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Stonewall's Harvest


Stonewall Peach royalty crowned Saturday night, June 21, includes (from left) Third Duchess Shayla Pitts, First Duchess Mossie Tanner, Queen Dana Warren and Second Duchess Savannah Burns. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Organizers of the 53rd Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo are still smiling after celebrating this year’s successful peach harvest with a record sale, the crowning of a new peach queen and a larger-than-expected crowd on both Friday and Saturday nights.

“I think the weekend went great,” said Brandon Weinheimer, president of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the annual affair.

“One of the things that helped the most, of course, is that this year we have peaches,” Weinheimer said. “Last year was unfortunate because all we had was vegetable baskets” after Mother Nature left little of the peach crop behind, he said.

In contrast, this year’s peach show featured some eight different varieties of healthy, good-sized peaches. In fact, the heaviest peach in the show was a Bounty shown by Gold Orchard and it weighed in at just under a pound at 14.6 ounces.

Wed
25
Jun

Peach Jamboree Auction


Stonewall grower Russell Studebaker, of Studebaker Farms, makes a personal delivery to a group of buyers in the audience who had just combined their finances to pay out $3,200 for his half-bushel of Cary Mac variety peaches that won first in the peach show Saturday afternoon at the 53rd Stonewall Peach JAMboree. Auctioneer Tim Jeanes helped the sale set a record. — Standard-Radio Post photos/Lisa Treiber-Walter
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25
Jun

Ketchum to headline Saturday Roots concert

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

Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Featured performers include Weldon Henson at 7 p.m. and Hal Ketchum at 8:50 p.m.

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

To purchase tickets online, visit www.pioneermuseum.net.

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

Those attending are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the concert series benefits Pioneer Museum.

Wed
25
Jun

FTC brings French epic to Fredericksburg


Jeff Jeffers (front) as Thénardier proclaims that he is the “Master of the House” before an unruly cast of characters. The Fredericksburg Community Theater concluded its first week of “Les Misérables.” Shows will continue Friday, Saturday and Sunday through July 6. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Two weekends remain for Fredericksburg Theater Company’s production of “Les Misérables,” one of Broadway’s longest running and most famous musicals.

The musical, which continues weekends through July 6, is based on the novel by Victor Hugo set in 19th century France and tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man seeking redemption after serving 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s child.

Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

“When I first saw ‘Les Misérables’ 20 years ago, I was drawn into the show because of the combination of very personal stories and the theatrical presentation,” director Jim Weisman said. “In our production, we’re adding the close up and personal element that you won’t get in the big touring theaters. We have an amazingly talented cast and I think audiences will be completely entranced.”

Wed
25
Jun

New FISD trustee brings passion for education

By Richard Zowie —

The Fredericksburg Independent School District’s newest trustee began her new position at the June 9 meeting after her swearing in during a May 23 special meeting.

Kerinne Herber, who has lived in Fredericksburg for 11 years, said her “passion for education” prompted her to run for a trustee position.

“It also helps that I have four young children that will be going through the education system,” she said.

The new trustee replaces Leola Mills, who chose not to run for reelection.

While Herber might be the new trustee on the block, her feet are already wet. The board elected her secretary for the 2014-2015 school year.

Wed
25
Jun

PCAA slates free blues show Sunday

A blend of blues, jazz, R&B and funk will be performed by the Austin-based Frank Gomez Band for a Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) outdoor concert this Sunday, June 29.

There is no admission charge to the performance, which is scheduled to start around 6:30 p.m. in the Adelsverein Halle (the largest pavilion) on Marktplatz.

Those planning to attend are invited to either bring lawn chairs and blankets or arrive early to secure some of the limited picnic table seating.

The band will perform for about an hour-and-a-half, during which time listeners are invited to “cut a rug” on a makeshift dance floor in front of the stage.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring along refreshments or picnic suppers.

Frank Gomez, a native of Ft. Benning, Georgia, is an Austin-based American rhythm and blues singer/songwrtier, guitarist and vocalist.

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25
Jun

Zion Music Fest to take Marktplatz stage Saturday

The Zion Music Fest is returning to Marktplatz Saturday, June 28.

The event will feature Christian music artists and begins at noon. Admission is free.

Artists Matt Adler, Forever Young and 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.

There will also be a Kidz Zone, skateboard exhibition, food vendors and Christian clothing vendors.  

Wed
25
Jun

TTU-Fredericksburg opens viticulture certificate program

By Autumn Bernhard —

Making good wine is not as easy as it may seem. That is why Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg will hold another Viticulture Certificate Program at the Hill Country University Center beginning in mid-September.

“This is for people who have already investigated the vineyard business and made the decision to get involved, either as entrepreneurs starting their own vineyard or preparing themselves for employment in a vineyard,” said Ed Hellman, TTU professor of viticulture.

Applications are being accepted now until July 31 and can be downloaded from their website at http://winegrapes.ttu.edu/viticulturecertificate.html.

The program is limited to 40 students and participants must apply for admission and meet prerequisites, including approval from the instructor.

Wed
18
Jun

School tax levy will stay constant for eighth year

By Richard Zowie —

No new taxes.

The Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees voted at their June 16 special meeting to keep the district tax rate where it’s been for the past eight years.

The maintenance tax (for maintenance and operations) will remain at $1.04 per $100 valuation, while the school debt-service tax (to pay bonded indebtedness) will remain at 10.62 cents per $100, for a total of $1.1462 per $100.

“I am pleased that once again we were able to produce a budget that does not require an increase in the tax rate, and at the same time provides the necessary resources to accomplish district goals,” FISD Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright said.

The trustees also approved amendments to the 2013-2014 FISD budget while also approving the 2014-2015 budget.

The school district’s current fiscal year ends June 30, while the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

Wed
18
Jun

Peach season in full swing as JAMboree celebration gears up

By Richard Zowie —

Peach season in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County is underway as local growers are picking and buyers from the area and beyond are in pursuit of tasty deals.

Growers say that recent rains have helped the peaches while the growers expect the upcoming hot summer weather to help bring flavor to the peaches.

Peach progress

Roger Crenwelge, owner of Crenwelge Peaches, described this year’s crop as a good crop despite not being as big as 2010 or 2012.

“Last year we didn’t have anything, so this year it’s 100 percent better,” he said.

Likewise, Randy Pehl, who owns Behrends Orchard, said while this year’s crop so far isn’t the biggest they’ve ever had, it’s also not the smallest one.

“It’s a lot better than last year and the year before,” she added.

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