Gillespie Life


War-time plane rides available March 24-26

Those who always wanted to get a ride in a war-time aircraft will get their chance March 24-26 when the Collings Foundation hosts its “Wings of Freedom Tour” at the Gillespie County Airport.

The group will be offering rides on the B-17, B-24, P-51 and a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter.

Walk-through tours of all the aircraft in the show will cost $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 years and younger.

Proceeds raised help preserve the aircraft for the future.

Tour times will be 2-5 p.m. on Monday, March 24; 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, and from 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, March 26.

Flight experience donations are $450 per person aboard the B-17 or B-24.

Flight training in the TP-51C “Betty Jane” will be $2,200 for a half-hour flight and $3,200 for a full hour. All participants will get the chance to feel what it was like to fly one of the most legendary fighters of World War II.


Stock show season winds down for local exhibitors

After starting in January, stock show season for Gillespie County 4-Hers and Fredericksburg and Harper FFA members is winding down.

The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin began on March 1 and concludes on Friday while the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo started March 4, and continues through March 22.

Stock show season began in January with the Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction. Since then, local exhibitors have competed in the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville, the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin

Competition for local exhibitors at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin concludes this week.


Kite Day planned March 22 at LBJ State Park, Historic Site

A chance to build and fly an old-fashioned 1900s-style kite is offered in a free activity Saturday, March 22, at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall.

“LBJ Annual Kite Day” will welcome visitors to finish out kites from frames and materials for tails cut by staff and volunteers.

Visitors are welcome to bring kites from home or to purchase kites in the state park gift shop.

After construction, colorful kites will be flown at the state park’s baseball field on Coronet Street from 1-3 p.m.

Participation in the event is free of charge.

Visitors are asked to first stop at the LBJ Visitor Center to get their free park permit, event and park orientation and a park map. 

Park interpreters from the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm will be on-site in early-1900s attire to assist in kite making.

LBJ State Park and Historic Site is located one mile east of Stonewall on U.S. Highway 290.


'Fantasticks' auditions March 18-19

FTC show to be performed in August

The Fredericksburg Theater Company will have an August production of “The Fantasticks” with auditions taking place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18-19 at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South.

This production is being directed by Jeryl Hoover. All roles are available.

Performances for “The Fantasticks” are Thursday through Sunday Aug. 7-10. Attendance at crunch week rehearsals, Aug. 3-6, and at all performances is mandatory.

Producers ask those auditioning to prepare one song that best showcases their vocal ability. A CD player and pianist will be provided. Cold readings will follow vocal auditions.

Attendance at both audition days is not mandatory.



THE OLD TRADE of blacksmithing is demonstrated by Balcones Forge Association member Reynolds Cushman, of Hempstead, who explains the process of making nails while he tapers one out during Pioneer Museum's special "Spring Break." Demonstrations like this, as well as several other hands-on activities suitable for all ages will continue through Saturday, March 15. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Local UT student raising funds for Texas 4000 race

TEXAS 4000 — Fredericksburg’s Drew Herbort is working to raise $4,500 for his Spring 2015 4,500-mile bike ride to Alaska, a Texas 4000 fundraising event for cancer awareness.

By Richard Zowie —

A local bicyclist is raising funds to participate in a 70-day bicycle ride covering about 4,500 miles.

Drew Herbort belongs to a University of Texas organization called Texas 4000, which does a bicycle ride from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska to spread hope, knowledge and raise awareness about cancer.

Herbort and other bicyclists in the ride are working to each raise $4,500, or about a dollar per mile, as a way of raising funds for the fight against cancer.

“The Texas 4000 is actually not a race,” Herbort noted. “Instead, it is the world’s longest charity bike ride — over twice as long as the Tour de France. We take three different routes and stop in different towns on each route putting on events and things raising the awareness of cancer.”

Their ride is scheduled for Spring 2015.


Austin Baroque Orchestra, Coro Settecento to play here

A concert featuring the music of Joseph Haydn will be presented by the Austin Baroque Orchestra and Coro Settecento in Fredericksburg on Sunday, March 9.

The Austin Baroque Orchestra and Coro Settecento, a period-instrument orchestra and choir, will present “Haydn-Go-Seek” at 4 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

There is no charge to attend the performance, but donations will be accepted.

Prior to the performance in Fredericksburg, the Austin Baroque Orchestra and Coro Settecento will perform the concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Austin on Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the Austin performance are available at the door or online through the ensemble’s website at


Theater company to hold auditions for 'Les Miserables' on March 3-5

Fredericksburg Theater Company will hold auditions for “Les Misérables,” at 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, March 3-5, at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South.

All roles are available for audition.

Those auditioning are encouraged to attend Monday’s audition, if at all possible; attendance at all audition nights is not mandatory.

At the audition, a CD player will be available to play the song that each singer has prepared.

The production will run weekends (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.) from June 20 to July 6. Attendance at all performances is mandatory.

Attendance at crunch week rehearsals, June 16-19 is also mandatory.

Individuals looking for a leading role are asked to pick up a packet, now available at the FTC office located next to the theater.

Included in the packet is the sheet music and backing track of a major solo the particular character sings in the show.


Mah Jongg Tourney benefits Good Samaritan Center

BEGINNER — Sue Arnecke teaches Good Samaritan Center director John Willome how to play Mah Jongg, a popular Chinese tile game. The recent tournament raised funds for the center. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

The Second Annual Fredericksburg Mah Jongg Tournament took place Thursday, Feb. 20, at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center and raised funds for The Good Samaritan Center.

Event organizer Brenda Newman said that while the receipts weren’t all completely in, she believes they will surpass the $20,000 fundraising goal for the center.

Last year’s fundraiser raised about $20,000 for the St. Joseph’s Halle restoration fund.

“This year’s tournament was a huge, huge success,” Newman said. “It was bigger and better than last year.”

Newman added that one big appeal the tournament has is that with low overhead costs and “tremendous underwriters,” the result is more money for charities.

Mah Jongg is an ancient tile game that originated in China.


Bold Woman award presented to Jeanne Dietrich

NAMED the Bold Woman Award winner by the Bethany Women of the ELCA and honored at a reception on Feb. 15 was Jeanne Dietrich, left. Presenting the award on behalf of the Women of Bethany Lutheran Church was Denise Stehling, president.

Jeanne Dietrich has been presented with the Bold Woman Award by the Women of Bethany Lutheran Church.

A reception honoring Dietrich was held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Hennig House.

Among the guests at the reception were four of Dietrich’s seven daughters. She also has two step-sons. 

The Revs. Casey Zesch, Travis Meier and Elliot Pancoast, along with friends and family, attended the reception.

Dietrich was presented a framed certificate and gift card to honor her as Bethany’s Bold Woman.

This award is presented annually to a woman who has acted boldly in her faith, explained Denise Stehling, president of the Bethany Women of the ELCA.

Her dedication to the quilting ladies of Bethany and their efforts to support Lutheran World Relief is one of the examples of her quiet faith-driven work, Stehling said.


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