Galleries to host First Friday Art Walk

Touted as "The New Old Guard" heirs apparent in the representational art world,13 artists will display pieces at a Friday reception from 6-8 p.m., at InSight Gallery, 214 W. Main St. Works will include this painting, "Gunslinger," by Kyle Polzin. All pieces will be sold by draw, and one entry per piece per family or couple.


Fourteen galleries will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, Nov. 7.

The participating galleries will be hosting special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more.

First Friday Art Walk generally takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information as well as the latest news and events, visit the FFAWF website,

Each of the participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flag on Friday.


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First Dogvember Fest raises funds for dog park

PUPPY LOVE — Five-month old "Diesel" shares puppy kissews with Saide Eidson at the Dogvember Fest. Diesel was one of the puppies brought to the event by the Hill Country SPCA. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Over 100 people turned out on Saturday morning for the Fredericksburg Dog Park Association’s first annual “Dogvember Fest.”

The fundraising event, held at the future site of the Fredericksburg Dog Park in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, raised over $1,500 for construction of the dog park.

“We look forward to bringing more awareness to our need for donations through future fundraisers and dog friendly events,” said Jody Donovan of the Fredericksburg Dog Park Association.

Among the highlights of the event were three contests, including Best Dog Costume, Best Pet and Person Costume and Best Dog Tricks.

Winning the Best Dog Trick contest was Tia Schenewerk’s dog, “Bella,” who could sit, shake and eat a treat off of her nose on command.

“Precious,” owned by Ashley Ritter, came dressed as Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother and won the Best Dog Costume contest.


'Big Band Bash' on tap at Hilltop

The 17th Annual Big Band Bash, a concert that raises funds for education, will run Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 6-8, at Hill Top Café.

This event will benefit Fredericksburg youth music and performing arts programs. Cost is $90 per person and includes a dinner show and four-course meal.

Each night, the bash begins at 5 p.m. with performances beginning at 6 p.m.

Among the performers are Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Cindy Cashdollar, Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice, Tex Thomas and the Danglin’ Wranglers, as well as Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros.

Other performers scheduled are Scrappy Judd Newcomb, Bruce Hughes, Danny Levin, The Texas Horns, Kaz Kazanof, John Mills and Al Gomez.

There will also be a different surprise mystery guest headliner each night.

Last year’s event raised $5,000.

To purchase tickets, call 830-997-8922 or go to


Die Künstler to host annual art show, sale this weekend

The Die Künstler 22nd Annual Fine Art Show and Sale will be Friday through Sunday at a new venue, the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center.

The free event will feature more than 250 original works of art by more than 65 local artists.

The center is at 306 West San Antonio Street.

The Friday, Nov. 7 opening reception will be from 6-9 p.m. The reception will include complimentary beverages and appetizers.

Then, the Saturday, Nov. 8 show and art demonstrations will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This show will also include a 4-5 p.m. Happy Hour.

Finally, the Sunday, Nov. 9 show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members may only enter new pieces which have not previously been displayed at a Die Künstler art show.

Art includes works in watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel and pencil and ink.

There will also be original, unframed studio art for patrons hoping to discover a “hidden gem” by a new artist or past favorite. 



FTC to host 50's fundraiser Saturday

The Fredericksburg Theater Company will host their first annual fundraiser, “The Fabulous 50’s Fest” on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater.

The evening will be a celebration of the 1950’s with T.J. Smith and his Rockin’ All-Stars performing classic songs from the era.

Included in the $50 admission price is an all-you-can-eat “drive-in” menu, drinks, dancing and a classic car show.

“We are thrilled to bring T.J. Smith, Linda Morgan and several other local favorites back to Fredericksburg. I encourage everyone to get in the spirit of the event, dress up and plan on hoppin’ and boppin’ the night away,” FTC Executive Director Steve Reily said. “For those of you that have never seen T.J. in concert, he does spot-on impressions of legendary artists. On the bill for the evening will be classic tunes performed in the style of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and many others.”

Attendees will also be able to participate in a silent auction.


Audit finds $100,000 in unaccounted funds by tax collector's office

By Austin R. Eck

Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court received a report on “unaccounted for” funds from the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office (TAC).

In the report presented during a regular session meeting on Monday, accountant Steve Dawson, of the Dawson Forensic Group, revealed that Gillespie County did not receive $127,641.62 from the TAC.

The report shows a net shortage — the amount unaccounted for owed to the county, City of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg Independent School District and others — of $129,476.90.

The TAC has $39,948.63 in its account, which leaves the net unfunded shortages at $89,528.27.

However, Dawson found no reason to believe illegal activity took place.


Affordable housing issues linked to area labor shortage

By Matt Ward

Limited supply and high demand for rental units — especially in apartment complexes — are pushing local workers out of Fredericksburg.

Concerned about future economic growth and increasing home prices, the Fredericksburg City Council held a roundtable discussion with area and statewide leaders on the “affordable housing” issue during a quarterly retreat Thursday morning.

“Real estate prices are significantly outpacing salaries and wages,” Tim Lehmberg, executive director of the Gillespie County Economic Development Commission, said. “At minimum, we’re seeing double digit percentage increases in home prices here.”

According to a recent EDC survey conducted July 1, overall occupancy in Fredericksburg multi-family housing was at 97 percent.


Hunters hit Hill Country as whitetail season nears

Hunters will be looking for bucks like this on Saturday. With the most dense deer population in the state, the outlook for the area looks solid. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

By Ken Esten Cooke

Given warm seasonal temperatures, Saturday’s opening of whitetail deer season likely won’t be the biggest. But given that the Hill Country still supports more deer than any other area in the state, hunters still are expected in droves.

Scott Krueger, Gillespie County game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said good forage and warm temperatures should make for an “average” season opening.

“It’s going to be warm and there still are a lot of acorns on the ground, so it won’t be a great opening, but some hunters still will find some good bucks,” Krueger said.

Local residents generally know to get to the grocery stores before the hunters’ arrival, when they may find meats and their favorite beers in short supply. But Krueger said even though this may not be a banner year, it is still better than most parts of the state.


Early voting ends Friday ahead of Nov. 4 election

Patricia and Raleigh Kreuz of Fredericksburg beat the crowd and participated in early voting last week at the Gillespie County Courthouse. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4 — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Ken Esten Cooke

 A hot gubernatorial race has driven more than 3,600 people to vote early in Gillespie County ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.

County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said 3,675 people voted early through Tuesday with three days remaining.

Early voting continues through Friday, Oct. 31, at the County Courthouse, Room 104, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

 “Turnout has been pretty good,” Rusche said. “I think it’s pretty good for a governor’s race.”

Rusche said 2,698 people voted in-person by the close of voting on Tuesday. Also received were 792 of the 977 mail-in ballots which were requested, she said.

Votes are generally heavier during presidential vote years, but Rusche said the activity around the governor and lieutenant governor’s races have helped spike turnout.

The ballot

On the ballot are federal, state and six unopposed county races.


Make-A-Wish grants swimming pool to Marley Bedford

Four-year-old Marley Bedford takes her first dip in a swimming pool that was given to her during a reveal party as a part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Sunday afternoon. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Austin R. Eck

Even in late October, it is not too cold to take a dip in a pool. It is one of the perks of living in the Texas Hill Country.

When the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted four-year-old Marley Bedford’s wish to have a swimming pool, the calendar did not prevent Marley, her sisters or her friends from jumping in.

“Her parents knew a swimming pool is what she wanted, so we talked to her about that,” Judy Kramer, a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, said. “It was very clear that’s what she wanted.”

Marley was born with a rare form of terminal dwarfism — rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata, or “rhizo” — that affects fewer than 100 children worldwide.

“We her told that when she was first born that she wouldn’t live to see her first birthday,” Marley’s mother, Crystal Bedford said. “She’s totally blown everything out of the water for what the doctors said.”


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