Gillespie Life

Wed
01
Oct

“A Walk Among The Tombstones” a visually stunning, gripping thriller

Trailers can be deceiving, convincing the viewer that the movie being previewed is something that it’s not.

Take for example the trailers for the new Liam Neeson film, “A Walk Among The Tombstones,” which looks like a “Taken” spinoff starring the same actor playing a different part.

“A Walk Among The Tombstones” isn’t that movie, however. For as gritty and violent as the trailers make the film seem, Tombstones is actually tamer than the much gorier “Equalizer” and considerably toned down compared to the Lawrence Block novel it is based on.

Writer/director Scott Frank does a terrific job adapting Block’s novel for the big screen, keeping the essence of the book while morphing the film into its own separate project much in the same way Doug Liman took Robert Ludlum’s “Bourne Identity” and made it his own.

Wed
24
Sep

Pedernales Brewing, Keen team to create 'honey pils'


Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen pour some Fain's Honey into the mix as the musician tour the Pedernales Brewing Company in advance of the release of his "Robert Earl Keen Honey Pils" next month. — Submitted photo

 

A new line of beer bearing the brand of Texas singer songwriter Robert Earl Keen will soon be hitting the shelves, according to Lee Hereford, CEO of Pedernales Brewing Company in Fredericksburg.

The beer is called Honey Pils and will be made with Fain’s Honey from Llano.

“The Pedernales Brewing Company is the first brewery to create a honey pilsner,” Hereford said. “It reflects all the atmosphere of the Texas Hill Country, with honey from Llano, a musician from Kerrville, and a brewery in Fredericksburg.”

The new beer was created by world-class brewmaster Peter McFarland. It is the first in “an exciting new category,” according to Hereford.

“This is first ‘honey pils’ that we know about,” Hereford said. “So we are proud to introduce both the first Robert Earl Keen beer and the first honey pils.”

Wed
17
Sep

After 20 years, suds still flowing


Rick Green pours a pint from the taps at Fredericksburg Brewery into a celebratory 20th anniversary glass. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Austin R. Eck

 

In the early 1990’s, Texas beer drinkers did not have much have an option outside of Budweiser, Coors and Miller, and the term brewpub was unknown. 

It has been 20 years since the Fredericksburg Brewing Company, the brewpub situated on Main Street, opened its doors to the thirsty wanderers of Main Street, but the half-restaurant-half-brewery with a bed and breakfast upstairs transformed from an oddity to a destination.

When Dick Estenson began the process of opening a brewpub in 1993, there were only two other businesses in the state applying to become a brewpub.

Estenson believed the brewpub could work in Fredericksburg because it would enhance the guest experience.

“Being part of the community, and having all the things we have in the community for the tourists — the popularity of the peaches, pecans — it was just a natural fit,” he said.

Wed
17
Sep

Company thrives on customer, employee menality

By Richard Zowie

 

A company that began 78 years ago has persevered by what the owner describes as its service to customers and its longtime employees.

Frantzen, Kaderli & Klier Insurance, owned by Lester Frantzen and Greg Kaderli, offers a wide range of insurance, including life, health, auto and business.

“I usually tell people we’re like the old family doctor,” Frantzen said. “Whatever walks in the door, we try to treat it. I think we have a great staff and we try to give good service. We work to build a relationship with our clients.”

When the company began in 1936, it started out selling life insurance. A year later, the company added property and casualty insurance.

While Frantzen jokingly says being “a hard-headed German” also accounts for the insurance company’s longevity, he gives credit to the company’s long-term employees.

Wed
10
Sep

Frame by frame


Executive producer and leading man, Beecher Proch briefs his cast and crew before filming begins on location at Ranch Road Roasters. The lady who stole his heart in the new video, Gabriela Richardson, sits to his left. – Photos by Lindy Segall

Local troubadours the 4 Proches produced a second short film to promote the upcoming release of “Coffee Shop” as an EP.

The lyrics to CS were written by Beecher, the eldest of the Proch siblings, who drew inspiration from an actual event that took place in a local coffee shop. Ezra, Liza and Asa Proch scored the piece and all perform on the single.

Beecher wrote and produced the video last Sunday, shot on location at Daniel Raymer’s Ranch Road Roasters on Main Street, with additional footage filmed at Das Peach Haus. 

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Wed
10
Sep

Descendants continue Madlyn's work

By Richard Zowie

 

A business that began in 1964 by a woman ahead of her time is now in the hands of her two sons and two daughters.

Fifty years ago, Madlyn Hoffmann opened Madlyn’s, a store that sells ladies’ fashions and gifts. Since 2007, following Madlyn’s death, the store has been owned and operated by her children.

“Mother was way ahead of her time,” said Brenda Durst, who owns the store along with her sister, Debbie Hoffmann, and brothers, David and Jonathan Hoffmann. “She started the store when she was 34 years old and had gone through a lot of hard times. She didn’t have a lot of formal education. What she learned, she learned on her own.”

In those days, Durst added, most women were stay-at-home mothers. It was unusual for a woman to run her own business.

Besides being a businesswoman, Madlyn Hoffmann was the “jack of all trades” as she also could sew and do carpentry.

Wed
10
Sep

Shopping tournament benefits Boys, Girls Club

 

The 11th Annual Shopping for a Cause FUNdraiser, which takes place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13, will have costumed shoppers trying to outspend each other on Main Street.

The event benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg.

The fundraiser is formatted as a tournament where teams dress in costume and earn points based on the money they spend. Winners of the tournament are given prizes.

The event begins on Friday with preview parties at the stores participating in the fundraiser.

On Saturday, competition begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Nimitz Ballroom, 340 E. Main St., when a breakfast is served. Teams will also check in, have pictures taken and get coupons and scorecards.

The shopping will begin at 10 a.m. There will be three drop-off locations around Main Street, so shoppers do not have to carry all their bags throughout the day.

Wed
03
Sep

Nimitz Foundation unveils new donor wall at museum


The new donor wall is located in the “donor corridor” across from the retail store at the National Museum of the Pacific War. — Submitted photo

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation unveiled its new cumulative-giving donor wall in the George H.W. Bush Gallery, Friday, Aug. 29, as a way to recognize those who have annually supported the museum and the foundation. 

The new addition is located next to the Japanese midget submarine in what is now the donor corridor, across from the retail store inside the gallery.

“Locals and many others outside the area have been extremely important in the growth of this museum and we wanted to ensure they were recognized for the generous giving in support of our mission statement to inspire our youth by honoring our heroes,” said Brandon Vinyard, director of marketing and public relations for the foundation. “Without their support, we would still be that small museum in the hotel on Main Street.”

To be placed on the wall the annual giving starts at $5,000 annually.

Wed
03
Sep

Nimitz Foundation unveils new donor wall at museum


The new donor wall is located in the “donor corridor” across from the retail store at the National Museum of the Pacific War.— Submitted photo

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation unveiled its new cumulative-giving donor wall in the George H.W. Bush Gallery, Friday, Aug. 29, as a way to recognize those who have annually supported the museum and the foundation. 

The new addition is located next to the Japanese midget submarine in what is now the donor corridor, across from the retail store inside the gallery.

“Locals and many others outside the area have been extremely important in the growth of this museum and we wanted to ensure they were recognized for the generous giving in support of our mission statement to inspire our youth by honoring our heroes,” said Brandon Vinyard, director of marketing and public relations for the foundation. “Without their support, we would still be that small museum in the hotel on Main Street.”

To be placed on the wall the annual giving starts at $5,000 annually. 

Wed
27
Aug

Sculpting a rivalry


Artist Jeff Gottfried presents the Bonham Trophy to Governor Rick Perry. The trophy, modeled after James Bonham, will be exchanged after every football game between Texas A&M and the University of South Carolina. — Submitted photo

By Austin R. Eck

 

James Bonham, a South Carolina-born lawyer, rode on horseback through the lines of the Mexican Army to deliver a letter to Texas revolutionaries in the Alamo.

His ride has been immortalized in history, and now it will be immortalized in bronze. Bonham serves as the namesake of the new trophy that will be exchanged between two governors and college football programs.

Bonham survived his ride to deliver a letter saying help was on the way, but on March 6, 1836, he died during the battle of the Alamo.

Tomorrow, Texas A&M University and University of South Carolina will do battle of a different type. Both schools open their football season with a game in Columbia, South Carolina. The game will be the first time the two schools have played each other.

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