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CVBnews – April 2, 2012 – Happy Easter!

April 2, 2012

Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau to conduct visitor survey to help with marketing efforts – your help is needed!
The Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau (FCVB), in conjunction with Core Research of San Antonio, will once again be conducting visitor research.  The first wave of the year-long project will begin next Friday, April 13, running through Sunday, April 22.  We will be calling local industry partners and asking you to participate by:  (1) placing the research cards and a collection box in your business and (2) having your frontline staff encourage visitors to participate.  We will need a minimum of 50 survey locations in Fredericksburg and the county.   The goal is to collect a total of 4,000 survey cards during the ten days.   

The information collected helps the FCVB better market Fredericksburg and Gillespie County to potential visitors.  If we know the age of our visitors, where they live, their income levels, why they come to our destination, how much they spend, how long they stay and much more, we know where to spend our marketing dollars to find more potential visitors who will respond positively to our sales message.  

When a FCVB staffer calls, please say “yes, we would love to participate by collecting surveys.”  By helping collect the surveys, you will help the FCVB to generate more visitors for the destination and thereby more potential customers for your business.  Thanks for your consideration.  If your business collects surveys, you will receive a free copy of the visitor research report at the end of the 12 month period.

Bienvenidos to Holy Week Shoppers
This is the week when families come from Mexico to Texas to shop with many making San Antonio their home base.  North Star Mall and La Cantera in San Antonio, as well as the outlet mall in San Marcos, are favorite destinations.  The Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau has hosted numerous Mexican press groups over the last year in an effort to build awareness of our destination with these shoppers. We hope to see some of the Mexican Nationals in our town this week, so please give them a warm Texan welcome.  They tend to be serious shoppers!

Whistle Pik Galleries opens Great American Landscapes Art Show today (Monday)
Paintings and sculptures capturing the beauty of our country will be on display at Whistle Pik Galleries during the Great American Landscapes show opening today (Monday, April 2) through May 26 at the gallery at 425 E. Main Street, in Fredericksburg.  An artists’ reception will be held this Friday, April 6 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  For details, call 830-990-8151.

Spring Thursday Night Shows continue at Rockbox Theater
Rockbox Theater’s Funtabulous Spring Thursday Nights promotion is each Thursday through April 26, and runs in addition to the group’s regular weekend schedule.  Two special ticket deals are available – either a $20 Group Ticket for groups of 20 or more (the 20/20 offer and not combinable with other offers) or a free Youth Ticket (for youths age 17 and younger) with the purchase of an adult ticket.  For information, call 830-997-7625.

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg is this Friday
This Friday, April 6, First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg returns with special events planned throughout the day at participating art galleries – with most open until 8:00 p.m.  Take a stroll through Fredericksburg’s historic district, sipping wine and checking out what each gallery has to offer.  The participating galleries include Agave Gallery, Artisans at Rocky Hill, Cowboy Bronze Art Gallery, Fredericksburg Art and More, Fredericksburg Art Gallery, Fredericksburg Art Guild, Galeria 19 Fine Art, InSight Gallery, Larry Jackson’s Antique & Art Gallery, RS Hanna, River Rustic Gallery, The Charles Beckendorf Gallery, The Good Art Company, Whistle Pik Galleries, and Fredericksburg’s newest gallery, The Village Gallery.  While at the galleries, enjoy wines from Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyard and Torre di Pietra Winery.  Stop by the Visitor Information Center at 302 E. Austin St. in Fredericksburg to pick up a map to the participating art galleries.  And for more information, call our offices at the Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau at 830-997-6523. For all the latest, check out the FFAWF blog at www.firstfriday-fbg.blogspot.com.

Demonstration at Artisans at Rocky Hill this Friday
Artisans at Rocky Hill presents a special engagement with Todd Abbott Winters, a highly acclaimed watercolor artist from Kerrville. Winters will demonstrate his expressive watercolors this Friday, April 6 during First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg.  Wines by Torre di Pietra Vineyards along with cheeses from the Amish Market will be served.  Winters’ spectacular display, including his latest wildlife pieces in big bold color, will remain available for show and sale through Saturday, April 14.  Artisans at Rocky Hill is located at 234 W. Main St. in Fredericksburg and can be reached at 830-990-8160.

Fredericksburg Art Gallery’s One Woman Art Show featuring Carla D’aguanno this Friday
Carla D’aguanno will present a month-long, one-woman show at Fredericksburg Art Gallery, beginning this Friday, April 6, at the gallery at 314 E. Main St.  A reception for this artist will be held as part of the gallery’s First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg festivities.  For information, call 830-990-2707.

InSight Gallery opens Tom Browning, Mark Haworth and Oreland Joe Art Show this Friday
Ten works each by artists Tom Browning, Mark Haworth and Oreland Joe will be on display during the Dust, Water and Stone art show opening this Friday, April 6 at InSight Gallery at 216 W. Main St. in Fredericksburg and running through April 23.  An artist reception will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  For information, call 830-997-9920.

Pioneer Handwerkers demonstrating at the Pioneer Museum this Saturday
The Pioneer Museum will host the Pioneer Handwerkers demonstration this Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the museum at 325 W. Main Street, in Fredericksburg.  Learn more about the needle arts of days gone by including knitting, crochet, quilting and embroidery.  Visitors are welcome to try their hand at these treasured art forms practiced even today.  This event is free with regular museum admission during regular museum hours.  For more details, call 830-990-8441.

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday at the Pioneer Museum
Also at the Pioneer Museum – children age 10 and younger are invited to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. on the museum grounds at 325 W. Main St., in Fredericksburg.  Admission is children free with one paid adult admission.  For information, call 830-990-8441.

Easter at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm this Saturday
Experience how early German settlers celebrated Easter at Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site this Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. during the Farm’s Easter event.  Learn to dye eggs naturally and build grass nests, and see all the newborn animals.  There’s no cost to attend; however, donations are always welcome.  For details, call 830-644-2252.

Wildflower Celebration at Wildseed Farms starts this Saturday
Wildseed Farms will celebrate the beauty of wildflowers during its annual Wildflower Celebration starting this Saturday, April 7 and running through April 22 on the property at U.S. Hwy 290, seven miles east of Fredericksburg.   There’s no admission charge.  Sample the chuck wagon-style Dutch oven biscuits, along with Wildseed Farms’ delicious jams and jellies, this Saturday and on April 14 and April 21. Wildseed Farms’ business hours run daily from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  For more details, call 830-990-8080.

Airport Day at Gillespie County Airport this Saturday
Gillespie County Airport will celebrate Airport Day with a variety of activities this Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Stop by the community’s airport (located off U.S. Hwy 16 S. at 191 Airport Rd.) to see the static aircraft displays and formation flyovers.  Youth ages 8 to 17 years can enjoy free EAA Young Eagles-sponsored airplane rides.  Members of the Civil Air Patrol will be on hand to provide promotional materials and information about this program.  And Boy Scott Troop 135 will be selling hamburger plates.  There’s no admission for this event.  For information, call 830-997-8767.

Billy Joe Shaver headlining this Saturday in Luckenbach Texas
This Saturday, April 7 at 9:00 p.m., $20 gets you in the door of Luckenbach Texas’ historic Dance Hall for a dance featuring country musician, Billy Joe Shaver.   Buy tickets online or at the door.  For more details, call 830-997-3224.

Hill Country Star Party this Saturday at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park
The Hill Country Star Party to benefit the Texas Amateur Astronomers Scholarship endowment at the University of Texas at Austin is this Saturday, April 7 at the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park on Hwy 16 S, in Fredericksburg.  This event is slated for 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. and includes star-gazing through professional quality telescopes.  Admission is by donation.  For details, call 830-992-0740.

Fredericksburg Dance Club to host dance this Saturday at the Turner Club
The Country Dutchmen will be performing at the Turner Club this Saturday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m. at a dance sponsored by the Fredericksburg Dance Club.  Guest tickets are $10 per person.  Turner Hall is located at 103 W. Travis St., in Fredericksburg.  For more details, call 830-997-2509.

World’s Best Places to See Beautiful Flowers – one place…here!
http://www.smartertravel.com/photo-galleries/editorial/worlds-best-places-to-see-beautiful-flowers.html?id=140&photo=24757&max_photos=7

Fodor’s Travel ranked 7 Places to See Spring Flowers in the Millions:
http://www.fodors.com/travel-photography/7-places-to-see-spring-flowers-in-their-millions-239.html

Yahoo.com Travel recommends this area for spring drives:
http://travel.yahoo.com/ideas/america-s-best-spring-drives.html

Groups planning meetings/retreats to Fredericksburg this month
The Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau has worked closely with the following groups that will be meeting in Fredericksburg this month:
– Texas Bankers Associations’ 92nd Annual Agriculture and Rural Affairs Conference
– Rocky Mountain School of Photography
– Texas Aggie Band Reunion
– USS Bon Homme Richard Reunion
– Lone Star Travelcade Club
– Texas A&M, Class of ’56 Mini Reunion
– Schreiner Class Reunion
– Concarb Retiree’s Reunion
– First Baptist Church of Graham
– Grace Bible’s Women’s Retreat

Peach Crop Update
According to Jamey Vogel, local grower and president of the Hill Country Fruit Council, the Gillespie County peach crop looks very promising at this time.  Beneficial rains, which began in late October and continue to provide drought recovery, along with sufficient winter chilling hours, have provided a strong setting on all varieties of peaches.  With the hard freeze risk lessening each day, local growers are looking forward to a very good harvest.  While the threat of strong thunderstorms with damaging hail may be the final hurdle to a great crop, damaging Hill Country hail storms tend to be rare and usually very isolated which means growers are very encouraged by the outlook for peaches.  The outlook is equally positive for plums, blackberries, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables produced in Gillespie County.

One other important note — the Gillespie County peach crop appears to be approximately 10 days ahead of normal which means local peaches may be available as soon as the first weekend in May!

Looking ahead: Fredericksburg Herb Farm to host Becker Vineyards Vintner Dinner April 12 – with Art in the Garden
Wines by Becker Vineyards will be featured at a vintner dinner at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm’s Farm Haus Bistro (at 405 Whitney Street) Thursday, April 12 beginning at 7:00 p.m. following a free Art in the Garden event in the gardens from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Cost to attend the dinner is $89 plus tax and gratuity, and reservations are needed.  For tickets and more information, call 830-997-8615.

Next Issue:  Monday, April 9, 2012
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