Gillespie Life


A more modern Cotillion

LEARNING TO SPIN, fourth-graders Cora Elliott and Rory Shelton take their turn on the dance floor. — Photo courtesy Elizabeth Harris

Students learn manners, social graces at first locally-held classes

By Ken Esten Cooke— Gone are the white gloves and serious frowns at each minor social faux pas. But a group of nearly 70 local youngsters are learning the timeless manners and interaction skills at Fredericksburg’s cotillion classes.

Meeting every second Tuesday for 10 weeks at St. Mary’s Holy Family Center, 23-year cotillion expert Ward Sear, of Denver, Colo., uses constant reminders to reinforce proper behavior in social situations to children grades four through eight.

“Always keep your mouth clean.”

“Pass things at the table to the right, unless someone is to your immediate left.”

“Always pass the salt and pepper together.”


Antoinette van Heugten's latest thriller just released

AT HOME in Fredericksburg, best-selling author Antoinette van Heugten enjoys walking two of her dogs, Rupert and Phoebe, in the downtown area. Her second book, The Tulip Eaters, is now available. — Photo courtesy James Fox

By Yvonne Hartmann— Just like her first book, Antoinette van Heugten’s latest thriller, The Tulip Eaters, is “near and dear to my heart.”

The Tulip Eaters follows on the heels of van Heugten’s first book, Saving Max, a USA Today bestselling novel based on her real-life experience as a mother of two autistic children.

The former international trial lawyer who now calls Fredericksburg home was inspired to write The Tulip Eaters after doing research on the Dutch resistance movement at the Dutch War Institute.

“Both of my parents were Dutch,” van Heugten said, explaining that they fought in the resistance in the Netherlands during World War II.


When they were GIANTS ('Baby Giants,' that is)

Teammates, now near 80, reminisce over youth team

By Ken Esten Cooke— The joking starts immediately and roughly 70 years melt away. 

Six members of Fredericksburg’s Baby Giants youth baseball team, now at or nearing age 80, got together to reminisce recently with their baseball teammates from 1946.

Laughter ensued.

“Damn, I was ugly,” said George Gold looking at a team photo dating from the mid-1940s.

“You still are,” joked Randall McBride.

The idea for a reunion came from Fredericksburg resident Edgar Schneider, who found a photo of the Baby Giants and contacted those still around about a reunion.

“We played different teams in Fredericksburg and were undefeated,” Schneider said. “We played on the Market Square baseball field. Eventually, we traveled to area towns to play other teams.”


Doodling in the margins

PUTTING THE FINAL TOUCHES on a new painting, Fredericksburg native C.J. Latta adds a little bit of detail Saturday afternoon during an art demonstration at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery’s Contemporary Masters Invitational. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Fredericksburg native C.J. Latta draws inspiration from hometown

By Matt Ward— Though her pieces can be seen hanging on the walls of the Fredericksburg Art Gallery, C.J. Latta’s art extends to more unlikely places — the pages of medical textbooks and journals.

A fifth generation Fredericksburg resident, Latta spent 13 years working as award-winning medical illustrator and animator for Dr. Denton Cooley in the Houston medical center, diagramming surgical procedures to accent highly technical documents.

Recently, Latta joined 13 fellow artists to participate in the 16th annual Contemporary Masters Invitational at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery, held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, in conjunction with the monthly First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration at 11 local galleries.


Garrison Brothers introduce 'single-barrel straight' bourbon whiskey

Bourbon whiskey makers at Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye announce the first single-barrel straight bourbon whiskey ever made in Texas.

Initially, the Garrison Brothers single barrel bottles will not be available at liquor stores, but only for sale at the distillery. Texas Senate Bill 905, recently passed by the Texas legislature, now makes it possible for craft distilleries to sell what they make.

Visitors can now purchase the single barrel and other Garrison Brothers Texas straight bourbon whiskies at the distillery in Hye.

“For years, bourbon drinkers and collectors have been asking us to release a single barrel, and it’s high time we did,” said proprietor and distiller Dan Garrison. “Senate Bill 905 was a great motivator. Now we have something new to offer both old friends and first time distillery visitors alike. We’re extremely proud of our bourbon, we love showing off what we do, and we’re excited to add this to our stable of bourbons.


Veterans Day Closings

Veterans Day is a national observance that gives Americans a chance to honor those men and women who have given a sacrifice of service to the United States.

And on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, governmental offices will be closing their doors along with some Fredericksburg-area businesses.


•Federal offices: Closed.

•State offices: Closed.

•County offices: Closed.

•City offices:  Closed.

Postal Service

•Closed. There will be no delivery on city, rural or highway contract routes on Monday.

The post office windows will be closed, and no lockbox service will be provided.

Garbage, Recycling

•Trash collection: Regular trash collection schedules will be followed.

•Recycling Center and Landfill: The Recycling Center and Solid Waste Facility will be closed on Monday.


Golden Hub to hose spaghetti dinner Friday

The Golden Hub Community Center’s annual spaghetti dinner will be held Friday, Nov. 8, beginning with a complimentary wine mixer from 5:30-6 p.m.

Dinner will be served from 6-7:30 p.m.

 Tickets are $8 in advance and $9 at the door.

The menu will be spaghetti with Italian meat sauce, garden salad with tomato basil vinaigrette, herbed garlic bread, strawberry cheesecake, tea, water and lemonade.

Proceeds benefit the Golden Hub programs and activities.

More information is available from the Hub at 997-7131.


Cook takes return trip to Utopia

THE AUTHOR David Cook in front of the “Buried Lies Cemetery” in Utopia, a metaphor for reaching one’s full potential whether in sport or in life. Cook said more than 10,000 “lies” have been buried on the plot.

By Ken Esten Cooke —


After the success of his first book, “Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia,” author David Cook could live anywhere. But he prefers the solitude of Fredericksburg.

Now the author, whose first book struck a chord with golfers around the globe, returns his main character to the links in “Johnny's U.S. Open: Golf’s Sacred Journey 2.”

The book, and movie that starred A-lister Robert Duvall, left readers and viewers hanging on whether a championship putt was sunk or missed.

They were directed to a website that gave the answer.


Morales receives DPS Life Saving Award

LIFE SAVERS — Local Texas Department of Public Safety patrolman Corporal T. Coy Morales and Harper residents John and Brenda Brown received Texas Department of Public Safety recognition for their efforts in saving the life of a crash victim on May 17 on Ranch-to-Market Road 783, south of Harper. Front row (from left) Sergeant Todd Jennings, Corporal Morales; Brenda Brown and John Brown, DPS director Steve McCraw; back row, Commissioners Carin Marcie Barth, (chairman); Cynthia Leon and Randy Watson.

Corporal T. Coy Morales, a Texas Department of Public Safety patrolman based in Fredericksburg, received a Life Saving Award at the Texas Department of Public Safety Commissioners meeting held Thursday, Oct. 17, in Austin.

Morales was recognized for his actions in helping to save the life of a motor vehicle crash victim late last spring.

On May 17, Morales arrived at a crash scene on Ranch-to-Market Road 783, south of Harper in Gillespie County, to find the driver slumped over the steering wheel.

The driver’s left arm had been severed, and, according to the trooper, was bleeding profusely.

Passersby John Brown, a DPS custodian in Kerrville, and his wife, Brenda, a registered nurse, who are Harper residents, helped Morales administer first aid, apply a tourniquet and keep the driver stable until an ambulance arrived, ultimately saving his life, Morales noted.


French Bulldog 'Tate' wins Sterling Award

DOG WINS AWARD — Tate, a Bright and Beautiful Therapy dog, received the Sterling Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Therapy at the 2013 French Bulldog Club of America National Specialty Awards Banquet in Topeka, Kansas in mid-September. Here, Tate sits with Mary Raleigh. He is the third French Bulldog in the history of the French Bulldog Club of America to be honored with this prestigious award.

A local French bulldog has won an award that has placed him in elite status with other dogs in his breed.

Tate, a Bright and Beautiful Therapy dog owned by Paul and Mary Raleigh of Fredericksburg, received the Sterling Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Therapy at the 2013 French Bulldog Club of America National Specialty Awards Banquet in Topeka, Kansas.

Tate’s AKC registered name is “CH Haloridge I’ve Got It Covered, THD, CGC, ROM Silver”.

The event was held in mid-September.

Of all the dogs in the French Bulldog Club of America, Tate is only the third to receive this award.

In 2010, Tate and Mary became a certified therapy dog team through Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. They visit Hill Country Memorial Hospital, nursing homes, retirement homes, children’s reading programs, Boys and Girls Club programs and participate in various community events, including Wounded Warriors picnic and Relay for Life.


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