Gillespie Life


Gillespie Livestock Show, Auction slated Jan. 9-11

Gillespie County 4-Hers and Fredericksburg and Harper FFA members are busy putting in extra hours to get ready for the start of a new stock show season.

Kicking off the 2014 season for most exhibitors will be the Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 9-11.

And with the local show coming up in less than two weeks, officials with the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association have announced a change for the buyer appreciation barbecue to Sunday, Jan. 5.

While the county show is the only competition for some local exhibitors, a large number will be continuing on to other contests across the state.

Following the Gillespie County show is the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville, Jan. 13-18.


Sentimental Journey to play New Year's eve

The Sentimental Journey Orchestra will turn back the clock this New Year’s Eve to a more elegant era of live big bands and ballroom dancing with an 8 p.m. concert in the grand ballroom of the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center. 

For 17 years, bandleader Ted Conerly and his band of musicians have been transporting New Year’s Eve partygoers to the Golden Age of the Big Bands of the 1940s with the music of stars like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and others.

Reservations include light hors d’ouervres, party favors, a champagne toast, a midnight buffet prepared by the Chef of the Inn and cash bars. Coat and tie are requested for gentlemen, and black tie is optional. Seating is limited for the comfort of the dancers and by reservation only. 

For reservations and information, call 830-895-1535. Special rates are also available for overnight guests at the Inn attending the Sentimental Journey New Year’s Eve.  


Volkssport to offer New Year's walks

New Year’s Eve is a chance to reflect on the year past and to look forward to the upcoming year.

The Texas Volkssport Association will offer two special walks on New Year’s Eve in Fredericksburg.

The first walk, the Memorial Walk, is planned at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31 and is headquartered at St. Joseph’s Halle, located at 212 W. San Antonio St.

The Memorial Walk provides people with a chance to reflect on friends or family who have died during the past year. Anyone can start their journey between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., but everyone must be finished and off the route by 5 p.m.

There are two route options for trekkers. The shortest distance is a 5K, but a 10K is also offered. The routes will take volkssporters through residential paved streets, the old peanut factory and a cemetery.

The fee for all participants is $3. Donations to help defray costs are appreciated. IVV credit is available.


Hangar Hotel to ring in 2014 with USO dance

To ring in the New Year, the Hangar Hotel and Conference Center will host a 1940s-themed dance on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.

The dance will feature Bill Smallwood and The Lonestar Swing Orchestra performing Big Band-era music.

A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the United Service Organization at Fort Hood, which delivers programs and services to more than 40,000 service members and their families.

Attendees can participate in swing dance lessons from 8-9 p.m., at which point the band will take the stage for a performance lasting until 12:30 a.m.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person and include a champagne toast, party favors, black-eyed peas and cornbread at midnight.

Those who plan to attend are encouraged to wear their best ’40s attire and participate in the costume contest. Those wearing a military uniform will receive a coupon for a free drink.


From administration office to grandkids, gardening

RETIREMENT — After 15 years at FISD as the superintendent’s secretary, on Friday, Dec. 20, Deedee Courter put away her keyboard and called it a career. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Longtime FISD secretary Courter retires after 15 years

By Richard Zowie— Someone brought a balloon to Deedee Courter’s office, and for only two words, its sentiment had a mouthful.

“Happy Retirement.”

Courter has spent 15 years working at Fredericksburg Independent School District as the secretary to superintendent Dr. Marc Williamson. She worked her final day on Friday, Dec. 20.

“I decided early on that [working in an office] would be my career,” said Courter.

She is from Durango, Colo., while her husband is from California. Prior to working at FISD, she earned an associate of arts degree in secretarial science and business from Durango’s Fort Lewis College and then also worked for the forest service and for FLC.

What brought them to Fredericksburg? Their daughter and grandkids lived here.


Eyes to the sky

KATHY WEAVER demonstrates how to set up an Orion telescope. As a member of Hill Country Astronomers, she is borrowing the club’s eight-inch diameter ’scope for the month and using it to find the Messier Objects. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

New amateur astronomer uses 'traveling telescope' to get acquainted with universe

By Richard Zowie— Kathy Weaver has always enjoyed looking at the night sky, but when she was younger, her hobby in astronomy had to wait due to one particular inconvenience.

Growing up in a city with lights, it became too difficult to view the night sky and see anything in clear enough detail.

Weaver, who has been a member of the Hill Country Astronomers for about three years, now has her chance to better enjoy the night sky.

The club loans out to its members, on a monthly basis, a traveling telescope, specifically, an Orion Skywest Intelliscope with an eight-inch lens, donated to the club by Betty and Ross Murphy.

Ryan Behrends, Weaver’s fellow club member, described the telescope as a reflector that gathers light with a mirror.


Deadlines moved up for holiday publications

In a scenario that doesn’t happen but once in every so many years, the Christmas Day holiday this year coincides with the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post’s regular publication day of Wednesday, Dec. 25.

To accommodate the holiday, the newspaper’s advertising and news article deadlines and, subsequently, publication schedules, have been moved up in adjustment.

Next week’s Christmas Day edition will be published on Monday, Dec. 23. Likewise, the following week’s paper will also be published on Monday, Dec. 30, in light of New Year’s Day also falling on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.


Deadlines pushed

With the earlier publication schedules in store during the coming weeks, deadlines for submitted news articles and photos, as well as advertisements, have also been moved forward.

Advertising deadline


Zweite Weihnachten to offer Second Christmas goodies Dec. 26

A German tradition of celebrating Zweite Weihnachten (Second Christmas) will continue on Thursday, Dec. 26, from 2-5 p.m. in the Gillespie County Historical Society’s social hall.

Hosted by the Fredericksburg German Club, the gathering will feature fellowship, traditional German baked goods, and the singing of traditional Christmas carols in German. 

Residents and visitors are invited to attend an afternoon of traditional German holiday activities.

Zweite Weihnachten features warm refreshments and traditional baked goods, including such past favorites as Stollen (a pastry) and Glühwein (warmed wine).

During the festivities, all attendees will be invited to join in the singing of traditional Christmas carols in German.

Those attending Zweite Weihnachten on Thursday can use either the Main Street entrance or the San Antonio Street entrance to the grounds.


FHS-FMS Choirs present "Christmas Gift to Fredericksburg" concert

LENDING their voices to a holiday classic during the Fredericksburg High School and Fredericksburg Middle School choirs’ combined Christmas concert Monday night at First Baptist Church are FHS singers (top left and clockwise) Ian Kendrick, Haley Evans, Brisa Rodriguez and Lauren Nicoson. They were singing under the direction of Michele Stehling. More photos from the concert appear on page A/B17 in today's newspaper. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Local youths publish 'Sam Has Ants' book

ILLUSTRATOR Carly McMahon shows off her newly-published book.

With Christmas almost here, a group of young Fredericksburg residents are releasing their award-winning children’s book, “Sam Has Ants.”

Illustrator Carly McMahon will be signing copies at the Old Thyme Fun Shop, 327 1/2 East Main in Fredericksburg, on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shoppers and friends are invited to stop by and meet her. Willow Houseal will be sitting in for her brother and sister, who wrote the book.

The full-color 30-page book is a project that was 20 years in the making. The original story was written in 1991 by Hannah Houseal (then age eight) and Sayer Houseal (then age five). In 1997, the story won Grand Prize in Half Price Books national contest and was included in their collection of stories.

In 2012, then 16-year-old Fredericksburg High School student Carly McMahon created illustrations to accompany the story.


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