Big Band Bash to bring all-start lineup to Hilltop

Several special guests are scheduled to appear at the 16th Annual Texas All-Star Big Band Bash Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 12-14, at Hill Top Café.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 5:45 p.m.

The cost is $100 per person for the Lonestar dining room and $80 for the Cavern dining room.

A limited number of tickets remain for the Lonestar room, but Johnny Nicholas, owner of Hill Top Cafe, said the Cavern dining room still has a lot of availability.

“In between sets in the Lonestar room there will be musicians playing in the Cavern room,” Nicholas said. “So guests in that room will also be getting their own musical experience.”

Among those scheduled to perform are Gary Nicholson, Golden Triangle Swamp Blues, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Al Gomez and The West Side Horns featuring Henry Rivas, David Greeley, Sam Broussard, Bruce Hughes, Scrappy Jud Newcomb and John-Morocco-Chipman.


Music Club to host Albert, Gage performance

The Austin-based vocal-musician team of Christine Albert and Chris Gage will perform Sunday, Nov. 15, in the third of eight 2015-2016 concert season performances hosted by the Fredericksburg Music Club (FMC).

Set for 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 North Llano Street, the concert is free although goodwill offerings are welcome.

Seating begins at 2:30 p.m. on a first-come basis.

For Sunday’s concert, Albert and Gage will be accompanied by David Carroll and Chip Dolan.

“They can rock, boogie, swing, trot down country roads and stride down sophisticated boulevards and make it all sound as it should: like parts of a unified whole rather than a mishmash of different styles,” the Houston Press wrote, adding, “Albert and Gage have global class, musicality and charm. You can’t ask for more than that.”


General season fires off for white tail on Saturday

By Joshua McKinney —

Big game hunters in Gillespie County can finally dust off the rifles and hit the fields.

General season hunting season begins Saturday, Nov. 7 and despite a forecast for a wet weekend, hunters should be ready to take aim.

“It’s supposed to rain this weekend but hunters are ready for the season to start,” said Sam Harris, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden in Gillespie County. “They’ll be out there, for sure.”

Anticipated cold fronts later in the season, combined with the readily available food supply earlier in the spring should make the season “fantastic,” and help fatten the deer and support antler growth, according to Steve Lightfoot, a news media contact at TPWD.

“I think the recent rains we have should bolster some of the cold weather levels deer depend on later in the season,” Lightfoot said. “It might make things harder for hunters who depend on deer feeders.”


Gillespie voters OK all amendments

Gillespie County voters, like the rest of Texas, approved all seven state constitutional amendment items on Tuesday.

County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said 3,368, or 18.7 percent, of the county’s 17,995 registered voters took part.

There were no local initiatives on the ballot.

Rusche said 1,466 took part in early voting and the remaining 1,902 took part on Election Day.

Box-by-box totals will be printed in next week’s edition of the Standard-Radio Post. Countywide totals for each ballot item are as follows:

Prop. 1 – Increases homestead exemption from public school ad valorem taxes.

For – 2,966

Against – 372

Prop. 2 – Provides ad valorem tax exemption for disabled veteran spouses.

                For – 3,011

                Against – 286

Prop. 3 – Repeals requirement of state officers to reside in the state capital.

                For – 2,167


Council gets an earful on 'noise'

Musician Graham Warwick addresses city council members and asks for musicians, sound engineers and club owners to have a hand in crafting a new sound ordinance. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Scott Allen —

More than musicians are passionate about their music.

Fredericksburg City Council members heard 19 people speak on a potential redraft of the city’s noise ordinance during Monday night’s city council meeting. A recent city council workshop had some local residents complaining about excessive noise, while social media chatter had a “live music ban” as a possibility.

All of the comments were pro-music that explored various ideas for controlling sound, such as installing foliage near the music venues or Plexiglas windows in nearby homes and businesses monitoring their own decibel levels.

The council took no action and they plan to continue receiving public comment and information from Police Chief Steve Wetz. Council members plan to put it on a future agenda item, Mayor Linda Langerhans said.


Harper finishes 12th in UIL state contest

Harper High School band member Sierra Fritz performs during
the Oct. 28 UIL area contest. More Harper band photos are on
page A14 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

After advancing to the University Interscholastic League State 2A Marching Band Competition Monday in San Antonio’s Alamo Dome, the Harper High School Band fell short of its goal of winning it all.

The band, which presented its “Fire and Ice” program by Barry Hurt late Monday morning in the preliminary round, finished 12th in the overall standings, not high enough to advance to the finals later in the day.

Following a Division One rating at the Region XI event in Hondo on Oct. 17, the Harper band continued its quest by qualifying in the Area E competition held Oct. 28 at Fredericksburg High School.


Galleries plan exhibits, receptions for First Friday Art Walk event

A number of galleries will be offering special events on Friday, Nov. 6, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

Participating galleries will feature demonstrations, art talks, receptions, visits with the artists and more.

Gallery hours will vary.

For more information and the latest news from participating galleries, visit

Participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags.

The following galleries have submitted information concerning their First Friday Art Walk events:

Agave Gallery — Fine Art. Texas Style!, 208 East San Antonio, will showcase some of the last paintings by Roy Lee Ward.

The gallery will also exhibit new paintings by Herman Walker and Kathleen Cook along with pet portraits in watercolor by Annette Bennett and handcrafted jewelry by Connie Stephens.


Up and over

Kathy Fryburger and her Beagle mix, “Monkey,” try out their agility skills on Sunday afternoon during Dogvember Fest, a fundraiser for the Fredericksburg Dog Park Association’s efforts to build a dog park at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. The event included contests, vendors, prizes and more. Additional photos on D1 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann


FTC announces benefit, special November shows

With November here, the Fredericksburg Theater Company has a fundraiser and shows designed to entertain and get local residents into the autumn spirit.

All performances will be at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

FTC will host its second annual fundraiser, “A Night at the Opry,” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14.

Back by popular demand, the Sentimental Journey Orchestra will have three performances: 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.

Then, the Fredericksburg Dance Company will perform “The 12 Days of Christmas” for two performances, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

Tickets are available at the FTC box office. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 830-997-3588 or online at

A Night at the Opry


City to introduce five finalists for fire chief position

By Scott Allen —

The City of Fredericksburg invites the public to a “Meet the Finalists” event for the city’s fire chief position. 

The five remaining candidates for the City of Fredericksburg Fire Chief position are available to meet the public on Nov. 10, 13, 16, 18 and 19.  The meetings will be held in the City Hall Conference room at 5 p.m. each day. 

There will be a different candidate each night and the public is invited to attend every night, said Juli Bahlinger, City of Fredericksburg communications manager.

The new fire chief is expected to start on Jan. 1.

The full-time paid fire chief will be a department head working directly for the city manager and a full-time lieutenant firefighter, said John Culpepper, director of emergency services.


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