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February 7 .......................Fredericksburg Band Booster Turkey Dinner February 13-14 .............Texas Gun & Knife Show February 28.....................Turner Hall BBQ (Tentative) March 4 ............................Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Banquet March 14 .........................State BB Gun Match (Barn) April 9-11 ........................Antique Motorcycle Swap Meet & Races April 17 ...........................Monster Truck Wars April 24 ............................Southwest Belted Galloway Show April 30-May 2 ...............Master Spas- Hot Tub & Swim Tub Blowout Sale May 7 ................................175th Anniversary Event May 16-17 .......................Antique Tractor & Engine Show June 12.............................Best of the Best Lamb Show July 3-4 .............................Pari-mutuel Horse Races July 17 ..............................Night In Old Fredericksburg Lone Star BBQ Cook-off and CASI Chili Cook-off July 17-18 .........................Pari-mutuel Horse Races, Original Race Day Classic Steer Show - TBA August 14-15 ................. Pari-mutuel Horse Races August 14 ........................ GCFFA Meat Goat Futurity & GCFFA Lamb Futurity August 26-29 .................133rd Gillespie County Fair August 27 ........................133rd Gillespie County Fair Parade August 26 ........................Concert & Dance August 27 ........................Concerts & Dance August 28-29 .................Pari-mutuel Horse Races September 4-5 ...............Hill Country Dorper Sale September 25.................25th Annual Scholarship Fest September 29-Oct.3 .....Texas Gourd Society (Lone Star Gourd Festival) October 10 ...................... Holy Ghost Church Annual Picnic October 23-24................ Texas Gun & Knife Show October 31-Nov 1 ......... Texas Wine Growers Seminar November 20 ................. Wild Game Dinner November 25-28 ........... The Peddler Show December 18-19............ Silver Spur Gun & Blade Show Schedule is subject to change without notice.

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Support through trying times W ow – what a year 2020 has been. As this is being written, the novel coronavirus continues to play havoc with our visitor attractions and local businesses which cater to them. Many large events — including our signature Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest, and others — have been canceled through Nov. 1 at least. But with crowds of visitors or just a few, Fredericksburg remains a special place for everyone. Agriculture remains one of our largest attractions and peach season was again outstanding. Our wineries continue to draw visitors for a sip of the Hill Country’s finest vintages. And our museums and other attractions have adapted to a socially distanced way of doing business. We locals have been doing our best to support restaurants, wineries and breweries during this pandemic slowdown. So, what are some things visitors can do to help these independent businesses survive this pandemic? • Join a Wine Club. For just a few bucks a month, many wineries will ship you their best products. • Order curbside (or enjoy in-house dining). If restaurant seating is limited, many local restaurants offer takeout or curbside. Even alcohol is available. Hondo’s on Main said its margarita to-go kits helped keep them afloat during the worst period of the business shutdown. • Buy small. Don’t wait until Small Business Saturday after Thanksgiving to support local, independent mom-and-pop shops. We can do that every day with just a tiny bit more effort than it takes to go to a big box store. Our small, independent businesses contribute heavily to our town’s appeal. • Pick up gift cards. These can be shared with family and friends who also love the flavor of Fredericksburg. • Tip extra. Our service-industry workers have taken it on the chin during this pandemic. They could use those extra bucks.

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• Social media. Give your favorite small businesses some love on one of the social media channels (but tell ’em we sent you). • Buy locally — online. Many of our businesses have a nice online presence with shopping options. Please support them when you can.

In 2021, Fredericksburg will mark its 175th anniversary. Look for our commemorative magazine by the end of the year. It will tell the story of the ancestors, movers and shakers who made this town what it is today. See 175th.org for more information and a schedule of our year-long celebration. We are so thankful to be a part of this community that celebrates its heritage and radiates its strength even in trying times.

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Calendar of events SEPTEMBER 26 ..................................................................................... Scholarship Fest OCTOBER 1 .................................................................................. First Friday Art Walk 3-17 ............................................................... Virtual Oktoberfest Kraut Run 8-10 ........................................................................... Mesquite Art Festival 9-25 ..................................................................... FTC presents “Deathtrap” 16 .................................................................................................. Bestfest 21-23 (2021) ................................................................. Food and Wine Fest NOVEMBER 1-30................................................................................. Virtual Turkey Trot 6....................................................................................First Friday Art Walk 7-8................... FTC presents Jaston Williams in Blood and Holly, Christmas 7-Jan. 3 .............................................................................. Hunting Season 8 ............................................................... Herbfest, German Choir Concert 20-22 .............................. FBG Dance Co. presents “The Nutcracker” at FTC 27-29...................................................................................... Peddler Show 27-January ..................................................................................... Eisbahn DECEMBER 4 .................................................................................. First Friday Art Walk 4............................................................................... Light the Night Parade 4-6................................................................ Nativity Display at Holy Ghost 5 ................................................................................................. Kinderfest 5........................................................................................... Our Home Tour 5 ...................................................................................... Santa Day Parade 11-12 ................................................................. Bethany Christmas Journey 12-13....................................................................... Singing Christmas Tree 20 .................................................................................... LBJ Tree Lighting 26 ................................................................................ Zweite Weihnachten 11-20 ......................... FBG Nutcrackers – The Nunsense Christmas Special

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JANUARY 1 .................................................................................. First Friday Art Walk 7-9 ...................................................Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show 16-17....................................................................... Gem and Mineral Show 17 ................ Agarita Chamber Players at Fredericksburg Methodist Church

MARCH 5 ............................................................. Texas A&M Singing Cadets at FTC 9................................................................................... First Friday Art Walk 12............................................................................ Hideout Theater at FTC 21................... Ensemble Next Parallel at Fredericksburg Methodist Church

FEBRUARY 5 ...................................................................................First Friday Art Walk 7 ..................................................... Fredericksburg ISD Band Turkey Dinner 12-28 .................................................... FTC presents “9 to 5: The Musical”

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Article Index EVENTS 175th Anniversary ............................. 56 A Christmas Journey ......................... 43 Bestfest ............................................ 20 Eisbahn ............................................. 34 Farmer’s Market ................................ 28 FISD Band Turkey Dinner ................... 54 Food and Wine Fest .......................... 26 Gem and Mineral Show ..................... 52 Our Home Tour .................................. 40 Indian Artifact Show .......................... 24 Kinderfest ......................................... 38 LBJ Tree Lighting .............................. 46 Livestock Shows ............................... 50 Mesquite Art Festival ........................ 19 Nativity Display ................................. 35 Night Parade/AfterGlow .................... 36 Oktoberfest ...................................... 13 Peddler Show .................................... 32 Santa Day Parade .............................. 42 Scholarship Fest ............................... 12 Singing Christmas Tree ..................... 44 Zweite Weihnachten .......................... 48

Texas Rangers Heritage Center ......... 92 Walks/Runs ...................................... 98 Wildlife, Hunting................................ 97 Wildseed Farms ............................... 112 Wineries ............................................ 74 Year-Round Walks ........................... 102 THE ARTS Die Künstler Fine Art Show, Sale ........ 72 First Friday Art Walk .......................... 58 Fredericksburg Music Club ................ 66 Fredericksburg Theater Company ...... 68 German Choirs .................................. 67

ATTRACTIONS Bat Tunnel ........................................ 120 Breweries, Distilleries .........................82 Country Schools Trail ....................... 104 Enchanted Rock ............................... 118 Fort Martin Scott .............................. 90 LBJ National Historical Park ...............94 LBJ State Park and Historic Site ...... 108 Luckenbach .......................................89 Pacific War Museum ........................ 105 Pioneer Museum .............................. 100 Skatepark ....................................... 121

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COMMUNITY City Parks......................................... 113 Higher education ............................. 123 Pioneer Memorial Library ................. 124 Visitor information .......................... 128 HISTORY Vereins Kirche ................................. 122 PEOPLE Donnie Schuch................................... 22 Gary Neffendorf ................................ 30

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Scholarship Fest aims to help students

An auction featuring cakes baked by the Gillespe County Fair Queen’s Court and other items is just one of the highlights of the annual Scholarship Fest. This year’s celebration has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but donations from supporters are encouraged. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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Plans to celebrate the 24th Annual Scholarship Fest on Sept. 26 have been canceled for 2020 by the sponsoring Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association. Purpose of Scholarship Fest, held annually at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, is to raise money to assist students in pursuing their education beyond high school. The fair association has been providing scholarships since 1991, and to date, has awarded over $424,600 to graduating high school seniors and current college students. Even though the Scholarship Fest isn’t taking place this year, the fair association is still planning to award scholarships to area youth in the spring of 2021 and is turning to the community for help. The GCFFA is asking individuals and businesses interested in contributing to the scholarship fund to contact the Gillespie County Fair Association, visit their website at www. gillespiefair.com or call the office at 830-997-2359. “All contributions will go toward scholarships to support the furthering of education of the youth in Gillespie County,” said a spokesman for the fair association. And with the cancelation of this year’s celebration, fair association officals are looking toward 2020. Scholaship Fest traditionally includes an afternoon and evening of activities that includes appetizers, games, prize drawing, dinner and live and silent auctions.


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One of the popular events at Oktoberfest is the “Chicken Dance,” including the dance on Main Street on Saturday morning. Tourists and residents alike come to enjoy this seasonal German festival, filled with dancing, traditional attire and more. This year’s celebration has been canceled, but plans are being made for the 2021 event. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Oktoberfest to celebrate with virtual event in 2020 For the first time in 40 years, one of Fredericksburg’s annual events celebrating German culture, Oktoberfest, has been canceled due to COVID-19. The three-day event was initially set for Oct. 2-4. Next year’s Oktoberfest will run from Oct. 1-3. “We certainly do not want to risk the safety and well-being of our Oktoberfest chairs, Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance Board and members, attendees, volunteers and all involved with the production of Oktoberfest,” said Oktoberfest Event Producer Debbie Reeh. There will be a virtual Oktoberfest event at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. The online program will include German and Polka music, as well as a chicken dance. It will also showcase fan postcards and sponsors. To view the event, go to

http://www.oktoberfestinfbg. com/?fbclid=IwAR2JsV_s5bW_2Ty2PU7U0Bdts5Sv9eMgact5h1Wxp7O79zL0DYnwPDaGw. Traditional event The event generally consists of singing, toasting, dancing and gemütlichkeit. Sponsored by the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA), the familyoriented German event takes place at Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg. A parade of performances from bands focusing on German favorites of oompah, polka and waltzing perform on five covered stages. Also featured in the event are brew masters and founders from brewers around Texas, the United States and Germany. There is also a Domino Tournament

and a Family Lederhosen and Dirndl contest. The event usually attracts 1,400 volunteers and approximately 22,000 visitors. “We were very excited to turn 40,” Reeh said. “We invite all of you to return in 2021 to help celebrate this grand event.” And more… There will be plenty of features for art, food and drink lovers, as well as multiple vendors for shopping. The PCAA is planning for over 40 juried artisans from across the state, a select group of Hill Country artists, an array of German and American food will be offered by over a dozen vendors and over 50 varieties of German, American and Texas craft beer will be OKTOBERFEST ▶ 14

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A variety of breweries from Germany, the United States and Texas show off their beers during Oktoberfest. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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Oktoberfest, set for Oct. 1-3, 2021, traditionally brings in numerous performers, like Off the Grid. Guests can expect more of the same next year. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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Mesquite Art Fest plans 2021 show While the 2020 Mesquite Arts Festival was canceled after the City of Fredericksburg implemented a three-month moratorium on special events, it will be back for 2021. The world’s finest mesquite wood artisans usually come to Fredericksburg to showcase their handcrafted mesquite products each October. Event dates for 2021 are Oct. 8-10. Items range from large furniture items such as beds, dressers and chairs made entirely from mesquite, to craft and gift items such as beautifully turned lamps, delicate scroll work, handsome pen and pencil sets, unique Christmas tree ornaments and sculpted vases. Artists from across the country gather on Fredericksburg’s Marktplatz for a three-day celebration of the exquisite and attractive mesquite. The festival, like mesquite wood itself, has come a long way since the first event in 1992. Fourteen mesquite woodworkers

Dozens of mesquite woodworkers bring their unique creations to the Mesquite Art Festival, which will be held Oct. 8-10, 2021. — Standard-Radio Post file photo gathered then for a seminar. According to organizer Al Carr, they weren’t the only ones showing interest in mesquite. “So many local people dropped in to see what we were doing and to try to buy our work that we realized Fredericksburg was the best place on earth to have

a Texas Mesquite Arts Festival,” Carr said. The Texas Mesquite Arts Festival is free and open to the public. More information on the Texas Mesquite Art Festival is available at www. texasmesquiteartfestivals.com, or by calling the Fest Office at 830-997-8515.

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Beer + sausage + polka music = Bestfest celebration 2021 Knights of Columbus Council 9765 will not hold a Bestfest in 2020. Bestfest was scheduled for Oct. 17, the third Saturday of October. The Knights of Columbus plan on hosting the event in 2021, projected for Saturday, Oct. 16. Plans for next year’s Bestfest remain the same as usual. The entry fee purchases all the sausage, sauerkraut and German potatoes individuals can eat. Tea and other drinks will be available for purchase, including beer, water, soft drinks and wine. A selection of craft beers will be available for purchase. The event features sausage products from Opa’s Smoked Meats of Fredericksburg, Slovacek Sausage and Kiolbassa and beer offerings from breweries, including Altstadt Brewery, Real Ale Brewing Company, St. Arnold’s Brewing Company and Spoetzel Brewing Company. Live polka music will be provided throughout the afternoon. There will also be evening entertainment. Activities for kids will include pumpkin painting, piñatas and other games. Bestfest-goers will have a number of opportunities to win hunting-related prizes, including the night’s final drawing for a 2021 4010 4x4 Kawasaki Mule. The event also includes a “21-Gun Salute” in which a selection of at least 21 shotguns, rifles and handguns will be given away. There will also be drawings for other

A selection of sausage products, craft beers, refreshments and more are featured at the Knights of Columbus’ annual Bestfest celebration. The event also includes music and a prize drawing. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

ADMISSION $10 for everyone over age 14 $5 for kids 13 and under Free for kids under 5 • Entry fee purchases all the sausage, sauerkraut and German potatoes individuals can eat. For more information, visit www. kcbestfest.com outdoor and hunting-related items. Proceeds from Bestfest are used for charitable giving of Knights of Columbus Council 9765. Since the inception of Bestfest, the council has allocated money to help sponsor various local organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, the

MOM Center, the Hill Country Community Needs Council, the Golden Hub Senior Citizens Center, Fredericksburg Academic Boosters, Fredericksburg Food Pantry, the Boys & Girls Club of the Texas Hill Country, St. Vincent De Paul, New Horizons and the Nebo Wounded Warrior Project. They have also donated to St. Mary’s Catholic Church ministries such as St. Mary’s School and Adopt-A-Family Christmas programs. The council has also sent money to Covenant House and provided scholarships for college-bound Gillespie County students. In addition, the council also aims to support young men in priestly formation, young men and women in the religious life as well as college Catholic center ministries.

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Donnie Schuch first met President Lyndon B. Johnson during his college days while conducting research for a project. “I walked in (Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site) and they told me the president was there, so I met him and he told me how he hoped I would come work for him some day,” Schuch said. A few years later in 1974, Schuch would be hired as a park ranger at the park in Stonewall. Twelve years later, he was hired as park superintendent. He held the position until 2003, working closely with the Johnson family. Because of his work with a political family, he was encouraged to run for Gillespie County Commissioner. In 2007, he was elected to the position and hasn’t looked back. He credits his successes to his German, family-first upbringing. Schuch said he values hard work and honesty above all. “When I think about my successes and challenges over the years, I think about my roots and how I was raised and that gets me through everything,” he said. Growing up Schuch was born and raised in the Cherry Mountain community, northwest of town where his great-grandpa bought property in the 1860s for 25 cents an acre through the Homestead Act. As a young boy in Gillespie County, Schuch worked and helped out on the family farm, helping the family produce butter, cream, cheese and German favorite, Koch Kaese. “I remember there was a creamery in town and every Saturday we would come to town to sell what we had,” he said. “After they weighed your cream, if you were a kid, you got a free ice cream bar.” The family also made their own blood sausage and head cheese. He still practices traditional sausage-making today. He remembers the 16 or 17 service stations that lined Main Street and when you could drive down the entire length of Main Street going 30 mph without being stopped by traffic lights. When he entered school, he became active in band and athletics, as a member of the football, basketball and track teams. He graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1968 and continued his education at Texas A& M University where he studied parks

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PEOPLE administration and wildlife science. Upon graduating, he worked at a country club in Fort Worth, hand-watering a golf course in the days before automated sprinkler systems. A few years later he began his career at the state park. Working for the Johnsons Schuch began his state park tenure alongside a former first family. “It was not a normal state park operation because you not only worked with a lot of different agencies but in this case, you worked with a political family. We worked for the Johnson family,” he said. Schuch remembers how Johnson always dressed in khakis and gave a firm handshake to those he met. After the president died in 1973, Schuch worked alongside his widow, the First Lady. Lady Bird Johnson started the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in the early 1970s and as soon as Schuch was hired, he began aiding in making her dreams a reality. “She was raised in the country with a lot of wildflowers and she wanted to make sure that the love of the land was never lost,” Schuch said. “She loved the outdoors and wanted to do what she could to preserve them.” Schuch continued Lady Bird’s dream of preserving wildflowers by stripping them down, collecting seed, and reseeding by scattering them along state highways. Lady Bird also held family and community barbecues and events, showing off the family ranch. Schuch and his wife, Linda, also attended special dinners with Lady Bird and members of the National Park staff, working to better communicate and bridge the two entities. “She was the most humble, wonderful first lady, she was very gracious and commanded respect. You could feel it,” Schuch said. “It was a very unique job and not a job that many other people have the opportunity to have.” Bringing the tourists After LBJ was president, more visitors began coming to Fredericksburg. Lady Bird wanted those visiting to experience life on the ranch and helped establish and preserve the history. “The tourism didn’t really start until after LBJ was president and Fredericksburg took advantage of that,” Schuch said. The former president and Lady Bird helped bring the Sauer Beckmann Farm to life. The farm showcases LBJ’s boyhood. “That kind of thing was my forte since I grew up on a farm, so I would say one of my proudest accomplishments was bringing a premiere living history experience to life,” he said. He was also instrumental in developing the annual Christmas tree lighting at the park. In later years, he even played Santa Claus. “Most interpreters and staff were local people, so we knew

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what the culture was and how they did things back then. We did what we could to protect those resources and experiences,” Schuch said. Retirement After retiring from the park in 2003, Schuch went back to help his parents on the family farm. In 2007, he was elected as a Gillespie County Commissioner for Pct. 4, a position he still holds today. “I was able to bring in my political experience working with the Johnsons and bring that into my work as a commissioner,” Schuch said. “Had I not worked with those political entities, this would be a lot more difficult.” Schuch works daily alongside three other commissioners and the county judge to maintain a budget, complete road and bridge projects and more. “To be effective, we all have to communicate, bargain and negotiate,” he said. “At the end of the day, we are working for tax payers, not just in the short run but in the long run. We want to do what is best for our community and for neighboring counties. Maintaining those relationships is critical.” When he’s not working, Schuch is working on the family farm, restoring properties and attending sporting events for his grandchildren. He enjoys cooking and barbecuing and has even earned blue ribbons for his candy at the Gillespie County Fair. He loves hunting, fishing and just being outdoors. He is also a former member of the Fredericksburg Jaycees, has been on his church council and held various positions for the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce.

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Indian Artifact Show to return for three shows The Hill Country Indian Artifact Show is typically held three times annually, January, March and October. The show set for Oct. 24 has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Shows in January and March are still scheduled but are subject to change. The show runs from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Consignments and appraisals are available. As many as 70 tables will be set up by collectors from all over Texas to display historic artifacts for the benefit of buyers, sellers, traders or lookers interested in stopping by the pavilion that day. the entire show.” Admission is $6 for everyone 15 years of age and older, while children 14 and under will be admitted free of charge.

The Hill Country Indian Artifact Show is typically held three times a year in Fredericksburg. The show features etchings, arrowheads, fossils, rocks and other collectibles. — Standard-Radio Post file photo Admission prices are subject to change. Free admission will also be provided for Gillespie County law enforcement officers. Beverages, snacks and barbecue will be available to purchase.

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Pouring a sample of Becker Vineyards’ viognier wine at the 2019 Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest was Gen. Michael Hagee. — StandardRadio Post file photo

Wine lovers from all over Texas come to the Food and Wine Festival in October to sample their favorite offerings. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Food, Wine Fest to raise a glass ­— in 2021 The 2020 Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest, usually held in October, has been pushed back to 2021 due to a city-wide moratorium on special events held on city property of gatherings of 75 people or more to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Organizers of the event want people to save the date for Oct. 21-23, 2021 at Marktplatz. “We certainly do not want to risk the safety and well-being of our attendees, and all involved with the production of the Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest. With COVID-19 spiking now, it’s the right time for the city to issue a moratorium,” said Debbie Reeh, event manager. “We invite all of you to return

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in 2021 to help celebrate Texas wine, food, friends and fun.” The Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest features the best of Texas wines, food and entertainment. Texas wineries and wine makers will be on hand to pour wine and discuss wine making. A selection of Texas craft beer — all freshly brewed in Texas — will also be available. All the same great events will be up and running in 2021 like the Grape Expectations Cooking School on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 showcasing awardwinning Texas chefs paired with Texas wines. The Go Texan! Dinner will be Thurs-

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Farmer’s Market to return in spring The Fredericksburg Farmer’s Market (FFM) will not hold its fall market in 2020 due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. The market has been in operation for 14 years. The fall market is typically held at Pioneer Museum, while the summer market is at Marktplatz. The producer/grower market consists of farmers, ranchers and wineries located within the geographic neighborhood of Gillespie and adjacent counties, offering a wide variety of tomatoes, vegetables, peaches, blackberries and other fruits, mushrooms, meats, goat cheese, eggs, Gulf seafood, baked goods, wine, vinegar and herbs, as well as beautiful flowers. Shoppers are invited to come for the food and stay for the family friendly party atmosphere where they can purchase meals and snacks while listening to live music. Pizza baked in a wood burning oven, various dishes, including soups, salads, sliders and pastries are all made with local ingredients and can be enjoyed picnic-style under the pavilion. Wine from local wineries can be purchased by the glass or bottle and non-alcoholic iced beverages are also served.

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Many types of produce are for sale at the Fredericksburg Farmer’s Market, which is typically held October and November. The fall market will not be held this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. — StandardRadio Post file photo At the Chef’s Corner, visitors will find free samples prepared by local chefs using ingredients from the market. Chefs and volunteers are happy to “talk shop” and answer questions about how to cook the dish being sampled. FFM is celebrating its 14th year with support from Capital Farm Credit.

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Leading his home Native mayor brings over 38 years of governing experience

Fredericksburg Mayor Gary Neffendorf, a native with over 38 years of local government experience, reminisces on fond memories and offers wisdom to future government officials. — Standard-Radio Post/Samuel Sutton By Samuel Sutton Standard-Radio Post reporter

For the majority of 2020, the City of Fredericksburg has been led by Gary Neffendorf, a home-grown resident with 38 years of local government experience. Neffendorf grew up on a farm in the Doss-Spring Creek community northwest of town. “Coming to Fredericksburg was always like coming to the big city for me,” Neffendorf said. He got his first taste of real urban life when he moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas in the 1970s. “Growing up in the country, you have a very limited exposure, but going to the University of Texas, you see get to see all the national issues,” he said. “You learn that it was a big world out there.” After earning his degree in accounting, he came home as quickly as he could. “I moved back for several reasons,” Neffendorf said. “Part of it was because my dad died when I was a sophomore. I thought it would be good to come home and help with the farm since my grandparents were getting up there in age and my mother was busy working for the Radio Post.”

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Moving up the ranks Not only has Neffendorf lived here nearly his whole life, he’s also worked for his local government during much of that time. He swiftly moved up from the assistant finance director position to city clerk. After several years in that position, he was promoted to city administrator in 1988. This position was renamed city manager in 1991. “I basically just worked my way through the ranks,” Neffendorf said. “It’s been an interesting journey.” The journey Neffendorf reflected on his time as city manager. One fond memory was when the city purchased Market Square from the Fredericksburg Independent School District, which prevented the construction of a hotel and several retail shops. “A lot of citizens didn’t want those businesses on the square,” Neffendorf said. “So, we issued bonds, bought Market Square and formed the Market Square Redevelopment Commission.” This commission helped to develop the square into what it is today, while also developing Old Fair Park. “I think people wanted to see the square preserved in its whole,” Neffendorf said. “Now, you see what it is today, and it’s


PEOPLE known all around the state.” Leading through crisis Neffendorf decided to call it a career in 2011, yet didn’t stay away long. He ran for City Council a year later and was elected. “I thought, ‘you know, I still have things that I can just help with,’ so I decided to run for council,” Neffendorf said. Neffendorf, who also served as the mayor pro-tem, was appointed to full-time mayor when Linda Langerhans retired in May. He took on a big task in trying to keep his community safe during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. While some decisions were not easy to make, such as the mask order and the special events moratorium, he felt they were needed to prevent the spread. Neffendorf said he’s unsure when this pandemic will end, but believes the city will come out of it stronger than before. Hope for the future Neffendorf hopes future elected officials will continue helping with the town’s affordable housing issue, as he expects an influx of residents moving away from urban areas due to COVID-19. “We’ve always had growth, but it’s always been slow and managed,” Neffendorf said. “I would hope that would continue.” Neffendorf also provided advice for future officials, saying it’s important to listen to the community. “My motto is ‘listen, learn and lead,’” he said. “None of the issues you vote on will be 100 to zero, but as long as you’re in it for the community and you try to make the best decision, that’s all you can do.”

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Peddlers to return for weekend show

A holiday weekend shopping experience awaits visitors to The Peddler Show over the Thanksgiving weekend at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. The show will take place Friday through Sunday, Nov. 2729. This year’s return to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds marks the 43rd consecutive year for the Thanksgiving weekend show. Three buildings are set to be filled with designers, craftsmen and creators from all over the country. Shoppers will have opportunities to get Christmas gifts, clothing, home décor and more throughout the weekend. Show hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27; from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29. Admission is $5. It is highly encouraged that tickets be purchased online. Free admission will be offered to teachers, military and health care personnel, with an ID. To purchase tickets in advance, visit peddler.tixonlinenow. com. Parking is free. More information about the Peddler Show can be found on-

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From clothing to gifts, home décor and more, The Peddler Show will be back in Fredericksburg for the 43rd year Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27-29, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. — Standard-Radio Post file photo line at www.peddlershow.com. Organizers highly encourage attendees to monitor updates posted on the website as things are changing. As of press time, masks are required.


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Ice, Ice, Maybe Skating rink brings a bit of normal

People of all ages enjoy their time on the ice in Fredericksburg. Eisbahn opens after the Thanksgiving holiday and closes after the new year. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

It’s wait-and-see as far as bringing ice skating to Fredericksburg this winter. Typically, Eisbahn opens up right after Thanksgiving, but this year has been anything but typical. If the City of Fredericksburg’s COVID-19 moratorium prohibiting outdoor gathering of 75 people or more is lifted on Nov. 1, 2020, Heritage School volunteers will open Eisbahn for its 15th season at Marktplatz on Thanksgiving weekend, said event organizers. The plan is to open the day after Thanksgiving, on Friday, Nov. 27. Hours will vary throughout the season. The rink may be reserved for

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Holy Ghost to host nativity displays Holy Ghost Lutheran Church will celebrate the “reason for the season” with its annual display of hundreds of nativity sets, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 4-6. Hours are from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4; from 3-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Dec. 6. The displays will be set up in the Holy Ghost Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. The nativity sets belong to Holy Ghost Lutheran Church members and friends and come from all over the world, some are homemade by loved ones, others are special gifts and vacation purchases, while others are memorable family heirlooms handed down through the generations. There is no charge to view the nativity sets. Complimentary cookies, punch, coffee and hot chocolate will be available. Plans are subject to change based on the COVID-19 pandemic, and persons interested in viewing the displays are urged to visit the church’s website at www. holyghostfbg.org or call 830-997-2288 for updates.

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Hundreds of nativity sets will fill the Fellowship Hall at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church Friday through Sunday, Dec. 4-6, when church members host the annual display. There is no charge to view the nativity displays. — StandardRadio Post file photo

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Snow was falling on a bright and colorful “Santa’s Workshop” float entered in the 2019 Light the Night Christmas Parade. Plans are moving forward to hold the parade on Dec. 4, but that could change as the event nears. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

One of the Wise Men and a shepherd make their way along Main Street as part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints entry in the 2019 Light the Night Christmas Parade. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Light The Night Christmas Parade hopes to shine Dec. 4 The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce is moving forward with plans for the Light The Night Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 4. “We know for certain that COVID-19 will change how we produce the parade this year and if infection rates rise, it may be impossible; but for now, we are moving forward with several different options,” said Chamber President Penny C. McBride.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are again expected to take time from their busy schedule to ride in the Light the Night Christmas Parade, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is much uncertainty surrounding the event. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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McBride stated that there will be no reserved bleacher seating this year because of social distancing requirements. Additionally, there are no current plans for an AfterGlow at Marktplatz, which has included food and wine vendors and the non-profit Holiday Village of Sharing. “We are exploring many options, including a different route, in hopes of being able to produce a safe celebration of light, Christmas and community spirit,” said McBride. The Chamber plans to open the portal for online parade entry applications on or before Oct. 1 and all past parade entry applicants will receive notification via the email address associated with their most recent entry. The notification will also include links to all safety requirements and general parade rules. Entry categories will include: Local Business, Visiting Business, Local Organization, Visiting Organization, Religious Organization, Youth Entry and Animal Entry. “We have been blessed by thousands of people who love this parade, those who work so hard on entries and those who come to watch, dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors. At a time of year when we traditionally announce plans, there is still much uncertainty. The Chamber will announce its plans and the details as they become clearer, using our great local media partners, Chamber website and weekly newsletter to our members. We appreciate the community’s patience while we navigate that path,” said McBride.


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Youngsters invited to celebrate Kinderfest

Children work on Kinderfest crafts at Pioneer Museum every year in December. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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Pioneer Museum has been hosting Kinderfest for over 40 years and this year, the community festival that celebrates family will be Saturday, Dec. 5. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. at Pioneer Museum, 325 West Main Street. Times may be subject to change as per city, county and state mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Children ages 10 and under can bring a stocking to hang on a giant fireplace and will have the chance to make ornaments, sing songs and read a Christmas story. Saint Nick is also set to make an appearance. Light refreshments will be served. When Kinderfest is over, children can find their stocking on the fireplace again, filled with goodies. In the German Christmas tradition, good children receive nuts, fruit and candy in their stockings while naughty children find a switch or lump of coal. This is not a come-and-go event, so parents are asked to arrive on time for the sake of their child. For more information, visit www.pioneermuseum. net.


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Docents will welcome visitors to the different structures on the grounds of Pioneer Museum, including the White Oak Schoolhouse as part of the “Our Home Tour” planned on Saturday, Dec. 5. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Take a peek inside at Our Home Tour In a year when nothing seems to be the same, a holiday event steeped in tradition will have a different look this December due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of press time, the Gillespie County Historical Society/Pioneer Museum is planning to host its annual Christmas Home Tour on Dec. 5, but has canceled its Tannenbaum Ball for 2020. “At this point, we can’t promise anything,” said Dr. Jeryl Hoover, executive director of the Gillespie County Historical Society. “Everything is discussed with the understanding ‘unless circumstances make it impos-

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sible.’” For the latest developments and information, interested persons are asked to visit the society’s website at pioneermuseum.net. Our Home Tour The pandemic has made it impossible to hold the usual Home Tour because of homeowners’ cautions about opening their homes, Hoover said. Instead, organizers are planning an “Our Home Tour” on the Pioneer Museum grounds all day on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Several of the historic structures

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Santa Claus is coming to town for Dec. 5 visit Santa Claus is planning another stop in Fredericksburg on Saturday, Dec. 5, to visit with local children and hear their Christmas wish lists. After the long ride from the North Pole, Santa will be giving his reindeer a rest and instead, will ride through downtown on a Fredericksburg Fire Department fire engine Saturday morning, Dec. 5. The annual Santa Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. and will take Old Saint Nick down Main Street before heading back to the gazebo on the Gillespie County Courthouse Square. There, he will visit with children to find out what they really want to find under the Christmas tree this year. While visiting with Santa, each child will receive a free bag of holiday goodies. The annual event is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees. Updates on the event can be found on the Fredericksburg Jaycees Facebook page.

Santa Claus will arrive in town on a Fredericksburg fire truck and will ride down Main Street before heading to the gazebo on the Gillespie County Courthouse Square. His annual visit is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Mrs. Claus is expected to accompany Santa on his annual visit to Fredericksburg on Dec. 5. The event is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees and includes a parade and visits with children. — StandardRadio Post file photo

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Bethany portrays Christmas story in Dec. 11-12 drive-thru Bethany Lutheran Church’s portrayal of the Christmas story will be offered from 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, Dec. 11-12, if and as pandemic protocols allow. This will be the 20th year for this night-time presentation. “A Christmas Journey” tells the Christmas story in a drive-thru setting located along Town Creek, behind the church. The 10-minute drive-thru presentation features special lighting, music and effects, live characters, animals, and professionally hand-painted props. If the spread of COVID-19 continues into December, the church hopes to modify plans and still offer a drivethrough journey, perhaps with four or five scenes instead of nine. “It’s a perfect opportunity for viewing, since this event requires people to remain in their cars,” said planning chair Kenneth Treibs. “We will, however, need to figure out how to keep set-builders and scene characters safe. We may need to operate by family units this year, instead of having an open call for volunteers. We’ll just have to see as we get closer to December.” Normally, scenes include the prophet foretelling the birth of Christ, the annunciation of the angel to Mary, the decree of Caesar, the journey to Bethlehem, the innkeeper denying lodging, the angels proclaiming his birth to the shepherds, the manger scene, the presentation of the child to Simeon and the journey of the Magi. From 6-8:30 p.m. both nights, cars will be greeted by volunteers who will cover their headlights and then guide them to the tour’s start. Cars will initially line up on Schubert Street, turn right onto Adams Street and then take another right into Bethany Lutheran Church’s back parking lot. Cars then follow the lighted pathway through the Journey. People on both sides of the vehicle

Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple in the final stop of the Bethany Lutheran Church Christmas Jorney. The drive-thru will again run over two evenings, Dec. 11-12. — Standard-Radio Post file photo An angel stands over the manger in a scene from Bethany Lutheran Church’s Christmas Journey. The church is planning to offer its annual drive-thru on Dec. 11-12. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

will be treated to an excellent view, according to the Rev. Casey Zesch, one of the pastors at Bethany Lutheran. Those who don’t want to drive through the nativity in their own vehicles may experience it by riding on one of the church’s trailer rides, located at the entrance, Zesch said.

People may also board the Bethany bus which stops in front of Marktplatz on Main Street. While there is no admission charge to the event, some people insist on giving donations, which the church then will give to the Fredericksburg Food Pantry, according to the pastor.

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Holiday tunes fill Singing Christmas Tree A 65-person choir on a giant lighted Christmas tree will bring holiday cheer to Fredericksburg. The annual singing Christmas tree will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13 on the grounds of Pioneer Museum. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved into the Gillespie County Historical Society sanctuary. The event could also be canceled due to COVID-19, but as of press time, the event is still scheduled. The event is free but donations will be accepted. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Both the main entrance and the side gate on Milam Street will be open. The 26.5-foot-tall lighted Christmas tree will be the setting for a volunteer community chorus to present a family concert sponsored by the Gillespie County Historical Society and Fredericksburg United Methodist Church and made possible by a grant from the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance. The tree is a giant metal structure in the shape of a Christmas tree. Greenery and lights will be added to make the effect complete. The singers will stand on the tree at different heights for the one-hour concert featuring traditional music, German carols and singalongs. In German, the project is called Der Singende Weihnachtsbaum. To help fund the attraction, several local residents have made donations for underwriting. Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street. For more information, visit www.pioneermuseum.net.

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The 26.5-foot Christmas tree, constructed by volunteers, stands on the grounds of Pioneer Museum and hosts a 65-voice choir for the third annual Der Singende Weihnachtsbaum concert. Performances are held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13, in the shadow of the spire of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. — Standard-Radio Post file photo


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Ceremony to light up holiday season Celebrating 51 years, the annual LBJ Tree Lighting and Evening Tours event will be held Sunday, Dec. 20. The festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the main program scheduled from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall. The evening event is a holiday tradition begun by President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family and features a Christmas tree lighting program filled with holiday greetings and music, a living nativity scene, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. Presenting the annual affair along with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are members of the Stonewall community. The annual LBJ Tree Lighting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the state park’s Visitor Center, located just east of Stonewall off U.S. Hwy 290. Members of the Johnson family traditionally are on hand that night at the

park, which is named for the 36th U.S. president, to take part in the ceremony. In conjunction with the tree lighting, a short program is held in which representatives from Stonewall community churches participate. Elsewhere on the grounds, members of the Catholic Youth Organization present a live nativity scene. Activities and entertainment are planned at the Visitor Center, including ornament making, holiday music and visits with Santa Claus. Light refreshments will also be available, and the park store will be open to help shoppers find unique items for those on their holiday lists. As a part of the tree lighting, the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm inside the state park will be open to visitors. Those planning to take in the farm are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for the short “Walk Back in Time” to the Sauer-Beckmann. The trails are well lit, but having a

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A youngster shows off the Christmas card she made at last year’s Tree Lighting and Evening Tours event. The cards were delivered to patients at Hill Country Memorial Hospital. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 20. — Standard-Radio Post file photo


EVENTS flashlight is recommended. At the Sauer-Beckmann Farm, state park personnel dressed in the style of the early-1900s will greet visitors for a walking tour through the houses. There, visitors will see the German Christmas theme carried out. Standing in the parlor will be a Christmas tree decorated with cut-out cookies, popcorn chains, apples, oranges and lighted candles. The tradition of putting lighted candles on Christmas trees actually started in Germany and is a prelude to today’s modern electrical lights. In another room, visitors find angel chimes and an advent wreath made of cedar. At the Sauer-Beckmann Farm, in the center of the kitchen, the dining table is laden with foods that have been prepared by park interpreters. As the event draws near, those planning to attend are encouraged to contact the park, visit the state park’s page on Facebook and watch for newspaper announcements for the latest updates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 50th Annual Tree Lighting at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site celebrated the tradition of lighting a Christmas tree. Among those attending the 2019 event were, from left, Justin Bates, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park superintendent; Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of former President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson; Autumn Kirchner, Stonewall Peach Queen, and Dennis Smith, LBJ State Park and Historic Site superintendent. The 2020 celebration is scheduled for Dec. 20. — Standard-Radio Post file photo For more information, call 830644-2252, ext. 226; follow the park on Facebook at www.facebook.comL-

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Zweite Weihnachten tradition continues

Families from Gillespie County and throughout Texas come to enjoy this “Second Christmas” event, where food, music, fellowhip and drinks are shared. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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It is serious business for local youth when they compete in livestock shows here and elsewhere around the state. Kicking off the 2021 stock show season will be the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Jan. 7-9 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Exhibitors shine in show ring For Gillespie County 4-Hers and Fredericksburg and Harper FFA members, a trip into the spotlight with their livestock or ag mechanics projects is serious business. For the hundreds of Gillespie County youth who compete, the livestock shows are the culmination of months of long hours of caring for, feeding and grooming their animals. And these livestock exhibitors often see their hard work pay off in the form of championship honors, prize ribbons, trophies, rewarding bids paid at the auctions and scholarships. For months prior to the stock show season, Gillespie County 4-Hers and Fredericksburg and Harper FFA members are busy working with their animals. They are assisted by advisors, teachers and adult volunteers as they ready for local shows and competitions around the state.

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STOCK SHOWS • State Fair of Texas in Dallas — Sept. 23-Oct. 2, 2020. • Heart O’Texas Fair and Rodeo in Waco — Sept. 30-Oct. 18, 2020. • Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show — Jan. 7-9, 2021. • Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo in Odessa — Jan. 6-16, 2021. • Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville — Jan. 17-23, 2021. • Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo — Jan. 15-Feb. 6, 2021. • San Angelo Stock Show — Feb. 4-21, 2021. • San Antonio Livestock Exposition — Feb. 11-28, 2021. • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo —March 2-21, 2021. • Rodeo Austin – March 13-27, 2021.

While several livestock shows are held in the fall, competitions don’t begin until January for most youngsters. Officially kicking off the 2021 stock show season for all of the county’s youth is the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show. This coming year’s show will be Jan. 7-9, 2021, at the Show Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Hundreds of entries are annually displayed at the county show, including market steers, hogs, meat goats and lambs, along with breeding beef cattle, breeding sheep, goats, broilers and turkeys. At the auction that concludes the county show, local merchants, business people and individuals from the surrounding area turn out to support young exhibitors with their bids. In August, local youths join exhibitors from around the state in competing for top honors in livestock competi-


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The Fredericksburg Rockhounds Club will host their 53rd Annual Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park’s Pioneer Pavilion in 2021. As of press time, the show is set for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16-17. Saturday hours will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Updated information on the show will be published in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post and online. Minerals, fossils, geodes, stone carvings and an extensive array of jewelry will be available from more than 40 vendors from throughout the Southwest. In 2019, a record number of over 4,000 people attended the event. The club will have experts available who can identify any particular treasure. The club is expected to be joined by members from the Southwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Admission and parking are free, and

Exhibits featuring rocks and minerals from Texas are on display at the annual Gem and Mineral show. — Standard-Radio Post file photo they will have free hourly door prizes, an hourly silent auction, and prize drawing tickets for sale for valuable mineral specimens and jewelry made by club members. Food service will be provided by Buzzie’s Barbecue. The show offers inexpensive items for sale, as well as rare pieces worth thousands of dollars. Founded in 1968, Fredericksburg Rockhounds is an organization devoted to the study and enjoyment of gems,

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Volunteers will serve up over 2,000 pounds of turkey during the Fredericksburg Independent School District Band Boosters’ annual turkey dinner at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Super Bowl Sunday. The annual fundraiser will be held Feb. 7, 2021. —Standard Radio Post file photo

Bands from the Fredericksburg Independent School District will perform at the Band Turkey Dinner scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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Band Boosters to host turkey dinner, concert The annual Fredericksburg Independent School District Band Boosters Turkey Dinner is planned

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Members of the Fredericksburg Middle School band play a variety of tunes during the annual FISD Band Boosters Turkey Dinner. The afternoon features sounds from both the FMS and Fredericksburg High School bands. — Standard-Radio Post file photo and Fredericksburg Middle School (including jazz bands) will take turns performing. Meal tickets will be sold in advance of the event or at the door. Throughout the day, prize drawings will be held and tickets will be available in advance from band students or

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sold out), Feb. 7, 2021 and organizers are planning to cook up 3,000 plates, which is just over one ton of turkey. The event is set for February as of press time, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, the event could be modified. Updated event information will be included in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. The time-honored event is scheduled inside the large Gillespie County Fair Grounds Exhibition Hall, just off Texas Highway 16 South. The Band Boosters have been serving dinner for 71 years to help support school band programs. The menu will feature turkey and dressing, gravy, cranberries, green beans, noodles, dessert and beverage. The meal is offered either on a dinein or to-go basis. In addition, FISD band students will play music for those dining in the hall. The event offers a full menu, drivethrough “To-Go” line and an afternoon of concerts by all of the Fredericksburg Independent School District student bands. Beginning at 1 p.m., the bands from both Fredericksburg High School

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A Fredericksburg-scale party Year-long schedule of events, starting in May 2021, will celebrate history, heritage While everything is subject to change, as of now, Fredericksburg plans to kick off a year-long party in May 2021 to mark the 175th anniversary of its founding. Committees working on Fredericksburg’s 175th anniversary are hoping things are at least semi-normal and they have big plans for opening weekend and beyond. Save the dates for May 8, 2021 — the town’s traditional Founders Day weekend — when a four-day kickoff party will mark the ’Burg’s anniversary. Depending on progress in the fight against the coronavirus, there will be a parade and lots of events that capture and catalog this town’s amazing history and what has made it become so special in the eyes of locals and visitors. Banners will be placed on Main Street to let visitors know we value this town’s heritage and celebrate its accomplishments. Souvenirs, shirts and more will be made with the official 175th logo. Monthly events will continue through May 9, 2022 with relevant themes over the 13 months of celebration. They are: • Lasting Craftsmanship; • Lasting Traditions; • Lasting Family Heritage; • Lasting Stewardship of Land; • Lasting Education; • Lasting Health Care; • Lasting Innovation; • Lasting Faith; • Lasting Service; • Lasting Leadership; • Lasting Commerce; • Lasting Arts and Music; • Lasting Friendship. That last one will commemorate John O. Meusebach’s treaty with the Penateka Comanche tribe on May 9, 2022. One great idea the committee is working on includes monthly talks modeled after the popular “TED Talks” on each of these sub-themes. These could be videoed and exported to the world to people interested in learning

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• 6 p.m., Opening ceremony, Trail Riders’ arrival from New Braunfels, Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

• 7 p.m., Beard Contest, Cowboy Cookout, Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

• 9 p.m., Dance, Gillespie County Fair Grounds. • 10 p.m., Fireworks, Lady Bird Johnson Mu-

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• Noon to 5 p.m., food booths, entertainment, Founders Day activities, Pioneer Museum grounds. more about Fredericksburg. The Bush Gallery at the National Museum of the Pacific War has already been reserved for an art exhibit showcasing Fredericksburg and its roots. Of course, other plans are in the works. Watch the Fredericksburg StandardRadio Post to read about more activities which are planned as the schedule becomes more firm. We look forward to seeing this develop and promoting and taking part in this big party. Let’s hope that it’s a “post-pandemic” world we are living in and welcome people from around the globe to help us mark a century and three-fourths of brave founders settling this area. Save the date and get ready for a true Fredericksburg-scale celebration. 175TH ANNIVERSARY Look for information on the website www.175th. org and follow the Facebook page www.facebook.com/founded1846. OPENING WEEKEND Schedule for opening weekend in 2021: Thursday, May 6

• 6 p.m., worship service, Fredericksburg High School Auditorium. Friday, May 7

• 3 p.m., Art exhibit “175 Years of Art in Fredericksburg,” Nimitz Gallery.

• 6 p.m., bells ring for 5 minutes, all churches. • 5 to 11 p.m., Pat’s Hall Night, Marktplatz.

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• 12 p.m., Community Picnic, Marktplatz (German cultural attire encouraged). • 1 p.m., Ice Cream Social, 42, Skat and Pinochle tournaments, Marktplatz. • 1-6 p.m., Entertainment, Marktplatz.

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Robert Moore, who is colorblind, demonstrated how he creates all of his paintings to a crowd during First Friday Art Walk in November. — StandardRadio Post file photo

Galleries host special events for First Friday Art Walks In celebration of the arts, local galleries join together each month to host special First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg events. As part of the celebration, the participating galleries host special exhibits, new works, demonstrations, receptions and more. During First Friday Art Walk, the galleries often observe extended hours and many serve local wines and other refreshments. Some also offer entertainment. More information is available by visiting the websites of the participating galleries or the First Friday website at https://firstfridayartwalkfbg.com/. It was noted that plans are subject to change each month in accordance with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Artisans – A Texas Gallery features a diverse collection of fine art and fine craft, including Texas landscapes, fine furnishings, woodturnings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, mosaic, mixed media, and kinetic art. Most of the art is created by Texas artists, many of whom reside in the surrounding Hill Country. Every month, during First Friday Art Walk, Artisans hosts a reception for visitors and local artists with refreshments from 5-8 p.m. • October First Friday, Oct. 2 — “The Fall Table” is an annual show in the gallery that features one-of-a-kind, handmade ceramic, glass and wood serving pieces designed to grace an elegant and creative table, said gallery owner Patricia Karr. Decorative centerpieces, vases, elaborate serving pieces, platters, stemware and functional tableware will fill the gallery. A reception for artists and visitors will be held from 5-8 p.m. • November First Friday, Nov. 6 — “Holiday

Jewels” is a trunk show featuring five jewelry makers that create one-of-a-kind, wearable jewelry from semi-precious stones, precious metals, art glass, found objects and more. The artists will be on hand to show and discuss new pieces during a reception from 4-8 p.m. • December First Friday, Dec. 4 — “The Art of Gifting” will highlight unique gift ideas of original art, both small and large, from over 65 Texas artists. A holiday reception for artists and visitors will be held from 5-8 p.m. • January First Friday, Jan. 1 — The gallery will be closed to celebrate the New Year’s holiday, but will open Saturday, Jan. 2, with “New Year, New Art, ” Artisans’ annual New Year’s celebration with a black-eyed peas and cornbread reception from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to wish artists, collectors and guests a prosperous new year. • February First Friday, Feb. 5 — “The Art of Love” is a celebration of the many depic-


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Artist Steven DeLuz of San Antonio examines the color and technique used in visiting artist Dan Gerhartz’s work during the February First Friday Art Walk celebration. The piece was titled “Shining Forth.” — Standard-Radio Post file photo tions of love in multiple art forms, from paintings to sculpture to fine and functional craft, Karr said. The gallery will be decorated and individual treats will be served during a reception for the artists and visitors from 5-8 p.m.

A.W. Studio Gallery

311 East San Antonio, 832-623-8352 awservs@yahoo.com A.W. Studio is the working studio of artist and painter Alan Wilcox. Many of his works are on display, some even as they are drying, along with some estate pieces. Visitors are free to stop by anytime Wilcox is in the studio creating art. There are no set hours for this working studio, but it is open anytime Wilcox is there or by appointment.

Fredericksburg Art Guild

308 East Austin, 830-997-4949 www.FredericksburgArtGuild.us The Fredericksburg Art Guild and Gallery reopened for the September 2020 First Friday Art Walk. Normal days and hours for the months of September, October, November and December will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The gallery will be open until 5 p.m. on First Fridays. Check the guild website for any changes to this schedule. January and February dates and hours are subject to change. The Art Guild will host the following new shows: • Oct. 2: “Sweet Treats,” a children’s show. During the weekend FIRST FRIDAY ▶ 60

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of this annual show, visitors will enjoy art displayed inside the gallery and on the front and back lawns. Decorated bird houses will be presented by the children and hung along the front porch and trees. A member show entitled, “Art Heals the Soul” will show simultaneously. • Nov. 6 through January 2021: “Tiny Tuckers,” a member show of small art that can be hung in any space and perfect for gift giving.

Gallery 330

330 West Main, 830-307-3339 www.Gallery330.com Located on Main Street in Fredericksburg, Gallery 330 specializes in representational art. The collection of work by national and regional artists varies from contemporary realism, tonalism and impressionism of landscapes, wildlife, still life, streetscapes and sculpture. The gallery is housed in the historic August Its building, circa 1908. Regular hours for the gallery are 10 a.m.

InSight Gallery owners Elizabeth and Stephen Harris visited with singer, songwriter and artist Pat Green, right, during a reception held as part of First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg in March. Green was at the gallery to display some of his work, including the “Tres Amigos” bronze pictured. — Photo by Phil Houseal to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.

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218 West Main , 830-997-1111 www.GoodArtCompany.com The Good Art Company is a contemporary international gallery hosting more than 40 artists from the Texas Hill Country and as far away as Russia and South Korea. Owner Mary Katherine Fickel curates a diverse collection of modern and traditional art, including heavy textured oils, abstracts and contemporary western paintings. Fickel was raised in the gallery industry and after splitting time between Fredericksburg and Houston, decided to put down roots here with her husband. “Fredericksburg is a great art town and after being in business for over 12 years, we can confidently say the town is an American art destination,” Fickel said. The gallery is located in the historic Schmidt-Dietz building and was recently featured in Texas Monthly’s Creative Spaces. The Good Art Company is open every day and has an online gallery where collectors can browse art conveniently from their home. The gallery celebrates First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg each month with a

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InSight Gallery

Sherry Hanna stands next to her portrait, which is seen on the top of the wall, during the March First Friday Art Walk at RS Hanna Gallery. She was one of “faces” painted by Pam Ingalls of Vashon Island, Washington. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

214 West Main, 830-997-9920 www.InsightGallery.com InSight Gallery represents a select group of painters and sculptors living and working today in landscape, figurative, still life, impressionistic, wildlife, sporting and Western Art. The gallery is home to numerous awardwinning Oil Painters of America, Cowboy Artist of America, Prix de West, American Impressionist Society Masters, American Pastel Society Masters and Autry/Masters of the American West artists. The gallery is housed in an immaculately restored historic building with 8,000 square feet of gallery show space. • October: Tom Dorr – In the Saddle on Oct. 2-3. A reception with the artist will be held on Oct. 2. By traveling to ranches in Texas, Arizona, Wyoming and South Dakota, Western artist Tom Dorr is able to capture what has always FIRST FRIDAY ▶ 62

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inspired him — cowboys working in their element. Whether he paints Longhorns crossing a river or cowboys herding cattle, Dorr’s paintings continue to portray the life of the West. He said he has been fortunate enough to visit some of the most prestigious ranches in the United States to obtain reference material, including the Pitchfork Ranch and the 06. Dorr has been in numerous one-man and group shows, including the Briscoe Museum Show, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Phippen Memorial Show, Small Works Great Wonders and many others. This is a large offering of paintings of various sizes for every collector. • November: Susan Lyon and Scott Burdick — Through Their Eyes, Nov. 2-22. A reception with the artists will be held Friday, Nov. 6. Artists and spouses, Susan Lyon and Scott Burdick, say that they have a deep love of painting people, cultures and the beauty of nature. Their constant travels find them drawing inspiration from their wide variety of experiences throughout the world. Burdick said, “I see painting as both a way of exploring the world and then as the vehicle of sharing those discoveries with others ... Through this unique language, one can say things that are impossible with words.” Lyon said, “My style is realistic with as much impressionistic color as possible. I like to combine wide brushes for sweeping strokes in the background with small, soft brushes for subtle details in my center of interest.” This duo’s show will feature figurative and still life paintings in oils, pastels and char-

A patron checks out some jewelry at Koch Gallery during the July First Friday Art Walk celebration. — Standard-Radio Post file photo coal. • December: Jeremy Browne Small Works — Barn Light from Dec. 2-24. Small works by Canadian artist Browne are perfect for the gift giving season, said gallery owner Elizabeth Harris. The organized visual simplicity of his work has struck a chord with collectors. With architectural details, clean lines and often stark contrasts between white snow and dark night skies, Browne’s work is the perfect tension between a slightly contemporary presentation and a very traditional, representational subject matter, Harris said. As an artist, he finds that painting rural areas provides the greatest challenge because they allow him to explore the effect of light on the land.

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222 West Main, 830-992-3124 www.bertkoch.com Koch Gallery owner Bert Koch has created his gallery space in Fredericksburg to be reminiscent of a visit to a Santa Fe gallery where the visitor can find hundreds of paintings, rugs, pottery and jewelry from highly recognized Native American artists. Historical pieces are available, such as Ledger Art pieces by Native American artist Virginia Stroud painted on 1870’s ledger paper. Ledger Art, created by the Plains Indians

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THE ARTS using accounting ledger books for paper, flourished primarily from the 1860’s to the 1920’s. It was revived in the 1960’s and remains a collectible art form. New pieces are often available from collectible Native American artists like Amado Pena, Robert Taylor and jewelry artist, Artie Yellowhorse, along with limited edition prints from famed Comanche artist, Rance Hood. Every First Friday Art Walk, the gallery hosts a reception where gallery artists and guest artists display new work, conduct demonstrations and discuss their work with visitors during a reception.

Margaret Drake demonstrated how much detail goes into creating her Native American sculptures at Koch Gallery during January’s First Friday Art Walk celebration. Drake started her sculpting career “on a whim” after retiring in 2009. She said she comes to almost every First Friday Art Walk. — StandardRadio Post file photo

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art, much of which has been previously owned. New pieces arrive every month and are featured during the art walk. Inventory includes works by artists such as Jose Vives-Atsara, James Robertson, G. Harvey, John Austin Hanna, Gary Niblett, Nancy Bush, Robert Harrison, Robert Pummill, Porfirio Salinas, Bill Anton, A.D. Greer, Donna Howell Sickles, Roy Anderson and many more. The ever-changing attractions at the Jackson gallery include oil and watercolor paintings, drawings and bronzes. Larry Jackson hosts a reception each month during First Friday Art Walk. Details of newly acquired works can be found in the First Friday Art Walk monthly announcement in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

R.S. Hanna Gallery

244 West Main, 830-307-3071 www.rshannagallery.com RS (Shannon) Hanna has developed her eye for art from a dozen years with G. Harvey’s family gallery before co-founding InSight Gallery for its first year, then moving on to open R.S. Hanna Gallery in 2011. Hanna’s focus is supporting the work of over 60 gallery artists as well as the work of hundreds of artists in juried national competitions as she seeks to bring artists and collectors together.

Artist Steve Talley explains his art to a patron at Gallery 330 during First Friday Art Walk in July. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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407 Whitney, 830-456-9667 www.urbanherbal.com URBANherbal endeavors to enhance and enliven the five senses of their visitors each First Friday Art Walk with sight, touch, taste, hearing and smell experiences through local art and artists, handmade herbal products, home grown plants, the sounds of music, birds and nature and innovative foods from chef and gallery owner, Bill Varney. For most months, the gallery will have a featured artist or type of art, often with live demonstrations, and fresh complimentary gourmet appetizers and refreshments. The grounds of URBANherbal contain three galleries, a greenhouse and laboratory where herbal products are created. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They close at 8 p.m. on First Fridays or by appointment.

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Music Club adjusts concert schedule Due to the increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus across Texas and other parts of the nation, cancellations of the first three concerts in the Fredericksburg Music Club’s 2020-2021 series of live performances have been announced by FMC President Mark Eckhardt. Previously scheduled for September, October and November, the afternoon performances in the sanctuary of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church were to have presented the Park Brothers’ guitar duo on Sept. 20, pianist Doug Montgomery on Oct. 18 and the Lone Star Brass (two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba) on Nov. 15. Other factors contributing to the cancellations, Eckhardt explained, included expanding restrictions in domestic and international travel as well as local, state and national government restrictions prohibiting large group gatherings. He added that, if sufficient progress can be made over the next few months

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in combatting the virus, the FMC board will decide later this year if the final five concerts of the 2020-2021 season can take place as scheduled. Those remaining programs in the eight-event season would feature: •Agarita Chamber Players (violin, viola, cello and piano) — Jan. 17. •San Antonio Children’s Chorus — Feb. 21. •Ensemble Next Parallel (clarinet, violin and piano) — March 21. •River City Ringers (San Antonio area handbell choir) — April 18.

•The Moanin’ Frogs (six saxophones from soprano to bass) — May 16. Earlier this year, in an effort to curb the spread of the corona virus pandemic, the music club board had agreed to cancel the final three concerts in its 2019-2020 season featuring pianist Doug Montgomery (March 15), Bella Voce (April 19) and pianists Scott Cuellar and Miles Fellenberg (May 17). Now in its 83rd year, the FMC has been providing quality performances for Texas Hill Country residents since its founding in 1937.


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German Choirs keep tradition, heritage Keeping German tradition and heritage alive are two local choirs — the Arion Men’s Choir and the Hermann Sons Mixed Choir. The choirs meet weekly for fellowship and singing. Membership is voluntary and adults who enjoy singing are invited to join in and participate any time. Arion Männerchor (Arion Men’s Choir), founded in 1908, and the Hermannsöhne Gemischter Chor (Hermann Sons Mixed Choir), active since 1934, are both directed by Alice Langehennig. She directs the choirs in weekly rehearsals and performances throughout the year. Rehearsals are held at Bethany Lutheran Church in the basement music room on Thursday evenings. The Hermann Sons Choir meets at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by the Arion at 7:15 p.m.

Herbstfest is one of the events where local German choirs meet to preserve their culture and language. The two local choirs are the Arion Men’s Choir and the Hermann Sons Mixed Choir. — Standard-Radio Post file photo New members are always welcome and knowledge of the German language is helpful, but not required, nor is the ability to sight-read music. The choirs’ repertoire ranges from sacred music to classical masterworks to folk songs. They jointly present a free-admission public concert in the spring, usually the first Sunday in May (Maifest), and another in the fall, the first Sunday in November, a Herbstfest (Harvestfest). Both of these events are usually held at St. Joseph’s Halle or the St. Mary’s

Holy Family Center. In addition, they represent Fredericksburg in a yearly Sängerfest (singers’ festival) along with German choirs from San Antonio, New Braunfels and Corpus Christi. At this time, no practices or performances are being held because of COVID-19. When things improve, an announcement will be made in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. More information is available by calling Heinrich Boenig at 830-6692104 or Carol Woitalla at 830-9979671.

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FTC Season 24 productions ‘Raise the Curtain’ on stage “Raise The Curtain!” is the theme for the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s 24th season that is currently underway. The season includes five musicals, a classic comedy and a thriller-mystery. All performances are at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S. 87 South. Besides the seven main stage productions, FTC is also featuring several special events. According to Executive Director Steve Reily, the slate of special events is best described as “a mix of comedy, dance and guest artists that will add a welcoming blend of variety to the season.” “The board of directors and staff at FTC are excited about the array of choices and hope the public shares this feeling with us,” Reily said. “We consider this collection of shows to be the perfect step forward for FTC as we inch closer to the year 2022, and what will be our silver anniversary.” Most of FTC’s funding is from private donations, but the theater also receives grants and corporate donations, according to Reily. Donation levels begin at $250 with the Performer level and include Director ($1,000), Playwright ($2,500), Producer ($5,000) and Tony Award ($10,000). Each level of support comes with tickets, recognition, and other special features. Donors can also pledge support in the form of monthly donations, starting at $25 a month. FTC has earned a positive reputation for its big musicals, dramas, and comedies, being voted the Best Theater in the San Antonio region by BroadwayWorld.com for four consecutive years, Reily said. Safety precautions The FTC has developed policies and procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Guidelines have been developed

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A singer performs the Dolly Parton song, “9 to 5” from the musical with the same name during the Season 24 announcement held in March. “9 to 5: The Musical” is scheduled for the Fredericksburg Theater Company stage Feb. 12-28, 2021. — Standard-Radio Post file photo Mufasa and Young Simba look over the pride lands in a scene from “Disney’s The Lion King Jr.” that was presented in August by the Fredericksburg Theater Academy. — Standard-Radio Post file photo based on directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We also are utilizing formats that were adapted by other theaters,” said Reily. “We want everyone to know that FTC is fully equipped and ready to clean and disinfect the facility before and after every performance. We also have made new seating arrangements that conform to social distancing standards.”

He said, “We are doing our very best to protect the safety of our staff, volunteers and patrons.” For anyone who would like to read FTC’s new policies and procedures in response to COVID-19, they are available on the theater’s website at fredericksburgtheater.org. Tickets Tickets go on sale a full two weeks


THE ARTS prior to opening night at the FTC Box Office, located at the theater. Donors can order tickets three weeks prior to opening. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the FTC office at 888-669-7114 or online at the fredericksburgtheater. org. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased online at fredericksburgtheater.org. All main stage productions are on weekends, with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. The schedule of Special Events can be found on the FTC website. MAIN STAGE PRODUCTIONS

The season opened with “Annie” in July and continued with “Disney’s The Lion King Jr.” in August. “Smokey Joe’s Cafe’” just finished its Sept. 11-20 run. Deathtrap Oct. 9-25, 2020 Comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a success-

Two actors perform a scene from the Neil Simon comedy, “The Sunshine Boys” during the Season 24 announcement at the Fredericksburg Theater Company. The Sunshine Boys will be performed April 16-May 2, 2021. — Standard-Radio Post file photo ful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college — a thriller that Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential

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The nuns from Nunsense perform a number from Fredericksburg Theater Company’s holiday musical, “Nuncrackers — The Nunsense Christmas Musical,” during the Season 24 announcement. The holiday musical will be offered Dec. 11-20. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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“Nuncrackers — The Nunsense Christmas Musical,” is presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. Featuring all new songs, including, “Twelve Days Prior to Christmas,” “Santa Ain’t Comin’ to Our House,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are Us” and “It’s Better to Give than to Receive,” this show is filled with wacky Nunsense humor, favorite carols, and a “Secret Santa” sequence. “Nuncrackers” is the perfect way to make the holiday season merry and bright. (Rated PG. Adults $29/17 and under $12.) 9 to 5: The Musical Feb. 12-28, 2021 This Broadway smash hit, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, is based on the memorable film. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. But will their plot work? And can a team of secretaries really get ahead in the impenetrable boys’ club? (Rated PG-13. Adults $29/17 and under $12.) The Sunshine Boys April 16-May 2, 2021

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This classic Neil Simon comedy is the story of two top-billed vaudevillians, Al and Willie, The Sunshine Boys, who worked together for over 40 years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. Besides remastering their sketch, the two men have numerous issues to work out before they are ready to return to the public eye. (Rated PG. Adults $29/17 and under $12.)

Fredericksburg Dance Company presents The Nutcracker Nov. 20-22, 2020 Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Fredericksburg Dance Company presents the holiday ballet classic, “The Nutcracker.” Join in for an evening of enchanting fun and dance. Perfect for audiences of all ages. (Rated G. Adults $29/17 and under $12.)

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Texas A&M Singing Cadets March 5, 2021, 7:30 p.m. From humble beginnings as the A&M College of Texas All-Male Glee Club formed in 1893, the Singing Cadets is Texas A&M University’s premier men’s chorus. Now in their 119th touring season, they will be performing over 100 concerts this year throughout Texas, the United States and the world. (Rated G. Adults $29/17 and under $12.)

Seven special events were originally planned as part of the 24th season, but two have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guadalupe Dance Company performance in August was canceled along with the Texas Hill Country Cowboy Gathering in November. Jaston Williams in Blood & Holly, Christmas West of the Pecos Nov. 7-8, 2020, 7:30 p.m. Christmas letters, fake snow, aluminum trees and family conflict bring everyone together for the “Best Time of the Year.” Written, directed and performed by “Greater Tuna” star Jaston Williams, this one-man show will leave the audience in stitches. (Rated PG. Adults $29/17 and under $12.) The Nov. 7 performance features a gala starting at 6 p.m. with food, drinks and silent auction benefiting FTC.

The Hideout Theater March 12, 2021, 7:30 p.m. Austin’s premier improvisation theatre company performs their brand of awardwinning comedy. Featuring an all-star lineup of performers with years of experience in a show that is accessible, surprising and hilarious. A guaranteed evening of endless laughter. “An honest, wonderful night of theatre.” — The Austin Chronicle. (Rated PG. Adults $29/17 and under $12.)


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While the 2020 Die Künstler von Fredericksburg Annual Fine Art Show and Sale in November may be canceled, members are already planning for their 2021 exhibition. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Art group looking ahead to 2021 show Die Künstler von Fredericksburg (The Artists of Fredericksburg) has held a place in the Texas Hill Country arts community since 1993. DK, as it is commonly known, actively promotes appreciation of, and support for, the visual arts. In doing so, DK encourages artists of all levels to continually develop and improve their talents. Art education DVDs are available to club members and regular monthly meetings feature presentations by locally as well as na-

tionally renowned artists. In addition, DK meetings are usually open to the public. This year, however, due to the Covid-19 situation, the meetings will be limited to members only. When acceptable, the public will be invited and welcome once again. For the first time in 28 years, the Annual Art Show and Sale, always scheduled for the second weekend of November, has been postponed for 2020. DK is looking forward to showcasing an even more outstanding exhibition of

artworks in 2021. The show offers an array of talent and fine art mediums worthy of a special visit to browse, enjoy, and, perhaps purchase a work of fine art. This event garners visitors from Texas as well as out-of- state. Die Künstler will be involved in its Spring Fling Art Sale to be held the second Saturday in April of 2021 on Marktplatz. Art in a variety of forms will be available.

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Taking a sip of Texas Wineries have become a cornerstone in the consumerism and tourist industry in the Hill Country. Many wineries offer tours and tastings for those looking to expand their knowledge of the winemaking process and to taste the multitude of flavors offered by each winery. Note that some wineries are offering modified services and hours due to COVID-19. It is recommended to call or go online to receive the most up-to-date information. Ab Astris Winery www.abastriswinery.com 830-644-8369 320 Klein Road The tasting room and winery are open Friday and Sunday noon-5 p.m. and Saturday noon-6 p.m. Thursday hours are seasonal. It is recommended to call in advance for Thursday hours. Reservations are encouraged for parties larger than eight. Call ahead to notify the tasting room, especially on Saturdays. Ab Astris is offering bottle service and curbside pickup. Adega Vinho Adegavinho.com 830-265-5765 1000 Ranch Road 1623 Stonewall Hours are Thursday 12:30-6 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Reservations are required due to COVID-19. Curbside services or to-go pickup at the tasting room are offered. To-go tastings include a selection of four wines.

Wines of all kinds can be tasted in the Texas Hill Country. From sweet whites to rich reds, there is something for all tastes. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Alexander Vineyards alexandervineyards.com 830-865-3975 6360 Goehmann Lane (off U.S. 290 East) The winery is open daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Reservations are required for parties of six or more. Bottles of wine are being sold in the tasting room. Bottle sales are available for off-premise consumption. Curbside pick-up is also offered. Calls on the way to the tasting room are appreciated.

Andreucci Wines andreucciwines.com 830-307-9529 401 E. Main Street #1C Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and closed on Mondays. For updated information regarding COVID-19 restrictions, call or visit the winery’s website. Augusta Vin Augustavin.com 830-307-1007

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ATTRACTIONS 140 Augusta Vin Lane Hours are Monday through Thursday noon-6 p.m., Friday noon-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday noon-7 p.m. Reservations are recommended and required on Saturday for parties of six or more. Bottle sales are offered with courtyard and patio seating only. Harvest tours are offered for wine club members in groups of 10 or less. The wine club is offered for one year with the selection of three, six or 12 wines. Pick your own wine with selection of six or 12 wines. Baron’s Creek Vineyard Baronscreekvineyards.com 830-304-3000 5865 U.S. 290 East Hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Reservations are recommended for parties over six. Curbside pickup is now offered. To order, go online or drive up to the curb to receive orders. Becker Vineyards Beckervineyards.com 830-644-2681 Winery and tasting room: 464 Becker Farms Rd. (off U.S. 290 East/Stonewall)

The Main Street tasting room is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Order for curbside by drive up, or place order in advance by phone or online. The property is otherwise closed for onsite wine consumption and onsite wine tastings.

Local wineries serve food from charcuterie boards featuring meats, cheeses, nuts, olives, mustards, honeys and crackers. Others offer more significant meals. — Submitted photo Tasting room: 307 East Main Street The winery is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

Bell Mountain Vineyards and Wild Hare Bistro Bellmountainvineyard.com 830-992-3070 Winery: 463 Bell Mountain Road Tasting Room: 319 E. Main Street located inside of Wild Hare Bistro Check website for hours of Wild Hare Bistro and wine tastings. The tasting room is open at the bistro with the purchase of food at a table. Bingham Family Vineyards www.bingham.wine 830-304-6616 3915 B U.S. 290 East The winery is open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Curbside service is available by calling ahead, ordering online or driving up. WINERIES ▶ 76

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through Thursday, noon-7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. The winery is not offering tastings at this time but does have glasses, bottles and pizzas to-go. There is limited capacity inside the winery but as restrictions are lifted, capacities and services will change. For up to date information, call or visit the winery’s website. Fat Ass Ranch and Winery fatasswine.com Ranch/winery: 830-644-2300 51 Elgin-Behrends Road Tasting Room: 830-997-9095 153 East Main Street Hours at both locations are Sunday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Hours may vary due to weather and time of year. Reservations are required for large groups. Tastings are offered outside. The tasting room will be to-go service. Wines can be purchased in the tasting room. Curbside services are offered upon request.

Heath Sparkling Wines offers tastings of its sparkling wines. For updated information on tastings and tours, visit each winery’s website. — Standard-Radio Post file photo Blue Lotus Winery Bluelotuswinery.com 830-379-9463 8500 U.S. 290 West (Hye) The hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mead and honey wine will be sold along with a selection of wines. Drive up curbside and to-go orders are being taken at this time.

Due to COVID-19, the tasting room is currently closed. The winery is offering free shipping on wines, as well as wine club memberships. For updated information, visit the winery’s website. Reservations are required for groups of eight or more. Hours are Sunday, Monday and Thursday, noon5 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Calais Winery Calaiswinery.com 830-213-2124 8115 U.S. 290 West (Hye) All tastings are available by reservation only, and can be made online. Appointments are made on the hour. Hours are Friday, 2-4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. by appointment. Mini bottles and curbside services are offered by ordering online or calling on site.

Cicada Cellars cicadacellars.com 830-456-9324 14746 U.S. 290 East Stonewall Hours are Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Curbside service is offered. Order online, call ahead or drive up to receive orders. Bottles to-go and mini tasting bottles are also offered at curbside pick-up.

Chisholm Trail Winery Chisholmtrailwinery.com 830-990-2675 2367 Usener Road (off U.S. 290 West)

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Cross Mountain Vineyards www.crossmountainvineyards.com 830-992-3273 308 E. Main Street Current hours during COVID-19 are Sunday

Fiesta Winery Fiestawinery.com Winery: 830-997-4466 6260 U.S. 290 East Main Street: 830-307-3328 147 East Main Street Main Street hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Glasses are offered to-go with bottles. Online orders, calling ahead or walk-ins are all accepted for to-go orders. Tasting are not offered at this time. U.S. 290 location hours are Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m.6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Live music is featured on Saturdays from 3-6 p.m. To-go services include a tasting kit, bottles and a $15 souvenir wine glass. The Pick-up Parties will be held every third week of the quarter, in March, June, September and December. Call ahead for groups over 20. 4.0 Cellars Fourpointwine.com 830-997-7470 10354 U.S. 290 East Reservations are required for groups of six or more. Events can be found on the winery’s website. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Curbside pickup and to-go orders are offered at this time.


ATTRACTIONS Fredericksburg Winery Fbgwinery.com 830-990-8747 247 West Main St. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.5:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5:30 p.m. (The last tasting each day begins 15 minutes prior to closing.) As it is a family business, hours and days may vary based on holidays.

p.m. daily. See website for special information if visiting on a Saturday or a holiday weekend.

French Connection Frenchconnectionhye.com 830-850-4091 1197 Hye-Albert Road, Hye Hours are Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tastings are by reservation only and can be made online, by emailing info@frenchconnectionhye.com or by calling.

Hilmy Cellars Hilmywine.com 830-644-2482 12346 U.S. 290 East Reservations for standard tasting flights are recommended, and required for parties of six or more. Reservations can be made online. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Bottles are available for purchase in the tasting room for consumption outside. Curbside services are also offered.

Grape Creek Vineyards Grapecreek.com Winery and Tasting Room: 830-644-2710 10587 U.S. 290 East 223 East Main Street Vineyard/Winery hours are: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended for Friday and Saturday after 5:30 p.m. and Sunday Brunch.

Heath Sparkling Wines heathsparkling.com 830-304-1011 10591 U.S. 290 East Hours are Sunday through Saturday, 11 a.m.5:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

An Augusta Vin winemaker siphons wine out of the barrel during a tasting. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, wineries are offering limited tasting and tours as well as curbside and to-go options. See each winery’s website for more information. — Standard-Radio Post file photo Main Street tasting room hours are 11 a.m.-5:30

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WINERIES p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Reservations of six or more are recommended. Hye Meadow Winery Hyemeadow.com 855-HYE-WINE 10257 U.S. 290 West (Hye) Hours are Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Closed Tuesday. The winery is offering bottle service and curbside. Wine can also be consumed at the pavilion or tree grove located near the property. Inwood Estates Vineyards Inwoodwines.com 830-997-2304 10303 U.S. 290 East Reservations for tastings and dining are required for groups of six and over with a small deposit to hold the time slot. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Call ahead since hours can change without notice due to seasonal or special events. Bottles and glasses are sold in the restaurant. The patio and picnic grove is open for seating and tables must have food to order wine. Calls ahead are recommended for curbside services upon request. Kuhlman Cellars Kuhlmancellars.com 512-920-CORK 18421 U.S. 290 East Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday and Monday, noon-5 p.m. To-go and curbside services are offered at the drive-up window in the wine garden.

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Longhorn Cellars Longhorncellars.com 830-990-2990 315 Ranch Road 1376 As of this printing, the winery is open for tastings, bottle and glass purchases. The winery is open Thursday from noon-4:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m. Appointments are available from noon-2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Text Deanna at 830-264-0457 for appointments only. Groups of 6 to 10 require reservations. No groups larger than 10 during COVID-19 restrictions. Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards Lospinosranchvineyards.com 830-304-5778 6009 U.S. 290 East Regular hours are Sunday, Monday, Thursday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Due to COVID-19, the winery is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed Tuesday and Wednesday. To-go and curbside is available. Outdoor seating is also available but space is limited. Lost Draw Cellars Lostdrawcellars.com 830-992-3251 113 East Park Street Reservations required for parties of six or more and are recommended on Saturday. Hours are Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tastings are offered daily by reservation. No groups larger than six. Lost Draw is offering curbside seven days a week. Call ahead, order online or walk in. Delivery services are also offered within Freder-

icksburg city limits on weekdays. Mendelbaum Cellars 830-997-7000 10207 U.S. 290 East For more information, email info@mendelbaumcellars.com or visit the winery’s website at mendelbaumcellars.com. Messina Hof Hill Country Messinahof.com 830-990-4653 9996 U.S. 290 East Temporary winery hours are noon-6 p.m. daily. Monday through Friday is curbside service only, including bottles to go. Food purchases are not required. On weekends, tastings, wine by the glass and bottles to go are offered. If wine is consumed on the building grounds, food purchases are required. Reservations are highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Narrow Path Winery Narrowpathwinery.com 113 East Main Street Main Street location closed until October 2020. Winery and Vineyard: 830-644-2144 6331 Ranch Road 1623 South The winery and vineyard are open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Curbside and bottle service is offered due to COVID-19 shutdowns. Call ahead, order online or drive up to get wine. Pedernales Cellars Pedernalescellars.com WINERIES ▶ 80

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830-998-8621 12044 Texas 16 South Hours are Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-3 p.m. Closed Monday through Thursday. As of press time, the winery is offering tastings. Wine can also be ordered online. Signor Vineyards Signorvineyards.com 830-304-7446 362 Livesay Lane For complete information on COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, visit the winery’s website. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Monday, noon-5 p.m. The tasting room (located behind Joanna’s Market) is open to the public Monday, noon-5 p.m.; and Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For parties larger than six, call for special arrangements.

Vines are aplenty on the grounds of Grape Creek. Area wineries offer tours and tastings to better get to know the winemaking process. — Submitted photo Pedernales Cellars Pedernalescellars.com 830-644-2037 2916 Upper Albert Road Stonewall Reservations are required on Saturdays. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Tours of production facilities are offered for groups up to 10, including children. Book online for tours. Social distancing and masks are required. There will be no wine tasting on tours. Curbside service is also offered while tasting rooms are closed. Customers can call ahead or drive up and remain in their vehicles. Perspective Cellars iloveperspectivecellars.com 512-423-7825 247 East Main Street As of press time, tastings are not available. Current hours are Monday through Friday, noon-7 p.m. and weekends 1-6 p.m. for wine to-go. For more information, visit the winery’s website. Pontotoc Vineyard Pontotocvineyard.com 512-658-0023 320 West Main Street Hours are Friday and Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Reservations are recommended for groups of six or more.

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Curbside and delivery services are offered as the tasting room has been closed due to the coronavirus. Call ahead to request curbside wine delivery. Ron Yates Wines Ronyateswines.com 512-585-3972 6676 U.S. 290 West (Hye) Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m., daily. Space is limited for large parties. No parties larger than 20 will be accepted. Due to COVID-19, curbside pickup is offered. To receive curbside pickup, call ahead or order online. Safari Wines Safariwinery.com Landline – 830-304-9463 Text or call – 830-998-5956 5479 U.S. 290 East Hours are Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Reservations are preferred for parties of six or more. The tasting room is open for tastings by the glass or bottle service. Social distancing is required. Santa Maria Cellars Santamariacellarswines.com

Six Shooter Cellars Sixshootercellars.com 830-428-0810 6264 U.S. 290 East Hours are Thursday through Sunday, noon- 5 p.m. To-go tastings and bottle services are offered. Slate Mill Wine Collective (Formerly 1851 Vineyards) Slatemillwinecollective.com 830-391-8510 4222 Texas 16 South Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday and Monday, noon-5 p.m. Meats and cheeses are also sold. Texas Heritage Vineyard Texasheritagevineyard.com 830-992-3323 3245 U.S. 290 East See website for details and special events. Hours are Monday through Friday noon-5 p.m. and Saturday noon-6 p.m. Curbside services and bottle service are offered by drive-up orders. Manufacturing tours are offered at the winery building at 3750 Grapetown Road. Call ahead and schedule for groups of eight people on the weekends. Weekday tours are offered upon request. Wedding Oak Winery Weddingoakwinery.com 830-304-9333 6009 U.S. 290 East, No. B As of press time, the winery is only open for


ATTRACTIONS wine to go, due to COVID-19 precautions. Those wishing to purchase wine, call 830-304-9333, visit the winery or email to set up a pick-up time. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. William Chris Vineyards Williamchriswines.com 830-998-7654 10352 U.S. 290 East (Hye) Reservations are required for tastings. Call ahead or book online. For the latest information, go online or call the winery. Hours are Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodrose Winery Woodrosewinery.com 830-644-2539 662 Woodrose Lane (off U.S. 290 East in Stonewall) Hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Reservations are required for parties of five or more. As the tasting room is closed due to COVID-19, hours are noon-5 p.m. every day. Curbside services are available by appointment. Zero 815 Winery Zero815winery.com 830-644-2000 11157 U.S. 290 West in Hye

Area wineries offer tastings where visitors can taste several different options. Many share the types of grapes used, the origin of the grapes and the flavors presented. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Hours are Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. They are closed on Tuesdays. Due to COVID-19 state mandates, curbside wine pickup is available. Hours are every day except for Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Reservations are preferred.

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HOPS AND SPIRITS The Hill Country isn’t just about wine. The area is home to several craft breweries and distilleries. Note that hours and services may be modified due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the most up-to-date information, call, visit the business’s website or social media accounts. Altstadt www.altstadtbeer.com 6120 U.S. 290 East Fredericksburg 830-304-2337 Fredericksburg’s newest and biggest brewery is about Old-World German Charm Deep in the Heart of Texas. The brewery opened in 2017 and features one-of-a-kind destination and home to authentic award-winning German beer. Owned by Billy and William Scripps, the European-style structure features a tasting room, restaurant, authentic Biergarten, event banquet hall, multi-level patio and a private garden and cellar. To attain Old-World flavors, the owners of Altstadt Brewery imported Pre-World War II Kasper Schultz copper kettles from Germany. They adjust water minerality to beer type and abide by the German Purity Laws of 1516 when brewing the beer. In addition to offering a variety of beers, the brewery also sells homemade pretzels, schnitzel, steak and more. In recent years, the brewery has tripled its production. The brewery offers beers that are not sold in stores. Beers can also be found on the shelves of local groceries and liquor stores. The brewery offer tours Wednesday-Sunday. Check out Altstadt’s website for upcoming events and follow them on Facebook. Azeo Distillery azeodistillery.com

Named the American Micro-Whisky of the Year, Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon is released just once a year. Garrison Brothers Distillery is home to a variety of bourbons, including single barrel, Estacado, Balmorhea, Honey Dew and more. — Submitted photo

9953 U.S. 290 West (Hye) 844-493-4676 Azeo Distillery opened in 2018 in conjunction with Horn Winery and offers fruit-based spirits. Currently, Azeo offers vodkas, brandy, moonshine and whiskey. Two tasting options are offered: For $15, guests can try four clear spirits, which includes two vodkas, a rum and moonBREWERIES AND DISTILLERIES ▶ 84

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Altstadt brews German beers in the Texas Hill Country. Specialty beers are served on-tap at the brewery and others can be found on the shelves of local grocery stores and liquor stores. — Standard-Radio Post file photo shine. For $25, guests can try dark spirits, which includes a black label brandy, a peach brandy, a whiskey and

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Fredericksburg Brewing Company www.yourbrewery.com 245 East Main Street Fredericksburg 830-997-1646 Fredericksburg Brewing Company is known for its Gemütlichkeit (friendliness), that good-time spirit begun when Dick and Rosemary Estenson opened Fredericksburg Brewing Company in 1994; today it’s the oldest brewpub in Texas and celebrating 26 years. Visitors can sit at the bar and watch the brewers at work, or take beer to go and stroll the shops on Main Street. The brewers at Fredericksburg Brewing Company brew more than 20 different varieties throughout the year, rotating staple brews (Peacepipe Pale Ale, Enchanted Rock Red Ale, Not So Dumb Blonde Ale, Pioneer Porter, etc.) as well as seasonal selections.

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At least five selections are on tap, including seasonal favorites. Brewmaster Rick Green and company have claimed many awards and the brewery maintains its reputation for quality, fresh beer in addition to being “the granddaddy” of brewpubs. The brewery sits in a restored 1890sera building. In addition to its main room, the brewery has a large, air-conditioned biergarten. The second floor of the building provides “Bed & Brew” facilities, 12 rooms (one on ground level) with baths, each decorated in a different theme. The brewery’s restaurant also features a variety of freshly prepared foods, from burgers and pizza, to German food, Scotch eggs, and more.  Garrison Brothers Garrisonbros.com 1827 Hye-Albert Road Hye 830-392-0246 Garrison Brothers offers an oldfashioned, time-consuming produc-


ATTRACTIONS tion process to produce one of the nation’s finest artisan bourbons. Garrison Brothers’ Cowboy Bourbon was named American Micro Whisky of the Year in the “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” It has specialty bourbons which have also rated high marks among appreciative bourbon connoisseurs. Current hours due to COVID-19 are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for tastings and cocktails only. The distillery hopes to resume normal operations Nov. 1. Garrison Brothers offers a $10 “Sit & Sip” tour on Wednesdays through Sundays (Saturdays are $20) at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The tour is a guided walk of the ranch and distillery with detailed information about the whiskey and the operation’s history. (No children or smoking allowed.) Tastings are normally available from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The distillery is located just east of the Gillespie County line. The facility also has a gift shop.

Hye Cider offers honey-fermented alcoholic drinks. Flavors are light and dry or richer styles that taste like prosecco or fig. Live music is also offered on the grounds. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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BREWERIES AND DISTILLERIES Specializing in cyser — apple and honey fermented into a high ABV drink, Hye Cider’s styles range from light, dry, and prosecco-like to deeper, rich styles infusing fig and toasted peppercorns. Flavors include “Hye Note,” “Hye Hops,”, “Hye Stylin’,” and “Hye Bay.” “Hye Heaven,” is also available year-round and “Hye Season,” is a seasonal Rosé that is available in the tasting room only. Hang out beneath the hanging drum set among the vinyl records or relax outside under the oak trees. HYE Rum Hyerum.com 11247 U.S. 290 West, Hye 830-265-5644 Founded in 2016, Ruminate Distilling, the parent company to HYE Rum and Island Getaway Rum has been operating its small craft distillery and tasting room in Hye, right in the heart of the 290 Wine Road. Their craft line of rums falls under the HYE brand and features copper pot distilled rums made traditionally from molasses.   Their flagship rums Dark, White and Spiced can be found throughout Texas.   Aged rums are available at the distillery only and feature barrels from the likes of Balcones, Garrison Brothers, Ranger Creek and several wineries for a robust barrel program.  Their newest line, Island Getaway Rums offer a variety of 80 proof naturally flavored rums.  The first releases are Coconut and Pineapple and can be found in the distillery and select spots across the state.  Distiller James Davidson expects to release several flavors over the next year. In addition to the usual tastings and tours, the founders at HYE Rum have curated an exclusive club for rum and spirit aficionados.�������������������������������������������������   ����������������������������������������������� The club offers members exclusive rights to upcoming releases, private events and member only VIP benefits.  In addition, rare small batch rums and other spirits are available to the club only. HYE Rum also has new drive-in music and movie events.   Iron Goat Distillery Irongoatdistillery.com

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Founded in 2016, Hye Rum is a small craft distillery making dark-spiced rum, coconut and pineapple. More flavors are expected to be released in the next year. The distillery offers tastings and tours, but visitors should call or visit the winery before making plans. — Submitted photo 817 Usener Road 830-307-4357 Iron Goat Distillery offers a variety of rums that can be found at local bars and liquor stores in the Hill Country. Opened in the fall of 2016, the first Iron Goat product was released in 2017. The rum is aged for six months to a year in Garrison Brothers barrels. BREWERIES AND DISTILLERIES ▶ 88

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BREWERIES AND DISTILLERIES Three rums are offered from the distillery. The Silver Rum is 80 proof with sugar and molasses imported from Louisiana. The rum aged in the barrels is the 90 proof Amber Rum. Add cinnamon and the 90 proof Cinnamon Rum can be found on the shelves. Iron Goat also offers two spirits. The Agave Spirit and Honey Spirit are made alongside the rums in the distillery. The Amber Rum won a silver medal at the 2020 American Distilling Institute spirits competition. The Agave Spirit and the Silver Rum won gold medals at the 2020 John Barleycorn Spirts Award. The cinnamon rum won a silver medal. Iron Goat hopes to open a tasting room in December 2020. Products can be purchased at Total Wines, Twin Liquors and some Spec’s.

The property around the Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye offers plenty of space for enjoying the first bourbon distillery in Texas. Services and hours are modified during the coronavirus pandemic. Updated information can be found online or by calling the distillery. — Submitted photo

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Picker’s Circles held at Luckenbach feature the musical talents of local Texas artists. For schedules, go online to luckenbachtexas.com. — Photo by Robbyn Dodd

Where Everybody is Somebody Luckenbach has brought a shining eye to the Hill Country as travelers frequent the attractions the small town has to offer, much like Willie, Waylon and the boys did in 1977. Known for its “everybody’s somebody” attitude and live entertainment, Luckenbach Texas, is a popular destination for music fans, bikers and all those interested in discovering the tiny town in the tune heard of by millions. With its store, dance hall and picnic tables underneath arching live oak trees, Luckenbach (a sign jokes “Population 3”) is a destination in its own. Open daily at 9 a.m., the store offers visitors an old-fashioned experience and merchandise ranging from the nostalgic to items bearing the town’s oval-shaped logo. The town also hosts regional and national acts. During quieter times, one can find a picker’s circle for those who want to swap tunes and musically mingle with the locals. With nearly daily performances on the outside stage or in the dancehall,

LUCKENBACH 412 Luckenbach Town Loop Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Phone: 830-997-3224 Web: www.luckenbachtexas.com musicians provide tunes with a Texas flair. And an adjacent “Feed Lot” caters to appetites with barbecue, burgers, sandwiches and other dishes. History Luckenbach began in 1852 when Jacob Luckenbach and his brothers, William and August, moved to the area from Fredericksburg and began farming. William Luckenbach opened a post office under the name of South Grape Creek in 1854 and it operated for 11 years. In 1886, August Engel Jr. reopened a post office for the community along with a general store in the Engel homestead. It was named Luckenbach by Minna Engel, who had just married

Carl Albert Luckenbach. Engel and his descendants later moved the post office and general store down the street and added a blacksmith shop, dance hall and cotton gin. In the 1970s, the Engel family sold the town to Hondo Crouch, Kathy Morgan and Guich Koock. Jerry Jeff Walker later enhanced the town’s reputation by recording his live album there, “Viva Terlingua.” During the years that followed, Luckenbach gained national attention as a “metropolis of mirth,” thanks in large part to Crouch’s far-reaching humor, along with a hit song by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson came in 1977. From 1995 through 1999, Willie Nelson held his storied Fourth of July Picnic at Luckenbach. Today, one can find local and traveling musicians on stage or at a Picker’s Circle, a weekend dance in the hall or one of the many special events the town has scheduled. Check online at luckenbachtexas. com for current performer and event information.

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Get a glimpse of military life on the frontier. Located just east of town at 1606 East Main Street (on U.S. 290 East), Fort Martin Scott is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. It is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The City of Fredericksburg has installed informational kiosks around the grounds to help visitors better experience the history of the fort. Admission to the historic site is free, although donations are accepted. Parking is available in the grassy area to the left after entering the fort, and also available next door at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center. There is no charge for parking in either lot. Available for inspection along a tour path are a restored enlisted man’s quarters, two officers’ quarters and the guardhouse. Near the fort entrance is a Texas Historical Commission marker which also provides background information. Exhibits from frontier times are offered in both officers’ quarters and in the Visitor Center. Fort Martin Scott was an active U.S. Army fort for five years (1848-1853). After that, Texas Rangers, Union and Confederate troops, and travelers, through or to Gillespie County in the 1860s and 1870s, used the site. Besides being a major part of Indian policy in the early days of statehood, Fort Martin Scott played a prominent role in the development of the little hamlet of Fredericksburg. The first county fair was held there in 1881, complete with horse races on the old cavalry drill field. Johann Braeutigam was killed there in 1884 while resisting a robbery of his store. The site was closed to the public shortly thereafter. Fort Martin Scott is one of the few museums to focus on the period of the first decade of Texas’ statehood and the earliest days of dealing with Central Texas Comanche and Lipan Apache Indians. More information is available online at www.fbgtx.org, by calling the Site Manager, Marvin Schroeder at 830-307-8715 or by emailing fortmartinscott@fbgtx.org. Park staff can also be reached at 830-990-2018.


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Texas Rangers Center provides historical learning opportunities Keeping in line with Fredericksburg’s dedication to historic preservation, the Texas Rangers Heritage Center brings the story of the state’s famous lawmen to life. The 12-acre campus includes a 350seat open-air pavilion with a full catering kitchen and a LoneStar Stories Campfire Ring. These amenities support a wide range of event opportunities. Phase I of the Texas Rangers Heritage Center is complete. The project on the town’s eastern edge was about 14 years in the planning. In September 2013, then-Gov. Rick Perry and other dignitaries attended a ground-breaking ceremony on the land between Fort Martin Scott and the Hill Country University Center. The Former Texas Rangers Founda-

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The Texas Rangers Heritage Center is a 12-acre campus that includes a 350-seat open-air pavilion. Events are generally held throughout the year. — Standard-Radio Post file photo


ATTRACTIONS tion is the organization heading up the project. Phase I has a spacious open-air pavilion which can seat 350 and features an amphitheater with a fire pit. The site also includes a campanile (bell tower) and a Ring of Honor, and a 30-foot simulation of a Ranger badge which memorializes Rangers who lost their lives in the line of duty. An historic flintlock rifle used by Mexican Texas colonist and elder statesman Ben Milam during the Siege of Béxar will be on display at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center when Phase II opens in August of 2023, just in time for the 200th traditional anniversary of the Texas Rangers. The foundation has begun fundraising for Phase II, which will feature a museum building. There, visitors will learn about well-known Rangers and episodes in Ranger history. Museum planners promise an immersive experience which will include interactive exhibits, an introductory theater, and episodes of Rangers who battled bootlegging, counterfeiting and murder, and even the man who stopped the University

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President Lyndon B. Johnson’s personal jet – referred to as Air Force One-Half – rests in a hangar at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. The Texas White House is currently closed to the public, but visitors can still tour the ranch and catch a glimpse of the 36th president’s ranch life. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Former president’s legacy continues at LBJ National Historical Park The story of the 36th President of the United States lives on at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. The park is divided into two components — one near Stonewall and one in Johnson City. The LBJ Ranch makes up the Stonewall side of the park, while the LBJ Boyhood Home and the Johnson Settlement are located in Johnson City in Blanco County.

More information on the park is available from the visitor center at 830-868-7128 or online at www.nps. gov/lyjo. Stonewall District The LBJ Ranch operating hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (visitors must be through the inbound gate by 4:30 p.m.).

The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The first stop on any tour of the LBJ Ranch is at the LBJ State Park and Historic Site Visitor Center, which is located 17 miles east of Fredericksburg off of U.S. 290. Free permits for the driving tour are available starting at 9 a.m. and continuing through 4 p.m. NATIONAL PARK ▶ 96

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Movies Under the Stars are shown at the LBJ Ranch in the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park at Stonewall. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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The tour leads visitors onto Ranch Road 1 and crosses the Pedernales River near the Junction School where Lyndon Johnson began his education at age four. The tour also stops at the President’s reconstructed birthplace, then the Johnson family cemetery, where President and Mrs. Johnson are laid to rest. From there, tourists can head to the LBJ Ranch Hangar to view a short movie and exhibits, including Lockheed Jetstar which President Johnson humorously referred to as Air Force One-Half. Tours of the Texas White House grounds also begin at the Hangar. The tours begin at 1 1 a.m. and 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. every day. At this time, tours of the Texas White House interior are not available while structural repairs are underway. Johnson City District The Johnson City portion of the park is located 14 miles east of the LBJ Ranch in Blanco County.

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The sites include a visitor center at 100 East Ladybird Lane, the LBJ Boyhood Home, and the Johnson Settlement. The center is open every day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The President’s boyhood home is open for guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding the noon hour.

Transporting visitors back to the early days of Texas, a leisurely one-mile loop trail takes visitors to the Johnson Settlement, 1860s home of Lyndon B. Johnson’s grandparents. A visitor contact station is open in the Withers and Spaulding Building in downtown Johnson City. There, visitors can see how a general store looked around 1915, the time of the president’s childhood.


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Hunters set sights on big game Hunters of all types make their way to Gillespie County for bit-game season this fall. The 2020-21 big game seasons for white-tailed deer and other wild game such as turkey, quail and dove bring hunters from all over to this particular part of the Texas Hill Country for its famously successful yields. The archery-only season in the designated North Zone (to which Gillespie County belongs) for turkey and deer runs from Oct. 3 to Nov. 6, 2020. General rifle season for turkey and deer starts Saturday, Nov. 7, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Youth-only hunting weekends, for those licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger, are planned on Oct. 31Nov. 1, 2020, and Jan. 4-17, 2021. A special late season during which harvests are restricted to antlerless deer and spikes runs simultaneously to the late youth-only season, from Jan. 4-17, 2021. Aside from whitetails, Gillespie County is also considered to be in the Central Zone for dove hunting. Dove season will run from Sept. 1 through Nov. 1, and then again from Dec. 18 through Jan. 3, 2021. The quail season across Texas will run Oct. 31, 2020, to Feb. 28, 2021. Information on bag limits, license requirements and other general information is available from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Outdoor Annual or at tpwd.texas.gov/ regulations/outdoor-annual/.

Hunting is one of Gillespie County’s big attractions in the fall and winter. White-tailed hunting’s general season starts Saturday, Nov. 7 and ends Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. — Standard-Radio Post file photo The Texas Hill Country also has an abundant amount of non-game wildlife such as armadillos, raccoons, hawks, opossums, coyotes and numerous other birds, not to mention an occasional porcupine and skunk. Among the factors accounting for the large populations of deer and other forms of wildlife in the Fredericksburg area is the rugged, hilly terrain, which affords plenty of cover, vegetation and water to sustain the animals year-round.

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In the heart of the Texas Hill Country visit 17 historic one-room schools built between 1847 and 1936 by following the 120 mile Gillespie County Country Schools Driving Trail through the scenic Fredericksburg, Texas countryside.

In other parts of Texas, the terrain is flatter and less wooded, perhaps even converted to farmland. Also, the increasing development of housing and expanding city limits in other places has forced wildlife out of its natural habitat. Gillespie County values wildlife. Farmers, ranchers and residents hold animals in high regard not only because of their presence, but also because of their contributions to the area’s economy.

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COVID-19 isn’t slowing down two fall run runs Fall fun run organizers in Fredericksburg have reconfigured their races and found a way to host their running and walking events in Fredericksburg this fall, in spite of the city’s moratorium prohibiting public events of 75 people or more. The Fredericksburg City Council approved a moratorium for special events on city-owned property effective Aug. 1-Nov. 1, 2020, and is prohibiting outdoor gatherings of 75 people or more, in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. Athletes can still participate in running events dur-

ing the fall season. Oktoberfest Kraut Run The 11th Annual Oktoberfest Kraut Run will be virtual this year. It will be a do-ityourself affair. Athletes can run a 5K or 8K or walk a 5K at any location of their choice, including treadmills anytime between Oct. 3-17. Photos of racers are highly encouraged and should be posted on the Kraut Run Facebook page at https:// www.facebook.com/MorningRotary/. There will be awards for best costume and best race

Costumes are welcome at this year’s virtual Oktoberfest Kraut Run sponsored by the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club. Photos can be shared via social media. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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ATTRACTIONS locale. Registration for the race is $25. To register, visit https://www.athleteguild.com/running/fredericksburg-tx/2020-oktoberfest-kraut-run/ signup. Race packets, that will include a long-sleeved technical race shirt, will be mailed to registrants who cannot pick up the race package in Fredericksburg. Email any questions to: fbgmorningrotary@gmail.com Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club, the event benefits literacy and youth programs. Turkey Trot This year’s Turkey Trot is a monthlong affair to be run at the locale of choice. The MOM Center of Fredericksburg decided to host its fun runs and walk virtually during the month of November. Participants can register between Nov. 1-30 by visiting https://momcenter.org/. Entry fee will be $30 for the 5K/10K

Sometimes turkeys get into the mix during the Mom Center of Fredericksburg annual Turkey Trot. This year’s event will be a virtual run. The race will be run in November. See story for more information. — Standard-Radio Post file photo races and $15 for the one-mile fun walk. The racing packet, which will be mailed to participants, will include a mask with a picture of a turkey and a chance to win a three-night stay in Taos, New Mexico. Organizers encourage racers to take

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Explore local history like a pioneer A chance to explore Fredericksburg’s history through historic structures, authentic objects and photographs is offered at Pioneer Museum, which is owned and operated by the Gillespie County Historical Society (GCHS). The GCHS and Pioneer Museum work together to create a shared narrative of Fredericksburg history. The GCHS manages historical collections from donors and the Pioneer Museum complex brings the collections to life through exhibits, demonstrations and educational programs. GCHS The GCHS was formed in 1934 to preserve and share the history of Gillespie County. The first Pioneer Museum site was the Vereins Kirche, located in the 100 block of West Main Street. The Vereins Kirche is a 1935 replica of the original structure and is an extension of Pioneer Museum. In 1955, the society bought the historic Kammlah house, store and property, which included a smokehouse and barn. All are at the Pioneer Museum Complex site. With other purchases and donations by the GCHS, the Pioneer Museum site has grown to encompass three acres and 11 buildings. Nine of the buildings are historic structures included on a tour of the Pioneer Museum grounds. The society has over 30,000 artifacts within its rich and diverse collection. Pioneer Museum Located at 325 West Main Street, the museum complex features year-round activities, displays, and hands-on demonstrations for families. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Regular museum admission is $7.50 for adults, $3 for youth ages 6 to 17 years and free for children 5 years of age and younger. For more information, call the museum at 830-990-8441. Special activities The museum hosts a number of spe-

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The White Oak School, located on the grounds of Pioneer Museum, recalls the days of oneroom Gillespie County country schools in use until the second half of the 20th century. — Standard-Radio Post file photo cial activities during the year: • Little Pioneers Hands-on Activities — Third Saturday, September, October and November. • Kinderfest — Dec. 5. • Spring Break at Pioneer Museum — March 15-19, 2021. • Easter Egg Hunt — Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 10 a.m. • Lenz Fest — April 8, 2021. • Adventures in Reading — Thursday mornings at 10 a.m., June and July. These activities are subject to change due to federal, state and local COVID-19 rules and regulations. Museum Complex Nine historic structures, displaying authentic artifacts and images, encourage visitors to imagine the struggles of the founding generations — thousands of miles from their birthplace, with scant supplies and equipment, to survive and create a new life. The Dambach-Besier House at 325 West Main Street was reconstructed as the entrance and gift shop of Pioneer Museum and also serves as the Uptown Visitor Welcome Center. The limestone house was constructed

by F. Dambach in the 500 block of East Main Street in 1869. The house was later used as a restaurant at the Sunday House Inn. In 2008, the Dambach-Besier House was reconstructed at 325 West Main Street. Visitors begin their tour in the newlyconstructed Tank House which has a small interpretive theater with a 12-minute introductory video of the founding of Fredericksburg. The Kammlah House began in 1847 as a three-room home with a half-story loft and grew into a large house with three additions, including three kitchens, a cellar, enclosed stone patio, bedrooms and a formerly screened back porch. When the GCHS purchased the Kammlah property in 1955, four generations of Kammlahs had lived in the house. Between 1870 and 1923, the Kammlahs operated a general store in the front two rooms. The house is the oldest building in Fredericksburg open to the public. Each building on the Pioneer Museum grounds tells a different aspect of life


ATTRACTIONS in early Gillespie County. The complex also includes: The Arhelger Bathhouse, originally built as a bathhouse behind the Arhelger Barber Shop on East Main Street. The Bathhouse now shows a 1920s bathhouse with barber chairs, a period bathtub, and a boot shining chair. The White Oak School recalls the days of the one-room country schools that dotted Gillespie County until the second half of the 20th century when most country schools were consolidated into Fredericksburg and Harper school districts. Three additional homes further tell the architectural story of Gillespie County. The Walton-Smith Log Cabin, built in the 1880s, is a typical Hill Country log-limestone-mortar house. The Fassel-Roeder House, in its original location, began as a one-room butcher shop. The Fassel family purchased the home in 1874, using the old butcher shop as a bedroom. The Fassel family later added a kitchen, parlor and front porch to the home. The Weber Sunday House is a typical wooden framed structure built by German families who lived too far from town for day trips. These little houses were used as weekend homes, allowing families to eat and rest when they came to town for church, shopping or funerals. Also located on the grounds of Pioneer Museum is the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department Museum, built in 1983

The Fassel-Roeder House rests in its original location and began as a one-room butcher shop. The house is one of the homes telling the story of frontier life at Pioneer Museum, located at 325 W. Main St. — Standard-Radio Post file photo by the volunteer firefighters. Four pieces of early 20th century firefighting equipment tell the history of the department’s early years. The bell on top of the building stood atop the first fire station in town. The siren, which sat atop City Hall until 2011, is now displayed in the museum’s adjacent yard.

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Experience Fredericksburg, Gillespie by walking along year-round trails

A chance to experience Fredericksburg and Gillespie County at one’s own pace is offered by the local walking club — Volkssportverein Friedrichsburg (VVF). The VVF has established five self-paced, year-round routes for walkers to enjoy. All five walks have been developed between 5km (3.1 miles) and 10km (6.2 miles) distances. In addition to the three routes inside the city limits, the club has also plotted out routes at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall and at the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. These walks are sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association (AVA) as Year-Round Walks. Individuals can walk all five any day they wish (during daylight hours). Check-in for the in-town walks is at Sunday House Inn and Suites, 501 E. Main St. The two rural walks both have starting points inside park visitor centers. At each location, participants should ask the personnel for the Walk Box from which they can obtain maps of the self-

For those who enjoy walking, the Volkssportverein Friedrichsburg (VVF) has established five self-paced year-round walks around the city and county, including several routes at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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ATTRACTIONS guided walks as well as other items needed if walking for credit. The start of the walk itself may involve a drive to a different location. Fredericksburg Walks The three city walks include: • AVA Pilgrimage — This walk is through the Historical District and honors the heritage of Volkssporting in America, which began here in June of 1976. • Cemetery Walk — Participants taking this route will start at the Marktplatz and will walk through two historic cemeteries on the north side of town. • Cross Mountain Walk — The beginning location for this trek is Cross Mountain. At the top, participants can take in a 360-degree-view of Fredericksburg and the surrounding countryside. LBJ State Park The route at LBJ State Park and Historic Site will take walkers to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm where life in the rural areas of the

early-1900s is shown daily by living history demonstrations. A 10km route also takes walkers along Ranch Road 1 and the banks of the Pedernales River. A second 10km trail starts at the Texas White House and winds through the LBJ Ranch. The two 10km routes can be combined for a 20km distance. LBJ State Park and Historic Site is just past Stonewall, 15 miles east of Fredericksburg on U.S. Highway 290. While the park operates year-round, the facilities are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. As with all State parks, it is recommended that walkers check on-line (tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks) to verify the park will be open, They can be crowded during school holidays and weekends. Enchanted Rock The route at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, located 18 miles north of Fredericksburg on Ranch Road 965, will give hikers a variety of routes, including the option of walking up the summit.

Dominating the park is a large pink granite exfoliation dome that rises 425 feet above ground and 1,825 feet above sea level. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the office opens at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee to the park is $7 per person age 12 and older. Texas State Parks Pass holders get in free. All Walks For all walks, there is a fee of $3 to pay insurance, printing costs, etc. All participants are required to register, carry a start card and return the card to the start point. Anyone may participate, although children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are welcome, must be kept on a leash and are not allowed in the buildings or on the Enchanted Rock summit. There are more than 200 AVA walking clubs in Texas alone, conducting more then 2,500 walks each year. For more information, contact Dave Roberts at dlroberts34@hotmail.com or calling 830-992-7584. The AVA website is www.walktx.org/.

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Country schools invite public to learn about education history

The county’s country schools might not be open to the public, but the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools still invites everyone to drive the tour. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the yearly open houses staged at various schools will not be held. The grounds will be open to public, but the buildings will remain closed in order to mitigate the coronavirus’ spread. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, students learned the three R’s: reading, writing and ’rithmetic in the comfort of a one-room school house, many of which were located out in the country. Later came schools like Fredericksburg Independent School District, Harper ISD and Doss Consolidated Common School District, and the rural schools took their place in history. Those schools are now things of the past, but the sites and even memories can still be revisited, courtesy of a visit on the Gillespie County Country Schools Trail. ‘Schools Trail’ The “schools trail” gives visitors and residents alike a chance to venture into the earlier days of Texas, when German settlers came to the Texas Hill Country and established country schools to educate their children.

Friends of the Gillespie County Schools restored a curtain in 2015 to highlight schools in the county. — StandardRadio Post file photo Among the old school houses on the driving trail are Cave Creek, Cherry Mountain, Cherry Spring, Crabapple, Grapetown, Junction, Lower South Grape Creek, Luckenbach, Meusebach Creek, Nebgen, Pecan Creek, Rheingold, Williams Creek (Albert), White Oak, Willow City and Wrede. Due to the Gilmer-Aiken Laws, in the 1950s and 1960s, the schools were consolidated into the Fredericksburg Independent School District. On Jan. 23, 2006, the Gillespie County Commissioners Court established the Gillespie County Country Schools Trail. This trail linked the 16 former historic country schools with the Vereins Kirche, which is a replica of the first school in the county.

‘Friends’ The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools, in conjunction with several organizations, sponsors the trail and various activities throughout the year so that people can learn more about the county’s educational history. The Friends consists of former students of the closed schools and area community residents. Their mission statement is “we are preserving the past to enrich the future.” For more information about the historic rural schools tours, call the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools at 830-685-3321, e-mail them at info@historicschools.org or visit them online at www.historicschools.org.

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The National Museum of the Pacific War, one of Fredericksburg’s largest attractions, tells the story of World War II in the Pacific from the beginning through Japan’s surrender aboard the USS Missouri. — Submitted photo

Interweaving history Interweaving the stories of America, Japan, China and other Asian countries, the chronicle of how World War II was won in the Pacific can be found in Fredericksburg at the National Museum of the Pacific War. This accredited and nationally recognized museum honors the more than 100,000 Americans who gave their lives in the war against Japan by “truthfully and respectfully telling the story of their struggles, their sacrifices and their triumphs.” The museum also honors the eight million Americans who served in World War II across the globe. This is particularly relevant in 2020 – which is the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. Formerly known as the Nimitz Museum, in honor of Fredericksburg’s native son, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, it was renamed to respect the wishes of Nimitz who wanted to ensure that all of the men and women who served and supported the war effort were honored. Nimitz served as Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas and led the naval victory against Japan. Having achieved the rank of Fleet Admiral before his final

victories, Nimitz signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the United States in the historic ceremony aboard the USS Missouri. Nimitz is memorialized with an eight-foot bronze statue that stands on the museum grounds. “The National Museum of the Pacific War connects people to the experiences and stories of those affected by World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater by interpreting its enduring relevance,” said a spokesperson for the museum. This mission of the museum is brought to life in their endeavors to teach the history and lessons of the war in the Pacific and through educational platforms for their application to current and future national security issues. The museum also strives to preserve the memories of those who served there and those who never returned home, as well as facilitate programs that honor and support all veterans, past and present. Main Museum Campus Encompassing six acres, museum visitors can explore NIMITZ ▶ 106

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55,000 square feet of indoor exhibits featuring dozens of media presentations, almost 1,000 artifacts preserved in climate-controlled cases, 15 macroartifacts and hundreds of photographs. One of the elite military museums in the nation, the main museum building at 311 E. Austin St. houses the George H.W. Bush Gallery with the adjacent Plaza of Presidents. Across the Memorial Courtyard, the Japanese Garden of Peace is a few steps away. The Admiral Nimitz Gallery is located inside the historic Nimitz Hotel building facing Main Street. Just two blocks away are the Oveta Culp Hobby Education Center and the Pacific Combat Zone. Exhibits in the George H.W. Bush Gallery convey the shock and destruction of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, including one of the five Japanese, twoman subs that took part in the attack. In the same building, the museum archives hold thousands of manuscripts, official documents, photographs and oral histories of veterans. The archives are housed in the Nimitz Education and

Research Center which is open to the public by appointment only. In the Memorial Courtyard, the museum honors individuals, ships and units who fought in the Pacific Theater. The Japanese Garden of Peace was a gift to Americans from the people of Japan and pays tribute to Japanese Admiral Heihachiro Togo whom Nimitz admired. It includes a replica of Togo’s study in Japan. Recently re-opened, the expanded and completely renovated Admiral Nimitz Gallery features exhibits of Nimitz’ strategy and tactics in his defeat of the Japanese, a wide array of Nimitz’ own artifacts and new digital interactives, including a chance for visitors to try their hands at refueling a battleship at sea, “island-hopping” toward Japan’s mainland, and even running the Nimitz Hotel in the 1800s. Pacific Combat Zone The Pacific Combat Zone is a unique two-acre in-door/outdoor exhibit and one of the museum’s most popular ven-

ues. The PT (Patrol, Torpedo) boat exhibit allows guests to see how these small, fast and torpedo-armed vessels were equipped for missions. With videos, an oral history kiosk and the history of the PT boat displayed, visitors will get a glimpse of the lives of those who served on them. The Carrier Aircraft exhibit takes museum-goers “below deck” of an aircraft carrier where they will get an upclose view of a TBM Avenger aircraft getting ready for a mission. This exhibit also includes videos, artifacts and information about flight missions. Visitors can test their skills on tabletop games stationed in front of the aircraft – launching torpedoes at enemy ships, defending a ship by manning an anti-aircraft gun, and waving a pilot in on approach and landing. The museum stages its living history programs in the amphitheater, putting the audience on the front lines at the Pacific Combat Zone. Typically, the living history programs are presented on

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ATTRACTIONS one weekend each month from March through November. These programs immerse visitors in battle, providing historical background on weapons used during the war and dramatically showcasing the equipment and tactics used by both U.S. forces and that of the Japanese. The finale features a look into a warlike scenario with the weapons being fired. The museum is known for its skillful use of pyrotechnics in these reenactments. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for students; free for children under six, although the program is not recommended for children under six due to loud noise. Advance tickets are available online or at admission desks on the main campus. Walk-up tickets are sometimes available at the Pacific Combat Zone prior to the program. General Information The National Museum of the Pacific War is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a timed admission basis with tickets reserved and purchased online. Closed on Thanks-

The Japanese HA-19 two-man submarine was one of five that was involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. The lone surviving pilot of this sub became the first POW captured by the U.S. during World War II. — Submitted photo giving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Note: Days and hours may change; visitors should check the website for current information. Admission is free for WWII veterans. Senior citizens 65 and older are $14; adults are $18; military members (active or retired) with an I.D. are $12; children six and over and students who have ID, are $8; children five and

under are free. Admission for school groups is free and for tour groups of 20 or more is $10 per person; and advance reservations are required. For more information about rates, along with questions about volunteering at the museum, call 997-8600 or visit www.pacificwarmuseum.org. The museum is located at 311 E. Austin St.

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Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall is the destination where years of the past come to life in the Texas Hill Country. It’s a place where historians, naturalists, recreationalists, wildlife views, political enthusiasts, wildflower lovers, walkers, anglers, outdoor enthusiasts and more can find something to pique their interest. The park features historical exhibits, memorabilia and a living history farm, along with recreational sports, nature trails, shopping and more. Honoring a president LBJ State Park and Historic Site honors Gillespie County native Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States.

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grant Johannes Behrens. There’s also an outdoor amphitheater used for a variety of programs. Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm The park is also home to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, which depicts the life of a German/Texas family from 1915-1918. East of the Visitor Center and off the nature trail, the farm is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from June through September and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. October through May. Guided tours there allow park interpreters to demonstrate every phase of life characteristic of that era. School classes and other large groups of 15 or more are encouraged to make reservations for one-hour farm tours by emailing LBJ.ToursReservations@tpwd.texas.gov. Nature trails The Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall comElsewhere in the park, a winding nature trail leads walkers to a larger-than-life bronze statue of the former president bines the history of the 36th president and German pioneers, as well as a celebration of nature. – Standard-Radio Post file photo overlooking the Pedernales River. It also trails near a wildlife enclosure housing buffalo and other areas with the members of the Official Texas State Nearby are two lighted tennis courts. There is also a baseLonghorn Herd. ball field that can be reserved for use at no cost. Since May 2014, the park has become home to part of the OfAvailable by reservation is the park’s dining hall and group ficial Texas State Longhorn Herd. picnic area, located on the banks of the Pedernales River. Another trail, approximately a mile long, is handicapped acThere is also a facility that can be reserved for overnight use cessible and suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. It departs for youth groups. the Visitor Center and travels through fields of wildflowers Fishing is allowed without a license from the banks of state and past the Texas Longhorns’ pen to the Danz cabins before park lands. looping back. However, those who go into the waterways, for example, on Every trail in the park is linked with directional signs and a boat, must have a fishing license. strategically placed markers giving a brief description of highlights along the path. Special events LBJ State Park will host the annual Seed Stomp from 10 There’s more a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. Numerous shaded picnic and rest areas (some with restParticipants will learn about native wildflowers, Mrs. Johnroom facilities) are available at the state park. son’s legacy of beautifying America and will be given wildFrom early June throughout the summer, a large swimming flower seeds to help reseed the grounds and plant flowers for pool facility — complete with children’s wading pool and a future generations. covered pavilion — is manned by certified lifeguards. On Saturday, Oct. 10, visitors can attend the Splashes of

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ATTRACTIONS Beauty program to learn about how to make art and beauty from everyday things. On Saturday, Nov. 28, visitors are invited to the Deck the Halls event from 10 a.m.3 p.m. Families can decorate cookies and participate in early 1900s Christmas traditions such as candle making, popcorn stringing and wreath making. The 51st Annual LBJ Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The tradition was started more than 50 years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson. Families are invited to enjoy carolers, a live nativity, Santa Claus, refreshments and the lighting of the tree. During the Christmas season, visitors to the Sauer-Beckmann Farm can learn about Christmas traditions during the boyhood times of 36th President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson. Activities include wreath making, card making, cookie decorating and more. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

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Wildflower heaven Year after year, Wildseed Farms has drawn visitors from all over to take a walk on the colorful bright side. Wildseed Farms has served as ground zero for the development and “export” of the wildflower seed industry around the state. The flower-filled business, located on U.S. 290 East at 100 Legacy Drive, is home to the largest family-owned wildflower farm in the United States. More than 200 acres at its headquarters are filled with color year-round as blooms beautify the roadside attraction. And the company has more than 1,000 acres of cultivated fields around the state. Its founder and president is John R. Thomas, who has won local, state and national recognition for his contributions to land conservation and beautification. The business specializes in seeds for native plants that make the Hill Country pop year-round with color. One large addition – acres, in fact – to its fields has been grapes. In fact, Thomas will soon be one of the largest growers of grapes in the area, adding significantly to Texas’ rising reputation for quality grapes and wines. Calendar Wildseed Farms will host their annual Fall Festival from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Live music from John Arthur Martinez and his band will be from 1-4 p.m. There will be plenty of photo ops for the family. Wildseed Farms will hold its Monarch Celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Visitors can tag and track their own Monarch butterfly, which will be released into the wild to work its magic at 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. The event is free and no reservations are necessary. Farm offerings Visitors can explore walking trails, watch the farm staff work and take photos. Visitors can also create custom bouquets with flowers from

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Wildflowers of all shapes and colors, including black-eyed Susans, can be found throughout the grounds of Wildseed Farms. The site also has a butterfly garden, food, wine, beer and a gift shop. the seasonal Pick Your Own fields. Areas to visit at Wildseed are Blossom’s Boutique, Lantana’s Nursery, Brewbonnet Biergarten and The Meadows walking trail. Plant and flower lovers can order seeds of individual species, regional mixes, varieties of cosmos, zinnias and sunflowers, along with native grasses and culinary herbs. There are also garden products and specialty foods. Their catalog features over 90 varieties of wildflowers, grasses, herbs and exotic garden variety seeds. Wildseed Farms has been planting and harvesting wildflower crops for more than three decades in various parts of the Texas terrain, including the fields at Fredericksburg. Open to the public daily, Wildseed Farms offers a lot more than the flowers these days, and invites the public to come on by and stay a while. The farm offers a complimentary seed catalog to each visitor. Also a resource guide, the publication offers helpful planting tips and how-to’s. Outside the store can be found one of the Hill Country’s largest selections of live plants and colorful imported pottery. Many of the native plants are featured in Wildseed Farms’ own landscape. Staff members are available to make suggestions and help shoppers create their own version.


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City parks crown jewels of town Just three miles from downtown attractions, the 150-acre Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park is the crown jewel of the City of Fredericksburg’s parks system and provides a recreational getaway for locals and visitors, alike. There is no admission charge for entering the park located southwest of town on Texas 16 South. Some rules and regulations may be modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but most of Fredericksburg’s parks are still available to be enjoyed. Day use activities Daytime visitors to Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park can use picnic tables (available on a first-come first-served basis) and four playgrounds at no charge to accommodate those just wanting to get away from it all for a couple of hours. Three free nature trails that take hikers across Live Oak Creek give nature lovers a chance to get up close and personal with the natural habitat. The pathways were established by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center. For vacationers who enjoy fishing, the park offers a 17-acre lake and plenty of spots to wet a line. Motor boats, however, are prohibited, as are trotlines and swimming.

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park offers plenty of opportunities for fishing in great spots. — StandardRadio Post file photo Elsewhere in the park, there are baseball and softball fields, a sand volleyball court, an outdoor basketball court, a swimming pool (with kiddie pool to the side) and tennis courts. Rental facilities Visitors who plan large gatherings may want to look into using one of the park’s five large outdoor covered pavilions or one of three indoor sites, including the Tatsch House, the Cardinal Room at the gold course clubhouse or the spacious Pioneer Pavilion. CITY PARKS ▶ 114

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Each of the five outdoor pavilions is available on a firstcome first-served basis or by reservation. Information about the facilities and reservation opportunities is available from the City of Fredericksburg’s website at www.fbgtx.org. Overnight camping Camping under the stars is available at the park, which accommodates RVs and tents. In all, there are 98 RV spaces available for travel trailers with 30-50 amp electrical hookups, water and sewer, cable TV, wireless Internet and shade trees. Rates are $40 per day, $240 per week and $450 per month (available Sept. 1-March 31 only). Campers who want to tent camp pay $10 per night. All campers must check in at the park office to receive a camping permit. There are nine comfort stations to serve visitors, while three bathhouses are available. Reservations for camping, use of the park’s picnic tables or other facilities can be made by calling the park at 830-9974202, online or by writing Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Dog Park The City of Fredericksburg and the Fredericksburg Dog Park Association [FDPA – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization] have joined together to create a city dog park within Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. Opened Dec. 14, 2018, the five-acre dog park adjacent to Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park can accommodate both large and small canines. Amenities: • • • • • • •

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Cross Mountain park is a local favorite for it’s view from it’s 1,951 foot elevation. — Submitted photo This is a great opportunity for visitors to let their furry friend run off all that extra energy. The park asks everyone to use common courtesy and clean up after their pets. More information may be obtained for any of these parks by calling park headquarters at 830-997-4202 or City Hall at 830-997-7521. Other city parks Cross Mountain Park On North Milam Street, just at the outskirts of town, visitors will find Cross Mountain Park. Cross Mountain is located on a historic marl and limestone hill with an elevation of 1,951 feet. It was used as an Indian lookout for early settlers. During the settling of Fredericksburg, a timber cross was found on the hilltop. Early Fredericksburg pioneers gave this hill the name “Kreuzberg” or Cross Mountain. In 1946, the permanent lighted cross was raised. Currently, there is a Master Conceptual Plan for additional trails, picnic sites, and vista overlooks, but at this time, the project is unfunded. Elementary School Park On the grounds of Fredericksburg Elementary School at 1608 North Adams Street is Elementary School Park.


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The city constructed the facilities and the FISD maintains them. The park is available to the public outside of school hours. Fort Martin Scott Located out U.S. 290 East (Main Street) across from the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center, Fort Martin Scott was the first U.S. Army outpost built on the Texas Frontier. The historic site contains one original garrison building Amenities: • Playground

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which has been restored, one late-1800s farm shed and three reproduction garrison buildings. The old military fort was in operation from 1848-1853 by the

Frantzen Park This quiet little park located at 400 South Orange Street, with picnic tables, makes a great place for an outing with the Amenities: • Self-guided tour with interpretive signage around the fort’s quadrangle during daylight hours. Buildings are only open during Visitor Center hours listed below. • Living history re-enactments twice a year. • Visitor Center hours: Thursday to

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U.S. Army. Texas Rangers used the site as a camp, both before and after military occupation. During the Civil War, the Confederate States Army occupied the fort for a brief period. Later abandoned and then purchased and used by the Braeutigam family as a farm, the property was purchased by the City of Fredericksburg in 1949. Fort Martin Scott is currently operated as a self-guided tour of the historic site. In the spring of 2019, a new trail that winds about half a mile along Barons Creek was opened. The trail was built with assistance from the Fredericksburg Rotary Club, Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center and Fort Martin Scott Friends. The trail is open from dawn to dusk.

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family. This park was originally named Orange Street Park. It was donated to the city by Alex and Laura Frantzen in 1956. There has been limited development in the park as it is in a flood plain, but the open green space is a pleasant place for family fun. Amenities:

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Marktplatz The most present Fredericksburg city park is Marktplatz, located right in the center of Fredericksburg. This park surrounds on all sides one of the most revered treasures of the city, the Vereins Kirche. This iconic building recently underwent some renovations and repainting. The octagonal-shaped building was the site of the first church and the first school in Fredericksburg. Marktplatz hosts festivals, concerts and an ice skating rink during the holiday season. Marktplatz offers a gathering space, a playground for children and places for a picnic. Pavilions at Marktplatz can be reserved for private parties by calling (830) 990-2044. Oak Crest Park On Texas 16 South, 2.5 miles south of Main Street, this park has lighted baseball and softball fields with some covered

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Playgrounds like this one above at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park draw big crowds whether it’s resident from the community or visitor from out of town. Adequate parking makes this a perfect space for participation in team sports. Old Fair Park Old Fair Park is located just behind H-E-B, at the corner of Ufer and Lincoln streets. Amenities include: lighted regulation baseball and softball fields; a lighted soccer field; concession stands and a playground; skatepark; basketball pavilion with two courts, one can be used for pickleball and batting cages, Town Pool Located at 105 W. Travis St., Town Pool is open during summer months only. Some rules and regulations have been added to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

• Gardens • Located on Main Street

bleachers, and a large covered playground. This park is designed for recreational and organized team sports. It is used by youth baseball. A playground honoring Fredericksburg fallen soldier, Chris Staats, was dedicated in 2012.

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Park’s nature trails draw locals, tourists Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park has nature trails that wind their way through sections of the park. These trails offer nature lovers a glimpse of the multitude of species of birds, forbs, grasses, woody plants, amphibians, reptiles and insects to view. There are three different nature trails that total about one mile, designed and built by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center, that wind through seven distinct microhabitats. The 10-acre area features forests, prairie, riparian, creek and lakeside wetlands, post oak savannah and semi-arid brush land ecosystems. Kiosks along the trail feature displays of the various groups of wildlife found in the park and a television monitor in the park office shows photos of the wildflowers, birds, butterflies and dragonflies seen in the nature area.

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Pink dome welcomes visitors The majestic pink granite dome greets people even before they reach the Enchanted Rock State National Area, but it’s the site’s expansive views and native wildlife that keep visitors coming back for more. The natural attraction towers 1,825 feet in elevation, and attracts thousands of hikers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts each year. Enchanted Rock SNA offers opportunities to not only hike, but to rock climb, boulder climb and stargaze. It is one of the best places in the area to see the night sky in its clearest state, as Enchanted Rock is one of only two Texas Parks and Wildlife Department properties that are certified “Gold Tier” Dark Sky Parks. This designation means that Enchanted Rock complies with the International Dark Sky Association requirements, which not only conserves energy for the park, but also guarantees visitors will have an undistracted view of the night sky. It helps the area cut down on light pollution, and promotes low-impact ecotourism as one of the surrounding area’s most sought destinations. Along with protecting the park from light pollution, Enchanted

Rock also asks visitors to protect the property from unintentional pet-inflicted damage. In the park, pets are only allowed in the designated day-use picnic areas, the campgrounds and on the Loop Trail. Pets are not allowed on any other trail. About the Rock: • The Rock sits at just 1,825 feet. Hikers can be challenged due to the steep incline of Enchanted Rock. • The main campground has restroom facilities, but there are more remote sites scattered throughout the park. Visitors are asked to be aware of the state of the burn ban in dry conditions. • Trails, varying in length and slope can be found in the park. The Loop Trail winds around the park a lengthy 4.5 miles, while the jaunt to the top of the Rock is only a half mile climb. Visitors can check the event page for special hikes and events at https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/enchanted-rock/park_events. Those interested in technical rock climbing will need to check in at the park headquarters to read all climbing rules and sign all of the required climbing waiver.

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The park’s peak season ranges from September through May, though the park might reach full capacity at any time of year. When the parking lots are full, the park will declare full capacity and close for at least three hours. Park closures are more likely during holidays. Flashing signs on approaching roads will alert visitors when the park has closed. One sign is located north of Fredericksburg on Ranch Road 965, the other is on Texas 16 North near the Ranch Road 965 intersection. The park’s Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/ enchantedrock/ — will also update visitors on the status of the park. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is located at 16710 Ranch Road 965, 18 miles north of Fredericksburg. More information is available by calling (830) 685-3636 or by visiting the park’s website at https://tpwd.texas.gov/ state-parks/enchanted-rock.

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Bats rule the night Park offers place to learn about the Hill Country nighttime feeders

One of the coolest things to witness in the Hill Country is millions of bats leaving their cave at Old Tunnel State Park. Starting in late April or early May, three million-plus bats take up residence inside the 920-foot landmark railroad tunnel at the 16.1-acre Old Tunnel State Park. The tunnel was originally built in 1913 and used by the Fredericksburg and Northern Railroad until its abandonment in 1941. Mexican Free-tailed Bats, as well as a smaller number of cave myotis bats, funnel out of the tunnel each night between May and October. From there, they cover miles and devour thousands of pounds of insects and bugs. Old Tunnel State Park, located at 10619 Old San Antonio Road – about 11 miles south of Fredericksburg – is open 365 days a year (though coronavirus may affect times and crowds, so call ahead). The trail is open from sunrise until 5 p.m. each day. The park does not charge an entrance fee, so access to the trail during these times is free. During the summer and early fall months, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hosts daily sessions to educate visitors about the bats. Bat viewing is available each evening where spectators can watch as a bat exodus “tornado” forms as hundreds of thousands of the small mammals leave behind their roosts, swirling en masse on their nightly foraging flights. To better see the bats on their nightly runs, the park offers an upper viewing deck and a lower observation level which is closer to the bat tunnel and walking trail. The largest bat populations and corresponding longer emergence times (up to 45 minutes) fall later in the summer. As bats are sensitive to light, flash photography is not permitted from either viewing area. In addition, the upper viewing deck contains glass-plated biological displays aimed at educating the public on the life cycle of the bats and their importance to the ecological system. Park guides conduct an educational program in the lower observation area closer to the tunnel about 30 minutes to an hour prior to the estimated bat emergence times on Thursday

Millions of Mexican Free-tailed bats and some myotis bats fill the evening skies at Old Tunnel State Park. Photo by Texas Parks and Wildlife through Sunday evenings. Cost for that program, as well as admission to the lower trail and lower viewing seats, is $5 per person. Only 70 seats are available for the presentation and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees can enjoy hiking, bird-watching and general wildlife viewing on the half-mile nature trail. The trail is primitive and can be steep.

INFO  From May through October, the trail is open after 5 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday for bat viewings at the lower area. Visitors must pay admission to view the bats there, and children must be at least four years old.  Visitors are reminded to bring drinking water, as no water is available in the park. Restrooms are only open in the evenings during bat season (May to October).  Picnic tables are available at the park, along with a half-mile bird-watching trail.  Due to the sensitive nature of the park, no camping, pets or smoking are allowed.  Since the program start depends upon the emergence times, Old Tunnel State Park maintains an informational phone line to distribute updated information. Information on estimated “show” times is available at 1-866-978-2287.  Online: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/old-tunnel.

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Skate park offers chance to test skills Skaters and bikers have a safe place to ply their trade in Fredericksburg. Until 2015, riders of all ages were practicing their moves in the gym and drain ditches at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, where associate pastor and youth minister Kelly Graham opened church doors to a crowd with nowhere to go. The Fredericksburg skate park — built by the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club for $325,000 — completed construction in 2015, and gives local youth a place to test their skills. Portland, Oregon-based Evergreen Skate Parks, run by longtime skateboarders Bill and Catherine Coulson, designed the park. The City of Fredericksburg maintains the 24,000-square-foot park, which can be entered at Old Fair Park near H-E-B.

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Vereins Kirche features new exhibits The Vereins Kirche is a unique landmark in the center of downtown Fredericksburg. The octagonal building is owned and operated by the Gillespie County Historical Society. The Vereins Kirche recently underwent a major renovation and now includes a brand-new exhibit. Exhibits for the Vereins Kirche The new permanent exhibit in the Vereins Kirche 1847 to the Present tells the history of the two Vereins Kirches, the original and the replica. The story of the Vereins Kirche begins with the immigration of Germans to Texas in the 1840s. From there, six of the eight walls are each dedicated to the story of the Vereins Kirche fitting into the wall’s overarching theme. Each wall contains information about the Vereins Kirche, Fredericksburg, and the state of Texas. The new interpretation has themes of “Arrival in Texas,” “Building the Vereins Kirche,” “Learning,” “Worshiping,” “Meeting,” and “Preserving.” Local artists, Lee and Matt Casbeer created paintings that line the top of the building depicting different scenes through the buildings’ history. The temporary exhibit (on display through May 2021), explains the history of the Gillespie County Historical Society, who have been the stewards of the replica since 1935. History The original Vereins Kirche served as the town’s first church, school and public meeting place and lookout building for protection against invaders. The replica of the Vereins Kirche was used as a library, home to the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, a oneday post office and a museum. The original Vereins Kirche, or Society Church, was used primarily as a church and school for all denominations. School districts were created in Gillespie County in the 1850s and students were no longer using the Vereins Kirche. As with the school, church congregations began building their own churches in town and slowly leaving the Vereins Kirche empty most days. By the 50th anniversary in 1896, the stone walls were removed to make the Vereins Kirche a pavilion for the celebration. The building was torn down in 1897 as it had fallen into disrepair. For many years, local citizens had the vision of building a replica of the Vereins Kirche. In 1935, the Gillespie County Historical Society received their charter and began working to rebuild the Vereins Kirche as a pioneer memorial. Fundraising by citizens and help from the New Deal Works Progress Administration supported the building of the Vereins Kirche. A celebration was held in May 1935 and the Vereins Kirche Pioneer Memorial was officially opened. The first use of the new Vereins Kirche was to house Pioneer Memorial Library and a small historical museum. The first exhibits included memorabilia and collectibles from the early

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Owned and managed by the Gillespie County Historical Society, the Vereins Kirche on Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg tells the story of this iconic building. — Standard-Radio Post photo file photo Hours of Operation • The Vereins Kirche is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. six days a week, Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays. • Admission to the Vereins Kirche is $2.50 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-12, 5 and under free. • Times are subject to change related to the COVID-19 pandemic rules and regulations. pioneer days. When the Gillespie County Historical Society purchased the Kammlah Homestead in 1955, most of their artifacts were moved and displayed in the Kammlah House while a small exhibit space remained in the Vereins Kirche. In 1967, after the second courthouse was refurbished by Eugene and Margaret McDermott of Dallas, Pioneer Memorial Library left the Vereins Kirche and took up residence in the McDermott Building where it remains today. For a few years, part of the Vereins Kirche was home to the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, with GCHS exhibit space occupying some of the building. It was during this time that the GCHS began archiving and organizing its collection. When the Chamber moved out of the Vereins Kirche, the space became an area for the GCHS Archives and Collections (now located at the GCHS offices in the Historic First Methodist Church at 312 West San Antonio Street). A depiction of the Meusebach-Comanche Treaty painted by Lucy Meusebach Marschall in the 1920s hangs in the Vereins Kirche.


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Higher education opportunities offered Through Texas Tech, Central Texas College Hill Country University Center has big plans for higher education options in Fredericksburg for both traditional and non-traditional students. HCUC houses the Texas Tech University Regional Teaching Site in Fredericksburg (TTU) and a branch of Central Texas College (CTC). Together, the schools offer area students an affordable way to complete a four-year degree without leaving town. The 24,000-square-foot facility opened in 2010, and today boasts seven classrooms, a science lab, computer library, student lounge, offices, and the H-E-B Community Events Center, which can host gatherings. It is located on 68 acres at the eastern city limits. The HCUC campus serves students in Gillespie and the surrounding sixcounty area. Evening classes serve many adult students who also work full time. The center offers a variety of associate, bachelor and master degrees and provides scholarships to local students to offset the cost of attending college. Central Texas College CTC is a two-year public community college that provides freshman and sophomore courses while maintaining some of the lowest tuition rates in the state of Texas. Students can earn an associate degree while completing their core curriculum toward many areas of study. CTC also works with local school districts to expand trade and technical training opportunities for high school students who wish to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. By earning college credits at CTC, a student can build a solid academic foundation and save on the cost of college before transferring to a four-year degree program. One popular path to a bachelor’s degree is by transferring from CTC to TTU.

Hill Country University’s orientation session lets area high school students know their local higher-education options. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

TTU-Fredericksburg TTU offers junior and senior-level coursework needed to successfully complete baccalaureate and graduate degrees without leaving Fredericksburg. With the programs offered, students can design a degree that prepares them for a variety of careers. Bachelor degrees are offered in local food and wine production, political science, and teacher education, to name a few. The institutions offer certifications and professional development to help meet the area’s workforce needs. Here, in the heart of Texas wine country, TTU is leading the way in the study of winemaking and offers viticulture and enology certificate programs, taught by some of the country’s top instructors. The program has brought in grape growers and wine makers from around the nation to earn industry certification and many of them go on to careers in the region. Adult Education The HCUC also offers a variety of

adult education courses from the TTU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). OLLI offers members 50 years and older the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics from experts in their field. By combining quality and affordability, the partnership between CTC and TTU at the HCUC offers a unique opportunity for higher education in Fredericksburg.

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Library home to ‘good reads’ Looking for a quiet escape from the bustling of Main Street? Pioneer Memorial Library offers just that. Located next to the Gillespie County Courthouse at 115 West Main Street, the library welcomes guests of all ages to read and research through thousands of items. Services Library cards can be issued free of charge to residents of Gillespie County. Proof of residency is required upon application. Children, ages six and over, can be issued a card, with a parent or legal guardian’s signature. Residents of the immediate surrounding counties (Kimble, Mason, Llano, Blanco, Kendall and Kerr) are eligible for an out-ofcounty card. Books may be checked out for two weeks, and if not requested by another library user, may be renewed for an-

Pioneer Memorial Library is located across from Marktplatz at 115 W. Main St. It offers both, a quiet place to read, and rich history of Gillespie County. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

other two weeks. Youth Young readers can find their own exclusive area on the first floor. Picture books, stories for children and fiction and non-fiction reads for older kids are featured. Story hour, which is usually offered for all pre-school and kindergarten

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kids throughout the school year, will not be offered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adults Adult fiction and non-fiction books, reference materials, the Texas collection, magazines and periodicals are located on the second floor, accessible by stairs or elevator.

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COMMUNITY Technological Services Computers are not available for public use due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Library ‘Friends’ In addition to being a department of the County of Gillespie, Pioneer Memorial Library is supported by the Friends of Pioneer Memorial Library. Annual membership in the friends of Pioneer Memorial Library is open to all at a nominal cost.

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Library History Pioneer Memorial Library is housed in a former Gillespie County Courthouse, which was designed by Alfred Giles. The historic building served as the courthouse from 1882-1939 when the courthouse shifted to a new building next door. Various governmental organizations occupied the building until it was closed in 1963.

Two years later, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene McDermott of Dallas funded the preservation of the building so that it could be used as a public library. It was dedicated in May 1967. In 1983, Mrs. McDermott provided a challenge for a matching grant so that renovations and expansion to the second floor could be accomplished. The community responded, and the renovated library was dedicated in December of 1984.

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Steering visitors in the right direction Though visitation paused briefly in the spring due to the coronavirus outbreak, people never stopped looking for information on Fredericksburg. Tourism would resume one day and there was a pent-up demand to get out of one’s home. Others sought information on homes, thinking now was the time to get out of crowded cities. Any information needed to make the most out of any Fredericksburg visit is readily available at the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center, 302 East Austin Street (one block north of Main Street across from the National Museum of the Pacific War). The site offers free parking for vehicles, including RVs and buses, and public restrooms. The building is home to both the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau and the Gillespie County Economic Development Commission. The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce is located next door at 306 East Austin Street in a historic home remodeled into an open business space. The Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau is a marketing, sales and service organization, funded by a portion of the city’s and county’s hotel/motel occupancy tax. FCVB promotes Fredericksburg and Gillespie County as a leisure destination for group tours, reunions, weddings and meeting sites. The FCVB staffs and operates the Visitor Information Center, which is open to assist visitors every day except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. In the center, visitors can watch a free, 10-minute video in the building’s 48-seat theater. Visitors also can gather information on potential activities, accommodations and businesses of interest through brochures and other literature in the lobby area, including info on walking tours, historic sites, an events calendar, city and county maps and driving trail maps. The organization has a tourism app, and publishes brochures on everything from dining, to walking tours,

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The Visitor Information Center, which houses the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau, points visitors toward area attractions as well as coordinates publicity for the town to media outlets. It also has public restrooms on site. – File photo to a year-end report on the tourism industry. CVB President and CEO Ernie Loeffler writes a weekly column in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. Members of his staff represent Fredericksburg at travel events around the globe.

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The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce works on business education, advocacy, communication and business-to-business assistance. Catering to more than 900 members — a large amount for a town of roughly 12,000 — the Chamber works to create a positive business environment. Its staff coordinates events, volunteers and highlights accomplishments at its annual March banquet. Chamber President and CEO Penny C. McBride also writes a weekly column in the Fredericksburg Standard-

Tim Lehmberg is executive director of the Gillespie County Economic Development Commission. He keeps his finger on the economic pulse of Gillespie County and helps recruit and ease the transition for businesses who are right for the market to locate here. The GCEDC is a collaborative partnership between the city and county and its mission is to encourage, enhance and promote managed economic development throughout the county. The GCEDC is governed by a board of directors with nine voting members.

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February 7 .......................Fredericksburg Band Booster Turkey Dinner February 13-14 .............Texas Gun & Knife Show February 28.....................Turner Hall BBQ (Tentative) March 4 ............................Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Banquet March 14 .........................State BB Gun Match (Barn) April 9-11 ........................Antique Motorcycle Swap Meet & Races April 17 ...........................Monster Truck Wars April 24 ............................Southwest Belted Galloway Show April 30-May 2 ...............Master Spas- Hot Tub & Swim Tub Blowout Sale May 7 ................................175th Anniversary Event May 16-17 .......................Antique Tractor & Engine Show June 12.............................Best of the Best Lamb Show July 3-4 .............................Pari-mutuel Horse Races July 17 ..............................Night In Old Fredericksburg Lone Star BBQ Cook-off and CASI Chili Cook-off July 17-18 .........................Pari-mutuel Horse Races, Original Race Day Classic Steer Show - TBA August 14-15 ................. Pari-mutuel Horse Races August 14 ........................ GCFFA Meat Goat Futurity & GCFFA Lamb Futurity August 26-29 .................133rd Gillespie County Fair August 27 ........................133rd Gillespie County Fair Parade August 26 ........................Concert & Dance August 27 ........................Concerts & Dance August 28-29 .................Pari-mutuel Horse Races September 4-5 ...............Hill Country Dorper Sale September 25.................25th Annual Scholarship Fest September 29-Oct.3 .....Texas Gourd Society (Lone Star Gourd Festival) October 10 ...................... Holy Ghost Church Annual Picnic October 23-24................ Texas Gun & Knife Show October 31-Nov 1 ......... Texas Wine Growers Seminar November 20 ................. Wild Game Dinner November 25-28 ........... The Peddler Show December 18-19............ Silver Spur Gun & Blade Show Schedule is subject to change without notice.

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