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At the Heart of Your Hill Country Adventure!

Spring and summer are beautiful at Joshua Creek Ranch located along the pristine Guadalupe River where you can experience a customized itinerary for all your outdoor adventures. Ranch activities for April through August include trophy Axis deer hunting, sporting clays, fly fishing, patio dining, and lodging with spectacular views. June through August, five10-day sessions of Youth Outdoor Adventure Program (YOAP) for youngsters 8-15 offer a hands-on experience learning shotgun and rifle shooting, archery, fly fishing and river sports. September through March experience the best wingshooting in the state. Joshua Creek Ranch is located just 40 minutes NW of San Antonio and is celebrating 22 years as a Sportsman’s Paradise. It is the only sporting lodge in Texas to receive a Beretta Two Trident designation.

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THE BOERNE STAR

941 N. School St. • Boerne, TX 78006 830.249.2441 • 830.249.4607 fax www.boernestar.com Demographics: Boerne Area Chamber of Commerce; Kendall County Economic Development Corp.; Kendall County; City of Boerne; U.S. Census, Texas Comptroller’s Office Photography: Boerne Star Staff: Elena Tucker, Frank Shubert; Boerne Area Historical Preservation Society Historical Information: Boerne Area Historical Preservation Society, Col. Bettie Edmonds Community Information: Boerne Area Chamber of Commerce Cover photo compliments of Cordillera Ranch.

INDEX THINGS TO SEE & DO Agricultural Museum..................................53 Attractions.........................................53 Calendar of Events.......................14-17, 36-39 Cibolo Nature Center..................................52 Comfort...........................................40-42, 55 Entertainment, Events...18-21, 26, 28, 46, 51 Haupstrausse..............................................59 Kendall Courthouses...........................24, 25 Main Plaza..................................................29 HISTORIC INTEREST Namesakes..................................................35 Family History Place..................................47

SELF-GUIDED TOURS, MAPS Downtown walking tour.......................30-31 Kendall County driving tour................44-45 Portraits of the past...............................32-34 ABOUT BOERNE, KENDALL COUNTY Boerne welcomes new residents, tourists..63 Facts & Figures...........................................23 Frequently Called; Emgncy Num...............12 Schools.......................................................27 Library........................................................56 Churches..............................................50, 54 Senior Center.............................................49 Police Department......................................49 Fire Department.........................................48


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elcome to the heart of the Hill Country! Boerne is both literally and figuratively an entryway into one of Texas’ most beautiful regions, the Texas Hill Country. While just a couple of decades or so ago, Boerne (pronounced Bur-nee) could easily have been

considered “forgotten,” today it is a town where technology and times past enjoy equal balance. Boerne is recognized across the United States as a desirable place to live. Listed by the U.S. Census Bureau as one of the country’s fastest growing regions, the area’s rapid expansion has meant numerous new housing subdivisions as well as

an influx of industry, business, and tourism. Boerne strives to hold on to its warm, small-town origins. Oak trees still grow together in canopies above many city streets while a trip to the grocery store almost guarantees an encounter with friends and neighbors. Continued on Page 10


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...it’s a unique mindset From Page 9 The surrounding countryside is lush and arid, dramatic and pastoral. Streams and rivers soften the sharpedged limestone topography. Roosters and goats, still raised within city limits by a few old timers, may wander about under cell phone towers that have risen within the last few years. Established by a young group of Germans who considered themselves classical philosophers - or Free Thinkers - Boerne originally didn’t allow churches inside the city limits. Today, however, the town is home to numerous religious congregations. Also enormously important within the ranks of the city’s population is its volunteerism; citizens selflessly donate countless hours not only to religious matters, but to social, educational, environmental, political, and historical causes as well. The crown jewel of Boerne’s history is its quaint Main Street. Also called Hauptstrasse, it is lined by

many of the buildings that formed the vibrant core of the county’s “city life.� These structures, although admired by tourists, are still thought of as home by the town’s octogenarians. “That’s the house where I grew up,� one might point out, or “there’s the hospital where I was born,� or “the dry goods store that sold us fabric for our dresses.� And it’s not only long-timers and newcomers who are drawn to Boerne’s old structures apparently. Ghosts, it seems, are drawn to the buildings as well. For example, the lovely, ornate Joseph Dienger building on Main Plaza has an officially certified other-worldly occupant believed to be the building’s original owner, Joseph Dienger himself. Whether it’s shopping, visiting the area’s beautiful caves, explor-

ing the local nature center, enjoying historically-authentic exhibits, birding, cycling, hunting, or hiking, Boerne provides the ideal blend of the urban and the rural. At one close hand is an international airport, the Alamo, the San Antonio Riverwalk, Seaworld of Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the San Antonio Zoo and numerous concert and museum venues. At the other close hand is the unique and sought-after beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

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EMERGENCY.........................................911 Crime Stoppers .............1-800-348-LEAD BOERNE: City Offices ......................... 830-249-9511 Boerne Police (non-emerg) 830-249-8645 Public Library .................... 830-249-3053 Swimming Pool ................. 830-249-3969 Community Center ............. 830-249-2811 Visitors Bureau ................... 830-249-7277 BOERNE ISD: Administration ................... 830-357-2000 Boerne High School ........ 830-357-2200 Champion High School .... 830-357-2600 Middle School North ......... 830-357-3100 Middle School South ........ 830-357-3300 Curington Elementary ...... 830-357-4000 Fabra Elementary .............. 830-357-4200 Fair Oaks Ranch Elem ...... 830-357-4800 Kendall Elementary .......... 830-357-4600 Cibolo Creek Elementary ... 830-357-4400 COMFORT ISD: Administration .................... 830-995-6400 High School ....................... 830-995-6430 Middle School .................... 830-995-6420 Elementary School ............ 830-995-6410 FAIR OAKS RANCH: City Offices ........................ 210-698-0900 Police Department ............. 210-698-0990 KENDALL COUNTY: County offices ................... 830-249-9343 Sheriff office ..................... 830-249-9721 EMS Office ....................... 830-249-3721 Extension Agent ............... 830-249-9343 Justice of the Peace offices: Precinct 1 ......................... 830-249-9343 Precinct 2 .......................... 830-249-8404 Precinct 3 ......................... 830-249-2820 Precinct 4 (Comfort) ........... 830-995-2031 Drivers’ License office ....... 830-249-6335 UTILITIES: Bandera Electric Coop ..... 830-995-2824 Boerne (elec, gas, water)... 830-249-9511 Central Texas Coop ........... 830-997-2126 Lone Star Gas .................. 830-997-2177 Pedernales Electric Coop .. 830-868-7155 SA City Public Service ..... 800-870-1006 OTHER: The Boerne Star ................ 830-249-2441 Chamber of Commerce .... 830-249-8000 Hill Country Family Srvs .... 830-249-8643 Bus Station ........................ 830-249-3233 Post Office ........................ 830-249-2414 Kendall Appraisal District.... 830-249-8012 Boerne Methodist ER.......... 830-331-3000


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Enjoy spring, summer Excellence in oral and maxillofacial services events in Alamo Maxillofacial Surgical Associates, PA

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Cibolo Nature Center’s “Mostly Native Plant” Sale April 7, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Hardy native trees, shrubs, vines and flowers. All kinds of accessories to make your landscape more beautiful, comfortable, fruitful, relaxing, enjoyable. Experts on hand to answer questions about a variety of gardening and conservation topics such as composting in the Texas Hill Country; bird box design, mounting and predator prevention, and wildscapes. A demonstration garden highlighting native plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Kids Corral is a fun place for kids to learn about plants and flowers and take home some seeds to grow. Boerne Art League Art Show & Reception April 7, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Boerne Visitors Center Hill Country Spring Art Show. The Art Show will be ongoing from April 2-26, and there will be a reception Saturday, April 7 from 10am -noon.

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Boerne Parade of Artists April 13 - April 15 throughout the galleries in Boerne. A self-guided tour of the galleries and other art walls throughout Boerne. Friday evening will include an art preview with

wine and hors d’oeuvres. Saturday is an all day art tour. Sunday some galleries will provide brunch. Sponsored by the Boerne Professional Artists Association.

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Boerne Market Days April 14, 10:00 AM - April 15, 5:00 PM @ Main Plaza Market Days has become synonymous with great shopping in an outdoor setting with artists, craftsmen and vendors showing their creative talents and wares to the background music of some of Texas’ best homegrown musicians. 2nd Saturday Art & Wine April 14, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Galleries and ‘Other Walls’ throughout Boerne. On Second Saturdays the galleries and “Other Walls” of Boerne host joint openings. Come out and enjoy a glass of wine and the latest offerings on the Boerne Art Scene. Park your car and take the free trolley to see the “Best Art East of Santa Fe”.

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Boerne Wild West Day April 21, All Day @ Enchanted Springs Ranch A fun-filled day of family entertainment and education. Attractions include live music, cowboy roping and bull riding, pony rides, stagecoach and hayrides, a kiddie corral, a petting zoo, storytelling, gunfight reenactments, and much more. Texas Corvette Association Open Car Show April 21, All Day @ Main Plaza Over 30 classes and hundreds of cars on display at the 20th Anniversary of this Car Show. Corvettes


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from 1953 to the present and other fabulous sports cars will be showcased. Lots of activities for the entire family including music, items of special interest to car enthusiasts, food vendors and more! Main Street will be closed to other vehicles from Rosewood to Blanco. Brandon’s Revue April 21, 5:30 PM - 11:30 PM @ Cibolo Nature Center Come for a Texas Singer-Songwriter Showcase! This Benefit concert is in memory of Brandon Gallagher Manning (1979-2001). The “Brandon Fund” administered by the San Antonio Area Foundation provides financial support for the Cibolo Nature Center and their Songs & Stories Concert Series each year. Bring your lawn chairs, food and beverages (small ice chests permitted). Food, water and sodas available for purchase. FEATURING:Guy Forsyth, Susan Gibson, Matt Harlan, Art & Lisa (with John Inmon)

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Clifton Jansky Concert April 22, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Kendall County Fairgrounds

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5th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser benefitting Christian Job Corps of Kendall County April 23, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Fair Oaks Ranch Golf Course & Country Club

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Earth Day Drum Circle before the Movie In The Park April 27, All Day @ Main Plaza Earth Day Drum Circle promotes well-being through rhythmic expression using drums and percussion. All visitors to Main Plaza are welcomed to join in regardless of age, ability, and previous musical experience. Feel free to BYOD (Bring Your Own Drum) or other percussion instruments if you have them. Movie in the Park. “The Dolphin Tale” April 27, All Day @ Main Plaza Movies start at DARK on Main Plaza & are FREE! Come out early pick your spot, get a movie snack or two and hang out and enjoy a free juggling lesson with the Boerne Gymnastics Center, moon bounce fun with the Boerne YMCA and meet some excit-

ing new exotic friends with Happy Tails Entertainment! April 27- The Dolphin Tale- PG, Earth Day Drum Circle, Co Sponsored by Natural Awakenings & Tambo Rhythms.

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The Boerne Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale April 28, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Main Plaza The Boerne Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale on Main Street in downtown Boerne at the gazebo on the main plaza from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Many bargains can be found in a variety of plants such as perennials, native plants, cacti, many succulents, herbs, etc. All proceeds will go to the beautification of Boerne. You will be greeted by friendly members of the Garden Club who can help you with your choices of plants. Kendall County Sesquicentennial Celebration April 28, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Kendall County Historic Courthouse German food, family fun, beer tasting, opening sesquicentennial ceremony, courtroom trial re-enactment, German music, book signings, historic displays, heritage passports.

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Hauptstrasse Quiltfest May 5, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Main Plaza and Downtown Boerne Come and enjoy all that Downtown Boerne has to offer while admiring the handy work of our quilting community. Event Maps will be available in the stores Downtown. Live Music, Educational Craft Presentations, Window Display Contest, Shopping, Craft Vendors in the Plaza and more.

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Boerne Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry May 5, 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Boerne Fire Station A great time will be had be all with Live Music provided by the True Texas Band. Raffle tickets for many great prizes are $10. And Live and Silent Auctions will be held. There is a requested $10 donation for a Fried Fish Plate and drive-thru service is available for those who are unable to stay for the event.

Art in the Park May 12, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Cibolo Nature Center A fun, family event that takes place under the oaks, on the patio and throughout the center. There are art demonstrations from Boerne artists, entertainment from local groups and hands-on art projects for the kids. Boerne Market Days May 12, 10:00 AM - May 13, 5:00 PM @ Main Plaza Market Days has become synonymous with great shopping in an outdoor setting with artists, craftsmen and vendors showing their creative talents and wares to the background music of some of Texas’ best homegrown musicians. 2nd Saturday Art & Wine

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Family Campout at Boerne City Lake Park May 19 - May 20 @ Boerne City Lake Park Boerne City Lake Park does not regularly offer camping so take advantage of this special occasion and make great memories with your family that will last forever! All families are welcome.

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Messiah Lutheran Church The members of Messiah Lutheran Church invite you to join us for Worship celebrating God’s faithfulness. Sunday Worship Opportunities We have two Services each Sunday. Our early service begins at 8:00 am and our second service begins at 10:30 am. Monday Worship Opportunities We also have Services on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:00 pm for those who are unable to attend on Sunday. We offer Sunday School for the children as well as opportunities for Adult Bible Study beginning at 9:15 a.m. “Messiah’s Kid!” Pre-School & Mother’s Day Out Offering a caring, happy and secure learning environment for children 2 1/2 years through 5 years.

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May 22, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Main Plaza Concerts in Main Plaza every other Tuesday evening during the summer. The Boerne Village Band is the longest continuously playing German Band in the world outside of Germany! Regulars to the concerts come early to grab their favorite spot at the Plaza, to hear the ooom pah pah of their favorite tunes and watch the kids do the chicken dance! Concert goers bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics.

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Movie in the Park. Puss in Boots May 25, All Day @ Main Plaza Movies start at DARK on Main Plaza & are FREE! Come out early pick your spot, get a movie snack or two and hang out and enjoy a free juggling lesson with the Boerne Gymnastics Center, moon bounce fun with the Boerne YMCA and meet some exciting new exotic friends with Happy Tails Entertainment! May 25- Puss in Boots- PG

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Plaza Come early, bring your lawn chair or a blanket and hang out. This group of volunteer musicians is proud to present a wide variety of music to entertain audiences of all ages. If you love live musical entertainment, please join us for an evening of musical enchantment. Cibolo Songs and Stories May 26, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Cibolo Nature Center Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. Enjoy live music under the Oak Trees at the Cibolo Nature Center.

June 2 Child/Adult Team Fishing at Boerne City Lake Park June 2, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Boerne City Lake Park This is the perfect opportunity to introduce a child to the skill of fishing! Register your team in advance with Boerne Parks & Recreation. Free fishing pole to the first 100 regis-

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tered youth team members to arrive at the event. The first Saturday of June is the Texas Parks & Wildlife Fish without a license day so adult team members will not need to have a license to participate. A limited number of poles & gear are available to check out if you need them. Each Team must have one child and one adult. Register online. Forms can be faxed to 830-331-9652 or dropped off at 1017 Adler Rd http://www. ci.boerne.tx.us/index.aspx?NID=629 for more information and to download a registration form.

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off pre-festival events, including a tail gate cook-off fund raiser. On Friday evening, June 15, the Berges Fest Pageant opens the weekend’s festivities with the crowing of a new court, including young ladies from elementary through high school - as well as a Little Mr. Berges Fest - all modeling folk costumes featuring dirndls and lederhosen. The Boerne Village Band, the oldest continuing German heritage band outside of Germany, performs for the pageant annually. The new court crowned Friday night


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Bring Dad and join in the fun! will be featured in the Berges Fest parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. The huge parade through the historic district is another popular festival attraction with entries ranging from historic marching groups

and antique tractors to musical groups and clowns. Activities settle on Main Plaza for the rest of the weekend for scheduled events. games, carnival rides, contests, tractor races,

concessions, dances, the famous Dachshund races and a musical entertainment line-up that’s second to none. With a wide variety of bed and breakfast inns, historic and modern hotels, plus excellent restaurants and a unique shopping venue, Boerne is always a busy place on summer weekends - but Fathers Day weekend is the best time for visitors and tourists to experience the best of Hill Country hospitality. For more information go to bergesfest.com.

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dance with a variety of bands and dance music. The festivities start Thursday night with the Queen’s contest, followed by the opening of the fair exhibit hall on Friday, a parade downtown Saturday, and plenty of live entertainment through Sunday night. Go to kcfa.org for more information. The Kendall County Fair has been an icon in the Hill Country community since its inception in 1905. The Fair as a fun filled weekend and a showcase for the local agricultural industry, saw its beginnings as the citizens of Boerne, Texas gathered together for the first

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time to share agricultural information, recipes and news of events on Sept. 4, 1905. On July 1, 1913, the corporation gained a charter as a nonprofit from the State of Texas. The Kendall County Fair Association produces the Annual Labor Day Kendall County Fair, Stock Show and Rodeo. For over 100 years the Kendall County Fair Association, as a nonprofit agency, has maintained its agricultural mission for Kendall County and the greater Texas Hill Country. At the gate to the beautiful Texas Hill Country, a vibrant rural community where agricultural industries are encouraged, agricultural education is promoted and where agriculture, horticulture and live stock management are flourishing, the Kendall County Fair Association works hard to maintain the agricultural

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traditions, enhance agricultural education and encourage rural development both now and into the future. The Ferdinand Ludwig Von Herff family deeded 56 acres of land to the KCFA to be used for its annual county fair and to erect buildings for the event and for public use.

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• 33,410 - 2010 Census population • 10,471 - Population of Boerne • $50,495 - Average per capita income. • 662.5 - Land area, square miles • 14,055 - 2010 Housing units • 30 - Miles from San Antonio on I-10 • 1500 feet - Mean elevation • 40 - Average inches of rainfall per year • Median age - 44.1 • Persons per household - 2.57

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Two courthouses reflect county heritage

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endall County recently rededicated the historic courthouse following extensive renovations, adding another jewel to the area’s historic attractions. The Historic Kendall County Courthouse and the adjacent historic jail became Recorded Texas Historical Landmarks (RTHL) in 1970. Both were individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and designated as State Archaeological Landmarks in 1981. After many years of research, master plan work and applying for grants, the Kendall County Historical Commission was successful in obtaining a $1.2 million historic preservation grant in 2008 when the project was accepted by the Texas Historical Commission’s Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. Construction was completed and the building rededicated in the spring of 2010.

The courthouse was built in 1870 when the county contracted with J.F. Stendebach to construct a onestory courthouse designed by Philip

Zoeller. In 1885, a second story with a gallery was added. Charles Buckel was the builder. In 1909, a two-story addition designed by Alfred Giles was constructed by E.H. Clemens. The restoration brings the courthouse back to its 1909 appearance. To go back further would mean taking the second story off since it was

not original to the courthouse. MJ Boyle Contractors of San Antonio started construction work on May 18, 2009 and the work was completed in April 2010, according to Barry Wagner of Wagner and Klein Architects & Preservation Consultants of Fredericksburg. “In this major phase of restoration there was work on the windows, doors, roof and exterior masonry but the majority of the work was on the interior,� he said. “New mechanical, electrical and plumbing, along with a new fire alarm and sprinkler system and a new elevator. Interior finishes were restored.� Some county offices are located in the historic courthouse and the courtroom is available for use by both the courts and for other functions. Visitors strolling through the downtown area may enjoy the newly polished exterior and grounds of the old building that sits across from the “new� courthouse.

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Also located on courthouse square in the center of downtown Boerne are the old jail and the old commissary building, both of which served as office and storage space following their original purposes. Old and new coexist in harmony in the county seat of Kendall County.

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he 150th anniversary of the formation of Kendall County in 1862 kicks off April 28 with several events planned at the historic Kendall County Courthouse and old jail. A four-member steering committee appointed in January started work on the project that will continue through December. The four members — chairman Ron Cisneros, Paul Barwick, Mike DeLeeuw and Bryden Moon Jr. — are members of the Kendall County Historical Commission. Activities planned April 28 include the opening ceremony and proclamation, starting at 10 a.m., tours of the historic courthouse and jail, displays and history behind artifacts, German food and music, beer tasting, book signings by authors of 20 books about Kendall County and a 25- to 30-minute re-enactment of the Edward Degener treason trial in 1862 at the courthouse. Barwick said they expect 500 to 1,000 people to attend the opening ceremonies and at least 50 organizations are taking part in the event in some form or fashion. “We have a broad community support

base,� he said. The celebration will continue throughout the year thanks to a Heritage Passport tour available through December at various historical sites in the county. “This will give residents an opportunity to visit historical places in the county,� Cisneros said. “They will get their passport book stamped when they visit those places. At the end of the year, if they have their passport complete, they will be eligible to win a grand prize. “Even those who don’t complete the book will have a chance to win prizes.� Cisneros said the concept of the passport book is to get people out into the community and to have newcomers become aware of what is in the county and the events that take place here.� De Leeuw said “some residents have never been to other parts of the county and are not familiar with businesses that are out there.� Moon said the passport tour will cover two sites in Boerne, two in Comfort, Sisterdale, Bergheim-Kendalia, WaringWelfare, historic trails and the railroad bridge crossing the Guadalupe River. Cisneros said communities countywide will organize and schedule their own

events through December as part of the passport tour. “This is a way for people to have fun learning about our county’s history such as the railroad bridge and tunnel at Alamo Springs,� he said. Events are scheduled May 5 in Boerne include the Hauptstrasse Quiltfest on Main Street and passport events at Herff Farm and the Agricultural Heritage Museum. The Treue Der Union Monument dedication will be held Aug. 10 Comfort and Comfort walking tours Oct. 6. Bergheim and Kendalia events are planned for Dec. 8.

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Educational Opportunities BOERNE ISD SCHOOLS www.boerne-isd.net Fabra Elementary, grades prekindergarten through sixth, 239 W. Johns Rd., 830-357-4200 Fair Oaks Elementary, grades kindergarten through sixth, Dietz Elkhorn & Fair Oaks Pkwy., 830357-4800 Curington Elementary, grades kindergarten through sixth, 601 Adler Rd., 830-357-4000 Cibolo Creek Elementary, grades kindergarten through sixth, 300 Herff Ranch Rd., 830-357-4400 Kendall Elementary, grades kindergarten through sixth, 141 Old San Antonio Rd, 830-357-4600 Boerne Middle School North, grades seven through nine, 240 Johns Rd., 830-357-5200 Boerne Middle School South, grades seven through nine, 240 Johns Rd., 830-357-3300 Boerne Samuel V. Champion High School, grades 10 through 12, 201 Charger Blvd., 830-357-2600 Boerne High School, grades 10 through 12, No. 1 Greyhound Lane,

830-357-2200. Boerne ISD Central Office, 123 Johns Rd., 830-357-2000 COMFORT ISD SCHOOLS www.comfort.txed.net Comfort High School, US 87 North, 830-995-3533. Comfort Middle School, 216 High St., 830-995-3380. Comfort Elementary School, 605 Front St., 830-995-3984. Comfort ISD Administrative Office, 232 High St., 830-995-3664. PRIVATE SCHOOLS TMI The Episcopal School of Texas: co-ed classes for grades 6-12, all sports, optional JROTC, college prep. 20955 Tejas Trail W., San Antonio. 210-698-7171. www.TMISA.org. Bracken Christian School: nondenominational Christian school, kinder through 12th. Old Boerne Rd., Bulverde. (830) 438-3211; www. brackenchristian.com. Vanguard Christian Institute: Abeka Christian academy for students kinder to 12th. Near Welfare. (830) 537-5244; www.vanguard-

christianinstitute.org. Geneva School of Boerne, classical Christian education, K-12, 113 Cascade Caverns Rd., Boerne, 830755-6101; www.genevaschool.org. Hill Country Montessori: 18 months-12 years, 50 Stone Wall Dri., Boerne, 830-229-5377; www.hcmontessori.org. HIGHER EDUCATION A variety of colleges and universities are within a short commuting distance of the Boerne area. In Kerrville, Schreiner College; in San Antonio, San Antonio College, St. Philip’s College, University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake, St. Mary’s University, Trinity University, The University of Texas at San Antonio; in Austin, the University of Texas, St. Edward’s University; in San Marcos, Texas State University. COMMUNITY EDUCATION Boerne ISD and the City of Boerne cooperate to offer community education classes. To find out more, check out the city’s website, www.ci. boerne.tx.us.

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Introducing the Best of BoerneFest: TrailBlaze 2012 The Chamber, the City of Boerne, the Hill Country Mile, and the Hill Country Council for the Arts, invite you to join them for the first annual Best of BOERNEFEST: TRAILBLAZE 2012 on Saturday, May 5 from 5 to 10 p.m. on Main Plaza and the new trailhead there. This festival is free and will capture the imagination of both visitors and a broad range of hill country residents as it explores the synergy of Boerne’s culture, community and commerce. Imagine the flickering lights of a string of bonfires reflected in the rippling water of the Cibolo Creek, and the aromatic wisps of smoke rising from the burning wood drifting through the evening skies. Guests will meander along the newly completed Heart of Boerne Trail. In the midst of this dramatic setting, you will experience live music by world famous Donald Braswell and other local performing artists. You’ll witness Boerne’s heart while viewing the inspired creation of sculpture and paintings in the open air. See presentations by local businesses in the huge tent at the trailhead and along the path beside the creek that connects both festival performance stages. Savor locally prepared food for sale by some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers.

Many retailers and restaurateurs along the Hill Country Mile in downtown Boerne will be open, inviting everyone to enjoy an early spring Saturday night strolling. Another stop might be the Chalk Art Garden adjacent to the Business Showcase where families can stop and make their mark on this inaugural event. One highlight of the evening will surely be the dramatic lighting of the creek and the dedication of the Heart of Boerne ion Trail, commemorating the completion ty of yet another significant community amenity that will be the talk of the Hill Country. Finally, you’ll sing along while dancing to the beat of a popular local band, the Court Jesters who will perform free from 8 to 10 p.m. on Main Plaza. Hauptstrasse Quiltfest Saturday, May 5, 10 am – 3 pm wn Come and enjoy all that Downtown Boerne has to offer while admiring the handy work of our quilting commu-n the nity. Event Maps will be available in ucastores Downtown. Live Music, Educational Craft Presentations, Window Disdors in play Contest, Shopping, Craft Vendors rne. the Main Plaza and downtown Boerne. ment Boerne Volunteer Fire Department

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WALK HISTORIC BOERNE It’s the best way to see Boerne’s notable homes & buildings up close Historic Scenic Driving And Walking Tour Of Boerne * Denotes building is a Texas Historic Landmark 1. MAIN PLAZA - A famous meeting place since the early days and often the site of festivals, fun. 2. YE KENDALL INN* - 128 W. BLANCO. Built as a home in 1859. Later expanded as a hotel and stage stop. 3. DIENGER BUILDING* (1884) - 210 N. MAIN. Has been a grocery store, residence, restaurant and office. Now home to the Boerne Public Library. 4. ST. HELENA'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH* (1881) - 410 N. MAIN. Original church built on this site by English settlers; replaced with this lovely Gothic church in 1929. 5. HAGEMANN-McGINNIS HOUSE (1890) - 508 N. MAIN. Originally three rooms and basement. Interesting additions enhance early theme. 6. BESELER-HARZ HOUSE* (1905) - 518 N. MAIN. Built by Max Beseler as a home with locally quarried limestone. Note lovely curved porch. 7. A.S. TOEPPERWEINWILCOX HOME (1894) - 612 N. MAIN. A.S. was "Ring Tail Rino,” a master craftsman. Note unusual spiral turret and porch. 7. LEESCH-HARZ HOUSE (1907) - 712 N. MAIN. 1.5 Story Victorian-style house built by Henry Clemens for Louis Leesch, a decendant of early German settlers. Large, wraparound porch with pressed tin and gingerbread trim. 7a. HISTORIC BOERNE CEMETERY (1867) - ADVOGT & SCHOOL STREETS. Many early pioneers are buried here including George Wilkins Kendall. The first burials were of a family scalped by the Indians. Well cared for by the city and the Boerne Cemetery Foundation. 8. FOOTE-HAWKINS HOUSE (1879) - 717 N. MAIN. Built by Avery Foote, an undertaker who died of smallpox. Note unusually steep roof and the two windows at staggered height. 9. KUHFUSS-SCHWEPPE HOUSE (1865) - 512 N. MAIN. Built by William Kuhfuss. Used as courthouse and clerk's office in early county days. 10. LUCKENBACH HOUSE (1860) - 265 N. MAIN. Originally a log cabin expanded on two levels. Recently restored. 11a. HISTORIC KENDALL COUNTY COURTHOUSE (1870) 204 E. SAN ANTONIO. Second oldest Texas courthouse in continuous use.

The front portion, designed by Alfred Giles was added in 1909. Renovated in 1999 for county use when the new courthouse was built. 11b. NEW KENDALL COUNTY COURTHOUSE (1999) - 210 E. SAN ANTONIO. New 42,000 sq. ft. building houses official county offices with stateof-the-art facilities. 12a. KUHLMANN-KING HISTORICAL HOUSE* (1885) - 402 E. BLANCO. Built for Wm. Kuhlmann, a German immigrant and later owned by Salina King from England. The house and kitchen are operated by the Historical Society and open Sundays 1 to 4 pm for tours. 12b. HENRY J. GRAHAM BUILDING* (1891) - 402 E. BLANCO. Originally a bank and has been moved several time with different uses. Now is a museum and open with the Kuhlmann-King House. 13a. BOERNE CITY HALL* (1910) - 402 E. BLANCO. Originally Boerne High School, designed by Alfred Giles. Now city offices and utilities building. 13b. OLD BOERNE PUBLIC SCHOOL* (1870) - 402 E. BLANCO. The first Boerne public school. Restored, now City Hall annex. Displays of old school memorabilia. 14. PHILLIP-MASSEY HOUSE* (1900) - 116 N. PLANT. Built by Julius Phillip and has stayed in the same family for 100 years. Unusual vertical clapboard construction. 15. FABRA SMOKEHOUSE* (1887) - 200 BLOCK S. MAIN.Was part of the Fabra Grocery and Butcher Shop. Incorporated into the architecture of the big building to preserve it. 16. OLD CITIZEN'S STATE BANK (1880) - 210 N. MAIN. Note architectural columns and arches, unusual for this area. Now used for commercial businesses. 17. THEIS HOUSE* (1858) - 100 BLOCK NEWTON. One of the oldest structures in town. Of rare palisades construction. Was home to the Theis family with blacksmith shop in front. Restored by Ruby and Edgar Bergmann. 18. WENDLER-HOUSTON HOUSE (1860) - 303 S. MAIN. Built by Henry Wendler, a cabinet maker and early Boerne businessman. 19. KRAUSE BLDG AND ORT'S SALOON (1900) - 259 S. MAIN. Was residence for the Frank Krause family, a store and saloon. Now a part of Olde Towne and home to the Tall Pony. 19a. OLDE TOWNE - 265 S. MAIN. A collection of old, original historic buildings, including Alte Stadt Mall, now a shopping complex with quaint one-of-a-kind shops.

BOERNE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - 126 E. ROSEWOOD. Be sure to stop in for the most current information. 20. SCHRADER-HARTMAN HOUSE (1890) - 115 E. JAMES. Has been in the same family since it was built. Note unusual porch and woodwork. 21. LUCKENBACH-ASHER HOUSE (1894) - 118 E. JAMES. This house and the next door, LUCKENBACH-MITCHELL HOUSE, are two of the oldest German pioneer limestone homes in Boerne, built by Julius Luckenbach. 22. VOGT-CLEGG CABINS* (1876) - 221 S. PLANT. The only dogtrot type construction in town, these started as one log cabin and were expanded. Restored in excellent condition. 23. EBENSBERGER-FISHER FUNERAL HOME (1882) - 111 ROSEWOOD. Oldest continuously operating business in Boerne. One of only two Art Deco buildings in town. 24. ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH (1929) - 217 E. ROSEWOOD. Original church dates to 1829 with this and other expansions. Unique interior. 25. PAUL HOLEKAMP HOUSE (1906) - 507 E. JAMES. Pioneer family home. Excellent example of Victorian architecture, built by Ed Clemens of cream brick, rare in area. 26. CLEMENS/HEATH HOUSE (1909) - 608 E. THEISSEN. Built by Ed Clemens with rare cream brick. Note large, rounded porch. 27. DAVIS-KIDWELL HOUSE (1910) - 228 E. THEISSEN. Was in Davis family for many years. Was moved to 324 Hickman and restored to make way for church expansion. 28. KUTZER HOUSE* (1890) 208 E. THEISSEN. Has been greatly altered with added porch and room. Now used as Methodist parsonage. 29. GOTTLIEB WEISS HOUSE (1887) - 106 E. THEISSEN. Mr. Weiss was a German pioneer blacksmith with his shop in the back. Was in the same family for over 100 years. Now commercial. 30. JOE VOGT BUILDING (1912) - 401 S. MAIN. Originally a grocery and dry goods store. Now a bakery. 31. PEACH TREE COUNTRY KITCHEN (1900) - 448 S. MAIN. Note this is one of three Victorian house built in a row by Ed Clemens. All had picket fences, some of which have been restored. 32. VOGT-RICHTER HOUSE (1914) - 124 PECAN. Another Ed Clemens house with Victorian porch and columns. Note trees, unusual for


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the area. 33. BELL-URBAN HOUSE (1895) - 312 RIVER RD. This was moved in and little is known of origin. Tastefully restored, it is now commercial. 34. DIETERT HOUSE (1850s) 604 RIVER RD. Early pioneer home of Wm. Dietert who had the first business in Boerne; a mill where the dam is located across the street.. Very interesting house and history. Now commercial. 35. EBENSBERGER-MURPHY HOUSE (1925) - 136 COTTONWOOD. A unique design for this area; made of hollow brick with white stucco cover. 36. EBENSBERGERTHOMPSON HOUSE (1914) - 116 COTTONWOOD. An Ed Clemens house built for Pat Ebensberger before 136 Cottonwood was built. 37a. AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE MUSEUM (1986) - on PARK RD. An out-growth of the 1986 Texas Sesquicentennial in Kendall County, it is a working museum that preserves examples of early farming & ranching. See blacksmith and carpentry shop, smokehouse and the pioneer house, built by volunteers on the property. 37b. CIBOLO NATURE CENTER (1988) - S. CITY PARK RD. A 70-acre wilderness preserved the

way it looked to pioneers in 1840s; four distinct trails of marsh, prairie, cypress creek bottom and upland woods; gift shop and casts of Dinosaur tracks found in Boerne after flood of 1998. 38. PHILLIP MANOR (1860) 706 S. MAIN. Started as a house and grew into a hotel. Note winding staircase and antiques inside. 39. KIDWELL HOUSE (1879) 714 S. MAIN. Was originally a grocery store and renovated in 1950 as a residence. Note rough limestone exterior. 40. ST. PETER THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCHES - The little church on the right was built in 1866 by George W. Kendall for his French wife.* The 1923 church was enlarged after saving most of the original structure which was built by parishioners with rocks from their ranches; designed after Mission Concepción in San Antonio. 41. KRONKOSKY TOWER (1911) - HIGHLAND DR. Built by Albert Kronkosky as part of his estate, now the property of the Benedictine Sisters. The best view in town. 42. BENEDICTINE CONVENT (1933) - On Highland Drive property. Served as the Mother house for many years; a school, St. Albert’s Hall is operated by nuns who have made pool facilities available to senior citizens. 43. SCHWARZ-OPPERMANN

HOUSE (1860) - 911 S. MAIN. Early family home in the “Sunday House” style with outside stairs. Has been restored and used as a bed and breakfast. 44. DAVIS PIONEER HOME (1860) - 103 KRONKOSKY. “Sunday House” restored by Harry Davis family. 45. AMMANN-DAVISNICCUM HOUSE (1905) - 207 S. LANDA. Restored by the Niccums to its original exterior. Note unusual side door on right. 46. VETERAN’S PARK (1923) Monument erected by the Graham family to honor all local men who died in military action defending the United States. Sculpture representing the different services was later done by J Hester, local artist. 47. CARSTANJEN HOMEEL CHAPARRAL (1872) - 705 S. MAIN. Also known as the Hall Mansion, it was once used as an annex to Phillip Manor Hotel in the early days. Now a restaurant. 48. ROBERT E. LEE HOUSE* (1860) - 525 S. MAIN. It is said that General Lee stayed here on his way to Ft. Sam Houston from Camp Verde. It was part of the O’Grady Inn, operating before the Civil War. Compiled by Colonel Bettie Edmonds 1999


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f the lacy lines of ink on Bettie Edmonds’ drawings could be measured, they might just outstretch the distances she’s traveled along Kendall County roads - miles she’s driven in search of buildings to draw. Edmonds is more than just a prolific artist. She’s also a meticulous archivist of Boerne’s past and has also put a definitive thumbprint on the area’s future. She is also the author, artist and historian responsible for the Historic Walking Tour feature and map published in Gateway to the Hill Country. The importance of her work is underscored in remarks by Joe Mills, director of the national architectural program “Communities by Design” and one of the American Institute of Architects’ 2008 Boerne RUDAT experts. “Artistic contributions like hers can capture community

identity and build pride of place for generations,” he said of Edmonds’ drawings and archival work. Access to such unique drawings, Mills added, provides a crucial orientation for the town as it confronts future change. Of course when Edmonds moved to the area, development hadn’t much scratched the countryside’s limestone surface. She retired from the Air Force at the rank of colonel in 1974, when she became a true Hill Country devotee. “I just fell in love with Boerne,” Edmonds said. She’d been in San Antonio for a while after living all over the world - her last post requiring that she manage global assignments for the Air Force’s 5,000 nurses. Her original Kendall County home was in Bergheim where Edmonds connected with the old Bergheim Store and the hamlet’s “Aunt” Helen Marquardt.

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“We were always ‘meine freundes,’� Edmonds recalled. “We were friends. She took me all around and got me through the gates to places I couldn’t have otherwise gone,� she explained. “We took pictures and I got to meet everybody. They let me draw their homes and their old buildings; I did Bergheim and everything around there, the church up at Honey Creek – I just got to do all kinds of things.� On the cream-toned paper of those first rural drawings, Edmonds began to unconsciously assume a role of local history curator. Although Edmonds lived in Bergheim for 13 years, most of that time was spent going back and forth to Boerne, so she eventually “moved into town.� Impractical not to do so, she says, given her heavy, time-intensive involvement with local groups. Throughout the years Edmonds has served on numerous Kendall County organizations, including the county’s Historical Commission, the Boerne Area Historical Preservation Society, the Cemetery Foundation, the Boerne Area Art League, Hill Country Women In Business, the Boerne Concert Band and the Convention & Visitors Bureau advisory board. These volunteer positions didn’t stop Edmonds from shorter-term projects too. For example, she was on hand when RUDAT, a planning effort aimed at preserving Boerne’s character and history, took place. And, when UTSA carried out a survey of Boerne’s older structures, Edmonds’ work was used extensively as well. While these “urban� endeavors focus primarily on Main Street and its peripheries, Edmonds has done much more. According to the artist, many of the

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county’s treasures, hidden in the countryside, are being lost to the gradual drifts of memory and time. “Oh, back in the hills - there are all kinds of buildings back there,â€? Edmonds exclaimed, “old sheds and old farmhouses, things that are now gone. And that, I think, is where my work is so important.â€? If J.J. Audubon had a regional, architectural counterpart, it might arguably be Edmonds. Rather than fowl, Edmonds is enamored of structures - and not merely the construction alone, but their “spiritsâ€? too. She believes there’s more to buildings than just foundation and wall and rafter. “They’re alive,â€? the artist said. “If buildings could just talk‌so much has happened within these buildings. They were there when all this happened, the people who built them had families in them and died there.â€? Continued on Page 34

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thing to do is to be on the National Register of Historic Places. That is the protection. Only the Dienger Building and the old Courthouse are on the National Register.” To the end of protecting her cherished buildings, Edmonds has made it her mission to articulate what lumber and limestone can’t say for themselves. At times, Edmonds has particularly enjoyed the friendship and alliance she’s found in Boerne’s senior city planner, Paul that has been a heartbreaking job. “Back in the 1980s somebody called me and said, ‘Bet- Barwick - and that appreciation is obviously shared. “There is no telling the full extent of the impact she has tie, you’d better get down there. They’re tearing down the Lavallee House’ (also known as Lavalle, the house stood made, reminding us of our heritage,” Barwick said of the artist. “This community is indeed fortunate to have such close to what’s now the county courthouse).” a preservation patroness.” “I got there just in time to watch them bulldoze that These days the “patroness” laughs house down. It was the oldest house in dismissively about having “retired” in town,” she said, still sorrowful almost 1974, saying she’s once again being three decades later. “It was made into forced to consider what she’ll do rubble for the sake of two and a half “when I retire.” Having worked so parking spaces. That hurt. It really did. many thousands of volunteer hours These buildings are like people to me. in the Historical Research area of the They’re family.” Boerne Public Library, part of that Her intimate connection with old process means passing her knowledge structures convinced Edmonds that and work on to others. key buildings needed Historical While discussing these efforts, Marker status. She tackled applicaEdmonds reveals the extent of her tions and red tape, and as a result, 19 artistic immersion in Boerne’s history. historical marker plaques were eventu“I’ve always had this in me, I supally placed on buildings within Boerne pose, but it just evolved and evolved and 10 more marked structures in Col. Bettie Edmonds and evolved,” Edmonds said. “It just took outlying areas. over my life.” She adds contentedly, “I found my niche. Although the designation used to imply protection for a structure, Edmonds now carries the weight of knowing You give me an old building that I want to draw - you can’t stop me.” that such safeguards no longer hold true. Boerne architect and Historical Landmark Com“It used to be that if you did something wrong to a house you could be fined up to a $1,000 a day by the His- missioner Ben Adam refers to Edmonds’ energies as torical Commission in Austin,” Edmonds said. “Now the “tireless” and Edmonds bears that out. Her art and history avocations have resulted in an astonishing yield: approximately 800 of the county’s historic buildings have been carefully chronicled in pen and ink. Now, whatever the future brings to Kendall County, the artist knows she’s done what she can – to the best of her dedicated talents, she has preserved the architectural history of the region. “Just like the Lavallee House that was torn down,” Edmonds said, remembering the painful day, “I got it. It’s saved.”

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n 1862, a new county was formed from parts of Bexar, Blanco and Comal counties. At the request of the residents, the Texas legislature ordered that it be named Kendall County in honor of a prominent member of the Hill Country community - George Wilkins Kendall. Kendall (1809-1867) was born Aug. 22, 1809, at Mount Vernon, New Hampshire. While still a boy, he learned the printer’s trade with Horace Greeley and that became his means of livelihood. In January 1837, he co-founded the New Orleans Picayune. His first sight of Texas, in 1841, began an everlasting love and admiration for what became his adopted state. In 1846, when war was declared between the U.S. and Mexico, he became the first war correspondent to send dispatches from the front by Pony Express. Kendall developed innovations in sheep raising that are in use today. He raised fine merinos from the Rambouillet Estates in France, which he bred with his Mexican churro ewes from Texas. This produced fine-fleeced

sheep, timed carefully so that lambing would occur in April during safe weather. He invented the dipping vat, still in use today, to combat scab and other diseases, and a method of baling wool. In Boerne, there stand two reminders of Kendall’s legacy. One is the old St. Peter Catholic Church that he had built for his wife, Adeline Suzanne de Valcourt. The other is his tombstone in the Boerne Cemetery remembering him as “eminent in all.” Boerne is named for Ludwig Börne (1786-1837) a German writer who espoused the cause of freedom in his native land. When he began to develop a hatred against the prohibitions of government in Germany, Börne gave up the study of medicine and turned to political science. Anger against tyranny and bad government became the ruling passion of his life. He became the first German journalist whose writing almost

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welcome to go online to geocacing.com to see what caches are around Boerne. If you have little ones, it’s best to do this activity as a group. Boerne Parks and Recreation has 3 handheld GPS devices that can be checked out with an ID. Please call in advance if you will need to borrow a device. Educational Owl Presentation before the Movie In The Park June 29, 7:45 PM @ Main Plaza

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Boerne Concert Band June 30, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Main Plaza Come early, bring your lawn chair or a blanket and hang out. This group of volunteer musicians is proud to present a wide variety of music to entertain audiences of all ages. If you love live musical entertainment, please join us for an evening of musical enchantment.

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The Boerne Village Band’s Abendkonzerte July 3, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Main Plaza Concerts in Main Plaza every other Tuesday evening during the summer. The Boerne Village Band is the longest continuously playing German Band in the world outside of Germany! Regulars to the concerts come early to grab their favorite spot at the Plaza, to hear the ooom pah pah of their favorite tunes and watch the kids do the chicken dance! Concert goers bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics.

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Summer Geocaching July 9, All Day @ GPS treasure hunting sites around Boerne. A fun and adventurous hobby for individuals and families that will definitely get you in to the great outdoors. Boerne Parks and Recreation host this event but you are welcome to go online to geocacing.com to see what caches are around Boerne. If you have little ones, it’s best to do this activity as a group. Boerne Parks and Recreation has 3 handheld GPS devices that can be checked out with an ID. Please call in advance if you will need to borrow a device.

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Boerne Market Days July 14, 10:00 AM - July 15, 5:00 PM @ Main Plaza 2nd Saturday Art & Wine July 14, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Galleries and ‘Other Walls’ throughout Boerne Cibolo Songs and Stories July 14, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Cibolo Nature Center Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. Enjoy live music under the Oak Trees at the Cibolo Nature Center.

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The Boerne Village Band’s Abendkonzerte July 17, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Main Plaza Concerts in Main Plaza every other Tuesday evening during the summer. The Boerne Village Band is the longest continuously playing German Band in the world outside of Germany! Regulars to the concerts come early to grab their favorite spot at the Plaza, to hear the ooom pah pah of their favorite tunes and watch the kids do the chicken dance! Concert goers

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Movie in the Park. “Arthur Christmas” PG July 27, All Day @ Main Plaza Come out early pick your spot, get a movie snack or two and hang out and enjoy a free juggling lesson with the Boerne Gymnastics Center, moon bounce fun with the Boerne YMCA and meet some exciting new exotic friends with Happy Tails Entertainment! July 27- Arthur Christmas- PG, Christmas in July Event, Co hosted by Cibolo Creek Community Church. Christmas in July July 27, 6:30 PM @ Main Plaza Held in conjunction with Friday Night Movies at Main Plaza. Christmas in July activities are planned by Cibolo Creek Community Church. Expect snow prior to the start of the movie. The movie will start at dark.

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Boerne Market Days August 11, 10:00 AM - August 12, 5:00 PM @ Main Plaza 2nd Saturday Art & Wine August 11, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Galleries and ‘Other Walls’ throughout Boerne Cibolo Songs and Stories August 11, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Cibolo Nature Center Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. Enjoy live music under the Oak Trees at the Cibolo Nature Center.

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Movie in the Park.”Nanny McPhee Returns” PG August 31, All Day @ Main Plaza Movies start at DARK on Main Plaza & are FREE! Come out early pick your spot, get a movie snack or two and hang out and enjoy a free juggling lesson with the Boerne Gymnastics Center, moon bounce fun with the Boerne YMCA and meet some exciting new exotic friends with Happy Tails Entertainment! August 31- Nanny McPhee Returns- PG


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from a community-wide book drive, the library was previously housed in various locations, including Zimmerman Studio, located in the Comfort Theater; Hunter’s Casa de Cazador, now called the Gast House Inn, or Meyer Bed and Breakfast; Stieler Motors, presently Comfort Cable Building; and evenThe past reflected in a window of the Comfort Historical Museum, housed in a 1908 bank building tually the Old Bank Building in 1961. In 1981, on the 25th anniverHomes. he survey laying out 301 sary celebration of the library, the Most of Comfort’s early settlers town lots completed by board of trustees accepted the gift migrated from Germany during the of the Arno Schwethelm Memorial Ernst Altgelt on Sept. 3, German Revolution of 1848. 1854 continues to outline Building and the challenge of renothe unique community of Comfort, Comfort became a thriving center vating the building for use as a for trade and commerce, education library. In 2000 the building was nestled in a pastoral Hill Country and “Freethinkers,” followers of the renovated to accommodate growth valley just minutes from Boerne, “Freethinking Philosophy,” an anti- and change. Today, the library’s Kerrville, Fredericksburg and San religious movement generated by Antonio. updated collection of books, which religious oppression in Germany. It includes an excellent selection of It’s a popular get-away with many top-quality bed and breakfast was to be about 50 years before a local history, is supplemented with church was established in Comfort. online features and access. The inns, RV parks, wineries, restauThe Comfort School District was annual Taste of Comfort benefit for rants, antique and specialty shops the first formed in Kendall County. the library supported by local resand other attractions. When Kerr County was separated The first school building was contaurants is among the community’s structed in 1856. As the community most popular events. from Bexar County in 1856, Comfort was the county seat. When has grown, the Comfort ISD now Today, civic, church and chamber has enrollment of about 1,200 stuKendall County was formed in events keep the community buzzing 1862 from parts of Kerr and Blanco dents in pre-kindergarten through with activity. The town’s Fourth of high school. The school campuses Counties in answer to a petition July celebration is one of the bighave expanded and a new high from residents of Boerne and gest and oldest in the Hill Country school on Hwy. 87 near the football – it began 10 months after the comSisterdale, Boerne became the stadium serves as a hub of activity county seat and Comfort remained munity was founded and has confor the community. part of Kendall county. tinued for more than 150 years. Among the attractions downtown The town grew but it was never An extremely active group of is the Comfort Public Library, incorporated. Many of the original businesses support and coordinate located in the historic Arno homes built by the pioneer settlers annual antique shows, downtown Schwethelm Memorial Building at shopping events, cultural activities are still occupied by their descen701 High Street. Formed in 1956 dants. Some are featured on the and other programs year-round. with a collection of 3,000 books Heritage Foundation’s Tour of

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Make Boerne your headquarters for day trips through the countryside 30.4 Boerne City Lake - Kendall County’s only lake NORTH TOUR (right). Exit at Boerne business exit, take the frontage road. (33 MILES) Start at north end of Main St. (Hwy. 87, northbound) at traffic light. Start mileage count here. 0.3 Kendall County EMS building (right) 0.4 (Turn right onto FM 1376) 3.4 Walnut Grove Road (left) 4.7 Remains of old Walnut Grove Resort Ranch still visible, one of Texas’ better known resorts in late 1890’s (left) 5.5 Peaceful Habitations Rose Gardens, 37 Seewald Rd. 7.6 Wasp Creek 7.9 Wasp Creek School - original part still present, but converted into residence (left) 11.0 Ottmar Von Behr’s Homestead - in National Register as Historical District 11.1 Guadalupe River 11.9 Intersection of FM 473 (right) 12.1 East Sister Creek 12.2 Sisterdale - First known as Zink’s Settlement, named for Nicholas Zink who settled in 1847 12.3 Sister Creek Winery (left) 12.5 Lohrbeer House* - Built in 1897 (left) 12.6 Old Dance Hall (left) 12.7 Old school house (right) 12.9 Cemetery (right) Turn left at intersection of FM 473. Dr. Kapp’s Hydropathic Clinic (entrance 12.7 miles on right). Sisterdale. On the National Register as an Historical District. West Sister Creek 15.9 Turn left on Waring-Sisterdale Road (no signs). 18.2 Guadalupe River 20.1 Mira Sol Girl Scout Camp owned by Alamo Area Council of Girl Scouts (left). 20.5 Waring - community created in 1888. First known as Windsor, later changed to Waringford and finally Waring. Baptist Church, general store, post office, Waring school** makeup historic town. Just outside Waring is old Windsor Stage Stop, built in 1860s to accommodate overnight stagecoach travelers. 20.6 Railroad Depot (right) 22.7 Joshua Creek 23.9 Welfare - first known as Bon Ton. Like Waring Welfare was cut off with completion of Hwy. 87 and later IH-10, bypassing these small German settlements. 24.1 Railroad Depot (right) 24.1 Old Welfare School (left) 25.3 Nicolaus Zink Home* - built in 1868. Zink selected to lead group of German immigrants overseas to establish settlements on Texas Land Grant, buried in unmarked grave on this property. 26.2 Turn left 26.5 Nelson City - named for Nelson family farmers and ranchers, who operated automotive garage, filling station and lunch stand. Po-Po Restaurant built in 1929 first as dance hall. 27.0 Turn right off of IH-I0 frontage road - go under IH-10 overpass 27.5 Enter IH-10 30.2 Site of Andrew Jackson Potter’s Home (18681883). Potter, a Methodist minister for 30 years, traveled the Texas frontier, preaching in saloons, the only public buildings in the early settlements (left)

31.0 Take Boerne exit to Hwy. 87 32.0 Ernest/Walter Pfeiffer Home - in 1974 the Pfeiffers received Texas State Family Land Heritage Award for owning and operating same agricultural land for over 100 years 32.9 Traffic Light (Main Street).

EAST TOUR (45 MILES) Turn east off Main St. at the Cibolo Creek Bridge. Start your mileage count. 0.3 Cibolo Creek Dam - site of Boerne’s first business, the Dietert Saw and Grist Mill (right). 0.9 Agricultural Heritage Center - museum of antique farm equipment - Open Wednesday afternoons 1:30 to 4:30 pm and Sundays 1 to 4 pm (right). 0.9 Boerne City Park & Cibolo Nature Center (right). 1.1 Herff Park - home to Kendall County Fair on Labor Day weekend, Hill County Antique Show, South Texas Trade Fair, Oma’s Christmas Fair (right). 6.6 Pleasant Valley School - now used for Community Center (left). 7.2 Cecil Smith’s Polo Field - home of America’s most famous polo player and training site for polo ponies (right) 10.0 Bergheim General Store* - old general store (right) which has been in the same family since 1900, and O'Briens Restaurant (left) Optional Tour Continue on Hwy. 46 to Guadalupe River State Park (3.2 miles from Bergheim), a 1,900 acre park with campgrounds, nature trails and more. 11.0 Smith Cemetery - family-owned cemetery (right) 14.7 Old Schiller Post Office and site of first Bergheim General Store - located on Cielo Ranch. 15.0 Guadalupe River - old charcoal burners were active in this area. 19.1 Curry Creek. 21.0 Rawls Creek. 21.9 Kendalia* - town first known as Bech’s Flat, but later changed. Named after George Wilkins Kendall. Many historic buildings in Kendalia including Kendall Community Church,* Old Lawhon General Store, log cabin Elbel General Store, dance hall and Kendalia Library with historical marker for George Wilkins Kendall. Turn left on FM 473 (left) 25.8 Shepard’s Creek & schoolhouse. 26.9 Dry Creek. 28.0 Curry Creek. 29.3 FM 474 intersects (left) Turn here. 36.3 Guadalupe River. 37.2 Guadalupe River Ranch (left). 38.6 Kreutzberg Road (left). Optional Tour (approximately 10 miles) Turn left on Kreutzberg Rd. Pass Kreutzberg Shooting Club and School which dates back almost 100 years. On top of hill behind shooting club building is large cross erected by Joseph V. Phillip in 1847, used as landmark for the area. Kreutzberg (German for Cross Mountain ) (left). Alzafar Shrine Camp (left) and Cave Without a Name, one of Texas’ most beautiful caves (right) Return and continue on FM 474 to Boerne


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WEST TOUR (10.5 MILES) Turn left off Main St. onto Johns Road (westbound). Start mileage count. 0.2 Henry Fabra Elementary School - dedicated to Henry Fabra, descendant of early settlers (left). 0.2 Boerne Middle School North originally built in 1929 and served as Boerne High School until new high school was built in 1972. 0.3 Cibolo Creek. 0.5 Tusculum - first settlement in Boerne. Located behind Schwope’s Water Well Drilling Company. Settled in 1849 by German immigrants hoping to bring higher standard of living to the United States. Only one stone building remains today. (Not visible from John’s Road). 0.9 Lex Sanitarium*- Lex family home used as sanitarium from 1919 to 1939. Owned and operated by Emilie Lex

(Mrs. Adolph). Boarding house, also for people traveling long distance to visit friends and family members who were parents. Dr. John Francis Nooe, at one time Boerne’s favorite doctor, operated and cared for parents here. Still owned by Lex family. (left - visible only from IH-10). 1.2 IH-l0 Overpass 5.2 Tapatio Springs Golf Resort Country Club - hotel conference center, golf, tennis, restaurant. Return to Main Street by way of John’s Road

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Boerne Village Band preserves German music heritage he Boerne Village Band was organized in 1860 by Dr. Karl Dienger, who had migrated from Germany

in 1855. The band members came from all of the communities in the area and played for Sangerfests and dancing in all of them, namely, Bergheim, Kendalia, Welfare, Waring, Comfort and Boerne. During the two World Wars the band was not very active but did not disband. It was after World War II that the band re-assembled stronger than ever. This re-assembled group included Henry Schrader, Jr., Eugene Ebell, Erhard Ebner and the Grosser brothers. They also began at this time to develop the band in the Boerne High School. No longer just a backup for an old time Sangerfest, the band became prominently known in its own right. In 1986 the group obtained authentic uniforms with the help of Otto Schicht from Bavaria. These uniforms were worn for the first

time during the 1986 Sesquicentennial performances. The band plays not only for Boerne Bergesfest but all over Texas: At the San Antonio Fiesta and Folk Life Festival- At the New Braunfels Wurstfest-in Helotes - in Fredericksburg-at the “Indianola Pilgrimage” honoring the immigration of Germans to Texas-at the grand opening of the restored General Land Office in Austin. The Texas House of Representatives honored the band in 1991 “for providing the people of the State of Texas with the finest in German music and for keeping alive German music as part of Our Heritage.” In 1995 an official Texas Historical marker was dedicated on the Main Plaza in Boerne to commemorate “Early German Music in Boerne” and

its significance to the community heritage. In 2010, the band celebrated 150 years of German musical tradition with a community-wide celebration. The band’s series of summer concerts, Abendkonzerte, have grown in popularity with audiences of all ages. This year’s Abendkonzerte concerts are scheduled May 22, June 5, 19, July 3, 17, 31. Part of the City of Boerne Parks and Recreation summer programs, the free concerts are held on Main Plaza from 7:30 to 9 p.m.


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Who do you think you are? Find out at the Genealogical Society of Kendall County’s Family History Place

Since the new library and research center of the Genealogical and Historical Society of Kendall County, The Family History Place, opened its doors it’s become a fertile digging ground for finding ancestors. For many years the GHSKC has provided research assistance and maintained its collection of research materials - the new location at 725 N. Main, Suite 3 (across from the fire station) is the group’s latest innovation. Open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., the center is staffed by a group of 29 dedicated GHSKC volunteers offering one-on-one assistance to family history researchers by knowledgeable genealogists. In addition to the collection of over 2,000 volumes, compact disks and microfilms featuring family records of local, county, state, regional and national scope, computers are available for the public to access Internet genealogical websites.

In addition to the main library room with a large research table, there is a smaller private research room and a media room with computers, copier, printer and microform reader. A particularly prized item is a large wall map showing Kendall

County’s original land grants, which genealogist and Family History Place Administrator Mary Alice Dell says has become an attraction for family researchers. Three other rooms at the Family Place house the society’s county historical record archives, file cabinets and a small meeting room and work room for those working on the group’s many projects, such as documenting all 4,000 tombstones in county cemeteries with photographs. The society is one of the most active genealogical societies in the state. The group sponsors the Hill Country Family History Seminar each year with a well-known national speaker as well as annual workshops for beginning genealogists and a seven-week in-depth genealogical research course. For more information about the seminars and the Family History Place, call 830-331-8730 or e-mail: thefamilyhistoryplace@ gvtc.com. For more information about the GHSKC, visit www. rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgskc.


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oerne Fire Chief Doug Meckel and his staff, along with department members, recently celebrated the expansion and renovation of the Boerne Donald L. Gourley Fire Station, 726 N. Main with dedication ceremonies and open house for the community. More than 150 people were on hand for the event, including family members of the station’s namesake, the late Donald L. Gourley, a former chief and city councilman. The 6,000 square-foot addition and complete renovation of existing facilities was funded by $2.5 million in bonds approved by voters in 2007. Fire department personnel continued to use the site throughout the 16-month construction project spearheaded by The City of Boerne and MJC & Associates of San Antonio. Improvements to the Boerne Fire Station consisted of three key phases: a new 6,800 square foot building behind the existing station, an 11,200 square foot apparatus and equipment bay and renovations to the administrative offices. The new addition is home to dorm rooms, work and storage areas, kitchen and dining space, bathrooms and a physical health training room.

The Boerne Fire Department has operated in the current location and facility since 1989. The Boerne Fire Department was originally organized in 1903 as a volunteer unit to serve the needs of the citizens of Boerne and Kendall County. Currently, the department has paid staff and volunteer members. Paid staff includes the fire chief, assistant chief, administrative assistant, three fire lieutenants, three shift firefighters, and four part-time firefighters. The remainder of the department is comprised of volunteer members. The department provides a variety of emergency services to the citizens of Boerne and parts of Kendall County, including fire protection and prevention, hazardous materials response, the first responder program and specialized rescue operations. The Boerne Fire Department is consistently striving to provide the best possible service to all citizens in Boerne, as well as to those who work in and visit the city, Merckel noted.

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New Police, Municipal Court facility dedicated City’s new seat of justice reflects Hill Country architecture

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n addition to a new library and fire station expansion, the City of Boerne recently dedicated a new, state of the art police and city court complex. The new Boerne Police and Municipal Court Complex on Old San Antonio Road houses the police force, the fire marshal’s staff, Emergency Operations Center and 911 dispatch team. The new Municipal Court facility in the same complex includes office space for court staff and a new courtroom, which serves double duty as Boerne

City Council chambers. The 28,000 square-foot facility was designed to meet current and future needs for office and evidence storage, secure parking, physical and classroom training areas. The $7.7 million complex was designed by Wiginton Hooker Jeffry Architects and constructed by O’Haver Construction. Boerne

voters approved the funding in the May 2007 Quality of Life bond election. Future plans call for a new city hall facility to be constructed on the Johns Road-Main Street city campus where the new Patrick Heath Public Library is located.

Kronkosky Place: Hub of activities for busy senior population

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oerne has a new community facility dedicated to serving generations of Kendall County

residents. For almost three decades programs and services encouraging adults in the community to take an active role in maintaining their physical and mental health as they age have been offered in the Boerne community through the Rainbow Center. In 2010, those programs and services moved to the new Kronkosky Place at 17 Old San Antonio Road. Kronkosky Place is a 28,000 square foot activity / nutritional center on a 5.8 acre site open to anyone over 55 years of age. Today, hundreds of local seniors enjoy a variety of programs at Kronkosky Place, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday. The center’s goal is to help area residents remain physically and mentally active; to remain independent; and to remain socially

engaged with others. Kronkosky Place offers: • An exercise facility designed for older adults. Exercise programs

include video exercise classes, walking and a line dancing class. • A technology classroom for continuing education classes, including computer literacy. • A health/wellness resource center dedicated to encouraging healthy aging. • A hot, nutritious lunch is served at noon Monday through Friday for a small suggested donation. Nutritional Programs are partially underwritten by funds from Alamo Area Council of Governments

(AACOG) and Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities (DADS). • Local transportation service to the center for members who are no longer able to drive. In addition during the morning hours, members can schedule trips to local businesses, to local doctors, to the grocery store or for other similar errands. • The Meals-onWheels Program for Kendall County, which provides a hot lunch to qualified homebound citizens regardless of age or income level. Volunteers deliver the meals Monday through Friday, and at the same time provide a wellness check on each recipient. • A wide variety of scheduled activities designed to promote social interaction and fellowship. • Opportunities for meaningful volunteer work. • A caregiver Resource Library, sponsored by AACOG, which offers books, tapes and other resource material discussing specific medical conditions and general care-giving information.


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Area churches welcome you ANGLICAN ST. JOHN’S ANGLICAN 7 Sisterdale Rd. 249-3978 or 331-4001 Don Hughes, Min. ASSEMBLY OF GOD BOERNE ASSEMBLY OF GOD 603 Frey St. • 249-1314 Jeremy Errickson TEMPLO VIDA NUEVA #11 Sisterdale Rd. 249-7544

BAPTIST BIBLE BAPTIST 113 Industrial St., Ste. 1 Manuel Garcia, Jr., Min. COMFORT BAPTIST 104 Amber Dr., Comfort • 995-3638 James H. Holt, Jr., Min. SANCTUARY OF TRUTH 28715 IH 10 West, Boerne Sunday 10am • Pastor Jim Love COMFORT HISPANIC BAPTIST MISSION 236 Broadway, Comfort • 995-3993 Pedro Aguila Lopez, Min. CURREY CREEK BAPTIST 35 Cascade Caverns Rd. 755-8806 • John Free, Min. FIRST BAPTIST 631 S. School St. • 249-2527 Mike Harkrider, Min. Worship Times: 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. FIRST BAPTIST HISPANIC 114 W. Advogt • 249-9289 Tony Romo, Min. GRACE FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH 28528 IH 10 West, Boerne 830-981-5402 Dr. Glen Schmucker, Pastor Sunday Service at 11:00 am gracefellowship@gvtc.com HILL COUNTRY CHURCH AT FAIR OAKS RANCH 31375 FM 3351 (Ralph Fair Rd.) Fair Oaks Ranch, 438-8504 Eric Hightower, Pastor Bible Study 9 a.m.; W.S. 10 a.m. IGLESIA BAUTISTA EMANUEL 103 Chapel Hill • 537-4589 KENDALL COUNTY COWBOY CHURCH Kendall County Fairgrounds 210-669-7819 • Fellowship 9:30 a.m. W.S. 10:30 a.m. Pastor Steve “Cowboy” Gross www.kendallcountycowboychurch.org LEON SPRINGS FIRST BAPTIST 24133 Boerne Stage Rd. San Antonio • 698-2880 Dan Allen, Min. • S.S. 9 a.m. W.S. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Adult Bible Study and Youth Group 6 pm WARING BAPTIST 995-2652 • Harvey Davis, Min.

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1026 E. Blanco Rd. • 249-2343 FAITH BIBLE CHURCH OF BOERNE #1 Bergmann Rd at IH 10 249-8448 • Tom Lanier, Min. BOERNE COMMUNITY BIBLE 745 W. San Antonio • 210-896-2631 www.cbcboerne.com Terry Parks. Pastor • Worship 10:30 am CROSS COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP 8770 Dietz Elkhorn Rd Sunday Service 10:30 AM Sunday School 9:30 AM Pastor Gary McCarron • 210-363-3099

CATHOLIC SACRED HEART CATHOLIC Comfort • 995-3708 James F. Cashin, Min. ST. ELIZABETH SETON CATHOLIC 8500 Cross Mountain Trail San Antonio • 210-698-1941 Msgr. Conor McGrath Mass 8am Mon. - Fri., Sat. 5:00pm and Sun. 8am-9:30am, 11:00am. Spanish Mass at 12:30pm & 7pm ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC HC 54, Box 2074, Bulverde 980-2268 ST. PETER THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH 202 W. Kronkosky St. • 816-2233 Tony Cummins, Pastor Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday 5:30 pm; Sunday 9 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm (Mass in Spanish); 6 pm (Life Teen Mass) Weekday Mass Schedule: Monday & Tuesday 8:30am Wednesday & Thursday 6:15 am; Friday 10 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Each Wednesday: 4:30 – 8:00pm, First Fridays: 10:30am – 5:00pm

CHRISTIAN CHRISTIAN CHARACTER MINISTRIES 43360 IH-10 West • 537-5244 Walter H. Tracy, Jr. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE GROUP Church and Sunday School; Wednesday Testimony Meeting For info call: 830-331-9779 www.spirituality.com UNITY CHURCH OF BOERNE (Church of the Daily Word) 121 Scenic Loop Rd. Sunday Services 11am 830-755-5419 • www.unityofboerne.org 830-895-5673 • Rev. Eddy Edwards VAN RAUB CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 8770 Dietz-Elkhorn Rd. Jim Boring, Min.

CHURCH OF CHRIST CHURCH OF CHRIST 1 Upper Balcones Rd. • 249-2685 Randy Couchman, Min.

CHURCH OF CHRIST SOUTHSIDE 46 Old San Antonio Rd. 816-4819 or 210-316-3824 Howell Moore, Mins.

EPISCOPAL ST. BONIFACE EPISCOPAL 130 Hwy 87 North, Comfort 830-995-3897 • The Rev. John Rayls Sunday 8:45 & 11 Sunday School 9:45 www.stboniface-comfort.org ST. HELENA’S EPISCOPAL 410 N. Main St. • 249-3228 The Rev. William H. Allport, II, Rector

INTERDENOMINATIONAL CROSS MOUNTAIN 24891 Boerne Stage Rd. Sundays at 9 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm Randy Ayers & Jerry McNeil www.crossmountain.org nineteen:ten church Boerne Champion High School Sundays at 9:30 am and 11 am Pastor Jason Brown • 830-249-1217 www.1910church.com

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS JEHOVAH’S WITNESS 304 N. School • 249-2452

LUTHERAN IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 318 High St. Comfort • 995-3756 Robert Kaul, Min. MESSIAH LUTHERAN 9401 Dietz-Elkhorn Rd. • 755-4300 OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN WORSHIPING COMMUNITY Boerne YMCA • 1361 S. Main St. Sunday Communion Service - 10:30 am Pastor Steve Rode • 210-260-0317 ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH 315 Rosewood Ave. 249-3651 • 816-1853 Pastor Henry Schulte Pastor Jeff Carpenter Pastor Mariola Bergquist Worship 8:00 am, 10:30 am Sunday School 9:15 am

METHODIST FIRST UNITED METHODIST 205 James St. • 249-2565 Pastors, Ricky Burk, Kim Burke, Beverly Burk Sunday: 8am, 9:30am, 11:00am GADDIS UNITED METHODIST 141 Hwy. 87, Comfort Jason A. Teague, Pastor

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Rods,Vettes &Buggies

ain Plaza’s shaded areas, the surrounding hills and scenic roads and the hospitality of the people have all added to Boerne’s reputation as the perfect site for car rallies and shows. Fanciers of Corvettes from classic to current, the muscle cars of the ‘70 and street rods prior to 1948 all hold events on the plaza. The first – and biggest – of these to be held in Boerne was the Pride of Texas Street Rod Car Club’s Key to the Hills Rod Run, now in it’s 26th year. It is always held the second weekend in October. Hundreds

of pre-1948 cars and their ownerfamilies begin arriving late Friday evening and early Saturday morning, jockeying for space on Main Plaza or the surrounding streets. In 2003, almost 500 of the vintage beauties filled downtown, parked hubcap to fender for viewing. Corvettes of all vintages are on display in April for the Texas Corvette Association Open Car Show, an official Fiesta event sponsored by the San Antonio chapter. Over 30 classes and hundreds of cars are on display each year. The 1960s come to live again each Labor Day weekend when dune buggies roll into Boerne for the annual Texas Manx Dune Buggy Club roundup. The Buggy Roundup will draw both restored early dune buggies along with buggies sporting new fiberglass bodies. Almost all the buggies coming to Boerne were restored or built by their owners and will

represent a variety of shapes and colors, each reflecting the owner’s own taste in what he considers the ideal dune buggy. In addition to being on display on Main Plaza, the buggies are featured in the annual Kendall County Fair parade.

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Protecting heritage, conserving nature

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he Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne is located on 162 acres of natural lands at Boerne City Park off Highway 46 just west of the Kendall County Fairgrounds. The Cibolo Nature Center’s mission is conservation of natural resources through education and stewardship. Thousands of volunteer hours have made the Cibolo Nature Center a prime example of community caring and an excellent model of a local community’s efforts to preserve its natural heritage. Open to the public since Earth Day 1990, the Cibolo Nature Center provides education, research, entertainment and outdoor activities for more than 100,000 visitors a year, while promoting sound stewardship of land, water and wildlife. Across Cibolo Creek from the nature center lays a true gem - one in need of some polishing, and luckily a crew of enthused working groups has risen to the occasion to plan the restoration and renewal of the Herff Farm. The 62-acre green space includes a

Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm farmhouse, barn and other structures built by some of the area’s original German immigrants. In December 2009, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The house also figured prominently in the early settlement of Boerne, was confiscated during the Civil War for a Confederate Prisoner of War camp and served as the site of one of the last Native American-settler conflicts. It was the summer home of Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig Herff, a medical

pioneer in San Antonio and the great-great-grandfather of Carolyn Chipman Evans, the Cibolo Nature Center’s founding director. Its location at the confluence of Cibolo and Menger creeks makes it a key habitat area within the larger Cibolo Conservation Corridor. In 2007, the Friends of the Cibolo Wilderness, with help from supporters and foundations across Texas, purchased the property in order to preserve its resources for current and future generations. Local community members have embraced the potential of this valuable place and are hard at work planning its future. Among the goals is for the farm to function as a sustainable living center, demonstrating home gardening, rainwater catchment and conservation, sustainable energy practices, backyard chicken coops, composting and partnering with the community to create a community garden and farmer’s market, complementing a farm and garden education program for children and adults. Learn more at www.cibolo.org.

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CAVE TOURS IN KENDALL COUNTY The vast stretches of limestone that honeycomb the Texas Hill Country and in many places form aquifers that serve as the primary source of water in the region, also contain some of the most unique geologic formations in living caves. Cascade Caverns, 226 Cascade Caverns Road Exit 543 off I-10, gets its name from it’s 100 foot waterfall – the grand finale of a one hour guided tour. Tours are available year round. Call 830755-8080 or visit www.cascadecaverns.com. Cave Without A Name , 325 Kreutzberg Road, Boerne, is also a showcse of fabulous formations and educational exhibits. Tours are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. 10am-5pm after Labor Day until Memorial Day. Call 830-5374212 or visit www.cavewithoutaname.com. OLD TUNNEL WMA, The smallest Wildlife Management Area in Texas at 16.1 acres. The abandoned railroad tunnel is home to up to three million Brazilian free-tailed bats

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from May to October. Visitors watch the bats emerge from the tunnel each night, and nightly educational programs are available. Take IH-10 to Comfort, exit at Hwy. 27, west to the blinking light in town and veer right on Hwy. 87. Turn right on FM 473 and go east for 5 miles. Take Old # 9 Hwy. for 8 miles to the site. ACTIVITIES IN ADJACENT COUNTIES Fredericksburg, founded by German settlers in 1846, is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Activities include museums, a historic district, a wildflower farm, vineyards and wineries, an herb farm, peach orchards, brew pub, living history farmstead, art galleries, live music, lavender farms, scenic drives, golf and more. Specific attractions include: the National Museum of the Pacific War, the Pioneer Museum Complex, Wildseed Farms, Fredericksburg Herb Farm, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Luckenbach, Rockbox Theater and other unique sites. Fredericksburg has over 70 restaurants and bakeries and over 150 shops. For more information about activities, visit the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce website, www.fredericksburg-texas.com, or call 830-997-6523. The National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 East Main, Fredericksburg, is dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the

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Pacific Theater of WWII . Supported by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, the museum has a complete schedule of summer events. A list is available at www.pacificwarmuseum.org, where hours of operation, admission fees and other information is also available. Every May, descendents of settlers along with more recent arrivals celebrate Fredericksburg’s heritage with Founders Day at the Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main, a memorial to celebrate a unique community that was created by early settlers for future generations. For information contact the museum at 830-990-8441 or www.pioneermuseum.net. Also near Fredericksburg is the LBJ State Park & Historic Site, Hwy. 290 East, 199 State Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671. More information about the Texas Parks and Wildlife facility is available at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/ park/lbj or by calling 830-644-2252 . Kerrville, located just 30 miles northwest of Boerne on I-10, also has a busy schedule of events. Headquarters for learning about all there is to do there is the Visitors Center, 2108 Sidney Baker Dr., open seven days a week, or visit www.kerrvilletexascvb.com. For information about more events and attractions, such as the headquarter of James Avery Craftsman and historic downtown Kerrville, visit www.kerrvilletexascvb.com.

gricultural Heritage shines in museum

The Agricultural Heritage Museum is located in Boerne City Park on over five acres. From tractors to butter churns to wagons, the Museum has something for everyone. A blacksmith shop, woodworking shop, pioneer house, wagon house, main museum building and many outdoor exhibits showcase antique farm machinery and implements. Antique farm machinery and tools

include a thresher machine, combines, wagons, corn shellers, fruit juicers, plows, binders, and more. Farming and ranching history come to life in displays and programs in the Big Red Barn, on the front porch and in the Blacksmith Shop. The museum is open on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is $5; free for kids age 12 years and younger.

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Area churches welcome you METHODIST

703 W. Ashby Place • 210-732-6898

SPRING CREEK UNITED METHODIST 28970 Old Fredericksburg Rd. Fair Oaks Ranch, Tx 78015 830-981-8331 Rev. Stephen Sanders

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MORMON CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTERDAY SAINTS 203 Stonegate Rd. • 249-9197 Victor L. Heller, Min. W.S. 9 a.m.- noon

PENTECOSTAL BOERNE UNITED PENTECOSTAL 235 Frey St. • Kerry Hammer, Min. Sunday 9:30 a.m. • 830-249-5993 www.boerneupc.org

PRESBYTERIAN LEON SPRINGS PRESBYTERIAN 23943 IH-10 West • 698-2325 Wayne R. Urbanowski, Jr., Min. PIPE CREEK PRESBYTERIAN 8598 St. Hwy. 16 S., Pipe Creek Raymond Powell, Min. ST. MARK PRESBYTERIAN 208 W. Bandera Road 830-816-3000 or 830-249-3232 Sunday Services: Contemporary 9am-Traditional 11:10am Sunday School Classes from 10:10 - 11:00am Michael Brundeen, Minister www.stmarktx.org TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN (PCA) Sunday 10 AM Worship, Meets at Cibolo Creek Elementary Pastor Allen Taha • (830) 815-1212 www.trinityboerne.org

QUAKERS RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS 2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, Tx (Located on the Schreiner University Campus) Sundays 10:00 am • 210-698-2592

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A GATHERING IN CHRIST 23 Hwy 87 in Comfort 210-508-1606 • Buddy Brooks, Min. 1st & 3rd Sun. at 11 a.m. A HILL COUNTRY CHAPEL 886 Mountain View Lane Pipe Creek, just off Hwy 46 510-4731 • www.hillcountrychapel.org Albert “Skip” Marks, Minister, Nathan Marks, Youth Minister Sunday School, 9am for all ages, Morning Worship, 10am, Evening Worship, 6pm, Wednesday Bible Study, 7:30pm for all ages, First Sunday Evening of the Month is Family Night at 6pm BOERNE FIRST WARD-JESUS CHRIST 203 Stonegate Rd. • 249-0016 CALVARY TEMPLE CHURCH OF CENTERPOINT AND COMFORT 4 mi. west of Comfort on Hwy. 27, Comfort, 995-2459 • David James, Min. CENTERING PRAYER 16 W. Highland Dr. • 210-286-4320 THE CHURCH AT BOERNE 1100 N. Main, Ste. 102, Boerne Pastor Ryon Butler Wednesday: 7:00p.m. 830-864-5577 • 210-414-8616 CIBOLO CREEK COMMUNITY CHURCH 30395 Ralph Fair Rd. Fair Oaks Ranch • 830-981-8989 Paul Wilson, Min. COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH 745 West San Antonio, Boerne 210496-5096 • Pastor Terry Parks Sundays at 10:30am, Old Rainbow Senior Center www.cbcboerne.com COWBOY FELLOWSHIP AT THE CROSS 5831 Hwy 27 • Center Point www.gettinreal.org • • 830-249-0300 Pastor Mike McDaniel FAITH HARBOR CHURCH 29157 Noll Rd. in Fair Oaks 755-5205 • Pastor Dorothy Petty Sunday Afternoon service at 2:30. Church open for prayer Tuesday - Friday 1-5pm. End of the Road Prayer Room opening soon for 24 hours a day FULL LIFE FELLOWSHIP

There’s a lot going on here! For more about things to do and see, contact:

The Boerne Visitors and Convention Bureau 1407 South Main Street • Boerne, Texas 78006 830.249.7277 • Toll Free: 888.842.8080 Fax 830.249.9626

www.visitboerne.org

Meetings at Nelson City Dancehall 825 Hwy 289 • 210-823-9332 HAVEN IN THE HILLS CHRISTIAN 809 N. Main, Boerne, 78006 (830) 249-3040 • Pastor Frank Autry HIS HANDS CHURCH Meetings upstairs at America’s Best Value Inn 10 a.m. Sunday • 830-230-5352 Pastors Ronnie & Jo Ann Squyres JESUS NAME FULL GOSPEL 402 E. Theissen Sundays at 10am • 830-537-5060 www.reachtheharvest.com KENDALIA COMMUNITY 336-2880 FAIR OAKS CHURCH Praise & worship each Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Discipleship Bible study Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. 28703 IH 10 West, suite 211 Boerne • 830-981-5355 ten10 Church 31007 IH 10 West, Suite 211, Boerne 830-377-9846 Services at 10:30 am Sundays Pastor Larry Williams THE CHURCH AT BOERNE A COWBOY FELLOWSHIP Pastor Ryon Butler • 210-602-2940 1100 N Main Ste 102. Wednesday 7:00p.m. VIDA NUEVA BOERNE 11 FM #1376 • 249-1314


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Comfort’s Treue Der Union Monument ‘Loyalty to the Union’

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hen the Civil War broke out and Texas began to talk of seceding from the Union, the German immigrants of the Comfort area strongly opposed secession, both because they were against the institution of slavery and because of their feeling of allegiance to their adopted country. Some of the German farmers openly backed the Union government, an act that the Confederates considered treasonous. To make matters worse, the local residents of Comfort formed the Union Loyal League to protect themselves from Indian and outlaw attacks. A nervous Confederacy felt that the group might be a serious threat to their government. Finally, martial law was declared, and the Texas Rangers were sent to order all males over 16 years old to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy. When many refused, farms and homes were burned, and some dissidents were lynched. Some accounts say as many as 150 citizens were killed. With these mounting troubles and threats to their families, a group of Comfort men decided to leave Texas and head to Mexico and perhaps join the Union forces. A band of 60 left on Aug 1, 1862, not knowing that the

Confederates had been told of their move. The Unionists were followed to the banks of the Nueces River before the attack known as the Battle of the Nueces began. Nineteen Comfort citizens were killed in battle and nine others were captured, but later executed. On Oct. 18, eight other Unionists were killed while crossing the Rio Grande near the Devil’s River. The bodies of these farmers and those killed on the Nueces River were left unburied. A group of Germans gathered the bones of their friends and buried them at this site in 1865. On Aug. 10, 1866, the first monument in Texas was erected at the gravesite to remember the Germans killed. The Treue der Union, or True to the Union, Monument is a simple obelisk, inscribed with the names of the men who were killed. The Treue der Union Monument, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was designated in 1991 as one of only five sites in the nation where the flag is allowed to be flown at half staff at all times. The flag flown here is the 36-star American flag, representing the flag used at the dedication in 1866.

St John’s Anglican Church Sundays at 10:00 am “In Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (830) 249-3978 www.stjohnsboerne.com 7 Sisterdale Road, Boerne (from intersection US 87 and 1376, just up the hill on the right)

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The New Patrick Heath Public Library On May 12, 2007, the residents of Boerne voted for a $5 million bond to build a new library. Less than a week later, the city purchased land on Main Street across from St. Helena’s Episcopal Church on North Main St. The Boerne Public Library Foundation, which was established in 1993, launched a capital campaign to raise an additional $2 million to build the Patrick Heath Public Library, named after Boerne’s former mayor. The library’s groundbreaking took place in May of 2010, and just over one year later, the dream of a new 30,000 square-foot, 2-story building became a reality. The new library opened its doors on June 4, 2011, with hundreds of excited patrons eagerly checking out all the new and wonderful services in a large, light and spacious facility. In October of the same year, the unique facility was awarded the Gold level in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. Today, the staff and 60-plus volunteers of the Patrick Heath Public Library serve the residents of Kendall

County, the State of Texas, the country, and even the world. The library is open six days a week and houses a collection of approximately 48,000 items. Nearly 143,000 people came through our doors in 2011, and checked out more than 234,000 items. Nearly 12,000 children and adults attended 373 library programs. While the library itself is a beautiful new facility, the grounds are just as fabulous. In addition to gorgeous native plants, there is also a Heritage Plaza and natural and cultural resource interpretive program. The new Friends of the Boerne Public Library book store is adjacent to the plaza. The nonprofit organization supports the library by funding new equipment, supplies, public programs, and special projects that are not covered by other funding sources.

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Hill Country Women In Business national origin, or race, who own and operate businesses; to provide a voice for women who own and operate businesses; to encourage ownership by women in business; to foster the economic stability of businesses owned and operated by women; and to provide relevant principles of business management through educational programs, meetings, networks, seminars, and the promotion of public awareness and acceptance of women in owning and operating their own business. Membership: Are you or your business new to the Hill Country area? Do you enjoy meeting and making friends with like-minded women? Could your business use some super networking MA, LPC, LLC opportunities? Have you been searching Licensed Professional Counselor for affordable business advertising in the local paper? If you answered yes to any of the quesDepression, Anxiety, tions and want more information about Coping Skills, Individals and joining HCWIB check out our website at Relationships www.hcwib.net here you will find our business directory, with photo gallery and swww.boernetherapy.com information about membership.

History: In 1985, 48 women came together to form the Hill Country Women in Business. Their purpose - - “to encourage and support adult women in business, working to cooperatively provide advice and to foster the economic stability of membership�. This lofty goal has been achieved throughout the club’s history. Several of the founding members are still active in the club and enjoy successful businesses. Focus: Hill Country Women in Business is a non-profit organization which was organized to promote, encourage and support women without regard to age,

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streetlights. Colorful banners on each lamppost mark the season of the year, a special festival, support for the Boerne High School Greyhounds and the Champion Chargers or simply the welcome that is always extended to visitors. Park benches have been added throughout the length of the Hauptstrasse to encourage visitors and residents to pause and enjoy the uniqueness that is Boerne. Parking is ample on the street, on adjacent side streets and at three public parking lots. The lots are located on the 200 block of North Main St., the 100 block of South Main St., and at Main Plaza. Modern restroom facilities are located at the South Main lot and Main Plaza. Now Downtown Boerne has become a favorite destination for visitors from other areas who flock to town, not just on weekends, but every day. Boerne Market Days on the second weekend of each month transforms Main Plaza into an old style â&#x20AC;&#x153;market daysâ&#x20AC;? shopping mecca with booths filling the plaza with antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, food and a lot of fun for the family.

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city has enacted landscape ordinances and has defined a downtown historical district to maintain the architectural heritage of the area. Fire protection is provided by a fire department, which, although staffed pprimarily by volunteers, is highly ttrained and equipped with state-of-theart fire-fighting equipment. Emergency medical services are provided by the Kendall County EMS, another group of highly qualified personnel. The city police department hhas full-time officers who pride themselves on knowing the citizens, while welcoming visitors. The city maintains a parks system tthat is unique and citizen-oriented, rranging from sports facilities and a city lake to small plazas and hike, bike and walking trails. The city also offers yearrround recreational programs. Leagues are offered on an annual basis. Addittionally, youth activities such as swim lessons, swim team, Punt, Pass and Kick competition, track and field team, tennis camps, tennis lessons and tournaments are annual programs. A Community and Convention Center offers amenities for meetings large and small with a centrally located, spacious two-story facility with ample parking. More information is available at www.ci.boerne.tx.us.

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