We have heard about Fredericksburg, TX in the Hill Country for a long time and decided to see what was there. It is a very interesting town with tons of things to do in the area. This weekend they had an Antique Fair, Big Band festival, WWII reenactment at the Nimitiz Museum and various other activities. Since it is in Gillespie County and I am from Gillespie, IL I found it very interesting.
The town square had a number of statues, columns and buildings from days gone by. The photo to the right is called a Christmas Pyramid and is very interesting. It reminded me of a time travel machine. Not sure if I would use it for that purpose.
The building below is called Vereins Kirche and the original version was used not only as a church, but also as a fort, a storehouse and a community meeting hall.
A maypole or Maibaum is a tall wooden pole erected as a part of various European folk festivals, particularly on May Day, although in some countries it is instead erected at Midsummer. In some cases the maypole is a permanent feature that is only utilised during the festival, although in other cases it is erected specifically for the purpose before being taken down again. This one was being used in a geo cache but it was a puzzle and we didn't have time to decode it.
We had a late lunch there on Saturday and an early dinner there today. Lunch was so so and the dinner at the Fredericksburg Brewery which is a German brew pub was great. The pub brews were very tasty and we each enjoyed our beers.
We came across this very interesting work of art along Rt 16 on the way from Kerrville to Fredericksburg. As luck would have it there was a geo cache nearby. The art was made out of scrap metal from automobiles and was very well done. It is dedicated to the members of the Lehmann family who were Tivy graduates.