Gillespie Life

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12
Mar

Kite Day planned March 22 at LBJ State Park, Historic Site

A chance to build and fly an old-fashioned 1900s-style kite is offered in a free activity Saturday, March 22, at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall.

“LBJ Annual Kite Day” will welcome visitors to finish out kites from frames and materials for tails cut by staff and volunteers.

Visitors are welcome to bring kites from home or to purchase kites in the state park gift shop.

After construction, colorful kites will be flown at the state park’s baseball field on Coronet Street from 1-3 p.m.

Participation in the event is free of charge.

Visitors are asked to first stop at the LBJ Visitor Center to get their free park permit, event and park orientation and a park map. 

Park interpreters from the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm will be on-site in early-1900s attire to assist in kite making.

LBJ State Park and Historic Site is located one mile east of Stonewall on U.S. Highway 290.

Wed
12
Mar

'Fantasticks' auditions March 18-19

FTC show to be performed in August

The Fredericksburg Theater Company will have an August production of “The Fantasticks” with auditions taking place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18-19 at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South.

This production is being directed by Jeryl Hoover. All roles are available.

Performances for “The Fantasticks” are Thursday through Sunday Aug. 7-10. Attendance at crunch week rehearsals, Aug. 3-6, and at all performances is mandatory.

Producers ask those auditioning to prepare one song that best showcases their vocal ability. A CD player and pianist will be provided. Cold readings will follow vocal auditions.

Attendance at both audition days is not mandatory.

Wed
12
Mar

THE OLD TRADE


THE OLD TRADE of blacksmithing is demonstrated by Balcones Forge Association member Reynolds Cushman, of Hempstead, who explains the process of making nails while he tapers one out during Pioneer Museum's special "Spring Break." Demonstrations like this, as well as several other hands-on activities suitable for all ages will continue through Saturday, March 15. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
Thu
06
Mar

Local UT student raising funds for Texas 4000 race


TEXAS 4000 — Fredericksburg’s Drew Herbort is working to raise $4,500 for his Spring 2015 4,500-mile bike ride to Alaska, a Texas 4000 fundraising event for cancer awareness.

By Richard Zowie —

A local bicyclist is raising funds to participate in a 70-day bicycle ride covering about 4,500 miles.

Drew Herbort belongs to a University of Texas organization called Texas 4000, which does a bicycle ride from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska to spread hope, knowledge and raise awareness about cancer.

Herbort and other bicyclists in the ride are working to each raise $4,500, or about a dollar per mile, as a way of raising funds for the fight against cancer.

“The Texas 4000 is actually not a race,” Herbort noted. “Instead, it is the world’s longest charity bike ride — over twice as long as the Tour de France. We take three different routes and stop in different towns on each route putting on events and things raising the awareness of cancer.”

Their ride is scheduled for Spring 2015.

Thu
06
Mar

Austin Baroque Orchestra, Coro Settecento to play here

A concert featuring the music of Joseph Haydn will be presented by the Austin Baroque Orchestra and Coro Settecento in Fredericksburg on Sunday, March 9.

The Austin Baroque Orchestra and Coro Settecento, a period-instrument orchestra and choir, will present “Haydn-Go-Seek” at 4 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

There is no charge to attend the performance, but donations will be accepted.

Prior to the performance in Fredericksburg, the Austin Baroque Orchestra and Coro Settecento will perform the concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Austin on Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the Austin performance are available at the door or online through the ensemble’s website at www.settecentobaroque.org.

Wed
26
Feb

Theater company to hold auditions for 'Les Miserables' on March 3-5

Fredericksburg Theater Company will hold auditions for “Les Misérables,” at 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, March 3-5, at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South.

All roles are available for audition.

Those auditioning are encouraged to attend Monday’s audition, if at all possible; attendance at all audition nights is not mandatory.

At the audition, a CD player will be available to play the song that each singer has prepared.

The production will run weekends (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.) from June 20 to July 6. Attendance at all performances is mandatory.

Attendance at crunch week rehearsals, June 16-19 is also mandatory.

Individuals looking for a leading role are asked to pick up a packet, now available at the FTC office located next to the theater.

Included in the packet is the sheet music and backing track of a major solo the particular character sings in the show.

Wed
26
Feb

Mah Jongg Tourney benefits Good Samaritan Center


BEGINNER — Sue Arnecke teaches Good Samaritan Center director John Willome how to play Mah Jongg, a popular Chinese tile game. The recent tournament raised funds for the center. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

The Second Annual Fredericksburg Mah Jongg Tournament took place Thursday, Feb. 20, at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center and raised funds for The Good Samaritan Center.

Event organizer Brenda Newman said that while the receipts weren’t all completely in, she believes they will surpass the $20,000 fundraising goal for the center.

Last year’s fundraiser raised about $20,000 for the St. Joseph’s Halle restoration fund.

“This year’s tournament was a huge, huge success,” Newman said. “It was bigger and better than last year.”

Newman added that one big appeal the tournament has is that with low overhead costs and “tremendous underwriters,” the result is more money for charities.

Mah Jongg is an ancient tile game that originated in China.

Wed
26
Feb

Bold Woman award presented to Jeanne Dietrich


NAMED the Bold Woman Award winner by the Bethany Women of the ELCA and honored at a reception on Feb. 15 was Jeanne Dietrich, left. Presenting the award on behalf of the Women of Bethany Lutheran Church was Denise Stehling, president.

Jeanne Dietrich has been presented with the Bold Woman Award by the Women of Bethany Lutheran Church.

A reception honoring Dietrich was held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Hennig House.

Among the guests at the reception were four of Dietrich’s seven daughters. She also has two step-sons. 

The Revs. Casey Zesch, Travis Meier and Elliot Pancoast, along with friends and family, attended the reception.

Dietrich was presented a framed certificate and gift card to honor her as Bethany’s Bold Woman.

This award is presented annually to a woman who has acted boldly in her faith, explained Denise Stehling, president of the Bethany Women of the ELCA.

Her dedication to the quilting ladies of Bethany and their efforts to support Lutheran World Relief is one of the examples of her quiet faith-driven work, Stehling said.

Wed
26
Feb

Symphony of the Hills to play concert Thursday

With a musical theme of “storm and stress,” the Symphony of the Hills will present a concert featuring the works of Rossini, Prokofiev and Offenbach tomorrow, Thursday, Feb 27, at the Cailloux Theater in Kerrville.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a wine reception at 6:30 p.m.

Pieces were selected for this program that each tell a dramatic story, according to Jay Dunnahoo, conductor and artistic director.

“For example, ‘Peter and Wolf’ is a story of young boy, some animals, a sinister wolf and some hunters,” Dunnahoo said. “There is considerable stress in this tale as the wolf swallows a duck, Peter captures the dangerous wolf and the hunters later assist Peter in taking the wolf to a zoo.”

Wed
12
Feb

Homegrown Fredericksburg: Water Works Sprinkler Company


35 YEARS OF BUSINESS -- Water Works Sprinkler Company, owned by Tina and Jeff Landis, offers help to local residents seeking effective irrigation and lighting for the lawns and homes. -- Standard-Radio Post /Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt —

Watering the lawn is always a hot topic in and around Fredericksburg. Residents want to make sure their grass receives enough of the precious liquid to stay green and healthy.

That’s where Tina and Jeff Landis step in with their business, Water Works Sprinkler Company.

While the couple had been installing watering systems for many years (under the name Fredericksburg Landscapes and Sprinklers), the company’s roots go back a total of 35 years when Franklin (Tex) Loth owned it.

The Landises bought the business from Loth in 2002.

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