Gillespie Life


Misión de Candelilla on Aug. 3 to raise funds for 10 missions to 10 villages

DONATED auction items for the Mision de Candelilla Fiesta 2013 fundraiser Aug. 3 include bottles of wine from area wineries, a Mexican carved armadillo, Longhorn belt buckle, jewelry, a private condo in Maui and many more items.

Fiesta 2013, the sixth annual fundraiser for Fredericksburg-based Misión de Candelilla, will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Oak Hills Church and Event Center on Tivydale Road beginning with a silent auction at 6 p.m.

Honorary chairs for the event will be long-time supporters Jim and Estela Avery, with special guest Carol Smith to be honored as one of the founders of the medical missions to Coahuila and Chihuahua 27 years ago.

In its 27th year, Misión de Candelilla will conduct 10 missions to 10 different ejidos, or villages, each being visited several times, in the two northern Mexican states.

Volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists and lay assistants spend four to six days on each trip, caring for the medical needs of residents who otherwise would have little or no access to health care. Their work is supported entirely by contributions, local churches and volunteer contributors.


Land easements gain popularity in Hill Country

THIS PORTION of Sandy Creek, near Enchanted Rock, is part of a land trust. —Contributed photo

Trust says more landowners put properties into protected status

There is a growing movement of landowners in the Hill Country who are concerned enough about encroachment on privately held land to put their property into permanent protection, according to the Hill Country Land Trust.

“Landowners are using the land conservation easement as a way to protect scenic views, historic use, ranching and farming use for themselves and future generations of their families,” said Katherine Peake, president.

According to the Land Trust Alliance, a national organization dedicated to the land conservation movement, the southwest part of the United States is showing the largest increase in easement growth with a 147 percent rate in the last decade, and protection by easements has increased fivefold since in the last decade.


National Museum of the Pacific War to host Familiy Fun Day on Aug. 2

Families are invited to beat the heat Friday, Aug. 2, with a morning of World War II-themed games and activities at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

This year’s program will start at 10 a.m. in the ballroom of the Nimitz Museum.

Activities will include a tour of the George Bush Gallery with the head curator, a craft project in the ballroom and a scavenger hunt.

All activities will be flag-themed. The program is open to children eight to 11 years old and limited to 20 children.

This program is free and seating is limited. Reservations can be made with Stefanie Manee at 997-8600 ext. 223 or via email at


Fundraiser set at Hondo's for WWII veterans' trip

Over 200 World War II veterans call Gillespie County home, and Honor Flight Austin is trying to provide them with a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II monument free of cost.

To help raise funds for the Honor Flight, a fundraiser will be held 6-10 p.m., Aug. 1 at Hondo’s on Main Street.

“Our immediate need is to raise the required $40,000 for this community Honor Flight trip,” said Tami King, Gillespie County Veterans Service Officer.

During the fundraiser, local musicians will take to the stage and play to help raise money.

The night will honor the service of World War II veterans, and a few local veterans will speak on their World War II service.

There is no cover charge for the event.

“Each $1,000 sponsorship will provide a World War II veteran with airfare, all meals, hotel, bus rental and wheelchair rentals,” King said.


Hospital launches study to assess community health needs, priorities

Local residents will soon be hearing from a research firm seeking input for a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment for Hill Country Memorial.

The hospital, in collaboration with other local health professionals and stakeholders, is working on a “road map to health” for the people of Gillespie County.

The study will identify public health needs, goals, objectives and priorities, according to Debby Wallace Dooley, HCM Chief Strategy Officer.

“The survey will be looking at what the concerns are as seen through the eyes of the residents of Gillespie County,” Dooley said. “It is part of Hill Country Memorial’s stated vision: Empower Others. Create Healthy. Guided by the results, we can have a more complete understanding of the health needs of this community which will help us focus our resources on how to improve health.”


Woodworker's fan-planes take off

WORKING ON A FAN is Dan Pfeiffer. He is looking at the blade of a fan he hopes will become one of his fan-planes. He has been making the planes for two months and sells them at Vaudeville in Fredericksburg. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin Eck

By Austin Eck— In front of Dan Pfeiffer’s shop is a small patch of land that has bicycles, old trees and scrap metal strewn everywhere. It is easy to call the assortment junk, but for Pfeiffer it is his “library.” 

Pfeiffer is more of an artist than a woodworker. He transforms wood into intricate carvings, but what is turning heads is his latest series of creations: antique fans made to look like planes.

One day, he put a sickle blade on top of an antique fan, and the idea clicked. It was an airplane, he said.

He attached a solid fuselage to the back of the fan, the sickle was the wings and the blades of the fan were the propeller blades.

The move to creating pieces with fans from woodwork is a transition for Pfeiffer. 

“Every four or five years, you’ve got to reinvent yourself,” he said.


Blues night next for Roots concert stage

Putting blues music in the spotlight Saturday, July 27, will be the third installment in the 2013 Roots Music Series at Pioneer Museum, 325 West Main Street.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. will be Bobby Mack, followed at 7:30 p.m. by Omar and the Howlers and then a 9:10 p.m. startup of W.C. Clark at the museum’s outdoor stage.

Music fans are invited to bring their lawn chairs. Access is through a side entrance off South Milam Street. The gate opens at 5 p.m. and cost is $12 per adult. Children under 18 years of age are admitted free. Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society.

Drinks and food are sold on the grounds. No outside coolers, beverages or bottles are allowed.

Bobby Mack, who will take the stage first, got his start at legendary Austin music venues, including the Armadillo World Headquarters, Soap Creek Saloon, The One Knight and the Split Rail.


Gillespie County Fair Queen applications now available

Applications for the 2014 Gillespie County Fair Queen Pageant are now available from the office at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The office is open 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. 14, at 7 p.m. at the fair grounds.

Each applicant must be accompanied to 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 2012-2013 school year and are enrolled in a Gillespie County high school for the 2013-2014 school year.

Winners of the contest must maintain good academic standing throughout their reign.


NIOF to celebrate golden anniversary on July 19-20

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, the 50th anniversary of Night In Old Fredericksburg will be held Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, at Marktplatz. 

NIOF began in 1963 as a one-time fundraiser produced by the chamber to generate funds to send the local high school marching band to an out-of-state competition.

Gates will open Friday, July 19 at 6 p.m. with music from The Walburg Boys.  At 9 p.m., The Wagon Aces will take the stage.

The festival will reopen at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 20, with the TubaMeisters and The Polkamatics providing a blend of German polkas, waltzes and ballets.

From 8:30–10 p.m., singer/songwriter Thomas Michael Riley will take the stage.   Headliner Max Stalling will perform from 10:15 p.m. to midnight.

To celebrate the festival’s special anniversary, the chamber has produced a limited edition commemorative pin. The pin will be available as part of a CLUB 50 membership at a cost of $50. 


Ready To Land

Poised over the fountain in front of Pioneer Memorial Library, a White-winged Dove hovers above the precious water momentarily before coming in for a two-point landing and a swallow of cool water. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt


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