Every year the LBJ park in Stonewall, Texas invites people of all ages to come be apart of the annual seed stomp. This is in honor of the late Lady Bird Johnson, who had a great passion for nature. She was born Claudia Alta Taylor on December 22, 1912 and it is said that her nurse commented that she was as “purty as a ladybird”. That comment was turned into a nickname for Lady Bird, and every one knew her as either, Lady or Bird. Mrs. Johnson was an advocate for cleaning up the nations cities and highways, often saying, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope”. She was determined to beautify, beautify, beautify with the tagline of “plant a tree a shrub or a bush!” During her time in the White House, a bill was passed to do so. That bill was the Highway Beautification act, but was informally known as Lady Bird’s bill. So now six years after her death, the very small town of Stonewall and everyone willing to come out, go out and scatter wildflower seeds. This year, this will take place on September 31, 2013 from 1:30-3:30 at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & HIstoric Site. LBJ park is about 15 minutes from downtown Fredericksburg, so it would be easy to enjoy the town, and also be apart of seed stomp. You can then plan a trip back next spring and see the beautiful flowers that you helped plant.
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One of my favorite things about Fredericksburg is the shopping. I love the neat little treasures you can find just about any where. Whether it be an antique shop, vintage shop, or a retail shop on main, I can’t resist. So one of the things that I recommend when coming to Fredericksburg (besides the shops on main) is Fredericksburg Trade Days. Trade Days only happens once or sometimes twice a month and this month its happening on September 20, 2013 through September 22, 2013. Here’s a fun fact! The land where trade days now operates was once a turkey farm. Years ago they raised turkeys for a turkey company based out Fredericksburg, but when that plant burned down 14 years ago…all of the turkey farms closed their doors. So fast forward several years, and the 6 barns still stand and are now the home to over 350 vendors. They sell antiques, clothing, iron/metal designs, yard decor, home decor, and so much more. All that shopping can get a little overwhelming, but no need to call it a day just kick back at the beirgarten ( beer garden) and enjoy good food, drinks, and the live music.
Trade days is located 7 miles east on highway 290 and right across from The Wildseed Farms. Times of operation are, Friday and Saturday from 9am- 6pm, and Sunday from 9am-4pm. There is a parking fee of $3 dollars, and the best part is that is covers all three days. So maybe you didn’t get to all the vendors, no worries just come back the next day. We hope you enjoy your stay in beautiful Fredericksburg, Texas and happy shopping!
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