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.

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33rd Annual TubaMeister Christmas Concert

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The Thirty-Third Annual TubaMeister Christmas concert Saturday at the Arneson River Theater featured holiday songs played by a variety of  tuba, euphonium, and baritone horn players.   All horn players around San Antonio were invited to participate in the concert.  The TubaMeisters, a tuba/euphonium quartet, played a few special numbers for the audience including a polka, a waltz and a Mel Torme song.  The TubaMeister members are Ezra Johnson, Al Tapia, Ray Grim and Richard Wallace.  Lee Hipp, tuba player with the San Antonio Symphony, conducted the concert. 

The concert seemed to surprise the riders on the river barges who suddenly found themselves in the middle of the concert.  Also, I don’t know if this has been scientifically proven but tuba fans seem to be great dog lovers.  We took our dog to the concert and she received lots of hugs and pats from everyone sitting around us.  Hannah (the dog) seemed to really enjoy the concert. 

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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Beethoven Maennerchor Beer Tasting

Beethoven Maennerchor hosted a beer tasting last Friday in the outdoor courtyard at Beethoven Halle und Garten.  I enjoyed the event even though I don’t drink beer.  I bought a glass of wine at the bar inside and enjoyed chatting with friends.  A host described each beer and then participants picked up a sample of the beer at the bar in the back.  Beers sampled were Alaskan Amber, Alaskan White Ale, Brooklyn Lager, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Lindeman’s Framboise (Raspberry), Real Ale Lost Gold IPA, Stiegl Goldbrau and Stone IPA. 

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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

Chalk It Up 2012

The 9th annual Chalk It Up was held on October 13, 2012 on Houston Street in downtown San Antonio.  Artpace San Antonio organized the free event.  Several blocks of  Houston Street were closed to traffic so that school groups, organizations, professional artists and festival attendees could create chalk art on the sidewalks and street.  Activities also included live music, food booths and hands-on activities.  Festival goers included many children and their families.   Here are pictures of some of the art that was created during the festival.

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