Gillespie Life


Hill Country Wine, Music Fest Saturday at Wildseed Farms

Coming up this Saturday, April 26, is the 5th Annual Hill Country Wine and Music Festival at Wildseed Farms, which plans to spotlight some of the state’s best “libations and vibrations.”

The Almost Patsy Cline Band will be among the live performers entertaining on the outdoor stage as visitors sample products from at least a dozen different wineries all gathered for the fest at Wildseed Farms, located along U.S. Highway 290 (about seven miles east of Fredericksburg.)

Tasting and dancing will start at 11 a.m. and last until 7 p.m. Admission price is $25 per person, plus tax, and includes a souvenir wine glass and seven wine tasting tickets. (Teenager passes are $10 each.)

As visitors arrive to the festival grounds, they will discover artisans, mobile kitchens for cooking demonstrations and wineries pouring samples of their best “vino.”


Two senior 4-H judging teams qualify for state

COMPETING in the senior division at the District 10 Livestock Judging Contest on April 12 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds were, Gillespie County 4-Hers from left, Hannah Fewox, Mason DeLong, Mills Meier, Braden Bowers, Mackenzie Spisak and Kasie Vestal.

Two senior Gillespie County 4-H teams have qualified for state competition after finishing in the top three at recent district judging contests.

Qualifying for the State 4-H Roundup in June at Texas A&M University was a livestock judging team and a meats judging team.

Only senior-level teams are eligible to advance to state.


Senior meats team

Two Gillespie County 4-H teams participated in the senior division of the District 10 Meats Judging Contest on April 18 in San Angelo.

Placing second overall and qualifying for state was the team of Brant Crenwelge, Amy Heimann, Elaine Lochte and Blake Tatsch.

Tatsch was the high individual overall and Heimann was third overall.

Finishing fifth overall was the team of Mason DeLong, Eric Koennecke and Dylan Sione.


Junior meats team


Dispose of unused prescription and over-the-counter meds safely this Saturday

All unused or expired medications will be collected for safe disposal this Saturday, April 26, at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center, 1601 East Main Street.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., motorists won’t even have to get out of their vehicles to drop off all medications, which are collected by volunteers and officers and placed into secured sealed boxes inside the Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) evidence room, where it is later collected for disposal by Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents.

“Last year, we had over 200 pounds of medication that did NOT go into our water system,” said FPD Lt. Linda Lively, reminding citizens that medications should never be flushed or poured down the drain.

“This program is not limited to prescription medication as we collect over-the-counter meds as well,” she said, adding that injectable medications and syringes are placed in bio-hazard containers for safety.


Golden Hub gets fresh look with help from recent grant

PROGRESS AT THE HUB — Golden Hub Foundation President Britt Pounds (center) presents a $27,000 check in grant funding to Golden Hub Senior Center Director Denise Usener (left) and board of directors president Judy Hoopman to cover the cost of a con-struction project to repair and update the front of the community facility, located at 1009 North Lincoln Street.

Work to update the front of the Golden Hub Senior Center, 1009 North Lincoln Street, as well as to correct some of the site’s leaking and sagging areas has been completed.

The cost of construction was covered by $27,000 in grant funds provided by the Golden Hub Foundation, whose purpose is to support and protect the mission of the facility.

Now, work is proceeding on completing improvements to the exterior through a grant from the local Stevens Foundation, which has supported many of the earlier interior improvements to the center.

A Golden Hub spokesman noted that none of the donations made to the Hub by individuals, groups and businesses are used for any of the ongoing physical improvements. It is strict policy, she said, to use grant funding for any such projects so that donated funds go directly to funding Meals on Wheels, the congregate dining and other programs offered there.


Music Club to host pianist for Sunday performance

LoAn Lin

Fredericksburg Music Club is presenting pianist LoAn Lin in concert on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

Seating will open at 2:30 p.m.

While there is no charge for this concert, donations will be accepted.

 The Fredericksburg Music Club acknowledged the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance for the grant which helps makes the concert possible.

Lin, who was born in Taipei, Taiwan, is the first prize winner and the recipient of the Baroque Prize at the 11th San Antonio International Piano Competition in 2012.

She has appeared in recitals in Seoul National Arts Center in Korea, National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Her performances have been broadcast on WQXR FM (New York), KPAC/KTXI Texas Public Radio and ABC Classic FM (Australian Broadcasting Corporation National Radio).


Dog park group seeking artists for event

The Fredericksburg Dog Park Association is seeking artists to share in its first formal fundraiser, “The Designer Doghouse Art Walk Auction.”

Local builders have constructed over 50 miniature doghouses (10”x10” maximum).

“Each doghouse is unique and is in need of decorating,” an association spokesperson said. “Artists are invited to add their own creativity to one or more doghouses using materials of their choosing.”

Beginning June 27, the decorated doghouses will be auctioned off in the 13 local First Friday Art Walk galleries and on eBay.

Participating galleries include Agave Gallery, Artisans at Rocky Hill, Charles Beckendorf Gallery, Cowboy Bronze & Fine Art Gallery, Fredericksburg Art Gallery, Fredericksburg Art Guild, InSight Gallery, Larry Jackson Antiques, River Rustic, R.S. Hanna Gallery, Dan Pfeiffer Gallery, the Gallery at Vaudeville, and the Whistle Pik Galleries.


Local writer Granados inducted into Texas Institute of Letters


Fredericksburg-based writer and instructor Christine Granados was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters on Saturday at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos.

Granados joins about 300 living and late writers in the institute, many of whom have shaped Texas literature, including Larry McMurtry, Stephen Harrigan, Liz Carpenter, Jan Reid, Joe Nick Patoski and former San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla.

Granados teaches writing at Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg, and is a contributor to Texas Monthly (where she will have an essay in the May issue), and other publications.

She is the author of “Brides and Sinners in El Chuco,” a collection of short stories, is a former magazine editor, and has penned hundreds of pieces for magazines, newspapers and literary journals.

She is married to Standard-Radio Post Publisher Ken Esten Cooke, and the couple has two sons.      


FMS paper beads project to help provide safe water

‘ONLY 19 MORE …’ For every 20 homemade paper beads made, safe, clean drinking water will be provided for one per-son in Tanzania through the Students Rebuild Water Challenge. Joining in the challenge this month are Fredericksburg Middle School Art I students, among them seventh grader Austin West. — Photo courtesy Paige Conn/FMS Art teacher

For Fredericksburg Middle School’s Art I students, paper beads are the same thing as clean drinking water for children in Tanzania.

That’s because they are taking part in the “Students Rebuild Water Challenge,” which matches donated paper beads with funding from the Bezos Family Foundation to provide safe drinking water to schools and villages in Tanzania.

Every 20 homemade paper beads received will help provide clean water for one person in need in that country, with a target goal of 323,460 beads donated to help the 16,173 people through 41 water projects.

“I feel this would be a great cause to have all area schools come together to help others,” said Paige Conn, FMS art teacher, who said she wants to meet a couple of days after school for bead making.

“Some students have said they want to make more with their family or when friends are over to spend the night,” she said.


Easter egg hunts planned in Gillespie County—

• At LBJ State Park and Historic Site, Stonewall:


A chance to celebrate Easter as a traditional German family would have in 1915 will be offered on Saturday, April 19, at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall.

“Easter at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm” will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors can watch as farm staff demonstrate how eggs were dyed naturally.

A cake baked in the shape of a lamb will be on display.

Those visiting the farm will have the opportunity to make their own grass Easter nest.

The LBJ State Park and Historic Site is located 14 miles west of Johnson City and 13 miles east of Fredericksburg off U.S. Highway 290 at 199 Park Road 52.

For travel directions and other information, call 644-2252.


Batter Up!

ROADRUNNER Audrianna Garcia charges to tag out a runner in the infield during coach-pitch division action in the Fredericksburg Youth Baseball Association Saturday, March 29, at the Old Fair Park fields. —Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke


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