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Fredericksburg Insider: Church to Church Walk

St Mary's Church

I sort of have a weekly column on the Texas Hill Country website, the current post is about one of my favorite parts of Fredericksburg life – the annual Church to Church Walk.  I don’t know how far back this tradition goes – there don’t seem to be any records – but I have spoken to people who remember it at least from 1983.  If you know when this started I would like to update the post with that info.  The numbers of participants at one point was over 300, but that dropped and now may be in the 100-150 range.  You can start at Zion and do the whole walk or just go to one particular church, but however you do it, this is one of the things which makes Fredericksburg special.  Programs at each church are short and inspirational.  Other community churches too far away to be included in the walk have a part in in the program; for example, the Methodist Church choir presents at Bethany Lutheran.

Deecmber 13, 6:00 PM, beginning at Zion – I’ll be looking for you.

Wolfcamp Shale: Hype or Hope?

Apache Corporation, Bartz 15-19H drilled by Cactus Drilling rig #107 and production equipment from the Bartz 11-19, Stiles Ranch, Oklahoma.
Largest U.S. Oil Deposit Found: Hype or Hope?

Photo of Alpine High by Apache Oil

My latest post on Texas Hill Country. I like the ending the best. 

Fort Martin Scott Frontier Days

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My post for Texas Hill Country today, about this weekend’s events here in Fredericksburg.

Subliminal Messages in Fredericksburg Street Signs?

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My post on Texas Hill Country today.

Looking for Zodiac

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I spent way too much time writing my most recent post on Texas Hill Country, but I enjoyed every step of the way.  First I had lunch with my friend Jim McCrae to get some stories – he knows lots of history and is the director of Fort Martin Scott.  Then I gathered some information on the net – I quickly found a master’s thesis from Brigham Young University which had interesting details.  I gathered some photos from the net which represented the story, but they weren’t just right, so I went to the Pioneer Museum and had an interesting discussion with Dr Lindley, the director, then took some photos of their model of Zodiac while the docent pulled out stories from a couple of their books for me.  Then I went to MarktPlatz and photographed the water wheel erected at the 125th Anniversary remembering the Mormons at Zodiac and how they helped the fledgling community.  This afternoon I wandered out east to find the original town site and the historical marker.  In the process I met Elmer Schmitdzinsky, whose family has owned the land since 1895.  Elmer is a genuine and interesting man who has scratched out a living on the farm most of his life, despite drought and floods and the vagaries of markets. He asked me if I had seen a picture of the marker; I replied that I had, and he told me I was welcome to walk to see it, but that’s all I would find, the same photo I’d seen.  I didn’t tell Elmer, but I also go to those places to listen for voices from the past.

I didn’t hear any ghosts this time; all I heard was a gentle breeze and the whine of vehicles on Highway 290 a mile distant across the Pedernales River.

There is nothing left of Zodiac but stories.  And a millstone.

Black Hands

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The Wine Trail’s special party.

On the Front Lines Against the Invasion

biologists after work

My latest post on Texas Hill Country.Com  These are the biologists fighting the war on Arundo here in Fredericksburg, an impressive group of young people. This post may not be as popular as (any) post on Tiny Houses, but it is more important.  I am grateful to Texas Hill Country.com for the opportunity to put this kind of information in their large network.  My post was edited by Monica, the team leader in the photo who I have worked with on this project; I knew she was smart, but I was very impressed by her edits.  If you know a young person looking for an interesting career in science who also likes to be in the outdoors, send this to them.