New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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JESSE LOTT RETROSPECTIVE
When: IO am. to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 10a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 pm. Sunday through Jan. 1,2004 Where: New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music, 1259 GrueneRoad
Tickets: $3 adults, $2 seniors and students, free for children under 12
Information: Call 625-5636, or www.nbmuseum.org
Scherri Ruben, left, and Janelle Berger are responsible for the creation of Weihnachtsmarkt, which began in 1989.
Benefiting The Sophienburg — New Braunfels Archives and Museum of History
Gala Preview Party, Auction, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, New Braunfels Civic Center Tickets: $40 per person, or $75 per couple
W» itll Market
Thursday through Sunday at the New Braunfels Civic Center
Hours: 10 a m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Admission: $5 per person per day. There will be an extra fee for strollers. Children
12 and younger are admitted free.
Information: Call 629-1572.
STAGE ELES THEATRE PERFORMANCES
Students ages 8-12 and 12-16 present performances.
When: 4 p.m., Saturday, and 4 pm., Sunday.
When: Krause House Theatre, 1300 Bulverde Road, Bulverde Tickets: $3 for adults, $1 for children. Box office opens one hour before showtime.
You should know: Registration for next theatre arts classes will be at 4 pm., Jan. ll, 2004.
CHRISTMAS • EXTRAVAGANZA
Precision dance, glamorous costumes, holiday music and an appearance by Santa Claus When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7 When: Brauntex Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio Street Information: 627-0808
MIAMI SHUNG QUARTET
Sponsored by San Antonio Chamber Music Society When: 3:15 pm. Sunday When: Temple Beth El, 409 W. Ashby
Tickets: $15 open seating Information: (210) 408-1558, orwww.sacms.org
44th annual massed choir When: 4 pm. Nov. 30 When: First Baptist Church, *733 Cross St.
Tickets: Free will donations accepted
Michael Martin Murphey's fourth annual Cowboy Christmas Concert When: 8 pm., Dec: 18 When: 820-seat Caillous Performing Arts center in Kerrville Tickets: Reserved seats in the $30 and $49 sections still available
Information: (830) 792-9830
rop and Shop
Drop and Shop (onsite childcare managed by JBR Gymnastics staff) for ages 3 to 11 Cost: $10 per child Timas: 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday;
2 to 4 p.rrv Sunday
By Batty Taylor
It is fun, unique and affordable. It offers many gifts to choose from, yet it is small enough to maneuver through easily.
These are the qualities of Weihnachtsmarkt, the German Christmas market in New Braunfels, thgt its creator, Janelle Berger, attributes to its success.
It began in 1989 when the board of the Sophienburg Museum and Archives (now called The Sophienburg - New Braunfels Archives and Museum of History) was searching for an idea for a fund-raiser.
Berger was serving on the board at the time and had lived in Germany for several years. She presented the idea of an annual German Christmas market to the board. After doing a year of research, Weihnachtsmarkt was bom.
“They do these types of markets all the time in Germany, but they are outdoor markets,” Berger said. “They have booths made out of wood with a covering on top. T here are heaters inside the booths for the vendors, but people do not walk
inside the booths. They walk up to the booths and are served hot wine while they shop.
“Here in Texas, ii was harder to do that with the Texas weather. So we took th£ idea of a German Christmas market and Americanized it."
Berger said she came up with the name for the event by talking with New Braunfels resident Hel-gard 9nhr-H6!!ta. # *
“Belgard is from Germany and she said Weihnachtsmarkt means Christmas night market in German,” Berger said.
With the help ofVice Chairperson Sherri Ruben, Berger got the market under way.
The goal of the market was twofold — to raise funds for the Sophienburg and to preserve the heritage of New Braunfels.
It was such a success that the Sophienburg made a profit during the very first year.
The market grossed $7,(HK), of which $2,000 went back into the market fund and $1,000 was paid to the Sophienburg after the museum and archives loaned out that amount to help get the event started. That left a net profit of $4,000.
“Everyone said it would be four or five years before we started making money,” Berger said. “It was just the right time."
Shoppers continue to Hock to the market each year to find artwork, home furnishings and d£cor, clothing, Christmas decorations, sweets and gifts. This past year, the Christmas market raised nearly $25,000 for the Sophienburg.
Berger thought another key reason die market was so successful was because the vendors were treated differently.
“Our revenue comes from corporate sponsors and from other things such as the raffle, ticket sales and the food booths," Berger said. “A policy I established early on is that the money that comes from the merchants is basically to cover their costs only. Because the better they are, the more people will come to the market.”
Berger explained that some mar-km*equired a booth rertUff fesqHus a percentage of all vendor sales.
Berger credited the continued success of the Christmas market to the ideas of the chairmen who followed her. Ideas such as the Christmas cookie decorating and Scherenschnitte (paper German (christmas ornament making) classes and the Drop and Shop childcare have brought additional visitors to the show.
T he Sophienburg Museum’s gift shop — Sophie’s Shop — featuring glass German Christmas ornaments is one of the main attractions.
Berger has her own Weihnachtsmarkt tradition that she shares with
Classes (free admission and materials are supplied, but reservations are required);
IO a.m. Saturday —
Scherenschnitte (making paper German Christmas ornaments)
2 p.m. Saturday —
Christmas cookie decorating
Sophie's Kaffce Htrus
Open during Weihnachtsmarkt hours and serving homemade desserts and soup
her daughter and daughter-in-law. She never works during the Thursday preview party. That is reserved for the three girls to get in their shopping time.
Kuehler said the preview gala always sells out. It features a buffet, raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $40 per person, or $75 per couple.
Another favorite of Weihnachtsmarkt shoppers is Sophie’s Kaffee Haus, which serves a selection of homemade soups (chicken tortilla, potato and enchilada soup) and desserts.
The event also includes an opportunity for pictures with Santa and a chance to order Christmas poinsettias.
“The Plant Haus is helping us out with the poinsettias," Kuehler said. “Shoppers can come in and order a gift certificate for their poinsettias and then pick them up at the Plant Haus by Dec. 12. That way, they don’t have to worry about carrying around the plants while they shop at Weihnachtsmarkt. And The Plant Haus is giving the profits to us.”
This year’s Weihnachtsmarkt is expected to bring in more than 40 vendors.McClinton headlines a top-notch holiday music calendar
A quick glance at the upcoming Gruene Hall music calendar shows a packed schedule for the month of November and December. It all starts Friday with Delbert McClinton.
Guitar wizard Seth James will open this show. McClinton just released a fantastic live 2-CD set recorded on his last European tour.
All your favorites are included and McClinton proves once and for all why he’s one of the finest blues rock singers alive.
Saturday Roger Creager will perform. He’s touring all over Texas promoting his latest CD, “Long Way to Mexico." It’s a great collection of Americana tunes, including his version of the Billy Joe Shaver hit "Love Is So Sweet."
Looking ahead to next week, new proud papa Pat Green returns to
Gruene Hall. Green and wife, Kori, are the parents of a baby boy named Kellis Patrick Green, born Oct. 27.
December is just as exciting with Jack Ingram, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robinson, Junior Brown, Jerry Jett Walker, Reckless Kelly, Joe Ely, The Derailed and Robert Earl Keen scheduled to appear.
See gruenehall.com for all the latest info.■ ■ ■
Saengerhalle welcomes one of my favorite performers, Dale Watson, on Saturday. His latest CD, “Live in England," captures all the excitement of a Watson concert. In addition to including many of his hits, it also has his take on classic country tunes by Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Webb Pierce, Wynn Stewart and Ray Price.
Not only is Watson an extraordi
nary guitarist and songwriter, he has one of the best honky-tonk voices in the business. Buy his new CD and go to this show; it doesn’t get much better than this.
See Saengerhalle.com for all the latest info.■ ■ ■
T he Johnny Cash tribute concert was taped Nov. IO and aired last Saturday night on CMT. I tis daughter, Roseanne, opened the show with her version of her dad s hit “I Still Miss Someone." Willie Nelson, George Jones and Kris Kristofferson sang “Big River,” and Travis Trill performed a slow version of “I Walk the Line.”
* Hank Williams Jr. sang “Ring of Fire” and Sheryl Crow performed “Hurt,” a song about drug addiction that Cash recorded in 2002. T he song, written by Bent Reznor of the
rock group Nine Inch Nails, proved to be one of Cash’s most popular hits, earning three awards at the last (IMA Awards show.
I .arty Gatlin performed a song he said he wrote the day Cash died, with lyrics that included “a man can’t live with a broken heart too long.” T he song ends on the happy note that the man has joined his love in heaven and “now he’s got a heart and a brand new song.”
T he concert ended with the entire Cash family singing “We’ll Meet Again,” a somber tune from his final album “When the Man Chines Around.”
In other Cash news, the 5-CD box set titled “Unearthed” will be released Nov. 25. It contains four CDs of unreleased tunes and a greatest hits collection CD.
Dale Martin writes about music. He can be reached at dale@>marti nsrn us ic. com.