StarFest 2016

Painted Churches Tour with Lone Star Section

Friday, March 19, 2021 - 1:00pm to Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 2:30pm
Shiner
Texas
Erroll Hines

 

On the weekend of March 20/21 the Houston section will join our friends from the Lone Star section (Austin) for a tour of the Spoetzl Brewery and Painted Churches. The weekend will include an overnight stay at a nearby hotel and dinner at an award winning steakhouse. All events are in Lavaca County Texas, about an hour and a half drive west from Katy on I-10.

The Spoetzl Brewery, located in Shiner Texas, is the only location that brews Shiner Beer. More than 6 million cases a year. The tour will be led by a Spoetzl Brewery employee that will include a brief history of the facility and an overview of the process, bottling and shipping. The end of the tour will include a stop at the gift shop and opportunity to sample Shiner brews.

The painted churches of Texas are a group of churches near Schulenburg built in the late 1800s by German and Czech immigrants. The immigrants painted their places of worship to remind them of the churches back home. The ceilings and walls inside the churches are painted bright vivid colors with biblical scenes and statues. Their painting techniques give the impression of depth and dimension. The frames around the doors and windows appear to have the intricate detail of wood work carvings but in fact are flat surfaces. Many of the wood columns are painted to look like ancient stone with mortar lines and cracks from withstanding the test of time. But again they are smooth flat surfaces. The high ceilings are painted to give the impression that the building has no roof and you were looking up into the heavens and gazing at the stars on a clear night. It is quite impressive.

These facilities are fully operational churches with a congregation, staff and pastor. Services are held on Sunday and therefore our tour is scheduled for Saturday.

See this link from FOX26 Houston News to get an overview of the Painted Churches. www.fox26houston.com/news/one-tank-trip-painted-churches-of-texas

Itinerary

Friday March 20

1:00 pm – Painted Churches Tour

                 St. Cyril and Methodism Catholic Church

                 306 S Ave F

                 Shiner, TX 77984

2:30 pm - Shiner Tour

                Spoetzl Brewery

                603 East Brewery Street

                Shiner, TX 77984

4:00 pm – Hotel Check in

                 Best Western Plus Flatonia Inn

                 310 B East Hwy

                 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd

                 Flatonia, TX 78941

6:00 pm - Dinner

                Kloesel’s Steakhouse www.kloesel.com

                101 E W Moore Ave

                 Moulton, TX 77975

Saturday March 21

8:30 am – Hotel Check out

9:15 am – Meet Lone Star section for Painted Churches Tour

                 Moulton Inn and Suites

                 200 S Lavaca Dr

                 Moulton, TX 77975

9:30 am - Painted Churches Tour

• Praha

• High Hill

• Dubina

• Ammansville

12:30 pm – Lunch ????

 

Details

Hotel - Best Western Plus Flatonia Inn

            310 B East Hwy, Interstate 10 Frontage Rd

            Flatonia, TX 78941

Call the hotel (361) 865-1989 and reference the Mercedes-Benz Club rates below.

$88.49 + taxes – 1 King Bed, advanced purchase, non-refundable

$98.99 + taxes – 1 King bed, refundable if cancelled by March 19th

$105.49 + taxes – 2 Queen Beds, advanced purchase, non-refundable

$116.99 + taxes – 2 Queen Beds, refundable if cancelled by March 19th

 

Brewery Tour - $8.00 per person (free for veterans, clergy and first responders) 

Painted Churches Tour - $12.00 per person

 

Registration will open soon

 

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