Gillespie Life


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.



Music fills the air at Roots Music Series performance

Hal Ketchum serenades concert-goers at Saturday night's Roots Music Series at Pioneer Museum. Ketchum was the headliner of the Texas Americana-themed concert. —Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck


Der FotoKlub celebrates anniversary

The Der FotoKlub, Fredericksburg’s local photography club, celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the club’s founding June 18 with a party.

Der FotoKlub started in June 2004 and was established to promote and encourage the interest and knowledge of photography and camaraderie with other photographers.

The idea to start a photography club came from Larry Miller. Shortly after moving here from Florida, where he participated in an active photography club, he attended a photography class where he met Zach Pooser.

Miller asked Pooser if he would like to be part of starting a photography club in Fredericksburg. The two soon met to organize and lay the groundwork for the club.

They asked the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post to place a notice inviting anyone interested in a photography club to contact Miller and several responded.

After that, a mutually beneficial relationship with the community was formed.


Valu-Med maintains long history

Besides owning and manag-ing Valu-Med, Matt Roberts rolls up his sleeves (figura-tively speaking) and counts medications as a certified pharmacy technician. He es-timates doing this task over 100 times per day. “If you can count to 30, you can work in a pharmacy,” he said. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

Since 1986, Valu-Med Pharmacy has served Fredericksburg. Its history, though, goes back nearly a century.

It began as Kallenberg’s Pharmacy in the 1920s and then eventually became Rees Pharmacy.

Mike Roberts took over the business in 1976 and renamed it Roberts Pharmacy. Then, following a move in 1986 to 707 North Llano Street, he re-christened the business Valu-Med Pharmacy.

Roberts, now a semi-retired pharmacist who works part-time at the store, eventually partnered with his son, Matt Roberts. His son then bought the business two years ago.

Matt wears two hats at Valu-Med: a businessman who owns it and a certified pharmacy technician.

“I just enjoy running a pharmacy business and doing behind-the-scenes stuff,” Matt Roberts said. “Getting to know how to run a business has always interested me. I found I enjoyed it and stuck with it.”


Becker Vineyards wins double gold at competition

Becker Vineyards won double gold at the 34th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition, held June 20-22 after judging more than 4,500 wines from around the world.

The local vineyard won Best Rosé, Double Gold Medal 95 points with the 2013 Becker Vineyards Provencal (Mourvedre), Tallent Vineyard.

Richard and Bunny Becker, proprietors of Becker Vineyards, own three vineyards but also purchase grapes from several grape growers, including the Mourvedre grapes from Drew and Laura Tallent of Tallent Vineyards in Mason.

The Mourvedre grapes were fermented into wine by Jonathan Leahy, winemaker, and Rachel Fanning, oenologist, and the winery team. There was limited skin contact with the juice, creating a pale salmon color. It was also fermented completely dry.


Races, Scholarship Fest to open GCFFA summer

Two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing and the annual Scholarship Fest will kick off the summer season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Friday and Saturday, July 4-5.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the July Fourth Racing Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 4-5, while Scholarship Fest will be celebrated on Saturday, July 5.

The summer season continues with the Night in Old Fredericksburg Race Meet on July 19-20 and the NIOF celebration on July 19.

The Gillespie County Race Meet is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10.

Rounding out the live pari-mutuel racing season will be two days of races on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24, as part of the 126th Gillespie County Fair (Aug. 21-24).

The Fredericksburg PBR is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13.


Builders, artists create doghouses for FDPA benefit

A sampling of the doghouses created by local builders and artists for the Fredericksurg Dog Park Association.

The Fredericksburg Dog Park Association (FDPA) has partnered with 13 local art galleries to auction off over 50 miniature doghouses.

The miniature doghouses are less than 10 inches by 10 inches. Each doghouse is unique and built by a local builder and then decorated by a local artist.

All proceeds from the auction will go to the construction of Fredericksburg’s dog park at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

The fundraiser begins as a silent auction on Friday, June 27. The doghouses up for auction will be displayed at the following art galleries: Agave Gallery, Artisans at Rocky Hill, Charles Beckendorf Gallery, Cowboy Bronze & Fine Art Gallery, Fredericksburg Art Gallery, InSight Gallery, Larry Jackson Antiques, River Rustic, R.S. Hanna Gallery, Dan Pfieffer Gallery, The Gallery at Vaudville and Whistle Pik Galleries. Several doghouses will be on display at each of these galleries.


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