Gillespie Life

Wed
03
Feb

Textile treasures

Elizabeth Seibert brought the textile that was passed down from her grandmother, Johanna Mrazek Rektorik, to the Textile Preservation Workshop hosted by Mela-nie Sanford last Saturday. Seibert said her grandmoth-er made the piece in the 1930’s or early 1940’s in Robstown. — Standard-Radio Post/ Tyler Gaudin

By Tyler Gaudin

               

                Memories can fade in the mind, but treasured pieces also can be lost to time.

Melanie Sanford, principal conservator and owner of Textile Preservation Services of Texas, presented a textile preservation workshop Saturday, Jan. 30, at Pioneer Museum.

The event helped Elizabeth Seibert learn to protect textiles that have become family heirlooms over the generations.

Seibert brought a textile that was made by her grandmother, Johanna Mrazek Rektorik, to be evaluated by Sanford.

Seibert said the piece was made in Robstown more than 71 years ago.

“She made it in either the 1930s or early 1940s and they were among the first few families in Robstown,” Seibert said.

Sanford evaluated Seibert’s heirloom and many others at the workshop after her presentation.

Wed
03
Feb

Braving uneven seas

By Matt Ward

If there’s a reason to see “The Finest Hours” in theaters, it has to be the stunning special effects work done to create the film’s biggest character, a near-hurricane level storm called a nor’easter that rips apart several large T-2 oil tankers, including the S.S. Pendleton carrying Casey Affleck’s character, Sybert and 32 other men.

Chris Pine and Affleck star in the “based on a true story” account of a small four-man Coast Guard team tasked with rescuing the crew of a large tanker boat broken in half by torrential weather on the high seas outside of Boston.

Pine offers a competent performance as young Coast Guard officer Bernard Webber, tasked with leading a team to save the stranded crew of the Pendleton. In scenes out of the water, it often feels as if Pine is coasting through the material on cruise control, especially when it comes to his halfhearted attempt at Boston cadence.

Wed
27
Jan

Catholic Schools Week begins Jan.31

 

St. Mary’s Catholic School will be celebrating National Catholic Schools Week, along with other Catholic schools across the nation, Sunday through Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 6.

The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

St. Mary’s students will join together with parish members to celebrate Mass, recognize volunteers and have open house sessions in the classroom with their teachers that day. Anyone interested in knowing more about St. Mary’s is encouraged to join the celebration that day and tour the campus, Director of Development Mignonne Frantzen said.

To find out more information on how to participate, call the school office at 830-997-3914. 

 

Wed
27
Jan

Fredericksburg fire department lauds its own

Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department members, along with family and friends, met Saturday to install new officers and recognize standout firefighters.

The events were part of the annual Fireman’s Dance, this last Saturday at the Turner Hall.

Proceeds benefitted the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department.

 

2016 officers

FVFD officers for 2016 are: Lynn Bizzell, chief; Myron Fiedler, assistant chief; Stanley DeLoof, captain; Jimmie Langerhans, captain; Bruce Daley, lieutenant; Billy Moellering, president; Frank Stead, secretary, and Hugh Washburne, treasurer.

Previously, Bizzell worked at the Texas A&M Fire School. He’s from Georgetown and his wife’s from Blanco.

Wed
27
Jan

There's beauty in duality

The Oscar nominated movie “Brooklyn” harkens back to the golden age of cinema when films like “Singin’ in the Rain” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” dominated the big screen.

It feels pulled straight from a Hollywood soundstage in 1952, a credit to director John Crowley’s vision for the film.

It would be a gross over-simplification to call the film a romance period piece.

Crowley’s film is a refreshing take on a lackluster topic in modern cinema, thanks in large part to Colm Toibin’s novel.

Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan, plays a young Irish immigrant woman named Eilis who moves to New York City during the mid 1950s from Ireland.

Eilis falls in love with an Italian-American plumber, Tony, played by Emory Cohen. Eilis is torn between her new life in America and her homeland, where her mother and a rich suitor, played by Domnhall Gleeson, await her return.

Wed
20
Jan

Check politics at the door

By Matt Ward

Politics will play a large role in how audiences re-spond to Michael Bay’s lat-est action adventure film “13 Hours,” with a subtitle like “The Secret Soldiers of Ben-ghazi,” it’s going to prove impossible to check precon-ceived notions at the door.

However, there are no pol-iticians in “13 Hours,” be-cause Bay focuses on a pro-cedural day by day, minute by minute account of the fateful attack by Libyan in-surgents on the U.S. consu-late on Sept. 11, 2012.

Most of the harrowing ac-count focuses on six military veterans working as CIA se-curity contractors (known as the Global Response Staff or GRS in the film) at a secret annex less than a mile from the consulate.

Who the members of the GRS team are as individuals is secondary to what they did in the days leading up to and during the Libyan assault on first the compound and later on the CIA annex.

Wed
13
Jan

A real life-saver

By Tyler Gaudin

 

Saving a life may now be within anyone’s reach.

Fifty-two electronic defibrillators have been placed around Fredericksburg to save lives in cases of heart-related emergencies.

Fredericksburg Immediate Response Saving Texans (FIRST) program, launched by the City of Fredericksburg received a $24,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to help buy automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Wed
13
Jan

Acting on the brink

Sitting in the theater watching Leonardo DiCaprio eating raw bison liver during the movie “the Revenant,” it’s hard not to wonder — to what lengths will an actor go to in pursuit of his art.

Scene after scene, DiCaptrio’s character, Hugh Glass nearly kills himself in by far the best western film in more than two decades.

The opening action sequence sees Glass, a frontier scout, and his band of fur trappers attacked by a tribe of Native Americans. Action pulsates during this scene from gun battle to hand-to-hand combat and back again.

This opening battle evokes the emotions and awe viewers may have felt the first time they watched U.S. troops storm the beaches at Normandy at the beginning of Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan.”

Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu opts for more artistry in his work than the gritty realism of Spielberg’s WWII classic, but “The Revenant” still manages to feel authentic and immersive.

Wed
30
Dec

CME Church's renovation vision

By Scott Allen 

 

For decades, the quaint white church on the east side of town has slowly been beaten down by Mother Nature. But the wear on the historic building has pushed it into the spotlight.

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) of Fredericksburg, located at 520 East Main Street, has been receiving recent renovations thanks to help from local contributors.

Gary Hunter, a San Antonio resident and son of the late Frances Amala Phillips Hunter, has family ties to the church. Since his mother’s passing in 2013, Hunter has overseen developments on the church.

Hunter is currently in the process of accepting donations to complete phase II of renovations and begin phase III.

Phase II, which includes improvements on the inside of the church, is about halfway done, Hunter said.

“We need a licensed electrician to finish the wiring before we can work on A/C and heating,” Hunter said.

Wed
23
Dec

Mexican food goes far beyond burritos

By JOHN DeMERS

 

The spirit of culinary adventure is, for most of us, hard to resist. That’s what inspired me to drive all the way to Houston this past week to eat Mexican food.

If this makes you think of your own favorite Mexican place around town (which I would surely love, too) and wonder what the heck is wrong with me, I’d better explain. I drove all the way to Houston to meet, interview and taste some special dishes created by three respected chefs from Mexico City.

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