Holiday decorating contest winners named

Chosen as the winner of this year's Christmas Storefront Decorating Contest was Rustlin' Rob's Texas Gourmet Foods.

Winners were announced this week for the Christmas Storefront Decorating Contest sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce.

Chosen as the winner of this year’s contest was Rustlin’ Rob’s Texas Gourmet Foods.

Taking second place was Hierlooms, while Fischer and Wieser on Main captured third place.

Honorable mention awards were presented to Timeless Menagerie and Century 21 Sunset Realtors.


Zweite Weihnachten planned for Friday

Zweite Weihnachten (Second Christmas), a German tradition of celebrating will be celebrated from 2-4:30 p.m. on Friday in the Gillespie County Historical Society’s social hall.

The Fredericksburg German Club and Pioneer Museum will host the event, which will be at 312 West San Antonio Street.

Those attending Zweite Weihnachten can use either the Main Street entrance or the San Antonio Street entrance to the grounds.

Residents and visitors are invited to attend this German tradition of baked goods, drinks and singing traditional Christmas carols and holiday music in German on the day after Christmas.

The Fredericksburg Akkordeon Klub will provide music for the German carol sing-a-long.


Area offices to observe Christmas week hours

Christmas is Thursday, and soon presents will be opened while friends and family gather to celebrate the season.

And with Christmas’ arrival, offices, businesses and stores will be observing special hours.

Among those closing their doors or altering their hours for the Christmas holidays are city, county, state and federal offices.

The Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post will close at noon on Wednesday and then for the entire day on Thursday.

Since Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on a Thursday this year, the newspaper next week will be published on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

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



Pioneer Museum Complex to open Friday evening for Candlelight Tour

A Candlelight Tour of the historic structures at the Pioneer Museum Complex will be offered from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26.

Visitors on the tour will be treated to German Christmas caroling by the Arion Maennerchor.

Refreshments of cookies, stollen, punch, coffee and wine will be served during the evening. 

Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children.

“Bring your family to experience the traditional culture and the German traditions of visiting with family and friends during the 12 days of Christmas,” said Evelyn Weinheimer, archives/programs/tours, Pioneer Museum/Gillespie County Historical Society. “It was a tradition to visit homes of family and friends to take part in Krist Baum (Christmas gathering).”



City council debates billing discrepancy

By Matt Ward

Local residents who believe they were overcharged for water and sewer usage over a nine-month period by the City of Fredericksburg will likely not receive credit on their account.

The Fredericksburg City Council opted not to take action on a request to credit eight manufactured home park accounts a total of $2,828 during their regular meeting Monday.

After a 2013 rate study, rates for the parks were increased from residential to a rate mirroring commercial rates. In July, the accounts were changed back to the residential rate structure.

Residents sought to be compensated for the additional charges they paid above residential rates between October 2013 when the rates were changed and June 2014 prior to the rates returning to the residential structure.


Possible changes to district court could be felt by county

By Austin R. Eck

Gillespie and Kerr counties could face the financial impact of a decision made by the Kendall County Commissioners’ Court last week.

Commissioners in Kendall County voted to approve an initiative that would create a new district court for Kendall County, which would leave Gillespie and Kerr counties as the only two members of the 216th District Court. This was done in response to a growing population in Kendall County.

The transition proposed by the Kendall County commissioners will need to be approved by the Texas Legislature next month before it could go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

Currently, costs associated with the 216th District Court and District Attorney’s Office are split between Gillespie, Kendall and Kerr counties, based on population.

While the financial impact on Gillespie County is unknown, the county will likely feel the impact of the change if it is approved.


Landmark dance hall to become home of local school

School children will soon take over the storied Pat’s Hall. Pictured are students from Providence Hall, from left, Mary Elizabeth Wilkinson, Jack Haight, Ellie Faucheux, Charlie Konuma and Samuel Goodson. – Submitted photo

Boot-scootin’ will be replaced by book readin’ at a legendary local dance spot.

The board of directors at Providence Hall, a local Christian school for grades 1 through 12, announced it will purchase historic nightspot Pat’s Hall on Post Oak Road in Fredericksburg.

Providence Hall will renovate the property into classrooms, offices and an educational diagnostic testing center, said Lynn Nolen, Head of School.

“While the school is thrilled to be able to expand their classroom availability to accommodate a growing waiting list of potential students, they are also excited to become a permanent part of Fredericksburg history as the new stewards of a beloved community landmark,” Nolen said.


LBJ State Park will host tree lighting Sunday evening

The late president’s daughter, Luci Baines Johnson, spoke at last year’s treelighting event. — File photo

Stonewall will illuminate on Sunday, Dec. 21, as the 45th annual LBJ Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site.

The festivities will also include a Christmas tree, holiday snacks and music at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm.

The LBJ tree lighting event is a holiday tradition in the Hill Country, begun by America’s 36th president and his family.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the park’s Visitor Center.

Besides the lighting of the cedar Christmas tree, there will also be caroling and a live nativity.

Prior to the tree lighting, the “Polka Dots” German band will perform holiday music at 5:30 p.m. There will also be pre-event activities at the State Park Gift Shop and Bookstore from 2-5 p.m.

Blue Donkey Pottery will do ornament decorating later that evening and into the night. Ned and Barbara McLeane will host ornament decorating for the children.


Fredericksburg blanketed with fog Monday morning

Fredericksburg resident Royce Hunter captured this stunning view from his home off Smith Road early Monday morning as a blanket of fog covered the town.

Steeples from St. Mary's Catholic Church are visible, but not much else in the dense moisture.


4-Hers compete at district food show, challenge

Competing in the District 4-H Food Show/Food Challenge on Saturday at Texas State University were four teams from Gillespie County, including, in front from left, Connor McCarver, Jenna Rickerhauser, Teya Grace Martin, Kate Wenzel, Andrew Coleman, Morgyn Granville and (in back) Logan McCarver, Juan Pablo Hinckley, Zoe Maurer, Arianna Watson, Sara Verstuyft, Dylan Sione, Daylon Nebgen, Harrison Spisak and Corbin Smajstrla. — Submitted photo

Gillespie County youth competed in the District 4-H Food Show/Food Challenge contest on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Eight local youth took part in the food show while four teams from Gillespie County competed in the food challenge.

At the contest, 4-H members competed in three age divisions, including junior, intermediate and senior.

Food Show

Eight Gillespie County 4-Hers competed in the District Food Show on Saturday.

The participants qualified for the district contest after finishing first at the county show.

Following are the placings won by local youth in the District Food Show.

Junior division

Protein— 1. Jace Granville.

Grains — 3. Juan Pablo Hinckley.

Fruits and Vegetables — 5. Emmanuel Hinckley.

Dairy — 1. Arianna Watson.



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