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Tourists in search of Texas dance halls and German culture generally head to Gruene and New Braunfels.

But locals know that minutes north of FM 306 in Canyon Lake is a less-crowded alternative that’s just as authentic and still run by descendants of Hermann Fischer, who filed a claim on 160 acres in northern Comal County back in 1853.

The Fischer Historic District comprises about 429 acres and more than 70 structures, including Fischer Store, Fischer Cemetery, Fischer Hall and Bowling Alley, Fischer Haus and several late 19th-century and early 20th-century homesteads.

Its nine-pin bowling club dates back to the 1880s.

Saturday

Fischer Haus Concerts, 115 Fischer Store Rd., Fischer, invites you to dinner and a great performance by Bill Kirchen 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14.

Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step on any stage, play those trademark licks which drove the seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten nationwide, and elicit instant recognition. Named a “Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates a musical tradition that embraces rock ‘n’ roll, blues and bluegrass, Texas Western swing and California honkytonk. Nick Lowe describes Kirchen as “… a devastating culmination of the elegant and funky… a really sensational musician, with enormous depth.”

$20 cash donation at the door. Gates open at 7 p.m.

Click here to make a reservation.

Sauce y Mama serves $10 delicious meals: 3-Sauce y Mama Pork Tamales served with Borracho Beans and Spanish Rice or Sauce y Mama’s Chicken Salad Croissant with Chips and Slaw

Limited amount of Vegan meals : Black Beans over Brown Rice with Roasted Cauliflower. Homemade desserts that will make you wish you bought both (one for now, one for later): Tres Leche Cake or Pineapple Upside Down Cake $4

Cash only, BYOB. No dogs. Camping available.

Fischer Historic Store

Next door, Fischer Historic Store, 4040 FM 484, Fischer, kicks off its Spring Market at 10 a.m. Sunday, selling unique handcrafted gifts for everyone — including, of course, dogs. The store also is open on Sunday.

Vendors include Saddlebum Emporium, which makes jewelry, baskets and purses using antlers.

It may look quaint today, but at some point during the 1920s and 30s, Fischer Store was the biggest mercantile establishment in Texas, employing 16 clerks and handling farm machinery, threshers, households goods and groceries.

When the first Fischer Store was constructed in the 1850s, it served as a supply center between San Marcos and Blanco.

Click here for more information or call 830-370-1554.

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