Chorale to sing annual Christmas concert Saturday

Featuring works on celestial themes, the Fredericksburg Chorale will present its Christmas concert, “A Star in the East,” on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Performances will be at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in St.  Joseph’s Halle.

The Avenue Children’s Choir will join the chorale, as well.

Both groups are directed by Mark Hierholzer.

A cantata of American carols, such as “I Wonder as I Wander” and “Rise Up, Shepherds, and Follow” will be sung by both choirs and will be joined by a string quartet.

As well, a composition by Hierholzer, “Harmonies of the World,” will be sung.

Each movement of this work is based on pitches the 16th century astronomer Johannes Kepler derived from the movement of the six known planets of his time, Hierholzer explained.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s motet, “Jesu Meine Freude” will be presented a capella by the chorale. 


Canto Chamber Choir slates annual Yule Concert Monday

“Christmas Remembered” is the theme for the Canto Chamber Choir’s 10th annual Christmas Concert to benefit The Good Samaritan Center on Monday, Dec. 9.

The concert will be held at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are $25 and available at four locations around Fredericksburg, including The Good Samaritan Center, Grasshopper and Wild Honey, Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Hill Country Evangelical Free Church.

For tickets by phone, persons can call The Good Samaritan Center at 830-990-8651.

The “Christmas Remembered” concert will feature a mixture of scripture readings and songs sung by the choir along with some audience participation.

Jerry Neuenschwander will direct this year’s Christmas concert.

The concert will include popular and religious songs, combined with scriptures and readings between a grandfather (John Hierholzer) and his granddaughter (Madison Brantley). 


Kinderfest tradition to continue Saturday at Pioneer Museum

A Christmas holiday tradition — Kinderfest — will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Hosted by the Gillespie County Historical Society, the annual event will be held at Pioneer Museum, 325 West Main Street.

Admission is free for children 10 and under accompanied by a paid adult.

Children are invited to bring their Christmas stockings from 1:30-2 p.m. to hang above the hearth inside the museum’s historic Kammlah House.

From there, visitors will be escorted to the nearby Historical Society social hall to sing Christmas carols and enjoy storytelling from 2-3 p.m.

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City, co-op spar over providing power to jail

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A literal struggle for power is emerging between two providers who want to supply electricity to the new Gillespie County Jail.

Robert A. (Bob) Loth III, Central Texas Electric Co-operative (CTEC) chief executive officer, was on hand Monday morning to present to county commissioners a proposal he said would offer “substantial” cost savings to local taxpayers now and for years to come.

The new $15 million bond-approved, two-story jail facility is being constructed behind the existing Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center (LEC), 1601 East Main Street, and is expected to open at the end of 2014.


Auditor gives thumbs up to school district's finances

By Richard Zowie —

The Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees on Nov. 22 unanimously approved the annual financial report for the district’s 2012-2013 fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2013.

Patrick Klein of the accounting firm Klein, Kraus & Company, LLC, presented the board with the annual report.

The 2012-2013 year was actually 10 months long, and began on Sept. 1, 2012.

The 2013-2014 fiscal year, began on July 1, 2013 and will end on June 30, 2014.

School board president Lorrie Hess said the change of the beginning of the school’s fiscal year from Sept. 1 to July 1 is done to set budgets and to make sure school supplies are ordered before school starts.

“The district’s books are in good shape,” Klein said.

According to the report, the district’s total net assets for governmental activities increased by $1.3 million during 2012-2013 to $38.8 million on June 30, 2013.


City to put on tree lighting event Friday, Nov. 29

Fredericksburg mayor Jeryl Hoover flips the switch to turn on the community Christmas tree. -- Standard-Radio Post/File photo

Preparations are under way for the City of Fredericksburg’s annual tree lighting ceremony at Marktplatz on Friday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m., featuring the 30-foot community Christmas tree and 26-foot German Christmas Pyramid.

The festivities are sponsored by the 2013 Mayor’s Christmas Committee.

Featured items on Marktplatz include a privately donated nativity, 50-foot ‘Merry Christmas’ skylines and a ‘Gingerbread Village’ designed by local artist Margaret Hannum.

The tree will be decorated with ornaments designed by Hill Country artisans.

Free hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

One child will have a chance to “Flip the Switch” with Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover during the ceremony.


Wild Game Dinner

THROWING DARTS at the “All Buck Bull’s-eye” target, Mark Gibbs of Fredericksburg aims for a chance to enter the prize drawing for a Rossie Circuit Judge .45/.410 stainless steel rifle during Saturday night’s 2013 Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner. The event filled the fair grounds’ exhibition hall with those ready to sample exotic meat dishes and try for prizes either through games, a drawing or auctions. Proceeds raised will benefit scholarships, as well as local programs. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Lace up! Eisbahn returns to Marktplatz on Friday

Just as Old Man Winter sent the thermometer dipping this past week, “Eisbahn” will do its part to transform a piece of Marktplatz into a winter wonderland for holiday season ice skating.

Opening day for the ice skating rink will be the day after Thanksgiving, this Friday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m.

After that, the rink will welcome skilled and first-time skaters alike every day (except Christmas Day) through Jan. 4, 2014.

Hours will be 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturdays, 1-8 p.m. on Sundays and 4-8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 4-10 p.m. on Fridays (before school is dismissed for the Christmas holidays.) Once classes are out for Christmas break, hours will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

On Christmas Eve, the rink will have shortened hours from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The rink will be open as usual on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.


Government, businesses to close for Thanksgiving

Friends and family are starting to gather for Thanksgiving, and with that in mind, some businesses and offices in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County are closing or modifying their schedules this week.

Many will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28. Meanwhile, some will reopen Friday, and others will remain closed for an extended weekend.

School students will also be getting an extra-long break from the classrooms.

For specific information on holiday closings, refer to the advertisements found elsewhere in this issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.


•Federal offices: Closed Thursday.

•State offices: Most closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

•County offices: Closed Thursday and Friday.

•City offices: Closed Thursday and Friday.


Russian journalists focus on local German culture

RUSSIAN PUBLIC TV reporter Olga Somkina and her cameraman Denis Rusakov visit the Vereins Kirche during their time spent in town learning about German life in Fredericksburg. The two work at a TV station in Vladivostok in southeastern Russia. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

On Thursday, Nov. 21, television journalist Olga Somkina spent time in Fredericksburg exploring the German culture and asking residents questions.

Her cameraman was Denis Rusakov.

And when Somkina or Rusakov needed to ask residents any questions, because neither of them can speak English, Dimitriy Motovilov was there to perevodit’ (to translate).

If the surnames Somkina, Rusakov and Motovilov sound exotic, that’s because the three are from a town over 6,000 miles from Fredericksburg.

Vladivostok, Russia, to be exact.

The three were in town to film interviews and segments for a documentary on various ethnic groups moving to America and how they do at preserving their language, customs, foods and cultures.

They work for OTV-PRIM. A Russian acronym, this translates into English as Public Television of Prim.


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