Gillespie Life

Tue
26
Nov

Golden Hub to offer Thanksgiving meal

The Golden Hub Community Center is hosting a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1009 North Lincoln Street.

Kelly Musselman, Golden Hub volunteer, said they will offer “food, fun and fellowship” to anyone who wishes to join them for the holiday.

She added, “We hope those who would otherwise spend the day alone will join us for a hot Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings and some friendly conversation.”

The event is open to anyone of any age.

Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, dressing and drinks will be provided, and diners are asked to bring a side dish, vegetable, salad or dessert, if desired.

To make reservations, call 997-7131.

The Golden Hub is a non-profit organization that manages the local Meals on Wheels program, which serves disabled and homebound seniors with a hot, daily, delivered meal.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tue
26
Nov

HCM to host open house on Dec. 7

The Fredericksburg community is invited to a special Hill Country Memorial tour and celebration of the hospital’s renovated patient rooms in the north and south wings on Saturday, Dec 7.

The open house is scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Visitors are invited to tour the new rooms while enjoying refreshments and celebrating the holiday season.

Staff members have tied red ribbons around the donor recognition signs that hang outside each room, so when the donor shows up for a tour they can “cut” the ribbon and open each room.

“Our team is excited to show off our new and improved rooms to the community. The rooms are designed to provide a comfortable, homey feel for patients and their families and promote healing and wellness,” said Maureen Polivka, HCM chief nursing officer. “We are proud that these beautiful rooms now reflect the remarkable care we give our patients.”

Wed
20
Nov

Dodd's Famiy Tree to close shop


JOHN DODDS stands outside his business, Dodds’ Family Tree Nursery. Open since 1977, the nursery will close its doors on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Dodds has sold the property and plans to pursue other ventures. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Business a Main Street fixture since opening in 1977

After 37 years in operation, Dodds’ Family Tree Nursery and Florist — located at 515 West Main Street — will close its doors effective Wednesday, Nov. 27.

“This business has been nothing but a blessing since we opened in 1977,” owner John Dodds said. “In 37 years, we have had our ups and downs but overall this community has given me and my family more than I could ever give back.”

 “Dodds’ Family Tree was built on the premise that if you sell a quality product and have the expertise to go with it, beautiful, healthy yards, gardens, flowers and plants will be the result,” he added. “For 37 years, we have delivered this quality in landscape, nursery and floral. Beautification has always been our aim.”

Wed
20
Nov

Stitching to a niche


SUPER STITCHERS — These members of the Vereins Quilt Guild contributed to a 23-person team quilt that recently won first place in its class at the International Quilt Show in Houston — the “Olympics” of quilting: (front row, from left) Ruth Bruner, Doreen Cardenas, Marilyn Mohr, Ronnie Hanifen, Marla Kelsey and Jane Murrell, and (back row) Deborah Russell, Coleen Zabresnik, Jan Graetzel, Joanie Wyatt, Helen Rode, Ann Armentrout and Kate Hunter. Other contributors to the prize-winning project not pictured are: Stephanie Lescavage, Mary Ruelle, Alice Segner, Diane Kammlah, Susa Glenn, Kerry Fisher, Marilyn Lampman, Linda Miller, Linda Kager and Mary Ann Hildebrand. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Women quilt winning piece to position Fredericksburg on top of art medium

By Lisa Treiber-Walter— In the world of quilting, a win at the International Quilt Association’s annual judged show in Houston is like earning an Olympic gold medal.

A group of Fredericksburg women recently achieved just that — bringing home a first-place prize for their  quilt “Celebration of Feathered Stars and Wildflowers.”

“This is our Olympics,” said Joanie Wyatt, who along with 22 of her fellow Vereins Quilt Guild members put together an artwork quilt that won the top of the group category, while in the process besting second-place Japan, third-place Romania and honorable mention California.

“It’s a big deal to get into this show, let alone win a prize,” Wyatt said.

Wed
20
Nov

Fredericksburg man reflects on astronaut grandfather


SHEPARD COLEMAN shows one of his mementos, a model Boeing aircraft that was a gift to his grandfather, Alan Shepard.

By Richard Zowie— When Shepard Coleman was an adolescent attending school in Wimberley, his history textbook’s cover showed one particular iconic American from the 20th century.

Alan Shepard, the famous astronaut who, in 1961, became the first American to travel into space. Ten years later, he would command the Apollo 14 moon mission.

Coleman’s teacher then told the class, “Can anybody name the person on the book—besides Shepard?”

Coleman probably felt like covering his face and sinking in his chair. The teacher had just blown his cover.

“My friends loved it,” recalled Coleman, now in his early thirties and living in Fredericksburg. “They’d go around and say, ‘Hey, guess who Shepard’s grandpa is?’”

He and his sister are among the six grandchildren of Rear Admiral Alan B. Shepard Jr., who spent nearly 217 hours in space—of which nine hours and 17 minutes were spent on the moon.

Wed
20
Nov

Causing Double Takes —


TRIKING ACROSS TEXAS — Boerne resident Ray McCutcheon is riding from El Paso to Orange to raise awareness for diabetes and funds for a cure. On Thursday, Nov. 14, his trek took him through Fredericksburg that included a stop at Marktplatz. He has raised about $10,000 toward his goal of $100,000. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Cutcheon makes local stop on to McCutcheon makes local stop on tour of Texas to create diabetes awareness 

 

By Richard Zowie— On Thursday, Nov. 14, a man riding a trike across Texas to raise money for both awareness of diabetes and a cure for the disease passed through Fredericksburg.

Ray McCutcheon, of Boerne, began his trek in El Paso at Mile Marker 0 on Nov. 2 and plans to finish his ride in Orange on Nov. 24.

He is taking side and back roads due to not being able to use I-10. His trip is an estimated 1,027 miles long and should take 22 days. His daughter, Katy, follows him in an RV.

After leaving El Paso, they took I-20 from Balmorhea to Pecos, and then to Monahans, Odessa and Midland before heading down to San Angelo. Prior to arriving in Fredericksburg, they had gone through Eden and then Mason.

Wed
13
Nov

A more modern Cotillion


LEARNING TO SPIN, fourth-graders Cora Elliott and Rory Shelton take their turn on the dance floor. — Photo courtesy Elizabeth Harris

Students learn manners, social graces at first locally-held classes

By Ken Esten Cooke— Gone are the white gloves and serious frowns at each minor social faux pas. But a group of nearly 70 local youngsters are learning the timeless manners and interaction skills at Fredericksburg’s cotillion classes.

Meeting every second Tuesday for 10 weeks at St. Mary’s Holy Family Center, 23-year cotillion expert Ward Sear, of Denver, Colo., uses constant reminders to reinforce proper behavior in social situations to children grades four through eight.

“Always keep your mouth clean.”

“Pass things at the table to the right, unless someone is to your immediate left.”

“Always pass the salt and pepper together.”

Wed
13
Nov

Antoinette van Heugten's latest thriller just released


AT HOME in Fredericksburg, best-selling author Antoinette van Heugten enjoys walking two of her dogs, Rupert and Phoebe, in the downtown area. Her second book, The Tulip Eaters, is now available. — Photo courtesy James Fox

By Yvonne Hartmann— Just like her first book, Antoinette van Heugten’s latest thriller, The Tulip Eaters, is “near and dear to my heart.”

The Tulip Eaters follows on the heels of van Heugten’s first book, Saving Max, a USA Today bestselling novel based on her real-life experience as a mother of two autistic children.

The former international trial lawyer who now calls Fredericksburg home was inspired to write The Tulip Eaters after doing research on the Dutch resistance movement at the Dutch War Institute.

“Both of my parents were Dutch,” van Heugten said, explaining that they fought in the resistance in the Netherlands during World War II.

Wed
13
Nov

When they were GIANTS ('Baby Giants,' that is)

Teammates, now near 80, reminisce over youth team

By Ken Esten Cooke— The joking starts immediately and roughly 70 years melt away. 

Six members of Fredericksburg’s Baby Giants youth baseball team, now at or nearing age 80, got together to reminisce recently with their baseball teammates from 1946.

Laughter ensued.

“Damn, I was ugly,” said George Gold looking at a team photo dating from the mid-1940s.

“You still are,” joked Randall McBride.

The idea for a reunion came from Fredericksburg resident Edgar Schneider, who found a photo of the Baby Giants and contacted those still around about a reunion.

“We played different teams in Fredericksburg and were undefeated,” Schneider said. “We played on the Market Square baseball field. Eventually, we traveled to area towns to play other teams.”

Wed
06
Nov

Doodling in the margins


PUTTING THE FINAL TOUCHES on a new painting, Fredericksburg native C.J. Latta adds a little bit of detail Saturday afternoon during an art demonstration at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery’s Contemporary Masters Invitational. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Fredericksburg native C.J. Latta draws inspiration from hometown

By Matt Ward— Though her pieces can be seen hanging on the walls of the Fredericksburg Art Gallery, C.J. Latta’s art extends to more unlikely places — the pages of medical textbooks and journals.

A fifth generation Fredericksburg resident, Latta spent 13 years working as award-winning medical illustrator and animator for Dr. Denton Cooley in the Houston medical center, diagramming surgical procedures to accent highly technical documents.

Recently, Latta joined 13 fellow artists to participate in the 16th annual Contemporary Masters Invitational at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery, held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, in conjunction with the monthly First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration at 11 local galleries.

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