Classic is a 3-day event with onsite camping for all VW campers and VW;s with tents.

Friday there is an informal sunset cruise. Saturday at 2PM there is the free Bluebonnet Cruise, 6PM is the BBQ Dinner followed at 7:30PM with a free concert of real Texas music by the Sidehill Gougers and the Dedringers. Bring your own chairs for the live music. Sunday the car show's hours will be 8AM - 3PM. There will also be a swap meet of new and used parts.

All VW's are welcome to participate. Free for spectators.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Texas Woodcarver's Guild Spring Roundup & Show

Six days of classes and woodcarving instruction. The Texas Woodcarver's Guild roundup begins Sunday, April 20, and goes thru Saturday, April 26, at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds on Highway 16 South in fredericksburg, Texas. The hours are 7:30AM - 5PM daily. Call (432) 563-2517 for more information.


Fredericksburg Herb Farm's 13th Annual Herb Fest

The 13th Annual Herb Fest at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm features fine food, wine, shopping, gardening & cooking classes, live music, arts & entertainment, and an Herb Festival Dinner Friday & Saturday evening by reservations. Hours of the festival are: Friday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday (EARTH DAY) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Rolls Royce Car Show - 4/22

Judges will be evaluating Rolls Royces for a grand prize. The public is invited to view the judging from 10AM - 12PM at Lady Bird Johnson Park on Highway 16 South in Fredericksburg. No entry fee.


Annual Knap-in & Lithic Arts Festival - April 20-22

Come to Fredericksburg’s Annual Knap-in & Lithic Arts Festival! This festival is best described as a gathering of men & women who share a passion for making arrowheads, spear points, & art objects made from obsidian chert & other types of stone. Over 500 participants gather for three days & knap flint. There are constant demonstrations going on for beginners & many vendors selling beautiful items made from stone. This is a great family outing!

The Festival will be held on the grounds of Fort Martin Scott, a pre-Civil War era frontier fort located just east of Fredericksburg on Hwy. 290, very near to the Wal-Mart & directly across the highway from the Fredericksburg Law Enforcement Center.

There is a fee to be a registered attendee; but it is FREE to the public with the exception of a $3/per carload parking fee.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Memorial Service for 1LT Phillip Isaac Neal

Flags in Fredericksburg have been flying at half staff to honor a local soldier killed in Iraq. 1LT Phillip Isaac Neal of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division out of Ft. Hood, died on Easter Sunday after being injured in a battle shortly before midnight. His military honors included the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct, National Defense, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terror Service Ribbon, Over Seas Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Parachute Badge and Ranger Tab. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21, at 10:00 a.m. at the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium. Flags in Fredericksburg will continue to fly at half mast in tribute to 1st LT Neel until sunrise on Sunday, April 22nd.

Quantum Components Open House-4/22

The public is invited to tour the facilities of Quantum Components on Saturday, April 21, 2007. Stop by anytime during 10AM-2PM and learn more.


“Distant Lands” at Photography 414

A new exhibit of photos of Alaska by Robert Glenn KetchumRobert Glenn Ketchum entitled “Distant Lands” is now hanging at Photography 414, located at 414 East Main Street. Ketchum’s photography and writing have focused attention on the complex issues of environmental politics. Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays to Saturdays. An artist reception and book signing will be held on Sunday, April 22, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (830)990- 1330.


Friday, April 13, 2007

Story-Book Evenings - April 15, 7:30 pm

Come spend an evening entertained and inspired by stories read or told to you by authors, storytellers and actors from the Texas hill country community and beyond. Tickets are $15/adults and $5/children and are available at Grasshopper & Wild Honey (113 E. Main St. in Fredericksburg) or by calling 830-997-0212 and benefit the Fredericksburg Youth choir.

This month's short story readings are presented by Mark Gimenez of Ft. Worth.


Broken J Bar-B-Que Now Open Downtown

Broken J Bar-B-Que is now open at 326 East Main Street. The telephone number is (830)990-2783.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Hike Against Hunger - April 15

Proceeds from this crop walk benefit fighting hunger locally & internationally. Registration is at 2:30PM at Marktplatz and the walk starts at 3PM.


Pedal Power Wildflower Ride - April 14

All proceeds from the 8th Annual Pedal Power Wildflower Ride through the LBJ State Park & Historic Site benefit the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center, which provides free services to abused children and their families. Registration price is $35. Call (512) 756-2607 for more information.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

History of Fredericksburg Course

The FISD’s Community Education Program will offer a course on Fredericksburg history. The course runs for three Thursdays --- April 12, 19 and 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The location is Fredericksburg High School room no. 203. The cost is $21. For more information or to register, call (830)997-7182.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Fredericksburg Music Club Classical Concert - April 15

The Fredericksburg Music Club Classical Concert series continues. This month features pianist Father Sean Duggan. Admission is by free-will donation. The concert starts at 3 pm at United Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano Street.


Sunset at Wildseed Farms

Wildseed Farms presents live entertainment each Saturday evening in April from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Featured entertainers for “Sunset at Wildseed Farms” are Thomas Michael Riley on April 14, Mike Blakely on April 21 and Billy D Band on April 28. For more information, call (830)990-1393.


Monday, April 09, 2007

Fbg Volunteer Fire Department Benefit Fish Fry - April 14

The annual Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department's fish fry raises funds for the Fire Department. Admission by donation. Fish will be served from 5pm to 9 pm. The city fire alarm will serve as the dinner bell.


Friday, April 06, 2007

Easter Services


Faith Baptist Church
(Southern Baptist)
3022 N. State Hwy 16
(830) 997-9836
Regular Worship 10:00 AM
Easter Cantata by Adult Choir

First Baptist Church
(Southern Baptist)
1407 E. Main (830) 997-9511
Worship at 9:00 Contemporary
10:30 AM Traditional

Fredericksburg Baptist Church
104 Pyka Road (830) 997-6941
11:00 AM Regular Service

Fredericksburg Bible Church
107 E. Austin (830) 997-8834
Worship at 10:45 AM

Hill Country Evangelical Free Church
107 E. Lower Crabapple Rd.
(830) 997-3968
9:00 AM Service

St. Mary’s Catholic Church
306 W. San Antonio St. (830) 997-9523
Mass at 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 12:00 Noon

Church of Christ
507 N. Llano (830) 997-4632
10:30 AM Service

First Christian Church
2042 N. Llano (830) 997-9030
10:45 AM Service

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
601 W. Creek St. (830) 997-5762
Holy Eucharist at 7:45 AM, 8:45 AM, & 11:00 AM

Bethany Lutheran Church (ELCA)
110 W. Austin (830) 997-2069
7:00 AM Sunrise Service in front courtyard
8:00 AM Breakfast (Fellowship Hall)
10:25 AM Contemporary Service (Fellowship Hall)
10:30 AM Traditional Service (Sanctuary)
Holy Communion at all Services

Holy Ghost Lutheran Church (ELCA)
Good Friday 5 PM – 7 PM Easter Story
(a drive-through in the church parking lot)
110 E. San Antonio St. (830) 997-2288
6:30 AM Sunrise Service outdoors
8:00 AM & 10:30 AM Worship with Holy Communion

Resurrection Lutheran Church
(Missouri Synod) 2215 N. Llano St
(830) 997-9408
9:00 AM Breakfast, 10:30 AM Worship

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
(Wisconsin Synod) 219 Crabapple Rd.
(830) 997-2677
10:00 AM Service

Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA)
415 W. Austin (830) 997-2195
6:30 AM Sunrise Service at Cross Mountain
8:00 AM, 10:30 AM Worship with Holy Communion

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church
1800 N. Llano (830) 997-7679
6:30 AM Sunrise Service at Marktplatz,
100 W Main
8:15 AM & 11:00 AM Traditional Services
9:30 AM Contemporary Service

Fredericksburg Victory Fellowship
414 E. College (830) 997-9717
8:30 AM Special Early Service
9:30 AM Pancake Breakfast
10:30 AM Celebration Service
Noon Easter Egg Hunt for children

Luckenbach Sunrise Service
412 Luckenbach Town Loop
From 290 E. take 1376 4.5 mi South
(830) 997-3224
Service at 7:00 AM

Memorial Presbyterian Church
601 N. Milam (830) 997-3543
8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Services
9:45 AM Coffee & Fellowship &
Easter Egg Hunt for children

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Wildflower Celebration At Wildseed Farms - 4/7-22

The celebration starts April 7th and runs through April 22nd from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM daily. Acres of wildflower fields will be on display at the nation's largest working wildflower farm. Gifts for the home and garden, specialty foods and refreshments are available at the Market Center daily, as well as wine tasting and jelly sampling on the weekends. Browse one of the largest live plant nurseries and pottery displays in the Texas Hill Country.

Admission price to "The Meadows" - which features an optional self-guided adventure tour that includes a 3,000 square foot Live Butterfly Exhibit, colorful walking trails and more - are $5/per person, $4/seniors 65 + older, $3.50/per person groups of 15 or more or with active military ID.

For more information, contact Wildseed Farms at (830) 990-1393.


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Easter at the Sauer-Beckmann Farm - 4/7

Celebrate Easter like a traditional 1915 German farm family would have at LBJ State Park & Historic Site's Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Park interpreters will be making natural dyed Easter eggs, lamb cake and grass Easter nests, as the early settlers would have made them. While visiting, you will also have an opportunity to participate in some traditional activities common to that time period. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call (830) 644-2252 for more information.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Spring Fiesta Annual Art Show & Sale - 4/6-7

An annual art show at Fredericksburg Art Gallery, 314 E. Main Street, featuring new original paintings and bronzes by acclaimed Texas artists. Hours are Friday 10AM - 6:30PM, and Saturday 10AM - 8PM.


Monday, April 02, 2007

Texas Hill Country Wildflower Trails 3/1 - 4/30

It's wildflower time! For updates on blooming visit Texas Hill Country Wildflower Trail.

Suggested driving routes for Fredericksburg-area wildflower trails:

  • From Main Street, take FM 965 (N. Milam St.) 18 miles north to drive past Enchanted Rock, the second largest granite outcropping in the U.S. Continue on FM 965 to the intersection of State Hwy. 16, where you'll turn right (south) back towards Fredericksburg. This drive is approximately 50 miles.
  • Take Main Street (US Hwy 290) east out of town towards Stonewall. In Stonewall turn left onto FM 1623 until it intersects with FM 2721. Turn left on FM 2721, and then after about 5.8 miles turn left on Jung Ln. Take Jung Ln. back to Hwy 290. Turning right on Hwy 290 will bring you back into Fredericksburg. This drive is approximately 30 miles.
  • Take Main Street (US Hwy 290) east out of town towards Stonewall. In Stonewall turn left onto FM 1623 until it intersects with FM 2721. Turn left on FM 2721, and follow that until you see the intersection with FM 1631. Turn north (right) on FM 1631 and go 9 miles to intersection with FM 1323. Turn west (left) on FM 1323 and go through Willow City to Hwy. 16. Turn south (left) on Hwy. 16 and return to Fredericksburg. This drive is approximately 50 miles.
  • From Main Street, take US Hwy 87 (Washington St) south all the way to the tiny town of Comfort, where it intersects with IH-10. Take IH-10 west towards Kerrville and exit at State Hwy. 16. Turn right (north) on State Hwy. 16, which will take you back to Main Street (US Hwy 290) in Fredericksburg. This drive is approximately 60-65 miles.

While we want you to fully appreciate the beautiful wildflowers we strongly suggest that you remain in your vehicle. Many areas in the Hill Country where wildflowers are abundant are on private property and you would be illegally trespassing should you go off the road. But most important, we are concerned about you and your passengers’ safety. We would not like to see your day spoiled by a traffic mishap or a poisonous bite or sting. If you would like to photograph the flowers, there are a number of public parks as well as attractions that you can safely take that special photograph of your family amongst the wildflowers. Enjoy our Hill Country but be safe!