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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Texas Hill Country Lavendar Festival - 10/3

Wineries along the 290 Wine Trail share the road with lavender farms stretched from Fredericksburg to Johnson City for the 2nd Annual Texas Hill Country Lavender Festival. This year, six Johnson City – Fredericksburg working lavender farms along Highway 290 will open to the public during one of the most beautiful times of the year. Help the farms celebrate the final harvest of the season as displays of native grasses and lavender in bloom provide a delightful vista. Bring your camera and be ready to cut a fresh bunch of lavender to take home! The weather is usually great (and no one will complain even if it rains!). You will receive a warm welcome at each farm. Farm owners will share lavender farming experiences and plans and will offer products made at their farms. Special events, music, workshops, demonstrations, crafts, food, plants for fall planting, and a variety of lavender and Hill Country products await you. Check individual farm websites for special activities and updates. There is no entrance fee to the farms. Participating farms are: Becker Vineyard's Lavender Farm - 830-644-2681; Chantilly Lace Country Inn & Lavender Farm - 830-868-2767; Hummingbird Farms - 830-868-7862; M&J Lavender Farm - 830-693-6624; Miller Creek Lavender Farm - 512-934-1616; The Meadows at Flat Creek Lavender Farm & Ranch - 830-385-5336.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fredericksburg Theater Company Presents "Pianorama" with Johnny Nicholas - 10/4

Join the Fredericksburg Theater Company as they host Johnny Nicholas and guests at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater on Highway 87 South, Sunday evening from 6-9 pm. Cost is $25 per person. Call 888-669-7114 for more information.


Kairos, the Celebration Barn 10th Anniversary Open House - 10/3

Join the owners of Kairos Celebration Barn, 1213 Kott Road, for an Open House celebrating 10 years Saturday October 3, from 3-6 pm. Have your wedding, anniversary celebration, sales meeting or board retreat at the Celebration Barn. Call (830) 990-9515 for more information.


3rd Annual Trois Estate’s Fashion Show - 9/30

The 3rd Annual Fabulous Fall Fashion Show will take place at Trois Estates on September 30th from noon to 4 pm. There will be live entertainment by Cien Fiegos, hors d’oeuvres and champagne, all with no admission charge. The Trois Estate is at 300 Trois Lane (out FM 965 near E. Rock) and can be reached at 685-3415 for more information.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Whistle Pik Galleries Art Show - 9/1 to 9/30

Whistle Pik Gallery, 425 E. Main Street, will host month long celebration of their artists and their works, featuring new works from national artists Cyrus Afsary (painter), Gerald Balciar (sculptor) and Raymond Knaub (painter). An opening reception is in conjunction with First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg on September 4th, and an artists' reception is on Saturday, September 26th from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:30pm. This event is free and the public is welcome.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fromage du Monde Fine Cheese now serving lunch

Fromage du Monde’s new general manager, Bill Varney, has announced lunch is now being served from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday - Saturday at the shop at 226 W. Main St. in Fredericksburg (7-days a week beginning October 1). On the menu is a selection of sandwiches, Panini, salads and soups. In addition, cooking classes are now being held on Saturdays (call Bill for specifics). And, as a special treat, the shop will serve a special dinner once a month. For more information, including exact dates and costs, call 830-992-3134.


Electronic Waste Recycling - 9/26

FBG CARES and the City of Fredericksburg are sponsoring a Free Electronic Waste Recycling Program on the corner of Adams and San Antonio Streets. All city and county residents and businesses are welcome to recycle. All items will be professionally disassembled, parts reused whenever possible and the remainder properly disposed by Technology-Recycling. It’s a great chance to free up some space in your closets, storage units and spare office space. Please do not leave items outside during off hours as they can be damaged by exposure to weather and rendered useless. Dumping is subject to a citation and will be enforced. WHAT IS NOT ACCEPTED? Household or commercial appliances (please recycle at the City Landfill), old style (non-flat screen) TVs, hospital electronic equipment (non-computer). Hours for Drop-Off are 9:00AM - 3:00PM. Please call 830/990-8303 or email at for more information

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

TGDP Launches New Web Site

The Texas German Dialect Project (TGDP) is an umbrella organization for carrying out research in representative Texas German speech communities in central Texas. Its efforts are to preserve history, particularly the differences in Texas German dialects of individual communities, as well as to create an archive of historical materials to showcase the German influence in our culture as evidenced through interviews, old newspaper articles, old photographs, and more.


Hill Country Horse Club Ranch Rodeo 9/26

Teams of four will be vying for honors this Saturday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. when the Hill Country Horse Club holds its Ranch Rodeo at the club at 283 Equestrian Drive in Fredericksburg. For information, call Justine Elliot at 830-456-0219.


Boutique Wine and Food Festival - 9/26

Enjoy wine tastings from seven Texas wineries and local food artisans at Texas Vineyards & Beyond, 329 E. Main Streetday from 2-6 pm on Satur. Meet the winemakers and obtain autographed wine bottles. Participating wineries are Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, Mandola Estate Winery, Rancho Ponte Vineyard, Santa Maria Cellars and Singing Water Vineyards. Participating food artisans are Cabernet Grill, Fromage du Monde and Opa's Smoked Meat. Cost is $10 per person at the door, which includes wine glass, wine and food tastings. Please call 830/990-9199 for more information.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Flu Shots to Go - 9/24

Flu Shots to Go at City of Fredericksburg Emergency Medical Services Building, from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, or while they last. A $20 donation is requested per shot.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Roots Concert Series Cajun Music - 9/26

Music fans can enjoy Cajun music, Cajun cooking, and nonstop Cajun kicking at the next Roots Music concert at Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum on Saturday, Sept 26, 2009.

Three top Cajun and Zydeco acts make a rare stop in the Hill Country Music scene for this final 2009 concert.

The Gulf Coast Playboys Trio start off the evening at 6 p.m. The Gulf Coast Playboys first amazed Hill Country fans at the 2004 Roots series, and return with a full set of down-home, traditional Cajun two-steps and waltzes, country two-steps and shuffles, plus Tex-Mex polkas, cumbias and more.

Charles Thibodeaux & the Austin Cajun Aces follow at 7 p.m. Charles Thibodeaux grew up in Beaumont, Texas, hanging around his cousin’s legendary Rodair Club in Port Acres. Influenced by Cajun musicians Andrew Cormier, Rodney LeJeune, and others, Thibodeaux started learning Cajun accordion at 16. He formed Austin Cajun Aces in 2004, and has built a following throughout Texas.

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band close out the evening from 8 to 10 p.m. Billed as “The World’s Premier Zydeco Showman,” Chubby Carrier is a third-generation zydeco artist who started his career at age 12 playing drums with his famous father, Roy Carrier. Before long he had formed his own band and toured the world. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have recorded five CDs and headlined festivals across the U.S. and Europe.

Hungry fans can dig into a $10 Cajun meal cooked up by the Longhorn Street Cafe. From 5pm-10pm they will serve Shrimp Gumbo to start; choice of Shrimp Ettoufee, Crawfish Ettoufee, Boudin or Red Beans & Rice; served with Herb Roasted Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, and Dinner Roll, and Baileys Apple Crisp Cobbler for dessert.

Beer, wine, soft drinks available for purchase

Admission is $12 ($10 with printout from web site - Students high school age and younger are free. Parking is free. The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg, with concert entrance on Milam Street.

Roots Music is a series of live, open-air eclectic concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum on Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting.

Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society. For information call 830-997-2835 or visit

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Brunch at August E's

Sunday brunch is now being served 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Sundays at August E’s, located at 203 E. San Antonio St. in Fredericksburg. For reservations, call 830-997-1585.

School Days at Pioneer Museum - 9/19

Visit an authentic one room school house and role play activities enjoyed by children of yesteryear at Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main Street Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Free with regular museum admission.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pioneer Opportunities Party Showcase - 9/17

The Pioneer Museum will be a showcase of tents, tasty food, a variety of vendors, and continual live music at the first Pioneer Opportunities Party Showcase (POPS) in Fredericksburg on Thursday, September 17.

Hosted by the Gillespie County Historical Society and The Marquee Event Group, this event is designed to showcase the Pioneer Museum grounds and buildings as a venue for meetings, conferences, weddings, and family celebrations. It is also a destination for anyone planning a celebration, event, wedding, meeting, conference, or reunion for 12 to 1,500people.

Guests at the POPS event will enjoy

- presentations from 36 artists, florists, photographers and other event vendors

- wine tastings

- free samples from five caterers and Sophie’s Choice Bakery

- live musical entertainment changing hourly

- drawings for door prizes

Clear River Pecan Company will have box lunches for sale at the Outside Cafe, where guests will be seated at tables with umbrellas under the shade of the pecan trees.

During the day, the Marquee Event Group will display the air-conditioned tent, dance floor, band area, luxury loo, air-conditioned tent, tables, chairs, and linens they are providing for the evening event.

The daytime showcase runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pioneer Museum, 325 West Main, Fredericksburg TX. Admission during the day is $5 per person at the gate. That includes admission to the museum grounds, all building, and all exhibits.

Anyone wanting more information can contact Janie Trantham at 830-990-9675 or or Brent Waldoch at

Pacific War Symposium

This two day symposium sponsored by the National Museum of the Pacific War, 'Planned Invasion of Japan and Use of Bomb'. Cost is $50 for adults and students free. The symposium will be at Fredericksburg High School Auditorium on Highway 16 South and runs from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $40 - $50 per person for the two day event. Please call 830/997-8600 for more information


Monday, September 14, 2009

Sodas and Floats Tennis Social - 9/20

The Fredericksburg Tennis Association (FTA) is hosting their monthly tennis social at the Tennis Courts on Highway 16 South at 6 pm. The event is free to members, with guests playing and eating for $5. Memberships to the FTA are available. Call (830) 990-7503 for more information.

"Think Pink" Tea Party - 9/18

All breast cancer survivors are invited to the second annual “Think Pink” Tea Party at the Brune Professional Building, 808 Rueben Street. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the party helps emphasize the importance of early and continued awareness. The tea party is a way to continue the collection of local survivor stories for all forms of cancer. The stories should be a source of inspiration for people to get more information on cancer, adopt healthy lifestyles, and be able to address survivorship and caretaker issues. No reservations are necessary. Call 830-990-6648 for more information.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Wildscapes Workshop - 9/12

From dirt to design, plotting your native garden. Hosted by the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano, the workshop runs from 8 am till 4 pm On Saturday. A team of specialists will help guide you through the process of 'plotting your native garden'. Please call 830/990-0749 to register.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Eyfells & Eyfells Sculpture Ranch Tour -9/11

Take a guided ¼-mile walking tour of the Eyfells & Eyfells Sculpture Ranch at 9068 E. U.S. Hwy 290, this Friday, September 11 at 8:30 a.m. or at 9:30 a.m. to see the works of Kristin Eyfells and Johann Eyfells. The ranch is located ½ mile east of Wildseed Farms. For more information, contact tour guide Sherryl Brown at 830-990-9305.


Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Mike Blakely's Tex Americana Fandango

There will be live music all weekend in Luckenbach; plus a wine tasting and book signing! Music will start at 6pm on Friday; then again around 1pm on Saturday; and continue on Sunday at 12 straight up noon for a special Cowboy Church followed at 1pm with the wine tasting and book signing!

Artists Scheduled to Appear:

Jimmy Adams & Friends, Jeff "Wildhorse" Posey, Kim Carson, Davin James, Debbi Walton, john Arthur martinez, Duke Davis & Buckshot, Steven Fromholz/Bob Livingston/Mike Blakely, Pauline Reese, The Hudsons, Shotgun Party, W.C. Jameson & Buddy Case, Tina Mitchell Wilkins, Randy Brown, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, Tommy Alverson, Mike Blakely & The Whiskey Traders

Advance Tickets are $25 for the whole weekend. Kids 12 and under are Free! Advance tickets will be available until noon Thursday, September 10th. Call 830/997-3224 for more information.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters Benefit Spaghetti Dinner - 9/13

Join the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Daughters as they host this spaghetti dinner, Sunday at 10:30 am, at St. Mary's School Cafeteria, 202 South Orange. Cost TBA. Call (830) 997-4977 for more information.


Patriot Day at the National Museum of the Pacific War - 9/11

The National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 East Main Street, will commemorate Patriot Day, September 11, with a special program honoring the lives lost on 9/11 in 2001 starting at 1:30 pm. The film "The Day the Towers Fell" will be shown in the Ballroom. For more information, call 830/997-4379.


Monday, September 07, 2009

Fredericksburg Brewing Company's 15th Birthday - 9/9

Celebrate the Fredericksburg Brewing Company's 15th Birthday, Wednesday September 9 from 5 to 8 pm. There will be music by the Raggady Cats and complimentary appetizers. Fredericksburg Brewing Company is at 245 East Main Street. Call (830) 997-1646 for more information.

Cooking with Cheese and Herbs at Fromage du Monde - 9/7

Enjoy learning to cook with cheese and herbs at Fromage du Monde, 226 West Main Street, Monday from 12:30-2:30 pm. Call (830) 992-3134 for more information.

PCAA Concert in the Park - 9/13

It's that time of the year to enjoy music and dancing outside in the beautiful Hill Country spring and summer on Fredericksburg's Marktplatz, Sunday evening from 6:30 - 8 pm. Music by Czech & Then Some. Bring your lawnchairs, a picnic and your sweetie and dance under the stars. This concert is free.


Thursday, September 03, 2009

Tango Dancing and Modeling - 9/4

The Argentine Restaurant, 803 S. Adams Street, and Jacque' Rudman Collections presents tango dancing and modeling. Come have dinner and be entertained.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Old Fashion Molasses Making at LBJ State Park & Historic Site - 9/5

Come to LBJ State Park & Historic Site on Highway 290 East in Stonewall to learn about molasses and molasses making on an 1900's farm. Enjoy learning what German settlers used this product for and what they made with a wood burning stove that were family favorite recipes. It will be a day of good old family fun at the history farm, and all the buildings will be open and park interpreters dress in period custom will take you back in time. This event is free, with donation gladly accepted.


Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Battlin' Billies Home Game - 9/4

Fredericksburg High School's Battlin' Billes will host the Uvalde Coyotes September 4. It is Parent's Night! Kick off is at 7:30 pm at the Fredericksburg High School Stadium.