Gillespie Life


Stone carving demonstration set Saturday at InSight Gallery

Oreland C. Joe Sr., known for his stone and bronze sculptures, will be demonstrating his stone carving techniques at InSight Gallery on Saturday, April 5, beginning at 10 a.m.

The demonstration is free and open to the public. 

As a sculptor who works in stone, he was influenced early in his career by European travels, using the opportunity to see and feel the artistic works of the Greek, Roman, renaissance and Baroque periods.

A constant study of the stone sculptures in Italy, France, Japan, England and Egypt continue to enhance his work, explained a spokesman.

Joe’s carvings depict Native American lifestyles, songs and dances of the 1800s-1920s.

He works in Utah alabaster, marble and Arizona limestone, in addition to wood and bronze.   


Heavenly Voice

Brynn Bowyer, who was raised in Fredericksburg, performs a version of “Ave Maria” at Saturday night’s Van der Stucken festival. Bowyer is a veteran of the Fredericksburg Children’s Chorale, the Ambleside School Choir and the Fredericksburg High School Choir. She studied vocal performance at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., and sang with the Austin Civic Chorus while a resident there. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

‘The Beat Goes On!’ musical benefit to be held at Hondo’s

The 12th annual Relay for Life musical fundraiser, The Beat Goes On!, will be held over two Thursday nights,  tomorrow, April 3, and Thursday, April 17.

“Seasoned” musicians will take the stage tomorrow beginning at 5:30 p.m. with youth performers slated for April 17 at 5:15 p.m.

The event, sponsored by The Zonta Club and the Texas Wild Angels Relay for Life team, will be held at Hondo’s, 312 West Main Street. Hours will be 5:30-10:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, and includes a luminaria and prize drawing ticket.

This year’s event will be held in memory of Pat Hemphill, a founding member of the Texas Wild Angels Relay for Life team and one of the organizers of The Beat Goes On!, who passed away earlier this year.

Greg Stone of Hill Country Ears Sound Company will be the master of ceremonies and provide sound arrangements.

In addition to prize drawings, a silent auction will also be held at The Beat Goes On!


Gillespie EEA to host annual spring luncheon on Thursday

Gillespie County Extension Education Association will host its annual Spring Luncheon tomorrow, Thursday, April 3, in the Fellowship Hall of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.

Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets for the luncheon are $7 in advance or $8 at the door.

Pre-sale tickets are available at the Gillespie County Extension Office or from members of the EEA.

In addition to dining in the Fellowship Hall, patrons can also get to-go plates.

This home-cooked food fundraiser helps support scholarships for youth in Gillespie County who are active in the Gillespie County 4-H program.

Recipients of the 2014 Gillespie County Extension Education Association scholarships are Amy Heimann and Mackenzie Spisak.

Other activities during the luncheon include a country store featuring crafts, home-baked goods and miscellaneous items.

There will also be prize drawing items available.


FHS Welding team wins ‘Best of Show’ at state

BEST OF SHOW honors as well as two first-place awards were won by members of the welding team from Fredericksburg High School at the recent State Skills USA Contest, including, from left, Dustin Sweeney, Travis Davis, Rafael Robles and Marcus Robles.

A welding team from Fredericksburg High School won Best of Show Honors at the State Skills USA Contest held recently in Corpus Christi.

Winning honors were Dustin Sweeney, Travis Davis, Rafael Robles and Marcus Robles.

A custom smoker that looked like a little cedar cottage made of steel won Best of Show honors at the state competition.

First-place honors went to a rocking bench with a deer scene and a custom bumper for a Jeep.

The FHS group earned the right to advance to the state contest after winning top honors at the district contest.

This marks the third consecutive year that a Fredericksburg welding team has won Best of Show at the State Skills USA contest, noted Michael Forrester, teacher.

Forrester explained that the students come up with the ideas for their projects at the beginning of the year and then put the ideas on paper and start building.

“I am very proud of these hard-working students,” Forrester said.



City leaf collection to begin April 7

The annual spring leaf collection program by the City of Fredericksburg is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 7

During this program, residents are encouraged to gather leaves from their property and rake them to the street.

According to the city’s street department, the following guidelines will ensure pick up:

• Rake leaves onto the street, 12 inches from the curb;

• Do not rake limbs, twigs, wire, rocks, bricks or other debris along with the leaves for collection. Any items other than leaves that are picked up will damage the leaf collection equipment and will not be picked up for that reason. Residents who are unable to remove the debris from a leaf pile are asked to call the City of Fredericksburg Street Department to make arrangements for a special pick up using a loader and dump truck. There will be a minimum $100 charge for this service;


Windows of color transform sanctuary

IHS STUDIOS owner and operator Dennis Roberts stands in front of a newly-installed panel at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stonewall. His company marked its 1,000th commission in 2013. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Local IHS Studios uses oxide process in stained glass window scenes

By Ken Esten Cooke— New color stained glass windows with intricate scenes depicting the life of Christ now adorn the gothic window arches in the traditional, white-walled sanctuary at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stonewall.

Dennis Roberts’ company, IHS Studios, installed the third window on Friday of what will eventually be eight new windows that will transform the small church.

“I draw the designs on a computer, then print out the pattern, which is called a ‘cartoon’,” Robert said. “Those are either approved or changed by the people we work with.”

Roberts’ company has eight employees, and he and his crews have made stained glass designs featuring religious and patriotic themes for clients all over the nation.

“In fact, we just celebrated our 1,000th commission last year,” he said.


Van der Stucken festival to feature expanded program

Fredericksburg Community Orchestras, Inc., and Friends of Van Der Stucken will host the expanded Van Der Stucken Festival at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at St. Joseph’s Halle.

The Van Der Stucken Festival was established in 1991 by Friends of Van Der Stucken to increase appreciation for the life and work of Fredericksburg native composer Frank Van der Stucken.

One of the original organizers, the late Kenn Knopp, requested last year that the orchestra take on responsibility for hosting and growing the event.

As part of that directive, the first Van Der Stucken Composition Contest has been added. The winner of this nationwide competition will be announced at the festival and the winning composition will be premiered by an ensemble of FCO.

This year’s program features selections by the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, a German men’s choir, and adult and children’s string ensembles.


'Saturday In The Park' set to benefit Harper Library

“Saturday in the Park” festivities, featuring a barbecue lunch, music, a silent auction and a prize giveaway, are set this Saturday, March 29, to benefit the volunteer-based Harper Library.

The non-profit library’s biggest fundraiser of the year is slated 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Harper Community Park hall.

Entertaining attendees will be the Eklectic Swing Band, while guests will find plenty to bid on or buy in the silent auction and annual book sale, both of which will line tables with items for browsing.

For children, there will be face painting and snow cones. All ages will get a chance to bid on cakes in the cake auction.

A lunch of barbecued chicken and sausage with sides will be available.

A prize giveaway will feature over 25 items donated by local merchants and individuals.


Country schools to open for tours April 5

The Friends of Gillespie County will host a Country Schools and Texas Vineyards Tour on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6.

The event is a way of combining “scenic driving” with stops along the way to visit historic country schools and Texas wineries.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, open houses will be held at the Cave Creek, Junction, Nebgen, Rheingold and Willow City schools.

The next day, Sunday, April 5, a barbecue fundraiser will be held at the American Legion Hall on U.S. Highway 87 South where barbecue chicken or pork plates will be sold at $9 per plate.

Drive-through and take-out plate sales begin at 10:30 a.m., while dine-in at the hall begins at 11 a.m.

The Polkamatics will perform live music.

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