Fredericksburg

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

This week our Growing Pains project is looking at how population growth, the economy  and development are affecting housing in and around San Antonio.  For this report TPR's Louisa Jonas headed to Fredericksburg.

A booming tourism industry, strong housing market and a low unemployment rate. What town wouldn’t want that? Fredericksburg has all three and is doing great in many regards. Except increasingly, the local workforce can’t afford to live here. Businesses are finding it hard to fill jobs. 

Meet Gary P. Nunn At Our Members-Only Reception

Apr 21, 2015

TPR members are invited to enjoy a special reception in the Hill Country on Saturday, May 30 before the Pioneer Museum's Roots Music concert series kickoff. The show that night opens with Rosie and the Ramblers, followed by headlining act Gary P. Nunn, whose songs "London Homesick Blues" and "Macho Man From Taco Land" are loved by Texans around the world.

Courtesy Oktoberfest

If you can’t make it to Munich for their Oktoberfest, there’s one a lot closer that you might consider. It’s just a nice drive away in Fredericksburg, less than an hour and a half from San Antonio. 

Debbie Farquhar-Garner manages Fredericksburg’s Oktoberfest, and says the event began 34 years ago as a way to showcase the town's German heritage. She says area artists were behind the push to have a local fest those many years ago.

"Artists wanted to have a venue to showcase their art and their talent. The foundation of our Oktoberfest was built from the Arts."

Enjoy Fredericksburg's Museums, October 16

Sep 8, 2014
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On Thursday, October 16, TPR members can enjoy complimentary admission to three of Fredericksburg's historic museums from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by a special cocktail reception at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Fredericksburg has long been known for its shopping, dining, and recreational lodging -- but there's plenty of history in the city as well. Take the opportunity to learn more at the following sites: 

Pioneer Museum's Roots Music Concert Series is coming to a close, but not before one more night of music. I spoke to Freddie Steady Krc. That isn't a misspelling.

“It (his last name) is a Czech name and I’ve been over to the Czech Republic to record a record back in the 1990s," Krc said. "And it’s an unusual name there as well.”

I noted that he just had a shortage of vowels.

“I know!” he laughed.

Krc is playing Saturday night at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg. I asked him to tell me what people could expect.

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