Gruene Wine and Music Festival

 Bret Graham is one of the local guys who is well worth your listen.  And he hosts the Gospel brunch that is catered by the Gristmill Restaurant....one of the biggest and best restaurants in Texas!

Bret Graham is one of the local guys who is well worth your listen.  And he hosts the Gospel brunch that is catered by the Gristmill Restaurant....one of the biggest and best restaurants in Texas!

Every year, about this time, I start getting revved up and excited about Gruene, (pronounced green) TX.  Why?  Tickets are about to go on sale for the Gruene Music and Wine Festival and we go every year!  Well, we go to Gruene several times a year, but do also always make the Music and Wine Festival. 

The Gruene Music & Wine Fest began as a one day event in 1986 with the purpose of promoting Texas and Americana music in a fun and relaxed setting while raising funds for the United Way of Comal County. Over the years, it has become a four day celebration not only of Texas and Americana music, but also a celebration of Texas, German and New World wines, specialty beer, food and handcrafted items.

 

 We meet new friends and then keep up with them and we see each other year after year after year!!  I just got a text from this couple last night.  We met them back in 2012.

We meet new friends and then keep up with them and we see each other year after year after year!!  I just got a text from this couple last night.  We met them back in 2012.

The event continues to grow each year. In recent years, we have been able to expand the “Texas Tastings & Tunes” event on Saturday to include over 40 wine & food producers for tastings and ‘Le Cordon Gruene’ food alley. To further enhance Sunday’s “Texas-Style Musicfest”, we’ve added a Specialty Beer Tasting event, a second stage and the big game on a big screen TV’s. A Craft Market has also been added to both Saturday and Sunday events. In 2010, we added an entirely new “Not From Texas” kickoff event taking place on Thursday and featuring German and New World wines, live music and “Not From Texas” door prizes!

Although the event itself has evolved through the years, our benefiting charity has always included and primarily been the local United Way, a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people in Comal County by generating resources to meet the needs of the community.

 

Gruene is a sweet little town which is part of New Branfels...It is a historic District and is a lot of fun with sweet sweet shops, antiques, clothing, Restaurants!! , and the Dance Hall.  Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in the state of Texas.  

A LITTLE ABOUT GRUENE HISTORIC DISTRICT
Arriving in Texas in the mid 1840s, German farmers became the first settlers of what is now known as Gruene Historic District. The Gruene family bought land on the river and planted over 9,000 acres of cotton thus making Gruene a profitable venture. During this profitable time Henry D. Gruene built a mercantile store (now Gruene General Store), a cotton gin powered by the Guadalupe river, (now The Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar), as well as a saloon, Gruene Hall, which became the center of the community’s social life.

Due to the continued prosperity of the area, a new mercantile building (now Gruene Antique Company) sprang up in 1904. However, the death of Henry D. Gruene marked the downfall of Gruene’s development and good fortune. In 1922, the original cotton gin burned and was replaced down the road by a modern electric model (now Adobe Verde). Yet, the economic disasters of the boll weevil and the Depression were too much for the family businesses and they went under, except for Gruene Hall, which never closed…it seems even the hardest times calls for a cold beer and a friendly face.

Today Gruene is once again booming thanks to Pat Molak and Mary Jane Nalley. Pat purchased Gruene Hall in 1975 and began to breathe life back into the district of Gruene. With the help of his friend Mary Jane, he worked to preserve the authentic, turn-of-the-century look and feel of Gruene by purchasing and repairing several of the town’s most notable structures and transforming them into thriving businesses. These developments seemed to rekindle the spark of Gruene, and soon the town’s familiar charm began to shine again.

Even with the remarkable growth of this once sleepy little town, the main focus of Gruene is, and continues to be, bona fide Texas. Everything from the wares they sell to the music they play speaks to the commitment to preserving the authenticity of Gruene and providing its guests with an experience that has the signature seal of the Lone Star State.

These Pictures are of The Gruene Mansion Inn.  It is right next door to the Gruene Music Hall.  It is our favorite place....they know us....that's nice.  But it is a dreamy atmosphere with fabulous breakfasts.   Love It!! 


LOTS OF UN THINGS TO DO IN GRUENE, TX.  

AGAIN THE MUSIC AND WINE FESTIVAL IS OCTOBER 5TH, 6TH, 7TH AND 8TH OF THIS YEAR.  TICKETS GO ON SALE TOMORROW AUGUST 29, 2017 AT 1:00 AND 3:00.  I WILL BE SITTING AT MY COMPUTER. 

 

BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU!  

CATHY BUDJENSKA

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