Museum plans spring break events

Sample a biscuit cooked over an open camp fire, make a corn husk doll or a rope, and stop at the forge to observe the blacksmiths at work at Pioneer Museum during its annual Spring Break.

Spring Break at Pioneer Museum starts on Friday, March 11 and continues Saturday, March 12.

The museum will be closed on Sunday, March 13, but Spring Break activities continue Monday through Saturday, March 14-19, with a wide variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and reenactments each day.

Hours of activities will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

 “There will be something for all ages to enjoy,” said Clifton Fifer, spokesman. “Stepping back in time is fun and makes history come alive.”

Some of the activities planned include making rope, quilting, spinning and hammering at the forge. There will also be re-enactors on site to help experience the days of Mountain Men, Buffalo Soldiers, Early Texas Rangers, and the Vaquero. 


Daily Update for Feb. 12 and the Weekend


      • Pilot Knob Extension Education Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. today at the Gillespie County Extension Building. A State Extension Education Association program, “Don’t Let Blue Get to You," will be presented by a club member.

      • The Lenten fish fries begin tonight at St. Joseph’s Halle. A meal of fried American catfish, French fries, cole slaw, beans and drink will be served from 5:30-7:30 p.m. each Friday evening through March 18. Cost is by donation.


Early voting opens Tuesday for primary

Gillespie County residents can start voting Tuesday, Feb. 16 for the March 1 primary elections.

The primary elections define party candidates ahead of the Nov. 8, 2016 general election.

County posts and candidates running for the seats include:

County Tax Assessor-Collector — Kristin Bodnar, Vicki Schmidt, Kandice Wadsworth and Marissa Weinheimer;

County Commissioner (Pct. 1) — Chris Barnett, Dennis Behrends, Wallace Britton and Charles Olfers;

County Commissioner (Pct. 3) — Linda McCann and Dennis Neffendorf;

County Sheriff — Buddy Mills;

Constable (Pct. 1) — Todd Jennings and Heath Sasko;

Constable (Pct. 2) —Marshall Akin.

State posts up for election this year include: Texas Senate District 24 — Dawn Buckingham (Republican), Jon Cobb (R), Ryan Downton (R), Susan King (R), Brent Mayes (R), Reed Williams (R) and Jennie Lou Leeder (Democrat).


CTC chancellor shares vision

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Hill Country University Center was host to Central Texas College Chancellor Jim Yeonopolus and Deputy Chancellor Tina Ady last Thursday.

The pair from the town’s new community college partner heard presentations from local leaders and toured the Fredericksburg Independent School District facilities.

CTC uses a strict business model where revenues must meet or exceed expenses, to fund its growth. Staffing levels and course offerings, Yeonopolus said, will grow as does enrollment.

It offers low tuition costs, few frills and is less reliant on state funding than most institutions, but it still felt the pinch when the Legislature cut its funding by $3 million during the last session.

Its model is both “a blessing and a curse,” as it drives enrollment, but limits investments where trade programs are concerned (such as welder equipment, auto-tech facilities, and the like).


Tunes & Turkey

First-year director Brandt Barnard, at right, wears the celebratory turkey hat as he directs the sixth-grade band during the annual Fredericksburg Band Boosters Turkey Dinner, held Sunday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Exhibition Hall. Volunteer boosters served more than 3,000 plates and raised an estimated $30,000. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Online dating

Patty and Clinton Kramer met online via FarmersOnly dating website. Patty said she searched through 1,118 profiles before finding Clinton Kramer of Fredericksburg.

By Christine Granados —

Fredericksburg singles, like the rest of the nation’s unmarried, take to the Internet to find love.

The peak for online dating is the months of January through February. However, Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason Fredericksburgers use online dating websites.

Gillespie County is considered a “thin market” for middle-aged, single, heterosexual people trying to find romantic partners, according to researchers. This is why many singles in the 45-55-year age range in town use online dating services such as, eHarmony or FarmersOnly when searching for a potential partner.

A “thin dating market,” according to Pew Research Center analysts, means people have a limited number of available partners within immediate social circles.

Jolene (not her real name), a 55-year-old divorcee, is a case in point. She jumped into online dating when she moved to Fredericksburg four years ago.


FISD halts all transfers, citing student growth

Fredericksburg High School junior Travis Kilcoyne receives a Billie Pride Award from Fredericksburg Independent School District Supt. Dr. Eric Wright for his musical prowess. Kilcoyne is a first chair in the bass section for Small School All-State Choir. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Parents outside the boundaries of Fredericksburg Independent School District who would like to enroll their students here will have to get onto a waiting list.

Due to steady increases in enrollment and what he sees as an imbalance in the teacher-to-student ratio, FISD Supt. Dr. Eric Wright announced a freeze on enrollments from outside the district at Monday’s regular meeting of the school board.

Wright also updated trustees on a proposed property plan for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD).

Payton Smith, who attends Fredericksburg High School, used his time in public forum to suggest student representation on the school board.

FISD enrollment

As of last night’s meeting, FISD has 3,129 students enrolled. That’s an increase of 84 from the start of this school year.


Vereins Kirche model brought back to life

Local artist Ruby Lee Clark examines the details of the Vereins Kirche model as she gives it a fresh coat of paint. Clark originally painted the model in 1996 to commemorate Fredericksburg’s 150-year anniversary. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

By Scott Allen


                Standing at a foot tall and comprised entirely of iron, the Vereins Kirche model has rested on a pole on the east side of Marktplatz’s Vereins Kirche Museum for the past 20 years.

                The model was donated for Fredericksburg’s 150th anniversary, in 1996. Ruby Lee Clark, a local artist who helped found the Fredericksburg Art Guild, first painted the replica of the local iconic structure 20 years ago.

                Clark said the model was difficult to paint because of the detail of the Vereins Kirche.

                “It was very hard to paint the first time because I had to draw in the windows and it had to be to scale,” Clark said. “And there are a lot of subtle details on that building.”

                Now, after 80 season changes, the model is ready to be repainted. Clark plans to use artist oil-based paint, the same she originally used.


Cover Artist

Artist Chuck Mauldin, second from right, and wife Barbara, visit with Dick and Jane Bowersox at Fredericksburg Art Gallery on Friday at a reception honoring Mauldin’s cover art on the 2016 edition of Fredericksburg Art Guide. The 30,000-copy edition is distributed in local galleries, Texas Travel Centers and at other locations in the tourist district. The reception was sponsored by the gallery and Fredericksburg Publishing Company. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Tickets on sale for FTC musical 'Into the Woods'

Tickets are now on sale for Fredericksburg Theater Company’s upcoming musical, while auditions have been extended for the theater’s spring comedy.

“Into the Woods” will run from Feb. 18 to March 6, while the comedy, “The Nerd” will run April 15 to May 1. Show times will be 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Both shows will be performed at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

‘Into the Woods’

Opening night of FTC’s production of “Into the Woods” will begin with a celebratory gala at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

A selection of local wines will be served along with a variety of hors d’oeuvres. The cost to attend the opening night gala is included in the price of admission.

Executive Director Steve Reily recommends that anyone interested in attending the opening night gala to act quickly.


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