Gillespie Life


FTC curtain rises on 'Miracle Worker'

TOUGH LESSON — Teacher Anne Sullivan (Christina Fait) holds Helen Keller (Meredith Harper) physically and emotionally accountable for her ill-mannered actions at the breakfast table in FTC’s production of “Miracle Worker” on stage with weekend performances through Oct. 27.

Performances to run through Oct. 27 at Steve W. Shepherd Theater

The first week of the Fredericksburg Theater Company production of The Miracle Worker is now in the books, as the play began on Friday, Oct. 11.

The play will be performed for two more weeks on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and then Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m. — all at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater on U.S. Highway 87 South.

The final performance will be Sunday, Oct. 27.

The Tony Award-winning play focuses on Helen Keller, who, though born being able to see and hear, loses both of those senses at an early age due to an illness. Left unable to hear, see or even talk, she then receives guidance from her teacher, Anne Sullivan.

FTC executive director Julie Voorhees said that, contrary to what some think, The Miracle Worker is not a sad story.


Mom's pasta sauce earns Non-GMO food seal

FISCHER & WIESER Specialty Foods, Inc. President and CEO Case D. Fischer and Chief Operating Officer Jenny Wieser, Ph.D., hold the first two of their Mom’s Pasta Sauces to receive verification for containing no genetically modified ingredients by the Non-GMO Project.

The Non-GMO Project verified that Mom’s Organic Traditional Tomato & Basil Spaghetti Sauce and Mom’s Organic Roasted Pepper Spaghetti Sauce, made by Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. in Fredericksburg, are produced to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Fischer & Wieser’s CEO and President Case D. Fischer said the Non-GMO Project verification seal reflects the company’s dedication to creating natural products.

“We produce all-natural products because we believe they are healthier, and we have always believed natural fruits, vegetables and seasonings taste better,” he said.

The Non-GMO Project third-party verification program was launched in 2008 as an initiative to provide consumers with more information regarding the risk of GMO products, and products that are verified are awarded the Non-GMO Project orange, blue and green seal.


Market to offer the 'alternative'

Memorial Presbyterian Church to host annual event Nov. 9 supporting human dignity, social justice more

This year’s Alternative Gift Market at Memorial Presbyterian Church will be held at the church fellowship hall, 601 N. Milam St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9.

The community is invited to attend.

All proceeds from the market will go to support organizations that promote human dignity, social justice and make a difference in individuals’ lives. All undesignated funds go to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

“Many of the vendors from previous years will return,”
said a spokesman for the market, “and new ones bring a fresh look to the variety of gifts that please the most discerning shoppers.  There’s something for everyone.”


Big Band Bash slated Nov. 7-9 at Hill Top

Hill Top Productions will host the 16th annual Big Band Bash at the Hill Top Café, Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 7-9.

Tickets are $85 per person per night. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with music beginning at 6 p.m.

Thursday artists include Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros, Cindy Cashdollar, Golden Triangle Swamp Blues and Scrappy Jud Newcomb.

Friday artists include Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice, Cindy Cashdollar, The Texas Horns, Al Gomez, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Kaz Kazanof, Danny Levin and the Texas All Stars.

Saturday artists include Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice, Cindy Cashdollar, Floyd Domino and Al Gomez.

Additionally, a different special surprise guest artist will be featured each night.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Fredericksburg Youth Music and Theater Foundation.


'Golf Ball drop' rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 10

Due to the rain received over the weekend, the Fredericksburg Independent School District Ag Science Department and Future Farmers of America Booster Club has rescheduled its second annual “Golf Ball Drop” fundraiser and fajita lunch for Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m., at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The event is a fundraiser for the local FFA Chapter, and was original scheduled for last Sunday, Oct. 13, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

The booster club will be selling a total of 1,000 numbered golf balls for $10 each and 40 numbered golden golf balls for $100 each.

At 2 p.m., a helicopter donated by Zulu Helicopters will fly over the center of the race track and drop all the golf balls over a target.

The first ($10) golf ball in (or closest) to the hole will win $2,000 cash, the second golf ball in (or closest) to the hole will win $1,000 cash and the third golf ball in (or closest) to the hole will win $500 cash.


'Image of Success' theme of hospital's Gala XV event on Saturday

After more than a year of preparation and planning by the Friends of the Hospital, Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Gala XV will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, at The Lodge Event Center at Country Inn & Cottages.

This year’s theme is “The Image of Success,” according to Amanda Stevens, executive director of the HCMH Foundation.

“Proceeds from Gala XV will support the purchase of a much-needed computed tomography (CT) scanner,” Stevens said. “The funds raised will provide a substantial contribution toward making this goal a reality.”

The main Gala XV event features fine dining, live music and dancing. Guests will bid on 75 auction items that include original art, historic heirlooms, a scooter, a Kawasaki mule, gourmet meals and vacation getaways.

The gala will be one of the first major events held at Jeff and Amy Mazurek’s new Lodge Event Center at Country Inn & Cottages.


Daydream to live stream

JD Rose takes radio dream online

When JD Rose was a kid, he used to sit in his bedroom and pretend he was a radio disc jockey. Now he is webcasting Texas music to the world. Oh... and he’s still doing it from his bedroom.

“I remember being six or seven years old, and had my radio station set up in here,” Rose said on the morning I sat in his bedroom interviewing him. “I had my little turntable and my little microphone, playing like I was a DJ. Now I’m doing the show in here.”

But instead of playing records for an imaginary audience, Rose now sends Texas music to the world via live streaming over the Internet at


Vogel earns People’s Choice in Der FotoKlub annual show

SHOWING ‘AUTUMN ON THE GUADALUPE’ — Susan Vogel holds the piece that helped her win Der FotoKlub of Fredericksburg’s 2013 People’s Choice Award following a month-long exhibition.

Club member Susan Vogel was named the People’s Choice Award winner by Der FotoKlub of Fredericksburg — the local photography club — as it ended its annual month-long juried exhibition and sale on Sept. 30.

Vogel’s winning photo was titled “Autumn on the Guadalupe.” It garnered the majority of votes cast by visitors during the exhibit held at the Fredericksburg Winery on East Main Street.

Each club member was permitted to submit five photographs for consideration by judge Anne Bradley who was, until recently, owner of Artisans at Rocky Hill gallery. Her nine years of experience working with fine Hill Country artists and craftsmen gave her the expertise and critical eye to select photographs for inclusion in the show.

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


Milestone coming Sunday for St. Paul Lutheran Church

Celebrating the 130th anniversary of its founding with special activities this Sunday, Oct. 13, will be St. Paul Lutheran Church at Cave Creek.

As part of the 10 a.m. worship service, the church’s recently restored stained glass windows will be rededicated.

After that, a barbecue meal will be served at approximately noon. The public is invited to join in both the worship and lunch.

St. Paul Lutheran Church is located approximately 11 miles northeast of Fredericksburg on Ranch Road 1631.


On Nov. 9, 1883, a group of men in the North Grape Creek community (later known as the Cave Creek community) met at Conrad Herbort’s home to discuss organizing a Lutheran congregation.

Most of the men and their families were members of Zion Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg, but by horse and buggy or by wagon, found the distance of 10 to 15 miles almost prohibitive. As a result, they were irregular attendees.


Tour of historic country schools set Saturday

Three historic country schools in Gillespie County will be open for tours Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of Gillespie Country Country Schools, is free, although participants are invited to pack a picnic lunch. Refreshments will be available.

Among the schools to be visited are Nebgen, Junction and Williams Creek (Albert).

Docents will narrate what life was like, and visitors will be able to view displays of student desks, old readers and books.

Driving maps are available at the Fredericksburg Visitors Center at 302 East Austin Street.

For more information, visit or call either 830-997-2763 or 830-644-2651.


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