Gillespie Life


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.


Rules announced for 2014 baking, preserves contest

Culinary artists wanting to see how their favorite peach recipe stacks up against the competition will get a chance to do just that this weekend at the Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21.

Once again, the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce is hosting Baking, Preserves and Salsa Contests as part of the two-day celebration.

Following are the general rules and information for the contests which will be judged on Saturday.

•All entries are to be brought to the Stonewall Chamber Building, located at 250 Peach Street, between 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday, June 21.

Judging begins at 10:45 a.m., and winning entries may be viewed at about 1 p.m. at the Stonewall Chamber Building.

•There is no entry fee.

•No commercial entries will be accepted.

•All entries become the property of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce.

•The contest deadline is Saturday at 10 a.m.


Dauna's a small-town stop

Pam Fogle hands C.W. Hammon his change. Fogle has owned Dauna’s Store since 2006. — Standard-Radio Post photo/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

In Texas, it’s not difficult to find a convenience store that serves a wide array of deli and hot foods along with the usual gasoline and diesel.

And Dauna’s Store, located in Harper at 23401 U.S. Highway 290 West, just east of the Harper Community Park, does just that.

“To me, it’s more friendly than most convenience stores I’ve been in,” said Pam Fogle, who bought the store in 2006 from her mother, Dauna.

A sign out front describes Dauna’s products and services: “Fuel, Food, Deli, Pizza, Beer, Ice, Corn, Ammo.”

For those unfamiliar with Harper and the Texas Hill Country, they also provide information and directions. The sign adds, tongue-in-cheek, “Straight and True or Roundabout Depends on Who.”


'Texas Americana' music next for Roots concert

An evening of Texas Americana music will be featured at the next Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country concert on Saturday, June 28, at Pioneer Museum.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Featured will be Weldon Henson, whose shows are a throwback to the vintage honky-tonk and Texas culture.

Also taking the stage on June 28 will be Hal Ketchum.

Henson will perform at 7 p.m. followed by Ketchum at 8:50 p.m.

Admission is $15 at the gate while online pre-purchase admission is $13.

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The admission for current Gillespie County Historical Society members is $10 and free for children 18 and under.

“It was just a natural thing to be intrigued with music,” explained Ketchum, who started playing drums at age nine and by 14 was playing at local bars and taverns.


Zion Music Fest on Marktplatz stage June 28

Zion Music Fest, featuring Christian music artists, will return to Marktplatz at noon Saturday, June 28.

Artists Matt Adler, Forever Young & Icris will return, along with new guests Scott Ivey and Fredericksburg’s own Samantha Ann Little. 

Other Christian bands set to hit the stage include Prophet Within, Zion Road and For The People.

Headlining the event this year is Seventh Day Slumber.

Organizers will welcome comedian Adrian Lucio of San Antonio and guest speaker will be Jake Edwards, former First Baptist Church youth minister, now of Lubbock.

Also included in the event will be a Kidz Zone, skateboard exhibition, food vendors and Christian clothing vendors. 

Other ministries on hand will include the CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association), Chariots of Light Motorcycle Ministry, Salvation Army, G42U Leadership Academy, HADIT (Harper Active Drug Intervention Team) and the Know Peace Ministries Prayer Team.


PCAA plans free concert outdoors at the square

The sound of guitars and song will be heard from Marktplatz on Sunday, June 29, when the Frank Gomez Band performs for the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance’s (PCAA) Concert In The Park.

The concert has no charge and is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. in the Adelsverein Halle (the largest pavilion) on Marktplatz.

The public is invited to attend and bring blankets or chairs to sit in. There will also be a limited number of picnic table seats available.

The band will perform for about an hour-and-a-half. The group blends blues, jazz, R&B and funk through melody and rhythm.

 Listeners are invited to bring their own picnic meals or snacks from home. Also, while the band performs, listeners are encouraged to dance on a makeshift dance floor.

Frank Gomez is an Austin-based American rhythm and blues singer/song writer, guitarist and vocalist. He organized the Frank Gomez band in 2007.


Galindo trades hospital gown for cap and gown for FHS graduation

By Autumn Bernhard —

When most people hear “roller coaster,” visions of Fiesta Texas dance through their head. However, Kyara Galindo, daughter of Gabriel and Socorro Galindo, thinks of her four years in high school.

“Throughout the past four years I have had very high times as well as low times,” Galindo said. “Some times were fun and some not so fun.”

The main low occurred during Galindo’s sophomore year when she collapsed at a football game while cheering. She was taken to the hospital where two tumors were found in her brain and she was diagnosed with stage IV Glioblastoma Multiforme. Galindo was given a life expectancy of five months.

“My first reaction was inscrutable,” Galindo said. “I was at the hospital and was asleep. When I woke up, ‘tumor’ was the first word I heard. At the time, I was not knowledgeable about tumors so I did not know what to think exactly.”


Tickets now available for 'FTC's Les Misérables'

Tickets are on sale now for “Les Misérables,” the first production in the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s 18th season, which opens on June 20.

The musical, which continues weekends through July 6, is based on the novel by Victor Hugo set in 19th century France and tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man seeking redemption after serving 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s child.

Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

“When I first saw ‘Les Misérables’ 20 years ago, I was drawn into the show because of the combination of very personal stories and the theatrical presentation,” director Jim Weisman said. “In our production, we’re adding the close up and personal element that you won’t get in the big touring theaters. We have an amazingly talented cast and I think audiences will be completely entranced.”


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