SCHOOL DAYS

SCHOOL DAYS

Texans Can Academies Hosts Annual Luncheon 

By Jake Gaines            Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde

THE SETTING: Texans Can Academies–San Antonio recently honored Kim Lewis, CEO of KSL Resources and champion of childhood education and the arts, as its 2021 honoree.

 

THE STYLE: The annual Texans Can Academies–San Antonio Motherhood Lifetime Achievement Award was the purpose of the annual luncheon that honors leading women in the city who are distinguished for their exemplary compassion and service. San Antonio Country Club was the venue for the event and served as the backdrop for the many guests, including past honorees, for a moving tribute to Lewis. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Deborah Knapp of KENS 5 News. The event’s special speakers included current students of Texans Can Academies San Antonio, Adam Rubio and Jackeline Cabrera.

 

THE PURPOSE: Gloria Delgado served as the host committee chair. The event benefits the students of Texans Can Academies–San Antonio, a dropout prevention and recovery school now in its 20th year of service to the San  Antonio community, which today educates 600 at-risk San Antonio youth. This year’s sold-out event raised $205,000 to advance their mental health services, food services, scholarships, and other vital student support.

FLORAL AMBIENCE

FLORAL AMBIENCE

San Antonio Botanical Shines With Stunning Al Fresco Gala 

By Jake Gaines   Photography by Greg Harrison

THE SETTING: Over 500 guests in fashionable floral and garden-inspired attire enjoyed a beautiful breezy evening at the San Antonio Botanical Garden for its annual Splendor in The Garden gala. The décor, living walking florals, by Artisan Oddities was a delight to behold. The floral, ribbon decor, and sparkling tree lights by Trinity Flowers’ Danny Cuellar, Danesa Woehrle, and Alex Woehrle were a feast for the eyes.

 

THE STYLE: The gala was a wandering affair through the San Antonio Botanical Garden as guests were serenaded by Carlos’ Guitar. Greeted by butterfly ballerinas, attendees strolled down the promenade to the iconic Lucile Halsell Conservatory Courtyard for the cocktail hour featuring live music, butterfly ballet vignettes, and delicious hors d’oeuvres. As the sun was setting, guests were escorted to the Greehey Lawn, set ablaze in twinkling tree lights. The beautiful new space is ringed with a massive canopy of oak and cypress trees. The seated dinner consisted of 68 beautifully adorned tables at which a gourmet meal was served. Following a Ballet Conservatory of South Texas performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, complete with glowing butterfly wings, guests heard remarks from San Antonio Botanical Garden Board of Directors’ President Karen Greenwood, Mayor Ron Nirenburg, Botanical Garden CEO Sabina Carr, and Event Chair Susan Shown Todd. The afterparty in the Betty Kelso Center had guests dancing to DJ Catwalk’s beats into the night.

 

THE PURPOSE: The record-breaking signature fundraising event raised nearly half a million dollars to support the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The mission of the organization is to enrich lives through plants and nature. One way the Garden does that is by connecting more than 60,000 children to the natural world by funding educational programs throughout the year. Programs include Little Sprouts, Terrarium Ecosystem, Early Childhood Lifecycles, the Children’s Vegetable Garden, summer camps, culinary health and wellness, drop-in programming, and the Family Adventure Garden.

IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES

IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES

Southwest School Of Art Celebrates The Spirit Of The 60s

By Jake Gaines     Photography by Jim Landers Photography

THE SETTING: Southwest School of Art welcomed guests back to the beautiful McNutt Gardens for a groovy celebration, rescheduled due to the pandemic, themed Imagine, inspired by the life and music of John Lennon and all the great artists of the 1960s. To begin the festivities, the Gale Art Sale enticed art lovers to collect new acquisitions in the Coates Chapel that included dy-no-mite pieces contributed by notable local, national, and international artists. Gala patrons were welcomed to the event and thanked for their generosity by SSA Board Chair Randy Cain and President Paula Owen. Co-chairs Sara and Jeremy Jessop gave special thanks to Stephanie Canales, the gala’s general manager.

 

THE STYLE: The attendees then proceeded to the main event. The tables, spaced with proper social distancing, were beautifully decorated in psychedelic colors for the sold-out event of almost 500 guests with linens by Illusions Rentals & Designs and flowers by Trinity Flowers & Events. Guests were treated to scrumptious passed hors d’oeuvres and a delectable dinner provided by Club Giraud. It featured a duet entrée of charbroiled medallion of tenderloin, topped with sautéed wild mushrooms and sautéed jumbo prawns with garlic caper beurre blanc on acini de pepe pomodoro served with a sautéed spring vegetable medley. The meal ended with a 60s favorite, a decadent Lemon Chiffon Pie with fresh blueberries & Lemon Sauce Anglaise. In keeping with a new tradition, the evening of fun, food, music, and art ended with an outta sight after party in the Frost Garden. Albert Steves’ band, Mothership, created a Studio 54-style atmosphere for guests to dance the night away, with more tempting food and libations as well.

 

THE PURPOSE: All proceeds benefited the Southwest School of Art, now accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and Texas’ only independent college of art. The mission of the Southwest School of Art is to teach and advance the visual arts for the benefit of students seeking higher education and for others seeking education and enrichment. 

CROWNING GLORY

CROWNING GLORY

San Antonio Gardenia Club Celebrates Queen’s Coronation And Court Presentation

 

By Jake Gaines   Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde

THE SETTING: Set amid the historical magnificence of the St. Anthony Hotel, the San Antonio Gardenia Club recently held its annual Queens’ Coronation and presentation of the Court. This memorable event, a grand Gardenia Club tradition, was patterned after the first Coronation held there in 1960.

 

THE STYLE: The hotel’s Peacock Alley, with Covid-19 safety measures in place, served as an elegant setting for cocktails and photography to begin the evening under the backdrop of French tapestries and crystal chandeliers. The splendid Anacacho room was the venue for the magical evening for the duchesses and their escorts as they were presented. The hall and ballroom, adorned in shades of lilac flowers, the Queen’s favorite color, was created by the renowned artistry and design of RTC floristry. The Mistress of Ceremonies, Siobhain Anders Buckley, introduced the Court and this year’s newly crowned Gardenia Queen, Chandler Suzanne Simpson. Chandler, a third-generation Gardenia Queen, is the daughter of Suzanne and Brad Simpson and the granddaughter of DeeAnn and Carlton Skinner Simpson.

 

THE PURPOSE: This year’s event chairs were DeeAnn Simpson and Kathleen Mayes. The purpose of the San Antonio Gardenia Club is to further interest in the fine arts by providing recognition to students within the San Antonio area, and the proceeds of the annual fundraiser raise funds for local fine arts students. The San Antonio Gardenia Club was founded in 1960, with the mission of providing fine arts scholarships to deserving students who graduate from Bexar County schools, enabling young scholars to continue their education at local colleges. The club also participates in the annual Fiesta Battle of Flowers, Texas Cavaliers River Parade, the Annual Holiday Parade, and the King William Parade.

OH, HOW PARISIAN

OH, HOW PARISIAN

The Order Of The Alamo Hosts The Court Of Parisian Splendour Coronation

 

By Jake Gaines         Photography by Katie Clementson

THE SETTING: Because of the pandemic, the original The Order of the Alamo coronation date in 2020 was moved twice to 2021 when the Order hosted a privately-themed event, The Court of Parisian Splendour, that occurred al fresco with a much smaller attendance and COVID protocol in place. The Argyle was the venue for the Coronation of the Queen and her Court, a reception, and dance afterward. 

 

THE STYLE: An entire stage was built that allowed the court to make a full entry, bow, and then ascend the main stairs of the Argyle. Mistress of the Robes Kate Coiner Park, and the event’s artistic directors, Amy Stieren and Wendy Stieren, began working on the court’s 26 Queen, Princess, and Duchess’ dresses and robes long before the ceremony. The Parisian theme of the gowns was based on extensive research and design to represent the various icons, monuments, and culture from Paris. Then the dresses were draped over the railings of the second and third story verandas. The main “house” of the Argyle served as the evening’s set, while the families and their guests looked on. The intimate setting, and master of ceremonies, Albert Steves, as the Lord High Chamberlain, made it an exceptional event for all who participated.    

 

At the beginning of the show, the Order honored the 2020 The Order of the Alamo President Elliott G. Hayne, accompanied by his three daughters. Representing Napoleon I, Albert Steves V was introduced as the Lord High Chamberlain. After the 24 Duchesses and their Dukes were presented, including six from the Visiting Court and eighteen from the Royal Household, the current 2021 Order President Andrew B. Price and his son, Nelson, arrived to preside at the Coronation of the Queen. The Princess, Hannah Elizabeth Bakke, was presented, after which all rose for the Queen, Elizabeth “Liza” Grace Huey, crowned by 2021 Order President Andrew B. Price.

 

After the coronation, the Duchesses came down to the stage from their seats on the verandas. Their trains remained on the Argyle verandas, and they exited down the main ramp, waving to their friends and family.  Albert Steves’ last words to the audience were “Until the City of Lights beckons again…remember, that Paris…is always a good idea”. 

FESTIVELY FOCUSED

FESTIVELY FOCUSED

The DoSeum Hosts Sixth Annual Birthday Bash

By Jake Gaines                        Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde

THE SETTING:  With the air humming with vibrant energy, cocktails flowing, a curated menu and interactive activities, you would never guess The DoSeum’s Sixth Annual Birthday Bash gala wasn’t an actual gala. Opting to forgo a formal virtual event program, The DoSeum created an exclusive fete to be held at home, complete with in-person delivery of ‘tables’–the museum’s signature Fiesta Boxes packed with local eats and treats, libations, and perfectly portioned meals. With over 30 tables sold, 15 of which transformed into festive dinner parties, this decidedly non-event was the event to attend.

THE STYLE: Tables sold for over $2,500 received a meal for ten and five Fiesta Boxes. The delectable Fiesta Boxes were filled with Cinco de Mayo amenities like Dulce Vida tequila, Shiner Beer, Rico’s chips and queso, and more. Because of the generous contributors, thousands of children and their caregivers across San Antonio will continue to enjoy access to The DoSeum, the only children’s museum in San Antonio.

THE PURPOSE: Katie Fravell, Amy Feik Garcia, and Anna Ziegler were the co-chairs for the sold-out evening that raised over $200,000. The museum is  dedicated to providing access to fun, hands-on learning experiences, and informal educational experiences, which are more valuable now than ever during this digital age.