Attractions in Boerne, TX
Amongst the other various things to do, Boerne features several key attractions for both residents and visitors to keep themselves entertained. These, combined with the local and regional events, restaurants and shopping make Boerne and the surrounding region an inviting place to live.
The locale may be Texas‚ but the feeling is all German‚ at least every Father’s Day weekend when the annual Boerne Berges Fest pays homage to the city’s German heritage. “Berges” means “Festival of the Hills‚” according to the Fest’s past president‚ Blake McCarter‚ commenting on the 36-year-old festival’s beginnings. “We try to highlight traditional German activities and food‚ and we always bring out a big crowd.”
When Germans migrated to Boerne during the mid-1800s‚ they brought their love of music with them. They also brought their musical skills and wasted little time re-creating the sounds of their home country. And so began the Boerne Village Band‚ which was launched in 1860 by Dr. Karl Kienger. Other immigrants and their families joined in‚ including Ottmar von Behr‚ whose descendant‚ Dr. Kenneth Herbst‚ is the band’s current leader.
Secluded getaways for artists often are associated with the East or West coasts. For nearly 20 years‚ however‚ professional artists have had a Hill Country haven‚ thanks to the Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation. The foundation‚ originally created to preserve the Majestic Theater in downtown San Antonio‚ set its sights on establishing an arts community on a 500-acre ranch in Boerne.
The hushed fluttering of hundreds of wings provides the soundtrack for the Cinnamon Creek Tropical Butterfly Garden‚ a Hill Country treasure. The atmosphere is ethereal – “like God is here‚” says Peggy Smith‚ who started the project in 2003 with her husband‚ Clyde. The garden is a gift to the community‚ though the Smiths wish it weren’t such a secret one. A busy day sees 50 patrons‚ while some days no one visits the site.