Fredericksburg

Arts & Culture
5:26 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Fredericksburg Relishes Its German Heritage At Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest
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."

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TPR Events & Initiatives
1:19 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Enjoy Fredericksburg's Museums, October 16

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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: 

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Arts & Culture
3:41 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Freddie Steady Five Shaking It Up At Fredericksburg Roots Music Series

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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Arts & Culture
3:47 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Bobby Mack Showcases His Blues Roots In Fredericksburg

Bobby Mack.
Lars Ericcson

The Pioneer Museum's Roots Music Concert Series continues in Fredericksburg. I spoke to one of the musicians, Bobby Mack.

Mack is playing his brand of music, or as he puts it, “Texas blues guitar.”

Mack is a native Texan, raised in Fort Worth, but he got to Austin right about the time of the early 70s music explosion.

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Arts & Culture
4:37 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

A 'Small Town Saturday Night' Best Bet In Fredericksburg

Hal Ketchum
David Bourke

Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum hosts another concert on Saturday night. It's Hal Ketchum, and you've  probably heard his biggest hit, "Small Town Saturday Night." That one song propelled Ketchum to instant stardom, but he got a late start on the whole showbiz thing.

“I was a 38-year-old cabinetmaker," he said. "To have a number one country record--I don’t think it had been done on that level before.”

The singer-songwriter has been plying his trade quite successfully, with 15 top ten hits since then. As he explained, he somehow finds time to work with wood, too.

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Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Museum Of The Pacific War Marking Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor

Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg
Reflections Photography

It’s called the Museum of the Pacific War, but why in the world is a museum dedicated to the World War II Pacific front in Fredericksburg, Texas, which is quite a ways from any body of water?

The Admiral Nimitz foundation is the parent entity of the museum, and as President and CEO Gen. Mike Hagee revealed, the name of that foundation contains the reason why the museum is there.

"Admiral Nimitz is from Fredericksburg, Texas," Hagee said.

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