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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.


From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, April 15, the Fischer heirs are prepared to let their birthright, now known as the town of Fischer, go to the dogs for WAG FEST II, an all-day benefit for Wimberley Adoption Group and Rescue. Gates open at 11 a.m. and music starts at noon at 115 Fischer Store Rd.

The musical lineup for WAG FEST II includes Three Hands High, Guy & Jeska Forsyth, Slaid Cleaves, Jeff Plankenhorn and Leann Atherton. Tickets are $20 but children under 12 get in free. There will be food trucks, dog adoptions, a silent auction, VIP tables. BYOB, cooler, lawns chairs and blankets.

For more information, click here.

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.

2nd Annual Blanco River Songwriters Festival

If you can’t make it this weekend, try the next. 2nd Annual Blanco River Songwriters Festival begins at noon Sunday, April 29 at Fischer Dance Hall. Tickets $30 to $35. Kids 15 and under free.

Lineup includes Shelby Grogan, Alex Coba, Tip Jar, Tommy Elskes, Susan Givson, Jimmy Daddy Davis, Emily Gimble, Jaimee Harris and Johnny Nicholas.

Not from the area? It’s pronounced “blank-o.”

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