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APRIL 2019 COMPLIMENTARY

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IN THIS ISSUE Culture & Community Contemporary Art's Shining 'Blue Star' By Dan Goddard

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12 SIP & SAVOR Whiskey That's a True Maverick By Kimberly A, Suta

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FAMILY FUN LEGOLAND Discovery Center Grand Opening April 12 By Carole Miller

GREAT FINDS A Hat by Any Name By Dawn Robinette

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Sip & Savor Family Fun Be Entertained Great Finds

28 Culture & Community 32 Recreation 36 24/48/72 Hours

GUIDES 40 Food & Drink 42 Arts & Entertainment 44 Shopping

MAPS 46 River Walk 47 Museum Reach & King William 52 Downtown 58 Greater San Antonio

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ON THE COVER The Tower Life Building featured in the cover photo is 6.5 ft. tall, weighing 115 pounds and took 335 hours to build using over 24,000 LEGO® bricks. LEGOLAND Discovery Center San Antonio is the ultimate indoor LEGO playground, perfect for families with children ages 3-10. You'll enjoy two interactive LEGO rides, a 4D Cinema showing three different movies, MINILAND where dozens of San Antonio-area landmarks are built completely out of LEGO bricks, a children's play area and more. For more information visit SanAntonio.LegoLandDiscoveryCenter.com/

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RIO Magazine is the official publication of the San Antonio River Walk Association. All expressions of opinions and statements of supposed facts are published on the authority of the writer and cannot be regarded as expressing the views of the San Antonio River Walk Association or its Publisher. Advertisements do not imply sponsorship or endorsement by the San Antonio River Walk Association or its Publisher.


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The San Antonio River Walk Association’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve the River Walk. This is done through special events, public education, social media, and RIO Magazine. The association also serves as an advocate for member businesses. For more information, call 210-227-4262. PRESIDENT Maria Martinez Marriott Plaza San Antonio PRESIDENT-ELECT John Carbajal Keller Williams PAST-PRESIDENT Laurence Seiterle Zurich Properties TREASURER Ryan Wood On the Bend SECRETARY Michael Woody Visit San Antonio CHAIR, OPERATORS COMMITTEE Andreas Esparza Boudro’s EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Maggie Thompson San Antonio River Walk Association EX-OFFICIOS Veronica Garcia Center City Development and Operations Department Marissa Korth San Antonio River Authority Eddie Romero Centro San Antonio Will Grinnan San Antonio Restaurant Association Marco Barros San Antonio Tourism Council BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bob Buchanan The Original Mexican Restaurant

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EDITOR’S LETTER A DANGEROUS PAST In 1959 David Straus, a prominent businessman and board member of the Chamber of Commerce, overheard comments that the River Walk was an embarrassment to the city. Straus volunteered to head a chamber sub-committee to address the problem. Back then, only two downtown buildings had front doors facing the river. Tenants were simply not interested in investing in the dangerous riverfront. The military was forbidden to visit the river. Straus visited historic districts in other states to learn how businesses joined forces to create thriving entertainment districts. The only accommodations on the River Walk was La Posada, now named Omni La Mansion del Rio, plus a youth hostel and a transient hotel. A total of eight restaurants existed, only two of the originals remain Little Rhein Steak House and Casa Rio. The San Antonio River Walk Association, formerly named Paseo del Rio Association, was formed through a contract with the city in 1969 to grow the sleepy River Walk as a destination. I don’t think Straus or the original board members could have envisioned that 50 years later the River Walk would be the #1 attraction in Texas with over 13 million visitors each year.

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The term maverick, which means an unorthodox or independent-minded person, a free-spirited trendsetter, was derived from one of San Antonio’s own, Sam Maverick.

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Most everyone remembers the story of the Alamo, but what you may not know is it was a man by the name of Sam Maverick who was elected by his brave group of “Texian rebels” at the harrowing battle of the Alamo to represent and sign the Texas Declaration of Independence back in 1836. He was the only survivor. When he returned to San Antonio, a place he deeply loved, he settled here with his wife Mary in a homestead with a view of the Alamo. What is now the city proper was once farmland and even a beautiful family peach orchard in the area now known as Travis Park. By 1844, Sam Maverick owned 35,000 acres, much of which was eventually donated to the city and became home to many iconic landmarks. Sam went on to become mayor and a member of the San Antonio militia, which protected the city from attacks by Comanche. Now, almost 200 years later, the great-great-greatgrandson of this pioneer, Kenneth Maverick, is paving his own Texas trail with the opening of Maverick Whiskey. The newly opened distillery, located in the heart of downtown at 115 Broadway Street where the corner of the Maverick family homestead was once plotted, will be the first downtown distillery, featuring three floors of whiskey goodness, including a tasting room and bar, retail space, a private event space on the third floor, and of course, the distillery. As legend has it, when Sam departed the Alamo, he left some whiskey for his men. Back in the good old days of the wild west, whiskey was often used as a form of currency. Although an attorney by trade, family-made whiskey was a common practice at the time. While researching his family tree, Kenneth discovered documents that revealed the story of how Maverick’s whiskey first started.

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take some time for the aged spirits to be at their peak and ready to drink, the distillery currently offers other spirits, such as white whiskey, which does not require aging, as well as rum, gin, and agave. Choosing one of their signature cocktails might be one of the hardest decisions you ever have to make. Beer lovers need not despair as Maverick is also a licensed brewery and will eventually be serving beer brewed on-site. In the meantime, you can enjoy beers from other local breweries or sample from their reserve wine list. As for culinary delights, the distillery offers creative options that incorporate whiskey or pair well with the spirits. Enjoy some light bites or hearty hors d’oeuvres, as well as lunch and dinner, featuring whiskey plates and curated menu items made with seasonal ingredients. Sourcing Texas ingredients, even on the culinary side, is an important aspect of what they’re doing.

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Sink your teeth into some whiskey-glazed ribs or a succulent burger, for example, not to mention a juicy slice of whiskey apple pie for dessert. Check their website for culinary tasting experiences and special events. Simply put, Maverick Whiskey is a fun place to grab a few drinks before venturing off to explore the rest of what San Antonio has to offer or settle in for dinner and an evening of revelry. Interestingly, the building, which turned 100 years old last summer, still smells like freshly printed money. Lockwood National Bank was a regional mint and printed money on-site. The basement was once a vault. Maverick Whiskey has made a monumental effort to bring back the vintage feel to this stunning historic building with thoughtful details that are an homage to its origin.

They attempted to salvage as many of the original features as possible, such as the original terrazzo floors. The gorgeous cabinetry on the first floor was handcrafted on-site, and a local ironworker was brought in to create iron light fixtures for the interior. It’s indeed an ideal environment to sit back and enjoy a finelycrafted whiskey. Unfortunately, until business ramps up, you can only enjoy their spirits in-house or grab a couple of cherished bottles to take home with you, but distribution is also in the long-term plans. A visit to Maverick Distillery is about so much more than just good food and drinks. It’s about history; it’s about survival and victory against all odds. It’s also about the accomplishments of, not just one man and his family, but of an entire city. This maverick of a man-shaped San Antonio, and from the second floor, with whiskey in hand, you can look down into the distillery and get a bird’s eye view of the whiskey production and ponder the 183-year journey of heart and heartache to make this drink possible. There’s little doubt that Sam and Mary, who were passionate about creating a diverse cultural experience in San Antonio, would be proud of the legacy that inspired this historic yet innovative Alamo City gem.

WRITER’S BIO Kimberly A. Suta of Sutapants Productions is a local and national food writer and filmmaker. She’s also the CoCreator of Homegrown Chef (homegrowncheftv.com), a culinary series featuring our city’s best chefs and delicious eats.

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Fairy tales can come true. It can happen to you if you’re young at heart. And nothing could be more magical than a land full of Legos.

LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER Grand Opening April 12 by Carole Miller

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Families can build a fairy tale world while simultaneously raising their Lego game to a whole new level at the ultimate indoor Lego playground—Legoland Discovery Center opening April 12 in the Shops at Rivercenter

ONCE UPON A TIME Jump into a kingdom far, far away while cavorting about the Lego City Play Zone and Construction Site, an indoor play area packed with Legos, climbing walls, slides, and a jungle gym. Construction workers-in-training can burn-off some of their energy while mom and dad relax (and, perhaps, build their own Lego masterpieces). Join the loveable characters made entirely out of Lego blocks and have some fun in Heartlake City building unique models while making new Lego friends. Or try your hand at building the tallest tower and test its strength at the challenging Earthquake Tables.

FAST AND THE FURIOUS After a tough morning slaying dragons and casting spells, take a turn and enter the action-

IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL Jump on your beanstalk and become a giant for a day in Miniland San Antonio, a tiny replica of the city constructed out of more than 1.5 million Lego bricks. Explore and play with our  interactive  models of beloved San Antonioarea landmarks from historic buildings and legendary landmarks to tall skyscrapers. Watch  an exciting boat race or see the towers glow as day turns to night. Miniland is also home to some mischievous Minifigures who love to play hide-and-seek so be on the lookout for the little pranksters. 

packed world full of high-octane car chases. Create an ultra-fast Lego car at the Build and Test Zone, race your vehicle on the test track and compete to see which family member finishes with the quickest time. Who will zoom across the finish line first?

BIPPITY-BOPPITY-BOO As far as Lego-building skills are concerned, anyone can become a Lego Michaelangelo with a little help from their Lego Fairy Godfather. Master Model Builder Kevin Hintz is a true Lego magician who can create anything you can imagine out of

Medieval-themed rides. Hop aboard your chariot in the laser ride, Kingdom Quest. Zap all the lurking trolls and sneaky skeletons and save the princess from their evil clutches. Or become the next apprentice to a magical wizard on Merlin’s Apprentice Ride. Pedal the enchanted cart in his magical potion chamber faster and faster to conjure the sorcerer’s spell and hang on to your pointed hats as you soar into the sky.

Little builders aged 2-5 can let their imaginations run wild in the animal-themed Duplo Village where they can build a lively Lego animal, play peek-a-boo in the enchanted cottage and revel among the soft blocks. And the Duplo Farm is the perfect place for future farmers to plant some handmade vegetables in the garden and play with the barnyard cow. 4D AND FABULOUS Completely immerse yourselves in the enchanted world of Legos. Combine the excitement and thrills of a 3D film with the added effects of actual wind, rain, and snow and you get the amazing Lego 4D cinema experience. Watch “The Lego Movie 4D: A New Adventure,” “Legends of Chima”  or  “Nexo Knights Book of Creativity” come to life and become a part of the non-stop action. STORMING THE CASTLE Experience the thrill of the days and “knights” of King Arthur while testing your skills on two

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Legos. He shares insider tips and super tricks during master classes and workshops for kids at the brilliant and magical Creative Workshop. HAPPILY EVER AFTER So much fun and activity may cause your family to “build up” an appetite, take a time out and make your way to the colorful café area where you can replenish your strength with a savory sandwich, healthy salad, decadent dessert or enjoy a hot cup of joe before tackling your next project. Go home with all the latest Lego products including Marvel Super Heroes, Star Wars  and Ninjago as well as some exclusive limited-edition items from the Lego Store. Lego fans are welcome to visit the store without purchasing admission. Annual Pass holders receive 12 months of unlimited access to the attractions and invitations to special events throughout the year.

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The eagerly-anticipated opening weekend for this all-new family adventure happens April 12 through 14 at the Shops at Rivercenter. Even though it was specifically conceived and designed from a child’s perspective, the Legoland Discovery Center offers fun for all ages. With the exception of the dreaded middle-of-the-night, barefoot encounter, Legos are, without a doubt, the most beloved kids (and adults) toys ever. After all, it’s never too late to have a happy childhood.

WRITER’S BIO Carole Miller is the mother of three Lego experts, Sydney, Nick and Faith. Her husband, however, is quite possibly the biggest Lego fan in history who can sometimes still be seen playing with his big box of Legos he kept since childhood and will be first in line for Legoland Discovery Center opening weekend.

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It’ free to all, it’s fascinating, and it’s right downtown, held in and around two iconic institutions—the San Antonio Public Library’s breath-taking, modern, “enchiladared” Central Library, with art by Dale Chihuly and many others; and the nearby, magnificently restored 19th-century convent and gardens that anchor the campus of the Southwest School of Art. There’s something for everybody, from literary aesthetes to families looking for fun. After all, books are basically words and pictures – the essence of all culture. Reading is the ultimate visual experience. It enables you to create images from in your imagination-it makes YOU the artist. Scheduled events include meeting attorney-turned photographer Michael Nye; extraordinary images illuminate My Heart Is Not Blind: On Blindness and Perception or viewing a talk by USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page as she shares the inside story of The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of An American Dynasty. Page is also the featured speaker at GET LIT, a ticketed post-festival event at Trinity University April 7. Another ticketed event to thrill fans of history and the Broadway musical sensation, Hamilton, author Ron Chernow will speak at the Book Appetít Literary Feast on April 5. That same evening, The Moth, the acclaimed national radio story-telling program, stages a live event at the historic Majestic Theater. During the Book Festival, four small private Book It! Luncheons offer an intimate lunch featuring some of the best authors in the line-up is on the menu. Tickets for these events are scarce, but you might still find one at festival.saplf.org.

April 4 - 6th, the non-profit San Antonio Public Library Foundation’s 7th annual San Antonio Book Festival is proof positive that reading goes beyond solitary concentration.

With 100-plus authors showcasing their works in a single day, there’s much to see. And the best way to experience it all is up close and in person at the festival. You’ll rub shoulders with literary stars and comic book collectors, readers of every stripe and children of every age. Whether you’re grazing at the food trucks, browsing through hundreds of new and vintage titles in the

OVER 100 AUTHORS Camille Acker, Training School for Negro Girls Jennifer Ziegler, Revenge of the Teacher’s Pets Rick Bragg, The Best Cook In The World: Tales From My Momma’s Table (Pulitzer Prize-winner) Tayari Jones, An American Marriage, (Oprah’s Book Club 2018 selection) Meg Medina, Merci Suárez Changes Gears (children’s sensation) 20 RIO Magazine

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Barnes and Noble book tents, or engaging in earnest conversation about a favorite book or author, you’ll find inspiration, stimulation and a world of ideas packed into a few city blocks.

“A book is a gift you can open again and again” Garrison Keillor

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“You can show up any time – come for as long as you want. We’ve planned a full day where you can come alone or bring the family, there will be something entertaining for everyone,” said Festival Executive Director Lilly Gonzalez. Experienced and earnest festival-goers will study the line-up on the website and strategize ways to make the most of the festival’s 8 hours, while others will show up and enjoy what comes. There are great reads – and great reasons to celebrate – for all. While the Book Festival brings the highest concentration of readers and writers together each year, San Antonio offers other delights and inspiration for “bookies.” Gemini Ink, the city’s literary arts center, offers classes, workshops and special events to encourage, inspire and inform everyone from professional writers to students and novices. On April 3, Gemini Ink presents All The Dreams We’ve Dreamed: A Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago’s West Side, with acclaimed author Rus Bradburd and basketball coach Shawn Harrington, who was featured in the documentary Hoop Dreams. Together they’ll explore their story of friendship, courage, and endurance in one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods. April 4 and 11, Gemini presents free evenings of poetry, featuring “30 Poems for the Tricentennial” – works created specially to commemorate San Antonio’s 300th anniversary. April 26, there’s a free reading by the widely-hailed new writer Kali Fajardo-Anstine, from her new book Sabrina & Corina. Sandra Cisneros said the stories “blaze like wildfire, with characters who made me laugh and broke my heart.” What better endorsement could a reader want? Finally, if you’re just in the mood to browse for fantastic books, San Antonio’s most beloved independent bookstore, The Twig, is conveniently located just off the Museum Reach of the River Walk, right in the heart of the spectacular Pearl complex. Check out their website for frequent book-signings and author appearances. And whatever you read, read on.

WRITER’S BIO Susan Yerkes is a San Antonio-based journalist and travel writer who literally grew up in a bookstore. Her greatest joy is reading everything she can get her hands on, and she still likes holding a real book. thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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A HAT BY ANY NAME Stetson, Crown, Fedora, Cap, Derby, Chapeau By Dawn Robinette

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Whether it’s to provide fashion or

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If you’re looking for a historical look that will never go out of style, a stop at Paris Hatters is a must. Passing the hat for more than 100 years, stepping into Paris Hatters is like stepping back in time. The cash register has been in service since the 1930s, and the buffalo and bison heads that adorn the walls are throwbacks to a Texas of long ago. But there’s nothing out of style about the classic hats covering every surface of the shop, which is what brings everyone from presidents to princesses to Paris Hatters to find just the right look. With the most extensive inventory in the country, there’s no doubt you’ll find the perfect hat, too. The color and style are up to you, but the talented team at Paris Hatters will help you get just the right fit and be sure the hat you take home with the famous Paris Hatters logo on the inside is one you’ll treasure for years. Whether it’s felt or straw, a cowboy hat or a fedora, or perhaps a derby or a cap, you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose from the fantastic array that awaits you at the family-owned and operated shop. Penner’s, another iconic downtown shop is just a few steps from the River Walk and has been dressing San Antonians for more than a century. You’ll find stylish suits, guayaberas, and the store’s signature Stacy Penners shoes, but you’ll also discover just the right hat to go with every look. From a rainbow of

Kangol caps to straw hats suited for warmer weather, through to fashionable felt hats that add a touch of style, Penner’s has you covered. Articles line the store walls detailing its history, but what grabs your eye is rack upon rack of clothing options, all paired with the right shoes and hats, to cover all men’s fashion needs. Paired with the attentive service and the downtown location, Penner’s is a destination that will leave you stylishly attired from head to toe. Since 1949 when it’s time to celebrate, everyone knows you head to Amol’s Party and Fiesta Supplies. That includes getting your head in the game. Why not start top-down and get a festive crown to get in the mood? Along with party supplies in every theme you can imagine, Amol’s offers authentic flower crowns bursting with color in every combination you can imagine. Go with the classic rainbow, or red, white and green, all pink, all blue or any combination you can imagine. In addition to the traditional tissue crowns, you’ll also find flower crowns made of fabric and delicately dyed and cut corn husks, giving you options to match whatever your party mood. Flower crowns can also do double duty as décor- use them as decorations or hand them out as fun party favors. Share them with your friends to be sure everyone is festive or hang them from anything that needs a pop of

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color. You can also find a fantastic selection of sombreros, as well as other hats ready for any party or celebration. Now it’s time to throw a fiesta to show-off your new crown.

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To continue hat shopping in a party atmosphere, Historic Market Square is a must. After all, shopping is an experience, not an errand, especially when you can explore areas with multiple shops and enjoy fantastic finds— and bonuses like great food and atmosphere. With more than 100 shops and stalls, shopping Market Square and El Mercado (The Market) are like stepping into a street in Mexico. That’s because it’s the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico, with terrific imports and shopping set to the tune of Mariachi music and the tantalizing smells of various restaurants and food booths. Explore Market Square to unearth flower crowns, sombreros and a variety of souvenir caps that make great souvenirs and accessories for any outfit. You can even find a cowboy hat or two, so roam, shop and take home an array of hats for every occasion, and a few extra for gift-giving.

Speaking of something for everyone, if snapbacks, adjustables, stretch-fit, buckets, visors, strapbacks, and truckers sound like options for you, Lids is a hat destination that will make you happy. From football, baseball, basketball, professional teams and colleges from across the country are all represented at Lids. You’ll also discover NASCAR and Major League Soccer gear, alongside hats celebrating specific athletes or special holiday gear. So whether you want to update your Spurs gear, or head into spring with the latest look for the Astros, Lids has you covered. And female sports fans, don’t despair: you don’t have to try to make a man’s size work for you. Lids has women’s caps, as well as youth sizes, so everyone in the family can proudly display their sports love from head to toe. WRITER’S BIO An award-winning writer, communications expert and military spouse who enjoys unearthing discoveries and revisiting old favorites in her adopted hometown, Dawn Robinette loves to tell stories. You can read more of her work at Alamo City Moms Blog. thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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Contemporary Art’s Shining ‘Blue Star’ By Dan R. Goddard

Since 1986, the Blue Star Arts Complex has grown from an abandoned warren of 1920s-vintage warehouses on the wrong side of the San Antonio River into a vibrant mix of art galleries, apartments, bars, restaurants, bike shop, and funky boutiques. The complex also serves as a gateway to the city’s contemporary art scene in Southtown and the 7-mile Mission Reach that runs south along the river linking five of the city’s Spanish Colonial Missions.

The Blue Star began with a postmodern rebellion, partly inspired by what the Salon des Refusés did for the French impressionists in 19thcentury Paris. After a local museum canceled a much-anticipated exhibit highlighting the city’s contemporary art scene, a loose conglomeration of the shunned artists began looking for another venue. Developers Arthur “Hap” Veltman and Bernard Lifshutz, bought the historic Blue Star Ice and Cold Storage complex in 1985. They offered one of the warehouses piled high with dirt, debris, old tires, and other junk rentfree to the artists for three years, hoping it would generate other activity and tenants in the rambling warehouses. For the artists, it meant an investment of sweat equity. The artists spent weeks working night and day and were still painting on the day it finally opened. More than 3,000 people turned out for the Blue Star Art Space opening on June 27, 1986, proving an thesanantonioriverwalk.com

audience for contemporary art in San Antonio existed. Today, Blue Star Contemporary remains the first and longest-running venue for contemporary art in San Antonio. Currently, “Ghostly Demarcations” featuring artists from San Antonio and El Paso is on view through May 5. The exhibit opened during San Antonio’s city-wide Contemporary Art Month in March, which carries on the tradition of focusing on work by living artists begun by the original CAM 33 years ago. The city expanded the River Walk south into King William around the time Blue Star was developed, but for more than 25 years it stopped at Alamo Street. That changed in 2010 when the Eagleland Segment opened, which now makes it possible to journey by foot or bike from the River Walk downtown along the river to Mission Espada south of Loop 410.

The Blue Star Arts Complex is the city’s first mixed-use development. Galleries and artists’ studios fill the complex, which anchors the eastern corner of a “contemporary art triangle” formed by the Lone Star Arts District, along South Flores Street to the southwest and northwest to the Ruby City campus on Camp Street developed by San Antonio philanthropist Linda Pace. Founded by entrepreneur and restauranteur Joey Villarreal and his wife, Magdalena, San Antonio’s first brewpub, the Blue Star Brewing Company, opened at the Blue Star complex in 1996. Serving house-made, craft-brewed beer using wholesome ingredients, Blue Star Brewing Company also hosts regular live jazz on Tuesday nights. In 2004, Villarreal opened the Blue Star Bike Shop, providing convenient pedal-powered transportation for exploring the San Antonio Mission Trail. The complex also has a B-Cycle Station for renting bicycles. RIO Magazine

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CULTURE & COMMUNITY

Folk Art at San Angel

Mexico, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the United States. Since 1999, Jane Bishop, artist/owner of Mockingbird Handprints, has been designing and dying custom textiles for interiors and wearables. She recycles vintage and antique furniture with her one-of-a-kind designs and has created wallpapers for home and office.

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The Brick, a multi-use, eclectic event space, serves as the centerpiece of the Blue Star Arts Complexproviding a venue for markets, performances, exhibitions, music, fashion and other gatherings associated with community, social justice, and nonprofit organizations. The Brick features a massive, industrial-chic space lit by two 80-year-old German chandeliers. On tap, this month at the Brick is a dance performance by Arte Y Pasion Aguitas on April 3. La Vegas experimental electronic darkwave at “Noise Night Presents: Me & My Kidney” April 7. The Alamo Medals Fiesta Market, where you can get all things Fiesta, especially medals, April 10; Sea Moya from Montreal, Austin-based Fanclub and San Antonio dream pop band Elnuh April 15; and the Fourth Annual 4/20 Party benefiting San Antonio’s marijuana-advocacy group NORML on April 19. After extensive travel through Mexico and Latin America, Richard Henry “Hank” Lee opened one of the complex’s oldest galleries in 1989, San Angel Folk Art Gallery which features folk, outsider, visionary, and vernacular work by artists from

With a background that includes developing L.A. Bronks, a Los Angeles skate-wear clothing line, artist Robert Tatum, who moved to San Antonio in the early ‘90s, creates original T-shirt designs, such as “I Love (Taco) SA,” for his Choice Goods Gallery, which also features his gonzo artwork, prints and other local, state and out-of-state low-brow and street artists. Other galleries at Blue Star include the artist-operated Upstairs Studios, the avantgarde FL!GHT Gallery, gallerist Susan Oliver Heard’s upscale Cinnabar and the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Terminal 136. To kick-start your day at the Blue Star Arts Complex, get your caffeine fix at Halcyon. Sukeban has some of the best sushi in Southtown. Stella Public House is the place for artisan wood-fired pizza using oak and pecan, and 20 taps of craft beers. For cocktails, try Bar 1919 or Joe Blues. Blue Star Provisions is a neighborhood grocery store with an emphasis on locally crafted products from farmers, ranchers, and artisans in Central Texas. Top off your visit with one of the best authentically Italian desserts in San Antonio at the South Alamode Panini & Gelato Company. WRITER’S BIO Dan R. Goddard is a longtime San Antonio arts writer who moved to town just in time to cover the opening of the Blue Star Art Space.

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Join us for authentic dishes that evoke the fine flavors of Northern Italian cuisine in a warm, relaxed environment. You can dine outside on our river side patio or inside our casual, contemporary restaurant.

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Had Boudro’s been serving on the River Walk back then, Jim Bowie could have carved his Center Cut Top Sirloin with a butter knife. Prime steaks, Gulf Coast seafood and the best Margaritas around have made Boudro’s one of the Alamo City’s most loved restaurants. Frommers says “Everybody loves this old standby on the River Walk.” Join us riverside, inside or (with reservations) on a barge dinner cruise.

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RECREATION

Public parks are a precious resource in any community, and San Antonio offers tons of outdoor options for the naturalist, hobbyist, outdoor enthusiasts, and fun loving people. With over 300 parks and trails, these four are among the finest.

Park It! by Drew Henry

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BRACKENRIDGE PARK Our first stop is the historic Brackenridge Park created in 1899 when George Washington Brackenridge donated the land. Just a short 10-minute drive north of downtown, this 343-acre green-spot is located amid the cultural Broadway Corridor and is home to more than just beautiful trees open space. Here you can say feed a giraffe at the San Antonio Zoo, learn about dinosaurs and natural history at the Witte Museum, or go for a tranquil walk through the Japanese Tea Gardens. The park also has multiple trails and is on the northernmost stretch othe San Antonio River. Kids will enjoy the playground, looking for turtles and burning off pent-up energy. All ages will enjoy a 20-minute ride on the 1/3 scale San Antonio Zoo Eagle Train, which has been running through the park since 1956. Round out your day by stopping at nearby Central Market and pick

dinosaurs once roamed. Then,

up all the necessities for a great picnic or duck into Good Times Charlie’s located within walking distance for burgers, fries, cheeseburgers, or enchiladas smothered in chili.

First, we are heading to the historic Brackenridge Park, where we can ride a train. Next, we’re

we’re taking flight to Mitchell Lake for birdwatching. Finally, we make our way downtown to Yanaguana Garden, where a pickup game of table tennis or chess is followed by cooling-off in the splash pad. Now, grab your hat and sunscreen, and we’re off!

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GOVERNMENT CANYON Tpwd.texas.gov/stateparks/government-canyon

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DOUGH PIZZERIA Doughpizzeria.com

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Woah! GOVERNMENT CANYON Next, we are taking a walk in the footsteps of the dinosaurs as we head to Government Canyon. This State Natural Area is home to over 12,000 acres of wilderness. Located 40-minutes northwest of downtown the wildlife retreat is open Friday through Monday. And you guessed it; it is home to the only known dinosaur footprints in San Antonio. Scientists think that Acro­can­thosaurus and Sauro­po­sei­don dinosaurs left the tracks nearly 110 million years ago. There are over 40 miles of trails to explore and hunt for traces of dinos, but there’s even more to do! You can geocache, picnic, and search for wildlife from this century. Other experiences include playgrounds and a Discovery Trail for the kids and the opportunity to train as a Junior Park Ranger. Campsites are available on Friday and Saturday nights. So, get those s’mores ready! Explore the sights from the more recent past when you walk the Joe Johnston Route to the historic Zizelmann House built in the 1880s. Hike the Far Reaches Trail to the Chula Vista, and Sotol overlooks or to the North, and South Bluff Spurs overlooks for amazing views. MITCHELL LAKE Next, get ready to spread your wings. We are taking flight and heading to Mitchell Lake for birdwatching. Mitchell Lake is home to over 300 birds spread across a 1,200-acre sanctuary which includes wetland, woodland, brushland, and grassland habitats. Just a short 20-minute drive south of downtown, Mitchell Lake is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and kids under 5 are free. The lake has a rich history and has always been home to our feathered friends. In the early 18th century, the Spanish called it the “Lake of the Ducks.” The Mitchell family owned the lake in the 19th century and used it for fowl hunting. Now, it is a cherished spot for birdwatching. Birding tours are offered every Sunday morning (except the 5th Sunday of the month) and the second Tuesday of every month. For $8, you will be guided by foot and car to see between 30 and 50 different bird species. The tour is suited for ages 15 and up and can last up to four hours, but you are free to leave at any time. If you are new to the art of birdwatching, they also offer Birding Basics tours for beginners the fourth Saturday of every month. Traveling by foot, your guide will go over the basics. This family-friendly program is also $8 per guest. Now, let’s go birding!

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YANAGUANA GARDEN / HEMISFAIR PARK If you prefer a park oasis amidst the bustle of downtown, then Yanaguana Garden is for you. This park sits at the edge of Southtown in Hemisfair Park near the Tower of the Americas and is punctuated with murals, mosaics, and other works of public art. There is a playground and splash pad for the kids, and the whole family will enjoy a pick-up game of table tennis or chess. Grab a pizza for dinner at Dough Pizzeria, located at the edge of the park. After, stroll through the park for a sweet snack. Choose from either gourmet popsicles at Paleteria San Antonio or candy from the newly opened Sugar Sugar. Take your treat to go and continue your walk through the park!

WRITER’S BIO Drew Henry is the founder of the Design Dudes blog. During the week he’s blogging about the coolest style, and on the weekends he is getting active! Instagram: @design_dudes, Facebook: @designdudeslife, Twitter: @designdudeslife, Web: designdudeslife.com

Explore the Art, History, and Heritage of the American West

Located on the River Walk, the Briscoe Western Art Museum houses nine galleries of painting, sculpture, photography, and historical artifacts. Highlights include Pancho Villa’s saddle, a diorama of the Alamo connict, an authentic Chuck Wagon, and Santa Anna’s sword. 210 W. Market Street | San Antonio, TX 78205 BriscoeMuseum.org | 210.299.4499 34 RIO Magazine

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24 48 72 HOURS by Crystal Henry

Poteet strawberries are red. Hill Country bluebonnets are blue. So, check out this River City bucket list, made especially for you.

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Texas Blue Bonnets

DAY ONE

WITH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION - Kiddos twelve The bluebonnets might be the most popular and under get free admission and so do active and bumper crop, but don’t discount the juicy red retired military with ID. Admission includes carnival berries grown in Poteet, Texas, a 30-minute access, rodeo viewing, and all concert and stage performances. TIP: purchase online instead of at the drive south of San Antonio. gate for better prices. BERRY LOVE - The 72nd annual Poteet Strawberry Festival held April 5-7 is a FOOD - Save room for the fajitas and turkey legs. celebration of the little red berry we all know and love. Poteet is the strawberry capital of MUSIC - The festival will have three days of live music, Texas so you can expect plenty of strawberry and it’s all included in the ticket price. You can’t pick shortcakes, chocolate dipped strawberries, a bad day to go, but a heads up — Sunday will feature and the infamous and exclusive H-E-B Poteet a lineup with faves like Randy Rogers, The Spazmatics, Bobby Flores Yellow Rose Band and Los Traileros Strawberry ice cream. Del Norte. thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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Fiesta Arts Fair

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La Charreada

El Rey Fido Coronation

DAY TWO

New Orleans may have Mardi Gras but in San Antonio, we Fiesta. This annual celebration puts our city on the map with its parades, parties and plenty of chicken on a stick. The events and opportunities are endless, but we’ll take a peek at just three of the festivities you should see. PUPPERS ON PARADE - During a human Fiesta parade, locals shout “Show us your shoes,” and the royal ladies oblige by giving patrons a peep at their pumps. But head to the El Rey Fido Coronation, for a look at some of the cutest royal paws in town. This doggo-themed event is a celebration of hardcore fundraising efforts for the San Antonio Humane Society. With Folklorico dances and fancy fido attire, people march their costumed dogs down Houston street and witness the crowning of the canine king and queen with their royal court.

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LA CHARREADA - La Charreada (Mexican rodeo) is the place to be immersed in a day of Old Mexico; it displays the historic ways Mexicans lived and wrangled on the ranch. And unlike other rodeo events, La Charreada highlights the women’s drill team — The Escaramuza. Sip on Aguas Frescas (fruit flavored refreshing waters) as the dazzling Ballet Folklorico and live Mariachis perform, then get ready for a show. The Asociación de Charros de San Antonio rope, ride and reign in a display of showmanship and skill. It’s the only way to experience Old Mexico. FIESTA ARTS FAIR - The small art fair that began in 1973, has grown into one of the biggest family-friendly Fiesta shows with more than 12,000 visitors attending and supporting the Southwest School of Art. A variety of mediums from metal, ceramics, and glass to painting, photography, and jewelry are on display from more than 100 artists around the country. Snack on an ear of roasted corn or a gordita as you stroll to the sounds of live music. Aspiring young artists can try their hand at creating a masterpiece. RIO Magazine

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San Antonio Botanical Gardens

DAY THREE

April showers bring May flowers, but they also create a celebration of vibrant gardens and aromatic flowers. On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day with a trip to the greenest spots in town.

Big Grass

Sunken Gardens

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BOTANICAL GARDENS Start your Earth appreciation day in one of the prettiest patches of the city -- the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Stroll through 38 acres of scenic trails, ponds, roses, and native plants, along the way stop for a coffee or a cocktail at Rosella at the Garden. On the 20th, the Garden will present Viva Fiesta! -- a family-friendly celebration of all things botanical. SHADES OF GREEN Inspired? Create your own beautiful garden, with a visit four miles north of downtown at Shades of Green. The knowledgeable staff will wow you with their organic gardening methods, natural fertilizers, soil conditioners, and other products. Before you go, fill your basket with colorful annuals, houseplants, succulents, and rare finds grown in the nursery. If you have a black thumb, pop into the gift shop and take home a garden gargoyle. They’re super low maintenance. BIG GRASS If you’re lucky enough to find the perfect plant, then you’ll need an equally perfect flower pot. Head to Big Grass a rehabilitated auto body shop not far

from Shades of Green, where they’ve got a market full of authentic, earthy accessories. With yearly buying trips to Thailand, the owners can share information on the artisans who craft their natural and sustainable wares, and they can also help you find the right designer to create a personal look for your living space — both inside and out. You could get lost for a whole day looking through the unique finds in this shop. SUNKEN GARDENS/ JAPANESE TEA GARDEN Before the sun sets on your earthy day in S.A., take a trip to the Sunken Gardens. In 1917 the abandoned rock quarry was transformed into a Japanese garden by Japanese prison laborers. This magical oasis inside the features plants, ponds, koi fish, and waterfalls making it one of the most photographed spots in all of San Antonio. The pavilion is the site of weddings and wedding proposals, and the Jingu House Cafe is a great place to grab a light lunch.

WRITER’S BIO Crystal Henry is a loyal Texan, and an award-winning author, writer, and, columnist. She is fluent in both sarcasm and English and evidence of those bilingual writing talents can be found at crystalhenrywrites.com or follow her on FB + IG @crystalhenrywrites nd on Twitter @chenrywrites. thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Through 5/18 Yellow Ribbon Project River Walk Yellow Ribbon Project is a thoughtful way to honor those who serve. Hung on trees along the River Walk, they are a highlight of the annual Armed Forces River Parade held on Sat., May 18. Honorees names instantly appear on the River Walk website and remain on display through parade day. Proceeds from Yellow Ribbon Project underwrite the Armed Forces River Parade, which is free and open to the public.  

evolved into one of this nation’s premier festivals with an economic impact of more than $340 million for the Alamo City. Funds raised by official Fiesta events provide services to San Antonio citizens throughout the year. 4/19 -5/27 Seven Seas Food Festival Sea World San Antonio Set sail on a celebration of flavors, cuisines, and cultures during the annual Seven Seas Food Festival every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day. Taste and toast your way around the world, from the Pacific Rim to the sun-kissed Mediterranean. Explore dishes from the exotic to the classics at specially themed festival locations throughout the park, along with a global collection of unique wines, craft cocktails, and imported beers. Plus, enjoy other foodie events, live music and more, all in a festival-style atmosphere. 4/20 Pinatas in the Barrio Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

4/5 -7 Poteet Strawberry Festival This fruity festival is “jam-packed” fun with gunslingers, a carnival, contests, rodeo performances and more than a dozen concerts from famous country and Tejano stars and regional bands. Bring the family and enjoy strawberry fields forever. Poteet Strawberry Festival Grounds Poteet, Texas

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4/20 Viva Botanica San Antonio Botanical Garden

4/23 -25 @ 7:30 p.m. Ford Mariachi Festival River Walk This free, official Fiesta event features Mariachi groups and Folklorico dancers from local schools and colleges. This is the perfect time to sit outside, sip a margarita (as if you needed an excuse) and enjoy the music as it floats by. Barges randomly stop and play music. Each group wears a traditional mariachi costume.

4/22 @ 7 p.m. Texas Cavaliers River Parade Arneson River Theatre Experience the colors of Fiesta. The River Parade comes to life on the first Monday of Fiesta each year in April. The Texas Cavaliers only have 18,000 reserved tickets available, so don’t miss your opportunity to be front and center for this unique parade. Parade seats and dinner packages both available on the River Walk’s website. TheSanAntonioriverWalk. com/events 4/24 @ 8 p.m. Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo Majestic Theatre 4/26 @ 9:30 a.m. Battle of Flowers Parade Downtown

4/26 -28 Fiesta Artisan Show River Walk Extension (close to San Antonio Convention Center & Shops at Rivercenter) 4/27 @ 7 p.m. Fiesta Flambeau Parade Downtown

COMEDY

4/16 -18 @ 7:30 p.m. The Secret Comedy of Women Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater 4/17 @ 8 p.m. Friends! The Musical Parody Empire Theatre 4/23 @ 7 p.m. Cornyation Empire Theatre 4/24 @ 7:30 p.m. Spamalot Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

FAMILY FUN

4/2 @ 7 p.m. American Girl Live Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/2 @ 5:30 p.m. Free Family Night The DoSeum

4/6 @ 10 a.m. Starving Artist Art Show La Villita 4/10 @ 8 p.m. Nickelodeon Presents Double Dare Live! Majestic Theatre 4/18 -19 Fiesta Carnival Alamodome 4/18 @ 3 p.m. Fiesta Fiesta Hemisfair 4/20 @ 9 a.m. Farmers & Artisan Market Mission Marquee Plaza

MUSIC

4/4 @ 7:30 p.m. tenThing in Concert Empire Theatre The ten-piece, all-female brass ensemble tenThing are celebrated for their commitment to music through a diverse repertoire that spans from Mozart to Weill, Grieg to Bernstein, and Lully to Bartok. 4/5 -6 @ 8 p.m. San Antonio Symphony presents Flavors of France Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

4/6 @ 9 a.m. San Antonio Book Festival San Antonio Central Library 4/10 @ 5 p.m. South Bank Medal Stroll Hard Rock Café Hard Rock Cafe will host the 3rd Annual South Bank Medal Stroll! Guests stroll along the South Bank of the River Walk as they peruse and purchase imaginative Fiesta medals directly from businesses and nonprofits. The stroll includes entertainment, live music, food, and drinks. thesanantonioriverwalk.com


4/10 @ 7:30 p.m. Pink Martini Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

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4/11 @ 8 p.m. Foreigner Majestic Theatre 4/12 @ 8 p.m. ARTS San Antonio presents Yo-Yo Ma in Concert: The Bach Project Laurie Auditorium 4/12 @ 7 p.m. Indigo Girls Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/12 @ 7 p.m. Radney Foster and Darden Smith Songs, Books, Jokes and Tears Tour Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall 4/12 -13 @ 8 p.m. San Antonio Symphony presents Savor Spain Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/13 @ 8 p.m. Albert Cummings Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall 4/16 @ 7:30 p.m. Joan Baez Fare Thee Well Tour Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 4/19 @ 8 p.m. Monte Montgomery Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall 4/20 @ 8 p.m. The Music of Cream: 50th Anniversary World Tour Empire Theatre 4/26 -28 Fiesta Pops with the San Antonio Symphony Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

4/6 @ 8 p.m. Nightbird: Tribute to Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks Close your eyes and experience a tribute that strives to recapture the fire, energy, and spirit that Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks bring to the stage. And “Rumour” has it you can enjoy one of the best burgers in town along with a cold beer while taking in the show at San Antonio’s premier live music venue- Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall. 4/26 @ 8 p.m. Scott H. Biram The Sideshow Tragedy Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall 4/30 @ 7 p.m. Celtic Woman Ancient Land Majestic Theatre

PERFORMING ARTS 4/5 -7 Late Nite Catechism Empire Theatre

4/5 @ 7 p.m. The Moth Mainstage Majestic Theatre

4/20 @ 8 p.m. Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: The Twenties are Coming Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

SPORTS & FITNESS 4/2 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Atlanta Hawks AT&T Center

4/6 @ 3 p.m. San Antonio Commanders vs. Memphis Express Alamodome

4/12 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Texas Stars $1 Drink Night AT&T Center 4/1 -7 Valero Texas Open TPC San Antonio The Valero Texas Open is fueled by fans, competition and making memories. So when world-class PGA Tour golf meets Texas hospitality, expect to celebrate a tradition of charity, community and family fun.

4/17 Through August 2019 Blast from Fiesta Past Witte Museum It was the spring of 1969 and San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration captured the spirit of the day. Fiesta gowns from the Order of the Alamo’s Court of Time and Space will have you reaching for the stars with designs inspired by the science and technology that helped the United States put a man on the moon in July of that year. Through 5/19 American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings McNay Art Museum Through 5/12 Auto Show McNay Art Museum

4/10 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks AT&T Center 4/12 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Commanders vs. Salt Lake Stallions Alamodome

4/23 -26 @ 5:30 p.m. A Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA) La Villita NIOSA® is a four-night festival in the heart of downtown San Antonio that celebrates the city’s diverse cultural legacy for more than 85,000 revelers annually.

Through 5/5 Contemporary Art Month Perennial Blue Star Contemporary Art Through 5/5 Effort Economy Blue Star Contemporary Art

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HUEBNER OAKS 11745 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 shophuebneroaks.com

SAN ANTONIO VISITORS CENTER 317 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-6871 www.visitsan antonio.com

KATHLEEN SOMMERS 2417 North Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 732-8437 kathleensommers.com

SHOPS OF LA CANTERA 15900 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com

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SHOPS AT RIVER CENTER 849 E. Commerce shoprivercenter.com

LOS PATIOS 2015 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 655-6171 www.lospatios.com LUCCHESE BOOT COMPANY 255 East Basse Rd #800 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9419 www.lucchese.com MERCADORITA’S 245 E. Commerce & Bonita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-286-7432

77T’S SOUVENIRS & T-SHIRTS 207 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-549-1279 www.77tshirts.com TEXAS ACCENT GENERAL STORE 803 S. Zarzamora San Antonio, TX 78207 210-435-2446 TIENDA LA GARZA 110 Broadway, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2133

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HOTELS 12 Wyndham Garden River Walk 15 Crockett Hotel 16 Sheraton Gunter Hotel 17 Menger Hotel 24 El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel 43 Marriott Plaza San Antonio MISCELLANEOUS 34 CitySightseeing Double Decker Tour 37 Tom’s Wheelchair & Scooter Rentals 38 USO 68 Scooter Power Tours 69 San Antonio Public Library

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11 Art Pace 13 San Antonio Museum of Art 14 Institute of Texan Culture 18 Yasmin’s Boutique 19 Out West 21 Tienda La Garza 22 The Amazing Mirror Maze 23 San Antonio General Store 25 Majestic Theatre 29 Aztec Theatre

30 Ripley’s Haunted Adventure/ Tomb Rider 3D

Villita Stained Glass

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An early Paseo del Rio Association board meeting. Mr. B seated in front row, right

Hometown Hero Profile: Mr. B. By Dan R. Goddard

Ask Bob Buchanan -- call him “Mr. B” – how he feels after more than 50 years of helping shepherd the River Walk’s development, and he’s apt to respond with his trademark, “Super-duper, hunkydory and peachy keen!” The Original Mexican Restaurant owner and former Paseo del Rio president says downtown’s river park has been completely transformed since he first became involved during preparations for HemisFair ’68. “San Antonio is blessed,” Buchanan says. “I can give some credit to my wife (Sally), who was chair of the San Antonio River Authority when the city and county got together to extend the River Walk to the Pearl Brewery for the Museum Reach. Now with the Mission Reach, you can walk from Brackenridge Park to Mission Esparza – a beautiful, 16-mile linear park through the heart of the city. No other city comes close.” Buchanan grew up in the Monte Vista neighborhood and remembers during the 1950s and early 1960s when downtown had an unsavory reputation.

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“San Antonio had a thriving red-light district on the western edge of downtown right up to World War II,” Buchanan says. “So people were reluctant to open businesses on the River Walk when it was completed in 1941. It took decades before people felt safe going downtown after dark.”

But in 1967, after graduating from Duke University and serving in Vietnam, Buchanan met with a family friend involved in River Walk development, Arthur “Hap” Veltman Jr., a visionary San Antonio developer whose projects ranged from the Bonham Exchange to the Blue Star Arts Complex. “I had an idea inspired by a restaurant I used to go to in Chapel Hill called Rathskeller,” Buchanan says. “I talked to Hap, and I had a bit of financing. We opened the Kangaroo Court in August 1968. At the time, only seven businesses were on the River Walk, so it’s amazing how it’s grown since then.” After HemisFair, the Kangaroo Court (named after Hap’s experience with a South Texas traffic court) became popular and remained a gathering place for the city’s movers-and-shakers until it closed in 2003. Buchanan has operated several restaurants along the river over the decades, including The Greenhouse, The Big Bend in the Losoya Building, Maximillian’s in the Witte building and Texas 21. Buchanan credits businessman David Straus for turning downtown into a tourist mecca. Straus formed the Tourist Attraction Committee in 1959 to encourage the River Walk’s economic development. “David Straus thought the river needed a voice of its own, and that led to the creation of the Paseo del Rio Association. We were a close-knit bunch in 1968 when it started."

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in the early 1970s, he led a fight against City Hall ­­—and won. “The city wanted to build a parking garage where the Hyatt Regency is now,” Buchanan says. “But we managed to get City Council to change their minds, and that’s why the Riverbend Garage is where it is now.” Since he became involved in the late 1960s, Buchanan has watched the River Walk grow and expand, marked by significant milestones such as the development of the Shops at Rivercenter and the Convention Center extension in 1988 as well as the South Bank development and the Mission and Museum Reach extensions. He sees a bright future because investing in the river has been a gold mine for the city. “After the Museum Reach was completed, property values rose so much the increase in property taxes paid for the project within two years,” Buchanan stated. He fondly remembers the first issue of Showboat (the forerunner of RIO Magazine) when it came out in June 1968. There was a lot of excitement then, and I feel just as excited when I see the river now.”

WRITER’S BIO Dan R. Goddard is a longtime San Antonio arts writer who relishes the Kangaroo Court Cheese Cake on the Original Mexican Restaurant’s dessert menu.

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LA VILLITA LA VILLITA 418 Villita Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Collection of Unique Local Shops - p44 38

EQUINOX GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 4 San Antonio, Texas 78205 www.alejandrosifuentes.com 210-281-0706 Jewelry Metal Gallery p44 38

ANGELITA La Villita - Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78205 210- 224-8362 www.lavillita.com Womens Fashions & Jewelry p44 38

LITTLE STUDIO GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 23 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38

BES ARTE La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, Texas 78205 Bes Arte-La Villita/Facebook.com 210-232-0661 p44 38 CASA MANOS ALEGRES La Villita - Bldg. 6 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-313-7293 www.lavillita.com Mexican Cultural Gift p44 38 COPPER GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 11 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.271.3856 www.thecoppergallery.com Art Collectibles - p44 38

RIVER ART GROUP La Villita - Bldg. 14 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8752 www.rivergroup.com Art Gallery - p44, p50 38 SCENTCHIPS USA La Villita - Bldg. 21 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.223.2267 www.lavillita.com Candles - p44 38

MUSTANG GREY’S La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.222.1894 www.lavillita.com - p44 38

STARVING ARTIST GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 12 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.226.3593 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38

PLAZA TAXCO La Villita, Bldg.16B San Antonio, TX 78205 210-994-5259 www.plazataxco.com - p44 38

VILLAGE GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 10 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-0404 www.waltglasspottery.net Art Gallery - p44 38

POPULUX COMMISSARY/ HOUSE PAINT La Villita - Bldg. 3 San Antonio, Texas 78205

populuxcommissary/facebook.com 210-883-4259 - p44 38

VILLITA STAINED GLASS La Villita - Bldg. 1 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-223-4480 www.sparkleonsa.com Art Gallery - p44 38

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15 Paesanos - Lincoln Heights

1 The Rim

16 Paesanos - 1604

2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas

26 Augies Barbed Wire

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6 The Forum Shops

17 K1 Speed

7 Vineyard Shopping Center

18 McNay Art Museum

21 The Alamo

8 Alamo Quarry Market

19 Morgan’s Wonderland

22 Mission Conception

9 Splashtown

20 The DoSeum

23 Mission San José

10 Alamo Helicopter Tours

27 Flipz Trampoline Park

24 Mission San Juan

11 San Antonio Zoo

28 Extreme Escape

25 Mission Espada

12 San Antonio Botanical Garden

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COUPONS Tower of the Americas

210 W Market St. San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 299-4499 BriscoeMuseum.org

$2 OFF

General Adult Admission SAVE UP TO $8 Open Tue–Sun 10AM with seasonal closing hours | Closed Mondays Expires 04/30/2019

FREE BASKET OF HAND BATTERED FRIED PICKLES With the purchase of TWO dinner menu entrees.

237 Loyosa, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-9374 www.riverrestaurants.com Limit one coupon per table. Expires 04/30/2019

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126 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX, 78205

(210) 212-7299

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701 Bowie, San Antonio, TX 78205

210.223.3101

KRAUTWURST BALLS

TowerOfTheAmericas.com

with purchase of TWO – ONE LITER BIERS

Ticket includes unlimited access to Observation Deck, Flags over Texas & 4-D Theater Ride. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Limit one $2.00 off coupon per person. No cash value.

One coupon per table. For dine in guests only. Expires 04/30/2019

Expires 07/31/2019

10% OFF

110 E. Crockett on the Riverwalk 210-277-6300

this La Villita location

Plaza Taxco (Excluding Sales Items)

FREE CHEF’S APPETIZER OF THE DAY

With the purchase of an adult entrée.

See our ads on pages 35 & 56

One coupon per table per visit. Offer at Riverwalk location only. Must present coupon. Expires 04/30/2019.

10% OFF this La Villita location (Excluding Sales Items)

Chef’s Surprise Appetizer With purchase of 2 entrées

146 E. Houston St. @ River Walk 210.222.2362 | acenar.com

(excluding sale items and alcohol)

See our ads on pages 35 & 56

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301 Alamo Plaza •210-224-9299

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Complimentary House Dessert with order of an entrée.

245 E. Commerce River Level at Navarro & Crockett 210-227-RITA • www.ritasontheriver.com

111 W. Crockett Street, Suite 101 (210) 227-2782 paesanosriverwalk.com

Valid only for lunch and Dinner, coupon good for up to 2 entrees at a table

Not valid with any other offer or discount. Offer only valid at Paesanos Riverwalk location.

FREE BEVERAGE With the purchase of entree during happy hour only. Happy Hour 4-8PM 04/30/19

409 E. Commerce 210-465-UGLY www.coyoteuglysaloon.com

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FREE OYSTER SAMPLER w/ purchase of 2 premium beverages 123 Losoya #7, San Antonio, Texas 78205 Phone: (210) 354-3002

ENTIRE GUEST CHECK

One coupon, per check, per visit. Not valid with any other coupons or promotional offers. Coupon has no cash value. No change returned. Taxes and gratuity not included. Alcoholic beverages not included. Valid only 903 E. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX location. Selection and prices may vary. Only original coupon accepted. Photocopied and Internet printed or purchased coupons are not valid. No substitutions. © 2014 DFO, LLC. Printed in the U.S.A. Offer ends 04/30/19

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04/30/19

111 West Crockett Street 210-212-4461 cowboysalamocityharley.com

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Parties of LESS than 8

FREE FLAUTAS

(seasoned chicken rolled up in a tortilla)

with the purchase of 1 entrée

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Parties of 8 or MORE

LA PACHANGA APPETIZER (Cup of Queso, beef tacos and flautas)

with the purchase of 2 entrées Coupon not valid with other offers or coupons. Please present coupon to server at time of ordering.

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ARMED FORCES RIVER PARADE

Saturday, May 18, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM Presented by RIV

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SHOPS.

ART.

DINING. Villita is home to more than 20 artisan shops, galleries and savory restaurants. Modern artisans, romantic tree-lined walkways and architecture dating back 300 years offer a unique ambiance of a rich past and a vibrant present. Our historic grounds also offer the perfect location for special private and corporate events. Please call (210) 207- 8614 for information on venue rentals. Join us for a day of shopping, a bite to eat, or a celebration at our year-around cultural events.

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418 Villita Street Mon-Sat 10AM - 6PM | Sun 11AM - 4PM


INDEX OF ADVERTISERS DINING/RESTAURANTS

Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362

La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140

ATTRACTIONS

Battle for Texas: The Experience www.battlefortexas.com 210-592-8080

Barriba Cantina www.barribacantina.com 210-228-9876

The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951

BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299

On the Bend Oyster Bar & Lounge www.onthebendsa.com 210-354-3002

City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687

Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484

Paesanos RiverWalk www.paesanosriverwalk.com 210-227-2782

Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600

Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300

GO RIO River Cruises www.goriocruises.com 210-227-4746

Restaurante Pico de Gallo www.picodegallo.com 210-225-6060

Legoland Discovery Center/San Antonio www.SanAntonioLEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company www.bubbagump.com 210-224-4867 Casa Rio & Schilo’s www.casario.com 210-225-6718 www.schilos.com 210-223-6692 Chart House www.TowerOfTheAmericas.com 210-223-3101 The County Line www.countyline.com 210-229-1941 Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600 Denny’s Riverwalk www.dennys.com 210-223-4321 Dick’s Last Resort www.dickslastresort.com 210-224-0026 Guadalajara Grill www.guadalajaragrill.us 210-222-1992 IHOP 849 E. Commerce 210-444-1201 Iron Cactus www.ironcactus.com 210-224-9835 Landry’s Saltgrass Steakhouse www.saltgrass.com 210-222-9092 Landry’s Seafood www.landrysseafood.com 210-229-1010 Lonestar Restaurants www.riverrestaurants.com 210-223-9374 MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220

Rio Rio Cantina www.riorioriverwalk.com 210-226-8462 Rita’s on the River www.ritasontheriver.com 210-227-RITA SHOPPING Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362 Market Square www.marketsquaresa.com 210-207-8600 Cowboys Alamo City Harley Davidson on the RiverWalk www.cowboysalamocityharley.com 210-212-4461 La Villita Historic Village www.lavillitasanantonio.com 210-207-8614 Plaza Taxco www.plazataxco.com 210-212-6733 Shops at Rivercenter www.shoprivercenter.com 210-225-000

MUSEUM

Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000 The DoSeum www.thedoseum.org 210-212-4453

Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080

Mirror Maze 210-224-2288 Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101 Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828 Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299 Sealife San Antonio www.SEALIFE.com/San-Antonio Splashtown San Antonio www.splashtownsa.com 210-227-1400 DISTILLERIES Tito’s Handmade Vodka www.TitosVodka.com

NIGHTLIFE

Coyote Ugly Saloon www.coyoteuglysaloon.com 210-465-UGLY Hilton Palacio Del Rio/Durty Nelly’s/Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar www.PalacioDelRio.Hilton.com 210-224-3368 Naked Iguana www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com 210-226-8462

HOTELS

Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com

San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924

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RIO MAGAZINE APRIL 2019  

The Official Magazine of the River Walk

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The Official Magazine of the River Walk