Gillespie Life


Fiesta benefit for Misiòn de Candelilla to feature art, music

Jill Holland of Fredericksburg is one of several artists who have donated pieces for the Misiòon de Candelilla fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Oak Hills Church and Event Center. — Submitted photo

Silent auction items include playhouse, dinner art and more

The committee for the seventh annual fund raiser for local Christian mission group, Misión de Candelilla, is working to finalize plans for this year’s event, to take place from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Oak Hills Church and Event Center.

Attendees will be greeted by an all-female mariachi group, “Las Coronelas” and John Hierholzer, honorary fiesta committee chairman and pastor at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to look at more than 50 silent auction items while enjoying a cool beverage.

“We are grateful to our community for their generous donation of items for our silent auction,” said A.J. Rodriguez, silent auction chairman. “Hager Construction is donating a 4-foot-by-6-foot-by-5-foot durable wooden playhouse with a deck which will catch the eye of any parent or grandparent.”


'Secret restaurant' known for its food

Glenn Jung, Rathskeller Restaurant head chef, puts “a little of this and that” into a Carbonara dish that includs jalapeño peppers, roasted bell peppers, bacon, butter and garlic. The restaurant also serves dishes from Jung’s family recipes. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie— In the basement of the old Keidel Memorial Hospital, at 260 East Main Street, is a place many visitors might not know exists.

A walk down the steps reveals, in the confined quarters, a restaurant that serves not only German food, but foods from a wide variety of countries.

“It’s kind of like a secret,” Tula Smajstrla said. “We’re not here only for locals or only for tourists. We’re a laid-back, family-style restaurant, here not only for locals but also for tourists.”

Tula co-owns the “secret” — Rathskeller Restaurant — with her husband, Sean. They opened Rathskeller in July 2000 after originally having The Oak House on South Washington Street.

Sean described their first restaurant as being “very formal” and said they wanted to do something lighter with Rathskeller.

“We also wanted something on Main Street, because in Fredericksburg, you really need to be on Main Street,” he said.


Gillespie County Fair Queen contest applications now available

Applications for the 2014 Gillespie County Fair Queen Pageant are now available, it has been announced by officials with the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

The applications can be picked up in the fair office at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Applications are also available online at

Completed applications should be turned in to the fair office or brought to a mandatory meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. at the fair grounds.

Each applicant must be accompanied at the meeting by at least one parent or guardian.

The queen’s contest is open to all sophomore and junior girls who attended a Gillespie County high school during the 2013-2014 school year and are enrolled in a Gillespie County high school for the 2014–2015 school year.


'Birthday Bash' benefits Good Samaritan Center

The Good Samaritan Center’s Cheryl Moore, diabetes educator Audelia De La Cruz and Barbara Gainer worked the gate at Waylon’s Birthday Bash at Luckenbach recently. Luckenbach hosts the event every year on Father’s Day in memory of Waylon Jennings. Proceeds from the event benefit The Good Samaritan Center’s diabetes program. Also volunteering her time, but not pictured, was Regina Rosenwinkel. — Submitted photo

Funds raised at Waylon’s Birthday Bash in Luckenbach on Father’s Day will go to help diabetes patients at The Good Samaritan Center.

The event raised $1,789, all of which will go toward purchasing blood sugar testing strips that will be given to the center’s patients at no charge.

Jennings, who brought national attention to Luckenbach with his song “Luckenbach Texas,” passed away in February 2002 due to complications from diabetes.

Now, Luckenbach honors Jennings and all of his songs by hosting this annual celebration of his life and music.

“Luckenbach first came to us with the idea of supporting our diabetic patients with their proceeds from this event about 10 years ago,” said John Willome, executive director of The Good Samaritan Center. “I think they wanted to find a way to give back and honor a man who meant so much to them.”


Ministering with technology

A camera control station is located in an office adjacent to the sanctuary at FUMC. – Submitted photo

Outreach efforts include online streaming of services

In the last decade, many churches have begun to use the Internet to reach out to current and potential members, and today, most families looking for a new church community do their “shopping” online.

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church is using technology to reach these “shoppers,” said Don Doss, FUMC director of music ministries.

“About 70 percent of a congregation’s first-time visitors find the church’s website before they attend a service,” Doss said. “Given today’s digital generation, an online presence isn’t just an option, it’s a necessity.”


‘Hidden gem’ gets a new look, sign and trails

The Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center built a stairway along the road as part of phase three of their project to make Cross Mountain Park safer. The road is notorious for washing out and being too steep to climb. — Standard-Radio Post/Autumn Bernhard

By Autumn Bernhard


After three years of work, it has now become easier to climb to an inspiring view over Fredericksburg.

The Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center finished its upgrade of existing hiking trails and built additional paths in the city-owned Cross Mountain Park late last month.

“Before the trails were redone, they were very unsafe,” said Bill Lindemann, Friends of Fredericksburg Nature Center president. “In fact, one man fell while going up one of the trails and his wife could not lift him. Her screams were heard by a neighbor of the Cross Mountain Park and rescued them. The trails had not been touched since they were built in the 1970s by the Gillespie County Historical Society (GCHS).”


Mark Hierholzer to perform ‘German Folk Music’ concert

A piano concert featuring “German Folk Music” will be presented by Mark Hierholzer on Friday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will be held at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 East Lower Crabapple Road.

Admission for this concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students. 

Hierholzer has directed the German choirs in Fredericksburg for 27 years.

He is also the director of the Fredericksburg Chorale.

Both of the German choirs have been singing German folk music since the early 20th century.

With this, Fredericksburg has developed a rich, true German heritage built on the foundation of authentic German folk music, Hierholzer said.

“The folk music of any land paints pictures of landscapes both in nature and in the human heart,” Hierholzer said. “It tells something distinctive and unique about the people of the land.”


Doolittle Raid co-pilot rides in C-47... at last

Col. Dick Cole signs the C-47 flight log book prior to taking off.

By Richard Zowie —

Over 72 years ago, he was a dashing pilot who volunteered to fly a dangerous mission: the first bombing raid by Americans over Tokyo.

And now, at age 98, he still loves to fly.

Retired Army Air Forces Col. Dick Cole, who served as Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot in a 1942 World War II combat mission that history would dub “The Doolittle Raid,” came to Gillespie County Airport on July 3 to fly one more “mission.”

The Comfort resident, one of four surviving “Raiders,” flew B-25 Mitchell bombers in WWII but, on this day, took his first flight in a C-47 Texas Zephyr aircraft. This particular C-47, previously based in Hondo, is now based in Brady.

“Flying is a lot better than washing dishes,” Cole said prior to the flight. “This will be like old times. I did quite a bit of flying in World War II.”


Signed scarf to be donated to museum

Lindy Segall plans to donate his father's scarf, autographed by Col. Dick Cole, to the Pacific War Museum. Segall is also donating items of his mother, a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Before embarking on his C-47 Zephyr flight July 3 at the Gillespie County Airport, retired Army Air Forces Col. Dick Cole signed two items.

Besides the aircraft’s log book, he also signed a scarf.

The scarf currently belongs to Lindy Segall, but, prior to that, it belonged to his father.

B. Segall was a C-47 pilot who flew in the European theater during World War II. He flew aircraft in North Africa, Italy and France.

Lindy Segall, who recalled his father had only an initial for a first name, said the silk scarf contains the insignias for the Army Air Corps and the troop transport.

“They carried in everything from artillery, to mules, to Jeeps,” said Segall. “Dad used to say, ‘If you can close the doors, we can take off.’”

Segall’s father died in 2007, and he’s kept the scarf since then and has even worn it to several Veterans Day events.


Dialogues and Dances concert set

A Dialogues and Dances concert hosted by the Fredericksburg Chorale will be held Saturday, July 12, at 7 p.m. at Hill Country University Center.

These concerts, held every second Saturday of the month, are led by Mark Hierholzer, director of the Chorale.

They feature performances of instrumental compositions, both new and old, and vocal and choral performances, as well.

Poetry reading is also included.

Performances are by local and area performers, mostly students of Hierholzer or members of the Chorale.

Each month the concerts vary in content, but usually include solo performances on piano, guitar, harp and accordion as well as vocal works.

Local poets also read their work.

Admission is by donation and the community is invited.

For more information, call 997-6869.



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