Chamber to host parade, 'Afterglow' market Friday

Filling the night sky with holiday cheer, the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “Light The Night” lighted Christmas parade and laser light show on Friday, Dec. 6 as well as “Afterglow,” a family celebration.

Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with an approximately 12-minute-long laser light show on Marktplatz, facing the 100 block of West Main Street.

The parade will take place rain or shine, starting at the intersection of Crockett and Main streets. The entire parade route along Main Street between Washington and Bowie streets is available for free seating on a first come-first serve basis.

The reserved bleacher seating located in front of Pioneer Memorial Library is sold out.  Attendees seated in the 100 block of West Main will be able to view the laser light show, choreographed to Christmas music, which serves as the grand opening of the parade.


Galleries to observe holidays with First Friday Art Walk

Eleven galleries will be celebrating the holidays on Friday, Dec. 6, as part of First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg.

On Friday, Art Walk hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to allow everyone time to enjoy the Christmas parade with their families.

Several galleries will be offering special events throughout the day.

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This month’s schedule of events is as follows:

Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, will be presenting  Fredericksburg artist Dalton Fromme from 4-8 p.m. on Friday.

Fromme creates paintings of Texas and the Hill Country, including historical sites in the Fredericksburg area. 

Also on Friday and in time for Christmas, a trunk show of hand-crafted jewelry by Fredericksburg artist Connie Stephens will be offered on from 2-5 p.m.


Nimitz Museum will hold Pearl Harbor remembrance

The National Museum of the Pacific War will honor the veterans who served or gave their lives at Pearl Harbor in a ceremony of remembrance on Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 12:25 p.m., in the museum’s Memorial Court Yard.

The time coincides with the Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time of 8:25 a.m., Dec. 7, 1941, when the attacks began.

The Japanese air invasion of the headquarters of America’s Pacific Fleet led to the U.S. declaring war on Japan and entering World War II.

Keynote speaker for this year’s event will be U.S. Army Major General (Ret.) Alfred A. Valenzuela. The program will include a wreath laying, rifle salute and a flyover by World War II aircraft.

Valenzuela served as the Commander of United States Army South from July 2000 to October 2003. He has served many assignments in three Corps (3rd, 7th and 18th) and four Infantry Divisions (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 10th) and also with the 1st Armored Division.


It's 'full speed ahead' as TxDOT raises limits

QUICK TRIP -- Traversing Gillespie County's major highways will be even faster soon since the state has decided to raise local speed limits on stretches of highway from 70 to 75 miles per hour. -- Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Motorists making their way around Gillespie County will soon be able to really “hit the pedal to the metal.”

All stretches of roads in this county currently limited to 70 miles per hour (mph) will, at some point in December, see all those white-and-black speed limit box signs swapped out to reveal a faster legal limit of 75 mph.

Affected in Gillespie County will be the north and south portions of Texas Highway 16 and U.S. Highway 87, as well as U.S. Highway 290, which spans east and west through Fredericksburg and the entirety of the county.

Change is news

The hike in the speed limit came as news to local law enforcement entities, who will be taxed with enforcing the new speed, as well as the local Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance division, who will be charged with installing and maintaining the signs.


City eyes tighter water restrictions

By Matt Ward —

With drought conditions expected to continue across Texas indefinitely, the Fredericksburg City Council began examining possible changes to its existing watering restrictions during its regular meeting Monday.

“We truly are in water conservation mode across the state right now,” Clinton Bailey, city director of public works and utilities, said. “People have a hard time remembering what stage we’re in. I really want to come up with something that fits Fredericksburg, that’s enforceable, that’s understandable to the public and makes sense.”

Currently, city residents are under Stage 4 water restrictions, which limit outdoor watering to one day per week. Stage 4 water restrictions have been in place since July 2011.

No action was taken on enacting any changes Monday as city staff plans to prepare a draft ordinance on potential changes to watering restrictions for review at an upcoming meeting.


Holiday Home Tour returns for 56th year

Historic homes, properties and landmarks in the Cherry Spring community will be featured as part of the Gillespie County Historical Society’s 56th Annual Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Tour hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Proceeds from the tour support Pioneer Museum.

“This year it’s going to be a historic tour, a step back in time to see properties constructed around the 1880s,” said Gladys Frels, Home Tour co-chairman. “Guests will learn more about the history of the area and tour historic private homes in the community of Cherry Spring.”

She added, “The Christmas decorations will be over the top.”

Those taking the self-guided tour this year can learn more about the history of the area and tour historic private homes in the community of Cherry Spring, located about 18 miles northwest of Fredericksburg.


4 Proches to debut Dec. 7 with CD release, concert

THE 4 PROCHES are, from left, Asa, Ezra, Liza and Beecher.

A Hill Country family quartet — The 4 Proches — will be the focus of a CD release celebration and concert this Saturday, Dec. 7.

The event will be from 5-7 p.m. at Woerner Warehouse, 305 South Lincoln Street.

Signed copies of the group’s first album “Wayfaring Stranger” will be available for purchase, as will the culinary creations of proprietor, Angela Mancino.

The Proch family will perform several tracks from their new CD.

In addition to their CD release, the Proches will play a benefit for African orphans with the English Brothers in Boerne on Sunday, Dec. 8, as well as in the Fredericksburg Realty’s “Christmas on Main” concert series planned Saturday, Dec. 14, in downtown Fredericksburg.

Included in the family are Asa, 10, a mandolin player and percussionist; Liza, 14, vocalist; Ezra, 17, on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Beecher, 20, on piano as the lead vocalist and songwriter.


FTC to stage 'Sanders Family Christmas'

Tickets are now on sale for “Sanders Family Christmas”, a Fredericksburg Theater Company musical comedy about the fictional Sanders Family Singers during the start of World War II.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $5.50 for youth 18 and under. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 for adults and $7.50 for youth 18 and under. For group discounts or for more information, contact the box office at 830-997-3588.

Set on the evening of Dec. 24, 1941 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, N.C., a little over two weeks after America entered World War II, “Sanders Family Christmas” is a continuing tale of the gospel-singing family of the 1930s and 1940s.

Show dates are Dec. 12-22.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday matinee performances will be at 2 p.m.


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). 


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