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.

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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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.  


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

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


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.


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.


New, 63-room hotel, boutique coming to Main

Architectural plans for the new 63-room hotel and retail boutique include building around the existing heritage oak tree and using limestone, stucco and metal throughout. – Plans by Furman & Kyle Architects

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Plans for a 63-room, full-service hotel with retail spaces, a restaurant and a parking garage, were approved by the city council during regular session Monday.

The new “boutique” hotel which will feature modern design but with Hill Country elements, will be built on 1.63 acres at 406-412 East Main Street (most recently, the site of Valeska’s), where a vacant gasoline station now sits.

The project will stretch from the sidewalks on Main back to near Town Creek and a bridge will be constructed over the creek for rear-site access from Austin Street.

Schaesby Scott is the lead developer and he introduced Phillip Keil from Furman & Keil Architects of Austin, who detailed the plan with a slideshow.

Keil showed plans for a modern structure with limestone, stucco and metal siding, along with deep-set windows to match some existing structures on Main.


Peach JAMboree blossoms Friday

Stonewall Peach Queen Baylie Vogel is surrounded by peaches at her family’s Vogel Orchard retail outlet at Stonewall in anticipation of the 53rd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21. A special salute to the Peach JAMboree as well as photos of the queen’s contestants can be found in the “Gillespie Life” section. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

There’s plenty of reason to celebrate at this year’s 53rd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21.

Unlike last year, peaches are in good supply and Gillespie County growers are in the midst of harvesting the delicious and tasty fruit.

And while the growers are busy in their orchards and marketing their fruit, the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce has planned a two-day celebration that pays tribute to Gillespie County’s most famous crop.

Activities include a parade, two rodeo performances, dancing, baking contests, queen’s pageant, peach show and auction and more.

Activities are designed to entertain both young and old.

The gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 20.

At that time, registration for the mutton busting begins. There is a $20 entry fee for the mutton busting, which is limited to the first 50 contestants.


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