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Friday, May 31, 2013

Roots Music Series “Doo-Wop Sock-Hop Night” - June 1

A series of four outdoor, eclectic concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting. Come tour the museum buildings, enjoy a meal with beer, wine or beverages for sale and bring the whole family! Performing will be The Moonlites, Men in Black and the New Buddy Holly Band.
Gates open at 5 pm; music starts at 6:30 pm. $12 at the gate or $10 with online pre-purchase or printed $2 coupon. Kids under 18 are free

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Masonic Open Car Show - 6/1

Enjoy the Annual Masonic Open Car Show on Marktplatz from 9 am to 4 pm, benefiting local scholarship and public education programs. Last year there was almost 100 cars including classic, Muscle, Hot Rod, Antique and custom cars. This event will include a silent auction, refreshments and cash prize to 'Best in Show' car and 1st 2nd and 3rd place trophies in each category. Please call (830) 992-3333 for entry information.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rockbox Theater

"Funtabulous," the word Rockbox created especially for you to describe the live-music entertainment experience awaiting you every weekend. Family entertainment from the golden era of rock n roll. Each week a different live-music entertainment experience filled with costumes, comedy and choreography. Show schedule is 8:00PM Friday, 4:30 and 8:00PM Saturday and 1:30PM Sunday. Please call 830/997-ROCK or 866/349-6688 for more information.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Summer Concert Series at Pedernales Brewing Company Tasting Room - May 25

Offering several food trucks and lots of cold beer! Including a performance from John Arthur Martinez from 2-4pm, continuing the Summer Concert series that will run thru Labor Day....promoting local food, local musicians, and local beer. Pedernales Brewing Company is at 97 Hitchin' Post Trail, off US 87 south, and is one of the most recent breweries to open in Texas.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

"What I Like About Texas" Juried Art Show - May 2 to June 2

Juried show that represents what the Fredericksburg Art Guild member artists like about Texas. Opening reception on May 3 during First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg with extended hours until 8 PM. The Guild is at 308 East Austin Street.


Friday, May 17, 2013

Beckendorf Spring Show - 5/18

Don’t miss the annual Spring Show at Charles Beckendorf Gallery, 105 N. Adams Street, on Saturday May 18th from 10am to 5pm. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served throughout the day and the gallery will showcase Spring paintings and prints by Mr. Beckendorf. The gallery is open daily - 10:00-5:00 and Sundays 1:00-5:00.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Grand Opening of Pedernales Brewing Company Tasting Room - May 18

Offering several food trucks and lots of cold beer! Including a performance from John Arthur Martinez from 2-4pm, continuing the Summer Concert series that will run thru Labor Day....promoting local food, local musicians, and local beer.

Pedernales Brewing Company is at 97 Hitchin' Post Trail, off US 87 south, and is one of the most recent breweries to open in Texas.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Country Dutchmen at Pat's Hall - May 19

Johnny Schuch and the Country Dutchmen will be featured at Pat's Hall, 407 Post Oak Road, for the May 19 Sunday afternoon dance.

The Country Dutchmen play traditional country two-steppin' music. The dance begins at 2:30 p.m., doors open at 1:30, $8 per person


Monday, May 13, 2013

Solar Workshop - 5/18

Fredericksburg area residents and small business owners are invited to a solar workshop to learn about the nuts and bolts of solar water heating and electricity generation.

There is no fee to attend the event which is scheduled Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at Hill Country University Center, 2818 East U.S. Hwy. 290 in Fredericksburg. The event is an initiative of the clean energy subcommittee of Fredericksburg SHINES, a nonprofit organization showcasing Fredericksburg as the center of sustainability in Texas.

Michael Hurst, green builder and president of the Fredericksburg SHINES board of directors, said this workshop is the place to find answers. “Essentially, this event will cover questions and issues surrounding solar installation such as costs, placement and viable financing,” he said. “We really encourage anyone who has ever thought about solar energy—but dismissed it as too costly or too technical—to attend this workshop and learn how this exciting new energy source is overcoming those early challenges and is really now in reach of regular people and small businesses looking for sustainable, more environmentally friendly ways to live and operate from day to day.”

Introductory presenter for the workshop will be John Watson, a Corpus Christi native now living in Fredericksburg, who will recap his personal, multi-year journey from solar interest to actual installation of his solar energy system and, more recently, a solar water heating unit. Watson’s presentation will include a brief segment on an easy, money-saving way for almost anyone to harness the sun’s power for their benefit.

Thomas Isaac, chief executive officer of Techsun Solar, a solar water heater manufacturer, distributor and installation company headquartered in Martindale, TX, will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various residential and commercial solar thermal system designs.

Isaac, whose company has installed systems for NASA, the U.S. military, HUD and many commercial and residential entities, including the solar water heating system at the Watson home in Fredericksburg, will review common installation or design errors and the effects of hard water.

He will also discuss a solar water heating system’s financial return, its significant environmental impact and reasons it has not yet been more readily adopted in Texas.

John LaFleur, sales consultant with Native, Inc., of Austin, a green builder and a licensed installer of solar, rainwater collection and geothermal air-conditioning and heating systems, also will make a presentation at the workshop. The company installed Watson’s solar electric system in Fredericksburg.

David Peterson, P.E., director of engineering and operations at Central Texas Electric Co-op (CTEC), will be on hand to answer questions about CTEC members installing solar systems and connecting to the CTEC distribution system. CTEC does have a policy for what is called “distributed generation” that addresses how a member may generate power while continuing to connect to the distribution system.

After the workshop concludes, local residents with solar installations will be available to talk about their personal experiences with solar technology.

Light refreshments will be available. While there is no charge to attend the workshop, reservations are encouraged for planning purposes. For more information or to reserve seats, call Watson at 830-997-3543, ext. 27, or email him at


American Craft Beer Week at Fredericksburg Brewing Company - 5/13-19

From May 13-19, craft beer connoisseurs and beginners alike will come together for the eighth annual celebration of American Craft Beer Week (ACBW). With the tagline “Big Week, Small Breweries,” ACBW is an opportunity to toast the more than 2,400 small and independent American craft brewers who continue to make the U.S. the world’s most diverse brewing destination. Once again, ACBW celebrations are expected to be held across all 50 states.

“The popularity of American Craft Beer Week is indicative of the craft beer renaissance that continues to captivate the U.S.,” said Julia Herz, publisher of and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “This week is about uniting for a common cause: support and celebration of our nation’s small and independent brewers and the millions of beer lovers who have helped evolve an industry and put the U.S. on the brewing map.”

The brewmasters at the Fredericksburg Brewing Company invite you to participate in ACBW with them. They are celebrating this year with some seasonal favorites – El Hefe (this classic German style beer has a light banana, and spicy clove finish, with a hint of apricot) and the Balanced Rock Maibock (a strong, complex, copper-colored lager). And there’s always the chance that they’ll brew up a few small surprise batches as well!

Share a beer and visit with the brewers Monday - Friday afternoon of ACBW at 4PM on the benches outside the brewery on Main St. Fredericksburg.  All week long check out our featured food special, made with the brewery’s craft beer.

Fredericksburg Brewing Company is the oldest operating brewpub in Texas and has been proclaimed by numerous publications as the “Best in Texas.” The brewery began operation in 1994, within months of the passage of legislation allowing brewpub operation in the state of Texas. The Brewery is located at 245 East Main.


Fredericksburg Community Orchestras Concert - 5/18

Individuals and groups of the Fredericksburg Community Orchestras will present their Spring Concert this Saturday, May 18, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Fredericksburg.

The program is free and open to the public. Theresa Britt is conductor and director.
The Advanced Youth Ensemble begins the concert with Canon in D, by Pachelbel.
The FCO String Orchestra performs four pieces:
Concerto No. 9 in A Minor (Mvmt. I), DeBeriot, featuring Mary Beth McQueen on violin
Espana Waltz, Emil Waldteufel
Over the Rainbow, Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg
Sea Songs, Ralph Vaughan Williams

The remainder of the program features recital pieces by FCO Suzuki students on violin, cello, and viola.

The public is invited to enjoy refreshments following the performances.
FCO has two other events coming up in June. The Summer Strings Half Day Summer Camp takes place June 10-13, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg. Cost is $95 per student.

The FCO fundraiser is set for June 13 at Luckenbach, TX. The orchestra and quartet will perform classical and fiddle tunes in an outdoor and informal concert setting, and host a barbecue dinner.

Information on all of these events is online at, via email at,  or by calling (806) 549-2483. Anyone wishing to provide financial or volunteer support is invited to contact FCO.

The Fredericksburg Community Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of string education in the Hill Country. The orchestra consists of community members of all ages. The mission of Fredericksburg Community Orchestras is to promote string education in Fredericksburg and surrounding communities.


Monday, May 06, 2013

Spring Barrel Tasting at Pedernales Cellars - May 11

A special chance to get a preview of next year's vintages at this wine trail event.  Book your tickets with  in order to sip directly from the barrel at Pedernales Cellars.  You will be able to reserve your own exclusive time slot, and to talk one on one about wine and winemaking in the cellar where it happens.  Pedernales Cellars is at 2916 Upper Albert Road in Stonewall.  Call (830) 644-2037 for details.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Rockbox Spring Thursdays - 3/14-4/25

More “Funtabulous” entertainment than ever before! Kids under 18 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Showtime is 7 PM. Rockbox Theater is at 109 N. Llano. Call  830-997-7625 for more information.

Hill Country Film Festival - May 4-6

The complete schedule and film lineup can be viewed here.

Thursday, May 2:
FREE Sneak Peek of The Iceman @ 4 pm | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
Filmmakers Welcome* Presented by Becker Vineyards from 6 pm - 7:30 pm | Hoffman Haus
FREE Outdoor Opening Night Screening @ 8 pm | Marktplatz
Opening Night Social @ 10 pm | Auslander Biergarten and Restaurant

Friday, May 3:
Filmmaker Panel Discussion + Light Breakfast* @ 9 am - 9:50 am | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
5 Programs (short and feature films) from 10 am - 9 pm | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
Filmmaker's Lounge* from 11 am - 1 pm + 4:15 pm - 7pm | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
Friday Night Party@ 9 pm | West End Pizza Company

Saturday, May 4:
Filmmaker Panel Discussion + Light Breakfast* from 9 am - 9:50 am | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
5 Programs (short and feature films) from 10 am - 9 pm | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
Filmmaker's Lounge* from 11 am - 1 pm + 4:15 pm - 7pm | Steve W. Shepherd Theater
Closing Night Party and Awards* @ 9:00 pm | Hanger Hotel Pacific Showroom

Sunday, May 5:
Sunday Sendoff + Special Screening of Somm* at Becker Vineyards -- 12:30 pm reception and 1 pm screening
Exclusive event for All Access badge holders and ticketed Becker Wine Club members
*Filmmaker or All Access Badge Required. Buy yours here!