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October 23, 2017 CVB News

October 23, 2017

Welcome to Food & Wine Fest Week!

Professional Development Opportunity This Thursday
The Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau (FCVB), along with The Texas Hill Country Trail Region, will host Joe Veneto, The Opportunity Guy, in Fredericksburg on Thursday, October 26, for a one-day professional development workshop titled “Designing and Developing Unforgettable Experiences for Visitors.”  The workshop, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., will be held at The Lodge at Country Inn Cottages, and lunch will be provided. To reserve your spot and for more information, visit

Texas White House Closing Temporarily for Preservation Work
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park has announced that the Texas White House on the LBJ Ranch will be closed for public tours for at least four days next month due to a historic preservation project. Beginning on Monday, November 6, and continuing through at least November 9, 2017, the home will be closed so that work can be completed on the living room ceiling.

Tickets Available Now for Christmas Wine Affair
Tickets for the Christmas Wine Affair, which runs December 1-17, are now available for $70 per couple and $45 per individual. The event includes a full complimentary tasting at each winery  with a limit of 4 wineries a day and a 15% discount on 3 bottle purchases at each winery. For more information, visit

Texas Tech’s Plant and Soil Science Department Creates Local Food and Wine Concentration
Recently with approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Tech University’s Department of Plant & Soil Science will establish a new undergraduate degree specialization in local food and wine production systems, the first of its kind at a university in the U.S. The program will be located at both the Hill Country University Center, the university’s Fredericksburg campus, and the main campus in Lubbock. For more information, visit

Food & Wine Fest Volunteers Needed
The Food & Wine Fest is looking for volunteers to serve as Wine Pourers at the wineries’ booths on Saturday, October 28. Volunteers get in free and receive a glass and six tickets – which can purchase one full glass of wine, or two or three different tastings, depending on the wine. There are two shifts for wine pourers – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please call Creative Marketing at 830-997-8515 if you would like to volunteer at this event where all proceeds benefit Marktplatz redevelopment and improvements. For more information, visit

This Week in Fredericksburg:

  • “The Dust Bowl” Exhibit at Vereins Kirche Opens Tuesday

View “The Dust Bowl” exhibit at the Vereins Kirche, which includes photos taken in both the 1930s and the 1970s. The exhibit, running October 24 through November 18, is free and open 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed on Wednesday). For more information, visit

  • Tequila Pairing Dinner at Navajo Grill Wednesday Night

Navajo Grill and Republic Tequila present a Tequila Pairing Dinner on Wednesday, October 25.Enjoy a four-course menu with cocktail pairings featuring Republic Tequila. Tom Nall with Republic Tequila will share stories and a description of each course’s tequila choice.The dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. and cost is $75 per person by reservation. For more information, visit

  • Go Texan Dinner and Dance at Messina Hof Thursday

Attend the Go Texan Dinner and Dance at Messina Hof Hill Country on Thursday, October 26. The event is part of the annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest weekend and is from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Enjoy three courses of a wine lover’s dinner along with wine pairings – all under the Texas stars – followed by dancing and a cash wine bar.The cost is $82.50 per person by reservation. For more information, visit

  • The Highwaymen Live at Rockbox Theater on Friday & Saturday

Enjoy “The Highwaymen Live,” a tribute show to Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings & Johnny Cash on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, at Rockbox Theater. This show is classic country with the look and sound of how these songs were performed originally. Friday’s show is at 8:00 p.m., while Saturday’s showing will be at 4:00 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

  • An Evening Under the Stars at Torre di Pietra Friday

Join Torre di Pietra winery for a fun evening under the stars with planetary geologist Eddie Hrncir on Friday, October 27 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.View Saturn and its rings, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Hercules Globular Cluster, the Big & Little Dippers and so much more.Tickets purchased include a glass of wine to sip and gaze.For more information, visit

  • Fredericksburg Theater Company Presents “On Golden Pond” Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The Fredericksburg Theater Company will present “On Golden Pond” – the landmark drama that was also an Oscar-winning film. Showings at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 29, at 2 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit

  • Texas Gun and Knife Show Happening Saturday & Sunday

Guns, knives, accessories, fishing and outdoor sports equipment, jewelry, books and more will be on display at the Texas Gun and Knife Show on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29, at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. Hours are Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit

  • Fredericksburg Community Orchestra Presents Halloween “Hauntcert” Saturday

Fredericksburg Community Orchestra’s “Hauntcert” will be presented at the Gillespie County Historical Society on Saturday, October 28, at 3:00 p.m. At the special family concert, the orchestra members will dress in costume and perform a short program of fun selections. Donations at the free event will benefit the nonprofit orchestra, which promotes string education and performances in Fredericksburg and the surrounding community.For more information, visit

  • SOLD OUT Barbecue on the Pedernales at the LBJ Ranch Saturday

On Saturday, October 28, the LBJ Ranch oak grove will fill with the smell of Salt Lick barbecue served with beer, wine, and various ice cold refreshments. Enjoy dinner along with dancing to the music of Dale Watson and His Lone Stars. Proceeds from the benefit are used for Education Programs, Historical Restoration, and Resource Preservation in the park. For more information, visit

  • Halloween Weekend at Torre di Pietra Winery Saturday & Sunday

Stop by at Torre di Pietra on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29, sporting your spookiest attire and enjoy 15 percent off your wine purchase from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit

  • Bike the Burg 2017 Rides Through the Hill Country Saturday

Sponsored by Providence Hall (private school), Bike the Burg is an incredible cycling experience through the scenic Texas Hill Country on Saturday, October 28, at 8:00 a.m. Routes begin and end at the Fredericksburg Dance Hall (formerly Pat’s Hall) on the grounds of Providence Hall where food and drink will be available along with live music by Ryan Murphy. For more information and to register, visit

  • Yoga  & Vines at Messina Hof Hill Country Winery Saturday

Join Messina Hof Hill Country Winery for Yoga & Vines on Saturday, October 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The event is $35 for an hour of yoga outside with sweeping views of the Texas Hill Country and the Messina Hof vineyard followed by a glass of bubbly or mimosa in the tasting room.For more information or to register, visit:

  • Halloween Masquerade Ball at Barons Creek Vineyards Saturday

Attend the Barons Creek Vineyards Halloween Masquerade Ball on Saturday, October 28. Tickets entitle all to a ghoulish BBQ dinner, two chilling cocktails, candies and prizes beginning at 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit

  • Texas Harvest 5K and 10K at Wildseed Farms Saturday

Try running through the vineyards and fields of Wildseed Farms during the Texas Harvest 5K and 10K on Saturday, October 28. The run will be followed by live music, locally-brewed beer from Pedernales Brewing Company, wine tasting from Wedding Oak Winery and food trucks on site. The event benefits the local non-profit organization, Gillespie County 100 Club, that financially rescues the dependents of firefighters and law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Registration available online or at packet pickup on race day from 6:30 a.m. until the races start at 8:00 a.m. For more information or to register, visit

  • Holiday Bazaar at Resurrection Lutheran Church Slated for Saturday

Join Resurrection Lutheran Church for a free soup lunch and shopping from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28. Buy gifts, toys, nativities, knitted and crocheted scarves, aprons, pies, autumn holiday decor, homemade breads, candies and cookies, Christmas ornaments and decor and so much more all handmade by church members, local crafters, artisans and artists.Proceeds will benefit Resurrection’s Scholarship Fund for our youth, Hill Country Community Needs Council and the Good Samaritan Center. For more information, visit

  • Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest Set For Saturday

The 27th annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest will take place Saturday, October 28, at Marktplatz from noon to 7:00 p.m. Celebrating Texas wine and food. The event cost is
$25 per person. For more information and tickets, visit

  • Halloween Wine Pairing at Messina Hof Hill Country on Sunday

Taste a Halloween edition of a Messina Hof Hill Country wine pairing on Sunday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m. This special edition guided wine pairing featuring Halloween candy will be $25 per person with reservations required. For more information, visit

  • Howl-o-ween & Wine at 4.0 Cellars Sunday

Bring your four-legged, furry friends to 4.0 Cellars for an afternoon of wine, music and fun for the whole family at Howl-o-ween & Wine on Sunday, October 29. The Howl-o-ween Dress Up Contest will begin at 2:30 p.m. Complimentary dog treats available for all the furry participants and outdoor wine tasting bars and wine by the glass bar available for the owners from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit

Ongoing Events:

  • Nightly Bat Emergence at Old Tunnel State Park

Every evening at dusk from May through October, watch up to 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from an abandoned railroad tunnel at Old Tunnel State Park. The bat migration has begun and the number of bats is declining, but the upper viewing area is open seven days a week and is free of charge. On Thursday through Sunday, be one of the first 70 visitors and get to watch from the lower viewing area for $5 per person.  Please call for current emergence time. For more information, visit

  • Portraits & Stories of WWII Veterans Exhibit at the National Museum of the Pacific War

Running through January 14, 2018, this exhibit features a comparative photographic study of WWII veterans then and now at the George H. W. Bush Gallery. For more information, visit

  • Pumpkin Patch at Vogel Orchard Open During Fall Season

Find the perfect pumpkin at Vogel Orchard on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. The patchhas a pick-your-own pumpkin section and already picked pumpkins plus much more including jams, jellies, honey, salsa, candy, pumpkin pie, peach cobbler and ice cream. For more information, visit

  • Historical and Architectural Walking Tour on Wednesday Evening

The Pioneer Museum’s weekly walking tour will begin at the Schandua House at 111 E. Austin St. on Wednesday, October 25, at 4:00 p.m. and continue every Wednesday through November 29 (no tour on November 22). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The tour is not recommended for small children. For tickets and more information, visit

  • Fredericksburg Fall Farmers Market Held on Thursday

The Fredericksburg Fall Farmers Market continues on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum on Thursday, October 26, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy local produce, cheeses, breads, pizza, local wines, live music and more each Thursday through November 16. For more information, visit

  • Der Stadt Friedhof Cemetery Tour Thursday Evenings

Tours of the “City Cemetery” led by Glen Treibs – retired teacher, Fredericksburg native and local historian will continue each Thursday through October 26 at the gates of Der Stadt Friedhof at the corner of E. Schubert St and Lee St. at 5:30 p.m. Make reservations by calling the Pioneer Museum. For more information, visit

Harper Volunteer Fire Department Opening Day of Hunting Season Fish Fry on November 4
Mark your calendar for the Harper Volunteer Fire Department’s annual catfish dinner fundraiser held on the opening day of hunting season, Saturday, November 4.  Serving begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Harper Fire Station in Harper, Texas. For more information, visit

Next Issue: Monday, October 30
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