Gillespie Life


FHS Aerospace engineering program seeks alumni feedback

Fredericksburg High School teacher Brett Williams, founder of the SystemsGo aerospace engineering program, is tracking down former students who attended any of his aerospace engineering courses at FHS since 1996.

“In order to evaluate this program for the purposes of sustainment and to acquire funding, we need to capture objective data and results,” Williams said. “We are asking former students to contact us and share ways that being in our program helped them in their education or career.”

Students are asked to send emails to with their current contact information, along with the following:

•           Year of high school graduation;

•           What grade(s) in school did they take FHS aerospace engineering classes;

•           What colleges, universities, tech schools, vocational training schools, attended;

•           What degree(s) and academic honors received;


City Tree Lighting

ALL SMILES while playing in the “Gingerbread Village” on Friday night on Marktplatz was three-year-old Christopher Pedroza of Arlington. The village was designed by local artist Margaret Hannum. Friday night’s annual lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and German Pyramid were sponsored by the 2013 Mayor’s Christmas Committee. —Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

LBJ Christmas Traditions—

KRISTINA VIRO of Missouri City tries her hand at candle making on Saturday afternoon at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall as part of the annual Cookie Decorating and German Traditions program. Helping Viro and others make candles at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm were state park volunteers Terri Debusk, center, and Debbie Dillingham. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Holy Ghost Church to host nativity displays Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8

Holy Ghost Lutheran Church will feature its annual nativity display Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8.

The nativities will be on display in the Holy Ghost Fellowship Hall at the corner of South Adams and East San Antonio streets on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6-9 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The event is free with free refreshments being offered.

 “[The display] begins immediately following the Fredericksburg Christmas night parade,” said the Rev. Bobby Vitek. “This new tradition has been going on now for five years and has really caught on. Literally, hundreds of nativities will be set up for all to enjoy. Some are a century old, others come from Europe, some are homemade, and some have been in families for many generations. It’s quite a sight to experience.”

More information is available by calling the church office at 997-2288.


FMS bands to hold concerts Tuesday

Fredericksburg Middle School will perform two band concerts this month.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

0n Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6:30-8 p.m., the seventh and eighth grade band students will perform a Holiday Band Concert at the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, from 6:30-8 p.m., the sixth grade band students will also perform a Holiday Band Concert at the FHS Auditorium.

According to FMS director of bands Dani Rauschuber, The bands are being split up to allow more time for the sixth grade students to show off what they do on a daily basis and to allow for more close-up opportunities for the parents.

Rauschuber said the bands would be performing many holiday favorites, including, but not limited to, Sleigh Ride and Celtic Bell Carol (a different take on Carol of the Bells).

The band director’s new assistant for the middle school bands is Jason Younts, who also is directing the seventh grade band.


Harper youth livestock show Dec. 14

The annual Harper Livestock Show is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, at the show barn on the Harper Independent School District campus, beginning at 9 a.m.

Check-in and weigh-in time for all entries will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, for all participating 4-H and FFA members.

A total of 143 animals have been entered in this year’s show, which is about 27 entries fewer than last year’s endeavor. The listing of animals for this year’s judging is as follows: 47 swine, 16 angoras, 1 heifer, 20 lambs, 47 goats, 11 steers and 1 breeding sheep.

Eligible exhibitors will include members of Harper FFA, Harper 4-H and Doss 4-H or students enrolled in Harper ISD from first through 12th grades and who are a member of a 4-H club.

The event is sponsored by the Harper Stock Show Committee, the Harper High School Agriculture Department and the Gillespie County AgriLife Extension agents.


Harper Library to host Santa Claus

Santa Claus will be making a stop at the Harper Library this Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Area children can get their photo taken with Santa and tell him their long list of Christmas gift requests.

There will be refreshments, crafts and story time.

A bake sale will be held next door in the parking lot of the Harper Library Resale Shop, which will also be open that day.

The Harper Library and the Harper Library Resale Shop are located at 23247 U.S. Highway 290 in Harper.

All profits of the Harper Library Resale Shop go to the Harper Library.



FTC to stage 'Sanders Family Christmas' Dec. 12-22; Tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for “Sanders Family Christmas”, a Fredericksburg Theater Company musical comedy about the fictional Sanders Family Singers during the start of World War II.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $5.50 for youth 18 and under. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 for adults and $7.50 for youth 18 and under. For group discounts or for more information, contact the box office at 830-997-3588.

Set on the evening of Dec. 24, 1941 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, N.C., a little over two weeks after America entered World War II, “Sanders Family Christmas” is a continuing tale of the gospel-singing family of the 1930s and 1940s.

Show dates are Dec. 12-22.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday matinee performances will be at 2 p.m.


LBJ Christmas Tree Lighting, Evening Tours slated Dec. 15 at Stonewall facility

A Hill Country holiday tradition will take place again this year at the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) State Park and Historic Site on Sunday evening, Dec. 15.

The 44th Annual LBJ Christmas Tree Lighting Program and Evening Tours will coincide with the beginning of President Johnson’s administration 50 years ago and the 50th anniversary of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Offered will be an evening program during which a native cedar tree will be lit, a live nativity, holiday music, refreshments, a visit from Santa Claus, tours at a turn-of-the-century farmstead decked for the holidays and more.

Hosts for the affair are representatives of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, as well as members of the Stonewall community and other volunteers.

The festivities kick off around 6 p.m. in the courtyard at the LBJ Visitor Center, located just east of Stonewall on U.S. Highway 290.


Heritage students to perform 'Madrigal Dinner'

DINNER AND THEATER —Heritage School students (front row, from left) Dylan Eggleston, Natalie Cook, Sam Garza, (back row) Sierra Crenwelge, Connor Borman, Cameron Gunter and Parker Given perform a scene from “A Christmas Madrigal Dinner,” which Heritage School will perform Dec. 10-12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Herzog Hall on the school campus.

The Rhetoric (high school) students of Heritage School will present “A Christmas Madrigal Dinner” Tuesday through Thursday Dec. 10-12 at 6:30 p.m. in Herzog Hall on the Heritage School Campus.

King Cedric of Hillandale and his court will have a four-course feast, music and dance to celebrate the Christmas season.

Under the direction of Debra Gunter, the students of Heritage School worked on evenings and Sunday afternoons to rehearse music, memorize the script, and transform themselves into their characters. Officials describe it as a “wonderful and magical musical theater production.”

Reservations can be made at 997-6597.


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