ThriveWell Against Cancer

As women of a certain age, we’ve all been there. The time between our annual mammogram and waiting on the results can be excruciating long, especially for those of us who have a family history of breast cancer. We wait. We worry. We pray. And for the majority of women, the result of their mammogram screening is negative for cancer. And for others, it is not. This starts the emotional roller coaster ride of being a cancer patient. It’s the label that no one wants and after the initial shock and realization of their new reality, most wonder where to turn in the journey to fight … [Read more...]

Holiday Ole Market Fashions

The 21st edition of the Junior League of San Antonio's Holiday Ole Market kicked off last night at the Expo Hall at the Freeman Coliseum. This one of the the JLSA's major fundraisers. All the net proceeds go directly back into the community by the programs that they support. And it's just loads of fun to look at everything.   I met my friend Marilyn there so we could do a little shopping and catch up with old friends. We were in Junior League over the same time period and just got finished serving on Antonian's  Heritage Gala committee together. I asked her, OK, begged her to … [Read more...]

Why ALS Research Matters

I've probably seen hundreds of ALS Ice Bucket Challenges show up on my various social media feeds by now. I've only actually clicked on just a handful. It's not because I don't care. I think the #IceBucketChallenge may go down in history as the most successful social media campaigns ever. It is certainly a novel idea. It's very easy to be a participant and make your own video to share with your friends and followers.  After all, it's all  in the name of charity!       While I can't speak for my entire family, I can safely say that my immediate family … [Read more...]

Bless Your Ole’

Holiday Ole’ Market is just around the corner. It is the perfect place to find unique and specialized gifts to put under your Christmas tree.  It is also combines shopping and entertainment like no other event in town. I think I have attended every year. I also served on the Ole’ committee when I was a member of the Junior League. I may gush a little bit on this post. I just can’t help myself! I am spotlighting a few local merchants that you will find at the Junior League of San Antonio’s major fundraising event. It will be held beginning on Wednesday, October 24th through Saturday October … [Read more...]

The Rivertini Pour-Off

San Antonio loves the River Walk. There is an upcoming event that benefits the San Antonio River Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit  whose mission is to enhance the natural beauty, recreational use and public appreciation of the entire river. The Rivertini Pour-Off is in its 4th year. It is a competition featuring eighteen of the city's top bars and restaurants. They each compete by mixing their very own speciality martinis that reflect the lively spirit of the San Antonio River. The winners will be decided by local celebrity judges. The cost of a $50 ticket includes martini sampling … [Read more...]

Luminaria is a Gift to our City

  Luminaria is coming. And I couldn't be happier. The event started five years ago and is modeled after Paris’ Nuit Blanche which showcases art in the theme of light. Our former Mayor Phi Hardberger envisioned San Antonio having its own showcase of light and art and each year has been bigger and better than the previous one. A free and family-friendly outdoor event, Luminaria showcases the city's unique cultural mix of over 150 artists' work in six different artistic disciplines: music, dance, film, literary arts, theater and visual arts. Luminaria hopes to inspire those in … [Read more...]

Scenes from Fiesta at the VFW

Our local VFW 76 that is located on the Museum Reach portion of the River Walk, hosts a family friendly Fiesta event. Not only is it the oldest VFW post in Texas but it is housed in the most exquisite building. The proceeds from their Fiesta event will help support renovations in this historic Victorian mansion as well as offer financial assistance to their veterans in need. Bring your lawn chairs and listen to the variety of live music. They have booked music that is Tejano,Blues, Country and Western and the Oldies. The atmosphere is laid back and you will enjoy a lovely view on the … [Read more...]

Sassy from Fiesta Oyster Bake!

Fiesta Oyster Bake is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year! It turns the St. Mary's University campus into a music,food and fun festival. The St. Mary's Alumni Association goes to great lengths to plan all year to make sure that you will have a good time at Oyster Bake. I talked and took pictures of people both young and old having a wonderful time. If you missed it, then you are in luck.  It happens for one more day! Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and make new friends and help raise funds for scholarships for students to attend this wonderful university! Some very … [Read more...]

Fiesta Arts Fair-A Family Favorite

Fiesta is here! San Antonio has a lot of newcomers to this thing called Fiesta. If you are one of the new faces in town, welcome! Now, get yourself to a Fiesta event this year! If you want to ease into something then your best bet is the Fiesta Arts Fair, especially if you have children. It is very family friendly and is located on the beautiful grounds of the Southwest School of Art and Craft.  There is music,food,drink,art and more art. My family loves it and I am sure yours will too! You will find hands-on crafts for the kids that are purchased with coupons. The location by the gazebo and … [Read more...]

The Bright Shawl-A Tea Room and So Much More

I met a friend at the Bright Shawl for lunch recently. I haven't been in awhile so I was excited to see if anything had changed since my last visit. I spent a lot of time in that beautiful building. I was a member of the Junior League of San Antonio for years and I am currently a sustainer. A sustainer is basically a "retired" member that still pays dues to support the League. I love this organization. I knew exactly four people in San Antonio when we moved here over 14 years ago. I had given up my career to be a stay at home Mom and had a 4 month old baby and a husband that worked all the … [Read more...]

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