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06
May

Weekend at the movies


Family-friendly entertainment under the stars was offered Thursday evening as the Hill Country Film Festival hosted a free outdoor screening of short films at Marktplatz. The four-day event continued with screenings at Fritztown Cinema through Saturday and a sendoff party Sunday at Pedernales Cellars. Additional coverage from the festival, including award winners, can be found on page D1. — Photo courtesy Manny Pandya

“Night Owls,” a romantic comedy that premiered earlier this year at South by Southwest, took home the Cinema Dulce (best of fest) award at the sixth annual Hill Country Film Festival, held Thursday through Sunday.

Over 90 short films and 10 feature length movies screened at Fritztown Cinema.

“This year’s film festival exceeded our expectations with over 60 filmmakers in attendance from all over the United States,” Chad Mathews, executive director of the sponsoring Hill Country Film Society, said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend of films in Fredericksburg.”

Other top award recipients honored at a closing night ceremony Saturday at the Nimitz Ballroom included “WildLike,” named best feature film, and “Mount Lawrence,” named best documentary film.

The festival’s audience choice award went to the short film, “Stray,” from director Tyler Glodt, whose feature film, “Buck Wild,” won Cinema Dulce two years ago.

Wed
06
May

'Salute'


Members of the “Old West Rangers” give a firearms salute in front of the Ranger Ring of Honor at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center during Saturday’s cornerstone dedication ceremony. The event featured a Masonic tradition before installation of the cornerstone. See more photos on page A/B3 of this week's newspaper. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
Wed
06
May

Art auction sales top $5.6 million


Auctioneer Kody Benett led a sale featuring 500 in-person buyers and more bidding by phone at Saturday’s Fredericksburg Art Auction. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

The success of the first Fredericksburg Art Auction means organizers plan to make it an annual event.

David Plesko, owner of InSight Gallery with wife Meredith, said the event, held Saturday at St. Mary’s Holy Family Center, “went unbelievably well.”

“We had huge attendance and got great feedback on Fredericksburg,” Plesko said. “Most of the people had never been here, and they loved the experience.”

Plesko said initial numbers showed more than 500 people attended to bid on more than 270 lots from 150 renowned artists. With post-auction sales information still coming in, Plesko said figures had surpassed $5.6 million in sales.

“With the success this year, we will make this an annual event,” he said.

Buyers included some “Texas royalty,” as former Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan and wife Ruth attended to take part in the bidding.

Wed
06
May

Hill Country Run


It’s an easy ride for these two motorcyclists as they cruise down Ranch Road 1376 to begin their trek in the 19th Annual Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally. The ride, which raised money for the Optimist Club of Fredericksburg, began in Luckenbach and continued along back roads across Gillespie County. For more pictures, see page C1 in this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Wed
06
May

Local residents recycle 15,000 pounds of e-waste


Elliott Meeks, with the help of Ken Meeks, both of Commody Recycling Solutions, unloads a 250-pound container of computers at Saturday’s recycling event. — Standard Radio-Post /Christine Granados

The City of Fredericksburg’s electronics recycling event last Saturday amassed seven and a half tons of household electronics.

“Normally in rural communities like yours, we get a lot of TVs,” said Joan U’ilani Meeks, owner of Commody Recycling Solutions. “Your event had a lot of computers and computer components and periphery like mouse and chargers.”

The Fort Worth-based company was contracted by the city to recycle electronics.

Lynette Baker, who dropped off an old computer and monitor, said, “You don’t know how long I’ve been saving this because I didn’t want to put it in the dump.”

One color monitor alone contains six and one-half pounds of lead and measurable amounts of cadmium, mercury and other toxic metals, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Wed
06
May

Founders Day events kick off with ceremony

A variety of activities are planned for Saturday, May 9, to celebrate the founding of Fredericksburg.

Founders Day will be celebrated with a cemetery tour, wreath-laying ceremony, living history activities, exhibits and book signings.

Founders Day will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with a cemetery tour led by Glen Treibs and wreath-laying at Der Stadt Friedhof.

Following the tour, participants will gather with the Meusebach family descendants as well as a Comanche Nation representative at the Vereins Kirche for a wreath-laying ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Living history activities will take place on the grounds of Pioneer Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entrance will be at the Pioneer Museum Store at 325 West Main Street.

The store is open daily expect Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Activities will include rope making, handwork crafts, mountain man adventures and a photo opportunity with a Texas longhorn.

Wed
06
May

'Gran Fondo' saddles up Saturday

Bicyclists will ride in the Second Annual Texas Gran Fondo Bicycle Race in Fredericksburg and around the Hill Country this Saturday.

This is a non-competitive, fully-supported timed ride. Many consider Fredericksburg “The Cycling Capital of Texas.”

The race will begin at 8 a.m. at Marktplatz, at the corner of Adams and Austin streets and will also end at that location.

Gran Fondo consists of three different bicycle races through the Hill Country:

• Gran Fondo, 100 miles;

• Medio Fondo, 65 miles;

• Piccolo Fondo, 36 miles.

All three routes will finish in downtown Fredericksburg on Main Street, where everyone is invited to the post-ride party.

Race registration fees are:

Gran Fondo — $120;

Medio Fondo — $100;

Piccolo Fondo — $90.

Wed
06
May

5K, 10K set at Wildseed Farms

A 5K and 10K run and walk just for women will be held on Saturday, May 9, at Wildseed Farms.

Runners and walkers in the third annual Texas Flower Country Women’s 5K and 10K will be rewarded at the finish line with a champagne brunch, complimentary massages, live music and plenty of shopping opportunities.

Both the 5K and 10K events start at 8:30 a.m.

The course winds through the flat, smooth, unpaved roads and paths of Wildseed Farms, taking runners through the fields and along part of the Pedernales River before returning to the finish line and post-race party.

At the finish line, runners will have a catered champagne brunch, wine and beer tasting, free massages, music and shopping at Wildseed Farms’ Blossoms Boutique and Lantana Nursery.

All entrants also receive a technical race T-shirt.

Participants will see parts of the farm not open to the general public.

Wed
29
Apr

County hears options, costs of GCAD move

By Ken Esten Cooke

An advisor and an architect presented options for the upcoming Gillespie Central Appraisal District move to the Commissioners Court on Monday.

Architect Barry Wagner and Timothy Koock, Courthouse Square Advisory Committee chair, said costs to renovate the Law Enforcement Building (LEB) at 100 South Nimitz Parkway, would likely surpass the estimated $100,000 figured by David Oehler, chief appraiser for the appraisal district.  Yet, costs to potentially demolish and relocate utilities housed in the LEB are also unknown.

Wed
29
Apr

County commissioners seek attorney to recover missing tax funds

Gillespie County Commissioners will hire an accounting-savvy attorney to help them recover around $92,000 in unaccounted-for funds owed by the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

The court hopes the attorney can spur the assessor-collector’s bond company into repaying the funds, which were found lacking once a forensic accountant looked into the office’s bookkeeping files.

“We have filed a claim to retrieve the funds, but it’s been three months and there has been no action taken by the bond company,” said Larry Crump, county auditor. “We’ve provided them a lot of information. It’s like they’re stalling, hoping it will go away.”

The county carries a surety bond on its tax assessor-collector. Each elected official carries either a bond or an insurance policy against personal liability.

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