Gillespie Life


Music fills the air at Roots Music Series performance

Hal Ketchum serenades concert-goers at Saturday night's Roots Music Series at Pioneer Museum. Ketchum was the headliner of the Texas Americana-themed concert. —Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Der FotoKlub celebrates anniversary

The Der FotoKlub, Fredericksburg’s local photography club, celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the club’s founding June 18 with a party.

Der FotoKlub started in June 2004 and was established to promote and encourage the interest and knowledge of photography and camaraderie with other photographers.

The idea to start a photography club came from Larry Miller. Shortly after moving here from Florida, where he participated in an active photography club, he attended a photography class where he met Zach Pooser.

Miller asked Pooser if he would like to be part of starting a photography club in Fredericksburg. The two soon met to organize and lay the groundwork for the club.

They asked the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post to place a notice inviting anyone interested in a photography club to contact Miller and several responded.

After that, a mutually beneficial relationship with the community was formed.


Valu-Med maintains long history

Besides owning and manag-ing Valu-Med, Matt Roberts rolls up his sleeves (figura-tively speaking) and counts medications as a certified pharmacy technician. He es-timates doing this task over 100 times per day. “If you can count to 30, you can work in a pharmacy,” he said. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

Since 1986, Valu-Med Pharmacy has served Fredericksburg. Its history, though, goes back nearly a century.

It began as Kallenberg’s Pharmacy in the 1920s and then eventually became Rees Pharmacy.

Mike Roberts took over the business in 1976 and renamed it Roberts Pharmacy. Then, following a move in 1986 to 707 North Llano Street, he re-christened the business Valu-Med Pharmacy.

Roberts, now a semi-retired pharmacist who works part-time at the store, eventually partnered with his son, Matt Roberts. His son then bought the business two years ago.

Matt wears two hats at Valu-Med: a businessman who owns it and a certified pharmacy technician.

“I just enjoy running a pharmacy business and doing behind-the-scenes stuff,” Matt Roberts said. “Getting to know how to run a business has always interested me. I found I enjoyed it and stuck with it.”


Becker Vineyards wins double gold at competition

Becker Vineyards won double gold at the 34th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition, held June 20-22 after judging more than 4,500 wines from around the world.

The local vineyard won Best Rosé, Double Gold Medal 95 points with the 2013 Becker Vineyards Provencal (Mourvedre), Tallent Vineyard.

Richard and Bunny Becker, proprietors of Becker Vineyards, own three vineyards but also purchase grapes from several grape growers, including the Mourvedre grapes from Drew and Laura Tallent of Tallent Vineyards in Mason.

The Mourvedre grapes were fermented into wine by Jonathan Leahy, winemaker, and Rachel Fanning, oenologist, and the winery team. There was limited skin contact with the juice, creating a pale salmon color. It was also fermented completely dry.


Races, Scholarship Fest to open GCFFA summer

Two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing and the annual Scholarship Fest will kick off the summer season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Friday and Saturday, July 4-5.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the July Fourth Racing Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 4-5, while Scholarship Fest will be celebrated on Saturday, July 5.

The summer season continues with the Night in Old Fredericksburg Race Meet on July 19-20 and the NIOF celebration on July 19.

The Gillespie County Race Meet is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10.

Rounding out the live pari-mutuel racing season will be two days of races on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24, as part of the 126th Gillespie County Fair (Aug. 21-24).

The Fredericksburg PBR is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13.


Builders, artists create doghouses for FDPA benefit

A sampling of the doghouses created by local builders and artists for the Fredericksurg Dog Park Association.

The Fredericksburg Dog Park Association (FDPA) has partnered with 13 local art galleries to auction off over 50 miniature doghouses.

The miniature doghouses are less than 10 inches by 10 inches. Each doghouse is unique and built by a local builder and then decorated by a local artist.

All proceeds from the auction will go to the construction of Fredericksburg’s dog park at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

The fundraiser begins as a silent auction on Friday, June 27. The doghouses up for auction will be displayed at the following art galleries: Agave Gallery, Artisans at Rocky Hill, Charles Beckendorf Gallery, Cowboy Bronze & Fine Art Gallery, Fredericksburg Art Gallery, InSight Gallery, Larry Jackson Antiques, River Rustic, R.S. Hanna Gallery, Dan Pfieffer Gallery, The Gallery at Vaudville and Whistle Pik Galleries. Several doghouses will be on display at each of these galleries.


Rules announced for 2014 baking, preserves contest

Culinary artists wanting to see how their favorite peach recipe stacks up against the competition will get a chance to do just that this weekend at the Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21.

Once again, the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce is hosting Baking, Preserves and Salsa Contests as part of the two-day celebration.

Following are the general rules and information for the contests which will be judged on Saturday.

•All entries are to be brought to the Stonewall Chamber Building, located at 250 Peach Street, between 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday, June 21.

Judging begins at 10:45 a.m., and winning entries may be viewed at about 1 p.m. at the Stonewall Chamber Building.

•There is no entry fee.

•No commercial entries will be accepted.

•All entries become the property of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce.

•The contest deadline is Saturday at 10 a.m.


Dauna's a small-town stop

Pam Fogle hands C.W. Hammon his change. Fogle has owned Dauna’s Store since 2006. — Standard-Radio Post photo/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

In Texas, it’s not difficult to find a convenience store that serves a wide array of deli and hot foods along with the usual gasoline and diesel.

And Dauna’s Store, located in Harper at 23401 U.S. Highway 290 West, just east of the Harper Community Park, does just that.

“To me, it’s more friendly than most convenience stores I’ve been in,” said Pam Fogle, who bought the store in 2006 from her mother, Dauna.

A sign out front describes Dauna’s products and services: “Fuel, Food, Deli, Pizza, Beer, Ice, Corn, Ammo.”

For those unfamiliar with Harper and the Texas Hill Country, they also provide information and directions. The sign adds, tongue-in-cheek, “Straight and True or Roundabout Depends on Who.”


'Texas Americana' music next for Roots concert

An evening of Texas Americana music will be featured at the next Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country concert on Saturday, June 28, at Pioneer Museum.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Featured will be Weldon Henson, whose shows are a throwback to the vintage honky-tonk and Texas culture.

Also taking the stage on June 28 will be Hal Ketchum.

Henson will perform at 7 p.m. followed by Ketchum at 8:50 p.m.

Admission is $15 at the gate while online pre-purchase admission is $13.

To purchase tickets online, visit

The admission for current Gillespie County Historical Society members is $10 and free for children 18 and under.

“It was just a natural thing to be intrigued with music,” explained Ketchum, who started playing drums at age nine and by 14 was playing at local bars and taverns.


Zion Music Fest on Marktplatz stage June 28

Zion Music Fest, featuring Christian music artists, will return to Marktplatz at noon Saturday, June 28.

Artists Matt Adler, Forever Young & Icris will return, along with new guests Scott Ivey and Fredericksburg’s own Samantha Ann Little. 

Other Christian bands set to hit the stage include Prophet Within, Zion Road and For The People.

Headlining the event this year is Seventh Day Slumber.

Organizers will welcome comedian Adrian Lucio of San Antonio and guest speaker will be Jake Edwards, former First Baptist Church youth minister, now of Lubbock.

Also included in the event will be a Kidz Zone, skateboard exhibition, food vendors and Christian clothing vendors. 

Other ministries on hand will include the CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association), Chariots of Light Motorcycle Ministry, Salvation Army, G42U Leadership Academy, HADIT (Harper Active Drug Intervention Team) and the Know Peace Ministries Prayer Team.


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