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September 9, 2019 CVB News

September 9, 2019

CVB Welcomes Submissions for Official 2020 Calendar of Events
The Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau invites event organizers to submit all scheduled 2020 events that would be of interest to visitors for inclusion in the official 2020 Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau Annual Events calendar. To submit an event for the 2020 Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau Calendar, please contact Laurie Jayson, Visitor Information Center Manager, at 830.997.6523 for an official event form. The deadline for event submission is Friday, September 27, at 5:00 p.m.

A Welcome to Dr. Jody Edward Ginn as Executive Director of the Texas Rangers Heritage Center 
The Board of Directors of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation (FTRF) appointed Jody Edward Ginn, PhD, as the first Executive Director of the Texas Rangers Heritage Center (TRHC) in Fredericksburg, effective September 1, 2019. Dr. Ginn is a life member of the FTRA and a Captain level member of the FTRF. He has served as an education and curatorial consultant for the Foundation since 2009, and as Association Historian since 2014. A former law enforcement investigator/administrator and U.S. Army veteran who has worked for over a decade as a curatorial/multi-media consultant to museums, educational institutions/non-profits, filmmakers and publicity agents, Dr. Ginn most recently worked as a consultant to the blockbuster new Netflix Original Film, The Highwaymen, starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson.

The appointment of Dr. Ginn as Executive Director of the TRHC represents a significant step in bringing Phase II of the project—a modern educational exhibits facility and archival repository—to fruition.

Fall Festival Season Right Around the Corner
After a successful summer travel season that included bountiful peach and grape harvests in Fredericksburg, the Convention & Visitor Bureau has already started to promote Fredericksburg’s fall festivals and holiday season events. The FCVB also continues to showcase our town’s museums and historic sites as great places to visit as the fall season approaches, along with Fredericksburg’s arts scene and legendary shopping. Here is a video that can be used to promote travel for Fredericksburg’s four can’t-miss fall festivals:

Fredericksburg Christmas & Holiday Guide Available 
The 2019 Fredericksburg Christmas & Holiday Guide is now available 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.

Registration Open for Texas Hill Country Trail Seminar with Jon Schallert
Learn how to stand out during “Creating the Destination Tourist Attraction” with Destination Business Expert Jon Schallert on Thursday, October 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville. For more information, click here.

Registration Open for Texas Travel Summit
The 34th Annual Texas Travel Summit will take place September 23-25 in Fort Worth. It is the largest annual gathering of travel professionals from all sectors across the state. Join your colleagues for three intensive, impactful professional education days where you’ll hear from leading innovators in the industry and network with pros from across the state. To register for the event, click here.

This Week in Fredericksburg: 

  • Fredericksburg Brewing Company Celebrates 25th Anniversary

As the Fredericksburg Brewing Company celebrates its 25th anniversary, Monday, September 9, there will be a party in the Biergarten from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. featuring live music by the Bill Smallwood Band along with snacks, sweets, beer specials and giveaways. For more information, click here.

  • POW MIA Ceremony at VFW Post 7105

Learn about the experiences of Col. Ken Cordier, Retired Air Force fighter pilot and former POW, during this POW MIA Ceremony at VFW Post 7105 on Tuesday, September 10, at 11:00 a.m. at 710 S. Washington. He will discuss the events of December 2, 1966, when his F-4C Phantom took a direct hit from a surface-to-air missile, forcing him to eject approximately 85 miles north of Hanoi. He was captured immediately and held in four different prisons in and around Hanoi until his release some six and -a-half years later on March 4, 1973. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. Please enter from the back of the building. 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 starts Wednesday, September 11, and 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.

  • Fall Staged Readings at Fredericksburg Theater Company

For two nights, Fredericksburg Theater Company will present staged readings from great works carefully selected to enthrall and amuse on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14. Each performance will be a unique, powerful, funny and thought-provoking evening of entertainment as actors take on different roles. A discussion with the audience will follow.Event to be held at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater each evening at 7:30 p.m. For more information, click here.

  • Fall Planting Days Kickoff at Wildseed Farms

Learn how to enjoy a beautiful wildflower meadow in the spring by sowing seed in the fall at Wildseed Farms Friday through Sunday, September 13 through 15, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.John R. Thomas, founder and president of Wildseed Farms, will lead an informative demonstration each day on how to successfully grow bluebonnets and other wildflowers. For more information, click here.

  • Lee Brice at The Backyard Amphitheater on Saturday

Catch CMA winner and Grammy nominated country artist, Lee Brice along with Mason Lively, at The Backyard Amphitheater on Saturday, September 14, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets available online. For more information, click here.

  • Classic Car Show Returns to Luckenbach Texas Saturday

The 3rd annual LuckenRod Classic Car & Rod Show comes to Luckenbach Texas on Saturday, September 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the event which includes a full slate of daytime and evening music by Smoke Wagon, Sarah Gayle Meech, Dylan Bishop and Two Tons of Steel and lots of classic cars. 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, September 14, 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 “Barn” class, click here.

  • Lower South Grape Creek Historic School Open House and Benefit BBQ

The Lower South Grape Historic School will host an open house and benefit BBQ Sunday, September 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Located on the year-round Gillespie County Rural Schools Trail, docents will be on hand to share stories of school days past.The annual chicken BBQ lunch with all the trimmings is $10 per plate. For more information, click here.

  • Fredericksburg Music Club presents Pianist Kenny Broberg Sunday

The silver medalist from the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Kenny Broberg will perform on Sunday, September 15, at 3:00 p.m. at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. The event is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Music Club. For more information, click here.

  • PCAA Concert in the Park Sunday Evening

Enjoy a free concert at Marktplatz on Sunday, September 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. featuring live music by The Austin Polka Band. For more information, click here.

For a complete look at this week’s live music, art shows and other events, click here.


  • Nightly Bat Emergence at Old Tunnel State Park

Every evening at dusk through October, up to 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from an abandoned railroad tunnel at Old Tunnel State Park.Thursday through Sunday, be one of the first 70 visitors and get to watch from the lower viewing area for $5 per person.Upper viewing area is limited to 250 visitors and is free. Please call for current emergence time and additional visitor information. 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.


  • Annual Seed Stomp at LBJ State Park & Historic Site on Sunday

Join LBJ State Park for its Annual Seed Stomp event on Sunday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Scatter native wildflower seeds on the park grounds.Learn about proper methods and techniques for wildflower seeding, the importance of “keeping it native” and Mrs. Johnson’s legacy of beautifying America. Native seed mix will be provided.For more information, click here.

Next Issue: Monday, September 16
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