'Vision' meeting eyes mobility, design, entryways

Rebecca Leonard of Design Workshop in Austin points out design examples at last week’s meeting at the Hill Country University Center. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

With a little help from its friends, Fredericksburg can improve walkways, entrances and overall design, citizens learned last Wednesday, May 28 at a Vision Workshop at the Hill Country University Center.

Billed as a “comprehensive plan issues update,” City of Fredericksburg’s Director of Development Brian Jordan said the meeting would focus on three main areas.

“We’re going to focus on hike and bike trails and sidewalks, the gateways into our town and overall design standards,” Jordan told the crowd of about 100 people.

Jordan introduced Rebecca Leonard of Design Workshop in Austin, a consulting firm that has assisted hundreds of cities around the nation with upgrading their looks and offerings.

“We’re going to be focusing on retaining the character of Fredericksburg and the quality of life for residents and business owners,” Leonard said.


15 galleries to host First Friday Art Walk

Two new galleries are joining in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, June 6.

Joining in the celebration are Misha’s Attic, located upstairs at Ranch Road Roasters, 338 West Main, and Smith Map Studio, located at 215 West Main.

The 15 participating galleries will be offering special events, demonstrations, art events, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more on Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Visit, for the latest news by First Friday Art Walk participating galleries.

This month’s schedule of events:


Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, is featuring “Churches Near and Far,” an exhibit and sale of original oil paintings by Roy Lee Ward. 

 An artist reception with music, wine and refreshments will be held on Friday evening from 5-8 p.m.


Truck, tractor pull held Saturday

RIDIN’ HIGH IN THE SADDLE — Driver Wayne Wienecke of Tolar gets some air under his tires while trying to break off the starting line Saturday evening in his econo class tractor "High Steaks" during Texas Truck and Tractor Pullers Association competition at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, hosted by the Fredericksburg Jaycees. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward


Classic cars to roll in for Masonic show

Antiques, classic, street rods and late models will be featured at the 10th Annual Open Car Show on Saturday, June 7, at Marktplatz.

Hosted by the Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge, the show opens at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m.

There is no admission charge to the general public to view the car show or enjoy the live entertainment provided by Mike Blakely.

There will also be a silent auction and a prize drawing.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, including barbecue sandwiches and other items from Cal-Bobs Barbecue.

Trophies will be awarded for three places in each class, plus Best of Show, which includes a $150 cash prize.

There will also be awards for Mayor’s Choice and Master’s Choice.

Individuals wishing to register their vehicles can do so starting at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.


Conspirare to perform Pietà on Thursday

Pietà by John Muehleisen will be presented in Fredericksburg tomorrow, Thursday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

The performance is presented by the Austin-based choir, Conspirare, and the Fredericksburg Friends of Conspirare.

A pre-concert passion dialogue with Muehleisen will begin at 6:15 p.m. with an introduction by fellow composer Robert Kyr.

It was noted that Muehleisen will be available at the concert for informal interaction with audience members.

General admission tickets are $20 and can be purchased at, at 512-474-5664, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church office or at Grasshopper & Wild Honey.


Tickets on sale for 'Les Misérables'

Tickets will go on sale Monday for “Les Misérables,” the first production in the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s 18th season, which opens on June 20.

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.”


Gillespie votes mostly mirror state primary runoff results

Slightly more than 1 in 10 voters took part in the primary runoff elections in Gillespie County.

Only 11.6 percent of the county’s 17,883 registered voters took part in the primary runoff. That included 1,969 Republican voters and 110 Democratic voters.

Gillespie results mirrored statewide tallies in the GOP primary runoff.

Tea Party favorite Dan Patrick topped incumbent David Dewhurst in the Lieutenant Governor’s race 57 percent to 43 percent. (Statewide result was 65-35 percent.) Patrick will now face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the November general election.

Ken Paxton topped Dan Branch 58 percent to 42 percent in the race for Attorney General. (Statewide result was 64-36 percent.)


4-H successes highlighted for commissioners

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Gillespie County’s 4-H successes over the past livestock showing season were highlighted for county officials meeting Friday, May 23.

Local youths posted an estimated total earnings of $264,794.34, from the sales of their winning project animals at the various major shows around the state, said local Texas AgriLife Extension agent Micah Walker.

Various Gillespie 4-H members also collectively earned about $52,000 in scholarships along the way this past year, he said.

“The kids had a very successful year,” Walker said, adding that there are three 4-H livestock showmen who have been notified that they are state foundation scholarship winners, but won’t find out how much those financial grants are until a later date. Those awards are guaranteed to be anywhere from $5,000 to $18,000, he said.


War dead honored at Monday ceremony

Members of the Texas Cryptologic Color Guard posted the colors on Monday morning at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Museum of the Pacific War. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

While welcome rains were falling outside on Monday morning, veterans were joined by their friends, family and others in paying tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

The ceremony was moved indoors to the Nimitz Ballroom where Gen. Mike Hagee, (USMC, ret.), president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, served as master of ceremonies.

Posting the colors was the Texas Cryptologic Color Guard.

Capt. Roger Spencer, (USN, ret.), offered the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cadet Janna Duecker, a member of the Fredericksburg High School NJROTC.

The Fredericksburg Community Band, under the direction of Dani Rauschuber, played the National Anthem and a medley of service anthems.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony was Dr. Hans M. Mark, a leading expert in the fields of aerospace design and national defense policy.


Gillespie gets 'million-dollar' rain storm

Barons Creek at the Bowie Street crossing was flowing heavily Tuesday morning. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Richard Zowie

If April showers bring May flowers, time will tell what the rains of May will bring to Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

From Saturday-Tuesday, the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park collected 4.32 inches of rain.

“We did very well,” said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Brad Roeder of the recent rains. “Everybody was waiting for this one, and it came at a convenient time.”

Roeder reported that grass has been starting to grow and the trees have been trying to suck in water without ground moisture.

“Someone said it was a ‘million-dollar rain’ on Tuesday morning,” he added. “Some were looking to sell cattle, but the rain brought lots of benefits for grazing and the field crops planted for the summer. It’s a good start and helps toward dealing with the long-term drought stress.”

The extension agent added that he heard of no significant damage from the recent storm.


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