Category Archives: non-profit organizations

2013 Texas Folklife Festival

Following are pictures from Saturday night (June 8) at the 2013 Texas Folklife Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures in downtown San Antonio. There didn’t seem to be as many attendees or participants this year as in year’s past. Perhaps the heat or high school graduations kept people away. The lack of crowds made it easy to get a seat and enjoy music and dancing while sampling a variety of delicious food. I enjoyed food from the Vietnamese, Wendish, Pakistani and Japanese booths.

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San Antonio Fiesta 2013

Fiesta 2013 was memorable for the wonderfully cool weather and rain. I didn’t make it to as many events as I had planned but I was still worn out by Sunday. Following are pictures from some of the events. For pictures of Fiesta Hats please visit my post here. Thanks to Peter Ray for taking pictures.

San Antonio Symphony Fiesta Pops

San Antonio Symphony Fiesta Pops

Texas Cavaliers River Parade

Texas Cavaliers River Parade

Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

Cornyation

Cornyation

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

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Pooch Parade

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Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

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Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

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Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

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San Antonio MLK March 2013

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San Antonio’s 26th annual MLK March enjoyed beautiful weather on Monday, January 21.  The 2.7 mile march started at the MLK Academy and ended at Pittman-Sullivan Park.  Marchers enjoyed a program and festival at the park following the march.  Photos were taken by Peter Ray.

San Anto Mural Bike Tour

Last Saturday San Anto Cultural Arts and theMcNay teamed up to sponsor a free biking tour of outdoor murals in San Antonio’s westside neighborhood.  About 70 riders met at the San Anto offices and biked to six different murals.  John Medina, Community Mural/Public Art Program Manager for San Anto, led the tour and explained the meaning and artistic techniques for each mural.  Following are pictures of the murals we saw on the tour:

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B.I.S.H. Foundation 2nd annual Santa Antonio 5K run/walk

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From left: Darlene Gonzalez, Founder and President of the Foundation; my friend Pattie McGlinchey, 1st in her age group; and Adrian Gonzalez, Vice-President of the Foundation

San Antonio hosts a lot of 5K run/walks to raise money for good causes.  One such run/walk was organized by some friends and held this last weekend.  The B.I.S.H. (Belivers Inspiring Survivors for Hope) Foundation held its 2nd annual Santa Antonio 5K run/walk on December 1.  Over 500 people ran (or walked) to raise $17,000 to benefit cancer research.   Each runner was given a Santa suit to wear during the run. Prior to the race DJ Peter Ray energized us with funky Christmas music.   After the run numerous food and beverage tables were dispensed complimentary coffee, tamales, pizza, pasta, fruit and beer.  The Rick Cavendar Band  entertained participants following announcements of results and door prizes.  The race started at Sunset Station and meandered through the east side and north downtown.  The event was a lot of fun and raised money for a good cause.  I can’t wait to participate again next year.

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The San Antonio Diwali Festival of Lights

Here are some photos from last night’s San Antonio Diwali Festival of Lightsin downtown Hemisfair park.  This is rumored to be the largest complete Diwali celebration in the United States and was estimated to have 15,000 people in attendance yesterday.  We were able to sit in the front row during the fabulous Parade of States because my husband’s company was one of the main sponsors of the evens.  As a result, we were able to get some great shots (check out those reflections on the water!).  We also were invited to have dinner at the top of the Tower of the Americas, and afterwards watch the fireworks show (which is always the finale of a complete Diwali event, according to our hosts).  In addition to the Parade of States and the fireworks show the festival included numerous vendors selling Indian food, clothing, jewelry and other items.   Enjoy!

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ImageViewing fireworks from the top of the Tower of the Americas

Stop Child Trafficking Now Run/Walk

Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTNow) organized a fundraiser run/walk last Saturday, September 24, at the University of Incarnate Word (UIW). SCTNow’s mission is to stop child trafficking by targeting the source – predators who drive the sex industry.  The cause was serious but runners and walkers enjoyed the lovely woods and UIW’s campus.  At the end of the course a DJ played fun music and Amy’s Ice Cream scooped out complimentary ice cream.

UIW grotto

Information table

Trees in nature preserve

House of C.A.R.D.S.