Fredericksburg CVB now Tweeting away!
Social media alert! The Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) is now tweeting the positive news about the Fredericksburg area as a visitor destination using the social media platform, Twitter. Follow us on Twitter at @VisitFredTX. You’ll receive the tweets just as you would a text message on your cell phone. Or, log on to the computer to read the posts and follower exchanges at www.twitter.com/@VisitFredTX .
*** Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FredericksburgTX .
It is our hope that the visitor oriented Fredericksburg CVB Facebook page be a friendly place to share information about Fredericksburg and events and places within Gillespie County – thus encouraging visitation. Log on to share your comments today! For information about the various attractions, updated calendars, and more, check out our main online presence at www.VisitFredericksburgTX.org . Texas National Guard Association to be in Fredericksburg this Sunday – special signage available
On Sunday, August 22, over 100 member spouses of the 132nd National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) will be in Fredericksburg to enjoy a day of shopping and more, arriving around 11:15 a.m. This group is participating in the state-sponsored conference happening in Austin, August 21-23, when more than 4,000 Guard members from across the country will convene, along with defense officials, industry representative and lawmakers.
A sign is available to post in storefront windows and restaurants as welcome to the Guard members — alerting them that discounts are available inside. Let the Guard members know you support them and their sacrifices! If your business is interested in offering members a discount on purchases, let them know by displaying the sign. To have a free PDF of the sign e-mailed to you, send a request to Laurie Hartz, sales manager, at
LBJ Park Planning Meeting on Tuesday (tomorrow)
Be a part of the future direction of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. An open house meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 17 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the park headquarters at 100 E. Ladybird Lane, in Johnson City. Main objective: to hear public comments on how to guide the operation and management of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park over the next decade and beyond, and to determine a transportation plan for the LBJ Ranch district of the National Park. For more information, log on the National Park Service website at http://parkplanning.nps.org .
Stagecoach Theater undergoes upgrades
The recent purchase and renovation of the Stagecoach Theater in Fredericksburg by RKO, Inc. (Destination Heartland, with president Gene Oliver) includes all the latest bells, whistles and silver screens: all auditoriums have all digital projection and all are 3 D capable screens. No other theater in the Austin and San Antonio market is 100% digital and 100% 3 D capable. In fact, the improvements even include new seating in Theater One. Stagecoach Theater is located at 2254 US Hwy 87. To find out what’s showing, log on to www.stagecoachtheater.com .
Tax-free Weekend is this Weekend!
Just as a reminder, August 20-22 is Texas’ tax-free weekend, with tax exempts for most clothing and footwear priced under $100; even school supplies for elementary and secondary students. Find out which items are exempt from tax collection by logging on to the Window on State Government website at http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_490/tx98_490.html . Fredericksburg Trade Days this Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Over 300 vendors are vying for your attention at Fredericksburg Trade Days this weekend, August 20-22. Hunt for a bargain or hidden- find in one of five barns showcasing everything from antiques and collectibles, to tools, furniture, handcrafted items, jewelry, and more! Trades Days is located just seven miles east of Fredericksburg on Hwy 290 E. For more information, visit
Pioneer Museum to host Family Fun on Timeless Toys this Saturday
Here’s fun for the whole family – the Pioneer Museum at 325 W. Main St. in Fredericksburg will host its Timeless Toys Family fun event this Saturday, August 21 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Learn more about the toys used for play by the Pioneer children. There will be demonstrations and your kids might enjoy the hands-on activities available. This event is free with regular museum admission. For more information, call 830-997-2825. And to learn more about the museum and the Gillespie County Historical Society, log on to www.pioneermuseum.net .
Fredericksburg Culinary Arts to host Cooking Class this Saturday
There seems to be no relief in the high temperatures, so take this opportunity to learn to prepare a few tasty summer salads during the Fredericksburg Culinary Arts’ Cool Meals cooking class. Learn how to make Tortellini Salad, Chicken Cobb Salad, and other easy to prepare dishes – including a yummy fresh berry sorbet. The class will be held from 3:00-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 21 at Das Peach Haus on Hwy 87 S. Cost for the class is $39. For more information, visit www.fbgculinaryarts.com .
Eyfells & Eyfells planned tours this Saturday
Three studio tours of internationally acclaimed sculpture, Johann Eyfells, will be available to the public this Saturday at the Eyfells & Eyfells Studios at 9068 East U.S. Hwy 290 (about ¾ mile east of Wildseed Farms). Tours will be conducted at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m. and each lasts about an hour. For more information, call Sherryl Brown at 830-990-9305. To learn more about the works of Eyfells and that of his wife, pop artist Kristin Eyfells, log on to www.eyfellsandeyfells.com .
Roots Music Concert Series returns this Saturday night at the Pioneer Museum
It’s Texas Country Night this Saturday, August 21 when the Roots Music Concert Series returns to the grounds of the Pioneer Museum at 325 W. Main St. in Fredericksburg. Hear the sounds of Brian Milson, Eleven Hundred Springs and Doug Moreland. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and the toe-tapping entertainment begins at 6:00 p.m. The Roots Music Series is a series of live, open air concerts featuring both emerging and established artists – providing a wholesome family atmosphere to enjoy the variety of music. Tickets are sold at the gate, with admission set at $12 (or $10 using coupon found on museum website). Students of high school age and younger will be admitted for free. Concessions during the event will be available and all proceeds will go in support of the Gillespie County Historical Society. For more details, call 830-997-2835 or visit www.pioneermuseum.net .
Gary P. Nunn performing this Saturday at Albert Dance Hall
Hear the traditional Country sounds of musician Gary P. Nunn at a dance this Saturday, August 21 at the Albert Dance Hall in Albert, Texas – cost: $10 (kids free). Doors open at 7:00 p.m. This small town with the big sound is located just 20 miles east of Fredericksburg on RR 1623. For information, log on to www.alberttexas.com
Fredericksburg in National Geographic Traveler
The Texas Hill Country is featured in the latest issue of the National Geographic Traveler magazine (September 2010). Author Jessica Dupuy outlines a route of German-settled central Texas towns in her article, Tooling the Hill Country – commenting on how these locations offer travelers an authentic taste of the Lone Star State. Fredericksburg, Luckenbach Texas, and the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area are featured destinations along the route. Good read!
Austin American-Statesman’s Travel article about Fredericksburg gets ‘outdoorsy’
You betcha, there’s lots to do in and around Fredericksburg – especially for outdoorsy types. If you have a chance, check out the Sunday, August 15 Austin American-Statesman article about the many activities and produce available in the Fredericksburg area, or, log on to
Looking ahead: German-Texan Heritage Society meeting in Fredericksburg September 24-26
Texans of German descent from across the state will be gathering in Fredericksburg September 24-26 for the German-Texan Heritage Society Annual Meeting. Zion Lutheran Church, located at 426 W. Main St., will be the meeting site for the event. The weekend will be packed with informative presentations, walking tours, tours of area churches and an informational visit to learn more about the historic Der Stadt Friedhof cemetery. In addition, plans are to take a road trip to see where Baron von Meusebach signed the treaty with the Comanche Indians, permitting the early German settlers to continue development of Fredericksburg. All events are open to the general public. To learn more, including times and any fees, call 512-482-0927 or 866-482- 4847, or log on to the GTHS website at www.GermanTexans.org .
Want to learn more about Germany?
If you’re interested in learning more about Germany, one good place to look on-line is the website by the German Missions in the United States. This website contains news about Germany, its culture, its arts, history, business, education; even cuisine. You will notice some common cultural threads still present in Fredericksburg today, some 164 years after our founders arrived here from Germany. And to keep updated, sign-up to receive a weekly e-newsletter – visit www.Germany.info .