There’s plenty to do for Millenials in the ’Burg
Being a twenty-something in Fredericksburg can be vividly interesting and wildly fun.
Around town, people always ask me, “So what do you do for fun?” And that gave me the idea to address the question in a column that will give insight into a Fredericksburg High School graduate (Class of 2010) who came back home after college: Yours truly.
A typical week for a millennial isn’t anything thrilling, but there are some key activities I plan to do on specific days in order to form a schedule. Doing the same things on a certain day every week establishes a concrete mindset that can be both therapeutic and rewarding. The following is a real-life account of what this millennial likes to do every week.
Monday: This day can be busy as I attend city council meetings twice a month, but there are also other activities. One of my favorites is riding my bicycle around town. Mondays are especially quiet after busy, tourist- filled weekends and these evenings are an exceptional time to ride a bike through the streets of Fredericksburg. The downtown area can be calm and serene, especially compared to a busy Oktoberfest weekend.
Tuesday: With deadline approaching for the newspaper, this is a fast-paced, busy day, but there are still things to do around town once we clock out. My Tuesdays usually consist of more bike rides around town, tacos at Tubby’s Ice House and live music at El Milagro or Lincoln Street.
Wednesday: After the paper is distributed, I spend afternoons walking my dog, Stella, down Main Street. Wednesday evenings tend to be more physical: with a pick-up game of ultimate Frisbee (think football plus rotating disc) or soccer.
Thursday: My day starts early with a 7 a.m. Fredericksburg Morning Rotary meeting. If I am off work, at 9:30 a.m., I head to Mahaley’s Café to play chess with some older gentlemen. In the afternoon, I’ll head to the Fredericksburg Elementary School to read to a kindergarten student in the Our Time to Enjoy Reading (OTTER) program. After work, Stella and I hop in my 1993 Jeep Wrangler and cruise the backroads, tending to stay somewhere near the Willow City Loop.
Friday: In the fall, my Fridays are dedicated to football. But otherwise, I can be all over like the Hill Country wind. Some of my favorite tasks include target shooting with my friends, hanging out at Lukenbach with a cold beer and some guitar melodies, going to see live music at any of the premier venues around town or enjoying a little hike around Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
Saturday: Since this day is usually the busiest day in Fredericksburg, there’s a long list of activities. I tend to stay busy cleaning house and playing guitar, but sometimes this millennial can be an extrovert: wandering the shops of Main Street while talking to the tourists, touring a local winery, or attending one of the many annual Fredericksburg events. For an idea of what’s coming up, see the most recently published Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. Additionally, the weekend is a good time to go flying, a recent hobby of mine. A good spot to wander is through the hills just north of town, down FM 2093.
Sunday: This coveted day is used to destress and remain calm. I start by going on an early morning bike ride, attending church and then wandering to Hondo’s to see Gospel Sunday starting around noon. In the afternoons, I head south on State Highway 16 and turn on Old Kerr Road or Morris Ranch Road to find a local Pedernales River swimming hole to cool off in while going rock hunting.
Fredericksburg is a good place to relax and retire, but it’s not just for retirees. As a millennial (and for anyone really), there are endless opportunities for outdoor entertainment, historical education and the scenic beauty that is the Texas Hill Country.
Get out there and wander, you’ll be happy with what you discover.