April 9, 2012
Rockbox Theater welcomes two new cast members
The cast of Rockbox Theater now includes two more talented performers – Larry Delawder and Nedgra Culp, two veteran performers who are, according to Rockbox Creative Director, Russ Hearn, “top-shelf talent” and who have been performing in Branson, MO. Give them a warm Fredericksburg welcome! For information, call 830-997-7625.
Update on upcoming Hill Country Film Festival
With a record of more than 200 films submitted for this year’s festival, the Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF), returns to the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg, Texas (April 26-29), for its third annual event. The festival will feature more than 50 films including features, shorts, documentaries and animations as well as 3-D shorts, a new category for the 2012 season.
Also new for the 2012 festival, HCFF will host a free outdoor screening at the Marktplatz on Thursday, April 26 at 8pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a series of family friendly short films. Concessions will be available from Clear River Pecan Company and Navajo Grill. While admittance is free, organizers strongly encourage a donation of gently used clothing, household or electronic items to benefit Goodwill.
All screenings presented on April 27-29 will be held at the Stagecoach Theater offering all digital projection, state-of-the-art 3-D technology, and 7.1 surround sound. For information on this year’s schedule and film line-up visit http://3rdannualhillcountryfilmfes2012.sched.org/. To view film trailers and for additional information visit www.facebook.com/HillCountryFilmFestival
Tickets on sale now for What’$ It Worth Pre-Event Cocktail Reception set for April 20
As part of the Gillespie County Historical Society’s annual What’$ It Worth appraisal event to be held April 20-21 on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum at 325 W. Main St., in Fredericksburg, tickets are now on sale for this event’s Pre-Event Cocktail Reception. This reception will be held on Friday, April 20 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the Historic Sanctuary and Social Hall, and it includes food from area restaurants, wine, silent auction and door prizes. Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, chair and associate professor of Museum Studies at Baylor University, will talk on 19th century furniture and decorative arts of the German artisans of the Texas Hill Country. Cost is $30 for Gillespie County Historical Society members and $35 for non-members and includes one free appraisal on Saturday. Please RSVP to 830-990-8441 by Tuesday, April 17.
Dogologie opens The Dog Pause short term dog crating service
Dogologie, 148-B E. Main St., in Fredericksburg has just opened The Dog Pause, a canine crate/kennel service during store hours – cost is $6 per hour, with a maximum of three (3) hours between breaks when owners must return to give their pets a break. Call 830-997-5855 for more details.
Vintner Dinner and Art in the Garden at Fredericksburg Herb Farm this Thursday
Wines by Becker Vineyards will be featured at a vintner dinner at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm’s Farm Haus Bistro (at 405 Whitney Street) this 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.
Pedernales Knap-In returns this Thursday through Sunday at Fort Martin Scott
The four-day Pedernales Knap In returns this Thursday, April 12, running through Sunday at Fort Martin Scott in Fredericksburg on U.S. Hwy 290 E. See the flint knappers forge stone tools and knives, arrowheads and other pieces, daily from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. during this free event. For information, call 830-708-5020.
Admiral Nimitz Foundation hosting leadership seminar with Donovan Campbell this Friday for members of its Premier Business Partners
Join General Mike Hagee, USMC (Ret), President and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, as he presents Donovan Campbell, former Marine Platoon Commander, in the Nimitz Grand Ballroom this Friday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m. until noon for members of the Premier Business Partners leadership seminar. To learn more, contact the Admiral Nimitz Foundation at 830-997-8600, x204. Businesses interested in supporting the Admiral Nimitz Foundation are encouraged to join the Foundation’s Premier Business Partners association; membership costs begin at $250.
Reflections of the 60s at the LBJ Ranch this Friday
Lyndon B. Johnson scholars, authors, and Vietnam Veterans will be on hand to speak at this annual event – Reflections of the 60s – this Friday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park off U.S. Hwy 290, near Stonewall. Noted speakers will reflect on this turbulent era. Reminisce on this era with 1960s classic cars and 1960s music. This event is free to the public.
Tickets on sale now for upcoming Barbeque on the LBJ Ranch May 5 featuring performers Riders in the Sky
Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Barbeque on the LBJ Ranch on Saturday, May 5 – a Friends of LBJ National Historical Park fund-raiser. The event will be catered by The Salt Lick Restaurant and includes a musical performance by the Riders in the Sky band. Cost to attend this 4:00 p.m. event is $100. Please note: $20 discount coupons are available at the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center at 302 E. Austin St. For more information, log on to the Friends of LBJ National Historical Park website.
Wine & Wildflowers Trail kicks off Friday
The 10-day self-guided Wine & Wildflowers Trail starts this Friday, April 13 and runs through Sunday, April 22 at 33 participating wineries across the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. The $25 ticket ($40 per couple) includes 1-3 complimentary tastes at each winery, 15% off discounts on three bottle purchases, bluebonnet swag bag, rain gauge and a seed packet from Wildseed Farms.
Fredericksburg Theater Company presents The Foreigner this Friday
The Fredericksburg Theater Company’s final production of the season, The Foreigner, opens this Friday, April 13. Experience a blast of hilarity as “Froggy” LeSeur, a British demolition expert, unleashes an explosion of missteps at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia. A fishing lodge, a “foreigner” who understands “nothing,” and loose tongues are all hooked by circumstance in this wildly funny farce that sets up an incredible climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys” as the “good guys” emerge unscathed and triumphant. This production runs weekends April 13 through April 29 at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 Hwy 87 S. in Fredericksburg. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office located at 306 E. Austin from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5.50 for youths age 18 and younger. This production is recommended for ages 13 and up.
It’s time again for the Bluebonnet Tractor Ride – this Saturday
The Antique Tractor and Engine Club will hold its seventh annual Bluebonnet Tractor Ride this Saturday, April 14 on a 22-mile drive that loops through scenic Gillespie County—starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Meusebach Historic School at 515 Kuhlmann Rd., with a BBQ lunch stop at the Grapetown Halle before looping back to the school along different route. Cost: $35 on day of ride. There is People Mover transportation available for anyone without a tractor.
Garden Club Plant Sale this Saturday at the Marktplatz
Garden Club members will sell their herbs, native plants, vegetable plants, perennials and their own pass-along plants this Saturday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Kinderhalle at the Marktplatz on the W. Austin St. block, in Fredericksburg during their annual Garden Club Plant Sale. For details, call 830-997-8396.
Harper VFD Benefit BBQ this Saturday
A BBQ Benefit fund-raiser in support of the Harper Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) will be held this Saturday, April 14 in Harper at the fire station at 84 RR 783 N. Enjoy a BBQ meal with all the fixins, live music, silent auction and more. Event starts with a social hour at 4:00 p.m. before the meal at 5:00 p.m. Cost is by donation. For details, call 830-459-8645.
Fredericksburg Chorale’s Dialogues & Dances this Saturday
The Fredericksburg Chorale will perform new vocal and instrumental music, poetry as well as showcase art by Chorale and community members during this special event, Dialogues & Dances – to be held this Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church at 426 W. Main St., in Fredericksburg. Admission is by donation. For details, call 830-997-6869 or visit www.fredericksburgchorale.com.
Generation Gap Tennis Tournament this weekend
The Generation Gap Tennis Tournament is this Saturday, April 14 starting at 8:00 a.m. and Sunday, April 15 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the tennis courts at the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park on U.S. Hwy 16 S. and at the Fredericksburg High School on S. Adams. This event is open to players with at least a 20 years difference in age or to parent and child players, and to spectators. Log on for more details or call 830-456-1758.
Fredericksburg Music Club presents James Dick in concert this Sunday
Internationally renowned pianist James Dick will perform in a concert presented by the Fredericksburg Music Club this Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano. Admission is by donation. For specifics, call 830-997-5413.
PCAA Concert in the Park this Sunday at the Marktplatz
The Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) kicks off its free concert series this Sunday, April 15 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Adelsverein Halle at the Marktplatz on W. Main St. Bring your chairs and snacks and enjoy a musical performance by Stephanie Urbina Jones.
Fredericksburg area featured on Texas Explorer website
Houston photographer George Hosek’s website, Texas Explorer, did a nice job showcasing this region. The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area was also covered on the site.
Upcoming Hill Country Wine & Music Festival featured in 360West Magazine
Check out the coverage 360West had on the upcoming Hill Country Wine & Music Festival – three separate events running April 26-28. (See top section on page 91, at right.)
Oklahomans are learning more about this region:
Geiger & Associates Public Relations journalist Dave Cathey, food editor with The Oklahoman Newspaper, shared news with his readers of his experiences when he participated in a press tour sponsored by the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau. Check out his articles: http://newsok.com/dave-cathey.
Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Hill Country Wine & Music Festival
Volunteers are needed to help with the Hill Country Wine & Music Festival’s Saturday festival event scheduled for April 28 at Wildseed Farms. This festival event runs from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. (with volunteers needed 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m., 4:30-7:30 p.m., and 7:30-9:00 p.m.). If you’d like to volunteer your time for the event, please contact Jenice Maxwell at email@example.com.
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