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Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum Fredericksburg, Texas


July 31, 2010 – Blues Night


 A fund raiser for the Pioneer Museum, The Roots Music Series is a series of five live, open-air eclectic Roots music concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum on Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting.  Each month brings a different genre of music with three performers a night.

 Here’s the July 31st lineup:
6 p.m. The Little Elmore Reed Blues Band – a group of Austin’s best blues musicians – starts the evening with Chicago blues, Texas style. This will be a rare performance for the band that normally plays only on Monday nights on east Austin. The members all work in other bands, but they come together to play their unique sound that combines Chicago blues, west coast swing, early rock, and New Orleans cool.

7 p.m. Lisa Marshall brings on the Rhythm & Blues. Her vocals evoke Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Mavis Staples and Janis Joplin. And her band is hard driving, gut busting, and funky.

8:40 p.m. Leeann Atherton – another Texas belter – finishes up with a steamy sound that blends gospel, folk, and blues and runs from Billie Holliday ballads to Etta James grooves.

Once again you can get a $9 meal that includes choice of 12 oz. rib-eye charbroiled and cooked to order on site, Shrimp Ettoufee, and Gumbo in a bread bowl, with sides of dinner roll, butter, new potatoes, corn on the cob plus dessert. 

Roots Concert

Roots Concert

Sodas, beer, wine and water are for sale on the grounds (no outside coolers, beverages or bottles allowed)

The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg, with entrance gate on Milam Street. Bring lawn chairs. All concerts take place on Saturdays, 6 – 10 p.m.

Gates open and food is served beginning at 5 p.m.

Admission is $12 (but only $10 if you buy online or bring one online coupon for your whole group)

Kids under 17 are free.
Free parking.
Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society

Upcoming Concerts are Aug 21 – Texas Country Night; Sept 25 – Latin/Conjunto Night.

Gillespie County Historical Society
312 W. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg TX 78624
(O)830-997-2835 • (F) 830-997-3891 • • Email:

July 30, 2010 Posted by | Fredericksburg TX | , , | Comments Off on Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum Fredericksburg, Texas

Crape Myrtles Beautify Fredericksburg

By Karen Oestreich

    Have you noticed how gorgeous the Crape Myrtles are this year?    During Fredericksburg’s  150th Anniversary celebration in May of 1996 the committee decided to do a beautification project.  My mother, the late Erna Dietel Heinen, and Peggy Metzger’s mother, the late Audrey Schuch were the chairmen.

               They decided they wanted to make Fredericksburg the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas.  They had a very successful sale of Crape Myrtles, and our community has benefited from their foresight.

               If you drive down most any street in Fredericksburg you will see stunning “Meusebach Red”, Pink and Lavender blooms.   The towering trees with their magnificent colors adorn so many yards and line streets and businesses.  You will also see picturesque shrubs blooming.

If you want to plant some Crape Myrtles this is a suggestion for beautiful blooming flowers.   For strong growth and abundant flowering, plant crape myrtle in full sun. Heavy shade will reduce growth and flowering and will increase disease problems such as sooty mold on the foliage and powdery mildew on the flower buds and young growth. Large shade trees will also compete with the crape myrtle for moisture, causing poor growth and flowering. Lack of sunlight and moisture are the common causes of poor growth and flowering.

July 26, 2010 Posted by | Fredericksburg TX, real estate | , , | Comments Off on Crape Myrtles Beautify Fredericksburg

Third Annual Gourmet Chili Pepper & Salsa Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas

Join us and “Spice It Up!” at the third annual Gourmet Chili Pepper & Salsa Festival, held on the grounds of Wildseed Farms, 7 miles outside of Fredericksburg
July 23 & 24, 2010!Festival includes:
Guest Chefs & Speakers:
…Chef Ross Burtwell of Cabernet Grill, Noon, Saturday, July 23

…Chef Jo David of HEB’s Cooking Connection, 1:30 PM, Saturday, July 23

Specialty food booths

Ponty Bone & The Squeeze Tones – 7 PM Friday, July 23, 2010    

Red Hot Tomatoes

Red Hot Tomatoes

Rotel & The Hot Tomatoes – 8 PM Saturday, July 24, 2010

Hot Air Balloons Balloon Glow

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon

Friday at dusk

Wildflower & pepper fields Butterfly Haus

Food Court

July 21, 2010 Posted by | Fredericksburg TX | Comments Off on Third Annual Gourmet Chili Pepper & Salsa Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas

Economic Week: July 12

By Tony Stevenson/SWBC Mortgage

The DOW plunged forward above its 10000 mark causing some investors to have a little breathing room. This was the best performance of stocks in a year.   Investors were cheered by strong June retail sales and optimism regarding second quarter earnings that helped power the DOW’s come-back in recent days.  Granted, we are still in  the throngs of one of the “fits and starts” of our economic recovery.  

Stores deepened discounts more than planned in June to draw recession-scarred shoppers.  Junes  Retail sales rose 3% compared with a 5.1% declined a year ago.  The next  Retail Sales report  that will be interesting to watch is the back-to-school shoppers for end of July and August and what discounts retailers are offering then.

Kudos to San Antonio’s Valero Energy Corp. and USAA as they  both ranked in Fortune’s 500 for large companies.  Valero  ranked 26th and USAA ranked 135.  A local Texas Hill Country Company-Tootie Pie Co. Inc., has had it’s stock increase 171.43% since June 30th.  Besides good pie, we all could use a lesson in marketing from them. In a  cash-strapped economy, folks are still buying their pies.  I just paid around $30 for an apple pie.  What you don’t know-is that it weighs an impressive 5lbs. and is delicious to boot.

 On a smaller note,  Johnson City is investing in its youth by providing a neutral and safe haven for Blanco County youth where they can enjoy free food and entertainment with their friends. The YCAP (Youth Community Assistance Program) will be renovating their new home at the old Cox Ford Motor Company building at the corner of hwy 290 and Nugent rd.  Programs and initiatives such as these throughout  San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country are reason enough why folks are wanting to move here so they can  afford the same pleasures for their children.  As the old saying goes, “build it and they will come.”

July 13, 2010 Posted by | Fredericksburg TX | 1 Comment

47th Night in Old Fredericksburg is this Friday and Saturday


  Night in Old Fredericksburg will be celebrating its 47th season at the Marketplatz on the 100 block of W. Main St. this Friday, July 16 from 6:00 p.m. until midnight and Saturday, July 17 from 11:30 a.m. until midnight.  Held every third weekend in July, this event is chock-full of fun, fantastic food, drinks, arts and crafts, and live entertainment as Fredericksburg celebrates its German heritage!


Dancers enjoying the music

Night In Old Fredericksburg is actually two nights and two days, showcasing the history, culture, food, and fun of this charming Hill Country community. Organizers have put together a weekend event guaranteed to stimulate all the senses and to delight folks of all ages.

Revelers can listen and dance to nine different bands playing polka, show tunes, and country from the comfort of two covered stages. Acts include the world-famous Sauerkrauts, plus the popular Seven Dutchmen, Jodie Mikula Orchestra, the Dujka Brothers, the Shiner Hobo Band, Fritz Hodde, Mark Halata & Texavia, and the Red Ravens, as well as Almost Patsy Cline.

Night In Old Fredericksburg serves up a multicultural menu of tasty food and refreshing drinks. German favorites include sauerkraut and wurst served sizzling from the grill. Fans of Mexican food can sink their teeth into fajitas and tacos, and hungry visitors will find enthusiastic cooks serving up delicious burgers, fries, turkey legs, and other festival favorites.

Fredericksburg knows its beer, so once again volunteers will be pouring more than 15 domestic and imported beers, straight from frosty taps as well as local wines.

Night in Old Fredericksburg offers fun for every member of the family. Kids are sure to flock to their own special area where they can test their skills on a bungee jump, ride a Ferris Wheel, jump on a Slide and have fun, or test their skill at a variety of challenging games.

Presenters on the grounds are proud to make history come alive, with exhibits of pioneer crafts and activities. Top arts and craft vendors will set up tents along the walkways, showing off their collectibles, gifts, and one-of-a-kind creations.

“The Fun Never Sets” at Night in Old Fredericksburg, which runs Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, and on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. Admission is $6 each day, or $10 for a two-day pass. Children age 12 and under get in for $1. Parking is free all around the venue.

The event takes place on Marktplatz, the market square conveniently located in the heart of Fredericksburg’s historic and commercial district. That makes it especially easy for visitors to enjoy shopping, dining, and staying in this popular getaway.

Night in Old Fredericksburg is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, and has been celebrated since 1962. More information on this and other hill country festivals and events is available toll-free at 1-866-TEX-FEST (839-3378), or by visiting is $6 per person (or get a 2-day pass for $10) and $1 for children age 12 and under.  For information, call 830-997-8515 or log on to .

Pictures compliments of Creative Marketing.


Flags presented during the performances

July 12, 2010 Posted by | Fredericksburg TX | Comments Off on 47th Night in Old Fredericksburg is this Friday and Saturday


Family Film seeks Extras of All Ages
     Hollywood is coming to Fredericksburg and extras are needed for the film!  A feature film based on the book by Fredericksburg resident David Cook – Seven Days in Utopia – will be shot in Fredericksburg and Utopia late July and early August. 

 The movie is based on golf and will be filmed in part at the Boot Ranch Golf Course, as well as other venues around town.  Producers of the film are holding a casting call this Saturday, July 17 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 18 from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Inn on Barons Creek’s Walch Haus Conference Center, 308 S. Washington St. in Fredericksburg.  

They are looking for golfers, golfing fans, as well as men, women, and children of all ages for non- speaking and some speaking roles.  The casting call will consist of a brief talk with a member of the Utopia Films, LLC casting team and possibly an interview on camera.  If possible, interested parties should provide a non-returnable photo during the interview. 

No appointment necessary and it is not necessary to have prior acting experience. Compensation will be provided for all speaking roles and most extras roles.  The production is also looking for volunteer extras to attend several big, golf tournament games.  For information, call 830-965- 6601 or send e-mail to .
Editor’s note:  The Texas Film Commission with the Texas Governors’ Office has certified this film as a legitimate effort.  Think Smithville and the movie Hope Floats!

July 12, 2010 Posted by | Fredericksburg TX | Comments Off on HOLLYWOOD IS COMING TO FREDERICKSBURG!