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”. 



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.



San Antonio Gardenia Club Luncheon Celebrates With Mozart And Margaritas Theme


By Jake Gaines   Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde

THE SETTING: With social distancing protocol in place, Mozart & Margaritas served as the fashionable theme that inspireda current event to support the San Antonio Gardenia Club. The fundraising luncheon, colorfully decorated by Feather Fluff and Flings, and style show, featured Julian Gold models adorned in fashions from the elegant boutique as they paraded down the catwalk, inspiring guests for their future stylish looks. In fact, this luncheon was the last Julian Gold style show in 2020 before the pandemic, and this is the first style show they did in 2021.

THE STYLE: The San Antonio Country Club was the setting for the event where guests were transported back to the days of Mozart, minuets, wigged styles, and glorious music. Victorian glamour and decadent floral centerpieces, along with mini margaritas, greeted the masked guests while the symphonic harmonies of Mozart’s piano concertos filled the ballroom. Then, the costumed Melissa Gonzalez channeled her inner diva, and serenaded the audience while accompanied by the Woodlawn Theater Academy performers, ushering the lucky guests back to the days of the Majestic Opera House.


THE PURPOSE: This year’s annual luncheon was chaired by Sharron Batchelor and Christi Tidwell, with Laura Humphries serving as the president of the non-profit organization. Emcee Siobhain Buckley helped to steward the event’s proceedings. 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.



Can Can-Themed Party Honors Melanie Vaughan


By Jake Gaines      Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde, Parish Photography

THE SETTING: A Touch of Folly was the theme for An Evening in The Moulin Rouge recently, with pandemic protocol in place for honoree Melanie Vaughan, hosted by her parents, Karen and Curtis Vaughan. Guests arrived at The St. Anthony Hotel to discover massive red windmills in front welcoming them a la Moulin Rouge.

The party celebrated the Queen, Princess, and Duchesses named as part of the Court of Parisian Splendour, Fiesta 2021. The Fiesta celebration was cancelled last spring due to COVID-19, so the Vaughan family hosted a party in honor of the girls this April, post-vaccines.

THE STYLE: Everywhere guests looked, French flair was abundant. The event was produced by San Antonio-based Billinda Wilkinson of Wilkinson Rhodes Events, who designed and orchestrated the party with her team from Dallas, Las Vegas, and beyond. The balcony in the Anacacho Ballroom of the hotel was covered in red and black ostrich feather fans accented with black and white butterflies.

Rouge performers, brought in from Las Vegas, performed four choreographed dances throughout the evening worthy of the French theatrical landmark. The buffet stations were designed in the Art Nouveau style of the famous French architect, Guimard. The Peraux ballroom featured a stunning rotating red windmill bar while Roonie G, a video D.J., performed throughout the evening to keep the action going.

THE PURPOSE: Fiesta San Antonio, through the support of its participating member organizations, presents a safe, educational, annual celebration of the diverse heritage, culture, and spirit of San Antonio for its residents and visitors.



Witte Museum Celebrates Game Dinner’s 50th Anniversary

By Jake Gaines     Photography by Robin Jerstad

THE SETTING: The 50th Annual Witte Game Dinner raised nearly $1.1 million to support the Museum’s recovery fund, including $100,000 in field trip funding. The iconic event was held outside on the Witte’s eight-acre campus in the Zachry Family Acequia Garden, as well as on porches throughout Texas. A seamless, physically distanced atmosphere was mapped out, going above and beyond the successful safety protocols put in place by the CDC, State Health Department, and the City of San Antonio’s safety guidelines. The annual Witte Game Dinner draws around 1,200 people, but the adaptive approach limited the number to 450 people on campus, with nearly 500 more online. Since re-opening in May, the Witte Museum has been a beacon of safety, putting protection protocols front and center. The Witte Game Dinner celebration was re-imagined to operate with the community’s best interest at heart, with both onsite and online experiences.


THE STYLE: With its theme, Back to Our Roots, the night symbolized an authentic South Texas ranch experience under the stars, complete with wild game, campfires, and live music. Rick Cavender emceed the evening, which featured an array of wild game cuisine created by the RK Group, auctions, and a performance by Robert Earl Keen. The 2020 Witte Game Dinner Texas Heritage Award recipient was Rosemary Kowalski and the RK Group for their more than 50-year history with the Witte.


THE PURPOSE: The event chairs, Meredith and Mike Howard, and their committee planned the successful gala. The Game Dinner is the museum’s largest fundraiser, providing educational programs, operations, and exhibitions for 50 years. The effects of COVID-19 made this year’s event crucial to ensure the funding needed for approximately 350,000 school-aged children and families to experience all the Witte has to offer, physically and virtually. The Meredith & Mike Howard Family Foundation, the Kowalski Family, Mary West and Richard Traylor, and Valero co-presented, while XPEL was the Valet & Protection sponsor.