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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

St. Nikolausmarkt - 12/3-4

St. Nickolausmarkt is the perfect start to the holiday season and there is no place finer than Fredericksburg to have a traditional German Christmas Market. The event takes place on the Marktplatz which is beautifully decorated at Christmas and features a 26 foot Christmas Pyramid! "The St. Nikolausmarkt is patterned after German Christmas Markets and truly reflects this community's Germans heritage," cites Melodi Frederick, chair of the St. Nikolausmarkt committee. She added, "This market brings the opportunity to share our German traditions with our families and the many visitors who choose to spend time in our city, and we're so excited to make it happen!" Visitors can do some early Christmas shopping in the more than 40 booths that feature such wares as Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, clothing and accessories, to traditional German clothing, German jellies and jams, candles and jewelry. The vendors come from out of town and state, but also include many of our fine local merchants featuring items bought especially for this Christmas Market. In addition, traditional German food and beverages are served on site and prepared by local restaurants The St. Nikolausmarkt starts on Friday, December 3rd, and runs through Saturday, December 4, 2010. For more information contact the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce at 830-997-6523, email, or visit the St. Nikoluasmarkt website.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Weihnachten 5K Fun Run/Walk & Kid's Dash - 12/4

The Weinachten Fun Run is a 5K run and walk for all levels at Lady Bird Johnson Park Golf Course on Highway 16 South. Call 830/990-0011 for more information.


Community Christmas Parade - 12/4

It's amazing, it's beautiful, it's Christmas. Enjoy lighted floats, trailers, animals, atvs, and firetrucks at 6 pm. This event kicks off St. Niklausmarkt, our community's celebration of the holidays. Please call 830/997-6523 or email for more information.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Timeless Christmas at LBJ Boyhood Home

Johnson City, Texas -- Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park invites everyone to experience "Timeless Christmas at the LBJ Boyhood Home and the Johnson Settlement" on Saturday, November 28. In conjunction with Johnson City’s “Lights Spectacular,” National Park Rangers will provide an open house of these historic sites, all decked out for a Christmas celebration in the 1920s and the 1860s from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The LBJ Boyhood Home will be lamp lit, giving visitors an opportunity to experience family life at the Johnsons' house as it was more than eighty years ago. National park rangers and volunteers team up to portray a 1920s Christmas, complete with a cedar tree in the parlor adorned with handmade ornaments and a toy display beneath, and authentic decorations and seasonal goodies throughout the home. This experience is a great contrast to the lights display of “Lights Spectacular” in the rest of Johnson City.

Visitors can walk the short lighted trail from the front of the visitor center or board the shuttle bus at the back gate of the LBJ Boyhood Home for a five-minute ride to the Johnson Settlement, where they are guided by lantern light even further back in time to a late 1860s Christmas in frontier Texas. The Exhibit Center will be open for visitors wanting to immerse themselves in what life was like on those cattle drives of long ago, or learn about Lyndon Johnson’s ancestors and what their lives were like on the settlement lands and about other families who came after them and farmed this harsh land. Further up the path is the original Sam Ealy Johnson cabin, where Lyndon Johnson's grandparents first homesteaded in 1869. Here the lighting is provided by candles, oil lamps, and two fireplaces. The decorations here are much simpler, but there is also a tree and some toys. Just as strangers were welcomed in the past, visitors are offered refreshments before they strike out again on the trail home.

The LBJ NHP Visitor Center, located at 100 Ladybird Lane, will also be open and provides lighted parking to visitors. The park store, with a great selection of books and gift ideas for all ages, will be offering a 15% discount on all purchases the evening of November 28.

The following three Saturdays, December 5, 12, and 19, everyone is invited to experience "Christmas at the LBJ Boyhood Home". National Park Rangers will provide an open house of this historic home, all decked out for a Christmas celebration in the 1920s from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. each evening.

These park events are free of charge and are complemented by the stunning lighting display at the Pedernales Electric Cooperative, across the street from the LBJ Boyhood Home, with majestic live oaks resplendent in hundreds of thousands of tiny white lights. In addition, the Blanco County Courthouse, just two blocks north of the Boyhood Home on Avenue G, is the centerpiece of the town's seasonal celebration "Lights Spectacular" and is not to be missed.

The turn for the LBJ Boyhood Home is just three blocks (turn left onto Avenue G) west of the intersection of Highways 281 and 290 in Johnson City.

Parking is available in the Visitor Center lot at Avenue G and Ladybird Lane. For detailed directions or additional information, please call (830) 868-7128, extension 244.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

German Holiday Traditions in the 1900's at Sauer-Beckmann Farm - 11/27

Celebrate the holidays in the Texas Hill Country at the LBJ State Park, east of Fredericksburg on Highway 290 in Stonewall on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Observe and learn some of the 1900's German traditions. Enjoy decorating cookies as it was done for a German Christmas in that era. Listen to the Legend of St. Nicholas. Donations are welcomed. Please call 830/644-2252 for more information.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Contemporary Masters Invitational" Art Show & Sale - 11/12 to 12/4

Annual invitational art show with award winning Texas and beyond artists, featuring new original paintings and bronzes. Call 866/990-9202 or 830/990-2707 or visit Fredericksburg Art Gallery.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas in the Vineyard - 11/26-28

Shop at this old fashioned Christmas market at Becker Vineyards with unique and handmade items. Enjoy music and concessions. Hours are Friday 12:00 - 6:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM and Sunday 12:00 - 6:00PM. Admission is complimentary. Please call 830/644-2681 for more information

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gifts from the Heart Craft Show

Handmade crafts from Texas artists at St. Joseph's Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street. Friday, November 26 thru Saturday November 27 from 9 AM - 5 PM, Admission is free. Please call 830/997-1916 for more information.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Albert Community Club Bake Sale - 11/19

The bake sale at Weinheimer & Son Store, in Stonewall, is a fundraiser for the Williams Creek Historic School.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Reflecting on Life Through Windows & Watercolor" at Artisans at Rocky Hill

“Reflecting on Life Through Windows & Watercolor” by Richard Ewen will be on display at Artisans at Rocky Hill, 234 West Main, through Saturday, November 20th. Richard masterfully captures detail in the reflection of store windows in Paris, Austin, Fredericksburg and surrounding areas. Richard notes "Many people spend much of their lives looking out windows, but what do they really see? Do they ever notice what's reflected back to them? Do they ever really see what's in the window?" Artisans invites everyone out to "come see what's in the window" during this wonderful show! Richard is a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Texas Watercolor Society, the Plein Air Austin Group and Austin Visual Art Association. This intriguing yet beautiful show will be available for the enjoyment of gallery guests through Saturday, November 20th.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Wild Game Dinner - 11/20

Enjoy a fun evening with something for the entire family that raises money for activities that enhance educational opportunities for our Hill Country residents, parents, teachers and our kids for such things as scholarships, "Ag in the Classroom", youth leadership conferences and more. The Wild Game Dinner returns to the Gillespie County Fairgrounds Saturday 11/20, from 5:30-9:30 pm. Dinner tickets are $20 each and include beer, wine and soft drinks. There are raffle items and door prizes as well. The fairgrounds are on State hwy 16 South.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Luckenbach Hunters Ball - Nov 13

The Hunters Ball at Luckenbach, Texas will feature live music by Josh Peek. Show starts at 8PM. Call 830/997-3224 or 888/311-8990 for more information.


Monday, November 08, 2010

Veterans Day Program

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation and the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 East Main Street, will host a program honoring all Veterans of the United States' Armed Forces on November 11, at 11 am.  U.S. Senator John Cornyn will deliver the keynote address in the Memorial Courtyard.  Ambleside School choir will provide music.

Afterward, B Wayne Quist will be signing copies of his book God's Angry Man: The Incredible Journey of Private Joe Haan.


Friday, November 05, 2010

Homes announced for 2010 Fredericksburg Holiday Home Tour

The Gillespie County Historical Society has unveiled seven properties that will be featured on the 2010 Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 11, 2010, from noon until 6 p.m. These select homes will be open to the public for the first time on the Home Tour, according to Jennifer Schandua, Home Committee Chair. Highlights range from historic properties that have been restored, to modern structures designed to capture Fredericksburg’s architectural heritage.

Tickets for the Home Tour are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to all properties. Tickets may be purchased online at,
The homes are:

Larry and Deanna Corn

209 E. Centre Street

The Corn home that was built in 1995 and enlarged in 2009 is a fine example of Fredericksburg “built new to look old” architecture. Long leaf pine floors and trim compliment the limestone walls and create a cozy feeling that wraps itself around you as you enter the front door. After purchasing the home, the Corns initiated an addition to its footprint, creating a new large living and dining area with vaulted ceiling. The entire home looks into a courtyard area surrounded by a rock fence with grass and native plants.

Marsha and Jerry Bane

305 S. Milam Street

This beautiful home is filled with antiques, accent pieces, and - during Christmas - will include antique glass Christmas ball ornaments that have been collected over the years. A hobby /laundry room right off the kitchen holds a gorgeous display of plates and accessories in bookcases all along the far wall. A huge limestone fireplace stands freely in the area between the front entry and living room. Marsha has loads of silver accent pieces on her vanity and around the soaking tub in the master bathroom, with unusual shadow boxes scattered on every free space of wall in the master bath! A friend of hers makes cute and kind of wacky characters out of random scraps of paper, fabric, objects-just whatever and attaches them to the outside of her gifts. Marsha has kept all of these, framed them and put them on display!

Cydney Donnell and Robert Lotito

309 W. Schubert

Purchased and restored by well-known local architect Albert Keidel in 1939, this home stands the test of time. The current owners have kept the footprint true to the original. It has small rooms, especially the kitchen, but makes good use of the space. It features tile and hardwood floors, fireplaces, and a bay window overlooking a fountain running through the garden. In the master bedroom there is an armoire facade built up to the wall to cover a standard size closet-very clever and attractive. The homeowners remodeled the master bathroom, featuring a skylight with a huge chandelier, a beautiful corner tub, exposed limestone walls, and an adorable vanity. The home is nicely decorated with eye-catching upholstery and a grand piano.

David and Ruth Lusk

768 Pecan Creek Rd

Out of town, the newly built Lusk home and guesthouse provide stunning Hill Country views from hilltop settings. The guesthouse was built first for the owners to enjoy while construction on the main home was underway. Vibrant wall color as you enter the home helps to showcase the owners’ collection of Blue Ridge Pottery. A small screened in porch is sited to catch summer breezes, and a beautiful in-ground pool and surrounding landscaped patio beacons you to relax and enjoy the view. All areas of the property are pet friendly to accommodate the owners’ love for rescue animals. After retiring from busy careers out of state, the owners have happily settled in to the Fredericksburg community and lifestyle.

Jim and Carol McCrae

623 Walking Plow Rd

The McCrae’s out-of-town home is one they built themselves in 1995. This original home was small and efficient, and built of reclaimed materials by the couple on weekend visits from their busy lives in San Antonio. After completing the house, they had a new barn built, and converted the old barn on the property into their guest quarters. An addition to their main house was completed in 2009. The home is filled with great antiques collected throughout their lives, and the views are spectacular. It is truly a property where their skills and their love of history are on display.

Walter and Judith Skinner

419 W. San Antonio Street

This old Fredericksburg Sunday house was in the Weidenfeller family. In its later years it was a B&B, and is now the second home of this retired couple from Dallas. Judith has filled the home with treasured collections. The old rock home has clearly been well preserved. The living room features a fireplace, wood floors, baby grand piano, and antique furniture. The sitting area appears as though it may have been the back porch to the original house because the floor is rock. There is an old tub in the bathroom with a wood surround and a collection of samplers on the wall. An addition now houses the dining area and country kitchen, where Judith displays her collection of chickens from Schwettmann’s Taxidermy. Around the back corner of the kitchen is a staircase leading down to the wine cellar, probably the original home’s root cellar. Upstairs is a guest room that displays many children’s antiques. This small house packs a punch!

Pete and Alice Jensen

406 N. Washington Street

This newer rock home has a cheery feeling as soon as you walk in, thanks to the lively yellow painted walls. Alice’s hobby is sewing and she has dressed the windows in her home, patio cushions, and much more. Her husband Pete’s hobby is woodworking. He has made many of the furniture pieces, including the nifty sewing table that folds out of the standard closet in the spare bedroom. The master bedroom showcases some more furniture built by Pete. Their living room has two sleighs on the wall that Pete made and a coffee table. There is a grape press behind one of the couches in the living room that came from Alice’s family. The roomy kitchen leads to a beautiful yard and porch where they have their morning coffee. The Jensens built a two-story building immediately behind the main house. The downstairs serves as a workshop for Pete and the upstairs is a B&B, A Star in the Hills.


The Society is also hosting the Tannenbaum Ball on Saturday, December 4, at the Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Park beginning at 7 p.m. The theme for the Tannenbaum Ball is the Diamond Anniversary, with elegant meal, first class entertainment, silent and live auction, and prize drawing. The prize drawing is 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 email at; or Pam Spruiell at 830-997-5809 or email at
Tickets for the ball are $100 per person, or $125 for reserved seating. People can purchase reserved seats by calling 830-997-2835.

These events are the largest fundraisers for the nonprofit Society that was formed in 1934 to preserve and share the area’s cultural heritage. Details and tickets may be purchased by contacting the Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, 830-997-2835, or by visiting the web site.


Thursday, November 04, 2010

Harvest Fest, A German Chorale concert

Enjoy Harvest Fest, A German Chorale Concert by the Fredericksburg Chorale at St. Joseph Halle, 212 W. San Antonio Street, Sunday November 7. Admission is by donation. Call (830) 997-3936 for more information.


Jaycees Turkey Shoot - 11/5

The Fredericksburg Jaycees will host a live turkey shoot will be hosted November 5 at the Tivydale Shooting Range, 15.3 miles from Fredericksburg on FM 2093 (Tivydale Road). The shoot start at 10 a.m. at the range Offered will be a live turkey head shoot, sight-in range and separate archery shoot. No hand guns are allowed at the range. Prizes will be awarded throughout the event, and food and refreshments will be available on site. Call (830) 456-3604 if you have any questions or need more information.

The annual event lets hunters sharpen their marksmanship skills before hunting season opens on Saturday, November 5.


Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Harper Turkey Shoot - 11/5

Turkey shoot fundraiser for all branches of the military at Harper Community Park, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. $4 per shot. Call (830) 864-4364 for more information.


Monday, November 01, 2010

Military Blood Drive - 11/2-3

MILITARY BLOOD DRIVE - for Fredericksburg area and community. We will also be supporting our own local National Guard Unit (E Co., 536th Brigade Support Battalion) who are currently deployed to Iraq. Did you know that if the military runs short of blood, they have to purchase it at retail rates? Walk-ins are welcomed but if you want to schedule a specific time to donate, please go to: and search by zip code 78624. Remember one donation can save up to 3 lives. Homemade cookies are served here, plus receive a great military blood donor T-shirt. You must be at least 17 with parental consent, or older. If you cannot donate blood, but still want to participate, we also will be collecting durable goods at the post office to send to our troops in Iraq. For more information about this or what can be shipped, call Molly Sagebiel 830-997-7797 or go to for a list of items.