This is a long blog because I am posting everything else that has happened here at the dance rally. Today is the last day and we all go to the Cowboy Bar again tonight for a burn your own and dancing. Tomorrow everyone goes their own way. But for now.....
I was the purple team leader. My job was to ensure everyone on the team got to volunteer on our day. At the last social we took team pictures.
Unfortunately the green team disbanded before I got their picture.
I did make it to Fredericksburg and the Nimitz Museum, the best WWII museum I have ever seen. But I had a duel purpose, I was looking for information about a picture of my father which was in the museum 20 years ago. Didn't find out anything yet, but did get some info on the unit he was in. Now to check out the Seals Museum in Ft. Pierce next winter.
And of course, while in Fredericksburg we had to go eat German. What a great German restaurant. I highly recommend it. Last Sunday several of us headed toward Gruene for dinner at the Gristmill and dancing at Gruene Hall. Rib dinner at the Gristmill with friends. This was a working cotton mill owned and operated by the Gruene family until the 1920s.
Gruene Dance Hall claims to be the oldest continuously operated dance hall in Texas, opening in 1887.
Several people had never been to Gruene Hall before and now they can say they even danced at Gruene Hall.
One of the Gruene's home. They made their wealth in cotton, but lost it during the drought times of the 1920s and 1930s.
On the way to Luckenbach, TX, on Saturday, we stopped at Camp Verde, about 12 miles NE of Bandera. Back in the late 1800s the camp was another attempt by the army to try the capabilities of camels for use in the army. It didn't work here any better than in Quartzsite.
I believe this was the commanders house on the post. It later became the general store and post office. It still serves as a post office for the area, but now it is a tourist/gift shop and restaurant.
We also stopped at the Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area. This is commonly called 'the bat tunnel'. They say 3 million bats live here from Mar-Nov. That's a lot of bats. I could actually see the bats flying around inside the tunnel.
Down the road is Alamo Springs Cafe, where they claim they have the best burgers around. I will attest that they do have good burgers. It was so big I only ate half and took the other half home.
Grapetown was once a small community which even had a school. Now a couple of buildings are historic sites, but most of the area is privately owned.
We knew there was to be music that day and thought it would be in the dance hall, but alas, it was out behind the general store/saloon on the outdoor stage. The evening dance was going to be in the dance hall, but we weren't staying for that.
Here's a shot of the inside dance hall. I did attend a dance here last year and they have a nice wooden floor to dance on.
before going back to work. This is his owner riding him over to the picture taking location. Last year I got my picture taken riding the longhorn.
The original home of one the founder of the town of Luckenbach. The town remained in the hands of the Engel family until it was sold, lock stock and dancehall, in 1970. It has been privately owned since. It started its reputation for country music in 1973 when Jerry Jeff Walker came there to record an album, but it was really in the 1990s before it became the tourist attraction that it is today.
Driving through the little town of Waring we heard music. We drove around and found there was a bandstand/stage out behind the general store. The cooker was going, the picnic tables were busy and the band was playing. Too bad we didn't have time to stop today. I'll remember this for next year.
On Friday evening we had 'New York Dress Up' night. Most everyone decked out in their going out on the town finery for the dance. The 'irritations' helped the band sing one of their songs.
Normally Ronnie Furr provides the entertainment, but for Friday and Saturday evenings we had the Ricky Adams Band. They were good and I would enjoy hearing them again.
Last Thursday at lunchtime there was the Tacky Fashion Show. But it is so much more than a fashion show. Here we got to watch a small skit played out. I believe it was a shotgun wedding.