March 26, 2012
It is Wildflower Time!
This year is proving to be a little unusual – spring break has ended, and we have moved directly into an early wildflower season! If you have friends or customers who have been asking when to visit the Texas Hill Country for bluebonnets – the time is now. Depending on location, those who study the bluebonnets are estimating the peak of the bluebonnet season will be around the end of March. However, it is important to remind folks that other wildflowers will be blooming well into May/early June around Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.
As you talk to folks about wildflowers, please remind them to respect private property. Crawling over fences into private property for that perfect bluebonnet picture is illegal.
Great places to view wildflowers (and take pictures) include Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and the Live Oak Wilderness Trail at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park in Fredericksburg. And don’t forget to point visitors toward Wildseed Farms – the Drummond Phlox, bluebonnets and red poppies are blooming there.
Mother Nature is putting on a great show this year – the centennial year of Lady Bird Johnson’s birth. Seems somehow appropriate!
Visitor Survey Dates Selected
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 be Friday, April 13 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 messages.
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.
Van Der Stucken Music Festival is this Friday
In honor of Fredericksburg’s own native son, Frank Van der Stucken, composer, conductor, and founder of the Cincinnati Symphony, a special concert will be held at St. Joseph’s Halle at 212 W. San Antonio St. in Fredericksburg on Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation. For more information, call 830-990-0107.
It’s time for Saturday in the Park in Harper
Saturday in the Park benefiting the Harper Library returns this Saturday, March 31, in Harper – located just 20 miles west of Fredericksburg. Activities at the Harper Community Park off Hwy 290 West begin at 11:00 a.m. and include live music, a book sale, children’s activities, $7/plate barbeque and more – wrapping at 4:00 p.m. This is a free event/no admission.
Historic Country Schools Open House and BBQ Fund-raiser this Weekend
On Saturday, March 31 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools will hold an open house at five preserved country schools during its annual Historic Country Schools Open House. Maps to the schools are available at the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center at 302 E. Austin St. Open will be the Grapetown, Lower South Grape Creek, Luckenbach, Meusebach and Williams Creek schools.
Then, on Sunday, April 1, an $8 per plate Chicken Barbecue Fund-raiser will be held beginning at 10:30 a.m. until sold out at the American Legion Hall at 726 S. Washington St. in Fredericksburg. Proceeds from the fund-raiser go to benefit restoration and maintenance efforts of all twelve area historic schools. For more details about the open house, call the Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau at 888-997-3600 or visit www.historicschools.org.
Spring Fling this Saturday at the Chisholm Trail Winery
Celebrate at a Spring Fling this Saturday, March 31 at the Chisholm Trail Winery at 2367 Usener Rd., nine miles west of Fredericksburg off Hwy 290 W. Classic rock musicians Empty-Handed Vagabonds will be performing live from 2:00 -5:00 p.m. For more details about this free event, call 830-990-2675.
Paddy’s Party to Benefit Hill Country SPCA on Saturday
Paddy’s Party, the annual benefit in support of the Hill Country SPCA, will be held this Saturday, March 31 from 6:00-11:00 p.m. at the Hangar Hotel Conference Center at 155 Airport Rd., in Fredericksburg. This event includes an Italian dinner, silent auction and music by the Almost Patsy Cline Band. $40 ticket includes dinner and two drink coupons. For more information, call 830-990-9085.
Artisans at Rocky Hill opens Todd Abbott Winters Art Show this Saturday
The Todd Abbott Winters Art Show featuring Kerrville resident and acclaimed watercolor artist, Todd Abbott Winters, opens at Artisans at Rocky Hill this Saturday, March 31 at the gallery at 234 W. Main St. A reception for the artist will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Winters will demonstrate his technique next Friday, April 6 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the gallery during First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg. For information, call 830-990-8160.
Pedal Power Wildflower Ride Cancelled
The Pedal Power Wildflower Ride, a benefit cycling event originally slated for this Saturday, March 31 in support of the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center, has been cancelled.
Spring Break numbers show admission up at the Pioneer Museum
The Gillespie County Historical Society’s Pioneer Museum has reported admission numbers were up during the week of March 10-17 (Spring Break) with a total of 2,750 visitors.
Boot Ranch Golf Course designated Audubon Sanctuary
The San Antonio Business Journal has reported that Audubon International has officially designated local residential and golf community, Boot Ranch, as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, recognizing this 2,000-acre property for its wildlife and habitat management, water conservation and quality management, chemical use reduction and safety, and its outreach and education. Learn more.
Looking ahead: Austin’s Restaurant at Rose Hill Manor serving Easter Sunday Brunch April 8
Austin’s Restaurant at Rose Hill Manor will serve a special Easter Sunday Brunch on Sunday, April 8, at 12:30 p.m. at the restaurant at 2614 Upper Albert Rd, in Stonewall. Cost for this three-course meal is $39.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity (excluding wine and other beverages). An option for wine pairings is available for $24.00 per person. For reservations and more details, call 830-644-2247.
Next Issue: Monday, April 2, 2012
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