October 14, 2019
It’s Bestfest Week in the Burg!!!
THIS WEEK: Visitor Research Findings Will Be Highlighted Wednesday
On Wednesday, October 16, at 9:30 a.m., the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau (FCVB) will hold a presentation of the findings of the latest Fredericksburg/Gillespie County visitor research. Attend the presentation in the Nimitz Room in the Conference Center at the Inn on Barons Creek, 308 South Washington. To read more, click here.
The Retail Coach Presents New Information to Local Retail Businesses
On Wednesday, October 23, a workshop will unveil the latest stats from The Retail Coach, the firm hired by the Gillespie County Economic Development Commission, the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau and the City of Fredericksburg.
The workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m. and be completed by 11:30 a.m. The location is the H-E-B Room at the Hill Country University Center, located at 2818 U.S. Highway 290. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Some examples of questions to be answered:
- How many unique cell phones enter the historic district each day?
- When do the most retail sales occur during the day?
- What are the ages of people in our trade area?
- From how far do people come to regularly shop in Fredericksburg?
- For what merchandise are our residents leaving town to purchase?
To start previewing the data to be discussed, visit https://retail360.us/fredericksburg-tx/ .
FINAL REMINDER: Fredericksburg Christmas & Holiday Guide Available
The 2019 Fredericksburg Christmas & Holiday Guide is now available and will be available throughout the rest of the year at the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center (VIC), located at 302 East Austin Street. The guide covers events from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Eve. For a digital copy, click here.
If you would like copies to distribute in your hotel, B&B, guesthouse or short term rental, stop by the Visitor Information Center and speak with Laurie Jayson, VIC Manager. This brochure provides the perfect opportunity for lodging partners to invite guests back during the holiday season. It fits into a #10 envelope for mailing purposes. There is no charge for the brochures.
Traveler’s Tip: Make Sure You, Your Family and Your Friends Are Real ID Ready
Starting October 1, 2020, every state and territory resident will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license/ID or another acceptable form of identification (like a passport or passport card) for accessing federal facilities — including boarding commercial aircraft.
Most states and territories have already begun issuing the new licenses, so you will have until October 1, 2020, to obtain a REAL ID compliant license. So just check your license to be sure.
If it is REAL ID compliant, there will be a star in a gold circle in the top right corner; many drivers may not realize they already have one, since some states have been issuing them for a few years.
This Week in Fredericksburg:
- Duck Butchery Cooking Class at the Hoffman Haus
Join Hoffman Haus in its kitchen for a Duck Butchery Cooking Class on Thursday, October 17, at 4:00 p.m. This hands-on class explores the craft of whole duck butchery. Taught by Julia Poplawsky, the class will break down an entire raw duck. Each person will go home with their butchered duck. The class is followed by a sampling of various duck dishes with complimentary wine pairings provided by La Bergerie. For more information, click here.
- Fredericksburg Theater Company Presents “12 Angry Men”
The Fredericksburg Theater Company will present “12 Angry Men.” The play follows the story of a 19–year-old man awaiting sentencing for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case- until one juror feels that there is a “reasonable doubt” – to the frustration of his eleven colleagues – thus preventing a quick verdict. Performances at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 20, at 2 p.m. The show will run through October 27 on weekends. For more information and tickets, click here.
- 17th Annual Harvest Classic Motorcycle Rally in Luckenbach Texas
The 17th Annual Harvest Classic Motorcycle Rally in Luckenbach Texas will take place Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, from 8:00 a.m. to midnight both days. Featuring bike games, show, trials, swap meet, raffle, live auction, great BBQ and live music. For more information, click here.
- Fredericksburg Trade Days Returns Friday Through Sunday
Shop more than 400 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts and more during Fredericksburg Trade Days Friday, October 18, through Sunday, October 20. Parking is $5 for the entire weekend. For more information, click here.
- HCBA 2019 Parade of Homes Continues Friday
The Hill Country Builders Association presents an opportunity to walk through newly constructed or remodeled, fully furnished and landscaped homes located in Fredericksburg and surrounding communities Friday through Sunday, October 18 through 20, for $15. Hours of the tour are Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m. For more information, click here.
- Harvest Dinner at Narrow Path Winery
Narrow Path Winery will hold a Harvest Dinner on Friday, October 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the 2019 harvest. Enjoy a fall-inspired dinner, select Narrow Path wines and live music. For more information, click here.
- Wade Bowen and Stoney LaRue Playing at The Backyard Amphitheater
On Saturday, October 19, Texas country music artists Wade Bowen and Stoney LaRue will take the stage at The Backyard Amphitheater. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. For more information, click here.
- Rheingold Historic School Open House Saturday
The Rheingold Historic School Open House will take place on Saturday, October 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This school is located on the year-round Gillespie County Rural Schools Trail and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Docents will be on hand to reminisce about school days past. For more information, click here.
- 10th Annual Knights of Columbus Bestfest Saturday at Marktplatz
Featuring craft beer, all-you-can-eat specialty sausage meal, polka and country bands, dancing, “21-Gun Salute” raffle, Kawasaki mule raffle, bucket raffles and children’s activities, come experience the 10th Annual Knights of Columbus Bestfest on Saturday, October 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Marktplatz. For more information, click here.
- Nimitz Junior Corps “Behind the Scenes” at the National Museum of the Pacific War
Children ages eight to 11 will spend the day in the National Museum of the Pacific War getting a behind-the-scenes look at how exhibits are made, where educators do their research and how the museum keeps the Japanese Peace Garden growing. Participation is limited to the first 15 registrants for each session.Pick up and drop off is at the Pacific Combat Zone. For more information, click here.
- Art and Vino Painting Class Scheduled for Saturday Evening
Explore your creative side and have a fun night out with friends during a painting class led by local artists on Saturday, October 19, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Yellow Door Studio at 810 N. Llano Street. The class is $45 per person. For reservations and additional information on Saturday’s “Sugar Skull” class, click here.
- Cigars & Cab at 4.0 Cellars Slated for Saturday
Head to 4.0 Cellars for their Cigars & Cab event on Saturday, October 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.There will be a Cigar Roller exhibition on-site with hand-rolled cigars and glasses of wine will be available for purchase. For more information, click here.
- Tom Petty Tribute Show at Rockbox Theater
Enjoy a tribute to Tom Petty during the Petty and The Heartshakers show at Rockbox Theater on Saturday, October 19, at 4 p.m. For more information, click here.
- “Little Pioneers” Activities at the Pioneer Museum on Saturday
The Gillespie County Historical Society and the Pioneer Museum introduce “Little Pioneers”, monthly activities teaching pioneer ways.The activity for October will be “Blacksmithing” on Saturday, October 19, starting at 10:00 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.Event to be held on the Pioneer Museum grounds. For more information, click here.
- Hill Country Memorial Hospital Gala XVII Saturday Evening
Attend the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Gala on Saturday, October 19, at Vista Oaks Event Center with proceeds supporting the revitalization of the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center. For more information, click here.
- Mimosas & Brunch Cooking Demonstration at Das Peach Haus Saturday
Join Fischer & Wieser’s Culinary Adventure Cooking School for a brunch demonstration with Chef Fernando on Sunday, October 20, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, click here.
- Fredericksburg Music Club Presents St. Louis Brass Quintet
Enjoy the music of one of the longest standing brass quintets as the St. Louis Brass Quintet performs during a Fredericksburg Music Club Concert on Sunday, October 20, at 3:00 p.m. at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. For more information, click here.
- Annual Wine & Dine Showcase at 4.0 Cellars
Delight in food samples featuring products and eateries from the Texas Hill Country and surrounding area during the Annual Wine & Dine Showcase at 4.0 Cellars on Sunday, October 20, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Each food selection will be exquisitely paired with a wine from 4.0 Cellar’s collection. For more information, click here.
- Wine & Tapas Tasting at Fiesta Winery 290
Fiesta Winery’s Sommelier, Erin Green, will pre-select five different foods that pair perfectly with five of Fiesta’s wines during the Wine & Tapas Tasting at Fiesta Winery 290 on Sunday, October 20. The hour-long tastings will start at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, click here.
- Texas Hill Country Wineries “Texas Wine Month Trail” Continues
October is Texas Wine Month and for the 20th year Texas Hill Country wineries will offer a self-guided wine trail. With 48 participating wineries, enjoy full complimentary wine tastings (limit four per day) and special discounts.Tickets are good all 31 days in October. For more information, click here.
- Historical and Architectural Walking Tour Continues Wednesday Evening
The Pioneer Museum’s weekly walking tour will continue at the Schandua House at 111 E. Austin St. on Wednesday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m. and continue every Wednesday through November 20. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The tour is not recommended for small children. For tickets and more information, click here.
- Fredericksburg Fall Farmers Market Happening Thursday Evening
The Fredericksburg Fall Farmers Market comes to the grounds of the Pioneer Museum on Thursday, October 17, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy local produce, cheeses, breads, pizza, coffee, local wines, live music and more each Thursday through November 14. For more information, click here.
- “Rails through Gillespie County” Exhibit Open at Vereins Kirche
Running through March 31, 2020, the “Rails through Gillespie County” exhibit at the Vereins Kirche will cover the history and lasting impact of the short-line railroad that once connected remote Fredericksburg, Texas, to the outside world before modern highways reached the area. of 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, closed on Sundays and Wednesdays. For more information, click here.
- “History Lessons from Gillespie County Cemeteries” Exhibit at the Vereins Kirche
The “History Lessons from Gillespie County Cemeteries” exhibit at the Vereins Kirche runs through November 2. The exhibit highlights how Gillespie County cemeteries tell many different stories including times of famine and times of terror. of 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, closed on Sundays and Wednesdays. For more information, click here.
- Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest Set For Saturday
The 29th annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest will take place Thursday through Saturday, October 24-26. The main event celebration will be at Marktplatz from noon to 7:00 p.m. celebrating Texas wine and food on Saturday, October 26. The event cost is $25 per person. For more information and tickets, click here.
Next Issue: Monday, October 21
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