Gillespie Life

Wed
21
May

Antiques with 'Q'

Vintage Barbie has marks to distinguish from fakes

Barbara Millicent Roberts, aka “Barbie,” made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York in 1959.

The brainchild of Ruth Handler, inspired by Ruth’s daughter, Barbara, was ultimately patented by her husband’s toy company, Mattel, one of your nation’s most recognized brands. 

Despite Barbie’s clear American bloodline, marginal Japanese and German involvement in the early years of her life, what is truly more notable is that it was an Englishman who paid an arm and a leg for her at Christie’s auction house in London, some years ago. 

She procured the handsome sum of what would have amounted to $17,000.  

Sadly, as a result, a mass of bogus replica Barbies emerged on the market. However, clues do abound as to establishing her authenticity. 

Wed
21
May

Rockets 2014 soars

— Standard-Radio Post Photos/Lisa Treiber-Walter
(Top photo) Jousting?! No, it only looks like it as Fredericksburg High School student Brian Heifner and FHS ex Chelsea Burow move rockets to and from the Rockets 2014 launch towers set up at the Hillview Ranch near Willow City.— Standard-Radio Post Photos/Lisa Treiber-Walter (Bottom left photo) 'We have lift off!' — Fabens High School's rocket embarks on a one-mile journey carrying the most unlikely of space travelers...worms! The invertebrates were recovered as were 72 of the 75 rockets launched by student developers from 35 Texas schools from Thursday through Sunday, May 15-18. Overall, "Rockets 2014" saw a 99 percent success rate when 90 of 91 total rockets successfully tested at the two separate launch sites set up in Fredericksburg and in Houston (Bottom right photo) Original FHS Redbird 1 team member, Robert Deaver, verifies flight avionics on a student-designed and built rocket as a final preparation before its trip through the field to the launchpad. (Bottom right photo) Watching a rocket reach the point of rollover is Brett Williams, the Fredericksburg High School STEM teacher who will retire at the end of May to assume full-time duties as the director of SystemsGo. It was Williams kick start that led to the local high school "rocket science" program that is now being emulated across the state thanks to SystemsGo efforts and some backing by NASA among others.

SystemsGo event sends vehicles skyward as student teams test skills in engineering, math, more

Wed
21
May

Learning more about...

The Words We Use —

MAGNOLIA — A member of a large family of evergreen shrubs and trees sporting showy, generally white, blossoms.

The one most familiar to us is the stately magnolia tree found in the southern states of our country and characterized by large, waxy, dark leaves supporting huge, pallet-sized white blossoms.

The magnolia tree spans two continents since it is also native to southern Asia.

Its seeds are equally dramatic, consisting of a cone-like cylinder, studded with deep red kernels, similar to a stunted ear of corn.

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OHM — A unit of electrical resistance.

The Paris Electrical Congress of 1881 decreed that an ampere was the measure of an electrical current that one volt sends through one ohm.

Wed
21
May

Sheep, Goat Raisers' Auxiliary to meet June 2 at Cave Creek

Hill Country Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association Auxiliary will meet Monday, June 2, at 9:30 a.m. in the social hall at St. Paul Lutheran Church at Cave Creek.

Wayne Seipp, district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will discuss the new Farm Bill as well as other programs that NRCS offers rural landowners.

Scholarship recipients will be announced, and the auxiliary will be voting to update by-laws.

Dues are payable at the meeting along with completed membership forms. The forms will be available at the meeting for new members.

A catered picnic lunch for $15 will follow the meeting.

To make reservations, call the designated contact person or contact Suzy Stewart at 669-2204.

Guests are welcome.

Wed
14
May

Founders Day eyes past, honors present


Docent Kay Telle, right, explains how to make “knot dolls” to young Pioneer Museum visitors Tori Van Epps and Clara Pluenneke. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Beer was on tap and the featured topic at the annual Founders Day dinner program Saturday evening.

The program followed a day of activities at the Pioneer Museum, and a wreath laying ceremony commemorating the town’s original settlers.

Founders Day is sponsored by the Gillespie County Historical Society.

The program honored the descendants of the Friedrich Probst Brewery family.

Emcee Joe Kammlah said legend has it that Southern General Robert E. Lee used to stop at the saloon in the Nimitz Hotel to have a beer when traveling through. Kammlah said beer was integral to German culture. Even during Prohibition, “back doors” were frequently open to local customers.

German settlers brought song and beer with them as they helped settle the wild expanses of Texas.

Wed
14
May

Freddyburg Theater takes a bow


In “And Scene!,” Ms. Magnificent (Faith Hearn), left, and Incredidudette (Samantha Fait) deal with their creator’s devious traits he wrote into their characters, such as speech impediments and narcolepsy. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Freddyburg Youth Theater held three “one-act” classics featuring young thespians ranging in ages from elementary through high school.

“Sasha and the Pearl,” by Rudy Linke, featured the youngest troupe and told the underwater adventure story in which a princess is held captive by an evil witch, and the main character has to make difficult choices to save a friend.

Middle schoolers staged “The Velveteen Rabbit,” by Margery Williams, and the oldest cast of youth performed “And Scene!” by J.D. Davis, a look at a writer’s struggles with his own characters, featuring western conflict, superheroes with humorous flaws, and a love story that mirrored the author’s own experiences.

Wed
07
May

Stonewall WWII collector finds Hitler, Goering artifacts


Mike Morris’ career in World War II artifact collecting began when he saw items veterans had on display after the war ended. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie— If the doorknobs and the carpet from Mike Morris’ recent acquisition of World War II artifacts could talk, their stories would probably attract World War II enthusiasts.

They might also attract interest from the Mossad (Israel’s equivalent of the CIA).

Morris, a semi-retired businessman who lives in Stonewall, likes to collect military artifacts. Among the items in his most recent acquisition are swords, warm clothing worn by aviation crews, photographs, two doorknobs and a carpet from World War II.

The doorknobs and carpet stand out, due to their origins.

The first doorknob is an ornate curved metal handle and looks as if taken from the front door of the sprawling estate of a multimillionaire. The second one is L-shaped and nondescript and more closely resembles a bent pipe. The carpet is green and unremarkable.

Wed
07
May

Germans from Montabaur visit Fredericksburg for Texas barbecue


“Sister City” friends from VG Montabaur, Germany visiting for Maifest included, from left, General Mike Hagee, Silke Hagee, Torsten Schwarz (Mayor of Meusebach), daughter Vanessa, son Fabian, wife Sylvia, Simon, Tanja and Bernd Oelsner who is journalist with the Fraenkische Zeitung.

The Fredericksburg-VG Montabaur, Germany Sister City Verein held its annual Maifest on April 21 at the home of Gen. Mike and Silke Hagee. 

Membership was well-represented along with several guests who were visiting Fredericksburg from Germany.

In attendance were Mayor Torsten Schwarz from Meusebach in Thuringia, his wife, Sylvia, and teens, Vanessa and Fabian; Bernd Oelsner, a journalist from the Fraenkische Zeitung in Bamberg, with wife Tanja and son Simon; and Uschi and Hans Hatzfeld from Dillenburg, near VG Montabaur, the birthplace of John Meusebach.

Fredericksburg High School German students, under the direction of Dr. Karen Roesch, provided a performance of “Rapunzel,” featuring Jonas Vishart, Brian Watson and Diego Saldana. Their performance garnered second place at the Texas German Sprachfest competition in March.

Dorian Jones, first place winner at state, delivered his rendition of the story entitled “Das Loch im Strumpf.”

Wed
07
May

'Intramural' finds success in return to local film fest


Filmmakers from the cast and crew of ‘Intramural’ celebrate winning the Cinema Dulce Best of Fest award Saturday evening during the fifth annual Hill Country Film Festival, which held screenings Wednesday through Saturday throughout Fredericksburg. —Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Matt Ward— “Intramural,” a sports comedy which got its start thanks to networking at the event in 2012, won the Cinema Dulce Best of Fest award Saturday evening at the closing ceremonies of the fifth annual Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF).

“Every festival has been special and each year keeps getting better,” HCFF Executive Director Chad Mathews said. “The theme for year five was definitely ‘more’ — more days, more free community events, more films and more filmmakers.”

This year’s event is expected to see a moderate increase in overall numbers from last year’s event, according to festival director Amy Miskovsky, with 65 filmmakers from Austin, Houston, Dallas, Daytona Beach, New Orleans, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto in attendance.

“We were thrilled to showcase nearly 100 films this year — almost twice the number screened in 2013,” Mathews said.

Wed
07
May

Bethany preschool director kisses pig


Stephanie Sanchez puckers up and plants a kiss on the pig’s kisser. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

(To raise funds for St. Jude's Hospital)

Bethany Preschool students must have really wanted director Stephanie Sanchez to kiss a pig.

They had to raise $1,300 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to get Sanchez to pucker up for a porker. In total, they raised $1,863 — $563 more than needed.

Sanchez raised $20, for a total of $1,883.

The male pig, according to Patrick Padgett (who provided it) was a three-week-old crossbreed.

This was Sanchez’ first time kissing a pig, and when she was done, the pig had noticeable lipstick marks on his face.

“It was all for a good cause, so I didn’t mind,” Sanchez said. “Anything to help out St. Jude. I was just glad [the pig] was little. He was very cute and sweet, so it was all right.”

This is the fifth year that Bethany Preschool has raised money for St. Jude. Since 2009, it has raised more than $5,000.

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